Merrily We Roll Along


Date: May 9, 2018 — June 3, 2018
Days & Times:

Tues. - Thurs. at 7 pm
Fri. & Sat. at 8 pm
Sun. at 2 pm
No perf. May 23

Running Time: 2 hours
Price: $35-$40

Book by George Furth
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Based on the original play by George S. Kaufman & Moss Hart
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Originally directed on Broadway by Harold Prince
Originally produced on Broadway by Lord Grade, Martin Starger, Robert Fryer and Harold Prince in association with Ruth Mitchell and Howard Haines
Directed by Maura Hanlon
Musical Direction by Peter Hodgson


Presented with generous support from:

Summary

Merrily We Roll Along comes to Cape Rep after smash hit revivals in the West End and Boston. Following three best friends over the 20-year span of their artistic careers, Sondheim’s brilliant score includes, “Not a Day Goes By,” “Old Friends” and “Good Thing Going.” As the trio of creatives, Cape Rep favorites Jared Hagan, Trish LaRose and Adam Berry will bring their real-life friendship to the stage, and the drive and wit of the story to life.

Merrily We Roll Along is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

Cast

Franklin Shepard
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Adam Berry is honored to be back at Cape Rep performing along side old friends! Best known as the Executive Producer and star of his own paranormal reality television show on TLC, Kindred Spirits (seasons 1 & 2 available on iTunes & Amazon), his other TV credits include: Ghost Hunters, Ghost Hunters Academy, Anderson Cooper Show and Weekend Today. Theatrical credits: Thrill Me and Nick Bottom in Midsummer Nights Dream  (WHAT); Nick Arnstein in Funny Girl (Cape Rep opposite Trish LaRose), Roger in RENT (Best Performance 2014 Season, Cape Cod Times), Billy Nolan in CARRIE the musical, Jamie in The Last Five Years, Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar (PeregrineTheatre Ensemble); Floyd Collins, Candide, Philadelphia Here I come, Tick, Tick… BOOM! (Counter-Productions); Shining City (WHAT); The Wild Party (CTEK ARTS); School for Wives and Cloud 9 (Shakespeare on the Cape); The Foggy, Foggy Dew a world premiere play by Wendy Kesselman (Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival); The Black Monk by Wendy Kesselman (New Dramatists NYC). HAIR (Claude) and Bat Boy (Edgar) dir. Tony Jackman (Provincetown Theater Company). Other favorites include: Elegies for Angels… dir. Bill Russell; The Rivals (O’Trigger); Side Show (Buddy); Into The Woods (Jack); A Chorus Line (Bobby); and Chicago (Mary Sunshine). Adam is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory. He performed the music of George and Ira Gershwin with the Boston Pops under the direction of Keith Lockhart and also appeared with Betty Buckley in her Feinstein’s NYC show, The Other Woman: Vixen’s of Broadway and Peregrine Theatre’s An Evening With Betty Buckley. Adam also serves as the Executive Director of the Peregrine Theatre Ensemble, a non-profit theatre company located in Provincetown. Summer season production of HAIR begins performances July 10th info at www.PeregrineTheatre.com LOVE to B.M.C! www.Adam-Berry.com

Charley Kringas
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Jared Hagan (Charley Kringas) is an Associate Artist at Cape Rep Theatre where he has appeared in over 25 productions. Some of his favorites include A New Brain, Hairspray, La Cage Aux Folles, Failure: A Love Story, Avenue Q, Drowsy Chaperone, A Class Act, Wintertime and A Year with Frog & Toad. You can also catch him and Trish LaRose in their musical revue Sing Like There’s No Tomorrow at Cape Rep this November and December. NYC: Two Hearts Bleed As One (Joe’s Pub). Regional: Avenue Q (GEVA), Master Class (Eventide), Streakin’ (New Provincetown Theater), Batboy, Cabaret, Hair (PTC), Floyd Collins, Closer than Ever, The Lion in Winter (Counter Productions), A Grand Night for Singing, Into the Woods, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (HJT),  ABC’s of NYC Vol. 1 & 2 (CCFTA) and Talking With (TUTS). Jared would like to give a special thank you to his family, Richard, Penny and Alice.

