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Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Program: The Producers, September 10, 2009

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Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Board of Directors Advisory Board Darrell W. Pierce- President Paul Cumming- Vice President Kevin Salley- Treasurer Jean Leverich-Secretary Fred Patterson- Treasurer Emeritus Lisamarie Babik Brittany Batell David Beaulieu Kathleen Beardmore Joyce Casale Rob Goren Douglas Harris Matthew Rogers Michele K. Desvignes Schilling Cynthia Straub Ken Thomson Anne Bauman - Chair Robin Barlow JohnEman Robert Green David Keren Ron Miller Deanna Relyea Judy Dow Rumelhart Ingrid Sheldon Gayle Steiner Keith Taylor Sheryl Yengera Suzi Peterson Cassie Mann Managing Director Program Director Eileen Goldman January Provenzola Office Manager Volunteer Coordinator 322 WEST ANN STREET ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN 48104 box office (734) 971-2228 office (734) 971-0605 WWW.A2CT.ORG Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Opening night September 10, 2009 Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre THE 'RODUCERS Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan Directed by Wendy Sielaff Music Direction by Choreographed by Michael Williams Ron Smith Stage Manager Assistant Director/ Producer Costume Designer Cathy Cassar Shelly Smith Nancy Rydzewski Set Construction Lighting Designer Set Design Brad Pitts Wendy Sielaff Mike Sielaff Graphic Designer Erik Wright-Olsen Sound Designer Properties Justin Humphries Elizabeth Royce Publicity Photographer House Manager Tom Steppe Pam Wenzel Produced through special arrangement with Music Theatre International 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 From the Director I thought I lost it... my mojo that is. The events in the last several months of my life left me without the passion that I once had for the theater. I didn't want to act, sing, dance or direct. I felt I had nothing to give -- it was gone. A2CT awarded me this wonderful show and I felt a panic because I was not sure I could do it. I listened to the CD and read the script over and over again hoping for a spark, but nothing - I was blank. At auditions I saw the faces of people that expected me to direct them, give them a vision, and put on a good show. A sheath of panic flowed over me, I had nothing, but as I watched the auditions and I felt a spark, these people are really good! Yet. .. how could I do this? I came to a vocal rehearsal, and I listened to the wonderful sound that filled the space. I watched as Ron moved this cast in some of the most creative choreography I have seen in a long time. I felt another spark. Now it was my turn to start with the cast. I walked in and hoped that something would happen. It did. I had amazing talent to work with and I once again became inspired, but was it enough? As the process continued I was grateful to Mike Williams, the wonderful music director. His joy and enthusiasm were contagious. Each time I watched him direct or heard the cast sing I was filled with a wonderful anticipation. Thank you Mike. I came to dance rehearsals, because Ron Smith was inventive and creative. Many times I did not need to be there but the bar was so high on the dancing I knew I had to match it. He inspired me to reach down deep and uncover that passion that once filled me. Then all of a sudden, I felt the creative juices flowing ... rehearsals were a pleasure, the cast and crew were brilliant, and I got my mojo back. I hope you agree. This show is dedicated to my late son-in-law, David, who took my mojo to heaven. He hated musical theatre, so I imagine that's why he took it. Finally, thank you to John Reiser, who has produced every show I have done at A2CT. He is in the hospital having open-heart surgery; our thoughts and prayers go out to you. It feels good to have it back. Wendy Sielaff Director The Orchestra Brian E. Buckner ........................................................................................ Piano Kylee Phillips ......................................................................................... Keyboard Tom Lehker ............................................................................................. Trumpet Rick Pierce ........................................................................................... Trombone /ann Battersby, Lewis Middleton ...................................................... Woodwinds Anne Hendriks ........................................................................................... Violin Tim Prettyman .............................................................................................. Bass Jason Quay ................................................................................................ Drums Michael Williams ........................................................................ Music Director Rich Alder & Brian E. Buckner ............................................... Rehearsal Pianist Common Language· Common Language Feminist/LGBT Bookstore also Theatre, Movies and the Arts lautl BAR 315 Braun Court Ann Arbor 734-994-3677 Common Language Bookstore 317 Braun Court Ann Arbor 734-663-3677 The Cast LEO BABCOCK (ROGER DEBRIS) has been involved in the theater for ages, as evident by his appearances in ninety some stage productions, and his directing and designing dozens of others. A2CT roles include: Ethan in The Full Monty, Nathan in Guys and Dolls, Bill Kelly (Flyboy) in Steel Pier and Tom Sawyer in Big River. Other favorites roles include: Noah in Two By Two, Pseudolus in Forum, Loclcstock in Urinetown, and Harold Hill in Music Man. With much thanks to Barbara and the kids. GORDON BARNETT (JUDGE,CHORUS) is a long-term veteran of the local stage, Gordon has been seen in A2CT's productions of Tom jones, The Tempest, The Music Man, The Strawberry And The Kaiser, and The Syringa Tree and recently sang first tenor in the chorus of Arbor Opera's production of Die Fledermaus. A past board member of Comic Opera Guild for 13 years and its vice-president for 10, he has also performed with Dexter Community Players and, since 1986, with The Uof M Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Gordon thanks his wife Carol, daughter jennifer and grandson Gavin for encouraging him to find his inner child, and his good friend and mentor, Victor Douvan,for introducing him to local theatre 'lo these many years ago. BRENDAN BACHMAN (SCOTT, CHORUS) is happy to be back in another A2CT show. He is currently in his eleventh year on the Board for DCP. Previous roles include Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz, Pippin in Pippin, Bobby Strong in Urinetown, and Toby in Sweeney Todd, all with DCP, Rusty Charlie in A2CT's Guys and Dolls, and various other shows. His pastimes include playing soccer, and eating spicy food, and chasing his kids around the universe. Thanks to Wendy, Mike and Ron for this amazing opportunity. Lots of love to jenn, Mattie, Delaney, and Charlotte! DAVID BEAULIEU (KEVIN THE COSTUME DESIGNER/POLICE SERGEANT/BLIND VIOLINIST/CHORUS) is pleased to be involved in yet another A2CT production. David most recently appeared in A2CT's Kiss Me Kate and Follies. Other A2CT appearances include A Few Good Men, The Music Man, Hair, The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, Guys & Dolls, West Side Story. joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, My One and Only and Dinner With Friends. He has also appeared in Both Your Houses with Michigan Classical Repertory Theatre, The Grand Duke with UMGASS, and Little Shop ofHorrors with Destination Theatre. In addition to performing, David is also serving his first term on the A2CT Board of Directors. David would like to thank Wendy, Mike, Ron and the rest of the cast and crew of The Producers for another great A2CT experience as well as his family for their continued support of theater. Go Tigers!! ELLINGTON BERG (CARMEN, CHORUS) is so excited to be in A2CT's The Producers! He's done 3 seasons straight of A2CT jr., but this is his first Mainstage show. Ellington has been with other companies, as well. He also studies ballet, and is a member of his high school's chamber choir. He would like to thank his family and friends. A special shout out to his friends Leslie and Catherine, for being the best people a person could ask for. SUSIE BERNEIS (CHORUS, LICK ME BITE ME) has obviously not had enough show business in her life since A2CT's Follies so she's singing and hoofing again happily with The Producers gang. (Hoofing might really be the word!) When she's not on stage for A2CT, she's co-managing the new and vastly improved A2CT costume collection which is housed in a beautiful organized space and ready for other groups to come and rent costumes. Call me! Seriously, thanks as always to Paul for his long-suffering patience while I'm out of the house at night. Love to the fam and break a leg to the cast! MARK BERNSTEIN (CHORUS) was last seen earlier this year as Buddy in the A2CT production of Follies. Favorite past A2CT roles include Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, E.). Hornbeck in Inherit the Wind, and Reverend Parris in The Crucible. Non-Civic roles have included McNair in 1776, Sal in Victor! Victoria, the jester in Once Upon A Mattress, and King Pellinore in Camelot. Thanks to everyone who's made this so much fun. And as always, love to Sharon. KARL JOSEF CO (LEO BLOOM) is proud to make hisA2CT Mainstage debut in The Producers! Past credits include Not Then Not Now with A2CT, and Urinetown, Kiss Me Kate, Pop Star - The Musical, Anything Goes, and Pajama Game with other organizations. He recently starred in and co-wrote the music for the award-winning Detroit 48 Hour Film Festival entry Love Between the Lanes. Karl is a soon-to-be graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music's Voice Program and would to thank Matt, Mia, and the rest of the cast, directors, and crew for this amazing experience! And a special thanks to all of his