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November 27 - December 23, 2015 , Allen Theatre

A Christmas Story

written by Philip Grecian
based on the motion picture written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark
directed by John McCluggage

Run time: 2:00 including intermission

He’s back! 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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From left to right: Christopher Gerson (The Old Man) and Madeleine Maby (Mother). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

From left to right: Christopher Gerson (The Old Man), Carter Sindelar (Ralphie), Madeleine Maby (Mother), and Miles Pierce (Randy). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

From left to right: Jeff Talbott (Ralph), Carter Sindelar (Ralphie), Miles Pierce (Randy), Sun-Hee Smith (Helen), and Maela Mazzone (Esther Jane). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

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

Madeleine Maby (Mother). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

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

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

From left to right: Sun-Hee Smith (Helen), Howey Nock (Schwartz), Carter Sindelar (Ralphie), Maela Mazzone (Esther Jane), and Willie Rose (Flick). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

From left to right: Miles Pierce (Randy), Madeleine Maby (Mother), and Carter Sindelar (Ralphie). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

From left to right: Miles Pierce (Randy), Madeleine Maby (Mother), Christopher Gerson (The Old Man), Carter Sindelar (Ralphie), and Jeff Talbott (Ralph). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

From left to right: Carter Sindelar (Ralphie), Madeleine Maby (Mother), Miles Pierce (Randy), and Christopher Gerson (The Old Man). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

From left to right: Madeleine Maby (Mother), Miles Pierce (Randy), Christopher Gerson (The Old Man), Carter Sindelar (Ralphie), and Jeff Talbott (Ralph). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni

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Artists

Nick Barbato

Nick Barbato

(Understudy Ralph) Nick Barbato has appeared at The Cleveland Play House in The Little Foxes, The Crucible, and as an understudy in A Christmas Story. His CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program credits include The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Philadelphia Story, The Three Sisters and Too True to Be Good. Other more(Understudy Ralph) Nick Barbato has appeared at The Cleveland Play House in The Little Foxes, The Crucible, and as an understudy in A Christmas Story. His CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program credits include The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Philadelphia Story, The Three Sisters and Too True to Be Good. Other credits include: Violins of Hope in collaboration with The Cleveland Orchestra, The Upright Citizens Brigade (NYC), The Ohio Shakespeare Festival, and many commercials and industrial films. He is originally from Syracuse, NY where he received his Bachelor's Degree at Le Moyne College.

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.

Zachary Golden

Zachary Golden

(Understudy Randy) is excited to be making his Cleveland Play House debut. At age six, Zach started theatre in Shrek - The Musical. He has also enjoyed sharing his love for theatre in roles in The Music Man, The Nutcracker and a few other summer camp productions. Zach is more(Understudy Randy) is excited to be making his Cleveland Play House debut. At age six, Zach started theatre in Shrek - The Musical. He has also enjoyed sharing his love for theatre in roles in The Music Man, The Nutcracker and a few other summer camp productions. Zach is in 3rd grade at Westview Elementary in Avon Lake. When not on stage, he enjoys the outdoors as well as playing soccer, and baseball. Thank you to the CPH cast, youth coordinators, and crew for such a warm welcome as well as his family and friends for their continued support!

Henry Harte

Henry Harte

(Scut Farkas) is proud to make his Cleveland Play House debut in A Christmas Story. Henry most recently appeared in the Woodbury Drama Club production of The Little Mermaid and in Onaway Little Theater's production of Mother Goosed. He attends 6th grade at Woodbury School in Shaker Heights. When he more(Scut Farkas) is proud to make his Cleveland Play House debut in A Christmas Story. Henry most recently appeared in the Woodbury Drama Club production of The Little Mermaid and in Onaway Little Theater's production of Mother Goosed. He attends 6th grade at Woodbury School in Shaker Heights. When he is not acting, Henry keeps busy playing cello, writing plays, ice skating and reading history books. He holds a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and has attended 23 Civil War reenactments.

Megan King

Megan King

(Understudy Miss Shields) was most recently seen on Cleveland Play House's stage in Luna Gale as Karlie Quinn. Other CPH credits include: The Little Foxes, The Crucible and an understudy for A Christmas Story. She is proud to be a recent graduate of the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program's class of more(Understudy Miss Shields) was most recently seen on Cleveland Play House's stage in Luna Gale as Karlie Quinn. Other CPH credits include: The Little Foxes, The Crucible and an understudy for A Christmas Story. She is proud to be a recent graduate of the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program's class of 2016 and her credits from the program include: The Philadelphia Story, The Three Sisters, Too True to Be Good and Two Gentlemen of Verona. Undergraduate credits include: Dromnium, a devised movement piece, which won seven national awards from The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, as well as God of Carnage and The Three Sisters. Megan is a class of 2013 graduate from the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith with her B.A. in Theatre Performance. She also holds an Associates of Fine Arts Degree from Arkansas State University Beebe.

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.

