From the book by STUDS TERKEL
Adapted by STEPHEN SCHWARTZ and NINA FASO
With additional contributions by Gordon Greenberg
MARY RODGERS and SUSAN BIRKENHEAD
WORKING-2012 REVISED VERSION
Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
April 23 – 27, 2021
Streamed Command Performance, www.ShowTix4U.com
Directed by Lisa Brescia
Music Direction by Heather Chittenden-Luellen
Costume Design by Robyn Gill
Lighting Design by Lillian Hilmes
Sound Design by Levi Manners
Scenic Design by Riley Lathrom
Properties by Madison Young
Projection Design by Angelina Adams and Michelle Harvey
Technical Direction by Chris DePriest
Stage Managed by Savannah Heslep
Production Management by Jennifer C. Hard
Assistant Directed and Choreographed by Rachel Haselhorst
Sheridan Mirador (Freddy, Raj, Ralph)
Joey Myers (Rex, Charlie Blossom, The Mason Singer)
Grace Bacino (Candy Cottingham, Delores)
Sarah Pendergrass (Theresa, Sharon Atkins)
Chris Melton (Joe, Conrad, Eddie Jaffee, Mike Dillard)
Adora Snead (Maggie, Amanda McKenny, Allen “Elena” Epstein)
Olivia Schmitt (Rose Hoffman, Roberta)
Emma Reinagel (Kate Rushton)
Noel Alvarado (Utkarsh)
Courtney Lauster (Grace, Terry Mason)
Evan Langston (Frank, Tom)
Josie Rose Hand (Offstage Singer/Understudy)
Grace Brewer (Offstage Singer/Understudy)
Giovanni Valforte (Offstage Singer/Understudy)
Sadie Dickerson (Offstage Singer/Understudy)
“All the Livelong Day” (Full Company)
“Delivery” (Freddy & Company)
“Nobody Tells Me How” (Rose Hoffman)
“Brother Trucker” (Frank & Truckers)
“Just a Housewife” (Kate Rushton & Housewives)
“Millwork” (Grace & Millworkers)
“If I Could Have Been” (Full Company)
“The Mason” (The Mason Singer)
“It’s an Art” (Delores & Company)
“A Very Good Day” (Utkarsh &Theresa)
“Cleanin’ Women” (Maggie & Cleanin’ Women)
“Fathers & Sons” (Mike Dillard)
“Something To Point To” (Full Company)
Conductor/Keyboard – Heather Luellen
Guitar – Jason Loftin
Guitar – Jason Loftin; Bass – Riley Robison
Drums – Casey Smith
Based on Studs Turkel’s 1974 best-selling book of interviews with everyday Americans, this contemporary musical shows that, for most people, a job is far more than just a paycheck; it’s an identity and a point of pride. During the course of one 24-hour day, we meet a cross-section of workers as they go about their interrelated occupations and reflect on their aspirations, frustrations, regrets and accomplishments. Their individual stories — told through a variety of song styles — are moving, humorous, and relatable. From factory workers to firefighters, schoolteachers to stonemasons, hedge fund managers to homemakers, the unsung heroes of the economy finally have their voices heard in Working!
WHO’S WHO IN THE COMPANY
Noel Alvarado (Utkarsh) Lewisville, TX. Noel is a sophomore BFA Musical Theatre major. He was most recently seen as Fakir in Missouri State University’s production of The Secret Garden. Noel also has credits with Spectra Theatre Co as Ensemble in the production of Head Over Heels: The Musical. At Grapevine High School, Noel was seen as Jack Kelly in Newsies: The Musical, and The Baker in Into the Woods.
Grace Bacino (Candy Cottingham, Delores) McKinney, TX. Grace is a sophomore BFA Musical Theatre major. She has credits with Missouri State University as Dancer in the 2020 Fall Dance Concert and Ensemble in Oklahoma! in Concert. Beyond Missouri State, Grace was seen as Sally in A-Wop-Bop-A-Loo-Bop, Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Josephine Bloom in Big Fish. She is a recipient of the Board of Governors Scholarship through Missouri State.
Grace Brewer (Offstage Singer, Understudy) Austin, TX. Grace is a BFA Musical Theatre major. Her previous credits include Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical with Westlake High School.
Sadie Dickerson (Offstage Singer, Understudy) Austin, TX. Sadie is a freshman BFA Musical Theatre major. She has credits with Cedar Ridge High School as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde and as Dorothy Brown in Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Josie Rose Hand (Offstage Singer, Understudy) Augusta, KS. Josie Rose is a sophomore BFA Musical Theatre major and BS Dance major. At Missouri State University, Josie Rose was seen as Atalanta in Argonautika and as an Understudy for Colin and Mary in The Secret Garden. She was also seen as Ensemble (Philoclea Understudy) in Spectra Theatre Co.’s production of Head Over Heels, as Teen Intern in Music Theatre Wichita’s production of Freaky Friday, and as The Cat in the Hat in Music Theatre for Young People’s production of Seussical. Josie Hand is a member of the Dean’s List at Missouri State and was Valedictorian at Augusta High School.
