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By Y York
Based on the novel by Jerry Spinelli
Directed by Rita Giomi
The Cast
(in alphabetical order)
*Emily Chisholm (Abby)
Rio Codda (Penn Webb)
*Peter Crook (Dad/Understudy)
*Beth DeVries (Mom)
Quinn Franzen (Crash)
Ben McFadden (Understudy)
*Todd Jefferson Moore (Scooter)
Sara Mountjoy-Pepka (Understudy)
Adam Standley (Mike/Understudy)
Kate Sumpter (Jane)
Costume Designer
Melanie Burgess
Scenic Designer
Carey Wong
Lighting Designer
Geoff Korf
Sound Designer
Chris R. Walker
Fight Choreographer
Geoffrey Alm
Production Manager
Michael Wellborn
Technical Director
Michael K. Hase
Stage Manager
*Amy Gornet
Production Assistant
Becca Rowlett
Fight Captain
Emily Chisholm
*Members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union for stage professionals
SCT Drama School Faculty
Season support generously provided by the SCT Champions, contributors to the SCT Annual Fund, and by ArtsFund.
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Seattle Children’s Theatre Board
of Trustees 2012-2013 Season
Terrence I. Danysh President
Bob Evans 1st Vice President
Stacie Foster 2nd Vice President
Robert Grant Secretary
Laura Smith Treasurer
Mark Sherman Immediate Past President
A Note from the Artistic Director
Last month, two
teenage girls here in
Washington State were
caught putting bleach
into their classmates’
shampoo and lotion.
This type of dangerous
and intimidating prank garners lots of
attention in the news. Whether it’s physical
violence or verbal put downs, bullying can
seem to be alarmingly pervasive in schools
and communities today.
Sociologists tell us that some of the
strictest hierarchies operate within the strata
of middle and high school social groups. The
dynamics and relationships found in Crash
play out in middle schools everywhere. While
the issues surrounding bullying are often
hard to discuss, Crash offers a funny, personal
story that explores these issues in a way that
resonates with adolescents. Students will
connect to these characters and their peer
group struggles.
Our world premiere production of Crash
is based on the popular book of the same
name by Jerry Spinelli. Jerry is a Newbery
Medal–winning writer who truly understands
young people. His messages are serious,
but shared with young audiences through
humor and identifiable characters. Jerry’s
story comes alive on stage through Y York’s
artful adaptation. We commissioned Y as the
playwright because of her skill at dramatizing
important works of literature. Her first play
Ashley Andrew
Eve Alvord
Aiko Bethea
Heather Shaw Blahous
Beth Bodensteiner
Kendall Cammermeyer
Lisa Davenport
Mimi Gan
Jennifer Gulrajani
Adam Hamilton
Michael Hatch
Susan Trainor Holt
Melinda Hord
Jane Hummer
Stacey Krynsky
David Landau
Barb Larimer
Tom Lennon
Carrie Miceli
Zoey Minkove
Jim Mitchell
Eleanor Nolan
Laurie Oki
Lisa T. Oratz
Louise Pietrafesa
Sam Pailca
Jody Ehrlichman Pineda
Betsy Ribera
Lee-Norah Sanzo
Melyssa Schug
Peter Skovron
Stacy Speicher
David Tan
Aimee Vaughan
Wanda Wong
for families and children, Afternoon of the
Elves (1993), was chosen as our inaugural
production for the Charlotte Martin Theatre.
We have been privileged to produce many of
Y’s plays here. Y’s most recent play at SCT, the
stunning Getting Near to Baby, was produced
in our 2010 season.
SCT Artistic Associate Rita Giomi has
assembled a strong cast and design team
and has expertly developed and shaped our
production. Together, we want to challenge
young people to rethink their assumptions
The dynamics and
relationships found in
Crash play out in middle
schools everywhere.
about those who might appear and act
differently, and to think through and take
responsibility for their actions. We hope
everyone walks away from Crash with a new
appreciation and a deeper sense of empathy
for the diverse individuals in their lives.
Best wishes,
Linda Hartzell
Artistic Director
SCT would like to acknowledge
and thank its Teacher Advisory
Committee for 2011-2012
Issaquah Montessori School
– May 19, 2013
Andrew Rabiroff Inglewood Middle School
Astrid Feldman John Hay Elementary
Carlyn Roedell Bow Lake
Chelle Downey-Magee Chelsey Campbell John Hay Elementary
Colleen Nykreim Pioneer Valley
Dano Beal Lafayette Elementary School
Gerri Goss North Hill Elementary
Ginnie Brossard Marvista Elementary
Gregg Marquart Pioneer Valley
Jennie Proby Chrysalis School
Kelley Lee Pope Elementary
Marilyn Mears Schmitz Park Elementary
Martha Gibney St. Matthew School
Nancy Brooks Olympic Hills Elementary
Peter Weschler roxhill Elementary
Ruth Bookwalter Pine Tree Elementary
Sabrina Kovacs-Storlie Schmitz Park Elementary
If you are an educator and would like
more information about this committee,
please email Karen Sharp at [email protected]
Crash Coogan seems to have it all – good
grades, natural athleticism, popular friends. But
what he can’t seem to get is the attention of his
preoccupied father and the new girl in town,
Jane. Despite being the target of Crash’s bullying,
Penn Webb, his unconventional neighbor, enjoys
a happy life with a pet turtle, strong family
support and Jane’s friendship. Penn wants to
earn a coveted spot on the Penn Relays team to
honor his great grandfather. Crash wants to win
that spot just to prove he can. Things change
when his grandfather suffers a stroke and Crash
realizes finishing first isn’t the most important
thing. This production shares important insights
and demonstrates author Jerry Spinelli’s appeal to
older elementary students.
