Beast Mode Champion

Note: This production includes adult language.

Special Thanks

Lauren Kearns, Julio Matos, Kimberly Rippy, Ginette Archinal, Jeff Clark, Jeff Stein, Rick Earl, Bryan Baker, Dr. Francesca Chubb-Confer and August Higgin-Houser, Danny Melara, Peggy and Paul Gibson, Brittany Simmons, Carver Duncan, Maddie Franke, Laura Wahl, Kelly and Trevor McGinnis, Rachel Scheinkin, Eugene O’Neill, William Finn, all those who sang for labs/demos, NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, Deborah Brevoort, Mindi Dickstein, Randall Eng, The Dramatists Guild, Deidre Goodwin, Dean Gabie Smith, Provost Aswani Volety, and President Connie Book.

Cast

JulianBraden Phillips
EddieSayo Oni
MelMcKenna Meeks
GeorgeOliver Davids
AnnouncerJaelyn Alexander
Sister Mary Manslaughter/FanKatie Brnjac
Cardinal Sin/FanBrendan Coulter
Mr. Bergman/FanJack Morrill
Director/FanKali Clougherty
Assistant/FanStephanie Zaharis
Eddie’s Mom VODeidre Goodwin
Julian U/SGianni Palmarini
Mel U/SDariana Mullen
George U/STyler Okunski
Announcer U/SKatie Brnjac
Sister Mary Manslaughter/Fan U/STaylor Mitchell
Mr. Bergman/Fan U/S and Male SwingJaron Cole
Cardinal/Fan U/SBrooks Andrew
Director/Fan U/SGiselle Watts
Assistant/Fan U/SHannah Hubbard

Creative Team

DirectorKirby Wahl
Music DirectorDan Gibson
ChoreographerDeb Leamy
Asst. DirectorLake Sims-Winfrey
Asst. Music DirectorGianni Palmarini
Asst. ChoreographerKatie Brnjac
DramaturgShelby Levine
Scenic DesignerNatalie Hart
Asst. Scenic DesignerElizabeth Brady
Paint ChargeEmily George
CostumeCoordinatorJack Smith
Sound Designer/AdvisorMike Smith
Asst. Sound DesignerCarli Shapiro
Asst. Lighting DesignerAlex Nemfakos
Props MasterNatalie Taylor Hart
OrchestratorMatt Castle
OrchestratorFrank Galgano
IllustratorAlex Dunn
Music Editing & MixingDan Gibson
Poster DesignSydney Dye

Production Team

Stage ManagerSydney Bell
Technical DirectorJP Mullican
Asst. Stage ManagerJessica Valente
Asst. Stage ManagerHannah Elise Brown
Asst. Technical DirectorEric Kanzinger
Production ManagerBill Webb
CarpenterJordan Smith
Deck ChiefEric Kanzinger
Deck CrewHaley Robles
Costume Shop ManagerHeidi Jo Schiemer
First HandCaitlin Duncan
Lead StitcherMatthew Conkling
Videographer and EditorJ. McMerty
Asst. EditorJordan Young
Asst. EditorJD Grant
Air FootageConnor Thomas
Front-of-House SupervisorDavid J. McGraw

Musical Numbers

Monday Night……….Full Company

The Hamburger Chalet……….Mr. Bergman, Ensemble

Spandex and Styrofoam……….Julian, Ensemble

Getting What’s Mine……….Eddie, Julian, Mr. Bergman, Ensemble

Monday Murder Update I……….Announcer, Wrestlers, Mel

Golden Opportunity……….Mel, George, Mr. Bergman

Monday Murder Update II……….Announcer, Eddie, Julian, Mel

Not a Wrestler……….Julian, Wrestlers

Forty-Three Belts……….George

Monday Murder Update II……….Announcer, Julian, Eddie

Mid-Season Massacre……….Mel, Julian, Eddie, George, Announcer, Roidbucket, Ensemble

