With a new school year comes a new beginning for the Tigers, the worst-ranked high school cheerleading team in the state. Riley, a first-time captain, rallies the girls for a fresh start at the annual team sleepover, but when the night takes a bloody turn, three Tigers are found mysteriously murdered.
A squad that can’t stick a landing now has to solve a murder if they want any hope of making it to regionals - or the morning. Featuring an infectious pop rock score and razor-sharp wit, this new original musical proves the highs and lows of being a teen girl in high school are more extreme than they seem.
Meet the team
Don Scardino (Director)
Scardino directed A Few Good Men and Lennon on Broadway, Later Life (Off-Broadway) and was the Artistic Director at Playwrights Horizons for five years. He won an OBIE AWARD for directing A.R. Gurney’s A Cheever Evening. Films: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Me & Veronica, and Advice from a Caterpillar. TV: produced and directed 30 ROCK (NBC) and won 2 Emmys. Also: multiple episodes of 2 Broke Girls (CBS), Young Sheldon (CBS), The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix), My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW), and many more. He is also a musician and songwriter.
Michael Bello (Director)
Recent: Resident Assistant Director on SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical on Broadway. Michael's has directed new musicals around the country including We Are The Tigers at The Hudson Backstage Theatre, 3 LA Ovation Award noms including Outstanding Production of a Musical, winning for Best Music/Lyrics. Other Directing: Between the Sea and Sky (NYMF, Best Musical and Direction winner), Hello Again (IRNE nom), In the Heights (NYIT nom) and others. Assisting: SUMMER (dir. Des McAnuff, La Jolla Playhouse), Doctor Zhivago (dir. Des McAnuff, Broadway) A Little More Alive (dir. Sheryl Kaller, Kansas City Rep), Candide (dir. Mary Zimmerman, Huntington), and others. BFA Emerson College.
Preston Allen (Music, Books & Lyrics )
Allen is an NYC-based writer who conceived and wrote book, music, and lyrics for Never Better, Agent 355 (co-book/dramaturgy Jessica Kahkoska), and Carrie 2: The Rage, An Unauthorized Musical Parody (Jeff Nominee, Best Musical). Additional projects include Bradical And The Pink Socks (music/lyrics), The Hunted: Encore (music/lyrics) and Franklin Pierce: Dragon Slayer (book/lyrics). He’s an LA Ovation winner for Best Lyrics/Composition (We Are The Tigers), member of the Ars Nova Play Group, and alum of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop. He loves his family, cat, and when people like his musicals. @prestonmaxallen
Katherine Roarty (Choreographer)
Choreography credits include Summer: The Donna Summer Musical (Assistant Choreographer), Shaken Not Stirred, GMA Icona Pop, Littlest Christmas Tree (Assistant Director/Choreo). She is a co-founding member of MinuteZero, an immersive theater company in NYC. Performance credits Hairspray Live (“Kooks”), Queen of The Night, Katy Perry (MET Gala/Grammys) and Flashdance the Musical. Biggest thanks to family, friends, Garrett and Mom. Happy to be on the Tigers team! @katherine.roarty
Ann Beyersdorfer (Scenic Design)
Select Design Credits: KNEAD (The Alliance Theatre, world premiere), AFTERGLOW, and MY NAME'S NOT INDIAN JOE (Davenport Theater, off-broadway), A REAL BOY (59E59, off-broadway), JONAH AND OTTO, and TRIAL OF AN AMERICAN PRESIDENT (Theatre Row, off-broadway),THE NIGHT ALIVE (Guild Hall, NY), THE DODGERS (Hudson Theater, LA). Select Associate Set Design Credits: JITNEY (Broadway-Tony Award Nom. for Set Design), PHISH NYE CONCERT ’16/’17 (Madison Square Garden), THE CHILDREN (Broadway), ANASTASIA (First National Tour + EU Productions) & SAMSON ET DALILA (The Metropolitan Opera). Ann is a Live Design/LDI 30 Under 30 recipient for working professionals that are on the rise in live production, a New York Innovative Theater Award 2x Nominee for Best Set Design, and a United Solo Festival Award Winner for Best Set Design. Syracuse Alum & proud member of USA 829. www.annbeyersdorfer.com
Jamie Roderick (Lighting Design)
