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ADDISON, TX – WaterTower Theatre Artistic Director Joanie Schultz, and Managing Director Greg Patterson today announced details of the 2017 Summer Performing Arts Conservatory.  In past years, the Conservatory for children and teens, held at the Addison Theatre Centre, was structured for students to present a fully-realized performance of a published play or musical at the end of the two-week program.  In the new restructured two-week Conservatory, students will be cultivating their skills in three intensive courses, each led by a different professional theatre artist. This training will offer a more well-rounded experience, and will provide the students with a strong artistic foundation that can be used in the classroom or on the professional stage. The students will also gain valuable interpersonal communication skills that will benefit their day-to-day lives. The Conservatory will culminate in a performance showcase for friends and family focused on utilizing the skills and crafts learned over the two-week program. 

Conservatory enrollment is now open.  The cost is $500 per student (tuition assistance and scholarships are available).  For more information or to enroll contact Kyle Eric Bradford, Patron Services & Community Engagement Manager, at 972.450.6228, kbradford@watertowertheatre.org or visit www.watertowertheatre.org/education_programs.aspx.

The 2017 Summer Performing Arts Conservatory introduces children 8-16 years old to others who share their love of acting, singing, and dancing! The two-week Conservatory offers a unique, non-competitive, nurturing program that caters to students who want to immerse themselves in all aspects of theatre arts.

Classes are held Monday-Friday (9am-5pm) and are taught by highly skilled, local professionals including M. Shane Hurst, Kyle Igneczi, Kelly McCain, and Jeff Swearingen. Concentrations include acting, dance, voice, and puppetry taught in an intimate classroom setting - guaranteeing that each student receives the individual attention necessary to learn theatre skills, as well as life skills: confidence, self-esteem, and a passion for creativity.

The Conservatory is made possible, in part, through the support of The Town of Addison, The Civic League and The Texas Commission on the Arts.

About the Teaching Artists

M. Shane Hurst (Music)
M. Shane holds four degrees in music from the Eastman School of Music, Southern Methodist University, and the University of North Texas and serves on the music faculties of Dallas Baptist University and Cedar Valley College. He has been active in DFW theatre for over two decades as an actor, director, and music director. Three of his projects from 2016—Onstage Bedford’s Jekyll & Hyde, Theatre Frisco’s The Last Five Years, and Greater Lewisville Community Theatre’s Master Class—were represented with various nominations in the recent Column Awards. Shane has worked with children throughout his career, teaching voice for the Dallas JCC and directing music at theatre camps, including NM Productions, Rover Dramawerks, Camp Broadway, and WaterTower’s Conservatory. He resides with his wife and two children in Oak Cliff, where he is also Music Minister at Chapel in the Woods Bible Church.

Kyle Igneczi (Puppetry)
Having toured the world with some of the biggest names in family entertainment (Sesame Street Live, The USO, Curious George Live) Kyle has garnered an assortment of skills and unique experiences that help him as a successful theatre artist. In addition to his work onstage as an actor he has puppetry and performance credits with the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center Puppetry Conference, John Tartaglia, Chuck E. Cheese, and Sesame Street Live. Locally, his puppetry skills have been seen in The Spark (WaterTower Theatre, “Best of Loop 2015” – Out of the Loop Fringe Festival), Hershel and the Hannukah Goblins (Amphibian Stage Productions, “Best Puppets 2015” – TheaterJones), and as an actor at WaterTower Theatre, Stage West, Casa Mañana, Dallas Children’s Theater, and Uptown Players.

Kelly McCain (Dance)
Kelly is excited to be back again for the summer working with this talented group of young actors. Favorite performances include Shirley in The Producers (Uptown Players); Tess in Crazy For You, The Drowsy Chaperone (Theatre Three); The Boy From Oz, Hair, Tommy, Victor/Victoria, Closer to Heaven (Uptown Players); Uncle Thomas in The King and I, Carousel (Lyric Stage); Carmen (Dallas Opera). Choreography credits:  Enron, Pippin, The Hot Mikado, Memphis, The Wedding Singer (Theatre Three); Chicago, Curtains (MainStage Irving); Bonnie & Clyde, Putting It Together, Creep (WaterTower Theatre); Peter Pan, Singin’ in the Rain, 9 to 5, How to Succeed in Business…, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Hello, Dolly (Garland Summer Musicals);  Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Wishing Star Productions); The Nance, Breathe (Uptown Players).

