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CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR THE LYCEUM PREMIERE OF SOUVENIR – A FANTASIA ON THE LIFE OF FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS

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CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR THE LYCEUM PREMIERE OF SOUVENIR – A FANTASIA ON THE LIFE OF FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS

Arrow Rock, MO – Casting is now complete for the Lyceum premiere of the charming and hilarious comedy Souvenir, playing from August 18 – August 26. Souvenir will be directed by BRUCE LONGWORTH (At the Lyceum: The Immigrant, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Miracle Worker, Arsenic and Old Lace and The Importance of Being Earnest). The production features APRIL WOODALL as Florence Foster Jenkins, and PAUL HELM as her hapless accompanist, Cosmé McMoon.

Souvenir tells the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a wealthy socialite who became famous for trying to be an opera star, but Jenkins was blissfully unaware that she was completely tone deaf. Her accompanist, Cosmé McMoon, the narrator of the play, needs money, and thus he is willing to play for a woman who cannot sing to save her life. Both touching and hilarious, Souvenir takes the audience into Florence’s world, finding there the beauty she’d heard in her head all along.

APRIL WOODALL returns to the Lyceum to play Florence Foster Jenkins. At the Lyceum, April has been seen in Mary Poppins, Into the Woods, Big, Little Women, Tom Sawyer, The Sound of Music, Arsenic and Old Lace, Damn Yankees, and A Christmas Carol for the past two seasons.  Other regional credits include: Maine State Music Theatre, Fulton Theatre, American Theatre Group, Mill Mountain Theater, Little Theatre on the Square, Gateway Playhouse, and Bristol Riverside Theatre. April first performed Florence Foster Jenkins in “Souvenir” at the Cortland Repertory Theatre in 2011, then at the Center City Theatre Works in 2012, and again at Montgomery Theatre in 2014. She has appeared as a commentator in the 2016 documentary of Florence’s life, “The Florence Foster Jenkins’ Story”, and has received two Best Actress nominations for her performances of Florence: one from the SALT Awards, and another from the Barrymore Awards.

Making his Lyceum debut, PAUL HELM plays Cosmé McMoon. Paul has performed, directed and music directed with the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Florida Studio Theatre, Auburn Public Theater, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Fireside Dinner Theatre, First Stage Children’s Theater, Skylight Music Theatre, American Folklore Theatre, Gallery Players, Florentine Opera Company, Greenbrier Valley Theatre, Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse, Young Actors Guild, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, BucknellUniversity, Marquette University, and the UW-Platteville Heartland Festival. Paul was also a vocalist for Disney on Classic, a three-month symphony concert tour of Japan with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Scenic design is by Lyceum Theatre Resident Scenic Designer RYAN J. ZIRNGIBL. Mr. Zirngibl has designed many productions at The Lyceum including Les Misérables, A Christmas Carol, Million Dollar Quartet, Around the World in 80 Days, The King and I, and Fiddler on the Roof. Costume Designer RACHEL WAHL has worked as the assistant costume shop manager and Youth Tour Designer (The Paperbag Princess) at the Merry Go Round Playhouse. Resident Lighting Designer RANDY B. WINDER has designed over 100 Lyceum productions including Cats, A Christmas Carol, Les Misérables, Million Dollar Quartet, and The Fantasticks. CORBIN WHITE is the Sound Designer, TONY DEARING returns for his 26th year as Production Stage Manager and IVAN DARIO CANO returns for his third year as Assistant Stage Manager.

Single tickets for Souvenir are priced at $39.00 for adults. Senior, student and children discounts are available. Special Group Rates are available as well. Performances are August 18 – August 26, 2018, Evening performances are at 8pm and matinees are at 2pm. For tickets: www.lyceumtheatere.org, (660) 837-3311 x1, or in person at the Lyceum’s box office at 114 High Street, Arrow Rock, MO 65320.

The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre is a non-profit 501(c)(3), professional theatre located in the unique village of Arrow Rock, Missouri, a 19th century National Historic Landmark. The Lyceum has been entertaining audiences in the heart of Missouri for 58 years producing a variety of musicals, dramas and comedies. Each year, this 416 seat theatre attracts professional talent from across the country to produce an eight show season (June-December). Performers, designers, directors, and technicians take residence in Arrow Rock for five months to bring its patrons Broadway caliber productions throughout the summer. The Lyceum receives much needed support from the Missouri Arts Council.

The Lyceum Theatre is affiliated with Actors’ Equity Association, the Union for Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

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CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR THE LYCEUM PREMIERE OF A HITCHCOCK MASTERPIECE, THE 39 STEPS

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CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR THE LYCEUM PREMIERE OF A HITCHCOCK MASTERPIECE, THE 39 STEPS

Arrow Rock, MO – Casting is now complete for the Lyceum premiere of the intriguing and riotous comedy The 39 Steps. This fast-paced whodunit, playing from August 4 – August 12, will be directed by MICHAEL EVAN HANEY (Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, 2017 – Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, 2016 – Driving Miss Daisy, 2015). The production features DANIEL HARRAY as Richard Hannay, MALLORY HAWKS as Annabella Schmidt and several others, BEN ROSEBERRY as Clown 1, and QUIN GRESHAM as Clown 2.

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have the intriguing, thrilling, riotous and unmissable comedy. The 39 Steps hurtles a notorious fugitive and a spellbound blonde from a London music hall north by northwest to Scotland’s most remote highlands. Will they save Britain from a den of devious spies? A cast of four talented actors play scads of characters in this fast-paced tale of an ordinary man on an extraordinarily entertaining adventure. A man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she’s a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization called “The 39 Steps” is hot on the man’s trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale! A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, The 39 Steps amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure!

Making his Lyceum debut, DANIEL HARRAY plays Richard Hannay, the dapper hero of the story. Daniel’s Off-Broadway credits include: The 39 Steps (Union Square Theatre). Regional credits include: The Importance of Being Earnest (The Old Globe); Don Juan, The Beaux’ Stratagem (Shakespeare Theatre Company); Wit (Seattle Repertory Theatre); Twelfth Night, The Beard of Avon (Portland Center Stage); The Father (Studio Theatre); Cyrano (Sierra Repertory Theatre); The Taming of the Shrew (Illinois Shakespeare Festival); The School For Scandal (New Harmony Theatre); The Scarlet Letter (Lookingglass Theatre). Film/TV: As the World Turns, Orange Is the New Black, and the independent feature, Hold Me.

