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Bridge Players Theatre Company & Lyceum Hall Center for the Arts
present
 
MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL’S

ALL TOGETHER NOW!

— A Global Event Celebrating Local Theatre —
 
 
Featuring Songs by (in alphabetical order):
Lynn Ahrens • Kristen Anderson-Lopez • Benny Andersson • Billie Joe Armstrong • Howard Ashman • Sara Bareilles • Lionel Bart • Jerry Bock • Leslie Bricusse • Jason Robert Brown • Johnny Burke • Martin Charnin • Mindi Dickstein • Jack Feldman • Stephen Flaherty • Matthew Gerrard • Zina Goldrich • Green Day • Sheldon Harnick • David Hein • Marcy Heisler • Jason Howland • Herbert Kretzmer • Jonathan Larson • Alan Jay Lerner • Frank Loesser • Frederick Loewe • Robert Lopez • Alan Menken • Tim Minchin • Robbie Nevil • Anthony Newley • Benj Pasek • Justin Paul • Tim Rice • Irene Sankoff • Dick Scanlan • Claude-Michel Schönberg • Stephen Schwartz • Marc Shaiman • Richard M. Sherman • Robert B. Sherman • Glenn Slater • Stephen Sondheim • Charles Strouse • Jeanine Tesori • Björn Ulvaeus • Jimmy Van Heusen • Frank Wildhorn • Scott Wittman •

 

 

November 13, 2021
at
Lyceum Hall Center for the Arts
 
 
ALL TOGETHER NOW! Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.co.ukwww.mtishows.comwww.mtishows.com.au

About Bridge Players Theatre Company

Bridge Players Theatre Company, based in Burlington, NJ, is dedicated to presenting high quality, affordable theatrical productions to the community. We encourage an active and diverse membership by creating opportunities, both on and off stage, for people of all ages and from all backgrounds, inviting all to celebrate their individual talents and their mutual passion for live theatre.

Founded in 1976, Bridge Players is a nonprofit theatre group, and everyone who works with us volunteers their services without financial compensation. We are ordinary people dedicated to cultural development and the idea that there is a place in community theatre for everyone

 

Bridge Players Theatre Company
PO Box 303
Burlington, NJ 08016
www.bridgeplayerstheatre.com
bridgeplayerstheatre@gmail.com

  

About Lyceum Hall Center for the Arts

The Lyceum Hall Center for the Arts enriches and educates the community through distinctive creative arts. It is a vibrant home of creativity, performance, and learning. You don't have to take a pilgrimage to Carnegie Hall or to La Scala — there's a world culture of great art and music awaiting you in Burlington City.

Lyceum Hall Center for the Arts & Lyceum Studio are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion by embracing people of all colors, backgrounds, and viewpoints. Lyceum Hall does not discriminate based on race, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, or disability. We believe in racial and social justice in the arts and providing equal opportunities for all students, staff, and patrons.  Lyceum Hall is dedicated to inclusive casting and creating accessible programming for the students and families of Burlington, NJ, and surrounding communities. 

Lyceum Hall Center for the Arts
432 High Street
Burlington City, NJ 08016
www.thelyceumhall.com
lyceumhallarts@burlingtonnj.us

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Welcome to All Together Now!

Bridge Players Theatre Company and Lyceum Hall Center for the Arts thank you so much for joining us today to share the excitement of All Together Now!

This is Bridge Players' first live indoor performance in a long time. More than 18 months ago, theatre stages around the world went dark. Just as Bridge Players was about to hold its annual fundraiser, the world suddenly shut down.

Today, we welcome you to a global event celebrating local theatre. An organization called Music Theatre International, one of the largest licensing companies for musical productions, put together this musical revue featuring songs from its catalog. And this weekend, around the world, theatre companies are performing this very same show.

So, we ask you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the energy of live theatre!

