The story of Winn Dixie has leaped off the page and come to life at The Goodspeed in East Haddam, Connecticut, now playing through September 1.
With music from Tony winner Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening) and lyrics and book by Tony nominee Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde), Because of Winn Dixie is based on Kate DiCamillo’s novel of the same name about a Southern town filled with lost souls that might earn a new “leash on life” when a preacher and his daughter take in a mutt named Winn Dixie.
The production is helmed by John Rando with animal direction by William Berloni and choreography by Chris Bailey. The cast features Josie Todd as Opal, J. Robert Spencer as Preacher, Sophia Massa as Sweetie Pie Thomas, Crystal Kellogg as Callie Thomas, Brian Michael Hoffman as Jiggs Thomas, Jay Hendrix as Stevie Dewberry, Jamie Mann as Dunlap Dewberry, Kacie Sheik as Jeanne Dewberry, Chloë Cheers as Amanda Wilkinson, Nicole Powell as Millie Wilkinson, John Edwards as Carl Wilkinson, David Poe as Otis, Isabel Keating as Franny Block, Roz Ryan as Gloria Dump, Ryan Halsaver and Mackenzie Warren as Townspeople, and Bowdie as the title dog. Understudies are Ava Loughlin, Ben Stone-Zelman, Tess Santarsiero, Veronica James, and Bailey.
Watch highlights above.