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Welcome..................................................................................................................... 4 About Great Lakes Theater............................................................................................ 5 News and Notes........................................................................................................... 6 Witness for the Prosecution........................................................................................... 9 Cast of Characters...................................................................................................... 10 Spotlight on Witness for the Prosecution...................................................................... 11 The Artistic Company................................................................................................. 22 Donors....................................................................................................................... 30 Trustees..................................................................................................................... 35 Staff.......................................................................................................................... 36 Guest Services at Playhouse Square............................................................................ 38 February/March at Playhouse Square........................................................................... 39


WELCOME Dear Friends,

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n behalf of our artists, staff and board of trustees, welcome to Great Lakes Theater’s 57th season! Our mission, “to bring the pleasure, power and relevance of classic theater to the widest possible audience,” guides our mainstage productions as well as our educational programming, in the belief that theater holds the capacity to illuminate truth and enduring values, celebrate and challenge human nature and actions, and provide our student audiences a glimpse of a broader world and the wellspring of learning made possible through the arts. Our exploration of classic crime plays, beginning with Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap in 2012, continues this season with Witness for the Prosecution. We invite the audience into the courtroom — and even into the jury box — as Leonard Vole and his lawyers struggle to untangle the truth in a whodunit suspense-thriller that will keep you guessing until the gavel’s last echo … and beyond. Following on the success of last season’s Elizabethan-inspired production of Macbeth, our spring Shakespeare production of The Taming of the Shrew will again invite audiences on stage for a full emersion in the comic vision of Shakespeare, directed by Oregon Shakespeare Festival actor/director and Princess Grace Award recipient, Sara Bruner. Be prepared for a close encounter for a battle of wits and wills between the sexes! The finale to our 57th season brings powerhouse performances to the stage in Million Dollar Quartet, a ’50s-era musical originally conceived by Floyd Mutrux, and directed by Tony Award nominee actor and Redhouse Arts Center artistic director Hunter Foster. Million Dollar Quartet is a step back in time which boasts an incredible score, including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “Walk the Line,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Hound Dog” and more. We sincerely hope you will join us for all three of our spring productions in celebration of our 57th season! I encourage you to read through your program and look around the theater tonight. You will see the names of many friends, partners, corporations and foundations, whose generous support makes all of this possible. We hope you will consider joining these donors by becoming a Member of the Great Lakes Theater family with your gift! (As a reminder, ticket sales account for only 50 percent of the cost of producing our mainstage productions and educational programming.) Complete Membership information can be found in the insert enclosed in this playbill. We extend our deepest gratitude to all of our sponsors and annual Members, with continued appreciation to our partners of over 35 years at Playhouse Square and the tireless efforts of our board of trustees, dedicated administrative staff, gifted artists and the tremendous generosity of this community! I hope to see you in our audience again soon.

Charles Fee Producing Artistic Director


Great Lakes Theater celebrates the memory, service and legacy of longtime trustee Lindsay J. Morgenthaler. (Board Member: 1963-2018 / Board President: 1967-68)



The company’s commitment to classic theater is magnified in the educational programming that surround its productions. Since its inception, GLT has had a strong presence in area schools, bringing students to the theater for matinee performances and sending specially trained actor-teachers to the schools for weeklong residencies developed to explore classic drama from a theatrical point of view. GLT is equally dedicated to enhancing the theater experience for adult audiences. To this end, GLT regularly serves as the catalyst for community events and programs in the arts and humanities that illuminate the plays on its stage. Great Lakes Theater is one of only a handful of American theaters that have stayed the course as a classic theater. As GLT celebrates a decade in its permanent home at the Hanna Theatre, the company reaffirms its belief in the power of partnership, its determination to make this community a better place in which to live, and its commitment to ensure the legacy of classic theater in Cleveland.



he mission of Great Lakes Theater (GLT), through its mainstage productions and its education programs, is to bring the pleasure, power and relevance of classic theater to the widest possible audience. Since the company’s inception in 1962, programming has been rooted in Shakespeare, but GLT’s commitment to great plays spans the breadth of all cultures, forms of theater and time periods –– including the 20th century –– and provides for the occasional mounting of new works that complement the classical repertoire. Classic theater holds the capacity to illuminate truth and enduring values, celebrate and challenge human nature and actions, revel in eloquent language, and preserve the traditions of diverse cultures and generate communal spirit. On its mainstage and through its education programs, GLT seeks to create visceral, immediate experiences for participants, asserting theater’s historic role as a vehicle for advancing the common good and helping people make the joyful and meaningful connections between classic plays and their own lives.

bash MARCH 16, 2019

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NEWS & NOTES Audience Accolades

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Great Lakes Theater productions of Macbeth and Pride and Prejudice were recognized by the The Plain Dealer on its 2018 Top 10 theater list. Additionally, GLT artists were acknowledged for extraordinary 2018 achievement by Scene Magazine: Lynn Robert Berg/Erin Partin (Best Duo Performance, Macbeth), Martha Hally (Best Costume, Pride and Prejudice), Rick Martin, Kim Krumm Sorenson and Matthew Webb (Best Lighting, Costume and Sound Design respectively, Macbeth); Cleveland Jewish News: Lynn Robert Berg (Best Actor, Drama, Macbeth), Eric Damon Smith (Best Actor, Musical, Mamma Mia!), Jaclyn Miller (Best Choreography, Mamma Mia!) and Best Ensemble (Mamma Mia!).


Committed to Classics

Family Reunion

President’s Awards

Fred and Mary Behm have been committed supporters of Great Lakes Theater for over a decade, inspired to donate by “terrific performances of classics.” The Behms believe that live theater improves the quality of life for adults and students throughout northeast Ohio. Their generosity enables Great Lakes Theater to realize its mission and deliver what is important to them — “outreach throughout the entire community.” Great Lakes Theater is truly grateful to Fred and Mary. Visit the Support Us page at to learn how you can join the Behms in making a difference.

To commemorate this season’s 30th anniversary of A Christmas Carol, we convened a “family reunion.” Cast and crew members from the past 29 years were invited to join us for Opening Night via social media. During the evening’s curtain speech and at the post-show party in the Ohio Theatre lobby, we recognized and thanked these extraordinary artistic family members for their contributions. We were delighted to reconnect with so many original cast and crew members — and see so many grown Tiny Tims! We snapped a “family photo” to commemorate the occasion.

Each season, Great Lakes Theater’s Board of Trustees and staff recognize the extraordinary service, commitment and contributions of a select few team members with a GLT President’s Award. During our 2018 season’s ceremony which took place at our annual holiday party, Dianne Foley (trustee) and Corrie E. Purdum (staff member) were bestowed the honor. Combined — in the community, with audiences and behind-the-scenes — they have dedicated over 20 years of service to Great Lakes Theater. We are grateful and inspired!

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Charles Fee Producing Artistic Director





Laura Welsh Berg* Lynn Robert Berg* Aled Davies* Jodi Dominick*

Jillian Kates* Ben Kemper Liz Krane Taha Mandviwala*

Andy Nagraj* Peter Ribar David Anthony Smith* Claire Soulier

Nick Steen* Alex Syiek* M.A. Taylor* Daniel Telford

Scenic Designer Gage Williams

Costume Designer Esther M. Haberlen

Lighting Designer Rick Martin

Sound Designer Josh Schmidt

Makeup/Wig Designer Christina Cerezo

Fight Choreographer Ken Merckx

Production Stage Manager Tim Kinzel*

Stage Manager Lucas Clark*

Assistant Stage Manager Nicki Cathro*


*Members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States Great Lakes Theater student subscriptions are subsidized by a generous grant from Eaton. There will be one fifteen-minute intermission. “Witness for the Prosecution” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC. The videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.


