The Hills Are Alive!

Book & Lyrics by Frankie Johnson, Music by Eric Thomas Johnson

The Hills Are Alive!

at The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre  [map]

  • Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 5:00 pm
  • Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 9:00 pm
  • Friday, July 26, 2013 at 5:00 pm

A loving lampoon of one of Broadway’s Golden Age classics, this dark comedy follows a famed singing family as they cross the Alps… on foot… with seven children… and no supplies. Turns out singing can't solve every problem after all!

Running Time: 1 hour 35 minutes with no intermission.

Frankie Johnson

Frankie Johnson (Book / Lyrics / Director)

is a writer and actress currently living and working in New York City. In addition to ​writing for musical theater, she writes sketch comedy both independently and as part of the group Dolphin Attack, and has had her works premiered at several venues around NYC, including The Peoples Improv Theater, Theatre 80, The Duplex, and The Tank. ​She performs as a comedic improviser with the teams Youth Group, Gilda, and Skycopter. As an actress, she has also been seen in various productions in regional theatre and in NYC. Credits include: The Hills Are Alive!, Ionesco's The Future Is in Eggs, Pirandello's Sicilian Limes, Eurydice, Faith, Hope & Charity, The Complete History of America (abridged), Hay Fever,​ The Pirates of Penzance, among others. Visit www.frankie-johnson.com for more details.



Eric Thomas Johnson

Eric Thomas Johnson (Composer / Music Director)

As a composer, Eric has had works premiered in cities across the United States and abroad, including New York, Minneapolis, Nashville, Cincinnati, Innsbruck (Austria), to name a few. His most recent work was the new musical dark comedy, The Hills Are Alive!, which he co-wrote with Frankie Johnson. He was winner of the 2006 Emil Beyer NFMC National Composition Competition for Best Song Cycle. He has written music for plays, including The Barber of Seville and Aristophanes' Frogs (Fault Line Theatre, NYC). As a music director and conductor, his credits include Chicago, Into the Woods, The Wiz (AUDELCO Award nominee for "Outstanding Musical Direction"), The Drowsy Chaperone, Seussical, Bye Bye BirdieCloser Than Ever, The Cradle Will Rock, The Last Five Years, Little Shop of Horrors, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Hills Are Alive!, and An Evening with Rodgers and Hammerstein, featuring guest speaker Oscar Hammerstein III. Visit www.ericthomasjohnson.com for more details/



Ashley Ball

Ashley Ball (Mathilde)

hails from Calgary, Alberta. NYC: Olga in Stage Door (Chelsea Rep. Theater). Regional: Dot in Sunday in the Park with George, Ilona in She Loves Me (ASU LOT), Shelby in The Spitfire Grill (Leave it to Jane), and Ophelia in Hamlet (Theatre Prospero). TV/Film: Host of Rhythm and Roots, Battlestar Galactica, Gossip Girl, You Don't Know Jack (with Al Pacino, dir. Barry Levinson). Graduate of Grant MacEwan University and Arizona State University. Member of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association. www.ashleyball.info



Dana Glaus

Dana Glaus (Bettina)

is thrilled to be apart of this production. She was recently seen as Chava & Fruma Sarah in Fiddler On The Roof at Westchester Broadway Theatre. Other favorite credits include: Les Miserables (Eponine), The Marvelous Wonderettes (Suzy), Jane Eyre-The Musical (Jane Eyre), and Annie (Star-To-Be). Dana would like to thank The Krasny Office and her always-supporting family and friends. Member of AEA.



Daniele Hager

Daniele Hager (Magda)

is thrilled to be performing the role of Magda once again! She is an active performer in both the operatic and musical theater field. She was last seen as “Magda” in the production of “The hills are alive!” in NYC for the Fringe and Westchester Square Arts Festivals. Favorite roles include: Maria in West Side Story, Crèuse in Medée, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Catherine in Pippin, among others. She is also the founder of the new organization “We Sing For The World” designed to bring people together in the community through music. For more information visit www.danielehager.com  or visit www.wesingfortheworld.com



Katherine Henly

Katherine Henly (Ludwiga)

is thrilled to join The Hills are Alive! Recent roles include: Despina in Così fan tutte, Minnie Belle in Johnny Johnson, and Zaneeta Shinn in The Music Man with The Glimmerglass Festival at the Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman. She is a graduate of Ithaca College and Brigham Young University.



