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Press Release: October Sky Opening Night

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The WEST COAST PREMIERE of the New Musical
OCTOBER SKY
Opens TONIGHT, Thursday, September 22!

An Exciting Lineup of Programs and Exhibits Will
Explore the Themes and Events Surrounding the Show

 

SAN DIEGO (September 22, 2016)—The Old Globe’s West Coast premiere of October Sky, officially opens tonight, Thursday, September 22. The show blasts off the Globe’s 2016–2017 Season with a tale of boys, rockets, and big dreams. Inspired by the beloved 1999 Universal Pictures film and Rocket Boys by Homer H. Hickam, Jr., October Sky features a book by Drama Desk nominee Brian Hill (Broadway’s The Story of My Life) and Aaron Thielen (Hero) and music and lyrics by Michael Mahler (Diary of a Wimpy Kid). October Sky is directed and choreographed by Joseph Jefferson Award winner Rachel Rockwell (Brigadoon, American premiere of Ride the Cyclone)and produced in association with Universal Stage Productions (Wicked, Billy Elliot: The Musical, Bring It On: The Musical).

October Sky runs September 10 – October 23, 2016 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run September 10 – September 21. Opening night is Thursday, September 22. Tickets start at $37 and can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.

The beloved film is now a triumphant new American musical that will send your heart soaring and inspire your whole family to reach for the stars! In the small town of Coalwood, West Virginia, every young man’s future is in the coal mines, but after the launch of Sputnik in 1957, the world’s race to space inspires local highschooler Homer Hickam to dream of a different life. Against the wishes of his practical-minded father, he sets out on an unlikely quest to build his own rockets and light up the night sky. October Sky is an uplifting musical portrait of small-town Americana packed with youthful exuberance, and a sweeping, unforgettable new score.

The Globe is also excited to offer a number of related events and exhibits to entertain audiences and deepen their understanding of the themes and content of the show. These programs include:

  • REPLICA OF SPUTNIK ON DISPLAY:
    Throughout the run of October Sky, a replica of Sputnik, the Soviet Union satellite that launched the Space Race, will be on display in the Victor and Jane Ottenstein Lobby in the Old Globe Theatre. Get a fun and informative glimpse at the small piece of engineering that started it all. In association with the San Diego Air & Space Museum. FREE with price of admission.
  • “THE SPACE AGE IN SAN DIEGO”
    Throughout the run of October Sky, on the second floor of the Ottenstein Lobby in the Old Globe Theatre, rare historical photos will illustrate San Diego’s contribution to the Space Race. Find out about the impact made by our city and how it changed space exploration forever. In association with the San Diego Air & Space Museum. FREE with price of admission.
  • INSIGHTS SEMINAR with special guest Francis French: Saturday, Oct. 8, 12:00 noon
    The Space Race era was one of high Cold War tension and attempts by both America and the Soviet Union to steal the headlines with breathtaking space firsts. Francis French, space historian and Director of Education at the San Diego Air & Space Museum, will show with images from the era how propaganda and presentation were just as vital to the Space Race as engineering and technology, as each nation attempted to beat the other with missions as dramatic as anything seen on stage. In association with the San Diego Air & Space Museum. FREE.
    Francis French is an author and educator who specializes in space flight history. He has contributed to many books on the subject and has appeared on numerous television shows. He was most recently seen on PBS’s “American Experience: The Space Men.” In 2010, he was inducted into the US Space & Rocket Center’s Space Camp Hall of Fame.
  • SUBJECT MATTERS with special guest Anai Novoa: Saturday, Oct. 8
    Following the 2:00 p.m. performance, Anai Novoa, a Ph.D. candidate at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, will discuss the parallels of her career to October Sky: pursuing a life in science despite pressures and hurdles presented in her environment. In association with the Fleet Science Center. FREE with price of admission.
    Anai Novoa is a Ph.D. student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography investigating how parasitism interacts with species-range boundary shifts. She is a first-generation Mexican American and college student raised in City Heights. In light of the adversity she faced, she is both passionate about research and committed to serving underrepresented communities with scientific endeavors.
  • POST-SHOW FORUMS: Tuesdays, Sept. 27 and Oct. 4, and Wednesday, Oct. 5
    Discuss the play with members of the cast and crew following the performance. FREE with price of admission.
  • NEW MUSICAL VOICES: Monday, Oct. 17, 7:00 p.m.
    To celebrate the opening of October Sky, The Old Globe will host New Musical Voices, a cabaret-style evening of songs produced in collaboration with the Musical Theatre M.F.A. Program at San Diego State University. Further details will be announced soon.

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Starring as Homer Hickam in October Sky is Kyle Selig, a rising star in the theatre world who recently took on the role of Elder Price in the smash Broadway musical The Book of Mormon. Playing his father, John Hickam, is San Diego local Ron Bohmer, whose extensive credits include the Broadway musicals A Little Night Music, Ragtime, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Les Misérables, as well as originating the role of Percival Glyde in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Woman in White. Taking the stage as Elsie Hickam, Homer’s mother, is Kerry O’Malley, a stage and screen veteran whose Broadway credits include On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Billy Elliot, and the Baker’s Wife in the acclaimed 2002 revival of Into the Woods directed by James Lapine, for which she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award.

Also featured in the stellar cast of October Sky are Rebecca Bellingham of San Diego (A Child’s Christmas in Wales Off Broadway) as Mary Bykovski, Joel Blum (two-time Tony Award nominee, Kiss Me, Kate at the Globe) as Ike Bykovski, San Diegan Will Branner (Music Theatre Wichita’s Jesus Christ Superstar and Mamma Mia!)as Buck, Sandra DeNise (Broadway’s Bright Star, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Kinky Boots) as Miss Riley, James Royce Edwards of San Diego (co-creator and star of That Bachelorette Show Off Broadway) as Jake, North County native Steve Gouveia (Jersey Boys original Broadway cast) as Earl, Kevyn Morrow (current Tony-winning revival of The Color Purple) as Ken, San Diego native Austyn Myers (Les Misérables on Broadway, Brighton Beach Memoirs at the Globe) as O’Dell, Destan Owens (Rent, Chicago, Smokey Joe’s Café on Broadway) as Bathtub Amos, Eliza Palasz (Rob Ashford’s Carousel at Lyric Opera of Chicago) as Dorothy, Liam Quealy (Off Broaday’s Dear Edwina) as Jim, Patrick Rooney (Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for Rent in Chicago) as Roy Lee, Connor Russell (world premiere of Disney’s Aladdin) as Quentin, San Diego actor Lance Arthur Smith (over a dozen San Diego regional credits) as Otis, Betsy Stewart (Ilse in Marriott Theatre’s Spring Awakening) as Emily Sue, Nick Sullivan (original Broadway companies of Newsies and Footloose) as Mr. Turner, and Ensemble members Nicolette Burton of San Diego(Putting the Pieces Together at 54 Below), John Cardoza (Seymour in Summer Rep’s Little Shop of Horrors), San Diegan Clay Stefanki (Miss Saigon internationally, The Grinch at the Globe), Scott Wakefield (Globe’s Bright Star, Broadway’s Hands on a Hardbody), and Angela Wildflower (Motown on Broadway).

