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Canadian actor Dan Chameroy revels in the edgy darkness and offbeat humor of Matilda’s horrible headmistress. By Julie Bookman

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Canadian actor Dan Chameroy revels in the edgy darkness and offbeat humor of Matilda’s horrible headmistress. By julie Bookman 6 ENCOREATLANTA.COM


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CLOCKWISE, FROM LEFT: The cast of Matilda. The musical is adapted from the 1988 Roald Dahl novel about a 5-year-old child prodigy with special powers. She rallies her schoolmates in a revolt against headmistress Agatha Trunchbull (Dan Chameroy). “I like to be risky,” he says, “and it’s definitely a risky part because she’s so edgy and so dark.”

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magine spending an entire year getting paid to be “a raging lunatic.” That’s what Dan Chameroy calls the character he plays in Matilda the Musical, and he’s relishing every moment. Most nights a week, plus some matinees, Chameroy shimmies into a snug-fitting padded body

suit with hefty drooping bosoms. He belts up a puke-brown militaristic dress and glues on hideous facial warts and a skintight wig from which sprouts a severe schoolmarm bun. And voilà! He’s now Miss Agatha Trunchbull, called “the Trunchbull” by her young charges at Crunchem Hall Primary School. Trunchbull, the ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION

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frightening headmistress, is one of many dreadfully juicy characters from the twisted mind of children’s author Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG). Matilda, published in 1988, follows a 5-year-old child prodigy with special powers who leads a school revolt against Trunchbull’s evil ways. There also was a 1996 movie version. Matilda the Musical, created by the Royal Shakespeare Company and staged at StratfordUpon-Avon in 2010 before playing London’s West End in 2011, premiered on Broadway in April 2013 and ran for nearly four years. It earned 13 Tony Award nominations including best musical, winning for Dennis Kelly’s book, featured actor Gabriel Ebert (as Mr. Wormwood, Matilda’s father), and its scenic and

lighting designs. New York Times drama critic Ben Brantley called the show “more glorious than we were promised … the most satisfying and subversive musical ever to come out of Britain.” The stage adaptation, he said, “works with astonishing slyness and grace to inculcate us with its radical point of view.” He called its melding of song, dance and story as classic as Oklahoma! A decade ago, during a 12-year stint with the Ontario-based Stratford Festival, Chameroy earned praise playing the stubborn, heroic heartthrob Curly in Oklahoma! He’s done his fair share of Shakespeare, Sondheim and familiar musical theater roles. He won a Dora Award — Toronto’s version of the Tony — as Gaston in

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When Matilda the Musical opened on Broadway in April 2013, New York Times critic Ben Brantley called the show “more glorious than we were promised … the most satisfying and subversive musical ever to come out of Britain.”


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Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. But when an actor reaches his 40s, he knows his leading-man days are limited. Chameroy looked around and set his sights on Trunchbull, played by a man in the musical. He aggressively pursued the role, and says he knew he really wanted to sink his teeth into it. He likes that the show’s story is thick. He likes that it remains true to Dahl’s imaginative novel, full of fantasy and darkness. What was it about playing a despised, overbearing bully (also England’s former hammerthrowing champion), that he found appealing? “I think she’s a bit spun out,” he says. “And I think I can play that very well. I like that she’s impossible and humorous in such

a weird way. I like to be risky — and it’s definitely a risky part because she’s so edgy and so dark.” The Trunchbull role isn’t Chameroy’s first time in a frock. In 2008, he played an ugly stepsister in an Ontario production of Cinderella: The Sillyicious Family Musical. His daughter, Olivia, was a tot when he did Cinderella. Despite how terrifying he is in Matilda, she knows her dad is just acting. Now 10, she’s seen him as Trunchbull and has declared herself “proud.” Chameroy says that regardless of his mood on any given day, Trunchbull is “so brilliantly written” that “I always just get sucked back into the piece and take the ride.” Bryce Ryness, a recent Broadway Trunchbull, calls the part “one of the

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most interesting roles that exists in theater right now.” He loved walking the fence between frightening and hilarious. Trunchbull is rulesobsessed and impossibly intimidating, but “no one’s legitimately terrified that she’s like a serial killer or something like that.” “She’s totally offcenter,” says Chameroy, “always veering in a direction that one wouldn’t expect. She is a very specific individual, with no redeeming qualities. Nothing makes her lose track. I like her

certainty of who she is and the fact that she doesn’t apologize for anything.” Trunchbull’s humor, he says, comes from the way she expresses herself and the words she uses. Children, for example, are “maggots.” You don’t laugh at any jokes she makes, Chameroy says. “You’re laughing at how ridiculous this person chooses to live her life and speak to people.” Bottom line, she’s hardly funny in any normal sense of funny. “For me, she’s dead serious.”

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Matilda (Jenna Weir, from left, Gabby Gutierrez and Jaime MacLean) teaches her mates at Crunchem Hall Primary School that sometimes you have to be a little bit naughty.


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Royal Shakespeare Company and the Dodgers PRESENT

BOOK

M U S I C & LY R I C S

Dennis Kelly Gabby Gutierrez

Jennifer Bowles

Tim Minchin

with

Jaime MacLean Jenna Weir

Dan Chameroy

Matt Harrington

Darcy Stewart

Darren Burkett, Jacqueline Burtney, Eric Craig, Stephen Diaz, Keisha T. Fraser, Heidi Friese, Michael D. Jablonski, Marisa Kennedy, Anthony MacPherson, Tyler McKenzie, Gray Monczka, Brittany Nicholas, Justin Packard, Kim Sava, Liz Schmitz, Brandon Stonestreet Jacob Anderson, Gabby Beredo, Talia Cosentino, Gregory Diaz IV, Blake Ferrante, Jim Kaplan, Soren Thayne Miller, Abigail Nicholson, Molly Richardson, Isabella Stuebing

ASSOCIATE CHOREOGRAPHERS Ellen Kane Kate Dunn (Worldwide) (U.S.)

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR Thomas Caruso

RESIDENT DIRECTOR Samantha Saltzman

RSC COMMISSIONING DRAMATURG Jeanie O’Hare

CASTING Jim Carnahan C.S.A Nora Brennan C.S.A. Jillian Cimini C.S.A.

VOICE DIRECTOR Andrew Wade

ASSOCIATE MUSIC SUPERVISOR David Holcenberg

MUSICAL DIRECTOR Bill Congdon

MUSIC COORDINATOR Howard Joines

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Simon Baker

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ILLUSION

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ORC HESTRATIONS & ADDITIONAL MUSIC

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Rob Howell

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Peter Darling DIRECTOR

Matthew Warchus

________________________________________________ Matilda The Musical is profoundly grateful for the support of Patty Baker, Melissa & Daniel Berger, The Broadway Consortium, Gail and Ralph Bryan, Jed & Bronna Canaan, Scott M. Delman, Greenleaf Productions, Rocco Landesman, National Artists Mgt. Co., Stephanie Rosenberg, Parag & Usha Saxena, Richard Steiner, TheatreDreams North America, Michael Watt, Elizabeth Williams, Archana Vats & David Gartside.

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Matilda The Musical is a Royal Shakespeare Company Commission. First performed in Stratford-upon-Avon on 9 November 2010. RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran, RSC Executive Director Catherine Mallyon Support for the work of the Royal Shakespeare Company in the United States is led by Royal Shakespeare Company America, Inc. The RSC Literary Department is generously supported by THE DRUE HEINZ TRUST

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CAST Party Entertainer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . STEPHEN DIAZ Doctor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JUSTIN PACKARD Mrs. Wormwood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DARCY STEWART Mr. Wormwood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MATT HARRINGTON Matilda . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GABBY GUTIERREZ, JAIME MACLEAN, JENNA WEIR Michael Wormwood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DARREN BURKETT Mrs. Phelps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KEISHA T. FRASER Miss Honey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JENNIFER BOWLES The Escape Artist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JUSTIN PACKARD The Acrobat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KIM SAVA Miss Trunchbull . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DAN CHAMEROY Rudolpho . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . STEPHEN DIAZ Sergei . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ERIC CRAIG Other Parts Played By . . . DARREN BURKETT, JACQUELINE BURTNEY, ERIC CRAIG, STEPHEN DIAZ, MARISSA KENNEDY, ANTHONY MACPHERSON, TYLER MCKENZIE, GRAY MONCZKA, JUSTIN PACKARD, KIM SAVA Bruce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SOREN THAYNE MILLER Lavender . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GABBY BEREDO Nigel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JACOB ANDERSON Amanda . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ISABELLA STUEBING Eric . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JIM KAPLAN Alice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MOLLY RICHARDSON Hortensia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TALIA COSENTINO Tommy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GREGORY DIAZ IV UNDERSTUDIES For Miss Trunchbull . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ERIC CRAIG, JUSTIN PACKARD For Mrs. Wormwood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MARISA KENNEDY, KIM SAVA For Mr. Wormwood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ERIC CRAIG, JUSTIN PACKARD For Mrs. Phelps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MARISA KENNEDY, LIZ SCHMITZ For Miss Honey: . . . . JACQUELINE BURTNEY, KIM SAVA, LIZ SCHMITZ SWINGS BLAKE FERRANTE, HEIDI FRIESE, MICHAEL D. JABLONSKI, BRITTANY NICHOLAS, ABIGAIL NICHOLSON, LIZ SCHMITZ, BRANDON STONESTREET DANCE CAPTAIN MICHAEL D. JABLONSKI ASSISTANT/CHILDREN’S DANCE CAPTAIN BRITTANY NICHOLAS ASSISTANT DANCE CAPTAIN/GYM CAPTAIN ANTHONY MACPHERSON

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MUSICAL NUMBERS “Miracle” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Company “Naughty” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matilda “School Song” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Company “Pathetic” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Miss Honey “The Hammer” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Miss Trunchbull, Miss Honey and Children “The Chokey Chant” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Company “Loud” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mrs. Wormwood and Rudolpho “This Little Girl” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Miss Honey “Bruce” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Children MATILDA THE MUSICAL WILL BE PERFORMED WITH ONE 15-MINUTE INTERMISSION. ACT TWO “Telly” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mr. Wormwood and Michael Wormwood “When I Grow Up” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Company “I’m Here” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matilda and The Escape Artist “The Smell of Rebellion” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Miss Trunchbull, Miss Honey and Children “Quiet” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matilda “My House” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Miss Honey “Revolting Children” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Company