Returning to the Lyceum, MALLORY HAWKS plays Annabella Schmidt, Pamela and Margaret. Mallory returns to Arrow Rock after opening the season as Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins. Favorite Lyceum appearances include Jo in Little Women, Esther in Meet Me in St. Louis and Essie in You Can’t Take It With You. Favorite Off-Broadway/NYC: Seussical (Lortel), String (New Dramatists, Playwrights Horizons) and Sam’s Room (NAMT, NYTheatre Barn/The Cell); Favorite Regional: Mandy in Time Stands Still, Myrta in The White City and Martha in The Secret Garden. She can be seen in several commercials, most recently Bud Light’s “Dilly Dilly” Pit of Misery spot.

Making his Lyceum debut, BEN ROSEBERRY plays a host of strange characters as Clown 1. Ben’s Broadway/National Tours credits include: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, The Lion King, Rent. Off-Broadway: Fugitive Songs, Emma. Regional: Geva Theatre, Barrington Stage, The O’Neill, North Shore, Sacramento Music Circus, TUTS, Weston Playhouse. Ben is also an award winning composer and singer-songwriter. His theatrical compositions were most recently seen at Northwestern University (AMTP) and at Lincoln Center (Broadways Future Series).

The Lyceum Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director, QUIN GRESHAM, plays an equally peculiar set of characters as Clown 2. In addition to his leadership position, Quin has appeared onstage in more than 50 Lyceum productions since his first season in 1999. At the Lyceum: James Leeds in Children of a Lesser God; Rick Steadman in The Nerd; Arles etc. in Greater Tuna; A Tuna Christmas, Red White and Tuna, and Tuna Does Vegas, Banjo in The Man Who Came To Dinner; Felix Ungarin Oscar and Felix: A New Look at the Odd Couple; and Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest.

Scenic design is by Lyceum Theatre Resident Scenic Designer RYAN J. ZIRNGIBL. Mr. Zirngibl has designed many productions at The Lyceum including Les Misérables, A Christmas Carol, Million Dollar Quartet, Around the World in 80 Days, The King and I, and Fiddler on the Roof. Resident Costume Designer GARTH DUNBAR returns after 11 previous seasons at The Lyceum where his many designs include Into the Woods, Hairspray, The Fantasticks, and Little Women the Musical. Resident Lighting Designer RANDY B. WINDER has designed over 100 Lyceum productions including Cats, A Christmas Carol, Les Misérables, Million Dollar Quartet, and The Fantasticks. JON ROBERTSON returns as Sound Designer and Composer, TONY DEARING returns for his 26th year as Production Stage Manager and IVAN DARIO CANO returns for his third year as Assistant Stage Manager.

Single tickets for The 39 Steps are priced at $39.00 for adults. Senior, student and children discounts are available. Special Group Rates are available as well. Performances are August 4 – August 12, 2018, Evening performances are at 8pm and matinees are at 2pm. For tickets: www.lyceumtheatere.org, (660) 837-3311 x1, or in person at the Lyceum’s box office at 114 High Street, Arrow Rock, MO 65320.

The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre is a non-profit 501(c)(3), professional theatre located in the unique village of Arrow Rock, Missouri, a 19th century National Historic Landmark. The Lyceum has been entertaining audiences in the heart of Missouri for 58 years producing a variety of musicals, dramas and comedies. Each year, this 416 seat theatre attracts professional talent from across the country to produce an eight show season (June-December). Performers, designers, directors, and technicians take residence in Arrow Rock for five months to bring its patrons Broadway caliber productions throughout the summer. The Lyceum receives much needed support from the Missouri Arts Council.

The Lyceum Theatre is affiliated with Actors’ Equity Association, the Union for Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

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CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR THE LYCEUM PREMIERE OF THE 80’s MUSICAL, FOOTLOOSE

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CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR THE LYCEUM PREMIERE
OF THE 80’s MUSICAL, FOOTLOOSE

Arrow Rock, MO – Casting is now complete for the Lyceum premiere of the fast-paced musical, Footloose, based on the movie and filled with all the songs that made that soundtrack an enduring classic. Playing from July 18–July 29, Footloose is directed and choreographed by SAM HAY (Crazy For You, 2018 – Beauty and the Beast, Oklahoma, Mamma Mia, 2017), and musically directed by Resident Musical Director, JAMES WOODLAND.

Footloose is the story of Ren McCormack, a teenage boy from Chicago. When Ren and his mother move to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the adjustment to his new high school. What he isn’t prepared for are the local laws – including a ban on dancing – which are the brainchild of a local preacher bent on exercising control over the town’s youths. When the Reverend’s rebellious daughter sets her heart on Ren, her boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren’s reputation and many of the locals are eager to believe the worst about the new kid. From the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.

Making his Lyceum debut, BART MATHER plays Ren McCormack. Mather was most recently seen Off Broadway in Calamity Jane (Hugh/Col. Stark/Fred). Previous credits include Prometheus Bound (ensemble) and The Donkey Show(Peaseblossom) at American Repertory Theater, Legally Blonde(ensemble) and Singing in the Rain (Rod) at Merry Go Round Playhouse, Hair (Berger) at the Secret Theater and Mamma Mia(Eddie) at Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. KATHRYN BRUNNER, returns to Arrow Rock to play Ariel Moore, the Reverend’s Daughter. Last season at the Lyceum she was seen as Laurey in Oklahoma! and Sophie in Mamma Mia! A role she recently reprised at Pioneer Theatre Company in Utah. Making his Lyceum debut FRED INKLEY plays the Reverend Shaw Moore. Fred’s Broadway credits include: Les Miserables (Valjean – ‘95/‘98); Annie (Drake/FDR/Bert Healy); The Addams Family (Lurch/Mal Beineke); A Tale of Two Cities (Stryver); The Boys from Syracuse (Sergeant); The Nutty Professor (Murray/Maury); Birdland. Touring credits include The Little Mermaid (King Triton), Beauty and the Beast (Beast); Les Miserables (Valjean – Jeff Award nomination).

Having just played Irene in Crazy For You, STACEY HARRIS returns to play Vi Moore, the Reverend’s Wife. At the Lyceum Stacey has also appeared as Tanya in Mamma Mia!, Lola in Damn Yankees, Elsa in The Sound Of Music, Barbara in Run For Your Wife, and Lucia in Black Coffee. Broadway credits include Bells Are Ringing. National Tours include Cinderella, Show Boat, and Dreamgirls. Off Broadway: The Megile Of Itzik Manger, The Golden Land, Pardon My English, and Lone Star Love. Making her Lyceum debut, ERIN FISH plays Ethel McCormack, Ren’s Mother. She has performed all over the country as Donna in the Mamma Mia! National Tour and as Miss Hannigan in the Annie National Tour.

