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TABLE OF CONTENTS OUR 66TH SEASON On Stage Now & Next......................... 06 Readers Theatre & Comedy Nights..... 07 Announcing our 67th Season.......... ....10 A Daring New Direction for 2020........ 14 Comedic Timing: Autism & Improv..... 21 Meet Our Season Dramaturg............... 68

SUPPORTERS & DONORS Donor Recognition.............................. 20 Life Members...................................... 26 Front & Center Gala ............................ 28 Giving to TNP...................................... 44 New Corporate Partnerships............... 45 Season Sponsors................................ 56 A Legacy of Love: Bob Hill.................. 64

TONIGHT’S PERFORMANCE The full guide to tonight’s performance can be found on

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GET INVOLVED Become a Volunteer............................ 62 Volunteer Recognition......................... 63 Auditions............................................. 71 Dinner With a Purpose........................ 81

CURTAIN CALL TNP Staff & Leadership....................... 84 Advertiser Index.................................. 86

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An Evening of One Acts that shows you that when characters share their truths there can be amazing outcomes.

An exciting new play will be presented as a staged reading to get audience feedback. This script will be in consideration for a future TNP Season!

Upcoming Shows Spring Mix Comedy TO BY E S T U D I O T H E AT R E Saturday, March 14th, 8 p.m.

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A Daring New Direction

THE ARTISTIC VISION FOR 2020 & BEYOND

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lthough Associate Artistic Director Jessica Walck has been a driving force of selecting shows at The Naples Players for years, she believes there is something profoundly exciting about this coming season of shows. “Next year’s season is our most ambitious selection yet,” said Walck. “We are challenging ourselves, our talent, and our audiences in new and creative ways like never before – technically, emotionally, and artistically.” Walck is impressed with the theater’s ability to incorporate new ideas and challenge itself while remaining true to the experience that drives over 65,000 patrons through the theater’s doors each year.

“The Naples Players has a great reputation for putting on

fun, en-

tertaining shows that make people think—whether it’s a musical, drama, or comedy,” she said. “There’s comedy in every good drama, and there’s drama in every good comedy.” However, new concepts are afoot for the theater. For the first time in the theater’s recent memory, there are no repeat shows

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from The Naples Players’ previous 66 years of productions. “But that doesn’t mean people haven’t heard of or don’t know of next season’s shows— it’s quite the opposite,” Walck said. “The season is a crowd pleaser. We’re producing shows that have been very popular at the professional level, and making those stories relevant to the Naples community.” And while nearly all patrons will be familiar with the story of Mary Poppins or The Wedding Singer, Walck is certain that the less familiar contemporary stories are sure to be revered by audiences for years to come. “We have a real knack for showcasing different forms of art in different spaces, whether it’s a grand mainstage musical, something intimate in our black box theater, or Shakespeare out on the Baker Stage.” But Walck believes there’s more room to experiment with productions in the black box theater. “We are producing a new musical, and for the first time, a musical in the Tobye Studio Theatre. Although producing a musical in our black box proves to have many technical challenges we are excited to embrace the difficulties and bring this new show to the community.”

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Associate Artistic Director, Jessica Walck, directs You Can’t Take It With You at The Naples Players.

Jeremy Giovinazzo as Pepper in the TNP production of Mamma Mia!

Generous patrons Bruce & Robin Bache Gray have committed the underwriting support to this upcoming season that has allowed The Naples Players to progress and experiment in their show selection with confidence. “Bruce and I are incredibly excited about this next season,” Robin said. “There exists a dynamic mixture of high-profile, thought-provoking, and comedic shows that creates an exciting challenge for both the theater and its audience.” Producing new work by local artists is essential for the theatre as it continues to take a leadership position in the local community and beyond. That leadership extends to partnering with other organizations to create

meaningful experiences. With this in mind, the new musical in the Tobye Studio Theatre, Yours, Truly will first be performed in concert in an upcoming partnership with Artis-Naples. “We have so much wonderful art here in Naples—and discovering the synergy that is possible through collaboration is exciting for the community to participate in and watch evolve,” Walck said. “It’s just another added layer that makes our upcoming season one of our best yet.” The Naples Players kicks off the Bruce & Robin Bache Gray 67th Season with The Wedding Singer on Wednesday, June 24, 2020.

SEE THE ENTIRE 67TH SEASON OF SHOWS ON PAGE 10 or read more on-line at www.NaplesPlayer.org

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Comedic Timing

TEEN FINDS HER VOICE IN IMPROV

an improv program at The Naples Players for students with Autism. Emily wasn’t sure what to expect when she walked into her first Friday evening session with Craig Price, the theater’s Director of Community Education and Wellness. But Craig, who has worked with students with sensory processing disorders and Asperger’s, knew exactly how to put Emily and others at ease.

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rom the time she was young, Emily Buenafuente loved telling jokes. Humor came naturally for her, and she was always thrilled to have an audience to laugh along at the punchline. But as she grew up, Emily’s disabilities caused her to get picked on in school. The 16-year-old has Autism and making friends became difficult. “She has a lot of trouble socializing with peers. Adults, she gets,” said Lisa Delgado, Emily’s mother. “She was having a very hard time in school.” Emily retreated into her shell. But then Delgado moved her family from New Jersey to Naples a few years ago. For the first year, Delgado home-schooled her daughter so she didn’t have to start a new school in the middle of the year. Soon after, she learned about

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“Craig is just so awesome with these kids and it’s wonderful that he’s doing this not just for any teenager but also for teenagers with issues,” Delgado said. Soon, Emily was getting the hang of games like Gibberish, where kids jump out from a back row and tell a joke based on suggestions from audience members. Improv is a perfect exercise for students with Autism because there’s no wrong answers, and playing off of other actors in a scene helps kids to read social cues and emotions. Being silly is encouraged, and interacting with other students with Autism puts everyone on even footing. For two years, Emily attended weekly sessions with the group thanks to a scholarship from TNP. Without that scholarship, Delgado said that as a home care nurse, she couldn’t afford to send her daughter to the program.

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“This program has helped so much,” Delgado said. “And she has made friends now. They’re all very close and she talks to them all the time.” Price said Emily has grown over the past two years and was eventually ready to move up to the Teen Improv group. That group meets on Monday nights and now Emily is doing improv alongside other kids her age with and without disabilities. And to bring it all full circle, Emily now volunteers with students in her old Friday evening improv group. “It’s a lot like regular improv, but I’m engaging more now with other students,” Emily said. Price said Emily’s growth is remarkable. “Emily has grown so much in that time,” Price said. “It’s been great to watch her move on to the next class while still coming back to volunteer.”

