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C H A R L E S TO N S TAG E • 3 3 R D S E A S O N • D O C K S T R E E T T H E AT R E T H E B E S T C H R I S TMA S PAG E A N T E V E R

DECEMBER 11 & 18, 2010


Julian Wiles, Founder and Producing Artistic Director Marybeth Clark, Associate Artistic Director

Presents

Written by Barbara Robinson Direction by Marybeth Clark Scenic Design by Stefanie Christensen • Lighting Design by Julian Wiles Costume Design by Barbara Young • Properties by Michael Christensen Technical Direction by Brian J. Porter • Sound Design by Amanda Wansa Stage Management by Lee Hollis Bussie

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Dec. 11 3:00pm

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Dec. 18 3:00pm

THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC. The videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited. Charleston Stage is a constituent member of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American Theatre. Charleston Stage’s productions are made possible in part by grants from the South Carolina Arts Commission, a state agency which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts; the City of Charleston; the County of Charleston; the City of North Charleston and contributions from friends like you.

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Director’s Notes Alexandra Key as Gladys Herdman in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.

Recently Matthew Morrison, from the popular TV show Glee, talked about one of his favorite memories as a young actor. It was playing a Herdman at his local theatre at ten-years-old. It wasn’t really surprising to me, as many times as I have directed this show it remains a favorite of mine. Who doesn’t love watching “bad” kids take over the pageant?! This year we have multiple actors whose older siblings have been in past Pageant productions. I have heard from former cast members who are in college now and amazingly more than one remember their one and only line was “My wings got bent.” We also have cast members who do not celebrate Christmas and when someone asked if that was awkward, a cast member had the best answer, “Being in theatre is about telling a story and this is a story about giving everyone a chance.” I couldn’t say it better myself.

Marybeth Clark Associate Artistic Director

Scenes Scene 1............................................................................................................... Meet the Herdmans Scene 2........................................................................................................................ Sunday School Scene 3....................................................................................................................... Bradley’s Home Scene 4................................................................................................................................. Rehearsal Scene 5.................................................................................................................... The Performance

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The Cast Ralph............................................................................................................................................................................Andrew Perera Imogene................................................................................................................................................................Maddy Seabrook Leroy....................................................................................................................................................................Nikita Narodnitskiy Claudette................................................................................................................................................................. Sophie Winnick Ollie..................................................................................................................................................................................Jake McClave Gladys...........................................................................................................................................................................Alexandra Key Beth........................................................................................................................................................................... Sophie Kendrick Charlie.................................................................................................................................................................................. Sam Chase Alice.................................................................................................................................................................................... Annie Cribb Shirley....................................................................................................................................................................................... Lila Clark Beverly.....................................................................................................................................................................Molly Hunsinger Maxine...............................................................................................................................................................................Chloe Mann Elmer.......................................................................................................................................................................................Ari Levine Hobie...........................................................................................................................................................................Mitchell Davies Ensemble............................................................................................................................................................ Katie Rose Franyo Ensemble...............................................................................................................................................................Rylee Puckhaber Ensemble........................................................................................................................................................Susanne McDonald Ensemble............................................................................................................................................................Lucy Byrd Wallace Ensemble....................................................................................................................................................................Lauren Hogan Ensemble............................................................................................................................................................Cody Beasenburg ADULT ENSEMBLE: Minister............................................................................................................................................................................................ Lee Hollis Bussie* Edna McCarthy........................................................................................................................................................................ Ira Lindberg Hollis* Mrs. Bradley................................................................................................................................................................................Stephanie S. Faatz* Mrs. Armstrong............................................................................................................................................................................. Mary-E Godfrey* Mr. Bradley................................................................................................................................................................................................Mikey Nagy* Irma Slocum...................................................................................................................................................................................... Amanda Wansa *Members of Charleston Stage’s 2010-11 Professional Resident Acting Company

The Production Staff Director......................................................................................................................................................................Marybeth Clark Set Designer...............................................................................................................................................Stefanie Christensen Lighting Designer........................................................................................................................................................ Julian Wiles Costume Designer............................................................................................................................................... Barbara Young Property Master............................................................................................................................................... Mike Christensen Technical Director...................................................................................................................................................Brian J. Porter Sound Design.......................................................................................................................................................Amanda Wansa Stage Manager................................................................................................................................................... Lee Hollis Bussie TheatreWings Deck Crew...............................................................................................Kurt Nugent and Ray Nugent Union Stewart.............................................................................................................................................................. Chris Russell Union Flyman........................................................................................................................................................................ Joe Golz Union Sound Operator.................................................................................................................................................Joey Ferri (843) 577-7183 | www.charlestonstage.com


