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At the ball: Max and Elsa (from left, Merwin Foard and Teri Hansen) discuss politics and neighborliness with their host and staunch Austrian, Captain Georg von Trapp (Ben Davis). Talk of the encroaching Nazis comes to the fore in this dance-and-debate scene in the von Trapp home.
et’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start this story. We’re not going clear back to the Iowa birth and Indiana boyhood of Ben Davis, who plays the dashing yet guarded Captain Georg von Trapp in The Sound of Music. We’ll begin, instead, with his theater career. He was a basketball player in high school until he quit the team “because I got mad at the coach. I have a little problem with authority. I’m much better off when I’m the authority figure.” So long, farewell to hoops meant Davis could audition for the school musical, in this case West Side Story. “I was the most non-dancing Riff you’ve ever met in your life,” he says. The only singing he’d done until then was “at the back of the bus, to try to get girls. It usually just made them annoyed at me.” Fast-forward to Davis at 22. He’d left college after two years and was working at a brokerage firm in Indianapolis. He wasn’t doing theater; he didn’t see much opportunity. An open casting call for The Phantom of the Opera took him to Chicago. Phantom didn’t bite, but its casting director invited him to return for a Les Misérables audition. He did, later flying to New York for callbacks. He returned to his day job, thinking that was that. Then Les Miz called again. They weren’t sure how high he could sing. Could he hit a high A? Davis had no idea but was soon singing into his phone for a music director in New York. “I hit the note,” Davis says. “I sang it twice. I don’t think I had ever sung it 12 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
before and I bet I looked like I was dying, but that didn’t matter because it was just audio.” Two weeks later he joined the Les Miz national tour, a job that lasted 3.5 years. Eventually, he moved to Broadway, playing the rebellious Enjolras (“Do You Hear the People Sing”) and, later, inspector Javert. Davis’ robust baritone and leading-man looks (he’s almost 6-foot-2) earned him a passel of classic musical roles — Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, Gaylord Ravenal in Show Boat, Curly in Oklahoma!,
Emile de Becque in South Pacific. In reviewing Davis’ singing of “This Nearly Was Mine” (South Pacific), a St. Louis critic wrote that the actor sang in “a voice as rich and deep as sapphires.” Vocally, the role of Captain von Trapp is smooth sailing and that suits Davis fine. What also suits him is how three-time Tony Award-winning director Jack O’Brien is shaping the show. He’s not just dusting off the 1960 musical, most loved for its Rodgers & Hammerstein score. Over the decades, says Davis, now 40,
we’ve been “luxuriating in the nostalgia of this show. We’ve just let it come to us.” O’Brien, meanwhile, is constantly challenging the actors to look at the piece anew by having a deep understanding of the material and the ability to dissect text. He’s helped uncover nuance and layers in the original libretto. Hopes are high that this new staging might do-re-mi it’s way to Broadway. (It was most recently revived there in 1998-99.) O’Brien “has given the show an urgency that brings people forward in their ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 13
seats,” Davis says. “With the politically charged climate today, and issues such as the Syrian refugee crisis, I think audiences are sensing that there could be some correlation between what was happening in 1938, when the Nazis were threatening to take over.” Davis says von Trapp, who’s often played as stern, somewhat wooden and one-dimensional, is a more complicated guy than that. “For me, this is a guy who has suffered great loss. His wife has passed away, and he’s still grieving. He has lost hope. He is left with seven children and has shut out any prospect of joy happening for him again. “I lost my dad three years ago, and also my marriage,” Davis says. “And I can identify with the sense of loss. Sometimes you look at things and say, ‘Oh my God, what has my life become?’ And I can see Captain von Trapp saying that. I think we all go through that at times.”
FROM TOP: The seven von Trapp children “welcome” Maria (Kerstin Anderson) in an early scene, while later, the Captain (Ben Davis) professes his love for her in the song “Something Good.” Anderson interrupted her college years in New York to play Maria in this national tour.
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RICHARD RODGERS OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II Book by HOWARD LINDSAY and RUSSEL CROUSE Suggested by The Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp with KERSTIN ANDERSON MERWIN FOARD
BEN DAVIS PAIGE SILVESTER
AUDREY BENNETT MACKENZIE CURRIE QUINN ERICKSON SVEA ELIZABETH JOHNSON MARIA SUZANNE KNASEL JEREMY MICHAEL LANUTI KYLA CARTER LUCAS SCHULTZ CHRISTOPHER CARL
CAREY REBECCA BROWN RONALD L. BROWN CÁITLÍN BURKE PATTON CHANDLER DANIELLA DALLI ELISABETH EVANS MEGHAN HALES JENAVENE HESTER ADAM HILL KELLY McCORMICK JULIA OSBORNE ANDREA ROSS JIM SCHUBIN and ASHLEY BROWN as The Mother Abbess Scenic Designer DOUGLAS W. SCHMIDT
Costume Designer JANE GREENWOOD Associate Choreographer JONATHAN WARREN
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CAST AND MUSICIANS
(in order of appearance) The Mother Abbess ............................................................................................................. ASHLEY BROWN Maria Rainer, a Postulant at Nonnberg Abbey............................................................ KERSTIN ANDERSON Sister Berthe, Mistress of Novices. .................................................................... CAREY REBECCA BROWN Sister Margaretta, Mistress of Postulants............................................................................. JULIA OSBORNE Sister Sophia ................................................................................................................... ELISABETH EVANS Captain Georg von Trapp ...............................................................................................................BEN DAVIS Franz, the Butler............................................................................................................DARREN MATTHIAS Frau Schmidt, the housekeeper ...........................................................................................DONNA GARNER Liesl PAIGE SILVESTER Friedrich JEREMY MICHAEL LANUTI Louisa MARIA SUZANNE KNASEL Kurt QUINN ERICKSON Children of Captain von Trapp......... Brigitta SVEA ELIZABETH JOHNSON Marta MACKENZIE CURRIE Gretl AUDREY BENNETT Rolf Gruber ..................................................................................................................................DAN TRACY Elsa Schraeder .......................................................................................................................... TERI HANSEN Ursula ...................................................................................................................................... ANDREA ROSS Max Detweiler .....................................................................................................................MERWIN FOARD Herr Zeller ...................................................................................................................... BRENT SCHINDELE Baron Elberfeld ..............................................................................................................RONALD L. BROWN Baroness Elberfeld ........................................................................................................ KELLY McCORMICK A New Postulant ..................................................................................................................... ANDREA ROSS Admiral von Schreiber .................................................................................................CHRISTOPHER CARL Neighbors of Captain von Trapp, Nuns, Novices, Postulants and Contestants at the Festival Concert.......CAREY REBECCA BROWN, RONALD L. BROWN, CÁITLÍN BURKE, CHRISTOPHER CARL, PATTON CHANDLER, ELISABETH EVANS, DONNA GARNER, JENAVENE HESTER, DARREN MATTHIAS, KELLY McCORMICK, JULIA OSBORNE, ANDREA ROSS, BRENT SCHINDELE, JIM SCHUBIN SWINGS DANIELLA DALLI, MEGHAN HALES, ADAM HILL UNDERSTUDIES
Understudies never substitute for the listed players unless a specific posting or announcement is made at the time of the performance.
