Chance Theater presents two shows for your Holiday entertainment, LITTLE WOMEN: The Broadway Musical with book by Allan Knee, music by Jason Howland, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, directed by Casey Long, music direction by Bill Strongin and choreography by Jessie McLean; and the ninth anniversary production of THE EIGHT: Reindeer Monologues, written by Jeff Goode and directed by Oanh Nguyen. LITTLE WOMEN will open tonight, November 17 at 8pm and continue through Sunday, December 23 and THE EIGHT: Reindeer Monologues will begin performances on Monday, November 26 and continue through Saturday, December 22 at Chance Theater, 5552 E. La Palma Ave. in Anaheim Hills.
ABOUT “LITTLE WOMEN”
From the novel that holds a special place in the heart of American literature, comes a new musical which proves this timeless story is still relevant, funny, and heartbreaking today. Join rambunctious Jo, practical Meg, sweet Beth, and romantic Amy as they embark on a coming-of-age tale filled with drama, romance, humor (and song!), all under the watchful eye of their beloved Marmee while father is away during the Civil War. You will not want to miss this terrific theatrical treat for the holidays, perfect for the entire family!
Casey Long (Director, Managing Director) has been a Chance Theater Resident Artist since 1999, and has previously directed the Chance’s Holiday Literature productions of ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, LITTLE WOMEN: The Broadway Musical and THE SECRET GARDEN: The Musical. Also the Chance’s Managing Director, Casey has appeared onstage in several Chance productions, including eight years (and counting) as Dasher in THE EIGHT: Reindeer Monologues. Recently, Casey received LADCC and Garland Award nominations for his sound design of the Chance’s So Cal Premiere of Jerry Springer: THE OPERA.
The cast of LITTLE WOMEN will feature: JO: Erika C. Miller; MEG: Laura M. Hathaway, BETH: Tasha Tormey; YOUNG AMY: Valerie Sloan; MARMEE: Eloise Coopersmith; LAURIE: Brandon Sanchez; PROFESSOR BHAER: Chris Caputo; AUNT MARCH/MRS. KIRK: Sherry Domerego; John Brooke: Taylor Stephenson; MR. LAURENCE: Glenn Koppel and OLDER AMY: Kelsey Jones.
LITTLE WOMEN & THE EIGHT have assembled an award-winning design team. The Scenic and Lighting Design is by Masako Tobaru. The Costume Design is by Erika C. Miller. The Sound and Projection Design is by Casey Long. The Production Stage Manager for LITTLE WOMEN is Teodora Ramos. The Production Stage Manager for THE EIGHT is Courtny Greenough.
ABOUT “THE EIGHT: REINDEER MONOLOGUES”
Christmas gets very naughty as accusations, rumors and all-out attacks are flying fast and furious around Santa’s toyshop this holiday season. Go behind the tinsel and hear the truth about Santa straight from the eight reindeer who know him best. When a doe says “No”, she means “No Way, Sucka!”
Our favorite team of reindeer still have plenty to say! So much, in fact, that this year's production will incorporate a roster of rotating performers so that you'll never see the same show twice!
Oanh Nguyen (Director, Artistic Director) has been serving as the founding artistic director of Chance Theater since 1999. He also serves as the Producing Associate at South Coast Repertory, where he's spearheading Studio SCR: the alterNative Theatre presenting series. Oanh is a recipient of TCG’s New Generations Grant and the TCG Nathan Cummings Young Leaders of Color fellowship. He was also awarded the Outstanding Artist Award by Arts Orange County and was inducted into Anaheim High School’s Hall of Fame. Oanh serves on the advisory board of the Anaheim High School Performing Arts Conservatory and recently served 4 years on the board of the Network of Ensemble Theatres. His directing credits include productions at Chance Theater, South Coast Repertory, The Old Globe, East West Players, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and the J. Paul Getty Museum. His acting credits include TWO BROTHERS with Guy Pearce and Freddie Highmore, RUSH HOUR 3 with Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, and the upcoming LONELY BOY with Alev Aydin. Oanh is a proud member of SDC and SAG-AFTRA.
The cast of THE EIGHT will include DASHER: Casey Long, Ben Green; CUPID: Christopher Renfro, Miguel Cardenas, Casey Long; HOLLYWOOD: Andrew Eddins, Kyle Cooper, Casey Long; BLITZEN: Melinda Porto, Dannielle Green; COMET: Jackson Tobiska, Alex Bueno; DANCER: Kimberly Kocol, Kellie Spill; DONNER: Richard Comeau, Jeff Hellebrand and VIXEN: Camryn Zelinger, Jesse Schiffmacher.