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PORTRAITS

a new musical by David Lancelle and Patrick Thompson

Portraits Studio is the place to get headshots, family photos and more. Tony's partner calls in sick and now he's running the studio solo. What could possibly go wrong?

Show Dates

All performances take place at a soon-to-be-determined location in Milwaukee. Please click the link associated with the performance you wish to see to purchase tickets.

Meet the Cast

Ash Mulholland

Ellen

Ash Mulholland

Ash (She/Her) has been with Pink Umbrella since the start of their upraise in their original works in 2021 and she is very excited to fill the role for the summer production. She has been in many works with Pink Umbrella Theater including Kaleidoscope (2023) as Ruthie, BIGGER TOP (2022) as POP, SHINE! and SHINE! Remount (2021-22) as Pickle, and Scavengers (2021) as Scout. Whenever she’s not on-stage singing, acting, and dancing, she also likes to expand her creativity like drawing, painting, baking, and of course as the show itself has fun photoshoots to make the world smile. Check out her actor’s website http://ashmulholland.com/ and hope you enjoy this perfect moment.

Ali Meisinger

Pen

Ali Meisinger

Ali's PORTRAITS bio - coming soon!

Eugune Strei

Dani

Eugene Strei

Eugene (he/him) is excited to be making his Pink Umbrella debut! He is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, receiving a BFA in Musical Theater and a minor in dance. Past credits include Torch Song (David), American Idiot (Theo, associate choreographer), All Night Strut (Alan/company) and Once Upon a Mattress (Wizard). Eugene is also an emerging playwright, having had his work featured at UWM and as part of the IYKYK Playfest presented by La Jolla Playhouse. He hopes you enjoy the show!

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Spencer

Jack Allen

Jack is very grateful to be returning to Pink Umbrella Theater for Portraits. Jack performed in past Pink Umbrella Theater productions as GREYSON in Kaleidoscope, HONK in Bigger Top, and SUNSHINE in SHINE! Jack is a recent graduate of Project Search, an internship at Children's Hospital Wisconsin and a ‘23 graduate of Nicolet High School, where he performed in multiple theater and musical productions. Jack would like to thank Katie, Patrick, David, Molly, and his fellow cast and crew for creating lasting memories with Portraits. Jack says, “Cheese the day!”

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Tony

Pip Buffington

Pip's PORTRAITS bio - coming soon!

Not Pictured:

Michael Treder - Frank
Amanda Lojeski - Elf
Garrett Scott - Spock
Tayler Erby-Walker - Understudy

Alyson Leavitt - Understudy

Meet the Crew

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Playwright

David Lancelle

David Lancelle is a composer/lyricist and alum of NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. While at NYU, he studied under William Finn, Steven Lutvak, and Mel Marvin. His work has been performed in Chicago, Milwaukee, LA, and New York, and his musical, "The Glass Girl"—with book and lyrics by Marina Toft—was workshopped at NYU Tisch in 2018 and was a finalist in the New Voices Project with New Musicals Inc. & Disney Imagineering. In 2020 he was commissioned by Broward College to compose the music for a musical about America’s opioid crisis, entitled "A Deadly Deception" (Book & Lyrics by Mariah Reed). “Portraits” is his first show with Pink Umbrella and he is so excited to see it come to life! He is also devoted Tolkien fan, and has musicalized all of the lyrics found in “The Lord of the Rings.” The album can be heard at davidlancelle.bandcamp.com

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Assistant Director

Katie Cummings

Katie Cummings has dedicated over twenty years as a theater artist, educator and advocate for inclusion and diversity in theater. A Wisconsin native, Katie graduated from Cardinal Stritch University with a BA in Theater and Business.  Her resume includes First Stage, Bunny Gumbo, UW-Milwaukee, Chamber Theater and St. Joseph High School.  Katie believes that theater has the power to develop empathy, create meaningful connections and engage communities.

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Playwright

Patrick Thompson

Patrick Thompson is a musical theatre writer based in NYC. He regularly works with New York City Center to bring musical theatre to the public schools of the city. He is also a staff songwriter and performer at Carnegie Hall for The Lullaby Project, Big Note, Little Note and Camille’s Rainbow (an opera for babies). He is honored to return to Pink Umbrella again this summer after an exciting run of KALEIDOSCOPE last year. Other works of his include SUNFLOWER DAYS, I’M FINE (AND OTHER LIES), POSTCARDS FROM CONEY ISLAND and PASSING BY. Patrick is a proud alumni of the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU Tisch.

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Director

Rebekah Farr

Rebekah Farr (she/her) has been working in Milwaukee as an actor, educator, and director since 2018. Her main values are accessibility and community. She is grateful to have worked with local companies such as Skylight, First Stage, Optimist, Mad Rogues, Sunstone, Milwaukee Chamber Theater, and Next Act. Rebekah is also a proud Associate Artist with The Constructivists. A great big thank you to Katie Cummings for that first cup of coffee and for welcoming her under the umbrella immediately. Rebekah hopes you enjoy her debut as a director on Pink Umbrella’s mainstage.

Not Pictured:

Olivia Jardas - Stage Manager
Adam Hurvitz - Stage Crew
Marion Frank - Lighting Designer

Shaqita Crockett - Accessibility Manager

Kristina Van Slyke - Costume Designer

Katie Lindgren - Set Designer

Performance Resources

Social Narrative

Coming soon!

Visual Agenda

Coming soon!

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