Brian is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Revival Theatre Company. During the past 10 years he has directed more than 30 stage productions, earning him high praise for his dynamic and richly layered productions. The Gazette wrote, “Artistic Director Brian Glick has a knack for his wonderful elite talent for his productions on stage and behind the scenes…” In recent seasons, Brian has directed the Midwest premiere of Dogfight and staged the Iowa premieres of White Christmas and Grey Gardens. Brian has developed musical pieces in nontraditional spaces, creating intimate and contemporary experiences for the actors and audience.
As a freelance director, Brian has worked on operas, musicals, and plays. Brian produced and directed Side Show as a fundraiser for Families Helping Families and Baby for The Young Parents Network. Most recent credits include: Jim McDonough’s Holiday Grande tour, Victor/Victoria, Parade In Concert, Evita, and Funny Girl with RTC, Amy at the Opus, working with Orchestra Iowa on A Sondheim Cabaret and Brucemorchestra, La Boehme, Carmen, Don Giovanni and La Traviata with the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre. Brian spent nine seasons with Starlighters Theatre as resident director – Forever Plaid, Oliver, Some Enchanted Evening, Last Five Years, My Way, Scrooge, Anything Goes and Honk! The Music Man with Theatre Cedar Rapids & Orchestra Iowa (Collaboration Award Winner) and multiple concerts and fundraisers. Brian has also worked with the Cedar Rapids Follies as a designer and stage manager.
Brian was honored to work with The New York Drama League, where he worked with Tony nominated Director, Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Opal with Broadway composer and lyricist Robert Lindsey-Nassif, Academy and First Stage teacher with the Omaha Playhouse. Brian’s strong leadership and vision has caught the attention of industry professionals across the region. In 2019 Brian staged a new world premiere of the musical Chaplin, before its London premiere. In 2020, Brian was the recipient of the CBJ’s Forty Under 40 of most influential leaders. Brian is the founder, creator, and producer of Iowa Concert of Hope, a relief concert to benefit those who suffered loss from the 2020 derecho that hit Cedar Rapids and the state of Iowa. Concert performers included most notably, Ron Livingston, Tim Shew, Linda Eder, Betty Buckley, Edwin McCain, Kim Scharnberg, Elena Shaddow and Chris Brubeck
Mike Weaver is an author and award-winning director/choreographer based in Chicago.
He works widely in both conceptual and technical development with a variety of projects ranging from competition show choir, concert, theatre, and film, and other theatrical events. Credits include: Chicago Tap Theatre, Carnival Cruise Lines, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom: Marine World Africa USA, Warner Bros Publishing, Hal Leonard Publishing, and Applause Theatre and Cinema Books.
As producer and creative director for his company MW Design, Mike has performing arts workshops featuring notable friends and guest artists; Jayson Wright (Justin Timberlake, Michael Jackson), Bill Hastings (Broadway dancer/choreographer), Chet Walker (Choreographer and co-creator of Broadway’s Tony Award winning Fosse). Niesha Folkes (Gap’s Khaki Swing), Darrin Henson (NSYNC, Spice Girls, Britney Spears, Christine Aguilera), Barry Lather (MTV Awards winner. Videos: Janet Jackson, Sting, Michael Jackson, Paula Abdul videos), andTony award winning singer/actress Heather Headley (The Color Purple, Lion King, Ragtime, Aida).
Mike has choreographed and/or directed over 20 musicals for notable high schools and community-equity hybrid theatres. His work has garnered awards for best directing, choreography, lighting, set, and show design. Mike’s directing of Guys and Dolls for a client in Indiana, was selected by USA Today and USA Weekend Magazine as one of the country’s top high school musical productions in 2007. His last theatre work in Iowa was staging the dances for Hairspray for Theatre Cedar Rapids.
In 2014, Mike was honored with an industry-awarded Aspire Lifetime Achievement presentation for his past and ongoing contributions to the field of show choir. He is co-author of the definitive and acclaimed book — Sweat, Tears and Jazz Hands: The Official History of Show Choir from Vaudeville to ‘Glee’. (amazon.com)
As a member of the American Choral Directors Association, Mike servers as the National Repertoire and Resource Chair for Commercial and Contemporary choral music.
