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2015-2016 Canterbury Family Main Stage Season

World Premiere
October 2 - 25, 2015
Book, Music & Lyrics by Donald Fowler

Sponsored by Frost Bank, Pinnacle, WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors, Creep Producer's Circle

Creep is the world premiere of Dallas playwright/composer Donald Fowler’s original thriller musical. Exploring many of the dark truths surrounding the fabled “Jack the Ripper,” and metaphorically examining how the individual, when dehumanized, will adapt, or hide from truth in order to survive, Creep is sure to take your breath way. Nationally-acclaimed director Kate Galvin will direct this thrilling season opener. Mature subject matter.

Mary - Sarah Elizabeth Smith
Mother - Christia Mantzke*
Jackson - Jonathan Bragg*
Christian - Daniel Rowan*
Polly - Patty Breckenridge*
Anne - Alyssa Gardner
Young Mary - Abby Chapman
Ensemble - Stephen Bates, Lillian Andrea De Leon, Raul Escalona, Alex Heika, Linda Leonard*, Janelle Lutz, Kyle Montgomery, Calvin Scott Roberts*, Kathryn Taylor Rose, Molly Welch, Seth Womack

Creative Team:
Director - Kate Galvin
Music Director - Kevin Gunter
Choreographer - Kelly McCain
Stage Manager - Caron Grant*
Assistant Stage Manager - Stefany Cambra*
Set Designer - Jeff Schmidt
Co-Costume Designers - Derek Whitener/Victor Newman Brockwell
Lighting Designer - Jason Foster
Sound Designer - Curtis Craig
Assistant Sound Designer/Sound Mixer - Kellen Voss
Orchestrator - Dan Kazemi
Copyist/Transriber - Adam C. Wright
Fight Choreographer - Jeff Colangelo
Dialect Coach - Sara Lovett
Dramaturg - Kyle Eric Bradford

*denotes AEA member



Sexy Laundry

November 20 - December 13, 2015
By Michele Riml
In collaboration with Stage West

Michele Riml’s hit romantic comedy comes to our main stage by popular demand following its limited sold-out run in our studio series last season. Henry and Alice, married for 25-years are trying to find a way to spice up their dormant love life with a weekend in a swanky hotel room. Alice brings a copy of ‘Sex for Dummies’ and a willingness to try new things. Henry brings only his bad attitude. They share their fantasies, exchange recriminations, and take turns confessing the details of their personal midlife crises as the play moves from comic to serious and back to comic again. Sexy Laundry is a touching and hilarious journey that will resonate with many.

Alice - Wendy Welch*
Henry - Bob Hess*

Creative Team:
Director - Terry Martin
Assistant Director - Diana Sheehan
Stage Manager - Caron Grant*
Assistant Stage Manager - Hillary Abbott
Set Designer - Clare DeVries
Lighting Designer - Bryant Yeager
Sound Designer - Kelsey Leigh Ervi
Properties Designer - Tish Mussey

*denotes AEA member

Lord of the Flies

Regional Premiere
January 22 - February 14, 2016
By William Golding
Adapted for the stage by Nigel Williams

Sponsored by Atmos Energy and Slalom Consulting

When a group of schoolboys survives a catastrophic plane crash, what starts as a desert island adventure quickly descends into a struggle for survival in a darkly sinister world of superstition and immorality.  As the boys slowly explore their new-found freedom, their fun and games turn into vicious battles for power. When the group splits into two opposing tribes: one that strives for civility and another that delights in savage violence; the competition escalates into a dangerous, frightening climax. Based on the groundbreaking 1954 novel, this gripping classic looks into the darker sides of human nature where it’s civilization vs. savagery and the mob vs. morality.

