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The program for the Woodstock School Brigadoon performance November 11, 12, & 13, 2011.

The program for the Woodstock School Brigadoon performance November 11, 12, & 13, 2011.

Do you believe in miracles?

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  • 1. Director’s Notes Is this real or a dream? Some might ask why a modern school in the Indian Himalaya would produce a 65-year old American musical that takes place in Scotland. Aside from mist and mountains, what can our community connect with in a show like this? In actuality, much of the story centers on that very concept: community, and specifically, what it’s like to be part of a small, tightly-knit community that is isolated from the outside world. This is Brigadoon, and in many ways it is also Woodstock. We also are a com- munity, a rich and vibrant one, and we may also look a bit strange whenyou first visit. It has been a fitting pleasure to recreate this mysterious parallel world in a place soidyllic and…unbelievable.Brigadoon also raises questions about the nature of belief. What does it mean to believe insomeawe in our 21st century empiricism become so obsessed with what is that we are unable towonder what could be?Sometimes, belief becomes the fulcrum on which our fates hinge. Our two main characters, Jeffand Tommy, find themselves in a strange land that claims to have been forever changed by a mira-cle, but can they believe the tale? The cynic Jeff Douglas says he can only believe in things that hecan see, touch, smell, and taste, a philosophy which has not made him particularly happy. However,Tommy, unsatisfied with his own humdrum reality, is tempted to defy logic and trust his heart inspite of the consequences. “Sometimes what you believe in becomes more real to you than all thethings you can explain away or understand.” Assistant Directors Nyomi Bhathena Abhishek MehraNyomi Bhathena is in grade 12 and comes from Abhishek is from New Delhi and is currentlyBombay-”The city of dreams.” She has been in in grade 10. He has previously worked withWoodstock for the past two years and was a part the drama department in last year’s play, Checkof both the drama productions last year. She has Please! He is looking forward to this experiencereally enjoyed her experience working as an assis- as a director as he hopes that this will influencetant director. She would like to thank the director, his future plans and help his career. He wouldcast, and crew of Brigadoon for making this an like to thank his family, friends and everyoneunforgettable journey. A special mention goes out who helped with the making of this play.to her 10th grade buddies for bestowing her withthe title of “Hitleress” =).
  • 2. Stage ManagersSohail Das Mansi KediaSohail Das is in grade 10 and has been in Wood- Mansi Kedia is in grade 10 and comes from Ne-stock his whole life. He enjoys being a stage pal. Mansi has been a part of Woodstock Dramamanager because he likes the responsibility and since her freshmen year. She really enjoyed work-the position of power that comes with the job. ing as the Stage Manager and thanks everyoneThis is his first time and he has enjoyed the ex- who is part of the production. She would spe-perience. cially like to thank her family, friends, co-stage managers, assistant directors and Mrs. Okie.Kethayun Mehta Kunal NekiwalaKethayun is in grade 10 and is from Bombay. Kunal is in grade 10 and this is his second year atShe believes that in the play Brigadoon the dedica- Woodstock. He thinks that this play was really funtion of each and every one was a great experi- to work on and he enjoyed it a lot. He would likeence to be a part of. They had fun and exciting to thank his fellow stage managers, assistant direc-moments in practice that brought out the best tors and all the teachers who helped out. All thein everybody. There was definitely a lot of work characters have put in a lot of hard work in makingthat had to be done. Thanks to everyone’s par- this an awesome show!ticipation and dedication in this production shehopes it will be a great show.
