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OLIVER!   ARTISTIC STAFF

DIRECTOR – MIKE ROARK

MUSIC DIRECTOR – TIM RAYMOND

 

CHOREOGRAPHER – KRISTINA SIMS

 

 

 

WIZARD OF OZ   ARTISTIC STAFF

DIRECTOR – KAREN ROBU

Karen is thrilled to be directing this production of Wizard of Oz. Other directing credits with MTYP include: My Son PinocchioWilly Wonka, HONK!, Big, Oklahoma, Bethlehem Kansas and Seussical (twice!). Karen performs regularly with Music Theatre of Wichita, where she was last seen as in Les Misérables and Mary Poppins.Other roles include Rose in Gypsy, Mayor Matilda Hyde in All Shook Up, Martha Watson in White Christmas, the Wicked Witch in Wizard of Oz, Emma Goldman in Ragtime, Dolly in Annie Get Your Gun, Mayzie in Seussical, Ursula in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Mrs. Shinn in The Music Man, Golde in Fiddler on the Roof and Maureen/Lowbutt in HONK! . Karen has performed extensively for the Crown Uptown Theatre appearing as Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Winifred in Once Upon a Mattress, Charity in Sweet Charity, the Narrator in Joseph… Dreamcoat, Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar, Lina Lamont in Singin’ in the Rain, Truvy in Steel Magnolias, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd and most recently as Grizabella in Cats. Karen’s solo CD “Songs for My Baby” features Broadway tunes and 40’s style music, available at cdbaby.com. Other directing credits include Children of Eden, Cotton Patch Gospel, Tuesdays with Morrie, and Violet, as well as her own original piece No Cross, No Crown, about suffragist and first female ordained minister Antoinette Brown Blackwell. Karen is the Director of Faith Formation for Plymouth Congregational Church in Wichita and just earned her Master of Divinity degree at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa. She lives in Newton, Kansas with her talented husband, Tim, and their two beautiful daughters, Katie and Francie, who can be seen performing in this show.

MUSIC DIRECTOR – MATT HANNE

Matt is thrilled to be music directing for MTYP again. Most recently, he directed the Super 30th Anniversary Revue, and he has also music d rected SEUSSICAL!, CINDERELLA,  THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD, and CELEBRATEfor MTYP. Matt works at The Independent School, where he teaches Middle and Upper School Vocal Music, AP Music Theory and AP Psychology. He also teaches applied voice lessons at Newman University, serves as Director of Music at Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church, and directs the Wichita Broadway Singers. As a vocalist, Matt sings with the Wichita Chamber Chorale, and serves as the Tenor Section Leader for the Wichita Symphony Orchestra Chorus. Matt was recognized with a Mary Jane Teall Award for his music directing work on THE FANTASTICKS with the Guild Hall Players, where he has worked on productions including MAN OF LA MANCHA and BABY. Matt received his Bachelor’s in Music Education from Friends University, and his Master’s from Wichita State University, where he also earned his certification in the Kodály Music Instruction Methodology. In his copious amount of spare time, Matt enjoys reading, travel, writing and arranging music, and taking care of his cat, Cleo.

CHOREOGRAPHER – KATELYNN STOSS

Katelyn has had far too much fun with this show and the MTYP cast and crew!! A native of Hutchinson, Kansas, Katelyn graduated with her BFA in Musical Theatre from Wichita State University last May. With 19 years of dance training in tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, musical theatre, contemporary, and more her most recent credits have included choreographing: A Christmas Story (Hutch FCT) and Beauty and the Beast (McPherson HS). When Katelyn is not choreographing she is pursuing her performance career. She was most recently seen on stage playing Schwartzy in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and the Mad Hatter in Shrek the Musical as well as serving as the assistant to the choreographer (at Prairie Reparatory Theatre in Brookings, SD). She would like to thank everyone with MTYP for this wonderful opportunity!

COSTUME DESIGNER – EMMY GUILTNER

Emily R. Guiltner is a senior at WSU, majoring in design and technical theatre, with an emphasis in costume design. Wizard of Oz is Emily’s first design for Music Theatre for Young People, her previous design credits include Julius Caesar, Violet, and Jake’s Women for Wichita State University. Emily has also enjoyed four summers with Music Theatre Wichita as a stitcher in the costume shop, where she had the opportunity to learn from extremely talented designers and technicians. Emily would like to thank Maddie Nevins for all her wisdom, support and hot glue skills. Leanne Reimer for all her invaluable help in the costume shop. And most importantly; her friends and family for all their amazing support and encouragement.

