The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin

Contains some adult language and references to racial violence. Otherwise, suitable for children.

THE BUBBLY BLACK GIRL SHEDS HER CHAMELEON SKIN is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York

THE BUBBLY BLACK GIRL SHEDS HER CHAMELEON SKIN was first presented in New York City by Dixon Place with funds from the Joyce MertzGilmore Foundation. Partially developed during the 1998 National Music Theater Conference at the O’Neill Theater Center. Developed in part at the National Alliance for Musical Theater, Helen Sneed, Executive and Artistic Director, and also at Musical Theater Works. Playwrights Horizons, New York City, in association with Wind Dancer Theatre, produced the World Premiere in 1999–2000. The Gold Medal jingle is used with the permission of General Mills, Inc.

Dramaturgy

This story takes place during the mid to late 20th century, and Viveca grows up being inspired by the world around her! Take a look at the icons and key figures referenced in the show that influenced her coming of age story! Click the button below to head to the Dramaturgy Page!

Research and website were done by Associate Dramaturg, Lake Sims-Winfrey, directed and guided by our amazing professional dramaturg cfrancis blackchild!

Message from Assistant Director

Cast

VivecaChristine Wanda
GregorySayo Oni
Mommy/YolandaJaelyn Alexander
Daddy/PolicemanCullen Zeno
Chitty Chatty Pal 1/Secretary/Ballet Teacher/SophiaSujaya Sunkara
Chitty Chatty Pal 2/Secretary/Modern Dance Teacher/ScarlettElsa Oates Keefe
Emily/Nilda/SandraCandace Rhodes
Miss Pain/Secretary/Tallulah/GrannyKayla Jacobs
Larry/KeithRenell Taylor
Jazz Teacher/Dance Captain/LucasZion Middleton
Prince/Cosmic/Policeman/Director BobNathan Meyer
Viveca U/SHannah Hubbard
Gregory U/SZeth Dixon
Mommy/Yolanda U/SAnne-Sophie Hill
Daddy/Policeman U/SZeth Dixon
Chitty Chatty Pal 1/Secretary/Ballet Teacher/Sophia U/SKaylee Hayden / Giselle Watts
Chitty Chatty Pal 2/Secretary/Modern Dance Teacher/Scarlett U/SKaylee Hayden
Emily/Nilda/Harriet Tubman/Sandra U/SAnne-Sophie Hill
Miss Pain/Secretary/Tallulah/Granny U/SGiselle Watts / Kaylee Hayden
Larry/Keith U/sZeth Dixon
Jazz Teacher/Dance Captain/Lucas U/SZeth Dixon
Prince/Cosmic/Policeman/Director Bob U/SBrooks Andrew

Creative Team

DirectorJulio Matos
Asst. DirectorKali Clougherty
ChoreographyKeshia Wall
Asst. ChoreographerFaythe Kelly
Asst. ChoreographerRenell Taylor
Music DirectorDan Gibson
Associate Music DirectorHannah Hubbard
Associate Music DirectorJaelyn Alexander
Associate Music DirectorTaylor Mitchell
Rehearsal AccompanistHaidee Dollak
Dramaturgcfrancis blackchild Ph.D.
Associate DramaturgLake Sims-Winfrey
Community Outreach CoordinatorGiselle Watts
Scenic DesignerCharles Johnson
Asst. Scenic DesignerEric Kanzinger
Costume DesignerHeidi Jo Schiemer
Sound DesignerMike Smith
Music Editing/MixingHaidee Dollak
Music Editing/MixingTaylor Mitchell
Music Editing/MixingDan Gibson
Lighting DesignerBill Webb
Asst. Lighting DesignerHannah Elise Brown

Production Team

Technical DirectorJP Mullican
Asst. Technical DirectorJosh Bothwell
Stage ManagerAllyson Vogel
Asst. Stage ManagerHaley Robles
Asst. Stage ManagerCarli Shapiro
Production ManagerBill Webb
Props MasterNatalie Taylor Hart
Props MasterJeff Jones
Paint ChargeEmily George
Master ElectricianAlex Nemfakos
Sound AdvisorRick Earl
CarpenterEric Kanzinger
CarpenterJordan Smith
Light Board OpHannah Elise Brown
Follow Spot OpBrianna Boucher
Sound Board OpHaidee Dollak
Front-of-House SupervisorDavid McGraw
House ManagerJack Morrill
Poster DesignSydney Dye
VideographerJermaine Studwell
Video InternDion Cummings
Video InternYasmeen N. Grandison
Video internJasmine Simmons
Video InternJordan Young

