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Because of Winn Dixie



December 04, 2013 - January 05, 2014

Book and Lyrics by Nell Benjamin    
Music by Duncan Sheik
Animal Direction by Bill Berloni
Directed by John Tartaglia

Animals provided by William Berloni Theatrical Animals, Inc

From the lyricist of Legally Blonde
and the composer of Spring Awakening
comes a new musical based
on the award-winning novel by Kate DiCamillo 

A World Premiere musical brings a Tony Award-winning creative team to Little Rock this holiday season. Because of Winn Dixie
is a new musical based on the heartwarming and award-winning novel by Kate DiCamillo about a young girl and a dog she finds at a Winn Dixie supermarket. 


This unique production will include music by Duncan Sheik (Tony and Grammy Award Winner for Spring Awakening), lyrics and book by Nell Benjamin (Tony Nominee for Legally Blonde), direction by John Tartaglia (Tony Nominee for Avenue Q) and animal direction by Bill Berloni (a 2011 Tony Honor recipient).

A HEARTWARMING CLASSIC 
FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY

This original production will also be the first pre-Broadway musical starring a live dog in a leading role. Taran (and understudy Cally), both Irish Wolfhounds, have been cast in the title role of “Winn-Dixie,” trained by Broadway’s foremost animal trainer, Bill Berloni.

“It has always amazed me the reaction animals have on an audience,” says Berloni, “When a dog or cat comes onstage, our collective reality is ‘Wait a minute, you can’t get an animal to act, what is it going 
to do?’ And it brings the audience closer into the piece.”
Bill Berloni and 
John Tartaglia

“This story will melt your heart,” says Bob Hupp. “We are honored that the creative team of Winn Dixie approached us for this world premiere, and I think this project has tremendous potential to introduce a significant new work into the American musical theatre canon, and it all begins right here on our stage, for Arkansas audiences.” 

“…a compelling, richly textured world-premiere musical full of great songs and enough twists and turns to keep things interesting.” – Arkansas Times

“…a doggone good show…cute, but also complex.” – Arkansas Democrat Gazette

“Although the four-legged star will steal your heart in a matter of seconds, the play is about so much more…much, much  more.” – InArkansas.com

“An emotional and captivating musical that is as well-suited for adults as it is for kids…Because of Winn Dixie’s wide appeal is thanks to its music as much as its story.” – Sync Weekly

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Cast

Taran ... Winn Dixie
Gabe Bowling* ... Otis
Cayla Christina Christian ... US Amanda/US Millie
Riley Costello* ... Dunlap Dewberry
Aisha de Haas ... Gloria Dump
Imari Hardon* ... Amanda
Reagan Hodson ... US Sweetie Pie
Dalton Johnson ... US Stevie
Crystal Kellogg* ... Sunny/ US Jeanne
Tari Kelly* ... Jeanne
Shannon Lamb* ... Millie/US Gloria
Julia Nightingale Landfair ... Opal
Danny Phillips ... Stevie
Jonathan Rayson* ... Preacher
Nic Rowe* ... Carl/US Otis/US Jiggs
Molly Russ ... US Opal/US Sunny
Sam Shaughnessy ... US Dunlap
Douglas Storm* ... Jiggs/US Preacher
Sydni Whitfield ... Sweetie Pie

Crew

Set Designer: Mike Nichols
Costume Designer: Marianne Custer
Lighting Designer: Michael J. Eddy
Sound Designer: Allan Branson
Properties Designer: Lynda J. Kwallek
Writer: Nell Benjamin
Music/Orchestrations/Vocal Arrangements: Duncan Sheik
Director: John Tartaglia
Animal Director and Trainer: William Berloni
Assistant Animal Trainer: John Grimsley
Associate Director: Melanie Tojio Lockyer
Music Director/Arrangements/Band Leader: Jason Hart
AEA Stage Manager: Danny Kuenzel*

Additional Info

ALL EVENING PERFORMANCES AT 7:00 P.M.

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Added Saturday Matinees | Saturday, December 7 and Saturday, December 28 at 2 p.m.
Tickets for kids are half price
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VIEW ADOPTABLE DOGS IN YOUR AREA

PERFORMANCES & SPECIAL EVENTS

Thursday, November 21Because of Winn Dixie
Movie: “Because of Winn Dixie”
Members of The Rep’s creative team will discuss the World Premiere musical "Because of Winn Dixie" and the process of bringing the beloved book to the stage for the first time. - See more at: http://www.therep.org/learn/reel-classics.aspx#sthash.dJnm2Yct.dpuf
Thursday, November 21Because of Winn Dixie
Movie: “Because of Winn Dixie”
Members of The Rep’s creative team will discuss the World Premiere musical "Because of Winn Dixie" and the process of bringing the beloved book to the stage for the first time. - See more at: http://www.therep.org/learn/reel-classics.aspx#sthash.dJnm2Yct.dpuf

BETWEEN STAGE AND SCREEN
Thursday, November 21 | 6 p.m.
Join us at Laman Library for a pre-screening discussion with Christine Henderson with the Pulaski County Humane Society to talk about animal adoption in partnership with The Rep's production of Because of Winn Dixie. Then at 6:30 p.m., screen the film "Because of Winn Dixie." Between Stage and Screen is hosted by Laman Library at 2801 Orange Street in North Little Rock. This program is free and open to the public.

