Dates & Times:
May 11th, 2018

Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story on Stage


After three successful years on tour boasting numerous sold out engagements, this new adaptation of the worldwide smash-hit film, currently celebrating its 30th Anniversary, will continue to dazzle in more than 50 markets in North America, including Lethbridge, at ENMAX Centre for one night only on May 11th, promoted by TN Touring.

Tickets available at, 403-329-7328 or in person at ENMAX CentreProducers also announced today new direction by Sarna Lapine (Sunday in the Park with George – Broadway; War Horse – North American tour). Leading a company of 24 are Aaron Patrick Craven as Johnny Castle and Kaleigh Courts as Francis “Baby” Houseman.

They are joined by Anaïs Blake as Penny Johnson, Erica Lee Cianciulli as Marjorie Houseman, Nickolaus Colõn as Billy Kostecki/Singer, Ryan Cupello as Robbie Gould, Buddy Daniels Friedman as Mr. Schumacher, Rick Grossman as Max Kellerman, Demitra Pace as Lisa Houseman, Owen Russell as Neil Kellerman, Christopher Robert Smith as Dr. Jake Houseman and Ramond Thomas as Tito Suarez. The ensemble is comprised of Alex Caldwell, Ayla Ciccone-Burton, Amanda Clement, J’royce Jata, Hunter Mikles, Honza Pelichovksy, Erica Philpot, Joshua Clifton Powell, Hannah Straney, Jay Stuart, Kelsey Walsh and Aidan Ziegler-Hansen.Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage features an eight piece band that performs the timeless hits on stage, led by Conductor Jonathan Marro (Keyboard). The band also includes Ethan Hack-Chabot (Guitar), Michael Bliss (Reeds), Adam Hradisky (Drums), Ryan McCausland (Percussion), Jared Pasimio (Bass) and Patrick Stouffer (Trumpet).The production’s book is written by Eleanor Bergstein, author of the original script of the film, and the North Americantour is choreographed by Michele Lynch based on the original choreography by Kate Champion. The creative teamalso includes Mikiko Suzuki (Scenic Design), Ken Billington (Lighting Design), Jennifer Irwin (Costume Design),Leon Rothenberg (Sound Design), Bernie Ardia (Hair Design), Conrad Helfrich (Music Supervisor andOrchestrations ) and Alan J. Plado (Music Director ). Stewart/Whitley is the casting director for this tour.“As I learned how many people watched the movie over and over and over,” said Eleanor Bergstein, screenwriter of thefilm Dirty Dancing and book writer for the production, “I began to think that what they really wanted was to share morephysically in the event, to step through the screen and be there while the story was happening. And if that was true, thenits natural form was theatre – live audiences watching live bodies dancing and singing here and now in the present – onthe log, on the bridge, on the dance floor and in the staff quarters at Kellerman’s. Writing it for the stage, I was also ableto add more scenes with Baby and Johnny , more about the family, more about the period in which it was set, more songsI couldn’t afford last time, and, best of all – more dancing. We have added 20 new original scenes and 36 numbers of livemusic played by an eight piece band onstage, which invite the audience to come into Kellerman’s and experience thestory in a whole new way as a live event as it happens.”North American tour booking arrangements are provided by The Road Company.About TN Touring: Promoting this exciting production for one night only performances across Canada is the newly formedentity, True North Touring. Based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba, TN Touring is owned and operated by True North Sports +Entertainment, owners of the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets, and the 15,000 seat arena, Bell MTS Place. Kevin Donnelly, senior vp,venues & entertainment, explains the new venture, “this is an extension of our activity of promoting incredible familyentertainment throughout the Winnipeg region. We have identified a demand for- and a lack of - quality entertainment inmany of Canada’s medium to smaller markets. Our connections to top US producers and agents allow us to route, for thefirst time ever, major Broadway caliber touring productions to these non-traditional markets for theatricalpresentations. These centres have incredible facilities, and an audience eager for quality entertainment.” Donnelly furtherstates, “we see this as a viable business for the extended future, and look forward to bringing high quality touring showsto many cities across the country.”Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-poundingmusic, passionate romance and sensational dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this timeless love story featuresthe hit songs “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart-stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life.”London’s Sunday Express says “This crowd-pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot!”It’s the summer of 1963, and 17-year-old Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman is on vacation in New York’s Catskill Mountains withher older sister and parents. Mesmerized by the racy dance moves and pounding rhythms she discovers in the resort’sstaff quarters, Baby can’t wait to be part of the scene, especially when she catches sight of Johnny Castle , the resort’ssexy dance instructor. Passions ignite and Baby ’s life changes forever when she is thrown in to the deep end as Johnny ’sleading lady, both on-stage and off.Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage was first performed at the Theatre Royal in Sydney, Australia inNovember 2004 before embarking upon a hugely successful tour of Australia and New Zealand. A new production openedat the Theater Neue Flora in Hamburg, Germany in March 2006 where it broke records for achieving the highest advancein European history.The production, having begun performances on London’s West End in October 2006 with a record breaking £15 millionadvance and a complete sell-out for the first six months, went on to become the longest running show in the history ofthe Aldwych Theatre. It closed in July 2011 in advance of a two-year UK national tour and then returned to London for astrictly limited season at the Piccadilly Theatre.Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage continued its success with its commercial premiere in the WesternHemisphere in Toronto at the Royal Alexandra Theatre on November 15, 2007. The engagement ended on March 29,2009, having performed to over 800,000 people. Shortly before the show closed in Toronto, the production’s first NorthAmerican tour began, making its debut in Chicago on September 2, 2008 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre and continuing onto Boston and Los Angeles. The show returned to Australia with a new smash hit tour that premiered in late 2014 inhonor of the stage production’s 10th anniversary.Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage has also been performed across the world in markets as diverse as HongKong, Sweden, Utrecht, Holland, Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. The show has been represented in othermajor markets, including a UK tour (launched March 2014 in Bristol), a German tour (launched April 2014 in Berlin) andan Italian production (launched October 2014 in Milan). Following the Italian tour’s premier in Milan, the production soldout the 15,000 seat Roman Arena in Verona and went on to receive critical acclaim for its engagement in the capital cityof Rome. With additional sold out engagements in Paris and Vienna, the show continues to tour in France and Germanspeaking territories. The French tour alone has played to over 500,000 people since its launch in January 2015.Due to an overwhelming demand for tickets in the UK, a new production of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story OnStage premiered at Blackpool Opera House on August 11, 2016 and continued on to cities such as Manchester, Dublin,Berkshire, Bradford, Londonderry and many others.The previous Equity North American tour, having launched in Washington, DC at The National Theatre on August 25,2014, played over 80 cities including: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Minneapolis, San Antonio, Austin, NewOrleans, Seattle, Costa Mesa, Charlotte, Tampa, San Diego, Las Vegas, Boston, Cleveland and many more.The North American tour of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage is produced by Amber Jacobsen, NETworksPresentations LLC and Col Joye in association with Lionsgate and Magic Hour Productions.For more information and tour dates, please visit BIOSAARON PATRICK CRAVEN (Johnny Castle ) is proud to be touring with Dirty Dancing ! BFA in DancePerformance/Choreography from