Moisty the Snowman Saves Christmas (2009)
He's gonna give you a big, wet hug!
Book & Lyrics Written by Bradford Scobie
Directed by Scott Faris and David O'Brien
Composed by Christian Dyas & Bradford Scobie
Additional Music by Paul Leschen
Costume Design by Chase Tyler
Produced by Chase Tyler and Lisa Wisely
This kiddy show for adults is the naughty little fairy tale of how one filthy and flamboyant New York snowman saves Christmas. Join Moisty and all his friends; a homeboy elf, a lesbian rag-doll, and the Baby Jesus, as they struggle to save Christmas from the witchy and glamorous Mayor Bloomburger-Meisterburger.
Approximate Running Time: 1:30; no intermission
BRADFORD SCOBIE is the Writer and Co-Composer of Moisty the Snowman Saves Christmas and performs as Moisty the Snowman. Bradford is a comedic character actor, writer and composer. His work can best be described as children’s theatre for adults. Amongst his many characters, Bradford can be seen as mutant super-villain Doctor Donut, the dirty puritan Pilgrim William, chicken loving country singing, trick roper, Cuz’n Rooster. He recently performed his original comedy show, Gorgeous Morons at the Dublin International Theatre Festival. (Five Stars – The Irish Independent) Bradford wrote the children’s television pilot, Bada-Boom! which was produced by the Fox Family Network; a science fiction puppet show in which Bradford performed all of the voice characterizations. He wrote and hosted the movie-clip comedy show, Thrillavision for the Burly Bear Network, in which Bradford played multiple characters. He wrote and starred in the short film Gas Huffin’ Bad Gals! (Winner: Best Genre Parody – The New England Film Awards). As a voice-over artist, Bradford can be heard in numerous cartoon shows, among them The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Wonder Pets! on Nick Jr as well as television commercials for such brands as Milky Way, BMW, Verizon, McDonalds, Nivea and Dunkin Donuts. He also wrote and starred in the radio comedy series, Radio Impossible.
Comedian and renowned entertainer MURRAY HILL, “the hardest working middle-aged man in show business,” is a relentless retro shtick slinger, buster of audience chops and freewheeling ad-libber. The New York Times anointed Murray “the patriarch of downtown performance.” He's produced and starred in several theatrical productions: The Murray Hill Show, A Murray Little Christmas, Murray Hill: Caught in the Act, and This is Burlesque. He recently performed with Dita Von Teese for sold-out engagements in Los Angeles and Seattle’s Triple Door. Murray hosted the Immodesty Blaize Burlesque Show at London’s Arts Theatre in the West End. He’s also hosted sold-out burlesque shows at the Bloomsbury Ballroom (London), MTV Italia’s opening party for the Venice Film Festival, NY International Burlesque Festival, and Just For Laughs (Montreal) directed by Thierry Mugler. He's performed his comedy at top showrooms like Upright Citizen’s Brigade, Gotham Comedy Club, Comix, LA’s Billy Wilder Theater, and headlined his own show at Caroline’s on Broadway. Murray has toured with Le Tigre, hosted The Gossip and introduced the Beastie Boys, Antony and The Johnsons, to name a few. He has been the subject of books, documentaries, radio programs and has been seen on television, films and music videos. Murray has also been welcomed in the halls of academia as a lecturer and performer. He’s been included in “Best of New York” lists in the Village Voice, Paper, GO and New York Magazine; inducted into Paper’s Nightlife Hall of Fame; and selected as OUT magazine’s Top 100 influential performers. For good times, visit http://www.mistershowbiz.com
STEVE HAYES won Oustanding Actor at the International New York Fringe Theatre Festival in 2006 for The Penguin Tango by Stephen Svoboda. In 2008, he was again at The Fringe performing in the original two character show "Parental Indiscretions"written and performed with comedy partner Tom Cayler. He appeared in GAYFEST NYC in 2008 in his original one-person show, "Steve Hayes Hollywood Reunion"directed by Vincent J. Cardinal. Steve and Tom Cayler recently appeared in a sold-out engagement of their latest comedy, "Stories We Tell Ourselves" at Don't Tell Mama in New York and The Pontine Theatre in Portsmouth. He starred Off-Broadway in Paul Corrigan's comedy "Queen's Blvd" also directed by Vincent J. Cardinal. He starred in the Fine Line Features motion picture trick directed by Jim Fall and starring Tori Spelling and Christian Campbell . trick was nominated for Best Picture at the Sundance Film Festival and Steve can be heard singing a solo number on the soundtrack CD. He recently completed the film; "The Big Gay Musical" to be released in September, in which he sings three songs and plays GOD. He appeared in Johnathan Tolins "The Last Sunday In June" at The Caldwell Theatre in Boca Raton, Florida and starred in the ABC television pilot The Maintenance Men’s Lounge as well as the award winning industrial film, Time To Save for Merrill Lynch. As a comedian, Steve is a nine time nominee and three time winner of the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs MAC Award for Outstanding Comedian and Characterization. He is also the recipient of the Backstage Bistro Award for Comedy Performer of the Year. He is a six time recipient of the ASCAP Popular Music Award and is the author and co-lyricist of the musical Kiss Me Quick Before the Lava Reaches the Village and the co-lyricist of Girl Of My Dreams. Both with music by Peter Ekstrom and developed by Musical Theatre Works in New York. “LAVA” was produced at The Citicorp Center in New York, The Northshore Music Theatre in Boston and The Village Theatre in Seattle. Girl Of My Dreams was produced at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia and the Village Theatre in Seattle. He taught comedy at The Cabaret Convention at Yale University.
