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The Drowsy Chaperone

Friday, June 26
8 PM
Saturday, June 27
  8 PM
Sunday, June 28
  2 PM
Friday, July 3
8 PM
Saturday, July 4
Email tickets@theatricalgems.org or call (570) 595-7267 for tickets.
Evergreen Community Charter School
Rte. 390/191, Grace Avenue
Cresco, PA

Theatrical Gems strives to educate audiences about the past, present, and future of theater. Through the entertaining and engaging presentation of popular classics, new works, and underappreciated relics, we hope to expand horizons and tastes with the goal of preserving these works of art for future generations of theatergoers.

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Claudia Stuart (Executive Director) received her M.F.A. in Performing Arts Management from Brooklyn College in 2010. She produced and managed a new play, Thirty Minutes or Less, in the 2009 New York International Fringe Festival that received four stars from Time Out New York. After graduating from Fordham University in 2006 with a minor in theater, she spent two years stage managing off-off-Broadway, including Saving the Greeks and Marat/Sade with Push Productions and The Frogs with Rising Sun Productions. While in graduate school, she studied under Dr. Tobie Stein; Harold Wolpert, managing director of Roundabout Theatre Company; Jennie Greer, Director of Advancement at New Dramatists; Marc Routh, commercial producer behind The Producers, Hairspray, and A Little Night Music; Andrew Flatt, Vice President of Marketing at Disney Theatricals; and more.

Jacob Shoesmith-Fox (Artistic Director) has directed full productions of Little Shop of Horrors and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying as well as various readings and workshops and was the Assistant Director of Are We Writing Loud Enough for the Vineyard Theatre.  He worked as an actor for most of his childhood at the Pocono Playhouse and other locations in his hometown and also appeared in NYC in The Car in the 2007 Short Attention Span Horror Festival and the film Wet Hot American Summer.  In 2006 he began producing with The Vagina Monologues on Staten Island, which he continued for the following three years, making him the only male V-Day producer in the region.  Jacob graduated from Wagner College in 2009 with a B.S. in Arts Administration and spent 5 months interning in development and education at the Vineyard Theatre.  Jacob is excited to be producing lost Gems of the musical theatre canon.

Jonathan G Galvez (Artist in Residence) is an actor, playwright, director, and certified teacher.  His produced pieces as a writer have included Thirty Minutes or Less in the 2009 New York International Fringe Festival, Crossing Lights in Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s Amazing Play Festival, and has had his one-acts premiere in The Shortened Attention Span festivals, Sundog Theatre’s Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry, and the Strawberry One-Act Festival.  He is a performer and technical director for Stuff Films Comedy troupe and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.  He received his B.A. in Theatre Education from Wagner College and is a M.F.A. Candidate for Playwrighting at Hollins University. 

Eliana Meira Rantz (Educational Outreach Director) has performed in and worked on over thirty shows starting at age four. Eliana received her B.A. in Theater Arts from Rutgers University and her M.A. in Theater Education and English Education from New York University. She is the drama director at Shrewsbury Borough School and has directed several musical theater productions there including Guys and Dolls and Beauty and the Beast. Some of her most esteemed accomplishments include directing Thirty Minutes or Less which premiered in the 2009 New York International Fringe Festival to rave reviews and The Laramie Project at George Street Playhouse. In addition, Eliana has written, directed, and choreographed shows for children with special needs.

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