family and friends that are currently reading this bio indicating that they have shown up to support him! MEG EMLAW (CHORUS) is a middle school teacher in Chelsea. In addition to teaching drama and theatre, she has appeared both onstage and off- with groups such as UMGASS, Dexter Community Players, Saline Area Players, and Adrian College Theater. This is Meg's first show with A2CT. She'd like to thank jenn and Wendy for getting her involved. RACHEL FRANCISCO (SHIRLEY MARKOWIZ, SPECIALTY DANCER/CHORUS) is celebrating her II th year of performing with A2CT. Favorite shows include Fiddler on the Roof (Director), Kiss Me Kate (Choreographer), Hair, Chicago, Chorus Line, ... oh, who am I kidding, I've had a great time in all the shows I've been involved with. Special hugs to Melanie and Caitlin. Love to Timo,Annika and Twig. MATTHEW GRACE (MAX BIALYSTOCK) is back on the Lydia stage, but oddly enough, i(s not in a Gilbert & Sullivan operetta. The Producers is only Matthew's second foray into the world of musical theater. The first being the Dexter Community Player's production of The Apple Tree last year. Mostly Matthew has been seen in G&S productions, playing such favorite characters as The Major-General, Captain Corcoran, Fifth Third Bank proudly supports Ann Arbor Civic Theatre's 80th Anniversary Season. -----ii----FIFTH THIRD BANK The things we do for dreams:· Fifth Third Bank. Member FDIC. G:l Equal Housing Lender. The Mikado and the Lord Chancellor (strangely all widowed gentlemen). He would like to thank the A2CT production staff for taking the chance on him in this role, the Smiths for getting him into the world of musical theater and his daughter for being such a wonderful inspiration for him. KATHRYN GRAHAM (SPECIALTY DANCER/CHORUS) is very excited to be in her firstA2CT show! Kathryn will be a sophomore voice performance with teacher certification major at the University of Michigan this fall. Past productions include Die Fledermaus with Arbor Opera Theater, The Pirates of Penzance with UofM Gilbert and Sullivan Society, and The Wizard of Oz, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Carousel, and High School Musical with Pioneer High School Theatre Guild. LIZ GREAVES-HOXSIE (CHORUS) is thrilled to be working on her first A2CT production. Her sole previous credit is Mom in True West, produced by Washtenaw Community College. So far, Liz appears to be developing a focus on extreme versions of little old ladies. She wants to thank Wendy, Ron and Mike for the opportunity and Paul for his continual support. ANDREW HANNA(CHORUS) has enjoyed theater and performing for some time, participating with school- and community-based groups in the area: Summers-Knoll Schools, Emerson Summer Program, Phoenix Players, Dexter Community Players, AA Young Actors Guild and, now, with A2CT. Performances include: Twelfth Night, Much Ado about Nothing, Oklahoma! ,As You Like It, and Urinetown. Andrew enjoys kayaking the Huron River, reading, RPGs, movies, Friday Nite Magic and cheeses. He lives in Ann Arbor with his parents and two cats, Blueberry and Potpie, and attends high school at Greenhills. MELANIE HEARSCH (SPECIALTY DANCER/CHORUS) is thrilled to be able to squeeze in another show with A2CT in between retiring from 12 years in public relations and starting an accelerated nursing program at U of M this fall. Her 5 and 2 year old girls have enjoyed learning the wholesome lyrics to this show as well as watching Mommy try to convince her dancing genes that they are, in fact, IS years younger than the rest of her. She thanks her husband and family for their outward appearance of patience with her schedule and hopes she won't need to use her new CPR skills on any audience members during "Springtime:' SEAN IKE (BLACK MAN ACCOUNTANT, OFFICER O'HOULLIAHAN) is joining A2CT for the very first time. His role on stage usually being as a singer/ guitarist in groups such as soul outfit, the Elevations, country with the Cowgirl Cabaret (as a guest Cowboy), and jazz with the SG Ensemble. Ann Arborites may have seen Sean most recently at Mast Shoes, where he's been making feet feel better for the past four years. LAURA JOHNSON (USHERETTE, CHORUS) is thrilled to be a part of her first production with A2CT. As a recent graduate from UM School of Public Health, she is now working at the University Hospital as a project coordinator for a research study. When Laura is not performing, she enjoys international traveling, trying new food, and political debate. ANN MARIE MANN (HOLD ME-TOUCH ME, CHORUS) is delighted to be a "young at heart~ sexy little old lady as part of this very talented cast. She thanks Wendy, Mike and Ron for this fun opportunity. Last appearances with A2CT include performances in Stage Door and Follies. Favorite roleVeta Louise Simmons in Harvey (Saline Area Players). Ann is proud mom to )on, Matt and Kristin and a nurse at UM Hospital. Thank you to Dick, family and friends for their love and support. MIA-CARINA MOLLICONE(ULLA) is thrilled to be making her A2CT musical debut, especially