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Wow! That about sums up spring at the DCPA. There’s so much going on and it’s exhilarating. First, our Board of Trustees just named Martin Semple as its next Chairman. Martin will succeed Dan Ritchie who vacates the seat at the end of June. Martin has been a Trustee for 10 years, and his love for the DCPA is as rich as his Irish accent! Second, just as the current season nears its end, we are delighted to share our Broadway and Theatre Company lineup for 2017/18. Touring titles include Waitress, Hamilton and Disney's Aladdin, while our locally-produced plays include Macbeth, four new plays and The Who’s Tommy. Subscriptions are at a record high thanks in part to the success of our current season including sold-out houses at The Book of Will and anticipation for the pre-Broadway debut of Frozen, which is on public sale May 1. Third, we just wrapped up our most successful Saturday Night Alive, netting a whopping $1 million to support theatre education programs, which include two new opportunities for young audiences. We are one of three markets nationally to host In a Pickle, an immersive play for Pre-K students by England’s Oily Cart Company. Also on tap is a new Theatre for Young Audiences program for Pre-K through second graders. Set to launch this fall, we will greet 18,000 students at The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats, half of whom will attend on scholarship. Fourth, we have just concluded another extremely successful Colorado New Play Summit featuring five new play readings and a 15% increase in attendance. One ingredient essential to the Summit’s success is our Women’s Voices Fund, a first-of-its-kind endowment to support women playwrights. The Fund gets a boost annually at our Women with Hattitude luncheon, which is coming up on May 4. Don your hat, grab a friend and get ready to strut your stuff at this fun luncheon and spontaneous fashion show. And fifth, we’ve just announced a new partnership. Off-Center will co-produce Mixed Taste, the 14-year-lecture series developed by Museum of Contemporary Art Denver that pairs two completely unrelated topics followed by engaging and unscripted dialogue. The move will feature eight Wednesday evening events July 5-August 23 in the Seawell Ballroom. How lucky am I to be here and share the excitement of our recent successes plus the announcement of even more great things in store? With new leadership, new programs and new seasons all made possible by you, we hope to widen our appeal so that we’re relevant, engaging and vital to our community for seasons to come.

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The Illusionists — Live From Broadway is a sophisticated variety show that gives seven of the greatest magicians in the world 10 minutes each to blow your mind. And then, on to the next. “Most of our audiences love all seven of them,” says Director Neil Dorward. But should you not care for one, just blink and another will appear before your very eyes. The ensemble includes an escape artist, a mentalist, a daredevil and a deductionist. The Illusionists is brought to you by the same creative team that just surprised Denver with the thrilling aerial spectacle Circus 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus. The Illusionists was (and remains) a simple performance concept that Dorward and Creative Producer Simon Painter modestly launched five years ago as a two-week run at the Sydney Opera House. It has since grown into a worldwide phenomenon that has played on Broadway and now has three current touring productions traveling the world, with stops including Canada and Russia. There is just something we humans universally love about being fooled, Painter said. “That goes back to childhood,” he said, “that lovely age of innocence.” But why do we so love to be fooled? That’s a bit like saying, “Why does a kid like Christmas?” Painter said. Both require a certain suspension of disbelief — and a healthy belief in magic. “Our show is not really about figuring out, ‘Is it real or not real?’” he said. “It’s magic as an entertainment piece, as opposed to magic to move the Statue of Liberty from

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one place to another. There are things that people do in our show that are unbelievably remarkable. You won’t believe what you are seeing on stage.” You might not realize this, Dorward said, but magic — much like the circus — started to go out of fashion in the 1980s and ’90s. “But magic is back,” Dorward said, “and I think we were a big part of bringing it back and making it cool again.” They achieved that, he said, by not taking magic too seriously. “This show has got lots of humor,” Dorward said. “We have some hysterically funny magicians, and some beautiful magicians.” While the Denver lineup is subject to change, Dorward called out South Korea’s World Magic Champion An Ha Lim, otherwise known as “The Manipulator,” and Dan Sperry, who is described as Marilyn Manson meets David Copperfield. “I would just bring your whole family out to the show,” Painter said. “It is highly entertaining. It’s lots of fun, lots of laughter and lots of astonishing ‘wows.’ You will be definitely fooled. So come along.”

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There was nothing quite so appealing to the Victorians as tales of tragedy, gloom and redemption. Think Charles Dickens. But a less well-remembered though equally prolific writer by the name of Frances Hodgson Burnett, who grew up in England on a diet of Dickens, Walter Scott and Thackeray before emigrating to the United States, used that formula as the inspiration for much of her own literary work. With a twist. She is mostly remembered today for three children’s books: Little Lord Fauntleroy (1885-6), which became a worldwide sensation that put her on the map; A Little Princess (1905), and The Secret Garden, serialized in 1909 when Burnett was already 60 and published as a book in 1911. Unlike the previous two works, The Secret Garden was tepidly received when it emerged and almost forgotten by the time Burnett died in 1924. So credit Marsha Norman (book and lyrics) and Lucy Simon (music) with rescuing the novel by using it as the basis for their 1989 musical of the same name. The book deserved the rescue. It tells of the transformation of a selfish little girl, Mary Lennox, growing up overprivileged in India, who loses her uncaring parents to cholera and is sent back to England to live on the estate of a hunchbacked uncle, Archibald Craven. Craven is too involved mourning the loss of his wife to pay much attention to his son Colin, let alone the unexpected arrival of this niece. So Mary, once again, finds herself left to her own devices. But when she befriends her maid Martha, and Martha’s brother Dickon, Mary starts to see the world through different eyes. When Mary discovers a sealed and dying garden that once belonged to Colin’s mother and decides to bring it back to life, other things begin to change as well. With Dickon’s help, she finds a path not only to her salvation, but also to her cousin Colin who, unfairly treated as an invalid since birth, is in even greater need of rescuing. Thanks to the shared experience of bringing a garden back to life, they discover all the good that awaits them in theirs: the joy of friendship, the value of the caring and kindness of others, and nature’s singular restorative power. It is a sweet and hopeful story. Burnett’s novel focused on Mary, Colin and Dickon — and a little red robin that points the way. But the musical, which added a chorus of ghosts and a complex musical score, evolved into a kind of chamber opera with a thriller backdrop. Its technical intricacy requires many skills. So where does the emphasis land? “For me the emphasis has always been to keep it accessible,” replied Jenn Thompson, charged with staging this Denver Center production. “I haven’t done this show before, but I’ve done other technically complicated and large scale musicals. [The Secret Garden] could easily feel rather weighted down, and while I have no intention of dodging any of its darker themes — grief, death, abandonment — I’ve approached all aspects with an eye to letting the audience in. The theatre space is a great help. We perform on a thrust stage. That automatically pushes the actors into the audience’s orbit.” And, she added, the experience will be enhanced by “a big, beautiful live orchestra.”


“It’s a powerful story about rebirth and renewal, about creating a space to heal and grow. It’s also about forging family ties — found and biological. I wish to honor this message of reinvention.” — JENN THOMPSON, DIRECTOR “This is a show that may be a little hard to penetrate,” she explained. “Some of the characters are in deep mourning, but anyone who has been through grieving knows that there are many colors to bereavement. It’s a lot more complicated than just being perpetually sad. These characters are looking to connect and they can only change by making themselves vulnerable to one another. “It’s a powerful story about rebirth and renewal, about creating a space to heal and grow. It’s also about forging family ties — found and biological. I wish to honor this message of reinvention. I’d love for the audience to see itself in these characters and be inspired by their fortitude in the face of great loss. “My aim is to make a clear lane for the audience to go on this ride, for us to try and live inside these beloved and familiar characters and not present them but inhabit them. And, of course,” she underscored, “be entertained.” SYLVIE DRAKE is a translator and contributing writer to culturalweekly.com, American Theatre magazine, and is a former theatre critic and columnist for the Los Angeles Times.

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Casting, which started in November, was an arduous process. “It’s far and away the most important thing I do,” Thompson explained. “Much of the success of the show rests on those decisions. Do-overs in casting are rare and can be very disruptive, so it’s crucial to get it right. I look for talent and skill, but also for people who inspire me to want to spend six weeks with them under close and sometimes stressful circumstances. “I vet every actor I hire if I don’t already know them. Enthusiasm, professionalism, directability and a sense of humor always turn my head. The same applies to the kids — though I might inquire about their parents as well, since they’ll be part of the company.” Thompson critically chose Patricia Wilcox as choreographer, saying, “We’ve worked together on multiple projects. She’s a great partner as well as choreographer. My favorite designers, musical directors and choreographers always bow to story first. It’s great to have a team around you that shares your taste and whose opinions you trust, even when [these don’t] necessarily pertain to their area of expertise.” But Thompson’s choices go beyond shared enthusiasms. The structure of The Secret Garden demands precision and shovelfuls of collaboration. Colleagues she’s used to can provide it.

