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TWO PRESENTATIONS ONLY  -  JUNE 27, 2022

ABOUT THE SHOW

LOCATION INFORMATION

RIPLEY-GRIER STUDIOS

305 West 38th Street

New York, NY 10018

DURATION

Approximately 90 Minutes

No Intermission

AUDIENCE

Recommended for ages 6 and up.

CAST, CREATIVE, PRODUCTION CREDITS

CAST

Lester | NATHAN NOLEN EDWARDS

Dragon Slayer | MARK HANKE

Margie | REBECCA LARKIN*

Maureen | ROBIN LOUNSBURY*

Monica | MARY MALANEY

Sophia | ALYSON LEIGH ROSENFELD*

Mr. Peterson | BEN TOSTADO*

The Bee-Man | GREGORY VAN ACKER

Green Grocer | NADAV WIESEL

(*) Denotes members of Actors Equity Association

CREATIVE

Music | NEIL RADISCH

Lyrics | KIT GOLDSTEIN GRANT

Book | KIT GOLDSTEIN GRANT

               & NEIL RADISCH

Director | CHRISTOPHER MICHAELS

Music Director | NICK WILDERS

Orchestrator | NEIL RADISCH

Asst. Music Director | LOUIS DANOWSKY

Casting | CHRISTOPHER MICHAELS

Prod. Stage Mgr | CRAIG M. ROSENTHAL*

Asst. Stage Mgr | IGOR REYES

Covid Safety Mgr | IGOR REYES

Photographer | BRIAN E. LONG

Exec. Producer | CHRISTOPHER MICHAELS

Producer | JUDITH MANOCHERIAN

BAND

Piano | NICK WILDERS

Flute | KIT GOLDSTEIN GRANT

Bass | ANDY HAINZ

Drums | LAURA HAMEL

A bee's a man's best friend in this loose adaptation of Frank R. Stockton's 1887 tale.

 

Sophia, a junior sorceress, must find a subject to transform to get her Sorcery Girls merit badge and sets her sights on her eccentric neighbor, the Bee-Man (aptly named as he spends his life in the company of his bees). The only trouble? He's happy the way he is! Sophia sets out on a mission to change that, and to change him... only to find that maybe she is the one who needs to change.

PHOTO GALLERY

2022 READING PRESENTATION - (Photo credit: Brian E. Long)

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CAST PHOTOS & BIOGRAPHIES

NATHAN NOLEN EDWARDS (Lester)
NATHAN NOLEN EDWARDS (Lester)

Nathan was most recently seen as Seymour in ADDY AND UNO on tour. Favorite credits include: SWEENY TODD (Tobias) and HELLO, DOLLY! (Staring Andrea McArdle) Nathan is a current student of Matthew Corozine Studio. nathannolenedwards.com | IG @NathanNolenEdwards

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MARK HANKE (Dragon Slayer, Neighbor, Patron)
MARK HANKE (Dragon Slayer, Neighbor, Patron)

Recent credits include singing with the Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine in their GREAT MUSIC IN A GREAT SPACE series, soloist in Bach’s ST. MATTHEW PASSION at Carnegie Hall with the Oratorio Society of New York, Parpignol in LA BOHEME with the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, and the staged reading of THE GIANT HOAX with IndieWorks/Gallery Players. Mr. Hanke is the founder, librettist, producer, and performer of the children’s opera company, Opera-Tunity.

