Meet the Author

Nicole Evans Haumesser

 

Author, Puppeteer

 

Ever since I was a young child, I loved to lose myself in stories.  I started writing poetry at the age of 11, and in college, I wrote short scenes and monologues for my fellow acting students. Stage Theater was my passion, and I could get lost for hours in the play section of the local bookstore. I simply loved creating and imagining characters in various situations.  

 

The idea of The One and Only Owen came to me after I learned a new fact about earthworms, but almost all my story ideas are rooted in real life or my life.  Owen struggles with his self-esteem just as I have. In Owen’s ALMOST Overnight Adventure, he has wrestled with how to balance his own needs and wants with the rules and given social expectations of his family and friends.  I wrote Genesis Goodwin is Always on the GO! while in yoga class, when I couldn’t turn my brain off and let go myself!  It’s been so wonderful to be able to continue to learn, grow, and change each year and with each new story.  Life is a continual process of change.  It has been an amazing decade spent exploring and letting the stories find me.   

 

Keep your eyes and ears out for these upcoming titles:

 

Owen’s ALMOST Overnight Adventure! – The musical journey of Owen continues as he grows and begins to challenge the rules of the garden.  He wants the freedom he sees in other garden creatures such as Butterfly.  He, along with his friends, take a grand adventure, that does not entirely go as planned.  However, they do meet new friends and learn a valuable lesson about growing up!

 

The Day and NIGHT of the Double Dog Dare – Carlos and his best friend Jack make a dare – no, a DOUBLE DOG DARE that Carlos could spend the night ALONE in the woods behind his house.  But in the woods, at night, one is never really alone.  This descriptive tale allows readers to use their keen observation skills to help Carlos make it through a long and eventful night!!!

 

Genesis Goodwin is Always on the Go! – A story about an incredibly overscheduled young lady, Genesis, and the importance of slowing down to appreciate TODAY!

 

MY LIFE AS A STAGE - In this quick-paced poetic tale, you learn all about the “behind the scenes” skills and talents that take place prior to some of your favorite live performances! And you get all the inside scoop, from the one who should know the most - the STAGE herself! A fun and informative look into the various careers in the Performing Arts.

Meet the Artistic Team

Emily Harris, Puppet Creator & Puppeteer

Emily Harris earned a BFA in Textile Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. She enjoyed more than 20 years as a costume and puppet designer for film, television, and theater productions throughout Florida. Her association with Nicole Haumesser’s The One and Only Owen has always been a high point of her career. She was a member of the creative team that brought the original story to life. Emily designed the supporting cast of puppets (flowers, ladybugs, and bees) and built them right into her set. When the puppet show toured Clearwater elementary schools and other venues, she and Nicole got to be the first puppeteers. Emily even had a small vocal part in the original soundtrack!  She especially enjoyed igniting the imaginations of the young audiences at the post-performance talk back by demonstrating how the puppets were constructed from bicycle parts, plumbing supplies, hardware, and kitchen utensils! Emily is thrilled that The One and Only Owen will now delight and inspire even more children to become their best selves, find their unique voice and express themselves with confidence.

Jonathan Barnes, Musical Composer

Jonathan Barnes grew up in a musical home and has always been fascinated with the process of writing, playing and recording music. When he had the opportunity to write music for The One and Only Owen he jumped at the chance. Jonathan and his wife live in Nashville with their six children and a bunny named Boots. You can find more of his music on  Music, Spotify, and online at barnesmusic.com

 

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Would YOU be interested in PRODUCING The One and Only Owen or Owen’s Almost Overnight Adventure at your school or organization? Click here for more information!

Melody Craven, Vocals & Puppeteer

Melody Craven has an extensive resume that spans 37 years in the performing arts industry. She toured nationally for 11 years with Eckerd Theater Company in such shows as I Never Saw Another Butterfly, The Hundred Dresses & VOTE? just to name a few. Some of her favorite roles include the title role in MAME, BELLA in Gaslight, The Bakers Wife in Into The Woods & Dot in Last Lists of my Mad Mother. In television, Melody worked with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in an episode of HBO’s Ballers. She has also just finished shooting the upcoming holiday commercial for The Florida Lottery. She currently serves as Actress & Associate Artistic Director with ProComm Theatre Troupe doing original shows such as American Heartbeat, The Jolly Corks & Wild Knights, all written by the troupe’s founder Martha Velez, Ph.D. Melody is thrilled to be continually associated with The One and Only Owen production. She expresses that it is “such a thrill to not only voice the characters of Butterfly and Momma Lady Bug but to serve as a puppeteer as well.” She is very proud to work with Nicole Haumesser and to be a part of a story that has such a powerful message and resonates with people of all ages.

 

Jarrett Koski, Puppeteer

Jarrett W. Koski earned a B.F.A in Musical Theatre from Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina. He has been a guest teaching artist, director, and choreographer. Jarrett also is also involved with New Tampa Players and has choreographed Beauty and the Beast, Something’s Afoot, the Sound of Music and others. Jarrett also performs in the Tampa Bay area. His favorite performance roles include Bert in Mary Poppins, Snoopy in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, and Pippin in Pippin, and Jesus in Godspell. Jarrett worked as an intern with The One and Only Owen productions over the years with Nicole Evans Haumesser. He toured as a Puppeteer with the puppet show from 2012 to 2014. Jarrett is so excited to be sharing the story of Owen again!

Ian Beck, Sound Design/Recording/Artistic Consultant

Ian Beck has been a part of the creative spirit of The One and Only Owen since it's creation. He is an AWESOMELY TALENTED DUDE and I am forever GRATEFUL for his continued support.

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Special Thanks

There are so many people to THANK for their support getting OWEN this far.

along with the countless actors, artists, students, and audiences that participated in The One and Only Owen over the years….You know who you are!

My AMAZING and SUPPORTIVE family,

wherever they call home

(Special note to my nephew, Owen Evans, whom the title character was renamed after years ago)

Joyce Bonomini

(For her unconditional love and support)

 

Pierce Driessen

(Original Owen from Premiere production and original soundtrack score)

Check out what he is up to now at www.PierceDriessen.com

 

Becky Eck

(Narrator from Premiere production and Flowers/Pearl/Baby Bug from the original soundtrack score)

Jared O’Roark

(Tulip/Red/Centipede from original soundtrack score)

 

Roseann Tota

(For all her love and support for Owen through the years, pianist on original soundtrack score)

 

Education staff at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL

 

Administration, Teachers, and Students of Skycrest Elementary School

in Clearwater, FL for over a decade of love and support

Catherine Buga

Website Designer

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