 


Song List

1. "Pure Imagination" from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Music and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, Book by David Greig

Performed by Dave McGrath


2. "You Could Drive a Person Crazy" from Company
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by George Furth

Performed by Nicole Manning, Gina Petti, and Kori Rife


3. "Back to Before" from Ragtime
Music by Stephen Flaherty, Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Book by Terrence McNally

Performed by Jillian Renbjor


4. "Gimme, Gimme" from Thoroughly Modern Millie
New Music by Jeanine Tesori, New Lyrics by Dick Scanlan, Book by Richard Henry Morris and Dick Scanlan, Original Story and Screenplay by Richard Morris for the Universal Pictures Film

Performed by Shelby Loewenstern


5. "Life Is So Peculiar" from Five Guys Named Moe
Music and Lyrics by Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke, Book by Clarke Peters

Performed by Don Robbins, w/Dave McGrath


6. "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" from Les Misérables
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, Book by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg

Performed by Aaron Reid


7. "The Human Heart" from Once on This Island
Music by Stephen Flaherty, Book and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens

Performed by Yvette Burroughs Myles,  w/Lori Gilmore, Dave McGrath, and Don Robbins


8. "She Used To Be Mine" from Waitress
Music and Lyrics by Sara Bareilles, Book by Jessie Nelson

Performed by Danielle DeCarolis


9. "Seize the Day" from Newsies
Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Jack Feldman, Book by Harvey Fierstein

Performed by Gina Petti and Amber Stolarski, w/Hannah Dougherty, Amanda Hoffman, Kori Rife


10. "Children Will Listen" from Into the Woods
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by James Lapine

Performed by Gwen Ricks-Spencer


11. "Take a Chance on Me" from Mamma Mia!
Music and Lyrics by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, Book by Catherine Johnson

Performed by Regina Deavitt and Brian S. Rothman, w/Nicole Manning and Gina Petti


12. "Astonishing" from Little Women
Music by Jason Howland, Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, Book by Allan Knee

Performed by Cassie Matteo


13. "Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat" from Guys and Dolls
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser, Book by Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling

Performed by Brian S. Rothman, w/Danielle DeCarolis, Lori Gilmore, Shelby Lowenstern, Cassie Matteo, Gina Petti, Kori Rife, and Amber Stolarski


14. "Seasons of Love" from Rent
Book, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson

Performed by Allyssa Winkelspecht, Don Robbins, Yvette Myles, and Lori Gilmore, w/Regina Deavitt, Hannah Dougherty, Amanda Hoffman, Nicole Manning, Dave McGrath, Aaron Reid, and Jillan Renbjor


15. "You Can’t Stop the Beat" from Hairspray
Music by Marc Shaiman, Lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, Book by Thomas Meehan and Mark O'Donnell

Performed by Amber Stolarski, Aaron Reid, Cassie Matteo, Tom Freeman, Nicole Manning, and Yvette Myles, w/full cast


Creative Team

Diana Dohrmann

Music director, piano
Patty Howard

Producer
Barbara Fisher

Producer
Gwen Ricks Spencer

Narrator & Script Writer
Gina Petti

Choreographer
Bob Beaucheane

Lighting designer, programmer, technician
Kristian Kauker

Technical design
John Lindner

Bass
Dennis Walter

Drums
Kori Rife

Marketing, program
Cathy Mayher

Audition panelist
Dave McGrath

Stage and Wipe Master Supreme
Marissa DiPilla-Clendaniel

Audition panelist

Meet the Cast


Yvette Burroughs Myles ("The Human Heart," "You Can't Stop the Beat," "Seasons of Love")

Yvette Burroughs Myles (she/her) — Who is this woman? She appeared in "The All Night Strut" and "Legally Blonde." She hails from Palmyra, NJ where she was a cheerleader and coach! Went to cheer for Philadelphia Eagles and performed and recorded with several area groups, including Pieces Of A Dream and Pretty Poison to name a couple. Enjoys working with and being a part of a group that loves to sing!  