The design team is comprised of Kevin Depinet (Scenic Design), Linda Cho (Costume Design), Japhy Weideman (Lighting Design), Garth Helm (Sound Design), Shawn Sagady (Projection Design), Bruce Coughlin (Orchestrations), Charlie Alterman (Music Director), Markus Maurette (Special Effects Design), Courtney Cerny (Assistant Director and Associate Choreographer), Howie Cherpakov, CSA (Casting), and Anjee Nero (Production Stage Manager). Due to a scheduling conflict, Marsha Norman, previously announced to join the creative team, has instead served as a creative consultant to the Old Globe production.

“I’m very happy to open our 2016–2017 Season with this inspiring, heartwarming, and altogether lovely new musical,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “October Sky is a great American story of small-town values and the triumph of the iconoclast. Its beautiful score and music by Michael Mahler are memorable, and Brian Hill and Aaron Thielen tell a beguiling story. I’m proud to welcome Rachel Rockwell to the Globe with a show I know San Diego audiences will adore.”

Brian Hill (Book) is best known for The Story of My Life, which premiered at Broadway’s Booth Theatre in 2009, earning four Drama Desk Award nominations (Outstanding Musical, Music, Lyrics, and Book of a Musical), as well as the newly revised book for Goodman Theatre’s acclaimed production of Lerner and Loewe’s classic Brigadoon. He was resident director of Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway, associate director of The Little Mermaid,and associate director for the national tours of Sunset Boulevard and The Sound of Music. With Neil Bartram he has written the book for The Adventures of Pinocchio; The Theory of Relativity, which premiered in London in 2015; the English language adaptation of Belles Soeurs, based on Michel Tremblay’s groundbreaking play; and Broadway’s The Story of My Life. Current Bartram and Hill projects include Senza Luce, commissioned by the Canadian Music Theatre Project; You Are Here, co-commissioned by Acting Up Stage and Signature Theatre Company; Bedknobs and Broomsticks, which is being developed with Chicago Shakespeare Theater; and a musical adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes. The cast recordings of The Story of My Life and The Theory of Relativity are available on the PS Classics label.

Aaron Thielen (Book) is the Artistic Director at The Marriott Theatre in Chicago. He has long been an advocate for the creation of new musicals. Along with October Sky, which premiered at The Marriott Theatre in 2015, he and Michael Mahler wrote the award-winning musical Hero, which was produced at the Marriott and Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota. Mr. Thielen also adapted the 20th Century Fox film For the Boys. He was one of the creative forces in bringing the 2008 world premiere musical The Bowery Boys to The Marriott Theatre. He co-authored the award-winning All Night Strut!, A Fascinatin’ Rhythm,and Now and Forever: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber with Marc Robin.

Michael Mahler (Music and Lyrics) is the Chicago-based composer/lyricist of October Sky; Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Musical; Hero; Knute Rockne All-American; Wonderland, Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure; How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back?; and others. His songs have been featured in concerts and showcases across the globe, including the National Alliance for Musical Theatre Festival of New Musicals, the ASCAP/MAC Songwriters’ Showcase, and an evening at The Kennedy Center. He contributed additional lyrics to the Broadway-bound revival of Boublil and Schönberg’s Miss Saigon and served as the original English lyricist for La Révolution Française. His projects in development include Gravediggers’ Hamlet and an adaptation of The Secret of My Success. Mr. Mahler is the recipient of the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work and is married to actress Dara Cameron.

Rachel Rockwell (Director and Choreographer) is pleased to be making her Old Globe debut. A resident of Chicago, some of her credits include the world premiere of Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Musical (Children’s Theatre Company), the U.S. premiere of Ride the Cyclone (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Brigadoon (Goodman Theatre, Joseph Jefferson Awards for Best Musical and Best Choreography), Enron (TimeLine Theatre Company), and the world premiere of October Sky (The Marriott Theatre). Her further Chicago-area credits include Billy Elliot: The Musical (Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Choreography), Sweeney Todd, Les Misérables, The Sound of Music (also recorded for the New York Public Library’s Theatre on Film and Tape Archive), Ragtime (Joseph Jefferson Awards for Best Production–Musical and Best Director–Musical), Oliver!, and Miss Saigon (Drury Lane Theatre), Mary Poppins, In the Heights, The Music Man, Annie, and Hair (Paramount Theatre), and The Little Mermaid, Shrek The Musical, Beauty and the Beast, Short Shakespeare! Romeo and Juliet, Short Shakespeare! The Taming of the Shrew, The Adventures of Pinocchio, and The Emperor’s New Clothes (Chicago Shakespeare Theater). Ms. Rockwell was named Best Director of 2010 by Chicago magazine and the 2012 Chicagoan of the Year in theatre by the Chicago Tribune.

Universal Stage Productions is the live theatre division of the world-famous motion picture studio. Universal’s record-breaking musical phenomenon Wicked recently celebrated its 12th smash-hit year on Broadway. With a national tour and multiple international productions, Wicked has been seen by more than 42 million people worldwide and has grossed over $4 billion dollars, making it one of the most successful theatrical ventures of all time. In 2008, Universal’s critically acclaimed musical adaptation of Billy Elliot opened on Broadway and went on to win 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Universal also produced the Tony-nominated Broadway production of Bring It On: The Musical and the acclaimed revival of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, and they will produce the Broadway premiere of Holiday Inn – The New Irving Berlin Musical at Studio 54 this fall with Roundabout Theatre Company.

