MARK BACON (J.M. Barrie). is thrilled to play with his imagination for the next year! Selected credits: Brigadoon (Tommy), Hairspray (Link), Heathers (Hipster, JD understudy), All Shook Up (Chad), Mamma Mia! (Sky). Shout out to my flight attendants. Follow him on Instagram @bitz820 MmmBaconPlease.com
JOSEPHINE FLORENCE COOPER (Sylvia Llewelyn Davies). Jo is honored to enter the whimsical yet grounded world of this story and character! Tours/Off- Broadway: Girls Night, La Storia Di Colapesce, Night Witches, The Dream Project. TV/Film: Comedy Central, Uncanny Harbor. BFA Theatre Emerson College. Deep gratitude for my people CFMAZ! This one’s for Mama, Dad, Grammy and most of all…Pappy! Follow her on Instagram @josephine_florence
KIRK LAWRENCE (Charles Frohman/Captain James Hook). is overjoyed to set sail with this magical show. Regional: West Side Story (Doc), Oklahoma! (Mr. Carnes), A Wonderful Life (Mr. Potter), Sweeney Todd (Todd). Tours: The Wizard of Oz (Marvel/Oz- APEX), Julie Taymor’s Juan Darien. Kirk encourages everyone to “Play!” www.kirklawrence.com
Emmanuelle Zeesman (Mrs. du Maurier). is thrilled to return to Neverland! Credits: The Wizard of Oz, Guys and Dolls, Passion and Blood Brothers (CCC Best Actress Award). Thank you to the creative team and love to my Canadian/American/Mexican families! @emmanuellezeesman
BRYCTON ARCHER (George) He first debuted on the Broadway Palm stage as Michael Hobbs in Elf the Musical. He has a passion for performing and has performed in a variety of theatre productions. He would like to thank his family, theatre family and all the directors that have worked with him on and off stage.
EVAN BARRERO (Jack) is thrilled to be back at the Broadway Palm where he has appeared in A Christmas Story and Elf the Musical. He’s a fifth grader who enjoys playing piano, singing, and making others laugh. He thanks his family for believing in him.
GABRIEL CRUZ (Jack). Theater is Gabe’s passion! Favorites roles have been Oliver in Oliver, Robertson Ay- Mary Poppins, Young Shrek-Shrek, Owl-Winnie the Pool Kids, and he has also been in Godspell, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid and Alice in Wonderland. He’s excited to be making his debut at Broadway Palm! He thanks his family & friends for their support.
CAISSON DOBSON (Peter). is thrilled to be back at the Broadway Palm and this time with his real life brother, Canon. Some of his favorite roles include Charlie Bucket in Willy Wonka Jr. and most recently Chip in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Caisson wants to thank his family for all of their love and support.
CANON DOBSON (George). is excited to be making his Broadway Palm debut with this beautiful production. Previous credits: The Addams Family (Lucas), Peter Pan Jr. (John), Shrek (Pinocchio). Special thanks to his family for their encouragement and support.
ASHTON HEATHCOAT (Michael). is nine years old and so excited to return Broadway Palm. He last appeared as Chip in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. You can also find him on TV as Beto on Nickelodeon’s I Am Frankie. Love to friends and family. @ashtonheathcoat
RIVER REED (Michael). is eleven years old and going into sixth grade. He was last seen on this stage in Elf the Musical. He hopes you enjoy the show!
BENJAMIN SABO (Peter). is thrilled to be making his Broadway Palm debut playing Peter. He loves acting and singing. Big thanks to his family and his voice teacher, Angel.
OSCAR (Porthos) is very excited to be making his stage debut in Finding Neverland. Originally from Ephrata, PA, he recently turned eight months old. When not on stage, Oscar likes to fetch tennis balls and go to pet stores. Oscar is excited for the Finding Neverland National Tour in 2020. A big “WOOF” to his favorite trainer Kaye Ames and his dad, David.
TIMOTHE BITTLE (Mr. Henshaw/Ensemble/Frohman/Hook Cover). Regional: Coalhouse (Ragtime), Jim (Big River), Billy Flynn (Chicago), Curtis (Sister Act), Benny (In The Heights), Frankenstein (Universal Studios Japan). Love to my family for their love and support.