The Cast
Rio Codda (Penn
Webb) is ecstatic to be
working with such an
inspiring company
again, having
previously appeared
at SCT in The
Borrowers. You may have seen Rio in other
shows such as The Comedy of Errors
(Greenstage), Hard Laughter (Theater
Ensemble), Plainsong (Book-It), and
Macbeth (Wooden O Theater).
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Peter Crook (Dad/
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Emily Chisholm
(Abby) is thrilled to
return to Seattle
Children’s Theatre.
Previous productions
include The
Borrowers, Bluenose,
In the Northern Lands: Nordic Myths, The
Neverending Story and Peter Pan. She
recently completed Pullman Porter Blues
with Seattle Repertory Theatre and Arena
Stage in Washington, DC, which earned
the Helen Hayes Nomination for
Outstanding Ensemble. Other recent
credits include This Wide Night with
Seattle Public Theatre (co-production with
The If Project and Footlight Award
recipient), Twelfth Night with Seattle
Shakespeare Company/Wooden O, and
Torso with Printer’s Devil Theatre. Emily
has appeared at Washington Ensemble
Theatre, Strawberry Theatre Workshop,
Capitol Hill Arts Center and with the
educational tour for Intiman and Book-It
Repertory Theatre. Emily is a former
member of Washington Ensemble Theatre
and Implied Violence. She appears
regularly in Ian Bell’s quarterly Seattle
Confidential at ACT and is a graduate of
Cornish College of the Arts.
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The Cast
Seattle credits include Mary Stuart,
Rock’N’Roll, Stuff Happens, A Number
(ACT); The Fever, The Designated Mourner
(New City Theatre); Frozen (Empty Space);
Buddy (5th Ave); Richard II (Seattle
Shakespeare Co); Angels in America
(Intiman); and Clybourne Park, The
Notebooks of Leonardo and The Beard of
Avon (Seattle Rep; and a company member
for two seasons). Regional credits include
Old Globe Theatre and New York
Shakespeare Festival. On Broadway and on
tour he was Mozart in Amadeus. Television
and film credits include “Designing
Women”, “Max Headroom”, “Chaplin”, and
“Snow Falling on Cedars”. He is a graduate
of PCPA and The Juilliard School and
currently a member of The Seagull Project.
Beth DeVries (Mom)
recently finished the
run of Next to
Normal with
Classics, playing
the role of Diana, her most difficult and
highly rewarding role to date. Other
favorites include Eve in Children of Eden
(CLO); Sue in Snapshots (Village Theatre
and Theatreworks Palo Alto); and Laura
in Goblin Market (ACT). Beth has been
seen at Seattle Children’s Theatre in Time
Again in Oz and both productions of The
Wizard of Oz. She is honored to be working
for the first time under the direction of
Rita Giomi.
Quinn Franzen
(Crash) is thrilled to
be making his SCT
debut. A company
member of the Satori
Group, he was last
seen onstage in
reWilding. He performed as Romeo (R+J)
and Frank (Dirty Story) at the Intiman
Theatre Festival last summer. He also acted
in Satori’s Fabulous Prizes and Artifacts of
Consequence. He has trained with Freehold
Theatre, Pig Iron, The Market Theatre in
Johannesburg, and the London Academy of
Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Quinn
holds a BA in Theatre from Williams
College. He has endless gratitude for his
parents, Paul Palmore, and his extended
non-biological Satori family.
Ben McFadden
(Understudy) is
incredibly grateful to
be back working with
Seattle Children’s
Theatre after making
his SCT debut earlier
this season as Angelo in Danny, King of the
Basement. Ben is a graduate of Cornish
College of the Arts where he received his BFA
in Theatre. Some of his favorite roles include
Mercutio and The Nurse in Romeo and Juliet,
Hamlet in Hamlet, and Guiderius in
Cymbeline all at Seattle Shakespeare Co.,
Johnny Wheelwright in A Prayer for Owen
Meany (Book-it), and Young Doctor Larch in
the award winning production(s) of The Cider
House Rules Part 1 & 2 (Book-it). Ben will
appear next in The Financial Lives of the Poets
at Book-It Repertory in June. Much love to
Todd Jefferson
Moore (Scooter) is
delighted to return to
SCT after recently
appearing in this
season’s The Wizard of
Oz and The Edge of
Peace. This role adds to a long list of other
SCT characters that include among others a
frog, a rat, a dog, an owl, a lion, a tigger, a
donkey, a classy lady, several friends, fathers
and uncles, Santa Claus and Cyrano. Todd
occasionally performs for adults, most
recently in The Ramayana at ACT.
Sara MountjoyPepka (Understudy)
This is Sara’s first time
working with Seattle
Children’s Theatre
and she couldn’t be
happier! Favorite past
local and regional projects include: “Kitty” in
Book-It Repertory Theatre’s recent
adaptation of Anna Karenina; The Trial with
New Century Theatre Company; lead roles
in the new works A Mouse Who Knows
Me and the Gregory-Award-nominated Duel
of the Linguist Mages at Annex Theatre; and
the blissful summers she has spent outside
with Montana Shakespeare in the Parks,
Wooden O, and GreenStage. She is a
company member of Magic Circle Mime and
has performed family programs with
symphony orchestras across the U.S.,
Canada, Spain, and Taiwan. She is also an
Unexpected Productions ensemble member
and performs the improv-comedy
show TheatreSports most weekends at the
Market Theater in Pike Place Market.
