Between the Lines

Sep 8, 2017 - Oct 1, 2017 at Spencer Theatre

From the producers of KINKY BOOTS and GROUNDHOG DAY comes the World Premiere Musical BETWEEN THE LINES, based on the best-selling novel by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer and directed by Jeff Calhoun (NEWSIES).


BETWEEN THE LINES is the story of seventeen-year-old Delilah McPhee, whose life is turned upside down by her parents’ divorce. Forced to move to a new town and start a different school, Delilah finds herself escaping into fiction, developing a literary crush on a handsome prince whose circumstances really… speak to her. This empowering new musical based on the bestselling book by Jodi Picoult & Samantha van Leer asks: what happens when the line between fiction and fantasy becomes blurred with reality? Is it possible to live the story you want, if it’s not the story you’re in?


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Music and Lyrics by
Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson Book by
Timothy Allen McDonald Based on the books written by
Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer Orchestrations & Arrangements by
Greg Anthony Rassen Directed by
Jeff Calhoun Choreographed By
Lorin Latarro Scenic Designer
Tobin Ost Costume Designer
Lindsay W. Davis Lighting Designer
Jason Lyons Sound Designer
Ken Travis Projections Designer
Brad Peterson

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Meet the Cast & Company

About the music & lyrics

Kate Anderson

Kate Anderson is half of the songwriting team for “Between the Lines”. Kate and writing partner Elyssa Samsel are also the team behind the songs in the upcoming “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” with Disney Animation that will premiere in theaters this Thanksgiving with the Pixar release, "Coco". In 2016 Kate and Elyssa were finalists for the Fred Ebb Award. Both are members of the BMI Advanced Workshop. Kate holds a BA in Music from Gettysburg College.
Kate and Elyssa’s work has been featured in the New York Theater Barn’s D-Lounge Series, The Platform: London, as well as “4@15” with NYU Steinhardt and UC Irvine. They contributed “Kittens First Full Moon” based on the book by Kevin Henkes to Theatreworks USA’s “Fly Guy and Other Stories” which just finished a national tour. Kate and Elyssa are now working on several new Animation projects and musicals.

About the music & lyrics

Elyssa Samsel

Elyssa Samsel is the other half of the songwriting team for BETWEEN THE LINES; a new musical produced by Daryl Roth, based on the novel by best-selling novelist Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer. Kate Anderson and Elyssa Samsel are the songwriters for Disney Animation’s “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure,” which will premiere in 2017.
Their past work includes “Kitten’s First Full Moon,” based on the book by Kevin Henkes, featured in TheatreWorks USA’s “Fly Guy and Other Stories,” which toured the US 2015-2016. They have written three shows for 4@15 under the direction of Brian Blythe; LLAMAZE 101, MY LITTLE BRONY, and CAMP WISH-NO-MORE (which was extended into a full-length musical, performed by NYU Steinhardt in the Fall of 2013.)

About the book

Timothy Allen McDonald

Timothy Allen McDonald
Is a leading authority on musical theatre education and an award winning musical theatre librettist. Tim is the Founder and CEO of iTheatrics which creates educational adaptations of musicals for Music Theatre International’s Broadway Junior Collection, Tams-Witmark’s Young Performer’s Editions, Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Getting to Know Collection, and Samuel French’s 101 Collection. An estimated 36 million people attend performances of these musicals annually. iTheatrics has ongoing educational initiatives with New York City’s Department of Education, and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, and released the world’s first-ever musical theatre textbook in January of 2017 with GIA Publications. Tim is the executive producer of the Junior Theater Festivals which are produced annually in Atlanta, and Sacramento and the Junior Theatre Celebrations held annually in Newcastle Australia, Auckland New Zealand and Leicester United Kingdom. Librettist credits include Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach (with Academy Award winning songwriters Pasek and Paul), Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas (with Academy Award winning songwriter Paul Williams and directed by Tony Award winner Christopher Gattelli) Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka (with Academy Award winning songwriter Leslie Bricusse) and Between The Lines (based on a book by Samantha van Leer and New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult). For more information: and

