"Shout! The Mod Musical" on stage at the Saint Michael's Playhouse, July 31 - Aug 10
L to R: Stefanie O'Connell, Chelsey Whitelock, Beth Kuhn, Charlotte Munson, Amanda Ryan Paige. Photo by Brian MacDonald
Shout! The Mod Musical showcases the fabulous sounds that made England swing in the 60s, and chronicles the dawn of a new era, complete with fashions and dances, music and hair. The show presents an irresistible blend of captivating songs, eye-popping dress and psychedelic dances "that make you want to stand up and Shout!"
Shout! The Mod Musical appears at the Saint Michael's Playhouse July 31 to August 10. The show will be staged, evenings at 8 p.m. July 31 – August 3, 6-10; and matinees at 2 p.m. August 3 and 10.
"Every year we like to end our season with a crowd-pleasing smash hit, and this year is no exception," said Chuck Tobin, producing artistic director of the Playhouse. "Shout! The Mod Musical features music that topped the charts from 1960 to 1970. The music of Petula Clark, Dusty Springfield, Cela Black and other British '60s pop stars will have you dancing in your seat and singing along," Tobin said. “This show brings back the sounds that made England swing in the '60's with eye-popping fashions and of course those over-the-top hairdos."
Saint Michael’s Playhouse, now in its 66th season, is an award-winning professional theater, recognized by NYC Drama League as "one of the best regional theater companies in America," and named "Best of New England" by Yankee Magazine.
Keith Andrews (Director/Choreographer) Previously at the Playhouse, Keith directed last year's productions of Nunsense and Forever Plaid as well as The Drowsy Chaperone, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Spelling Bee, Always…Patsy Cline, Dames at Sea, Breaking Up is Hard to Do, Barnum, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Suds, My Way, The Pirates of Penzance, and Big River. Keith has directed the National Tours of The Full Monty and Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh and other recent directing/choreography credits include: 9 to 5, the Musical (starring Sally Struthers), Avenue Q, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (starring Joe Piscopo), The Wedding Singer, My Fair Lady, and Little Shop of Horrors, to name just a few. As a choreographer, Keith has recently worked on the world premiere of Love, Incorporated and has received a New York Innovative Theater Award for Best Production of a Musical and nomination for Best Choreography for his work on the new show, Like You Like It. As a performer, Keith has toured all over the world with shows such as: West Side Story, Mame, Jesus Christ Superstar and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. In educational theater, Keith directs and choreographs student industry showcases at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC.
Tom Cleary (Music Director) has long-term performing associations with artists including Ray Vega, Ellen Powell and recently bassist Mike Gordon. He has been featured as a pianist on recordings by trombonist Rick Davies (Salsa Norteña) and vocalist Hillary Capps (A Perfect Dozen and Playlist), and as an arranger on the album Hey Sadie by singer/songwriter Amber deLaurentis (all available on iTunes). As a composer he was recently commissioned by the group Social Band (his piece 'Three Seasons' will be included on their forthcoming third CD). As a musical director he has worked on many productions at Saint Michael's Playhouse, including Into the Woods, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Forever Plaid.
Cast (in their own words):
Beth Kuhn (Yellow Girl) is so thrilled to be working at Saint Michael's Playhouse for the first time! National Tours: Legally Blonde (Mom/Whitney, u/s Paulette/Vivienne) New York/Regional: Nunsense (Robert Anne, Flat Rock Playhouse), Legally Blonde (Mom/Whitney, Ogunquit Playhouse), Red Hot and Blue (Vivian, Musicals Tonight!), Pump Boys and Dinettes (Prudie Cupp, Heritage Theatre Festival), Gypsy (June, Cohoes Music Hall), Urinetown (Soupy Sue, Rocky Mountain Repertory) and many others. Beth is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan.
Charlotte Munson (Blue Girl) is thrilled to be back at Saint Michael's Playhouse! SMP credits include Rapunzel in Into the Woods and Edith in The Pirates of Penzance. She was most recently seen Off-Broadway as a finalist in NYMF's Next Broadway Sensation at New World Stages. She directed and wrote Calendar Girls produced in NYC at the Drama Bookshop. Charlotte has won the Boston Lotta Award, Lyric Theatre Award, and the New Horizon's Playwright's Award in LA for her play Look at Me. NYC: Wendy in Princes, Cinderella in Disenchanted, and Sydney in The Hedge Fund directed by Tony Spinosa. Regional: Pennywise in Urinetown with Bigfork Playhouse, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet with NE Shakespeare Ensemble, and Jane in Quilters with VTC.
Stefanie O'Connell (Red Girl) A graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts (CAP21), Stefanie's past credits include the tours of Cinderella starring Lea Salonga (u/s Cinderella), Oklahoma! (u/s Ado Annie), and Fancy Nancy (Nancy). Other credits include How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Phyllis Who) at Madison Square Garden in New York City, West Side Story (Maria), and Celebration (Angel). Stefanie is also training for the NYC Marathon this fall!
Amanda Ryan Paige (Green Girl) Off-Broadway: Zanna Don't! (Houseman); Charlie Brown, Henry and Mudge (Lortel). Other NYC Credits: Trailer Park (NYMF); Awesome 80’s Prom (workshop/co-writer); Dreams This Way/ Raw Impressions (TADA!); Babes In Toyland (Avery Fisher); Lucky Stiff (APAC). National Tour: Fiddler, Water Coolers. Regional: Ring of Fire (Alhambra); Boeing Boeing, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Trailer Park (Mason St.); Nunsense, Unnecessary Farce, Marvelous Wonderettes, Boeing Boeing, Perfect/Change, Brighton Beach Memoirs (Saint Michael's Playhouse); Nunsense, Boeing Boeing, Spelling Bee (Northern Stage); Ring of Fire (Fireside); Pump Boys and Dinettes, Trailer Park (Willows); Pump Boys and Dinettes, Stand By Your Man (Mtn. Playhouse); Urinetown (Carousel); Das Barbecu (Arvada); No, No Nanette (Goodspeed); Noises Off!, Brighton Beach Memoirs (Leatherstocking); Carousel, Over Here! (Conn. Rep)
Chelsey Whitelock (Orange Girl) is shouting with excitement to be making her Saint Michael's debut! She was just recently seen as Betty in The Great American Trailer Park Musical at the Merry Go Round Playhouse. She has been seen on the stages of Carnegie Hall, the Gateway Playhouse, Fulton Opera House, Fullerton CLO, and on the North American Tour of Annie to name a few.
Saint Michael's Playhouse has been producing professional theater since 1947 and is located in Colchester, Vermont minutes from downtown Burlington and Lake Champlain. For more information and tickets, visit saintmichaelsplayhouse.org or call 802-654-2281. Ticket prices: $31.50 – $42.50
The Saint Michael's Playhouse is housed in the Saint Michael's College McCarthy Arts Center, one of the finest theater facilities in the state; the Playhouse attracts approximately 16,000 theatergoers each season.
Saint Michael's Playhouse is a professional company operating as an auxiliary enterprise of Saint Michael's College. The Playhouse is Greater Burlington’s only Actors' Equity resident theater company and as such operates under contract with Actors' Equity Association in New York City. At the same time, Saint Michael's College students have the opportunity to learn from the pros through internships in technical theater, costuming, lighting, set construction, and publicity.