Jeff Swearingen (Acting)
Jeff has almost twenty years of experience teaching theatre and improvisation to children. He is the Creative Director and one of the founding partners of Fun House Theatre and Film, a local arts education and production company. He was recently named Best Theatre Teacher by Dallas Observer in the “Best of Dallas” Awards. His students have worked professionally from regional and Equity theaters to film and national sitcoms. He is represented by the Mary Collins Agency.

About WaterTower Theatre Education Programs
WaterTower Theatre’s education mission is to nurture the academic and emotional education of young people through theatre; and to make the rich benefits reaped from the experience available to all socio-economic levels and all traditionally underserved populations in Addison and Dallas.  WaterTower Theatre strives to further these three key elements:  Audiences, inspiring current and future audiences to discover theatre and its connection to their lives; Artists, investing in training, support and development of emerging young arts professionals; Arts Education, contributing to the community-wide efforts to improve the quality of life and the scope of arts education in North Texas. 

About WaterTower Theatre
WaterTower Theatre, celebrating its 20th Anniversary Season, is one of the leading regional theatres in North Dallas and Texas.  It is consistently recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, DFW Theatre Critics Forum, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observer, D Magazine, and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, among others.  WaterTower Theatre has a subscription base of more than 2,000 subscribers and serves an audience of over 28,000 patrons annually.

WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of The Town of Addison, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Shubert Foundation.  WaterTower Theatre is supported, in part, through the generosity of Atmos Energy, The Canterbury Family, Don and Barbara Daseke, Ben Fischer and Laree Hulshoff, FastSigns Carrollton, Frost Bank, Liberty Capital Bank, Mary Kay Inc., Janiece and Jimmy Niemann, Nissan Foundation, Pinnacle, Rainmaker Advertising, Slalom Consulting, Table 13, the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors, and Women of WaterTower Theatre.

WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors names Joanie Schultz as new Artistic Director

(Addison)… Paul Shultz, President of the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors, and Derek Blount, Chairman of the WaterTower Theatre Artistic Director Search Committee, today announced the appointment of Joanie Schultz as Artistic Director.  Ms. Schultz will assume her new position on January 1, 2017 and will immediately begin planning the Company's 2017-2018 Season with the intent to announce it in May 2017.

When WaterTower Theatre's longtime Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin resigned last May, the Board of Directors took the opportunity to evaluate the Company and make significant changes in organizational structure – specifically, creating a bifurcated management model with a Managing Director to head the Company’s business and operations, and a parallel Artistic Director to serve as WaterTower Theatre’s artistic visionary and manage the productions of the Company. Longtime Director of Development and Marketing Gregory Patterson was elevated into the position of Managing Director, and a Search Committee was formed to begin the process of identifying the future Artistic Director.

The Search Committee, chaired by Derek Blount, consisted of WaterTower Theatre Board members Rose Colarossi, Stan Graner, Paul Shultz, and Managing Director Gregory Patterson.  The executive search consulting firm of Genovese, Vanderhoof & Associates was engaged to lead the process.  Margaret Genovese acted as lead consultant in the national search that ultimately garnered more than one hundred candidates from across North America. Following an extensive interview process, Joanie Schultz was unanimously recommended by the Search Committee to the Board of Directors for this important leadership position.

