the music man
April 28 – May 13, 2017
Book, Music & Lyrics by Meredith Willson

By turns wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, The Music Man is family entertainment at its best. Meredith Wilson’s six-time, Tony Award winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation.

The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize – this despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall.

Thursday, Friday, & Saturday @ 7pm
Sunday @ 2pm
Final Saturday @ 5pm

Creative Team
Directed & Choreographed by Anne Nicole Beck
Music Direction by Brent E. Marty
Stage Managed by Joanne Johnson

Join the fun at THE MUSIC MAN BACKSTAGE ICE CREAM SOCIAL, Sunday May 7th at 11:00AM! More details on the way!


Taft Stettinius & Hollister



Cast bios

Steve Kruze (Harold Hill)
You may have seen Steve recently in Civic’s productions of RUMORS and YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, if you haven’t, tell him you have, but, be certain to maintain eye contact and keep a grip on your wallets.  The character of Harold Hill is a bucket list role for Steve and he is thankful for the opportunity Civic has provided in service to that wish. Steve is forever grateful to his exquisite spouse, Christine and his sons Joshua and Daniel.  Further, for this particular show, his gratitude is extended most acutely to his son Matthew, whose recent portrayal of Harold Hill served as a deep well of inspiration.  Thank you, buddy!

Mikayla Koharchik (Marian Paroo)
Mikayla Reed Koharchik is thrilled to back on Civic’s stage after a six year hiatus. She is no stranger to the stage as she’s been seen in numerous leading roles in professional and civic theatres. Civic roles include Narrator (JOSEPH), Evita (EVITA), Amneris (AIDA), Audrey (LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS), and others. Additional local credits include Sr. Robert Anne (NUNSENSE), Lucy (CHARLIE BROWN), and Olive (SPELLING BEE). During the day Mikayla is a 7th grade language arts teacher and high school musical director in Zionsville.  She was recently recognized as a top three finalist in the Indiana Teacher of the Year program. She was a founding member of Miami University’s female a cappella group, The Misfitz, but her favorite roles are wife to her “white knight”, Ryan, and mother, to her two sons, Reed and Rowan.

Krista Wright (Mrs. Paroo)
Krista Wright was last seen on the Civic stage as the “Bird Woman” in MARY POPPINS and is delighted to be returning! Prior experience includes all genres of music from opera and oratorio to smoky jazz clubs and cabarets. She is also a veteran of many commercials and jingles for the Southeastern Regional market. Currently, she maintains a private voice and piano studio that serves students from all over the Indy Metro area.

Jack Clark (Winthrop)
Jack Clark is a 3rd grader at Oak Trace Elementary in Westfield. Jack previously played “Harry” in the Biz production of MAGIC TREE HOUSE: THE KNIGHT AT DAWN. Jack enjoys writing songs in his spare time and is super excited to be performing in THE MUSIC MAN. Jack would like to thank the Civic Theatre and his friends in the cast for this amazing experience. Jack would also like to thank his family and teachers for inspiring him to pursue his dream of being a singer, dancer and actor.

Ali Boice (Amaryllis)
Ali Boice is thrilled to be making her debut at Booth Tarkington Civic Theater.  She is a 5th grader at Legacy Christian. Recently, she shared the stage with her sister, Kate, in the children’s choir in JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT at Beef and Boards and again in this production. Her favorite roles have been the “Sour Kangaroo” in SEUSSICAL JR. and “Tiny Tim” in A CHRISTMAS CAROL, THE MUSICAL. She was a 2016 ENCORE nominee for “Best Performer Under the Age of 18 in a Musical.” Thank you to the directors for this opportunity!

