Bonnie & Clyde – UCO Musical Theatre
7:30PM Feb. 16–18, 2023
5PM Feb. 19, 2023
UCO Jazz Lab
The University of Central Oklahoma
College of Fine Arts and Design
UCO School of Music
UCO Musical Theatre
Bonnie & Clyde
Bonnie Elizabeth Parker and Clyde Chestnut (Champion) Barrow were an American criminal couple who traveled the Central United States with their gang during the Great Depression. The couple was known for their bank robberies, although they preferred to rob small stores or rural funeral homes. Their exploits captured the attention of the American press and its readership during what is occasionally referred to as the “public enemy era” between 1931 and 1934. They were ambushed by police and shot to death in Bienville Parish, Louisiana. They are believed to have murdered at least nine police officers and four civilians.
At its core this musical is a fractured love story – a tragic romance. We have strived to capture who we believe these people truly were and to explore not only their violent nature but also the passion, pain, fears, and dreams that consumed them.
Clyde had a penchant for mischief even as a young boy. Poverty made him a criminal, but it was prison that turned him into a killer. As one inmate put it. “Clyde entered prison a school boy and left a rattle snake.” Bonnie, on the other hand, was motivated by an almost desperate need for attention and a determination to escape the profound poverty of her life. Clyde met Bonnie when he was 20 and she was 19. What is fascinating and disturbing, given the scale of bloodshed for which they were responsible, is how deeply in love these two criminals were and how emotionally connected they were to their families.
Bonnie and Clyde’s legend was born from the dusty hard times of the 1930s. They lashed out in an era when big business and slick politicians tried to appease the suffering with shallow promises while simultaneously handing out foreclosure notices and directions to the nearest soup kitchen. It was a time in our nation’s history when an upturn in the economy and a fair shot at a fulfilling life seemed as distant as the promise of the American Dream. It was a time when desperation and love combined to create the most notorious couple this country has ever known.
I cannot thank Greg White enough for the opportunity to return to my Alma Mater and help bring this story to life. The UCO Music Theater Department truly helped me blossom and grow as an Artist and I’m thrilled to return and help hopefully inspire the new generation of ‘MT Bronchos’ just like how Greg and all the faculty did for me. Not only did this incredible department teach me how to be an artist, it gave me some of the best friends I have to this date. You spend so much time with your fellow class mates that you truly become a family. My family just got A LOT bigger. Thank you to my Music Director, the brilliant Eric Grigg for all of his guidance and talent that you have poured into this production. Also, a huge shout of to my trio of incredibly talented creative team women, Sophia, Baily and Sia! You three have made this experience one for the books and I will work with y’all again anytime! Lastly, my talented cast… you all are so special to me. Thank you for all of your hard work, the laughs, the tears but most importantly your heart. You all will always have a special place in my heart. I can’t wait to hear the audience react to your beautiful storytelling. PS: We did it! It’s definitely going in the vault!
Prologue – Bonnie and Clyde
A Dirt Road
Picture Show – Young Bonnie, Young Clyde, Bonnie, Clyde, Company
This World Will Remember Me – Clyde, Bonnie
A Dirt Road
You’re Goin’ Back to Jail – Blanche, Buck, Salon Women
Cinderella Beauty Parlor
How ‘Bout A Dance – Bonnie
When I Drive – Clyde, Buck
God’s Arms Are Always Open – Preacher, Company
A River Behind a Church
You Can Do Better Than Him – Ted, Clyde
McLennan County Jail
You Love Who You Love – Bonnie, Blanche
Cinderella Beauty Parlor/American Café
Raise A Little Hell – Clyde
This World Will Remember Us – Clyde, Bonnie
15 MINUTE INTERMISSION
Made In America – Preacher, Company
Too Late to Turn Back Now – Bonnie, Clyde
Clyde & Bonnie’s Hideout
That’s What You Call a Dream – Blanche
What Was Always Good Enough for You – Clyde, Bonnie
Barrow Gas Station / Clyde & Bonnie’s Hideout
Bonnie – Clyde
Clyde & Bonnie’s Apartment
Raise A Little Hell (Reprise) – Clyde, Buck, Ted
Sheriff’s Office / Various Locations
Dyin’ Ain’t So Bad – Bonnie
God’s Arms Are Always Open (Reprise) – Blanche, Preacher
Picture Show (Reprise) – Young Bonnie, Young Clyde
A Dirt Road
Dyin’ Ain’t So Bad (Reprise) – Clyde, Bonnie
A Dirt Road
Grant William Galloway
Gabby Rae Jimenez
Pierson Van Den Dyssel
Director and Choreographer
Jenna Gaston, Daniel Johnson
Patterson Allen, Christian Heffron, Michael Lomeka