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CAST OF CHARACTERS Greta.................................................................................................. Laura Welsh Berg* Carter.......................................................................................................... M.A. Taylor* Mr. Mayhew........................................................................................ Lynn Robert Berg* Leonard Vole........................................................................................Taha Mandviwala* Sir Wilfrid Robarts, Q.C................................................................................Aled Davies* Inspector Hearne............................................................................................Alex Syiek* Romaine Vole........................................................................................... Jodi Dominick* Clerk of the Court / Court Usher................................................................... Andy Nagraj* Mr. Justice Wainwright....................................................................David Anthony Smith* Mr. Myers, Q.C............................................................................................ Nick Steen*† Court Stenographer.......................................................................................... Liz Krane Plain-Clothes Detective................................................................................. Ben Kemper Warder.......................................................................................................... Peter Ribar Policeman................................................................................................. Daniel Telford Dr. Wyatt..................................................................................................... M.A. Taylor* Janet MacKenzie.........................................................................................Jillian Kates* Clegg.................................................................................................. Laura Welsh Berg* The Woman................................................................................................Claire Soulier Barristers................................... Mitchell Blair, Phil Florian, Eugene Stromberg, Tom Wang Ensemble...................... Ben Kemper, Liz Krane, Peter Ribar, Claire Soulier, Daniel Telford † Fight Captain * Members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

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Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

Ashfield House, Agatha Christie’s beloved childhood home in Torquay, Devon, England


n the waning months of 1952, British crime writer Agatha Christie was faced with a challenge. The so-called “Queen of Crime” could have been basking in the runaway success of her play, The Mousetrap, which debuted in October of that year. Of course, she couldn’t have known then that The Mousetrap would go on to become the longest continuously running play in London’s West End, where it passed the 27,000 performance mark in September 2018. But The Mousetrap was already a hit. Never one to rest on her laurels, Agatha Christie needed another stunner to top the last. Rifling through her own short stories and novels for source material for her next play, as she did for most of the 16 stage scripts that she wrote, she began to mull over a short story that she had first dashed off quickly in 1925 under the title “Traitor Hand.” The story had stuck with her — she had changed its title to Witness for the Prosecution, and included it in several subsequent short story collections. Then inspiration struck while she was traveling in early 1953: she suddenly saw how to transform a modest short story into a bolder dramatic work. So much had changed since the story made its first appearance in a cheap “pulp” magazine. The world itself had changed greatly. Between 1925 and 1952, the grim deprivations and sacrifices of World War II had shifted the outlook of

Agatha Christie as a child, undated

the writer’s native country. But many shifts had also taken place in Christie’s personal life and in her own outlook as a writer. In 1925, Agatha Christie was married to the man that she thought was the love of her life. She was comfortable financially. She had been writing detective fiction but was essentially an amateur, not yet the consummate professional that she would become. But by 1953, she had lost her first husband to another woman, faced

Agatha and Archibald Christie

Agatha Christie, with her only daughter, Rosalind

until 1920, introduced the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, who would recur in many of her stories. She was still publishing short stories in weekly magazines but was beginning to hit a more ambitious stride as a writer. Working throughout 1925 on a book that would be published a year later, she produced what has been

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the terror of financial ruin, learned to survive and thrive as a full-time writer and married a second husband whose work as an archaeologist took her to exotic corners Agatha Christie’s mother, of the world. Clarissa Boehmer Miller, in Ag a t h a the garb of a medium Christie had the veneer of an upper-middle-class housewife in 1925. She had a daughter and owned a house, she traveled and entertained, but she also dabbled in writing on the side. Underneath the surface, she was always less conventional than she might have seemed. She was born Agatha Miller in 1890, the youngest — by many years — of three children. Her father was an American-born stockbroker and her mother had been raised by a wealthy aunt. The family enjoyed an upper-middle-class life in a large country house, Ashfield, in Torquay, a seaside resort town in Devon, England. But her father was careless with money, despite his profession, and when he died in 1901, the 11-year-old Agatha and her mother Clarissa were forced to cling together precariously among relatives and in rented rooms, only returning intermittently to the grand house that stoked the imaginative longings of both mother and child. A voracious and home-schooled reader, Agatha was already churning out poems and short stories as a young girl. Her early stories often revolved around spiritualists and paranormal events; her mother had a reputation among family and friends as a psychic. On the eve of World War I, Agatha married a dashing soldier named Archibald Christie who almost immediately went off to war. Like many young women of the day, Agatha served as a nurse during the war, but she also did a stint in a pharmacy (as she would again during World War II), where she first learned about the properties of the poisons that some of her criminal characters would deploy. She wrote her first novel during the war, in 1916. The Mysterious Affair at Styles, whose publication was delayed


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Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

Agatha Christie joined her second husband, archaeologist Max Mallowan, on many of his digs. Here they are in Tell Halaf, in Syria, in the 1930s.

News headlines of the day went along with the story that the family concocted to cover their embarrassment at Christie’s disappearance: that she had developed amnesia and didn’t know how she got to Yorkshire or why.

described as a “breakthrough” novel. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd deftly wielded an unreliable narrator and the multiple twists and turns that would become her hallmark as a crime writer. But then everything fell apart. Her beloved mother died in April 1926. In December, her husband confessed that he had been having an affair and asked for a divorce. Depressed and panicked, Christie “staged” her own 11-day disappearance. To this day, it is debated how much she planned, how much she improvised and for what purpose. But the question of whether she had committed suicide or been murdered by her estranged husband gripped the British public. When she was found alive, she lost both her husband and the regard of the public, who turned against her as a manipulative attention seeker.

Agatha Christie in her prime

In the end, she won the public back by writing her way out. She wrote with a feverish urgency, and a more profound sense of human betrayal. Though she herself began to tire of

detective Hercule Poirot — “an egocentric creep,” she later called him — readers enjoyed her clever creation, and she gave them more of him. Poirot would ultimately anchor 33 of her 73 crime novels and 54 of her more than 100 short stories. She also introduced a shrewd spinster more to her own liking, Miss Jane Marple. As Christie regained financial stability, she traveled to the Middle East, visiting ancient sites in Iraq where she met the archaeologist who would become her second husband, Max Mallowan. Out of those travels, she spun Murder on the Orient Express (1934), Death on the Nile (1937) and other fan favorites. She took a gamble on writing for the stage, and it was her work on the stage — along with film and television adaptations of her work — that catapulted her from best-selling author to worldwide phenomenon. Showing the business sense that her father had lacked, she also took control of her income and copyrights by forming the Agatha Christie Settlement Trust.

The “Queen of Crime” with her books in 1950

By relentlessly honing her craft, she gained the financial security she yearned for — and the abiding legacy she earned.

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Greenway Estate was one of several houses that Agatha Christie owned at the time of her death.


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Agatha Christie on stage Agatha Christie enjoyed taking part in amateur theatricals as both a child and an adult. Unhappy with a 1928 stage adaptation of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, under the title Alibi, she decided to try her own hand at playwriting and produced an original script, Black Coffee, in 1930. In the 1940s, she began developing theatrical adaptations of her own earlier short stories and novels, conquering the stage with such hits as And Then There Were None (1943), Murder on the Nile (1945), The Mousetrap (1952) and Witness for the Prosecution (1953). Even playwright Noël Coward was forced to concede, “Much as it pains me I really must congratulate you.” The Mousetrap originated in a radio play broadcast in 1947 under the title Three Blind Mice. Christie gave the rights to the play to her grandson as a birthday present and stipulated that, outside the West End production, the play could only have one other production in the United Kingdom in any given year and that no film adaptation could be made until six months after the West End production closed — which hasn’t happened yet!

The original West End cast of The Mousetrap included Richard Attenborough as Detective Sergeant Trotter. Attenborough and his wife, Sheila Sim, who was also in the cast, took a 10% profit participation in the production. “It proved to be the wisest business decision I’ve ever made,” he would later say.

Witness for the Prosecution made a strong showing on stage in London and took Broadway by storm. The “property” wasn’t encumbered as The Mousetrap was, so a film adaptation was quickly in the offing. Given the box-office success of the 1945 film version of And Then There Were None, the project attracted top-flight talent. Billy Wilder directed, and Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich and Charles Laughton headed the cast for the 1957 film version of Witness for the Prosecution. Power, who had made a career of swashbuckling heroes, was cast against type as the drifter Leonard Vole, and, at 43, was older than Christie’s script specified. Dietrich, at 55, reprised the European “femme fatale” type that she had introduced 27 years earlier in The Blue Angel. Their on-screen chemistry sizzled nonetheless and contributed to Agatha Christie’s growing fame.

Marlene Dietrich and Tyrone Power in the 1957 film version of Witness for the Prosecution

Agatha Christie relied on one of her characteristic devices in And Then There Were None—gathering all the murder suspects in one room—and upped the number of suspects to 10. In Director Charles Fee’s 2016 production, an expansive and artfully composed living room provided an apt playing field for the cagy crime writer’s and virtuosic craft.

Great Lakes Theater chose The Mousetrap for its first foray into the theatrical work of Agatha Christie during the 2011-2012 season, following up during the 2015-2016 season with And Then There Were None. Both productions are among the theater’s all-time top 10 in attendance.

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Guest director Drew Barr thought “inside the box” for the theater’s 2012 production of The Mousetrap— enclosing the action within a box-like structure that conveyed a sense of confinement and oppression as well as subtly alluded to the well-crafted structure of the play itself.


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From page to stage

A color model of the set provides information to the scenic painters. The courtroom’s dark wood paneling and judicial seal are vital elements for conveying the weight and stakes of a murder trial.


reat Lakes Theater’s producing artistic director Charles Fee is at the helm for the theater’s production of Witness for the Prosecution. The fact that Agatha Christie’s work has resonated so strongly with so many people for so long gives Fee an added sense of responsibility. In a season that includes work by Jane Austen and Agatha Christie, he notes that each author has been touted as the third bestseller worldwide after Shakespeare and the Bible. “They can’t both be,” he laughs. But he argues that Christie’s impact is pervasive, especially if you count the many adaptations for stage, film and television, the “biopics,” the fan fiction, the films of fan fiction and even the ever-popular television series Murder, She Wrote. “Agatha Christie was as strong a playwright as she was a novelist,” Fee asserts. “She wrote first-rate genre plays.” When Fee first considered producing the play, its large cast size was a potential stumbling block. With a repertory that’s centered in Shakespeare and often includes large-scale

Scenic designer Gage Williams used a small scale white model to work out basic spatial solutions—the placement of various benches, the height of the Judge’s platform, for instance.

