The Company Theatre with Steel River Playhouse
The Company Theatre is working in collaboration with Steel River Playhouse to bring theatergoers this fanciful musical perfect for the whole family April 7-15, 2018.
Purchase your tickets here for this fun family treat coming this spring.
The incomparably imaginative creators of Seussical, Ragtime, Anastasia and more, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, bring one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved tales to life in The Emperor’s New Clothes. Developed by Kansas City’s Coterie Theatre, leaders in the Theatre for Young Audiences genre, this winsome musical is a crowd-pleaser for all ages.
Fifteen-year-old Emperor Marcus the Third is nervous to take the throne. Deciding that he can only gain confidence by dressing in the finest attire, Marcus commands his Royal Clothes-maker to fashion him in the most royal wardrobe. Taking advantage of Marcus’ uncertainty and immaturity, a Swindler promises to make magic clothes that are “invisible to fools, liars, and anyone you should ignore,” for a large and hefty price. Only Arno, the simple-hearted mop boy, can help Marcus out of this royal mess and teach him an important lesson about outward appearance.
Student/Child (Ages 4 to College Student with ID) $15
Senior (Ages 65+) $17
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For Group Discount Ticket Sales Contact Beth McDonnell
Runs approximately 70 minutes
Learn More About The Company Theatre All Star Cast and Creative Team Below
Alex Harding – Marcus
Stephen Waters – Arno
Zach Haines – Swindler
Tim Novak – William
Kathryn Tilley – Deena
Director & Co-Producer – Beth McDonnell
Co-Producer – Leena Devlin, Artistic Director SRP
Musical Director – Mandy Wise Milne
Choreographer – Tanina Urbanski
Stage Manager – Erin Dixon
Light Design, Scenic Artist – Erin Dixon
Set Design and Construction – Chris Kleckner
Costume Design – Rhea Roat
Sound Design – Christopher Jonathon Dissin
Hair and Makeup Design – Jackie Kossor
Meet The Superstar Cast
Alex Harding is happy to come back to the stage as Marcus in this production of The Emperor’s New Clothes. For the sake of brevity, Alex would like to describe himself with just a few words. Actor. Activist. Playwright. Person of interest in the suspected murder of JinBenét Ramsay. Alex has previously appeared in multiple plays and musicals around the Chester County area. Thanks to The Company Theatre for this awesome opportunity, to everyone in this kooky cast for all the fun high-jinx, as well as his family, his homies, and Layla & the cats for their love and support.
Stephen Waters is excited to be working with The Company Theatre and returning to Steel River Playhouse with this production. He was most recently seen as surprisingly large Seagull in The Little Mermaid at SRP. A recent graduate of Wagner College, Stephen has a Bachelor’s of Science in Arts Administration as well as Minors in both Philosophy and Film and Media Production. Stephen is an aspiring actor/model. Previous roles include: Rev. David Lee (The Foreigner, The Barn Playhouse) Ensemble/Tapping Gull (The Little Mermaid, Steel River Playhouse) Jonas Slonaker/Aaron Kreifels/Fr. Roger Schmit/Jon Peacock (The Laramie Project, SRP), Boy/Peter (Peter and the Starcatcher, SRP), and Rick Taylor (Bat Boy: The Musical, Wagner College). Stephenh2os.portfoliobox.com
Zach Haines is entering his seventh year as an actor, and he’s looking to start it off with a bang in The Emperor’s New Clothes. He has most recently been seen in the Ephrata Performing Arts Center’s production of Hairspray, and 1st Street Players’ production of The Rocky Horror Show. Zach would like to thank his family, friends, Preston (his dog), and Beth, as well as the rest of the team for The Emperor’s New Clothes. Last but not least, he is excited to be making his debut with Steel River Playhouse. He hopes you enjoy the show.
Tim Novak – this is Tim’s fourth production at Steel River Playhouse and the first time working with The Company Theatre. He would like to thank The Company Theatre for this opportunity to play a fantastic role. Also a big thanks to everyone at Steel River Playhouse for always making each show an amazing experience. With something like 45 stage shows behind him, television, film work, Steel River always has a home-like feel. Maybe this is why he’s back for the fourth time. Tim would not only like to thank all at The Company Theatre, but also thank God for always being there so he can continue his love of acting. Best wishes and love to the cast and crew of Emperor’s – you guys rock.
Kathryn Tilley is excited to be working for the first time with The Company Theatre, also is thrilled to once again be back performing at Steel River Playhouse after having last been seen in Fiddler on the Roof (Golde). Some of her favorite roles include Marguerite (Scarlet Pimpernel), Lucy (Jekyll & Hyde), Violet Hilton (Side Show), Mame (Mame), Florence Unger (The Odd Couple: Female Version), and Percy (Spitfire Grill). Kathryn has enjoyed working with the cast and crew and wishes everyone “break legs!” She would like to thank her family, husband Rob and daughters, Shannon and Alexandra, for letting her come out and play…you are my home!
Highlighting Some Creative Team Members
Beth McDonnell is the founder and CEO of The Company. She is also the Director of Sales and Marketing at Steel River Playhouse. She has been heading up marketing, and business development, while serving as an acting coach and director in PA theaters for the past three years. She thrives on growing the awareness of quality art venues in the local area, while expanding and strengthening the reach of the arts within the community. The Company Theatre recently launched their debut show 5,6,7,8.. A Cabaret of Music and Dance which was a sold out hit. While in NYC, Beth was a professional actress and also directed a number of productions of which her favorites include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Angels in America, Grease, and La Cage aux Folles. She attended the prestigious Conservatory at the Chautauqua Theater Company in NY, and is a graduate of the distinguished American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA), after which she spent a decade performing professionally in NYC. Beth re-entered the world of theatre three years ago, after taking a break to have a family. Since, in addition to The Company’s inaugural show, she has concentrated on directing/producing theatre aimed at all ages, including the sold out hit, Seussical the Musical. Beth’s unique talent of guardianship of the creative process, overseeing the notable artistic team members of The Company, is what makes her successful solely producing, as well as working in tandem with local art organizations. Beth’s mission is to provide the platform which allows everyone to bring their talents to fruition.