Emily said she’s noticed how transformational the experience has been for herself.

“I get to express myself without being judged,” Emily said. “And according to my mom, it actually took me out of my shell. I’m more confident in myself now and I want to express myself.” Emily’s teachers, including Price, noticed her knack for comedic timing and have suggested she start doing stand-up comedy some day in the future. “I’m constantly thinking about doing it now,” Emily said.

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TNP Life Members

RECOGNITION FOR REMARKABLE GIVING

THE LIFE MEMBER AWARD is presented on the occasion an individual is recognized for such significant contributions that the organization will forever be grateful.

LIFE MEMBERS 1953 - 2019

Patrick Ashton Jay Baker Patty Baker Joel Banow Dorothy Bednar Theresa Bill Janina Birtolo Richard Blackburn Lois Blackburn Jeanne Boughner Mrs. Laurence Brown Ernest Burton Mrs. Ernest Burton G.E. Caroll Ralph Carrothers John Cashman Mrs. John Cashman Robert Coe Mrs. Robert Coe Ted DeGroot Aaron Feder Edith Feder Carole Fenstermacher William Flynn

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Nell Flynn Mrs. Frances Ford Bob Garnett Debi Garnett Carla Grieve Francis Pew Hayes Donald Helton Bob Hill Ann Hoover Denny Hoover Gloria Ingleman David C. Jones Mrs. David C. Jones Leonard Latham Mrs. Leonard Latham Erin Laughlin Frank Lualdi Mrs. Frank Lualdi Charles R. McCool Michael McNees Ira Mogul Connie Moser Paul Muenzer William G. Pace, Jr. Benjamin Parks Mrs. Benjamin Parks Charles Pleasance

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Front & Center Gala

AN EVENING IN SUPPORT OF TNP

Naples is no stranger to lavish annual gatherings in support of the many non-profit organizations that call it home. In the past few years, we have worked to slowly evolve our annual fundraising event from an overthe-top event that took endless months of planning and countless hours from our staff and committees to a more intimate, relaxed, outdoor dining experience that highlights our programs and local talent. From this slow evolution finally came this season’s TNP Front & Center Gala. On Tuesday, February 18th, the plaza in front of our theatre, at the center of 5th Avenue, served as the backdrop for a modest number of tables that were quickly filled with our supporters and patrons. Time, money and energy were saved in the planning by keeping the event focused on allowing patrons to experience and explore all the unique things that make TNP a true community theatre. Patrons were toured through all of the behind-the-scenes areas of the theatre where show-goers rarely get to see. The entertainment was a mix of musical numbers from recent shows and sneak preview of what’s to come in our 67th Season. It was heard more than once throughout the evening that the mood, setting and pace of our inaugural Front & Center Gala were a wel-

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BYE BYE BIRDIE A Musical Comedy

Book by

Music by

Michael Stewart

Charles Strouse

Lyrics by

Originally Produced by

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Edward Padula

Director/Choreographer Dawn Lebrecht Fornara

Music Director Charles Fornara

Sound Design Lighting Design Bradley Van Houten Craig Walck & Davis Vande Steeg Stage Manager Molly McCarville

Executive Artistic Director Bryce Alexander

Scenic Design Mike Santos Costume Design Mollie LaTorre Season Dramaturg Ricki Baker

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Cast

(in alphabetical order) R a n d o l p h M a c A f e e.............................................................M A X I M U S B O G E R T C o n r a d B i r d i e. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .L U C A S B U E N O Rosie Alvarez.....................................................EL IZ A BE T H M A RC A N TONIO G l o r i a R a s p u t i n…. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S Y D N E Y M I X O N K im MacAfee................................................................K R I S T EN NOBL E U r s u l a M e r k l e…. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . L E X I P I P E R A l b e r t P e t e r s o n…. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . R U S S E L L A L A N R O W E M r s . D o r i s M a c A f e e…. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S U Z A N N E S M I T H M r s . M a e P e t e r s o n…. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S U Z A N N E S O L E H u g o P e a b o d y…. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . L O G A N S Z I T TA I M r. H a r r y M a c A f e e…. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . P E R R Y V E N T R O E n s e m b l e…. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J E N N Y B E L A N D R E S , J A C Q U E L I N E B L A N C H E , B R I A N B O L A N D, K E V I N B U J A , A B B Y C I A B AT O N , J U L I A C O R N W A L L , J E S S I C A D A N I E L S , M A X I N E D A N N I , F R A N K I E F E D E R I C O, E L I Z A B E T H F I N C H E R , J E R E M Y G I O V I N A Z Z O, SHELLEY GOTHARD, CAROLINA GR AU, WIEFTA JEAN, ANGEL A KEON, G I A N N A K O P R O W S K I , J O S E P H L O I A C O N O, H A R R Y M C C A R T N E Y, S Y D N E Y M I X O N , A B I G A I L N E L S O N , J O H A N N E N O R D I L U S , J O H N R E I D Y, H U N T E R R E U M , T H O M A S R I C H A R D S O N , BROOK E ROSENBLUTH, ROSE A NN RUGGIERO, GR ACE SERR A NO, CHRISTIN A YOUNG

THE BYE BYE BIRDIE ORCHESTRA Piano/Conductor: Charles Fornara • Assistant Piano/Conductor: Stephen J. Parker Violin: Kirsten Trembley; Reed I (Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet and Alto Sax): Daniel G. Klimoski; Reed II (Clarinet and Alto Sax): Zach Deeter/Steve Matthews; Reed III (Clarinet and Tenor Sax): Peter Noll/Steve Matthews; Reed IV (Clarinet, Bass Clarinet and Baritone Sax): Stephen J. Parker/Dave Pate/Rochelle Frederick; Trumpet I: Mike Santiago/Bill Dowling; Trumpet II: Chris Neron/Dominic Young; Trumpet III: Antonio Castillo/Dominic Young; Cello, Guitars and Electric Bass: Tim Torres; Upright Bass: Bill Swartzbaugh; Drums and Percussion: Scott Crawford/Olivia Farrell

