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Proudly Presents

Book by Roger O. Hirson Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz Scenic Designer Stephen H. Carmody

Sound Designer Christopher Krizâ€

Costume Designer Jessica Snyder

Orchestral Reductions Ian Weinberger

Lighting Designer Charles Cooperâ€

Conductor Allison Kane

Properties Designer Nick Heggestad

Production Stage Manager Daniel J. Hanson*

Music Direction by Ian Weinberger Directed and Choreographed by Jessica Redish

This production is dedicated to the memory of Matthew J. Trombetta Originally produced on the Broadway stage by Stuart Ostrow Directed on the Broadway stage by Bob Fosse Pippin is sponsored by BMO Harris Bank, YEA! Highland Park, The Highland Park Cultural Arts Commission and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. Pippin is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684 www.MTIShows.com Pippin 1


CAST Pippin.................................................................................................................................... Andrew Keltz* Leading Player.........................................................................................................................Joey Stone* Charlemagne.........................................................................................................................James Rank* Fastrada...........................................................................................................................Angie Stemberg* Catherine............................................................................................................................... Jess Godwin* Lewis...........................................................................................................................................Zach Zube* Berthe (March 22 - April 13)........................................................................................ Peggy Roeder* Berthe (April 19 - May 6).................................................................................................... Cindy Gold* Theo................................................................................................................................... Isabelle Roberts Ensemble......................................................................................... Brian M. Duncan, Sasha Kostyrko, Kristin O’Connell, Tommy Rivera-Vega, Emily Rogers, Jeremy Sonkin, Lucy Zukaitis Understudies do not appear unless announced: for Pippin, Lewis: Brian M. Duncan; for Leading Player, Charlemagne: Jeremy Sonkin; for Fastrada, Berthe: Lucy Zukaitis; for Catherine: Kristin O’Connell; for Theo: Tommy Rivera-Vega; Swings: Erica Bittner, Elliot Burton TIME: 780 A.D. and thereabouts PLACE: The Holy Roman Empire and thereabouts * Indicates member of Actors’ Equity Association † Designer Represented by United Scenic Artists Local USA 829 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees

ORCHESTR A Conductor/Piano...................................................................................................................Allison Kane Woodwinds..........................................................................................................................Patrick Rehker Cello/Guitar............................................................................................................................. David Keller Bass...................................................................................................................................Brandon Mitchell Drums............................................................................................................................... David Eisenreich

T H E M U S I C T H E AT R E C O M PA N Y S TA F F Artistic Director................................................................................................................ Jessica Redish Office Manager................................................................................................................. Jared Grebner Company Manager.................................................................................................. Rose Marie Packer Public Relations..................................................................... Audrey Suffrin Public Relations LLC Development Manager............................................ Aurélia K. Fisher, Ten Thousand Feet LLC Business Manager............................................................................................................. Bruce Hayner Management Advisor..............................................................................................Lisa Stueckemann House Manager........................................................................................................... Geoffrey Bleeker Interns....................................................................................... Michael Holtzman, Mia Weinberger

SPECIAL THANKS Mayor Nancy R. Rotering, The Highland Park City Council, Patrick Brennan, The Highland Park Cultural Arts Commission, Patty Pell & YEA! Highland Park, Peter Handler, Eric Ziegenhagen & The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Diane Filbin & BMO Harris Bank, Ron Ben-Joseph, Carol McErlean & Michael Levin, Roberta Seedman, Northwestern University Light Shop, Writers’ Theatre, Scott at Corner Bakery in Highland Park 2 The Music Theatre Company


