Once Upon a Mattress

Fitzpatrick Auditorium
Kernersville Elementary School
512 West Mountain Street
Kernersville, NC 27284

Book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller & Marshall Barer.
Music by Mary Rodgers. Lyrics by Marshall Barer.

Our cast:

Queen Aggravain – Maggie Gallagher
King Sextimus – Scott Icenhower
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Princess Winnifred – Kelly Flick
Lady Larken – Ally Austin
Sir Harry – Joe Boles
Minstrel – Matthew Morris
Jester – Jeremy Kuhn
Wizard – Jordan Googe
Princess #12 – Alyson Waller
Lady Rowena – Robin Raines
Lady Lucille – Chris HughesMattressGroup
Lady Merrill – Kirstyn Waller
Lady Mabelle – Safiya High
Lady H – Kirstyn Waller
Lady R – Hailey Lewis
Lady Beatrice – Kirstyn Waller
Kitchen Wench – Kirstyn Waller
Emily – Judith Gillis
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1st Lady – Judith Gillis
2nd Lady – Judith Gillis
3rd Lady – Kirstyn Waller
Sir Studley – James Shover
Sir Luce – Michael Ward
Sir Harold – Calvin Raines
1st Knight – Calvin Raines
2nd Knight – Kenny Gaylord
3rd Knight – Charlie Waller

Dates:

June 18-20, 24-27, 2010

About the show:

If you thought you knew the story of “The Princess and The Pea,” you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that Lady Larken’s love for Sir Harry provided a rather compelling reason that she reach the bridal altar post haste? Or that, in fact, it wasn’t the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night?

Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are you’ll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again.

About our director:

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Katie Jo Icenhower has a degree in musical theatre with additional drama studies in London. After school, she performed professionally around the country only to realize (like Dorothy) that there is no place like home. Locally, she has acted, directed and choreographed both professionally and with numerous community theatres.

So, what does she do for a living? She’s a real estate agent with Leap Realty. “Real estate allows me to do theatre. Recently, however, it’s been the other way around. Still, I love what I do in both worlds. This will be my third time directing a KLT show. When KLT called me about directing Once Upon A Mattress with them, I didn’t have to sleep on it because for me, it’s a dream job.”

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (The Musical)

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Fitzpatrick Auditorium
Kernersville Elementary School
512 West Mountain Street
Kernersville, NC 27284

Based on the novel by Mark Twain. Conceived & written by Ken Ludwig.
Music & Lyrics by Don Schilitz

Our cast:

Tom Sawyer – T.J. Taylor
Huckleberry Finn – Ian Buff
Aunt Polly – Rachel Schroeder
Becky Thatcher – Rebekah Wright
Widow Douglas – Judith Gillis
Injun Joe – Brad Burwick
Sheriff/Pap – Bill Gallagher
Rev. Sprague/Mayor Bellamy – Jim Lehman
Judge Thatcher – Danny Scruggs
Muff – Kemp Baker
Schoolmarm Dobbins – Kathy Ledbetter
Gideon Wain – Jayson Crawford
Doc/Alfred/Ensemble – Maxwell Alekzandr
Kennedy Sid – Steele Howell
Lyle Peters/Ensemble – Jack Holbrook
Ben – Blaine Freeman
Joe Harper/Ensemble – Caleb Doyon
George/Ensemble Anderson – Newman Johnson
Lucy Harper/Ensemble – Sage Schweickert
Amy Lawrence/Ensemble – Tori Seals
Jessica Rogers/Ensemble – Kathy Manuel
Sereny Harper/Hannah/Ensemble – Brittany Blalock
Sabina Temple/Ensemble – Shelby Kivett
Ensemble – Hailey Lewis
Ensemble – Stephanie Scruggs
Ensemble – Austin Lambeth

Dates:

June 16 through June 26, 2011

About the show:

Mark Twain’s classic story comes to exuberant musical life in this Broadway adaptation of America’s favorite book. The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer is the irresistible story of a clever fourteen-year-old boy growing up in the heartland of America. This Broadway musical version of Mark Twain’s immortal novel is set in 1840 in St. Petersburg, Missouri, a bustling town on the banks of the Mississippi River. In the course of the story, Tom matches wits with his stern Aunt Polly, falls in love with the beautiful, feisty Becky Thatcher, and goes on the adventure of his life with Becky and that irresistible renegade, Huckleberry Finn. Along the way we meet a terrifying villain named Injun Joe, Tom’s bratty half-brother Sid, some of the town adults, and all the other boys and girls in the village.