SCENIC DESIGN AND LIGHTING DESIGN – TYLER LESSIN

Tyler, a native of Wichita, KS, is thrilled to join the MTYP team after designing lighting for the Crown’s acclaimed production of ROCKY HORROR SHOW, Wichita Grand Opera’s BARBER OF SEVILLE, and Wichita State University Opera Theatre’s SUSANNAH, directed by Marie Allyn King and Samuel Ramey. As a student at Wichita State University, he studied under critically acclaimed lighting designer David Neville, serving as his Assistant Lighting Designer at Music Theatre Wichita for four seasons. At MTW Tyler helped to create lighting effects for over 20 productions including LES MISERABLES, the North American premiere of BETTY BLUE EYES, and the triumphantly received Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s MARY POPPINS. Tyler has served as the Resident Lighting Designer for both Wichita Grand Opera and The Forum Theatre since 2011. Design credits include: SHREK! THE MUSICAL, SWEENEY TODD (Mary Jane Teall Award nomination), ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, and CHICAGO (Crown Uptown); GIVE ‘EM HELL HARRY!, the world premiere of Conrad Jestmore and Paul Jackson’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL, THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP, (Mary Jane Teall Award nomination) DRIVING MISS DAISY, CABARET, & THE FULL MONTY (Forum Theatre) WILLIAM TELL, LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, IL TROVATORE, DIE FLEDERMAUS (Wichita Grand Opera), URINETOWN, TWELFTH NIGHT, & THE BURNING ROOM (Wichita State University). Tyler would like to thank Kim Vines, Maddie Nevins, and the MTYP management staff for this fantastic opportunity, and Kyle for his love & support.

 

PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER – JORDAN POHLMAN 

Jordan is in her third show with MTYP. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Technical Theatre from Wichita State University. She spent her summer in Utah working her second season with the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre as Wardrobe Supervisor. Past credits include Music Theatre of Wichita and Wichita State University. She’s thrilled be to be collaborating with Miss Sandy Cabrera to create Stage Management magic and also for the privilege of working with such rock star kids. Enjoy the show!

 

STAGE MANAGER – SANDY CABRERA 

Sandy is excited to continue working on her third show with MTYP. She is currently at Wichita State University pursuing a BFA in Theatre Design and Technology and the Stage Management Certificate. Some of her favorite credits at WSU include: Guys and Dolls (Stage Manager), The 39 Steps (ASM-II), Good News (ASM-II), Violet (Wig Designer), Die Fledermaus (Wig Designer), and The Trojan Women (Wig Designer). She has also been a guest speaker (Stage Management and Make-up Workshops) for several Wichita surrounding High Schools, Girl Scout troupes, and CYT Wichita. Sandy has worked for the past four seasons as a Hair/Wig/Makeup Assistant with Music Theatre Wichita, her favorites include: Catch Me If You Can, Disney’s Mary Poppins, Les Miserables, Singin’ in the Rain, Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Sunset Boulevard. She is an active member of USITT (United States Institute for Theatre Technology) and the student chapter, USITT Shockers! Sandy would like to thank Maddie, Jordan, Kim, the MTYP Artistic Staff/Cast, and her family/friends for all their unending love and support. Phil 2:14-15

 

 

 

 LEGALLY  BLONDE  ARTISTIC  STAFF

DIRECTOR – MIKE ROARK 

Mike is very excited to back at MTYP where he has such fond memories of great productions, co-workers and of course, the kids many of which who have gone onto perform professionally here in town as well as across the country. Over the years, Mike has worked in nearly every Wichita theatre as an actor, director, or playwright and in 2007 he was inducted into the Mary Jane Teall Wichita Theatre Hall of Fame for his contribution to Wichita Theatre. In addition to his acting and directorial work, Mike has written several Melodramas, Murder Mysteries, Musicals and Children’s shows all of which are available for production through his website, www.melodramamikes.com. Look for Mike this December at Prairie Pines where he will be directing and appearing in their annual holiday production entitled “Guys On Ice.” Thanks go to Kim, Maddie, Phil, Jonathon, Sandy and Jordan, the entire technical staff as well as, this wonderful group of young people who has worked so hard to make this the fun wheeling production it is. I hope you all have as much fun watching tonight’s show as we did bringing it to you.