For Maria Rainer — ELISABETH EVANS, ANDREA ROSS; for the Mother Abbess — CÁITLÍN BURKE, DANIELLA DALLI; for Captain Georg von Trapp — CHRISTOPHER CARL, BRENT SCHINDELE; for Liesl — ELISABETH EVANS, JENAVENE HESTER; for Friedrich — LUCAS SCHULTZ; for Louisa — JENAVENE HESTER; for Kurt — LUCAS SCHULTZ; for Brigitta — MACKENZIE CURRIE, MARIA SUZANNE KNASEL; for Marta — KYLA CARTER; for Gretl — KYLA CARTER; for Rolf Gruber — PATTON CHANDLER, JIM SCHUBIN; for Max Detweiler — CHRISTOPHER CARL, DARREN MATTHIAS; for Elsa Schraeder — DANIELLA DALLI, KELLY McCORMICK; for Franz — ADAM HILL, BRENT SCHINDELE; for Admiral von Schreiber — RONALD L. BROWN, ADAM HILL; for Herr Zeller — ADAM HILL, JIM SCHUBIN Dance Captain: JENAVENE HESTER ORCHESTRA Music Director/Conductor: JAY ALGER; Associate Conductor/Keyboards: CATHY VENABLE; Keyboards: JEREMY LYONS; Violin/Concertmaster: HAYDEN OLIVER; Violin 2: MARY BURNDRETT; Cello: NAN REBECCA KEMBERLING; Acoustic Bass: CHRISTOPHER M. RIGGENBACH; Flute/Piccolo: JEANNE KAREN CARERE; Oboe/Eng. Horn: MANDY LEE DUNAWAY; Bb Clarinet: GUESNA MIRANDA DOHRMAN; Bassoon: KIYO KOJIMA; French Horn I: EDWARD W. FERGUSON; French Horn II: ELIZABETH REGAS; Trumpet I: MARVIN LEE KING; Trumpet II: CAMERON LYNN CROTTS; Trombone: THOMAS GIBSON; Percussion II (List): SCOTT MILLARD DOUGLAS; Sub Keyboard: JOHN ROBERT STRICKLAND; Local Contractor: LEONARD ALTIERI; Music Coordinator: JOHN MILLER SYNTHESIZER PROGRAMMER — RANDY COHEN MUSIC SUPERVISOR — ANDY EINHORN The use of any recording device, either audio or video, and the taking of photographs, either with or without flash, is strictly prohibited. Please turn off all electronic devices such as cell phones and pagers prior to the beginning of the performance. ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 19
JEREMY MICHAEL LANUTI
CAREY REBECCA BROWN
RONALD L. BROWN
SVEA ELIZABETH MARIA SUZANNE JOHNSON KNASEL
BIOS MUSICAL NUMBERS AND SCENES ACT 1 Scene 1: The Nonnberg Abbey Preludium .......................................................................... The Nuns of the Nonnberg Abbey Scene 2: A Mountainside Near the Abbey The Sound of Music .......................................................................................................... Maria Scene 3: The Office of the Mother Abbess, the next morning Maria ..................................................Sisters Berthe, Sophia, Margaretta and Mother Abbess My Favorite Things ......................................................................... Maria and Mother Abbess Scene 4: A Corridor in the Abbey Reprise: My Favorite Things ........................................................................................... Maria Scene 5: The Living Room of the Trapp Villa, that afternoon Do-Re-Mi .............................................................................................. Maria and the Children Scene 6: Outside the Villa, that evening Sixteen Going on Seventeen ............................................................................... Rolf and Liesl Scene 7: Maria’s Bedroom, later that evening The Lonely Goatherd ........................................................................... Maria and the Children Scene 8: The Terrace of the Villa, six weeks later How Can Love Survive?........................................................... Max, Elsa and Capt. von Trapp Reprise: The Sound of Music .............................................. The Children and Capt. von Trapp Scene 9: The Living Room, one week later So Long, Farewell ................................................................................................ The Children Scene 10: A Corridor in the Abbey Morning Hymn ...........................................................................................................The Nuns Scene 11: The Office of the Mother Abbess, three days later Climb Ev’ry Mountain................................................................. Mother Abbess and the Nuns ACT 2 Scene 1: The Terrace, the same day Reprise: My Favorite Things ............................................................. The Children and Maria No Way to Stop It .................................................................... Elsa, Max and Capt. von Trapp Something Good ............................................................................ Maria and Capt. von Trapp Scene 2: The Office of the Mother Abbess, two weeks later Gadeamus Domino .................................................................................................... The Nuns Scene 3: The Cathedral at Nonnberg Abbey, immediately following Reprise: Maria .......................................................................................................... The Nuns Confitemini Domino ...................................................................................................The Nuns Reprise: Something Good ............................................................. Maria and Capt. von Trapp Scene 4: The Living Room, one month later Reprise: Sixteen Going on Seventeen ............................................................. Maria and Liesl Scene 5: The Concert Hall Stage, Kaltzberg, three days later Reprise: Do-Re-Mi .................................................. Maria, Capt. von Trapp and the Children Edelweiss ................................................................. Capt. von Trapp, Maria and the Children Reprise: So Long, Farewell..................................... Maria, the Children and Capt. von Trapp Scene 6: The Garden of the Abbey, that night Finale Ultimo ..................................................................................................... The Company There will be one 20-minute intermission
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KERSTIN ANDERSON (Maria Rainer) had just completed her sophomore year at Pace University in pursuit of a B.F.A. in musical theater when she was offered the opportunity to play Maria — and see America! This past year she played Clara in the Pace production of The Light in the Piazza, directed by Broadway’s Victoria Clark. Also at Pace: The Visit (Annie, dir. John Doyle). Regional credits include My Name Is Annie King (Mav, Scene Space) and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Shy, the Forestburgh Playhouse). Thanks to her friends, family, teachers and supportive community back in Vermont! Jeff Berger Management. BEN DAVIS (Captain Georg von Trapp) starred as Fred/ Petruchio in Kiss Me, Kate at London’s Royal Albert Hall on BBC 3 Radio/BBC 2 TV. Broadway: Violet (the Preacher), A Little Night Music (Mr. Lindquist), Les Misérables (Javert/Enjolras), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Trevor Graydon). Tony honoree for Baz Luhrmann’s La Bohème (Marcello). Tours/regional: Spamalot (Galahad), The Sound of Music at Paper Mill Playhouse (Captain von Trapp), Oklahoma! at The Muny (Curly), South Pacific at The Muny and Asolo Repertory Theatre (Emile). Opposite Kelli O’Hara and Victor Garber in Kurt Weill’s Knickerbocker Holiday at Lincoln Center. New York City Opera/BAM production of Anna Nicole, The Opera (Billy Smith). Film/TV credits include Papageno in The Magic Flute (dir. Kenneth Branagh), “30 Rock” and “Numb3rs.” Concerts: the RTÉ Orchestra in Dublin, the Hollywood Bowl as Older Patrick in Mame, Westchester Phil with Kelli O’Hara, LA Philharmonic. www. benjaminjaydavis.com ASHLEY BROWN (Mother Abbess) originated the title role in Broadway’s Mary Poppins (Outer Critics, Drama League and Drama Desk nominations for best actress). Other Broadway credits include Belle in Beauty and the Beast. She received critical acclaim for her star turns in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Show Boat and Oklahoma! and has performed with all of the top orchestras in North America, including the Boston Pops, New York Pops, New York Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl, Philadelphia Orchestra, etc. Brown has performed her Telly Award-winning PBS show at the Kennedy Center, Birdland and Feinstein’s at the Regency, and is the voice of Disneyland (celebrating its 60th anniversary), singing the newly penned Richard Sherman song, “A Kiss Goodnight.” She is a graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. MERWIN FOARD (Max Detweiler) was most recently on Broadway in Aladdin and the Tonynominated revival of Annie (FDR). Broadway: The Addams Family, The Little Mermaid (original cast recording), Sweeney Todd, La Cage aux Folles, 22 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
Assassins (revival cast recording), revival of Oklahoma!, Kiss Me, Kate, Jekyll and Hyde, 1776 (revival cast recording), Beauty and the Beast (original cast recording), Les Misérables, Mame and Show Boat. Disney films: Pocahontas, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The King of Thieves, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan, Home on the Range, Enchanted, Tangled and Frozen Fever. Ebenezer Scrooge on a symphonic recording of A Christmas Carol — The Concert (Amazon and iTunes). One of three actors featured in The Standbys, the first film of the 2012 Tony award’s film series. Co-writer of Baritones. Married to actress Rebecca Baxter for 25 years and has two daughters, Phoebe and Bailey.
TERI HANSEN (Elsa Schraeder) starred as Rose in the film Street Scene (Bravo) and on stage at Theater des Westens (Berlin premiere), dir. Francesca Zambello. London: Hal Prince’s Tony Award-winning Show Boat (Magnolia). Broadway: The Boys From Syracuse. National tours: The Music Man (Marian Paroo) and Camelot (Guenevere). She toured with Marvin Hamlisch and performs worldwide with symphony orchestras including the Boston Pops, Kennedy Center and Israel Philharmonic, among others. Has had starring roles with the Houston Grand Opera, Glimmerglass Opera and Opéra de Toulon, among others. She is a graduate of Florida State University with an honorary doctorate of fine arts from Central Michigan University. Debut CD: Into Your Arms, The Love Songs of Richard Rodgers (iTunes and Amazon). teridalehansen.com / @teridahlinks / facebook.com/TeriDHansen PAIGE SILVESTER (Liesl) is excited and grateful to tour with The Sound of Music! Silvester, from Sacramento, Calif., has a B.F.A. from the University of Michigan and has performed at The Muny, PCLO, Sacramento Music Circus and, most recently, the Evita first national tour. She sends love and thanks to family, friends, Jack O’Brien, blocNYC and everyone at Telsey + Co.! paigesilvester.com DAN TRACY (Rolf Gruber). Proud University of Michigan graduate, B.F.A. in musical theater. National tour: American Idiot (Tunny). Regional: Les Misérables (Marius), South Pacific (the Professor), Xanadu (Thalia). TV/film: The Seagull (dir. Michael Mayer), “One Bad Choice” (Levi Sparks), “Eye Candy.” Thanks to my family, Jack, Danny, Rachel and BRS/Gage. www.dan-tracy.com AUDREY BENNETT (Gretl) is thrilled to make her professional debut as Gretl! Regional: Academy for Creative Excellence; The Lion King Jr. (Young Nala), Peter Pan Jr. (Michael). Much gratitude and love
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to Mary Joy Nelson, Mallory Tucker/David Doan/ CESD team, Kim Pedell/ZOOM Talent, Jessica Rofé Grosman, Telsey + Co., grandparents and her big brother, Oliver.