About our director:

Sonja Joyce Kelley returned to Kernersville Little Theatre to direct The Adventures of Tom Sawyer after having directed Annie, Oliver and My Fair Lady with KLT in past seasons. She has been active in community theatre as an actor for over 20 years. She has written over 100 plays for her students at Noble Academy (formerly Guilford Day School), and directed them over the last eight years, as well as entering both middle and high school students in the N.C. State Theatre Competition for the last six years. She was nominated Best Actress for the Irene Ryan Award and Best Supporting Actress for the Washington D.C. One-Act Play Tournament. In addition to directing, choreographing or acting in other productions in North Carolina, she was recently awarded a scholarship from The English Speaking Society entitled Teaching Shakespeare through Performance at the Globe Theatre in London, England.

Our musical director:

Maggie Gallagher

Headin’ for the Hills

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Fitzpatrick Auditorium
Kernersville Elementary School
512 West Mountain Street
Kernersville, NC 27284

Written by Le Roma Greth

Our cast:

Cornelia Heister – Brittany Blalock
Dorthea Heister – Lydia Fink
Cyrus Goolus – Lee Huggins
Hank Goolus – Zac Hiatt
Aunt Sukey – Kim McDonald
Bette Belle Goolus – Hosanna Gurley
Skeets Goolus – Brinley Lowe
“Happy Goolus” – Tori Seals
Slim Hawkenshaw – Joshua Miles
Horseface Dilly – Kenny Gaylord
Jake Slasser – Ken Colditz
Widow Squiggins – Lee Ann Chrisco
Speck Squiggins – Ian Buff
Squiggins/1st Boy – Blaise Gourley
Squiggins/1st Girl – Katarina Pegram
Squiggins/2nd Boy – Hampton Helsabeck
Squiggins/2nd Girl – Samantha Halstead
Emmy Jean – Esperanza Peral
Zeke – Caleb Doyon
Zeke’s Maw – Vi Doyon
Miss Oggie – Trish Forbes
Miss Winslow – Hannah Gummere
Extra Children – Haley Miller, Kate Halstead

Dates:

February 25 – March 6, 2011

About the show:

Cornelia Wellington Heister and her sister, Dorthea, are wealthy orphans whose only living relatives are a hillbilly family who run a general store in Lone Mule, Tennessee. Their father’s will insists that the girls spend their summers in Lone Mule with their Uncle Cyrus Goolus or forfeit their share of the fortune. Cornelia in particular hates the arrangement, and Uncle Cyrus is a miser who sees a chance to make himself some money. He decides to make life miserable for the girls so they’ll run away — and he will inherit the entire fortune himself. In an avalanche of fun and laughter, he shows the girls the absolute worst of hillbilly living. They don’t discourage easily, however, and Cornelia even finds herself the object of adoration of Slim Hawkenshaw and begins to realize that perhaps mountaineers are human beings after all. Luckily, Cornelia finds out about her Uncle’s scam and decides two can play at that game! She and Dot pretend to go all out for the hillbilly life and even show Uncle Cyrus a thing or two.

About our director:

Dan Seaman has directed numerous plays in the Triad since 1974. He was Director of Theatre at the Weaver Education Center, Greensboro, having started there in 1978 and retiring in 2004. He is currently an Adjunct Instructor at Greensboro College.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

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Main Street Baptist Church
126 North Main Street
Kernersville, NC 27284

Book by Barbara Robinson

Our cast:

Bob Bradley – Danny Scruggs
Grace Bradley – Lisa Cooper
Beth Bradley – Tori Seals
Charlie Bradley – Caleb Doyon
Ralph Herdman – Ian Buff
Imogene Herdman – Rebekah Wright
Claude Herdman – Christopher Clark
Ollie Herdman – Daniel Greene
Gladys Herdman – Abby Warren
Alice Wendleken – Sarah Ghent
Mrs. Armstrong – Leslie Linthicum
Mrs. Slocum – Amanda LaBella
Mrs. Clark – Lisa Wolf
Mrs. Clausing – Stacy McAnulty
Mrs. McCarthy – Kathy Wright
Maxine – Stephanie Scruggs
Elmer Hopkins – Stephen Rossi
Lisa – Lydia Fink
Beverly – Emma LaBella
Shirley – Emerie Scales
Juanita – Mikaley Lane
Alexis – Hailey Lewis
Doris – Addie Stamper
Reverend Hopkins – Jim Lehman
Firemen – Ken Colditz, Jim Lehman
Ensemble – Kate Halstead, Cora McAnulty, Abigail Mosley, Grace Mosley

Dates:

December 3 – December 12, 2010

About the show:

In this humorous Christmas tale, when the long-running director of the church Christmas pageant is injured, the couple who suddenly must replace her are faced with casting the Herdman kids – probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on. But you’ll also find the ultimate outcome touching and sweet.