COSTUME COLUMN In The Secret Garden, spirits, or “dreamers,” narrate the story through songs. Traditionally, the dreamers are costumed in stark white. This is an important storytelling tool that helps the audience differentiate between the living characters in the piece and those who have passed on but are still present, helping young Mary as she acclimates into her uncle’s household after the death of her parents. When Secret Garden is staged in proscenium that bright white design reads beautifully. However, costume designer David Toser quickly realized that stark white costumes in the DCPA’s Stage Theatre, in which the audience surrounds the stage in a semicircle, would have created a lighting nightmare for his colleague, lighting designer Phillip Rosenberg and a distraction for the audience. “Our eyes would go to them immediately, regardless of if they were the true focal point of the scene,” said Toser. The solution? Gorgeous layered costumes that will evolve when the character passes away. Party guests will start in colorful gowns overlaid with jewels. As they pass away throughout the course of the story, the layer will be removed to show a reflection of the first dress in a sepia tone. Take a careful look at the first iteration of each costume and see if you can find those moments of connection to their dreamer look.


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elements that make it possible for Christopher to fly or to stand in the middle of a bustling London train station. Some sequences take place entirely in Christopher’s head. “This is something that only theatre can do,” Gillette said. Tony Award-winner Marianne Elliott directed the play for the National Theatre in London and then on Broadway, where it ran for almost two years. That’s an extraordinary achievement for a non-musical, although the expansive and fluid show functions in some ways like a musical. “The secret weapon of this show is, to my mind, pretty simple,” wrote Chicago Tribune theatre critic Chris Jones. “There is a fearless, laser-like focus on telling the entire story from Christopher’s point of view.” Christopher’s dissociative disorder is never given a label. “He is very good with math. He loves Sherlock Holmes. And he loves his clinical, detached way of looking at the world,” Gillette said. “Solving the mystery of who killed the neighbor’s dog is very thrilling to him. But he also doesn’t like to be touched, which is very difficult for me, playing his father. He doesn’t have any friends. He enjoys being alone and he talks about how amazing it would be to be an astronaut and see the Milky Way. So he has a kind of bittersweet outlook on life.” Elliott says Christopher is very much aware of how he, “as a tiny human, fits into the vast universe.” And that’s exactly why audiences so easily identify with him — even if they can’t fully understand how his brain works. “This is a show about a boy enduring in spite of himself,” Elliott said. Gillette understands his stage son better than most.


“Christopher has an extraordinary set of abilities, and this play is a fully immersive, deep dive inside his brain.” — GENE GILLETTE, COLORADO NATIVE WHO PLAYS ED To play the role, Gillette looked primarily to his own father, who had his hands full with a teen Gene. He said performing back in Colorado, at the Ellie, is going to be a dream realized. “That’s the place, man,” he said. “That’s the crown jewel, in my head. I cannot wait.” Still, he thinks it will mean even more to his dad. “I think I have heard my dad cry maybe two or three times in my life, and one of them was when I called him after I woke up from three weeks in a coma from cancer,” Gillette said. “This might be the next time. I think it’s going to mean a lot to him to be there.” Some reporting for this story was by Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune. To read the full story of Gene Gillette’s odyssey, go to denvercenter.org/news-center.

Adam Langdon, Maria Elena Ramirez in the touring production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Photo by Joan Marcus.

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Gene Gillette, Adam Langdon in the touring production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Photo by Joan Marcus.

At age 13, Christopher learned that his mother died. Gillette lost his mother to cancer when he was five, which led to a troubled adolescence. He credits theatre for helping him make it to adulthood at all. He said it was watching theatre at The Buell Theatre, located right next to The Ellie, where he will be performing in Curious Incident, that he found his direction in life. “The first play I ever saw was the national tour of Biloxi Blues in 1986 at The Buell Theatre, and that changed everything,” Gillette said. His seminal performances on Colorado stages included playing Hamlet at the Denver Civic Theatre, John Proctor in the Arvada Center’s The Crucible and a particularly chilling turn as a child killer in Curious Theatre’s death-row drama Coyote on a Fence. He won The Denver Post Ovation Award in 2008 for his darkly funny turn in Curious’ The Lieutenant of Inishmore as an alternately savage and sweet Irish madman. Gillette’s biggest break came two years ago when he joined the national touring production of the National Theatre’s War Horse, also directed by Elliott. Gillette was recovering from his own near-death battle with cancer when he landed the role of Ed in Curious Incident. Gillette said if Ed were a real person, the two would probably be good friends. “Ed is a guy you would want to watch a football game with,” Gillette said. “He’s a good dude. He runs his own company. But he has all kinds of challenges in his family. He’s got a lot of weight on his shoulders, but he’s doing the best he can.”

COMING UP FROM BROADWAY:

FROZEN

The DCPA welcomes the preBroadway engagement of Disney Theatrical Production’s Frozen (Aug 17Oct 1), a new musical based on Disney’s Academy Award®-winning musical film. This Broadway-bound Frozen, a full-length stage work told in two acts, is the first and only incarnation of the tale that expands and deepens the indelible plot and themes through new songs and story material from the film’s creators. Written by a trio of Oscar® winners, Frozen features music and lyrics by the creators of the film score Kristen Anderson-Lopez (In Transit, Up Here) and Robert Lopez (Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon, Up Here) and a book by Jennifer Lee (Wreck-It Ralph). Frozen’s director is Michael Grandage, a Tony Award® winner and director of three Olivier-winning Outstanding Musicals (Merrily We Roll Along, Grand Hotel, Guys & Dolls). Tony winner Christopher Gattelli (Newsies, South Pacific, The King and I) is choreographer and Tony winner Stephen Oremus (Avenue Q, Wicked, The Book of Mormon) is music supervisor.  The design team includes scenic and costume design by Tony and Olivier winner Christopher Oram (Evita), lighting design by six-time Tony winner Natasha Katz (Aladdin, An American in Paris, once) and sound design by four-time Tony nominee Peter Hylenski (The Scottsboro Boys, Motown The Musical, After Midnight). Don’t miss Frozen debuting in our own Buell Theatre before it joins Disney hits Aladdin and The Lion King on Broadway in spring 2018 at the St. James Theatre.


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Theatre Forward is pleased to partner with its member organization, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA), as part of the Staging Success initiative supported by AT&T. The two-year program, started in 2016, will study four programs across the country to measure and evaluate the impact of theatre education on school engagement and participation. The Staging Success program exposes Title 1 students to 21st century skills and tracks participation, school engagement, and students’ beliefs and attitudes over time. The DCPA’s Education program will be in residence in Westminster High School’s intermediate and advanced theatre classes. The DCPA was selected to be part of this program because it provides enriching opportunities for students both to work with theatre professionals as well as to identify how artistic involvement and expression connect with academic and vocational engagement, which are vital for improving students’ critical thinking and communication skills. The Theatre Forward staff is eager to work with DCPA’s Dramatic Learning program on this project as it connects analytical and creative thinking, directing students to the pathway of higher-order thinking. “Through AT&T Aspire, we are committed to finding creative solutions like these that blend the arts and our local community. We are honored to bring the artistic talents of DCPA to students and teachers to spark interest, creativity and success in the classroom,” said Roberta Robinette, PresidentAT&T Colorado. “Theatre Forward is honored to have the support of AT&T to help demonstrate the impact of theatre education on at-risk high school students’ engagement in school. The work of our member theatres, including DCPA, is a testament to the unique collaborative approach which drives Theatre Forward,” said Bruce E. Whitacre, Executive Director of Theatre Forward. Based in New York City, Theatre Forward’s mission is to advance American theatre and its communities by providing funding and other resources to the country’s leading nonprofit theatres, including the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Theatre Forward aims to increase access and opportunity for all to experience theatre that builds community and sets the stage for individual achievement. Theatre Forward supports educational access and opportunities throughout its network of 19 theatres at every grade level and beyond. It supports the development of 21st-century workforce skills, social emotional learning competencies and individual cultural/global competencies, and measurement and assessment design for programs with an emphasis on underserved and underrepresented youth and adults. Please visit www.theatreforward.org to learn more.

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Marsha Norman MUSIC BY Lucy Simon BASED ON THE NOVEL BY Frances Hodgson Burnett BOOK AND LYRICS BY

With Jefferson Behan*, Elizabeth Broadhurst*, Carey Rebecca Brown*, Stephen Cerf*, Brandon Contreras*, Liam Forde*, Jay Garcia*, Michael Halling*, Adam Heller*, Anakeesta Ironwood, Nancy Johnston*, Avi Levin, Zoe Manarel*, Kate Marilley*, Sean Palmer*, Daniel Plimpton*, Sean Reda*, Erin Rubico*, Regina Steffen, Emily Walton*, Erin Willis*

SCENIC DESIGN BY Wilson Chin

PROJECTION DESIGN BY Topher Blair

COSTUME DESIGN BY David Toser

DRAMATURGY BY Stephanie Prugh

DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION Jeff Gifford

LIGHTING DESIGN BY Philip S. Rosenberg

VOICE AND DIALECT COACHING BY Kathryn G. Maes, PhD.

