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5 ........................ The Company 16 ............................... Our Story

17 .................... Director’s Letter

18 .......................... Dramaturgy

21 .......................... Core Values

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October 11-22, 2017 3

Preston Lane Founding Artistic Director

Richard Whittington Founding Managing Director

VF Corporation presents

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s

SOUTH PACIFIC Music by Richard Rodgers Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Tales of the South Pacific” by James A. Michener

Directed by Preston Lane Music Director Justin P. Cowan

Scenic Design by Robin Vest

Costume Design by Bill Brewer

Lighting Design by Cecilia Durbin

Sound Design by Janie Bullard

Projection Design by Nicholas Hussong

Choreographer Sara Ruth Tourek

Movement Coach Denise Gabriel

Vocal Coach Christine Morris

Fight Choreographer Jim Wren

Dramaturg Kamilah Bush

Casting by Cindi Rush Casting

Production Stage Manager Whitney M. Keeter*

Assistant Stage Manager Alex Boyt*

A Triad Stage/UNCG Partnership Production SOUTH PACIFIC is presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals: 4


(in alphabetical order) Henry......................................................................................Jeff Aguiar* Ngana.......................................................................... Georgia Anderson Jerome..............................................................................Nigel Anderson Sgt. Kenneth Johnson............................................................. Noah Auten Lt. Joseph Cable..................................................................Will Branner* Emile De Becque................................................................Dan Callaway* Radio Operator Bob McCaffrey......................................Anthony Cataldo Ensign Dinah Murphey/Dance Captain................................Toni DePaoli Bloody Mary’s Assistant Marcel.......................................... Ben Fernando Ensign Janet MacGregor................................................ Deanna Gowland Commander William Harbison................................ Taylor Murphy Hale* Luther Billis....................................................... Brian Michael Hoffman* Lt. Buzz Adams...................................................................Daniel Jenkins Lt. J.G. Bessie May Sue Ellie Yaeger................................Bailey Gray Keith Liat................................................................................... Hannah Kevitt Stewpot/Dance Captain.................................................... James LaRosa* Ensign Cora MacRae............................................................. Ayden Lowe Staff Sgt. Thomas Hassinger.................................................... Jacob Luck Seabee Richard West......................................................Bradley McBride Seaman Tom O’Brien........................................................... Calvin Noble Seabee Hamilton Steeves....................................................... Drew Norris Seabee Morton Wise..............................................................Jack Pearson Bloody Mary..........................................................................Lulu Picart* Yeoman Herbert Quale.............................................................Nick Relos Ensign Bessie Noonan............................................. Stephanie Schroeder Seaman James Hayes....................................................William Stapleton Professor..................................................................... Adrian Thornburg Captain George Brackett................................................. Michael Tourek* Lt. Genevieve Marshall.................................................Anna Weatherwax Ensign Nellie Forbush...........................................Kristin Wetherington* Pilots will be played by members of the ensemble.


The action takes place on two islands in the South Pacific during World War II.


MUSICIANS Conductor/Piano Justin P. Cowan◊ Keyboard 2 Blake Moran◊ Violin Leonardo Ottoni do Rosario◊ Andy Licht* Cello Dr. Meaghan Skogen◊

Reed 1 Ronnal Ford◊ Brian Blauch◊* Matthew Libera◊* Reed 2 Elliott Thomas◊ Trumpet Dr. Christian McIvor◊ Jonathan Wiseman◊*

Trombone Justin Gerringer◊ Dr. David Vance◊* Percussion Chris Eaton◊ Erik Schmidt◊* Faculty member, student or alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro * Playing at select performances ◊


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Jeff Aguiar*◊ (Henry) Triad Stage: A Christmas Carol (2016). Other credits include Into the Woods (NC Theatre); The Soloist (Touring Theatre of North Carolina); Nunsense A-men! and Red, White, and Tuna (Open Space Cafe Theatre); Enron, The Man of La Mancha, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, David Edgar’s Iron Curtain Trilogy (Burning Coal Theatre Company; Artistic Company Member); Much Ado About Nothing (bare theatre); and Eurydice (The ArtsCenter). Twitter: @dawgdztrix Georgia Anderson (Ngana) is an 11-year old artist currently enrolled at Hanes Middle School. Her favorite pastime is drawing comics and sketches. Her art was selected for the Dixie Classic Fair to represent her school. She also plays the violin and sings in the Winston-Salem Youth Chorus. She is Nigel Anderson’s sister. Nigel Anderson (Jerome) is a third grader. He has participated in Acting Out!, a workshop for young actors at UNCSA for two years. He enjoys riding bicycles, and has given many performances on the classical guitar. He is Georgia Anderson’s brother. Noah Auten◊ (Sgt. Kenneth Johnson) Triad Stage debut. Local: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Into the Woods in Concert, RENT, Tarzan, Spamalot (New Bern Civic Theatre). Educational: Waiting for Lefty, Father Comes Home From the Wars Pt. 2, Into the Woods in Concert, Pippi Longstocking (UNCG). Education: BA Drama, UNCG. @noahauten Will Branner* (Lt. Joseph Cable) is thrilled to be joining the team at Triad Stage! Recent credits include October Sky (The Old Globe), Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat (Adirondack Theatre Festival), Jesus Christ Superstar (Music Theatre Wichita), and Mamma Mia (PCLO). Along with acting Will is an aspiring director. Theatre and film directing credits include Broadway at the W, John Barrett Salon, Gruesome Playground Injuries (University of Michigan), and Rock of Ages (Pioneer Theatre Guild). Education: BFA, University of Michigan. www.willbranner. com @lordbranner Dan Callaway*◊ (Emile de Becque) Credits include Phantom of the Opera (Broadway National Tour); Where’s Charley (NY City Center Encores!); Pirates of Penzance (Guthrie Theater); Sunday in the Park with George in Concert (North Carolina Summer Rep); Carousel, Light in the Piazza, Lombardi (Theatre Raleigh); Pippin (Deaf West/Mark Taper Forum); My Fair Lady (Sacramento Music Circus); Putting it Together (South Coast Rep); Oklahoma!, 1776 (Cabrillo Musical Theatre); Sweeney Todd, Spamalot (Musical Theatre West); The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Hangar); All’s Well that Ends Well (Theatre 1010, NYC); and several productions as a member of Los Angeles’ Musical Theatre Guild. He is on the music theatre faculty at his alma mater, Elon University, recently completed a Masters in Vocal Pedagogy at UNCG, and lives in Greensboro with superstar wife, Melissa. Anthony Cataldo◊ (Radio Operator Bob McCaffrey) Regional: “Louis” in Sunday in the Park with George in Concert, “Ensemble” in Sweeney Todd in Concert (North Carolina Summer Rep); “Gordon” in Memphis, “Pablo” in Sister Act (City Stage). Educational: “Wolf/Cinderella’s Prince” in Into the Woods; “Frank” in Melancholy Play; “Corny Collins” in Hairspray; “Stuart Gellman” in Caroline, or Change; “Victor” in Cabaret; “Sam/Homer” in Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play (UNCG). 7

