Collin Lyle Howard (Marty) is a graduate of The Hartt School with a B.F.A. in Music Theatre. Collin is excited to make his return to the Ivoryton Playhouse. Favorite roles include: Tom Collins, RENT, John, Miss Saigon, Flick, Violet, Fred, Smokey Joe’s Cafe and originating the role of Gary in A Woman of A Certain Age (debuted at Ivoryton Playhouse).
Damian Norfleet* (Curtis Taylor, Jr) This is Damian’s his first time at the Ivoryton Playhouse and with the show Dreamgirls. His past roles include Coalhouse Walker, Jr. in Ragtime, Joe in Showboat, Old Deuteronomy in Cats, Scar in The Festival of the Lion King, Kenin Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Specialist in Tommy, Young Horseman/Nugget in Equus, Olin Britt in The Music Man, and Paul in Kiss me, Kate. Damian played the role of Smith in the Drama Desk Award nominated production of The Threepenny Opera and was nominated for an IRNE Award for Best Actor for his performance in Ragtime. In addition to doing established works, Damian actively participates in workshops, including Makandal at Harlem Stage, Go West! (Village People Musical), Casanova at AMAS Musical Theater, and multiple new shows with the Prospect Theater Company. Damian is also an advocate for new American operas. He recently played Frederick Douglas in the new opera Truth and originated the role of John Tubman in Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed with The American Opera Project.
Jennlee Shallow (Deena Jones) grew up in Trinidad singing in the local church choir. After Disney held auditions for The Lion King in Trinidad, she discovered musical theatre and hasn’t had much time to look back. Jennlee played Nala in The Lion King in Germany and Australia, Sarah in Ragtime (The Kennedy Centre, D.C.) and was a lead singer in Cirque Du Soleil’s Viva Elvis in the City Centre, Las Vegas. She recently finished a run as the featured singer in Dragone’s Taboo in Macau, China. Jennlee has also recorded on pop albums as a backing singer and is pursuing her solo recording career. www.jennleeshallow.com
Ashley Jeudy* (Lorrell Robinson) is so excited to be apart of this production of Dreamgirls! She hails from Long Island, NY and has a B.F.A. with a concentration in Musical Theater from Howard University. Some of her favorite shows she’s been a part of include Aida (Aida), Little Shop of Horrors (Ronette), Company (April), Rocky Horror (Magenta), and Once on this Island (Timoune) to name a few.
Sheniqua Denise Trotman (Effie Melody White) is elated to be playing one of her dream roles at the Ivoryton Playhouse. Sheniqua is from Huntsville, Alabama where she attended the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) and studied Musical Theater. Some of her past credits include Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Nell), Once on this Island (Erzulie), and Children of Eden (Eve). She has also sung background for German Pop Star Cassandra Steen and toured with Queen Esther Marrow and the Harlem Gospel Singers.
Elgin Giles* (M.C. / Wayne) Ivoryton Playhouse DEBUT! He has also appeared in: Fulton Theatre/ MSMT – Dreamgirls (Asst Choreo, Dance Capt.), North Carolina Theatre –Legally Blonde (GrandMaster Chad), Oliver! EVITA, West Side Story, FAME (Tyrone Jackson). Westchester Broadway Dinner Theatre – Hairspray (Seaweed). Merry-Go-Round Playhouse – Hairspray (Gilbert), Cape Fear Regional Theatre – Hairspray (Seaweed). Elgin is a BMI Songwriter with releases on iTunes, is a proud member of Actors Equity and is represented by Professional Artist’s Talent Agency.
Jayson Kerr* (Tiny Joe Dixon / Jerry / Film Executive) is thrilled to return to Ivoryton Playhouse where he has been in past productions of Finian’s Rainbow, and The Producers. He has also been on the national tours of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Jesus Christ Superstar (w/ Ted Neeley), and Evita. Other favorite credits include: Dreamgirls (The Palace Theatre), Once on This Island, and Titanic. He is also a proud member of AEA!!
Datus Puryear (C.C. White) is pleased to be making is Ivoryton Playhouse debut! His recent credits include Marcus Franklin III (Ars Novs NYC), Ken Ludwig’s The Three Musketeers (Cincinnati Playhouse In The Park); A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman’s Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Know Theatre)
Caliaf St. Aubyn* (Jimmy Early) is an artist who strives to entertain his audience with hopes that they leave each and every performance feeling fulfilled. Some of his accomplishments are playing the role of Levee in August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, performing with one of his mentors, Gregory Hines, in the Showtime movie Bojangles, playing the role of Seaweed J. Stubbs in the Paper Mill Playhouse 2010 production of Hairspray and sharing the stage with the incomparable Ms. Patti LaBelle. He was involved in working on the launch for the lab of the Broadway show Motown the Musical, as well as having a featured role in the 2013 Film Admissions.
