A CHRISTMAS TWIST, written by Doug Armstrong, Keith Cooper and Maureen Morley (formerly of Chicago's celebrated Illegitimate Players), will be presented by SeaGlass Theatre tonight, November 10 – December 16, 2012 at the Victory Theatre Center's Big Vic Theatre in Burbank, CA. Ovation nominated actor and Seaglass Theatre Managing Director Paul Stroili will direct the production.
Following SeaGlass' critically acclaimed 2011 production of Steven Berkoff's Kvetch; their 2010 Steinbeck spoof Of Grapes and Nuts in 2010; David Lindsay-Abaire's Wonder of the World (2009), and their initial 2008 co-production of How Cissy Grew (starring SeaGlass Board Member James Denton of Desperate Housewives), A CHRISTMAS TWIST irreverently melds the Dickensian worlds of Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol with rich, deep comic characterizations, combining the energy and spontaneous humor of improv with the intellectually pleasing thoughtfulness of well-crafted satire. The show made its 1989 world premiere in Chicago.
SeaGlass Theater's revival of A CHRISTMAS TWIST will feature Alison Blanchard (Ghost of Christmas Present, Belle, Caroler), Warren Davis (Bob Cratchit), Lauren McCormack (Scrooge), David G. Peryam (Marley, Gravedigger), David Reynolds (Tiny Twist, Young Scrooge), JEN RAY (Little Artful Annie, Caroler), Paul Stroili (Mr. Bumble), Kimberly Van Luin (Emily Cratchit, Libby, Ghost of Christmas Past) and Chris Wynne (Fagin, Mr. Fuzzywig, Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come).
Lisa Farber serves as Stage Manager. Lighting Design and Technical Direction is by Scott LeGrand with Efrain Schunior as Sound Designer. Set Design is by Paul Stroili and Scott LeGrand based on (A Christmas Twist writer) Doug Armstrong's original set design. Travis Thi Tuyen has been set as Costume Designer. Prop Design is by Susanna Wong; Eduardo Arteaga serves as Board Operator; Jodie L. Panek serves as House Manager.
SeaGlass Theatre is a not-for-profit Los Angeles based theatre company with roots in Chicago. Although they are only four years old in the LA theatre community, they have an extensive theater resume. The SeaGlass team includes members who are multiple award-winning actors and designers in theater, film and television, as well as experts in stage and house management. The mission of SeaGlass is to not only promote enthusiasm for theatre by creating theatrical events, but share stories that illuminate the American experience, believing that in the remote corners of the human spirit, one can find beauty.
SeaGlass Artistic Director Kimberly Van Luin is a theatre graduate of the University of Evansville. She is also a Los Angeles award-winning actress who has performed in Chicago and New York. In Chicago, she founded the prestigious Griffin Theatre, a company now celebrating its 24th year of producing more than 100 plays.
SeaGlass Managing Director Paul Stroili co-founded Chicago's acclaimed Blind Parrot Theatre Company. A longtime resident of LA, Paul co-hosts State of the Arts with Michael Sterling. The slightly irreverent, but entertaining weekly broadcast is presented by Breakdown Services on the ever popular LA Talk Radio.com Network. Since its premiere in 2010, State of the Arts has become the highest rated arts-related podcast in Los Angeles.
Performances of A CHRISTMAS TWIST will be presented Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 4:00 pm. Tickets are priced at $30.00 and are available for purchase online at www.seaglasstheatre.org.
The Big Vic Theatre at The Victory Theatre Center is located at 3326 W. Victory Blvd. Burbank, Calif. Ample street parking is available with additional parking available at the Northwest Branch Library, directly across from the Victory Theatre Center.
For further information about SeaGlass Theatre, contact SeaGlass Theatre directly at (818) 533-8441, or visit www.seaglasstheatre.org.