Toni DePaoli◊ (Ensign Dinah Murphey/Dance Captain) Triad Stage debut. Local: “Rizzo” in Grease (The Community Theatre of Greensboro). Education: BA Drama/BA Dance with Musical Theatre Minor, UNCG. @tpdepaoli Ben Fernando (Bloody Mary’s Assistant Marcel) is an adventurous 13-yearold living in High Point, NC. He is a 7th grade theatre major at Penn Griffin School of the Arts where he appeared in his first play last year. Starring as “Bharat” in Penn Griffin’s production of Keeper of the Tales cemented Ben’s passion for the arts. Outside of theatre, Ben has been a competitive swimmer for the last four years, swimming with Star Aquatics, Swim Fanatics Swim Club and Cedarwood Swim and Tennis. He loves spending time with his two dogs, Ike and Loki, and mentoring young swimmers. Deanna Gowland◊ (Ensign Janet MacGregor) Triad Stage debut. Regional: The Time of Your Life (American Century Theatre). Educational: Hairspray; Pinkie and Blue; Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play; Go, Dog. Go! (UNCG). Film/ TV: State of Play (film), Jr. Cuisine Cooking Show (PBS Chicago). Education: Junior in BFA Acting program, UNCG. @deanna_gowland Taylor Murphy Hale*◊ (Commander William Harbison) New York: Prince of Egypt (Reading). Triad Stage: Common Enemy, A Christmas Carol (2014). Regional: A Bright New Boise (Paper Lantern Theatre Company); Sunday in the Park with George in Concert, Sweeney Todd in Concert, (North Carolina Summer Rep); [title-of-show], Black Tie, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (Florida Repertory Theatre); Into the Woods (Herb Strauss Theatre); Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Burt and Me (Prather Entertainment Group); Becky’s New Car, The Liar (Theatre Conspiracy). Education: MFA Acting, UNCG; BA, Ashland University in Ohio. @tmurphyhale Brian Michael Hoffman* (Luther Billis) Favorite roles: “Horton” in Seussical Off-Broadway Revival & Cast Recording, “Seymour” in Little Shop of Horrors, “Patsy” in Spamalot, “Sancho” in Man of La Mancha, “Jiggs” in Duncan Sheik’s Because of Winn-Dixie, “Barfee” in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, “Uncle Fester” in The Addams Family, “Cowardly Lion” in The Wizard of Oz, and “Czolgosz” in Assassins at theaters including NYC’s 54 Below, Sacramento Music Circus, The MUNY, Maine State, Pittsburgh CLO, Syracuse Stage, Alabama Shakespeare, and NCT. 3-year leader of Tokyo Disney Sea’s barbershop quartet and 1,900+ performances of Annie. Broadway: Legally Blonde, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, The Royal Family, Bullets Over Broadway. For Private First Class/WAC Alice Hoffman and Staff Sergeant Sidney Hoffman. Daniel Jenkins◊ (Lt. Buzz Adams) Triad Stage: Arms and the Man. Educational: She Kills Monsters; Almost, Maine; Twelfth Night (UNCG). Education: BFA in Acting, UNCG. Bailey Gray Keith◊ (Lt. J.G. Bessie May Sue Ellie Yaeger) Triad Stage debut. Local: Company Member of Peppercorn Theatre, Summer 2016. Educational: “Frances” in The Melancholy Play, A Chamber Musical; ”Grandma Gellman” in Caroline, or Change; “Little Red” in Into the Woods in Concert; “Pippi” in Pippi Longstocking; “Rootie” in Asleep on the Wind (UNCG). Education: Current senior BFA Acting student, UNCG. 8


Hannah Kevitt (Liat) is delighted to be making her debut at Triad Stage! A few of her favorite credits include: Miss Saigon at Serenbe Playhouse, Grease directed by Carol Culver, dance captain for Smokey Joe’s Café, and “Baker’s Wife” in Into the Woods. Hannah also has two original cast workshops and a JCPenney commercial to her credit. This show is near and dear to Hannah’s heart, and she is so psyched to be doing it with such an incredible cast! James LaRosa* (Stewpot/Dance Captain) most recently appeared in Broadway Under the Stars with Transcendence Theatre. Select theatre credits: “Past James” in Benjamin Button (York Theatre); ”Gus” in Saturday Night Fever (North Shore); “Mark Cohen” in RENT (Bristol Riverside Theatre); “Malone” in Mr. Confidential (Signature Theatre); “Henry” in Next to Normal (Florida Studio Theatre); “Anthony” in My Big Gay Italian Wedding (St. Luke’s Theatre); HMS Pinafore (NY City Center); and his award winning portrayal of “Abraham” in Altar Boyz. TV: ABC’s What Would You Do?, Fugitive Chronicles, Deadly Sins. Voiceover: Rockstar Games, MTV, Nickelodeon, and Theatrical Rights Worldwide. Education: BFA, NYU Tisch/Cap21. Ayden Lowe◊ (Ensign Cora MacRae) Triad Stage debut. Educational: Hairspray, She Kills Monsters, Pinkie and Blue, Winter Briefs (UNCG). Education: Current BA Drama with Musical Theatre minor student, UNCG. Ayden is a native of Wilmington, North Carolina and has danced and trained under Stacey Bell. Jacob Luck◊ (Staff Sgt. Thomas Hassinger) Triad Stage debut. Local: “Barfee” in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Open Space Café Theatre); “George Gibbs” in Our Town (High Point Community Theatre); “Old Fezziwig” in A Christmas Carol (Twin City Stage); “Shrek” in Shrek: the Musical; “Smee” in Peter Pan (Lexington Youth Theatre); “Edna” in Hairspray; “Norman” in The Boys Next Door (Ledford High School). Educational: Antigone, Hello Out There! (UNCG); “Chris” in Hands on a Hardbody (GTCC). Film/TV: “Ain’t No Man” music video. Education: Current BA Drama with a Minor in Musical Theatre student, UNCG. @Jaycharlesluck Bradley McBride (Seabee Richard West) Triad Stage debut. Regional: Ring of Fire, Footloose, The Addams Family, Hatfields and McCoys (Theatre West Virginia). Educational: “Bert” in Mary Poppins, “Tommy Ross” in Carrie: The Musical, “Elwood P. Dowd” in Harvey, “Peter” in The Zoo Story, “Shaker” in the world premiere of Tonin’, “Goat” in The Robber Bridegroom (Greensboro College). Training: BA in Musical Theatre from Greensboro College. Follow your arrow. @thebradleyjohn Calvin Noble◊ (Seaman Tom O’Brien) Triad Stage debut. Regional: “The Fallen Sentinel” in the 80th Anniversary Season of The Lost Colony (The Waterside Theatre); “Frank Andrews” in The Wolf Man (Ensemble Stage). Local: “Ensemble/Tribe” in HAIR (Theatre in the Park); “Lazar” in Runaways, “Perchik” in Fiddler on the Roof, “Ben” in The Velveteen Rabbit (Raleigh Little Theatre); “Aumerle/Carlisle” in Richard II (In/V). Educational: “Jax” in Winter Briefs (UNCG); “Hovstad” in An Enemy of the People (Appalachian State Universtiy). Education: Current BFA Acting student, UNCG. @Calvin_M_Noble 9

