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November 25 - December 23, 2016 , 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: Two hours, including one intermission
Advisory: No advisory necessary

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), Tommy Bilczo (Ralphie), Madeleine Maby (Mother), and Ian McLaughlin (Randy). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni.

Tommy Bilczo (Ralphie). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni.

Madeleine Maby (Mother). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni.

From left to right: Madeleine Maby (Mother), Tommy Bilczo (Ralphie), and Christopher Gerson (The Old Man). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni.

From left to right: Tommy Bilczo (Ralphie), Easton Sumlin (Schwartz), and Jake Spencer (Flick). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni.

From left to right: Laurien Palmer (Esther Jane) and Rebecca Marzloff (Helen). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni.

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

From left to right: Easton Sumlin (Schwartz), Tommy Bilczo (Ralphie), Laurien Palmer (Esther Jane), Jeff Talbott (Ralph), Rebecca Marzloff (Helen), and Jake Spencer (Flick). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni.

Jeff Talbott (Ralph). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni.

From left to right: Christopher Gerson (The Old Man), Tommy Bliczo (Ralphie), Madeleine Maby (Mother), and Ian McLaughlin (Randy). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni.

From left to right: Christopher Gerson (The Old Man) and Madeleine Maby (Mother). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni.

From left to right: Tommy Bilczo (Ralphie) and Madeleine Maby (Mother). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni.

Tommy Bilczo (Ralphie). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni.

From left to right: Rebecca Marzloff (Helen), Easton Sumlin (Schwartz), Tommy Bilczo (Ralphie), Laurien Palmer (Esther Jane), Jake Spencer (Flick), and Jeff Talbott (Ralph). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni.

From left to right: Stanley Niekamp (Scut Farkas) and Jake Spencer (Flick). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni.

Stanley Niekamp (Scut Farkas). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni.

From left to right: Madeleine Maby (Mother), Ian McLaughlin (Randy), and Tommy Bilczo (Ralphie). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni.

From left to right: Madeleine Maby (Mother), Ian McLaughlin (Randy), Christopher Gerson (The Old Man), Tommy Bilczo (Ralphie), and Jeff Talbott (Ralph). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni.

From left to right: Madeleine Maby (Mother), Ian McLaughlin (Randy), Christopher Gerson (The Old Man), and Tommy Bilczo (Ralphie). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni.

From left to right: Jeff Talbott (Ralph) and Tommy Bilczo (Ralphie). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni.

Above: Madeleine Maby (Mother). Below: Ian McLaughlin (Randy). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni.

From left to right: Madeleine Maby (Mother), Ian McLaughlin (Randy), Christopher Gerson (The Old Man), Tommy Bilczo (Ralphie), and Jeff Talbott (Ralph). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni.

From left to right: Ian McLaughlin (Randy), Christopher Gerson (The Old Man), and Madeleine Maby (Mother). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni.

From left to right: Easton Sumlin (Schwartz) and Jake Spencer (Flick). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni.

Jeff Talbott (Ralph). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni.

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Tommy Bilczo

Tommy Bilczo

(Ralphie) is thrilled and honored to be returning to the stage at Cleveland Play House. Most recently seen as Ralphie in A Christmas Story here at CPH, Tommy began acting in third grade with TrueNorth Cultural Arts Center as Randy in A Christmas Story, The Musical. Now in the fifth more(Ralphie) is thrilled and honored to be returning to the stage at Cleveland Play House. Most recently seen as Ralphie in A Christmas Story here at CPH, Tommy began acting in third grade with TrueNorth Cultural Arts Center as Randy in A Christmas Story, The Musical. Now in the fifth grade at Brookside Intermediate School, Tommy has enjoyed roles in a number of local productions including Young Josh in BIG, The Musical (Beck Center for the Arts); Gavroche in Les Miserables, School Edition (MAD* Factory); Peter Pan in Shrek, The Musical (Olde Towne Hall); and a variety of TrueNorth Cultural Arts and French Creek productions. Tommy has sung the national anthem at local sporting events, most recently for the Lake Erie Crushers. Recently, Tommy trained with Broadway Artists Alliance in NYC. When he’s off stage, Tommy studies voice and trumpet, plays sports, reads, and enjoys time with family and friends.

