Forest Boy

Book and Lyrics by Scott Gilmour; Music by Claire McKenzie

Forest Boy

at The Pearl Theatre  [map]

  • Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 9:00 pm
  • Friday, July 29, 2016 at 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 1:00 pm
  • Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 5:00 pm

I'm all alone in the world. I don't know who I am. Please, help me.

On September 5th, 2011, a boy appeared in Berlin claiming to have lived in the forest with his father for the past five years. He had no memory of his past – only that his name was Ray and he travelled to Berlin following the death of his father in the woods. What followed were nine months of speculation, police inquiry, and a global media frenzy, as the mystery of the Forest Boy slowly unravelled.
 Based on an incredible true story, FOREST BOY is a modern-day fairytale of growing up and, above all, imagination.


Running time: 1 hour, 45 minutes. 

Scott Gilmour

Scott Gilmour (Book, Music, Lyrics)

Scott trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and now works as an actor, writer and director within the UK and internationally. Alongside composer Claire McKenzie, he runs multi award-winning musical theatre company, Noisemaker. Together Scott and Claire are dedicated to creating and developing original and innovative musical theatre. Previous work includes The National Theatre of Scotland, The BBC, Chichester Festival Theatre, The Royal Lyceum, Clerkenwell Films, Dundee Rep and Starz.

Claire McKenzie

Claire McKenzie (Book, Music, Lyrics)

Claire trained in composition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and now writes music for theatre throughout the UK. Claire has worked for theatre companies such as National Theatre of Scotland, The Royal Lyceum Edinburgh, Dundee Rep, Citizens’ Theatre and was recently nominated for a BAFTA New Talent Award for Original Music. Alongside writer Scott Gilmour, Claire runs multi award-winning company, Noisemaker, who create and develop original music theatre in the UK and internationally.

Robert McQueen (Director)

Robert is the Director of New Musical Theatre Works Development for NoteWorthy in Toronto. Current commissions include projects with Josh Schmidt and Anton Dudley, Neil Bartram and Brian Hill. Recent: Developed and Directed ReFramed; collaboration on three new one act musicals with the Art Gallery of Ontario. Director; Man of La Mancha, Stratford Festival of Canada and Where Elephants Weep, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Associate Director; Mamma Mia, Broadway/Tours. On Faculty at HB Studio in New York.

Michael Cassara Casting

Michael Cassara Casting (Casting Director)

Michael Cassara Casting (Casting) is Michael Cassara, CSA and Jamie Anderson. Recent credits include Gigantic (dir. Scott Schwartz/Vineyard Theatre), Forbidden Broadway (last two editions/cast albums), I Love Lucy® Live On Stage (2014-15 Equity national tour), The 12 (Denver Center/world premiere). Film credits include The Hyperglot (dir. Michael Urie, Artios nomination for excellence in casting), Paper Dreams, Contest, and Grantham & Rose (dir. Kristin Hanggi, starring Marla Gibbs and Jake T. Austin). Resident Casting Director for the New York Musical Festival (NYMF) since 2007 and the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) since 2013. Michael is a native Clevelander and a member of the Casting Society of America. BFA, Otterbein University. @michaelcassara  

Evan Bernardin (General Manager)

EVAN BERNARDIN (General Manager) NYMF 2016: Dust Can’t Kill Me, Forest Boy, Newton’s Cradle, Tink! Upcoming: Kerrigan-Lowdermilk’s The Bad Years Recent: The Dodgers (LA), We Are The Tigers (LA), Nancy & Tonya: The Rock Opera, What Do Critics Know?, The Navigator (NYC & LA). Evan’s collaborative projects include performances at Lincoln Center, The United Nations, Georgetown University, The Culture Project, 54 Below, and The MET. He has had the opportunity to speak about producing and nontraditional development at New York University, Theatre Resources Unlimited, and his alma mater, Marymount Manhattan College.

Erin Cohen (Stage Manager)

Erin is a graduate of Penn State’s School of Theater with a BFA in Stage Management. She has since Interned at Feinstein’s/54 Below, Production Assisted at The Grand Paradise, and Stage Managed for several prestigious companies including Theater for the New City, Friends in Theater Company and Soop Theatre Company. Huge thanks to the cast and crew of Forest Boy!