Jimmy Campbell (Marcellus Washburn)
After a three-year hiatus, Jimmy is proud to once again be treading the boards of the Tarkington. Jimmy was previously seen at Civic as “The Baker” in INTO THE WOODS and as “Grantaire” in Les Misérables. His other favorite roles include “Sweeny Todd” in the Portland Civic Theatre production, the “Cowardly Lion” in THE WIZARD OF OZ, and “Frankie” in FOREVER PLAID; both for Marion Civic Theatre. Jimmy would like to thank his two sons Jacob and Ethan and his wife Kathy for all of their love and support. He would also like to thank the cast and crew of THE MUSIC MAN for making this another wonderful theatrical experience. “Hope you all enjoy the show!”

Tom Beeler (Mayor Shinn)
THE MUSIC MAN becomes Tom’s 41st production at Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, his first Civic appearance coming in our 1979 Studio C production of David Mamet’s THE WATER ENGINE. He most recently spent time as “Cogsworth” in our holiday production of DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Other Civic appearances include ANNIE (Rooster), ANYTHING GOES (Billy), 1776 (John Adams), OKLAHOMA! (Ali Hakim), A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM (Pseudolus), THE DROWSY CHAPERONE (Feldzig), GUYS AND DOLLS (Nathan Detroit), CITY OF ANGELS (Buddy), and the title character in THE WIZARD OF OZ. He has also sung to our holiday audiences of “Those Canaan Days” in four of our popular holiday productions of JOSEPH AND THE TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT. Often seen on other local stages, Tom was also a member of the founding season productions at the Phoenix Theatre and Theatre on the Square. Tom is a former member of Civic’s Board of Trustees, and is a 22-year veteran writer/editor covering the IndyCar Series for Racing Information Service. “Thank you all for sharing River City with us! All my love to Barb!”

Robyne Ault (Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn)
Robyne J. Ault last appeared on the Civic stage in SWING as one of the featured vocalists.  Some past favorites include THE FULL MONTY (Georgie) Footlite Musicals; RENT, ICT; THE 1940’S RADIO HOUR (Ann Collier) ICT; ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (Dolly Tate) ICT; SIDESHOW (Daisy Hilton) BCP; and GODSPELL, ERT.  She would like to thank Anne, Brent and Michael for the opportunity to “check one off the bucket list” and family and friends for their love and support.

Mary Kate Tanselle (Gracie Shinn)
Mary Kate is thrilled to make her Civic mainstage debut. She’s in Act One at Jr. Civic, and was “Goldilocks” in the 2016 Jr. Civic Musical THE TRIAL OF GOLDILOCKS. She also recently performed as “Baby June” in Anderson University’s GYPSY, and as “Louis Leonowens” and “Eliza” in Sycamore School’s THE KING AND I. Mary Kate takes dance and voice lessons, performs in her school’s choir and concert band, plays golf, loves to bake, and is a Girl Scout. She wants to thank her family and teachers at Jr. Civic, Performers Edge, Musicality Arts, and Sycamore School for their support.

Joel Flynn (Tommy Djilas)
Joel Flynn is a graduate of Center Grove High School and attended the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. He recently played the title role in Civic’s production of Dr. Seuss’s THE CAT IN THE HAT.

Elisabeth Nieshalla (Zaneeta Shinn)
Elisabeth is a freshman in high school and is excited to make her Civic Theater debut as Zaneeta in THE MUSIC MAN!  Last year, she loved playing Gwendolyn Fairfax in THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST in her school’s production and was also a part of the Cockney Quartet in MY FAIR LADY with CYT.  This is Elisabeth’s second time in THE MUSIC MAN as she was a child in the chorus when the show was produced by Zionsville Community High School.  Apart from the theater, Elisabeth also enjoys playing soccer, being outside, and leading worship at her church.  A big thank you to her family and friends for their incredible support.  Enjoy the show!  Ye gods!

Joe Steiner  (Charlie Cowell)
There’s only one show that would entice Joe to leave the Niagara Falls Area Dinner Theatre Circuit. And that’s THE MUSIC MAN. A big fan ever since a very young Joe first saw his favorite babysitter Susan Billingsly in the show. Taking a break from “Debbie Does the Music Man” with Debbie Gibson and Craig Bierko, Joe happily returns to his favorite stage! He wishes to thank his family, loyal fan club and fellow employees at Flag and Banner and Flynns for their support. Also, Anne, Brent, and the extremely talented cast for their patience. This one’s for mom!