Wichita State University. Favorite Credits include Billy Elliot (Older Billy), The RockyHorror Show (Rocky), Mamma Mia! (Pepper), West Side Story (Diesel), and Goodspeed’s Oklahoma! Aaron has alsoappeared as a Principle with Ballet Wichita, and has toured internationally with Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre.Love and thanks to Mom, Dad, Alex, and Katie! Special thanks to Paul Hardt! Follow: @aaronpatrickcraven,aaronpatrickcraven.comKALIEGH COURTS (Frances Houseman). Theatre Credits Include: Maria in West Side Story Suite (Houston Ballet), SwanLake (Wortham Theatre Center), Sleeping Beauty (Houston Ballet II) Training: Houston Ballet Academy, High School forthe Performing and Visual Arts, North Harris Performing Arts.ANAЇS BLAKE (Penny Johnson) is proud to be making her Broadway touring debut. Previously with the Sarasota Ballet,(2008-2017), she has also toured to the Kennedy Center (Dance Across America), Jacobs Pillow, and New York CityCenter (Fall for Dance). Collaborations and guest artist with Suzanne Farrell Ballet, American Contemporary Ballet, StateStreet Ballet and Trinity Irish Dance Company. Asolo Theater’s Broadway production of Contact (swing) in collaborationwith Sarasota Ballet. She has appeared in numerous print ads, commercials and Kartemquin Films, Life Lessons (2011).Love to Jason, my family and stellar friends for their steadfast support., @anaisblakeERICA LEE CIANCIULLI (Marjorie Houseman) is so excited to be joining the team of the National Tour of DirtyDancing . Originally from the Philadelphia area, Erica attended Point Park University for her college career. Other nationaltour credits include Pippin (Fastrada). She would like to thank the cast, creatives, friends, and family for all of the loveand support they have given her throughout this journey.NICKOLAUS COLÕN (Billy Kostecki ) is a recent graduate of UNCSA and is delighted to be joining Dirty Dancing for hisfirst ever National Tour. Favorite Roles include: Guys & Dolls (Nathan Detroit), Learned Ladies (Lepine), Unlimited (Nick),Les Misérables (Thenardier). Thanks to the cast/crew for making his first big show out of school a dream come true.RYAN F. CUPELLO (Robbie Gould ) is thrilled to be part of the company of Dirty Dancing ! A native of Rochester, NY, hecurrently lives in New York City. National Tour: Fiddler on the Roof (Perchik u/s). Regional: Violet (Monty), Les Misérables(Marius), James and the Giant Peach (Aunt Spiker), Light in the Piazza (Fabrizio u/s). MFA: ART/Harvard. Thank you toLisa, Yvan, Mickey, and the entire Price Group team! Love to my parents! ryancupello.comBUDDY DANIELS FRIEDMAN (Mr. Schumacher ) comes to this production for the 1st time. He has been an actor sincehis 1st film Danger Zone 1986; he brings with him extensive film/TV/Comm./Music Videos/New Media/Reality TV/credits.Just finished up 3 new feature films, Nasty Piece of Work , Merica My Lovely , My Baby Sister is an Alien; worked withCharles Grodin in Taking Care of Business; Snoop Dog in Eastidaz . As for TV Ur Blue Bolin from Star Trek NextGeneration. Also has been on Golden Girls & Ali McBeal to also mention recurring role on Passions the soap. Has aBlending award for a Pistachio Comm. You can see Buddy in reruns of Beverly Hills Pawn reality show. As for stage,several theater productions of all kinds & 13 years in an ongoing role playing Experience, The Dungeon Master . Buddywas a Theatre Arts Major @ Temple U. in Phila. Buddy is delighted to be in & share his talent with this wonderful cast. Tofind out more about Buddy just go to IMDB, & look up his names, also Buddy Daniels & Daniel Friedman. Thanks forcoming Enjoy the show.RICK GROSSMAN (Max Kellerman) is a NY based actor/director who was seen in the national tours of Bullets OverBroadway (1st Nat'l), Man of La Mancha , Enter Laughing, Come Blow Your Horn and Milk & Honey . Off Broadway: TheCanary, Harry & Eddie, Awake & Sing, Feldman & Sons, The Manufacturer’s Daughter, Damn Yankees (Lincoln CenterOutdoors). Regional theatre: Laguna Playhouse, Surflight Theatre, Glove Theatre, Westport Playhouse, Starlight Theatre,Landmark Theatre on Main St. TV/Film: House of Cards, Byte Me (Pilot), College Senior, Demons, Paper Planes, ThePitch, The 30 Year Old Bris (Tribeca FF), Finding Oscar . Studied at NYC HS of Performing Arts, Hofstra University,Pasadena Playhouse and with