BECAUSE OF WINN DIXIE FAMILY NIGHT AT HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON LIBRARY
Tuesday, December 3 | 4:30 p.m.- 6p.m. | 4800 W 10th St, Little Rock
Join us at the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library as we read an excerpt from Kate DiCamillo's book "Because of Winn-Dixie" beginning at 4:30 p.m. From 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. kids can enjoy hands-on activities including a Winn Dixie coloring page, homemade treats for their dogs and much more. This event is free and open to the first 100 library guests.  No RSVP necessary.
Between Stage and Screen is a partnership with The Rep and Laman Library. Nearly every third Thursday of the month, audiences will screen a film in conjunction with with a production on The Rep stage. Prior to the screening of each film, one or more members of the The Rep's creative team will lead a brief discussion on a current Rep production, offer behind-the-curtain insights and host an audience Q&A. Between Stage and Screen is hosted by Laman Library, 2801 Orange in North Little Rock. Between Stage and Screen is free and open to the public. - See more at: http://www.therep.org/learn/reel-classics.aspx#sthash.dJnm2Yct.dpuf


PAY WHAT YOU CAN NIGHT
Wednesday, December 4 | 7 p.m.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette presents The Rep’s “Pay What You Can Night” on Wed., December 4 Patrons can pay any amount they wish for their ticket. Tickets must be purchased in person at the Box Office at 601 Main Street the day of the performance. The Box Office will be open from 9 a.m. until curtain. Tickets are limited to (2) two per person. Offer is based on seating availability.

PRESHOW DIRECTOR TALKS

Wednesday, Dec. 4 and Thursday, Dec. 5 | 6:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. 
A preshow talk will take place on the set of Because of Winn Dixie with Director John Tartaglia, Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp and members of the creative team.

CLINTON SCHOOL OF PUBLIC SERVICE Distinguished Speaker Series
Thursday, December 5 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Clinton School of Public Service, 1200 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock

Join Rep Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp as he hosts the cast and Tony Award-winning creative team from The Rep’s production of Because of Winn Dixie for a panel discussion on this heart-warming new musical.

Arkansas Repertory Theatre works in partnership with the Clinton School of Public Service to participate in their Distinguished Speaker Series, hosting educational panel discussions on various Rep productions. The panel discussions are led by Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp and include insights from guest directors, actors and Bob himself on bringing compelling stories to The Rep stage. Call the Clinton School at (501) 683-5239 for reservations.

OPENING NIGHT
Friday, December 6 | 7:00 p.m.
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
Opening Night for Because of Winn Dixie will include a post-show reception with the cast immediately following the show. Complimentary champagne and light hors d'oeuvres will be provided.

LITTLE ROCK FAMILY DAY
Saturday, December 7 | 12:45-2 p.m.

Join Little Rock Family for a special matinee performance of Because of Winn Dixie on December 7. From 1-2 p.m., Little Rock Family will take over the lobby with crafts and games, fun vendors and lots of prizes. Plus, the Pulaski County Humane Society’s mobile adoption unit will have pets available for adoption from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. Donations of recycled newspaper, animal-safe toys and Purina dog and cat food will be accepted at the event. Then join us for the matinee performance at 2 p.m.

                           
 
CENTRAL ARKANSAS LIBRARY MATINEE
Sunday, December 8 | 1-2 p.m.
Central Arkansas Library System will host a special Sunday matinee performance of Because of Winn Dixie.
From 1 to 2 p.m. guests can purchase books, music, movies, gifts, and more.  Ask representatives from the Central Arkansas Library System what your library card can do for you. Then join us for the matinee performance at 2 p.m.

BILL BERLONI LECTURE & BOOK SIGNING
Monday December 9, 2013 | 5:30 PM 
Ever wonder if your beloved pet could be the next Broadway star like Sandy or Bruiser? Hear from expert animal trainer Bill Berloni as he speaks about his experiences training animals that did become four- legged Broadway stars!

Members: Free*
Non-Members/Guests: $15
*use code MEMBER

5:30 p.m. Check-in and book sales begin
6:00 p.m. Lecture begins
Book signing immediately following lecture

Register: Bill Berloni Lecture & Book Signing 
or call (501) 378-0445 ext. 211 for more information. 


SIGN INTERPRETATION

The performance of Because of Winn Dixie on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. will be sign interpreted for the hearing impaired.


PERFORMANCE RUN
Because of Winn Dixie will run for four weeks with performances from December 6- December 29, 2013, Wednesday through Sunday. Performance run EXTENDED to January 5, 2014.

SHOW TIMES
All evening performances 7 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Sunday Matinee performances 2 p.m.

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