MUSIC DIRECTOR – PHIL TAYLOR

Phil Taylor is a graduate of Wichita State University with Bachelors in Vocal Music and Speech/Theatre Education. He has worked for WSU Theatre, City Rep of Wichita, Wichita Children’s Theatre, Christian Youth Theatre, MTYP Wichita and Theatre in the Park in Shawnee Mission, Kansas. Favorite productions include West Side Story, A New Brain, Putting It Together, for which he also served as stage director, and She Loves Me and Guys & Dolls, directed by Wayne Bryan of Music Theatre of Wichita. He has music directed/conducted A Chorus Line, Next to Normal and White Christmas for the Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre. He has served as musical director for KC Superstar for two seasons, which featured George Wendt (Cheers) and Shannon Durig (Hairspray). He has been awarded outstanding music direction by the American College Theatre Festival for the productions of TICK, TICK…BOOM!, I Love You, You’re Perfect Now Change, Children of Eden, The Wild Party and Putting It Together. Philip has also been seen on stage in WSU’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Shadowbox (Irene Ryan Nomination) and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Besides work in the theatre, Philip serves as music director for Maize United Methodist Church and he currently teaches Theatre at Christa McAuliffe Academy in USD259 and acting with Chicago IPA. He is a member of ACDA and NAfME. Future plans are to pursue a Masters in Music Education and Orchestral Conducting with emphasis in Film Scoring and Composition.

 CHOREOGRAPHER – JONATHAN STANDRIDGE

Jonathan Standridge, Choreographer, is proud to be apart of his fourth production with Music Theatre for Young people and this amazing production of Legally Blonde: The Musical. Jonathan holds a BFA in Dance in Performance and Choreography and a BFA in Theatre both Wichita State University. While working on his dance degree he performed in the works of C. Nicholas Johnson, Sabrina Vasquez, Cheyla Clawson Chandler and Denise Celestin. He has danced with Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre and Mid America Dance Theatre. He also participated in the Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatres Taiwan Tour 2008, performing in Roughhousing (Sabrina Vasquez) and Raku Love (C. Nicholas Johnson). Jonathan also does free lance choreography work as well. While at Wichita State he was also Lighting Designer for the Main Stage productions of Sausage! (dir. Dr. Bret Jones)and She Loves Me (dir. Wayne Bryan), Scenic Designer for WSU’s Second Stage production of Faith Healer and Make-Up Designer for Crazy For You directed by Amy Baker-Schwiethale. His most recent choreographic work has been seen in MTYP’s productions of Peter Pan, My Son Pinocchio, Gepetto’s Musical Tale and Shrek The Musical. Earlier this month Jonathan presented two dance pieces at the WSU Alumni Dance Concert, a group piece entitled Awakened and a solo entitled What I Meant To Say. Jonathan would like to thank Mike, Phil and Kim for this amazing opportunity, as well as all the hard work each of them put into this production and our amazing cast and crew for their hard work and dedication. Jonathan would also like to thank his family for the constant love and support in all of his artistic endeavors and would like to dedicate all of his work to his aunt and godmother Cindy Graf and his uncle Pat Graf, thank you for always believing in me and being there for me over the last year, I could not have done a lot of this without you all! Thank You all for coming and I hope you all enjoy this production of Legally Blonde: The Musical.

 STAGE MANAGER – SANDY CABRERA

Sandy Cabrera (Stage Manager) is excited to be joining the MTYP team for the very first time. This currently her fourth year at Wichita State University pursuing a BFA in Theatre Design and Technology with an emphasis in Stage Management. Some of her favorite credits at Wichita State include: Guys and Dolls (Stage Manager), The 39 Steps (ASM-II), Good News (ASM-II), Violet (Wig Designer), and The Trojan Women (Wig Designer). She has also had the wonderful opportunity to do several Theatre-related workshops (Stage Management, Costumes, and Make-up) for several USD 259 High Schools, for a group of Girl Scouts, and for CYT Wichita. Sandy has worked for the past four seasons as a Hair/Wig/Makeup Assistant with Music Theatre Wichita, her favorites include: 42nd. Street, Catch Me If You Can, Disney’s Mary Poppins, Les Miserables, Singin’ in the Rain, Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Sunset Boulevard. She is an active member of USITT (United States Institute for Theatre Technology) and the student chapter, USITT Shockers! Sandy would like to thank Maddie, Jordan, Kim and the MTYP Artistic Staff and cast for welcoming her to the team and her family/friends for all their unending love and support. Phil 2:14-15

DECK MANAGER – JORDAN POHLMAN

Jordan Pohlman (Deck Stage Manager) This is Jordan’s first time working with MTYP. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Technical Theatre from Wichita State University. She spent her summer in Utah working her second season with the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre as Wardrobe Supervisor. Past credits include Music Theatre of Wichita and Wichita State University. She’s thrilled be to be collaborating with Miss Sandy Cabrera to create Stage Management magic and also for the privilege of working with such rockstar kids. Enjoy the show!

