With a new school year comes a new beginning for the Tigers, the worst-ranked high school cheerleading team in the state. Riley, the new captain, rallies the girls for a fresh start at the annual team sleepover, however, the night takes a bloody turn.
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 brand new musical proves the highs and lows of being a teen girl in high school are more extreme than they seem.
Meet the team
Preston Max Allen (Music, Books & Lyrics )
Preston Max 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) and alum of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop. He loves his family, cat, and when people like his musicals. @prestonmaxallen
Michael Bello (Director)
Bello is a director of musical theater who most recently served as the Resident Assistant Director of SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical on Broadway. Michael 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), and others. BFA Emerson College. www.MichaelBello.com
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 at 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
Alyssa Tryon (Properties Design)
Alyssa is a New York based Properties Designer and Artisan. Previous Credits include: Lewiston/Clarkston (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), James Baldwin’s Blues for Mister Charlie (MMC), 10 Out of 12 (MMC), The 2018 Santa Fe Opera Season, The Servant of Two Masters (MMC), Punk Rock (MMC) and Machinal (MMC). Upcoming projects include: The Who’s Tommy (MMC). Marymount Manhattan College Alum. AlyssaTryon.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
Matt Aument (Orchestrator)
Aument is a music director and orchestrator. NEW YORK: Sweeney Todd (Barrow Street), Gigi (Broadway), Tamar of the River (Prospect), The Evolution of Mann (the cell). REGIONAL: Wizard of Oz (Paramount), Men With Money (Aurora), The Waves (Powerhouse), Camelot (Drury Lane), Yank! (Charing Cross), ... Forum (Gulfshore Playhouse).
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
Brandon Pugmire (Violence Designer)
Brandon Pugmire is an actor and fight choreographer for both film and stage. His work has been seen in pieces ranging from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to Qui Nguyen's She Kills Monsters. He specializes in bladed weapons and teaches stage combat in high schools and colleges. We Are The Tigers is his second Off Broadway credit following MB Stage Production's The Video Games. Go Tigers!
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.
Mati Gelmano (Production Photography)
Gelman has created imagery for various Off-Broadway productions such as Afterglow, Counting Sheep, Diaspora and the upcoming Medusa and EcoVillage.
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
Cathy Ang (Mattie)
NY Theatre: Existential Life Crisis Lullaby (Ensemble), KPOP (Jin Hee), Riot Antigone (Ismene), Land of Smiles – Reading (Lipoh), Toe Pick (Chung/Kwan/Yamaguchi/Lu), Madame Pascal – Reading (Kim), Architecture of Rain – Reading (All-Grown-Up),Spring Awakening(Wendla), The Secret Garden (Mary Lennox), A Little Night Music (Fredrika). VO: Age of Sail (Lara). Instagram: @cathyang3
Jenny Rose Baker (Kate)
Broadway: Bartlett Sher’s Fiddler on the Roof (Shprintze), Annie Get Your Gun. Jenny has appeared as a guest vocalist with 10 Symphonic Pops Orchestras, including with Marvin Hamlisch and the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. NYMF: Between the Sea and Sky and Cookies. Graduate of Columbia University.
Kaitlyn Frank (Annleigh)
Kaitlyn Frank is so #blessed to be a part of the Tigers squad! National Tour: Disney’s Newsies, White Christmas. Film: Newsies: The Broadway Musical. NYC: NY City Center, Signature Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Joyce Theatre, Duke on 42nd Street. Regional: Goodspeed Opera House, North Shore Music Theatre, SITI Company. Special thanks to the Creative Team & Take 3 Talent. @Kaitlyn_Frank16
Louis Griffin (Clark)
Griffin is thrilled to be making his Off-Broadway Debut. National Tours: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Topher) Regional: Legally Blonde (The LEX), Les Misérables (Alliance Stage), Altar Boyz (Seven Angels Theatre). Much love and thanks to God, his family and friends, and DGRW. Proud CCM alum #tothemax @louisthegriffin
Zoe Jensen (Farrah)
Off-Broadway debut! 1st national tour: Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical, Mad Libs Live!. Regional: McLeod Summer Playhouse, The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati. Proud alum, SIU Carbondale BFA '17. Endless thanks to Rich and Mike at WAM, K&CJ, Mom and Dad. @Lanazoejensen. Lanazoejensen.com.