PATRICIA DELL is a versatile performer with a career that has taken her throughout the United States performing in concert, recital, opera, musical theater and cabaret. She studied with Marni Nixon and Regine Crespin in New York City as well as Gerard Souzay in the south of France. With the Center for Contemporary Opera (NYC), Ms. Dell has had the opportunity to create the roles of Mrs. Stevenson in the world premiere of Jack Beeson's SORRY, WRONG NUMBER (now available on CD with Albany Records) and Doll in the New York premiere of Daron Hagen’s VERA OF LAS VEGAS. Her musical theater career has included the roles of the divine divas Mame Dennis (MAME) Dorothy Brock (42nd STREET), Ruth Stein (MILK AND HONEY), Desiree (A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC), and Anna (THE KING AND I). She is now adding the infamous Madame Florence Foster Jenkins to her list of roles having just completed a very successful production of SOUVENIR at the Kitchen Theatre Company in Ithaca, New York. She is currently on the voice faculty at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University and a proud member of Actors Equity Association. Visit her at www.patriciadell.com
STEPHEN VARA was fresh out of Emerson College with a BFA in acting, when he Co-founded the House Of Borax in Boston, where he Played McCorkindale in Funeral Games, and Dr. Prentice In What the Butler Saw. After moving to Los Angeles, Stephen joined The Village Idiots, an improv group performing at The Powerhouse Theater in Santa Monica. Stephen wrote and starred in the musical adaptations of She Devils On Wheels, and Trilogy Of Terror. To Angelenos, he is probably best known for his portrayal from 1993 to 2002 of 17 year old Sharon Needles, America's Sweetheart, one of the habitues of the Hollywood Trailer Park. In New York Stephen has appeared in The Baby Daddy Show, and Wake Up, America. At 6'5" Stephen is no stranger to playing monsters, as Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Directors of "Little Miss Sunshine") discovered when they cast him as a hideous futuristic villain in an ad for Puma. Stephen represented M&M Mars for 2 years as Herman Munster in advertisements and personal appearances. Other commercials include Miller Lite, Mervyns and Publisher's Clearing House.
DORIAN SHORTS is very excited to be joining the cast of Moisty The Snowman Saves Christmas. This is his first time performing at NYMF and he is thrilled to be working on this show. Dorian is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School Of The Arts and currentlystudies at Broadway Dance Center. He was most recently seen on the first national tours ofNickelodeon's The Backyardigan's Live, and Captain Louie. In New York he has performed in such other great productions as Grand Hotel at the Connely Theater, The Wild Party at The Culture Project, The Dybbuk at the Frederick Lowe Theater and Man Of La Mancha at the Duo Theater. He feverently hopes that everyone enjoys the show and brings back friends. Ho Ho Ho!
DEANNA GLOVER is thrilled to be fulfilling her life long dream of playing a lesbian rag doll! A proud native of PIttsburgh, she has worked with Maine State MT, MT Wichita, West Virginia Public, Surflight, and PIttsburgh Musical Theatre. She most recently toured the country as a screaming teenager in Bye Bye Birdie. Other annoying teens she has enjoyed playing include Penny Pingleton in Hairspray and Patty Simcox in Grease. Deanna thanks her friends and family that motivate and inspire her every day; most importantly her dog, Paddy.