Lexi Cowan

Lexi Cowan

(u/s Helen and Esther Jane) is a fifth grader at Laurel School and is thrilled to be performing with Cleveland Play House for the first time! She earned her first professional acting job at age 3½ when she played the role of Rosie Conlon in the Lionsgate film, Warrior. She more(u/s Helen and Esther Jane) is a fifth grader at Laurel School and is thrilled to be performing with Cleveland Play House for the first time! She earned her first professional acting job at age 3½ when she played the role of Rosie Conlon in the Lionsgate film, Warrior. She has since appeared in the Focus Features film, Promised Land, as well as numerous others. Lexi has been seen at Playhouse Square as Little Cosette in Great Lakes Theater’s Les Miserables, and multiple times as a solo vocalist with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra. She has appeared in a variety of TV commercials and print ads. Lexi is represented by the Docherty Agency in Cleveland and the Abrams Artists Agency in New York City.

Christopher Gerson

Christopher Gerson

(The Old Man) is thrilled to be returning to the Cleveland Play House to reprise his role as The Old Man. Some recent New York credits include The Little Prince at the Pearl Theatre, Red Bull Theater, Lark Theatre Company and New Georges. Regional credits include The Repertory Theatre of more(The Old Man) is thrilled to be returning to the Cleveland Play House to reprise his role as The Old Man. Some recent New York credits include The Little Prince at the Pearl Theatre, Red Bull Theater, Lark Theatre Company and New Georges. Regional credits include The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, South Coast Repertory, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Pioneer Theatre, Actor’s Gang, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, A Noise Within and The Great River Shakespeare Festival. 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.

Madeleine Maby

Madeleine Maby

(Mother) is thrilled to be back at Cleveland Play House doing A Christmas Story! Favorite New York credits include Weekend at an English Country Estate, The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, and Mr. A's Amazing Maze Plays (The Ateh Theater Group, of which she is a founding member); And to more(Mother) is thrilled to be back at Cleveland Play House doing A Christmas Story! Favorite New York credits include Weekend at an English Country Estate, The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, and Mr. A's Amazing Maze Plays (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. When she's not doing theatre, Madeleine is narrating audiobooks and is approaching the 100 book mark.

Rebecca Marzloff

Rebecca Marzloff

(Helen) is currently a fifth grader in the Medina City Schools. Rebecca began acting at age five, when she appeared as orphan Molly in Annie Jr. Other credits include: Little Mermaid Jr., Willy Wonka Jr., Seussical, Snow Queen, Shrek Jr., Cinderella and most recently, Alice in Wonderland. Outside of theater, more(Helen) is currently a fifth grader in the Medina City Schools. Rebecca began acting at age five, when she appeared as orphan Molly in Annie Jr. Other credits include: Little Mermaid Jr., Willy Wonka Jr., Seussical, Snow Queen, Shrek Jr., Cinderella and most recently, Alice in Wonderland. Outside of theater, Rebecca sings, plays piano, runs with the “Girls on the Run” running club and is also involved with church activities at her parish. She loves spending time with friends, extended family and especially her three year old golden retriever Belle. She is thrilled to be working with everyone involved with A Christmas Story at Cleveland Play House.

Ian McLaughlin

Ian McLaughlin

(Randy) is honored and thrilled to be making his Cleveland Play House debut. Ian is 9 years old and a fourth grader at Incarnate Word Academy. He has been enjoying performing at local youth theaters since the age of five. Ian recently completed summer intensive classes in NYC with Broadway more(Randy) is honored and thrilled to be making his Cleveland Play House debut. Ian is 9 years old and a fourth grader at Incarnate Word Academy. He has been enjoying performing at local youth theaters since the age of five. Ian recently completed summer intensive classes in NYC with Broadway Artists Alliance. Previous performances include Master William/Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol (Great Lakes Theatre) and Bud Ogdan-Porter in Mothers and Sons (Beck Center for the Arts). Ian also has enjoyed doing voiceovers for a children’s book, musical album and commercial. Performing various roles for background in movies and taking tap lessons have also put a lot of smiles on Ian’s face. He recently took up fencing, skateboarding and the violin. Ian also enjoys singing and has memorized all the lyrics from Hamilton.

