Tintypes - Fall Musical 2014

A Musical (Revue) in Two Acts
Conceived by Mary Kyte, Mel Marvin and Gary Pearle 
Orchestrations and vocal arrangements by John McKinney

Originally produced in New York Off-Broadway 17 April 1980 at the Theater at St. Peter's Church for 137 performances 
Originally produced by the Arena Stage, Washington, D.C. 
Opened 23 October 1980 at the John Golden Theatre and closed 11 January 1981 after 93 performances
 Total, including Off-Broadway, 230 performances


Directed by Frank Bachman

Music Director - 
Bronwyn Kortge    
Pit Orchestra Director - 
Rebecca Edmondson
Choreographer - 
David Lamon
Costume Director - 
Marilee Marchese
Tech Director, Lights/Sound - 
Grey Burkart
Tech Director, Scenic Design - 
Peter Miller
Producer, Director of MDI Drama - 
Casey Rush

Tintypes is produced through special arrangement with Music Theater 
International • 421 W. 54th Street, 2nd Fl. New York, NY 10019


As Tintypes is an ensemble-based production, the cast is listed alphabetically by class. Individual song credits may be found on the Musical Numbers list.

SENIORS - Kendra Bonsey, Flannery Dillon, Griffin Graves, Clifton Jeffery, Robyn Hochman, Abigail Irvine, Meghan McDunnah

JUNIORS - Hannah Bouchard, Molly Brown, Grace Drennan, Paige LeDuc, Gabby Link, Tarzan Munson, Lydia Reifsnyder, Natalie Rogers, Mary Ellen Sharp, Eleanor Shields, Chloe Vincenty, Lucas Wood

SOPHOMORES - Cala Coffman, Abby Kelley, Mary Paola, Jacob Sanner, Chelsea Schroeder, Thistle Swann

FRESHMEN Rosie Avila, Molly E. Brown, Emily Homer, Emerson Jeffery, Desmond Reifsnyder, Bonnie Snyder


Pit Orchestra Director/Rehearsal Accompaniment - Rebecca Edmondson

Piano - Catherine Ding

Violins - Annie Painter, Taki Ishimura

Bass - Simon Robertson

Clarinets - Delanie Shepard, Nolan Murphy, Mackenzie Miller

Tenor Sax - Matthew Cox

Flute/Piccolo - Megan Howell

Trumpet - Ben Hagle, Devin Christianson

Trombone - Pierce Vincenty

Percussion - Jack Sasner


Crew Chief - Greta Smallidge

Lighting Design - Emilia Cullen, Christina Closson, Grey Burkart

Lighting Board Operator - Emilia Cullen

Spotlight 1 - Christina Closson

Spotlight 2 - Mason Gurtler

Spotlight 3 - Michael Borge

Lighting Crew - Jackson Beckerley, Michael Borge, Katie Cornman, Max Cornman, Conor Crandall, Nolan Crandall, Mason Gurtler, Pierce Vincenty, Wilder Young

Lighting thanks to MDI Drama alumnus Hannah Dewey for her footlights which continuously find their way back onto the Higgins-Demas stage.

Sound Design - Wilder Young, Mason Gurtler, Max Cornman

Sound Board Operator - Max Cornman

Mic Wrangler - Wilder Young

Projection Design - Pierce Vincenty, Grey Burkart

Projection Operator - Wilder Young

Scenic Design - Peter Miller

Set and Painting Crew Jackson Beckerley, Michael Borge,Christina Closson, Katie Cornman, Max Cornman, Conor Crandall, Nolan Crandall, Emilia Cullen, Greta Smallidge, Pierce Vincenty, Kevin Elk, Mason Gurtler, Wilder Young

Running Crew - Greta Smallidge, Conor Crandall, Nolan Crandall, Michael Borge, Jackson Beckerley, Wilder Young

Props Master - Greta Smallidge

Special Thanks to The Mt. View High School Drama Crew: Angela Nason, 
Cole Turner, Caleb Larrabee, Nicholas Troutman, Eddie Angelo, Tom Angelo

Costume Design - Marilee Marchese

Costume Construction - Marilee Marchese, Julie Hagle, Amy Trafton, Chris Dougherty, Cass Dowden

Hairstyling and Makeup - Lelania Avila, Kerri Russell, Ellen Kelley, Diane Bonsey, Linda Homer, Heather Dillon, Renee Graves, Angel Hochman, 
Casey Rush, Chris Dougherty, Frank Bachman, Marilee Marchese

Chaperones/Dressers - Angel Hochman, Chris Dougherty, Angie Bouchard, Ellen Kelley, Kelly Brown

Costuming Thank You - Katie Cornman, Maddison Cole, Michele Gurtler, Nessa Reifsnyder

Financial Coordination - Wendy Littlefield

Poster, Program and Slideshow Design - Casey Rush



Overture - arranged by Rebecca Edmondson

ARRIVALS: Ragtime Nightingale, The Yankee Doodle Boy, Ta-Ra-Ra Boom-De-Ay!, I Don't Care, Come Take a Trip in My Airship, Kentucky Babe, A Hot Time in the Old Time Tonight, Stars and Stripes Forever: Featuring Griffin, Flannery, Mary Ellen, Meghan, Lucas, Tarzan, Natalie, Thistle, Kendra, Mary, Abby, Abigail, Robyn, Bonnie

