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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

By Charles Dickens

November 30 - December 23, 2012

Travel back in time to Victorian England where ghosts, time travel, and memories help a cold and lonely old miser regain his heart. Our adaptation remains remarkably true to Dickens' original book. Dickens' story seems best told in his words, allowing audiences to hear the richness of his language, and to experience the story of Scrooge's encounters with the spirits of past, present, and yet-to-come in the way that the author intended. 

Running Time: 1 hour 45 minutes, including a 15 minute intermission.

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Maine Sunday Telegram
12/09/12


Review: This 'Carol' not same old song and dance

By APRIL BOYLE

 

Charles Dickens would have turned 200 this year. In celebration of his milestone birthday, Portland Stage Company has brought Dickens' beloved "A Christmas Carol" back to its stage with a re-imagined rendition.

 

The overall production is the same as years past, but Portland Stage is spicing up the classic with a few new touches. There is new accompanying music by Hans Indigo Spencer, more singing from the cast, and additional visual and sound affects.

Portland Stage is also shaking up the cast. Longtime audience favorites Mark Honan (Bob Cratchit) and Daniel Noel (Jacob Marley) are returning to their roles, along with Sally Wood as Belle. The rest of the primary cast is made up of a lot of faces that are new to the roles, or haven't been seen in recent memory.

Tom Ford stars as Ebenezer Scrooge, delivering an interpretation of the wayward miser that's somewhat of a departure. Ford's Scrooge is flippant and sarcastic, with a maniacal laugh that gives the character a touch of underlying instability. He's definitely in need of reclamation.

This time around, it's Patricia Buckley (Ghosts) who pulls Scrooge back from the brink. Her three ghostly characters each have their own distinct personalities, beautifully accented by Susan Thomas' lush costuming.

There's an eerie serenity to Buckley's Ghost of Christmas Past, made all the more otherworldly by a hollow sound effect on her voice. This contrasts nicely with the warm, boisterousness of her Ghost of Christmas Present.

Ian Carlsen is Scrooge's nephew, Fred. He is well-cast, bringing a playful, unquenchable enthusiasm to the role. He also doubles as Scrooge's younger self, highlighting how much the character has changed over the years.

Rounding out the primary cast is Abigail Killeen as Mrs. Cratchit. Killeen delivers a compassionate, nurturing performance that compliments Honan's exuberance.

Honan is a delight, as always. Both Honan and Noel revel in their roles, never seeming to tire of their characters. The two manage to bring something new to each incarnation of the production, ensuring the magic never ends.

Wood is a whirlwind of energy, delivering a genuine performance that captures Belle's kind and sympathetic nature.

The primary cast members step into a variety of secondary roles as well, supported by a 13-member ensemble. There are two ensemble casts, red and green, that rotate throughout the run. The performance Saturday night featured the green ensemble, with Ruby Peterman in the role of Tiny Tim.

This year's rendition of Portland Stage's "A Christmas Carol" is a fast-paced production that easily holds the attention of all ages with its timeless tale of struggle and redemption. The visual and sound effects provide plenty of fun surprises and capture the feel of 19th-century England.

Village cutouts, with lighted windows, adorn the walls next to the audience, giving the illusion that the audience is part of the story.

The addition of more musical elements adds to the overall holiday cheer of the production.

Portland Stage once again delivers a heartwarming performance that truly reminds us all what this festive time of the year is really about.

April Boyle is a freelance writer from Casco. She can be contacted at:

aprilhboyle@yahoo.com.

 


 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

CHARLES DICKENS (1812 - 1870) was the most popular author of his day.  Many of his novels have become staples of English literature, and continue to be adapted for the stage, film, and television.  Some of these include Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, A Tale of Two Cities, and Great Expectations.  A Christmas Carol has become a perennial favorite.

