Tamarie Cooper’s LIVE IN-PERSON Sticky Sweet Summer Show!by Tamarie Cooper, Patrick Reynolds and friends
Cast & Personnel
- Ramina Anderson
- Ronnie Blaine
- Tamarie Cooper
- Dillon Dewitt
- John Dunn
- Sara Jo Dunstan
- Bryan Kaplún
- Jenna Morris
- Julia Oppenheim
- Angela Pinina
- Kyle Sturdivant
- Abraham Zeus Zapata
- Walt Zipprian
Assistant Stage Manager
She’s baaaaaaack!Tamarie and her gang of merry misfits are returning to the stage—an actual stage—for a hilarious, irreverent, all-new musical extravaganza featuring an original score played by a live band and performances from some of Houston’s funniest, wildest, quirkiest, sometimes raunchiest actors. The Sticky Sweet Summer Show! explores, ponders, spoofs, laments, and celebrates all that it means to be alive in 2022. And what a time to be alive it is. Highlights include feral actors, dancing egg rolls, Tamarie’s 6th grade disco dance-off nemesis Charlotte Lloyd, a sassy chair, and your racist step-uncle Roy. A Houston summer tradition returns, sticky, sweet, and ready to rumble! Tamarie says, “After sitting on my couch for two years straight it is exhilarating to be shaking my tailfeather in public again, to be tap dancing, belting out showtunes, and returning to the general ass-clownery that is The Tamarie Cooper Show. Fortunately, I have a wonderful team of artists, writers, composers, musicians, and designers who are also on this wild romp. Almost equally important, I have a good chiropractor!” She is getting ready to dance her ass off for you and it is a big ass and she is not young. She is getting older almost every day.
In fact…This year she is celebrating her 25th all-original musical, co-written by Patrick Reynolds and featuring crowd-favorite co-star Kyle Sturdivant and a company of TCS veterans and newcomers. What she used to call “a one-woman show with a cast of thousands,” The Tamarie Cooper Show has, for years, been a cult hit and can’t-miss Houston summer tradition.
Tamarie has been performing her entire life. She co-founded The Catastrophic Theatre in 2007 with longtime collaborator and dear friend, Jason Nodler. Originally trained in dance, she began working in theatre at HSPVA and helped to found Infernal Bridegroom Productions in 1993, where she worked for fourteen years. She is a seasoned actor, director, designer, choreographer, and occasional writer, with over 80 production credits with IBP and The Catastrophic Theatre. Tamarie is best known for her original musicals, which enjoy highly successful runs and a cult-like following in Houston. Tamarie has been featured in national trade magazine Stage Directions, named “Best Actress” in Outsmart Magazine‘s annual Gayest and Greatest Readers’ Choice Awards and has received various “Best of Houston” awards from The Houston Press for her performances and original work. Directing credits: Tragedy: a tragedy, Speeding Motorcycle (co-directed with Jason Nodler), Tamarie Cooper’s Field Trip, Small Ball (co-directed with Jason Nodler), Tamarie’s Evening of Mistakes and Regrets, Rhinoceros (2017), Trevor, Tamarie for President (Greatest Hits, Volume 2), The University of Tamarie, A Very Tamarie Christmas, Tamarie Cooper’s Old as Hell!, Tamarie Cooper’s Doomsday Revue, The United States of Tamarie, Tamarie Cooper’s Journey to the Center of my Brain (in 3D!), The Tamarie Cooper Show, Twenty Love Songs, Uncle Vanya, Tamalalia X: The Greatest Hits Show, Tamalalia 9: Face Your Fears, Tamalalia 8: Tamarie Goes to Hollywood, Rhinoceros (2003), Tamalalia 7: The Love Show, Tamarie’s Gin Jar Jamboree, Tamalalia 2000, Tamalalia 4: The Campout, Tamalalia 3: The Cocktail Party, Tamalalia 2: The Bus Show, Tamalalia! Favorite Roles: Baby Screams Miracle (Carol), Toast (Beatrice), Small Ball (Female Reporter), Leap and the Net Will Appear (Simon), Song About Himself (Carol), Marie and Bruce (Marie), Hide Town (Miss Iva), Medea (Medea), A Soap Opera (Andrea), We Have Some Planes, Fucking A (Hester), Happy Days (Winnie), Guys and Dolls (Adelaide). A huge and hearty thanks to this wonderful cast for jumping right in to this new format and to Miriam, Joe, Erin, Kyle, Alli, Brett, Mara, and Kirk for all the wonderful songs and to Patrick for writing my show not once, but twice this year (I will always laugh at your jokes). I love you all!