Joanie Schultz is a director of theatre and opera based out of Chicago, IL, where she has lived for the last 20 years. Ms. Schultz’s work includes directing for The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, The Cleveland Play House, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Studio Theatre in Washington DC, and 30 other theater and opera companies throughout Chicago. Joanie holds an MFA in directing from Northwestern University and a BA in directing from Columbia College Chicago. She was a Drama League Fellow, The Goodman Theatre's Michael Maggio Directing Fellow, the SDCF Denham Fellow, a Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab participant, and was 2013 Co-Artistic Curator for Theater on the Lake.

Joanie was co-Artistic Director of Estrogen Fest, Associate Artistic Director of The Building Stage and co-Founder/Artistic Director of Flush Puppy Productions. Most recently, Joanie served as Associate Artistic Producer at Victory Gardens Theater, as part of the Leadership U One-on-One Fellowship funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by TCG.  She is an ensemble member at Steep Theatre; associate artist with Victory Gardens; and an artistic cabinet member at Studio Theatre in Washington, DC. She has been on the theater faculty of Columbia College Chicago and University of Chicago, the opera faculty of Roosevelt University, and has taught for the School at Steppenwolf, the Audition Studio, and Italian Operatic Experience.

Her extensive directing credits include world premieres, regional premieres, and re-envisioning of classic work. Select credits include directing the smash hit and long-extended Hand to God (Studio Theatre); Venus in Fur (Goodman Theatre); the world premieres of Sarah Gubbins’ Cocked (Victory Gardens Theater), fml: how Carson McCullers saved my life (Steppenwolf Theatre), and The Kid Thing (About Face Theatre/Chicago Dramatists); the critically lauded The Whale and Rest by Samuel D. Hunter (Victory Gardens Theater); the Jeff Award winning productions of In Arabia We’d All be Kings and The Brief History of Helen of Troy (Steep Theatre), site-specific performances of the operas Acis and Galatea (Chicago Cultural Center) and Bluebeard’s Castle (New Millennium Orchestra), and co-creating and directing a 6-hour theatrical adaptation of Wagner’s Ring Cycle (The Building Stage).

"Joanie is a phenomenal choice to lead WaterTower Theatre's artistic vision into a new era," said WaterTower Theatre Board President Paul Shultz.  “She has the unique combination of being a successful director of both new works and classics in the worlds of theatre and opera.”

"We set out on a lengthy search to find the ideal candidate, someone who has both a passion for theatre as well as an understanding of the business side of arts management," said Derek Blount, Chairman of the Search Committee.  "We also sought a leader who would bring new vision, new focus, and new creative energy to WaterTower Theatre, someone with a track record of developing transformative theatre, and someone who is in sync with ideas and events that are shaping people's consciousness across the country.  Joanie meets and exceeds all these requirements and is the perfect choice to lead WaterTower Theatre into a new chapter in its history."

"Joanie is one of the most gifted young directors working in our business today and I very much look forward to partnering with her," said Managing Director Gregory Patterson.  "She will bring a daring new perspective to the work we produce on our stage while respecting the work we’ve done in the past and the incredible community which has supported us for 20 years.  She is passionate, creative, genuine, insightful, and intuitive, possessing an artistic maturity that will fuse beautifully with the culture here at WaterTower Theatre that makes us unique in our community."

"I am so excited by the opportunity to lead WaterTower Theatre's artistic contributions to a new level in an already dynamic cultural landscape in the DFW Metroplex," said Joanie Schultz, Artistic Director-designate.  "WaterTower Theatre has a rich history and deep roots in the community and I'm looking forward to building on the solid foundation established by former Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin.”

 "It is my belief that creating plays that express our contemporary moment is the greatest contribution we can give to the world as theatre artists," said Schultz. "By our attempt to articulate our unique experiences in this place now, we are fostering desperately needed conversation in the most needed human way, through the live experience of other people. The consciousness created in the empathy of the shared experience an audience has with the actors on stage is irreplaceable by anything on a screen. And it is my passion for this expression and what it fosters that drives my work as a director and producer of theatre." 

"I look forward to getting to know the Addison community and its leaders," said Schultz.  "The Town of Addison is so generous in its support of the arts, in particular WaterTower Theatre.  I look forward to partnering with them on our collective desire to produce an exceptional theatrical experience that is unique, innovative, and entertaining, opening doors to bring greater understanding to the many challenges that face our community."