DEBBY STEWART has no idea how she got here but is happy as hell to be doing it for adults since she's been doing it with kids for so long. Debby is very well known among the NJ and Pennsylvania pre-school circuit as she’s been touring the last 3 years for Youth Stages as a puppeteer and actress in their productions of Stubby the Elephant (who ain’t so stubby); Genies, Lamps, and Dreams: Tales of the Arabian Nights; Aesop and the Bully; Two Marys, Five Jacks and One Very Big Shoe (at least that’s what he calls it) and a one woman show of The Three Bears (I do them all). Debby received her BA in Theatrical Arts, with a specialization in puppetry from Rowan University where she worked as a puppeteer with the Peanut Butter Players and then for Dr. Neff's Incredible Puppet Company for 5 years. She continued in the field, teaching and acting throughout NJ and PA including Creative Theatre, Philadelphia Youth Theatre, Foundation Theatre and had the honor to work for Mickey McNany at Paper Mill Playhouse teaching storybook theatre for several years. When she’s not on stage or in a classroom, she’s busy on her computer or attending events as the Membership Chair for Women in Children’s Media, a non-profit industry group for professionals working in children’s media. She wants to thank Robyn for always being on Facebook and Lisa and Chase for giving her this awesome opportunity to be part of the Moisty world.
KARA TYLER is a proud Vermonter and a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (NY) and Temple University, with her BFA in theatre. She has acted and directed with various theatre companies in NYC & PA., including Kings County Shakespeare Co., terraNova,Fulton Opera House, and The Billie Holiday Theatre. As a teaching artist, Kara has spent many years designing and implementing drama therapy based learning programs for students aged 5-18. She also teaches Shakespeare to all ages. Kara first co-produced in 1999 with Five Women Productions (5 W.P.). In 2002 Kara founded Groove MaMa Ink.
SCOTT FARIS has directed Chicago, The Musical, in sixteen countries around the world in over a dozen languages plus tours in the US and the UK. He directed Bette Midler’s latest show, The Showgirl Must Go On, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and Walking With Dinosaurs, The Arena Spectacular, on tour in the US and the UK. He started his career as an actor performing in musicals, among them A Chorus Line. He learned his directing skills by working as a production stage manager for some of the top directors on Broadway on several Tony Award winning productions. Also in Las Vegas, he directed “EFX!” starring Michael Crawford and was part of the production team that created the amazing Siegfried & Roy at the Mirage. He directed the national tour of Sweet Charity starring Molly Ringwald and later , of Trading Spaces fame.
DAVID O’BRIEN (Co-Director)- Most recent directing credits include: Associate Director of the National Tour of GREASE starring Taylor Hicks. In May, David had the pleasure of co-directing, along with Scott Faris, the Opening Ceremonies for the World FIFA Conference at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island, Bahamas. David has also worked as the Production Stage Manager for several Broadway shows including: GREASE!, THE PAJAMA GAME starring Harry Connick, Jr., SWEET CHARITY starring Christina Applegate, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF starring Alfred Molina, NOISES OFF (Patti LuPone /Peter Gallagher), STONES IN HIS POCKETS, Neil Simon’s THE DINNER PARTY (Henry Winkler/John Ritter), and CATS. On the road, David’s credits include CATS, CHICAGO (Cellblock Tour) and as the show stage manager for Bette Midler’s DIVINE MISS MILLENNIUM tour.
Brooklyn-based pianist and composer PAUL LESCHEN was nominated for a Drama Desk for Outstanding Music for his first musical, Twist: Please Sir, May I Have Some More. He is the co-creator and composer of the cult musical "Bedbugs!!!" which ran to glowing reviews at the 2008 New York Musical Theatre Festival. Paul is a collaborator and pianist for the international superstars Scissor Sisters– his co-arrangement of Comfortably Numb still receives copious airplay at gay bars from to Greensboro to Gdansk. Paul is also house pianist and composer for Murray Hill, Hedda Lettuce, and is official Bingo organist for Linda Simpson. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, and go check out his rock band at theneonkingdom.com.
