Dramatic Repertory Company On Stage

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[title of show]
Performance Times

Thurs. May 30 @7:30pm
Fri. May 31 @7:30pm – SOLD OUT
Sat. June 1 @7:30pm – SOLD OUT
Sun. June 2 @2pm

Wed. June 5 @7:30pm**
Thurs. June 6 @7:30pm
Fri. June 7 @7:30pm
Sat. June 8 @7:30pm
Sun. June 9 @7:30pm – SOLD OUT

** Discount Wednesdays

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Jen MeansJEN MEANS (Susan). This is Jen's first show with Dramatic Repertory Company. Since moving to Maine from New York City, Jen has been seen on stage with Good Theater as Mama in Little Me, a Gemini Twin in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Olivia Darnell in Shakespeare in Hollywood, Baker's Wife in Into the Woods and Singer in Broadway at Good Theater. As well as with the Portland Players as Daisy in Side Show, Magenta in Rocky Horror and Woman #1 in I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change! Before moving to Maine, she did shows in NYC and throughout New England and the Mid-West. Jen is also proud of her roles as mother to Sammy Rae and Justine, wife of David, and Director of Admissions for The Bowdoin International Music Festival.

Lisa van OosterumLISA VAN OOSTERUM (Heidi). Lisa received her BFA in Acting from Emerson College. She has performed in various theatres throughout the world, most notably as Columbia in the European Tour of The Rocky Horror Show and as Yitzhak in the New England tour of Hedwig and the Angry Inch (which will be reprised in June at PortFringe!) In this past year she was seen as The Bleeding One in If We Were Birds (Lorem Ipsum), Clarice Bernstein in David Mamet's November (Mad Horse Theatre) and The Dog in Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights (PortFringe). Lisa teaches Acting at SMCC and is a director for STAGES Academy. Fun fact: Lisa used to be one of the voices on the "Pokemon" TV show.

Andrew SawyerAndrew Sawyer (Hunter). Andrew Sawyer is a local actor/writer/producer/man about town and a resident of beautiful Portland, Maine. He graduated from the University of Southern Maine in 2009 with a BA in Theatre Arts and has been beating the streets of Portland since. He most recently was seen in the role of "Happy Foley" in Good Theatre's production of Striking 12 at the St. Lawrence Arts Center, and previously appeared with DRC in last spring's Life During Wartime. Other previous credits include "Patrick Dennis" in Good Theatre's production of Little Me, Mrs. Peachum in Lorem Ipsum's production of Three Penny Opera and the Moon in Blood Wedding. Andrew is a member of Mint films: www.mintfilms.net and Hilltop Productions. Andrew is thrilled to be working with such a talented and passionate group of people on this first musical production for DRC!

Michael WoodMICHAEL WOOD* (Jeff) Michael is a native, central Mainer who studied French, English and Theatre at Bowdoin College. He also studied mime and movement in Paris, France where he later worked with Theatre du soleil under Ariane Mnouchkine. A member of the Gold Dust Orphans theatrical company in Boston, Michael's credits there include Phantom of the Oprah, All About Christmas Eve, and the titular role in Peter Pansy. Michael will premiere his original, solo show Spandex Diaries: My Stretchy Truths on June 29th of this year as part of Portland's PortFringe2013 festival. Five years ago, Michael fell in love with the original Broadway production of [title of show] and could not feel luckier to be playing in this production now. Thank you to this incredible cast and creative team; it is a joy to spread joy with all of you! www.TheMichaelWoodSite.com

Victoria StubbsVICTORIA STUBBS (Music Director / Piano / Mary) is excited to be on board with Dramatic Rep as they present their first musical production. And what a fun show this is! Her recent music direction has been with The Good Theater with shows such as Spitfire Grill, Little ME, and this past December's non-holiday non-extravaganza Striking 12. Victoria has music directed over 75 shows in professional theaters coast to coast, and holds a master's degree in Piano Performance from the University of Southern California. She would like to thank Keith for this opportunity to work with such a talented cast and crew. And also to thank the following wonderful people in her life: her twins Ben and Grace, her students at Portland Arts & Technology High School (PATHS) and JFB, wherever that rascal is tonight.

JEFF BOWEN (Music & Lyrics) wrote the music and lyrics and co-starred in the Broadway musical [title of show]. He was awarded an OBIE for his work on [title of show], and has composed music for several shows at PS 122, including Avant Garde A Rama In Sparklevision and Hello, My Name Is Avant Garde A Rama. Also, Sparklefest 2000 at Dixon Place, The A Train Plays and the film Boat Mime. His onstage credits include The Who's Tommy, The Diviners, The Doctor In Spite of Himself, Of Thee I Sing, The Sandbox and On The Twentieth Century, among others. Jeff is a proud member of the National Audubon Society and the American Birding Association.