About Joanie Schultz

Joanie Schultz has been serving as Associate Artistic Producer at Victory Gardens Theater, as part of the Leadership U One-on-One Fellowship funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation administered through TCG, the national non-profit regional theatre service organization.  She is also a freelance director, with recent productions at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Studio Theatre, The Cleveland Play House, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, and Victory Gardens Theater. 

She was a Drama League Fellow, The Goodman Theatre Michael Maggio Director Fellow; the SDSF Denham Fellow; and Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab participant.  She is an ensemble member at Steep Theatre, Artistic Associate at Victory Gardens Theater, and artistic cabinet member at Studio Theatre in Washington, DC.  She is currently on adjunct faculty in directing at Columbia College and University of Chicago.  She received her B.A. in Theatre/Directing at Columbia College and her M.F.A. in Theatre Directing from Northwestern University.

About WaterTower Theatre

WaterTower Theatre is one of the leading regional theatres in North Dallas and Texas.   The company celebrates its 20th anniversary during the 2016-2017 Season.   The Company has consistently been recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observer, D Magazine, and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, among others. WaterTower Theatre has a subscription base of more than 2,000 subscribers and serves an audience of over 28,000 patrons annually.

WaterTower Theatre is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization as designated by the IRS.  Like all arts organizations, WaterTower Theatre relies on both ticket income and donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, organizations, and government to produce live professional theatre and offer community outreach and arts education programs. WaterTower Theatre is grateful for the support provided from The Town of Addison, TACA, The National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Shubert Foundation, and the hundreds of individuals, corporations and foundations whose annual donations allow WaterTower Theatre to consistently produce world-class live professional theatre.

Announcing Details for the Second Annual 24-HR Play Festival

(Addison)… WaterTower Theatre Managing Director Gregory  Patterson and Associate Artistic Director Kelsey Leigh Ervi today announced details for the Second Annual 24-HR Play Festival. Performances will take place on WaterTower Theatre’s Canterbury Family Main Stage at the Addison Conference and Theatre Centre on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 8pm.

WaterTower Theatre will begin taking submissions from local playwrights between December 6, 2016 and January 13, 2017. Submissions can either be in the form of one ten minute play, or a ten page selection from a full-length play. Four playwrights will be chosen from the submissions, and will be notified of their selection by January 20, 2017. Submissions should be emailed to Kelsey Leigh Ervi, Associate Artistic Director, at kervi@watertowertheatre.org by Friday, January 13, 2017 with the subject line “NAME - 24-HR Play Fest – Playwright Submission.”

Open auditions for local actors interested in participating in the 24-Hour Play Festival will be held on Sunday, December 18 from 4pm-10pm. Actors are asked to bring a headshot and resume, and come prepared with a one-minute contemporary monologue.  Actors of all ages, genders, and ethnicities are encouraged to audition.  Please note that this is a non-paying performance opportunity.  Meals will be provided for all participants throughout the process. Interested actors can sign up for an audition slot at https://instant-scheduling.com/sch.php?kn=204069&typId=56947&step=2.

All participants selected for the 24-HR Play Festival must be available from February 24 at 7pm to February 25 at 9pm.

Playwrights, directors and actors will come together to create 4 brand new plays in just 24 hours. Four playwrights will be chosen via submission, after which they will be assigned a director and a group of actors who will then inspire them to write a 15-minute play. The 24-Hour Play Festival will culminate in a one-time only performance at 8pm on Saturday, February 25 in the Canterbury Family Main Stage where each of the new plays will be performed for the public! The 24-HR Play Festival serves to provide an opportunity for local artists to work collaboratively to create new works.

Individual tickets to the performance are $10 each and will go on sale at Noon on December 6, 2016. A post-show reception will be hosted in the lobby following the performance.

