Cast & Crew of Unusual Tale
This piece dares to take the classic story at its word. There really is a pregnant virgin. There really is just a dream interposed between her and death by stoning. There are shepherds, angels, foreign dignitaries (a.k.a. wise men), a ratty extra room/stable at an inn, and a maniacal, bloodthirsty dictator whose menacing shadow hangs over everything. And obviously, it’s a comedy.
Seriously, it is.
The Unusual Tale of Mary & Joseph’s Baby surprises both virgin-believing and non-virgin-believing audiences alike.
The Unusual Tale of Mary and Joseph’s Baby
an original folk musical
by Don Chaffer and Chris Cragin-Day
Wed. Dec. 14, 2016 at 7pm
Thurs. Dec. 15, 2016 at 7pm
Fri. Dec. 16, 2016 at 7pm
Sat. Dec. 17, 2016 at 7pm, and 2pm.
The Salvation Army Times Square
315 West 47th Street
New York, NY 10036
Christopher Monroe – Director
Christopher Monroe graduated from Grand Canyon University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Music, then continued his education in Theatre and Film at Regent University earning a Masters in Communication. He is profoundly proud of each of the people who have contributed their God-given time and talents to this production. Bless you all! He dedicates this first show to two very exceptional people, Meira Claire and Hudson Daniel. I love you. Christopher serves as the Creative Arts Director of the Glory Shop at the Salvation Army’s Times Square Corps.
Lts. Olivia and Pratik Munn-Shirsath – Producers
Theater 315 is the theater ministry of The Salvation Army Times Square Corps, of which Olivia and Pratik are the Corps Officers. This includes the pastoring, administration, and leadership of the programs hosted in this facility. Olivia and Pratik also recently founded The Glory Shop, which is a discipleship and creative arts training school for young adults. The students are all involved in The Unusual Tale of Mary and Joseph’s Baby, which is the first musical produced by The Glory Shop.
Kathryn Higgins – Choreographer
From Toronto, Ontario, Kathryn is a seasoned performer in the music theatre and television industry with appearances in The Charlottetown Festival as Diana in Anne of Green Gables and Disney’s Camp Rock. The Director/Choreographer of the Army On Its Toes Dance Company founded this year in conjunction with The Salvation Army, Kathryn’s most recent work includes Moses, originating in the London O2 stadium stage. She is an aerialist, and member of the TAM Team; a performance-based drama troupe specializing in Playback Theatre. Kathryn is a proud mom who is blessed to have a family who accommodates their lives so she can take on fun projects like this!
Kelsey Fowler – Stage Manager
Kelsey Fowler began her Broadway career at age 10 in the original Broadway production of Grey Gardens. Other Broadway credits include principal roles in Sunday in the Park with George, Mary Poppins, and Bonnie & Clyde. Kelsey is currently pursuing a BFA in Musical Theater at Pace University in NYC, as well as a double minor in Criminal Justice and Homeland Security. She is thrilled and blessed to be a part of Theatre 315’s production of The Unusual Tale of Mary and Joseph’s Baby in her new role as the Production Stage Manager!
Jaclyn Monroe – Keyboard
Jaclyn is a soulful, Nashville based musician & singer/songwriter, by way of Phoenix, AZ. Her music reflects her evolution of years of self training, songwriting and recording. Adept at both piano and guitar, Jaclyn’s instrumental abilities solidly underscore her desire to tell a story.
Eliana Satterlee – Percussion
Eliana is the the Outreach Coordinator for The Glory Shop and the Worship Leader for the Times Square Salvation Army. She is currently attending Teacher’s College Columbia University.
Nealson Munn – Guitar
Nealson is a New York-based health insurance consultant, author, and guitarist. He has previously lent his distinctive guitar stylings to such varied musical acts as Talitha and Acacia (a Nashville-based Christian folk duo), Phil Laeger (beloved Salvationist musician Phil Laeger), the Everett Henry Trio (a garage band formed at a Salvation Army camp), the Veil of Ignorance (a garage band formed at the London School of Economics), and a touring production of Godspell.
