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    October 23, 2018

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Danica Connors, Theatrical Operations 508-228-4305 ext. 101

    THEATRE WORKSHOP OF NANTUCKET ANNOUNCES

    Meredith Wilson’s Miracle On 34th Street The Musical

    Book, Music and Lyrics by Meredith Willson Based on the 20th Century Fox Picture

    Story by Valentine Davies Screenplay by George Seaton

    Direction and Choreography by Justin Cerne Musical Direction by David Maglione

    November 15 – December 9 Bennett Hall, 62 Centre Street

    From the musical theatre genius of the Meredith Willson (The Music Man) comes the musical version of the holiday classic. The Broadway production, directed by Stuart Ostrow and choreographed by Michael Kidd, opened on October 3, 1963 at the Shubert Theatre, under the title of “Here’s Love.”

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    Robert Reiniger Meredith Willson (May 18, 1902 – June 15, 1984) was an American flautist, composer, conductor, musical arranger, bandleader and playwright, best known for writing the book, music, and lyrics for the hit Broadway musical The Music Man. He wrote three other Broadway musicals, composed symphonies and popular songs, and his film scores were twice nominated for Academy Awards.

    An utterly festive outing, rife with performances ranging from deft to guileless. “Miracle on 34th Street” pulls off something of its own marvel. It expertly balances Doris and Fred’s nascent love story with its gentle, genial advocacy of the impossible.

    ~The Denver Post~

    “A refreshingly sweet, family friendly, cute holiday treat.”

    ~Chicago Critic~

    Synopsis:

    Susan Walker's mother Doris is in charge of staging the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. Susan's life is one of stark reality. Doris is divorced and determined that no fantasies will ever allow her child to fall into a such a disillusionment as her former marriage. Faith, hope, and men are strictly taboo. When the parade Santa gets drunk, Mr. Kris Kringle, a jolly man with a streaming natural white beard, pops up from nowhere. He is a big success in the parade and becomes Macy's store Santa. Meanwhile, Susan has met Fred, a returning Marine veteran and hopeful law student. He befriends Susan even though Doris believes it's a plot to get to her. Kris is a great Santa. He even tells mothers where to buy toys that Macy’s doesn’t sell. Mr. Macy is upset, but Doris sees a great promotional chance. Make Macy's a friendly store—in the true spirit of Christmas. The plan is a huge success, but in the process, Kris admits that he is the real Santa Claus. His strange behavior wins him an interview with the store's psychologist, Dr. Sawyer, who nearly goes mad trying to break down Kris’s story and wants to have him committed. Susan and Kris become good friends. When she learns of his plight, she asks Fred to help defend him. The move is seconded by Doris, who is discovering that Fred isn't like the other men she has known. At the sanity hearing, Mr. Macy testifies that Kris is Santa Claus and so does the prosecuting attorney's little son. As a clincher, Fred manages to get the U.S. Post Office to deliver all of its "Dear Santa" letters to the courtroom. The judge sees his chance to wriggle off his political hook, and he accepts the U.S. government’s recognition as proof of Kris's claim. Fred has won more than a hearing. He has won a prospective wife and daughter as well.

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    Cast:

    • Maisie Cocker as Teen Ensemble

    • Hadley Alison Cook as Children’s Ensemble

    • Scott Cory as Ensemble/Mr. Gimble/D.A.

    • Cynthia Csabay as R.H. Macy (1)

    • Andrew Daume as Teen Ensemble

    • Keegan Farrell as Children’s Ensemble/Hendrika

    • Jack Fee as Children’s Ensemble

    • Gabrielle Fee as Susan Walker (1)

    • Rachel Flynn* as Doris Walker

    • Jesse Lynne Harte as Ensemble/Miss Crookshank/Clara

    • Anna Houghton as Susan Walker (2)

    • Max Johnson as Tommy Mara (1) / Harry Finfer (1)

    • Morgan Jones as Ensemble/Mrs. Finfer

    • Roan LaScola as Susan Walker (3)

    • John Lathrop as Ensemble/Judge/Mayor

    • Polly Miller as Ensemble/Dr. Sawyer

    • Cate Oberly as Teen Ensemble

    • Matthew Oster as Ensemble/Dance Captain

    • John Saunders* as Kris Kringle

    • Pete Sendelbach as Marvin Shellhammer

    • Dustin Sullivan* as Fred Gaily

    • Zachary Swartout as Ensemble/Tammany

    • Nancy Tobias as Ensemble/Miss Sims

    • John Vento as Teen Ensemble

    • Tomas Young as Tommy Mara (2) / Harry Finfer (2)

    * Denotes a Member of Actor’s Equity Association

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    Maisie Cocker current sophomore and Nantucket High, is very excited to be in A Miracle on 34th Street! Maisie is passionate about musical theatre and has been involved in many productions, most recently including; The Nantucket Mixtape Volume 2 at Nantucket Theatre Institute, The Music Man at Nantucket High School, and a Musical Theatre Intensive at AMDA’s High School Summer Conservatory.