John Hall (Ewart Dunlop/Salesman #2/Newspaper #3)
John was most recently seen on stage last fall as Henry Ford in RAGTIME at St. Luke’s UMC, where he is a member.  He has appeared in productions of THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, URINETOWN, and MAN OF LA MANCHA with Footlite Musicals.  He has also performed with the Edyvean Theater, Kokomo Civic Theater, the Indianapolis Men’s Chorus, and the A’Caphellas.  His favorite role was that of Jinx in the Belfry Theater’s production of FOREVER PLAID.  John is retired from the MSD of Lawrence Township and currently teaches public speaking at Marian University and at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in the summers.

Eric Turpen (Oliver Hix/Newspaper #2)
Eric is excited to be in his first performance with Civic Theatre.  He has previously performed with the Rising Stars Theater Company in Chicago.  His other musical experience includes Drum Corps International, Indiana University Marching Hundred, IU Singing Hoosiers and various groups in the Barbershop Harmony Society.  Eric is always breaking into song, although Brent E. Marty has noted “if he could find the right key he wouldn’t have to break in.”  Thanks to his wife Rina, Annisa (8) and Ian (6) for their love and support.  And remember; band together and vote to reelect Deputy Oliver Hix for the River City School Bored Board!

David Brock  (Jacey Squires/Newspaper #1)
David is thrilled to be a part of the Quartet and this incredible cast and crew. David was most recently seen on stage as “Lumiere” in DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST also he has appeared in productions of MARY POPPINS and LES MISERABLE all here at Civic. He would like to thank Anne, Brent and the entire production team at Civic for this incredible experience. He also extends his gratitude and love to his family and friends for their continual support. A final thank you goes to his fiancée, Tony, for his encouragement and love.

Darrin Gowan (Olin Britt/Salesman #1)
Darrin Gowan is an attorney practicing in the areas of estate planning and administration and charitable gift planning. He is a longtime Civic Theatre and local community veteran, having also contributed at Footlite Musicals, The Belfry, Carmel Community Players, Theatre on the Square, and Edyvean Repertory, among several others. A fan of close and choral harmony, favorite shows include SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ, FOREVER PLAID, and this summer’s THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, presented at Marian University by BOBDIREX. Love and thanks to his wife of 30 years Darla, and the professional staff of Civic Theatre. Thanks for supporting live theatre! People like you are the cultural heart of a community.

Katie Stark (Ethel Toffelmier)
I am so excited to be ON the stage in this production of THE MUSIC MAN! I have been involved with Civic for over 17 years! Recently, I took a break from preforming onstage while I was in grad school getting my MBA, but was still able to squeeze in some stage managing here at Civic. My favorites here at Civic include LES MISÉRABLES, MARY POPPINS, RENT, MISS SAIGON, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, BEAUTY and THE BEAST AND RAGTIME. When I am not at work, singing, or the theater, I enjoy cooking, spending time with friends and family, and traveling. To my people (you know who you are), “As always, without you, I would be completely lost!”

Valery De Long (Maud Dunlop)
Valery De Long recently returned to the stage after more than two decades away, and is thrilled to be a part of her second Civic Theatre production of THE MUSIC MAN.  Most recently Valery was seen in A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES at Carmel Theater Company.  In Chicago she performed with a vocal jazz octete. Past roles include THE DESSERT SONG, Three Penny Opera, FUNNY GIRL, ET TA SOEUR, THE DRESSER, SUMMER LIGHTS, NUTS, A MIDSUMMER’S NIGHT DREAM, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK and Ring ‘ROUND THE MOON.  Valery thanks everyone who has made this such a joyful experience.

