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We are very proud to announce exciting news and a new direction for our organization. Noble Fool Theatricals will become Fox Valley Repertory in 2011, the largest professional, award-winning theater in the Fox Valley area. I assure you that you can still count on outstanding productions because we are not a new organization. Our staff is the same, dedicated team. However, after several years of growth, we have expanded our mission and vision, and we simply wanted our name to represent you, and our community. Being a part of St. Charles and the Fox Valley is a privilege. Each show is a chance for us to create a shared moment with you. In that moment, we hope to connect to our human experience. We try to evoke laughter and love on the stage; we sometimes deal with difficult problems and sensitive issues as well. All of this creates the fabric of a vital, local arts organization, one that serves as a reminder and a celebration of our common humanity. A community with a strong emphasis on the arts will be a healthy community, one that is constantly moving forward and sharing stories that build bridges between generations. As Fox Valley Repertory, we will continue to create memorable moments for you and provide significant opportunities for the youth of our area to explore the power of theater and use that power to improve their lives and prepare them to be successful, contributing members of the community. Welcome to Fox Valley Repertory! All the Best,

John Gawlik Artistic Director Noble Fool Theatricals, soon-to-be Fox Valley Repertory jgawlik@noblefool.org

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Proudly Presents

September 2nd – October 24th, 2010 By

Michael Hollinger Director John Gawlik

Scenic Design Dan Conley

Projection Design Liviu Pasare

Lighting Design John Horan

Sound Design Miles Polaski

Costume Design Kimberly G. Morris

Stage Manager Julia Zayas-Melendez*

*Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association

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CAST Andrei, et al...................................................................................................................... Peter DeFaria* Lynn, et al............................................................................................................................... Elana Ernst* Frank, et al............................................................................................................................. Sean Bolger James, et al. .............................................................................................................. Alex Hugh Brown Mrs. Kravitz, et al.. .................................................................................................... Danon Dastugue Maggie................................................................................................................... Rebekah Ward-Hays Female Understudy.............................................................................................................. Kelly Maier Male Understudy. .......................................................................................................... Tyler Ravelson *Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association P R O D U C T I O N S TA F F Rehearsal Assistant Stage Manager .............................................................. Wendy C. Kaplan Performance Assistant Stage Manager. .................................................................. Laura Eilers Properties Master...........................................................................................................Jesse Gaffney Projection Engineer..................................................................................................... Ryan Poethke P R O D U C T I O N S TA F F Artistic Director .................................................................................................................John Gawlik Managing Director........................................................................................................ Colleen Tovar Production Manager. ....................................................................................................... Tim Stadler Company Manager. ......................................................................................................... Morgan Ball Marketing Manager.......................................................................................................Audra Sybert Development Manager.................................................................................................... Scott Piner Assistant Production Manager ................................................................................... Laura Eilers Education Manager. ................................................................................................ Tracy Whiteside Guest Services Manager ..........................................................................................Morgan Ball House Managers . ............................................................................... Meghan Dale, Stacey High Wardrobe Mistress . ............................................................................................Kimberly G. Morris Sound Board Operators................................................................. Taylor Austin, Isaac Mandel Master Electrician . .................................................................................................Charlotte Rathke Ushers ........................................................................................................ Katie Beeks, Amber Mack, Douglas A. Porter, Norene Tierney P H E A S A N T R U N R E S O R T B O X O F F I C E S TA F F Director of Entertainment ........................................................................................ Cyndi Nelson Reservations Manager................................................................................................. Karen Caruso Group Sales Manager.................................................................................................... Maggie Cross Box Office Supervisor.............................................................................................. Barbara Splinter Box Office Agents. .....................................Lauren Coglio, Debbie Kudabeck, Dee Petersik, Julie Phillips, Anne Ringrose, Angie Rosochacki

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P R O F I L E S O F AC T I N G C O M PA N Y Peter DeFaria* (Andrei, et al.) is making his first appearance at Noble Fool Theatricals. Recent Chicago credits include Joey in A Steady Rain at Chicago Dramatist and Friar Laurence in Romeo & Juliet at TUTA. Regional credits: Mitch in A Streetcar Named Desire at Clarence Brown Theater in Knoxville, TN., Porfiry in Crime and Punishment at Indiana Repertory Theater. Film: The Dark Knight, Public Enemies, The Last Rites of Joe May. He studies with Maryann Thebus. He is married to Maria Stevens.