Performance details:
Saturday, February 25, 2017
In the Canterbury Family Main Stage at
The Addison Theatre Centre
Doors open at 7:45pm
Curtain is at 8:00pm

Ticket Prices:
Single Tickets: $10

How/Where to Buy Tickets:
Online:  www.watertowertheatre.org
By Phone:  972-450-6232
Or In-person: WaterTower Theatre at the Addison Theatre Centre
15650 Addison Road, Addison, TX 75001

Fax: 972.450.6244
Email: boxoffice@watertowertheatre.org

Box Office Hours

Performance Weeks:
Tuesday-Saturday Noon-6 p.m.
Closed Sunday-Monday

Non-Performance Weeks:
Tuesday-Friday Noon-6 p.m.
Closed Saturday-Monday

Please note: The Box Office opens one hour before show time on performance days and remains open through intermission.

About WaterTower Theatre:
WaterTower Theatre, celebrating its 20th Anniversary Season, is one of the leading regional theatres in North Dallas and Texas.  It is consistently recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, DFW Theatre Critics Forum, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observer, D Magazine, and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, among others.  WaterTower Theatre has a subscription base of more than 2,000 subscribers and serves an audience of over 28,000 patrons annually.

WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of The Town of Addison, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Shubert Foundation.  WaterTower Theatre is supported, in part, through the generosity of Atmos Energy, The Canterbury Family, Don and Barbara Daseke, Ben Fischer and Laree Hulshoff, FastSigns Carrollton, Frost Bank, Liberty Capital Bank, Mary Kay Inc., Janiece and Jimmy Niemann, Nissan Foundation, Pinnacle, Rainmaker Advertising, Relax the Back Addison, Slalom Consulting, Table 13, the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors, and Women of WaterTower Theatre.

Announcing PARADE IN CONCERT, a Benefit Performance for WaterTower Theatre

(Addison, TX) WaterTower Theatre Managing Director Greg Patterson and Associate Artistic Director Kelsey Leigh Ervi today announced casting and creative team details for Parade in Concert, Directed by Kelsey Leigh Ervi, with Musical Direction by Scott Eckert. With Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown and a Book by Alfred Uhry, Parade will play a special one-night only performance on Saturday, March 25, 2017 in the Canterbury Family Main Stage at the Addison Theatre Centre.

Inspired by the true events surrounding the 1913 murder trial of Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-raised Jew living in Georgia who is wrongly convicted of the murder of 13-year old Mary Phagan, Parade is filled with soaring music and a heart-wrenching story, offering a moral lesson about the dangers of prejudice and ignorance that should not be forgotten. Amid religious intolerance, political injustice and racial tension, the stirring Tony Award-winning Parade explores the endurance of love and hope.

WaterTower Theatre Board member Deborah Staggs will Chair the Benefit Concert event with all proceeds going to support the Company's Artistic and Education programs. The Benefit Committee will include: Co-Chair Andrea Redmon, Maureen T. Anderson, Rosalind Benjet, Sharla DeFrancisco, Elizabeth Fratantuono, Phil Longacre, and Michelle Mew.

About Deborah Staggs
Having spent over 16 years as a successful Senior Management Support Liaison and a Marketing Professional in the Aviation Industry, Deborah Staggs is a dedicated team leader with strong analytical and interpersonal skills. A Native Texan, she has lived in other States in the U.S. pursuing a career as a computer broker, and sales and marketing in the media regime when returning to Texas. She has been a resident in Carrollton for the past 30 years. Diligent, with a keen sense of humor and the gift of making people laugh, she is driven to help those in need and supporting many charitable organizations, including WaterTower Theatre. Networking is her passion, and she has had the opportunity to work with some of the top entertainers and event planners in the DFW area. She has been part of many educational teams and values new ideas, with the philosophy “In life and business, always be thankful and achieve your best at all times.”

