What do you do when you feel helpless; when you feel like there's no solution; when you feel as if nothing you do is going to make a difference? You learn to accept and ask yourself, what can I make of today? It is almost poetic that until I was able to move on from my frustration and loss, did I stumble across this show. Tuck Everlasting teaches us this lesson in its purest form. It shows us the gifts and the value that is life, in every minute of every day. Whether it be the day of your wedding or a conversation with your grandma, these moments in time are what give life meaning.
We live in a time where the world seems to be on pause. Where it is so easy to want to give into frustration and loss. But you only get one life. So, I ask you this: What can you make of today? -Matthew Graham
Matthew Graham is honored to be directing Tuck Everlasting at his home theatre. He is currently pursuing a double major in computer science and theatre performance at Chapman University. He is so incredibly thankful to have worked alongside his talented team and cast to create this timeless and ever so relevant story.
How swiftly the strained honey
of afternoon light
flows into darkness
and the closed bud shrugs off
its special mystery
in order to break into blossom:
as if what exists, exists
so that it can be lost
and become precious
In Passing, by Liesel Mueller
Paul is beyond thrilled to be working on Tuck Everlasting with Matthew, Catalina, and the rest of the production team! He’s previously worked on shows such as She Loves Me (Village Theatre), Mamma Mia (Theatre Arts Guild), and Kiss Me, Kate (WWU). Paul is currently finishing his Bachelor of Music degree at Western Washington University in Bellingham and works at Garden Street United Methodist Church where he provides music for their virtual services.
Catalina has enjoyed every second of this process! She has choreographed many middle school musical productions in the Issaquah area, as well as assistant choreographing for Village Theatre Ensemble productions. Catalina graduated from Mount Si High School this year. She sends much love to Jaeden, her family, and teachers who inspired her to pursue this passion. Thank you to the team and cast for making this production what it is.
Music Director/Music Editor
Rebecca is thrilled to be part of Tuck Everlasting! She is projected to graduate from Cornish College of the Arts in 2021 with a BFA in performance production, focused on scenic design. Her recent shows include Secret In the Wings at Cornish College of the Arts (assistant scenic designer) RENT: School Edition at Village Theatre Issaquah (Scenic designer) and Chicago at Cornish College of the Arts (assistant scenic designer, assistant paint). In her free time, she loves illustrating characters and building props and cosplay.
Aidyn is a first-year student at Western Washington University. She is majoring in theatre and music with a focus on both costuming and acting. She has been sewing since the age of 10 and costume designing once she entered high school. Her favorite production to design was The Crucible and making 1920s dresses for the actresses playing Roxie in Chicago. Aidyn is extremely grateful for the opportunity to work at KIDSTAGE and has loved working on this production of Tuck Everlasting.
Set Photographer/Video Editor
Erik is a senior at the University of Denver and will be graduating in the Fall. He is double majoring in theatre and emergent digital practices. He previously served as the lighting designer on Killer Joe at the University of Denver, Puss in Boots at the Boulder Opera, and RENT: School Edition at Village Theatre KIDSTAGE. He is thrilled to be back at KIDSTAGE working with an incredible production team. Enjoy the show!
Linnea is excited to be returning for her third year with Summer Independent! She currently attends the University of Arizona, where she is pursuing a degree in sound design. She would like to thank her family and friends for the support!
Sound Designer/Audio Editor
Julia is super excited to be working as the props master a for her first Village Theater KIDSTAGE show! She is currently studying at Whitman College and plans on double majoring in theatre and film. Julia is very grateful to get to work on such a fun show and with such a dedicated creative team.
Rachel in a sophomore musical theatre major at the University of Northern Colorado and has been a part of KIDSTAGE for nearly three years. You may recognize her name from the stage, but this is Rachel’s first time being a part of a production team! She has had a strong desire to learn about what it means to be a director, and she’s so incredibly thankful to get this opportunity to learn alongside industry professionals. She’s so excited to share this wonderful show with you, enjoy!