Elana Ernst* (Lynn, et al.) is thrilled to be making her Noble Fool Theatricals Debut! Broadway Tour: Mamma Mia! Regional credits include: Annie Get Your Gun and Gypsy (Agnes) at the Ravinia Festival, How Can You Run With a Shell on your Back? (Riley) at Chicago Shakespeare 4 Noble Fool Theatricals

Theatre, Romeo and Juliet (Juliet) at the Human Race Theatre, High School Musical (Sharpay) at the Marriott Lincolnshire and Drury Lane Oakbrook, The Hundred Dresses (Cecile) with Chicago Children’s Theatre, The Tempest (Miranda) with First Folio Shakespeare, Bye, Bye Birdie (Ursula) at the Marriott Lincolnshire. Elana is the Associate Director of The Music Theatre Company in Highland Park. Also a company member, she has appeared at TMTC in: Erika’s Wall (Erika), The 9/11 report: A Bipartisian Musical Fantasia (Mindy), 48 Hour Musicals: Famous Last Words and What U Will. Proud member of AEA, SAG and AFTRA, Grad of CCM, and SO happy to be here with you tonight! Huge thanks to her family and David (and Wrigley, too). www.themusictheatercompany.org Sean Bolger (Frank, et al.) is excited to be working with Noble Fool Theatricals for the very first time. Last seen on stage at Lookingglass Theatre in Trust, Sean has worked with numerous other Chicago area theatres including: Steppenwolf, A


P R O F I L E S O F AC T I N G C O M PA N Y Red Orchid, Seanachai, Steep, Griffin, WildClaw, Stage Left, Redmoon, Uma, Thunder and Lightning, Sinnerman, and The Side Project (where he is an Artistic Associate). Sean is a graduate of The School at Steppenwolf. Finally, Sean would like to thank Gray Talent for their continued hard work and support. Alex Hugh Brown (James, et al.) is happy to be making his Noble Fool Theatricals debut. Recent credits include Sketchbook X at Collaboraction and subUrbia at The Nine. Alex graduated from Northwestern University last year, where he studied acting with Gail Shapiro. He is currently finishing the training program at iO (formerly improvOlympic). Favorite educational credits include The Illusion, The House of Blue Leaves, Burn This, and The Exonerated. Thanks to family, friends, teachers, and everyone involved with the show! Danon Dastugue (Mrs. Kravitz, et al.) was last seen in Provision Theatre’s The Hiding Place (Jeff Recommended). Previous productions in Chicago, New Orleans, and Los Angeles, include Love in the Middle Ages, Posthumorous, The Wake, The Exonerated, Criminal Hearts, Tony ‘N Tina’s Wedding, I Hate Hamlet, Hay Fever, and A Streetcar Named Desire. Directing credits include The Dining Room and Murder on the Orient Express for the Devonshire Playhouse in Skokie. Rebekah Ward-Hays (Maggie) is thrilled with her first experience at Noble Fool Theatricals. She was recently seen as Druce in Strawdog Theatre’s remount of Red Noses, Hope in HOUSE Theatre’s

