Castle Walk

Book, Music, & Lyrics by Milton Granger

Castle Walk

at PTC Performance Space

  • Monday, July 22, 2013 at 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 5:00 pm
  • Friday, July 26, 2013 at 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 1:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 5:00 pm

It’s 1938, RKO is making "The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle" with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and they’ve hired Irene Castle herself to be an advisor on the film. Torn between her wish to honor her late husband and the director's desire to bring in the movie on time and under budget, Irene sifts through a lifetime of memories – and some of the most romantic dance sequences ever created.

Running Time: 1 hour and 40 minutes with no intermission.

Milton Granger

Milton Granger (Book / Music / Lyrics)

Milton Granger is the composer/librettist/lyricist of six chamber operas, all of which have been produced multiple times throughout the U.S. by college opera workshops and regional companies; two (Uncharted Waters and Talk Opera) are first-place National Opera Association prizewinners. His musical play Bronze Mirror was selected for the Manhattan Theatre Mission's 2012 Festival, and Peter Rabbit and the Garden of Doom won the 2012 Actors Playhouse annual competition for children's theater. Several of his musicals have been produced by Seaside Music Theater and Mill Mountain Theater, among others. His work as keyboardist/conductor includes five Broadway shows, most recently Mary Poppins, four national tours, three off-Broadway shows, and over ninety productions at regional houses.

Ashley Chasteen

Ashley Chasteen (French Woman / Ensemble)

Ashley Chasteen is so honored to be a part of Castle Walk! She just finished the First National Tour of Catch Me if You Can (Swing, Dance Captain). Favorite credits include CATS National Tour (Bombalurina), Damn Yankees (Agnes), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Helena), and the Red Hot Hollywood National Tour (Dance Captain). She just had two country singles released on iTunes! I love you Mom, Dad, Scott. Thanks to Richard!

James Clow

James Clow (H.C. Potter)

Broadway: White Christmas, Assassins, Wonderful Town, Company, She Loves, Me, Blood Brothers. For City Center's Encores! series: Pipe Dream and A Tree Grows In Brooklyn. Off-Broadway: Marc Blitzstein's Juno. Mr. Clow has appeared in over three dozen regional theaters in projects ranging from plays such as Romeo and Juliet (Romeo) to new musical works by Kander and Ebb, Sheldon Harnick, Cy Coleman and Barry Manilow. National Tours: Peter Pan (Captain Hook opposite Cathy Rigby), Les Miserables (Javert), Jekyll and Hyde (Utterson), Oklahoma! (Curly), Sunset Boulevard (Artie) Jesus Christ Superstar (Peter), and Into The Woods. Television appearances include The Good Wife, PBS' Great Performances– Sondheim a Celebration at Carnegie Hall, and the 2005 Emmy-winning "Live from Lincoln Center's" Passion starring Patti LuPone. Mr. Clow holds a BFA from Syracuse University - has attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, and studied Improv with The Groundlings.

Jess Factor

Jess Factor (Gladwyn/Ensemble)

National Tours: Cats. Europe: Cabaret. Dance: Martha Graham Dance Company, Graham II. Regional: Opera North, NCT, NSMT, Sacramento Music Circus. Training: BFA Tisch School/NYU, Martha Graham Center. With love and gratitude to Richard Stafford, my teachers, and family.

Chris Kane

Chris Kane (Fred Astaire/Ensemble)

Chris Kane ballroom dance competitor for which he holds three regional titles and was ranked third nationally in the Theater Arts genre. Musical credits include: Link Larkin in Hairspray and Don Lockwood in Singing in the Rain (Hackmatack Playhouse), Potise/Fonz Understudy in Happy Days (La Comedia), MacGregor/Harry Understudy in Brigadoon (Prather Entertainment Group), A-Rab/Dance Captain in West Side Story (Bay Colony Productions), and Ren McCormick in Footloose (Ja'Duke Productions). Chris would like thank Richard for this amazing opportunity. Love to his family, friends, and especially Kenny.

