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November 28 - December 21, 2014 , Allen Theatre

A Christmas Story

written by Philip Grecian
based on the motion picture written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown & Bob Clark

Run time: 2 hours including one 15-minute intermission
Advisory: Recommended for all ages.

One boy. One holiday wish. And a world that seems to be conspiring to make certain it doesn’t come true. The record-breaking show returns to the CPH stage in all its pink-bunny-suit, glowing-leg-lamp, triple-dog-daring glory. The perfect holiday treat for the entire family.

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Skipper Rankin (Ralphie). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

From left to right: Christopher Gerson (The Old Man), Skipper Rankin (Ralphie), Madeleine Maby (Mother), and Jake Spencer (Randy). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

From left to right: Skipper Rankin (Ralphie), Giovanna A. Layne (Esther Jane), and Yumi Ndhlovu (Helen). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

From left to right: Jeff Talbott (Ralph), Skipper Rankin (Ralphie), Jake Spencer (Randy), Yumi Ndhlovu (Helen), Giovanna A. Layne (Esther Jane), and Ethan Montoya (Flick). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

Laura Perrotta (Miss Shields). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

From left to right: Skipper Rankin (Ralphie), Madeleine Maby (Mother), and Christopher Gerson (The Old Man). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

From left to right: Ian Stewart (Scut Farkas), Yumi Ndhlovu (Helen), and Giovanna A. Layne (Esther Jane). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

From left to right: Christopher Gerson (The Old Man), Skipper Rankin (Ralphie), Madeleline Maby (Mother), and Jake Spencer (Randy). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

From left to right: Madeleine Maby (Mother) and Skipper Rankin (Ralphie). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

From left to right: Yumi Ndhlovu (Helen), Colin Myers (Schwartz), Skipper Rankin (Ralphie), Giovanna A. Layne (Esther Jane), and Ethan Montoya (Flick). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

From left to right: Jake Spencer (Randy), Ethan Montoya (Flick), and Colin Myers (Schwartz). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

From left to right: Ian Stewart (Scut Farkas) and Ethan Montoya (Flick). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

From left to right: Jake Spencer (Randy) and Madeleine Maby (Mother). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

From left to right: Madeleine Maby (Mother), Jake Spencer (Randy), Christopher Gerson (The Old Man), and Skipper Rankin (Ralphie). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

From left to right: Jeff Talbott (Ralph) and Skipper Rankin (Ralphie). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

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Leah Albers

Leah Albers

(Understudy Esther Jane and Helen) is a seventh grader at Shaker Heights Middle School and is thrilled to be part of this year’s production of A Christmas Story. She has enjoyed acting in her school’s productions including Dear Chuckand Peter Pan, Jr. (Woodbury Elementary School). An avid reader, Harry Potter more(Understudy Esther Jane and Helen) is a seventh grader at Shaker Heights Middle School and is thrilled to be part of this year’s production of A Christmas Story. She has enjoyed acting in her school’s productions including Dear Chuckand Peter Pan, Jr. (Woodbury Elementary School). An avid reader, Harry Potter fanatic, student, and gymnast, Leah is looking forward to a future in theater.

Christopher Gerson

Christopher Gerson

(The Old Man) is thrilled to be returning to Cleveland Play House to reprise his role as The Old Man. Some recent credits include Horatio in Hamlet at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, the title role in Richard III at The Great River Shakespeare Festival, The Price at Triad more(The Old Man) is thrilled to be returning to Cleveland Play House to reprise his role as The Old Man. Some recent credits include Horatio in Hamlet at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, the title role in Richard III at The Great River Shakespeare Festival, The Price at Triad Stage, and The Little Prince at The Pearl Theatre in New York. Other NY credits include the Red Bull Theater, Lark Theatre Company, and New Georges. Regional credits include South Coast Repertory, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Pioneer Theatre, Actor’s Gang, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and A Noise Within. Television and Film credits include Mr. Robot, Younger, Desperate Housewives, Days of our Lives, Chicago Hope, The Language of Kickball, Fort Greene, Echo’s Hammer, and Darwin: The Series.

