Swiss Family Robinson

Book by Patrick Kennedy; Book, Music & Lyrics by John Kennedy

Swiss Family Robinson

at The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre  [map]

  • Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 1:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 1:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 14, 2013 at 1:00 pm
  • Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 9:00 pm

This classic adventure comes to life in a magical new musical tale.  Join the Swiss Family Robinson as they survive being shipwrecked in stormy seas, only to be abandoned and left to fend for themselves on an exotic tropical island.  Together, they bravely face the mysteries and perils of their new home but soon discover they are not alone.  French sailors are in hot pursuit, and wait, do you hear drums? Jungle drums?  Filled with the hilarious hijinks, the hope of rescue and the bloom of romance, this fresh new musical tells a tale of how the winds of fate can lead you to find your destiny.

Running Time: 2 hours 20 minutes with intermission.

John Kennedy

John Kennedy (Book / Music / Lyrics)

John Kennedy was introduced to musical theatre in high school while playing french horn in the pit for many shows.  During college he was musical director for several productions including Company, Chicago, West Side Story, Guys and Dolls and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum often working with his brothers Walter and Patrick. During this time he also wrote three original musicals. After a career in hotels, he has now returned to his first passion…words and music. John has a B.Mus. in film scoring from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He lives in Marin County, California with his wife, Ruth, and two dogs, Dashiell and Bertram.



Patrick Kennedy

Patrick Kennedy (Book / Director / Producer)

After earning a B.A. in Communications from Loyola Marymount University, Patrick Kennedy worked in Los Angeles for several television production companies, most notably Witt, Thomas, Harris. He worked as a production assistant on their programs Benson, It's A Living, and the pilot of Golden Girls. He later worked in the WTH feature film development office and was hired as a staff writer on a cable version of the Universal-MCA program Airwolf. After completing the Airwolf assignment, Mr. Kennedy moved to Washington, D.C. to complete his M.F.A. at Catholic University. While in Washington, Mr. Kennedy worked as a stage manager at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre and enjoyed seeing his plays produced at the Source Theatre's Summer Festival. Two of his short plays written during graduate school were finalists in the same year in the Actor's Theatre of Louisville's Ten Minute Play competition.  He moved to New York to pursue his playwrighting and has since enjoyed several productions of his shorter works.   One play Sunset Diabolical was a finalist at the Samuel French short play competition. Mr. Kennedy produced Soho Shorts, an eight-part series of short plays at the Soho Playhouse. He regularly enjoys participating in Naked Angele's Tuesday's at 9. Mr. Kennedy has directed several short plays and readings. He has also directed six short films, including the award winning Each Man To His Work.



Tom Bozell

Tom Bozell

Tom is the veteran of Broadway, Off Broadway, film, television, and hundreds of television and radio commercials.



William James Daniels

William James Daniels

Happy to join the "swiss" family! Favorite credits include Billy in 42nd Street and belting "Springtime for Hitler" in The Producers. Thanks Amanda and Michael for rescheduling my appointment!



Paul DeBoy

Paul DeBoy

Harry Bright in the National Tour of “Mamma Mia!” also: Manhattan Theatre Club;
Second Stage; Repertory Theatre of St Louis and Cincinnati Playhouse. TV: The Following, Royal Pains,
Law & Order, Criminal Intent and Law & Order: Trial by Jury.



Elisa Van Duyne

Elisa Van Duyne

Broadway: "42nd Street", "Beauty and the Beast", "110 in the Shade" , "Finian’s Rainbow". Favorite roles: Milly in "Seven Brides..." Velma in "Chicago." More info: www.ElisaVanDuyne.com. Thank you Jeremy, Harlan and family.



Alexander Ferguson

Alexander Ferguson

Alexander Ferguson graduated from AMDA, 2011.  He most recently served as part of the entertainment crew aboard the Disney Fantasy playing Lumiere, Prince Naveen, US Aladdin and Iago.  The Mine Agency.



Danielle Gimbal

Danielle Gimbal

NYC Credits: Pool Boy (April), Company (April), If It Only Even Runs A Minute, among other readings/concerts. NYU Steinhardt Grad! Thanks to Michael, the SFR team, M&D.



