Fugitive Songs

“Fugitive Songs” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatrical Company. “Fugitive Songs” was originally produced in New York City by Dreamlight Theatre Company.

Audience Advisory: This production includes adult language and content and may not be suitable for all audiences.

Director’s Notes

Creating art during this past year has been the most trying of times, but also, and surprisingly, the most precious. Having the opportunity to collaborate, devise and direct the ship at Fugitive Songs with these young and talented artists has been a remarkable elixir for all that has been ailing us. First and foremost, as I am ever fascinated by the ways that dance and movement can intermingle in new and exciting ways within theatre pieces, I am so grateful the cast was willing to explore this. Their commitment to the movement has never waned. In addition, it was an early goal of mine to pay homage to the hearing impaired. Throughout this pandemic not being able to read lips and see faces has created a host of issues for us all but for some, it has been a particular and consistent hardship. I wanted to acknowledge this by rooting all of the movement in sign language as a celebration of body language. We are, after all, bodies who need to communicate and always have a lot to say. Fugitive Songs is about yearning, longing, and reaching for that next phase of our lives. Wanting to escape where we are and be somewhere else. Even though this focus on the future goes against my Buddhist nature, never has there been a better time to dream of escaping our present.

Special Thanks

Chris Miller, Nathan Tysen, Julio Matos, Rick Earl, and the UWM Peck School of the Arts MFA Program

Cast

GavinMatt Seib
AlyshaSarah Liddy
ToddNathan Keffer
HalleHannah Ellowitz
MattWeston LeCrone
SofiaHannah Kevitt
DBEddie Falshaw
AnnieKelly Belarmino
JoshuaDaniel Brackett
BarrettDaniela Rodrigo
BenDaniel Rabinowitz
RachelMeredith Fox
U/S Gavin, DB, JoshuaBrendan Coulter
U/S Alysha, Halle, BarrettKayla Jacobs
U/S Todd, Matt, BenWillem Butler
U/S Sofia, Annie, RachelAnna Hertel

Creative Team

Director/ ChoreographerDeb Leamy
Asst. Director/ ChoreographerJaron Cole
Asst. Director/ ChoreographerSujaya Sunkara
Music DirectorJohn McCarty
Rehearsal AccompanistHaidee Dollak
DramaturgLake Sims-Winfrey
Scenic DesignerEric Kanzinger
Scenic Design MentorNatalie Taylor Hart
Costume DesignerCaitlin Duncan
Asst. Costume DesignerJack Smith
Sound DesignerMike Smith
Audio MixerDan Gibson
Asst. Sound MixerTaylor Mitchell
Lighting DesignerAlicia Varcoe
Guitar CaptainBrendan Coulter

Production Team

Stage ManagerGrace Granger
Technical DirectorJP Mullican
Asst. Stage ManagerJessica Valente
Asst. Stage ManagerCarli Shapiro 
Production ManagerBill Webb
Props ManagerAnna Thomson
Sound AdvisorDan Gibson
Light Board OpAllyson Vogel
Followspot OpJonathan Jenson
Sound Board OpMike Smith
Videographer/ EditorJordan Young
VideographerCaleb Martin
Video AdvisorJ McMerty

Musical Numbers

Reasons to Run……….Full Cast

Getting There……….Gavin

Annie’s Party……….Annie

Growing Up……….Ben 

Don’t Say Me……….Alysha with Rachel, Sofia, Barrett, DB, Ben, Matt

Town Goes Boom……….Joshua

Lullaby……….Rachel, DB, Sofia (Direction/Choreography by Sujaya Sunkara and Jaron Cole)

Wilson……….Matt, Halle, Barrett, with Daniel Brackett, Whistle duet: Nathan Keffer & Eddie Falshaw

Break a Branch……….Rachel with Annie, Sofia, and Full Cast. Additional Guitar: Meredith Fox