    Hadley Alison Cook is in first grade at the Nantucket Elementary School. Activities: swim team, field hockey, soccer, fishing, sailing, church school, theater, camping, and biking. Theatrical Experience: Hunwick’s Egg and The Lorax. She is interested in theater because she likes to dress up and use her imagination. She is really excited to be a part of Miracle on 34th Street.

    Scott Corry is delighted to be a part of Miracle on 34th Street. TWN productions: It's Only A Play, Terms of Endearment, The Sound of Music, Mere Mortals, A Christmas Story the Musical and Relatively Speaking. He has also enjoyed being a part of Shakespeare in the Garden, and numerous staged readings. Scott is a year-round Nantucket resident and is a Broker with J Pepper Frazier Real Estate.

    Cynthia Csabay Recent Favorites: Miss Clairee (Steel Magnolias), B (Three Tall Women), Countess de Lage (The Women), Mother Abbess (The Sound of Music), The Witch (Into the Woods), Fraulein Kost (Cabaret). Former member of Actors Equity Association and Screen Actors Guild. Many national commercials, cruise ships, Off-Broadway, Broadway National Tour. B. U. College of Fine Arts – BFA, Acting.

    Andrew Daume native and NHS freshman, is excited to be a part of Miracle on 34th Street. He has been a part of Nantucket theater since he was 8. Roles include; Goosebumps (The Phantom), Christmas Story (Ralphie), and Annie (Rooster). He would like to thank Justin Cerne and TWN for including him in such an amazing production and his family for supporting him every step of the way.

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    Keegan Farrell is a third grader at Nantucket Intermediate School. This is her acting debut with the Theatre Workshop of Nantucket. Keegan’s prior stage experience includes the Pioneer Valley Ballet’s Nutcracker and performing ballet, hip-hop and Irish Step with Nantucket Dance Works. Keegan enjoys art, biking, and cooking. She thanks TWN for giving her this opportunity and valuable experience.

    Jack Fee is attending 3rd grade at Nantucket Intermediate School. This is his 1st time ever on stage! He was invited to audition for Miracle on

    34th Street while waiting for his sister Gabby to finish with her audition and was thrilled when asked to join the cast. I want to thank my Mom and Dad for reminding me every day that I can do anything and I hope my sisters are watching and proud of me!

    Gabrielle Fee is in 6th grade at the Cyrus Peirce Middle School. This is her 3rd production with TWN. She began her acting adventure on the TWN stage in The Wizard of Oz, when she was just 4 years old. When she is not acting, she enjoys ballet and swims competitively for USA Swimming. I thank my parents for their constant love, support and countless rides to the theater, pool and dance studio.

    Rachel Flynn* Originated the role of Stoner Chick in Heathers the Musical(OOBC), vomited fake blood onto the guitars of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs(Stop the Virgins, St. Ann's Warehouse) & championed feminism through the art of glitter & hair jewels(Baby No More Times, Ars Nova). Recently: Randi-World Premiere Dave(Arena Stage). Artistic Director, At the Table(available on iTunes and Stitchr). Proud AEA & Harvard grad.

    Jesse Lynn Harte: is thrilled to return to TWN after playing Wendy Jo in Footloose all summer! NY credits: Star To Be in Annie (Westchester Broadway) and Peppermint Patty in You're A... Charlie Brown (Secret Theatre). Other regional faves: Ariel in The Little Mermaid, Millie in Thoroughly... Millie, and Fiona in Shrek. Thanks to Justin & TWN for having me back, and to the fam & Vienna, as always.

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    Anna Houghton is excited to be returning to TWN in Miracle on 34th Street. Past TWN productions: Sound of Music and A Christmas Story. Anna has also appeared in Pinkalicious, Annie, The Wizard of Oz and most recently, as the Caterpillar in James and The Giant Peach. Anna, age 12, is in the sixth grade at CPS.

    Max Johnson is a 5th Grader At NIS. This is Max’s first play with TWN, but he is a veteran of the Dreamland productions having appeared in Annie, Schoolhouse Rock and Dr. Doolittle. Max is also a competitive figure skater currently involved in synchronized skating, theatre on ice as well as solo and pairs skating. In his spare time Max loves to travel, draw and play with his pets.

    Morgan Jones graduated from Lesley University in 2015 with a degree in Psychology and Global Studies. Returning to the island after graduating, she is happy to be returning to Theatre Workshop after being be a part of Footloose this summer.

    Roan LaScola Theatre Credits: TWN (The Sound of Music), The Dreamland’s Children’s Theatre Productions and summer camps (Annie, Schoolhouse Rocks, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Wizard of Oz and James and the Giant Peach). Roan studies ballet Nantucket Ballet and has performed in The Nutcracker and Alice in Wonderland. She has studied drums with Nick Hayden for 4 years.

    John Lathrop a retired educator, is a lifelong summer resident of Sconset who has been performing in amateur groups and schools for more than 50 years. He has appeared in countless On the Isle productions, several musicals as well as Gilbert and Sullivan productions. He has directed kids' productions in schools and at the Sconset Casino. This is his first appearance with TWN.

