PARADE opens at the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival

The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival (FLMTF) is proud to produce Jason Robert Brown’s Tony Award winning musical drama, Parade. The show runs July 5 through July 26 at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Auburn, N.Y.’s Emerson Park.

Parade is directed and choreographed by FLMTF producing artistic director Brett Smock with Robin Levine as associate director/choreographer. Jeff Theiss serves as musical director. Parade features a scenic design by Czerton Lim, lighting design by Jose Santiago, sound design by Kevin Heard, and costume design by Tiffany Howard.

Smock states, “We are proud to produce this daring, important and compelling musical as part of our dynamic 2017 season.” Based on a true story and one of the most famous trials in the history of our country, Parade is at once a gripping drama and a poignant love story. Set to one of the most acclaimed scores in the musical theatre canon, Parade is about compassion, devotion, and forgiveness.

The 31-member cast includes Aaron Galligan-Stierle (Broadway: The Phantom of the Opera, Ragtime, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas) as Leo Frank and Kristin Wetherington (National Tour: Aida with Nederlander Worldwide) as Lucille Frank. Jamison Stern (Broadway: By Jeeves, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas; National Tours: Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast) as Hugh Dorsey, Dave Schoonover (National Tours: White Christmas, Young Frankenstein; off-Broadway: The Fantasticks) as Governor Slaton, David Atkinson (La Mirada: Billy Elliot, TUTS: The Best Little Whorehouse…) as Judge Roan/Old Soldier, Scott Guthrie as Britt Craig, Crystal Sha’nae as Minnie/Angela, Fergie L. Philippe as Jim Conley, Brendan Jacob Smith as Frakie Epps, Adrien Swenson as Sally Slaton, Marcus Jordan as Newt Lee, Matthew Sheridan as Luther Rosser, Erin Katzker as Mrs. Phagan, Jake Mills as Tom Watson/Detective Starnes, Alexander Zenoz as Young Soldier, and Banji Aborisade as Riley.

The ensemble will feature: Jodi Bluestein, Mike Dinneen, Taylor Galvin, Clayton Howe, Abeba Isaac, Jana Kucera, Kyra Leeds, Justine Long, Travis Przybylski, CJ Roche, and Alec Michael Ryan. The factory girls will be played by local actresses Shannon Beel, Adeline Whitener, Emma DeGroff, and Madeline VanRiper.

The 2017 season also includes The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Aug. 2-23), Ghost The Musical (Aug. 30-Sept. 16), and Always…Patsy Cline (Sept. 21-Oct. 11).

Tickets can be purchased by phone at 315-255-1785 or toll free at 1-800-457-8897, and online at

About the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival

Headquartered in Auburn, NY, the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival is a dynamic arts organization committed to creating theatrical experiences at the highest levels of artistic integrity. It leverages the power of the arts as a tool for entertainment, education, social awareness and cultural development in its community and in the region. The Festival is situated in the picturesque Finger Lakes wine region of Central New York. Four hours from NYC and situated between Syracuse, Rochester and Ithaca, the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival is one of the largest producing musical theatre organizations in New York State, outside of New York City.

The Festival’s mainstage, the Preston H. Thomas Theatre in the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, presents large-scale Broadway spectacles with high caliber talent from Broadway and across the country at its flagship location in beautiful Emerson Park on Owasco Lake. 2017 Season: Guys and Dolls, Parade, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Ghost The Musical and Always…Patsy Cline. The Festival’s second venue, Theater Mack, is a cabaret-style environment, housed in a converted and beautifully restored carriage house. There, it presents a new musical in development each week, encouraging audience feedback and discourse in its new works series, “The PiTCH." This year, the Festival celebrates the sixth anniversary of “The PiTCH” and to date, it has given development opportunity and visibility to 54 new musicals.

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