Making her Lyceum debut, MORGAN KIRNER plays Rusty, Ariel’s friend. Morgan was last seen as “Missy” in The Marvelous Wonderettes at St. Louis Rep! Other favorite shows/roles include, The Little Mermaid (Ariel u/s, Paper Mill Playbous/PCLO/Kansas City Starlight, TUTS, Fox Theatre in Atlanta) “Anne” in A Little Night Music at the Huntington Theatre Company and “Ariel” in The Little Mermaid at Theatre By the Sea.

The cast also includes RICHARD SPITALETTA as Willard Hewitt, BLAKE PRICE as Chuck, DON RICHARD as Coach Dunbar And Cowboy Bob, ANNETTE RENWICK as Eleanor, WHITNEY RENEE HICKMAN as Wendy Jo, PAULA DANNER as Betty and Lu Lu, HAROLD HYNICK as Wes Warnicker and CAROLINE BRADLEY ADAMS as Urleen. Featured in the ensemble are DAN LUSARDI, TYLER JIMENEZ, MICHELLE MERCEDES RUSSELL, DALE ELSTON, JULIUS WILLIAMS, SAM QUINN, ELIZABETH YANICK and MICHAEL BRENNAN.

Scenic design is by Lyceum Theatre Resident Scenic Designer RYAN J. ZIRNGIBL. Mr. Zirngibl has designed many productions at The Lyceum including Les Misérables, A Christmas Carol, Million Dollar Quartet, Around the World in 80 Days, The King and I, and Fiddler on the Roof. Resident Costume Designer GARTH DUNBAR returns after 11 previous seasons at The Lyceum where his many designs include Into the Woods, Hairspray, The Fantasticks, and Little Women the Musical. Resident Lighting Designer RANDY B. WINDER has designed over 100 Lyceum productions including Cats, A Christmas Carol, Les Misérables, Million Dollar Quartet, and The Fantasticks. JON ROBERTSON returns as Sound Designer, TONY DEARING returns for his 26th year as Production Stage Manager and IVAN DARIO CANO returns for his third year as Assistant Stage Manager.

Single tickets for Footloose are priced at $39.00 for adults. Senior, student and children discounts are available. Special Group Rates are available as well. Performances are July 18 – July 29, 2018, Evening performances are at 8pm and matinees are at 2pm. For tickets: www.lyceumtheatere.org, (660) 837-3311 x1, or in person at the Lyceum’s box office at 114 High Street, Arrow Rock, MO 65320.

The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre is a non-profit 501(c)(3), professional theatre located in the unique village of Arrow Rock, Missouri, a 19th century National Historic Landmark. The Lyceum has been entertaining audiences in the heart of Missouri for 58 years producing a variety of musicals, dramas and comedies. Each year, this 416 seat theatre attracts professional talent from across the country to produce an eight show season (June-December). Performers, designers, directors, and technicians take residence in Arrow Rock for five months to bring its patrons Broadway caliber productions throughout the summer. The Lyceum receives much needed support from the Missouri Arts Council.

The Lyceum Theatre is affiliated with Actors’ Equity Association, the Union for Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

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CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR THE LYCEUM’S PRODUCTION OF THE HILARIOUS AND CHARMING MUSICAL COMEDY, CRAZY FOR YOU

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CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR THE LYCEUM’S PRODUCTION OF THE HILARIOUS AND CHARMING MUSICAL COMEDY, CRAZY FOR YOU

This Lyceum premiere is filled with every Gershwin song you love.

Arrow Rock, MO – Casting is now complete for the Lyceum premiere of the high-energy musical comedy Crazy For You, playing from June 27–July 8. Crazy For You is directed by PETER REYNOLDS (Oklahoma, 2017), choreographed by SAM HAY (Beauty and the Beast, Oklahoma, Mamma Mia, 2017), and musically directed by Resident Musical Director, JAMES WOODLAND.

Crazy For You tells the story of Bobby Child, a stage-struck NYC banker, who heads to desolate Deadrock, Nevada to foreclose a rundown theater. It’s love at first sight when he runs into spunky Polly Baker, the theater owner’s daughter, who doesn’t realize he’s the heartless businessman she’s vowed to get even with. Perhaps the great theatre impresario and Bobby’s idol, Bela Zangler of the Zangler Follies, might be able to help. With a book by Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, A Comedy of Tenors), this Gershwin extravaganza is filled with song, dance, and hilarious dialogue. Audiences will be swept up in this charming and hilarious tale of boy meeting girl in the Wild West, where they spread goodness and ultimately fall in love.

Making his Lyceum debut, DREW HUMPHREY plays Bobby Child, a banker. Humphrey’s appeared on Broadway in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas and has appeared in Of Thee I Sing (Encores!), Lady Be Good (Encores!), 42nd Street (1 st National Tour). His regional credits include Crazy for You (Bobby Child, Tuacahn), A Chorus Line (Don, Sacramento Music Circus), Cats (Skimbleshanks, The Muny), On The Town (Chip, FLMTF), Hello Dolly! (Ensemble, Goodspeed Opera House), and Mary Poppins (Bert, VCT). ANDREA DOTTO, returns to Arrow Rock to play Polly, the only woman in Deadrock. Last seen at the Lyceum as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Dotto recently made her Broadway debut in Bandstand, gaining herself a Chita Rivera Award Nomination for Best Female Dancer in a Broadway Show. She’s performed at Lincoln Center, Papermill Playhouse, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and toured with the National Tour of Joseph! Making his Lyceum debut MICHAEL BRIAN DUNN plays Bela Zangler, an established producer. Michael’s Broadway credits include Dr. Zhivago, Amazing Grace, The Life, Cats, Guys and Dolls, Big River, Baby, and Sweeney Todd. National/International Tours include Amadeus, HMS Pinafore (Stratford Festival, of Canada), My Fair Lady (Singapore), If This Hat Could Talk, and Nina and the Twelve Months (Tokyo). His Off Broadway credits include Perfect Crime, Ensemble Studio Theater, Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know, Love In Two Countries, Lenny and The Heartbreakers & Death Of Von Richthofen both at New York Shakespeare Festival, Gifts of the Magi, Kennedy’s Children. Television: Law and Order CI, Trial by Jury, S.V.U.  Film: Julie & Julia (Ivan Cousins) starring Meryl Streep.

