Generation Me

Book by Julie Soto; Music by Will Finan; Lyrics by Julie Soto; Story by Julie Soto & Ryan Warren

Generation Me

at Peter Jay Sharp Theater

  • Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 8:00 pm
  • Friday, July 28, 2017 at 5:00 pm
  • Friday, July 28, 2017 at 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 9:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 10:30 am
  • Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 2:00 pm

His family, his friends, his secrets...all get left behind.

At age 15 Milo Reynolds had it all - a seat at the popular table, the perfect girlfriend, the “coolest” parents, and friends who worshiped him. So when Milo takes his own life on Monday morning, his friends and family are left questioning everything they thought they knew about him. GENERATION ME explores the heartbreak, confusion, and survivor’s guilt of those left behind. Told in flashbacks that open Milo’s story like a mystery, GENERATION ME identifies a generation more privileged, self-interested, oblivious...and lonelier than ever.

Recommended for ages 13+

Running time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Ryan Warren

Ryan Warren (Director/Story)

Ryan Warren has been working with teens and youth for 15 years. He is a Youth Inspire Award winner and has been nominated by the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance for various directing, producing, sound, & costuming credits. Favorite productions include Spring Awakening, Grease, 13, Seussical, & Spelling Bee. Live event and promo credits also include WWE, Disney, and CBS Radio.

Julie Soto

Julie Soto (Book & Lyrics)

Originally from Sacramento, Julie began acting when she was seven in local companies, going on to co-found a young adult theatre company with Ryan Warren. She began dabbling in playwriting while pursuing a B.A. in Theatre and a minor in Creative Writing at CSU Sacramento. Generation Me is Julie’s first full work as book writer and lyricist, and she hopes to continue writing theatre that will challenge teens and fill the gap she finds in that genre.

Will Finan

Will Finan (Music)

Will Finan began singing in church choir at 6, and taking piano lessons at 7. At 10, Will composed his first piano piece, and at 13 taught himself guitar. Inspired by vocal jazz and acappella groups, his passion for tight harmonies grew, and was realized in several original acapella compositions. At 17 Will music directed his first stage production. Will now writes and performs music for a number of projects in the San Francisco bay area. Generation Me is Will's first full-length musical score.

Conor Keelan (Musical Director)

Geoffrey Ko (Assistant Musical Director)

Jacob Montoya

Jacob Montoya (Choreographer)

Jacob Montoya is a highly sought-after teacher and internationally awarded choreographer trained in ballet, modern, tap and jazz. Based in Sacramento, Jacob received his education in dance at the University of Nevada Las Vegas where he was certified in the Erick Hawkins Technique and later received Lester Horton training while dancing professionally with the Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theatre. He is the Artistic Director for the award-winning Hawkins Contemporary Jazz Company in Folsom, California, and is the Founder and Artistic Director for Sacramento Contemporary Dance Theatre.

Starlett Jacobs (Scenic Design)

Nick Solyom (Lighting Design)

Molly Seidel (Costume Design)

Kevan Loney (Projection Design)

Simpson & Longthorne Theatricals (General Manager)

Erin Cohen (Stage Manager)

Jonathan Castanien (Assistant Stage Manager)

Michael Cassara (Casting Director)

Thomas Raynor (Press Representative)

Milo Manheim

Milo Manheim (Milo Reynolds)

Milo Manheim has spent the last 8 years doing musicals with Liza Monjauze Productions. His roles include; Roger in Rent, Sky Masterson in Guys & Dolls, Richie in A Chorus Line (twice), and Melchior Gabor in Spring Awakening. Milo just finished filming the new Disney Musical, Zombies, which will air on the Disney channel in January. He would like to thank his cats for the cuddles, Jim Carrey for the inspiration, his theater buds for their acceptance of his weirdness and his mom for taking him to New York to see every Broadway Musical.

Will Meyers

Will Meyers (Cody Bennett)

Will Meyers recently moved to NYC from LA. He enjoyed feature films and guest star roles on TV in LA, and looks forward to pursuing future opportunities on the east coast. He is thrilled to be reprising his role as Cody Bennett in Generation Me. This musical resonates with him, given his strong involvement with the Jordan Porco Foundation as their Celebrity Ambassador.

Julia Nightingale

Julia Nightingale (Kaylee Summers)

Julia Nightingale is excited to be back with the Generation Me family. Favorite roles include Opal in the World Premier of Because of Winn-Dixie The Musical (Duncan Sheik/Nell Benjamin) and Carolyn in the Regional premiere of The Bridges of Madison County. She also recently completed a lead role in her second short film, Astral Projection. Julia lives in NYC, is represented by the Luedtke Agency, and is a proud member of AEA.

Anabella Ronson-Benenati

Anabella Ronson-Benenati (Harper Ellis)

Anabella Ronson-Benenati is from Los Angeles, California and is thrilled to be reprising the role of Harper in the 2017 production of Generation Me! Anabella has been performing since she was 6 years old, having recently performed in Sweet Charity (Charity), A Chorus Line (Val), RENT (Mimi), and Spring Awakening (Ilse). She is so grateful to her family and friends for the constant love and support and is excited to attend Tulane University in the fall!

