Fancy Nancy: The Musical
Jan 20 – Feb 20, 2017 • ALL AGES
Book and lyrics by Susan DiLallo. Music and lyrics by Danny Abosch
Based on the books written by Jane O’Connor
Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser
Produced by special arrangement with Susan Gurman Agency, LLC.
Original Orchestrations by Danny Abosch
Directed & Choreographed by Nikki Swoboda
Musical Direction by Sarah Hohenstein Burk
Come get your fancy on this winter with the effervescent (that’s a fancy name for bubbly) Fancy Nancy! From the tip of her sparkly slippers up to the top of her twinkly tiara, Nancy is set for the spotlight in her first dance recital. What she is not prepared for is getting stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. Will she be able to find her fancy flair in time to take the stage? Based on the popular book series by Jane O’Connor, this playful musical will surely inspire a sparkle or two in your heart.
MUSICAL | RUNNING TIME: TBA
- Sunday, January 22 at 2 pm – Pay What You Can performance
- Saturday, January 28 at 10 am – Sensory-Friendly performance
- Saturday, February 4 at 1 pm – ASL & Audio Described performance
- Saturday, February 11 at 1 pm – Captioned performance
Fancy Nancy © Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser. Used by permission of Harper Collins Children’s Books. All rights reserved.
in Alphabetical Order
See bios below.
CHUCK – Colton Ames
CHOPS – Nikolas Bragg
GIDGET – Molly DiNardo
BREE – Liliana Felton
MOM – Yvonne Freese
NANCY – Zoe Hollander
GILLY – Bella Lockhart
LIONEL – Jackson Lyon
GRACE – Arden Michalec
RHONDA – Anna Ramsperger
WANDA – Abbie Sluka
GABBY – Sophia Todaro
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR – Sandy Boren-Barrett
DIRECTOR & CHOREOGRAPHER – Nikki Swoboda
STAGE MANAGER – Becca Buntjer
LIGHTING DESIGNER – Barry Browning
MUSIC DIRECTOR – Sarah Hohenstein Burk
RESIDENT COSTUMER – Josette Elstad
SET DESIGNER – Tiffany Fier
COSTUME & MAKE-UP DESIGNER – Samantha Fromm Haddow
PROPS DESIGNER – Jim Hibbeler
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR – Gretchen Katt
PRODUCTION MANAGER – Melanie Salmon-Peterson
Colton Ames (Chuck) – Fancy Nancy: The Musical is Colton’s third production with Stages Theatre Company. He previously appeared in Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star and Junie B. Jones-The Musical. Colton has also been a part of Stages Theatre Company’s Education Program’s Next Stage: The Little Mermaid Jr. “Thanks to my parents for their help and support and thanks to Stages for all the awesome opportunities. It’s always a blast to participate in this program!”
Nikolas Bragg (Chops) – Nikolas is excited to be making his Stages Theatre Company debut. He also appeared in productions with Chaska Valley Family Theatre and Morris Park Players. Nikolas developed his love of theater while living overseas, as part of an Army family. He loves football, plays the violin, and is learning guitar.
Molly DiNardo (Gidget) – Molly is excited to be making her Stages Theatre Company debut. She has also appeared in productions with Morris Park Players. Molly has fun being on a drama team in the summer with her church and doing choreographed songs for concerts with her school. She’s looking forward to continuing her love of theater.
Liliana Felton (Bree) – Liliana is appearing in her seventh production with Stages Theatre Company. She previously appeared in Little Mermaid Jr., The Mitten, The Wiz, James and the Giant Peach, Twelve Dancing Princesses, and The Snow Queen. Liliana has also appeared in productions with FAIR School, SteppingStone Theatre, and Children’s Theatre Company. Liliana is grateful to the staff at Stages and her family for allowing her to be a part of this amazing production. When not on stage, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Yvonne Freese (Mom) – Yvonne Freese is elated to be joining the Stages community in Fancy Nancy: The Musical! She is a graduate from Northern State University in musical theatre and music education and is currently pursuing her career as an actress in the Twin Cities. Some of Yvonne’s favorite credits include performing with Garrison Keillor on “A Prairie Home Companion,” playing Christine in Phantom of the Opera at NSU, Agent Martine in The Forger’s Apprentice at Park Theatre Company, and Puppeteer at Open Eye Figure Theatre.