  • 3. David Anderson as Mr. Lundie This is Mr. Anderson’s first appearance on the stage though he has been acting in front of classes for many years and has had a life-long fascination with the theater. Mr. Anderson has a long association with Santa Barbara, California having lived in it or near it for nearly sixty years. While Santa Barbara is only ninety miles from Hollywood, he has remained impervious to Hollywood’s charms. Sangay Bhutia as Angus MacGuffie Sangay Bhutia is a grade 12 student from Gangtok, Sikkim. He has previ- ously performed in the musical called Trial By Jury by Gilbert and Sullivan. He played the character of the Counsel and enjoyed it thoroughly. He would like to thank Mrs. Okie and everyone else for their support and help in this show. Ariella Blank as Fiona MacLaren Ariella is from Mussoorie and was the only non-Indian kid at her school, Wynberg Allen, until she joined Woodstock in grade 7. Her family heritage is Colombian-German, but when she was younger she always told everyone she was “half Indian”- just as a joke, because India is her home. She’s performed in drama classes since 10th grade, including the role of Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest. She played Mrs. Stevenson in Sorry, Wrong Number, and Linda in Check Please! Yohan Chacko as Charlie DalrympleYohan Chacko is from Bangalore. He took part in the Woodstock SchoolDrama production, Check Please! He performed in the musical Smike as Smike,held at Bethany High School, which he really enjoyed. He is in the schoolchoir as well as acapella group, and wishes to continue to perform on stagefor various events. Yohan is in grade 12. He would like to thank his parents,friends, and advisor for their encouragement to take part in the show. Meghna Das as Townsfolk Meghna is in grade 7. She has not had too much experience on stage. She has performed in a musical called How Does Your Garden Grow? in third grade. Her role was Queen Cabbage. She really cannot wait for the Brigadoon perfor- mance to start where she will play the role of a town kid. Mallika David as Jeannie’s Packing Up GirlThis is Mallika’s first performance in a musical. She is greatly thankful toMrs. Okie in giving her this chance. She is in grade 10 and she enjoys mu-sic, free time and watching the stars. She thoroughly enjoyed the rehearsalsespecially ones that focused on dancing. She hopes that the production is amajor success.
  • 4. Leiden Doma as Jean Ashton Leiden C. Doma is in grade 11 and comes from Bhutan. Though this is her first performance in a Woodstock production, she is eagerly looking for- ward to it. She would like to thank her family and friends for their support. She would also like to thank everyone in Brigadoon for starting off her acting experiences on such a good note. Ryley Erickson as Jeff DouglasRyley has been involved in numerous productions since he was a small Britishboy. He was the Artful Dodger in Oliver, Milo in The Phantom Tollbooth, andConstable Larsson in Pippi Longstocking. He has lived in numerous places, in-cluding England, Canada and Bermuda, resulting in his strange but adorableaccent. Ryley would like to thank all his friends and family, especially Mrs.Okie for making this happen and Mr. Brodie for the intense dialect coaching. Ray Husthwaite as Andrew MacLaren Ray Husthwaite has been supporting various productions since he started teaching. Plays such as Sweeney Todd and Annie Get your Gun were performed successfully in his previous school with him in a number of supporting roles. He believes that education includes more than just the academic and that acting develops character and presentation skills as no other can. He is proud to be part of this production. This is his first venture onto the actual stage as an actor in over 40 years! Ayaan John as TownsfolkAyaan feels that being in Brigadoon is a very big thing because it is a verygood opportunity to use acting, singing and dancing. Performing in a playalso helped him learn more about drama. He would like to thank the playdirectors, stage managers and everyone else who helped to make it a success. Subin Kim as Townsfolk Subin never thought of singing before she came to Woodstock and joined Advanced Choir. After a year she figured that singing was her thing, and decided to take the Brigadoon auditions. Fortunately she got in, thanks to whoever chose her. The entire cast worked really hard, so she hopes you will appreciate the performance, and ENJOY! Ye Jin Kim as Jeannie’s Packing Up GirlYe Jin is Korean but lives in Bangalore. She joined Woodstock school inthe second semester of 9th grade, the class of ‘013, and is now in her 2ndyear (grade 11). She used to accompany/ direct quite a few musicals. Shefinds singing and dancing on stage interesting. She’d like to thank God andher family (for providing her with a musical background), and her friendsincluding her JPUG buddies who supported her to participate in Brigadoon.
