Season 13 – 2024

TOPDOG/UNDERDOG CAST
Booth MIKAH THOMAS
Lincoln ZHAILON LEVINGSTON

Standbys
For Booth CHRISTIAN PERKINS
For Lincoln DARION ELIE

ABOUT TOPDOG/UNDERDOG

Opened: January 5, 2024
Closed: January 7, 2024
Location: Marjorie Lyons Playhouse

Directed by guest artist Alex Hare (Broadway’s School of Rock and Side Show), and starring our hometown hero (and history-maker for being the youngest black director to have a show play on Broadway) Zhailon Levingston, and Mikah Thomas (Harpo in last season’s The Color Purple) Topdog/Underdog, called “The greatest American play of the last 25 years” by The New York Times, is the recipient of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2023 Tony® Award for Best Revival of a Play.

A darkly comic fable of brotherly love and family identity, Topdog/Underdog tells the story of two brothers, Lincoln (Levingston) and Booth (Thomas), names given to them as a joke by their father. Haunted by the past and their obsession with the street con game, three-card monte, the brothers come to learn the true nature of their history.

Written By | SUZAN-LORI PARKS

Direction | ALEX HARE
Scenic Design | SETH TAYLOR
Lighting Design | SAMUEL COPELAND
Costume Design | COURTNEI GABRIEL
Sound Design | BARRY BUTLER

 

THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL CAST

SpongeBob Squarepants CHRISTIAN PERKINS
Sandy Cheeks SHAYANNA BEATTY
Patrick Star DARION ELIE
Sheldon J. Plankton KAELON GERARD
Squidward Q. Tentacles DYLAN FREEMAN
Eugene Krabs TREY JACKSON
Patchy the Pirate MARSHALL MERRITT
Perch Perkins JOSUE ESCOBAR
Karen Plankton AMELIA OSBORN
Pearl Krabs SARAH JACKSON
Ms. Mayor KEZIA PIGFORD
Penelope Puff ANGELA LACEY
A vast array of undersea creatures ARMS BROWN, ZOË BROWN, EMORY BLOUNT (Old Man Jenkins), NATE BOKENFOHR (Larry the Lobster), ANNASYN BURLISON, NICHOLAS COSBY, RAY EVANS, JENNIFER JACKSON, EMERSON JONES, CLAIRE KEVIL, MIA KIIHNL, EVA KLEINPETER, BRYANNA LACEY, MILES MAINIERO, McKENNA MARANTO, MORGAN MEYER (Gary), ALYX MUROV, ROSS NUGENT, EVERLY POWELL, ELIZABETH SHOUP, AVA SMITH, TONY SWINNEY, KAT THOMPSON

 

 

ABOUT THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL

Opened: May 30, 2024
Closed: June 2, 2024
Location: Marjorie Lyons Playhouse

The SpongeBob Musical is based on the beloved animated series created by Stephen Hillenburg, produced in collaboration with our School of Performing Arts.

Plunge into this stunning all-singing, all-dancing, dynamic stage show! When the citizens of Bikini Bottom discover that a volcano will soon erupt and destroy their humble home, SpongeBob and his friends must come together to save the fate of their undersea world. With lives hanging in the balance and all hope lost, a most unexpected hero rises up. The power of optimism really can save the world!

Book by KYLE JARROW
Musical Conceived by TINA LANDAU
Original Songs by YOLANDA ADAMS, STEVEN TYLER and JOE PERRY of AEROSMITH, SARA BAREILLES, JONATHAN COULTON,
ALEX EBERT of EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS, THE FLAMING LIPS, LADY A, CYNDI LAUPER, JOHN LEGEND,
PANIC! AT THE DISCO, PLAIN
WHITE T’s, THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS, T.I.
And Songs by DAVID BOWIE, TOM KENNY & ANDY PALEY
Additional Lyrics by JONATHAN COULTON / Additional Music by TOM KITT

Logo ©2023 Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Nickelodeon, SpongeBob SquarePants and all related titles, logos and characters are trademarks of Viacom International Inc. Created by Stephen Hillenburg.

Direction | JARED WATSON
Choreography | KAITLYN BROWN
Musical Direction | ROBERT CRUZ
Scenic Design | SETH TAYLOR
Lighting Design | SAMUEL COPELAND
Costume Design | CANDY HUGGINS
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