“The Ultimate Christmas Show” (ABRIDGED)

November 15, 2017 - December 30, 2017

Thursday-Saturday 7:30 PM | Saturday & Sunday 3 PM


November 15 Best Value Preview
November 16 Official Opening Night with Party
November 18 Pay-What-You-Wish Matinee
December 15 Talk-Back
December 23 Best Value Matinee

Adult Tickets $40.00 | Senior Tickets $35.00 | Student & Military $24.00 |
Preview & Best Value Show $24.00| Opening Night $53.00
(all tickets have a $2.50 processing fee per ticket)

When a big storm shuts down the Garden State Parkway, the three presenters are forced to present a very ambitious Christmas show at Saint Everybody’s Non-Denominational Universalist Church. They have booked acts from across the globe like the Cleveland Castrato Choir, Confederate Christmas Carolers, Cirque du Sleigh, and even Patrick Stewart’s One-Man Christmas Carol from London as well as the North Piddle and Happy Bottom Panto Players from Dorset and Worcestershire, England. They do all of the acts themselves. This silly, slap-stick pastiche is the perfect way to usher in the holidays or stay in the spirit through New Year’s Eve! “The Boston Globe” wrote “They tell me vaudeville died some time ago, but… the knockabout, anything for a laugh spirit of the ancient genre is alive and well.”16+

**This production features adult humor and contains mature content. The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) is an equal opportunity offender.**


Artists

CAST

John Wilkening (Matt) is excited to be making his Cape May Stage debut! Originally from Minnesota, John graduated from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and currently lives in New York City. When not appearing onstage, he works as an accompanist and music director. Favorite regional credits include Huey in Memphis (NHTA Best Actor), Floyd in Floyd Collins, Gabe in Next to Normal, Bobby in Urinetown, Jamie in The Last Five Years, Malcolm in The Full Monty, Chad in All Shook Up, and Linus in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Special thanks to the entire Cape May Stage team. Love to Mom, Dad, Amber, Brianne, Mike, and Aiden. Proud member of Actors’ Equity. www.johnwilkening.com

Curt Foy (Austin) is thrilled to be making his Cape May Stage debut!  He was recently nominated ‘Best Actor in a Musical’ by Broadway World for his portrayal of Tugger in Cats at Broadway Theatre of Pitman.  A proud member of Actor’s Equity, Curt has played over forty characters in twenty Shakespeare plays and various musicals, including ten national tours and multiple productions of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).  Favorite roles include: Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet, Corny Collins in Hairspray, and Hamlet in Hamlet.  Curt is also an in-demand MC, Ballroom Dance Instructor & Choreographer in the tri-state area.  He would like to thank Roy and the artistic staff at Cape May Stage for a wonderful collaborative experience, his fellow actors for always being awesome, and his family and friends for their continued support.  “Hugs and kisses to my beautiful wife and children – I love you three lots!” www.CurtFoy.com

Matthew Hardy (Reed) is thrilled to return to Cape May Stage having played Robert in Boeing Boeing (2013). Matthew was raised in Houston, Texas and currently resides in New York City. He earned his BFA and MFA from Brigham Young University and The University of Utah respectively, and is a graduate of the William Esper Studio in New York. Matthew is a proud member of Actors Equity, The Dramatist Guild, and is a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop. He has written the book and lyrics for the musical comedies Flambé Dreams, Bonnets & Bling!, The C Word, Ever Happily After, Twinkle Tames a Dragon, and Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas. www.matthewhardy.org

PRODUCTION TEAM

Roy Steinberg (Director) is thankful to have been chosen Best Director in New Jersey 2016 for his production of Disgraced by broadwayworld.com. Roy has directed classical and contemporary plays as well as world premieres all over the United States.  He directed Ann Jackson, Kim Hunter, and Alvin Epstein in The Madwoman of Chaillot at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York.  As a member of Circle Repertory Company, he developed and directed The Marriage Fool with Lynn Cohen and Farley Granger.  His production of Othello played at the Intar Theatre on Theatre Row in New York and he directed Joan Copeland in a new play called Second Summer for the Colleagues Theatre Company. He was the Artistic Director of Theatre Matrix in New York and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin. He has directed touring companies of bilingual productions of Moliere’s The Miser and The Bourgeois Gentleman. As a Guest Artist he has directed college students throughout our nation in plays like American BuffaloOur TownThe Importance of Being Earnest, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Mr. Steinberg has also produced and directed film and television including Guiding LightOne Life To LiveDays Of Our LivesForensic Files, and Scandalous Art. He has four Emmy nominations for his work. He directed Jo Beth Williams in Life In General on strike.tv, which won five Spirit Awards. At Cape May Stage, Mr. Steinberg has directed SouvenirMoon Over BuffaloBlithe SpiritHow to Make a Rope SwingSay Goodnight GracieSocial SecurityVisiting Mr. GreenProofClassSteel MagnoliasThe UnderstudyI Hate HamletBoeing BoeingHappy DaysFreud’s Last SessionThe Santaland DiariesThe WoolgathererMistakes Were MadeThis Wonderful LifeThe Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the UniverseDead Man’s Cell PhoneDisgraced, and Buyer and Cellar. This season, Mr. Steinberg directs The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, The Gin Game, Outside Mullingar, and The Ultimate Christmas Show. Roy Steinberg has an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. He also functions as the Producing Artistic Director. His proudest production is his daughter, Alexa Catherine.

