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Shel's Shorts

By Shel Silverstein

The Studio@620 welcomes Joe Stribling's production of Shel's Shorts, an evening of several adult themed one act plays by Shel Silverstein.

From the twisted imagination of acclaimed author, cartoonist and poet Shel Silverstein comes a collection of 14 wicked, bawdy, and absurd short plays.  With a sly wit and rebellious undertones, Shel's Shorts holds a funhouse mirror up to nature.

Not suitable for children.

Tuesday August 24 - Thursday August 26, 2010 at 7:30 PM

Admission $20 / $15 students and seniors over 65

Meet the Cast

William J. Stribling (Director) is a junior at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, majoring in Film/Television Production. A St. Petersburg native and a 2008 graduate of the Pinellas County Center for the Arts (Musical Theatre Eikon winner), Stribling is no stranger to the Studio @620. Though he now works primarily behind the scenes, Stribling has performed numerous local plays and musicals. Favorite roles include Marc in Art by Yasmina Reza (Studio@620), Cornelius Hackl in Hello, Dolly! (PCCA Finalé), John Proctor The Crucible by Arthur Miller (PCCA), Francis Flute A Midsummer Night’s Dream (8 O’Clock Theater), Sebastian in Twelfth Night (PCCA), Carney in Biloxi Blues by Neil Simon (St. Pete Little Theater), Officer Lockstock in Urinetown: The Musical (Palladium Theater). He also performed in Smokey Joe’s Café (Palladium Theater under the direction of Bob Devin Jones). In New York City, Stribling has worked as an intern for Broadway Video (NBC’s post-production house). He has also done advertisement and archival photography and videography for MCC Theater Youth (Off Broadway). At NYU, he has produced two short films in addition to his own coursework and film/television projects. In October of 2009, he worked on the staff at the Black Bear Film Festival in the Poconos. Stribling is currently a Production Assistant on the film crew for the independent short film series, “Feiffer Dancer Films,” directed by Judy Dennis (HBO’s Oz) in collaboration with the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and writer Jules Feiffer. In the Fall, Stribling will be spending the semester abroad in Dublin, Ireland to participate in a screenwriting intensive through NYU Tisch.

Audrey Gladson (Actor) is a senior at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts, in the Performance Theatre discipline. You may have seen her in such shows as The Elephant Man, Peer Gynt, and The Arkansaw Bear. She is ecstatic to be in this great show at Studio@620, and would like to thank Joe Stribling for giving her this wonderful opportunity.

 

Alexandra Jennings (Actor) was born in St. Petersburg, Florida and is a sixth-generation-native Floridian.  She has appeared in more than 35 local productions and is a graduate of Pinellas County Center for the Arts in Musical Theatre. Favorite roles at PCCA include Viola in “Twelfth Night,” “Marry Warren in “The Crucible,” Terry in “Stage Door” and Minnie Fay in “Hello, Dolly!” She has also been seen as Hope Cladwell in “Urinetown: The Musical” at the Palladium Theater and Tracy in “The Philadelphia Story” at Ruth Eckerd Hall. The recipient of the $10,000 Walker’s Rising Stars scholarship for theatre, Alexandra chose to attend the rigorous professional training program at Circle in the Square Theatre in New York directly from high school. On the stage at Circle, Alex portrayed Rose in “Street Scene” and the passionate, young Adela in “The House of Bernarda Alba” directed by Randolyn Zinn directed by Randolyn Zinn (Choreographer, Original Broadway production of Sunday in the Park with George).  In New York, she has performed at New World Stages and The Triad and has had leading and background roles in NYU student films.  Known as Alex to her family and friends, she shares the name Alex Jennings with a well-known British actor and goes by Alexandra professionally. She lives in New York City where she is acting and studying private voice.

Tabitha Perez (Actor) is a junior attending the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School. She is thrilled to be a part of Shel's Shorts, working with Joe Stribling and performing at the Studio@620 for the first time. You may have seen her in PCCA productions like the annual student written one-acts, Rowing to America, Musical of Musicals the Musical, and FAME. She also received Honorable Mention for her monologue at the District Thespian Competition in December of '09 and performed at State Competition. Tabitha is also a part of the American Stage Youth Ensemble and you may have seen her in a couple of productions there such as the Sondheim Cabaret. She also volunteers at American Stage with the 5-7 year olds in the musical theatre camp. Tabitha has wanted to pursue theatre since the fifth grade and intends to do so throughout her college years and beyond. She would like to thank her directors, fellow cast members, parents, God, and her closest friends for helping her along her journey to achieving her goals. Enjoy the show! 

Dagny Sanson (Actor) is returning for her junior year as a musical theatre major at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts. You may have seen her in Fame, Rowing to America, and various other small productions at PCCA. Dagny is also an active member of the American Stage Youth Ensemble. She would like to thank Joe for this wonderful opportunity and her friends and family for their undying love and support! She takes her comedy seriously, so she hopes that you enjoy this presentation of Shel's Short Shorts.


Anna Wallace-Deering (Actor). Hailing from the distant shores of the Pacific, this is the farthest south Anna has ever performed -- and, in fact, the farthest south she's ever traveled on the mainland of North America.  A recent graduate of Circle in the Square Theater School in New York City, Anna has appeared in such productions as "The House of Bernarda Alba,” "Spring Awakening,” "Babydom: Season 3,” "Tales of the Arabian Nights,” "Once Upon A Fairytale,” "Fumed Oak,” "Pippin,” "The Wizard of Oz,” "Godspell,” "Annie,” "Into the Woods,” "Cabaret,” "The Quest for the Holy Grail,” "The Pied Piper of Hamelin,” and "Cinderella".  She has also produced and directed in her hometown of Vancouver, Canada.   Anna is thrilled to be a part of "Shel's Shorts" and to have the opportunity to explore a brand new state.


