Tim Martin Gleason to Star in Walt Disney Musical WHEN YOU WISH at UCLA, 10/11-11/3
When You Wish tells the inspiring story of how a young dreamer became the Walt Disney who changed the world. The journey begins in 1906 with Walt as a six-year-old, drawing cartoons on the family toilet paper and concludes with his biggest dream of all, the opening of Disneyland in 1955. Roy Disney, Walt's older brother and business partner, serves as the story's narrator, taking us on a journey of struggle, heartache, and enormous triumph; including the opening and bankrupt closing of Laugh-0-Gram Studios in Kansas City; the formation of Disney Brothers Studios in Hollywood; the marriage of Walt and Lillian Disney; the departure of his best and closest animator Ub Iwerks; and the creation of a mouse named "Mickey" which ignited his career and the legacy that would forever be Walt Disney.
A cast of 20, including Broadway and National Broadway Tour performers, is led by Tim Martin Gleason (Sleepless in Seattle: The Musical Pasadena Playhouse, The Phantom of the Opera National Touring Company) as Walt Disney; and Andy Umberger (Silence! The Musical The Hayworth Theatre, Passion and City of Angels/Roundabout Theatre Company) as Roy Disney. Brandi Burkhardt (Hart of Dixie CW, Mama Mia! Broadway), Melissa Fahn (Wicked Broadway and Pantages Theater), Norman Large (Les Miserables Broadway, Star Trek), and Louis Pardo (West Side Story San Francisco Symphony, Avenue Q 3D Theatricals). Also featured are Kade Pait (Nickelodeon's Kids Choice Awards/Performer; the Lythgoe Family's A Snow White Christmas/Pasadena Playhouse) as young Walt; and Jake Davidson (Film: Mrs. Sweeney) who makes his Los Angeles theater debut as young Roy.
Ensemble Members include Jennifer Brausell, Kate Harvey, Aurore Joly, Lorenzo King, David Michael Laffey, Morgan Marcell, Garett Marshall, Louis A. Williams (Dance Captain), Thomas Adoue Polk, Kirklyn Robinson, Nick Tubbs, and Salvatore Vassallo.
ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM:
Larry Raben (Director) most recently completed the 20th Anniversary West Coast revial of Sunset Blvd. at Musical Theatre West/Long Beach; Tru at Coyote StageWorks (current Desert Star nomination); Singin' in the Rain at Cabrillo Music Theatre/Thousand Oaks (L.A. Ovation Award for Best Direction); and Joe DiPietro's Falling For Eve at the York Theatre Off-Broadway.
Lee Martino (Choreographer) brings with her a wealth of award-winning credits including Roger Bean's Life Could Be A Dream/New York, Kiss Me Kate/Reprise, Life Without Makeup/Berkely Rep, and Oklahoma and Hairspray for Musical Theatre West/Long Beach).
Musical Direction is by David Siebels; Scenic Design by Tom Buderwitz; Costume Design by Kate Bergh; Lighting Design by Tom Ruzika; Projection Design by Adam Flemming; Sound design by Philip G. Allen; Hair, Wig, and Makeup Design by Jenna Huffman; and Properties Design by John M. McElveney. Additional credits include Production Stage Manager John W. Calder, III, Assistant Stage Manager Cate Cundiff, and Casting by Michael Donovan, CSA and Peter Matyas, CSA.