May-Elise Martinsen

May-Elise Martinsen (Lillian/Ensemble)

May-Elise Martinsen is thrilled to be a part of Castle Walk – both onstage and online as the production's social media manager. May-Elise recently graduated from Wellesley College, where she studied composition and vocal performance. During her college career, she danced ballroom competitively and served as the president of the Wellesley College Ballroom Dance Team. She is happy to have found a production that combines her love of dancing with her experience singing and performing musical theatre. May-Elise is also an active composer and lyricist, currently working on a musical vlog series to be launched during the course of the summer. This fall, she will be attending the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

Mia Michelle McClain

Mia Michelle McClain (Diane)

Mia Michelle McClain, a native of New Orleans, is thrilled to be making her NYMF debut! Recent credits: Violet (Dir. Rodney S. Hudson), All Shook Up (North Shore Music Theatre), Hairspray (Westchester Broadway Theatre, Fulton Theatre), Rent (Syracuse Stage), Smokey Joe's Cafe (as Brenda), Dreamgirls (as Deena Jones), Once on This Island (as Ti Moune), Cabaret, Oklahoma!, I Love You Because. In addition to her theatrical endeavors, Mia Michelle is a part-time music composer/producer and holds membership in the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. BFA : Musical Theater, Syracuse University ('11).

Wayne W. Pretlow

Wayne W. Pretlow (Walter Ash)

Pleased to be working with Richard Stafford again on this project after working with him on Sweeney Todd at Penn State theater. Recently completed a run of Guys and Dolls at Great Lakes Theater, in Cleveland. Television: Guest-Star CBS Drama, The Good Wife season one; co-star HBO, The Sopranos season two; NBC Law & Order and Law & Order SVU. Film: The Accident, Cannes Film Festival winner Next Stop Wonderland and In Retrospect. Broadway: The Civil War, Madison Square Garden A Christmas Carol. Off Broadway: St. Louis Women, Starring Vanessa L. Williams;Golden Boy; City Center. International tours: Ain't Misbehavin; Regional: Guys & Dolls (Arena Stage) Nominations: 2000 Helen Hayes; Winner; 2013 I.R.N.E for best supporting actor in a musical (Guys and Dolls). He has appeared in over 100 national commercials which include; Saturn, Wendy's, Cannon Copiers, Staples and AOL, to name a few. Pretlow is CEO and Founder of ICH Artist Marketing Consulting (; professional:, twitter: @pretzenmassa , PTL!

Stephanie Rothenberg

Stephanie Rothenberg (Young Irene)

Stephanie Rothenberg made her Broadway debut in 2010 in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying starring as Rosemary opposite Nick Jonas after appearing in the original Broadway cast with Daniel Radcliffe. Ms. Rothenberg recently originated the role of Elinor Dashwood in the World Premiere of Sense & Sensibility: The Musical directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge at the Denver Center. She also originated the role of Princess Anne in the World Premiere of the new musical, Roman Holiday at the Guthrie Theater and the role of Princess Clementine in the World Premiere of Frog Kiss Training: CAP21 at NYU. Many thanks to Richard, Milton, Tara Rubin Casting, and Harden-Curtis.

Bret Shuford

Bret Shuford (Vernon)

Broadway: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid. Other New York credits include Actors Fund Benefit performances of A Wonderful Life, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, On the Twentieth Century, Radio City Christmas Spectacular. National tour: LCT's South Pacific. Favorite Regional: Dr. Fine/Dr. Madden in Next to Normal at the Adirondack Theatre Festival, Corny Collins in Hairspray in Concert with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Billy in Anything Goes (Carbonell Award Nomination) Maltz Jupiter Theatre. He has also performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Film includes: The Wolf of Wall Street, Bedfellows, and Uncle Melvin's Apartment as well as several web series. - ;@BretShuford

Lauren Sprague

Lauren Sprague (Ginger Rogers/Ensemble)

NYMF Debut! 1st National Tour: La Cage Aux Folles; Regional: Goodspeed Opera House, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Cape Playhouse, Riverside Theatre, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. Other Favorite credits; How to Succeed...(Hedy LaRue), Anything Goes (Hope Harcourt), Two Gentlemen Of Verona(Silvia), 42nd St.(Peggy). Lauren is proud to be a CCM Alum, AEA member and Michael Linger's wife. Special thanks to Richard, Milton and all of the creative team and cast, DGRW and my wonderful family!

