Meet the Factory: Mae and Pop

As we ramp up to the sexy, steamy production of The Pajama Game, we’re taking this opportunity to introduce you to the members of our fantastic cast. Or, as we’ve come to know them, the workers at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory.

Stay tuned over the coming weeks to learn more about each worker in our factory.


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Stepping in as Babe Williams’ father Pop is Allen Galli. Allen is returning to our stage after appearing at The 5th in the dual role of Twimble/Wally Womper in last season’s production of How to Succeed… Other 5th Avenue credits include Rusty Charlie in Guys and Dolls, Mike in White Christmas, Krupke in West Side Story and Moonface in Anything Goes! Allen has also appeared locally at Seattle Rep, SCT, ACT, Intiman, Village and PNB. His regional credits include Arizona Theatre Company and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and TV credits include GrimmFrasier and cult classic Twin Peaks.

pg_taryn-darr-webTaryn Darr

Portraying Sleep Tite Pajam Factory worker Mae is Taryn Darr. Taryn is a veteran of The 5th. She was seen last year on our stage in…you guessed it, How to Succeed… as well as our revisal production of Lerner and Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon. Some of her favorite roles at The 5th over the past 16 years include: A Chorus Line (Val), White Christmas (Judy), Jasper in Deadland (Secretary Hathaway), ElfCatch Me… and Spamalot. Taryn has been seen regionally in Chicago (Roxie), South Pacific (Nellie), Legally Blonde (Brooke) and in the NYC lab of Something Rotten. Find out more about Taryn at her website.


The Pajama Game is directed by our own Producing Artistic Director Bill Berry, and runs February 10 through March 5. To find out more and to purchase tickets, click here.

Meet the Factory: Strikers and Scabs

As we ramp up to the sexy, steamy production of The Pajama Game, we’re taking this opportunity to introduce you to the members of our fantastic cast. Or, as we’ve come to know them, the workers at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory.

Stay tuned over the coming weeks to learn more about each worker in our factory.


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Richard recently returned from Tucson where he was a featured dancer in Fiddler on the Roof at the Arizona Theatre Company. You may have seen earlier this season at The 5th in Man of La Mancha, last season in How to Succeed…, or in A Christmas Story and A Chorus Line.

pg_paul-flanagan-webPaul Flanagan

Like many of our motley crew, Paul was in our production of How to Succeed… last season. Or perhaps you saw him in our revisal production of Lerner & Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon, or in one of his numerous previous roles at The 5th. He was also recently in SCT’s production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Find out more about Paul at his website.

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McKayla was also seen last season in our production of How to Succeed…, and earlier last season in The Sound of Music. Other 5th Avenue credits include A Christmas Story and A Chorus Line. She’s also been out on the road several times in National Tours of Monty Python’s Spamalot and The Wizard of Oz.

pg_lauren-du-pree-webLauren Du Pree

Lauren graced our stage earlier this season in Man of La Mancha and was part of the steno pool last season in How to Succeed… She’s been seen regionally at Village Theatre, Kennedy Center, Ford’s Theatre and Signature Theatre. Lauren has also been seen on TV in Biz Kid$. Find out more about Lauren at her website.

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Ryan is making his 5th Avenue debut with The Pajama Game! Ryan performed on Broadway in Wicked, and has been seen regionally in productions of Cats, Music Man, Sweet Charity and Pippin. He’s performed in a Radio City Christmas Spectacular and at Tokyo Disneyland. Film and television credits include Smurfs, Across the Universe, Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Fallon, Two and a Half Men, Mozart in the Jungle, America’s Got Talent and Nurse Jackie.

pg_carolyn-willems-van-dijk-webCarolyn Willems Van Dijk

Carolyn is returning to The 5th after having previously trod the boards in productions of Paint Your Wagon, The Sound of Music, ELF, Oklahoma! and Cinderella. She received a BFA from the University of Oklahoma.

 


The Pajama Game is directed by our own Producing Artistic Director Bill Berry, and runs February 10 through March 5. To find out more and to purchase tickets, click here.

Meet the Factory: Operators and Stitchers

As we ramp up to the sexy, steamy production of The Pajama Game, we’re taking this opportunity to introduce you to the members of our fantastic cast. Or, as we’ve come to know them, the workers at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory.

