Location

Performing at the Understudy 

4609 N Clark Street

Chicago, IL

February 2020

Contact

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Moby Dick - A Musical 

Book and Lyrics by Ed Bryan

Music by William Berry

 

The story of MOBY DICK is a headlong race into the jaws of death. Those on land wait, worry and go about their lives while Captain Ahab and the crew of the Pequod sail inexorably toward a tragic fate. Honorable Starbuck, carefree Stubb, practical Flask, heroic Queequeg, mysterious Fedallah and the rest of the crew: all are lost to Ahab’s fanatical obsession as he hurls himself against the will of God and the harsh divinity of nature. From the rowdy hijinks of “The Great Leviathan” to the cheeky high spirits of “Nantucket Girls” to the poignant reverie of Ahab’s “What Price I Paid”, the music weaves a haunting spell around a diverse cast of characters who live and die by the dictates of the sea. Ishmael, alone, lost and adrift on Queequeg’s coffin, survives to tell the  tale and turn, at last, towards the comforts of hearth and family.

BROADWAY SPACE at THE EDGE THEATRE​

5451 N Broadway Ave

February 7 at 7 pm

February 9 at 3 pm

February 13 at 8 pm

February 18 at 8 pm

February 22 at 7:30 pm

Creative Team

Ed Bryan (Book & Lyrics) has performed, produced, and directed many theater productions throughout Eastern Washington over the last 40 years. A Washington State University graduate in Civil Engineering, with a serious interest in theater, but with no formal training in the art. However over the years Ed has learned a great deal about the art of acting, directing, set construction and production of a theater show. In his latest show, The Gin Game, Ed played Weller Martin, co-produced, designed and built the set, raised the money to produce this show in three different theaters in the Spokane area. Woodland Theater in Kettle Falls, WA; Stage Left Theater in Spokane, WA and the Spokane Civic Theater in Spokane, WA.


William Berry (Composer) winner of the 2003 Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship for music, has found success as a performer, composer, arranger, director, producer, writer, and educator. His compositions and arrangements have been commissioned and performed by professional ensembles throughout the country. In 1992 William founded and is artistic director of the 13 member brass choir, Clarion. In the past several years, his compositions have been performed by many quality organizations, including: Canadian Brass, Seattle Symphony, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Spokane Symphony, Portland Chamber Orchestra, Modern Brass Quintet of New York, and many more.


Jean Hardie (Director) has been active in theatre in Spokane and the surrounding region since moving there in 1981. She has acted in, directed, and choreographed many, many shows at Spokane Civic Theatre, Spokane Children’s Theatre and many others including the Lake City Playhouse in Coeur d’Alene. She
may be best known for playing the role of Mother Superior in various Nunsense's more than 150 times. She taught drama at Saint George's School for 17 years, was the director of the Box 'n' Hat Players, a musical theatre touring troupe for middle and high schoolers, for 20 years and was the director of the Civic Summer Camp program for 14 years. Jean is a recipient of the Spokane Civic Theatre Lifetime Achievement Award and a Spokane Arts Award for her work with young performers. Over the past three years, she has had two one-act plays accepted for production with the Spokane Civic Playwrights Forum.


Annie Flood (Music Director)is thrilled to continue the adventure as Music Director with Moby Dick - A Musical as it sails toward the 2020 Chicago Musical Theatre Festival. In Spokane, Annie serves as the collaborative pianist/coach of the Gonzaga University Voice Department. Trained as both a pianist and vocalist
herself, she loves the challenge that vocal music presents of combining poetic and musical ideas in performance. When not at Gonzaga, Annie often plays keyboard for shows at Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre and Spokane Valley Summer Theatre, and was Music Director for Whitworth University’s production of The Spitfire Grill last year. She also keeps busy as pianist/organist at Hamblen Park Presbyterian Church and accompanist for several local school groups. Originally from Maryland, Annie worked extensively with various musical groups in the Baltimore and Annapolis area before making the move out west, including the Peabody Institute Opera Outreach, The Colonial Players of Annapolis, and the United States Naval Academy. Passionate about the impact of music on community, she has also taught private piano and voice lessons, and was active in initiatives that aim to spread classical music and positive change throughout Baltimore. Annie earned her Master of Music in Vocal Accompanying from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, and her Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Notre Dame.

CAST

William Garry (Captain Ahab)
Mary Laura Godby (Annie)
Nate Hall (Ishmael)
Peter Ruger (Queequeg)
Kyle Kite (Starbuck)
Ginny Weant (Mary Starbuck)
Aaron Johnson (Stubb)
Stefan Schallack (Flask)
Chris Jowett (Bulkington)
Sean Rhead (Daggoo/Elijah)
Nick Pardo (Tashtego)
Peyton Lynch (Peleg/Peter Coffin/Carpenter)
Zander Galluppi (Bildad/Gardiner/Crewman)
Melody DeRogatis (Aunt Charity)
Grant Brown (Father Mapple/Fedallah)
Kevin Blair (Dough Boy)
Courtney Miller (Pippin)
Hope Campbell (Gail) 
Theresa Egan (Soddy) 
Aszkara Gilchrist (Sally/Wig Seller)
Charlie Scriven-Young (James)

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