About the authors

Jodi Picoult & Samantha van Leer

Jodi Picoult is the bestselling author of twenty-four novels, including : Songs of the Humpback Whale, Keeping Faith, My Sister’s Keeper, Leaving Time, and the YA novels Between The Lines and Off The Page, co-written with her daughter, Samantha van Leer. Her last nine novels have debuted at number one on The New York Times bestseller list, including her most recent work, Small Great Things. She wrote five issues of the Wonder Woman comic book series for DC Comics. Her books are translated into thirty four languages in thirty five countries. Four – The Pact, Plain Truth, The Tenth Circle, and Salem Falls - have been made into television movies. My Sister’s Keeper was a big-screen released from New Line Cinema, with Nick Cassavetes directing and Cameron Diaz starring, which is now available in DVD. She received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Dartmouth College in 2010 and another from the University of New Haven in 2012. Jodi serves on the advisory board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, a research-driven organization whose goal is to increase critical attention to contemporary women’s writing and to foster transparency around gender and racial equality issues in contemporary literary culture. She is part of the Writer’s Council for the National Writing Project, which recognizes the universality of writing as a communicative tool and helps teachers enhance student writing, and is a spokesperson for Positive Tracks/Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth, which supports youth-led charity fundraising through athletics. She is on the advisory committee of the New Hampshire Coalition Against the Death Penalty. She is also is the founder and executive producer of the Trumbull Hall Troupe, a New Hampshire-based teen theater group that performs original musicals to raise money for local charities; to date their contributions have exceeded $120K. She and her husband Tim and their three children live in Hanover, New Hampshire with two Springer spaniels, two rescue puppies, two donkeys, two geese, ten chickens, a smattering of ducks, and the occasional Holstein.

SAMANTHA VAN LEER recently graduated with honors from Vassar College, with a degree in psychology and a minor in human development. She was awarded Vassar’s Edith Glicksman Neisser Prize for excellence in child study/child development. She is currently pursuing a Masters at Simmons College with a dual certification in Elementary Education and Special Education, while doing her student teaching in Brookline, MA. Along with her mother, Jodi Picoult, she wrote the novels Between the Lines and Off the Page.

About the orchestrations & arrangements

Greg Anthony Rassen

KCRep: debut. Broadway: Bandstand (Drama Desk winner and Tony nominee 2017), An American In Paris, Bullets Over Broadway, Little Mermaid, Book of Mormon, R&H’s Cinderella, A Chorus Line (Revival), among others. Arranger/orchestrator: New York Pops, Boston Pops, Philly Pops, Indianapolis Pops; Ashley Brown, Sierra Boggess, Jeremy Jordan, Norm Lewis, Darren Criss, Liz Callaway, Julia Murney, André Previn. TV: Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Live with Kelly & Michael, The View. Upcoming: André Previn, Concerto for Orchestra.

About the choreographer

Lorin Latarro

KCRep: debut. Broadway: Waitress, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Waiting for Godot with Patrick Stewart/Ian McKellen, Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-Time (Associate). Additional Choreography: The Public’s Twelfth Night and The Odyssey (The Delacorte Theater); Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 21 Chump Street and Peter and The Wolf (BAM); Monsoon Wedding (Berkeley Repertory Theatre); Assassins, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater and Fanny (Encores); Independence for Des McAnuff, Queen of The Night (Drama Desk Award), As You Like It with Director Michael Mayer- Toho, Tokyo; Christmas Carol (The McCarter); Taste of Things To Come (The York, Director); Beaches (Drury Lane); Kiss Me Kate (Barrington); My Fair Lady (Cape Playhouse); Jasper In Deadland (Prospect Theatre); Die Zauberflote (Juilliard Opera); Company, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Rocky Horror (Bucks County). Performance: Ms. Latarro performed in 12 Broadway shows while associate choreographing Ameri-can Idiot, Hands on Hard Body, Ghost, and Rigoletto at The Met. She danced for Twyla Tharp, Momix, Robert Wilson and Martha Graham. Awards: an Astaire Nominee, Bucks County Artistic Associate, Gates Foundation Arts Advocate, founder of Artists Against Gun Violence, and on Ghostlight’s Steering Committee. Ms. Latarro holds a BFA, is on faculty at The Juilliard School, and is currently represented on Broadway and National Tour with Waitress. Upcoming: Bend It Like Beckham and La Traviata (The Met).

