Past Musical:
Kentwood Players presents

Book by Alfred Uhry
Music & Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Based on the true story of the trial and lynching of Leo Frank.
Directed by Ben Lupejkis
Musical Direction by Catherine Rahm

Choreographed by Anna Rubin

Produced by Victoria Miller and Rocky Miller
March 18 – April 23, 2011
Parade is a fascinatingly evocative musical based on the true story of Leo Frank, a Jewish man who was convicted in 1913 of the brutal rape and murder of Mary Phagan, a 13 year-old factory worker in Atlanta, Georgia. It is a riveting murder mystery, a gripping courtroom drama, a moving love story, a searing social commentary, but above all, in the humble words of its Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Alfred Uhry, “It is an entertainment.” The musical won Tony Awards for best book and best score (out of nine nominations) and six Drama Desk Awards.

Enhanced by its evocative score, the musical’s events surround the investigation and trial that led to the birth of a premier Jewish civil rights organization, The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) which was formed in response to the anti-Semitism surrounding Leo Frank's trial and its aftermath. The trial also gave birth to a group called the Knights of Mary Phagan, later to become a revitalized Ku Klux Klan (KKK).


Played by
Leo Frank ············ Ryan Black
Lucille Frank ············ Elizabeth A. Bouton
Jim Conley ············ Lawrence Hatcher
Mary Phagan ············ Kim Dalton
Frankie Epps ············ Jeremy Speed Schwartz
Hugh Dorsey ············ Ed McBride
Britt Craig/Governor John Slaton ············ Harold Dershimer
Tom Watson/Detective Starnes ············ Martin Feldman
Old Soldier/Judge Roan ············ Rocky Miller
Mrs. Phagan ············ Patricia Butler
Minola (Minnie) McKnight ············ Dawn Smithey
Newt Lee/Riley ············ Marcus Alan Wynn
Luther Rosser/Mr. Peavy ············ Klair Bybee
Young Soldier ············ Galen Schloming
Angela ············ Unique Shanklin
Iola Stover ············ Giana Bommarito
Monteen ············ Monica Allan
Essie ············ Jessee Foudray
Sally Slaton ············ Catherine Rahm
Officer Ivey ············ Roy T. Okida
Wife/Ensemble ············ MarLee Candell


Leo and Lucille Frank (Ryan Black and Elizabeth A. Bouton) enjoy an impromptu picnic in his prison cell.
Frankie Epps (Jeremy Speed Schwartz) tries to sweet-talk Mary Phagan (Kim Dalton) to go to the picture show.
Leo and Lucille Frank (Ryan Black and Elizabeth A. Bouton) listen to the biased trial testimony presented against him.
Prosecutor Hugh Dorsey (Ed McBride (r.)) reminds Jim Conley ( Lawrence Hatcher (l.)) he’s an escaped convict.
Governor Slaton (Harold Dershimer (r.)) urges Prosecutor Hugh Dorsey (Ed McBride (l.)) to get a quick conviction
in the Mary Phagan murder case.
Leo Frank (Ryan Black) begs his wife, Lucille (Elizabeth A. Bouton) to stand by him during the trial.
Jim Conley ( Lawrence Hatcher (l.)) asks Governor Slaton (Harold Dershimer (r.)) if he’s ever been on a chain gang.
Lucille (Elizabeth A. Bouton) suggests to Leo Frank (Ryan Black) that procreation is not a dirty word.
Leo Frank (Ryan Black) tells the courtroom, “It’s hard to speak my heart.”
Lucille Frank (Elizabeth A. Bouton) cautions the press, “You don’t know this man.”
Mary Phagan (Kim Dalton) asks Leo Frank (Ryan Black) for her pay at the pencil factory.
Parade cast and crew. Click on this picture to see full-sized image. After clicking,
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Photos by Jeremy Speed Schwartz and Ben Lupejkis.


Westchester Playhouse
8301 Hindry Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90045
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