A Christmas Story: The Musical | November 8 - December 22
"A true gift! A sparkling adaptation with a surefire charmer of a score." - New York Magazine
Book by Joseph Robinette | Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Based on the motion picture A Christmas Story distributed by Warner Bros., written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark, and upon In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash written by Jean Shepherd.
Produced with permission of Warner Bros., Theatre Ventures, and Dalfie Entertainment.
About The Show
Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes, including intermission
This holiday season, journey on a nostalgic romp full of joyful spirit, featuring music from the Oscar-winning team behind the music of La La Land, The Greatest Showman and Dear Evan Hansen. 9-year-old Ralphie Parker only wants one thing for Christmas—an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle.
Despite some very legitimate concerns from the adults in his life, Ralphie can’t control his desperate yearning for his gift. Featuring all your favorite scenes from the classic movie, A Christmas Story: The Musical is brimming with hilarious moments and a lively, energetic score. This quirky tale reminds us that the true meaning of the holidays doesn’t lie in material gifts, but in who you spend the day with.
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Joel is deeply honored to return to the stage at Berkeley Playhouse for the fifth time, after having appeared in their productions of Peter and the Starcatcher (Black Stache); Fiddler on the Roof (Perchik); To Kill A Mockingbird (Heck Tate); and Hairspray (Wilbur/Male Authority), for which he received a Theatre Bay Area Award nomination. A multiple award-winning teacher, actor, director, and playwright, Mr. Roster is also the founder and Artistic Director of The Other Other Theatre Company, which is currently in its second season. He humbly thanks the entire cast, production team, and staff at BPH, and wishes all of you a beautiful holiday season. Mr. Roster is a proud member of Actors Equity Association.
THE OLD MAN
Matt is so happy to be on the Berkeley Playhouse stage! Most recently seen as Bill in Mamma Mia, Matt has also appeared as Will Conklin/Henry Ford in Ragtime; Officer Lockstock in Urinetown; and King Triton in The Little Mermaid for Berkeley Playhouse audiences. Other favorite roles include Bank Manager in Once at 42nd St. Moon, Schlatko in Hedwig and the Angry Inch at Top Shelf Theatre Co., and Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls at Altarena Playhouse. Matt would like to thank his wife, Becky, for her love and support. Enjoy the show!
Maria is thrilled to return to Berkeley Playhouse, where she was last seen in Billy Elliot and Pirates of Penzance. Recent roles: Miss Casewell in The Mousetrap at Ross Valley Players, Jenny Lind in Barnum at 23 Elephants Theatre, Mother in Ragtime at Contra Costa Civic Theatre, Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street at Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre, and Mrs. Cratchit in Scrooge In Love! at 42nd Street Moon. Other credits: My Fair Lady, Chicago, Where’s Charley?, City of Angels, A Little Night Music, Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill. Maria studied Commedia dell’Arte in Italy, and performs with Curated Entertainment: exclusive, custom, and interactive entertainment for special events. www.CuratedEntertainment.biz
Elizabeth is excited to be returning to Berkeley Playhouse after appearing as Charlene in Dreamgirls and Deloris Van Cartier in Sister Act! Elizabeth is a graduate of Howard University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Arts. Elizabeth was recently seen as Radio in Caroline or Change (Ray of Light) and Motormouth Maybelle in Bay Area Musical’s production of Hairspray. Some other theatre credits include, Lady O in The Right Note (Spare Stage), Cassandra in Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike (Contra Costa Civic Theatre), Darlene in Dance of The Holy Ghosts (Ubuntu Theater Project), Ronnette in Little Shop of Horrors (Contra Costa Musical Theatre). Elizabeth sends love to my daughter Caira and thanks God, family and friends for their support. Follow Elizabeth on instagram @elizasenoj.
SANTA / ENSEMBLE
John Ramirez Ortiz
John is very excited to make his Berkeley Playhouse debut in such a fun show! Some of his favorite credits include King Midas in Gold: The Midas Musical With Bay Area Children’s Theatre, William Barfeé in Spelling Bee with Clayton Theatre Company, Snipes/ Ensemble in Disney’s Tarzan with Palo Alto Players Brian in Avenue Q and Aldolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone both with Sunnyvale Community Players. By Day, John is a Teaching Artist with Bay Area Children’s Theatre and has choreographed/ music directed productions such as The Jungle Book, Seussical, and Madagascar Jr. He wants to thank his bears, JD and Daniel, for their constant love and support.
