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The Wild & Wonderful Whites of West Virginia

The Wild & Wonderful Whites of West Virginia

 

Music by Garrit Guadan

Lyrics by Justin Anthony Long

Book by Justin Anthony Long

Directed by Justin Anthony Long
Assistant Direction by Jonny Lee Jr.
Choreography by Josh Walden

Associate Choreography by Glenn Giron

Music Director Garrit Guadan

+ Indicates member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

 

Set to a lush Appalachian and Rockabilly score, The Wild & Wonderful Whites of West Virginia explores both the comic and tragic sides of life on the other side of the law. This new musical shines a light on the powerful forces of corruption, poverty and West Virginia’s environmentally and culturally devastating coal mining culture that helped shape the White Family, a dying breed of outlaws preserving a dying form of dance.

 

Setting

Boone County, West Virginia, 2009

 

Cast

Mamie White…………………………………………………Alison England*

D. Ray White………………………………………………………Glenn Giron*

Jesco White……………………….……….………………………Brad Bradley*

Mark White………………………………………………………Blake Spellacy*
Dorsey White………………………………………………………John Scacchetti*
Poney White…………………………………………………………Devin Johnson*
Trio Singer/Ensemble………………………………………………Jake McKenna
Trio Singer/Ensemble…………………………………………………Vincent DiPeri
Trio Singer/Ensemble…………………………………………………Dominic Sellers
Ensemble…………………………………………...................Jennifer Jean Anderson*
Ensemble……………………………………………….................…Amber Coartney
Ensemble…………………………………………....................Elizabeth Pryce Davies
Ensemble……………………………………………………...............Sarah Statler

* Indicates member of Actors’ Equity Assn.

 

Scenes & Songs

Opening: “The Wild & Wonderful Whites of West Virginia”

Musicians

Track- Music Composed and Recorded by Garrit Guadan

 

Garrit Guadan (Composer; The Wild & Wonderful Whites of West Virginia, Music Director) Composer/Music Director for Twist (MITF “Outstanding Music” award winner), Cookie Soiree: A Sweet New Musical Short (Ken Davenport 10 minute play/musical winner, Soundbites 2014 audience choice award), Jake and Lindsay (Ken Davenport 10 minute musical finalist). Additional Music Direction: Christmas with the Crawfords (starring Chris March, Joey Arias, Sherry Vine), Miranda Sings! (Birdland), Letters to Daddy (NYMF), Ever Happily After (NYMF), the Historic Palace Theatre, NH: West Side Story, Les Miserables, Godspell, Singin’ in the Rain. www.garritguadan.com

 

Justin Anthony Long (Bookwriter/Lyricist; The Wild & Wonderful Whites of West Virginia) is a writer, actor and director. Some writing includes the full length musical WELCOME TO SHOOFLY (2017 ASCAP/DreamWorks Musical Theatre Workshop, invited to show at NYMF 2015,NYMF Next Link Finalist, NJ Playwrights Contest Finalist), COOKIE SOIRÉE (Sound Bites Audience Choice Award for Best Musical & Ken Davenport 10-Minute Play/Musical winner), and the short film, TAKE OUT (AAFL Top 10 & Winner of Best Actress). He also co-wrote/directed/starred in the musical web-series, CITY OF DREAMS, which was featured in the New York Times, USA Today, Playbill.com and featured guest performances by Billy Porter, Laura Osnes, and others. His musical theatre work has also been seen in THE OPPOSITE OF COOL: THE SONGS OF LEE, LONG & BURNS at 54 Below and in MUSI-CAL as part of the LA FESTIVAL OF NEW AMERICAN MUSICALS at the LA Rockwell Table & Stage.www.JustinAnthonyLong.com

 

Jonny Lee Jr. (Assistant Director) is an actor, singer, writer, photographer, and producer - a veritable jack-of-all-trades. As an actor, Jonathan was most recently seen as Thuy in the Kansas City Starlight mini-tour of MISS SAIGON. Other credits include Ito in MAME, Ching Ho in THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, Jack in INTO THE WOODS at the Oguma Playhouse (Olivia Award), Henry in NEXT TO NORMAL, and Michael in IMAGINARY HEART. As a writer, Jonathan co-wrote the music, lyrics, and book to the new musical WELCOME TO SHOOFLY (2011 NYMF Next Link Finalist & NJ Playwrights Contest Finalist). He also co-writes, edits, and stars in the musical web-series, CITY OF DREAMS, which has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, Stage17.tv, Playbill and BroadwayWorld.www.JonnyLeeJr.com

