The Unusual Tale of Mary & Joseph's Baby

About the Show

This musical was commissioned by Ron Reed, Artistic Director of Pacific Theatre in Vancouver. Given readings by River & Rail Theatre in Knoxville in January 2015, by Olmstead Salon and Firebone Theatre in NYC in fall, 2015, a full production was presented by THE NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL, a co-production of Firebone Theatre Company and River & Rail Theatre Company.

This production of “THE UNUSUAL TALE OF MARY AND JOSEPH’S BABY” is produced by Unusual Tale Tour, LLC (with River & Rail Theatre Co.) by special arrangement with the writers and Elaine Devlin Literary, Inc., 411 Lafayette Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10003.


Music and lyrics by Don Chaffer
Book by Chris Cragin-Day



(In order of appearance)

Steven Romero Schaeffer
as Joseph

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Steven is humbled to spend his holiday season with River and Rail in Knoxville. In the past, Steven has worked with regional groups such as The Hypocrites, the Olney Theatre Center, Theatre at the Center, Theo Ubique, Griffin Theatre, Quest Theatre, and Troupe America. Steven is an actor based Chicago, IL. He is represented by Gray Talent Group.

Kaylor Demi
as Mary

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Kaylor’s recent credits include the following: Regional: Dreamgirls (Michelle), Flight 175 (Ana), Annie Get Your Gun (Candy), In The Heights (Ensemble). Kaylor Demi is a actress out of Miami, Florida. As a recent temporary transplant to Knoxville, she is thrilled to be a part of such an amazing and wonderful cast while portraying such an open and honest role. This role allows her to dig deep and experience herself in a way that she has never been able to do prior as it explores intuition, faith, social injustices and other very prevalent topics that occur in our nation today. She would like to extend a special thanks to Katy Wolfe, Amelia Peterson and Joshua Peterson for their unyielding encouragement, to her family for their support, Chris Cragin Day for creating such a powerful Mary through words- a powerful medium, Don Chaffer for writing such dynamic music to accompany this enthralling book and to Hannah Jones for having such a beautiful energy during this time and easing her transition to this remarkable city. Her ultimate goal is to spread the love, acceptance and truth through theatre and music to everyone. It reflects our realities, our past and our hopes for the futures, and she hopes, that with this role, she has shared that part of her art and her soul with you. Love is love is love.


Belén Moyano
as Elizabeth/Ensemble

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Belén’s selected regional credits include: The Prince of Egypt (Yocheved), Disney’s Tarzan (Kala), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Florika), Matilda, R&H Cinderella, and Cathy Rigby’s Peter Pan at Tuacahn Center for the Arts; In the Heights (u/s Daniela, Carla, & Camila) at John W. Engeman Theater; Ghost (Mrs. Santiago) and Sister Act (Mary Martin-of-Tours) at Lake Dillon Theatre Company; The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Helena Landless/Janet Conover) and Little Shop of Horrors (Crystal) at Lyric Repertory Company. NYC Workshop: Ybor City (Teresa) at Punto Space. Argentine born, Utah bred, and NYC based. Proud USU alum. Thanks be to God and endless love to Drew!


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Justin Turpin
as Benjamin/Ensemble

Justin Turpin is proud to make his River and Rail Theater Company debut. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah where he met his high school sweetheart and beautiful wife, Clarissa Boston. Justin and his wife moved to New York City shortly after graduating with their BFA in Acting Performance from Utah State University. Some of his favorite past roles he’s played include: Feste from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Gibbs in Dogfight, and Jacob from Awake and Sing. He is so thankful for all the support he has received from friends and family. He would like to say a special thanks to his wife who continues to be his rock and source of inspiration. Check out his website for more information at

Producing Team

Producer . Don Chaffer
Co-Producers . Joshua Peterson, River & Rail Theatre Co.
Associate Producers . Jeremie Kubicek, Ralph Veerman
Investors . Kevin Bailey, Chris Herschend, Brandon Hutchins, John Mathena, Chad Merrill, Norm Miller, Josh Reimer
Legal . Blaney, Tweedy, & Tipton (Eric Odom)
General Management Office . Lori Chaffer, Helen Vaskevitch, Amelia Peterson
Information Systems Consultant . Josh Reimer
Marketing Director . Bryan Terrill (Knoxville), Leah Dees (OKC)
Marketing Graphic Design . Robin Easter

Creative Team

Director . Amelia Peterson
Music Directors . Katy Wolfe, Don Chaffer
Band (Knoxville) . Adam Whipple (guitar/conductor), Tony Tortora (bass), Wade Jenkins (drums)
Band (OKC) . Chad Haney (keys/conductor), Taylor Johnson (guitar), George Horton (bass), Jerred Murphy (drums)
Scenic Designer . Brueck Brakefield
Lighting Designer . Alice Trent
Costume Designer . Erin Reed
Arranger . Don Chaffer
Copyist . Helen Vaskevitch
Stage Manager . Hannah Jones
Assistant Stage Manager . Gabe Laurito
Technical Director & Scenic Builder . David Silverthorn, Jamie Johnson
Sound . Mike Sosville (, Don Chaffer, Jamie Johnson

Musical Numbers

Act I

  • 1. Just a Jew . Joseph

  • 2. I Want to Be Delivered . Mary

  • 3. Hello, Mary . Angels

  • 4. I Don't Know That She Wants What I Want . Joseph

  • 5. Eggplant Casserole . Benjamin

  • 6. Joseph's Never Gonna Believe Me . Mary

  • 7. Magnificat . Elizabeth

  • 8. Hello, Joseph (Reprise) . Angels

  • 9. Herod's Way . Micha/Avigail

  • 10. My Part of This Story . Joseph

  • 11. The Space Between . Mary

  • 12. Birthing Checklist for Fathers &/or Sheep . Naphtali

  • 13. Magnificat Reprise . All Cast

— Intermission—

Act II

  • 14. Sleepy Deepy, Poopy Sheepy . Mary/Joseph

  • 15. Why Does God Have to Look So Human? . Mary

  • 16. Get Out of Herod's Way (Reprise) . All Cast

  • 17. No, Just Go (Reprise) . Angels

  • 18. Just the Messenger . Joseph/All Cast

  • 19. Whose Baby Is He? . Mary

  • 20. Walk Through the Sea on Dry Land . All Cast

Special Thanks

Misty Anderson, All Souls Church, Kevin Bailey, Lori Chaffer, Robin Easter Design, Archie Ellis, Chris Herschend, Joyanna Hirst, David & Travetta Johnson, Jeremie Kubicek, John Mathena, Sam McCamy, D'Ann Ray, Deaver Shattuck, St. John's Lutheran Church, David and Katy Wolfe, Helen Vaskevitch, Ralph Veerman.

Special thanks to The Old City Athletic Club.


River & Rail Theatre Co.

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Artistic Director . Joshua Peterson
Literary Director . Amelia Peterson
Community Engagement Director .
Logan Mahan
Board . Katy Wolfe, Tommy Nguyen, Misty Anderson, Deaver Shattuck
Advisory Board . Sandi Bannister, Bruce Charles
Former Founding Members . Travetta Johnson, Pierce LaMacchia

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Angel Capital Group
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in memory of Sam McCamy