MTC MainStage presents A Special Holiday Benefit Reading of
Saturday, December 13 at 8pm
Sunday, December 14 at 2pm
includes a post-performance party with spirits and goodies of the season and the cast and MTC staff
at THE NEW MTC
509 Westport Avenue (Route 1) in Norwalk
(Click here for directions)
MTC MAINSTAGE presents
A CHRISTMAS CAROL: A LIVE RADIO PLAY
Adapted for the Stage by JOE LANDRY
with Music by KEVIN CONNORS
Based on the Novella by CHARLES DICKENS
with JOHN FLAHERTY, CYNTHIA HANNAH, CHILTON RYAN, JIM SCHILLING and NADINE WILLIG
Directed by KEVIN CONNORS
The world premiere of the new holiday tradition from Joe Landry of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, one of the top ten most-produced plays in America. Charles Dickens’ immortal tale comes to life during a 1940s Christmas Eve live broadcast, featuring live music and sound effects -- fun for the entire family!
All proceeds benefit Music Theatre of Connecticut and its programming. MTC MainStage wishes to express our gratitude to the Performers’ Unions: ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION, AMERICAN GUILD OF MUSICAL ARTISTS, AMERICAN GUILD OF VARIETY ARTISTS and SAG-AFTRA through Theatre Authority, Inc. for their cooperation in permitting the Artists to appear on this program.
JOHN FLAHERTY (Jake Laurents as Marley and Others) A resident of Norwalk, John is excited to be performing again at MTC, having appeared in The Fantasticks, God of Carnage, Master Class and Ancestral Voices. John’s credits include: The Shakespeare Theatre Company: Othello. Ford’s Theatre: A Christmas Carol. Academy of Classical Acting, Shakespeare Theatre Company: The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Maid’s Tragedy. Regional: Hartford Stage Company: The Philadelphia Story. New York credits include the Rattlestick Theatre, The Kraine Theatre, and Expanded Arts. He has an MFA from The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting at GW University, and is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Niagara University.
CYNTHIA HANNAH (Sally Applewhite as Mrs. Cratchit and Others) has appeared in the MTC MainStage productions of God of Carnage and Almost, Maine. She has appeared in over 100 commercials and in both The Guiding Light and All My Children. She wrote and performed The Pope at TAW in Norwalk with Jim Schilling and was seen there in Royal Family. Her theatre credits include the Westport Country Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, and the Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York in addition to many regional theatre pieces. She is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and also studied with the late Uta Hagen in her Masters Class. She is member of AEA, SAG and AFTRA. She is married to the wonderful Stan Twardy, and lives in Wilton.
CHILTON RYAN (Freddie Filmore as Scrooge) started his theatrical career as an apprentice at the Westport Country Playhouse. That career has included stage, business and box office management, publicity, directing and producing. During a five year stint at NBC TV as a writer, director and producer he started writing songs with Cy Walter. Subsequently he has written lyrics for melodies by Gary McFarland, Otis Clements and Michel Legrand. His voiceover and oncamera commercial work brought him full circle back to acting when he joined the Theatre Artists Workshop. A member of its Founding Board, he served some half dozen terms as its President. Locally, he has appeared at Stamford Theatre Works, Boston Post Road Stage Company, Stage 2 at Long Wharf, the Fairfield Theatre Company, the Westport Art Center and, of course, the Theatre Artists Workshop.
JIM SCHILLING (Harry “Jazzbo” Haywood as Bob Cratchit and Others/MTC Managing Director & Co-Founder) co-founded MTC in 1987 and has served as teaching artist, Artist in Residence, director, general manager, actor, producer and currently as Director of the School of Performing Arts. Acting credits include John Guare’s A Day For Surprises, Upper Broadway (Westport Country Playhouse), Hamlet (with Tony Roberts), South Pacific (with Jamie Farr) The Fantasticks (Rich Forum) and on MTC’s MainStage in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well..., Three Guys Naked from the Waist Down, Yours, Anne, It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Doubt, Almost Maine, God of Carnage and most recently The Fantasticks on MTC’s Mainstage last season. Film credits include Bullets Over Broadway, Cadillac Man, Soapdish and as Sean Penn’s double in Dead Man Walking. Jim holds a BFA degree in Musical Theatre from Otterbein College and was also trained at the Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Playwright’s Horizons in New York City and Improv Asylum in Boston. Jim, a graduate of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts’ AMICI Arts Management Program, continues as a Blue Ribbon Panelist for the Daytime Emmy Awards, and is on the voting committee for the SAG awards, and a member of “Who’s Who in the American Theatre” from 1991-present. Jim is a proud member of Actors Equity Association since 1980. Member AEA, SAG, AFTRA.
NADINE WILLIG (Lana Sherwood as The Ghost of Christmas Past and Others) Off-Broadway credits include The Miranda, Bench Plays at Synchronicity Space, Touch of Madness at The Pulse and Beau Jest at Croton’s Schoolhouse Theatre. A favortite character, Sally, was played in Talley’s Folly at the Vineyard Theatre in Massachusetts. Indie film include Fred Stroppel’s Signs of Life with Keir Dullea, Rosemary Foley’s Oh Promise Me (shown at New York’s Big Apple Film Fest). Nadine can often be seen in JIB Production’s “Play With Your Food” readings throughout CT and NY as well writing for and perfoming in Momoirs, The Umbilical Cord Stops Here—a perfroming company (momoirstheatre.com). She was heard in multiple roles on the London BBC’s sci-fi soap opera Glowboys. Nadine is a member of Theatre Artists Workshop in Norwalk, CT and the newly formed MoMO company in New Haven. She is thrilled to be working with Kevin, Jim and the wonderful cast and crew at the new location of MTC! Todo mi amor para David y Emilie.
KEVIN CONNORS (Director & Music/Executive Artistic Director & Co-Founder) Professional musical theatre composer and director for over 30 years and recipient of the Tom Killen Award for Outstanding Contribution to Connecticut Professional Theatre by the Connecticut Critics’ Circle, as well as a special citation from The Connecticut State Legislature and Governor Dannel Malloy. Off-Broadway credits include Prime Time Prophet, Jukebox Saturday Night, The Abandoned Loves of Frederick R., Life Anonymous, Lover:The Valentino Musical, Babes Off Broadway, Saloon and Suzy Q. Directing credits include The Fantasticks, It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Babes in Toyland, Bah Humbug! (all at Stamford’s Rich Forum); Grand Re-Opening of the Palace Theatre starring Skitch Henderson, Louise Pitre, James Naughton and Joan Rivers; Baby (Polka Dot Playhouse), Christopher Columbus and Operetta in Red, White and Blue (New England Lyric Operetta). Mr. Connors began his career as a performer touring his own act with Bob Hope, Henny Youngman and Johnny Mathis, and his debut CD—The Things We Never Say—was released in October 2000. In 1987, he co-founded Music Theatre of Connecticut with Jim Schilling, and has since directed more than 30 Equity MTC MainStage productions including Next to Normal (Best Musical and Best Director Nominee), Yours, Anne (Best Musical Nominee), It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (Moss Hart Award Winner), A Little Night Music, Edges, john & jen, Doubt, My Way: The Music of Frank Sinatra and The Last Five Years; as well as writing original music and lyrics for more than ten MTC children’s musicals. His latest work, Mothers and Sons (with playwright Joe Landry) had its critically-acclaimed World Premiere on the MTC Mainstage in January 2009 and is currently in development for Off-Broadway. He has served as Adjunct Professor of Musical Theatre at The Hartt School of Music/University of Hartford, Sacred Heart University, the University of Bridgeport and at Musical Theatre Works in NYC. He has created many educational programs including the nationally-recognized College-Bound in the Performing Arts, which he now presents at theatre schools throughout the country. Proud member of AEA, ASCAP and The Dramatists Guild. kevconnors.com
JOE LANDRY (Adaptation/Marketing Director) has worked for Roundabout Theatre Company, Westport Country Playhouse, Downtown Cabaret Theatre, Stamford Center for the Arts, Fairfield Theatre Company, Pantochino Productions and others. As a playwright, his published plays include the award-winning It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (named one of the top-ten most produced plays in America by American Theatre Magazine), Vintage Hitchcock and Reefer Madness. His new adaptation of Meet Me in St. Louis premiered last season at Bucks County Playhouse. Other projects include Mothers and Sons with Kevin Connors and Lifeboat, Dahling! with Bert Bernardi. Upcoming: The War of the Worlds: A Live Radio Play (NYC in 2015). Joe is founder and artistic director of Second Guess Theatre Company and a member of the Dramatists’ Guild.
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