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Interview with Notorious Damsels designer and director Malissa Petterson

from an interview with Malissa Petterson, October 21, 2018

What is your experience with Are We Delicious? and how did Notorious Damsels become a part of the Delicious season?

I am the production stage manager of Are We Delicious?, and Notorious Damsels will be my 21st production with the company. Last year, I had the honor of designing and directing our first ever all female-bodied and/or female-identifying Delicious, and I approached Tony about making it a yearly tradition. It’s important to give female voices the opportunity to be heard - especially in the writing realm since it's traditionally dominated by men. This show is about enabling those voices.

The show is being billed as

An exploration of three different versions of a classic narrative: the English Cinderella, or The Little Glass Slipper, the Slavic Vasilisa the Beautiful, and the Delicious Ensembles’ own Notorious Damsel. Notorious Damsels enables femme voices in this community, utilizing outdated tropes wherein the femme voices are often silenced, and giving a venue to speak to authentic experiences.

What inspired you to choose three different versions of Cinderella as the basis for this show?

Fairy tales have been some of my favorite stories since I was a child. I was fascinated by the oral history and the fact that there are so many different versions of similar plots throughout the world. Rather than adapt one version for the stage, I wanted to give a fuller scope - thus the English version, the Slavic version, and a modern version we develop within the Delicious ensemble. Cinderella has been revisited multiple times throughout our media history - Disney has done several versions and we see the popular tropes in many different modern romantic comedies. The accessibility of the tale made it a prime choice for our fairy tale adaption.

How will this production 'enable femme voices in this community'? How will your process allow the writing ensemble to 'speak to authentic experiences'?

Because we are adapting the tale through our 2018 apertures, the ensemble will have the opportunity to utilize their own experiences to inform a modern day fairy tale. Given that our ensemble is entirely female-bodied and/or female-identifying, the unique experiences and voices driving the work will give the audience an exclusively female view of the tales.

How on earth are you able to create a whole show in only a week?

That’s easy - lots of preparation, and a magnificent ensemble!

What can audience members expect from this production?

A barrel of laughs, and smashing the patriarchy, one unique voice at a time.


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All for One! Ensemble Member โ€“ Meghan Rose

Meghan Rose joins Delicious for the 3rd time in All for One! The Three Musketeers Musical, September 27-28-29 and October 4-5-6 at 7:30 pm at Broom Street Theater. Go to to purchase advance tickets ($11).

Meghan Rose is a songwriter and performer living in New York City. She performs in two rock bands; The Loud Soft Loud in NYC and Damsel Trash in Madison. She moved to New York just over 2 years ago to pursue music, and is lucky to be able to still perform and collaborate with Madison artists regularly. During her time living in Madison, she was awarded multiple Madison Area Music Awards for her work as a writer, vocalist, bassist, and record producer, as well as two Bartell Theater Awards for best music director.

Meghan has written music for 4 full length musicals, including one that started out as an Are We Delicious musical short ("Held", book & lyrics by Kelly Maxwell) that was produced at the New York Musicals Festival (NYMF) this past summer. You can learn more about all of her exploits by visiting


All for One! Ensemble Member โ€“ J. Adam Shelton

J. Adam Shelton joins Delicious for the 1st time in All for One! The Three Musketeers Musical, September 27-28-29 and October 4-5-6 at 7:30 pm at Broom Street Theater. Go to to purchase advance tickets ($11).

Dr. J. Adam Shelton is a lyric tenor based in Madison, WI.  Hailed for his lyric sound and command of comedy, Dr. Shelton has performed with Madison Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Madison Savoyards, Music Theatre of Madison, Four Seasons, MidColumbia Mastersingers & Orchestra, La Musica Lirica, Arizona Opera, Knoxville Opera, and Opera For the Young.  He served as the tenor studio artist in the inaugural year of the Madison Opera Studio Artist program performing in Un ballo in Maschera as “Il Giudice”, “Damon” in Acis and Galatea, and covering “Don Ottavio” in Don Giovanni.  He also originated the role of “Prince Charming” for Opera for the Young’s adaptation of Massenet’s Cendrillion in English.  He apprenticed two seasons with Des Moines Metro Opera where he performed “Elder Gleaton” in Susannah with composer, Carlisle Floyd, in attendance and “Rinuccio” in Gianni Schicchi for the one-act festival.  He is a three-time recipient of the Ratcliffe award at the Southern Arizona Opera Guild's Quest for the Best competition as well as the grand prizewinner of the Amelia Reiman Opera Competition, and the second prizewinner at the Battle of the Tucson Tenors.

He has performed such roles as:  “Frederic” in The Pirates of Penzance, “The Magician” in The Consul, “Ferrando” in Così fan tutte, “Lyric Tenor” in Argento’s Postcard from Morocco, the title role in Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz, “Leicester” in Maria Stuarda, and “Nemorino” in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore.  Audiences have also heard Dr. Shelton perform the tenor solos in oratorio and concert settings including: Handel’s Messiah, Handel’s Esther, Haydn’s The Creation, Britten’s St. Nicolas, and Britten’s The Company of Heaven.

Dr. Shelton completed his doctorate at the University of Wisconsin where his dissertation, “The Singing Dream:  A 21st Century Critical Edition of Tauberlieder”, explored the compositions of the great Austrian tenor, Richard Tauber.  Additionally, Dr. Shelton teaches at the University of WI-Whitewater while maintaining his career as a performer.


All for One! Ensemble Member โ€“ Claire Kannapell

Claire Kannapell joins Delicious for the 5th time in All for One! The Three Musketeers Musical, September 27-28-29 and October 4-5-6 at 7:30 pm at Broom Street Theater. Go to to purchase advance tickets ($11).

Claire Kannapell plays bass with the inde-pop band Woodrow, and is a member of the Monkey Business Institute improv comedy troupe. She was a member of the Are We Delicious Xmas '15 cast, and participated in the 2017 Sounds Delicious radio plays.