Directed by Sean Harris
Music Direction by Melanie Guerin
Choreographed by Darlene Zoller and Robert Mintz
It’s 1945. American soldiers return home to ticker-tape parades and overjoyed families, and Private First Class Donny Novitski, singer and songwriter, returns with the hope of rebuilding his life. When NBC announces a national competition to find the nation’s next swing band sensation, Donny joins forces with a motley group of fellow veterans, and together they form a band unlike any the nation has ever seen. However, complicated relationships, the demands of the competition, and the challenging after-effects of war may break these musicians. Victory will require every ounce of talent, stamina, and raw nerve that these musicians can muster.
“Bandstand is an open-hearted musical that will have you clapping your hands and clenching your fists, tapping your toes and blinking back tears.” – New York Times
“A dazzling stand-up-and-cheer new musical!” – The Star Ledger
Previews (July 12 & 13)
Wednesday at 7:30pm
Thursday at 2:00pm and 7:30pm
Regular Performances (July 14 - August 20)
Friday at 8:00pm
Saturday at 2:00pm and 8:00pm
Sunday at 2:00pm
Tuesday at 2:00pm
Wednesday at 7:30pm
Thursday at 7:30pm
Talk Back with the cast after the Sunday matinee performances.
YOUNG PROFESSIONALS NIGHT: Thursday, August 3
Recommended age: 13 and up
Content/Trigger Warnings: PTSD
Mindy Cassle (Mrs. Adams) Playhouse on Park Debut! Regional Theatre of the Palouse: Karen/Muriel/Norma PLAZA SUITE; Round Barn Theatre: Mrs. Thatcher/Mrs. Blake WHEN CALLS THE HEART-THE MUSICAL; Compass Rose Theater: Golde FIDDLER ON THE ROOF; Roebuck Studios: Marmee LITTLE WOMEN; Heights Players: Mrs. Robinson THE GRADUATE; John Drew Theatre at Guild Hall: Sister Robert Anne NUNSENSE; Discovery Family Channel: Spokesperson SECRETS OF AMERICA'S FAVORITE PLACES. Mindy wants to thank her husband Ray, for all his love and support.
John Elliott* (Nick Radel) Playhouse on Park Debut! Favorite credits: Phoenix Theatre Company: Nick Radel BANDSTAND; Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane University: Nick Radel BANDSTAND; The Rev: Kurt/Larry NEUROSIS THE MUSICAL; National Tour: Barrett TITANIC. On the trumpet, John was featured on Sam Sherwood’s latest EP, “back in bristol”. John plays on a vintage 1958 Olds Recording. Much love to my wife Jackey for putting up with all of the trumpet playing. This show is dedicated to my sons, Finn and Rowan. @johnelliottnyc
James Felton II (Ensemble/Dance Captain) Playhouse on Park Debut! Ensemble CHICAGO; Clio Cast & Crew: Choreographer OKLAHOMA!; Three Rivers Players: Ensemble GUYS AND DOLLS; Western Michigan University: Harlequin/Nutcracker/Snow King/Trepak/Cavalier THE NUTCRACKER; Flint Institute of Music/Ballet Theatre Company/City Ballet of Boston: Puss in Boots SLEEPING BEAUTY; Ama Dance Theatre: Summer Fairy/Nicolai CINDERELLA; Ballet Theatre Company. James earned his BFA in Dance from Western Michigan University in 2021and joined West Hartford’s Ballet Theatre Company last spring.
Tiara Greene (Featured Ensemble) Playhouse on Park Debut! Eagle Theatre: Madelaine THE WILD PARTY; Candlelight Theatre: Felicia MEMPHIS, Motormouth Maybelle HAIRSPRAY, Gina BEEHIVE; 11th Hour Theatre Company: Governor/Trish BONNIE AND CLYDE; Arden Theatre Company: Witch u/s INTO THE WOODS; Walnut Street Theatre: Marley u/s ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE; Ensemble ELVIS: A MUSICAL REVOLUTION (upcoming). Tiara hails from Pennsylvania, right outside the city of Philadelphia. Special thanks to her family for their continued support, and Playhouse on Park! www.tiaragreene.com.
Chris Haley (Wayne Wright) Playhouse on Park Debut! Summer Lyric Theatre: Wayne Wright BANDSTAND; National Tour: Victor/Cliff u/s CABARET; In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY: Sergio CRUMBS OF JOY; The Phoenix Theatre Company: Ensemble/Wayne Wright u/s BANDSTAND. Chris received a BA in Theatre Arts at Texas A&M with a specialization in acting and directing. Chris would like to thank his parents for their unconditional love and support.
LeVane Harrington (Ensemble) Playhouse on Park Debut! LeVane is a NYC-based performer and hip-hop artist, originally from Cape Cod, MA. Fulton: World Premiere of FOR COLORED BOYZ, WHITE CHRISTMAS; Cape Rep MAMMA MIA!; Plaza Theatrical THE COLOR PURPLE; Argyle CABARET; Provincetown Theater THE GLASS MENAGERIE. BLACK LIVES MATTER. Training: AMDA NYC Rep: FSE. Thanks to Mom, Dad, Mimi, Maggie, & Tiera. For Papa. Peace. IG: @levane_harrington195.
Dan Jantson (Johnny) Playhouse on Park Debut! Playhouse Stage Company: Michael Wormwood MATILDA, Romeo NEWSIES, Rooster ANNIE; Bethlehem High School: Jean Valjean LES MISÉRABLES. Dan is going into his sophomore year at The Hartt School, studying Music Production & Technology with a focus on jazz drum set. Dan would like to thank his incredibly artistic family, friends, and teachers for teaching him everything he knows.
