Sheila the Tiny Turtle
Book & Lyrics | Caitlyn Burt
Music | Amir Shoenfeld
Sheila | Karli Dinardo
Myrtle/Kylie | Lauren Elder
Kev/Dingo | James Stafford
Shane/Neil/Bruce | Robert Manion
Lil Ned | Heather Makalani
Narrator | Michael Perrie, Jr.
Digital Instruments | Andrew Fox
Fiddle/Guitar/Mandolin | Ben Plotnick
Cello | Kaitlyn Raitz
Director/Casting/Editing | Christopher Michaels
Music Supervisor/Music Director/Host | Jonathon Lynch
Co-Orchestrators | Ben Plotnick & Kaitlyn Raitz
Additional Orchestrations/Sound Design/
Tracking/Editing | Andrew Fox
Assistant Audio Engineer | Evan Feist
Mixing & Mastering | Jay Rosen
Executive Producers | Christopher Michaels & Jeremy Terry
General Manager | Jeremy Terry
In the Australian desert, a family of turtles works hard to find food for their sick mother. Sheila, the cleverest - yet smallest - turtle of the family, is mocked by her brothers for not being able to contribute due to her size. When Sheila hears about a cure located dangerously far across the desert, she determines to bring the seeds back to save her mum. While crossing the sand, Sheila encounters a kangaroo, followed by a dingo, where she is forced to use her brain instead of her size to overcome the obstacles and make her mum well.
"Opening" | Shane, Neil, Bruce, Myrtle, Sheila
"Offspring Just Spring Off" | Kylie
"Dingo" | Sheila, Dingo
"Finale" | Shane, Neil, Bruce, Myrtle, Sheila
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WRITER PHOTOS & BIOS
Member of BML lyricist and librettist programmes and director of performing arts company, Performing Miracles. Featured in new musical showcase SIGNAL, regular guest on Australian new musical podcast, 'FROM INSPIRATION TO STAGE'. Received Judges Lyrebird Award for songs in play ‘TWENTY-TWELVE’. Winner: Garden Theatre Songwriting Competition w/ Amir Shoenfeld. Other shows include: LUCY’S SEARCH FOR STARZ (2019), THE DANCING TOYBOX (2016), ALL TOGETHER NOW (2015), BLESSED (2014). caitlynburt.comGo to link
Winner of the STILES & DREWE BEST NEW SONG AWARD (2020). Featured on BEAM2018. Assoc. lecturer on the MA in Musical Theatre at Goldsmiths College. Scores for the award-winning dance-theatre company Second Hand Dance include GETTING DRESSED (2017), GRASS (2015) and NIGHT TREE (2018). Songwriter/curator of the first AI Eurovision song BLUE JEANS AND BLOODY TEARS with over 5 million views on YouTube. Producer of the album DESIRE LINES by Fictonian (Distiller Records, 2015). AmirShoenfeld.comGo to link
CAST & MUSICIAN PHOTOS & BIOS
Karli graduated from the Integrated Conservatory Program at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, NY. Broadway & Off-Broadway: MOULIN ROUGE! (DC/Swing/us Nini; OBC), REVOLUTION…(Ensemble; Minetta Lane). National Tours: HAMILTON (DC/Swing/us Peggy/Maria; OC First National), FLASHDANCE (Alex; NETworks). Regional: WEST SIDE STORY (Anita; Opera Australia/ John W. Engeman/ PSF / OSF). WEST SIDE STORY (Graziella; Carnegie Hall), 42ND STREET (Phyllis; ACCC). Proud AEA member | @karlidinardo
Broadway: SIDE SHOW, HAIR; West End: HAIR; Regional: MARY AND MAX (Mary, Theatre Calgary), SIDE SHOW (Kennedy Center, La Jolla Playhouse), Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival; TV: LAW & ORDER SVU, LOUIE, BOARDWALK EMPIRE; 2017 World Champion Whistler; singer-songwriter, director, teacher at NY Film Academy. She performs regularly at Club Cumming, 54 Below & Joe’s Pub. www.laureneldermusic.com | @lauren_elderGo to link
NYC: WONDERLAND: ALICE’S ROCK & ROLL ADVENTURE (Atlantic Theater Co), WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD (Moxie Arts), TOTALLY WHOLESOME FOODS (Theater in Asylum), THE WRONG BOX (Visceral Entertainment) US Regional: LOCH NESS (Adirondack Theatre Festival); BUDDY (Palace Theater); Australia: WOMBAT STEW; POSSUM MAGIC (Garry Ginivan Attractions), A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Australian Shakespeare Company), THE CAT IN THE HAT (Andrew Kay & Associates), THE SECRET LIVES OF SUPERHEROES (FEAST Festival)
Australian native. LA Credits: TWISTED: THE UNTOLD STORY OF A ROYAL VIZIER, THE GUY WHO DIDN’T LIKE MUSICALS (Prof. Hidgens), BLACK FRIDAY (Ethan Green) w/ Team StarKid, SPRING AWAKENING (Moritz), STRANGER THINGS 2: A MUSICAL PARODY (Hollywood Fringe). TV: THE TIME OF OUR LIVES, ROYALTIES, FANSHAW & CRUDUT, NOIRHOUSE. Film: MAN UNDER TABLE, NINETEEN ON FIRE, HELP YOURSELF TO SOME SELF-HELP, PROMISING. YouTube: HISHE (How It Should Have Ended), OnlyLeigh, and his own channel with over 15M views.
