‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

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$10 tickets for children 12 and under!

A mouse is stirring – because Santa missed his house last year. Don’t miss this joyful tribute to the holiday season filled with schemes, confrontations, mistaken identities, bravery, and all things naughty and nice! This journey of a mouse, an elf, and a spunky little girl who just won’t take no for an answer is an exciting one that your children will love! This family-friendly show is just the thing to enliven your holiday spirit!

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
By Ken Ludwig
December 2nd-18th

 

CAST

Nichole-DumoulinNichole Dumoulin (Calliope) is beyond excited to be a part of this fun and silly production! She graduated from EWU with a BA in Theatre. Included in her favorite roles are Catherine in A View from the Bridge, Viola in Twelfth Night, and most recently Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire. This is her first show at The Modern CDA. She dedicates this performance to all of her past and present theatre students.

olivia-mcneiceOlivia McNeice (Emily) is overjoyed to be in this sweet and wacky production. Her past performances at The Modern CDA include Les Misérables and Sound of Music. She thanks her friends and family for their support. Merry Christmas to all!

Trevor-Rau-MAMTrevor Rau (Amos) is absolutely ecstatic to be a part of this stellar cast and crew! Having gotten his start in children’s theatre, Trevor knows what an amazing feeling kids get when they see a story unfold right before their eyes. He hopes everyone enjoys the show and especially hopes that everyone has a merry Christmas!

steveSteve Kane (Uncle) is thrilled to have been asked to return to the stage after a long hiatus. You may remember Steve from the Lake City Productions of Fiddler on the Roof or Lost in Yonkers. I hope you find this show as fun as I do. Merry Christmas!

img_2511Dave Rideout (Wendell Sneed, Mulch) is delighted to share this adventure with you and your family! Dave has been very fortunate to play iconic roles such as Dracula and Henry Jekyll, and been in classic productions written by Shakespeare, Arthur Miller, and Tom Stoppard. He thanks the cast and crew for all the courage, kindness, honesty, and love that we’ve shared.

 

CREW

H Paton HeadshotHannah Paton (Director) is thrilled to be a part of this show! Hannah serves as Director of Community Affairs at The Guardians Foundation, Inc. and is grateful for the opportunity to be onstage again. She was most recently seen as Diana in Lend Me A Tenor, and has directed The Nerd and Maybe Baby, all at The Modern CDA. She would like to thank her husband Jim for his love and support in all things.

Matt Gerard - Modern - danscape (6 of 28)Matthew Gerard (Stage Manager) is a regular employee of The Modern. He has worked as crew and cast for the past two years. His favorite roles include Enjolras in Les Miserables, The Lounge Singer in Dogfight, and Charles Guiteau in Assassins.

Jamie Russell - Headshot - Modern - danscape (19 of 28)Jamie Russell (Costumer) was introduced to costuming in 2008 when her daughter, Sadie, was cast in CYT’s production of Narnia. Since then, she has costumed many productions. Jamie has served The Modern as a costumer since the 2010-11 season. She looks forward to the challenge of bringing characters to life with costumes. Her life purpose is to creatively inspire others, and she hopes that she inspires you through her creations on stage.

jwhittingJeremy Whittington (Scenic/Art Designer) has always enjoyed bringing a vision to life and is excited to get to do that here at the Modern! He is a comic book illustrator, graphic designer, writer, editor, and actor. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Sanford-Brown in 2015 and spent 3 years at Ohio University where he was actively involved in regional theater. The energy of our area’s thriving art, music and theatre scene makes Jeremy grateful to the Great Artist above for placing him on this incredible team.

Eric NowakEric Nowak (Lighting Design) is thrilled to be once again be designing for the theater he has long called home. Eric’s work in Sound Design was most recently seen in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

 

All Is Calm 2016 – The Modern Spokane

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In 1914, at the Western front, out of the violence comes a silence – then a song. Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, and peace. A remarkable true story, told in the words and songs of the men who lived it. We are thrilled to make this special story an annual Inland Northwest Tradition!

Cast

Brendan Brady - Modern - danscape (16 of 17)Brendan Brady (Tenor I, Year 3) is excited to be a part of this show and cast. He has been a frequent performer on the Modern stage since 2011, and would like to thank everyone who has helped the theater transform into what it is today.

