Young Audiences Series - Season 11

December 6 - 15, 2019

Book by William Squier, Mary Cashman & Cynthia Whipple
Lyrics by William Squier
Music by Jeffrey Lodin

Directed by Ryan Ratelle
Music Direction by Melanie Guerin
Choreography by Enrique Brown

Merrilee Mannerly loves good manners - in fact, she's practically an expert. Imagine Merrilee's surprise when a princess from a land of no manners moves in next door and invites her to a birthday party. With her grandmother's magnificent Manifesto of Manners in hand, Merrilee Mannerly is ready to help her new friend, Princess Posy, host the best party ever! Along the way, silliness ensues, friendships are formed, and the two girls discover the real secret behind good manners. 

MERRILEE MANNERLY - A MAGNIFICENT NEW MUSICAL is a fun and energetic new musical based on the Mom's Choice Award-Winning book by Connecticut authors Mary Cashman and Cynthia Whipple. With lively music, dancing and lots of laughs, Merrilee Mannerly reminds us all that “Good Manners are Always in Fashion.”

This production of Merrilee Mannerly will head to NYC in the Spring of 2020 for an open ended run.  See it here, at the Playhouse, first!  

Sponsor our Young Audiences series - details here.

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Performance Schedule

TOY DRIVE: Bring your new, unwrapped toys to Playhouse on Park between now and December 16th!   Stop in when the box office is open or bring it with you when you attend Merrilee Mannerly.

Educators: Our Literature Alive field trip program is scheduling school groups to attend Merilee Mannerly - see our Literature Alive page for more information.

*Sensory Friendly Peformances
Friday, December 6th at 9:30am
Saturday, December 7th at 10:00am

Presenting Sponsor
Sensory Friendly productions at Playhouse on Park are produced with guidance from The Miracle League of CT and professionals from the local autism community. Made possible by the generous support of The Miracle League of CT.

Full Calendar


Sarah Sun Park​ (Lulu): Playhouse on Park Debut! Contemporary American Theater Festival: Zazu ​A WELCOME GUEST; ​North Carolina Theatre: Lisa AMMA MIA!​;​ ​Two River Theater: Liv Estep ​AMERICA; ​Berkshire Theatre Group: Tribe ​HAIR; ​NYU Tisch: Joan FUN HOME​. @sarah_sun_park

Liz Martelli (Merrilee Mannerly) Playhouse on Park Debut! TheaterWorks USA: Doorman and others CURIOUS GEORGE; 54 Below: Soloist *CARDED CABARET; Nebraska Wesleyan University: Cinderella INTO THE WOODS, Miss Dorothy THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, Emilia OTHELLO.

Emily Johnson (Princess Posy) Playhouse on Park Debut! Disney Cruise Line: Ensemble Performer MICKEY’S PIRATES IN THE CARIBBEAN, SEA YA REAL SOON; Ward Melville Heritage Organization: Dixie Carlisle THE DIXIE CARLISLE HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR; AMDA: Lily Dale THROUGH THE YEARS, The Daughter A CHORUS LINE UP. Emily has been performing since childhood and graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in the spring of 2018.

David Groccia (Nigel/Grandma) Playhouse on Park Debut! Theatre by the Sea: Hieronymous and others LOVE AND OTHER FABLES; Arizona Broadway Theatre: John Thayer TITANIC; ArtsPower Touring Theatre: Mr. Tubman/Marty OTHERWISE KNOWN AS SHEILA THE GREAT; Jean’s Playhouse: Horton SEUSSICAL; Jenny Wiley Theatre: Alf PETER AND THE STARCATCHER. David is a native Rhode Islander and a graduate of Rhode Island College.

Caroline Coffey (Duchess Daisy) Playhouse on Park Debut! Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma: MAMMA MIA!, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN; Oklahoma City Philharmonic: THE CHRISTMAS SHOW; University of Oklahoma: NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, CURTAINS, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW. Caroline received her B.F.A. from the University of Oklahoma. She is represented by Boals, Winnett and Associates.

Angel Harrison (Molly) Playhouse on Park Debut! MacHadyn Theatre: Crystal LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, Sarah u/s RAGTIME, Ado Annie u/s OKLAHOMA; The Argyle Theatre: Thea SPRING AWAKENING; Harlem Parish: Nurse Cathi AS MUCH AS I CAN; Rail Events: Steward THE POLAR EXPRESS; The Wild Project: Kiera RECIPE FOR A SELLOUT. Angel is a graduate of the AMDA conservatory.

*Appears courtesy of Actors Equity, the profession union for actors and stage managers.