The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!

February 24 – April 15, 2007

There are two sides to every story. Now the long-suppressed account of the Big, Bad Wolf is finally brought to light—featuring a rockabilly score by Paul Gilvary and William Rush! Parents and children will both delight in this exploration of who really is to blame.

Based on the book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith 
Adapted by Robert Kauzlaric 
Music by Paul Gilvary and William Rush, Jr.
Directed by Victoria DeIorio

  • Jasmin Cardenas (Magill)

    Jasmin is excited to be making her first appearance in a Lifeline Production. Recently Jasmin produced her one-woman show Gringa or Latina?. Other credits include the Young Playwrights Festival (Pegasus Players); Sketchbook ’06 and Guinea Pig Solo (Collaboraction, where she is an Artistic Associate); Electricidad (Goodman Theatre); Blood Wedding(Aguijon Theater); Maria Chronicles (Latino Theater Festival at the Goodman Theatre); Kita y Fernanda and Generic Latina (Teatro Luna). You may have seen her storytelling at schools and street festivals all around Chicago. Jasmin thanks her family, friends and new hubby for their love and support. Gracias!!!

  • Alanda Coon (Rocky/Billy Shears/Martha/Maxwell)

    Alanda is making her debut with Lifeline Theatre. Chicago credits include Fiorello (TimeLine), A New Brain (Porchlight) and Parade (Bailiwick Repertory, Joseph Jefferson and After Dark Award winning production). Other productions include YermaSomething Cloudy, Something Clear(After Dark Award winning ensemble), QGypsyHedwig and the Angry InchTitanicA Delicate Balance, and Blues in the Night. A critically acclaimed cabaret artist, Alanda will be remounting her Bruce Springsteen show called Tramps Like Us in spring, 2007. Ms. Coon is a company member with Bohemian Theatre Ensemble, an artistic associate with Bailiwick Repertory and member of Chicago Cabaret Professionals.

  • Sienna Harris (Prudence)

    Sienna is thrilled to work with Lifeline on such a terrific show, and with an amazing cast and crew! Upon graduating from Cornish College of the Arts (Seattle, WA) Sienna moved to the Midwest where she has worked with Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, American Players Theatre, Bruised Orange Theatre, Collaboraction, Congo Square and Shaw Chicago. Favorite roles include Helena in A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream (Seattle Shakespeare Co.), Prossy in Candida (APT), Gloria in You Never Can Tell (Shaw Chicago), and Troilus in Troilus and Cressida (Cornish). This spring you can see Sienna as Cleopatra in Shaw Chicago’s production of Ceasar and Cleopatra.

  • Luke Hatton (Alexander T. Wolf)

    Luke has been acting and directing in Chicago for the last six years. Some favorite productions in which he’s performed include: Roustabout at The Neo-Futurarium, Balm in Gilead with the Hypocrites and Noodle Doodle Boxat Geva Theater in New York. Luke has also worked with Steppenwolf, The Gift, Striding Lion and at IO. He is a company member of Barrel of Monkeys and has visited the International Wolf Center in Ely, MN where he purchased a T-shirt for his friend James that says, “Got Wolf?”

  • Katie McLean (Julia)

    Katie is thrilled to return to Lifeline’s KidSeries, after directing The Cricket in Times Square in 2003, and appearing as Irving in Bongo Larry and Two Bad Bears. She has also appeared on Lifeline’s MainStage in Gaudy NightTrust Me On ThisFar From the Madding CrowdWhose Body?, and Cooking With Lard, and she directed last spring’s Johnny Tremain. She can also currently be seen in Black Sheep Productions/Reverie Theatre’s Another Day in the Empire at the Royal George opening March 11th, and as Michelle in Lifeline’s Crossing California opening on the mainstage in May.

  • Amy Dunlap (Understudy)

    Amy is currently performing in Janice Dutts goes to Life Camp with Factory Theater. She was most recently seen in Radio Theatre 6: A Many-Splendored Thing at Strawdog Theatre where she also performed this fall in Marathon ’33. Amy has been seen at Chicago Dramatists, Stage Left, Vittum Theater, Cobalt Ensemble Theatre, Appetite Theatre and all four Estrogen Fests. Last summer, she had the unique opportunity to travel to Greece where she was living, studying and performing in Aristophanes’ The Frogs. She loves new work and has had the opportunity to perform new plays by Chicago playwrights Keith Huff, Brett Neveu, Rebecca Gilman, Lisa Dillman, Mark Guarino, Mia McCullough, Hank Boland, and Laura McKenzie. You can see her next in Estrogen Fest 2007 at Prop Theatre in May.

