THE FISH WHISPERER

MARCH 22 - MAY 11, 2024

Book by Scott Guy
Music by Dan Wessels and Ron Barnett
Lyrics by Robin Share
Additional lyrics by Scott Guy
Developed in association with New Musicals Inc.
Originally produced by Northern Sky Theatre

When the fish stop biting in the small Wisconsin town of Shewauga, a mysterious outsider named Hannah Hill offers to get them biting again—but only if the residents pay her $10,000! To the locals, this all sounds a bit fishy. Is she a con artist or a genuine talent? Brimming with hope and romance, The Fish Whisperer is a world premiere musical that will hook you with sweet melodies and laughs!

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CAST

JULIA MAE ABRAMS

JULIA MAE ABRAMS

Julia Mae Abrams is delighted to be back at the Melodrama for this fish-tackular show! Recent credits include Jess in Grave Mistakes, as well as Bright Star, Emma, Cinderella, and the Sound of Music with PCPA. After graduating from PCPA, Julia enjoyed spending time with family and traveling solo through Europe before jumping back into the very serious business of professional play-pretend. Julia sends immense thanks to her community, you are everything!

MIKE FIORE

MIKE FIORE

Do you hear that? It's Mike shouting, not whispering, about how jazzed he is to continue the 2024 season at TGAM! Mike is a native of the Central Coast and has been a part of many previous productions here at the Melodrama and also at SLO REP since he graduated from PCPA in 2011. He sends his love and appreciation to the fine folks here at TGAM and, of course, to his ever-supportive mother

DILLON GILES

DILLON GILES

Dillon Giles is a professional actor that recently moved to Portland, OR. This is Dillon's first production at the Melodrama and he is very excited. Dillon has worked in Virginia, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and now California. Some of his favorite past roles include Quasimodo in Hunchback, Lazar Wolfe in Fiddler, Tony in West Side, Scarecrow in Wizard of Oz and many many more.When not performing Dillon can be found enjoying food, doing puzzles, and watching movies. Dillon would like to thank his partner Sami, his parents and his family and friends for all of their love and support.

AUSTEN HORNE

AUSTEN HORNE

Austen Horne is a New York City-based actor who is delighted to be making her debut at the Melodrama. In her free time, she can be found teaching the macaroni penguins in the Central Park Zoo how to dougie in an attempt to create the first multi-species semi-professional competitive Olympic breakdancing team. To find out more, you can find her at AustenHorne.com or on socials @vegan.vixen

JEFFREY LAUGHRUN

JEFFREY LAUGHRUN

Jeffrey Laughrun is a New York based actor from West Des Moines, IA with a BM in Music Theatre from Oklahoma City University. Past credits include: The D’Ysquiths (A Gentleman’s Guide…), Major-General Stanley (Pirates of Penzance), Nigel Bottom (Something Rotten!), and Mike Wheeler (Stranger Sings! The Parody Musical). In his free time, Jeffrey tries his best to pretend to be a gymnast. jeffreylaughrun.com @jeffrey.laugh.run

CASIENA RAETHER

CASIENA RAETHER

Casiena Raether is thrilled to be back at the Melodrama, where she was last seen as Molly in Grave Mistakes. Other favorite credits include A Chorus Line (Cassie), Billy Elliott (Mrs. Wilkinson), Mamma Mia (Tanya). She is a graduate of UWSP where she got her degree in Acting, and her love of all things cheese. Go Pack Go! Now based in Chicago, she spends her time teaching, choreographing, and enjoying the outdoors with her husband and wiener dogs. Many thanks to Mod and much love to Dane!

TOBY TROPPER

TOBY TROPPER

Toby hopes you're ready for a lot of fish fun and fish laughs! He has been a familiar face here at the Melodrama since 2015 and has performed in many shows over the years, most recently as Guy in "Grave Mistakes". Other midwest musical shows here include Lumberjacks In Love and Muskie Love. Hailing from Ventura CA he has worked at regional theaters across the country including SLO Rep, PCPA, Oregon Cabaret, ETC and Rubicon Theatre. He is a proud 2013 graduate of the Pacific Conservatory Theatre and this summer you can see him in PCPA's production of The Play That Goes Wrong. www.tobytropper.com

TONY COSTA

TONY COSTA

Tony Costa (Amos)- Tony is excited to be in his first Great American Melodrama production. He was born and raised on the Central Coast, and graduated from Cal Poly SLO with a degree in theatre arts. Tony has played many roles in the area including; The Dentist in Little Shop of Horrors (Cambria Center for the Arts Theatre), Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha (Cuesta College), and most recently Andrej in Once (SLO REP).

