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HSRT is Serving Up a Side of Sass This Summer with I Am Woman

by Dan Cash

HOLLAND - Join us at Holland’s historic Park Theatre forI Am Woman, a cabaret that celebrates great female songwriters, soloists, and vocal groups of our time. With tunes ranging from the musical theatre repertoire to pop and rock classics, the song selection for this revue is sure to entertain. Spanning from the 1950s to the present day, the numbers reflect different points in women’s lives as well as their relationships with their friends and family. The entire show is performed by five lovely and talented women. Drinks will be available for purchase during the performance. Created by Fred Tessler and Brad Landers,I Am Womanruns at the Park Theatre (248 S River Ave) at8:30 pm on July 2, 3, 8, 9, 18, 23, 31.

The feminine ensemble includes the following individuals:Sierra White(AEA) is from Chicago, Illinois and an alumna of Drake University (class of 2011) holding a BFA in Musical Theatre.Katie Drinkardis a rising senior in the BFA Musical Theatre program at Ithaca College who originally hails from Highlands Ranch, Colorado.Alyssa Magarian, a native of Cincinnati, is a rising senior in the BFA Musical Theatre program at Ithaca. Last summer with HSRT, Alyssa was seen inPride and PrejudiceandSongs for a New WorldOlivia Puckettis a recent graduate of Wagner College with a BA in Theatre Performance and hails from sunny San Diego, California.Grace Stockdaleis a rising senior BFA Musical Theatre Major from Ithaca College in New York.

Returning for his twentieth season at HSRT,Fred Tessleris the music director forI Am Woman.He has worked on over forty productions at HSRT including directingSuds, Honk!, Dames At Sea, 10 Cabaret Shows (8 of which were original creations), and music directingKiss Me Kate, Babes In Arms,andTwo Gents.When he isn’t at HSRT, Fred is in New York City where he is on faculty for Wagner College.

Brad Landers returns to HSRT this summer as the choreographer and co-creator forI am Womanand choreographer forAll Shook Up. A graduate of Wagner College on Staten Island, Brad has worked as a choreographer and a performer regionally, touring, and in NYC. Brad draws on many influences including Fosse, Robbins, Bourne, in addition to the many experiences, travels, and stories his life has presented him. His mission is to tell a story through dance and explore new ways of narrating and therefore creating new forms of movement. Credits as choreographer include the live and video performance of “Let’s Have a Kiki” and “Shady Love” for the internationally acclaimed band The Scissor Sisters, Chrissi Poland’s new video “Possible”, andLittle Shop of Horrorsat the Revision Theater in Ashbury, New Jersey.

The production team forI Am Womanis as follows: Scenic ConsultantKristin Ellert, Costume DesignerMichelle Bombe, Costume Shop ManagerJessica Leslie, Wardrobe HeadAlexa Duimstra, Sound DesignerJeffrey Levin, Lighting DesignerStephen Sakowski, Master ElectricianKrystal Martinez, Stage ManagerAllyson Namishia, Assistant Stage ManagerJacqueline Marschke.

Take advantage of Hope Summer Repertory Theatre’s best ticket offer and purchase a season ticket package. A season ticket package saves patrons up to 27% off individual ticket prices and guarantees a terrific seat for every performance. With free exchanges, purchasing a season ticket package is the best way to support HSRT. Season packages are now on sale at the DeWitt and the new 8thStreet ticket offices.

The Season Pass Package includes mezzanine seating for four main stage performances and our bonus show for only $87 for adults and $82 for seniors. The Best Buy Package includes admission to the four main stage productions for $67 for adults and $62 for seniors. The Super-Saver Package includes seating limited to the balcony and orchestra for our four main stage productions for $50 for adults and seniors.

The Children’s Pass Package is great for children under 12 and includes tickets to both CPT performances and one ticket to a main stage musical for $25. The Adult CPT Package is great for a parent for it includes a ticket to both CPT performances and one main stage performance for $40. Add an additional performance and pay $60 for our Bonus Adult CPT Package.

Individual tickets are now on sale at the DeWitt Ticket Office (141 E. 12thStreet) fromMondaythroughFriday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmand Saturdays fromNoon– Intermission. Our new 8thStreet Ticket Office (100 E. 8thStreet – Main Level) is openMondaythrough Friday 10:00 am – 5 pm. Prices range from $12 - $20 forI am Woman. Patrons can purchase individual tickets online by visitinghope.edu/hsrtor calling616-395-7890.