Not Yet……….George, Full Company

The ECMCC&G……….Mary, Cardinal

Tuesday Night I……….Mary, Cardinal, Eddie, Mel

Top of the Bill……….Eddie, Mary, Cardinal, Julian

Tuesday Night II……….Mel, Mary, Cardinal, Julian

Make ’em Believe……….Cardinal, Mary, Julian, Eddie, Mel

Make ’em Believe (reprise)……….Eddie, Julian

Tuesday’s Lookin’ Up……….Full Company

So Wrong……….Julian, Eddie, Mel

So Wrong (reprise)……….Julian, Mel

Monday Murder Update IV……….Announcer

The Hamburger Chalet (reprise)……….Mr. Bergman, Ensemble

Weakness……….Eddie, George

Monday Night (reprise)……….Announcer

The Last Monday……….Announcer, Mel, Julian

Last Man Standing……….Full Company

Finale……….Full Company

The Monday Night Murderfest Band:

Rehearsal Accompanist: Spankin’ Tyson Hankins 

Keys: The Ultimate-Tag-Team-Duo Matt Castle and Frank Galgano

Guitars, Mandolin, Bass: The One-Stop-Drop Andy Zinsmeister

Drums and Percussion: He’ll bang you to the floor, it’s Michael Blancaflor

Bios

Kirby Wahl

Dan Gibson

Alex Higgin-Houser

Deb Leamy

Sydney Bell

JP Mullican

J. McMerty

Jack A. Smith

Natalie Taylor Hart

Emily George

Lake Sims-Winfrey

Jaelyn Alexander

Kali Clougherty

Hannah Hubbard

Taylor Mitchell

Tyler Okunski

Sayo Oni

Giselle Watts

Alex Nemfakos

Jack Morrill

McKenna Meeks

Katie Brnjac

Jaron Cole

Dariana Mullen

Oliver Davids

Braden Phillips

Hannah Elise Brown

Jessica Valente

Carli Shapiro

Jordan Young

JD Grant

Frank Galgano and Matt Castle

Brooks Andrew

Haley Robles

Brianna Boucher

Kirby Wahl

Kirby’s directed many Elon productions, including Macbeth, Clybourne Park, and Once On This Island. Local performances include: The Mystery of Irma Vep and The Illusion, at Greensboro’s Triad Stage, and The Prisoner’s Dilemma and Jude the Obscure, at the Burning Coal Theatre in Raleigh (where he’s also served as dialect coach for numerous productions, including the 2014 London performances of The Iron Curtain Trilogy). Other acting credits include: New York City's Riverside Shakespeare Company, Arizona Theatre Company, and The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. A Certified Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework and Knight-Thompson Speechwork, professional memberships include Actors’ Equity Association, VASTA, and BMCA.

Dan Gibson

Dan Gibson is a New York City-based composer and music/vocal director. Currently Assistant Professor of Performing Arts and Music Director for Elon Music Theatre. Dan is thrilled to be home at Elon for a year, where his first full-length musical, I.D., premiered in 2010. Recently a composer in Columbia University's MFA Lyric Writing Lab. In the works: Behind the Front Door with Sam Rosenblatt, Return to Flight with Alex Higgin-Houser. Music/Vocal Director: Royal Caribbean Productions, Enlightened Theatrics, and The Flat Rock Playhouse where Dan has been an actor, vocal coach, music director, or youth educator for almost 20 productions. MFA NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, BFA Elon Music Theatre, BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, AEA, BroadwayWorld-Portland Award Winner for Best Music Direction. Love and thanks to Bub!

Alex Higgin-Houser

Alex Higgin-Houser is a playwright, librettist, and theatre-maker. He is thrilled for the opportunity to develop Beast Mode Champion at Elon University. This spring, Alex's one-act opera Shadow on the Wall will receive its digital premiere with Tisch's Advanced Opera Lab, produced in association with the American Opera Project. Haymarket, his most recent world premiere musical, received the 2019 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Musical following an extended commercial run in Chicago. Adventurers!, an immersive D&D musical, recently had its first workshop production at the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival. His TYA musical, 57th National Mathlete Sum-It (2016 NYMF invited production), is published by Theatrical Rights Worldwide, and has been performed across the country. Alex is a recent graduate of Tisch School of the Arts, where he completed his MFA in musical theatre writing. Alex lives in Chicago with his wife, Dr. Francesca Chubb-Confer, and their newborn son, August.

Deb Leamy

Originally from Providence, R.I. I lived in NYC for a little over 20 years, making my career in musical theatre where I was fortunate enough to perform on Broadway, Radio City Music Hall, and Carnegie Hall. Shows include Fosse, Sweet Smell of Success, Chicago, Phantom of the Opera, Joseph...Dreamcoat and regionally A Chorus Line, Kiss Me Kate, And the World Goes Round, and Chicago among others. Dir/Choreo credits include Pippin, Legally Blonde, GreaseShrek, In The Heights, My Way, Broadway Bares SF, and productions of Damn Yankees and the original musical Beast Mode Champion here at Elon University.