CHRISTIAN DYAS has been a musician, composer and music director for Blue Man Productions since 1997. He originally played zither in Blue Man Group’s Production of Tubes and went on to co-write and compose Blue Man Group’s first album, Audio, which received a Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Album in 1999. The album went on to go gold. He co-wrote and arranged material on Blue Man Group’s follow-up album, The Complex, which featured vocal performances by Dave Matthews, Gavin Rossdale and Tracy Bonham. Chris performed live with Blue Man Group at the Grammy’s in 2000, as well as five performances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Chris has also written music for the CGI movie, Space Chimps, as well as for the Barry Levinson television production, The Jury. Chris has founded and performed with a number of bands, among them: Orangutang which released two records on Image Records; Trona, a Boston indie rock band which released two albums on Road Runner; and The Ray Corvair Trio, which specialized in ‘60’s surf, spy and strip music. Chris founded and is currently performing with The Lingering Doubts, a Lower East Side based acoustic trio.
Marc’s work has been experienced worldwide in theatre, on television & in numerous performance venues. He has received several awards for his work including “Lighting Director of the Year” in 2004 by Live Design magazine and “Design of the Year” in 2000. Marc’s diverse experience ranges from theatre to performance art to concerts & events. He currently collaborates with concert & touring artists including Flight of the Conchords, My Morning Jacket, Street Drum Corps, Matisyahu, & Fischerspooner. His NYC credits include Forbidden B’way, Bridge Club Productions (resident designer), Theatre by the Blind and numerous productions on Theatre Row. In Las Vegas, Marc’s list of credits include Wayne Brady – Makin it Up, Blue Man Group Live at the Venetian & Blue Man Group – Live at Luxor. For 10 years he collaborated on the lighting and production design for Blue Man Group on nearly all of their projects and special events.
CHASE TYLER (Producer, Costume Designer) is a partner in The Work Room Productions and was the Senior Producer for Blue Man Productions from 2002-2007. He is currently the Executive Producer of The Ride, a new entertainment property launching in New York City in June 2010. Chase is also a costume designer and member of United Scenic Artists 829. Chase’s costume work has been represented on Broadway in the [title of show] at the Lyceum Theatre and on Off-Broadway: Blue Man Group: Rewired; Bash’d: A Gay Rap Opera; Five Women with the Same Dress; [title of show] (Vineyard). Other credits include The Morning Show, Pure Polyester, Blue Man Group (Vegas, Berlin, Oberhausen, Tokyo, London, Orlando and Amsterdam). Film and television work include the feature film Satan Hates You, Thrillavision and The Coaches Show.
LISA WISELY is the Producer of the critically acclaimed feature film Automatons and the soon to be released film Satan Hates You. Lisa is a Business Manager for several film companies and her previous experience includes creating Blue Man Group’s merchandising company and serving as an online content producer for all Blue Man Group projects. Lisa is a partner in The Work Room Productions as well as Green Room Promotions, a merchandise company with a commitment to the sourcing and development of green products.
DANIELLE BREITENBACH design credits include Grease and West Side Story for the Park Street Playhouse, Imperia Saves the World and The Bird Machine for Concrete Temple and Assistant Costume Designer, The Ride. She is currently the Assistant Costume Designer at Chase Tyler Design. Danielle graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a BFA in Fashion Design.
BRIAN SETTE has been building and painting things in his own imaginary landscape since he was in diapers, so when life provided the opportunity to make props for his first production he needed little coaxing to jump into the deep end. Brian holds a degree and painting from Syracuse University and actually does something with it, on this stage and in the occasional fine art exhibition.
Susan Nicholson In New York City, she has designed The Ortiz Sisters of Mont Haven (Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre), Republic of Poetry and Fire Exit (Medicine Show), Soaking Wet (WET), Hedda Gabbler, Vinegar Tom, and Anna K. (American Academy of Dramatic Arts), Wild Women of Planet Wongo, Sympathy Jones, River’s End, Ward 9 and the end of season Gala ’07 & ‘08 (New York Musical Festival), Broadway Sings Concert and assisted in the lighting of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and The Who’s Tommy Broadway Benefit. She lit Chicago at Central Conn. State University. Regionally, she has design The Producers, The Full Monty, and Funny Girl at the Forestburgh Playhouse, My Fair Lady, A Class Act and Ragtime at Cape Rep, and Shape of Things at Stamford Theatre Works. She has a BA from Purdue University and an MFA from the University of Memphis.