Drew Norris◊ (Seabee Hamilton Steeves) is a senior at UNCG, pursuing his BA in Drama. Other credits include: “Ensemble” in Sweeny Todd in Concert (North Carolina Summer Rep); “Sebastian” in Illyria (Literacy Theatre); “Wagner” in The Trees. Educational: “Joe” in Waiting For Lefty; “Grandpa Gellman” in Caroline, or Change; “Klang” in Pippi Longstocking (UNCG). Jack Pearson◊ (Seabee Morton Wise) Triad Stage debut. Tours: Bright Star Touring Theatre (Numerous roles). Educational: Pippi Longstocking; Helena and the Journey of the Hello; Pinkie and Blue; Go, Dog. Go! (UNCG). Education: Current BA Drama student, UNCG. Lulu Picart* (Bloody Mary) Triad Stage: A Christmas Carol (2016). Tours: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (First National, Charlotte); Listen To My Heart with David Friedman. Off-Broadway: Disenchanted! (Lortel nominee). Regional: 1776 (Edward Rutledge); Mame (Tampa Bay Theatre Award); Man of La Mancha (Aldonza); Rent, Hair, Wit, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (with the Orlando Philharmonic); Finding Nemo: the Musical. Film: Going in Style, Frozen (Blu-Ray). Coach at @lulupicart & @fylcoaching Nick Relos◊ (Yeoman Herbert Quale) is in his fourth year at UNCG where he is getting his BFA in Acting. Recent UNCG credits: Cowboy Mouth; From Up Here; Almost, Maine; and Cabaret. Other recent credits: Sweeny Todd in Concert (North Carolina Summer Rep), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Open Space Theatre), and Beautiful Star (2016, Triad Stage). Stephanie Schroeder◊ (Ensign Bessie Noonan) Triad Stage debut. Regional: “Ensemble” in Sweeney Todd in Concert (North Carolina Summer Rep). Local: “Heather Stovall” in Hands on a Hardbody (GTCC); “Evelyn Nesbit” in Ragtime (Burlington Gallery Players). Stephanie is a senior working towards her BA in Drama and Minors in Music and Musical Theatre at UNCG. In her spare time she enjoys backpacking and playing soccer. William Stapleton◊ (Seaman James Hayes) is a junior at UNCG pursuing a BFA in Theatre Education. Previous acting work includes UNCG/NCTYP’s Pippi Longstocking, Literacy Theatre’s Illyria and The Trees, and North Carolina Summer Rep’s Sweeney Todd in Concert. He was also on the direction team for Greensboro Children Theatre’s 2016-2017 Short Tales. In his free time he enjoys hiking, reading, and browsing the internet for pictures of happy dogs. Adrian Thornburg◊ (Professor) Triad Stage: Beautiful Star (2015). Regional: Dollywood Little Engine Playhouse; Sweeney Todd in Concert at North Carolina Summer Rep. Educational: Hairspray, Hello Out There!, Dani Girl, Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play (UNCG). Education: BFA in Acting and Minor in Musical Theatre from UNCG. @AC_Thornburg


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Michael Tourek*◊ (Captain George Brackett) Triad Stage: Common Enemy, Beautiful Star (2006-2009), A Christmas Carol (2010-2012), Around the World in 80 Days, Brother Wolf (2006), The Mystery of Irma Vep (2011). Regional: God of Carnage (Theatre Raleigh); Fiddler on the Roof (Arts Center of Costal Carolina). Film: Office Christmas Party, Logan Lucky, The Producers, Citizen Ruth. TV: “Ash” in Ozark (Netflix), Resurrection, Banshee, Outsiders, Under the Dome, John Adams. Education: MFA Acting, UNCG. Anna Weatherwax◊ (Lt. Genevieve Marshall) Triad Stage debut. Regional: “Nurse/Mrs./Harriet Pawling” in Sunday in the Park with George (NC Summer Rep). Educational: “Susan” in In the Garden of the Selfish Giant, “Can-Can Dancer” in Pinkie & Blue, “Centipede” in James & the Giant Peach, “Female Authority Figure” in Hairspray (UNCG). Education: Current BFA Acting student, UNCG. Kristin Wetherington* (Ensign Nellie Forbush) is so grateful to return to her home state! Credits: Off-Broadway: Louisiana Purchase, The Light Princess. Tour: Aida. Regional: “Lucille” in Parade, Merry Go Round; “Norma” in Victor/ Victoria, “Louise” in Gypsy, “Kate Keller” in The Miracle Worker (Ocean State Theatre Company); “Vivienne” in Legally Blonde (Gateway Playhouse); “Lilly” in Annie (Tuachan). Training: BFA from East Carolina University and MFA in Acting A.R.T. Institute at Harvard

THE DIRECTOR Preston Lane◊∞ (Director & Triad Stage Founding Artistic Director) Preston grew up in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina with Appalachian ancestry stretching all the way back to Tidence Lane, the first Baptist preacher in what would become Tennessee. His childhood dream was to live in a NC Piedmont city where he could hear trains and interact daily with such big city trappings as revolving doors and escalators. He frequently checked out recorded plays on albums from the old Watauga County Public Library and spent many afternoons listening to Marat/Sade, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf, and A Streetcar Named Desire. His central conflict as a child was that on Saturday evenings his parents wanted to watch The Lawrence Welk Show and he wanted to watch Hee Haw. This conflict still dominates much of his work. Besides a brief fascination with being a dump truck driver, Preston never considered any other career than as a theater maker. He became aware of himself as an artist at UNCSA, developed a passion for visual storytelling at Yale School of Drama, and is deeply indebted to a long line of collaborative partners. He is also thankful for amazing teachers from Miriam Darnell, Sandra Daye, John Foster West, Yury Belov, Earle Gister, Barney Hammond, Lesley Hunt, Ming Cho Lee, Nick Martin and many many others. Preston is honored to pass on the tradition they entrusted to him to the next generation. Gerald Freedman took him under his wing and Richard Hamburger gave him his first real job and mentored him. He founded Triad Stage with Rich Whittington to explore how theater can engage with a community. He’s directed nearly 100 shows, written almost a dozen, and is an honorary citizen of Hawboro, NC. He believes that theater can make our community stronger by exploring stories that unite and challenge us. Preston is grateful to be a theater maker in North Carolina.


THE WRITERS Richard Rodgers (Composer) Rodgers wrote his first shows with Lorenz Hart when both were students attending Columbia University. They collaborated on 15 musicals before Hart’s death in 1943. The Rodgers & Hammerstein partnership began with Oklahoma! (1943), followed by such hits as Carousel, Allegro, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music. After Hammerstein’s death in 1960 Rodgers continued to write for the stage. His fortieth, and final, Broadway musical, I Remember Mama, opened on Broadway less than eight months before his death in 1979. Oscar Hammerstein II (Lyricist/Playwright) was born on July 12, 1895 in New York City. His father was a theatre manager, his uncle was a successful Broadway producer and his grandfather a famous opera impresario. He started writing lyrics for the Columbia University Varsity shows while studying law. Collectively, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musicals have garnered dozens of awards including: Pulitzer Prizes; Tonys, Oscars, Emmys, and Grammys; and Drama Desk, Drama Critics’ Circle, Outer Critics’ Circle, Laurence Olivier, and Evening Standard Awards. He was also a member of the board of directors of Dramatists Guild and the Screen Writers’ Guild. Joshua Logan (Playwright) was born in Texarkana, Texas and was one of the foremost men of stage and screen - a director, writer, and producer whose list of hits is awe-inspiring. His stage directorial credits included On Borrowed Time, I Married An Angel, and Annie Get Your Gun. In 1949 he collaborated as director, producer and co-author with the team of Rodgers & Hammerstein on the musical South Pacific. His film directorial credits include Picnic, Bus Stop, South Pacific, Sayonara, Tall Story and Fanny.

