Swamplandia! The Musical

by Andrew Bezek & Benji Goldsmith

Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-Nominated Novel by Karen Russell

A Senior Project in Music for Benji Goldsmith. The production of this musical will be presented in part to fulfill the Music Department / Shen Curriculum Senior Project in Composition.

Life isn’t so easy for the Bigtrees and their alligator-wrestling theme park "Swamplandia!" in Florida's ten-thousand islands. Their mother and star wrestler, Hilola Bigtree, has died of cancer. A rival attraction, the World of Darkness, just opened in Loomis. And their father, Chief Bigtree himself, struggles to manage his debts. When brother Kiwi abandons his family for the mainland and sister Ossie runs away with a ghost, Ava, the youngest of the Bigtree clan, is the only one left to save the park. And she might succeed—she might win back "Swamplandia!" and rescue her sister from death’s door—if it weren’t for an unsuspecting Birdman, who promises to take her on a journey to the underworld.

Music and Lyrics by Benji Goldsmith '14+1
Book by Andrew Bezek '13
Directed by Nailah Harper-Malveaux '16

TICKETING NOTE: Don't be dissuaded, sign up for the waitlist! It is extremely likely that you'll get in!
Contact the Show
at benjamin.goldsmith@yale.edu
April 22 at 8:00pm
April 23 at 8:00pm
April 24 at 4:00pm
April 24 at 8:00pm
@ Calhoun Cabaret
Show no longer running
Patrons should arrive at the theater 15 minutes before the performance to claim their reservation. At the scheduled performance time, patrons will be let in off of the waitlist based on when they signed up on the YDC website. Patrons with reservations arriving after this time will be treated as if they are at the top of the waitlist. Please see the full policy here.
Ava BigtreeEleanor Slota
Ossie BigtreeAnya Markowitz
BirdmanNathaniel Dolquist
The ChiefMax Sauberman
Kiwi BigtreeDayrin Jones
Louis ThanksgivingLaurence Bashford
Hilola Bigtree/Mama WeedsCrystal Liu
Vijay/GusThomas Stilwell
Production Staff
DirectorNailah Harper-Malveaux
ProducerAlison Mosier-Mills
Musical DirectorBenji Goldsmith
Stage ManagerAviva Abusch
Associate DirectorZachary Elkind
Lighting DesignerAl Nurani
Costume DesignerIvy Sanders Schneider
Set DesignerMiela Mayer
Props DesignerDamla Ozdalga
ChoreographerChristian Probst
Music ComposerBenji Goldsmith
WriterAndrew Bezek
OrchestratorBenji Goldsmith
Assistant Set DesignerConnor Szostak
Assistant Stage ManagerSaatchi Kalsi
MusicianChristine Xu
MusicianConnor Szostak
MusicianEllie Handler
MusicianLori Kaufman
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