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Catch Me If You Can

July 23-27, 2014

2 hours 30 minutes
Rated PG-13 for adult themes and innuendos

Frank Abagnale Jr., con man extraordinaire, successfully passed himself off as a Pan Am pilot, masqueraded as the supervising resident of a hospital, practiced law without a license, and cashed more than $2.5 million in bad checks, all before he turned 21. After crossing over to the right side of the law, he wrote a best-selling autobiography which became a smash hit motion picture, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, directed by Steven Spielberg. And now, in this brand new Broadway musical, Frank Abagnale’s story becomes a unique theatrical event, filled with terrifically tuneful songs by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman who gave us Hairspray and Smash. We’re very proud to host this Regional Premiere.

Based on the DreamWorks Motion Picture
Book  Terrence McNally
Music  Marc Shaiman
Lyrics  Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman

Guest Stars

THOM SESMA (Carl Hanratty)

THOM SESMA (Carl Hanratty)

Thom is absolutely delighted to return to MTWichita, where he appeared last season playing one of the title roles in the immortal R&H classic The King and I, and where he appeared in Paint Your Wagon (1992) and Gigi (1994). He is particularly thrilled to be working with director Wayne Bryan for the first time since they met when Wayne directed him in a San Diego high school production of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown in 1973, excited for another chance to get it right after all these years. Last year, Thom was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for his performance as The Engineer in Eric Schaeffer’s new and re-imagined production of Miss Saigon at the Signature Theatre in DC. Other theatre credits include leading roles on Broadway and on tour in The Times They Are A-Changin’The Lion KingSearch & DestroyTitanic, and Chu Chem. Off-Broadway credits include NSYF/Public Theatre, the Roundabout, Second Stage, The Drama Department, The Mint, NAATCO, Epic Theatre and, most recently, playing a harried travel agent and 17 insane clients in the hit comedy Craving for Travel at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Playwrights Horizon. Numerous regional credits include many plays, musicals and classical theatre at The Old Globe, Yale Rep, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse, The McCarter, Two River Theatre Co., Arena Stage, Baltimore Center Stage, many more. Some TV and Film credits: “The Good Wife,” “Single Ladies,” “Third Watch,” “Law & Order,” “Canterbury’s Law,” “Over/Under,” “Lay The Favorite,” “Building Girl,” and getting shot point-blank in the head in “Person of Interest.” Directing credits include Jennifer Camp’s Natural History (Walnut Street Theatre), Life (x) 3 (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), and Outcry (NAATCO), along with Hair, Lend Me a Tenor, The Drawer Boy, Once in a Lifetime, Waiting for Lefty, Phantom!, Me and My Girl, and others in various regional, university and stock theatres across the country. Best credit to date: Married Penelope Daulton on April 20. Who could ask for anything more? Proud member AEA, SAG-AFTRA and SDC. Colossians 3:12-17

SKYLER ADAMS (Frank Abagnale Jr.)

SKYLER ADAMS (Frank Abagnale Jr.)

Skyler is thrilled to return to MTWichita where he spent two summers in the resident company, most notably playing Hero in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and then returned for the last two seasons to guest star as Emmett Forrest in Legally Blonde and as Not-Dead Fred / Minstrel / French Knight / Prince Herbert in Monty Python’s Spamalot. Originally from Oklahoma City, OK, and an alum of University of Oklahoma, his other credits include Chicago Shakespeare Theatre: World Premiere of Bartram and Hill’s The Adventures of Pinocchio (Pinocchio); Drury Lane in Chicago: Next to Normal (Henry), Les Misérables (Marius); Lyric Opera of Chicago: Oklahoma! (Swing); Paramount Theatre: Hair (Claude), Grease (Danny), Fiddler on the Roof (Motel); Marriott Theatre: Seussical (Wickersham); Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma: Altar Boyz (Matthew), High School Musical (Troy); and Riverside Theatre: Forum…(Hero). Skyler’s other MTWichita shows include My Fair LadyBig RiverAll Shook Up, Les Misérables (Enjolras u/s), Gypsy (Yonkers), Smokey Joe’s CafeCrazy For You, Annie (Rooster u/s), and Curtains (Aaron u/s). Big thanks to Wayne, his incredible family and God for His great gifts.

DAVID HESS (Frank Sr.)

DAVID HESS (Frank Sr.)

David is thrilled to be making his first appearance at Music Theatre Wichita! His Broadway credits include the recent Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd, covering the roles of Sweeney and Judge Turpin, and playing Frank Butler and Buffalo Bill opposite Reba McEntire in the Broadway revival of Annie Get Your Gun. He was Sweeney Todd in the First National Tour of Sweeney Todd, and played multiple roles in the First National Tour of Ragtime. He’s performed in both Carnegie Hall and Royal Albert Hall, playing the role of Daniel in Kristina; and Bertie in the Lincoln Center’s production of Dessa Rose. A part-time director, David recently directed The 39 Steps at Theatre Aspen. Regional theater credits include Charlie in Shenandoah (Jefferson Award for Best Actor), and Rochester in Jane Eyre (San Francisco Bay Area Critics Award for Best Actor). Other nominated roles include the Baron in Grand Hotel and Vittorio in Sweet Charity. Recent TV appearances include “The Americans,” “Elementary,” “The Good Wife,” and “Royal Pains.” David and his beautiful actress wife of 18 years, Joan Hess, also toured South Africa, Paris, Venice and Great Britain for Travel Channel’s “Fantasy Rails for Millionaires.” Dreams do come true.  www.DavidHess.info

PAULA LEGGETT CHASE (Paula Abagnale)

PAULA LEGGETT CHASE (Paula Abagnale)

Paula is delighted to return to MTWichita where she played Carmen Bernstein in Curtains in 2010, and Violet Newstead in 9 to 5. PLC is a long-time Broadway veteran, appearing in several original Broadway casts: Bye Bye Birdie (2010), Curtains, The Pajama Game (revival w/ Harry Connick Jr.), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Kiss Me, Kate (1999), Damn Yankees (1994), Crazy for You, A Chorus Line (final cast of the original Broadway run). Other NYC stages: Applause at New York City Encores and Princess Diana in The Queen of Hearts. On the road, PLC was featured in Cabaret with Joel Grey, and as Judy Turner in A Chorus Line. On the little screen, “30 Rock” fans will recognize PLC as Randi from the popular “Queen of Jordan” episodes on NBC. Other TV roles include Baroness Elberfeld in “The Sound of Music – Live! with Carrie Underwood,” Judge Dorothy Parnell on the long-running “Law & Order,” appearances on “Unforgettable,” “Bored to Death,” and two seasons as rhyming witch Mediva on the PBS kiddie program “Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego?” In her younger years, PLC was a showgirl regular on “The David Letterman Show,” appearing in numerous comedic skits, dances and ditties at the Ed Sullivan theatre which was, conveniently, only two blocks away from her apartment at the time! Her extensive work in regional theaters from coast to coast includes her recent turns as wicked Stepmother in Cinderella and Ren’s mom in Footloose at KC Starlight. Originally from Evansville, Indiana, PLC studied voice and theatre at Indiana University. She lives in New York with her husband, Broadway musical director and dance music arranger David Chase (recently Emmy nominated for NBC-TV’s “The Sound of Music – Live!”), and their sons Dashiell and Kyler.

