Originally commissioned by Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD
Michael J. Bobbitt, Producing Artistic Director
"'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse." But wait! A mouse is stirring - because Santa missed his house last year. Before you can say "Merry Christmas!", we're off on the wild adventures of a mouse, an elf, and a spunky little girl who just won't take no for an answer. Don't miss this joyful tribute to the holiday season!
“Such a playful spirit romps through 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, you might think the show itself was a product of Santa’s workshop.” - The Washington Post
“A grand Christmas adventure, filled with schemes, confrontations, mistaken identities, bravery, and all things naughty and nice!...This journey is an exciting one that I guarantee your children will love! Put some tickets in your kids’ Christmas stockings. It will make a great holiday gift.” - Maryland TheatreGuide
Michele is beyond elated to be back on stage with Roadrunner Theatre Company. She was most recently seen earlier this season in The Curious Savage as Florence Williams. She has previously been seen on stage in Tucson with several companies, including Live Theatre Workshop, Arizona Rose Theatre, and Borderlands Theatre, and in Denver at the worldfamous Clocktower Cabaret in The Vagina Monologues. She has been involved in several local films, including two web series, and has filmed two television pilots for HGTV. Michele has also been a panelist at the Phoenix Comic Con, and taught various youth acting classes. Some of Michele’s favorite productions include Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, Moon Over Buffalo, the Rocky Horror Show, and Design For Murder. Thank you for supporting local theatre!
Marchus Lewis is honored to be a part of the Roadrunner family in this wonderful company of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Previously Marchus could have been seen in RTC’s Family production of Go Dog Go. For the past four years he has been attending college as a Pima student and has required skills in both Tech and production in shows like Spamalot, Love Labour’s Lost, Crazy For You, and In the Heights. Above all, he is committed to a life in theatre as a means of participating in the artistic dialog that is so vital to the health of any society, and especially ours.
HannahRose is a 17 year old actor from Tucson, AZ. She has been on the theatre scene since 2004. She has appeared in many shows with Live Theatre Workshop, Gaslight Theatre as well as their youth theatre, CYT, and most recently with Arizona Theatre Company for their summer program. Her most recent role was the role of Grandma Addams from The Addams Family Musical.
This is Danny’s very first show at The Roadrunner Theatre! He is thrilled to be playing Uncle Brierly and Sir Guy in this awesome production. Past works include Shrek the Musical (Shrek), Once Upon A Mattress (Sir Studley), Legally Blonde (Kyle), The Mysterious Murder at Manchester Manor (Policeman), and The Drunkard (Honest William). He’s also done some of the Family Series shows at Live Theatre Workshop, which include Once Upon This Time, Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree, and Little Red Riding Boots. Other Notable works include The Toll Of Madness at Nightfall this year, and being a part of the Stories that Soar! Ensemble. When he’s not acting, he’s going to school at Pima to learn about film or playing music. He hopes you enjoy the show and have a Holly Jolly Christmas!
ALAN R. SMITH
Alan R. Smith has been studying and performing theater off and on for the last 20 years. He was active in the late 90s here in Tucson but after the events of 9/11 he joined the military and took a break from theater. After 10 years and five deployments, Alan left the military and is now very excited to return to the Tucson theater community. Over the years Alan has been in such shows as Into the Woods, Little Shop of Horrors, The Plays the Thing and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (twice). Alan has also dabbled in other areas of theater such as directing and dramaturgy in productions of Tribes at the University of Arizona and Fiddler on the Roof at Pima Community College. Alan graduated with a bachelors degree in theater from the University of Arizona and is hoping to land a teaching position in order to pass on his passion for the arts to a new generation.
Ryan Smith, who plays the role of Uncle Brierly/ Sir Guy of Gisbourne, is extremely proud to be a part of the cast for ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas at The Roadrunner Theatre. Ryan lives in Tucson, Arizona and is a graduate of the University of Arizona. Ryan has been an active performer for the past five years as part of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), a world wide medieval re-enactment group. During his time with the SCA, Ryan has won multiple competitions and awards for his dramatic storytelling and short plays. Recently, Ryan returned to community theater playing the role of Oberon in Tucson’s Shakespeare in the Park’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Outside of performance, Ryan is an avid reader and a fan of the works of Raymond E. Fiest and Ken Follett. Ryan would like to thank his family, friends, and fiance Taylor for their support in his theatrical pursuits.
Roadrunner Theatre Company welcomes 12 year old Melanie Sparrold to their main stage! Melanie was seen on stage in the Something Something Theater production, By the Bog of Cats. Her other credits include Mrs. Bucket and other characters in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the King’s Advisor in The Phantom Tollbooth, Jr. Both shows were with Live Theatre Workshop. Melanie was also seen in the UA Arts Express production of Hairspray as Brenda.
MICHAEL F. WOODSON
Michael is appearing in his 6th Roadrunner production. He was first seen in On Golden Pond as Charley the Maine Mailman. Last year, he was seen chasing men dressed as Ladies in Leading Ladies. His latest haunting was as the ghostly Peter Grimm in Peter Grimm’s Gift. He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and has appeared in the television series Young Riders and Legend. He was seen as Hap the Bartender in the CBS made-for-TV film Gunsmoke III, To The Last Man and as the Autograph Man in the TBS made-for-TV movie, Geronimo. Included in his commercial resume are the “Bulls-eye BBQ” and “Rawlings Radar Ball” commercials. He is also the Artistic Director of the Roadrunner Theatre Company.
The Production Staff
Director . . . . . . Maria Gawne
Technical Manager . . . . . . Renata Rauschen
Stage Manager . . . . . . Alex Hupp
Assistant Stage Manager . . . . . . Renata Rauschen
Costumes . . . . . . . Linda Andresano, Brenda Sparrold, and Renata Rauschen
Lighting Design . . . . . . Diana Knoepfle
Sound Design . . . . . . Alex Hupp
Set Design . . . . . . Michael F. Woodson
Set Construction . . . . . . Michael Woodson, Renata Rauschen, Michael Rauschen, Vitas Mikenas, Virginia Mikenas,
Alan Smith, and Brenda Sparrold
Props . . . . . . Renata Rauschen
Stage Crew . . . . . . Michael Woodson, Alan Smith, Ryan Smith, Michele Holland, Brenda Sparrold, Daniel Quinones
Choreography . . . . . . Taya Lancaster
Photography . . . . . . Gawne Designs Photography
Program.Design . . . . . . Larry Fuller