Sydney Bell

Sydney Bell is a junior Theatrical Design and Technology and Arts Administration major from Atlanta, Georgia. Sydney is honored to work on this amazing show with so many talented artists and individuals. Sydney’s notable Elon credits include Beast Mode Champion (Stage Manager), We Will Rock You (Asst. Stage Manager), Clown Bar (Asst. Stage Manager), and 1940's Radio Hour (Asst. Stage Manager). Sydney has enjoyed working with this wonderful team, and she is excited to share this production with everyone! Sydney would like to thank her parents and friends for their love and support.

JP Mullican

JP has served as the Performing Arts Technical Director since Fall 2017. Prior to Elon, he worked as a technical designer, lead craftsperson, and project manager. Outside of Elon, he continues work as a freelance technical designer on productions such as the Frozen Australian Tour, The Beauty and the Beast in Shanghai, and The Phantom of the Opera World Tour. In his free time, JP builds custom furniture and runs an ever-increasing number of virtual Dungeons & Dragons campaigns. He couldn’t do any of this without the constant support of his amazing partner, Amanda.

J. McMerty

J. McMerty Director of Elon in Los Angeles, Assistant Professor Cinema & TV Arts.

Jack A. Smith

Jack is an Associate Professor of Performing Arts. He has worked at many regional theaters from The Orlando Shakespeare Theater to The Actor’s Theater of Louisville. He spends most of his summers either working at a small theater in Missouri (City of Maples Rep) or traveling the world looking at textiles, antique garments, or cultural wonders. His passions include antique textiles (specifically American Women’s Costume from the 19th century and the politics of 18th-century French fashions) and his dog, Neha!

Natalie Taylor Hart

Natalie Taylor Hart is a Scenic Designer and the Associate Chair of Performing Arts at Elon University. Selected Scenic Designs: New York: Tech Support (59E59TH, Off-Broadway); Tartuffe (Queens Theatre, Off-Off-Broadway); Slave Shack (Algonquin Theatre); Associate Designer for The Wiz (The Netherlands). Regional: Life in the Fat Lane (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); Having Our Say, Our Town {Scenic Consultant}, Fences {Finalist in World Stage Design 2017 Taipei}, White Lightning (Triad Stage). Exhibitions: USITT Design Expo, Prague Quadrennial, World Stage Design Finalist 2017, Lincoln Center Portfolio Review. MFA, Ohio University. Proud member of IATSE USA Local 829. natalietaylorhart.com

Emily George

Emily is a senior Theatrical Design and Technology major and is thrilled to be working as the Visual Designer on Pheromone—even virtual theatre is better than no theatre! All my love to the TDT department (past and present). You make this worth it. <3

Lake Sims-Winfrey

Lake Sims-Winfrey is a senior Drama & Theatre Studies double major w/ Music in the Liberal Arts! She has been a part of numerous productions in the Performing Arts, such as a student director for senior thesis, Triptych, and a performer in the Vagina Monologues, Once on this Island, & The Moment. She also served as the Wardrobe Supervisor for the production of Damn Yankees. This Fall, she worked as the Assistant Director for Beast Mode Champion and this Spring she will be serving as the Dramaturg for the upcoming spring musical, Fugitive Songs! As the Dramaturg for this production, Lake is so excited for everyone to see this powerful story on stage!

Jaelyn Alexander

Jaelyn is a junior at Elon University from Mt. Laurel, NJ. She is pursuing a BFA in Music Theatre, BA in Arts Administration, and minor in Business Administration. Some of her recent credits include Heathers: The MusicalNice Work if You Can Get ItBeast Mode Champion, and The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin.  She thanks her family, friends, and teachers for their endless love and support. Instagram: jaelyn_alexander

Kali Clougherty

Kali Clougherty is a junior Music Theatre major from South Florida and is so excited to be making her mainstage debut in Beast Mode Champion! Her favorite credits include Heathers (Veronica), HAIR (Ensemble), Fiddler on the Roof (Hodel), and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Columbia). She wants to thank her Mom, Dad, brothers, and Liam for their love and support.