Jacey Powers

Jacey Powers (Gerdy)

was recently seen as Lisa in Falling Off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theater. Other favorite credits include: Off-Broadway: Our Town (Barrow Street Theatre) The Shanghai Gesture (Julia Miles), Pinkalicious (SoHo Playhouse), Picking Up (DR2).  NYC: About Face (NYMF), Leave It To Jane & Sitting Pretty (Musicals Tonight), Do Black Patent Leather…Up? (Producer’s Club).  Regional: Band Geeks! (Goodspeed Opera Company). Member of Actors' Equity Association. www.jaceypowers.com



Christopher Tiernan

Christopher Tiernan (Felix)

is excited to continue playing Fleix in this fun new production. Originally from Los Angeles, and as a University of Wisconsin – Madison graduate, Chris has been able to perform in many productions including The Rocky Horror Show (Frank’N’Furter), Into the Woods (Cinderella’s Prince), and [Title of Show] (Jeff).

 



Alan M-L Wager

Alan M-L Wager (Captain van Klapp)

A third generation Californian, Alan is now based in NYC. On Broadway in Disney’s Beauty And The Beast. On Tour in Beauty and Camelot with Michael York. Also in New York, Juno with City Center Encores! He’s performed leading roles in regional theatres from coast to coast, and is the co-founder of 22Q Entertainment.  www.22QEntertainment.com



Maggie Wetzel

Maggie Wetzel (Lotte)

hails, not from the Alps, but the hills of a little town in southern Indiana. A graduate with a B.F.A. from Webster Conservatory, Maggie has been happily living and working in NYC for the past three years. This will be Maggie's third time performing with The Hills Are Alive and she couldn't be more thrilled or honored to be working with this fantastic group of people. Never, ever, ever has she had such a hard time keeping a straight face on stage, and she hopes you enjoy watching the show as much as she enjoys being in it. All my love and gratitude to my friends and family. Yodel-lee-hee-hoo!! www.maggiewetzel.com



Becky Whitcomb

Becky Whitcomb (Knut)

is thrilled to be yodeling once more with the cast of THAA! Her recent projects include Maria in Twelfth Night (Classics on the Rocks), Pamela in Fannie Lou (Lang Recital Hall), The Wizard and I (Carnegie Hall), and Alaska in the Summertime (Manhattan Repertory Theater). Thanks to mama and the clan, Lorna, B, Eric, Frankie, the crew, the VanKlapps, and Byron the Squirrel. Talent Express Management. Becky is a proud member of Facebook. beckywhitcomb.net



Allison Plamondon

Allison Plamondon (Choreographer)

Choreographer for Oscar-winning short film, Curfew (feature currently in production). Off-Broadway: Freckleface Strawberry (Associate, New World Stages), Make Mine Manhattan (Associate, Connelly Theatre), SDC Observership with Kathleen Marshall on Bells Are Ringing (City Center Encores). Other highlights: Canadian premiere of Hello Again (Tarragon Theatre), The Adventures of Joseph Andrews (Tarragon Theatre) and Something Wonderful for Canada’s prestigious Charlottetown Festival. allisonplamondon.com/dance



Jim Kent

Jim Kent (Scenic Design)

has designed scenery for Theater by the Sea (Portsmouth, NH), Guilliarde di Piazza (Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NYC), St. Ann’s School (Brooklyn, NY) and is currently Technical Director and Set Designer at Berkeley Carroll School (Brooklyn, NY). In his spare time he also creates and performs with puppets.



Jennifer Ackland

Jennifer Ackland (Costume Design)

is the Costume Director at The North Carolina Shakespeare Festival and their sister company Festival Stage of Winston-Salem. Recent designs for NCShakes include Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Star-crossed Shakespeare, and A Christmas Carol. Other designs include Oil City SymphonyThe Glass Menagerie, A Moon for the Misbegotten, and 9 to 5: The Musical. She had the pleasure of designing the costumes for The Hills Are Alive!!! last year at the NY Fringe Festival and is so excited to be back for its NYMF debut!