Adam Standley
(Mike/Understudy) is
so very excited to be
making his Seattle
Children’s Theatre
debut. In Seattle,
Adam is proud to have
shared stages with award winning casts at
Seattle Shakespeare Company, Intiman, and
Washington Ensemble Theatre. As a
founding member of The Satori Group, his
work there comprises the majority of the
pride in his life. His girlfriend and puppy
take up the rest. Recent Satori credits
include: reWilding, Tragedy: a tragedy, Making
of a Monster and Winky. Up next: Intiman
Summer Theatre Festival.
Kate Sumpter (Jane)
is delighted to be in
her first show at
Seattle Children’s
Theatre! A graduate of
the University of
Washington schools of
Drama and International Studies, she was
seen recently in reWilding with the Satori
Group and Legally Blonde at Seattle Musical
Theater. Other credits include performances
in The Callers and MilkMilkLemonade at
Washington Ensemble Theater, and cowriting and performing in Ithaca I’ll Never
See at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Kate will
be seen next in Harp Song at On The Boards’
New Works Northwest Festival. She would
like to thank her wonderful family and the
ever-patient Ashton Hyman for their support!
Artistic &
Production Staff
Linda Hartzell (Artistic Director) has been
the Artistic Director of Seattle Children’s
Theatre and its Education Programs since
1984. She received her BA in Education from
the University of Washington, and was a
recipient of the Distinguished Achievement
Award from UW College of Arts and Sciences
in 1994. Hartzell has directed 61 plays for
SCT, 44 of which were world premieres. In
Artistic &
Production Staff
Y York (Playwright) writes awardwinning material for stage, television,
film and interactive media. Her play,
Afternoon with the Elves was the inaugural
production in SCT’s Charlotte Martin
Theatre. Since then, Ms. York has returned
to SCT with seven more plays for children
and their families. In addition to Crash,
other plays include: Stargirl; Eggs; Don’t
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Mary Ann Ehlshlager (Managing Director)
leads SCT with over 18 years of leadership
experience within some of America’s largest
and most notable regional theatres, including
the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, Arena
Stage in Washington, DC and New York’s
Roundabout Theatre Company and Pearl
Theatre Company. She joined SCT in June
2012. Ehlshlager has served in various
leadership capacities throughout her
career in not-for-profit resident theatre
companies, managing financial stabilization
and operational transitions at the Delaware
Theatre Company and Off-Broadway’s Pearl
Theatre Company, as well as serving as
Project Manager for the Guthrie Theater’s
$125 million new facility, which opened
in Minneapolis in 2006. A strong advocate
for collaboration within the arts and the
non-profit arena, Ehlshlager was a founding
Board member of the Delaware Arts Alliance
as well as the Belize Humane Association
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Virginia and an MFA from the California
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addition to SCT productions, Linda directed
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at the
Syracuse Stage and developed a new toddler
production, Dot & Ziggy, which premiered
at Chicago Children’s Theatre. Previously,
she directed The Grapes of Wrath at Intiman
Theatre, and the Australian premiere of
Afternoon of the Elves. Hartzell serves on the
Board of Stage Directors and Choreographers
Society. She was formerly on the board of
Theatre Communications Group, and served
on the board and is a former vice president of
the United States Center for the International
Association of Theatre for Children and
Young People (TYA/ USA). Among
her honors are ArtsFund’s Outstanding
Achievement in the Arts award, the Mayor’s
Arts Award, and the prestigious Gregory Falls
Sustained Achievement Award from Theatre
Puget Sound.
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Tell Me I Can’t Fly; The Final Testimony
of Henry Samson; Fork in the Road; Late
in the Game; Getting Near to Baby; Woof;
...and LA is Burning; River Rat and Cat;
Bleachers in the Sun; Framed; Nothing is
the Same; Mask of the Unicorn Warrior;
and The Othello. These and earlier plays
are happily still produced in theaters
across the country and available from
Broadway Play Publishing, Dramatic
Publishing, St. Martin’s Press, Smith and
Kraus, or from the literary team at Bret
Adams, Ltd. Y still lives with Mark Lutwak
to whom most things are still dedicated.
Jerry Spinelli (Author) is the author of 30
published books and the grandfather of 21
children. Born in 1941, Mr. Spinelli lives
in Pennsylvania with his wife and fellow
children’s book author, Eileen Mesi Spinelli.
Mr. Spinelli spent 15 years and wrote four
adult novels before having his first book,
Space Station Seventh Grade, published in
1982. That book was originally written for
adults, but ultimately published for young
people. His popular children’s books
have received the distinguished Newbery
Medal (Mania Magee, 1991) and Newbery
Honor (Winger, 1998). Crash was written
in 1996. Mr. Spinelli continues to write,
with his most recent book Hokey Pokey
released in January of this year. He
graduated from Gettysburg College in 1963
and acquired his MA from John Hopkins
University in 1964.
Rita Giomi (Director) has over 30 years
experience in professional theatre. Her
recent local credits include The Violet Hour
for Seattle Public Theatre; Wittenberg for
Seattle Shakespeare Company; and Danny,
King of the Basement, Harold and the Purple
Crayon, The Borrowers, Getting Near to
Baby, I Was a Rat!, A Tale of Two Cities,
and Hamlet for SCT. Also at SCT: If You
Give a Mouse a Cookie, The BFG, Jason and
the Golden Fleece, Everyone Knows What
a Dragon Looks Like, The Devil and Daniel
Webster, Sleeping Beauty, The Secret Garden,
The Shape of a Girl, The True Confessions
of Charlotte Doyle, The Shakespeare Stealer,
Johnny Tremain, Animal Farm, The Tempest,
Invisible Friends, Charlotte’s Web, Rip
Van Winkle/Sleepy Hollow, and Mother
Hicks. Her other Seattle-area credits include
work with Seattle Rep, ACT, The Empty
Space, TAG, Theater Schmeater, Center
Stage, Unexpected Productions, and Stark/
Raving Theatre. Ms. Giomi is the Artistic
Associate at SCT, and from 1993 to 2007,
she served as the Artistic Director of their
Young Actor Institute.
