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It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to another exciting spring season at EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall. We hope that you will enjoy our upcoming performances here with family and friends, that you are amazed by the talent on stage and that each performance connects with you in a meaningful way. We have planned a variety of exciting programs this season. We hope you will save the date for such performances as Branford Marsalis, Jersey Boys, UA Jazzfest, Celtic Nights, University of Akron’s Steel Drum Band, and so many others.

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Dear Patron,

As you entered the hall, we hope you noticed the improvements we have made. Regal wood panels have been installed on both sides of the lobby atrium walls, areas have received a fresh coat of paint, and new energy-saving LED lights have been installed. We are committed to preserving the integrity of the Hall for generations to enjoy.

As our season continues, stay connected with Thomas Hall by visiting our website at UAevents.com and signing up to receive our weekly e-news, and by liking our Facebook page (facebook.com/EJThomasHall) for contests, pre-sale offers and more. Thank you for supporting EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall at The University of Akron.

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Nathan J. Mortimer, CPA Vice President for Finance & Administration/CFO

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Thanks to the generosity of The Flying Balcony Club, a new red house curtain was purchased for the Thomas Hall stage. The curtain is colossal in size, with two panels that are each 38 feet high by 32 feet wide. To thank the members, a light shines on the stage curtain to highlight the Flying Balcony logo before each performance.

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Phone Numbers you should know: Ticket Office..........................330-253-2488 Information Counter..........330-972-6828 General Information...........330-972-7595 Website........................ www.uaevents.com

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Guest Services

Advance tickets are available at the EJ Thomas Hall Ticket Office Monday through Friday 10 am-4 pm. On days of shows the Box Office is open two hours prior to show times.

Assistive Listening System The Williams Personal Assisted Sound System is available at the McCormick Information Counter for all performances. This is a special receiver with headphones or loop to enable a listener to hear the spoken word more clearly.

Tickets may also be purchased online at ticketmaster.com, by calling Ticketmaster Charge-by-Phone at 1-800-745-3000, or at Ticketmaster outlets. There is a per ticket service charge and handling fee for all Ticketmaster purchases. Discounts are not available. All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket to enter the Hall. Refunds – Please check your tickets carefully, as all sales are final. Exchanges are not permitted. Refunds are given if an event is canceled and are refunded to the original purchaser at the point of purchase. Beware of Ticket Scalpers EJ Thomas Hall is not responsible for tickets purchased through unauthorized third parties. Tickets to EJ Thomas Hall events may not be resold at a premium. Tickets ordered within nine (9) days of the performance will be held at Will Call. A photo ID is required to pick up Will Call tickets. Gift Certificates are available and are valid for up to one year from the date of purchase. Cancellations, postponed events, or inclement weather – On rare occasions severe weather may cause EJ Thomas Hall to cancel or postpone an event. Event cancellation information is available by calling The University of Akron emergency information number at 330-972-SNOW (7669.) You may also visit our website, Facebook page, or Twitter for the most upto-date information.

Accessible Seating EJ Thomas Hall has seating for patrons in wheelchairs and special needs at Entry 10 in the Orchestra and Entry 14 on the Grand Tier level. Patrons needing assistance to their seat may stop at the Information Counter in McCormick Lobby. An usher will assist you with wheelchair transportation to your seating area. Requests should be made when ordering tickets by calling the Ticket Office at 330-253-2488. Handicap Parking There are a limited number of handicap parking spaces available in the EJ Thomas Hall parking deck. Additional spaces are located in Lots 26 and 27, directly across from the Hill Street entrance. Show a valid H/C permit and traffic police will direct you to the nearest spot. There is a $5 charge for all parking. Accessible Restrooms Accessible restrooms are located at the bottom of both ramps on either side of the building. Family Events Some events at EJ Thomas Hall are specifically designed for children and families and we encourage you to enjoy these events. For performances not suitable for young children, parents are asked to use discretion. continued on page 6


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Seating Latecomers Please note the curtain time printed on your tickets as performances begin promptly. Latecomers will be seated at a suitable pause in the program. This includes patrons who leave the auditorium before or during a selection. Intermission Intermissions are 20 minutes in length. Lobby lights will flash as your signal to return to your seat for the start of the performance. ATM PNC Bank has an ATM located in the Ticket Office Lobby for your convenience. Food and beverage service is cash only. Subscriber Lounge As a season subscriber to the Broadway in Akron performances, you not only “lock in” your seats from season-toseason, but you also enjoy live music, snacks and a private bar in Goodrich Lobby before the performance and during intermission. Season subscribers also receive complimentary parking for the performances, get priority offers to special events and have a personal Ticket Office contact for ticket exchange and replacement services. For a Wonderful Evening … Live performance is truly magical; art created from the energy flowing between people on both sides of the curtain. When you attend a show, you are part of the experience. There is no rewind or instant replay at a live event. In general: n Leave home early enough to find parking and locate your seats before the performance begins. Remember to allow time for poor weather conditions, heavy traffic, road construction and parking congestion, especially on school nights. n Safety First – Listen to the pre-show announcements and note the emergency exit routes. n Read the program notes. n When in doubt, ask the ushers. They are here to help. Following these general rules of the theater will ensure that everyone can enjoy the show.

Theater Policies n Cameras or any other recording devices are not permitted – this includes cell phones. Please silence all electronic devices as a courtesy to both other audience members and the performers. n Patrons on emergency call status should leave their name and seat location at the Information Desk so that we may reach you during a pause in the performance. n Smoke Free/Tobacco Free – EJ Thomas Hall is a smoke and tobacco free building. This includes e-cigarettes. n Unless instructed to do so by the performers, do not talk, hum, sing along or beat time. n Aisles must be kept free of any obstructions for safety. n For your enjoyment, food and beverages purchased at EJ Thomas Hall are permitted inside the theatre for select shows. n In the event of an emergency, ushers and other members of the staff will advise audience members as to the appropriate procedures to exit the theater as quickly and safely as possible. Patrons needing special assistance should contact the ushers.

Interested in renting EJ Thomas Hall for that special occasion or performance? Please call 330-972-7595 or email ejthomas@uakron.edu.


