CYRANO

By Jo Roets
Directed by Matthew Gutschick
Composed by Inés Thiebaut

April 2015

InsideOut Gallery
229 Garland Street | Traverse City, MI

 

About

A delightful, heartwarming adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s classic Cyrano de Bergerac that tells the timeless tale of a man who helps another win the affections of the very woman he, himself, loves. Directed by Matthew Gutschick, Artistic Director of Omaha’s Rose Theatre, a cast of three actors triangulates this classic into a lightning-paced romance of duels, panache and sacrifice. This play was commissioned by the renowned Seattle Children’s Theatre and has been performed all over the world to the delight of audiences of all ages.

This production runs approximately 60 minutes with no intermission and is suitable for ages 8 and up.

Artists

ENSEMBLE
Katherine Dillingham Mazer, Laura Ames Mittelstaedt & Ben Whiting

Musician: Aaron Fried

PRODUCTION TEAM
Set Designer: Christopher Dills
Projections Designer: Brittany Powell Merenda
Composer/Sound Designer: Ines Thiebaut
Fight Choreographer: William Church
Costume Designer: Mica M. Harrison
Lighting Designer: Brian Elston
Stage Manager: Caleb Wimbrow
Tech Assistant: Noah Moothart

Matthew Gutschick (Director) is the Artistic Director of The Rose Theater (Omaha Theater Company), where he recently directed Ramona Quimby and Greg Banks’s Robin Hood.  He was previously the Managing Director of the Yale Cabaret where he produced over 14 world premieres. Matthew is the recipient of an Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Fellowship in Entrepreneurship, a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and a graduate of the School at Steppenwolf. He holds a BA in Theater from Wake Forest University and received an MFA in Theater Management from the Yale School of Drama. He was awarded the George C. White Award for demonstrated appreciation of the arts throughout the world, curiosity about cultural heritage, and respect for creative production management. Prior to his appointment at the Omaha Theater Company, Gutschick served a Fellowship under the tutelage of Peter Brosius of the Tony-award winning Children’s Theater Company Artistic Director in Minneapolis.  Gutschick has also worked in theater for young people as Director of Intermediate Repertory Theater at the renowned Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan; Artistic Director of the Children’s Theater of Winston-Salem; and as Education Director at Twin City Stage in Winston-Salem, NC. He is also a co-founder of Magicmouth Theater in Chicago. Previous credits with Parallel 45 include A Christmas Carol in Prose, and The Terrible Tragedy of Peter Pan. Upcoming Projects: A Christmas Story and Mary Poppins at The Rose and Medea at Parallel 45.

William Church (Fight Choreographer) is the Director of Theatre at Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Artistic Director of the Interlochen Shakespeare Festival. He has been fight choreographer for the entire Interlochen Shakespeare Festival, as well as for several productions at the Arts Academy, where he teaches a course in stage combat. He has performed for theatre companies throughout the United States, including the American Repertory Theatre, California Theatre Center, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. His directing credits range from Shakespeare to contemporary work and musicals, including a touring children’s theatre troupe he founded while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa. Bill is a member of Actor’s Equity Association, the Screen Actors Guild, and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts, the Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University and the Moscow Art Theatre School, Bill is pleased to join P45 to work on this adaptation of one of his favorite plays.

Christopher Dills (Set Designer) is from just north of Atlanta, Georgia. He holds an MFA in Scenic Design from Boston University and a BFA in Technical Theatre from Columbus State University. He is currently Resident Production Designer at Interlochen Center for the Arts. He believes in the power of the human imagination and loves finding new and interesting life in “subsequent performances” of theatrical productions. Previously, Christopher designed The Terrible Tragedy of Peter Pan for Parallel 45.

Brian Elston (Lighting Designer) holds a BFA in Technical Theatre from Columbus State University and an MFA in Lighting Design from The Ohio State University. He has worked the past six summers at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, holding the positions of assistant technical director, electrician, master electrician, and lighting designer. Brian recently moved to Chicago, where he works as a freelance designer and electrician, most recently acting as the Assistant Lighting Designer for Rapture, Blister, Burn at The Goodman Theatre and Twist Your Dickens with The Second City. Having been with P45 since their first production, Brian is overjoyed to be returning for his fifth design with the company. Past P45 designs include: Our Town, Metamorphoses, A Christmas Carol in Prose, and The Oz Project.

