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Approximate run time: 1.5 hours, including a 15-minute intermission
Run time and other details are subject to change during rehearsal process.

Based on the Corduroy and A Pocket for Corduroy books by Don Freeman
Licensed by CBS Consumer Products
Adapted for the Stage by Barry Kornhauser
Directed by Peter C. Brosius

Join Corduroy on his delightfully destructive chase through every section of the department store in search of his missing button. Will the Night Watchman find him and return him to his shelf before he can find his important button? Will Lisa ever convince her mother to let her give the bear a home? This tender, enduring story about true friendship stirs up the stage with a bustling rumpus of action. Don't miss it!

Limited lap passes are available for public shows on the day of the show, in person, for children 18 months and under.

No lap passes are available for Student Matinee performances of Corduroy.

Dean Holt
Dean Holt | Corduroy
Dean is a member of CTC’s Resident Acting Company (1994-present) and has appeared in more than 100 memorable productions over the last 23 years. Favorite performances during this time include Reeling; If You Give a Mouse a Cookie; Romeo and Juliet; Huck Finn; Pinocchio; and Cinderella, to name a few. He loves the creative collaboration that goes into each show and the willing imaginations of audience members, young and old alike. He is the recipient of two Ivey Awards (Reeling and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie) and the Alumni Achievement Award from St. John’s University for work in his field. Dean is married to CTC Stage Manager, Stacy McIntosh, and the proud dad of his two amazing boys, Henry and Emmet.


Reed Sigmund
Reed Sigmund | The Night Watchman
Reed’s entire life has been building to this moment. He’s always known that one day, he would find his true nemesis in the shape of a tiny, stuffed bear. That day is now upon us, and Reed is so grateful that you’ve joined him for this historic showdown. Currently celebrating his 18th season at CTC, Reed has appeared in numerous shows, including: Cinderella; The Wizard of Oz; Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas; and A Year with Frog and Toad. Away from the stage, Reed enjoys wandering the countryside, eating bread and partying with Autumn, Sawyer and Sully.


Ileri Okikiolu
Ileri Okikiolu | Lisa
Ileri is so excited for her Children’s Theatre Company debut! Having only participated in her high school’s theatre program, she can’t wait to explore the world of professional theatre. She hopes to pursue a career in theatre after high school. She would like to thank all of her friends, and directors for supporting her almost-unconventional love for theatre!


Lauren Davis
Lauren Davis | Mother
Lauren hails from Maryland and is ecstatic to be a part of the Corduroy cast. Her CTC credits include Akeelah and the Bee; Shrek The Musical; The Scarecrow and His Servant; Cinderella; and Charlotte’s Web. Other theatre credits include Oliver! (Theater Latté Da); Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet (Pillsbury House Theatre/Guthrie Theater); Romeo and Juliet; The Taming of the Shrew; and Antony and Cleopatra (Chesapeake Shakespeare Company); Greensboro Four; Sing Out!; and American Song Book (The Smithsonian). Television credits include America’s Most Wanted (Lifetime). She holds an M.F.A. from Catholic University and a performing arts degree from Frostburg State University. She would like to thank God and her family for their love and support!


Meredith “Mimi” Kol-Balfour
Meredith “Mimi” Kol-Balfour | Ensemble
Mimi has performed in numerous productions at CTC, most recently in The Abominables. She has also worked at Guthrie Theater, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Youth Performance Company and many community/school theatre projects. She is a SciGirls host with Twin Cities Public Television and the host for Behind The Book, a national television series on PBS kids. Mimi is a dancer under Ailey’s Pavielle Versalles and a 10th grader at Southwest High School in Minneapolis. Thanks to friends, family and the incredible staff, cast and crew of CTC for believing in Mimi show after show, AND for being her second family!


Keegan Robinson
Keegan Robinson | Ensemble
Keegan is thrilled to be returning for his third production with CTC, after performing in Dr. Seuss’s The Sneetches the Musical (Rickettee) last spring and Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Musical (Joshie) the year before. Other credits include: Theatre Pro Rata (Up: The Man in the Flying Chair), History Theatre (Working Boys Band) and various other local productions. As a life-long lover of soft bears, corduroy overalls, Dean Holt and Reed Sigmund, Keegan is over the moon to be sharing the stage with all these things!