Wonu Ogunfowora (Cairo)
Broadway/National Tour: Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, A Bronx Tale,Sister Act. Regional: Smokey Joe's Cafe, All Shook Up, Hairspray, among others. Readings/Workshops: The Harder They Come (Public Theater), Independence (La Jolla Playhouse). Many thanks to Michael and the creative team, KMR, family and friends. Instagram: @wonubian, Twitter: @thisiswonu
Sydney Parra (Eva)
Sydney Parra is honored to be a part of the Tigers team. Off broadway: Iris in The Cleopatra Experience (Chelsea Music Hall). Regional: Diana in A Chorus Line, Thea in Spring Awakening, Kate in Legally Blonde. Many thanks to Avalon Artists group, Kate Lumpkin Casting, and the entire production team. Much love to my family!
Celeste Rose (Chess)
Off Broadway: Unexpected Joy (York Theatre). Regional/Workshops: Connecticut Christmas Carol (Goodspeed Musicals), Freaky Friday (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma), Bernice Bobs Her Hair (Lyric Theatre Of Oklahoma), Sister Act (Ogunquit Playhouse & Gateway Playhouse), Titanic (Westchester Broadway Theatre), The Bad Years (Gem Theatricals). BFA Ithaca College. Proud member of The BringAbout! Always for my family. Follow along: @_celeste_rose www.CelesteRose.com
MiMi Scardulla (Reese)
Scardulla is so excited to be a Tiger! Her favorite credits include The Heart of Rock and Roll (Old Globe Theatre) and Gigantic (Vineyard Theatre). She attended The Boston Conservatory for Musical Theatre. HUGE Thank yous to the creative team, my family, Irene, and Gypsy. Spread your glitter! @mimidulla
Lauren Zakrin (Riley)
Broadway: Great Comet (Natasha u/s), Rock of Ages (Sherrie), Tours: Wicked (Glinda u/s), Grease (Sandy), Legally Blonde (Elle u/s). Off Broadway: Cruel Intentions (Kathryn) Great Comet (Natasha u/s), Regional: Great Comet (Natasha u/s) A.R.T., Legally Blonde(Elle) MUNY, Legally Blonde (Elle) Music Circus. TV: Jesus Christ Superstar LIVE! (NBC), MTV’s Search for the Next Elle Woods. @laurenzakrin
Cameron Bartell (Understudy)
Theatre: Dickon in TheSecret Garden (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park / Baltimore Center Stage), West Side Story (Philadelphia Orchestra), Huck in Big River (Alhambra), Rolf in The Sound of Music (Westchester Broadway), The New Group, Park Avenue Armory, National Sawdust, North Shore Music Theatre. UAlabama graduate. Always, Tim. @ctbartell
Caroline Lellouche (Understudy)
is so excited to be on the squad! Favorite credits include We Are The Tigers (Musical Theatre Factory), Annie (nat’l tour), Between the Sea and Sky (NYMF), Saturday Night Fever (Ivoryton Playhouse). BFA from The Boston Conservatory. Thank you friends, family, and especially Michael, Preston, and Patrick for their years of friendship and collaboration. @carolinelellouche
Alexia Sielo (Understudy)
Alexia Sielo, a recent graduate of NY Film Academy - Professional Conservatory of Musical Theatre, was the understudy and in the ensemble of Cleopatra, an off-Broadway immersive musical. She also had leading roles in Urinetown, The Wiz, and the musical short film Hold Your Peace. Alexia has worked with Andrew Lippa, Jill Scott and Kirk Franklin.
Midnight Theatricals has announced full casting and the creative team for WE ARE THE TIGERS, an original pop/rock musical and teen horror comedy written & composed by Preston Max Allen and produced by S. Asher Gelman, that will make its New York Premiere Off-Broadway at Theater 80 (80 St. Mark's Place) this winter.Read More
A talent-packed group of stars have signed on to lead the new musical We Are the Tigers at off-Broadway's Theater 80, beginning performances on February 7, 2019. Michael Bello will direct and Patrick Sulken will music-direct Preston Max Allen's pitch-black comedy about a dismally low-ranking team of cheerleaders trying to survive the night while being terrorized by a serial killer.Read More
Preston Max Allen's teen horror musical comedy will open its New York premiere this February at Theater 80.Read More
Casting is complete for the original pop/rock musical We Are the Tigers, which will make its New York premiere beginning February 7, 2019, at Theatre 80, 80 St. Mark's Place.Read More