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Special Presentation: Minnie Quay


Minnie Quay logo

Music and Lyrics by Connor Simpson
Book by Anna Bradley
(with additional contributions by Connor Simpson)
Orchestration/Arrangements by Vincent Ester

Directed by Jerimie Newcomb


Porthouse Theatre's 2014 Season will feature a special
presentation of a new musical, Minnie Quay produced, written, and
orchestrated by Kent State School of Theatre and Dance alumni.

August 7 & 8 at 3pm


Porthouse Theatre
on the grounds of Blossom Music Center

Admission is free and no tickets are required.

Come see Minnie Quay, enjoy a picnic dinner and stay for a performance of Oliver!

Minnie Quay Color

Based on an American folk legend, this haunting new musical tells of Minnie Quay,
a young girl in a Michigan port town who falls in love with a sailor against her parents' wishes.
With fate and circumstance tearing them apart, Minnie is forced to
decide what is the ultimate price she is willing to pay for love.


Minnie Quay Creative Team:

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Connor Simpson (Music and Lyrics) is ecstatic to bring Minnie Quay to Porthouse this summer! A 2014 graduate of Kent State University's BFA Musical Theatre program, he first began work on Minnie Quay as an independent study in the spring of 2013. In addition to his continued work on this show, Connor recently made his New York debut as a composer with the song "Now" (lyrics by Tim Welsh),  which served as the opening number for Kent State's 2014 Musical Theatre Showcase. He plans to move to New York City in the fall. For professional inquiries about Minnie Quay or any other projects, contact Connor at

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Anna Bradley
(Book) is so grateful to Connor for asking her to be a part of this brilliant project. She first fell in love with writing when she wrote a sequel to The Wizard of Oz in 3rd grade, a plot that involved a painted pumpkin and an udder-less cow. She would like to think her writing has developed since then mostly due to the direction of Professor Sandra Pearlman. She would like to take this opportunity to thank her Mom and Sister, who've listened to many a note go flat throughout the years as she turned their suburban home into her personal rehearsal studio. Endless thanks to her father who's driven many, MANY, miles so that she could dream her "Impossible Dream." I love you always and of course MG.


Vincent Ester (Orchestrations) is pleased to be involved with this exciting new project! He is a 2013 graduate of Kent State's BFA Musical Theatre program. In the Spring of 2013, Vincent music directed and accompanied the world premiere staged reading of Minnie Quay, available to view on YouTube. In fleshing out the score to a five piece band, he has utilized his skills in musical arranging and script analysis to enhance the already beautiful, storytelling score. Vincent currently lives in New York City.


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Jerimie Newcomb is thrilled to be directing this production of Minnie Quay. After hearing the music and doing some research, he absolutely fell in love with the story and he is looking forward to sharing this beautiful tale. This will be the third time Jerimie has directed a new work, but Minnie Quay will be his first musical. Jerimie has worked at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as a Directing Fellow for their MFA Playwriting Workshop. Directing credits include Jack and the Beanstalk, Death of the Comet, Next Fall, Shooting Star, The Red Badge of Courage (World Premier), Helter Skelter, Coax, Love at Twenty, Mr. Marmalade, Rabbit Hole,
Land of the Dead
and Furies (Regional Premier). Assistant Directing credits include: Damn Yankees and The Sound of Music (Porthouse Theatre), A Chorus Line, and Crazy For You. Jerimie holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre Studies (Directing) from Kent State University. Much love and tanks to RN, JS, JG. He dedicates his work this summer to his niece, Zoey!