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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!

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!

March 10 and 11, 2017, 7:30pm, 1:30pm and 5:30pm Performances



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

Videos

 

Watch clips from the POODLEFUL Dress Rehearsal 2015 Premiere

 

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

Photos

From the 2015 Premiere


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

SAMANTHA-ALICANDRI

Samantha Alicandri (Gilda Goldleaf, Female Shelter Dog, Mom)
Samantha is so excited to be a Performance Apprentice at Riverside Theatre! She is a recent graduate of Western Carolina University where she received her BFA in Musical Theatre. Previous university credits include Macbeth/Trina (Macbeth is the New Black), Viva (Pop! Who Shot Andy Warhol) and Magenta (The Rocky Horror Show). Samantha has performed regionally at Haywood Arts Regional Theater, Highlands Playhouse and White Plains Performing Arts Center. She is so excited to see what this next year will bring! 

JEWEL-BLAKESLEE

Jewel Blakeslee (Desiree, Front Desk Frida, Girl Kid)
Jewel is a recent graduate of Florida Southern College, with dual degrees in Theatre Performance and Technical Theatre. She is originally from Sebastian, Florida and is excited to be working so close to her home town this year as a Performance Apprentice! Some of her favorite roles include Maureen in RENT, Natalie in Next to Normal, and Florence in CHESS.

BRANDON-KALUSA

Brandon Kalusa (Nigel, Male Shelter Dog, Detective Delby)
Brandon is from Johns Creek, Georgia. He is super excited to spend the year at Riverside Theatre as a Performance Apprentice! He is a recent Musical Theatre graduate from The University of Alabama. Some of his favorite past credits include Tartuffe (Damis), Bare: A Pop Opera (Matt Lloyd), Arabian Nights (Madman & Others), and Lend Me A Tenor (Bellhop). Roll Tide!

CHRIS-ROBERTSON

Chris Robertson (Mr Dumal, Mssr. Bijoux, Boy Kid, Chef Jeff)
Chris is a recent Jacksonville University graduate with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Music Theater. He is excited to be joining the Riverside Performing Arts team as a Performance Apprentice. Chris also studied musical theater in high school at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and in middle school at Lavilla School of the Arts. Some of his favorite past performances include Sweeney Todd, Next to Normal, Parade, Les Miserables and Into the Woods. 

MARY-CATHERINE-WALTMAN

Mary Catherine Waltman (Pansy) 
Mary Catherine is thrilled for this opportunity to work as a Riverside Theatre Performance Apprentice. A recent graduate in Musical Theatre from The University of Alabama, Mary Catherine's past credits include Ethel in 42nd Street, Actor 4 in The Dining Room, and Little Sally in Urinetown. Her senior year she also got the opportunity to play a principle role, Celine, in the newly workshopped musical, The Countess of Storyville, with director Mark Waldrop. She is so excited and thankful for the next year!

MOLLY-WILEY

Molly Wiley (Avery)
Molly, raised in the Atlanta area, is an alumni of Brenau University (B.A. Theatre). Some of her past credits include: Oklahoma! (Kate/Laurey u/s), Grey Gardens (Big/Little Edie u/s), and 258: A Musical Drama (Nancy; originated role). Molly could not be more thankful for the opportunities here at Riverside Theatre as well as for the people who have helped her to get where she is. She is excited to explore the world at her feet and looks forward to going the distance!


Creative Team

Director: Kevin Quillinan
Choreographer: Adam Schnell
Music Director: Ken Clifton
Scenic Designer: Dusty Terrell
Costume Designer: Steven Stines
Lighting Designer: Jason Stefanson
Sound Designer: Andrew Stroud