SOUND DESIGN BY Zach Williamson

CASTING BY Elissa Myers Casting / Paul Foquet, CSA

STAGE MANAGER Kurt Van Raden*

MUSIC DIRECTION BY Gregg Coffin CHOREOGRAPHY BY Patricia Wilcox

DIRECTED BY Jenn Thompson Original Broadway production produced by: Heidi Landesman, Rick Steiner, Frederic H. Mayerson, Elizabeth Williams, Jujamcyn Theatres/TV ASAHI and Dodger Productions. Originally produced by the Virginia Stage Company, Charles Towers, Artistic Director The Secret Garden is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. The video and/or audio recording of this performance by any means whatsoever are strictly prohibited.

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(In Order of Appearance) Lily Craven............................................................................................................................................CAREY REBECCA BROWN* Mary Lennox.................................................................................................................................................................ZOE MANAREL* Fakir.........................................................................................................................................................................................JAY GARCIA* Ayah.............................................................................................................................................................................REGINA STEFFEN Rose Lennox, Mary’s Mother..................................................................................................... ELIZABETH BROADHURST* Captain Albert Lennox, Mary’s Father....................................................................................... BRANDON CONTRERAS* Alice............................................................................................................................................................................... KATE MARILLEY* Lieutenant Shaw................................................................................................................................................DANIEL PLIMPTON* Major Holmes.............................................................................................................................................................. STEPHEN CERF* Mrs. Holmes........................................................................................................................................................................ ERIN WILLIS* Lieutenant Wright.............................................................................................................................................DANIEL PLIMPTON* Major Shelley............................................................................................................................................................... STEPHEN CERF* Mrs. Shelley................................................................................................................................................................ KATE MARILLEY* Mrs. Medlock, the housekeeper of Misselthwaite Manor............................................................NANCY JOHNSTON* Archibald Craven, Mary’s Uncle..........................................................................................................................SEAN PALMER* Dr. Neville Craven............................................................................................................................................. MICHAEL HALLING* Martha, a chambermaid........................................................................................................................................EMILY WALTON* Ben, the gardener......................................................................................................................................................ADAM HELLER* Dickon, Martha’s brother............................................................................................................................................ LIAM FORDE* Colin Craven........................................................................................................................................................................ SEAN REDA* Nurse...................................................................................................................................................................................... ERIN WILLIS* Mrs. Winthrop, the Headmistress................................................................................................................... KATE MARILLEY*

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

ELIZABETH BROADHURST* (Lily), STEPHEN CERF* (Albert Lennox), BRANDON CONTRERAS* (Dr. Neville Craven), ANAKEESTA IRONWOOD (Mary Lennox), AVI LEVIN (Colin Craven), KATE MARILLEY* (Martha, Mrs. Medlock), DANIEL PLIMPTON* (Dickon), ERIN WILLIS* (Rose Lennox) Swings................................................................................................................................JEFFERSON BEHAN*, ERIN RUBICO* Dance Captain.........................................................................................................................................................KATIE MARILLEY* Assistant to the Director....................................................................................................................................... ELI CARPENTER Associate Music Director........................................................................................................................................ ERIK DANIELLS Rehearsal Pianist/Keyboard Programmer.....................................................................................................DAN GRAEBER Rehearsal Pianist/Music Copyist...............................................................................................................PIETER ORLANDINI Assistant Scenic Designers...................................................................................................A RAM KIM, ZHAO MINGSHUO Costume Intern.......................................................................................................................................................... JULIA DEUTSCH Stage Manager.................................................................................................................................................... KURT VAN RADEN* Assistant Stage Managers............................................................................................. RACHEL DUCAT*, CORIN FERRIS*. Stage Management Apprentices.................................................... LUCAS BAREIS-GOLUMB, MOLLY LANDBERG

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. THE PLACE Colonial India and Misselthwaite Manor, North Yorkshire, England, Paris, France THE TIME 1906


ACT I Prologue “Opening Dream”....................................................................................................................Lily, Fakir, Mary, & Company India “There’s A Girl”............................................................................................................................................................Company A Train Platform in Yorkshire “The House Upon The Hill”......................................................................................................................Company The Moors “I Heard Someone Crying”.........................................................................................Mary, Archibald, Lily & Company Misselthwaite Manor Scene 1: Mary’s Bedroom “A Fine White Horse”.................................................................................................................................................... Martha Scene 2: The Ballroom “A Girl in the Valley”................................................................................................................. Lily, Archibald & Dancers Scene 3: The grounds of Misselthwaite Manor “It’s a Maze”............................................................................................................................................. Ben, Mary & Dickon “Winter’s on the Wing”.................................................................................................................................. Dickon “Show Me the Key”..........................................................................................................................................Mary & Dickon Scene 4: Archibald’s Study “A Bit of Earth”............................................................................................................................................................Archibald Scene 5: The Gallery “Storm I”.........................................................................................................................................................................Company “Lily’s Eyes”.............................................................................................................................................. Archibald & Neville Scene 6: The Hallway “Storm II”....................................................................................................................................................... Mary & Company Scene 7: Colin’s Bedroom “Round-Shouldered Man”................................................................................................................................................ Colin Scene 8: On the Grounds/of Misselthwaite Manor “Final Storm”................................................................................................................................................................Company There will be one 15-minute intermission. ACT II Scene 1: The Tea Party Dream “The Girl I Mean To Be”..................................................................................................................................................... Mary Scene 2: Archibald’s Dressing Room “Quartet”............................................................................................................................. Archibald, Neville, Rose & Lily Scene 3: Colin’s Bedroom “Race You to the Top of the Morning”..............................................................................................................Archibald Scene 4: The grounds of Misselthwaite Manor “Wick” ...................................................................................................................................................................Dickon & Mary Scene 5: Colin’s Bedroom “Come to My Garden”..........................................................................................................................................Lily & Colin Scene 6: In the Maze/The Garden “Come Spirit, Come Charm”.............................................. Mary, Martha, Dickon, Fakir, Ayah, Lily & Company “A Bit of Earth” (Reprise).....................................................................................................................Lily, Rose, & Albert Scene 7: The Library “Disappear”........................................................................................................................................................................Neville Scene 8: Mary’s Bedroom/Paris “Hold On”............................................................................................................................................................................ Martha “Letter Song”.................................................................................................................................... Mary, Martha, & Albert Scene 9: Paris “Where in the World”...............................................................................................................................................Archibald “How Could I Ever Know”.......................................................................................................................... Lily & Archibald Scene 10: The Garden “Finale”...........................................................................................................................................................................Company

THE ORCHESTRA Conductor/Keyboard 1.......................ERIK DANIELLS Keyboard 2.................................................DAN GRAEBER Flutes/Recorders/Clarinets..............ART BOUTON** Oboe/English Horn...................... JOHN WINSTEAD** Trumpet.................................................DAWN KRAMER** French Horn.......................... SUSAN MCCOLLOUGH**

Violin................................................PHYLLIS CARLSON** Acoustic/Electric Bass.......................BRIAN KNOTT** Cello......................................................TREVOR MINTON** Percussion...............................................MARK FOSTER** Music Contractor......................................JIM HARVEY** **Represented by the Denver Musicians Association; AFM Local 20-623

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WHO’S WHO ACTING COMPANY JEFFERSON BEHAN (Swing). At the Theatre Company: Sweeney Todd. Off Broadway/NYC: Sweeney Todd (The Beadle, Theatre 20/20), At Buffalo (Mr. Dundy, The Pearl Theatre), Same Time, Next Year (George, The Lion Theatre), Earthly Delights (Labcoat Sextet, 2nd Stage Theatre), and ISH: A New Opera (Tenor, Ars Nova). Selected Regional: Les Misérables (Feuilly), Oliver (Mr. Bumble), Titanic (Pitman/Hartley), Brigadoon (Charlie), My Fair Lady (Freddy), The Producers (Lead Tenor), Cabaret (Ernst), Beauty and the Beast (D’Arque) and Forever Plaid (Jinx). Tenor soloist: Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Cathedrals of St. John the Divine and St. Francis of Assisi. Training: University of Nebraska. ELIZABETH BROADHURST (Rose/ Understudy Lily Craven). At the Theatre Company: Debut. New York: Annie at Madison Square Garden (Grace), Oh Kay! (Kay) and Wonderful Town (Ruth) at Musicals Tonight! National Tour: Mary Poppins, (First and Second National - Mrs. Banks, u/s Mary, u/s Miss Andrew), Annie: 30th Anniversary Tour (Grace). European Tour: Hair, Paris cast (Jeanie u/s). Regional Theatre: Mary Poppins (Mary) and Henry V (Alice) at Utah Shakespeare Festival, 1776 at The Guthrie Theater (Martha Jefferson), Company at Pittsburgh Public Theater (Susan), Two Gentleman of Verona, the rock musical at Baltimore Center Stage (Milkmaid). Cast Recording: Annie: 30th Anniversary (TimeLife). Training: BFA, The Boston Conservatory CAREY REBECCA BROWN (Lily Craven). At the Theatre Company: Debut. Select Credits Broadway/Off Broadway/National Tours: The Sound of Music (dir. Jack O’Brien), Ragtime (revival), Candide

