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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

(Competition Version)

by Dwayne Hartford
based on the novel by Kate DiCamillo
at Oak Park High School Pavilion
November 11, 2023
Stage Manager
Noah Kratt
Directed by
Dean Fronk and
 Blue Manning
Produced by
 Thespian Troupe 6074

Production Supervisor Ellyn Schneider

Technical Supervisor Zachary Borquez

Design Supervisor Evan Schneider

Produced by OPPAA & ITS Troupe 6074
Avery Boggs
Elizabeth Dusek
Max Fybel
Elena McFadden
Malina Star
Grace Van Schooneveld
Gal Yelinek
Dani Bojorquez
Persy Ferry
Jasper Hildebrant
Peter Mendoza
Daniella Uziel
Paige Walker
Jojo Bongiovi
Kadyn Freid
Danika Koscelnick
Kennedy Sheehan
Mara Vahanian
Jade Wolf
Shai Zur
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane was originally commissioned, developed and produced at Childsplay in Tempe, Ariz. David P. Saar, artistic director, Steve Martin, managing director.

Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY, INC., of Woodstock, Illinois.


Directors Note

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is a novel by Kate DiCamillo, who is also known for writing novels such as The Tale of Despereaux and The Magician’s Elephant. The novel has been the recipient of over 40 awards since its publication in 2006, meaning it was surely primed to have a theatrical adaptation. While our vision of the play has been heavily modified from its starting point as a four-person play abridged for competitions, it is still a perfect (if not a little ambitious) fit for this year’s 24-hour play. Edward Tulane is centered around a lovable, aloof china rabbit who goes through life after life, owner after owner searching for his way home. Along the way, he learns about love, loss, and love again. As directors, we would like to thank everyone for coming together and taking precious time out of their busy schedules to put this show together, from start to finish. A warm thank you to Mrs. Schneider, Mr. Evan Schneider, and Mr. Borquez, and we hope you enjoy the show. Shine on!