Virginia Vazquez (Alma Hix)
Virginia loves performing on the Tarkington stage. She most recently played the role of “Belle” in Civic’s holiday production, DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Favorite roles include “Claire” in ORDINARY DAYS (CCP); “Cosette” in LES MISERABLES (Civic); “Mabel” in PIRATES OF PENZANCE (Ricks Weil); “Hodel” in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Civic); “Tuptim” in THE KING AND I (Footlite); “Ann” in THE 1940’S RADIO HOUR (Civic), and “Jenny” in COMPANY (CCP). It is a gift to be working again with so many of her favorite Civic staff, cast, and crew members, including her husband, Cory.

Jen Martin (Mrs. Squires)
Jen is excited to return to the Civic stage with such an amazing, energetic, & supportive cast! A proud alum of Ball State University’s Theatre Education program, Jen has led two theatre programs at area high schools. Currently, she works with her husband in their businesses and volunteers at church.  She has played many roles on and off stage, but loves being a mom the most! Many thanks to Anne, Brent, the cast, crew, & production staff! All my love to My Boys (Scott, Will and Baby Boy due early September)! God Bless & enjoy the show!

Leslie Gaudreau (Mrs. Britt)
Leslie recently moved from Cincinnati where she appeared in CATCH ME IF YOU CAN (the musical), as the Principal and ensemble, with the Showbiz Players at the Carnegie Theater in Covington KY. She has also appeared in HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING with the Footlighters Theater in Newport, KY. Locally Leslie appeared earlier this year in CALDER, THE MUSICAL as Mavis Pringle and Ensemble. Leslie is excited to be part of the Civic Theater family and a part of this wonderful production. She would like to thank her family, friends, for their constant love and support.  She would also like to thank her voice and dance instructors for their guidance and encouragement.

Elie Anania (Ensemble)
Elie caught the acting bug in first grade when she was cast as the Queen of Hearts in a production of ALICE IN WONDERLAND, JR. in Katy, TX. After five Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre productions (WILLY WONKA, ONCE UPON A SHOE – Jr. Civic, BEANSTALK! – Jr. Civic, and JOSEPH – two times) as part of the children’s cast, Elie is excited to be in the adult cast of THE MUSIC MAN! A big thank you to Joanne and Anne for working around her cheer schedule. A special thanks to Ms. Holly and Mr. Marty for fostering Elie’s love of musical theatre over the years and to family and friends for their constant support.

Isa Amstrong (Ensemble)
Isa Armstrong, who plays a teen dancer, is extremely proud to be joining the cast of THE MUSIC MAN.  Isa lives in Fishers and is a freshman at Hamilton Southeastern High School.  Isa has been in several community theatre productions in the area, having performed with CYT (Christian Youth Theater) and Bob Direx.  Some of her favorite roles include “Susan Parks” in BILLY ELLIOT, and a dancer in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at Grace Church.  Isa would like to thank her mom, dad, and sister Ashley for their encouragement, support, and transportation.  She would also like to thank Anne, Brent and the rest of the production crew for this wonderful opportunity.

Michael Davidson (Conductor/Constable Locke)
Michael is appreciative to return to Civic, last seen in the ensemble of LES MISÉRABLES (2014). He counts “VanBuren” in DAMN YANKEES (05) and “Harry the Horse” in GUYS AND DOLLS (01) as favorite Civic roles.  Recently, he played “Sir Danvers” in JEKYLL AND HYDE: THE MUSICAL (IPAI) and was in the ensemble in Sondheim’s ASSASSINS (Buck Creek). In 2015, he originated the role of “Leon Trotsy” in the World Premiere of LA CASA AZUL, THE MUSICAL with Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, where he now serves on their board. He’s portrayed “Father” in RAGTIME, “Annas” in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (St Luke’s UMC) and has performed with Indianapolis Symphonic Choir and Indianapolis Arts Chorale.  Other Civic shows include RAGTIME, 1776 and BIG RIVER. Civic has always been a special place for Michael; he met his wife during the 2001 production of GUYS AND DOLLS – (He was a guy – she was a doll!)

