(in alphabetical order)
Katelyn Bowman (Miss Elaina/Teacher Harriet) is beyond thrilled to be making her national tour debut! Past credits include Lil’ Inez (Hairspray), Stop Kiss (Sara), Urinetown (Soupy Sue), A Christmas Carol (Mrs. Dilber). BFA theatre graduate of Lindenwood University. A special thank you to Jenn Rapp and Jason Williams. Tremendous thank you to Wojcik/Seay Casting, Holly Buczek, and Mills Entertainment. Love to her family and friends for their support. She dedicates this performance to Alexandria and Madeline: the two most influential four year olds an aunt could ask for.
Elora Daniels (Mom Tiger) is thrilled to be on the road again after originating the role of “Mother” in the Two Beans Productions tour of Alexander Who’s Not… Going to Move! Regionally, some of her favorite credits include Minnie Fay (Hello Dolly), Serena Katz (Fame! the Musical), Anna (Spring Awakening), and Maureen (RENT). Elora holds a BM in Vocal Performance from the University of New Mexico and is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. A special thanks to Mills Entertainment for this opportunity and her wonderful friends and family for their love and support.
Jordan Elman (Dad Tiger/Prince Wednesday/Mr. McFeely) is excited to embark on this touring adventure! Most recently, he performed in the New York New Works Theatre Festival in In Love with the Arrow Collar Man. Some regional credits include Spamalot, and Doppelskope’s Grimm! and Growl!. He earned a B.A. in Theatre and Psychology from Muhlenberg College and studied physical theatre at the Accademia dell’arte in Arezzo, Italy. Jordan teaches guitar privately and is a member of Yellow Sneaker Puppets. He would like to thank M, D, E, and S for all of their support and love leading up to this journey.
Kimberly Mhoon (Daniel Tiger) Kimberly’s first discipline is dance, studying with the Ailey School, Deeply Rooted, under Joel Hall and Homer Bryant. She has performed nationwide and continues her journey helping to bring the wonderful world of make believe to children around the country.
Justin Parker (O the Owl/Music Man Stan/Baker Aker/King Friday) is elated to be making his national tour debut with Mills Entertainment. Off Broadway credits: Urinetown (Fracture Theatre Company) Hairspray (Crown and Scepter theater company) Regional Credits: Hairspray, Happy Days, Annie and The Full Monty (Allenberry Playhouse). He would like to credit this opportunity to Jesus Christ, family, W.S Casting, Holly Buczek and Mills Entertainment. AMDA alumnus. 1 Corinthians 2:9
Dean Cestari (Neighbor/Male Swing) is thrilled to be making his national tour debut working with Mills Entertainment! He is a Long Island native and has had a passion for performing from a young age. Past credits include: George (Spring Awakening), John Truitt (Meet Me in St. Louis), The Cat in the Hat (Seussical the Musical), Beast (Beauty and the Beast) and Marius (Les Miserables). Thanks to Dad, Mom, Cammie, Halle, Emmie and the rest of my family and friends for their unending support and encouragement. Colossians 3:17.
Calli McRae (Neighbor/Female Swing) is overjoyed to make her National Tour debut with Mills Entertainment! Originally from Atlanta, Georgia Calli is a sweet, Southern gal who now resides in New York City to delight and inspire audiences. Selected Regional Theatre credits: Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie), Grease (Patty Simcox), Fiddler on the Roof (Chava), Bye Bye Birdie (Ursula Merkle) and Godspell (Gilmer). She would like to thank her incredibly supportive family and her fiercely loyal friends.
Schyler Rice (Katerina Kittycat/Dance Captain) made her national tour debut with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE! last winter and is excited to be back with Mills Entertainment for the remount of the tour. Jerry Herman Ring Theatre credits: Oklahoma! (Laurey), Our Town (Emily Webb), Cloud Nine (Edward/ Betty), South Pacific. Other recent credits: Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Beauty and the Beast (Belle), Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Work of Pure Fiction- a new work, Book of Days, The Secret Garden, The Nutcracker. BFA Musical Theatre, University of Miami. Little ones: Keep dancing, singing, and loving with all your heart, meow meow!