THE CREATIVE TEAM Justin P. Cowan◊ (Music Director/Conductor) Triad Stage: A Christmas Carol (2013-2017), Dirty Blonde, Pump Boys and Dinettes. NY Regional: West Side Story, The Producers, Hairspray, Cabaret, Annie Get Your Gun. Other Regional: Legally Blonde, Guys and Dolls, Gypsy, Avenue Q, Damn Yankees, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Theatre By The Sea/Ocean State Theatre); [Title of Show], The Fantasticks (Florida Repertory Theatre); Little Shop Of Horrors, Something’s Afoot, A Grand Night For Singing (The Schoolhouse Theatre); Caroline, or Change; Into the Woods in Concert; Hairspray; Melancholy Play; Monty Python’s Spamalot; A Year With Frog And Toad; Cabaret, Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play, Dani Girl (UNCG College of Visual and Performing Arts); Church Basement Ladies, Winter Wonderettes (Prather Entertainment Group); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Das Barbecü, Songs For A New World, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (BIG ARTS Herb Strauss Theatre); Sweeney Todd in Concert, Sunday in the Park with George in Concert (NC Summer Rep). MM Conducting, DMA Conducting (May, 2018) - UNCG. Robin Vest§ (Scenic Designer) Triad Stage: The Mystery of Irma Vep; Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity (2015-2016); Abundance; Crimes of the Heart; All’s Well that Ends Well; Mirandolina; The Rainmaker; Dracula; The Diary of Anne Frank; Brother Wolf (2006); The Little Foxes; Bell, Book and Candle; Black Pearl Sings. NYC: MTC, MCC, Playwright’s Horizons, Lincoln Center LCT3, Second Stage Uptown, Juilliard’s Drama Division, Barnard, TACT, Clubbed Thumb, 13p, and WET. Regional: Yentl (Cleveland Playhouse); Animal Crackers (The Goodman); The Mystery of Irma Vep (The Old Globe); Animal Crackers, One Slight Hitch, The Bluebird, A Servant to Two Masters (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Hansel and Gretel 12

(Washington National Opera); Ariadne Auf Naxos (Utah Opera, Vancouver Opera); It Pays to Advertise (Yale Rep). Education: Yale School of Drama. Other: Faculty for Guilford College’s Theatre Studies program. Bill Brewer§ (Costume Designer) Bill designs for theatre, ballet, opera, film and television across the country and abroad. Recently at Triad Stage: Arms and the Man, Radiunt Abundunt, Snow Queen, Wait Until Dark, Kingdom of Earth, Trouble in Mind, The Illusion, Ain’t Misbehavin’: The “Fats” Waller Musical Show, and New Music Trilogy. United States: Berkeley Rep; Minnesota Rep; Pioneer Theatre Company; Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre; American Stage; Lucas Film; Sweeney Todd starring Jean Stapleton; Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby. Abroad: ballet, contemporary dance and film in Paris; ballet in Milan; designs featured in World Stage Design and Prague Quadrennial exhibits. As a director and producer, Bill’s award-winning production of Side by Side by Sondheim ran in San Francisco for two years. Bill teaches costume design at UNCSA and is a member of United Scenic Artists 829. Cecilia Durbin§ (Lighting Designer) Designs Include: Love Alone (Playmakers Rep); Disgraced (Portland Stage Co & Hangar Theatre); The Taming of the Shrew (Chautauqua Theatre); Murder Ballad, Sex with Strangers (Detroit Public Theatre); All Shook Up, On Golden Pond (NewLondon Barn Playhouse); Hyena (La MaMa, Edinburgh Fringe, United Solo [Best Lighting]); In the Blood (Theatre Horizon [Barrymore nomination]); The Life Model (On the Boards); Measure for Measure (Epic Theatre Ensemble); We Are Proud to Present…(InterAct Theatre). MFA from NYU; member USA 829. Janie Bullard§ (Sound Designer) Upcoming: Cagney at El Portal Theatre in Los Angeles. Recent: Hands on a Hardbody with Arizona Broadway Theatre, Mamma Mia at Capitol Repertory Theatre, What I Did Last Summer with The Signature Theatre Company and Assistant Sound Design for Hand to God on Broadway. Off-Broadway: Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Cherry Lane Theatre, Prospect Theatre Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The York Theatre Company, Regional: The Goodman, Berkeley Rep, Seattle Rep, Center Theatre Group. Member USA 829. Nicholas Hussong§ (Projections Designer) Nicholas previously served as Artistic Associate of Design at Triad Stage, where some design credits include Actions and Objectives, Radiunt Abundunt, Common Enemy, Underneath the Lintel, A Christmas Carol (2010-2016), The Mountaintop, The Sunset Limited, The Glass Menagerie, Providence Gap and The America Play. Off-Broadway credits include: White Guy on the Bus (59E59); Skeleton Crew (Atlantic Theater Company); These Paper Bullets! Drama Desk Nomination (Atlantic Theater Company, Geffen Playhouse, Yale Rep). Other Regional credits include: Grounded (Alley Theatre), Two Trains Running (Arden Theater), The Mountaintop (Playmakers Rep), I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I Didn’t Even Smile, Million Dollar Quartet (Berkshires Theatre Group) as well as productions with Esperanza Spaulding, Urban Bush Women, Enchantment Theatre Company, Delaware Theatre Company, Lantern Theatre Company, Abrons Art Center, Premieres NYC, Ars Nova, Heartbeat Opera, Cantata Profana, Nashville Symphony, Hartford Symphony, I am a Boys Choir, Summerworks Toronto, LaMaMa, Summer Shorts, and the 2016 and 2017 Tony Awards. Member of New Neighborhood., Sara Ruth Tourek (Choreographer) has worked as a professional dancer, choreographer, and educator throughout the United States. She currently works as an Assistant Professor of Dance at Elon University, where for the past seven years she has choreographed numerous works for the dance department. Sara has also choreographed several shows at Greensboro’s Triad Stage and 13

