Press Room

SOMETHINGS AFOOT PRESS RELEASE

September 9, 2013
For: IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kirsten Park
801-581-6270
kirsten.park@ptc.utah.edu
 
Pioneer Theatre Company Presents
SOMETHING’S AFOOT
Book, Music and Lyrics by
James McDonald, David Vos and Robert Gerlach.
Additional Music by Ed Linderman.
Pioneer Theatre Company presents the musical whodunit Something’s Afoot, September 20 through October 5, 2013, at Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre.
Combine Agatha Christie’s most ingenious murder mystery plot with a deliriously dizzy musical score and what do you get? A delightful musical where the bodies pile up between songs and the young lovers don’t know whether to kiss or run for cover.
“I saw Something’s Afoot years ago, and was completely charmed by its refreshing and original score and story,” says PTC Artistic Director Karen Azenberg. “I’ve wanted to direct it ever since. When I came on board in 2012, I knew it was a piece that Salt Lake City audiences would love as much as I do.”
The ensemble Equity cast is comprised of PAUL CASTREE as Flint, LAURA HALL as Hope Langdon, JAMES JUDY as Colonel Gillweather, KATE MARILLEY as Lettie, JOSEPH MEDEIROS as Nigel Rancour, WILL RAY as Geoffrey, TIA SPEROS as Miss Tweed andREBECCA WATSON as Lady Grace Manley-Prowe.
Local non-Equity performers include JARON BARNEY (Clive) and RICHIE CALL (Dr. Greyburn) who return after appearing in last season’s A Christmas Carol: The Musical and The Philadelphia Story, respectively.
PAUL CASTREE (Flint) was an original cast member of the Broadway productions of 9 to 5, Young Frankenstein, High Fidelity, All Shook Up, Saturday Night Fever, Footloose, The Scarlet Pimpernel and Grease!.
Returning after playing Emily in last season’s A Christmas Carol: The Musical,  LAURA HALL(Hope) made her Broadway debut in Frank Wildhorn’s Wonderland.
JAMES JUDY  (Colonel Gillweather) returns to PTC where he has been in Evita twice as Peron, in Enchanted April and the 2007 Les Misérables. His Broadway credits include the original companies of Into The Woods, The Scarlet Pimpernel, A Christmas Carol the Musical and the revival of Jekyll and Hyde. 
In her PTC debut, KATE MARILLEY (Lettie) comes to PTC after many Broadway National Tours including Billy Elliot, White Christmas (Judy Haynes), A Chorus Line (Sheila Bryant),Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Ruth) and 42nd Street (Peggy Sawyer).
JOSEPH MEDEIROS (Nigel) appeared on Broadway in Wicked, West Side Story, Irving Berlin’sWhite Christmas, Guys and Dolls, Grease, and Big.
WILL RAY (Geoffrey) was in the First National Tour of Little House on the Prairie the musical, starring Melissa Gilbert.
TIA SPEROS (Miss Tweed) makes her PTC debut; her credits include Off-Broadway, Regional, Film and TV work.
REBECCA WATSON (Lady Grace) returns to PTC, having done A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Peter Pan. Her Broadway work includes By Jeeves, The Cocoanuts, Romeo and Juliet, Disney’s Hercules.     
PTC Artistic Director KAREN AZENBERG directs and choreographs this production, after directing and choreographing A Christmas Carol: The Musical, directing The Odd Couple andchoreographing Les Misérables last year. On September 24th, she will be honored in New York City as part of the 2013 “Broadway Salutes” celebration. Karen is on the board of the New York Musical Theatre Festival and is the President of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
HELEN GREGORY returns to PTC after musically directing RENT, Next to Normal and last season’s In The Heights, to music direct and conduct this production. Her credits include New York Theatre Workshop, The Vineyard, La Mama E.T.C., Hudson Guild and Maltz-Jupiter, where she won the 2012 Carbonell Award for Best Musical Direction.
Designer GEORGE MAXWELL designs the sets for the show. He has been the resident scenic designer at PTC for over 20 years and last season designed Clybourne Park; A Christmas Carol: The Musical and Les Misérables.
Resident Designer CAROL WELLS-DAY designs costumes for this show.  She has designed for over 30 shows including last seasons A Christmas Carol: The Musical.
Lighting design is by guest designer PHIL MONAT who designed previous PTC productions of AChristmas Carol: The Musical, Man Of La Mancha, Annie, White Christmas, Hamlet, Touch(ed),My Fair Lady, Paint Your Wagon, Five Guys Named Moe, Chicago, Copenhagen, Ragtime,Anything Goes, Steel Magnolias and Alexandre Dumas and the Lady of the Camelias.
Hair and makeup design (including wigs) is by PTC resident designer AMANDA FRENCH; sound design is by PTC resident designer MICHAEL WESCOATT.
Pioneer Theatre Company, Utah’s premier resident professional theatre, performs at Roy W. and Elizabeth E. Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre, located on the University of Utah campus at 300 South and 1400 East in Salt Lake City, easily accessible by TRAX light rail. Free parking is also available and the theatre is equipped with an elevator, handicap parking, hearing assistance devices and other easy-access features. 
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MEDIA PHOTO SHOOT: There will be a media photo shoot on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre, 300 S. 1400 E., SLC. Please emailkirsten.park@ptc.utah.edu to RSVP.
PHOTOS AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD: High-resolution color photos of this production will be available for media use on the PTC website beginning Wednesday, September 11, 2013 after 5:00 p.m. Go directly to http://www.pioneertheatre.org/press-room/media-photos/
TV CAMERA FILMING: Filming a short segment of the production during Preview or Opening Night for press use can be arranged. Call 801-581-6270.
INTERVIEWS: Interviews with the cast and artistic staff are available. Call 801-581-6270.
PRESS TOURS: Tours of the set for the press are available. Call 801-581-6270.
 