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Edwin J. “Eddie” Thomas, 1899-1986 Born in 1899, the son of an East Akron postman, “Eddie” Thomas started with The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in 1926 as a stenographer and worked his way up to President at age 41 (1940), Chief Executive Officer (1956) and Chairman of the Board (1958). Upon his retirement in 1964, at a time where most people would have put their feet up and relaxed, Thomas, who had been a Director of The University of Akron since 1952, turned his energies toward the future of Akron itself. As a member of the Executive Committee of the Area Progress Board he helped raise large sums of money to pump life into “the old hometown.” Projects focused on downtown redevelopment became a reality and his dedication to the United Fund and other local charities helped untold numbers of Akron residents. Even today, The E. J. Thomas Foundation continues to support many local charities and benefits the community. So persuasive were his powers and his personality that in 1967 Goodyear made a pacesetting gift of $1.25 million, the largest ever given to the University at the time, to name the performing arts hall on its campus in his honor. At the July 30, 1968 groundbreaking, Mr. Thomas and Norman P. Auburn, President Emeritus, made the following remarks: “This building will provide an inspiration for all those who labored over the years to keep the light of culture burning in Akron. This structure reflects the inspiration of Norman P. Auburn and all of the trustees, the campaign workers and the donors who have worked so hard to get it.” —Edwin J. Thomas “The opening of the Edwin J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall is another evidence of the splendid town and gown relationship in Akron. This majestic structure will now serve as a cultural bridge, linking together a thriving community and a great University. All of us who worked over the years to bring this worthy project to fruition are grateful to the thousands of donors whose gifts turned a dream into a reality.” —Norman P. Auburn, president emeritus, The University of Akron (1973)

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NETworks Presentations

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PRESENTS

A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER BASED ON A NOVEL BY ROY HORNIMAN BOOK AND LYRICS BY

MUSIC AND LYRICS BY

ROBERT L. FREEDMAN

STEVEN LUTVAK

WITH

JAMES TAYLOR ODOM

BLAKE PRICE

COLLEEN McLAUGHLIN

ERIN McINTYRE

TIMOTHY AARON COOPER ASHTON MICHAEL COREY MIA FITZGIBBON COLLEEN GALLAGHER BRIANA GANTSWEG KRISTEN KANE RILEY McFARLAND CONOR McGIFFIN RYNE NARDECCHIA ROSIE WEBBER SCENIC DESIGN

COSTUME DESIGN

ALEXANDER DODGE

LIGHTING DESIGN

LINDA CHO

PHILIP S. ROSENBERG

PROJECTION DESIGN

HAIR & WIG DESIGN

AARON RHYNE MUSIC SUPERVISOR

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CHARLES G. LaPOINTE

ORCHESTRATIONS

PAUL STAROBA

JONATHAN TUNICK

MUSIC DIRECTOR

VOCAL ARRANGEMENTS

DIANNE ADAMS MCDOWELL & STEVEN LUTVAK

CASTING

JOSH CULLEN

JASON STYRES, CSA

PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER

JUSTIN T. SCHOLL

GENERAL MANAGER

EXECUTIVE PRDOUCER

MUSIC COORDINATOR

JOHN MEZZIO

TOUR BOOKING AND MARKETING

BROADWAY BOOKING OFFICE NYC

COMPANY MANAGER

EMILY WHITE-WINTER GENTRY & ASSOCIATES GREGORY VANDER PLOEG

SOUND DESIGN

DAN MOSES SCHREIER

SETH WENIG

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR AND CHOREOGRAPHER

SARAH HARTMANN PRODUCTION MANAGER

NETWORKS PRESENTATIONS CODY O’DELL

ASSOCIATE TOUR DIRECTOR AND CHOREOGRAPHER

ADAM CATES

TOUR DIRECTION AND CHOREOGRAPHY BY

PEGGY HICKEY

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DARKO TRESNJAK ORIGINAL BROADWAY PRODUCTION PRODUCED BY JOEY PARNES, S.D. WAGNER, JOHN JOHNSON, 50 CHURCH STREET PRODUCTIONS, JOAN RAFFE & JHETT TOLENTINO, JAY ALIX & UNA JACKMAN, CATHERINE & FRED ADLER, RHODA HERRICK, KATHLEEN K. JOHNSON, MEGAN SAVAGE, SHADOWCATCHER ENTERTAINMENT, RON SIMONS, TRUE LOVE PRODUCTIONS, JAMIE DEROY, FOUR LADIES & ONE GENT, JOHN ARTHUR PINCKARD, GREG NOBILE, STEWART LANE & BONNIE COMLEY EXETER CAPITAL/TED SNOWDEN, RYAN HUGH MACKEY, CRICKET-CTM MEDIA/MANO-HORN PRODUCTIONS, DENNIS GRIMALDI/MARGOT ASTRACHAN, HELLO ENTERTAINMENT/JAMI BENDELL MICHAEL T. COHEN/JOE SIROLA, JOSEPH & CARSON GLEBERMAN/WILLIAM MEGEVICK and GREEN STREET PRODUCTIONS IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE HARTFORD STAGE AND THE OLD GLOBE

A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER WAS DEVELOPED, IN PART, AT THE 2006 SUNDANCE INSTITUTE THEATRE LAB AT THE SUNDANCE RESORT WITH ADDITIONAL POST-LAB SUPPORT THROUGH ITS INITIATIVE WITH THE ANDREW W. MELLON FOUNDATION.


For the D’Ysquith Family—TIMOTHY AARON COOPER, CONOR McGIFFIN; for Monty Navarro—ASHTON MICHAEL COREY, RYNE NARDECCHIA; for Sibella Hallward—MIA FITZGIBBON, BRIANA GANTSWEG; for Phoebe D’Ysquith—MIA FITZGIBBON, BRIANA GANTSWEG; for Miss Shingle—MIA FITZGIBBON, ROSIE WEBBER; for Lady Eugenia—MIA FITZGIBBON, ROSIE WEBBER; for Miss Barley—MIA FITZGIBBON, ROSIE WEBBER

SWINGS

MIA FITZGIBBON, RILEY McFARLAND, RYNE NARDECCHIA, ROSIE WEBBER

DANCE CAPTAIN

RYNE NARDECCHIA

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Understudies never substitute for listed performers unless a specific announcement is made at the time of the appearance.

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Monty Navarro ............................................................................................................ BLAKE PRICE Miss Shingle............................................................................................................. KRISTEN KANE Sibella Hallward.......................................................................................COLLEEN McLAUGHLIN Asquith D’Ysquith, Jr. ................................................................................JAMES TAYLOR ODOM Tour Guide ................................................................................................ COLLEEN GALLAGHER Lord Adalbert D’Ysquith ............................................................................JAMES TAYLOR ODOM Reverend Lord Ezekial D’Ysquith..............................................................JAMES TAYLOR ODOM Miss Barley .....................................................................................................BRIANA GANTSWEG Lord Asquith D’Ysquith, Sr. .......................................................................JAMES TAYLOR ODOM Henry D’Ysquith.........................................................................................JAMES TAYLOR ODOM Tom Copley ......................................................................................... ASHTON MICHAEL COREY Phoebe D’Ysquith ...................................................................................................ERIN McINTYRE Lady Hyacinth D’Ysquith ...........................................................................JAMES TAYLOR ODOM Newsboys ............................................ ASHTON MICHAEL COREY, COLLEEN GALLAGHER, KRISTEN KANE, CONOR McGIFFIN Major Lord Bartholomew D’Ysquith .........................................................JAMES TAYLOR ODOM Lady Salomé D’Ysquith Pumphrey ............................................................JAMES TAYLOR ODOM Actors ..............................................TIMOTHY AARON COOPER, ASHTON MICHAEL COREY, CONOR McGIFFIN Lady Eugenia ........................................................................................... COLLEEN GALLAGHER Mr. Gorby............................................................................................ TIMOTHY AARON COOPER Chief Inspector Pinckney .....................................................................................CONOR McGIFFIN Guard...................................................................................................ASHTON MICHAEL COREY, Magistrate ........................................................................................... TIMOTHY AARON COOPER Chauncey.....................................................................................................JAMES TAYLOR ODOM Ensemble .........................................TIMOTHY AARON COOPER, ASHTON MICHAEL COREY, COLLEEN GALLAGHER, BRIANA GANTSWEG, KRISTEN KANE, CONOR McGIFFIN

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TIME and PLACE THERE WILL BE ONE 20-MINUTE INTERMISSION.