Old Bailey Courtoom

musicals, Great Lakes Theater is used to fielding casts of 16 or more. But the original production of Witness for the Prosecution had at least 30 actors onstage, most in non-speaking roles. Fee knew, however, that he could rely on the acting company’s versatility. With an assist from costume designer Esther Haberlen, several actors would readily enjoy the challenge

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of playing more than one role. Fee also realized that he could accomplish the sense of a crowded courtroom with the help of the theater’s own audiences. The theater’s recent productions of Hamlet and Macbeth had audience seating onstage in an Elizabethan playhouse setting. In a courtroom drama, where lawyers and witnesses appeal to the jury, and the justice sysCostume renderings of Romaine Vole and Justice Wainwright by tem itself is the adversary, costume designer Esther Haberlen audience seating in the jury box and the observCourt as it might er’s galley provided a potent solution. have looked in Another casting issue arose. The play makes 1952. Williams much of the “otherness” of Leonard Vole’s had to recreate European-born wife, Romaine, and the plot the hierarchical exploits prejudice toward “the other.” Casting placement of choices offered an opportunity to explore the judge, barristers, kinds of “otherness” that could have been oper- witnesses, defenative in London in the 1950s but at the same dant and jury time might be relevant to the topic of “the other” within a typical “Demobilization Suits” in American society today. British court- were issued to returning The world of the production is firmly room while cre- WWII veterans in 1946; a anchored in 1952 London. England wasn’t yet ating a space that veteran still wearing one experiencing the post-war boom that was pro- was dramatic in 1952 pelling America at that time. Instead, post-war and provided for austerity still held sway. Costume designer audience sightEsther Haberlen uses a muted grey tartan and lines. With the tweed color palette to convey the stolid forbear- audience-as-jury ance of the English middle class of the early onstage at all 1950s. Romaine Vole’s cosmopolitan clothing is times, the courtall the more striking, reinforcing her outsider room scene canstatus. Haberlen distinguishes subtly between not change, but the more conservative 1940s style clothing that Williams is able the older characters would still have worn and to draw on the the slightly more adventurous fashion choices of Hanna Theatre’s Nelson’s Column on Trafalgar the younger generation. In post-war England, lighting resourc- Square during London’s Leonard Vole’s pin-striped suit would have been es and its hydrau- “Great Fog” of 1952 recognized as one of the mass-produced “demo- lic lifts to provide bilization” suits that were issued to returning playing spaces outside the courtroom. veterans of World War II. Without this knowlThe setting in 1952 London suggested edge, but within the world of this production, another dramatic opportunity. That was the Vole’s well-worn, ill-fitting suit will still “read” as year that a thick, oppressive fog hung over slightly out-of-date for a young man. the city of London for several days in Director Fee challenged scenic designer Gage December — just the sinister setting for a Williams to approximate London’s Old Bailey murder mystery!


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Laura Welsh Berg* Greta/Clegg Thirteen seasons with Great Lakes Theater Shows with GLT include Pride and Prejudice (Elizabeth Bennet), Mamma Mia! (Rosie), Hamlet (Hamlet), And Then There Were None (Vera), Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Richard III, Sweeney Todd, The Tempest, Hay Fever, My Fair Lady, All’s Well That Ends Well, Major Barbara, Macbeth, Measure for Measure and She Stoops to Conquer. At Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival: Viola in Twelfth Night and Speed in Two Gentlemen of Verona. Chicago credits include The Farnsworth Invention at Timeline Theater, Arms and the Man at Centerstage and Mill Fire at Sheil Park. L’MLS. Lynn Robert Berg* Mr. Mayhew Seventeen seasons with Great Lakes Theater For GLT: Macbeth (Macbeth), Scrooge (A Christmas Carol), The Ghost and Player King (Hamlet), Malvolio (Twelfth Night), Richard III (Richard III), Frank Ford (The Merry Wives of Windsor), Polixenes (The Winter’s Tale), Doctor Parker (Bat Boy: The Musical), Caliban (The Tempest), Demetrius (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). Other credits: Don Armado (Love’s Labour’s Lost), Dr. Watson (The Hound of the Baskervilles) with Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival; Hucklebee (The Fantasticks), Bill Walker (Major Barbara), Edmund (King Lear), Hastings (She Stoops to Conquer) with Idaho Shakespeare Festival. MFA from the University of Delaware Professional Theater Training Program. SLL’M Aled Davies* Sir Wilfrid Robarts, Q.C. Eighteen seasons with Great Lakes Theater Previously for GLT: Sir William Lucas/Mr. Gardiner in Pride and Prejudice, Seyton the Porter in Macbeth,

Mr. Fezziwig in A Christmas Carol, Marcellus/ The Gravedigger in Hamlet, Colonel Pickering in My Fair Lady, The Old Actor in The Fantasticks, Scrooge/Samuels in A Christmas Carol, King Lear in King Lear, John Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Oberon/ Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Your Chairman in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Dorn in The Seagull, Deputy Governor Danforth in The Crucible, Prospero in The Tempest, Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest. A proud and appreciative member of Actors’ Equity since 1984. Jodi Dominick* Romaine Vole Nine seasons with Great Lakes Theater Previous shows include Wait Until Dark, Mamma Mia!, Pride and Prejudice, Les Misérables, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Sweeney Todd, The Mousetrap, Cabaret, Into the Woods, Twelfth Night, An Ideal Husband, The Imaginary Invalid, My Fair Lady, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Richard III. Nine seasons at The Idaho Shakespeare Festival, GLT’s sister company. Other theaters: New World Stages, Hudson Backstage Theater, The Beck Center, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Hayworth Theatre, Dobama Theatre and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Jodi is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music. Jillian Kates* Janet MacKenzie Five seasons with Great Lakes Theater Jillian Kates is thrilled to be back with Great Lakes Theater having just appeared as Donna in Mamma Mia! and Jane in Pride and Prejudice in the fall. Other GLT credits include Eliza in My Fair Lady, Lily in The Secret Garden, Texas/Sally understudy in Cabaret, and Titania/Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She also appeared on the road with the Broadway National Tour of Wicked as Glinda/Nessarose

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understudy and in the ensemble. Thank you to the cast, crew and entire team at GLT as well as my fambam and squeebs near and far! @smallfirevintage Ben Kemper Plain-Clothes Detective/ Ensemble Two seasons with Great Lakes Theater Ben is honored to join the company for his second season at Great Lakes Theater, after working on King Lear and the Boise incarnation of last year’s Pride and Prejudice. Recent productions include The Minotaur (The Priest) with Opal Theater, Small Matters (Thoreau Crow King) with Migration Theory, Shakespeare in the Dark (Ghost) with Home Grown Theater, Illyria (Aguecheek) with Otherworld Theater, Dog Night (Jacob Mott) with Rabid Bat and Back When Mike Was Kate at Playhouse on the Square. He is a graduate of Northwestern University. Liz Krane Court Stenographer/ Ensemble Great Lakes Theater debut season Liz Krane is a Chicago-based actor and audiobook narrator who is thrilled to be joining Great Lakes Theater! Previous shows include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Miracle Worker, The Understudy, Arabian Nights, Amadeus and Iphigenia and her Daughters. Liz has worked with City Lit, Silent Theatre and Teatro Vista in Chicago and spent two seasons with the Texas Shakespeare Festival. She holds an MFA from Purdue University and is happy to share the stage with her husband, Andy, for the first time.


Taha Mandviwala* Leonard Vole Great Lakes Theater debut season Previous shows include A Christmas Carol; Romeo and Juliet; Love’s Labour’s Lost; Treasure Island; Disgraced; Pinocchio; Shakespeare in Love; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Robin Hood. First season with GLT and part-

ner theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Other theaters: Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Santa Cruz Shakespeare, Virginia Stage Company and Baltimore Center Stage. Taha is a 2016 B.A. graduate of University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance. Andy Nagraj* Clerk of the Court/ Court Usher Great Lakes Theater debut season In Chicago: Steppenwolf Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Court Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Writers Theatre, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Timeline Theatre and Silk Road Rising. Regional: Denver Center, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Chautauqua Theatre and the Utah, Hudson Valley, Texas, Virginia and Ohio Shakespeare festivals. TV: Chicago Fire (NBC) and Proven Innocent (FOX). Andy’s voice is frequently heard in commercials and he plays guitar for the Chicago-based band, The Winchesters. Andy was on the theater faculty of the University of Pittsburgh and received his MFA from the PTTP/Delaware. While Andy has acted in many plays, this is his first with his wife, Liz. Peter Ribar Warder/Ensemble Two seasons with Great Lakes Theater Peter is humbled to be back at GLT to work with this great team. Recently he toured with the company’s production of Macbeth, and he’s excited to get back on stage. Enjoy the show! David Anthony Smith* Mr. Justice Wainwright Sixteen seasons with Great Lakes Theater GLT audiences have seen him as Prospero (The Tempest), Iago (Othello), Jaques (As You Like It), Duke of Buckingham (Richard III), Muggeridge/ Christmas Present/Debtor (A Christmas Carol), Viscount Goring (An Ideal Husband), Bottom (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Malvolio (Twelfth Night), Macduff (Macbeth), Benedick (Much Ado About Nothing), Sergius (Arms and the Man) and Algernon

classics on tour February 5 - March 9

By Eric Schmiedl Based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson

WE’RE HITTING THE ROAD! Great Lakes Theater is thrilled to launch a touring production for ages 6+ and their families. s p r i ng sponsor:

What is the price of adventure? Venture out on the high seas with young Jim Hawkins as he searches for the lost treasure of Captain Flint. A brave band of actors embrace clowning, slapstick, puppetry, and music in the greatest pirate story ever told! JOIN US FOR A PERFORMANCE IN YOUR COMMUNITY! Interested in booking the touring production at your school or venue? Act fast! Availability is limited. Learn more:

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(The Importance of Being Earnest). He has performed at the Tony Award-winning Old Globe Theater in San Diego, South Coast Repertory, Laguna Playhouse, Sierra Rep, Madison Rep and the Shakespeare festivals of Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Garden Grove, Rhode Island, Nevada and Lake Tahoe. Forever and a day — Natalia. Claire Soulier The Woman/Ensemble Great Lakes Theater debut season Claire was last seen as Mary Magdalene at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre. Some of her favorite credits include Tribe member in Hair (Beck Center for the Arts), Cinderella in Cinderella the British Pantomime (Sacramento Theatre Company) and Susan understudy in Tick, Tick... Boom! (Playhouse Square). Claire is currently studying musical theater at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music. She sends much love to BWMT’21 and her family! @clairesoulier Nick Steen* Mr. Meyers, Q.C. Seven seasons with Great Lakes Theater Nick is deeply honored to return to the Hanna. Previous roles include Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, Sam in Mamma Mia!, MacDuff in Macbeth, Theseus and Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Laertes in Hamlet, Mike Talman in Wait Until Dark, Phillip Lombard in And Then There Were None, Clifford in Deathtrap, Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol. Nick holds an MFA from the American Conservatory Theater, and hosts a webseries about cars, Gearhead Garage, he and his wife Nicki created. Nick has endless gratitude for his family and Nicki. <4 you, his gorgeous fish! www.


Alex Syiek* Inspector Hearne Four seasons with Great Lakes Theater Previous GLT credits: Bill in Mamma Mia!, Fitzwilliam in

Pride and Prejudice, Clopin in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Snout/Cobweb in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pistol in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Factory Foreman/ Claquesous/Grantaire in Les Misérables, Richmond in Richard III. Other favorite credits: Andrew Jackson in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Color and Light Theatre Ensemble), Bob White in White Christmas (Northern Stage), Mr. Franklin in Passing Strange (14th Street Theatre). BM in music theater performance from Baldwin Wallace University and an MFA in musical theater writing from NYU. Proud member of Actors’ Equity. He would love to thank his mother, father and sister for their support. M.A. Taylor* Carter/Dr. Wyatt Fifteen seasons with Great Lakes Theater M.A. is grateful to work in the historic Hanna Theatre. Previous credits include Charity Man/Old Joe, A Christmas Carol; Murderer, Macbeth; King Louis XII/Ensemble, The Hunchback of Notre Dame; Puck, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Reynaldo, Hamlet; Feste, Twelfth Night; Doolittle, My Fair Lady; Rogers, And Then There Were None; Nathaniel, Love’s Labor’s Lost; Hugh Evans, The Merry Wives of Windsor. Also at PTTP/Rep, Boise Contemporary Theater, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. He holds an MFA from the University of Delaware’s Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP). Many thanks to his families (genetic & professional) and he dedicates this work, forever, to his friend Doug. Miss you Bub. Daniel Telford Policeman/Ensemble Two seasons with Great Lakes Theater Previous shows at GLT include Macbeth (Young Siward), Wait Until Dark (understudy), Twelfth Night (understudy). Previous local shows include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Nick) and Really Really (Davis) at The Beck Center. Daniel is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University’s BFA Acting Program and is grateful for the opportunity to work at GLT again.

Understudies Kenzie Critzer, Sha-Lemar Davis, Adam Grabar, Jillian Kates*, Ben Kemper, Liz Krane, Andy Nagraj*, Peter Ribar, Grant Strlich-Waybright, M.A. Taylor*, Daniel Telford





Charles Fee Producing Artistic Director Director, Witness for the Prosecution Seventeen seasons with Great Lakes Theater Directing credits at GLT: Misery, Hamlet, And Then There Were None, Dial “M” for Murder, Deathtrap, Blithe Spirit, Romeo and Juliet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, The Comedy of Errors, Macbeth, All’s Well That Ends Well, Hay Fever, The Importance of Being Earnest, Arms and the Man and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). Charles holds a unique position in the American theater as producing artistic director of three independently operated, professional theater companies: Great Lakes Theater in Cleveland, Ohio (since 2002); Idaho Shakespeare

Festival in Boise, Idaho (since 1991) and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival in Incline Village, Nevada (since 2010). His appointments have resulted in a dynamic and groundbreaking producing model for the companies, in which more than 60 plays have been shared since 2002. In 2009, Charles was honored to receive recognition for his leadership by the Cleveland Arts Prize as a recipient of the Martha Joseph Award. Other awards include The Mayor’s and Governor’s awards for Excellence in the Arts, Idaho. From 1988 to 1992, he held the position of artistic director at the Sierra Repertory Theatre in California. He has also worked with The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, the Milwaukee and Missouri repertory theaters, Actor’s Theatre of Phoenix and the Los Angeles Shakespeare Festival. In addition to his work with the companies in Ohio, Idaho and Nevada, Charles is active within the community. He has served as a member of the strategic planning committee for the Morrison Center, as producer of the FUNDSY Award Gala (’96, ’98 and 2000), and as producer of the 1996 Idaho Governor’s Awards in the


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Arts. Charles has served on the board of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the Downtown Rotary Club. He received his BA from the University of the Pacific and Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, San Diego. Along with his wife, Lidia and daughter, Alexa, Charles resides in Boise, Cleveland and Lake Tahoe — a feat that is only possible because of the incredible love and support of his family, and the generous communities he serves! Ken Merckx Fight Choreographer Thirteen seasons with Great Lakes Theater Ken Merckx has choreographed fights and taught actors theatrical combat for film, television, theater and universities all across the country. Ken is the resident fight choreographer for the Idaho and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare festivals, A Noise Within (Los Angeles) and Great Lakes Theater (Cleveland). Mr. Merckx received his MFA in acting from the University of Illinois and his BA in theater studies from the University of Washington.

Designers Esther M. Haberlen Costume Designer Sixteen seasons with Great Lakes Theater Past costume design credits with GLT include Les Misérables, The Fantasticks, Much Ado About Nothing and Beehive: The 60’s Musical. Other theaters: Beck Center for the Arts, Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House MFA Acting Program, Cleveland Institute of Music, Willoughby Fine Arts Association, Cleveland Public Theater, Dobama Theater and Cleveland Opera Theater. Esther holds a BFA in theater production and design from the State University of New York-Fredonia. A native of Syracuse, New York, she and her husband Richard have happily called Cleveland home since 2002. Many thanks to her amazing team and collaborators.


Rick Martin Lighting Designer Seventeen seasons with Great Lakes Theater Many productions with GLT and ISF including

The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet. Opera: Mitridate, Re di Ponto (La Monnaie, Brussels – scenery and lighting), Le Diable dans le beffroi, La Chute de la Maison Usher (Opéra national de Paris – scenery and lighting), BUTTERFLY – d’après Madama Butterfly de Puccini (Opera de Limoges and Opera de Rouen, France – lighting) and Dialogues des Carmèlites (Opéra de Toulon). Concerts: Harawi (Opèra Comique, Paris – scenery and lighting), Le martyre de Saint Sèbastien (Citè de la Musique, Paris). Coming up: scenery for the Da Ponte Trilogy: Le nozze de Figaro, Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte at La Monnaie in Brussels. Member: United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829, IATSE. Josh Schmidt Sound Designer Three seasons with Great Lakes Theater At GLT: Love’s Labour’s Lost, Misery. As Composer/Co-author: A Minister’s Wife (Lincoln Center), ADD1NG MACH1N3 (Minetta Lane), Whida Peru (59E59), Midwestern Gothic (Signature, VA), Gift of the Magi (American Players Theatre, WI). As Composer/Sound Designer: New York: Therese Raquin (Roundabout/Studio 54) House of Blue Leaves (Walter Kerr), many others. Chicago: Steppenwolf, Goodman, Writers’ Theatre, many others. Regional: Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Alley Theatre; Idaho Shakes, Cleveland Play House, American Players Theatre, many others. Commissions: Metropolitan Opera, RKO, Groundswell, others. Teaching: UNLV, Harvard, Suffolk, many others. Member: ASCAP, TSDCA. Awards/Recognition: Lortel, Outer Critics, Jeff, ASCAP, NEA/TCG. Gage Williams Scenic Designer Thirteen seasons with Great Lakes Theater: Previous designs for GLT include: Misery, The Fantasticks, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, All’s Well That Ends Well, Amadeus, You Can’t Take It With You, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Hamlet, Tartuffe, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Arms and the Man and Much Ado About Nothing. He has designed sets for notable regional theaters and opera companies including Idaho

Shakespeare Festival, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Salt Lake Acting Company, Actors Theatre of Phoenix, Childsplay, Pioneer Theatre Company, Utah Opera Company. For television, Art Director credits includes productions for ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, HBO, Showtime, ESPN, Disney, MTV.