Individual tickets to Parade will go on sale October 20, 2016 at 12 noon and will be available by calling the WaterTower Theatre Box Office at 972-450-6232 or online at www.watertowertheatre.org/tickets.aspx. Tickets are $200, $150 and $50. The Diamond Seating at $200 includes a pre-show VIP cocktail reception at WTT and a post-show Champagne Dessert reception at WTT; The Gold $150 seating includes the post-show Champagne Dessert reception only. The Silver $50 is the performance only. A portion of the ticket price is tax-deductible.

In keeping with the celebration of WaterTower’s 20th Anniversary, this one-night only performance marks 10 years since WaterTower’s original production of Parade in the 2006-2007 Season. The cast includes Seth Womack as Leo Frank, Sarah Elizabeth Price as Lucille Frank, Greg Hullett as Hugh Dorsey, Alex Ross as Governor Slaton, Brian Mathis as Old Confederate Soldier/Judge Roan, Calvin Scott Roberts as Jim Conley, Mary McElree as Mary Phagan, Kyle Montgomery as Frankie Epps, Kyle Igneczi as Britt Craig, Luke Longacre as Tom Watson/Others, Sara Shelby-Martin as Mrs. Phagan/Others, Jeremy Davis as Newt Lee/Others, Victoria Teague as Mrs. Slaton/Others, Molly Welch as Iola Stover/Others, Jad Saxton as Monteen/Others, Alex Heika as Young Soldier/Others, and Whitney Coulter as Minnie/Others. The Ensemble includes Justin Duncan, Aubrey Ferguson and Ian Mead Moore.

Making their WaterTower Theatre debuts in Parade will be Whitney Coulter, Jeremy Davis, Justin Duncan, Mary McElree, Ian Mead Moore, Alex Ross, Jad Saxton, and Victoria Teague.

The creative team, in addition to Director Kelsey Leigh Ervi and Musical Director Scott Eckert, includes Maggie Soch Hayden (Stage Manager), Bradley Gray (Set Designer), Dan Schoedel (Lighting Designer), and Kellen Voss (Sound Designer).

Performance details
In the Canterbury Family Main Stage at
The Addison Theatre Centre
15650 Addison Rd
Addison, TX 75001
One Night Only: Saturday, March 25th, 2017 at 8:00pm

Ticket Prices:
Diamond: $200
Gold: $150
Silver: $50

How/Where to Buy Tickets:
Online: www.watertowertheatre.org/tickets.aspx
By Phone: 972.450.6232
Or In-person:
WaterTower Theatre at the Addison Theatre Centre
15650 Addison Road
Addison, TX 75001

Fax: 972.450.6244
Email: boxoffice@watertowertheatre.org

Box Office Hours
Day of Performance: Saturday Noon-6 p.m.
Non-Performance Weeks: Tuesday-Friday Noon-6 p.m.
Closed Saturday-Monday

Please note: The Box Office opens one hour before show time on performance days and remains open through intermission.

About the Director
KELSEY LEIGH ERVI, Director
Kelsey is thrilled to be directing Parade, a musical she’s wanted to work on for years. Other directing credits include Silent Sky, Lord of the Flies, The Spark, The Santaland Diaries, The Tom Sawyer Project, Honky (WaterTower Theatre); Precious Little (Echo Theatre); Love Me, Tinder (FIT Festival, world premiere); Ask Questions Later (Rite of Passage Theatre, world premiere); and Dani Girl (Greyman Theatre Company). Kelsey is also an accomplished actor, having worked with many area theatre companies including WaterTower Theatre, Stage West, Shakespeare Dallas, Uptown Players, Echo Theatre, and Shakespeare in the Bar. When she’s not directing or performing onstage, Kelsey can be heard on the Little Big Scene Podcast, a monthly podcast which serves to promote the past, present, and future of the DFW theatre community. Currently, Kelsey serves as Associate Artistic Director for WaterTower Theatre.