The use of any recording device, either audio or video, and the taking of photographs, either with or without flash, is strictly prohibited. Please turn off all electronic devices such as cellular phones, beepers and watches.

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James Taylor Odom

Blake Price

Colleen McLaughlin

Erin McIntyre

Timothy Aaron Cooper

Ashton Michael Corey

Mia Fitzgibbon

Colleen Gallagher

Briana Gantsweg

Kristen Kane

Riley McFarland

Conor McGiffin

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Music Director—JOSH CULLEN Associate Director—JACOB HEID Clarinet—JORDAN STANDLEE; Oboe/English Horn/Bassoon—NATHAN NIX; French Horn— JACOB POULOS; Trumpet—QUENTIN VOLK; Violin—IONUT COSARCA; Cello—ELEN WROTEN; Drums/Percussion—JOSHUA AZENBERG

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“Why Are All the D’Ysquiths Dying?” ........................................................ Mourners, Lord Adalbert Music Director—JOSH CULLEN “Sibella” ..................................................................................................................................... Monty Associate Director—JACOB HEID “I’ve Decided to Marry You” ...........................................................................Phoebe, Sibella, Monty Clarinet—JORDAN STANDLEE; Oboe/English Horn/Bassoon—NATHAN NIX; French Horn— “Final Warning” .................................................................................................................... Ensemble JACOB POULOS; Trumpet—QUENTIN VOLK; Violin—IONUT COSARCA; Cello—ELEN “Poison in My Pocket” (Reprise)............................................................................................... Monty WROTEN; Drums/Percussion—JOSHUA AZENBERG “Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun” ........................................................... Lord Adalbert, Company “Stop! Wait! What?!” ................................................................................................................. Monty Music Coordinator—JOHN MEZZIO “That Horrible Woman” ............................................... Sibella, Phoebe, Inspector, Magistrate, Guard “Finale” ..................................................................................................................................Company

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“A Warning to Monty” .......................................................................................................... Ensemble “I Don’t Understand the Poor”......................................................................Lord Adalbert, Ensemble “Foolish to Think” (Reprise)...................................................................................................... Monty “Poison in My Pocket”....................................................................... Monty, Asquith Jr., Miss Barley “Poor Monty” ........................................................................................................... Sibella, Ensemble “Better With a Man” .......................................................................................................Henry, Monty ACT ONE “Inside Out” ..................................................................................................................Phoebe, Monty “A Warning to the Audience”.................................................................................................Company “Lady Hyacinth Abroad” ............................................................................ Lady Hyacinth, Ensemble “You’re a D’Ysquith” ......................................................................................... Miss Shingle, Monty “The Last One You’d Expect” ...............................................................................................Company “I Don’t Know What I’d Do” .................................................................................................... Sibella “Foolish to Think” ..................................................................................................................... Monty “A Warning to Monty” .......................................................................................................... Ensemble ACT TWO “I Don’t Understand the Poor”......................................................................Lord Adalbert, Ensemble “Why Are All the D’Ysquiths Dying?” ........................................................ Mourners, Lord Adalbert “Foolish to Think” (Reprise)...................................................................................................... Monty “Sibella” ..................................................................................................................................... Monty “Poison in My Pocket”....................................................................... Monty, Asquith Jr., Miss Barley “I’ve Decided to Marry You” ...........................................................................Phoebe, Sibella, Monty “Poor Monty” ........................................................................................................... Sibella, Ensemble “Final Warning” .................................................................................................................... Ensemble “Better With a Man” .......................................................................................................Henry, Monty “Poison in My Pocket” (Reprise)............................................................................................... Monty “Inside Out” ..................................................................................................................Phoebe, Monty “Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun” ........................................................... Lord Adalbert, Company “Lady Hyacinth Abroad” ............................................................................ Lady Hyacinth, Ensemble “Stop! Wait! What?!” ................................................................................................................. Monty “The Last One You’d Expect” ...............................................................................................Company “That Horrible Woman” ............................................... Sibella, Phoebe, Inspector, Magistrate, Guard “Finale” ..................................................................................................................................Company

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WHO’S WHO in the CAST JAMES TAYLOR ODOM (The D’Ysquith Family) is thrilled to make his National Tour debut. Regional: Murder For Two (Suspects), My Fair Lady (Henry Higgins), The 39 Steps (Richard Hannay), Baskerville (Sherlock Holmes) and Mary Poppins (George Banks). Other favorites include The Importance of Being Earnest, One Man 2 Guvnors, God of Carnage and The West End Horror. Recent Theatres include TheatreSquared, Shadowland Stages, Cortland Repertory, and Prather Entertainment Group. Training: BA, Gainesville Theatre Alliance. MFA, University of Arkansas. jamestaylorodom.com BLAKE PRICE (Monty Navarro) is ecstatic to be making his National Tour debut in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder. NYC credits: Engeman Theatre, Jekyll & Hyde (Poole/Ens). Regional credits: Utah Shakespeare Festival, Guys & Dolls (Harry the Horse), Texas Shakespeare Festival, Carousel (Billy Bigelow), Merchant of Venice (Gratiano). Film/TV credits: TipToe Pictures, Land of the Outlaws (Bobby Ames). Training: BFA Music Theatre Performance, Western Michigan University. Go Broncos! I’d like to thank Peggy Hickey, Jason Styres, and Mikey Nagy of The Krasny Office. I’d like to thank my beautifully strange mother, father, and brother back in Kentwood, Michigan for providing me with clothes on my back, (lots of) food in my stomach, and enough sarcasm to make me question my choices for decades to come. Sorry for accidentally letting my friend see the code to open our garage in 6th grade. My bad. blakewprice.com IG/Twitter: BlakeWPrice COLLEEN MCLAUGHLIN (Sibella Hallward) is over the moon to be a part of such an incredible show! And being draped in her favorite color is just the cherry on top! She is a graduate from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy with a BFA in Musical Theatre. All the love and thanks in the world to family and friends. A special thanks to the glorious Candace Goetz. As always this is for the awe-inspiring Jim and Katherine McLaughlin. Enjoy the madness! ERIN MCINTYRE (Phoebe D’Ysquith) is a lyric coloratura soprano who has performed extensively on stage throughout Australia and the UK. She is thrilled to be able to make her US debut performing in her dream role of Pheobe D’Ysquith. Some of her other favorite roles have included: Wicked (Glinda), Into The Woods (Rapunzel), Carousel (Julie), Love Never Dies/Phantom of the Opera (Christine Daaé), Orpheus In The Underworld 6

