Auburn at Work
Video Interview Series
The extraordinary musical about ordinary people. The hopes, dreams, and joys of the average working American are the focus of this unique, genre-defining musical. With songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), James Taylor and Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) and based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of interviews with American workers, Working paints a vivid portrait of those whom the world so often takes for granted. This unique musical captures the heartbeat of the American workforce in a compelling tapestry of music and movement, creating an uplifting, touching, and universal portrait of our contributions and community.
- Director/Choreographer: Brett Smock**
- Musical Director: Jeff Theiss
- Scenic Designer: Jen Price Fick†
- Costume Designer: Tiffany Howard
- Lighting Designer: Jose Santiago
- Sound Designer: Eric Backus
- Assistant Musical Director: Shane Parus
- Production Stage Manager: Ben Walsh*
- AEA Assistant Stage Manager: Hilary Surface*
From the book by STUDS TERKEL
Adapted by STEPHEN SCHWARTZ and NINA FASO
With additional contributions by Gordon Greenberg
MARY RODGERS and SUSAN BIRKENHEAD
WORKING – 2012 REVISED VERSION
is presentd through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com
* indicates Talkbacks § indicates Signed Performances
Joseph Dellger* is delighted to return to FLMTF, where he previously played Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd. Broadway: Ragtime (Father), Porgy and Bess (The Coroner), Lestat (Magnus), and Scandalous (Hurst). Off-Broadway: The Fantasticks (Bellomy, Hucklebee); Life Boat (Guy); Blanket of Dust (Jim Mason). Tours: Freaky Friday (Grandpa/Señor O’Brien); The Phantom of the Opera (Andre). Regional: An Inspector Calls (Birling) at Pioneer Theater; The Visit (Inspector Hanke) at Goodman Theater with Chita Rivera; Newsies (Joseph Pulitzer) at Maltz/Jupiter Theatre; Jacques Brel…Paris at Alliance Theater; A Christmas Carol (Scrooge) at Arvada Center; Man of La Mancha (Padre) at Goodspeed Musicals; Follies (Ben) at Signature Theater. Member of Actors Equity! For Juli. JosephDellger.com
Artistic Staff / Musicians
Robert Bridge (Percussion) is a Professor of Music at Onondaga Community College where he’s chair of the music department. Robert has degrees from the University of North Texas (B.M.E.), Southern Methodist University (M.M.), the Eastman School of Music (D. M. A. and “Performer’s Certificate.”) Robert performs regularly in the Syracuse area with the Society for New Music and Symphoria and can be heard on commercial recordings of both groups. His compositions for percussion are published by Warner Brothers and Kendor.
Jen Price Fick (Scenic Designer) is an Art Director at “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon”, and the Production Manager for Mile Square Theatre in Hoboken, NJ. Selected credits: Art Director: “Sprout House” on NBC/Universal Kids; Associate Art Director: “Maya and Marty” on NBC; Associate Scenic Designer: Angels in America (Broadway); Bat Out of Hell (North American Tour); Alice by Heart (MCC). Thanks to Brett and FLMTF for having me.
Michael Fittipaldi (Bass) is excited to be a part of FLMTF’s 2019 season! Some of his favorite FLMTF productions include: Mamma Mia!, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, The Full Monty, Altar Boyz, Legally Blonde, Light in the Piazza, and Million Dollar Quartet. Michael is a member of the Albany Symphony and has performed with the RPO and Symphoria. Michael enjoys free-heel skiing and practicing Parkour with his family at Rochester Parkour. Many thanks to the amazing staff and crew for always making FLMTF a great place to be!
Tiffany Howard (Costume Designer) is elated to be in her 11th season at FLMTF! After receiving her MFA from Texas Tech University and then teaching college for 5 years in Missouri, Tiffany found a happy home here in both the summer and Youth Theatre shops where we take on the task of teaching a whole new generation about the power of theatre. Tiffany recently worked on the NYC workshop of From Here to Eternity this January. You may have seen some of her work in recent seasons, including South Pacific, Grand Hotel, Grease, Beehive!, the SALT Award-nominated Holiday Inn, Mamma Mia!, Guys and Dolls, Parade, Best Little Whorehouse…, and Crazy for You. Favorite designs from past seasons include: Always… Patsy Cline; Oklahoma!; West Side Story; Lost Highway, The Hank Williams Story; The Marvelous Wonderettes; and Cabaret. Thank you to the amazing Costume Shop for all the work and laughter—and for making such good looking shows in such a short amount of time! And a huge shout out to the Wardrobe Team (lead by Ashley Wilson) who makes miracles happen every day! Couldn’t do this without all of you! As always, a huge thank you and all my love to Geoff Howard – the best darn husband a girl could ask for.
Chelsea Janke (Assistant Stage Manager) is excited to be back for her third summer at FLMTF. Previous FLMTF credits include Grand Hotel, Murder for Two, Parade, and Ghost: The Musical. Other Professional credits include Pickwick’s Haunted Christmas (ASM); Long Wharf Theatre (Production Assistant); New Harmony Theatre (ASM); and Sacramento Theatre Company (SM Intern). She wants to thank her family and mentors for their support, the entire Working team for an incredible process; and Brett Smock and Mike for bringing her back!