 

Regina Deavitt ("Take a Chance On Me," "Seasons of Love")

Regina Deavitt (she/her) last appeared with Bridge Players in 2020’s "The Tin Woman" (Alice). Previous BPTC roles include Monica Breedlove in "Bad Seed," Aunt Abby Brewster in "Arsenic & Old Lace," and Dora in "Doctor Cook’s Garden." Credits elsewhere include "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" (Sonia), "Doubt, a Parable" (Sr. Aloysius Beauvier), "Coyote on a Fence" (Shawna duChamps), "Nunsense" (Reverend Mother, Sister Robert Anne), "The Shadow Box" (Felicity), "Into the Woods" (The Witch) and numerous others. Regina has stage-managed several Bridge Players’ productions, including "The Boys Next Door," "Jesus Christ Superstar" and more. She is very grateful for the opportunity to sing for an audience after far too many years.

Danielle DeCarolis ("She Used to Be Mine," "Sit Down You’re Rockin' the Boat")

Danielle is thrilled to have the opportunity be a part of this production. Previous appearances include Scenes and Songs V in 2018 and Hooray for Hollywood in 2002. Self-proclaimed Contemporary Weirdo, Danielle enjoys landscape photography, spending time with family and friends, and aggressively defending the stance that every sandwich should be served with a pickle. Special thanks to Joe and her new cats, who may or may not have names as of the time you are reading this.

Hannah Dougherty ("Seize the Day," "Can't Stop the Beat," "Seasons of Love")

Hannah Dougherty (she/her) is happy to be returning to performing after a few years hiatus. Prior to this show, you could (and still can) find her performing at open mics and hearing her singing occasionally with the Paul Marino band.

Thomas Freeman ("You Can't Stop the Beat")

Thomas Freeman lll (he/him) — I am a freshman at Burlington City High School and I’m super excited to be doing this musical. This is my first time doing anything like this, although I have done plays before, never a musical and I’m super thrilled for the new experience. I grew up moving back and fourth between Georgia and New Jersey and I’m finally ready to settle down and fulfill my dream of being an actor/singer.

Lori Gilmore ("Human Heart," "Seasons of Love," "You Can't Stop the Beat")

Lori Gilmore (she/her) is a Gen X mom who likes to stretch a bit every once in a while. You may have seen her in previous Bridge Players productions like "Sister Act" and "Annie." Lori also sings with Burlington Entertainers and Calvary Presbyterian Church.

Amanda Hoffman ("Seize the Day," "Can't Stop the Beat," "Seasons of Love")

Amanda Hoffman (she/her) is so excited to be rejoining her Bridge Players family for the first time since the pandemic! She was last seen on the Bridge Players stage as Pilar in "Legally Blonde" and has missed it so much! She even went back to college just to be a part of a music program. Some of her other favorite performances include "Rocky Horror," "Bonnie and Clyde," "Little Shop of Horrors," and "Grease!" She would like to thank her family for all of their support, all of her friends on and off the stage for always pushing her, and all of you for coming out to support the return of community theatre – We’ve missed you and we couldn’t do it without you!

Shelby Loewenstern ("Gimme, Gimme," "Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat")

Shelby Loewenstern (she/her) is so happy to be performing live again! Shelby has been a proud member of Bridge Players Theatre Company since 2016, with their production of "Sister Act the Musical." She has since been seen in "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Sweet Charity," and "The All Night Strut," among other small fundraising cabaret events with BPTC. Singing and performing brings her joy.

Nicole Manning ("You Could Drive a Person Crazy," "You Can't Stop the Beat")

Nicole Manning (she/her) is happy to be appearing in her second show with the Bridge Players. A Clinical Data Delivery Manager by day, Nicole enjoys spending her free time improving and shaping her vocals with her vocal coach and singing with The Philly Pops Festival Chorus. Nicole also enjoys ballroom dancing, tap dancing, playing softball and baseball. She wouldn't be able to do all this without the love and support of her Mom, Dad, Aunt Ro, her life partner Ken and the support of the afterlife via Uncle Harry.