THE MATILDA THE MUSICAL ORCHESTRA Music Supervisor/Orchestrator: CHRIS NIGHTINGALE Associate Music Supervisor: DAVID HOLCENBERG Music Director/Conductor/Keyboard 2: BILL CONGDON Children’s Music Director/Associate Music Director/Keyboard 1: NANCY WHELAN Percussion: CHRISTIAN DIONNE Bass: MARK VAN ZIEGLER Music Technology: PHIJ ADAMS London Music Preparation: LAURIE PERKINS New York Music Copyist: EMILY GRISHMAN Music Preparation: EMILY GRISHMAN and KATHARINE EDMONDS Music Coordinator: HOWARD JOINES

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SOREN THAYNE MILLER ABIGAIL NICHOLSON MOLLY RICHARDSON ISABELLA STUEBING

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BIOS GABBY GUTIERREZ (Matilda) is ecstatic to reprise this role, which she originated in the first national tour. Broadway: School of Rock. Other credits: Grinch (tour/MSG), South Pacific (Paper Mill Playhouse). TV: “Mozart in the Jungle,” “The Detour.” Grateful to Mara Entertainment and CESD. JAIME MacLEAN (Matilda) is 11 and elated to join her team of Matildas. She trains at the Lindbjerg Academy of Performing Arts. Favorite roles to date include Jemima in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Align Entertainment), Little Cosette in Les Miserables (Vancouver Arts Club) and Molly in Annie (RCMT). Jaime also enjoys acting on the small screen. Recent credits include Maggie in “When Calls the Heart” (Hallmark) and Dinah in “Some Assembly Required” (YTV). In addition to her agents Brenda at Premiere Talent and Daniel at Talent House, Jaime thanks her friends and family for their sacrifice, support and love. Follow on Instagram @jaimemacleanofficial. JENNA WEIR (Matilda) is excited to continue in this cherished role as part of the U.S. national tour, having played Matilda in the Toronto production. She can be heard on television as the voice of Priscilla on the Family Jr. show “Playdate.” Other TV credits include several episodes of “Odd Squad.” Jenna sang the opening song in the 2015 feature film Crimson Peak. She has trained with several theater groups and as a member of a competitive dance team. She loves to sing and play piano and has written several songs. She thanks her family, friends, coaches, Shari at AMI, fellow cast members and the production team for their love and support in achieving this dream. @JennaWeirOfficial. JENNIFER BOWLES (Miss Honey) Broadway/NYC: Irma in Irma La Douce (Encores!), Matilda, American Idiot. Tours: American Idiot, The Drowsy Chaperone. Regional: Minsky’s. Television: “Boardwalk Empire,” “Saturday Night Live” (dancer for Kanye West). Thanks Harden-Curtis, Ted and Rachel. Love to Da, Danny, the Bowles/Smith family and my teacher Craig Carnelia. For the women I admire most: Mom and Emily, my heroes. DAN CHAMEROY (Miss Trunchbull) spent 12 seasons at the Stratford Festival. Shows include Oklahoma!, The Winter’s Tale, Camelot, Cymbeline, Gigi, Pentecost, The Tempest, Henry V, Wanderlust. Credits elsewhere: The Wild Party (Dora nomination in Toronto/Acting Upstage); Company (Theatre 20); The Barber of Seville; Idiots Delight; Of Human Bondage; The Dybbuk (Soulpepper); Beauty and the Beast (Dora Award); Les Misérables; Miss Saigon; The Drowsy Chaperone; A Funny Thing Happened ... (Mirvish); The Magic Fire; High Society (Shaw Festival); The Arsonists; Into the Woods (Dora nomination); Side by Side by Sondheim (Canadian Stage); The Big Sleep; Rock and Roll (Theatre Aquarius); Peter Pan in Wonderland; and six other Ross Petty Pantomimes as

his iconic creation, Plumbum (Elgin Theatre). Dan recently appeared on the CW’s “Reign” and can be heard on many animated series, including “Ranger Rob” and the upcoming “Hotel Transylvania.” His CD is titled me, and he is a founding artist of Theatre 20. Chameroy is a two-time Canadian Screen Award nominee. All my love to Christine and Olivia. XO KEISHA T. FRASER (Mrs. Phelps) recently returned after five years in the U.K., graduating from the master’s program at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. While there, she worked on the Olivier Award-winning production of The Book of Mormon, two productions in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the European premiere and critically acclaimed production of The Color Purple. Select credits include Mamma Mia! (Broadway); Undercover Brother (Universal/Sony); Kiss Me, Kate and Evita (Stratford Shakespeare Festival); The Heidi Chronicles (Threads New York City); Look What a Wonder ... (New York Music Theatre Festival); and national commercials for Gardasil, Walmart, A&E, Speedy Muffler and Resolve. MATT HARRINGTON (Mr. Wormwood) is thrilled to be back in green plaid after playing Mr. Wormwood on Broadway. Also on Broadway: Twelfth Night and Richard III (Shakespeare’s Globe); Harvey (Roundabout Theatre Company). Regional: Philadelphia Theatre Company, Weston Playhouse, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Cape Playhouse, Portland Stage, Syracuse Stage, TheatreWorks Palo Alto. Television: “Boardwalk Empire,” “Bored to Death,” “The Good Wife,” “Gravity.” Founding member of the Wheelhouse Theater Company. Training: M.F.A., NYU graduate acting. @mattoverthere. DARCY STEWART (Mrs. Wormwood) has theater credits that include Dimma in The Heart of Robin Hood (Mirvish Productions); the Cat in the Hat in Seussical (Lower Ossington Theatre); Brooke Wyndham in Legally Blonde: The Musical, St. Monica in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Randolph Academy); Joanne in Rent (Lower Ossington Theatre). Darcy is thrilled to join the cast of Matilda as Mrs. Wormwood. Recent film/TV credits include CW’s “Reign,” HBO Canada’s “Sensitive Skin” and the feature film Country Crush. She thanks her parents and her whole family for their continued support! DARREN BURKETT (Michael Wormwood, Ensemble) Selected theater credits: Mary Poppins (WCT); The Pirates of Penzance (TIP); Angelina Ballerina (international tour); Mary Poppins, Hairspray, White Christmas, The Producers and Beauty and the Beast (Arts Club); Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Delicious Lies, Joseph ..., Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma! (CTF); The Wizard of Oz, A Year With Frog and Toad (Jessie award for outstanding performance), Seussical (Carousel Theatre); and Glory Days (Boys Upstairs). Many thanks to the gang at TH and to family, friends and J for their never-ending love and support! ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 21


BIOS JACQUELINE BURTNEY (Ensemble, Understudy: Miss Honey) has been seen onstage in Jesus Christ Superstar (Broadway); Anything Goes as Purity (first national tour); Carousel as Louise; Pericles; JCS; Camelot (Stratford Shakespeare Festival); Forum (Mirvish); Cinderella; The Little Mermaid (Ross Petty Panto); and Hellcats. On TV: “Nikita” (The CW). Training: Sheridan and DIWC. Thanks to Mom and Dad for reminding me that there’s always a reason. For Kent, always. ERIC CRAIG (Sergei, Ensemble, Understudy: Miss Trunchbull, Mr. Wormwood) has been seen onstage in Pride and Prejudice, Les Misérables (Arts Club); The Last Five Years(Angelwalk); The Glass Menagerie (TiFT); the title role in Hamlet (SLSF); and was the co-creator of The Godot Cycle. Selected TV: “Flashpoint,” “12 Monkeys,” “Reign” and “Murdoch Mysteries,” plus voice-over work on “Peg+Cat,” “Cyberchase” and “Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.” Many, many thanks to his Toronto and Vancouver families. STEPHEN DIAZ (Rudolpho, Ensemble). Broadway: West Side Story revival, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Matilda (first national tour). Regional: Aladdin in Aladdin a Musical Spectacular (Disneyland); Paul in A Chorus Line (5th Avenue Theatre); West Side Story (The Muny). Television: “A Chance to Dance” (promotional). Thank you to the Matilda creative team and cast. HEIDI FRIESE (Swing). National tours: Flashdance (Gloria), How the Grinch Stole Christmas. NYMF 2015: Oksana Baiul in Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera. Regional: June in Gypsy (Harbor Lights), Zaneeta in The Music Man (Engeman Theatre/ Harbor Lights), June Havoc in the world premiere of M33. Love and unending gratitude to Momma, Bonnie and Tom, Maria, my Hillsong family. Prov 16:3. MICHAEL D. JABLONSKI (Swing, Dance Captain). Broadway: The Book of Mormon, West Side Story, Cry-Baby. National tours: The Book of Mormon, West Side Story, Doctor Dolittle, Saturday Night Fever, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas starring Ann-Margret, Victor/Victoria, Brigadoon. Film: The Producers. Thanks to Garber Talent Agency and much love to family and most importantly my best friend & wife, Kim! MARISA KENNEDY (Ensemble, Understudy: Mrs. Phelps, Mrs. Wormwood). Broadway: Matilda. National tour: Billy Elliot. Regional: Hairspray, Blue, Once on This Island. Marisa is the 2016 Spotlight Artist for Music for Autism, and teaches for Lincoln Center Education and the Joffrey Ballet School. She was on “Mr. Robot” (USA Network) and is the co-writer of the Web series “Single Rules.” Thanks to The Mine!

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ANTHONY MacPHERSON (Ensemble, Gym Captain, Assistant Dance Captain). Mirvish: The Wizard of Oz (national tour). Selected credits: Peter Pan in Wonderland (Peter Pan for Ross Petty Productions); four seasons at the Charlottetown Festival; Mary Poppins (Theatre Aquarius); West Side Story (VOC); Death in Venice (COC). Sheridan College graduate. Brian Linehan Triple Threat Award recipient. Love and thanks to TH, Jam and the Fam. @_armacpherson. TYLER McKENZIE (Ensemble) is a Long Island native. Broadway: Mamma Mia! Int/national tour: Mamma Mia! Regional: Rocky Horror Show (BCP); Brave New World (world premiere at NC Stage Company); Mamma Mia! (MUNY). Love & gratitude to Mom, Dad, CJ, TPG and to my incredible friends & family. B.F.A. in musical theater from WCU. IG: @ thisistylermckenzie. GRAY MONCZKA (Ensemble) is thrilled to make his professional theater debut in Matilda. Gray is from Toronto and a graduate of Wexford Collegiate> He’s studying musical theater at Sheridan College and dedicates this performance to his family, friends and many mentors. @graymo. BRITTANY NICHOLAS (Swing, Children’s Dance Captain) is thrilled to join the Matilda family! Broadway/national tour: Billy Elliot (Swing/Dance Captain). Favorites: Bye Bye Birdie (Goodspeed); Mamma Mia! (RCCL); Hairspray (STONC). Thanks to God, my family for their constant support and MSA. www.brittanynicholas.com JUSTIN PACKARD (Doctor, The Escape Artist, Ensemble, Understudy: Miss Trunchbull, Mr. Wormwood). Off-Broadway/regional: Meet Me in St. Louis, Take Me Along, The Heart of Robin Hood (A.R.T.); Fiddler on the Roof (T.O.T.S., Perchik); Forever Plaid (Music Circus); Altar Boyz, Twelfth Night, Pericles. B.F.A., Ithaca College. M.F.A. A.R.T./MXAT. All my love to Sara. KIM SAVA (The Acrobat, Ensemble, Understudy: Miss Honey, Mrs. Wormwood). Favorite credits: Fiddler (Tzeitel, Pioneer); Footloose (Ariel, Fireside); Grease (Rizzo, Tuacahn); Harmony (Ahmanson, Alliance); Guys and Dolls (Goodspeed); Mame (Goodspeed); Rocky Horror (Pioneer); Man of La Mancha (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ); Annie (Fulton Opera); A Christmas Carol (NSMT); Les Misérables (Maine State). Thanks to my heart and hubs, Michael Jablonski! LIZ SCHMITZ (Swing, Understudy: Miss Honey, Mrs. Phelps) is so excited to join the Matilda family! National tour debut. Regional: Fulton Theatre, Maine State Music Theatre, Pittsburgh CLO. B.F.A. from Penn State University. WE ARE! Endless love and gratitude to friends, family, Marc Robin, Crew15, TJ, Joseph, Mom and Dad.