Brennyn Lark Langhorn (Michelle Morris) is overjoyed and grateful to be making her debut on the Ivoryton Playhouse stage in one of her favorite shows of all time Dreamgirls. Brennyn is continuously writing and recording her own music, working to pursue a music career as a pop / R&B recording artist. You may have seen her last as, Lindsay in the National Tour of Virtually Me, Princess Tiana at the Bijou Theater in Bridgeport CT, or as a singer in Mostly Motown. Favorite roles include: Aida (Aida); Dorothy (The Wiz); and Asaka (Once On This Island).
Jeffrey Wright (Dave) is thrilled to be returning to Ivoryton Playhouse where he was last seen in The Graduate. Jeffrey has been seen on stages throughout Connecticut and NYC. His favorite credits include: Curly McClain (Oklahoma!), Jimmy Smith (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Joseph (Joseph/Dreamcoat), Glen Gulia (The Wedding Singer) and Lt. Daniel Kaffee (A Few Good Men).
Vlad Dorson (Male Ensemble) is a native of Miami, Fl. This will be his debut performance at the Ivoryton Playhouse. He graduated from Florida A&M University with a degree in theatre and dance. His credits include Smokey Joes Cafe as Victor, Cabaret, Beyond Therapy as Bob and A Tribute To Ed Sullivan as Frankie Lymon just to name a few. He is excited to be a part of this great cast of talented performers.
Valton Jackson (Male Ensemble) is a southern boy all the way from Columbus, GA with a BA in Theatre from Berea College. Regional: Tarzan (The Leopard), A Chorus Line (Richie), Lessons on the A Train (Alonso) directed by Mr. Reg E. Gaines, Joseph…Dreamcoat (Judah), Twilight in Harlem (featured dancer) with Ms. Carmen de Lavallade, State Fair (Hank Munson), and Nutcracker: Rated R (Fritz/Male Ingénue). Film & Television: Trial of Barnaby Finch (Shiva god) and Boardwalk Empire. Valton was a vocalist aboard Royal Caribbean’s Monarch of the Seas, and this past February, Valton was also an underwear model in Adrian Alicea’s “CHRYSALIS” for New York Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
David Kaverman (Male Ensemble) billed as a crossover artist, David has appeared on stage as Jesus in Godspell, the title character in Pippin, Robert in Oscar Hammerstein’s The New Moon, Robert in Ron Grainer’s Robert and Elizabeth and And the World Goes Round, a Kander and Eb review. His operatic performances include Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi and he recently made his debut with Toledo Opera as Ruiz in Verdi’s Il Trovatore. Mr. Kaverman is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Carolyn Marlow. He currently resides in New York City.
David Melendez (Male Ensemble) is thrilled to have the opportunity to step to the bad side at Ivoryton Playhouse in one of his favorite shows! Select credits: A Chorus Line (Paul), Bubbling Brown Sugar (Young John Sage), 25th Annual…Spelling Bee (Mitch Mahoney), Hair(Tribe). David has also performed numerous times in Broadway fundraisers like Easter Bonnet and Gypsy Of The Year with the cast of The Lion King. AMDA graduate.
Laurel Richardson (Female Ensemble) from Chicago, IL. trained with the Alvin Ailey School, Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Western Michigan University where she received her BA. Her professional dance career began in Chicago, IL. performing with MPAACT Theatre Company, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, and the Chicago Sinfonietta. Ms. Richardson performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. during the 2005 African American Choreographers Series. She toured with the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble based in Denver, CO. Regional theatre credits include The Color Purple WPPAC, NY. She has taught dance throughout the country, in workshops at several universities and in New York City schools. Recently she taught in Belo Horizonte, Brazil at Centro de Arte Savassi.
