May 5-28, 2023
SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE
Book byJames Lapine
Music and Lyrics byStephen Sondheim
Inspired by the painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat, Sunday in the Park with George, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's stunning masterpiece, merges past and present into beautiful, poignant truths about life, love and the creation of art. One of the most acclaimed musicals of our time, this moving study of the enigmatic painter, Georges Seurat, won a Pulitzer Prize and was nominated for an astounding ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
SHOW SPONSOR: Beth Moursund
Brian Pucheu (George) is very excited to be at SSR doing this show. Past credits include Bright Star (Jimmy Ray) at Taproot, Pirates of Penzance (Pirate King) G&S Society, Jekyll & Hyde (Jekyll & Hyde) at Renton Civic. He'd like to thank the cast and crew, as-well-as all his bunnies.
Jacqueline Tardanico (Dot/Marie) is thrilled and humbled to make her SSR debut alongside this brilliant cast! Currently, she is touring a children’s show with Taproot Theatre’s Road Company. Some other credits include Jesus, Judas, & Mary Understudy (Jesus Christ Superstar, Reboot Theatre), Marcy Park (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Twelfth Night Productions), Crissy (Hair, Renton Civic Theatre) and Marmee March (Little Women, Mountain Movers Theatre in Kentucky). Jacqueline graduated with honors from Carnegie Mellon University in 2018 with a BFA in Vocal Performance. She would like to dedicate her performance to her late mother, who took her to see her very first musical, right here at SSR. https://www.jacquelinetardanico.com/ IG: @neverjackie
Cecelia Breyault Leavitt (Old Lady/Blair) is thrilled to be making her SSR and PNW debut with this incredible cast and crew in this gorgeous work of musical art! Returning to the stage and singing Sondheim in Paris after 25+ years of raising her family is a dream come true. Cece started her professional career in the Washington, DC metro area, and previous East Coast regional credits include Jackie Kennedy in the DC premiere of First Lady Suite at Signature Theatre, Eva Peron in Evita, Diana and Sheila in the Caribbean tours of A Chorus Line, Anne in A Little Night Music, Eve/Barbara/Passionella in The Apple Tree, Graziella in West Side Story, Sister Helen in Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up, Queen Isabella in Christopher Columbus and Sally in Die Fledermaus, as well as Mame, Singin’ In The Rain, Guys and Dolls and Route 66. Additional musical adventures include singing in a rock band in South Florida, touring the Caribbean with her own 2-person jazz show on Norwegian and Carnival Cruise Lines, cantoring and choral directing across the US and Italy, and being part of the 2018-voice choir for the Special Olympics USA Games Opening Ceremony in Seattle. When not on stage, Cece is a teaching musical artist, audition and voice coach, and a certified music educator in the LWSD. She has taught music and movement classes to children and adults across the country, with a special passion for music as therapy with special needs children and adults with early memory loss. Her favorite role to date is Mom to her 3 artistic sons, wife to her partner in life-Rob, and big sister. A huge thank you to Harry, John, Mark, Tatiana, Valerie, and the entire SSR family; Elizabeth for getting her back up on the horse; and all of her friends and family. She would like to dedicate her performance to all those children who see the world through their own lens; and her own mother, grandmothers and mother-in-law who truly believed children and art are all that we leave behind. Bisous!
Doug Fahl (Jules/Robert Greenberg) has worked on several productions at SSR including Frost/Nixon, Bye Bye Birdie, the Fantastiks, Chess, and A Little Night Music. He also started directing at SSR with A Christmas Carol a few seasons back and looks forward to directing again next season. Doug has appeared at various theaters around the Puget Sound including Village Theatre (Billy Elliot, Beauty and the Beast), ArtsWest (Shipwrecked), SMT (Tommy, Sweet Charity), StageRight (Gregory award winning - Into the Woods), Seattle Rep (Great Gastby) and Theatre 22 (Gregory award nominated - The Pride). On screen Doug has starred in several feature films including 2010’s Zombies of Mass Destruction and has appeared on television in Sy-Fy’s Z-Nation and several commercial. When not performing, Doug produces acting advice/training videos on YouTube and curates a vibrant online acting community on Facebook - (AugmentedActor.com for info). He also works as a video producer and editor. Special thanks to Harry, John, Mark and Jen for all the opportunities they’ve provided and love to Scott and my family for all their support.