(NYCO), Greenwillow (York Theatre Company), and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Regional Theatres: The McCarter Theatre, Bay Street Theatre, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Westport Country Playhouse, La Mirada Performing Arts, San Diego Rep., East West Players, Portland Center Stage, Sacramento Music Circus, and Olney Theatre Center. TV: “Switched At Birth.” careyrebeccabrown.com STEPHEN CERF (Major Holmes). At the Theatre Company: Debut. Other Theatres: Broadway: Jersey Boys (also the national tour and South Korea). Off Broadway: Nevermore. National Tours: Motown The Musical, Rock of Ages, Spamalot. Select Regional credits: A Christmas Carol (The Arvada Center), Les Misérables (Weston Playhouse), Witches of Eastwick (Ogunquit Playhouse), Fiddler on the Roof (John W. Engeman Theater). Stephen is the author of The Not So Starving Artist a book on finances and investing for young people available on amazon.com. Training: The Boston Conservatory. A Colorado native, Stephen is a proud member of Actors Equity Association. BRANDON CONTRERAS (Albert Lennox/Understudy Dr. Neville Craven). At the Theatre Company: Debut. National Tour: In the Heights. Regional World Premieres: Astoria: Part One (Portland Center Stage), The Count of Monte Cristo (Pioneer Theatre Company), Cuba Libre (Artists Repertory Theatre). Other NYC and regional credits include: Our Lady of 121st Street (Lion Theatre), Our Town (Actor’s Fund Benefit), Kiss Me Kate (Maltz Jupiter), See What I Wanna See, The Connector (Reading, NYTW), The Hamilton Mixtape (Reading, Public Theatre). Training: BFA, Musical Theatre and Minor, Dance; Pace University. @Ohhey_Brandon www.brandoncontreras.com

LIAM FORDE (Dickon). At the Theatre Company: Debut. Liam most recently received a Helen Hayes nomination for his performance in Hand to God at the Studio Theatre. New York: Much Ado About Nothing (Theatre for a New Audience), Big, Six Wives (York). Regional/Tour: Jumpers for Goalposts (Studio Theatre, Helen Hayes nomination), Peter and the Starcatcher (Pioneer Theatre Company), Amazing Grace (Goodspeed), Seussical (tour). Concert/Cabaret: Jazz at Lincoln Center, 54 Below, Signature Theatre, and in Paris at L’Auguste Théâtre, Club Rayé, and Café Universel. Special Awards/Training: Recipient of the 2014 Julie Wilson and Nightlife Awards and a 2013 Bistro Award. BFA, Boston Conservatory. JAY GARCIA (Fakir). At the Theatre Company: Debut. National tours and New York credits include West Side Story, Legally Blonde, Avenue Q (Las Vegas) Altar Boyz. Readings: The Three Amigos! & The Man In The Ceiling. Regional Theatre: Aladdin, Venice, Fiddler on The Roof, Peter Pan. Training: The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. MICHAEL HALLING (Dr. Neville Craven). At the Theatre Company: The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Broadway: The Boy From Oz, The Pajama Game, A Tale of Two Cities, In My Life, The Scarlet Pimpernel. OffBroadway and New York credits: Giant (The Public); El Gallo in The Fantasticks; Mark Livingstone in The Streets of New York and Sean Enright in Donnybrook!, both at The Irish Rep, and Bells Are Ringing at City Center Encores. National Tours: Les Miserables (Enjolras) and The Full Monty (Teddy). Select regional credits include: Anatoly in Chess at Pioneer Theater; Robert Kincaid in the regional premiere of The


ADAM HELLER (Ben Weatherstaff). At the Theatre Company: The Immigrant. Broadway: It Shoulda Been You, Elf; Baby It’s You,; A Class Act, Victor/ Victoria, Les Miserables, Caroline, or Change. Off Broadway: Peer Gynt (CSC); Fiorello! (City Center Encores!); Wings; Make Me a Song; The Immigrant; Endgame; Merrily We Roll Along. National Tours: Titanic; Falsettos. Regional: Fiddler on the Roof (Goodspeed, Connecticut Critics Circle Award: Best Actor); Follies (St. Louis Rep); Smart Blonde (City Theater); The Chosen (Barrington Stage); My Name is Asher Lev (Arden, Round House, DTC); Merrily We Roll Along (Kennedy Center). TV: “The Good Fight”; “Elementary”; “The Americans”; “Law & Order” (all); “Unforgettable”; “The Sopranos”; “Oz”; “Submissions Only.”

Allegro. Regional: Big Edie/Little Edie, Grey Gardens (Houston Stages); Florence Foster Jenkins, Souvenir (Burlington, VT and Houston). Julia, Lend Me A Tenor (Paper Mill Theater and Bay Street). Chloe, Lips Together, Teeth Apart (Capitol Rep in Austin, TX; Best Actress, Critics Table Award), the Baker’s Wife, Into The Woods (St. Louis Rep and North Shore Music Theater). Co-founder of Brick Town Theater in Beacon, NY where she resides with her husband Jess. She is a proud member of Equity for 41 years. AVI LEVIN (Understudy Colin Craven). At the Theatre Company: A Christmas Carol, Frankenstein. Other Theatres: Comedy of Errors (Colorado Shakespeare Festival), Les Misérables, Oliver, Shrek The Musical (American Academy of Dramatic Arts), Annie (Colorado Children’s Theatre). Avi is a seventh grade Theatre Major at the Denver School of the Arts.

ZOE MANAREL (Mary Lennox). At the Theatre Company: Debut. Other Theatre credits: Broadway: Matilda the Musical (Lavender). Off ANAKEESTA Broadway The Little IRONWOOD Princess (Ann). (Understudy Mary Broadway Lab Productions and Lennox). At the Workshops: Amelie The Musical (Young Theatre Company: Amelie), Remarkable Journey of Prince Debut. Other Jen (Little Orchid), Unbound Musical Theatres: Theatre reading (Young  Zhong-Mei). TV: Aspen (Young “Inside Amy Schumer,” “Unforgettable,” Cosette in Les “Jimmy Fallon,” “Riding the D with Dr. Misérables), SoL Theatre and JGP. She has performed at Lincoln Center in NYC Seeds.” Upcoming film debut as the with the Broadway Dreams Foundation.   New American Girl:  Suzie “Z” Yang in “American Girl - Z - Knowledge is Power.” NANCY JOHNSTON (Mrs. Medlock) At the Theatre Company: KATE MARILLEY Debut. She appeared (Alice/Mrs. Winthrop/ in the workshop and Understudy Mrs. original production of Medlock/Understudy The Secret Garden on Martha). At the Broadway as Alice Theatre Company: and Mrs. Winthrop. White Christmas Broadway: The Music Man, Elf. First (Judy Haynes). National Tours: Hold Me, Touch Me, Broadway/National The Producers (L.A. Opening); The Tour: Billy Elliot (Mum u/s), preWardrobe, Beauty and the Beast broadway engagement at Alliance (Atlanta’s TOTS). Off Broadway: Theatre of The Prom (Dee Dee Allen Jessica Gatewood, Splendora (world u/s), Long Wharf Theatre My Paris premiere), Olympus on my Mind, (Yvette Guilbert), Paper Mill Playhouse Nunsense, Merrily We Roll Along and Can-Can (Marie), Damn Yankees (Lola),

42nd Street (Peggy Sawyer), Singin in the Rain (Kathy Seldon), On the Town (Ivy Smith), Half a Sixpence (Flo Bates), Something’s Afoot (Lettie), A Chorus Line (Sheila Bryant), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Ruth), Amazing Grace (Mrs. Catlett), and many more. Training: BFA, Carnegie Mellon. SEAN PALMER (Archibald Craven). At Denver Center: Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Broadway credits: The Little Mermaid, The Apple Tree, Saturday Night Fever, Fosse, Dream. West End: The Phantom of The Opera, Crazy For You, On The Town. Regional: Guys and Dolls (Weston Playhouse), The Boyfriend (Bay Street and national tour), Kiss Me Kate (Northshore Music), Of Thee I Sing (Papermill Playhouse), also Yale Rep, Casa Mañana, and Goodspeed Musicals. Off Broadway: The Long Christmas Ride Home. TV/ Film: “Sex and the City” (Marcus), “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Reagans,” “Chicago.” DANIEL PLIMPTON (Lt. Shaw/ Lt. Wright/ Understudy Dickon). At the Theatre Company: Debut. National Tour: The Book of Mormon, Spring Awakening. Regional Credits: Paper Mill Playhouse, O’Neill Theater Center, North Shore Music Theatre, Weston Playhouse, Engeman Theatre, New Century Theatre, Lyric Stage. Training: BFA, The Boston Conservatory. SEAN REDA (Colin Craven). At the Theatre Company: Debut. Broadway credits include Les Misérables and Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Tour credits include Radio City Christmas Spectacular and Beauty and the Beast National Tour. Film: I Smile Back.