Mike is creator of Show Choir Dance Moves, a video reference app for directors, choreographers and dance educators needing style specific dance ideas for their projects — available for iPhone and iPad. (iTunes Store).
Mike is an alumni of Millikin University School of Music (Piano Jazz performance, BM) and Columbia College Chicago (Film Directing, MFA).
Matthew Stern has been music directing for theater in the Boston area for the past ten years, and has over one hundred productions to his credit. He is a full time Assistant Professor of Musical Theater at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and also teaches courses at Boston University. Matt has worked with several professional theatre organizations (Huntington Theatre Company, Speakeasy Stage, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, New Repertory Theatre, Greater Boston Stage Company, Wheelock Family Theater, Berkshire Theatre Festival) as well as universities, schools, and community organizations. His work has been recognized with a number of awards including the Elliot Norton Award, the IRNE Award, the DASH Award, and the BroadwayWorld Boston Award.
Above all else, Matt is a collaborator who values the art of storytelling through music. The precision and technique required in musical performance is accomplished in the service of telling a story and communicating with the audience and fellow performers. Matt is practiced in all of the various areas of expertise that a music director must employ, including audition accompaniment, vocal coaching for soloists and ensembles, choral directing, rehearsal accompaniment, pit orchestra conducting (keyboard or baton), pit orchestra contracting, orchestration and instrumentation, vocal arranging, and synthesizer programming. Matt is also experienced with Finale and Sibelius, and has used Garage Band to create audition/rehearsal accompaniment tracks and vocal training tracks.
Matt’s pit orchestras have been lauded many times by the Boston Globe. A review for the Elliot Award Hairspray at Wheelock Family Theatre mentioned that “Stern conducts a tight, six-piece band through the high energy score with joyful ease.” Of Fiddlehead Theatre’s Ragtime at the historic Strand Theatre in Dorchester, the Globe remarks that “The 16-piece orchestra led by Matthew Stern is stellar.”
Matt has worked with thousands of students of varying ages and level of experience as a music director, vocal coach, and educator at the Boston Conservatory, Boston University, Emerson College, French Woods Festival, Newton South High School, and Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley. As a member of the faculty at the Boston Conservatory, Matt teaches sophomore musical theater, graduate styles and analysis, and vocal repertoire. At Boston University, he teaches and serves as the accompanist and coach for many undergraduate musical theatre courses. He has also been serving as the music director for BU’s mainstage musical theatre productions since 2010.
Each summer at French Woods Festival in Hancock, NY, where he will be returning for a ninth summer, Matt supervises the music directing staff, and music directs approximately 12 full musicals with casts as small as 12 and as large as 92, made up of students as young as 7 and as old as 18. Most of these productions are accompanied by full pit orchestras made up of students and professionals. Each show is given 10-14 two and a half hour rehearsals to prepare the cast for a full-scale production including sets, costumes, lighting, and sound. As a music director at French Woods, Matt will often be rehearsing or playing for up to 6 different musical productions in a single working day.
Matt has trained as a vocalist, a vocal coach, a pianist, and a conductor with accomplished musicians in the Boston area including Matthew Larson, William Lumpkin, James Olesen, Pamela Wolfe, Ann Howard Jones, Scott Alan Jarrett, Daniel Stepner, Neil Hampton, and Lawrence Wolfe. He holds an MFA in Theatre Studies (concentration in Music Theatre) from Boston University and a BA in Vocal Performance and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University.
Melonie Stoll is delighted to costume her fifth show at Revival Theatre Company. Along with Titanic, she has also costumed End of the Rainbow, Chaplin and Oklahoma! and assisted with 9-5 and Sunday in the Park with George. Melonie started with children’s theatre at RHCR and also freelance costumes shows at Theatre Cedar Rapids.
ADAM CRINSON IS A SCENIC DESIGNER FOR THEATER, OPERA, AND DANCE. HE CURRENTLY RESIDES IN NEW YORK CITY WORKING PRIMARILY AS A FREELANCE ARTIST. ADAM HAS NOW DESIGNED SCENERY AND COLLABORATED ON OVER 100 PRODUCTIONS WITH COMPANIES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES.