BIOS BRANDON STONESTREET (Swing) is thrilled to be part of the cast of Matilda! Recent credits include the international tour of West Side Story (Big Deal) and the national tours of Flashdance: The Musical (Swing, Assistant Dance Captain) and Elf: The Musical (Ensemble). Many thanks to MSA, the amazing cast, creative team and, most of all, my family. Instagram: @itsmebrandons. JACOB ANDERSON (Nigel) is thrilled to make his national tour debut in Matilda! Special thanks to Melissa and all my teachers at MSA, Amelia, Joe, BAA, Nora, and Jamie at Abrams. Love to Mom, Dad, James, Megan and John. Thanks to all my family and friends for supporting my dreams! GABBY BEREDO (Lavender) is thrilled to make her national tour debut! Credits: Millions, AEA lab; School of Rock, promo. Grateful to Nancy Carson, Nora Brennan, Casey Clark, Lisa Calli, All Saints C.A., Theater Group, Huguette’s, Gatekeepers, BLAF, friends, family, Mom, Dad and God for this wonderful journey! Go Maggots! TALIA COSENTINO (Hortensia) is thrilled to make her national tour debut and join the Matilda family. Regional: Violet (Young Violet), Hairspray (Penny), The Little Mermaid (Ariel). All my love to Mom and Dad, the sibs, Gigi and Bump, Nonnie and Papa, TG4E. Even if you’re little you can do a lot! Esther 4:14. GREGORY DIAZ IV (Tommy) is thrilled to join the Matilda tour company following his Matilda Broadway debut! Off-Broadway: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Schroeder), Hairspray Jr. (Link Larkin). Love to my mom, dad, Lori, Chase and the rest of my family/ friends. Many thanks to David Doan/CESD, Tristian Luysterburg and GD3 Management. BLAKE FERRANTE (Swing) is overjoyed to make his professional debut in the national tour of Matilda. Blake is a competitive dancer who has been training since age 7. Thanks to family, friends, Mom, Dad, Dylan and Caden, PE2’s Ricardo Pena, Janet Mathie, Amy Tanner, Shelli at RKS, Eddie at Take 3 Talent, Nora Brennan and the entire creative team for making his dream come true. JIM KAPLAN (Eric) is honored to join the Matilda tour. He made his Broadway debut in The King and I at Lincoln Center. Thanks to his amazing teachers: Philip Pelkington, Bobby Grouse, Bob Marx, Mark Schneider and Ani Gregorian. He is especially grateful to Nora Brennan, Abrams Artists and Mara Entertainment for believing in him. Much love to Mom, Dad, Bailey, Jamie and Jasper. SOREN THAYNE MILLER (Bruce) is gobsmacked to make his national tour debut! Regional credits: world premiere of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Musical (Fregley, Children’s Theatre Company); The Music Man,

Christmas Carol (Guthrie Theater); Ragtime (Theater Latte Da); Chanukah Guest (Minnesota Jewish Theatre). Thanks to Mom and Dad, siblings, my mates and Lampiasi Talent. Psalm 150. sorenthaynemiller.com ABIGAIL NICHOLSON (Swing) is delighted to make her debut with Matilda and is grateful to all involved for the opportunity. She has trained in ballet, jazz, acro and vocal. Abby is thankful to SWS Dance Productions, its artistic director Amanda Dubreuil and ballet instructor Sasha Litvak, who encouraged her love of dance and the arts from a very young age. Thanks to her family, friends and all of her teachers for their unending support. MOLLY RICHARDSON (Alice) is a native New Yorker and thrilled to join Matilda! NYC: The Geranium on the Windowsill ... (AEA reading), Seussical, Schoolhouse Rock Live, Oliver!, Our Town. Many thanks to Eddie and the team at Take3 Talent, Nora Brennan, Kidz Theater, Mom, Dad, Bellamy and everyone who’s believed in me along the way. ISABELLA STUEBING (Amanda) is from Kitchener, Ontario, and thrilled to be a part of Matilda. She is a trained dancer, singer and actor who has appeared in The Wizard of Oz (Drayton) and Aladdin: The Panto (Drayton). Many thanks to her Dimensions in Dance family, Mr. Jay, Ms. Kim, Ms. Kathryn, Stacy and M.J. for helping to make her dreams a reality. Love to Mom, Dad, Riley and her grandparents who have been so supportive during her journey. Reach for the Stars! ROALD DAHL (Writer) was born in Llandaff, Wales, in 1916. After suffering a “monumental bash on the head” as a fighter pilot during World War II, he became the author of such classics as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG and Matilda. When he died in 1990, The Times called him “without question the most successful children’s writer in the world.” For more information on Dahl’s life and legacy, visit www. roalddahl.com. DENNIS KELLY (Book) is an internationally acclaimed writer, with plays performed in more than 30 countries. He received a Tony Award for Matilda. Stage plays include Debris (Theatre 503/Battersea Arts Centre, 2003); Osama the Hero (Hampstead Theatre, 2004); After the End (Paines Plough, Traverse Theatre, Bush Theatre, 2005); Love and Money (Young Vic/Manchester Royal Exchange, 2006); Taking Care of Baby (Hampstead Theatre/Birmingham Repertory, 2006) DNA (National Theatre, 2008); Orphans (Paines Plough, Traverse Theatre, Soho Theatre and Birmingham Rep, 2009); The Gods Weep (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2010); and The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas (Royal Court, 2013). Dennis co-wrote and created the award-winning comedy series “Pulling” (Silver River/BBC 3) and wrote and created “Utopia” (Kudos) for Channel Four. ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 23


BIOS TIM MINCHIN (Music and Lyrics) is a musician, comedian, actor and writer. He wrote his first theatrical score at 17, and spent the next decade composing, acting, making theater and playing piano. In 2005, his comic cabaret Dark Side launched him onto the international stage. He subsequently toured internationally with So F-ing Rock and Ready for This; his 2010 show Tim Minchin vs. the Orchestra sold out such prestigious venues as the Royal Albert Hall and the Sydney Opera House. Acting highlights include Judas in the arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, Atticus Fetch in Showtime’s “Californication” and Rosencrantz in Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead for the Sydney Theatre Company. A new stage musical and a feature film for Dreamworks Animation are among his current projects. MATTHEW WARCHUS (Director). Productions include Coriolanus, Master Harold ... and the boys, Life Is a Dream, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Fiddler on the Roof, The Plough and the Stars, Much Ado About Nothing, The Life of Stuff, Death of a Salesman, Henry V, Betrayal, True West, The Devil Is an Ass, Volpone, Peter Pan, Art, Hamlet, The Unexpected Man, Life ( x) 3 , Follies, The Winter’s Tale, Our House, Tell Me on a Sunday, Endgame, Buried Child, The Lord of the Rings, Boeing-Boeing, I Am Shakespeare, Speed-the-Plow, God of Carnage, The Norman Conquests, La Bête, Deathtrap, Matilda and Ghost: The Musical. Opera: Troilus and Cressida, The Rake’s Progress, Falstaff, Così fan tutte. Feature film: Simpatico. PETER DARLING (Choreography). West End: Matilda (Olivier and Whatsonstage awards); Billy Elliot (Olivier, Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Astaire awards); The Lord of the Rings (London/Toronto, Dora Award); Our House (Olivier Award, best musical); Merrily We Roll Along (Olivier Award, best musical, Donmar); Candide (Olivier Award, best musical, National Theatre); Oh! What a Lovely War, Power (National Theatre); Closer to Heaven (Whatsonstage Award); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bristol Old Vic); The Tempest (RSC); Sunset Boulevard (Really Useful Group). Film: The Phantom of the Opera, Billy Elliot (MTV best dance sequence), Plots With a View, Trauma. ROB HOWELL (Set and Costume Design) has designed extensively in the U.K. and abroad, including the Royal Court, Donmar Warehouse, Royal National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Opera House and the Metropolitan Opera. On Broadway he designed True West, Betrayal, Boeing-Boeing, The Norman Conquests, Private Lives and Ghost. He has received numerous Olivier and Tony nominations and received three Oliviers for best set designer and a Tony Award for Matilda. 24 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

CHRIS NIGHTINGALE (Orchestrations, Additional Music and Musical Supervision) most recently composed the score for the BAFTA award-winning film Pride. Other work includes musical supervisor, arranger and orchestrator for Ghost: The Musical (London and Broadway); co-composer, musical supervisor and orchestrator for The Lord of the Rings onstage; musical supervisor and arranger for Yusuf Islam’s Moonshadow U.K. tour; musical supervisor and co-arranger for A.R. Rahman’s Bombay Dreams; musical supervisor/arranger for the Pet Shop Boys’ Closer to Heaven; musical director for Whistle Down the Wind and Oliver!; and assistant musical director for Miss Saigon. SIMON BAKER (Sound Design). Recent London and Broadway: Matilda (Olivier Award); Brief Encounter (Olivier and Tony nom.); La Bête; Boeing-Boeing (Tony nom.); The Norman Conquests; Closer; and The Play What I Wrote. London only: Loserville, Hedda Gabler, Lord of the Rings (Olivier nom.), Deathtrap. Regional: My Fair Lady (Sheffield), Me and My Girl (Sheffield). As part of Kneehigh Theatre: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Red Shoes, Wah Wah Girls, Wild Bride, Midnight’s Pumpkin and Steptoe & Son. HUGH VANSTONE (Lighting Design) won a Tony Award for Matilda and three Olivier awards for his work in London. New York credits include I’ ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers (Booth); Ghost (Lunt-Fontanne, Tony nomination for best lighting); La Bête (Music Box); A Steady Rain (Schoenfeld); God of Carnage (Jacobs); Mary Stuart (Broadhurst, Tony and Drama Desk nominations for best lighting); Shrek (Broadway); Boeing-Boeing (Longacre); Spamalot (Shubert, Tony nomination for best lighting). PAUL KIEVE (Illusion) has created original magical effects for more than 100 West End, Broadway and international productions including Ghost: The Musical (Drama Desk Award 2012); Pippin (ART and Broadway); Zorro; The Lord of the Rings; Batman Live!; The Invisible Man; and The Phantom of the Opera. He has worked with companies including the RSC, Royal Opera and Royal Ballet. Film/TV work includes Hugo, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and “Cranford.” He authored Hocus Pocus (Scholastic 2007). www. Stageillusion.com. ELLEN KANE (Associate Choreographer — Worldwide). RSC: Matilda (Stratford/West End/ Broadway/US tour/Australia). Theatre includes Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Playhouse Theatre), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Billy Elliot (West End/Australia/Chicago/Holland), Sister Act (London Palladium), The Lord of the Rings (Theatre


BIOS Royal, Drury Lane), The Three Musketeers (Germany). Workshops include Bridget Jones’ Diary (Working Title) and The Light Princess (National Theatre).