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Bridges of Madison County at Arkansas Rep; Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice at Bristol Riverside, George Marvin Brush in Lee Blessing’s adaptation of Heaven’s My Destination at The Cleveland Play House; John Jasper in The Mystery of Edwin Drood at The Repertory Theater of St. Louis. TV: “The Americans”, “Believe”. www.michaelhalling.com.


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ERIN RUBICO (Swing): At the Theatre Company: Debut. Erin most recently appeared as Marian Paroo in The Music Man at Flat Rock Playhouse. Other regional credits include Fiddler on the Roof (Tzeitel), Les Misérables (Fantine), Nine (Stephanie Necrophorus), How to Succeed (Smitty), and 9 to 5 (Maria Delgado). Training: BA Theatre and Speech, Wagner College. REGINA STEFFEN (Ayah). At the Theatre Company: Debut. Other Theatres: THEATREWORKS (Antony and Cleopatra, Charmian), Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (The Drowsy Chaperone, Trix), Theatre Aspen (Avenue Q, Christmas Eve), Creede Repertory Theatre (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Marcy Park; This Day and Age, Joy), Merry Go Round Playhouse (Miss Saigon, Yvette), Seaside Music Theatre (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Helena US/ Ensemble). Training: BFA, University of Central Florida Conservatory Program. EMILY WALTON (Martha) At the Theatre Company: Debut. Broadway: Peter and the Starcatcher and August: Osage County. Off-Broadway: Ride the Cyclone (MCC), Drama Desk-nominated Women Without Men (The Mint), Eager to Lose: A Burlesque Farce in Rhyming Verse (Ars Nova), The Shaggs and Saved (both at Playwrights Horizons), Cactus Flower (West Side Theatre), and The Deepest Play Ever (New Ohio Theatre). Lots of regional credits too. Upcoming: Daniel Zaitchik’s Darling Grenadine at Goodspeed. Film/TV: “Submission,” “5 Doctors,” “Search Party,” and “Hack My Life.” Emily is also a singer-songwriter and will be releasing her debut album, Little Longings, this year.

ERIN WILLIS (Claire Holmes/Nurse/ Understudy Rose Lennox). At the Theatre Company: The Christians, Frankenstein, All the Way, The 12, A Christmas Carol. Other Theatres: Memphis (Arvada Center), Ain’t Misbehavin (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre), My Fair Lady (Cameron Mackintosh 1st National Tour), Ragtime (Cohoes Music Hall), Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, DCPA Education), Dreamgirls (Asbury Park). NY Workshops: Amazing Grace and My Heart is the Drum. TV: “Celebrity Ghost Stories”. Erin also provides Vocals and keyboards for the Indie Rock Band Kenji Urada. Training: The Boston Conservatory. COMPOSER LUCY SIMON (Composer) began her professional career at age 16 with her sister Carly as part of The Simon Sisters. She made her Broadway debut in 1991 as the composer of The Secret Garden, for which she received Tony and Drama Desk nominations, The Drama Loge Award, and a Grammy nomination for the recording of the score. The Secret Garden was produced in Australia in 1995 by the Gordon Frost Organization and starred Anthony Warlow, Marina Prior and Philip Quast, and had a new production for the Millennium under the auspices of The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, which broke box office records during its run at Stratford before it transferred to the West End. Ms. Simon received two Grammy Awards for her In Harmony albums, which she co-wrote and produced. She composed the music for the musical Doctor Zhivago, directed by Des McAnuff, which after a successful run in Australia garnering seven Helpman awards, opened on Broadway in 2015.

most recent work is the adaptation of The Trumpet of the Swan: A Novel Symphony for Actors and Orchestra, with music conducted and written by Jason Robert Brown. The CD has been released by TRW and PS Classics. Her television and film credits include ‘Night, Mother, starring Sissy Spacek and Anne Bancroft; The Laundromat, starring Carol Burnett and Amy Madigan; The Pool Hall, starring James Earl Jones; Face of a Stranger starring Gena Rowlands and Tyne Daley; Cooler Climate, starring Sally Field and Judy Davis; Audrey Hepburn, Custody of the Heart, and most recently, Samantha, An American Girl. She has won the Margo Jones Award, and the Sidney Kingsley Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Guild Hall Academy of Arts and Letters. Ms. Norman is Co-Chair, with Christopher Durang, of the Playwriting Department of The Juilliard School. She is a native of Kentucky and currently lives in New York. Most recently, she received the William Inge Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in Theatre Award. DIRECTOR JENN THOMPSON (Director). At the Theatre Company: Vanya, Sonia, Masha & Spike. Multiple Off-Broadway productions including The Mint’s Women Without Men (2016 Drama Desk, Lortel, Off-Broadway Alliance Award nominee), Abundance (2015 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Revival), and Lost In Yonkers (2012 Drama Desk nominee) for TACT/The Actors Company Theatre, where she served as Artistic Director for 5 seasons. Regional: Goodspeed Opera House, Hartford Stage, St. Louis Rep, City Theatre, Barrington Stage, Pioneer, Portland Stage, TheaterWorks Hartford, Dorset Theatre Festival, River Rep. A 2012 finalist for the SDC’s Joe A. Callaway Award for excellence in New York City directing, Jenn is married to actor Stephen Kunken. They live in Brooklyn with their daughter, Naomi.

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MARSHA NORMAN (Book & Lyrics) won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize, Blackburn Prize, Hull-Warriner, and Drama Desk Awards for her play ‘Night, Mother. In 1992 she won a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for her book for The Secret Garden. She also wrote the book for the Broadway musical The Color Purple, for which she also received a Tony nomination. She won a Peabody Award for her writing on the HBO television series In Treatment, starring Gabriel Byrne and Dianne Wiest. Her

TOPHER BLAIR (Projection Designer). At the Theatre Company: The Christians, Frankenstein, All the Way, As You Like It, Tribes, Appoggiatura, Lord of the Flies, black odyssey, Just Like Us. At OffCenter: How I Got Over, Lived Re-Lived, Drag Machine. Other Theatres: The Scarlet Letter (Opera Colorado). WILSON CHIN (Scenic Designer). At the Theatre Company: Debut. Broadway: Next Fall. Off-Broadway: Atlantic Theater, Manhattan Theatre


GREGG COFFIN (Music Director). At the Theatre Company: Music Director – Sweeney Todd, Animal Crackers, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, A Funny Thing… Forum, A Christmas Carol. Composer – Heartbreak House, Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, The Liar, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mariela in the Desert, Othello, A Prayer for Owen Meany, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Pride and Prejudice, King Lear, Measure for Measure. Other Theatres: Stratford Festival of Canada, CanStage, Tarragon Theatre, National Arts Centre (Canada); Alley Theatre, American Players Theatre, Arena Stage, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Geva Theatre Center,The Guthrie Theatre, Indiana Rep, PCPA TheatreFest, Pioneer Theatre Company, South Coast Rep, Shakespeare Santa Cruz and the Oregon, Utah, California, Alabama, Great River, St. Louis and Georgia Shakespeare Festivals. KATHYRN G. MAES, PhD. (Voice and Dialect). At the Theatre Company: The Christians, The Book of Will, A Christmas Carol, Frankenstein, The Glass Menagerie. Other Theatres: Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal National Theatre (Arthur Miller’s American Clock), Cincinnati Playhouse-in-the-Park. Special Awards/Training: ADVS (Central School of Speech and Drama. London, England); Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh). ELISSA MYERS CASTING, Paul Fouquet, CSA (Casting). Three Emmy nominations and one win, and one Peabody Award for Outstanding Contribution to Television. Over 15 films for PBS. Theatre includes seven Broadway shows, and 26 Off-Broadway shows. Current regional casting includes Denver Center, Geva Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Magic Theatre, Arena Stage, and Arizona Theatre Company. The office has so far received 16 nominations and has won three Artios Awards for “Outstanding Achievement in Casting.”