CAROLYN ANNE MILLER (Brenda)

CAROLYN ANNE MILLER (Brenda)

Carolyn is so happy to be returning to MTWichita for her second summer! She is an incoming senior at the Chicago College of Performing Arts. Her favorite regional credits include MTWichita: Les Misérables (Eponine), and the American Premiere of Betty Blue Eyes (Veronica Allardyce); Wagon Wheel Theatre: Legally Blonde the Musical (Kate), and Peter Pan (Lost Boy, Twin 2). Her most recent credit: Amadeus (Constanze Mozart) at the Chicago College of Performing Arts. Carolyn is so glad to be back and working with her MTW family again! She wishes a wonderful show to all her fellow castmates and a big thank you to her loving and supportive family and friends! I love you, Anthony!

TIMOTHY W. ROBU (Roger Strong)

TIMOTHY W. ROBU (Roger Strong)

Timothy is delighted to be a part of this year’s MTWichita season, as well as many previous ones. Audiences may remember Tim in past roles such as Thenardier in Les Misérables, Bedevere in Spamalot, John Hancock in 1776, Billis in South Pacific, the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, Amos Hart in Chicago, Oscar Shapiro in Curtains, Mr. Feldzeig in The Drowsy Chaperone, Herbie in Gypsy, and Lazar Wolf in Fiddler. Tim also performs at several other venues in the Wichita area, including Mosley Street Melodrama and the Crown Uptown Theatre. Tim served as Technical Director for the Crown Theatre and Artistic Director of the children’s program for over twenty years. He now works as an Exhibit Technician for Exploration Place. When not working at Wichita’s fine theatres, Tim has plenty to keep him busy as father to his two daughters, Katie and Francie. An added bonus to this year’s season is the chance to once again perform with his talented wife Karen. Thanks to Wayne and all the folks in Wichita who produce theatre, perform theatre, and enjoy theatre. They make the Wichita area a great place to work, live, and bring up kids in.

KAREN L. ROBU (Carol Strong)

KAREN L. ROBU (Carol Strong)

Karen happily returns to Music Theatre after having been seen last as Miss Andrew in last season’s production of Mary Poppins. Karen is a regular at MTWichita where she has been seen as Rose in Gypsy, Madame Thenardier in Les Misérables, Golde in Fiddler on the Roof, Roz in 9-5, Mayor Matilda Hyde in All Shook Up, Ms. Darbus in High School Musical, Martha Watson in White Christmas, the Wicked Witch in Wizard of Oz, Emma Goldman in Ragtime, Maureen / Lowbutt in HONK! (2001 and 2012 productions as well as the American recording), Dolly in Annie Get Your Gun and Mayzie in Seussical. Karen’s credits as a director include Children of EdenCotton Patch GospelTuesdays with Morrie, and Violet, as well as her own original piece No Cross, No Crown, about suffragist Antoinette Brown Blackwell. Karen has also directed for MTYP, the Crown Uptown Theatre, and the Forum, and taught classes for MGM Studio of the Dance and Camp Allegro. Karen recently graduated in May of 2013 Phillips Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. She is Minister of Faith Formation for Plymouth Congregational Church in Wichita. Thanks to her favorite actor, husband Tim for his love and support and to their two amazing daughters.

ROBERT ARIZA (Agent Dollar)

ROBERT ARIZA (Agent Dollar)

Robert is honored to be in his third season at MTWichita! Originally from Queens, NY, Robert is a recent graduate of The University of Michigan. UM credits include Dance with Me (Featured Singer), Disney’s workshop of Bedknobs and Broomsticks (Radio Singer), Crazy for You (Bela Zangler), Sunday in the Park with George (Mr./Lee Randolph), Spring Awakening (Hanschen), Next Fall (Brandon). Robert was the recipient of the 2013 Roger Sturtevant Musical Theatre Award from Actors’ Equity Association, and recently received the Lys Symonette Award from the Lotte Lenya Competition. Thanks to everyone at MTW and my friends/ family at UM and in NY.

KEVIN CLAY (Agent Branton / Frank  Jr. u.s.)

KEVIN CLAY (Agent Branton / Frank Jr. u.s.)

Kevin is a junior at Penn State pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre. Favorite roles there include Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls and John in John and Jen. Kevin spent last summer performing at the Wagon Wheel Theatre in Indiana where he had the pleasure to play Pinocchio in Shrek, Barnaby in Hello, Dolly!, and Jinx in Forever Plaid. So far this summer, he has been seen as McCaffrey in South Pacific, A-rab in West Side Story, and Simeon (the French brother) in Joseph / Dreamcoat. He is so excited to be a part of this season here at MTWichita and is having a great summer! Thanks to mom, dad, and Crew 15!

MICHAEL GRACEFFA (Agent Cod/Dance Captain)

MICHAEL GRACEFFA (Agent Cod/Dance Captain)

Michael is thrilled to be spending his first summer with MTWichita, and enjoyed playing Stewpot in South Pacific, Bernardo in West Side Story, and Reuben in Joseph / Dreamcoat. He has recently been seen traveling America with the First National Tour of Catch Me If You Can. Regional Credits: Forestburgh Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, Reagle Music Theatre. Favorite roles: Bernardo (West Side Story), Rocky (Rocky Horror Show), Kyle (Legally Blonde). A recent Vassar College grad with a BA in Drama. Love to his amazing teachers, family, and friends.

STEVE HITCHCOCK (Jack Barnes, Dr. Wanamaker, etc.)

STEVE HITCHCOCK (Jack Barnes, Dr. Wanamaker, etc.)

Steve has been seen performing around town since graduating from WSU in 2006. Some recent favorite roles include the Emcee in Cabaret, Frances Henshall in One Man, Two Guvnors and Jerry in The Full Monty. You may have also seen him as any number of Hero types at Mosley Street Melodrama, where is also the General Manager. Many thanks to Wayne and the MTWichita family for the opportunity, and to Patty for always allowing him some time away from Mosley to perform on other stages. So much love and thanks to Ted, Briley, Mom, Dad, Kari, Evan, Kenny, Kati, and his furry kids, Eve & Finn for their unconditional love and support of his crazy schedule. Lights, please!

CATHERINE HELM (Cheryl Ann)

CATHERINE HELM (Cheryl Ann)

Catherine is so excited to join Music Theatre Wichita for a third summer season. A recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati and its College Conservatory of Music’s Musical Theatre Program, Catherine would like to thank Wayne, Nancy, and Josh for this incredible opportunity to be a part of the MTW family, and her parents and family for their endless love and support. Favorite MTW credits include Betty Blue Eyes, Les Misérables, Honk!, Mary Poppins (Katie Nana), and Fiddler on the Roof.

