Starting Here, Starting Now

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An ALGONQUIN ARTS THEATRE production

STARTING HERE,
STARTING NOW

Music by DAVID SHIRE
Lyrics by RICHARD MALTBY, JR.

Produced at Barbarann Theatre Restaurant, NYC by Steve Abrams, Mary Jo Slater, Scott Mansfield and Morton Schwartz.

Director
GINA LUPI

Musical Director
STEPHEN STROUSE

Production Manager
JOSEPH FICARRA

Producer
JAN TOPOLESKI

Lighting Design
ROMAN KLIMA

Season Producers
Janice Blanton
James & Arlene Donegan
J.L. Grandinetti
Diane & Jerry Levitz
Broadway Ray Soehngen

STARTING HERE, STARTING NOW is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. mtishows.com

Cast

KAT LE FÈVRE
REBECCA MADEIRA
MICHAEL MORCH

with
STACIA HARR ... Girl with balloon
LYNNE TRUEX ... Voiceovers

Creative Team

Director: GINA LUPI
Musical Director: STEPHEN STROUSE
Producer: JAN TOPOLESKI
Production Manager: JOE FICARRA
Lighting Design: ROMAN KLIMA
Lighting Board: JOE FICARRA
Sound & Projection Design: JAN TOPOLESKI
Projections: JULIA LUPI
Graphic Design: DAVID APPLEGATE
Costumes & Props: GINA LUPI
Scenic Design: JAN TOPOLESKI
Spotlight: SHAUN KATZ


Crew: SOPHIE CREED, KENDALL THORNER

Choreography for "FLAIR" by Kathleen Pearlberg

Special Thanks:
JOANNE PENROSE
KATHLEEN PEARLBERG
ANTHONY GRECO
JULIA LUPI

Orchestra

BENJAMIN SAMUELSON ... bass guitar
ED PILLION ... percussion
STEPHEN STROUSE ... piano & conductor

Musical Numbers

ACT I
"I Am In Love/ Starting Here, Starting Now" ... All
"I'm A Little Bit Off" ... Kat
"I Think I May Want To Remember Today" - Rebecca & Kat
"Beautiful" ... All
"We Can Talk To Each Other" ... Michael
"Just Across The River" ... All
"Crossword Puzzle" ... Kat
"Autumn" ... Rebecca
"I Don't Remember Christmas" ... Michael
"I Don't Believe It" - All
"I Hear Bells" - All
"I'm Going To Make You Beautiful" - Rebecca
"Pleased With Myself" - All

ACT II
"Hey There Fans" ... Michael & Rebecca
"The Girl of The Minute" ... Michael & Rebecca
"A Girl You Should Know" ... Kat
"Travel" ... All
"Barbara" ... Michael
"Watching the Big Parade Go By" ... Rebecca & Stacia
"What About Today" ... Kat
"Flair" ... Michael
"One Step" ... All
"Song Of Me" ... Rebecca
"Today is The First Day" ... Rebecca & Kat
"A New Life Coming" ... All
"Flair Reprise/Finale" ... All

Cast & Creative Team

KAT LE FÈVRE is no stranger to the Algonquin stage, having appeared as the past title roles of Peter in Peter Pan and Anna Leonowens in The King & I. She is a member of the Actors' Equity Association, and has performed in a multitude of productions in the NJ region (favorite credits include Mary Poppins at The Count Basie, Princess Fiona in Shrek, and Fantine in Les Miserables, both performed at Middlesex County's Plays in the Park.) For the past couple years, Kat has performed as a mainstage singer with The Walt Disney Company, portraying characters such as Mrs. Potts in Beauty and The Beast, Mary Poppins in Believe, and Cruella De Vil in The Golden Mickey's onboard Disney Cruise Line. She was apart of the original casts of three shows, portraying the characters of Carina Smyth in The Pirates of The Caribbean deck show Hunt Fer Jack (DCL), The Hostess in the Disney Villains musical review, Let's Get Wicked, and Sally in Journey to Halloweentown, both located in Hong Kong Disneyland. She holds a B.A. in Music from New Jersey City University and will be attending New York University Steinhardt this fall to complete her Masters in Musical Theatre Performance & Vocal Pedagogy. She thanks Gina and the Algonquin team for all their support and friendships over the years. katlefevre.com.