Stacie Hart (Yvonne/Naomi) is thrilled to return to SSR to work with this wonderful creative team and talented cast. Her theater story includes chapters as actor, writer, director and fundraiser. She’s written 20 interactive murder mysteries, many of which were featured in an interactive murder mystery series that enjoyed a successful 10-year run at Tacoma Musical Playhouse. She also co-authored the book for an original musical, Tappy McCrackin! Favorite roles include Marguerite (The Scarlet Pimpernel), Girl 2 (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change), Boo Levy (The Last Night of Ballyhoo), Stepmother (Cinderella Enchanted Edition), Hesione (Triumph of Love), Crabble (Fly by Night), Rosie (Mamma Mia!) and Mother Superior (Nunsense). Thanks to Harry and John for this opportunity and to Bruce, Elliott and Hazel for letting me play.
Max Lopuszynski (Franz) returns for his 11th production with SSR. He’s performed with Bainbridge Performing Arts, Renton Civic Theatre, Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan, Seattle Musical Theatre, Vashon Repertory Theatre, and more. Favorite roles include Freddie (Noises Off), Frederic u/s (The Pirates of Penzance), Gerald (Elephant & Piggie…), Margaret Mead (Hair), and The Beadle (Sweeney Todd). Special thanks to Carl P.
Britt Boyd (Freida/Betty) SSR is one of Britt's favorite places to practice "the art of making art." Audiences will remember her from scores of SSR shows, most recently as Christmas Past in this season's A Christmas Carol. An avid Sondheim fan, she has appeared onstage in SSR's productions of Assassins and A Little Night Music and directed Into the Woods. Other favorite local credits include The Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods (Seattle Musical Theatre), Mayor/Ma Ferd in The Toxic Avenger (Burien Actors Theatre), Paulette in Legally Blonde (SecondStory Repertory), Rona Lisa Peretti in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Twelfth Night Productions) and Martha in The Secret Garden (Kitsap Forest Theater). She has also performed locally with Village Theatre, ACT and Seattle Public Theater, as well as touring nationally with Living Voices and Theaterworks. Cheers!
Savannah Lynn (Celeste #1/Photographer) is thrilled to return to the Second Story stage after suddenly closing The Fantastiks in 2020 due to the pandemic. Since then, Savannah has been performing and creating with her band, Blush Fox Trio, in attempts to bring a fresh new sound to swing era jazz. “Sunday” will be her 4th show with Second Story, and she is ecstatic to share her return to musical theater with them. You may have previously seen her in The Fantastiks (Luisa), Assasins (Squeaky), and Reefer Madness (Sally). She has performed many of Steven Sondheim’s works, and can’t wait to share yet another one of his masterpiece’s with her community. Savannah thanks her dear friends and family for always cheering her on.
Daire Byrne (Celeste #2/Elaine) is delighted to be performing in her first show with SecondStory Repertory in one of her favorite musicals. Daire was most recently seen as Rapunzel in Into the Woods at Renton Civic Theatre and Meg March in Little Women at Kitsap Forest Theater. Much love and appreciation to Ben and the kitties!
Graham Arthur Blair (Soldier/Alex) is incredibly happy to be back for his fifth production at SSR, after a long three years, and is stoked to be working with an absolutely killer cast and crew! Some of his favorite past roles include Princeton in Avenue Q (Renton Civic Theater), Emmett in Legally Blonde (Twelfth Night Productions), Vice Principal Panch in the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Twelfth Night Productions), Robert in Boeing Boeing (SecondStory Repertory), and Snail in A Year With Frog and Toad (Twelfth Night Productions). When he’s not too busy juggling theater and work, he spends his time taking on far too many house projects, as well as making beer, cider, and root beer. He’d like to thank his fellow cast and crewmates for all their hard work and for being awesome. He would also like to wish much love to his family; his friends; his four-legged, furry amigos; and his partner, Val. Be kind to every kind!
