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A Most Average Musical

A Most Average Musical

 

Book and Lyrics by Jonathan Keebler

Music by Bob Kelly

Based on a Screenplay by Talia Berger

Directed by Talia Berger

Choreographer Aliza Berger

Music Director Bob Kelly

+ Indicates member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

 

A Most Average Musical follows freshman Jenny as she spends her first Friday night at college alone. Unlike her three roommates, Jenny does not have extraordinary plans for the evening. But when upstairs neighbor Charlie knocks on the door, asking for a spare toothbrush, Jenny learns that an average night is just what she needs to fit in.

 

Setting

Freshman Dorm, Collegeville USA, Fall 2016

 

Cast

Jenny………………………………………………Sarah Smithton*

Charlie………………………………………………Jack Flatley

Liz………………….……….…………………Cody Boehm

Gwen………………………………………………Neda Lahidji

Melanie………………………………………………Natalie Powers

* Indicates member of Actors’ Equity Assn.

 

Scenes & Songs

“What A Night!” – Liz, Gwen, Melanie, Jenny

“Extraordinary” – Jenny

“Toothbrush/Pathetic” – Charlie and Jenny

“Return of the Roommates” – Liz, Gwen, Melanie, Jenny

“Average” – Jenny

 

Musicians

Bob Kelly (Keyboard), Lloyd Kikoler (Bass), Brandon Wong (Percussion)

 

Talia Berger (Original Concept and Screenplay, Director; A Most Average Musical) is a writer and director living in Los Angeles, CA. Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Talia graduated from Penn State University with a BA in Film. She has worked in television, film, and theater in New York City. Talia currently works as a producer's assistant.

 

Jonathan Keebler (Bookwriter/Lyricist; A Most Average Musical) is a lyricist and bookwriter originally from Delray Beach, Florida, who now resides in New York City. He has an MFA in musical theatre writing from NYU Tisch and a BA in theatre arts from Rollins College. His work has been developed at the Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals. A studio cast recording of one of his musicals, Gay Card, was released this May. Jonathan was a 2016 Jonathan Larson Grant finalist. More info at jonathankeebler.com.

 

Bob Kelly (Composer, Music Director; A Most Average Musical) Bob Kelly is a NY-based composer, pianist, and music director. He is from the Twin Cities, MN, and is a graduate of St. Olaf College and the NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. His work as a composer has been supported and developed with the Yale Institute for Music Theatre, The Gallery Players, Prospect Theater Company, NY Theatre Barn, Leviathan Lab, and the NYU Tisch CDP Series. Bob is a member of ASCAP, the Dramatists Guild, and Local 802. More info at www.bobkelly-music.com

 

Aliza Berger (Choreography) is a writer-producer and sometimes choreographer living in New York City. Aliza works in television production, but sometimes she has an affair with her long-lost love: theater. You can see her perform with her sketch team Cheap Wigs at the Pit. Aliza is so happy to be a part of this production team and would like to congratulate all the shows of Sound Bites!

 

CAST BIOS

Sarah Smithton (Jenny)Selected credits: LaChiusa's The Wild Party (B-Side Productions), Wind-Up Girl (Workshop - Ars Nova), The God of In-Between (Workshop - Playwrights Realm), Godspell (Westchester Broadway Theatre). Currently voices Madeleine Bernassi in Radio Room's "Queens Of The Sapphire Sea." www.sarahsmithton.com

 

Jack Flatley (Charlie)– New York Theatre (NYU): The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Chairman), The Drowsy Chaperone (Man in Chair), Tisch New Theatre’s Company (Peter), Kiss Me, Kate (Harry/ Baptista), The Secret Garden (Lt. Peter Wright), Grand Hotel (Witt), Pins and Needles (Featured Soloist), Cendrillon, and The Student Prince. Regional: My Fair Lady (Sharon Playhouse, CT). Education: NYU Steinhardt. Jack has studied with Washington National Opera Instituteand performed with Young Artists of America in Washington DC.

 

Cody Boehm (Liz) is so excited to a part of this extraordinarily average musical! Previous roles include Thea in Spring Awakening at The Keegan Theatre (Helen Hayes Nom), Daisy in Side Show, Joanne in Rent, and most recently Jill in a workshop of Georgia Stitt's new musical The Danger Year. Cody is a senior BFA Musical Theatre major at Pace University. She'd like to thank Talia, Bob, and Jonathan for this fantastic opportunity and a huge thanks to her parents for all their love and support!

 

Neda Lahidji (Gwen) is a recent graduate of NYU Steinhardt, receiving her Master of Music in Musical Theater and Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy. Last fall, Neda was one of four singers selected by Victoria Clark to work with her at New York City Center's new master class series, Front and Center: Learning from the Masters.  New York Theatre: Grand Hotel. Online Short: 50th anniversary of Mary Poppins: Feed the Birds (cover). (Awards: Lenya Competition: Emerging Artist Award, San Francisco Y.E.S. Foundation for the Arts Finalist.  www.nedalahidji.com

 

Natalie Powers (Melanie) is thrilled to be participating in Sound Bites! Recent credits include Annie Get Your Gun (Winnie) at Fulton Theatre, De Materie at Park Avenue Armory with Heiner Goebbels, Under the Sea (Ariel) featuring Pacific Symphony at Segerstrom Concert Hall and violin recordings for the national tour of Fame. Recent graduate of Pace University with a BFA in Commercial Dance. Many thanks to Talia, Bob and Jonathan! @natalieannepowers

 

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