Supporting Cast

CAITLIN BELCIK

CAITLIN BELCIK

Caitlin is thrilled to be a first-year MTWichita company member after last performing here at age 11! Caitlin just graduated from Edmond North H.S. in Oklahoma and will be a freshman musical theatre major at Penn State University this fall. Broadway: How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Annie Who); Regional: White Christmas (Susan Waverly) – MTW; Sweet Charity, Bye Bye Birdie, Tarzan, Sound of Music, HSM2, Fiddler, Oklahoma!, Annie – Lyric Theatre; A Little Night Music (Fredrika) – OCU; Annie (Annie) – Sooner Theatre; West Side Story (Maria) – ENHS. Much love and gratitude to Wayne, Nancy and the entire MTW team for this wonderful opportunity, and to my parents and teachers for their support!

MATTHEW BORCHERS

MATTHEW BORCHERS

Matthew is beyond stoked to be making his MTWichita debut this season! A St. Louis native, he will start his senior year this fall with the Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre at The University of Oklahoma. Credits: OKC Philharmonic: The Christmas Show (Mistletoe Dancer). Lyric Theatre OKC: Bye Bye Birdie (Harvey Johnson). OU University: The Drowsy Chaperone (Superintendent), Carousel (Dance Captain), On The Town (Ensemble), Seussical (Ensemble). Endless thanks to Wayne and Nancy for this amazing opportunity; so much gratitude and love to the Big Man Upstairs, family, friends and teachers for their constant love and guidance. BOOMER!

JACOB CHANCELLOR

JACOB CHANCELLOR

Jacob is thrilled to be returning to Wichita for his third summer, and loved playing Action in West Side Story and Levi (the Country Western brother) in Joseph / Dreamcoat. Originally from Edmond, OK, he just finished his senior year at the University of Oklahoma—Boomer Sooner! OU University: On The Town (Chip), The Drowsy Chaperone (Aldolpho), … Forum (Protean), Carousel. Lyric Theatre OKC: Xanadu, 42nd Street, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Broadway Rose (Oregon): The Drowsy Chaperone (George). And of course, 13 fabulous MTWichita productions over the past few years—here’s to 2 more! Thanks and love to family, friends, and the whole MTWichita team!

DONNIE CHAUNCEY

DONNIE CHAUNCEY

Donnie is incredibly enthused, to say the least, for his first summer in MTWichita’s resident company! It has been a high priority goal of his to perform as a Company member and he hopes that everyone can share in his delight! Credits include Wichita State University’s productions of Good News! and Guys and Dolls. Other highlights include International Dance Tours with Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre to Italy and Mexico. Thanks and love to his parents, Marylou and Don, and to his brother Luke and sister Shauna. Also, great thanks to his mentors, instructors, and colleagues at WSU for pushing him and believing in him, and to Wayne Bryan, Josh Larson, Nancy Reeves and the entire crew of MTW!

QUINTAN CRAIG

QUINTAN CRAIG

Quintan “Q” is beyond thrilled to return to MTWichita, having performed here in The Will Rogers Follies (Freddy), Disney’s Beauty and The Beast (Chip), and Seussical (JoJo). Though based in California, Wichita has always felt like home! Regional credits include Young Frankenstein (Sasha), 42nd Street (Oscar), White Christmas (Scooter), A Chorus LineGypsy (Yonkers), Ragtime (Little Boy –IETLAward), Oliver! (Oliver), The Full Monty (Nathan), On Your Toes (Young Junior). Q is looking forward to beginning his journey towards a BFA in Musical Theatre at Belmont University this fall. Heartfelt Thanks to Mom, Dad, and Mollie Rae for your unending love, support and encouragement! Much love and gratitude to Wayne, Nancy, and Josh for this Incredibly Awesome opportunity! Q thanks God for Abundant Blessings!

CALEB DICKE

CALEB DICKE

Caleb is thrilled to be returning for his third summer! You may remember him from several MTWichita shows, including West Side Story (Gee-Tar), South Pacific (Quale), Joseph / Dreamcoat (Napthali / Dance Captain), Fiddler on the Roof (Russian), Honk! (Barnacles), Spamalot (Flying Nun), and Mary Poppins (Dancing Statue). Originally from Ohio, he is a recent dance performance graduate from Oklahoma City University. While at OCU, he has performed in the American Spirit Dance Company’s Home for the Holidays Christmas Show and Spring Show, as well as Legally Blonde (Kiki) and The Wedding Singer (Billy Idol). He would like to thank Wayne, Nancy, and his family.

CLINTON FOSTER

CLINTON FOSTER

Clinton, an upcoming senior Musical Theatre major at Oklahoma City University, is beyond thrilled to be making his MTWichita debut this summer! Favorite OCU credits include: Cabaret (Hans), Street Scene (Dick McGann, u/s), 9 to 5, and Home for the Holidays with the American Spirit Dance Company! Other favorite professional credits include Anything Goes and The Drowsy Chaperone. Clinton would like to thank his parents and OCU family for their endless love and support and Wayne, Nancy, Josh, and MTW for this incredible opportunity!

REBECCA GANS

REBECCA GANS

Rebecca is overjoyed to join the MTWichita family again for her second season, and especially loved playing Anybodys in West Side Story. Rebecca is a Wichita native who recently graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor of Performing Arts in Dance Performance. Other favorite performing opportunities include A Chorus Line (Bebe) at the Crown Uptown Dinner Theater and The King and I (Topsy) at MTW and The MUNY. She would love to thank Wayne Bryan for this amazing opportunity, all the directors and choreographers for such hard work and dedication, her parents, sisters and Rile for their endless love and support, and to God for such a blessing of a life.

CLAIRE GERIG

CLAIRE GERIG

Claire, a Wichita native, couldn’t be happier to spend another summer with MTWichita, where credits include Disney’s Mary Poppins (Mrs. Banks), Betty Blue Eyes (Mrs. Metcalf), South Pacific (Nellie u.s.), and Joseph / Dreamcoat  (Mourning Wife / Narrator u.s.). She is a recent musical theatre graduate of Wichita State University where she was last seen in the title role of Violet, directed by Stephen Kopel. While a student at Maize High School, Claire was selected to represent the Jester Awards in the Leading Actress category at the National High School Musical Theater Awards in New York City and was awarded “The Spirit of the Jimmys” award. Endless thanks to Wayne and the incredible MTW family for all they have done for her. Love to Linda, Amy, Marie, Bret, Pina, Mom & Dad.

WONZA JOHNSON

WONZA JOHNSON

Wonza is a current BFA Musical Theater junior at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. This is his first summer with MTWichita and he couldn’t be more excited to be working with such an amazing organization. All thanks go to his beautiful Mom, Dad and his newborn sister Evelyn. Past Roles: Romeo and Juliet (Romeo), Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), West Side Story (Bernardo). At MTW: Henry in South Pacific, Pepe / Dance Captain in West Side Story, Isaachar in Joseph / Dreamcoat. “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose.”