Charlie Winter (Lighting Design)

Charlie Winter is a NYC-based lighting designer and assistant. Design: RAGS (Connelly Theatre); Godspell (Don Bosco Prep HS); Part of it All (NYMF); Juilliard Playwrights Evening (Juilliard School); Baryshnikov Arts Center Fall Gala 2011 (BAC-NYC); NØA Dance (BAC-NYC, Baruch PAC); Apprentice Scenes (The Santa Fe Opera, NM); Local & Regional assistant lighting design: My Name is Asher Lev (Off B'Way) On the Town (Barrington Stage Co.); Sense & Sensibility (DCTC); The Juilliard School, Atlantic Theatre Co. Stage 2, CBS Sports Network, MLB Network. www.cw-visions.com



Becca Pickett

Becca Pickett (Stage Manager)

Previous NYMF: Central Avenue Breakdown (NYMF 2011, Encore at NYMF 2012); Oklahomo! (NYMF 2010). Int'l: Central Avenue Breakdown (DIMF 2012, Daegu, South Korea); The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado (New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players Int'l Tour 2013). NY: P.S. Jones and the Frozen City (terraNOVA Collective); Blogologues (Lively Productions); The Eyes of Others, Not at the Dinner Table (Bug Company); Hostos Center for Arts & Culture; Singers Forum. Regional: Bigfoot & Other Lost Souls, A Christmas Story (Atlantic Stage, Myrtle Beach SC); The Ohio Light Opera; Mac-Haydn Theatre; West Virginia Public Theatre. Love and thanks to the Faces at home. Proud member AEA, SMA. www.beccapickett.com



Laura Lindsay

Laura Lindsay (Assistant Stage Manager)

hails from Kansas and is a graduate of Kansas State University. She works on many different productions in the city, including award shows and events. NYC credits include Off Broadway: My Children! My Africa! (Signature Theatre). Off-Off Broadway: Bill Bowers’ BEYOND WORDS (Urban Stages), Welcome to America (New Worlds Theatre Project), Tess: A New Rock Opera, A Letter to Harvey Milk (NYMF). Other NYC: Tea for Three (Amas Musical Theatre), God Steeling (Wave Productions),  From Broadway With Love: A Sandy Hook Benefit, And Then There Were None (Water Well/PPAS), Blown Away By Poetry (Urban Stages), Don’t Shoot the Piano Player, disOriented (Theatre C), Relational Medicine Project (Emotion Theatre), Forever Dusty. Regional: Two River Theatre Company, Maine State Music Theatre, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. Film: Equity (1st AD). SM for the Concert Office at The Juilliard School. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.



Justin Indovina (Producer's Representative)

has been a school music and theater director for thirteen years.  He is currently the Chair of the Theater Department and Director of Choirs at The Berkeley Carroll School in Park Slope, Brooklyn.  Mr. Indovina has had students participate in local, regional, all-state, and all-eastern honors choirs.  His directing credits include, Into the Woods, The Wedding Singer, The Drowsy Chaperone, Biloxi Blues, Antigone, and Moon Over Buffalo.  Justin has also served as an adjudicator for various choral and theater festivals in Maryland, Washington DC, and New York.  He holds a Masters of Music from the University of Maryland and a Bachelors in Music Education from Duquesne University.

 



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Critics are saying:

"...hilarious, darkly campy [...] If you like The Sound of Music, you're certain to get a kick out of this show." - Suzy Evans, Backstage

"...Parody is a tricky art to pull off and The Hills Are Alive! deftly and hilariously succeeds at it." - Brian Gillespie, NYTheatre.com

"...reaps the rewards of producing a parody of exceptional quality that should continue to please theatergoers hopefully for a long time." - Joseph Verlezza, Theatre Reviews LTD 

"I laughed out loud and often and--beyond that--admired the craftsmanship, the mix of precision and loopiness, the go-for-it spirit and the bucketloads of talent." - Rob Lester, NiteLifeExchange.com

"Come for the squabbling siblings in braids and lederhosen, stay for the witty musical numbers..." - David Kennerley, Gay City News

Audiences are saying:

"Great big smiles from overture to denouement. Tight book and hilarious, dexterous lyrics." - Jerrod, user review, TimeOut New York

"I couldn't stop laughing. When the body count starts to pile up, you begin to wonder whether there will be anyone left at the end...but I've already said too much, except that ultimately the end is very satisfying! No spoiler there." - Chip Prince, B'way Conductor