Sheila the Tiny Turtle

Book & Lyrics  |  Caitlyn Burt

Music  |  Amir Shoenfeld

 

CAST

Sheila  |  Karli Dinardo

Myrtle/Kylie  |  Lauren Elder

Kev/Dingo  |  James Stafford

Shane/Neil/Bruce  |  Robert Manion

Lil Ned |  Heather Makalani

Narrator  |  Michael Perrie, Jr.

MUSICIANS

Digital Instruments  |  Andrew Fox

Fiddle/Guitar/Mandolin  |  Ben Plotnick

Cello  |  Kaitlyn Raitz

PRODUCTION TEAM

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

RELEASE DATE

COMING SOON!

SYNOPSIS

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.

MUSICAL NUMBERS

"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

CAITLYN BURT (Book/Lyrics - Sheila The Tiny Turtle
CAITLYN BURT (Book/Lyrics - Sheila The Tiny Turtle

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.com

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AMIR SHOENFELD (Music - Sheila the Tiny Turtle
AMIR SHOENFELD (Music - Sheila the Tiny Turtle

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.com

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CAST & MUSICIAN PHOTOS & BIOS

KARLI DINARDO (Sheila)
KARLI DINARDO (Sheila)

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

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LAUREN ELDER (Myrtle, Kylie)
LAUREN ELDER (Myrtle, Kylie)

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_elder

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JAMES STAFFORD (Kev, Dingo)
JAMES STAFFORD (Kev, Dingo)

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)

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ROBERT MANION (Shane, Neil, Bruce)
ROBERT MANION (Shane, Neil, Bruce)

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.

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HEATHER MAKALANI (Lil' Ned)
HEATHER MAKALANI (Lil' Ned)

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

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MICHAEL PERRIE JR (Narrator)
MICHAEL PERRIE JR (Narrator)

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 | @mikeperriejr

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BEN PLOTNICK (Orchestrations/Fiddle/Guitar/Mandolin)
BEN PLOTNICK (Orchestrations/Fiddle/Guitar/Mandolin)

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.

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KAITLYN RAITZ (Orchestrations/Cello)
KAITLYN RAITZ (Orchestrations/Cello)

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.

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PRODUCTION TEAM PHOTOS & BIOS

CHRISTOPHER MICHAELS (Executive Producer/Director/Casting/Editing)
CHRISTOPHER MICHAELS (Executive Producer/Director/Casting/Editing)

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).

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JONATHON LYNCH (Producer/Music Supervisor/Host)
JONATHON LYNCH (Producer/Music Supervisor/Host)

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.

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ANDREW FOX (Producer/Orchestrator/Sound Design/Tracking/Editing)
ANDREW FOX (Producer/Orchestrator/Sound Design/Tracking/Editing)

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.com

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JAY ROSEN (Mixing & Mastering)
JAY ROSEN (Mixing & Mastering)

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.com

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EVAN FEIST (Assistant Audio Engineer)
EVAN FEIST (Assistant Audio Engineer)

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).

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JEREMY TERRY (Executive Producer/General Manager/1st AD)
JEREMY TERRY (Executive Producer/General Manager/1st AD)

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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