Home  /  Who’s Holiday!
image
DECEMBER 8 - 23, 2022

Who’s Holiday!

By Matthew Lombardo

That over-indulgent, holiday celebrant “Cindy Lou Who” is ba-aaack to make your holidays bright! Last season’s smash-hit comedy by Matthew Lombardo returns with the hilarious and multi-talented Alex Sunderhaus. First-timers and returnees are all welcome! Cindy Lou does not discriminate. She’ll offend everyone!

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

  • Tickets

    $30 - $40

  • Runtime

    90 minutes

  • Rating

    r

The Human Race Theatre Company

Executive DirectorKappy Kilburn

Artistic DirectorEmily N. Wells

Creative ProducerTara Lail

Present:

Matthew Lombardo

DIRECTOR Joe Deer ^

SCENIC DESIGN SCOTT J. KIMMINS

LIGHTING DESIGN JOHN RENSEL

COSTUME DESIGN ZOE STILL

SOUND DESIGN ALEXANDER KOKER

WHO’S HOLIDAY! was originally produced by Whoville Theatrical, Scott and Jenny Beck, Jason Shaw, Ken Fakler, Drew Desky/Dane Levens and Darren Bagert at The Westside Theatre in New York City on November 20, 2017

WHO’S HOLIDAY! is produced by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC   www.broadwayplaypub.com

Time: The Present

Place: The outskirts of Whoville

CAST BIOGRAPHIES

Alex Sunderhaus *

Cindy Lou Who

Alex couldn’t be more thrilled to be back for the Who-lidays at HRTC! Previous shows include; SYLVIA (Sylvia), Brian Park’s Regional Premiere of THE HOUSE (Lindsay), Lewis Black’s ONE SLIGHT HITCH (Melanie), VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE (Nina), and AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (Karen). Other credits: THE HOUSE at Edinburgh Fringe, SEMINAR, BOEING BOEING, TWELFTH NIGHT, Tina in TONY N’ TINA’S WEDDING on tour and Emily in the world premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s SEARED at San Francisco Playhouse. Outside of acting, Alex lives in NYC and has spent the last year producing several global photo and video campaigns for Peloton. Proud AEA member, Upright Citizens Brigade (NYC) and BFA graduate from Wright State University. For Barbie.

 

 

  • ^  Resident Artist with The Human Race Theatre Company
  • *  Appearing through an Agreement between this theatre and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
  • °  Equity Membership Candidate

Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), founded in 1913, represents more than 49,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence. www.actorsequity.org

PRODUCTION BIOGRAPHIES

Joe Deer ^ Director

Joe is a proud resident artist with the Human Race Theatre Company. His past productions here include: Around The World In 80 Days, The 39 Steps, The Full Monty, Big River, and many others. He is a Broadway veteran dancer and stage manager, past Artistic Director of NYC Tapworks, Struthers Library Theatre and Summer Stage Wright, and currently for Wright State Theatre where he is Distinguished Professor of Musical Theatre. In almost 200 credits as director or choreographer, Joe has worked off-Broadway (Subway Series), in London (The Baker’s Wife) and some of the finest regional, Summer and university stages in the US. Joe is especially proud of his association with The Muse Machine, where he’s been director of The Muse Winter Musical for eight years (this year, The Little Mermaid). He is author of Acting In Musical Theatre: a comprehensive course (co-author Rocco Dal Vera), the most popular book in the world on the subject, and Directing in Musical Theatre: an essential guide (both published by Routledge), as well as more than forty articles for leading Theatre publications. In 2016, Joe was awarded the Ohio Governor’s Award for the Arts. He’s the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the Musical Theatre Educators’ Alliance, a member of the Dayton Theatre Hall of Fame and was a TEDX DAYTON speaker several years ago. As always, this production is for Caitlin Larsen. www.joedeer.net

RACHEL HEINE (she/her) * Stage Manager

Rachel is excited to make her Human Race debut. National Tours: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Rock of Ages 10th Anniversary Tour, The Illusionists, 42nd Street, Once.  Off-Broadway: Primary Stages.  Regional: Alley Theatre (Houston, TX), Columbus Children’s Theatre, Contemporary American Theatre Company, Short North Stage (Columbus, OH). Education: Otterbein University. Proud member of AEA.

SCOTT J. KIMMINS Scenic Designer

Scott is very happy to be returning to The Human Race and the Loft stage. After spending 20 years as the Technical Director for The Human Race, Scott spent 4 years working at Indian Hill High School in Cincinnati passing on his love for technical theatre but has now returned to the Dayton theatre world as the Theatre Manager/Technical Director for Sinclair Community College. Scott has designed close to 20 productions for The Human Race, some of his favorites include Under a Red Moon, Brother Wolf and Copenhagen for which he received a Daytony for Outstanding Set Design. Scott attended Wright State University in the Theatrical Design and Production program studying both technical direction and set design.

