Meet the Pioneers

Our final trio of pioneers join the wagon train today: Pearl (Brenna Wagner), and a special treat: our two Swings, Nicholas Tarabini and Carolyn Willems van Dijk! Pearl joins Timberline, Lotta and Mary as an entertainer in the area, as well as playing the character of Elisa. Swings act as understudies to basically all of the ensemble roles, which is no mean feat for Nicholas and Carolyn with such a well-rounded ensemble! (Read this great article from Playbill about the importance of a swing to any show.)

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We are thrilled to have Brenna here for her debut at The 5th with Paint Your Wagon! Although this is her first show here, Seattle audiences may have seen her recently in ArtsWest’s production of Violet as Violet or in Village’s productions of Mary Poppins and My Fair Lady.

 

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Nicholas is stepping in as our male swing. You may have seen him earlier this season in our production of The Sound of Music. He’s also been seen regionally in American Idiot at ArtsWest and Next to Normal at Second Story Rep.

 

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Carolyn is stepping in as our female swing. She’s no stranger to this particular challenge – she was also the swing for Cinderella and ELF, as well as being seen regularly onstage in Oklahoma! and The Sound of Music.

 

 

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

Meet the Pioneers: Silas, Timberline and Merchant Reed

Three more pioneers pursue the American Dream: Silas (Paul Flanagan), Timberline (Trina Mills) and Merchant Reed (Aaron Shanks). Silas is an immigrant from London who has come to find his fortune. Timberline arrives with the other girls with an iron will and a drive to make money. Merchant Reed is a hard working man who sells mining equipment to prospectors.

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Paul is returning to The 5th Avenue stage after two forays earlier this season in How to Succeed… and The Sound of Music. Before that, Paul was already a regular on our stage before this season, having been in productions of Oliver! and A Chorus Line. You may also recognize him from The Fiddler on the Roof or Chicago at Village.

 

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Trina is a well-known face at The 5th, also having performed in How to Succeed earlier this year. She’s also been in our productions of West Side Story (Velma), A Chorus Line (Sheila), A Christmas StoryELF and Spamalot. Trina is pulling double duty in this show as the Dance Captain in addition to her role as Timberline. She also choreographed our production of The Sound of Music this past winter.

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Aaron is rounding out this trio nicely by also having been in How to Succeed…! What a reunion! Before that, you may have seen him in A Christmas StoryCarousel or Pirates of Penzance. Audiences may also recognize him from other regional roles at Village, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Showtunes Theatre, Tacoma Opera, Spectrum Dance Theatre, or numerous cabarets and concerts.

Don’t miss Paul, Trina, Aaron, and the other dreamers in our ‘revisal’ production of Lerner & Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon. The show runs June 2 through June 25. Visit our website for more information 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”