acting guru Stella Adler. Directed nearly 150 productions; most recently the originalmusical, The Tiny Mustache at NY's Peter Jay Sharpe Theatre.DEMITRA PACE (Lisa Houseman) grew up in the Bay Area where she developed her passion for musical theater startingin the 2nd grade. She recently graduated from UCLA's School of Theater, Film, & Television and is thrilled to be makingher National Tour debut with this wonderful company! She would like to thank all of the incredible teachers who havegreatly inspired her over the years, her incredible team at KMR, and all of her friends and family members or showingendless love and support.OWEN RUSSELL (Neil Kellerman) is very grateful to be here on his first tour! Regional credits include: My Fair Lady(Jamie), Merrily We Roll Along (Tyler), The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks (Jason). A graduate of NYU Tisch; BFA Drama(Playwrights Horizons/New Studio on Broadway). Huge thanks to Rich/Mike, the Dirty Dancing team, and myfamily/friends for their support and love! Instagram: @owenrussellCHRISTOPHER ROBERT SMITH (Dr. Jake Houseman). Originally from Michigan. Chris has performed in regionaltheaters all over the country and in New York and Los Angeles. Favorite recent credits include: Pilate in JCSS and NedStark Game of Thrones in LA. TV: Big Bang Theory, Days of Our Lives and Friends with Better Lives . As well as manycommercials and fitness magazines. He's very excited to be on this. Thanks to his family back in Michigan and friends inLos Angeles for helping this to happen God Bless :) IMDb Christopher Robert SmithRAMOND THOMAS (Tito Suarez ) favorite roles include Mr. Black in The Wild Party with Ray of Light Theatre , Delray inthe National Tour of Memphis The Musical , Keegan Theater's Working as Rex/Utkarsh and The 25th Annual PutnamCounty Spelling Bee as Mitch Mahoney. The InSeries' production of Love Potion #1 (L'Elisir D'Amore) understudy inTheatreWorks Palo Alto's production of Grey Gardens.ALEX CALDWELL (Ensemble, u/s Baby, u/s Lisa ). Regional credits include: West Side Story (Graziella), Chicago (Velma),Peter Pan (Tiger Lily), and The School at Jacob’s Pillow. This is Alex’s tour debut! You can check her out CICCONE-BURTON (ENSEMBLE, u/s Elizabeth) is making her National Tour debut as a part of the ensemble. Justcoming back from studying popular music at Goldsmiths, University of London, she's thrilled to be a part of the show!AMANDA CLEMENT (Swing, Asst. Dance Captain). Rockford Native and U of I Alum, Amanda moved to New York in2013 and has been perfecting her craft since. She most recently worked for one of the largest cruise lines, but isswapping the boat for the bus on her first national tour. Tremendous thank you's to Lucille, Michael, friends and family.Dad, Mom and Erin- I love youJ'ROYCE JATA (Ensemble, u/s Tito Suarez ). Selected credits include, Off Broadway: Endangered! (Tour Guide/Snoop).National Tours: Fame (Tyrone Jackson), Memphis (Swing). NYC: BroadwayCon, La Mama, Symphony Space, TV/Film:Royal Pains (Season 6), Babylon Fields (Pilot), City of My Dreams official music video (Mary Komasa). Deep gratitude toStewart/Whitley, Gregg Baker Management, this magical cast & crew, family, and you for supporting live art. Ashé!jroycejata.comHUNTER MIKLES (Ensemble ). National Tour debut! Hunter is ecstatic to join the Dirty Dancing family! Favorite creditsinclude Newsies and Big! The Musical at the Fulton Theatre, and Chicago at Park Playhouse. Hunter graduated MagnaCum Laude from Point Park University, earning his BA in Jazz Dance. Endless love and gratitude to my family, friends, andLDC fam. Follow along! @hunter_miklesHONZA PELICHOVSKY (Swing, Dance Captain, u/s Neil ) holds a BFA in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College. Hehas worked for The MET Opera, BARE Dance, Hivewild, and LoudHound Movement. Eternally grateful to God, mom&dad,the Fetch Four, Catherine Cabeen, and Wanda.ERICA PHILPOT (Ensemble, Elizabeth) is delighted to be making her national tour debut with this wonderful production.She received her BA Degree in Theatre Performance from the University of Maryland, College Park. Performance creditsinclude: Supporting Vocalist for Tsidii Le Loka (from Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway), Rent (Mimi), Something Like AFairytale (Princess Alyse). She thanks God and supporters.JOSHUA