Live Performance One Day Only!
Royal Family Productions
A Magical, Funny, and Irreverent (slightly political) Fantasia
Based on stories by HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN
Adapted by CHRIS HENRY
796 Main St, Monmouth, Maine 04259
April 18th at 1PM
Very limited seating. Socially distanced, everyone masked. 45 minute performance.
Additional Writing by MARK FALCONER and REBECCA WHITNEY KLEIN
With Movement Direction by LORNA VENTURA
REBECCA WHITNEY KLEIN and DANNY GAY
Directed by CHRIS HENRY and CAROLINE MAY
At Cumston Hall
796 Main St, Monmouth, Maine 04259
April 18th at 1PM
NYC’s Royal Family Productions, a theatre company known for its innovative productions and development of new original work, will produce Chris Henry’s new adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Little Match Girl, and The Princess and the Pea as part of an all-ages theatre piece titled Holy Hans. This two-person show has been adapted and directed by Chris Henry with movement by Lorna Ventura. This presentation is specially adapted for a COVID-safe, socially-distant, limited-seating presentation, at the historic Cumston Hall in Monmouth, Maine. Tickets are $20, with $100 preferred seating and $250 VIP tickets. Tickets need to be purchased in advance by visiting www.RoyalFamilyProductions.org.
Henry is a native of Winthrop, Maine, and is thrilled that Royal Family is able to continue to produce top-quality theatre in her home state.
Following COVID Protection guidelines, patrons will be seated in pods 6-8 feet away from each other and over 15 feet from the performers and required to wear masks throughout the performance. Seating capacity in this theatre will be limited to 25% to ensure enough social distance. The theatre’s HVAC system moves 9,000 cubic feet per minute and also draws air from outside to circulate inside.
Holy Hans will star Rebecca Whitney Klein and Danny Gay with Erica Misilo. The creative team includes original music by Lars Jacobsen; lighting by Ashley Braga, with a production team including Ann Fairchild.
Rebecca Whitney Klein (she/her) is a Brooklyn-based actor, creator, and educator originally from the Boston area. An alumna of James Madison University, the Stella Adler Studio, and the Heidi Marshall Studio, she is trained in acting for the stage and for film/tv. Selected credits include: GEN Z ON FIRE (Royal Family), BR’ER COTTON (Endstation Theatre Company, dir. Whitney White), REVOLT. SHE SAID. REVOLT AGAIN. (JMU), BRUNDIBAR (Central Square Theater, dir. Scott Edmiston), and THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK (dir. Nancy Curran Willis).
Danny Gay has his BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Southern Maine. By day, he works as an elementary school teacher, and outside of that he serves on the board as the Artistic Director for the Monmouth Community Players in Monmouth, ME. Some past favorite roles include Charlie Baker in The Foreigner and William Barfee in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee with MCP, Eddie in Mamma Mia with Community Little Theatre (Auburn, ME).
Erica Misilo is a Massachusetts native, where she has been on faculty at Paula Meola Dance & Performing Arts as their contemporary/lyrical teacher and choreographer for their award-winning competition team for the past 7 years. Erica is also a New York City based dancer pursuing musical theater. She graduated from Roger Williams University with a double major in Dance &
Public Relations. Erica has travelled to the Seychelles with a touring immersive theater show and has performed in Mumbai, India for a prestigious award show lead by creative directors Joelle Cosentino & Nikos Lagousakos. She is also a featured dancer in an immersive variety theater in NYC that runs weekly performances. Erica has been a dancer in Royal Family’s productions of Anne of Green Gables Part I & II, Women on Fire and most recently, Fireside.
ROYAL FAMILY’s mission is to galvanize the Times Square community by cultivating raw talent, collaborating with seasoned artists, and inspiring audiences with a diversity of lion-hearted theatre. To us, everyone in the theatre community is not only royalty but family. Our programs and productions give artists space at all stages of their careers.
Royal Family has been a creative incubator of original, humanistic plays for over a decade. Bravery and fearlessness are imperative to our process. Artists and audiences alike are challenged in a creative safe space to explore the humor and the tangled truths of the human condition. As actor and first-time playwright Anthony Rapp (Rent, Dazed and Confused, Star Trek: Discovery) observes, “Royal Family is committed to truthful, heartfelt, alive, theatrical storytelling. It’s vital to the human experience and hard to come by.”