Kristie (Kiki) Werner (Mrs/Nurse/Harriett) is thrilled to be making her SSR debut. Most recently, she played Simon Zealot in Reboot Theatre Company’s production of “Jesus Christ Superstar”, a Tribe member in “Hair” at Renton Civic Theater, and Mayor Matilda Hyde in “All Shook Up”. Some of her favorite pre-pandemic roles include Rosie in “Mamma Mia” with Seattle Musical Theater, Roz Keith in “9-5 the Musical” with Twelfth Night Productions and Audrey Two in Reboot Theatre Company’s Gregory award winning production of “Little Shop of Horrors”. She wants to thank her incredible wife, Deanna, for love, support and holding down the fort when she is so busy with work and rehearsals.
Miles Wingett (Boatman/Charles Redmond) is proud to be making their SSR debut in Sunday in the Park with George! They began their theatrical career on Vashon Island in 2015, and have since studied musical theater at AMDA NY. Previous theatrical credits include Pirelli in Vashon Repertory Theatre’s Sweeney Todd, Ensemble in Venice Theatre's 42nd Street, and Younger Chuckles in Lincoln Center’s The Sycamore Street Kite Flying Club.
James Webster (Mr/Lee Randolph) is thrilled to return to SSR for their second show. Having previously appeared in Starmites, I am excited to be a part of my first and one of my favorite Sondheim shows! I've done previous work at Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater, Renton Civic theatre, and Bellevue College. Some of my favorite parts include Mr.Mushnik from Little Shop of Horrors, Caldwell B. Cladwell from Urinetown, Ellard from The Foreigner, and The Wizard from Once Upon a Mattress. I'd like to thank the cast and crew for their amazing work and my partner Axton for always being my support, my rock, and my inspiration. I am also a member of the local non-profit Pride Across the Bridge and a voice actor who can be found on Fiverr as j_b_web_voice or Backstage as J.B.Web. Enjoy the show!
Don Zheng (Louis/Billy Webster) is excited to return to the stage at SSR! Recent credits include Anatoly (Chess - PvP Productions), Tank (Zanna, Don't! - SSR) and Carlos (Legally Blonde - Twelfth Night Productions). He also performs with Minor Adjustment, a local Seattle a cappella group. When not onstage, he enjoys cooking, growing superhot peppers, and building killer robots.
Juliette Haroon (Louise) is excited to play Louise in "Sunday in the Park with George"! She has been involved in theater for the past three years portraying Jojo in her school's production of "Seussical Jr.!" as well as the role of "Ugly" in "Honk Jr!". This is her second production with SSR, and she is happy to be a part of this production. Juliette would like to thank the cast and the directors for taking good care of the only kid in the show!
MEET THE MUSICIANS
Kelly Paletta: Percussion
Matthew Tevenan (Cello) is pleased to be returning to SSR for this fantastic production! Recent credits include pit orchestras for Spitfire Grill at Taproot, Into the Woods at RCT, Abraham's Land at KPC, Cabaret at Seattle G&S, and Last World Octopus Wrestling Champion at ArtsWest. Next up is The Hello Girls at Taproot. When not playing, Matthew is a technical writer at Apple.
Kumiko Chiba: Cello/Violin
Erika Fiebig: Cello/Violin Cover
Cody Clark: Reed 1
Cameron Stedman: Reed 2
Beau Buchanan (Reed 3) Beau received his diploma in Band Instrument Repair from Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical, a B.A. from the University of South Florida and graduated from the University of Delaware with his M.M. in oboe performance. After performing in Northern Japan for several years, he relocated to back to the U.S. in 2011 and has since enjoyed connecting musically with talent throughout the Seattle area, founded the Amazon Symphony Orchestra and currently sits as principal oboist with Lake Union Civic Orchestra. Beau is so excited to be performing Sunday in the Park with George with this incredible cast and crew!