Musical Numbers

Welcome to My L.A. ……….Full Company

Chitty Chatty ……….Viveca and Female Ensemble

Smile, Smile ……….Daddy, Viveca, and Male Ensemble

I Am In Dance Class ……….Viveca, Yolanda, Miss Pain, Emily, Gregory

The Skate ……….Viveca and Female Ensemble

Sticks and Stones ……….Full Company

Walk on the Water ……….Full Company

Pass The Flame ……….Mommy, Viveca, Female Ancestors

War Is Not Good ……….Full Company

Brave New World ……….Momm, Viveca, and Ensemble

Give It Up/Belle of the Ball ……….Full Company

Bright Blue Sky ……….Gregory, Viveca

Legacy ……….Gregory, Viveca, Police Officer 1 & 2

Who’s That Bubbly Black Girl ……….Full Company

Secretarial Pool ……….Female Ensemble

Pretty ……….Viveca

Director Bob ……….Director Bob, Dance Captain, Viveca, Female Ensemble

Come With Me ……….Lucas, Viveca, Ensemble

I Don’t Need to Fake ……….Viveca

Granny’s Advice ……….Granny, Viveca, Lucas, Full Ensemble

Listen! ……….Viveca, Full Company

Bubbly Finale ……….Full Company

The Band

Flute: Tika Douthit

Keyboard I: Haidee Dollak

Keyboard II: David Lane

Electric and Upright Bass: Virginia Masius

Drums/Percussion: Steve McHugh

Keyboard Programming: Dan Gibson

Bios

Julio Agustin

Keshia Wall

Dan Gibson

Natalie Taylor Hart

JP Mullican

Christine Wanda

Sayo Oni

Allyson Vogel

Emily George

Anne-Sophie Hill

Renell Taylor

Lake Sims-Winfrey

Zeth Dixon

Jaelyn Alexander

Kali Clougherty

Kayla Jacobs

Elsa Oates Keefe

Hannah Hubbard

Zion Middleton

Sujaya Sunkara

Candace Rhodes

Taylor Mitchell

Cullen Zeno

Giselle Watts

Alex Nemfakos

Rick Earl

Hannah Elise Brown

Carli Shapiro

Jordan Young

Faythe Kelly

Haley Robles

Brooks Andrew

Kaylee Hayden

Julio Agustin

Julio Agustin is an associate professor and Director of Music Theatre at Elon University. He has performed in six Broadway shows (Chicago, Fosse, Steel Pier, others). Award nominations include Audelco Award, Best Director (Sweet Charity @ New Haarlem Arts Theatre, NYC); Syracuse Area Live Theatre, Best Choreographer (In the Heights @ Hangar Theatre); and Houston Press, Best Choreographer (Guys and Dolls @ Theatre Under the Stars). He is the author of THE PROFESSIONAL ACTOR'S HANDBOOK: FROM CASTING CALL TO CURTAIN CALL. JulioAgustin.com / @JulioAgustinNYC

Keshia Wall

Nekeshia Wall, of Greensboro, NC earned a BA from UNC Greensboro in Dance and African American Studies and an MFA in Dance at Hollins University in collaboration with Kunstlerhavs Mousontvrm and The Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts; with support from The Dresden Frankfort Dance Company. She is also the founder of Matriarch Dance Co. LLC.Wall is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at Elon University and specializes in Traditional West African and Contemporary Dance. Her current research focus seeks to explore how binary dancing forms such as West African Dance, can be engaged as valued and valid epistemological and ontological domains in scholarship.

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!

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

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.

Christine Wanda

Christine Wanda is a Senior Music Theatre major from Arlington, VA. She recently starred in Elon's winter musical, The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, as the title character, Viveca Stanton. Other credits include: Ti Moune in Once On this Island, John Merrick in The Elephant Man, and the ensemble of American Idiot. She'd like to thank the entire Elon Performing Arts program for shaping her into the artist she is today. Thank you for a beautiful four years. Website: thechristinewanda.com

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.

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.

Emily George

Emily is a senior Theatrical Design and Technology major and is thrilled to be working as the Scenic Charge on the mainstage Spring productions this year! All my love to the TDT department (past & present). You make this worth it. <3

Anne-Sophie Hill

Anne-Sophie is a first-year Musical Theatre major at Elon University this year. She has performed in various regional performances such as Chicago, Bring It On, Legally Blonde, and many others. She is beyond excited to start her journey at Elon and to be apart of the beautiful,inspiring work that is The Moment. She would like to dedicate this performance to her family and to the ones that pushed her past barriers to reach her goals.