Returning to the Lyceum, STACEY HARRIS plays Irene, Bobby’s fiancée. At the Lyceum, Stacey has appeared as Tanya in Mamma Mia!, Lola in Damn Yankees, Elsa in The Sound Of Music, Barbara in Run For Your Wife, and Lucia in Black Coffee. Broadway credits include Bells Are Ringing. National Tours include Cinderella, Show Boat, and Dreamgirls. Off Broadway: The Megile Of Itzik Manger, The Golden Land, Pardon My English, and Lone Star Love. Favorite regional roles include Sally Bowles in Cabaret (Wilde Award, Best Actress in a Musical), Roxie and Velma in Chicago, Morticia in The Addams Family, Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street, Anita in West Side Story, and Rosie in Bye Bye Birdie. Having just played the Bird Woman and Mrs. Brill in Mary Poppins, DEBBIE LEE JONES returns to play Bobby’s mother and Patricia Fodor. Her theater credits include Mrs. Peachum in The Threepenny Opera, Ulita in The Forest (The Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey), Chick in Crimes of the Heart (Plaza Theater), Vera in The Female Odd Couple (Helen Hayes Theater), Meg in Damn Yankees!, Mickey in My One and Only, Katie in Meet Me In St. Louis and Aunt Eller in Oklahoma! (Allenberry Playhouse).

DON RICHARD plays Everett, Polly’s father. Don’s many memorable Lyceum roles include Thernardier in Les Misérables (2015), Fagin in Oliver (2016), and Maurice in Beauty and the Beast (2017). Broadway credits include the original casts of Jane Eyre, Urinetown, and the 2014 Side Show revival.  National Tours include Sunset Boulevard (with Petula Clark) and Wicked. Making his Lyceum debut, JERRY GALLAGHER plays Moose, a member of the Cowboy Trio. Last year, Jerry recreated the role of Moose in the 25th Anniversary Concert production of Crazy for You at Lincoln Center, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman.  He created the role of Rushmore in the Off-Broadway production of Little Ham: A Harlem Jazzical. Television appearances include CBS’s “Guiding Light,” Showtime’s “The Big C,” and PBS “Great Performances.”

The cast also includes QUIN GRESHAM as Lank, NOLLIE MOORE as Eugene Fodor, SILVIA NICOLOSO as Mitzi and KIMBER HAMPTON as Louise. Featured in the ensemble are HOLLY DAYTON, MICHAEL DEWAR, DAN LUSARDI, ELIZABETH YANICK, TYLER JIMENEZ, ALEX HARTMAN, MICHELLE MERCEDES RUSSELL, DALE ELSTON, JULIUS WILLIAMS, SAM QUINN, TRACY SOKAT and CAROLINE ADAMS.

Scenic design is by Lyceum Theatre Resident Scenic Designer RYAN J. ZIRNGIBL. Mr. Zirngibl has designed many productions at The Lyceum including Les Misérables, A Christmas Carol, Million Dollar Quartet, Around the World in 80 Days, The King and I, and Fiddler on the Roof. Resident Costume Designer GARTH DUNBAR returns after 11 previous seasons at The Lyceum where his many designs include Into the Woods, Hairspray, The Fantasticks, and Little Women the Musical. Resident Lighting Designer RANDY B. WINDER has designed over 100 Lyceum productions including Cats, A Christmas Carol, Les Misérables, Million Dollar Quartet, and The Fantasticks. JON ROBERTSON returns as Sound Designer, TONY DEARING returns for his 26th year as Production Stage Manager and IVAN DARIO CANO returns for his third year as Assistant Stage Manager.

Single tickets for Crazy For You are priced at $39.00 for adults. Senior, student and children discounts are available. Special Group Rates are available as well. Performances are June 27 – July 8, 2018, Evening performances are at 8pm and matinees are at 2pm. For tickets: www.lyceumtheatere.org, (660) 837-3311 x1, or in person at the Lyceum’s box office at 114 High Street, Arrow Rock, MO 65320.

The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre is a non-profit 501(c)(3), professional theatre located in the unique village of Arrow Rock, Missouri, a 19th century National Historic Landmark. The Lyceum has been entertaining audiences in the heart of Missouri for 58 years producing a variety of musicals, dramas and comedies. Each year, this 416 seat theatre attracts professional talent from across the country to produce an eight show season (June-December). Performers, designers, directors, and technicians take residence in Arrow Rock for five months to bring its patrons Broadway caliber productions throughout the summer. The Lyceum receives much needed support from the Missouri Arts Council.

The Lyceum Theatre is affiliated with Actors’ Equity Association, the Union for Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

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CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR THE ARROW ROCK LYCEUM PREMIERE OF DISNEY AND CAMERON MACKINTOSH’S MARY POPPINS

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CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR THE ARROW ROCK LYCEUM PREMIERE OF DISNEY AND CAMERON MACKINTOSH’S MARY POPPINS

The Lyceum Theatre’s 2018 Season opens on June 6.

Arrow Rock, MO – Casting is now complete for the Lyceum premiere of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s high-flying spectacular Mary Poppins. The musical, playing from June 6–June 17, will be directed by Len Pfluger (Beauty and the Beast, 2017), choreographed by Josh Assor, and musically directed by James Woodland.

Lyceum favorite, MALLORY HAWKS, returns to Arrow Rock to play Mary Poppins. Mallory has played Mary in the original cast of Disney Cruise Line’s Disney’s Believe. Her Lyceum appearances include Jo in Little Women, Esther in Meet Me in St. Louis and Essie in You Can’t Take It With You, among others. Off-Broadway and New York credits include Seussical (Lortel), String (New Dramatists, Playwrights Horizons) and Sam’s Room (NAMT, NYTheatre Barn/The Cell). She can be seen in several commercials, most recently Bud Light’s “Dilly Dilly” Pit of Misery spot. Playing Bert, BRIAN OGILVIE will revisit the show that gave him his Broadway debut. He danced over the rooftops and understudied both Bert and Robertson Ay for two years.  Also on Broadway: Something Rotten, and Gigi. Other credits include Spike in Vanya and Sonia… (Riverside Theatre), the title character in Tarzan (Arvada Center), and Buzz in South Pacific (Papermill). Brian also appeared on TV in HBO’s True Blood and Syfy’s Happy!