 

Josh Walden (Choreographer) Directed/choreographed The Rocky Horror Show for The University of Buffalo, Legally Blonde for Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, A Chorus Line for Maltz Jupiter Theatre and Theatre Memphis, and the rock opera Fallen Angel in the New York International Fringe Festival. He has also choreographed for Signature Theatre, Sacramento Music Circus, DOONCE Productions, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Gateway Playhouse and Morag Productions for the Seabourn Sun Cruise Ship. On Broadway, Josh was the associate director/associate choreographer for the revival of Ragtime. As a performer, he has been in Broadway revivals of 42nd Street, La Cage aux Folles, A Chorus Line and Ragtime.

Jennifer Jean Anderson* (Ensemble) Jennifer Jean Anderson is an actor, singer, and writer hailing from Florida. Favorite NYC credits include The Real Actors of NYC, The Hole, and Missed Connections, which she co-created. Favorite regional include The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Grease, A Christmas Carol. Her written work has appeared onstage at The Magnet and The PIT. Love and thanks to Garrit, Mom and Dad, and Tom.

 

Brad Bradley* (Jesco White) Broadway credits include the original casts of “Spamalot”, “Annie Get Your Gun”(w/ Bernadette Peters & Reba McEntire) “Thou Shalt Not”, “People in the Picture”,” Steel Pier”& closing Broadway cast of “Billy Elliot”. Brad starred as Patsy opposite Gary Beach’s & Richard Chamberlain’s King Arthur on the 1st National Tour of “Spamalot.” NYC and Off-Broadway-“I am Harvey Milk”,” Chita: A Legendary Celebration”,” A Christmas Carol”(MSG),”The Cocoanuts”, “Ernest in Love” (Irish Rep) and 2 Encores. Up Next  this summer he will be playing Benny Southstreet in “Guys & Dolls” at Maine State Music Theatre and Igor in “Young Frankenstein” at Northshore Music Theatre. At age 12, Brad was a back up dancer for Michael Jackson in the Pepsi commercial. His podcast Broadways Backbone is available on Soundcloud and iTunes.

 

Amber Coartney (Ensemble) Amber is excited to return to the SoundBites festival after previously appearing in "Cookie Soiree" as a kick ass Girl Scout back in 2014.  Amber cant thank her friends enough for continuing to want to work with her.  Past Guadan/Long collaborations include COOKIE SOIREE and JAKE AND LINDSAY.  Amber had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Garrit Guadan in presenting WELCOME TO SHOOFLY! a Long, Lee, Burns, and sometimes Duncan production, last fall.  Favorite credits include Tracy Turnblad in HAIRSPRAY, and Enid Hoopes in LEGALLY BLONDE.  Love to Joe.

 

Elizabeth Pryce Davies (Ensemble) is excited to be working on exciting new work with with this wonderful company! She was last seen onstage in the premiere of the 2-woman play “Present Tense" at Dixon Place and the Gene Frankel Theatre. Favorite roles include playing 7 characters in the US Off-Broadway Premiere of the folk-rock musical Towards the Moon at 59E59 Theaters. She also originated the role of The Lady of the Night in the World Premiere of Charles L. Mee’s The Four Seasons at the Angel Orensanz Foundation. Other favorite credits: Mol in Tiny Disasters (World Premiere) and Marigold Fezziwig in A Christmas Carol, both at The Guthrie Theater; The Gypsy in The Who's Tommy and Eddie in The Rocky Horror Show, both at WPPAC; Dunyasha in The Cherry Orchard at the Al Schapiro Theater; and Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream at The Payomet Performing Arts Center. She is a YoungArts winner in Popular Voice and a graduate of the Improv and Sketch program at Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program. Keep up atwww.elizabethprycedavies.com and @lizdaviez!

 

Vincent DiPeri (Trio Singer/Ensemble) Credits: Hairspray (Male Authority Figure- The Palace Theatre), Singin’ in the Rain (Dexter- The Palace Theatre) National Tour of How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Papa Who), Le Nozzi De Figaro (Don Curzio - McCarter Theatre), Spamalot (Sir Bedevere- Park Playhouse), Les Miserables (Joly/Thenardier u/s- Little Theatre on the Square), The Producers (Roger- Park Playhouse). Love to my family and Carl!