Cassie Matteo ("Astonishing," "You Can't Stop the Beat")

Cassie Matteo (she/her) is thrilled to be a part of her first production with Bridge Players! This is her first performance since 2019 and she couldn’t be more grateful and excited. Some of her past credits include Stephanie Mangano, "Saturday Night Fever;" Heather Duke, Heathers;" Velma Kelly, "Chicago;" and Campbell, "Bring it On." She would like to thank her family, Diana, the cast, and everyone who lent a helping hand in producing this cabaret.

Dave McGrath ("Pure Imagination," "Life Is so Peculiar")

Dave McGrath (he/him) started with Bridge Players as a set builder. Somebody decided that he liked to sing as well, and here we are today. -- Our Mom was my choir director and our dad a Lutheran minister. Singing/worshiping didn't seem optional as a child ? Being encouraged to use my gifts for His good has been a journey, as worship thru music has always been a "built-in!" Performing thru music is a whole different animal. Mom didn't necessarily teach us how to sing, but, more importantly, why to sing!! It can all be to God's glory!! So thankful to Diana and the Bridge Players village for making me feel like I belong!!

Jessi Meisel ("Seize the Day," "Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat," "Seasons of Love")

Jessi Meisel (they/them) has been on the stage and behind the scenes for almost 10 years at Bridge Players Theatre Company. They were just last onstage with Burlington County Footlighters with the world premiere of "Poe" by Lou DiPilla. To the cast and crew, let's do this thing!

Gina Petti ("Seize the Day," "You Could Drive a Person Crazy," "Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat," "You Can't Stop the Beat," choreographer)

Gina Petti (she/her) is excited to be performing on the Lyceum stage in this partnership with Bridge Players Theatre. While she made her debut with Bridge Players more than a decade ago, she made her debut as a mother just 5 months ago. Gina loves to sing harmonies (all of them, when possible) and dance her heart out. Past favorite roles include Brooke ("Legally Blonde"), Muriel Eubanks ("Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"), Leading Player ("Pippin") and Mona ("Chicago"). When she is not performing, Gina works as a Business Analyst at ARI Fleet, teaches Zumba, and snuggles her new little man. She wishes the cast of ALL of the "All Together Now" productions the best of luck. And to her husband and son she says, "Love you both so, so much, to the moon and back." Gina would also like to thank her good friend, Karen Roorda, for the allowing her to use her choreography for "You Can't Stop the Beat."

Aaron Reid (“Empty Chairs at Empty Tables," “Seasons of Love," "You Can’t Stop the Beat”)

Aaron Reid (he/him) — Nothing brings me nearly as much joy as singing and I’m so grateful to have been offered this time on stage. It’s especially fun to share the this experience with this group. Theatre has been such an integral part of my life and I’m elated it’s back. Favorite roles include Bernardo in "West Side Story" and almost getting to play Sir Harry in "Once Upon a Mattress" (thanks, COVID). Much love to my parents, my family, my friends, and — most importantly — you, the audience. Enjoy “All Together Now”!!

Jackie Reinhart ("Human Heart," "Seasons of Love," "You Can't Stop the Beat")

Jackie Reinhart (she/her) is returning to Bridge Players for "All Together Now." She previously worked with the company for "A Midsummer Night's Dream." While she makes sporadic appearances onstage, Jackie spends most of her time backstage working on costume design. She is excited to be performing tonight and is looking forward for more opportunities to come in the future.

Gwen Ricks-Spencer (Narrator and "Children Will Listen")

Gwen Ricks-Spencer (she/her) returns to Bridge Players having last created the company’s fundraiser "Diva Moments." She appeared onstage in both "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "Crowns" with BPTC and directed “August Wilson’s Fences” for the company. Gwen is the Executive Director of 4th Wall Theatre and is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director for the New Jersey Creative Arts Collaborative on a mission to inform, inspire and illuminate artists of color. Gwen has directed and performed in productions all over the state of New Jersey/ She currently serves as a nominator for Theatre Philadelphia and is on the Board of Trustees for The Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City.