About our director:

MikeGilbert3Mike Gilbert holds a Bachelor of Arts in Drama (Directing Concentration) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Work with UNCG Theatre has included workshop productions such as William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, and the world premiere of Chess. Additionally, he has directed stage readings with the UNCG Playworks Festival, performed at Triad Stage, an award-winning regional theatre. He had also taught classes on acting and improvisation with the City Arts Drama Center. Mike worked as Artistic Director of Crosslove Theatre, Greensboro’s original Christian theatre company, from 2004 to 2009. Founding the company, Mike has directed 11 CLT productions including: the “monster” hit The Monarch Possession, Joh, His Story, the critically acclaimed production of A Christmas Story, the world premiere of The Return Trilogy, and The Magician’s Nephew. In the Piedmont Triad, he has worked with the City Arts Drama Center (King Midas and Evening of Short Plays) and Kernersville Little Theatre (The Queen of Bingo).

In 2010, Mike was selected to join a group of 100 “active” participants with the Stage Directors & Choreographers Foundation’s Observership Program.

With The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Mike plans to bring his unique style to this classic holiday comedy.

The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon

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Cupid’s Park Theatre
Korner’s Folly
413 South Main Street
Kernersville, NC 27284

By Don Zolidis

Our cast:

Joyce Allen
Brittany Blalock
Zac Hiatt
Tucker Lockhart
Meghan McClanahan
Cary Newberry
Don Thornton

Dates:

September 17 – September 26, 2010

About the show:

The fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm are turned on their heads in this fast-paced, rollicking ride as two narrators and several actors attempt to combine all 209 stories ranging from classics like Snow White, Cinderella, and Hansel and Gretel to more bizarre, obscure stories like The Devil’s Grandmother and The Girl Without Hands. A wild, free-form comedy with lots of audience participation and madcap fun.

About our director:

Nathan A SullivanNathan Adam Sullivan, an Arkansas native, received his BA in Theatre in ’02 from Harding University in Searcy, AR. From 2003-2008, he worked as the Assistant Technical Director for Harding’s Theatre Program and as Scenic Designer/Technical Director for Searcy Summer Dinner Theatre (SSDT). While in AR, his directing credits included Oleanna, The Woman in Black, and Wit for HU Theatre and Jake’s Women for SSDT.

Adam and his wife Elizabeth became residents of Kernersville in May ’08. Since then, his NC directing credits include The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (CTG); Butterflies Are Free and Rounding Third for Open Space Café Theatre; and Plaza Suite (RSVP Community Theatre).

Having joined the KLT family with his scenic design for 2008’s The Christmas Bus, Adam then made his KLT directorial debut with the highly-successful North Carolina premiere of Don’t Cry for Me, Margaret Mitchell, by North Carolina authors Virginia Cate and Duke Ernsberger. His first play, Crier Tuck, was selected as the winner of the N.C. New Play Project and was produced in Greensboro in 2010.  He is pleased to return to work with the Folly stage and KLT on The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon.

Kilroy Was Here!

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Fitzpatrick Auditorium
Kernersville Elementary School
512 West Mountain Street
Kernersville, NC 27284

Written by Tim Kelly. Music & lyrics by Bill Francouer.

Our cast:

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Ruth Taylor – Marie Denig
Angie Wilberforce – Jean Wentz
Edith – Kathy Cox
Hazel Merrill – Lydia Fink
Judy Howard – Brittany Blalock
Eve Denton – Annanoa Kaufmann
Hermione – April Marshall
Gladys Brooks – Marilyn Bledsoe
Valerie Foster – Jennifer Raiford
Melba Nesbitt – Rachel Schroeder
Jack Smith – Jack Holbrook
Fred O’Dwyer – Carlo James
Joe Kilroy – Stephen Rayfield
Kitty Evans – Mindy Hudson
Mr. Wilcox – Danny Scruggs
Elliott Martin – Brandon DeLapp
Horace Lopez – Jayson Crawford
Carl Ryder – Joe Collins
Leo Pickford – Max Kennedy
Mrs. King – Kathy Anne Cissna
Prof. Milton Sullivan – Ken Keith
Military Policeman – Dustin Kennedy
June Forrest – Kathy Ledbetter
Rona Hastings – Tehya Ramey
Gretchen Randall – Rebekah Wright
Western Union Messenger – T.J. Taylor
Pamela Skipworth – Shelby Kivett
Vida Curtis – Sarah Kepins
Marion Gilford – Katrina Breitenbach
Rita Steward – Rachel Care
Elizabeth – Elizabeth Wentz
Radio Operator – Mike Whicker