Renell Taylor

Renell Taylor (Performer) is delighted to be making an appearance in The Moment. Recent/Favorite credits include Lucky in Dames at Sea at the National WWII Museum, Specs in Newsies with Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre, and Ensemble in Catch Me if You Can at Tent Theatre. He is a sophomore at Elon University where he is double majoring with a minor to receive a BFA in Musical Theatre, a BA in Arts Administration, as well as a minor in business administration. Renell would like to give special thanks to his family and friends as well as all of the amazing educators he has had the pleasure to learn from.

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!

Zeth Dixon

Zeth Dixon is a first year BFA Musical Theatre student at Elon University Recent/Favorite performance credits include Songs for a New World, The Drowsy Chaperone, Newsies, Chicago, and Hello Dolly! He would like to thank his family and friends for their unlimited support and dedicates his performance to them.

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 proud member of MT22 and feels very blessed that we still get to continue on our tradition of Grand Night in the middle of a pandemic. Kali had the opportunity to direct "Beautiful City" and "A Musical" for Grand Night this year and is so excited to share with you the final products. She is looking forward to co-directing Junior Cabaret in April. Kali is featured in "Beautiful City", "A Musical," and "A Night to Remember."

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 Grand Night 2021, and is inspired by the adaptability of the performing arts during these times!

Elsa Oates Keefe

Elsa Oates Keefe is a First Year at Elon University from Lowell, Massachusetts. She is currently pursuing her BFA in Musical Theatre. Recent credits include: Little Women (Jo March) Newsies (Katherine) The Who's Tommy (Sally Simpson) Peter and the Starcatcher (Molly Aster) She would like to thank her family for their constant support. Check her out on instagram @elsakeefe !

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.

Zion Middleton

Zion Middleton is a Junior Music Theatre Major from Mcdonough, Ga. Outside of his passion and love for performing, he enjoys working at the Boys and Gir’s Club, advocating for racial justice, and mentoring and educating the young black artist of the future. Previous Elon credits include: Fortinbras (Hamlet) and John Merrick U/S (The Elephant Man). Other credits include: Aldolpho (The Drowsy Chaperone), Agwe (Once on this Island) and Othello (Othello).

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 credits include Rosemary Pilkington in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Velma Kelly in Chicago.

Candace Rhodes

Candace Rhodes is a first-year Music Theatre student at Elon University. She has been in many productions such as HairsprayOnce on this Island, Working The Musical, Student Body, and Grand Hotel. Candace loves performing for her community and is blessed to be a part of Bubbly. She would like to thank her family and friends for endless love and support.

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.

Cullen Zeno

Cullen is a proud member of MT 22! Geaux Phoenix!

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.

Rick Earl

Rick Earl is the Production Manager for Cultural and Special Programs at Elon University. Rick has worked as an audio engineer, production manager, and designer with various acts and clients throughout the US, Canada and Europe. Rick is a full member of the Audio Engineering Society, USITT, and the Event Safety Alliance.

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.

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.

Faythe Kelly

Faythe is a sophomore music theatre major and is so excited to be a part of Grand Night this year! You may have seen her last fall in The Elephant Man or as a part of the many cabarets and student productions we do here at Elon! All of the thanks to the faculty and to my class- fail forward!

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!

Brooks Andrew

Brooks is thrilled to be a Cast Member and Director in Grand Night this year. Brooks is currently a Sophomore Music Theatre major at Elon and hails from Boston, MA. He most recently worked as an understudy for Elon's Winter Musical: The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, but his past favorite roles include Sky (Mamma Mia!, Walnut Hill School for the Arts), and George (The Drowsy Chaperone, Walnut Hill School for the Arts). He would like to extend special thanks to his family back home, his Music Theatre Class of '23, and his beloved Vizsla puppy "Rugby". Find him on Instagram @brooks_andrew

Kaylee Hayden

Kaylee is beyond grateful for this show and her program! She is a current sophomore musical theatre major and a music technology minor from Chicago, IL. She took part in Collage in the fall and was an understudy in The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds her Chameleon Skin. Her favorite roles include Val in A Chorus Line, Alice in Alice in Wonderland: A Pop Opera, and Cinderella in Into The Woods.