Season 12 – 2023

THE COLOR PURPLE CAST
Celie EMILY MWAKITAWA
Shug Avery SHAYLA D. CANADY
Sofia BRIANA RICHMOND
Nettie SELENA SIMMONS
Mister CORDARA NEWSON
Harpo MIKAH THOMAS
Squeak JOI A. SMITH
Preacher/Ol’ Mister NOLAN BUDGEWATER
Church Ladies MARY KING, ANGELA LACEY, TERI MOORE
Pa/Grady JAY WARD
Field Hands DARION ELIE, DERRICK FRIERSON, AUSTIN MILES, CHRISTIAN PERKINS, BRADEN TUCKER
Sofia’s Sisters TIANNA ANDREWS, COURTNEI GABRIEL, KEZIA L. PIGFORD, TIERRA WILLIAMS
Buster DARION ELIE
Young Girl LACEE SMITH
African Dancer/Olivia BRYANNA LACEY
Bobby CHRISTIAN PERKINS
Adam BRADEN TUCKER

ABOUT THE COLOR PURPLE

Opened: January 5, 2023
Closed: January 8, 2023
Location: Marjorie Lyons Playhouse

Winner! Tony® Award for Best Revival; Grammy® Award for Best Cast Album! From the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, and the moving film by Steven Spielberg, comes a soul-stirring new musical and landmark event. The Color Purple is an inspiring family saga that tells the unforgettable story of a woman who – through love – finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discover her unique voice in the world. Set to a joyous score featuring jazz, ragtime, gospel, and blues, The Color Purple is a story of hope, a testament to the healing power of love and a celebration of life.

Directed by hometown hero (and history-maker for being the youngest black director to have a show play on Broadway) Zhailon Levingston, The Color Purple is adapted for the stage by Pulitzer Prize and Tony® Award winner Marsha Norman, with music and lyrics by Grammy® Award winners Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray, with musical direction by Ta Edwards-Robinson.

Music & Lyrics | BRENDA RUSSELL, ALLEE WILLIS, STEPHEN BRAY
Book | MARSHA NORMAN
Based upon on the novel written by ALICE WALKER and the Warner Bros./Amblin Entertainment Motion Picture

THE COLOR PURPLE was produced on Broadway at the Broadway Theater by Oprah Winfrey, Scott Sanders, Roy Furman, and Quincy Jones.
The world premiere of THE COLOR PURPLE was produced by the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia

Direction/Musical Staging | ZHAILON LEVINGSTON
Musical Direction | TA ROBINSON
Scenic Design | SETH TAYLOR
Lighting Design | DANIEL SALAZAR
Costume Design & Production Stage Manager | CANDY HUGGINS
Sound Design | BRYAN GRISHAM

THE ADDAMS FAMILY CAST

Gomez Addams JOHN BOGAN
Morticia Addams ANNA MARIA SPARKE
Uncle Fester TREY JACKSON
Grandma CARA DERRICK
Wednesday Addams MIA KIIHNL
Pugsley Addams MORGAN MEYER
Lurch SAMUEL COPELAND
Mal Beineke BENJAMIN WILLIAMSON
Alice Beineke AMELIA OSBORN
Lucas Beineke NATE BOKENFOHR
The Addams Ancestors CAROLANNE ADAMS, TIANNA ANDREWS, SHAYANNA BEATTY, KAITLYN BROWN, ANNASYN BURLISON, FINNEGAN COLLINS,
KAROLINE DUFFY, DARION ELIE, JETT HUDSON, CHRISTIAN PERKINS, ELIZABETH SHOUP, CHLOE TRAN, BRYCE TURNER

Swings CLAIRE KEVIL, EVERLY POWELL

 

ABOUT THE ADDAMS FAMILY

Opened: July 13, 2023
Closed: July 16, 2023
Location: Marjorie Lyons Playhouse

THE ADDAMS FAMILY, a comical feast that embraces the wackiness in every family, features an original story and it’s every father’s nightmare: Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family– a man her parents have never met. And if that wasn’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before– keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

Music & Lyrics | ANDREW LIPPA
Book | MARSHALL BRICKMAN & RICK ELICE
Based on characters created by Charles Addams

Direction & Design | JARED WATSON
Choreography | KATIE DUPONT
Musical & Art Direction | SETH TAYLOR
Production Manager | CANDY HUGGINS
Lighting Design | DANIEL SALAZAR
Costume Design | ERIN ANDERSON-HICKEY
Sound Design | BARRY BUTLER

