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Thank you all so much for showing your support for our little performing arts company that could. Our first year (2019-2020) we were able to produce 5 live events, co-produce and develop a new musical and we had a big season planned for 2020. After 3 of our productions were cancelled due to the pandemic, we weren't sure what our future looked like or if we even had a future.
While theatres were forced to close down, productions forced to cancel and no real light at the end of the tunnel, it became our hope that with a little creativity and team work we just might be able to produce something during our 2020 season, enter Songs For A New World. A show that revolves around difficult times in a person's life with lyrics that speak directly to the story of all of our lives right now. How far can one be broken down before they rise back up? After a brief meeting of the minds and frantic phone calls to get a cast, crew and orchestra together this production left the station.
This production would not be possible without the support of our team members, our cast and crew, our sponsors at Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union, our families and friends who stand behind us and push us forward at a time when we sometimes feel lost, and the Town of North Haven and the first selectman Mr. Michael Freda.
As our musicians and vocalists now know, this music is extremely difficult to learn and I thank all of you for jumping in with both feet, no questions asked to tackle such a complicated score. While we normally enjoy an 8-10 week rehearsal period, we were able to put this show up in just 6 weeks. Thank you all for being consummate professionals.
Special Thanks: Thank you Matt Durland for breathing new life into the score and for tirelessly working for hours on end with all of the artists and always with a smile on your face. Sandy Mascia thank you for all that you do all day every day to keep this "steam train rollin' by." To my husband for building our set pieces and for helping me to figure out how to bring each productions concepts to life, thank you! To all of you, thank you for doing it all for FREE! This has been a terrible year for the arts and I appreciate your help in getting this company back up on it's feet.
Thank you Julie Jarvis and Lauren Turenne for all of your work with the promotions materials, the production artwork and graphics along the way, also for volunteering your time. Thank you Performing Art Studio Be for providing us a rehearsal space on a rainy day and for your help and advice along the way.
We're living in "a new world" and we hope that while things may be chaotic and at times frustrating and joyless, you will join us for the next 90 minutes and lose yourself in this production of Jason Robert Brown's production of Songs For A New World. Thank you for joining us and we hope you enjoy the show!
With Enthusiastic Thanks,
Opening Sequence I: The New World (Company)
Opening Sequence II: On The Deck Of A Spanish Sailing Ship, 1492 (Woman 2, Company)
Just One Step (Woman 2)
I’m Not Afraid (Woman 1)
The River Won’t Flow (Man 2, Featured Vocalist, Company)
Transition I: Into Stars and the Moon (Woman 1)
Stars and the Moon (Woman 2)
She Cries (Man 2)
Steam Train (Man 1, Company)
INTERMISSION (15 Minutes)
The World Was Dancing (Man 2, Woman 1, Man 1, Woman 2)
Christmas Lullaby (Woman 1)
King of the World (Man 1)
I’d Give It All For You (Man 2, Woman 1)
Transition II: Into The Flagmaker, 1776 (Man 1)
The Flagmaker, 1776 (Woman 2)
Flying Home (Man 1, Featured Dancer, Woman 1, Woman 2, Man 2)
Final Transition: Into Hear My Song (Company)
Hear My Song (Woman 2, Woman 1, Man 1, Man 2)
Julie Jarvis (Woman 1) is so excited to be a part of this Spotlight Stage Company production! Favorite roles include: Natalie (Next to Normal), Eponine (Les Miserables), Johanna (Sweeney Todd), Olive (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and Cinderella (Into the Woods). Thank you for supporting local theatre! Love and thanks to her family, friends & Mike. For Grandpa J and Deb.
Christopher Zullo (Man 1) is thrilled to be performing in Songs For A New World once again, having performed in the production as Man 2 off-Broadway in 2008. In addition to this production Christopher will be dancing the role of the Nutcracker Prince in Performing Art Studio Be's production of The Nutcracker this December. While not on stage Christopher owns and operates Spotlight Stage Company, works as a writer and creative partner for Stand Up and Speak Out, LLC, and co-manages and hosts the singing competition, Can U Sing USA. He is also a proud member of SAG-AFTRA for the last 11 years. Some favorite roles from previous productions: Gabe (Next To Normal), Adam/Noah (Children of Eden), Beethoven (Dog Sees God), Paul (Company), Schroeder (You're A Good Man Charlie Brown). Thank you for supporting local theatre!
Jennifer Phipps (Woman 2) graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University, where she was heavily involved with the performing arts department. She's also the lead singer of a Funk band called FUSE, which participated in Mohegan Sun's Battle of the Bands 2017. She wishes to thank Spotlight Stage Company and everyone involved, for giving her another place to shine.
Tyler Caisse (Featured Vocalist/Dancer) is an actor/director/choreographer living in Connecticut. Tyler is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University, where he received a BA in Theatre Arts. Tyler currently teaches drama and musical theatre at Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts in Hartford, CT. Past Credits include: Urinetown (Director/Choreographer), All Shook Up (Director/Choreographer), Working, A Musical (Director/Choreographer). Recent performing Credits include: Gypsy(Tulsa), A Chorus Line (Mike), Once on This Island (Daniel), Hairspray (Link).
Cheyenne Santello (Featured Dancer) is a graduate from Middlesex Community College with her Associates in General Studies and plans to further her education in Health Administration in the Spring. While in college Cheyenne continued her training as a dancer, choreographer and dance teacher. She has experienced many wonderful opportunities including teaching a 10 week ballet intensive program, choreographing The Wiz at James Hill House Highschool in New Haven, participating in multiple singing ensembles and performing/assisting backstage at the Downtown Cabaret Theater in Bridgeport. Past favorite productions include Spring Awakening, Rock of Ages, West Side Story and Once On This Island. She would like to thank her family and friends for the continuous love and support throughout the years.
Tanya (Featured Dancer) began her love of performance and dance at the young age of three. She took classes for 15 years at Dancer’s Gallery in Woodbridge where she studied ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, and drama classes.She competed in regional and national competitions for seven years, winning many awards for group and solo performances. She received the Judith Rumsey Memorial Scholarship for dance in 2001. In high school she was founder and captain of the Amity High School dance team. At the age of 16 she began teaching dance classes. She has taught at four different dance studios to date. She is a fifth grade teacher at a turnaround arts school in Bridgeport where she incorporates movement not only into the classroomcurriculum, but as the choreographer and co-director of their school’s annual musicals. She has been a member of Act 2 Theater where she performed in three musicals, and Whitney Players where she has been in nine musicals. She is very excited for this fifthperformance with Spotlight Stage Company.
Matt Durland (Music Director / Key 1) is so grateful to be doing this show with the entire Spotlight family. Having worked with several members of the company on various outside productions, Matt is thrilled to be collaborating on this beautiful score with these talented musicians, singers, and dancers. Favorite Music Directing credits include How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Mr. Burns - A Post Electric Play, Cabaret, Sister Act, Leader of the Pack, A Chorus Line, 13, Grease, Rock of Ages, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Hair, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Starmites, and Wizard of Oz. Matt has had the great pleasure of serving as the Music Director for University of New Haven, Sacred Heart Academy, Mt. Holyoke College, Wilbur Cross High School, and various other theater establishments throughout Connecticut. He is an avid believer in the benefits of Educational Theater and working with inner city theater programs. His keyboard programming (Mainstage) has been used for Bucks County Playhouse, Square Foot Theater, Central Connecticut State University, and other theater venues throughout New England. He is grateful
to be doing theater in a time when we need it most.
Brian & Christopher Zullo
Julie Jarvis & Lauren Turenne