Box Office – Secondhand Lions

Secondhand Lions

Sep 7 – Oct 6, 2013

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Based on the New Line Cinema Film written by Tim McCanlies

Book by Rupert Holmes

Music and Lyrics By Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner

Directed by Scott Schwartz

Secondhand Lions runs 2 hours 40 minutes including intermission.

From the Composers of Broadway-bound First Date!
Secondhand Lions tells the story of Walter, a young boy who is sent to spend a lonely summer on his great uncles’ Texas ranch. Thanks to their tall tales of beguiling princesses, heroic rescues, and hidden treasure, Walter has the adventure of a lifetime and learns more than a little about love and family.

You’ll be captivated by the fresh and inventive music, swashbuckling swordplay, gorgeous costumes, swirling dance numbers, and of course, the heart-warming story at the center of this exciting new work.


Plan Your Visit


Whether this is your first visit to The 5th Avenue Theatre or your 50th, we want to ensure that you enjoy every moment. If you have any questions about the theater accommodations or services, please call 206-625-1900 or e-mail

Secondhand Lions runs 2 hours 40 minutes including intermission.


Arrival Time

Productions begin promptly, so please arrive at least 15 minutes early. Doors open 45 minutes before the show and seating begins 30 minutes before the curtain.

Late Seating

Patrons arriving late will be seated at the first suitable pause in the performance in the least disruptive location. Following intermission, an usher will help you find your seat.


All performances will take place as scheduled, regardless of weather conditions.


Children under four years of age, including babes in arms, will not be admitted. 5th Avenue productions are generally suitable for ages 8 and above. Complimentary booster seats are available at the Coat Check.

Some shows deal with mature themes and may not be appropriate for all children. For information on whether a particular show is suitable for your child, please see the Parental Guidelines on the production pages of this website.

Emergency Contact

Please leave the following information with your sitter or service, so we can quickly locate you in the event of an emergency:
Theatre Coat Check phone:  206-625-1294
Your seat location: aisle, section, row, and seat number

Coat Check & Assistive Devices

Complimentary Coat Check is located in the lobby next to Aisle 3. You may check any item you don’t wish to carry into the theater. Booster seats and Braille playbills are available at no charge.  Binoculars may be rented for $5.00.

Food & Drinks

Refreshments are available for purchase on both levels of the lobby before the performance and during intermission. Food and drinks, except for bottled soft drinks and water, are not permitted inside the auditorium.

Ticket Refunds & Exchanges

You may exchange your tickets, if you do so 24 hours or more prior to your scheduled performance date.  Subscribers may exchange tickets for free.  Single-ticket buyers are charged an exchange fee.  Please note:  Tickets are non-refundable.

You may also donate your tickets back to the non-profit  5th Avenue Theatre and receive a donation receipt for your income taxes. Please call 206.625.1900 prior to your performance  to arrange a ticket donation.

Lost Tickets

If you lose or forget your tickets, please call 206-625-1900 or 888-5TH-4TIX for a replacement. You may pick up your tickets at the Box Office on the day of the show.

Third-Party Tickets

We strongly discourage patrons from purchasing tickets through outside vendors. Tickets bought from scalpers, brokers or by other third-party means may be counterfeit or inadmissible, and they are often grossly overpriced. These purchases do not benefit the performers, producers or The 5th Avenue Theatre. Purchasing directly from the 5th Avenue Theatre is your best bet for best seats and best available prices.

Cameras & Recorders

The use of cameras and video or audio recording equipment is strictly prohibited. You may leave these items at the Coat Check.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is not allowed in any part of the theater nor within 25 feet of the theater entrance.

Firearms Policy

No firearms of any kind are allowed in any part of the theater.

Ask an Usher

If you experience any discomfort during a performance, an usher or the House Manager will be glad to assist you.


Parental Guidelines

Rated PG

Secondhand Lions is based on the 2003 film in which Walter, an 11-year-old boy, is dismayed when his flighty mother leaves him with his two eccentric and unwelcoming great-uncles, Garth and Hub McCann. The show begins in 1962 on a ramshackle farm in the Texas dust bowl, but it frequently flashes back to various exotic locales of Uncle Garth’s (perhaps fictitious) stories about the brothers’ adventurous past.

Secondhand Lions is a family show and appropriate for most audiences. Concerned parents should peruse the following guidelines carefully.


Adult Language:

The language is very mild, mostly “hells” and “damns.” One “goddam” is heard and one vulgar expression (“Bull crap!”).



In one of Uncle Garth’s tales, people are seen drinking in a nightclub in Marseille. Two characters drink champagne that has been drugged. A sultan in a tale set in Morocco is seen smoking a hookah pipe.



The two reclusive brothers (Hub and Garth) are first seen sitting on a porch with rifles on their laps; they fire out at the audience, aiming at the front tires of an approaching vehicle (which they assume is driven by a vacuum cleaner salesman).

