book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
music and lyrics by Jerry Herman
based on the novel by Patrick Dennis,
and the play Auntie Mame by Lawrence and Lee
directed by Kevin Moore
Mame Dennis is a free-wheeling eccentric without a care until she becomes the guardian of her ten-year-old nephew, Patrick. Now it’s up to her to open new windows and show the boy worlds he never knew existed. Through the Roaring 20s and the Great Depression, Mame teaches Patrick how to “live, live, live”—whether he’s willing or not. It’s the dazzling Broadway musical that proves life’s a banquet, featuring the classic songs “We Need a Little Christmas,” “It’s Today,” “Bosom Buddies” and, of course, “Mame.”
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Sarah Agar (Cousin Fan, Ensemble) is thrilled to be back at The Human Race Theatre Company working with such an amazing group of actors. The last time she stepped on this Dayton stage she twirled her baton as Nicole in Band Geeks!. Most recently, she has toured the US and Canada with the national tour of Anything Goes. Sarah is a proud graduate of Wright State University and member of Actors’ Equity. Special thanks and love to my parents and BLOC. xo
Shavey Brown (Ralph DeVine, Leading Man, Ensemble) is ecstatic to be back in Dayton at The Human Race! He was recently seen in The Scottsboro Boys, directed by Susan Stroman, at Center Theatre Group - Ahmanson Theatre, The Old Globe, and American Conservatory Theatre. Tours: Radio City Christmas Spectacular and The Pajama Game. Regional Theatre: Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina), The Producers (Maine State Music Theatre and Walnut Street Theatre; Barrymore Award nomination for Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical), Cats and Jesus Christ Superstar (Maine State Music Theatre), Big River (The Human Race Theatre Company) and Joseph…Dreamcoat (Arkansas Repertory Theatre). Training: Wright State University. Thanks to my friends, family, and God. Peace, love, and happiness! www.shaveybrown.com
Jamie Cordes (Beauregard J. P. Burnside) Recent Human Race Theatre performances include: Ed in Torch Song Trilogy,
Dan in Next to Normal, Major David Marshall in right next to me, Jason in Ordinary Days, the Duke/Dr. Carrasco in Man of La Mancha and several workshop productions. Other regional productions: LaMarcus in Guarding Gold Street (The Puzzle NYC), Gaston Lachaille in Gigi (Rockwell Productions), Man 1 in Oh, Coward! (Ohio Shakespeare Festival), Ben Stone in Follies in Concert (Short North Stage), and Frederick Fellowes in Noises Off (Theatre on the Hill). Jamie is a proud Resident Artist with The Human Race Theatre and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Motion Pictures at Wright State University. Many thanks to The Human Race
Peanut Edmonson (Young Patrick/Peter) is extremely excited to be joining The Human Race’s production of Mame. Peanut has been performing with theatre groups since the age of 8. Past shows include Willy Wonka, Jr. (Mike Teavee), Cinderella Kids (Jaq) and My Son Pinocchio (Pinocchio) just to name a few. Peanut is also a 2011 Orchid Award winner for Excellence in a Musical Performance in Seussical the Musical.
Layan Elwazani (Pegeen Ryan, Ensemble) is a Senior BFA Acting Major at Wright State University. Originally from Bowling Green, OH, she is excited to be a part of her first Human Race production. She is the Artistic Managing Director of Wright State’s Jubilee Directing Lab Theatre. Her recent credits include Natalie u/s in All Shook Up, Lise in The Magic Fire, and Louise in Gypsy.
Leslie Goddard (Agnes Gooch) has been seen on Broadway in Hairspray (Brenda/Penny Pingleton-u/s), Jersey Boys Las Vegas (Francine, et al.), and at The Kennedy Center in Broadway: Three Generations. Locally, Leslie has performed in Chicago (Roxie Hart) at the Carnegie Theatre, The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns (Missy) at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, Ordinary Days (Deb) at Short North Stage, and Becky’s New Car (Kenni Flood) at The Human Race Theatre. Leslie earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from New York University and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. She lives in Cincinnati with her husband and new baby, Jocelyn Clementine!