ADAM BEGAN HIS CAREER AS A DESIGNER IN 2008 IN METRO DETROIT. HE SERVED AS THE TECHNICAL DIRECTOR WITH THE JEWISH ENSEMBLE THEATRE FROM 2011-2013 WHILE ALSO COLLABORATING AND DESIGNING PRODUCTIONS WITH THE RINGWALD, MATRIX THEATRE CO., ARTXDETROIT, MICHIGAN OPERA THEATRE AND WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY.
IN THE SPRING OF 2013 ADAM MOVED TO CHICAGO TO CONTINUE AND ADVANCE HIS WORK IN THE DESIGN FIELD. IN THE TWO YEARS THAT HE SPENT IN CHICAGO ADAM WORKED WITH SUCH COMPANIES AS SUGAR CREEK OPERA, PEGASUS THEATRE CO., TEATRO VISTA, BRAVO!, AND LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO.
ADAM MOVED TO NEW YORK CITY FOLLOWING HIS FIFTH CONSECUTIVE SEASON WITH DES MOINES METRO OPERA. HE BEGAN WORKING WITH THEM IN 2012 AS PROPS MASTER AND TRANSITIONED INTO THE ROLE OF ASSISTANT SCENIC DESIGNER IN 2014, WHILE ALSO SERVING AS SCENIC DESIGNER ON THEIR SECOND STAGES SERIES. THIS SUMMER HE WILL RETURN AS THE ASSISTANT SCENIC DESIGNER ON CANDIDE, WOZZECK, AND LA BOHEME WHILE ALSO SERVING AS THE SCENIC DESIGNER FOR THE 2ND STAGE’S PRODUCTION OF BON APPETIT FEATURING JOYCE CASTLE AS JULIA CHILD.
IN JANUARY OF 2017 ADAM COLLABORATED WITH KRISTINE MCINTYRE AND KATHY MAXWELL ON AN IMMERSIVE PRODUCTION OF DAVID T. LITTLE’s OPERA SOLDIER SONGS. A BRAND NEW PRODUCTION AT A LIVE MILITARY POST, CAMP DODGE IOWA ALLOWED DES MOINES METRO OPERA TO TRANSFORM ONE OF THEIR HALLS AND EVEN CONTRIBUTED TWO HUMVEE’s FOR SET DRESSING AND ADDED EFFECT. IN OCTOBER OF 2018 THE SAME TEAM REUNITED TO COLLABORATE ON AN IMMERSIVE AND IN THE ROUND PRODUCTION OF TOM CIPPULO’S GLORY DENIED.
OTHER UPCOMING PROJECTS INCLUDE THE COLLEGIATE PREMIER OF ELIZABETH CREE AT LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY, KISS ME KATE WITH SIMPSON COLLEGE, THE MAGIC FLUTE WITH OPERA IOWA AND BON APPETIT WITH DES MOINES METRO OPERA.
ADAM WAS BORN IN ROYAL OAK, MI AND ATTENDED WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN.
Honk! an Olivier Award Winning musical tells the story of Ugly, who looks quite a bit different from his darling duckling brothers and sisters. The other animals on the farm are quick to notice and point this out, despite his mother’s protective flapping. Feeling rather foul about himself, the little fowl finds himself on an adventure of self-discovery, all the while unknowingly outwitting a very hungry Cat. Along the way, Ugly meets a whole flock of unique characters and finds out that being different is not a bad thing to be. Revival will retell this beautiful and moving story with a new reimagined approach to a story we think we know.
Season tickets on sale January 6
Single tickets on sale January 23
Score by: George Stiles
Written By: Anthony Drewe
Dates: June 2, 3, 4 – 9, 10, 11
Times: 7:30 & 2:30
Venue: CSPS Hall 1103 3rd St Se Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
Directed by: Brian Glick
Musical Direction by: Matthew Stern
Choreographer: Mike Weaver
A two act family musical
Rated Suitable for age 6 and above.
Estimated running time: 90 min. (1 intermission)Health & Safety information
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