Melanie Burgess (Costume Designer) is
always delighted to return to SCT, having
designed costumes for 33 productions,
including Harold and the Purple Crayon,
The Hundred Dresses, The Big Friendly
Giant, and Addy: An American Girl Story.
Also in Seattle, she has designed for Seattle
Opera, The Seattle Rep, Intiman, The 5th
Avenue, Empty Space, Seattle Shakespeare
Company, and TAG. Melanie is on the
faculty of Cornish College of the Arts,
and was the recipient of the Gregory
Award for “Outstanding Costume Design
2010”. Melanie is lucky enough to be
partnered with the creative force of nature,
Rob Burgess and share in parenting two
incredible daughters, Madison and Lily.
Carey Wong (Scenic Designer) has
designed sets for Seattle Rep, Berkeley
Rep, Portland Center Stage, Intiman, ACT,
TAG, Village Theatre, Syracuse Stage,
Childsplay, Phoenix Theatre, Hey City
Theater and Prince Music Theater. He
has been Resident Designer for Portland
Opera, Opera Memphis, and Wildwood
Park for the Arts, and has designed
for Seattle Opera, Pittsburgh Opera,
Vancouver Opera, the Spoleto Festival
USA, the Beijing Music Festival, and
Nearco Producciones in Spain. This is his
26th design for SCT.
Geoff Korf (Lighting Designer) has designed
the lighting for about 300 productions
(including 100 world premieres) over the
past 25 years. Notable world premieres
include Disney’s High School Musical at the
Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis,
and August Wilson’s Two Trains Running.
His work has been seen on Broadway, at
the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Mark
Taper Forum, Cornerstone Theater, Seattle
Repertory, Intiman, Seattle Children’s
Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old
Globe, South Coast Repertory, The Guthrie
Theatre, The Goodman, Actors Theatre of
Louisville, Trinity Repertory, Long Beach
Opera, and San Francisco Opera. As an
exhibit designer his work has also appeared
at the Huntington Library, the Hammer
Museum, the Alf Museum in Claremont,
and the Los Angeles County Museum of
Art. He has been a member of the Ensemble
of Cornerstone Theater in Los Angeles
since 1996. Geoff also serves as the Head
of Design at the University of Washington
where he has taught since 2002. He is a
graduate of California State University,
Chico and the Yale School of Drama.
Chris R. Walker (Sound Designer) is
very happy to be returning for another
season as resident sound designer at SCT.
He’s also ecstatic that his two daughters
are able to see so many great plays right
where he works. It’s a good job for the
whole family! In Seattle, he has designed
at Seattle Rep, ACT, the 5th Avenue and
Intiman. Nationally, he has designed in San
Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Houston,
Boston, Chicago, and New York. Chris
holds a BA in Classical Piano Performance
from Cornish College.
The Mayor’s Arts Awards recognize local
artists, organizations and community
members and celebrate what makes
Seattle a city of creativity. Nominate now
through May 15 at seattle.gov/arts.
Seattle Office of
Beyond Books:The Independent Art of Eric Carle is organized by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA.
6–JULY 7
Beyond Books:The Independent Art of Eric Carle is organized by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA.
Geoffrey Alm (Fight Choreographer)
has worked with SCT since 1988, most
recently fight directing for A Single Shard
and Robin Hood. Geof has choreographed
nationally at The Shakespeare Theatre,
Washington DC; The Huntington, Boston;
McCarter Theatre, New Jersey; Kansas
City Rep; Arizona Theatre Company;
Shakespeare Santa Cruz; and The Old
Globe, San Diego. Locally, his work has
been seen at Seattle Opera, Intiman, and
The 5th Ave. He teaches stage fighting in
the MFA program at the UW, Cornish,
Freehold Theatre Lab, and UPS. Mr.
Alm is a fight master with the Society of
American Fight Directors.
Michael Wellborn (Production Manager)
is in his sixth season working with the
amazing staff and guest artists of SCT.
Prior to joining SCT, Michael was on the
faculty of the University of Washington
Dance Program. As a lighting designer
for over 30 years, his work has been
seen around the world, including 25
productions here at SCT.
The Independent Art of Eric Carle
April 6–July 7, 2013
Well-known for his colorful illustrations and iconic picture books for children, Beyond Books showcases Eric
Carle’s vibrant abstract works: paintings, sculptures,
and personal sketches that the artist has been making
privately for years. Join us for this rare exhibition that
will delight and engage visitors of all ages.
Beyond Books: The Independent Art of Eric Carle was organized by The Eric Carle
Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA, in cooperation with Tacoma Art Museum.
The exhibition is generously sponsored by ArtsFund, Russell Investments, and
Stebich Ridder International. Additional support provided by Helen and Peter Bing.
1701 Pacific Avenue
Museum Hours
Wednesday–Sunday 10 am–5 pm
Third Thursday
10 am–8 pm
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Artistic &
Production Staff
Amy Gornet (Stage Manager) has been a
part of twenty productions at SCT over the
past fourteen years. Some favorites include
Go, Dog. Go!, Into the West, A Year with
Frog and Toad (2005) and Honus and Me.
