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BOARD

Toni Morris, President/Founder Donald C. Fidler, Joe Kaehler, Pam Kaehler, Angela Kauffman, Raquel Nethken, Robin Schooley, Pam Sullivan, Vickie Trickett and Joel Vogt. Ron Weaver (ex-officio)

STAFF Toni Morris, Artistic Director Vickie Trickett, Marketing Director David Beach, Dramaturg Ed Cole, Facilities Manager Tawnya Drake, Social Media Assstant Chris Adducchio, Publicity Assistant Dani Bohnke, Company Manager Don Fidler, Playwright-in-Residence

ensemble members

M. T. Pockets Theatre Ensemble is a body of artists who are committed to M. T. Pockets Theatre’s goals. This group includes actors, directors, producers, designers, technicians and managers whose talents provide the energy to keep M. T. Pockets a thriving performance organization. The goal of Ensemble Membership is empowerment of the artists in the growth and mission of the theatre. This differs from some other ensemble groups who may charge members dues as a condition of participation. M. T. Pockets expects Ensemble Members to make a commitment to work for the success and benefit of theatre as a whole. individuals are eligible to be invited to become Ensemble Members after completing at least three (3) productions, based on a criteria of dedication to the goals of M. T. Pockets, a commitment to meeting the demands of producing quality performances, a willingness and ability to offer a variety of skills to assist in the continued growth and success of the company and the proven ability to work collaboratively with other members of the Ensemble.

Chris Adducchio, Glynis Board Dani Bohnke, Sean Bonnette Misty Chaffins, Ed Cole, Carisa Collins, Christian Cox, Colin Crawford Tawnya Drake, Angela Kauffman

Jonathan Lazzell, Steven McElroy Raquel Nethken, Josh Rocchi Missy Ryan, Charlotte Swiger Travis Teffner, Shea Thompson Tracy Turner, Bobby Wolfe


THE PLAY THE ACTORS THE AUDIENCE “You need three things in the theatre - the play, the actors and the audience, and each must give something” The M. T. Pockets Theatre Company, Inc.is a 501(c)3 non-profit organizaon registered in the state of West Virginia. Founded in the summer of 1999, the company provides high quality, affordable entertainment to Greater Morgantown and the surrounding area by presen ng a broad range of works that include new and established plays, produc ons that reach beyond the normal limits and give new insights to sensi ve issues, and provide a venue for alterna ve theatre and promote women in the performing arts. The company produces year-round, presents annual fund-raising events,

host a playwright group, presents a new works fes val for scripts in progress readings, host a ten-minute play fes val, tours when possible and performs at private func ons. We have produced scripts from interna onal playwrights. We have two resident dance companies and host two intensive theatre workshop for school age children each summer. The 100% volunteer company is a group of devoted theatre enthusiasts and professionals who are dedicated to presen ng theatre of the highest quality with style, passion and ar s c excellence.


M. T. Pockets Theatre Company presents

I L ve Yo You BECAUS BECAU SE A Modern Day Musical Love Story Jaime Clegg, Director/Musical Director

Music by Joshua Salzman Book and Lyrics by Ryan Cunningham OrchestraƟons by Larry Hochman I LOVE YOU BECAUSE was presented at the NaƟonal Alliance for Musical Theatre FesƟval of New Musicals in 2005.

STARRING Austin Marcy Diana Jeff Chinese Waiter/Various Cocktail Waitress/Various Bartender/Various

ANTHONY JAMES HOST AMY LYN WIDMER BREANA BALLIET PATRICK CROGAN DOnNELLE BONHKE RAQUEL NETHKEN CHARLIE DEWAYNE WIDMER

There will be one 15-minute Intermission. Welcome to the M. T. Pockets TheatrePLAYground! Please turn all mobile phones/electronic devices to SILENT. Please refrain from texting during the production out of respect for the performers and the patrons around you. Please throw away trash as you leave the theatre. Thank you for supporting the arts and M. T. Pockets. Now...sit back, relax and enjoy the show!


