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Goosebumps: Phantom of the Auditorium: The Musical

Adapted for the stage with Book and Lyrics by John Maclay
Music, Lyrics, Orchestrations and Arrangements by Danny Abosch

Originally Commissioned by Oregon Children’s Theatre,
Stan Foote, Artistic Director,
and First Stage, Jeff Frank, Artistic Director
Book, Lyrics, Songs, All Arrangements & All Orchestrations ©2016. 2017. Scholastic Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved
™ & © Scholastic Inc. SCHOLASTIC, GOOSEBUMPS and associated logos are trademarks and/or registered marks of Scholastic Inc.
“Goosebumps” and “Goosebumps Horrorland” series of books created and written by Robert L. Stine

We know Rose Kids who love musical theater to death...but would you really DIE to be on stage? Best friends Brooke and Zeke could not be more excited to tackle the next big Drama Club production—this year they just know they are going to be the leads. But what’s up with that spooky script the theater director has chosen—never performed because of mysterious mayhem plaguing rehearsals? And what about that creepy trap door that leads to tunnels below the stage? And what about the strange voices that echo in the theater? With such super-scary goings-on, will the show go on? Join the fright-filled fun—just in time for Halloween!—as the cast of “The Phantom of the Auditorium” tries to survive until Opening Night in this terrifying tale of musical mayhem from the mind of R.L. Stine. We’ve heard of “Stage Fright!” but—SERIOUSLY, guys—this is ridiculous!

  • Run Dates Oct 26 - Nov 11, 2018
  • Appropriate Ages All Ages
  • Duration 75 minutes

Show Program


About the Author and Adaptor

R.L. Stine, Author

R.L. Stine is one of the best-selling children’s authors in history. In July 1992, Scholastic introduced his Goosebumps series with “Welcome to Dead House.” Nearly twenty-five years later, Goosebumps is now one of the best-selling children’s series of all time — with more than 350 million English language books in print, plus an additional 50+ million international copies in print in 32 languages. The Goosebumps series made R.L. Stine a worldwide publishing celebrity (and Jeopardy answer). His other popular children’s book series include Fear Street, (recently revived with all new books), Mostly Ghostly, The Nightmare Room, and Rotten School. Other titles include: “It’s the First Day of School Forever,” “A Midsummer Night’s Scream,” “Young Scrooge,” and his first picture book, with Marc Brown — “The Little Shop of Monsters.” Stine and Brown’s second picture book, “Mary McScary,” was published in September 2017.

The Goosebumps TV show was the number-one schildren’s show in America for three years. The episodes can still be seen on Netflix. More recently, R.L.’s anthology TV series, R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour, won the Emmy Award three years in a row as Best Children’s Show. Goosebumps, a feature film starring Jack Black, based on the book series by R.L. Stine, was released in theaters on October 16, 2015, and opened at #1 at the box office.

R.L. Stine lives in New York City with his wife, Jane, an editor and publisher. You can connect with him on Twitter @RL_Stine. Also Facebook: For more information, visit and


Danny Abosch, Composer

Danny Abosch is a composer/lyricist whose musicals include Goosebumps The Musical (World Premiere at First Stage and Oregon Children’s Theatre), Fancy Nancy The Musical (Off-Broadway 2012-2014, National Tour 2013-2015, Cast Recording available on Ghostlight Records), Placebo (winner of the 2012 PMTP Development Award, fully produced at the Pasadena Playhouse directed by Ryan Scott Oliver, additional workshops at the University of Michigan, Oklahoma City University, Emerson College, and Pace University), Off The Wall (First Prize winner of NMI’s 2014 Search for New Musicals, 2015 workshop and concert in Los Angeles), and Miles & Me (2014 workshop at the Musical Theatre Factory in NYC). Originally from Deerfield, IL, Danny is a graduate of the University of Michigan (B.M. in Music Education), and of NYU’s M.F.A. Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. Danny studied musical theatre writing as one of twelve participants in the Johnny Mercer Songwriter’s Project at Northwestern University, where he worked closely with Broadway composers Lin-Manuel Miranda and Craig Carnelia. Three of Danny’s songs have been chosen by William Finn for his concert series “Songs By Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists You Probably Don’t Know, But Should.” Danny was a founding member of the Musical Theatre Factory where he also served as its first Managing Director and co-created the acclaimed New Orchestrations series. Danny’s music has been featured on the TV shows “Dance Mom” and “Last Call With Carson Daly,” as well as in the films “Waiting in the Wings” and “Missed Connections.” Danny lives in New York City and is currently working on an exciting new musical adaptation, to be announced soon.