Tracy Anderson is absolutely thrilled to be working on this beautiful show! She’s currently training at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City for musical theatre. She has a specific love for contemporary dance as well as three years en pointe in classical ballet. Now is the time when we need art more than ever!
Alyx is a junior theatre major at Whitman college. She specializes in stage management, reinforced by her background in acting and dance. Fueled by her passion for producing new and lesser known works, Alyx is thrilled to help bring Tuck Everlasting to Village Theatre. When she is not working in the theatre, Alyx is interested in studying comparative religion, hiking, and road tripping around Oregon (her home state).
Stage Manger/Video Editor
Ethan is graduating from Issaquah High School and the Running Start program, he will be pursuing a degree in stage management at Western Washington University. Past credits include The Little Mermaid at Village Theatre, and Assistant Stage Manager at Bellevue College. You also may have seen him selling concessions as the lead lobby attendant at Village Theatre! He would love to thank his family, especially NG, for their continued support.
Andrew joins us from Cornish College of the Arts, where he is expected to graduate with his BFA in Performance Production in May of 2021. Prior shows include Spring Awakening (Follow Spot Operator), Strange Fruit (Master Carpenter), Jesus Christ Superstar (Carpenter), Night of the Living Dead Live! (Technical Director), Secret in the Wings (Master Carpenter), Chicago (Assistant Technical Director). He is very excited to have worked with this team.
Asst. Stage Manager/Lead Web Designer
Dramaturg/Lead Web Designer
Hanna is a playwriting major at Emory University. She has been involved in many facets of theatre, including dramaturgy, in the past; some recent favorites include serving as the artistic producer of Emory’s Lenaia Playwriting Festival, co-music directing a production of Heathers, and working as a production assistant for the theater in residence at Emory. She is ecstatic to be serving as the dramaturg on this beautiful show!
Colin Bixler has helped build behind the scenes with various Village Theatre productions including: Aida, Guys and Dolls, A Christmas Story, She Loves Me, Heidi and Gunter, Aladdin jr. and 13th: The Musical. He would like to thank the Tuck Everlasting team for this one of a kind opportunity and great mentorship!
Assistant Technical Director
Production Manager/Web Editor/
Avery is thrilled to be working on her third Summer Independent show with the most multi-talented & passionate team in theatre history! Past technical credits at KIDSTAGE include: The Little Mermaid (Stage Management Intern), RENT (Production Assistant), & Sister Act (Production Assistant). Avery is currently double majoring in stage management & special education at Western Washington University. A huge thank you to her partner Shawn, her team, & her Dad for their unconditional kindness & support.
Bito Gottesman is grateful to perform in such a unique show this summer. Favorite past credits include Billy Elliot at Village Theatre (Billy Elliot) & AMC’s Secret History of Comics among others. Bito loves that Village Theatre has found a creative platform for a show this summer.
Caitlin Sarwono is a music education student at the University of Washington. This is her second production with Village Theatre KIDSTAGE, her first being the staged version of Sincerely Yours (Pauline). Many thanks to the team for finding a way to still create art during this time!
Chris Benis is a proud Greek, Godfather, and singer/songwriter. Past theatrical appearances include RENT (Collins) and In The Heights (Kevin). Lastly, in addition to studying business management at Loyola Marymount University, he’d like to promote his current EP, “Station Seven”: https://open.spotify.com/album/3LfzReMtlPFY85aZYb8yqH?si=wbtN-_CBQLyQxpRJ03la3w
Corinne Fischer is honored to be a part of Tuck Everlasting! Favorite past credits include Carousel at the 5th Avenue Theatre, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at SCT (Jemima Potts), and Christmas Carol at ACT Theatre (Belinda Cratchit). Many thanks to the Village Theatre KIDSTAGE team!