Giovanna A. Layne

Giovanna A. Layne

(Esther Jane) is excited to be making her debut performance with Cleveland Play House in A Christmas Story. Giovanna is a sixth grader at Sheffield Middle School. Her past credits include Les Misérables, H.E.L.P. and A Christmas Story: The Musical, Near West Theatre; The Music Man and Annie, Lorain Community more(Esther Jane) is excited to be making her debut performance with Cleveland Play House in A Christmas Story. Giovanna is a sixth grader at Sheffield Middle School. Her past credits include Les Misérables, H.E.L.P. and A Christmas Story: The Musical, Near West Theatre; The Music Man and Annie, Lorain Community Musical Theatre; Bye Bye Birdie, Jr. and Annie, Beck Center for the Arts; andAnnie Get Your Gun, Tarzan, Charlotte’s Web and Seussical the Musical, TrueNorth Cultural Arts. Her dream is to live in New York City and pursue a career in musical theatre. She also enjoys taking dance classes. She would like to thank her family, friends and most of all her parents and brother for all of their love, support and encouragement.

Madeleine Maby

Madeleine Maby

(Mother) is thrilled to be back at Cleveland Play House doing A Christmas Story! Favorite NY credits include Weekend at an English Country Estate and The Girl in the Flammable Skirt (The Ateh Theater Group, of which she is a founding member); And to the Republic and The Tragedy of more(Mother) is thrilled to be back at Cleveland Play House doing A Christmas Story! Favorite NY credits include Weekend at an English Country Estate and The Girl in the Flammable Skirt (The Ateh Theater Group, of which she is a founding member); And to the Republic and The Tragedy of King Arthur (Guerrilla Shakespeare Project); and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Atlantic Theater Company). Favorite regional credits include Boeing-Boeing and Witness for the Prosecution at The Barnstormers Theatre in New Hampshire. Madeleine went to NYU Tisch School of the Arts where she studied at The Atlantic Theater Company and in London at RADA. In addition to being a theater actor, Madeleine is an award winning audiobook narrator.

Connor Marrott

Connor Marrott

(Understudy) is very grateful and excited to be part of A Christmas Story at Cleveland Play House. At a very early age, Connor modeled for Little Tykes and Step2 and then moved on to theatre. Credits include The Wizard of Oz and A Christmas Carol: The Musical (Best Feature Actor more(Understudy) is very grateful and excited to be part of A Christmas Story at Cleveland Play House. At a very early age, Connor modeled for Little Tykes and Step2 and then moved on to theatre. Credits include The Wizard of Oz and A Christmas Carol: The Musical (Best Feature Actor in a Musical), Geauga Theater Lyric Guild. Connor participated in Hathaway Brown Theatre Institute this past summer and was a member of The Singing Angels. When he is not working on his acting or dreaming of being on stage, he loves to spend time with his friends. Connor wants to thank his family and friends for all their support.

Ethan Montoya

Ethan Montoya

(Flick) was bitten by the theatre bug when he was just five years old and has been pursuing the stage ever since. He most recently appeared in Oliver! at Porthouse Theatre Company at Kent State University. A Christmas Story marks Ethan's twentieth show in four years. Favorite credits include Oliver!, more(Flick) was bitten by the theatre bug when he was just five years old and has been pursuing the stage ever since. He most recently appeared in Oliver! at Porthouse Theatre Company at Kent State University. A Christmas Story marks Ethan's twentieth show in four years. Favorite credits include Oliver!, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, A Christmas Carol, Shrek The Musical, and The Nerd. He has also starred in two television commercials. A fourth grader at Champion Central, Ethan is an avid soccer player. He also loves playing video games, building with Legos, having conversations with adults, and visiting New York City. Ethan is hopeful that his performance today will alert you to the dangers of cold weather flagpole licking.

Colin Myers

Colin Myers

(Schwartz) is in the sixth grade at Olmsted Falls Middle School. Colin began acting in 2012 in Charlotte's Webat Olmsted Performing Arts. Other Olmsted Performing Arts credits include Babes in Toyland and Bye Bye Birdie. Colin also appeared in the PlayhouseSquare production of Dawg Pounded. Colin's most recent production more(Schwartz) is in the sixth grade at Olmsted Falls Middle School. Colin began acting in 2012 in Charlotte's Webat Olmsted Performing Arts. Other Olmsted Performing Arts credits include Babes in Toyland and Bye Bye Birdie. Colin also appeared in the PlayhouseSquare production of Dawg Pounded. Colin's most recent production was the title role in Oliver! at Brecksville Theater on the Square. Outside of theater, Colin enjoys playing football and video games with friends.

