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Tiny Beautiful Things

Join us Jan 13 through Jan 30 for

Cheryl Strayed's "Tiny Beautiful Things"

co-produced by RKP Productions and Anchorage Community Theatre.

Performances are at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, Elvera Voth Hall Th, Fr and Sa at 7PM and Su at 3PM.

Tickets available through CenterTix.com.

Adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos from the book by Cheryl Strayed, "Tiny Beautiful Things" is the story of an advice column on steroids. Brutally honest , often unconventional, Sugar's advice on love and life leans towards that of Dan Savage. But Sugar's advice is truly from her heart and so touches the hearts of her readers. No question is off limits.

 
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Cast

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Photo courtesy of  VO Photography

Krista M Schwarting

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ShaeLisa Anderson

Krista is delighted to work with RKP again, having previously appeared as Claudia in The Ice Maiden.  Her favorite roles include Nora in Doll's House Part 2, Brooke in Other Desert Cities, Sister James in Doubt, The Librarian in the solo show Underneath the Lintel and Betty Ford in Tea for Three.  A frequent director for Cyrano's and ACT, 

Born and raised in Alaska, ShaeLisa has always found herself drawn towards the theatre. She has performed in a wide range of productions since her youth, including comedic, romantic, dramatic, and musical roles. Her recent projects include Hero in “Much Ado about Nothing” (CTC), Lydia Lansing/Helena in “Shakespeare in Hollywood” 

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(ACT), Princess Who Kissed the Frog in “Disenchanted” (Cyrano’s / AFAA), Pippi in “The Great American Trailer park Musical (Cyrano’s), Billie Holiday in her Prime in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill" (ACT), Alison / Dr.Wink / Cupcake Fairy in Pinkalicious (Cyrano’s), Cherie in “Bus Stop”(ACT) and the nurse in “Florida” (RKP Productions and ACT). She also enjoys participating in projects between shows like the One-Minute Play Festival, Alaska Overnighters, and the Odd Karaoke appearance here and there.

Krista is proud to be an associate member of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society.  Love and thanks to David, even when he burns the toast and his shoes are awful.

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Skyler Ray Benson Davis

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Photo courtesy of  Carl Wiltffong

Carl Bright

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Photo courtesy of  
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Skyler Ray Benson Davis (Tlingit) is a re(actor), mus(ish)cian, and writer-of-wrongs from Juneau, Alaska. This is his second appearance in an RKP Production (Reichman, Kelly, Pond), the first being "Church and State" by Jason O'Dell Williams, in 2017. This will be his fifth performance being directed by Dick Reichman; others being "Tribes",

Carl Bright loves working with RKP and is grateful to Dick and Audrey for the opportunities! He has previously acted in The Head That Wouldn’t Die, Tribes, Spikes, and dozens of others throughout the years. He’s created various designs around town,
and has directed three plays at ACT. Performing multiple parts is a challenge and its own reward, 

and he’s enjoying it very much. His day job is selling real estate and sending memes to his ever-lovely wife and daughter.

"Happy Birthday Wanda June", "Church and State", and "Tanker on the Rocks". With Perseverance Theatre, Skyler has appeared in, "They Don't Talk Back", "Franklin", "Whale Song", "Devilfish", and "The Spirit of the Valley. Since 2016, Skyler has toured annually with "The Winter Bear Project" to communities in Alaska: A play, and community outreach program, that fosters awareness, care and hope. Most recently, in 2021, in the midst of our global pandemic, Perseverance Theatre produced "The Winter Bear" virtually. It showed to an audience of over 1,000 students in the Northwest Arctic Borough. Skyler has been looking forward to "Tiny Beautiful Things" for nearly two years. He is blessed and honored to share these large, beautiful, specificities with you all. 

"...And I'll do anything in this God Almighty world, if you'd just let me follow you down."

~Bob Dylan, "Baby, let me follow you down".

Team Behind the Scene

Jan Jones

Costumes and Set Design

Bill Hyem

Set design and build

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Photo courtesy of  
Hannah Kahlman

Stage Manager

Mary has been acting since she was little, but in college she learned to love stage managing and directing. Her acting credits include Lady Chiltern, An Ideal Husband; Robin Starveling, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Mrs. Medlock, Secret Garden; Kathryn Schaub, Radium Girls. Mary’s first assistant stage management role was Into the Woods. She 

Jan Jones has been active in the local theater community for many years.  She enjoys being a

part of local productions both on and off stage.  She has performed in Laura, Siver Thaw, and many Fur Rondy Melodramas. Behind the scenes she has costumed Shakespear in Hollywood, The Rain King, Dolls House Two and more.  She also

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has also stage managed Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses, Stalking the Bogeyman, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Over the River, Shaula: Queen of the Universe. Mary also produced Grace Christian School’s Jane Eyre and stage managed their recent production of Magician’s Nephew. She is currently stage managing RKP’s Tiny Beautiful Things and Alaska Sound Celebration’s Fur Rondy Melodrama. Mary enjoys quilting, growing house plants, and playing piano.

Mary Giles

enjoys putting her crafting skills to use as props master for Ripcord, Shayla Queen of the Universe and the upcoming Tiny Beautiful Things.

Bill is the man who builds things.

RKP Production Team

RKP Productions is pleased to be presenting this theatre work along with Anchorage Community Theatre

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Director/Playwright
Dick Reichman

Dick lives on Government Hill with his wife, Christine, and his daughter, Amanda. He has been part of the Anchorage theater scene for the past quarter century. As a playwright he has had ten full-length plays produced at Cyrano’s Theatre over the years, two of which have been recently revived by RKP Productions. Working with Jerry and Sandy Harper from the beginning, he directed and acted in a great many shows at Cyrano’s. He has also directed for Anchorage Community Theater and acted for Perseverance Theater. He is currently a board member of ACT and, with the passing of Bob Pond, stage director for RKP.

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Bruce Kelly

Photo Accredited to
David Jenson Photography.

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Audrey Weltman Kelly

Photo Accredited to
David Jenson Photography.