Vienna Youth Players (VYP)
Vienna Youth Players (VYP), sponsored by the Town of Vienna, partnered with WonderGo to put on Shrek the Musical this summer at the Vienna Community Center! You can’t stop the beat each summer when Vienna Youth Players (VYP) stages a popular musical production. Sponsored by the Town of Vienna, the company provides teens with on-stage and behind-the-scenes theatre experience. Formed in 1993, VYP's past performances include "Footloose," "Beauty and the Beast," "The Sound of Music," "Suessical," and many more.
Check out the bios of our cast and crew below!
SHREK THE MUSICAL
Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig
Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Originally produced on Broadway by DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions
Original Production Directed by Jason Moore and Rob Ashford
"I'm A Believer" by Neil Diamond
Director's Note: I am so thankful to have worked with the students in this show. It has been such a refreshing experience to collaborate with such driven, passionate, and gifted kids. They want to be there and are doing everything they can to make the most out of every moment. They encourage one another and care of all their cast members. The kindness in their hearts melts my own. I am so honored to spend my time with them and to offer you a chance to see their talents unfold!
Olivia is so unbelievably excited to be music directing for such an amazing cast in Shrek the Musical. With her previous theater and music experience, Olivia has achieved her Bachelor’s in Music Studies and she is about to graduate with her Master’s in Music Education this December. She continues to teach private lessons as a piano and voice teacher at a local studio. Her experience with this incredible cast has been one of the most memorable things for her summer. For all of her students, her goal is to create a safe space for students to become passionate about music to further explore their talents. Olivia would like to thank her amazing best friend and assistant music director Karina for the support and aid throughout this process. She would also like to thank director Nicole for taking a chance on her for this opportunity!
If Olivia could be any fairytale character, she would want to be the Mad Hatter because she feels that there is something super whimsical about the Mad Hatter as a character. Especially in the original stories, she adds, he is a free spirit who moves wherever his fate takes him!
Heather Colbert is so excited to be back with VYP after growing up on the Vienna Community Center Stage! Heather is going into her senior year, studying English, at Florida State University. Go Noles! While, of course, she is amazed at the talent of every single individual in the cast and crew, she is more proud of their kindness, enthusiasm, and hard work. She would like to thank Nicole for giving her this opportunity and mentoring her, her family for everything always, and the cast for making her summer a memorable one. She hopes you enjoy the show!
If Heather could be any fairytale character, she would want to be Belle so she could read all day.
Assistant Vocal Director
Karina is a recent graduate from Christopher Newport University with a Music Technology Degree. As the Assistant Music Director, Karina is excited to help the students be silly in their roles and build lifelong skills. Karina has never done a musical before, so this experience has been so special to her. Karina has made great connections by creating a fun, light environment for everyone to feel like they can be themselves. She would like to thank her parents and Olivia Thompson for supporting her experimental musical journey as she enters her next stage in life.
If Karina could be any fairytale character, she would want to play Ursula from The Little Mermaid because she has always wanted to play a villain role.
William is feeling Shrektastic to be back at VYP for another Shronderful show. He is coming back for the summer after finishing his college Freshman year at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Some of William’s acting credits include the Bartender in Beauty in the Beast (VYP), Ensemble in Little Mermaid (FHS), Beef in Good News (FHS), Barfee in The 25h Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (FHS), the Bartender in The Wedding Singer (VYP), Nunzio/Jacobi/Mayor in Newsies (CTFC), Spot Conlon in Newsies (FHS), Professor Bhaer in Little Women (FHS), and a bunch of other showcases! William is excited to be playing the role of Shrek because, in a lot of moments, he understands and relates to the feeling of wanting to be more than meets the eye and pursuing your dreams. William has learned through this production that theatre doesn’t have to feel like a chore. He deeply admires the talent of the rising performers at VYP and walks into rehearsal every day inspired by the enthusiasm and dedication that each person brings. He can’t wait to see what they achieve in years to come. William would like to thank his mom for being his number one supporter and continuing to believe in him. His appreciation for her, he finds, is hard to put into words. He hopes you enjoy the show and have a great time!