DIRECTOR’s Notes When I was first introduced to “I Love You Because” years ago, I knew immediately that one day I had to be involved with the show in some capacity. I was immediately a racted to the characters, as each one is a caricature of themselves, while remaining true to their humanity. On the surface, this show is nothing but a typical roman c musical comedy, but when you start to really think about the characters, they are all individually unique in a beau ful way. My goal as a director working on this show was for the audience to see the flaws these characters have, but s ll fall in love with them. A er all, part of the beauty of the human experience is learning to love humanity, not in spite of its flaws, but because of its flaws. If we were all perfect, life would be boring. When I approached M. T. Pockets about direc ng a musical, I wasn’t sure what the response would be, but I was welcomed with open arms. I would like to thank M.T. Pockets Theatre, especially Toni, Vickie and Ed for trus ng me as an ar st, and allowing me the opportunity to create something of value to give to the world. I would like to thank the brilliant cast I have had the pleasure of working with and guiding to the final product you see on stage before you. Anthony, Amy, Patrick, Breanna, Charlie, Raquel and Dani: Thank you so much for pouring your heart and soul into this process, and thank you for trus ng my vision for this show. Finally, I would like to thank you, the audience. Without you, this show would not be possible. Thank you for suppor ng live theatre and the arts and giving us all the opportunity to do what we love and play pretend for a couple hours. Without your support, this would not be possible. I encourage you tonight to fall in love with these characters, and let them take you with them on their journey. I invite you to laugh at the comedy, but hope that you will leave the theatre tonight and take something from this experience to remember and look back on. Enjoy the show!

Jaime Clegg


Musical numbers 1. Another Saturday Night In New York- Company 2. Oh, What A Difference- Jeff and Aus n 3. The Actuary Song- Diana and Marcy 4. But I Don’t Want To Talk About Her- Aus n and Marcy 5. Coffee- Aus n and Marcy 6. The Perfect Romance- Waiter, Waitress, and New York City Woman 7. Because of You- Aus n and Marcy 8. We’re Just Friends- Diana and Jeff 9. Maybe We Just Made Love- Aus n 10. Just Not Now- Marcy

fifteen minute intermission 1. Alone- Marcy, Cocktail Waitress, Bartender 2. That’s What’s Gonna Happen- Jeff, Diana, Aus n, and Takeout Person 3. Even Though- Marcy 4. But I Do- Diana, Marcy, Jeff, Aus n 5. What Do We Do It For- Cocktail Waitress, Bartender, Barback, Marcy, Diana 6. Marcy’s Yours- Diana, Jeff, Aus n 7. Goodbye- Aus n 8. I Love You Because- Company


scene breakdown ACT I Scene 1: Scene 2: Scene 3: Scene 4: Scene 5:

New York City O’Dennehy’s Bar Diana’s Office O’Dennehy’s Bar Jeff and Austin’s Apartment Scene 6: True Brew Coffee Shop Scene 7: O’Dennehy’s Bar Scene 8: True Brew Coffee Shop Scene 9: Jeff and Austin’s Apartment Scene 10: Jeff and Austin’s Apartment Scene 11: The Wok of Fame Chinese Restaurant Scene 12: A Street in New York City Scene 13: Marcy and Diana’s Apartment Scene 14: Jeff and Austin’s Apartment Scene 15: A Park in New York City

ACT II Scene 1: Outside O’Dennehy’s Bar Scene 2: Jeff and Austin’s Apartment Scene 3: New York City Scene 4: O’Dennehy’s Bar Scene 5: Jeff and Austin’s Apartment Scene 6: Ouside True Brew Coffee Shop


artist bios

BREANA BALIETT Breana moved to Morgantown after graduating from Huntington University with a BA degree in theatre performance and a minor in music in 2012. Some of her stage credits include: “Once Upon A Mattress” (Queen Aggravain), “Medea” (Corinthian Woman), “‘Tis the Season” (featured performer), “Guys and Dolls” (Agatha), “Picnic” (Christine Shoenwalder), “The Mikado” (Ensemble)” and Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” (Ensemble). Her backstage credits include “Steel Magnolias” (Costume Designer) and “The Foreigner” (Costume Designer). She also worked backstage for several shows at Cedar Point, including “Happiness is Snoopy,” “Grand Ole Country” and “Summer Daze.” She began her journey with M. T. Pockets as Jeri Neal in “The Dixie Swim Club.” She was also involved in the Ten Minute Play Festival where she performed in one show. “Anatomy” and directed two shows, “White’s Room” and “The Worst Valentine’s Day.” Other M. T. Pockets’ credits include: “4 X’Mas” (red ball, nurse) and “Love Loss and What I Wore.” She is very thankful to M. T. Pockets for providing her with the opportunity to fulfill her passion and desire to perform and to the Morgantown community for supporting the theatre and the arts.

