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FLIGHT SCHOOL THE MUSICAL

  • Book by CARA LUSTIK
  • Music by DAVID MALLAMUD
  • Lyrics by JOSHUA H. COHEN

  • Directed and Choreographed by CLINT HROMSCO
  • Based on the Book "FLIGHT SCHOOL"
  • by LITA JUDGE
    Now on 7 State Recommended Reading Lists!
    Arizona, 2017 Grand Canyon Reader Award
    South Carolina
    New Hampshire, Ladybug Picture Book Award Nominee, 2015
    Kansas, 2014 Kansas Reading Circle
    Texas 2 X 2 Reading List 2015
    Wyoming Reads 2015
    South Dakota, Prairie Bud 2015-2016

PHOTOS

ABOUT THE SHOW

It’s the first day of Flight School, where they teach birds to fly. Penguin has the soul of an eagle and is ready to live on the wind. But he wasn’t built to soar, as the other birds constantly remind him. Penguin’s spirit won’t be grounded. With some friends of a feather, and a little help on the technical parts, Penguin follows his dreams to flip, flap, fly! With book by Cara Lustik, music by David Mallamud, and lyrics by Joshua H. Cohen, Flight School The Musical is based on the book Flight School from best-selling author Lita Judge.

CAST

Alexa Lebersfeld (Penguin) is thrilled to return to Vital this season! She was most recently seen as Nancy in Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas and Britt in Stinky Kids! She is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory where some of her favorite credits include Avenue Q (Kate Monster) and Legally Blonde (Margot). Much love to the whole family: grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, Mom, Dad, and Jenna. Love to BoCo and FwF. Love to this incredible cast and crew!

Sarah Mae Banning (Flamingo) s delighted to not only be attending Flight School for the first time, but teaching the course! You may recognize Sarah Mae from other Vital favorites like Pinkalicious and Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas. Other favorite credits: Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie), The Little Mermaid (Ariel), & Merrilee Mannerly (Princess Posy). She is a proud alum of The Hartt School, where she received her BFA in Musical Theatre. Sarah Mae would like to dedicate this performance to a very special bird flying high in the sky. www.sarahmaebanning.com

Amber Dickerson (Owl) is thrilled to be joining the cast of Flight School: The Musical! Originally from Carnesville, GA, Amber holds her B.F.A in Theatre Performance from Columbus State University and her B.S. in Developmental Psychology from CUNY. Other Vital Theatre credits include Pinkalicious: The Musical (Pinkalicious) and Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas (JoJo). Favorite credits include Bat Boy (Shelley), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Hermia), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Sally) and The Rocky Horror Show (Janet). Many thanks to Vital Theatre Company and the entire cast and crew! www.amberdickerson.com

Sean R. Jones (Seagull). Originally from Hamilton, OH, Sean attended Wright State University, where he earned his BFA in Musical Theatre. Some of Sean's favorite credits include Ko-Ko in The Hot Mikado, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Lopakhin in The Cherry Orchard, and Leaf Coneybear in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. He also played Mrs. DeVine/Grandpa in Vital's production of Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas. A big thanks to the Vital family and to all of Sean’s loved ones! www.seanrjones.actor

Todd Ritch (Pelican) can currently be seen as Peter in Pinkalicious! Other Vital credits include Angelina Ballerina and Fancy Nancy. Favorite regional credits include Avenue Q (Princeton/Rod), Spring Awakening (Ernst), Hairspray (Link), Hair (Claude/Berger), and Ragtime (Younger Brother). He directed the new musical #LoveStory at the International Fringe Festival. Todd is also a teaching artist for Vital - be sure to sign up for this years upcoming camps! He sends his love to Frankie, Stephen, Alex, and Holly.