MACKENZIE CURRIE (Marta) is honored to join the cast of The Sound of Music for her professional debut! She most recently played Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol (Colonial Players Theatre, Annapolis, Md.) and has been performing in local theater since age 4. Special thanks to Bruce and Martha Johns, and Telsey + Co. Much love to Mom and Dad, Tyler, grandparents, aunt and uncles for all the encouragement and support. QUINN ERICKSON (Kurt) is thrilled to make his national tour debut! Other credits include A Christmas Carol (Turkey Boy, Young Robert) at Zach Scott Theater, The Secret Garden (Colin) at Black Hills Play House, and Falsettos (Jason) at Austin Theater Project. Love and gratitude to Michelle Haché, David Blackburn, Zach Scott Theater family, Telsey + Co., Badiene and especially to Mom, Dad and brother Campbell. SVEA ELIZABETH JOHNSON (Brigitta), a Maryland native, is thrilled to perform in her first national tour. Regional credits include La Bohème; The Little Prince (Washington National Opera Children’s Chorus, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts); Beaches (Nina, Signature Theatre); Seussical the Musical (Jojo, Imagination Stage); The Sound of Music (Gretl, Olney Theatre Center). Thanks to Bruce, Martha, Abrams Artists and finally, Mor Mor and Opa. MARIA SUZANNE KNASEL (Louisa) is overjoyed to be a von Trapp daughter! National tours: A Christmas Story (Esther Jane), Billy Elliot (Angela Robson), White Christmas (Susan Waverly). Regional: 14 productions at The Muny in St. Louis. Favorite roles: Billy Elliot (Debbie), Shrek the Musical (Young Fiona), The Sound of Music (Gretl). Stages: Aristocats (Marie), Fiddler (Bielke). So grateful to Telsey + Co., Jack O’Brien, Matt Lenz, Nancy Carson, Mike Isaacson, Nancy Sherwin, Dad, Mom and brothers. JEREMY MICHAEL LANUTI (Friedrich). National tour debut and proud new member of AEA! Credits: Oliver! (Oliver), Mame starring Loretta Swit (Peter), Camelot (Tom), Ragtime (Edgar), Les Misérables (Gavroche), The Secret Garden (Colin), Amahl (Amahl), Seussical the Musical (Jojo). Special thanks to Joyce A. Presutti, Tesley + Co. (esp. Rachel Hoffman) and TSOM creative team. Love to DanaMarie, David, Mom and Dad.
KYLA CARTER (u/s Marta, u/s Gretl). National tour debut! TV: “Wallykazam!” (Hattie), “The Leftovers” (Young Nora). NYC: Number the Stars (Kirstie), Annie (Molly), Broadway Youth Ensemble. Special thanks to Steve Potfora, Trapper Felides, Thommie Retter, Penny Hough, Laura Luc, DMO, Telsey + Co., TSOM team, Bonnie Shumofsky, Rachel Altman, especially Donna Hailey & Orlando Peña, with all my heart, Daddy, Mommy and Camden for supporting my dream! LUCAS SCHULTZ (u/s Friedrich, u/s Kurt) is delighted to join this wonderful production. National tours: Pippin (Theo), Mary Poppins (Michael Banks), A Christmas Story (Swing). Regional: Goodspeed, Mame (Peter). Other: NYMF — Wikimusical, Oliver (Oliver), A Christmas Carol (Tiny Tim). Commercial and print: ESPN, Hess, Timberland, Toys R Us. Thank you to Telsey + Co., Dave at Shirley Grant, James Horan, Central Jersey Dance and Doug Jabara. Grateful for the support of Dad, Mom, Mikhaela and Coleman. CHRISTOPHER CARL (Admiral von Schreiber, u/s Captain Georg von Trapp, u/s Max Detweiler). Broadway: Mamma Mia!, Tarzan, South Pacific. OffBroadway: Johnny Guitar. National/international tours: The Phantom of the Opera, South Pacific, Camelot, My Fair Lady, 42nd Street, The Music Man, Anything Goes. Regional theater: Chicago, Legally Blonde, Kiss Me, Kate, Treasure Island, Les Misérables, She Loves Me, A Funny Thing ... Forum, The Unsinkable Molly Brown and Kismet. DONNA GARNER (Frau Schmidt). A proud Canadian, Donna has performed in theaters throughout Canada, the United States, Austria and Japan. Selected theater: Once (Baruška), Two Pianos, Four Hands (Thea), Buddy Holly (Vi Petty), Cabaret (Fräulein Schneider), The Full Monty (Vicki), Disney (Fairy Godmother). www.donnagarner.ca. To my love: “I carry your heart.” DARREN MATTHIAS (Franz, u/s Max Detweiler). Tours: Macbeth, The Who’s Tommy, Seussical the Musical and Joseph ... Dreamcoat. Theater: Shakespeare D.C. and New Jersey, Steppenwolf, Goodman, Kennedy Center, Ordway, Goodspeed, Cincinnati Playhouse, Idaho Shakespeare and many others. Film: The Definite Maybe. TV: All “Law & Orders” and “Chappelle’s Show.” BRENT SCHINDELE (Herr Zeller, u/s Captain Georg von Trapp, u/s Franz). Broadway/national tour: Jesus Christ Superstar (Peter, Simon, keyboards), West Side Story (Tony). Off-Broadway: The Musical
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of Musicals — The Musical! (the Leading Man). Film/TV: “Cold Case,” “Thirteen Days” with Kevin Costner. B.A.: Dartmouth. L.A./regional: The 39 Steps (Richard Hannay), Incident at Vichy (the Captain), Guys and Dolls (Sky Masterson), The Music Man (Harold Hill), The Scarlet Pimpernel (Percy), Oklahoma! (Curly), Brigadoon (Tommy), Merrily We Roll Along (Franklin Shepard). For Erika. Psalm 121. CAREY REBECCA BROWN (Sister Berthe). Select credits: Broadway/offBroadway: Ragtime (revival), Candide (NYCO), Greenwillow (York Theatre Company) and Radio City Music Hall. Regional: the McCarter, Bay Street Theatre, Maltz Jupiter, Westport Country Playhouse, La Mirada Performing Arts, San Diego Rep, East West Players, Portland Center Stage, Sacramento Music Circus and Olney Theatre Center. TV: “Switched at Birth.” careyrebeccabrown.com RONALD L. BROWN (Baron Elberfeld, u/s Admiral von Schreiber). National tours: Evita, My Fair Lady, Man of La Mancha. Regionally: Numerous portrayals of Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, Juan Peron in Evita, Daddy Warbucks in Annie and Mark Rothko in Red. Also: Camelot (Merlyn/ Pellinore), Beauty and the Beast (Maurice), Cats (Old Deuteronomy), The Secret Garden (Archibald), On the Twentieth Century, The Light in the Piazza, A Wonderful Life, Meet Me in St. Louis. Ron is a proud and active member of Actors Equity Association. CÁITLÍN BURKE (Ensemble, u/s The Mother Abbess). NYC: The Mikado (Katisha); Ruddigore (Mad Margaret), New York City Center/NYGASP. Regional: The Mikado (Katisha), Wolf Trap; A Christmas Carol, North Shore Musical Theatre; Dido and Aeneas (Witch), Boston Early Music Festival; The King and I (Lady Thiang). London: The Pirates of Penzance (Edith), National G&S Opera Company. Thanks to the production team, Rachel Hoffman, my family and Dan. caitlinburke.org PATTON CHANDLER (Ensemble, u/s Rolf Gruber) couldn’t be more thrilled to make his national tour debut. Regional: Xanadu (Sonny Malone), Les Misérables (Marius), The Little Mermaid (Prince Eric). Proud graduate of the Hartt School. Thanks to the whole TSOM team, LAVA, Telsey + Co., and family and friends! PattonChandler.com / @PattonChandler DANIELLA DALLI (Swing, u/s the Mother Abbess, u/s Elsa Schraeder). National tour debut! Regional: Man of La Mancha (Aldonza), Les Misérables (Fantine), I Do! I Do! (Agnes), Show Boat (Julie LaVerne), Hello, Dolly! (Irene Molloy), Spamalot (Lady of the Lake), 24 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
Allegro (Marjorie Taylor), A Little Night Music (Mrs. Anderssen), Sense & Sensibility the Musical (Swing). Love to Franklin! www.danielladalli.com
ELISABETH EVANS (Sister Sophia, u/s Maria Rainer, u/s Liesl). Broadway: Once the Musical. Proud graduate of the University of Michigan. Other credits include Brigadoon, Missed Connections and Spring Awakening. Film: Love the Coopers. Thanks to VGP, Mom, Dad, my sisters, friends and teachers! @elisabethaevans MEGHAN HALES (Swing) is thrilled to be part of such a masterful team with The Sound of Music! Favorite credits include Seven Brides for Seven Brothers; Sweeney Todd; My Heart in a Suitcase; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; and Carousel with Shirley Jones. She earned her B.F.A. from the Hartt School. Buckets of love and appreciation to Mom, Dad and Kyle. For Kerry. JENAVENE HESTER (Ensemble, Dance Captain, u/s Liesl, u/s Louisa) just can’t get enough of this incredible musical! The last time she journeyed through the hills of Austria was at Paper Mill Playhouse; she’s also played Liesl at Surflight Theatre. Other credits include the national tour of How the Grinch Stole Christmas and the NY reading of The Bridges of Madison County. She most recently originated and composed the new musical After Zoey. Love to Seth and her family. For career updates, visit jenavene.com ADAM HILL (Swing, u/s Franz, u/s Admiral von Schreiber, u/s Herr Zeller). NYC readings/concerts: On the Air (dir. Hunter Foster), The Music of Steve Marzullo at Symphony Space (dir. Judy Blazer), Broadway’s Future at Lincoln Center. Regional: The Fantasticks (Matt), Grease (Teen Angel), My Fair Lady (Loverly Quartet). Education: B.F.A. in voice performance, Carnegie Mellon University. Thank you to Rachel/Telsey + Co. and the whole TSOM team for this incredible opportunity! Love to my family and teachers! www.adamhill.net KELLY McCORMICK (Baroness Elberfeld, u/s Elsa Schraeder). National tours: Chitty ... Bang (Truly Scrumptious); Les Misérables (Fantine u/s). Regionally: Hello! My Baby (Goodspeed), Mary Poppins (Sacramento Music Circus), Guys and Dolls (North Shore), The Pajama Game and [title of show] (Arizona Theatre), Les Misérables (Pioneer), Ford’s, PCLO. Soloist, Omaha & Cincinnati symphonies. Alumna, MSU & CCM. www.Kelly-McCormick.com JULIA OSBORNE (Sister Margaretta). National tour: Lincoln Center’s South Pacific (dir. Bartlett Sher).
