Rocket Boys the musical

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2008 - Huntsville, Alabama Staged Reading Premiere

May 24 & 25, 2008
Merrimack Hall
Huntsville, Alabama

Cast

Homer “Sonny” Hickam Jr. 

 Carl Anthony Tramon*

Homer Hickam Sr. 

 Chuck Puckett

Elsie Hickam 

 Karen Young

Jim Hickam 

 James Desta

Roy Lee Cooke 

 Matthew Meigs

O’Dell Carroll 

 Chris Carter*

Quentin Wilson 

 John Howard

Dorothy Plunk 

 Jacqueline Probst

Miss Frieda Riley 

 Nina Banta

Ike Bykovski 

 Harry Delugach

John Dubonnet 

 Jackson Pyle

John “Eye” Blevin 

 “Barefoot” Bill Pacer

Valentine Carmina 

 Megan Haines

Buck / Kennedy 

 Ryan Pest

Poppy Hickam 

 Danny Proctor

Mr. Turner / Basil 

 Ron Roberts

Mrs. Bykovski 

 Kathy Shea



Ensemble 

 Elizabeth Bannister, Juliana Carter,
Christina Crowe, Danielle Hurst,
Patrick Probst, Ruthie Puckett

Narrator 

 Katherine Cuba*

* Member of Actors' Equity Association

Stage Manager: Priscilla Krause

Production

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!

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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.

Musical Numbers
ACT ONE

COALWOOD† 

 Sonny & Townspeople of Coalwood

SPUTNIK 

 Homer & Townspeople

BIG CREEK H.S. FIGHT SONG 

 Jim & Students

THE DIARY OF DOROTHY PLUNK† 

 Dorothy & Students

SPUTNIK (reprise) 

 Homer & Cast

BUILD A ROCKET 

 Sonny, Roy Lee, O’Dell

BOY BUSINESS 

 Valentine

MYRTLE BEACH‡ 

 Elsie

THE HISTORY OF THRUST 

 Quentin

NUTS AND BOLTS OF LIFE 

 Mr. Bykovski

FIGHT SONG (reprise)/B.C.M.A. 

 Rocket Boys

THERE’S A BRIGHTER SKY‡ 

 Rocket Boys & Townspeople

SOMETHING ELSE 

 Miss Riley

ALTITUDE 

 Basil Oglethorpe & Townspeople

YOU CAN’T FIGHT THE UNION/
WHERE A MAN SHOULD BE‡ 

 Homer, Dunbonnet,
Bykovski & Miners

ACT TWO

THERE’S A BRIGHTER SKY (reprise) 

 Townspeople

SOMETHING ELSE (reprise) 

 Miss Riley

JOHN “EYE”
BLEVIN 

 John Blevin, Rocket Boys
& Townspeople

A WORLD AWAY FROM ME 

 Dorothy & Valentine

ALL KINDS OF LOVE 

 Sonny

SONNY NEEDS YOU 

 Elsie, Homer

DIAMONDS IN THE DUST 

 Homer

FAIR SHAKE 

 Roy Lee

RISE† 

 Sonny & Full Cast

† - Can be heard on our RocketPlayer, as performed by the Huntsville Cast.

‡ - Can be heard on our RocketPlayer.

Huntsville
THANK YOU!

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
Burke Allen
Ron Harris
Chuck Puckett
Pianists Oleta Hunt and Christopher Joel Carter

Carol English
Amy Bandas
Lauralai Osinski
Carolyn Sanders

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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