Hannah Hubbard

Hannah is a current Junior in the Musical Theatre department as well as a Arts Administration major. She enjoys working on Elon's sketch comedy show "Elon Tonight", helping with various on-campus cabarets, and of course talking to her puppy and parents over FaceTime.

Taylor Mitchell

Taylor Ann Mitchell is a sophomore Music Theatre major at Elon University with a minor in Business Administration. She is thrilled to be learning and growing with such amazing people here at Elon. Taylor, originally from Doylestown, Pennsylvania, has always had a love for the arts, and has been singing and performing her entire life. Some of her credits include Mary U/S in Beast Mode Champion and Belle in Beauty and the Beast. She would like to thank her family and friends for their endless support, as well as her incredible teachers.

Tyler Okunski

Tyler Okunski is a BFA Music Theatre Major from San Francisco, California. He is thrilled to kick off his junior year as an understudy in Best Mode Champion. Professional credits include Peter and the Starcatcher at the Tabard Theatre. Past credits at Elon include Violet, Bent, and The Elephant Man. Special thanks to his friends and family for all their love and support! @tylerokunski

Sayo Oni

Sayo Oni is a sophomore at Elon University in the Musical Theatre BFA program. Some of his most recent productions are Beast Mode Champion, We Will Rock You, and Songs for a New World. Sayo would like to thank his mom, dad, sisters, niece, extended family, and friends for their unlimited support.

Giselle Watts

Giselle is a sophomore Music Theatre major here at Elon. She is more than happy to be here and to be able to grow alongside such amazing people! Giselle is thankful for her family and friends and their constant support. While singing you can find either painting, taking pictures of random clouds, obsessing over flowers, writing, or just enjoying life. Her daily mantra is “born to bloom”: a message that constantly reminds her that she has a wonderful purpose and should always strive to be growing into a better version of herself.

Alex Nemfakos

Alex Nemfakos is a Junior TDT and Anthropology double major. This year she will be the lighting designer of Pheromone and the Fall Dance Concert, assistant lighting designer of Beast Mode Champion and #silenced, and stage managing Macbeth.

Jack Morrill

Jack Morrill is a sophomore BFA Acting major from San Diego, California. ​Jack has worked as the Promotional Manager for a year now. Elon credits include Timmy u/s in Clown Bar, Mac in a staged reading of Clown Bar 2, Beethoven u/s in Dog Sees God, and Polonius u/s in Hamlet, Mr. Bergman, and others in Beast Mode Champion.

McKenna Meeks

McKenna is a proud member of Elon MT ‘22 from Las Vegas, NV. Some of her favorite credits include We Will Rock You - Elon University (ensemble), Trojan Barbie - Elon University (chorus, assistant choreographer, dance captain), She Loves Me- Super Summer Theatre (dance captain, ensemble), Anything Goes - B.B. Production Co. (Reno), All Shook Up- B.B. Production Co. (Ms. Sandra), The King and I - B.B. Production Co. (Anna), & Into the Woods - B.B. Production Co. (Witch). She would like to thank her family and of course her wonderful cast and crew for this opportunity. @mckenna_meeks

Katie Brnjac

Katie Brnjac is a proud member of Elon MT 21’ and is thrilled to be back on campus after working as the choreography intern on Mrs. Doubtfire last spring. Her favorite professional credits include: Sandy – Grease, Glinda U/S – The Wizard of Oz, and Hello, Dolly! at Maine State Music Theater: Violet – Alice in Wonderland at Stages St. Louis: and Annie at Variety Theater. Elon University credits include: Swing – Cabaret, Asst. Choreographer / Swing – Baby, and Sweeney Todd. Thank you to my family who continues to support this crazy dream of mine! @katie.brnjac

Jaron Cole

Jaron is a Sophomore BFA Music Theatre and BA Arts Administration major with a minor in Business Administration from Madison, New Jersey. Beast Mode Champion marks Jaron's Elon Mainstage debut! This spring, Jaron will be working on Fugitive Songs as the Assistant Director. Jaron would like to thank the cast and crew of Beast Mode, his friends, family, and MT23!

Dariana Mullen

Dariana Mullen is a senior in the BFA Music Theatre program from Hoboken N.J. This is her final show at Elon University; favorite roles include Scaramouche in We Will Rock You at Elon last winter, and Heather Chandler in Heathers at Gatehouse Theatre Company. She owes everything to her family (mom specifically), her class, Haidee Dollak, and all of the stage managers ever. Go Sayo!