Making his Lyceum debut playing Mr. Banks, BENJAMIN HOWES has performed in Mary Poppins in both the Broadway company and on the first National Tour. His other Broadway credits are Scandalous and [title of show]. He has performed Off Broadway, most recently in The View Upstairs and National Tours include Shrek and the upcoming Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Regional credits include A.R.T., The Old Globe, Goodspeed, Pittsburgh Public and Asolo Rep, among many others.  Film: “Miles”, “Easter Mysteries”, “Stalled” Television credits: recurring role on HBO’s “The Deuce”, “Law and Order: Criminal Intent”, “Flight of the Conchords”, “One Life To Live”. Returning to the Lyceum after having played Nellie Forbush in South Pacific and Anna in The King and I, CRYSTAL KELLOGG, plays Mrs. Banks. Broadway credits include School of Rock, Finding Neverland. National Tours include Finding Neverland, Kinky Boots, and The Pajama Game. Additional credits include: Audrey – Little Shop of Horrors (Gateway Playhouse), Grease (Tuacahn), The Sound of Music  (Surflight), Because of Winn Dixie (Arkansas Rep), The Full Monty (Riverside). TV: “Person of Interest” (CBS), “The Looming Tower” (Hulu).

DON RICHARD plays the dual roles of Admiral Boom and the Bank Chairman. Don’s many memorable Lyceum roles include Thernardier in Les Miserables (2015), Fagin in Oliver (2016), and Maurice in Beauty and the Beast (2017). Broadway credits include the original casts of Jane Eyre, Urinetown, and the 2014 Side Show revival.  National Tours include Sunset Boulevard (with Petula Clark) and Wicked. APRIL WOODALL returns to the Lyceum to play Ms. Andrews, Mrs. Corry & Miss Smythe. At the Lyceum, April has been seen in Into the Woods, Big, Little Women, Tom Sawyer, The Sound of Music, Arsenic and Old Lace, Damn Yankees, and A Christmas Carol for the past two seasons.  Other regional credits include: Maine State Music Theatre, Fulton Theatre, American Theatre Group, Mill Mountain Theater, Little Theatre on the Square, Gateway Playhouse, and Bristol Riverside Theatre. MICHAEL DEWAR is back at the Lyceum after appearing in A Christmas Carol for the past three holiday seasons to play Robertson Ay. Regional credits include Ozark Actors Theatre, Variety Children’s Theatre, Bristol Valley Theatre, Lost Nation Theatre, and Hope Summer Repertory Theatre.

The cast also includes DEBBIE LEE JONES as Mrs. Brill/Bird Woman, EMMA ANDREWS as Jane Banks, and GABE PALMER as Michael Banks. Featured in the ensemble are CAROLINE ADAMS, HOLLY DAYTON, ELIJAH DILLEHAY, DALE ELSTON, ALEX HARTMAN, TYLER JIMINEZ, DAN LUSARDI, MICHELLE MERCEDES RUSSELL, TRACY SOKAT, SAM QUINN, JULIUS WILLIAMS, and ELIZABETH YANICK.

Scenic design is by Lyceum Theatre Resident Scenic Designer RYAN J. ZIRNGIBL. Mr. Zirngibl has designed many productions at The Lyceum including Les Misérables, A Christmas Carol, Million Dollar Quartet, Around the World in 80 Days, The King and I, and Fiddler on the Roof. Resident Costume Designer GARTH DUNBAR returns after 11 previous seasons at The Lyceum where his many designs include Into the Woods, Hairspray, The Fantasticks, and Little Women the Musical. Resident Lighting Designer RANDY B. WINDER has designed over 100 Lyceum productions including Cats, A Christmas Carol, Les Misérables, Million Dollar Quartet, and The Fantasticks. TONY DEARING returns for his 26th year as Production Stage Manager and IVAN DARIO CANO returns for his third year as Assistant Stage Manager.

Single tickets for Mary Poppins are priced at $39.00 for adults. Senior, student and children discounts are available. Special Group Rates are available as well. Performances are June 6 – June 17, 2018, Evening performances are at 8pm and matinees are at 2pm. For tickets: www.lyceumtheatere.org, (660) 837-3311 x1, or in person at the Lyceum’s box office at 114 High Street, Arrow Rock, MO 65320.

The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre is a non-profit 501(c)(3), professional theatre located in the unique village of Arrow Rock, Missouri, a 19th century National Historic Landmark. The Lyceum has been entertaining audiences in the heart of Missouri for 57 years producing a variety of musicals, dramas and comedies. Each year, this 416 seat theatre attracts professional talent from across the country to produce an eight show season (June-December). Performers, designers, directors, and technicians take residence in Arrow Rock for five months to bring its patrons Broadway caliber productions throughout the summer. The Lyceum receives much needed support from the Missouri Arts Council.

The Lyceum Theatre is affiliated with Actors’ Equity Association, the Union for Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

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Commerce Trust Company and TIG Advisors team up to help improve stage rigging at The Lyceum!

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Commerce Trust Company and TIG Advisors team up to help improve stage rigging at The Lyceum!

Arrow Rock, MO – Though many audience members may be unaware of its existence, a critical component of The Lyceum’s productions is the stage rigging system.  It has two basic functions: to support the stage-lighting system and the stage scenery.

Also know as a fly system, it is a system of rope lines, pulleys, counterweights and related devices within the theatre that enables a stage crew to hoist quickly, quietly and safely components such as curtains, lights, scenery, special effects and sometimes people.  “Our audience sees the magic happen on stage, but they don’t necessarily know how it works.  Stage rigging is a key element to every production,” says Steve Bertani, Managing Director.

The safety and effectiveness of our equipment used onstage is something the theatre takes seriously.  “We may have nearly 100 lighting instruments weighing up to 35 pounds each, clamped to pipe batons in our rigging system.  In addition, stage curtains, painted backdrops and heavier framed scenic pieces are examples of the kinds of scenery raised and lowered by the rigging system.  There are both stationary and moving components that hang above the actors during a performance,” explains Quin Gresham, Producing Artistic Director.

Recently, The Lyceum called in Associated Theatrical Contractors from Springfield, MO to do its annual rigging inspection required by OSHA.  In their report, several items were recommended to be repaired or replaced, a project that is costing the theatre $10,000 to complete over a two year period.  Priority items are to be completed before the opening of the 2018 Season.

“It is our responsibility to maintain our system and make the necessary upgrades to ensure the safety of our employees,” Bertani says.

These types of projects can put a strain on the theatre’s annual operating budget so outside support is vital from companies like Commerce Trust Company and TIG Advisors to help achieve these projects.  Both companies supported a back-up generator project several years ago that now runs the entire theatre during power outages.

Bertani immediately contacted both companies to discuss the stage rigging improvement project.

“Commerce is a big supporter of the Lyceum Theatre and their mission to bring theatre to our region. We believe the arts are a key component to building a strong community, and we are proud to partner with The Lyceum in this effort,” says Steve Sowers, President, Commerce Bank Central and Eastern Missouri Region.