Darion Forrest (Ensemble)
Darion Forrest, of South Bend, IN, is enjoying his second performance here with Civic.  He was recently seen in DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Thanks to a radio ad, he auditioned, and has now returned to Civic. Darion really enjoys working with such a talented group of cast members, and has been bit by the theatre bug!  His favorite roles have been playing the “Wiz” in THE WIZ, Basil Bennett in THE DIVINERS, and being a teenage dancer for this production of THE MUSIC MAN.  He thanks the cast, crew, and directors for being so awesome!

 David M. Johnson (Ensemble)
David is extremely grateful to have the opportunity to join the talented cast of THE MUSIC MAN. David’s most recent performances with the Booth Tarkington Civic Theater include YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN and FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. David’s favorite pre-performance routines include asking fellow cast members how nervous they are while oversharing information many cast members care not to hear. David wishes to thank the production staff for allowing him to pursue his passion and also wishes to thank his friends and family for their continual love and support. Always.

Troy Johnson (Ensemble/ Salesman #3)
Troy was previously seen on Civic’s stage as “Motel Kamzoil” in last season’s FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. Other Civic shows have included SWING!, MY WAY, GUYS AND DOLLS and SPAMALOT.  As always, Troy is immensely grateful to his wife and kids for supporting him in this little side hobby and thankful to you, dear reader, for supporting the local arts!

Melissa Mellinger (Ensemble)
Melissa is so excited to get the chance to revisit her very first musical ever in her eighth show with Civic Theatre! Most recently seen in DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Dance Captain/Ensemble), you may also remember her from MARY POPPINS (Dance Ensemble), FOX ON THE FAIRWAY (Louise), A CHORUS LINE (Vicki), and FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Grandma Tzeitel/Ensemble), among others. Favorite roles include “Ronette” (LITTLE SHOP) and “Margot” (LEGALLY BLONDE). Other favorite rolls are Hawaiian and crescent. Many thanks to her wonderful boyfriend, Mike, and her adorable cat, Bella, for putting up with her being at rehearsals so much! Welcome to River City, and enjoy the show!

Leanna Miller (Ensemble)
Leanna Miller graduated May 2016 from Anderson University with majors in exercise science and psychology, and a minor in dance performance. Her profession is spinal rehab therapist, but her passion is dance. She is a member of Crossroads Dance Indy and has appeared with Motus Dance, NoExit Performance, and numerous local projects. Leanna teaches adaptive dance with Kid’s Dance Outreach, is a certified yoga instructor, and plays French horn with a quartet. Favorite roles include “Cinderella”, “Sugarplum Fairy”, and anything else involving tutus and tiaras! Many thanks to her wonderful family, boyfriend, and friends for their love and support!

Braderick Morrison (Ensemble)
Brad is thrilled to be performing in his first production with the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre. He is a Ball State University alum with a B.S. in Sociology. Brad would like to thank his family, friends, and the entire cast and crew for their support!

Aaron Mowles (Ensemble/ Salesman #5)
Aaron Mowles is a native of Virginia, where he went to school at Radford University earning his degree in theatre performance. He has performed in such roles as “Howie” in RABBIT HOLE, “Hysterium” in A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, and his favorite role to date as “Lou” in THE SPEED OF DARKNESS. Since moving to Indiana, Aaron has taken part in several shows including LITTLE WOMEN as “Mr. Brooke” at The Belfry Theatre, and last spring appeared in Civic Theatre’s FIDDLER ON THE ROOF as “Mendel.” He is ecstatic to rejoin the company in their rendition of THE MUSIC MAN!

Laura Muse (Ensemble)
Laura is excited to return to the Civic Theatre stage after performing as “Tzeitel” in last year’s production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF.  Although River City itself is not fond of the town library, Laura is happy to perform in any show that includes a library.  Reading books and performing are two of her favorite activities and the combination in one show is thrilling.  Laura is a teacher at Woodbrook Elementary in Carmel where she lives with her dear husband and crazy dog.  She sends love to her family who always supports her artistic endeavors.