About the Musical Director
SCOTT A. ECKERT, Musical Director/Conductor
Prior WaterTower credits include: Company, Rockin’ Christmas Party, and Smoke Joe’s Café. Other music direction credits include Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Boy from Oz, The Producers, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Next to Normal (Uptown Players); Titanic, Jane Eyre, The Human Comedy (Lyric Stage); NINE, Big River, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Main Stage); Goblin Market, Her Song (Echo Theatre); The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Little Women (Contemporary Theatre of Dallas); West Side Story, Nine to Five, Brigadoon (Garland Summer Musicals); The Hot Mikado (Theatre Three); and Fiddler on the Roof (Associate Conductor, National Tour). He has been recognized by the Dallas Theater League and The DFW Theater Critics Forum for his work as both music director and playwright.

About the Cast
GREGORY HULLETT, Hugh Dorsey
Greg is excited to be back at WaterTower Theatre! He debuted at WTT as Jackie Boudreaux in The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical. Greg was trained at KD Studio Actors Conservatory in Dallas and earned his degree in Acting Performance. Recent stage credits include: Chicago (Main Stage); Dancing at Lughnasa (Contemporary Theatre of Dallas); Catch Me If You Can (Uptown Players); Fellowship: The Musical Parody of Fellowship of the Ring (Theatre Too); and Oil (Theatre Three).

KYLE IGNECZI, Britt Craig
Kyle is beyond proud to return to the WaterTower Theatre stage! Previous WTT credits include Dogfight, Bonnie & Clyde, and The Spark (Out of the Loop Fringe Festival). Other credits include Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Angels in America, Aida, Catch Me If You Can (Uptown Players); Memphis (Theatre Three); Seussical (Dallas Children's Theater); Rent, Spamalot (Casa Mañana); and The Explorers Club (Stage West / WaterTower Theatre). Kyle is also a puppeteer and puppet builder and will be teaching a course in puppetry as part of WaterTower Theatre's education program.

LUKE LONGACRE, Tom Watson/Others
Luke has worked locally at Casa Mañana, Amphibian Stage, WaterTower Theatre, and Dallas Theater Center. Some of his other favorite non-local credits include Lincoln Center, The MUNY, Portland Center Stage, Papermill Playhouse, and 5th Avenue Theatre. He is currently attending Southern Methodist University pursuing his M.F.A. in Acting.

SARA SHELBY-MARTIN, Mrs. Phagan/Others
Sara Shelby-Martin regularly performs at theaters throughout the DFW area, appearing regularly at WaterTower Theatre, Uptown Players, Lyric Stage, Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, and Theatre Three. Recent credits include The Toxic Avenger, Godspell, The Great American Trailer Park Musical and The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical. When she’s not on stage, Sara can be seen performing her cabaret show "The Alto Line: My Life in Harmony" at venues across DFW.

BRIAN MATHIS, Old Confederate Soldier/Judge Roan
Brian is very happy to be to returning to WaterTower Theatre where he last appeared in Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash. Other WTT credits include the original concert reading of Creep. He has appeared nationally with the Equity tours of Seussical and Jesus Christ Superstar. Locally, Brian has appeared with Casa Mañana, Stage West, Circle Theatre, Amphibian Stage, Lyric Stage, and Dallas Theater Center. Other theatre credits include Theatre Under the Stars, Tennessee (Nashville) Rep, Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, River City Rep, Downtown Cabaret -Bridgeport, CT, the Bushnell Center, and Kansas City Starlight. He appeared on CBS' Walker TX Ranger and with Dolly Parton in the movie Blue Valley Songbird. Brian can be heard on dozens of various voice over’s for FUNimation, Medieval Times and many more!

MARY McELREE, Mary Phagan
Mary McElree is thrilled to be making her WaterTower Theatre debut, having previously performed with such theatrical companies as Casa Mañana, Lyric Stage, Dallas Children's Theater, Wishing Star Productions, and Dallas Theater Center. Though theatre dominates most of her resumé, Mary grew up as a voiceover talent for Radio Disney, and continues to pursue work in various forms of entertainment including film and commercial. Mary is represented by Core Talent and a proud member of Actors’ Equity.