PRODUCTION MANAGER – MADELYNN NEVINS

Maddie Nevins is excited for her 2nd Season at MTYP. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatrical Design and Technology with an emphasis in lighting and management. Previous Credit’s include, Assistant Lighting Designer at Music Theatre Wichita, as well as, production stage manager for Laughing Feet Performers.

SHREK ARTISTIC STAFF

DIRECTORMARK MANNETTE

MARK T. MANNETTE  (DIRECTOR)  received his MFA in Directing Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance from Mary Baldwin College in partnership with the American Shakespeare Center. While in Staunton he performed with ASC’s professional resident company and directed productions at the Blackfriars Playhouse. A member of Actor’s Equity since 1998, Mark has acted in over one hundred and fifty plays, playing such roles as Leontes in A Winter’s Tale and Oscar in The Odd Couple. He has directed plays in several states and founded theatre companies in Maine, Florida, Virginia, and North Carolina. In Orlando, he ran a theatre company at a community center with a youth ensemble, a teen ensemble, and an adult ensemble, directing such musicals as Grease, Little Shop of Horrors, and Les Miserables. Mark is currently the Director of Theatre at Newman University where he established a theatre major and has directed such musicals as Pippin and Into the Woods. He currently serves on the board of MTYP and is excited to work with all three of his sons in this production.

MUSIC DIRECTOR PHIL TAYLOR

PHILIP M. TAYLOR (MUSIC DIRECTOR/CONDUCTOR) is a graduate of Wichita State University with Bachelors in Vocal Music and Speech/Theatre Education. He has worked for WSU Theatre, City Rep of Wichita, Wichita Children’s Theatre, Christian Youth Theatre, MTYP Wichita and Theatre in the Park in Shawnee Mission, Kansas. Favorite productions include West Side Story, A New Brain, Putting It Together, for which he also served as stage director, and She Loves Me and Guys & Dolls, directed by Wayne Bryan of Music Theatre of Wichita. He has music directed/conducted A Chorus Line, Next to Normal and White Christmas for the Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre. He has served as musical director for KC Superstar for two seasons, which featured George Wendt (Cheers) and Shannon Durig (Hairspray). He has been awarded outstanding music direction by the American College Theatre Festival for the productions of TICK, TICK…BOOM!, I Love You, You’re Perfect Now Change, Children of Eden, The Wild Party and Putting It Together. Philip has also been seen on stage in WSU’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Shadowbox (Irene Ryan Nomination) and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Besides work in the theatre, Philip serves as music director for Maize United Methodist Church and he currently teaches Theatre at Christa McAuliffe Academy and acting with Chicago IPA. He is a member of ACDA and NAfME. Future plans are to pursue a Masters in Music Education and Orchestral Conducting with emphasis in Film Scoring and Composition.

CHOREOGRAPHERJONATHAN STANDRIDGE

JONATHAN STANDRIDGE (CHOREOGAPHER) is proud to be apart of his third production with Music Theatre for Young people and this amazing production of Shrek The Musical.  Jonathan holds a BFA in Dance in Performance and Choreography and a BFA in Production Design and Technical Theatre with an emphasis in Lighting, Make-Up and Scenic Design both Wichita State University. While working on his dance degree he performed in the works of C. Nicholas Johnson, Sabrina Vasquez, Cheyla Clawson and Denise Celestin.  He has danced with Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre and Mid America Dance Theatre. He also participated in the Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatres Taiwan Tour 2008, performing in Roughhousing (Sabrina Vasquez) and Raku Love (C. Nicholas Johnson).  Jonathan also does free lance choreography work as well. While at Wichita State he was also Lighting Designer for the Main Stage productions of Sausage! (Dr. Bret Jones, director) and She Loves Me (Wayne Bryan, director), Scenic Designer for WSU’s Second Stage production of Faith Healer and Make-Up Designer for Crazy For You directed by Amy Baker-Schwiethale.  His most recent choreographic work has been seen in MTYP’s productions of Peter Pan and My Son Pinocchio, Gepetto’s Musical Tale.  Jonathan would like to thank Mark, Darian, and Kim for this amazing opportunity and our amazing cast and crew for their hard work and dedication and to the parents for their constant support.  Jonathan would also like to thank his family for the constant love and support in all of his artistic endeavors and would like to dedicate all of his work to his sister, Lyndsey, thank you for always believing in my dreams and always encouraging me to keep going no matter what! Thank You all for coming and I hope you all enjoy this production of Shrek.