Wilson Wants It All (Jeff Citation, Best New Work), Lemon in BackStage Theatre Company’s Aunt Dan and Lemon (Jeff Nomination, Principal Actress). Other work with BSTC (with whom she is an ensemble member) includes The Memory of Water, Waiting for Lefty (Jeff Nominations, Best Supporting Actress and Ensemble), and Sabina in The Skin of Our Teeth (Jeff Citation, Principal Actress). Additional theatre credits include The Goodman, Steppenwolf, Court, Remy Bumppo, Northlight, the side project, and Collaboraction. Love to HH. www.rebekahwardhays.com Kelly Maier (Female Understudy) is so happy to be working with Noble Fool Theatricals. She just got back from New York where she was working on the new musical Loveless Texas written by Tony nominee Henry Aronson. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from The Chicago College of Performing Arts. Favorite credits include: Wanda Patronski in the Chicago premiere of The Hundred Dresses, High Fidelity as Penny with Route 66 Theatre Co., HAIR as Chrissy, Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun, Nellie Forbush in South Pacific (Texas Family Musicals), Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, and Ado Annie in Oklahoma (Barn Theatre). Tyler Ravelson (Male Understudy) is excited to be back working at Noble Fool Theatricals, where he performed in Flanagan’s Wake as the alternate for Mother and Father. Other recent stage credits include Talk Radio with The State Theatre of Chicago as Kent, Girls Vs. Boys with The House Theatre as Casey, and The Hundred Dresses with Chicago Children’s Theatre as Willie Bounce. Try and spot him in Ron Howard’s The Dilemma this year! He is a 2009 graduate of the Chicago College of Performing arts, BFA Musical Theatre. Love to M, D, K, N, and you too. Noble Fool Theatricals 5


P R O F I L E S O F P R O D U C T I O N S TA F F John Gawlik (Director) is both an actor and director, John and has appeared with or helmed productions for many Chicago companies. Recently, John directed the remount of The Gift Theatre Company’s The Ruby Sunrise at Theater on the Lake, named one of the Top Ten shows of 2009 by TimeOut Chicago Magazine. Other recent directing credits include Noble Fool’s Over the Tavern, smash hit Altar Boyz and the holiday classic A Christmas Story, as well as the Jeff Nominated production of W;t for The Gift Theatre and Dated: A Cautionary Tale for Facebook Users for Collaboraction’s Sketchbook Festival (Festival Best Director). Additional directing credits include Sylvia at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, the Jeff Recommended Gift production of Blithe Spirit, and the Jeff Award winning production of The Good Thief. Other Noble Fool directing credits include Every Christmas Story Ever Told!, Glen Berger’s Underneath the Lintel, the Midwest premier of The Complete History of America: Abridged, Western Civilization The Complete Musical: Abridged and Vikings! A Musical in Two Axe.

High School Festival, The Crane School of Music and the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. Dan spends his days as the Area Director for Special Olympics in north suburban Cook County and would like to thank his friends there for their encouragement and support of his freelance design work. He would also like to thank Emma (his dog) for her unending support! Jesse Gaffney (Properties Master) is happy to be working with Noble Fool Theatricals again after designing props for Spelling Bee. Chicago credits include Marriot Lincolnshire, First Folio, Apple Tree Theatre, Steep, 16th Street, and Silk Road Theatre Companies. Outside of Chicago, Jesse has worked for Allenberry Playhouse in Boiling Springs, PA; Stages St. Louis; and The Arrow Rock Lyceum in Arrow Rock, Missouri. She is a St. Louis native and a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University.

John Horan (Lighting Designer) has most recently shown work at: Northlight Theatre, The Fulton Opera House, Redmoon Theatre, Noble Fool Theatricals and the New Victory Theatre in New York. He is happy to be Dan Conley (Scenic Designer) back working with the great artists at is always thrilled to work with the Noble Fool Theatricals. Some of John’s creative teams at Noble Fool Theatricals. favorite Chicago theatre credits include: Some of his favorite and most recent Boneyard Prayer (Redmoon Theatre) work has been seen in Tomorrow Altarboyz (Noble Fool Theatricals), Morning (Greenhouse Theater), The and the Jeff Award winning; Ragtime Taffetas, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now (Porchlight Music Theatre). Recent Change!, Roasting Chestnuts; Gina regional credits Include; Dr. Jekyll & Bell Rock 2003, 2004 & 2006, Picasso Mr. Hyde (Northlight Theatre) Sherlock at Lapin Agile, Damage Control, The Holmes; The Final Adventure (Fulton Swordsmen Holiday Spectacular, Opera House, Lancaster PA) and the Don’t Drink the Water (Noble Fool); regional premieres of Almost Maine and Three Sisters, Long Day’s Journey Into The Great American Trailer Park Musical Night, The Clearing (The Gift Theatre, (Cortland Rep Theatre, Cortland NY). Chicago); and Angels in America: Part John is the first ever recipient of the One, Millennium Approaches and Part Apollo Design Technology Standing O Two, Perestroika (ISU Theatre, Normal, Award for excellence in lighting design, IL). He earned his Masters of Fine as well as the winner of the 2007 USITT Arts Degree in Scenic Design, with Rising Star Award sponsored by Live a secondary emphasis on Technical Design and LDI 2007. Direction and Lighting Design, from Illinois State University. He has had the Kimberly G. Morris (Costume Designer) honor of working with such groups as is pleased to be working again with the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Illinois Noble Fool Theatricals. Based in Chicago, 6 Noble Fool Theatricals