Stanley Niekamp

Stanley Niekamp

(Scut Farkas) is ecstatic to be joining the cast of A Christmas Story here at Cleveland Play House. He is a fifth grader in Akron, where he attends Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts. Most recently, Stanley appeared as Charlie Bucket in Weathervane Playhouse's production of Willie more(Scut Farkas) is ecstatic to be joining the cast of A Christmas Story here at Cleveland Play House. He is a fifth grader in Akron, where he attends Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts. Most recently, Stanley appeared as Charlie Bucket in Weathervane Playhouse's production of Willie Wonka. His first appearance on stage was as Michael Banks in The Akron School for the Arts production of Mary Poppins. Since then Stanley has appeared in productions at Magical Theatre Company, Weathervane Playhouse, Hudson Players, Akron's All-City Musical and Porthouse Theater. Stanley studies voice and piano. He enjoys swimming and reading in his spare time.

Laurien Palmer

Laurien Palmer

(Esther Jane) is delighted to be making her debut with Cleveland Play House in A Christmas Story! Laurien has performed in the off-Broadway production, This Way to Broadway as a soloist and ensemble member and in Destination Broadway. Local roles include Skate Girl, A Christmas Carol (Great Lakes Theater); Ensemble, more(Esther Jane) is delighted to be making her debut with Cleveland Play House in A Christmas Story! Laurien has performed in the off-Broadway production, This Way to Broadway as a soloist and ensemble member and in Destination Broadway. Local roles include Skate Girl, A Christmas Carol (Great Lakes Theater); Ensemble, Godspell (Near West Theater); Children’s Choir, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat (Westlake PAC); Clara, The Nutcracker, The Musical (Bassett Elementary) and Charlie in Charlie & The Chocolate Factory (Beck Center MTC). Laurien sings and dances with the Ensemble performance group. Laurien is a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, plays basketball, studies piano, dance, singing and acting. Special thanks to Amy Hanratty, of Voice Variations, for coaching and encouragement! Love to Mom, Dad and Paul. Thank you for your love and support.

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 is honored and happy to return to Cleveland Play House with A Christmas Story. lauraperrottaford.com 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 is honored and happy to return to Cleveland Play House with A Christmas Story. lauraperrottaford.com

Bryce Shepard

Bryce Shepard

(u/s Ralphie, Flick, Schwartz, and Scut Farkas) is 11 years old and very excited to be making his debut with Cleveland Play House. Bryce, a sixth grader at Highland Middle School, first began performing when he was in first grade as part of the Sharon Elementary production of The more(u/s Ralphie, Flick, Schwartz, and Scut Farkas) is 11 years old and very excited to be making his debut with Cleveland Play House. Bryce, a sixth grader at Highland Middle School, first began performing when he was in first grade as part of the Sharon Elementary production of The Wizard of Oz. Since then he has been in three additional productions at Sharon performing as Mike Teavee in Willy Wonka, Rooster in Annie and as the crazy hyena, Banzai, in The Lion King. Most recently, Bryce was part of the Summer Youth Musical Production of Alice in Wonderland that took place this past June. Bryce enjoys being a member of drama club and choir, as well as tennis and golf.

Samuel Spencer

Samuel Spencer

(u/s Randy) is a first grader at Timmons Elementary in Bainbridge, Ohio. He is new to acting but has been a theatre-goer since he was three years old, enjoying many plays around Northeast Ohio. He is thrilled to be working with Cleveland Play House and with his older brother Jake. more(u/s Randy) is a first grader at Timmons Elementary in Bainbridge, Ohio. He is new to acting but has been a theatre-goer since he was three years old, enjoying many plays around Northeast Ohio. He is thrilled to be working with Cleveland Play House and with his older brother Jake. Samuel enjoys wrestling, eating pizza, and art.

Jake Spencer

Jake Spencer

(Flick) is thrilled to be returning to Cleveland Play House and to A Christmas Story in which he played Randy in 2014. He most recently appeared in Billy Elliot, the Musical at the Beck Center for the Arts as Small Boy. Jake is a fourth grader at Kenston Intermediate School. more(Flick) is thrilled to be returning to Cleveland Play House and to A Christmas Story in which he played Randy in 2014. He most recently appeared in Billy Elliot, the Musical at the Beck Center for the Arts as Small Boy. Jake is a fourth grader at Kenston Intermediate School. He is especially excited to be working with his little brother, and best friend, Samuel on this production. Jake likes dill pickles and puts hot sauce on everything.

Easton Sumlin

Easton Sumlin

(Schwartz) is excited to make his Cleveland Play House debut with A Christmas Story. Easton is a sixth grader at Roxboro Middle School. He can most often be found singing, dancing, reading, building with Legos, creating comics or recreating scenes from Hamilton with his sister. He was most recently seen more(Schwartz) is excited to make his Cleveland Play House debut with A Christmas Story. Easton is a sixth grader at Roxboro Middle School. He can most often be found singing, dancing, reading, building with Legos, creating comics or recreating scenes from Hamilton with his sister. He was most recently seen as the Dauphin in Marie Antoinette at Dobama Theatre.