Yumi Ndhlovu

Yumi Ndhlovu

(Helen) is a sixth grader at Hathaway Brown School. Born in New York City, Yumi has lived in the Turks and Caicos Islands and now in Cleveland, OH. At CPH she has appeared in The Crucible (Betty Parris) and A Christmas Story (Helen). Most recently, she played the role of more(Helen) is a sixth grader at Hathaway Brown School. Born in New York City, Yumi has lived in the Turks and Caicos Islands and now in Cleveland, OH. At CPH she has appeared in The Crucible (Betty Parris) and A Christmas Story (Helen). Most recently, she played the role of Young Fiona in Shrek, the Musical with University School and Hathaway Brown. She also was in Shrek, the Musical at Near West Theatre. Yumi has been in seven productions at Heights Youth Theatre including Aladdin, Peter Pan, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The King and I, Annie and The Wiz. Additionally, she was seen in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown at Hathaway Brown Theatre Institute. Yumi also loves songwriting, playing the piano, music video production, her friends and candy. She also wrote and co-produced a music video called “Girls”. Yumi is thrilled to share The Good Peaches stage with her grandmother, Yoko Moore: Assistant Concertmaster with The Cleveland Orchestra. To find out more about Yumi, go to yumindhlovu.com.

Laura Perrotta

Laura Perrotta

(Miss Shields) is a native New Yorker who has called Cleveland home for the last 21 years. She has appeared on television, Off Broadway, toured nationally, and worked regionally. She appeared this season as Mrs. van Daan in The Diary of Anne Frank, and is honored and happy to return more(Miss Shields) is a native New Yorker who has called Cleveland home for the last 21 years. She has appeared on television, Off Broadway, toured nationally, and worked regionally. She appeared this season as Mrs. van Daan in The Diary of Anne Frank, and is honored and happy to return to Cleveland Play House with A Christmas Story. lauraperrottaford.com

Miles Pierce

Miles Pierce

(Understudy Randy) is a third grader at Roxboro Elementary School in Cleveland Heights. Miles’ appreciation for theatre was nurtured as a preschooler at The Music School. Outside of school performances, Miles made his stage debut in last year’s production of A Christmas Story. Miles is thrilled to be part of more(Understudy Randy) is a third grader at Roxboro Elementary School in Cleveland Heights. Miles’ appreciation for theatre was nurtured as a preschooler at The Music School. Outside of school performances, Miles made his stage debut in last year’s production of A Christmas Story. Miles is thrilled to be part of the cast for his favorite family Christmas movie, strongly identifying with the role of Randy. In addition to theatre, Miles enjoys making music, playing soccer and skateboarding.

Skipper Rankin

Skipper Rankin

(Ralphie) landed the role of Randy in last year’s Cleveland Play House production of A Christmas Story after his debut performance as the understudy in A Carol for Cleveland. Highlights of his favorite performances include playing the title role inOliver! and Ragtime, Near West Theatre; Peter Pan, Beachwood Community more(Ralphie) landed the role of Randy in last year’s Cleveland Play House production of A Christmas Story after his debut performance as the understudy in A Carol for Cleveland. Highlights of his favorite performances include playing the title role inOliver! and Ragtime, Near West Theatre; Peter Pan, Beachwood Community Theater; andThe Wizard of Oz, The Beck Center for the Arts. Rarely will you encounter Skipper when he is not tap dancing, quoting lines or singing songs from his favorite Broadway shows, such as Kinky Boots, Les Misérables and Hairspray. When he isn’t tapping and singing, he is a middle school student and runs cross country at Lake Ridge Academy.

