Announcing the Cast & Creative Details for EVERYTHING IS WONDERFUL

Addison (TX) – WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director, Shane Peterman, today announced details for the Regional Premiere of Everything is Wonderful written by Chelsea Marcantel, and directed by WTT Associate Artistic Director, Kelsey Leigh Ervi.

Everything is Wonderful will run from April 19 – May 12, 2019 on the Terry Martin Main Stage at the Addison Theatre Centre. The cast will feature Kelsey Milbourn, Seth Magill, Blake McNamara, Haley Evans, Jenny Tucker, and Steven Pounders. Making their WaterTower Theatre debuts are Haley Evans, Seth Magill, Blake McNamara, and Jenny Tucker.

The creative team, in addition to Director Kelsey Leigh Ervi, includes Donna Marquet as Scenic Designer, Becca Janney as Costume Designer, Leann Burns as Lighting Designer, Ryan Joyner as Sound Designer, Hillary Collazo Abbott as Properties Designer, Caron Grant as Production Stage Manager, Jessica Updike as Assistant Stage Manager, Cameron Casey as Assistant Director, Ryan Burkle as Assistant Lighting Designer, Andrew Davis as Assistant Sound Designer, Anne Schilling as Dialect Coach, and Mitchell Stephens as Fight & Intimacy Choreographer.

Everything is Wonderful is sponsored, in part, by Veritex Bank and FASTSIGNS Carrollton. WaterTower Theatre’s 2018-2019 Season sponsor is the Town of Addison.

About Everything is Wonderful
Following a tragic car accident that killed her two brothers, Miri, the excommunicated daughter of an Amish family, returns home to find that her parents have taken in the wayward driver of the car. Quickly learning that time has not healed old wounds, Miri struggles with the contradictions of the culture she left behind, while being forced to confront Abram, the young Amish man whose actions drove her away. The past and present collide as the family struggles to reconcile and seek out a new path forward in their faith. Everything is Wonderful brings us face to face with this long-misunderstood community in a striking and intricate examination of the complexity of forgiveness.

About the Cast

Kelsey Milbourn (Miri)
Kelsey’s proud to be back at WaterTower! She is Kansas native and TCU graduate with a BFA in musical theatre and an independent study in modern dance. She’s adjunct faculty for the BFA theatre program at TCU and is a dance/fight/intimacy choreographer in the DFW area. Some of her recent work includes projects at Circle Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Undermain Theatre, Stage West, Amphibian Stage Productions, Danspiek NYC, and Cape Fear Regional. She’s been artistic associate of the Trinity Shakespeare Festival for a decade and a proud recipient of the Tarrant County Theatre League award.

Seth Magill (Eric)
Seth Magill is thrilled to be making his main stage debut at WaterTower Theatre after participating in two staged readings and performing with his band Home By Hovercraft. He was last seen on stage as Hamlet in Shakespeare Dallas’ Hamlet. Notable credits include Marlow in She Stoops to Conquer (Shakespeare Dallas); Maks in Ironbound (Kitchen Dog Theater); Earthworm in James and the Giant Peach (Dallas Children’s Theater); and Fred in A Christmas Carol (Dallas Theater Center). Seth notably co-wrote and performed in the original musical On The Eve, playing Chase Spacegrove, with the Theatre Three and Theatre C’s rock review at Joe’s Pub in NYC. He is represented by the Kim Dawson Agency and received his BFA in Acting from SMU.

Blake McNamara (Abram)
Blake McNamara is thrilled for his debut performance at WaterTower Theatre! Blake has performed around DFW as Roy Cohn (voice) in Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been..., Isaac in Hir, Woodnut in The Nether (Stage West); Kyle in Haunted (Our Productions Theatre Co.); Nancy in Space Girl, Actor C in The Grown-Up (Flexible Grey Theatre Co.); Jerrod in Say You Love Satan (Uptown Players); Cassio in Othello (Second Thought Theatre); Officer in Tartuffe, Aemilius in Titus Andronicus, Aeneas in Troilus and Cressida (Shakespeare Dallas). He’s also proud to have been a part of the first readings of Human Resource(s) as Dylan, and Magnum’s Opus as Young Magnum. Blake is represented by Kim Dawson Talent Agency. @theblakemcnamara

Haley Evans (Ruth)
Haley is excited to be making her WaterTower Theatre debut! Her previous work includes Charlie’s Aunt (Rover Dramawerks); Inherit the Wind (Shreveport Little Theatre); Romeo and Juliet, The Amish Project, The Pavilion, Story of a Marriage (Baylor University). Haley is a recent graduate from Baylor University with a BFA in Theatre Performance.