Lisa Ann Goldsmith (Mame Dennis) is absolutely elated to be back at The Human Race after playing Laurel in Torch Song Trilogy and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth. New York and regional credits include: Theatre by the Sea, Pittsburgh Public Theater, August Wilson Center, Pittsburgh CLO, Unseam’d Shakespeare, Manhattan Ensemble Theatre, Tulsa Shakespeare in the Park, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical, Quantum Theatre, Bricolage Theatre, Studio Theatre, Ivoryton Playhouse, and others. Films include the 2013 Sundance Dramatic Competition nominee The Lifeguard, The Next Three Days, Love and Other Drugs, One for the Money, The Umbrella Man, Progression, and Mombies. Lisa Ann is also an SDC director who recently helmed the world premiere of The Devil’s Arithmetic (May 2014 at Prime Stage). Thanks and much love to Kevin, Scott, and everyone at The Human Race – you guys are the greatest!
Michael McCrary (Junior Babcock, Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his Human Race debut in Mame. National Tours: Shrek, the Musical; Oz, the Musical. Regional: North Shore Music Theater, Goodspeed Musicals, Maine State Music Theater, New London Barn Playhouse. Michael has also danced for Carnival Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Lines, and Jean Ann Ryan Productions. Thank you to my amazing family, my awesome family at CTG, and God for continued blessings. Proud graduate of The Boston Conservatory.
Sam McLain (Young Patrick/Peter Understudy) is excited to make his debut at Human Race Theatre! He recently had a “practically perfect” summer playing Michael Banks in La Comedia’s Mary Poppins. Other credits include Bert in All My Sons at Centerville High School Theatre and many Christmas and summer musicals at Epiphany Lutheran Church, with favorites being an Oompa-Loompa in Willie Wonka and mega-mix soloist in Joseph…Dreamcoat. He is a fourth grader at Normandy Elementary School in Centerville and would like to thank his family and talented cast of Mame for their support.
Darrin Murrell (Doorman, Stage Manager, Uncle Jeff, Mr. Upson, Ensemble) has worked as a professional actor, director, producer and educator for over 25 years with theatres all across the country, including extensive work in Chicago and Portland, Oregon; and was most recently seen on stage as Alfie Doolittle in My Fair Lady and Murray the Cop in The Odd Couple at Actors Theatre of Indiana, Don Armado in Love’s Labor’s Lost and Mr. Maraczek in She Loves Me at Texas Shakespeare Festival and at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre in Indianapolis in The Wizard of Oz, Hairspray, It’s a Wonderful Life and Footloose among others.
Sarah Naughton (Gloria Upson, Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her debut with The Human Race Theatre Company! A New York City-based actress and NYU Tisch grad, Sarah recently toured the country entertaining America’s youth with the musical spectacular, Click Clack Moo (TheatreworksUSA). Sarah is also a member of toUch performance art, an immersive theater company based at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA. She performs in both of their mainstage productions, AcousticaElectonica and Sexyback: or what you will. Sarah also writes and performs stand up comedy at a variety of venues around the city. She’s even told 90 seconds’ worth of jokes on ABC’s The View! For more info and news, please feel free to visit her website: www.sarah-naughton.com.
Annie Pesch (Ito) is grateful for the opportunity to work with The Human Race Theatre again. Since graduating with a BFA in Acting from Wright State, she has focused on performing new plays, so she is happy to be returning to musical theatre in Mame. NY/regional credits include Ensemble Studio Theatre, Urban Stages, Wings Theatre, American Blues Theater, Chicago Dramatists, Griffin Theatre, and the midwest premiere of The Kite Runner at Actors Theatre of Louisville and Cleveland Play House. Love and thanks to her family. www.anniepesch.com
Adam Soniak (Elevator Boy, Ensemble) is thrilled to be working on this beautiful production. He recently toured Europe with the international company of West Side Story (Jet swing, u/s Riff), which included an engagement in London’s West End. Favorite regional credits include: The Sound of Music at Paper Mill Playhouse, Cats and My Fair Lady at Gateway Playhouse, and Guys and Dolls at Flat Rock Playhouse. Proud Point Park graduate. Big love and thanks to his family, The Price Group, and everyone at The Human Race.
Marya Spring (Sally Cato, Ensemble) has made a career of a blissful blend of performing, teaching, directing, and writing. She is a proud Resident Artist of HRTC where last season she was seen in Molly Sweeney: A Musical in the 2014 Festival of New Musicals and in The Human Race/Dayton Philharmonic Broadway Pops Concert at the Schuster Center. She is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of NYC’s The Puzzle: Marble’s Festival of New Work which mounted its fourth season in June. Marya is on the faculty of Wright State University’s Department of Theatre, Dance and Motion Pictures. She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA).
