100TH SEASON OPENING GALA AND SILENT AUCTION

SEPTEMBER 8, 2018
6:00PM-9:00PM

Tacoma Little Theatre is excited to welcome the community to join us at our special Gala and Silent Auction celebrating our 100th Season.  This special fundraising event will be filled with fine drinks, fine hors d’oeuvres, and fine entertainment.  It is a momentous year as TLT turns 100-years-old and we can’t wait to share it with you.  

The evening will begin with a social hour and then move into the auditorium where staff and board members will present a sneak peek of each of the seven shows in our 100th season which include: The Foreigner, Bell, Book and Candle, Scrooge! The Musical, A Doll’s House, A Little Night Music, Laura, and Hay Fever.  Throughout the course of the evening attendees will be bidding on silent auction items and enjoying musical entertainment from local performers. 

Tacoma Little Theatre’s 100th Season Opening Gala and Silent Auction will take place on Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 6:00pm-9:00pm.  

Tickets are $35.00 per person (includes hors d’oeuvres and one drink) and may be purchased by clicking here, or by calling our Box Office at (253) 272-2281. 
 

 

MULAN JR

July 20th-July 22nd
A Summer Camp @ TLT Production

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August 17th-August 19th
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The Foreigner

Directed by Casi Wilkerson

September 14th - September 30th, 2018
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2:00pm

Pay What You Can: Thursday, September 27th at 7:30pm

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A rousing comedy first presented in 2002!

At a rural fishing Lodge, Froggy, a British demolition expert, has brought along a pathologically shy young man named Charlie who is overcome with fear at the thought of making conversation with strangers. He tells everyone that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English.  Once alone the fun really begins, as Charlie overhears more than he should — the evil plans of a sinister, two-faced minister and his redneck associate; the fact that the minister's pretty fiancée is pregnant; and many other revelations made with the thought that Charlie doesn't understand a word being said. All of that sets up the wildly funny ending.
 

Featuring:
Mikel Michener as S/Sgt. "Froggy" LeSueur
Blake R. York as Charlie Baker
Jen Aylsworth as Betty Meeks
Cody Wyld Flower as Rev. David Marshall Lee
Caiti Burke as Catherine Simms
Brian Cox as Owen Musser
Charlie Stevens as Ellard Simms

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Bell, Book and Candle

Directed by Brett Carr

October 26th - November 11th, 2018
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2:00pm

Pay What You Can: Thursday, November 8th at 7:30pm

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Halloween is the perfect time for this bewitching love story first presented in 1960!

Gillian Holroyd is one of the few modern people who can actually cast spells and perform feats of supernaturalism. She casts a spell over an unattached publisher, Shepherd Henderson, partly to keep him away from a rival and partly because she is attracted to him. He falls head over heels in love with her at once and wants to marry her. But witches, unfortunately, cannot fall in love, and this minute imperfection leads into a number of difficulties before they find out if they can live happily ever after. 

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Scrooge! The Musical

Directed by Micheal O'Hara
Musically Directed by Zachary Kellogg
Choreographed by Eric Clausell

December 7th - December 30th, 2018
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2:00pm

SPECIAL ADDED PERFORMANCES:
Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 2:00pm
Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 2:00pm
Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 7:30pm
Thursday, December 27, 2018 at 7:30pm

Pay What You Can: Thursday, December 20th at 7:30pm

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Scrooge and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present & Future return!  First presented in 1980.

One of our favorite gifts to the community is this timeless Dickens’ classic.  This musical, with book, music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse, is adapted from the 1970 musical film Scrooge which starred Albert Finney and Sir Alec Guinness.  The miserly Ebenezer Scrooge undergoes a profound experience of redemption over the course of a Christmas Eve night, after being visited by the ghost of his former partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.
 

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A Doll's House

Directed by Marilyn Bennett

January 25 - February 10, 2019
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2:00pm

Pay What You Can: Thursday, February 7th at 7:30pm

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In 1935 TLT presented this classic which still resonates today.
 