Representatives from both companies toured the theatre’s stage and backstage areas, allowing them to see first hand the rigging system and the improvements that needed to be made.

The TIG Advisors team (formerly The Insurance Group before re-branding), state they are most pleased to help The Lyceum with their stage rigging improvements.  “We enjoy and appreciate the productions and talent offered by this outstanding theatre,” comments Skip Grossnickle, TIG Advisors Partner.

“The Lyceum is a long-standing community asset, and we appreciate the work they’ve done to champion the arts locally,” shared Lyle Johnson, Market Executive, Commerce Trust Company, Central Missouri Region.

“These two businesses understand our practical needs and we are grateful for their generous support on these types of projects,” says Bertani.

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BABY BOOMER COMEDY SHOW returns to The Lyceum!

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BABY BOOMER COMEDY SHOW
returns to The Lyceum!

Arrow Rock, MO – After playing to a sold-out Lyceum Theatre in 2016, the Baby Boomer Comedy Show returns to Arrow Rock on Saturday, May 5 at 8 p.m.

Experience a night of comedy you can relate to at the Baby Boomer Comedy Show! In this hilarious 90-minute theater event, fellow baby boomers and veteran comedians Jan McInnis and Kent Rader hit all the familiar topics you’re dealing with… family, kids, work, do-it-yourself projects, dieting, aging and more. They do it with clean humor that’s been a hit at thousands of theatre’s and conventions.

For comedienne and professional speaker Jan McInnis, life is full of “finding the funny.” She, and the audiences who continually rate her programs “hilarious”, wouldn’t have it any other way. Inspired by fifteen years as a marketing director in the 9 to 5 world, Jan has cornered the association and corporate convention market. And over the past 20+ years on the full-time speaking circuit, she has spoken at hundreds of conferences, training sessions, employee retreats and banquets held by such groups as Anthem Blue-Cross, Merrill Lynch, John Deere, the Federal Reserve, Women in Insurance & Financial Services and the Mayo Clinic. Jan was featured in the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post as one of the top convention comedians whose material is CLEAN (as in not offensive).  Born in D.C., Jan was in charge of the “Joke of the Day” for her junior high school lunch table. Not surprisingly, she majored in communications at Virginia Tech, where she was a disk jockey for the local radio station.

Known as the “World’s Cleanest Comedian and Speaker,” Kent Rader helps people and associations learn and experience how laughter matters in reducing stress and building quality organizations. Kent graduated from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri with a B.S. in Accounting. He spent five years in public accounting and twelve years as C.F.O. and C.E.O. of hospitals before becoming a professional speaker in 1997. Kent has authored the stress reduction book titled Let It Go, Just Let It Go released in April 2002 and is featured in 450 Country Inn and Suites Hotel’s Read It and Return program. Kent has been heard on NPR’s Talk of the Nation and Sirius Satellite radio. Kent also performs clean stand up comedy in comedy clubs from New York City to Seattle and is the winner of the 2007 Branson Comedy Festival.

“This is clean comedy at its best. Jan McInnis and Kent Rader give you a show that hits home run after home run”, says Steve Bertani, Managing Director.  “We are excited for their return”.

For tickets call 660-837-3311, ext. 1 or visit lyceumtheatre.org.  Tickets are only $25.

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A Year With Frog & Toad will have one public performance on Saturday April 14

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The Lyceum's 2018 Theatre for Young Audiences production, A Year With Frog & Toad, will have one public performance on April 14

Arrow Rock, MO – Based on the celebrated books by Arnold Lobel, the hit Broadway musical A Year with Frog and Toad, with book and lyrics by Willie Reale and music by Robert Reale, will have one public performance at 11AM on April 14, 2018. Follow the woodland adventures of two amphibious friends and their assorted hopping, crawling and flying companions over the course of a year. Lobel’s award-winning stories come to life complete with toe-tapping music as Frog, Toad and their friends plant a garden, fly kites, swim in the pond and skip rope for 60 action-packed minutes. This song-filled year in the life of these two charming woodland characters has the rare ability to captivate children and adults alike.

The cast for A Year with Frog and Toad features Lyceum favorites Ben Nordstrom as Frog and Steve Isom as Toad. Since 1998 Nordstrom has appeared in many Lyceum productions, most recently as Scrooge’s nephew Fred in A Christmas Carol and Sam Phillips in Million Dollar Quartet. A resident of St. Louis, his work there includes Macbeth, Next Fall, [title of show], and Urinetown at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Mamma Mia, The Buddy Holly Story, and Billy Elliot at The Muny. Regional work includes the Alley Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Arvada Center, and Theatre Raleigh. Steve Isom was last seen at the Lyceum as Uncle Stanley in Smoke on the Mountain and Sanders Family Christmas. Steve has been singing and acting since he was nine years old and has performed all around the world on cruise ships, on stages in NYC, Chicago, California and in most of the theatres in St. Louis.

Playing a variety of birds, squirrels, frogs, mice and other woodland creatures are Patrick Blindauer who also plays a snail, Leah Berry who also plays a turtle, and Julie Hanson who also plays a mouse. Patrick returns to the Lyceum, having previously worked on The Wizard of Oz and Sanders Family Christmas. St. Louis credits include The Wizard of Oz (The Lion) for Variety Theatre and 42nd Street (Mac) at The Muny. On-screen, he was featured in 7 episodes of Strangers with Candy and appeared in the Academy Award-winning  A Beautiful Mind. Leah Berry was most recently seen as Nellie Forbush in South Pacific at Stages St Louis. Other credits include The Wizard of Oz at the Muny (Glinda), The Sound of Music (Maria), The Music Man (Marian), Sister Act (Sister Mary Robert) Mary Poppins (Winifred Banks), and Seussical (Gertrude McFuzz). Julie Hanson is making her Lyceum debut and has been seen in St. Louis at The Fox, The Muny, The Rep., Stages, and The Sheldon. Prior to moving to St. Louis, Julie appeared on Broadway and in the national tour of The Phantom of the Opera as Christine Daaé, and performed regionally at the Walnut Street Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Casa Mañana and Music Theatre of Wichita, among others.

Sam Hay directs and choreographs the production. Sam’s work has been seen in Phoenix Theatre’s award winning productions of Mary Poppins, Chicago, Billy Elliott, Bullets Over Broadway, and more.  He has also choreographed for the Little Theatre on the Square, Webster Conservatory, Grandstreet Theatre, and has been a regular at the Lyceum choreographing Beauty and the Beast, Oklahoma, Mamma Mia!, Funny Girl, Oliver, Little Shop of Horrors, and The King and I. Recently, Sam assisted Mark Stuart Dance Theatre on their Broadway Bound Original dance musical Standard Time.