Jeff Talbott

Jeff Talbott

(Ralph) is thrilled to be ringing in the holidays again with his many friends in wonderful Cleveland. 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 more(Ralph) is thrilled to be ringing in the holidays again with his many friends in wonderful Cleveland. 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, Yale Repertory Theatre and Chicago Shakespeare Theater, among many others. He has also 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, won the Laurents/Hatcher Award and Outer Critics Circle’s John Gassner Award, was produced Off-Broadway by MCC Theater and has since been performed across the country. This winter, his new play The Gravedigger’s Lullaby will have its world premiere off-Broadway at TACT. He writes musicals with composer Will Van Dyke. They have written Imagine Harry and Wintersong and are working on something new. They also released an EP of their songs called A View of the River (available on iTunes). Jeff is a member of TACT and a graduate of the Yale School of Drama. jefftalbott.com

Michael Boll

(Lighting Designer) Cleveland Play House productions include: 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, more(Lighting Designer) Cleveland Play House productions include: 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 served as production stage manager in the inaugural season of Tantrum Theater in Dublin, Ohio, where credits include: Little Shop of Horrors and 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 served as production stage manager in the inaugural season of Tantrum Theater in Dublin, Ohio, where credits include: Little Shop of Horrors and Dancing at Lughnasa. 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 Between Riverside and Crazy, The Mountaintop, The Little Foxes, and Grounded. Assistant stage management work at CPH includes How I Learned to Drive, All the Way, Steel Magnolias, Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors, Vanya

more(Assistant Stage Manager)

returns to Cleveland Play House where previous stage management work includes Between Riverside and Crazy, The Mountaintop, The Little Foxes, and Grounded. Assistant stage management work at CPH includes 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 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 22nd production at Cleveland Play House, having recently designed costumes for All the Way; A Christmas Story; Bell, Book and Candle and In the Next Room, or the vibrator play. He has designed more than 300 productions at regional theatres across the country including Guthrie more(Costume Designer) returns for his 22nd production at Cleveland Play House, having recently designed costumes for All the Way; A Christmas Story; Bell, Book and Candle and In the Next Room, or the vibrator play. He has designed more than 300 productions at regional theatres across the country including Guthrie Theater, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Arizona Theatre Company, Geffen Playhouse, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Portland Center Stage, Geva Theatre Center, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Pioneer Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis; Seattle, Tennessee, Missouri, San Diego and New Mexico Repertory Theatres, Sundance Theatre Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre; Oregon, Utah, Colorado and Illinois Shakespeare Festivals, Pennsylvania Center Stage, Hampton Playhouse and Timber Lake Playhouse. Originally from Canby, Oregon, David now makes his home in Long Beach, California. David is a member of United Scenic Artists 829. davidkaymickelsen.com

Robert Mark Morgan

(Scenic Designer) designed 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 more(Scenic Designer) designed 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) and 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

Elissa Myers Casting, Paul Fouquet, CSA

(Casting) credits include Poisoner’s Handbook, Becoming Helen Keller, and Mystery of Matter, PBS. Other PBS projects include The Abolitionists, Dolley Madison, Alexander Hamilton, John and Abigail Adams, Benjamin Franklin (Emmy Award), Liberty (Peabody Award), God in America, People vs. Leo Frank, Louisa May Alcott, Great Performances (Artios Award in Outstanding more(Casting) credits include Poisoner’s Handbook, Becoming Helen Keller, and Mystery of Matter, PBS. Other PBS projects include The Abolitionists, Dolley Madison, Alexander Hamilton, John and Abigail Adams, Benjamin Franklin (Emmy Award), Liberty (Peabody Award), God in America, People vs. Leo Frank, Louisa May Alcott, Great Performances (Artios Award in Outstanding Achievement in Casting), and Murder Of A President for American Experience. Feature films include Hank and Asha (Audience Award at Slamdance 2013) and The Union. Theatre credits include seven Broadway shows, including Tony nominated Having Our Say, as well as 26 Off-Broadway shows. Regional theatre casting in the past two years includes Denver Center, Geva Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Magic Theatre, Arena Stage, Alley Theatre, George Street Playhouse, and Arizona Theatre Company. The office has so far received 16 nominations and has won three Artios Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Casting.

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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