Friday, February 9th @ 8pm
Saturday, February 10th @ 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, February 11th @ 2pm
DIRECTED BY JANEECE FREEMAN CLARK
As a performer, For several years, Janeece was seen as Miss Molly on PBS’s Emmy Award winning children’s television series: Dittydoodle Works. Her theatercredits include: Broadway: Urinetown the Musical (Little Becky). Off Broadway: The Ark (Egyptus), Africa Plumbridge (Africa), and A Band of Angels (Ella). Select Regional Credits include: Footloose (Rusty), Godspell (Joanne), The Wiz (Dorothy), Smokey Joe’s Café (Brenda), Ain't Misbehavin (Charlayne), Constant Star (Ida.B.Wells), and A Midnight Star (Lila) Janeece is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Vanguard Theater Company whose “DREAM” mission includes: Diversity, Reciprocity, Education, Awareness, and Mentorship. Vanguard has created several thriving initiatives including: Broadway Buddy (a program that pairs Broadway professionals with Pre-Professional Artists), Summerstock Sleepaway, VTC/NYC, and more. Janeece directed the 2016 world premiere of Everything Is Fine Until It’s Not which debuted at NY’s Fringe Festival to rave reviews. The “fringe-fave” was a sold-out run, and the fastest selling show in NY’s Fringe Festival history. The show had another sold-out Off Broadway run this past fall as a part of the United Solo Festival. A Night In New Orleans (the story of a young Louis Armstrong) was another world premiere under Janeece’s direction which premiered to critical acclaim at New Jersey Performing Arts Center. The Music was written by Legendary Jazz Artist Allen Toussaint, the Lyrics by Murray Horwitz (Ain’t Misbehavin’) and the book (based on the original book by Mary Pope Osborne) was written by William Osborne. Janeece is the writer and director of A Portrait of Ray, a musical about the legendary Ray Charles. The piece had it’s Off Broadway debut in 2016 at Symphony Space and was also presented at Symphony Hall as a part of the 2016 Newark 350 Celebration. As an educator, Janeece is a Resident Artist at New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and a Guest Resident artist at Seton Hall University. She also runs a private voice studio out of South Orange, NJ. Some of Janeece’s other directing credits include: Oklahoma, Hairspray, West Side Story, The Wiz, Godspell, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Aida, Annie, Into the Woods, Tarzan, Seussical, Memphis and Music Man. Janeece is a graduate of the University of Michigan where her concentration included Musical Theater, Voice Performance and Music Education. She is a Masters Candidate at Westminster Choir College at Rider University.
MUSICALLY DIRECTED BY KRISTY GRAVES
Kristy is a professional performer, director, writer, musical director, choreographer and arts educator. She began working in the theater at the age of 10, playing the title role on a National Tour of Annie. Her additional theater credits include: Broadway: A Little Night Music (Fredrika), A Little Hotel on the Side, Off-Broadway: The Wild Duck (Hedwig), Irish Coffee (Dee Dee), Bad Girls (Becky). Her Feature Film credits include: Woody Allen’s Alice (Young Alice) and A Kiss Before Dying (Rose), She has been seen on TV in: ABC’s Ghost Writer (Lisa), CBS’s As the World Turns (Young Iva), PBS’s Girl Crazy and NBC’s Star Search, as well as numerous commercials, jingles and voice-overs. Kristy studied classical voice at the Julliard School, and then earned a BA in Music at Columbia University where she concentrated in composition. While at Columbia she had the privilege of studying Jazz performance under the tutelage of Nancy Marano at Manhattan School of Music. She received the Presidential Scholarship of the Arts Award in Musical Theater, where she was given the opportunity to perform at the Kennedy Center for the President of the United States. Other awards include a Level One with The National Foundation of the Arts Association in Theater. She was also acknowledged by Carnegie Hall with an award for her excellence in teaching. Kristy now resides in Glen Ridge, NJ with her three beautiful young girls where she is able to exercises her passion for teaching the arts and directing. Her directorial credits include: The Wizard of Oz, Oliver, Peter Pan, Annie, Thirteen, High School Musical, Hairspray Jr, and her original works: It’s a Revolution, A Tale of Two Broadways, For the Love of Broadway and Gas Lamp Lights Broadway. She is currently the Artistic Director for Gas Lamp Players and is absolutely thrilled to be working on this phenomenal show with a powerhouse team!
CHOREOGRAPHED BY ELISA VAN DUYNE
Elisa Van Duyne is a professional performer, choreographer and arts educator with a passion for music, dance and theater. As a performer, she's been seen and heard on Broadway (Finian’s Rainbow, 110 In the Shade, Beauty and the Beast and 42nd Street) , Off-Broadway (Adrift in Macao and Swiss Family Robinson), Prime Time TV, national tours (White Christmas, Phantom of the Opera and Doctor Dolittle 1&2), and regional theaters all over the country. Her choreographic work includes professional productions of "Thoroughly Modern Millie," "Guys and Dolls", "Big River," "The Who's Tommy" and most recently "Oklahoma" at Seton Hall University and "Oliver" with Gas Lamp Players. She is also an arts educator currently on staff at NJPAC, Paper Mill Playhouse and Gotta-Dance and formerly at AMDA NYC, Broadway Dance Center and Cap21. She is a proud alumni of The Boston Conservatory.