May 24 & 25, 2008
Homer “Sonny” Hickam Jr.
Carl Anthony Tramon*
Homer Hickam Sr.
Roy Lee Cooke
Miss Frieda Riley
John “Eye” Blevin
“Barefoot” Bill Pacer
Buck / Kennedy
Mr. Turner / Basil
Elizabeth Bannister, Juliana Carter,
Christina Crowe, Danielle Hurst,
Patrick Probst, Ruthie Puckett
* Member of Actors' Equity Association
Stage Manager: Priscilla Krause
JOSEPH BAKER (Musical Direction and Supervision) has been working as a Conductor and Pianist on and around Broadway for more than 20 years. Shows he has performed include: Shrek, Wicked, The Lion King, Blood Brothers, The Life, Grand Hotel, Starlight Express, The Tap Dance Kid, Little Shop Of Horrors, Big River, Catskills On Broadway, Footloose, and Bells Are Ringing. He has also done duties as Orchestrator, Vocal Arranger or Dance Arranger on shows as: Bubbly Black Girl, The Green Heart, and Footloose.
His successes in film and TV include Composing the score for the smash hit documentary Mad Hot Ballroom, and was Composer-Arranger–Producer for a wonderful children’s TV series on Public Television called Dittydoodle Works.
In his own recording studio at Bakerboys Music, he has worked on recordings by, among others, Petula Clark, Jeremy Kushnier, (Jersey Boys, Rent, Aida), Robert Cuccioli (Jekyll And Hyde), Jonny Peterson, Steven Lutvak, and J. Mark McVey (Les Misérables).
Of course, his best productions have been his family: his wife Renae, son David, and daughter Rozi who is rehearsing for Mary Poppins on Broadway!
ANTHONY RUGGIERO (Musical Director) brings a varied list of theatrical and musical experience to the stage. A native of northeastern Ohio, Ruggiero earned a MM degree in Voice (Performance) from Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music. Credits as MD include productions of Sweeney Todd, The Last Five Years, Assassins, On The Twentieth Century, and the world premiere of Coming to America, by James Hindman. Currently he is Musical Director for Tomfoolery (Nutley Little Theatre) and Einstein’s Breakfast (Bethany Beach, DE). In the fall, Mr. Ruggiero is scheduled to be pianist for a NY showcase production of Songs For A New World.
PRISCILLA KRAUSE (Stage Manager) lists credits that include The Odd Couple (Northeast Alabama Community College); Education of Hyman Caplyn, Flowers For Algernon (Dade County High School – Student Director); The Crucible (Dade County High School - Dialect Coach); Set construction, Pre-production duties, Lighting & Set Properties (Northeast Alabama Community College); Drama scholarship recipient at Northeast Alabama Community College with numerous actor/singer roles. Dialect specialties: British Aristocrat & Cockney; Southern.
Sonny & Townspeople of Coalwood
Homer & Townspeople
BIG CREEK H.S. FIGHT SONG
Jim & Students
THE DIARY OF DOROTHY PLUNK†
Dorothy & Students
Homer & Cast
BUILD A ROCKET
Sonny, Roy Lee, O’Dell
THE HISTORY OF THRUST
NUTS AND BOLTS OF LIFE
FIGHT SONG (reprise)/B.C.M.A.
THERE’S A BRIGHTER SKY‡
Rocket Boys & Townspeople
Basil Oglethorpe & Townspeople
YOU CAN’T FIGHT THE UNION/
WHERE A MAN SHOULD BE‡
Bykovski & Miners
THERE’S A BRIGHTER SKY (reprise)
SOMETHING ELSE (reprise)
John Blevin, Rocket Boys
A WORLD AWAY FROM ME
Dorothy & Valentine
ALL KINDS OF LOVE
SONNY NEEDS YOU
DIAMONDS IN THE DUST
Sonny & Full Cast
† - Can be heard on our RocketPlayer, as performed by the Huntsville Cast.
‡ - Can be heard on our RocketPlayer.
First and foremost to our wonderful and dedicated cast!!
Thank you for Rocket City's kindness, especially:
Merrimack Hall's Debra and Alan Jenkins,
Brenda Black, Karen Rouse, Charlie Sanderson (Technical Director),
Leigh Siefferman (Lighting Design) and the entire staff
Homer and Linda Hickam!!
Mayor Loretta Spencer
Frances and Wes Clayton
Butch and Jerry Damson
Cathleen and Daniel Klibanoff
Ed and Gayle Buckbee
Linda and Gus Morard
Chris Welch & The Huntsville Times
Pianists Oleta Hunt and Christopher Joel Carter
Colonial Printing, Lyn's Gracious Goodness,
New Media Productions, AB Stephens, Soundcell
Kinko's, Holiday Inn Downtown
Huntsville’s own Priscilla Krause,
possibly the best Stage Manager and nicest human being in the world!
Special thanks to Anne Tramon, Mother, friend, producer and Super-Being
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