Coast of Utopia, Scandalous, Wonderland, Sixteen Wounded, Bobbi Boland, The Smell of the Kill. Design work includes Cymbeline (Broadway), Adding Machine (Drama Desk nom.).

KATE DUNN (Associate Choreographer — U.S.). Dance: Royal Ballet Company, Sydney Dance Company, Chunky Move, Bangarra Dance Theatre. Musicals: Contact, On Your Toes, Chicago. Films: The Phantom of the Opera, Beyond the Sea. Associate choreographer: Dirty Dancing, Billy Elliot, Matilda. Choreographer: Rio (NYMF), M•A•C cosmetics worldwide campaign, Bruce Beresford’s Paradise Road, Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Broadway).

JEANIE O’HARE (Commissioning Dramaturg) developed plays at the Royal Court Theatre and RSC. She is now Chair of Playwriting at Yale School of Drama. She worked on Matilda from the beginning (2006), first with Dennis Kelly, and then in 2008 she whispered the name “Tim Minchin” into the ear of Matthew Warchus, and the magic began.

THOMAS CARUSO (Associate Director) directed the critically acclaimed off-Broadway musical Southern Comfort. Also directed at Rattlestick, NY Stage & Film, Williamstown, Bay Street, Playwrights Horizons, Penguin Rep, EST, Juilliard, the Play Company, NYMF, SPF, Cherry Lane, Studio Arena, Gloucester Stage and TheatreWorks. Associate director credits: Ghost, Mamma Mia!, Bombay Dreams, Follies and Master Class. www.ThomasCaruso.com. PAUL WEIMER (Associate Set Designer). Broadway: Assistant/associate set designer for Ghost; The Norman Conquests; Shrek; Coram Boy; The Woman in White; Spamalot; Caroline, or Change; Noises Off; Bells Are Ringing; Swan Lake and Phantom of the Opera. Love to Greg!NANCY A. PALMATIER (Associate Costume Designer). Broadway credits include The Audience, Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Velocity of Autumn, Chinglish, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Guys and Dolls, Lestat, The New 42nd Street, Jesus Christ Superstar, Bombay Dream, Life x3, King and I, Crazy for You. Nancy would like to thank all of the production team for “Everyday Miracles.” DARYL A. STONE (Associate Costume Designer). Matilda marks Daryl’s 20th Broadway production. B’way credits include Ghost, God of Carnage, Mary Stuart, A Steady Rain, West Side Story, The Miracle Worker, Tarzan, Proof. Thanks to RJA and CMM for their everyday miracles. JOEL SHIER (Associate Lighting Designer). Broadway associate: Ghost, Godspell. Broadway assistant: Follies, Wonderland, The Addams Family, The Little Mermaid. Tours: Sister Act, Wicked, Sweeney Todd. Design: Ghost Light Sessions, Pregnancy Pact, Memory Show, Fugitive Songs, Mercedes Benz-Fashion Week. Thanks to PSR. TONY SMOLENSKI IV (Associate Sound Designer). Associate-designed more than 25 Broadway shows including Evita, Billy Elliot, The

JIM CARNAHAN C.S.A. (Casting Director). Roundabout’s director of artistic development. Roundabout: The Big Knife, Picnic, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Cyrano, Harvey, Anything Goes, Sunday in the Park ..., Pajama Game, Twelve Angry Men, Assassins, Nine, Big River, Cabaret. Other Broadway: Once, Peter and the Starcatcher, Jerusalem, The Scottsboro Boys, American Idiot, Spring Awakening, Boeing-Boeing, The Pillowman, Democracy, Fiddler on the Roof, Millie. Film: A Home at the End of the World, Flicka. TV: “Glee” (Emmy nom.). NORA BRENNAN C.S.A. (Casting Director) specializes in children’s casting and cast the children in Billy Elliot (Broadway and tours), winning the ARTIOS Award. Resident casting director for Transport Group: Queen of the Mist, The Audience, Hello Again, All the Way Home, Dark at the Top of the Stairs, Bury the Dead, Normal, Crossing Brooklyn, West Side Story at La Scala Opera House and international tours. ANDREW WADE (Voice Director). RSC: Head of Voice. Cicely Berry: many projects. Matthew Warchus: at RSC and The Lord of the Rings (Toronto and West End). Guthrie Theater: since 2002. TFANA: voice director, The Acting Company. Film: Shakespeare in Love. Teaching: Juilliard, Stella Adler. Fellow: Rose Bruford College. Lectures: worldwide. DAVID HOLCENBERG (Associate Musical Supervisor) is the music supervisor for Rocky (Hamburg) and the U.S. music supervisor for Ghost and Mamma Mia! Other Broadway credits include Bye Bye Birdie, The Story of My Life, Good Vibrations, Seussical, Titanic and Show Boat. He also music directed Ragtime (L.A. Drama Critics Award), The Phantom of the Opera (Toronto) and the LCT productions of The Glorious Ones and Dessa Rose. His show Bingo, written with Michael Heitzman and Ilene Reid, is playing worldwide. BILL CONGDON (Music Director). National tours: Mamma Mia!; Billy Elliot the Musical. Las Vegas: Mamma Mia! Cruises: Mamma Mia! (asst. music supervisor). Many regional, stock and ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 25


BIOS symphony orchestra credits, including CPCC Summer Theatre, Charlotte Rep, Greensboro Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Opera Carolina and the NC Ballet Theatre. Holds a B.M.E. from ECU (N.C.) and an M.M. and Performer’s Certificate in percussion from ESM (N.Y.). Love to Dana! NANCY WHELAN (Assistant Musical Director/ Children’s Musical Director) is a collaborative pianist who works with vocalists, instrumentalists and dancers in both classical and theatrical genres. She has over 25 years experience as a Musical Director, including North Carolina Theatre’s Next to Normal and Hairspray. She has been the local keyboardist for numerous Broadway touring companies, including the national tours of Beautiful, Wicked, Mamma Mia! and Billy Elliot, and was a member of NCT’s Steel Pier national tour. She is a frequent recital collaborator, and is a pianist for the world-renowned Carolina Ballet. HOWARD JOINES (Music Coordinator). Credits: Bullets Over Broadway; Aladdin; A Night With Janis Joplin; Cinderella; Scandalous; Chaplin; Ghost; How to Succeed; Promises, Promises; Bye Bye Birdie; Grease; The Times They Are a- Changin’; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; Bare; Now.Here.This. Conductor/ percussionist: Billy Elliot, Scoundrels, Never Gonna Dance, Flower Drum Song, The Full Monty, Superstar, Miss Saigon, Les Misérables, Singin’ in the Rain, The King and I, Cleavage, Radio City. For Robin and Taylor. AURORA PRODUCTIONS (Production Management). Current shows: Book of Mormon (Broadway and national tour); Cats; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (national tour); Hedwig and the Angry Inch (national tour); School of Rock; The Front Page; The Present. Upcoming shows: A Doll’s House: Part 2; If I Forget; On the Exhale; Significant Other; Six Degrees of Separation; The Glass Menagerie; Hello, Dolly!; The Price; Amelie; Anastasia; Frozen; and Groundhog Day. Aurora has provided technical supervision and production management to the entertainment industry since 1989. www.auroraprod.com. ERIC INSKO (Production Stage Manager). Tours: War Horse, Jersey Boys, Titanic, Hairspray, Disney’s Aida, Bette Midler’s Experience the Devine, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Disney’s On the Record, Chicago, The Secret Garden. Los Angeles: Wicked. Toronto: Billy Elliot, Jersey Boys, Phantom of the Opera, Matilda. Broadway: Saturday Night Fever, Peter Pan. SARAH TESTERMAN (Stage Manager). Broadway: This Is Our Youth, A Raisin in the Sun, Matilda, Soul Doctor, Elf. Off-Broadway: Laugh It Up (DRTM), Heisenberg (MTC), Hamilton (The 26 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

Public), The Maids (SRT), Caucasian Chalk Circle (SRT); Television: NBC’s “The Wiz Live,” NBC’s “Peter Pan Live!,” HBO’s “Vinyl.” Benefits: BCEFA/ DRA; Graduate of SUNY Purchase. MICHELLE SCALPONE (Assistant Stage Manager) Broadway: Fish in the Dark, Matilda, Forever Tango, Chaplin. NYC: Goodbar, Fun Home, King Lear (Sam Waterston), Romeo & Juliet (Meryl Streep & Kevin Kline, Public Theater), Satchmo at the Waldorf, New York City Opera. TV: NBC’s “The Wiz Live.” Regional: Little Dancer (Kennedy Center), Williamstown, Old Globe. Education: University of Arizona, The Juilliard School. AMY STEINMAN (Assistant Stage Manager) is thrilled to join the national tour of Matilda. Broadway credits include Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Disney’s Aladdin, Death of a Salesman, and Bring It On. Off-Broadway: The Golden Land. Amy spent three years with the Just for Laughs Festival working alongside the Muppets, Joan Rivers, Howie Mandel, Bob Saget, Kathy Griffin and Sarah Silverman. BROADWAY BOOKING OFFICE NYC (Tour Booking, Engagement Management, Press and Marketing) is a leading theatrical tour booking, marketing and press company representing awardwinning musicals and plays. Currently: Jersey Boys, Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Matilda the Musical, Beautiful the Carole King Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, The King and I, Donny & Marie Christmas, The Sound of Music, Fun Home, NETworks presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Love Letters starring Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal, and The Rat Pack Is Back!. www.bbonyc.com. DENISE WOOD (Executive Producer) was lead producer with the RSC for 10 years. Working alongside artistic director Michael Boyd, she was responsible for planning the artistic program worldwide and for overseeing the producing of the company’s repertoire. Her credits as an RSC producer (1995-2012) include Michael Boyd’s Olivier Award-winning eight-play Histories cycle (2006-08) and Gregory Doran’s acclaimed 2009 production of Hamlet with David Tennant. She has worked on Matilda the Musical since its inception, premiering the production in Stratford and London before leaving the RSC to pursue a freelance career. ANDRÉ PTASZYNSKI (Executive Producer) has won, as a producer, best musical Olivier or Standard awards for six shows. He has produced more than 50 shows in all, in London, New York and on tour. His company, Pola Jones, also produced comedy series for the BBC. For many years he was the promoter for a wide range of comic talent, from Dave Allen and Rowan Atkinson to Eddie Izzard and the