Stage Management Tim Kinzel* Production Stage Manager Nine seasons with Great Lakes Theater

Lucas Clark* Stage Manager Two seasons with Great Lakes Theater Lucas is delighted to be working with the Great Lakes Theater family. Previous GLT credits: Hamlet (Stage Management Intern). National Tours: The King & I (Assistant Stage Manager/Assistant Company Manager), and Waitress (Production Assistant). Regional: Playhouse Square, Barrington Stage Company, Music Theatre Wichita, Know Theatre, Beck Center for the Arts, and Cincinnati Opera. Lucas is a proud BW grad. Many thanks to Anna for her unwavering support. Nicki Cathro* Assistant Stage Manager Three seasons with Great Lakes Theater Nicki is overjoyed to be returning for her third season at the Hanna. Previously she’s worked as an Assistant Stage Manager for Misery, Macbeth and Pride and Prejudice at Great Lakes Theater and the Idaho Shakespeare Festival; and as a Production

Author Agatha Christie (1890-1976) is the author not only of The Mousetrap, the longest running stage production in history, but also Witness for the Prosecution and And Then There Were None to name but a few of her greatest stage successes. Her novels have sold more than 2 billion copies around the world, and she is only outsold by the Bible and Shakespeare. Born in 1890, in Torquay, Devon, England, to an American father and English mother, she wrote her first play Black Coffee (the only play in which she chose to feature Poirot) in 1930 having been disappointed by the way The Murder of Roger Ackroyd had been adapted into Alibi in 1928. She adapted her bestselling novel And Then There Were None for stage in 1943, giving it a different ending, followed by, in quick succession, Appointment with Death (1945), Murder on the Nile (1946) and The Hollow (1951). With The Mousetrap (1952), Witness for the Prosecution (1953) and Spider’s Web (1954), she became the only female playwright to have three plays running in the West End at the same time. Later plays include Towards Zero (1956) co-adapted with Gerald Verner, Verdict (1958) possibly her most unusual play, Go Back for Murder (1960) and Rule of Three (1962), a series of three one-act plays. After a hugely successful career and a wonderful life, Ms. Christie died peacefully on January 12, 1976. Witness for the Prosecution ©1953 Agatha Christie Limited | All rights reserved. AGATHA CHRISTIE and the Agatha Christie Signature are trademarks of Agatha Christie Ltd. The rights of this play are controlled by Agatha Christie Ltd. For further information about this play, others by Agatha Christie and about other stage adaptations of her stories, please visit:

Tim has stage managed 30-plus productions for Great Lakes Theater. Recent credits include A Christmas Carol, Mamma Mia!, Beehive - The 60’s Musical, Misery, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Forever Plaid and Hamlet. Tim has multiple Stage Management credits from the following companies: Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Playwrights Horizon, Cherry Lane Theater NYC and Houston’s Stages Repertory Theatre. Love to his family and friends. Cleveland native and diehard sports fan. Thank you for supporting the arts at Playhouse Square.

Assistant for A Christmas Carol, Hamlet, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Nicki earned her BFA in radio, television, and film from the University of North Texas. She continues to work in film production and photography and is thrilled to work alongside her husband Nick <4. For more information on her media company, please visit


DONORS The trustees, staff and artistic company of Great Lakes Theater express our deepest gratitude to the hundreds of supporters of Cleveland’s Classic Company. The donors listed below and on the following pages made generous gifts to our Annual Fund between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. “I can no other answer make but thanks.” Twelfth Night, Act III, Scene iii

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Make a Contribution Great Lakes Theater served more than 100,000 students and adults last year through its Hanna and Ohio Theatre mainstage productions and education programs throughout northeast Ohio. This would not have been possible without the annual support of the hundreds of generous donors listed below. Please consider joining the Great Lakes Theater family by making a contribution to support Cleveland’s Classic Company. Visit the “Support Us” section of our website ( or call us at (216) 453-4442 to learn more about our Membership and donation opportunities.

Sponsors: Company Sponsors $100,000 and above Cuyahoga Arts & Culture*** Lead Sponsors $50,000 to $99,999 The Cleveland Foundation*** The George Gund Foundation*** The Kulas Foundation*** The John P. Murphy Foundation***

The David & Inez Myers Foundation*** Ohio Arts Council*** The Kelvin & Eleanor Smith Foundation*** Sponsors $25,000 to $49,999

The Paul M. Angell Family Foundation** The Community Foundation of Lorain County*** The Martha Holden Jennings Foundation*** The Reinberger Foundation***

Shakespeare in American Communities: National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest* John & Barbara Schubert***

Season Sponsors:

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*3 – 5 consecutive years as a donor **6 – 9 consecutive years as a donor ***10 or more consecutive years as a donor


Great Lakes Theater’s Legacy Society honors individuals, families, foundations and other generous donors that make gifts to Great Lakes Theater’s Endowment Fund or have made a provision for Great Lakes Theater through their estate plans. Please consider becoming a member of the growing list of generous Great Lakes Theater Legacy Society supporters and help ensure that classic theater endures for future generations in northeast Ohio by designating Great Lakes Theater a beneficiary in your will, trust or other estate plans.

“Evermore thanks.” Kathleen L. Barber* Marilyn* & Paul* Brentlinger Willard & Donna Carmel Mary* & Leigh Carter Natalie & Morton* Epstein Gerald Freedman GAR Foundation Edward S. Godleski Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson Mary Jane Davis Hartwell*

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Samuel S. Hartwell The Hershey Foundation Jack & Mary Ann Katzenmeyer Kate Lunsford Thomas* & Margaret Lynch Charitable Trust Mary Anne* & Jack McGrath Janet & Bob* Neary James A . Nelson* Donald & Anne Palmer

Jean Z.* & John S.* Piety Tim & Lynn Pistell Ron & Nancy Pottorff Professor Alan Miles Ruben & Judge Betty Willis Ruben The John Sherwin Family George* & Marjorie* Springer Thomas G. & Ruth M. Stafford Arthur L. Thomas Audrey* & Dick* Watts

*Deceased: The legacy of these generous donors lives on for future generations.


For more information regarding planned gifts, please contact Todd Krispinsky, Director of Institutional Advancement. (216) 453-4449 |

THE SHAKESPEARE SOCIETY Annual Fund donors of $1,000 and above are members of Great Lakes Theater’s “Shakespeare Society” and are entitled to special, exclusive benefits, including invitations to special events and activities. For more information, contact Todd Krispinsky at (216) 453-4449.

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Avon Circle ($10,000 to $24,999) The Abington Foundation** The Eva L. & Joseph M. Bruening Foundation*** Eaton Corporation*** First Energy Foundation The GAR Foundation*** Jack & Mary Ann Katzenmeyer*** The Lubrizol Foundation*** Thomas & Margaret Lynch Charitable Trust Janet E. Neary*** The Nord Family Foundation*** Nordson Corporation Foundation*** Don & Anne Palmer*** Tim & Lynn Pistell*** PNC Foundation** Georgianna T. Roberts*** The Shubert Foundation*** Thomas G. & Ruth M. Stafford***

Stratford Circle ($5,000 to $9,999) The Bicknell Fund Mr. Todd M. Burger & Ms. Kristie Beck** Fred & Mary Behm*** Bill & Judie Caster* Ms. Anne B. DesRosiers & Mr. Stephen L. Kadish* Carol Dolan & Greggory Hill*** Evelyn Dolejs** Natalie Epstein*** Ernst & Young, LLP*** The Harry K. & Emma R. Fox Foundation*** Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Hartwell*** Paul R. & Denise Horstman Keen** Diane Kathleen Hupp* Mr. & Mrs. Leslie H. Moeller*** Mary Perkins David P. Porter & Margaret K. Poutasse*** Christopher & Gail Steward Kevin M. & Anne R. White** Robert C. & Emily C. Williams**


Globe Circle ($2,500 to $4,999) Anonymous (2)