NICHOLAS KARL BROWN (Elliot/Ensemble). is thrilled to be a part of Finding Neverland and making his national tour debut! Nicholas is a proud graduate of Temple University for Musical Theatre. Select regional: Legally Blonde (Walnut Street & Riverside); Matilda (Walnut Street); Chicago (Arkansas Rep. Theatre); The Little Mermaid, Tarzan (Gretna Theatre). For Dad. www.nicholaskarlbrown.com @nicholas_karl
DANI CIARAMITARO (Miss Potter/Ensemble/Wendy & Peter Pan Cover). National Tour Debut! Recent AMDA NYC graduate. Thrilled. Grateful. Love to my friends, family, and teachers! @daniciaramitaro
DESIRÉE DILLON (Miss Bassett/Ensemble/Miss DuMarier Cover). Oklahoma native, Oklahoma City University grad, current New York City resident. Winner of the International Crescendo Music Awards and Mario Lanza and Elaine Malbin Vocal Competition in New York City. Favorite regional credits include Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Mary Poppins, and Anything Goes.
MORGAN GILLOTT (Ensemble/Peter Pan and Wendy Cover). is elated to be making her theatre debut! She has most recently performed with Dance Lab New York in the Fire Island Dance Festival. She attended Joffrey Ballet School and IAMT. Big thanks to her family, dance teachers and voice coach.
NATHAN EDWARD GROTH (Ensemble/Russian Bear). National tour debut! Previous credits: Swing! The Musical (Dutch Apple, NCL), Elf (Broadway Palm) and several shows internationally with Norwegian Cruise Lines. Proud graduate of AMDA New York- Dance Theatre Conservatory. Special thanks to my family, friends and teachers for all the love. @nathangroth Nathanedwardgroth.com
JAKE KINNEY (Lord Canaan/JM Barrie Cover). is a New York City based performer, music director, and voice teacher. Much love to family, friends and his VERY patient girlfriend and dog for their constant support.
ASHLEY McCORMACK (Miss Jones/Sylvia, Mary and Mrs. DuMaurier Cover). Favorite regional: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Belle), 9 to 5 (Doralee), The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy). University of Alabama. Love to Mac and my incredible family. www.ashley-mccormack.com @ashley.brooke
JUSTIN MILLER (Turpin/JM Barrie and Frohman Cover). National tour debut! The Bridges of Madison County (Robert Kincaid), Camelot, Chicago (Billy Flynn). All of the love to his family! @justinleemiller1
MADDIE PARRISH (Peter Pan/Ensemble). National tour debut! Most recently performed with Parsons Dance Company. NYU Tisch (BFA Dance). Love to mom, dad and my family/friends. You believed!
JONATHAN RAGSDALE (Ensemble/Swing). Tours: Memphis, Elf, Fame. At sea: Holland America, Norwegian. Regional: Cats, Mamma Mia!. TV: Breaking Bad, In Plain Sight. BFA in Theatre & Dance from UNM. Follow @JRags
JUSTINE RIMA (Wendy/Ensemble). National tour debut! BFA dance graduate from Marymount Manhatten College. Many hugs to my family and Bryan for all the love and support. @stinerima
CONNOR SIMPSON (Mr. Cromer/Ensemble) National/International Tours: Annie. Favorite regional credits: A Christmas Story: The Musical, Stand By Your Man: The Tammy Wynette Story, 3 Guys Naked from the Waist Down, Spamalot, Around The World In 80 Days. Composer/Lyricist: Minnie Quay. BFA in Musical Theatre from Kent State University. Many thanks to his family and friends for their constant love and support.