DONNELLE BOHNKE Dani grew up mostly in Fairmont, West Virginia and participated in several productions in France in 1992 and 1998 as part of international companies. After a long hiatus, Dani is excited to be a part of M. T. Pockets family where she has been seen in “Love’s Looking Good on You,” “Dreams From a Shady Glen,” “Women and War” and “Love, Losss, And What I Wore.” She served as stage manager and lighti ng/sound technician for numerous productions. She would like to dedicate her work on this show to Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman’s New York performance that made her remember why and how much she loves theatre.

PATRICK CROGRAN Patrick is stoked to be hitting the boards once again with M. T. Pockets where he was last seen playing Werner Heisenberg in “Copenhagen.” Regional theatre credits include Tartuffe in “Tartuffe,” Barfee in “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” Oscar in “The Odd Couple,” Brady in “Inherit the Wind” and Jack in “Brighton Beach Memoirs.” He graduated from WVU in 2012 with a BA degree in political science. He is currently opening a family restaurant in Kingwood, WV with his dad, P.J. Crogan. He would like to thank all of the awesome people in his life and to let all you ladies know he’s single. He also hopes that doesn’t change before this program is printed… because that would be awkward.


artist bios

ANTHONY HOST

Anthony is positively giddy to be in his second M. T. Pockets production! He was last seen as Lillian in “3 Guys in Drag Selling Their Stuff.” He has appeared in several productions in the region including Seymour in “Little Shop of Horrors,” Marcus Lycus in “A Funny Thing... Forum,” Wilson in “The Ruffian on the Stair,” Van in “Dog Sees God” and The Tenor in “A Grand Night for Singing.” He sends his love and thanks to Jaime, his friends and family for all of their support and to the cast and crew for this wonderful experience...and finally, a big thanks to the audience for coming out to support live theatre! Enjoy the show!

RAQUEL NETHKEN Raquel, a Morgantown native, currently serves as secretary of the local I.A.T.S.E and is a member of the M. T. Pockets board. She has numerous performance credits that include Maria in “Lend Me a Tenor,” Madge Laraby in “Sherlock Holmes,” and The Tortured Woman in her one woman cabaret of the same name. Her M. T. Pockets credits include Madame Zodiac in “Séance at the Chestnut Emporium,” as well as “The Good Doctor,” “The Anniversary of Miss Nanette Pringle,” “Death of a Miner,” “The Shape of Things,” “The Wedding from Hell,” “Sammie Bird,” “Vintage Murder,” “Waiting for the Parade” (director), “The Diet Monologues” (performer/director), “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” “What’s On The Menu,” “The Legend of Santa Pig” (director), “Who’s Under Where?,” “Love’s Looking Good on You,” “In The Next Room or The Vibrator Play” (director) and “Love, Loss and What I Wore.” Raquel has worked as key make-up and hair artist on several feature fi lms such as Paradise Park and music videos like The Short Brothers, Family Ties and P.A.R.T.Y.

PRODUCTION STAFF Lighting Designer.......................................................Jaime Clegg Stage Manager...................................................Donnelle Bohnke Facilities Manager/Light Technician...................................Ed Cole Front of House Volunteers...........Leigh McGuire, Angela Kauffman Grethcen Ross, Robert Wolfe, Theodore Webb, Tawnya Drake