MUSICAL NUMBERS ACT ONE Scene 1: THE OPENING “Magic to Do”............................................................................................................................The Players “Corner of the Sky”........................................................................................................................... Pippin Scene 2: HOME “Welcome Home”........................................................................................ Charlemagne and Pippin Scene 3: WAR “War is a Science”....................................................................... Charlemagne, Pippin and Soldiers “Glory”......................................................................................................... Leading Player and Soldiers Scene 4: THE FLESH “Simple Joys”......................................................................................................................Leading Player “No Time at All”.......................................................................................................Berthe and the Boys “With You”..................................................................................................................Pippin and the Girls Scene 5: REVOLUTION “Spread a Little Sunshine”.................................................................................... Fastrada and Lewis “Morning Glow”......................................................................................................... Pippin, The Players There will be one ten-minute intermission ACT TWO Scene 1: ENCOURAGEMENT “On the Right Track”.................................................................................. Leading Player and Pippin Scene 2: THE HEARTH “There He Was”............................................................................................................................Catherine “Kind of Woman”.............................................................................................. Catherine and the Girls “Extraordinary”.................................................................................................................................. Pippin “Prayer for a Duck”............................................................................................................................ Pippin “Love Song”............................................................................................................Pippin and Catherine “I Guess I’ll Miss the Man”........................................................................................................Catherine Scene 3: THE FINALE “Finale”.......................................................................................................................... The Players, Pippin

BIOGR APHIES ANDREW KELTZ* (PIPPIN) is honored to be a part of this production. Chicago credits include: Young Buddy in Follies, Howie in How Can You Run With a Shell on Your Back? (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Kai in The Snow Queen, Don/ Moishe in Jacob and Jack (Victory Gardens Theater), Jan the Second in Yeast Nation (American Theater Company), Motel in Fiddler on the Roof, Mickey in Bowery Boys, Aladdin in Aladdin (Marriott Theatre), Dromio of Syracuse in The Boys from

Syracuse (Drury Lane Theatre), Willie Bounce in The Hundred Dresses (Chicago Children’s Theatre), as well as work with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Regional credits include: Arnold in Biloxi Blues (Forestburgh Playhouse, New York), Sam Weinberg in A Few Good Men, Justin in The Fox on the Fairway, Eddie in Over the Tavern, and Henrik in A Little Night Music (Peninsula Players, Wisconsin). Andrew is a graduate of Northwestern University and a proud member of Actors’ Equity. He would like to thank Jessica and everyone at TMTC, as well as his family, friends and KH for their constant love and support. Pippin 3


B I O G R A P H I E S ( c o n t .) JOEY STONE* (LEADING PLAYER) attended the Cincinnati CollegeConservatory of Music for musical theatre before moving to Chicago five years ago. He was last seen in Mary Zimmerman’s Candide (Señor/Soldier) at the Goodman Theatre, the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington D.C., and the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston. Recent Chicago credits include Frank Galati’s The Snow Queen (Snow Queen Puppeteer/Dancer) at Victory Gardens Theater, Jim Corti’s Sweet Charity and Cabaret (Bobby), David Bell’s Boys from Syracuse (the Duke), Gary Griffin’s Funny Girl (Cornet Man), Bill Brown’s Curtains (Harv), and Bill Osetek’s Mame (Ralph Devine) at Drury Lane Oakbrook, and Brenda Didier’s Rocky Horror Show at the Mercury Theater. Joey is passionate about the cultivation and creation of new music and original works of theatre. This has led him to collaborate with Lauren Molina, Patrick Martin, and the band “-j&p-” online, and with Blair Thomas and Company, and the House Theatre of Chicago for the stage. He is thrilled to begin his collaborative efforts with The Music Theatre Company. JAMES RANK* (CHARLEMAGNE) has had an active career in musical theater, opera and concert venues. He was most recently seen at Provision Theater in the title role of The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey. He appeared as Kromow in The Merry Widow at Lyric Opera of Chicago; A Minister’s Wife (Morell) and She Loves Me (Kodaly) at Writers’ Theatre of Glencoe; A Little Night Music (Frederick) at Peninsula Players; The American Dreams Songbook (Sam – Jeff Award Winner) at Next Theatre, Grand Hotel (The Baron – Jeff Nomination) at Drury Lane Water Tower; A Little Night Music (Mr. Lindquist) and Passion (Lt. Torasso) at 4 The Music Theatre Company

Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Carousel (Billy Bigelow) and Phantom (The Phantom) at the Candlelight Dinner Theater; Curtains (Aaron), South Pacific (Joe Cable) and It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane… It’s Superman (Superman) at Drury Lane Oakbrook; Candide (Voltaire/Pangloss), The Fantasticks (El Gallo) and 110 in the Shade (File) with Light Opera Works; Turn of the Century at the Goodman Theatre (Ensemble), directed by Broadway legend Tommy Tune. Jim has sung concerts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Ravinia Festival, The Elgin Symphony Orchestra, The Chicago Sinfonietta, and with various ensembles from Northwestern University, where he received his Master’s Degree. ANGIE STEMBERG* (FASTRADA) is beyond excited to be making her TMTC debut. She was last seen as Adelaide in Guys and Dolls at Theatre at the Center. Some other favorite credits include: Roxie in Chicago, Bianca in Kiss Me Kate, Marty in Grease, Lily St. Regis in Annie, Narrator in Joseph…Dreamcoat, and Sheila in A Chorus Line. Since moving to Chicago twelve years ago, she has performed on the stages of Drury Lane Oakbrook and Martinique, Marriott Theatre, Peninsula Players, Pheasant Run, and the Royal George Theatre. Angie recently choreographed and performed at Maya Angelou’s 80th birthday party hosted by Oprah Winfrey. She is originally from Wisconsin and is a member of Actors’ Equity. Thank you to Jessica and the creative team for this great opportunity and to Johnny for all of his love and support. JESS GODWIN* (CATHERINE) is so excited to work with The Music Theatre Company again! Jess was most recently seen on stage with TMTC as


B I O G R A P H I E S ( c o n t .) a writer and performer in the 48-Hour Musicals. Past theatre credits include Northlight Theatre (Snapshots), Court Theatre (Carousel), Porchlight Music Theatre (Gypsy, A Wonderful Life, Sunday in the Park with George), Steppenwolf (Lady Madeline), Bohemian Theatre Ensemble (The Wild Party, Songs for a New World, The Life), and Pegasus Players (Tick… Tick… BOOM!). In the past three years, she has been writing, performing, and recording her own piano-based pop/soul music. Chicago venues include Double Door, Mayne Stage, Hard Rock, and Bottom Lounge. Other recent tour cities include: New York, L.A., Boston, Detroit, Atlanta, Toronto, Philadelphia, and New Orleans. www.jessgodwin.com ZACH ZUBE* (LEWIS/DANCE CAPTAIN) gladly returns to The Music Theatre Company for this production of Pippin where his credits include: Erika’s Wall (William), The 9/11 Report (Ensemble), and choreographic work for The 48-Hour Musicals and HappyFoods. Chicago area credits include: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Gideon), Thoroughly Modern Millie, Funny Girl, and High School Musical at Drury Lane Oakbrook; The Bowery Boys, High School Musical, Seussical at Marriott Theatre; Hello, Dolly! (Barnaby Tucker), Cats, La Cage Aux Folles, and Man of La Mancha at Theatre at the Center. He has also shared the stage with Patti LuPone in Annie Get Your Gun at Ravinia Festival. He will be choreographing Zanna, Don’t! (TMTC’S Young Artists’ Program) this summer. Zach holds a BFA in Music Theatre from Illinois Wesleyan and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity. He would like to express his thanks and love to his family and MW for their unending support and love. PEGGY ROEDER* (BERTHE; March 22 - April 13) recently completed a run as Mrs. Higgins in My Fair Lady at the Asolo Rep Theatre

in Sarasota, Florida, and was last seen at The Music Theatre Company in 2009 in a reading of Summertime. Last season in Chicago, Peggy appeared in Float at About Face Theatre as well as in Grease and The Big Meal (Jeff Award--Best Ensemble) at American Theater Company. She has been seen in The Dresser at Steppenwolf Theatre, Romeo and Juliet at The Goodman Theatre, Clean House at Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Cabaret at Peninsula Players, Capote’s Holiday Stories for Provision Theatre, The Cider House Rules at Atlantic Theatre Company and Mark Taper Forum, and Barefoot in the Park at Drury Lane Oakbrook. Her work in Chicago has garnered her four Jeff Awards, three Artisan Awards, and two After Dark Awards. Film work includes: Groundhog Day, Road to Perdition, In Memoriam, Were the World Mine, and Stranger than Fiction. TV credits include: “Law & Order,” “E.R.,” and “Star Trek DS9.” This spring, Peggy will be seen in Making God Laugh at Theatre At The Center in Munster, Indiana. CINDY GOLD* (BERTHE; April 19 - May 6) Chicagoarea work includes: Showboat at Lyric Opera; Love Loss and What I Wore at Broadway in Chicago; Invasion of Skokie at Chicago Dramatists; Awake and Sing, Jekyll and Hyde, Pride and Prejudice all at Northlight Theatre; Arsenic and Old Lace directed by Frank Galati at Northwestern University. Cindy also collaborated with Frank Galati and Stephen Flaherty on their new musical, Loving Repeating (Jeff Award, Best Actress) with About Face/MCA. She has appeared with Next Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, Court Theatre, Peninsula Players, Madison Rep, Shakespeare Sedona, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Boston Shakespeare, and Mental Floss Improvisation, Miami. She was seen in TNT’s new show, “Leverage,” last fall. Cindy is an Associate Professor of Theatre and Head of Acting at Northwestern University. Pippin 5


