Casting Announced for Workshop of New Ryan Scott Oliver Musical Jasper in Deadland

News   Casting Announced for Workshop of New Ryan Scott Oliver Musical Jasper in Deadland
California youth and the Pasadena Musical Theatre Program will join forces to present workshop performances of Ryan Scott Oliver's Jasper in Deadland Aug. 5 and 6.

Directed by Oliver with choreography by John Todd, the cast will feature Herbert Ayala, Julia Byrne, Pavel Czernek, Kair Davis, Tabitha Elder, Chris Hunter, Judah Lacy, Fednike Nozistene, Johan Silla, Miriam Sulker-Hall, Luna Trejo, Christopher Vidimos with Sierra Adams, Lauren Bailey, Mira Banerjee-Brown, Tanya Barraza, Amber Barrios, Audrianna Bartholomew, Mariah Benn, Pepe Bradshaw, Marianna Crisostomo, Kara Ellis, Payton Emerson, Jessica Garza, Melodie Gibson, Julia Goff, Hana Golden, Kevin Gonzales, Briana Gonzales, Kayla Johnson- Granberry, Sophia Kownatzki, Precious Lacy, Arthur Martinez, Cheri McKenzie, Alyson Mello, Claudia Mendez, Owen Migel, Grace Mikuryia, Jacqueline Partida, Tabatha Pina, Amy Prochaska, Lilia Royce, Emiliano Tellez, Corinne Thomas, Katherine Vasquez, Emily Waters, Kaitlyn Walker and Alexander Kownatzki as Jasper.

The production team also includes company manager Anne Clark, assistant music director Jordan Baum, assistant choreographer Camden Gonzales, assistant stage manager Allison Dufford, stage manager Ashley Thaxton, puppet designer Michelle Finston, lighting designer Curtis Mueller, costume, hair and makeup designer Gwyneth Conaway Bennison, set designer Kurt Boetcher, music supervisor Brett Ryback and vocal director Cindy Abbott.

Jasper in Deadland, press notes state, "tells the story of 16-year-old Jasper, who loses his best friend Agnes and travels into the afterlife to retrieve her. But this afterlife—'Deadland'—is some kind of freakish, a hybrid of Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Norse and Judeo-Christian mythologies, divided into seven 'circles' where Jasper encounters Cerberus, the demoness Ammut, Loki and his daughter Hel, a psychotic redneck named The Chuckster, and the ever mysterious Mr. Lethe. Will Jasper retrieve his best friend Agnes? Or will he join the Dead forever?”

Ryan Scott Oliver is currently writing the score for Disney Theatrical’s stage musical Freaky Friday, directed by Memphis’ Christopher Ashley. He is a 2011 Lortel Award nominee, a 2009 Jonathan Larson Grant recipient and a 2008 Rodgers Award winner.

Performances will be held at Pasadena High School Auditorium (2925 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. in Pasadena) on Aug. 5 at 7 PM and Aug. 6 at 2 PM and 7 PM. Tickets can be ordered online at or purchased at the door: $15 for general admission, or $30 for reserved “Premium Tickets.”

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