HUNTER BELL (Book) wrote the book and co-starred in the Broadway musical [title of show]. He received an OBIE Award and Tony Award and Drama League nominations for [title of show]. Writing credits include, Silence!, The Musical (book writer/Overall Excellence Award—Outstanding Musical 2005 Fringe NYC). Stuck by EPCOT (playwright/Manhattan Theatre Source), A Train Plays (lyricist/Neighborhood Playhouse), Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (writer 2007 Circus). He contributed material for Counts Media Inc.'s interactive billboard project, was a 2003 finalist in Warner Bros. Television Comedy Writers Workshop, and has developed new works at the Dramatist Guild, Irish Rep, PS 122, Goodspeed/Chester, CanStage, MTC, Ars Nova, and the O'Neill Center. As an actor, Hunter made his Broadway debut in How the Grinch Stole Christmas. He appeared in Taming of the Shrew, ...Forum, Gypsy (St. Louis Rep), She Loves Me, The Most Happy Fella (Cincinnati Playhouse), Anything Goes (Great Lakes Theatre Festival), Godspell (MUNY), Little Me (North Shore), The Tempest (Dallas Shakespeare Festival), Side Show (Cleveland Playhouse), Romeo and Juliet, The Boys from Syracuse (Alliance Theatre), Jumbo, Oh, Boy! (York), South Pacific (Carnegie Hall), The Last Night of Ballyhoo (Coconut Grove), Rags (Paper Mill), Promises, Promises (Stages), Me and My Girl (Goodspeed Opera House, CT: Outer Critics Award— Best Actor in a Musical). TV: "Out of the Box" (Disney Channel), "Guiding Light." BFA Webster University.

KEITH POWELL BEYLAND (Director) Recently directed the critically-acclaimed DRC productions of Topdog/Underdog (Theatrical Highlight of 2012 - Portland Phoenix), Tigers Be Still, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, Life During Wartime and Blue/Orange. Keith spent the last two decades working on and off Broadway with respected organizations like Roundabout Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, Signature Theatre Company (NY), The New Group, Berkshire Theatre Festival and Irondale Ensemble Project. He directed The Waiting Room, Insomniac, Throwing It Together and Inamorata in New York and And The Same in the Berkshires. Keith studied with Athol Fugard, John Patrick Shanley, Paula Vogel, Maria Irene Fornes, Anne Hamburger, Carey Perloff and Venable Herndon, among others. He holds a degree with Honors from the Dramatic Writing Program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Always for Keely.

VANESSA SW BEYLAND (Choreography) is a professional dancer, instructor and choreographer living in Portland. She has a BFA in Dance from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and is on the USM faculty teaching Musical Theater Dance. She is a member of Portland Ballet Company, and currently teaches at Portland School of Ballet and Terpsicore Dance. Her credits include work in NY, NJ, CT, PA, CA, NH and ME with school, community and professional companies.

MICHAELA WIRTH (Lighting Designer in Residence). Rarely seen in the full light of day, this designer is delighted to be working once again with DRC. When not in the darkness of the theatre, she can often be found in the darkness of the projection booth of the Nicklelodeon... planning the lights for the next DRC show!

Travis M. Grant (Costume Designer in Residence) Previous Shows with DRC: Swimming in the Shallows, Topdog/Underdog, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde. Travis is an accomplished costume designer and the recipient of the 2008 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region I Barbizon National Design Award for Excellence in Costume Design for the Maine premiere of Last Easter (University of Southern Maine). Other design credits include: Gypsy (City Theater, Biddeford); Side Show (Portland Players); The Wedding Singer (University of New England); The Wild Party (University of Southern Maine School of Music), Enchanted April (Oxford Hills Music & Performing Arts Association); Inook and the Sun (USM); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Maine Premiere, USM School of Music); Moonchildren (USM); The Full Monty; Leading Ladies (New England Premiere) (Arundel Barn Playhouse); The Full Monty (Portland Players); The Full Monty; The House of Frankenstein; Picasso at the Lapin Agile; Godspell; Play On! (Waldo Theatre, Inc.) and many more. Travis has had the great pleasure of working as a costume technician for such local companies as Maine State Music Theater, Maine State Music Theater Costume Rentals and Portland Players.

CHRIS FITZE (Sound Designer in Residence) is very pleased to be working with the DRC! Over the past 20 years, Chris has designed shows for several different venues including: Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, Children's Theater of Maine, St. Lawrence Performing Arts Center, and Portland Stage Company. He is Technical Director at Morse High School in Bath where he oversees a crew of 30 kids. He also designs and builds sets. Chris works days at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine as a member of their Exhibits/ Operations team. He send his love to Jessica, Martin, and Arthur.

* Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers
in the United States, appearing under a Special Appearance Contract

MAY 30 - JUNE 9, 2013

presents an intimate behind-the-scenes theater experience. Each cast member brought extreme uniqueness and nuance, creating people the audience truly grew to care about.”
- Portland Daily Sun, June 6, 2013
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A super cast of stellar, audacious performers
with impeccable, spirited execution!”
- Portland Phoenix, June 7, 2013
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A witty, high-energy show full of catchy tunes!”
- Portland Press Herald, June 1, 2013
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[title of show]
music & lyrics by Jeff Bowen
book by Hunter Bell

co-production with
Zany Hijinx Productions

Jen Means     Lisa van Oosterum
Andrew Sawyer     Michael Wood*

choreography by Vanessa SW Beyland
musical direction by Victoria Stubbs
directed by Keith Powell Beyland

DRC's first musical (a Maine Premiere)
is going to be f@&%ing great!

[title of show] is a touching and funny work about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical. This true story was nominated for a Tony Award® in 2009.

[tos] is a love letter to the musical theatre - a uniquely American art form - and to the joy of collaboration. [tos] is for anyone who has ever been in, seen, wanted to be in, thought about being in, thought about someone else being in, once saw a commercial for, dreamed about creating, actually did create or just was curious about a musical.

[title of show] contains mature themes and language.

A postmodern homage to the grand tradition
of backstage musicals like BABES IN ARMS,

- The New York Times

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