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Off-Broadway: The Blue Flower (Second Stage), Soul Doctor (NYTW). Regional: My Fair Lady (Triad Stage), A Little Night Music (Centerstage), Pirates!, Meet Me in St. Louis, The Baker’s Wife (Paper Mill), Half a Sixpence, Something’s Afoot (Goodspeed). Others: Huntington, Fulton, Florida Rep, TUTS. TV: “Boardwalk Empire.” B.F.A. Penn State. www. juliaosborne.me
ANDREA ROSS (Ursula, a New Postulant, u/s Maria Rainer). Tour: Whistle Down the Wind (Swallow). Regional: Next to Normal (Natalie, ATC/San Jose Rep), Les Misérables (Eponine, Theatre Aspen). Ross has a solo album, Moon River, with Universal Classics and Jazz (produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber). Pace University M.T. graduate! Thanks to Telsey + Co., BRS/Gage and my fairy godmother, Jane. For Mom. JIM SCHUBIN (Ensemble, u/s Rolf, u/s Herr Zeller). Off-Broadway: The Fantasticks (Matt). Regional: Barrington Stage, Cape Playhouse, West Virginia Public Theatre, Rocky Mountain Rep. Favorite credits: Chess (Freddie), Beauty and the Beast (Beast), Godspell (Jesus), Titanic (Barrett), 1776 (The Courier). TV: HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” (recurring). RICHARD RODGERS and OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II (Music and Lyrics). After long and highly distinguished careers with other collaborators, Richard Rodgers (composer, 190279) and Oscar Hammerstein II (librettist/lyricist, 1895-1960) joined forces in 1943 to create the most successful partnership in the American musical theater. Before working with Hammerstein, Rodgers collaborated with lyricist Lorenz Hart on a series of musical comedies that epitomized the wit and sophistication of Broadway in its heyday. Among their greatest successes were Pal Joey, On Your Toes and Babes in Arms. In the same era, Hammerstein brought new life to the operetta, culminating in the masterpiece, Show Boat (music by Jerome Kern). Oklahoma!, the first Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, was also the first of a new genre, the musical play, blending Rodgers’ musical comedy style with Hammerstein’s innovations in operetta. Oklahoma! was followed by Carousel, State Fair (film ’45, ’62; Broadway ‘96), Allegro, South Pacific, The King and I, Me and Juliet, Pipe Dream, Cinderella (television ’57, ’65, ’97; Broadway ’13), Flower Drum Song and The Sound of Music. Collectively, the Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals have earned numerous Tonys, Oscars, Grammys, Emmys, Pulitzers and Olivier awards. HOWARD LINDSAY and RUSSEL CROUSE (Book). The Lindsay and Crouse partnership stands
today as the longest collaboration of any writers in theater history, lasting for 32 years. Lindsay (18891968) became an actor at age 19 and went on to become a successful Broadway playwright and director. Crouse (1893-1966). After serving in the Navy, he worked on New York newspapers, gaining his first renown through a signed column in the Post. In 1932 he became head of the Theatre Guild’s publicity department and, in 1933, wrote his first Broadway show, collaborating with Corey Ford on the musical comedy Hold Your Horses. From 1934 on, Crouse wrote only with Lindsay. Their hits include The Sound of Music (with a score by Rodgers & Hammerstein); Anything Goes and Red, Hot and Blue (with scores by Cole Porter); Call Me Madam (Irving Berlin); the long-running play Life With Father (which originally starred Lindsay); the Pulitzer Prize-winning State of the Union; and The Great Sebastians, written for the Lunts. Their producing credits included The Hasty Heart, Detective Story and Arsenic and Old Lace. JACK O’BRIEN (Director). Broadway: It’s Only a Play, Macbeth, The Nance, Dead Accounts, Catch Me If You Can, Impressionism, The Coast of Utopia (Tony Award), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Tony nomination), Henry IV (Tony Award), Hairspray (Tony Award), Imaginary Friends, The Invention of Love (Tony nomination, Drama Desk Award), The Full Monty (Tony nomination), More to Love, Getting Away With Murder, Pride’s Crossing, The Little Foxes, Hapgood (Lucille Lortel Award, best director), Damn Yankees, Two Shakespearean Actors (Tony nomination), Porgy and Bess (Tony nomination). Metropolitan Opera: Il Trittico. Carnegie Hall: Guys and Dolls. Public Theater Central Park: Much Ado About Nothing. London: Love Never Dies, Hairspray (Olivier nomination). National Theatre: His Girl Friday. Artistic director of the Old Globe Theatre, 1981-2007. Six productions for PBS’ “American Playhouse.” Books: Jack Be Nimble, publisher Farrar, Straus & Giroux. DANNY MEFFORD (Choreography). Broadway: Fun Home, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Astaire and Lortel nominations) and The Bridges of Madison County. Other New York credits: Love’s Labour Lost (Drama Desk nomination), Fun Home (Lortel nomination), Good Person of Szechwan, Much Ado About Nothing, Pump Boys and Dinettes for City Center Encores!, Melancholy Play and Dance Dance Revolution. Directing: Becoming Liv Ullmann (NY Fringe), Wasted (Ars Nova) and The Maids. Education: University of Evansville and Brown University.
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ANDY EINHORN (Music Supervisor). Broadway (Music director/conductor): Bullets Over Broadway (OBCR), Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (OBCR), Brief Encounter, Sondheim on Sondheim (OBCR, Grammy nom). Tours: Sweeney Todd, South Pacific, The Light in the Piazza, Mamma Mia!, The Lion King. Regional: 92nd Street Y (Stage Door Canteen), Bay Street Theatre, Houston Grand Opera, Goodspeed Opera House, Signature Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Paper Mill Playhouse. Music director and pianist for Audra McDonald since 2011 (including Carnegie Hall, San Francisco Symphony, Sydney Opera House, album: Go Back Home) TV: “Six by Sondheim” (HBO, Peabody Award), Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy (“Great Performances,” Peabody Award). Honors graduate, Rice University. DOUGLAS W. SCHMIDT (Scenic Designer) has designed more than 200 productions over the past 40 years. Highlights: New York Drama Desk awards for the Andrews Sisters’ musical Over Here! and Ira Levin’s Veronica’s Room, Neil Simon’s They’re Playing Our Song, Bernard Slade’s Romantic Comedy, Howard Ashman and Marvin Hamlisch’s musical Smile, the original production of Grease, and the now legendary multimillion-dollar spectacle Frankenstein, which closed on opening night. In 1983, he designed Jack O’Brien’s spectacular production of Porgy and Bess at Radio City Music Hall, which also toured in America and Europe. Broadway: 2001 revival of 42nd Street (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics’ Circle Award nominations) and the 2002 revival of Into the Woods (Tony nomination, Drama Desk and L.A. Ovation awards). Other recent projects: The Best Is Yet to Come, Ventura’s Rubicon Theatre Company; and Il Trittico, The Metropolitan Opera in 2007. For American Conservatory Theatre, he designed Tales of the City, a musical treatment of San Francisco writer Armistead Maupin’s novel of the same name. The Sound of Music is his 18th collaboration with director Jack O’Brien since 1975. JANE GREENWOOD (Costume Designer) is the recipient of the 2014 Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre, 18 Tony nominations and various awards. Credits include You Can’t Take It With You, Love Letters, Act One, Once Upon a Mattress, Master Class, Passion, She Loves Me, Medea, Plenty, Heartbreak House, The Iceman Cometh, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Our Town.