B I O G R A P H I E S ( c o n t .) ISABELLE ROBERTS (THEO), most recently appeared as Mary Claire Daugherty in The Christmas Schooner (The Mercury Theater Chicago) and as Chip in Beauty and the Beast (New Trier High School). She also performed in New Trier High School’s Les Misérables, as well as a number of productions at the Northbrook Theatre including The Wizard of Oz, Pinocchio and Willy Wonka Jr. ERICA BITTNER (SWING) Recent Chicago credits include Peer Gynt (Solveig) at Polarity Ensemble Theatre, Love’s Labour’s Lost (Katharine) at Oak Park Festival Theatre, The Giver (Lilly) at GreatWorks Theatre Company, Hello, Dolly! (Ensemble) at Light Opera Works, and Sweet Charity (Ensemble) at the Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA). She has also performed in various Redmoon-for-Hire projects with Redmoon Theater. She is a recent graduate of CCPA at Roosevelt University and holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. ELLIOT BURTON (SWING) is excited to make his Music Theatre Company debut. A St. Louis native, Elliot is currently pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance at Columbia College Chicago. He was last seen as the Emperor in Gulliver’s Travels at Li’l Buds Theatre Company. Last season, he played Mungojerrie and Skimbleshanks in Theo Ubique’s Cats (Jeff Award Nomination for Best Ensemble). Other favorite roles include Goldberg in LaChiusa’s The Wild Party and Leaf Coneybear in 25th… Spelling Bee at Columbia College. Elliot would like to thank Sean, his friends, and family for their support. 6 The Music Theatre Company

BRIAN M. DUNCAN (ENSEMBLE) is happy to join The Music Theatre Company for Pippin. Other Chicago credits include: Joseph…Dreamcoat (Asher) and A Chorus Line (Frank) at Paramount Theatre. A native of Kansas City, Brian has performed in various theatres throughout the country. His favorite roles include A Funny Thing… Forum (Hero), Annie Get Your Gun (Tommy Keeler), 42nd Street (Andy Lee), West Side Story (Baby John) and Roustabout in the original cast of Stephen Schwartz’s Geppetto and Son. Brian holds a BFA in musical theatre performance from Rockford College. He would like to thank his friends and family for their love and support. www.brianmduncan.com SASHA KOSTYRKO (ENSEMBLE) is ecstatic to be a part of The Music Theatre Company’s production of Pippin! Originally from Sacramento, CA, Sasha received her B.F.A in Acting from Oklahoma City University. She was last seen in The Women’s Theatre Alliance Showcase 2011 at Stage 773. www.SashaKostyrko.com KRISTIN O’CONNELL (ENSEMBLE) is thrilled to be making her Music Theatre Company debut! Kristin received her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University last April. Chicago credits include Brigadoon, The Student Prince, The Secret Garden (Light Opera Works) and Johanna in Sweeney Todd (CCPA). Kristin also played the role of Thea in the Midwest premiere of Spring Awakening at the Phoenix Theatre last