Ralph - Henry Greenberg*
Piggy - Matthew Minor*
Jack - Anthony Fortino*
Roger - Mitchell Stephens*
Maurice - Seth Womack
Simon - Kyle Montgomery
Sam - Samuel Cress
Eric - Brandon Shreve
Perceval - Tanner Garmon

Creative Team:
Director - Kelsey Leigh Ervi
Assistant Director - Matt Ransdell, Jr. 
Set Designer - Bradley Gray
Costume Designer - Sylvia Fuhrken
Assistant Costume Designer - Ryan Schaap
Lighting Designer - Dan Schoedel
Sound Designer - Kellen Voss
Properties Designer - Tish Mussey
Stage Manager - Caron Grant*
Assistant Stage Manager - Hillary Abbott
Fight Choreographer - Jeff Colangelo
Dialect Coach - Sara Lovett
Composer - Andrew Manson
Dramaturg - Kyle Eric Bradford

*denotes AEA member


The Big Meal

Regional Premiere
April 15 - May 8, 2016
By Dan LeFranc

Sponsored by Table 13 and Whole Foods Addison

Somewhere in America in a suburban chain restaurant on an average night, a young couple Sam and Nicole meet for a drink. Sparks fly, setting in motion the extraordinary tale of five generations of an ordinary family. In this theatrically inventive and beautiful play about the love, trials, and resilience of families, we experience – over the course of many mealtimes - the moments, both mundane and milestone, that make up a full life. The Big Meal is big-hearted, stunningly ambitious and richly satisfying. Reservations recommended!

Man 1 - John S. Davies*
Woman 1 - Lois Sonnier Hart*
Man 2 - Jakie Cabe*
Woman 2 - Sherry Hopkins
Man 3 - Garret Storms
Woman 3 - Kia Boyer
Boy - Alex Duva
Girl - Kennedy Waterman

Creative Team:
Director - Emily Scott Banks
Stage Manager - Caron Grant*
Assistant Stage Manager - Hillary Abbott
Set Designer - Darren Diggle
Costume Designer - Sylvia Fuhrken
Lighting Designer - Dan Schoedel
Projections Designer - Nate Davis
Sound Designer - Kellen Voss
Properties Designer - Bradley Gray
Dramaturg - Kyle Eric Bradford

*denotes AEA member




Outside Mullingar

Regional Premiere
June 3 - 26, 2016

Sponsored by Liberty Capital Bank and Women of WaterTower (WOW!) 

Pulitzer, Oscar and Tony Award-winning author John Patrick Shanley, whose play Doubt: A Parable was a hit at WTT in 2008, now brings us a new romance about Anthony and Rosemary, two introverted misfits in rural Ireland. Now nearing their middle years, Anthony has spent his entire life on a cattle farm oblivious to the longing of his neighbor Rosemary, who hopelessly pines for him. With Anthony’s father threatening to disinherit him and a decades old land feud simmering between the families, Rosemary fears romantic catastrophe. These two beautiful, eccentric souls scramble their way towards happiness in a delightful tale about love and its many surprises.

Anthony Reilly - Jeremy Schwartz*
Rosemary Muldoon - Jessica Cavanagh
Tony Reilly - John S. Davies*
Aoife Muldoon - Gail Cronauer*

Creative Team:
Director - René Moreno
Stage Manager - Hillary Abbott*
Assistant Stage Manager - Seth Monhollon
Set Designer - Michael Sullivan
Costume Designer - Barbara Cox
Lighting Designer - Jason Foster
Sound Designer - Ryan Joyner
Properties Designer - Bradley Gray
Dialect Coach - Anne Schilling
Dramaturg - Kyle Eric Bradford

*denotes AEA member




One Man, Two Guvnors

Regional Premiere
August 5 - 28, 2016
By Richard Bean

Sponsored by Yelp, Rainmaker Advertising, Million Air Dallas, Laree Hulshoff and Ben Fischer, Norma and Paul Shultz, Liese and Michael Canterbury and Barbara and Bob Bigham: The Baylor Oral Health Foundation 

Set in swingin’ 1963 London, One Man, Two Guvnors is a unique, laugh-out-loud mix of satire, songs, slapstick and glittering one-liners. The disarming and doltish Francis Henshall finds himself trapped into working for two bosses—who are connected to each other in wildly improbable ways. He just has to keep them from discovering each other. Easy, right?  Inspired insanity, high-low antics, and nimble wordplay ensue—all backed by live musicians paying homage to rockabilly and a certain Fab Four. This topsy-turvy world of love triangles and mistaken identities has been a huge hit ever since it opened at London’s National Theatre in 2011 and on Broadway in 2012.  It’s more than a sassy update of Carlo Goldoni’s classic knee-slapper, The Servant of Two Masters - it’s a brilliantly delicious mash-up of splendid comedy, British pantomime, and music-hall revues.