KYLE MONTGOMERY, Frankie Epps
Kyle’s theatre credits include (Actor) National Tour: Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (National Tour); Lord of the Flies, Creep (WaterTower Theatre); Into the Woods, South Pacific (Lyric Stage); Catch Me If You Can, The Boy From Oz, Kiss of the Spider Woman (Uptown Players); A Midsummer's Night Dream, The Winter's Tale, The Comedy of Errors, The Tempest (Trinity Shakespeare Festival); Memphis (Theatre Three); and Day Light (Stage West); (Properties Designer) Ring of Fire, The Realistic Joneses (WaterTower Theatre); Venus in Fur (Co-Production with WaterTower Theatre and Circle Theatre); Lovers and Executioners, Other Desert Cities, Clever Little Lies, Under the Skin, Don’t Talk to the Actors, The Taming (Circle Theatre).

SARAH ELIZABETH PRICE, Lucille Frank
Sarah is grateful to be returning to the WaterTower Theatre stage! Previous WTT credits include Creep, Bonnie & Clyde, Putting it Together. Other Regional credits include Ordinary Days (Our Productions); The Boy from Oz (Uptown Players); Camelot (Lyric Stage); and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Wishing Star Productions, National Tour).

CALVIN SCOTT ROBERTS, Jim Conley
Calvin is thrilled to return to the WaterTower Theatre stage! Previous WTT credits include Creep, Spunk, and Smokey Joe’s Café. Some of Calvin’s Regional credits include Jesus Christ Superstar, Rent (Casa Mañana); Memphis, Crazy for You, Drowsy Chaperone, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Theatre Three); Miracle on 34th Street (Dallas Children’s Theater); The Color Purple (Jubilee Theatre); Dreamgirls (Portland Center Stage); The Producers (Uptown Players); Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters (DCT National Tour); Flora, the Red Menace (Lyric Stage); and A Christmas Carol (Dallas Theater Center). Other theatrical credits include Merchant of Venice and Julius Caesar (Shakespeare Dallas).

ALEX ROSS, Governor Slaton
Alex is happy to make his WaterTower Theatre debut in Parade. Regional credits include; Dallas Theater Center, Uptown Players, Theatre Three, Lyric Stage, Light Opera Oklahoma. TV credits include Queen of the South (USA) Murder Made Me Famous (REELZ), Revolution (NBC), and Salvation (NBC Pilot).

SETH WOMACK, Leo Frank
Seth is thrilled to be returning to the WaterTower Theatre stage, having previously been seen in The Spark, Creep, Lord of the Flies, and One Man, Two Guvnors. Other regional credits include Les Misérables (Dallas Theater Center & Casa Mañana); Fiddler on the Roof, The Golden Apple, Lady in the Dark, Into the Woods (Lyric Stage); and The Light in the Piazza (Brick Road Theatre). Seth is proud to reprise the role of Leo Frank, having previously performed it in the historic Paramount Theatre's production of Parade in Abilene, TX in 2012. Seth is a 2013 graduate of Abilene Christian University with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre.

About WaterTower Theatre
WaterTower Theatre, celebrating its 20th Anniversary Season, is one of the leading regional theatres in North Dallas and Texas. It is consistently recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, DFW Theatre Critics Forum, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observer, D Magazine, and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, among others. WaterTower Theatre has a subscription base of more than 2,000 subscribers and serves an audience of over 28,000 patrons annually.

WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of The Town of Addison, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Shubert Foundation. WaterTower Theatre is supported, in part, through the generosity of Atmos Energy, Barbara and Bob Bigham: the Baylor Oral Health Foundation, Don and Barbara Daseke, FastSigns Carrollton, Frost Bank, Liberty Capital Bank, Mary Kay Inc., Million Air Dallas, Nissan Foundation, Pinnacle, Rainmaker Advertising, Relax the Back Addison, Slalom Consulting, Table 13, the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors, and Women of WaterTower.

WaterTower Theatre
at the Addison Theatre Centre
15650 Addison Road
Addison, Texas 75001
PH: 972.450.6230
FX: 972.450.6244
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