Brett Hargrave

Brett Hargrave (Zoe Reynolds)

Brett Hargrave is from Edmonds, Washington and presently based in LA. She has loved doing theatre since age 8. Favorite past shows: bare (Nadia), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie), YGMCB (Lucy), and 13 (Lucy). TV/film: “My Haunted House,” “Shake Off the World,” “Road Trip” (Director, Anna). Brett is excited to be working with the incredible cast and crew of Generation Me. Brett would like to thank her parents, Lauren, Martha, her friends, and beautiful NYC.

Dante Palminteri

Dante Palminteri (Kyle Peterson)

Dante Palminteri is a New York born and raised singer/songwriter and actor. While attending Berklee College of Music, Dante was also acting in “Orange is the New Black,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “Sharknado 2” and more. Other credits include Broadway 29 hour reading of Popstar (Luca) and the off Broadway workshop for How the Westons Won (Jessie), amongst other regional theatre. Dante will be gigging with the release of his debut EP “From Me to You.” Follow Dante on social media @DantePalminteri

Ian Ferrell

Ian Ferrell (Marvin Ellis)

Ian Ferrell is an incoming college freshman from Sacramento, California. He has been involved in theatre for four years with Christian Brothers High School and three with Flying Monkey Productions. Hewon an Elly Award for his role as Ariel in The Tempest with Christian Brothers High School, and won bronze and silver medals at the Lenaea Theatre Festival. He is enthused to reunite with Generation Me and thanks his family for their constant love and support.

Celia Hottenstein

Celia Hottenstein (Addison DeVoe)

National Tour: Christine Daaé (alternate) in The Phantom of the Opera. Regional Credits: Princesses at Goodspeed Opera House, Nine at Speakeasy Stage Company. NYMF: The Weaver of Raveloe (Reading). Training: BFA The Boston Conservatory. Proud member of AEA. Instagram: @celiahottenstein, Twitter: @CeliaHottenstei

Addyson Bell

Addyson Bell (Ginny George)

Addyson Bell is a young actress from Lexington, Kentucky. She began acting in musical theatre when she was ten and since then has performed in many shows, her favorites being The Sound of Music (Brigitta), Seussical (Gertrude), and Into the Woods (Bakers Wife). She currently lives and works in Los Angeles, where she is a recurring character on Nickelodeon’s “The Thundermans.” She is very excited to be doing both of her passions, theatre and TV.

Oscar Revelins

Oscar Revelins (Dylan Delfino)

Oscar Revelins is a Senior at New Roads High School. Based in Los Angeles, he is thrilled to reprise his role as Dylan Delfino in Generation Me. Other favorite roles include Benny in In The Heights (New Roads School), Moritz in Spring Awakening (Liza Monjauze Productions), and Angel in Rent (The Lee Strasberg Institute). He would like to thank his family and friends for all the support they give throughout his journey in theater.

Laila Drew

Laila Drew (Lex Harris)

Laila Drew is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and resides in Los Angeles, California. Lailais gratefully trained in acting, singing and dancing by the best in the business; including award-winning actress, Debbie Allen, and Broadway choreographer Mark Burell. She is extremely excited to be a part of the Generation Me cast. Laila thanks her family and friends for their endless support and dedicates this performance to her PopPop Eddie; who is proudly watching from above.

Mateo Gonzales

Mateo Gonzales (Elliot McQueen)

Mateo Gonzales is excited to reunite with this special cast and honored to be a part of NYMF. Mateo is a high school sophomore where he is involved with Theater, Dance, and Acapella. His other passion in addition to theater is singing/songwriting. Past credits include Fauntleroy: A New Musical (Dick), Generation Me (Elliott McQueen), and Urinetown (Bobby Strong). You can find him on Instagram @whereismateo and Twitter @mateoomusic

Jenna Bergman

Jenna Bergman (Dani Ebner)

Jenna Bergman, age 18, just graduated with full honors from high school in Southern California, and has been accepted to attend Barnard College in NYC this coming fall. Jenna has been performing from the age of 5. Passionate about acting in general and especially live theater, favorite roles include Generation Me The Musical (Dani Ebner), The Drowning Girls (Bessie) performed at Cherubs in Chicago, Sweet Charity (Charity), Crazy For You (Polly), and the short film S&M (Sammie). When Jenna is not performing, she is either dancing (ballet, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, tap) or involved in social justice issues.

Deandre Sevon

Deandre Sevon (Edward Weiber)

Off-Broadway: Runaways, New York City Center; Mother Courage and her Children (Swiss Cheese), Classic Stage Company; Regional:The Scottsboro Boys (Eugene), L.A. The Ahmanson; Tour: Thriller Live (Young Michael Jackson); TV: Person of Interest (Featured); Saturday Night Live (Lorde back up singer); Broadway Readings: August Rush (Arthur X), Trevor (Todd), Countess of Storyville (Razzy), Conrack (Top Cat); Instagram: @deandresevon, Twitter: @deandreleatherb

Anthony Norman

Anthony Norman (Milo Reynolds U/S)

Anthony Norman is thrilled to be a part of Generation Me. Anthony was recently seen in the first national tour of Newsies & Newsies Live (now available for digital download)! Select credits include City of Light (SheNYC), 54 below sings Ed Sheeran, Toby in Sweeney Todd (Paramount Theatre), Doody in Grease (KC Starlight), and Jinx in Forever Paid (Rocky Mountain Rep). Anthony is also a musician and multi instrumentalist. IG: @a_norms