Justing Larman is from Choctaw, OK. He is a proud graduate of the UCO MT Department and couldn’t be more excited to return to his alma mater to direct! Some of his acting credits include: Man Two in FLIPSIDE: The Patti Page Story (Off Broadway/National Tour/ Original Cast Member), Buddy in ELF The Musical (Poteet Theatre), Charles Guiteau in Assassins, Hertz in Rock of Ages, Earthworm in James and the Giant Peach, Chef Pisghetti in Curious George: The Golden Meatball, Mr. Scary/Gladys Gutzman/Daddy in Junie B. Jones The Musical (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma), Marcellus Washburn in The Music Man Concert, William Barfee in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Josh in Zombie Prom (City Rep), Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls, Moonface Martin in Anything Goes (UCO Summerstock). Favorite directing credits include: ELF The Musical, Mamma Mia and The Wizard of Oz (Sooner Theatre), Annie and Zombie Prom (Choctaw High School), Beauty and the Beast (Duncan Little Theatre), Suessical Jr. (Lyric Academy) and Legally Blonde (Kismet Arts). He will be returning to the Sooner Theatre this spring to direct The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
Eric Grigg (Music Director/Conductor) is in his ninth year as a full-time collaborative pianist and vocal coach at UCO. During his time as a Broncho, he has music directed such shows as Sweeney Todd, Sweet Charity, Nine, and Merrily We Roll Along. His professional credits include over sixty productions with Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, where his most recent credit was music directing Grease. Eric is also a frequent performer in Pops concerts with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, where he has played for such Broadway stars as Kristin Chenoweth, Kelli O’Hara and Megan Hilty.
Sophia Iris is a sophomore Musical Theatre major and is overjoyed to be working on Bonnie and Clyde! She spent last summer Assistant Directing Newsies Jr. in her hometown and is thrilled to have the opportunity to AD at the collegiate level this time around! She is taking this semester offstage due to a vocal cord injury, but was recently seen on stage as a Witch in Macabret: Coven, and in the ensemble of Sister Act! She would like to thank Justin Larman for trusting her to be at his side throughout this process, and teaching her so much about the inner workings of putting together a show!
Jesse T. Battice (Male Lead Swing/Ensemble) is a sophomore musical theatre major! “Bonnie & Clyde” is his first show in UCO’s Jazz Lab space. Swinging the male leads in this musical has been a blessing of an opportunity and learning experience for which he would like to thank Dir. Justin Larman & MD Eric Grigg. Jess sends love to the entire cast, creative team, and crew of this stellar story. He would also like to thank the entire UCO Faculty, Vocal Coach Dr. Kevin Eckard, The Rodriguez Family, The Gelona Family, The Hammett Family, and most importantly his beautiful Mother and two Sisters. All Glory to God.
Regional: “Distant Thunder” (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma), The Polar Express Train Ride (Rail Events Productions). Educational: And the World Goes ‘Round, The Wedding Singer (UCO)
Lamar Burns (Preacher) is a junior, musical theater major here at UCO some of his favorite roles here have been Curtis in sister act, and Robbie in the Wedding Singer. He would like to thank his teachers, parents, friends, and God for giving him direction and helping him pursue his dream!
Hannah Butler (Young Bonnie) is a 10th grader at Norman high school. Some past performances include Sooner Theatre’s Chicago (Velma), Sooner Theatre’s Damn Yankees (Gloria), and OU’s production of A Christmas Carol (Little girl Crachet). When she’s not at the theatre she’s playing guitar or, dancing. Hannah would like to thank everyone who has helped her obtain this opportunity, and thank them for making this show possible!
Garett Christensen is a senior musical theatre major from Spiro, OK. Past UCO credits include Steve in “RENT”, Ensemble in “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”, and soloist in “Broncho MT Showcase”. He assistant music directed “The Wedding Singer” last fall at Mitchell Hall at UCO. His next project will be music-directing Fugitive Songs at the UCO Boathouse. Love to Mom, Dad, and Clifford.
James Coplen (Sheriff) is an enthusiastic freshman MT student who is thrilled to collaborate once more with his favorite director, Justin Larman. James has held roles such as “Emerald City Guard” in Wizard of Oz, “Jimmy Ray Dobbs” in Bright Star, and “Donkey” in Shrek. Apart from the stage, James actively contributes to the Oklahoma City entertainment scene as a multi-instrumentalist, film actor, and writer. He wishes to express his gratitude towards his peers for being a fantastic cast, and more importantly great friends. Break legs!!!