CLIFTON POWELL (Ensemble, Moe Pressman) is originally from Kansas City and now lives and works in NewYork. He is humbled to be surrounded by this phenomenal group of people for his first national tour. He is blessed andgrateful for amazing parents, siblings, grandparents, and 7th Street Family. Always, Peace.HANNAH STRANEY (Ensemble; Vivian Pressman) is thrilled to join the Dirty Dancing Company! She grew up in LittleFalls, NY, and studied dance, singing and acting as a child. She received her BFA in Dance Performance from SUNYPurchase Conservatory of Dance, and graduated with honors. While there she studied abroad at Taipei National Universityof the Arts. She has performed for Aszure Barton, Sidra Bell, and Tom Weinberger.JAY STUART (Ensemble, u/s Johnny ) is thrilled to join the North American tour of Dirty Dancing . Select NYC: "Ray" inSeeing You (World Premier) dir. Randy Weiner/Ryan Huffington, TAPE (The Wild Project), Regional: Memphis (CabrilloMusic Theater). TV: Derek and Julianne Hough's “Move Live” (GMA) @_jaystuartKELSEY WALSH (Ensemble, u/s Penny ) National tour debut! Recent: Odyssey Dance Theatre, University of Arizonagraduate. Love to my family and MTA for your endless support. @kelsey_walshAIDAN ZIEGLER-HANSEN (Ensemble ) is thrilled to make his National Tour debut with Dirty Dancing ! Originally fromEugene, OR, Aidan recently graduated from the University of Michigan. Thank you to the entire creative team. Much loveto Mom, Dad, and Tanner.CREATIVE TEAM BIOSEleanor Bergstein is a novelist, screenwriter, producer and director. Her stories have been published in nationalmagazines, and her first novel, Advancing Paul Newman, about women and politics in the 1960s, was published by TheViking Press. Her first movie script was It's My Turn, starring Michael Douglas and Jill Clayburgh. Her second novel, Ex-Lover , about sexual obsession, was published by Random House. Her film credits include the final script revision ofSister Act and Let It Be Me , starring Patrick Stewart, Leslie Caron and Campbell Scott, which she wrote anddirected. Her most famous project, Dirty Dancing, was one of the most successful independent films of all time. It wasthe unique continuing response to the story over the years that made her decide to reimagine Dirty Dancing as a stageevent. Ms. Bergstein, through her company, Magic Hour Productions, is developing a series of new projects including atelevision series based on Advancing Paul Newman. She is completing a new work of fiction and a memoir.Sarna Lapine (Director). Sunday in the Park with George (Encores! NY City Center); Buyer & Cella r (Bucks CountyPlayhouse); Tribes (Segal Centre); Other Desert Cities (Theatre Aspen); Hope and Gravity (Creede Rep); Sunday in thePark with George (Short North Stage); Waiting for Lefty and The Year of Magical Thinking (Intiman Theatre). Nationaltours: The National Theatre’s War Horse (North America & Japan) and Lincoln Center Theater’s South Pacific . BroadwayAssociate & Assistant Director: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Sondheim on Sondheim, South Pacific ,Awake and Sing! and The Light in the Piazza . Concerts & cabaret: Boston Pops, 92Y, 54 Below and Café Carlyle.Upcoming: Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding (Berkeley Rep), Sondheim on Sondheim (Boston Pops) and Photograph 51(Tokyo). MFA Columbia University.Michele Lynch (Choreographer) is thrilled to be a part of Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage . Most recentlyMichele worked alongside Sarna Lapine, where she choreographed the Hollywood Bowl’s production of Sondheim onSondheim. She is also received the 2016 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Choreography for the critically acclaimedproduction of Kiss Me, Kate at Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC, which is set to make its West Coastdebut next year at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre. Favorite Broadway credits include: Everyday Rapture , The Coast ofUtopia , Hairspray (assoc. choreo with Jerry Mitchell), The Full Monty (asst. choreo), Urinetown (asst. choreo). Off-Broadway: Little Miss Sunshine , Everyday Rapture, We The People . Opera: Showboat at the Washington National Opera -Kennedy Center, Chicago Lyric, Houston Grand, and San Francisco Opera. National tours: Little House onthe Prairie , Happy