Dates:

June 15-17, 21-24, 2012

About the show:

This musical comedy salutes the brave men and women who served in the military and back home during World War II. Kilroy is a comedy and the setting is a U.S.O. Club (“The Serviceman’s ‘Home Away From Home'”) in Brooklyn in 1942. Ships leaving the nearby Navy yard are being sunk by enemy U-boats. Allied intelligence suspects the club is unknowingly harboring Axis spies.

Enter Private Joe Kilroy, a young soldier who draws a curious cartoon face everywhere he goes (and is this causing trouble)! He’s the only one who knows where the next Allied convoy will converge. The enemy agents are stopping at nothing to learn his secret. The action builds to an exciting finale during a wild radio broadcast. The score includes such hits as “Don’t Say No To The U.S.O.,” “Slap That Jukebox,” “Jitterbug Saturday Night,” and “Rat-a-tat-tat That Rivet,” with classic Andrews Sisters style harmony.

Our director:

Bill Raulerson

Our music director:

Marie Denig

Our choreographer:

Alison Williams

Over the River and Through the Woods

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Fitzpatrick Auditorium
Kernersville Elementary School
512 West Mountain Street
Kernersville, NC 27284

By Joe DiPietro

Our cast:

Nunzio Cristano – Dick Strohmeier
Emma Cristano – Judith Gillis
Nick Cristano – Jordan Googe
Caitlin O’Hare – Janel Jernigan
Aida Gianelli – Kay Shelton
Frank Gianelli – Norm Birdsall

Dates:

February 24 – March 4, 2012

About the show:

Nick is a single, Italian-American guy from New Jersey. His parents retired and moved to Florida, but that doesn’t mean his family isn’t still in Jersey. In fact, he sees both sets of his grandparents every Sunday for dinner. This gathering is routine, until he has to tell them that he’s been offered a dream job – in Seattle. The news doesn’t sit so well. Thus begins a series of schemes to keep Nick around. Frank, Aida, Nunzio and Emma do their level best, and that includes bringing to dinner the lovely – and single – Caitlin O’Hare as bait.

About our director:

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Stan Bernstein: Stan is a drama graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts, and has also studied drama in New York City and London. He has been acting and directing in the Triad for over 30 years, working with The Barn Dinner Theatre, Centennial Station Dinner Theatre, Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance, The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem (now Twin City Stage) and, of course, KLT. Stan says he’s looking forward to directing his 7th show in Kernersville.

A Christmas Carol

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Main Street Baptist Church
126 North Main Street
Kernersville, NC 27284

Adapted by Doris Balzley

Our cast:

Stage Manager – Nathan Adam Sullivan
Prop Boy – Christopher Clark
Director – Jordan Googe
Leading Man – Danny Scruggs
Leading Lady – Janel Jernigan
Young Leading Man – John Michael Sloan
Ingenue – Hosanna Gourley
Character Woman – Judith Gillis
Old Clown – Dick Strohmeier
Clown 1 – Brittany Blalock
Clown 2 – Kate Moran
Clown 3 – Jack Holbrook
Children’s Ensemble:
Maddie Barrett, Ashlynn Day, Ila Deese, Tyler Granillo, Maddie Hamilton, Jake Rogers, Landon Stamper and Thatcher Welden

Dates:

December 2 – December 11, 2011

About the show:

In this highly inventive adaptation of the classic Dickens story, we encounter a company of traveling players about to enact the Dickens story. The gruff stage manager and prop boy check the show’s props, which are shabby and third-rate. The troupe soon discovers that the actors playing Scrooge and Tiny Tim have abandoned the tour. But the show must go on, and the prop boy eagerly volunteers for the part of Tim while the cynical stage manager must be forcibly drafted to play the old miser. The rag tag players (including the stage manager and prop boy) quickly become the characters of the story, and we are pulled into the life of Ebenezer Scrooge. The Christmas Spirits work their magic and warm the heart of Scrooge, as well as the old stage manager.

About our director:

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Nathan Adam Sullivan, an Arkansas native, received his BA in Theatre in ’02 from Harding University in Searcy, AR. From 2003-2008, he worked as the Assistant Technical Director for Harding’s Theatre Program and as Scenic Designer/Technical Director for Searcy Summer Dinner Theatre (SSDT). While in AR, his directing credits included Oleanna, The Woman in Black, and Wit for HU Theatre and Jake’s Women for SSDT.