NATASHA KATZ (Lighting Designer). Broadway credits include An American in Paris (Tony Award), Gigi, Aladdin, The Glass Menagerie (Tony Award), Motown, Once (Tony Award), Follies, The Coast of Utopia: Salvage (Tony Award) and Aida (Tony Award). 26 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
Extensive designs off-Broadway, at American regional theaters, concerts and permanent installations, opera and dance include Royal Opera House, Dutch National Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Metropolitan Opera and NYC Opera. Awards: Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Hewes, WhatsOnStage, Joseph Jefferson, Ruth Morely Design and National Broadway Theatre awards.
KEN TRAVIS (Sound Designer). Aladdin, Jekyll and Hyde, A Christmas Story: The Musical, Scandalous, Newsies, Memphis, The Threepenny Opera, Barefoot in the Park, Steel Magnolias. Numerous theaters and companies across the United States, Canada and Europe. ken-travis.squarespace.com ROBERT RUSSELL BENNETT (Orchestrations). In a career spanning more than five decades, Robert Russell Bennett (1894-1981) arranged more than 300 Broadway musical scores. In musical comedy’s golden era of the 1920s, he orchestrated up to 22 shows a season. His credits include Show Boat; Robert; Sunny; Rose Marie; No, No, Nanette; Girl Crazy; Of Thee I Sing; Face the Music; Carmen Jones; Finian’s Rainbow; Kiss Me, Kate; My Fair Lady; and Camelot. He orchestrated seven of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s musicals, including Oklahoma!, South Pacific, The King and I and The Sound of Music/ his arrangements for the 1955 film version of Oklahoma! earned an Academy Award. He also orchestrated and arranged Rodgers’ 13-hour TV documentary score for Victory at Sea. A classically trained composer, Bennett’s prolific output of original compositions includes symphonies, sonatas, a ballet, a concerto and an opera. He is the posthumous recipient of a 2008 Special Tony Award in recognition of his historic contribution to American musical theater. TRUDE RITTMANN (Dance and Vocal Arrangements) has more than 50 Broadway credits as a choral and dance arranger including The Sound of Music, The King and I, South Pacific, My Fair Lady, Carousel, Finian’s Rainbow, Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon and Peter Pan. A composer in her own right, she has provided music for such shows as Omnibus and Seven Lively Arts. MATT LENZ (Associate Director). Broadway: Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can, The Velocity of Autumn (associate director on original productions), Beauty and the Beast (resident director). OffBroadway: Pageant: The Musical (Drama Desk nomination), The Irish Curse (SoHo Playhouse), Idaho! (NYMF – Best of Fest and Best Director awards), The Great Daisy Theory, Fingers and Toes (NYMF) and Alan Ball’s The Amazing Adventures
WHO’S WHO IN THE CASTBIOS of Tense Guy. National tours: Hairspray, Catch Me If you Can and A Christmas Story: The Musical. Matt also directed Hairspray companies in Johannesburg, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Toronto, Las Vegas and Cologne, Germany. Regional: Numerous plays and musicals at Paper Mill Playhouse, George Street Playhouse, the St. Louis Muny, Ogunquit Playhouse, North Carolina Theatre, Maltz Jupiter Theater, Zach Theatre, Gulfshore Playhouse, Casa Manana, Gateway Playhouse, Short North Stage, Forestburgh Playhouse and Stamford Center for the Arts. Matt is a member of SDC and a teaching artist with the Broadway Dreams Foundation. www.mattlenzdirector.com
JONATHAN WARREN (Associate Choreographer) was most recently seen on Broadway with Wicked (dance captain/swing). Choreography credits: Wicked in Mexico City (asst. dance supervisor), La Cage aux Folles at Goodspeed Opera House (assoc. choreographer), Tori Scott: Thirsty! at Joe’s Pub. Performing credits: Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby, We Will Rock You, West Side Story, Cats, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Hot Mikado, Ragtime, The Will Rogers Follies. Film: Outside Providence. Love to James!
Mormon, In the Heights, Motown, Pippin, Rock of Ages, If/Then, Bring It On, Peter and the Starcatcher, American Idiot, Elf the Musical, Young Frankenstein, and Grey Gardens. TELSEY + COMPANY (Casting). Broadway/ tours: Fiddler on the Roof, The Color Purple, China Doll, Misery, Allegiance, On Your Feet!, Sylvia, Spring Awakening, Hamilton, Something Rotten!, An American in Paris, Finding Neverland, The King and I, Hand to God, Kinky Boots, Wicked, The Bridges of Madison County, If/Then, Love Letters, Newsies, Pippin, Motown, Rock of Ages, Million Dollar Quartet. Off-Broadway: Atlantic, MCC, Second Stage, Signature. Regional: A.R.T., La Jolla, New York Stage and Film, Old Globe, Paper Mill, Williamstown. Film: Fun House, Tallulah, Ithaca, The Intern, Ricki and the Flash, Focus, The Last Five Years, Song One, A Most Violent Year, Into the Woods. TV: “Flesh and Bone,” “Masters of Sex,” commercials. www.telseyandco.com THE ROAD COMPANY (Tour Booking) was founded in 1997 by Stephen Lindsay and Brett Sirota. In addition to The Sound of Music, current representation includes Wicked, Annie, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Illusionists on Broadway, Cheers Live!, If/Then, Dirty Dancing, Kinky Boots, Once, Circus 1903 and multiple companies of Elf the Musical. The Road Company is made possible by Magaly Barone, Shawn Willett, Jenny Kirlin, Justine Spingler, Didi Perez and Garrett Holtz.
TOM WATSON (Hair Designer) is head of the wig and makeup department at the Metropolitan Opera. He has designed wigs for more than 70 Broadway productions. Current and recent Broadway designs include Wicked, Rock of Ages, How to Succeed.., The Addams Family, Annie, You Can’t Take it With You and BROADWAY BOOKING OFFICE NYC (Tour The King & I. Press & Marketing) is a leading theatrical tour booking, marketing and press company representing JOHN MILLER (Music Coordinator). Recent award-winning musicals and plays. Currently: Jersey Broadway: Something Rotten, It Shoulda Been You, Boys, Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Gigi, On the Town, Beautiful, Les Misérables, On Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, the Twentieth Century, Jersey Boys. Musician (bass): Les Misérables, Matilda the Musical, Beautiful – Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson, Leonard Cohen, B.B. The Carole King Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to King, Bob Dylan. Album: Stage Door Johnny: John Love and Murder, The King and I, Donny & Marie Miller Takes on Broadway is available on PS Classics Christmas, The Sound of Music, Fun Home, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Records. www.johnmillerbass.com NETworks presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, JAY ALGER (Music Director/Conductor). Love Letters starring Ali MacGraw & Ryan O’Neal, Broadway, Las Vegas and tours: 42nd Street, Cats, and The Rat Pack Is Back!. www.bbonyc.com Starlight Express, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon. Andrew Lloyd Webber – Music of the Night, Joseph … Dreamcoat, Ragtime, The Lion King, Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular, Anything Goes, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella.
