PETER PAN to fly to musical theater this winter


Music Theater Works (formerly Light Opera Works) presents PETER PANat Cahn Auditorium in Evanston, December 23, 2017 to January 1, 2018.

The family classic on The Boy Who Won’t Grow Up features the songs “I Gotta Crow”, “I Won’t Grow Up”, “I’m Flying” and “Neverland”, accompanied by a full orchestra.

PETER PAN is directed by Music Theater Works Artistic Director Rudy Hogenmiller, directed by Music Director Roger L. Bingaman and choreographed by Clayton Cross.

The cast of PETER PAN includes Aubrey Adams (Peter Pan), Larry Adams (Mr. Darling / Captain Hook), Elizabeth Stenholt (Wendy Darling / Jane), Anna Marie Abbate (Tiger Lily) and Cary Lovett (Smee).

The design / production team is made up of Adam Veness (stage), Robert S. Kuhn (costumes), Andrew H. Meyers (lighting), Aaron Quick (sound), Matthew Silar (stage manager) and Katie Beeks (director of the production).

PETER PAN is the final production of Music Theater Works in 2017. The 2018 season will be THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE (June 9-17), ANYTHING GOES (August 18-26) the concert-performance Judy Garland: COME RAIN OR COME SHINE with Angela Ingersoll (October 5-14) and IN THE WOODS (December 22-31).

2018 subscription tickets are now available. Tickets for PETER PAN start at $ 34. Those 25 and under are half price. To order tickets or for more information, call the Music Theater Works Box Office at (847) 920-5360 or order online 24 hours a day at www.MusicTheaterWorks.com.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Rudy Hogenmiller (Director), Artistic Director of Music Theater Works, has directed and choreographed numerous productions for the company including Duke Ellington’S GREATEST HITS, GYPSY, CANDIDE, DIE FLEDERMAUS, LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU: Jule Styne’S GREATEST HITS, MAME, MY FAIR LADY, GUYS AND DOLLS, SOUTH PACIFIC, THE FANTASTICKS, THE MERRY WIDOW, THE GREATEST HITS de Cole Porter, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, HMS PINAFORE, OLIVER !, HOMME DE LA MANCHA, CAMELOT, BRIGADOON, HELLO , DOLLY! THE YEOMEN OF THE GUARD, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, KISS ME, KATE, SOUTH PACIFIC, THE MIKADO and THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Hogenmiller was seen on stage in 2014 as Mr. Applegate in DAMN YANKEES, and as a master of ceremonies in CABARET in 2013. He has received six Joseph Jefferson Awards and 17 nominations for best director and choreography in Chicago, and has been a member of the Society of Directors and Choreographers for over 35 years.

Roger L. Bingaman (Music Director and Conductor) conducts the entire orchestra. Bingaman made his first podium appearance at Music Theater Works in 1997, at the helm of THE MERRY WIDOW. Since then he has directed numerous productions including GYPSY, CANDIDE, DIE FLEDERMAUS, MAME, MY FAIR LADY, SOUTH PACIFIC, THE FANTASTICKS, CABARET, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, HMS PINAFORE, OLIVER !, CAMELOT, THE STUDENT PRINCE, BRIGADON, HELLO, DOLLY! CAROUSEL, and THE YEOMEN DE LA GARDE, as well as THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, THE MUSIC MAN, IOLANTHE, GIGI, OKLAHOMA !, BITTER SWEET, KISS ME, KATE, 110 IN THE SHADE, NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY and BEAUTIFUL HELEN OF TROIE. Bingaman has been Director of the Apprenticeship Program and Conductor of the Sarasota Opera House since 1998.

CLAYTON CROSS (choreographer and Nana / Crocodile) choreographed GYPSY (and performed Tulsa), CANDIDE, MAME, MY FAIR LADY and GUYS AND DOLLS at Music Theater Works, where he also performed Mute in THE FANTASTICKS and was a featured dancer in DAMN YANKEES. Cross was an artistic advisor, board member and choreographer of Renegade Dance Architects for five years, and continues to consult and contribute to the choreography of the ALL AMERICAN HALFTIME SHOW at the Capitol One Bowl. He is a master teacher for MA Dance, a traveling convention circuit based in Texas, where he has worked and judged for 17 years. Throughout his 20-year dancing career, Cross has worked with Robert Battle, Fernando Bujones, Frank Chaves, Paul Taylor and Ann Reinking. He was featured on EVERY DANCER HAS A STORY, a PBS special on the River North Chicago Dance Company, where he was a member of the company for nine seasons and toured nationally and internationally. A native of Midland, Texas, Cross received his first training at The Petite Dance Company, Coleman Academy and the Midland Community Theater. He holds a BFA in Ballet and Modern Dance from Texas Christian University.

