Emerald City Announces CORDUROY Cast and Designers

Emerald City Announces CORDUROY Cast and Designers

Pictured (Top row): Jean Claudio, Matt Miles, Tia Pinson. Second row: Michelle Renee Thompson, Averis I. Anderson, Kelsey Shipley

Emerald City Theatre has announced the cast and design team for the Chicago premiere of “Corduroy,” based on the books by Don Freeman, adapted for the stage by Barry Kornhauser, and directed by Artistic Associate Jamal Howard.

The cast features Jean Claudio (Corduroy), Matt Miles (The Night Watchman), Tia Pinson (Lisa), Michelle Renee Thompson (Mother), Averis I. Anderson (Clown 1), and Kelsey Shipley (Clown 2). Kirk Osgood, Ellen DeSitter and Kianna Rose will serve as understudies.

The creative team includes Amanda Crockett (Movement & Clowning Director), Jeffrey Kmiec (Scenic Designer), Jazmin Aurora Medina (Costume Designer), Cat Wilson (Lighting Designer), Eric Backus (Sound Designer), Letitia Guillaud (Props Designer), and Marcus Carroll (Stage Manager).

“I am delighted to present this wonderfully talented group of performers for our production of Corduroy,” says Howard. “This cast will use clowning, physical comedy, and other circus elements to bring Don Freeman’s iconic book to life for our youngest audiences in this ambitious Chicago premiere.”

“Corduroy” runs March 1 – April 14 at the Athenaeum Theatre in Lakeview and is recommended for ages 3+. For more information visit EmeraldCityTheatre.com.

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