The creative team includes Ryan J. Zirngibl, Resident Scenic Designer; Garth Dunbar, Costume Designer; Randy B. Winder, Resident Lighting Designer; Patrick Blindauer, Musical Director; Emilee Buchheit, Production Stage Manager.

As part of the Lyceum’s Theatre for Young Audiences initiative, this public performance on April 14 at 11:00 AM will cap off a nearly sold-out week of school performances, during which 3,000 Mid-Missouri students will experience professional theatre at the Lyceum. A Year with Frog and Toad marks The Lyceum’s second year producing professional theatre for young audiences in partnership with local schools and organizations that serve the needs of children in our community. A Year With Frog & Toad is generously supported by Gold Star Sponsor Wood and Huston Bank, McCarthy Chevrolet/Buick/GMC, and Central Missouri AGRIService (CMAS).

Tickets are $20 for ages 13 and older and $10 for ages 4-12. Tickets are expected to sell quickly. Visit www.lyceumtheatre.org or call 660-837-3311, ext. 1.

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The Lyceum Theatre Presents The Artists Lounge Live Concert Series

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The Lyceum Theatre Presents
The Artists Lounge Live Concert Series
With Two Unique Shows On February 17 and 18

Arrow Rock, MO – The Lyceum Theatre is proud to present the Artists Lounge Live Concert Series featuring two nationally touring recording artists performing two unique shows on both Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, February 18, 2018. Michael Ingersoll (Jersey Boys, Under the Streetlamp on PBS) soothes the soul with Try a Little Tenderness, performing familiar favorites by James Taylor, Sam Cooke, Elton John, and more. Christopher Kale Jones (Jersey Boys, Under the Streetlamp on PBS) offers his distinctively passionate voice to Darin with a diverse catalogue of songs from Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bobby Darin.

PBS television star Michael Ingersoll invites you to sing along to the songs you can’t forget in Try a Little Tenderness. Ingersoll is known for starring in Jersey Boys (Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco) and as a member of retro-rock sensation Under the Streetlamp on PBS. More than a singer, Ingersoll is an endearing storyteller brimming with humor, sincerity, and generosity of spirit. Chicago Sun-Times exclaims, “He’s got star written all over him.”

As a founding member of retro-rock sensation Under the Streetlamp, his concert specials air in hundreds of millions of homes nationwide on PBS. Michael is also known for playing Nick Massi of the Four Seasons in the Tony Award-winning hit Jersey Boys (Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles). As well as performing, Michael and wife Angela Ingersoll produce the Artists Lounge Live Concert Series. As a producer, Michael collaborates with performing arts centers (Paramount Theatre, Elgin Arts Center, Northlight Theatre, etc.) and philanthropic organizations (American Cancer Society, United Way, Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, etc.), as well as co-producing Streetlamp’s concert specials for Public Television. Further theatre credits include Award Nominations for Of Mice and Men, Floyd Collins, Bat Boy: The Musical, and tick, tick… BOOM!. Further television appearances include Access Hollywood, Extra! (Streetlamp), The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Tonight Show, PBS’ Capitol Fourth, The Primetime Emmy Awards (Jersey Boys), The Beast, and Chicago Fire. Film: Walk the Line. Recordings: Under the Streetlamp, Rock Around the Clock, Let the Good Times Roll, Everyday’s a Holiday (Streetlamp), and Seasons Greetings: A Jersey Boys Christmas.

Beloved by audiences for starring as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys (First National Tour), Christopher Kale Jones currently wins hearts on PBS as a member of retro-rock sensation Under the Streetlamp boasting four PBS concert specials seen in hundreds of millions of homes nationwide. In his solo concert Darin, Jones embodies the dazzling versatility of Bobby Darin, recounting a life lived in the spotlight and lost too soon. Songs include “Dream Lover,” “Mack the Knife,” and “Beyond the Sea.”  “Jones has the audience swooning until the final curtain,” raves Theatre Mania.

Jones’ other theatre highlights include starring as Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors opposite his wife, actress Jenna Coker-Jones (Ford’s Theater, Washington  DC); and Mercury in Olympus On My Mind (Bristol Riverside Theatre) for which he received a Barrymore Award Nomination. Other television: Access Hollywood, Extra!  (Streetlamp), The Tonight Show (Jersey Boys). Recordings: Under The Streetlamp, Rockin’ Round the Clock, Let the Good Times Roll, and Everyday’s a Holiday (Streetlamp). Concerts: Darin. Chris and Jenna are the proud parents of a little girl, Presley Rose.

Wood & Huston Bank is the Gold Star Sponsor of the event.

Matinee performances are at 3:00pm; evening performances at 7:00pm.  Regular Reserved Seating for a single show is $50.00 with both shows available for $80.00 The Lyceum is also offering an exclusive 2-Show Dinner Package. Attend both shows on either Saturday or Sunday and enjoy dinner between shows at either J. Huston Tavern or Catalpa. Please call The Lyceum Box Office for more information and pricing.

Tickets are available by phone only at (660) 837-3311 x1, in person at the Lyceum’s Box Office at 114 High Street, Arrow Rock, MO or at the Wood & Huston Bank main location on the square in Marshall, MO.

The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre is a non-profit 501(c)(3), professional theatre located in the unique Village of Arrow Rock, Missouri, a 19th century National Historic Landmark. The Village of Arrow Rock received the 2017 Missouri Arts Council Creative Community Award. The Lyceum has been entertaining audiences in the heart of Missouri for 57 years producing a variety of musicals, dramas and comedies. Each year, this 416 seat theatre attracts professional talent from across the country to produce an eight show season (June-December). Performers, designers, directors, and technicians take residence in Arrow Rock for five months to bring its patrons Broadway caliber productions throughout the summer.

The Lyceum Theatre is affiliated with Actors’ Equity Association, the Union for Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. The Lyceum receives much needed support from the Missouri Arts Council.

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Get in the Spirit with A Christmas Carol at the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre!

LYCEUM NEWS

Get in the Spirit with A Christmas Carol
at the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre!
Charles Dickens’ timeless tale is brought to life
by a cast filled with Lyceum favorites.

ARROW ROCK, MO – Plan on celebrating the joys of Christmas in Arrow Rock in December! The Lyceum stage will once again be aglow with good spirits and Christmas tradition as Charles Dickens’ immortal classic, A Christmas Carol, comes musically to life starring Lyceum favorite Ron Wisniski as Ebenezer Scrooge, returning for his fourth straight year. There will only be 13 performances running from December 13 through December 23.

