October 28-November 13, 2022
Created by Barry Keating & Stuart Ross
Shy teenager Eleanor has built a fantasy world around the sci-fi comic books she collects. To the distress of her mother, she has learned to avoid the pains of growing up by escaping into fantasy, imagining herself to be an unrecognized superhero. When she is mysteriously thrust into the Website World of her favorite comic book, Eleanor is drawn into the conflict between Shak Graa, Arch-Creep of Chaos, and the Starmites, guardian angels of Innerspace. She turns out to be the legendary Milady, teen superhero who must lead the Mites on their Quest to save the Galaxy.
SHOW SPONSOR: Beth Moursund
Taylor Davis (Eleanor Fairchild) is stoked to be performing in this totally rad show! She received a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Oklahoma and directs/choreographs/performs for theaters in and around Seattle. You may remember her at SSR as Past and Future in multiple productions of A Christmas Carol! Other favorite roles: Kate Monster/Lucy in Avenue Q (BWW Best Lead Actress), Puck in Midsummer Night’s Dream (GreenStage), Wednesday in The Addams Family (BAT), and the clown in many CenterStage Pantos. Thank you Mark and Jen for your endless devotion to this wonderful theater. Thank you Buddy for your fabulous direction, Angela for killer choreo, Annie for everything you do, and the amazingly talented cast. Much love to Jesse *finger guns*. And thank you, the patron, for supporting local live theatre- it is more important than ever!
Jessica Robins (Diva) As a local theater nerd, Jessica splits their time and talents between scripted, improvisational, and musical theater. Roles of note include: Paulette in ‘Legally Blonde’ (Twelfth Night), Melpomone in ‘Xanadu’ (BPA), Edith Potter in 'The Women' (Harlequin) and Henrietta Leavitt in 'Silent Sky.'(TLT). You can catch them performing regularly in the Improv ensemble at Unexpected Productions in Pike Place Market, or at your favorite local karaoke bar! Instagram: @JRobArtist
Shane Smith (Shak Graa/Trinkulus) is grateful and excited to be back onstage at SSR. You may recognize him from SSR’s “Elephant and Piggie’s We Are in a Play”, stomping around the stage as Gerald the Elephant. Other notable roles around the PNW include: Shrek- “Shrek: The Musical” At The Ridge Theatre; Frog- “A Year With Frog and Toad” TMP; Bunsen/ Featured Ensemble “Disney’s Newsies” Village Theatre; Jacob- “Shenandoah” Showtunes with ACT. Much love to the family, Paul and Seymore.
Matt Langenhop (Spacepunk) is over the moon to be returning to the SSR stage in such a truly wild production after previously appearing in Reefer Madness as Jimmy and Assassins as The Balladeer/Lee Harvey Oswald. Washington theatergoers may have also seen them as The Baker in Into the Woods at RCT earlier this year. Originally a Cleveland native, Matt has been featured in Great Lakes Theater, The Kenny Rogers Christmas Special, and even the annual White House Easter Egg Roll in our nation’s capital. Favorite performances include Jesus in Godspell (Mapleside Barn Theater), Dan in Next to Normal (Columbia Entertainment Co.), and Chip in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Huntington Playhouse). Many thanks to #QuadGoals for always supporting this little space cadet.
Max Lopuszynski (Diggety Razzledazzle) couldn't be more stoked to be back for his ninth production with SSR! Previously at SSR: A Christmas Carol (2019), Man of La Mancha, The Last Starfighter, and five TYA productions. Other recent favorites: Big Fish (BPA), Hair (RCT), Joseph and the Amazing... (SMT), Noises Off (Drama Dock), The Pirates of Penzance (Seattle G&S), and The Rocky Horror Show (BAT). He also works as a voice actor for Winking Kat Books. Up next: Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd with Vashon Repertory Theatre (February 2023). IG: @MaxArthur97
Tristan Carruthers (Herbie Harrison) is excited to be back on the SSR stage! He was last seen as Puddles the Sheep in "Fluffy Tale of Adventure". Other notable SSR roles; Henrik in "A Little Night Music", Bob Cratchit in "A Christmas Carol", and Phinneas T Lightspeed in "Curious George and the Golden Meatball". Much love to his parents, family, and the Squolf for all the love and support!
James B. Webster (Ack Ack Hackerman) is thrilled to make their debut performance at SSR and their first performance post pandemic as a Starmite! They've been active locally in the past at Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theatre, Renton Civic and Bellevue College, and have done international voice over work as a freelance artist going by J.B.Web. a huge shout out to Axton, my eternal love and support for keeping my head above water and to this wonderful cast and crew!