Stay tuned over the coming weeks to learn more about each worker in our factory.


pg_trina-mills-webTrina Mills

Trina was seen at The 5th last season in Lerner and Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon and How to Succeed… Other 5th Avenue credits include West Side Story, A Chorus Line, A Christmas Story, RENT, ELF and Spamalot. Trina is a native Seattleite who earned her BA in acting from WWU. She is pulling triple duty in this production; in addition to her role in the ensemble, Trina is also the Associate Choreographer and the Dance Captain.

pg_katherine-strohmaier-webKatherine Strohmaier

Katherine is returning to The 5th after having last performed on our stage as Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, among others. She has worked regionally at Village, SCT, Showtunes, Harlequin, Milwaukee Rep, Seattle Symphony, Pasadena Pops and Opera de Rennes. She is a soloist with pianist Peter Nero, and an instructor at Cornish.

pg_emily-ann-johnson-webEmily Ann Johnson

Emily made her 5th Avenue debut as a performance intern last season in How to Succeed… Regional credits include Village Theatre, SecondStory Rep, Leavenworth Summer Theater (where she was Kathy in Singin’ in the Rain) and others. To find out more about Emily, visit her website.

molm_davione-gordon-webDavione Gordon

Most recently, Davione was on stage at The 5th in our production of Man of La Mancha earlier this season. Prior to that, he made his debut at The 5th in Carousel the season before. Davione has been part of the company at Spectrum Dance Theater for four seasons, and is a native of Fort Washington, Maryland.

Aaron Shanks
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Like many of our amazing cast members, Aaron was part of the How to Succeed… cast last season. He was also in Lerner and Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon last season. Other 5th Avenue credits include A Christmas Story, Carousel, Oliver! and Pirates of Penzance. Aaron has worked regionally at Village Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Showtunes Theatre and Spectrum DAnce Theatre.

pg_greg-stone-webGreg Stone

Greg is no stranger to The 5th. You may have seen him in Pirates of Penzance, Music Man or Titanic in Concert. Greg has been seen on Broadway in Les Misérables, Oklahoma!, Urban Cowboy and The Pirate Queen. He toured extensively with Les Misérables as Jean Valjean and as Chris in Miss Saigon.

 


The Pajama Game is directed by our own Producing Artistic Director Bill Berry, and runs February 10 through March 5. To find out more and to purchase tickets, click here.

Meet the Factory: Time Study Guys and Union Gals

As we ramp up to the sexy, steamy production of The Pajama Game, we’re taking this opportunity to introduce you to the members of our fantastic cast. Or, as we’ve come to know them, the workers at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory.

Stay tuned over the coming weeks to learn more about each worker in our factory.


pg_eric-ankrim-webEric Ankrim

You may have seen Eric earlier this season as the Duke in our production of Man of La Mancha. Or perhaps you saw him last season as J. Pierrepont Finch in our blockbuster production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, also directed by Bill Berry, or in our revisal production of Lerner & Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon. Other 5th Avenue credits include Jacques Brel…, Carousel, First Date, Oklahoma!, RENT, Into the Woods, The Rocky Horror Show and Miss Saigon.  Eric also returned to the role he originated in First Date on Broadway. In addition to being a Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory worker, Eric is also serving as the Associate Director of this production.

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Kevin makes his 5th Avenue debut with The Pajama Game! He’s had an extensive career on Broadway and Off-Broadway, including A Little Night Music, Most Happy Fella, Juno, On the Town, Lost in the Stars, Applause, Fiorello!, Stairway to Paradise and Paint Your Wagon. Kevin has been a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the New York Philharmonic and Omaha Symphony.

pg_matthew-posner-web Matthew Posner

Many of our amazing How to Succeed… cast members are returning for The Pajama Game, and Matthew is one of them. In addition to How to Succeed… last season, you may have seen him previously at The 5th in Damn YankeesPirates of Penzance, Secondhand Lions, Oliver! and A Christmas Story. He’s also been seen at Village in Show Boat, Fiddler on the Roof and Billy Elliott. His tour/regional credits include Camelot and Les Miserables, and also has a prominent voice over career. You can hear his voice over work at Voices.com!

pg_hannah-schuerman-web Hannah Schuerman

Hannah is returning to The 5th after making her mainstage debut in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music last season. Hannah recently graduated from Seattle Pacific University.