ALEXANDER KOKER Sound Designer

Alex is a Wright State graduate of the Design and Technology program, with an emphasis in sound design. He has previously worked for Norwegian cruise lines before the pandemic, and is happy that theater is returning. He recently worked on the production of Airness at The Human Race Theatre Company and is happy to be working on this production, and back to sound designing.

JOHN RENSEL Resident Lighting Designer

John is the long-term Resident Lighting Designer for The Human Race Theatre Company, Muse Machine, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Pops series, and the Dayton Opera Association. He also serves as the long-time Technical Director for the Fraze Pavilion and has provided advanced technical production coordination, lighting designs, automation programming, and performance operation services for many artists and productions that have visited that venue. John also has a diverse dance lighting background, having provided lighting designs and technical production services for many years to The Dayton Ballet and Dayton Contemporary Dance Co.  John’s national credits include a lighting design package for a National Touring Production of the Elton John/Tim Rice collaboration Aida.  Some of his most recent local credits include all the designs for The Human Race’s season at the Loft Theatre; Muse Machine’s productions at the Victoria Theatre and the Dayton Opera Association’s season at the Schuster Center.  At 70, John just had his tonsils removed. Ouch!

ZOË STILL Costume Designer

Zoë recently returned to Dayton to teach costume design at Wright State University. Her most recent work includes WSU productions of Sweet Charity and Sister Act. Before returning, she joined Papermoon Opera Productions as Assistant Costume Designer and Charge Artist, her most recent work was on Madame Butterfly at the Fox Theatre in Spokane Washington and she co-designed costumes for Don Giovanni at Pensacola Opera. She’s very excited to be designing for The Human Race Theatre for the first time on such a fun show as Who’s Holiday!

  • ^  Resident Artist with The Human Race Theatre Company
  • +  The Director is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, an independent labor union.
  • #  United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829 of the IATSE is the union representing Scenic, Costume, Lighting, Sound and Projection Designers in Live Performances.

THE CREW

  • TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

    D. TRISTAN CUPP
  • CARPENTER/CHARGE ARTIST

    JEFF HEATER
  • STAGE MANAGER

    RACHEL HEINE ^
  • PRODUCTION ASSISTANT

    ERINMARIE SUSCHECK
  • PROP MASTER

    SARAH GOMES
  • COSTUME SHOP MANAGER

    DEBRA HOWARD
  • WARDROBE

    ASHTON BRUN
  • SOUND ENGINEER

    JOSEPH EVANS
  • SONG ARRANGER & RECORDING ENGINEER

    JAY BRUNNER ^
  • PRODUCTION ELECTRICIAN

    STEVE WILLIAMS
  • HEALTH RESOURCE OFFICER

    TARA LAIL
  • PRODUCTION PHOTOGRAPHER

    SCOTT J. KIMMINS
  • PRODUCTION ARTWORK

    DAVE ARNOLD/CONNEXION
  • ^  Resident Artist with The Human Race Theatre Company
  • *  Appearing through an Agreement between this theatre and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
  • °  Equity Membership Candidate

About The Playwright

Matthew LombardoPlaywright

Broadway: High with Kathleen Turner at the Booth Theatre and Looped starring Valerie Harper in a Tony-nominated performance at The Lyceum Theatre. Off-Broadway: Who’s Holiday! (w/ Lesli Margherita) at the Westside Theatre; Tea at Five (w/ Kate Mulgrew) at the Promenade Theatre; Mother and Child (w/ Ann Wedgeworth) at Second Stage; End of the World Party at the 47th Street Theatre (director) and Guilty Innocence at The Actors’ Playhouse. His work has been produced at such prestigious theaters as Hartford Stage, Cleveland Playhouse, American Repertory Theatre, Seattle Rep, Arena Stage, Pasadena Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and others. Television: Another World (WGA Award Nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Writing). As a producer, he has presented concerts throughout the country for Broadway legends such as Carol Channing, Patti LuPone, Tommy Tune, Bernadette Peters, Barbara Cook, Billy Porter, Betty Buckley, Andrea McArdle, and Faith Prince.

About the Production

 

Introduction by Matthew Lombardo and voiced by Rick LaBeau.

Blue Christmas by Billy Hayes & Jay. W. Johnson used with permission from Universal Music Publishing.

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas by Ralph Blane & Hugh Martin use with permission from Sony Music Publishing

 

Partners & Sponsors

We are incredibly grateful to those whose support makes all of our programming possible.

2022-23 Loft Season Sponsor

Engagement and Learning Support

Additional Support

Media Sponsor

ORGANIZATIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY

SUSTAINABILITY SPONSORS

ANNE F. JOHNSON

STEVE & LOU MASON

ELM FOUNDATION

Pay What You CAN Sponsor