Logan Corley (Clyde)is a Senior Musical Theatre major from Mansfield, TX, taking voice under Dr. Marilyn Govich. Previous Credits include Brad in The Rocky Horror Show, Charlie u/s in Kinky Boots, Mr. Wormwood in Matilda (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma), Big Kid Ensemble in Matilda (Firehouse Theatre), Anthony in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Stacee Jaxx in Rock of Ages (Univ. of Central Oklahoma). Logan would like to thank his family for always supporting him in everything he does and he dedicates this performance to his late Great Grandmother, Tommie LouDella Heeth Champion.
Kaia Crawford (Emma) is from Moore, Oklahoma. She is grateful to be a part of this cast and to be playing Emma Parker. She is a freshman MT and very excited to be performing in her first UCO musical. Kaia would like to thank her parents for encouraging her dreams.
Sara Draper is a transfer Musical Theatre major from Grove, Oklahoma. She studies voice with Dr. Barbara Fox DeMaio. She has previously been seen at UCO as “Yvette” in Clue and in The Wedding Singer ensemble. Sara is thrilled to be working with such a talented cast and crew. She would like to thank her parents and brother for their continuous love and support and the UCO Musical Theatre Faculty for having confidence in her as an artist.
Baylee Fitzgerald (Ensemble) is from Enid, Oklahoma, and will be graduating in the Spring with a BM in music theatre. Favorite credits include Holly in The Wedding Singer, Heather McNamara in Heathers, and Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors. Baylee would like to thank the UCO faculty, especially Dr. Marilyn Govich for teaching her so much in the past 4 years. Thank you to her friends for the amazing memories. Big thank you to her family, Mom, Dad, and her boyfriend, Morgan for all of their love and support. And as always, a special shoutout to her puppies, Beau and Hosnar!
Ronnell Fleming (Ensemble) is a junior musical theater major and is honored to be a part of UCO’s production of Bonnie and Clyde. Her past credits include Mimi in RENT, Leading Player in Pippin, Rusty in Footloose and working as a swing on OKC’s production of The Polar Express. She would like to thank her friends and family for supporting her and her director Justin for giving her this opportunity.
Grant William Galloway (Ensemble) is a freshman pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre here at UCO. Grant graduated from Broken Arrow High School in May of 2022 where he was a member of Broken Arrow’s nationally ranked Tiger Rhythm show choir as well as a handful of the school musicals. Among some of his proudest credentials, Galloway’s resume features roles such as a participant in Kristin Chenoweth’s Broadway Bootcamp, Danny Zuko (Grease), and Billy Flynn (Chicago).
Rhett Hurst spent the summer on the Civic Center stage as “Young Charlie” in Lyric Theatre’s Kinky Boots and “Eric” in Lyric Theatre’s Matilda. Next month, he’ll be “LeFou” in Beauty and the Beast at Sooner Theatre. Other roles include: “Santa” in Elflandia, “Thing Two” in Seussical, “Marty” in Anchors Aweigh, and “Lennie” in Junie B. Jones Jr. Rhett was also in Matilda Jr., Bye, Bye Birdie Jr., and the full production of Annie. He has performed solos at Disneyland, Edmond Fourth of July parade, and Lights on Broadway, and was a finalist in the MetroFamily Magazine’s Cover Kid search.
Laila Jalil (Bonnie) is a current Sophomore Musical Theatre major at the University of Central Oklahoma. She had previously performed in UCO’s Macabaret: Coven and in the ensemble Sweeney Todd. Laila would like to thank Justin Larman for this incredible opportunity and Eric Grigg and the rest of the creative team for bringing this show to life.
Teagan Jellison (Ensemble) is a sophomore musical theater major from El Dorado, KS. She is excited to be back in the jazz lab and participating in such a beautiful show. Recently Teagan has been seen in the ensembles of UCO’s productions of “The Wedding Singer” and “Sister Act”. She wants to thank Justin Larman for allowing her to be a part of this wonderful production and Dr. Herrington for constantly encouraging her and helping her become a better artist. Finally, she wants to thank her family for their love and support to help her reach her goals.
Gabriella Rae Jimenez (female understudy and swing) – is in her senior year at UCO. You may have seen her recently at UCO as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd or at Lyric Theatre as Magenta in The Rocky Horror Show. Other productions she’s been in include Rent; UCO, Grease; Lyric and Chicago; Courtyard Theatre. Gabriella has enjoyed the challenge of being an understudy and watching the cast grow through the rehearsal process.