Patrick Oliver Jones

Patrick Oliver Jones

The Addams Family (Nat'l Tour). Off-Broadway: Extraordinary Ordinary, Magdalene. Regional: Les Miserables, Tommy, Beauty & The Beast, Grease. TV: Law & Order: CI, Blue Bloods. Thanks to God and family. www.patrickoliverjones.com



Heidi Kloster

Heidi Kloster

Heidi Kloster is thrilled to be a part of her first NYMF show! NYC: Digital Dilemmas (TNC). Other favorites: Bat Boy (Edinburgh Fringe), The 25th Putnam County Spelling Bee. Heidi loves all things Swiss – she’s traveling in August to perform an original musical in Geneva! Proud Penn State grad. Thanks to Team Suisse, Michael Cassara, CH, and her fam. www.heidikloster.com



Matt Mundy

Matt Mundy

(AEA/SAG/AFTRA): Red, The Last 5 Years (SCRC); Romeo & Juliet, Much Ado, Daisy Mayme (Pearl Th. Co.); The Baby Dance, Fresh Shorts (Barrow Group); Killgore (UCB); Reel Music (FST); Grease (WB Concerts European tour).
www.mattmundy.com



Michael Lorz

Michael Lorz (Ernst)

Michael Lorz just graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts having studied at CAP21. Past credits include Gross Indecency (Gayfest 2013), Hello Again (The Young Thing), Marat/Sade: A Rock Opera (dir. Liz Swados), and See What I Wanna See (Janitor/Priest).



Sergio Pasquariello

Sergio Pasquariello

Regional: Les Miserables at the Hollywood Bowl, Lemonade (LAFNAM), and the upcoming production of Next Thing You Know at Triarts. NYU Tisch: New Studio BFA graduate. Thanks to his friends, family, Dominique, and Al.



James Patterson

James Patterson (Spoo)

Broadway: Beauty and the Beast, State Fair. Tours: Mary Poppins, The Drowsy Chaperone, Cats. Other: Mame (Kennedy Center), Iron Curtain (Prospect), Sail Away (Carnegie Hall), Le Comte Ory (Metropolitan Opera), Bye, Bye Birdie (NSMT), 42nd Street (Sacramento Music Circus), What a Glorious Feeling (ATF). Thanks to friends and family, especially B.J.



Meg Schneider

Meg Schneider

Meg just finished touring the US with In The Mood, a 1940s big band musical revue. She graduated from Ithaca College with a BFA in musical theater and is thrilled to be a part of NYMF this summer!



Jessie Shelton

Jessie Shelton

Most recently seen in Peter & Wendy (the cell), this is her NYMF debut! Coming up: Party in the
USA (dixon place) and arts@renaissance fall 2013 residency with her company In the Basement.
BFA CMU '12.



Emily Shoolin

Emily Shoolin

Direct from her Broadway debut as Emily Osborn in Spiderman, Emily is thrilled to be a part of Swiss Family Robinson her first NYMF ride! Other recent credits: Tzeitel in Fiddler (PCLO), Grace Farrell in Annie (Pioneer Theatre Company), Wanda in Enter Laughing (Bay Street & York Theatres, original cast album); u/s and played Tzeitel and Hodel opposite Harvey Fierstein and Theodore Bikel in Fiddler (National Tour); u/s and played Dorothy Goetz in The Tin Pan Alley Rag (Roundabout) and Myrtle in Nerds: A Musical Software Satire (Philadelphia Theatre Company). She is most proud of her onewoman show, Perfect Isn't Easy. Love to Jared, mom, dad, Claire, her whole family and the Mine!



Barbara Tirrell

Barbara Tirrell

B’way: Wicked, Fiddler On The Roof, Annie. OffB’way: A Man Of No Importance (Mitzi Newhouse). Regional: Kennedy Center, Guthrie Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre. TV: "Boardwalk Empire," "Law & Order," "Law & Order: SVU." Member Actors Equity.



Sam Tedaldi

Sam Tedaldi

Sam Tedaldi thinks new musicals are the best. A graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts (CAP21, Playwrights, Stonestreet) Sam has has been seen in Spidermusical!, Fantasy Football: The Musical (NYMF), as well as workshops of Mrs. Sharp, The Blonde Streak, and The Nutty Professor.



Walter Kennedy

Walter Kennedy (Choreography / Musical Staging)

