It's about one moment. It's about hitting the wall and having to make a choice... or take a stand... or turn around and go back. These are the stories and characters of today, the Songs for a New World. The first musical from Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown, this moving collection of powerful songs examines life, love and the choices that we make.
Nick is thrilled to be making his return to the stage after more than a decade in “retirement”, alongside his amazing castmates. Nick holds a BFA in Acting from Webster University Conservatory of Theatre Arts (Go Gorlocks!) and has appeared across the country in such roles as Juan in Altar Boys, Chad in All Shook Up, and Guido in Nine. You may know Nick from his multiple appearances as front man for local music act “Kingwhistler”, including opening the 2019 Levitt Amp Concert Series in support of Antsy McClain and the Trailer Park Troubadours. Nick’s songwriting has garnered the 2020 Artists Grant Award in Performance from the Sierra Arts Foundation, and he has become a mainstay in the SAF performance series. He is most pleased to perform for the first time alongside his beautiful and talented wife, Sierra, and is grateful to play with and support an incredible ensemble “pod” with Andie and Matt. Thanks to Gina and the BAC for their constant support and encouragement, and for the opportunity to support and be a part of the Arts in Carson City. He dedicates his performances to the memory of Jeffrey Scott, who would be so pleased to see his Legacy carried on, and to his twin daughters Aveline and Leone, who will inherit that legacy and hopefully lead in this “New World”.
Sierra is thrilled to be back on stage with this amazing cast after working behind the scenes for the past 10 years. After earning a BFA in Theater Arts from the Conservatory at Webster University in St. Louis, Sierra performed all over the world in touring, regional theater, and cruise ship productions including Oklahoma! (1st national tour), Cats (Prather Productions), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Gateway Playhouse), Anything Goes (St. Louis Repertory Theatre), and Titanic (Maine State Music Theatre). She then moved to Los Angeles where she worked in casting for feature films, television shows and pilots. Sierra worked with Emmy award winning Ulrich/Dawson/Kritzer Casting and cast projects for Warner Bros, 20th Century Fox, Sony, NBC, ABC, CBS, TNT, and the CW. Favorite projects include The 15:17 to Paris and American Sniper (Warner Bros) with director Clint Eastwood, X-Men: Dark Phoenix (Marvel Ent.), Emerald City (NBC) and Major Crimes (TNT). Through her casting credentials, Sierra earned membership into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Sierra directs and choreographs locally for Wild Horse Productions and has taught master classes in acting and dance for studios throughout the country. Sierra is passionate about bringing the arts to our community; she currently works at the Nevada Arts Council, is a guest lecturer for the University of Nevada, Reno, and is a member of the Carson City Cultural Commission.
Andie grew up in the theatres of Carson City, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in supporting arts education in this community. Some of her favorite roles include Cathy in The Last 5 Years for the Brewery Arts Center, Eponine in Les Miserables and Marion Paroo in The Music Man for Western Nevada Musical Theatre Company. She was most recently seen as Mrs. Wormwood in WNMTC’s Matilda. Andie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from UNR and a Master of Arts degree in Theatre Education from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. Andie served for six years as Artistic Director of the Brewery Arts Center’s BAC Stage Kids program and is currently Artistic Director of Youth Theatre Carson City, a National Award-Winning youth theatre company which is about to enter its tenth successful season of theatre in Carson City. She also currently serves as the Theatre Arts specialist for Carson City School District having taught at both Carson Middle School and Carson High School. In 2017 she married the love of her life and favorite co-star, Matt, and together they are raising an adorable little theatre-lover, Henry. Andie is grateful to Matt, Nick, Sierra, and Gina for this opportunity to collaborate on this project and looks forward to continuing to promote a strong, unified arts community in Carson City.
Matt found musical theatre thanks to his daughter, Rachel, and found a home on the stage. His favorite roles include Jean Valjean in Les Miserables for Tahoe Players, Gaston in Beauty and the Beast and Enjolras in Les Miserables for Western Nevada Musical Theatre Company, and he finally got to play his dream role of Harold Hill alongside his beautiful future wife in WNMTC’s The Music Man. Matt is also a local Elvis impersonator, performing at local schools and fundraisers. Matt is humbled and grateful for the opportunity to be part of this production - being able to work with this amazing group has been a light at the end of a long, dark tunnel, and he is so excited to be back on stage!
The Journey to the New World
A little over a year ago when the world shut down, three local arts organizations got the news they had been dreading - this was real, social distancing was required, and all in-person activities had to be indefinitely postponed. For Wild Horse Productions, Youth Theatre Carson City and the Brewery Arts Center, this meant effectively canceling all live performances. Shows which were days away from opening had to be shelved with no indication of a future opening date.
But, as is often the case in times of sadness or struggle, one thing remained evident about the arts community: those of us whose passions center on creating art could not be stopped. The innate hunger to create and bring joy and escapism to our friends, family, and community is an ever present force. It was this idea that brought together Sierra Scott of Wild Horse Productions, Andy Wilkerson of Youth Theater Carson City, and Gina Lopez of the Brewery Arts Center to create “Songs for a New World.” The show was perfect for this moment; not just for its small four-person cast but also for its poignant and relevant message. Andie’s husband Matt Wilkerson and Sierra’s husband Nick Aliberti, both of whom were performers, joined their wives as cast members.
The next challenge was when and how could they present this performance. At first the plan was a drive-in concert-style performance, then it changed to possibly just live streaming as guidelines constantly changed. The show was delayed to the fall of 2020, then the spring of 2021. Despite the uncertainty the cast continued to meet every two weeks or so for almost a year starting out singing masked and 6 feet or more apart. Once vaccines became available and the world began to open up, a prospective date began to emerge. They all still had to maintain flexibility and be open to further change but June became more and more realistic with each day. Fast forward to today: the world begins to emerge from its forced hibernation and with it this tiny production, somewhat ironically, can now be performed and presented live and in person. With the help of the incredible technical crew, the couples are proud and grateful to be able to welcome back live performance in our small community. They feel blessed to be able to share the powerful message of this musical: In that one moment when the sky starts to change and the wind starts to blow, we all must play our part in moving forward—together, in harmony and unflinching into this amazing, terrifying, challenging, beautiful production we call LIFE. Into a New World…
"Opening Sequence: The New World" – Company
"On the Deck of a Spanish Sailing Ship, 1492" – Matt and Company
"Just One Step" – Andie
"I'm Not Afraid of Anything" – Sierra
"She Cries" – Nick
"Stars and the Moon" – Andie
"The River Won't Flow" – Nick, Matt and Company
"The World Was Dancing" – Nick, Sierra and Company
"Christmas Lullaby" – Andie
"Surabaya-Santa" – Sierra
"King of the World" – Matt
"I'd Give It All for You" – Nick and Sierra
"The Flagmaker, 1775" – Andie
"Flying Home" – Matt and Company
"Hear My Song" – Company
Musical Arrangement by
Producer: Gina Lopez
Stage Manager: Kelly Anderson
Lighting Designer/Operator: Tara Burke
Sound Engineer: Kelly Dodge
Spot Light: Phoenix Burke