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I am delighted to announce that I will be playing Chip Tolentino in THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE!
This show has been on my bucket list since I saw the first outside-of-New-York production while it was doing a "sit-down" in San Francisco! I am excited to fill the shoes of this pre-teen and am excited to get to work with such a brilliant cast in a beautiful theatre.
The San Francisco cast was brilliant and little did I know, I would get to see many of them in the years to come on stages in San Diego and New York!
Rehearsal has just begun and it's looking like it will be a fantastic production. Here's a little more official words on the show:
“Can you spell I-R-R-E-S-I-S-T-I-B-L-E? Spelling Bee is riotously funny and entirely adorable.” – New York Times
“A WINNER! Smart and delightfully quirky, it’s the musical gift of the season!” - The Star-Ledger
“An utterly charming look at one of the screwier manifestations of the American Dream.”
- TIME magazine
Winner of the TONY and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience.
An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents (played by adult actors) vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home life, the tweens spell their way through a series of [potentially made-up] words hoping to never hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! A riotous ride complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius.
So many reasons to be thankful for this year. Cheers to all the incredible artists, friends, & family who helped make this year so wonderful. So excited for 2015!
Directed by Kristianne Kurner
Choreography by Colleen Kollar Smith
Musical Direction by Cris O'Bryon
November 29 - December 31
Pay-What-You-Can Previews November 21 - 28
A fresh take on this holiday classic centers on young Clara’s journey to save Christmas with the help of a magical nutcracker. This modern production weaves together magic, original song and spellbinding spectacle – fit for the whole family!
WEST COAST PREMIERE
Tickets available online at www.newvillagearts.org, by visiting the Box Office, or by calling 760.433.3245!
COOKIES FOR PRISONERS in the PLAYWRIGHTS IN PROGRESS NEW PLAY FESTIVAL
I'll be taking a brief break from rehearsals for THE NUTCRACKER at New Village Arts to be in COOKIES FOR PRISONERS by Thelma Virata de Castro thanks to Cygnet Theatre Company & Playwrights Project!
About the Show:
Margie bakes cookies for prisoners, takes in stray people and advocates for underdogs, but all bets are off when it comes to tolerating her own son. All the characters in this play are hiding horrible secrets in the kookiest ways.
Directed by D. Candis Paule.
Featuring: Tom Ashworth, Sidney Franklin, Austyn Meyers, Veronica Murphy, Nicolette Shutty, Shaun Tuazon.
About the Festival:
The festival introduces San Diego playgoers to new works by local artists and also offers a series of workshops designed to introduce curious audiences to the art of playwriting. In addition, the three-day festival at the Old Town Theatre includes opportunities for informal forums to meet the playwrights.
Sponsored by Bill and Judy Garrett and the County of San Diego.
“The Breakthrough Revue 2014” shines a spotlight on the lives of artists and the personal obstacles they must overcome to "breakthrough" in the competitive but fulfilling world of live theatre. Join Breakthrough Workshop Theatre for this incredible one-night-only performance, and be the first to hear exciting season announcements and our annual presentation of awards. Featuring 15 artists of varying ages, backgrounds and experience levels, "The Breakthrough Revue 2014" will be an inspiring close to BWT's 2nd season.
Don't miss this one-night-only performance Co-Directed by BWT Founding Artistic Director Ira Bauer-Spector and BWT Producing Director Nathan Bauer-Spector, with Music Supervision by Jordan Hall.
• $20 Reserved Seating (plus $15 food/drink minimum)
• Doors open at 5:30pm
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