Royal Family was established in 2007 by Katie Avebe, Mary Bernardi, Chris Henry and Andy Theodorou as a home for artists wishing to challenge and transform the traditional theatre canon. Since its launch, Royal Family has developed lasting relationships with highly regarded theatre professionals such as Kathleen Chalfant (Angels in America, Tony-Nominee Wit) and Anthony Rapp (Rent, If/Then, Dazed and Confused); and has partnered with artists including John Cariani (Tony Nominee Fiddler on the Roof, The Band’s Visit, Something Rotten), Adriane Lenox (Tony Winner Doubt, Tony Nominee After Midnight), Mary Testa (Tony Nominee On the Town, Tony Nominee 42nd Street, Tony Nominee Oklahoma), Stephanie J. Block (Tony Winner The Cher Show, Tony Nominee The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Tony Nominee Falsettos), Andréa Burns (In The Heights, On Your Feet), Maddie Corman (Accidentally Brave, Some Kind of Wonderful, Next Fall), Adrienne C. Moore (Orange is the New Black, For Colored Girls...), Constance Shulman (Orange is the New Black, The Rose Tattoo), Penny Fuller (Tony Nominee Applause, Tony Nominee The Dinner Party), and Taye Diggs (Rent, Hedwig and the Angry Inch). Our productions have been reviewed by The New York Times, Time Out, The Village Voice, The Boston Globe, Time Out London, The London Times, and The Irish Times and featured three years in a row in the esteemed Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Recent highlights include the first annual Female+ Forward Festival, featuring new work by Queen Esther, Rosa Arredondo, and Iman Shuk, curated and directed by Lorna Ventura Women on Fire: Stories from the Frontlines and Women on Fire: Scorching the Dividing Lines which featured a rotating cast of more than 40 women, including Kathleen Chalfant, Maddie Corman, Catherine Curtin, Pamela Dunlap, Penny Fuller, Laura Gomez, Julie Halston, Cady Huffman, Adriane Lenox, Cynthia Mace, Adrienne C. Moore, Laila Robins, Constance Shulman, Mary Testa, Tonye Patano, Maryann Plunkett, Alysia Reiner, Lianah Sta. Ana, Ashley Williams and more, the World Premiere of Anne of Green Gables: Part 1 starring Ali Ewoldt, a workshop of Anne of Green Gables: Part 2 starring Doreen Montalvo, and a world premiere workshop, Diary of a Tap Dancer Vol. 4 conceived and choreographed by Ayodele Casel and directed by Torya Beard that kicked off Royal Family’s 10th anniversary season. In 2017, thoughts of a COLORED MAN on a day when the sun set too early by playwright Keenan Scott II was a collaboration between stage and television star-turned-choreographer Taye Diggs, choreographer Jenny Parsinen, and Royal Family’s Emerging Artist Program. The World Premiere of this play is currently being co-produced by Syracuse Stage and Baltimore Center Stage. In 2016, Royal Family premiered Rock and Roll Refugee, a biographical musical about Genya Ravan, who also wrote the music and lyrics. The Polish World War II refugee and Holocaust survivor broke into the rock scene at a time when it was a predominantly male field, forming the first all-girl band and becoming the first female music producer. The New York Times’ Laura Collins-Hughes praised the production as “exciting” and lauded its “strikingly female gaze.” Other Royal Family highlights include premiering Tony Award nominee John Cariani’s comedy LOVE / SICK, the darker cousin to his widely produced hit play Almost Maine as well as presenting co-productions of Anthony Rapp's Without You with The Menier Chocolate Factory and The New York Musical Theater Festival. and becoming the first female music producer. The New York Times’ Laura Collins-Hughes praised the production as “exciting” and lauded its “strikingly female gaze.” Other Royal Family highlights include premiering Tony Award nominee John Cariani’s comedy LOVE / SICK, the darker cousin to his widely produced hit play Almost Maine as well as presenting co-productions of Anthony Rapp's Without You with The Menier Chocolate Factory and The New York Musical Theater Festival.
CHRIS HENRY (Writer/Director) is an award-winning theatre director and writer based in New York City. WRITING/DIRECTING CREDITS WITH ROYAL FAMILY: Anne of Green Gables: Part 1 (based on the novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery), Anne of Green Gables: Part 2 (based on the novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery), WOMEN ON FIRE: Stories from the Frontlines, WOMEN ON FIRE: Scorching the Dividing Lines, Louie, Red, and the Jazzman (in collaboration with Wycliffe Gordon), Nobody Suspects a Butterfly (originally a feature film treatment Henry wrote for Ross Greenburg, Former President of HBO Sports), MM2000 (in collaboration with Shane W. Evans) and Opal Ann Meets the Fabulous Kit Katt, A Play with Musical Fantasies (in collaboration with Summer Hyde and Daniel A. Weiss). DIRECTING CREDITS WITH ROYAL FAMILY: Brass Heart the musical, thoughts of a COLORED MAN on a day when the sun set too early, LOVE/SICK, Four Last Things, Dedalus Lounge, Safe Home. NYC DIRECTING HIGHLIGHTS: Joe (Cherry Lane Mentor Project), Trans-Euro Express (Irish Arts Center), Art of War (Madison Square Garden), Sharpen Your Blade (“Time Out” Critic’s Pick), Fishbowl (New York Magazine Critic’s pick), Suicide Society (Winner Best Director). ACTORS THEATRE OF LOUISVILLE: The Actor’s Nightmare, Grace of I, Dog Named Becky, One Hundred Women, Electric Roses, Sure Thing.
LORNA VENTURA (Movement Director) is a director/choreographer with a long list of credits, from Broadway to film and television. Her passion and inclination for visual storytelling has been fostered for many years. After a long career as a performer, Lorna was drawn to the development side of her work. This allowed her to collaborate and work alongside impressive directors, as she honed her craft and transitioned with grace into the director’s seat. Some of her choreography credits include working alongside impressive directors such as James Mangold in Kate And Leopold and Fred Schepisi in It Runs In The Family and in-house choreographer for seasons 1-4 of “Gossip Girl” including “Valley Girls,” “In The Realm Of Bases,” “It’s A Wonderful Lie,” “Hi Society” and “Disco Stick,” as well as the pilot and season 1 & 2 for “Carries Diaries.” These opportunities allowed Lorna to work directly with celebrities such as Hugh Jackman, Meg Ryan, Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Chace Crawford, and Anna Sophia Robb to name a few. Some of her favorite theater directors who have served as mentors and teachers are George C. Wolfe, Joe Mantello, and Kathleen Marshall. Favorite Broadway credits include Wicked, (performer original Broadway company), Grease (performer original Broadway company), All Shook Up (Associate Choreographer), Nice Work If You Can Get It (SDC observer and assistant to Kathleen Marshall). Ventura is the Creative Director at Royal Family Productions.
CAROLINE MAY (Co-Director) recently graduated from Baylor University and moved to New York City to pursue a career in theatre. May is a Renaissance woman, trained in acting, directing, theatrical lighting, and stage management. May was a production intern on the first annual Female+ Forward Festival, an assistant stage manager on Women on Fire: Stories from the Frontlines. She has also been working on her own project during quarantine entitled Saturated.