Ian Stewart

Ian Stewart

(Scut Farkas) is in seventh grade at the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Middle School. His first acting experience was at age six when he performed in The Wizard of Oz at the Brecksville Theater on the Square. Since then he has performed in over a dozen theatrical productions. Other Brecksville Theater on more(Scut Farkas) is in seventh grade at the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Middle School. His first acting experience was at age six when he performed in The Wizard of Oz at the Brecksville Theater on the Square. Since then he has performed in over a dozen theatrical productions. Other Brecksville Theater on the Square credits include Oliver!, Aladdin, Snow White, and The Little Mermaid. Other credits include Les Misérables, Walsh Jesuit High School Center Stage Theater; My Son Pinocchio, Broadview Heights Spotlights Theater; and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Cassidy Theater. Ian also enjoys sports, skiing and hanging out with friends.

Jeff Talbott

Jeff Talbott

(Ralph) is thrilled to be back with his many friends in the CLE for the holidays. He has been on Broadway (Sly Fox, Fortune’s Fool); off-Broadway (Abundance, Such Good Friends, Home of the Brave); and has extensive regional credits, including: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Odd Couple, more(Ralph) is thrilled to be back with his many friends in the CLE for the holidays. He has been on Broadway (Sly Fox, Fortune’s Fool); off-Broadway (Abundance, Such Good Friends, Home of the Brave); and has extensive regional credits, including: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Odd Couple, Race, circle mirror transformation, Frost/Nixon, and Doubt at theatres including Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Pioneer Theatre Company, Paper Mill Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera House, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, and Yale Repertory Theatre, among many others. He has been on film (Julie & Julia) and TV (The Blacklist, Orange is the New Black, Unforgettable, Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos, all the Law & Orders, One Life to Live, and As the World Turns). As a writer, his play The Submission (Laurents/Hatcher Award, Outer Critics Circle’s John Gassner Award) was produced off-Broadway by MCC Theater and has been performed across the country. This past March, his play The Gravedigger’s Lullaby had its world premiere off-Broadway at TACT. After A Christmas Story this year, he has two world premieres coming up: the romantic drama "i" at Pioneer Theatre Company and Civics and Humanities for Non-Majors, which was commissioned by Montclair State University. He writes musicals with composer Will Van Dyke. They have written Imagine Harry, Wintersong, Seven Broken Hearts, and the just-completed The Circle. They also released an EP of their songs called A View of the River (available on iTunes). Jeff is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama. jefftalbott.com

Michael Boll

(Lighting Designer) Cleveland Play House productions include: These Mortal Hosts, The Good Peaches; A Christmas Story; The Little Foxes; Venus in Fur; Every Good Boy Deserves Favor; In the Next Room, or the vibrator play and Stew and the Negro Problem. CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program credits include: Metamorphoses, Too True more(Lighting Designer) Cleveland Play House productions include: These Mortal Hosts, The Good Peaches; A Christmas Story; The Little Foxes; Venus in Fur; Every Good Boy Deserves Favor; In the Next Room, or the vibrator play and Stew and the Negro Problem. CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program credits include: Metamorphoses, Too True To Be Good, Identity Theft, The Winter's Tale, In Arabia We'd All Be Kings, An Orchard, Cloud 9 and Angels in America: Millennium Approaches. Cleveland lighting design work includes Cleveland Public Theatre, Cain Park, Cleveland Museum of Art, Karamu House, Dobama Theatre and Beck Center for the Arts. Off-Broadway credits include The Moliere Cycle (Classic Stage Company), Songs for a New World (George Street Playhouse), Dog Sees God (SoHo Playhouse) and The Moonlight Room (Associate Lighting Designer, Beckett Theatre). His work has also been seen at the N.Y. Fringe Festival, La MaMa E.T.C., HERE Arts Center, and Yale Cabaret.

John Godbout

(Stage Manager) was Cleveland Play House's resident stage manager from 2001 to 2008 and returned to CPH in the fall of 2011. This past summer, he returned for season 2 of Tantrum Theater in Dublin, Ohio to stage manage Caroline, or Change. John has also stage managed at North more(Stage Manager) was Cleveland Play House's resident stage manager from 2001 to 2008 and returned to CPH in the fall of 2011. This past summer, he returned for season 2 of Tantrum Theater in Dublin, Ohio to stage manage Caroline, or Change. John has also stage managed at North Shore Music Theatre, Capital Repertory Theatre, The Weston Playhouse, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Northern Stage, and Seaside Music Theatre.

