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COMING DECEMBER 20 & 21
“Christmas Comes To Us Indians At The Boarding School” as told by Grandma Choke Cherry, written and performed by Ed Edmo.
The classic Dickens’ tale “A Christmas Carol” in Readers Theater format, adapted for the stage and directed by Daniel Hobbs.
Tickets are $8 and include both performances and refreshments. This production is suitable for all ages.
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CAST AND CREW BIOS
Christmas Comes To Us Indians At The Boarding School by Ed Edmo
Ed Edmo, acclaimed poet, performer, traditional storyteller and lecturer on Northwest tribal culture, shares funny stories told to him by his elders about when Christmas Comes to Us Indians at the Boarding School. He has adapted these stories into a play, performed by Ed in the voice of Grandma Choke Cherry. Ed, a Native American with Shoshone-Bannock-Nez Perce tribal affiliation, is a consultant to the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, and recipient of a national Endowment for the Arts grant. He conducts writing workshops, storytelling performances, and informational lectures throughout the United States. Ed has been going to Coffee Creek Women’s Penitentiary with Red Lodge on a regular basis, doing suicide prevention.
John Edmo, a registered Tlingit and Ed Edmo’s son, is a nationally-known and beloved singer and drummer. He will be opening The Readers Theater at VOCA show with a hand drum song.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Adapted for the stage by Daniel Hobbs
Director Daniel Hobbs, who adapted this version of A Christmas Carol for the stage, has worked in theatre for over 30 years as a performer, director, and writer. In 2011 he directed Serendipity Players’ debut production, of A.R. Gurney’s Sylvia. He is excited to be a member of the Serendipity family and to direct this original adaptation of Dickens’ timeless Christmas story, his sixth directing credit. Daniel thanks the cast and crew for their hard work, and Serendipity Players for their support and faith in this project.
His Scrooge-ness, Tony Broom, is a co-founder of Serendipity Players.
Tony has previously directed “Happy Anniversary” “Steel Magnolias” ”The Sunshine Boys” “Fuddy Meers” and “The Laramie Project” at Serendipity Players. Some of Tony’s favorite acting roles have been Sidney in “Deathtrap” at Slocum House, Jack in “Angel Street” at Nutz-N-Boltz Theater in Boring, and Bill in “Sorry Wrong Chimney” at Lumiere Players in Tualatin. Tony also enjoys teaching acting and traveling with his wife. Tony would like to thank Daniel Hobbs for giving him this opportunity to read Scrooge in his original adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Special thanks to Sandra, because without her tireless work and support, none of this would be possible.
Cecelia, who reads a Narrator and a Cratchitt Child, started her acting career as an inept, kleptomaniac, Swedish maid, and it has only gotten better and more fun since! The first time she heard someone in the audience laugh, she was completely hooked! She thoroughly enjoys dancing and acting, and especially acting in comedies. Cecelia started acting with Vancouver OnStage approximately 13 years ago, and has played “Miss Erickson” in Noel Coward’s “Present Laughter,” and “Verges, the Headborough” in “Much Ado About Nothing.” With Serendipity Players, she played “Kate” in “Sylvia,” “Tonia” in the World Premiere of Gary Corbin’s “Happy Anniversary,” The Nurse in “The Sunshine Boys,” and most recently as “Heidi” (the kidnapped cop) in “Fuddy Meers.”
Cecelia would like to say, “Thank you for supporting your local Community Theatre; Dan and Serendipity Players for allowing me to be part of this wonderful cast; and God for bringing us all together. Merry Christmas!
Matt Ludwick’s acting experience is varied and includes Stage, Video, and Voice Over. He performed in Lumiere Players’ presentation of “Messiah on the Frigidaire”, and Serendiity Players’ “The Sunshine Boys”, and can be heard on KBOO’s Sudden Radio Project. Matt would like to thank Daniel Hobbs and Serendipity Players for this chance to participate in Readers Theater at VOCA.
Jack McCracken reads several parts in A Christmas Carol, including Christmas Present, Thomas, and Fezziwig. Jack has been acting off (and on) since high school. He was a professional broadcaster for twenty years including nearly ten years as a news anchor and reporter. This is Jack’s second production with Serendipity Players.
Deena Pierott is an entrepreneur who is best known as the founder of the White House Champions of Change award-winning STEAM based program for Teens called iUrban Teen Tech Summits. Ms. Pierott also founded the award winning Mosaic Blueprint, and Urban Entrepreneur’s Network (UEN) of SW Washington. She is also a storyteller, and performed on the Serendipity stage for their Black History Month celebration in 2012. This is her debut as an actor, and she will read the parts of Christmas Past and Mrs. Cratchitt.
Ia Solis, born and raised in the Philippines, is on her journey to explore the world having recently moved to the United States. Along the way, she has played many roles onstage: Cecily Cardew in The Importance of Being Earnest, Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew, Myrrhine in Lysistrata, Eurydice and Pomona in Metamorphoses and Jamila (Juliet) in Sintang Dalisay (Romeo and Juliet), among others. She has also been active backstage as a marketer, production manager and company officer for her university’s theater organization, Tanghalang Ateneo. Offstage, she is a pre-school teacher, camp counselor, and a lover of life.
Dylan Walker, who reads several parts in A Christmas Carol including Young Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and Peter, is a 12 year old student at Discovery Middle School. He runs a succesful dogwalking business, and cares for his own dog, cats, and chickens. Dylan played the Shoemaker in The Shoemaker and the Elves, is currently rehearsing the part of Mr. Johnson in The Purloined Letter, and has volunteered with Serendipity Players since the theater company opened in 2011.
William Ward started his ‘acting career’ in radio in 1989 at a little AM, daylight to dark station in McCook, Nebraska. From there he went to editing news and video footage for a cable access station. He joined SAG-AFTRA after ‘You Just Can’t Win’, filmed in Seattle, Washington. After joining SAG-AFTRA, he has been blessed to learn so much more than he ever imagined learning. He still learns every day. William is a Narrator in A Christmas Carol.
Mimi Wilaki is honored to work with Serendipity Players once again! In fall 2013 she played Dr. Lake in Night Watch at North End Players. In summer 2013, Serendipity Players produced Laramie Project, in which Mimi embodied several roles, including that of Catherine Connolly, Alison Mears, and one half of a narration duo. Mimi was Stage Manager for North End Player’s production of Curious Savage, and participated in the Reader’s Theater: The Savage Dilemma (as Jeanie).
Mimi was a member of the Mask & Mirror Traveling Thespians Troupe in 2012/2013 where she performed in Vaudville in the Attic and Star Spangled Roadshow. She also danced as “Tip Tap Tilly” in M&M’s production of How Sweet Was My Swamp.
Yusuf Word was born in Portland and raised in Vancouver, WA. He is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound where he was involved in several theater productions: The New Orleans Monologues, 1620 Bank Street (both by C. Rosalind Bell), Top Dog Underdog (Suzan Lori Parks), and the Double Shot theater festival. Yusuf is a freelance videographer who creates videos on YouTube, his YouTube channel is called: “Woside Productions” and he plans to pursue a career in filmmaking.