If William could be any fairytale character, he thinks he would want to be Shrek. William feels that he relates to him in how he yearns to be something that other people sometimes might have a hard time seeing him as. He also enjoys the hero narrative and finds himself escaping into the world of fiction!
Fiona, Knight, Blind Mouse, Run Crew
Jordyn Jones is a DC native and a recent graduate of Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Jordyn is trained in multiple vocal styles including Opera/Classical, Musical Theatre, Jazz, and Pop, and is also trained in multiple dance and acting styles. Jordyn is so excited to play Fiona in Shrek as it is her first leading role in a musical. Jordyn finds Fiona to be an interesting character to play and has a drastic character arc, which makes her a challenge to play. However, overall, she thinks Fiona is tons of fun and has some amazing songs! Living in DC, Jordyn made the great commitment of commuting 2 hours every day, but doesn’t regret it for the world! She’s a first-timer at VYP and has felt so welcome. Regional theatre credits include Once On This Island (Young Timone), Amahl and the Night Visitors (Amahl), Porgy and Bess (Ensemble), Motown Christmas (Michael Jackson), and Romeo and Juliet (Ensemble). Screen credits include Dancing on the Air: A Teenarama Story (Lil’ Bits) and American Idol. Jordyn has also previously toured Austria with Duke Ellington’s Female Ensemble. She would like to give a shout-out to her Dad, Grandma, and Aunt Nikki for helping her commute every day, picking her up, and paying for Ubers. She would also like to thank all of her super talented friends that made this experience great.
If Jordyn could be any fairytale character, she would want to be the cricket from Pinnochio, because he constantly steers Pinnochio in the right direction even if Pinnochio doesn't listen, and still tries his best to help. Jordyn tries to do that for her friends, so thinks the cricket fits her.
Fiona, Knight, Blind Mouse, Run Crew
Lia Davila is a rising senior at Marshall High School and is absolutely thrilled to be back on stage with the Vienna Youth Players. You may have recently seen her as one of the Bird Girls from “Frog and Toad” (Marshall Theatre), Jill in "Lagging Out" (Marshall's One Act Festival), and Mary in "It's A Wonderful Life" (Vienna Youth Players). In Lia’s free time she plays volleyball, is a Vienna Singing Princess, and plays the steel pan. She would like to give endless thank yous to her wonderful friends and family, as well as this incredible cast, who have made this summer so amazing! She hopes you enjoy the show!
If Lia could be any fairytale character, she would want to be Tinker Bell because she thinks being able to fly and hanging out with other fairy friends would be very cool!
Jonah is ecstatic and ready to be a part of his third VYP production! His past credits include Lefou in Beauty in the Beast (VYP), Ensemble in Beauty in the Beast (Creative Cauldron), East in Almost Maine (MAD Drama), and his Cappie Award-winning performance of Leaf Coneybear in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (MAD Drama). Jonah has had a lot of fun reinterpreting the original performance of Donkey, played by Eddie Murphy, and finding the musicality within the character. When Jonah isn’t onstage, he takes online classes to free up electives so he can be onstage more. He would like to thank his family, his great group of friends, his unconditionally supportive cast, and his directors for taking the time to get to know him.
If Jonah were to be a fairytale character, he would want to be the pig that makes his house out of brick. This is because while he may be physically weak, his architectural skills are unmatched.
Ethan has been a member of VYP since 2018. They were an ensemble member in Beauty and the Beast, Billy Idol in The Wedding Singer, and Uncle Billy in the radio production of Its a Wonderful Life. Farquaad has been a dream role for them for years, and they are thrilled to be portraying this man-child on stage. They would like to thank their wonderful parents, their brother Jonah, and Gwen Walker for helping make their performance what it is. They would like to thank their mom, Karen Wright, in particular for making their entire costume almost from scratch.
If Ethan could be any fairytale character, they would want to be Peter Pan because he can fly and he doesn’t have to grow up. Ethan adds that this is appealing because they’re 19 and “adulthood is starting to set in.”