Adam and his wife Elizabeth became residents of Kernersville in May ’08. Since then, his NC directing credits include The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (CTG); Butterflies Are Free and Rounding Third for Open Space Café Theatre; and Plaza Suite (RSVP Community Theatre).

Having joined the KLT family with his scenic design for 2008’s The Christmas Bus, Adam then made his KLT directorial debut with the highly-successful North Carolina premiere of Don’t Cry for Me, Margaret Mitchell, by North Carolina authors Virginia Cate and Duke Ernsberger. His first play, Crier Tuck, was selected as the winner of the N.C. New Play Project and was produced in Greensboro in 2010 and was performed on the 3rd Stage Theatre Co.

The Service at Rocky Bluff

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Cupid’s Park Theatre
Korner’s Folly
413 South Main Street
Kernersville, NC 27284

Written by Scott Icenhower

Our cast:

Marie – Sally Bramley
Betty/Bob – Trish Forbes
Wade – Lawrence Forrester
Floyd – Brad Phillis
Amy – Jennifer Elaine Raiford
Lloyd – Jay Smith

Dates:

September 16 – September 25, 2011

About the show:

How does a church keep a pastor search committee from ever coming back? Find out with this musical play about friendship and how we influence each other for good. It’s full of old time Gospel music with a few surprises. The Service at Rocky Bluff is one service you don’t want to miss!

About our director:

Jay SmithJay Smith has been a stage manager and director all over North Carolina and the East Coast for the past 10 years. He began his education at Mars Hill College where he was the Assistant Director/Stage Manager for Medea. He then worked for the Abbey Players/Belmont Community Theatre where he was Stage Manager/Assistant Director for many productions including: A Moon For the Misbegotten, A Piece of My Heart, Marvin’s Room and A Shayna Maidel. For the past 6 years, he has lived in Greensboro where he directed Catfish Moon for Open Space Cafe Theatre as well as several productions for Theatre Guild of Rockingham County including Gypsy and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (for which he won Best Overall Production). He also directed Kudzu: the hometown musical for Gallery Players in Burlington and was assistant director for Beautiful Star at Triad Stage.

About our music director:

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Marie Beyer Denig is a native of Saginaw, Michigan, grew up in Ponca City, Oklahoma, and is a Kernersville gal by luck and choice! She holds an Associate of Arts degree from Northern Oklahoma College with emphasis in both Musical Theatre Performance and Classical Vocal Performance. She has both stage and music directed throughout the Triad, as well as having portrayed many favorite characters for local theatres, including: Rizzo in Grease, Ms. Hannigan in Annie, Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly! and Bloody Mary in South Pacific.

The Drowsy Chaperone

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James Fitzpatrick Auditorium

Kernersville Elementary School
512 West Mountain Street
Kernersville, NC 27284

Music & lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison.
Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar.
Photography by Gray Cassell

Our cast:

Man In Chair – Chad Edwards
Janet Van DeGraffe – Mary Lea Williams
Robert Martin – Brian Kilpatrick
Drowsy Chaperone – Katie Jo Icenhower
Mrs. Tottendale – Ruthie Tutterow
Underling – Scott Icenhower
Feldzig – Ken Ashford
Kitty – Rachel Schroeder
George – John C. Wilson
Aldolpho – Cameron Williams
Gangster #1 – David Bowen
Gangster #2 – Jack Holbrook
Trix – Donna Bissette
Superintendent – Randall C. Morris
Ensemble:
Jayson Crawford, Kelly Keegan, Hailey Lewis, Jacob Peller, Tori Seals, Debbie Shoffner

Dates:

June 21 – June 30, 2013

About the show:

A rare combination of originality and talent, The Drowsy Chaperone boldly addresses a great unspoken desire in all of our hearts: to be entertained.

It all begins when a die-hard musical-theater fan plays his favorite cast album on his turntable, and the musical literally bursts to life in his living room, telling the rambunctious tale of a brazen Broadway starlet trying to find, and keep, her true love.

Our Director:StanBweb

Stan Bernstein: Stan is a drama graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts, and has also studied drama in New York City and London. He has been acting and directing in the Triad for over 30 years, working with The Barn Dinner Theatre, Centennial Station Dinner Theatre, Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance, The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem (now Twin City Stage) and, of course, KLT — most recently, directing our February 2012 show, Over the River and Through the Woods. Stan says he’s looking forward to directing his 8th show in Kernersville.

Our Music Director:

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