Electric Blue: A Tale from the Reef Digital Playbill
Family Weekend Performance Dates: May 6-13, 2023
School Day Matinee Dates: May 3-12, 2023
We’re learning about the wild and wonderful creatures who live in the ocean, and YOU are invited to be part of the adventure! There are new friends to make and places to explore all along the reef. Join us beneath the waves in this interactive and imaginative show that’s perfect for ages 2-5!
Devised by Rhonda Bell, Jeremy Kisling, and the LCT Education Department
Best enjoyed by ages 2-5
Location: The LCT Learning Stage
Length of Show: Approximately 30 minutes long.
Sparkle the Starfish, Bulge the Puffer Fish, Raddy the Angler Fish (Amoni Adair)
Blue Lee the Eel, Bulge the Puffer Fish (Shelbea Fordham)
AMONI ADAIR (Sparkle the Starfish, Bulge the Puffer Fish, Raddy the Angler Fish)
Amoni Adair was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. She has previously performed in LCT's Puss in Boots, Digging Up Dessa, Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters, and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. When she is not preparing for a role, you can find her spending time with her family. She is very excited to return to Lexington Children’s Theatre.
SHELBEA FORDHAM (Blue Lee the Eel, Bulge the Puffer Fish)
Shelbea is an actor from Macon, Ga. This is her first show with LCT! Some of her recent credits include Papagena (The Magic Flute), Bea (Something Rotten!), and Kate (Pirates of Penzance). When she is not onstage, she works as LCT's Education Associate.
T. Young, Jr. and W.T. Young Storage; Dr. John Denison DDS; HighBridge Spring Water; Sally Horowitz, Sally Horowitz Photography; 3M Cynthiana; Bluegrass Youth Ballet; Copy Express; Bobby Taylor; Matthew Snoddy, Network Therapists, Inc.; Pro Sound and Lights; Transylvania University Theater Department; University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance; Mahan Multimedia; University of Louisville, Centre College; Tamarrah Blakeman at T's Embroidery & More
Production Staff Credits
Jeremy Kisling (Director)
Marie Henderson (Costume Designer)
Gabriel Slusser (Scenic Designer)
Jeremy Kisling (Lighting Designer)
Kate Tayler (Stage Manager)
Gabriel Slusser (Technical Director)
Laika Myers, Gabriel Slusser (Carpenters)
GraceAnne Miles (Properties Manager)
Laika Myers (Charge Artist)
Marie Henderson (Costume Shop Director)
Emily Hampton, Marie Henderson (Costume Construction)
Dani Garner (Front of House Manager)
Hannah Fyffe, Dani Garner (Box Office)
Rhonda Bell, Shelbea Fordham, Liz Spurlock (Educational Materials)
Rhonda Bell (Education Director)
Rhonda is excited to continue her journey at LCT as Education Director. She holds an MA in Theatre from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and a BA from Berea College. Rhonda enjoys driving her car, watching cartoons, and having lively debates with her students.
Octavia Biggs (Director of Shooting Stars Youtheatre)
Tavia has worked hard over the last 19 years to bring children’s theatre to Eastern Kentucky. She believes strongly that all children have the ability to be creative and through that creativity will discover the gifts they possess. She would like to thank LCT and the W. Paul and Lucille C. Little Foundation!
Heather N. Branham (Resident Director / Company Manager)
Heather is overjoyed to be back at LCT after an artistic odyssey spanning from "The Little Apple" of Manhattan, KS to "The Second City" of Chicago. She earned a Master of Arts from University of Kentucky and serves on the KPW board. Heather dedicates this season to Eddy and Huckleberry.
Ashlee Collins (Development Director)
Returning home this season is Ashlee Collins. Since completing LCT’s Arts Administration internship in 2015, Ashlee has worked with theatres all over the country, including Chicago Children’s Theatre, Lifeline Theatre, and most notably, with Broadway in Chicago as a marketing assistant during the first National Tour of Disney’s Aladdin!
Shelbea Fordham (Education Associate)
Shelbea Fordham is a graduate of Samford University. Recently she made her Italian debut with OperaViva! and performed at St Paul's Cathedral with the Cathedral Church of the Advent Choir. Credits include The Magic Flute (Papagena), Something Rotten! (Bea), Pirates of Penzance (Kate), and Cabaret (Fraulein Kost, Kit Kat Girl).