October Sky was originally premiered by The Marriott Theatre, August 2015; Terry James, Executive Producer; Aaron Thielen, Artistic Director.

TICKETS to October Sky start at $37 and can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 234-5623, or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. Performances begin on September 10 and continue through October 23. Performance times: Previews: Saturday, September 10 at 8:00 p.m., Sunday, September 11 at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, September 15 at 8:00 p.m., Friday, September 16 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, September 17 at 8:00 p.m., Sunday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 20 at 7:00 p.m., and Wednesday, September 21 at 7:00 p.m. Opening night is Thursday, September 22 at 8:00 p.m. Regular performances: September 23 – October 23: Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m.; Thursday and Friday evenings at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. There will be no performances on Saturday, September 24 at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 15 at 2:00 p.m., and there will be an additional matinee performance on Wednesday, October 12 at 2:00 p.m. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 29 years of age and under, seniors, military members, and groups of 10 or more.

October Sky is supported in part through gifts from Leading Season Sponsors Darlene Marcos Shiley and Gloria Rasmussen and Season Sponsors Valerie and Harry Cooper, Conrad Prebys and Debra Turner, Karen and Stuart Tanz, Rhona and Rick Thompson, Viasat, and Sheryl and Harvey White, as well as Artist Sponsors Lynne and Steve Wheeler.

LOCATION and PARKING INFORMATION: The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way. Through a special arrangement with the San Diego Zoo, Old Globe evening ticket-holders have the opportunity to pre-purchase valet parking in the Zoo's new employee parking structure. With a drop-off point just a short walk to the Globe, theatregoers may purchase fast, easy, convenient valet parking for just $20 per vehicle per evening. Pre-paid only, available only by phone through the Old Globe Box Office. Call Today: (619) 234-5623. For more information, click here.

There are numerous free parking lots available throughout the park. Guests may also be dropped off in front of the Mingei International Museum. The Balboa Park valet is also available during performances, located in front of the Japanese Friendship Garden. For additional parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org. For directions and up-to-date information, please visit www.TheOldGlobe.org/Directions.

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2016-2017 SEASON CALENDAR: October Sky (9/10-10/23), The Lion (9/29-10/30), Globe for All Measure for Measure (11/3-20), Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (11/5-12/26), M.F.A. The Two Gentlemen of Verona (11/12-20), Picasso at the Lapin Agile (2/4-3/12/2017), The Blameless (2/23-3/26),Red Velvet (3/25-4/30), Skeleton Crew (4/8-5/7), The Old Man and The Old Moon (5/13-6/18), The Imaginary Invalid (5/27-6/25).

PHOTO EDITORS: Digital images of The Old Globe’s productions are available at www.theoldglobe.org/press-room.

The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional regional theatres and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for over 80 years. Under the leadership of Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and Managing Director Michael G. Murphy, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary, and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, both part of The Old Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, and the 605-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival. More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theatre’s education and community programs. Numerous world premieres such as the 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Bright Star, Allegiance, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,and the annual holiday musical Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theatres across the country.

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CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM BIOGRAPHIES

Rebecca Bellingham (Mary Bykovski, Margaret, Ensemble) recently moved to San Diego and is delighted to be making her Globe debut. Her New York theatre credits include New York Musical Theatre Festival, Irish Repertory Theatre, Symphony Space, and Theater for the New City. Her regional credits include The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Prince Music Theater (Barrymore Award for Supporting Actress in a Musical), Westport Country Playhouse, Cape Playhouse, and Trinity Repertory Company. She performed with a “Jewgrass” band at venues in and around New York City, including Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, Rockwood Musical Hall, and Angel Orensanz Foundation. Ms. Bellingham is also a literacy- and arts-based educator who works at Columbia University’s Teachers College and with public and independent schools around the country. Her TED Talk on the power of reading aloud has been widely viewed by educators around the country.

Joel Blum (Ike Bykovski, Ensemble) made his Globe debut last year in Kiss Me, Kate. He most recently appeared in The Fabulous Lipitones at Florida Studio Theatre. Mr. Blum has appeared on Broadway in Showboat (Tony Award nomination for Featured Actor in a Musical), Steel Pier (Tony Award nomination for Featured Actor in a Musical), as Marcellus in The Music Man, the original production of 42nd Street directed by Gower Champion, Stardust, Elaine May’s After the Night and the Music, A Christmas Carol, and Debbie. His Off Broadway credits include Golf: The Musical (Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical), And the World Goes ‘Round, and Game Show, and his tour credits include Billy Elliot: The Musical, Doctor Doolittle starring Tommy Tune (also associate choreographer), 101 Dalmatians, And the World Goes ‘Round, and Annie Get Your Gun starring Debbie Reynolds. Mr. Blum has been seen regionally in Tin Pan Alley Rag (Barrymore Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical), Meet John Doe (Helen Hayes Award nomination), Damn Yankees with Tony Randall, and Pal Joey with Lena Horne. His film and television credits include Those Lips, Those Eyes, “Ed,” “The Sopranos,” two Bob Hope specials, “The Sonny and Cher Show,” “The Tonight Show,” and “Law & Order” twice.

Ron Bohmer (John Hickam) has appeared on Broadway and in national tours as Joseph Smith in The Book of Mormon, the title role in The Phantom of the Opera, Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard (Joseph Jefferson Award nomination), Alex in Aspects of Love, Enjolras in Les Misérables, Fyedka in Fiddler on the Roof, Coach Bolton in Disney’s High School Musical, Sir Percival Glyde in The Woman in White, the title role in The Scarlet Pimpernel (National Broadway Theatre Award nomination), Father in the revival of Ragtime, and Frid in the revival of A Little Night Music with Bernadette Peters. Mr. Bohmer’s regional credits include Volodya in Bed and Sofa (The Wilma Theater, Barrymore Award nomination), Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days (Pittsburgh Public Theater), El Gallo in The Fantasticks (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Acclaim Award), and Dr. Givings in In the Next Room, or the vibrator play and George in Sunday in the Park with George (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Theater Circle Award). His television credits include “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Rescue Me,” “Ryan’s Hope,” “One Life to Live,” and “As the World Turns.” His recordings include two solo albums, Everyman and another life,and numerous cast recordings. He is a frequent guest vocalist with symphonies around the world.