Aaron Fried (Musician) is a cellist and music educator based in Boston, Massachusetts. Upon graduation from Boston Conservatory in 2012, Aaron helped found Revolution of Hope, a program that provides daily, no-cost, conservatory-level music education for under-privileged teenagers after school. In addition to teaching, Aaron is in demand as a chamber musician, arranger, and improviser. Current projects include Stringalong, a modern string ensemble for which Aaron has co-arranged over 100 songs, the Heimat String Quartet, and Channels of Form, a contemporary dance project inspired by Tai Chi. Recent appearances in the Boston area include New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, Harvard’s Sanders Theater, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Garden Museum, the American Repertory Theater, the Miss Massachusetts pageant, and the Massachusetts governor’s inaugural ball. Aaron has collaborated and performed with faculty from prominent music schools including New England Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, and Juilliard. This is Aaron’s second time working with P45 and he’s very excited!

Mica M. Harrison (Costume Designer) moved to northern Michigan from Bloomington, Indiana four years ago to care for students at Interlochen Arts Academy while working in the Residence Life department. Her theatre career began at the Indiana University Festival Theater and the Cardinal Stage Company, and continued at the Interlochen Center for the Arts Shakespeare Festival and Interlochen Arts Camp summer theatre. Mica is excited to be joining P45 for her third show as costume designer. Previous designs were seen in A Christmas Carol in Prose and The Shrew.Mica currently spends her days at Interlochen’s Admissions Office, but thrives on her freelance costume design and production work, participating in historical reenactments, as well as quilting, crocheting, cooking and gardening at her home near Interlochen. She holds a BFA in Fiber Arts and a BA in Art History from Indiana University, from which she graduated with honors.

Katherine Dillingham Mazer (Ensemble: Roxanne, Duenna, Narrator) is a native of Norman, Oklahoma and a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy. Northern Michigan is one of the places Katherine calls home. She is a member of the summer theatre faculty at Interlochen Arts Camp and stars in the suspense-thriller Division, a feature film scheduled for release in 2015. P45 credits include the company’s inaugural production of Our Town, as well as Metamorphoses, A Christmas Carol in Prose, 30 Neo-Futurist Plays From Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, and the role of Kate in The Shrew. After earning her BFA in acting performance from the Hartt School conservatory, she performed in a variety of Off-Off Broadway productions in New York City, and also with Boston’s Commonwealth Shakespeare Co. before completing her MA in Drama Therapy from New York University in 2007. She is a Registered Drama Therapist who has served, among others, children and mothers affected by domestic violence, adults with mental illness who are chemically addicted, and children in military families. She currently serves in an acute psychiatric setting in Oakland, California. Katherine loves being married to fellow P45er Jonathan Mazer. They live in the Sierra Nevada foothills with their elderly cat, Midnight.

Brittany Powell Merenda (Projections Designer) is a freelance projection designer originally from Florida, where she received her MA in Digital Arts and Sciences from the University of Florida. Specializing in projection mapping on non-traditional surfaces, Brittany received a Barbizon Award for her projection design at the KCACTF for her work in dark play, or stories for boys. She has also presented her work at the Southeastern Theatre Conference in “Digital Media: A New Collaboration in Theatre.” “Projection Design: Video Mapping onto Non-Traditional Surfaces,” and “Digital Media Design and Interactive Theatrical Control Technologies Master Class.” Since relocating to northern Michigan in 2012, Brittany has become the resident projection designer for Parallel 45, and has designed and programmed projections for the Interlochen Opera department, Elk Rapids High School, Leland Public School and The Rose Theatre in Omaha. She will make her Opera Grand Rapids projections debut with Puccini’s Tosca at the DeVos Performance Hall this spring.

Laura Ames Mittelstaedt (Cyrano) is happy to be working with P45 again after performing in their production of Metamorphoses in 2011. Favorite roles elsewhere include Catherine in Proof, Sally in Tally’s Folly and Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Laura received her MFA in Acting from Penn State, is an instructor of theatre at Interlochen Arts Academy and is also the Artistic Associate and founding ensemble member of the Interlochen Shakespeare Festival, where she has performed roles such as Viola in Twelfth Night, Katherine in Taming of the Shrew, and Portia in The Merchant of Venice. Here, she also directed last summer’s The Tempest. Upcoming roles this summer include mother to the newest little Mittelstaedt.