CREATIVES

Cara Lustik (Book) has written the book for Twinkle Tames a Dragon 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. www.lustikink.com

David Mallamud (Music). David Mallamud's music has been performed in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to The Kennedy Center and was recently heard Off-Broadway in the parody, Twilight: The Musical (New World Stages, directed by Gabriel Barre). He is currently working with playwright Philip Dawkins on the stage adaptation of the Dr. Seuss book, The Sneetches for The Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis; a violin concerto with Mike Mills (from R.E.M.) for Robert McDuffie; and a CD of his music with The Albany Symphony’s Dogs of Desire. Other theater credits include: Bill Nelson’s All-Male Revue (Barrington Stages, directed by Bill Finn), The Strange Affair of Doctor Crippen (Theatre Building Chicago), and Man in the Iron Mask (Winner of Scene It, The Jerry Orbach Theater). Symphonic credits include performances by The Harrisburg Symphony, The Albany Symphony, The New World Symphony, and The Westchester Philharmonic. He has also co-orchestrated a number of shows with Kim Scharnberg for director Vincent Marini at The Flat Rock Playhouse. Education: B.M. Eastman, M.M. Juilliard, M.F.A. NYU/Tisch Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program. www.davidmallamud.com

Joshua H. Cohen (Lyrics). Joshua's honors include a Jonathan Larson Grant, the Anna Zornio Children's Theatre Playwriting Award (lyrics, Keep On Walkin'), the Chameleon Theatre Circle New Play Award for musical Ordinary Island (music/lyrics), and a MAC Award nomination for his cult cabaret hit "The Sacrifice of Love" (a.k.a. the waxing song). New York has recently seen his play The Thirteenth Commandment (Libra Theater Company, 7 NY Innovative Theater Award nominations, 2 wins) and musical Tamar of the River (Prospect Theatre Company, 2 Drama Desk nominations, world premiere recording from Yellow Sound Label). Other work developed or produced by Emerging Artists Theater, Active Theater, Oberon Theater Ensemble, Jewish Ensemble Theater, Secret Theater, New American, many others. Member, Dramatists Guild; 2008-10 Fellow, American Lyric Theatre's Composer-Librettist Development Program; August 2012 CAP21 Writers Residency. BA: Amherst College, MFA: NYU-GMTWP. www.JoshuaHCohen.com

Lita Judge (Book Author) is the award-winning author and illustrator of sixteen fiction and nonfiction picture books including Good Morning to Me (Simon & Schuster, 2015), Born in the Wild (Roaring Brook, 2014), Flight School (S&S, 2014) and the beloved classic Red Sled (S&S, 2011). Her books have been included on the Kirkus Best Books of the Year List and have received numerous awards including the Sterling North Award, the Jane Addams Honor, ALA Notable, the International Literacy Association Children's Book Award and Michigan Notable Book. Birds of all kinds have long inspired her stories. As a child she spent every summer in Wisconsin with her Ornithologist grandparents, living in a house filled with Eagles, Hawks and Owls. Now she lives with her husband, two cats and a little green parrot named Beatrix Potter in Peterborough, New Hampshire. You can visit her online at www.LitaJudge.net

Clint Hromsco (Director/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.

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. www.KyleDixonDesigns.com

Amanda Jenks (Costume Design) is an NYIT Award-nominated freelance costume designer for theatre, film, television, and dance based in New York City and a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Currently, she is the assistant costume designer for the Bob Crowley-designed musical An American in Paris, which was nominated for 12 Tony Awards, including Outstanding Costume Design of a Musical, and is now running at Broadway's Palace Theater after its sold-out run at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. She's also an assistant costume designer on School of Rock (costume design by Anna Louizos).

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.

Frances Hughes (Production Stage Manager) graduated from SUNY Buffalo State with a B.A. in Theatre. Frances has been stage managing for Vital for over a year and is the current Company Manager. Recent credits with Vital Theatre include Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas (tour and NYC production) and StinkyKids the Musical. She also stage managed the national tour of Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy the Musical with Bay Area Children's Theatre. Frances has been working on both Pinkalicious and Flight School for a year and hopes you love the shows!

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 www.hdbcasting.com

FLIGHT SCHOOL ON TOUR

Diana Wortham TheatreAsheville, NCTue. Oct. 10th, 2017 - 10:00 AM
Diana Wortham TheatreAsheville, NCTue. Oct. 10th, 2017 - 12:00 PM
East Carolina University - College of Fine Arts anGreenville, NCFri. Feb. 16th, 2018 - 10:00 AM
East Carolina University - College of Fine Arts anGreenville, NCFri. Feb. 16th, 2018 - 7:00 PM
Wayne Theatre / Ross Performing Arts CenterWaynesboro, VAFri. Mar. 16th, 2018 - 9:30 AM
Wayne Theatre / Ross Performing Arts CenterWaynesboro, VAFri. Mar. 16th, 2018 - 12:30 PM
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