Will Branner (Buck, Ensemble) recently appeared as Al in A Chorus Line (Summer Rep Theatre Festival), Peter in Jesus Christ Superstar (Music Theatre Wichita), Boland in Dogfight (Farmers Alley Theatre), and Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls. He recently made his film festival debut as Maxwell in Present Day at the Traverse City Film Festival. Along with acting, Mr. Branner is an aspiring director. His recent directing credits include Gruesome Playground Injuries (University of Michigan) and Rock of Ages (Pioneer Theatre Guild).

Nicolette Burton (Ensemble) is making her official Old Globe debut in October Sky. Her previous credits include Hair, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, 42nd Street, Nine, Songs for a New World, Spamalot, and Kiss Me, Kate, as well as cabaret performances at 54 Below and The Triad in New York City. A San Diego native, Ms. Burton represented The Old Globe in 2012 and was a runner-up in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway. She was featured in the three-part documentary series Broadway or Bust on PBS.

John Cardoza (Ensemble) is making his debut at The Old Globe with the cast and crew of October Sky. He is a Massachusetts native and a recent graduate of the Boston Conservatory, where he appeared in Spring Awakening, Godspell, and Hair. He earlier spent two consecutive summers in San Francisco, appearing in Little Shop of Horrors, A Chorus Line, and La Cage aux Folles.

Sandra DeNise (Miss Riley) has been seen on Broadway in Kinky Boots, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, and Bright Star, and she appeared in the first national tours of Rent, Parade, Saturday Night Fever, Hairspray (as Penny Pingleton), Jersey Boys, and Shrek The Musical. Ms. DeNise’s film and television credits include “That ’70s Show,” “Gilmore Girls,” “ER,” and Georgia Rule.

James Royce Edwards (Jake, Ensemble) has starred as Scarecrow in last year’s world premiere of Oz and Jake in the ’80s musical miXtape (Lamb’s Players Theatre), Nicky Fangs in the hit That Bachelorette Show, which he also co-created (Off Broadway), Prince Harry in the Lythgoes’ A Snow White Christmas (Laguna Playhouse), and Chris in Miss Saigon (Electric Theater). He last appeared at the Globe as Young Max in the 10th anniversary production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Mr. Edwards’s Broadway and national tour credits include Mamma Mia!, Hairspray, All Shook Up, Pippin, and The Grinch. His Off Broadway credits include Altar Boyz, Matthew Passion, and Wanda’s World. Mr. Edwards starred as Tarzan in the regional premiere of Disney’s Tarzan and as Prince Eric in the regional premiere of The Little Mermaid (Tuacahn Center for the Arts). He also appears around the world as the superhero Sportacus from the children’s television show “LazyTown.

Steve Gouveia (Earl, Ensemble) is back in his hometown making his Old Globe debut. His credits include Jersey Boys (original Broadway cast, first national tour, La Jolla Playhouse), The Rocky Horror Show, Little Shop of Horrors, Pageant, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Cygnet Theatre Company), The Collected Works of Billy the Kid (La Jolla Playhouse), miXtape (Lamb’s Players Theatre), Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Apollo Theater Chicago, Stage West Theatre), It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues, Cabaret, and A Christmas Carol (San Diego Repertory Theatre), Sweeney Todd (Fritz Theatre), and Hair (Starlight Musical Theatre). As a musician, Mr. Gouveia has played with Pete Townshend, Alex Lifeson, John Wesley of Porcupine Tree, Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of The Doors, Rik Emmett of Triumph, Jung-Ho Pak and the San Diego Symphony, Chris Thompson of Manfred Mann, The Verve Pipe, Andy Qunta of Icehouse, The Red Dirt Band, Micky Dolenz, John Goodman, Debbie Gibson, The Tokens, the CBS Orchestra, and many others. His solo album Shine is available on iTunes.

Kevyn Morrow (Ken Dubbonet) comes directly from the Tony Award-winning Best Revival of a Musical The Color Purple. His Broadway credits include the original casts of The Scarlet Pimpernel, Dream, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, and Leader of the Pack, as well as the 1987 revival of Dreamgirls and the 1990 closing company of A Chorus Line. His West End credits include 125th Street and Ragtime (Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical). His Off Broadway credits include While I Yet Live, The Boys in the Band, and Blue, and hisregional credits include Driving Miss Daisy with Sandy Duncan, The Whipping Man, Gem of the Ocean, Stormy Weather: The Lena Horne Story with Leslie Uggams, First Wives Club (NAACP Image Award nomination for Best Lead Male), Race, Radio Golf, Javert in Les Misérables, The Little Mermaid, The Three Musketeers, Tambourines to Glory (Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor, Resident Musical), and Dreamgirls (Barrymore Award nomination). Mr. Morrow has appeared in the films Fair Market Value, The Trade, and Staying Alive, and his television credits include recurring roles on “Person of Interest,” “Elementary,” “Hope & Faith,” “Ed,” and “One Life to Live”; guest starring roles on “Hostages,” “Law & Order,” “Coach,” “Murphy Brown,” and “L.A. Law,”; and hosting “Kidsworld.”

Austyn Myers (O’Dell) has appeared in Les Misérables on Broadway and in the national tour. His film and television credits include Meet Dave, Team Spitz, Moonrock & Lighter Fluid, and “Bommi & Friends.” His regional theatre credits include Brighton Beach Memoirs, Lost in Yonkers, and The First Wives Club (The Old Globe), Kingdom City (La Jolla Playhouse), Twelfth Night and The Prince of Egypt (Bay Street Theater), Lost in Yonkers (McCoy Rigby Entertainment), The Secret Garden (Lamb’s Players Theatre), Spring Awakening, 13, and Peter and the Starcatcher (The Barn Stage Company), “Master Harold”...and the Boys (Living Light Theatre), A Christmas Carol (North Coast Repertory Theatre), King John (Intrepid Theatre Company), Urinetown (Mira Costa College), The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd (Starlight Musical Theatre), Big River, Seussical, Ragtime, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Annie, and Les Misérables (California Youth Conservatory).