2010/11 Charleston Stage Professional Resident Acting Company Lee Hollis Bussie (Minister) Lee Hollis grew up in Round Lake Beach, IL. After high school, Lee received his BFA in Musical Theatre from Western Illinois University, and also received training from Chicago’s Columbia College. Past roles include: Jim in Big River, Lucien P. Smith in The Boys Next Door (Black Hills Playhouse), Jamie Wellerstein in The Last Five Years (West Central Illinois Arts Center), Ronnie in Hair (Tibbits Opera House), Chad in All Shook Up (Summer Music Theatre), John in Miss Saigon, Robbie Fay in A Man of No Importance, George in The Actors Nightmare, and Papa Ge in Once on This Island (Western Illinois University). You may have recently seen Lee Hollis as Mr. Monroe in Charleston Stage’s production of Bunnicula. Stephanie S. Faatz (Mrs. Bradley) Stephanie grew up in Caledonia, NY. She is a 2008 graduate of Fredonia State University, where she earned a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre/Dance Minor. Post graduation, she spent a season at Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, TN had a brief stint in Little Rock, AR at Murry’s Dinner Playhouse and has since been traipsing about the country with the Nebraska Theatre Caravan and Hampstead Stage! A few favorite roles include Eliza Doolittle (My Fair Lady), Abilgail Adams (1776) and Mayzie La Bird (Seussical!). You may have recently seen Stephanie as Chester the Cat in Charleston Stage’s production of Bunnicula. www.stephaniefaatz.webs.com Mary-E Godfrey (Mrs. Armstrong)

Mary-E is from Milledgeville, GA. She graduated from Oklahoma City University with a BM in Music Theatre and a minor in History. Favorite roles include Sarah Jane Moore (Assassins), Snout (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Lucy van Pelt (YAGM, Charlie Brown), the Fairy Godmother (Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella), and she has sung with the jazz band for every school she’s attended since 7th grade. Mary-E is honored to be part of the first Resident Company in the historic Dock Street Theatre since its restoration. You may have recently seen Mary-E as Mrs. Monroe in Charleston Stage’s production of Bunnicula. www.maryegodfrey.com

Ira Lindberg Harris (Edna McCarthy) Ira is a native of Virginia Beach, VA, and a graduate of Shenandoah Conservatory. Theatre credits include: Coalhouse Walker Jr. (Ragtime), Al Calinda (Working), Captain (Anything Goes), Morocco (The Merchant of Venice), and Hans (Cabaret). In summer 2009 he was seen at the Papermill Theatre in Lincoln, NH performing as Adrian (Smokey Joe’s Cafe) and a dancing sailor in On the Town. Prior to Charleston Stage Harris understudied the role of Joe in Show Boat with Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre. You may have recently seen Ira as Bunnicula in Charleston Stage’s production of Bunnicula. iralindbergharris.com Mikey Nagy (Mr. Bradley) Mikey is from Ohio and recently got his BFA in Musical Theatre, Minor in Piano from Shenandoah Conservatory located in Virginia. His educational credits include: Moonface Martin (Anything Goes), Phil D’Armano (Lippa’s The Wild Party), Man 1-Gangster (Kiss Me, Kate), Man 2-Jordan (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change), Ragtime, and Thurio/Speed US (Two Gentlemen of Verona) directed and choreographed by Tony Nominee Lara Teeter. Regional credits include: King Herod (Jesus Christ Superstar), Judah/Calypso Soloist (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Bennie Buchsbaum (Little Me), Glad Hand (West Side Story), Lefou US (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast), Bud/Daisy (Bat Boy the Musical), Hairspray, The Producers, Singin’ in the Rain, Fiddler on the Roof, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Evita, and Bye Bye Birdie. You may have recently seen Mikey as Harold the Dog in Charleston Stage’s production of Bunnicula. www.mikeynagy.com www.charlestonstage.com | (843) 577-7183


Charleston Stage Leadership Julian Wiles

Founder and Producing Artistic Director Director, designer and playwright Julian Wiles founded Charleston Stage, Charleston’s resident professional theatre company in1978. It has since grown into South Carolina’s largest professional theatre and one of the state’s largest arts institutions. Over the past 32 years Wiles has directed and designed more than 200 productions and penned 27 original plays and musicals for the company. Wiles continues to serve as the company’s Producing Artistic Director, heading a staff of 12 full-time theatre professionals. Mr. Wiles, a South Carolina native, grew up on a cotton farm in Ft. Motte, South Carolina. He attended Clemson University, received a history degree from the College of Charleston in 1974 and an MFA in Dramatic Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1976. Mr. Wiles has written or adapted 27 original plays and musicals for the company including The Boy Who Stole the Stars, Nevermore! Edgar Allen Poe, the Final Mystery, The Seat of Justice, Denmark Vesey: Insurrection, Gershwin at Folly, and most recently Frankenstein, The Modern Prometheus. Julian Wiles is a recipient of the 2010 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award, the highest honor in the arts which is awarded by the South Carolina Arts Commission. Mr. Wiles is also a member of the Dramatists Guild.

