Author Archives: Prof. Mendelowitz

Dead Man’s Cell Phone

Dead Man's Cell Phone official poster
Dead Man’s Cell Phone official poster

Dead Man’s Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl directed by Carrie Baker
March 29 – April 7, 2019

CAST:
Jean – Emily Ross
Gordon – Heath Robertson
Dwight – Jared Olin
Mrs. Gottlieb – Siri Tuttle
Hermia/Stranger/Carlotta – Mary Conlin
Ensemble – Keara Anderson, Keziah Anderson, Eric Barragan, Sam Thompson

PRODUCTION TEAM :
Director  – Carrie Baker
Set Designer – Lara Lotze
Costume Designer – Amanda Casterline
Lighting & Projection Designer – Kade Mendelowitz
Sound Designer – Andrew Cassel
Stage Manager – Colby Freel

This promotional video was created by two FLPA students who were also part of the production.
A review of our production by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. Click this for an easy-to-print PDF.

Avenue Q

Ave-Q-Posterpresented by Interior Independent Theatre and Theatre UAF
November 8-18, 2018

Book by Jeff Whitty 
Music & Lyrics by Robert Lopez & Jeff Marx
Based on Original Concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx
Directed by Gwendolyn P. Brazier
Orchestration & Arrangements by Stephen Oremus
Musical Direction by Scott Stephen Hansen

Brian ……………………………………………………………. Paul Adasiak
Christmas Eve …………………………………………………Tana Fudge
Gary Coleman ………………………………………….. Laquita Deans
Katie Monster ………………………………………….. Elsbeth Cheyne
Lucy T. Slut………………………………………………. Kellie Bernstein
Mrs. Thistletwat………………………………… Amanda Torgerson
Nicky………………………………………………………. David Martinson
Princeton ………………………………………………….. Bill Torgerson
Rod …………………………………………………………….. Bill Torgerson
Trekkie Monster …………………………………… David Martinson
Boxes/Bad Idea Bear 1 ……………………….. Amanda Torgerson
Boxes/Bad Idea Bear 2 ……………………………… Kayla Gilchrist

Director ………………………………………… Gwendolyn P. Brazier
Musical Director ……………………………………….. Scott Hansen
Stage Manager ……………………………………… Isabella Sellers
Producers ……………… Carrie Baker, Gwendolyn P. Brazier
Technical Director ……………………………………. Adam Gillette
Set Design …………………………………………………… Adam Gillette
Set Construction …………… Adam Gillette, Freddy Gryder
Costume Design ……………………………………….. Stephanie Rivet
Costume Construction ………………………….. Stephanie Rivet
Puppet Design ………………………………………………….. Jeff Nepple
Puppet Construction… Maite Agopian, Gwendolyn Brazier, David Martinson
Lighting design ………………………………………………. Colby Freel
Assistant Lighting designer ……………………….. Mary Conlin
Master Electrician ………………………………………. Mary Conlin
Electricians .. Ian Borowski, Mary Conlin,  Colby Freel, Adam Gillette, Freddy Gryder, Kade Mendelowitz, Paloma Polanco, Stephanie Rivet, Emily Ross, Daniel Walker, Garrett Wilson
Sound Design …………………………………………………. Josh Bennet
Projection Artist ………………………………………….. Lara Lotze
Props …………………………………. Colby Freel, Isabella Sellers
Board Operators ……………………………………………. Emily Ross
Follow Spot Operator ………. Mary Conlin, Darren Napoli
Scene shop manager …………………………………. Adam Gillette
Costume Shop Manager …………………………. Stephanie Rivet
Theatre UAF Box Office Manager ….. Amanda Casterline
Design Mentor/ Publicity……………………. Kade Mendelowitz

Article - News-Miner Avenue Qt

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner did an article about “Avenue Q”. Click thumbnail to read the PDF.

Review - News-Miner Avenue Qt

Read the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner official review about “Avenue Q”. Click thumbnail to read the PDF.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

By William Shakespeare.
Guest director Andrew Cassel.
March 23-April 8, 2018.

Cast:

The Course of True Love

The Athenians featuring (l-r) Ariana Polanco, Darren Napoli, Siri Tuttle, Rachel Blackwell, Michael Shaeffer, Brittany Bowling, Jared Olin and Elsbeth Cheyne

The Course of True Love
Theseus…Michael Shaeffer
Hippolita…Rachel Blackwell
Egeus…Siri Tuttle
Philostrate…Brittany Bowling
Hermia…Ariana Polanco
Demetrius…Jared Olin
Lysander…Darren Napoli
Helena…Elsbeth Cheyne

The Players

The Players featuring (l-r) Lara Lotze, Alexander Gloger, Eric Heyne, Sam Thompson, Eugene Cole and Jessica Reed (sitting)

The Players
Peter Quince…Eric Heyne
Nick Bottom…Alexander Gloger
Francis Flute…Sam Thompson
Robin Starveling…Eugene Cole
Snug…Jess Reed
Snout…Lara Lotze

Fairy Land

The Fairies featuring (Clockwise) Tim Sackett, Annabel Heyne, Brittany Bowling, Lily Larson, Audrey Fox and Kellie Bernstein.

Fairy Land
Puck…Annabel Heyne
Cobweb…Brittany Bowling
Mustard-seed…Tim Sackett
Pease-blossom…Audrey Fox
Oberon…Lily Larson
Titania…Kellie Bernstein

Review by the News-Miner

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PRODUCTION TEAM :
Director – Andrew Cassel
Producer/ Fight Choreographer – Carrie Baker
Set Design – Adam Gillette
Costume Design – Jay Howe
Lighting Design – Colby Freel
Sound Design – Chris George
Design Mentor & Publicity – Kade Mendelowitz
Stage Manager – Valerie Stilipec
Assistant Stage Manager – Natilly Hovda

This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing

This Girl Laughs Posterby Finegan Kruckemeyer
Directed by guest artist Abigail Van Patter
February 8-18, 2018

CAST:
Albienne: Emily Ross
Carmen: Paloma Polanco
Beatrix: Sarah Williams
Narrator: Mary Conlin
Father: Freddy Gryder

CREW:
Set, Lighting, & Projection Designer: Lara Lotze
Costume Designer: Frederica Matumeak
Stage Manager: Isabella Sellers

Featuring (left-right) Mary Conlin, Emily Ross, Sarah Williams, Freddy Gryder, and Paloma Polanco.

This Girl Laughs News-Miner review

This Girl Laughs News-Miner review (click image for easy-to-print PDF)

Winter Shorts – Fall, 2017

Winter Shorts poster, Fall 2017The Winter Shorts – fall, 2017
November 10-19, 2017

Presented by the UAF Student Drama Association featuring:
The Writer by Chip Bolcik, directed by Freddy Gryder
Over the Line by Freddy Gryder, directed by Adam Gillette
Home by Vinecia Coleman, directed by Mary Conlin
Ace by Frederica Matumeak, directed by Lara Lotze

 

Spring Shorts – 2017

Spring Shorts
April 21 & 22, 2017
A collection of one-acts written by Kavelina Torres

“Little Bits” by Kavelina Torres, directed by Amanda Casterline
“Gabby’s Descent” by Kavelina Torres, directed by Emily Ross
“Cacetugmi” by Kavelina Torres, directed by Frederica Matumeak
Readers Theatre:
“Coffee” by Kavelina Torres, directed by Nancy Nguyen
“That Time Last Summer When…” by Kavelina Torres, directed by Nancy Nguyen
“Jin and Baron” by Kavelina Torres, directed by Amanda Casterline

 

Five Women Wearing the Same Dress

Five Women Wearing the Same Dress poster

Production poster

“Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” by Alan Ball
Directed by Carrie Baker
March 24 – April 2, 2017

Cast
Frances……………………………Natilly Hovda
Meredith……………………….Sarah Williams
Trisha…………………………..Meghan Fowler
Georgeanne………………………Jill Shipman
Mindy…………………………….Brandi Larson
Tripp………………………………….Jared Olin

Photos follow the Production Crew listing.

Director… Carrie Baker
Set Designer… Kade Mendelowitz
Technical Director… Adam Gillette
Carpenters… Mary Conlin, Freddy Gryder
Costume Designer… Amanda Casterline
Costume Shop Supervisor… Jerene Mosier
Costume Construction… Lara Lotze ,Frederica Matumeak and Jerene Mosier
Lighting Designer… Colby Freel
Electricians… Elsbeth Cheyne, Colby Freel, Lara Lotze, Frederica Matumeak, Kailey Miranda and Emily Ross
Sound Designer… Andrew Cassel
Props Master… Kailey Miranda
Assistant Director / Understudy… Nancy Nguyen
Stage Manager… Emily Ross
Assistant Stage Managers… Amanda Casterline and Bella Sellers
Marketing / Box Office… Nannette Pierson
Poster Designer / Social Media Director… Kade Mendelowitz
Casting Director / Vocal Coach… Andrew Cassel

Official review from the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Official review from the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

“Winter Shorts” – Fall 2017

October, 2016
The Winter Shorts, Fall 2017 included:

A Winter Conversation Written and Directed by Nancy Nguyen
Surface Break Written by Nate Cole, directed by Ariana Polanco
The Next Mrs. Jacob Anderson Written Written by Ann Wuehler, directed by Erlee Hjellen
The Stephen King Cameo Written Written by Michael Shaeffer, directed by Jill Shipman
Tipping Point Written by Paul McKinley, directed by Amanda Casterline

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof production poster“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Rebecca George
April 15-24, 2016

BRICK…………………………………………………..Jaron Carlson
MARGARET…………………………………………..Mary Conlin
BIG DADDY………………………………………….Steve Mitchell
BIG MAMA…………………………………………………Siri Tuttle
MAE…………………………………………………Katrina Kuharich
GOOPER………………………………………………Thomas Petrie
DIXIE……………………………………………………….Molly Cable
TRIXIE………………………………………………………Lizzy Cable
SONNY……………………………………………………Josie Adasiak
POLLY………………………………………………Charlotte Phillips
DOC BAUGH……………………………………Michael Shaeffer
REVEREND TOOKER………………………..Sam Thompson

Photos follow the production crew listing.

Read the official review of the production.

Read the official review of the production.

Would you care to read the article written by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner about the production?

Would you care to read the article written by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner about the production?

Director…Rebecca George
Scenic Designer…Adam Gillette
Costume Designer……Amanda Casterline
Lighting Designer…Kade Mendelowitz
Sound Designer…Chris John George
Stage Manager…Andrew Cassel
Assistant Stage Manager, Prop Master…Ben Coffroth
Technical Director & Master Electrician….Adam Gillette
Sound & Light Board Operator….Carl Sage
Scene Shop Manager..Adam Gillette
Scene Shop Assistants…Katrina Kuharich, Thomas Petrie
Carpentry Crew……..Wally Drumhiller, Mary Conlin, Carl Sage
Costume Shop Manager…..Jerene Mosier
Costume Shop Assistants..Amanda Casterline, Stephanie Rivet
Wardrobe & Makeup Supervisor…Frederica Matumeak
Hair Supervisor….Kaylee Larson
Costume Stitchers…Amanda Casterline, Stephanie Rivet, Linnea Doumas, Frederica Matumeak
Publicity Photographers.Kade Mendelowitz & Nannette Pierson
Box Office Manager / Public Relations / Poster Design..Nannette Pierson
Box Office Assistant.. Stephanie Rivet
House Manager/Head Usher… Ariana Polanco

Closer

Closer poster

Left to right: Brandi Larson, Mallory Smyth, Katrina Kuharich and Andrew Cassel star in “Closer”

“Closer”

Written by Patrick Marber
Directed by Ian Buoncore

Presented by the UAF Department of Theatre & Film February 12-21, 2016

Set Designer: Carl Sage
Costume Designer: Jerene Mosier
Lighting Designer: Kade Mendelowitz
Sound Designer: Richard Atkin
Stage Manager: Ariana Polanco

Cast
(in order of appearance)
Alice Katrina Kuharich
Dan Mallory Smyth
Larry Andrew Cassel
Anna Brandi Larson

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner did an article about the production.

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner did an article about the production. (PDF)

Official Review

Official Review (pdf)

UAF Sun Star did a story (pdf)

UAF Sun Star did a story (pdf)

 

“Winter Shorts” Fall, 2015

Winter Shorts Poster Fall, 2015

Poster by Sam Thompson

This year’s Winter Shorts consists of three distinct segments: Antigone, Devised, and Ground Squirrel Improv.

December 11-13, 2015

Antigone, by Sophocles, is a classic tragedy set in the aftermath of a civil war in the Greek city state of Thebes. It details the consequences arising from Antigone’s choice to defy an edict from the new king Creon banning any memorial for Polyneices, one of the two royal brothers who were both slain in the war. The production is directed by UAF Senior Theatre major Carl L Sage, who also serves as the designer of all the shows technical aspects (scenery, lighting, and costumes). With the assistance of a production grant from the University of Alaska Fairbanks office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity (URSA),

Winter Shorts 2015 News-Miner Article

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner featured a blurb on the production, Dec. 10, 2015.

Antigone is meant to serve as a capstone for Mr Sage’s undergraduate theatrical education. The productions ensemble based cast features Elsbeth Cheyne as Antigone, Mary Conlin as Chorus B, Roxy Lane as Teiresias/Messenger, Tristan Matson as Guard/Haemon, Emily Ross as Chorus A, Andrew Vey as Creon, and Justine Webb as Ismene/Eurydice.

Devised is a collaboratively created theatrical piece, created and choreographed by performers Cynthia Jones, Katrina Kuharich, and Sierra Trinchet. Using music and motion, Devised explores the themes of growth and self-discovery.

Ground Squirrel Improv is a locally based improvisational comedy troupe. Troupe members Elsbeth Cheyne, Eugene Cole, Skyler Evans, Andrew Graham, and Andrew Vey draw on audience input to create spur of the moment comedy.