Season 13: Theatre for Young Audiences

April 23 - May 1, 2022


Girl Powered, STEM, Family-friendly Adventure

Directed & Choreographed by MOIRA O'SULLIVAN

A mystery science musical for young audiences! Fly through the solar system with Dr. Wonderful and her amazing adventure team of Newton (the dog), Ben (the human), and Mom (the Mom)! Girl-detective-noir meets science-geek-chic in this super cool astronomical musical theatre event that will take you across the universe with fun, flair, and science. Written by Lauren Gunderson (Playhouse’s critically acclaimed Season 10 play THE REVOLUTIONISTS and Season 13’s play Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberly).

This show is 60-minutes long. There will be a talk back with the cast, after the show. Ages 3 & up require a ticket. Children under 3 do not need a ticket if they are sitting on someone's lap.  If they require a seat, they need a ticket. This show is geared towards children in grades K - 4 but enjoyable for all ages.

“The clever and adventurous Dr. Wonderful and her sidekick, Newton the dog, are a pair I’d follow anywhere! Dr. Wonderful demonstrates the power of curiosity-driven learning and deductive reasoning in this exceptional book investigating the phases of the moon.”

- Christina Wallace, co-host, The Limit Does Not Exist
and founding director, BridgeUp: STEM at the American Museum of Natural History 

“It was exhilarating to see Dr Wonderful’s curiosity, her big hungry mind, and her great heart. Dr Wonderful is a hero for all of us–may we all leap towards the unknown with such bravery!”

- Lucy Alibar, playwright and Oscar-Nominated screenwriter
of Beasts of the Southern Wild

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Performance Schedule

Regular Performances (April 23 - May 1)
Saturday and Sunday 1:00 & 4:00pm
Wednesday 2:30pm

Show Duration: 60 min.

Sensory Friendly Performance:
Saturday, April 30th at 10am. The Sensory Friendly performance is sponsored by the Miracle League of Connecticut.
[$10 Tickets]

Schools may schedule Field Trips between April 19 - May 6, Tuesday - Friday at 10:00 am or 12:30PM. Click here to learn more.

Masks are not required but strongly recommended.

Click for a Study Guide to accompany The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful (and her dog!)





Marisa Budnick (Mom) Playhouse on Park Debut! Goodspeed Musicals: Nora Hildebrandt THE TATTOOED LADY; Millbrook Playhouse: Sister Robert Anne NUNSENSE; STONC: Sponge JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH; Priscilla Beach Theatre: Female Authority Figure/Brenda HAIRSPRAY; Monomoy Theatre: Liebeslieder A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC. Marisa holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from The Hartt School. Thank you to the Playhouse team for this opportunity!

Robert Denzel Edwards (Newton)
is so happy to be back in West Hartford! Previous Playhouse on Park credits: CT Shakespeare Festival: INTO THE WOODS, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. Other credits: Redhouse: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, WAITING FOR THE HOST;  The Cherry Arts: THE FAN; Hangar Theatre: KINKY BOOTS, A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Robert would like to thank God, and everyone else who has supported him and his career up to this point. He hopes you enjoy the show! @robertdenzeledwards

Kenneth Galm (Ben)
Playhouse on Park Debut! Connecticut Repertory Theatre: Tobias Ragg SWEENEY TODD (Connecticut Critics Circle Award for “Outstanding Debut.”) Kenneth recently graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a BFA in Musical Theatre and is thrilled to be returning to his “theatre home”.

Trinity Posey (Dr. Wonderful)
: Playhouse on Park Debut! Kalamazoo Civic Theatre: Lil Inez/Dynamite HAIRSPRAY; Face Off Theatre: Young Lorell DREAMGIRLS; Jamaica Performing Arts Center: Danielle MOTHER. Trinity Posey is a New York City based actor. She enjoys writing music and is currently determined to learn how to play the harmonica. Her goal for all of her artistic endeavors is to “bring humanity to the forefront.” 

Alexandra van der Hulst (Swing)
Playhouse on Park Debut! Hartt Opera Theater: Sally DIE FLEDERMAUS, Dora THE THREE FEATHERS; West Hartford Community Theater: Sophie MAMMA MIA; Pearwater Productions: Siobhan BLACK IRISH. Alexandra graduated from The Hartt School with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance in 2021. @alex_vdhulst.

Moira O'Sullivan (Director) 
Moira O'Sullivan is a director whose work was last seen in the Connecticut Shakespeare Festival (SNOW WHITE and SHAKESPEARE 4 KIDS). Recently, she assistant directed ALL IS CALM for Playhouse on Park as well as two composed-for-Zoom operas with Hartford Opera Theatre (FORTUNE’S CHILDREN and CHANGING FORTUNES). In 2019, she directed THE MON VALLEY MEDIUM as part of The Emerging Artists Festival in NYC which then transferred to Carnegie Stage in Pittsburgh. Other credits include Hartford Opera Theater's New in November Festival (A WOMB WITH A VIEW, THE LOATHLY LADY and TRIANGLE), ROSEMARY and SHARP LINES for New Wave Theater Collective. She is also the Director of New Works and runs the "Playwrights on Park" reading series. BFA NYU Tisch, UCB Comedy