A story so controversial in its time that party guests were asked not to discuss it for fear of starting a fight, lauded by playwright George Bernard Shaw for challenging societal norms, Henrick Ibsen’s play features Nora Helmer: a woman in the role of a typical housewife, treated like a doll, harboring a secret debt for saving her husband’s life. Her debtor, now an employee to her husband, threatens to reveal her secret to her husband in order to save his own job. Nora finds herself faced with a difficult moral dilemma between the sacred values of her marriage and family versus her independence. 


 

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A Little Night Music

Directed by John Munn
Musically Directed by Debbie Armstrong

March 8 - March 31, 2019
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2:00pm

Pay What You Can: Thursday, March 21st at 7:30pm

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One of Sondheim’s most famous scores comes back to the TLT for the first time since 1997!

Winner of four Tony Awards®, Stephen Sondheim’s glorious musical masterpiece returns to the TLT stage.  In 1900 Sweden, on a magical night that smiles three times, an aging actress, a married virgin, a sex-starved divinity student, and a buffoonish count find themselves hilariously tangled in a web of love affairs.  Delightful, charming and at times heartbreaking, with gorgeous, lush music, including “A Weekend in the Country,” “Liaisons” and the seminal “Send in the Clowns,” A Little Night Music is a coupling (and uncoupling) tour-de-force.
 

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Laura

Directed by Randy Clark

April 26 - May 12, 2019
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2:00pm

Pay What You Can: Thursday, May 9th at 7:30pm

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A classic film noir story that will have you guessing until the very end.  First shown in 1947.

When Mark McPherson first falls in love with Laura, he knows he's in love with a phantom—for Laura is dead, and he's in charge of her murder investigation. From her portrait, her letters, her personal effects and from his contacts with the three men who loved her, Mark has created an image of a woman tantalizingly alive and real.  As the detective grows obsessed with the case, he finds himself falling in love with the dead woman.  What really happened to Laura?
 


 

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Hay Fever

Directed by Rick Hornor

June 7 - June 23, 2019
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2:00pm

Pay What You Can: Thursday, June 20th at 7:30pm

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Noel Coward’s zany comedy had audiences laughing in 1924 when it first took the TLT stage!

Hoping for a quiet weekend in the country with some guests, David Bliss, a novelist and his wife Judith, a retired actress, find that an impossible dream when their high-spirited children, Simon and Sorel, appear with guests of their own. A houseful of drama waits to be ignited as misunderstandings and tempers flare. With Judith's new flame and David's newest literary “inspiration” keeping company as the children follow suit, the Bliss family lives up to its name as the “quiet weekend” comes to an exhausting and hilarious finale worthy of Feydeau.
 


 

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THE FAWN AND THE BLACK OAK - An Off the Shelf reading

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Tacoma Little Theatre presents the swashbuckling adventure tale, The Fawn and the Black Oak, written by David Krafchick.  This production will take place on Friday, May 11, 2018, and Saturday, May 12, 2018, at 7:30pm.

The Fawn and the Black Oak is a swashbuckler play filled with hidden secrets, romance, ghosts, villainy, and the clashing of swords.  Based on an event in English history, this story takes inspiration from the great swashbuckler films such as Captain Blood, and The Mark of Zorro.

The story is that of Phillip Scarborough who has returned to reclaim his father’s title from an imposter.  On his journey he is captured by the captain of the guard and taken out to be slain, when a dark figure saves him.  His savior is Simon, The Black Oak, the African Pirate.  In conversation they make a bond, train, and plan to restore Phillip as the Earl of Claremont and avenge Simon’s own experience with Gilbert Hunt, the impostor Earl.  Phillips assumes a disguise and sets out for the castle where he meets Catherine Carrell, ward of the Earl, and destined to marry the Earl.  Unbeknownst to Phillip, Catherine has her own reasons for wanting to see a change at the castle.  Through a collection of characters more of the story is revealed leading to a startling revelation, and an epic sword battle.  

This reading features the talents of: Jacob Tice, Cassie Jo Fastabend, Nick Butler, Karen Christensen, Mason Quinn, Cody Wyld Flower, Johnny Neidlinger, and Jill Heinecke.  

Tickets for the performances are $10.00 for non TLT Members, and FREE for those who are members. Tickets may be purchased online at www.tacomalittletheatre.com, or by calling our Box Office at (253) 272-2281.
 

