FRANCESCA MCGRORY (Strawberry) A native Canadian, Francesca’s first NY theatre experience was her off-Broadway debut playing a ballerina fairy cat princess named Catnip. Favorite roles: Sharpay in HSM, Val in A Chorus Line, Tracy in Hairspray. Films include EXA, which screened at Cannes this year and I Just Want My Pants Back airing on MTV. AMDA and BDC alumni. Love to Mom, Dad, Mac, CL and Mama Freckle! www.francescamcgrory.com
BRIDGET RILEY (Ballet Girl/Francine/Understudy Freckleface) Off Broadway: Pinkalicious (Pinkalicious), The Scarlet Letter (Pearl). National Tour: Seussical (Gertrude McFuzz). Regional: Nine (Lina Darling, Stadsschouwburg opera House, Brugge, Belgium), Spelling Bee (Olive), Les Misérables, Producers, All Shook Up, Honk, Cabaret, Bare and Carousel. Concerts: Carnegie Hall for the Laurie Struass Leukemia Foundation with the Pops Symphony Orchestra. Training: Jacob’s Pillow School for Dance, BFA in Musical Theater from Pace university. Love to my family, friends and this wonderful cast and production team. “Be Yourself!”
MATTHEW HOOPER (Jake/Fredo) Off Broadway: The Lost Boys, and An Awfully Large Adventure (Peter). Other NYC credits include: My Boyfriend is a Zombie (Ace), Rumple, Clownsville, and Central Park the Musical. Thanks Mom, Dad, Missy, Tom Burke, Jim, Sheila, and Germaine.
SARAH HAINES (Mother/Teacher/Jane) is thrilled to be in MMAC’s production of Freckleface. This is Sarah’s first show with MMAC. She was last seen as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet with the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival. She is so thankful for the constant love and support from her girls, Ronn and her family. She’d like to send some extra love to her very own freckleface strawberry, her sister Kathryn.
ASHLEY TOBIAS (Emily) is a graduate of Montclair State University. Credits include: off-Broadway The Ohmies (Daisy Dog), original Cast-1st national Tour Virtually Me! (Lindsay), Side Show (Fortune Teller), The Full Monty (Joanie), Crazy for You (Show Girl), Cabaret (FrauleinKost), Fame (Carmen Diaz), 42nd Street (Anytime Annie).Ashley is extremely thankful to work with such talented actors.Special thanks to the cast, crew, friends, and family, especially herloving and supportive parents! www.ashleytobias.com
WESLEY TUNISON (Danny) Off-Broadway: Angelina Ballerina (AZ). New York: Zombie Wedding (Pat), Boys of Summer, Hip Hop High, Yearbook, Dream Babies, Judy’s Birthday Bash, Meet, Great, Get and Go, Push. Regional: Hairspray, High School Musical, A Chorus Line, Phantom, Seven Brides…, Will Rogers Follies. Film: Make Believe, JT vs The Good Guys, Abstract Photography. Favorite roles: Singing in the Rain (Donald Lockwood) and West Side Story (Action). Thanks to the beautiful company and creative team behind this project. My thanks to my wonderful parents, siblings and friends who always support me. www.wesleytunison.com.
WILLIAM BAILEY (Harry/Don Fontaine) is happy to once again be performing at MMAC, this time with Freckleface Strawberry. Past credits: High School Musical 2 (Chad), Cleopatra: A Life Unparalleled (Mardian), Fame (Dance Captain/Asst. Choreographer), Cats (Choreographer/Munkstrap). Regional: 3 productions of Rent (Angel). William sends many thanks to God. And special thanks to mother and friends: Joey Lozada, Melissa Espinosa and Patti Muguerza. You guys helped me out so much. I can't thank you enough.
AMANDA YACHECHAK (Female Swing) Off-Broadway: Angelina Ballerina, Uncle Pirate, Phantom of the Opera. Off-Off-Broadway: Three Sisters Vanishing, Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Regional: Bitter Sweet, The Bald Soprano, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Nunsense. Film: Getting Caught, Cancer and Cake, Last Days of Simon. Voice-overs and commercials for Disney, UJC, Kodak. www.amandayachechak.com
MICHAEL BRADSHAW FLYNN (Male Swing) is thrilled to be a part of this production. A graduate of University of Scranton with current NY credits including Beast with Trusty Sidekick Theatre and Hamlet with Rev Theatre Company. Other favorite roles include Harry in Flora, The Red Menace, Old Man in The Chairs and Jack in Into the Woods. Michael would like to thank his family and friends for their support.