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Creative Team A s s i s t a n t S t a g e M a n a g e r s...................................J U L E S BR A NCHE, DA N A I A I VA NOV Da n c e C a p t a i n s.......................................T HOM A S R IC H A R DSON, JENN Y BEL A NDR E S A u d i o E n g i n e e r/A s s i s t a n t S o u n d D e s i g n e r.....................................K E N N E T H M AY Audio A s s i s t an t s.......................................................JOEL BA NOW, JENNIFER PA PILLON D e c k C h i e f ...................................................................................M A N D A S M I T H B a c k s t a g e C r e w.......................................................W Y L IE C A S SIDY, K AT IE ME A NOR , L IS A N UCCIO, DAV IS PIPER, I A N W I S E Fl y Cr ew....................................................LLOYD A DA MS, I A N COCK LIN, JIM WHITE S p o t l i g h t O p e r a t o r s.........................................R E X BU R NS, JE A NNINE HEDBERG, C H R I S TO P H E R M C L A U G H L I N, D E B B I E W E S O LOW S K I D r e s s e r s .....................................................R O S E M A R Y E R B , C A R O L I N A G R I M A L D I , JO-A NN L IZIO, CHR IST IN A MONROE, A NDR E A TA NNER, OL I V I A ZIZ ZI P r o j e c t i o n A r t i s t ...................................................................................D E R E K P E R R Y L i g h t B o a r d O p e r a t o r..................................................................................T E R R I R IC E P r o p e r t i e s.................................................................................................JES SICA WA LCK C o s t u m e C o n s t r u c t i o n......................K A R E N B R I N K M A N , A N N E C A R R , J A C K C O L E , LOUISE ELIOT, STEPHANIE FOWLE, CYNTHIA HA AS, DESTINY HARRIS, BONNIE HECK, JOAN L AUGHLIN, JOHANNA MOR A, SILVIA SILVERSTEIN, JUDY SMITH, JE AN SNYDER, CONSUELO STACY, CAROLINE VELECHKO C h a r g e A r t i s t ..................................................................................S A PPHIR A KOER NER Set Construction & Scenic Painting...............................B O B A C K L E Y, G I G I B A R B A R A , FR ANK BRUNI, DICK BRYCE, RE X BURNS, ROGER CL ARK, IAN COCKLIN, DENNIS CUMMINS, ALDO D’ACUNZO, BARBAR A DAVIN, SID DAVIS, ED EZRINE, JOHN FELICIANO, JOE FEMIA, BOB FLORIAN, TAMMY HARRIS, ED HECKERT, SANDY KEELER, CLIVE L AYCOCK, STEVE LEE, BILL LILLEY, BARBAR A LOBIANCO, RUSS LOYET, R AY MAR ASCO, DEBBIE PIERCE, LINDA R AMA, DICK ROSA, DAVID ROTHWELL, JEFF SMITH, JERRY VANCINA, RILEY WAKELIN, MJ WANN, GIULIANA ZEGARR A, ED ZONNEV YLLE

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1958...

That was then

1958 brought Americans recession

with a vengeance. Unemployment rose to over 7.0%. Those who were working and earning the average annual salary of $3,851 were considered to be well off. Cars got bigger and heavier with larger engines, but imports continued to grow as well, especially Datsuns and Toyotas from Japan. America’s first satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral. And this was also the year the microchip was first developed, giving the world the very early stages of PCs.

At a Glance January

14-year-old Bobby Fischer wins the United States Chess Championship.

March

The Army inducts Elvis Presley, transforming The King Of Rock & Roll into U.S. private #53310761.

April

The San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8–0 at San Francisco’s Seals Stadium, in the first major league baseball regular-season game ever played in California.

July

Alaska becomes a state.

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? How Were We Doing Yearly inflation rate in the US

Average cost of new house

2.73%

$12,750

Average monthly rent

Cost of one gallon of gas

$92.00

$.25

Popular Culture The Hula Hoop was introduced; more than 100 million were sold. The Broadway musical My Fair Lady opened in London, with Rex Harrison as Professor Higgins and Julie Andrews playing Eliza Doolittle. Popular Films • The Bridge on the River Kwai • South Pacific • Gigi • King Creole (Elvis Presley) • Vertigo

Popular Singers • Elvis Presley • Billie Holiday • Ricky Nelson • Frank Sinatra • The Everly Brothers

Popular TV Programs • Candid Camera • The Ed Sullivan Show • Gunsmoke • The Jack Benny Show • Perry Mason

President Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act into law, which created NASA, a federal agency whose mission was aerospace research and the peaceful scientific applications of aeronautics.

Peace Symbol Created The peace symbol was created by British designer Gerald Holton who drew the symbol for anti-nuclear weapons protests. A prominent anti-nuclear weapons group, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), was established around the same time and adopted the peace symbol as its logo. Holton’s design, a black circle with a vertical line down the center and two downward pointing lines at 45 degree angles on either side of the center line, was never copyrighted and has since become an international symbol for worldwide peace.

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HOW BYE BYE BIRDIE

Left the Nest and Took Flight Bye Bye Birdie was originally called “Let’s Go Steady.” The story, set in much simpler times…1958…was inspired by the phenomenon of Elvis Presley and his 1957 draft notice for the Army. Producer Edward Padula had the idea for what he referred to as a “happy teenage musical with a difference.” He contracted with writers Charles Strouse and Lee Adams, who originally wrote seven songs for the libretto. After Fred Astaire turned down the job as director, Padula and company contacted Gower Champion to be their director/choreographer. Until then, Champion had choreographed only a few musicals. Champion didn’t like the book at all, so the writers were fired. Michael Stewart was brought in, and he wrote an early version called Love and Kisses, which had an entirely different focus. Champion still wanted ‘something more’. And that ‘something more’ was front and center, right there in virtually every newspaper: rock-and-roll idol Elvis Presley had been drafted into the Army!

In September 1957, Elvis left the US to spend 18 months in Germany, and at once became the focus of a media circus that famously included Elvis giving ‘one last kiss’ to a specially selected member of the Women’s Army Corps. EUREKA! That’s when Stewart and Adams came up with the idea of a musical based on a rock-and-roll singer who goes off to the Army and its effect on a group of teenagers in a small town in Ohio. The singer’s name initially was ‘Ellsworth’, but soon changed to Conway Twitty before the pair discovered there was already a Conway Twitty - and he was threatening to sue! They finally settled on Conrad Birdie. And the rest, as they say, is history. 40

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The Broadway production of Bye Bye Birdie opened in New York on April 14, 1960, at the Martin Beck Theatre, transferring to the 54th Street Theatre and then to the Shubert Theatre, closing after 607 performances. The show was produced by Edward Padula and directed and choreographed by Gower Champion, with orchestrations by Robert Ginzler, scenic design by Robert Randolph, costumes by Miles White and lighting by Peggy Clark. The original 1960 Broadway cast included Dick Van Dyke, Chita Rivera, Paul Lynde, Dick Gautier, Susan Watson, Kay Medford, Charles Nelson Reilly, and Michael J. Pollard. Reilly understudied as Albert Peterson for Van Dyke, who periodically took time off (including two weeks to film the pilot for The Dick Van Dyke Show). Chita Rivera took the role of Rosie after Carol Haney and Eydie Gorme turned it down. The musical was part of the 1961 season of the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera; and in London the musical opened in the West End at Her Majesty’s Theatre in June 1961, with Peter Marshall as Albert and Rivera once again as Rosie. That production ran for 268 performances.

