Season 15: Theatre for Young Audiences

Judith Viorst's


Book and Lyrics by Judith Viorst
Music by Shelly Markham

Directed by Kevin Barlowski
Choreographed by Rachel Ballasy

Produced by special arrangement with DRAMATIC PUBLISHING, Woodstock, Illinois

Alexander is having a bad day. A terrible day. A horrible day. To be quite honest, it's a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Not only does he wake up with gum in his hair, but his mother forgets to pack him dessert, and his best friend decides he's not his best friend anymore. It is enough to make anyone want to go to Australia. But then, everybody has bad days, sometimes. In this delightful adaptation of her popular book, Judith Viorst sets Alexander's rather trying life to music and brings to the stage one of America's feistiest characters. Alexander's struggles with life's daily dramas will not only entertain but educate young audiences as they identify with Alexander and the obstacles he encounters.

"Alexander... is a sure-fire audience pleaser. With its delightful tunes and fun characters, it is a show that reaches all age groups from pre-K to grown-ups." –Stage to Stage, Inc., New Orleans, La.

“[IT’S] a light-hearted, ridiculously hilarious show… [and] a joy for anyone to watch. The show is a guaranteed good time!” -DC Theater Arts

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Performance Schedule

Regular Performances
April 20 - May 5, 2024

Literature Alive (school field trip) Performances (click)
April 8 - May 3, 2024

Sensory Friendly performance May 5th at 10:00am
at Playhouse on Park

Sensory-friendly performances are designed to accommodate those with sensory dysfunction or sensory processing disorder including those on the autism spectrum, suffering from ptsd, and more.

At a sensory-friendly performance: house lights are kept partially on; volume is turned down; sound and lighting elements that may be jarring are eliminated; electronic devices such as iPads are allowed; audiences members can come and go if needed; a safe space is created in the lobby for those who do have to exit the theatre; fidget toys are welcomed; a show guide is provided to prepare audience members for their visit.

$10 (plus a $2.50 service charge)
Buy Tickets for the Sensory-Friendly Performance

Recommended for Pre-School - Grade 3





Christopher Bailey (Alexander)
Playhouse on Park debut! TV/Film: Beach Bully NO HARD FEELINGS, Cooper Young LAW AND ORDER, Jacob RUNAWAY; Wolfbane Productions: Puck A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, Young Scrooge A CHRISTMAS CAROL; Theatre Row: Ram REWIND: AN 80s MUSICAL. Christopher graduated from the Hartt School in 2019 with a BFA in Acting. Special thanks to Bright Artists Management, Stewart Talent, and his amazing family and friends for all they do. 

Ryan Koch (Father & Others)
: Playhouse on Park debut! National Tour: Swing/Julien u/s (performed) MADAGASCAR THE MUSICAL, Mr. Pinkerton PINKALICIOUS; Theatre By The Sea: Bob Crewe JERSEY BOYS; Mill Mountain Theatre: Shrek SHREK THE MUSICAL, Georg SPRING AWAKENING, Toad FROG AND TOAD; Festival 56: Monty Navarro A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE…, Mr. Wormwood MATILDA, Francis Ford MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR. Education: University of Central Florida. Special thanks to The Movement Agency, Jim Keith and Mark Brotherton. “Just Have Fun!”

Annika Rudolph (Ensemble #4)
Playhouse on Park Debut! National Tour: Alison/Dr. Wink PINKALICIOUS; Timber Lake Playhouse: Lucy BRIGHT STAR; Bated Breath Theatre Company: Jess CHASING ANDY WARHOL, Young Adele VOYEUR; Red Umbrella Theatre Company: Ann ALL MY SONS. Annika is an alumna of AMDA, The New School (BFA) and the Atlantic Acting School (Resident Artist Scholarship Recipient.) Special thanks to mom, dad, and Tareena and the Kreativ team.

Amber Emerson (Ensemble #3)
Playhouse on Park: Muse A CHARLES DICKENS CHRISTMAS; Milton Theatre: Maria THE SOUND OF MUSIC; Totem Pole Playhouse: Liesl THE SOUND OF MUSIC and Philia A FUNNY THING…FORUM; Fulton Theatre: U/S Maria, ensemble THE SOUND OF MUSIC; Servant Stage Company: Marian THE MUSIC MAN. Amber holds a BM in vocal performance and has headlined a jazz tour across the Czech Republic. Gratitude to Mom and Dad. Much love to Alex. James 1:17 @amberaemerson

Autumn Eliza Sheffy (Mother/Mrs. Dickens)
Playhouse on Park Debut. Seven Angels Theatre: Jovie ELF THE MUSICAL, Patrice 13: THE MUSICAL; Aida Cruise Lines: Lead Singer; Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre: Betty Jean THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES, Columbia THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW. Autumn is a Southington, CT native, Boston Conservatory graduate, and singer/songwriter (Josie’s Ring & autumn eliza). She would like to thank her team, family, and the amazing folks at Playhouse on Park, including this stellar cast. Connect with her @autumnelizasheffy!

Ainsley Hylton (Ensemble #1)
Playhouse on Park Debut!; Regional Theatre: Grover THE LIGHTNING THIEF, Tunny AMERICAN IDIOT, Man #2 SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD. A recent graduate from Sam Houston State University Ainsley is excited to make new friends and explore Connecticut during his first time in The Nutmeg State!

TJ Berry (Ensemble #2)
Playhouse on Park Debut! Seacoast Repertory Theatre: PASSING STRANGE; Asase Yaa Cultural Arts: HIPHOP KINGDOM, National Tour: MAGIC TREEHOUSE: SHOWTIME WITH SHAKESPEARE. Check out my podcast Dungeons & Drimbus on Spotify and Apple Music! Follow me on social media! @TJOnReplay