Trojan Women

Performance dates 3/8/2017 – 3/12/2017

No show Friday, March 10th

This is a Fontbonne University Theatre Department Student Production

 

Set in a modern-day refugee camp, this adaptation of the classic Greek tragedy will explore patterns of human behavior that seem to inevitably lead to betrayal, murder, chaos and grief.

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Cast and Crew

Allison Summers
Marki Miller
Taylor Ortscheid
Isabelle Muich
Ariella Rovinsky
Michelle Dodson
Emily Klein
Brian Rolf
Michelle Childs
Justin Chaipet
Andrea Mossman

 

Director: Deanna Jent
Stage Manager: Chelsea Krenning

Assistant Stage Manager:  Merlin Bell
Lighting Design: Bess Moynihan
Set Design: Kyra Bishop
Costume Design: Jane Sullivan
Sound Design: Zoe Sullivan
Props: Meg Brinkley

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Crumble (Lay Me Down Justin Timberlake)
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ADULT LANGUAGE AND THEMES

NOT APPROPRIATE FOR CHILDREN

Performance dates 9/28/2016 – 10/2/2016

This is a Fontbonne University Theatre Department Student Production

Adult language and themes – not appropriate for children

 

It’s Christmas, and a year has passed since the untimely death of Janice’s father. Struggling to cope, Janice is holding spiteful conversations with her dolls, and Mother is suffering from panic attacks, with only her baking skills to keep her busy. In their deteriorating apartment that incessantly begs for repairs, their only comforts are visitations from their respective celebrity crushes — Justin Timberlake and Harrison Ford. With the support of Justin’s affection, Janice begins to craft a plan that will mend the chasm in their lives. Meanwhile, the Apartment is developing murderous plans of its own…

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Cast and Crew

The Apartment:  Brian Rolf

Father/Justin Timberlake/Harrison Ford:  Justin Chaipet

Janice:  Frances Garren

Mother:  Marki Miller

Barbara:  Isabelle Muich

 

Director: Adam Flores

Asst. Director: Kevin McKernan

Stage Manager: Allison Summers

Assistant Stage Manager:  

Lighting Design: Bess Moynihan

Set Design: Kyra Bishop

Costume Design: Jane Sullivan

Sound Design: Zoe Sullivan

Props: Meg Brinkley

Scenic Painter:  Cameron Tesson

Set Construction:  Jon Hisaw, Tom Stevenson

Sound Board Operator:  Christopher Graham

Light Board Operator:  Allison Summers

Stagehand:  Emily Klein

Production Manager:  Meg Brinkley

Assistant Production Manager:  Traci Clapper

House Manager/Box Office:  Carly Uding

Playwright’s Note

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Dancing at Lughnasa

Performance dates April 13 – 30, 2017

no show on Easter Sunday, April 16th

 

Set in 1936 Ireland, the play explores the potential for romance and the lure of pagan rituals in a family’s day-to-day life. Jim Butz will play the narrator, Michael, remembering a harvest time with his mother and her five siblings (played by Gary Glasgow, Michelle Hand, Amy Loui, Taylor Stewart, Kelley Weber and Leslie Wobbe) and a visit from his father, played by Richard Strelinger.

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Cast and Crew

Kate:      Amy Loui

Maggie: Kelley Weber

Agnes:   Leslie Wobbe

Rose:     Michelle Hand

Chris:    Jen Theby Quinn

Michael:  Jim Butz

Father Jack: Gary Glasgow

Gerry:  Richard Strelinger

 

Director: Gary Wayne Barker

Vocal Coach: Nancy Bell

Stage Manager: Traci Clapper

Lighting Design: Michael Sullivan

Set Design: Kyra Bishop

Costume Design: Jane Sullivan

Sound Design: Zoe Sullivan

Props: Laura Skroska

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Yasmina’s Necklace
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January 27-February 12, 2017

Fresh from its sold-out world premiere in Chicago, Yasmina’s Necklace is an unlikely romance between Yasmina, a recent immigrant from Iraq and Abdul Samee, who wants to change his name to Sam and turn his back on his Iraqi and Puerto Rican heritage. St. Louis audiences may remember Rohina Malik from her one-woman show Unveiled which was performed at the Edison Theatre in 2015.