Tim Bergstrom – Bass
Singer/Songwriter from Nashville, TN. Born and raised in Indianapolis, IN, Tim went to college at Belmont University where he studied Music Business. Upon graduating in 2008 he moved to Los Angeles in January of 2009 where he continued to pursue his music career as well as obtaining a degree in graphic design from the Art Institute of California – Hollywood. Then in 2012 after releasing multiple EPs, leading worship, and touring all signs pointed for him to return to Nashville to continue his efforts there. Since his return to Nashville, Tim released another EP under a new project name The Amber Season in July 2015 and has done several cross-country tours. Tim continues to work, tour, and play as a songwriter and guitar/bass player in Nashville, working largely out of his home studio doing co-writes and building tracks within the Nashville musician and songwriting community.
Danielle Diakanwa – Dance Captain/ Angel/ Nurse
Youth worker at The Times Square Corps, and dance student at Broadway Dance Center; Danielle is excited to be a part of The Glory Shop’s Unusual Tale of Mary and Joseph’s Baby. She graduated from Stony Brook University where she discovered her passion for dance in the school’s dance minor. Since graduating, Danielle has danced with The Greater New York Divisional Dance Team, and has ministered at several churches dancing with friends from college. She is grateful to her friends and family for their love and support, but ultimately grateful to God for trusting her with the passion and gift for dance.
Claude Pensis – Lighting Designer
Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Production, Claude has been a faculty member at Grand Canyon University since 1982. A native of Wisconsin, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications with an emphasis in Theatre from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh as well as a Masters of Fine Arts in Stage Direction from the University of Wisconsin Madison. Claude is a professional stage light designer and director who works frequently with local and international theatre companies such as Arizona Broadway Theatre, Actor’s Theatre, Ensemble Theatre, Sedona Shakespeare and Southwest Shakespeare. Claude has been involved in over 400 stage productions and has received numerous local theatre awards and nominations.
Alvaro Velasquez – Costume Designer
Alvaro is originally from Argentina, although currently residing in Clark, New Jersey. He has an Associate of Science Degree from Union County College and currently attends New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he studies Electrical Engineering. He has been involved in performing arts and stagecraft since high school, participating in many Salvation Army events and productions, with highlights as: Ethan in Flashback (NJY Divisional Drama) and most recently, costuming and props for Kingdom Creativity (TAM Conservatory 2016). He is always looking for more ways to get involved in arts at a corps, divisional, and territorial level and is honored to be a part of this Glory Shop production.
Scott Martel – Joseph
Scott is from Middletown, NY and is currently living in NYC as a student of The Glory Shop program here in the Times Square Corps. Previously, Scott was working in Middletown Corps as a ministry assistant and was a member of the GNY Divisional Drama Team. This is Scott’s first musical and he is extremely grateful for the opportunity and excited for the challenge. Scott would like to thank his family for all of their support as he spends this next year growing in faith and strengthening his relationship with God.
Isa Connell – Mary
Isa is delighted to be playing Mary in such a beautiful show. She has studied acting at Lee University, Impact Arts Studio, and finally at The King’s College where she is majoring in Media Culture and the Arts. Recent roles include Hero in Much Ado About Nothing, Mrs. K in The Piano Teacher, and a number of roles in student productions in both film and stage.
Megan Pentland is originally from Northern Ireland and is participating in ‘The Glory Shop’ here in Times Square Corps. She is a part of Belfast Operatic Company and teaches at the Belfast School of Performing Arts back home. Megan has played: Horton in Seussical, Mrs Potts in Beauty & The Beast, and has performed as part of BOC in Sister Act and Cinderella in the Grand Opera House in Belfast. She has made appearances in Disneyland Paris and other renowned concert halls in Belfast. She is loving in New York and learning more about the city, while growing in her theatre skills and faith! Love to all my friends and family back home!
