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 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at  8:00 PM      

Thicket & Thistle's What's Your Wish?                           

Book by Thicket & Thistle
Music & Lyrics by Kyle Acheson, Sam De Roest & Corley Pillsbury
Directed by Jonathan Eric Foster 
Choreographed by Mia Crivello
Music Directed by Kyle Acheson
Head Book Writer: Sam De Roest
Producer & Managing Director of Thicket & Thistle: Sarah George

 Two Best Friends. One Cursed Storybook. No Turning Back.

 What's Your Wish? is suitable for all ages

About The ShowAbout Thicket & ThistleThe Cast & Creative TeamPeople Are TalkingThe JourneyThe MusicDirections & Performance Schedule

About The Show


What’s Your Wish? is an original comedic folk musical that carves a witty and poignant story of two best friends, Nicholas and Brian, who get sucked into a magical book and must find a way to make it out alive. On their journey, they encounter a friendly trash rat, a rebellious young fairy, and a seductive, power-hungry enchantress. Through their misadventures, the boys come face to face with issues of integrity, the power of friendship, and the true meaning of sacrifice.

About Thicket & Thistle

Thicket & Thistle is a group of actor-musicians who blur the lines between author, performer, and orchestra. From writing the book and music, to directing, acting in and providing live orchestrations, to crafting props and puppets, they strive to create theatre that is inherently simple to produce, yet bold in its effect.  They use their multi-disciplinary storytelling style to remind the inner child in all of us to greet the world with a sense of wonder. The company includes: Kyle Acheson, Sam De Roest, Jonathan Eric Foster, Sarah George, Corley Pillsbury, Joshua Stenseth and Lindsay Zaroogian. www.thicketnthistle.com

The Cast & Creative Team



Kyle Acheson (Nicholas) is a composer, lyricist, music director and actor from Cincinnati, OH. His work has appeared at Ars Nova, Playwrights Horizons, The Incubator Arts Project, The Tank, Dixon Place, and at the NY Int’l Fringe Festival. He is a graduate of the Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts. To develop a working method and to gain insight into the evolution of ensemble-based theatre, he trained with Grotowski protege Rena Mirecka at Double-Edge Theatre in Ashfield, MA and studied commedia mask work and devising with the San Francisco Mime Troupe. In 2014, he released his debut album, Sun River. www.kyleacheson.com







Sam De Roest (Brian) is an actor, improviser and playwright. His most recent acting/writing credits include What’s Your Wish?, Cop/Doctor, You Can't Go Home Again, and The Waterman: A Forgotten Cascadian Myth. Sam won “Best Actor” at Theatre Now New York’s 2nd Annual Sound Bites 10-Minute Musical Festival for his performance in Thicket & Thistle’s What’s Your Wish? He is a graduate of Portland Actors Conservatory and the Curious Comedy Training Center in Portland, OR, and is a founding member of Thicket & Thistle. Go Timbers.






Corley Pillsbury (Enchantress, Diana) is a singer, songwriter, and actor originally hailing from Austin, TX. She is a graduate of the Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts, where she earned a BFA in musical theatre and also explored studies in directing, dialects, and songwriting. In addition to performing in numerous productions in Austin and New York, she is a founding member of Thicket & Thistle, co-writer/co-composer of What’s Your Wish?, and has two albums of original music: Underworld (2013) and Simple Songs (2010). Corley currently resides in Sacramento, CA. www.corleypillsbury.com






Joshua Stenseth* (Donald, Old Vern) Born in North Dakota, Joshua fled the Midwest years ago to escape the cold and wagon trains. He is a graduate of Minnesota State University, UCB, and the Curious Comedy Training Center. He has worked in many regional theaters, on TV and in film. NY credits include Allegro and Zombie Strippers. Joshua is an aspiring good samaritan, a washed-up athlete and an especially gifted napper. He continues to study performance and improvisation. www.joshuastenseth.com







Lindsay Zaroogian* (McKenzie Wilkie, The Fairy) is a graduate of the BFA musical theatre program at SUNY Fredonia. Credits include: Let’s Misbehave: The Music and Lyrics of Cole Porter (Alice), Rent (Mimi), Fiddler on the Roof (Tzeitel), Marvelous Wonderettes (Missy), I Love You Because (Diana). She performed as McKenzie/The Fairy in T&T’s What’s Your Wish? at Fringe al Fresco and at the Access Theater. Most recently she played Rita in Cowgirls at the Pioneer Theatre Company, and joined the ensemble and band for The Waterman: A Forgotten Cascadian Myth at Ars Nova’s ANT Fest 2016. www.lindsayzaroogian.com




Jonathan Eric Foster (Director) is a director, writer, and actor from Houston, Texas. He received a BFA in Musical Theatre from Webster Conservatory in St. Louis and moved to NYC in 2012. His recent projects include: The Waterman (Ars Nova) Friar in Romeo and Juliet in Bryant Park, Feste in Twelfth Night and Pisanio in Cymbeline (Drilling Company). In 2012 he received a Kevin Kline nomination for his role as Josh in the world premiere of FALLING. Jonathan’s first feature film, TRYST, is now available on Amazon.com!