CREATIVE AND CREW
Jeremy Dobrish (Book) is a stage director, playwright, artistic leader, and teacher. As a New York City based director, Jeremy has directed at Second Stage, MCC, Amas, WPA, Joe’s Pub, The Westside Arts, The Promenade, The Variety Arts, The Century, Actor’s Playhouse, Soho Playhouse, Zipper, etc. His productions have received several Lortel and Drama Desk nominations. He has directed at all of the major New York festivals, including NYMF, SPF and the Fringe, where his productions have received multiple festival awards including, most recently, the NYMF award for exceptional direction. Regionally, Jeremy has directed at The Old Globe, Barrington Stage, North Shore, The O’Neill, New York Stage and Film, Goodspeed and The Village Theatre. His adaptation of Curious George and his productions of The Teacher from the Black Lagoon, Virtually Me and Paul Revere tour the country with Theatreworks USA. He is a seven time published playwright. Founder and Artistic Director of the adobe theatre company. Served as an Artistic Associate at Second Stage, and recently he co-founded Midtown Direct Rep, a theatre company in Maplewood, NJ. Currently serves on the faculty of NYU and has taught at Juilliard, The National Theatre Institute, the New York Film Academy, Fordham, Washington Irving High School, and in Prague through Western Michigan University. Member of the Dramatists Guild and SDC and represented by Paradigm.
Voodoo Highway Music & Post (Music Composer) is a full- service audio post-production house, composing music and designing audio for animation, films, video games, advertising, and a number of live-action television series for some of North America’s largest networks. Founded in 1999, Voodoo Highway Music & Post is a collective of composers based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with additional studios in Seattle, Washington and Hollywood, California. The writing team consists of Gemini-nominated composers, Brian Pickett, Graeme Cornies, David Kelly, and James Chapple. What began as strictly a music-house, eventually expanded to include a whole team of audio-post professionals.
Geppetto Studios (Puppet Designer) Film Credits: Fabricated costumes, puppets, and props for Warner Brothers, Columbia Pictures, Universal Studios, Dreamworks SKG, and Greg Stump Films, “Heaven” with Diane Keaton and the kangaroo in “Big Daddy” with Adam Sandler. Television: More recently, Geppetto’s “Moonman” costume rocked the white carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards Show. Geppetto has produced costumes and puppets for Comedy Central, The View, Nickelodeon, HBO, the Ellen Degeneres Show, SONY Music, Celebrity Apprentice, and MTV’s “Wonder Showzen.” Stage: Geppetto is endlessly thankful to Gregg Barnes, Tony Award Winning Costume Designer, for pulling them in on several projects, including touring productions of Dora the Explorer and Mattel’s Barbie Fairytopia. Geppetto’s highly skilled artisans crafted many costumes for Pokemon Live, Beauty and The Beast (Baci Entertainment), Nickelodeon/Broadway Across America’s Storytime Live!, Cirque du Soleil’s Zarkana and Broadway’s Porgy and Bess.
David Miller (Scenic Designer) Tours: Tyler Oakley’s Slumber Party, Cake Boss: Bakin’ with the Boss Tour, Cake Boss Homemade for the Holidays Tour, Clifford the Big Red Dog Live!, Last Comic Standing Live. Awards Shows: Fox Reality Awards, Movie Guide Awards for seven straight years; Asst. to Set Designer Keith Gonzales on Jane Eyre, Broadway. Regional: An Infinite Ache, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia.
John E. D. Bass (Lighting Designer) has toured as a lighting designer and stage manager with Diavolo Architecture in Motion and most recently for Mills Entertainment with Youtube’s Lilly Singh’s A Trip to Unicorn Island. Previous national tours designs include Peter Pan and Camelot for McCoy Rigby Entertainment as Tom Ruzika’s associate. Past design highlights include The Soze Project at the The Apollo NYC and Azure – an underwater fantasy show at the Silverton Las Vegas. Architectural credits include design team for the Eastern Columbia building in downtown Los Angeles and Spring, a Claes Oldenburg sculpture in Seoul, Korea. John is a graduate of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television.
Ben Selke (Sound Designer) has been involved in theatre productions in the UK and around the world. After growing up in the north east of England, he now calls New York his home. He is very excited to be joining such a great team. Sound design credits include: A Night with Janis Joplin (Pasadena Playhouse and US Tour); Lets Kill Grandma this Christmas (Off-Broadway); All her Faces (Off- Broadway); Rock of Ages (Norwegian Cruise Line). Ben would like to thank his amazing wife for all her support and his two children Charlotte and Joshua for making every day an adventure.