ROSE CAIOLA (Co-Book Writer/Conceiver/ Producer) Founder and Executive Artistic Director of Manhattan Youth Ballet and Manhattan Movement & Arts Center. Rose Caiola is the Producer and Co-Book Writer of Freckleface Strawberry and conceived the work for the stage. She is also a producer of Godspell on Broadway and the film First Position, just awarded best film by the San Francisco Film Festival. She received her education at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts as well as was mentored by Maestro Zsedny, principal dancer of the Royal Hungarian Opera Ballet. Ms. Caiola is a member of the off-Broadway League of Theatres and Producers and the Screen Actors Guild. Ms. Caiola’s not-for-profit, pre-professional ballet school, Manhattan Youth Ballet’s (MYB) alumni dance in top world companies including ABT, NYCB and San Francisco Ballet, among others. It is Ms. Caiola’s goal with both MMAC and MYB to provide cultural and educational opportunities for the city at large. Ms. Caiola would like to thank Julianne Moore, the creative team and company for helping her realize her dream of bringing Strawberry to life on the stage. She dedicates this show to kids everywhere, especially Benny and Sasha, her family and in memory of her beloved father, Benny Caiola.
GARY KUPPER (Music and Lyrics, co-writer of Book, arrangements and keyboards on musical tracks) is an actor, singer, composer, lyricist, writer, musician and teacher. He graduated from Bronx High School of Science and went on to major in acting at Boston University. As an actor he worked with Al Pacino and Vincent Gardenia at the Charles Playhouse in Boston. He has had featured roles in many plays and musicals regionally. He was in the off-Broadway and national tours of Diamond Studs. He played L.M. in Pump Boys and Dinettes at the Downtown Cabaret Theater in Bridgeport Conn. He toured the U.S. as piano playing Chico Marx in Groucho with Welcome Back Kotter’s Gabe Kaplan. As a songwriter/singer he recorded an album of his original songs, Shoot For The Moon, for Polydor Records backed by Van Morrison’s band. He co-wrote a song with Anton Fig, David Letterman’s drummer, for Anton’s solo album, Figments, on which he also played keyboard. His songs have also been featured in soap operas and movies. He recently recorded and released an album of children’s songs entitled Songman and the Songland Travelling Band. He has toured all over the world as the musical director for many legendary vocal groups and solo artists. As a performer he has appeared with everyone from Elton John and Jay Leno to James Brown, Minnie Pearl and Tanya Tucker, Levon Helm, The Band and many others. He has played keyboard with many Rock and Blues legends most notably Chuck Berry, with whom he has played extensively over the last 20 years, touring all over the world, most recently in Rome and on tour in Russia. He wrote the music and lyrics for Consumer Behavior, and co- wrote the book with playwright Lynda Crawford. It played at the International Fringe Festival in NYC to sold out crowds and critical acclaim. His musical Timmy The Great, for which he wrote the music and co-wrote the lyrics and book with Pulitzer nominated poet Sandra Hochman, appeared at the first Tribeca Theater Festival produced by Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal. It was directed and choreographed by tap dance legend Savion Glover. A new version of the show is in the works for a Broadway Production starring screen legend Ann Margaret. Gary is very proud of our outstanding FFS creative team, our talented cast and especially our wonderful producer, Rose Caiola and MMAC Prods.
JULIANNE MOORE (Author of the Freckleface Strawberry series) In addition to writing the best-selling Freckleface Strawberry, Moore is author of the book series which also includes Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully. A third book came out this year. Her recent works include The Kids Are All Right, starring along with Annette Bening, Shelter, an independent psychological thriller, in which she stars with Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Crazy Stupid Love opposite Steve Carell. Next year she will be seen in Being Flynn with Robert De Niro. Julianne is happy to see her book brought to the stage and hopes families of all ages will enjoy it.
BUDDY CRUTCHFIELD (Director) enjoyed collaborating with his favorite choreographer, Gail Pennington Crutchfield, Freckleface Strawberry. Regional Directing: 1940s Radio Hour, Forever Plaid, Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged, Camping with Henry and Tom. Broadway- Ciccio in The Most Happy Fella (Booth), appeared on the Tony Awards. Toured the country in Cats (Gus/Growltiger). Off Broadway – Summer of ‘42, Enter the Guardsman, Six Wives… An original Radio City New Yorker, Buddy premiered “There are no Girls, Quite Like Show Girls!” by Sammy Cahn. The Crutchfields raised their children - Abigail, Harvard 2010 and Coleman, Princeton 2012 on Manhattan’s upper westside. Buddy is a native Texan and holds a Bachelor in Music from Southern Methodist University ’79.
PAMELA EDINGTON (Assistant Director) was the original Off-Broadway PSM and is enjoying the opportunity to be a part of this MMAC production. She looks forward to many more adventures with Rose, Buddy, Gail, Gary and the rest of the Freckleface family.