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(Eurydice) and Oklahoma (Laurey). Erin sends love to her coach and mentor, the late Jon Weaving, her wonderful family, friends and brilliant husband Liam. erinmcintyre.net TIMOTHY AARON COOPER (Magistrate) is very excited and grateful to be joining the Gentleman’s Guide Family. NYC Credits: The Light Rail (Jamie), Vox Lumiere’s Phantom (Faust). Regional: Jesus Christ Superstar (Simon Zealotes), Les Misérables (Marius), Ragtime, (Houdini). Tim has also worked as a main stage performer for Disney Cruise Line. B.F.A. Brigham Young University. Much love and thanks to his wife Sarah, daughter Ollie, Jason Styres, and Dave Secor at Daniel Hoff Agency Inc. timothyaaroncooper.com ASHTON MICHAEL COREY (Tom Copley) is honored to be part of the Gentleman’s Guide family! He is a recent graduate of Marymount Manhattan College with a BA in Musical Theatre Performance. Ashton has been seen in concerts all over Europe and North America and frequents Town Hall and 54 Below in New York City. Recent credits include the AEA showcase of Closer Than You Think (Billy) and Hef (Chairman) as well as the NYMF reading of ECO (Hunter). Regional credits include Spring Awakening (Melchior) and West Side Story (Action). Special thanks to my friends and family for their never ending love and support and to Jason Styres, Craig Holzberg, and Bernadette McBrinn for such an exciting opportunity. “I don’t know what I’d do without you!” Avalon Artists Group. ashtonmichaelcorey.com MIA FITZGIBBON (Swing) is beyond thrilled to be on the road with GGLAM! National Tour: Annie (Ensemble, u/s Grace). Regional: Of Mice and Men (Curley’s Wife), August: Osage County (Jean Fordham). Proud graduate of Indiana University BFA Musical Theatre. Much gratitude to Jason Styres. Much love to Mom and Dad. miafitzgibbon. com COLLEEN GALLAGHER (Lady Eugenia, Tour Guide) is thrilled to be touring with GGLAM! A graduate of Manhattanville College, credits include Ragtime (Ensemble), The Music Man (Marian), Brigadoon (Fiona), Kiss Me Kate (Lilli) and The Secret Garden (Martha). Thank you to NETworks and Jason Styres for this amazing opportunity and to family, friends, and Mike for the continuous love and support. BRIANA GANTSWEG (Miss Barley). National Tour: A Christmas Story: The Musical (standby for Mother). Regional: All Shook Up (Miss Sandra


– New London Barn Playhouse), Emma (Emma - The Gallery Players & LATC), A Little Night Music (Anne Egerman - Pacific Alliance Stage). Voice-Over: Crimson Peak (Universal Pictures), Soul Sacrifice (Sony Japan), numerous audiobooks (Audible). Special Recognition: Carolyn Weber Award (2016 Lotte Lenya Competition). Rays of gratitude to Jason Styres, CSA. For Gpa Boat and Gma CA. BrianaGantsweg.com

CONOR MCGIFFIN (Ensemble) is ecstatic to be a part of this ludicrous masterpiece! His most recent productions include Annie (Mr. Bundles), Man of La Mancha (Maria/Ensemble), Bullets Over Broadway (Flender/Tulio) and Chess (Anatoly). Proud University of Michigan graduate. To Mom, Dad, Bridget, and Lexie-I love you all! www. conormcgiffin.com RYNE NARDECCHIA (Swing) is thrilled to be going out on his first national tour! Ryne is a recent Texas State graduate, where he received a BFA in Musical Theatre. Much thanks to the production team and cast for all they’ve taught him, and to his family for their omnipresent love. rynenardecchia. com

ROBERT L. FREEDMAN (Book and Lyrics). Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Book of a Musical for Gentleman’s Guide. TV: ABC’s Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (Emmy, Writers Guild nominations), ABC’s Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella

PEGGY HICKEY (Tour Direction and Choreography). Broadway: Anastasia, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder (Astaire and Outer Critics Circle Nomination, Best Choreography); Lincoln Center: My Fair Lady (NY Philharmonic), The Most Happy Fella, Lucky to Be Me, The Music Of Leonard Bernstein (New York City Opera). Regional: Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion (5th Avenue Theatre), Hartford, Old Globe, Goodspeed, Paper Mill, Music Theatre Wichita, California Music Theatre. Opera: Most major opera houses. Film: The Brady Bunch Movie (MTV Nomination, Best Choreography); Television: Hansel and Gretel (Live from Lincoln Center), Die Fledermaus (Live from The Kennedy Center), Beck’s “The New Pollution” (MTV Award, Best Choreography). peggyhickey.com ADAM CATES (Associate Director and Choreographer) has choreographed productions for Theatre Under the Stars, Music Theatre Wichita, Arkansas Rep, Gulfshore Playhouse, Theatre Aspen, New York Musical Theatre Festival, Juilliard Opera, Anchorage Opera, Bard Music Festival, New London Barn Playhouse, Nevada Rep. He is the co-book writer and choreographer of The World According to Snoopy. Associate/

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ROSIE WEBBER (Swing) is overjoyed to be making her national tour debut! An Alabama native, Rosie graduated from Rider University with a BFA in Musical Theatre in 2016. Thanks to the fam, friends, and mentors for your endless love and support.

DARKO TRESNJAK (Original Director) won the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards for his direction of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder. He won the Obie Award for his direction of The Killer with Michael Shannon at Theatre for a New Audience. Recent directing credits include Rear Window with Kevin Bacon at Hartford Stage, where he is the Artistic Director, The Ghosts of Versailles with Patti LuPone at L.A. Opera and Anastasia on Broadway.

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RILEY MCFARLAND (Swing) is a California native and a recent graduate from The University of Michigan. Off-Broadway: The Sorceress (Zorekh/ Chorus). Regional: The Mystery of Edwin Drood (John Jasper), Into the Woods (Baker), Next to Normal (Dr. Madden/Dr. Fine), The Crucible (John Proctor). rileymcf.com.

STEVEN LUTVAK (Music and Lyrics). Broadway debut, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder (Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, Tony Awards, Best Musical). Title track, Paramount’s Mad Hot Ballroom. Other awards: Kleban, Fred Ebb Awards (with Robert L. Freedman); the ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award; two Jonathan Larson Foundation Grants; Johnny Mercer Emerging American Songwriting Award; NEA Grant. CDs: The Time It Takes, Ahead of My Heart. Steven is proud to be on faculty at his alma mater, the Graduate Musical Theater Program at NYU (where he first met Robert Freedman). Steven lives in NYC with his husband, choreographer Michael McGowan, and their daughter Eliot Rose.