From the beautiful island of Guam, Heather is a proud graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts where she earned her BA in Music Theatre. Broadway: Disney’s ALADDIN (U/S Jasmine). Off-Broadway: EMOJILAND (Kissy Face, Visceral Entertainment). Regional: GREASE (Sandy Dumbrowski, Fingerlakes MTF). Self-produced: KOALA’N OUT- Australian bushfire benefit concert (Green Room 42). Australian Credits: Disney’s ALADDIN (U/S Jasmine), HEATHERS, RENT. AEA member. @heathermakalani
Actor, Playwright, and Composer originally from Baltimore, MD. National Tour: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY. NY/Regional: MATILDA and BUDDY (John W Engeman Theatre), THE FULL MONTY, BUDDY (Maples Rep), MDQ (Laguna Playhouse; Broadway By The Bay), BUDDY, THE MUSIC MAN, BEAUTY & THE BEAST, THE PRODUCERS (TBTS), ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS (Heritage Theatre). For theatrical and commercial inquiries contact THE ROSTER AGENCY at 212.725.8459. www.michaelperriejr.com | @mikeperriejrGo to link
With countless acts, Ben has performed across 4 continents. He has recorded on more than a 100 albums as a session player, performed at halls and festivals across the world with folk, Americana and bluegrass bands, and produced 6 records for himself or other collaborative projects. As a member of folk quartet The Fretless, Ben won a Juno award in 2017, to add to the band’s slew of awards. He spends most of his days touring the world with The Fretless and his other project Oliver the Crow.Go to link
New York native, Kaitlyn Raitz, grew up surrounded by an array of musical genres, finding each one more exciting than the next. These passions have led her to a career as a versatile cellist who is equally at home playing Schubert or Sondheim, sitting in on a bluegrass jam or reading a Beethoven string quartet, and performing on stage at New York’s Carnegie Hall or Nashville’s Station Inn. She currently plays in the band of country singer-songwriter Brandy Clark and her own duo Oliver the Crow.Go to link
PRODUCTION TEAM PHOTOS & BIOS
Founder/Artistic Director of IndieWorks Theatre Co. Select directing credits: CASPER, THE NOT-SO-FRIENDLY GHOST, SONGS FROM A HAT, EMPTY FRAMES, THE GIANT HOAX, THE COMMUTERS... (nom: Best Musical; Winner: Best Director, Strawberry Theatre Fest), CLOSER THAN EVER, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN, VANITIES, OKLAHOMA!, INTO THE WOODS, TWO BOYS IN A BED ON A COLD WINTER'S NIGHT, SAXE AND THE CITY. Film: VALLEY HIGH (based on the song by Drew Gasparini).Go to link
Credits include music director and dance arranger for The City Club (Minetta Lane), assistant music director and copyist for FINDING NEVERLAND (NYC workshop), faculty music director at AMDA, and music director for several Chicago venues. He wrote words and music for THE BAROQUE CYCLE (Bruno Walter Auditorium) and THE TURING TEST (Gallery Players), and music for NEWB (webseries score), and ¡CANTA! (album). Jonathon is a Northwestern University and BMI workshop alum. jonathonlynchmusic.com.Go to link
Andrew's theatrical and concert orchestrations include STARKID: HOMECOMING (featuring Darren Criss), Matthew Hardy’s VIRTUOSO (premiering in Poznan Fall 2020), Justin Roberts' HANSEL AND GRETEL, Starkid's TWISTED: THE UNTOLD STORY OF A ROYAL VIZIER, and FOREVERMAN (Winner 2012 NYMF Awards for Excellence, Outstanding Orchestration). Andrew has co-produced multiple cast recordings, including TWISTED and HANSEL AND GRETEL. www.AndrewFoxMusic.comGo to link
Audio engineer and music maker who plays piano, guitar, pedal steel guitar, and other instruments. He honed his craft as an engineer at Ithaca College and as a freelance engineer around Philadelphia, then added work as a musician for theater and other media in New York, Philadelphia, and more. He can be heard on IndieWorks' studio recording of VALLEY HIGH, on record with Rachel Andie and the V Element (Tu Me Manques), Emily Drinker (Run the Race EP, more in 2020-21), and more. jrosen476.comGo to link
Evan ran the audio production company Stacks of Wax, spontaneous songwriting & vocal improv courses (Creative Vocal Lab), was Content Director for the world’s first all-vocal TV channel, FloVoice, coached for NBC’s THE VOICE, and scouted for AMERICA’S GOT TALENT. Evan teaches a cappella, runs sound for a cappella groups, and produces content/digital media strategies for bands/ festivals. Awards: “Best Arrangements/Orchestration”, “Best Musical Direction” for A CAPPELLA: THE MUSICAL (NYMF 2015).Go to link
Jeremy serves as the Managing Director for IndieWorks, whose inaugural mainstage production premiered this past year with THE GIANT HOAX (Theatre Row). Jeremy has also served as a Producer and GM for IndieWorks’ Annual Summer Cabaret Series. Additional producing and management work includes THE NUTCRACKER AND THE MOUSE KING at Minnesota Fringe Festival, the D&D inspired improv show THE CAMPAIGN, and the short film VALLEY HIGH, based on the song by Drew Gasparini.
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