Twinkle Tames A Dragon



  • Book & Lyrics by MATTHEW HARDY
  • Music, Vocal Arrangements & Orchestrations by RANDY KLEIN
  • Based on the Book "TWINKLE TAMES A DRAGON"
  • Illustrated by SARAH WARBURTON


From Katharine Holabird, the author of the classic book series Angelina Ballerina, comes a brand new show for all those who love fairies, friendship, dragons and fun! Twinkle has always wanted a pet and is thrilled when Fairy Godmother grants her wish. While her friends get cute little pets, a naughty pet dragon named Scruffy is NOT what Twinkle had in mind! Can Twinkle tame her dragon in time for Fairy Pet Day?



Ashley Curry (Pippa) is a recent graduate of American Academy of the Dramatic Arts. Ashley adores theatre because it is a safe place for all ages to learn, connect, question and create. Ashley feels very blessed to be making her Vital theatre debut! Ashley wants to thank her mom for always being her number one cheerleader. Ashley would like to thank God for continually keeping her grounded.

Mackinnley Bowden (Scruffy) is a recent graduate of the Musical Theatre program at the New York Film Academy. Most recently he was seen as Leaf Coneybear in the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee directed by Todd Buonopane and as the Emcee in Cabaret directed by Nathan Brewer. He also appeared in a short movie musical, "Streetwrite", currently playing in festivals around the country and globe. Originally from Australia, Mackinnley worked regionally in productions like 13, where he played Evan, and was featured in the ensemble of the Queensland Opera's production of La Boheme in the award-winning QPAC theatre. Mackinnley is very excited to be playing Scruffy and to have become a part of telling his new favourite story!

Josephine Patane (Twinkle) is happy to be performing with Vital Theatre! Regional credits include: Fiddler on the Roof (Chava), The Sound of Music (Liesl), Peter Pan (Jane/Tootles), La Cage Aux Folles (Anne). Film: "Happy Yummy Chicken". Proud graduate of Marymount Manhattan College. Thanks to the cast, crew, and awesome team of Twinkle Tames a Dragon!

Trysten Reynolds (Lulu) is thrilled to be making her debut with Vital Theatre! Formerly a character performer at Walt Disney World, some of her favorite theatre credits include: Anything Goes! (Reno), The Pirates of Penzance (Mabel), and The Phantom of the Opera. BFA: Brigham Young University. Many thanks to the Twinkle team, and my incredible family!

Michelle ZurSchmiede (Fairy Godmother) is thrilled to be bringing back one of her favorite fairies to the Vital stage! She graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Select regional credits include: (Evil Stepmother) Cinderella, (Glinda) The Wizard of Oz, (Irene Malloy) Hello Dolly, (Velma Von Tussle) Hairspray, (Lois Lane/ Bianca) Kiss Me Kate, and (Emma) Jekyll & Hyde. She is also the writer of the comedy "Happily Ever After Standing Here." Thank you to my Tine Kins, Patrick, Alex, Solomon, Elijah, Arrow, and the wondrous Annette Myers for your love and belief.


Katharine Holabird (Co-Book Writer) is the author of "Twinkle Tames A Dragon" as well as the "Angelina Ballerina" books, and co-writer of the musical book. Katharine has written over thirty storybooks for children, and her Angelina Ballerina books have won many awards and been turned into a TV animation series as well as two Vital Theatre Company musicals. "Twinkle" is Katharine’s latest children's character, a fun loving fairy with magical wings.

Cara Lustik (Co-Book Writer) has written the book for Flight School the Musical and Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas the Musical. She has over 15 years in the entertainment, branding and licensing industries. Previously, she worked with HIT Entertainment for its preschool properties including Thomas the Tank Engine™. Cara has worked with Production, Home Entertainment, Creative, Live Events, Broadcast and Digital teams on live events and stage productions, new characters, and digital initiatives.

Matthew Hardy (Book & Lyrics) has written the book and lyrics for the new musical comedies Flambé Dreams, Bonnets & Bling!, The Rubberers, Ever Happily After, Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas and Twinkle Tames a Dragon. Matthew received an Honorable Mention for Excellence in Lyric Writing at The New York Musical Theatre Festival 2012, is an Anna Sosenko Trust Recipient (2012), and a Jerry Boch Award finalist (2011). As an actor, he has performed with the National Tour of Fosse, toured with Jane Comfort & Co., presented his own cabaret act entitled Songs for the Dysfunctional, and worked at many regional theaters across the nation. Matthew is a proud member of Actor's Equity, a graduate of the William Esper Acting Studio and a member of The BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop.

Randy Klein (Composer) is an award-winning composer and pianist with 4 Emmy Awards and 2 Gold Records. His musical theatre works include: Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas, 2014 to present; Flambé Dreams, 2012 New York Musical Theatre Festival; Ever Happily After, a children’s musical, 2013 New York Musical Theatre Festival; Move!, a dance musical commissioned - Royal Theatre Carre', Amsterdam; I Don't Do Club Dates, staged readings Victory Theater, by the National Musical Theater Network and John Harms Arts Center. Recipient of the Simons Fellowship at the Hall Center for the Humanities, University of Kansas, he is an Anna Sosenko Trust Recipient; BMI Foundation Jerry Harrington Award for Achievement in Musical Theatre, nominated for the Jerry Boch Award for theater composition. Composer of the choral works For My People, Facing It and Dear John, Dear Coltrane. Numerous solo improvised piano recordings. Member of The BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, The Dramatists Guild. Randy is an Exclusive Steinway Artist.