Kerry O’Malley (Elsie Hickam) appeared on Broadway as Betty Haynes in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods (Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Award nominations), Dr. Sharone Stein in On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Dolly Tate in Annie Get Your Gun, and Billy’s Mum in Billy Elliot: The Musical. Her Off Broadway credits include Fran Kubelik in Promises, Promises (City Center Encores!), Sharon in Finian’s Rainbow, Mary in Dublin Carol, and the original cast of How I Learned to Drive. She also appeared in Las Vegas in Steve Wynn’s ShowStoppers. Ms. O’Malley’s film credits include Terminator Genysis, Annabelle, Annabelle 2, Cowboy Drifter, Earth to Echo, Case 39, The Happening, and Rounders. Her television credits include “The Last Tycoon”; series regular on “Those Who Kill”; recurring roles on “Shameless,” “Brotherhood,” “Survivor’s Remorse,” “Boardwalk Empire,” and “Hart of Dixie”; and guest star appearances including “Major Crimes,” “Second Chance,” “Backstrom,” “Masters of Sex,” “Rizzoli & Isles,” “The Mentalist”, “Criminal Minds,” “Detroit 1-8-7,” “Without a Trace,” “Cold Case,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: LA,” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”

Destan Owens (Bathtub Amos, Ensemble) has appeared on Broadway as Tom Collins in Rent, Billy Flynn in Chicago, Adrian in Smokey Joe’s Cafe, and Hawker in The Who’s Tommy: 15th Anniversary Benefit Concert. His regional credits include C.C. in Dreamgirls with Jennifer Holliday, Pontius Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar Gospel, Teddy Jr. in Stormy Weather: The Lena Horne Story with Leslie Uggams, Artist and Reporter in It Happened in Little Rock, Escamillo in Carmen, Sam in Trouble in Tahiti, Lindquist in A Little Night Music, and Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus. His television credits include the “30 Rock” episode“The Break-Up” as Black Niles. His films include Marie and Bruce, Get Rich or Die Tryin’, and Across the Universe. He performs as a soloist with Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Sun Valley Opera, Omaha Symphony, Reading Symphony Orchestra, Regina Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Jackson Symphony, Southwest Florida Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, Lake Charles Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, and Long Island Philharmonic. Mr. Owens is a member of Broadway Inspirational Voices.

Eliza Palasz (Dorothy) has appeared in Chicago as Wendla Bergmann in Spring Awakening, Perón’s Mistress in Evita, and Eliza in Godspell (The Marriott Theatre), Antiochus’s Daughter in Pericles (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), and Margaret Snow in Rob Ashford’s Carousel starring Steven Pasquale and Laura Osnes (Lyric Opera of Chicago). As an actor and musician she has worked in her hometown of Seattle on numerous new works and premieres with Village Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre/
Contemporary Classics and The 5th Avenue Theatre. Ms. Palasz’s vocal solos have been featured on compilations of the Contemporary A Cappella Society, Voices Only, and the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards, and she also was a winner at the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella.

Liam Quealy (Jim, Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his Globe debut and continuing his journey with October Sky. Based out of Chicago, he has performed at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Writers Theatre, The Marriott Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre, Paramount Theatre, and Theatre at the Center. He also toured with Fiddler on the Roof and performed Off Broadway in Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich’s Dear Edwina.

Patrick Rooney (Roy Lee) makes his Globe debut with October Sky. His Chicago credits include Roger in Rent (Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre, Joseph Jefferson Award nomination), Melchior in Spring Awakening, Roy Lee in October Sky, and Judas understudy in Godspell (The Marriott Theatre), Septimus and Valentine understudy in Arcadia (Writers Theatre), Les Misérables (Paramount Theatre), and Mordred in Camelot and Gabe and Henry understudy in Next to Normal (Drury Lane Theatre. Mr. Rooney has also participated in workshops at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and The Marriott Theatre.

Connor Russell (Quentin) has appeared in New York in Babes in Arms and Light and Shadow. His regional credits include Idaho! The Comedy Musical (The Smith Center), the world premiere of Disney’s Aladdin, A Chorus Line, The Music Man, and the Hairspray anniversary concert (The 5th Avenue Theatre), A Musical Christmas Carol (Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera), Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Arkansas Repertory Theatre), The Who’s Tommy and Funny Girl (Village Theatre), Disney’s High School Musical (Seattle Children’s Theatre), and Gypsy (Capital Repertory Theatre). Mr. Russell’s select film credits include Paul in The Hinterlands (International Academy of Web Television Award nomination for Best Male Performance in a Drama), Brand Upon the Brain! (Toronto International Film Festival and New York Film Festival), and Truth Slash Fiction (SeriesFest 2016 winner).

Kyle Selig (Homer Hickam) made his Broadway debut in The Book of Mormon as Elder Price during his junior year at Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama after appearing in the show’s national tour. A native of Huntington Beach, California, he was most recently seen at the Hollywood Bowl as Baby John in the Los Angeles Philharmonic concert of West Side Story. He is a past winner of the National High School Musical Theatre “Jimmy” Award and the Music Center Spotlight Award. His original albums And the Tree Was Happy and She Breathes are available on iTunes.

Lance Arthur Smith (Otis, Ensemble) is an actor, writer, and fight choreographer. His local credits include work at San Diego Repertory Theatre, Cygnet Theatre Company, North Coast Repertory Theatre, Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company, Moonlight Stage Productions, Starlight Musical Theatre, ion theatre company, Intrepid Theatre Company, and Lamb’s Players Theatre. He has worked regionally at Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival, The Ark Theatre Company, PCPA, and African-American Theatre Ensemble. He is the author of the nonfiction book Princess Geek, and his commissioned play Hemispheres: In the Secret City will receive its second workshop at New Village Arts in summer 2017.

Clay Stefanki (Ensemble) made his debut at The Old Globe last year in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! His regional credits include Mary Poppins (Ogunquit Playhouse), The Little Mermaid (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), and Starlight Express and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Tuacahn Center for the Arts). His other regional credits include 42nd Street, Hairspray, and Life Could Be a Dream (Moonlight Stage Productions), Spamalot and Hairspray (Musical Theatre West), Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Cabrillo Music Theatre), and Miss Saigon (McCoy Rigby Entertainment). He also performed internationally with Miss Saigon at the Macau International Music Festival inMacau, China.

Betsy Stewart (Emily Sue, Ensemble) is making her Globe debut. She was most recently seen as Ilse in Spring Awakening and as Emily Sue in October Sky at The Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, Illinois.