Lilly is going into her sophomore year and is very excited to be playing Pinnochio this summer in Shrek the Musical! Her favorite hobby is dancing, specifically Street Jazz. Past roles include Kelsey in High School Musical Jr. and Sally Perks/Bippy in Puffs. She is so glad she got to work with this amazing cast this summer and would like to shout out to her mom for always being there for her no matter what. She hopes you enjoy the show!
If Lilly could be any fairytale character, Lilly would be Rapunzel, because, she is, in Lilly’s opinion, the best Disney princess ever.
Caroline couldn’t be happier to be participating in this production. This is her first community theater show! Caroline was an ensemble nun in The Sound Of Music (West Springfield Highschool), as well as Grace Wexler in The Westing Game (Washington Irving Middle School). Caroline has found Gingy to be a really fun character to play. The high voice and hilarious moments are some of Caroline’s favorite things about playing Gingy. She had never really had dance experience before this production, being a nun she mostly just… walked, but she learned a lot this summer and had a blast doing so. As well as loving theater, Caroline also enjoys writing screenplays and directing short films! Caroline would like to give a shoutout to her vocal coach, Laura Halick, for helping her prepare for this audition, as well as her friends and family who she forced to watch her dance and sing for hours on end.
If Caroline could be any fairytale character, she feels that she resonates with the mad hatter. She feels as though the insane personality, as well as the outfits, screams Caroline.
Marz Jackle is thrilled to be in her first production with VYP! Although she’s new to this company, she’s not new to the theatre by any means. You may have seen her last as Mouse in Marshall High School’s Production of A Year with Frog and Toad, and Ariel (Lead Fairy) in A Midsummer Night's Dream! She’s been so grateful for this opportunity and her favorite part of this experience was meeting and making memories with all of her talented cast members! She would like to thank her mom for introducing her to the theatre, and her whole family for their unwavering support. She would also like to thank her friends in the audience. She sincerely thanks you for coming and hopes you enjoy the show!
If Marz could be any fairytale character, she would want to be Nala because she has always had an obsession with the lion king and Nala is her spirit animal.
Big Bad Wolf/Dancer
This is Loics first show with VYP. Previously, he played Bert in Mary Poppins and a dog catcher/servant in Annie. He also played Bruno in a dance performance written by students at Kenmore middle school called Hear Me Now. The role of the Big Bad Wolf was a very fun role to play due to the Big “Bad” wolf wearing a granny dress. Being Donkey’s understudy was also a very cool experience because he got to learn the role of Donkey with the help of Jonah (Donkey). For Loic, Shrek the Musical was great because he got to see the same group of people for many weeks and grow a bond like a family, which made the community center feel like another home. He has made a lot of core memories and he feels that Shrek the Musical has made this summer very fetch. A fun fact about Loic is he can hit high notes Sopranos can hit! He would like to give a shout-out to the carpool gang for getting him to rehearsal, to Jonah for helping him with Donkey, and lastly a big thank you to all the people in VYP for making this experience fun and welcoming!
If Loic could be any fairytale character, he would want to be Peter Pan because… who wants to grow up?
3 Little Pigs/Little Fiona
This is Sophie’s first play and is thrilled to be a part of it! Sophie is playing one of the little piggies and little Fiona. She loved her experience in Shrek the Musical. She is going into the 7th grade and is very excited about starting middle school. In her free time, Sophie plays basketball on the court, street hockey with her friends, and loves being out on the course with her dad. She would like to give a huge thank you to both her best friend Lily and her mom, who encouraged her throughout the show.
If Sophie could be any fairytale character she would want to be the little pig #1 because she loves being little pig #1 in the show.
3 Little Pigs/Dancer
Cozette is very excited to be a part of her first VYP production! Cozette was last seen in her middle school production of Legally Blonde as Elle Woods. Other fun roles include Harry in Dear Edwina, The Cat in Seussical Jr, and Shanti in the Jungle Book Jr. Cozette feels that Shrek the Musical has been amazing to take part in. This summer, she has looked forward to coming to rehearsal each night and getting to work with so many extremely talented people. She would like to thank her Mom and Dad, and Sasha for putting up with my constant singing 24/7, I love you so much.