Jenny Tucker (Esther)
This is Jenny’s first appearance at WaterTower Theatre. She was most recently seen as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd (LIP Service Productions). Recent credits include Casa Mañana (Evita, Fiddler on the Roof, Les Miserables); Uptown Players (La Cage aux Folles, Titanic); and Jubilee Theatre. Jenny is a proud member of Actor’s Equity.

Steven Pounders (Jacob)
WaterTower Theatre: The Grapes of Wrath, Spring Awakening, Cabaret, Dinner with Friends, Nocturne, Book of Days. Circle Theatre: Our Town, Mistakes Were Made, Bach at Leipzig. Stage West: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Trinity Shakespeare Festival: Julius Caesar, Taming of the Shrew. Theatre Three: Defiance, Frozen. Contemporary Theatre: Sylvia. Theatre Britain: Macbeth, Betrayal, The Day After the Fair. Casa Mañana: 1776. Penfold Theatre (Austin): Red. Shamblin Theatre (Nashville): Doubt. Cherry Lane Theatre (NYC): The Unseen. Resonance Ensemble (NYC): H4, Shakespeare’s Slave, The Coffee Trees.

About The Director
Kelsey Leigh Ervi is Associate Artistic Director for WaterTower Theatre. WTT directing credits include The Great Distance Home (2017 & 2018), The Last Five Years, Parade in Concert, Silent Sky, Lord of the Flies, The Spark, The Santaland Diaries, The Tom Sawyer Project, and Honky. Locally, she has also directed From the Table (Cry Havoc Theater); We. Women. (Baylor University); Dogfight (Junior Players/University of Texas at Dallas); Precious Little (Echo Theatre); Love Me, Tinder (FIT Festival, world premiere); Ask Questions Later (Rite of Passage Theatre, world premiere); and Dani Girl (Greyman Theatre Company). Kelsey is also an accomplished actor, having worked with many area theatre companies including Dallas Theater Center, WaterTower Theatre, Stage West, Shakespeare Dallas, Uptown Players, Echo Theatre, and Shakespeare in the Bar. Kelsey received her BFA from Baylor University and this fall will be moving to Chicago to begin her first year in the MFA Directing program at Northwestern University.

Everything is Wonderful Performance details:
In The Terry Martin Main Stage at the Addison Theatre Centre
Show Run Dates: April 19 – May 12, 2019
Preview dates: Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20 at 8:00 pm
Pay It Forward with Pay-What-You-Can Preview: Sunday, April 21 at 2:00 pm
Opening night: Monday, April 22 at 7:30 pm

Wednesdays & Thursdays: 7:30 p.m.
Fridays: 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 8:00 p.m.
3rd and 4th Saturdays: 2:00p.m.
Sundays: 2:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices:
Kids (16 and under) -$20
Single Tickets - $20-$40
*Student, Senior, and Industry discounts available
*Subscribers always get discounts!

How/Where to Buy Tickets:
By Phone: 972.450.6232
Or In-person: WaterTower Theatre at the Addison Theatre Centre 15650 Addison Road, Addison, TX 75001
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Performance Weeks: Tuesday-Saturday Noon-6 p.m. Closed Sunday-Monday
Non-Performance Weeks: Tuesday-Friday Noon-6 p.m. Closed Saturday-Monday

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About WaterTower Theatre
Founded in 1996, WaterTower Theatre (WTT) is one of Texas' leading professional theatre companies and one of the flagship arts institutions in North Texas, having played an important role as a leader in developing new talent and encouraging the growth of the DFW artistic community through its commitment to hiring local artists. WaterTower Theatre is consistently recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, DFW Theatre Critics Forum, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observer, D Magazine, and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, among others. WaterTower Theatre has a subscription base of more than 2,000 subscribers and serves an audience of over 24,000 patrons annually.

WaterTower Theatre is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. WaterTower Theatre relies on its ticket income and generous donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, and government organizations to produce world-class live professional theatre and to offer community engagement and arts education programs. WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of the Town of Addison, The Shubert Foundation, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. WaterTower Theatre’s 2018-2019 Season is also supported, in part, through the generosity of its Producers Circle, including civic, corporate, and foundation donors AMLI Residential, Atmos Energy, FASTSIGNS Carrollton, Frost Bank, ONCOR, Slalom, Veritex Community Bank, Whole Foods, and individual donors Don and Barbara Daseke, The Bob Downs Family, Stan Graner and Jim McBride, Phillip and Janeva Longacre, Tom and Holly Mayer, Kathy Messina and Gary Goodwin, Janiece and Jimmy Niemann, Karol Omlor, Paul and Norma Schultz, Jack and Libby Swindle, Deborah and Craig Sutton, Ron and Donna Whitehead.