Marybeth Clark

Associate Artistic Director and Director of Education Marybeth Clark, Charleston Stage’s Associate Artistic Director and Director of Education is in her twelfth season with Charleston Stage. Mrs. Clark has a degree in theatre/ performance from the University of South Florida. She worked as an actor in professional theatres throughout the Southeast for ten years before settling in Charleston in 1994 where she was a member of the theatre faculty at Charleston County’s School of the Arts for middle and high school students. As an actor for Charleston Stage, Ms. Clark has appeared in Helium, Moon Over Buffalo, You Can’t Take It With You and The Marriage of Bette and Boo. Each summer Ms. Clark directs Charleston Stage’s SummerStage Musical Theatre Camp for more than 60 young people each season. Productions have included Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Seussical the Musical, Disney’s Aladdin, Disney’s High School Musical, Guys and Dolls Jr., and Bugsy Malone Junior. Ms. Clark has directed more than a dozen MainStage and Family Series shows for Charleston Stage, most recently, Hairspray and Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps.

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Charleston Stage Offers Acting Classes, Outreach Workshops, and High School Apprenticeships All Year Round! Acting Classes 200+ students attend acting classes after school.

Charleston Stage’s TheatreSchool offers classes year round for students from kindergarten through high school at Charleston Stage’s Mount Pleasant Studio. Acting classes for students of all ages and abilities are taught by members of Charleston Stage’s Professional Resident Acting Company. Classes range from beginning classes, performance workshops, and performance troupes. Classes culminate in miniperformances held at Charleston Stage’s Mt. Pleasant Studios. Tuition scholarships are available for need-based students. For more information contact Marybeth Clark, Director of Education at (843) 647-7371 or mclark@charlestonstage.com. Register online today at www.charlestonstage.com!

OutReach Workshops 2000+ Students enjoy these enriching workshops that are led by members of Charleston Stage’s Professional Resident Acting Company.

Charleston Stage’s Resident Actors bring live theatre to area schools through special outreach workshops each season. Using handson theatre techniques, they teach academic subjects, enhance lesson plans and enrich the classroom experience in such areas as: understanding Shakespeare and the Brown vs. Board of Education case. For more information contact Marybeth Clark, Director of Education at (843) 647-7371 or mclark@charlestonstage.com.

High School Apprenticeships 35+ Students participate in hands-on apprenticeships working side by side with theatre professionals.

Charleston Stage’s TheatreWings High School Apprentice Program is an intensive, pre-professional, technical theatre training program FREE for more than 35 high school students a year. Apprentices learn directly from professionals about acting, set design & construction, props, costumes, stage management, lighting, sound, and special effects. TheatreWings apprentices develop strong organizational and time management skills while building relationships with fellow students from public and private schools in the tri-county area. Graduates of Charleston Stage’s TheatreWings High School Apprentice Program have gone on to appear on Broadway and television. For more information contact Marybeth Clark, Director of Education at (843) 647-7371 or mclark@charlestonstage.com. www.charlestonstage.com | (843) 577-7183


Coming Up Next! January 21 - 30, 2011 Dock Street Theatre

Associate Sponsor: Blue Water Benefits Blues at the Dock Blue chronicles the life of an affluent and prominent African American family who run a funeral home in rural South Carolina. Told through the eyes of the eldest son Reuben, the story centers around his relentlessly driven mother, Peggy, who is mesmerized by the music of the great jazz singer Blue Williams. Abounding with tenderness and acceptance, this humorous family Directed by Marybeth Clark

portrait and search for unconditional love will introduce audiences to an endearing family. Adult: $34 - $48 Senior: $32 - $48 Student: $22 - $48

February 11 - 20, 2011 Dock Street Theatre

Associate Sponsor: Mr. and Mrs. William B. Hewitt Nerds at the Dock How do you spell H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S? This Tony Awardwinning musical comedy follows six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves! This irreverent, tuneful, offbeat and heartwarming musical offers audience members the opportunity (strictly voluntary) to participate in the Bee, making each Directed by Kyle W. Barnette Musical Direction by Amanda Wansa

performance unique. So get out your dictionaries, and get ready for an evening filled with humor and heart. Adult: $38 - $52 Senior: $36 - $52 Student: $22 - $52

2010-11 Season Helium, Mar. 11 - 20, 2011 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mar. 25 - 27, 2011

The Original Peter Pan, Apr. 15 - May 1, 2011

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE AT WWW.CHARLESTONSTAGE.COM OR CALL (843) 577-7183, M-F 12PM-5PM. (843) 577-7183 | www.charlestonstage.com

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