Dani Garner (Marketing and Patron Services Coordinator)
Dani’s journey with LCT started in the education department in 2015 and has continued through various roles over the years. Dani is immensely grateful to have the opportunity to serve the incredible young people in this community. Dani’s ultimate goal as an artist is to inspire young people to be the best artists and humans they can be.
Emily Hampton (Stitcher)
Emily graduated from the University of Kentucky with a BA in Theatre in 2020. She is passionate about costuming and the fiber arts!
Marie Henderson (Costume Shop Director)
Marie's experience with LCT, and theatre altogether, began with a walk on role at the age of 9. She is delighted to have closed the circle of her theatrical experience by coming "home" to LCT as a staff member.
Kathryn Henriques (Director of Marketing and Analytics)
Kathryn started with LCT in 2015 as an Arts Administration Intern, became a full-time staff member in 2016, and since then has held a few different positions, most recently Director of Marketing and Analytics. Thanks to the LCT Family for all your love and support over the years!
Helen Killius (Marketing and Sales Manager)
Helen Killius has been a part of LCT since August of 2021. She is a 2021 graduate of University of Kentucky and is excited to help create compelling stories for audiences of Lexington and beyond.
Jeremy Kisling (Producing Artistic Director)
Welcome to LCT! We want this to be your theatre, a place where you feel empowered, enriched, and emboldened. I am so honored and humbled to work with such amazing and talented artists and individuals every day! Thank you for being here, for your support, and for being a part of the LCT Family.
Erin McGuire-Thompson (Operations Manager)
Erin received her BA in Dramatic Arts from Centre College and her MFA in Dramatic Media from the University of Georgia. Erin is a published children's book illustrator and is developing her series of early chapter books, early graphic novels, and picture books as a writer and illustrator.
GraceAnne Miles (Charge Artist / Properties Manager)
GraceAnne graduated from Centre College in 2012 with a BS in Philosophy/Fine Arts. She worked as a technical director, designer, and scenic painter before moving to North Carolina to complete her MFA in Scenic Art/Education at UNCSA in 2021.
Laika Myers (Assistant Technical Director)
Laika Myers is a recent graduate from Bowling Green State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a focus in Design and Technical Theatre. Laika is super excited to join the Lexington Children's Theatre team and to share her passion for theatre with them!
Rachel Ray (Managing Director)
Rachel has a BA in English and a BS in Speech Therapy from U.K. In her free time, she likes to hang out with her husband, Bobby, and their three dogs, read, run, and craft. She is a founding board member of First-Generation Women Achievers of the Bluegrass and a proud volunteer and board member for Girls on the Run.
Gabriel Slusser (Technical Director)
Gabriel has worked throughout the southeast in positions ranging from sound engineer to lead electrician to shop foreman at theatres including Titusville Playhouse, Inc., Georgia Ensemble Theatre, and Buford Community Center. As LCT’s Technical Director, he facilitates the implementation of all scenic, lighting, audio, and projection elements for their season.
Liz Spurlock (Resident Teaching Artist)
Liz, born and raised in Georgia, graduated from Columbus State University with her B.S. in Theatre Education. She has worked in many areas of theatre, including lighting, directing, and acting. Liz is excited to start her career in theatre education at Lexington Children’s Theatre!
Kate Tayler (Resident Stage Manager)
Kate Tayler graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications degree from Bowling Green State University in Design & Technical Theatre. She is originally from Monroe, Michigan. Kate is very excited to continue sharing her love for stage management and for theatre for young audiences to LCT!
LCT Professional Staff
Rhonda Bell, Education Director
Octavia Biggs, Program Director of Shooting Stars Youtheatre
Heather N. Branham, Resident Director / Company Manager
Ashlee Collins, Development Director
Shelbea Fordham, Education Associate
Dani Garner, Marketing and Patron Services Coordinator
Marie Henderson, Costume Shop Director
Kathryn Henriques, Director of Marketing and Analytics
Helen Killius, Marketing and Sales Manager
Jeremy Kisling, Producing Artistic Director
Erin McGuire-Thompson, Operations Manager
GraceAnne Miles, Charge Artist / Properties Manager
Laika Myers, Assistant Technical Director
Rachel Ray, Managing Director
Gabriel Slusser, Technical Director
Liz Spurlock, Resident Teaching Artist
Kate Tayler, Resident Stage Manager
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