Though his father’s work as a clerk in the Navy pay office afforded the family middle-class status, his father’s extravagance and ineptitude with money led the family to debtors’ prison.  During that period Dickens was pulled out of boarding school and worked in a shoe blacking factory, and though the phase was brief (the family was allowed to leave after a few months), it had a profound effect on him.   He returned to school, and by his mid-teens was working as a clerk in a law office, which led to shorthand reporting in the law courts, and finally, to reporting Parliamentary debates for the newspaper Morning Chronicle.

Dickens’ experience as a child in the blacking factory left him with a strong sense of the injustices forced upon the poor.  Over time, Dickens’ political and social views began to solidify in his writing, much of which offered a biting commentary on Victorian England.  Whereas most novelists prior to Dickens were from the upper class, Dickens’ lower, middle class background gave him a different perspective on the world. His novels, stories, and essays continually returned to the themes of poverty, homelessness, and the plight of the poor.

In time, Dickens began to associate society’s evils with the concentration of power in the financially stable middle class.  He felt they controlled the institutions that supposedly aided the poor, but instead turned them into profit-making devices to service their own needs.  He felt the workhouses were badly run, the poor were given insufficient access to education, and that the lack of child labor laws was deplorable.  In his novels, Dickens called for reforms to remedy these situations and others.

 

ABOUT THE CAST

PATRICIA BUCKLEY (Ghosts) Off-Broadway: Evolution, (Cherry Lane Mentor Project 2012 and 59e59 Theaters); Flesh and Blood (New York Theater Workshop); Scenes from an Execution (Potomac Theater Project); Hitting The Wall (SPF, Clurman Theatre); Those Who Can, Do (Clubbed Thumb); Moliere's Shorts (Actors Shakespeare Company). International: Gams On The Lam Performance Company (US, Mexico, and Europe); K de Calle (Spain). Regional: Lost in Yonkers (Papermill Playhouse/Cleveland Playhouse/Jupiter Maltz Theater); Out of Sterno, Much Ado About Nothing (Portland Stage); The Heidi Chronicles (Berkshire Theater Festival); Twelfth Night, The Three Musketeers (Theater de la Jeune Lune); Yangs Zen Frogs (LaJolla Playhouse); Lost in Yonkers (Coconut Grove Playhouse, Walnut Street Theatre). Film and Television: Law and Order (NBC); Kabluey (Sony - 2008 Release); Death of a President (Channel 4/Film 4); Anna Is Being Stalked; The Delicious (Sundance Festival.)

IAN CARLSEN (Nephew Fred) Portland Stage Company: The Snow Queen, Little Festival of the Unexpected. Elsewhere: Eurydice, Pride & Prejudice (The Theater Project); Blood Wedding, The Threepenny Opera, Ubu Roi (Lorem Ipsum); Equus, Proof, Lysistrata (Univ. Southern Maine); The Little Dog Laughed (Good Theater); Philadelphia Here I Come!, Playboy of the Western World, The Cripple of Inishmaan (AIRE); Doc Faust: A Wild Western Musical! (L/A Arts); Twelfth Night, Love's Labours Lost (Fenix Theater). Ian is a founding member of the Lorem Ipsum Collective. Ian is a member of Mint Films. Many thanks to my family for their love and support.

TOM FORD (Ebenezer Scrooge) Portland Stage: Inventor/Crow in The Snow Queen, Schott in Bach at Leipzig, Lady Enid, et al in The Mystery of Irma Vep, I Am My Own Wife, Billy in Iron Kisses, Kipps in The Woman in Black, Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Max in Lend Me a Tenor, Mr. Manningham in Gaslight and Yvan in Art. Broadway: Alan Ayckbourn and Andrew Lloyd Weber's By Jeeves at the Helen Hayes Theater. New London Barn Playhouse: Sheridan Whiteside in The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Man in the Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone, Pseudolous in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Elwood P. Dowd in Harvey, Major General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance, Edna Turnblad in Hairspray, Sipos in She Loves Me and Max in The Producers. Boise Contemporary Theater: Truman Capote in Tru, I Am My Own Wife. Idaho Shakespeare Festival: Argan in The Imaginary Invalid, Autolycus in The Winter's Tale, Mr. Paravicini in The Mousetrap, the Baker in Into the Woods, Pseudolous in A Funny Thing Happened..., the King of Navarre in Love's Labour's Lost, Gremio in The Taming of the Shrew, Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Touchstone in As You Like It, Casca in Julius Caesar and the title role in You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Great Lakes Theater Festival: The Imaginary Invalid, The Winter's Tale, The Mousetrap, Into the Woods, A Funny Thing Happened..., Love's Labour's Lost, Julius Caesar, Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol and Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night's Dream. tomfordactor.com