Dwight Leslie
Dwight Leslie | Understudy Corduroy, The Night Watchman
Dwight is currently a 2017- 2018 Performing Apprentice with Children’s Theatre Company. He has enjoyed roles in The Wiz (Children’s Theatre Company/Penumbra Theatre); Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Children’s Theatre Company); HAIR (Enlightened Theatrics); Next to Normal (New Theatre in the Square); World of Wonder (Matt Davenport Productions); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Rock of Ages (McLeod Summer Playhouse); Godspell; Mary Poppins; Beauty and the Beast; Once on This Island (Gainesville Theatre Alliance); Aida; Les Misérables; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Fiddler on the Roof; and All in the Timing (Florida School of the Arts).


Brian Sostek
Brian Sostek | Understudy Corduroy, The Night Watchman
Brian's exploits have ranged from acting in some of Hollywood’s most quickly cancelled sitcoms to touring internationally with percussive dance-theater company Joe Chvala and the Flying Foot Forum. Over three decades, he has parlayed his background in various dance forms, his lifelong experience with comedy, and his fascination with verbal and physical play into a successful and constantly expanding career in the performing arts. He has created and performed work for numerous companies including CTC, Guthrie Theater, Ordway Center for Performing Arts, as well as Sossy Mechanics, which he founded with wife Megan McClellan and with whom he won a 2015 Ivey Award for Playwriting and Choreography.


Stella Ruth Murphy
Stella Ruth Murphy | Understudy Lisa
Born in the Twin Cities, Stella was raised in a family that enjoys storytelling and singing around the piano. At the age of seven, she joined the Minneapolis Youth Chorus, enrolled in acting classes at Children’s Theatre Company and took up the violin. In the fall of 2017, she was thrilled to play Annie Who in CTC’s production of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas. She is equally honored to be cast in the understudy role of Lisa in this world premiere of Corduroy. Currently a sixth grader, Stella attends Yinghua Academy where she is learning to speak Mandarin. She is fond of traveling, biking and spending time with family and friends.


Lynnea Doublette
Lynnea Doublette | Understudy Mother
Lynnea is thrilled to make her debut in Children’s Theatre Company’s Corduroy. Lynnea has also appeared in productions with History Theatre, Theater Latté Da, Guthrie Theater, Stages Theatre, Illusion Theater and Theatre in the Round. She has been seen in numerous commercials, industrial films and print ads. Her film credits include Turnipseed; Autistic License and His Neighbor Phil. She received a B.A. in Psychology from Winona State University and a M.S. in Healthcare Communications from Saint Thomas University. “Thank you, Lord for your many blessings and thank you Mom, Dad, Ivory and Danielle!”


Miranda Shaughnessy
Miranda Shaughnessy | Understudy Ensemble
Miranda has played the lead character, Marie, in the Minnesota Dance Collaborative’s production of HoliDaydream at the Southern Theater for four years running. She is an MDC Company member and has been featured in productions such as Vivify-A Still Life in Motion and Refraction. She recently performed in her first musical as a featured dancer with Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. She is an accomplished competitive dancer with Momentum Dance Project and has done film, television, on-camera and voice-over work. Miranda is thrilled to be a part of her first CTC production!

Barry Kornhauser | Playwright
Barry can’t think of a place he’d rather celebrate Corduroy’s 50th birthday than at CTC, where he previously penned Balloonacy, winner of the AATE Outstanding Play Award; Bert & Ernie, Goodnight!; Madeline & The Gypsies; and the Ivey-winning Reeling. Other honors include the Chorpenning Cup for “a body of distinguished work by a nationally known writer of outstanding plays for children,” and the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America’s Medallion “for significant achievements for the enrichment of children… through nurturing artistic work.” Most recently, Barry, who lives in Lancaster, PA, was named 2017 Artist of the Year at the Pennsylvania Governor’s Awards for the Arts, where he was surprised and overjoyed to be introduced at the ceremony by the incredibly kindhearted Peter Brosius, who came all the way from Minneapolis for the occasion!