Jonathan Stahl

Jonathan Stahl (Associate Director/Choreographer/Lew Fields/Ensemble/Dance Captain)

Jonathan Stahl is honored to be doing his first NYMF show, and more so with Richard Stafford. He has been Richard's associate for many years doing multiple regional productions. As a performer, Jonathan has done everything from Ballet to Broadway and from Denver to Dubai. Working with Richard gives him the opportunity to work on the artistic staff of productions, but he is fortunate to still get to perform as well, as he is doing with Castle Walk. As a director/choreographer, he has worked at Westchester Broadway Dinner Theatre: Nine (starring Bob Cuccioli), Legally Blonde, and currently running Sound of Music. He wishes to thanks you, the audience, for your continued support of the Arts.

Lynne Wintersteller

Lynne Wintersteller (Irene)

Broadway: A Grand Night For Singing (The Roundabout); Annie (Uris Theatre). Off-Broadway: Revisiting Wildfire; Closer Than Ever(Drama Desk "Best Actress" Nomination); Richard Cory (NYMTF "Best Actress" Award); The Mistress Cycle (NYMTF); Such Good Friends (NYMTF); I Sent A Letter To My Love; Nunsense; The Gifts of The Magi; Picnic At Hanging Rock; The Grass Harp; Music In The Air; The Rise of David Levinsky. National Tours: Grace Farrell in Annie (1st, 4th & Martha Raye Tours); Sarah in Company (National Tour). Regional Plays: Clybourne Park (Pittsburgh Public Theater); Circle Mirror Transformation (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis - Kevin Kline Award); Dinner With Friends (Alley Theatre); Lend Me A Tenor (Walnut St.); Rumors (Walnut St.); M. Butterfly (Syracuse Stage); Scenery (Saugatuck Mason St. - World Premiere). Regional Musicals: Sunset Boulevard; The Light In The Piazza; The Ghost & Mrs. Muir (LA Ovation "Best Actress" Nomination); Kiss Me Kate;42nd Street; Something's Afoot; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Television: "Law & Order: CI"; "Total Security"; "Big Brother Jake"; "Chappelle's Show" plus numerous Commercials. Original Cast Recordings: Closer Than Ever; A Grand Night For Singing; Broadway Sings Christmas; Lost in Boston III; Unsung Musicals II (Varese Sarabande label).

Richard Stafford

Richard Stafford (Director/Choreographer)

On Broadway, Mr. Stafford was the choreographer for In My Life (Music Box Theatre). Off Broadway: choreographer for A Tree Grows In Brooklyn. Internationally he was director/choreographer for The Full Monty, Joseph...Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar (Mexico City), Regional credits include: Director—Dreamgirls, Miss Saigon (North Carolina Theatre) Director/Choreographer: Camelot(TUTS), Curtains, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Beauty and The Beast, Cats (Walnut Street Theatre), 9 to 5, The King & I, Singin' In The Rain, Crazy For You, Fame, Swing (North Shore Music Theatre), Evita (Casa Manana),The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas (Ogunquit Playhouse starring Sally Struthers), Hairspray, Can-Can, George M!, Fiddler On The Roof, Gypsy, The Full Monty, A Wonderful Life (Westchester Broadway Theatre),Oliver!, The Sound Of Music, Annie Get Your Gun (North Carolina Theatre), Oliver!, Joseph...Dreamcoat(Pittsburgh CLO), Sweeney Todd (Pennsylvania Center Stage)

Gertjan Houben

Gertjan Houben (Lighting/ Projections Designer)

