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2013-2014

Congratulations to our Winners and Nominees – National Youth Arts.

Awards:
Outstanding Production (Junior Division): The Journey of You
Lead Actress in a Musical: Quinn D’Andrea as Belle in Beauty and the Beast
Lead Actor (Junior Division): Diego Pasillas as You in The Journey of You
Supporting Actress (Junior Division): Zoe D’Andrea as Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast
Featured Actress (Junior Division): Jordan McKnight as Pixa Villager/Solo Contortion in The Journey of You
Group Vocal Performance (Junior Division): Asia Aragone, Rachel Albrecht, Maggie Tomkins as Singers in The Journey of You
Ensemble: Beauty and the Beast
Ensemble (Junior Division): The Journey of You
Original Music: Molly Chapman for Sticks and Stones in The Journey of You
Choreography: Lauren Blair for Beauty and the Beast

Nominations:
Outstanding Production: Beauty and the Beast
Outstanding Production (Junior Division): Freckleface Strawberry
Lead Actor in a Musical: Scott Senior as The Beast in Beauty and the Beast
Lead Actor (Junior Division): Jonah Neustadt as Charlie Bucket in Willy Wonka
Lead Actress (Junior Division): Zoe D’Andrea as Freckleface in Freckleface Strawberry
Lead Actress (Junior Division): Fiona Porter as Alice in Alice in Wonderland
Guest Actress: Aliya Stuart as Teacher/Mother in Freckleface Strawberry
Supporting Actor in a Musical: James Olivas as Gaston in Beauty and the Beast
Supporting Actress in a Musical: Chanelle O’Neill as Ballet Girl in Freckleface Strawberry
Supporting Actor (Junior Division): Jake Schroeder as Augustus Gloop in Willy Wonka
Supporting Actress (Junior Division): Jazmin Chang as Arikara, The Spirit Guide in The Journey of You
Supporting Actress (Junior Division): Celeste Copeland as Natsu, The Spirit Guide in The Journey of You
Supporting Actress (Junior Division): Mary Alex Daniels as Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland
Supporting Actress (Junior Division): Delaney Joy as Mrs. Bucket in Willy Wonka
Supporting Actress (Junior Division): Joey Maya as Duchess in Alice in Wonderland
Supporting Actress (Junior Division): Benni Ruby as Violet Beauregarde in Willy Wonka
Supporting Actress (Junior Division): Sophie Salisbury as Veruca Salt in Willy Wonka
Supporting Actress (Junior Division): Zelda Saltzman as Mike Teavee in Willy Wonka
Supporting Actress (Junior Division): Kaelyn Whaley as Amay in The Journey of You
Featured Actress in a Musical: Chanelle O’Neill as Babette in Beauty and the Beast
Featured Actress in a Play: Brenna Canelli as Mock Turtle in Alice in Wonderland
Ensemble (Junior Division): Willy Wonka
Costume Design: Bella Circo Productions/Terill Teran for The Journey of You
Choreography: Lauren Blair for Willy Wonka
Choreography: Christopher James Culberson for Freckleface Strawberry
Direction: Nathalie Yves Gaulthier for The Journey of You
Direction: Anne Gesling for Beauty and the Beast
New Play: Nathalie Yves Gaulthier for The Journey of YouNYA Logo

The Producers

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Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan
Music & Lyrics by Mel Brooks

June 28 – August 2, 2014

Directed and Music Directed by Anne Gesling
Choreographed by Lauren Blair
Produced by Meredith Wright & W. Joseph Anderson
Bialystock and Bloom! Those names should strike terror and hysteria in anyone familiar with Mel Brooks’ classic cult comedy film. Now as a big Broadway musical, THE PRODUCERS once again sets the standard for modern, outrageous, in-your-face humor. It is a truly “boffo” hit, winning a record twelve Tony Awards and wowing capacity crowds night after night.
 The plot is simple: a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history thereby bilking their backers (all “little old ladies”) out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit! The antics of Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom as they maneuver their way fecklessly through finding a show (the gloriously offensive “Springtime For Hitler”), hiring a director, raising the money and finally going to prison for their misdeeds is a lesson in broad comic construction. At the core of the insanely funny adventure is a poignant emotional journey of two very different men who become friends.
 
With a truly hysterical book co-written by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan (ANNIE) and music and lyrics by Mr. Brooks , THE PRODUCERS skewers Broadway traditions and takes no prisoners as it proudly proclaims itself an “equal opportunity offender!” 
 
Talkbacks are scheduled for Friday, July 11th, and Sunday, July 20th.
 