REBECCA MADEIRA is so excited to be back at the Algonquin after last appearing here as Ariel in The Little Mermaid. She will be graduating with a degree in music this May from Rutgers, where some of her favorite roles have been in Sweeney Todd (Mrs. Lovett), She Loves Me (Amalia) and Into the Woods (The Witch). She is endlessly thankful for her amazing family, teachers, Gina, Stephen, Kat, and Michael! 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.

MICHAEL MORCH. This past year, during one of the endless days of not leaving the house, I remember watching The Prom on Netflix. After the finale I recall saying out loud, with nostalgic tears in my eyes, "God I miss performing" ... Thank goodness we are back. I am so beyond thrilled to be returning to the Algonquin stage in Starting Here, Starting Now. To be able to return as part of such a unique show with this talented cast has been such a joy, and I hope the audiences will enjoy it as much as we have fun performing it! Algonquin Credits: Roger De Bris (The Producers), Greg (A Chorus Line), Sky Masterson (Guys & Dolls), Frederick Fellows (Noises Off), Bob Wallace (White Christmas), Fred Gailey (Miracle on 34th Street The Musical) and the quartet in My Fair Lady.Thank you to Gina, Steven, and Kathleen for bringing us all together and back "home". Also, as always, love and thanks to Vinny - we haven't killed each other yet!

STACIA HARR (Girl with balloon) is excited to be making her stage debut in this production! To further her budding enthusiasm for performance, she recently participated in an 8-week introduction to musical theatre class at the Algonquin and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. She would like to thank Julie Nagy for her encouragement in that class, her family for their love and support, and the cast and crew of Starting Here, Starting Now for this opportunity.

GINA LUPI (Director) is thrilled to be back working at the AAT after a long year away. Directing credits: Kiss Me Kate, A Christmas Story, Peter Pan, The Buddy Holly Story, Damn Yankees, The King and I, The Glass Menagerie, Annie Get Your Gun, The Full Monty, Gypsy, Pride & Prejudice and Man Of La Mancha. AAT Stage Manager for: Annie, Newsies, The Producers, and South Pacific to name a few. Gina most recently appeared on the AAT stage as Rosie in Mamma Mia!, the Wardrobe in Beauty and the Beast, Prudy in Hairspray and Gingy in Shrek. Gina was the recipient of the 2009 NJACT/Perry Awards for Outstanding Director for Little Women and Outstanding Supporting Actress for Mame.

STEPHEN STROUSE (Musical Director/Conductor) is thrilled to be working on Starting Here Starting Now. Relearning how to create in our current environment has been both rewarding and invigorating. He recently retired after 36 years of teaching. Stephen is very fortunate to have a wife who gives him continuous and loving support for which he is very grateful. Algonquin Credits: The Music Man; 13; The Wizard of Oz; A Charlie Brown Christmas; Shrek; King and I; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; The Little Mermaid; Elf, Jr; Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story; The Fantasticks; Beauty and the Beast; Algonquin the Musical; Camelot; Newsies; A Chorus Line; Mamma Mia; Cabar-AYE

JAN TOPOLESKI (Producer, Scenic & Sound Design). Algonquin's TD. Most recently: A Christmas Carol (One-man Show), King Arthur (Camelot), Ebenezer Scrooge (Christmas Carol the Musical) & The Old Man (A Christmas Story). Other roles: Juan Peron (Evita), Don Quixote (Man of La Mancha), Lord Farquaad (Shrek), Captain Von Trapp (Sound of Music), Emile De Becque (South Pacific). Directing credits include Noises Off, Carousel, South Pacific, The 39 Steps, Jekyll & Hyde, The Producers, A Few Good Men.

JOSEPH FICARRA (Production Manager) is proud to be producing once again for the Algonquin stage. Joe is the company's Production Manager but wears many hats around the theatre. He can be found at the back of the house mixing sound for the musicals, in the workshop building props, or on stage performing. Credits include such roles as The Ghost of Christmas Present (Scrooge!), Cliff (Cabaret), and Jigger (Carousel).

ROMAN KLIMA (Lighting Design) is a Lighting, Scenic, Sound & Video designer. His work has been seen at Algonquin Arts Theatre, The Bickford Theatre, Middlesex County College, Brookdale Community College, State Theater New Jersey, Middlesex County's Plays in the Park, The Forum Theater, & countless venues throughout the tristate area.

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