LILY KAUFMANN

LILY KAUFMANN

Lily couldn’t be more excited to be in her debut season at MTWichita! Lily just completed her freshman year at Florida State University where she is pursuing a BFA in Music Theatre. As a native Kansan, Lily has worked in theaters in Kansas City such as KC Starlight, New Theatre Restaurant, Theatre in the Park, Music Theatre for Young People, and more. Favorite credits include The Drowsy Chaperone (Janet Van DeGraff), Seussical (Mayzie), Bye Bye Birdie (Rosie), Spamalot (u.s. Lady of the Lake/ Laker Girl), My Favorite Year (Alice), and Urinetown (Little Becky Two Shoes). Endless love goes out to her unbelievably supportive family, friends, mentors and MTW for this wonderful opportunity!

TREVOR McCHRISTIAN

TREVOR McCHRISTIAN

Trevor, a Wichita native, is beyond excited to be returning for his fourth summer and first full summer as a company member here at MTWichita! In summer 2013, he was honored to represent MTWichita’s Jester Awards in New York City at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards for his role as Finch in How to Succeed. Favorite credits include Betty Blue Eyes (U.S. Premiere), Singin’ in the Rain, Fiddler on the Roof, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, and Joseph / Dreamcoat, in which he played the Butler and understudied the Brothers (going on as Asher, with two hours’ notice). He sends many humble thanks to Wayne, Nancy, Josh, Thomas, Amy, Doris, and his family for their abundance of support.

ALEXANDER H. MILLER

ALEXANDER H. MILLER

Alexander is honored to return to MTWichita for a second season. Alex is a rising junior at the Univ. of Michigan. Credits include MTW: West Side Story (Diesel), Mary Poppins (Bert u/s), Joseph / Dreamcoat (Dan), Les Misérables (Jean Prouvaire), Betty Blue Eyes, South Pacific. U of M: Rent (Angel), Les Misérables (Foreman), Crazy For YouA Little Night Music. Lyric Theatre of OK: Oliver!, Hairspray. Alex wishes to graciously thank Wayne, Nancy and MTW family for this spectacular summer opportunity. Love always to Mom, Dad and Elle. Thank you to the UMich faculty for your time and dedication to our education in performing arts. GO BLUE!

KELSEY RYAN MOORE

KELSEY RYAN MOORE

Kelsey is from Stuart, FL and is so excited to be making her MTWichita debut this summer! She is a graduate of the University of Michigan Musical Theatre Department where she has played Fredrika in A Little Night Music and Susie in Crazy For You. Other favorite roles include Eponine in Les Misérables and Ti Moune in Once On This Island. Many thanks to MTW for this wonderful opportunity and to her family for their unending support. She sends love to MT14 and forever Go Blue!

BECCA PETERSEN

BECCA PETERSEN

Becca is so excited to spend her second summer with MTWichita! She is originally from Carmel, Indiana, and recently graduated with a BFA in Music Dance Theatre from Brigham Young University. Favorite credits: The Light in the Piazza at BYU (Clara), Thoroughly Modern Millie at The MUNY (Lucille/ Ensemble), Dreamgirls at The Muny (Sweetheart/ Ensemble), plus Spamalot (Laker Girl), West Side Story (Velma), South PacificJoseph / Dreamcoat, and Mary Poppins at MTW. Becca would like to thank everyone at MTW for this wonderful experience. Also a big thank you to her family and friends for their endless support!

TANNER PFLUEGER

TANNER PFLUEGER

Tanner is so excited and honored to be making his Wichita debut this summer. A Nebraska native, Tanner is currently studying at Oklahoma City University as a dance performance major. While at school, he has performed in the American Spirit Dance Company’s annual Home for the Holidays Christmas Show and Spring Show. Credits include Broadway: Billy Elliot (Billy); West End: Billy Elliot (Billy); Regional: Grease (Johnny Casino/ Teen Angel), Seussical (Wickersham Brother), West Side Story (Snowboy), and Beauty and the Beast (Chip). Much love and many thanks to his family, teachers, and mentors for their constant support.

JULIAN RAMOS

JULIAN RAMOS

Julian is a recent graduate from Indiana University in Musical Theatre and couldn’t be more excited to join the MTWichita family this summer, and was delighted to be featured as Judah (the Calypso brother) in Joseph / Dreamcoat. For Rocky Mountain Rep: A Chorus Line (Richie), How To Succeed (Toynbee/ Pirate Dancer), and Peter Pan. In 2012 he attended the School at Jacob’s Pillow for Jazz/ MT Dance under Chet Walker. Favorites at IU include: [title of show] (Jeff), Hair, Damn Yankees, Chicago, and touring China with the Singing Hoosiers. So much love and thanks to Mom, Pops, Mis Abuelos (Te quiero mucho), Wayne, Nancy, and my crazy B-Town Family!!

LUKE STEINHAUER

LUKE STEINHAUER

LUKE STEINHAUER was thrilled to make his MTWichita debut as Big Deal in West Side Story, and to follow up as Asher in Joseph / Dreamcoat. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Luke is currently pursuing his BFA in musical theatre at The University of Michigan. Recent U of M Credits: Crazy for You, Bedknobs and Broomsticks (Disney Theatricals Workshop), Romeo and Juliet and In the Next Room. Luke has also performed with the Pittsburgh CLO in Singin’ in the Rain, The Music Man, Grease, and Oklahoma!, and at Theatre Aspen as the role of Schroeder in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown! Luke is also a National YoungArts Foundation winner in spoken and musical theatre. Many thanks to family, friends, and MTW for this wonderful opportunity.

ANDY TOFA

ANDY TOFA

Andy is currently a student at OU’s School of Musical Theatre (2015). His most recent OU credit was Carousel. Regional credits include Les MisérablesThe King and I, Betty Blue Eyes, and Mary Poppins, all here at MTWichita. He is thrilled to be returning to MTW and being able to perform with his brother Daryl.

DARYL TOFA

DARYL TOFA

Daryl is excited to be making his professional stage debut with MTWichita this summer, performing on the same stage as his older brother Andy. Daryl comes from St. George, UT, where he will be completing high school and his 2-year College Associates Degree at the same time this coming year. At the age of 9 he began studying ballet, jazz and tap at his home studio where he now teaches his own style of hip hop to children and teens and also continues to study and perform. Daryl would like to say, “Thank you to my directors from back home, Brian and Melinda for everything you have done for me, for without you I would not be who I am and where I am today! And love to Mom, Dad and my little brother Gordon, with thanks for all you do and for always supporting me!”

HALLI TOLAND (Dance Captain)

HALLI TOLAND (Dance Captain)

Halli is excited to be making her debut at MTWichita this summer! She is a rising sophomore Musical Theatre major at the University of Michigan, and is originally from Toledo, Ohio. Some of her favorite roles include Janet in The Drowsy Chaperone, Brooke Wyndham in Legally Blonde, Amber Von Tussle in Hairspray, and Graziella in West Side Story. She would like to thank her instructors Brent Wagner, Linda Goodrich, and Catherine Adams, as well as her family and friends back home and at UM for their love and encouragement. Lastly, special thanks to MTW for this wonderful opportunity. Go Blue!