Evan Miles Langston (Frank, Tom) Lee’s Summit, MO. Evan is a sophomore BFA Musical Theatre major. He was recently seen as Albert in Missouri State’s production of The Secret Garden. Evan has also performed with Kansas City’s Theatre in the Park as Tommy Djilas in The Music Man, and with Christian Youth Theatre as Edward Bloom in Big Fish and Tarzan in Tarzan. He is a recipient of the Cox Bussey Scholarship.
Courtney Lauster (Grace, Terry Mason) Springfield, NH. Courtney is a senior BFA Musical Theatre major. Her previous credits from Missouri State University include Mrs. Winthrop in The Secret Garden, Tanya Garret in bare: A Pop Opera, #46 in The Wolves, and a Universal Swing in Cats. Courtney was also seen in Tent Theatre’s productions of Grease as Cha Cha, and Catch Me if You Can as Ensemble. She also has credits with Springfield Contemporary Theatre as a singer in SCT Sings Alan Menken, and with Kerrigan and Lowdermilk as Samantha Brown in a segment of The Mad Ones: A Virtual Lab. Courtney is a two-time recipient of the Virginia C. Bussey Scholarship for Musical Theatre.
Sheridan Mirador (Freddy, Raj, Ralph) Kansas City, MO. Sheridan is a freshman BFA Musical Theatre major. His previous credits include Enjolras in the Stage Right Performing Arts production of Les Miserables, Ernst in the Faust Theatre production of Spring Awakening, and Seaweed in Theatre in the Park’s production of Hairspray.
Joey Myers (Rex, Charlie Blossom, The Mason Singer) St. Joseph, MO. Joey is a junior BFA Musical Theatre major. He was seen in Missouri State University’s productions of Picnic as Hal Carter, Oklahoma! as Ali Hakim, Cats as Pit Singer, The Secret Garden as an Understudy, and The Rimers of Eldritch as Ensemble. Joey was also seen in Robidoux Resident Theatre’s production of Newsies as Jack Kelly, and Central High School’s productions of Big Fish as Edward Bloom and Anything Goes as Billy Crocker. He is a Jimmy Award Nominee at the Jimmy Awards, recipient of the Blue Star Best Actor in a Musical award from Blue Star, and the Ruby Award Best Actor in a Musical from Robidoux Resident Theatre.
Sarah Pendergrass (Theresa, Sharon Atkins) Houston, TX. Sarah is a sophomore BFA Musical Theatre major. Her previous credits from Missouri State University include Ensemble in Oklahoma! In Concert. Her credits with Theatre Under the Stars include Snail in A Year with Frog and Toad. Sarah is a recipient of the Presidential and Inclusive Excellence Scholarships through Missouri State.
Emma Reinagel (Kate Rushton) St. Louis, MO. Emma is a junior BFA Acting major. Her previous credits from Missouri State University include Catherine Donohue in These Shining Lives. She also has film credits with EU Films as Lily in While the World Slept and Brittany in Inheritance. Emma is a recipient of the Board of Governors and Bright Flight Scholarships through Missouri State.
Olivia Schmitt (Rose Hoffman, Roberta) Washington, MO. Olivia is a junior BFA Acting major. She has been seen at Missouri State University as Cora Groves in the production of The Rimers of Eldritch, Hera in the production of Argonautika, and Featured/Ensemble in the production of the 2019 Fall Dance Concert. She was also seen as Jane/Dazie in Miss Kitty’s Saloon at Six Flags St. Louis, and Co-Director of the production Secretaries at Spectra Theatre Co. Olivia is a recipient of the Kathleen Turner Award through Missouri State.
Adora Snead (Maggie, Amanda McKenny, Allen “Elena” Epstein) Springfield, MO. Adora is a freshman BFA Musical Theatre major. She has been seen locally in the The Milly Project, and at Willard High School as Kala in Tarzan and Medda Larkin in Newsies. Adora is a recipient of Missouri State University’s Presidential Scholarship, Missouri Higher Education Academic Scholarship Program’s Bright Flight Scholarship, and Springfield NAACP’s Youth & Jaqueline Waugh Foster Scholarship.
Giovanni Valforte (Offstage Singer, Understudy) North Richland Hills, TX. Giovanni is a freshman BFA Musical Theatre major. His previous credits with Birdville High School include Lt. Frank Cioffi in Curtains, Joe Keller in All My Sons, and J.B. Biggley in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Giovanni is a recipient of the Best Actor in a Musical award through Schmidt and Jones Awards and was a Texas All State Choir Member through TMEA.