 COSTUMERMADELYNN NEVINS

MADELYNN NEVINS (COSTUME DESIGNER) is  excited to be apart of her third show at MTYP. She is a recent graduate of Wichita State University with a degree in Theatre Design and Technology. She also holds her I.A.T.S.E. (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) Local 190 union card. Previous credits around town include: stage manager and costume designer for Laughing Feet Performers, master electrician at Music Theatre of Wichita, and lighting designer at Wichita State University and Prairie Pines Dinner Theatre. This summer she will be the Assistant Lighting Designer for  Music Theatre of Wichita’s 2014 summer season. Madelynn has had a fantastic time working with the staff of MTYP, as well as, the wonderful cast! Enjoy the show!

SET DESIGNER/BUILDERKENNY ALLMAN

KENNY ALLMAN (SET DESIGNER) is thrilled to be joining us for this production of Shrek! He has designed sets and lights for a number of theatres in the area, and enjoys his job as the technical director at Heart of America Men’s Chorus. He would like to thank Matt for all of his hard work, the parent volunteers and the staff. He also wants to thank his wife and children that allow him to be away from home for long hours to be part of these productions. Enjoy the show!

LIGHTINGWILL JOHNSON

WILL JOHNSON (LIGHTING DESIGNER) is excited to be back with the MTYP team for another season. Will has had the honor of designing for many local theaters including Wichita Grand Opera (Tosca), The Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre (You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown), Guild Hall Players (Resident Lighting Designer), and Wichita Community Theatre (The 39 Steps, Doubt, Other Desert Cities). Will has also worked as Electrician for Music Theatre of Wichita (Sunset Blvd, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Xanadu) and has worked as Master Electrician at the Crown Uptown since their re-opening in 2011. He’s been awarded the Mary Jane Teall Award in Lighting Design for The 39 Steps and Doubt, and was also awarded the Wichita State University George Award for his design of Assassins. He is constantly looking for opportunities to grow as a designer and is excited to help create these fantastic shows with all of the production team and young cast members. www.ictwill.com

 PROPS/STAGE MANAGERMATT MAY

MATT MAY (STAGE MANAGER/PROPS DESIGNER) is having a blast during his second show with MTYP! He has worked with several local theatres including the WSR Signature Theatre, Guild Hall Players, Wichita Center for the Arts, and Wichita Community Theatre. He most recently directed and performed in the fundraiser at Guild Hall. Thank you to Kim and Darian for inviting me on this journey and thanks to the staff and kids for welcoming me aboard.

PRODUCTION MANAGERDARIAN LEATHERMAN

Darian attended Missouri State University, earning a B.F.A. in Acting in 2010.  After graduating, she returned to her roots in Wichita, and has since worked to establish a solid base of relationships with local theatre organizations, especially in the areas of direction, performance, production management and hair/make-up  design. Most recent credits include: Hair/Make-up/Hat/Mask Designer for the 2012 Season at the Crown Uptown, Production Manager for MTYP’s production of Once Upon a Mattress, Directing the 2012 MTYP Summer Camp Season and playing Portia in Shakespeare in the Park’s production of Julius Caesar.

PINOCCHIO ARTISTIC STAFF

DIRECTORKAREN ROBU

KAREN ROBU (DIRECTOR) is thrilled to be directing this production of My Son Pinocchio. Other directing credits with MTYP include: Willy Wonka, HONK!, Big, Oklahoma, Bethlehem Kansas and Seussical (twice!). Karen performs regularly with Music Theatre of Wichita, where she was last seen as in Les Misérables and Mary Poppins. Other roles include Rose in Gypsy, Mayor Matilda Hyde in All Shook Up, Martha Watson in White Christmas, the Wicked Witch in Wizard of Oz, Emma Goldman in Ragtime, Dolly in Annie Get Your Gun, Mayzie in Seussical, Ursula in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Mrs. Shinn in The Music Man, Golde in Fiddler on the Roof and Maureen/Lowbutt in HONK! . Karen has performed extensively for the Crown Uptown Theatre appearing as Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Winifred in Once Upon a Mattress, Charity in Sweet Charity, the Narrator in Joseph… Dreamcoat, Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar, Lina Lamont in Singin’ in the Rain, Truvy in Steel Magnolias, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd and most recently as Grizabella in Cats. Karen’s solo CD “Songs for My Baby” features Broadway tunes and 40’s style music, available at cdbaby.com. Other directing credits include Children of Eden, Cotton Patch Gospel, Tuesdays with Morrie, and Violet, as well as her own original piece No Cross, No Crown, about suffragist and first female ordained minister Antoinette Brown Blackwell. Karen is the Director of Faith Formation for Plymouth Congregational Church in Wichita and just earned her Master of Divinity degree at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa. She lives in Newton, Kansas with her talented husband, Tim, and their two beautiful daughters, Katie and Francie, who can be seen performing in this show.