as a blonde! Her previous A2CT credits include Mitch Gillet(s Stage Door and Jeff Meyers' A Midsummer Night's Dream. Mia is a senior at the University of Michigan and plans to pursue acting professionally. She wants to send love to the cast and crew, her family, and everyone who took the time to read this paragraph! GABE MOSS (CHORUS) is extremely excited to be appearing in his first A2CT production. A sophomore at the University of Michigan, he has most recently appeared in Les Miserables, Beauty and the Beast, and West Side Story. He would like to thank the cast and directors for all the effort they've put into this production, and his family for their endless support. Enjoy the show! SARAH ROBSON (SPECIALTY DANCER/CHORUS) is thrilled to be returning to the stage for this wonderful production with such a talented group. She first appeared as Zebulun's wife in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the age of eleven, and has not stopped since, going on to appear in Fiddler on the Roof, The Music Man, Children of Eden, and many more throughout the intervening years. She fully intends to become a huge star, so you may want to get her autograph now. DEBRA "ROCKEY" ROCKEY (FEEL ME KISS ME. CHORUS) is thrilled to be back with A2CT afier her recent performance as Stella inA2CT's Follies. Past credits include Sweeney Todd, Annie, Madeline, Baby, Divine Stella Divine, Anne of Green Gables, Rosenstrausse, Patience and Spitfire Grill with other Michigan theaters. Rockey is also a graduate of Second City School of Improv and Mark Ridley's Comedy School. By day, she works as Director of Learning & Development for Trinity Health. Living the Dream! CAITLIN ROWE (SPECIALTY DANCER/ CHORUS) has been an A2CT regular for the better part of a decade and is pleased to be involved in yet another zany experience. Favorite roles include: Hildy in On the Town, Adelaide in Guys and Dolls (both A2CT), Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors (Destination), and Roxie in Chicago (SAP). Caitlin also directed and co-choreographed A2CT's Hair. She will be choreographing How to Succeed ... to close the 2009-2010 season. Caitlin is thrilled to be in another show with her hilarious, scene-stealing husband, Dave, and thanks Ellie for the patience and long nights. Big Hug! DAVID ROWE (FRANZ LIEBKIND) has been performing and involved in A2CT shows for the past 11 years. Favorite shows include Big River, Fiddler on The Roof, Guys and Dolls, and Little Shop of Horrors as the Dentist. When not flopping around on stage as a Nazi, David is a pilot for Delta Airlines. He loves being in a show with his beautiful wife Caitlin and blows a big kiss to his daughter Ellie. Thanks to everyone at A2CT and the production staff of The Producers for making this such a wonderful experience. CHRIS SHEWCHENKO (STORM TROOPER/BRYAN/ CHORUS) is elated to be part of another openin' of another show with A2CT! Incidentally, i(s also the fourth show from Civic he's been in with feather boas, and the third one involving whips, go figure! Previous A2CT credits include Kiss Me Kate, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A Few Good Men, and Hair. Chris wholeheartedly thanks his family and friends for their continued love and support. )ENN SMITH (SPECIALTY DANCER/ CHORUS) is delighted to be back at A2CT for another show, this time as a dirty old lady! Previous roles include Velma Kelly in Chicago, Ida in Honk!, Laurey in Oklahoma!, Vi in Footloose!, Narrator in Joseph, and Beth in Merrily . Thank you to Wendy, Mike, and Ron for a wonderful experience. Special thanks to Ron Fracker. Everlasting love to Eddie. Love to her three beautiful daughters who let Mommy take a little time offi And all her love to Brendan, and to their first time ever being partnered in a show! Wow, that's a lot of love. JEFF SPINDLER (CHORUS) is an UMGASS veteran of both stage and set shop, and glad to be joining A2CT for the first time. Jeff recently waltzed as a chorus member in Arbor Opera's Die Fledermaus. By day Jeff is a Software Architect. At other times he's playing computer games or, recently, kayaking on Argo Pond (at least until they pull out that big plug in the bottom). MAUREEN WHITE-GOEMAN (CHORUS) is excited for her first show with A2CT. She was recently seen behind bars in Chicago with Saline Area Players. When she is not dressed up as a young Nazi or tap dancing, Maureen runs a flower business in Saline and sings in community choirs. She'd like to say"Bah Fongool!" to the cast and crew ERIK WRIGHT-OLSEN (THE LITTLE WOODEN BOYCHORUS) has played a wide variety of roles in his 20-year A2CT career, including Oscar in Sweet Charity and Axel in The Nerd. When he's not acting here or as a producer/editor/ chief bottle washer for Michigan Channel, he hosts Kids on Strike on WCBN FM, and is an occasional Big Ten replay technician. Transatlantic love to Amy.. . Rita, Harry, Maggie and Edgar miss you! "' ARBOR SPRINGS VVAflH Where running pipe is considered an art form.

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