Stephen C. Kallas (Ensemble) Playhouse on Park Debut! Select credits include: Old Man Jenkins/u/s Electric Skates/Squidward THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL (1st National Tour); Fireside Theatre: Davey NEWSIES, Ensemble/Cover GREASE, Zebulun/Cover JOSEPH…DREAMCOAT; KC Starlight: Flying Jitterbug/Crow WIZARD OF OZ; AZ Broadway: Ensemble/u/s Frank Jr. CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, OMJ/Electric Skate/Dance Captain/Skateboarding Choreographer THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL. ATB Talent | Wagner College | Small Business Owner | For PCRM@StephenCKallas | StephenCKallas.com | @SpikemarKProducts | SpikemarKProducts.com
Juliana Lamia (Ensemble, Julia u/s) Previously at Playhouse on Park: Catherine PIPPIN; National Tour: Ensemble ELF THE MUSICAL; Studio Tenn: Ensemble/Amneris u/s AIDA; High Street Arts Center: Diana Morales/Dance Captain A CHORUS LINE; Texas State University: Adult Women SPRING AWAKENING, Gypsy/Dance Captain THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, Swing/Dance Captain CABARET. Proud alum of Texas State’s BFA Musical Theatre program! Thanks to Mom, Dad, Nick, family, friends, and ATB for their support. Enjoy the show! @julianalamia. www.julianalamia.com
Katie Luke (Julia Trojan) Playhouse on Park: Texas CABARET; Tour/Cruises: NCL: Maggie/Swing Nicola KINKY BOOTS; Disney Cruise Lines: Elsa. Regional: Cortland Repertory Theatre: Katherine Plumber NEWSIES (Salt Award Winner), Sharon McLongergan FINIAN'S RAINBOW; New London Barn Playhouse: Lois Lane/Bianca KISS ME KATE; The MacHaydn Theatre: Janet Van De Graff THE DROWSY CHAPERONE. BFA The Hartt School. Lots of love to Brian at The Hell's Kitchen Agency, her loving family, Sean and Darlene, and her husband Harrison for the utmost support.
Alan Mendez* (Davy) Playhouse on Park Debut! The Public Theater: Andromachus SOCRATES, Understudy COMEDY OF ERRORS; Phoenix Theatre Company: Davy BANDSTAND; Hangar Theatre: Pierre NATASHA, PIERRE AND THE GREAT COMET OF 1812; Fulton Theatre: Magaldi EVITA; Mason Street Warehouse: Svec ONCE. Muhlenberg College (B.A. Theatre & B.S. Physics). @alan.r.mendez
Benjamin Nurthen (Donny) Playhouse on Park Debut! Norwegian Cruise Line: Charlie KINKY BOOTS, Beast CHOIR OF MAN; Beef & Boards: Chuck Cranston FOOTLOOSE. Ben is a writer, actor, and musician originally from Philadelphia, PA. He sends all his love and gratitude to his relentlessly supportive family and friends. To the cast: go out and have a ball, ‘cause you deserve it!
Declan Smith (Ensemble) Playhouse on Park Debut! CCM: Melchior SPRING AWAKENING, Lord Clapham/Master of Justice SOMETHING ROTTEN; West Hartford Summer Arts Festival: Nick Bottom SOMETHING ROTTEN; Benjamin Rauch Voice Studios: Jamie THE LAST FIVE YEARS. Declan is currently a rising sophomore at CCM getting his BFA in Musical Theatre.
Julia Solecki (Ensemble) Playhouse on Park: Player PIPPIN; Peregrine Theatre Ensemble: Helga CABARET, Tribe Member HAIR. Julia is a graduate of Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s BFA Musical Theatre program. She wants to thank her friends and family for their support in all her endeavors! www.juliasolecki.com IG: julia.solecki
Jack Theiling He/Him (Jimmy) Previous shows at Playhouse on Park: Meyer Balsam INDECENT; Repertory Theatre of St. Louis: Ensemble OSLO; Virgin Voyages/PigPen Theatre Co: Logan PHANTOM FOLKTALES; Max & Louie Productions: Meyer Balsam INDECENT; Webster Conservatory: Alan PICNIC, Ensemble/Sword Dancer BRIGADOON. Jack received his BFA in Musical Theatre from The Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts. He would like to thank his incredible fiancée, Lexie, for her support. “The Gil to my George.” Instagram: @jacktheiling
Alexis Yard (Ensemble) Playhouse on Park Debut! Tours: A CHORUS LINE. Regional: City Springs Theatre: CATS, A CHORUS LINE; Palace Theatre: GREASE, A CHRISTMAS CAROL; Florida Repertory Theatre: WEST SIDE STORY; Plaza Theatricals: GUYS AND DOLLS; Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre: GREASE; Cortland Repertory Theatre: LEGALLY BLONDE, MAMMA MIA; Millbrook Playhouse: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, SISTER ACT. Education: Shenandoah Conservatory, musical theatre BFA. Many thanks to the team and all involved! alexisyard.com IG: @alexis_yard
Sean Harris (Director) is the Co-founder and co-Artistic Director of the award -winning Playhouse on Park in CT. Playhouse directing credits include: INTO THE WOODS, THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS, ANGELS IN AMERICA, METAMORPHOSES, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, PASSING STRANGE. Other recent regional credits: The Hollywood Fringe Festival, CT Shakespeare Festival, Fifth Letter Productions. NYC Theatres include: 59E59, Theatre Row Studio, TBG Theatre, The Culture Lab, Stages on the Sound, The Actors Studio, Producers Club. Edinburgh Fringe Festival: ARABIAN NIGHTS, PANDORA’S BOX, KISSED THE GIRLS AND MADE THEM CRY, THE ECSTASY OF VICTORIA WOODHULL. BA: DeSales University. MFA: The New School/Actors Studio
*Appears courtesy of Actors Equity, the professional union for actors and stage managers.