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Canteen @ 620

Presented by Twenty@620 with Musical Direction by Dylan Glatthorn

Canteen@620 parachutes you into a remote army canteen-- a safe haven away from the stress of combat to socialize to old favorites and new hits arranged in the style of the American big band.  Go AWOL for the night and be entertained by monster vocalists and a swingin' 6 piece band.  A place for games, food, laughs... and you may even want to bring your dancing shoes.  It's time to use those weekend passes, soldiers -- come on out and enjoy Canteen@620!

Starring Michelle Dowdy, RJ Hunt, Melissa Oropesa, and introducing Brennan Murray.


Featuring the 620 Wartime Band:

Alex Schultz -- Trumpet

Nick White -- Sax

Chris Lindenburg -- Guitar

Dylan Glatthorn -- Piano

Jen Medina -- Bass

Dave Hamar -- Drums


Musical arrangements by Dylan Glatthorn and Nick White

Photos by Dudley Clapp

Meet the players

BUDDY "MAGIC HANDS" BALWELL (a.k.a DYLAN GLATTHORN) is the chef and pianist for the local base.  In his other life, he is an American composer and lyricist and a recent graduate of NYU Steinhardt’s music composition program where he studied under Steven Rosenhaus. Glatthorn wrote the music, lyrics, and co-wrote the book for his musical, Republic, which had a stage reading in April at the Acorn Theatre in Times Square which featured Tony Award winning actress Beth Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone, Crazy for You). Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida, he has composed, orchestrated, and/or music directed for numerous productions at the Palladium Theatre and the Studio@620, including both Girlie Shows and Lippa's The Wild Party. His music has been performed by ensembles such as the Quintet of the Americas,  the Lumina String Quartet, the PCCA Orchestra, and the PRISM Brass Quintet. He is a recipient of the Alan Menken Award, Walker’s Rising Stars Scholarship, Al Downing Jazz Association Scholarship, and the Mensa Education and Research Foundation’s Grosswirth-Salny Scholarship. Dylan is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.  

LT. DAISY MAY CARTHWRIGHT (a.k.a MICHELLE DOWDY), special forces unit, is so honored so many of our good soilders came out to support the platoon. She is an accomplished coffee maker as well as being fulient in 7 lanuages. She can't believe her fellow soldiers are making her sing tonight. Forgive her. Ms. Dowdy on the other hand is quite boring. Recently seen in the Broadway company of Hairspray, The Girlie Show 1 and 2 at the Studio@620, and The Wild Party. Unlike Daisy May, she hates coffee. See....boring. Enjoy the show ya'll!  

PILOT DICK "TAKE EM' DOWN" JACOBS (a.k.a RJ HUNT) has just returned from a string of very dangerous missions which were so top secret that even HE doesnt know where hes been. Jacobs' hobbies include booze, fast planes and even faster women. Before he even dreamed of souring above the clouds, Jacobs was an actor and singer performing under the name RJ Hunt. He has previously been seen in such shows as Antiogone, Guys and Dolls (Nicely), Urinetown (Cladwell),as well as numerous others. He would like to thank the girls and of course Buddy Balwell for their friendship and allowing him this oppurtunity. 'Scuse me while I kiss the sky.  

DOROTHY "SCOOP" FLANNIGAN (a.k.a MELISSA OROPESA) is an aspiring photojournalist on her first big story covering the exciting day to day life of the infantry soldiers.  In her other life, Melissa recently graduated from Florida State University where she has appeared on the Richard G.Fallon Theatre stage as Dionne in HAIR, Mrs. Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie, and in the Ensemble of South Pacific.  Melissa also co-founded the sketch comedy group The Naked Bowling League at Florida State.  She has appeared at the Studio@620 in both Girlie Shows, and also as Madeleine True in the 2006 production of Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party at the Palladium Theatre.  Melissa would like to thank everyone for coming to the show!


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