John Maclay, Playwright

John Maclay is a playwright who specializes in adaptations for Theatre for Young Audiences. His plays and musicals include Goosebumps: Phantom of the Auditorium (with Danny Abosch), Geronimo Stilton: Mouse in Space, Just a Little Critter Musical (with Brett Ryback), Nancy Drew and her Biggest Case Ever (with Jeff Frank), Anatole (with Lee Becker and James Valcq) and a new version of Robin Hood (with Joe Foust).

In addition to a busy schedule as a playwright and adapter of literature for the stage, Mr. Maclay proudly serves as Associate Director and Director of the Young Company at First Stage in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, one of America’s largest and most respected theatres for young audiences. Mr. Maclay has been working with First Stage in one form or another since 2000 and has directed or appeared in more than 25 First Stage productions (from classics to world premieres) as well as having produced more than 50 productions for the First Stage high school programs.

Mr. Maclay’s work as an actor or director has also been seen at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Milwaukee Shakespeare Company, Defiant Theatre, Bunny Gumbo, Bialystock and Bloom, Skylight Opera Theatre and more. When not doing all of that, he is busy teaching theatre at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI.

Cast & Credits


  • Brooke Rodgers – Audrey Saucier*
  • Zeke Matthews – Elliot Kerkhofs*
  • Tina Powell – Sophie Williams*
  • Ms. Walker – Ashley Laverty
  • Emile – Alphonse Kroeten
  • Brian Colson – Christian Wintle
  • Anna – Olivia Bryant*
  • Camille – Annlynn Casey*
  • Corey – Carson Bishop*
  • Steve – Camden Park


  • Director – Suzanne Withem
  • Assistant Director – Hayley Greenstreet
  • Music Director – Jerry Brabec
  • Choreographer – Sue Gillespie Booton
  • Production Stage Manager – Lisa Krabbenhoft
  • Costume, Hair & Makeup Designer – Erin Bragg
  • Scenic Designer – Bridgette Dreher
  • Lighting Designer – Craig S. Moxon
  • Sound Designer – Christy Hernandez
  • Director of Production – Erin Solemsaas
  • Technical Director – Greg Rishoi
  • Props Mistress – Devon Denn-Young
  • Resident Costume Designer – Sherri Geerdes
  • Scenic Charge Artist – Savannah Savick
  • Master Carpenter – Jackson Curtright
  • Lighting Apprentice – Elton Wayne Bradley
  • Scenic Apprentice – Austin Watson
  • Stage Management Apprentice – Kali Coates
  • Run Crew – Jesse Groff
  • Stitchers – Sherri Geerdes, Erin Bragg, Audio Helkuik, Jill Maenner
Audrey Saucier

Audrey Saucier

Brooke Rodgers -
Audrey is thrilled to be back on The Rose’s mainstage as Brooke in GOOSEBUMPS: THE PHANTOM OF THE AUDITORIUM - THE MUSICAL. Audrey has appeared in the Rose Theater’s productions of SHREK, MADAGASCAR: A MUSICAL ADVENTURE, and HONK! She also played the role of Boy William in Opera Omaha’s world premiere production of STRANGER FROM PARADISE. Audrey is a sophomore at Burke High School where she participates in varsity show choir, concert choir, and drama. She is also a member of the Senior Rose Brigade.

Elliot Kerkhofs

Elliot Kerkhofs

Zeke Matthews -
Elliot Kerkhofs is very excited to be a part of the GOOSEBUMPS cast. He has previously appeared on stage at The Rose in PRANCER (Gavin), PETER PAN (Lost Boy), and MADAGASCAR JR. (ensemble). In January 2018, Elliot was recognized with the Individual Excellence in Acting award at the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta, GA as a member of The Rose Brigade. Elliot hopes to make a career of his love for performing and is grateful to everyone at The Rose (especially Sue Gillespie-Booton) for the instruction, guidance, and opportunity to learn and grow in the arts. Elliot also honors and thanks his parents and his peers for their continued support.

Sophie Williams

Sophie Williams

Tina Powell -
Sophie is super excited to be making her fourth debut on the rose stage in GOOSEBUMPS: THE PHANTOM OF THE AUDITORIUM - THE MUSICAL. Her other credits include, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER (2015), MADAGASCAR: A MUSICAL ADVENTURE (2017) and NEWSIES (2018). She has also been in the award winning Rose Brigade for 5 years and is currently an advanced Dance student at Broadway at The Rose.