B.J. FORMAN (Production Stage Manager). Broadway: Avenue Q, 42nd Street. Off-Broadway: Jewtopia, Confessions of a Mormon Boy, The Musical of Musicals, Pirates of Penzance, The Rink. National/ international tours: Million Dollar Quartet, Mamma Mia!, Grease, 42nd Street, Man of La Mancha, Joseph RANDY COHEN (Synthesizer Programmer) has ... Dreamcoat, Phantom. Three seasons with the Gold programmed more than 50 Broadway shows including Coast Opera. Regional: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Hamilton, On Your Feet, Kinky Boots, The Book of ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 27
STAFF WHO’S WHO IN THE CAST Now Change. Stock: The World Goes ’Round, Man of La Mancha, Pirates of Penzance, The Robber Bridegroom, Nine, Big River, Victor/Victoria, The Sound of Music, Titanic and Swingtime Canteen. Love to MJP. Proud member AEA. ANDREW BACIGALUPO (Stage Manager) is thrilled to join The Sound of Music. Milan, Italy: Priscilla: Queen of the Desert (Italian premiere). West End: Merchants of Bollywood. National tour: Million Dollar Quartet, Ghost the Musical (first national tour), Walking With Dinosaurs. Kentucky native. Proud Equity member. For Mom and Dad. ALAN D. KNIGHT (Assistant Stage Manager) recently completed two years on the road with the national tour of Mamma Mia!. He was a production assistant on The Book of Mormon (first & second national tours) and Sister Act the Musical (first national tour). Lots of love to his family and friends for their support! ERIK BIRKELAND (Company Manager) is celebrating 20 years of touring and is the proud recipient of the 2014 Broadway League’s George MacPherson Road Award. Tours include Blithe Spirit starring Angela Lansbury, the Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Memphis, Chicago, Jelly’s Last Jam and 10 years of live stage tours of Rugrats, Blues Clues, ScoobyDoo, Dora and Diego. SETH WENIG (Production Supervisor) has been with NETworks since its inception in 1995. He spearheaded the international tours of Fosse starring Ben Vereen and Ruthie Henshall. Seth has produced the Lincoln Center Theatre production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific and the National Theatre production of War Horse. With Cameron Mackintosh, he executive produced the U.S. and U.K. tours of the National Theatre’s My Fair Lady, the 25th anniversary U.S. tour of Les Misérables and the new Phantom of the Opera tour. He is most proud of his greatest productions – Marlo and Camden. GENTRY & ASSOCIATES INC. (General Management) has been managing domestic and international touring productions for nearly 20 years. Gentry & Associates has managed more than 60 touring productions throughout North America. Current productions include Cameron Mackintosh’s The Phantom of the Opera, The Sound of Music, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (U.S. tour), Dirty Dancing, Blue Man Group, Elf the Musical, The Bridges of Madison County, Bullets Over Broadway, Love Letters, Once the Musical and international tours of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Shrek the Musical.
GROVE ENTERTAINMENT (Producer) is a production company dedicated to developing, producing and presenting new work. Led by producer Beth Williams, Grove partners include producers Mindy and Bob Rich, Jeremiah J. Harris, Darren P. DeVerna and Allan Williams. Current and upcoming productions include Tuck Everlasting, On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan, The Blonde Streak, Bull Durham, the tours of The Sound of Music, Dirty Dancing and An Act of God starring Sean Hayes. Grove has presented Harry Connick Jr. in concert at Avery Fisher Hall. Projects in development include a new play based on the life of Oscar Levant starring Sean Hayes, a new musical by Ryan Scott Oliver and the recently announced new musical featuring the songs of Jimmy Buffett. Before founding Grove, Williams helped launch Key Brand Entertainment in the United States and was the CEO – Theater Division for Broadway Across America. TED CHAPIN (Producer) has been head of Rodgers & Hammerstein for many years. He has worked with NETworks on numerous touring productions and is thrilled to move into the role of producer. Early in his career, he produced The Soft Touch, which closed in Boston. He has had a better time helping get many award-winning productions of R&H shows — including the current The King and I and Cinderella — off the ground. In 2003, he published the book Everything Was Possible: The Birth of the Musical “Follies,” based on his experiences as the gofer on the original production of Follies.
PROGRAM NOTES STAFF FOR The Sound of Music Production Supervisor Seth Wenig General Management Gentry & Associates Inc. Ken Gentry Gregory Vander Ploeg, Bobby Maglaughlin, Tyler Soltis, Mary K. Witte Production Management NETworks Presentations LLC Jason Juenker, Laura Dieli, Hector Guivas, Dave Burch Tour Booking The Road Company Steven Lindsay, Brett Sirota www.theroadcompany.com Tour Press & Marketing Broadway Booking Office NYC Steven Schnepp, Temah Higgins, Kent McIngvale, Jenny Bates, Zach Stevenson, Scott Praefke Casting Telsey + Company Bernard Telsey CSA, William Cantler CSA, David Vaccari CSA, Bethany Knox CSA, Craig Burns CSA, Tiffany Little Canfield CSA, Rachel Hoffman CSA, Justin Huff CSA, Patrick Goodwin CSA, Abbie Brady-Dalton CSA, Cesar A. Rocha CSA, Andrew Femenella CSA, Karyn Casl CSA, Kristina Bramhall, Conrad Woolfe CSA, Rachel Nadler, Rachel Minow, Scott Galina, Rikki Gimelstob, Madison Sylvester, Ally Kiley Company Manager Erik Birkeland Assistant Company Manager James Yandoli Production Stage Manager. . . . . . . . . . . . B.J. Forman Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Andrew Bacigalupo Asst. Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alan D. Knight Asst. Scenic Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maya Linke Associate Costume Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . Dan Urlie Asst. Costume Designers . . . . Grier Coleman, Kristin Isola Asst. Costumes & Shopper. . . . . . . Margaret Lazenby Associate Lighting Designer . . . . . . . . .Jake DeGroot Asst. Lighting Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jon Goldman Moving Light Programmer . . . . . . . . .Thomas Hague Production Electrician . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Eric Rimes Associate Sound Designer . . . . . . . . . Alex Hawthorn Associate Hair Designer . . . . . . . . .Tommy Kurzman Head Carpenter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dani Taylor Automation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tim Buzza Asst. Carpenter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kurt Oostra Flyman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Louis Riquelme Head Electrician. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Erik Plath Asst. Electricians . . . . . Mary Anderson, John Stinson Head Sound Engineer . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anthony Jones Asst. Audio. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rachael Koss Head Props. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Corey Kloos Properties Coordinator. . . . . . . . . . . . .Emiliano Pares Head Wardrobe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kaitlyn Barrett Wardrobe Assistant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Emily Staloch Wig Supervisor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tim Bohle Synthesizer Programmer . . . . . . . . . . . . Randy Cohen Associate Synthesizer Programmers . . . Jeremy King, Taylor Williams Rehearsal Pianist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Justin Hornback Guitar Instructor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Eric Davis Child Wrangler. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Emily Stamm Kloos On Location Education Tutor. . . . . . .Nicollette Iannelli
General Management Assistant . . . . . . . Morgan Ortiz Production Assistants. . . . . Carly Baron, Lizz Bender, Connor Davis Print Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AKA NYC Radio Spot Production. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HMS Media Television Spot Design/Video Production. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HMS Media, Ma2La Website. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AKA NYC Production Photography . . . . . . . . . Matthew Murphy Merchandising . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Araca Group Accounting. . . . . . . . . . NETworks Presentations LLC Tour Accountant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Laura Carey, CLA Legal Services . . . . . . . . . . . . F. Richard Pappas, Esq. HR & Payroll Services . . . . . . Human Resources inc. Housing . . . Road Concierge, an ALTOUR Company Travel Agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Janice Kessler, Carlson Wagonlit Travel Trucking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clark Transfer Grove Entertainment Staff Sara Skolnick .........................................Executive Producer Brian Wanee.........................................Production Assistant Credits Scenery, Lighting and Audio provided by Production Resource Group; Properties by BrenBri Properties, LLC; Costume Shops: Eric Winterling LLC, John Kristiansen, Brian Hemesath, Richard Lim and Henry Johnson. Rehearsed at New 42nd Street Studios and Ripley-Grier. Special Thanks to Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts and James Patrick, Executive Director “Something Good” Lyrics by Richard Rodgers Additional Lyrics by Jack O’Brien Tax & Financial Consulting, Accounting Services, IT Services CliftonLarsonAllen LLP George Wilson, Linda Rubenstein, Pat Guerieri, Tim Pizza Insurance Broker Services Maury Donnelly and Parr, Inc. Robert B. Middleton, Sr and Meghan Shriver Financial Services and banking arrangements by SunTrust Bank Stock and Amateur rights for The Sound of Music are represented by R&H Theatricals: An Imagem Company, 229 West 28th Street, 11th Floor, New York, New York 10001 www.rnh.com ONLINE TheSoundOfMusicOnTour.com Like us on Facebook The Sound of Music Follow us on Twitter and Instagram@SoundOfMusic #soundofmusictour 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. All stage work performed by employees represented by IATSE. UNITED SCENIC ARTISTS represents the designers and scenic painters for the American Theatre. The Musicians employed in this production are members of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada. The Director and Choreographer are members of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, an independent national labor union. The Press Agents, Company and House 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 union-represented employees.