Francis Henshall - Brian Gonzales*
Stanley Stubbers - John-Michael Marrs*
Rachel Crabbe - Alexandra Lawrence
Harry Dangle - Bradley Campbell*
Charlie "The Duck" Clench - Sonny Franks*
Lloyd Boateng - Erik Jenkins
Pauline Clench - Allison Bret
Alan Dangle - Mitchell Stephens
Dolly - Ashley Puckett Gonzales*
Alfie - Jeff Colangelo
Ensemble - Jake Bullock, Jerry Downey, Janae Hatchett, Alex Heika, Christia Schmidt, Seth Womack and Isaac Young

Guitar - Ian Ferguson
Guitar - Alan Murphy
Bass - Sara Bollinger
Drums - Alan Pollard

Creative Team:
Director - Terry Martin
Musical Director - Sonny Franks
Assistant Director - Diana Sheehan
Stage Manager - Caron Grant*
Assistant Stage Manager - Bonnie Hanvey*
Set Designer - Chris Pickart
Costume Designer - Sylvia Fuhrken
Lighting Designer - Leann Burns
Sound Designer - Scott Guenther
Choreographer - Jerermy Dumont
Physical Comedy Consultant - Jeff Colangelo
Dialect Coach - Sara Lovett
Dramaturg - Kyle Eric Bradford



15th Annual Out of the Loop Fringe Festival

February 25 - March 6, 2016

Sponsored by The Town of Addison and The Texas Commission on the Arts
Media Sponsor: TheaterJones and Dallas Observer

Over the past 15 years, WaterTower Theatre has hosted more than 125 artists and companies in its nationally acclaimed 11-day fringe festival of music, dance and theatre.  Now recognized as one of the most important fringe festivals in the country, the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival has been instrumental in providing a forum for new works, new artists and emerging voices in the arts.


2016 Discover Series
The Realistic Joneses

Regional Premiere
March 19 - April 10, 2016
By Will Eno

Sponsored, in part, by The Town of Addison

In The Realistic Joneses, we meet Bob and Jennifer and their new neighbors John and Pony, two suburban couples who have more in common than their identical homes and their shared last names.  As their relationship begins to intertwine, the Joneses must decide between their idyllic fantasies and their imperfect realities.  This contemporary comedy explores how our joys and sorrows -- and how we choose to face them -- can come to define our lives.  

Bob Jones - James Crawford*
Jennifer Jones - Diana Sheehan*
John Jones - Justin Locklear
Pony Jones - Martha Harms

Creative Team:
Director - David Denson
Stage Manager - Margaret J. Soch*
Set/Lighting/Sound Designer - Christopher Ham
Properties Designer - Kyle Montgomery

*denotes AEA member


Bright Half Life

Regional Premiere
May 21 - June 12, 2016
By Tanya Barfield

Sponsored, in part, by The Town of Addison

Tanya Barfield's funny new play tells the story of Erica and Vicky, and their relationship which spans decades. Moments of the past collide with fragments of the present in this kaleidoscopic telling of the loves and losses of coupledom. A contemporary play with a theme as timeless as the ages. Tanya Barfield is an African-American playwright whose works have been produced around the world. Her plays include The Call, The Houdini Act, Medallion, and The Quick. She also authored a children's musical entitled Civil War: The First Black Regiment.

Erica - Kelsey Leigh Ervi
Vicky - Kenneisha Thompson*

Creative Team:
Director - Garret Storms
Stage Manager - Aaron Kelley*
Co-Set Designers - Bradley Gray and Garret Storms
Costume Designer - Ryan Schaap
Lighting Designer - Luke Atkison
Sound Designer - Kellen Voss

*denotes AEA member


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