December 3– December 20
By John K. Alvarez, Michael Carleton, and James FitzGerald
Original Music by Will Knapp
Directed by Allison Benko
Pay-What-You-Wish Performance Decmber 19th @ 2:00PM
About the Play The Grinch, Rudolph, Frosty the Snowman, Charlie Brown, and George Bailey—and just about every other holiday character—make an appearance in this hilarious comedy when three actors decide to retell every Christmas story ever told in only 90 minutes rather than perform yet another rendition of A Christmas Carol. This fast-paced and funny romp features holiday traditions from around the world, a sing-along of every carol ever sung, and all your holiday favorites reshaped into something entirely new. Please note: 25 and under tickets are not available for this production.
Why It’s for You Every Christmas it’s the same. You and your family look for something a little more magical to do than what’s happening in the other eleven months of the year. You want to create special memories through stories that have the power to both teach and inspire. But you also want to laugh and just have a good time. This show is the perfect combination of irreverence and cheer where holiday classics get reimagined.
Brady Adair (Michael) is thrilled to be making his Gloucester Stage debut with Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!). Brady most recently played Duncan in Leading Ladies with Millbrook Playhouse as well as developing the role of Julian for a 2016 NYC production of the new play Wigfield. Brady has played more than 55 roles in a wide range of theatre and film productions. New York credits include: Our Town (Tongue in Cheek Theater), Fifth of July (Open Sesame) Dulcy (Zephyr Repertory Theatre) and Troilus and Cressida (American Theatre of Actors) in addition to new works with Manhattan Children’s Theatre. Regional credits include: The Santaland Diaries (Cape May Stage), The 39 Steps and Singin’ In The Rain (Lees-McRae Summer Theatre), The Foreigner and Dial M for Murder (Millbrook Playhouse), Social Security (Pioneer Playhouse), The Taming of the Shrew (New England Shakespeare Festival) and the world premiere of All Quiet on the Western Front (Roxy Regional Theatre). Film and television credits include The Oracle, Mistaken Identity, Law and Order, and The Forensic Files. Learn more at www.BradyAdair.com
Arthur Gomez (Jim) is honored to be making his Gloucester Stage debut. Prior roles include: B in Rough for Theatre (Salem State), Flick in Violet (Marblehead Little Theatre), Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing (The Actor’s Company), Mitch Mahoney in The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee (Firehouse Center for the Arts). He’d like to send love to his friends and family for their constant support and to Sam for being the shining light in his life.
Suzan Perry* (John) Suzan is excited to be working at Gloucester Stage! As a native of Massachusetts, she says it’s great to be working “close to home.” Some of her favorite roles are Helga ten Dorp in Deathtrap, Aida in Over the River and Through the Woods, Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit, Betty Meeks in The Foreigner, and Abby in Arsenic and Old Lace. Look for Suzan in a TD Ameritrade commercial and as Sonja in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt! Suzan wishes to thank family and friends for the love and support that makes dreams come true.
Allison Benko (Director) is the resident Directing Apprentice at Gloucester Stage Company. She served as assistant director on GSC’s productions of Out of Sterno, The New Electric Ballroom, The Flick, and the upcoming A Measure of Normalcy. She will also direct the season’s final mainstage production, Every Christmas Story Ever Told. Educational directing credits include: A Doll’s House: An Opera (world premiere), She Loves Me, and Twelfth Night. Allison graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University. Love to Mom, Dad, Julie, and everyone on GSC staff.
Rogin Farrer (Scenic Designer) Rogin Farrer is thrilled to be making his professional debut as a scenic designer with Gloucester Stage. It is with bittersweet joy that he culminates his apprenticeship at GSC with this fun and festive show. Rogin is a recent graduate of Vassar College, where he received his B.A. in Drama. Favorite design credits from Vassar include Passion Play, Arcadia (lighting), and The Mousetrap (scenic). He was also an assistant lighting designer for Red at Portland Stage. This past spring he directed his senior thesis, God of Vengeance, by Sholem Asch. In his spare time, Rogin enjoys writing and web design. For more, visit http://roginfarrer.com.
Chelsea Kerl (Costume Designer) is so pleased to be working with Gloucester Stage. She recently graduated from Boston University with an MFA in Costume Design, having previously attended the University of Maryland, where she received degrees in both Theatre and English. She has been working as a freelance designer in the Boston area for four years, and her work has been previously seen at Brown Box Theatre Project (Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet), Stoneham Theatre (Luna Gale, Walking the Tightrope), and Stoneham’s young company (Godspell, Comedy of Errors, Piggy Nation, Spamalot, Little Mermaid Jr), Groton School (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), and New Repertory Theatre (The Little Prince, Assassins, Tongue of a Bird), among other places. She has also worked sewing in the costume shops of several local theatres, including Boston Conservatory and American Repertory Theater. More of her work can be seen at www.chelseakerl.com.
Allison Schneider (Lighting Designer) Allison Schneider got into lighting design while avoiding classwork at MIT but then it became a whole thing. She likes magic and realism and magical realism. Most recently she worked on the lighting design for the workshop of Profound Little Beasts, a piece by Anna Kohler traveling to the Wooster Group’s Performing Garage in January. Other lighting designs include The Clytemnestriad with Fresh Ink Theatre, Equal Writes and Restricted with Boston University/Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Lyric First Stage, Human Contact with Unreliable Narrator, Margo Veil with MIT Dramashop, Reefer Madness with the MIT Musical Theater Guild, and The Taming of the Shrew, The Cocktail Party, and The Tempest with the MIT Shakespeare Ensemble. Pictures of her stuff are at aschneidesign.com.