Zack Baker - Modern - danscape (12 of 17)Zachariah Baker (Tenor I, Music Director, Year 3) is an artist, educator, and athlete. Hailing from the mountain town of Sandpoint, Idaho, he has an abiding love for nature and conservation. In his spare time, he enjoys various outdoor pursuits, Russian literature, and lifting heavy things. He is pleased and proud to continue to contribute to the artistic wealth of The Modern Theater and the Inland Northwest.

jonah-taylorJonah Taylor (Tenor II, Year 1) is excited to be a part of All is Calm after making his Modern Theater debut in [title of show]. He has been following his passion since the age of 7, some of his favorite roles being Laurie (Little Women), Horton (Seussical), and Scarecrow (Wizard of Oz.) He is beyond thankful for his family and friends for all the support they give. Merry Christmas!

terrance-macmullanTerrance MacMullan (Tenor II, Year 3) is deeply honored to continue this amazing holiday tradition. Originally from Santurce, Puerto Rico, he has called Spokane his home for the last 13 years where he enjoys working as a philosophy professor at EWU. Terrance most recently appeared in Man of La Mancha at The Modern Spokane. He thanks his wife and children for their love, patience and support. Terrance hopes this play brings great joy to your holidays.

mitch-heid-headshotMitch Heid (Tenor II, Year 1) feels very fortunate to be making his Modern Theater debut in such a beautiful show. After graduating from Whitworth, he has been seen in theaters throughout the Inland Northwest, in such roles as Orin in Little Shop of Horrors, Ted in Peter and the Starcatcher, and Ed in Evil Dead the Musical. He thanks the Whitworth theatre faculty for giving him the tools for success, his parents for encouraging his passion, and the patrons who help make local theatre possible.

chris-jensen-headshot-1Chris Jensen (Baritone, Year 1) most recently played All the Men in A Piece of My Heart at Stage Left; prior to that, he was Frank Strang in Troy Nickerson’s production of Equus. He worked for 10 years as a theater critic in Seattle and San Francisco, and spent last year teaching English literature in Istanbul. Much as he admires All Is Calm, he thinks the show would be much more festive if it took place during a Black Friday sale at Walmart.

jim-swobodaJim Swoboda (Baritone, Year 3) is grateful for the opportunity to perform for the last 3 years in this touching tribute to the men who risked their lives for a moment of peace. Recently, Jim performed 2 roles in Guys and Dolls as Liver Lips Louie and understudy for Sky Masterson. Jim has also performed the role of Jean Valjean in Les Misérables in Spokane and Phoenix. He wishes to thank his wife Debbie for her constant support and patience throughout the years.

david-kappusDavid Kappus (Bass, Year 1) is privileged to join this amazing cast in telling this inspiring (and ultimately hopeful) story. He has been seen on several local stages as well as in the “pit” as the drummer for Modern Theater blockbusters Les Misérables and RENT. David would like to thank his wife, Theresa, for her constant support, his friends for their understanding when play lines creep into real conversations, and YOU for supporting live local theater! May your holidays be blessed with love and compassion.

nick-baileyNick Bailey (Bass, Year 2) is a Spokane native and Whitworth alumnus. Recent credits include Eddie in The Wild Party, Hertz in Rock of Ages, Dan in Next to Normal, Equus, the Innkeeper in Man of La Mancha and Chicago. Nick has previously performed with Spokane Civic Theater, Spokane Opera, Coeur d Alene Summer Theatre, Whitworth University and the Spokane Symphony Chorale. He wishes to thank his family and friends for their continued support.

daniel-j-bellDaniel J Bell (Bass, Year 3) is truly blessed to be part of this amazing production. Recent credits through the Modern include Assassins, Les Misérables, Sweeney Todd, and All My Sons. Daniel is a 17 year Coeur d’Alene resident and he teaches Physics at Lake City High. He would like to thank his wonderful wife Karen for blessing his life in every way and for caring for their three beautiful sons, and all those who have supported this transformative show for the past two years. Enjoy the show!

Crew

Abbey-Crawford-2-1Abbey Crawford (Director) As an award-winning vocalist, Abbey was trained at the prestigious Cabaret Conference at Yale University. She is pleased to once again be behind the scenes directing, and very honored to have a hand in such an important piece of theatre. The experience has been glorious. As always, her favorite role is that of Mama, to Mason, Amelia and Isaac.

13710452_896593493802080_4068598609541878287_oEmma Chan (Stage Manager) is thrilled to be working this beautiful show! She is a Junior at University High School, where she is the Resident Stage Manager for U-Drama. Her most recent SM credits at The Modern include Dogfight and [title of show]. She’s very thankful for this opportunity to work with such talented artists and the most amazing production team. Thank you for supporting the arts; enjoy!

Jamie Russell - Headshot - Modern - danscape (19 of 28)Jamie Russell (Costumer) was introduced to costuming in 2008 when her daughter, Sadie, was cast in CYT’s production of Narnia. Since then, she has costumed many productions. Jamie has served The Modern as a costumer since the 2010-11 season. She looks forward to the challenge of bringing characters to life with costumes. Her life purpose is to creatively inspire others, and she hopes that she inspires you through her creations on stage.

jwhittingJeremy Whittington (Scenic/Art Design) has always enjoyed bringing a vision to life and is excited to get to do that here at the Modern! He is a comic book illustrator, graphic designer, writer, editor, and actor. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Sanford-Brown in 2015 and spent 3 years at Ohio University where he was actively involved in regional theater. The energy of our area’s thriving art, music and theatre scene makes Jeremy grateful to the Great Artist above for placing him on this incredible team.