CYRANO deBURGERSHACK - A CLUBTLT PRODUCTION

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Performances
August 3rd & 4th at 7:30pm
August 5th at 2:00pm

Tickets: $7.00

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Cyrano is king of the local Burger Shack, but he can't seem to win the love of his best friend, Roxanne. When Roxanne confesses her crush on the new burger-flipper, Christian, Cyrano decides that playing Cupid is better than sitting out of the game. An updated, modern-day version of Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac, this rollicking musical features some great hit songs!

"We Got The Beat" as made famous by The Go-Go's
"My Prerogative" as made famous by Bobby Brown / Britney Spears
"Lost In Your Eyes / Eternal Flame / Crazy For You" as made famous by Debbie Gibson / The Bangles / Madonna
"All Star" as made famous by Smash Mouth
"Just The Way You Are" as made famous by Bruno Mars
"Call Me Maybe" as made famous by Carly Rae Jepsen
"Firework" as made famous by Katy Perry
"Make You Feel My Love" as made famous by Adele / Bob Dylan / Billy Joel
"TubThumping / Hit Me With Your Best Shot" as made famous by Chumbawumba / Pat Benatar
"My Stupid Mouth" as made famous by John Mayer
"I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" as made famous by The Proclaimers
"A Song For Roxanne -- a.k.a The Turtle Love Song" (Original Song) 
"The Sign" as made famous by Ace of Base
"The Middle" as made famous by Jimmy Eat World
"Less Than Perfect" as made famous by P!nk
"My Life Would Suck Without You" as made famous by Kelly Clarkson

 

 

Toy Boat Theatre and UWT

365 Days/365 Plays
November 16-19, 2017
Thursday-Saturday 7:30pm
Saturday & Sunday 2:00pm

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365 Days/365 Plays by Suzan-Lori Parks: November 16, 2017, 7:30pm (free preview); November 17, 7:30pm; November 18, 2pm and 7:30pm; November 19, 2pm. UWT campus: Broadcast Studio 007 Cherry Parkes Bldg. 1918 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma. The theatre is located immediately behind
Indochine Restaurant; enter between restaurant and bar off of Pacific Avenue, or from the west entrance to Cherry Parkes, down the stairs, hard right.

This production is the fourth in a series of collaborations between Toy Boat Theatre and UW Tacoma, featuring socially relevant and inclusive plays about current issues in American society. This production contains adult themes and language; suitable for high school and older.

In 2002, Suzan-Lori Parks wrote a play a day for an entire year; in 2006, more than 15 American cities, including Seattle, Austin, Los Angeles and NYC, with over 700 theatre groups, collectively and simultaneously performed all 365 plays between November 13 through November 12, 2006. We will be performing a selection of 30 of her short plays, which explore American history, the military, politics, relationships, race, spirits, riffs on well known works, jaywalking, and an appearance by The Supremes. Suzan-Lori Parks has recently released a collection of plays written during the first 100 days of President Trump's time in office. We can't wait to bring you some of these; stay tuned!

Tickets are $10.00, and available online at brownpapertickets.com from 10/30/17, or at the door (cash or check only). UW Tacoma Students get in free with ID; brownpapertickets discount code/pw: UWT

As was our collaborative model for the previous productions, the acting company and production team of 365 Days/365 Plays is made up of UW Tacoma students and alumni and actors from the region. This company features 5 UWT undergraduate and graduate students, and 7 local actors, with a similarly combined production crew. The production designers are Nic Olson (New Muses Theatre), lighting and scenic design; Dylan Twiner, sound; Ricky German, costumes.

This and our previous collaborative productions are made possible with generous contributions of resources and funding from the University of Washington Tacoma, and resources from University of Puget Sound and Toy Boat Theatre.

ANNUAL FUND DRIVE

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Dear Friend of Tacoma Little Theatre:

We are so excited for our 99th Season at Tacoma Little Theatre. Thank you for coming and laughing with us during our first show of the season, Rumors. Because of your continuing support, we’ve started the 99th Season off strong! Last year even more of our community joined us to experience Tacoma’s finest theatre. We were especially proud to win our state theatre competition and represent Washington in the American Association of Community Theatre Regional festival in Boise, Idaho with our production of Second Samuel. This year we know you will enjoy the wide spectrum of shows that we have lined up for you.