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KRISTEN KANE (Miss Shingle) is over the moon to be making her touring debut! Regional: NY Regional Premiere of Heathers: The Musical (Martha Dunnstock), Hairspray (Tracy Turnblad), Oklahoma (Ensemble). New York: BroadwayCon. Huge thank you to Gregg Baker Management, and The Matt Farnsworth Vocal Studios! Thank you to Jason Styres, CSA and everyone involved with GGLAM! Kristen would like to dedicate this performance to her family and Aunt Lee. kristenkane.com

(WGA nomination), HBO’s A Deadly Secret (WGA Award), Lifetime’s Murder in the Hamptons.

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WHO’S WHO in the CAST Asst. credits include Broadway: Anastasia, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Anything Goes. Tours: Tommy Tune’s Doctor Dolittle, Wizard of Oz. Television: 90210, Live from Lincoln Center. Author of The Business of Show. adamcates.com @adamcnyc ALEXANDER DODGE (Scenic Design). Broadway: Anastasia (Outer Critics Circle Nom.), A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Noms.), Present Laughter (Tony Nom.), Old Acquaintance, Butley, Hedda Gabler. London West-End: All New People. Off-Broadway: The Liar: CSC; Ripcord: MTC; Lips Together Teeth Apart: Second Stage; also Playwright’s Horizons, Roundabout, Public, and Lincoln Center. Recent: Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame: La Jolla and Paper Mill Playhouses and tours in Tokyo and Berlin. Opera: The Ghosts of Versailles: L.A.Opera; Dinner at Eight: Minnesota Opera; An American Tragedy: Glimmerglass; Il Trittico: Deutsche Oper Berlin; Der fliegende Holländer: Würzburg; Lohengrin: Budapest. Television: Julie’s Greenroom starring Julie Andrews for Netflix. Awards: Lucille Lortel, Elliot Norton, CT Critics Circle, Craig Noel and IRNE Awards Winner. Training: Yale School of Drama. LINDA CHO (Costume Design) has worked with artists from diverse disciplines and backgrounds in theatre, dance and opera on stages throughout the country and abroad. Broadway: Anastasia (Tony Nomination), Gentleman’s Guide (Tony Award); Velocity of Autumn. Selected credits: La Jolla Playhouse, Arena Stage, Old Globe, Guthrie, L.A. Opera, Royal Shakespeare Company. Education: Yale School of Drama. PHILIP S. ROSENBERG (Lighting Designer). Broadway credits include The Elephant Man, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and It’s Only a Play. Off Broadway credits include The Ruins of Civilization, The Explorer’s Club and Cactus Flower. Regional credits include productions with: Kennedy Center, La Jolla Playhouse, Ford’s Theatre, The Guthrie Theater, The Old Globe, TheatreWorks, Hartford Stage, Huntington Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Dallas Theatre Center, Denver Center Theatre, The Alley Theatre, Arena Stage, The McCarter Theatre, Manhattan School of Music, Portland Stage Company, TACT, Barrington Stage Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Dorset Theatre Festival, Bay Street Theatre, Goodspeed Opera, Two River Theatre Company, George Street Playhouse, and Westport Country Playhouse. 8

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DAN MOSES SCHREIER (Sound Design). Broadway: Merrily We Roll Along, Sondheim on Sondheim, A Little Night Music, Gypsy, Radio Golf, John Doyle’s Sweeney Todd, …Putnam County Spelling Bee, Pacific Overtures, Assassins, Into the Woods, Topdog/Underdog, others. OffB’way: Passion, Road Show, Homebody/Kabul, Floyd Collins, others. Composer: The Merchant of Venice, Julius Caesar, The Tempest. Four Tony Award nominations. danmosesschreier.com. AARON RHYNE (Projection Design). Designs include Broadway: Anastasia, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Bonnie and Clyde. Disney: Frozen (Hyperion Theatre, Disney California Adventure), Beauty and the Beast, Tangled (Disney Cruise Lines). Opera: The Ghosts of Versailles (LA Opera), La Traviata (Wolftrap), Florencia en el Amazonas (Florida Grand, Opera Colorado, Utah Opera), Jerry Springer: The Opera (Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House). Off-Broadway: Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey (Westside), Bootycandy (Playwrights Horizons), Appropriate (Signature), Water By the Spoonful, Lonely, I’m Not, The Blue Flower, All New People (Second Stage), Wild With Happy (The Public, Drama Desk Nomination), Graceland (Lincoln Center). Regional: Hartford Stage, The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, Berkley Rep, Asolo Rep, Huntington Theatre Company, The Geffen Playhouse, Shakespeare Theatre, Ford’s Theatre. aaronrhyne.com CHARLES G. LaPOINTE (Hair and Wig Design). Over 50 Broadway shows including: On Your Feet, Hamilton, Doctor Zhivago, The Color Purple, Of Mice and Men, Violet, Sideshow, Elephant Man, After Midnight, Beautiful, Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Motown, Jekyll and Hyde, Clybourne Park, Bring It On, Newsies, The Mountaintop, Memphis, Lombardi, Fences, In the Heights, Jersey Boys, A Raisin in the Sun. Emmy nominee, The Wiz Live! JONATHAN TUNICK (Orchestrations). Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Merrily We Roll Along, Passion, A Chorus Line. Composer/conductor: Films: Mike Nichols, Franco Zeffirelli, Sidney Lumet, plus Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Smash, Galavant, Into the Woods. One of eight living “EGOTS” holding Emmy, Grammy, Tony and Academy awards. Elected in 2009 to the Theatre Hall of Fame. DIANNE ADAMS McDOWELL (Vocal Arranger). A former NYC resident, Dianne’s composer/lyricist credits include The New


JOSH CULLEN (Music Director). Music Director: Pins and Needles (NYU Steinhardt), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Irvington Town Hall Theater), Truth or Lie (Fourth Street Theatre), Who Is Eartha Mae? (United Solo). Other favorite credits include My Fair Lady, Merrily We Roll Along, True Love, and Little Shop of Horrors (Sharon Playhouse), Kiss Me, Kate (NYU Steinhardt), The Secret Garden and Trojan Women (NYU Tisch), Rent and Smokey Joe’s Café (Manoa Valley Theater). Featured pianist with Lincoln Center Stage (Holland America Line), concerto soloist with the Moscow Philharmonic and Detroit Symphony Orchestras. BM Michigan, MM NYU, MM Juilliard. Love to Sheldon, and thanks to Paul and Steven for making this possible! joshcullen.com

MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL (MTI) mtishows.com, is one of the world’s leading dramatic licensing agencies, granting schools as well as amateur and professional theatres from around the world the rights to perform the largest selection of great musicals from Broadway and beyond. MTI works directly with the composers, lyricists and book writers of these shows to provide official scripts, musical material and dynamic theatrical resources to over 60,000 theatrical organizations in the US and in over 60 countries worldwide. BROADWAY BOOKING OFFICE NYC (Tour Booking and Marketing) is a leading theatrical tour booking, marketing and press company representing award-winning musicals and plays. Currently: Jersey Boys, Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, A Bronx Tale, Falsettos, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, The Sound of Music, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I, Fun Home, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies, Bright Star and Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes. www.bbonyc.com EMILY WHITE-WINTER (Production Stage Manager) is excited for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder! She was also recently on

