2012 Season

Magic Flute — an adaptation

“There is wonder afoot on the west side for children as “Magic Flute” spins its web around everyone, from toddlers on up, at Talespinner Children's Theatre. Adapted from the Mozart opera… this one-hour production features all kinds of kid-pleasing elements: audience participation, colorful costumes, captivating performances, inventive set pieces and a story that’s pretty easy to follow… a happy ending that is well earned, and one that should please all little kids (and their wranglers) who attend this fanciful flight.” — Christine Howey, RAVE & PAN
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Lauren B. Smith as Papagena and Troy Bruchwalski as Papageno. Photo credit: Aligorey
The Magic Flute

Papageno, living an ordinary life as the best Bird Catcher in a magical kingdom, is offered the chance to be something he never expected, but finds that the only way to achieve his heart's desire is to battle a dragon, some evil servants, a not-very-nice Queen, and his own fears to become the person he must be to win the day — and keep his very best friend. This wondrous tale unfolds on the stage through movement, music, acting, and puppetry that will delight children — and inner children — of all ages.

Production Team:
Script Adaptation — Anne McEvoy
Director — Alison Garrigan
Choreography/Movement Design — Stephanie Wilbert
Stage Manager — Bryan Ritchey
Puppet Design — Lydia Chanenka
Lighting Design — Dave Brooks
Costume Design — Melanie Boeman
Scenic Design — Alison Garrigan

Acting Company:
Tania Benites
Troy Bruchwalski
Elaine Feagler
Charles Hargrave
Michael Regnier
Lauren B. Smith
Heather Stout

Ali Garrigan

Alison Garrigan — Executive Artistic Director/Director

Alison is a long-time professional in the theatre who has worked locally, regionally, and nationally as an actress, director, designer, puppet-maker, and teacher. She became dedicated to creative, intelligent and playful Children's Theatre in her late teens, and has returned to work with children and students frequently throughout her career. Her professional work in the Cleveland area has been seen and produced at such venues as Cleveland Public Theatre, Cleveland Institute of Music's Opera Stage, Beck Center for the Arts, Dobama Theatre, and Great Lakes Theatre, to name a few. Alison has always felt that Children's Theatre needs to be intelligent, creative, playful, and educational, and should engage every aspect of its audience, and its artists — reaching out not only to kids, but also to adults who are still kids-at-heart.

Stephanie Wilbert

Stephanie Wilbert — Choreographer

Stephanie received a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Cleveland State University where she studied voice and movement under Holly Holsinger. She works as an actor/teacher for The Illusion Factory in Akron, OH and recently completed the elementary school touring production of The Mirrorman. Cleveland area venues include: Cleveland State University, Cleveland Public Theatre, Stocker Center for the Arts, Ingenuity Festival, and True North Cultural Arts Center. In 2006, Stephanie interned at Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston, TX where she worked on the regional premieres of The Great American Trailer Park Musical and Five Course Love. Stephanie is an Equity Membership Candidate and currently trains with the Dramatic Arts Movement Ensemble at Cleveland State University and Ohio Capoeira Brasil. Audiences may remember her as Cheetah from last summer's TCT production of The Tale of the Name of the Tree.

Tania Benites

Tania Benites — Ensemble

Tania is a recent graduate of Cleveland State University's Dramatic Arts Program. She is thrilled to begin her post-graduate acting career with such a magical show. Past credits include Marisol in Marisol (CSU), Estelle in No Exit (CSU), Death in The Orpheus Project (DAME), and Princess Alexandra and Pinhead in The Elephant Man (CSU Summer Stages). She will also be featured in The Bird Behind the Curtain (CPT Big Box '13) and Earth Plays (CPT). In addition to acting, Tania also works at TCT as the Artistic Associate and is in charge of its Education Outreach.