Spring Cleaning……….Halle

Kansas Highway Sky……….Todd, Ben, DB, with Matt, Gavin, Joshua

Passing Tracy……….Todd. Additional Guitar: Nathan Keffer

Subway Song……….Matt with Todd, Ben, DB, Gavin, Joshua

Poor Little Patty……….Barrett, Alysha

Shine……….Joshua with Full Cast

Lost……….Halle

Wildflowers……….Gavin, Sofia

I Could Go Back……….Alysha with Full Cast plus Understudies 

One Of These Nights……….Full Cast

The Band

Piano: Haidee Dollak

Violin: Richard Dunn II

Electric Guitar: Mark Mazzatenta

Acoustic Guitar: Allan Beck

Electric and Upright Bass: Rebecca Marland

Drums/Percussion: Steve McHugh

Bios

Deb Leamy

Dan Gibson

Jack A. Smith

Allyson Vogel

Matt Seib

Meredith Fox

Natalie Taylor Hart

J. McMerty

Kelly Belarmino

JP Mullican

Lake Sims-Winfrey

Eddie Falshaw

Daniela Rodrigo

Daniel Rabinowitz

Kayla Jacobs

Hannah Kevitt

Weston LeCrone

Sujaya Sunkara

Taylor Mitchell

Anna Thomson

Grace Granger

Sarah Alice Liddy

Jaron Cole

Jessica Valente

Carli Shapiro

Jordan Young

Nathan Keffer

Hannah Ellowitz

Daniel Brackett

Haidee Dollak

Eric Kanzinger

Willem Butler

Alicia Varcoe

John McCarty

Caitlin Duncan

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.

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!

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!

Allyson Vogel

Allyson Vogel is a sophomore majoring in biology and theatrical design and technology with a focus in stage management. This is her musical stage-managing debut at Elon, and her recent shows include Hamlet (assistant stage manager) and Pheromone (stage manager). She is so proud of all of the hard work put into this show, and she looks forward to what the next school year brings.

Matt Seib

Matt Seib (Gavin) is thrilled to be a part of Fugitive Songs! A proud member of MT21, he will be graduating at the end of this crazy year. His previous Elon credits include Dave in Moment, Lou in 1940's Radio Hour, and part of the ensemble in Damn Yankees and Sweeney Todd. Much love to family, friends, and mentors who have helped me along the way! Website: mattjseib.com

Meredith Fox

Meredith is a Senior Music Theatre and Arts Administration double major with a minor in Business Administration. She is a Seasonal Entertainment Cast Member at the Walt Disney World Resort. Favorite roles include Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz, Hilary Kelly in Moment, and Helen in Carrie: The Musical. All the love to family and friends for their support.

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

J. McMerty

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

Kelly Belarmino

Kelly Belarmino is a sophomore Music Theatre Major at Elon University. Some of her credits include Pheromone (Lourdes U/S) and Grease (Rizzo). She has also performed at Carnegie Hall, The Manhattan Repertory Theatre, and Gotham Hall. All of this would not be possible without the continued love and support of A3 Agency, her friends, and her family!

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.

Lake Sims-Winfrey

Lake 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, a performer in The Vagina Monologues, Once on this Island, & The Moment, and a Wardrobe Supervisor for Damn Yankees! This school year she worked as the Assistant Director for Beast Mode Champion as well as the Dramaturg for The Moment and the Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin! Lake is so grateful for the opportunity to serve as the Dramaturg for this production. It was such a collaborative and beautiful process with so many talented people!

Eddie Falshaw

Eddie Falshaw is a Senior BFA Music Theatre major here at Elon University. Elon credits include: Sweeney Todd (Tobias Ragg), Songs for a New World (Man 2), Spring Awakening (Melchior Gabor), and the upcoming spring production of Fugitive Songs (DB). With the hiatus of theatre during the pandemic, Eddie has been lucky enough to transition in the TV/Film industries working with production companies like C&W Productions and Entertainment GOES, shooting his first TV pilot (Arena) and his first professional short film (Flora's Spell). Shoutout to Julio Matos, Deb Leamy, Landrum Arts LA, & DGRW for all the love, learning, and opportunities this year. And as always, all my love & gratitude to Mom, Dad, Maggie, W+J.

Daniela Rodrigo

Daniela is a proud member of Elon's Music Theatre Class of 2021 and is thrilled to be playing the role of Barrett in this production of Fugitive Songs. Past Elon credits include Pheromone (Lourdes), Sweeney Todd (Ensemble), and Once on this Island (Andrea understudy/Ensemble). She would like to thank her friends and family for their constant love and support!