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JOHN MEZZIO (Music Coordinator) has conducted several national tours including State Fair starring John Davidson, Victor Victoria starring Toni Tennille, Seussical The Musical, Cinderella starring Eartha Kitt and Deborah Gibson, the Royal National Theatre’s revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! And The Wedding Singer. Additionally, Mr. Mezzio was Associate Conductor for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express at the Las Vegas Hilton. John was Musical Coordinator for several national and international tours including Sweet Charity starring Molly Ringwald, Annie starring John Schuck and

JASON STYRES, CSA (Casting). Broadway: A Gentleman’s Guide…, Dames at Sea, The Lion King, Nice Work… Off-Broadway: Puffs, Or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years…, The War Boys, Money Talks, Trip of Love, iLLA: A Hip Hop Musical (NYMF), Missed Connections: A Craigslist Musical. Encores: 15 different productions including Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Merrily We Roll Along and On Your Toes. National Tours: A Gentleman’s Guide…, The Lion King, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Film/TV: How You Look At It, Carousel (PBS), Six by Sondheim (HBO), So You Think You Can Dance, 50 Shades of F*****d Up. Regional/Commercial/Other: Josh Prince’s Broadway Dance Lab, Hartford Stage, NY Philharmonic, Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC), SF Symphony, TUTS, TUTS Underground, North Shore, Infinity Theatre Company, The Prancing Elites Project, Alexander McQueen/ Document Journal. Seven-time Artios award nominee.

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PAUL STAROBA (Music Supervisor) has been in charge of the Gentleman’s Guide music department since 2009 and co-wrote the show’s incidental score with composer, Steve Lutvak. Other Broadway/Off-Broadway conducting credits include: War Paint, Dear Evan Hansen, A Little Night Music (with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury), Next to Normal, Grey Gardens, Carrie, Happiness, Saved.

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Victory Theater production of The Wind in the Willows, and The New Jersey Repertory premiere of Bookends, both with collaborator, James McDowell. Dianne composed for Radio City Music Hall, was Associate Conductor/Vocal Arranger of Tony-nominated Starmites, and served as Vocal Arranger for the original Broadway production of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, which was the winner of numerous Drama Desk Awards, four 2014 Tony Awards (including Best Musical), and a 2015 Grammy Nomination. For Constant Star, her honors include the Helen Hayes Award (Nomination, Washington, D.C.), the Barrymore Award (Recipient, Philadelphia), and the Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP Award (Recipient). Living in rural NY, Dianne also enjoys her family, cooking, & gardening.

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WHO’S WHO in the CAST the National Tour of Beauty and the Beast as the ASM. Regional credits include Stage Manager for Assassins, Shipwrecked!, and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (Spinning Tree Theatre, KC), Cabaret (MTH, KC), Here Lies Joyland (KC Fringe), and Rapunzel (Pensylvania Shakespeare Festival). Regional Assistant Stage Manager credits include Henry V and The Foreigner (PSF). Emily is a graduate of Kansas State University. Thanks to Andrew for all of the love and support. JUSTIN T. SCHOLL (Company Manager) is proud to be returning to NETworks and joining the D’Ysquith family. Broadway: Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill (Assistant). International Tours: Disney’s Beauty & The Beast, Shrek. National Tours: R&H’s Cinderella, Elf, Flashdance, Broadway Rox Concert. Love to Gerri, Joe, Sydney & Cookie. SETH WENIG (Executive Producer) has been with NETworks since its inception in 1995. He spearheaded the international tours of Fosse starring Ben Vereen and Ruthie Henshall. Seth has produced the Lincoln Center Theater production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I and the National Theatre production of War Horse. Together with Cameron Mackintosh, Seth served as Executive Producer for both the U.S. and U.K. tours of the National Theatre’s My Fair Lady, Les Misérables and the new The Phantom of the Opera tour. He is most proud of his greatest productions – Marlo and Camden. NETWORKS PRESENTATIONS (Producer), from its inception over 20 years ago, has been an industry leading producer and manager of touring musical theatre productions and remains committed to delivering quality entertainment to audiences worldwide. Having toured over 70 productions internationally, NETworks current touring productions include Cameron Mackintosh’s The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Finding Neverland, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Dirty Dancing, The Sound of Music and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I. OPENING NIGHT SEPTEMBER 27, 2017 STAFF FOR A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Seth Wenig GENERAL MANAGEMENT GENTRY & ASSOCIATES Gregory VanderPloeg Jamey Jennings Brad Broman 10

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PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT NETWORKS PRESENTATIONS Jason Juenker Hector Guvias Cody O’Dell Emma Downey COMPANY MANAGER Justin T. Scholl CASTING Jason Styres, CSA TOUR BOOKING AND MARKETING BROADWAY BOOKING OFFICE NYC Steven Schnepp Kent McIngvale, Jenny Bates, David Freeland, Zach Stevenson, Sean Mackey, Stacey Burns, Danny Knaub, Rachel Peterson, Phil Della Noce Production Stage Manager .........Emily White-Winter Assistant Director/Choreographer ....Sarah Hartmann Associate Scenic Designer ................ Colin McGurk Associate Lighting Designer ..... Craig Stelzenmuller Assistant Lighting Designer .....Robert W. Sambrato Associate Sound Designers ... Dillon Cody, Nicholas Pope Associate Projection Designer ............... Nick Graci Costume Coordinator ...................... Jimm Halliday Assistant Costume Coordinator .......John Saunders Costume Staff ... Michelina Abrahamzon, Trev Gabel Makeup and Hair Coordinator ................. Hailei Call Dialect Coach .......................................Ben Furey Head Carpenter................................Jesse Crouch Flyman ....................................Anthony Schroeder Assistant Carpenter ........................Matthew Boyer Head Props.................................Vanessa Thomas Production Electrician .....................Marq Gonzalez Head Electrician .............................. Logan Garrett Assistant Electrician ......................... Carl Gosselin Moving Lights Programmer ............. Jeff Englander Video Programmer .............................................Tao Li Head Sound ..........................John Emmett O’Brien Assistant Sound ..................................Ashley Diaz Wardrobe Supervisor ..................... Danae Jimenez Assistant Wardrobe Supervisor ....... Matthew Myers Hair/Wig Supervisor ......................Cassie Williams Electronic Music Designer ........................ Hiro Iida Physical Therapy NEURO TOUR Physical Therapy, Inc. Print Design ............................................. SpotCo Radio Spot Production .........................HMS Media Television Spot Design/Video Production...................... SpotCo, HMS Media Website ........................... NETworks Presentations Production Photography................... Jeremy Daniel Accounting ............... NETworks Presentations LLC HR & Payroll Services ...........Human Resources inc Housing .......Road Concierge, an ALTOUR Company Travel Agency ............................... Janice Kessler, Carlson Wagonlit Travel


FINANCIAL SERVICES AND BANKING ARRANGEMENTS BY SunTrust Bank “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” is presented through special arrangement with MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL, New York, NY. www.mtishows.com ONLINE GentlemansGuideOnTour.com /AGentlemansGuideBroadway @GentlemansGuide @gentlemansguidebroadway GGLAM_tour #GGLAM

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Backstage and Front of the House Employees are represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (or I.A.T.S.E.). United Scenic Artists represents the designers and scenic painters for the American Theatre. The Director and Choreographer are members of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Inc., an independent national labor union.