Mary Flynn
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Trish LaRose (Mary Flynn) is an Associate Artist at Cape Rep Theatre where she has appeared in over a dozen productions. Favorites include: Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, Mae West in Dirty Blonde, Lady of The Lake in Monty Python’s Spamalot, Serafina Delle Rose in The Rose Tattoo, Little Sally in Urinetown and O.G. Howland in Men On Boats. Other credits include the National Tour of Urban Cowboy, Legally Blonde at North Shore Music Theatre and her One-Woman show performed in NYC and Cape Cod. Trish will also be appearing alongside Jared Hagan in their musical revue Sing Like There’s No Tomorrow November 11-December 9. She attended The Boston Conservatory. Love to Alex, Maya, the cast & crew.

Gussie Carnegie
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Rachel O’Malley* (Gussie Carnegie) Rachel is thrilled to be back at the Cape!  Cape Rep Theatre: Evita. Off Broadway: Hell’s Belles, Knockers. Regional Theater: Hetty Feather (Delaware Theatre Company). Education: BM  from University of Oregon, MM from The Boston Conservatory.  You can also see Rachel in New York as her alter burlesque ego Ladybird Finch at Duane Park where she is a regular performer.  For more Rachel and Ladybird, www.rachel-omalley.com

Beth Spencer
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Kelly Plescia is excited to be in her first Cape Rep production! She is a graduate from NYU Tisch’s New Studio on Broadway with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. Recent credits include Barrington Stage Company’s Tribes, the world premiere of The Mollyhouse (Maggie Clap), Legally Blonde (Serena), New Jersey Performing Arts Center/NJYT’s Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Patti) and Paranormative at the Kraine Theatre. Having spent many summers on the Cape, Kelly is grateful to be returning but this time with Sondheim. Thank you to the Merrily team and the tremendous support from friends and family.  www.kellyplescia.com

Joe Josephson
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Ben Berry Originally from Sheboygan, WI; Ben is proudly making his Cape Rep debut in Merrily We Roll Along. He is the Co-founder & Artistic Director of Peregrine Theatre Ensemble in Provincetown. Ben originated the role of Don in the world premiere of Tennessee Williams’ The Parade, or Approaching the End of Summer for the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival. Performances with Peregrine Theatre include Chicago (Billy Flynn), Hamlet (Hamlet), RENT (Mark), The Full Monty (Malcolm), and Carrie (Freddy). With Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander), Thrill Me(Nathan Leopold), Seminar (Douglas), and School for Wives (Agnes). Some other favorite credits include Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Elvira in Blithe Spirit, Damien in Insatiable Hunger (w/Lea DeLaria), Matt in The Fantasticks (Skylight Opera), and Candide in Candide. Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting – (University of MN/Guthrie Theater).

K.T./Mrs. Spencer
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Jess Andra is thrilled to return to the Cape Rep stage after appearing last season in Men On Boats and A New Brain. Most recent credits: Narrator/Mrs Fezziwig, A Christmas Carol (PerSeverance Productions, National Tour), Sylvia, As Time Goes By (Seacoast Rep, World Premiere). Select past roles include: Sandra Bloom/ Big Fish, Eva Peron Evita, Daisy Hilton Side Show and Mary Magdalene Jesus Christ Superstar (The Umbrella), Baker’s Wife Into The Woods (Seacoast Rep) and Sara Murder Ballad (Wilbury Theatre Group). Jess is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC. “It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Scotty/Makeup Artist
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Shelby Anne Davis is a musical theatre actress from Connecticut and a graduate of Saint Michael’s College (B.A. Musical Theatre).  Regional: His Girl Friday (Barrington Stage Company), Lost in Yonkers (Barrington Stage Company), Young Frankenstein (Saint Michael’s Playhouse).  Other favorite credits include: Tracy in Hairspray, Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls and Day by Day soloist in Godspell (KCACTF Richard Maltby Jr. Award nominee). Shelby was also a member of the inaugural Musical Theatre Conservatory at Barrington Stage Company where she studied with composer William Finn, actress Debra Jo Rupp, actor Jason Danieley, and many others. Visit www.shelbyannedavis.com for more!

Dory/Newswoman
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Emma Fitzpatrick is incredibly excited to be part of such an amazing cast, and to be making her debut at Cape Rep! She is a graduate of Framingham State University where she holds a minor in Theater Performance. She was most recently seen as Hope Cladwell in Urinetown at the Tilden Arts Center. Other credits include, Pauline Clench in One Man, Two Guvnors at CCFTA, Sister Mary Robert in Sister Act and The Yellow Brick Road in The Wiz! both at CCTC. She would like to thank her friends and family for all of their endless love and support.