Peter C. Brosius | Director, Artistic Director of CTC
Since 1997, Peter has directed the world premieres of Dr. Seuss’s The Sneetches the Musical; The Last Firefly; Seedfolks; The Scarecrow and His Servant; The Snowy Day and other stories by Ezra Jack Keats; Animal Dance; Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy; Reeling; Anon(ymous); The Biggest Little House in the Forest; Balloonacy; among many others, all of which were commissioned and workshopped through CTC’s new play development efforts. His production of Seedfolks has been seen across the U.S.A. and was recently invited to the ASSITEJ Festival in Cape Town South Africa. It will be at the New Victory Theatre in NYC this spring. He has directed across the country including South Coast Repertory, Arizona Theatre Company, South Street Theatre on Theatre Row, Off Broadway for Pan Asian Repertory, as well as Finding Nemo the Musical for the Disney Company. His awards and honors include TCG’s Alan Schneider Director Award, the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award, Drama-Logue, College of American Fellows of the American Theatre, 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 was Artistic Director of the Honolulu Theatre for Youth. He has served on the boards of Theatre Communications Group, The Playwrights Center and ASSITEJ/USA. Peter is married to writer Rosanna Staffa and is the father of Daria and Gabriel.

Torry Bend | Scenic Designer
Torry designed Animal Dance at Children’s Theatre Company. She has designed for dance, puppetry and theatre around the country including La MaMa, Southwest Shakespeare Company and the Getty Villa. She is also a creator and director of puppetry; her work The Paper Hat Game received the UNIMA citation of excellence and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for “unique theatrical experience.” Her puppetry has received support from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Henson Foundation, Jerome Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Trevor Bowen | Costume Designer
Trevor’s credits include: Park and Lake; Electra; Intimate Apparel; Pericles; Henry IV Part I (Ten Thousand Things Theater); BLKS (Steppenwolf Theatre); Ragtime (5th Avenue Theatre Company); In the Heights (Ordway Center for the Performing Arts); Our Town; Lullaby; Ragtime (Theater Latté Da); Choir Boy; We Are Proud to Present… (Guthrie Theater); GIRL Shakes Loose (Penumbra Theatre); The Highwaymen; The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin (The History Theater); Barbeque; Charm; An Octoroon (Mixed Blood Theater Company); Byhalia, Mississippi; Welcome to Fear City; and pen/man/ship (Contemporary American Theatre Festival). Trevor is a recipient of a 2016 Ivey Award.

Craig Gottschalk | Lighting Designer
Other CTC credits include lighting designs for 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.

Victor Zupanc | Composer, Sound Designer
Victor is credited with approximately 300 productions as Composer, Musical Director and Sound Designer throughout the country. His music has been heard in China, Japan, South America, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, winning many awards and honors. Most recently, he received a 2016 Ivey Award for his work in CTC’s Pinocchio. Victor has received commissions for orchestral and choral music and his music is heard on NPR Radio. He has also scored several films. This is Victor’s 27th season as Music Director at CTC. His CTC composing credits include: Cinderella; The Monkey King; Korczak’s Children; Iqbal; Romeo and Juliet; Balloonacy; Robin Hood; The Jungle Book; Huck Finn; The Last Firefly; and Akeelah and the Bee, among many others.

Chris Schweiger | Stage Manager
Chris is thrilled to celebrate her 16th season at CTC with Corduroy. Chris has also worked locally at Guthrie Theater, Mixed Blood Theatre Company, Theater Latté Da, Ragamala Dance and Illusion Theater. In addition, she has worked at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., Seattle Children’s Theatre, The New Victory Theater in New York City, Alpine Theatre Project in Whitefish, Montana, Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City, Utah, and Perseverance Theatre in Alaska. She received her B.S. in Theatre from Northwestern University’s School of Speech and was a Peace Corps Volunteer for three years in Mongolia.

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

Chandler Jordan Hull | Assistant Stage Manager
Chandler is excited to be back with CTC as an Assistant Stage Manager, having previously assistant stage-managed The Last Firefly. She has worked in stage management at Theater Latté Da, SteppingStone Theatre, Park Square Theatre, Walking Shadow Theatre Company, Saint Paul Academy and ValleyFair. When she’s not helping make magic on stage, she enjoys rock climbing, snuggling her dog Henry and cooking with her partner Melissa. Up next: Assistant Stage Manager for Underneath the Lintel with Theater Latté Da. Enjoy the show!