MARK HONAN (Bob Crachit) was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire. He worked as a ‘walk on' at the local repertory theater before training at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. On the British stage he played Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Macduff in Macbeth and parts in adaptations of Dickens and Thomas Hardy. He toured America playing Touchstone in As You Like It and then stayed in New York to work Off Broadway with The Riverside Shakespeare Co. He is now an Affiliate Artist with Portland Stage and has appeared as Charlie in The Foreigner, Lloyd in Noises off, Dvornicheck in Rough Crossing and Charles Dickens in Longfellow. Other local roles include Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest and Harpagon in The Miser for Spring Point Theater, Charles in Blithe Spirit at The Theater Project, and Ivan in The Seafarer for AIRE. Mark has a role in the new short film The Fun House and has numerous voice-over credits. He has appeared on The History Channel in The Conquest of America.

ABIGAIL KILLEEN (Mrs. Crachit) A happy New York transplant! Portland credits include: A Christmas Carol at Portland Stage, two Northeast premieres at the Good Theater, and two seasons of summer Shakespeare with the Fenix Theatre Company.  Off-Broadway and regional credits: New York Theatre Workshop, Naked Angels, Hudson Stage, the Arden Theater Company in Philadelphia and six seasons with Connecticut Free Shakespeare where she was a founding member.  Original theatrical collaborations include an adaptation of Isak Dinesen's Babette's Feast and Ordinary Mind/Ordinary Day based on three short stories by Virginia Woolf.  Babette's Feast premiered in New York in 2010, produced by the International Arts Movement.  Ordinary Mind/Ordinary Day premiered in Boston with the Brandeis Theater Company in 2011.  Abigail is an Affiliate Artist at Portland Stage and an Assistant Professor of Theater at Bowdoin College.

DANIEL NOEL (Marley) is thrilled to be a small part of this seasonal family tradition. He is a Portland Stage Affiliate Artist & has been associated Portland Stage since 1998. Productions include: Arcadia, A Christmas Carol, Terminal Exit, The Foreigner, Rough Crossing, The Drawer Boy, Bach at Leipzig, The Snow Queen, Trouble Is My Business and his workshopped/commissioned play, Longfellow: A Life In Words, in which he played the title role and opened Portland Stage's Studio Theater space. Daniel created the roles of Felix, in Joe Papp's Broadway & Off-Broadway productions of The Human Comedy and Mandelstam, in Liz Swados' The Beautiful Lady at The New Playwrights (Helen Hayes Best Ensemble Award) & WNYC's Live From the Public for the New York Shakespeare Festival. Other stages include: The Brooklyn Academy of Music: Next Wave Festival, Lincoln Center Institute, PS 122, NYSF, Orpheum Theater-LA, Santa Monica Playhouse, Boston's New Opera & Music Theater Initiative, Water Tower Place, Theater at Monmouth. He has done audio books, TV commercials & voice over/print work, opera and musical theater. He is currently in Final Rune's Audio Drama, The Cleansed & the 3rd season of the award winning web series, Ragged Isle. TV: ABC's Loving, Liberty News TV, Various PBS shows, Poet's Cafe. Feature Films & Shorts include: Pennyweight, Alias: The Lost Episode, Inn Season (2010 Maine 48 Hour Film Festival Best Actor Award), Requital and Maria Celeste's Red Noise. Look for him in the upcoming features Anatomy of the Tide and The Hanover House.