B I O G R A P H I E S ( c o n t .) fall. Other roles include Maria in The Sound of Music (Festival 56), Martha/Fan in A Christmas Carol (Beef & Boards), and Kate McGowan in Titanic (Summer Stock Stage). Kristin has recorded with Aire Born Recording Studios and Disney/Music Theatre International. TOMMY RIVERA-VEGA (ENSEMBLE), born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, was most recently seen as part of the Original Puerto Rican Cast of Spring Awakening, playing the role of Moritz Stiefel. Chicago area credits include: My Fair Lady (Ensemble/ US Quartet & Zoltan) at Paramount Theater; CATS (Mungojerrie), Footloose, Oklahoma, and The Producers (Carmen Ghia), Joseph… Dreamcoat (Levi) at Little Theatre on the Square; Cats (Rum Tum Tugger)������������������������ at ����������������������� Theo Ubique (nomination for Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Ensemble); AIDA at Bailiwick Chicago. Tommy holds a B.A. in Musical Theatre from North Central College in Naperville, IL. He would like to thank Gray Talent Group, his family and Lauren for their constant support. EMILY ROGERS (ENSEMBLE) is pleased to be working at The Music Theatre Company. A Chicago native, Emily trained at the Ruth Page Foundation School of Dance with Larry Long, Dolores Lipinski, and Birute Barodicaite. Previous credits include: The Christmas Show at The Little Theatre on the Square, Joseph… Dreamcoat at The Paramount Theatre, Brigadoon at Light Opera Works, and Cats at Theo Ubique. Emily would like to thank her wonderful family and her husband, Adam Veness.

JEREMY SONKIN (ENSEMBLE) is thrilled to be making his Music Theatre Company Debut! Touring credits include: Jesus Christ Superstar starring Ted Neeley. Regional credits include: Lucia di Lammermoor (Lyric Opera), Jack and the Beanstalk (Giant), A Flea in Her Ear (Victor/Goshe), The Piano Lesson (Wining Boy), Hairspray (Gilbert), 25th… Spelling Bee (Mitch Mahoney). Jeremy was a recent Broadway World San Francisco regional theatre winner for Best Leading Actor in a Play for A Flea in Her Ear and is a graduate of University of Wisconsin, Madison. He would like to thank Jessica for this opportunity and sends love to his family. LUCY ZUKAITIS (ENSEMBLE) is originally from Omaha, Nebraska where she majored in theatre at Creighton University and performed with Omaha Theatre Company and the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival. Lucy was most recently seen as Randi Stein in Greetings at Illinois Theatre Center. Some of her favorite credits include Gwendolen Fairfax in The Importance of Being Earnest (Janus Theatre Company), The Princess in Love’s Labour’s Lost (Creighton University), Mavis Turner in Stepping Out: the Musical (Dana Theatre Company), and Tricia in Dog Sees God (Skullduggery Productions). CREATIVE TEAM JESSICA REDISH (DIRECTOR/ CHOREOGRAPHER) is the Founding Artistic Director of The Music Theatre Company where she directed and choreographed the company’s Pippin 7


B I O G R A P H I E S ( c o n t .) Jeff-Nominated production of Merrily We Roll Along, and Erika’s Wall. Jessica also directed, choreographed and conceived the company’s The 9/11 Report: A Bipartisan Musical Fantasia by Michael Mahler. She choreographed She Loves Me at Writers’ Theatre in Glencoe and Seussical at First Stage in Milwaukee, and also served as the Movement Director for the off-Broadway production of Adding Machine, directed by David Cromer. Jessica will direct Summertime, currently in development at Writers’ Theatre, with music and lyrics by Alan Schmuckler and book by Laura Eason. Upcoming: Choreographing RENT at American Theatre Company/About Face Theatre directed by Mr. Cromer, Pinkalicious at First Stage in Milwaukee and Sweet Charity at Writers’ Theatre. Jessica is an alumna of Northwestern University and is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. IAN WEINBERGER (MUSIC DIRECTOR and ORCHESTRAL REDUCTIONS) returns to The Music Theatre Company, where he previously music directed Merrily We Roll Along. Other Chicago credits include A Chorus Line, The Wizard of Oz (Marriott Theatre) and the workshop of Summertime (Writers’ Theatre), also directed by Jessica Redish. New York: Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, Death Takes A Holiday. Regional: My Fair Lady (Asolo Rep). As a music director, orchestrator, arranger, and music copyist, Ian has also worked with Broadway Asia, Broadway in Chicago, Broadway in South Africa, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Goodman Theatre, and Taste of Chicago. A proud native of Evanston and graduate of Northwestern University, he lives in New York City. Upcoming: Fanny Brice (Asolo Rep), Titanic (Hangar Theatre).