CHIEF ELF / ENSEMBLE
Jon is thrilled to take part in A Christmas Story. This is Jon’s first appearance with a professional theatre company and he could not be happier that it is with Berkeley Playhouse. Previous credits include Jeter (Footloose/Diablo Valley College Drama), Cliff Bradshaw (Cabaret/STARS2000), and Sam Carmichael (Mamma Mia!/STARS2000). Jon is currently training in drama and dance at Diablo Valley College. He would like to thank Sarah, Tom, best friend Tommy Lassiter, and especially his parents for the constant love and support.
CHIEF ELF / ENSEMBLE
Kennedy is a third year student at San Francisco State University. She has been in several productions in high school including Aida (Aida), Meet Me in St. Louis (Rose), and Cinderella (Grace). In 2018 she was in San Francisco State’s production of HAIR in which she played the role of Dionne. This will be her first professional show and she’s very grateful to Berkeley Playhouse for giving her this opportunity. She’d like to thank her mom, dad, brother, and friends for all their love and support. She hopes everyone has a wonderful time at A Christmas Story and wishes you all a happy holiday!
MRS. SCHWARTZ / ENSEMBLE
Polly is thrilled to be making her Berkeley Playhouse debut! Previously seen living her best life in Contra Costa Musical Theatre’s production of Thoroughly Modern Millie as Alice/Ensemble. Polly is incredibly grateful and humbled by the opportunity to work with and perform alongside this amazing cast and creative team! Special thanks to her unbelievably supportive work colleagues and her wonderful family. Always for Simon, Mollie, and Django <3.
NANCY'S MOTHER / ENSEMBLE
Bethany is ecstatic to be making her Berkeley Playhouse debut! She has been performing in musicals for over 20 years now and does not plan on stopping any time soon! Bethany has most recently been seen as Kitty in The Drowsy Chaperone (Landmark Musicals). Some of her other favorite credits include Lucille/Ensemble in Thoroughly Modern Millie (South Bay Musical Theatre), Usherette in The Producers(Cabrillo Stage) and Mae in Reefer Madness (TMCC Performing Arts). She would like to thank her mom who first introduced her to the magic of musical theater and Joseph for all his love and support.
FLICK'S MOTHER / ENSEMBLE
Monica Allan has been seen as Gabby in Milo at the Movies (Goodspeed Opera House), Lucille in Gunfight at the Not-So-Ok Saloon (2019 Hollywood Fringe Festival), The High Priestess in A Carol Christmas (Group Repertory Theater), Ethel Toffelmier in The Music Man (Palos Verdes PAC), Monteen in Parade (Kentwood Playhouse), and many more. BFA in Musical Theater from the Hartt School of Music, Theater, and Dance. Thanks and love to Mom, Dad, and Sophie the Great Dane! www.monicaallan.com
FANTASY VILLAIN / ENSEMBLE
Danny is delighted to be spreading some holiday cheer in Berkeley Playhouse’s A Christmas Story. He has had the honor of performing in multiple Berkeley Playhouse productions, most recently Mamma Mia. He has also performed with 42nd Street Moon, Lucky Penny Productions, Broadway By the Bay, The Mountain Play, Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre, Ray of Light Theatre, Contra Costa Civic Theatre, Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre & Masquers Playhouse. He is a graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts.
DOCTOR / WAITER / ENSEMBLE
Joseph is excited to join the cast and crew of A Christmas Story as his first production with Berkeley Playhouse. Having recently completed graduate school at West Virginia University, Joseph has performed all around the country, most recently as Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and Porthos in The Three Musketeers at West Virginia University. His favorite roles include Hysterium in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Huck Finn in Big River. Joseph would like to thank everyone involved in this production and his family for their support.
Tommy is thrilled to be making his debut at Berkeley Playhouse! His previous roles include Emmett Forrest (Legally Blonde), George Nowack (She Loves Me), Hans (Cabaret), and Bickle (Footloose). He would like to thank his friends and family for helping him achieve his goals!
POLICE OFFICER / ENSEMBLE
Maya is a San Francisco State University Alumni and is thrilled to work with Berkeley Playhouse! Her recent roles include American Idiot (Heather), HAIR (Ronny), and Chicago (Matron Mama Morton). She wants to thank her mentors, and family for their endless support and love. She also wants to thank Berkeley Playhouse for this wonderful opportunity! Instagram: @mayadannie
FIREFIGHTER / DELIVERY PERSON / ENSEMBLE
Mark is beyond excited to be making his debut at Berkeley Playhouse. His previous credits include: Pride and Prejudice, Lost in Yonkers, Into the Woods, A Christmas Carol, and Comedy of Errors, with California Baptist University The Addams Family, Beauty and the Beast, and Les Miserables with Stars2000 and Oklahoma, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Mamma Mia! with Woodminster Outdoor Amphitheatre. Mark would like to thank God, his family and his friends for their continual support.