BIOS/STAFF League of Gentlemen. André was chief executive of the Really Useful Group (2005-11) and, for the past 15 years, has programmed and run Andrew Lloyd Webber¹s West End theaters, including the London Palladium and the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. He was on the board of the National Theatre for nine years and, among projects currently in development, is working on Groundhog Day, Tim Minchin’s new musical, with Matthew Warchus. THE ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY (Producer) creates theater at its best, made in Stratford-Upon-Avon and shared around the world. Everyone at the RSC plays a part in creating the world you see onstage, and we bring it to the widest possible audience through our touring, residencies, live broadcasts and online activity. Wherever you experience the RSC, you experience work made in Shakespeare’s hometown. We produce an inspirational artistic program each year, setting Shakespeare in context, alongside the work of his contemporaries and today’s writers. We have trained generations of the very best theater-makers, and continue to nurture the talent of the future. We also work with schools and teachers to inspire a lifelong love of Shakespeare in young people. We have always had a special relationship with America, welcoming more than 20,000 U.S.visitors to Stratford each year and bringing productions and education programs here regularly, with our presenting partners in the U.S., the Ohio State University. www.rsc.org.uk THE DODGERS (Producer). Dodger Properties is a producing partnership hatched at BAM in 1978 by six friends: Michael David, Edward Strong, Rocco Landesman, Des McAnuff, Doug Johnson and Sherman Warner. From the initial foothold in Brooklyn, the Dodger family grew, migrated to the NY Shakespeare Festival, then to off and on Broadway, where their productions have garnered a host of national (Tony, Drama Critics Circle, Obie) and international (Olivier, Helpmann and Dora) awards. Current Broadway: A Bronx Tale. Other Broadway: Jersey Boys, Matilda, 42nd Street, Urinetown, The Farnsworth Invention, Dracula, Jesus Christ Superstar, Into the Woods (’87 and ’02), The Music Man, Titanic, Wrong Mountain, Footloose, Mandy Patinkin, High Society, 1776, … Forum, The King and I, The Who’s Tommy, Ralph Fiennes’ Hamlet, Guys and Dolls, Once Upon a Mattress, How to Succeed…, Jelly’s Last Jam, The Secret Garden, Prelude to a Kiss, The Gospel at Colonus, Big River, Pump Boys and Dinettes. In addition to A Bronx Tale on Broadway, the Dodgers are producers of Jersey Boys in London and a touring production in North America. Their offices are in Times Square and London’s Covent Garden. Their President is Michael David.

STAFF FOR MATILDA THE MUSICAL GENERAL MANAGEMENT DODGER MANAGEMENT GROUP Tour Booking, Engagement Management, Press & Marketing BROADWAY BOOKING OFFICE NYC Steven Schnepp Kent McIn gvale, Jenny Bates, David Freeland Zach Stevenson, Sean Mackey, Stacey Burns Danny Knaub, Rachel Peterson, Phil Della Noce COMPANY MANAGER Michael Altbaum NATIONAL PRESS REPRESENTATIVES BONEAU/BRYAN-BROWN Adrian Bryan-Brown Jackie Green Kelly Guiod PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT AURORA PRODUCTIONS Ben Heller Chris Minnick Liza Luxenberg Ryan Murphy Geoff Quart Anthony Jusino Isaac Katzanek Eric Casanova Luke Ricca Steven Dalton Allison Queen Serena Montsma Justin Bell Cori Gardner Gene O’Donovan CASTING JIM CARNAHAN CASTING Jim Carnahan, CSA Jillian Cimini, CSA NORA BRENNAN CASTING Nora Brennan, CSA Production Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . Eric Insko Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sarah Testerman Assistant Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . Michelle Scalpone Amy Steinman Assistant Company Manager . . . . . . . . Lyndsey Goode Resident Director . . . . . . . . . . . . Samantha Saltzman Tour Associate Dialect Coach . . . . . . . Jane Gooderham Voice Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Julie Congress Music Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bill Congdon Children’s Music Director . . . . . . . . . . . .Nancy Whelan Assistant Choreographer . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sara Brians Associate Scenic Designer . . . . . . . . . . . Paul Weimer Assistant Scenic Designers . . . . . . . . . . Carl Baldasso, Starlet Jacobs, Dennis Moyes, G. Warren Stiles Associate Costume Designer . . . . . . . . Nancy Palmatier Costume Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . .MacKenzie Turner Hair, Wigs and Makeup . . . . . Campbell Young Associates Associate Lighting Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . Joel Shier Assistant Lighting Designer . . . . . . Jeremy Cunningham Lighting Programmer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Zach Peletz Media Assoc. & Programmer . . . . . . . . . . Laura Frank Associate Sound Designer . . . . . . . . Tony Smolenski IV Production Consultant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . David Lober Film Sequence Creation . . . . . . . . . . . Peter Glanville, Seonaid Goody/ Little Angel Theatre Puppeteers . . . . . . . . . . Seonaid Goody, Mandy Travis Production Carpenter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fran Rapp Head Carpenter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jamie Kurtz Flyman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Todd Whitaker Automation Carpenter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ryan Yorty Advance Carpenter . . . . . . . . . . .Robert Michael Kantz Production Electrician . . . Randall Zaibek, James Fedigan Head Electrician . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christopher Nimm Lead Frontlight Operator . . . . . . . . Mark Sparky Mallory Moving Light Technician . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sean Furphy Production Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . Emiliano Pares Head Props . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Greg Tassinaro Advance Sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Paul Gonzalez Assistant Props . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Virgil Myers Production Sound Engineer . . . . . . . . . . . . . Phil Lojo Sound Mixer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mitchell Tracey Deck Sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Micala Nuss Wardrobe Supervisor . . . . . . . . . . . . Megan McGilvery Assistant Wardrobe Supervisor . . . . . Marcia Van Kuiken Hair and Makeup Supervisor . . . . . . . . . . Jennifer Chin

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STAFF Assistant Hair and Makeup Supervisor Stephen Riegel-Myer Head Guardian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mallory Hewell Guardian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Melody Harnish Acrobatics Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hector Salazar Boxing Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jimmy Fusaro Additional Orchestrations . . . . . . . . . . . Laurie Perkins Music Technology Programming . . . . . . . . . Phij Adams Synthesizer Technician . . . . . . . . . . . . . Randy Cohen Advertising . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AKA Marketing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dodger Marketing Web Design/Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AKA Merchandising . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Araca Group Children’s Tutoring . . . . . . . . . . On Location Education Travel Agent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Road Rebel Banking . . . . . . . . .Signature Bank/Barbara von Borstel Accountants . . . . . . . . . . . Schall and Ashenfarb, CPAs Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AON/Albert G Ruben Counsel . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daniel Wasser, Elliot Brown/ Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo, PC Information Technology Management . . . . . ITelagen, Inc. Production Photographer . . . . . . . . . . . . Joan Marcus Theatre Displays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . King Displays Official Website www.MatildaTheMusical.com/Tour ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY Chairman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nigel Hugill Deputy Chairman . . . . . . Lady Sainsbury of Turville CBE Artistic Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gregory Doran Executive Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . Catherine Mallyon Executive Producer . . . . . . . . . . . . André Ptaszynski Executive Producer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Denise Wood Director of Commercial Services . . . . . . . . Sara Aspley International Production Coordinator . . . . Georgie Fellows Head of Press . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Philippa Harland Director of Sales & Marketing . . . . . . . . . . . . Chris Hill Business Affairs Adviser . . . . . . . . . . . . Jonathan Hull Head of Marketing, Matilda London . . . . . . Nicole James Director of Education . . . . . . . . . . . . Jacqui O’Hanlon Press Associate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ryan Petersen for The Corner Shop PR Development Director . . . . . . . . . . . Rebecca Preston Technical Manager, Matilda London . . . . . Digby Robinson Director of Communications . . . . . . . . . . Liz Thompson RSC Advisor, Matilda Broadway . . . . . . . . . Ric Wanetik Commercial Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kevin Wright THE DODGERS Dodger Properties President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michael David Executive Producer . . . . . . . . . . Sally Campbell Morse Partner Emeritus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Edward Strong Director of Creative Development . . . . . . Lauren Mitchell Director of Business Administration . . . . . . Pamela Lloyd Director of Marketing . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jessica Ludwig Director of Finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . Paula Maldonado Director, Dodger International . . . . . . . . Dana Sherman Production Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jeff Parvin Associate General Manager . . . . . . . . . . John Gendron Production Associate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kiaya Hacene Project Coordinator/Investor Relations . . . . Andrew Serna Sales Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ann E. Van Nostrand Marketing Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . Samantha Stone Senior Finance Associate . . . . . . . . . Mariann Fresiello Office & Atelier Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sarah Styx Assistant, Creative Development . . . . . . Courtney Sachs Special Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Haber Counsel to Dodger Properties . . . . . . . . . . .Nan Bases CPA to Dodger Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ira Schall Dodgers-at-Large Michael Altbaum, Danny Austin, Carly J. Bauer, Sam Burgess, Sandra Carlson, Lyndsey Goode, Richard Hester, Heather Losey, Ron Melrose, Jason Pelusio, Katey Plotkin, Maureen Rooney, Matthew Rossi, Linda Wright

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IN MEMORY It is difficult to imagine producing anything without the presence of beloved Dodger family members James Elliot Love and Jean-Michel Quincey. Friends to everyone they met, James and Jean-Michel stood at the heart of all that is good about the theatrical community. They will be missed, but their spirits abide. RSC, ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY and the RSC logo are registered trademarks of the Royal Shakespeare Company CREDITS Scenery built, painted and automated by Hudson Scenic Studio. Additional scenery built and painted by Show Motion Inc., Milford, Connecticut. Sound shop: Sound Associates, Inc. Lighting equipment and special effects by PRG Lighting. Laser effects projection provided by Norman L. Ballard. Props provided by BrenBri Props, Prop N’Spoon, JCDP. Costumes and shoes provided by Tricorne Costumes, Artur & Tailors, Bra*Tenders, Hochi Asiatic, TO Dey Custom Shoes, La Duca, Gene Mignola Inc., Douglas Earl, Giliberto Designs, Beckenstein Custom Shirts, Bethany Joy Costumes, Claudia Diaz Costume Shop, Miro Affonso, Arnold Levine Millinery, Hilary Sleiman Knitwear, the Royal Shakespeare Company. Scooters provided by Micro Scooters. Harnessed Movement Consultants: Grounded Aerial, LLC. Rehearsed at the New 42nd Street Studios. Matilda The Musical original Broadway cast recording is now available from Broadway Records/Yellow Sound Label. WARNING The photographing or sound recording of any performance or the possession of any divice for such photographing or sound recording inside this theatre, without written permission may be punished by ejection and violations may render the offender liale for money damanges.

