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Caroline, or Change

Book & lyrics by Tony Kushner
Music by Jeanine Tesori

Cantey V. Sutton Theatre
February 14 – March 2, 2014

This Tony-nominated musical centers on Caroline Thibodeaux, a divorced African-American maid and Noah Gellman, the eight-year-old son of the Jewish family for whom she works. Set in 1963 Louisiana against the backdrop of the civil rights movement, Kennedy’s assassination, and the Vietnam War, blues, gospel, and traditional Jewish melodies blend together to create a breathtaking medium for Kushner’s provocative and personal story of political change, social change, and pocket change.

View the photos by Carrie Santiago.

Caroline or Change


Caroline Thibodeaux: Lora Deneen Tatum
The Washing Machine: Emily Nixon
The Radio: Mary Wingate, NancyLee Spears, Faith Jones
Noah Gellman: Arel Marsh
The Dryer: Tim Smith
Grandma Gellman: Diane McDaniel
Grandpa Gellman: Jerry Zieman
Rose Stopnick Gellman: Monique Argent Gannon
Stuart Gellman: Brian Fisher
Dotty Moffett: Emelia Cowans
The Moon: Tina Morris-Anderson
The Bus: Tim Smith
Emmie Thibodeaux: Brishelle Miller
Jackie Thibodeaux: G. Luke Lair
Joe Thibodeaux: Ricardo Razon IV
Mr. Stopnick: Mark Ridenour

Production staff

Director: Karen Dacons-Brock
Musical Director: Scott R. Mackenzie
Choreographer: Elizabeth Grimes Droessler
Scenic Designer: Thomas Mauney
Costume Designer: Vicki Olson
Technical Director: Todd Aberts
Sound Engineer: Todd Houseknecht
Stage Manager: Scott Wray
Assistant Stage Managers: Adrienne Dyson & Jeremy Diamond


Conductor/Keyboard: Scott R. McKenzie
Keyboard: Aaron Evans
Bass: John Simonetti
Percussion: Robert Cantrell
Woodwinds: Tim Smith, John Skinner