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Last Updated 9/27/23 at 8:00am

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

February 10th – March 3rd, 2023

Book by Robert Kauzlaric
Music and Lyrics by George Howe
Based on the novel by Richard & Florence Atwater

Directed & Choreographed by Ilyse Robbins
Music Directed by Dan Rodriguez

Tickets on sale September 5th, 2023
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Money is tight and times are tough in the town of Stillwater. With no houses to paint till next spring, Mr. Popper is stuck at home daydreaming of adventures in far-off lands, while Mrs. Popper must scrimp and save just to put beans on the table. But with the unexpected arrival of a spirited penguin named Captain Cook, a new horizon opens before them. As a quiet partnership expands into a boisterous flock, the Poppers learn that there’s no problem that can’t be solved with steady determination, lots of love, and a dash of unconventionality.

Recommended for ages 3+
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Run Time: 70 minutes with no intermission

Accessibility Performance Dates:
Feb. 25th, 2024 at 2pm
Feb. 29th, 2023 at 10:30am (Student Matinee)
Mar. 2nd, 2024 at 6:00pm

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In the Rehearsal Room


Mr. Popper’s Penguins is a story about a house painter named Mr. Popper who is gifted a penguin from a South Pole explorer. One penguin turns into twelve penguins, and Mr. Popper puts on a stage show with the penguins to help pay for their upkeep. The story is about Mr. Popper’s adventures with the penguins and his love for tales of adventure, particularly about the Poles. The story was adapted into a movie in 2011, starring Jim Carrey as Mr. Popper. (Book Rags)


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Johanna Carlisle-Zepeda

Stella Centore
Amanda Thrip

Aimee Doherty
Mrs. Wormwood/Acrobat/Mum

Maia Ettinger
Understudy Youth Ensemble Swing

Sky Vaux Fuller

Mia Goodman
Understudy Female Competition Dancer/Big Kid/Mrs. Phelps

Erin Grimm
Understudy Matilda

Krystal Hernandez
Mrs. Phelps/Doctor/Sergei

Lisa Kate Joyce
Understudy Mrs. Wormwood/Miss Honey

Echo Kaufman
Understudy Bruce Bogtrotter/Ensemble Swing

Charlie Lara McCannon
Understudy Nigel/Ensemble Swing

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

Julianne Repucci
Understudy Youth Ensemble Swing

Emma Resek
Competition Dancer/Big Kid

Lola Rhoads

Penelope Rhoads
Children’s Ensemble

Deirdre Roberts
Competition Dancer/Big Kid

Michaela Rosenthal
Understudy Lavender

Nadia Ruberg

Leo Ruckenstein
Michael/Big Kid

Luke Sabracos
Competition Dancer/Big Kid/Understudy Rudolpho

Jake Siffert
Competition Dancer/Big Kid/Understudy Michael

Phil Tayler
Understudy Mrs. Trunchbull/Mr. Wormwood

Kira Troilo
Miss Honey/Teacher/Mum 3

Lauryn Withnell
Understudy Competition Dancer/Big Kid


Evan Brown
Assistant Choreographer

Shelley Barish
Scenic Designer

Christina Beam
Costume Designer

David Freeman Coleman
Music Director

Steven Doucette
Props Designer

Jon King
Sound Designer

Franklin Meissner, Jr.
Lighting Designer

Emily Ranii

James Rotondo III
Shadow Puppet Designer

Sav Scott
Assistant Director & Choreographer

Larry Sousa


Paula Halpern
Sound Engineer

Jessica Haswell
Costume Coordinator

Kis Knekt
Paint Charge

Gg Martel
Production Manager

Lily Mittnight
Youth Guardian/COVID Safety Monitor

Eun Jeong Paik
Deck Captain

Stephen Reinstein
Front of House

Pat Rice Rooney
Production Stage Manager

Fanni Horvath
Assistant Stage Manager

Evan Dana Schuster
Technical Director

Melissa Smith

Samantha Sweet
Wardrobe Sub.

Kira Troilo
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant

Lawrence Ware
Lead Electrician

Rosie Ward
Dialect Coach

Scenic Construction: Ali Butts, Lily Mittnight, Addie Pates, James Rotondo III

Scenic Painters: Lily Mittnight, Addie Pates, James Rotondo III

Electricians: Ali Butts, Addie Pates, Melissa Smith, Sam Shotz

Special Thanks: David Craft, Neil Gustafson, Tom Madden, Rebecca Mailman, Ronen Mukamel, Jerry Wheelock


Cori Couture
Primary Audio Describer

Alyse Jessica Clinton
Open Caption

Ruth Celia Kahn
Secondary Audio Describer

Kelly S. Kim
ASL Coach

Sofia German
ASL Interpreter

Sarah Pepitone
ASL Interpreter

Cara Schwartz
ASL Interpreter