The Actors and Stage Managers employed in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. Backstage and Front of the House Employees are represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (or I.A.T.S.E.). The musicians employed in this production are members of the American Federation of Musicians. United Scenic Artists represents the designers and scenic painters for the American Theatre. The Director and Choreographer are members of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Inc., an independent national labor union. The Theatre Managers, Press Agents, and Company Managers employed in this production are represented by the Association of Theatrical Press Agents & Managers. This production is produced by a member of The Broadway League in collaboration with our professional unionrepresented employees.


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ETIQUETTE 1. Please arrive early. Latecomers may not be seated until intermission. 2. Take care of personal needs (drinks of water or restroom) before the performance begins. 3. Please silence or turn off all electronic devices, including cell phones, beepers, and watch alarms. We encourage you to share your experience at the Fox via social media, but please refrain from doing so or texting during performances; the glow from your device is distracting. 4. Most shows do not allow photography of any kind. Flash photography inside the theatre is never allowed as it is a distraction to those around you and a danger to the performers. 5. The overture is part of the performance. Please cease talking at this point. 6. Dear Lovebirds, when you lean your heads together, you block the view of the people behind you. Please consider the people that will be seated behind you when choosing whether or not to wear a hat or what hair style you choose. 7. Please refrain from talking, humming, or singing along with the show, except when encouraged to do so by the artist or show. 8. Please wait for an appropriate moment to dig something out of your pocket or bag. 9. Go easy with the perfume and cologne, many people are highly allergic. 10. If you need assistance during the show, please go to your nearest volunteer usher. If additional assistance is needed the usher will get the appropriate person to further help you. 11. Yes, the parking lot gets busy and public transportation is tricky, but leaving while the show is in progress or before the actors have taken their final bows is discourteous. Wait until it is over and then exit with the rest of the audience.

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STAFF Allan C. Vella. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President & C.E.O. Adina Alford Erwin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President & C.O.O. Jeff Quesenberry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President & C.F.O. Jamie Vosmeier. . . . . . Senior Director, Sales and Marketing Shannon Caudill. . . Director of Operations & Public Safety Lester Andrews. . . . . . . . . . Director of Information Systems Nancy Lutz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Special Events Shelly Kleppsattel. . . . . . . . . . Booking & Contract Manager William Renshaw. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Finance Rachel Bomeli. . . . . . . . . Manager Ticket Sales and Service Jon Cooper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Guest Services Manager Shelby Moody . . . . . . . . . . Corporate Group Sales Manager Aly Knight. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marketing Manager Laura Zimbrick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Corporate Partnership Premium Seating Manager Amy Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Production Gary Hardaway. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Carpenter Larry Watson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Flyman Scott Hardin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Props/Projectionist Ray T. Haynie. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Electrician Cary Oldknow. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Electrician Rodney Amos. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Audio Jimmy McConico . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Security Manager Jerome Carter. . . . . . . . . . . Facilities Operations Supervisor

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Edward L. White . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chairman Keith O Cowan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice Chairman Clara Axam, Robyn Barkin, Beauchamp Carr, Renee Dye, Sheffield Hale, John Holder, Edward Hutchison, Walt Huntley, Craig Jones, Jay Myers, Glen Romm

EMERITUS MEMBERS John Busby Jr., Anne Cox Chambers, Pat Connell, Rodney Cook, Ada Lee Correll, Richard Courts, Jere Drummond, Richard Flinn, Julia Grumbles, Steve Koonin, Charles Lawson, Robert Minnear, Starr Moore, Joseph Myers, Edward Negri, Edgar Neiss, Joe Patten, Carl Patton, Sylvia Russell, Nancy Simms, Preston Stevens, Alan Thomas, Clyde Tuggle, Carolyn Wills Official Beverage of the Fox

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION THE THEATER A fully restored 1929 “Movie Palace,” the Fox Theatre, with 4,665 seats, is a multiple-purpose facility, housing Broadway shows, ballet, symphonies, concerts, movies, and private corporate events. PRIVATE EVENTS The Fox Theatre has three private rental spaces, with accommodations for 25 to 1,200 guests. Our Egyptian Ballroom and Grand Salon are beautifully decorated and can be set up to your specifications. The Landmarks Lounge is adjacent to the lobby and is perfect for a small pre-show and intermission event. To book your “Fabulous Fox” evening, please call 404.881.2100 or visit us at www.foxtheatre.org. TICKET OFFICE The Fox Theatre Ticket Office is located in the arcade entrance to the theatre. The Ticket Office is open for walkup ticket sales Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., and Saturday,10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The Fox Theatre Ticket Office is not open on Sundays unless there is a performance. On event days, the Ticket Office opens two hours prior to show time. Doors to the Fox open one hour prior to show time. Tickets for all performances at the Fox may be purchased online at www.FoxTheatre.org, all Ticket Alternative outlets and all Atlanta-area Whole Foods Markets, by calling 855-285-8499, or by visiting the Fox Theatre Ticket Office in person during regular Box Office hours. GROUP SALES The Fox Theatre Group Sales Department offers discounts to Groups for most Broadway shows. The Group Sales office is open Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm. Call 404 881-2000 or email foxgroup@foxtheatre.org. CONCESSIONS Concession stands are located in the Spanish Room, main lobby, and on the mezzanine lobby level. RESTROOMS Restrooms are located off the Main Lobby (downstairs), Mezzanine Lobby levels, and the Gallery level. Accessible restroom facilities are located in the Spanish Room and Accessible/Family restrooms are located through the Office door in the main lobby. GIFT SHOP The Fox Theatre operates a gift shop selling history books, T-shirts, sweatshirts, and an assortment of other theatre-related merchandise. The gift shop is located in the Spanish Room. TOURS Fox Theatre Tours are conducted Mondays and Thursdays at 10 AM, 11 AM, noon and 1 PM. Saturday tours are offered at 10 AM and 11 AM. Fox Theatre Tours are guided by Fox employees well-versed in the Fox’s history, current events, awards, and upcoming shows.   Tickets for Fox Theatre Tours are available at the Fox Theatre Ticket Office or online at www.foxtheatre.org. Special Tours can range from backstage to architectural to a school or college group. Please contact the Fox Theatre by calling 404.881.2100 to schedule your group tour. LOST AND FOUND Lost and found items are turned in to the Event Staff’s office. To check on lost items, please call 404-881-2119. Lost and found items will be retained for 30 days.

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EMERGENCY INFORMATION In the event of an emergency, and for your safety, please follow the directions provided by the Fox Theatre staff. SMOKING In accordance with the Fulton County Clean Air Ordinance, the Fox Theatre is a smoke-free facility. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas. ABOUT ACCESSIBILITY The Fox Theatre strives to make events accessible to all guests. If you require assistance during your visit to the Fox Theatre please seek out or ask for one of our Accessible Ambassadors. These staff members are attired in the traditional Fox Theatre uniform however also have gold braid and white gloves to make them easier to see. The Fox Theatre offers the use of wheelchairs, listening devices and booster seats at no additional charge. Our Ambassadors will assist you to special restroom accommodations. Note: Steep Steps lead to all seats on the upper levels. For assistance needed or additional information on programs, please contact the Event Staff’s office at: 404-881-2119. TICKETS To purchase accessible seating at the Fox Theatre please call: 404-881-2016 Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM or on Saturday, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. A Fox Theatre Ticket Office Associate will be happy to help you. Ticket buyers may also visit the ticketing site at www.foxtheatre.org. PROGRAMS PROVIDED Opened Captioning Performance Sponsored in partnership through TDF (Theatre Development Fund).

ELEVATORS Elevators are located at the north end of each lobby. The elevators are available during all performances and make it possible to access each lobby without the use of stairs. Patrons should be aware that access to upper seating areas do involve stairs. PARKING Parking is available within a four-block radius in all directions of the Fox Theatre. Advanced reserved parking is available for sale at the Fox Ticket Office or by calling 855-285-8499. The Fox Theatre assumes no responsibility for vehicles parked in any of the privately owned parking lots operating in the Fox Theatre district. PERFORMANCE NOTES All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket in order to be admitted to the theatre. Not all events are suitable for children. Infants will not be admitted to adult programs/ performances. Parents will be asked to remove children who create a disturbance.   Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of the management, in conjunction with the wishes of the producers.   Please turn off all pagers and cell phones prior to the beginning of each performance.   Camera and recording devices are strictly prohibited.   Backstage employees are represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.)


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The many hills in Staunton, a city of about 25,000 (pronounced STANN-ton), let you take in the city skyline, with its church steeples, Mary Baldwin University and historic courthouse. The mountains outside Stanton aren’t bad, either.