Zoe Hollander (Nancy) – Zoe is very excited to be returning to Stages Theatre Company for her fifth production. She previously appeared in Annie Jr., Junie B. Jones-The Musical, The Little Mermaid Jr., and Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. Zoe has also appeared in productions with History Theatre, Theater Latté Da, Hennepin Theatre Trust, and Fidgety Fairy Tales. When Zoe is not acting, she is usually reading “voraciously.” (That’s a fancy word for A LOT.)
Bella Lockhart (Gilly) – Fancy Nancy: The Musical is Bella’s sixth production with Stages Theatre Company. She previously appeared in The Mitten, Zen Ties, Twelve Dancing Princesses, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. She loves middle school and meeting new friends. Bella would like to thank her parents for always driving her to theater and her sisters, family and friends for their support.
Jackson Lyon (Lionel) – Jackson is thrilled to be in his second production with Stages Theatre Company. He previously appeared in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. He has also appeared in productions with Front Porch Musical Theatre and as Calvin Sparkplug in the Eagle Brook Church video series ‘Sparkplugs’. “Special thanks to my family for their support and chauffering. And to STC, the cast & crew, and our wonderful audiences.”
Arden Michalec (Grace) – Arden is returning to Stages Theatre Company for her eighth production. She previously appeared in Sideways Stories from Wayside School, The Mitten, True Story of the Three Little Pigs, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Little Mermaid Jr., A Charlie Brown Christmas, and Number the Stars. Arden has also appeared in productions with Pioneer Place, Clear Springs Elementary, and Prairie Fire Theatre. “I would like to thank my new friends that welcomed me to my school this year for always giving me support.”
Anna Ramsperger (Rhonda) – Fancy Nancy: The Musical is Anna’s Stages Theatre Company debut. She has previously appeared in productions with Youth Performance Company, Children’s Theatre Company, Homeward Bound Theatre Company, and St Louis Park Middle School Theater. Anna loves chocolate, anime and super heroes, especially Captain America.
Abbie Sluka (Wanda) – We are excited to have Abbie on stage with Stages Theatre Company for the second time. She previously appeared in I Love You, Stinky Face. Abbie has also appeared in productions with Homeward Bound Theatre Company and Eden Prairie Central Middle School. She loves to sing, act, draw…really anything to do with the arts. “Special thanks to my parents for encouraging me in everything that I do, to the carpool moms for helping with driving, and to Stages for providing this amazing experience.”
Sophia Todaro (Gabby) – Sophia is thrilled to be making her Stages Theatre Company debut. She has previously appeared in productions with Ashland Productions. Sophia would like to thank her friends and family for all of their amazing support. “I want to give special thanks to my family, my friends, my teachers, especially Mr. Hegg for always encouraging me to pursue my dreams of being an actor and for teaching me Language Arts.”
Bio for Director NIKKI SWOBODA: Nikki holds an MFA in Directing from Minnesota State University, Mankato (MSUM), and a Musical Theatre Performance degree from University Minnesota, Duluth (UMD). She’s also a proud alum of Perpich Arts High School. Previous directing credits at Stages include: Goodnight Moon and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. She’s choreographed many productions here and across the country. And her most recent stage credit as an actress was in Llama Llama Red Pajama.
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STUDY GUIDE – Coming Soon
Tuesday, January 24 : TODDLER TUESDAY at The Mall of America 10 AM & 11 AM
Get a sneak peak of the music from FANCY NANCY the MUSICAL with the original off-Broadway cast recording below.
Fri 1/20 7pm
Sat 1/21 1pm
Sun 1/22 2 pm – Pay What You Can performance & 4:30pm
Wed 1/25 10am & 12:30pm
Thu 1/26 10am & 12:30pm
Fri 1/27 7pm
Sat 1/28 10 am – Sensory-Friendly performance & 1pm
Sun 1/29 2 & 4:30pm
Wed 2/1 10am & 12:30pm
Thu 2/2 10am & 12:30pm
Fri 2/3 7pm
Sat 2/4 10am & 1 pm – ASL & Audio Described performance
Sun 2/5 2 & 4:30pm
Wed 2/8 10am & 12:30pm
Thu 2/9 10am & 12:30pm
Fri 2/10 7pm
Sat 2/11 10am & 1 pm – Captioned performance
Sun 2/12 2 & 4:30pm
Wed 2/15 10am & 12:30pm
Thu 2/16 10am & 12:30pm
Fri 2/17 7pm
Sat 2/18 10am & 1pm
Sun 2/19 2pm
Mon 2/20 10am