Chuck & Bonnie Abbey*** Michelle R. Arendt*** Walt & Laura Avdey*** BakerHostetler, LLP Dalia & Robert Baker*** David & Carolyn Bialosky** Kim & Bart Bixenstine** Glenn & Jenny Brown*** Mr. & Mrs. Homer D. W. Chisholm*** Gail Cudak & Thomas Young*** Timothy J. Downing & Ken Press*** Dianne V. Foley* Lynn M. Gattozzi Derek & Lynne Green Elizabeth Grove & Rich Bedell* Hahn Loeser & Parks, LLP Mr. & Mrs. Arthur C. Hall III Mary Elizabeth Huber William W. Jacobs*** Katie Kennedy & Doug White Faisal Khan & Angela DiCorleto* Mr. & Mrs. John J. Lane* The Laub Foundation*** Susan & John Lebold* Mr. & Mrs. Donald J. Mayer*** Jack McGrath*** Donald W. Morrison*** Nicholas & Sue Peay*** Dr. Scott & Mrs. Judy Pendergast*** Mr. & Mrs. Michael J. Peterman*** Thomas A. Piraino & Barbara C. McWilliams** Mr. & Mrs. Robert C. Ruhl*** Kim Sherwin** Sally J. Staley*** Brit & Kate Stenson*** Jason R. Suslak Kris & George Tesar Ulmer & Berne LLP*** University Suburban Health Center Mr. & Mrs. Paul L. Wellener IV*** John & Lori Wheeler* Ms. Rebecca A. Zuti & Mr. Anthony D. DeCello**

Folio Circle ($1,000 to $2,499) Anonymous (1) Jennifer & Michael Armstrong Robyn & David Barrie*** John & Laura Bertsch** H.F. & J.C. Burkhardt***

Calfee, Halter & Griswold, LLP*** Jack & Janice Campbell*** Donald & Annamarie Chick*** Robert & Susan Conrad Carolyn & Charles Dickson*** Ms. Leslie C. Dickson* Barry & Suzanne Doggett*** Dr. Howard Epstein* Charles, Lidia & Alexa Fee** Dale & Linda Gabor* Steve Gariepy & Nancy Sin*** The Giant Eagle Foundation** The Gries Family Foundation*** Drs. Thomas & Cynthia Gustaferro* Geoffrey Michael Heller Memorial Fund Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc.*** Kenneth Karosy*** Donna M. & Alex I. Koler The Milton A. & Charlotte R. Kramer Charitable Foundation* Eva & Rudolf Linnebach* Mr. & Mrs. William E. MacDonald III* Rita & Charles Maimbourg McGrath/Spellman Family Trust Mr. & Mrs. Douglas McGregor Katie McVoy & Justin Cernansky Mr. & Mrs. John C. Morley*** Michael Mumford & Neil Vakharia Karen Nemec** Pamela G. Noble & E. Macke Bentley IV** Mr. & Mrs. Patrick W. O’Connor** Mr. & Mrs. Wilmer M. Piper*** John & Norine Prim*** Ms. Ana G. Rodriguez Linda Schlageter*** Naomi G. & Edwin Z. Singer Family Fund, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland*** Nancy Stokes The Alvah Stone & Adele Corning Chisholm Memorial Fund* Diana & Eugene Stromberg*** Gerald F. Unger*** Mary C. Warren** Julie Sabroff Willoughby* *3-5 consecutive years as a donor. **6-9 consecutive years as a donor. ***10 or more consecutive years as a donor.

Welcome! The following individuals made their first gift, returned as active donors or increased their gift to Great Lakes Theater’s Annual Fund during the period of July 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018. The Great Lakes Theater family is grateful for your support! Tom & Kirsten Hagesfeld Ms. Eleanor W. Helper Mr. & Mrs. Barry J. Hoffer Mr. & Mrs. Joseph H. James Tom & Terri Jecker Ms. Catherine M. Kilbane & Mr. Donald H. Bullock Al & Cynthia Kuntz Mr. George Leggiero James & Tayna Lewan Mr. & Mrs. John S. Lupo Ms. Sharon Madger David & Denise Maiorana Mr. & Mrs. J. Adin Mann Mr. & Mrs. David T. Morgenthaler Barbara J. Burke Mr. & Mrs. Robert J. Patalon Mr. John Patton Mr. & Mrs. James M. Petras John & Norine Prim

Benefactor ($750 to $999)

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James Eschmeyer*** Mr. & Mrs. Donald Kimmel*** Ken & Mary Loparo***

Anonymous (2) The Thomas & Joann Adler Family Donor Advised Fund of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland*** Dr. & Mrs. Peter & Kathy Alscher Thomas & Joan Baker* Mr. & Mrs. Benham S. Bates** Kathy Berkshire* John & Jeannene Bertosa** Paul & Heather Blonsky* Gary & Kay Bluhm** Bernice A. Bolek*** Richard & Mary Ann Brockett* Barbara J. Burke** Tim & Cindy Carr** Mr. & Mrs. Lucien H. Case* Ms. Megan Casserlie* Rollin & Anne Conway** Dr. & Mrs. Kevin D. Cooper** Bruce & Maryellen Cudney*** Audrey DeClement*** Pete & Margaret Dobbins* Ted Elrick Mr. & Mrs. L. William Erb* Dr. & Mrs. Robert L. Fairchild Jon & Mary Fancher** Ann & Harry Farmer* Mary Eileen Fogarty*** Deborah A. Geier*** Bob & Mia Graf Lee & Peter Haas** Virginia Hansen*** Tom & Luz Higgason Mrs. Edith Hirsch Mr. Herbert J. Hoppe, Jr.* Robert & Linda Jenkins** Dr. Steven & Lena Kanter Bernie & Nancy Karr*** Eileen Kennedy & Greg Cloyd

Sustainers ($500 to $749) Anonymous (1) Gary D Benz & Betsy A Karetnick Julia & Ben Brouhard** Christopher & Nancy Coburn Evans Charitable Foundation* Mr. Joseph A. Ferritto Janet & Patricia Glaeser*** Gary & Joanna Graeff* William Hasler Mark & Barbara Mazzone** Francis & Viola McDowell** Helen & Harry Mercer*** The Mersol Family*** The Music & Drama Club* Deborah L. Neale*** Thomas & Helen Rathburn** Mrs. Sharon L. Rogers*** Dr. & Mrs. Lynn A. Smith*** Albert Stratton Wulf & Moira Utian Carol Lee Vella*** Mr. & Mrs. Thomas D. Warren*** Margaret & Loyal Wilson** Women’s Committee of Great Lakes Theater Festival*** Mr. Lee C. Zeiszler** Patrick M. Zohn*** John & Jane Zuzek***

Larry & Susan Rakow Robinson Famly Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland Pablo R. Ros, M.D. & Karin Herrmann Doris A. Schultz Ms. Sunny M. Simon Ms. Margaret C. Stark Anita Stoll & Pete Clapham Geoff & Catherine Tanner Ms. Suzanne W. Tenbrook Arthur L. Thomas Dr. & Mrs. Ken Tomecki Mr. Edward Vargo Ms. Adele Viguera Mr. & Mrs. James L. Wamsley III Mary C. Warren Mr. & Mrs. Harold L. Williams Ms. Suann M. Winczek

Larry & Joy Kent** Bill & Susan Kirchner* Bob & Nanci Kirkpatrick*** James & Rosemary Koehler Ronald G. Kollar*** Ursula Korneitchouk* Stephen & Carolyn Kuerbitz* Chris & Laura Larson*** Mr. & Mrs. Brian Lawler** Morton & Lola Litt* Anne R. & Kenneth E. Love** Jennifer & Peter Meckes* Steven & Dolly Minter David & Leslee Miraldi*** Steve Z. & Mary Gibbs Mitchell*** Dale Sr., Dale Jr. & Gayle Montgomery Toni & Linda Moore*** Susan N. Morley Ronald Mortus Rick & Paula Reed Dr. Edward J. Rockwood*** Otmar & Rota Sackerlotzky*** Jim & Joan Schaefer Jeff & Beth Ann Sedam Mr. Bahman Y. Sharif Dr. Howard & Beth Simon* Katherine Stokes-Shafer Karl & Carol Theil** Frank & Vicki Titas** Robert & Marti Vagi** Raymond & Carolyn Voelker* Nancy-Anne Wargo* Dr. & Mrs. Gregory A. Watts** Chris & Mary Weaver Mr. John Wiedemann & Ms. Pamela Schnellinger* Brian Wynne & Patrick Cozzens** Ms. Margaret E. Zellmer**

Associates ($125 to $249) Anonymous (3) Donna Beletic* Ms. Pamela Benson* Mr. & Mrs. Thomas W. Berges Roger Bielefeld*** Peter Blohm John Bolton*** Ms. Dorothy F. Borer* Mr. Stanley C. Brandt & Ms. Mary K. Whitmer*** Joanne R. Bratush*** Mike & Carole Brown* V. Elizabeth Brown** Larry & Andi Carlini** Mr. & Mrs. Robert B. Charlick** Jean McQuillan & Richard Christ*** John & Donna Clifford*** Joanne Clifford James Collins Stan & Lisa Corwin* David & Gayle Cratty*** Mary J. Decker Mr. Alex Derkaschenko John Doucette Daniel & Joyce Dyer ** Mr. & Mrs. Robert Eikenburg*** Gene & Patricia Ewald Mary Ann & Joseph Fischer** David V. Foos*** Mr. & Mrs. Gerald R. Frei** Mr. & Mrs. Lou Galizio*** Mrs. Carla Gallagher* Mrs. Barbara J. Garris Virginia T. Goetz* Kathy Grekco Jean E. Gubbins** Tom & Kirsten Hagesfeld*** Ms. Bonnie Ann Hajek Curt & Karen Henkle**

