Poems, Prayers, and Promises

In the 60s and 70s a new sound came into mainstream music that changed the scene forever. Led by artists like John Denver, Simon & Garfunkel, Harry Chapin, and Carole King, this musical revue celebrates their top hits and the songs that transcended generations. Featuring songs: “Sunshine on my Shoulders,” “Fire and Rain,” the classic “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” and “You’ve Got a Friend.”

Director     |     Russell Treyz
Music Director/Arranger     |     Ben Krauss
Costume Designer     |     Susan Angermann
Lighting Designer     |     Kate DeWall
Sound Engineer     |     John Valines

Joe Casey
Dominick Cicco
Daniel Emond
Sarah Hund
Ben Mackel

JOE CASEY Regional:  Nite Club Confidential (Buck Holden), The Great American Backstage Musical (Johnny Brash), Forever Plaid (Smudge), ‘57 Chevy (Elvis Presley), Assassins (Czolgosz), Spike Heels (Edward), Betrayal (Jerry), Wait Until Dark (Mike).   National Tours:  Joseph...Dreamcoat (Pharaoh).  TV:  The Knick (with Clive Owen).  Film:  My Pain Is Worse Than Your Pain (with Clark Middleton).

DOMINICK CICCO never seems to get tired of coming to Florida for the winter. This will be his fifth cabaret at FST having appeared in Outlaws and Angels, Night Train to Memphis, Shake Rattle and Roll, Urban Cowboys, and now Poems, Prayers, and Promises. Good times! Dominick enjoys being versatile. He recently played Sparafucile in Rigoletto. Other opera favorites: Marcello; Escamillo. Theatre favorites: Sweeney Todd, Emile DeBecque. In film, Dominick has been seen with Mark Wahlberg in Invincible and Josh Hopkins in Lebanon, PA. He has also had roles on HBO’s The Wire and How to Make it in America. It’s great to be back in Sarasota!

DANIEL EMOND is honored and proud to make his debut with the Florida Studio Theatre in the 2014 Winter Season’s Cabaret production Poems, Prayers, and Promises. He most recently played Freddy in the staged reading of The Underclassmen with the Prospect Theater in New York. Daniel is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts School of Drama, in the class of 2012.

SARAH HUND is happy to return to FST after last appearing here in Cowgirls. Favorite productions include Les Miserables (Fantine), 9 to 5: The Musical (Judy Bernly), Don’t Dress for Dinner (Suzette), The Sound of Music (Elsa Schrader), Four Messages (Kate) at Theatre Row NYC, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story at Walnut Street Theatre and Ogunquit Playhouse, and A Sanders Family Christmas at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.  TV - Law & Order: SVU. Sarah also sings and plays fiddle with bands throughout the U.S. www.sarahhund.com.

BEN MACKEL is happy to make his FST debut. Previously, he spent 8 years as a resident actor at Barter Theatre. Roles include: Clown (39 Steps), Matt (Fantasticks), Pinball Wizard (Tommy) and title roles in Joseph…, Peter Pan and Bat Boy. Regional credits: Flat Rock Playhouse, Mountain Playhouse and Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. Composition credits: Of Mice and Men, Billy-Goat-Gruff, The Elves and the Shoemaker and currently working on Winter Wheat, a women’s suffrage musical. www.benmackel.com.

RUSSELL TREYZ (Director) FST: Around the World in 80 Days, Measure for Pleasure, The Last Romance, Urban Cowboys: Good Beer (TBTB, NYC), All's Well That Ends Well (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival), Sleuth (Cape Playhouse), The Buddy Holly Story (Riverside Theatre, Vero Beach), I Hate Hamlet (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina), The Bonus Army (Judson Arts, NYC), and a film: North of Providence (Best of the Festival Award - Great Lakes Film Festival). Graduate: Princeton and Yale. Drama Desk award.

BEN  KRAUSS (Music Director/Arranger) is very excited to help bring Poems, Prayers, and Promises to life at Florida Studio Theatre. Broadway: The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Addams Family. Selected Regional/Stock: Westport Country Playhouse, North Shore Music Theater, ReVision Theater Company, Theater by the Sea, Surflight Theater.  Ben’s orchestrations have accompanied singers such as Raul Esperza, Josh Young, and Karen Ziemba.  Additionally, Ben is an alumnus of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop.