GAIL PENNINGTON CRUTCHFIELD (Choreographer) Choreographer of the premiere off Broadway production of Freckleface Strawberry, at New World Stages-(2011, Outstanding Choreography Nominations: Lucille Lortel Award and Joe B. Calloway Award, SDC). Most recently Gail collaborated with her husband, Buddy Crutchfield, creating and choreographing the holiday Panto, PETER PANTOmime. As a dancer, she worked with Broadway Legends: Michael Kidd-Music Man, Roland Petit-Can Can, Peter Gennaro & Bob Fosse-Little Me, Susan Stroman-A Christmas Carol, 42nd Street–original Company, Liza Genarro-The Most Happy Fella. Off Broadway-Lynne Taylor Corbett-The Baker’s Wife, Alan Menken’s Kicks, Radio City Music–Rockette! Founding Director-SHUFFLES, Tap/Musical Theater School, NYC. www.shufflestap.com.
ADAM KOCH (Scenic Designer) 100+ production designs for theater, opera and nightlife. Million Dollar Quarted (Goodman Theatre, Apollo Theatre). See What I Wanna See, Title of Show, Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Signature Theatre, Helen Hayes nomination). Off Broadway: Rooms: A Rock Romance, Loaded, We the People, Pinkalicious, A Christmas Carol, Five Course Love, Sweeney Todd (Geva Theatre Center). adamkoch.carbonmade.com
BERNIE DOVE (Lighting/Sound Designer) Off-Broadway: The Shoemaker, The Pretty Trap, The Quarrel, The People Garden, The New Kid, Hate Mail. Regional: The Diary of Anne Frank, Cabaret, Children of Eden, Laughter...23rd Fl, Hansel and Gretel, Fiddler...Roof, Oliver, Kindertransport. Bernie has designed events across the Country at venues including; Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Rose Theatre, Marquis Theatre, Town Hall, Intrepid Museum, Hammerstein Ballroom, Ellis Island, Pier 60, Pierre Hotel, Waldorf Astoria, MoMA. Bernie is the executive Artistic Director of the National Theatre for Tolerance, a new national theatre project promoting tolerance and social responsibility.
HOLLY CAIN (Costume Designer) NYC: Freckleface Strawberry (NWS) Looking for Billy Haines (Theatre Row); 3 Dames Make a Queen (Don’t Tell Mama); OPA! (TBG Theatre); Iowa ’08 (The Vineyard Theatre) Regional: Pool Boy, Carousel (Barrington Stage Company) Other Credits; Woyzeck (Brooklyn Lyceum), Lidless (Interact Theatre Company), Titus Andronicus (Houston Shakespeare Festival), Traffic in Women (Saint Thomas University). Dance: Sweetland (Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble)
JOHN BURLAK (Co-Lighting Designer) New York: Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, DR2, La Mama E.T.C., Sonnet Repertory, HB Playwrights Studio, Guggenheim Arts and Process, Sonnet Rep, The Blue Heron Arts Center, Flushing Town Hall, NYC Fringe, New York Musical Theater Festival, and The Summer Play Festival. Regional: Papermill Playhouse, Opera Tampa, Studio Theater, Studio Theater 2nd Stage, Long Acre Lea, Critical Threat Theater, Theater Alliance, Washington Shakespear Company, MetroStage, Rorschach Theater, The John F. Kennedy Center, Luna Stage, The Bay Theater, Williamstown Theater Festival, Source Theater, The Actors Theater of Atlanta, Bellingham Theater Guild, Andrea Dance, Big Apple Circus to Go, and the Dance Gallery among others. Education: North Carolina School of the Arts
SHELBY KAUFMAN (Assistant Choreographer) Tap Companies: Mazel Toes (Director/Choreographer); Brenda Bufalino’s New American Tap Dance Orchestra; Germaine Salsberg’s Les Femmes. Teaching Highlights: Broadway Dance Center; Peridance; Assistant to Harold ‘Stumpy’ Cromer. Performances at Lincoln Center, Apollo, Symphony Space etc.
CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS (Assistant to Choreographer) Christopher is happy to be back with Freckleface after having been a part of the off-Broadway run. As an actor he was most recently seen in Billy Elliot at the Imperial Theatre. Thank you to a great cast and crew.
NEAL KOWALSKY (Production Stage Manager) James Madison University, Go Dukes. Credits: Next to Normal (SDCF Observer), Thieves (Public Theater), The Nature of Captivity (Mabou Mines/2011 BBC short list), Tap Dance Fever (World Premier), Victim (LAByrinth), The Trial (na Zabradli, Prague), LaMaMa, Brick Theatre, Spirit Productions and The Lark Theatre. Thanks MMAC for this opportunity. www.nealkowalsky.com
ERIN PERSON (Assistant Stage Manager) has worked at various companies in NYC including The Public Theater, the Atlantic Acting School and Theater for the new City. Other credits include three seasons as PSM at the Papermill Theatre in Lincoln, NH.