NURSE / ENSEMBLE
Wynne is thrilled to make her Berkeley Playhouse debut. She was recently seen in The Gondoliers (Lyric Theatre) andEvita (Landmark Theatre). Wynne trained in musical theater during her undergraduate studies at the University of Southern California. She thanks her family, friends, and cat, for their support.
Red Ryder Youth Cast:
Christopher is thrilled to be making his debut at Berkeley Playhouse. Recent credits: Noah in Caroline or Change (Ray of Light Theatre) and Nigel in Matilda the Musical (Contra Costa Musical Theatre). Other roles: Michael in Peter Pan (6-month run at Tuacahn Center for the Arts in Utah), Haru in Peace on Your Wings (Ohana Arts SF/SJ/Sacramento Premieres), Michael in Mary Poppins (Woodminster Theatre), James in James and the Giant Peach (Starstruck Theatre) and Gavroche in Les Miserables (Stanford). He thanks Alex Mena, Lori Stokes, Andrew, Marissa, Mom, Dad and everyone he’s had the privilege to perform with for nurturing his love of musical theatre.
Addison is thrilled to join the cast of A Christmas Story, the Musical, her Berkeley Playhouse debut. Some of her prior performances include Seussical Kids as Horton with Bay Area Children’s Theatre, Pippin as Berthe and Oliver! ensemble with I Can Do That Theatre Company, and Into the Woods as a narrator with Grand Performing Arts. She is in the 4th grade and also enjoys dance, voice and guitar lessons. She thanks her family, friends and teachers for their encouragement and support.
Emma is happy to be back at Berkeley Playhouse where previous mainstage credits include: Wizard of Oz, Ragtime (Little Girl), Tarzan, Billy Elliott (Debbie), Fiddler on the Roof (Bielke), Mary Poppins, Shrek the Musical (Young Fiona), The Music Man, A Little Princess, and The Sound of Music (Gretl). Additional credits include Brooklyn Bridge (Sasha) at TownHall Theater, Watch on the Rhine (Babette) at Berkeley Repertory Theater; Miracle
Worker (Helen), Oklahoma! and Our Town (Rebecca) at the Altarena; Wait Until Dark (Gloria) and A Christmas Carol at Chanticleers; and Billy Elliott (Debbie), Joseph & the Technicolor DreamCoat and Beauty & the Beast at Woodminster Summer Musicals. Emma attends OSA (Vocal) and studies ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and lyrical dance with Dance10.
Elijah made his Berkeley Playhouse debut last season as The Mayor in The Wizard of Oz. His theatre training began at The Berkeley Playhouse in Fall of 2017, following 3+ years of choral training with The East Bay Children's Choir. As a 6th grader at Montessori Family School in El Cerrito, Elijah loves playing sports and researching snakes. Elijah would like to thank his friends and family for their constant love and encouragement.
Joe is thrilled to be returning to Berkeley Playhouse for his third professional show. Previous credits at Berkeley Playhouse include: Big (Young Josh) and Ragtime (Little Boy). He has also appeared in Chicago (Mona), Grease (Ensemble), and Freaky Friday (Wells) at TeenStage at Berkeley Playhouse. Joe is in eighth grade at Oakland School for the Arts. Credits at OSA include: Eurydice (Orpheus) and Trickle (Jacob). Joe has taken ballet at Shawl Anderson and currently takes modern dance here at Berkeley Playhouse. Joe would like to thank all of his family and friends for their love and support throughout this experience.
Meirav is thrilled to be making her Berkeley Playhouse main stage debut. Meirav has performed in Berkeley Playhouse KidStage: Crazy for You (2019) “Bobby Child” and Annie (2017) “Lily St. Regis”. Meirav studies vocal music at Oakland School for the Arts, voice with Branice McKenzie, & piano with Mike Margulis. She has studied dance with Russell Wright and Aisha Gorson. Meirav has deep gratitude for all of her artistic mentors as well as Megan McGrath & Michelle Juaques. Meirav would like to thank her mom, dad, & brother for their support, and her grandmother for introducing her to Berkeley Playhouse when she was 3 years old.