Your directors,

Dean Fronk & Blue Manning


Avery Boggs

Dani Bojorquez

Jojo Bongiovi

Edward Tulane
Elizabeth Dusek

Persy Ferry

Sarah Ruth
Kadyn Freid

Max Fybel

Jasper Hildebrant

Danika Koscelnick

Elena McFadden

Old Doll
Peter Mendoza

Kennedy Sheehan

Old Lady
Malina Star

Lucious Clark
Daniella Uziel

Mara Vahanian

Grace VanSchooneveld

Paige Walker

Jade Wolf

Gal Yelinek

Shai Zur


Creative Team

Carmel Chen

Prop Design Team
Peter Duggan

Tech Design Team
Dean Fronk

Aven Gaeta

Set Design Lead
Noah Kratt

Stage Manager
Kam Licata

Set Design Lead
Blue Manning

Mia McCabe

Costume Design Lead
Jonas Norton

Costume Design Lead
Addison O'Grady

Tech Design Lead
Aria Pajooheshgar

Tech Design Team
Margaux Raymond

Prop Design Lead
Arin Rifkin

Set Design Team
Kylie Vo

Set Design Team
Peyton Watnick

Prop Design Team
Eden Yelinek

Tech Design Team
Ellyn Schneider

Production Supervisor
Zachary Borquez

Tech Supervisor
Evan Schneider

Design Supervisor



Meet the Company

Avery Boggs (Marlene)
hey! welcome to the miraculous journey of edward tulane! my name is avery and i’ll be your waitress for tonight! anyway uh… enjoy the show :)
Dani Bojorquez (Watchman)
Hi, my name is Dani Bojorquez and I am the Watchman.
Jojo Bongiovi (Edward Tulane)
Good evening, I am Jojo Bongiovi and I play Edward Tulane. I hope you enjoy the show!
Elizabeth Dusek (Pellegrina)
Hi! My name is Elizabeth Dusek and I play Pellegrina! I am very excited to be in my fourth 24-hour play, in such an exciting show as this one! Outside of theatre I really like to draw and watch movies. Thank you to everyone involved in the wonderful show!
Persy Ferry (Sarah Ruth)
Hi, I'm Persy Ferry and I am playing Sarah Ruth.
Kadyn Freid (Traveler)
Kadyn Freid is 16 and a Junior at Oak Park High School. She is so excited to be playing The Traveler, who is the show's narrator. She has never played a role like this before and is excited to see what it will be like. This is her 9th show at OPHS and she is so ready for this year! She would like to thank the crew and cast for all their hard work on this show. Enjoy the show!
Max Fybel (Neal)
Hey! My name is Max, and I play Neal, the shop owner. This is my sixth show at OPHS and I am a sophomore. I am so grateful to be part of such an amazing theatre program. Thank you to my family and friends for always seeing the shows and supporting me!
Jasper Hildebrant (Bryce)
Hello! I'm Jasper Hildebrant, and I'm a senior. In this show, I'm playing Bryce! This is my second year in an Oak Park production and I'm so thankful to everyone who has helped me come so far!
Danika Koscelnick (Nellie)
Hi! My name is Danika Koscelnick and I am playing the part of Nellie, a mourning mother who finds comfort in the presence of Edward after her husband brings him home. I am a junior this year and this is my 10th ITS production. I am super excited to be a part of such an amazing and talented group of people! Break a leg!
Elena McFadden (Old Doll)
Elena is a sophomore and this is her sixth show at OPHS. She is so excited to be playing Old Doll! She would like to thank the amazing cast and crew for making this show so great!
Peter Mendoza (Bull)
Peter, a sophomore, is playing "Bull" in his fifth Oak Park High production. He has previously participated in Peter and the Starcatcher, The Addams Family, A Lighter Shade of Noir, and Radium Girls. He caught the acting bug in third grade and has played several characters for Bell Canyon Broadway community theatre for the last 6 six years. Peter is looking forward to future roles with Oak Park High School. Lastly, he would like to thank his family and friends for their love and support.
Kennedy Sheehan (Old Lady)
Hi! My name is Kennedy Sheehan and I play Old Lady in The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. I’m in 11th grade and this is my first 24-hour show with OPHS. I'm very excited to be a part of this production and to see how it works. Some of my hobbies are fine arts, singing, and fashion. Thank you to everyone for making this show possible!
Malina Star (Lucious Clark)
Hi! My name is Malina Star and I am a senior here at OPHS! I am playing Lucius Clarke, a doll mender, and am so excited to perform in this show! Thank you to all my friends and family for the support!
Daniella Uziel (Martin)
Hello! My name is Daniella Uziel, I am a freshman. I am in cast and my role Martin! This is my first 24 hour play!
Mara Vahanian (Lawrence)
Hi! My name is Mara Vahanian, and I am playing the part of Lawrence in The Miraculous Journey Of Edward Tulane! This is my second show at OPHS, and it is my first 24 hour play. I’m really excited to be a part of this production, and I hope you all enjoy the show. Thank you to my Mom, Dad, Michael, and Nala.
Grace VanSchooneveld (Amos)
Hey there! I'm Grace VanSchooneveld, I'm in 9th grade and I'm playing the parts of Amos and Lucy the dog. I've been in theater since the second grade, and this is my second show at OPHS. I love theater and all the people in it!
Paige Walker (Lolly)
Hi! I'm Paige Walker and I play the role of Lolly. Some of my hobbies include reading, singing, and art. I am a freshman at OPHS and I am so excited to be a part of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane as it is my first 24 hour play!
Jade Wolf (Abilene)
Hi! My name is Jade Wolff and I play Abilene in The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane! This is my first 24 hour performance and I am so honored to have been granted the opportunity to portray such a sweet and fun character in this show. This is my first year at OPHS and my second production, and I can’t wait to tell this incredible story!
Gal Yelinek (Father)
Hello, my name is Gal Yelinek and I'm playing Abaline's Father in The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. This will be my first 24 hour show ever, I'm excited to do a 24 hour show and hope to have fun. This will be my second show after Radium Girls and I can't wait for the rest of the years ahead of me.
Shai Zur (Jack)
Hi! My name is Shai Zur and I am in the Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane 24 Hour production. I am a freshman and I play the role of Jack. My hobbies are mainly art and theater. I've done theater before in different places and am excited to be in this production since it will be my first play in OPHS.
Carmel Chen (Prop Design Team)
Hi! My name is Carmel Chen, I'm a freshman and on the prop team for this show. This is my first year being a part of OPHS' drama program. Some of my hobbies are drawing, painting, and journaling. Thank you!
Peter Duggan (Tech Design Team)
Hi, my name is Peter Duggan and I am on the Tech Design Team.
Dean Fronk (Director)