CINDI RUSH CASTING (Casting) Silence!, Berenstain Bears, Freckleface Strawberry, Any Given Monday, My Mother’s Jewish Lesbian Wiccan Wedding (NYMF Winner 2010), Rooms, Jacques Brel, The Thing About Men, Urinetown, The Hurricane Katrina. Comedy Festival, Lost and Found, Recovery, Fall to Earth, Penguin Rep, Triad Stage; Act II Playhouse; Arena Stage; Goodman; Humanafest. Ghoul, The Woman, In the Family, Offspring, The Girl Next Door, Headspace, “Barney”, “Curious George” “Kidz Bop”, Virtually Me, Consultant for NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program
DAVENPORT THEATRICAL ENTERPRISES is an independent multimedia company devoted to developing and actualizing 21st-century strategies in branding, marketing, advertising and promotion of exceptional entertainment properties. Created the At the BoothTM iPhone app which Entertainment Weekly called “the best thing to happen to theater since the TKTS® booth.” Founded by producer Ken Davenport, DTE also operates BestOfOffBroadway.com, DidHeLikeIt.com and BroadwaySpace.com. Ken’s blog, The Producers Perspective, has been featured in publications worldwide. www.DavenportTheatrical.com
PETE SANDERS (Press Representative) has represented over 30 Broadway, off-Broadway and National Touring productions, many of which were Tony Award winning, including the long running hit musical Chicago as well as Spring Awakening, Xanadu, Thurgood starring Laurence Fishburne, Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, Whoopi: The 20th Anniversary Production, Mario Cantone’s Laugh Whore for Showtime, Sarah Jones’ Bridge & Tunnel, Annie Get Your Gun (Reba McEntire, Bernadette Peters), Wonderful Town (Donna Murphy, Brooke Shields), Nunsense (entire 10 year run), Charles Busch’s Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Cathy Rigby’s Peter Pan, Private Lives with Joan Collins, and the revival of Grease! starring Rosie O’Donnell. Pete has also served as U.S. press representative for the Shaw Festival of Canada for the past three years. Pete handled Kids Night on Broadway for the Broadway League and worked on several major events for The Actors Fund. Pete’s associates at JS2 Communications are Ross Matsubara and Jaclyn York.
LAURA HELLER (General Manager) Shows include Tricks The Devil Taught Me; The Fartiste; Xanadu; Legends! (starring Joan Collins and Linda Evans); Enchanted April; The Great American Trailer Park Musical; A Jew Grows in Brooklyn; The Joys of Sex; Beau Jest; A Room of One’s Own; Sly Fox; Forever Tango; Modern Orthodox; Mr.Goldwyn; Stomp; The L.A. company of Love Letters; Birds of Paradise; The Common Pursuit. Ms. Heller managed the Provincetown Playhouse in Manhattan for three years. Her daughter is the singer Madeline Stern.
MANHATT AN MOVEMENT & ARTS CENTER (MMAC) is one of NYC’s newest and most exciting spaces for dance and theatre! It’s a state-of-the- art 18,000-square-foot facility located close to Lincoln Center. It is home to several programs including MMAC Productions, Manhattan Youth Ballet, MMAC Kids, and many more. All patrons love MMAC’s space, staff and technical capabilities. MMAC also has a beautiful 180-seat theatre that has hosted renters including NYMF, Parsons, Bolshoi Ballet and numerous Broadway workshops. Thank you and enjoy the show! manhattanmovement.com
ADDITIONAL FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERRY STAFF
Production Stage Manager - Neal Kowalsky
Assistant Stage Manager - Erin Person
Production Manager - Bernie Dove
Assistant Sound Designer/Audio Engineer - Bick Gossett
Assistant to Choreographer - Shelby Kaufman
Assistant to Choreographer - Christopher B. Williams
Voice-over - Olivia Hajian
Wardrobe Supervisor - Adam Carrigan
Advertising/Marketing - Davenport Theatrical Enterprises/Ken Davenport, Kristin Johnson, Jamie Lynn Ballard, Matt Kovich, Steven Tartick
Accountant - Stuart Mordfin, CPA
Insurance - C&S International Insurance
Banking - JPMorgan Chase
Merchandising - KD Productions/Karen Davidov
Legal Counsel - Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard, LLP/Marc Simon
MMAC Production Assistant - Elizabeth Betancourt
MMAC Business Manager - Ann Layendecker
MMAC operations Manager/MMACbill Design - Beth Fried
MMAC Theatre Coordinator - Angela Dirksen
MMAC Kids Assistant Director - Claudine Beaubrun
MYB Director of Programming - Erin Fogarty
Studio Maestro Coordinator/IT - Rick Diaz
MMAC/MYB Administration - Jonathan Murdock,
Sarah Goocher, Monique Ferrer, Wendy Luker