MUSIC DIRECTOR – Paul Graves

PAUL GRAVES (MUSIC DIRECTOR) is an accomplished pianist, director, and teacher. He earned his B.M.E. from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and has taught middle school, high school, and college level music courses for the past 18 years throughout Oklahoma and Kansas. Currently Paul is staff accompanist for Haysville Middle School and is an adjunct music teacher at Newman University. Under his direction, numerous choirs have received superior ratings at district, state, national, and international contest. Paul has also accompanied and directed honor choirs across the state of Oklahoma and Kansas, as well as serving as staff accompanist for several churches throughout Oklahoma. He has accompanied for Guild Hall Players and is excited to be a part of his first production with Music Theatre for Young People. Paul has been named Who’s Who Among Americas Teachers for four years, and was nominated for Teacher of the Year three times. He has received the Vocal Director’s Sweepstakes Award presented by the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association for nine years and was nominated for a Jester Award for Musical Direction in 2010. In addition to his teaching duties, Paul is the Music and Worship Leader for the River Valley Community Church in Clearwater. In past years, he has been a member of the Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma, past president of the Central Oklahoma Choral Directors Association, SW Representative for Oklahoma Choral Directors Association, and a past Coordinator for the Oklahoma Choral Directors Association Women’s All State Choir. Paul is married to Denice and they have three daughters: McKenzie, Hayden, and Molly.

CHOREOGRAPHERJonathan Standridge

JONATHAN STANDRIDGE (CHOREOGRAPHER) is proud to be a part of his second production with Music Theatre for Young people and this amazing production of My Son Pinocchio, Geppetto’s Musical Tale.  Jonathan holds a BFA in Dance in Performance and Choreography and a BFA in Production Design and Technical Theatre with an emphasis in Lighting, Make-Up and Scenic Design both Wichita State University. While working on his dance degree he performed in the works of C. Nicholas Johnson, Sabrina Vasquez, Cheyla Clawson and Denise Celestin. He has danced with Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre and Mid America Dance Theatre. He also participated in the Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatres Taiwan Tour 2008, performing in Roughhousing (Sabrina Vasquez) and Raku Love (C. Nicholas Johnson).  Jonathan also does free lance choreography work as well.  In 2011, Jonathan was Stage Manager for the Kansas Dance Festival and Production Assistant for the Central Region ACDFA Conference. While at Wichita State he was Lighting Designer for the Main Stage productions of Sausage! (Dr. Bret Jones, director) and She Loves Me (Wayne Bryan, director), Scenic Designer for WSU’s Second Stage production of Faith Healer and Make-Up Designer for Crazy For You directed by Amy Baker-Schwiethale.  His most recent choreographic work was done this last fall with MTYP’s production of Peter Pan.  Jonathan would like to thank Karen, Darian, and Kim for this amazing opportunity and our amazing cast and crew for their hard work and dedication. Jonathan would also like to thank his family for the constant love and support in all of his artistic endeavors! Thank You all for coming and I hope you all enjoy this production of Pinocchio.

COSTUMERMadelynn Nevins

MADELYNN NEVINS (COSTUME DESIGNER) is a recent graduate from Wichita State University.   Previous credits there included costume and makeup designer for Brian Friel’s Faith Healer, lighting designer for Crazy For You, and scenic designer for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. She is thrilled for this opportunity to work with MTYP on My Son Pinocchio. She hopes you all enjoy the show!

 SET DESIGNER/BUILDERKenny Allman

KENNY ALLMAN (SET DESIGNER) is thrilled to be joining us for this production of Disney’s My Son Pinocchio. He has designed sets and lights for a number of theatres in the area, and enjoys his job as the technical director at Heart of America Men’s Chorus. He would like to thank Matt for all of his hard work, the parent volunteers and the staff. He also wants to thank his wife and children that allow him to be away from home for long hours to be part of these productions. Enjoy the show!

