Bud, Not Buddy

April 14th – May 14th, 2023

Adapted by Reginald André Jackson
Based on the novel by Christopher Paul Curtis

Directed by Dawn Simmons

Based on the Coretta Scott King award-winning novel by Christopher Paul Curtis, Bud, Not Buddy follows the tale of 10-year-old Bud Caldwell. Named after ‘a flower-to-be…a little fist of love waiting to unfold and be seen by the world,’ Bud goes on a quest to find his father and blossoms when he finds family in a jazz band. An epic adventure full of dreams, jazzy tunes and heart.

Recommended for ages 8+
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Run Time: 1 hour and 45 minutes with one intermission

Accessibility Performance Dates:
May 7th, 2023 at 2pm
May 11th, 2023 at 10:30am (Student Matinee)
May 13th, 2023 at 7:30pm

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Cast info coming soon!

Johanna Carlisle-Zepeda

Stella Centore
Amanda Thrip

Aimee Doherty
Mrs. Wormwood/Acrobat/Mum

Sky Fuller

Krystal Hernandez
Mrs. Phelps/Doctor/Sergei

Zachary D McConnell
Rudolpho/Dad 3/Cook/Big Kid

Sullivan McStravick
Bruce Bogtrotter

Peyton Murray
Children’s Ensemble

Anthony Pires Jr
Mr. Wormwood/Escapologist/Dad

Emma Resek
Mum 2/Competition Dancer/Big Kid

Lola Rhoads

Penelope Rhoads
Children’s Ensemble

Deirdre Roberts
Mum 1/Competition Dancer/Big Kid

Nadia Ruberg
Children’s Ensemble

Leo Ruckenstein
Michael/Big Kid

Luca Tagliani

Kira Troilo
Miss Honey/Teacher/Mum 3


Stay tuned for more designers!

Steven Doucette
Props Designer

Brendan Doyle
Sound Designer

Gg Martel
Production Manager

Brittany Meehan
Costume Coordinator

Baron Pugh
Scenic Designer

Evan Dana Schuster
Technical Director

Dawn Simmons

Michelle Sparks
Assistant Props Designer

Zoe Sundra
Costume Designer

Abigail Wang
Lighting Designer


Andrea Doane
Secondary Audio Describer

Alyse Jessica Clinton
Open Caption

Gamalia Pharms
Primary Audio Describer

Kelly S. Kim
ASL Coach


Set in Michigan during the 1930s, Bud, Not Buddy tells the story of 10-year-old Bud Caldwell, an orphan on the run from abusive foster homes, and his quest to find his father. Bud’s journey sets him on the trail of a jazz band known as Herman E. Calloway and the Dusky Devastators of the Depression. A flier for one of Calloway’s shows leads Bud to Grand Rapids and Calloway, the man he believes is his father. Bud gets into all sorts of trouble along the way in this story, filled with uncanny wisdom, which offers a set of hilarious “Rules and Things” designed to help our resilient young hero navigate a world of confusing expectations. Rich with adventure and humor, Bud, Not Buddy is a coming-of-age tale for young and old alike. The novel also won the Coretta Scott King Award.

Provided by Dramatic Publishing.


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