The Lyceum brings to life the familiar story of a seemingly heartless miser given one last chance at redemption by four visiting ghosts. On Christmas Eve Ebenezer Scrooge undergoes an incredible transformation as he views with new eyes his past, present and the possibilities of the future. A Christmas Carol is now a cherished annual tradition in Arrow Rock and is made possible through the generous support of LammTech of Sedalia.

Lyceum Producing Artistic Director, Quin Gresham, directs his adaptation of the Dickens classic. “Dickens’ timeless and heartwarming message, more than a dozen holiday songs, and a brilliant cast will certainly fill audiences with Christmas spirit this December,” said Gresham. “Thanks to the continued embellishments by Resident Scenic Designer Ryan J. Zirngibl, Ron Wisniski’s brilliant performance as Scrooge, and a stunning cast of familiar favorites, I have no doubt that this will be our most powerful Christmas Carol yet!

The Lyceum is pleased to announce that the role of Ebenezer Scrooge will be played, once again, by Lyceum favorite, Ron Wisniski. Mr. Wisniski originated the role in the inaugural production of A Christmas Carol in 2014, a role he has also played at Syracuse Stage. Other Lyceum appearances include the devilish Mr. Applegate in Damn Yankees, the flamboyant Roger Debris in The Producers, Diary of Anne Frank, You Can’t Take It With You and Hello Dolly. Ron appeared in the National Tours of Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere), Annie (FDR), and Tintypes (Teddy Roosevelt) and has appeared in more than 200 productions at theatres nationwide.

Ben Gougeon returns to the Lyceum playing Scrooge’s long suffering clerk, Bob Cratchit. Mr. Gougeon made his Lyceum debut this season as Dr. Watson in The Hound of the Baskervilles. Other favorite credits include: NYC: The Visitation (Witness Immersive), Half Moon Bay (Nylon Fusion), The Drunkard (Metropolitan Playhouse).  REGIONAL: Escanaba in Da Moonlight (Farmers Alley), Of Mice and Men (Booth Tarkington).  FILM/TV: The Price, A Crime to Remember, Black Mask.

Returning to the role he originated in the inaugural production of A Christmas Carol, Timothy Shew plays the jovial Ghost of Christmas Present and Scrooge’s first employer, Mr. Fezziwig. Tim’s long history with the Lyceum began nearly 40 years ago as a resident company member. Mr. Shew has appeared in 11 Broadway shows including, most recently, Kander and Ebb’s The Visit with Chita Rivera, Evita with Ricky Martin, Bye Bye Birdie, Guys and Dolls, and Jean Val Jean in Les Misérables.

Playing the dual roles of Mrs. Fezziwig and Mrs. Dilber will be Lyceum regular April Woodall. April returns to Arrow Rock where she has appeared in Into the Woods, Little Women, Tom Sawyer, The Sound of Music, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Music Man, and Fiddler on the Roof. Regional credits include: Maine State Music Theatre, Fulton Theatre, American Theatre Group, Mill Mountain Theater, Little Theatre on the Square, Gateway Playhouse, Bristol Riverside Theatre; Hedgerow Theatre, Flashpoint Theatre, Center City Theatre Works, The Seaport History Museum Theatre, The Eagle Theatre, and The Devon. Barrymore and SALT nominations for the title role in Souvenir – a fantasia on the life of Florence Foster Jenkins (Montgomery Theatre; Cortland Repertory Theatre); and a Carbonell nomination for her performance of Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre.

Robert Elliott returns to play the dual roles of Old Joe and Jacob Marley after playing Matt Drayton in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner earlier this season and last year as the domineering Capt. Queeg in The Caine Mutiny. Mr. Elliott began his career as a company member at the Missouri Repertory Theatre and at the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival. Extensive work over the years at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and Indiana Rep. Other regional credits include Syracuse Stage, Asolo Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, PCPA Theatrefest, Cleveland Playhouse, Roundabout Theatre.

Returning to the role she has played in all four years of A Christmas Carol, Laura Sexauer plays the violin-wielding Ghost of Christmas Past; Manon Halliburton returns as Mrs. Cratchit; Bailey Jordan Reeves returns in the dual roles of Scrooge’s first love, Belle, and Fred’s wife, Anne; Lyceum favorite Ben Nordstrom makes his A Christmas Carol debut as Scrooge’s nephew Fred as well as Marley’s younger self; Michael Dewar returns as one of Scrooge’s debtors and Scrooge’s younger self; and Adam McCall, Michael Brennan, Paula Danner, Jonathan Brown, Paula Bear, Myke Andrews and Cher Desiree Alvarez in  appear in a variety of roles.

The cast of 26 actors also features a number of young performers from neighboring communities including Lilian Buie, Simeon Buie, Cailyn Chaney, Sophia Christy, Lauren Kennon, Cooper Rainwater, Abigail Rainwater, Spencer Rainwater and Logan Musselman as Tiny Tim.

The creative team for A Christmas Carol includes Quin Gresham (Director/Adaptor), James Woodland (Resident Musical Director, Composer), Stephanie Berg (Composer), Kristen Nordstrom (Choreographer), Ryan J. Zirngibl (Resident Scenic Designer), Randy B. Winder (Resident Lighting Designer), Kerri S. Packard (Costume Designer), Jon Robertson and Ryan Matthew Hall (Sound Designers), Ivan Cano (Production Stage Manager), and Laura Berrios (Assistant Stage Manager).

Single Tickets for A Christmas Carol are priced at $37.00 for adults. Senior, student and children discounts are available as are special group rates. Performances are December 13 – December 23, 2017, Evening performances are at 7pm and matinees are at 2pm. For tickets: www.lyceumtheatre.org, (660) 837-3311 x1, or in person at the Lyceum’s box office at 114 High Street, Arrow Rock, MO 65320.

The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre is a non-profit 501(c)(3), professional theatre located in the unique village of Arrow Rock, Missouri, a 19th century National Historic Landmark. The Lyceum has been entertaining audiences in the heart of Missouri for 57 years producing a variety of musicals, dramas and comedies. Each year, this 416 seat theatre attracts professional talent from across the country to produce an eight show season (June-December). Performers, designers, directors, and technicians take residence in Arrow Rock for five months to bring its patrons Broadway caliber productions throughout the summer.

The Lyceum Theatre is affiliated with Actors’ Equity Association, the Union for Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

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