BRADEN SWEENEY (Albert/Ensemble). National tour debut! Past credits include Norwegian Cruise Lines, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, ZACH Theatre, Red Mountain Theatre Company and Gateway Playhouse. Rider University, BFA. www.bradensweeney.com
ASHLEIGH THOMPSON (Mary Barrie/Ensemble/Sylvia Cover). National tour: The Wizard of Oz (Glinda/Aunt Em), APEX Touring. Regional: 9 to 5 (Judy), Jenny Wiley Theatre; Company (Kathy), Heritage Theatre Festival; Oliver! (Nancy), Festival 56. BFA Musical Theatre, Shenandoah Conservatory. For my family. Love to Allen. www. ashleighthompson.com
MARC CIEMIEWICZ (Company Manager). For over 25 years Marc has worked as an actor, director, stage manager, company manager, and production manager from coast to coast. Tours: Yeston and Kopit’s Phantom, It’s Swingtime!, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (directed and choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler) and Footloose, The Wedding Singer with Prather Touring and the National and International tours of The Wizard of Oz with APEX Touring. Marc holds a BFA and an MFA in Musical Theatre from Shenandoah Conservatory and San Diego State University respectively. Let Art Live!
MOLLY BURCH (Production Stage Manager) graduated from Columbus State University where she studied stage management. Her most recent credits include ZeroSpace and Sleep No More in New York City, The Polar Express Train Ride and The Wizard of Oz Train Ride with Rail Events Inc., and StarQuest Dance Competition. Her current goal is to work in every state.
MICHAEL MASTROIANNI (Music Director) National tour debut! Off-Broadway: Green Card the Musical. Regional: Burn All Night (A.R.T.), Sister Act, Beauty and the Beast (WPPAC), Born for This (Cutler Majestic). Multi-instrumentalist, orchestrator, nap enthusiast, and recent graduate of Berklee College of Music. Much love to family, friends & Meg. Mastromjm.com
DAVID TEMBY (Sound Design) is proud to design once again for APEX Touring. In addition to providing designs and management for high profile events and installations around the world, Mr. Temby is the Chief Operating Officer for Clearwing Productions. And, when not managing hundreds of employees, events, and production design responsibilities, his antics are lovingly tolerated by his awe-inspiring wife, Gretchen, his son, Truman, and his loyal sidekick, Gunther. More information about Mr. Temby and his credits can be found at clearwing.com.
ANDREW R. COHEN (Scenic Coordinator) Off-Broadway: The Lincoln Center: Where Words Once Were; 59E59: Occupied Territories. Regional: Studio Theatre: Murder Ballad [Helen Hayes Award Nomination for Outstanding Set Design]; Folger Theatre: King John, Olney Theatre Center: The Crucible, Theatre J: The Jewish Queen Lear, Broken Glass; Mosaic Theater Company of DC: Satchmo at the Waldorf, Marie and Rosetta; Kennedy Center TYA: Earthrise, Darius & Twig; Imagination Stage: Charlotte’s Web, Anatole: Mouse Magnifique, A Year with Frog and Toad; Theater Alliance: Flood City, Still Life with Rocket; MFA in Scenic Design from University of Maryland. www.andrewcohendesigns.com
JP MEYER (Music Supervisor) is the Musical Director at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre in Lancaster, PA, and serves as the musical supervisor/coordinator for APEX Touring, most recently for the national and international tour of The Wizard of Oz, and Pippin, the Musical. His orchestration and musical directing credits include Mary Poppins, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, A Christmas Story, A Wonderful Life, Funny Girl, Yeston and Kopit’s Phantom, Anything Goes, Les Miserables, Oklahoma! and West Side Story.
Broadway: Straight White Men, Waitress, Of Mice and Men; Off-Broadway: Hold on to Me Darling, Dying For It, Atlantic Theatre; The Killer (Set & Costumes), TFANA; Macbeth, Hartford Stage & LA Opera, w/ Darko Tresjnak; Selma ’65, LaMama; Frankenstein, Royal National Theatre w/ Danny Boyle; London 2012 Opening Ceremony (Emmy). Film: Gemini Man, Steve Jobs, 127 Hours (Production & Costume Design), Slumdog Millionaire; TV: “American Gods” & “Trust” (Production Design).
BRANDON T. MILLER (Hair and Wig Designer) is thrilled to be adding pixie dust to the wigs of Neverland! He designed and styled wigs for the national tours of Memphis The Musical, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Pippin, and the international tour of The WIzard Of Oz. Brandon has been the resident wig designer at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre in Lancaster, Pennsylvania for seven years. He is also the Wig Supervisor for APEX Touring. Enjoy the show!
