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Kokandy has announced casting for the final production of its fifth season, GRAND HOTEL, playing April 15 – May 27 at Theater Wit.
GRAND HOTEL will feature Michelle Jasso as Elizaveta Grushinskaya, Jonathan Schwart as Otto Kringelein, Leryn Turlington as Flaemmchen, Jeremy Trager as Herman Preysing, Erik Dohner as Baron Felix von Gaigern, Jerry Miller as Colonel-Doctor Otternschlag and Liz Norton as Raffaela with Nick Arcero, Parker Guidry, Daniel Hurst, Jennifer Ledesma, Jenny McPherson, Hanah Rose Nardone, Darren Patin, Shea Pender, Jeff Pierpoint, Pavi Proczko, Maurice Randle, Rachel Whyte and Travis Austin Wright.
(top, l to r) Nick Arceo, Erik Dohner, Parker Guidry, Daniel Hurst, Michelle Jasso (2nd row, l to r) Jennifer Ledesma, Jenny McPherson, Hanah Rose Nardone, Darren Patin, Shea Pender (3rd row, l to r) Jeff Pierpoint, Pavi Proczko, Jerry Miller, Liz Norton, Maurice Randle (bottom, l to r) Jonathan Schwart, Leryn Terlington, Jeremy Trager, Rachel Whyte and Travis Austin Wright.
“The themes of isolationism, broken dreams and cultural differences form the central messages of the Grand Hotel – messages that are all too relevant in our nation’s current social and political climate,” said director John D. Glover. “My vision is to create a ‘vanished luxury’ and the fever dreams of a world on the brink of depression and war and to illuminate for the theater-goer the harsh realities of each of these characters’ journeys. Especially now, the truth is more important than ever. In the musical, Otto Kringelein concludes that ‘life resides in people, not places.’ The hotel may be grand, but as the director, my job is to ensure we genuinely care about the people who venture through the revolving door.”
Music direction for GRAND HOTEL will be provided by Aaron Benham and choreography by Brenda Didier. The production team includes Jeffrey D. Kmiec (scenic design), John Nasca (costume design), Alexander Ridgers (lighting design), Michael Patrick (sound design), Johnny Buranosky (props design, asst. director), Eva Breneman (dialect coach), Rachel Flesher (violence and intimacy choreography) Lindsay Brown (production manager), Lina Benich (stage manager) and Zach Barr (asst. stage manager).
Single tickets go on sale Thursday, February 1 at kokandyproductions.com.