Shelby Reddig | Stage Management Intern
Shelby has enjoyed stage-managing with CTC through their Theatre Arts Training program for Bat Boy: The Musical and HAIR. She has worked with several artists and arts organizations around the Twin Cities, including the Jungle Theater, WLDRNSS Theatre, Stokley Williams (Ordway Center for the Performing Arts), Red Eye Theatre and the Southern Theater.

Ava Egertson | Assistant Director
Ava is overjoyed to be working with Children’s Theatre Company. She has performed in CTC’s Theatre Arts Training Senior Intensives of Bat Boy: The Musical and HAIR, along with performing at Youth Performance Company and Broken Ivy Theatre Company, a youth-centered theatre company she started in fall 2017. Ava is a current senior at Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists in the Theatre Track.

Alex Goebel | Assistant Director
Alex is excited to make this world premiere his first show with CTC. Since graduating from the University of Minnesota Duluth, he has worked between Minneapolis and Duluth, most recently directing the regional premiere of Hand To God (Renegade Theatre Company) and a teen production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Duluth Playhouse). Alex has a background in teaching children’s theatre, writing educational theatre materials and directing kids and teens in a variety of theatrical work. He would like to thank the creative team for this incredible opportunity, and his fiancé and family for their love and support.

Kathy Maxwell | Assistant Lighting Director
Kathy has assisted for numerous CTC productions including: The Wiz; Dr. Seuss’s The Sneetches the Musical; The Scarecrow and His Servant; Busytown the Musical; The Wizard of Oz; Akeelah and the Bee; and The Jungle Book. She has designed and assisted for lights and video for several Twin Cities’ arts organizations including Penumbra Theatre, History Theatre, Theatre Latté Da, Open Eye Figure Theatre, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, and Guthrie Theater. She received her M.F.A. in Theatrical Design from The University of Minnesota and her B.A. in Theatre and Dance from the University of Texas. Select design credits include Dutchman; The Owl Answers; Complicated Fun and Sunset Baby.

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Performance Description

CTC’s Corduroy is a non-musical production performed by a small group of adult actors. This production is a world premiere - that means this is the first time it’s ever been performed in the entire world. This show was commissioned, developed, and originally produced through our new play development lab, Threshold, here at Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, MN. It is based on the books Corduroy and A Pocket for Corduroy by Don Freeman.

This production takes place on the Cargill Stage and seat up to 295 people.

Approximate run time: 1.5 hours including intermission
Run time and other details are subject to change during rehearsal process.

Plot Synopsis

written by Elissa Adams, Director of New Play Development
Be warned: This is a complete synopsis of the play, so it is full of spoilers.

