Toy Box

Book & Lyrics  |  Teresa Lotz

Music  |  Will Buck

Based on The Velveteen Rabbit (or How Toys Become Real) by Margery Williams

 

CAST

Velveteen  |  Kennedy Kanagawa

Tank  |  Thom Sesma

Horse  |  Joseph Cannon

Storyteller  |  Alan H. Green

MUSICIANS

Digital Instruments  |  Andrew Fox

Violin  |  Ben Plotnick

Cello  |  Kaitlyn Raitz

PRODUCTION TEAM

Director/Casting/Editing  |  Christopher Michaels

Music Supervisor/Music Director/Host  |  Jonathon Lynch

Orchestrator/Sound Design/Tracking/Editing  |  Andrew Fox

Assistant Audio Engineer  |  Evan Feist

Executive Producers  |  Christopher Michaels & Jeremy Terry

General Manager  |  Jeremy Terry

RELEASE DATE

Monday, December 21st, 2020

SYNOPSIS

Velveteen, a young and naive stuffed rabbit is thrown into the toy box where he meets Tank, a muscular hard-headed remote-control War-Tank and Horse, an old and grumpy skin horse figurine that is wise and much older than the others. As Velveteen tries to make sense of what has happened to him he learns about The Boy who may or may not ever come back for his toys. This loose adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit is a bittersweet and heartwarming story of innocence, love, and what it means for a toy to become real.

MUSICAL NUMBERS

"The Boyhood Army"  |  Tank, Velveteen

"Hop/Never Stop Loving"  |  Velveteen, Horse

"What Do You Do?  |  Velveteen, Horse, Tank

"Finale: The Boyhood Army (Reprise)"  |  Velveteen, Tank, Horse

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WRITER PHOTOS & BIOS

TERESA LOTZ (Book/Lyrics - TOY BOX)
TERESA LOTZ (Book/Lyrics - TOY BOX)

Teresa (she/they) is an award-winning playwright and composer-lyricist. Work includes: SHE CALLS ME FIREFLY (NY Innovative Theater Award Winner), AKIRA & THE MERPEOPLE (Polyphone Festival), RED EMMA & THE MAD MONK (NY Times Critic’s Pick, Ars Nova ANT Fest), THREETIMESFAST (Florida Festival of New Musicals, O'Neill Theater Festival Semi-Finalist). Jonathan Larson Grant finalist; NPTC's Women's Work Lab; Dramatist's Guild; ASCAP. Musical Theatre Writing, MFA, NYU. TeresaLotz.com

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WILL BUCK (Music - Toy Box)
WILL BUCK (Music - Toy Box)

Will Buck (he/him) is a composer, lyricist, and pianist. Work includes: ONLY ANNE (Goodspeed Opera House Festival of New Musicals, O’Neill Theater Festival Finalist); FRANKLIN PIERCE: DRAGON SLAYER (Theatre NOW Sound Bites, Miami City Theatre National Award finalist); POWERLESS, GO (Musical Theatre Factory). ASCAP; Dramatist’s Guild; BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. Musical Theatre Writing, MFA, NYU. willbuck.com

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CAST & MUSICIAN PHOTOS & BIOS

KENNEDY KANAGAWA (Velveteen)
KENNEDY KANAGAWA (Velveteen)

Graduate of Muhlenberg College. Credits: TWO NIGHTS & THREE DAYS (Tuck; Eugene O’Neill Theater Center), BEAUTIFUL THING (Jamie; Plays in the House), LUCKY 88 (Brendan; Queens Council of the Arts), MAGGOT BOI (Maggot Boi; Theatre Now NY, MURIEL’S WEDDING (Malcolm; New 42 Studios), DECKY DOES A BRONCO (Barry; Royal Family Theater), LOLITA MY LOVE (York Theater), DINNER WITH GEORGETTE (Jaker; NYTW), and FALSETTOS (Whizzer; Northampton Summer Theater). Proud AEA member. www.kennedykanagawa.com

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Thom Sesma
Thom Sesma

Bway/Nat’l Tour: THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’, MAN OF LA MANCHA, SEARCH AND DESTROY, NICK & NORA; LION KING, MISS SAIGON, TITANIC. Off-Bway: UNKNOWN SOLDIER (Playwrights Horizons), SUPERHERO (Second Stage), PACIFIC OVERTURES, …ARTURO UI (CSC), SWEENEY TODD (Barrow Street), DISCORD (Primary Stages), AWAKE AND SING (NAATCO), OTHELLO (Public), CYMBELINE (NYSF). TV: INSTINCT, GOTHAM, JESSICA JONES, MADAM SECRETARY, THE GOOD WIFE, PERSON OF INTEREST. www.thomsesma.com

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JOSEPH CANNON (Horse)
JOSEPH CANNON (Horse)

Hailing originally from Spokane, WA, life and the Marine Corps brought Joseph to Phoenix, AZ where he built a recording studio in his home, taught himself the art of sound engineering, and started producing and narrating audiobooks for Audible! Theatre credits include: Martin Valdovinos in AMERICANO! and Bob in WHITE CHRISTMAS (Phoenix Theatre Company), King Arthur in SPAMALOT (Phoenix Theatre Company/PCPA), William Shagspeare in EQUIVOCATION at Southwest Shakespeare company, and many more.

ALAN H. GREEN (Supervisor, Narrator)
ALAN H. GREEN (Supervisor, Narrator)

Broadway: CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, SCHOOL OF ROCK, SISTER ACT, PLAY ON!. First National Tours: 25TH ANNUAL...SPELLING BEE, SWING!, SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE. International: MISS SAIGON. TV: ALMOST FAMILY, UNFORGETTABLE, MURPHY BROWN, 30 ROCK, LAW AND ORDER SVU, THE GUIDING LIGHT. And lots of National Commercials. He is a proud graduate of Rice University where he received a B A in Vocal Performance. He is also a Deacon at Metro Baptist Church NYC. IG:@alanhgreen | www.alanhgreen.com

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BEN PLOTNICK (VIOLIN)
BEN PLOTNICK (VIOLIN)

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 (Cello)
KAITLYN RAITZ (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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