Ben Falk (Actor) is a senior Performance Theatre major at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts. While there, he has appeared in Ragtime, Finalé 2009, The Elephant Man, three 2010 senior projects. Ben also wrote and directed pieces for the 2010 Student One Acts and was a 2010 Walker's Rising Stars semifinalist in Acting. He is a member of the American Stage Youth Ensemble where he appeared in Shut Up and Listen, C'est la Vie, and Mother Courage and Her Children. He would like to thank his family for being eternally patient, Joe for giving him this fantastic opportunity, and Audrey for sticking around.

Jordan Gray (Actor), a Canadian born actor, made the move to New York City in 2008 . Originally trained for film acting, he realized the importance of theater training for an actor. He has just graduated from Circle in the Square Theatre school, a well known conservatory program in New York City. He has been in over 20 independent films and had a chance to do a small variety of different plays. He is very eager to always be working on his abilities as an artist and likes to push the boundaries of his abilities to strengthen his craft. Now being out of school he is looking forward to doing films and plays in New York and is very excited to have the chance to come to Florida for the first time and be able to do these short plays. "Its an actors dream to be able to do so many various characters on the same night." Watch out for this young actor in the future while he pushes forward in his career as an artist. 

Blaine Krauss (Actor) is a recent graduate of the Pinellas County Center for the Arts. He will continue his studies this fall at one of the nations top Musical Theatre programs, the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) at the University of Cincinnati. Favorite credits include Coalhouse Walker in Ragtime, a member of Songs for a New World (invited to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland), Beadle in Sweeney Todd, Lord John in The Elephant Man, Ms Roj in Colored Museum, and countless others. Blaine is the 2009 Walkers Rising Star Winner in Voice, the 2010 Bay Area Idol, and a NFAA YoungArts Silver Winner in Musical Theatre. His talents and academics have recently given him the honor to be named a 2010 Presidential Scholar in the Arts. An honor as 1 of 20 in the United States, bestowed by the White House. The recognition culminated in a meeting with the President at the White House and performance at the John F. Kennedy Center.

Ryan McLaughlin (Actor) is a Senior Musical Theatre Major at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts @ Gibbs High School where he is the president of Thespian Troupe 3756. Some of his favorite rolls include Jesus in Godspell, Frederick in Pirates of Penzance, Father in The Yellow Boat, Salierri in Amadeus, and Wolf/Rapunzel’s Prince in Into the Woods. He has produced two solo concerts entitled “Ryan Sings” and “Something Familiar, Something Peculiar!” and has participated in numerous cabarets, concerts, and benefits. Ryan had the privilege of attending Oklahoma City Universities Intensive Summer Music Program where he played Jonas Fogg in Sweeney Todd and is recipient of numerous artistic accolades such as Best Actor in a One-Act at the Florida Theatre Conference and District IV Critics Choice for Duet Acting. He is proud to be the Pinellas County Student Representative for Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDs as which he has grown county wide development by 500%. Ryan was Associate Director of Theatre and Music @ Galaxy Center for the Arts where he Musically Directed, Assistant Directed, and designed a successful summer of 5 theatre camps each culminating in a fully staged musical performance with students ages 5 – 13. Ryan is a part of Bank of America's Student Leaders program where he had the opportunity to take part in an eight week internship with American Stage Theatre Co. and attend an international youth leadership summit in Washington D.C. Ryan is thrilled to be participating in a Studio@620 production and is so proud to be a part of the Bay Area arts community. He would Like to express great thanks you his friends, family, and teachers!

Alexander Whittenberg (Scenic, Sound, & LIghting Designer) just matriculated from The Pinellas County Center for the Arts as a Technical Theater major. In the fall, he will be attending SUNY Purchase in NY where he will pursue a four-year BFA in Scenic Design. Scenic Design credits include: The Elephant Man (PCCA), Peer Gynt (PCCA). Sound Design credits include: RAGTIME (PCCA), American Idol's Michael Lynche, A Long Day's Journey into Night (Studio@620). Lighting Design credits include: Arkansaw Bear (PCCA), Bleed 'em Dry Sr. & Jr. Cabarets ('08, '09, '10 PCCA). Performance/Directing credits include: Picasso at the Lapin Agile (PCCA), Me & My Girl (PCCA), Every Christmas Story Ever Told (Masters). He is the co-founder of The PCCA Improv Troupe, "The IMPROSE". Thanks: God, Joe, My Mother & Father, Britta, Andrea. Enjoy the performance! Contact: a.whittenberg@purchase.edu 


Bekka Walker (Female Understudy) is currrently a Junior at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts. She feels very honored to be a part of such a wonderfully hillarious and talented cast and to have been given the opportunity for growth. You may (or may not...) have seen her in a few PCCA and Community theater productions. Bekka plans to actively pursue a career in acting and has known so since her brain could comprehend more than just basic survival instincts (eating, sleeping, crying, eating etc). Bekka is psyched for "Shels Shorts" whether she performs or not because the cast, comedy, and expeirence are all worth her time. She hopes you think so too! 


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