In “real” life, three hoodlums menace a character, one of them pulling a switchblade knife, but they are all defeated. Another character suffers a heart attack on stage (but survives).

In heroic flashbacks, a younger Uncle Hub is seen fighting Mafiosi, Cossacks, and Ninjas wielding pistols, sabers, and ninjutsu; the battles are portrayed as feats of derring-do rather than realistically.


Sexual References:

Garth comments of Walter’s mom that “Pearl wrote to me a while back, said her daughter was lookin’ and actin’ like a damn prostitute.” Two of the flashback sequences involve dancing girls in exotic costumes: a French chanteuse and chorus girls in the Marseille scenes and a chorus of “undulating belly dancers” in the Morocco scenes.


Note: Children under 4 years of age, including babies in arms, will not be admitted.


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Broadway: City of Angels (Tony nomination),The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Les Misérables, Passion, 1776 (Tony nomination, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics nomination), Into the Woods (Tony nomination, Outer Critics nomination), Cabaret, Anything Goes, Falsettos, A Tale Of Two Cities, Wonderful Town (Outer Critics nomination), Anna Karenina (Tony nomination), Cats, Evita, and Oliver!. Film: Little Children, The Proposal, Spider-Man 2, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Hollywood Ending, City by the Sea, among others. Television: Regular on Hack and guest star on The Good Wife, Mercy, Law and Order, Law and Order: SVU, Law and Order: CI, among others. Concerts: Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia Pops, Feinstein’s, 54 Below, and clubs and concert halls all around the world. He dedicates this performance to the memory of his mother.


Broadway: ELF (Walter Hobbs), Ragtime (Father), Show Boat (Gaylord Ravenal, Tony, Outer Critics’ Award nominations), The Phantom of the Opera (the Phantom), Grand Hotel (Baron von Gaigern), Sweet Charity (Vittorio Vidal, Theatre World Award), Man of La Mancha (Padre Perez), Sweeney Todd (Judge Turpin). New York City Opera: The Pirates of Penzance (Major General Stanley). National Tour: Wicked (The Wizard of Oz). Off-Broadway: Enter the Guardsman (The Playwright, Drama Desk nomination), Critical Darling (Frank Willis, American premiere, The New Group). Regional: The Visit (Peter Dummermut, Helen Hayes nomination), Nine (Guido Contini, Joseph Jefferson Award), Fiddler on the Roof (Tevye, Barrymore Award), On the Twentieth Century (Oscar Jaffe, Connecticut Drama Critics’Award), 42nd Street (Julian Marsh, Barrymore nomination), La Cage aux Folles (George, Carbonelle Award nomination).


is excited to be part of this amazing show. Credits include A Christmas Story The Musical (Ralphie) on Broadway and the national tour of A Christmas Story The Musical (Insistent Boy). Chicago credits include The Music Man (Winthrop) at Paramount Theatre, For the Boys (Danny) and The Music Man (Winthrop) at Marriott Theatre, Shadowlands (Douglas) and The Wizard of Oz (Munchkin Mayor) at Provision Theatre, and Oliver! (Captain) at Drury Lane Theatre. Thanks to the team of Secondhand Lions for this wonderful opportunity, my parents and brother, Jimmy, for their love and support, and God for his many blessings.

JASON DANIELEY (Sultan/Sultan’s Grandson)

Broadway: Next to Normal, Curtains, Candide, The Full Monty (also West End), Encores! A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, Strike Up The Band. Off-Broadway: Dream True, Trojan Women, Floyd Collins. Regional: Sunday in the Park with George, Some Lovers, The Highest Yellow (Helen Hayes Award), Casino Paradise, 110 In The Shade and Beauty. Tours: Music of the Night, Phantom of the Opera. Concerts: Carousel (NYPhil/PBS/Emmy nomination.) Ring Them Bells (PBS with wife Marin Mazzie), Song of Norway, and The Mikado (both at Carnegie), Brigadoon (Broadway), Sondheim: Birthday Concert (NY Phil/PBS), South Pacific (Carnegie/PBS/Emmy nomination.). Albums: Opposite You (with Marin Mazzie). For my father.

KEVIN EARLEY (Young Hub/Grown Walter)

Broadway: Les Misérables, Thoroughly Modern Millie, A Tale of Two Cities. Awards: Drama Desk nominee for the title role in Death Takes a Holiday at Roundabout Theatre Company; Joseph Jefferson Award; L.A. Drama Critic’s Circle Award; 4 Ovation Award nominations. Concerts include Town Hall, Kennedy Center, Hollywood Bowl and Disney Hall. Original cast recordings: Death Takes a Holiday, A Tale of Two Cities and his own debut CD Earley Standards. Earley earned his BFA at Webster Conservatory, where he encountered his wife Julie Ann Emery. He can be seen on their hit web series Then We Got HELP! Proud Member of AEA.


