Concert Performance – Family Friendly
Presented in partnership with iTheatrics
Monday, August 12 | 7 PM | $20 ($15 for Friends of SAC and Kids 12 & Under) – Q&A to Follow
Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Music by Doug Besterman
Libretto by Timothy Allen McDonald
Theatre & Opera Mondays offer the audience a rare peek into the process behind creating a new musical or opera before full staging. Every Monday in August will present a glimpse into the world of New York theatre rarely seen by the general public.
Charley Maplewood has never been one for parties—that would require friends, which he doesn’t have. Well, unless you count his monster friends, but they’re only imaginary. But now that he’s turning ten—the big one-oh—he decides to throw a birthday party for himself, complete with a “House of Horrors” theme. Of course things don’t work out as he plans. Will Charley be able to pull it together before the big one-oh . . . becomes the big OH-NO!?
Concert Performance of Act 1 of House Rules: Monday, August 19 | 7 PM | $20 ($15 for Friends of SAC)
Dear Erich, A Jazz Opera by Ted Rosenthal – Concert Performance: Monday, August 26 | 7 PM | $30 ($25 for Friends of SAC)
Born and raised in Hawaii and graduated from Yale University, Dean Pitchford performed off- and on-Broadway (Godspell; Pippin) before turning to songwriting, screenwriting and directing.
Dean was nominated for four Academy Awards (winning the 1981 Best Song Oscar for “Fame,” co-written w/ Michael Gore), three Golden Globes (winning for “Fame”), eight Grammys and two Tonys; his songs – recorded by such artists as Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, Cher, Peter Allen, LL Cool J, Kenny Loggins, Hugh Jackman, Dolly Parton, Bette Midler and Martina McBride – have sold over 70 million records.
The musical stage adaptation (w/ Walter Bobbie) of his original screenplay for Footloose ran for more than seven hundred performances on Broadway and is now seen all over the world. Dean also provided the lyrics for “Carrie, the Musical” which was first produced in 1988 by the Royal Shakespeare Company – first in England and then on Broadway – and was then revived in 2012 by New York’s MCC Theater. Major productions have recently been seen in London (Southwark Playhouse) and Los Angeles (The Los Angeles Theatre).
Dean’s middle-grade novels, The Big One-Oh and Captain Nobody, are published by Putnam/Penguin; his performances of their audiobook recordings (Listening Library/Random House) were both nominated for Grammys. His third novel, Nickel Bay Nick, was published to acclaim in 2013, and Dean voiced that audiobook for Audible.com.
Since 1992, Doug has been in-demand as an arranger/orchestrator for Broadway shows, films, and recordings – past projects include: The Producers (stage and film), Chicago (film), and Nine (film). He has been privileged to work with some of the most recognizable names in the industry, including composers Mel Brooks and Alan Menken, recording artists Barbra Streisand and Barry Manilow, and directors Rob Marshall and Susan Stroman. He has also earned some of the industry’s top honors, including 3 Tony Awards, 2 Drama Desk Awards and a Grammy Award nomination.
Timothy Allen McDonald
Timothy Allen McDonald is an award-winning playwright (Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter, Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach) adaptor of over 125 musicals (highlights include Guys and Dolls JR., Getting to Know…The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz YPE,and Les Miserables School Edition). McDonald is also an accomplished director (Dear Edwina produced by multi-Tony award winner Daryl Roth, and The Phantom Tollbooth at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts) and a leading authority on musical theater education. Tim has had the unique honor of seeing Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka performed at the White House for President and Mrs. Bush, and directing Sarah Jessica Parker at the first ever White House Talent Show for President and Mrs. Obama.
Sponsored by Dan's Papers Michael Paraskevas has illustrated and written 24 children’s books over the years with his mother, Betty. The two created and wrote the animated television series Maggie and the Ferocious Beast for Nickelodeon that went on to win a Gemini Award for Best Animated Series. Two more of the team’s books were also made into animated series: Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse for PBS and Kids from Room 402 for Fox Family. In addition, Mickey has worked for most major magazines including Sports Illustrated, Time, Town & Country, New York Magazine and Rolling Stone, to name but a few. Dan’s Papers has proudly used over 100 paintings of Michael’s covers over the past 30 years along with thousands of cartoons and comics.
Come experience and enjoy a soothing, deeply relaxing, immersive Sound Meditation with Daniel Lauter, using hand selected exquisite crystal bowls and gongs, Tibetan and Himalayan bells, rain sticks, and more. Wellness @SAC has been made possible thanks to the generosity of the Michael and Annie Falk Foundation.