What a Glorious Feeling!

WHAT A GLORIOUS FEELING!

An Adaptation of the Golden Era Classic

by Jay Berkow

This new play brings to life the little known story of the tempestuous love triangle between Hollywood legends Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen, and their assistant Jeanne Coyne during the creation of the greatest movie musical of all time, “Singin' in the Rain.” Long time close friends and collaborators, Kelly and Donen ceased to work together and in fact did not speak for over fifty years after they completed the picture. There's lightning in a bottle but a storm behind the scenes in this intimate backstage production... join the FRT for the classic music, songs, and dance of the golden era and discover a new side to the movie you know and love!

 

Thursday, August 1st at 7:30 PM

Friday, August 2nd at 7:30 PM

Saturday, August 3rd at 7:30 PM

Wednesday, August 7th at 7:30 PM

Thursday, August 8th at 7:30 PM

Friday, August 9th at 7:30 PM

Saturday, August 10th at 1:00 PM

Saturday, August 10th at 7:30 PM

 

Tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 for students, and $5 for NMU students.

Located in the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre.

 

SONGS

"Broadway Melody/Rhythm" by Lennie Hayton (Singin' in the Rain)

"Tongue Twisters (Moses Supposes)" by Roer Edens, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green (Singin' in the Rain)

"How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Loved You When You Know I've Been a Liar All My Life" by Alan Jay Lerner and Burton Lane (Royal Wedding)

"Singin' in the Rain" by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown (Singin' in the Rain)

"Broadway Melody/Rhythm Reprise (Woman in the Green Dress Dance)" by Lennie Hayton (Singin' in the Rain)

"Aba Daba Honeymoon" by Arthur Fields and Walter Donovan (Two Weeks in Love)

"Good Mornin'" by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown (Singin' in the Rain)

"Make 'Em Laugh" by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown (Singin' in the Rain)

"You Were Meant for Me" by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown (Singin' in the Rain)

"Singin' in the Rain Reprise" by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown (Singin' in the Rain)

 

Cast List

Gene Kelly Beau Hutchings
Stanley Donen David Lenahan
Arthur Freed Rob Engelson
Debbie Reynolds Molly Hill
Jeanne Coyne Katelyn Langwith
Kenny Jeff Bruning

 

 

Creative Team

Director Jay Berkow
Choreographer Jill Grundstrom
Music Director Jeff Bruning
Scenic Designer Victor G. Holliday
Lighting Designer Victor G. Holliday
Costume Designer Susan Candey
Sound Designer Dan Zini
Technical Director Steve McClain
Production Stage Manager Sophie Sam

 

 

Additional Artistic Staff

Dance Captain Katelyn Langwith
Master Electrician  
Light Board Operator   
Sound Board Operator  
Run Crew  
Wardrobe  

 

 

Forest Roberts Theatre Summer Staff

Production Manager David Pierce
Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew Susan Candey
Carpenters, Electricians and Painters Hannah Carey, Hannah Cormier, Sarah Cormier, Audree Stephens, Justin Van't Hof, Taylor Venegas
Box Office Managers Lilith Kontos†, Sophie Sam
Box Office Staff Jacob Laitinen, Nick Salin
Photographer NMU Marketing
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† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Cast Bios

Beau Hutchings (Gene Kelly) is thrilled to be spending the summer in beautiful Marquette. Originally from Marshall, MI and a graduate of Western Michigan University’s music theatre performance program, Beau currently resides in New York City. International Tour: Riff in West Side Story. National Tour: Snowboy in West Side Story, Ensemble/Scarecrow/Tinman Understudy in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s re-orchestrated The Wizard of Oz. Cruise Ship: Chicago the musical aboard Royal Caribbean’s “Allure of the Seas.” And numerous regional theatre/NYC benefit concert credits. Beau would like to say, “Thank you to my college professor (and playwright/director of this production) Jay Berkow for giving this ‘kid’ a chance to play this ICONIC role. Enjoy the show!”

David Lenahan (Stanley Donen) is so excited to be up in the UP for the first time! Hailing from Cleveland, OH, David is an NYC based actor and dancer. NYC: SONGBOOK: Songs of Braver and Dean (Lincoln Center), The Flying... Ferry (The Player's Theatre), The Polar Express (Rail Events Productions). Regional: Boy (none too fragile), In the Closet (Convergence-Continuum), Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night (Shakespeare at the Castle), The Little Mermaid (Mercury Theatre Company), Side Show (Blank Canvas Theatre). Many thanks to Jay, Jill, Sophie, the cast and the rest of the FRT family for such a glorious experience! 

Rob Engelson (Arthur Freed) is a full-time professor in the College of Liberal Arts at Ashford University, where he currently teaches a wide array of online interdisciplinary courses in the curriculum of the Liberal Arts major. He is also a semi-professional actor, having performed in numerous college, university, and community theater productions, including 20 shows at the Clinton Area Showboat Theater, a professional summer theatre company located in Clinton, IA. He loves working again with his good friend Jay, with such a talented group of fellow actors, and with the incredible theatre and dance staff at NMU. Enjoy the show!

Molly Hill (Debbie Reynolds) is originally from Goshen, IN and is a senior BFA musical theatre performance major at Western Michigan University. She has most recently been seen as Logainne in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at The Barn Theatre in Augusta, MI and Lilly in Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse at Farmers Alley Theatre in Kalamazoo, MI. In the past, she has performed at Wagon Wheel Theatre in Warsaw, IN and The Round Barn Theatre in Nappanee, IN. Molly is very excited for her future projects, most especially playing the role of Little Sally in Urinetown the Musical this coming fall at WMU, before graduating in December and showcasing in NYC in the spring! When she isn't on stage, Molly teaches kickboxing as a group fitness instructor, plays the bassoon, and cultivates her love for coffee. "All of my thanks go to God for giving my work in theatre purpose and meaning, my parents for driving me to oh-so-many rehearsals as a child, and to Jay for his mentorship at WMU and inviting me to join in on this incredible opportunity!"

Katelyn Langwith (Jeanne Coyne) is thrilled to be performing here in the UP this summer! This is her first time here and she is loving it! She hails from South Bend, IN and graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in musical theatre performance. A few of her favorite performances around the Midwest include Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Dainty June in Gypsy, and Sister Mary Robert in Sister Act. She now calls New York City home, where she will return to do a run of a new musical called Lochness at the end of the month.

Creative Team Bios

Jay Berkow (Director) has served as a professor of theatre and Director of Music Theatre Performance at Western Michigan University since 2004.  Recent productions he has directed include GUYS AND DOLLS, WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN, BILLY ELLIOTT, THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK, THE WIZ, SHOWBOAT, and many many more. A much sought after professional director and playwright, he is the co-author and director/choreographer of the Off-Broadway hit JOLSON & CO. which ran for two seasons in NY, has been seen in regional theatres across the U.S. including the highly praised production at the Theatre at the Center, as well as a United Kingdom national tour.  The play is published by Samuel French, Inc.  His biographical musical based on the life of Gene Kelly, WHAT A GLORIOUS FEELING, currently touring England, premiered at the Mason Street Warehouse Theatre and has been produced in theatres across the US, as well as in Cape Town, South Africa.  It is published by Playscripts, Inc.  In collaboration with composer David Ogrin, Jay is developing a new musical based on the life of Mata Hari.  The show has received a Broadway workshop produced by Howard Kagan (ON THE TOWN, PORGY AND BESS, PIPPIN).  Jay’s comedy THE CURE FOR LOVE was featured at the Barter Theatre as part of their 75th Anniversary season, as well as in the WMU 2012 season.  Jay has worked with Terrence McNally, John Kander and Fred Ebb as the director of the Off-Broadway revival of THE RINK, and directed the Off-Broadway productions of RED HOT MAMA and THE LADY IN PENTHOUSE B.  Jay’s regional credits include Florida Studio Theatre, Indiana Repertory, Theatre South Carolina, Playhouse on the Square, Adirondack Theatre Festival, Depot Theatre, Gateway Playhouse, Virginia Repertory, Connecticut Repertory, Coconut Grove Playhouse, American Stage, Florida Repertory Theatre, Theatre Works, the Burt Reynolds Theatre, Riverside Theatre, Circa ’21 Playhouse, and many others. He is represented by Bret Adams, Ltd. 