Kris Roberts (Female Ensemble) lives in NYC and holds a BFA in Drama from NYU/Tisch. Kris has performed as a principal singer on Royal Caribbean ships and several theme parks, including Walt Disney World. She was most recently seen at the Interlakes Summer Theatre in Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Charlayne) and Dreamgirls (Michelle). Favorite roles: Once on This Island (TiMoune), Hairspray (L’il Inez/Dynamite), CATS (Bombalurina), Footloose (Urleen), Seussical (Sour Kangaroo), Cabaret (Rosie), Hair (Tribe). www.krisroberts.net
Mya Rose (Female Ensemble) is a professional performing artist and native of Charleston, SC. She received her academic and formal arts training at Charleston County School of the Arts and graduated with honors in 2004. After receiving scholarships to attend Columbia College and the American Dance Festival, Ms. Rose toured as a soloist with The Ailey School Student Performance Group and graduated from The Ailey School Professional Division in 2008. Throughout her career, Ms. Rose has toured with Rakaba West African Ballet, Adandé Dance Company, Footprints Dance Company and The Thorn with featured performances as a principal dancer in The Thorn and guest artist at New York City Center with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Currently, she travels as a freelance artist.
Carlita Victoria (Ensemble) is a Raleigh, North Carolina native; she attended The University of NC at Greensboro (BFA Dance Performance & Choreography, K-12 Dance Education). Favorite credits- National Tour: Chuck Davis & The African American Dance Ensemble. Industrial: Glee Project Promo featuring Darren Criss (Lead Singer). Regional: The Color Purple (Nettie), Dreamgirls (Lorrell Robinson), Hairspray (Little Inez/Dynamite), Disney’s Aladdin (Regional Premeire), Shani Collins/Eternal Works (Soloist), Urban Bush Women (Apprentice). International – Gyeonggi Village Theatre Company, PAS Jazz Dance Co. of Seoul, DzaNonmo Dance Co. of Ghana. Favorite performances: American Dance Festival (NC), Dance Africa (TX), Jacob’s Pillow (MA), Dance Theatre Workshop (NY), Ailey Citigroup Theatre (NY), Alliance Francais (Accra, Ghana). In her spare time, Carlita runs her shop, Sankofa Vintage Boutique. www.carlitavictoria.com
Rebecca Maddy (Sweetheart) is happy to be performing with the Ivoryton Playhouse. She is a soon to be a senior in the BFA Musical Theatre program at the University of Hartford. She has been featured in such performances as Big River, Miss Saigon and Time After Time, as well as Taming of the Shrew, and Pippin. Her film credits include promotion videos for Lake Compounce and Independent films entitled Creepy Crawley and Grandpa is a Weirdo.
Cori Stolbum (Sweetheart) is excited to be making her Ivoryton Playhouse Debut! She is a rising junior at The Hartt School pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre and was last seen in On the Twentieth Century. Favorite past credits include: The Woman in White (Laura Fairlie), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Edwin Drood), and The Sound of Music (Elsa Schraeder).
Directed by: Lawrence Thelen
Choreographer: Todd Underwood
Musical Director: Michael Morris
Stage Manager: Johanna K. Levai*
Scenic Design: Marcus Abbott
Lighting Design: Marcus Abbott
Costume Design: Njaye Olds
* member of Actors Equity
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PRESS RELEASE – 07/18/13
Catch the Dream!
at The Ivoryton Playhouse
Ivoryton: Full of onstage joy and backstage drama, the sensational new production of DREAMGIRLS, which opens in Ivoryton on August 7th, tells the story of an up-and-coming 1960s girl singing group, and the triumphs and tribulations that come with fame and fortune. With music by Academy Award nominee Henry Krieger and book and lyrics by Tony and Grammy Award winner Tom Eyen, DREAMGIRLS features the unforgettable hits: “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” “One Night Only” and “Listen.” This Tony and Academy Award winning musical sparkles like never before on the intimate Ivoryton stage!
DREAMGIRLS opened on December 20, 1981 at the Imperial Theatre starring American Idol star Jennifer Holliday as Effie, and was nominated for thirteen Tony Awards, including the Tony Award for Best Musical. It won six and was later adapted into a motion picture from DreamWorks and Paramount Pictures in 2006.
Lawrence Thelen will be directing this production, choreography by Todd L. Underwood and musical direction by Michael Morris. This cast has come to Ivoryton from far and wide and includes Sheniqua Denise Trotman from Huntsville, Alabama as Effie; JennLee Shallow from Trinidad as Deena and Ashley Jeudy*, who is currently playing Rusty in Footloose, as Lorell. The production design is by Marcus Abbott and the costumes by NJaye Olds.
Dreamgirls opens in Ivoryton on August 7th and runs through September 1st. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm. Tickets are $40 for adults, $35 for seniors, $20 for students and $15 for children and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org (Group rates are available by calling the box office for information.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.
Generously sponsored by: Citizens Bank
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*member of Actors Equity
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