 

Alison England* (Mamie White) Musical Theatre: Bside- Productions: Debut/Madelaine;Merry-Go-Round/FLMTF: Debut/Mrs Bennet/Lady Catherine. Ragtime on Ellis Island: Emma cover/Ensemble (w. Brian Stokes Mitchell, Laura Michelle Kelly, Brandon Victor Dixon. Sweeney Todd/Mrs. Lovett (BwayworldLA -Drama Critic Nomination- Best Actress: StageSceneLA Winner Best Actress). Singin in the Rain/Dora Bailey-Phoebe Dinsmore (StageSceneLA Winner Best Supporting Actress). Les Mis/Mme Thenardier (Tour); Thoroughly Modern Millie/Meers (StageSceneLA Winner); Zombies from the Beyond/Zombina- (Ovation Nominee Best Actress: BwayWorldLA & Stage Raw Nominee- Best Actress; Winner StagesceneLA Best Actress). Gypsy/Momma Rose. Hello Dolly/Dolly. Broadway: Great Christmas Spectacular/Mrs Claus. Theatre: The Duchess of Malfi/Duchess(LA Drama Critic Award); Lorca, Child of the Moon/Novia (LA Drama Critic Nomination). Feature Film: In Vino ( w. Ed Asner). Smothered by Mothers (w. Heather Mazzarato/Alice Amter). Acre Beyond the Rye (w. James Caan). Attack of the Killer Doughnuts (w. Frederick Burns). TV: Lead; 60 Degrees of Murder: Lead; Aphrodite Jones/NBC. Lead; Unusual Suspects- Discover Investigation. Guest Star; Dharma & Greg w. (Jenna Elfman, Thomas Gibson). Lead; Lucky Charms Lady/Lucky Charms

Alisonengland.net. https://twitter.com/aenglandacts

 

Devin Johnson* (Poney White) has performed regionally at such theaters as Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ and Riverside Theater in Vero Beach, FL, as well as others around the country. He recently performed in a reading of "The Last Adam" at the Metro Baptist Church in midtown. BFA Montclair State. Devin-Johnson.com

 

Jake Mckenna (Trio Singer/Ensemble) comes from a long line of inbred, arms bearing, drug fueled white trash and is thrilled to be part of a piece that portrays his people with the dignity and respect they deserve.

 

Dominic Sellers (Trio Singer/Ensemble) is a New York based actor and performer. Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, The Mystery of Irma Vep (The Theater Project), A Christmas Carol, Gypsy (Yorktown Stage). He is so stoked to be joining this team to help tell this story.

 

John Scacchetti* (Dorsey White) has performed on Broadway in the 2001 Revival of 42nd Street, and the 2008 Revival of Gypsy starring Patti LuPone. National Tour credits include 42nd Street, and My Fair Lady directed by Trevor Nunn and choreographed by Matthew Bourne. Regional credits include Phil Davis in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina), Cosmo Brown in Singin’ in the Rain (Gateway Playhouse), George in The Drowsy Chaperone (The Cape Playhouse), Mike in A Chorus Line (Weston Playhouse), Slats in Good News!, and How To Succeed…(Goodspeed Opera House). John was recently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Western Carolina University where he reset the Original Broadway Choreography for their production of Gypsy. John holds a BS in theatre performance from Bradley University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.

 

Blake Spellacy* (Mark White) just recently performed as The Pursur in Musicals Tonight’s production ofAnything Goes. His other credits include Crazy for You (Bobby Child), Cats (Simbleshanks), The Addams Family (Lucas Beineke), Singin’ in the Rain (Cosmo Brown), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Freddy Benson), Dames at Sea (Lucky), and I Love a Piano (Jim). He thanks you for coming and hopes you enjoy the show!

 

Sarah Statler (Ensemble) is originally from San Jose, California, and grew up studying theater, voice and piano. After moving to New York, she graduated from Manhattan School of Music with a BM in voice.  During her time there, she was a recipient of the ASCAP Foundation’s Fran Morgenstern Davis Scholarship.  New York Theater credits include:  “Makeover” (New Dramatists), “Atlantis!” (Emerging Artists Theatre), “Ada” (The Ensemble Studio Theatre) & “The Dome” (Prospect Theater Company).  Regional theater: Bernstein’s “Mass” (The Virginia Arts Festival) & “Side by Side by Sondheim” (Music for Montauk), as well as various productions at Busch Gardens, VA where she covered multiple roles as a vocal swing. She has also been seen in workshops, readings and concerts with New York Theatre Barn, 52nd Street Project & NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.

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