Maela Mazzone

Maela Mazzone

(Esther Jane) is absolutely thrilled to be playing Esther Jane in A Christmas Story! She has previously been seen in Geauga Lyric Theater Guild’s production of The Wizard of Oz and in the Willoughby Fine Arts Association’s production of Willy Wonka. She enjoys playing the violin, taking voice and dance more(Esther Jane) is absolutely thrilled to be playing Esther Jane in A Christmas Story! She has previously been seen in Geauga Lyric Theater Guild’s production of The Wizard of Oz and in the Willoughby Fine Arts Association’s production of Willy Wonka. She enjoys playing the violin, taking voice and dance lessons and being part of a choir. Maela is a third grade student at Andrews Osborne Academy. When not playing Harry Potter games with her family and friends, she can often be heard singing her favorite songs from Wicked and Les Misérables.

Rickie McDowell

Rickie McDowell

(Understudy The Old Man) Rickie McDowell was recently seen on the Cleveland Play House stage as Herrick in The Crucible and was a part of the A Christmas Story team understudying “The Old Man”. Rickie comes from Detroit, Michigan with a Bachelors in Performing Arts and a concentration in Comprehensive more(Understudy The Old Man) Rickie McDowell was recently seen on the Cleveland Play House stage as Herrick in The Crucible and was a part of the A Christmas Story team understudying “The Old Man”. Rickie comes from Detroit, Michigan with a Bachelors in Performing Arts and a concentration in Comprehensive Communications from Eastern Michigan University. His theatre credits from the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program include The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Philadelphia Story, The Three Sisters and Too True to Be Good. Rickie also possesses an array of experience in film, which includes appearing in episodes of Lee Martin's The Midnight Hour, and producing/directing short dramas.

Kathryn Metzger

Kathryn Metzger

(Understudy Mother) Kathryn Metzger received her Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts and English from Case Western Reserve University. Kathryn most recently appeared in CPH’s production of The Crucible, as well as understudying both CPH productions of Ken Ludwig’s Comedy of Tenors and A Christmas Story. CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program more(Understudy Mother) Kathryn Metzger received her Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts and English from Case Western Reserve University. Kathryn most recently appeared in CPH’s production of The Crucible, as well as understudying both CPH productions of Ken Ludwig’s Comedy of Tenors and A Christmas Story. CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program credits include Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Philadelphia Story, The Three Sisters and Too True to Be Good. She has also appeared in Island Stage Left’s production of The Taming of the Shrew. While an undergraduate at CWRU, Kathryn appeared in the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program’s production of The Winter’s Tale, directed by Geoff Bullen, Associate Director at RADA, as well as numerous other productions, including Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Top Girls, and The Heidi Chronicles. Kathryn is a proud alumna of the British American Drama Academy and is currently working towards her certification with the Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium.

Sam Morris

Sam Morris

(Understudy Ralphie, Schwartz, Flick & Scut Farkas) is happy to have this first opportunity to work at CPH. He discovered a love for performing this summer while doing publicity appearances (as Ralphie in the bunny suit), and especially enjoyed his most recent work as Huckleberry Finn at the Maplewood Farms more(Understudy Ralphie, Schwartz, Flick & Scut Farkas) is happy to have this first opportunity to work at CPH. He discovered a love for performing this summer while doing publicity appearances (as Ralphie in the bunny suit), and especially enjoyed his most recent work as Huckleberry Finn at the Maplewood Farms Johnny Appleseed Festival. A seventh grade student at Shaker Heights Middle School, Sam plays bass clarinet, runs cross country, is a skilled gymnast, and loves juggling, unicycling, and singing.

Howey Nock

Howey Nock

(Schwartz) was a spokesperson for Great Lakes Science Center (GLSC), Fall 2014. As a spokesperson, Howey’s Great Lakes Science Center billboards were placed in prominent locations around downtown Cleveland. As a spokesperson for the GLSC, Howey appeared in an advertising video, which aired in local movie theaters and on television. more(Schwartz) was a spokesperson for Great Lakes Science Center (GLSC), Fall 2014. As a spokesperson, Howey’s Great Lakes Science Center billboards were placed in prominent locations around downtown Cleveland. As a spokesperson for the GLSC, Howey appeared in an advertising video, which aired in local movie theaters and on television. It was also pushed to various social media sites and aired on local radio stations. Howey loves singing. He auditioned and was selected to perform in the 2014 Ohio Music Education Association, All State Ohio Children’s Chorus, live recording. Howey, for relaxation, read 149 library books this summer. Howey dreams of being a computer scientist. Howey plays travel soccer, enjoys Cub Scouts and attending Rhema Fellowship Church. He hopes to travel to Ireland and reconnect with relatives again. A fifth grader at University Lower School, Howey’s siblings, Caleigh, Ethan and Gabe, serve as one of Howey’s inspirations.

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

(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 more(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.