Kori Rife ("You Could Drive a Person Crazy," "Sit Down You're Rocking the Boat," "Seize the Day," "You Can't Stop the Beat")

Kori Rife (she/her) is no stranger to Bridge Players or Lyceum Hall, having the great pleasure of working with BPTC for more than a decade and working in this beautiful building for nearly nine years! Some favorite past performances include Bridge Players' "Legally Blonde" (Kate, Chutney, et al.), "Suite Surrender" (Dora del Rio), "Messiah on the Frigidaire" (Betsy), and “Wait Until Dark” (Susy); Burlington County Footlighters' “Arsenic and Old Lace” (Dr. Einstein), "Dracula" (Lucy), "Avenue Q" (Bad Idea Bear, Mrs. T), and, on the 2nd Stage, “Kimberly Akimbo” (Patty);  Riverfront Community Players' "Hairspray;" and Playmasters' "Bleacher Bums" (Melody). Very glad to be playing with amazing performers once again!

Donald C. Robbins, Sr. ("Life Is so Peculiar," "The Human Heart," "Seasons of Love")

Donald C. Robbins, Sr. (he/him) — I’m reminded of the opportunity I’ve had over the years to perform on stage in between a busy life. I’m thankful for the experience of being part of the Haddonfield Players acting in the play “To Kill a Mockingbird." Also thankful for the part I played as the inn keeper in the play “Man of La Mancha," at the then Burlington County College. As I later spent time singing with Burlington Entertainers for four seasons, I was fortunate enough to share my talents with the Bridge Players Theatre Company, in the musical “Ain’t Misbehavin," and later, “The All Night Strut." I’m very grateful to again be apart of the global event “All Together Now," a musical cabaret. I would be remiss not to thank my creator for sustaining and extending my life after COVID-19 and other health related issues. I remain forever in a prayer posture.

Brian S. Rothman ("Sit Down You're Rocking the Boat")

Brian S. Rothman (he/him) is thrilled to be performing once again with Bridge Players Theatre Company! Favorite roles over the years have included Chip Tolentino, "25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee;" Professor Calahan, "Legally Blonde;" Brian, "The All Night Strut;" Lucky, "Dames at Sea;" Gomez Addams, "The Addams Family;" Linus, "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown;" Judas, Godspell;" Matt, "The Fantasticks;" and Dr. Orin Scrivello, DDS, "Little Shop of Horrors." When not on the stage, Brian loves spending time with his furry family of three, Topper, Allie, and Hazel. All the love to all the amazing people in his life that help support his theatre addiction!

Jillian Starr-Renbjor ("Back to Before," "Seasons of Love")

Jillian Starr-Renbjor (she/her) is so excited to be back performing with Bridge Players, having last been seen as Miss Hannigan in "Annie."  Other credits include Sister Mary in "Disaster," Donna/Oolie in "City of Angels," Rona in "Spelling Bee," and Sister Amnesia in "Nunsense."  She is VP at Burlington County Footlighters and President at Maple Shade Arts Council.  In real life, she is wife to Wayne and mommy to Kenna, Emme, and Lanie! Thank you to Diana and the cast and crew for a fabulous experience.

Amber Stolarski ("You Can't Stop the Beat," "Seize the Day")

Amber Stolarski (she/her) is so delighted to be back onstage with Bridge Players and the Lyceum! Previous Bridge Players credits include "Making God Laugh" (Ruthie), "Sister Act" (Mary Patrick), and "Rent" (Mrs. Cohen). Thank you to the amazing cast and crew for making this such a great experience and return to the stage! To the audience: welcome back to the theatre!

Allyssa Winkelspecht (“Season of Love,” “You Can’t Stop the Beat”)

Allyssa Winkelspecht (she/her) is so happy to be back and performing once again with Bridge Players Theatre Company. You may have seen Allyssa before at Bridge Players in the show "Legally Blonde" (ensemble). Other theatre productions she has done include "The Little Mermaid" (Scuttle), "Beauty and the Beast" (Madame de la Grande Bouche), "How to Succeed in Business" (ensemble), "Annie" (Ms. Hannigan), "Hairspray" (Spritzer/Pinky), and "The Wiz" (flying monkey). She happy to be back preforming with this amazing group of people again and she hopes everyone enjoys the show!