If Cozette could be any fairytale character, she would be Elsa. She has loved Elsa since Frozen came out and thinks she learns really important lessons throughout the movie!
3 Little Pigs/Dancer
Lily Ingraham is incredibly excited to be in Shrek the Musical! Lily was previously Aunt ‘Em in the Wizard of Oz (Hughes Middle School). She is also frequently in plays and musicals at NextStop Theatre. Lily has loved going to rehearsal and meeting everyone. She loves all her characters and is so excited about the show. She would like to thank her family and teachers for supporting her. Power to zi piggy!
If Lily could be any fairytale character, she would want to be Cinderella because she has loved the movie and songs for a very long time!
White Rabbit, Knight
Emma is very delighted to be a part of this iconic show. In the past, she's been a part of Almost, Maine as Glory and a nun in The Sound of Music. She didn't join this show as the White Rabbit until about halfway through the production, which is quite nicely fitting to the character. She's had an amazing time meeting new super cool people and loved being able to do theatre in the summer. She would like to say thank you to her parents for making the drive to rehearsal every day and her Shrek-mates for the vibes.
Avery is a rising freshman going to Washington Liberty. Previously, Avery was in a dance show called Hear Me Now, as the mom. This is her first show with VYP and she has had a really fun time at VYP rehearsals. Everyone has helped catch her up when she misses a rehearsal, and she will be looking forward to doing more theatre in the future! Avery is super grateful to all the parents that helped drive her to rehearsal and back. She also wants to give a huge thank you to her parents for their support and everything else they’ve done, including carpooling. Avery would like to thank you for coming to the show and she wishes you a not boring summer!
If Avery were to be a fairytale character, she feels like she would be a great witch because they love to pull pranks and mess with people but at the same time can help people when they need it. Also, she loves magic!
Peter Pan/Captain/Dwarf/King Harold
David Myers is going into his junior year at HB Woodlawn. This is his first show with VYP but he has ate in many other shows like Beauty and the Beast at Kenmore middle school, and 9 to 5 at HB Woodlawn. He’s sure that there will be no crumbs left in the performances of Shrek the Musical. Through the process of rehearsals this summer, the Shrek cast really licked the bowl and David is very excited for everyone to see the show! Shout out to the carpool gang for rides and Square Squad! Hazah!
If David could be any fairytale character, he would want to be Peter Pan because David feels he “won’t grow up and has the energy of a 5-year-old.”
Colbie is so ecstatic to have worked with such an amazing cast and crew this summer. As an 8th grader, they were part of Tech Crew for Legally Blonde Jr and fell in love with the experience. Colbie hopes to continue theatre as they go into Madison as a freshman this fall. They will greatly miss being at rehearsals every night with some of the coolest people ever. Colbie would like to thank their Mom and Dad for driving them to countless rehearsals, all their friends they met for their countless support and love, and their sister Gaby for constantly singing the rehearsal songs with them. Overall, Colbie has had an amazing experience this summer and hopes you enjoy the show!
If Colbie could be any fairytale character, they would want to be the Mat Hatter because he's a colorful, quirky, and unique character!
Sugar Plum Fairy/Mama Ogre/Bluebird/Dancer
Megan Delaney is a rising junior at Bishop O’Connell High School, and is thrilled to be in the cast of Shrek the Musical! This is her second production with VYP, having previously appeared as Rosie in The Wedding Singer. Her other recent performances include Aunt March in Little Women (Bishop O’Connell High School) as well as Mrs. Puff in The Spongebob Musical (Gonzaga High School). She would like to thank her parents for their support, her friends for their encouragement, and Nicole for being such an incredible director!
If Megan could be any fairytale character she would want to be a princess because they live in castles, wear fancy dresses, and have talking animal friends.