  • 5. Yohan Kim as Tommy Albright Yohan Kim was born in Korea but has lived in India since first grade. He has never been part of musical theatre and this is his first time acting on stage. Though he has never performed a solo, he is in the WS Chamber Choir, which provided him with the zeal to audition for Brigadoon and to perform in it. He is in grade 12 and hopes to pursue medicine in the years to come. Dominic Kleiner as MacGregor/FrankFrom the age of six, Dominic has developed a love for performing musi-cals. He has starred in a performance of the Wizard of Oz as the Wizardhimself. He has also attended drama musical camps in Switzerland for fouryears. Along with this he has also acted in numerous school, church andthree self-written plays. He would like to thank Mrs. Okie for making thisevent happen and Ms. Berg as well as Mr. Brodie for taking time to helphim with his special necessities in relation to accent. Ugyen Lama as Meg Brockie Ugyen Lama is in grade 10. She is of Tibetan origin and lives in Kathman- du. This is her third performance at Woodstock, having appeared last year in Just So Stories and Check Please! She participates in Advanced Orchestra, SAFE, and in various sports and CARE activities. Ugyen would like to thank her uncle, aunt, sister Yangla, and her friends for always encouraging her to achieve her goals. After the show Ugyen loves the fact that she will be able to sleep in on Saturday mornings. Willow Limbach as Maggie AndersonWillow Limbach is in grade 8, and comes from California. In her role, shegets to show her experience in ballet, which she has been studying 4-6 daysa week for the past 4 years. Willow also appears as one of the 6 “Jean-nie’s Packing Up Girls,” who are lively singers and dancers throughoutthe whole play. This is her first time being a soloist in a musical, althoughshe has perpormed in many dance recitals. She looks forward to the newexperience. Simone Louw as Jean MacLaren Simone Louw, grade 12, is originally from a small town in New England. She is thrilled to be part of this production. She has participated in multiple acting workshops making her debut as Tinker Bell in Peter Pan. That perfor- mance was followed by roles in Molière’s Imaginary Invalid, and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Nina Kant Mandal as Jeannie’s Packing Up GirlNina is from Moscow, Russia. She is in grade 10. She has been doing a lotof things in her life including performing on the stage, which she likes to do(however is sometimes scared).She also participates in Advanced Choir andloves to sing. Moreover she plays the piano, which is her passion. She wouldlike to thank Mrs. Okie for giving her this opportunity to act in the musical. Itis her first experience in acting in a musical, which she really enjoys.
  • 6. Kate Mieher as Townsfolk Kate Mieher is a new grade 11 student at Woodstock. Hailing from Mas- sachusetts in the United States, she is thoroughly enjoying her year abroad in India. She performed in her first high school production last year as the Captain in Twelfth Night and is very excited to be participating in her first musical. She would like to thank her mom and dad for always supporting her and motivating her to do her best, and would also like to thank Claire, for being the best sister she could have asked for. Ashtha M. Mooliyl as Jeannie’s Packing Up GirlWhile acting sugary, happy and giggly all the time, Ashtha often found ithard to keep a straight face. She only just moved to Mussoorie from Gur-gaon 2 months ago and joined grade 11. She would love to thank Mr. andMrs. Okie as being a part of this production has helped her improve her vo-cal technique and confidence in her singing. She would also like to thank Ms.Bowling for having the confidence in her even though she has never beforein her life danced in any performance. Nutcha Panaspraipong as Jeannie’s Packing Up Girl Nutcha Panaspraipong, a grade 10 student, is from Thailand. This is her first performance at Woodstock School and she has really enjoyed it. She would like to thank her parents and friends for being there to cheer her on. After the show she would like to continue to be a part of the drama productions as much as possible. She hopes the audience enjoys watching the show. Elisabeth Pesavento as TownsfolkElisabeth is in grade 7 from Whitefish Montana, America. Since the ageof seven, she has been acting and performing in various theatres. She hasbeen a part of numourous school plays: The Music Man, as the Mayor’sdaughter, and Woodstock’s performace of Just So Stories, as a narrator andthe elephant. She would like to thank all of the people helping make thisproduction possible Juliana Pesavento as Townsfolk Juliana loves to be in theater, onstage and off. She has been in a production every year since she was eight. Last semester she played Girl 2 in Check Please (no seriously, that was her character’s name). When not doing drama, Juli- ana can be found doing homework, homework, reading, homework, play- ing cello, homework, homework, singing, homework, homework, and more homework. Aashish Peters as TownsfolkAashish has been in Woodstock his whole life and is now in grade 7. Thisis his second acting experience, his debut being a cowboy in Lighten Up. Heloves to participate in sports such as running, soccer, badminton and manymore. He had many difficulties between sports, schoolwork and Brigadoon,but he is dedicated to the show. He would like to thank Mrs. Okie and thecrew of Brigadoon as well as his parents for their support.