About the director

Jeff Calhoun

KCRep: debut. Broadway: Disney’s Newsies (Tony Award Nomination for Best Director), Bonnie & Clyde, Jekyll & Hyde, Grey Gardens, Deaf West’s Big River (Tony Award Nomination for Best Revival of a Musical), Brooklyn, Annie Get Your Gun, Grease (Tony Award Nomination for Best Choreography), Tommy Tune Tonite, and The Will Rogers Follies. Tour and Internationally: Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 and Disney›s High School Musicals 1 & 2. Mr. Calhoun is an associate artist at The Ford’s Theater in Washington D.C. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Covenant House International, a non-for-profit helping homeless youth in thirty cities across six countries. He loves to hear your thoughts on Twitter @thejeffcalhoun.

Arielle Jacobs

BROADWAY: Wicked (Nessarose), In the Heights (Nina Rosario, opposite Lin-Manuel Miranda.) NATIONAL TOURS: Disney’s Australian production of Aladdin (Princess Jasmine), more

Curt Hansen

Broadway: Wicked, Next to Normal, Hairspray. National Tours: Kinky Boots (Charlie Price), Wicked (Fiyero), Next to Normal (Gabe). TV: Nickelodeon’s more

Prince Oliver, Edgar
Danny Gardner

KCRep Debut! Broadway: Lucky in Dames at Sea. Radio City Music Hall: Dad / George M. Cohan in The NY more

Frump, Mr. Darcy, Student, Ensemble, Dance Captain
Morgan Siobhan Green

KCRep: debut. Off-Broadway: Othello (The Workshop Theatre); Sweetee (Ford Foundation Studio Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center); Missed Connections more

Jules, Fairytale Character, Ensemble
Shanna Jones

KCRep: Side by Side by Sondheim, The Diary of Anne Frank, Sunday in the Park with George, Stillwater, Hair: Retrospection, Santaland Diaries (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016). New York: Undone, Decline more

Grace, Queen
T Eric Morris

KCRep: debut. Local: She Loves Me, The Who’s Tommy, Spectacular Christmas Show 2016 (Musical Theatre Heritage); Bed Play (The Living more

Student, Royal Guard, Ensemble
Tim Scott

KC Rep: Evita, Hair: Retrospection Local: Aladdin, Footloose, The Sound of Music (Starlight Theatre); Hands on a Hardbody, Mr. Burns: more

Dr. Ducharme, Rapskullio, Ensemble
Emily Shackelford

KCRep: Man in Love,
 A Christmas Carol, Evita, The Fantasticks, Stillwater, Hair: Retrospection, The Foreigner, Cabaret. Off Broadway: Lucky Duck more

Allie, Seraphima, As Cast
Julie Shaw

KCRep: debut. Off-Broadway: Lucky Duck (The New Victory Theatre). Local: Assassins, Fiddler on the Roof, Violet, Motherhood Out Loud, Hello more

Mrs. Brown, Jessamyn, Fairytale Character, Ensemble
Judy Simmons

KCRep: Sunday In the Park with George. Local: Church Basement Ladies–A Second Helping (The Chestnut Fine Arts Center); Nine (Guido’s more

Mrs. Winx, Ensemble
Donovan Woods

KCRep: A Raisin in the Sun (George Murchison), A Christmas Carol. Local: Madagascar The Musical (Marty), A Charlie Brown Christmas more

Ryan, Fairytale Character, Ensemble
Taylor Avazpour

Taylor Avazpour is humbled and excited to be making his KC Rep debut! Credits: Transcendence Theatre Company in Sonoma, CA more

Student, Fairytale Character, Ensemble
Colleen Grate

KCRep: Sunday in the Park with George, Little Shop of Horrors, Cabaret, A Christmas Carol. NY: Louisiana Purchase (Musicals Tonight!). Local: Heathers, Priscilla Queen more

Student, Fairytale Character, Ensemble
Lexie Brie

KCRep: debut. Local: South Pacific, A Spectacular Christmas, Bernstein’s Broadway (Musical Theatre Heritage); A Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolph the Red more

Student, Fairytale Character, Ensemble
Brianna Woods

KCRep: A Raisin in the Sun, A Christmas Carol (2015, 2016). Local: Garfield, A Musical with Cattitude (The Coterie); Big more

Student, Fairytale Character, Ensemble

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