Off-Brodway: Midnight at the Never Get (York Theatre) Red Roses, Green Gold (Minetta Lane), The Woodsman (New World Stages, PBS), Afterglow, A Dog Story, Ken Davenport's That Bachelorette Show, My Big Gay Italian MidLife Crisis. London: It Happened in Key West. Regional: The Bikinis! (Long Wharf Theatre, Riverside Theatre, WBT), Romeo & Juliet (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company) Midsummer, Macbeth, Hamlet (Shakespeare on the Sound). Recent credits include: Kerrigan and Lowdermilk's The Bad Years, Fuck Marry Kill, More Than All The World. Resident Lighting Designer: Broken Box Mime Theatre. JamieRoderick.com
Josh Liebert (Sound Design)
Regional: Part of the Plan (Tennesee Performing Arts Center); The Rocky Horror Show (Buck’s County Playhouse); Story of My Life, South Pacific (Delaware Theatre Co.). International: Central Avenue Breakdown (Daegu, ROK), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (2011 European Tour). Off Broadway: NYMF 2018 Festival Designer, Attack of the Elvis Impersonators, The Other Josh Cohen (2012), Son of a Gun. Broadway Associate (selected): Summer, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, A Bronx Tale, Spring Awakening (Revival).
Heather Carey (Costume Design)
Carey has designed costumes for film, dance, and theater, including off-Broadway and regionally. Recent theater projects include Souvenir (Penguin Rep Theatre), Cal in Camo (Denizen Theatre), Between the Sea and Sky (NYMF), & The Snowy Day (St. Luke's Theater). Film/tv/webseries: Seneca (dir. By Jason Chaet), Scribbles , The Outs. She has also worked on a variety of projects ranging from live television to opera, Broadway to feature films. She received her MFA from Brandeis University. www.heatherjcarey.com
Patrick Sulken (Music Supervisor & Arrangements)
Sulken is a New York-based music director currently serving as the Associate Conductor of Pretty Woman: The Musical on Broadway. Recent credits include Anastasia, Kinky Boots, Something Rotten! (also 1st National Tour) and Gigi on Broadway; Gigantic (Vineyard Theatre); Peter and the Starcatcher (1st National Tour, Cincinnati Playhouse, St. Louis Rep). His music direction of the world premiere of We Are The Tigers was nominated for a 2016 Los Angeles Ovation Award. Proud Northwestern University grad. www.patricksulken.com // @patricksulken
Kate Lumpkin (Casting)
NY Theatre: We Are Here, We Are The Tigers, Afterglow, Cleopatra, The Bad Years, EcoVillage, Unraveled, Single Rider, Diaspora, The Other Side of Paradise, Counting Sheep, The Excavation of Mary Anning, Agent 355, Emma: A New Musical, Love In Hate Nation, Sitting Bull's Last Waltz, Five Points, Hart Island, Eastbound, Interstate, Honey Dipped Apocalypse Girls, Fefu and Her Friends. Regional: Endlings (A.R.T), West Side Story (Kennedy Center), Evocation to Visible Appearance + A Christmas Carol (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Reunion (Newman Center). US/Canadian Casting team for Celebrity Cruises. Head of Education at The Broadway Collective. kate-lumpkin.com @katelumpkin
Matt Franta (Violence Designer)
Off-Broadway: The Video Games at the Elektra Theatre. Other credits include work with the Guthrie Theater, Children’s Theatre Company, Marin Shakespeare Company, Long Beach Playhouse, Four Clowns, and the National Theatre for Children. Matt currently teaches stage combat at the American Musical and Dramatics Academy in Los Angeles. www.MattFranta.com
Nina Kauffman (Dramaturg)
Nina is a musical writer, director, dramaturg and performer. They received their BFA in acting from Towson University and an MFA in musical theatre writing from Tisch. Off-Broadway credits include Afterglow (Assistant Director/Co-Dramaturg), reading-performance of Paranormative (Book/Lyrics) and The Great Cat Massacre (Director); upcoming projects include #adulting (Director), MAXA (Book/Lyrics), Spectacle (Composer) and safeword. (Associate Director). They are a member of Ring of Keys and SDC. ninakauffmanartist.com @ninalkffmn
Jenny Kennedy (Production Stage Manager)
Broadway: The King and I, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Red. Off-Broadway: The Thanksgiving Play(Playwrights Horizons); In The Body of the World (MTC); Office Hour (The Public); The Wedge Horse (Fault Line Theatre); A Minister’s Wife, When I Come To Die (Lincoln Center Theater); Mr. & Mrs. Fitch (Second Stage Theatre). Regional: Trans Scripts, In The Body Of The World (American Repertory Theater); The Lion In Winter (Two River Theater). Artistic Associate with Fault Line Theatre; 12 seasons with Chautauqua Theater Company.