SALLY WOOD (Belle) is thrilled to be working on A Christmas Carol with Anita and so many wonderful old friends. Sally is an actor, fight choreographer, teaching artist, adjunct professor and director. Sally has worked regionally, abroad. At Portland Stage, Sally has performed in Gaslight (her first show with Tom Ford about 100 years ago), A Christmas Carol, The Snow QueenAugustaJulius CaesarPeer Gynt, Daniel Noel's Longfellow: A Life in Words. On this stage Sally has directed DoubtThe Drawer BoyThe Gin GameLast GasHidden Tennessee and will direct John Cariani's (World Premiere) LOVE/SICK this spring . Sally was delighted to receive the 1st annual PEER Award for Best Director in 2010 & best adaptation in 2011.  This one is for my mum, who lives Christmas every day.

ENSEMBLE CAST

MEGAN ACKER is a sophomore at Scarborough High School and this is her third production with Portland Stage. Megan has participated in theater since the age of nine. Some of the productions Megan has been in include Dracula at Stages Performing Arts, A Christmas Carol and The Snow Queen with Portland Stage, The Boyfriend with Oak Hill Players and more. In her free time, Megan enjoys reading, playing flute, and hanging out with friends. She would like to thank her family for their support and the cast and crew of A Christmas Carol for an amazing run. Enjoy the show!

SETH BERNER has acted professionally with Lucid Stage, The American Irish Repertory Ensemble, Freeport Factory Stage, Naked Shakespeare, Acorn Productions, the Theater at Monmouth, Dramatic Repertory Company and others. Though he once played Scrooge with Children's Theater of Maine this is Seth's first A CHRISTMAS CAROL with Portland Stage. Seth has been seen on screens in Maine and beyond (including a documentary on the artist Andrew Wyeth for Japanese TV). He lives in Portland with his partner Deb.

FRANCI BLISS is a 8th grader at King Middle School, and this is her second production with Portland Stage. Franci loves to play field hockey on her schools team, is an avid member of her schools choir and debate team, along with writing club and being a library aid. She loves to be involved, and often works at the Portland soup kitchen. She is extremely excited to be a part of this production of A Christmas Carol, and hopes you enjoy the show!

SOPHIA CARDULLO is twelve years old and in 7th grade at Saco Middle School. Last year she enjoyed performing in her school's comedy production Drop Dead Juliet. Sophia has Type 1 Diabetes and loves rollercoasters, cheering, dancing, reading, and singing.  She lives in Saco with her Mom, Dad, two younger siblings and her two dogs, Hero and Luna.

DORA CHAISON-LAPINE This is her third appearance in a Portland Stage production of A Christmas Carol. She is an eleven-year-old fifth grader at Levey Day School where her favorite subjects are language arts and art. She plays softball and soccer and has a fifteen-year-old brother George and a four-year-old schnauzer, Ace. She thanks her mother, her father, her teacher for being open to her missing school for this production, and Nori Hilton for introducing her to A Christmas Carol.

NORA DALY is thrilled to be back at Portland Stage for her ninth year of A Christmas Carol! Aside from Portland Stage, Nora has participated in numerous local productions at Mad Horse Theater Company, Lyric Music Theater, Stages, Young Actors Shakespeare Conservatory, Freeport Community Players and Waynflete School. She recently performed with the Portland Symphony Orchestra in their Youth Concert Series. Nora is a junior at Waynflete School. She studies dance at Casco Bay Movers and Studio 408. Thanks to Anita for this wonderful opportunity!

JENNY DiPHILLIPO is a 7th grade student at Mahoney Middle School in South Portland.  This is Jenny's fifth production with Portland Stage. Jenny loves to run and is a member of Mahoney's cross country and track teams.  She also sings with Musica de Filia, plays the clarinet, and enjoys reading and being outdoors.

JOSIE DiPHILLIPO is a freshman at South Portland High School. This is Josie's fourth production with Portland Stage and she also appeared in The Music Man at Portland Players.  Josie studies piano with Naydene Bowder at the Portland Conservatory of Music, she sings with the Musica de Filia choir, and she also plays the flute, piccolo and fiddle.  She enjoys hiking, biking, swimming and camping.

