Mission

Chromolume Theatre’s name comes from the Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical, Sunday in the Park with George, about an artist struggling to make art meaningful in 19th Century France. Chromolume Theatre was founded by two struggling artists in 2003 with its primary mission to present the American musical on an intimate level in an entertaining, intellectually stimulating and emotionally satisfying way. With growth and change, Chromolume Theatre’s mission has evolved with a new dedication to presenting Broadway’s forgotten gems and off-Broadway’s undiscovered treasured, and shining a light on productions that deserve a second look. Chromolume Theatre also provides opportunity for artists to shine who have not had such an opportunity in the past, as well as a dedication to diverse and multi-cultural casts and crews.

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Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know

Written by Barry Creyton, Lesley Davison, Nick Santa Maria, Stan Freeman, Dave Frishberg, Denis Markell, Douglas Bernstein, Francesca Blumenthal, Glen Kelly, Jay Leonhart, Michael Brown, Murray Grand and Addy Fieger.

march 10 – april 1, 2007
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If you’ve ever traveled anywhere by boat, plane, train or bus and lived to tell about it, this is the show for you! Based on the best-selling book from Fodor’s, this hilarious revue offers travel tips and cautionary tales certain to tickle the ribs – or chill the spine – of anyone who has ever set foot outside of his or her own hometown.

 

Everything from the coach class blues to pesky customs officials is lampooned in this smash-hit off-Broadway revue. One segment lambastes “automated flight reservation systems” as a man tries to book a flight with “Miracle Airlines” (“If it’s a good flight, it’s a Miracle.”) Lost luggage is the subject of another about a hapless business traveler who finds himself “Naked in Pittsburgh.” So hop on for the ride – it’s sure to be a hysterical journey.

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Andrew Block

 

Andrew Block moved to L.A. a little over a year ago, most recently from Chicago, where he received his MFA from DePaul University. Prior to Chicago, Andrew worked for several years as an Actor, Director and Teacher, running a High School Theatre program in Texas, and also spent time in New York as an Undergrad at Adelphi University. Favorite roles include Douglas (The Waiting Room), Bobby Gould (Speed-the-Plow), Guiteau (Assassins), Max (Lend Me a Tenor), Herbie (Gypsy) and Jack (The Importance of Being Earnest). Directing credits include Noises OffDancing at LughnasaTwelfth Night, and City of Angels. Among other recent film and commercial work he was heard as the voice of several characters in the clay-animated special Holidaze on ABC. Andrew is a member of SAG, AFTRA and is a certified Actor/Combatant by SAFD. Most important, he is a proud native of New Orleans, LA.

 

Richie Cunningham

 

Richie began in musical theatre in Jacksonville, Florida, while also writing for The Hollywood Reporter. Since, he’s worked in film and television with Terry Rossio, Stephen Langford, Jim Lindsay and Jeff Weaver. You’ve seen him on the History Channel, The Travel Channel, on the Internet and in commercials/infomercials for ReMax (international) and Epione (regional). On stage, Richie’s played about 40 roles. He was last seen in the 2006 Chromolume Christmas show.

Aaron Eaton

 

We have yet to actually receive a bio from Aaron. So, if you happen to see him on the street or know his phone number, why don’t you give him a call and ask him to send us his bio soon. Oh, and if you can see if he can send us a headshot too, that’d be great. Thanks! – Chromolume Management Team. Actually we did find a headshot for Aaron, but not much else. If you happen to see him in the booth, you can just ask him what he has done. I’m sure he’ll tell you.

 

Meghan Olson

 

Meghan is very excited to be a part of her third Chromolume Production. She recently was in the Holiday Fundraiser and was also part of the Angeles City Four in City of Angels. Most of her experience comes from the productions she did in the Midwest, a few of her favorites are, Nancy in Oliver, Connie in 1940’s Radio Hour, and Sally Bowles in Cabaret. She feels truly blessed to be able to keep performing and will always love the art of theatre.

Rachel Rawlins Prescott

 

Rachel Rawlins Prescott is thrilled to be part of Chromolume’s production of Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know. Rachel received her BFA in Music Dance Theatre from Brigham Young University. Some of her favorite roles have included Mrs. Cratchit, in ICT’s production of A Christmas Carol, Cinderella in DOMA Theatre’s production of Into the Woods, Lili in the Nevada Conservatory’s production of Carnival, Julie Jordan in Morgan-Wixon Theatre’s production of Carousel, Jennifer Rumson in Mack’s Inn Dinner Theatre’s production of Paint Your Wagon, and especially Viola in Twelfth Night, where she met her wonderful husband. She was also recently seen in Comedy Central’s Hollow Men and various commercials.

Kristie Rutledge, Choreographer

 

Kristie is excited to join her good friends Gary and James as part of Chromolume Theatre Company. Kristie is currently the resident costume designer for Santa Monica College and Beverly Hills High School. She also has been directing youth drama productions for years and is happy to be bringing her experiences and expertise to the Chromolume Kids program. She has been seen in many productions, directed more, but most recently was seen on myspace looking for Mr. Right. She was recently dismayed to find out her radar has been set to “loser” and is determined to get that fixed right away so she can snag Mr. Right, because she is tired of settling for Mr. Right Now.

