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|From the creators of DreamBoys, named Outstanding Music Revue of 2009 by Lavender Magazine|
|When Bad Shows Happen to Good Music|
|This lively trip down Amnesia Lane celebrates the best parts of Broadway's most notorious failures with a toasting/roasting of ill-fated musicals. The production follows the journey of a fictional shoestring theatre company as they try to choose their next musical from a list of small-budget options.
From heartfelt to hilarious, this new original revue features five singers sharing the forgotten songs of Broadway's underdogs - shows that were critical, artistic, or financial disasters (and sometimes all three!) - including Anna Karenina, Baby, Drat! The Cat!, The First, Triumph of Love, the infamous Carrie (based on the book and film by Stephen King), and many more!
|Directed by Greg A. Joelson
Music Direction by Randi Grundahl Rexroth
Featuring Windy Bowlsby, Elizabeth Chaigne, Greg Dahlager, Kinaundrae Lee, Paul Whittemore, and Suzanna Winter
2822 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55408
For tickets visit fringefestival.org
or call (866) 811-4111
|Saturday, August 7, 10 p.m.
Sunday, August 8, 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 10, 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 14, 7 p.m.
Sunday, August 15, 2:30 p.m.
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|Photo by Chris Bowlsby|
|Jackie Robinson, Anna Karenina, and Carrie are horrified by their reviews.|
|Windy Bowlsby used to be onstage a lot (you might have seen her in a show at Minneapolis Musical Theater, Bloomington Civic Theater, Ashland Productions) - but then she started choreographing, got her teaching certification, had a baby, and decided to try out for roller derby. Windy is thrilled to be onstage - where there are no diapers, papers to grade, rollerskates, or people asking her which foot they should kick with!|
|After co-directing with Greg Joelson on a few projects, Elizabeth Chaigne is happy to be directed by him for this show. She obtained her BA in Theater from the U of MN and has appeared in Ni Boca, Ni Sangre (Sol Moreno); The Crucible (Ann Putnum); Jeanne d'Arc (Joan); Restoration (Mother); Pangea World Theater's productions of No Longer At Ease (stage manager); Bearing Witness (Rita); Not in My Season of Songs (mother); Playland (assistant director); and The Winged Seed (Lammi). A former company member of SAK Theatre, she has performed across the country in live outdoor improvisational theater. Her directing credits include: The Music Man, Beauty and the Beast, Oklahoma!, The Wizard of Oz, Honk, Seussical, La Flamme Eternelle (the story of Joan of Arc), Orphan Train, And Then They Came For Me (The story of Anne Frank), A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, Hard Candy, and The Boys Next Door. She is also actively involved as a board member of MN State Thespians and has been a featured soloist with The Edina Chorale (of which she is a member) and The Edina Community Music Series and Celestial Ball. Recordings: Ten! and Anniversaire Extraordinaire, Normandale French Immersion.|
|Following a stint of ushering and a cameo in one performance of Blue Umbrella's DreamBoys last year, Greg Dahlager is thrilled to utter his first lines on the stage in Flops! He looks forward to a long career of ushering and cameos with Blue Umbrella. Love and admiration to Mom, Suzy, and little chin scratches to Dusty.|
|Kinaundrae Lee is a native of the Twin Cities and has an Associates Degree in Vocal Performance from McNally Smith (formally known as Music Tech). His most recent credits include Rent with Cardinal Theatricals, Junior Clause with the Director's Studio, and the Ivy award winning show Little Rock 1957 with Youth Performance Company. Kinaundrae is also a singer/songwriter and performs locally and nationally with his ska band, the 2 tone runts. He's also worked with the Children's Theater, Bloomington Civic Theater, and Ten Thousand Things Theater.|