Bye Bye Birdie was first adapted for film in 1963. It starred Dick Van Dyke reprising his stage role as Albert Peterson, Maureen Stapleton as Mama Mae Peterson, Janet Leigh as Rosie, Paul Lynde taking the role he played on stage as Mr. MacAfee to the silver screen, Bobby Rydell as Hugo Peabody, and Ann-Margret as Kim MacAfee. Jesse Pearson played Conrad Birdie. And Ed Sullivan makes a guest appearance as himself.

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The movie is credited with making Ann-Margret a superstar in the mid-1960s, leading to her later appearance with the real Elvis Presley in Viva Las Vegas. (The film ranked number 38 on Entertainment Weekly’s list of the 50 Best High School Movies.) An interesting sidelight: Van Dyke and other members of the Broadway production were not at all happy with the film adaptation. Van Dyke stated that the show was “a romp’” on Broadway, but the movie had been “Hollywoodized.” In fact, Susan Watson, the original Kim on Broadway, later said,

A TV-movie adaptation was produced for ABC in 1995 by RHI Entertainment. It starred Jason Alexander in the role of Albert and Vanessa Williams as Rosie. Tyne Daly played Mae Peterson. Marc Kudisch, who played Conrad Birdie on tour opposite Tommy Tune, reprised the role. Chynna Phillips played Kim MacAfee, Sally Mayes played Mrs. MacAfee, and George Wendt played Harry MacAfee. This version remained mostly faithful to the original musical. In October, 2016 NBC announced that Jennifer Lopez would star as Rosie in a television version of Bye Bye Birdie Live and Lopez would executive produce the production with her partners. This live television production has already been delayed several times due to scheduling difficulties, and as of this writing, has still not aired.

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M U S CA L Numbers

Act 1 Opening Curtain.............................................................................................................ORCHESTRA An English Teacher........................................................................................................ROSIE The Telephone Hour...................................................................................TEEN CHORUS How Lovely to Be a Woman.............................................................................................KIM Put On a Happy Face................................................................................................ ALBERT A H e a l t h y, N o r m a l , A m e r i c a n B o y. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A L B E R T, R O S I E , E N S E M B L E Penn Station to Sweet Apple....................................................................... ENSEMBL E Sweet Apple Band.......................................................................................TEEN CHORUS One Boy............................................................................................KIM, TWO GIRLS, & ROSIE Honestly Sincere........................................................................... CONR AD & TEEN CHORUS Hymn for a Sunday Evening................................................THE M ACA FEES & CHORUS O n e L a s t K i s s.................................................................... C O N R A D & E N S E M B L E

(There will be one 15 minute intermission.)

Act 2 Entr’acte.............................................................................................................ORCHESTR A What Did I Ever See In Him?............................................................................ROSIE & KIM Reprise: What Did I Ever See In Him?.........................................................................ROSIE A Lot of Livin’ To Do...........................................................CONR AD, TEEN CHORUS, & KIM K ids.........................................................................................M R . & M RS. M AC A F E E Baby, Talk to Me........................................................................ A L B E R T & Q U A R T E T Shriners Ballet........................................................................ROSIE & M A L E CHORUS Repris e: K id s........................... M R . & M R S . M A C A F E E , R A N D O L P H , & A D U LT C H O R U S Ice House Livin..................................................................................T E E N C H O R U S Reprise: A n English Teacher...........................................................................RO S I E S p a n i s h Ro s e..............................................................................................R O S I E Rosie................................................................................................ A L BER T & ROSIE Bows & Exit Music.....................................................................................ORCHESTR A

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DIRECT RS Charles Fornara (Music Director/Conductor) has previously conducted TNP’s Mamma Mia!, Guys and Dolls, Chicago, Sister Act, The Rocky Horror Show, Catch Me If You Can, Legally Blonde, The Spitfire Grill, Les Misérables, All Shook Up, 42nd Street and many, many others, as well as over 20 teen productions for KidzAct. Also in Naples for TheatreZone, he has music directed more than 20 shows including…Drood, Aida, The Secret Garden, Legs Diamond, Sweet Smell of Success, Grand Hotel, Little Women and Hair. Originally from Providence, RI, Chas conducted Jim Steinman and Roman Polanski’s Dance of the Vampires in Stuttgart, and has taught and coached singers all over the US and Germany, now offering private lessons here in Naples. A proud member of Actors’ Equity, he has appeared in almost 100 musicals, operas and concerts, including several appearances here in Naples with TheatreZone, most recently as the title role in Sweeney Todd. Much love to his beautiful wife, Dawn, and a big thank you to Steve Parker and this excellent orchestra!

Dawn Lebrecht Fornara (Director/Choreographer) is a native of New York and has served as director and choreographer for TNP’s Mamma Mia!, Guys and Dolls, Chicago, Sister Act, The Rocky Horror Show, Catch Me If You Can, Legally Blonde, The Spitfire Grill and 42nd Street, among others, and with KidzAct for many productions, including Joseph…Dreamcoat, Hairspray, Disney’s Camp Rock, Les Misérables and CATS. She has choreographed many shows for TNP, including All Shook Up, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Cabaret, and as a performer, she has been seen in the National Tours of 42nd Street, Seussical the Musical, Anything Goes and Grease. A proud member of Actors’ Equity, she has been seen here in Naples in TheatreZone’s Sweeney Todd (Beggar Woman), Jekyll & Hyde (Lucy), Stepping Out with Donna McKechnie, Legs Diamond (Kiki) and Hair, among others. Other recent roles include Sheila (A Chorus Line), Sally Bowles, Velma Kelly, Bombalurina (Cats) and Ulla (The Producers). Love to husband Chas and her family.

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BI GRAPHIES Jenny Belandres (Helen/ Ensemble, Dance Captain) is excited to be in Bye Bye Birdie! She is a sophomore at Barron Collier High School and has been in many productions with The Naples Players. Some of her most recent credits include Mamma Mia! Teen (Ensemble) and Frozen JR. (Olaf). She is very grateful for TNP for giving her such amazing opportunities.

Lucas Bueno (Conrad Birdie) is thrilled to be in Bye Bye B i rd i e ! T h i s i s h i s f i f t h appearance at The Naples Players, having also been in She Loves Me, The Great Gatsby, The Music Man, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He is currently studying at FGCU.

Jacqueline Blanche (Ensemble) is very excited for her second show with The Naples Players. She had an amazing time working on Mamma Mia! with Dawn, Charlie, and the rest of the cast this past summer. She hopes everyone enjoys the show!

