ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY
presents the third show of its 2019-20 Season
with the romantic musical comedy
JANE AUSTEN’S EMMA
Book, Music and Lyrics by PAUL GORDON
Adapted from the Novel by JANE AUSTEN
Musical Direction by BRENT SCHINDELE
Directed by ANDREW BARNICLE
Romantic Entanglements Unravel beginning
Thursday, February 6, 2020 at The New Vic in Santa Barbara!
"Clever, sharp and witty, Emma is as charismatic as its title character!” - BroadwayWorld
January 13, 2020…Santa Barbara, CA…ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY (ETC) presents the third show of its 2019-20 Season, with a musical adaptation of the gloriously romantic comedy, JANE AUSTEN’S EMMA, book, music and lyrics by Paul Gordon (Daddy Long Legs, Jane Eyre), adapted from the novel by Jane Austen, musical direction by Brent Schindele, choreography by Jean Michelle Sayeg and directed by Andrew Barnicle. Jane Austen’s Emma begins previews on Thursday, February 6, opens on Saturday, February 8 at 8:00pm, and runs through Sunday, February 23, 2020 at The New Vic, 33 W. Victoria Street in Santa Barbara.
A charming and clever musical adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel, from the Tony Award-nominated composer of Daddy Long Legs and Jane Eyre. A beautiful, witty, and determined young woman plays matchmaker in disastrous ways, leading to a whirlwind of complications and, eventually, her own self-discovery. Living with her hypochondriac father, Emma is the busybody who manages the town’s social calendar and currently wants to get her friend Harriet wed.
Will it be to the dashing Mr. Elton (who secretly loves Emma)? Or could it be Robert Martin, who truly loves Harriet, but Emma will have none of it! Or perhaps to Frank Churchill whom the town seems to gossip about way too much although no one really knows much about him. Romantic entanglements unravel and ensue but will true love win the day in the end?
“We start the new decade with this gorgeous musical from Paul Gordon, Jane Austen’s Emma,” commented Jonathan Fox, ETC’s Artistic Director. “A glorious cast led by Broadway veterans Samantha Eggers and Kevin Earley, with an extraordinary creative team all under the helm of Andrew Barnicle’s direction promise a deliciously romantic start to the new decade for our subscribers and audiences.”
ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM AND CAST
PAUL GORDON (Book, Music and Lyrics) was nominated for a 2001 Tony Award for composing the music and lyrics to the musical Jane Eyre. He won the 2015 Jeff Award for Best New Work for his book, music and lyrics for Sense and Sensibility. He is the recipient of the 2009 Ovation Award for his music and lyrics to Daddy Long Legs which has had productions all over the world, including Off-Broadway, where it was nominated for two Drama Desk Awards, an Off-Broadway Alliance Award and three Outer Critic Circle awards.
ANDREW BARNICLE (Director) has now directed five plays for ETC, including Miss Bennett: Christmas At Pemberley, Chapter Two, Fallen Angels, and Venus in Fur. Andrew served as artistic director of The Laguna Playhouse from 1991 through 2010, where he produced over one hundred Playhouse shows and directed more than forty of them.
BRENT SCHINDELE (Musical Direction) returns to Ensemble Theatre Company, where he previously starred as The Guy in Stephen Sondheim’s Marry Me A Little, and as The Guy (and keyboard frontman) in the holiday alt-rock musical Striking Twelve.
The extraordinary cast of Jane Austen’s Emma will feature Broadway’s SAMANTHA EGGERS who stars the title role, after appearing in ETC’s The School for Lies and Christmas at Pemberley. Making his ETC debut is KEVIN EARLEY, in the role of the dignified eligible bachelor “Mr. Knightley.” Kevin is no stranger to writer Paul Gordon’s work, having starred in five productions of Daddy Long Legs across the country. Emma also features JENNA LEA ROSEN as “Harriet,” the object of Emma’s best intentions. When not performing onstage, Jenna voices and sings multiple animated characters on “Elena of Avalor” and “Sofia the First” on the Disney Channel. JAMES DANIEL OLIVAS, who recently appeared in 3D Theatricals Fiddler on the Roof, stars as the rakish “Frank Churchill.” Also making her ETC debut is ANNA REBECCA MINTZER as the plain “Jane Fairfax,” who received a Broadway World “Best Leading Actress” nomination for Musical Theatre West’s critically acclaimed production of Bright Star. Broadway actor DOUG CARFRAE plays Emma’s hypochondriac father “Mr. Woodhouse,” PARKER HARRIS will portray the handsome and conflicted “Mr. Elton,” CHELLE DENTON, who most recently played multiple parts in the Troubadour Theater Company’s A Christmas Carole King, will play the multiple roles of “Mrs. Elton,” “Mrs. Bates,” & “Elizabeth Martin.” BRETT CALO will chase Harriet’s heart in the role of “Robert Martin.” JANNA CARDIA portrays “Miss Bates” after her acclaimed performance as “Mrs. Wormwood” in 5-Star Theatricals Matilda, the Musical, KEVIN McMAHON stars as “Mr. Weston” and has recently appeared in the national tours of Bright Star and Wicked, and rounding out the company is Southern California favorite ERIKA SCHINDELE as “Mrs. Weston,” who has played Belle in A Christmas Carol for nine years running at the Tony award-winning South Coast Repertory.
Scenic design is by Stephen Gifford. Costume design is by Bruce Goodrich. Lighting design is by Jared A. Sayeg. Properties design is by John McElveney. The Production Dramaturg is Anna Jensen. Casting is by Julia Flores. The Production Stage Manager is Elena Cruz. The choreographer is Jean Michelle Sayeg, who recently choreographed ETC’s Dancing Lessons.
Jane Austen’s Emma is made possible through the generosity of the 2019-2020 Season Sponsor Dana White. This production is sponsored by Leatrice Luria, with additional sponsorship from Gwen and Henry Baker and Theater League.
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