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DECEMBER 2 - 19, 2021

Who’s Holiday

By Matthew Lombardo

Celebrate the holidays with grown up Cindy Lou Who!

Our special holiday show is a wildly funny and heartfelt adults-only comedy that tells the story of Cindy Lou Who as she recalls that Christmas Eve she first met the Grinch and the twisted turn of events her life has since taken.

Your saw her last when she was two, celebrate the holidays with Cindy Lou Who. Pull up a seat and fill up your cup, ’cause your favorite little Who is all grown up.

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  • Tickets

    $30 - $40

  • Runtime

    62 Who-minutes, no intermission

  • Rating

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The Human Race Theatre Company

Executive DirectorKappy Kilburn

Artistic DirectorKevin Moore

Present:

Matthew Lombardo

Directed by Joe Deer ^

Scenic Designer Scott J. Kimmins

Lighting Designer John Rensel ^

Costume Designer Zoe Still

Sound Designer Alexander Koker

Production Stage Manager Jacquelyn Duncan *

Producers Tara Lail & Kevin Moore

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 could not think of a more fun way to spend the Who-lidays than back 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 delighted to be back with The Human Race, working with some of his favorite people for the holidays. Joe is a proud Resident Artist with HRTC where he’s directed AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, AVENUE Q, SEUSSICAL, among many others. He is Distinguished Professor of Musical Theatre at Wright State University and works regularly with The Muse Machine, as well. Joe has written two books on acting and directing musical theatre and enjoys working with fellow theatre lovers around the world in person and virtually.  For more: www.joedeer.net

Jacquelyn Duncan * Production Stage Manager

Jacquelyn is delighted to begin her fifth season with HRTC! Jacquelyn received her BFA in Theatre Design & Technology with an emphasis in Stage Management from Wright State University. During her collegiate years, Jacquelyn had the pleasure of working for Adam Pascal, Jason Robert Brown, and Tom Hanks. Her first show with HRTC was Hail Mary! back in October 2016. After nine consecutive shows as the Production Assistant, Jacquelyn was promoted to Production Stage Manager in Spring 2018 during Brighton Beach Memoirs. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and encourages you all to follow us on social media!

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. Recently worked on the production of Airness at The Human Race Theatre Company and will be working with them throughout their current season. He 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

Zoe recently returned to Dayton to teach costume design at Wright State University. Her most recent work includes WSU productions of The Addams Family and Lend Me a Tenor. 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
  • *  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

THE CREW

  • Technical Director

    Isaac Harris
  • Head Carpenter/Charge Artist

    Alexander Capeneka
  • Production Stage Manager

    Jacquelyn Duncan *
  • Production Assistant

    Malia Dalba
  • Health Resources Officer

    Anna Moore
  • Prop Master

    Sarah Gomes
  • Costume Shop Manager

    Debra Howard
  • Wardrobe

    Andrew Ian Adams
  • Sound Engineer

    Alexander Koker
  • Song Arranger & Recording Engineer

    Jay Brunner
  • Production Electrician

    Steve Williams
  • 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 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

 

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT

Matthew Lombardo Playwright

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.

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Thank You to Our Sponsors

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

THE LOFT SEASON SPONSOR

ADDITIONAL SEASONAL SUPPORT

ADDITIONAL SEASONAL SUPPORT

ORGANIZATIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY

SUSTAINABILITY SPONSORS

ANNE F. JOHNSON

STEVE & LOU MASON

SPECIAL THANKS

Irvin Moscowitz, Burhill Leasing

Dayton Children's Hospital

Dayton Live

Drew Wilbur