Seanachai Theatre, Man from Nebraska for Redtwist Theatre, The Cunning Little Vixen for DePaul Opera Theatre. Stephen has worked in the design studio of Todd Rosenthal, Jack Magaw and Kevin Depinet, interned for Derek McLane in New York, and is currently assisting scenic designer Walt Spangler in Chicago. Stephen is an artistic associate for Caffeine Theatre Company and received The John Murbach Scholarship for Collaborative Design. Upcoming: The Receptionist at Steep Theatre. www.stephenHC.com NICK HEGGESTAD (PROPERTIES DESIGN) returns to The Music Theatre Company where he previously designed for Merrily We Roll Along. Other Chicago credits include: Disgraced (American Theatre Company), Changes of Heart, The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?, The Importance of Being Earnest, Night and Day, Les Liasions Dangereuses, The Island, and Heroes (Remy Bumppo), Hesperia, The Caretaker, The Real Thing, The Detective’s Wife, Heartbreak House, Do the Hustle, Travels with my Aunt, and She Loves Me (Writers’ Theatre), and The Doyle and Debbie Show (Royal George Theatre). Nick spent two years with Feld Entertainment, working for both Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus and Disney on Ice. Upcoming projects include Chesapeake at Remy Bumppo and A Little Night Music at Writers’ Theatre.

CHARLES COOPER † (LIGHTING DESIGN) Music Theatre Company Debut. Recent credits include: A Wrinkle in Time for First Stage Children’s Theatre; Do The Hustle, As You Like It, and Another Part of the Forest at Writers’ Theatre; Curtains at Drury Lane Oakbrook; Of Mice and Men and First Look Repertory of New Work at Steppenwolf Theatre; STEPHEN H. CARMODY (SCENIC Around the World in 80 Days at Indiana DESIGN) Scenic design credits include: Repertory Theatre; Tree, Blue Door, The Changes of Heart for Remy Bumppo, Defiant Muse, and The Court Marshal at Around the World in 80 Days and Bad Fort Devens at Victory Gardens Theater; Dates for Fox Valley Repertory, A Twist Eclipsed, She Stoops to Conquer and The of Water for Route 66 Theatre ComChalk Garden at Northlight Theatre; A pany, Becky Shaw for A Red Orchid Few Good Men and Around the World in Theatre, Five Flights for Immediate 80 Days for Peninsula Players; Pitmen Theatre, The Shadow of a Gunman for Painters, To Master the Art, All My Sons, 8 The Music Theatre Company


B I O G R A P H I E S ( c o n t .) Weekend, and Dolly West’s Kitchen at TimeLine Theatre (associate artist); Thieves Like Us for The House Theatre; Welcome to Arroyo’s, True West, Top Dog/ Underdog, and Speech and Debate at American Theater Company; Well, and The Overwhelming at the Next Theatre; Around the World in 80 Days and Bad Dates for Fox Valley Repertory. Charles has received five Jeff nominations and two After Dark Awards. Current and upcoming projects include: Hairspray for Drury Lane Oakbrook, Orpheus Descending for Shattered Globe Theatre, and Love, Loss, and What I Wore (National Tour: Associate Designer). Proud member of United Scenic Artists. Please visit his website: cooperportfolio.com. JESSICA SNYDER (COSTUME DESIGN) is an Atlanta-based costume designer and is delighted to return to The Music Theatre Company for a second season. Since her work on Merrily We Roll Along, Jessica has designed shows throughout the Midwest and the Southeast including: Little Women, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Out of Order, On Broadway Too, Leapfest 2011, Look Back in Anger, and 12 Angry Men. Jessica holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Western Illinois University. CHRISTOPHER KRIZ † (SOUND DESIGN) works nationally as a composer and sound designer. In Chicago, Chris has designed for companies including: Northlight Theatre, Steppenwolf, Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater and TimeLine Theatre. Regional credits include: The national tour of America Amerique (Jena Company) and the upcoming The Fall Of The House (Theatre Squared). Recent Chicago credits include: The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter (Steppenwolf Theatre), Black Pearl Sings (Northlight Theatre), Orpheus Descending (Shattered Globe), The Word Progress On My Mother’s Lips Doesn’t Ring True (Trap Door Theatre), Opus (Redtwist Theatre), The Count Of Monte Cristo (Lifeline Theatre), Old Times (Strawdog Theatre), Festen (Steep Theatre) and Cloud 9 (Gift Theatre). Upcoming productions include: After The Revolution (Next Theatre)