BEN ABBOT

BEN ABBOT

Ben Abbott is an actor and playwright, originally from San Luis Obispo. He’s a graduate of the PCPA Acting Conservatory (class of ‘09), and has a B.A. in Theatre and Performance Studies from U.C. Berkeley. Ben has been a regular at the Melodrama since 2018, though he’s slowed down a bit recently after he and his wife welcomed their fourth daughter. Grave Mistakes was Ben’s playwriting debut at the Melodrama. He is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Hollins University.

LOTTIE ARNOLD

LOTTIE ARNOLD

Lottie Arnold is an Ohio born actor and singer. After 15 years of cornfields and midwestern theatre, she moved to LA to expand her acting and singing career! She’s spent the past five years in LA working on set and on stage. Some of Lottie’s favorite roles include Miss Hannigan in Annie, Hope in Urinetown, and Margo in Bright Star. She’s thrilled and honored to be growing as an artist in her debut at The Great American Melodrama.

NOAH ESQUIVEL

NOAH ESQUIVEL

Noah is a graduate of PCPA Class of 2018 and he was born and raised in Santa Maria. He was just on stage as MC Clammer in Under the Boardwalk, and a rather Felonious Phileas Cramner in Rough and Ready. While at PCPA, Noah played the role of M6 Ensemble in The Hunchback of Notre Dame

WRITERS & PARTNERS

SCOTT GUY - Playwright & Lyricist

Scott is a writer and producer in both theatre and television. He has six Emmy nominations, and over 100 produced television scripts for Warner Bros., FOX-TV, Disney, Discovery Channel, PBS, etc. Scott is currently writing episodes for two musical webseries: Tales from a Darkening Wood and The Last Folksinger of Frog Hollow. Scott is the executive director of New Musicals Inc. where he supervises development of new musicals, including the upcoming So Proudly We Hailed, based on true stories of veterans, and Queen Mab’s Alarmingly Mandatory Bridal Shower.

www.scottguy.biz

RON BARNETT - Composer

Ron is a composer living in Los Angeles where he is director of music at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church, Glendale, and a member of New Musicals Inc., North Hollywood. Full length musicals: Around the World in 80 Days (Julianne Homokay, book and lyrics, 2007 Fulton Theatre, Lancaster, PA), A Christmas Carol (Barry Kornhauser,book, published by Dramatic Publishing Company), Manson’s Girls (book and lyrics by Scott Guy) and When Butter Churns to Gold, (Peter Welkin, book/Randi Wolfe, lyrics, 2015 Northern Sky Theater. Choral music published by MorningStar and GIA.

DAN WESSELS - Composer

Dan is a Los Angeles-based composer and music director. Theater: Thrones! The Musical Parody (co-composer - Edinburgh Fringe, Adelaide Fringe, Sydney Opera House), 50 Shades: The Musical Parody (co-composer - Off-Broadway, US Tour), #DateMe (co-composer - Off-Broadway, Second City Hollywood), Love, Factually (composer - Kennedy Center), Baby Wants Candy (music director - Upright Citizens Brigade), TV: Frequency Bandits (composer - Project Alpha), Improvising (NYTVF award recipient). FILM: Let’s Kill Our Boyfriends (48-Hour Film Project LA, Audience Award), GLARE (48-Hour Film Project LA, Audience Award).

www.danwessels.com

ROBIN SHARE - Lyricist

A native Angeleno, Robin and composer/lyricist Clay Zambo first collaborated on Windjammers in 2011, and Robin has been in love with Door County ever since. Among Robin’s other plays and musicals are Shot Through the Heart with Underscore Theatre in Chicago in 2022, Hollywood Forever, which debuted at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in 2017, the political satire Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington, and One Day in L.A., the nationally broadcasted look at the L.A. riots created with her performance troupe L.A. Youth Ensemble. In May 2019, Robin staged the choral oratorio Considering Matthew Shepard for the Metropolitan Master Chorale. Robin is an associate in the Dramatists Guild, Stage Directors and Choreographers, and New Musicals, Inc.