  • 7. Raageshwari Pradhan as Townsfolk Raageshwori Pradhan is from Nepal and has been a member of the Wood- stock School for the past 5 years. She has performed in Just So Stories and Check Please! She loved acting as a mime in Check Please! and is looking for- ward to performing for everyone in this musical because it is going to be AMAZING!!!!!!!! Victoria Steinberg as TownsfolkBrigadoon is the first major drama production that Victoria has participatedin. Before Woodstock, she lived in Chicago, U.S.A. She is in the tenth grade.She would like to thank the cast and crew of Brigadoon for putting in the ef-fort to make this production spectacular and fun to work in. Dechen Tenzing as Townsfolk Dechen is 17 years old and she is in grade 11. She is from the Sikkim. She loves how all the little parts of the play that are practiced, section by section, come together and form this amazing production. Her favorite scene is the beginning of Brigadoon where all the characters show up at the market place. Uzir Thapa as Stuart DalrympleUzir Thapa is in his senior year in Woodstock School and is excited aboutcontributing to this musical at Woodstock. He performed in last years’ pro-duction of Check Please! and enjoyed the experience. He has performed afew solos for the Advanced Choir. He is a star athlete and especially lovesto run. He would like to thank Mrs. Okie and everyone else who made thisshow possible and helped his acting career progress. Shelby Thompson as Sandy Dean Shelby Thompson studies in grade 12 at Woodstock School. She is in the advanced choir and this is her first time performing in a play. She has really enjoyed working on Brigadoon and being a part of the production. She has loved getting to know the rest of the cast. Michael Wiggins as Henry BeatonMichael Wiggins is a grade 10 student in his first year at Woodstock. Lastyear Michael performed in the musical Guys and Dolls as Lt Branagan. Mi-chael enjoys working out in the gym, playing table tennis and basketball.Michael gets his inspiration from his drama-queen sister and brother backin Australia and would like to thank his Mum and Dad for all their supportand encouragement. After the show Michael would like never to see a sworddance again.
  • 8. Pete Wildman as Archie Beaton Pete has enjoyed being the centre of attention since, at the age of 3, he threw his teddy bear into a lake, claiming it could swim. He once appeared in Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street in a school production in Liverpool, scaring all the grade 7 children. He is listed as an actor in the Internet Movie Database following an appearance in a short feature filmed at Woodstock in 2010. Pit Band/Orchestra Conductor: Sachi AngelViolin I: Bass: Bassoon: Percussion:Ae Lin Kim Luke Williams YeonSol Lee Priyanka AgrawalHye Eun Cho Dhananjay Prahladka Oboe: Trumpet:Violin II: Anjuri Kakkar Bendix Kemmann Piano:Sang Won Lee Tae Haeng Lee Kate JohnsonAmitavo Roy Flute/Piccolo: YeShin Cho Horn:Viola: Alexandra GoreZachary Tanner Clarinet: Sheng Yao Cheng Trombone:Cello: Jin Chul Ann Andrew LehmanYo Sep Lee Choir Conductor: Abe Okie Judy Crider Meredith Dyson Julie Husthwaite Bethany Okie Kirsten Bradby David Webb Amy Seefeldt Robert Kinkley Pam Wiggins Prarthana Dickson Sarah Colwell Karen Tamminen Rufus Emmanuel Dana Crider Steve Luukkonen Darab Nagarwalla Matt Brodie Howard Wilkins Kate Johnson Lindsay Boyd
  • 9. CrewDirector..........................................................................................................................................Bethany OkieAsst. Directors.........................................................................................Nyomi Bhathena, Abhishek MehraStage Managers..........................................................................................................Sohail Das, Mansi Kedia Kethayun Mehta, Kunal NekiwalaMusical Directors......................................................................................................Kate Johnson, Abe OkieOrchestra Conductor......................................................................................................................Sachi AngelChoreographer............................................................................................................................Renee BowlingCostume Designer...................................................................................................................Meredith DysonLead Costume Builder........................................................................................................................Sara LyonCostume Assistants...........................................................................................Judy Crider, Sabrina KutcherTechnical Director....................................................................................................................Mike PesaventoAsst. Technical Director..................................................................................................................Aman JohnLead Set Builders.............................................................................................Caleb Holman, Craig WigginsProps Master...................................................................................................................Mary Ellen PesaventoProduction Assistant...........................................................................................................Asha BittenbenderDialect & Acting Coaches.......................................................................................Holly Berg, Matt Brodie, Rose Arrowsmith-DeCoux, Anjali Sharma, Mark VignaliDramaturge.......................................................................................................................................Greg MillerHouse Manager.........................................................................................................................Hazel EbenezerBox Office Manager........................................................................................................................Kiran SinghPoster Design & Lead Painter.............................................................................................................Ein JungProgram Layout.................................................................................Phuriwat Chiraphisit, Hazel EbenezerOfficial Photographer......................................................................................................Phuriwat Chiraphisit Costume, Hair & Make-up Crew BidushiAdhikari JyotikaDangwal Nivedita Dhammi Jahnvi Garg Amber Kang Sara Krishnan Jonathan Kurian Monica Lall Tanya Lohia Devika Nautiyal Jesalben Parikh Supriti Pradhan RotluangpuiiRalte Sohila Samuel Ishana Sanan Navika Singh Run Crew Props Crew Light Crew ShubhankarAggrawal Ankita Suna Seerat Jhajj Nafia Din Khushi Daliya Monica Lall Hyeji Jun Sasha Kenny Namrata Mohapatra Marcus Kamau Vanalika Nagarwala YoungJung Na Sainyam Khanna Sohila Samuel Parishma Shrestha Sound Crew Nissi Undurthi TusharTyagi Donnie Blank Priam Vyas Zaine Krishnan Jonathan Wu
  • 10. Set Crew Nafia Din Gultaj Sangha Sulin Kim Lalrinhlui Sangsiama Tenzin Jigmey Eera Sarda Inwook Jung Manvi Seth Kyungho Jung Zarka Shabir Vitchaphong Laohabutr Parishma Shrestha Yeonsol Lee Tenzin Taklha Tenzin Lungrig SangHyun Park Pukar Mahat Sadrish Pradhan Amaani Mehra Zach Vignali Joshua Missal Maeve Wakita House Crew PrasannaBista KautilyaMevawala FileonaDkhar YounJung Na PrakrutiGolecha Jihoo Park ShristiGolecha Sangwho Park KyungHo Jung Zach Vignali Armaan Mehra Sofia Yakovleva Thanks to Sabri Antiques for lending us many of our props. Located at the top of Mullinghar Hill Contact Number: 983-792-8110 Ayub Sabri Special Thanks to: Winterline Centre for the Arts Woodstock Teachers & Staff for their support and understanding Dr. Eleanor Nicholson & David Anderson for believing in this project Anil Bhandari & Nilesh Talaulicar The Legro Family Ravi Arthur & the Music Department Nan Onkka, Katie Erickson, Rebecca Layton & the Art Department Ravi Narula, Bryan Powles, Saurabh Joab Sanjay Narang Faiz Tailor Shop, Inam Tailor Shop, Chowdary ShoemakersVinod Kumar Store: Arts & Handicrafts, furniture, paintings, house and estate agents
  • 11. A Rolling Hills Dramatic Production 2011 in Partnership with The Winterline Centre for the Arts