Charlene Piccio (Ensemble)
Charlene is ecstatic to return to the Civic stage for another production. She was a competitive dancer for the Richie School of Dance in her home state of Pennsylvania when she was younger. She was last seen in YAP’s production of LEGALLY BLONDE last summer. As a senior in high school, she plans to pursue musical theatre and dance in college.

Hadleigh Pierce (Ensemble)
Hadleigh is a 15-year-old sophomore at Covenant Christian High School. She is thrilled to be making her Civic debut in THE MUSIC MAN! Some of her favorite theatre credits include MARY POPPINS (Featured Dancer, Toy, Statue), THE WIZARD OF OZ (Dorothy), and SEUSSICAL (Bird Girl, Circus Performer). In her little free time away from theatre, Hadleigh enjoys reading, running, speaking Spanish, and creative writing. Hadleigh wants to thank the directing team for this opportunity, Morgan for being the best sister in the world, and Krista Shields for encouraging her to keep her eyes on God. Hadleigh dedicates her performances to Rosie Albright.

Allison Slavin (Ensemble)
Allison Slavin is from Indianapolis, Indiana. She is currently a senior in college and will be graduating in May. After graduating she plans to pursue a career in the performing arts while hoping to do something with dance and theater. She is very thankful to get to work with such a talented cast and hopes it leads to more opportunity in the future.

Alex Smith (Ensemble/ Salesman #4)
Alex is ecstatic to be performing in THE MUSIC MAN! Previously with Civic Theatre, he performed in the Ensemble for YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, and as “LeFou” in DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. He has a music degree from Butler University in percussion performance. He would like to thank his family and friends for their constant support.

Trenna Soderling (Ensemble)
Trenna Soderling is excited to bring her love of theater to the Indianapolis area! Originally from Kansas, she is now a full-time student at IUPUI studying American Sign Language Interpretation and Creative Writing. She has been acting since she was six, but some of her favorite roles include playing the Genie in ALADDIN, “Margaret Barrie” in THE LOST BOY, and a chimney sweep in MARY POPPINS. Trenna hopes that someday, she will be able to bridge her love of languages and acting by becoming a Sign Language interpreter with a focus in performing arts.

Nya Beck (Children’s Ensemble)
THE MUSIC MAN marks Nya’s second appearance on Civic’s stage, after being seen last year in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. Nya loves to sing, dance, act, draw, tell jokes, play soccer, play basketball and eat sno cones. She loves to read! She has performed in four Yuletide Celebrations with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. She takes piano, dance at Academy of Dance Arts in Fishers, acting here at Civic and is a second grader at Lantern Road Elementary. She would like to dedicate this show to Mr. Brent for being awesome.

Katherine Boice (Children’s Ensemble)
Katherine Boice is excited to be making her debut at Booth Tarkington Civic Theater. She is a 3rd grader at Hinkle Creek in Noblesville. Her most recent production was in JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT at Beef and Boards in the children’s choir with her sister, Ali. Her first show was playing the “Young Kangaroo” in SEUSSICAL JR. and her favorite role was “May Belle” in BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA. Kate thanks her family for their constant love and support and the directing team and cast for this amazing experience! Enjoy the show!

Zach Clar (Children’s Ensemble)
Zach is thrilled to make his debut at Civic! Favorite roles include the “Young Tommy” in THE WHO’S TOMMY at Footlite Musicals, “Young Patrick” in MAME at Footlite Musicals (for which he received Encore Nominations), and “Curly” in OKLAHOMA at Fishers Junior High. Zach enjoys breakdancing, tap, playing the violin, singing, rapping, and slam poetry. He’d like to thank Anne for this opportunity and his parents for supporting him.