P R O F I L E S O F P R O D U C T I O N S TA F F ( C O N T. ) she freelance designs and builds costumes, wigs, makeup, props, puppets and special effects for numerous venues around the country such as the Chicago Children’s Theatre, Babes with Blades, Shedd Aquarium, Stage Left Theatre, Lifeline Theatre, The Griffin Theater, American Shakespeare Center (VA), Theatre West Virginia (WV), Denison University (OH), Virginia Commonwealth University (VA), and Tecumseh (OH). She just returned from taking Medea to the American High School Theatre Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. Upcoming projects include the Rabbit Hole, Steel Magnolias and Jungle Book for NWHS, and a remount of Chicago Children’s Theatre production of The Hundred Dresses. Liviu Pasare (Projection Designer) is an artist who works with video and new media. He has produced, directed and performed for live multimedia experiences in collaboration with many artists and theaters. Among those there are DePaul Theater School, Theater Seven, Improvkitchen, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Children’s Theater, Victory Gardens Theater, Maria Marshall, Takao Kawaguchi, Otto, Tiesto, ATB, Carl Cox, Cosmic Gate, Lange, Aly & Fila. Current involvements include Porchlight Musical Theater, The Gift Theater and Noble Fool Theatricals. He is a Collaboraction Theater company member and has an ongoing relationship with Redmoon Theater and Blue Man Group. He can be contacted by visiting www.stoptime341.com Miles Polaski (Sound Designer) is a sound designer, composer and musician in Chicago, IL. He is the resident sound designer with Collaboraction and a music director/curator with Serendipity Theatre’s 2nd Story. This summer Miles received a Jeff Award for his sound design on Mouse in a Jar with Red Tape Theatre. Miles has had the pleasure of working with many Chicago theatre companies. Favorite past credits include Uncle Vanya - TUTA; Cadillac - Chicago Dramatists; A Christmas Story - Noble Fool

Theatricals; Talk Radio - The Gift Theatre; Dr. Egg - Redmoon; The Hairy Ape - The Hypocrites/Goodman Theatre; Diversey Harbor - Theatre Seven; Bloody Bess Backstage Theatre; and Of Mice and Men - Steppenwolf Theatre. Julia Zayas-Melendez* (Stage Manager) is excited to be joining Noble Fool Theatricals on this production. Julia has had the honor of working with many theatres in Chicagoland, including Marriott Theatre, Apple Tree Theatre, About Face Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, Steppenwolf Theatre, Remy Bumppo Theatre Company, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, Next Theatre, The Free Associates Theatre Company, Court Theatre, Madison Repertory Theatre, and Theater at the Center. A graduate of Emerson College in Boston, Julia began her stage management career in Massachusetts, with companies like The Market Theatre, Boston Academy of Music, Boston Theatre Works, The Theatre Offensive, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, SpeakEasy Stage, and Shakespeare & Company. Julia has also spent a season as the Production Stage Manager at Tri-State Actors Theater in Sussex County, NJ, and celebrated last year’s World Theatre Day in Konya, Turkey with ShawChicago. Julia is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers.