STEPHANIE PRUGH (Dramaturg). At the Theatre Company: Dramaturg for The Glass Menagerie, Script Manager for The Unsinkable Molly Brown and The 12. Other Theatres (various roles): La Jolla Playhouse (Indecent, Healing Wars, Without Walls Festival, Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin, Guards at the Taj), New York Theatre Workshop (The Events). Training: Ph.D. Candidate, University of Colorado, Boulder. MA in Theatre, University of Colorado, Boulder. DAVID TOSER (Costume Designer). At the Theatre Company: Debut. An Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, his work has been seen on Broadway, off, off-off and in more than a dozen regional theatres. His work has been seen for more than 20 years on both the PBS Memorial Day and Fourth of July Celebrations and on the Tony Awards. PHILIP S. ROSENBERG (Lighting Designer). At the Theatre Company: Debut. Broadway credits include The Elephant Man, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and It’s Only a Play. Off-Broadway includes The Ruins of Civilization, The Explorer’s Club and Cactus Flower. Regional credits include: Kennedy Center, La Jolla Playhouse, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Guthrie Theater, The Old Globe, TheatreWorks, Huntington Theatre, Portland Stage Company, Barrington Stage Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, McCarter Theatre, Bay Street Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Dallas Theater Company, Hartford Stage, George Street Playhouse and Westport Country Playhouse. PATRICIA WILCOX (Choreographer). At the Theatre Company: Debut. Broadway: Motown the Musical (Astaire Award & NAACP Award), A Night with Janis Joplin. Off Broadway: Little Shop of Horrors (starring Jake Gyllenhaal), Children’s Letters to God, Bowfire (and PBS Special), Blues in the Night (NAACP nomination), Seussical. West End: Motown. Regional: Cole (The Kennedy Center), Bye Bye Birdie (Goodspeed Opera House), Pirates of Penzance (Missouri Rep), Peter and the Starcatcher (Pioneer Theatre Co), Hair (ATC), Aida (NSMT), Cabaret (SMC), Guys and Dolls (Paper Mill). Choreography for 5 ice skating medalists and teams for the 2006, 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics. ZACH WILLIAMSON (Sound Design). At the Theatre Company: Sweeney Todd, The 12. Broadway: Lysistrata Jones, Pal

Joey (associate designer), A Little Night Music, The Ritz (assistant designer). OffBroadway: Irish Repertory Theater, 2nd Stage, American Records, among others. Regional credits: Cincinnati Playhouse, Dallas Theater Center, Kansas City Rep, Baltimore Center Stage, The Ordway, Walnut Street Playhouse, Westport Country Playhouse, The 5th Avenue Seattle, Clarence Brown, Long Wharf, St. Louis Rep, Syracuse Stage, Vermont Stage, Virginia Stage, Pasadena Playhouse, and Goodspeed. He is currently the associate sound designer on Wicked. STAGE MANAGEMENT RACHEL DUCAT (Assistant Stage Manager). At the Theatre Company: All The Way, Tribes, One Night in Miami…, Appoggiatura, Shadowlands, black odyssey, The Most Deserving, A Weekend with Pablo Picasso, The Giver, Heartbreak House, Two Things You Don’t Talk About At Dinner, The Liar, Superior Donuts, The Catch, The House of the Spirits and Grace, or the Art of Climbing. At DCPA Cabaret: An Act of God. Other Theatres: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (1st National Tour). Twelfth Night, Treasure Island, Richard III (Colorado Shakespeare Festival); Curious Theatre Company; Jersey Boys, Wicked, Dirty Dancing (Broadway in Chicago); Chicago Shakespeare Theatre; Cleveland Play House, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre. Training; BA Theatre Production, University of Delaware. CORIN FERRIS (Assistant Stage Manager). At the Theatre Company: Sweeney Todd, All The Way, A Christmas Carol, Lookingglass Alice. At DCPA Cabaret: An Act of God. Other Theatres: Equivocation, Cymbeline (Colorado Shakespeare Festival); Milwaukee Chamber Theatre; Skylight Music Theatre; Renaissance Theatre Works; Wild Space; Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. Training: BFA Stage Management, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. KURT VAN RADEN (Stage Manager). At the Theatre Company: 40+ productions including The Book of Will, Frankenstein, Sweeney Todd, Lookingglass Alice, Benediction, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Animal Crackers, Hamlet, Just Like Us, Romeo & Juliet, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, The Three Musketeers, Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash, The Taming of the Shrew, A Christmas Carol, The Liar, Othello, A Raisin in the Sun, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Richard

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Club, Public Theater, Primary Stages, Roundabout Theatre and Second Stage. Opera: Lucia di Lammermoor (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Eine Florentinische Tragodie, Gianni Schicchi (Canadian Opera Company, Dora Award winner), I Am Harvey Milk (Avery Fisher Hall). Regional: Alliance Theatre, Arena Stage, Geffen Playhouse, Goodspeed Musicals, Guthrie Theater, Hartford Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, The Old Globe, Steppenwolf, Williamstown Theatre Festival. Education: Yale. www.wilsonchin.com


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III, Noises Off, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Pride and Prejudice, Season’s Greetings, Living Out, After Ashley. At DCPA Cabaret: First national tour of Murder For Two. Other Theatres: Over 56 new plays at The O’Neill Theatre Center (National Playwrights Conference, Cabaret and Performance Conference, Artistic Associate and Production Stage Manager), The Great River Shakespeare Festival. THEATRE COMPANY LEADERSHIP CHARLES VARIN (Managing Director) and his team are responsible for administrative, financial and business operations related to producing the Theatre Company’s season of productions and other artistic and educational initiatives. Prior to DCPA, Charles was General Manager for Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, NY and also has worked at Glimmerglass Opera, Asolo Repertory Theatre and Florida Studio Theatre. NATAKI GARRETT (Associate Artistic Director). Featured in the November 2016 edition of American Theatre Magazine’s “One to Watch”, Nataki Garrett is the Associate Artistic Director of the DCPA Theatre Company, and the former Associate Artistic Director of CalArts Center for New Performance. She is a Company Member at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company a recipient of the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors, a NAACP Award nominee and a member of SDC. Recent regional credits include: Hurt Village, An Octaroon, Pussy Valley, Neighbors, Bullrusher, Hoodoo Love, Semi Circle of Love, Smoke Lilies and Jade. Radio Credits include Biloxi Blues, Tape, 16 Wounded, The Living Room. Opera credits: Wet and Sucktion. CHARLIE MILLER (Associate Artistic Director for Strategy & Innovation) oversees new and innovative programming at the Denver Center including Off-Center, audience engagement projects, and other strategic initiatives. As co-founder and Curator of Off-Center, Charlie has led its growth from a small theatrical testing center to one of the DCPA’s signature lines of programming. Before joining the Artistic Team full-time, Charlie divided his time between Off-Center and the Theatre Company’s Multimedia Department. As DCPA’s award-wining Resident Video Designer, Charlie designed and created projection/video content for 35 productions in nine

seasons. Charlie is a Harvard graduate and a sixth generation Denverite. JEFF GIFFORD (Director of Production) is in his fourth season at the DCPA and oversees every­thing you see on stage except the actors. Guiding world premieres to their first opening night is especially gratifying and Jeff has worked on more than 35 of them. Among his favorites are Dinner with Friends, The Violet Hour, The Beard of Avon, Mr. Marmalade, and the new musical FLY. Jeff holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts.

PLEASE BE ADVISED that once the show begins: • LATECOMERS and those exiting the theatre are seated at predetermined breaks in designated areas. • PHOTOS, RECORDING & CELL PHONE USE are prohibited during the performance. • CHILDREN 4+ are welcome in our theatres and must be ticketed. • DRINKS are allowed in provided containers. • ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICES, LARGE PRINT PROGRAMS & BOOSTER SEATS are available in most theatres. Ask an usher to direct you. • PERSONAL CAPTIONING DEVICES are available for all performances of The Secret Garden. Ask an usher to direct you. • BRAILLE PROGRAMS are available with 2 weeks’ notice to ckrueger@dcpa.org or 303.893.4836.

The Director and Choreographer are members of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union. The actors and stage managers employed in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. Backstage and Ticket Services Employees are represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States and Canada. (or I.A.T.S.E.) The scenic, costume, lighting and sound designers in LORT Theatres are represented by United Scenic Artists, Local USA-829 of the IATSE. Member of the Colorado Theatre Guild

The costumes, wigs, lighting, props, furniture, scenic construction, scenic painting, sound and special effects used in connection with this production were constructed and coordinated by the Theatre Company’s Production Staff.

The Theatre Company is grateful for the funds provided by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District. Special thanks also to grants from Arts & Venues Denver; the Helen G. Bonfils Foundation; and contributions from corporations, foundations and individuals. The Theatre Company is a division of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, a not-for-profit organization serving the public through the performing arts. The Theatre Company operates under an agreement between the League of Resident Theatres (LORT) and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States; and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. The Theatre Company also operates under an agreement with Denver Theatrical Stage Employees Union, Local No. 7 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States and Canada. The Theatre Company is constituent of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for not-for-profit resident theatre companies.


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The twelfth annual Colorado New Play Summit went global in its storytelling while also becoming an intimate, heartfelt celebration of departing founder Kent Thompson (see sidebar). The Summit has grown into one of the nation’s premier showcases of new plays. Under Thompson, the Summit has workshopped 50 new plays, leading to 29 fully produced world premieres as part of the DCPA Theatre Company’s mainstage season. Thompson has commissioned 44 new plays, almost half written by women. “I feel like for the past 12 years, I’ve had a great opportunity to present many different windows on the world, from many different peoples’ viewpoints,” Thompson said. This year’s Summit featured readings of five plays that spanned in time from 1931 to present day and traveled

the world from Brooklyn to Berlin to Beijing to Geneva to Georgia to a suburban Ohio fertility clinic. Every year, two or more readings from the previous Summit go on to become fully staged plays on the Theatre Company’s mainstage season. This year’s featured productions were Tira Palmquist’s Two Degrees and Lauren Gunderson’s The Book of Will. The annual late-night Playwrights’ Slam drew an eclectic group of writers sampling their developing works in a fun and supportive atmosphere while the third annual Local Playwrights’ Slam, held a week earlier, was curated by the Colorado chapter of the Dramatists Guild. For the fourth year, winners of DCPA Education’s Regional High School Playwriting Workshop and Competition had their plays presented at the Summit. This year a record four writers were showcased.

