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May 25, 2019 - June 15, 2019


Based on the book by Norton Juster
Book by Norton Juster & Sheldon Harnick
Music by Arnold Black
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick

The exceptional tale of Milo, Tock and a certain magic tollbooth is brought splendidly to life on stage in The Phantom Tollbooth TYA. Adapted from Norton Juster's beloved children's book, this inventive musical features a melodious score by Arnold Black and witty lyrics full of wordplay by Pulitzer Prize and three-time-Tony-winner, Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof, She Loves Me). Photos by Michael Brunk |



Jacqueline Alves (Actor 6) is absolutely delighted to be making her SecondStory debut! Recent credits include Little Shop of Horrors (ensemble) and Company (Marta). Special thanks to John Christopher, John Thomas, Jenny, Susan, and the rest of her fabulous loved ones!

Danielle DeTomaso (Actor 3) is over the moon about making her debut at SecondStory Rep! She has had a deep love of theater her entire life. It's been years since she was on a stage, and she's never been more ready to perform! Her favorite role that she has played was "Audrey" in Little Shop of Horrors. When she is not on stage, you can find her cooking up a storm in the kitchen, or at 30,000 feet above ground working as a Flight Attendant for Alaska Airlines.

Alexa Ray Claps (Milo) is thrilled to be making her SecondStory Repertory debut as Milo! She has been acting since she was nine years old and is excited to be pursuing it in college and as a career. Past Credits include: Mary Poppins (Winifred Banks), This Is What They Tell Me: Village Theatre Kidstage Original (Mallory), Chicago (Hunyak), Les Mis (Prouvaire), Into the Woods (Florinda), Oliver! (Mrs. Sowerberry/Rose Seller), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Miss Dorothy), and Beauty and the Beast (Mrs. Potts). Many thanks to the production team, Aidan, Aaron Norman, and her family. Enjoy the show!

Carly Squires Hutchison (Actor 7) is so enjoying being back at SecondStory Repertory! You may have seen her as the title character of Freckleface Strawberry here at SSR in the Fall. A local performer, director, choreographer, and teaching artist, Carly has performed with Village Theatre, Taproot Theatre, Wooden O, Seattle Musical Theatre, and Seattle Children’s Theatre. When Carly isn’t performing she teaches locally with Village Theatre’s KIDSTAGE, Creative Dance Center, and Foundry10. Dedicated to education and inspiring students, Carly is thrilled to be a part of this Theater for Young Audiences show. Many thanks to her mom and family! Thank you for supporting local theater and enjoy The Phantom Tollbooth!

Steven Hochteil (Actor 4) Steven is a graduate from Fullerton College in California. You may have seen him recently as Barber and Muleteer in SSR's Man of La Mancha and as Lafou in SFFT "Beauty and the Beast". You can also catch him doing improv with both Split Second Improv and East Side Story. He would like to thank his family and friends for all their support. He would also like to thank his lovely wife for supporting every moment of his acting. He hopes that you all enjoy the show!

Charles Gift (Acotr 5) After a six year absence, Charles is happy to be joining the cast of “The Phantom Tollbooth". Charles last graced the stage at SecondStory six years ago where he played the woodsman in "Snow White". Previously, he was “green" in several other Theater for Young Audiences shows. He was the Frog Prince in "Frog Prince", and Frog in "Frog and Toad”. He has also appeared in The Merry Wives of Winsor and Henry VIII for Greenstage, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for SecondStory Rep, 110 in the Shade at Settle Musical Theatre, and as an actor in The Ring and Fidelio at Seattle Opera. He has a theater degree from Gonzaga University and has done extensive work for many theaters in Seattle, Spokane and Coeur D’ Alene. Charles now works for Trader Joes and is a devoted father and husband to his six-year old son Liam who has a passion for learning and his wife Meghan who has a passion for teaching and he couldn’t think of a better way to share his passion for the stage with the two of them. Olive juice! I love you so much!

Cristin Fenzel (Actor 2/Tock) is delighted to be a part of The Phantom Tollbooth team. She previously appeared on the SSR stage as Wolfington in The Fluffy Tale of Adventure and an ensemble member in Wit. Cristin is a children’s literature superfan and a graduate of the University of Washington Writing for Children Certificate Program. She dedicates her performance to her puppy (and acting coach) Edna Mode the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. Buckets of love and thanks to her husband Kevin for supporting her creative endeavors.


Dan Posluns (Director) has been performing and directing in the greater Seattle area since moving here in 2005. He most recently directed Dirty Rotten Scoundrels with Driftwood Players in Edmonds, where he will be returning to direct The Producers next spring. He is thrilled to be back at SecondStory Repertory after five years, where he last directed Picasso at the Lapin Agile. He is a student and teacher of improv comedy and has been performing as part of the Seattle Theatresports ensemble in Pike Place Market for over a decade. Love to his partner (in life and choreography) Elizabeth, as well as Laney Loo and Simon The Dog.

John Kelleher (Music Director) is "pleased as Punch" to join the production team at SecondStory Repertory, as Music Director of The Phantom Tollbooth TYA, and to be able to play with this incredibly talented cast and staff. Previously, John has Directed/Music Directed Fancy Nancy, the Musical, Knuffle Bunny, a cautionary musical, & Curious George and the Golden Meatball (Tacoma Musical Playhouse Family Theatre). SecondStory stage credits include Anything Goes, Urinetown, Joseph ... Dreamcoat, & How to Succeed in Business... Other recent stage credits include, Oliver! & The Music Man (ManeStage), Rapunzel, a Holiday Panto (Centerstage), & Fester in the award-winning production of The Addam's Family, the Musical (Tacoma Musical Playhouse). Much love to his husband, Larry for his love and support, Dan, Elizabeth, and Tristan, it has been a pleasure. Finally, thank you to Jen and Mark for this incredible opportunity.

Elizabeth Posluns (Choreographer) could not be more excited to be a part of this wonderful production. Her work has been seen locally at Driftwood Players in The Drowsy Chaperone, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and The Addams Family, in addition to Spring Awakening with Basement Theatrics, Mack and Mabel with Sing Out Louise Theatricals and Are you there God? It’s me Karen Carpenter with Stage Right. Much gratitude to Mark and Jen for the opportunity. Love to Mom, Taylor and Laney Loo. As always, thank you Dan for collaborating with me.


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