Diana Dohrmann (Music director, piano)

Diana Dohrmann (she/her) is a former District Supervisor of Fine and Performing Arts in the Willingboro Public Schools. She is the founder of the New Jersey Honors Jazz Choir. As a concert-jazz pianist, Diana has performed worldwide with cruise ship lines including Cunard and Holland America. Diana was on the music faculty at Rowan College of Burlington Country for 20 years. Currently, she is music director for Riverton's Calvary Presbyterian Church and the Burlington Entertainers. This is Diana's 16th musical with Bridge Players.

Patty Howard (Producer)

Patty Howard (she/her) - Artistic and Managing Director, Lyceum Hall Center for the Arts. Patty has a performing arts background having trained for many years as a dancer, dance teacher, and choreographer. She has directed and produced, costumed, and choreographed as well as acted in musical productions for various theatre groups in New Jersey; she has created and taught children’s theater, dance, and visual arts classes. In addition to her work at Lyceum Hall Center for the Arts, Patty is a Theater, Arts Education, and Creative Placemaking consultant. She is an energetic change agent with passion and vision for economic prosperity and sustainability through the introduction of the arts in communities, always with a focus on social impact. Ms. Howard leads the performing arts team with Barbara Fisher and Christine Petrini.

Barbara Fisher (Producer)

Barbara Fisher (she/her) - Co-Artistic and Managing Director, Lyceum Hall Center for the Arts. After an extensive career working in museums in Philadelphia, Barbara owned and operated the Cafe Gallery Restaurant where she curated and hosted over 300 art exhibits. Once retired from the restaurant business, Barbara began teaching French and continues to do so while also co-directing Lyceum Hall Center for the Arts. Mrs. Fisher curates our art exhibits and works as our business manager.

Gwen Ricks Spencer (Narrator & Script Writer)

(see cast biography for more)

Gina Petti (Choreographer)

(see cast biography for more)

Bob Beaucheane (Lighting designer, programmer, technician)

Bob Beaucheane (he/him) is grateful for the opportunity to design the lighting for "All Together Now!" Bob has designed lighting for many shows at Bridge, including "Of Mice and Men," "Dr. Cook’s Garden," "Pippin," "Wait Until Dark," "The Bad Seed," and "Jesus Christ Superstar" (which he also directed). Bob would like to thank the tech crew at Bridge for all their support for this production and throughout the years.

Kristian Kauker (Technical design)

Thank you to Kris for helping coordinate this production. In addition to being a go-to tech guy, he is the go-to president of Bridge Players!

John Lindner (Bass)

Thank you to our wonderful pit today: 

Piano - Diana Dohrmann
Bass - John Lindner
Drums - Dennis Walter

Dennis Walter (Drums)

Thank you to our wonderful pit today: 

Piano - Diana Dohrmann
Bass - John Lindner
Drums - Dennis Walter

Kori Rife (Marketing, program)

(see cast biography for more)

Cathy Mayher (Audition panelist)

Special thanks to Cathy for being a part of our audition panel for this production.

Dave McGrath (Stage and Wipe Master Supreme)

(see cast bio)

Marissa DiPilla-Clendaniel (Audition panelist)

Special thanks to Cathy for being a part of our audition panel for this production.



THANK YOU

Thank you for joining us for "All Together Now." It has been a pleasure performing for you today. Please be sure to visit Bridge Players Theatre Company and Lyceum Hall Center for the Arts' websites and sign up for our enewsletters. Plus, follow and like us on social media to stay up-to-date on awesome arts happenings in Burlington.

About All Together Now! - A Global Event Celebrating Local Theatre

Theatres around the world unite this weekend to perform All Together Now! - A Global Event Celebrating Local Theatre. This worldwide event celebrates the return of live theatre and allows organizations to locally produce and perform an exclusive musical revue featuring songs from MTI’s beloved shows. Participating organizations have been granted the unique opportunity to license as a fundraiser for their theatre and perform it live, live-streamed, or a combination of both over a four-day period from November 12 – 15, 2021.