Daniel Johnson (Swing) is a Musical Theatre Major at The University of Central Oklahoma. He is from Altus Oklahoma, and he graduated with the class of 2022. He is currently swinging for all of the male ensemble roles in “Bonnie and Clyde”. Some of Daniel’s previous roles include: Cornelius Hackle, “Hello Dolly”, Jack Kelly, “Newsies”, Charlie Brown, “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, and Bert Healy, “Annie”. Daniel would like to thank Justin Larman for this opportunity, and his family for supporting him and giving him the courage to become who he is today.
Maddie Kemmet (Emma) is a junior musical theatre major from Norman, OK. Some of her favorite shows she has been a part of at UCO are Sweeney Todd (Ensemble) & The Wedding Singer (Julia Sullivan). She would like to thank her UCO Musical Theatre family & faculty for always showing their support and especially Justin Larman & Eric Grigg for their hard work and dedication to this show.
Brenden McCarthy (Ensemble) is a junior musical theater major here at UCO. He is super stoked to play a character named Johnson.
Kendall McCollum (Ensemble) is a senior musical theatre major at UCO. You may have seen her as Julia Sullivan in UCO’s production of “The Wedding Singer” last semester. As a swing in “Grease”, in the ensemble of “Nine”, as Joanna in “The Theory of Relativity” and as Sister Mary Lazarus in “Sister Act”. She studies voice under the wonderful Dr. Marilyn Govich. She would like to thank her parents, friends, and her dog Kaia for all of their love and support.
Sarah Munsell (Ensemble) is a Sophomore musical theatre major at the University of Central Oklahoma. She is so incredibly excited to make her Jazz Lab debut in Bonnie and Clyde! Some of her favorite past shows include Wedding Singer (Ensemble) at UCO, Guys and Dolls (Adelaide), and Mamma Mia (Ensemble) at The Sooner Theatre! She would like to give a special thanks to Justin, Greg, Michael, and Marilyn for always pushing her to do her very best!
Ian Nance (Henry) is a current junior here at UCO, majoring in Musical Theatre Performance. His goal with his degree is to go into film and perform at community theaters once he completes his degree. Ian has been in love with theater and his debut show as the Emperor in Mulan Junior at nine years old. One of his favorite shows he has been in was Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS, where he played sneaky Mungojerrie. He would like to thank his parents, Marquetta and Allen Vyce for supporting him and hopes to make them proud. He also wants to thank all his peers and staff for helping and encouraging him to become the man he is today.
Morgan Paulson (Blanche) is a sophomore Musical Theatre Major from Austin Texas. You may have seen her in the Jazz Lab show Sister Act last spring, as a swing for The Wedding Singer this previous September, and in the Holiday show last December. She’s so thankful to her friends and family and is studying voice with Dr. Molly Johnson. She appreciates all the love and support from her peers as well as the faculty at UCO. Bonnie and Clyde has been a special experience due to the hard work of our director Justin and the rest of the cast. She hopes you get as much out of it as she has from being in it.
Heath Rawls (Ensemble) is a sophomore musical theatre major from McKinney, Texas, and a member of the DeMaio studio. Performance credits include Firehouse Theatre: The SpongeBob Musical (Electric Skate) North Texas Performing Arts: Urinetown (Bobby Strong), A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Monty Navarro) Outcry Theatre: Assassins (John Hinckley). He would like to thank his friends, his family, and everybody involved with this show for all of their support.
Ireland Reneau (Ensemble) is a senior musical theatre major and dance minor, and is so excited about the opportunity to be a part of this show! Some of her favorite past roles include Margot in Legally Blonde, Victoria in CATS, and Alice in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. She would like to thank her family for their endless support, as well as the cast, crew, and faculty! Enjoy the show!
Colin Rizzo (Deputy Bud/ Ensemble) is a Sophomore Musical Theatre Major from Boston, Massachusetts! He is studying voice with Dr. Kevin Eckard and is beyond grateful to have had the opportunity to be in Bonnie and Clyde! He debuted in the UCO Jazz Lab show Sister Act last spring where he played “Michelle” and was part of the ensemble as well! He has also been a part of the 2021 New Bronco Showcase as well as The Wedding Singer where he played some feature roles in the ensemble! He would like to thank his mom for constantly pushing him to be the best that he can be and never give up on his dreams. He is incredibly thankful to his friends and family for their constant support and love for his career!