Little Fiona/Ugly Duckling
Tiffany is fun, energetic, and loves performing on stage. This little girl has a sweet face with a big voice! She is the lead singer in her Band, The Raging Beats, and has been in other theater productions such as Annie, Winnie the Pooh, and others. Other than acting and singing, her hobbies include art, body surfing at the beach, and going shopping. Tiffany has had so much fun this summer in the show and meeting new friends. She hopes you enjoy her performance!
If Tiffany could be any fairytale character, she would want to be the Dragon so she could fly and breathe fire!
Mama Bear/Queen Lillian/Dancer
Sarah is very excited to play the role of Queen Lillian and Mama Bear. This is Sarah's first musical she has been a part of, and she could not be more thrilled. She enjoys having rehearsal every night because it's always something for her to look forward to. When Sarah is not on the stage, you can find her ice skating and playing soccer. Sarah would like to give a shoutout to her voice coach for encouraging her to try out for the musical.
If Sarah could be any fairytale character, she would want to be Tinkerbell!
Papa Bear/Papa Ogre/Bishop
This is Owen Potts’s first show with VYP and he’s super excited for everyone to see the show! Most recently, he was in Washington-liberty high school’s production of Clue as Mr.Boddy and Little Shop of Horrors as the voice of the Audrey II. All the roles he has taken on this summer have been super fun and he’s very grateful to be working with so many talented people. He would like to thank his parents for always encouraging him to do the things he loves, and he would like to give a shoutout to the carpool crew for driving him around all summer.
If Owen could be any fairytale character, he would be Shrek because Owen thinks he is such a cool guy and can intimidate anyone.
Baby Bear/Little Shrek
This is Lauren’s first musical! She is really glad that she could be a Baby Bear because she feels that it fits her just right. Her experience rehearsing Shrek the Musical has been really fun. Lauren has a twin brother, is on the VAC Swim Team, and is going into 6th Grade. She would like to give a big shoutout to her friends and family who came to see the show, and to her dad who told her about this musical!
If Lauren could be any fairytale character, she would be Little Red Riding Hood!
Justin is a singer, actor, swimmer, and traveler. He loves to perform in theatre and loves art. He is creative and fun, and always willing to help his fellow peers and classmates. He plays guitar and sings in a rock band called Raging Beasts. They won second place in Battle of the Bands and performed at the Manassas Christmas parade. He learned how to play piano, clarinet, French horn, and drums. Justin was born to be a performer, and hopes you enjoy our show!
If Justin could be any fairytale character, he would want to be Superman so he could fly!
Humpty Dumpty/Teen Fiona/Dancer
Katie is going into 9th grade and she will be attending Madison High School. This is her first year in a VYP production and she is having an amazing time! Katie would like to thank her family for all of the things they have done to help her musical theater journey.
If Katie could be any fairytale character, she would be rapunzel because she loves her personality and her dreams!
Gabrielle has never been in a play, show, or musical, so Shrek the Musical is her debut! Gabrielle had a lot of fun hanging out with all of the cast and she made a lot of friends! A fun fact about Gabrielle is that she just recently made it into the Softball All-Stars! She would like to give a shoutout to her Mom, Dad, and sister for being there when she needed them! Gabrielle has thought it to be a pleasure being a part of this production.
If Gabrielle could be any fairytale character, she would be Rapunzel because she likes the songs in the movie Tangled!
Camryn is very excited to be playing the role of The Pied Piper for her very first show with the VYP. In this story, The Pied Piper is a magical being that can communicate with rats through her flute. Camryn’s experience with the VYP cast this summer has been a dream. She thinks it is so amazing being able to perform and make friends to the extent that she has made with this cast. Camryn is an incredible Prizewinner level Irish Dancer who has been to two of the regional level competitions. She would love to thank the cast and crew for putting so much hard work into this show. She hopes you enjoy the show!
If Camryn could be any fairytale character, she would be Cinderella because she loves how Cinderella can talk to animals, and she also has a fabulous voice!