Other credits include A Christmas Story,
The Musical! (Broadway/ National Tour), 5th
Avenue Theatre, ACT, Intiman, The Village
Theatre, The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre,
and Stages St. Louis.
Booklist prepared by Judy Nelson,
Pierce County Library System
Spotlight 8th Grade Superzero
for children &
Young Adults
Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
Reggie (aka “Pukey”) is trying hard to stay
under the radar in middle school because of an
embarrassing start to the school year. But when
he’s drawn into the
school election he
comes face to face
with doing the right
thing, regardless of
the consequences.
What really makes a
wimp, or a bully, or
a kid just trying to
grow up?
Becca Rowlett (Production Assistant)
originally comes from the Pacific
Northwest, but has spent the past four years
at The Theatre School at DePaul University,
acquiring her B.F.A. in Stage Management.
Some of her favorite Chicago theatre credits
include: Assistant Stage Manager for Or
(Caffeine Theatre); Stage Manager for The
Witches (TTS); and A Midsummer Night’s
Dream (The ARC Theatre). She recently
returned to the Northwest for the Stage
Management Internship at Seattle Repertory
Theatre where she Assistant Stage Managed
Pullman Porter Blue, Inspecting Carol, and
Photograph 51. This is her first show at
Seattle Children’s Theatre.
James Preller
Confessions of a
Former Bully
Trudy Ludwig
Facts of Life: Stories
Gary Soto
Lunch Money
Andrew Clements
Matthew Cody
The Truth about
Truman School
Dori Hillestad Butler
The View from Saturday
E.L. Konigsburg
Seattle Children’s Theatre is a member of
TYA/USA, the national center of the International
Association of Theatre for Children and Young People
and the Theatre Communications Group (TCG),
the national service organization for non-profit
professional theatres. Seattle Children’s Theatre
is also a signatory with the Stage Directors and
Choreographers Society (SDC), and a member of
International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY). SCT
is a professional company employing Members of
Actors’ Equity Association (AEA). Lighting, Sound,
Staging, Property, Scenery, Scenic Art and Costume
work is performed by employees represented by the
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees,
Moving Picture Technicians, Artists, and Allied Crafts
of the US and Canada, AFL-CIO, CLC. The designers
at this theatre are represented by United Scenic
Artists Local USA 829 of the International Alliance of
Theatrical Stage Employees.
Bullying and Me: Schoolyard Stories
Ouisie Shapiro; photographs by Steven Vote
We Want You to Know: Kids Talk About Bullying
Deborah Ellis
Spotlight The Unwritten Rules of Friendship:
Simple Strategies to Help Your Child
Make Friends
Natalie Madorsky
Elman and
Eileen KennedyMoore
written and
this book offers
many tips for
anxious parents.
for adults working with
children & Young Adults
Firefly Lane
Kristin Hannah
The Wizard of Oz, Photo by Chris Bennion
Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable
Stories from the Animal Kingdom
Jennifer S. Holland
Why Good Kids Act Cruel: The Hidden
Truth about the Pre-Teen Years
Wizard ofPh.D.
Oz, Photo by Chris Bennion
E. Pickhardt,
The Wizard of Oz, Photo by Chris Bennion
Seattle Children’s Theatre 2013-14 Season
Pippi Longstocking: The Family Musical
2013-14 Season
and stheTheatre
Giant Peach
The Children’
Boy at thes Theatre
Edge of2013-14
Art Dog
Seattle Children’s Theatre 2013-14 Season
Subscriptions Now Available
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“I have this theory if one
person can go out of their
way to show compassion,
then it will start a chain
reaction of the same.
People will never
know how far a little
kindness can go.”
-Rachel Scott
Thirteen years ago, a teenage
girl named Rachel Scott died in the
horrific Columbine shooting. In her
honor, her parents started a nonprofit
organization, Rachel’s Challenge,
offering a series of empowering
programs and strategies that equip
students and adults to combat
bullying and allay feelings of isolation
and despair by creating a culture of
kindness and compassion.
The organization’s website reports
that: “Each day 160,000 students do
not go to school because they are
bullied, teased and harassed.” Rachel’s
Challenge is, in part, designed to
combat this statistic. The organization
encourages people to ignite a chain
reaction with random acts of kindness.
Though based in Colorado, the
organization and its urgent message
have enjoyed a significant and ongoing
nationwide impact, touching schools
in Belgium, British Columbia and
throughout the U.S. In Washington
state in recent years, students from
White River High School, some
Edmonds schools and all public
schools in the Enumclaw district (from
Sunrise Elementary to Enumclaw
High School) have learned of Rachel’s
Challenge. In conjunction with the
Challenge, earlier this year, Enumclaw
students pledged to commit 26 acts of
kindness to honor the victims of the
Sandy Hook tragedy.
Rachel’s Challenge offers useful
tips for all ages, including simple,
actionable ideas for elementary
students such as “use kind words,
do nice things and include others.”
In addition to support for students,
the organization offers resources for
educators, parents and businesses.
Gather ideas, take the challenge
and read more information at
A Message From
Season Sponsor
We believe that a thriving arts and
cultural scene, a network of critical
human services providers, and a worldclass education system are important to
the continued vitality and attractiveness
of the Puget Sound region.
Welcome! Seattle Children’s Theatre and
Microsoft share a passion for creativity,
learning and excellence. Year after year,
SCT delivers high quality entertainment
that captivates the imagination, emotion
and intellect of our region’s young people
and their families. That is why we are very
proud to sponsor the 2012-2013 season.