Days. Film: Camp , Joyful Noise , The Last Five Years . Concerts: Dolly Parton World Tour 2011.Kate Champion (Original Choreography) is the Artistic Director and founder of the Sydney based dance-theatre companyForce Majeure. She has also worked variously as a director/choreographer/performer for Sydney Theatre Company, DV8Physical Theatre, Australian Dance Theatre, Opera Australia, Belvoir, Legs on the Wall, NIDA and The English NationalOpera. In 1996, Kate was awarded the Robert Helpmann Scholarship for Choreographic Excellence enabling her to createher first solo work Face Value which was awarded a Green Room and a MO Award. In 1997 she directed Under the Influencefor Legs on the Wall, which premiered in Sydney and toured to the Edinburgh Fringe and Riverside Studios, London. In2001 she created a new solo show About Face and in 2002 directed Same, Same But Different for Force Majeure. Boththese productions won Helpmann Awards. Kate choreographed the world premiere of the stage version of Dirty Dancing,which opened in Sydney November 2004 and has subsequently toured to Europe, UK and USA. Since 2005 Kate has directedAlready Elsewhere, Tenebrae 1 and 11, The Age I’m In, Not In A Million Years, Never Did Me Any Harm ( a co-productionwith Sydney Theatre Company) and Food ( a co-production with Belvoir) for Force Majeure. In 2010 Kate choreographedthe premier production of Opera Australia’s Bliss which subsequently toured to the Edinburgh Festival and Spring Awakeningfor Sydney Theatre Company. Kate was Associate Director of Opera Australia’s 2013 production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle .PRODUCER BIOSAmber Jacobsen worked for Jacobsen Entertainment as the head of touring and executive producer from 1997 to 2009in Australia. She was responsible for the research, procurement and presentation of many concerts for artists includingElton John, Barbra Streisand, Bruce Springsteen, the Bee Gees, Shania Twain, Pearl Jam and Usher as well as beingexecutive producer for theatre and arena productions such as Fame – The Musical , SHOUT! , The Man From Snowy Riverand Long Way to the Top . Amber was the executive producer for the first production of Dirty Dancing in Australia and hasexecutive produced and subsequently produced all productions thereafter.NETworks Presentations (Producer ), from its inception over 20 years ago, has been an industry leading producer andmanager of touring musical theatre productions and remains committed to delivering quality entertainment to audiencesworldwide. Having toured over 70 productions internationally, NETworks current touring productions include CameronMackintosh’s The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Elf the Musical , Finding Neverland , A Gentleman’s Guide to Loveand Murder , Dirty Dancing , The Sound of Music and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I .Col Joye is an Australian show business phenomenon and a ‘name’ that is legendary in the Australian entertainmentindustry. He was the first Australian pop music artist to have a national number one single with successive number onehits and was the first to appear on the American Billboard music chart. Col recorded 15 Top10 albums and was the firstinductee into the Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame. He has received numerous platinum, gold,and silver albums and hundreds of other industry awards including Australian television’s Logie Award for Australia’s MostPopular Television Performer. He has toured extensively throughout Australia and his concert performances areguaranteed sell-outs. Col involves himself with sound design and music development of the Jacobsen Group musicals andhas produced all the cast recordings including the ARIA winning albums SHOUT! and Long Way to the Top . Col wasawarded an Order of Australia (AM) for his contribution to music and charity which was presented by the GovernorGeneral of Australia on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II. Col was chosen to run with the Olympic Torch as part of the SydneyOlympic celebrations and was recently honored by having his own postage stamp.The first major new studio in decades, Lionsgate is a global content platform whose films, television series, digitalproducts and linear and over-the-top platforms reach next generation audiences around the world. In addition to its