Walter Kennedy is a dance artist and educator. He was a principal dancer with the internationally acclaimed Lewitzky Dance Company for nearly twenty years. He was trained by the legendary Bella Lewitzky to be one of her master teachers of technique, improvisation, and composition, and served as the company's rehearsal director from 1990 until its farewell performance in 1997. During his dancing career he has also worked with such diverse choreographers as Lar Lubovitch, Laura Dean, Joe Goode, Anna Sokolow,and recently Mary Oslund.  His choreography has been seen been at such venues as The Krannert Center at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Mark Taper Forum, Highways Performance Space and the Dance Kaleidoscope Festival in Los Angeles, and The Yard, an artist's colony on Martha's Vineyard. Since arriving at University of Oregon in 2000 he has collaborated with director John Schmor in University Theatre productions of Waiting for EmilyKafka’s ParablesMary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses, Batboy, Big River, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Love Will Shake. Mr. Kennedy was guest artist in residence in the summer of 2006 for the California Dance Educators Association Summer Dance and Movement workshop, where he taught master classes and performed a concert of his work at University of California Irvine. He is a Helen McGehee Visiting Artist since 2002 at Randolph College in Lynchburg VA. He has taught and choreographed for students at the American School in Taipei, and was invited again as an adjudicator of choreography for the IASAS Cultural Festival in Taipei, Taiwan in Spring of 2010. He holds an MFA from the University of Illinois, where he was also visiting assistant professor, and a BFA from California State University, Long Beach, where he was also a part-time faculty member.  He is currently Associate Professor of Dance at the University of Oregon.



Matt Aument

Matt Aument (Musical Director / Orchestrations)

Matt Aument is a young musician living in New York City. Previous productions include Ghostlight (NYMF), Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), and Next to Normal (Adirondack Theatre Festival), and he has also been a rehearsal pianist at The Book of Mormon and La Cage Aux Folles on Broadway. Matt holds a B.F.A. in Music Direction from Carnegie Mellon University.



Lewis Folden

Lewis Folden (Scenic Design)

Lewis Folden’s work covers the spectrum of theatrical types and genres - from straight plays to musicals to opera and from ballet to contemporary dance. He has designed for the Pittsburgh, Boston, Miami, Milwaukee and Washington Ballets and has a long history of contemporary work with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. He has also designed for many regional theatres/operas including Washington’s John F. Kennedy Center, Folger Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, and Theatre J; Philadelphia’s Arden, Freedom, and People’s Light; Buffalo’s Studio Arena; Minneapolis Children’s Theatre; and more. Past productions have been seen on the West Coast,  off-Broadway and in London. Mr. Folden has designed world premieres of plays by Ariel Dorfman, Jules Feiffer, John Guare, Tony Kushner, Richard Greenberg, and Robert Brustein. He holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.



Thomas Donahue

Thomas Donahue (Scenic Consultant)

Thomas Donahue has been a Washington D.C. based scenic designer for the past three decades where he has designed for the National Theatre, Kennedy Center, Olney Theatre Center, and Summer Opera Theatre Company. He has worked regionally for the Baltimore Opera Company, Shaker Mountain Opera, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Company, and Everyman Theatre (Baltimore). Imagination Stage (DC) designs for Seussical, Pirates!, How I Became a Pirate,  Doctor Dolittle, and Busytown. Tom is a member of USA 829 and also the design faculty of the Drama department of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.



Cheryl McCarron

Cheryl McCarron (Costume Design)

Cheryl McCarron has designed costumes for over 100 theatre, dance and film productions. Her work has been seen at the Fringe Festival, New York Musical Theater Festival, the Midtown International Theater Festival, Penguin Repertory Theater, Dorset Theatre Festival, the American Globe Theatre, the Storm Theatre, Amas Musical Theater, TADA! Youth Theater, Saratoga Shakespeare and the Take Dance Company, among othersShe earned her MFA from Brandeis University. 



Cory Pattack

Cory Pattack (Lighting Design)

New York credits: Skippyjon Jones (Theatreworks USA), This Side of Paradise (Off-Bway), Hot Mess in Manhattan (Chernuchin), The Maiden’s Prayer (InProximity Theatre), Dreyfus in Rehearsal (Beckett Theatre), Ingmar Bergman’s Persona (HERE), Unlock’d, Nymph Errant, With Glee, The Blue Flower (Prospect Theatre), Mercy Thieves (Outhouse Theatre), Happy We’ll Be (Roseland Ballroom), They’re Playing Our Song, Our Town (Actor’s Fund). Regional: The Fabulous Lipitones (Goodspeed), Liberty (Warner Theatre), Single Girl’s Guide (Cap Rep), A Christmas Carol (Arkansas Rep), Shipwrecked! (Penguin Rep), 42nd Street (Resorts Casino), Rent, My Fair Lady, Hairspray, South Pacific (Engeman Theatre), HSM (Surflight), Les Miserables, …Spelling Bee (Northern Stage), Fully Committed (Syracuse Stage). Associate/Assistant: Newsies, Peter…Starcatcher (Tony Award), An Evening with Patti Lupone & Mandy Patinkin, The Story of My Life, Irena’s Vow (Broadway), Band Geeks, H2S (Goodspeed), Side Effects (MCC), Lost in the Stars, Where’s Charley (Encores!), Chicago, Wizard of Oz (US Tours), Daddy Long Legs (Various Regional/London), Essential Self-Defense, Rapture Blister Burn (Playwrights Horizons), The Internationalist (Vineyard), BFA: Syracuse University. www.corypattak.com