and Pride and Prejudice (Lifeline Theatre). To hear more of his work, please visit: www.christopherkriz.com ALLISON KANE (CONDUCTOR) received her degree in arranging and orchestration at Berklee College of Music. Since then, she has served as music director/ pianist/arranger/conductor in both Chicago and NYC. Chicago credits include: Pinocchio, The Drunkard, and Blue Nativity at Quest Theatre; Barenaked Lads, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Dennis DeYoung at Bailiwick Chicago; Can-Can (Jeff Recommended) and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Jeff Recommended) at Circle Theatre; Bye Bye, Liver with Pub Theatre Company; Urinetown at the University of Chicago; They’re Playing Our Song at Fox Valley Repertory; Company (Jeff Recommended) and Spring Awakening (Jeff Recommended, dir. Jonathan Berry) at Griffin Theatre. New York: Into the Woods (Baldwin HS); Tony ‘n’ Tina’s Wedding (OffBroadway,“Celeste”); Finian’s RainbowRevival (Broadway, asst. music supervisor and copy editor); Rock of Ages (Broadway, copy editor and music prep). Allison is thrilled to be joining The Music Theatre Company for this wonderful production. Many thanks to Jessica Redish for the opportunity and to K Squared and IvanP. www.allisonraekane.com ERIC SISCO (TECHNICAL DIRECTOR) Eric graduated in 2010 from the DePaul Theatre School with a BFA in Technical Theatre and is currently an artistic associate at Caffeine Theatre. While not practicing theatre or film, Eric works at Schuler Shook with both the theatre planning and lighting design divisions. He also freelances as an architectural draftsman and finance manager. DANIEL J. HANSON* (PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER) Minneapolis/St. Paul credits include: To Kill a Mockingbird, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (Park Square Theatre); Queens of Burlesque (The History Theatre); Menopause the Musical (The Lab Theatre); A Year with Frog and Toad, and The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins (Children’s Theatre Company). Dan has Pippin 9


B I O G R A P H I E S ( c o n t .) his MFA in stage management from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and is a member of Actors’ Equity. ADRIENNE BADER (ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER) is a proud graduate of Northwestern University. She spent the 2010-2011 season as a Production Assistant for Writers’ Theatre in Glencoe, working on productions of She Loves Me (Dir. Michael Halberstam), Do the Hustle and Heartbreak House (Dir. William Brown). Chicago stage management credits include Sizzle: A Global Warming Comedy (New Suit Theatre Company) and the 25th Annual Young Playwrights Festival (Pegasus Players). MICHAEL HOLTZMAN (ASSISTANT DIRECTOR/DRAMATURG) is a proud graduate of Northwestern University, where his directing credits include: Ragtime, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s

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Nest, Little Shop of Horrors and Medea. Michael has assisted with Act One Conservatory (Mud Season) and Shattered Globe Theatre Ensemble (Orpheus Descending) and will be producing for About Face Theatre this upcoming summer. He is currently a member of the Shattered Globe Protégé program and an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. MATT DEITCHMAN (ASSISTANT MUSIC DIRECTOR) is a Chicago-based musician and performer and recent Northwestern University graduate, where he music directed a production of Pippin last fall. This spring, he will be music directing the Waa-Mu Show at Northwestern as well as helping develop the orchestrations for Hero at the Marriott Theatre. Thanks to Ian for his exceptional tutelage, and the rest of the team for having him on board.


