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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