Broadway: Assassins, Wicked, RENT, Leap of Faith. Concerts: Roundabout Theatre’s A Little Night Music with Natasha Richardson and Vanessa Redgrave. Off-Broadway: The Receptionist (Manhattan Theatre Club) Regional: 2013 Sundance Theatre Lab, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, ACT, Ordway, Florida Stage, Arizona Theatre Co., The Muny, San Jose Rep. Albums: Assassins, Leap of Faith. Film: The Other Woman. Kassebaum is a proud member of Equity

JENNY POWERS (Samira/Grown Jane)

is thrilled to be a part of this magical show! She recently starred as Lois Lane in NYC Encores’ It’s a Bird..It’s a Plane.. It’s Superman, as well as Mary Kate Danaher in the Irish Rep revival of Donnybrook! (Drama Desk nomination). Broadway: Rizzo in Grease, Meg in Little Women. Theater highlights: Veronica Franco in Dangerous Beauty (Pasadena Playhouse), Gina in Happiness (Lincoln Center); Sydney Sharp in It’s a Bird..It’s a Plane..It’s Superman (DTC); Diana Devereaux in Of Thee I Sing (Encores). TV/Film: The Good Wife, Mercy, Law & Order: CI, Six Degrees, Nurse Jackie, I Think I Love My Wife, Confessions of a Shopaholic. Gonna Make You Love Me is her debut album with husband, Matt Cavenaugh. This one is for her one-year-old son, George, who just happens to be a Leo.

JARED MICHAEL BROWN (Young Garth/Ensemble/Fight Captain)

is honored to be a part of this incredible cast of Secondhand Lions. 5th Avenue Theatre: The Pirates of Penzance, Titanic: The Concert, Oklahoma!, Cinderella, Saving Aimee, A Christmas Story The Musical, Journey West, Northwest Bookshelf, and numerous workshops for the New Works Program. Village Theatre: The Mousetrap, Iron Curtain and four years of The Festival of New Works. As always, for his family. UET. AEA.


is a 12-year-old Spokane, WA native currently living in New York. She has been in many regional productions, including Annie as Annie (Spokane Civic Theatre) and The Miracle Worker as Helen Keller (Interplayers Professional Theatre, directed by Patty Duke). Last fall, Caruso was cast in the pre-Broadway workshop of FLY The Musical, under the direction of Tony Award-winner Jeffrey Seller. She also co-starred on NBC’s SMASH alongside Bernadette Peters in a song and dance number.


makes his 5th Avenue Theatre debut. As an actor, his credits include regional premieres of Avenue Q and Speech & Debate. As a cellist, Huertas played for the Broadway national tour of Spring Awakening. As a playwright, he is currently under commission at Seattle Repertory Theatre for his new play Lizard Boy. For Kirsten, Jerry, Mom, and Tom.

WENDI BERGAMINI (Ensemble/Ghita)

Promises, Promises (Miss Olson), South Pacific. National Tours: The Light in the Piazza (Franca), Guys and Dolls, Evita, Cats (Jellylorum). Regional: Finian’s Rainbow (Westport), The Baker’s Wife (Goodspeed), Titanic, The Grapes of Wrath.


New York/Tours: Sugar Babies (2012 workshop), White Christmas. Favorite regional credits include: Damn Yankees, Spamalot, Hello Dolly, Singin’ in the Rain, West Side Story (A-rab), Cabaret (Two Ladies), Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Evita. Training: BFA NYU/Tisch/CAP21.

SARAH ROSE DAVIS (Ensemble/Nurse)

Previous 5th credits: The Pirates of Penzance, Hairspray, ELF The Musical, RENT, Oklahoma!, Damn Yankees, Guys and Dolls, A Christmas Story The Musical. Village: Trails. Next up at The 5th, Oliver! Many thanks to The 5th Avenue Theatre and my parents!

NICK DeSANTIS (Ensemble/Grown Ricky-Jo/Barlow)

5th Avenue: The Pirates of Penzance, The Music Man, ELF The Musical, Titanic: The Concert, Sunday in the Park with George, Aladdin, Cinderella. Village Theatre: The Producers, Iron Curtain, Beauty and the Beast, CATS. Love to Tilamook, Spanks, Kindy and the kids.

ERIC ESTEB (Ensemble)

is excited to be back for his 5th show on The 5th stage. He enjoys flying planes and teaching circus arts when not busy performing. Love to Quynbi.


Credits include Broadway/1st National Touring companies of West Side Story (Anita u/s), Wicked, Aida, and Footloose. Also, various regional and international performances, including La Scala Opera House (Milan, Italy). Love and gratitude to family and friends!

JENIFER FOOTE (Ensemble/Dance Captain)

Broadway: The Mystery of Edwin Drood starring Chita Rivera, Follies, A Chorus Line, Rock of Ages, Frank Wildhorn’s Dracula, Annie Get Your Gun, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Broadway and “Jolene Oaks” National Tour). Foote is a proud graduate of UC Irvine.

NICK GASWIRTH (Ensemble/Ricky-Jo)

Broadway: A Christmas Story The Musical. NY/ Regional: James and the Giant Peach (Goodspeed), Minnie’s Boys and Knickerbocker Holiday (York Theatre), The Full Monty (Westchester Broadway), Candide and A Year with Frog and Toad (Arden Theatre). BFA University of Michigan.

HARRIS MILGRIM (Ensemble/Bruno/Sicilian Hoodlum/Fight Captain)

Tour: West Side Story 1st National (Snowboy/ us. Tony). Regional: Barrington Stage (On the Town), Ford’s Theatre (Hello, Dolly!), MUNY. Thanks to Telsey + Co. and Josh Bergasse, Skye Mattox, and Nancy Opel. Twitter: @HarrisMilgrim. AEA.

RYAH NIXON (Ensemble)

5th Avenue: Maureen in RENT, Kate McGowan in Titanic: The Concert, and The Pirates of Penzance. 1st National Tour: 9 to 5 The Musical. Thanks to this amazing team. Carnegie Mellon Alum. Xoxo MDX and Andrew.

MATTHEW POSNER (Ensemble/Fake Sultan/Stan)

is proud to return to The 5th after performing in The Pirates of Penzance and Damn Yankees. BA, Musical Theatre, PSU. Credits: Fiddler on the Roof, Show Boat, Saint Heaven, Gypsy King (Village Theatre), Camelot (National Tour), Rocky Horror (SSR), I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (RCT) Xanadu, The Wedding Singer, Urinetown (TMP). Thanks Matt #1 and SHMILY.

DEON RIDLEY (Ensemble/Vic)

makes his 5th Avenue Theatre debut with Secondhand Lions. He was featured as dance captain for Celine Dion’s A New Day, Las Vegas. Broadway: The Lion King, A Christmas Carol. Ridley has also performed with Michael Jackson, and the list goes on.


is overjoyed to be back at The 5th Avenue Theatre! Previous productions include Cinderella (5th Avenue), Chicago, Big River (Village Theatre), South Pacific and The Music Man (LLO). Deepest thanks to my loved ones.

SYDNEY BUCKLEY (Ensemble, Intern)

Secondhand Lions is Buckley’s theater debut. She is an awardwinning dancer, choreographer, and instructor at Melanie’s Dance Unlimited, a 2013 UW graduate, and newly married! She’s blessed to have the invaluable support of God, her family, and dancers.

FAWN LEDESMA (Ensemble, Intern)

is overjoyed to be making her 5th Avenue Theatre debut with this fantastical world premiere! Recent credits: The Wizard of Oz (SCT), Romeo and Juliet (Intiman Theatre Festival), Annie Get Your Gun (Village).

ULYBER MANGUNE (Ensemble, Intern)

Trained by Sheri Lewis at Westlake Dance Center and Marianni Groves through Core Theatrics, “UJ” would like to thank them, his parents, and The 5th Avenue Theatre for this opportunity

GRAYSON J. SMITH (Walter Understudy/Ensemble)

12, is happy to return to The 5th after appearing in ELF The Musical as Michael Hobbs. Credits: The Sound of Music as Kurt and Friedrich in Leavenworth Summer Theater, Peter Pan and A Christmas Carol at Central Washington University. Love to my sister Victoria.

KENNEDY MILLER (Jane Understudy/Ensemble)

is thrilled to be making her professional theater debut with The 5th Avenue. Favorite roles include Annie (Annie), Scout (To Kill a Mockingbird), Lucy (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe). Special thanks to the Secondhand Lions cast and directors, Frances, Kat, Philip, Badiene, Jane, Mom, Nana and Grampy.


has received Tony Awards as an author, composer and lyricist. Broadway: The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Tony Awards Best Musical, Best Book, Best Score; NY Drama Desk, identical awards plus Best Orchestration); Curtains (Drama Desk Award, Best Book; Tony nominations, Best Book, Additional Lyrics); Say Goodnight, Gracie (Tony nomination, Best Play; Touring Broadway Award, Best Play); Solitary Confinement, Accomplice (Edgar Award, Mystery Writers of America). Coming to Broadway this October, A Time to Kill (first stage adaptation of a John Grisham novel). Off-Broadway/Regional: Twelfth Night (New York Shakespeare Festival, Delacorte Theatre, original score); The Nutty Professor (book and lyrics by Holmes, music by Marvin Hamlisch, TPAC; 2012 Awards, Best Musical and Best New Work); Robin & the Seven Hoods (Old Globe); Marty (Huntington Theatre); Solitary Confinement (Kennedy Center box office record). Holmes also created, wrote and scored AMC’s critically-acclaimed TV series Remember WENN. His novels include Where the Truth Lies (made into an Atom Egoyan motion picture with Colin Firth and Kevin Bacon), Swing, and the forthcoming crime series for Simon & Schuster, The McMasters Guide to Homicide. Special thanks to Mark Kaufman, Ray Wu and Teressa Jennings for their support.

MICHAEL WEINER (Music and Lyrics)

is the co-composer/lyricist of the Broadway musical First Date, which received an outoftown tryout at Seattle’s 5th Avenue and ACT Theatres last spring. He composed music for the original musical Liberty Smith, which enjoyed a successful premiere run at historic Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. in 2011. He is currently co-writing the scores for three new musicals: one produced by Warner Brothers, another for Broadway Across America, and a third with book by Danny Strong (Emmy/Golden Globe award-winning writer of HBO’s Game Change and Recount). For Disney, Weiner has written songs and scripts for Disney Animation, Disney Channel and theme parks worldwide, including: book/songs for the hit original stage musical Twice Charmed (Soundtrack on Walt Disney Records). Additionally, he scored Fine Line Features’ film Man of the Century and co-wrote the song for the Folgers Coffee hit commercial “Happy Morning.” He has written scripts/ songs for television, film and internet projects at Disney, FOX, Paramount, Universal, VH1, Hanna-Barbera and Amazon Studios. Weiner is the 2012 recipient of the ASCAP Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award – an award honoring the most promising new musical theatre songwriters in America. He dedicates this production to his parents, who took him to see his first musical when he was three years old.

ALAN ZACHARY (Music and Lyrics)

is thrilled to be back in Seattle at The 5th Avenue Theatre with another world premiere musical! He co-wrote music and lyrics for First Date, which recently opened at the Longacre Theatre on Broadway, following its 5th Avenue/ACT Theatre co-production last year. Currently, he is collaborating on the score for two new musicals for Broadway Across America and Warner Brothers Theatre Ventures. As a frequent songwriter for Disney, Zachary co-authored the book, music and lyrics for the stage musical Twice Charmed: An Original Twist on the Cinderella Story (soundtrack on Walt Disney Records) and has written songs and developed projects for Disney Animation, Disney Channel, and theme parks around the globe. Together with Michael Weiner, Zachary has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and their songs have been translated into more than 20 languages. Last year, the duo received the prestigious ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award for Broadway-bound musical theatre songwriters. Other credits include: music and lyrics for DreamWorks’ The Time Machine, the Folgers Coffee hit viral commercial “Happy Morning,” and projects for Fox, Paramount, VH1, Amazon Studios, Hanna-Barbera, and Universal. For Mom and Dad who taught me everything “worth believin’ in.”


directed the Broadway productions of Golda’s Balcony and Jane Eyre (co-directed with John Caird). Off-Broadway: Bat Boy: The Musical (Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Awards, Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical; Drama Desk Award nomination, Outstanding Director of a Musical), tick, tick…BOOM! (Outer Critics Circle Award, Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical; Drama Desk nomination, Outstanding Director of a Musical), Murder for Two, The Foreigner starring Matthew Broderick, Rooms: A Rock Romance, Kafka’s The Castle (Outer Critics Circle nomination, Outstanding Director of a Play), Miss Julie, and No Way to Treat a Lady. He directed the world premiere of Séance on a Wet Afternoon at Opera Santa Barbara and subsequently at New York City Opera. Other recent credits include the world premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s What We’re Up Against (Alley Theatre), Somewhere in Time (Portland Center Stage) and Next to Normal (Alliance Theatre). He is the artistic director of Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, NY and has directed at regional theaters including Arizona Theatre Company, Asolo, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Cleveland Playhouse, Dallas Theatre Center, Denver Center, Goodspeed, La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe, Papermill, Pasadena Playhouse, PCPA, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Rubicon, Signature Theatre, TheatreWorks, Westport Country Playhouse. Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and a graduate of Harvard University.

DOMINICK AMENDUM (Music Supervision & Vocal Arrangements)

Broadway: Wicked (Assoc Music Supervisor, MD/ Conductor), First Date (Music Supervisor, Arranger). Tours/Regional: Wicked (First National Tour; L.A.), First Date (Seattle ACT), Oliver! (National Tour), Cabaret (National Tour). Off-Broadway: The Blue Flower, The Kid, The Romance of Magno Rubio. Producer of multiple recordings, including the upcoming First Date cast album. Thanks to Ian, Michael, Alan, Scott, Rupert, and especially Vicki.

IAN EISENDRATH (Music Director & Additional Music Arrangements)

is The 5th Avenue’s Alhadeff Family Director of New Works and Music Supervisor. 5th Avenue productions: Disney’s Aladdin, A Christmas Story The Musical, Vanities, Oklahoma!, On the Town, Sunday in the Park With George, Cabaret, Into the Woods, West Side Story, Company, Sweeney Todd, and Miss Saigon. Broadway: A Christmas Story The Musical. Other regional: Cabaret (Theatre Under the Stars, Ordway Center, American Musical Theatre of San Jose), Miss Saigon (Casa Mañana). Concerts: Titanic, My Funny Valentine (featuring Mimi Hines). Recordings: A Christmas Story The Musical (Sony Broadway Masterworks). He has been guest conductor for three seasons of The Nutcracker at the Pacific Northwest Ballet, worked extensively on the development of new musicals at Banff Centre for the Arts and taught musical theater performance at the University of Washington. Eisendrath has a degree in conducting music theater and choral repertoire from the University of Michigan. Love and gratitude to his wife, Anne and his three children, Lucy (7), Oscar (4), and Charlie (2).

JOSHUA BERGASSE (Choreographer)

is the 2012 Emmy Award-winning choreographer for the NBC musical drama SMASH. Also for television, Bergasse choreographed for Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance. Other choreography credits include It’s A Bird...It’s A Plane... It’s Superman (NYCC Encores!), The Sound of Music (Carnegie Hall), the Off-Broadway productions of Bomb-Itty of Errors and Captain Louie, national and international tours of Fame The Musical, regional productions of West Side Story (Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Barrington Stage Company, Fulton Theatre and North Carolina Theatre), On the Town, Guys and Dolls, Carousel, and The World Goes Round (all at Barrington Stage), Tarzan (North Shore Music Theatre). Other regional theaters include Riverside Theater, AMTSJ, Kravis Center, Cherry County Playhouse, Drayton Festival, Contemporary American Theater Festival, TUTS and TOTS (associate). In addition to being on the faculty of Broadway Dance Center in NYC for more than 14 years, Bergasse has been either a guest choreographer or guest faculty member at NYU, Marymount Manhattan, Kean University, Indiana University, James Madison University, Shenendoah University, and the UC Irvine satellite program.

EUGENE LEE (Scenic Design)

makes his 5th Avenue Theatre debut with Secondhand Lions. Recent Seattle credits include American Buffalo, God of Carnage, Glengarry Glen Ross, and The Seafarer, all at Seattle Repertory Theatre. He is currently represented on Broadway and internationally by the musical Wicked. Recent Broadway credits include The Other Place, Glengarry Glen Ross, and A Streetcar Named Desire. Lee has been the production designer at Saturday Night Live since 1974. He holds BFA degrees from the Art Institute of Chicago and Carnegie Mellon, an MFA from Yale, and three honorary doctorates. He has received the Tony Award, American Theater Wing’s Design Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk Award, Lucille Lortel Award, Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Achievement, and Pell Award. A recent inductee into the Theater Hall of Fame, he lives with his wife, Brooke, in Providence, RI where they raised their two sons.

ANN HOULD-WARD (Costume Design)

Broadway: The People in the Picture, A Free Man of Color (Drama Desk nomination), A Catered Affair (Drama Desk nomination), Company, Dance of the Vampires, Beauty and the Beast (Tony Award, American Theatre Wing’s Design Award, Ovation Award, encoreart 17 Olivier nomination), Into the Woods (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), Falsettos, Sunday in the Park with George (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), Harrigan ‘N’ Heart, Dream, St. Joan, Three Men on a Horse, Timon of Athens, In the Summer House, Little Me, The Moliere Comedies, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet among many others. Off-Broadway: Merrily We Roll Along, Russian Transport, The Blue Flower, Wings, In the Grand Manner, Let Me Down Easy, Road Show, Surviving Grace, Lobster Alice, Cymbeline. Recipient of Fashion Institute of Technology Patricia Zipprodt Award.

HOWELL BINKLEY (Lighting Design)

Recent Broadway: A Christmas Story The Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, How to Succeed… starring Daniel Radcliffe (2011 Tony nomination), Million Dollar Quartet, West Side Story (2009 Tony nomination), Gypsy starring Patti LuPone, In the Heights (2008 Tony nomination), Jersey Boys, Avenue Q, The Full Monty, Parade, Kiss of the Spider Woman, How to Succeed… starring Matthew Broderick. Parsons Dance co-founder. Designs for The Joffrey Ballet’s Billboards, Alvin Ailey, ABT, NYC Ballet and The Kennedy Center’s Sondheim Celebration. Five-time Helen Hayes Award recipient, 1993 Olivier and Canadian Dora Award for Spider Woman; 2006 Henry Hewes Design Award, Outer Critics Circle and Tony Award for Jersey Boys.

KAI HARADA (Sound Design)

attended Yale University before leaving to pursue a career in theatrical sound design. Designs include Two Cities, Under the Bridge, Barbie Live in Fairytopia, She Loves Me (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Million Dollar Quartet, Zorro (Moscow), Hinterm Horizont (Berlin), Follies (Broadway: Drama Desk and Tony Award nominations), First Date, First You Dream (Kennedy Center), and RENT (5th Avenue). Associate design credits to Tony Meola include A Christmas Carol, The Sound of Music, Disney’s Der Glöckner von Notre Dame, Kiss Me, Kate, The Man of La Mancha, and Wicked.

MARY PYANOWSKI (Hair and Makeup Design)

World premieres of Aladdin (makeup design), Catch Me If You Can, Shrek, Lone Star Love, Princesses, Memphis, Hairspray, The Wedding Singer. Twenty-four seasons of 5th Avenue Theatre production designs, including the Ivey Award-winning Cabaret. Design credits for national and international productions of opera, operettas, ballet, theater, and musicals. U.S. wig supervisor for the Madness of George III tour. Some memorable film and TV credits include Northern Exposure, Orleans, Mr. Holland’s Opus, Rose Red, Diary of Ellen Rimbauer, Assassins, White Dwarf, and Book of Stars. IATSE member Local 706 and 488.

JEFF SUGG (Projection Design)

is a Brooklyn-based designer and multi-award winner. Broadway: Bring It On The Musical, Magic/Bird, 33 Variations. Off-Broadway: Last Five Years, This Clement World, Tribes, Compulsion, The Book of Grace, Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island, The Truth: A Tragedy, The Accidental Trilogy. Regional: The Elephant Man (Alley), Mountaintop (Alley/Arena), As You Like It (Shakespeare Theater), A Time To Kill (Arena Stage). He has also worked with many renowned companies and artists including Cynthia Hopkins, Laurie Anderson, and The Wooster Group. He has won a Lortel, an Obie, a Bessie, and two Hewes Awards.

RICK SORDELET (Fight Director)

Broadway: 56 shows, including Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Lion King, Tarzan, The Scottsboro Boys. International: 54 productions, including Ben Hur Live. Opera: Cyrano (Metropolitan Opera, The Royal Opera House, and La Scalla in Milan), Don Carlo (the MET), and Heart of the Soldier (San Francisco Opera). Film: The Game Plan, Dan in Real Life, Hamlet. Television: Guiding Light, One Life to Live. Instructor: Yale School of Drama. Awards: Edith Oliver Award for Sustained Excellence, Jeff Award for Best Fight Direction, SAFD President’s Award.


Broadway/Tours: If/Then, The Bridges of Madison County, First Date, Motown, Kinky Boots, Annie, Newsies, Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, Rock of Ages, Wicked, Porgy and Bess, Evita, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Sister Act, Million Dollar Quartet. Off-Broadway: Little Miss Sunshine, Nobody Loves You (2nd Stage), Atlantic, MCC, Signature. Regional: La Jolla, Paper Mill. Film: The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Friends with Kids, Joyful Noise, Margin Call, Sex and the City 1 and 2, I Love You Phillip Morris, Rachel Getting Married, Dan in Real Life, Across the Universe. TV: Smash, The Big C, commercials.

ALAN LEE SILVA (Orchestrations)

Silva’s credits include the musicals Liberty Smith and Disney’s Twice Charmed, the films Cinderella 3, Enough, The Punisher, Lethal Weapon 4, and television’s PBS documentary Mel Brooks: Make a Noise, 7th Heaven, and Soul Collector. He scored the films Animated American, Full Moon Fables and Eli’s Coming. Additional credits include Universal Studios Japan’s Space Fantasy Ride and Magical Starlight Parade; Tokyo Disney’s Season of the Heart, and Sesame Street’s Can’t Stop Singing.

SAM DAVIS (Dance Arrangements)

5th Avenue: Saving Aimee. Broadway: Big Fish, Drood, Scandalous, Curtains, and The Apple Tree. Musical supervisor: Dreamgirls (The Apollo, national tour, Korea, and South Africa). Orchestrator: The Trumpet of the Swan (Kennedy Center). Composer: Bunnicula (Daryl Roth Theater), Love and Real Estate (59 E 59), and The Red Eye of Love (North Haven). Upcoming: Side Show (La Jolla Playhouse, Kennedy Center) and Little Dancer (Kennedy Center). Jonathan Larson Award winner, graduate of the University of Michigan.

FAITH SEETOO (Associate Music Director/Associate Conductor)

Music direction: Mamma Mia!, Once on This Island, Threepenny Opera, Lady In the Dark, and Godspell. Assisted: The Phantom of the Opera (Harold Prince), Miss Saigon, The Lion King, A Chorus Line, Oklahoma!, A Christmas Story The Musical, The Pirates of Penzance, On the Town, Into the Woods, Company, Cinderella, Sunset Boulevard, Bombay Dreams, Titanic and Vanities: A New Musical. Television: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Much love to my beloved buh-nee.

KIIRA SCHMIDT CARPER (Associate Choreographer)

is thrilled to be here in Seattle at The 5th Avenue! Her performance credits include the Grammy and Tony Awardnominated Broadway revivals of Follies, Anything Goes, White Christmas, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Offstage, she has proudly been associate choreographer to Joshua Bergasse on NBC’s SMASH, It’s a Bird...It’s a Plane...It’s Superman, West Side Story, and the Fred Astaire Awards. Love to her husband Seth in Austin!

STARLET JACOBS (Associate Scenic Design)

Recent projects include The Explorer’s Club at MTC (Associate to Donyale Werle), Heartless at Signature Theater (Assistant to Eugene Lee), I Know What Boys Want 18 5TH AVENUE MUSICAL THEATRE COMPANY at Workshop Theater (Set Designer), and Under Her Skin (Production Designer, feature film). Jacobs feels honored to be working with this incredibly talented team of theater professionals. Special thanks to the technicians, artists and craftspeople at Seattle Opera Scene Shop and The 5th Avenue who made the set come to life.

CHRISTOPHER VERGARA (Associate Costume Design)

5th Avenue Theatre debut. Design credits include Golem of Havana (LaMama), Last Dance (York Theater), Danza de Fernando (Somedance Company); Like the Eagle (DASH); Madame Butterfly, La Traviata, The Pirates of Penzance (Brevard Music Festival); Harlequinade, Walpurgisnacht, Majisimas, Paquita (Les Ballets Trockadero). Broadway assisting credits include The People in the Picture (Roundabout) and Freeman of Color (Lincoln Center Theater). As costume coordinator for Trockadero, he toured throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.

RYAN O’GARA (Associate Lighting Design)

Selected Broadway: A Christmas Story The Musical, Superstar, Magic/Bird, Succeed, Lombardi, Million Dollar Quartet, West Side Story, Gypsy, In the Heights, Xanadu, LoveMusik and Avenue Q. Selected design credits: The Little Prince- US Tour, Moses of Egypt-NYC Opera, THE RIDE, Chix 6, Brazil Brazil, Black Violin, Closer than Ever, various designs for Lincoln Center Festival, and Bristol Riverside Theatre. Dance: ABT, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, MOMIX, gloATL, Ballet Hispanico.

DANIEL VATSKY (Associate Projection Design)

Credits include The Master Builder (People’s Light and Theater) The Oldest Story in the World (Southern Theater), and The Psychasthenia Society (Collective Unconscious). Associate/assistant design credits include Evita (Broadway), Ann (Broadway), Here Lies Love (Public Theater) Flashdance (National Tour), Sufjan Stevens’ Planetarium tour, and M Ward’s A Wasteland Companion tour. He holds a BFA from the State University of New York-Purchase College and a MS from the Polytechnic Institute of NYU.

J. SCOTT LAPP (Assistant Director)

is thrilled to be working at The 5th! Broadway: Bonnie & Clyde (Asolo Rep, La Jolla Playhouse) Off-Broadway: Murder for Two(Second Stage) Regional: Somewhere in Time (PCS), A Room with a View (Old Globe), Xanadu (La Jolla/National Tour). Love and thanks to God, Scott, parents, and Chelsea. Live blessed.

CATHERINE MARDIS (Assistant Sound Design)

After many years of designing, assisting, and engineering in New York City, Mardis is excited to finally be in Seattle working on a show at The 5th Avenue Theatre.

AMBER WHITE (Production Stage Manager)

is pleased to be back at The 5th Avenue Theatre after previously stage managing Saving Aimee here. Broadway: Scandalous, In the Heights, The Miracle Worker, Avenue Q, Million Dollar Quartet (sub). Off-Broadway: Carrie, In the Heights, Embedded, That Hopey Changey Thing, The Skin Game. National Tour: Wicked (sub), White Christmas, Dinner with Friends, Burn the Floor. Regional theaters include La Jolla Playhouse, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Portland Center Stage, Williamstown Theater Festival, and The Geffen Playhouse.

RACHEL BURY (Assistant Stage Manager)

Broadway: Scandalous. 5th Avenue: The Pirates of Penzance, Hairspray in Concert, The Music Man, RENT, Damn Yankees, Oklahoma!, Cinderella, Saving Aimee, Disney’s Aladdin, Guys and Dolls. Other regional credits: Intiman, Shakespeare Santa Cruz. Love and thanks to Mom and Dad!

SHELLIE STONE (Assistant Stage Manager)

Credits include The Music Man, RENT, Cinderella (5th Avenue Theatre); Boeing Boeing, Clybourne Park, Red (SRT); Lyle the Crocodile (SCT); La Cenerentola (Spoleto Festival ’08); The Lion in Winter, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare Santa Cruz); Amelia, Don Quixote (Seattle Opera).


Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment, is currently represented in London by the hit stage musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Before that, the division produced the seasonal musical ELF on Broadway. WBTV also has several productions and co-productions, as well as licensed properties, playing around the world including The Bodyguard, Hairspray, Singin’ in the Rain, Top Hat, The Wizard of Oz and the upcoming The Bridges of Madison County on Broadway.