Mollie Trainor – Angel/ Magi / Swing
Mollie Trainor, hailing from Canada, is thrilled to be making her NYC debut. Having recently graduated from Holland College’s School of Performing Arts with a diploma in Dance Performance, she is furthering her training with Broadway Dance Center’s International Student Visa Program. Some of her favourite credits include Cinderella: A Fairly Tall Tale and Aladdin: Another Fairly Tall Tale at the Confederation Centre of the Arts. Mollie is thankful for her incredibly supportive family and friends, and for the opportunity to train and perform in the US. Zep. 3:17
Jeanette Palmer – Angel/ Magai
A Michigan native, Jeanette is delighted to be a part of The Glory Shop’s first theatrical production! She studied musical theater and graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy of New York. Favorite credits include: Beauty and the Beast (National Tour), Singin’ In the Rain (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina), Funny Girl (Dutch Apple Theater), Thoroughly Modern Millie in Concert (Zeitgheist Productions NY), White Christmas (DYPAC), and Children of Eden (DYPAC). Showers of love to friends and family, thanks for everything! Joshua 1:9
Caitlin Bice – Angel/Magi/Nurse
Caitlin Bice is excited to be making her NYC debut with The Glory Shop! She is originally from Tyler, Texas, and is currently pursuing a Theatre Arts degree from CAP21/Molloy College. She has also been seen as Velda in The Amish Project and as Princess Fiona in Shrek The Musical at Grace Community School. Love to her Texas family and friends, Jesse, and CAP21 family!
Michelle Natal – Angel/ Nurse
Michelle is a vocal student at Talent Unlimited High School and member of the Greater New York Chorus. Along with singing, she dances, plays the piano and the baritone. She is very grateful to her loving and supporting mother for always being there for her in everything she does, but more grateful to God for using her talents to bring her out of a rough place in life. The Salvation Army has done a lot of good in Michelle’s life and has brought closer to God. Without The Salvation Army Michelle would not have learned the skills she uses for the glory of God.
Olivia Renkel – Angel
Olivia is currently a senior at Hunter College majoring in Performing Arts Administration. She has always had a strong passion for the arts. At the age of five she tapped danced her way through her very first dance recital and was in her first musical when she was eight. Ever since then she has been performing and using her gifts to glorify God. Some of her favorite roles include Sally Brown in Snoopy and The Bakers Wife in Into The Woods. Olivia is also very involved in the arts within the Salvation Army. She has been a member of the Creative Arts Service Team for three years, has attended TAM conservatory, and is a member of the GNY divisional dance team and the Army On Its Toes Dance Company. This February Olivia will be playing the role of Cathy Hiatt in The Last Five Years at Baruch College. 1 Corinthians 16:14.
John Arroyo – Roman Soldier
From Guttenberg N.J, John is an employee of The Salvation Army on East 23rd Street. Appearing in Unusual Tale as the Roman Soldier; this is John’s first live theatre production. At the ripe age of 43, he is the oldest member of the cast. He has a heart for people, and loves to share The Word. John hopes to attend the College for Officer Training to someday become an Officer of The Salvation Army.
Cadet Erik Muhs – Roman Soldier
Cadet Erik Muhs is a student at The Salvation Army’s College for Officer Training USA East in Suffern, NY. A member of the Joyful Intercessors session; Erik will be ordained as a minister of The Salvation Army on June 11th 2017. “I’m excited to be in Times Square for my winter assignment. Not many people get an amazing opportunity like this.” Erik is also looking forward to his upcoming marriage in September to Lt. Barri Vazquez-Brandon.
Caleb George – Rabbi
Caleb is an aspiring accountant. Currently a student at Pace University, his hobbies include taking long walks in the park, watching movies and television. John 11:35
Follow him on instagram: @calebwaitforitgeorge