Little Red Riding Hood/Dancer
Jane is very excited to be a part of Shrek the Musical! She has had a great time in her 3rd VYP production. Her favorite show she has done was Wedding singer in the summer of 2019. In her free time, Jane enjoys spending time with her dogs, her family, and her friends. She also enjoys sewing and movies. She also loves listening to music, her favorite singer is Taylor Swift. She would like to thank Nicole and Heather for putting the show together.
If Jane could be any fairytale character, she would be a Pegasus so that she could fly!
This is Olivia’s first show and the cast has made it so much fun for her! She is 12 and about to go to middle school. She hopes you enjoy the show!
Alessandra, a recent high school graduate, is very happy to take part in Shrek the Musical. In past shows, she has worked both offstage and onstage. Her past shows include Pied Piper's West Side Story Junior (Shark Ensemble), FXPlayers' Children's Hour (Janet), and Pender Players' In Bethlehem Inn (Zack). Offstage, she has worked on the Run crew for FXPlayers' Into The Woods. She has also done marketing and publicity with the FXPlayers. This summer, in Shrek the Musical, Alessandra has enjoyed learning new choreography, rehearsing lines, and memorizing melodies. Alessandra plays the keyboard, and their favorite food is ice cream. She would like to thank their friends, besties, and family for their support in her theatrical endeavors.
If Alessandra could be any fairytale character, she would be a dragon, specifically of the fire-breathing kind, due to the many practical uses for fire-breathing, such as roasting marshmallows. She also would love to be able to fly because flying seems like a more sustainable option than gas emissions.
Katie is super excited to be in the production of Shrek with such a supportive cast. She has previously performed in Legally Blonde, Annie, Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz, and Charlie in the Chocolate Factory. She also just finished her seventh year at her dance studio and is thrilled to be in this dance ensemble. In her free time, she enjoys playing basketball and volleyball as well as writing in local competitions. She would like to give a special thanks to Ms. Nicole, Ms. Olivia, Ms. Heather, and Ms. Karina for the endless thought they put into making this show happen! She hopes you enjoy the show!
If Katie could be any fairytale creature she would be Olaf from Frozen because he is such a loveable character.
Georgia is so excited to have a role in Shrek the Musical! She has previously danced in the Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty’s Dream for Greater Washington Dance Center. This is her first theatre role. When Georgia is not on the stage, she loves swimming and adventuring with her friends. She would like to give a special thanks to Ms. Nicole for all her hard work this summer!
If Georgia could be any fairytale character, she would want to be Maleficent because she can turn into a dragon!
Gaby is very excited to be in Shrek the Musical this summer playing guard and happy villager. This is Gaby’s first time being in a musical, and she has enjoyed it. Gaby likes to dance in her free time, and is currently on two dance teams. She is also on a swim team and is a swim coach for the younger swimmers. Gaby likes being a guard and happy villager because she enjoys learning the choreography that goes along with it. She has also enjoyed getting to know all the amazing theatre kids this summer. She would like to give a shout-out to her parents for supporting her, and to her sister, Colbie, who is also in the play and has helped her rehearse things and helped her with the play.
If Gaby could be any fairytale character, she would want to be Cinderella, because Cinderella is always hopeful even when things happen that aren’t as expected. Also, she thinks it’s very important to treat everyone kindly even if that isn’t how they treat you!
Sound Crew Chief
Jordan is excited to be part of his first show at Vienna Youth Players, especially since he’s doing his favorite job, sound. This is his 25th show. He’s done a mix of acting and tech, but he now prefers doing tech. Some of his favorite theatre experiences include playing Lefou in Beauty and the Beast Jr. (Kenmore Middle School), doing mics for The Hobbit (Encore Stage), and stage managing Riley O’Brien and the Lost Leprechaun (Encore Stage). In his free time, Jordan likes to play Dungeons & Dragons, cosplay, and write songs. He also would like to become a voice actor someday. He would like to thank his parents for driving him around for this show.
If Jordan were to be a fairytale character, he would be, after picking at random from a google search of fairytale characters, the tooth fairy.