Angelina Adams (Co-Projection Designer) Kansas City, MO. Angelina is a senior BFA Design, Technology, and Stage Management major. She previously served as Lighting Designer for the Missouri State University productions of Picnic, Cats, Sightlines: Spring Dance Concert, and She Stoops to Conquer. Angelina also served as Master Electrician for Missouri State’s production of Comedy of Errors. Beyond Missouri State, she served as Local Head Electrician for the Les Miserable Tour with RPG Production Company, Lighting Designer for Cinderella with Springfield Public Schools, and Deck Electrician for The Lion King Rafiki Tour with Disney Productions. Angelina is a recipient of the Regents Scholarship and member of the Dean’s List through Missouri State.
Grace Aumiller (Sound Operator) Columbia, MO. Grace is a freshman BFA Design, Technology, and Stage Management major.
Casey Cologna (Assistant Stage Manager) Clever, MO. Casey is a freshman BFA Design, Technology, and Stage Management major with an emphasis in Stage Management. Her previous credits with Clever High School include Student Director for Trifles, and Stage Manager for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Is He Dead? Casey is a member of Missouri State University Dean’s List.
Lauren Fahrner (Assistant Production Manager). Lauren is a senior BFA Design, Technology, and Stage Management major. Her previous credits from Missouri State University include Stage Manager for The Wolves, The Rimers of Eldritch, Picnic, and These Shining Lives. Lauren also served as Stage Manager for Tent Theatre’s production of The Mousetrap. She is a recipient of the Board of Governors Scholarship from Missouri State.
Robyn Gill (Costume Designer) Kirkwood, MO. Robyn is a sophomore BFA Design, Technology, and Stage Management major. With Missouri State University, she served as Wardrobe for Picnic and Costume Designer for These Shining Lives. Robyn also served as Wardrobe for Wonderful Town, The Children’s Hour, and The Merry Wives of Windsor with KH Players.
Rachel Haselhorst (Assistant Director, Choreographer) Belleville, IL. Rachel is a senior BFA Musical Theatre major. Her previous credits from Missouri State University include Bombalurina and Dance Captain in Cats. Rachel also has credits with Tent Theatre as Ensemble in Grease, Ensemble and Assistant Dance Captain in Catch Me if You Can, Janet Van De Graaff in The Drowsy Chaperone, and Ensemble in Cry Baby. She also performed as Ensemble in Newsies at Springfield Little Theatre and with the Muny Teens Touring Group at The Muny. Rachel is a recipient of the MSU Board of Governors Scholarship, and Tent Theatre’s David Kerrigan Fly as well as Ted and Sol Rosen and Elizabeth and Emilian Furtak Scholarships.
Savannah Heslep (Stage Manager) Mountain Home, AR. Savannah is a senior BFA Design, Technology, and Stage Management major. At Missouri State University, Savannah served as Stage Manager for bare: A Pop Opera. She also served as Stage Manager for Spectra Theatre Co.’s production of Head Over Heels.
Lillian Hilmes (Lighting Designer) Springfield, MO. Lillian is a junior BFA Design, Technology, and Stage Management major. At Missouri State University, she served as Lighting Designer for Argonautika, 2020 Fall Dance Concert, and Crimes of the Heart as well as Co-Lighting Designer for The Secret Garden. Lillian also served as Properties Assistant for Tent Theatre’s 58th season. Other credits of hers include Lighting Designer with Spectra Theatre Company’s production of Spring Awakening. Lillian is a recipient of the Board of Governors, Theatre Regents, and Bright Flight Scholarships through Missouri State.
Levi Manners (Sound Designer) Parsons, KS. Levi is a senior BFA Design, Technology, and Stage Management major with an emphasis in Sound. His previous credits from Missouri State University include Sound Designer in The Secret Garden, Argonautika, and Cats for which he was also Sound Engineer. Levi also served as Sound Engineer for Tent Theatre’s 57th and 58th seasons. Beyond Missouri State, he worked as Sound Designer and Sound Engineer at Bigfork Summer Playhouse in their 61st season. At Springfield Contemporary Theatre, Levi served as Sound and Projection Designer for Oppenheimer, and Sound Designer for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. He is the recipient of Missouri State’s Byrne Blackwood and Theatre Regents Scholarships as well as Bigfork Summer Playhouse’s Jean Thompson/Inge Boulanger Technical Scholarship.
Jeremiah Middleton (Master Electrician) Parsons, KS. Jeremiah is a freshman BFA Design, Technology, and Stage Management major. His credits with LCHS include Sound Designer and Sounder Operator in Catch Me if You Can, Sound Designer and Master Electrician in Kodachrome, and Vice Principal Panch in Putnam County Spelling Bee. Jeremiah is a member of the Dean’s List through Missouri State University.