Nick Sullivan (Mr. Turner, Ensemble) has worked on Broadway in Newsies, Footloose, Black Comedy, and The Molière Comedies, as well as the national tour of Kinky Boots. His Off Broadway credits include Lone Star Love and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare in the Park). Mr. Sullivan has worked regionally at Shakespeare Theatre Company, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Goodspeed Musicals, Fulton Opera House, George Street Playhouse, Paper Mill Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, Theatre Under The Stars, Theatre on the Square, The 5th Avenue Theatre, Two River Theater, Cleveland Play House, and Virginia Stage Company. His television and film credits include “Madame Secretary,” “The Good Wife,” “BrainDead,” “Elementary,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Girls,” “30 Rock,” “Alpha House,” “Royal Pains,” “Law & Order” (all three flavors), Our Idiot Brother, Prison Song, Revenge of the Green Dragons, and Puccini for Beginners. Mr. Sullivan has recorded over 400 audiobooks, garnering various awards, and is the author of the just-released novel Zombie Bigfoot.

Scott Wakefield (Minister, Ensemble) returns to The Old Globe, having previously appeared in Bright Star. He has performed onBroadway in Hands on a Hardbody, Ring of Fire, and It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues, and Off Broadway in The Joy Luck Club, The American Clock, Paint Your Wagon, and Texas in Paris. His favorite regional roles include Millet in Fuddy Meers, Camille in A Flea in Her Ear, Victor in The Price, Kruger in The Front Page, Tom in The Glass Menagerie, Louis DeRougemont in Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, and Michael in Dancing at Lughnasa, and such prestigious venues as Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, and Alliance Theatre. Mr. Wakefield garnered three Best Actor awards for his portrayal of Will Rogers in The Will Rogers Follies and another Best Actor award for playing Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Mr. Wakefield has written and produced two CDs of original music: Older Than Dirt and Vegetarian Nightmare.

Angela Wildflower (Harriet, Ensemble) is making her Old Globe debut. Fresh off her Broadway debut as Mary Wells in Motown The Musical, Ms. Wildflower was recently a guest star on CBS’s “Blue Bloods,” stars as Samantha on web dramedy “First Dates” (firstdates.tv), and just wrapped the new feature film Roxanne, Roxanne. Internationally she was a featured singer in Hinton Battle’s American Variety Bang II in Osaka, Japan. Her regional credits include Hailey Daisy in Venice (The Public Theater, Kirk Douglas Theatre), Yolonda in Crowns (Pasadena Playhouse, Unicorn Theatre, Ebony Repertory Theatre), Gary Coleman in Avenue Q and Lorraine in All Shook Up (3-D Theatricals), Dangerous Beauty (Pasadena Playhouse), The Princess and the Black-Eyed Pea (San Diego Repertory Theatre), Ti Moune in Once on This Island (Coterie Theatre), and Sarah in Ragtime (Center Stage).

Kevin Depinet (Scenic Design) designed Sense and Sensibility at The Old Globe this summer. He has designed for Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, McCarter Theatre Center, Court Theatre, Writers Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company, Arden Theatre Company, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Glimmerglass Opera, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, American Players Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, and Mark Taper Forum. His Broadway credits include associate designer for August: Osage County, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, and Of Mice and Men. His national tour credits include Camelot and Ragtime. Mr. Depinet has also designed for the National Theatre in London, Discovery Channel, Netflix, 21st Century Fox, and Disney.

Linda Cho (Costume Design) returns to The Old Globe, where she most recently designed last year’s The Comedy of Errors. This is her 15th show here since 2002. Her work was seen on Broadway in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, for which she received an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination and a Tony Award for Best Costume Design of a Musical. Off Broadway she has designed at Theatre for a New Audience, Manhattan Theatre Club, Second Stage Theatre, The Public Theater, Classic Stage Company, Drama Dept., The Acting Company, and Atlantic Theater Company. Regionally her designs have been seen at LA Opera, La Jolla Playhouse, Arena Stage, Guthrie Theater, Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Goodspeed Musicals, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Internationally she has designed costumes at Royal Shakespeare Company in England and Stratford Festival in Canada.

Japhy Weideman (Lighting Design) previously designed the Globe productions of Bright Star, Bethany, The Rainmaker, and August: Osage County. His recent Broadway projects include Bright Star, Sylvia, and Old Times. His other Broadway credits include The Visit and Airline Highway (2015 Tony Award nominations), Of Mice and Men (2014 Tony nomination), Macbeth (Drama Desk Award nomination), The Snow Geese, Cyrano de Bergerac, and The Nance (2013 Tony nomination). His other regional credits include American Conservatory Theater, Arena Stage, Alley Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Houston Grand Opera, Huntington Theatre Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Santa Fe Opera, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. Internationally, Mr. Weideman has designed at Edinburgh International Festival, London’s West End, Royal Shakespeare Company, Ancient Theater of Epidaurus, Greece, National Theater of Korea, La Scala in Milan, Opéra de Lyon, and De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam. His awards and nominations for lighting design include Tony, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Hewes Design, San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, and San Diego Craig Noel Awards.

Garth Helm (Sound Design) designed the Broadway and first national tour productions of Pippin (2013 Tony Award nomination for Best Sound Design of a Musical). He also designed the first national tour of The Heart of Robin Hood. He was the associate sound designer for Rocky (Broadway 2014), We Will Rock You (national tour 2013–2014, São Paulo 2015–2016), Ghost The Musical (Broadway, first national tour, South Korea), Les Misérables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary (London’s O2 Arena, first national anniversary tour), Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Toronto, Broadway, first national tour), Dirty Dancing (U.S.), Phantom (Las Vegas), and The Phantom of the Opera, for which he is the current sound supervisor (Broadway). His regional designs include Brigadoon, Beauty and the Beast, Billy Elliot: The Musical, Barry Manilow’s Could It Be Magic, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Evita, Oliver!, Ragtime, Sweeney Todd, Shrek The Musical, The Sound of Music, The Most Happy Fella, West Side Story, and Xanadu. Mr. Helm is also a sound design consultant for various live theatre and performance venues, and he is the owner of Production Sound Services.