Gertjan Houben is a New York based designer with an international background. Recent US productions include; Sakharam Binder by Vijay Tendulkar (Columbia University); Bartholomew Fair by Ben Johnson (Muhlenberg College, PA) which received a Kennedy Center ACTF Outstanding Lighting Design Award ; Bourgeois Pig by Brighde Mullins (Muhlenberg College, PA), Hard Times, An American Musical by Larry Kirwan (the cell); 44 Plays for 44 Presidents by The Neo-Futurists (Muhlenberg College, PA); Miss Lilly gets Boned by Bekah Brunstetter (Studio 42, Ice Factory); Pinocchio's Ashes by Jokum Rohde (SATC); The Clearing by Jake Jeppson (Axial Theater, Pleasantville NY); A Midsummer Nights Dream (Muhlenberg College, PA) International credits include Andre Rieu's televised spectacles at Radio City Music Hall and the Toronto Skydome and DJ Tiesto live in Rotterdam Harbour for the Volvo Ocean Race. Gertjan has a Bachelor in Arts from the Amsterdam Theater School and a MFA from NYU Tisch's Department of Design for Stage and Film.

Loren Shaw

Loren Shaw (Costume Designer)

Loren Shaw has been working in theatre and film in New York City for the last four years after finishing her graduate degree at Carnegie Mellon University. She is a founding member and the Resident Costume Designer of Exit, Pursued by a Bear where she has designed Restoration Comedy by Amy Freed, Arok of Java and Greater Angels by Jason Williamson, and The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler by Jeff Whitty. Some of her other recent projects include: The Golden Dragon by Roland Schimmelphfennig (The Play Company), Venus In Fur by David Ives (Singapore Repertory Theatre), The Man with America Skin by Seth Moore (American Theater of Actors), Restoration Comedy by Amy Freed (The Flea Theater), Can-Can (Westchester Broadway Theater), These Seven Sicknesses by Sean Graney (The Flea Theater), 666 Park Ave (Costume Coordinator / ABC), Mirror Mirror (Assistant to Eiko Ishioka / Relativity Media), Bourne Legacy (Costume Assistant / Bourne 4 productions).    

Lily Perlmutter

Lily Perlmutter (Stage Manager)

Lily Perlmutter is happy to be back at NYMF after stage managing The Great Unknown in 2010 and Gatsby: The Songs in Concert in 2011. Other credits include: A Family for All Occasions, Thinner Than Water(Labyrinth); Richard III, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, Sweet and Sad, Measure for Measure, Hair, and many readings and workshops (The Public); Blood Knot, My Children! My Africa!, Medieval Play, Golden Child (Signature); Platinum, Gatsby: The Songs in Concert, Nothing is Forever, Sounds Like Love, At Home Abroad (Unsung Musicals Co.); Paris Commune (Civilians); born bad (SoHo Rep); Meredith Monk's Songs of Ascension (BAM and touring); Clubbed Thumb, Target Margin, Snug Harbor Productions, Brave New World Rep, Big Apple Baroque, FringeNYC.

Justin Huebener

Justin Huebener (General Manager)

Justin Huebener is a New York based producer and general manager. Previous NYMF production experience includes Living With Henry, Jack Perry is Alive (and Dating), The History of War, The Great Unknown, and Travlin'. He is also the general manager of the annual benefit concert Living For Today. Justin previously appeared in the national tour of CATS and has worked with theaters such as Stages St. Louis, The MUNY, and Theatre at the Center. When he is not working in the theater Justin is a marketing professional in the real estate group of a leading global alternative asset management and financial services company. Justin graduated cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis with majors in Drama and Dance and was the recipient of the John G. Jutkowitz Award for Outstanding Achievement in Performing Arts. @jhuebener

Katie Rosin

Katie Rosin (Kampfire PR)

Katie Rosin/Kampfire PR was instrumental in the launch of the Broadway musical Brooklyn, the National Tour of Mother Load. She has been integral in campaigns for IT Award recipients, GLAAD Award Winners and Drama Desk nominees. Kampfire clients include: Astoria Performing Arts Center, the cell, Tony Award Winning Double Play Connections, The League of Professional Theater Women, Manhattan Theatre Works, New York Innovative Theatre Awards, terraNOVA Collective, and York Shakespeare Company. For information, discounts and more text KAMPFIRE to 99222.

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