Philip Grecian

(Adapter) began his career as a ventriloquist and magician at the age of four. He started working at Colorado’s Creede Repertory Theatre at age 18 where his plays continue to be produced and where he has returned as a guest performer. After touring the Midwest in Androcles and the Lion, more(Adapter) began his career as a ventriloquist and magician at the age of four. He started working at Colorado’s Creede Repertory Theatre at age 18 where his plays continue to be produced and where he has returned as a guest performer. After touring the Midwest in Androcles and the Lion, Philip became artistic/managing director and resident playwright of the community theatre he founded. He resigned in 1976 to create a professional theatre where he served as producer and artistic director. Philip has also worked as a writer/director in film, video and audio production. His adaptation of A Christmas Carol has become an annual tradition around the U.S., and his radio dramatization of Dracula! is now a staged radio production. Other plays include the widely popular The Velveteen Rabbit, The Dragon of Nitt and Lion and the Lyre.

Tom Humes

(Assistant Stage Manager) returns to Cleveland Play House where previous stage management work includes These Mortal Hosts, Between Riverside and Crazy, The Mountaintop, The Little Foxes, and Grounded. Assistant stage management work at CPH includes Shakespeare in Love, How I Learned to Drive, All the Way, Steel Magnolias, Ken Ludwig’s more(Assistant Stage Manager) returns to Cleveland Play House where previous stage management work includes These Mortal Hosts, Between Riverside and Crazy, The Mountaintop, The Little Foxes, and Grounded. Assistant stage management work at CPH includes Shakespeare in Love, How I Learned to Drive, All the Way, Steel Magnolias, Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Maurice Hines Is Tappin Thru Life, Clybourne Park, Breath and Imagination, A Christmas Story, Woody Sez, Lombardi, and A Night With Janis Joplin. Selected area stage management credits include Rock of Ages, Godspell, The Frogs, Smokey Joe's Café, Avenue Q, Pippin, and Oliver! (Cain Park); Le Nozze di Figaro and Cosi Fan Tutte (The Cleveland Orchestra); Tosca, La Boheme, and Lucia Di Lammermoor (Opera Cleveland); Caroline, or Change (Dobama Theatre and Karamu House); and History Boys (Beck Center for the Arts). He is a proud member of both Actors' Equity Association and International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a minor in Mathematics from Bowling Green State University.

John McCluggage

John McCluggage

(Director) is delighted to return to Cleveland Play House and A Christmas Story. He has directed, taught, and performed throughout the country over the past 30 years. Credits include Enchanted April, Cyrano, A Flea in Her Ear, Phantom, Fiddler on the Roof, Old Wicked Songs, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As more(Director) is delighted to return to Cleveland Play House and A Christmas Story. He has directed, taught, and performed throughout the country over the past 30 years. Credits include Enchanted April, Cyrano, A Flea in Her Ear, Phantom, Fiddler on the Roof, Old Wicked Songs, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, and The Pajama Game. Theatres include San Jose Repertory Theatre (associate artistic director), The Barnstormers Theatre, Studio Arena Theatre, Webster University Conservatory of Theatre Arts, Cabrillo Stage, Children’s Musical Theatre of San Jose, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, the Clurman, and Beckett Theatres in New York and Seacoast Repertory Theatre (artistic director). Like Buck Hill Productions on Facebook!

David Kay Mickelsen

(Costume Designer) returns for his 23rd production at Cleveland Play House, having recently designed costumes for The Diary of Anne Frank, All the Way; A Christmas Story; Bell, Book and Candle; and In the Next Room, or the vibrator play. He has designed more than 400 productions at regional theatres more(Costume Designer) returns for his 23rd production at Cleveland Play House, having recently designed costumes for The Diary of Anne Frank, All the Way; A Christmas Story; Bell, Book and Candle; and In the Next Room, or the vibrator play. He has designed more than 400 productions at regional theatres across the country including Guthrie Theater, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Arizona Theatre Company, Geffen Playhouse, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis; Seattle, Tennessee, Missouri, San Diego and New Mexico Repertory Theatres, Sundance Theatre Festival; Oregon, Utah, Colorado, and Illinois Shakespeare Festivals. Originally from Canby, Oregon; David now makes his home in Long Beach, California. David is The Creative Director of the Theatre Costume Design Program at The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles, and is the Vice Chairman of The Western Region of United Scenic Artists 829.