Amy Hadam (Production Stage Manager) is thrilled to be returning to Cape May Stage this year! Amy has been stage managing all over the state of New Jersey for the last six years for many theatre companies such as Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre (Summit), Surflight Theatre (Beach Haven), Premiere Stages (Union), The Theater Project (Maplewood), Speranza Theatre Company (Jersey City), and Two River Theater Company (Red Bank). Amy graduated from Kean University in 2011 where she has earned her degree in Theatre Education in addition to receiving a K-12 Teacher Certification. When Amy is not stage managing she has been a dance and theatre teacher for George Street Playhouse, Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, Kinetic Kids, and for Pequannock Township High School. Amy is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Cara M. Anderson (Assistant Stage Manager) is happy to be back for her second season at Cape May Stage. She is a proud alumna of University California, San Diego (MFA, Stage Management) and of Bethel University (BA, Theatre-Technical Design).  Cape May credits include: Red Hot Patriot; Mary, Mary; The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe; Dead Man’s Cellphone; Trying; and A Cape May Christmas. Regional theatre credits include: Dr. King’s Dream and According to Coyote (PSM, Mixed Blood Theatre); His Girl Friday (SM Resident, La Jolla Playhouse); The Last Goodbye (SM Intern, The Old Globe); A Cool Drink A Water (SM Intern, Mixed Blood Theatre). UCSD theatre credits include She Stoops to Conquer, Elizabeth I, and Gas House Baby. Cara is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Spencer Potter (Set Design) is a Professor of Design and freelance costume/set designer working between the Western and Mid-Atlantic regions. Spencer’s design credits at Cape May Stage include: Billy Bishop Goes to War, Buyer and Cellar, The Whipping Man, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life, Red Hot Patriot, Blithe Spirit, How to Make a Rope Swing, and assistant designer for Time Stands Still. Other design credits include: Costumes- The Roads to HomeDie FledermausThe Odd Couple, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Scenery – Wait Until Dark, Singin’ in The Rain, Noises Off, And Then There Were None, Tons of Money, The Woman in Black and Steel Magnolias. In the past, Spencer has also worked as Cape May Stage’s Production Manager/Technical Director and as the Resident Intern Program Coordinator. Many thanks to Roy, Marlena, and Shawn, and Michael.

Cheryl Patton Wu (Costume Design) is in her third season as Resident Costume Designer with Cape May Stage.  She began in 2014 with Mistakes Were Made, followed by the 2015 season celebrating women playwrights, the 2016 season celebrating freedom, and now the 2017 season celebrating passion. Cheryl’s originally a Jersey girl and is proud to now call this island home.  Her design career began in the Washington DC metropolitan area as Founding Artist, Costume Director, and Costume Designer for 1st Stage in Tysons Corner, VA, designing twenty productions in the first three seasons.  As a freelance designer in DC, Cheryl has worked at Limelight Theatre, American Century Theatre, Washington Savoyards, The Edge of the Universe Players2, The Catholic University of America, and Dance Exchange.  When not at the theater, Cheryl can be found in West Cape May following her passions, creating art, drumming, gardening, baking cakes, beaching, and enjoying the company of Crockett, Belle, Leigh, and Michael (but not necessarily in that order!).

Jeff Greenberg (Lighting Design): Recent credits include The Gin Game at Cape May Stage; Hairspray and Million Dollar Quartet at The Surflight Theatre; Much Ado About Nothing, Richard III, Cyrano deBergerac, and The Marvelous Wondrettes at Texas Shakespeare Festivaland a tour of Savion Glover’s Dance HoLiDaY SPeCTaCULaR. Other credits include Grease at the Eldorado in Reno, NV; Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (National Tour); Man of LaMancha starring John Davidson, Titanic the Musical (National Tour); and In the Mood (National Tour); the world premiere of Starry Messenger at Theater for the New City; The Sea Gull at Montclair State University; On Your Toes, The Drowsy Chaperone, Ragtime, Lady Be Good, The Producers, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Stand By Your Man, It’s Only a Play, Dial M for Murder, and The Last Night of Ballyhoo at the Surflight Theatre; The Odd Couple, Clue the Musical, and Oklahoma at the Allenberry Playhouse; and the world premiere musical A Girl Called Dusty at the Provincetown Repertory Theatre.  He has been nominated for a Vivian Robinson/Audelco award for outstanding lighting design. He has an M.F.A. in Lighting Design from Brandeis University, and a BFA in Technical Theatre from Ithaca College. www.jeffgreenberglightingdesign.com

Mary Kate Smyser (Sound Design) is excited to be joining Cape May Stage for this season as the Sound Designer. A recent graduate of Temple University’s Theater Department, her regional credits include: Hand to God (Philadelphia Theatre Company – Associate Sound Designer), Hetty Feather (Delaware Theatre Company – Associate Sound Designer and Sound Engineer), Hillary and Clinton (Philadelphia Theatre Company – Assistant Sound Designer), The Secret Garden (The Arden Theatre Company – Assistant Sound Designer), A Christmas Carol (Delaware Theatre Company – Sound Engineer). Thank you to Leslie Martel and Cape May Stage for the opportunity to join you this season.


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