MISERY CAST

Paul Sheldon BLAYNE WEAVER*
Annie Wilkes HEATHER PEAK HOOPER
Buster JOSH TALLEY

*Mr. Weaver appeared courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union for Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

 

ABOUT MISERY

Opened: August 18, 2023
Closed: August 20, 2023
Location: Marjorie Lyons Playhouse

Successful romance novelist Paul Sheldon is rescued from a car crash by his ‘Number One Fan,’ Annie Wilkes, and wakes up captive in her secluded home. While Paul is convalescing, Annie reads the manuscript to his newest novel and becomes enraged when she discovers the author has killed off her favorite character, Misery Chastain. Annie forces Paul to write a new ‘Misery’ novel, and he quickly realizes Annie has no intention of letting him go anywhere.The irate Annie has Paul writing as if his life depends on it, and it does.

By | WILLIAM GOLDMAN
Based on the novel by STEPHEN KING

Direction & Design | JARED WATSON
Art Direction | SETH TAYLOR
Lighting Design | SAMUEL COPELAND
Costume Design | CANDY HUGGINS
Original Music | MICHAEL FRIEDMAN
Sound Design | BARRY BUTLER

A CHRISTMAS STORY CAST

Jean Shepherd TREY JACKSON
Ralphie
MORGAN MEYER & IORWERTH TRACEY
Mother AMELIA OSBORN
The Old Man RYAN WILLIAMS
Randy LUKE ARANDA
Quartet CARSON ALVAREZ, CHARLIE ROPPOLO, MADELYN STEWART, TESSA VANDERKUY
Miss Shields ANNA MARIA SPARKE
Scut Farkus MALAKI KOURY
Grover Dill MILES MAINIERO
Schwartz KRISTOFFER BERG
Flick JACE KNOX
Esther Jane AINSLEY McINNIS
Mary Beth MILLIE OAKES
Ensemble CASSIDY CASON, JOSUE ESCOBAR, SOPHIA GAPPO, KAELON GERARD, MIA KIIHNL, KEZIA SWINNEY, TONY SWINNEY
Children ESPYN DOUGHTY, CHARLOTTE DYMOND, EVERLY POWELL, AVERY QUINN, COOPER WALLACE, RACHEL WILLIAMS
and featuring special guest alumni of Stage Center’s SoPA LACHLE BONIOL, CAMERON CASON, JORDAN FARRIS, MEREDITH FISHER, PATRICK HAYNES, CLAIRE KEVIL, LILLIAN MAINIERO, CADE OSTERMEYER, SELENA SIMMONS, NOLAN TOMASEK

 

 

ABOUT A CHRISTMAS STORY

Opened: December 21, 2023
Closed: December 24, 2023
Location: Marjorie Lyons Playhouse

Based on the classic 1983 holiday movie, A CHRISTMAS STORY THE MUSICAL follows nine-year-old Ralphie Parker, a daydreamer from Indiana who spends his days counting down to the most exciting day in any kid’s life: Christmas. All he wants is an official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle, but as his parents and teachers warn him, “You’ll shoot your eye out!” A CHRISTMAS STORY THE MUSICAL chart’s Ralphie’s desperate quest to ensure that his perfect gift ends up under the tree on Christmas morning, and includes all of the movie’s best-loved moments, such as the Old Man’s leg-shaped lamp, the tongue-on-a-flagpole scene, the bunny suit, the Santa slide and all of Ralphie’s extravagant daydreams. The show is a big Broadway musical, complete with dazzling dance numbers, gorgeous sets and an incredibly talented cast of youngsters who play Ralphie and his classmates.

Music & Lyrics | BENJ PASEK & JUSTIN PAUL
Book | JOSEPH ROBINETTE
Based on the motion picture A Christmas Story distributed by Warner Bros., written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark,
and upon In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash written by Jean Shepherd.
Produced with permission of Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures and Dalfie Entertainment.

Direction | JARED WATSON
Choreography | KATIE DUPONT
Musical Direction | SETH TAYLOR
Scenic Design | SETH TAYLOR & JARED WATSON
Lighting Design | SAMUEL COPELAND
Prdoduction Manager & Costume Design | CANDY HUGGINS
Sound Design | BARRY BUTLER