Kevin Buja (Ensemble) is very grateful to Dawn and Charlie for their confidence in him; thank you very much. A lthough he has been in productions here in Naples and Rochester, NY, this is his first musical. He is excited about this opportunity. Again, thank you Dawn & Charlie.

Maximus Bogert (Randolph Macafee) is 10 years old and attends Corkscrew Elementary School. Max has recently been seen in the ensemble of Frozen JR. Other roles include Winthrop/The Music Man, Private/ Madagascar JR., Ensemble/Junie B. Jones JR., and Ensemble/Elf JR. He would like to thank The Naples Players and his family for helping him participate in this show.

A b by C ia b a t o n ( N a ncy/ Ensemble) is a junior at Barron Collier High School and is so excited to be in another performance with T NP! Her favorite shows she’s performed in include White Christmas, Newsies, and Matilda. She wants to thank the incredible cast and crew for this fantastic experience.

Brian Boland (Harvey Johnson/ Ensemble) is currently a 9 th grader at Gulf Coast High School and is 14 years old. He has been per forming at The Naples Players for many years. When not at the theater, he performs in the Gulf Coast High School Band.

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Julia Cornwall (Ensemble) i s 18 y e a r s o l d a n d i s currently dual enrolled at FCGU. Recent productions i n c l u d e C h i c a g o Te e n , Peter and the Starcatcher, and Guys and Dolls.

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Jessica Daniels (Ensemble) is thrilled to be back on the Blackburn stage where she was last seen as Liz, a merry murderess, in Chicago TEEN. She first appeared on stage at the age of nine as the lead in Annie. Other credits include Little Red Riding Hood/Into the Woods, Paula Abagnale/Catch Me If You Can, Wednesday Addams/The Addams Family, and Evie Slotnick/Coney Island Christmas. Jessica thanks her family and friends for their love and support and hopes you enjoy the show! Maxine Danni (Ensemble) was last seen in Mamma Mia! Teen with The Naples Players this past summer. She wants to thank Charlie, Dawn, and her parents for everything they have done for her and making her the actress she is today! Frankie Federico (Ensemble) is 19 years old and is excited to be in Bye Bye Birdie. He ha s b een in ma ny o t her productions at The Naples Player s, including Catch Me If You Can, Les Misérables, Sister Act, and Chicago. He just graduated from Gulf Coast High School. Elizabeth Fincher (Ensemble) is honored to be cast in The Naples Players’ production of Bye Bye Birdie! She has also been previously cast in TNP’s productions of White Christmas, The Music Man, and My Fair Lady. Other credits include Cosette/Les Misérables (showcase scene), Ophelia/The Omelet Murder Case (Hamlet farce), and Marian Paroo/The Music Man Jr. Elizabeth would like to thank her family for all their love, TNP for blessing her with this opportunity, and gives all glory and honor to God.

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Jeremy Giovinazzo (Ensemble) was born in NYC. Always an active child, he was diagnosed with ADHD and SPD in middle school. His parents put him in gymnastics, and he placed 2009 champ. His family moved to Naples in 2012 where he discovered performing arts. This brought him to TNP and his second season at Theatre Zone. When he is on the stage dancing, singing, and remembering cues through the loud noises and bright lights, it’s a reminder to him that God is good. Shelley Gothard (Ensemble) has been involved in many productions both on stage and back s t age wi t h T he Naples Players and other local theaters. She was last seen as Mrs. McKee in The Great Gatsby and Flute/Peaseblosssom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Shelley is excited to perform in her first musical production with The Naples Players. Carolina Grau (Ensemble) is a teacher at The Village School of Naples. She was a part of the ensemble in TNP’s production of Young Frankenstein. She inaugurated the musical theatre program at S t. John Neumann High School and directed Godspell and Beauty and the Beast. Carolina is grateful to be part of Bye Bye Birdie! Wiefta Jean (Ensemble) is immensely moved to be a part of a second production at The Naples Players. She wants to thank the theatre for allowing her to witness the beauty, perception, and magic of the arts. There’s no other place quite like The Naples Players that can fill her up with hope and ambitions. She is forever grateful.

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Angela Keon (Ensemble) is from Boston, Massachusetts and has been acting since age six. She is a student at Barron Collier High School, w h e r e s h e p l ay s o n t h e varsity soccer team. Her most recent past roles include: Anna /Frozen JR, Martha /The Secret Garden, and Little Red Riding Hood/ Into the Woods. Gianna Koprowski (Ensemble) Though Gianna has always loved theater from a young age, this experience is fairly new. This is her second show with The Naples Players and certainly not her last. She’d like to thank my family for always being so supportive. If it was not for them, none of this would be possible.

Joseph Loiacono (Ensemble) this is Joseph’s 18th year with T he Naples Player s and he is overjoyed to be in his 22nd production. He is so enthusiastic for this production of Bye Bye Birdie and performing with this talented cast of actors. His gratefulness and thanks to Dawn, Charles, Bryce, and the staff of this incredible organization for the community. Thanks for making this theater one of the best community theaters in the country. To the love of my life, Isabella – thank you for the support you give me every day. You are my lifelong soul mate. Let’s get down and rock the house!

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E liz ab e t h M ar c an t o ni o (Rosie Alvarez) is delighted to help bring such a lovely and sentimental stor y to life. Endless thanks to this dedicated team, without whom the magic you see would just be words on a page. Love you Mom & Dad, Vince & Spence, and my fluffy boy Gus. Thank you for your unwavering love and support that fuels me every day. Credits: Eliza/My Fair Lady, Ilona/ She Loves Me, Doris/Miracle on 34th Street, Louise/Gypsy, Janet/The Drowsy Chaperone, Chicago, Mamma Mia!, Guys and Dolls, The Rocky Horror Show, and more. Harry McCartney (Ensemble) has been with TNP for 14, performing in over 10 musicals along with a few plays such as Arsenic and Old Lace. Although he loves being on stage, when he doesn’t get cast he will normally work shows as a rigger and fly guy. He just likes being involved in shows either on or off stage. His favorite character to date has been the naked Indian in The Producers. Thanks again to Charlie and Dawn for their continued support, and his lovely wife Debron for her encouragement.