Ms. Nancy J. Arndt & Mr. Andrew P. Houghton Mr. Thomas D. Basco Mr. & Mrs. John Beebe Ms. Linda Bickerstaff Mitch & Liz Blair Glenn & Jenny Brown Cindy & Tim Carr Mr. Edward A. Chuhna Eileen Kennedy & Greg Cloyd Dr. & Mrs. Dale H. Cowan Ms. Elizabeth W. DeBoer Mrs. Mary J. Decker Audrey DeClement Ms. Elizabeth Eckstein Charles, Lidia & Alexa Fee Dr. J. Robert Fowler Carla & Jim Gallagher Mr. & Mrs. Randall J. Gordon Mr. & Mrs. Richard S. Gray


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Ms. Robin Herrington-Bowen* Mr. & Mrs. Douglas M. Hicks Rick Hoch* Mark & Lynn Hofflund* Kathy & Jamie Hogg*** Ms. Elizabeth A. Irwin Marie Ivkanec* Mr. & Mrs. Robert L. Janson** Deb & Gar Kaminski Marilyn & Howard Karfeld*** John & Linda Karolefski Lauren Kawentel** Samuel C. Kennell* William & Marion Kettering** Michael & Lynn Kleinman* Mr. Thomas Knox* Mr. & Mrs. Mark D. Kozel*** Jacob Kronenberg & Barbara Belovich*** Fred & Joann Lafferty*** Jennifer & Robert Larson** Gregory Leach* Gregory & Vickie Leyes** Brian & Renee Lowery** James Marino Joseph Marinucci Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. McDonald*** Roy & Cindy Moore*** Pat Murphy & Mike Kupiec Ms. Barbara H. Nahra Tom & Mary Neff** Thomas Neff Ms. Brenda Norton Robert & Margery Orth* Mr. & Mrs. Robert J. Patalon* Mr. & Mrs. James M. Petras Mr. & Mrs. Harold I. Pittaway III Mr. William Plesec Ms. Mary L. Pollak* Andrew & Brenda Pongracz* Mr. & Mrs. Louis Pongracz** Ms. Bette M. Prendergast James & Susan Prince* Ms. Betsy R. Quinn* Peter E. Renerts Reinhold & Ginny Roedig*** Donna Schuerger*** Steve & Kathy Schultz** Ms. Annette Shaughnessy Donna Sheridan*** Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Slavin*** James Sonday William E. Spatz** Susan St. John** Mr. Arthur D. Stehlik & Mrs. Sherri L. Stehlik Kathlyn & Harry Stenzel*** Ms. Margaret A. Svoboda Sean Swick Joanne M. Uniatowski Anne Unverzagt & Richard Goddard*** Mr. & Mrs. James D. Vail** Christine & Daniel Vento* Ryan Vidmar Carol A. Vidoli*** Ms. Kimberly A. Vivolo* Michael Wagner Ms. Kathleen Waits** Mrs. Betty S. Weiss** Roger & Nancy Welchans Jean Wingate Thomas M. Wladyka* Jeanne Wojciechowicz James & Sandra Wood** John & Dianne Young***

Friends ($75 to $124) Anonymous (3) Lori Adler** Carol Barnak Kimberley Barton Thomas D. Basco Brian & Teresa Bester* Tom & Dorothy Bier Dr. & Mrs. Dieter F. Bloser*** Susan Bobey** Phyliss M. Boggs Mr. & Mrs. Charles P. Bolton*** Ms. Anita K. Bridges* Mr. & Mrs. Seth Brodsky Daniel Brown Kathy Caldwell Dr. & Mrs. Dale H. Cowan* Samuel Cowling*** Ms. & Mr. M. Judith Crocker* Judith Darus* Chris & Mary Ann Deibel*** The Eldridge Family Mary Emerson Dr. & Mrs. Michael Eppig Janice Evans** Nancy Facchiano Mr. & Mrs. Frank L. Field*** Carmela Freeman Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Freeman Charles & Julia Gall** Nicholas & Marsha Gallo Lisa Greb John Greene* Marian Hancy** Jean Heller* Ms. Eleanor W. Helper* Frank & Gerry Hoffert** Ms. Carolyn R. Horn Clyde A. Horn*** Dr. Randal N. Huff Ron & Joanne Hulec*** Mary Immormino James & Gale Jacobsohn Thomas Jecker Dennis Kelly** Mr. Gilbert P. Kenehan** Mr. Kenneth R. Kessler Mr. & Mrs. Albert Kirby Mary Jo Klements David R. Knowles Mr. & Mrs. Gregory G. Kruszka* Leslie Lahr* Ms. Linda V. Lefkovitz* Chuck & Donna Loper Mr. & Mrs. John S. Lupo Susan E. Lust Alex Machaskee Paul S. Malchesky Janet Mann Anne Martin* Gretchen Mates Connie May James L. Mayer Cathy J. McCall*** Mr. David McKissock Rev. Edward E. Mehok*** Antoinette Miller*** Mr. John M. Moss & Mrs. Karen J. Moss Mark Norris Gerald Norton* Joan M. Oravec*** Meribeth Pannitto* Peggy & Michael Partington*** John R. Pendergast Brian Perry & Ka Pi Hoh*

Mr. Alan A. Pomiecko Ms. Karen Powers Mr. James E. Racic Judy & Clifford Reeves*** Mr. & Mrs. Gerald P. Rencehausen Ms. Jacqueline Y. Rhodes** Ms. Lori Riga Robinson Family Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland* Ms. Lois Schneider William & Lisa Schonberg Doris A. Schultz** Randall & Sara Shaner Richard Shirey* Dr. Dave & Faye Sholiton* Mary Slak Marg Slesnick Mary Slowey* Roy & Alma Smith* Ms. Dana Snyder Mr. & Mrs. John Southworth* Dale M. Sroka John & Leslie Stanforth Kara Suzelis Kathryn Sweeny Dr. Elizabeth Swenson* Mr. & Mrs. Edward J. Tatman* Edwin Upton Natalie Vloedman Tom Wagner & Malinda Smyth** Mrs. Barbara S. Walker** Rev. & Mrs. David M. Walker*** Mrs. Alice H. Webster* Adam Wilde Colleen Williams & Jim Persichitti Paul Wolansky Nancy N. Yood Arthur & Deborah Zinn** Maxene Zion *3 – 5 consecutive years as a donor **6 – 9 consecutive years as a donor ***10 or more consecutive years as a donor

Endowment Fund Gifts to the Great Lakes Theater Endowment Fund were received from the following donors between July 1, 2017 and December 31, 2018. Edward S. Godleski Mary Jane Davis Hartwell* Janet & Bob* Neary Jean Z.* & John S.* Piety David P. Porter & Margaret K. Poutasse in memory of Morton G. Epstein Ron & Nancy Pottorff Thomas* & Margaret Lynch Charitable Trust

Gifts were received in honor of: Diane Foley by: Mark Freeman Carla P. Gallagher by: Jim Gallagher Tom Hanks by: Sam Garrett Robert H. Martindale by: David Wildermuth Janet Neary by: Ms. Emily Holdge Brasfield

Mary A. Price by: Martha & Wayne Bifano Rebecca Zuti by: Barbara & David Ackerman

Gifts were received in memory of: Claudine Clinton by: Pam & Russ Kilpatrick, Mary Slowey Judith Kutcher by: George A. Hoy, Lawrence R. Gonet, Donald P. Koch, Mr. James W. Kutcher, Ruth Rayle, P. Joyce Rhodes, Billy Taylor Michael Markic by: Nancy Smith

Matching Gift Corporations Eaton Corporation GE Foundation IBM Corporation The Lubrizol Foundation Nordson Corporation Foundation Perkins Charitable Foundation PNC Foundation Schneider Electric North America Foundation The Sherwin-Williams Company Many companies, like the ones listed above, match all or a portion of their employees’ charitable giving. Is your employer a matching gift company? Find out by contacting your employer or the Great Lakes Theater Development Office at (216) 453-4442.

The Women’s Committee Formed in 1961, the committee is Great Lakes Theater’s longest standing volunteer support group. Members act as hosts for our actors, provide support in our administrative office and at events, and cheer us on throughout the season. If you would like to become a member, call Joanne Hulec at (216) 252-8717 for more information. Officers Janice Campbell, President Kathy Berkshire, Co-Vice Chair Barb Chernus, Co-Vice Chair Viola McDowell, Recording Secretary Bernice Bolek, Corresponding Secretary Nanci Kirkpatrick, Treasurer Every effort is made to ensure that our donor records are current and correct. Please contact Great Lakes Theater’s Development Office at (216) 453-4442 or via email at lsteward@ with questions or to report updates and revisions.