 

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Cast and Crew

 

Yasmina:  Parvuna Sulaiman

Musa:  Amro Salama

Sam:  Adam Flores

Sara:  Maritza Motta Gonzalez

Ali:  Charles Winning

Imam Rafi:  Jaime Zayas

Amir:  Ethan Joel Isaac


Director:  Deanna Jent

Assistant Director:  Elisabeth Wurm

Stage Manager:  Traci Clapper

Lighting Design: Michael Sullivan

Set Design: Kyra Bishop

Costume Design: Jane Sullivan

Sound Design: Zoe Sullivan

Props: Meg Brinkley

Scenic Painting:  Emily Kay Rice

Prop Construction:  Jim Mozley

Sound Operator:  Frances Garren

Light Board Operator:  Christ Jent

Box Office Manager:  Tanya Tweedy

House Manager:  Morgan Fisher

 

Production Photos

 

Photo Credit:  John Lamb

 

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All is Calm - Flyer
All is Calm
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Performance dates 11/11/2016 – 12/4/2016

 

Back for a 4th (and final) year, this a capella musical ponders a moment of peace in the middle of war, featuring excerpts from soldiers’ letters and diaries. Opening on Veterans Day, November 11, the production will feature:

Paul Cereghino, Kent Coffel, *Steve Isom, Steve Jent, Greg Lhamon, Gerry Love, *Antonio Rodriguez, Luke Steingruby, Kelvin Urday, Jeff Wright

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Cast and Crew

Paul Cereghino

Kent Coffel

*Steve Isom

Steve Jent

Greg Lhamon

Gerry Love

*Antonio Rodriguez

Luke Steingruby

Kelvin Urday

Jeff Wright

 

Director: Deanna Jent

Music Director Joe Schoen

Vocal Coach: Richard Lewis

Stage Manager: Traci Clapper

Assistant Stage Manager:  Morgan Fisher

Lighting Design: Michael Sullivan

Set Design: Kyra Bishop

Costume Design: Jane Sullivan

Props: Meg Brinkley

Box Office Manager:  Tanya Tweedy

Poster Design:  Zoe Sullivan

Director’s Note

All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 was originally produced by Cantus and Theatre Latte Da. The world premiere was broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio. The spoken text is taken from letters and documents describing the events of the play. The music ranges from Celtic ballads to World War I songs to Christmas Carols from participating countries. When I first read about this play and heard the music, I knew it would be a great show for Mustard Seed Theatre. While not shying away from the horrors of war, it presents a moment of hope that seems to have been transformative for the men involved in the event. I hope that spark of peace finds a place in your heart.

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Kindertransport
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Performance dates 8/19/2016 – 9/4/2016

 

During 1938-39, almost ten thousand children, mostly Jewish, were sent from families at risk in Nazi occupied German to safety in Britain. Samuel’s play explores the lives of mothers and daughters torn apart and brought together by this “Kindertransport.”

 

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Cast and Crew

 

Eva: Hannah Ryan

Helga: Kelley Weber

Evelyn: Michelle Hand

Faith: Katy Keating

Lil: Kirsten De Broux

Ensemble: Brian J. Rolf

Director: Deanna Jent

Asst. Director – Ariella Rovinsky

Vocal Coach: Nancy Bell :

German language coach Marlene Rene Coveyou:

Stage Manager: Traci Clapper

Assistant Stage Manager:  Maram Samaha

Lighting Design: Michael Sullivan

Set Design: Kyra Bishop

Costume Design: Jane Sullivan

Sound Design: Zoe Sullivan

Props: Meg Brinkley

Playwright’s Note

by Diane Samuels

Three incidents led me to write Kindertransport. The first was a discussion with a close friend, in her late twenties and born into a comfortable, secure home, who described her struggle to deal with the guilt of survival. Her father had been on the Kindertransport and I was struck by how her parent’s feelings had been passed down to her. The second was the experience of another friend who, at his father’s funeral, overheard his mother recalling her time at Auschwitz. Until that moment he had no idea that his mother had been in a concentration camp. The third was the ashamed admission by a fifty-five year old woman on a television documentary about the Kindertransport, that the feeling she felt most strongly towards her dead parents was rage at their abandonment of her, even though that abandonment had saved her life.

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Bosnian American Postcard
Bosnian/American
Bosnian American Postcard

April 21 – May 1, 2016  

Times:

Thursdays – Saturdays at 8:00pm
Sundays at 2:00pm

Ticket Prices: (credit card processing fees will apply)

General $30.00 
Senior(65+)/Student ticket: $25.00

 Born in Bosnia and raised in St. Louis – painful history meets present reality in this collaboratively created script that celebrates the true stories of our neighbors.