  • Shole Milos (Understudy)

    Shole is a Lifeline Artistic Ensemble member who was last seen in Johnny TremainTrust Me on ThisWhose Body?The Emperor’s Groovy New ClothesMy Father’s Dragon, and Lifeline’s production of Click Clack Mooat the Lakeshore Theatre. As a director, Shole has staged the Lifeline productions of A Long Way From Chicago (also at Theatre on The Lake), Brave PotatoesGiggle Giggle QuackMike Mulligan and His Steam ShovelSophie’s Masterpiece, and many others. Shole has performed in theatres throughout the area in productions of Breaking The CodeA Chorus LineThe Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Bouncers. He has also served as a choreographer and movement coach in addition to serving as creative dramatics instructor for Lifeline’s residency program.

  • Tiffany Joy Ross (Understudy)

    Tiffany is thrilled to be working with Lifeline for the first time. Tiffany is the managing director and an ensemble member for Bruised Orange Theater Company where she has appeared in Long Story Short, Moliere’s The MisanthropeHistory of a Handgun, and BOTC: Femme Fatale which she also wrote and directed. Other Chicago Credits include Limbo Talesand Accelerando with New Leaf Theatre and Frankenstein with TheatreHikes. Tiffany graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BFA in acting in 2004. She can next be seen as Val in Vox Pandora by Bilal Dardai with New Leaf Theatre in April.

  • Robert Kauzlaric (Adaptor)

    Robert is a Lifeline ensemble member and is thrilled to see his first KidSeries adaptation come to life. Robert has appeared on the Lifeline stage in nine productions (including The Silver ChairReturn of the KingAround the World in 80 Days, and A Room with a View), served as Assistant Director for Johnny Tremain, acts as the company Casting Director, and maintains Lifeline’s website. He is busy working on his adaptation of The Island of Dr. Moreau, which will open on Lifeline’s MainStage in October.

  • Paul Gilvary (Composer)

    Paul has been the musical director of several of Lifeline Theatre’s children’s shows, including Mrs. Piggle WigglePuss in Boots and Bongo Larry. Paul was also the musical director for Cat’s Cradle on Lifeline’s MainStage. He is currently working on Crossing California, Lifeline’s upcoming spring show. Paul lent his bass playing to Strawdog Theater’s Marathon ’33. By day Paul teaches music at Gladstone Elementary School here in Chicago. By night he plays bass fiddle for the rockabilly band The Git Gone Boys.

  • William Rush, Jr. (Composer)

    A student of the mystic arts, William Rush channels musical guides thru the ether. A self-described ‘rhythmic sculptor,’ his musical training started with the gift of an AM clock radio and ended with violin lessons at age 8. A sometime band-mate to musical director Paul Gilvary, he has recently completed recording a CD with his band Poofinger. He enjoys eating, sleeping and watching TV.

  • Victoria DeIorio (Director)

    Victoria is returning to directing after a 10-year hiatus in which she pursued a sound design career. Lifeline shows as a sound designer: The Velveteen RabbitA Room With A ViewGaudy NightThe Talisman RingSirens of TitanA Long Way from ChicagoStrong PoisonThe Shadow(Jeff Citation), Far From the Madding Crowd, and Around the World in 80 Days (Jeff Citation). Productions with: Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Victory Gardens, Northlight Theatre, Writers’ Theatre, The Next Theatre, Remy Bumppo, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, Light Opera Works, and other storefront theatres in Chicago. Recently her design and composition debuted Off-Broadway at the Duke Theatre with Steppenwolf’s The Bluest Eye. She was nominated for three Jeff Citations, and received 2 Jeff Citations and 2 After Dark Awards. For more information visit

  • Stephanie Hurovitz (Stage Manager)

    Stephanie is pleased to be returning to Lifeline after assistant stage managing Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue with Rivendell and Teatro Vista Theatre Companies at the Steppenwolf Garage. Other Lifeline credits include: Gaudy NightGiggle, Giggle, QuackA Long Way From Chicago (original run and at Theatre on the Lake); and Deep In the Jungle. In 2006, she stage managed The Coast of Chicago with Walk About Theatre Co. at Lookingglass; and prior to that, she stage managed Casanova with Collaboraction. She has also stage managed for The International Theatre Co.; Brown Couch; Reverie; Bailiwick; and Pyewackett theatre companies.

  • Jake Wiener (Assistant Stage Manager)

    Jake is ecstatic to have the opportunity to do his first show at Lifeline Theater. He currently attends Whitney Young Magnet High School as a sophomore. This is his first time stage managing. As an actor, his favorite roles include Thomas Cromwell in A Man for All Seasons, he was in the first ever high school cast of Miss Saigon, Smee in Peter Pan, and Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. He has spent 5 years in various ensembles at the Lookingglass Theatre Company.