has been invited to present work as the featured local artist on the North Carolina Dance Festival Tour as well as the Greensboro Fringe Festival. She was the featured guest choreographer and teacher at Texas Tech and Northwest Florida State. Sara holds a Master of Fine Arts in Dance/ Choreography from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Technique from Ohio University. Sara has also served as the Lead Dance Instructor at Governor’s School West for the last seven years. Denise Gabriel◊ (Resident Movement Coach) At Triad Stage since 2009 where she has been movement coach on numerous productions including Actions and Objectives, Don Juan, Radiunt Abundunt, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Snow Queen, and The Glass Menagerie. In 2015 she joined Living Pictures, UK as an Artistic Associate. Co-producing credits in Triad’s Upstage Cabaret include: Diary of a Madman (Robert Bowman, Living Pictures UK) and Desire Under the Elms (Abrahamse-Meyer Theatre Company and Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival) Other credits include: Resident Movement Director at Alabama Shakespeare Festival (over 30 productions); A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Comedy of Errors (Old Globe Theatre); Alchemy of Desire/Deadman’s Blues and King Lear (Cincinnati Playhouse); Romeo and Juliet, The Three Sisters and Nora (Clarence Brown Theatre); Ascension Day (Working Theatre NY). International: Shanghai Theatre, Schloss Leopoldskron Salzburg Austria, and Artscape Theatre Center and Dance for All (Cape Town South Africa). Denise is an Associate Professor at UNCG, a founding board member of American Theatre for Movement Educators, and Associate Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Christine Morris◊ (Resident Vocal Coach) At Triad Stage since 2006, where coaching has included dialects for The Glass Menagerie, Shipwrecked, Snow Queen, Dirty Blonde, Abundance and many others, and voice/text for All’s Well That Ends Well. Other coaching: A Thousand Clowns (starring Tom Selleck); Kudzu (with The Red Clay Ramblers); and Sheridan’s The Critic at American Players Theatre in Wisconsin. Also an actor, she was most recently seen at Triad Stage as “Dr. Mildred Grant” in Actions and Objectives. Other roles at Triad Stage include “Silda Grauman” in Other Desert Cities, “Taw Avery” in New Music: Better Days, “Cordie Grindstaff ” in Providence Gap; “Marthy Owen” in Anna Christie and “Mme. Pernelle” in Tartuffe. This past summer she performed in the inaugural season of North Carolina Summer Rep, doubling as “Old Lady/Blair Daniels” in Sunday in the Park with George in Concert. Christine is an Associate Professor of Theatre at UNCG and holds memberships in the Actors’ Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, and Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA). Jim Wren◊ (Resident Fight Choreographer) has staged the violence for over 30 Triad Stage productions, including the battles in Bloody Blackbeard, the fantastical fights in Brother Wolf (2006 and 2014), and the general behavior of the Lesters in Tobacco Road. Education: MFA, University of Florida. Jim is Performance Program Coordinator for the UNCG Department of Theatre, and is a two-time recipient of the Kennedy Center Gold Medallion for Excellence. Kamilah Bush◊ (Dramaturg) is a graduate of The University of North Carolina where she earned a BFA in Theatre Education. This is her second season with Triad Stage. She is also the new co-artistic director of Paper Lantern Theatre for Our Tomorrow. She grew up in Gastonia, NC and there she fostered her love for theatre. A Kennedy Center College Theatre Festival awardwinning playwright, her play What. was produced by the Bennett Players at Bennett College and she was a finalist in the Quicksilver Playwrights of Color Summit 2017.


Cindi Rush (Casting Director) New York: Silence! The Musical, My Mother’s Jewish Lesbian Wiccan Wedding (NYMF Winner 2010), Jay Alan Zimmerman’s Incredibly Deaf Musical, Bonnie and Clyde, Rooms, Jacques Brel, Six Dance Lessons, The Thing About Men, Urinetown, The Hurricane Katrina Comedy Festival. Regional: Penguin Rep, Triad Stage, Act II Playhouse, Arena Stage, Goodman, Humanafest. Film: Ghoul, The Woman (Top 9 Sundance 2011), In the Family, Offspring, Jack Ketchum’s The Girl Next Door, Headspace. Tours: “Barney”, “Curious George”, “Kidz Bop.” Whitney M. Keeter* (Production Stage Manager) New York: Something Rotten First National Tour, Brits Off-Broadway, Orwell in America, Pygmalion, Measure for Measure. Other credits: Into the Woods, A Christmas Carol, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Trick or Treat (Northern Stage); Shrek the Musical, Don’t Dress for Dinner, Brigadoon, Gypsy, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Forever Plaid, Spamalot, A Little Night Music, Singing in the Rain, Les Miserables, HAIR, Oklahoma! (New London Barn Playhouse); Macbeth, God of Carnage, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Alabama Shakespeare Festival); Cinderella (Birmingham Children’s Theater); Pump Boys and Dinettes; Red, White, and Tuna (Heritage Theater Festival). Alex Boyt* (Assistant Stage Manager) is originally from Columbia, Missouri where he worked as a teaching artist for TRYPS Institute at Stephen’s College. Alex is a graduate of Truman State University where he studied music and theatre with an emphasis in stage management. Richard Whittington ◊ (Triad Stage Founding Managing Director) has served as Managing Director of Triad Stage since its inception. Rich earned an MFA in Theatre Management from the Yale School of Drama and has a BFA in Acting and Directing from Marymount Manhattan College. Rich served for nine years on the board of the NC Arts Council, where he participated as a member of the Executive Committee. He has previously served on the boards of ArtsNC and Downtown Greensboro, Inc. and has served on numerous grant panels. Rich has taught Theatre Management at Greensboro College and NC A&T University and has guest lectured at UNC Chapel Hill, UNC School of the Arts, Wake Forest University and UNCG. A native of Dallas, Texas, Rich served as Artistic Administrator for the Dallas Theater Center and Associate Producer of Dallas’ The Big D Festival of the Unexpected. His experience also includes work at the Roundabout Theatre in New York and StageWest in Springfield, Massachusetts. In 2010, Preston and Rich were honored with Downtown Greensboro, Inc.’s J. Edward Kitchen Leadership Award. In 2013, they received the Adelaide F. Holderness/H. Michael Weaver Award from UNCG for distinguished public service. Rich was a 2016 Artist in Residence at UNCG. * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States ◊ Faculty member, student or alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro §Member of USA (United Scenic Artists) ∞Member of SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers)

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Triad Stage began as a dream... Co-founders Preston Lane and Richard Whittington forged their artistic partnership as graduate students at the Yale School of Drama. After managing a theater in Connecticut for two years, they undertook the three-year task of opening their own theater in the heart of historic Greensboro. In September 1999, Triad Stage purchased the former Montgomery Ward building, which had been built in 1936 and sat vacant for almost 40 years. Renovations transformed the five-story building into a world-class theater center now called The Pyrle Theater, complete with a 300-seat theater and thrust stage, rehearsal hall, offices, two spacious lobbies and other audience amenities. Photo courtesy of Greensboro Historical Museum

The Grand Opening took place in January 2002 with Tennessee Williams’ modern classic Suddenly Last Summer.

In 2008, Triad Stage finished a second round of renovations to The Pyrle. A scene shop annex was added in the basement. The top floor underwent major construction to create the 90-seat UpStage Cabaret performance space, the Sloan Rehearsal Hall, and the studio and office facilities of WUNC Public Radio’s new Greensboro Bureau. In 2011, Triad Stage purchased a 30,000 square foot building near the Greensboro Coliseum Complex to serve as the theater’s new production facility, relocating its scene, costume and properties shops as well as its warehouse. In 2013, with significant support from The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, Triad Stage announced a major expansion of programming to be produced at the Hanesbrands Theatre in downtown Winston-Salem.