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Jasmine is also making her 5th Ave debut! However, you may have seen her around town: she is a member of ACT Theatre’s Core Company 2016, and has been seen regionally in Dangerous Liaisons, Winter’s Tale, Bonnie & Clyde, Stupid F*cking Bird, 9 to 5 and A Christmas Carol. Find out more about Jasmine at her website.

pg_alexandria-henderson-webAlexandria Henderson

Like Eric and Matthew, Alexandria is returning to The 5th after appearing in How to Succeed… last season. Other 5th Avenue credits include Little Shop… and Hairspray in Concert. Regional credits include Stardust Christmas Enchantment with Harlequin, Working with Seattle Musical Theatre, Hairspray with Twelfth Night Productions and The Wiz with Tacoma Musical Playhouse.


The Pajama Game is directed by our own Producing Artistic Director Bill Berry, and runs February 10 through March 5. To find out more and to purchase tickets, click here.

Meet the Dreamers: Eric and Marlette

Two more cast members are running where the brave dare not go: Eric Ankrim as Duke/Carrasco and Marlette Buchanan as Maria/Housekeeper!

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Eric Ankrim

Eric will be very familiar to our audiences. You may have seen him last year at The 5th in both our revisal production of Lerner & Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon and as clever ladder-climber J. Pierrepont Finch in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (for which he received a Gregory Award nomination). Other 5th Avenue credits include Jacques Brel… (also Gregory Award-nominated), CarouselFirst Date (another Gregory Award nomination!), Oklahoma, RENTInto the WoodsThe Rocky Horror Show and Miss Saigon. After originating the role of Aaron in First Date in Seattle, Eric also went with the show to Broadway!

molm_marlette-buchanan-webMarlette Buchanan

You may recognize Marlette from her previous role treading the boards at The 5th in Carousel. She’s been seen in many other regional productions, including Violet (ArtsWest), Passing Strange (ACT/Sidecountry), Once On This Island (Village), Ain’t Misbehavin’RagtimePorgy and Bess (Seattle Opera), Tin Pan Lady and Show Boat (Village). You may also have seen her in numerous television and film roles, including The DetailsFreedom Riders and Seattle’s Stars. Marlette is a graduate of Boston University and Fisk University.


Don’t miss Eric, Marlette and the rest of our dreamers in this epic, inspirational musical. Man of La Mancha runs October 7-30, 2016. Click here to find a full cast listing, more about the show and to purchase tickets.

Meet the Dreamers: Allen and Jose

Two more cast members are fighting the unbeatable foe with us: Allen Fitzpatrick as The Governor/Innkeeper and Jose J. Gonzales as The Barber!

molm_allen-fitzpatrick-webAllen Fitzpatrick

Allen is no stranger to our stage. You saw him most recently in our revisal production of Lerner and Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon last season, and as the big boss himself, J.B. Biggley in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying last season. Allen has over 40 appearances on Seattle stages to his name, 22 of those at The 5th (including Sweeney in Sweeney Todd). Allen has also been in 10 Broadway shows, including Les Misérables42nd StreetDriving Miss DaisyThe Scarlet PimpernelPassionMemphisSweet Smell of Success and Damn Yankees. He is the Artistic Director of the Icicle Creek New Play Festival. You can find out more about him on his website.

molm_jose-j-gonzales-webJose J. Gonzales

Jose is making his 5th Avenue debut with Man of La Mancha. He is a professional jazz pianist and singer, and has been involved in the theater scene in Seattle since 1989. His credits include In the HeightsThe Gypsy KingIn the Penal ColonyA Streetcar Named Desire and Nine.

 


Don’t miss Allen, Jose and the rest of our dreamers in this epic, inspirational musical. Man of La Mancha runs October 7-30, 2016. Click here to find a full cast listing, more about the show and to purchase tickets.

 

Meet the Director: David Armstrong – The Secret Garden

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David Armstrong will be directing our spring production of The Secret Garden, which is a co-production with D.C.’s Shakespeare Theatre Company being performed there this fall. He recently directed our revisal production of Lerner & Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon.

What has been your favorite directorial experience?
Every show is my favorite when I am doing it but looking back I would say that our 5th Avenue production of Candide was one of my favorite experiences. The musicals that are very open to interpretation are usually the most rewarding.

Why this show? What is intriguing or interesting about it to you?
There are very few plays or musicals that I have directed more than once over the course of my career, but this will be my fourth time directing The Secret Garden (although I have not directed it since 1999). Everything about this show draws me in—the moving story, the incredible music and lyrics and most important the effect it has on the audience. To make people both laugh and cry in the same show is very satisfying. The musical expands several of the narrative threads and minor characters, and amplifies the Gothic mystery aspects of the novel. Like most stories, in that genre, our heroine Mary Lennox is brought to a big, dark, gloomy mansion—where secrets hide behind every door—and is thrust into a complicated relationship with a moody, tortured, romantic hero. Continue reading “Meet the Director: David Armstrong – The Secret Garden

Meet the Dreamers: Eric, Sarah and Wilson

Continuing our introductions of the amazing Man of La Mancha cast, here are three more of our dreamers: Eric Esteb, Sarah Rose Davis and Wilson Mendieta!