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REBECCA LARKIN (Margie, Neighbor, Patron)
REBECCA LARKIN (Margie, Neighbor, Patron)

B‘way: SOUTH PACIFIC (Dir. Bartlett Sher), AVENUE Q (Tour, Dir. Jason Moore). Selected Credits: Disney's TWICE CHARMED (OCR, Joe Calarco), AVE Q (Ogunquit/ Cape Fear), WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD (World Premiere, TLP), SPELLING BEE, JEWTOPIA, RENT, MISS SAIGON, WEDDING SINGER. Film: THE RUB, AMADI COMES HOME, MELISSA & DAVE, THE MARINER'S REVENGE. MFA in Performing Arts from SCAD. Education Director at Timber Lake Playhouse. AEA. RebeccaLarkinActor.com, IG: BeccaLarkin1

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ROBIN LOUNSBURY (Maureen)
ROBIN LOUNSBURY (Maureen)

Rosie in MAMMA MIA! (Engeman Theatre); Mrs. Enysford-Hill in MY FAIR LADY (Riverside Theatre; North Shore Music Theatre); Widow Corney in OLIVER!, Sister Bertha in SOUND OF MUSIC (Pittsburgh CLO); SISTER ACT (Fulton Theatre);KISS ME, KATE (Barrington Stage); MARY POPPINS, DAMN YANKEES, GUYS & DOLLS (Paper Mill Playhouse); SHE LOVES ME (Westport Country Playhouse). RobinLounsbury.com

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HEATHER LYNN MACKEY (Stage Directions)
HEATHER LYNN MACKEY (Stage Directions)

Florida-based actor studying at Circle in the Square Theatre School. Previous credits: RUMORS, NOISES OFF, and TITANIC: THE MUSICAL. IG: @heather_lyn_mackey, Twitter: @heatherlynactor

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MARY MALANEY (Monica/Jennifer)
MARY MALANEY (Monica/Jennifer)

THE ELF ON THE SHELF (First National Tour). NYC: SINGLE RIDER (The Players’ Theater), MEN WITH MONEY (The Secret Theatre), CARRIE (TNNY). Regional: A THOUSAND FACES (The Encore Theatre), A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE (The Public Theater of San Antonio), NUNSENSE (Greenbrier Valley Theatre), & RAGTIME (Ogunquit Playhouse). She also teaches chess to children and coaches scene study. Love to Frank & Burt! @thatdorkydramacoach

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ALYSON LEIGH ROSENFELD (Sophia)
ALYSON LEIGH ROSENFELD (Sophia)

Best known for voicing characters on POKÉMON, STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE, POLLY POCKET, YU-GI-OH!, GUNDAM, WINX CLUB and other cartoons. This is her first theatrical performance since becoming a mama in April 2020! She was last seen starring in Gallery Players' critically-acclaimed production of ONCE UPON A MATTRESS (dir. Barrie Gelles). Member of AEA/SAG-AFTRA. alysonleighrosenfeld.com | Twitter: @AlysonRosenfeld | IG/TikTok: @alysonleighrosenfeld

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BEN TOSTADO (Mr. Peterson/Alfredo)
BEN TOSTADO (Mr. Peterson/Alfredo)

Recently co-starred with Queen Latifah on a PSA short about obesity for Novo Nordisk. Selected Theatre: SEUSSICAL (original Off-Broadway Cast recording), IN THE HEIGHTS (Mill Mountain), BRECHT’S LIFE OF GALILEO (workshop at Tectonic Theatre Project), THE GIANT HOAX (IndieWorks, Theatre Row), HAIR (Gallery Players), JOSEPH…DREAMCOAT (Hangar). Television: “General Hospital”, “Port Charles”. Proud member of AEA. bentostado.com

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GREGORY VAN ACKER (The Bee-Man)
GREGORY VAN ACKER (The Bee-Man)

Freelance CD/Playwright. Work developed w/Goodspeed, MTF, Playwrights/Sig Theatre Live Lounge Series. NOPLACE (w/J. Esher/M. Olmos. Mercer Foundation Grove, Eugene O’Neill semifinalist), The Book of You (Durango Arts Center), The Joining Place (thejoiningplace.bandcamp.com/releases), Sugar Skull! (national tour). Dr. Kenny Hasija Encouragement Fund recipient (presented by Ken Davenport). Queer, gender-fluid, MENA, increasing positive representation for historically excluded voices.