‘Night, Mother

‘Night, Mother

By Marsha Norman

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“It is [playwright] Marsha Norman’s profound achievement that she brings both understanding and dignity to forgotten and tragic American lives.”

“A relentless exploration of the mother/daughter blood-tie, with all the guilt and hurt and misunderstanding and love that it entails…”

“In  ‘Night, Mother, Ms. Norman sends us crashing into one of life’s horrible unpreventable accidents, then leaves us helplessly contemplating the casualty list. Sterile, lonely lives.”

The New York Times

CAST

Marianne McLaughlin (Thelma) has most recently performed at The Modern Spokane in The Ladies Foursome, Other Desert Cities, and The Glass Menagerie. She has been acting and directing in the Spokane area for over 20 years.She feels very fortunate to work with this talented Director, Cast, and Crew.

Emily Jones (Jessie) is so honored to be able to be a part of this production. Last seen in CDA as Pauline in A Bright New Boise, recent Modern roles also include The Housekeeper in Man of La Mancha and Annette Raleigh in God of Carnage. She is thankful to her whole family for their support and help in making these adventures possible.

ARTISTIC TEAM

Susan Hardie (Director) has directed or appeared in scores of productions throughout the Inland Northwest. Directing projects include Fiction, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and the 2013 AACT State Festival winner The Turn of the Screw at Spokane Civic Theatre; All My Sons and These Shining Lives at Whitworth University. Performances include The Cemetery ClubSteel Magnolias, and the national award-winning Getting Out. Susan hails from New York and is delighted to be working with The Modern.

Zachariah Baker (Score) is a director, composer, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, actor, educator, and athlete. His work has been seen in nearly every Modern production since 2011. Hailing from the mountain town of Sandpoint, Idaho, he has an abiding love for nature and conservation. In his spare time, he enjoys various outdoor pursuits, Russian literature, and lifting heavy things. He is pleased and proud to continue to contribute to the artistic wealth of The Modern Theater and the Inland Northwest.

Matthew Gerard (Stage Manager) is a regular employee of The Modern. He has worked as crew and cast for the past two years. His favorite roles include Enjolras in Les Miserables, The Lounge Singer in Dogfight, and Charles Guiteau in Assassins.

Angela Pierson as Velma Kelly

“If life is a game, I’ll play it the best. Cause I won’t give in, and I’ll never bend, and I am my own best friend.” -Velma

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Angela is nothing short of extraordinary, and her performance of Velma Kelly is no exception!

Angela-Pierson-1Angela Rose Pierson (Velma) is grateful to be performing and choreographing on the Modern stage once again. Last season, she choreographed The Wild Party and Rock of Ages, which she was also in. Most recently, she choreographed The Music Man for CDA Summer Theatre and played Arista in their production of The Little Mermaid. Angela was previously an instructor at Manhattan Movement & Arts Center in NYC and has choreographed all throughout California. Enjoy the show and all that jazz!

Directed by Abbey Crawford, Chicago opens September 23rd and runs through October 23rd. For tickets and more information, visit HERE!

To find out more about this stellar cast and crew, visit HERE!

Quinn Vaira as Roxie Hart

“I’m gonna be a celebrity. That means somebody everyone loves.” -Roxie

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We are so thrilled to have Quinn back on The Modern’s stage in her beautiful performance of Roxie Hart!

Quinn Vaira 2 - webQuinn Vaira (Roxie) could not be more excited to be back on The Modern Theater’s stage. You may have seen Quinn last year as Sherrie in “Rock of Ages” on the CDA stage or Queenie in “The Wild Party” in Spokane. This past year she played Shy in “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” at the Arizona Broadway Theatre and was most recently Mary Poppins at The Fort Peck Summer Theatre, opposite her favorite leading man, Andy. She is so grateful for this opportunity, and thanks her family and friends for always believing in her.

Directed by Abbey Crawford, Chicago opens September 23rd and runs through October 23rd. For tickets and more information, visit HERE!

To find out more about this stellar cast and crew, visit HERE!

Aubree Peterson as Logainne SchwartzandGrubenierre

“I’d like to take one moment to thank my two fathers Daniel Schwartz and Carl Grubenierre who’ve been so supportive of me and all my endeavors. Thank you, dads!” -Logainne

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She doesn’t want much, just for people to follow the rules, for sexism to dissipate, the legal voting age to be dropped to the age of ten, for all of America to love her, to rise to the top of the… okay, she wants a lot.

Aubree - danscape - Modern - MCM1940 (13 of 16)Aubree Peterson (Logainne Schwartzy) is incredibly excited to be a part of such a stellar cast! She has been a part of many productions around the area, both on-stage and off. Favorite roles include Mae (The Wild Party), Lynette ‘Squeaky’ Fromme (Assassins) and Little Sally (Urinetown). She would like to thank her parents and friends for allowing her to live creatively and always supporting her unconditionally. Enjoy the show!

Directed by Lance Babbitt, ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ opens September 9 and runs through October 2. For tickets and more information, visit HERE!

To find out more about this stellar cast and crew, visit HERE!

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