Jill Grundstrom (Choreographer) is a Marquette based dancer, instructor, and choreographer. She has a B.S. from Northern Michigan University in Secondary Education with majors in English and French, and a M.A. in Dance Education from New York University in New York City and Genoa, Italy. She is currently pursuing an Ed.S in Educational Leadership, with the intention to continue to an Ed.D, as well as new Character Dance and Partnering curricula for American Ballet Theatre in New York City. She continues to train with The Luigi Jazz Centre, STEPS on Broadway, and Broadway Dance Center in New York City, and has worked, taught, and trained with New York City Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, and American Ballet Theatre in New York City and is certified in their National Training Curriculum. Jill is also a Certified FLX Conditioning Specialist. During seasons four through seven, Grundstrom was a writer for Cat Deeley, host of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance. Jill is the program director for and instructor in the Dance Program at NMU and choreographs for the NMU Theatre and Dance Program. Jill has choreographed over 30 full-length musical and dance productions in the Upper Peninsula, New York City, and Los Angeles, including a full-length, original ballet, East of the Sun, West of the Moon, and recently choreographed an independent feature-length film, Our State Fair. She was the recipient of the MACC Outstanding Performing Artist of the Year Award in 2011.

Susan Candey (Costume Design), a Marquette native, received a B.M. in Vocal Performance from St. Olaf College in 2011. She is a costume designer, director, and performer. Her recent costume design credits include the Forest Roberts Theatre's Medieval Dinner Theatre, Noises Off, Tribes, Building Madness, and Bears. Her directing credits include Newsies: The Broadway Musical (Superior Arts Youth Theater), Scrooge! (FRT, 2018), Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr. (SAYT), and James and the Giant Peach Jr. (SAYT). Susan served as the Drama Director at Marquette Senior High School 2014-2016 (Sister Act, A Radio Drama, How to Succeed, The Mousetrap, Annie Get Your Gun) and the Costume Designer for College Light Opera Company's 2014 nine show season in Falmouth, MA. Her recent performing credits include Godspell (Lake Superior Theatre), Elle Woods in FRT's Legally Blonde, Lady of the Lake in Spamalot (LST), Lily in The Secret Garden (LST), and Meg in Little Women (LST).

Victor G. Holliday (Scenic Design/Lighting Design) has been the designer for the Forest Roberts Theatre since 1982, and also served as technical director from 1982-2000. He holds a bachelor of arts in psychology from St. Johns University (Minnesota), and his master of fine arts in scenic design from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Before coming to NMU, he was designer and technical director at Trenton State College (now the College of New Jersey). Vic has also designed for summer and community theatre companies in Hawaii, Michigan, Wisconsin, New Jersey, and North Carolina. Outside of the theatre, his major interests are history (particularly military and naval history), ship modeling (pre-deadnought steel navy), and he is an active ailurophile.

Sophie Sam (Production Stage Manager) is a sophomore theatre and entertainment arts major at NMU with a dance minor. She was the Production Stage Manager for the FRT’s Medieval Dinner Theatre (2019), assistant directed Pookie Goes Grenading (2019) with Wolf’s Head Theatre Company, and assistant directed Mamma Mia (2019) at the FRT. Before attending NMU, she co-directed Annie (2017) and directed RENT (2018) with Dickinson County Community Theatre, and directed Anatomy of a Murder (2018) at the Vista Theatre. She served two terms as President of Dickinson County Community Theatre from 2015-2017, and is currently on the Board of Directors for Wolf’s Head Theatre Company. Also a performer, Sophie appeared in Sweeney Todd (2018) and Nightfall (2019) last school year, and is featured in the web series Northbound as The Kid.