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Katie Brazier Loving Theater, Onstage and Backstage Katie Brazier is a 15 year old resident of Carol Stream, and is a sophomore at Bartlett High School. She has been involved with Noble Fool Theatricals since 2008 when she participated in the Performing Arts Academy’s Wicked Singing Technique Class. She also participated in the very first Musical Theater dance class and Show Choir that NFT offered. “Because of Noble Fool, I gained the confidence I needed to audition for other shows besides my school productions,” Katie says. “NFT is definitely part of the reason why I’m so confident now.”

around, and she was cast as everyone’s favorite mean girl, Sharpay Evans (pictured above), in which Education Manager Tracy Whiteside deemed her performance as “nothing short of brilliant.” And just this summer, she was cast as the Wicked Witch in Wizard of Oz. “Katie is always striving to be a better performer so it's no wonder that Noble Fool is highlighting her in their Student Spotlight,” says NFT Music Director and local Vocal Teaching Artist Ken Jones. “In the three years I have known her, she has always progressed at an exponential rate, and her performance quality is far above that of her age group. Understanding lyrics and music, she exudes a certain realness and depth to the music she is singing. “

The first youth ensemble show she ever auditioned for at Noble Fool was Godspell, in which she was cast as a Prep. Godspell holds her favorite NFT memory so far because everyone “became a family throughout the run of the show.” She then came back for the next production, which was Cinderella, and was cast as Vera and as well as Cinderella’s understudy. Then High School Musical 2 rolled

Being in Noble Fool’s productions has really sparked Katie’s interest in the acting and singing world, but being a directing intern for this summer’s production of Fame has also interested her. As for the future, she knows that she will always somehow be involved with theater, whether it being onstage or backstage. “Katie has maturity and true talent,” says NFT Education Manager Tracy Whiteside. “I know she will succeed no matter what she chooses to do in the future.”

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                    

                    

             

       

   

      

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FACILITIES AND SERVICES THEATER BOX OFFICE The box office at Pheasant Run Resort is open seven days a week. Call (630) 584-6342. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Closed on major holidays. Tickets may also be purchased at any Ticketmaster outlet or online at www.ticketmaster.com. GROUP SALES Special group discounts are available for parties of 10 or more, including dinner packages. Call Maggie Cross at (630) 524-5071 OVERNIGHT RESORT-THEATER PACKAGES are available starting as low as $174 for two people. Call the box office or visit www.pheasantrun.com for more information.

CHILDREN age 8 and older are welcome in the two live theaters at Pheasant Run Resort. However, some productions may not be suitable for all age groups. Call the box office for information about the content of a specific play. REFRESHMENTS may be purchased at the Lobby Bar, Harvest Lounge, Jambalaya and The Golf Bar. Drinks purchased at the resort may be brought into the Mainstage and Preservation Hall during any performance. Please turn off all ELECTRONIC DEVICES that may ring, beep, or otherwise produce a sound that would disrupt the performance. This includes cell phones, pagers, PDAs, and watches. SMOKING is strictly prohibited in our theaters.

WHEELCHAIR SEATING AND ASSISTED HEARING DEVICES are available in the Mainstage theater. Please notify the box office when ordering tickets.

The use of CAMERAS or VIDEO/AUDIO RECORDING EQUIPMENT is strictly prohibited in our theaters.

RESTROOMS are located in the upper and lower Mainstage theater lobby and on Bourbon Street.

TICKET POLICY no refunds will be granted for theater tickets purchased via Ticketmaster or at the box office.

GIFT CARDS Give the memory of an exciting evening of dinner and a show! Gift cards in any amount are available at the box office.

LOST AND FOUND items may be turned in to the theater staff or the hotel’s front desk. Items lost or presumed stolen are not the responsibility of Noble Fool Theatricals or Pheasant Run Resort. To inquire about lost items, visit the hotel front desk and ask for a member of the security staff.

MAINSTAGE THEATER SEASON SUBCRIPTIONS Discounted subscription packages for the 2011 season are available! Subscribers have access to a variety of discounts on Pheasant Run Resort amenities. Call the box office or visit www.noblefool.org for more information.

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