Zack Steele (Patrick Dennis) is thrilled to be returning to The Loft Theatre for this wonderful production! His previous HRTC credits include: Play It Cool (Will) and It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (Jazz Quartet). Other favorite professional credits include: All Shook Up (Dennis), Ordinary Days (Warren), Follies (Young Ben), Big River (Huck), Shrek (Pinocchio), and Hank Williams: Lost Highway (Jimmy). Steele is a recent graduate of Wright State University (B.F.A. Acting) where he was last seen on stage as Marius in Les Misérables. He would like to thank his friends and family for their love and support, without which, this dream would not be possible.
Scott Stoney (Dwight Babcock/Associate Director) is filling his mornings this fall in the classroom teaching History of Theatre and Acting Aesthetics at WSU. His recent acting credits include playing Buck Jasper in the HRTC season closer Play It by Heart, Prosecuting Attorney Robert R. Nevin in Dayton History’s Old Case Files: The State vs. Harry Crooks, and Dr. David Rice in the 2014 Festival of New Musicals staged reading of Molly Sweeney: A Musical. Some favorite directing credits include Torch Song Trilogy; Next to Normal; Caroline, or Change; and August: Osage County. Scott has also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Montgomery County Arts & Cultural District and is in the Dayton Theatre Hall of Fame.
Sherri L. Sutter (Madame Branislowski, Mother Burnside, Mrs. Upson, Ensemble) With a career that spans over 30 years and includes directing, music directing, and performing, Sherri is thrilled to once again be onstage at The Human Race Theatre. She was most recently seen in the ensemble of Molly Sweeney: A Musical in the 2014 Festival of New Musicals. Another favorite credit with HRTC is Johanna in Sweeney Todd at the Victoria Theatre. Sherri is teaching her 20th year as a private singing instructor in Wright State University’s Theatre, Dance and Motion Pictures Department. Thank you Kevin and Tara, and love to my family for allowing me to follow my dreams.
Cooper Taggard (Messenger, Gregor, Ensemble) is thrilled to be back at The Human Race Theatre Company after having an amazing time in Play It by Heart and the Festival of New Musicals this past summer. He is a recent grad of Wright State, where he received his BFA in Musical Theatre and was most recently seen as Will Parker in Oklahoma! Other credits include Grand Hotel, Funny Girl, Berlin to Broadway, and 42nd Street. He is so grateful for everything the HRTC family has done and that he gets to share the stage with so many friends and professors. Thanks to everyone at HRTC, Bloc, his family, teachers and JJ.
Torie Wiggins (Vera Charles) is a graduate of UC CCM with a BFA in Dramatic Performance. She has co-adapted and performed a one-woman show, Your Negro Tour Guide, and toured with it across the country. She has appeared on All My Children and the feature film Love Me Through It. Cincinnati credits include: Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party, Collapse, Afghan Women Writer’s Project, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Pluto, and Harry and the Thief (Know Theatre of Cincinnati) and The Mountaintop (Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati). She also appeared in To Kill a Mockingbird with Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, and performed the title role in Black Pearl Sings! at ETC, both for which she was nominated for an LCT Award. She is thrilled to be making her debut at HRTC!
Robb Willoughby (M. Lindsay Woolsey) grew up in Xenia, Ohio. His education includes the BA Program at the University of Southern California, the Gene Dynarski Theatre, Estelle Harmon Theatre School, HB Studios, and Playwrights Horizons. Robb has performed in NYC and LA at theatres including: Playwrights Arena, Glendale Centre Theatre, The Fountain Theatre, Minetta Lane Theatre, and the RattleStick Theatre. Dayton credits: Ravenscroft, Sordid Lives, and Outward Bound (Dayton Theatre Guild); Corpus Christi (Blackburn Award) and Greater Tuna (Dayton Playhouse); Eurydice (UD), and The Laramie Project (DayTony Award) at SCC. Mame is Robb’s debut with HRTC.
Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee (Book) Even though Lawrence and Lee grew up only about thirty miles from each other, (Lawrence was born and raised in Cleveland, Lee in Elyria) they did not meet until 1942 in New York City, where they formed a partnership. Both men joined the army that same year, temporarily suspending their professional collaboration. It resumed, however, after the war ended. Combining their talents, Lawrence and Lee wrote a myriad of plays and musicals, screenplays, radio plays, and scripts for radio and television programs. Their partnership proved fulfilling, successful, and enduring and lasted until Lee’s death in 1998. Lawrence continued to write plays until his death in 2004. Many of the plays out of that partnership — Inherit the Wind (1955), Auntie Mame (1956), the musical Mame (1966), The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail (1970), and First Monday in October (1975) — have been hailed as contemporary classics and been translated and performed in over thirty languages. In their work, Lawrence and Lee wanted to make people think about mankind and react to the world around them. They were relentless in their determination to fight limitations placed on the individual mind — limitations such as censorship, fear of what others would think, and bigotry. Lawrence and Lee’s passion for the freedom to think and the freedom to experience life is reflected in their work. Their protagonists, whether funny or serious, embody this philosophy. Drummond, in Inherit the Wind, shows audiences that differing perspectives must — and can — be valued with an open-mind. In The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail, Thoreau suffered the consequences for willfully violating what he considers to be unjust laws. And last but not least, in Auntie Mame, Mame’s curiosity enables her to live beyond the limitations of her era creating a template for future generations of women.
Jerry Herman (Music and Lyrics) There is never an evening when, somewhere in the world, the music and lyrics of Jerry Herman are not being sung by a lady in a red headdress, or a lady with a bugle, or a middle-aged man in a wig and a boa. Hello, Dolly!, Mame, and La Cage Aux Folles are home to some of the most popular, most-often performed and most successful musical hero(in)es of all time, and have given Jerry the distinction of being the only composer-lyricist in history to have had three musicals that ran more than 1,500 consecutive performances on Broadway. His first Broadway show was Milk and Honey (1961), followed by Hello, Dolly! (1964), Mame (1966), Dear World (1969), Mack & Mabel (1974), The Grand Tour (1979), La Cage Aux Folles (1983), Jerry’s Girls (1985) and Mrs. Santa Claus (1996), a CBS TV special starring Angela Lansbury. Showtune, a revue of Jerry’s life’s work, is performing in regional theatres around the country and two of Jerry’s classic songs are the emotional highlights of the hit Disney-Pixar film WALL-E. Jerry Herman’s string of awards and honors includes multiple Tonys, Grammys, Drama Desk Awards, the Kennedy Center Award, the Johnny Mercer Award, the Richard Rodgers Award, the Oscar Hammerstein Award, the Frederick Lowe Award, the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Theatre Hall of Fame.
Kevin Moore (Director) is the Producing Artistic Director, Founding Executive Director and a Resident Artist of The Human Race Theatre Company. He has directed numerous Human Race productions including premieres of Wild Blue, Green Gables, Harold and Maude: The Musical, Ordinary Days, Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical and most recently, Play It by Heart. Other favorites include Children of Eden, Convenience, Shenandoah, Bat Boy: The Musical and last season’s record-breaking Fiddler on the Roof. Through Kevin’s leadership, The Human Race has become a nationally recognized center for the development of new musicals and plays. Kevin has been a panelist for the NEA and Ohio Arts Council, and has served on the Board of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre where he co-chaired their Festival of New Musicals. In 2003, Kevin was inducted into the Dayton Theatre Hall of Fame and in 2010, he and Marsha Hanna received the Governor’s Award for Arts Administration. Kevin dedicates this production to his own “Auntie Mame,” Aunt Alberta, who was his theatre muse when he was “Patrick’s” age.
John Faas (Music Director/Conductor) is also the Chief Development Officer for The Human Race Theatre Company. John holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Wright State University and has been associated with over 20 local theatre productions in the last decade. Professional career highlights include directing/music directing Zoot Theatre Company’s first ever musical, The Rocky Horror Puppet Show, playing keyboards for Avenue Q, produced by The Human Race Theatre Company, conducting The Human Race’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone at Victoria Theatre on the Broadway Series, assistant-conducting the regional premier of Band Geeks! and music directing the Dayton Premiere of Spring Awakening, produced by Encore Theatre Company. “I am thrilled to conduct The Human Race Theatre Company’s production of Mame!” Love to Pumpkin, Allison, and the Snoots for all their love and support.
Katie Johannigman (Choreographer) is thrilled to be choreographing her first show here at The Human Race. Other choreography credits include Hair, Out of This World, and the CCM Senior Showcase. Some of her favorite performing credits include: the National Tour of Oliver!, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Pirates! (MUNY), Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street (Modesto Performing Arts), Clara Johnson in The Light in the Piazza (Marriott Lincolnshire), Cats and Chicago (West Virginia Public Theatre), Company (Gallery Players); CCM: Cinderella in Into the Woods, Petra in A Little Night Music, Chastity in Anything Goes, Gertie in Oklahoma! and Crissy in Hair. Thank you to the cast, Kevin, Scott, John, Patti James, Mom, Dad, and Reenie.