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    Polly Miller Credits: With TWN – ensemble in "Annie", Aunt Eller in "Oklahoma," Ouiser Boudreaux in “Steel Magnolias”, ensemble in “Sound of Music”, reading for “Truth or Consequences; seven years with On The Isle Productions in Siasconset; member of Nantucket Music Center’s Women's and Community Choruses and Unitarian Church choir. Polly is thrilled to be part of this year’s wonderful holiday show.

    Cate Oberly is in 9th grade at NHS. TWN roles; A Christmas Story, A Christmas Carol, Cinderella, Wizard of Oz, Oliver! & Peter Pan. Dreamland roles; Dr. Doolittle, Straight Arrow; Goosebumps, Tina Powell; James and the Giant Peach, Ladybug. Film work; Annabelle Hooper and the Ghosts of Nantucket, Mirror, Mirror. Cate is grateful to Justin and to the rest of the cast and crew for a wonderful experience.

    Matthew Oster is thrilled to rejoin TWN after performing in Footloose this summer. Favorite credits: Sonny(In The Heights), Baby John(West Side Story) & Brad(Rocky Horror.) He would like to thank the team & cast for a wonderful process. He would be nothing without his friends and family. Thanks for putting up with the constant belting & emotional outbursts. www.matthewoster.info@turnupformatt

    John Saunders* National Tours: My Fair Lady, Oliver!, Chitty Chitty Bang. Regional: Papermill Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, and MacHaydn Theatre, where he currently serves as Artistic Director. Favorite roles: Hairspray (Edna), 1776 (Adams), Secret Garden (Archie), My Fair Lady (Higgins). At TWN Sound of Music (Max) Thanks Justin and everyone at TWN for welcoming me back to Nantucket. Happy Holidays!

    Pete Sendelbach is an avid local player whose TWN projects include: Laugh Lines, Mere Mortals, Six Degrees of Separation, Oklahoma!, All in the Timing, Into the Woods, Relatively Speaking, and The Full Monty. He relishes the staged readings, short plays, and Shakespeare of the off- season. Happy Holidays!

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    Dustin Sullivan* National Tour: Little House on the Prairie The Musical. Off-Broadway: Heathers The Musical. West End: Shakespeare’s R&J. Member of Reduced Shakespeare Company. Lyricist with the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop. His play Parched was an O’Neill semifinalist. Graduate of Ithaca College. He is lucky to be surrounded by badass family, friends, agents, and Rachel.

    Zachary Swartout After finishing a full summer at The Mac-Haydn Theatre Zachary Swartout is thrilled to be performing this beautiful show with Theatre Workshop of Nantucket! Some of his Favorite credits include Phil D’Armono in Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party, Ensemble In The Wedding Singer, and Henry in Damn Yankees! Insta: @zswartout1037, zacharyswartout.com

    Nancy Tobias has had the good fortune to participate in two of TWN’s productions, Annie and Sound of Music. She has found them to be educational, awe inspiring joyful experiences. She also performed in On the Isle’s Trip to Bountiful. I hope to continue to participate in these very rewarding experiences and opportunities offered by our little island on the sea.

    John Vento is a junior at Nantucket High School. This is his sixth production with TWN: past shows are Sound of Music, A Christmas Carol (2013 & ‘15), Cinderella, and A Christmas Story. John performed in Drowsy Chaperone and The Music Man at the high school where he sings with the Accidentals and Naturals Chorus. He is a member of the high school cross country and tennis teams.

    Tomas Young is a third grader at the Nantucket New School. He has enjoyed being a part of past productions at the Dreamland, including Annie, School House Rock and Dr. Doolittle. This is his first time working with the Theatre Workshop of Nantucket. When he grows up, he hopes to be an artist, an actor and a movie director.

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    Tickets on sale online and at the Main Street Box Office. * 24/7 at theatrenantucket.org * By calling 508.288.4305 (local: Mon-Fri 10AM-4PM), or * By visiting our Box Office at 50 Main Street, Second Floor (Mon-Fri 10AM- 4PM)

    PERFORMANCE INFORMATION All performances at Bennett Hall 62 Centre Street – on the grounds of the First Congregational Church Running Time: Approx. two hours and fifteen minutes with one intermission

    Thursday, Nov 15 at 6:00PM (Opening Night) Friday, Nov 16 at 6:00PM Saturday, Nov 17 at 6:00 PM Sunday Nov 18 at 3:00 PM (Senior Sunday: free matinee for patrons 65+) Friday, Nov 23 at 1:00 PM & 7:00PM Saturday, Nov 24 at 1:00PM & 7:00PM Sunday, Nov 25 at 3:00PM Thursday, Nov 29 at 6:00PM Friday, Nov 30 at 6:00PM Saturday Dec 1 at 1:00PM & 7:00PM Sunday, Dec 2 at 3:00PM Thursday, Dec 6 at 6:00PM Friday, Dec 7 at 6:00PM Saturday, Dec 8 at 1:00 PM & 7:00PM Sunday, Dec 9 at 3:00 PM (Closing Night)

    ALL PERFORMANCE DATES AND TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. FOR THE MOST UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION, GO TO OUR WEBSITE AT:

    https://theatrenantucket.org/events/miracle-on-34th-street-1

     
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