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Stories and poems by Kevin Kling
Music and lyrics by Victor Zupanc
Directed by Peter C. Brosius
For witty 8-year-olds and up

A Children’s Theatre Company World Premiere Production

Starring Kevin Kling, this inventive and hilarious series of stories is about family, life’s surprises, and the great delight of what seem to be disasters becoming your favorite memories. From Norwegian camp, to interviewing a mosquito, to the terror of his big sister getting her driver’s license, each story transports the audience into nine-year-old Maurice’s world. You may recognize your own family, and that magical summer when life is changed, families are transformed, and the adventures are non-stop.

The Best Summer Ever! runs approximately one hour, with no intermission.

Kevin Kling
Kevin Kling | Storyteller and Poet
Monologist and playwright Kevin Kling grew up in Osseo, Minnesota, and graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College. He has performed his plays in Sweden, Sydney and Perth, Australia, Edinburgh, Scotland, and in the Czech Republic. His autobiographic piece, Home and Away, premiered at the Seattle Repertory Theatre and moved to Second Stage Theater (off-Broadway), under the direction of David Esbjornson, where it received a received a Drama Desk Award nomination.

His plays have been produced at Children's Theatre Company, Goodman Theater, Jungle Theater, Denver Center Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Interact, Guthrie Theater, and regional theaters throughout the country. He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The McKnight Foundation, The Minnesota State Arts Board, The Bush Foundation, and The Jerome Foundation. He is a McDowell Fellow and has received the Whiting Award, the A.P. Anderson Award, the VSA Jeahny, and the Eric Peterson Award. Kevin was officially appointed the Minneapolis Story Laureate by Mayor R.T. Rybak in 2014.

He appears often at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, has been a frequent commentator for National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” He has authored five books: The Dog Says How, Holiday Inn, Big Little Brother, Big Little Mother, and On Stage with Kevin Kling. His book, Come and Get It, was chosen as the 2012 Minnesota Center for Books Arts “Winter Book.” Kevin has produced six storytelling CDs. His website is: kevinkling.com
Victor Zupanc
Victor Zupanc | Composer and Lyricist
Victor is credited with approximately 300 productions as Composer, Musical Director, and Sound Designer throughout the country and in China, Japan, South America, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, winning many awards and honors. He received a 2016 Ivey Award for his work in CTC’s Pinocchio. Victor often composes for orchestras and choirs and his music is heard on NPR, as well as in several films. This is Victor’s 28th season as Music Director at CTC. Favorite CTC composing credits include: Cinderella; The Monkey King; Korczak’s Children; Romeo and Juliet; Balloonacy; The Jungle Book; Huck Finn; Pinocchio, and many others. victorzupanc.com
Peter C. Brosius (Director, Artistic Director)
Peter has directed the world premieres of Dr. Seuss’s The Sneetches the Musical; The Last Firefly; Seedfolks; The Snowy Day and other stories by Ezra Jack Keats; Animal Dance; Reeling; Anon(ymous); The Biggest Little House in the Forest; Balloonacy; and many others, all of which were commissioned and workshopped through CTC’s new play development efforts. His awards and honors include TCG’s Alan Schneider Director Award, Sara Spencer Award for Artistic Achievement and a 2013 Ivey Award for Best Director. Previously, he was the Artistic Director of the Improvisational Theatre Project at The Mark Taper Forum, a resident director at the Sundance Theatre Institute and Artistic Director of the Honolulu Theatre for Youth. Peter is married to writer Rosanna Staffa and is the father of Daria and Gabriel.

Craig Gottschalk (Lighting Designer)
Other CTC credits include lighting designs for Corduroy; Animal Dance; Snowflake and CTC’s Theatre Arts Training intensives HAIR; Spring Awakening; bare; Dear Edwina; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Blood Brothers; associate designer for CTC’s regional tour of Seedfolks. Other regional credits include: Blues in the Night; Always Patsy Cline; Bombitty of Errors; Nobody Lonesome for Me and Route 66 (Milwaukee Repertory Theater); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; Zanna Don’t; Jerry Springer the Opera; and Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Minneapolis Musical Theatre); and King Lear (Minnesota Shakespeare Project). Craig has also added video content to CTC shows such as: The Wiz; Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas; Cinderella; and The Wizard of Oz.