Ru/Photographer
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Jeff Kelly hails from Barnstable and has recently fallen into theatre. He is currently working at Men’s Warehouse and trying to move to New York as soon as financially possible. Favorite previous roles include Finch (H2$), Joseph (Joseph), Gabe (Next to Normal) and most recently was seen in the role of Dan Kaffee in CCFTA’s production of ‘A Few Good Men’. He is also soon to play Morris DeDelancy/Darcy in Cortland Rep’s production of ‘Newsies’. He would like to thank the production staff of  ‘Merrily’ for the opportunity and thank his family, Anna, John Murelle and Cam Hall for all the support.

Frank Jr.
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Julien Lajoie (Frank, Jr) age 12, is excited to be back at the Cape Rep again after appearing in Billy Elliot last summer.  This winter he was Linus at the APA’s Charlie Brown’s Christmas; other previous credits include the youth ensemble at the Cape Playhouse’s Music Man, the elf in Shrek, an orphan in Oliver, and the Elephant Bird in Seussical, at the Cape Cod Theatre Company. A sixth grader at the Lighthouse Charter School, he plays a lot of soccer, and enjoys hip hop and break dancing. Thank you, Mo and Co. for this opportunity to be back on this stage!

Meg Kincaid/First Girl
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Meghan was last seen at Cape Rep in Failure: A Love Story, and she is thrilled to be back. Other favorite past shows at Cape Rep include Funny Girl, The Emperor’s New Clothes, A Year with Frog and Toad, and Blithe Spirit. She most recently appeared in The ABCs of NYC: Broadway Time Machine at Cotuit Center for the Arts. In New York, Meghan has debuted two original shows, Womenfolk and Here Comes the Broad, at The Duplex Cabaret and Piano Bar. She is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama. Love and thanks to her family, especially Conor and Aunt Janie. For more, visit meghanmagrath.com.

Terry/Mr. Spencer
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Craig D. McKerley is ecstatic to join this marvelous group of artists for his first show at Cape Rep. Craig has been spotted criss-crossing the country for the last two winters with PerSeverance Productions national tour of A Christmas Carol performing the role of Mr. Fezziwig and others. Craig is currently based out of NYC, he spent the better part of the last four years in Austin, Texas where he appeared  in Young Frankenstein (Frederick), Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour)*B. Iden Payne Best Actor Nominee, Hairspray (Wilbur Turnblad)* BWW Best Supporting Actor Nomination, Person to Watch Nomination*, title of Show (Hunter), Spamalot (Sir Robin), First Date (Reggie), Legally Blonde (Professor Callahan), Chicago (Amos), Parade (Lt. Starnes) and many others. On camera he can be seen in various commercials television shows, and films. Craig is a native of New Hampshire where he earned a B.A. in Theatre from the University of New Hampshire; Go ‘Cats!! Craig wishes to thank everyone who has supported him on many many various steps along the way. Enjoy the show!

Tyler/Newsman
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Noah Pelty is thrilled to be a part of his first production at Cape Rep. Originally from New York City, he is a senior BFA Acting major at Coastal Carolina University. Regional credits include: Two Rooms (Atlantic Stage), and High Steppin Country (PG productions). Collegiate Theatre credits include: Bullets Over Broadway (Cheech), Really Really (Jimmy), Our Country’s Good (Wisehammer/Capt Phillip), Big Love (Leo), How To Succeed… (Womper/Twimble), and The 1940’s Radio Hour (Lou Cohn). Pelty is also a member of the Cape Cod based rock band “Canon Hill”. He’d like to thank his family for all their support!

Jerome
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Anthony Teixeira is a local performer, producer, music director and educator who is grateful to be back on the Cape Rep stage! Previous shows here include Evita, Funny Girl, The Light in the Piazza, Mack & Mabel, A Year With Frog & Toad, and Lyle the Crocodile, as well as shows at Cotuit Center for the Arts, Harwich Junior Theatre, and with Theater Under the Stairs.  Anthony was a soloist for the Cape Symphony’s Holiday Concert, and a featured singer for their most recent concert at the Melody Tent.

* Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under Special Appearance Contract.


