Kennesaw State University Department of
Theatre and Performance Studies presents
Devised by KSU Students
Directed by Rosemary Newcott
Composed and Music Directed by Amanda Wansa Morgan
Additional Music by Riley Schatz and Ra'Mya Aikens
April 2: 8 p.m.; April 3: 11 a.m., 3 p.m.; April 9: 8 p.m.
Stillwell Theater and ArtsKSU Virtual
Meet-and-Greet and Sing-Along Community Event
April 10: 11 a.m., Stillwell Theater*
*THIS IS A NEW LOCATION*
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Scenic, Costume, Lighting Design: Pamela Rodriguez-Montero
Pamela Rodriguez-Montero (she/her/hers) is a theatrical designer, educator, and visual artist and Assistant Professor of Costume Design at KSU.
She earned her BFA degree in Arts and Visual Communications from the National University of Costa Rica. She received her MFA in Scenography from the University of Kansas, graduating with honors.
She is the proud recipient of the Ethel Hinds Burch Outstanding New GTA in Theatre Award and the Ethel Hinds Burch Outstanding GTA in Theatre Award in recognition of her excellence in teaching.
After receiving a Tinker Field Research Grant, she visited Guatemala to develop contextual research and collect reference materials for her research in the Mayan dance/drama of Rabinal Achí. Currently, her areas of interest include Latin American and Indigenous Ceremonial dance/drama, intersectionality and anti-racism in the practice of costume, makeup, and hair design, and computer-aided design, animation, and digital rendering techniques.”
ANIMALS IN THUMBELINA
Moles can barely see at all, but they have a very good sense of smell to make up for it.
Swallows live on every continent in the world besides Antarctica.
Maybugs are also known as doodle bugs!
Golden retrievers are often used as therapy dogs because they are sweet and friendly.
Some fish that live in ponds can live to 50 years old or more!
Toads start out as tadpoles like frogs, but can spend most of their life on dry land!
Field mice eat up to 15 or 20 times a day!
Butterflies taste using their feet!
Our work on Thumbelina began in the Fall of 2019 with a class at Kennesaw State full of Theatre & Performance Studies majors, taught by Coordinator of Musical Theatre Amanda Wansa Morgan and Internationally known Theatre for Young Audiences director Rosemary Newcott. Rosemary joined us as a guest teacher to lead our students through a series of devising exercises which resulted in their writing of amazing material, both spoken word and songs. One of our students – Riley Schatz – ended up composing some full songs for the piece, while pieces of other student’s musical ideas also ended up in the project.
We had some beautiful work sessions that involved physical movement, creating music together, and unpacking the original Hans Christian Anderson story of Thumbelina.
There was a particularly wonderful session with the participants of the Global Village Project from Atlanta, where our scholar artists interacted with students from across the world who are here in Atlanta living and going to school.
Our work in the Fall culminated in a final showing to the public. After that, Rosemary and Amanda worked together on edits to the script, adding in new music, and rearranging some parts to mold around the new Spring 2020 cast.
Now that we are in rehearsal, it’s amazing to see how the new cast is coming up with additional ideas. We are added choreography, new musical arrangements, and much more. It’s beautiful to see a fully realized piece of theatre take shape in space when there was nothing before and to know that it came from the minds of dozens of our students and faculty and guests working together. Maybe this line came from a student in the Fall class… that line came from an actor in the Spring cast… and the next line came from Amanda or Rosemary. It’s very exciting and something we think everyone will enjoy.
In Creation Video
Rosemary Newcott, Director and Co-creator
Kennesaw State is pleased to welcome Rosemary Newcott as Guest Director and Co-creator of Thumbelina. Rosemary has worked at the Alliance Theatre as the Sally G. Tomlinson Artistic Director of Theatre for Youth and Families. Over the past twenty years, she has directed a large number of plays for youth and family audiences, including The Wizard of Oz, Paige in Full, Knuffle Bunny, Honk!, The Hobbit, and many seasons of The Christmas Carol.
Amanda Wansa Morgan, Composer and Co-creator
Amanda Wansa Morgan is an Atlanta-based music director, composer, director, and actor who serves as Coordinator of Musical Theatre & Associate Professor at Kennesaw State University.
At KSU, she teaches classes in musical theatre performance, voice, acting, and musical theatre history and literature. She directed the KSU productions of Ragtime, Heathers, and A Man of No Importance.
Amanda has served on the faculty at The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) and also as Director of Music Education at Charleston Stage, working as music director, director, sound designer, dialect coach, music arranger, and composer for various productions.
Additionally, she has music directed at The Alliance Theatre, Six Flags Over Georgia, Atlanta Lyric Theater, Actor’s Express (2018 Suzi Bass Award for The Color Purple), Synchronicity Theater, Wallace Buice Theatre Company & BUICEentennial Productions, Playhouse on the Square, Post Playhouse, and Osceola Center for the Arts.
Thumbelina Ra’Mya Aikens
(u/s) Mya Burns
(u/s) Jacob Craig
Director Rosemary Newcott
Music Director & Composer Amanda Wansa Morgan
Scenic, Costume, Lighting Designer Pamela Rodriguez-Montero
Stage Manager/Asst. Dramaturg Vanessa Lopez
Choreographer Kee Horton
Dramaturg Dr. Tom Fish
Properties Manager Parker Osmann
Production Sound Engineer Anna Lee
Audio Engineer Mikaela Fraser
Lighting Programmer Brandon Bagwell
Asst. Director/Asst. Dramaturg Savannah Peeples
Music Assistant/Toad Mom (u/s) Alex Osborne
Asst. Scenic Designer & Scenic Charge Jess Ford
Asst. Scenic Charge Hannah Robertson
Asst. Costume Designer Sophi Gordon
Asst. Lighting Designer Hannah O’Driscoll
Design Assistant Mackenzie Scales
Light Op. Kourage Cooper
Lead Asst. Dramaturg Katie Nelson