DANIEL WURTZEL (Air Sculptor). Shows at: Musée Rodin, the Grand Palais in Paris, the Tate Modern Turbine Hall, the World Expo, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, the Museu do Amanhã in Rio de Janeiro, the Phillips Collection, Swiss Science Center Technorama, Copernicus Science Center, Phaeno Science Center and Kunsthall 3.14.. Daniel’s work has been featured on Broadway in Finding Neverland and with Cirque du Soleil in Amaluna, 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony. A Midsummer Night’s Dream (dir. Julie Taymor), Spades (dir. Robert Lepage). Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna (dir. Diane Paulus), Radio City Rockettes, NY Spectacular (dir. Mia Michaels), Air Play Show (dir. West Hyler). danielwurtzel.com
Broadway: The Cherry Orchard (Roundabout), Finding Neverland, Ghost (DD Award), Matilda, Pippin, Side Show, An Act of God, Macbeth (Armory), Groundhog Day (Old Vic) London and forthcoming Broadway. Movies: Hugo, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Mickey and the Magician (permanent show at Disneyland Paris). Has consulted for David Copperfield, Penn & Teller, David Blaine. Awarded Creative Fellowship of the Magic Castle, Hollywood. An associate artist of the Old Vic Theatre. www.stageillusion.com
Broadway: Finding Neverland, Chaplin. Ghost, Frost/Nixon, Brief Encounter. Off-Bway: Richard III (BAM). West End: Kate Bush: Before the Dawn, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Royal Ballet), The Phantom of the Opera (Royal Albert Hall), 3 Winters, King Lear. Recipient: Drama Desk, Obie, Olivier Awards.
John has conducted several national tours including State Fair starring John Davidson, Victor Victoria starring Toni Tennille, Seussical The Musical starring Cathy Rigby, Cinderella starring Eartha Kitt and Deborah Gibson, the Royal National Theatre’s revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! And The Wedding Singer. Additionally, Mr. Mezzio was Associate Conductor for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express at the Las Vegas Hilton. John was Music Coordinator for several national and international tours including Sweet Charity starring Molly Ringwald, Annie starring John Schuck and Mackenzie Phillips, Hairspray, The Producers, A Chorus Line, Spring Awakening, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, The Drowsy Chaperone, Elf The Musical, Memphis, Bullets Over Broadway, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and Shrek The Musical.
Since its inception in 1996, The Booking Group has represented 25 Tony Award-winning Best Musicals and Plays. Current touring productions include: Hamilton, Anastasia, The Book of Mormon, Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Fiddler on the Roof, Hello, Dolly!, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Mean Girls, My Fair Lady, Rent: The 20th Anniversary Tour, and Waitress. Future productions include: Hadestown, 1776, The Cher Show, Pretty Woman, To Kill a Mockingbird and Tootsie.
RUSSELL A. THOMPSON (Production Manager/Lighting Designer) Designs include the international and national tour of The Wizard of Oz, national tours of Pippin, Million Dollar Quartet, Memphis, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Hair, Fiddler on the Roof, All Shook Up, Footloose, The Wedding Singer and Beehive the 60’s Musical, the world premiere of Around the World in 80 Days and the regional premiere of The Civil War. Prather Productions designs include Jesus Christ Superstar, Hairspray, Rent, 9 to 5, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jekyll & Hyde, Yeston & Kopit’s Phantom, Swing, Ragtime, Peter Pan, Buddy, Legally Blonde and Cats. His designs for West Side Story, Aida and Miss Saigon have earned him three awards. Prior to joining Prather Productions, Russell lived in New York where his credits ranged from Club MTV to Manhattan School of Music.
BRIAN J. ENZMAN (Artistic Producer/Casting) 32 years with the Prather company (APEX/Prather Touring/ Dutch Apple- Lancaster, PA and Broadway Palm- Ft Myers, FL). He has been involved in over 200 productions from the first show at the Dutch Apple in 1987 (A Chorus Line) to the 2018 national tour of Cabaret. As resident director, credits include Phantom, Les Miserables, The Civil War, Jekyll and Hyde, The Drowsy Chaperone, South Pacific, Hello Dolly, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Cabaret, Gypsy, Mame, The King and I, Damn Yankees, The Music Man and Annie to name a few. Graduate of Millersville University in Lancaster, PA.