Since Microsoft began in 1975, we have
strived to make community involvement an
integral part of our business and corporate
culture. With nearly 40,000 of the company’s
employees and their families calling this
region home, Microsoft supports the
work of local nonprofits and encourages
employee investment and volunteerism in the
community. In fact, this year marks the 30th
anniversary of Microsoft’s employee giving
We believe that a thriving arts and cultural
scene, a network of critical human services
providers, and a world-class education system
are important to the continued vitality and
attractiveness of the Puget Sound region.
Through partnerships with organizations such
as SCT, we want to help create an environment
where the arts will thrive and be enjoyed for
generations to come. On behalf of Microsoft
and our employees in the Puget Sound area,
we want to thank SCT for enriching our
Akhtar Badshah
Senior Director
Global Community Affairs
Microsoft Corporation
A Message From
Show Sponsor
A Message From
Show Sponsor
A Message From
Show Sponsor
Nesholm Family
Dear Friends,
Welcome to the show!
On behalf of The Oki Foundation,
we are proud to sponsor Seattle
Welcome to Seattle Children’s Theatre.
The Nesholm Family Foundation
Children’s Theatre’s production
Holland America Line is pleased to
is proud to be a longtime sponsor
of Crash.
sponsor this season’s show, Crash.
of Seattle Children’s Theatre and
This production brings to light an
glad to welcome you here today.
important anti-bullying message by
In supporting education and the
connecting audiences to real-life
performing arts, the Foundation
scenarios and compelling characters.
shares a number of priorities with
At Holland America Line, we believe that
the performing arts help create a deeper
understanding and greater appreciation for
diverse cultures and experiences. Sailing
as we do with nearly 500 cruises to more
than 350 ports around the world, we are
committed to enriching the experiences of
both our guests onboard and those who live
and work in the communities from which
we sail. We are proud to support Seattle
Children’s Theatre in its mission to enrich the
lives of the young people in our community
through access to professional theatre, theatre
education and outreach programs.
We thank you for joining us in supporting
Seattle Children’s Theatre and hope that you
and your family enjoy this performance of
SCT. Both of our organizations strive
to help develop human potential and
enhance the quality of life in our
SCT plays a vital role in the Puget Sound
artistic sphere, extending arts education
to youth and creating future arts patrons.
By presenting important stories on stage,
SCT’s work supports the development of
empathy, imagination, and natural inquiry.
The Foundation values these qualities as
essential to human growth and believes the
performing arts positively affect humanity
as a whole.
Our ongoing partnership with SCT is
based on a long-standing mutual
commitment to enrich the lives of young
people in our community. The world
premiere production of Crash is a story
of shifting perspectives and priorities, as
empathy becomes more important than
success in this funny and touching look
at friendship. We are honored to support
and promote the play’s strong anti-bullying
message and help audiences connect with
author Jerry’s Spinelli’s literary appeal.
We hope you and your family enjoy
the show.
Laurie & Scott Oki
Based on the popular novel by Jerry
Spinelli, today’s production of Crash
follows the story of a popular athlete who
gradually reconsiders his priorities. The
show’s messages concerning bullying,
friendship, and social hierarchy support
the Foundation’s objective of dealing with
significant community problems, and this
world premiere is a timely, relevant story
that will engage students with theatre as
well as these important social issues.
The Nesholm Family Foundation is
honored to partner with SCT to help make
this production possible. Thank you for
joining us in the audience today and for
being among the community of people
who value the arts.
Yours truly,
John and Laurel Nesholm
President and Executive Director
Nesholm Family Foundation
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Annual Fund
Donor List
$100,000 & Over ArtsFund
$50,000 - $99,999
The Hearst Foundation
Mayor’s Office of Arts and
Cultural Affairs
The Boeing Company
The Shubert Foundation, Inc.
The Bill & Melinda Gates
$20,000 - $49,999
4Culture, King County Lodging Tax
Expedia, Inc.
Grousemont Foundation
Keith and Mary McCaw Family
National Endowment for the Arts
Nesholm Family Foundation
Safeco Insurance Foundation
The Oki Foundation
$10,000 - $19,999
Adrienne Coons Memorial Fund
Bank of America
Harvest Foundation
Kibble & Prentice, a USI Company
Puget Sound Energy
Plum Creek Foundation
Satterberg Foundation
The Cobalt Group
The Seattle Foundation
U.S. Bancorp Foundation
$5,000 - $9,999
ArtsFund / John Brooks Williams
and John H. Bauer Endowment
for Theatre Award
ArtsFund / Mary Helen Moore
Diversity Fund
Amazon.com Inc.
Canonicus Fund
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
McAdams Wright Ragen
Perkins Coie
Raikes Foundation
Umpqua Bank
Washington State Arts Commission
Wyman Youth Trust
$2,500 - $4,999
Fales Foundation Trust
Holland America Line
Pacifica Law Group
Starbucks Coffee
The Snowman Foundation
Wells Fargo
$1,000 - $2,499
ArtsFund / Jean T. Fukuda
Memorial Fund for Performing
Arts Award
Benjamin Law Group
Gienapp Family Foundation
Katherine Olson Foundation
Leavitt Group
Netherlands Cultural Services
Nichols Foundation, Inc.