TOMMY DiPHILLIPO is in the 5th grade at Brown Elementary School. This is Tommy's fourth production with Portland Stage. He plays the saxophone, loves math and science, and enjoys camping and fishing.

CATHERINE DEISLER is 10 years old and a 5th grade homeschooler. Her previous experience includes The Annual Holiday Ice Show performed at the Portland ice arena. She also participates at Portland Stage workshops and camps. Catherine is a competitive soccer player and trains for clubs in Portland and Tampa. Her interests are skiing, travel, "drama" and trendy music. She is a big fan of Miley Cyrus and Abby Wambach.

KEEGAN DONEGAN is eight years old and goes to Yarmouth Elementary School. He loves doing math, playing sports, drawing and reading. Keegan has a big family and lots of friends who he has been entertaining for years. This is his first performance and he is proud to be doing it with everyone at Portland Stage.

HANNAH DUSTON is extremely excited to be back performing in her second season of A Christmas Carol. She has been in numerous productions with The Children's Theater of Maine such as Winnie the Pooh, The Jungle Book, Snow White and The Boxcar Children. Hannah is a 5th Grader at the EECS and enjoys singing, playing soccer, puppetering with The Kids On The Block and playing trombone in her school band. A special thanks to the people at Portland Stage, her family, friends and her cat Lizzie.

GEORGIA RUTH GIBBS is 10 years old and lives on Munjoy Hill with her mom, dad and her cat Merlin. She is in 5th grade at East End Community School where she plays the saxophone in the school band. In her free time, she loves rock climbing, exploring outdoors, swimming, reading, drawing and acting. Georgia is very excited to be in A Christmas Carol at Portland Stage!

GRIFFIN GINGRICH is an 8th grader at Memorial Middle School. This is his first year performing with Portland Stage. Griffin has been in a few productions, including Les Misérables, and Cheaper by the dozen. Griffin has also participated in the middle school plays. Griffin loves English, singing, biking, and playing the trumpet and trombone.

PARKER HARNETT is 9 years old and is thrilled to be making her Portland Stage debut in A Christmas Carol.  Parker has been acting on the stage and screen for the last several years, most recently in productions at the Chocolate Church in Bath, Freeport Performing Arts Center and on TV as the "CU Pinky Promise" girl. Parker loves school, soccer, swimming and singing!  

HEATHER ELIZABETH IRISH recent credits include Tess of the D'Urbervilles (Dead Wessex Fair), PINK! (PortFringe), and Way It Is (Portland Stage, Little Festival). She has also appeared with Power Out Productions, Lucid Stage, Mad Horse Theatre, and Theater at Monmouth. Heather studied theatre at the University of Southern Maine.

ERIN McKEOWN is currently an eighth grader at Scarborough Middle School. She enjoys the theater and is very excited to be involved with Portland Stage for her third year. In her free time Erin loves to write, read, and draw. Portland Stage brings the holiday spirit to the city and Erin loves the holidays and any reason to celebrate. She hopes you all enjoy the performance and your holiday season. Credits Include: Snow Queen, Kick-Start Game Show, Acorn Productions, Stages Productions, Clue, Portland Stage Theater Camps and past works with Scarborough Middle School Theater Teams.

KATHRYN PERRY is thrilled to appear in her first production with Portland Stage. She has previously performed with Mad Horse Theatre Company, Lucid Stage, and the Freeport Shakespeare Festival. Look for her in Seasons 2 and 3 of the Independent Soap Award-winning web series Ragged Isle.

BIANCA PETERMAN is in the seventh grade at the Friends School of Portland.  This is her second time appearing in an ensemble at Portland Stage. Last year she played Little Kai in the premier of The Snow Queen. She enjoys Cross Country running as well as exploring Math and Science. She lives in Hollis with her sister Ruby, her dog Freddie and six chickens.