|Paul Whittemore is a founding member of Blue Umbrella Productions, and he appeared in their inaugural revue, Jungle Mary Bang Bang: The Music of the Sherman Brothers, and their most recent production, DreamBoys. He also co-created, produced, and appeared in the critically acclaimed musical revue Unexpected Songs, parts one and two--both sell-out productions at the Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater. His other stage credits include The Robber Bridegroom, Summer of '42 (Pete), Jerry Springer: The Opera (Steve Wilkos), Kiss of the Spider Woman, Applause (Danny), Candide (Maximilian), When Pigs Fly, and The Rocky Horror Show (Rocky) with Minneapolis Musical Theatre; Cabaret (Cliff) with Paul Bunyan Playhouse; Side Show (Roustabout, Terry u/s) with Park Square Theatre; La Belle Helene (Achilles) with North Star Opera; Working (Mike) at St. Paul's Landmark Center; A Chorus Line (Zach), Broadway My Way, And the World Goes 'Round with Bloomington Civic Theatre; Man of La Mancha with Theatre in the Round; Two by Two (Japheth) with Heritage Theatre; and many others. Recordings: Suzanna Winter, Souvenirs. Film: The Like Girl.|
|Suzanna Winter has been researching Broadway's failed musicals for the past decade, and she's thrilled to finally put her odd obsession to good use in Flops! She made her stage debut at Theatre in the Round Players in 1984 in Thieves' Carnival, and returned to TRP to play Eva in Kindertransport, Mary Warren in The Crucible, and Jennie Mae in The Diviners, among other roles. She has also performed with the Great American History Theatre, Paul Bunyan Playhouse, and La Comedia Dinner Theatre, and her favorite credits include Maria in West Side Story, Lili in Carnival, Elma Duckworth in Bus Stop, and Chava in Fiddler on the Roof. She also played Darlene in the long-running musical How to Talk Minnesotan at the Plymouth Playhouse. Suzanna has been involved with Blue Umbrella Productions since its inception--most recently as the director of DreamBoys--and she's very excited to be back on stage in Flops! Much love and many thanks to Greg, Mom, and the entire Flops! team.|
|The Production Team|
|Flops! marks director Greg A. Joelson's third production with Blue Umbrella, working with Suzy on DreamBoys in 2009 and Where the Girls Are in 2007. A native of Minneapolis, Greg has been involved with theatre in the Twin Cities in some shape or form for over 20 years. Previous directing and choreographic credits include: Our Town, The Magician's Nephew, Honk Jr., Willie Wonka Jr., Oklahoma!, High School Musical, A Midsummer Night's Dream, West Side Story, Steel Magnolias, Les Miserables: school edition, The Wiz, HMS Pinafore, Singin' in the Rain, Pirates of Penzance, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Godspell!, Once On This Island, Fiddler on the Roof, Music Man, Guys and Dolls, Once Upon A Mattress, Narnia!, Midas and the Golden Touch, Joseph and the Amazing..., and Quilters. A long time ago Greg worked as an actor/dancer in the Twin Cities; most notable productions include The Animal Fables of Aesop (Bus and Truck Tour), Linnea in Monet's Garden, The Adventures of Babar, and Cinderella with Children's Theatre Company, and The History Plays at the Guthrie Theatre. Other favorite performance credits include The Fantasticks, Rough Crossings, The Boyfriend, Big River, Damn Yankees, one performance as Will Parker in Oklahoma! and Sebastian/Sebastiane for The Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus. Greg has taught for Youth Performance Company, Stagecoach Theater School, and SPCPA. Currently Greg is working with the students of South View Middle School in Edina.|
|Randi Grundahl Rexroth (Music Director) is delighted to be working with Blue Umbrella Productions again. She was last seen as the music director and accompanist for Jungle Mary Bang Bang. Randi is currently the Upper School Choir Director at Visitation School and Convent in Mendota Heights. Randi composed a piece that celebrated the 400th Anniversary of the founding of the Visitation order and this piece was sung by the entire school throughout the year. She also coaches the small a cappella ensemble, OVation and is an accomplished composer and arranger.|
|Carolann Winter (Costume Designer) is the resident designer and costume shop manager at St. Catherine University, where she also teaches Makeup and Costume for the Stage. She is a member of the Technical Advisory Board at Theatre in the Round, and her design credits there include Uncle Vanya, You Never Can Tell, Ghosts, The Mikado, and She Loves Me. Other recent credits include Blue Umbrella Productions: Where the Girls Are and Girl Friday Productions: Our Town. Her current interests include supporting new and innovative theatre companies in the area. Carolann is grateful for the opportunity to return to Blue Umbrella Productions and work with this very talented group of artists, including her daughter, Suzy!|