Hope Rose Kelly (Stage Manager) has just finished spending her sixth summer season at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA. At S&Co she has been Production Stage Manager for Twelfth Night, Othello, and The Ladies Man - to name a few - and heads the Stage Management Department. Other regional credits include The Public Theatre in Maine, New Repertory Theatre, McCarter Theatre, George Street Playhouse, and Hangar Theatre. Hope holds an M.A. from the University of Toronto and a B.A. from Ithaca College. She is a member of the Actors' Equity Association and serves as Co-Secretary on the Board of the Stage Managers' Association. On a personal note, Hope is an Anglophile, amateur Sherlockian, and tea fiend!
Ariel is thrilled to be working on her first musical, even if the songs run through her head all day! Ariel is an actor, director, and stage manager with a BA in Theatre from the University of Southern Maine. Most recently, she appeared as "Hermia" and "Snug" in this summer's acclaimed outdoor production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, with the Fenix Theatre Company, and as "Amanda" in the new web series "The Little Apple". Favorite directing credits include Machinal, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Lysistrata, and Wharf Rats, all in Portland, Maine. This December she makes her NYC directing debut with Turtle Beach at The Looking Glass Theater's Writer/Director Forum.
JOYCE CHITTICK recently choreographed the 2009 FIFA conference in the Bahamas, restaged the national tour of ‘Grease’, originated the role of Mary Delgado in the Las Vegas production of ‘Jersey Boys’ and fulfilled the life long dream of performing with Spinal Tap at the Beacon Theater. An Astaire Award winner and veteran of 10 Broadway shows since she was 17, Joyce has originated numerous roles, most recently, Mae the ‘Steam Heat’ girl in Roundabout Theater’s Production of ‘The Pajama Game’. Off-Bway she has performed in Martha Clarke’s ‘Belle Epoche’ at Lincoln Center, Andrew Lippa’s ‘The Wild Party’ at MTC and Tony Kushner’s adaptation of ‘A Dybbuk’ at The Public Theater. She has taught and coached many, including Brooke Shields, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rosie O’Donnell, to name a few.
AMBER STONE is tickled to reunite with her long time collegues, Joyce and David on a Moisty the Snowman Saves Christmas, NYMF adventure! Broadway: Grease; Pajama Game; Babes in Arms (Encores!). Off Broadway: Two Gentlemen of Verona. National Tours: Grease; The Boyfriend; Beauty and the Beast. World premeires: Backwards In High Heels (Ginger Rogers); Elaborate Lives-Legend of Aida.
ADAM ADELMAN is excited to be part of the New York Musical Theater Festival for the first time. He comes straight from the Ogunquit Playhouse where he served as Wardrobe Supervisor for their production of A Chorus Line. A graduate of Syracuse University, Adam has worked on many shows and is excited to add this show to the list. He would like to thank his family and friends, as well as Chase and Lisa for giving him this opportunity.
JAKE LEMMENES is thrilled once again to partake in the NYMF experience. NYC credits: Stage Manager for Going Down Swingin’ (NYMF ’07), Production Manager/Lighting Designer for Twist: The Musical (Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding Score and winner of Best Music, Book, and Lyrics Midtown International Theatre Festival ’07), and Stage Manager for Restricted (the Studio). International Credits: Production Manager/Lighting Designer forAftershocks (National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Arts in Christchurch, New Zealand). Regional: Lighting/Scenic Designer for Singing for Life: A Broadway Care's Benefit (The Freed Center for the Performing Arts, Ohio). Jake holds a B.F.A in International Theatre Production from Ohio Northern University.
Toby Jaguar Algya is a composer sound designer specializing in live processing of actor-driven sensor input technologies in theatrical applications. Recent selected works for sound design include: Fantasy Football: The Musical? (NYMF 2009), Hoover Comes Alive! (La Jolla Playhouse; dir. Alex Timbers), Woyzeck (UCSD; dir. Gabor Tompa), Brooklyn Boy (Milwaukee Chamber Theatre), 1001 (UCSD; dir. Kim Rubinstein), Miss Electricity (La Jolla Playhouse; dir. Melissa Kievman), Taziyeh: The Martyrdom of Hussein (Centro Cultural de la Raza; dir. Robert Castro), The Blessing of a Broken Heart (San Diego Rep), Kamza Bar Kamza (Calit2; dir. Shlomo Dubnov), Gum (UCSD; dir. Chay Yew). http://lejaguar.com
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Scott Faris to Direct Moisty the Snowman Saves Christmas
Scott Fair, director of Chicago, Walking with Dinosaurs and Bette Midler's The Showgirl Must Go On in Las Vegas, joins Bradford Scobie and The Work Room Productions to direct Moisty the Snowman Saves Christmas.