Chance Theater Presents LITTLE WOMEN and THE EIGHT: REINDEER MONOLOGUES, Beg. 11/17 & 26

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Chance Theater presents two shows for your Holiday entertainment, LITTLE WOMEN: The Broadway Musical with book by Allan Knee, music by Jason Howland, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, directed by Casey Long, music direction by Bill Strongin and choreography by Jessie McLean; and the ninth anniversary production of THE EIGHT: Reindeer Monologues, written by Jeff Goode and directed by Oanh Nguyen. LITTLE WOMEN will preview on Friday, November 16; will open on Saturday, November 17 at 8pm and continue through Sunday, December 23 and THE EIGHT: Reindeer Monologues will begin performances on Monday, November 26 and continue through Saturday, December 22 at Chance Theater, 5552 E. La Palma Ave. in Anaheim Hills.

ABOUT “LITTLE WOMEN”

From the novel that holds a special place in the heart of American literature, comes a new musical which proves this timeless story is still relevant, funny, and heartbreaking today. Join rambunctious Jo, practical Meg, sweet Beth, and romantic Amy as they embark on a coming-of-age tale filled with drama, romance, humor (and song!), all under the watchful eye of their beloved Marmee while father is away during the Civil War. You will not want to miss this terrific theatrical treat for the holidays, perfect for the entire family!

Casey Long (Director, Managing Director) has been a Chance Theater Resident Artist since 1999, and has previously directed the Chance’s Holiday Literature productions of ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, LITTLE WOMEN: The Broadway Musical and THE SECRET GARDEN: The Musical. Also the Chance’s Managing Director, Casey has appeared onstage in several Chance productions, including eight years (and counting) as Dasher in THE EIGHT: Reindeer Monologues. Recently, Casey received LADCC and Garland Award nominations for his sound design of the Chance’s So Cal Premiere of Jerry Springer: THE OPERA.

The cast of LITTLE WOMEN will feature: JO: Erika C. Miller; MEG: Laura M. Hathaway, BETH: Tasha Tormey; YOUNG AMY: Valerie Sloan; MARMEE: Eloise Coopersmith; LAURIE: Brandon Sanchez; PROFESSOR BHAER: Chris Caputo; AUNT MARCH/MRS. KIRK: Sherry Domerego; John Brooke: Taylor Stephenson; MR. LAURENCE: Glenn Koppel and OLDER AMY: Kelsey Jones.

LITTLE WOMEN & THE EIGHT have assembled an award-winning design team. The Scenic and Lighting Design is by Masako Tobaru. The Costume Design is by Erika C. Miller. The Sound and Projection Design is by Casey Long. The Production Stage Manager for LITTLE WOMEN is Teodora Ramos. The Production Stage Manager for THE EIGHT is Courtny Greenough.

ABOUT “THE EIGHT: REINDEER MONOLOGUES”

Christmas gets very naughty as accusations, rumors and all-out attacks are flying fast and furious around Santa’s toyshop this holiday season. Go behind the tinsel and hear the truth about Santa straight from the eight reindeer who know him best. When a doe says “No”, she means “No Way, Sucka!”

Our favorite team of reindeer still have plenty to say! So much, in fact, that this year's production will incorporate a roster of rotating performers so that you'll never see the same show twice!

Oanh Nguyen (Director, Artistic Director) has been serving as the founding artistic director of Chance Theater since 1999. He also serves as the Producing Associate at South Coast Repertory, where he's spearheading Studio SCR: the alterNative Theatre presenting series. Oanh is a recipient of TCG’s New Generations Grant and the TCG Nathan Cummings Young Leaders of Color fellowship. He was also awarded the Outstanding Artist Award by Arts Orange County and was inducted into Anaheim High School’s Hall of Fame. Oanh serves on the advisory board of the Anaheim High School Performing Arts Conservatory and recently served 4 years on the board of the Network of Ensemble Theatres. His directing credits include productions at Chance Theater, South Coast Repertory, The Old Globe, East West Players, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and the J. Paul Getty Museum. His acting credits include TWO BROTHERS with Guy Pearce and Freddie Highmore, RUSH HOUR 3 with Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, and the upcoming LONELY BOY with Alev Aydin. Oanh is a proud member of SDC and SAG-AFTRA.

The cast of THE EIGHT will include DASHER: Casey Long, Ben Green; CUPID: Christopher Renfro, Miguel Cardenas, Casey Long; HOLLYWOOD: Andrew Eddins, Kyle Cooper, Casey Long; BLITZEN: Melinda Porto, Dannielle Green; COMET: Jackson Tobiska, Alex Bueno; DANCER: Kimberly Kocol, Kellie Spill; DONNER: Richard Comeau, Jeff Hellebrand and VIXEN: Camryn Zelinger, Jesse Schiffmacher.

ABOUT THE SCHEDULE AND PRICING

LITTLE WOMEN will preview on Friday, November 16 and open on Saturday, November 17 at 8pm and continue through Sunday, December 22. Performances are Thursdays & Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 3pm & 8pm and Sundays at 2pm & 7pm. Tickets for all general performances are $30-$45. Preview ticket prices are $35.

THE EIGHT will begin performances on Monday, November 26 at 8pm and continue through Saturday, December 22. Performances are Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 8pm; Fridays & Saturdays at 11pm.

Tickets for all general performances are $22-$35. All tickets can be purchased by calling (714) 777-3033 or by visiting www.chancetheater.com. Student, Senior and group discounts are available. (Groups call 1-714-900-3284).

CHANCE THEATER is located at 5552 E. La Palma Ave. in Anaheim Hills, Calif., 92807. Parking is free.

Proud to be one of the leading ensemble-based Contemporary Theatre companies in Southern California, CHANCE THEATER recently received the Ovation Award for Best Musical (Intimate Theatre) and a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for its Southern California premiere of “Jerry Springer: The Opera.” Twice named “Outstanding Arts Organization” by Arts Orange County, Chance Theater is also a recipient of the Los Angeles Drama Critics

Circle’s Polly Warfield Award for Excellence. Founded in 1999, Chance Theater is focused on its goal of being Orange County's premiere mid-size contemporary ensemble theater. As a constituent member of Theatre Communications Group, Network of Ensemble Theaters, and the LA Stage Alliance, Chance Theater continues to bring national attention to the Southern California and Orange County theater scenes.

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