Dick Block (Scenic Designer) happily returns to The Human Race for this production, having most recently designed Fiddler on the Roof last season as well as Avenue Q, Gem of the Ocean, Lend Me a Tenor, Take Me Out and The Tempest previously. As a native, it is always fun to return to Dayton, and a pleasure to work with this exciting company. Dick’s work has been seen at the Virginia Stage Company, Starlight Productions in Pittsburgh, the Weston Playhouse in Vermont, the Pittsburgh Public Theatre and the McCarter Theatre in New Jersey. New York credits include Conrack for AMAS (nominated for an AUDELCO Award), Fascinatin’ Rhythms, a tour for Columbia Artists and a new play, Wilson. He is co-author of Scene Design and Stage Lighting, soon to be in its 10th edition. He currently serves as the Associate Head of the School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University and is a member of United Scenic Artists. He received his MFA from Northwestern University.
Christie Peitzmeier (Costume Designer) enjoys bringing characters to the stage here at The Human Race Theatre as both a designer and the costume shop manager. Her most recent design at The Human Race Theatre was Play It by Heart. Last year, she designed Becky’s New Car and worked as the costume coordinator for Fiddler on the Roof. In the spring of 2013, she received her Master of Fine Arts in Costume Design and Technology from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. She began her costuming career at Sinclair Community College and then continued to study at Wright State University where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
John Rensel (Lighting Designer) is the long-term Resident Lighting Designer for The Human Race Theatre Company, Muse Machine, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Pops series and Dayton Opera Association. He also serves as the long-time Technical Director for the Fraze Pavilion and has provided technical advance production coordination, lighting designs, automation programming and performance operation services for many artists and productions that have visited that venue. John also has a diverse dance lighting background, having provided lighting designs and technical production services for many years to The Dayton Ballet and Dayton Contemporary Dance Co. John’s national credits included a lighting design package for a National Touring Production of the Elton John/Tim Rice collaboration, Aida. Most recent local credits include all the designs for the 2013-14 Human Race Theatre Company’s season at The Loft Theatre; Muse Machine’s Summer Concert In Your Eyes, at the Victoria Theatre and the Dayton Opera Association’s 2013-14 season at the Schuster Center.
Nathan D. Dean (Sound Designer) attended Sinclair Community College’s Department of Theatre. He has worked for several theatres including Indiana Repertory Theatre, SEED Theatre Project, Encore Theatre, Free Shakespeare Vandalia Youth Theater and,
of course, The Human Race Theatre Company. Design credits include Steel Magnolias, Footfalls, a series of Beckett plays for which he received a DayTony Award, The Merchant of Venice, Syringa Tree, [title of show], Next Thing You Know, Urinetown, Cinderella and Winnie the Pooh as well as Becky’s New Car; Under a Red Moon; Caroline, or Change; Lend Me a Tenor; Man of La Mancha; The Vertical Hour; Rounding Third; The Drowsy Chaperone; 8 Track: The Sounds of the 70’s; The 39 Steps; Ordinary Days; right next to me and Other Desert Cities for The Human Race where he also serves as House Sound Engineer.
Kay Carver (Production Stage Manager) graduated from Wright State University’s Department of Theatre, Dance and Motion Pictures with a degree in Design/Technology and Stage Management. Her professional credits include Production Stage Manager for Miracle on South Division Street, HRTC’s 2013-2014 Loft season, the 2013 Festival of New Musicals, HRTC’s 2012-2013 Loft season and MTW Dani Girl, Assistant Stage Manager for The Drowsy Chaperone and Tenderly: the Rosemary Clooney Musical and Production Assistant for Twelfth Night, The 39 Steps and Ordinary Days, all with The Human Race Theatre Company. She also served as the Production Stage Manager for the Wright State niversity/Dayton Philharmonic collaborative production of Bernstein’s Mass at the Schuster Center.
Preston D. McCarthy (Assistant Stage Manager) is thrilled to be returning to The Human Race Theatre Company! Professional credits include: Stage Manager for this past summer’s Musical Theatre Workshop of Molly Sweeney: A Musical, Assistant Stage Manager of the 2014 National Tour of Sweet Charity, and last season’s HRTC production of Play It by Heart, Stage Manager for Children of Eden at Interlochen Center for the Arts, as well as Production Assistant for Avenue Q, Under a Red Moon, Managing Maxine and Gem of the Ocean, all with HRTC. He would like to thank his sister for her continued love and support!