LAUREN SOBON (Artistic Producer/Casting) has been with Prather Productions for over 28 years and has either produced, directed, choreographed, cast or performed in over 100 productions for the company. Recent credits include serving as the Associate Producer/Casting Director for the recent national tour of Pippin and Director/Casting for the 2016 national tour of Million Dollar Quartet. Other national tours: Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, Fiddler On The Roof, Gypsy, Annie Get Your Gun. Regional: A Wonderful Life, Shrek, Honky Tonk Angels, A Christmas Carol, How To Succeed… and The Sound of Music.
PRATHER TOURING (General Management) Past national tours include Footloose, The Wedding Singer, BLAST, Fiddler on the Roof, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Memphis, Million Dollar Quartet, Pippin, the Tony Award winning musical, Cabaret and the international tour of The Wizard of Oz. William T. Prather is the Executive Producer of Prather Touring and is a second-generation theatre producer following in the footsteps of his parents, Tom and Debbie Prather who produced live theatre for over 50 years. He is a graduate of the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University and returned to the family business in 1993 after spending a couple of years in the corporate world. As Executive Producer of Prather Productions, he produces more than 32 shows each year in their regional theatres in Pennsylvania and Florida.
APEX TOURING (Producer) Highlighting their fourth national tour season with the current international tour of The Wizard of Oz, 2019 tour of The Wizard of Oz, the 2018 tour of Cabaret and 2017 tour of Pippin. APEX has been created to serve the ever expanding need for high quality, Broadway caliber touring productions around the world. Relying on the steady producing skills of its affiliates, APEX looks forward to many years of producing Broadway’s brightest new shows.
Camden is thrilled to be returning to this truly magical production. A professional performer and choreographer based in New York City, Camden received his BFA in Dance from NYU, and in 2016 was one of 12 men selected internationally to study in the Musical Theater Dance Program at the School at Jacobs Pillow. Past credits include the national tour of Finding Neverland 2018-19 (Associate Choreographer), the national tour of Pippin (Dance Captain/Pippin understudy), A Chorus Line at the Heritage Theater Festival (Mike), and most recently Camden acted as the Assistant Choreographer for the remounting of the Broadway Revival of Pippin in Tokyo, Japan.
Diane Paulus is The Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director of the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University. Broadway: Waitress, Finding Neverland, and the Tony Award winning revivals of Pippin (Tony Award, Best Director), The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, and HAIR. A.R.T.: Jagged Little Pill, In the Body of the World (also at MTC), The White Card by Claudia Rankine, Crossing (also at BAM), Finding Neverland, Witness Uganda, Pippin, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Prometheus Bound, Death and the Powers: The Robots’ Opera, Best of Both Worlds, Johnny Baseball, The Donkey Show. Other credits include Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna, currently on tour. Paulus is Professor of the Practice of Theater in Harvard University’s English Department and Department of Theater, Dance, and Media. She was selected for the 2014 Time 100, Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. She dedicates Finding Neverland to Katharine and Natalie.
TV: “So You Think You Can Dance” (three-time Emmy Award winner, five-time nominee), “SYTYCD Canada.” Film: Rock of Ages. Stage: New York Spectacular starring the Radio City Rockettes (director/choreographer), Finding Neverland (Broadway), Hello, Dolly! (Paper Mill), Cirque du Soleil’sDelirium, Celine Dion’s A New Day, Madonna, Prince. Dance: RAW (founder/artistic director/choreographer). Inspirational master teacher worldwide. Dedicated to my Mom and Dad in Neverland!
Mia is thrilled to be joining APEX again after being the Tour Director on Pippin. Mia was the Associate Director on the 1st Nat’l Tour of Finding Neverland, and the Assistant Director on the Broadway production. Broadway credits include: Associate Director on Jagged Little Pill and Waitress; Assistant Director on Porgy and Bess and Pippin. Mia frequently directs at various Off-Broadway and regional theaters, and she is a Drama League Directing Fellow. B.A., Harvard University. www.miapwalker.com
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