ASPI is proud to present “Escanaba in da Moonlight” as the “After Dark” Production for the 2019 season.
Ever have a disappointing hunting season where nothing seems to
be going your way? In Jeff Daniels’ play “Escanaba in da Moonlight”, that’s
exactly what huntsman Reuben Soady feels like. Except his unlucky streak will
make him the oldest Soady in history to not shoot a buck.
Meet the Director who will bring the Yooper hunting experience to life, Mr. Tim Rutten-Kempees!
Accountant by day, director by night, Tim comes to ASPI with years of experience wearing multiple theater hats. On top of having a bachelor’s degree in theater, Tim has acted in over 20 shows. “Escanaba in da Moonlight” will be the seventh show he has directed and the second second he has directed with ASPI, his first being “Barefoot in the Park”. Tim also played Warren in ASPI’s production of “Meet Me in St. Louis”.
The cast of “Escanaba in da Moonlight” is what Tim believes will really draw the audience to the show. The production is early in the rehearsal process, but it has already been filled with lots of laughs and a lot of fun!
Did we mention that the play takes place in Upper Michigan? So, this production is sure to hit close to home to many in the audience! Get ready for some slang and references only a true “Yooper” would know.
Will Reuben Soady go down in history as the oldest Soady to not shoot a buck by the end of hunting season? Buy your tickets now to find out! Performances will be September 12-15 and September 19-22.
Elf The Musical JR. is based on the 2003 New Line Cinema hit and features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar (The Wedding Singer) and Chad Beguelin (Disney’s Aladdin On Broadway, The Wedding Singer), a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone).
The musical tells the story of a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is given the name Buddy and raised by elves in the North Pole. Buddy lives happily unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth.
With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list, and his stepbrother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of the holidays.
Elf The Musical JR. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684 www.MTIShows.com.
Buddy – Bella Frank Jovie – KK Blau Walter Hobbs – Kael Richard James Emily Hobbs – Myah Jane Mlnarik Michael Hobbs – Natalie Pera Deb – Paityn Keller Charlie/Macy’s Store Manager – Nick Blaser Sarah – Brynna Moody Chadwick – Lauren Herison Matthews – Emma Ronk Mr. Greenway/Taxi Driver – Brady Cox Santa/Souvlaki Seller – Sophia Wonz Shawanda/Macy’s Saleswoman – Sadie Smith Police Officer – Faith Marquardt Charlotte Denon – Sydney Surber Teenager – Ashlynn Vanderheyden Fake Santa – Cora Heinecke Darlene Lambert – Mary Peterson Emma Van Brocklin – Hailey Marquardt Elf 1/”Santa’s” Helper – Jaycie Norman Elf 2 – Hannah Nicholson Elf 3 – Darcin Wright Elf 4 – Eden Kuchta Elf 5 – Alexa Samsa Elf 6 – Maria Ronk Elf 7 – Sawyer Norman
100% Youth Driven (even behind the scenes):
Jr. Director – Sydney Surber Jr. Asst Dir – KK Blau Jr. Production Coord – Ellie Finger Jr. Stage Manager – Allie Brehmer Jr. Choreographer – Bella Frank Jr. Technical Director – James Perkins Jr. Marketing – KK Blau Jr. Lights / Sound – Nick Symons Jr. Costume Designer – Calea Wirtley Jr. Props – Alyssa Peterson Jr. Make-up – Gracelynn Williquettes
Young @ Heart Production Staff:
Director – Liz Jolly Asst. Director – Josh Blau Choreographer – Debra Jolly Stage Manager – Tanya Brehmer Technical Director – David Jolly Scenic Design – David Jolly & Mike Konkel Lighting Designer – Debra Jolly Costume Designer- Katie Myrick-Jackson Props Manager- Jim Klein Marketing – Josh Blau Volunteer Coordinator – Brigette Finger Production Coordinator – Ali Carlson
Want to help out? We need lots of extremely important behind-the-scenes elves! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.