Mandy Milne is a classically trained pianist, conductor, arranger and vocal coach. Mandy was drawn to musical theatre at a young age, both as an actor and instrumentalist. Since then, she has played piano for and music directed countless shows from North Carolina to North Jersey over the past 30+ years. She is a proud alumna of the Tanglewood Institute, Peabody Preparatory of Johns Hopkins University and East Carolina University where she received two Bachelor’s degrees and her Master’s Degree in Music. She has been active as a church musician since she was 12 years old and has taught in public and private schools as well as at the university level. Mandy’s superpower was being the homeschool mom of her three awesome kids and the wife of her very hardworking husband, Nick. Thank you Beth for bringing me onboard for this exciting project. You are a FORCE and I have loved working with you!!
Erin Dixon serves as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for The Company. Graduating summa cum laude as a dual major from Kutztown University, she is an actor by trade. She has acquired Bachelor’s degrees in Communications, Theatre – Acting & Directing, and holds the Level One Certification in Alba Emoting. Erin is a proud fourth generation Stanislavsky student, trained by the apprentice of Sonia Moore. During her time at Kutztown University, Erin performed in numerous Main Stage productions while holding the position of Vice President within Spotlight Players, a theatrical group on campus. Alongside her work within Spotlight Players, Erin assisted long-time friend, Drew Boardman, on projects within two additional Kutztown theatre groups, ACT, a theatrical group for non-majors, and Sunshine Players, a touring children’s production team, bringing the art of performance to local elementary and middle schools. She adores theatre in all aspects and thrives on the experience of teaching young, up and coming actors, stage management, along with lighting and set design. For Erin, working within The Company is a dream come true. Collaborating on projects with others and sharing common goals is one thing, but creating art with truly talented, remarkable friends – it takes the cake every time.
Tanina Urbanski is a dancer and choreographer whose work has received awards at dance competitions and at the international dance festival, Dance Excellence, in Los Angeles, California. Trained in all genres of dance, she is currently a faculty member at Chester Valley Dance Academy, The Agnes Irwin School, and Villa Maria Academy High School. She is a graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges (HWS). During her time at HWS, she was a Janet Seeley Arts Scholar and a recipient of the Jean W. Reeves Arts Scholarship and performed at the American College Dance Festival. She was a member of the Koshare Dance Collective, performing, choreographing, and producing the annual concert each year. Through Koshare, she pioneered the Day of Dance Workshop for high school and middle school students in the Geneva, NY area to come to campus and take a day of dance classes taught by HWS Dance students. Additionally, she choreographed the Geneva High School Musical, West Side Story (2016) returned to choreograph Into the Woods (2017).
Jaclyn Kossor is the Resident Hair and Makeup Artist of The Company. Jackie has had the honor of helping clients shape the way they feel about themselves. In the case of theatre, Jackie helps them to immerse themselves into the part they are playing. She started her career in Los Angeles, California where she was trained in makeup for TV, Film, Theatre, and Special FX at Studio Makeup Academy. During her time in LA, Jackie worked on numerous Indie Films, commercials, and fashion photo shoots. After six years, she moved to New York City where she had the pleasure of working with many talented artists in Off-Broadway Productions and theatre festivals. Jackie returned to Pennsylvania to complete her training as a licensed cosmetologist, all while working with local theater companies, salons and bridal businesses. Jackie’s extensive resume contains many shows, of which you can see just a taste in both the Artist and Company’s Photo Galleries. This year’s shows that are highlighted are Hairspray and Wizard of Oz, both produced by Ephrata Performing Arts Center. She was also the Hair and Makeup Designer for Beth McDonnell’s Seussical The Musical last year, and The Company Theatre’s first show 5,6,7,8… A Cabaret of Music and Dance!
Our Latest Venue in a Community Near You
The Company Theatre is committed to elevating through the arts in Pennsylvania. We thrive on producing and working in tandem with other art organizations, in both professional and community theatre venues. With it’s rich, long 16 year history, Steel River Playhouse, Your Community Theatre, is the perfect partner to launch our spring 2018 production. The Company Theatre is proud to work within this amazing theatre.
Learn more about SRP at Steel River Playhouse
Steel River Playhouse is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit education and performance facility supporting individual and community development through the performing arts.
Each year, Steel River produces over 90 plays, musicals, concerts, and recitals, and hosts thousands of people as audiences, students, artists, donors, and volunteers from throughout the region. SRP offers performance opportunities for all ages through auditions, performance-based classes and workshops, private lesson recitals, and their popular Senior Follies program.
Their educational offerings include classes and workshops for all ages, an extensive summer camp program, private instruction in acting, voice, piano, guitar, flute, and trumpet, and educational outreach including periodic sample lessons and classes for the public, scholarships, complimentary study guides, audience talk-backs, artists-in-the-classroom, at-theater and traveling children’s shows, after school and summer time enrichment programs, internships, and other initiatives.
Poster Design, Justin Nowak, SRP Lead Graphic Artist
Poster Design Justin Nowak, SRP Lead Graphic Artist