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PHOTOS: 1. Actor Jason Delane Lee (Two Degrees) and commissioned playwright Kemp Powers (One Night in Miami). 2. Curtain call for the cast of the featured play Last Night and the Night Before. (l-r): Tresha Farris, Jasmine Hughes, Valeka Holt, Olivia Sullivent and Brynn Tucker. 3. Playwright Eric Pfeffinger in rehearsal for the featured play Human Error. 4. Actors Brian Keane and Francis Jue in the featured play Manford at the Line, or The Great Leap. 5. Commissioned playwright Tony Meneses performs at the Playwrights’ Slam. 6. Actors Victor Slezak, Liam Craig and Rodney Lizcano rehearse Rogelio Martinez’s featured play, Blind Date. 7. The annual gathering of playwrights and supporters of the $1.3 million Women’s Voices Fund. Photos by John Moore (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7) and Adams VisCom (3).

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This year’s Summit drew more local audiences and national industry leaders than ever before, with 44 playwrights and 36 theatre organizations attending from at least 16 states. Visitors represented companies ranging from the Public Theatre in New York to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to the Banff Centre in Ontario to the Dorset Theatre Festival in Vermont. Closer to home, guests included the Creede Repertory Theatre, Curious Theatre, The Catamounts, Athena Festival Project, Lake Dillon Theatre Company and more. The five featured Summit readings: • D  onnetta Lavinia Grays’ Last Night and the Night Before opens with a Georgia woman on her sister’s doorstep in Brooklyn, with her 10-year-old daughter in tow. The mystery for both the characters and the audience to solve is what trauma took place in Georgia that brought them here. • R  ogelio Martinez’s Blind Date centers on Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev’s first meeting at the Geneva Summit in 1985 to try to open up channels between the US and the Soviet Union. • In Eric Pfeffinger’s comedy Human Error, a couple goes to what they think is a routine appointment at their fertility clinic only to discover that their fertilized embryo has been mistakenly implanted into another couple. And it turns out they are polar opposites. • R  obert Schenkkan’s Hanussen is set in 1931 Berlin and introduces us to the brilliant mentalist Erik Jan Hanussen who captivates German audiences with his ability to read minds and his uncanny predictions of the future. His reputation brings him to the attention of avid occultist Adolf Hitler, who does not realize he is a Jew. • L  auren Yee’s Manford at the Line, or The Great Leap follows an American college basketball team as it travels to Beijing for a “friendship” game during the politically charged Cultural Revolution in 1989. Audiences will be delighted to see American Mariachi (2016 Summit), The Great Leap and Human Error (2017 Summit), which have been selected for full development as part of the Theatre Company’s 2017/18 season.

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THANK YOU TO OUR SUMMIT SPONSORS: Producing Partners: Joy S. Burns, Terry & Noel Hefty, Karolynn Lestrud, Robert & Carole Slosky and Daniel L. Ritchie. All 2017 readings sponsored by Sheri & Lee Archer in memory of Bob Davidson. Contributing Partners: Jeremy & Susan Shamos.

A TRIBUTE TO KENT THOMPSON PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, DCPA THEATRE COMPANY When Kent Thompson took over the helm at the DCPA Theatre Company, he staked claim to three issues that he felt needed to be urgently addressed: creating a vibrant new works program, achieving better gender parity, and commissioning and producing work by playwrights of color. Right away he resurrected the company’s new works program, at the center of which were four to five commissions per season. He created the Colorado New Play Summit, a new play festival that has grown in stature to be one of the best in the country. He created the singular Women’s Voices Fund, which has generously supported the work of women playwrights and directors. And he has brought greater diversity to our stages, which have featured more work by Latino and African-American writers. He also welcomed a number of large-scale musicals to the Theatre Company, including Sweeney Todd, The Unsinkable Molly Brown and Sense & Sensibility The Musical. He fed us a steady stream of thoughtful plays, comedies, dramas, classics, new plays, and plays for youth and families. Most of all, his assured leadership and expansive artistic vision have made the Theatre Company a relevant and vital part of so many lives here in Denver. We wish him the best and will miss him.


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MAMMA MIA! — A TRULY ORIGINAL MUSICAL

The Company of the MAMMA MIA! Farewell Tour. Photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia, 2016

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As Creative Producer of MAMMA MIA!, my job started long before any script had been written. The story begins more than 25 years ago when I first met Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, the songwriting geniuses behind ABBA. I was working for Sir Tim Rice at the time, who was collaborating with Benny and Björn on his musical, Chess, and I was immediately smitten — after all, these were the men who had written “Dancing Queen,” one of the greatest pop songs of all time — but it was another of their songs, “The Winner Takes It All,” that first suggested to me the potential of an original musical using their compositions. The lyrics revealed a roller coaster story of love and loss that struck me as extraordinarily theatrical, but how was I to bring this to life? First I had to approach Benny and Björn, who were a little unsure of my intentions. I explained that the project I had in mind would focus on a new and exciting story; it wouldn’t be a tribute show or the “ABBA Story” but a truly original “book” musical. They weren’t 100% convinced. So I sat on the floor of my apartment listening to ABBA late into the night. I may have driven my neighbors to despair but as time passed I became more and more certain of my idea. In 1995 my tenacity finally paid off. Björn said, “If you can find the right writer and story, well... let’s see what happens….” A year later I was on location with a film I was producing when the director mentioned Catherine Johnson. I was aware of her work as a playwright. We met in January 1997

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and soon I was confidently telling Björn that we had found our writer. My brief to Catherine was that no lyrics could change, the story should be a contemporary, ironic, romantic comedy and that if she listened carefully to ABBA’s songs, she’d notice how they fell into two different generations: the slightly younger, playful songs like “Honey, Honey” and “Dancing Queen” and the more mature, emotional songs such as “The Winner Takes It All” and “Knowing Me, Knowing You”...and so the idea of a cross-generational love story was devised. By the end of that year Catherine had finished the first draft of the script and I persuaded Phyllida Lloyd to come on board as our director. Her background was serious, legit theatre and opera, and her secret weapon was her “Dry Martini wit.” It was unusual, if not unheard of, for three women to be the collaborative creative force. I think it readdressed the balance and had a great nurturing effect on the production. Appropriately, MAMMA MIA! features three strong women in the story. Their characters are completely different — slightly bossy, a bit chaotic, extremely practical, and very high maintenance! We have a lot of laughs about who is who in real life. Suddenly it was time to give up my day job as a TV and film producer and prepare for the white-knuckle ride of making the dream a reality: money to raise, a theatre to find, artwork to create, ticket agents to seduce, deadlines


“The Winner Takes It All”…revealed a roller coaster story of love and loss that struck me as extraordinarily theatrical… — JUDY CRAYMER, CREATIVE PRODUCER Our very first North American premiere was in Canada where we were booked for six months and stayed for five years. The first US tour opened in 2000 at San Francisco’s Orpheum Theatre. Having celebrated over 12 years and 5,000 performances at the Winter Garden Theatre, MAMMA MIA! transferred to the Broadhurst Theatre on Broadway in late 2013. As of its final performance in September 2015, it was the eighth longest-running show in Broadway history. And let’s not forget MAMMA MIA! – The Movie, which had had its worldwide premiere in London on June 30, 2008, rapidly making history as the highest-grossing movie of all time at the UK and Irish box offices. One thing I’ve learned from 17 fun and frantic years of overseeing and coordinating the many productions of MAMMA MIA! is that the potential and possibilities are continuously exciting and seem to be limitless. Enjoy the show!

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to meet. It was the summer of 1998 and we had to open by April 7, 1999 or we’d lose Phyllida, who’d been booked to direct an opera in London. April 6 happened to be the anniversary, to the day, of ABBA winning the Eurovision Song Contest with “Waterloo” 25 years before. It seemed a good omen. Although Björn was enthusiastic and shared the vision for the musical, Benny was a little more cautious and at any time both could have put an end to the project. It was a tense time, as their emotional backing as well as their creative input was very important. If they were going to trust me with their fabulous songs, I didn’t want to let them down. Benny and I agreed that on our opening night one of us would be able to tell the other “I told you so.” By now we had a date for opening but we had no theatre. We’d been looking at smaller venues when suddenly the rather large and prestigious Prince Edward Theatre in London’s West End became available. But its sheer size meant that the scale of the production had to expand dramatically too, with cast, crew, set and budget all having to be reworked. A lot of fingers were crossed for the big night. And so...April 6, 1999, a night I will never forget — the world premiere of MAMMA MIA! The audience was charmed and one British critic wrote, “MAMMA MIA! could put Prozac out of business.” Benny heartily accepted his defeat: with the entire theatre dancing in the aisles, he turned to me and said, “You can say it now.” I flashed back, “I told you so!”