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Sydney Mixon (Gloria Rasputin / Ensemble) is extremely grateful to be a part of her third production at TNP. She was last seen as Daisy Buchanan in The The Great Gatsby, as well as in the ensemble of Mamma Mia! She would like to extend her deepest appreciation for having the opportunity to be a part of this cast, and to Dawn, Charlie, Cole, and all the cast and crew for making this possible. Abigail Nelson (Ensemble) missed the community and wonderful people involved at TNP and is so grateful to be involved once again! Past TNP productions include My Fair Lady, Sister Act, and Miracle on 34th Street. After a year of being back in Massachusetts with family, she decided to move back to Naples to work as a Special Education teacher at the ABLE Academy. Her year spent back in Massachusetts included performances in Jesus Christ Superstar and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Thanks to the incredible cast, crew, and volunteers that bring the shows here to life! Kristen Noble (Kim MacAfee) is a freshman at Cypress Lake High School. She has been in 20 theater productions. Favorite roles include Elsa/ Frozen J R , A lice/Alice in Wonderland, and Dorothy/The Wizard of Oz. She’s incredibly grateful to Dawn, Charlie, Cole, Molly, her parents, and the cast and crew of Bye Bye Birdie for this opportunity.

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Johanne Nordilus (Ensemble) returns to this stage after performing in All Shook Up several years ago. Since then she has been in musical productions in the Orlando area such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Memphis. Johanne thanks her family and friends for their constant support, love, and guidance. Lexi Piper (Ursula Merkle) is a theatre major at FGCU. She is excited to be in her first production with The Naples Players. Her other credits include but are not limited to: Anybodys/West Side Story and Ms. Lynch/Jan understudy/Grease. She would like to thank her family, friends, cast, and crew for their support! Enjoy the show! J o h n R e i d y ( E n s e m b l e) having made his triumphant return to the stage after a 50-year hiatus in Macbeth ( 2 0 10 ) , J o h n c o n t i n u e d t o s a t ia te t he vor acious demands of his public with per formances in King Lear, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Measure for Measure, The Tempest, Antony and Cleopatra, Arsenic and Old Lace, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, My Fair Lady, The Music Man, Hello Dolly, The Producers, Young Frankenstein, and Oklahoma! In 2014 He made his operatic debut as the banker of Seville in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville with Opera Naples.

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BI GRAPHIES Hunter Reum (Ensemble) is currently a graduating senior at Lorenzo Walker Technical High School and is excited in TNP’s production of Bye Bye Birdie. Hunter has worked on countless productions but was most recently seen as the ASM on the production of The Great Gatsby, and is currently the Stage Manager for KidzAct’s production of As You Like It. Thomas Richardson (Ensemble, Dance Captain) is a senior at Lely High School and has been per forming with The Naples Players for over 10 years. His favorite roles include Harry/Mamma Mia! Teen and ensemble/White Christmas. He is excited to take on the challenge of dance captain in this production of Bye Bye Birdie! Brooke Rosenbluth (Ensemble) is a recent student at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic A r t. Recent stage work includes: Footloose ( The Muny), Charity/Sweet Charity (NWSA), Velma Kelly/ Chicago Teen (KidzAct), Lady Mac/Macbeth (LAMDA), Jordan Baker/The Great Gatsby (TNP), and Violet/Wonderful Town (TheatreZone). In the fall, she will be returning to NYC for school to study at the Stella Adler Studio Professional Conservatory. She is grateful to be doing what she loves on the stage she grew up on. Love to my family and friends who continue to push and support me along the way.

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Russell Alan Rowe (Albert Peterson) is thrilled to be making his TNP debut! A professional Jazz pianist and veteran professional actor from Chicago, Russell has worked regionally and nationally for many years. Favorite Chicago roles include Herbie/ Gypsy (Music Theater Works), Martin/Candide (Music Theatre Works), Lindsay Woolsey/ Mame (Music Theatre Works), Strack/Amadeus (Bohemian Theatre Ensemble), and the Man/ Laughing Wild (Bailiwick Repertory). National Tours include Into the Woods (Steward, male swing) and The Secret Garden (The Fakir). He would like to dedicate this show to sister Sharon for all her love and support with ‘Operation Palm Tree.’ Roseann Ruggiero (Ensemble) is making her debut with TNP. Roseann studied acting with, among others, Uta Hagen and Bill Hickey. Recently transplanted to Naples from NJ, she has been an actor and director in many community theatres. Favorite roles include: Mrs. Meers/Thoroughly Modern Millie, Princess Puffer/Drood, Mother Superior/Nunsense.

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Grace Serrano (Ensemble) is a sophomore at Barron Collier High School and has been doing theatre at The Naples Players for almost 5 years now. She is Drama Club President and volunteers at Lighthouse of Collier on the side. She would thank her Mom for being her #1 cheerleader and supporting her throughout the show. Suzanne Smith (Mrs. MacAfee) is a new resident of SWFL and is thrilled to appear in her first TNP show. Suzanne holds a BA in Theatre from Otterbein University and spent 20 years as a professor of Theatre and Dance at Adrian College in Michigan. She and her husband Mark spent over 30 years creating shows together throughout NW Ohio and SE MI. Credits: Acting: Mrs. Tot tendale/The Drowsy Chaperone, Tessie Tura /Gypsy, Baroness/The Sound of Music. Director/Choreographer: Rent, Beauty and the Beast, Shrek, Chicago, Doubt, Rumors. Many thanks to Dawn, Charlie and the rest of the TNP team for this wonderful opportunity.

Logan Szittai (Hugh Peabody) is a senior at Naples High School. He has appeared in Sister Act Teen, Chicago Teen, and Mamma Mia! He is very excited for Bye Bye Birdie and hopes everyone enjoys the show! Perr y Ventro ( Mr. Harr y MacAfee) has taken his one man show, “Diary of a Mad Interior Designer� on the road. He was par t of the ensemble in Guys and Dolls, his first show with TNP, and played Chester McKee in The Great Gatsby. He is thrilled to be playing Harry MacAfee in Bye Bye Birdie. Christina Young (Ensemble) is a sophomore at Gulf Coast High School. She has been into theater her whole life and hopes to continue it in the future. Christina plays the French horn in her school band. Recently, Christina has been in Footloose, Mamma Mia! Teen, Hairspray, and The Man Who Came to Dinner.

Suzanne Sole (Mrs. Peterson) has recently made her home in Naples. She has appeared in theatre, comedy, musicals, and concer ts t hr o u gh o u t t h e c o un t r y, including her one woman show, The View from the Dumpster and web series, The Hirsches Care About the Earth. Learn more about her acting at suzannesole.com and her music at suzannesolejazz.com.

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Jules Branche (Assistant Stage Manager) is delighted to return to The Naples Players after stage managing Escanaba in da Moonlight. She was an ASM for Guys and Dolls and Mamma Mia! Jules is a proud volunteer and member at TNP. A special thanks to Cole Butcher for his mentorship and Stage Management course. She is beyond grateful for her family and friends, who have continued to suppor t her as she follows her passion for the love of theatre.