Shawn Sagady (Projection Design) has designed the Broadway productions of All The Way (Drama Desk Award nomination, Tony Award for Best Play), Leap of Faith, Memphis (Tony Award for Best Musical). His Off Broadway and regional credits include stop. reset., Mound Builders, and Emotional Creature (Signature Theatre Company), By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Second Stage Theatre), Father Comes Home from the War (The Public Theater), Memphis and Julius Caesar (national tours), The White Snake and Back Back Back (The Old Globe), Overt Political Correctness (American Repertory Theater), 2666, Brigadoon (Joseph Jefferson Award nomination), and The White Snake (Jeff nomination) (Goodman Theatre), Fingersmith, The Great Society, A Wrinkle in Time, Measure for Measure, and American Night: The Ballad of Juan José (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), and Carmen (La Jolla Playhouse).He also served as Director of Photography for the film project 100 Monologues.

Bruce Coughlin (Orchestrations) has several Broadway credits to his name including The Wild Party, The Light in the Piazza (co-orchestrator, Tony and Drama Desk Awards), Urinetown, Grey Gardens, 9 to 5, Annie Get Your Gun, The Sound of Music, Once Upon a Mattress, and the 1996 revival of The King and I; plus additional/contributing orchestrations for Big Fish, On the Twentieth Century, Something Rotten!, and On the Town. His New York and regional credits include War Paint (Goodman Theatre), First Daughter Suite (co-orchestrator), Giant, See What I Wanna See, the recent London revivals of Assassins and Urinetown, Amélie, Floyd Collins, Children of Eden, and Finding Neverland (U.K. version), as well as Rain, Sense and Sensibility, and A Room with a View (The Old Globe), Tales of the City (American Conservatory Theater), and Far from Heaven (Playwrights Horizons). His opera credits include The Grapes of Wrath, 27, and Morning Star, all by Ricky Ian Gordon. His film credits include Hairspray (“Miss Baltimore Crabs”) and Fantasia 2000 (principal arranger). He is the winner of a Tony Award (and two additional nominations), Drama Desk Award (and eight nominations), and an Obie Award.

Charlie Alterman (Music Director) was music director for the Tony Award-winning revival of Pippin as well as the Broadway productions of Next to Normal and Godspell. He made his Broadway debut in Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me (as both music director and standby for several roles). He will return to Broadway as music director of Half Time this spring, which played Chicago last winter as Gotta Dance. He has toured with Grease and served as music supervisor for the North American tour of Next to Normal. His Off Broadway favorites include Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver and Silence! The Musical. His regional work includes shows at The Muny, American Repertory Theater, Arena Stage, Huntington Theatre Company, La Jolla Playhouse, Trinity Repertory Company, and nine seasons with Williamstown Theatre Festival. Mr. Alterman’s concert appearances include shows with Brooke Shields, Frankie Avalon, Dana Reeve, Emily Skinner, Billy Porter, Carol Woods, and Ken Page.

Markus Maurette (Special Effects Design) is currently the special effects designer for The Illusionists: Turn of the Century, which also played on Broadway. He has designed special effects systems for Cirque du Soleil, Productions du Dragone, “America’s Got Talent,” the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, 2006 Asian Games, “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” and others. His Broadway design collaborations with JMFX include Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Little Shop of Horrors, Nine, Into the Woods, Henry IV, 45 Seconds to Broadway, Man of La Mancha, Aida, Sinatra, and others. Mr. Maurette’s general production credits include “Saturday Night Live,” “Conan,” “All My Children,” “Survivor,” Victoria’s Secret, Louis Vuitton, Shape, Coach, The Public Theater’s New York Shakespeare Festival, Playwrights Horizons, Theatre for a New Audience, New York Theatre Workshop, Asia Society, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Dublin Theatre Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Odyssey Theatre, Portland Repertory Theatre, Northwest Childrens Theater, Studio Concepts, Stark Raving Theatre, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, and others. His recent art department television credits include “The Knick,” “The Blacklist,” “The OA,” “Billions,” and “Falling Water.”

Courtney Cerny (Assistant Director and Associate Choreographer) has choreographed Brigadoon and Peter Pan (Alluvion Stage Company), The Phantom of the Opera (Liberty University), and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas as assistant choreographer (Drury Lane Theatre). Ms. Cerny’s Chicago performance credits include Brigadoon (Goodman Theatre), Hazel (including dance captain), West Side Story, Billy Elliot: The Musical, and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Drury Lane Theatre), and Oklahoma!, Mary Poppins, and In the Heights (Paramount Theatre). In the Midwest region, she has performed in Footloose, Annie Get Your Gun, Fireside Christmas, and Hello, Dolly! (The Fireside Dinner Theatre)and The Music Man (Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre).

Howie Cherpakov, CSA (Casting) cast the Broadway and national tour productions of Bright Star, Next Fall (2010 Artios Award nomination), The Seafarer, Coram Boy, Chicago, Annie Get Your Gun, Dirty Dancing, and South Pacific. His Off Broadway and regional productions include Bright Star (The Old Globe, 2015 Artios nomination), The Pipeline Festival (Women’s Project Theater), Atomic and Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party (Acorn Theater), Marry Harry (American Theater Group), Dangerous Beauty (Pasadena Playhouse), Next Fall (Naked Angels), Fault Lines (Cherry Lane Theatre, 2009 Artios Award), The Glorious Ones (Lincoln Center Theater), This Isn’t Romance (Soho Theatre), Rock Doves (Irish Arts Center), The Opposite of Sex (Magic Theatre), Flight (Lucille Lortel Theatre), In This House (Melting Pot), and This is Our Youth. Additionally, Mr. Cherpakov has cast over 65 new plays and musicals for the Powerhouse Theater season at New York Stage and Film.

Anjee Nero (Production Stage Manager) previously worked on the Globe productions of Kiss Me, Kate, The Twenty-seventh Man, Bright Star, Dog and Pony, The Winter’s Tale, Be a Good Little Widow, Allegiance – A New American Musical, A Room with a View, Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show, The Savannah Disputation, Cornelia, Kingdom, and the 2007 Shakespeare Festival. Her selected La Jolla Playhouse credits include Sideways directed by Des McAnuff, Ruined directed by Liesl Tommy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Christopher Ashley, and Herringbone directed by Roger Rees and starring BD Wong. Ms. Nero has worked with several prominent regional theatres including The Kennedy Center, Hartford Stage, Center Theatre Group, SITI Company, Huntington Theatre Company, and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Her other selected credits include Schick Machine (Paul Dresher Ensemble), which toured both nationally and internationally, and Garden of Forbidden Loves and Garden of Deadly Sound (IMAGOmoves), which toured to the International Hungarian Theatre Festival in Cluj, Romania. Ms. Nero was most recently on Broadway with Bright Star.

