Move Over Broadway presents Christmas musical ‘Journeys’

Staff report


Move Over Broadway Pro- ductions will present the Christmas story “Journeys” Nov. 18, 23, 25 and Dec. 2 at Ford Family Recital Hall, 260 W. Federal St.

Written 15 years ago as a Broadway-style musical production, “Journeys,” with script and music by local playwright Mark Samuel, tells the story of the birth of Christ in a fresh and exciting way, examining the emotions and joys of those who experienced the first Christmas.

One of the goals of the production is to portray the Christmas story as accurately as possible. To accomplish this, Samuel, using the Bible and numerous historical references, studied the political, social and cultural atmosphere of Nazareth and Bethlehem 2,000 years ago. With this knowledge as a backdrop, biblical characters were studied to determine what they might have been thinking and feeling as miraculous things began to happen. As God led, phrases and music developed into scenes and production numbers, with each helping the audience catch a glimpse into the personal journey of each one involved with the original Christmas.

“Journeys” debuted in Hubbard in 2000. It was also produced by Top Hat Productions in 2004.

Move Over Broadway’s revival of the musical includes several new songs. The director is Marlene Menaldi-Strollo, with musical direction by Jodine Pilmer. Stage manager is Linda Hathhorn.

The production features Ryan Newell as Joseph, Rachel Sobota as Mary, Tim McGinley as Herod, John Amer as Gabriel, Georgia Dungan as Elizabeth, Terry Shears as the Innkeeper, JoAnne Santagata as Anna, Mark Samuel as Simeon, and Rick Haldi,Tom Hathhorn and Dave Wack as the Three Kings. Rounding out the cast are Carl and Paige Brockway, Cheryl Chianello, Chuck Creager, Curt Dungan, Samantha Fritz, Keri Jennings, Gillian McMahon, Ben and Anna Pugh, Annalese, Liz and Michaela Samuel, Patti Shears, Deb VanRees, John Viggiano, Chris Chaibi and Ashley Balas.

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