KATIE WESLER

KATIE WESLER

Katie is thrilled to return to MTWichita! She recently graduated from CCM with a BFA in musical theatre and is a 2013 winner of the Kurt Weill Foundation of Music Emerging Talent Award and the Actors’ Equity Roger Sturtevant Musical Theatre Award. At CCM: Kathy Selden in Singin’ in the Rain, Sally Slaton in Parade, The Arbiter’s Assistant in Chess, Les Mis, Into the Woods, Oklahoma!, and Out of This World. At Tent Theatre, roles included Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street. Katie thanks Wayne, Nancy, and MTW for another wonderful season and her family for their support. www.katiewesler.com

HAYLEY WILHELM

HAYLEY WILHELM

Hayley is thrilled to return to MTWichita for her second summer! Hayley is a recent graduate of Oklahoma City University with a degree in dance management. OCU credits include the American Spirit Dance Company’s Home for the Holidays, Spring Show, and OCU’s production of Legally Blonde. Favorite shows here at MTW include West Side Story, Les Misérables, The King and I, Betty Blue Eyes, and Mary Poppins. Hayley would like to thank Wayne, Nancy, and Josh for this amazing opportunity and would also like to thank her husband Zachary, Mom, Dad, Hannah, and Grandmommy for their support!

DAISY WRIGHT

DAISY WRIGHT

Daisy is absolutely thrilled to be making her MTWichita debut this summer! Originally from St. George, UT, Daisy is an upcoming junior Musical Theatre major at the University of Oklahoma. Her credits include: OU University Theatre: On The Town (Ivy u.s./ Ensemble); The Drowsy Chaperone (Mrs. Tottendale u.s./ Ensemble). OKC Philharmonic: The Christmas Show (Dancer). Infinite love and thanks to everyone at MTW for this incredible opportunity, and to mom, dad, family, friends, and teachers past and present, for their continued love and support.

Artistic Staff

WAYNE BRYAN (Director / Producing Artistic Director)

WAYNE BRYAN (Director / Producing Artistic Director)

Wayne continues his 27th season at Music Theatre Wichita, where he has produced 133 Broadway-scale musicals, including dozens for which he also served as director or performer. Raised in southern California, Wayne began his professional career as both actor and director at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre, while stationed as a Navy officer in Coronado. Wayne’s performing credits include Good News!, Rodgers and Hart, and Tintypes on Broadway, the First National Tour of Joseph / Dreamcoat, and TV appearances on such shows as “M*A*S*H”(CBS), “American History” (PBS), and “Keystone” (A&E). His directing credits include award-winning productions on both coasts, including Festival at New York City Center. Wayne is co-author with Mark Madama of a revised version of the collegiate musical Good News!, whose 1993 Wichita premiere has been followed by over 300 subsequent productions around the U.S., Canada and Great Britain, plus an internationally acclaimed cast album. Wayne was a 2002 recipient of the Kansas Governor’s Arts Award as an Individual Artist, and received the NCCJ Brotherhood/Sisterhood Award, recognizing individuals who fight discrimination and encourage diversity. Wayne and Linda Goodrich dedicate their work on this production to the memory and inspiration of Ernie Flatt, choreographer of the Ernie Flatt Dancers on “The Carol Burnett Show,” and a wonderful mentor and friend.

LINDA GOODRICH (Choreographer)

LINDA GOODRICH (Choreographer)

Linda has directed and choreographed throughout the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Directing credits include Bat Boy and Smokey Joe’s Café for TheatreWorks, both of which received San Francisco Bay Area Awards for excellence in direction. Other directing credits include Cabaret, Crazy for You, Side Show, Oklahoma!, Jesus Christ Superstar, Tommy!, 42nd Street, and new works Gibson Fleck and A Good Boy. Choreographic credits include Company with Carol Burnett, High Button Shoes and Strike Up The Band at Goodspeed Opera House, Singin’ in the Rain and Annie at Paper Mill Playhouse, plus a national tour and several regional productions of Singin’ in the Rain (beginning here at  MTWichita). NYC credits include Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York Music Theatre Festival, and Platforms (Best Choreography). Linda credits much of her artistic development to her work at MTW, which  includes Singin’ in the Rain, Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid, Cabaret, Sweet Charity, West Side Story, The Producers, Funny Girl, Hello, Dolly!, Damn Yankees, South Pacific,  Oliver!, The Music Man, Seussical, On the Town (in which she also played “Miss Turnstiles” Ivy Smith), and the world premiere of the revised Good News!. Other theatres include TUTS in Houston, Seattle’s 5th Avenue, Sacramento Music Circus, St. Louis MUNY, Pittsburgh CLO, St. Louis Rep., La Mirada, and Cincinnati Playhouse. Linda performed in the Broadway and national companies of Cabaret, and staged the European tour. Her work has also been seen in touring editions of Blues Clues Live!, Dora the Explorer, and KidzBop Live!. She lives in Michigan with her sons Tyler and Garret, where she is a professor of musical theatre at the University of Michigan. Thank you and great love and appreciation to Wayne, who fueled every step of her career!

THOMAS W. DOUGLAS (Musical Director/Conductor)

THOMAS W. DOUGLAS (Musical Director/Conductor)

Thomas is thrilled to continue his 15th season with his wonderful artistic family at MTWichita, having led 52 productions with this remarkable company. Thomas has done more than 200 musical theatre, opera, orchestral and oratorio productions, including conducting Webber’s Phantom of the Opera in Switzerland. Highlights include Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Bizet’s Carmen JonesMaster Class and Mondo Mangia with the late Jillene Ringle. As the Artistic Director of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, he is receiving acclaim for adventurous, innovative debuts and premiere programs, including Carmina Burana AfricanaMessiah in Space, and a concert of standard choral masterpieces with a fusion rock band and string orchestra accompaniment, plus a presentation of Charlie Chaplin shorts with an all Bach soundtrack. On stage he has enjoyed the roles of Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Amonasro in Aida, and Fats Waller in Ain’t Misbehavin’, both in the U.S. and in Malaysia. Thomas is the Director of Choral Activities and on faculty of both the Drama and the Music schools at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He is the proud recipient of the Mary Jane Teall Award, and is the Musical Director of the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra, there having commissioned an original orchestration of Maury Yeston’s December Songs with Broadway leading lady, Sara Jean Ford. Thomas most recently conducted an exciting contemporary production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni with the Neighborhood Opera Company in Pittsburgh where he is the Producing Artistic Director.