  • Joanna Iwanicka (Scenic, Prop and Puppet Design)

    Joanna is pleased to work with Lifeline again, where she worked on A Room With A View. In Chicago, she has designed sets for The African Company Presents: Richard III (Congo Square Company) and Tango(Chopin Theatre). She has also collaborated with Victory Gardens, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble (as a props designer), Writers’ Theatre, Noble Fool Theatricals (as a scenic artist) as well as Santa Fe Opera, Denver Center Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Des Moines Metro Opera. Joanna has a BFA in Scenic Design and Technical Theatre from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Jenna Sjunneson McDanold (Lighting Design)

    Jenna has been working in the theatre arts for 15 years now doing a smattering of different technical professions including scenic painting, carpentry, welding, and lighting design, for which she has a degree from De Paul University Theatre School. Her lighting was most recently seen at the Victory Gardens production of The Snow Queen, and during the last tour of Blair Thomas and Co.’s Pierrot Lunaire, most notably at the MCA Chicago in April. She has worked for Becker and Ravenswood Studios in Chicago, and she is the Technical Director and Resident Lighting Designer for The Entertainment Project, a children’s theatre camp. She also shoots fireworks across the northern suburbs, most notably at the Six Flags theme park in Gurnee throughout the summers. She is excited to be working on this, her debut production, with Lifeline Theatre.

  • Tim Hill (Sound Design)

    Tim is happy as a little pig in cool mud to be working again with Lifeline Theatre! Our last production together, The Stinky Cheese Man And Other Fairly Stupid Tales, was an absolute joy, and our current production of The True Story Of The 3 Little Pigs! has been one of the most fun shows of which I’ve ever been a part. Past sound designs include productions with Tireswing Theatre, Irish Repertory, The Neo-Futurists, Roadworks Theatre, The Free Associates, and University Theatre in Madison, Wisconsin. Currently sound designing for productions with Stage Left Theatre, The Chicago Actors WordShop, and Queen of All Saints. Proud member of the Anti-Road Trip Alliance, ARTA Films, and Tantaband. I wish a world of thanks and love to Toy, Paul, Robert, and Stephanie for making this such a special experience, and a play I will always remember and cherish. Much love and thanks also to Sean, the Hill Family, and my darling Tiffini Sarver.

  • Alison Heryer (Costume Design)

    Alison is excited to be working with Lifeline Theatre on such a fun show. She is an artistic associate of Redmoon Theater, where she has designed for many spectacle events, including Twilight OrchardSink, Sank, Sunk, and Seagull. She designs frequently at Steppenwolf, where her credits include Orange Flower WaterThe Fall to EarthWorld Set Free, and most recently The Bluest Eye. Other recent projects were Woyzeck and House of Bernarda Alba with Greasy Joan and Company, and The Last Two Minutes of the Complete Works of Henrik Ibsen with the NeoFuturists. She is also the resident designer and teaches costuming at Roosevelt University. Special thanks to all of her student volunteers on this show.

  • Charlie "Ziggy" Olson (Technical Director)

    Charlie is enjoying his first season here with Lifeline. He is a technical director around town, working at City Lit Theatre, A Red Orchid Theatre, Bobkat Productions, and as a carpenter for Chicago Shakespeare. His original training as an actor has been shelved for awhile as he makes a name for himself technically. He can still be seen in productions by Theatre Seven, a company he helped found in 2006. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2004.

  • Cortney Hurley (Production Manager)

    Cortney is excited to be working with Lifeline Theatre for the season. Previous and current production management positions include Ellen Under Glass for the House Theatre of Chicago, Marathon ’33 for Strawdog, One False Note for Plasticene, as well as the Assistant Production Manager at Theater on the Lake for the last 3 years. Cortney is also a company member of 20% Theatre, where she often acts as production manager, lighting and set designer, and dramaturg, among other things. During the school year Cortney can be found at St. Scholastica Academy, where she has been the resident designer (scenery and lighting) and technical theatre instructor/director for the last eight years.

From Chicago Parent
March 8, 2007

What could the Big Bad Wolf say in his defense? In this musical, you get to hear just that. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs is a retelling of the classic tale with catchy rockabilly tunes. Alexander T. Wolf, or Al, is on trial for destruction of property, attempted snacking and two counts of, well, “disappearing” pigs. Thus you are warned … if your child is like my daughter and believes the “pigs run to each other’s houses” version, they might have an issue with this version. No trauma or drama ensued, merely a very adament, “He did not (eat them)!”

Set in Piggsylvania, kids and adults will be entertained as the Big Bad Wolf tries to convince us that he’s not all that bad. And he does need to convince us as the audience is sworn in at the beginning of the trial as the jury. I took my 3-year-old daughter and her 4-year-old friend. Both enjoyed the show and really liked the songs. The show is peppered with just enough adult in-jokes to keep us engaged along with the kids.

My favorite in-joke was that the witnesses swear on the “sacred text” which the Judge revealed to us as a copy of Animal Farm by George Orwell. How did my jury find Al? Not guilty. My daughter begs to differ, but majority ruled. Don’t miss this show. The kids can’t wait to go back.