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O,Shenandoah One-of-a-kind theater and fine food are among the great reasons to visit the arts and history hub of Virginia’s famous valley. By Emily L. Sproul

pring has come to the Shenandoah Valley, a picturesque spot framed by the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Allegheny branch of the Appalachians. You might come for the views, but this corner of western Virginia also will seduce you with its art, theater and neighborly vibe. Staunton, known as the “Queen City” of the Shenandoah, is the valley’s heartbeat. Founded in 1787 and named for a Royal Lieutenant-Governor’s wife, today it promises Victorian charm, one-of-a-kind theater at the American Shakespeare Center, antiques, art and some of the best restaurants in the state. This city of about 25,000, is pronounced STANN-ton, by the way. It likely won’t be

the only word you encounter that looks one way and is spoken another. Locals goodnaturedly joke that this is how they tell who’s from here and who’s not. Either way, you’ll find a pedestrianfriendly downtown and beautiful Victorian architecture. Staunton has five historic districts plus the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Museum and the Gothic-Revival style Trinity ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 35


DRIVING DISTANCE: 510 miles (about 8 hours). GETTING THERE: Take I-85 north to I-485 north to Charlotte. Then take I-77 north to I-81 north. Take Exit 225 off I-81 north and follow the signs to the historic downtown area. WHERE TO STAY: Options include the historic Stonewall Jackson Hotel in the middle of downtown, which puts you within walking distance of most of Staunton’s best attractions. For the B&B experience, try the Frederick House. Air BnB can connect you with delightful lodgings in the city’s “small hotels” like The Bard’s Nest or The Storefront, as well as rooms in historic homes. ESTIMATED COST: About $1,100 for a fourday weekend. 36 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

AMERICAN SHAKESPEARE CENTER

IF YOU go

Episcopal Church, which sits on 9.9 acres and dates to 1875. Grab a map from the Visitors Center on South New Street and take a self-guided tour, or check out Staunton Guided Tours (540.885.2430), which offers year-round trolley and walking tours. April is Shakespeare’s birthday, making it a perfect time to treat yourself to a show (or two or three) at the American Shakespeare Center (540.851.1733 or 877.MUCH.ADO). If you like your Shakespeare stuffy, don’t see it here. The internationally acclaimed professional theater company performs year-round in the beautiful 300seat Blackfriars Playhouse, the only re-creation of the first indoor theater (used by the bard and friends) in the English-speaking world. ASC’s actors perform four or five shows in repertory for a few months at a time before moving to a different repertoire. Many are by Shakespeare, but not all. If you visit by mid-April, you’ll see The Merchant of Venice, Coriolanus, Sheridan’s The School for Scandal, the contemporary Shakespeare’s Sister and/or The Fair Maid of the Day, a 400-year-old script whose playwright is unknown. If you visit from mid-April to mid-June, you’ll see Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, Romeo and Juliet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona and/or the 1988 comedy Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet). There are two things you should know about ASC. First, all shows are performed under Shakespeare’s original staging conditions — on a simple stage without elaborate sets and with the audience sharing the same light as the actors (similar but not exactly like Atlanta’s Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse). Onstage seats are available, and don’t be surprised if an actor delivers his/her aside to you or gives you a prop to hold. Second, arrive early. The actors sing and play contemporary music — often folk, country and/or rock — pre-show and at intermission. The music is contemporary


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and themed to that evening or afternoon’s show. It’s a lively, occasionally raucous and communal experience that makes you feel less like an audience member and more like a co-conspirator. Staunton’s commitment to the arts also is evident in several galleries that display the work of local and regional artists. The R.R. Smith Center, a block from the Blackfriars Playhouse, rotates shows monthly. Co-Art Gallery, at the other end of downtown, exhibits work by members of the Beverley Street Studio School and other locals. If watching artists in action is your thing, visit Sunspots Studios, where you can see glassblowers work seven days a week (and take home a souvenir). Dozens of women-owned independent businesses await your shopping skills on the main street named for founder William Beverley. Expect a range of local, regional and global fair-trade gifts and products. You’ll also find three antique shops on Beverley — Inside Newtown, Staunton Antiques Center and 17 E. Beverley Antiques. The latter two offer booths from multiple vendors. Factory Antique Mall, the largest antique mall on the East Coast, is a six-mile drive away in Verona. If all of this leaves you with an appetite, or you want to fill up before or after an ASC curtain, you’re in the right place. In the past decade, Staunton has become a go-to source for farm-to-table eateries. Topping the list is the acclaimed

OPPOSITE PAGE: The 300-seat Blackfriars Playhouse is the performing home of American Shakespeare Center, a renowned professional company that does shows 365 days a year. ABOVE: Glass-art souvenirs — ornaments, lamps, garden accents — can be had at Sunspots Studios’ large gallery in historic downtown.

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If you make the trip to Staunton, two restaurants should be atop your don’t-miss list. Zynodoa (top and right) features a precise seasonal menu — and cocktails — that will make you very happy. The Shack — the name is a bit of a misnomer — is a funky spot where a James Beard-nominated chef will create your prix-fixe dinner.

Zynodoa (Native American for “Shenandoah”). You will need to think a bit ahead and make a reservation here (540.885.7775). When you arrive, your host will politely ask if you’re going to the Playhouse that evening, so your meal can be properly timed. Then you can dance your way around a seasonally inspired menu — creamy cauliflower and Granny Smith apple soup or a curly kale salad, perhaps, followed by citrus-molasses brined chicken breast, slow-roasted pork or Virginia peanut-crusted catfish. Do get the bruleed cast-iron cornbread with house-made apple butter. The cocktails, by the way, are just as precise as the food. Staunton’s national attention as a foodie destination also comes from The Shack (540.490.1961), where chef Ian Boden, a James Beard Award nominee, creates his own kind of American cuisine. You’ll need a reservation for this tiny gem of a restaurant, too, with its mismatched chairs and shared tables tucked beneath funky art. The prix-fixe menu rarely disappoints. For breakfast and lunch, Cranberry’s Grocery and Eatery, the Pampered Palate, and Farmhouse Kitchen and Wares all offer fresh-to-order food. You’ll find independent coffee shops on every block and even more local art. If you’re willing to venture a bit out of downtown, Newtown Baking across from historic Thornrose Cemetery, and Lundch (named for owner/chef Mike Lund) on Springhill Road next to Gypsy Hill Park, offer delectable menus from acclaimed bakers/chefs.


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hock waves rippled through the local baseball world three years ago when the Atlanta Braves announced they were moving home plate 13 miles north to Cobb County, ending a 50-year tradition of driving downtown to watch Major League Baseball. By leaving downtown, the Braves set out to start over, with a blank canvas that would include a state-of-theart ballpark and a year-round experience that would bring fans — and others — to the area when grown men weren’t trying to hammer a hard white ball.

Thus, Battery Atlanta was conceived: a 1.5 million-sq. ft. mixed-use development with a luxury hotel, a concert venue, boutique shopping, 550 residences, and world-class dining and entertainment. So this month, after more than 1,100 days of cranes and hard hats, SunTrust Park and the Battery Atlanta are ready – or almost ready — for their close-ups. Not every eatery will be in play by Opening Day, but you can get your utensils ready for a Murder’s Row from some of Atlanta’s most beloved chefs, plus outposts of some of the hottest concepts nationwide.

Don’t expect the 27,000-sq. ft. Punch Bowl Social to open until October. When it does, the food will come from awardwinning chef Hugh Acheson — including this Fra’mani fried bologna sandwich. Punch Bowl’s plans include a craft beverage program, games and a large rooftop patio overlooking SunTrust Park.

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ANTICO PIZZA Giovanni Di Palma’s Neapolitan pizza phenomenon fires up the brick ovens at a third location, promising more than the floppy disappointment of traditional ballpark slices. Projected opening: To be determined. CRÚ FOOD & WINE BAR A vino wonderland. Servers doubling as sommeliers direct your journey through more than 30 wines offered by the glass and more than 300

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bottles on a wine list honored by Wine Spectator magazine. The grapes come with a seasonal menu. Projected opening: late spring. C. ELLET’S James Beard Award-winning chef Linton Hopkins and his wife, Gina (Restaurant Eugene, Holeman and Finch, Longleaf and H&F Burger), get into the steakhouse game with this Southern twist on highbrow meatery. C. Ellet’s, named for Hopkins’ greatgrandfather, is a 6,500-sq. ft. room seating up to 200, with a New Orleans flavor. Projected opening: May. THE EL FELIX Forget the traditional ballpark nachos with canned cheese dip. Chef Ford Fry brings the smoky Tex-Mex grub that has made his Avalon location in Alpharetta famous. Tacos, nachos, carnitas and fajitas are made fresh with top-quality meats smoked over wood. Fry says to expect a vintage truck serving grab-and- go margaritas to be parked

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FROM TOP: Crú Food & Wine Bar, expected to open later this spring, features a seasonal menu along with 30+ wines by the glass and a collection exceeding 300 bottles and sommeliers. The El Felix will serve its tacos nachos, carnitas and fajitas with freshly smoked meats — and guacamole — as of Opening Day.

Plus, thanks to the Battery’s open container policy, you’ll be able to roam a bit with your spirited beverages. Not listed below, but part of the Battery are a HaagenDazs ice-cream spot and BURN, an upscale cocktailand-cigar lounge. BURN debuts sometime this summer. Here’s what else is on deck, who’s still warming up and who’s ready to start (in alphabetical order). Remember, the lineup isn’t fluid, but opening dates are.


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GOLDBERG’S BAGEL CO. & DELI The Battery location is the 10th outpost of this deli concept. You’ll find sandwiches, bagels and even matzo ball soup here. Projected opening: May.

FROM TOP: A rendering of the Battery ATL development; chef Marc Taft will be making buckets of fried chicken, chicken tenders, Nashville hot chicken and more at Feed-Fried Chicken & Such, scheduled to open sometime in May.

FEED-FRIED CHICKEN & SUCH Chef Marc Taft catapults from his success at Marietta’s Chicken and the Egg with this new spot, a 3,000-sq. ft. space making buckets of fried chicken, chicken tenders, Nashville hot chicken and more. FEED will offer counter service on game days; lunch and dinner diners the rest of the year can avail themselves of a more relaxed, full-service dining area. Beverages from a fully stocked bar can be taken for a walkabout outside the restaurant. Projected opening: May. FIRST & THIRD HOT DOG AND SAUSAGE SHACK Hugh Acheson is the chef behind this spot, promising a variety of flavors that are light

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years away from traditional ballpark franks. Expect flavors from andouille (spicy smoked pork sausage with garlic and Cajun seasonings) to merguez (spicy fresh mutton- or beefbased sausage from North Africa). Projected opening: TBD. PUNCH BOWL SOCIAL A self-proclaimed “eatertainment” establishment. When it opens in a 27,000sq. ft. restaurant/bar/ entertainment area, the Punch Bowl will serve a menu designed by chef Hugh Acheson and a craft beverage program. Patrons can bowl, play bocce ball or belt it out in a private karaoke room. Topping it off: a 2,200-sq. ft. rooftop patio overlooking the Battery and the ballpark. Projected opening: October 2017 (in time for the playoffs?). TERRAPIN TAPROOM A union of brew and que. Terrapin Taproom unites the signature craft beers from the Athens brewery with the Texas-style barbecue of Fox Bros. (first in Inman Park). Beer geeks will love the adjacent ATL Brew Lab, a microbrewery where Terrapin’s brew masters will tinker with

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brewing methods, including baseball-themed brands. Fans get first dibs on sips of Terrapin that cannot be found elsewhere. Projected opening: Opening Day. TODD ENGLISH TAVERN Celebrity chef Todd English is opening his eponymous tavern as part of the forthcoming Live! at the Battery project. Expect upscale bar food that showcases “Southern heritage with an international influence.” The roughly 40,000-sq. ft. Live! will include the PBR Cowboy Bar (Professional Bull Riders Association) as well as an entertainment venue called Sports and Social. It will sit outside the entrance to SunTrust Park. Projected opening: Opening Day. WAHLBURGERS A fast-casual burger joint founded by executive chef

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Paul Wahlberg and his celebrity brothers, Mark and Donnie. Expect a variety of fresh burgers, crispy fish sandwiches and a few vegetarian options. A fullservice bar will serve adult frappes, cocktails, wine and beer, including the signature Wahlbrewski — an unfiltered pale ale custom-made by Harpoon Brewery that will be available to-go. The restaurant’s attitude comes from the brothers’ hometown of Dorchester, Mass. Projected opening: May. THE YARD HOUSE The ballpark spot is the second Yard House (the first is in Atlantic Station). Expect suds served by the yard from 130 taps in a 12,000-sq. ft. space (capacity: 829). Nosh on revved-up bar food and jam out on classic rock amid original abstract art from Jerome Gastaldi. Projected opening: Opening Day.