Emily Brooks is a junior studying musical theatre and world literature at Northwestern University, where she’s performed in a workshop of Adam Gwon’s Scotland, PA and choreographed Machinal. Seattle favorites: Village’s 2018 Festival of New Musicals, Second Story Rep’s Anne of Green Gables (Anne).
Hayden is thrilled to be involved with his third KIDSTAGE production! Past credits include: Roger (RENT), Ren (Footloose), and Sam (Mamma Mia). He will be attending Syracuse University this fall to pursue a BFA in musical theatre. Thanks to his family/friends for their support!
Jasmine is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this show alongside such talented and hardworking people, especially during such wacky days. Thanks to Cat, Paul, Alyx, Matthew, and everyone who made this production possible! Past KIDSTAGE: Peter Pan, Crazy For You, Pippin. Mainstage: Billy Elliot.
Jesus Bautista-Feliberti is over the moon in being a part of a new style of theatre! He would like to thank the team from this show for always producing amazing work even in hard times. Special thanks to the cast, family and friends
Joshua is excited to appear in his second KIDSTAGE show. He has appeared in: Willy Wonka Jr, A Christmas Story, Les Misérables, and Tarzan. He would like to thank Village Theatre for their efforts during this uncertain time and his family for their support.
Julia Lilly is delighted to be a part of such a unique and fulfilling project! Recent theatre credits include West Side Story (RSP) and Sister Act (KIDSTAGE). She is double majoring in environmental science and public affairs at Seattle University. Big thanks to M&D, Gma and Gpa for their unconditional support.
Man in the Yellow Suit
Matt Wittress is thrilled to be in his second KIDSTAGE production! Favorite roles include Angel (RENT), Cat in the Hat (Seussical), and Will Bloom (Big Fish). Matt is studying theatre at Butler University, and wants to thank M, D, the boys, and this wonderful cast/crew!
Michael is super excited to be in the Summer Independent Production of Tuck Everlasting. He has a passion for musical theater and has preformed in multiple KIDSTAGE and Summer Stock shows in the past years. He would like to thank his family for supporting him in his passion.
This is Mikey’s first Village Theatre show! Other roles you might’ve seen him in are Freddy (My Fair Lady) and Pugsley (The Addams Family). He wants to thank his Mom, Dad, and the whole production team for putting on this show in quarantine.
Nicole McMillan is beyond thrilled to be a part of Tuck Everlasting. She has previously been seen in the KIDSTAGE Summer Independent Production of RENT last summer, and various shows at her high school. She would like to thank her friends and family for the support!
Sriram is very excited to be a part of his second show with Village Theatre, the first being Shrek: The Musical. He is a second semester student at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC studying musical theatre in hopes to perform on Broadway as well as on film in his future.
Tenille is ecstatic to be apart of this production! She has participated in various shows in the past. Some favorites include In the Heights at Village Theatre KIDSTAGE and West Side Story with the Rising Star Project!
Tyler Kinnaman so excited to be involved in Tuck Everlasting. Favorite past roles at Village Theatre include The Old Man in A Christmas Story, Grasshopper in James and the Giant Peach, and Zack Mooneyham in School of Rock. Tyler plays guitar and piano and is in a rock/punk band called "Lights Out".
Reeds....................Alexey Nikolaev, Wayra Quinchiguango
Trumpet................Archie Carman, Nell Harris
*Music arrangements were produced & edited by Paul Stovall.
**A hybrid of both artificial and live instruments are included in our audio of Tuck Everlasting.
Directing Mentor/Village Theatre Artistic Director
Choreographer Mentor/Institute Manager
Music Directing Mentor
Scenic/Technical Direction Mentor
Costume Design Mentor
Lighting Design Mentor
Properties Design Mentor
Stage Management Mentor
KIDSTAGE Production Manager
Suzie C. Bixler
Associate Director of Youth Education
Director of Youth Education and Community Outreach
Village Theatre Executive Producer