Dandelion: An Original Musical




Music and Lyrics, Colleen Francis

Colleen Francis is a multi-genre singer-songwriter based out of Dallas, TX. She graduated from Belmont University with a B.S. in Audio Engineering. During her time in Nashville, she co-produced her debut album, Golden Cage. Since its release, Colleen has received airplay on nationally syndicated radio in both the U.S. and Europe. She has worked with organizations such as Emerald City Bands, Musicians Without Borders, Palmetto Children’s Health, and NBC’s The Voice. In 2018, she placed top 10 in the Annual NSAI Song Contest presented by CMT, and in 2019 she was nominated for the Texas Music Association song of the year. She has spent the past few years writing with various country and pop artist including Billie Jo, Blessing Offor, and Macy Dot; as well as working in New York with playwright and sister, Jessica Fichter, on their musical debut, Dandelion. www.colleenfrancismusic.com


Book, Jessica Francis Fichter

Jessica Francis Fichter is a New York City-based director, playwright, and teaching artist. Originally from Columbia, SC, she has worked regionally as an artistic director, actor, teaching artist, and director. Jessica is a SDC associate member and has worked at Flat Rock Playhouse, The Edge Theatre and Chapin Theatre Company as a teaching artist and director, and served as the Artistic Director for Chapin Theatre Company before moving to NYC. She is a graduate of Winthrop University and is currently completing her MFA in directing at the Actors Studio Drama School. Recent directing credits include: Shadows: A Dance Musical (AD to Joey McNeely), The Eleventh Hour (Townstages, Smugbug), If Women Rose Rooted (The Tank, Lady Fest), Universe Without Him (Co-Lab), 1MPF (Mile Square), Road to Nirvana (ASDS), The Hallelujah Girls (CTC). She has published a YA novel, entitled Yellow Bird which can be purchased on Amazon. www.jessicafrancisfichter.com


Book, Sean Riehm

Sean Riehm is an actor and writer originally from Columbia, SC, and a graduate of Winthrop University. Regional: The Legend of Georgia McBride (Casey, Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte), Appropriate (Rhys, Three Bone Theatre), Luna Gale (Peter, Centre Stage), Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka (Willy Wonka, Chapin Theatre Company). Educational: She Kills Monsters (Chuck, Winthrop University), HAIR (Berger, Winthrop University). Television: Salem High (Terron Williams). Dandelion is his musical debut.


Development, Hailee Beltzhoover

Hailee Beltzhoover is an actor pursuing her B.A. in Theatre Performance at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. She has been in numerous productions during her time at Winthrop, including She Kills Monsters (Agnes) and Dog Sees God (CB’s Sister). Hailee would like to thank everyone that has supported her theatre journey and continues to encourage others to find their light and passion. Do what you love, always. 

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Additional Music and Lyrics, Bill Zeffiro

Bill Zeffiro is the winner of seven Manhattan Association of Cabaret (MAC) Awards and the 2014 Midtown International Theatre Festival award for Outstanding Cabaret Performance. In 2012 and 2013 he was honored by MAC for Best Special Material Song. He also received the MAC for Piano Bar/ Singing Instrumentalist four years in a row. Appearances include the Café Carlyle, Town Hall, The Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel and Lincoln Center. He played Richard Nixon at the York Theatre in the Musical Drama ‘Jack’ for which he has also composed additional music. His play “Frame 313” aka ‘The Backseat Of The Lincoln’ was produced by Ensemble Atria in the Midtown International Theater Festival and his songs have been recorded and performed by Tony Award Winner George S. Irving, along with Emily Bergl, Ann Morrison, Terese Genecco, and Marissa Mulder. Bill wrote book, music, and lyrics for The Road To Ruin which played the York Theatre and was directed by Broadway legend Pat Birch. It was also on the Talkin’ Broadway Top Ten Best Cast Albums. His CD “Better Than Nothing” a collection of his original songs was just released. He is completing book, music lyrics on his new musical ‘Mommie Deadest” and composing a one act opera. He appears regularly playing and singing at La Rivista in Manhattan. He is regarded as an expert on the music of Kay Swift, and produced the legendary Merkin Hall concert in 1986. Other writing projects include scripts for USA Television Network’s UP ALL NIGHT.