Set Crew, Run Crew
Nate is a rising 10th grader and helped with the tech and run crew for the show. He has been in Kilmer’s production of The Lion King and his elementary school's production of The Little Mermaid. Nate joined the crew further along the process to help with any tech-related jobs that need doing. In his free time, he loves cooking and painting!
If Nate could be any fairytale character, he would be Rumpelstiltskin so that he could make gold out of hay and live in a caravan.
Set Crew, House Crew
Skye has previously participated in Grease, Emma, Doo Woop, Red Riding hood, and Into The Woods. Skye is on the tech team for Shrek the Musical and has loved working on the show! She would like to thank Nicole!
If Skye could be any fairytale character, she would be Elsa in Frozen because she is a powerful woman!
Light Board Operator, Assistant Light Designer, Set Crew
This is Timothy’s first show working in the booth, and his fifth show overall. In one of his previous shows, he was on Sound, Lights, Special Effects, and Run crews. For his last show, he was the senior Assistant Stage Manager and was on the Sound crew. As the head of the Lights crew for this show, Timothy will be in charge of the lighting effects for the whole show, and as co-head of the Sound crew, he will be drawing on his previous experiences to assist in putting on and taking off body microphones that actors might use. This is Timothy’s first year doing theater and so far, he has enjoyed working on shows behind the scenes. He would like to thank his parents for providing transportation and putting up with all of his baloney, and he would like to also thank his high school theater teacher, Mr. Philip Reid for helping him get into tech theater and encouraging his passion. Additionally, he would like to thank KJ and Aria Velz for being so supportive and helping him get involved in more professional theater jobs, and he would like to congratulate them on their recent marriage. Timothy has enjoyed his time preparing for the show, and hopes that you will enjoy Shrek the Musical!
If Timothy could be any fairytale character, he would want to be either a werewolf or a vampire, because both thrive in the dark and avoid contact with regular humans. Also, they both have improved strength and speed, as well as better senses compared to regular humans!
Erika has previously performed in productions with the Alden, Arlington Players, and the Providence Players of Fairfax. She is thrilled to help out behind the scenes with Shrek!
If Erika could be any fairytale character, she would want to be a leprechaun because they steal and make shoes and they’re rich!
Lily had so much fun being a part of the tech crew for Shrek The Musical! In 7th grade, Lily handled spotlights for Thoreau Middle School’s production of Legally Blonde Jr. She has had a blast working on props and getting to know the cast! Lily loves movies, so Shrek the Musical is right up her alley. Lily would like to thank her parents, her cast friends, the lovely director, Ms. Nicole, and everyone else who has supported the cast and crew. She hopes you enjoy the show!
If Lily could play any fairytale character, Lily's dream role would be the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland because she would love to play a wacky villain and thinks the costume is so cool!
Original Book and Lyrics
David Lindsay-Abaire is a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, screenwriter, lyricist and librettist. His most recent play, Ripcord, opens this fall at Manhattan Theatre Club. His previous play Good People premiered on Broadway, was awarded the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, The Horton Foote Prize, The Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, and two Tony nominations. His play Rabbit Hole received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, five Tony nominations, and the Spirit of America Award. David also wrote the book and lyrics for Shrek the Musical, which was nominated for eight Tonys, four Oliviers, a Grammy, and earned David the Ed Kleban Award as America's most promising musical theatre lyricist. David's other plays include Fuddy Meers, Kimberly Akimbo, Wonder of the World and A Devil Inside, among others. In addition to his work in theatre, David's screen credits include his film adaptation of Rabbit Hole, Dreamworks' Rise of the Guardians, and the upcoming Family Fang, starring Nicole Kidman, Christopher Walken and Jason Bateman.