Sten Severson (Sound Designer)
Sten has designed sound on Broadway, London’s West End, Off-Broadway and in numerous regional theatres. He is a partner in Acme Sound Partners who have collectively garnered five Tony® nominations and four Drama Desk awards. Selected credits: The Wiz; Dr. Seuss’s The Sneetches the Musical; Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Musical; Peter Pan the Musical (CTC); HAIR; The Merchant of Venice (Broadway); Audelco Award winning The Total Bent (Public Theater); Hamlet; Othello; Comedy of Errors (The Old Globe); Into the Woods; and King Lear (Delacorte Theater). He has taught at N.Y.U.’s Tisch School for the Arts and the Yale School of Drama.

Liz Howls (Animation Designer)
Liz is a multi-disciplinary artist who combines the visual and performing arts. Her background in puppetry influences her low-tech approach to animation. Liz has received the Artist Initiative Grant, The Jim Henson Foundation grant, and 2013 and 2015 Ivey Awards for her work on Milly and Tillie and Nothing is Something at Open Eye Figure Theatre. She curates “The Full Moon Puppet Show,” an adult puppet cabaret. Upcoming projects include a Full Moon Puppet Show at Open Eye Figure Theatre, a horror shadow puppet show, a gallery show of paper-cuts, and a shadow performance piece on sailboats in upstate New York.

Miriam Weisfeld (Dramaturg, Director of Artistic Development)
Miriam previously served as Senior Vice President at the Araca Group in New York City, where she helped to develop The SpongeBob Squarepants Musical (Broadway) and Ayad Akhtar’s Junk (Lincoln Center). As former Associate Artistic Director of Woolly Mammoth in Washington DC, Miriam oversaw the development and production of new work and helped create Connectivity, now recognized as a national model for community engagement. Additional credits: New York Theatre Workshop, American Repertory Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville. M.F.A., ART/Moscow Art Theatre Institute at Harvard University. Contributing author, Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy.

Bill Harley (Musical Consultant)
Bill Harley is an award-winning author and recording artist for children and families. Recipient of Parents’ Choice, American Library Association and two Grammy® awards, Bill uses song and story to paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of growing up, schooling and family life. Awarded the lifetime achievement award from RI Council for the Humanities “for building community; promoting our common humanity; and encouraging lifelong learning, exploring and growing”, Bill tours nationwide as an author, performing artist and keynote speaker. His book series about the trials and tribulations of fourth grader Charlie Bumpers is part of the One School One Book program through Read to Them - a national program that works to promote a culture of literacy. The first book in the series Charlie Bumpers vs. The Teacher of the Year won the Beverly Cleary Children’s Choice Award. Bill lives in Seekonk, Massachusetts. For more information, please visit billharley.com

Jane Heer (Stage Manager)
Jane is delighted to be back at Children’s Theatre Company! Previous CTC credits include Corduroy; The Snowy Day and other stories by Ezra Jack Keats; and The Jungle Book. Other stage management credits include Dr. Seuss’s Cat in the Hat (First Stage Children’s Theatre); Watch on the Rhine; Sunday in the Park with George (Guthrie Theater); Black Nativity (Black Arts MKE); and King Lear (American Players Theatre).

Lea Moore (Stage Management Intern)
Lea is currently studying Theater and American Sign Language at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. She grew up in the Twin Cities and is so grateful for the opportunity to work with Children’s Theatre Company. In the past, she has worked on shows including Les Miserables; Guys and Dolls (St. Paul Academy); and Rhinoceros (Wesleyan University). She received a Technical Leadership Award, two years in a row, from Hennepin Theatre’s Spotlight Awards. After graduation, she is looking forward to pursuing theater professionally.
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