Marlena McHenry (Canibelle) is thrilled to be a part of her first SSR production! She grew up in Redmond, and has a BA in Theatre from WWU. She loves new works and devising, and is excited to be in a musical again. She was most recently seen in StoryBook Theatre's Winnie the Pooh and Hansel and Gretel, and in Bipolar Inkwell on Zoom through Parley Productions. Other favorite Seattle productions include Triceratops Love Song with Somniterum Productions, and Orange Flower Water with Come Up Productions. Cheers and enjoy the show!
Jackie Alves (Balbraka) is delighted to be returning to SSR! Previous roles include Marta (Company), The Princess of Sweet Rhyme (Phantom Tollbooth), Racoon (L’enfant Et Les Sortileges) and Harriet (the Man Who Came to Dinner)..
Lee Iris Thomas (Shotzi) is thrilled to be returning to SSR! She was previously seen in The Fantasticks as The Mute, a role that many have speculated was her most challenging to date! Other credits include Crimes of the Heart (Meg) and Really Really (Grace) with Tough Productions, and a previous trip to Innerspace with CaneStage Theatre Co at the University of Miami (Trinkulus). Love and thanks to Mama and Daddy, Emma, Nanna, Jacob, Max, fellow Banshees, Mia & Robyn, and her VW GTI. Follow her on Instagram @leeiristhomas and her cats @boltnzoom. For Poppa.
Kaira Hensler (Hollaback) is excited to be making her SSR debut with Starmites! After graduating from PLU with a BFA in theater, Kaira moved up to Seattle to continue the trend. After wrapping up the role of Jane in Centerstage Theatre's The Oregon Trail, she turned right around to jump into this role. Prior to that, she was clucking up a storm as part of the Driftwood Player's Festival of Shorts: Why? and Centerstage's winter Panto, Puss In Boots as the title character. Kaira would like to thank her amazing friends and family who have continued to support her throughout the years, and to the wonderful audiences who come out to show their support for local theaters! <3
MEET THE PRODUCTION TEAM
Buddy Todd (Director) is delighted to be returning to SSR, having directed Steel Magnolias, Miss Nelson is Missing¸ and Charlotte’s Web. Additionally, Buddy has acted and directed throughout the Seattle region with organizations such as Pacific Play Company, Studio East, Renton Civic, Theatre 9/12, Bainbridge Performing Arts, Edmonds College, Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theatre, FantasticZ, and more. Buddy is also a teaching artist with Studio East and Seattle Children's Theatre and holds an MFA in Arts Leadership with Seattle University. Buddy is currently a board member with The Shattered Glass Project, a fringe theater company that centers the voices and experiences of women, femme, and other folks whose genders have been historically marginalized. buddytodd.com
Tatiana Boggs (formerly Kruse) is newly married to her amazing husband Markus Boggs. Tatiana is excited to be back at SSR! She has worked frequently at SecondStory for 13 years, music directing youth summer shows, theater for young audiences and mainstage productions. Tatiana has her Masters in Music in Vocal Performance from Central Washington University, her Bachelors of Arts in Vocal Performance from Whitworth University, and is currently applying to the Choral Conducting doctoral program at the University of Washington. (Keep your fingers crossed for her)! Tatiana is in her fifth year of teaching at Juanita High School in Kirkland currently teaching choir and piano and her first year at Finn Hill Middle School teaching choir. Tatiana also is a member of the Wellspring Ensemble, a Seattle based community choral ensemble and works as a freelance pianist and vocalist in the greater Seattle area. Tatiana is very proud of the hard work that went into this production and is excited to share it with you!
Angela Snyder (Choreographer) is a performing and teaching artist who has worked with numerous companies on many stages all over the PNW. She taught Dance Technique in the Intensive program with Studio East and most recently served as choreographer for The Wizard of Oz (BPA) and Peter Pan (Studio East). In addition, she has appeared in Little Shop of Horrors (Reboot Theatre Company), For Better (The Phoenix Theatre), and Miss Nelson is Missing (SSR). Angela holds a BA in Drama, Minor in Music from the University of Washington and pursued her graduate studies in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance at EWU.
Mark Chenovick (Production Design) began designing sets and lights in the late eighties. His work has been seen in over 150 productions here at SSR. I hope you enjoy the show!
“Starmites Pro” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.