Troy Bruchwalski

Troy Bruchwalski — Papageno

Troy recently received his Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied vocal performance/opera. Mr. Bruchwalski has received many accolades for his voice, including talent based scholarships from Tuesday Musical Club, Old School House Players, and the Cleveland Institute of Music, and high rankings in several competitions including Buckeye State NATS, Civic Light Opera Academy (recital finalist), and Classical Singer Magazine where Troy won the regional competition and moved on to compete at the national convention in New York City. At CIM, Troy has performed in Trial by Jury (Foreman), La Traviata (Marchese d'Obigny), Utopia, Limited (Phantis), and Cendrillon (The Herald). Troy's favorite roles in musical theatre and spoken theatre include Rudge in History Boys, Harlon in Stanton's Garage, and Albert Peterson in Bye Bye Birdie. Mr. Bruchwalski began his professional career portraying John in Anyone Can Whistle at Lakeland Civic Theater in Cleveland. After that, Troy moved on to play Major Sanders in Tecumseh! Most recently, Mr. Bruchwalski played the role of Zophar in the world premiere of Job the opera.

Elain Feagler

Elaine Feagler — Ensemble

This is Elaine's second appearance with TCT; audiences may remember her as Tortoise in last summer's critically acclaimed The Tale of the Name of the Tree. Previous appearances include Five Flights at convergence-continuum, Fever/Dream at Cleveland Public Theatre, Into the Woods at Tri-C West, A Proper Murder/Woyzeck with the Theater Ninjas, Nightmare and The Constant Wife at Clague Playhouse, Spoon River Anthology Cemetery Tour with Charenton Theater, State of Seige and Lysistrata for Bad Epitaph Theater Company, and Wit at Dobama Theatre.

Charles Hargrave

Charles Hargrave — Ensemble

Charles Hargrave is a proud Cleveland State University graduate. This is his second TCT production as Technical Director and first as a performer. He was recently the Sound and Properties designer for Dobama Theatre's first production this season. He has worked as assistant sound designer under Richard Ingraham for multiple productions around Cleveland. He has been a performer with The Ohio City Theatre Project, Clague Playhouse, three seasons of Cleveland State University Summer Stages, and two years of Ingenuity Festival. He is also currently performing with Fairmount Performing Arts Convervatory in their touring production of Legally Addicted.

Heather Stout Nebeker

Heather Stout Nebeker — Queen of the Night

Heather is thrilled to be back in Cleveland and working with Talespinner Children's Theatre. After leaving Cleveland in 2003, this will be her first theatrical endeavor back in town. Heather feels it is so important to have creative theatre and art for young future generations that has nothing to do with digital animation. Most of her education was in Cleveland with other forms of advanced theatre/improvisation training in Los Angeles. She has worked for many years with children teaching improvisation and other forms of art. While in Cleveland she was blessed to be a part of Tony-n-Tina's Wedding, Cabaret Dada's Something Dada Improv Troupe, Dobama's Night Kitchen, Bad Epitaph Theatre, and Karamu T.O.P.S to name a few. She once spent three days with Jack Sparrow and came out unscathed.

Michael Regnier

Michael Regnier — Stranger/Sorastro

Michael has been a professional actor for more than 30 years. Michael has appeared in more than 100 roles in 20 Cleveland area theaters, was a long-time resident company member of Ken Albers' Actors Company (7 seasons), Cleveland SignStage Theatre (18 years), and was once a Hermit Club Stage regular. He was most recently seen onstage at Bodwin, Cleveland Public Theatre, convergence-continuum, Cesear's Forum and Dobama theaters. He will also be seen this season in Ensemble Theater's The Iceman Cometh, and is making his debut at Talespinner Children's Theater's with The Magic Flute.

Lauren Smith

Lauren B. Smith — Papagena

Lauren has over eight years' experience working professionally in the northeast Ohio theater community both as an Artist and an Educator. Cleveland theater and arts-education companies Lauren has worked with include; Theater Ninjas, Cleveland Public Theater, Great Lakes Theater, Convergence-Continuum, Cleveland Play House, Dobama, Fourth Wall Productions, Cleveland Shakespeare Festival, Kulture Kids, and Young Audiences.

Lauren is elated to be a part of Talespinner's inaugural season working with a theater that shares her passion for creating "highly imaginative, original, collaborative and interactive professional works for children that also stimulate creative growth in its artists."