 
WHO:            
Pioneer Theatre Company
WHAT:         
SOMETHING’S AFOOT
Book, Music and Lyrics by James McDonald, David Vos and Robert Gerlach.
Additional Music by Ed Linderman.
 
WHEN:         
September 20 through October 5, 2013
TIMES:         
Mondays – Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday matinees, 2:00 p.m.
WHERE:      
Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre
300 South 1400 East, Salt Lake City
PRICE:         
$38 – $59 ($5 more day of show)
Children in grades K – 12 are half price on Mondays and Tuesdays
Early Bird Pricing:  Purchases completed by Friday, September 13th for the first week of the run (September 20th–26th) receive a $5 discount per ticket for seats on the Main Floor and Loge.
 
MORE INFO:           
Box Office (801) 581-6961
Open 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Mon – Fri
www.pioneertheatre.org

 

CAST:
JARON BARNEY……………………………………….. Clive
RICHIE CALL……………………………………………. Dr. Grayburn
*PAUL CASTREE……………………………………… Flint
*LAURA HALL…………………………………………. Hope Langdon
*JAMES JUDY…………………………………………… Colonel Gillweather
*KATE MARILLEY…………………………………… Lettie
*JOSEPH MEDEIROS………………………………… Nigel Rancour
*WILL RAY………………………………………………. Geoffrey
*TIA SPEROS……………………………………………. Miss Tweed
*REBECCA WATSON………………………………… Lady Grace Manley-Prowe
 Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association.
ARTISTIC TEAM:
Director/Choreographer…………………………. Karen Azenberg
Music Director……………………………………… Helen Gregory
Set Designer…………………………………………. George Maxwell
Costume Designer…………………………………. Carol Wells-Day
Lighting Designer………………………………….. Phil Monat
Sound Designer…………………………………….. Michael Wescoatt
Hair & Makeup Designer……………………….. Amanda French