Ashley Laverty

Ashley Laverty

Ms. Walker -
Ashley Laverty is the Director of Early Childhood and a Teaching Artist at The Rose, and she is originally from Massachusetts. As an actress, Ashley has performed nationally for young audiences with the National Theatre for Children, VEE Corporation, Roxy Regional Theatre, Vital Theatre Company, and Storyland, a family amusement park. At The Rose, she has been seen in WONDERLAND, THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER, HAROLD AND THE PURPLE CRAYON, and THE TRUE STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS. She adapted and directed the First Stage production of WYNKEN, BLYNKEN AND NOD and will direct THUMBELINA this winter! Ashley holds an M.F.A in Theatre for Youth from Arizona State University and a B.A. in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Musical Theatre from Point Park University's Conservatory of Performing Arts. She is a co-chair of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education's Theatre for the Very Young Special Interest Group, on the Nebraska Arts Council Teaching Artist Roster, and she is proud to be one of the five 2018 Artist Fellows at the Union for Contemporary Art. For more information, visit

Alphonse Kroeten

Alphonse Kroeten

Emile -
Alphonse Kroeten made his acting debut in 2002 as “Ren” in FOOTLOOSE THE MUSICAL. Since then, he has performed on over one hundred stages across the United States and Europe, including Disney’s Animal Kingdom, New York City’s David Geffen Hall, and Notre Dame in Paris. After attending Midland Lutheran College and attaining his B.A. in Music, under direct tutelage of nationally recognized composers/directors Dr. Eric Richards and Jim Elsberry, Alphonse began touring nationally, with Omaha Theater Company, in THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD (2010), THREE MERSER MEYER CLASSICS (2011), and DIARY OF A WORM, A SPIDER, AND A FLY (2014). Alphonse is thrilled to be returning to The Rose Theater mainstage after appearing as Tall Boy in JUDY MOODY & STINK: THE MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD TREASURE HUNT, Phinneas in CURIOUS GEORGE AND THE GOLDEN MEATBALL, King Julien in MADAGASCAR: A MUSICAL ADVENTURE, and in PETER PAN and HAROLD AND THE PURPLE CRAYON.

Christian Wintle

Christian Wintle

Brian Colson -
Christian Wintle is a sophomore at Gretna High School and thoroughly enjoys being apart of Gretna Show Choir and Choir program. Some of Christian's previous productions include playing Simba in LION KING JR., the Teacher/Narrator in ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED IN KINDERGARTEN, and most recently he was in PETER PAN at Gretna. He hopes to continue to gain experience in musical theater through other opportunities at theaters such as The Rose and throughout the rest of his High School Career.

Olivia Bryant

Olivia Bryant

Anna -
Olivia is 12 years old and attends Beveridge Magnet Middle School. Olivia fell in love with musical theater at the age of four when she first watched WEST SIDE STORY. Olivia has participated in classes at The Rose since 2015 and performs in pre-shows for main stage productions as a member of The Rose Brigade. She was cast as a Brooklyn Newsie in the Rose's main stage production of NEWSIES in Spring 2018. When Olivia is not singing or dancing, she enjoys Youtube, Netflix, and spending time with friends.

Annlynn Casey

Annlynn Casey

Camille -
Annlynn is a freshman (9th grade) at Duchesne Academy. She attended Gomez Heritage (K-4) and Marrs Magnet Center (5-8) in the Omaha Public Schools. Annlynn was part of the Dual Language Program (Spanish). She dances, sings, and plays the string bass, guitar, and piano. She played “Nana” in PETER PAN, her first main production at The Rose Theater. She has been fortunate to develop her skills through participation in many classes and opportunities at The Rose Theater, especially joining The Rose Brigade. Annlynn is extremely grateful to have learned from the talented instructors at The Rose Theater.

Carson Bishop

Carson Bishop

Corey -
Carson is very excited to be portraying Corey in this production of GOOSEBUMPS: THE PHANTOM OF THE AUDITORIUM - THE MUSICAL. This is his third time on stage at The Rose. Carson most recently played Charlie Bradley in THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER and first appeared as Tootles, one of the Lost Boys, in PETER PAN. He is proud to be a third year member of The Rose Brigade and is currently in 8th grade at Kiewit Middle School in Omaha

Camden Park

Camden Park

Steve -
Camden is excited to appear in his first production at The Rose. His favorite role up to this point was portraying Lumiere in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. An 8th grader at Lifegate Christian School, he enjoys being part of the Chewbaccabots (a robotics team) and drawing cartoons. Fun fact: Camden loves theorizing about what will happen in future superhero movies. Camden would like to thank his family for all their support.

Production Photos

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