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NADAV WIESEL (Green Grocer)
NADAV WIESEL (Green Grocer)

Nadav is a NY-based theater artist, composer-lyricist and performer. He performed in Scurry (Lincoln Center) and Emperor’s New Clothes (New York Children’s Theater). His works have been staged in Israel, New York, and across Europe, including The Femme Fatale Show, The House by the Lake, Funny Little Heartbreaks and Escorial. Member of BMI Musical Theater Workshop. Graduate of Tel-Aviv University’s Theater Arts Dept. NadavWiesel.com

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CREATIVE TEAM Photos & BIOGRAPHIES

KIT GOLDSTEIN GRANT (Book, Lyrics)
KIT GOLDSTEIN GRANT (Book, Lyrics)

Writer of MICRO-FACE, for PLANET MONEY podcast (NPR); THE NOSE (Artscape Theatre Centre; The Drama Factory; National Arts Festival; Master Theater); THE GIANT HOAX, EMPTY FRAMES, and THE COMMUTERS (IndieWorks); WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD (Moxie Arts/The Players Theatre); THE WRONG BOX (Theatre for the New City) and touring musicals w/ Schenectady Theatre for Children, including IT’S RAINING TAMALES! (publ. YouthPLAYS). Alumni: Juilliard, BMI Workshop, M.M. from Bklyn College. kitgoldstein.com

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NEIL RADISCH (Book, Music)
NEIL RADISCH (Book, Music)

Neil is a composer, arranger and orchestrator. He is currently working on his 30th annual musical for the University of Pennsylvania Mask & Wig Club. He has had works performed by Lincoln Center's Across a Crowded Room, IndieWorks, The Players Club of Swarthmore and The Vineyard Theater. He scored a short film for Kaaterskill Actors Theater and was sequencing engineer for a Phillip Glass recording. He has a degree from Penn Engineering and is a digital and audio software engineer.

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

EP/Director of 12x award-winning podcast series, BITE-SIZED BROADWAY. IndieWorks: THE GIANT HOAX; CASPER, THE NOT-SO-FRIENDLY GHOST; EMPTY FRAMES; THE COMMUTERS (Nom: Best Musical; Win: Best Director); IndieWorks’ Summer Cabaret Series; VALLEY HIGH; The Campaign. Other Directing: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS; OKLAHOMA! (Osceola HS); CLOSER THAN EVER. Alumni: TRU Producer Development & Mentorship Program. Assoc. Member: SDC. christophermichaels.nyc | @cmikesnyc

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NICK WILDERS (Music Director/Piano)
NICK WILDERS (Music Director/Piano)

B’way/Off-B’way: WICKED, EMOJILAND, CRAVE. National Tour: JERSEY BOYS, ROCK OF AGES. Regional: Barrington Stage, Northern Stage, Engeman, McCarter Theatre Center. Proud volunteer with BC/EFA and the Trevor Project. Happy Pride month! nickwilders.com

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JUDITH MANOCHERIAN (Producer)
JUDITH MANOCHERIAN (Producer)

Broadway: THE GREAT SOCIETY, THE PROM (Drama Desk), THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND (Tony). Off-Broadway: FERN HILL, SMART BLONDE, SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE. Off-Off Broadway: DR. FRANKENSTEIN. Film: COAST, A CALL TO SPY, NO ONE CALLED AHEAD. With IndieWorks Theatre Company, Judith has produced THE GIANT HOAX Off-Off Broadway and the 12-time award-winning series BITE-SIZE BROADWAY: A MINI-MUSICAL PODCAST.

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CRAIG M. ROSENTHAL (Production Stage Manager)
CRAIG M. ROSENTHAL (Production Stage Manager)

is an AEA Stage Manager who has worked all across the country while doing regional theatre and touring. He has also worked Off-Broadway on several shows.

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IGOR REYES (Asst. Stage Manager/Covid Safety Manager)
IGOR REYES (Asst. Stage Manager/Covid Safety Manager)
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