Riley Lathrom (Scenic Designer) Kansas City, MO. Riley is a junior BFA Design, Technology, and Stage Management major. At Missouri State University, she served as Assistant Scenic Designer for Cats and The Secret Garden. With Tabula Rasa, Riley served as Scenic Designer for Hand to God. She is a recipient of the Provost and Theatre Regents Scholarships through Missouri State.
Sydney L. Smith (Assistant Costume Designer) West Plains, MO. Sydney is a sophomore BFA Design, Technology, and Stage Management major. She has credits with Spectrum Theatre Co. as Costume Designer in the regional premiere of Head Over Heels, Kickapoo High School as Costume Designer in Into the Woods, and Springfield Contemporary Theatre as Stage Hand in Fun Home. Sydney is a recipient of the Theatre Regents Scholarship through Missouri State University, PFLAG Springfield 2019 Scholarship through PFLAG, and won Superior Ranking in Costume Construction through Missouri State/International Thespian Conference.
Madison Young (Properties) Luther, OK. Madison is a freshman BFA Design, Technology, and Stage Management major. She has credits with Oklahoma Christian School as Torrey and Prop Master in the production of Freaky Friday, and Bird Woman in the production of Oklahoma!. Madison is a recipient of the Inclusive Excellence Scholarship through Missouri State University, and Saints Pride Award for Drama through Oklahoma Christian School.
THEATRE and DANCE FACULTY
Kyle Aho, Telory Arendell, Ruth Barnes Lisa Brescia, Micheal Foster, Kurt Heinlein, Christopher Herr, Azaria Hogans, Michelle Harvey, Carol Maples, Zipporah Peddle, Ed Swidey, Kyle A. Thomas, Sarah Wiggin, Robert Westenberg, Cynthia Winstead, Sarah Wilcoxon.
Chris DePriest, Kathleen Hains, Anna Hunt, Cathy McFall, Heather Luellen, Samantha Morrow, Mark Templeton.
PER COURSE FACULTY
Susan Bennett, Angi Black, Danielle Hardin, Logan Starnes, Ed Swidey.
Kylie Wheeler, Ariana Hetland-Purna.
Sarah Wilcoxon, Craig Carnelia, Bio Editorialist Kylie Wheeler, Missouri State University News Services, Missouri State University Printing Services, KSMU-Broadcast Services
Follow Spot Operators – Gage Swofford, Elizabeth Hymes, Tristian Brown
Wardrobe – Eliana Cambra, Sarah Hinkson
Deck Crew – Morgan Green, Claire Marshall
Assistant Stage Managed by Casey Cologna
Assistant Production Management by Lauren Fahrner
Assistant Costume Design by Sydney Smith
Master Electrician is Jeremiah Middleton
Sound Mix by Grace Aumiller
Live Switcher Operation by Patrick Wilson
Camera Operation by Michael Jones and Yuying Guo
Props Advisement by Anna Hunt
Sound Advisement by Ed Carson
Lighting Design Advisement by Mike Foster
Costume Design Advisement by Cynthia Winstead
Scenic Design Advisement and Projection Advisement by Michelle Harvey
Stage Management Advisement and Production Management Advisement by Jennifer Hard
Marketing Assistants: Molly Beshore, Elizabeth Drake, Steven Horn, Will Mahler, Reagan Townley, Matt Walter
Scene Shop Assistants: Angelina Adams, Libby Casey, Dekayla Craigg, Lauren Fahrner, Lillian Hilmes, Mallory Koenigseder, Levi Manners, Hailey Panek, Jackson Spencer, Cole Trumble, Madison Young
Scene Shop Crew: Megan Akers, Chapman Blake, Savanna Collins, Elizabeth Drake, Hanna Eisenbath, McKenna Harvey, Dolin Ituarte, Katie Krasovec, Julia Makarsky, Hunter Meyer, Lily Muehlberger, Annie Oberholtzer, Hannah Oldham, Kourtney Paige, Declan Rhodes, Fiona Ross, Maxwell Ruether, Seth Sims, and Kathryn Thomas
Costumer Shop Assistants: Bailey Doran, Robyn Gill, Cassidy Hayden, Hannah Oldham, Fiona Ross, Sydney Smith
Costume Shop Crew: Joey Myers, Bryant Parker, Kenzi Ream, Denali Ford, Zellie Laury, Will Mahler, Grace Aumiller, Emily Kremer, Scout Mayberry, Amy Mayer, Sara Bryant, Breanna Mack, Maxwell Ruether, Madalynn Wells
Accredited Institutional Member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre.