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A foodie’s guide to the best memory-making dining spots in a city known for good eats. By Bret Love

A Christmas Story 18 A Christmas Classic*

A Christmas Story, which began life as a so-so feature film, morphed into a ritual TV favorite and became a pretty darn pleasing stage musical. By Julie Bookman

Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker 18 Calling It a Career*

After some 30 ‘Nutcrackers’ and 22 years with Atlanta Ballet, longtime dancer John Welker decides to step offstage for good By Julie Bookman

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More than decade later, NOLA’s restaurant scene has rebounded, and then some. The 2015 U.S. Census Bureau reported an 11 percent growth in New Orleans restaurants, even though the city’s population remains smaller than before Katrina. Beloved favorites such as Commander’s Palace and Dooky Chase’s rebuilt and came back stronger than before. Entrepreneurial chefs such as Donald Link,

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ARNAUD’S 813 Bienville St. | 504.523.5433 www.arnaudsrestaurant.com/ You’ll find it in the French Quarter at the intersection with Bourbon Street. This elegant spot serves classic Creole cuisine in lovingly restored turn-of-the-century dining rooms. A NOLA staple since 1918, its main dining room offers a romantic experience; the more casual Jazz Bistro features a live Dixieland jazz trio that goes table-to-table. The menu’s a bit oldfashioned, but service and quality are top-notch. Try the Café Brûlot for dessert: With coffee, lemon and orange rind, clove, cinnamon sticks

FROM TOP: The jazz brunch at Commander’s Palace begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sunday. Joe Simon’s Jazz Trio (above) provides the music. The kitchen provides dishes like Shrimp & Tasso Henican, Cochon de Lait Eggs Benedict and Creole Bread Pudding Souffle, which comes with warm whiskey added tableside. Good-natured lines are part of the ambience at the down-home Mother’s on Poydras Street.

and orange curaçao flamed with brandy, it’ll warm you in more ways than one. BRENNAN’S 417 Royal St. | 504.525.9711 www.brennansneworleans.com/ A fine dining tradition since 1946. Brennan’s reopened in 2014 after new owners completed a $20 million renovation. The pink building’s eight posh dining rooms celebrate old world opulence, but chef Slade Rushing’s menu combines Creole tradition with contemporary influences. Breakfast here is arguably among ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION

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COCHON 930 Tchoupitoulas St. | 504.588.2123 www.cochonrestaurant.com/ Most New Orleans cuisine is rooted in Creole tradition, but Cochon CEO/executive chef Donald Link pays homage to his Cajun roots. He and chef/co-owner Stephen Stryjewski use locally sourced pork, produce and seafood to craft a meaty menu rich with sumptuous Southern flavors. Entrees such as smoked ham hock (with pinto beans, apples, sage and jalapeño buttermilk) and braised beef short ribs will please any red-blooded carnivore. For a taste you won’t find anywhere else, start with the fried boudin balls, an inventive twist on a Cajun classic. 10 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

COMMANDER’S PALACE 1403 Washington Ave. | 504.899.8221 www.commanderspalace.com/ The grande dame of New Orleans’ culinary scene. Commander’s Palace was established in the Garden District in 1890 and is best known, perhaps, for producing such iconic chefs as Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse. It’s widely considered among the best upscale restaurants in the country. Executive chef Tory Mcphail won the prestigious James Beard Award for best chef in the South in 2013. Commander’s refined jazz brunch is legendary, with such delectable dishes as Shrimp & Tasso Henican, Cochon de Lait Eggs Benedict and to-die-for Creole Bread Pudding Soufflé with whiskey cream sauce. DESIRE OYSTER BAR 300 Bourbon St. | 504.553.2281 www.sonesta.com/us/louisiana/new-orleans/ royal-sonesta-new-orleans/desireoysterbar

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the city’s best. Try the Eggs Hussarde, which features English muffins topped with coffeecured Canadian bacon, hollandaise and marchand de vin (red wine reduction) sauce. Don’t leave without having the bananas Foster, invented here by founder Owen Brennan in the 1950s.


FROM FAR LEFT: For dessert at Arnaud’s, tuck into the Cafe Brulot, made with coffee, lemon and orange rind, cloves, cinnamon sticks and Orange Curacao flamed with brandy. Brennan’s counters with bananas Foster, invented years ago at the Royal Street cafe.

Part of the Royal Sonesta Hotel. This upscale raw bar’s 2015 redesign makes the most of its location at the happening intersection of Bourbon and Bienville. Oversized windows provide prime people-watching while the antique mirror and granite counter draw attention to the fully stocked bar. The real action is on the side, where a nimble-fingered team shucks fresh oysters at lightning speed. Whether you like ’em raw or chargrilled, they’re the stars here. But the shrimp and grits, fried green tomato Benedict with crawfish hollandaise, and Creole Trio (jambalaya, red beans and rice, gumbo) are all solid. DOOKY CHASE’S RESTAURANT 2301 Orleans Ave. | 504.821.0600 www.dookychaserestaurant.com/ This landmark opened in 1941 in the Treme neighborhood. It’s home to Leah Chase, the “Queen of Creole Cuisine,” and the

If You Go • Driving distance: 470 miles (about 6.5 hours). • How to get there: Take I-85 south to Montgomery, Ala.; I-65 south to Mobile, Ala.; then I-10 west to New Orleans. • Estimated cost: We stayed at the Maison Dupuy in the French Quarter, where rooms average $139 per night. With upscale meals, a three-day weekend would cost $700-$1,000. Other lodging options in the area include the Dauphin Orleans Hotel, the Royal Sonesta Hotel and many more.

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GW FINS 808 Bienville St. | 504.581.3467 gwfins.com/ The rare NOLA restaurant that focuses primarily on seafood. GW Fins features an upscale, elegant change-of-pace from typical French Quarter fare. Tenney Flynn (who earned chef of the year honors from New Orleans Magazine in 2004 and 2011) offers a fresh-caught seasonal menu that changes daily. There are some exceptional staples, however, including grilled Scottish salmon with a smoked jalapeño glaze, lightly seared yellowfin tuna with Asian vegetables and sticky rice, and divine “scalibut,” starring halibut and sea scallops over lobster risotto with sugar snap peas and pea shoot butter.

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MOTHER’S 401 Poydras St. | 504.523.9656 www.mothersrestaurant.net/ Serving down-home Southern style fare since 1938. This iconic joint almost always has a line out the door, a line at the counter, a wait for food to come to the table ... you get the picture. What it lacks in style it makes up for in comfort-food substance with its self-proclaimed “World’s Best Baked Ham,” succulent fried chicken, and such NOLA classics as Mac’s filé gumbo, Jerry’s jambalaya and crawfish etouffée. If you don’t mind it messy, try the famous Ferdi special po’boy, piled high with ham, roast beef and au jus gravy. And do not leave without sampling the bread pudding with brandy sauce.

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inspiration for the character Tiana in Disney’s The Princess and the Frog. The restaurant was integrated early and became a civil rights movement meeting place in the 1960s. It also houses one of the finest private collections of African-American art in the state of Louisiana. Open just four days for lunch and Friday night for dinner, it draws rabid crowds for Miss Leah’s famed fried chicken, gumbo and shrimp Clemenceau, and her peach cobbler is divine.


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A Christmas Classic A Christmas Story, which began as a so-so feature film in 1983, morphed into a ritual TV favorite and became a pretty darn pleasing stage musical. By Julie Bookman ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 19


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ow many times can we howl over a mom fretting that her little Ralphie will shoot his eye out if he gets an official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200Shot Range Model Air Rifle for Christmas? Indefinitely, it seems. You might be surprised to know that A Christmas Story, the 1983 feature film that fixes on the Parkers, a middleclass Indiana family at the end of the Great Depression, didn’t do well at the box office when it was first released. It found widespread enthusiasm gradually, after Ted Turner bought the MGM film library in 1986 and began showing it on his cable networks, and later when when TNT, then TBS, began airing the “24 Hours of A Christmas Story Marathon.” “Would you really want to watch the movie a dozen times?” asked a writer for SFGate, the online version of the San Francisco Chronicle. “Probably not,” but keeping it rolling on your TV “serves as a nice backdrop to your holiday festivities and might be more entertaining that cousin Eddie’s stories.” The marathon consistently sets ratings records; some 50 million viewers now tune in for at least part of it. Reason enough to create a Broadway musical? You betcha. That happened in 2012. The musical, like the movie, follows one 9-year-old boy’s desperate desire for a super-duper toy. The tale is merry and bright, and sentimental without too much syrup. It touches on a dad’s desire to be something other than ordinary and a frazzled mom who just wants the turkey to come out OK. When the show opened on Broadway, The New York Times’ Charles Isherwood praised it for “being less glitzy and more soft-spoken than the garish, overbearing” holiday stage musicals How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Elf.

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Chris Carsten as narrator/writer Jean Shepherd (left) and Myles Moore as Ralphie grab center stage in the “Ralphie to the Rescue” number, a rambunctious Old West shootout fantasy.


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Comparatively, he wrote, A Christmas Story “glows with sepia-toned nostalgia for a simpler time.” A critic writing for a film-related website said the show’s catchy songs added “a depth to the story that the film didn’t have.” The stage musical has toured twice previously, but never to Atlanta (although Georgia Shakespeare staged it some years back). The tap-dancing Ralphie is played in rotation by Myles Moore, 13, and Austin Molinaro, 12. Moore was one of two Ralphies last season; Molinaro is new. Susannah Jones as Mother and Christopher Swan as the Old Man (what Ralphie calls his dad) are touring for a third time. Reviewers have remarked positively on Jones’ warmth and radiance. Swan plays the Old Man “with a light hand and gives nuance and depth with pitiful, Mr. Cellophaneesque moments of yearning,” a Dallas critic said, referring the invisible sad-sack immortalized in song in the musical Chicago. “When you read certain reviews, you go, ‘Yes, it’s working, what I’m doing?’” says Swan. The Old Man must

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The musical, which has a large cast of grown-ups and kids “glows with sepia-toned nostalgia for a simpler time,” one reviewer wrote. The show is set in Indiana at the end of the Great Depression.


be likable and funny, but also “the authority figure losing his temper and swearing at the furnace and the car. There’s a thin line in terms of making him real.” Swan partnering again with Jones. On their first tour, they had to worry about the show’s nuts and bolts. “But last year our lines really started popping. This time, I think we can really just own it, have fun, even play around with it.” Darren McGavin and Melinda Dillon played the parents in the feature film. Peter Billingsley, the movie’s famously bespectacled Ralphie, is one of the stage musical’s producers. The whole franchise began with In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash, a 1966 collection of humor stories from memories of Jean Shepherd, a Midwestern radio host who co-wrote and narrated the film. Shepherd died in 1999 at age 78. For Swan, playing the Old Man means a transition from leading man to character roles. “At first, I wondered, am I funny enough? Am I interesting-looking enough? But certain directors could see it. I love them for giving me a chance to discover what I could do both vocally and comically.”


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FROM TOP: The national touring company of “A Christmas Story” at a particularly sticky spot in the plot; Peter Billingsley, who played Ralphie in the 1983 feature film, is one of the producers of the stage musical.

McGavin’s movie dad was gruff and resigned to his lot in life, but Swan’s take is closer to a guy “who hasn’t quite accepted his humdrum life. He still has some big hopes for himself.” How better to demonstrate that zeal than to dance with a line of leg-kicking lampshades? A fancy leg lamp, of course, is the Old Man’s award for winning a crossword puzzle contest. “Ralphie to the Rescue,” a rambunctious Old West shootout fantasy, is among other movie moments brought to brassy musical life onstage. Did Swan, now in his late 40s, ever want something really, really bad for Christmas? Ah, yes, he says, recalling his 1980s childhood in Vermont. At about 11, he was obsessed with Star Wars and asked for the Millennium Falcon, “a big plastic Hans Solo ship with buzzers. You could put all your action figures inside it and re-enact the stories.” That was his Red Ryder. “All signs were pointing to me not getting it. I pushed and pushed. I circled it in the Sears catalog and was sure my parents kept not seeing it,” he says. When he did get it, he was “jumping around the room, high as a kite.” The thing still works, too, says Swan, who passed it on to a nephew. Much as he likes to entertain others, he likes to give. Says he: “I’m a Christmas kind of guy.”


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Big League Productions, Inc. in association with

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A Christmas Story, The Musical Book by

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Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Based upon the motion picture “A Christmas Story” © 1983 Turner Entertainment Co., distributed by Warner Bros. written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark and “In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash” by Jean Shepherd. Produced with permission of Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Inc. and Dalfie Entertainment, Inc. Starring

Austin Molinaro Myles Moore Chris Carsten Christopher Swan Susannah Jones Arick Brooks with

Andrew Berlin Matthew Brennan Sydney Chan Jessica Crilley Josh Davis Elizabeth Flanagan Briana Gantsweg K’Lynn Jackman Allie Kiesel Kevin Kulp Joey Little Allison Maldonado Lucas Marinetto Brooke Martino Mark Megill Evan Mayer Wyatt Oswald Sofia Pargas Angelica Richie Kyle Patrick Scanlon Joshua Turchin Scenic Design based on the Original Broadway Scenic Design by

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Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY, INC., of Woodstock, Illinois Originally Produced on Broadway by Gerald Goehring Roy Miller Michael F. Mitri Pat Flicker Addiss Peter Billingsley Timothy Laczynski Mariano Tolentino, Jr. Louise Beard Michael Filerman Scott Hart Alison Eckert Bob Bartner Michael Jenkins Angela Milonas Bradford W. Smith

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CAST (in order of appearance) Jean Shepherd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CHRIS CARSTEN Ralphie (alternating) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AUSTIN MOLINARO/MYLES MOORE Mother . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SUSANNAH JONES Randy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ARICK BROOKS The Old Man . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CHRISTOPHER SWAN The Bumpus Hounds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HOSS, STELLA Schwartz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JOSH DAVIS Flick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .WYATT OSWALD Thor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MYLES MOORE/AUSTIN MOLINARO Esther Jane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SOFIA PARGAS Justin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JOSHUA TURCHIN Mary Beth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ALLIE KIESEL Scut Farkus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LUCAS MARINETTO Grover Dill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JOEY LITTLE Miss Shields . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ANGELICA RICHIE Fantasy Villain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ANDREW BERLIN Bank Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JOSH DAVIS, MYLES MOORE Bank Robbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KYLE PATRICK SCANLON, EVAN MAYER Prisoner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KYLE PATRICK SCANLON Can Can Girlfriend . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ALLIE KIESEL Delivery Men . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CHRIS CARSTEN, ANDREW BERLIN, EVAN MAYER Policeman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ANDREW BERLIN Fireman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . EVAN MAYER Doctor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KYLE PATRICK SCANLON Nurse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JESSICA CRILLEY Flick’s Mother . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ALLISON MALDONADO Mobster Tap Specialty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LUCAS MARINETTO Santa Claus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ANDREW BERLIN Chief Elves . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JESSICA CRILLEY Nancy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .K’LYNN JACKMAN Goggles Kid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .JOSHUA TURCHIN Waiter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KEVIN KULP Waitress . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SYDNEY CHAN Jean Shepherd Stand-by . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MARK MEGILL Mother Stand-by . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BRIANA GANTSWEG Neighbors, Shoppers, Parents, Students, Townspeople, Elves and Others ANDREW BERLIN, MATTHEW BRENNAN, SYDNEY CHAN, JESSICA CRILLEY, JOSH DAVIS ELIZABETH FLANAGAN, BRIANA GANTSWEG, K’LYNN JACKMAN, ALLIE KIESEL, KEVIN KULP, JOEY LITTLE, ALLISON MALDONADO, LUCAS MARINETTO, BROOKE MARTINO, MARK MEGILL, EVAN MAYER, WYATT OSWALD, SOFIA PARGAS, ANGELICA RICHIE, KYLE PATRICK SCANLON, JOSHUA TURCHIN DANCE CAPTAIN BROOKE MARTINO SWING MATTHEW BRENNAN, BROOKE MARTINO, JOSHUA TURCHIN UNDERSTUDIES Understudies never substitute for listed players unless a specific announcement is made at the time of the performance. For Ralphie - JOSHUA TURCHIN For Mother – ELIZABETH FLANAGAN; For Old Man – MATTHEW BRENNAN; For Scut Farkus – MYLES MOORE For Randy – JOSH DAVIS, JOSHUA TURCHIN; For Miss Shields – BROOKE MARTINO; For Mobster Tap Specialty – WYATT OSWALD; For Schwartz – JOSHUA TURCHIN ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 29


SCENES & MUSICAL NUMBERS ACT ONE Overture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Orchestra Prologue: Outside radio station WOR, New York City/the radio studio desk – Christmas Eve, Several Years Ago Scene 1: . . . . The Parker Family House and Higbee’s Department Store – December 1, 1940 “It All Comes Down to Christmas” . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ralphie, the Parkers and Ensemble “Red Ryder Carbine Action BB Gun” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ralphie and Jean “It All Comes Down to Christmas” (Reprise) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ralphie and Company Scene 2: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Parker Family House – The Next Day “The Genius on Cleveland Street” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Old Man, Mother Scene 3: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A Path Leading to School – Soon Afterward “When You’re A Wimp” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kids Scene 4: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Classroom – A Few Minutes Later “Ralphie to the Rescue!” . .Ralphie, Miss Shields, The Old Man, Mother, Randy and Ensemble Scene 5: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Parker Family House – A Week Later “What a Mother Does” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mother “A Major Award” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Old Man, Mother and Neighbors Scene 6: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Parker Family House – Early Evening of December 13 Scene 7: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . On The Road – Immediately Following “Parker Family Singalong” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Parkers Scene 8: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Parker Family House – Late That Night “Act I Finale” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ralphie and Ensemble THERE WILL BE ONE 15-MINUTE INTERMISSION ACT TWO Entr’Acte . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Orchestra Scene 1: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Schoolyard and The Classroom “Sticky Situation” . . . . . . Ralphie, Flick, Schwartz, Kids, Miss Shields, Nurse, Flick’s Mom, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Fireman, Policeman and Doctor Scene 2: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Fantasy 1930’s Speakeasy “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Miss Shields and Kids Scene 3: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A Path From School – Immediately Following Scene 4: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Parker Family House – A Few Minutes Later “Just Like That” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mother Scene 5: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Santa’s Station at Higbee’s – Christmas Eve “At Higbee’s” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Elves “Up on Santa’s Lap” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Santa, Elves, Ralphie, Randy and Kids Scene 6: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Parker Family House – Christmas Eve “Before The Old Man Comes Home” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Parkers Scene 7: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Boys’ Bedroom “Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ralphie, Randy and Kids Scene 8: . The Parker Family House, A Chinese Restaurant and the Town – Christmas morning “Ralphie to the Rescue” (Reprise) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ralphie and Ensemble “A Christmas Story” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Parkers and Full Company

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BIOS A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL - ORCHESTRA MUSIC DIRECTOR, KEYS 2 —ANDREW SMITHSON Associate Conductor, Keys 1 — Anthony Brindisi Reed 1 — Tim Abbott Reed 2 — Tanner Dawson Reed 3 — Michael Webb Trumpet 1 — Ricky Spears Trumpet 2 — Michael Jones Trombone 1 — Raul Navarrette Trombone 2 — Jeff Harrigan Bass — Ryan Crum Drums — Matt Watson Percussion — Benjamin Rigney The use of any recording device, either audio or video, and the taking of photographs, either with or without flash, is strictly prohibited.

AUSTIN MOLINARO (Ralphie, Ensemble) is excited beyond belief for this role. Austin is a 12-year-old based in Chicago. Credits: On Golden Pond (Billly — Oil Lamp Theater), Big the Musical (Billy — Actor’s Training Center), Music Man (Winthrop — Spotlight), Willy Wonka (Charlie — Westfield School). He thanks Big League for giving him this amazing opportunity and thanks his mom, dad, family and all his fans at home for all their love and support. MYLES MOORE (Ralphie, Ensemble) is so happy to reprise this iconic role in his second ACS tour! Recent credits include The Addams Family: A Musical (Pugsley Addams — Centre Stage Theatre) and Mary Poppins (Michael Banks — Greenville Little Theatre.) Huge thanks to Big League, Matt, Michael, his family, friends and especially to Carla. For Nanny. @themylesmoore www.mylesmoore.com ARICK BROOKS (Randy) is honored to make his debut in this national tour of A Christmas Story. Based in San Angelo, Texas, Arick is a member of San Angelo Broadway Academy Youth Theatre. Credits: Tarzan (Young Tarzan), James and the Giant Peach (James) and Mary Poppins (Michael). Arick holds numerous regional and national titles in tap and musical theater dance. Big thanks to his family, Jared Capps, SABA family and Big League for this amazing opportunity!

CHRIS CARSTEN ( Jean Shepherd) is back for a third straight year as Jean Shepherd in Big League’s A Christmas Story the Musical, and he couldn’t be happier! Carsten recently completed a Chinese national tour of My Fair Lady as Henry Higgins, a role he has performed in the United States and Singapore as well. Credits include Adams in 1776, Hook in Peter Pan and Andrews in Titanic. He was also seen in a recent national tour of Saturday Night Fever. He dedicates his performance to his wonderful wife and three children. CHRISTOPHER SWAN (The Old Man) is very happy to back for a third time with the Parker family and the dogs. Other national tours include Damn Yankees (Applegate), Guys and Dolls (Nathan) and the recent tour of China with My Fair Lady (Doolittle). Award-winning regional roles include I Love You, You’re Perfect ... (Man 2), La Cage (Albin), Shipwrecked! (Louis) and This Wonderful Life, a one-man salute to the holiday classic. SUSANNAH JONES (Mother) is delighted to return to the Parker family this year. Recent credits: Company (Susan — Bucks County Playhouse), Twelfth Night (Olivia — Mainestage Shakespeare), The Tempest (Miranda — Portland Shakespeare Project) and “PLANT” webseries (Gwendolyn — 2014 LA Webfest outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series). www. susannahjones.info. Love to M, D, S and JB. ANDREW BERLIN (Santa, Ensemble) is thrilled to return to A Christmas Story the Musical. New York: Tonya and Nancy the Rock Opera, Reefer Madness 10th Anniversary Reunion Concert. International: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Favorite regional: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Boston premiere), The Addams Family (Theater Barn), Les Miserables ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 31


BIOS (Musical Theater West) and West Side Story (Musical Theater West). Thanks to Matt, Jason and the whole team at Big League. Thanks to Whole Artist Management and love to family and friends. MATTHEW BRENNAN (Swing, Ensemble) is thrilled to join the Christmas Story family. Favorite credits include Assassins (Balladeer/Oswald — Encore Musical Theatre Company), Into the Woods (The Baker — Derby Dinner Playhouse) and Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Hedwig — Club Theatre. Huge thanks to Big League and love to friends and family. SYDNEY CHAN (Waitress, Ensemble) is thrilled to be back in A Christmas Story! Thanks to Devin, Jessica, Kim, Mallory, Alison, Rader and Big League for this, and to family/friends/teachers for all their support.IG,Twitter,FB:@theSydneyChan JESSICA CRILLEY (Elf, Ensemble) is excited to join the national tour of A Christmas Story. The Las Vegas native is based in NYC. Credits: Rock of Ages (Arizona Broadway), Memphis (John W. Engeman Theatre), The Little Mermaid (Palace Theatre), Wizard of Oz (Surflight), Ragtime (Westchester Broadway) and 9 to 5 (Broward Stage Door). Thanks to Big League and ATB for all the support. Follow: @jcrilley JOSH DAVIS (Schwartz, Ensemble) is excited to return to the ACS family for a second year. Josh lives in California. Credits: Seussical (JoJo — Sacramento Music Circus), Peter Pan (Michael — Sacramento Music Circus), Aladdin (Iago — El Dorado Musical Theatre), Bye Bye Birdie (Randolph — El Dorado Musical Theater) and All My Sons (Bert — Sutter Street Theatre). Thanks to Big League and my family for this opportunity. ELIZABETH FLANAGAN (Ensemble) is as excited as a kid on Christmas to join this tour for a third holiday season. She spent two months in China this year with My Fair Lady (ensemble, Eliza understudy). Favorite roles include Annabel in Lucky Stiff, Maggie in A Chorus Line and Frenchy in Grease. elizabethflanagan.com BRIANA GANTSWEG (Mother Stand-by) is elated to make her national tour debut with A Christmas Story. Briana was a finalist in the 2016 Lotte Lenya Competition and won the inaugural Carolyn Weber Award. Credits: Emma (Emma — The Gallery Players), A Little Night Music (Anne — Pacific Alliance Stage). Briana’s voice can also be heard on film and video game soundtracks including Crimson Peak (Universal Pictures) and Soul Sacrifice (Sony Japan). Dedicated to my mother. K’LYNN JACKMAN (Nancy, Ensemble) is jubilant 32 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

to be part of the Christmas Story family on tour. Other roles: The Lion King on Broadway (Young Nala), United Nations, Madison Square Garden, Fox 5 News, McDonald’s Gospelfest, Yankees and Brooklyn Cyclones games, Apollo Theater, Web series “K’lynn’s Bow-Teek,” “Wonderama,” “Television networks.” Thank you family, friends, supporters and glory to God. Discover her on Google, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Vine, LinkedIn @KlynnJackman1, Instagram @KlynnJackman1, and www.KlynnJackman.com. Thank you so much, Big League. ALLIE KIESEL (Mary Beth, Ensemble) is beyond excited to perform in her first national tour. Allie, 11, is from central New York. Theater credits: Sound of Music (Gretl — Rome Capitol Theater) Scrooge (Ensemble — Stanely Theater) Little Dancer (Charlotte — New 42nd Street Studios). Allie is grateful to the Dance Works Studio, Caitlyn Fenton, Amelia DeMayo and her family for always believing in and supporting her dreams. KEVIN KULP (Waiter, Ensemble) National tour: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Regional: Anything Goes (Marriott Theatre); Miss Saigon (Walnut Street & Signature Theatre); A Chorus Line (Paul), The King and I (Walnut Street & Olney Theatre). Muhlenberg alumni. Love to my family! Instagram @Kulpy JOEY LITTLE (Grover Dill, Ensemble) is excited to make his national tour debut in A Christmas Story, the Musical. Joey is a pre-professional dancer at Studio Bleu Dance Center in Ashburn, Va. Credits: “Nightmare Next Door” (Investigation Discovery Channel), Breaking Brooklyn (feature film), national/regional dance titlist winner and gold medalist International Dance Organization (world tap dance championship). Big thanks to Big League Productions for this opportunity. ALLISON MALDONADO (Ensemble) is thrilled to be back with A Christmas Story for the third year in a row. She’s based in New York City and is a proud alumni of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Favorite credits include the off-Broadway revival of Li’l Abner (Stupefying Jones — the Lion Theatre in Theatre Row), Mary Poppins (Miss Andrew/Bird Woman — Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre) and Damn Yankees (Gloria Thorpe — Broward Stage Door Theatre). Allison is the creator of “The Vintage Voyageur,” a new web series on YouTube. Thanks to Big League for another great year and love to Mom and Dad. For Betty. allisonmaldonado.com


BIOS LUCAS MARINETTO (Farkus, Tap Specialty, Ensemble) is making his national tour debut. He’s based in Virginia. Credits: 2016 SYTYCD Next Generation Top 30 finalist, Breaking Brooklyn (feature film). Thanks to Big League for this opportunity. BROOKE MARTINO (Swing, Dance Captain, Ensemble) is thrilled to return for her third year with the Christmas Story national tour. Regional: Priscilla: Queen of the Desert (Ogunquit/Gateway Playhouse co-pro), The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Pippi, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse), 42nd Street (asst. dance captain, the Wick), A Chorus Line (Sheila), Hairspray (Penny), Grease (Rizzo), Tick, Tick, BOOM! (Susan), Rent (dance captain), The Who’s Tommy and Footloose. A big thank you to her friends and family for their endless love and support. A special shoutout to this amazing team: cast, crew and creatives. Love y’all. Ball change! MARK MEGILL (Jean Shepherd Stand-by) is thrilled to join the company of A Christmas Story after spending 40 years as a teacher. Favorite roles include Damn Yankees (Joe Boyd), My Fair Lady (Alfred P. Doolittle) and Spamalot (Patsy). Thanks to Maria, Dan and Jodi for the chance to live the dream! EVAN MAYER (Ensemble) International/national tours: My Fair Lady (Harry), Annie (Rooster u/s, Dance Captain). Off-B’way: Out of This World, Babes in Arms. Regional: Cabaret (Max/Hans — Cape Playhouse), Ragtime and Mary Poppins at Westchester Broadway, and two seasons at MTWichita including Fiddler (Motel). B.F.A.: Indiana University. Thanks to Avalon, The Crew and my amazing family! www.evan-mayer.com. WYATT OSWALD (Flick, Ensemble) is excited to be making his national tour debut in A Christmas Story. He’s based in Savannah, Ga., and a proud member of the Garrison School of the Arts Actors Guild. He has grown up in the dance industry performing and competing, since age 5, with the Coastal Performing Arts Academy. He has won many regional and national titles with his tap dancing and hip-hop performances. Many thanks to family and friends who have made this all possible, and a huge thank you to Big League Productions for this amazing opportunity ! For my favorite tap teacher, Mom. SOFIA PARGAS (Esther Jane, Ensemble) is thrilled to return to A Christmas Story 2016, now as Esther Jane (ensemble), previously as Mary Beth. Credits: 2016 Junior Miss title winner, Dancers Inc.

Nationals Competition. Big thanks to Big League for this second opportunity and also a big thanks to Alison Franck & my “dance enthusiasm” family. I couldn’t have done it without you. ANGELICA RICHIE (Miss Shields, Ensemble) is overjoyed to join this incredible company. Tours: Elf (1st national), Damn Yankees. Regional: Cincinnati Playhouse, St. Louis Rep, Northern Stage, Fulton. Training: UCB improv, UCLA theater. Thanks to her family, friends and all at ACS! (2Cor.3:17) KYLE PATRICK SCANLON (Ensemble) is excited to join the company of A Christmas Story, the Musical. Regional credits: On the Town (Barrington Stage), Peter Pan and A Christmas Carol (Syracuse Stage). Thank you Mom, Dad, Family, Kevin and Big League! Syracuse University, MT 2016. JOSHUA TURCHIN (Swing, Ensemble) is thrilled to return after receiving critical acclaim last year as Randy, a role for which he’s now too tall. Credits: School of Rock (B’way promo team), Green Eggs/ Cleveland Orchestra, Kris Kringle (Equity reading). Thank you Big League, Nancy Carson, Julia Mendelsohn, Janine Molinari/DMO and family. In memory of MomMom/ILYS. www.joshuaturchin. com & Instagram@joshuaturchin! JEAN SHEPHERD (Originating Author) One of the most nostalgic, humorous storytellers of his day, Shepherd wrote for several magazines and his articles were published in a series of books including The America of George Ade, In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash, A Fistful of Fig Newtons and The Ferrari in the Bedroom. Shepherd’s radio broadcasting career began in Cincinnati in 1948. He eventually moved to WOR Radio in New York. He performed entirely without scripts. From 1971 to 1994, Shepherd became a screenwriter, writing and producing numerous TV and cinema works. In 2005, Shepherd was posthumously inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame and the Broadcast Cable Hall of Fame. BENJAMIN “BOB” CLARK (Motion Picture Director/Co-Screenwriter) was an actor, director, screenwriter and producer. He directed a diverse collection of blockbuster and cult hits including Black Christmas, Murder by Degree, Tribute and Porky’s. Working from Jean Shepherd’s book, In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash, Clark directed, and co-wrote with Shepherd and Leigh Brown, the motion picture A Christmas Story. Films that followed included Rhinestone, Turk 182!, From the Hip, Loose Cannons and Baby Geniuses.

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BIOS JOSEPH ROBINETTE (Book) is a 2013 Tony and Drama Desk Award nominee and the awardwinning author of 55 published plays and musicals. His works have been produced in all 50 states and in 17 countries. Twelve of his plays have been translated into foreign languages. His plays have been produced by Lincoln Center, Pittsburgh Playhouse, Barter Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, Goodman Theatre and the BBC, among others. Robinette collaborated with E.B. White on the authorized stage version of Charlotte’s Web and wrote the musical version with composer Charles Strouse. BENJ PASEK AND JUSTIN PAUL (Lyrics/Music/ Arrangements) Broadway: A Christmas Story, the Musical. (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations). Off-Broadway: Dear Evan Hansen (Second Stage — Obie, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards); Dogfight (Second Stage — Lucille Lortel Award; Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, London Evening Standard nominations). Regional: James and the Giant Peach (Seattle Children’s Theatre) and Edges (Capital Repertory Theatre). Film: Trolls (DreamWorks Animation); La La Land (Lionsgate); Tom & Jerry: Back to Oz (Warner Bros. Animation). Film projects: The Greatest Showman (Fox). Television: Smash; Sesame Street; Johnny and the Sprites. Pasek and Paul created the song “Unlimited” for Old Navy’s 2014 back-toschool campaign (Emmy nomination). Additional honors: Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theatre (American Academy of Arts and Letters); ASCAP Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award; Jonathan Larson Award. Both are graduates of the University of Michigan musical theater program and members of the Dramatists Guild of America Inc. JOHN RANDO (Original Broadway Direction) Broadway credits include the acclaimed revival of On the Town, A Christmas Story, The Wedding Singer, Urinetown (Tony and Outer Critics Circle awards for best director), A Thousand Clowns and Neil Simon’s The Dinner Party. Recent off-Broadway credits include Lives of the Saints (Primary Stages), The Heir Apparent (2014 SDCF Calloway Award for direction — Classic Stage Company), All in the Timing (Primary Stages — 2013 Obie Award for direction) and The Toxic Avenger, among many others. He directed the Encores! productions of Little Me, It’s a Bird ... It’s a Plane ... It’s Superman, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, On the Town, Damn Yankees, Face the Music, Strike Up the Band, Do Re Mi, The Pajama Game and Of Thee I Sing. He also directed the staged performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel at the New York Philharmonic. MATT LENZ (Director) BROADWAY: Hairspray, 34 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

Catch Me If You Can, The Velocity of Autumn (associate director on original productions) and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (resident director). OFF-BROADWAY: Pageant: The Musical (2015 Drama Desk best musical nomination), The Irish Curse (Soho Playhouse), Idaho! (NYMF — Best of Fest and best director awards), The Great Daisy Theory, Fingers and Toes (NYMF) and Alan Ball’s The Amazing Adventures of Tense Guy. NATIONAL TOURS: Cheers Live Onstage, A Christmas Story the Musical (2014, 2015, 2016), Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can. INTERNATIONAL: Hairspray companies in Johannesburg, South Africa; the United Kingdom; Toronto; and Cologne, Germany. REGIONAL: Numerous plays and musicals at Paper Mill Playhouse, George Street Playhouse, The MUNY, North Carolina Theatre, Maltz Jupiter Theater, Ogunquit Playhouse, Zach Theatre, Gulfshore Playhouse, Casa Manana, Gateway Playhouse, Short North Stage, Forestburgh Playhouse and Stamford Center for the Arts. Matt is a member of SDC and a teaching artist with the Broadway Dreams Foundation. www.mattlenzdirector.com WARREN CARLYLE (Choreographer) Broadway: director and choreographer for After Midnight (Brooks Atkinson, Tony Award for best choreography); Chaplin (Barrymore); Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway (Broadhurst; Finian’s Rainbow (St. James); and A Tale of Two Cities (Hirschfeld). Also on Broadway, he provided choreography for A Christmas Story (Lunt Fontanne), She Loves Me (Studio 54), On the 20th Century (American Airlines Theater), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Studio 54) and Follies (Marriot Marquis). Off-Broadway credits include Cotton Club Parade, Girl Crazy, On the Town, Juno and Stairway to Paradise (City Center Encores!); Working (Zipper), Slut! (ATA). Regionally, he directed and choreographed Limelight (La Jolla Playhouse), Buddy’s Tavern (O’Neill Theater Center) and Lucky Guy (Goodspeed). He choreographed Dancing in the Dark (Old Globe), Randy Newman’s Harps & Angels (Mark Taper Forum), Camelot (Stratford Shakespeare Festival), 101 Dalmatians (tour/Madison Square Garden), A Christmas Story (tour), Mame (Kennedy Center), The Pirates of Penzance (Paper Mill, Goodspeed, Connecticut Critics Circle Award for best choreography), The Baker’s Wife (Goodspeed) and Pageant (Second City Chicago). He is represented on film and television by Deception starring Hugh Jackman (20th Century Fox), “Hope and Faith” (ABC), “An Evening at the Boston Pops” (PBS) and Elton John’s “Made in England” music video. Warren received a 2013 Emmy nomination for his work on Carousel for “Live at Lincoln Center.” He is choreographing


BIOS the Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler. JASON SPARKS (Associate Choreographer) Broadway associate/assistant credits: Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler (spring 2017); She Loves Me (Studio 54); After Midnight (Tony Award best choreography Warren Carlyle); 68th and 69th annual Tony Awards, Cotton Club Parade (City Center Encores!). Associate director/ choreographer After Midnight Norwegian Cruise Lines. Choreographer: Propaganda! (NYMF best choreography award), The Years Between (MTF), Grand Hotel (St. Clements Theatre), Beehive (Pennsylvania Centre Stage). Penn State graduate and Pittsburgh native! @JasonASparks. MICHAEL RADER (Associate and Resident Director) Highlights as a director or associate: off-Broadway: Stalking the Bogeyman (Outer Critics Circle nomination), York Theatre; You Are Not Alone with Betty Buckley; Elegies: A Song Cycle; The Testament of Mary; Mandela!; and Joe’s Pub. National tours: Varekai (Cirque Du Soleil), Scrooge: The Musical. Regional: Sacramento Music Circus, Westport Country Playhouse, Forestburgh Playhouse, Human Race Theatre, the Dramatist Guild, the Actors Studio and the Huron Playhouse. He has served as artistic director for Cirque du Soleil, as a Broadway liaison to the New York Department of Education, director of entertainment for The Hole In the Wall Gang Camp and is artistic director at Cape Playhouse in Cape Cod. SDC. www.michaelrader.com WALT SPANGLER (Original Broadway Scenic Design) designed the original Broadway production of A Christmas Story the Musical. Recent/upcoming projects include the Broadway premiere of Escape to Margaritaville, directed by Christopher Ashley, and the Broadway premiere of Tuck Everlasting, directed by Casey Nicholaw. Please visit: waltspangler.com ELIZABETH HOPE CLANCY (Original Broadway Costume Design) Broadway: A Christmas Story the Musical, Passing Strange, The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?, Bobbi Boland and The Ride Down Mount Morgan. International: The Glass Menagerie (Shanghai Dramatic Arts), Death of a Salesman (Gate Theatre), A Few Good Men (Theatre Royal, Haymarket). New York: The Lady From Dubuque (Signature Theatre), Measure for Measure (Shakespeare in the Park), The Antigone Project (Henry Hewes nomination). HOWELL BINKLEY (Original Broadway Lighting Design) Hamilton (2016 Tony winner), After

Midnight (2014 Tony nomination), How to Succeed ... (2011 Tony nomination), West Side Story (2009 Tony nomination), Gypsy starring Patti LuPone, In the Heights (2008 Tony nomination), Jersey Boys (2006 Tony winner), Avenue Q, The Full Monty, Parade, Kiss of the Spider Woman (1993 Tony nomination). Also: Joffrey Ballet’s Billboards, cofounder and resident lighting designer for Parsons Dance. Proud recipient of the 1993 Sir Laurence Olivier and Canadian Dora awards for Kiss of the Spider Woman; 2006 Henry Hewes Design Award; and Outer Critics Circle Award for Hamilton. MICHAEL CARNAHAN (Scenic Design Adaption) Off-Broadway — Atlantic Theater Company: Skeleton Crew; 59E59: I and You; Second Stage: The Happiest Song Plays Last; Signature Theatre: The Piano Lesson, The First Breeze of Summer; New World Stages: Not That Jewish; Life Could Be a Dream, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Three Mo’ Tenors, Pygmalion, Howie the Rookie, Brando. Tours — Cheers Live on Stage, A Christmas Story the Musical. Regional — Center Stage, Arena Stage, American Conservatory Theater, McCarter Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Pasadena Playhouse, Two River Theater, Cleveland Play House, Laguna Playhouse, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Northlight Theatre, Signature Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse, Ogunquit Playhouse, Arsht Center, Musical Theatre West, San Jose Repertory, Center Rep. Broadway (associate scenic D\designer) — Allegiance, The River, Peter and the Starcatcher, ANN: The Ann Richards Play, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Importance of Being Earnest, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, All About Me, White Christmas, Curtains. michaelcarnahandesign.com, Instagram@Carnypics, Twitter-@mike_carnahan LISA ZINNI (Tour Costume Design) is a New York-based costume designer and stylist who’s work includes Broadway, off-Broadway and regional theater. She designed Season 3 of the Broadwaythemed web series “Submissions Only.” She was the associate costume designer for the Tony-winning Broadway productions of Rent and Hair, as well as the national tours and international companies (U.K., Canada, Italy, China). Regional design credits include Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Pennsylvania Shakespeare festival, Walnut Street Theatre of Philadelphia, Riverside Theatre, the Arden Theatre Company and Theatre Under the Stars in Houston. For more info, visit LisaZinni.com CHARLIE MORRISON (Tour Lighting Design) National/international tours: Disney’s The Little Mermaid; How the Grinch Stole Christmas (NYC/ ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 35


BIOS tour); Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; Miss Saigon; Aida (U.S., Taiwan & China); Man of LaMancha; Guys and Dolls; Groovaloo (NYC, L.A., Foxwoods & U.S. tour); Hello, Dolly!; My Fair Lady; The King and I (U.S. tour & Korea); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Gypsy; 42nd Street (U.S. & Japan); Smokey Joe’s Café; The Who’s Tommy (Europe & Japan); Titanic; The Music Man; many others. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, Shakespeare Theatre Company (D.C.), the Guthrie, Goodspeed Musicals, Seattle Rep, Theatre Under the Stars, Dallas Summer Musicals, Kansas City Starlight, Pittsburgh CLO, George Street Playhouse, North Carolina Theatre, Playmaker’s Rep, Tulsa Opera, many others. Charlie is the recipient of two Helen Hayes awards for outstanding lighting design and has been nominated for seven Helen Hayes awards. Website: www.cmlighting.com ED CHAPMAN (Sound Design) happily returns for another year as part of the design teams of the touring productions of A Christmas Story the Musical and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Other notable credits include The Joker’s Game (world premiere in China); off-Broadway’s Bedbugs; Walnut Street’s In the Heights; Hunter Foster’s Rocky Horror Show; and American Pops Orchestra in Tokyo. Chapman sends much love and thanks to his parents, John and Gayle; and family Kate, Mary Ann, Johnny and Eddie. LOGAN MEDLAND (Music Supervisor) is in the orchestra of A Bronx Tale on Broadway directed by Jerry Zacks and Robert De Niro. Other Broadway credits include rehearsal pianist and keyboards for Dr. Zhivago. He wrote the arrangements and was music director/supervisor for The Bardy Bunch (offBroadway 2012, Chicago Mercury Theater 2016). Logan conducted thenational tours of A Christmas Story the Musical, Cats and Crazy for You, and was the associate music director for Chicago and the first and second national tours of Jersey Boys. In New York, he was associate MD for the workshop of the Broadway-bound Superfly, directed by Bill T. Jones. His first musical, Fingers and Toes, for which he wrote the book, the music and the lyrics, was selected for the New York Musical Festival (NYMF) in 2010. It has had continuous regional productions since then, at the Merry-go-Round Theatre in Auburn, N.Y., in 2012; at the Plaza Theatre in Manalapan, Fla., in 2013; and at the Ivoryton Playhouse in Conn., in 2014. GERARD KELLY (Hair & Wig Design) Broadway: Hair. Tour: Ain’t Misbehavin’; Hair; The Bardy Bunch; Hello, Dolly!; How the Grinch Stole Christmas the Musical; My Fair Lady. West End: 36 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

Hair. New York: the Public Theater, Pearl Theater, Classic Stage Company. Regionally: Westchester Broadway Theater, Maltz Jupiter Theater, Dallas Theater Center, Maine State Music Theater, Carousel Dinner Theater, Phoenix Theater, Sierra Repertory Theatre, San Francisco Theater Works, Cape Playhouse, the Allmanson, Sacramento Music Theater, Down Town Cabaret, Westport Country Playhouse, George Street Playhouse. Shakespeare festivals: New York, Lake Tahoe, New Jersey, Idaho, San Francisco. Film: The Conjuring, Transamerica, Girls Will Be Girls, Notorious, The Ten, The Savages, The Other Woman. TV: Law and Order SVU, The Ru Paul Show, Are We There Yet. Others: The B-52’s, RuPaul, Charles Busch, Varla Jean Merman, Lypsinka, Jennifer Holliday, Laura Linney, Felicity Huffman, Marlo Thomas, Whoopi Goldberg, Lesley Mann and William Hurt. ALISON FRANCK (Casting Director) (CSA) has worked in casting for more than 20 years. Current projects include the national tours of A Christmas Story (third year), 42nd Street and Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (seventh consecutive year). Recent projects includ national tours of The Producers, Saturday Night Fever, Guys and Dolls and Hello, Dolly! starring Sally Struthers. Past tours include Hair, Dreamgirls, My Fair Lady, Ain’t Misbehavin’ starring Ruben Studdard and Frenchie Davis, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Off-Broadway plays include It’s Just Sex and The Donkey Show (directed by Diane Paulus). She also worked in the TV casting of Soul Man starring Dan Aykroyd, LateLine starring Al Franken, Talk to Me starring Kyra Sedgewick, the pilots of Freaks and Geeks and Madigan Men, and most recently, Recovery Road on ABC Family. She was casting director for the film Broke Even starring Kevin Corrigan. She was the resident casting director for Paper Mill Playhouse for 10 years, casting more than 50 productions, including the Broadway transfer of I’m Not Rappaport starring Judd Hirsch and Ben Vereen and directed by Daniel Sullivan. www. franckcasting.com L. GLENN POPPLETON (Exclusive Tour Direction) represents, in addition to A Christmas Story the Musical, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Mandy Patinkin in Concert, An Evening With Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin, John Lithgow Stories by Heart and The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville (starring Mandy Patinkin and Taylor Mac). Past tours include Cathy Rigby Is Peter Pan, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Monty Python’s Spamalot.


BIOS WENDY J. CONNOR (Press and Marketing) is president of TRUE Marketing, a full-service entertainment marketing firm based in Orlando. TRUE Marketing boasts a full marketing and public relations consulting team, graphic design department, social marketing strategy team and in-house video production team with capabilities in HD field production, real-time green screen compositing, voiceover recording and pre- and post-production editing. Wendy owns two of the newest and most popular entertainment venues in downtown Orlando, The Abbey and The MEZZ. The MEZZ is a modern, urban-style event space with 7,000 square feet featuring modern art, innovative LED lighting and a state-of-the-art sound system. The Abbey is committed to broadening the cultural offerings in downtown Orlando and has been conceived as the ideal mixed-use venue for diverse live entertainment options on a nightly basis. DON S. GILMORE (Techincal Supervisor) has provided technical supervision for more than 300 Broadway, regional and commercial projects in the United States and abroad. Recent Broadway projects: Guys and Dolls, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Pirate Queen (production carpenter), Dracula the Musical and Sinatra. Road: The Producers, Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty, Tallest Tree in the Forest, A Christmas Story the Musical, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Guys and Dolls, Hair. Las Vegas: Mount Franco — Magic Reinvented Nightly, Puppet Up! Uncensored, Paul Zerdin — Mouthing Off and Frankie Moreno. Other: The Laramie Project, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Annex, NYC; Times Square New Year’s Eve. Don lives in NYC with his wife, actress Rebecca Holt, and their children Luke, Max and Ruby. ANDREW SMITHSON (Music Director) Tours: Joseph ... Dreamcoat (starring Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young), Gypsy, Aida, Jesus Christ Superstar. OffBroadway: The Wonderful Wizard of Song, Flanagan’s Wake. Regional: White Christmas, The Full Monty, Swing!, A Chorus Line and The Producers. Music director and orchestrator for POPart: the musical (NYMF Festival) and Hard Times (first Irish Theatre Festival). Previous adjunct instructor at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music and vocal coach at Pace University in New York City. DEBORAH DENENBERG (Producer) began her career at the Upstairs Dinner Theater in Omaha, Neb. In 1984, the Upstairs’ turnaround became the subject of a Harvard Business School case study titled Lyric, Inc., which is still taught in business schools nationwide. Deborah helped create and build

Big League Theatricals. Representative productions include Guys and Dolls, The Secret Garden, Into the Woods, Driving Miss Daisy and The Who’s Tommy. She is developing a children’s musical based on a Jewish survival story, The Doll Maker’s Gift. BIG LEAGUE PRODUCTIONS/DANIEL SHER (Executive Producer) is led by Daniel Sher as president and executive producer and has been an industry leader for 29 seasons in general managing and booking top Broadway musicals and special attractions for tours in North America and worldwide. Among Big League’s significant achievements include its collaborations with Disney Theatricals on Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida (North America, Taiwan and China), and with Cameron Mackintosh on a new production of Miss Saigon, which toured North America for four years. Other noteworthy productions include the Japanese and North American tours of the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of 42nd Street and Susan’s Stroman’s new production of Meredith Willson’s The Music Man. Others: Footloose (Las Vegas, Atlantic City, North American tour), Titanic, 1776, Peter Pan, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum starring Rip Taylor, and Blast! Big League’s The Who’s Tommy was seen throughout North America, South America, Europe and Japan. Other noteworthy productions include the Tony Award-winning musical Ain’t Misbehavin’ starring “American Idol” winner Ruben Studdard, and the first national tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang —flying car and all. Most recent: The Producers (Susan Stroman’s original direction and choreography); Hello, Dolly! starring Sally Struthers; Guys and Dolls; My Fair Lady (U.S. tour and China premiere); the original hip-hop dance show Groovaloo (off-Broadway); Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (annual national tour, 2012/2014 at Madison Square Garden, resident production at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry); Dreamgirls (U.S. and Japan); Hair (U.S. and Japan); and Bring It On (U.S. and Japan). In 2016-2017, Big League continues touring its acclaimed production of A Christmas Story the Musical and launches a revival of 42nd Street. Forthcoming productions include Ghost the Musical and A Chorus Line. The booking department at Big League is led by legendary booking agent John Starr, who helped launch the company 29 years ago.