Cast & Crew List:

Elvedin Arnautovic
Arnela Bogdanic
Katie Donnelly
Melissa Gerth*
Andrew Kuhlman
Amir Salesevic
Mary Schnitzler
Robert Thibaut
Carly Uding
Agnes Wilcox*

*denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association

Playwright: Deanna Jent
Director:  Adam Flores
Project Administrator: Leslie Wobbe
Stage Manager: Bess Moynihan
Asst. Stage Manager: Traci Clapper
Set Design: Kyra Bishop
Light Design: Michael Sullivan
Costume Design: Jane Sullivan
Movement & Combat: Melissa Gerth
Props: Meg Brinkley
Light Board Operator: Morgan Fisher
Sound Board Operator: Emma Bruntrager 
Backstage Crew: Morgan Fisher 
House Manager: Joee Gardiner
Program Art: Fox Smith
Photography: John Lamb

Director’s Note

Amish Project Postcard
The Amish Project
Amish Project Postcard

August 28 – September 13, 2015

written by Jessica Dickey

Times:

Thursdays – Saturdays at 8:00pm
Sundays at 2:00pm

Ticket Prices: (credit card processing fees will apply)

General $30.00 
Senior(65+)/Student ticket: $25.00

 Reactions to a school shooting in an Amish community lead us to the crossroads of grief and grace.

Cast & Crew List:

Amy Loui*
(Velda, Anna, Carol, Bill, Sherry, America, Eddie)

*denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association

Director: Deanna Jent
Assitant Director: Nancy Lewis
Stage Manager: Katie Donnelly
Asst. Stage Manager: Morgan Fisher
Set Design: Kyra Bishop
Light Design: Michael Sullivan
Costume Design: Jane Sullivan
Voice and Dialect Coach: Richard Lewis
Sound Design: Zoe Sullivan
Props: Meg Brinkley
Light Board Operator: Emma Bruntrager
Sound Board Operator:  Traci Clapper
House Manager: Joee Gardiner
Program Art: Fox Smith
Photography: John Lamb

Director’s Note

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Eleemosynary
Eleemosynaryweb

February 5 – 21, 2016

by Lee Blessing

Times:

Thursdays – Saturdays at 8:00pm
Sundays at 2:00pm

Ticket Prices: (credit card processing fees will apply)

General $30.00 
Senior(65+)/Student ticket: $25.00

Both funny and poignant, this play examines the subtle and often perilous relationship between three remarkable women: a young girl, her mother, and her grandmother.  Artie abandons her daughter Echo to be raised by Echo’s grandmother, Dorothea.  But when Dorothea’s health begins to fail, can Artie and Echo move beyond the superficiality of words and begin to build a deeper relationship?

Cast & Crew List:

Kelley Weber
Nancy Lewis
Austen Bohmer

*denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association

Director: Doug Finlayson
Assistan Director Brooke Viegut
Stage Manager: Traci Clapper
Asst. Stage Manager: Emma Bruntrager
Set Design: Kyra Bishop
Light Design: Michael Sullivan
Costume Design: Jane Sullivan
Props: Meg Brinkley
Light Board Operator: Morgan Fisher
Sound Board Operator:  Carly Uding
Wardrobe Crew: Emma Bruntrager
House Manager: Joee Gardiner
Program Art: Adrienne Michelle
Photography: John Lamb

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All is Calm Postcard
All is Calm
All is Calm Postcard

November 27 – December 20, 2015

written by Peter Rothstein with musical arrangement by Erick Lichte and Timothy C. Takach

Times:

Thursdays – Saturdays at 8:00pm
Sundays at 2:00pm & 5:00pm

Performances Added:  Saturday, December 12th at 5:00 and Saturday, December 19th at 5:00

Ticket Prices: 

General $30.00 
Senior(65+)/Student ticket: $25.00
Veterans are Free – coupon code “VETERAN”

 Back by popular demand, this a capella musical is a poignant look at man’s humanity during a time of war. Based on a true story.

Cast & Crew List:

Charlie Barron
Will Bonfiglioi
Paul Cereghino
Tyler Cheatem
Steve Isom*
Greg Lhamon
Gerry Love
Ben Nordstrom*
Tim Schall*
Luke Steingruby
Kelvin Urday

*denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association

Director: Deanna Jent
Music Director:  Joe Schoen 
Stage Manager: Katie Donnelly
Asst. Stage Manager: Traci Clapper
Set Design: Kyra Bishop
Light Design: Michael Sullivan
Costume Design: Jane Sullivan
Dialect Coach: Richard Lewis
Props: Meg Brinkley
Light Board Operator: Morgan
Wardrobe Crew: Emma Bruntrager
House Manager: Joee Gardiner
Program Art: Fox Smith
Photography: John Lamb

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