PATRICK REYNOLDS Patrick is a graduate of the Second City Writing Program in Chicago and holds a B.A. in History from the University of Houston. He co-wrote Tamarie Goes to Hollywood with Paul Locklear. He wrote the book for Tamarie Cooper: Journey to the Center of My Brain in 3-D!, The United States Of Tamarie: An All-American Revue (Made in China), Tamarie Cooper’s Doomsday Revue (The Greatest Musical Ever!), Tamarie Cooper’s Old as Hell, The University of Tamarie, A Very Tamarie Christmas, and The Tamarie Cooper Show: Field Trip! Additional credits for the Catastrophic Theatre include the St. Arnold’s Brewery promos.
MIRIAM DALY has been involved in the arrangement, composition, and sometimes direction and performance of music in Tamarie's shows since The United States of Tamarie. She composed the music for the 2013 Houston Shakespeare Festival: Mother Courage and Her Children at the University of Houston. College of The Mainland: The Kitchen Witches; Red Herring. Unity Theatre: It's A Wonderful Life: A Radio Play. Other theaters she has worked at in Houston include Stages, Main Street Theater, Theater LaB Houston, Slightly Off-Center Players and HITS. While living in NYC, she was a long time music director of the Off-Broadway smash Tony 'n Tina’s Wedding, and has also played at NYC venues Don’t Tell Mama, The Duplex, La Mama, and The Producer’s Club II. She has also worked for TheatreWorks USA, First Stage Milwaukee, Mac-Hayden Theatre, TADA!, the Virginia Avenue Project and Stagedoor Manor. She was a 2007 recipient of NYC’s The York Theatre's "New Emerging Outstanding Artist" award for her work as a composer. She is a graduate of Eastman School of Music and NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program for which she received a full scholarship.
ERIN RODGERS is a classically trained clarinetist, and also plays the piano, accordion, and guitar. Erin has performed as a vocalist with Dave Brubeck and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and currently performs with Houston indie rock bands The Wheel Workers and Glass the Sky, as well as with several other groups. Erin has been practicing entertainment and nonprofit law in the Houston area since 2007. Erin holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Business from Loyola University New Orleans, and a J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center. She has spoken at many entertainment industry events, and teaches copyright and business courses at the Art Institute of Houston. She has served on the Texas Entertainment and Sports Law Council, and is a member of NARAS.
ALLI VILLINES is a Houston-based performer and voice teacher best known for her performance in Horsehead Theatre Company’s 2018 production of We’re Gonna Die (Houston Press Theatre Award Winner–Best Cabaret) and most recently seen in The Catastrophic Theatre’s Speeding Motorcycle. Alli is a professional singer, ukulele player, voice teacher, and actor whose credits include shows with The Catastrophic Theatre, Alley Theatre, Houston Grand Opera. A Louisiana native, Alli Partin grew up surrounded by music. She started singing at the age of three, began playing the oboe when she was eleven, and started singing professionally in churches and weddings when she was thirteen (though she did not study voice until she was 19). While in undergrad at McNeese State University, Alli picked up the ukulele and has not put it down since. Houston credits include: Speeding Motorcycle, The Tamarie Cooper Show: Field Trip! (Catastrophic Theatre); Soundscape Design & Music Direction for The Exonerated with Dirt Dogs Theatre Co.; Barber of Seville and Nixon in China (Supernumerary) with Houston Grand Opera; Church (Reverend Alli) with Horse Head Theatre; They Read from a Script (foley/musician) with Misnomers; The Wild Party (Ensemble) with PMT; Redemption Series at The Landing Theatre; Catch Me If You Can (Ensemble) at Island ETC; The Christians (Chorister) at The Alley; and Speakeasy (Helen King) at Obsidian Theatre. Since in Houston, Alli has enjoyed collaborating on new works: Sole Mates: A Laundry Love Story (Rogue Productions); Little Edelweiss (Josh Innocencio); Babe: An Olympic Musical (National Women’s Music Festival), and is currently co-producer, co-writer, and cast member of Call Me Ann: The Ann Richards Rock Opera, as well as co-artistic director of lo-fi puppets.