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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

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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.

Murderous minds, musically portrayed – Assassins

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There’s a lyric near the beginning of Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Assassins” where a question is posed to John Wilkes Booth, the man most famous for killing President Abraham Lincoln.

“Why did you do it, Johnny?” the song intones. “What made you bring a nation to its knees?”

That simple line neatly sums up the whole show, which opens tonight at the Modern Theater Coeur d’Alene. In a series of vignettes, Sondheim assembles fictionalized versions of real presidential assassins, some successful and some not, and examines what drove each of them to violence.

“These are the stories of people who said, ‘If nobody else is going to do something, I’m going to do something, and this is the only way people will listen to me,’ ” said the show’s director, Abbey Crawford. “These are the stories that have changed the fabric of America.”

But “Assassins” isn’t a straightforward historical piece. It plays out in an impressionistic variety-show style, and it’s set in what resembles a circus sideshow. A couple of carnival barkers serve as our tour guides, and they also function as a dueling angel and devil on each character’s shoulders: The Proprietor (played by Joseph Hall) supplies everyone with guns, while the Balladeer (Brenden Brady) tries to dissuade them from using those weapons.

Read the full Spokesman-Review article here!

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Along with Booth (Daniel J. Bell), there’s Lee Harvey Oswald, who shot President John F. Kennedy from a book depository building in Texas. There’s Leon Czolgosz (Jesse Hampsch), a Polish immigrant who killed President William McKinley in 1901 because he believed the government was taking advantage of the poor. Charles Guiteau (Matt Gerard), an aspiring politician, assassinated President James Garfield when he wasn’t appointed French ambassador.

Each assassin gets his or her own scene, and each one lays out his or her personal or political motive. Typical of Sondheim, many of the songs possess a darkly comic streak: There’s a dual romantic ballad titled “Unworthy of Your Love” during which John Hinckley (Shawn Hunt) proclaims his devotion to Jodie Foster (he shot President Ronald Reagan to get her attention) and Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme (Aubree Peterson) pines for cult leader Charles Manson.

“It’s dark and it’s funny, and there are moments where you cry because you’re thinking, ‘Why do these people still feel like they need to do this?’ ” Crawford said. “There’s some crazy that’s happening here. … But I think every human has the (potential) to become that little bit of crazy where you think there’s nothing else you can do.”

Sondheim doesn’t condone what the assassins have done; he merely wants to understand them. In the song “Another National Anthem,” all of his characters explain their actions: No one would listen to them, no one cared about them, they wanted to send a message and they feel totally justified.

Crawford, who played Fromme in Civic Theatre’s 2007 production of “Assassins,” says the show is as fascinating and funny as it is tragic. It’s about tenacious yet irrational people who chased after the American dream and encountered nothing but frustrations and broken promises along the way.

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“By the end of the show, you’re going to almost want to be on the side of the assassins,” she said. “It’s Stephen Sondheim’s interpretation of the human condition. … It’s draining and glorious and haunting and crazy.”

TREAT DAD TO ROCK OF AGES!

Roll out page - MainSkip the ties and cologne, because the Modern Theater is offering $20 tickets to the West Coast premiere of Rock of Ages! Get 25% off the regular adult price when you buy tickets for Dad (or yourself) this weekend!

Use the promo code dadrocks to get the discount. This online-only special offer is valid through midnight this Sunday, June 21. This promotion cannot be combined with other discounts. Limit 4 discounted tickets per patron, please.

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September 11 to October 10 in CDA

By Chris D’Arienzo

Directed by George Green
Music Director Zachariah Baker
Back to big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and big hair! The shredding score features the hits of bands including Journey, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, and others. Aqua Net, Lycra, lace, and liquor flow freely at one of the Sunset Strips last legendary venues, a place where sex machine Stacee Jaxx takes the stage and scantily clad groupies line up to turn their fantasies into reality.

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‘God of Carnage’ preview in the Spokesman Review

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Nathan Weinbender The Spokesman-Review

Graceless Under Pressure – Modern CdA explores limits of human civility in ‘Carnage’

Yasmina Reza’s “God of Carnage” traps us in an enclosed space with four self-absorbed, strong-willed characters and asks us to look on as they slowly unravel. By the end of the show, grievances have been aired, prejudices have been revealed, alliances have been formed and then broken, and they’re all but clawing at one another’s throats.

The Tony Award-winning play, which premieres tonight at the Modern Theater Coeur d’Alene, unfolds like a more manic, farcical version of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”: It concerns two upper-middle class couples who, when confined to closed quarters for an evening, cling to forced civility until they crack and begin trampling on common sense and social graces. It’s like an episode of “Masterpiece Theater” devolving into a National Geographic special.

“It’s really intense for 80 to 90 minutes,” said the show’s director Heather McHenry-Kroetch, adding that maintaining the fleet pacing of Reza’s script was a challenge. “It was a very different process than doing a big musical, or even another comedy where people leave and come back. It’s just four people in one room. This is one long scene, really.”

That scene is sparked by an off-stage incident of childish violence: Two young boys have gotten into a fight on the school playground, and one of them has broken the other’s teeth by striking him with a large stick. The boys’ parents decide to meet and discuss what happened, to approach the issue with intelligence and empathy, and their sensibilities soon clash.

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Alan (Daniel McKeever) and Annette (Emily Jones) are the parents of the stick wielder; Michael (Eric Paine) and Veronica (Phoebe Oosterhuis) are the parents of the victim. Each couple immediately takes the side of their own kid, but as the espresso they’re drinking gives way to booze, allegiances shift unexpectedly. This is a comedy of bad manners filtered through bourgeois scruples: When one of the characters vomits, the biggest faux pas is that it’s all over the expensive coffee table books.

“They behave as if they have very little compassion for the others,” McHenry-Kroetch said of Reza’s characters. “They have compassion for certain groups of people – at least they say they do – but their compassion for the person they’re talking to is missing.”

“God of Carnage” is one of those plays that naturally attracts great actors: The original Broadway cast included James Gandolfini, Jeff Daniels, Marcia Gay Harden and Hope Davis, and Roman Polanski’s 2011 film adaptation starred Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly. That’s likely because the show is really an actor’s obstacle course, putting its characters through the physical and emotional wringer without the benefit of an intermission.

But McHenry-Kroetch says that, even though the comedy tends toward the broad, she made it a priority to keep the characters and their sparring worldviews from getting swallowed up in the vulgarity (this is, it should be noted, an R-rated play).

“You don’t go for the joke – you have real people in whatever situation they’re in – and there’s some funny stuff that comes out of that,” she said. “It definitely gets crazy busy. … When you’re acting how that character would behave in that situation, it works out. It is entertaining in its intensity, but I do think there’s a good human story for each of them.”

If you go

‘God of Carnage’

When: Today through April 12; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays

Where: The Modern Theater Coeur d’Alene, 1320 E. Garden Ave.

Cost: $13-$21; tickets are available at www.themoderntheater.org, or through the box office at (208) 676-7529

See the complete Spokesman Review article HERE!