AUBREY ADAMS (Peter Pan) debuts with Music Theater Works. Appearances in the Chicago area include MY FAIR LADY at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and MAMMA MIA! (dance captain), WEST SIDE STORY (Anyone) UNE HISTOIRE DE NOL (dance captain), OKLAHOMA (Ado Annie u / s), LES MISERABLES (Eponine u / s / dance captain) and THE WHO’S TOMMY at Paramount Theater. Regional credits include CATS (Rumpleteazer), 42ND STREET (Ethel), GREASE (Patty Simcox), HAIRSPRAY (Tammy), THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS, RENT, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT and EVITA at the Casa Mañana theater in Fort Worth , Texas, as well as HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2 (Violet), THE PRODUCTERS, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, and THE MUSIC MAN at the Lyric Theater of Oklahoma. Recent choreographic credits include URINETOWN (BoHo Theater Company) and BONNIE & CLYDE (Kokandy Theater Company).

Larry Adams (Mr. Darling / Captain Hook) was last seen at Music Theater Works in Jule Styne’s LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU: GREATEST HITS. Other appearances with the company include SOUTH PACIFIC (Emile de Becque), THE MERRY WIDOW (Danilo), KISS ME, KATE (Fred Graham), 110 IN THE SHADE (Starbuck), THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Captain von Trapp), THE MUSIC MAN (Harold Hill), A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (Fredrik), and me DO! I DO! (Michael). Other Chicago credits include Drury Lane, Goodman, Marriott, Writers Theater, Chicago Shakespeare, Paramount, Theater at the Center, and Victory Gardens. Regionally, he has performed at the Fulton Theater in SWEENEY TODD, on Broadway in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, and off-Broadway in THE HUNCHBACK VARIATIONS and PHOTO-OP. Larry was honored by Chicago magazine in its “Best of Chicago” issue. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a proud member of Actors’ Equity.

Elizabeth Stenholt (Wendy Darling / Jane) debuts with Music Theater Works. Chicago area credits include Caril Fugate in LOVE KILLS (Steppenwolf 1700 Theater), Thomasina in ARCADIA (Writers Theater), Thea / Wendla understudy in SPRING AWAKENING (Marriott Theater), Emily Covington in DR. SEWARD’S DRACULA (First Folio Theater), lining for Zoe / Party Goer in AIRLINE HIGHWAY (Steppenwolf Theater), Morse Braithwaite in ONE FLEA SPARE (Eclipse Theater Company), Victoria Roubideaux in PLAINSONG (Signal Ensemble Theater), Laurie in BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS ( The Raven and Fox Valley Repertory Theater), the title role in CINDERELLA (Chicago Kids Company) and Juliet in scenes from ROMEO AND JULIET for Loyola University of Chicago’s 27th Annual Law and Literature Lectures Series, SHAKESPEARE AND THE LAW.

ANNA MARIE ABBATE (Tiger Lily) makes her Music Theater Works debut. She graduated in 2015 from Millikin University with a bachelor’s degree in theater with a minor in dance. She was recently seen at the Northbrook Theater in THE PAJAMA GAME, directed by three-time Jeff Prize winner Dominic Missimi. She appeared in a University of Illinois dance workshop led by SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE star Sonya Teyah, and choreographed HONK! at the Devonshire Cultural Center. At Millikin, she choreographed the collegiate premiere of LOVE KILLS, THE MUSICAL, YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN and EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL. Other appearances include FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Hodel) and GUYS AND DOLLS (Hot Box girl) at the Wilmette Center for the Arts, and SCROOGE THE MUSICAL (Belle) at the Prairie Lakes Theater.

CARY LOVETT (Smee) returns to Music Theater Works, where he was Vanderdendur in CANDIDE, Nicely-Nicely Johnson in GUYS AND DOLLS, Mr. Bumble in OLIVER !, Sancho Panza in MAN OF LA MANCHA and Alfred P. Doolittle in both Productions 2017 and 2009 from MY FAIR LADY. Over the past 30 years, Lovett has grown from an ingenuous man (Lt. Cable in SOUTH PACIFIC at Drury Lane Evergreen Park) to a leading man (Jean Valjean doubling in LES MISERABLES on the third nationwide tour) in the wonderful tote of character roles. He has performed with the Grant Park Symphony Chorus and the famous Chicago a cappella vocal ensemble, and can be heard singing throughout the Chicago area as a cantor in many churches.

The mission of Music Theater Works (formerly Light Opera Works) is to produce and present musical theater from a variety of global traditions, engage the community through educational and outreach programs, and train artists in musical theater.

Photo credit: Rich Foreman


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