While shopping in a department store with her mother, a little girl named Lisa spots a stuffed teddy bear on a shelf.  She asks her mother if she can buy him and take him home.  Her mother, rushed and having spent all she planned to that day, tells Lisa no and points out that the bear is missing a button on his overalls.  That evening, when the store is closed, the bear, Corduroy, decides that he should go in search of his missing button in hopes that, if he can repair his overalls, perhaps someone will want to buy him.  Climbing down from the toy shelf, Corduroy finds himself on an escalator and, arriving at the top, in the furniture department amidst a sea of mattresses.  Hopping up on one, he spies the button sewn onto the mattress and, thinking that it's his button, tries to remove it.  But the button pops off and rolls away.  The Night Watchman, tasked with keeping the story safe and secure, hears sounds and goes to the furniture department thinking that there might be a burglar loose in the store.  Instead, he finds only...a stuffed teddy bear.  He returns Corduroy to the toy shelf and continues his rounds.  At home in their apartment, Lisa asks her mother if there are extra chores she could do to earn money so that she could buy the teddy bear she saw in the store.  Her mother agrees to this and sends Lisa to the laundry room to do their laundry.  Lisa eagerly washes and dries the laundry, accidentally shrinking her mother's favorite sweater.  Her mother is dismayed, but Lisa points out that the shrunken sweater now has a new purpose—it would make a perfect outfit for the stuffed bear.  Back in the department store, Corduroy once again slips off the toy shelf and continues his search for his button.   He ends up in the appliances section of the store where he inadvertently turns on a fan and then a vacuum cleaner—which sucks up the button that has rolled off the mattress and into the appliances department.  His attempt to get the button out of the vacuum cleaner is interrupted when he hears sounds—the Night Watchman!  Corduroy hides inside a clothes dryer but the Night Watchman, now truly confounded by who could be wreaking havoc in his store, finds the stuffed bear in the dryer and, once again, returns him to the toy shelf.  At Lisa's house, Lisa is brushing and flossing her teeth before bed. Her mother asks Lisa if she would run a bath for her.  Lisa, eager to do something nice for her mother after ruining her sweater, happily does so but, in the process, strings dental floss all over the bathroom.  When her mother comes in and sees the mess Lisa has made, she reprimands her for making such a mess and wasting the floss.  Lisa tells her mother the floss won't go to waste—it will make fine thread for sewing a new button on the teddy bear's overalls. Meanwhile, back at the store, Corduroy is searching the toiletries department for his button.  Soon, there is shaving cream, bubbles, toilet paper everywhere. The Night Watchman, entering, is certain that this time he has found the perpetrator of the mess when he sees a figure, wrapped in toilet paper, but, when he manages to unravel all of the paper, all he finds is...the stuffed bear.  At Lisa's house, Lisa is saying her prayers.  Her mother is moved when she hears Lisa add the teddy bear to her list of loved ones to bless.  Back at the store, the Night Watchman, having decided that there must be some link between the stuffed bear and the criminal he's pursuing, takes Corduroy down to the store's shipping department.  His plan: nail the bear into a box so that he can't be retrieved and then watch for the mysterious criminal to come in search of him.  But, when the Night Watchman exits to get a hammer and nail, Corduroy climbs out and begins searching through the many boxes around him for his button, causing the Night Watchman to nail up the wrong box.  Corduroy, undaunted, heads to the sporting goods section of the store. A treadmill, a jump rope, bowling balls, a pitching machine all get activated as Corduroy searches.  The Night Watchman, upon entering, ends up on the yoga mat, sinking through a hole in the floor with bowling balls bonking him on the head one by one as Corduroy rides off on a unicycle to continue his search.  Early the next morning, Lisa's mother surprises her daughter by suggesting that they return to the department store and buy the teddy bear.  She has realized just how much the bear means to Lisa and offers her an advance on her allowance so that she can have him.  Lisa and her mother prepare to head back to the store as soon as it opens.  As night turns to day, the Night Watchman and Corduroy, having continued their perspective searches through several other departments in the store, are exhausted.  In a fit of frustration, the Night Watchman picks up Corduroy and declaring him “damaged goods,” throws Corduroy into a garbage can, turns in his badge and leaves.  As he does, he steps on the mattress button Corduroy has been in pursuit of all night.  From his vantage point in the garbage can, Corduroy sees the button get destroyed.  Now he's convinced that he will never have a button and no one will ever want him.  Just then, Lisa runs into the store.  At first, she doesn't see Corduroy on the shelf.  But she does see the strap of his overalls peeking out of a trash can!  She rescues him and takes him home with her.  There, in her room, she sews a new button on her new friend—not that she didn't love him just the way he was, but a new button will make him much more comfortable here in his new home.

Content Advisories (subject to change as the production goes into rehearsal):

Language: 0 out of 5

Themes and Situations: 0 out of 5 

Violence & Scariness: 1 out of 5 
Corduroy gets hurt. The Night Watchman gets hurt including setting his pants on fire, falling down, getting hit in the face and gets 3 nails stuck in his chest.  

Sensory Advisories: 1 out of 5 
Corduroy falls down. There are many loud crashes as things fall off of shelves in the department store. Flashlights are used in the dark theatre. Actors may enter the audience. The Night Watchman will throw sponges and toilet paper into the audience. During the first 3 minutes of intermission, actors will recruit kids to come onstage to help clean up the mess made by the Night Watchman. A small amout of smoke comes out of the oven. The Night Watchman's pants will smoke after they are "set on fire." 

Potentially Anxious Moments: 1 out of 5 
Corduroy gets lost. Corduroy gets hurt. The Night Watchman gets hurt multiple times. 

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