Willie Rose

Willie Rose

(Flick) is very honored to make his debut on the Cleveland Play House stage. He is, however, no stranger to the stage and has performed in The Wizard of Oz and Bah Humbug (Garfield Players); Alice In Wonderland, Jr (Olmsted Performing Arts); A Year With Frog & Toad (Solon more(Flick) is very honored to make his debut on the Cleveland Play House stage. He is, however, no stranger to the stage and has performed in The Wizard of Oz and Bah Humbug (Garfield Players); Alice In Wonderland, Jr (Olmsted Performing Arts); A Year With Frog & Toad (Solon Center for the Arts); Pippin (Trinity High School Theater). He is also a member of Garfield Heights Youth Theater and has performed in Oz, Seussical, Jr and Into The Woods, Jr. Willie loves everything theatre and show choir and is in constant motion either dancing or singing.

Carter Sindelar

Carter Sindelar

(Ralphie) 9 year old Carter is thrilled and grateful to have landed the role of Ralphie in his debut performance with Cleveland Play House! Previous theatre credits include playing the title role in Oliver!, Hillbilly Holiday and Mr. Toad's Mad Adventures (Beck Center for the Arts). When Carter's not more(Ralphie) 9 year old Carter is thrilled and grateful to have landed the role of Ralphie in his debut performance with Cleveland Play House! Previous theatre credits include playing the title role in Oliver!, Hillbilly Holiday and Mr. Toad's Mad Adventures (Beck Center for the Arts). When Carter's not on stage you'll find him with a book in his hand, breaking a board in his karate class, or laughing with his 4th grade friends at Kensington Intermediate School in Rocky River.

Sun-Hee Smith

Sun-Hee Smith

(Helen) landed the role of Helen in A Christmas Story after appearing in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Cassidy Theatre); Hillbilly Holiday (Beck Center for the Arts); and Once Upon a Mattress (Olmsted Performing Arts). She is a fourth grader at St. Bernadette School. She loves to sing, write more(Helen) landed the role of Helen in A Christmas Story after appearing in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Cassidy Theatre); Hillbilly Holiday (Beck Center for the Arts); and Once Upon a Mattress (Olmsted Performing Arts). She is a fourth grader at St. Bernadette School. She loves to sing, write stories and play volleyball. She plays piano and flute and speaks a little Korean.

Faith Smolik

Faith Smolik

(Understudy Esther Jane and Helen) was cast in her first role at Geauga Lyric Theatre’s production of The Wizard of Oz. She appeared in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Fine Arts Association. She participates in Theatre Art Camps at Fine Arts Association culminating in an end of camp performance more(Understudy Esther Jane and Helen) was cast in her first role at Geauga Lyric Theatre’s production of The Wizard of Oz. She appeared in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Fine Arts Association. She participates in Theatre Art Camps at Fine Arts Association culminating in an end of camp performance choreographed and acted out by all the summer camp students. Performances include Keep on Trucking and Big Foot in the Mist. When Faith is not performing, auditioning, attending acting lessons she enjoys participating in dance recitals for ballet and tap. Faith loves singing and acting out her favorite Broadway performances, such as Les Misérables, Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Annie, and The King and I. She is a middle school student at St. Gabriel School.

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.

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

Maryann Morris

(Stage Manager) is a proud Clevelander who most recently Assistant Stage Managed for CPH’s How I Learned to Drive and The Good Peaches; and Stage Managed A Christmas Story and Grand Concourse. Other current and recent collaborations include Eric Schmiedl’s stage adaptation of the graphic novel Incognegro by Mat Johnson, more(Stage Manager) is a proud Clevelander who most recently Assistant Stage Managed for CPH’s How I Learned to Drive and The Good Peaches; and Stage Managed A Christmas Story and Grand Concourse. Other current and recent collaborations include Eric Schmiedl’s stage adaptation of the graphic novel Incognegro by Mat Johnson, Havana Hop with Paige Hernandez, The Dazzle Awards with Playhouse Square, My Mother Has 4 Noses with Jonatha Brooke, and May 4th Voices presented by The Maltz Museum of Jewish History and Kent State University's Democracy Symposium. She is happy to also continue her work in CPH's own Production Center.

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.

Wigs and Whiskers

(Wig Design) owned and operated by Mary Schilling-Martin and Caitie Martin; provides wig, hair and specialty makeup services to performing arts organizations and educational institutions around the country. Their motto is: “To hair is human, to wig divine.” Local credits include Cleveland Play House, Great Lakes Theater, Dobama Theatre, Case more(Wig Design) owned and operated by Mary Schilling-Martin and Caitie Martin; provides wig, hair and specialty makeup services to performing arts organizations and educational institutions around the country. Their motto is: “To hair is human, to wig divine.” Local credits include Cleveland Play House, Great Lakes Theater, Dobama Theatre, Case Western Reserve University, Baldwin Wallace University, and Cleveland Opera Theatre. Regional credits include The Goodman Theatre, Old Globe Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Great Lakes Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Marriott Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Victory Gardens, Theatre at the Center, American Theatre Company, Chicago Theatre for Young Audiences, Lyric Opera Works, Northwestern University, Roosevelt University in Chicago, University of California at San Diego, San Diego State University, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.

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