Will Connolly

Will Connolly (Ray)

Broadway: Once; Off-Broadway/Regional: Once (NYTW, A.R.T.), Spacebar (The Wild Project), Be More Chill (Two River), Candida (Palm Beach Dramaworks; Carbonell Award). TV: Deadbeat, Person of Interest. Co-Writer/Composer of Fly By Night (Playwrights Horizons; Four Drama Desk Nominations including Outstanding Musical). Founding Member of The NOLA Project. Original Music: “Caterpillars of the Commonwealth”. B.F.A. NYU. M.F.A. Yale School of Drama.

Christopher Russo

Christopher Russo (Ryan)

Received rave reviews last season for his portrayal of Colonel Nathan Jessup in the Theatre Raleigh production of A Few Good Men. Broadway: Steppenwolf Theatre Company production of The Grapes of Wrath, Meet Me In St. Louis. Equity National Tours: Wicked, Miss Saigon, The Who’s Tommy and Singin’ in the Rain. Film: The Manchurian Candidate directed by Jonathan Demme, Television: Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Baywatch Hawaii and The Grapes of Wrath (American Playhouse).

Johnny Shea

Johnny Shea (Lex)

Johnny Shea (Lex) Regional: Spring Awakening (Moritz Stiefel), Oedipus (Oedipus), The Little Prince (Men of Planets/Fox), Yo, Vikings! (Bothvar) all with Hangar Theatre. Lenin's Shoe (Vlady) with Civic Ensemble. A recent graduate of Ithaca College, Johnny appeared in As You Like It (Orlando), Parade (Leo Frank), I Love You Because (Austin), and Into the Woods (Narrator) while at school. Johnny can be heard singing with his brothers on Ithacappella's latest album. @johnnygshea

Erika Olson

Erika Olson (Lara)

Erika Olson is delighted to be making her NYMF debut alongside her wonderful cast members of Forest Boy. Recent credits include Eurydice in Eurydice, Georgie in The Full Monty and Yelena in Uncle Vanya. She is a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a BFA in Musical Theater/Acting and has also studied at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney, Australia. Erika is incredibly grateful for her friends and family for their love and support! 

Tracy Michalidis

Tracy Michalidis (Anya/Elle)

Originally from Toronto, Tracy's recent credits include the Canadian premieres of Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play (Outside the March), Parade (Acting Up Stage/Theatre 180), The Light in the Piazza (Acting Up Stage), and The Immigrant (Harold Green Jewish Theatre).  She has spent seasons at both the Stratford Festival and Shaw Festivals, and was in both the Broadway and U.S. National Tour of Disney's Beauty and The Beast.  Other favorite credits include: The Other Place (Weston Playhouse), The Ugly One (Thousand Islands Playhouse), and four seasons at the Charlottetown Festival, P.E.I.  Thank you to Robert!

Ally Bonino

Ally Bonino (Secretary)

A proud graduate of Pace University, Ally recently starred as Mary Flynn in APAC’s production of Merrily We Roll Along. Favorite works includes 35mm, 25th Annual…Spelling Bee, and Myths & Hymns with Prospect Theater Co. She has taken part of several developmental readings and stays extremely active on the cabaret and concert scene. So excited to be back at NYMF! Colby and Pete, you guys are my dudes and I love you. So much love to my family. @allybo123

Remi Sandri

Remi Sandri (Maas/Johan)

Remi is thrilled to be working on this unique and fascinating musical. He has worked with theaters throughout the country (Berkeley Rep.,Cleveland Playhouse,Geva Theatre Center, Barrington Stage, Arizona Theatre Co. among others) including world premiers by Rajiv Joseph, Jeffrey Hatcher and Jon Jory. He also spent six seasons with the Tony award winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Recent work includes Clybourne Park, To Kill A Mockingbird, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

Sabina Petra

Sabina Petra (Doreen)

Film: Ransom (Raylene Jin), Lost and Found (Beiyi He), Patty Pan (Lauren Flick), Directions (Chase Tarca), Fraud (Lawrence Jackson), Run (Chebeni Wabuyele). 
National Tour: Beauty and the Beast (Mrs. Potts). 
New York Theatre: The Ballad of Ella May Wiggins (The Working Theater), The Happy Family (Beckett Theatre), Baptized (NYC Fringe), The Dark I Know (MIT Festival – Best Actress Nom), What Flood Means In Football (45th Street Theatre), Flyer (59 E 59th). 
Regional Theatre: Billy Elliot (Dead Mum), Into The Woods (Witch).