Daniel Rabinowitz

Daniel is a Junior Music Theatre major! Favorite credits include You're a Good Man Charlie Brown (Charlie), Newsies (Davey), Sweeney Todd, and Bent. After a year of loss and struggle, he is unbelievably grateful to be storytelling alongside some of his favorite people again. Huge thanks to his Mom and Dad, friends, and family for the constant support; and to the cast, crew, and creative team for working non-stop to keep everybody safe and happy!

Kayla Jacobs

Durham, NC native, Kayla Jacobs is currently a Junior at Elon University and is working toward a B.F.A in Music Theatre and B.A. in Arts Administration. Her most recent credits include "Granny," in The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, and "Somebody," in Branden Jacobs Jenkins' Everybody. Kayla feels blessed to have been a part of Fugitive Songs, and is inspired by the adaptability of the performing arts during these times!

Hannah Kevitt

Hannah Kevitt is a first year Musical Theatre Major with a double major in Sociology. Some of Hannah’s favorite regional credits include: Miss Saigon (Serenbe Playhouse), A Chorus Line (Heritage Theatre Festival), The Wolves (Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte), and South Pacific (Triad Stage). Hannah would like to thank her family, boyfriend, and best friend for their continued support. Hannah is so grateful for all of the opportunities that she’s received over the years and is beyond excited to be a part of the Elon Music Theatre Family!

Weston LeCrone

Weston is thrilled to be coming together with his music theatre peers to produce Fugitive Songs during these turbulent times. Previous Elon credits include Damn Yankees, Bent, and #Silenced (Co-Director). Regional/professional credits include: Mamma Mia, Mary Poppins (The Prizery), And Then They Came for Me (Indiana Rep). Special thanks to Deb Leamy and the rest of the creative team for facilitating this project with patience and grace!

Sujaya Sunkara

Sujaya Sunkara is a sophomore BFA Music Theatre major from Cincinnati, OH. She’s loving her time at Elon so far and is excited for everything else that’s to come! Some of her favorite credits include Chitty Chatty Pal #1 in The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin here at Elon and Rosemary Pilkington in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

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.

Anna Thomson

Anna Thomson will always try to write a bio that makes people laugh. Clever enough to make you say "oh that's clever," but not too clever so that it looks like she's trying too hard. She hopes this one is in that in-between space 🙂 Favorite credits include Damn Yankees (Fly operator), Shrek Jr (Director), The Other Room (Director), and The Dungeons and The Dragons (Stage Manager). She sends endless love and thanks to her parents, siblings, close friends, and her dogs, Greta, Toodles, and Tonya.

Grace Granger

Grace Granger is a junior theatre design and technology major and is very excited to stage-manage the Black History Month Concert with so many wonderful people. Previously she stage-managed Elon's Black History Month Concert and assistant stage managed Damn Yankees, Elephant Man, Arcadia, and Once on This Island. She was also deck chief for We Will Rock You and worked as a summer intern at Theatre Arlington. She would like to thank everyone in the cast and crew for this experience and for all of Kesha's hard work.

Sarah Alice Liddy

Sarah Alice Liddy is thrilled to be back 'onstage,' making her Elon debut in Fugitive Songs. She would like to thank Deb Leamy and John McCarty for trusting her with this role and inspiring her to be the most confident and powerful version of herself throughout the process. Sarah will be graduating from Elon this May and then is heading to Indiana to perform in Guys and Dolls, The Music Man, and Big: The Musical at Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts. To find out more about Sarah, visit sarahaliceliddy.com or @sarahaliceliddy on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Jaron Cole

Jaron is Sophomore BFA Music Theatre and BA Arts Administration major with a minor in Business Administration from Madison, New Jersey. Jaron is so excited to have gotten to work on the "other side of the table" this spring and wants to extend endless gratitude to Deb Leamy for this opportunity. This past fall, Jaron made his Mainstage debut swinging the new musical Beast Mode Champion. Jaron would like to thank the entire cast and crew of Fugitive Songs, his friends, family, and MT23!