ROBERT A. KOVACH (Scenic Designer)

ROBERT A. KOVACH (Scenic Designer)

Robert is thrilled to re-join the creative team of MTWichita, having designed Xanadu, 9 to 5, West Side Story, and the U.S. premiere of Betty Blue Eyes. Off Broadway – 45th Street Theatre: Around the World in 80 Days; Theatre Row: The Sphinx Winx; New World Stages: White’s Lies and ImaginOcean (Drama Desk Nom.); National Tours – All Shook Up; Regional Designs – Theatre Under the Stars, Memphis Ballet, Walnut Street Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Fulton Opera House, Phoenix Theatre, and others. He has Art Directed and Designed for TV, Print Ads, Corporate, and Commercials for such clients as the Food Network, General Motors, Jockey, and Canon, to name a few. Robert would like to thank Wayne and the entire talented Wichita team. Robert is a proud member of United Scenic Artists (USA 829). www.KovachDesigns.com

DIXON REYNOLDS (Costume Designer)

DIXON REYNOLDS (Costume Designer)

Dixon is thrilled to be back at Music Theatre Wichita after costuming the recent West Side Story, and designing costumes for last summer’s U.S. Premiere of Betty Blue Eyes! He is an Associate Professor of Costume Design at State University of New York at Fredonia and a freelance designer. His designs are seen in a broad range of styles from Theatre, Dance, Opera, Film and his favorite: new and experimental theatrical works, including musicals! Dixon is the resident costume designer at the Kavinoky Theatre in Buffalo, NY. Some of his designs have been seen at The Irish Classical Theatre, ART Park, Summer Repertory Theatre, Buffalo United Artists, Shakespeare in Delaware Park, The Hartt School of Music, Triad Stage, and American Dance Festival. He has also worked in the Costume Departments at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Playmakers Repertory Company, Roanoke Festival Park, HBO Productions and CBS Productions.

DAVID NEVILLE (Lighting Designer)

DAVID NEVILLE (Lighting Designer)

David is thrilled to return for his 27th season of “Camp MTW.” In addition to many productions at MTWichita, David has designed lighting for North Shore Music Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars, Omaha Symphony, The United States Air Force, Stage One, Ordway Music Theatre, Papermill Playhouse, The University of Michigan, Penn State University, Portland Center Stage, North Carolina Theatre, Musical Theatre West, Arkansas Rep, Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera, George Street Playhouse, The 5th Avenue Theatre and Off-Broadway. David’s favorite designs at MTWichita include Big River, Cats, Ragtime, Once on this Island, Children of Eden and Jesus Christ Superstar. David also teaches lighting and scenic design at Wichita State University. He makes his home in Wichita with his wife Robin and his kids, Ryan and Jocelyn.

DAVID MUEHL (Sound Designer)

DAVID MUEHL (Sound Designer)

David continues his ninth season as MTWichita’s sound designer, having also served as the sound assistant previously for a season. During MTWichita’s off season, David is the audio producer for WSU’s College of Fine Arts where he oversees audio recording and live sound for fine arts and other performances. He also serves as sound designer for WSU’s Opera and Musical Theatre programs and is the sound advisor to student musical theatre & opera sound designers and engineers. Some of his favorite sound designs have been Children of Eden, Into the Woods, Les Misérables and Wizard of Oz. David has twice been sound designer for invited productions to the Region V Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. David has also done sound design for Wichita Center for the Arts and Cabaret Oldtown. Special thanks to Dave, Jeff and the rest of the crew of Clearwing Productions in Phoenix and Josh with Event Systems for their continued support of MTWichita.

ALENA SELLARS (Wig and Makeup Designer)

ALENA SELLARS (Wig and Makeup Designer)

Alena is happily returning for her fifth year at MTWichita.  She lives in Wichita and spends most of the year working at Shine Salon. For her work with MTW, Alena is the recipient of the Mary Jane Teall Merit Award for the hair and makeup department. She has spent fifteen years doing hair, and has spent four years as an Aveda color educator. She has worked on Pirates of Penzance and Guys and Dolls for WSU, and worked for the last two years on shows for Wichita Grand Opera, including Otello, Marriage of Figaro, Don Pasquale and William Tell. Alena is so grateful to have the opportunity to work with so many talented people at MTWichita.

MARIA LEON (Property Master)

MARIA LEON (Property Master)

Maria is an Arizona native who has recently graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in theatre production, technology, and design, with emphasis in Scenic Design. She has currently worked as an assistant scenic designer for the Arizona Repertory Theatre’s production of The Man Who Came to Dinner and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Maria was also the assistant scenic charge artist for ART’s Oklahoma and prop master for their production of Cymbeline. This is Maria’s second season with Music Theatre Wichita and would like to thank Jeff Taylor and Wayne Bryan for the opportunity.

DEBBIE ROBERTS (Costume Shop Manager)

DEBBIE ROBERTS (Costume Shop Manager)

Debbie has designed costumes for many shows here, including White Christmas, Thoroughly Modern Millie, High School Musical, State Fair, Funny Girl, The Most Happy Fella, On the Town and West Side Story, plus special costumes for Aida (the fashion show, in partnership with Matt Mitchell), My Fair LadyAnnie Get Your GunMan of La Mancha, Crazy for You, The Sound of Music, My One and Only, and various Festival of Broadway shows. A graduate of Friends University, Debbie received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance and Ballet. “I am so proud of the work that Music Theatre Wichita does, it is always a pleasure to work each season. While California remains my home, for over 20 years Wichita has been my summer home.  I look forward to meeting new people and learning new skills each time. Enjoy the shows!”

JOSEPH D. SIBLEY (Wardrobe Supervisor)

JOSEPH D. SIBLEY (Wardrobe Supervisor)

Joseph is excited to be spending his summer at MTWichita. Originally from Boothbay Harbor, Maine, Joseph graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a B.A. in Theatre with triple focus in Design, Performance and Directing. He has also worked with Maine State Music Theatre, IATSE local 114 (Portland, Maine) Riverside Theatre and Theatre West Virginia. Much love to Kristin, Andrew and his ever loving mother, RIP.

JEFF TAYLOR (Production Manager)

JEFF TAYLOR (Production Manager)

Jeff is extremely honored to be back with this excellent cast and crew for his 13th summer at MTWichita. Throughout the years since 2000, he’s had the chance to apprentice, build, design, and even act for MTWichita, and has now become the year round Production Manager, working closely with the awesome MTW staff. A loyal Kansan, Jeff graduated from East High and earned his BA in Musical Theatre from Friends University in 2006. In 2011, he earned an MFA in Design and Technology from UMKC. Many thanks to the MTWichita Crew, Wayne and Nancy, and his fiancée Sarah.

MITCHELL SOUTHERLAND (Assistant Production Manager)

MITCHELL SOUTHERLAND (Assistant Production Manager)

Mitchell is very excited to be spending his first summer with Music Theatre Wichita. He is a recent graduate of the University of Oklahoma (OU), graduating with a BFA in Drama with an emphasis in Scenic Technology. While an undergraduate, Mitch was recognized by both the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) and The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) for his work as a technical director. Additionally, he was fortunate to lead OU’s USITT chapter as President for two consecutive years (2013-2014). Mitch’s previous credits include two summers at The Santa Fe Opera Company as stage crew apprentice and supervisor (2012 & 2013); technical director of OU’s The Drowsy Chaperone; and assistant stage manager for OU’s Carousel (2013).

