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Shannon Harkins (Natalie), Tara Herweg (Diana), Michael Sheldon (Dan)

Next to Normal

Kelly Warne (Vanda) and Sean Gallagher (Thomas)



Spring Awakening

Sean Close (Katurian)  – The Pillowman

Shaun Yates (Shaun) with Splatter Zone Audience Members – You’ve Got Red On You

Rosanne DellAversano (Abby), Michael Gamache (Jitters), Elizabeth Holmes (June), Mark Dixon (Billy) – The Musical of Musicals, The Musical

“…well worth your time to go see Bootless Stageworks’ productions.” “…really wonderful singing, acting, pit, blocking….” “…power, poignant and very moving.”


“Working with Bootless was a dream. I can’t thank Bootless enough for giving me the best role I’ve ever had the chance to play in my career thus far.” – Kelly Warne (Vanda) Venus in Fur








One thing’s for sure, Bootless Stageworks can never be accused of performing standard theatre fare. Chris Lanning

STAGE Magazine

Venus in Fur will make your head spin. Kevin Smith

Broadway World Delaware

Hearing beautiful singing voices use extremely profane language is a big part of the show’s appeal — it’s a juxtaposition that never fails to entertain. Holly Quinn

Delaware Arts Info

Mashup of Shakespeare and James Cameron is bloody brilliant! John Muller

STAGE Magazine

Know Your Deadite (Pt. 1)

Prepare. Defend. Survive. When tackling Candarian Daemon – colloquially known as a “Deadite” – it’s a smart idea to know what you’re up against. Not all demons come at you in the same way: we here at Bootless Stageworks have narrowed down our classifications to these basic types to better ensure the species’ survival. The Slut  Not the brightest bulb in the Home Depot, this Deadite is easy pickings. Identifying a Slut, pre-transformation, can be difficult, but most common occurrences stem from bars, dance clubs, and your best friend’s bedroom. Key visuals tend to be neon colors, exposed midriff, and tattoos on the lower back. While highly visible at night, most camouflage in sweatpants and shirts during daylight hours. Notorious for being a stage-5 clinger while alive, the Slut mimics this pattern in death – often times hunting down her last partner before engaging in a killing spree. Due to their impressively high heels, most can never achieve more than a slow shamble. How to Take Them Down Give them weapons. No. Seriously. Sluts will, nine times out of ten, take care of themselves. Give them your guns, your machetes, your flame throwers – and let them take care of the rest. You’ll have one dead Deadite in no time.   The Bit Part Demon Despite hearsay to the contrary, these Deadites do exist! Though rarely seen (and never heard), Bit Part Demons tend to be “filler,” often time compromising 80% of Deadite flocks. They’re one hit wonders that go down easy, often with a single shot, acting as shields for the more powerful members of the group. Bit Parts,... read more

Your Move – Chess, April 17 & 18

Combining the rolling tunes of ABBA, Cold War tensions, a board game, and an emerging-artist theater sounds odd, even by musical standards. No, this is not some post-modern retooling of Mamma Mia!, but Bootless’ newest production, Chess. Chess, presented in concert format, tells the fictional story of a romantic triangle between American Chess Grandmaster, Freddie Trumper, Soviet Chess Grandmaster, Anatoly Sergievsky, and Florence Vassy, a woman who manages one and falls in love with another. Underlying these romantic tensions, a more political game is being played between the American and Russian representatives. In a time tinged red, these characters fight for their countries, and their own attempts at happiness. “I have a weird history with Chess,” starts Justin Walsh, the Arbiter for the grandmaster faceoff.  “I first heard about Chess when I was 15 and massively into 80’s rock musicals.  I didn’t really give it a chance, and the uber-electronic, ABBA-fueled sound of the original just never did it for me.  I still have that copy…somewhere.” Many audience goers may know ABBA either through their love of 80s music (and there is no shame in that), or their other brief Broadway interlude with Mamma Mia! What most are unaware of is Tim Rice’s involvement in the venture. Best known for productions such as Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar, the lyricist knows his way around his 80s tunes. He levels out the synth with speech like patterns mimicked by principles and chorus alike. “Flash forward to the new concert version,” continues Walsh, “and I was like ‘Oh…right, Chess!  I love that show,’ even though I had never really listened.  The... read more