Kate Griffey (Children’s Ensemble)
Kate is very excited to be a part of this amazing production of THE MUSIC MAN.  She has been in several other productions at Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre such as JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, THE WIZARD OF OZ, and ALICE IN WONDERLAND JR. Kate has also participated in several Jr. Civic classes and camps. She is a member of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir and takes dance at the Academy of Dance Arts.  Kate would like to thank her parents for driving her to rehearsals.  She would also like to thank the director, cast, and crew for all their hard work on this production and making it such a fun experience.

Maddux Morrison (Children’s Ensemble)
Maddux has been involved with the Civic Theatre for over two years. He has performed in THE WIZARD OF OZ, ALICE IN WONDERLAND JR., and THE TRIAL OF GOLDILOCKS at Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre. He also played the role of “Bill” in The Belfry’s production of CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN and was part of the children’s cast in the production of GYPSY at Anderson University.  He has been involved in Civics’ Act One group for the past two years. He will be performing in Nashville, TN this summer at the CMA new talent showcase in June. He is thankful to his family for their support and love as he pursues his goals and dreams in music & theater.

The Music Man
Staff Bios

Anne Beck (Director & Choreographer)
Anne Beck directs, teaches, judges, performs and choreographs locally and globally. She has directed and choreographed for our Civic Stage on CAT IN THE HAT, LES MISÉRABLES, MARY POPPINS, and is absolutely thrilled to have worked with this phenomenal, hardworking cast on Meredith Wilson’s treasure THE MUSIC MAN. Also for Civic Anne has choreographed RENT, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, several productions of JOSEPH AND THE TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, SPAMALOT, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, and THE 1940’S RADIO HOUR.  Performance credits with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra: Hairspray (John Waters/Micky Dolenz/George Wendt), Hello Dolly (Gary Beach/Sandi Patty),Guys and Dolls (Hal Linden), On Broadway (Beth Leavel), Anything Goes(Rachel York /Judy Kaye) and 10 Yuletide Celebrations. Broadway/National credits: Saturday Night Fever (Original Broadway Cast), The Who’s Tommy (Sally Simpson), Cats (Bombalurina), A Chorus Line (Cassie), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Barbara Eden),West Side Story (Anita). Presently, she is choreographing at Zionsville High School, Brebeuf High School, Cathedral High School, Center Grove High School and is the resident choreographer for the Indy Men’s chorus. She instructs at Ball State University in Theatre and Dance and is the Young Artists Program (YAP) coordinator here at Civic Theatre. She would like the thank Michael Lasley and the entire staff at civic theatre for being incredible at their jobs, always going above and beyond, having incredible respect for community and for giving so much of themselves to this wonderful artistic community.

Joanne Johnson (Stage Manager)
Joanne has been Stage Manager, Lighting Designer, Sound Designer, Assistant Director, for many area theatres.  She has designed Lights at the Phoenix Theatre, Children’s Museum, Civic Theatre, Theatre on the Square, Footlite Musicals, Buck Creek Players, University of Indianapolis , and Anderson University.  Joanne has designed lights for YAP’s productions of Anything Goes, Footloose, Oklahoma and Legally Blonde.

She has served as Stage Manager at Civic Theatre for productions of  Swing, Ragtime, Forty-Second Street , Leading Ladies, West Side Story, Evita, Amadeus,  Into the Woods,  Les Miserables, Golde’s Balcony, The Games Afoot and Doubt.

Brent E. Marty (Music Director)
Brent is excited to be revisiting Meredith Willson’s wonderful and timeless score of THE MUSIC MAN and adds this to the over 60 productions he has music directed at Civic.  Other recent credits here include YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, MARY POPPINS, Monty Python’s SPAMALOT, INTO THE WOODS and LES MISERABLES.  Additionally, Brent is very actively involved in the metro Indianapolis arts community working with several local organizations including the IRT, Actors Theatre of Indiana, the Phoenix Theatre and others as a director, musical director, performer, instructor and accompanist.  As Director of Music and Education at Civic, he administrates all education programming and oversees all “musical” aspects of production.  Brent was named a 2015 Creative Arts Renewal Fellow by the Arts Council of Indianapolis which allowed him to attend the 2016 Music Directing Intensive at the Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut and travel to Great Britain last September – two truly extraordinary experiences.