Mia Crivello (Choreographer) is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work can bee seen on both stage and screen. Recently, Mia has worked alongside Erin Ortman to develop new works by playwrights commissioned by The Sheen Center and The Pittsburgh Foundation. Mia sits on the Artist Board at New York City Center and also works as a Supporting Artist with CO/LAB, a non-profit dedicated to providing theater opportunities to individuals with developmental disabilities. NY directing credits include Thicket and Thistle's Cruisical! The Murder Mystery Musical (NLTP Darkroom 14 Series), Tyler Andrew Jones' The Marks You Leave (NY Fringe Festival); Hartwood (short film, Power Street Productions); and S1, E1-3 of Broadway Boroughs (playbill.com). Prior to settling back in NYC full-time, Mia worked regionally as a dancer and choreographer for eight years. She is a graduate of Point Park University.

Sarah George (Thicket & Thistle's Producer and Company Manager) is an aspiring producer and Thicket & Thistle's managing director. She produced, hand-painted backdrops and created props for Thicket & Thistle’s musical, What’s Your Wish? (FringeNYC 2015, Anton Chekhov Festival 2015, Access Theater 2016), and Kyle Acheson and Sam De Roest's musical sensation, The Waterman: A Forgotten Cascadian Myth (Ars Nova's ANT Fest 2016). In 2017, she co-created and produced Thicket & Thistle's newest show, Cruisical! The Murder Mystery Musical (Loading Dock Theatre Co.’s Forklift Reading Series, New Light Theater Project’s Darkroom 14 Showcase, Access Theater Residency 2017-18.

*Denotes member of Actors Equity Association (AEA)

People Are Talking

On the website of Thicket and Thistle, the New York-based troupe behind What’s Your Wish?, the company perfectly self-identifies as “musical theatre for adult children.” Indeed, both my inner child and outer adult were delighted by the catchy melodies and intricate harmonies in this whimsical piece of original theatre. The ensemble is tremendously talented, demonstrating marvelous comedic timing while playing everything from flute to accordion. Aided by Jonathan Foster’s snappy direction and a remarkably cohesive score, the actors move things along smoothly, stopping only to deliver a one-liner or emphasize a particularly clever lyric. By the end, I felt I had gone on a journey worthy of Disney or Pixar.

— Brett Aresco, Theatre Is Easy

The Journey

Thicket & Thistle was founded by Kyle Acheson, Sam De Roest, Corley Pillsbury, Jonathan Eric Foster and Nyssa Duchow as a  team of theatre artists devoted to creating new musical theatre in which the actors provide live musical accompaniment. The group was fully formed when they debuted the ten-minute version of What’s Your Wish? at Theatre Now New York’s 2nd Annual SOUND BITES 10-Minute Musical Festival in December 2014, where they won Best Music and Best Actor (Sam De Roest). 2 months later, the show was extended into a new, 75-minute, semi-improvised musical. It was collectively devised by the original team plus 2 new members, Joshua Stenseth as a new actor-musician, and Sarah George as producer and managing director. In May 2015, the full-length show was accepted into the New York International Fringe Festival as part of the Fringe AL FRESCO division, which provides free outdoor shows to audiences. Thicket & Thistle raised over $7,000 for the production. What’s Your Wish? was directed by company member Jonathan Eric Foster, produced by Sarah George for under $4,000, and Nyssa Duchow was replaced by actor-musician Lindsay Zaroogian. The production premiered in August 2015 at Elizabeth Street Garden and was named a “Best Bet” of FringeNYC 2015 by the online publication TheatreIsEasy.com and was commissioned to be performed at the Anton Chekov Festival in Ridgewood, CT in November 2015. Thicket & Thistle also produced two sold-out workshop performances at Access Theater in February 2016..


Directions & Performance Schedule


The West End Theatre
at The Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew
263 West 86th Street, NYC

 at The Theatre One Hour Before Curtain Time on Performance Days



What's Your Wish? Performance Dates & Times

Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 7:00pm

Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 5:00pm

Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 4:00pm

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 8:00pm

Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 2:00pm

Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 1:00pm

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 8:00pm

Friday, December 15, 2017 at 8:00pm

Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 8:00pm

Please carefully note your curtain time and arrive early
LATE SEATING MAY NOT BE POSSIBLE and soley at our discretion


The West End Theatre is located on the second floor of the Church of St. Paul & St. Anthony at 263 West 86th Street (between Broadway and West End Avenue).  
Take the 1 train to 86th Street.   Use the ramp on the north side of the street to enter the church.  
The theater is located on the second floor and you may use the stairs or take the elevator.

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