Kenne t h May ( A s s i s t a n t Sound Designer) received his first Tobye show credit with Silent Sky. Previous appearances at The Naples Players include Sound Designer for Frozen JR. and A1 for The Great Gatsby, She Loves Me, and Making God Laugh. His other theatrical sound credits include sound designing Dear and Wondrous Strange at Shepherd University and being a board operator for Chester Bailey at the Contemporary American Theater Festival.

Danaia Ivanov (Assistant Stage Manager) is proud to be making her first debut off the stage and in the crew world. She is excited to be an ASM and was previously seen in She Loves Me and Mamma Mia! Danaia is a proud Balkan and a junior at Lely High School and loves figure skating, drag race, Model UN and spending an absurd amount of money on egg bites at Starbucks. She hopes you enjoy the show!

Molly McCarville (S t age Manager) is a recent graduate of Texas State University and a native Texan. She is thrilled to be spending this year as T N P ’s S t age M anagement (SM) Intern. Regional SM credits include Church & State and The Petrified Forest with Berkshire Theatre Group, Once with Z ACH Theatre, and Disney’s The Little Mermaid with Zilker Theatre Productions. She would like to thank her family, Zoe, and her fellow interns for always being supportive and encouraging. Enjoy the show!

Mollie LaTorre (C ostume Design) is in her first season as the Costume Shop Supervisor with TNP. After c omple t ing a M a s ter s in Costume Design from Florida State University, she moved to Orlando to work for Disney’s Creative Costuming team and as a freelance Costume Designer. Her most recent TNP credit is She Loves Me. She previously worked at Utah Festival Opera and Music Festival, Olney Theatre Center and Williamstown Theatre Festival. She would like to thank her friends and family for their constant love and support.

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Der ek Perr y ( P r o j e c t i o n Design) previously worked on The Great Gatsby and June & Jason’s Survival Guide to Divorce, as well as T N P ’s multimedia and pre -show videos for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons. A Naples-based video artist and theatrical designer, he has worked locally with institutions such as Legal Aid, Habitat for Humanity, David Lawrence Center, and Providence House. Community theatre credits include shows at The Naples Players, The Marco Players, and The Studio Players.

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Mike Santos (Scenic Designer) most recently designed the sets for She Loves Me, Escanaba in da Moonlight, Mamma Mia!, Guys and Dolls, a nd A Midsummer Night’s Dream at TNP. Other set designs include Chicago, The Music Man, The Rocky Horror Show, These Shining Lives, Catch Me If You Can, The 39 Steps, Legally Blonde, The Mystery of Irma Vep, and The Lion in Winter. Much love to my better half, Judith :-) And as always, a big thank you to the volunteers for doing what they do best. Bradley Van Houten (Sound Designer) is celebrating his 7 t h s e a s o n a t T N P. B r a d has his bachelor’s degree in Theatre: Design & Technical Production and Theatre: Stage Management from Western Michigan University. Having the pleasure of working Off-Broadway on Soul Doctor and internationally at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Brad is happy to be working at a theatre where every day brings on a new challenge. In his time at TNP he has worked on sound on over 80 productions. Select previous credits include Mamma Mia!, Peter and the Starcatcher, Chicago, Maple and Vine, She Kills Monsters, Sister Act, The Rocky Horror Show, The39 Steps, Something’s Afoot, and Good People. D av i s Va n d e S t e e g ( C o Lighting Designer) is a recent graduate from I owa S t ate University. As this season’s Lighting Intern, he will be co-designing alongside Craig Walck and will be designing the KidzAct shows including Frozen Jr. this past December. After his time here, Davis plans to use his skills and continue to a summer stock theatre doing lighting design followed by starting his search for a graduate school program.

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Craig Walck (C o - L ighting Designer) af ter initially working for TNP from 20002006, Craig returned to TNP i n 2 0 11 a f t e r a f i ve -ye a r absence, during which he worked for Columbia University, The All-Stars Project, and other theatrical groups in New York City from 2006-2008. He then oversaw the completion of construction, opening, and first two years of operation of the Miramar Cultural Center in Miramar, FL from 2008-2011. Overall, Craig has designed the lighting for over 150 TNP productions. Originally from Niagara Falls, N.Y., and a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo, he once again calls Naples his home with his wife, Jessica, and their kids (dogs) Ziggy, Twoey, and Roscoe. Jessica Walck (Properties) By day she is the Associate Artistic Director here at TNP; but by night she serves as a director, actor, audience member, and for this show as the props master (that has a nice ring to it!). An official certified proptologist, Jessica enjoys creating something from nothing and having absolutely no idea what she is doing until she finally does it: that’s props! She has been an active member of The Naples Players since 2004 and feels blessed to work not only with amazing artists, but also her friends. Favorite prop credits: Catch Me If You Can, Sister Act, Making God Laugh and Mamma Mia ! Most recent directing credits include Making God Laugh, Escanaba in da Moonligh t and Don’t Dress For Dinner. Thank you to The Naples Players for giving me a place a to play, grow, learn and make my passion my career. TNP is the best family a girl could ask for.

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Our volunteer ushers have fun getting into character sometimes too!

Our volunteers logged 61,576 hours during our 2018-2019 season! That’s more than seven years of time donated in just one season! Volunteer Hours Logged From May 1, 2018 thru April 30, 2019 500 + HOURS Gaby Biagi Kevin Buja Jack Cole Sid Davis

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When Barbara passed in 2016, Bob continued to volunteer and serve The Naples Players as deeply as he ever had. When Bob wasn’t onstage, he volunteered behind the scenes as a spot light operator, on the backstage crew, as a sound board operator, and was a regular in the scene shop.

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ob Hill joined The Naples Players in 2000 with his wife Barbara, with the plan to volunteer as ushers. But they jumped in with both feet and quickly became staples at The Naples Players. “The camaraderie and support of the friends at The Naples Players made my parents’ life have laughter, love, and experience lasting friendships,” remembers daughter Jennifer Hill Holterman.

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His acting skill landed him roles in Annie Get Your Gun, Broadway Bound, Much Ado About Nothing, and for kids of all ages, as Farmer Brown in Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type; just to name a few. Perhaps his most unforgettable role was as “the stage manager” in The 1940’s Radio Hour, where Bob opened and closed the show as a curmudgeonly but lovable stage manager.

“No matter how zany the role, Bob jumped in with both feet,”

While Bob took center stage, Barbara worked behind the scenes—in life and at The Naples Players. And their children and grandchildren took note.

said friend and longtime Naples

“My father played the butler in a murder mystery. His line was ‘Dinner is served,’ then a big bang and someone died,” Jennifer said. “Thereafter, when Mom served dinner, Dad would say ‘Dinner is served’ and all the kids would bang loudly.”