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DCPA TEAM DCPA Janice Sinden......................................................President & CEO Maggie Lamb.......................Executive Assistant to the CEO

BROADWAY & CABARET John Ekeberg........................... Executive Director Broadway Alicia Bruce......................................................... General Manager Alyssa Chacon............. Operations Business Administrator Abel Becerra.................................. Technical Director, Cabaret

DEVELOPMENT Deanna Haas................................. Chief Development Officer Shawn Bayer.................................................... Associate Director Chelley Canales...................................Development Associate Megan Fevurly........................................ Annual Fund Manager Melissa Olson........................................Development Assistant Marc Ravenhill................................................. Associate Director Valerie Taron.................................................... Associate Director David Zupancic.................................Director of Development

EDUCATION Allison Watrous........................................Director of Education Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski.........................Associate Director of Education and Curriculum Manager Jessica Austgen................................................ Teaching Artist & Shakespeare Coordinator Stuart Barr.................................. Education Technical Director Claudia Carson...... Bobby G and Playwriting Coordinator Leslie Channell................................................. Business Manager Melissa Doherty...........................Office Manager & Registrar Linda Eller..............................................................................Librarian Tim McCracken..................................................... Head of Acting Michelle Patrick...................Corporate Training Coordinator Natalie Rice.......................................Evening Point Person and Assistant Registrar David Saphier.......... Teaching Artist & School Coordinator Rachel Taylor...........Teaching Artist & At-Risk Coordinator Chloe McCleod, Heather Hughes, Justin Walvoord, Robyn Yamada.................................................... Teaching Artists

FACILITIES & EVENT SERVICES Clay Courter.....Vice President, Facilities & Event Services Dwight Barela, Clint Flinchpaugh, Michael Kimbrough........................................................ Engineers Quentin Crump...............................................Security Specialist Tom Duffin.....................................Manager, Event Technology Caitlin Glasgo................................................ Events Coordinator Stori Heleen.................................Event Technology Specialist Jaymes Kimbrough..................Event Technology Specialist Clint King.........................................................Security Supervisor Brian McClain............................................. Custodial Supervisor Tara Miller, Danielle Kelley, Brittany Schoede............................................. Events Managers Brook Nichols................................Director, Event Technology Will Stowe.....................................Event Technology Specialist Tara Wenger....Facilities/Event Services Business Manager Dawn Williams.....................................Director, Event Services Juan Loya, Carmen Molina, Blanca Primero, Judith Primero, Angeles Reyes Soto, Francisco Trujillo............................................................Custodians

MARKETING, SALES & PATRON SERVICES Jennifer Nealson..................................Chief Marketing Officer Eric Boone...................................................Front End Developer Heidi Bosk......................... Senior PR & Promotions Manager Nathan Brunetti...................................................Digital Manager Flora Jane DiRienzo...............Director of Strategic Projects Casey Eickhoff....................................Senior Graphic Designer Brenda Elliott......................................Senior Graphic Designer Brianna Firestone............Director of Customer Experience Simone Gordon...................................................Project Manager Hope Grandon..........................................PR & Events Manager Jeff Hovorka............................. Director of Sales & Marketing Jennifer Kemps........................................Group Sales Manager Emily Kent..................................................Director of Marketing David Lenk............................................................. Video Producer

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Emily Lozow........................................... Marketing Coordinator Adam Lundeen....................................Marketing Technologist Kyle Malone.................................................................... Art Director Cassie McHale......................... Communications Coordinator Carolyn Michaels...........................................................Copywriter Cheyenne Michaels............................. Marketing Coordinator John Moore................................................Senior Arts Journalist Adam Obendorf........................................... Senior Art Director Allison Barber Pasternak..... Executive Assistant to the CMO Joseph Schurwonn......................................... Financial Analyst Jill Schwager.................. Audience Development Associate Rob Silk.........................................Director of Creative Services Suzanne Yoe............................... Director of Communications & Cultural Affairs THEATRE SERVICES Carol Krueger.................................. Theatre Services Manager Adam Alberti, Ethan Aumann, Nora Caley, Samantha Egle, Hadley Kamminga-Peck, LeiLani Lynch, Aaron McMullen, Gregory Melton, Douglas Murphey, Joyce Murphey, Margaret Ohlander, Valerie Schaefer, Mica Ward..................... Theatre Company House Managers TICKETING SERVICES Jennifer Lopez.........................Director of Ticketing Services Kirk Petersen...........................................Assoc. Dir. of Ticketing Services – Patron Relations David Smith.............................................Assoc. Dir. of Ticketing Services – Subscription Services Micah White..............................................Subscription Manager Jessica Bergin, Vincent Bridgers, Katie Clow-Pollard, Tristan Jungferman ................................Box Office Managers Billy Dutton..............................................VIP Ticketing Manager Malcolm Brown, DJ Dennis, Kevin Dykstra, Molly Dougherty, Amanda Gomez, Edmund Gurule............................................................Show Leads Kirsten Anderson, Rebecca Hibbert, Scott Lix, Gregory Swan........................Subscription Agents Román Anaya, Rena Bugg, Jennifer Gray, Roger Haak, Shari Hansen, Noah Jungferman, Alia Kempton, Daniel Lindsey, Gustavo Márquez, Cora Marsh, Lisa McClellan, Noah McDermott, Gunnar Reinig, Taylor Schulze, Jason Scoggins, Liz Sieroslawski, Hayley Solano, Jon Squire, Brad Steinmeyer, Tomas Waples, Cindy Yeast............................... Ticket Agents

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Angela Schwiethale........................... Business Administrator Alie Quistberg...........................Assistant Company Manager ARTISTIC Nataki Garrett.................................Associate Artistic Director Charlie I. Miller................................Associate Artistic Director Strategy & Innovation Douglas Langworthy..................................... Literary Director/ Director of New Play Development Chad Henry....................................................... Literary Associate Grady Soapes................................................... Artistic Associate PRODUCTION Jeff Gifford...............................................Director of Production Melissa Cashion....................Associate Production Manager Matthew Campbell.............. Assistant Production Manager Julie Brou...................Production & Artistic Office Manager Scenic Design Lisa M. Orzolek................................ Director of Scenic Design Matthew Plamp, Nicholas Renaud..............................Scenic Design Assistants Lighting Design Charles R. MacLeod...................................Director of Lighting Lily Bradford.....................................Lighting Design Assistant Reid Tennis............................................... Production Electrician Multimedia Topher Blair................................................ Multimedia Specialist Sound Design Craig Breitenbach...........................................Director of Sound Tyler Nelson.......................................................... Sound Designer Alex Billman, Frank Haas..............................Sound Operators Stage Management Christopher C. Ewing................ Production Stage Manager Rachel Ducat, Corin Ferris, Kristen O’Connor, D. Lynn Reiland, Kurt Van Raden...............Stage Managers Scene Shop Robert L. Orzolek, Josh Prues.................................Associate Technical Directors Albert “Stub” Allison, Louis Fernandez III.......................................... Lead Technicians Justin Hicks, Brian “Marco” Markiewicz, Wynn Pastor, Kyle Simpson Mike VanAartsen...........................................Scenic Technicians Prop Shop Robin Lu Payne.............................................Properties Director Eileen S. Garcia......................... Assistant Properties Director Jamie Stewart Curl, David Hoth, Georgina Kayes, Katie Webster..........................................................Props Artisans Paint Shop Jana L. Mitchell...........................................Charge Scenic Artist Melanie Rentschler........................................Lead Scenic Artist Kristin Hamer MacFarlane.....................................Scenic Artist Costume Shop Janet S. MacLeod..........................................Costume Director/ Costume Design Associate Meghan Anderson Doyle........ Costume Design Associate Carolyn Plemitscher, Louise Powers, Jackie Scott............................................................................Drapers Cathie Gagnon.................................................................First Hand Sheila P. Morris........................................................................... Tailor Kelly Jones.................................................................................Stitcher Costume Crafts Kevin Copenhaver............................Costume Crafts Director Chris Campbell.................................Costume Crafts Assistant Wigs Diana Ben-Kiki............................................................... Wig Master House Crew Doug Taylor*..........................................Supervising Stagehand Jim Berman*, Jennifer Guethlein*, Stephen D. Mazzeno*, Kyle Moore, Miles Stasica*, Tyler Stauffer*, Matt Wagner* (*IATSE Local 7 Stagehands)................................ Stagehands Wardrobe Brenda Lawson........................................Director of Wardrobe Maria Y. Davis, Taylor Malott............................Wig Assistants Robin Appleton, Amber Donner, Anthony Mattivi, Tim Nelson, Lisa Parsons Wagner, Alan Richards....................................................................... Dressers


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