The Gifted Program.

“I have known this Love, this sovereign of the heart, this soul of our souls;
all it has ever gotten me is one kiss and twenty kicks in the ass.” — Voltaire, Candide

Freshwater Theatre is proud to present the regional premiere of Ruben Carbajal’s bitingly serious comedy The Gifted The Gifted ProgramProgram, directed by Freshwater Co-Artistic Director Ben Layne.

In 1986, the very bottom of Racine, Wisconsin’s high school social food chain consists of the last remaining members of the Dungeons & Dragons’ club: four socially awkward refugees from a defunct program for gifted and talented students, who have been thrown into the harsh arena of an inner-city public high school. When one of them is revealed to be the mysterious radio call-in Romeo courting the school’s most popular girl, the simple pursuit of an education becomes a fight for survival. 

The Cast:
PAUL WILTSEY – Garek Bushnell
BILL NOEL – Ben Resman
JOEY WESTRITCH – Jesse Corder
LESTER SUH – Michael Sung-Ho
CYNDI STEARNS – Tamara Titsworth
BRENDA HATCH – Kelly Houlehan
TIM SHAWHAN – Doug Burger
CANDY KRIMMER – Rebecca Gebhart
SHELLY NESRICK – Sabreena Candreva
MELODY KRILING – Peyton McCandless
STEVE MARONA – John Leaf
RICKY REDSTONE/MS. ROLAND – Kelli Gorr
COACH WHITELAW – Paul Schoenack

The Tech Gods:
DIRECTOR – Ben Layne
STAGE MANAGER – Caitlin Milligan Sheaffer
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER – Heather Baldwin
COSTUME DESIGN – Renata Shaffer-Gottschalk
SET DESIGN – Ursula Bowden
PROPS DESIGN – Sarah Salisbury
LIGHTING DESIGN – Ariel Leaf
SOUND DESIGN – Scot Moore

All Performances at Nimbus Theatre, 1517 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Performance Dates and Times:
April 12 7:30pm
April 13 7:30pm (Sadie Hawkins Dance following)
April 14 3:00pm
April 17 7:30pm (PWYC)
April 20 7:30pm
April 21 3:00pm 
April 22 7:30pm (PWYC)
April 26 7:30pm
April 27 7:30pm