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3250 Riverside Park Drive
Vero Beach, FL 32963
United States

(772) 231-6990

Riverside Theatre is a regionally producing theatre affiliated with Actor's Equity Association, The League of Resident Theatres, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and United Scenic Artists. Riverside Children's Theatre, the educational arm of Riverside, offers classes, camps, and training opportunities in the areas of theatre, dance, music, and video for all ages on a year round basis.

Poodleful!

Poodleful!

Music & Lyrics by Ken Clifton
Book by Ken Clifton & DJ Salisbury

A Riverside Theatricals adaptation of the book series Pansy at The Palace by Cynthia Bardes

You're never too small to make a difference! Pansy is a poodle in waiting, determined to find the perfect person to adopt her. When a little girl named Avery enters, Pansy knows she is the one. Pansy’s life blossoms, from rags to riches, with her new family and life at The Palace Hotel in Beverly Hills. But when a mysterious theft occurs, threatening to close down the hotel, Pansy helps solve the mystery. Based on the book series Pansy at The Palace by Cynthia Bardes

Featuring 13 original songs: It's Fabulous Here at the Palace, The Dog for Me/The Kid for Me, What is Home?, I Choose You, Welcome to the Palace, Fancy Fix, Me Me Me Meow, Poodleful, The Diamond, All The Money In The World, Splish Splash, This Could Happen Here, and Give To You!

FEB 6, 2016 at 1:30pm and 4pm
FEB 7, 2016 1:30pm and 4pm



Enthusiasm fills the stage, the actors, and you, the audience, in this fun little tale of man’s best friend‼ If you are a dog or cat lover you will laugh and be entertained by this whimsical Broadway-quality children’s musical.
— Rhett Palmer host of radio’s Rhett Palmer’s Florida Show

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A playful and visually stylish musical for children and their families. Ken Clifton’s lyrical, danceable, original music covers the full gamut of human emotion
— Lisa Angell, Entertainment Writer, Vero Beach Newsweekly

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Poodleful is absolutely fabulous. The humor is great, not just for the kids but adults too. I could not stop tapping my foot to the great music - what a score!
— Siobhan Fitzpatrick Austin, playwright and poet

Meet Some Of The Characters

Pansy the Poodle A small, young, brown toy poodle who is street-smart and world-curious; genuine, frisky, enthusiastic

Pansy the Poodle
A small, young, brown toy poodle who is street-smart and world-curious; genuine, frisky, enthusiastic

Avery Age 6; Sunny, nurturing, bright, well-mannered; and though she lives in a luxury hotel, she is as down to earth as Laura Ingalls Wilder

Avery
Age 6; Sunny, nurturing, bright, well-mannered; and though she lives in a luxury hotel, she is as down to earth as Laura Ingalls Wilder

Gilda Goldleaf In her 40s; blousy, giddy, and exuberant; she enjoys her life of luxury but is never condescending

Gilda Goldleaf
In her 40s; blousy, giddy, and exuberant; she enjoys her life of luxury but is never condescending

 
Desiree A sassy pampered cat; self-centered but a softie underneath her sleek, cool exterior

Desiree
A sassy pampered cat; self-centered but a softie underneath her sleek, cool exterior

Nigel Late 20s; the hotel's amiable doorman who is everyone's best buddy; compassionate, dependable, good through and through

Nigel
Late 20s; the hotel's amiable doorman who is everyone's best buddy; compassionate, dependable, good through and through

Mr. Dumal 40s; on the stout side, effete and educated, but obsequious and sly

Mr. Dumal
40s; on the stout side, effete and educated, but obsequious and sly

Fresh, fun and clever. Poodleful was a delightful way to spend a memorable afternoon with my granddaughter. She’s now an aspiring actress!
— Cynthia Callander, Marketing Director, Vero Beach Book Store

Cast

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Kelsey Flannery / Desiree, Front Desk Frida, Girl Kid
She is thrilled to be joining Riverside Theatre this year as a performance apprentice! She has recently graduated from Morehead State University in Kentucky with a theatre degree, as well as taken classes through Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. She has performed on stages in Kentucky, Virginia, Ireland, and China. Some of her favorite shows she’s performed in have included Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof, Evil Dead: The Musical, and The Children’s Hour. 

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Samantha Cho Grossman / Pansy
A recent college graduate from Pace University in New York, graduating with a degree in Musical Theatre. Past credits include Our Time: A Graduation Mixtape (54 Below), The Pajama Game (Ann), Great Wall (Michelle), Little Miss Fix It (Neptune), West Side Story (Maria), and Hatched: New Works in New York (Joe’s Pub). Samantha is very excited to be an apprentice for the Riverside Theatre and can’t wait to see what the year will bring.

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Katherine Hintz / Gilda Goldleaf, Mom, Female Shelter Dog
A recent college graduate from Atlanta, Georgia with a degree in Theatre from Samford University. She has also trained at The Second City Chicago. She has performed on stages in Atlanta, Birmingham, and Chicago. Some of her favorite roles include Nora in Assistance, Veronica in God of Carnage, Nina in Vonya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, and Aaronow in Glengarry Glen Ross. She is very excited to be working at Riverside this year as a Performance Apprentice!

Katie Keller / Avery
Originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She graduated in May from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, where she earned her BFA in Theatre with an Emphasis in Acting. Her favorite previous roles include Cosette in Les Misérables, Rosemary in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Muriel in Ah! Wilderness, and Sarah in Born on a Sunday. She is super excited to be performing in Riverside Theatre’s first original musicalPoodleful! to begin her year as a Performance Apprentice.

Sean Potter / Mr. Dumal, Mssr. Bijoux, Chef Jeff, Boy Kid
He is beyond thrilled to be working as a performing apprentice for Riverside Theater's 2015-2016 season. Originally from New Haven, CT, he is freshly graduated from Pace University's Musical Theatre program where he was seen in Kiss Me, Kate, Anyone Can Whistle, and Ryan Scott Oliver's We Foxes among others. He also had the opportunity to work behind the scenes on main stage musicals, such as working alongside Victoria Clark as her Assistant Director on The Light in the Piazza in the fall of 2014. In winter of 2014 Sean made his NYC stage debut in Fabulous! The Musical as Boy 2 at the Time Square Arts Center. Shout outs to Mom, Dad, Patrick, all of his grandparents and family, Book Club, and Kitty for the love and support. "Just keep swimming."

Ian Thompson / Nigel, Detective Delby, Male Shelter Dog
He is excited to join the Riverside team for the first time as a Performance Apprentice. Originally from New Jersey, he recently graduated from Davidson College with a BA in Theatre. While there, he participated in several productions, including Fiddler on the Roof, The Prophet, and Guys and Dolls.He also studied abroad at the British American Drama Academy in London, UK, and toured with the Davidson College Chorale. He can't wait to see what this year has in store!


Creative Team

Director: DJ Salisbury
Music Director: Ken Clifton
Scenic Designer: Dusty Terrell
Costume Designer: Steven Stines
Lighting Designer: Dan Meltzer
Sound Designer: Josh Schacht