Isabel Rubio (Costume Designer) Theatre, TV, Ballet, and Film designer resides in Brooklyn NY. Theatre projects include Superior Donughts; Love Song; Clifford The Big Red Dog National Tour, all directed by Mark Fleisher. Hamlet director John Gould Ruben; Peer Gynt director Andrei Serban; Filming O’keefe directed by Martha Banta; Brush The Summer; Tick Tick Boom directed by Gabriel Barre; A Number directed by Sturgis Warner. Theatrical assisting credits: 14 NYC Center Encores; Patricia Zipprodt; Florence Klotz; Toni Leslie James; as well as many plays, operas, musicals with Felix Cochren. Film Design: Mattie Fresno; Mexican Ariel Nominated Film NOMADAS with Lucy Liu. TV credits: Law & Order; Late Night With David Letterman as an Assistant Designer. Honors: juried exhibitor Prague Scenofest Quadrennial / USA National Exhibit 2007 and the recipient Virginia Museum Costume Design Fellowship. Thanks as always to my sons Alex & David.
Kaye Blankenship (Prop Designer) is a props, scenic, and lighting designer originally hailing from Sammamish, Washington. She earned her BA in theatre from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon and recently moved to New York City to pursue more design opportunities. Favorite past shows include Miracle on 34th Street (John W. Engeman Theatre), Static (Third Rail Repertory Theatre), Ramona Quimby (Oregon Children’s Theatre), and In The Next Room (Profile Theatre). Kaye had a wonderful time creating the props for this show and can’t wait to work on more children’s theatre in the future.
Wojcik|Seay Casting – Holly Buczek, CSA (Casting Director) Along with Holly Buczek, Scott Wojcik & Gayle Seay cast all mediums. Tours: Vocalosity, Flashdance, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Jekyll & Hyde (National & Korean), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Oklahoma! and A Chorus Line. Off Broadway includes: Tennessee Williams’ The Two Character Play with Amanda Plummer and Brad Dourif, Handle With Care with Carol Lawrence, Triassic Parq, 666 and more. Current: “The Hunt with John Walsh” on CNN. Holly is also the casting director in residence with Vital Theatre Company and Musicals Tonight! www.wscasting.com
David John Madore (Music Director) Musical Direction: Cross That River (staged: Donna McKechnie -Kennedy Center, NYMF, the O’Neill); Prison Dancer (NYMF); The World Goes Round (Mus. Theatre CT); South Pacific, The Who’s Tommy, Les Miserables, Happy Days (WVPT); Flight School and Peace, Love, and Cupcakes (Vital). Concerts: Twilight: A Musical Parody; Sorvino Sings. Other music dept: Seussical (Bway); Les Miserables (Bway – reh. pianist); Man of La Mancha (Nat’l Tour); Dear World (w/Jerry Herman); Red, Hot & Blue; On the Twentieth Century (Goodspeed); Sweet Charity; The Game (Barrington Stage); Man of La Mancha; The Sound of Music; Smokey Joe’s Café (Mus. Circus), and All That Glitters (B’way workshop). Wrote “One Good Thing,” 2014 BC/EFA “Carols For a Cure: Vol. 16” (MATILDA track – one of the Matildas is his daughter, Eliza). His other work can be found at www.madoremusic.com and on youtube.
Joanna Brumley (Marketing & Publicity) has been with Mills Entertainment for 5 years and has worked on an exciting roster of shows including Mel Brooks Back in the Saddle Again!, John Cleese and Eric Idle: Together Again at Last…for the Very First Time, Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live and Cesar Millan Live.
Brandon Martin (Technical Director/Assistant Stage Manager) is thrilled to be working with Mills Entertainment for his first national tour. Brandon is a recent graduate of Point Park University where he studied stage management. Regionally, Brandon has worked with Bricolage Production Company on multiple productions in Pittsburgh, as well as the Pittsburgh CLO in various capacities over the last two years. Select favorite credits: In the Heights, A Streetcar Named Desire, Gypsy, Seven Guitars, and Mary Poppins. Brandon would like to thank his family for all of their support.
Aaron Watson (Stage Manager) New York Credits Include: Siren’s Den, Pretty Theft (Dark Matter Productions) All Gone West, and most recently The Berenstain Bears LIVE! National Tour (Matt Murphy Productions). Aaron’s other credits include: Big Fish, Little Shop Of Horrors, The Adams Family Musical (Southeastern Summer Theatre Institute), The Prima Donnettes (Florida Studio Theatre), The Book Club Play, A Christmas Carol, The Hound Of The Baskervilles (The Public Theatre of Maine), and more.