William W. Jacobs *†


Timothy J. Downing *


Kim Bixenstine *


Kathleen Kennedy *


John E. Katzenmeyer † Denise Horstman Keen Faisal Khan * John W. Lebold * William E. MacDonald III † David M. Maiorana Ellen Stirn Mavec † Mary J. Mayer John E. McGrath † Katie McVoy * Leslie H. Moeller Mike Mumford Janet E. Neary † Pamela G. Noble * Michael J. Peterman † Timothy K. Pistell † David P. Porter † Gregory Pribulsky Georgianna T. Roberts †

Ana Rodriguez Pablo R. Ros, M.D. John D. Schubert † Peter Shimrak † Thomas G. Stafford *† Sally J. Staley Diana W. Stromberg Catherine Tanner Kristine M. Tesar Arthur L. Thomas Gerald F. Unger Nancy Wellener Patrick Zohn Rebecca A. Zuti * Executive Committee † Life Trustee

STRATEGIC ALLIANCE In 2002, Great Lakes Theater (Cleveland, Ohio) and Idaho Shakespeare Festival (Boise, Idaho) conceived a unique, strategic producing alliance designed to maximize return on organizational investments, increase production efficiencies, create long term work opportunities for artists and share best practices. In 2010, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival (Incline Village, Nevada) joined the collaborative — further contributing to the momentum of the revolutionary producing prototype's success. The long term results have been remarkable. The alliance's three independent, 501c3 regional theaters have shared over 60 jointly-created productions — each featuring long term, multi-city employment opportunities for artistic company members. This revolutionary producing model has realized its vision and exceeded expectations while simultaneously resulting in notable audience growth for each company.

Michelle Arendt Jennifer Armstrong Walter Avdey Dalia Baker Gina L. Beebe Gary Benz

David L. Bialosky Todd M. Burger * William Caster * Gail L. Cudak Carolyn Dickson † Leslie Dickson William B. Doggett † Carol Dolan * Dr. Howard G. Epstein Natalie Epstein *† Dianne V. Foley * Stephen H. Gariepy Lynn M. Gattozzi Elizabeth A. Grove * Arthur C. Hall, III Samuel Hartwell * Mary Elizabeth Huber Diane Hupp Joseph H. James


STAFF Leadership Charles Fee, Producing Artistic Director Bob Taylor, Executive Director

Management Team

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Director of Educational Services.................Kelly Schaffer Florian Production Manager................................Jeff Herrmann Director of Institutional Advancement.................Todd Krispinsky Director of Educational Programming...... Lisa Ortenzi

Artistic Artistic Associate..............................................Tom Ford

Education Education Assistant.................Chennelle Bryant-Harris Education Outreach Associate................David Hansen School Residency Program Actor-Teachers................. Trevor Buda, Adam Graber, Tim Keo, Adrionna Powell Lawrence, Kimberly Martin, Zyrece Montgomery, Shaun Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill, Leah Smith

Finance & Administration Manager of Finance & Administration...................Stephanie Reed

Institutional Advancement Audience Engagement Coordinator........ Jeremy Lewis Marketing & Communications Manager................................................. Kacey Shapiro Annual Fund & Special Events Coordinator......................................Elizabeth Steward Advancement Associate...................Olivia M. Williams

Production Assistant Production Manager...... Corrie E. Purdum Company Manager.................................. Amy Essick Technical Director.................................. Mark Cytron Assistant Technical Director.......William Langenhop Master Carpenter ................................. Lindsay Loar Carpenter/Welder......................... Richard Haberlen Carpenters.................. Nathan Glowacki, Paul Miller, Gary Zsigrai Properties Master......................... Jessica Rosenlieb


Assistant Properties Master.........Bernadine Cockey Properties Artist............................. Christine Dugan Costume Director........................Esther M. Haberlen Assistant Costume Shop Manager/ Tailor.........................................................Leah Loar Draper.................................................... Diana Sidley First Hand......................................Christina Spencer Stitcher/Crafts Artisan.......................Zachary Hickle Design Assistant/ Wardrobe Supervisor................ Mackenzie Malone Wardrobe Crew...................................Peter Sherman Judicial Costumes provided by Angels Costumes Costume Shop Intern...............................Gwen Kunz Master Electrician................................Tammy Taylor Charge Scenic Artist............................... Ruth Lohse Scenic Artist.................................. Justine Schneider Audio Supervisor................................Brian Chismar Production Stage Manager..................... Tim Kinzel* Stage Manager..................................... Lucas Clark* Assistant Stage Manager.....................Nicki Cathro* Hanna Theatre Crew......... Thomas Boddy, Chris Guy, Shaun Milligan, Nathan Tulenson


Company Doctor.......Dr. Donald Ford & Cleveland Clinic Costume Interns.........Dishaina Goins, Kalicia Straight

Special Thanks Great Lakes Theater is a member of the League of Resident Theaters (LORT) and operates under agreements with LORT, Actorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Equity Association, American Federation of Musicians, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, and the United Scenic Artists, which are unions representing professional actors, stage managers, musicians, stagehands, directors, choreographers, and designers, respectively, in the United States.


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Service for Our Guests with Special Needs Large type programs and wireless headsets are available in the House Managerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office.

Camera Policy Cameras, including cameras on cell phones and other personal handheld devices, audio/ video tape recorders and flash photography are strictly prohibited.

Emergency Phone Number In emergency situations, family members or babysitters may call 216-771-5537 (evening hours) or 216-771-4444 (daytime hours) should they need to get a message to a guest in our theaters.

Cell Phones The experience of a live performance can be ruined by the interruption of ringtones, vibrating phones or conversation. The magic of a darkened theater can be disrupted by the light of someone text messaging as well. Please be considerate to others and remember to turn off your cell phone for the duration of the show.

Thank You


Playhouse Square gratefully acknow­ ledges the people of Cuyahoga County for their historical support to theater restoration, upkeep and programming, as well as through their ongoing contributions through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.


Miss Saigon An Iliad Beijing Dance Theater Sherwood Weep for Joy


HANNA Tuesday

Miss Saigon Sherwood




Miss Saigon Sherwood Moon Shot





Miss Saigon Sherwood Moon Shot An Iliad Adam Sandler

Miss Saigon Flanagan’s Wake Sherwood CIFF’s Get Shorty An Iliad

Miss Saigon Flanagan’s Wake An Iliad Beijing Dance Theater Sherwood Weep for Joy Miss Saigon Flanagan’s Wake Sherwood Joshua Seth An Iliad

Miss Saigon Sherwood Me...Jane Sophisticated Soul Tour

Miss Saigon Flanagan’s Wake Sherwood Witness for the Prosecution Cleveland Jazz Orchestra: Cupid

Miss Saigon Flanagan’s Wake Sherwood Witness for the Prosecution Justin Willman The Deplorables

Sherwood Witness for the Prosecution The Importance of Being Earnest MeatEater: Under the Hood

Sherwood Witness for the Prosecution The Importance of Being Earnest

Sherwood Witness for the Prosecution The Importance of Being Earnest Jump Back Ball

Miss Saigon Flanagan’s Wake An Iliad Weep for Joy

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Miss Saigon Sherwood An Iliad


Miss Saigon Sherwood

BO U B L I L & S C H Ö N B E R G’S

Miss Saigon Sherwood Me...Jane


Sherwood Witness for the Prosecution The Importance of Being Earnest

Emily Brown and the Witness for the Thing Prosecution Emily Brown and the Thing Disney’s DCappella Hay Fever

Witness for the Prosecution The Importance of Being Earnest Emily Brown and the Thing Hay Fever

The Importance of Being Earnest Shen Yun John Crist

School of Rock

School of Rock Witness for the Prosecution Hay Fever

School of Rock Witness for the Prosecution Hay Fever Paw Patrol Live!

School of Rock

School of Rock

School of Rock

Sherwood Witness for the Prosecution Nat Geo Live: Ocean Soul

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Flanagan’s Wake Witness/Prosecution Importance/Earnest Emily Brown/Thing Hay Fever

Flanagan’s Wake Witness/Prosecution Importance/Earnest Hay Fever Shen Yun Festival of Laughs School of Rock Flanagan’s Wake Witness for the Prosecution Hay Fever Paw Patrol Live! Vertigo Dance

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School of Rock Flanagan’s Wake Witness for the Prosecution Hay Fever Paw Patrol Live!

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Miss Saigon Sherwood Witness for the Prosecution

3 4 5 6 7 8 9 School of Rock School of Rock Mayumana: Currents The Musical Box

School of Rock School of Rock Flanagan’s Wake Flanagan’s Wake The Cleveland Blues Michelle Obama Festival

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School of Rock

School of Rock Flanagan’s Wake CSU Spring Dance Concert Steven Wright

School of Rock Flanagan’s Wake CSU Spring Dance Concert Tiny Houses

Flanagan’s Wake Tiny Houses Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons The Taming of the Shrew Bon Iver

Flanagan’s Wake Tiny Houses The Taming of the Shrew A Night of Soul

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Tiny Houses

Tiny Houses CIFF Opening Night

Tiny Houses

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