 

West Coast premiere

October Sky

Book by Brian Hill and Aaron Thielen

Music and Lyrics by Michael Mahler

Directed and Choreographed by Rachel Rockwell

Produced in Association with Universal Stage Productions

RUNS: September 10 – October 23, 2016

Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre,

Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

TICKETS: Start at $37.

SYNOPSIS: Inspired by the beloved 1999 movie, which itself was based on a true story. In the sleepy town of Coalwood, West Virginia, school is just something you do until you’re old enough to work in the coal mines. After the Soviets launch the Sputnik rocket, a local high schooler named Homer decides to enter a rocketry competition against the wishes of his domineering, practical-minded dad. With the help of his friends and the local community, he just might light up the night. October Sky is a musical slice of small-town Americana packed with youthful exuberance that will send your heart soaring and inspire you to reach for the stars.

CAST: Kyle Selig stars as Homer Hickam, Ron Bohmer as John Hickam, and Kerry O’Malley as Elsie Hickam, with Rebecca Bellingham (Mary Bykovski), Joel Blum (Ike Bykovski), Will Branner (Buck), Sandra DeNise (Miss Riley), James Royce Edwards (Jake), Steve Gouveia (Earl), Kevyn Morrow (Ken), Austyn Myers (O’Dell), Destan Owens (Bathtub Amos), Eliza Palasz (Dorothy), Liam Quealy (Jim), Patrick Rooney (Roy Lee), Connor Russell (Quentin), Lance Arthur Smith (Otis), Betsy Stewart (Emily Sue), Nick Sullivan (Mr. Turner), and Ensemble members Nicolette Burton, John Cardoza, Clay Stefanki, Scott Wakefield, Angela Wildflower.

CREATIVE TEAM: Kevin Depinet (Scenic Design), Linda Cho (Costume Design), Japhy Weideman (Lighting Design), Garth Helm (Sound Design), Shawn Sagady (Projection Design), Bruce Coughlin (Orchestrations), Charlie Alterman (Music Director), Markus Maurette (Special Effects Design), Courtney Cerny (Assistant Director and Associate Choreographer), Howie Cherpakov, CSA (Casting), Anjee Nero (Production Stage Manager).

PREVIEW PERFORMANCES:
Sept 10 SAT 8:00pm
Sept 11 SUN 7:00pm
Sept 13 TUE 7:00pm
Sept 14 WED 7:00pm
Sept 15 THU 8:00pm
Sept 16 FRI 8:00pm
Sept 17 SAT 8:00pm
Sept 18 SUN 7:00pm
Sept 20 TUE 7:00pm
Sept 21 WED 7:00pm

OPENING NIGHT: September 22 THU 8:00pm

REGULAR PERFORMANCES:
Sept 23 FRI 8:00pm
Sept 25 SUN 2:00pm
Sept 25 SUN 7:00pm
Sept 27 TUE 7:00pm (Post-Show Forum)
Sept 28 WED 7:00pm
Sept 29 THU 8:00pm
Sept 30 FRI 8:00pm
Oct 1 SAT 2:00pm
Oct 1 SAT 8:00pm
Oct 2 SUN 2:00pm
Oct 2 SUN 7:00pm
Oct 4 TUES 7:00 pm (Post-Show Forum)
Oct 5 WED 8:00pm (Post-Show Forum)
Oct 6 THU 8:00pm
Oct 7 FRI 8:00pm
Oct 8 SAT 2:00pm (Insights Seminar/Subject Matters)
Oct 8 SAT 8:00pm
Oct 9 SUN 2:00pm
Oct 9 SUN 7:00pm
Oct 11 TUES 7:00 pm
Oct 12 WED 2:00pm
Oct 12 WED 7:00pm
Oct 13 THU 8:00pm
Oct 14 FRI 8:00pm
Oct 15 SAT 8:00pm
Oct 16 SUN 2:00pm
Oct 16 SUN 7:00pm
Oct 18 TUES 7:00 pm
Oct 19 WED 7:00pm
Oct 20 THU 8:00pm
Oct 21 FRI 8:00pm
Oct 22 SAT 2:00pm
Oct 22 SAT 8:00pm
Oct 23 SUN 2:00pm
Oct 23 SUN 7:00pm

REPLICA OF SPUTNIK ON DISPLAY:
Throughout the run of October Sky, a replica of Sputnik, the Soviet Union satellite that launched the Space Race, will be on display in the lobby of the Old Globe Theatre. FREE with price of admission.

“THE SPACE AGE IN SAN DIEGO”
Throughout the run of October Sky, in the lobby of the Old Globe Theatre, rare historical photos will illustrate San Diego’s contribution to the Space Race. FREE with price of admission.

INSIGHTS SEMINAR: Saturday, Oct. 8, 12:00 noon
The Space Race era was one of high Cold War tension and attempts by both America and the Soviet Union to steal the headlines with breathtaking space firsts. Francis French, space historian and Director of Education at the San Diego Air & Space Museum, will show with images from the era how propaganda and presentation were just as vital to the Space Race as engineering and technology. FREE.

SUBJECT MATTERS: Saturday, Oct. 8
Following the 2:00 p.m. performance, Anai Novoa, a Ph.D. candidate at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, will discuss the parallels of her career to October Sky: pursuing a life in science despite pressures and hurdles presented in her environment. In association with the Fleet Science Center. FREE with price of admission.

POST-SHOW FORUMS: Tuesdays, Sept. 27 and Oct. 4, and Wednesday, Oct. 5
Discuss the play with members of the cast and crew following the performance. FREE with price of admission.

NEW MUSICAL VOICES: Monday, Oct. 17, 7:00 p.m.
To celebrate the opening of October Sky, The Old Globe will host New Musical Voices, a cabaret-style evening of songs produced in collaboration with the Musical Theatre M.F.A. Program at San Diego State University. Further details will be announced soon.

PHOTOS: Digital images of Globe productions are available at TheOldGlobe.org/press-room.

BOX OFFICE WINDOW HOURS: Noon to final curtain Tuesday through Sunday. American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and VISA accepted.
(619) 23-GLOBE [234-5623].

LOCATION: The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way. Free parking is available throughout the park. Valet parking is also available, pre-paid with your evening ticket in the Zoo Employee Parking structure ($20).

 

PRESS CONTACTS:

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