WINNIE THE POOH
Directed and Adapted by
Madeline Thatcher and Larissa Anderson
Based on the stories by A.A. Milne
THANK YOU TO OUR ANNUAL SUPPORTERS
The Pirates of Penzance
Gilbert & Sullivan's
Join us on the main stage for a swashbuckling frolic with this family-friendly operetta.
A crew of swashbuckling pirates, Victorian maidens, bumbling British policemen, young lovers, and the hilarious Major-General all intertwine in this exuberant musical theatre masterpiece. Gilbert & Sullivan’s hilarious and melodic music is one of the best of all time for a reason.
Children $18 (pricing for 17 and under)
No outside food or drink is permitted.
Late arrivals may not be seated until a break or at intermission.
Age Recommendation: 8+
No babies or toddlers permitted
CAST OF CHARACTERS
Sean Sweeney is pretty darn excited to be performing once again for the Parker Theatre Studio. Sean wants to thank his family, friends, students, bees, trees, and loved ones for supporting his never ending obsession with the arts. Also Noah Schiffman, who is pretty okay I guess. Sean loves puppetry, story telling, and having the opportunity to share his enthusiasm for theater, specifically with the talented Larissa Anderson and Madeline Thatcher who made this show happen. If you recognize him from other theater stuff that he’s been in, that’s cool, he does enjoy a good acting thing and being in them. Much love!
Milo is very pleased to be a part of this wonderful production. This is his second show at the Parker Theatre and his 6th play so far. His most recent role was Jim Hawkins in Treasure Island. He loves being on stage and sharing stories with the community. He also enjoys hiking, skiing, basketball, and rock climbing. Most of all, he loves spending time with his family, friends, and pets. He is grateful for this opportunity and for the loving support of the production team and his fellow cast mates. Enjoy the show!
WINNIE THE POOH
Trevor is making his Parker Theater debut! He was last seen as Ross in Macbeth with New World Shakespeare Company. Favorite past roles include Preminger in Barbie’s Princess & the Pauper (Mask Club) and Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors (Highland Players). Huge thanks to Larissa for her creative vision & passion and Madeline for her friendship & leadership. What is Winnie the Pooh’s favorite bird? Christopher Robin! And Trevor Bird's favorite bear is definitely Pooh Bear!
TIGGER & OWL
Laurel Morgan is thrilled to return to the Parker Theatre after most recently playing Poppy in The Empress New Phone and Ursula in Much Ado About Nothing. Laurel is currently training in the University of Utah’s Actor Training Program where she has recently been seen as Bartley in Old Man and the Old Moon. Notably she has also been as Kent in King Lear and Joy in Cinderella (Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts). You can see Laurel again making her Salt Lake Acting Company debut this Summer.
PIGLET & ROO
Taylor McKay Barnes
Taylor is excited to be portraying the bedtime stories she grew up with! What a joy this cast, crew, and production has been. She was last seen on the Parker Theatre mainstage as Harriet in Emma. She is looking forward to her next project down at Hale Centre Theatre- Catch Me If You Can! To you, the audience, thank you. And to Piglet, thank you for reminding us that, ‘Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in our heart.'
EEYORE & KANGA
True Leavitt is thrilled to be involved in his first production at Parker Theatre. True is a student in the Actor Training Program at U of U. Recent Salt Lake performances include The Sweet Science of Bruising (Babcock Theatre), Somewhere: A Primer for the End of Days (Studio 115), and Everything is About Something (Kid Sister).
This is Madeline's second time directing at The Parker (having previously written and directed The Empress's New Phone in the 2022 season). Some of her favorite past acting roles at the theatre have been Beatrice (Much Ado About Nothing), Hermia (A Midsummer Night's Dream), and Diana Berry (Anne of Green Gables).
CO-DIRECTOR & PUPPETRY
Larissa is over the moon to be presenting this delightful show based on one of her favorite stories, at one of her favorite theatres. She has worked with puppets for upwards of a decade, has designed hundreds of puppets, and has directed many puppet shows, including Parker Theatre’s Shakespeare festival puppet shows. Enjoy your visit to the hundred acre woods!
I'm a big believer in the magic of storytelling—especially the unique way the tales of our childhood intertwine themselves with our identity and memory, usually staying with with us long after we've grown out of a twin bed. Winnie the Pooh's story encapsulates the wonder that comes from having an active imagination and a world kind enough to let you share it; finding a way to honor the tradition of such a beloved story while introducing it to new young audiences was a fun and creatively-challenging opportunity. Larissa's beautiful puppets and set pieces brought her script to life, and the chance to help shape this story into an interactive experience is a memory I'll cherish. May we all remember to eat some honey, walk slowly with balloons, and host a party for our friends in celebration of their heroic acts of bravery. Enjoy the show!
Winnie the Pooh has always held a special place in my heart. The simple, tender stories speak to me about life, love, and friendship in a way little else does. Since I was a small child, I knew that if I ever had the chance to bring it to life on stage, I would take it in a heartbeat. I’m so glad that I got that chance, and I hope to bring you some of the magic that I saw, as you watch this love letter to the original stories, as told through the eyes of a child. Thank you for coming to the show! “Sometimes, the smallest things take up the most room in your heart” -A.A. Milne
staff & production team
Executive Producer James Parker
Chief Operation Officer Paul Petersen
Office Manager Missy Stebbing
Founding Director Joanne M. Parker
Artistic Director Spencer Hohl
Production Manager Rebecca Blaisdell
Director Madeline Thatcher
Puppetry Design & Direction Larissa Anderson
Set Design James Parker
Set Construction James Parker, Paul Petersen
Join us for full day, half day, morning or afternoon classes. We have a wide variety of theatrical and creative camps that run all summer long.
From Acting, Musical Theatre, Improv, Special FX Makeup, Jedi or World of Wizards camps, Baking and more; there is something for every child!
Mix and match to create your perfect summer camp experience.
Full day students can bring a lunch from home, or purchase some snacks and join their friends for a supervised meal time.