Rainer Investment Management
Raven Foundation
Sheri & Les Biller Family Foundation
SITY Foundation
The Nichols Foundation
Washington Women’s Foundation
Seattle Children’s Theatre recognizes the generosity of the individuals, corporations, foundations, and
government agencies that have contributed to SCT’s Annual Fund and/or Backstage Gala during the
previous twelve months. (List is current as of March 14, 2013)
Corporate Matching Gifts
Bank of America
The Boeing Company
Chubb & Son
Matthew G. Norton Company
REAL Networks
The Bill & Melinda Gates
U.S. Bancorp Foundation
In-Kind Corporate and
Individual Donors
ACT Theatre
Alaska Airlines
BabyLegs, LLC
Beecher’s Handmade Cheese
Bryant’s Tractor and Mower
Butler Valet
Coca-Cola Bottling Company
Cougar Mountain Baking Co
Encore Media Group
Fifth Avenue Theatre
Gifts In Kind International
Holland America Line
Inn at Queen Anne
Invicta Law Group PLLC
Juniper Flowers
Mangetout Catering
Marqueen Hotel
Metropolitan Market
Precept Wine Brands
Sandy Nelson
Scott Ichikawa
Seattle Center
Seattle Monorail Service
Seattle Opera
Seattle Repertory Theatre
Starbucks Coffee Company
The Video Group
Trophy Cupcakes
United Airlines
UW Dance Program
UW School of Drama
Village Theatre
Waterbrook Winery
Individual Giving
Benefactor’s Circle
$100,000 and above
Eve and Chap Alvord
Playwright’s Circle
$50,000 - $99,999
The Ballmer Family
Producer’s Circle
$20,000 - $49,999
Michael and Laura Larson
Mary Pigott
Artist’s Circle
$10,000 - $19,999
Elias and Karyl Alvord
Steve Davis and Bob Evans
Susan Trainor Holt and John Holt
Karl and Anne Korsmo
Zoey and Jordan Minkove
Eleanor and Charles Nolan
Mark Sherman and Jennifer Daves
Laura and Jim Smith
$5,000 - $9,999
John Baldwin, In memory of
Michael Baldwin
Terry and AnnaLisa Danysh
Lisa and Terry Davenport
Madeline Hamilton
Melinda and Bob Hord
Marybeth Johnston
David Landau and Tanya Brunner
Tom Lennon and Patricia Keegan
Chai and Joy Mann
Laurie and Scott Oki
Sam Pailca
Distinguished Champions
$2,500 - $4,999
Nancy Alvord
Ashley Andrew and Adam Crowley
Shari Bitcon and Paul Donnelly
Beth Bodensteiner
Caroline and James Boren
Tonjia Borland
Judy Bushnell
Kendall and Jay Cammermeyer
Lisa and Terry Davenport
Allan and Nora Davis
Patty and Craig Day
Stacie Foster and Lawrence Cock
Mimi Gan and Everett Billingslea
Debbie and Dave Grant
Jennifer and Roger Gulrajani
Adam and Quyen Hamilton
Linda Hartzell and Mark Perry
Michael and Alicia Hatch
Richard and Marilyn Herzberg
Brenna and Jerry Holkins
Jane and Randall Hummer
Edward and Jill Im
Linda and Ted Johnson
Neil Josephson and Chia Wang
David Landau and Tanya Bruhner
Barb Larimer and Bob Royer
John and Laura McGuire
Mimi and Todd Menenberg
Carrie Miceli
James and Amy Mitchell
Marianne Mowat
Julie Nordstrom
Lev Novik
Lisa and Keith Oratz
Louise Pietrafesa
Jody Ehrlichman Pineda and
Paul Pineda
Carrie Rhodes
Kalpana and Jamie Rhodes
Lee-Norah Sanzo,
In memory of Jill Sanzo
Peter Skovron
Stacy Speicher and Chris Martin
David Tan and Sherilyn Anderson
Polly and Jason Thompson
Aimee and Gregory Vaughan
Wanda Wong and Mark Masterson
$1,000 - $2,499
Anonymous (3)
Allan and Anne Affleck
Rene Alkoff
Suzanne Allen
Lucius and Phoebe Andrew
Joe and Karyn Barer
Maura and Adam Barr
Cindy and Henry Burgess
Jennifer and Phil Carter
Barbara and Ken Christoferson
Amy and Matthew Cockburn
Celia Cummings
Kathy and Don DeCaprio
Kathy and Steve DeWalt
Priscilla Dickert
Eric and Holly Dillon
Peter and Deborah Ehrlichman
Shelly and Brent Evans
Dennis Glavin
Drew Fillipo and Susan Griffith
Teri Fischer and Bill Shook
The Fleming and Hanna Family
Robb Hamilton
Linda Hartzell and Mark Perry
Gaye Hewson
Laura Hirschfield
Joan Hsiao-Bromley and
James Bromley
Barbara Huston
Jessaca Jacobson
Tim and Megan Kirley
Trudi and Johanna Knight
Karen Koon
Susan Leavitt and Bill Block
Kirk Lider
Todd and Trish Lum
Beverly and Mark Magrane
Mark Malamud and Susan Hautala
Jackie and Peter Mansfield
Norma Miller and Eric Christianson
Lori Moore
Morgan Design Group, LLC
Jeff Mosier and Tamra Chandler
Marianne and Mark Mowat
Blake and Molly Nordstrom
Lev Novik
Charlie Olson
Terri Olson and Tom Miller
Curt and Rita Orazem
Valorie and Larry Osterman
Christine Page
Kimberly Parris
Karen and Scott Paulsen
Dinny and Alex Polson
Steven and Frederic Rice
Craig Riter
Brinette Rounds
Melinda and Perry Satterlee
Andrea Selig
Dorothy Simpson