RUBY PETERMAN is in the fourth grade at the Friends School of Portland located on Mackworth Island. This is her third year performing with Portland Stage and her second appearance as Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol. She enjoys acting, reading, writing, art and cooking. When she grows up she wants to be a Baker.

LIVA PIERCE is thirteen years old and is in the 8th grade at King Middle School. This is her first time doing A Christmas Carol, but she has participated in two of Portland Stage's Theater for Kids programs. Last year she performed in Twelfth Night at Stages Performing Arts. She has also appeared in several musicals, the most recent being Camp Rock at Julia Littlefield's Performing Arts Camp. Aside from acting, Liva enjoys reading, art, tennis, and playing the drums. She lives in Portland with her parents, sister, and dog, Talulabell.

JULIA PILK is 11 years old (12 on Dec. 9) and a 6th grader at Cape Elizabeth Middle School.  This is her second performance here at Portland Stage, last year she was young Gerda in The Snow Queen.  Julia recently performed in Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and her school production of The Music Man.  In her free time Julia enjoys singing, sewing, cooking and spending time with her two sisters Taylor and Lexi.  Julia would like to thank Portland Stage for giving her this opportunity, and also her family for their support.  

ELLA WERNER is an 8th Grader at Freeport Middle School and she is very excited for her first production with Portland Stage.  Ella has participated in theater since the age of six, including Best/Worst X-mas Pageant Ever and Scrooge the Musical with Studio Theatre of Bath, Ms. Scrooge, Matilda, and Aladdin with Theater Project of Brunswick, Oliver! with Freeport Players, Here Be Dragons at Acting Manitou camp and school productions of Honk, Jr. and Suessical, Jr.. Ella enjoys writing, singing, watching musicals and studying prosthetic makeup.  She is so appreciative of her family and friends for their support. Happy Holidays!

DENVER REY WHISMAN is glad to be back at Portland Stage for Ensemble work on Dickens.  This is his third A Christmas Carol, having performed in the '09 and '10 productions.  He was also in the Portland Stage productions of Julius Caesar, Peer Gynt, and Bach at Leipzig.  As much a playwright as an actor Denver Rey has penned two full length plays: LOOKOUT, TEXAS, which examines the mores of small town Texas one year into the nuclear age, and THE TOBACCO KID which chronicles one adolescent's six year walk through civil war torn Africa into the life of a history professor whose specialty is civil war.  Denver Rey is a member of the Maine Playwrights Lab, the Dramatists Guild of America, the New England Theater Conference, and the Joseph Campbell Foundation. 

EMMY AVERY WHITHAM is a proud 10th grader at Casco Bay High School.  She has been dancing since she was 4, and now choreographs her own dances, which she has performed at different venues. In addition to dance she loves to sing and act. She was in the last production of A Christmas Carol at Portland Stage and it was a wonderful experience for her. Excited about being in this year's performance is a true joy for Emmy. 

SUE YANDELL is excited to be performing in A Christmas Carol at Portland Stage for her 4th time. Previous plays include Lettice and Lovage. In her spare time she enjoys guerrilla gardening, singing with the Blue Lobsters and long distance cycling. She is a board member at Portland Stage and a Docent at Portland Museum of Art.

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION TEAM


ANITA STEWART (Director, Set Designer) Anita Stewart's work as a director and adapter has been seen every fall during Portland Stage's production of A Christmas Carol and most recently in last season's The Snow Queen. She has also directed and adapted Peer Gynt and directed Women and the Sea. Additionally, Anita has worked as a set and costume designer at leading theatres across the country, including: the Guthrie, Seattle Rep, Canadian Opera Company, A.R.T in Boston, Steppenwolf and New York Theater Workshop.  Anita's desire to play a meaningful role as an artist in a specific community brought her to Portland Stage Company in Maine as Artistic Director, a company for which she had previously done significant freelance design. 

