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2005 Festival

Steven Minning

Music Director
David Kreppel

Jeff Binder, Scott Coulter, Struan Erlenborn, Tristan Gaebler, Lisa Howard, Cheyenne Jackson, Molly Kallins, Adam Monley, Christiane Noll, Joe Ricci and Tally Sessions

Number of Acts: 2
Number of Principals (Male): 4
Number of Principals (Female): 5
Preferred Ensemble Size: 12
Total Cast Size: 21
Orchestra Breakdown:


Casting Notes:

3 of the chorus are children, 2 boys, 1 female

Genre & Style:

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In Saint Louis, in 1952, a troubled 10 year-old boy named Billy Lucas receives the gift of a model airplane from his foster parents. The plane unlocks a door to a mystical world of dreams and visitations. With an “Ace” fighter pilot as his guide, Billy embarks on a series of heroic and haunting World War I and World War II adventures, revealing his own true identity, the secrets of his past, and the key to his future. Mixing humor and heart, this musical chronicles the tragedy and transcendence of three generations of an American family.

Festival Successes

Full productions at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (MO) in 2006, The Old Globe (CA) and Cincinnati Playhouse (OH) in 2007, Signature Theatre (DC) in 2008 and UNLV in 2015. Licensed by Theatrical Rights Worldwide.