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By Kent R. Brown
Adapted from the book Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry
Presented by RLT’s Teens on Stage

July 15 – 24, 2011
Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre (General Admission Seating)

School is back in session and the students of the Watertower Elementary School are having trouble concentrating. They are bored and listless until suddenly in walks a new student, Gooney Bird Greene, wearing pajamas and cowboy boots. The class is never the same again.

Gooney Bird dresses in outrageous outfits, speaks with confidence and casts herself as the hero in the most outlandish stories about her life including how she arrived from China on a flying carpet. But are these stories true? Of course they are, for Gooney Bird only tells “absolutely true stories!” Gooney Bird’s flair for storytelling awakens the students’ imaginations and inspires them to tell their own true life tales.

View the photos by David Watts.

Cast – Teens on Stage

Mr. Prince/Moving Van/Station Wagon/Orchestra: Nikita Anistratov
Mrs. Pidgeon: Emma Caterinicchio
Mallory: Zoë Chester-Thompson
Beanie: Harper Cleland
Milkman/Mrs. Schinhofen/Moving Van/Station Wagon/Orchestra: Madeline Cooke
Cow/Moving Van/Station Wagon: Sara Evans
Mr. Greene: Owen Flaherty
Piano Player/Orchestra: Kat Froehlich
Keiko: Alexandria Hanyok
Nicholas: Sam Haw
Gooney Bird Greene: Charlotte Hopson
Doctor/Symphony Conductor/Moving Van/Station Wagon: Triona Kagan
Chelsea: Maddy Kunkel
Bea: Hannah Levinson
Felicia Ann: Jessica McGee
Barry: Ben Mygatt
Catman: Parker Perry
Nurse/Moving Van Driver/Camera Operator/Orchestra: Alyssa Petrone
Tricia: Sami Schneider
Mrs. Greene: Anna Claire Stark
Police Officer/Gumball Machine/Moving Van/Orchestra: Arianna Tysinger
Cleaning Lady/TV Reporter/Moving Van/Orchestra: Ashlyn Vogelsang

Crew – Teens Back Stage

Dresser/Station Wagon: Audrey Dubois
Media Operator: Cameron Hoyt
Props Master: Mary Hopkins
Light Board Operator: Madeline Joslin
Sound Board Operator: Alec Kunkel
TBS Teaching Assistant/Media Designer/Crew Chief: Erin Lerch
Dresser: Christine Marolda
Running Crew: Alan Osuna
Dresser/Station Wagon: Kayla Sawyer

Production Staff

Director: Linda O’Day Young
Assistant Director/Assistant Stage Manager: Allison Powell
Scenic Designer/Technical Director: Shannon Clark
Costume Designer: Jenny Mitchell
Lighting Designer: Andy Parks
Sound Designer/Engineer: Becca Easley
Stage Manager: Clint Lienau

Conservatory Staff

Teens on Stage Teaching Assistant: Mika Huvard
Teens on Stage Teaching Assistant: Molly Ward