Sumayyah is thrilled to return to Berkeley Playhouse after her appearance in Crazy for You as Patricia and Sam. She participated in the African-American Shakespeare Company production of Cinderella three years in a row playing the roles of Young Cinderella, Granddaughter Shayla and Page, respectively. At Marin Theater Company she performed as Mrs.Griswald in 13 Reasons Not to be in a Play; Lucy in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden. Sumayyah would like to thank her family and friends for all their never-ending support and is grateful to be apart of this production. IG: @allaboutsumayyah
Jaina is thrilled to be returning to the Berkeley Playhouse after previously appearing as Young Terk in Tarzan, Wizard of Oz and James & the Giant Peach. Additional shows include Berkeley Playhouse KidStage - Bye Bye Birdie (Kim McAfee), Berkeley Playhouse Summer Camp: High School Musical (Sharpay) as well as Bay Area Children’s Theatre classes 101 Dalmations (Cruella de Vil), Aristocats (Roquefort). She enjoys ballet with Theresa Knudsen at Van Der Zwaan’s Studio, tap dancing with Joe Orrach & voice lessons from Scarlett Hepworth. She would like to thank the creative staff at BPH & her Mom, Dad and brother, for believing in her so much.
Charlotte is thrilled to be back at the Berkeley Playhouse where previous mainstage productions include: Wizard of Oz, Ragtime, Annie, Billy Elliott, Beauty & the Beast, Mary Poppins, Shrek the Musical, and A Little Princess. Charlotte has also been active in the Berkeley Playhouse Conservatory. Additional mainstage credits include: Scott & Zelda the Beautiful Fools at Ross Valley Players, Miracle Worker at the Altarena; Joseph & the Technicolor Dreamcoat and Beauty & the Beast with Woodminster Summer Musicals; Sound of Music (Gretl) with Contra Costa Civic Theater; and Nutcracker with Alameda Civic Ballet. Charlotte attends OSA (Vocal) and studies ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and lyrical dance with Dance10.
Camden has been seen in the Berkeley Playhouse Kidstage production of Bye Bye Birdie (Conrad Birdie), and most recently in their production of High School Musical. He has also appeared in the I Can Do That Theatre Company production of Oliver! (The Artful Dodger), The Pajama Game (Hines), and Pippin (Ensemble). He is thrilled to be a part of A Christmas Story and would like to thank his mom and dad for supporting his dream and his sister Tessa for always cheering him on.
Danielle is a very mature young actress with an outgoing and fun personality. She loves the theater and is a very quick learner when it comes to taking on new productions. Danielle has performed in several leading roles including the role of Dorothy in the Berkeley Playhouse KidStage production of The Wizard of Oz. She is a talented singer with 7 years of voice lessons and 4 years with the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir. Danielle’s hobbies are competitive swimming, singing, and acoustic guitar.
Scarlett has most recently been seen in Berkeley Playhouse’s production of BIG the Musical. Beforehand, she was in The Wizard of Oz. She has also been in Willy Wonka twice: once as Violet Beauregarde (Bay Area Children’s Theater) and once as Charlie (Berkeley Playhouse). She is featured in an album of animal-themed songs for kids called “In the Eye of an Owl”. She is a 7th grader at King Middle School, loves to dance and play ukulele. She would like to thank her music teacher Kat, and her cat, Cleo. She hopes you enjoy the show.
Higbee's Youth Cast:RALPHIE
Elliot has been taking classes at the Berkeley Playhouse since he was 3 year old, and has performed in many Kidstage shows. Most recently, Elliot was seen in the role of JAMES in the Professional Season’s James and the Giant Peach. Elliot’s favorite Kidstage roles over the years have been: Sebastian in the Little Mermaid, Billy in Anything Goes, Bobby Child in Crazy for You, and Cornelius in Hello Dolly. Elliot is a 7th grader at Park Day School and has 4 siblings. Elliot is so excited to be performing in A Christmas Story.
Ryland is ecstatic to be making his debut with the Berkeley Playhouse Professional Season of A Christmas Story . Previous show credits include Berkeley Playhouse Core Program Pippin (Lewis), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Cedric), Kids and Dance Peter Pan (Captain Hook), Beauty and the Beast (Maurice), and Peter and Wendy (Stormy) with Missoula Children's Theatre. Ryland is in fifth grade and studies voice, piano, and ice skating. Ryland would like to thank Berkeley Playhouse for this exciting opportunity and he hopes you enjoy the show!
Josie has been performing and taking classes at Berkeley Playhouse since she was 4 years old. She has played the role of Annie in BP mainstage Annie and was in the youth ensemble of The Wizard of Oz. She has performed in Kidstage shows as Dolly in Hello Dolly, Lucy in Narnia, Flounder in Little Mermaid and Young Kala in Tarzan. She’s in 8th grade at Willard Middle School.