REHEARSED AT Ripley Grier, New York City CREDITS Scenery and scenic effects built and altered by Proof Productions, Mantua, NJ. Automation built by Proof Productions. Lighting Equipment from PRG Lighting, Sound Equipment from Sound Associates. Video Equipment from WorldStage Inc. Original Costumes Executed by John Schneeman Studios, Anthony Gilberto. Costumes executed by Jennifer Love Costumes, John Kristiansen New York Inc., Eric Witerling Inc. and Denver Bespoke by AJ Machete and Sons. Men’s shirts by Cego Custom Shirtmaker. Millinery by Lynne Mackey Studio. Additionial Millinery by Arnol Levine. Shoes by La Duca Theatrical Shoes. Custom teeth by Horror Show Jack.

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STAFF FOR NETWORKS PRESENTATIONS Chief Executive Officer .................. Kenneth Gentry Chief Operating Officer ............... Scott W. Jackson President ............................................... Orin Wolf Executive Vice President Production ..... Seth Wenig Executive Assistant/Assoc. General Manager Curt Owens Director of Finance ...............................John Kinna Controller .................................... Jennifer Gifford Director of Tour Accounting .............Laura S. Carey Executive Producer ........................ Trinity Wheeler Senior Director, Booking & Engagements .Mary K. Witte Director, Booking & Engagements ........Colin Byrne Engagement Manager........... Esther Schwarzbauer Director of Marketing/PR ..................Heather Hess Digital Marketing Strategist ..............Perrin Shapiro Senior General Manager ...... Gregory Vander Ploeg General Manager .......................... Jamey Jennings Asst. General Managers ... Brad Broman, Kevin Persaud, Jack Stephens Senior Production Manager ..............Jason Juenker Production Manager ..... Hector Guivas, Cody O’Dell Assistant Production Manager .........Emma Downey Music Coordinator ............................ John Mezzio IT Manager ........................................... Tim Pizza Warehouse Manager ............................. Brad Korff Warehouse Costume Coordinator .. Bobby Maglaughlin Office Manager ............................ Buddy Piccolino Administrative Assistants .....................Carol Jewel

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A Thank You…

Founded by brothers Jack and Jim Knight, newsmen who owned the Akron Beacon Journal, Knight Foundation fosters more informed and engaged communities. The foundation’s arts program works to make art general in Knight communities, so that a range of programming is seen and felt across the city. Knight invests in some of the city’s anchor arts institutions, helping them better engage the public, and in smaller initiatives through the Knight Arts Challenge, which funds the best ideas for the arts. Over the past several years, the arts program has invested $11 million in the Akron arts, including funding for a new national choreography center at The University of Akron and support for grassroots efforts through the challenge.

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The University of Akron and EJ Thomas Hall would like to thank John Palfrey, chairman of the foundation’s board, and Alberto Ibargüen, president, for their continued support of EJ Thomas Hall. The University also wishes to recognize the leadership of Hodding Carter, III, former president, CEO and trustee and his predecessors Creed Black, C. Colmery Gibson and Ben Maidenburg. Special recognition is also extended to Dr. W. Gerald Austen, University of Akron Honorary alumnus, as former chairman and trustee of Knight Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

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Special appreciation is extended to the John S. Knight and James L. Knight Foundation for the generous support of EJ Thomas Hall. Knight Foundation has funded EJ Thomas Hall to enhance programming, established the John S. Knight Lectureship at The University of Akron and continues to fund contemporary performers at EJ Thomas Hall.

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2018 EJ THOMAS SCHEDULE OF EVENTS JANUARY 2018 FRI 1/12 McCartney Project 8 pm SAT 1/20 ASO: Brahms Second Symphony 8 pm Reserved $60, $47, $37, $25 TUE 1/23 Tuesday Musical: Chamber Music Society 7:30 pm Reserved $45, $40, $25 FEBRUARY 2018 SAT 2/3 Vagina Monologues 8 pm $10 FRI 2/9 ASO: Petrushka w/NEOS Dance Theatre 8 pm Reserved $60, $47, $37, $25 SAT 2/24 ASO: Gospel Meets Symphony 7:30 pm Reserved $60, $47, $37, $25 MARCH 2018 SAT 3/3 Groundworks 8 pm THU 3/8 Tuesday Musical: Andreas Haefliger 7:30 pm Reserved $45, $40, $25 SUN 3/11 ASO: Youth Philharmonic 3 pm WED 3/14 University of Akron School of Music Presents Jazzfest 18: Blue is More 7:30 pm GA $12, non UA students $6, UA students free with ZIP CARD

THU 3/15 University of Akron School of Music Presents Jazzfest 18: Blue is More 7:30 pm GA $12, non UA students $6, UA students free with ZIP CARD FRI 3/16 University of Akron School of Music Presents Jazzfest 18: Blue is More 7:30 pm GA $12, non UA students $6, UA students free with ZIP CARD SAT 3/17 Tuesday Musical: Tribute to Sarah Vaughan 7:30 pm Reserved $45, $40, $25 SUN 3/18 Celtic Nights 7 pm Reserved $45, $40, $25 FRI 3/23 ASO: Planet Earth 8 pm Reserved $60, $47, $37, $25 WED 3/28 Tuesday Musical: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra 7:30 pm $45, $40, $25 APRIL 2018 SAT 4/7 University of Akron School of Music Presents U of A Steel Drum Band 8 pm GA $12, non UA students $6, UA students free with ZIP CARD


2017-2018 Season SUN 4/29 University of Akron School of Music Presents Big Band Dance 3 pm GA $12, non UA students $6, UA students free with ZIP CARD MAY 2018 TUE 5/1 Jersey Boys Broadway in Akron 7:30 pm Reserved $77.50, $62.50, $40, $20 WED 5/2 Jersey Boys Broadway in Akron 7:30 pm Reserved Prices $77.50, $62.50, $40, $20 SAT 5/5 ASO: Verdi’s Requiem 8 pm Reserved $60, $47, $37, $25