Jeanne Tesori won the Tony Award for Best Original Score with Lisa Kron for the musical Fun Home. She has also written Tony-nominated scores for Twelfth Night at Lincoln Center; Thoroughly Modern Millie (lyrics, Dick Scanlan); Caroline, or Change (lyrics, Tony Kushner); and Shrek The Musical (lyrics, David Lindsay-Abaire). The production of Caroline, or Change at the National Theatre in London received the Olivier Award for Best New Musical. Her 1997 Off-Broadway musical Violet (lyrics, Brian Crawley) opened on Broadway in 2014 and garnered four Tony nominations, including Best Musical Revival. Opera: A Blizzard on Marblehead Neck (libretto, Tony Kushner; Glimmerglass) and The Lion, The Unicorn, and Me (libretto, J. D. McClatchy, Kennedy Center). Music for plays: Mother Courage (dir. George C. Wolfe, with Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline), John Guare's A Free Man of Color (Lincoln Center Theater, dir. George C. Wolfe), and Romeo and Juliet (Delacorte Gala). Film scores: Nights in Rodanthe, Every Day, and You're Not You. Ms. Tesori is a member of the Dramatists Guild and was cited by the ASCAP as the first female composer to have two new musicals running concurrently on Broadway. She was the founding artistic director of Encores! Off-Center at New York City Center, and a lecturer in music at Yale University. Most of all, she is the proud parent of Siena Rafter.
Original Production Director
JASON MOORE (Director). Broadway: Avenue Q, Steel Magnolias. Carnegie Hall: Jerry Springer: The Opera. Off-Broadway: Speech and Debate (Roundabout), Avenue Q (the Vineyard), Guardians (the Culture Project), The Crumple Zone. Associate directing: Les Misérables (Broadway, national tour), Ragtime (Vancouver). Writer: The Floatplane Notebooks (Charlotte Repertory Theatre). TV directing: episodes of Dawson s Creek, Everwood, One Tree Hill and Brothers and Sisters. Jason has a BS in performance studies from Northwestern University.
Original Production Director
Rob Ashford won the 2012 Olivier Award for his production of Anna Christie starring Jude Law and Ruth Wilson at London's Donmar Warehouse. The production opened to rave reviews with The Independent's anointing it as "picture perfect" and David Benedict stating that "the production's hallmark is its boldness." Rob most recently directed the Broadway revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof starring Scarlett Johansson, and Macbeth with Sir Kenneth Branagh at New York's Park Avenue Armory and The Manchester International Festival. The Telegraph claimed "This is a Macbeth that won't just go down as a highlight of the Manchester International Festival but as one of the Scottish Play's great revivals," and Ben Brantley of the New York Times proclaimed "Mr. Ashford uses his experience as a celebrated director of musicals to stunning, time-bending effect." Rob received his 8th Tony Nomination for his work on the Broadway revival of Evita starring Ricky Martin, and received the Tony Award for his work on the Broadway production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. Other Broadway credits include How to Succeed in Business (Tony Award Nominations for his direction and choreography), Promises, Promises (Tony Award Nomination), Shrek, John Water's Cry Baby (Tony Award nomination, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Fred Astaire Awards), Curtains (Tony Award nomination), and Wedding Singer (Tony Award nomination). In London, Rob also directed the highly acclaimed Olivier Award winning revivals of A Streetcar Named Desire starring Rachel Weisz and Parade at The Donmar Warehouse. Rob did the choreography and staging for last year's Academy Awards with Seth MacFarlane and won the 2009 Emmy Award for Best Choreography for his work on Baz Luhrmann's production number (featuring Hugh Jackman and Beyoncé) at the 81st Annual Academy Awards. He has also choreographed the opening number for The Tony Awards starring Neil Patrick Harris for the past 4 years. He choreographed the feature film Beyond The Sea directed by and starring Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey and Walt Disney Production's upcoming film Cinderella directed by Kenneth Branagh. Most recently, Rob directed and choreographed NBC's The Sound of Music Live!, for which he received a DGA Award Nomination, and this January directed The Barber of Seville at Chicago Lyric Opera. Rob is an Associate Director at The Old Vic Theatre. He also serves on the Executive Board of The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and is a Trustee of The Joyce Theatre in New York City.
A big thank you to Will Choi, Katie Sullivan, Sarah Williams, and Alessandra Woods for help with props and Jane Ferrara, Karen Wright, Kelly Pulsifer, Sam Jalajel, and the parents and students of Frost Middle School for help with costumes!
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