Randy Bobo

Randy Bobo (Sound Designer)

Randy Bobo is the founder of Independent Studios, an audio post-production facility in downtown Milwaukee.  Randy got his start in audio for the theatre as resident sound designer at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.  A decade of post-production work followed at Music Annex where he worked on film and broadcast projects including “Liquid Television” for MTV. He left San Francisco in 1991 to start Independent Studios. Randy primarily works on radio and television commercials, programs, documentary films including “The Life and Times of C.S. Lewis”, “Beyond the Gridiron-The Life and Times of Woody Hayes”, “The Cost of Freedom - Civil Liberties, Security and the USA Patriot Act”, “Prayer in America” and “The Reagan Presidency” which aired on PBS in February.  Randy’s credits include Sound Design and Audio Post-Production Supervision for the award winning feature film “SweetLand” (winner of the 2007 Spirit Award for Independent Film, Best First Feature). 



Suellen Vance

Suellen Vance (Line Producer / General Manager)

Suellen Vance (Moldy Fig Productions, LLC) produced and general managed the multi award winning festival premiere of Central Avenue Breakdown at the 2011 New York Musical Theatre Festival (Excellence in Music, Choreography, Orchestrations, Individual Performance and the prestigious Daegu International Musical Festival Award). In 2012, after receiving an unprecedented invitation to return as an Encore Presentation to the 2012 NYMF, Ms. Vance co-produced twin festival productions of Central Avenue Breakdown in Daegu, South Korea and New York City. She is a Stephens College alumna. Her professional history includes work as a broadcast journalist and in finance. Ms. Vance currently works as an actress and voice over artist. www.suellenvance.com



Anika Chapin

Anika Chapin (Dramaturg)

Anika Chapin is a NYC-based Dramaturg and Writer. Currently in her second year of Columbia Univerrsity's Dramaturgy MFA program, she has been a dramaturg for the NYMF productions of Trouble, F(@#*$ Hipsters, and Frog Kiss. As an assistant director, she has worked on Once on this Island (Paper Mill Playhouse), Broke-OlogyWhen I Come to Die (both Lincoln Center Theater), Damn Yankees, Face the Music, On the Town (City Center Encores!),  and 13 (Broadway). She is also a writer who has contributed pieces to The New York Times, Movieline, and The Sondhiem Review.



Paul Siebold

Paul Siebold (Publicist)

is the managing director of OFF OFF PR, a firm dedicated to promoting developing theatrical productions through effective marketing communications.  He has been a marketing, promotions and public relations executive for over 15 years. Paul’s work has helped to achieve significant pre-press, sold-out houses and post-production success for his clients. Among his many successes, Paul was the publicist for the 2008 and 2009 winners of the New York Innovative Theatre Award's "Outstanding Production of a Musical."  Paul works with performers, album releases, comedies, dramas, musicals, plays, dance and solo performances as part of festivals, theater company seasons, independently produced productions, and more. www.offoffpr.com. Member, AEA /AFTRA.



Michael Cassara, CSA

Michael Cassara, CSA (Casting Director)

has cast over 300 theatre and film projects since 2003.  Recent credits include Forbidden Broadway: Alive & Kicking (off-Broadway/cast album), Barbie™ Live! (Mattel, Inc./int'l tour), Fat Camp (off-Broadway), Heat Wave: The Jack Cole Project (dir. Chet Walker), Kingdom (The Old Globe, dir. Ron Daniels), and countless regional theatre credits.  Michael has been the resident casting director of NYMF since 2007, and has cast over 50 musicals since the festival's inception in 2004.  Selected NYMF credits include The Yellow Wood (dir. Tony-Award Winner BD Wong), All Fall Down (dir. Lonny Price), Twilight in Manchego (dir. Tony-Award Winner Billy Porter), Max Understood (dir. David Schweizer), The Woman Upstairs (Kerrigan-Lowdermilk), Zapata! (dir. Elizabeth Lucas).  Upcoming: Carrie (LA premiere) and the 25th Annual NAMT Festival of New Musicals.  Michael is a native Clevelander and a graduate of Otterbein College.  Member, Casting Society of America.  http://www.michaelcassara.net / @michaelcassara