LIGHTINGWill Johnson

WILL JOHNSON (LIGHTING DESIGNER) is excited to be back with the MTYP team for another season. Will has had the honor of designing for many local theaters including The Crown Uptown Dinner Theater (You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown), Guild Hall Players (Resident Lighting Designer), Wichita Community Theater (The 39 Steps, Doubt, Other Desert Cities), as well as returning every summer at Butler Showchoir Showcase. Will has also worked as Electrician for Music Theater of Wichita (Sunset Blvd, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Xanadu) and has worked as Master Electrician at the Crown Uptown since their re-opening in 2011. He’s been awarded the Mary Jane Teall Award in Lighting Design for The 39 Steps and Doubt, and was also awarded the Wichita State University George Award for his design of Assassins. He is constantly looking for opportunities to grow as a designer and is excited to help create these fantastic shows with all of the production team and young cast members. www.ictwill.com

PROPS/STAGE MANAGERMatt May

MATT MAY (STAGE MANAGER/PROPS DESIGNER) is having a blast during his first show with MTYP! He has worked with several local theatres including the WSR Signature Theatre, Guild Hall Players, Wichita Center for the Arts, and Wichita Community Theatre. He most recently directed and performed in the fundraiser at Guild Hall. Thank you to Kim and Darian for inviting me on this journey and thanks to the staff and kids for welcoming me aboard

PRODUCTION MANAGERDarian Leatherman

Darian attended Missouri State University, earning a B.F.A. in Acting in 2010.  After graduating, she returned to her roots in Wichita, and has since worked to establish a solid base of relationships with local theatre organizations, especially in the areas of direction, performance, production management and hair/make-up  design. Most recent credits include: Hair/Make-up/Hat/Mask Designer for the 2012 Season at the Crown  Uptown, Production Manager for MTYP’s production of Once Upon a Mattress, Directing the 2012 MTYP Summer Camp Season and playing Portia in Shakespeare in the Park’s production of Julius Caesar.

PETER PAN ARTISTIC STAFF

DIRECTORMegan Upton-Tyner

MEGAN UPTON-TYNER (DIRECTOR) holds a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance and an M.A. in   Communications from Wichita State University. She has performed extensively at Wichita State, as well as in community theatres and small professional companies in the Wichita area.  She has also been seen in several local films and public service commercials. Megan has spent the past decade teaching college  theatre where her work has focused on community engagement and theatre for social change. This    summer she helped to coordinate MTYP’s summer theatre camps including Fairy Tale Camp and Alice in Wonderland, Jr. Career highlights include W;t, with guest artists Dr. Annette Thornton, Wichita theatre legend Joyce Cavarozzi, and the Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Margaret Edson. Also, set design and technical direction for The Tender Land with guest director Brian Luedloff, and anniversary celebrations including productions of The Secret Garden and Quilters. Favorite productions include Godspell, Wizard of Oz, and Children of Eden. Megan is also an energetic supporter of theatre for young people and has directed multiple children’s productions in her hometown of Newton, KS, where she lives with her husband Toby, daughter Maggie and son, Lennon.

MUSIC DIRECTOR Tim Raymond

TIM RAYMOND (MUSICAL DIRECTOR), a native Wichitan, has served as musical director,    conductor, and pianist, for innumerable musical theatre shows, as well as a myriad of concert-stage   productions and large-scale pageants over the past 35 years! Tim has worked closely in partnership with such diverse personalities as: Carman, John Schneider, & the late Norman Petty (the producer of Buddy Holly), as well as many others, in locations throughout the US and Canada, and such “around-the-world” destinations as Europe, the Bahamas, Bermuda, & The Philippines. Tim is well-known in the midwest regional theatre venues for his past work with The Forum Theatre Company & Performing Arts Center, MTYP (Music Theatre for Young People), MTW (Music Theatre Of Wichita), Stage One Productions, the Crown Uptown, The Twin Lakes Playhouse and many others, and has many credits in the Florida, Louisiana, California, & Pennsylvania regions as well. An owner of his own production company,      Masterpiece Productions, Tim has extensive experience in musical arranging, orchestrating, performing, & record production. Tim is a voting member of NARAS (The “Grammy” Awards).  He currently serves on the musical staff of Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church, and is the resident musical director for Wichita’s “Forum Theatre”.  Tim can be seen performing soon in their amazing 3rd annual production of “A Christmas Carol“, as Musical Director / Pianist / Conductor, December 4th through December 23rd

