5451 North Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
About the Show
March 11th – April 9th
Saturdays at 11am and 1:30pm
Sundays at 2pm
At The Edge Theatre
Penelope is a 10 year old girl detective who solves crimes with her best Friends Tillie! But what happens when their new friend Michael joins the detective agency. Tillie, feels left out and uncertain of her place in the agency and with her friendship with Penny. Enter Mr. Nobody, the one to blame when things go missing. Find out what happens when Penny’s diary goes missing threatening to cost her first place at the science fair! Was it really Tillie who took it? Will their friendship be mended? Will Mr. Nobody get caught? Find out weekends March 11-April9th at the Edge Theater.
“The show is a retro throwback to 1985 and has a fun Scooby Doo meets Punky Brewster Saturday morning sitcom energy,” said J. ‘Preddie’ Predmore, Artistic Director and co-founder of Li’l Buds. “It will have catchy songs and a message about friendship, finding your place in the world and believing in the gifts that make each of us special.
Penelope Pennyworth Girl Detective and the Case of Mr. Nobody is a sequel to last Springs musical Penelope Pennyworth Girl Detective and the case of the Boogeyman.
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This original musical was written for families by Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre Graduate school student Jenny Lamb, a Second City teaching artist and Li’l Buds co-founder and former artistic director. Local actor and musician Chuck Patella wrote additional music with Ms. Lamb for the show. The show is directed by Li’l Buds Artistic director and co-founder Jeff ‘Preddie’ Predmore, who recently directed the highly successful productions of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and A Year with Frog and Toad, at Open Door Rep Theater in Oak Park, and whom has directed and performed in several shows for Li’l Buds and at various venues throughout Chicago and the greater Chicago region.
Collaborating with Lamb (author) and Predmore (director) on this production is Kiki Marich, A Chicago Music Director, performer and musical improviser. She is an ensemble member of the Cupid players at Stage 773. Hannah Redmond serves as choreographer. Hannah is a local musical theatre actress recently seen as Sally in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown at Open Door Rep in Oak Park and is also a Li’l Buds teaching artist.
Li’l Buds has continued its tradition of casting professional actors and children together to create a high quality theatrical experience that speaks to kid and adult audiences alike. Penelope Pennyworth cast includes:
- Returning to the title role of Penelope Pennyworth will be Chicago native and Li’l Buds Company Member Caroline Phillips, a familiar face to Li’l Buds fans having previously been seen as Elf in the popular holiday series as well as numerous Li’l Buds main stage productions. Phillips has previously appeared on stage at the Goodman and Steppenwolf theatre, to name a few.
- Playing Matilda “Tillie” Jones – Penny’s Fashion obsessed friend and agency receptionist—is Natalie Rehkemper, a Chicago native, seen on stage this past holiday as in Elf 1 in Li’l Buds holiday musical Santa…Deux?.
- Returning to his role again this year is Hazel Crest native, Chicago resident and star in the making Elijah Dixon who is returning as Michael Febbleman, the math wiz and newest member of the Penelope Pennyworth Girl Detective Agency.
- Sean Barret, who regionally played Frog in A Year with Frog and Toad, will be portraying the mischievous and misunderstood Mr. Nobody.