Featuring

Silas Benjamin as Max Bialystock
Jack Riordan as Leo Bloom
Lauren Blair as Ulla
Aric Martin as Roger De Bris 
Robert Francis as Carmen Ghia
Matt Harrison as Franz Liebkind

Ensemble

Holly Childers
Steven Flowers
Annie Claire Hudson
Andrew Mackin
Joy Martin
Dana Mazarin 
Danielle Miller
Kelsey Nisbett
James Olivas
Eileen O’Donnell
Marc Ostroff
Shaina Ostroff
Scott Senior
Christian Soto
Robin Twitty
Steve Weber
Grace Yoo
Justin Yu

The Underpants

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 Adapted by Steve Martin
From the original by Carl Sternheim
 
May 3 – May 25, 2014
 
Directed by William Wilday
Produced by Anya Ivanova, Tom Laskey & Brain Raine
 
The renowned comic actor and author of Picasso at the Lapine Agile provides a wild satire adapted from the classic German play about Louise and Theo Maske, a couple whose conservative existence is shattered when Louise’s panties fall down in public. Though she pulls them up quickly, he thinks the incident will cost him his job as a government clerk. Louise’s momentary display does not result in the feared scandal but it does attract two infatuated men, each of whom wants to rent the spare room in the Maske home. Oblivious of their amorous objectives, Theo splits the room between them, happy to collect rent from both the foppish poet and the whiny hypochondriac.
 
Audience Talk-Backs immediately following the performances on Friday, May 9th and Sunday, May 18th.
 
 
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Spring Awakening

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Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater
Music by Ducan Sheik
Based on the Play by Frank Wedekind
 

March 8 – April 5, 2014

Directed by Aric Martin
Choreographed by Lauren Blair
Produced by Joe Anderson
 
Winner of 8 Tony Awards including
BEST MUSICAL
 
SPRING AWAKENING is a rock musical adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s 1891 expressionist play about the trials and tribulations, and the exhilaration of the teen years.
 
It’s Germany, 1891. The beautiful young Wendla explores her body and asks her mother where babies come from. Elsewhere, the brilliant and fearless young Melchior defends his buddy Moritz — a boy so traumatized by puberty he can’t concentrate on anything. One afternoon in the woods, Wendla and Melchior discover a desire unlike anything they’ve ever felt. SPRING AWAKENING explores the confusion and desperation that ensue when the onrushing tide of hormones meets the ignorance of children. SPRING AWAKENING celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, poignancy, and passion that you will never forget.
 
WARNING: Coarse language, adult themes, sexual references
 
TALKBACKS AFTER THE SHOW ON
FRIDAY, MARCH 14
SUNDAY, MARCH 23
 

Featuring

Corey Affron
Joanna Churgin
Julian Comeau
Quinn D’Andrea
Melissa Deni
Kaitlyn Fajilan
Matt Harrison
Annie Claire Hudson
Hunter Larsen
Kira Lindsay
Andrew Mackin
Frankie Rodriguez
Tommie Russell
Christian Soto
Aliya Stuart
Justin Yu
Zach Zagoria

The Odd Couple


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By Neil Simon
 

January 18 – February 9, 2014

Directed by Michael Rothhaar
Produced by William Wilday
 
Unger and Madison are at it again! Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is, in Neil Simon’s hilarious contemporary comic classic: the female version of The Odd Couple. Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pidgeon sisters have been replaced by the two Costazuela brothers. But the hilarity remains the same.
 
Featuring
Charlotte Edmondson
Ariella Fiore
Sarah D. Gibson
Mara Roshal
Randi Tahara
Dalia Vosylius
Scott Gerard
Jason Avalos

Our Town

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By Thornton Wilder
 
 

September 28 – October 20, 2013

Directed by Michele Gossett
Produced by Tom Brown
 

Winner!  1938 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Drama.  Described by Edward Albee as “…the greatest American play ever written,” the story follows the small town of Grover’s Corners through three acts: “Daily Life,” “Love and Marriage,” and “Death and Eternity.” Narrated by a stage manager and performed with minimal props and sets, audiences follow the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry, and eventually—in one of the most famous scenes in American theatre—die.  Presented in the playwright’s definitive version in this celebration of the show’s 75th anniversary.

Talkback with the cast will be presented after performance on:
 
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18
 
 Featuring
William Wilday
Dick Herlan
Evan Brodsky
Doug Kiphut
Annette Romano
Mouchette van Helsdingen
Patrick Clyde
Samantha Speer
Sebastian Schier
Heather Barnett
Tom Laskey
Jim Cox
Paula Allen
Alexander Brockhoff
Judy Rosenfeld
Raymond Donahey
Mary Ann Link
Matthew Sheehan
Terry Delegeane

Susan Stangl