Brenton Turner
Michelle Urdan
Curt Warber and
Patricia Thompson
Matthew Welch
Torsten Welte
James and Claire Williams
Clyde and Kathy Wilson
Skip and Erika Winters
Please note: We have made every
attempt to ensure the accuracy
of these listings and apologize
for any errors or omissions. To
request corrections, please contact
the Development Department at
[email protected] or (206) 859-4011
SCT Staff
Ticket Office:
Backstage Crew:
Stage Management:
Trick Danneker
Ticket Office Associate
Benjamin Baird
Master Stage Carpenter
Amy Gornet
Stage Manager
Taylor Griffin
Ticket Office Associate
Valerie Ferguson
Lead Dresser
Emily Chisholm
Assistant Stage Manager
Stephanie Hofmeister
Ticket Office Associate
Kate Jordan
Lead Stagehand
Becca Rowlett
Production Assistant
Eron Huenefeld
Group Sales Coordinator
Kaes Kniestedt
Lead Electrician
SCT Teaching Artists
Education Programs:
Kaeline Kine
Ticket Office Associate
Nick Lauris
Lead Stagehand
Joanna Barnebey
Education Business Manager
Kanani Knudson
Sales & Database Coordinator
Emily McLaughlin
Wardrobe Assistant
Chris Dewar
Education Outreach Manager
Lauren Walter
Ticket Office Associate
Jeff Miller
Master Sound Engineer
Don Fleming
Summer Season Producer
Lucinda H. Wilder
Ticket Office Associate
David Misner
Lead Sound Engineer
Andrea Ichikawa
Program Manager
Front of House:
Erin Perona
Wardrobe Master
Aimee Filippi
Gift Shop Assistant
Sal Ponce
Lead Electrician
Tammy Hase
Volunteer Coordinator
Nick Shellman
Master Electrician
Jeff Kaminski
Director of Patron Services/
Joseph Swartz
Lead Sound Engineer
Victor Matlock
Gift Shop Assistant
Costume Shop:
Linda Hartzell
Artistic Director
Mary Ann Ehlshlager
Managing Director
Rita Giomi
Artistic Associate
Mark Perry
Literary Manager
Sarah S. Mixson
Summer Season
Production Stage Manager
Karen Sharp
Education Director
Allison Sutton
Education Intern
& Marketing:
Chris Allen
Marketing Coordinator
Ariel Bradler
Sales Manager
Sue Brekke
School Show Assistant
Patrick Connor
Phone Room Manager
Brooke O’Neal
Annual Fund & Major Gifts
Kelly Otis
Staff Writer
Deborah Taylor-Kasindorf
Director of External Relations
Jennifer Watkins
Marketing & PR Manager
Grace Orr
Gift Shop Assistant
Myra Veltkamp
House Manager
Alex Wheelwright
Gift Shop Assistant
Nanette Acosta
Costume Shop Manager
Paul Bert
ASL Interpreter
Elizabeth A. Friedrich
Properties Shop Manager
Alexis Garrigues
Company Manager
Michael K. Hase
Technical Director
Eric Koch
Assistant Technical Director
Sue McAllister
Accounting Manager
Denise Martel
Associate Production Manager
Amy Beth Nolte
Management Associate
JoAnna Smith
ASL Interpreter
Patrick Schroeder
Business Office Manager
Chris R. Walker
Resident Sound Designer
Joseph Tracy
IT Administrator
Michael Wellborn
Production Manager
Cora Brown
Stitcher/Crafts Assistant
Scott R. Gray
Master Crafts Artisan
Shellie Moomey
First Hand
Rigmor Vohra
Master Draper
Properties Shop:
Jake Nelson
Master Properties Artisan
Todd Peacock-Preston
Lead Properties Artisan
Puppetry Shop:
Annett Mateo
Master Puppet Artisan
Scenic Shop:
David Baldwin
Scenic Carpenter
Jeffrey Cook
Assistant Charge Artist
Kevin Cuba
Scenic Carpenter
Brian Culver
Master Scenic Carpenter
Jennifer Law
Charge Scenic Artist
Clark Sandford
Scenic Shop Foreman
Geoffrey Alm
Lauren Appel
Caitie Auld
Ben Baird
Jeremy Behrens
Meredith Berlin
Britt Boyd
Val Brunetto
Ann Marie Caldwell
Zandi Carlson
Rachel Clark
Keni Cohen
Sheila Daniels
Kimberly Dare
Alban Dennis
Chris Dewar
Mercedes Diggs
David Duvall
Cassondra Erickson
Don Fleming
Chaya Glass
Lisa Anne Glomb
Suzanne Grant
Eve Hammond
Todd Hulet
Andrea Ichikawa
Kate Jaeger
Andy Jensen
Eric Johnson
Gillian Jorgensen
Carys Kresny
Anita Kuroiwa
Samara Lerman
Ian Lindsay
John Lynch
Noah Martin
Rob Martin
Keira McDonald
Andrew McMasters
Jeff Miller
Laurel Minter
Sarah S. Mixson
Kate Myre
Amy Beth Nolte
Michael Place
Mark Rabe
Kathryn Reed
Angela Rinaldi
Sarah Roquemore
Carol Roscoe
Morgan Rowe
Marisol Sanchez Best
Karen Sharp
Patrick Schroeder
Shelly Simmons
Cory Southwell
Ben Stuart
Bryan Sullivan
Molly Tellers
Mim Turnbull
Emily Veling
Kristina Volkman
Amber Wolfe Wollam
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Full and Half-Day Acting Classes
including Improv, Physical Comedy,
Musical Theatre and Backstage.
Reduced tuition
through May 31!
206.443.0807 ext. 1186
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