INGENUITY AND INVENTIONS/TR: Electricity, El Capitan: Featuring Lucas, Molly, Grace

WHEELS: Pastime Rag, Meet Me in St. Louis, Solace, Waltz Me Around Again, Willie, Wabash Cannonball, She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain, In My Merry Oldsmobile: Featuring Griffin, Clifton, Flannery, Tarzan, Emily (solo) 

THE FACTORY: Wayfaring Stranger, Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child, Aye, Lye, Lyu, Lye, I’ll Take you Home Again, Kathleen, America the Beautiful, Wait For The Wagon, What It Takes to Make Me Love You — You’ve Got It: Featuring Flannery, Natalie, Mary, Meghan, Clifton, Bonnie, Lucas and Mary (duet)

ANNA HELD: The Maiden With the Dreamy Eyes, If I Were On The Stage (Kiss Me Again): Featuring Male Ensemble, Abby, Thistle (solo)

OUTSIDE LOOKING IN: Shortnin' Bread, Nobody: Featuring Abby (solo)

FITTING IN: Elite Syncopations, I’m Goin’ to Live Anyhow, ’Til I Die: Featuring Griffin, Cala, Natalie, Emily, Meghan, Flannery, Kendra


ENTR’ACTE: The Ragtime Dance

PANAMA: I Want What I Want When I Want It: Featuring Lucas, Molly (11) 
Grace, Tarzan (solo)

THE LADIES: It’s Delightful to be Married!, Fifty-Fifty, American Beauty
Featuring Thistle (solo), Mary Ellen, Abby, Meghan, Mary

RICH AND POOR: Then I’d Be Satisfied With Life, Narcissus, Jonah Man, 
When It’s All Goin’ Out and Nothin’ Comin’ In, We Shall Not Be Moved: Featuring Clifton (solo), Meghan (solo), Soapboxes: Lucas, Clifton, Flannery, Natalie, Mary, Meghan, Kendra, Chelsea 

VAUDEVILLE: Hello My Baby, Teddy Da Roose, A Bird in a Gilded Cage, Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home?, She’s Getting More [Northeast Harbor] Every Day, You’re a Grand Old Flag, The Yankee Doodle Boy: Featuring Griffin (solo), Hannah and Robyn (duet), Mary Ellen (solo), Tarzan, Clifton, Emerson, Flannery, Kendra, Cala, Bonnie, Emily

FINALE: Toyland, Smiles, I’m Goin’ to Live Anyhow, ’Til I Die (reprise): Featuring Cala (solo), Kendra, Griffin

"The Music of Dreams" by Steve Lawson

I'm just a poor wayfaring stranger
A-travellin' through this world of woe, 
but there's no sickness, toil, or danger
In that fair land to which I go.

    The world of Tintypes is the curious half-century between the Civil War the Roaring Twenties, one of the most tumultuous eras in American history. Yellow press, Whisky Ring, and conspicuous consumption entered the language, the transcontinental railroad and Carnegie Hall were built, roller-skating became the rage, and such disparate politicians as William Jennings (Cross of Gold) Bryan and Theodore (Bully!) Roosevelt gave Wall Street conservatives heart failure. 
    "Now look!" ​moaned one senator when McKinley's death thrust TR. into the Oval Office. "​That damned cowboy is President of the United 

    It was a time of explosive growth: America's population doubled in thirty years, and one-third of the leap came from abroad. A million Irish after the potato famine; three million Germans fleeing Bismarck's blood and iron; nine million Jews, Slavs, and Italians between 1900 and World War I. The opening mime of Tintypes ​presents a quintessential immigrant, complete with weatherbeaten cap and sack-a kind of Yiddish Charlie Chaplin-and introduces him to a small gallery of American figures. There's a bluff swell who flips the newcomer a coin and later turns into a toothy, bespectacled Roosevelt. An elegant society lady becomes chanteuse Anna Held. A [​poor woman] evolves into the upwardly-mobile hired girl of the time. And a female drifter metamorphosizes into radical Emma Goldman.

    Immigrants have a tough time; the gap between the America of their dreams and the reality they faced was often wide. My people do not live in America quipped a bitter Slav in lower Manhattan. They live underneath it In a government run by incompetents who were, in turn, run by tycoons, it's small wonder many were tempted by labor unions, Socialism, or anarchy.

    On the average workday, Andrew Carnegie's pension was $44,000-and two million children earned 25 cents. (The most beautiful sight we see anywhere, rhapsodized the founder of Coca-Cola, is the child at labor) Early in Tintypes, the immigrant dozes off at work and successively dreams of a romantic fling to the waltz tempo of a bicycle wheel, the driving beat of a locomotive, and the reckless abandon of a drive in an automobile. Then he wakes up, dreams shattered, to the ominous minor key of factory labor and the plaintive stories of working girls, their only relief found in letters to neighborhood editors. A popular lyric of the day, And all I want is fifty million dollars, pretty well summed things up: what else should the poor think when John D. Rockefeller claimed that God gave him his money? Could the haves and have-nots share anything of the American experience?

Taken from the notes accompanying the Original Cast Recording.