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Now in its 16th season, Triad Stage has over 3,000 Season Passholders and more than 700 annual donors. The company has received accolades on national, state and local levels, including being named “One of the 10 Most Promising Emerging Theatre Companies” by the American Theatre Wing and “One of the Best Regional Theaters in America” by the Drama League of New York. Triad Stage has been voted the Triad’s “Best Live Theater” by the readers of the News & Record’s GoTriad ten years in a row and named “Professional Theatre of the Year” by the North Carolina Theatre Conference in 2003 and 2011. Its production of Tobacco Road was listed among the “Best of 2007” by The Wall Street Journal, its production of The Glass Menagerie was named “Best North Carolina Production of 2010” by Triangle Arts & Entertainment, and 2012’s production of Reynolds Price’s New Music trilogy was named among the “Best Productions” of the year in Triangle Theatre by Independent Weekly. 16


From the Director Since the founding of Triad Stage, much of our work has been focused on re-exploring the great American plays. And since the beginning there is a play that I have very much wanted to make a part of the re-exploration process. Finances and logistics kept pushing it back, but I am thrilled that you are here today and that you are going to join with all of us to revisit one of the greatest of all American dramas. It is a war play, a love story and a revolutionary masterpiece that could only have been created in the U.S. at the particular time in which it arrived. But it has proven to have life long after 1949 and to speak to audiences around the world. The first time I approached South Pacific, I was skeptical. I’m a great fan of Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Kander and Ebb, but I considered Rodgers and Hammerstein to be old fashioned. Having seen countless productions of Oklahoma!, The King and I, and Sound of Music, I assumed I knew what was in the play I barely remembered from watching a rerun of the movie as a child. I was shocked to discover I was completely wrong. I was dramaturg on this particular production at the Dallas Theater Center in 1999 (and also pigeon trainer—but that’s another story) and as I delved into the history of the war and read Michener’s stories that served as the source material, I realized the powerful anti-racist message that spoke loud and clear in a piece of theater designed for a commercial theater that rarely leads in battling our national ills. I knew I was lucky to be working on an American masterpiece. Soon after this production closed, I travelled to London. On my way back, I shared a row of seats with a couple from Kansas. When I mentioned I had just worked on a production of South Pacific, the husband started to speak about James Michener, Nellie, Cable, Bloody Mary and the island as if he knew them. And he did. He had been stationed with Michener and knew the folks who served as the inspiration for many of these characters. As he spoke, I began to understand that this play I had come to love was so much more. It was a testament to the courage and sacrifice of a generation. At the time, the man on the plane seemed so old to me, but as he spoke, I was overwhelmed with a sense of the young man he must have been—frightened at times, lucky to be alive—but just a young man, like so many, many young men who left the world they knew and travelled half way around the world. I was talking to a survivor, but he told me stories of friends who never came back. As he did, I realized that as the young soldiers and nurses in South Pacific board a ship they are heading to battle, Many of them won’t return. Is it no wonder they exit singing a song about the love and romance they may never know. I think a great American play reveals so much about the time in which it was written, but it must also reveal something about who we are today. As we watch invigorated far right wing forces try to divide us, I hope that South Pacific will remind us that our nation is at our best when we are united and that how we have learned to hate and discriminate can be rejected.


A Whole New World When the lights came up on the stage at the Majestic Theater on April 7, 1949, the world had just undergone one of its greatest cultural and political shifts in history. The conflicts of the Second World War were not distant memories, anecdotes and sensationalized entertainment – they were real, immediate recollections, the effects of which were still being discovered and realized. President Truman was promising the American people a “Fair Deal” and just three days prior to opening night, the NATO treaty had been signed in Washington. Outside the Majestic, the world was establishing a new normal. Inside, a cultural phenomenon was being born. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific was giving an artistic voice to the hopes, fears and memories of those who had survived the War and demanding that the new world being built outside was one of inclusion and freedom.

musical to win it. The original production swept the Tony’s, taking home ten awards, including all four of the musical acting awards – the first and only time this has ever occurred. “I meant every word in that song.” – Oscar Hammerstein II The triumph of this play, however, is not just its popularity and longevity. Despite the fact that the world had just waged a war in which one of the major rallying cries was that all men were created equal, a deep controversy stirred in American audiences. Lt. Cable’s “You’ve Got to be Carefully Taught” charged theatergoers to explore the idea that not only did prejudice exist even in “good” people, but that it was not natural and innate – it was an institutional knowledge that many of them had gained, that many of them were spreading – a systemic educational experience in which they were all participating. After seeing it in preview performances, many of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s friends encouraged them to cut the song, thinking that it would harm their chances for success. Rightly, the pair refused.

South Pacific captivated the culture in a way that musical theater had not done before. Even before opening, critics were calling the play “just about perfect” and “South Terrific”. During previews ticket presales reached $500,000 – the highest of any Broadway show until that time. Rodgers and Hammerstein, who were not fond of celebrating their work, planned an elaborate party for the cast and crew on opening night. Perhaps the greatest indications of the impact of South Pacific, however, was not ticket sales and reviews – it was that people all over America, not just those in NY, were participating in the phenomena. Music from the show played on their radios, record sales reached the #1 spot on the Billboard Top 100 and remained there for 69 weeks. Seeing the show became such a symbol of status that fake ticket stubs were available for purchase. Ladies bought South Pacific lipstick and scarves, little girls played with Nellie dolls, and men sported show inspired neckties. The show’s star Mary Martin’s iconic cropped hair, which she washed on stage every night for over 1000 performances, became a fashion must. South Pacific was more than a hit, it was a movement.

As the show began to tour the country, the play’s themes continued to cause controversy. In Wilmington, Del. the play was set to be performed before a segregated audience until Rodgers and Hammerstein intervened. Rather than cancel the show, which would surely be a money maker, the theatre reversed its policies. In Georgia, legislators called “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught” propaganda. The show’s creators remained steadfast, asserting that this message was the reason they’d written the show. That this play is still produced all over the world is a testament not only to the honesty of James Michener’s stories, the brilliance of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s music, the honor in memorializing of the brave men and women who served our country – but, perhaps most importantly, it is a reminder that we continue to participate in the careful teaching of prejudice. The goal of Rodgers and Hammerstein has not changed in all these years: to give us the great hope that just as easily as we can learn to hate and fear, we can determine to love and embrace.

If commercial and cultural success were not enough, South Pacific also achieved great critical success. Michener’s Tales from the South Pacific became the first collection of short stories to win the Pulitzer Prize, and South Pacific became only the second 18

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Timeline of the Pacific War 1941


 Dec. 7 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor drives the U.S. and Britain to declare war

 Japanese naval bases Truk and Rabaul destroyed  Japans’ last Chinese offensive, attack on U.S. airbases in southern China

 Japanese forces invade the Philippines, Guam, Burma, Borneo, Hong Kong and Manila

 July 27 American troops complete the liberation of Guam


 Oct. 23-26 Decisive U.S. victory at the Battle of Leyte Gulf

 Jan. 18 Germany, Italy and Japan sign a military agreement

 Oct. 25 First kamikaze attacks on the U.S., by the end of the war 2,257 kamikaze attacks occur

 March 18 General MacArthur appointed commander of Southwestern Pacific Theater


 March 24 Admiral Chester Nimitz appointed Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Theater

 Jan. 28 Burma Road reopened

 April 9 U.S. surrenders the Bataan Peninsula to the Japanese – this leads to the Bataan Death March in which thousands of US and Philippine troops died on a 65 mile forced trek to a POW camp

 Feb. 19 U.S. invasion of Iwo Jima

 Feb. 16 U.S. recaptures Bataan  March 3 Manila is taken  April 1 U.S. invasion of Okinawa  April 12 President Franklin D. Roosevelt unexpectedly dies in office; Harry Truman becomes Commander in Chief

 June 4 The Battle of Midway shifts the tides in the U.S. favor, after suffering several harrowing losses, after which the US Army takes Guadalcanal and invade the Adak Islands

 May 20 Japan begins withdrawal from China  July 5 Philippines liberated

 Dec. 2 Enrico Fermi conducts first nuclear chain reaction test

 July 16 First successful atomic bomb test  Aug. 6 U.S. drops the atomic bomb on Hiroshima

1943  Allies take Buna and Sunananda

 Aug. 9 U.S. drops the atomic bomb on Nagasaki

 U.S. victory at the Battle of Bismark Sea  Oct. 7 Japanese execute 100 POWs on Wake Island

 USSR declares war on Japan and invades Manchuria  Sept. 2 Official Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay - VJ Day  Oct. 24 The United Nations is created 19

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DIRECTORS ($5,000-9,999) Arbor Acres United Methodist Retirement Community • Banyan Consulting Group Bernard Robinson & Company, LLP • Cone Health • O.Henry Hotel River Landing at Sandy Ridge • Triad Tech Services • Well•Spring BENEFACTORS ($2,500-4,999) Craft Insurance Center • First Bank

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ANGELS ($1,000-2,499) Action Greensboro • American Premium Beverage The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro

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Annual Campaign Contributors Please consider joining the following individuals, corporations, and foundations who have contributed generously to Triad Stage’s 2017 Annual Campaign. Annual Campaign contributors as of September 5,2017

PRODUCERS CIRCLE ($10,000+) The Arts Council of WinstonSalem and Forsyth County ArtsGreensboro Suzanne & Bud Baker Bluezoom Vanessa & Roy Carroll The Carroll Companies The Cemala Foundation Clem & Hayes Clement The Honorable Aldona Wos & Mr. Louis DeJoy Cynthia & William Graham The City of Greensboro Greensboro Area Convention & Visitors Bureau James G. Hanes Memorial Fund John W. & Anna H. Hanes Foundation Hanesbrands, Inc. Sally Pagliai & Kyle Jackson Kathy Manning & Randall Kaplan Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP Lincoln Financial Foundation Mercedes-Benz of Winston-Salem The Michel Family Foundation North Carolina Arts Council Piedmont Natural Gas The Shubert Foundation Linda & Tom Sloan Pam & David Sprinkle Ken Steele Elizabeth & Robert Strickland VF Corporation Zuraw Financial Advisors CENTER STAGE ($5,000–$9,999) Anonymous Arbor Acres United Methodist Retirement Center Lindsey & Frank Auman Banyan Consulting Group

Brandon Bensley Bernard Robinson & Company Joseph M. Bryan, Jr. Cone Health Rob DaVanzo Ginger & Haynes Griffin Maureen & Bob Ihrie Barbara Kretzer River Landing at Sandy Ridge The Roberts Family Foundation Sylvia & Norman Samet Tech Triad Services Martha & Harrison Turner Lydia & Keith Vaughan Well*Spring FRONT ROW ($2,500–$4,999) Terry Ball Kate R. Barrett Mary Katherine & Durant Bell Louise & Jim Brady Jeb Brooks Lisa & William Bullock Linda & Jim Carlisle Joann & Bill Cassell Craft Insurance Center Rebecca & Rick Craig Anna Reilly & Matt Cullinan Jean & Ralph Davison First Bank Deborah Hayes Laura & Alan Irvin Shelby & Ernest Lane Carol & Seymour Levin Sue & Neil Lutins Cathleen & Ray McKinney Mindy & Chad Oakley Julie Olin Margaret & Brad Penn Pennybyrn at Maryfield Debby L. Reynolds Ron Johnson & Bill Roane Dabney & Walker Sanders Willie Taylor Ruthie & Alan Tutterow Jane & Jonathan Ward 43

STAGE HAND ($1,000–$2,499) Anonymous Action Greensboro American Premium Beverage Alice & Russ Anderson Betty & Dennis Barry Wendy & Mike Brenner Paula Stober & Bill Bucklen Janis & Marc Bush The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro Pat & Pete Cross Carol & David DeVries Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation Susie & Rasmus Fenger Joe & Karen Grady Kelley & Drew Hancock Beth Harrington Christine & Chris Hobson Tomasita & Sam Jacubowitz Dina & Burney Jennings George Johnson Joia Johnson Emily & David Johnston Ashley & Frankie Jones Howard Jones Kelly Sigle & George Marple Victoria & Ron Milstein Barbara R. Morgenstern Cissy & Bill Parham Erica Parker Nancy & Gordon Peterson Barbara & Dale Phipps Kim & Todd Rangel John Riley Steve Stonecypher in loving memory of Matthew Sergio Ernestine & Stuart Taylor May Toms Shirley & Jeffrey Vestal Len & Judy White Dianne & Glenn Whittington Judy & Bob Wicker Woodruff Family Law Group

GALLERY ($500–$999) Alicia Allred Phil Barrineau Victor Lindsley & Jim Battinelli Annette Benson Catherine & Peter Bergstrom Barbara & Tony Blake Kenneth L. Caneva Leanne Willis & James Caress Kathy Cissna Karen Dyer First Tennessee Bank Fran DeChurch & Hugh Fraser Dionis & Gordon Griffin Hanes-Lineberry Funeral Homes Robert Hansen Nancy Hoffmann Cynthia Soemita & Tony Hooimeijer Sallie & Hoke Huss Maggie Jeffus Amy & John Kelly Leigh Ann & Steve Klee Harriette & Bob Knox Mimi Levin Susan & George Little Jane & Dan Moore Eberhard Mueller-Heubach Nancy & Brian Napier Shera Osborne Jane & Lloyd Peterson Dee & Jason Roghelia Lynn Wooten & Paul Russ Kim & Bassam Smir Kathleen Smith Linda & Jim Starmer Maggie & Tom Styers Michiko Stavert Shaun Edward Stewart Fund Joan & Doug Stone PATRON ($250–$499) Richard Allen Alexa Aycock Mary & Frank Biggerstaff Louise & Jerry Boothby Bill & Gay Bowman Bruce & Dora Brodie Jerry Cunningham & Terry Brown Irene & Irv Cohen in honor of Linda & Tom Sloan Betty & Ben Cone Jr.

Janet & David Craft John & Sharon Crump Janet Ward Black & Gerard Davidson Phyllis Dunning Bert & Debbie Fields Ellen & Gary Fischer Kathy & Jim Gallucci Patti & Douglass Gilbert Melinda Hamrick Sherry & Bob Harris Judith & Cyril Harvey Julia Hersberger Cindi & Dave Hewitt Anne & Sam Hummel Carroll Johnson Randall Thomas Johnson Marcia & Orton Jones Ginger & Ken Karb Justin Nichols & Ryan Kelly Ray & Doris Kiszely Diana Knox Robin & Tim Lane Albert P. Lochra Nancy Y. Madden Johanna & George Martin Amanda McGehee Lou & Don McMillion Peg & Skip Moore Linda & Al Munns B.J. Weatherby & Verne Nielsen Jim & Barbara North William Osborne Cora & Justin Outling David Westfall & Barbara Ann Peters John Poole Sandy & Tom Pugh The Rose Family Phyllis Shavitz Beverly & Lawrence Snively Steve Sumerford Bryan & Billie Toney Leslie Thomas Colleen Trimble Susan B. Wall Karen & John Whiteside Bob G. Williams Carol & Tom Wood FRIEND ($100–$249) Anonymous (2) John & Virginia Achey Rose & Victor Ackermann 44