S E A S O N 2 011- 2 012 D O N O R S (As of March 8, 2012) PRODUCER’S CIRCLE Gifts of $10,000 Anonymous (2) DIRECTOR’S TABLE Gifts of $5,000 Edie & Michael Cohen Caren & Martin Redish Mary Pat Studdert THE PREMIER SOCIETY A Charter Society to Benefit The Music Theatre Company Gifts of $1,000-4,999 Nancy & Andrew Ballantine Benjamin Cohen Paul & Andrea Fox Barbara Goodman & Seth Weinberger Peggy & Bruce Hayner Sonia Marschak Carol McErlean & Michael Levin Douglas L. Meyer Edward & Janice Redish Diane Ross & Willis R. Buck Susan Schreiber Roberta & Michael Seedman Marcie & Avy Stein Lauren Taslitz Judith & Art Tepfer Kevin & Ellen Van Wart Robert & Sue Wieseneck Steve & Marcia Zacharias

PRINCIPALS Gifts of $250-$999 Leslie Mitchel Bond James P. Coplan Michael & Becky Elrad Jeffrey & Cidney Golman Amy & Bob Greenebaum Dr. Harlan & Susan Haimes Alice B. Rapoport & Michael A. Sachs Gabrielle & David Rousso Madeline Schmuckler Marc & Sharon Seidler Caren Deane Thomas Dennis Wieczorek Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Zadina Geena & Dennis Zaslavsky ENSEMBLE Gifts up to $250 Barbara & Jack Bierig Stephen S. Bowen Norman P. Boyer Allen Carter & Andrew Carter Nancy Cook & Dan Ziembo Charles & Linda Dawe Peter & Gwen Faust Mark & Andrea Friedlander Dawn & Mark Friedman Linda & Michael Friedman Dr. David & Dale Ginsburg Nancy & Neal Goldstein

Dr. Wayne & Linda Goldstein Denise & Adam Hoeflich Michael Kaplan Evelyn Karson & Don Kaplan David Keeshin & Bonnie Katz Annette Kleinman Allan & Marley Korn Debra Koziarz Michael & Nancy Kuppersmith John & Ann Laudermilk Christopher P. Lundgren Gerald & Merle Lurie Beth Machlin Mary Jo Papich Dean & Julie Pappas Laurie & Ronald Schnittman Steven & Claudia Schwartz Carol Sesso Shirley Solomon Michael & Julie Solot Maureen & Frank Spelman Marilyn & Marc Spivak Emily Steinhoff Dr. Neil & Karla Stone Caryn Weiner & Howard Ellman Laurie & Michael Weiss Lisa & Randy White Dr. Jay & Julie Wygodny Joe & Dottie Zoller

For information on joining The Premier Society, please email info@themusictheatrecompany.org

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SUPPORT FOUNDATION & GOVERNMENT SUPPORT YEA! Highland Park • The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation The John D. & Catherine T. Macarthur Foundation The James S. Kemper Foundation, Chicago, Illinois • Dramatists Guild Fund Actors’ Equity Association

The Highland Park Cultural Arts Commission CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP BMO Harris Bank JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.

THE MISSION The Music Theatre Company values the musical as an art form. Through the presentation of fully-staged productions, commissions of new works, musical experiments and an interactive dialogue between artist and community, the company calls upon the talents of nationally-based professional musical theatre artists to create work in Highland Park. The Music Theatre Company explores the musical in the interest of expanding the canon of musical theatre. www.themusictheatrecompany.org T H E M U S I C T H E AT R E C O M PA N Y E X E C U T I V E B OA R D Peggy Hayner, Board President Ben Cohen, Treasurer Marcie Faust, Secretary Carol McErlean, Director T H E M U S I C T H E AT R E C O M PA N Y A DV I S O R Y B OA R D Sherri Blix Jan Channon Michael Halberstam

Michael Seedman Art Tepfer Steve Zacharias

T H E M U S I C T H E AT R E C O M PA N Y A S S O C I AT E A R T I S T S Elana Ernst, Rob Hancock, Keith Harrison, Laura Harrison, Liz Kimball, Michael Mahler, Jess McLeod, Alan Paul, Alan Schmuckler, Emily Thompson, Alex Weisman Chris Yonan, and Zach Zube The Music Theatre Company would like to thank our 2012 Gala Sponsors: Whole Foods Deerfield, Cooper’s Hawk The Music Theatre Company would like to thank our 2012 Restaurant Partners: Café Central, M. Bertucci’s, BBQ Pit 12 The Music Theatre Company

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