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SUN 4/8 University of Akron School of Music Presents Monster Pianos 2 3 pm GA $12, non UA students $6, UA students free with ZIP CARD TUE 4/10 A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder Broadway in Akron 7:30 pm Reserved $77.50, $62.50, $40, $20 WED 4/11 A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder Broadway in Akron 7:30 pm Reserved $77.50, $62.50, $40, $20 SAT 4/14 ASO: Jazz Meets Symphony 7:30 pm Reserved $60, $47, $37, $25 WED 4/18 Tuesday Musical: Brentano String Quartet 7:30pm Reserved $45, $40, $25 THU 4/19 Maks, Val & Peta: Live on Tour: Confidential Reserved $73, $55, $37 SAT 4/21 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 1 pm & 7 pm Reserved $80, $75, $65, $55, $45 MON 4/23 Branford Marsalis 7:30 pm FRI 4/27 Verb Ballets 8 pm

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Margo Ohlson Director of Theatre Operations mohlson@uakron.edu

Melissa Paul Patron Services Manager mlpaul@uakron.edu

Lenny Pizzute Technical Services Associate pizzute@uakron.edu

Patricia Donovan Theatre Manager patric3@uakron.edu

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Dominic Cardarelli Senior Accounts Coordinator dc21@uakron.edu Volunteer at EJ Thomas Hall – Make Friends, Make Memories, Make a Difference Would you like to join our volunteer usher program? Our volunteer ushers greet patrons at the door or assist them to their seat while helping to enhance the theatre experience. Ushers generously give their time and talents to support and inspire performing arts at EJ Thomas Hall. Duties include reading tickets, scanning tickets and directing patrons to their seats. As a team member you see a variety of programs while assisting the public. If you love to share your passion for the arts, we would love to have you on our team! For more information on our volunteer usher program call 330-972-7595 or volunteers@ejthomashall.com

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“Volunteer ushering at EJ Thomas Hall rewards me with one interesting experience after another!”—Carol, volunteer usher.

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Located on the top floor of the Hall, the Flying Balcony Club is a members-only area that features a full-service bar and hors d’oeuvres on selected evenings. New memberships begin at just $250 and include such perks as: n Reserved or complimentary parking n Food and beverage vouchers n Access to special club members services n Program recognition—and much more!

Last year, Flying Balcony Club memberships generously funded a new ACT curtain—the brightly lit red curtain that patrons see before every performance. The previous curtain was nearly two decades old, torn and faded, and had water damage. Thanks to memberships, patrons will be greeted by a new curtain that will be illuminated prior to every performance with the Flying Balcony Club logo—a special reminder of the group’s generosity.

RAVE ($500+) Marcia Adair & Dick Edwards Family of David J. Brock, Capt. INF USAR Patricia Brown Linda & Kevin Christensen Virginia Wojno-Forney Jay Hershey James Hindel Dianne Kauffman Karen & Nathan Mortimer Arlene Nettling Barbara & James Noonan Molly Plaskett Roger Read Marianne Uhl Diane & Thomas Vukovich Sue & Charles Walker APPLAUSE ($250+) Barbara Banks & Phyllis Fitzgerald Faith & Thane Cook DuWayne & Dorothy Hansen Virginia & Michael Hoffman Carolyn & John Kline Thomas Luck Sharon & Marc Merklin Dr. Alan Meshekow Judit Puskas & Gabor Kaszas Connie & Thomas Repko Paula & James Trenta Shirley & Tom Waltermire Linda & Carl Young

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If you would like to become a member of the Flying Balcony Club contact Melissa Paul, Flying Balcony Membership Services at 330-972-6316 or mlpaul@uakron.edu.

STANDING OVATION ($750+) Mark & Sandra Auburn Thomas Dudek Wes & Linda Van Fossen

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Membership in the Flying Balcony Club also does something else: It provides EJ Thomas Hall with a vital source of funding. Membership proceeds are used to make improvements at the Hall that otherwise would not be possible.

BRAVO! ($1,500+) Kevin & Laura Crucs Miklos & Lorita Gaspar Julia Myers Randy & Mary Jo Worthington

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Have you ever wondered why the ACT Curtain and seats of most theatres are red? The tradition of using red for the ACT Curtain and seat covers of a theatre began in the nineteenth century. It could be that red is the color of opulence and grandeur, since, at one time, its use was restricted only to royalty. However, a more likely explanation is that red is the first color lost to our sight in low light conditions. This makes it easier for our eyes to adjust to the darkness of the theatre. Why is the room where the actors wait called the Green Room? The direct answer is that no one knows for sure because it is such a long standing tradition the origin of the phrase has been forgotten. Some explanations are: n Green is the easiest color on your eyes. n Green is a calming color and puts the actors at ease before going onstage. n The room was painted green to relieve the eyes from the glare of the stage.

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n In Shakespeare’s time, the room where the actors waited to go onstage was filled with greenery because it was believed the moisture in the plants helped the actor’s voices. n Many actors are nervous before a performance and may be nauseous and look “green.” n In Shakespeare’s time, the stage area was known as the “Green” because it was usually a grassy area. The Green Room was the room closest to the stage or green. And the most likely explanation… n Before modern makeup was invented, the actor’s makeup was actually cured or it would crack. Before the makeup was cured it was said to be “green” or uncured and the actors were sent to the Green Room to sit quietly while their makeup dried. Many actors use the phrase “break a leg” before a performance, a way of wishing their fellow actors good luck before the show. But where did this phrase come from? Theatre has many superstitions, one

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EJ Thomas Hall occupies three acres on The University of Akron campus and was built at a cost of $13.9 million. Ground breaking was July 30, 1969. The cornerstone was laid on July 21, 1971, with the official grand opening October 9 and 10, 1973. “Initium,” by Carlos Chavez, was commissioned by the Akron Symphony Orchestra for the opening of the EJ Thomas Hall by the members of Witan in celebration of its 25th anniversary. Louis Lane, musical director and conductor of the Akron Symphony Orchestra, directed its performance in world premiere on October 9, 1973. The original score is on display in the Goodrich Lobby.

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The sound-reflecting ceiling is the most unique feature of the building, with EJ Thomas Hall being one of the few halls in the world whose movable ceiling still functions. The 44 ton ceiling is composed of 3,800 interlocking steel panels, suspended in curved sections from a network of counterweighted cables attached to the Louis A. Witzman Counterweights in Goodrich Lobby with a combined weight of 47 tons. When the weights are all the way down, the ceiling is all the way up.

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Just as on sailing ships, it is bad luck for an actor to whistle on or off stage. Original stage crews were hired off ships in port, theatrical rigging having its origin in sailing rigging. Sailors used coded whistles to communicate. When the sailors became theatre riggers they used the same coded whistles to communicate scene changes. Actors who whistled could confuse them and cause mistakes in scene changes that could be dangerous to actors and crew alike.

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of which is wishing someone good luck will actually backfire and give the actor bad luck in his performance. So by saying “break a leg” you can wish someone well without jinxing them. But back in the days of vaudeville, not every performer went on stage in front of the audience every night. The side curtains on a theatre stage are known as “legs.” When you go out in front of the audience, you enter from the side, and “breaking the leg” means you are now in front of the audience receiving pay. So wishing an actor “break a leg” is wishing them a good paid performance.

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