“I am very pleased with the direction of TLT. I have been a long standing season ticket holder. The entire staff have taken TLT to a new level -- consistently good plays with excellent acting, great public relations and consequently better attendance. Please keep up the excellent work!” -A TLT Season Ticket Holder

As we move towards our 100th season and our 78th year in our facility, we’ve heard how you would like to see us improve TLT. “It is time to revamp the seats. They are so uncomfortable. Need a drive to donate a chair” In the past few years you’ve seen us add an air conditioning system, improved stage and house lighting, and sound reinforcement. We take your suggestions seriously so stay tuned as our Development Director works on exciting plans celebrating our 100th year with your ideas in mind. Also, check around the corner and you’ll see that TLT has acquired the building next door, fondly named Stage Right. This has allowed us to localize our scene shop and storage facility which was previously off-site. By purchasing Stage Right, we are now saving money, staff time, and will be able to expand our educational programming in the near future.

“You have no idea how much you changed our lives!! I never thought I would hear the singing again, the laughs or see my son be willing to trust again, but you did it! Now he is so full of life again, nothing can ever tell you all how thankful we are!” -A parent of TLT’s Education Program

The demand to expand our education programming within our community is at a record high. With your support we were able to increase it by 10% with more to come in 2018. This growth matches the need to increase the number of scholarships awarded to those who might not be able to experience the joy of the Performing Arts. Your support helps TLT create future performers who will grace the stages in Pierce County. These scholarships change lives.

“We love plays and TLT has the best in our area. The quality of shows has been consistently high in recent years. You're doing a terrific job. Thank you!” -A TLT patron

Ticket sales alone will not sustain the performing arts in our community. It is only through the continued support of our community members that the arts can thrive. Your support through last season's annual fund allowed TLT to whisk you away to a misty Transylvania in Dracula and the dusty plains of the Old West in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. Because of YOU, we will continue to be able to take you to new places that you’ve never dreamed of, like Whoville in Seussical. We offer a range of donation options that are listed at the bottom of this letter. You can even pledge your donation amount over a monthly or quarterly payment schedule. If you are interested in establishing a legacy gift of support through planned (estate) giving or stock transfers, please contact me directly. Remember that any amount helps us, from $1 to $10,000. TLT is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization making your donation fully tax-deductible.

If you have already donated to us this season, thank you! If you are considering donating to us now, thank you! Please fill out the bottom portion of this letter or go to www.tacomalittletheatre.com to make a donation online. To donate over the phone, you may call me personally at 253-272-2281. Having the chance to speak with you is one of the best parts of my job.

All my best,
Chris Serface
Managing Artistic Director

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99TH SEASON OPENING GALA AND SILENT AUCTION

SEPTEMBER 9, 2017
6:00PM-9:00PM

Tacoma Little Theatre welcomes the community to join us at our special Gala and Silent Auction celebrating our 99th Season.  This special fund raising event will be filled with fine wine, fine hors d’oeuvres, and fine entertainment.   

The evening will begin with a social hour and then move into the auditorium where staff and board members will present a sneak peek of each of the seven shows in our 99th season which include: Rumors, Blithe Spirit, Seussical, Children of a Lesser God, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Pillowman, and Macbeth.  Throughout the course of the evening attendees will be bidding on silent auction items and enjoying musical entertainment from local performers.

Tacoma Little Theatre’s 99th Season Opening Gala and Silent Auction will take place on Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 6:00pm-9:00pm. 

Tickets are $35.00 per person (includes hors d’oeuvresand one drink) and may be purchased online by clicking here, or by calling our Box Office at (253) 272-2281.   

Rumors

Directed by Erin Chanfrau

September 15th - October 1st, 2017
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2:00pm

Pay What You Can: Thursday, September 28th at 7:30pm

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Neil Simon’s comic genius shines

Rumors is an uproariously hilarious comedy about lies, deceit and rumors. At a large, tastefully appointed Sneden's Landing townhouse, the deputy mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of farce. Gathering for their tenth wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer, Ken and wife Chris must get "the story" straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and miscommunications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.