Creative

Director
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Maura Hanlon (Director) is the Associate Artistic Director at Cape Rep Theatre where she has directed many, many plays including last season’s Men on Boats and Billy Elliot the Musical. She also heads up the Young Company (YoCo) which recently presented her adaptation of Great Expectations with 16 teens from across the Cape. In addition to Merrily We Roll Along, Mo will be directing Shakespeare in Love at the end of the season. Favorite directing credits include Men on Boats, Failure: A Love Story, Jerusalem, Eurydice, Wintertime, The Rose Tattoo (Cape Rep) and Peter Pan and Wendy (HJT). Mo is also a sometime actor (including Cape Rep’s The Drowsy Chaperone, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Mr. Burns, a post-electric play), a frequent sound designer (My Name is Asher Lev, Topdog/Underdog, The Bottom of the Sky, to name just a few) and an occasional playwright (Good Bye, Mary Rose, Dinosaur Pirates from Outerspace!, which she also composed, and Alice in Wonderland). Mo is a graduate of Holy Cross where she was a French/Pre-Med major. She studied acting and directing at Trinity Rep Conservatory and received her MFA in directing from UCSD. She was twice nominated for the Richard E. Sherwood Award and was offered a Drama League Directing Fellowship. Her productions have been named frequently in the Cape Cod Times annual “Favorite Shows of…” She is a well-respected acting teacher and coach, and teaches acting and directing through Cape Rep’s Theatrelab and YoCo. Extra-special thanks to her incredibly supportive family, Art, Paddo, Seamus and Macklin. maurahanlon.com.

Musical Director
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Peter Hodgson (Musical Direction) is happy to be back at Cape Rep for a second summer! Last year, he was the Musical Director for Billy Elliot the Musical and wrote the music for Boundless. He hails from Sacramento, California, but now lives in New York City working as a freelance writer and music director. He attended NYU, where he received both his BA in Music Theory and Composition and MFA in Musical Theatre Writing. Since graduating, he has written for many different projects ranging from musical theater, to pop, to film. Thanks to the Cape Rep Family for having me back!

Scenic Design
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Andrew Licout (Scenic Design) is a New York based scenic designer for plays, musicals, opera, and film. In addition to his own design work, Andrew also works as an assistant to Alexander Dodge, working on various productions including Samson Et Dalila at the MET and both the international and national tours of Anastasia on Broadway. Andrew graduated with his BFA from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2017. Go Pickles.

Lighting Design
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Susan Nicholson (Lighting Design) has been illuminating productions professionally since 2004. Favorite shows include Boundless and Billy Elliot the Musical at Cape Rep, Chicago at CCSU, and Death for Five Voices at Prospect Theatre Company. Regionally she has designed at the Forestburgh Playhouse, Enchanted Dance, AADA, Harbor Lights Theatre, The Resident Theatre Company and Provincetown Theater.  She is also a part of HG Lighting Design and freelances as a corporate and event lighting designer for WorldStage. Honors include Barbizon Region 3 winner, at the National level Runner-Up, Nominated for an Ostrander in Lighting in Memphis. She holds a BA from Purdue University and a MFA from the University of Memphis.  Member local 829. susanmnicholsondesign.com

Projection Design
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Lisa Renkel (Projection Design) Lisa is a projection designer based in New York City. Her passion for collaborative design has allowed her the opportunities to work on a wide variety of productions ranging from theatre to music festivals. Select designs: On The Town (CAP 21), I Am My Own Wife (Seeing Place Theater), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (5th Floor Theatre Company), Scoop (Israeli Artists Project), Magic The Play (Theatre Row), Dutchman (Secret Theatre), She Persisted (Drama League), Boundless (Cape Rep Theatre), Outside Paducah (Poetic Theater Productions), Village Orpheus (Fresh Fruit Festival). Select associate designs: JUNK (Broadway), The Stone Witch (Off-Broadway), The Spoils (Off-Broadway), A Perfect Harmony (Smithsonian – IlluminAsia). Lisa is a proud graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Check out her work and upcoming projects at: lisarenkel.com

Costume Design
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Robin McLaughlin (Costume Design) was resident costume designer at Cape Rep Theatre for many years. After several years in California she is very happy to be back East to work at Cape Rep once again. She continues to be a nationally known designer of hand made journey bags and has added custom wedding accessories to her collection.

Properties
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Mary Fritz (Properties) Mary has been acquiring props for many Cape Cod theaters for over 30 years. She is glad to be back at Cape Rep for this production.

Stage Manager
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Kate Gulden (Stage Manager) has previously stage managed nine shows at Cape Rep from 9-Ball (2013) to Boundless (2017), and assistant stage managed four. Other credits include stage manager at Chestnut Street Playhouse (The Musical of Musicals: The Musical!) and Bartlett Theatre (The Glass Menagerie, Crumbs from the Table of Joy) and assistant stage manager at Playhouse on Park (The Chosen, I Hate Hamlet). Kate is a graduate of Gettysburg College where she earned a BA in English and Theatre Arts. She also serves as head of public relations and managing editor for Sunset Liminal Press and their flagship literary magazine, Sunset Liminal.

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