Jenna R.Lazar (Assistant Stage Manager)
Favorite projects include: The Mad Ones (59E59); The Drawer Boy (Soho Playhouse); Next to Normal - A Benefit Concert (QOD); Summer Shorts (eight seasons - 59E59); Goodbody (59E59); I'm A Lot Like You (Salty Brine's Spectacular Living Record Collection); Paint Made Flesh (The Cell); Halcyon Days (Oberon Theatre Ensemble); Pete(HER)Pan (NYTB); The Hummingbird's Tour (Theatre at St. Clements); Death for Five Voices (Prospect Theater Company); The Woolgatherer (dir. Chazz Palminteri); Order (dir. Austin Pendleton); American Rapture (dir. Alexander Dinelaris); The Chekhov Dreams (Theatre Row); The Seafarer; The Mar Vista; Woman Before a Glass; Twelfth Night; and Hamlet. Jenna is also the Managing Director of Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. Proud Member AEA.
Matthew Hui (Producer)
Hui is a Tony Award Winning Producer for Once On This Island. Other Broadway investments include: Moulin Rouge (upcoming), Tootsie (upcoming), The Prom, and Dear Evan Hansen. Matthew is thrilled to be bringing We Are The Tigers to off-broadway. He originally brought the show to LA with the help of Geri Silver and Evan Bernardin, where it got nominated for 3 Ovation awards (Best Production of a musical) and winning (Best Lyrics/Composition for an Original Musical for Preston Allen). He would like to thank his friends and family for all the support. Onwards and upwards!
S. Asher Gelman (Producer)
S. Asher Gelman is a director, choreographer, actor, dancer, playwright, and producer. Through his production company, Midnight Theatricals, he produced and directed his original play, Afterglow, which ran for 14 months Off Broadway at the Davenport Theater. His next play, safeword., opens Off Broadway in April. Originally from Chevy Chase, MD, Asher received his Bachelors Degree in Dance and Theater from Bard College in New York in 2006 and his Masters in Fine Arts in Dance from The George Washington University in Washington DC in 2012. From 2006 to 2016, Asher lived in Tel Aviv, Israel, where he became one of the founders of The Stage, Tel Aviv’s premier English language performing arts organization, serving as its first Artistic Director from 2013 to 2016. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College. Asher lives in New York City with his husband, Mati.
Evan Bernardin Productions (General Manager)
EBP is a general management firm specializing in consulting and management for theatrical productions. Select Off-Broadway: Eco Village, Afterglow, Must, Diaspora. Other: Counting Sheep (Int’l tour), The Dodgers, The Navigator (NYT Critics Pick). EBP has worked with the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BCEFA), New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), Fringe (NY & LA), and The Workshop Theatre Company; collaborative projects include performances at Lincoln Center, The United Nations, The Havard Club, Cornell University, Georgetown’s Gaston Hall, The Culture Project, The Ohio Theatre, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. EvanBernardinProductions.com