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BIOS/STAFF STAFF FOR A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Daniel Sher GENERAL MANAGER Big League Productions Inc. Michael Coglan COMPANY BUSINESS MANAGER Brent Watkins EXCLUSIVE TOUR DIRECTION L. Glenn Poppleton LGPoppleton@me.com • (212) 840-4393 TOUR PRESS & MARKETING TRUE Marketing Wendy J. Connor Donna Fiegel CASTING Alison Franck, CSA TECHNICAL SUPERVISION Don S. Gilmore BROADCAST ADVERTISING TV & RADIO Frank Basile/Fresh Produce Productions PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kristin Sutter Production Stage Consultant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Shae Candelaria Associate Lighting Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Andrew Scharwath Associate Sound Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 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FOR YOUR INFORMATION THE THEATER A fully restored 1929 “Movie Palace,” the Fox Theatre, with 4,665 seats, is a multiple-purpose facility, housing Broadway shows, ballet, symphonies, concerts, movies, and private corporate events. PRIVATE EVENTS The Fox Theatre has three private rental spaces, with accommodations for 25 to 1,200 guests. Our Egyptian Ballroom and Grand Salon are beautifully decorated and can be set up to your specifications. The Landmarks Lounge is adjacent to the lobby and is perfect for a small pre-show and intermission event. To book your “Fabulous Fox” evening, please call 404.881.2100 or visit us at www.foxtheatre.org. TICKET OFFICE The Fox Theatre Ticket Office is located in the arcade entrance to the theatre. The Ticket Office is open for walkup ticket sales Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., and Saturday,10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The Fox Theatre Ticket Office is not open on Sundays unless there is a performance. On event days, the Ticket Office opens two hours prior to show time. Doors to the Fox open one hour prior to show time. Tickets for all performances at the Fox may be purchased online at www.FoxTheatre.org, all Ticket Alternative outlets and all Atlanta-area Whole Foods Markets, by calling 855-285-8499, or by visiting the Fox Theatre Ticket Office in person during regular Box Office hours. GROUP SALES The Fox Theatre Group Sales Department offers discounts to Groups for most Broadway shows. The Group Sales office is open Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm. Call 404 881-2000 or email foxgroup@foxtheatre.org. CONCESSIONS Concession stands are located in the Spanish Room, main lobby, and on the mezzanine lobby level. RESTROOMS Restrooms are located off the Main Lobby (downstairs), Mezzanine Lobby levels, and the Gallery level. Accessible restroom facilities are located in the Spanish Room and Accessible/Family restrooms are located through the Office door in the main lobby. GIFT SHOP The Fox Theatre operates a gift shop selling history books, T-shirts, sweatshirts, and an assortment of other theatre-related merchandise. The gift shop is located in the Spanish Room. TOURS Fox Theatre Tours are conducted Mondays and Thursdays at 10 AM, 11 AM, noon and 1 PM. Saturday tours are offered at 10 AM and 11 AM. Fox Theatre Tours are guided by Fox employees well-versed in the Fox’s history, current events, awards, and upcoming shows.   Tickets for Fox Theatre Tours are available at the Fox Theatre Ticket Office or online at www.foxtheatre.org. Special Tours can range from backstage to architectural to a school or college group. Please contact the Fox Theatre by calling 404.881.2100 to schedule your group tour. LOST AND FOUND Lost and found items are turned in to the Event Staff’s office. To check on lost items, please call 404-881-2119. Lost and found items will be retained for 30 days.

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EMERGENCY INFORMATION In the event of an emergency, and for your safety, please follow the directions provided by the Fox Theatre staff. SMOKING In accordance with the Fulton County Clean Air Ordinance, the Fox Theatre is a smoke-free facility. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas. ABOUT ACCESSIBILITY The Fox Theatre strives to make events accessible to all guests. If you require assistance during your visit to the Fox Theatre please seek out or ask for one of our Accessible Ambassadors. These staff members are attired in the traditional Fox Theatre uniform however also have gold braid and white gloves to make them easier to see. The Fox Theatre offers the use of wheelchairs, listening devices and booster seats at no additional charge. Our Ambassadors will assist you to special restroom accommodations. Note: Steep Steps lead to all seats on the upper levels. For assistance needed or additional information on programs, please contact the Event Staff’s office at: 404-881-2119. TICKETS To purchase accessible seating at the Fox Theatre please call: 404-881-2016 Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM or on Saturday, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. A Fox Theatre Ticket Office Associate will be happy to help you. Ticket buyers may also visit the ticketing site at www.foxtheatre.org. PROGRAMS PROVIDED Opened Captioning Performance Sponsored in partnership through TDF (Theatre Development Fund).

ELEVATORS Elevators are located at the north end of each lobby. The elevators are available during all performances and make it possible to access each lobby without the use of stairs. Patrons should be aware that access to upper seating areas do involve stairs. PARKING Parking is available within a four-block radius in all directions of the Fox Theatre. Advanced reserved parking is available for sale at the Fox Ticket Office or by calling 855-285-8499. The Fox Theatre assumes no responsibility for vehicles parked in any of the privately owned parking lots operating in the Fox Theatre district. PERFORMANCE NOTES All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket in order to be admitted to the theatre. Not all events are suitable for children. Infants will not be admitted to adult programs/performances. Parents will be asked to remove children who create a disturbance.   Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of the management, in conjunction with the wishes of the producers.   Please turn off all pagers and cell phones prior to the beginning of each performance.   Camera and recording devices are strictly prohibited.   Backstage employees are represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.)


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ETIQUETTE 1. Please arrive early. Latecomers may not be seated until intermission. 2. Take care of personal needs (drinks of water or restroom) before the performance begins. 3. Please silence or turn off all electronic devices, including cell phones, beepers, and watch alarms. We encourage you to share your experience at the Fox via social media, but please refrain from doing so or texting during performances; the glow from your device is distracting. 4. Most shows do not allow photography of any kind. Flash photography inside the theatre is never allowed as it is a distraction to those around you and a danger to the performers. 5. The overture is part of the performance. Please cease talking at this point. 6. Dear Lovebirds, when you lean your heads together, you block the view of the people behind you. Please consider the people that will be seated behind you when choosing whether or not to wear a hat or what hair style you choose. 7. Please refrain from talking, humming, or singing along with the show, except when encouraged to do so by the artist or show. 8. Please wait for an appropriate moment to dig something out of your pocket or bag. 9. Go easy with the perfume and cologne, many people are highly allergic. 10. If you need assistance during the show, please go to your nearest volunteer usher. If additional assistance is needed the usher will get the appropriate person to further help you. 11. Yes, the parking lot gets busy and public transportation is tricky, but leaving while the show is in progress or before the actors have taken their final bows is discourteous. Wait until it is over and then exit with the rest of the audience.

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STAFF Allan C. Vella. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President & C.E.O. Adina Alford Erwin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President & C.O.O. Jeff Quesenberry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President & C.F.O. Jamie Vosmeier. . . . . . Senior Director, Sales and Marketing Shannon Caudill. . . Director of Operations & Public Safety Elton Howze. . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Information Systems Nancy Lutz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Special Events Shelly Kleppsattel. . . . . . . . . . Booking & Contract Manager William Renshaw. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Finance Rachel Bomeli. . . . . . . . . Manager Ticket Sales and Service Jon Cooper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Guest Services Manager Shelby Moody . . . . . . . . . . Corporate Group Sales Manager Aly Knight. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marketing Manager Laura Zimbrick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Corporate Partnership Premium Seating Manager Amy Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Production Gary Hardaway. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Carpenter Larry Watson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Flyman Scott Hardin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Property Master Ray T. Haynie. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Electrician Cary Oldknow. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Head Electrician Rodney Amos. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Props/Projection

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Edward L. White . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chairman Keith O Cowan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice Chairman Clara Axam, Robyn Barkin, Beauchamp Carr, Renee Dye, Sheffield Hale, John Holder, Edward Hutchison, Walt Huntley, Craig Jones, Jay Myers, Glen Romm

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