Daryl B. Adams Martha Albertson Sandra & Rondal Alexander Leanne Angell Margaret & Carl Aquilino Jerry & Milton Bates F. James Becher Jr. Elizabeth Bennett Anna Berdahl Marty Bergman Henry & Elizabeth Booke Chester Brown Jr. Mary Brugler Becky & Julian Bullock Christel Bullock Elizabeth & George Burfeind Maureen Burns William & Nancy Carter Amanda Clark Lori & Murray Clayton Diane Conrad Brian Cook Cheryl Viglione & John Curnes Deb Bell & Keith Cushman Jacobi Daley Cindy & Vincent DiMattia Debra Dykes Jason Ekstein Dennis & Inez Elliott Peggy & John Fersner Becky Fligel Martha H. Fowler Miles & Jane Foy Alane & William Frakes Deborah Friedman Mary Walker & Kirk Fry Wilma & Sheldon Glick Celeste Gonzalez Carolyn & Art Green Lynn & Wayne Hale Barbara H. Hall Janis Hammett David Cohen & Judy Hampton Ron & Becky Hampton Anne & Bill Hardin Jerry & Melissa Harrelson Marie Harris Charles & Jeanne Hassell Angela Hays Janet Hendley Carolyn & Ed Hines Fay & Mike Hoggard Mary Louise Smith & Cheryl Hopkins

Barbara Hughes Deborah Isbister Michael Jacobs Frances & Jim Jochum Jenna & Henry Johnson Sue & Jim Keith Lou Bouvier & Denny Kelly Martha & Charles Kirkman Bonnie & John Knab Kelly Krantz Betsy & Stephen Lengyel Carolyn C. Lester Liberty Oak Restaurant & Bar Annabel Link Jennifer Lum Jack MacDowall Melanie Martin Reba & Bud Maxson Bonnie & Dan McAlister Eleanor & Donald McCrickard Joyce & Jim McKenzie Carol H. Melvin Benedicte & Christian Mengel Bonnie & Robert Miller Nancy & Gary Miller Barbara & Bill Moran Margie & Jay Motsinger Sharon A. Rimm & Robert G. Muecke Ninevah & Dan Murray John & Jenny Naples Margaret & Vernon Newlin Tog Newman

Rebecca Nipper Betsy & Mitchell Oakley Geraldine & Richard Parrott Suzanne & Thomas Plihcik Fern Ragan Kathryn L. Ramsay Kim Record Jennifer & Tommy Robards Annette & Danny Roberson Judy Hyman & Dr. Richard Rosen Ira Ross Debbie & Eugene Russell Jim & Nancy Sands Kathryn Lochra & Rett Saslow Beatrice Schall Susan & Jerry Schwartz Barb & Bill Sharpe Mary Ellen Shiflett Joyce & Bob Shuman John Small Janice & John Sullivan Joan Sullivan in loving memory of John L. Sullivan Florence Sutler Frieda M. Taylor Mrs. Lee Templeton Jonathan Tudge Dave & Carol VanSchoick Ashley & Jon Wall John & Laura Warren Sara White Chris Williams

Linda & Ron Wilson Mary & Terry Woodrow Lynette Wrenn MATCHING GIFT COMPANIES Amazon Smile American Express Bank of America The Arthur J. Gallagher Foundation ITG Brands Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies Lincoln Financial Group (4) Reynolds American Foundation (2) VF Corporation Weaver Foundation LEGACY CIRCLE Tobee & Leonard Kaplan Bill Roane & Ron Johnson Claire King Sylvia & Norman Samet Linda & Tom Sloan Martha & Harrison Turner Ruthie & Alan Tutterow Legacy Circle Donors have made bequests on behalf of Triad Stage.

AUDIENCES SING OUR PRAISES! “Triad Stage is a beacon of excellence that makes me love my community more, and gives me the desire to more fully invest in my life here. I am very grateful for this theatre and for those whose vision keeps it going.” - Triad Stage Patron



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Officers Dabney Sanders, Chair Chris Hobson, Chair Elect Leigh Ann Klee, Treasurer Kate Barrett, Secretary Mindy Oakley, Immediate Past Chair Linda Sloan, Founding Chair Frankie Jones, Jr., At-Large Erica Parker, At-Large Preston Lane, Founding Artistic Director Richard Whittington, Founding Managing Director

Artistic Preston Lane, Founding Artistic Director Sarah Hankins, Associate Artistic Director Lauren Smith, Learning Director Kamilah Bush, Artistic Apprentice Administration Richard Whittington, Founding Managing Director Jason Bogden, General Manager Ramon Perez, Company Manager Bobby Pittman, Facilities/Rentals Coordinator Justin Nichols, Development Manager Tiffany Albright, Marketing Manager Stacy Calfo, Graphic Designer Kathryn Knoerl, Administrative Apprentice

Members at Large Vanessa Carroll, Karen Dyer, Deborah Hayes, Tomasita Jacubowitz, George Johnson, Cathleen McKinney, John Poole, Margaret Penn, Justin Outling, Cissy Parham, Nancy Peterson, Todd Rangel, Paul Russ, Adrian Smith, Kathleen Smith, Tom Styers, Steve Sumerford, Leslie Thomas, Lydia Vaughan

Audience Services Sherry Barr, Director of Audience Services Olivia Langford, Box Office Manager Martha Latta, Mary Reading, Box Office Managers on Duty Josh Kellum, Box Office & Lobby Bar Associate Hailee Mason, Box Office Associate

Winston-Salem Advisory Council Lydia Vaughan, Chair Mary Walker Fry, Drew Hancock, Joia Johnson, Susan Little, Cathleen McKinney, Angie Murphrey, Tog Newman, Randi Palmer, Gordon Peterson, Nancy Peterson, Milton Rhodes, Keith Vaughan, Sue Wall

Production Lara Maerz, Production Manager Tannis Boyajian, Technical Director Donald Quilinquin, Master Carpenter Eric Hart, Props Master Jennifer Speciale Stanley, Costume Shop Manager Erin Barnett, Assistant Costume Shop Manager Troy Morelli, Master Electrician Derek Graham, Sound Supervisor Jessica Holcombe, Scenic Charge Hannah Mans, Production Management Apprentice Alex Boyt, Stage Management Apprentice Eva Trunzo, Carpentry Apprentice Shay Hopkins-Paine, Props Apprentice Sara Beth Watkins, Costume Apprentice/Wardrobe Supervisor Megan Banfield, Sound Apprentice

Greensboro Advisory Council Judy Wicker, Chair Hayes Clement, Ralph Davidson, Sandra Hughes, Lesley Hunt, Ron Johnson, Ancella Livers, Dennis Quaintance, Sylvia Samet, Joy Shavitz, Tom Sloan, Harrison Turner, Alan Tutterow


Dylan Gurrera, Assistant Director Blake Moran, Assistant Music Director Hannah Mans, Assistant Stage Manager Emma Anthony, Production Assistant Jordan Garon, Reagan Dellinger Spotlight Operators Daniel Perez, Projections Installer Sara Beth Watkins, Wardrobe Supervisor Megan Banfield, Sound Board Operator Jennifer Stadelman, Light Board and Projections Operator 46

Dorothy Austin-Harrell, Associate Costume Designer Blake Taylor Manns, Assistant Projections Designer/ Programmer Mary Crockett, Angelina Rodriguez, Scenic Artists Imani Thomas, Kiahana Perez, Run Crew

SPECIAL THANKS Bob Gatten , Lt. Col. Franklin B. Montgomery, Jeff West


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Triad Stage's South Pacific  

By Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan | Composed by Richard Rodgers with Lyrics by Hammerstein | Directed by Preston Lane | SEPTEMBER 17...

Triad Stage's South Pacific  

By Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan | Composed by Richard Rodgers with Lyrics by Hammerstein | Directed by Preston Lane | SEPTEMBER 17...