Featuring:
Jess Allan as Chris Gorman
Mark Peterson as Ken Gorman
Jill Nicole Heinecke as Claire Ganz
Matt Garry as Lenny Ganz
Shelleigh-Mairi Ferguson as Cookie Cusack
Jeffery Swiney-Weaver as Ernie Cusack
Kristen Blegen Bouyer as Cassie Cooper
Houston White as Glenn Cooper
Neicie Packer as Officer Welch
Andy Bravo as Officer Pudney

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Blithe Spirit

Directed by Chris Serface

October 20th - November 5th, 2017
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2:00pm

Pay What You Can: Thursday, November 2nd at 7:30pm

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Halloween is the perfect time for a comic haunting by your two dead wives!

Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit is a spook-tacular comic classic. After a “spirited” séance goes decidedly wrong, the cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine suddenly finds himself face to face with the ghost of his deceased wife, Elvira…much to the chagrin of his current spouse, Ruth. Love and marriage devolve into laughter and mayhem when Ruth is accidentally killed and united with Elvira on the “other side.” Together the paranormal pair of blithe spirits haunt their hapless husband with hilarious consequences. 
 

Featuring:

Jed Slaughter as Charles
Deya Ozburn as Ruth
Brittany D Henderson as Elvira
Dana Messina Galagan as Madame Arcati
John P. Saunders as Dr. Bradman
Darla Smedley as Violet
SarahLynn Mangan as Edith

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Seussical

Directed by Jennifer York
Musical Direction by Terry O'Hara
Choreography by Eric Clausell

December 1st - December 24th, 2017*
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2:00pm

Special added performances:
Wednesday, December 20th at 7:30pm
Thursday, December 21st at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 23rd at 2:00pm

Pay What You Can: Thursday, December 14th at 7:30pm

Group Rates for 10 or more.  Contact the Box Office!

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Celebrate the holidays with your family in the world of Dr. Seuss!  

The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many "thinks." Horton faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant. 

CAST LIST
The Cat in the Hat-Christopher Sweet
Jojo-Alexandria Bray
Horton-Steve Barnett
Gertrude-Brittany Griffins
Mayzie-Samantha Lobberegt
Sour Kangaroo-Courtney Eggert
Young Kangaroo-Caleb Corpeno (Dec 1, 3, 9, 14, 16, 20, 22, 23 7:30)
Young Kangaroo-Evie Merrill (Dec 2, 8, 10, 15, 17, 21, 23 2pm, 24)
Wickersham Brother-Charlie Stevens
Wickersham Brother-Liam Loughridge
Wickersham Brother-James Wrede
Bird Girl-Caiti Burke
Bird Girl-Emma Konop
Bird Girl-Jayda Slack
Bird Girl-Maddie Fry
Mr. Mayor-Micheal O'Hara
Mrs. Mayor-Sharry O'Hare
General Schmitz-Andrew Fry
Ensemble: Kathy Kluska, Gunnar Ray, Thalia Wood, Megan Ross, Olivia Zamira, Caje Johnson

 

 

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Children of a Lesser God

Directed by Rick Hornor

January 19th - February 4th, 2018
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2:00pm

ALL PERFORMANCES WILL BE OPEN CAPTIONED, for best seats, please contact the box office.


Pay What You Can: Thursday, February 1st at 7:30pm

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Winner of the Tony Award, the Outer Critics Circle, and the Drama Desk Award as best play
 
After three years in the Peace Corps, James, a young speech therapist, joins the faculty of a school for the deaf, where he is to teach lip-reading. He meets Sarah, a school dropout, totally deaf from birth, and estranged both from the world of hearing and from those who would compromise to enter that world. Fluent in sign language, James tries, with little success, to help Sarah, but gradually the two fall in love and marry. At first their relationship is a happy and glowing one, as the gulf of silence between them seems to be bridged by their desire to understand each other's needs and feelings, but discord soon develops as Sarah becomes militant for the rights of the deaf and rejects any hint that she is being patronized and pitied. 

Featuring:
Jeremy Lynch as James
Michelle Mary Schaefer as Sarah
Madonna Hanna as Edna
Kristen Moriarty as Mrs. Norman
Kai Winchester as Orin
Kerry Bringman as Franklin
Melanie Gladstone as Lydia

 

 

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