ALYSON MCCOY (Stage Manager) comes to FST from Celebration, FL.  She is a recent graduate from Florida Southern College with a BFA degree in Technical Theatre, concentration in Stage Management and a BS degree in Business Administration, minor in Accounting.  At FST she has stage managed The Playmaker’s Tour 2013-2014.  Other past stage management credits include Little Women: The Musical, The Odd Couple (Female Version), Angel Street, and The Crucible.

SUSAN ANGERMANN (Costume Designer) started her career in costuming in New York where she designed and constructed costumes for various productions in theatre, opera, film and television. In 1993 she moved with her husband, Chris, and son, Erik, to Sarasota, and designed several productions at FST. She returned to FST in January 2009 as Costume Shop Manager and recently designed The Prima Donnettes; By Gershwin; That’s Life Again; Night Train to Memphis; Shake, Rattle and Roll; Urban Cowboys and Let’s Twist Again: with the Wanderers.

KATE DEWALL (Lighting Designer) is thrilled to be back to have fun in the sun and take a break from the snow in NYC. Originally from Havelock, IA, Kate is a graduate of the University of Iowa. Go Hawks! Miss DeWall’s lighting design was recently seen on FST stages in The Prima Donnettes, By Gershwin, Urban Cowboys, and Let’s Twist Again: with The Wanderers, and in NYC in Isaac Oliver’s Lonely Christmas.

JOHN VALINES (Sound Engineer)is the 6th member and “Sound Guy” for Vox Audio, who won the Drama Desk award for their off-Broadway run. He’s the Production Manager and Technical Improviser for SAK Comedy Lab where he received critical acclaim for writing and directing the theatrical sitcom, Better Days with Tod Kimbro. John has had the pleasure of working with Stages Repertory, Colorado Festival of World Theatre, Orlando Fringe, Florida Studio Theatre, The Orlando REP, Mad Cow, Beth Marshall Presents, and more.

RICHARD HOPKINS (Co-Writer) fostered the development of FST’s Cabaret productions since the opening of the Goldstein Cabaret in 1996. Most recently, Mr. Hopkins led the development of The Prima Donnettes and By Gershwin. Some of his favorite Cabaret shows include: That’s Life, European Cabaret, Piano Men, Inspired Lunacy, Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits, and the Laughing Matters series. Mr. Hopkins serves as Artistic Director and Chief Executive Officer of Florida Studio Theatre. This includes overseeing the creation and implementation of all FST programming, including Mainstage, Cabaret, Stage III, New Play Development, Education and Touring.  Since his arrival at FST in 1980, Mr. Hopkins has guided the theatre from a small touring company to a nationally recognized regional theatre, which impacts over 165,000 adults and children annually. In 2012, the Arts & Cultural Alliance awarded Mr. Hopkins the Cultural Champion Award in recognition of his many years of accomplishment and growth with Florida Studio Theatre.

REBECCA HOPKINS (Co-Writer) has been actively involved in development of FST’s Cabaret productions for more than 15 years. This season, Mrs. Hopkins is the lead developer on Poems, Prayers and Promises. Last season she was the lead developer on Urban Cowboys and Co-Writer on Let’s Twist Again: with the Wanderers and By Gershwin. She has been the head writer on all four Laughing Matters shows. Some of her favorite shows she helped develop include: That’s Life, The Wanderers, My One and Only Gershwin, Hot and Cole, Vaudeville Cabaret, Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits, Piano Men, The British Invasion, The Flip Side, Outlaws and Angels, and Steppin’ Out. In addition, she is the founder and director of FST Improv. Mrs. Hopkins serves as Managing Director for Florida Studio Theatre, and as such is the Chief Operations Officer. Mrs. Hopkins is responsible for oversight of FST’s Administration, including the Business Office, Development, Marketing, Box Office, Front of House, Restaurant, budgeting, and maintaining the overall quality of FST’s internal management. In 2012, the Arts & Cultural Alliance awarded Mrs. Hopkins the Cultural Champion Award.

"Music is forever" - Paul Simon