CHOREOGRAPHERJonathan Standridge

JONATHAN STANDRIDGE (CHOREOGRAPHER) is proud to be a part of his first production with Music Theatre for Young People and this amazing production of Peter Pan.  Jonathan currently holds a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Wichita State University and has recently completed his second degree in Production Design and Technical Theatre with an emphasis in Lighting, Make-Up and Scenic Design from Wichita State. While working on his dance degree, he performed in the works of C. Nicholas Johnson, Sabrina Vasquez, Cheyla Clawson and Denise Celestin.  He has danced with Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre (Wichita State University’s resident dance company) and Mid America Dance Theatre. He also participated in the Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre’s Taiwan Tour 2008, performing in Roughhousing (Sabrina Vasquez) and Raku Love (C. Nicholas Johnson).  Jonathan also does freelance choreography work.  Recently, he has been Stage Manager for the 2011 Kansas Dance Festival and Production Assistant for the 2011 Central Region American College Dance Festival.  He has also been Lighting Designer for the WSU Main Stage productions of Sausage! and She Loves Me (Wayne Bryan, director),  Scenic Designer for WSU’s Second Stage production of Faith Healer, and  Make-Up Designer for the 2013 Production of Crazy For You directed by Amy Baker-Schwiethale.   Jonathan would like to thank Megan, Darian, Patty and Kim for this amazing opportunity and our amazing cast of children and teens and crew for their hard work and dedication.  Jonathan would also like to thank his family for the constant love and support in all of his artistic endeavors!  He would like to dedicate his work on this show to his late mother, Susan Standridge. I know you’re looking down upon me, and I know I am making you proud.  Thank You all for coming, and I hope you all enjoy this  production of Peter Pan.

 COSTUMERMadelynn Nevins

MADELYNN NEVINS (COSTUME DESIGNER) is a recent graduate from Wichita State University.   Previous credits there included costume and makeup designer for Brian Friel’s Faith Healer,  lighting designer for Crazy For You, and scenic designer for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. She is thrilled for this opportunity to work with MTYP on Peter Pan. She hopes you all enjoy being whisked off to Neverland.

SET DESIGNER/BUILDERLyle Valentine & Jonathan Welsby

LYLE VALENTINE (SET DESIGNER) is excited for the opportunity to design the set for MTYP’s Peter Pan. Previous set design credits include: Honk!, Bye Bye Birdie, Rodger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, He Done Her Wrong, and Derby High School’s production of Peter Pan. He would like to thank MTYP for  letting him design this set!

JOHNATHAN PATRICK WELSBY (CARPENTER) wants to thank MTYP for giving him the  opportunity to construct the set for this production. He wants to give a special thank you to his father John, mother Ronda, brother Bryan and his favorite Katie for their help, love and support on this show.

 LIGHTINGWill Johnson

WILL JOHNSON (LIGHTING DESIGNER) is excited to be back with the MTYP team for another season. Will has had the honor of designing for many local theaters including The Crown Uptown Dinner Theater (You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown), Guild Hall Players (Resident Lighting Designer), Wichita Community Theater (The 39 Steps, Doubt, Other Desert Cities), as well as returning every summer at Butler Showchoir Showcase. Will has also worked as Electrician for Music Theater of Wichita (Sunset Blvd, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Xanadu) and has worked as Master Electrician at the Crown Uptown since their re-opening in 2011. He’s been awarded the Mary Jane Teall Award in Lighting Design for The 39 Steps and Doubt, and was also awarded the Wichita State University George Award for his design of Assassins. He is constantly looking for opportunities to grow as a designer and is excited to help create these fantastic shows with all of the production team and young cast members. www.ictwill.com

 PROPS – Louise Brinegar

LOUISE BRINEGAR (PROPS DESIGNER) is a 3 time Mary Jane Teall award winning properties designer.  Doing props allows her to combine her love of theatre, her taste for all things vintage and eclectic, a fondness for bargain shopping and her enjoyment of creative pursuits.  By day she is a  registered sales assistant and office administrator for a local financial services firm.

PRODUCTION MANAGERDarian Leatherman

DARIAN LEATHERMAN attended Missouri State University, earning a B.F.A. in Acting in 2010.  After graduating, she returned to her roots in Wichita, and has since worked to establish a solid base of relationships with local theatre organizations, especially in the areas of direction, performance, production management and hair/make-up              design. Most recent credits include: Hair/Make-up/Hat/Mask Designer for the 2012 Season at the Crown Uptown, Production Manager for MTYP’s production of Once Upon a Mattress, Directing the 2012 MTYP Summer Camp Season and playing Portia in Shakespeare in the Park’s production of Julius Caesar.

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTORKim Gee Vines