VP 2017 Putting it Together

Putting it Together will run May 12 – 21, 2017
Standard tickets are $20, or $18 for Seniors (60+) and students with valid ID.
Performances are at 8pm Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights; and at 2pm on the second Sunday.
Performance dates and times are also listed on our calendar.

Synopsis
A married couple decides to throw a dinner party and invite a coworker and his date. An unexpected guest appears and provides a running commentary on the action that is to come. This is the framework for a musical review that takes us through the musical career of arguably one of the greatest minds in American musical theatre, Stephen Sondheim. With songs from A Little Night Music, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Company, Follies, and many of his other productions that have been performed at The Village Players, and on stages around the world; we guarantee that you will leave the theatre with a spring in your step and a song in your heart.


The Cast

Man #1
Evan James Copeland
Woman #1
Hilary Largent
Man #2
Jesse Mason-Brown
Woman #2
Lena Miller
Man #3
Matthew Johnston

The Crew

Director:
Laura Crawford
Producer:
Patrick Drummond
Stage Manager:
Laura Hansen
Musical Director:
Sam Mason-Brown
Accompanist:
Kenton Davey
Lighting Design:
Rick Bush
Lighting Crew:
Patrick Drummond
Sound Designer:
Patrick Drummond
Sound Crew:
Patrick Drummond
Costume Design:
Cast
Set Designer:
Chris Jagodzinski
Set Builder:
Jake Gordy, Chris Jagodzinski, & Jason Neymeiyer
Set Painters:
Jake Gordy & Chris Jagodzinski
Set Dressers:
Chris Jagodzinski
House Managers:
Jake Gordy & Chris Jagodzinski
Box Office Manager:
Jake Gordy
Box Office, Lobby, & Usher Staff:
Marie Adkins, Carol Ann Allen, Les & Melissa Beland, Gary Blanchard, Sandy Blanchard, Bonnie Brandburg, Judy Breese, Deb Brescol, Janet Butterfield, Evan James Copeland, Connie Darling, Nancy de la Garza, Richard & Lilianne Dockett, Pam Engle, Beth Harp, Darlene Hatfield, Helene Kilcourse, Marilyn Kline, Debbie Krieger, Garry & Marcia Kudlinski, Denise McHue, Jean Mills, Ruth Moeller, Jason Neymeiyer, Sam & Darlene Partin, Rick & Jane Bihn Perse, Gary Peters, Dean Redfield, Jon & Tamara Riggs, Lorenzo Salazar, Lydia Schafer, Vickie Serr, Cheryl Shinover, Harry Shulman, Suzette Skowronski, Bob & Marian Smith, Paul Soska, Dr. Rick Szczygielski, Diana West, & Laura Zelenka
Publicity:
Chris Jagodzinski
Program:
Jake Gordy
Program Art & Cover Design:
Chris Jagodzinski
Production Logo:
Chris Jagodzinski
Program Printing:
AIM Specialists
Marquee Sign:
Jake Gordy & Chris Jagodzinski


The Biographies

The Directors

Laura Crawford (Director) is something of a fixture around The Village Players Theatre. During any given production she can usually be found either on stage (Tomfoolery, Circle Mirror Transformation, Collected Stories, Clue: The Musical, [title of show]), behind the scenes as a sound designer/operator (Impossible Marriage, Steel Magnolias, Looking, The Birds), or occasionally directing/assistant directing (Good People, Into The Woods [with the Upton Players]). In her time away from The Village, she also works as a Teacher and Stage Manager for the Teen Company of Children’s Theatre Workshop. Laura would like to thank her extraordinary cast as well as her brilliant musical director Sam Mason-Brown for their tireless work in Putting this show Together (har har), as well as her stage manager Laura Hansen, and producer Patrick Drummond for (among many other things) their herculean efforts in keeping her sane in the process. Thank you, and please enjoy the show!
 