Eric Esteb

molm_eric-esteb-webWe are glad to have Eric back with us for this production. Most recently you may have seen him in our revisal production of Lerner & Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon, but he’s been on our stage a number of times over the years. When not performing at The 5th, Eric performs in Duo Rêves as an aerialist and dancer with his partner Quynbi. See video of their work together at duoreves.com. Eric will be stepping in as Juan, in addition to contributing to the ensemble.

 

molm_sarah-rose-davis-webSarah Rose Davis

Sarah may be familiar to audiences at The 5th: she starred as Rosemary in our production of How to Succeed… last season! Other 5th Ave credits include A Chorus Line and Grease. You may have also seen her as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl at Village Theatre. Find out more about Sarah at her website. Sarah will be portraying Fermina in the show, in addition to her part in the ensemble.

Wilson Mendieta

We are stoked to have Wilson in Man of La Mancha for his 5th Ave debut! Wilson has been seen on Broadway or on tour in Man of La ManchaBombay DreamsChicago. He’s been off-Broadway in Celia. You may also have seen him in one of his TV roles, on Law & OrderAll My ChildrenDancing with the Stars. Wilson is the Director of the Musical Theater Program at the University of Washington. Find out more about Wilson at his website. He will be Tenorio in our production, as well as his role in the ensemble.


Don’t miss Eric, Sarah, Wilson and the rest of our dreamers in this epic, classic musical. Man of La Mancha runs October 7-30, 2016. Click here to find a full cast listing, more about the show and to purchase tickets.

The Life of A ‘Revisal’: An Interview With the Paint Your Wagon Creative Team

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Over the course of several years, Director David Armstrong, Writer Jon Marans, Music Supervisor and Vocal Arranger Ian Eisendrath and Choreographer Josh Rhodes worked together to develop and re-write a new version of the Lerner and Loewe musical, Paint Your Wagon. I sat down with them recently to talk about the process of recreating a classic. Continue reading “The Life of A ‘Revisal’: An Interview With the Paint Your Wagon Creative Team”

Meet the Pioneers: Armando and Jennifer

Joining Robert Cuccioli and Kendra Kassebaum are our younger couple-in-love: Armando (Justin Gregory Lopez) and Jennifer (Kirsten deLohr Helland). Armando is an arriero–which is kind of a pioneer-style mailman–who is begrudgingly befriended by the surly Ben Rumson (Cuccioli). Armando is down on his luck having recently lost his mule when Rumson stumbles upon him and helps him get to No Name City. Turns out, Ben has a young, beautiful, assertive daughter called Jennifer. When Jennifer gets to town, it’s basically love at first sight between her and Armando. Gorgeous duets follow. But will Ben be on board with their love? How will Armando tell his new best friend Ben that he’s in love with Ben’s daughter? These are the questions.

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We are pleased to welcome Justin Gregory Lopez, making his 5th Avenue debut! Justin worked on our developmental lab of Paint Your Wagon last fall, but is an actor and award-nominated nightclub entertainer usually based in New York. Justin has been seen in the Off-Broadway production of bare, and regionally in productions of In The HeightsEvitaThe Fantasticks. Justin also worked on the Broadway megahit Hamilton when it was still in development and called The Hamilton Mixtape. Justin can be seen in film and TV as a guest star on Law & Order: SVU and in the film Learning to Drive starring Ben Kingsley.

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Kirsten deLohr Helland is portraying Jennifer Rumson in this production, and will be quite familiar to 5th and Seattle audiences. Kirsten joined us earlier this year as Maria in The Sound of Music and last season as Rizzo in Grease. Around town, she was recently seen in American Idiot at ArtsWest and in Lizard Boy at Seattle Rep (written by and co-starring Kirsten’s bestie Justin Huertas). Kirsten is also half of the folk-rock duo Hanschen & Ilse with Justin.

Don’t miss Justin and Kirsten, and all the other gold rushers, in our ‘revisal’ production of Lerner and Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon. The show runs June 2 through June 25. Visit our website for more information and to purchase tickets.

Photos by MARK & TRACY PHOTOGRAPHY