“He was fearless. He had probably the most expressive face I’ve ever seen on or off the stage.”

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ers can bestow. It is reserved for individuals whose contributions are so significant that the organization will be forever grateful. Bob’s son Andrew Hill, an area investment advisor, said that he tried to work with his father to create a legacy plan. “He kept putting it off and we never got around to it,” Andrew said. “So, when he passed without an estate plan our family had to figure things out.” Although these matters tend to be difficult for families, Andrew and his sisters knew theatre was in Bob’s heart. Making an estate gift to

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The Naples Players was an easy decision. “We are excited to honor our father’s commitment to The Naples Players with an estate gift,” Andrew said. In turn, The Naples Players is honoring Bob by renovating and renaming the green room in his honor. Now Bob’s legacy will be enjoyed and remembered by all Naples Players taking center stage.

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icki Baker has delighted audiences this past year by curating content for our playbills as the theater’s Dramaturg. While Ricki’s contributions as a writer and dramaturg are centerfold, she herself has remained out of the theatrical limelight since an onstage experience in sixth grade. “I was in awe of the other actors and their talent,” she said. “There was an incredible difference between the art that they were creating and what I was trying to accomplish.”

“I don’t think about what people need to know,” she said. “I think about what people want to know and what will enrich their experience.” And while Ricki’s volunteerism serves to enhance the theater and enlighten the community, giving allows her to get.

“Dramaturgy indulges my passion for theatre, my curiosity.”

But Ricki still loved theatre. Rather than being discouraged by her lack of skill, Ricki resolved to participate in another way that would help the cause. “We’re called theatre rats,” she said. “That’s someone who enjoys doing any work connected with live theatre—acting, set design, lighting, stage managing, and in my case here, writing and dramaturgy.” As The Naples Players’ volunteer Dramaturg, Ricki researches each play, gathers information that she thinks audience members would like to know, and writes the content found in the program’s centerfold.

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“This allows me the opportunity to research, explore, and play—then share my experience with others. There’s nothing like it.” Ricki’s community involvement doesn’t end with The Naples Players. She was recently elected the board chair of Naples Art (located south of The Naples Players at Cambier Park) and is known for her original abstract artwork designed to evoke or interpret live theatre— primarily Broadway musicals. To learn more about Ricki Baker, please visit www.rickibakerart.com.

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January 24th & 25th The Wang Opera Center

DON GIOVANNI April 29th & 30th Artis-Naples Hayes Hall

OPERA STARS CONCERTS: JENNIFER ROWLEY, Soprano November 15th

ISSACHAH SAVAGE, Tenor February 4th

Ramรณn Tebar, Piano Wang Opera Center

For tickets or more information, please call 239-963-9050 or visit operanaples.org


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So please join us in supporting the 2019-2020 Naples Players as it works toward a more prosperous future for all of us.


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The Friends of the Library Presents

SUSAN QUINN LECTURE

Thursday, April 2, 2020 2:00 PM Friends Members: $45 Non-Members: $60

The Naples Players Sugden Community Theatre 701 5th Avenue South Naples, Florida 34102 For more information, please call Marlene Kern or Cynde Decker at the Friends Office 239-262-8135 or buy your tickets using our secure online site at www.collier-friends.org This performance is an independent production and not produced or sponsored by The Naples Players or The Sugden Community Theatre


On the Stage Dinner Series A DELICIOUS NEW WAY TO SUPPORT TNP

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he expression “dinner and a show” will take on new meaning this season at The Naples Players. While patrons have long enjoyed many dinner options in downtown Naples, none have included dinner on the stage of The Naples Players—until now.

Event Dates

The On-The-Stage Dinner Series provides patrons the opportunity to enjoy world class dining on the Blackburn or Tobye stages immediately following a matinee performance. The Naples Players have partnered with Chefs Samir Canaan (Truluck’s), Vladimir Trivunovic (Ocean Prime), and Johnny Maher (Delicious by Design) to create unique culinary experiences at the theater throughout the season.

Sun., April 26th after Becky’s New Car

Each exclusive dinner is limited to just 16 patrons. Season ticket holders may exchange in their existing subscription tickets to attend the matinee performance. Cost of attendance is $150.00 per person ($55.00 of which is tax-deductible).

Chef Vladimir Trivunovic OCEAN PRIME

Chef Johnny Maher DELICIOUS BY DESIGN

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Sun., March 29th SOLD OUT!

Sun., May 17th after Calendar Girls

RSVP NOW!

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2019 TNP STAFF PHOTO

2019-2020 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Denny Glass President Alyssa Haney Executive Vice President

Steve Purcell Treasurer

Robin Bache Gray

David McElrath Secretary

Terry Libby

Peggy Monson Facilities

Tom Ray Immediate Past President

John Paul Prebish

Pat Pollok Development

Kelley Geraghty Price, Esq., Ex-Officio

Eric Olson Susan Suarez Heather Tice Bob Uek

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Get to Know Us

TNP LEADERSHIP & STAFF LISTING

ADMINISTRATION Bryce Alexander Executive Artistic Director

Bradley Van Houten Sound Designer/Master Electrician

Dot Auchmoody Resident Costume Designer

Craig Walck Production Manager/Lighting Designer

Cole Butcher Production Stage Manager/ Internship Director Pamela Larkin Caruso Director of Volunteers

Jessica Walck Associate Artistic Director

FRONT OF HOUSE

INTERNS

Pam Hanson Bookkeeper/HR Administrator

Scott Boisvert House Manager

Destiny Harris Costume Intern

Joann Johnson Assistant Bookkeeper

Pamela Abbott Assistant House Manager

Sapphira Koerner Scenic Intern

Hester Kamin Director of Education

Rebecca Borchardt Assistant House Manager

Kenneth May Sound Intern

Kenzie Currie Education Stage Manager

Chase Lilienthal Assistant Technical Director Mollie LaTorre Costume Shop Supervisor Mary Anne McKerrow KidzAct Costume Designer Derek Perry Director of Development Craig Price Director of Community Education & Wellness Mike Santos Technical Director/Shop Supervisor

Molly McCarville Stage Management Intern

BOX OFFICE

Davis Vande Steeg Lighting Intern

James Duggan Box Office Manager Zachary Pachol Assistant Box Office Manager Scott Boisvert David Cecere Merja McKenna April Polomsky

REACH OUT All emails are first initial, last name at naplesplayers.org (i.e.- jsmith@naplesplayers.org) ADMINISTRATION OFFICES

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