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Full cast and crew have been announced for Pride Films and Plays’ holiday production – AMERICA’S BEST OUTCAST TOY – AN ODDBALL HOLIDAY REALITY MUSICAL by composer Cindy O’Connor and writer/lyricist Larry Todd Cousineau.
Directed by Donterrio Johnson, the cast includes Danny Ackman (Spotty), Anna Blanchard (Squeak), Tyler Deloatch (Beary/Judge 2), Teresa Echeveste (offstage female swing), Haylie Kinsler (Jackie), Patrick Regner (Schermie), Julia Rowley (Ashley), Riley Smith (Fishbird/Judge 3),Josh Kemper (Bucky), and Jasmine Young (Kitty/Judge 1).
The production team will include Cody Michael Bradley (Music Director), Evan Frank (Scenic Director), Jos N. Banks (Costume Designer), Evan Sposato (Technical Director), Bri Wolfe (Production Stage Manager) and Jacob Schaffer (Assistant Stage Manager).
The new musical imagines what later happened to some outcast toys rescued by a certain famous reindeer. After becoming huge celebrities in America, they are re-united to compete in a series of challenges where they must sing, model, design fashion, outwit/outplay/outlast and bake cakes, and of course, dance for their lives, all to prove that they are AMERICA’S BEST or FAVORITE, or LEAST OBJECTIONABLE, or something. The audience will determine the results with their votes, meaning every night can be a whole new show.
AMERICA’S BEST runs November 29 – January 12. For more information visit www.pridefilmsandplays.com.