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FROM LEFT: When Punch Bowl Social opens in October, its menu likely will include fancy pimento cheese sandwiches. At the fastcasual Wahlburgers, opening in May, you can get uh, Wallburgers — and a signature pale ale from Harpoon called the Wahlbrewski.


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ESTABLISHMENT — In tribute to Southern fare, Establishment’s kitchen cultivates a traditional array of Georgia classics and original creations such pimiento cheese with bourbon bacon marmalade, hot boiled peanut hummus, venison “buckshot” meatballs, and one very special entree, an 1845 custom cut aged Delmonico steak served campfirestyle with parmesan rosemary truffle fries. Craft cocktails and regional beers. 1197 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 517 in Colony Square, 404.347.5291, establishmentatlanta.com. M LIVINGSTON RESTAURANT AND BAR — It’s hard to beat the location (across from the Fox Theatre in the Georgian Terrace), and diners get complimentary parking, but the main attraction is the glamour of the main dining room, which has hosted the likes of Clark Gable, and the al fresco 50 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

seating area. 659 Peachtree St. NE, 404.897.5000, livingstonatlanta.com. M LOBBY — The menu at this sophisticated American restaurant focuses on seasonal fare. In the lobby of TWELVE Atlantic Station. 361 17th St. NE, 404.961.7370, lobbyattwelve.com, M

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DINING GUIDE AMERICAN

ONE. MIDTOWN KITCHEN — Dine on fresh, seasonal American cuisine in a clublike atmosphere near Piedmont Park. 559 Dutch Valley Road, 404.892.4111, onemidtownkitchen.com. M PACES & VINE — The team behind intown Murphy’s expands to Vinings Jubilee with classic American comfort food crafted from locally sourced ingredients. Shared plates, fish, steaks. Wine-centric bar with craft cocktails. Weekday lunch, weekend brunch and dinner menus by celebrated Atlanta chef Ian Winslade (Murphy’s, W hotels, Bluepointe). 4300 Paces Ferry Road, 404.205.8255, pacesandvine.com. V Matt Ryan (above) is an eat-out kind of guy. You’ll often find him at Davio’s.

AMERICAN/STEAKHOUSE

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE — A favorite local steakhouse with multiple locations near shopping and entertainment hot spots. Sides are generous, and the quality of the steaks and seafood is excellent. Four locations: Alpharetta, 11655 Haynes Bridge Road, 770.777.1500; Buckhead, 3285 Peachtree Road NE, 404.365.0660; Centennial Olympic Park, 267 Marietta St. NW, 404.223.6500; Kennesaw, 620 Chastain Road NW, 770.420.1985; ruthschris.com. A, B, D SOUTH CITY KITCHEN — With a stylish, Southern-contemporary menu, this DiRoNA restaurant helped make grits hip for the business crowd. Three locations: Buckhead: 3350 Peachtree Rd #175, 404.815-6677; Midtown: 1144 Crescent Ave., 404.873.7358; Vinings: 1675 Cumberland Parkway, 770.435.0700, southcitykitchen. com. B, M, V

SOHO’s tempura calamari with a ginger-soy glaze.

TWO URBAN LICKS — “Fiery” American cooking meets live music at this hip hangout. 820 Ralph McGill Blvd., 404.522.4622, twourbanlicks.com. M 52 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

STK ATLANTA — STK blends a chic lounge and a dynamic fine dining experience with the superior quality of a traditional steakhouse. Midtown: 1075 Peachtree St., NE (at 12th St.); 404.793.0144, togrp.com/ venue/stk-atlanta. M

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SOHO — American-style bistro offers fish and seafood, beef, game and poultry, with gluten-free lunch and dinner options, plus their specially-priced Cobb Energy Centre theater menu will get you in and out with plenty of time to make the performance; just show your tickets to your server. Different weekly “wine and tapas” flights debut each Wednesday night. Vinings Jubilee, 4300 Paces Ferry Road, 770.801.0069, sohoatlanta.com. V


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GORDON BIERSCH — Fresh-brewed beers are a tasty accent to this brewery-restaurant’s hearty pizzas, salads and sandwiches. For a small additional fee, pre-show diners can leave cars in the lot while they’re at the Fox Theatre. Two locations: Midtown: 848 Peachtree St. NE, 404.870.0805; Buckhead: 3242 Peachtree Road NE, 404.264.0253, gordonbiersch.com. M, B TAP — A gastropub offering easy-to-share pub fare and an extensive beer selection. The patio is a great place to chill after work. 1180 Peachtree St. NE, 404.347.2220, tapat1180.com. M

CREOLE/CAJUN

COPELAND’S OF NEW ORLEANS — Bayou fare, plus steak, chicken, pasta and sandwiches. Fresh desserts and pastries from the Cheesecake Bakery. Live Jazz Sunday brunch buffet. A favorite gathering spot for Saints fans. Libations include the “Pontchartrain Beach” martini. Lunch, brunch, dinner. Takeout available. 3101 Cobb Parkway, 770.612.3311, copelandsatlanta. com. V PARISH — New Orleans-inspired dishes served with a modern twist and a fully stocked raw bar. A N’awlins-inspired brunch is served on weekends. Downstairs, a takeaway market sells sandwiches, spices, pastries and beverages. 240 North Highland Ave. NE, 404.681.4434, parishatl.com. OFW

EUROPEAN FUSION

ECCO — Esquire Magazine named this casual, European-influenced bistro a best new restaurant in America. It’s received raves for its wine list, wood-fired pizzas, and impressive meat and cheese menus. 40 7th St. NE, 404.347.9555, ecco-atlanta.com. M

ITALIAN

DAVIO’S NORTHERN ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE — At Phipps Plaza in the heart of Buckhead. 3500 Peachtree Road NE, 404.844.4810, davios.com/atl. B 54 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

LA TAVOLA — Neighborhood hub for classic Italian comfort food has a cozy, exposedbrick interior & a back patio. 992 Virginia Ave. NE, 404.873.5430, latavolatrattoria. com. M MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY — Specializing in Italian-American cuisine — and lots of it — in a classy-casual setting. Pick a booth for an intimate date night, or go big; this place is good for kids and groups. Takeout available at all locations. Buckhead: 3368 Peachtree Road, 404-816-9650; Cumberland Mall: 1601 Cumberland Mall, 770-799-1580; Perimeter Mall: 4400 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, 770-804-3313. maggianos.com B, NA, P

MEXICAN

ALMA — A refreshing approach to contemporary Mexican cuisine. Bright, fresh ingredients and traditional regional influences come together with other Latin American flavors in vibrant dishes that feel familiar and new all at once. 191 Peachtree St. NE, 404.968.9662, alma-atlanta.com. D EL TACO — An eco-friendly watering hole serving fresh Mexican food made with all-natural meats and tasty margaritas. 1186 North Highland Ave. NE, 404.873.4656, eltaco-atlanta.com.VH

SEAFOOD/SUSHI

LURE — A modern interpretation of a classic fish house with a focus on seasonality and freshness. 1106 Crescent Ave., 404.817.3650. lure-atlanta.com. M

VEGAN

HERBAN FIX — With a mission to share the best fusion vegan cuisine with local residents, businesses and visitors, Herban Fix offers a fusion vegan menu to let you experience the most iconic food throughout different parts of Asia. Taking inspiration from various cuisines, the menu at Herban Fix is carefully crafted and plated and all the dishes are designed for sharing. Ingredients are premium select, organic, fresh and aimed at good health as well as great taste. 565-A Peachtree Street NE, 404.815.8787. M


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FRIENDS OF THE FOX Members of the Fox Theatre’s Friends of the Fox program help support the Fox Theatre Institute, the theater’s community engagement arm. The Fox Theatre’s legend lives on through their generosity, supporting the theater, the city of Atlanta and communities across Georgia.

The Fox Theatre would like to thank the following Friends of the Fox who have given at the Legend ($10,000), Marquee ($5,000), Encore ($2,500) and Entourage ($1,000) levels: Legend

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FOX FUN FACTS The Fox comes in a box, too In 1974, the Fox Theatre reached a low point in its history, when the president announced it would close forever. The people of Atlanta, and then the nation, were in an uproar.

timeline with classroom lessons — from American history and the civil rights movement, to economics and the importance of community.

In 1976, the Fox became a National Historic Landmark. Since then, its supporters and employees have worked hard to live up their promise to maintain the theater and give back to the community that rescued it.

“Fox in a Box truly brings history to life.” says principal Katherine Kelbaugh of the Museum School in Avondale Estates.

Community engagement programs — like Fox in a Box — support the organization’s mission to preserve and share the landmark. Fox in a Box is an interactive school exhibit that ties key events in the Fox Theatre’s

A few more facts: • Since launching in December 2014, nearly 13,000 students have experienced Fox in a Box. • More than 6,000 students in more than 30 metro Atlanta schools will experience it in the 2016/17 school year. • Th  e movable lesson challenges students to think about how communities come together to share an experience and to protect what’s important to them and their neighbors.

• Th  e pop-up version consists of two 8-foot by 8-foot panels, one 10-foot by 10-foot fabric panel and aluminum tubing. •A  t the end of the experience, students complete several activities — creating a timeline, writing stories and making drawings — and have a class picture taken on the photo wall. 58 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

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• Th  e original, larger version of the exhibit is 8 feet tall and sits atop a 24-foot by 24-foot carpet. It has images printed on fabric panels plus interactive elements.


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