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The Guide to Being Fabulous ()

Book: Sandra Caldwell
Lyrics: Sandra Caldwell
Music: Sandra Caldwell and James Dower
Director: Weyni Mengesha


October 24th, 2023 – November 12th, 2023


The Guide to Being Fabulous features stories and original songs that follow Sandra Caldwell’s journey from a pickpocketing youth to a star of stage and screen.

Along the journey she joins the frontlines of the Stonewall riots, the New York Ballroom scene, the legendary Club 82, and performs everywhere from the Moulin Rouge to Broadway and on screen in The Cheetah Girls. It’s not all glam and glitz though as her prison time in Montreal and New York can attest to. Sandra’s story is as inspiring as it is incredible, and her decades of experience are a testament to survival in a world that denied her existence.

An award-winning actress, trailblazer, and icon, Sandra is an inspiration within and beyond the trans community. (



Sandra Caldwell Herself
Tiffany Deriveau Joann & Others
Nikki Nikita Romy Haag & Others
Legendary Twysted Miyake-Mugler Ballroom MC

Creative Team

Sandra Caldwell Book
Sandra Caldwell Lyrics
Sandra Caldwell Music
James Dower Music
Weyni Mengesha Director
John Alcorn Additional Music
John Alcorn Additional Lyrics
Marilyn Jaye Lewis Additional Dialogue
Michael Shand Music Director
Rodney Diverlus Choreographer
Tsholo Khalema Assistant Director
Mel Hague Dramaturge
Anahita Dehbonehie Set Designer
Ming Wong Costume Designer
Michelle Ramsay Lighting Designer
Thomas Ryder Payne Sound Designer
Frank Donato Video Designer
Frank Donato Projection Designer


Michael Shand Piano Conductor
Kobena Aquaa-Harrison Guitar / Percussion
Jen Benton Bass
Wilson Laurencin Drums


Robert Harding Stage Manager
Madison Kalbhenn Assistant Stage Manager
Matthew Cuff Movement Coach
Dainty Smith Movement Coach
Dainty Smith Burlesque Consultant
Matthew Cuff Vogue Consultant
Gunes Agduk Lighting Operator
Christopher Blanchenot Scenic Painter
Paul Boddum Head Scenic Artist
Greg Chambers 1st Props Builder
Greg Chambers Props Buyer
Everett Dalingwater Sound Mixer
Sylvia Defend Cutter
Andy DeVries Head Carpenter
Erin Halls Wardrobe Assistant
Eli Jorgensen Stitcher
Brian Kirn Deck Audio
Ellie Koffman Head of Wardrobe
Brooke Logie Dresser
Lisa Nighswander Head of Properties
Kalina Popova Assistant Head of Wardrobe
Jacqueline Robertson-Cull Wig Head


Annie Clarke Producer
Robyn Hoja Producer
Julia Carrano Associate Producer
Jasmine Knox Senior Production Manager
Julian Bulof Technical Director
Nicholas Beardsley Assistant Technical Director
Rhett Costin Assistant Technical Director
Alex Edwards Production Assistant