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 Assistant Stage Manager of Fugitive Songs and is extremely thankful to have had the chance to be involved in the process of such a unique production. She would like to thank the entire cast and crew for an incredible learning experience. Carli has previously worked on shows at Elon University such as The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds her Chameleon Skin, #Silenced, and Beast Mode Champion.

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.

Nathan Keffer

Nathan, a junior, is thrilled to be back at Elon after spending last semester in London studying classical acting at LAMDA. Some of his recent credits include Sebastian in Twelfth Night and Jewell Estes in Floyd Collins (Podcast Musical @ Elon). He'd like to thank his friends and family for their endless love and support! @nathankeffer

Hannah Ellowitz

Hannah, a junior, is happy to be back at Elon after spending last semester in London studying classical acting at the London Academy of Dramatic Arts. Some of her recent credits include Olivia in Twelfth and Ensemble in We Will Rock You. She'd like to thank her friends and family for their endless love and support! @hannahellowitz

Daniel Brackett

Daniel Brackett is a junior in Elon's music theatre program where he has appeared in Once On This Island and Damn Yankees. A California native, Daniel played Big Deal in West Side Story (5 Star Theatricals), and most recently choreographed a youth production of You're A Good Man Charlie Brown (Ensemble Theatre Company). This summer, Daniel will return to ETC for their production of Zombie Prom. Enjoy the show!

Haidee Dollak

Haidee Dollak grew up in a home surrounded by classical music. Her formative years were spent shackled to the piano while her peers developed social skills. She learned her Clementi sonatinas, went on to get a degree in music from UNC-Greensboro, and then threw all that out the window when, to her mother’s horror, she started playing show tunes. She has been an accompanist for Elon University since 2001, playing for musicals, voice lessons, and classes. She has accompanied singers in masterclasses with Adam Guettel, Jason Robert Brown, Andrew Lippa, Georgia Stitt, Susan Egan, and Julia Murney, among others.

Eric Kanzinger

Eric is currently a junior at Elon studying Theatrical Design and Technology with a focus in technical direction and scenic construction with a minor in communications. He has been a part of the theatre world since sixth grade, both acting and working backstage, but fell in love with the technical world at the end of his high school career. Eric would like to thank the wonderful design team, directing team, actors, professors, and his family for helping him get to where he is today and for creating such a wonderful show.

Willem Butler

Willem Butler is a junior Music Theatre major at Elon and is elated to have been offered a swing position in Fugitive Songs. He’d like to thank his parents and family for supporting him throughout his endeavors! Enjoy the show!

Alicia Varcoe

Alicia Varcoe (Lighting Designer) is a multi-hyphenate theatre artist and administrator. She is a proud graduate of Elon University, where she is currently employed in University Advancement. In addition to her job at Elon, Alicia maintains a career as a freelance lighting designer. Her favorite recent productions include The Old Man and The Old Moon (Theatre in the Park; Raleigh, NC) and Kate Hamill’s adaptation of Pride and Prejudice (The Warehouse Theatre; Greenville, SC). Alicia’s body of work includes many productions at Mill Mountain Theatre in Roanoke, Virginia, and dozens more as a staff lighting designer for Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York. She is a passionate advocate for Elon’s transformative educational experiences, and advancing the careers of Elon students and alumni through mentorship, networking, and professional development.

John McCarty

Dr. John McCarty is currently an Assistant Professor of Performing Arts at Elon University. Throughout his career, Dr. McCarty has served as a conductor and educator at the collegiate level, including as the Director of Choral Music at Bridgewater College in Virginia and as a faculty member at the University of Miami and Miami Dade College. He has also worked as a musical director for various community arts organizations. As a scholar, Dr. McCarty has also presented at conferences in the United States and Europe.

Caitlin Duncan

Caitlin Duncan is a junior Theatrical Design & Technology and Arts Administration double major, and is so excited to be serving as the costume designer for Fugitive Songs. As her Elon mainstage costume design debut, she would like to thank her Elon TDT family for pushing her to always be her best. Select Elon credits include, Medea (Stitcher), #silenced (Digital Renderer), We Will Rock You (Assistant Projection Designer), Fall Dance Concert (Stage Manager), and Trojan Barbie (wardrobe supervisor). To see more of Caitlin's work, visit her online portfolio at caitlinbduncan.weebly.com