Sam Mason-Brown (Music Director) is so excited to be music directing Putting It Together: A Musical Review. Sam graduated from The University of Toledo with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education in 2011. Immediately after receiving his bachelor’s degree Sam was accepted into the Bowling Green State University’s Master of Vocal Performance program. He has been involved with the Bowling Green State University opera, has received 1st place at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition in 2009, a prizewinner for the Monday Musical Scholarship Competition in 2010, and won 1st place at The University of Toledo Art Song Competition in 2010. He most recently played the role of Dan Goodman in Next to Normal at Owens Community College in April 2016, and music directed the musical Hair for a local production company in 2016.

The Stage Manager

Laura Hansen (Stage Manager) is happy to be back on headset and working with this talented cast and crew. While the stage manager role is her favorite, she has also worn other hats around the Village: Secretary, VP of Public Relations, Board President, producer, props, scenic artist, and actress. Laura’s favorite on stage roles were as Nora Case in Wrong for Each Other, Bettina Barnes in Psycho Beach Party, Candy Starr in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Jane in Children. Who says you can’t try everything?

The Cast

Evan James Copeland (Man #1) is divinely enthused to be cast in Putting It Together: A Musical Review! Copeland is known for his roles such as Claude in An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf, Colonel Mustard in Clue!, Morris Kaden in As Bees In Honey Drown, and Cliton in The Liar; and as director of The Lyons at The Village, and with the Orange County Players as Curly in Oklahoma!, Jeffery in Godspell, and Mr. Mushnik in Little Shop of Horrors. Copeland’s hobbies include flower-picking, letting-writing, glancing, correcting grammar, and subconsciously collecting useless trivia which makes him great at pub quizzes! Copeland and his incredible theatre partner, Kristopher, call the Old West End home. Whatever makes you happy…comparatively happy…
 
Hilary Largent (Woman #1) is nervous and excited! Hilary is a newcomer to The Village Players. To date, her all-time favorite role has been that of “mom” to her daughter Laila. Hilary and Laila both enjoy singing and it led them to the doorstep of Sam Mason-Brown. Sam took Laila on as a voice student and after hearing Hilary sing during a lesson, he encouraged her to audition for this production. Hilary would like to thank Sam for believing in her, her mother and family for their support, the cast and crew of PIT for being both welcoming and patient, and Laila for being her light in the darkness.
 
Jesse Mason-Brown (Man #2) is ecstatic to be cast in Putting It Together: A Musical Review! Jesse is looking forward to starting a new journey in the world of theater and is grateful to The Village Players of Toledo, for allowing him the opportunity to get back on stage. Jesse is a Registered Nurse and provides home care to local moms and kids. Jesse’s hobbies include video gaming and singing obnoxiously loud in the car. Jesse and his husband live in West Toledo with their 2 beautiful doggies.
 
Lena Miller (Woman #2) is thrilled to be in her first Village Players production. She has performed several musical theatre and operatic roles in the Toledo area, including Sheila Franklin in Hair, Laurie in The Tender Land, Mrs. Gobineau in The Medium, and Nella in Gianni Schicchi, which she also performed in Italy as part of the North Carolina Young Artist Program. She has performed in masterclass settings for Metropolitan Opera stars Michael Sylvester and Marilyn Horne, and has directed performances of 9 to 5 and Xanadu at the high school level. A graduate of the University of Toledo with a degree in music education, she currently serves as choir director and general music teacher for Hilltop Schools. She would like to thank her family and friends for encouraging her at every turn.
 
Matthew Johnston (Man #3) is beyond pleased to be returning to The Village in Putting It Together! People may remember him as the playful Mr. Boddy in Clue: The Musical here two seasons ago. Coming from Maumee, he enjoys shopping for books he’ll never read and binge-watching television. He has kept busy this year, performing with Fremont Community Theatre (Much Ado About Nothing, Young Frankenstein), The Toledo Rep (It’s Only A Play, Sheba Rules), and the Toledo Opera Chorus (Vanessa). Thank you for supporting the arts, and enjoy the “PARTY!”