Rowen is thrilled to be returning to the Berkeley Playhouse stage! He was last seen in their Professional Season production of The Wizard of Oz. He has also performed in numerous Bay Area Children's Theatre productions, including Junie B. Jones (Herb), The Little Mermaid Jr (Scuttle) and Willy Wonka (The Candy Man). He is a 10 year old student in 5th grade who enjoys playing the piano, guitar, reading and hanging out with his little brother and friends. Rowen would like to thank everyone in the audience for supporting live theater and his family and friends for their support, encouragement and love!
Evie is excited to return to Berkeley Playhouse’s professional stage after performing in Annie and Ragtime (2019 TBA Outstanding Ensemble award winner)! Evie’s been in several teen company productions at Berkeley Playhouse including Les Miserables (Eponine), Into the Woods (Witch), Chicago (Roxie) and Freaky Friday (Katherine). She also appeared in Bay Area Children’s Theatre Advanced Performers’ production of Legally Blonde (Vivienne) at the 2019 Junior Theatre Festival West which led to her participation in MTI’s workshop of an upcoming Broadway Jr script. Evie won the Grand Prize in 2019 Piedmont’s Got Talent competition performing on piano and vocals. She thanks Berkeley Playhouse for this opportunity and her parents for constant support.
Luka is an eighth grader at King Middle School and is happy to be back on the Berkeley Playhouse stage. Past credits include Chip in Beauty and the Beast (Berkeley Playhouse), Dill Harris in To Kill a Mockingbird (Berkeley Playhouse), Michael in Peter Pan, (Berkeley Playhouse), and Michael in Mary Poppins (Berkeley Playhouse). He enjoys playing the piano and violin and spending time with his friends.
Dahlia is twelve years old and is excited to be making her Berkeley Playhouse debut in A Christmas Story. A few of Dahlia’s favorite roles include Sour Kangaroo (Seussical, Piedmont Middle School), Bossy May (Junie B. Jones, Bay Area Children’s Theatre Advanced Performers), and Jasmine (Aladdin, Bay Area Children’s Theatre). Dahlia is a long-standing member of the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir and currently studies theater dance with Lee Kane in Oakland.
Adora is very excited to perform in her first Berkeley Playhouse production. She caught the musical theater bug just over two years ago when she played Joe in School House Rock Live!, Jr. at Bay Area Children’s Theatre. She's continued her journey playing Eliza in a workshop production of Hamilton at Kids ‘n Dance ‘n Theatre, Rafiki in The Lion King, Jr. and Aurora in Sleeping Beauty Kids, both with Diablo Theater Company’s, SingOut! Theatre. She received an All-Star honor at Junior Theatre Festival West for her performance as Aurora. Adora loves to dance, sing in the shower, and watch horror films.
Tej, is a seventh grader and played Starfighter Kid in Big and Tessie in Annie for Berkeley Playhouse Theater’s Main Stage. Along with performing in several Kids Stage productions, including The Wizard of Oz and Willy Wonka, Tej also enjoys performing at her middle school in one-act plays, musicals, rock bands, and singing a cappella at her school talent show. When Tej is not breaking out in song or dance, she enjoys reading, sewing, writing songs, playing piano and ukulele, and entertaining others with her funny political impressions. And beware, she’s working towards a blackbelt in Taekwondo!
Lila was in the youth ensemble of The Wizard of Oz here at the Berkeley Playhouse last winter. She has also performed in Kidstage as Kim in Bye Bye Birdie and Young Tarzan in Tarzan. She’s in the 5th grade at Malcolm X Elementary School in Berkeley.
Kelsey is excited to return for another Berkeley Playhouse Professional Season production after she was previously seen in The Wizard of Oz last year. She was also in the Berkeley Playhouse Kid Stage production of Spamalot. Most recently, she played the role of the Young Girl in the Landmark Musical Theatre production of Evita. Kelsey was a special guest dancer with the Santa Clara Vanguard 50th Anniversary Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps in 2017. She has also performed in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Woodminster Summer Musicals and participated in the AileyCamp at Cal Performances. Kelsey is very grateful for the support of her family and friends.
Chloe is pleased as punch to be part of this wonderful cast of A Christmas Story! She has been in many Berkeley Playhouse shows including MainStage Wizard of Oz (Youth Ensemble), KidStage Crazy For You (Patsy), Willy Wonka (Grandma Georgina, Mrs. Teavee), Annie (July, Sandy, Perkins), Hello, Dolly! (Minnie Fay), and a handful of other musicals and classes. In her spare time, Chloe loves to interact with a possibly unhealthy amount of kittens, books, and very weird friends. Love to family.