AJ KELLISON (Technical Director)

AJ KELLISON (Technical Director)

AJ is glad to be back for another season at MTWichita. Since last summer, AJ has worked for Goodspeed Musicals, The Nebraska Theatre Caravan, The Public Theater and the Actor’s Studio Drama School. AJ would like to thank everyone at Music Theatre for the opportunities and support they have given him throughout the past 9 years. A special thanks goes out to AJ’s parents and his sister Laura.

BRIAN GONNER (Assistant Technical Director)

BRIAN GONNER (Assistant Technical Director)

Brian just completed his first year in the MFA Scenic Technology program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Originally from Dubuque, IA, Brian has worked professionally at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival, and Hope Summer Repertory Theatre. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Evansville in Indiana with a BFA in Theatre Design and Technology and a minor in Mathematics.

MADELYNN NEVINS (Asst. Lighting Designer)

MADELYNN NEVINS (Asst. Lighting Designer)

Madelynn is a recent graduate of Wichita State University where she received a BFA in theatre design and technology. Her previous credits include Lighting Designer for 1940’s Radio Christmas Hour (Prairie Pines Dinner Theatre), Guys and Dolls (Wichita State University), and Production Stage Manager for Laughing Feet Performers. Madelynn is thrilled to be a part of her 8th season at MTWichita. She is so thankful for their summer apprentice program. If it was not for that program, she would not be where she is today. She would like to thank all of the wonderful mentors in her life as well as her family who have always supported her.

STEVE LANDES (Director of the Apprentice Program/Shopper-Buyer)

STEVE LANDES (Director of the Apprentice Program/Shopper-Buyer)

Steve is proud to return for his 21st summer as the Apprentice Program Director. A Wichita resident for twenty two years, Steve worked for Friends University, the Wichita Center for the Arts, and Shakespeare in the Park. Steve moved to the Kansas City area eight years ago for a teaching position. As an educator, Steve continues to be very excited about working with the apprentices in this unique training program (and MTW is deeply grateful for Steve’s creative dedication to our young people!).

MARY SUE DYMAK (Rentals & Inventory Director/Drop Fabricator/Orchestra Pit Manager/Archivist/A Bunch of Other Stuff) [whew!]

MARY SUE DYMAK (Rentals & Inventory Director/Drop Fabricator/Orchestra Pit Manager/Archivist/A Bunch of Other Stuff) [whew!]

WOW! 39 seasons! Being one of the oldest members of the production staff, this year will mark summer productions numbering 192 to 196. In the off season, I still keep my hand in stage managing for Ballet Wichita Orchestra (18 years) and Opera Kansas (23 years) while keeping our ever growing rental business running. I seem to get around a lot but only inside Century II. My life remains happily engaged in larger and more complex tasks working for my favorite employer.  My thanks to WB…..   I offer my deepest love and respect to all who work in this fabulous building and for our organization. No one can do it alone. Happy 65th Anniversary to Joe and Dorothy!

EMILY F. McMULLEN (Production Stage Manager)

EMILY F. McMULLEN (Production Stage Manager)

Emily is back for her 15th summer with MTWichita. Previous productions here include Les Misérables (twice!), Mary Poppins, The King and I, Legally Blonde, Singin’ in the Rain, Fiddler on the Roof, The Music Man, Sunset Boulevard, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Curtains, Gypsy, Crazy for You, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Producers, Big River, …Forum, Seven Brides…, Sweet Charity, Phantom!, Seussical, A Chorus Line, West Side Story, Chicago, Good News!, and ShowBoat. Throughout the year, she is the Production Stage Manager at Merrimack Repertory Theatre outside of Boston and also teaches stage management at Tufts University. She has stage managed for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, North Shore Music Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Capital Repertory Theater, Musical Theatre Guild, Actors Theatre of Phoenix, Broadway Texas, Theatre Emory, and The Shadowland Theatre. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

TIFFANY K. ORR (Stage Manager)

TIFFANY K. ORR (Stage Manager)

Tiffany is originally from Oklahoma. Tiffany spends the other 9 months of the year in the Twin Cities where she works as the production stage manager for Theater Latte Da. While in the twin cities, she has also worked with companies including the Pillsbury House Theatre, The Children’s Theatre Company, Park Square Theatre, The Playwrights’ Center, The Director’s, and the Guthrie. Prior to her move to the Twin Cities she worked on more than a dozen productions as part of the stage management team at the Phoenix Theatre, where she became a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association.

JESSE WARKENTIN (Associate Musical Director/Keyboards)

JESSE WARKENTIN (Associate Musical Director/Keyboards)

Jesse is amazed to find himself in his 11th consecutive season with MTWichita! He conducted the Festival of Broadway orchestra for five years, and enjoyed music directing High School Musical 2 in 2009. Last year he made his debut with the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony as piano soloist, performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue with Maestro Douglas. Throughout the year, Jesse can be found at the new Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre, conducting and musical directing. “My deepest gratitude to Wayne and Thomas for these special months of rich musical fulfillment at MTWichita, and to my incredible family for their laughter and love.”

LINDA STARKEY (Teen Choir Musical Director)

LINDA STARKEY (Teen Choir Musical Director)

Linda continues her relationship with MTWichita, having performed in My Fair LadyOliver!, Cabaret, and The Sound of Music, and having conducted the Teen Choir and assisted with MTWichita’s apprentice program. Currently serving as the Director of the School of Performing Arts at Wichita State University, Linda has also served as Associate Director of the Opera and Music Theatre program there, and taught voice for more than 30 years. She has directed for Opera Kansas, WSU Opera Theatre, WSU Theatre, Wichita Community Theatre, Wichita Children’s Theatre, and the Center for the Arts. In 2005, her production of Pippin was chosen to be an alternate for the American College Theatre Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

JOSHUA LARSON (Teen Choir Staging Director)

JOSHUA LARSON (Teen Choir Staging Director)

Joshua has choreographed for Wichita State University, Friends University, and at various high schools, studios, organizations, and theatres in and around the Wichita area, with his choreography earning him four Jester Awards. His choreographic and directing talents have been used at MTWichita as the staging director for the Teen Choir (2006-present); director/ choreographer of Festival of Broadway (2008-2010, 2014) and Curtain Up! (2013-present); and choreographer/ adjudicator for the dance portion of MTWichita’s national audition tour (2013-present). Joshua received his undergraduate degree in dance performance from Oklahoma City University and his Master of Liberal Arts (with a Theatre Concentration) from Baker University. He has traveled the country evaluating national dance competitions including Starbound and The Elite Dance Cup. Performing credits include shows at Carnegie Hall, on the Holland America Line, and with the following groups: MTWichita, Stiletto Entertainment, Tuacahn, Silver Tree Productions, Oklahoma City University, Windwood Theatricals, and The American Spirit Dance Company.