artistic bios AMY LYN WIDMER Amy, who is making her fourth appearance with M. T. Pockets, caught the musical theatre bug in high school when she played an orphan in “Annie.” She has carried lead roles in “Chicago,” “King and I” and “Sound of Music” at the Lincoln Theatre in New Martinsville. She also played in the chorus of “Cinderella” at Fairmont State. Amy, a native of Wisconsin, has been in Morgantown since 2008. She is a Reiki Master, specializing in Sacred Birth assistance, Soul Healing Facilitator/Instructor, AromaTouch Instructor and Essential Oil Educator in Morgantown. She is mother to five Bright Light children (3 boys, 2 girls) and one beautifully talented step-daughter. Amy thanks her husband, Charlie Dewayne, for allowing himself to be dragged to the auditions (kicking and screaming) for “I Love You Because.” You will see why; you can thank me later. Thank you for creating with me Sweetie, you rock my world. Jaime, I get emotional when I think about the journey you have taken me on with this show. I adore your talent, passion and ability to uncover the depths of what is possible. I am grateful. I sing, because I’m alive; thank you M. T. Pockets for offering a stage. Anthony, Breana, Patrick, Raquel and Dani--you have made my world brighter and inspired me enormously.

CHARLIE DEWAYNE WIDMER “Charlie” makes his second appearance on the M. T. Pocket’s stage. His first role was in the produciton of “Birth” and somehow he agreed to play 7 different characters/roles! Charlie was raised in Buckhannon, WV; majored in architecture at Fairmont State College; and left school to become a singer. He now resides in Morgantown and owns a local paint contracting business. He also continues to perform part-time as a lead vocalist for corporate events and weddings with the band Under Shelter. He is married to the lovely Amy Widmer, and between them they have six children. Aside from singing, his biggest passion is being part of an organization called doTERRA assisting people with health concerns with the use of Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils. He prides himself in being able to walk through everyday life as a caricature of himself.


MEET the DIRECTOR Jaime Clegg Director Jaime an avid director, music director, pianist, Aprilis11, composer, vocal coach and performer in the 12, 17, 18, musical theatre world currently based in Morgantown, WV. This is Jaime’s first producon with M. T. Pockets Theatre Company. Jaime’s main focus is music direc on, having served across West Virginia and the Tri-State area and all up and down the east coast. Favorite musical theatre credits include “Parade,” “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” “The Last Five Years,” “Songs for a New World,” “The Rocky Horror Show,” “Reefer Madness,” “The Sound of Music,” “Oklahoma,” “Pippin,” “Godspell,” “Seussical the Musical,” “Children of Eden,” “Chicago,” “Nunsense II” and many others. Jaime is also an up-and-coming composer, orchestrator and arranger for the musical theatre. As an orchestrator and arranger, Jaime has worked for various musical groups, specializing in arrangements for SATB and piano. Jaime is currently the music/choral director for Highland Avenue United Methodist Church in Fairmont, WV. Jaime is also a performer and has been seen on the stages of various venues throughout the east coast. Favorite roles include: Jesus in “Godspell,” Helsa in “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940,” a Kit Kat Girl in “Cabaret” and Tom Jenkins in “Scrooge.”

Starring Patrick Conner, Chris Adducchio & Patrick Crogan


coal miners club

Outside financial support is vital to our existence and continued growth. It is with the support of companies, businesses and individuals like the following that we are able to continue creating the affordable, quality theatre that you have come to expect on our stage. Donations listed here are for July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013.

Panhandler Cliff Wilson, Tawnya Drake Chris Adducchio Prospector Loretta Barill, Thomas A. Pandolph Dwight Harsbarger Coal Miner Judith Stitzel, Pam Sullivan & Joel Vogt Gold Miner Monongalia County Commission City of Morgantown/Arts Fund West Virginia Commission on the Arts Silver Miner Donald C. Fidler IATSE

To make a donation to support the M. T. Pockets theatre company annual fund, please talk with Toni Morris or vickie trickett, or visit our web site and choose the “Donate� button at the top.

Donation Levels Red Cap $1 - $49 Panhandler $50-$99 Prospector $100 - $249 Coal Miner $250 - $499 Silver Miner $500 - $999 Gold Miner $1,000 - $4,999 Platinum Miner $5,000 - $9,999 Mollie Brown $10,000+ for information on our capital campaign building fund or to include m. t. pockets theatre company in your will, please talk with vickie trickett.


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