James J. Stevens

 

Jim has lived in Los Angeles so long he does not remember where he is really from. He just booked two national commercials (VISA and Comcast) where he will be paid much and seen very little. He has three good actor friends that have just booked pilots, and he has not even had a pilot audition! Oh well. He IS happy to be doing this play. Who needs television, right? Money. Prestigue. Glamour. Jim thanks his mom for having him and especially for coddling him too much. And thanks to his best and oldest friend, Mr. Daniel of Hollywood, for making him laugh so much.

Richard Van Slyke

 

Richard is very excited to be bearing all for you. He is currently a member of The Charlie Company sketch comedy group just up the road at Acme Comedy Theatre. Richard has appeared in theaters all across the country. Favorite roles: Judas (Godspell), Reuben (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Charlie Brown (You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown), Dauntless (Once Upon A Mattress), Scrooge (A Christmas Carol), Axel (Don’t Drink the Water). Richard is a member of Actors Equity Association.

Marc Mercury, Director, Scenic Design

 

Born one Sebbicia J. Babba, Marc grew up to become very short with an orange afro and wore nothing but plaid disco suits and platform shoes. He went to work at a nacho factory where they made little dash board compasses and everyone is paid in broken glass. He soon quit though when discovering he was not given a dental plan. After a failed attempt at being an Acrobat Reader performing for trained circus monkeys, he returned home to the land-o-big-breasted-small-brained-dooslewarfers and threw an asphalt-kickin shin-dig. He partied all night to the Bay City Rollers on eight track. He then became so happy his head exploded into small pieces that fit nicely into a pickle jar. He also acts and directs and has no idea how to write a good bio. Marc would like to thank his parents, Zoya, and 24 hour drive-throughs for all there help and love.

 

Benjamin Jose, Musical Director

 

Ben Jose studied piano performance at USC, where he was heavily involved as a musical theatre accompanist. His experience includes rehearsal accompanist for Showboat at the Hollywood Bowl, as well as extensive work in private voice studios and musical direction for local theatre groups. Ben’s virtuosity extends beyond the piano–he is also widely regarded as an accomplished air guitarist in the underground air guitar scene.

Alayna Falco, Costume Design

 

With over 10 years costuming experience in theater and film, she is excited to be a part of Chromolume Theatre Company. Alayna holds a BA in costume design from UCLA’s School of theatre, film and TV. She has just completed design on her first feature film but is very happy to be back in the theater. Some of her favorite design credits include, Babes in Arms (Reprise), Aida (Sacramento Music Circus & Bakersfield Dinner Theater), Anything Goes (Candlelight Pavillion), Peter Pan (Columbian Theater), Pin Up Girls (Mountain High Entertainment), The Vaudevillians (Met Theater), RagtimeMarat Sade, and Damn Yankees to name a few.

Christopher Singleton, Lighting Design

 

Christopher Singleton is the Resident Lighting Designer for Chromolume Theatre Company, the Stephanie Feury Studio, and Lodestone Theatre Ensemble, a Resident Artist for Moving Arts and involved with Comedy Central Stage. Christopher discovered his passion for theatre arts in kindergarten when he was a clown in Keys School’s production of Barnum. He discovered the art of lighting design at Loyola Marymount University, where he graduated from in May 2004. Since starting his journey, Christopher has designed the lights for over fifty shows all over the United States. Some of his most recent projects include The Empty Bed (February 2007), Telemongol (February 2007), Twelfth Night (February 2007), Master Class (January 2007), 2006 Black Movie Awards (October 2006), and the Colorado Festival Of World Theater 2006 (July-August 2006).

James Esposito, Sound Design

 

James is the producing Artistic Director at Chromolume Theatre Company. As he received an A in stagecraft from Santa Monica College which, of course, qualified him to design the set for Do Lord Remember Me, his A in Stage Sound from the same college further qualified him to do sound design as well. He has designed the last two productions for Chromolume, both the original and revival runs of the aforementioned Do Lord Remember Me.

Elliott Lawrence, Stage Manager

 

Pennsylvania native Elliott Lawrence graduated from the acclaimed Pittsburgh H.S. for Creative & Performing Arts. After studying journalism and music at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, a chance encounter drew him across the country to join The Young Americans, with whom he went on seven national and international music outreach tours. On these tours, he worked as a line captain and logistics director. Elliott has done sound design for musicals such as Anything Goes and Fame. An accomplished musician, Elliott has also played bass for numerous shows, including A Chorus Line and Working. Elliott has also served as music director for Damn Yankees and the Leehman Sands Dinner Theatre as well as stage managed Chromolume’s critically acclaimed production Do Lord Remember Me which makes its return to the Los Angeles stage in 2007. Elliott is very proud and grateful for the opportunity to bring his experience to such a great group.