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In celebration of 35 years presenting the best of Broadway to Atlanta audiences, Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta is rolling out the red carpet for another series of blockbuster musicals, Atlanta premieres and returning crowd pleasers for the 2015/16 series at the Fox Theatre. The remaining season lineup will feature Atlanta debuts of the 2013 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical Kinky Boots, Beautiful â€” The Carole King Musical, If/Then, and stunning new production of the audience favorite The Wizard of Oz. For more information about our series or to read the latest Broadway Buzz, please visit BroadwayInAtlanta.com. Watch exclusive videos, become a fan, follow us and visit us online: BroadwayAtlanta
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Animals How to tear into business or leisure travel like a pro By Terry Matthews-Lombardo
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e know. You’re already a savvy world traveler and think that all your globetrotting provided everything you need to know
about packing. That the three main categories are soft goods, hard goods and medications. That organization is so crucial you pack several days before each trip, always using a checklist. That you never, ever overpack because that is a cardi-
nal sin and only for amateurs, right? If that’s you, then by all means stop reading, take out your Mont Blanc and move on to The New York Times crossword puzzle because, apparently, you’ve got time to kill before you depart. The rest of us, however, are still trying to close our overstuffed bags while praying to the goddess of luggage weight limits that we won’t be humiliated at the check-in counter. ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 33
ries) and medications. • Three words: Light and right. • Three more words: Pack with intent. • Three times two: three tops, three bottoms. Can’t lift it? Don’t take it. We all know we’ll end up schlepping our bags from where the taxi dumps us to where we need to be. And despite hours spent shopping for luggage with nifty spinner wheels, all that walking gets old. You’ll not only be walking in and out of airports, hotels, convention centers and on cobblestone streets with that chic suitcase, you’ve probably got your computer bag/backpack plus a large purse, tote, shopping bag and who knows what else. Remember, light and right. Here are a few more tips gleaned from road warriors who’ve logged plenty of miles: • Roll clothes and/or fold two or more garments together using tissue paper or
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It’s often been said that there are two kinds of travelers: those who pack light and right, and those who wish they had. Choose your category and read on. First, here’s a new mantra for you: Pack with intent. The key is knowing what you’ll be doing on your trip so you can focus your travel wardrobe around that itinerary. This is usually easier for business trips because you can create several outfits from one suit by varying the shirts, tops and accessories. Even on pleasure trips, though, you should follow the “rule of three” — pack only three tops and three bottoms, making sure they’re all color compatible in neutrals. Once that’s covered, feel free to throw in one additional outfit (space permitting) for that ‘“just in case” event. You may have noticed that much of this advice is coming in threes. Let’s review: Three categories of travel needs: soft goods (clothing), hard goods (shoes/electronics/toilet-
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March 25–april 17 Atlanta’s own Terry Burrell brings the wit of amazing performer Ethel Waters to life in this one woman play with music from the American popular song canon, includingIrving Berlin and Harold Arlen. By and starring Terry Burrell Directed by Kenneth roberson
april 13–May 15 The heart-warming true story of BeBe Winans’s journey to success and fame, with new original music by BeBe Winans. By charles randolph-Wright and BeBe Winans Music and lyrics by BeBe Winans Directed by charles randolph-Wright
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dry-cleaning bags between layers. Both methods help prevent wrinkles and creasing.
• On longer journeys, pack for only half the trip and do laundry at the midway point. • Ship all dirties home to make room for souvenirs. Most snail-mail postage is still cheaper than unexpected airport baggage fees. Some travelers actually toss out used underwear and/or donate clothes they’re not attached to at their location. • Keep all paperwork bundled together in one place, preferably a carry-on. • Be realistic about what reading material you take. Unless you have an electronic reading device, limit yourself to one book and consider donating it along the journey. 36 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
• Make sure labels on your medication(s) show the actual prescription or that you carry the information with you separately. These are the hardest things to replace while on the road and could be the thing you need most. Vitamins now come in convenient travel packs. • Don’t bring your entire beauty routine. Use hotel shampoo. Get travel sizes for your cosmetics. • Don’t take things that can only be worn once. Our final tip is to stay travel ready at all times. Keep a bag of absolute necessities (toiletries, pajamas, electronic plugs, etc.) together to grab and go as needed. Spontaneous travel, which comes with its own anxieties, is becoming more the norm. Act like a Scout and be prepared.
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• Invest in see-through plastic packing cubes for grouped items like underwear and scarves. Carry extra zipper-lock bags for wet bathing suits or sweaty workout clothes.
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What’s news, what’s new and what’s changing in Atlanta’s dining scene
COIURTESY OF JP ATLANTA
By A. Scott Walton
elcome to Encore Atlanta’s new dining column. We’ll do our best to keep you up to date on openings, closings, what chefs are up to and who’s on the move. We’ll break things down into three categories — well done (reasons for praise), simmering (what’s in the works) and toast (what’s closed, who’s gone). Read on, and please let us know hat you think. Well done It took just a few months for Umi Sushi to become Atlanta’s most alluring space for refined raw seafood, rolls and roasted crustaceans. Reservations are hard to get, and the adjacent VIP sake lounge — Himitsu — requires invited guests to punch in a confirmed pass code for entry. Learn more: http://umiatlanta.com/. If you’ve enjoyed the grass-roots food (and upper-crust prices) at The Pinewood in downtown Decatur, there’s now a Kickstarter-funded offshoot near downtown. ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 39
moderately priced than those at most of its neighbors. Learn more: www.rrealtacos.com/. Atlanta mega-architect John Portman opened the JP Atlanta inside Hotel Indigo downtown. It’s an homage to evolving notions of fine dining in a prime atmosphere for sealing deals. The food’s a tempestuous mix of classic ingredients (shrimp, peaches, chicken livers) prepared and presented with attention to detail. Learn more: www.portman230.com/jp-atlanta/. Simmering The city’s most popular spots for leisurely weekend meals are focusing on the inaugural Atlanta Brunch Festival (noon-5 p.m. March 5) at Historic Old Fourth Ward Park on North Avenue. The age 21-and-up event featuring dozens of eateries includes free-flowing wine, mimosas and Blood Marys. Learn more: atlantabrunchfestival. com/. Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar is luring diners to East Cobb for wood-fired steaks, shellfish and seafood. Look, too, for
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The Mercury debuted in January at the trendy Ponce City Market complex, with a chic and simple menu inspired by hearty appetites (pork chops, prime rib, porterhouse steaks) and adult beverages honed in the 1960s. Learn more: www.facebook.com/ TheMercuryAtl/. R. Thomas — the famed Peachtree Street triage tent for potential hangover victims — has arisen from the grease fire that closed it in late 2015. The compact dining room and enclosed patio provide platters of hash, super-sized sandwiches, organic egg omelets and buckets of coffee 24/7/365. The menu may be predictable, but the people-watching never disappoints. Learn more: www.rthomasdeluxegrill.net/. Rreal Tacos has arrived in Midtown, and we say “mucho gracias.” The food truck-inspired taqueria near Piedmont Park emphasizes simple presentation, authentic Mexican preparation and the sophistication of locally sourced ingredients. If/when the liquor license is approved (this spring?), the adult beverages here will be more
OPPOSITE PAGE: The interior of Umi Sushi is decorated floor to ceiling with shades of wood. BELOW: An inside view of the exclusive Himitsu.
such adornments as caviar cornmeal cakes and tiered shellfish platters. Learn more: http://www.driftoysterbar.com/. Hipsters have to eat, too. So Inman Quarter — a new inner-city fortress of luxury apartments — has collected an array of startups. Go to Char Korean Bar & Grill for Asian barbecue and to Amer for meticulous cocktails. Serial chef/owner Ford Fry has announced plans to open a new cafe concept at Inman Quarter this spring. Learn more: www.facebook.com/ CharAtlanta/; www.ameratlanta.com/#home; inmanquarter.com/coming-to-iq/. Longtime restaurateur Tom Catherall is launching Tom Tom Tapas and Tequilas in Virginia-Highland. It’s a prodigal return to the first brick in his toppled (Here to Serve Restaurants) empire. The menu will dive deep into the cooking methods and ingredients (olives, octopus, sardines) perfected on the Spanish coasts. The cocktails will emphasize Catherall’s belief in the recuperative properties of booze infused with fresh and exotic fruit
juices. Learn more: www.facebook.com/tom. catherall.9 Metro Atlanta’s craft brewery scene continues bubbling with startups. Check out Torched Hop Brewing (PonceyHighland), Urban Tree Cidery (West Midtown) and Scofflaw Brewery Co. (northwest Atlanta) inside the Perimeter and, OTP, look for Gate City Brewing and Abbey of the Holy Ghosts (Roswell), Southern Sky Brewing (Kennesaw) and Left Nut Brewing (Gainesville). TV chef Marc Forgione is committed to fortifying the power-dinner portfolio in Buckhead with a Southern offshoot of his American Cut brand. Look for it in early spring. If the menu at his popular eatery in New York’s Greenwich Village is any clue, we’ll see steak tartare with aged egg yolks and cornflake crab cakes along with dryaged steaks. Learn more: www.americancutsteakhouse.com/ Say hello to three sweet spots — Sublime Doughnuts (Midtown), ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 41
Revolution Doughnuts (Decatur and, in season, several farmers markets) and Bon Glaze Doughnuts (Brookhaven and Buckhead). Learn more: sublimedoughnuts. com/about.php; revolutiondoughnuts.com/; www.bonglaze.com/. And in case you haven’t heard (where have you been?) Poncey-Highland’s Manuel’s Tavern is closed for a major makeover and not expected to reopen until an unspecified date in late 2016. Toast The charcuterie-centric Abattoir finished a seven-year run. Its James Beard Awardwinning chef, Anna Quatrano, moved on to create a Fish Camp concept at Ponce City Market … and the American Food & Beverage restaurant in the Shops of Buckhead Atlanta closed officially and abruptly in January. The roster of restaurants that left us last year stretches from the center of town to 42 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
the suburbs. Here’s our “In Memoriam” roll call: • Decatur’s Bhojanic cafe for raw-food fanatics (its sister shop in Buckhead remains open). • The Here to Serve empire, which meant the end of local favorites Prime, Coast, Aja, Smash Kitchen, Noche, Twist, Strip, etc. • Cellar 56, Stillhouse Craft Burgers, Burn Social Club, Czar Ice Bar, etc. in Buckhead’s East Andrews entertainment district. A pack of real estate investors bought and then vacated them. Since the area’s a chip shot from the Phipps, Lenox and Buckhead Atlanta shopping meccas, there’s much speculation about the group’s long-term aspirations. • And, after 20 years, Midtown’s Veni Vidi Vici served its last romantic Italian dinner.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: COURTESY OF RREAL TACOS, REVOLUTION DOUGHNUTS AND JP ATLANTA.
CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP LEFT: Simple and authentic Mexico food hits Midtown with Rreal Tacos; Revolution Doughnuts sweetens Dectur; the bar at JP Atlanta delivers classic cocktails.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION THE THEATRE 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 ROOMS 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 walk up 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 email@example.com. 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.
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.)
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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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 & General Manager Jeff Quesenberry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President & C.F.O. Jamie Vosmeier. . . . . Senior Director, Sales and Marketing Elton Howze. . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Information Systems Carmie McDonald . . . . . . . . Director, Fox Theatre Institute Joe Quillian. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Special Events Shelly Kleppsattel. . . . . . . . . . Booking & Contract Manager Rick Robbins. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Controller Rachel Bomeli. . . . . . . . . Manager Ticket Sales and Service Jon Cooper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Guest Services Manager Shelby Moody . . . . . . . . . . Corporate Group Sales Manager Dan Goldberger. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E-Commerce and Social Media Manager Laura Zimbrick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Corporate Partnership Premium Seating Manager Amy Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Production Manager Gary Hardaway. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Master Carpenter Larry Watson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . House Flyman Scott Hardin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Property Master Ray T. Haynie. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Master Electrician Cary Oldknow. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Electrician Rodney Amos. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Sound Engineer
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
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Darwin’ s Paradise Exploring the pristine nature of the Galapagos Islands Story by Bret Love | Photos by Mary Gabbett
ocated 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands have had a rough ’n’ tumble history. Mankind has been trying to tame them for centuries, long before Charles Darwin published his groundbreaking book on evolutionary theory, On the Origin of Species, in 1859. The islands were discov-
ered by accident in 1525, when Spanish Bishop Tomás de Berlanga’s ship drifted ashore, its crew near death from lack of water. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the Galapagos were favored by pirates (who hid there after attacking Spanish galleons, pillaging the local tortoise population for meat) and whalers (who plundered its waters). All
“We love our little getaways to the Iberian Pig (at left and below) after work,” entrepreneur Lisa Bailey Bobb says of the Decatur Square eatery. “There’s something soothing about the sharing menu. The atmosphere is cozy and the wine list is incredible.”
efforts to colonize the area ended in death and despair, and by the late 1800s, the Galapagos were widely considered cursed. Even now, most of the 13 major and seven smaller islands remain uninhabited, and laws to protect the remarkable biodiversity of its ecosystems are designed to keep it that way. More than 97 percent of the archipelago is one big national park with clearly defined trails and eagle-eyed guides making sure you don’t stray. As a result, the Galapagos Islands remain one of the world’s most pristine and unspoiled UNESCO World Heritage Sites, with a remarkable array of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and bird species. The first thing visitors likely will notice is that these animals have virtually no fear (because they have no predators), and will often break the rules the humans must observe — to stay at least 6
feet from all wildlife. One of the best ways to see the Galapagos is on a smallship cruise (we booked Alabama-based eco-tour operator International Expeditions, which boasts a 10-to-1 traveler-to-naturalist guide ratio). These tours are geographically staggered to ensure minimal environmental impact and fewer encounters with other tour groups. They’re the only way to see some of the archipelago’s more remote islands, since no hotel developments are allowed. Genovesa, the first island we visited, was like nothing we’d seen before: We walked perhaps 100 yards over the course of three hours and were overwhelmed by an Eden-like abundance of animals. Sea lions sunning themselves lined the beach. A mating pair of red-eyed swallow-tailed gulls nested there, while another female tended her baby on nearby
The islands remain one of the world’s most pristine and unspoiled UNESCO World Heritage Sites, with a remarkable array of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds.
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FROM TOP: The islands’ famous bluefooted boobies rock out peacefully; giant tortoises are just one species of many found in the unspoiled region near Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean off South America.
rocks.Tiger herons, Nazca boobies and red-footed boobies were everywhere, babies eagerly squawking for food. Other islands proved equally fruitful: On the pahoehoe lava flow of Fernandina, we saw large colonies of marine iguanas (which look like ancient, miniature Godzillas and clutter en masse like kittens), flightless cormorants (one of the world’s rarest bird species) and playful Galapagos sea lions, who swam to us as we watched them frolic. On Isabela, we had a close encounter with massive Galapagos tortoises and vivid yellow and orange land iguanas. A day
on Santa Cruz took us to cloud forest pit craters, a farm that grows coffee and sugar cane in the traditional way, and the Charles Darwin Research Station (home to many of the Galapagos’ most successful conservation projects). Española Island is home to thousands of beautiful birds, including myriad mating pairs of waved albatross, Nazca boobies and the iconic blue-footed boobies. As incredible as the archipelago’s terrestrial attractions are, the aquatic life seen while snorkeling is ridiculously underrated. Few words can adequately express how weird and wonderful it is see a bird (the flightless cormorant) on the bottom of the ocean beneath you, to watch a marine iguana feeding on algae 20 feet beneath the surface or to follow a trio of Galapagos sea turtles as they feed on Medusa jellyfish. Favorite memories came during daily snorkeling excursions. A pair of Galapagos
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.
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FROM TOP: The islands’ many sea lions — like most of the creatures here — are unafraid of humans and will cavort with visitors on the beach or in the water; these penguins may look nattily attired, but they’re just as laid back as most of the animals you’re likely to encounter.
penguins slipped into the water off the coast of Bartolomé, diving around us and swimming slowly beside us for 20 minutes as we circled the island. During our final snorkel, near the shoreline of tiny Gardner Island, we swam with nearly a dozen Galapagos sea lions, who twisted and turned to engage with us as we twisted and turned to film them. After visiting Galapagos twice, I realize that every trip there is different and provides
lifetime memories. Darwin’s evolutionary paradise remains remarkably unchanged nearly 500 years after its discovery, balancing the needs of man and nature through a responsibly managed conservation program that has become a model for national parks around the world. Hopefully, through sustainable ecotourism, it will remain that way for at least another 500 years.
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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. N.E., 404.870.0805; Buckhead: 3242 Peachtree Road N.E., 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. N.E., 404.347.2220, tapat1180.com. M
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FOX INSTITUTE PRESERVES ARTS AND CULTURE ONE THEATER AT A TIME
As a nonprofit, the Fox Theatre’s mission is to achieve long-term sustainability so it can be shared with generations. By referencing the theater’s experience and success, FTI provides guidance, advice and consultation to other theaters so they, too, can create thriving arts programs in their communities. “The city of Toccoa has been a great steward of the Schaefer Center,” says FTI director Carmie McDonald, adding that the grant marks the final stage in the Schaefer project and a milestone accomplishment in Toccoa itself. “We want to recognize their long-term commitment to the theater and to downtown Toccoa as a whole.” Toccoa, a city of about 9,500 people, is in Stephens County in extreme northeast Georgia. A few details about the Schaefer Center and FTI: • FTI has given $46,295 to the Schaefer Center for a restoration that will be used to re-create the marquee, adding visibility to the theater and visually reconnecting it to the adjacent square.
• The restoration project is due to be completed by June 30. • FTI was founded in 2008 and, since its inception, has supported 15 projects in Georgia with grants totaling $360,000. • Its Preservation Grant Program is designed to provide funds for the maintenance, physical improvement and preservation of theaters statewide. • Grants are awarded to projects that will provide a significant economic and cultural impact to the communities they serve. • FTI is the only theater-based organization focusing on the comprehensive preservation and operation of historic theaters. Another important FTI goal is to help partner theaters attract A-list talent so they can increase ticket sales and revenue potential. They do this through the booking consortium Georgia Presenters, which links arts presenters and artists, theaters and communities. It uses a block-booking system that helps smaller communities attract a level of talent and performance they otherwise could not afford. For more information and to find out how you can help, visit www.FoxTheatreInstitute.org.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE FOX THEATRE
The Fox Theatre Institute (FTI), a dynamic Atlanta-based outreach program created by the Fox Theatre, awarded its first grant of 2016 to the Schaefer Center in Toccoa. It’s where James Brown and the Famous Flames got their start more than 50 years ago.
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