Saoirse Ryhn (Ensemble) is a junior musical theatre major at UCO and is ecstatic to be back in the Jazz Lab performing in Bonnie and Clyde. Her favorite credits include Holly in The Wedding Singer, Charity in Sweet Charity, and Margot in Legally Blonde. She’d like to thank her family and friends for being her biggest support system and the whole creative team for putting together such an amazing show!
Trinity Snodgrass (Bonnie) is a junior musical theatre major from Edmond, Oklahoma. Some of her past credits include Belle, “Beauty and the Beast,” Woman 1, “And the World Goes Round,” and Maria, “Sound of Music.” She is currently studying voice with Dr. Barbra Demaio. Trinity is so thankful to her family and to everyone who has directed or helped in any way for B&C!! She is grateful for this opportunity and sends love to the rest of the cast!!
Joel Stephens (Ensemble) is a junior musical theatre major at the University of Central Oklahoma. Some of his favorite credits include Franz Klinemann at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina and Doody in Grease at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma. He is currently studying with Tisha Wills He is incredibly proud of all the work everyone has put in to make this show great!!
Samantha Stephens (Young Bonnie) is ecstatic to be a part of this cast! She is a sophomore and a class officer at Harrah High School. Past performances include Sooner Theatre’s Damn Yankees (Meg Boyd), Sooner Theatre’s Newsies (Hannah/Bowery Girl), and Artworks Academy’s Shrek the Musical JR. (Fiona), and Seussical the Musical JR. (Cat in the Hat). When she’s not at the theatre she’s playing tennis, baking, or singing in her youth’s worship band. Samantha would like to thank Justin, Eric, and the whole cast and crew for giving her this amazing opportunity!!
McKenzie Tipton (Cumie) is a senior Music Theatre major/Dance Performance minor at UCO. Her performance experience includes the Woodstock Playhouse in NY, Pfalztheater in Kaiserslautern Germany, Kia EV6 Launch, and the Kaleidoscope Dance Company. She also has a passion for aerial dance, writing folk music, and stage combat at the renaissance fair! When she’s not avoiding the pointy end of a sword, McKenzie fiercely adores her job as a dance teacher/choreographer for OKC Parks and Rec. McKenzie couldn’t be more grateful to finish out her time at UCO with this phenomenal show.
Ashlea Stewart (Blanche) is a senior musical theatre major from Norman, Oklahoma, studying voice with Dr. Marilyn Govich. Her credits include Reno Sweeney Anything Goes, Woman 1 World Goes ‘Round, and Angie Sullivan/ensemble Wedding Singer. She would like to thank her family, friends, and the amazing UCO faculty!
Pierson Van den Dyssel (Ensemble) is a Senior Music Theatre major at UCO. Some of his previous credits include KIA in The Polar Express the ride, Alan/CoChoreographer/Dance Captain in Bare: A Pop Opera, and Race in Newsies. He would like to thank his friends and family for all the support they have given him. Break legs to the rest of the cast and crew!
Hailey Wolfe (Ensemble) is a senior musical theatre major from Houston, TX. She is so excited to perform in her final show at UCO! Past credits include Mamma Mia! (Sophie), Into the Woods (Cinderella), Sweeney Todd (Johanna), and This Is Our Youth (Jessica). She hopes you enjoy the show!
Sam Woods (Young Clyde) Sam is thrilled for the opportunity to work with and learn from the amazing cast of Bonnie and Clyde at UCO. Sam has recently enjoyed being cast as Bugsy in Kismet’s Bugsy Malone Jr, Adult Rudolph in Kismet’s Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Adult Simba in Kismet’s Lion King Jr, and was a soloist in Poteet Theatre’s Percy Jackson and the Lightning Theif. Sam is a 5th grader here in Edmond who enjoys gaming, basketball, and hanging out with friends. He would like to thank his family for their love and support, and for all the stops for hamburgers after practices.
Logan Wright (Ted Hinton) is a senior musical theatre major here at UCO and is from Midwest City, Oklahoma. His UCO credits include: The Wedding Singer (Ensemble), Sweeney Todd (Ensemble), Rent (Mark Cohen), Rock of Ages (Lonny), Sweet Charity (Oscar), and Theory of Relativity (Curtis.) Logan would like to thank his mom, dad, stepdad, brother, Maw Maw and Paw Paw for all their love and support!
Zachary Wright (Buck) is a UCO transfer student who was last seen as Robbie Hart in the main stage production of The Wedding Singer on the Mitchell Hall stage. Some of his favorite roles include Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, William Barfee in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Thomas Andrews in Titanic: The Musical. He would like to thank his friends and family for their continued support.
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