Robyn Watson: Reed 3 Cover
Jerry Gao: Keyboard Cover
MEET THE PRODUCTION TEAM
Harry Turpin (Director) has been involved in the theatre for over 20 years on both sides of the table as a director, choreographer, performer, teaching artist, writer, and producer. His work has been seen on both local and national stages. As a director, Harry’s body of work includes productions of Little Shop of Horrors (Winner: Gregory Award (People’s Choice) Outstanding Director, Outstanding Production Musical), The Who’s Tommy (Bway World Winner: Best Director/Best Choreographer), Sweet Charity (Bway World nom: Best Director, Best Choreography), Anything Goes, Guys and Dolls (Bway World nom: Best Choreography) and Becoming More Less Crazy (Winner: Best of the Fest, Seattle Fringe), Fly By Night (Bway World nom: Best Director. Bway world winner: Best Ensemble), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Hair, White Christmas, and Beehive. Other productions include an acclaimed production of Once On This Island, The Pajama Game, All Shook Up, Beauty and the Beast, Hello, Dolly!, Legally Blonde, The Music Man, City of Angels, multiple productions of Bye, Bye, Birdie!, as well as productions of Grease, West Side Story, and The Gifts of the Magi. Children’s Theatre productions as a director/choreographer include Elephant and Piggie: We are in a Play, Waiting for Alice, Flat Stanley, Really Rosie, and The Wizard of Oz. He serves as the President of the Board for Reboot Theatre Company. For more information, visit harryturpin.com.
John Allman (Music Director) is thrilled beyond words to be doing this show with this team. Since 2015, John has written music for 4 one-act musicals, & he also wrote lyrics for 3 of them - all produced for SSR’s Theater for Young Audiences: The Snow Queen, The Fluffy Tale of Adventure, Alice in Wonderland (John’s original adaptation), and Sparkle Fairyʼs School for Formerly Vile Villains. In 2019 John was music director for a staged reading of his own musical Fur Pajamas, with book & lyrics by David Ceci, presented by Seattle Playwrights Salon; in 2017 under the same auspices he presented his mini-musical adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s House of Usher. Most recently, John has completed his own original full-length new musical, The Miracle of the Salt. John has been music director for many musical theater productions and readings at venues around the region, including: SSR (Assassins, Little Shop of Horrors), Showtunes (A Man of No Importance), Lyric Light Opera (The King and I, Camelot, The Sound of Music), Village Theatre Originals (The Last Starfighter, Barnstormer), Village Theatre Kidstage (The Wizard of Oz, Honk!, Jr.), and Seattle Musical Theater (Tommy, Gypsy, Man of La Mancha). He was Associate Music Director for Little Women at Village Theatre mainstage, and has played keyboard for many regional productions - most recently he was pianist for Cabaret at Reboot Theatre. John is a member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild of America. He has been awarded a grant from Meet the Composer.
Tatiana Ashley Boggs (Assistant Music Director) is excited to be back at SSR as assistant music director! She has worked frequently at SSR 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. 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 and Kirkland Choral Society and works as a freelance pianist and vocalist in the greater Seattle area. Tatiana has enjoyed learning and experimenting with programming synth patches and incorporating music tech into the theater. She is very proud of the hard work that went into this production and is excited to share it with you!
Valerie Reid (Stage Manager) is incredibly excited to be back working on her second show with SSR, her third show with John Allman and her eighth show with Harry Turpin. Valerie has been stage managing for over 10 years in both the Seattle and Los Angeles areas. Recent productions include Avenue Q (RCT), Hair! (RCT) and 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee (TNP). Other favorite shows include Assassins (SSR), Once on This Island (TNP), Legally Blonde: The Musical (TNP) and working with the Village KIDSTAGE Originals Program. When Valerie is not wrangling actors she enjoys traveling and finding down time to do puzzles.
Mark Chenovick (Production Design) would like to thank the production team and cast for their hard work and open minds while putting this show together. Additional thanks to: Alicia Mendez, Elizabeth Shipman, The Village Theatre prop shop, and Joel at Seattle Shakespeare Company! All my love to Jen and McKenzie.