Robert Mark Morgan

(Scenic Designer) designed The Diary of Anne Frank, All the Way, A Christmas Story, The Whipping Man, The Glass Menagerie, Emma, and Bill W. and Dr. Bob for Cleveland Play House. Other credits include Wizard of Oz, Fiddler on the Roof, Les Misérables, West Side Story, Billy Elliot, and Seussical more(Scenic Designer) designed The Diary of Anne Frank, All the Way, A Christmas Story, The Whipping Man, The Glass Menagerie, Emma, and Bill W. and Dr. Bob for Cleveland Play House. Other credits include Wizard of Oz, Fiddler on the Roof, Les Misérables, West Side Story, Billy Elliot, and Seussical The Musical (The Muny in St. Louis); exhibit designer for Avatar the Exhibition (Experience Music Project in Seattle); Fallen Angels (Asolo Repertory Theatre); Joshua's Boots (Opera Theatre of St. Louis and Amarillo Opera); The Rainmaker, A Moon for the Misbegotten (2007 Prague Design Quadrennial); The Dazzle (A.C.T. San Francisco); The Giver, The Diary of Anne Frank, Jesus Hates Me, and House of the Spirits (Denver Center for the Performing Arts); Saint Joan, Jekyll & Hyde, Ordinary Nation, Rabbit Hole, Fall of Heaven, and 4000 Miles (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); The Subject Tonight is Love (Alliance Theatre Company); Just Stopped by to See the Man and The Whipping Man (The Old Globe); and numerous Utah Shakespeare Festival productions in the 2012/13 season. Robert teaches Design and Creativity at Washington University in St. Louis. morgansetdesign.com

Jean Shepherd

(Author/Screenwriter) was a radio, television and film personality, writer and actor. For almost three decades, he told stories — culled from his youth in Indiana, his adventures in the Army Signal Corps, and tales of the obscure and infamous — to eager radio audiences. He was on the air in more(Author/Screenwriter) was a radio, television and film personality, writer and actor. For almost three decades, he told stories — culled from his youth in Indiana, his adventures in the Army Signal Corps, and tales of the obscure and infamous — to eager radio audiences. He was on the air in Cincinnati from 1950 to 1954 and on WOR in New York from 1956 to 1977. Acting credits include The Goodman Theatre, on Broadway in Leonard Sillman's New Faces and Voice of the Turtle, and the film The Light Fantastic. He also did baseball sportscasts for the Toledo Mudhens and Armed Forces Radio. He created humorous narratives for PBS television collectively called Jean Shepherd's America, which later continued on PBS’ New Jersey Network as Shepherd's Pie. PBS/WGBH's American Playhouse teleplay credits include The Phantom of the Open Hearth, The Great American Fourth of July and Other Disasters, Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss, and The Star-Crossed Romance of Josephine Cosnowski. He is best known for co-writing and narrating the film A Christmas Story (1983). He also wrote a number of novels including The America of George Ade, In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash; Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories and Other Disasters, The Ferrari in the Bedroom, and A Fistful of Fig Newtons. Jean Shepherd died on October 16, 1999.

James C. Swonger

(Sound Designer) has designed sound for over 50 Cleveland Play House productions including The Good Peaches (world premiere); Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; Breath and Imagination; Venus in Fur; Good People; The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith; Bell, Book and Candle; The Game’s Afoot more(Sound Designer) has designed sound for over 50 Cleveland Play House productions including The Good Peaches (world premiere); Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; Breath and Imagination; Venus in Fur; Good People; The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith; Bell, Book and Candle; The Game’s Afoot (world premiere); Bill W. and Dr. Bob; Heaven’s My Destination (world premiere); Crime and Punishment; Noises Off!; Gee’s Bend; The Chosen; and I Am My Own Wife. CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program credits include The Philadelphia Story, The Three Sisters, Twelfth Night, and An Orchard. Additional credits include Cleveland’s Lyric Opera Company, Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company, Centerstage Theatre, George Street Playhouse, Yale Repertory Theatre, Cleveland State University Summer Stages, and premiere productions of why i had to dance, The Tragic Demise of the Whaleship Essex and Swinging on a Star: A Tribute to the Music of Johnny Burke.

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