Shani Colleen Murfin (Director) is thrilled to return to the Sparkle Tree Forrest! Favorite directing credits include A New Brain; Die, Mommy, Die!; Urinetown; and Legally Blonde. Stage management credits include Pinkalicious, Angelina Ballerina, and more with Vital Theatre Company; The Amazing Max; Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man; A Light Lunch (The Flea Theatre); The End of You; 20 Years of Agnes; The Iron Curtain (Prospect Theatre Company); The Rocky Horror Show (CSCP); You People (The Shalimar).

Clint Hromsco (Choreographer) Off-Broadway: Flight School the Musical (Original Cast Recording). National Tours: Jekyll & Hyde, Wizard of Oz, and Nickelodeon’s Storytime Live! NYC: Abortion by Eugene O'Neill, The Secret Garden, Yosef – A New Musical. Select regional credits include: Spamalot, 42nd Street, 9 to 5, Chicago, Shrek, How to Succeed..., All Shook Up, 25th Annual...Spelling Bee, Damn Yankees, A Chorus Line, Sister Act. TV/Film: Don Lingle on "Mysteries at the Museum" (Travel Channel), "Airplane Repot" (Discovery Channel), "Subramanyam for Sale" (featured dancer), "Mortal Instruments: City of Bones", "Girls" (HBO), "White Collar" (USA), "666 Park Avenue" (ABC). Clint has also been featured in several regional and international commercials. BFA: Ithaca College. Thanks to Mom, Dad, Jeremy, Laura, Jonathan, Luke and Jeffrey for all of their love and support.

Gina Solebello (Stage Manager) is excited to be working with the Vital Theatre Company for Twinkle Tames a Dragon! She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Musical Theatre from Marywood University, located in Scranton, PA and moved to New York City in 2014 to pursue a career in the arts. Gina is the Artistic Director of THE CREATORS COLLECTIVE, a Brooklyn-based multi-disciplinary arts collective. Gina stage manages for the Inversion Theater Company, and is a member of their Artistic Associate Advisory Committee. Most recently Gina worked directly with the stage management team of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater as a production assistant for three consecutive seasons. She is looking forward to explore the world of children's theatre in NYC!

Kyle Dixon (Set Designer), a Kentucky native, has been designing in NYC for almost a decade. His scenic artwork may be seen from The Lost Colony to the Bellagio Conservatory in Las Vegas, as well as NYC and many places in between. Recent productions include Angelina Ballerina The Musical (NYC, Tour, and Toronto), StinkyKids, The Musical, and the premiere of Larry Kunofsky's Your Boyfriend May Be Imaginary. Kyle also serves as staff scenic designer for Hunter College High School and a Vital Teaching Artist in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Jeffrey Campos (Music Director). Jekyll & Hyde, A Chorus Line, The Wizard of Oz, Oklahoma, Annie, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Regional: Beauty and the Beast, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Saturday Night Fever, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Victor/Victoria, The Witches of Eastwick, Grease, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Joseph ...Dreamcoat, 9 to 5, Damn Yankees, South Pacific, Legally Blonde, Summer of Love, Sunset Boulevard (Ogunquit Playhouse), The Prima Donnettes, Too Darn Hot (Florida Studio Theatre), Mame (Cohoes). NYC: A Stoop on Orchard Street (Off-Broadway); NYC Mayor’s Awards for Arts and Culture, Jack Perry is Alive (and Dating) (Ars Nova); Show Choir (NYC Fringe); A New Generation of Song (NYMF); The Secret Garden, Human Comedy, Lucky Stiff, Triumph of Love, A New Brain, Forever Plaid, Proof (Astoria Performing Arts Center); Violet, The Wild Party, Like You Like It, City of Angels (Gallery Players); Jesus Christ Superstar (Producer’s Club). Orchestrations: Broadway Backwards (American Airlines Theatre). Developmental grant recipient from the Queens Council for the Arts for his musical The Man in the Iron Mask.

Kaitlyn Day (Costumes) is a native of Queens, NY. She recently graduated with her Masters Degree in Costume Design from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She is currently an assistant on School of Rock the Musical (designed by Anna Louizos) and An American in Paris (designed by Bob Crowley), both on Broadway. She previously designed Grinder's Stand at the Bridge Street Theatre.

Max Darwin (Illusion Consultant) is a theater artist and magician. He has designed illusions for the FOX TV show "Gotham" and can be seen on TV as guest artist and magic consultant for Season 3 & 4 of The National Geographic Channel's top rated show "Brain Games". Other credits include ABC's "Black Box" and as the host of the hit Nickelodeon show "Game Farm". Max has also appeared in numerous national TV commercials for products like Verizon, Bank of America, Axe Body Spray, and Coca-Cola. When not traveling, he lives in New York where he is the creator and star of the long-running Off-Broadway magic show The Amazing Max.

Holly Buczek (Casting Director). For Vital Theatre, Holly has cast Pinkalicious The Musical, Fancy Nancy, Angelina Ballerina The Musical, StinkyKids (2012 Off-Broadway Alliance Winner for Best Family Show) and others. Current and recent projects include: Annie - National Tour 2014/15, 50 Shades, The Original Parody – off Broadway and Touring Companies, Til Divorce Do Us Part – off Broadway, Deathtrap and Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike at The John W. Engeman Theatre, Caroline or Change for Cyrano’s Theatre in Alaska, The Independents for Fringe 2012 (winner Best-of-the Fest), Wearing Black for the Frigid Festival, iLLA, A Hip-Hop Musical, Deployed - The Musical, The Brain That Wouldn’t Die – In 3D, The Groove Factory and Pirates of Finance for NYMF, and for Bard SummerScape festival, The Ballad of Rom and Julz and Bitter Sweet. Holly also handles the casting for Musicals Tonight!, Berenstain Bears, Live, and past seasons of The Secret Theatre and Millbrook Playhouse Summer Theatre. Films: "Naz & Maalik", "Diva" and "Symposium". Web: Commercials for Intel and Lipton. For more information on Holly visit