David Manke (Guitar) is a local musician/producer, who is happy to be a part of the Working pit and FLMTF. These productions are always great to be a part of. Thank you for supporting the arts in your community!
Shane Parus (Assistant Musical Director) is a New York City based pianist, conductor, and music director. He is thrilled to be doing his first show at FLMTF. National tours: Elf (music director), Disney’s Beauty and The Beast (associate conductor), Memphis (associate conductor), Fiddler on the Roof (keyboard), The Sound of Music (keyboard), We the People (music director). Regional music director/keyboard credits: Westchester Broadway Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, New London Barn Playhouse, Mason Street Warehouse. In NYC, Shane regularly plays auditions, classes at The Growing Studio, and for Broadway.com’s, “Broadway Classroom” series. He’s performed in the BCEFA Easter Bonnet Orchestra, at 54 Below, The Duplex, and BroadwayCon. Shane has a BM in Percussion Performance from Western Michigan University. shaneparus.com
Jose Santiago (Lighting Designer) is happy to be returning to FLMTF for his eighth show here. Past designs include: Grease, Parade, Holiday Inn, Mamma Mia! at FLMTF; Mamma Mia!, Peter Pan, Spamalot, Evita, Hairspray at North Shore Music Theatre; Rent, Anything Goes, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Sister Act, Young Frankenstein, White Christmas at Gateway; Of Mice and Men at Bay Street Theatre; Man of La Mancha, La Cage aux Folles, Crazy for You at The Wick Theatre; Shrek, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Matilda at 5 Star Theatricals. He received his Master of Fine Arts in Lighting Design from Florida State University. jsantiagodesign.com
Brett Smock** (Director/Choreographer) was born in Kailua, Hawaii, the son of a US diplomat. Brett spent his first 17 years living overseas before landing in Washington DC, where he received his BA in Theatre from The American University. He began his tenure here as a dancer in the 1992 season, and by 1996, had become a resident director/choreographer. In 2012, Brett became the General Manager/Associate Artistic Director and in 2014, assumed the title of Producing Artistic Director. Brett’s Director/Choreographer credits span over 100 national and international productions. FLMTF highlights: Mamma Mia! (2018), Parade (2017), The Light In The Piazza (2015/Regional Premiere), the new Saturday Night Fever (2015 World Premiere), Treasure Island (FLMTF 2016/Arkansas Rep 2013 Regional Premieres), Cabaret (2012). Additional highlights include The Mudge Boy (with Donna McKechnie and Sally Mayes); first European tour of Guys and Dolls; and with Stephen Sondheim’s blessing, a new version of Putting It Together at the Emelin Theatre. Producer/director/choreographer for the North American premiere of Tim Rice’s From Here To Eternity (Pre-Broadway/FLMTF/2016 and Ogunquit Playhouse/2017). Adjunct faculty member at many colleges and universities. Actor’s Equity Association (AEA), The Dramatists Guild (DG), the National Alliance of Musical Theatre (NAMT) and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC). Brett lives in Auburn, NY and NYC.
Hilary Surface* (AEA Assistant Stage Manager) First show with FLMTF! Off-Broadway: Puffs at New World Stages; The Outer Space at the Public Theater. Regional: Hairspray at City Springs Theatre; Anything Goes, Oklahoma!, Connecticut Christmas Carol (‘17, ‘18) at Goodspeed Musicals; Steel Magnolias, Sylvia, Altar Boyz, South Pacific, Clue: On Stage at The Cape Playhouse; A Taste of Things to Come (Chicago premiere); The Magic Play, Ask Aunt Susan, Smokefall at Goodman Theatre.
Jeff Theiss (Music Director) is excited and grateful to return to FLMTF for his 11th season after serving as Music Director for the 10-time Tony Award and Grammy Award winning musical, The Band’s Visit. Favorite past FLMTF music direction credits include: On The Town, The Light In The Piazza, Sweeney Todd, and Parade. Jeff will also serve as Music Director of the Ithaca College Theater Department for this 2019/2020 school year. BME – Baylor University; MM – Ithaca College
Ben Walsh* (Production Stage Manager) FLMTF: Grand Hotel; Regional: Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity at Signature Theatre; Comedy of Tenors, Labour of Love (American Premiere), Every Brilliant Thing, THURGOOD, FICKLE: A Fancy French Farce, The Diary of Anne Frank, A Christmas Carol, Forever Plaid at Olney Theatre Center; Cabaret at Gateway Playhouse; You Never Can Tell at Montana Shakespeare in the Parks; The Buddy Holly Story, Oklahoma!, Sister Act, 9 to 5, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, SPAMALOT at Riverside Center for the Performing Arts; Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s Christmas Town. Education: University of Kentucky; James W. Rouse Scholar; Olney Theatre Apprentice.
* Members of Actor’s Equity Association, the Union of professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
** Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
† Member of United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829