JENNIFER FISHER (Signing Interpreter)

JENNIFER FISHER (Signing Interpreter)

I’m thrilled for my sixth season at MTW. I would like to thank Wayne and all the super talented people at MTW for including me in the magic! During the year I work at a Goddard school, and lead Deaf Ministry at Central Community Church for the past 7 years; where I interpret services, concerts, conferences, classes, and support groups. I’m involved with Wichita Deaf Ministry Outreach and Deaf Teen Quest. I’ve been signing for 10 years and am focused on musical performance interpreting, having trained in Nashville, TN under Gate Communications. My goal is to create a performance that’s as impacting for the Deaf as it is for the hearing. Thanks to my girls Kara and Stephanie, and my husband for their support. Most importantly God, for the blessings He’s given me and the opportunity to work in such an amazing place. 2 Cor. 4:16-18

NANCY REEVES (Producing Associate/Company Manager)

NANCY REEVES (Producing Associate/Company Manager)

Nancy joined MTWichita in 1988 as a bookkeeper and soon took on other responsibilities. She first took over the position of Company Manager and more recently added Producing Associate to her job description.  As Company Manager Nancy’s duties include coordinating auditions, handling thousands of submissions each season. Other duties include handling the travel and housing accommodation arrangements for guest artists, and maintaining active communications with all department and department heads throughout the season. As Producing Associate Nancy attends auditions and participates in casting decisions, works with agents and participates in contract negotiations. Her long tenure at MTWichita and close personal connections to people throughout Wichita allow her to be an outstanding resource for MTWichita and for artists working in Wichita during the summer season. She can quickly connect a need to a resource, whether that is a qualified rehearsal pianist, an appropriate caterer for a donor appreciation event or a convenient hotel room for a guest artist.

History

Catch Me If You Can: A History of the Musical by Wayne Bryan

  • Opened on April 10, 2011, Neil Simon Theatre; 32 previews, 170 performances
  • Directed by Jack O’Brien
  • Choreographed by Jerry Mitchell
  • Scenic Design by David Rockwell, Costume Design by William Ivey Long, Lighting Design by Kenneth Posner, Sound Design by Steve Canyon Kennedy, Hair and Wig Design by Paul Huntley
  • Musical Arrangements by Marc Shaiman, Orchestrations by Marc Shaiman and Larry Blank
  • Music Direction by John McDaniel
  • Original Cast featured Norbert Leo Butz, Aaron Tveit, Tom Wopat, Rachel de Benedet, Linda Hart, Nick Wyman
  • The Broadway cast album is extremely well sung and played, and highly recommended
  • The DVD and Blu-Ray editions of the original film include entertaining background features

Catch Me If You Can is inspired by the 1980 autobiography of a remarkably resourceful and charming con man named Frank Abagnale Jr., whose pursuit by the FBI resulted in colorful adventures and many close escapes. Finally captured and convicted, he served fewer than five years before starting to work for the federal government. He has now run a successful security company for over 30 years.

Before his 21st birthday, Frank successfully performed cons worth over 2.5 million dollars by posing as a Pan American World Airways pilot, a Georgia doctor, and a Louisiana parish prosecutor. His primary crime was check fraud, and he became so skillful that the FBI eventually turned to him for help in catching other check forgers.

The popular 2002 film version of his story was directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Frank and Tom Hanks as the determined FBI man, with Christopher Walken, Amy Adams, Martin Sheen, and Nathalie Baye in supporting roles. Development for the film started in 1980 but did not progress until 1997 when the film rights to Abagnale’s book were purchased by Spielberg’s DreamWorks. David Fincher, Gore Verbinski, Lasse Hallström, Miloš Forman, and Cameron Crowe had all been possible candidates for director before Spielberg decided to direct it himself. Filming took place from February to May 2002. Released on December 25, 2002, the film was a financial success, recouping the $52 million budget six times over. The real Abagnale expressed his positive reactions to the film, and for that year’s Academy Awards, supporting actor Christopher Walken (as Frank Sr.) and music composer John Williams received nominations.

Songwriting team Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman were looking for other projects after their Broadway success with Hairspray, also set in the 1960s. Wittman was the first to see the musical potential in this story. “I was attracted to the imagery initially,” he says in a Playbill interview. “Then, as I watched it, I realized it spoke to things I wanted to write about and I knew Marc wanted to write about: the notion of family and, when yours doesn’t work, you create another one outside of it. It’s about fathers and mentors … and stewardesses!” Shaiman adds, “Fabricating a new family is the foundation of what the show is about… About this detective realizing, ‘If I don’t step up to parent this kid, no one will’ … that he doesn’t have to see everyone he chases as a criminal but as a human being. Something about this kid touches and changes him.”

Although Catch Me If You Can shares the Sixties era of Hairspray, this show – stylized as if Frank Jr. were telling his story on a 1960s musical variety TV show – has a very different kind of musical score. Shaiman says, “It’s more adult and sexy. Hairspray was completely innocent and more girlie… It’s a very male-driven kind of score because the principals – Frank, Frank’s father, and the detective – are men. If Hairspray was Sixteen MagazineCatch Me If You Can is Playboy.

Music Theatre Wichita is rating the show PG-13, for a few sensual situations and innuendos. There is no actual nudity or profanity in the show.

The musical Catch Me If You Can went through several workshops and reading from 2005 through 2008, finally having its world premiere in July of 2009 at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre. After some rethinking and rewriting, the show opened at New York’s Neil Simon Theatre with most of the actors and creative team from the Seattle production, beginning previews on March 11, 2011, and officially opening a few weeks later. Although the run on Broadway was shorter than the creators had hoped, it was nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Norbert Leo Butz as FBI man Carl Hanratty took home the Best Actor Award.

We are thrilled to bring this jazzy, sexy, and stylish new musical to our theatre for its regional premiere.

Musical Numbers

Act I

Overture Orchestra
Live in Living Color Frank Jr. and Company
The Pinstripes Are All That They See Frank Sr., Frank Jr, and Ladies
Someone Else’s Skin Frank Jr. and Company
Jet Set Frank Jr. and Company
Live in Living Color (Reprise) Frank Jr.
Don’t Break the Rules Hanratty and Company
The Pinstripes Are All That They See (Reprise) The Ladies
Butter Outta Cream Frank Jr. and Frank Sr.
The Man Inside the Clues Hanratty
Christmas Is My Favorite Time of Year Partygoers
My Favorite Time of Year Hanratty, Frank Jr., Frank Sr., and Paula

 

Act II

Entr’acte Orchestra
Doctor’s Orders Nurses
Live in Living Color (Reprise) Frank Jr.
Don’t Be a Stranger Paula and Frank Sr.
Little Boy, Be a Man Frank Sr. and Hanratty
Seven Wonders Frank Jr. and Brenda
(Our) Family Tree Carol, Roger, Brenda, Frank Jr., and Strong Family Singers
Fly, Fly Away  Brenda
Goodbye Frank Jr.
Strange But True Frank Jr. and Hanratty

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