Hello there, my name is Dean Fronk, I am seventeen years old, and I am the director of the twenty-four-hour play. This is my second twenty-four hour play at the high school, and it has been a great experience the entire way through. I am excited for this opportunity and cannot wait to see where my theater career takes me.
Aven Gaeta (Set Design Lead)
Hey! I'm Aven and I'll be co-leading the design team for this miraculous 24-hour production. I am a senior this year and this will be my fourth show here at Oak Park. Thank you to all the hard-working crew and cast for making this show great!
Noah Kratt (Stage Manager)
Hi, my name is Noah Kratt, I am so excited for this show! I am the Stage Manager and Lighting Design Lead. This is such an amazing story and I hope you enjoy this Miraculous Journey!!!
Kam Licata (Set Design Lead)
Hi! My name's Kam Licata, i am a sophomore and I'm one of the Set Leads . this is my 6th show at OPHS. I'm so excited to be working with everyone!
Blue Manning (Director)
hey there! my name is Blue Manning, and I'm a junior. this is my sixth ITS show and my first ever show as a director! everyone has worked tirelessly to bring this show to you, and we hope these last 24 hours have been worth it. thanks to all the design leads, my lovely co-director Dean, Mrs. Schneider, my parents, and a general shoutout to rabbits for existing, because this show would not exist without them. enjoy! 💫🐇
Mia McCabe (Costume Design Lead)
Hi everyone! My name is Mia McCabe, I'm a senior, and this is my eighth show at OPHS! I am excited to be Costume Co-Lead and PR Lead! I want to thank everyone who helped put on this production. You have made these past 24 hours so wonderful. And to my family and friends who are coming to see the show, I send you all of my love and I hope you enjoy it!
Jonas Norton (Costume Design Lead)
Hello! My name is Jonas Norton, I am a sophomore and I am a co costume lead. This is my 6th show and 2nd 24 hour show and I'm so happy to be a part of it!
Addison O'Grady (Tech Design Lead)
Hi! My name is Addison O'Grady and I am the Tech Design Lead. I am a Junior, and this will be my ninth show here at Oak Park. I am so proud of everyone who has put this production together and am ready for a great show!
Aria Pajooheshgar (Tech Design Team)
-Hi! My name is Aria Pajooheshgar and I’m in the Tech team. I’m a Senior but it’s my first year here at OPHS. I’ve done theater for many years. This is my 6th high school show.
Margaux Raymond (Prop Design Lead)
I am the prop lead, and I am a sophomore. This is my fifth show at Oak Park high school. I’m so proud of my team and everyone for putting on the show. I hope everyone enjoys the journey.
Arin Rifkin (Set Design Team)
Hi! I'm Arin Rifkin, I'm a sophomore, and I am on the set team for this show. This will be my 5th show I’ve worked on at OPHS. This was so great to work on and I am so proud of my team!
Kylie Vo (Set Design Team)
Hi! My name is Kylie Vo, and I am a freshman. I'm so excited to be on set, this is my first time being on a design team, and my first 24 hour show!
Peyton Watnick (Prop Design Team)
Hello, my name is Peyton Watnick. I am a freshman and I am in crew. I have been in one play before, but I have never worked crew. I like acting, dancing, singing, writing, and photography.
Eden Yelinek (Tech Design Team)
Eden is a Junior and she loves being on the Tech Design Team.
Ellyn Schneider (Production Supervisor)
Congratulations to the creative team, cast and designers on a fabulous production of 'The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane'. What a beautiful story and fantastic feat to have it ready to go in just 24 hours! Your dedication, enthusiasm, professionalism and love for the arts continues to amaze and inspire me. It truly is a dream come true to work with you all this year and to watch you grow as actors, costumers, designers, technicians, directors and producers. So, so, proud of you! Break a leg!
Zachary Borquez (Tech Supervisor)
Born and raised in Southern California, Zachary Borquez started playing the trombone in 4th grade, although his primary instrument is the trumpet. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music (Composition) from the University of California, Davis. He earned his Master of Music degree in Conducting as well as his Teaching Credential from California State University, Northridge. Mr. Borquez is super excited to work on Radium Girls as Tech Director. Congrats to ALL the students involved in the production and a huge thank you to the dedicated parents who help to make the program what it is!
Evan Schneider (Design Supervisor)
Evan is a UCLA Graduate with a BA in History and Film. He is also a OPHS theatre alum (Class of 2018)! He is very happy to be back working with theatre and wants to congratulate the kids on a great show!
OPPAA (Producer)
OPPAA is a community of volunteers committed to promoting and supporting the theatre arts program at OPHS. OPPAA funds the productions through donations and produces the Fall and Spring performances. We provide support in all areas of production, from costumes to sets to concessions to ticket sales and everything in between. OPPAA also provides annual scholarships for performing arts seniors who intend to continue their education in performing arts related fields. Our goal is to encourage and guide students in all aspects of theatre and give them the opportunity to cultivate, grow and learn about the areas of production that interest them both on and off stage. Most importantly, we hope the students learn to love theatre!
ITS (Producer)
ITS TROUPE # 6074 "Act well your part; there all the honor lies." ​The International Thespian Society (ITS) is an internationally recognized honor society for theatre students that promotes and recognizes student excellence in the theatre arts. There are ITS Troupes at high schools and middle schools across the United States and abroad. Students earn membership by participating in productions and accumulating points based on their theatre work. For more information visit Formed in Fall of 2014, our troupe started with just a few enthusiastic theatre kids who had been involved in productions at Oak Park High School. They wanted to expand their theatre experiences and bring more visibility to the community. With the guidance of a couple of dedicated theatre moms, these students chartered Troupe 6074 of The International Thespian Society. As a troupe we aim to raise awareness for the importance of theatre arts and education through philanthropy, promotion, and being a positive community influence. We incorporate unique individualistic qualities to form a unified group that stands for cooperation, compassion, creativity and communication through theatre.

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