He would like to humbly thank Terence and Jini Rooney for sponsoring his work at Civic through our Artist Sponsor program.  It is through the support and endorsement of our greater “Civic family” that we are able to bring quality classroom experiences to our students and enjoyable productions to our audiences.

My work on this show is dedicated to my mother, Anne Marty.  She would’ve loved it!

Ryan Koharchik (Scenic & Lighting Designer)
Ryan Koharchik is the Resident Scene and Lighting Designer for Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre and, from 1996 to the present, has served as the Resident Lighting Designer for the Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre. Some of his most notable productions for Civic Theatre include: THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, PIPPIN, EVITA, AIDA, INTO THE WOODS, THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES, OKLAHOMA!, and CITY OF ANGELS. Other credits include: DRIVING MISS DAISY, THE TURN OF THE SCREW, CYRANO, PAINTING CHURCHES, and many other productions for the Indiana Repertory Theatre, ANGELS IN AMERICA parts 1 & 2 and COMPANY for the Phoenix Theatre, LA CASA AZUL for the Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING for the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis in St. Louis, MO, and associate designer for Mary Zimmerman’s ARABIAN NIGHTS for the Kansas City Repertory Theatre in Kansas City, MO. Ryan holds an M.F.A. in Lighting Design from Boston University, and a BS in Theatre Design and Technology from Ball State University. Ryan would like to thank his beautiful and talented wife Mikayla and his two beautiful sons Reed and Rowan for their love and support.

Michael J. Lasley (Sound Designer)
Michael has been with Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre since 1990 and acted as the Executive Artistic Director since 2016. His tenure at Civic began with Sound Design and Carpentry and has included all facets of operations from behind the scenes to administrative duties and as a performer. In addition to serving as House Sound Designer for every production since 1997 and Associate Director since 2000, he served as Producing Director from 2002 to 2016, overseeing budgets and production timelines as well as staff for more than 120 shows. Michael has supervised moving Civic twice – in 2004 to Marian University and to the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel in 2011. As part of the move to Carmel he was a key member of the design and construction team for the Tarkington, Studio Theater and the support space – acting as the owner rep in all key decisions. Michael has directed more than 25 productions at Civic since 2000, including WAIT UNTIL DARK, THE 1940’S RADIO HOUR, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT (2000, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013) 1776, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, SWING! and most recently LITTLE WOMEN, THE GAME’S AFOOT and FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. He has designed sound, lights, or scenery for most theatres in Indianapolis and has received awards for his sound designs from The Indianapolis Star and the League of Indianapolis Theatres. Michael also directed the critically acclaimed production of I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE! at Theatre on the Square. Michael has occasionally been seen on stage in such roles as Larry in COMPANY, Arthur in LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION! and Czolgosz in ASSASSINS, all at the Phoenix Theatre, Zach in A CHORUS LINE at Civic and recently returned to the stage after 17 years in the Bobdirex production of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR as Caiaphas. Michael was born and raised in the Indianapolis area. He attended Avon High School, IUPUI and Ball State University. He lives in a century-old house in downtown Indianapolis with his lovely wife of 22 years, actress Marni Lemons – a third generation Civic performer.

Adrienne Conces (Costume Designer)
Adrienne is a graduate of Ball State University where she received her B.S. and M.A. in Apparel Design. During her time there, she focused her master’s studies on historical costume by working with the Beeman Historic Costume Collection. She began working with Civic Theatre as an intern and volunteer for her friend and mentor, Jean Engstrom. Adrienne’s career then took her to Fort Lauderdale, FL, as the Costume Designer at American Heritage Center for the Arts. Some of her favorite productions include THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and Civic’s production of LES MISÉRABLES. She would like to thank her family, friends and shop volunteers for all of their help and support!