2014-2015 Archive


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by Charles Way
April 26 – May 17 at the Rivendell Theatre

Jim’s imaginary world collides with reality when a real pirate from 1718 appears in his bedroom. Kidnapped by Captain Freely, the fearless female pirate who is at war with the naval Captain McGovern, Jim is transported back in time to solve the mystery of the disappearing treasure. In his adventures, Jim learns more about himself and leads the way to a peaceful reconciliation between the two captains. Jump on-board for a ship full of fun, magic, excitement..and sharks!


Captain McGovern/Dad- Dan Waters
Harry/Shark- Ryan Jendrycki
Sneep/Shark- Megan Fraser
Jim Watts- Ezra Steinberg
Captain Freely/Mom- Emily Gardner


Director- Jeff Predmore
Stage Manager- Chrystal Brown
Scenic Painter- Shirah Neumann
Costume Designer- Jessica Smith
Fight Choreographers- Chris Smith and Maureen Yasko
Set Designer- Matthew Weber




Frosty’s shakes-N-Dogs
An original holiday musical by Li’l Buds Theatre Company, Frosty’s Shakes -n- Dogs is the second installment of Li’l Buds 4 part original holiday musical series about characters at the North Pole.
December 12-28 at the Rivendell Theatre
Frosty – Everybody’s favorite Snowman – runs a diner. It’s almost Christmas, and “Frosty’s Shakes -N- Dogs” is rockin’ with holiday cheer but the hustle and bustle of happy customers has annoyed Jack Frost, and he concocts a plan to steal the holiday spirit. Will Christmas be ruined? Find out in this original holiday musical about friendship and forgiveness.


Book and Lyrics By Maggie Portman and J. Preddie Predmore
Music by Maggie Portman, Arrangement by Austin Cook

Frosty…Matt Patrick
Jack Frost…Niko Pagsisihan (12/12-12/16)
Jack Frost…Kody Jones (12/19-12/28)
Santa Claus…J. Preddie Predmore
Candy Cane…Jill Nigh
Peppermint…Andrea Minchella
Elf…Maggie Smith
Ginger Breadman…Merlinda Akindele
Tee Lee…Mallory Maedke
Tinsel…Chrystal Paige Brown
Rosie the Ragdoll…Lucy Bullock

Director…J. Preddie Predmore
Stage Manager and Light Designer…Andrew Donnelly
Choreographer…Elliot Burton
Music Director…Maggie Portman
Set Design…Pamela Mauer
Costume Design…Jessica Smith
Poster/Postcard Design…Eric Martin


Young Playwrights 2014

Young Playwright’s Competition
Li’l Buds Theatre Company proudly presents the first annual Young Playwrights Contest 2014
A night of original short plays inspired by stories written by second graders
Saturday November 1, 2014 at Senn Hall.
Li’l Buds Theatre presents four short plays written as part of our second grade play residency at The Frances Xavier Warde School.  These plays are so original and creative that only a child’s mind could have written them.  We are taking the ideas of these creative young artists and bringing them to the stage for all to enjoy. This is the first time in our 9 years that we are melding our high caliber educational programming with our superior professional performance season. The students submitted original short stories and twelve were selected and workshopped and adapted by Li’l Buds teaching artists and the students themselves to create 5 minute plays. Well we have selected the top 4 and will be presenting them to the general public for the first time performed by professional actors here in Chicago.  These are hysterical fast paced short plays that will engage and entertain audiences of all ages.  The audience will vote at the end of the night and the winning play will be adapted by Li’l Buds and expanded into an original 60-75 minute play to be produced in our Spring 2016 season at our new home the EDGE Theatre which is expected to open in the winter of 2015.

King LaLa’s Adventure inspired from story written by second grader Joseph Clayton
Super Spy World inspired from story written by Isabella Concepcion
The Dragon and the Princess inspired from story written by Ethan Laughlin
Mysterious Thought Land inspired by story written by Annika Sahrawat

Director: Jeff Predmore
Assistant Director: Maggie Portman (Jeff Award Winning Actor and Nominated Choreographer)

Daniel Waters
Annie Goodson
Stevie Mattos
Matt Patrick
Jennifer Santanello
Kim Boler
Elliot Burton
Ezra Steinberg
Mandy Duncan

The audience will vote and be asked to give suggestions and comments on how to expand the  winning play.  These suggestions from the audience will be incorporated into expanding it into a full one act play for families to be produced in our Spring 2016 season at our new home The Edge theater.