Noah Moothart (Technical Assistant) is a northern Michigan native and a senior at Elk Rapids High School. He serves as a technician for the high school auditorium and has worked on two major theatre productions there — The Jungalbook and The Wizard of Oz. He’s co-captain of the Elk Rapids High School debate team and an All-State track athlete. He enjoys competitive slalom skiing in the summer and, in the winter, likes to drink hot cocoa in front of the fireplace and watch the Red Wings with his family and his Portuguese Water Dog, Zoey. He would like to thank his parents for loving him “a lot because, without them, I wouldn’t be here.”

Linda Osborn (Production Manager) is a Michigan native and a founding member of Parallel 45. She is the Production Stage Manager for the Interlochen Shakespeare Festival and the Associate Director of the High School Repertory theatre program at Interlochen Arts Camp, where she is also an instructor of theatre. She is on staff at Leland Public School and directs the after-school drama program. Previously, Linda worked as a stage manager and production assistant at The Juilliard School and as a studio/props coordinator for the Emmy Award-winning Production Design Group. Linda earned her BS in Communications and Theatre Arts from Eastern Michigan University.

Inés Thiebaut (Composer/Sound Designer) was raised in Madrid, Spain and has lived in Brooklyn for the past nine years. She is a PhD candidate in Composition at The CUNY Graduate Center, where she has studied with composers Douglas Geers, Jeff Nichols and Jason Eckardt. She is currently writing her dissertation on the music of Mario Davidovsky, with Joseph Straus as her advisor. Over her career, Inés has studied composition with Fabián Panisello, Marcela Rodriguez, and Hubert Howe. She is the co-founder and Executive Co-Director — with fellow composer André Bregegere — of Dr. Faustus, an organization dedicated to the commission and promotion of new music. She is also the Managing Director of the S.E.M. Ensemble in Brooklyn, and the Executive Director of the GC Composers’ Alliance at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her music has been performed by numerous ensembles across the United States, as well as performed internationally in Spain, Portugal, and Mexico. She is currently working on a commission from trombonist David Whitwell (the piece for low brass trio will premiere in 2015) and on a chamber piece for Ensemble Mise-En to be premiered as part of the GC Composers’ Alliance spring concert in May, 2015. For more information, please visit www.inesthiebaut.com.

Ben Whiting (Ensemble: Christian, De Guiche, Le Bret, Ragueneau, Monk, Narrator, Solider) is excited to be back at Parallel 45 once again! Previous P45 credits include: The Terrible Tragedy of Peter Pan, A Christmas Carol in Prose, Shakespeare’s R&J, The Shrew, The Complete Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged), 30 Neo-Futurist Plays from Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (30 plays in 60 minutes), and The Oz Project. His Regional credits include: Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Steppenwolf Theatre); The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Victory Gardens); Much Ado About Nothing(First Folio Shakespeare Festival); Romeo and Juliet (Montana Shakespeare in the Parks); Woman in Black, Our Town (Twin City Stage); Robin Hood (The Rose Theater); American Gypsy, Awakening, Rubber Doves, Virtual Reality (MagicMouth Theatre); Hamlet, The Tempest (Interlochen Shakespeare Festival). He is a Co-Founder of MagicMouth Theatre and received three critics’ choice awards for his solo performance in American Gypsy at the New York International Theatre Fringe Festival, as well as an NYCFringe Top Solo Show Award and Top Visual Performance Award. His co-written play Rubber Doves was winner of the North Carolina New Horizons Playwriting Competition. He received a BA in Theatre from Wake Forest University and is a graduate of the Chicago School at Steppenwolf Acting Conservatory. Look for him this summer in his Critically Acclaimed Off-Broadway show American Gypsy in Traverse City!

Caleb Wimbrow (Stage Manager) is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and attended the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. He is excited to return to Parallel 45 after stage-managing The Oz Project in November 2014. He has performed in Surrounded with The Unexpected Laboratory at the Dairy Theatre (Boulder, CO), The Raven (Chicago, IL) and the Winnipeg Fringe Festival (Manitoba, Canada) as actor, writer, and vocal foley artist. Caleb has also spent two years as set carpenter at the Interlochen Arts Camp. This is his second production with Parallel 45.

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