Jonathan Irizarry (Audio Engineer/Assistant Technical Director) Front of House Mix Engineer and Stage Technician for various musical acts and venues in Puerto Rico. Bands Include: Misa E’ Gallo (Hip-Hop/Jazz Funk Fusion), Estampas (Acoustic Folk Rock) as well as freelance audio work in the Island of Puerto Rico.
Anie Smith (Wardrobe Supervisor) hails from Eugene, OR by way of Buffalo, New York. Previous touring credits include Disney On Ice: 100 Years of Magic. Costume design credits include Shrimp & Gritts, Rapture Blister Burn, God of Carnage, Silent Sky (Oregon Contemporary Theater). Anie has an MFA in Costume Design from the University of Oregon and a BFA in Theatrical Design from SUNY Buffalo. Much love to Dad, Russell, and Buddy Katz!
Paige Selene Luke (Production Manager) Selected P/SM credits include: The Kids in the Hall Tour (KITH), John Cleese & Eric Idle Together Again at Last… for the Very First Time (Mills), Jennifer Aniston Stole My Life (Hollywood Fringe) Resurreccion Mexican Folk (Ford Theatres). Selected LD credits include: Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody, Tyler Oakley’s Slumber Party (Mills), Safe, 2nd Saturdays, Andy Dick’s Christmas Extravaganza (Six01 Studio), Ballet Folklorico Ollin (Ford Theatres), Tennessee in the Summer, Perennial (Sidewalk Studio Theatre), Angels in America (Stella Adler LA), Dirty (Zephyr Theatre).
Ryan Amstad (Associate Producer) Select Mills Entertainment credits: Odd Squad Live, Let’s Play Live, Kian & JC’s Don’t Try This At Home World Tour, Mel Brooks: Back in the Saddle Again!, Ricky & Trevor’s Gold Alive Tour, The Dolan Twins 4OU World Tour. For Silent House Productions: Katy Perry’s Prismatic World Tour, Britney Spears’ Piece of Me Las Vegas Residency, American Idol XIII, Katy Perry 56th Grammy Awards and BRIT Awards. B.A.: Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
Matt Franzetti (Associate Producer) Selected credits include: Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man (off-Broadway and tour), The Berenstein Bears LIVE! (off-Broadway and tour), Virtually Me! (tour), FAME (Tropicana Casino and Resort), In the Night Garden LIVE! (U.K. tour). B.A.: Muhlenberg College, M.A.: Goldsmiths, University of London.
Jenn Rapp (Director/Choreographer) Broadway: The Illusionists (Neil Simon Theatre, 2015; Marquis 2014). Off-Broadway: Found (Atlantic Theatre Company), Indian Ink (Roundabout), Bare (Martian Entertainment), Carrie (MCC), Lucky Guy (Alchemy Productions). NYC: The Secret Garden (Lincoln Center), Ragtime (Lincoln Center), Prison Dancer (NYMF, Outstanding Choreography Award), Outlaws (NYMF), Song For A Future Generation (WTF, 2015). Norwegian Cruise Line: Legally Blonde & Le Cirque Bijou. TOUR: Paw Patrol Live! (US Tour). Television: The Knick (Cinemax), Royal Pains (USA), Happyish (Showtime) www.JennRapp.com
Simone Gianfrancesco (Producer) is a Producer and General Manager with Mills Entertainment. Select Mills producing credits: Clifford the Big Red Dog Live, Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train, Tyler Oakley’s Slumber Party, Lilly Singh’s A Trip to Unicorn Island World Tour, John Cleese & Eric Idle Together Again At Last…For the Very First Time, Lifetime’s Bring It! Live, and SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody. Select LA and Chicago credits: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, La Jolla Playhouse, Universal Studios, About Face Theatre. Founding member of Two Birds Casting (Chicago) and proud graduate of Smith College.
Mills Entertainment (Producer) is the leading producer and promoter of branded live entertainment in the United States. Mills brings a wide variety of entertainment to live audiences, from top stars of television and film, to children’s theatricals, and beyond. Select current tours include Mel Brooks Back in the Saddle Again!, TLC’s Long Island Medium Theresa Caputo: The Live Experience, John Cleese and Eric Idle: Together Again At Last…For the Very First Time, Jungle Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live, Cesar Millan Live, and Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood from ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?” www.millsentertainment.com