Oliver Davids

Oliver Davids is a Senior BFA Music Theatre major from Orlando, Florida. Recent credits include: The Prizery; Bert in Mary Poppins, Father Alexandrios / Ensemble in Mamma Mia. Shawnee Theatre; Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors. Elon University; Joe Boyd in Damn Yankees, Johnny Cantone in The 1940s Radio Hour, Nick Sakarian in Baby, Ensemble in Sweeney Todd. He would like to thank his family, friends, MT '21, the cast/crew, and the entire program for their love and support. oliverdavids.com

Braden Phillips

Braden Phillips is so elated for this opportunity! A proud member of Elon MT '21, he has appeared in Spring Awakening as Mortiz, We Will Rock You, 1940's Radio Hour, and Baby during his time at Elon. Regional houses include: The Muny, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Stages St. Louis, and more! All the love to his family, friends, and the cast and creative team for making this experience one to remember. This is for Grandpa!

Hannah Elise Brown

Hannah Elise Brown is a sophomore Theatrical Design and Technology major from Raleigh, North Carolina. Hannah Elise is beyond excited to be working with all of the talented individuals of this program! Hannah Elise’s notable Elon credits include Beast Mode Champion (Asst. Stage Manager), Dog Sees God (Asst. Lighting Designer), and Elephant Man (Stage Manager). Hannah is thankful for the opportunity to work with this wonderful team and hopes everyone enjoys this production! Hannah would like to thank her family and friends for their love and support.

Jessica Valente

Jessica Valente is a sophomore Theatrical Design and Technology major from Wyckoff, New Jersey. She is very excited to work on this show with so many amazing and talented people. Jessica’s Elon credits include Beast Mode Champion (Asst. Stage Manager) and The Wolves (Asst. Stage Manager). Jessica has enjoyed working on this production and can’t wait for everyone to see it! Jessica would also like to thank her family and friends for all their support.

Carli Shapiro

Carli is thrilled to be working on The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin as an Assistant Stage Manager and being involved in telling such a powerful story. Carli’s credits include Assistant Sound Engineer for Beast Mode Champion and Sound Designer for #Silenced.

Jordan Young

Jordan Young is a junior Cinema and Television Arts major at Elon University. She is currently a show producer for sketch comedy show Elon Tonight and was a member of the Juliet cohort of Elondocs. Some previous projects she worked on have been the short film The Right Black, produced by an iMedia alum, her documentary on representation of HBCUs in media, and Dancing in the Landscape. Jordan is passionate about inclusion and representation in media and is incredibly grateful to be a part of this project, The Moment.

JD Grant

JD is a sophomore student from Harding, NJ double majoring in Cinema & TV Arts and Economics. He loves telling stories and working with others, and so he was extremely honored and happy to edit "On the Deck of a Spanish Ship".

Frank Galgano and Matt Castle

Frank Galgano & Matt Castle are multi-faceted theater artists who now work primarily as musical arrangers and orchestrators. Recent projects include Scotland, PA (Roundabout), Found (Atlantic, Philadelphia, IAMA), Into the Woods (Roundabout/Fiasco), String (Village Theatre), Chick Flick, the Musical (off-Broadway), Once Upon a Mattress (Transport Group), A DOG STORY (off-Broadway), Disney Beauty and the Beast (Disney Cruise Line), The Elf on the Shelf and American Girl Live! (Mills Entertainment), Up and Away (Pittsburgh CLO), Kris Kringle (Town Hall, Proctors), The Donner Party and A Little Princess (Sacramento); and many new works for TheaterworksUSA, Kennedy Center, and George Street Playhouse.

Brooks Andrew

Haley Robles

Haley is absolutely thrilled to have worked on The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin as an assistant stage manager. Haley is a first-year double major in Theatrical Design & Technology with a focus in stage management and Psychology with a minor in Spanish! Haley is so grateful that she was able to work with such an incredible company and couldn't have asked for a better experience on her first Main Stage production. She is so excited for everyone to see this touching show and can't wait to work with these people again!

Brianna Boucher

Brianna Boucher is a first-year student who is double majoring in Theatrical Design and Technology and Arts Administration. This is her first show at Elon, and she can't wait to be a part of many more.