SUSAN THOMAS (Costume Designer) is now on her seventh season as the Costume Shop Manager at Portland Stage.  Some of Susan's design credits at Portland Stage are A Christmas Carol and The Santaland Diaries which are running this season.  Design work in previous seasons includes: The Snow Queen, 2Pianos4HandsMary's Wedding, Fully Committed, The Real McGonagall, and Longfellow: A Life in Words.  Susan has worked in the costume shops of a variety of regional theatres including: Theatre Department at USM, Maine State Music Theater Costume Rentals, Geva Theater Center, Shakespeare & Company, The Theater at Monmouth, Fenix Theatre Company, The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, and Port Opera. Enjoy the show!

HANS INDIGO SPENCER (Musical Director) Called a "master composer" by the Boston Globe for his jazz orchestra's debut jazz CD, "First Storybook", Hans Indigo Spencer's career stretches over twenty years of supporting stories for theater directors, filmmakers, animators, and choreographers.  Broadcast composing credits include shows on National Geographic Channel, History Channel, PBS, Cartoon Network, the Science Channel, and Discovery.  He has created music for plays at Portland Stage - Snow Queen, Iron Kisses, Magnetic North, and Passion of the Hausfrau.  He has also underscored hundreds of improv comedy shows at Improv Boston Theater, played saxophone with bands such as the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra and his own Indigo Invention Group, and written jazz compositions for those groups as well.  The Chameleon Arts Ensemble, one of Boston's premier classical chamber groups, regularly features his music in their family concerts which he helps design and present.  Most recently, his compositions "Glue" and "Music is Ours" included parts for audience members and students to play along with the professional ensemble. He was educated in classical composition at Oberlin Conservatory and earned a Master's Degree in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory.  He taught general and choral music in the Cambridge Public Schools while teaching graduate courses at Lesley University on integrating music with other curriculum areas. Composing music for documentaries marries his work creating and teaching music, and helping people learn broader subjects through music. He likens live underscoring like what you hear in A Christmas Carol to bringing all his favorite things together in one place.

BRYON WINN (Lighting Designer) is delighted to be returning to Portland Stage for his 15th season. He has designed over 30 productions for Portland Stage. His design work has also been seen at Florida Studio Theater, Trinity Rep, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Axis Theatre, Intersection for the Arts, Miranda Theatre Company, Utah Musical Theatre, Middlebury College, Cornell College, Riverside Theatre and Iowa Summer Rep. Bryon serves as the Director of Theatre at the University of Iowa and is a member of United Scenic Artist 829.

MYLES C. HATCH (Stage Manager) is currently enjoying his 13th season stage-managing with Portland Stage. During the past twenty two years, Myles has worked in stage management with such diversified theatres as The Freeport Shakespeare Festival (ME), Maine State Music Theatre (ME), The Theater at Monmouth (ME), Arden Theatre Company (PA), Baltimore Shakespeare Festival (MD), Everyman Theatre (MD), Rep Stage (MD), Horse Cave Theatre (KY), New Stage Theatre (MS), Round House Theatre (MD), Source Theatre Company (D.C.), Washington Stage Guild (D.C.), Washington Jewish Theatre (D.C.), Asolo Theatre Company (FL), Westport Country Playhouse (CT), and the YALE Summer Cabaret (CT). Myles will next stage-manage A Song at Twilight here at Portland Stage. Myles is a member of the Actors' Equity Association.


2013-2014
SEASON

 

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
by August Wilson
SEP 24 - OCT 20, 2013


Vigil
by Morris Panych
OCT 29 - NOV 17, 2013


Santaland Diaries
by David Sedaris
Dec 3 - DEC 22, 2013
In the Studio Theater

A Christmas Carol
by Hans Christian Andersen
NOV 29 - DEC 22, 2013


Trouble Is My Business

by Joseph Vass
JAN 21 - FEB 16, 2014

Veils
WORLD PREMIERE
by Tom Coash

FEB 25 - MAR 16, 2014


Tribes
by Nina Raine
MAR 25 - APR 13, 2014

The Savannah Disputation
by Evan Smith
APR 22 - MAY 18, 2014