The 2021-22 Season “Reignite, Reimagine!” blazes into the holiday season with a Bold New Works Premiere from Matt Conner and Stephen Gregory Smith: The Christmas Angel. Adapted from a little-known 1910 novella by Abbey Farwell Brown, Conner and Smith infuse this story with music, magic, and a touch of modernity, all while maintaining its charming original story about the triumph of the human spirit and the spirit of the season. This show is presented in collaboration with Creative Cauldron’s Musical Theater Training Program, and will feature an ensemble of middle school and high school performers alongside professional actors. The Christmas Angel is sponsored by Eden Center. The principal sponsor for the Bold New Works Initiative is Jon Wiant.
Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased at www.creativecauldron.org or by calling 703- 436-9948. Creative Cauldron offers a season pass option for performances throughout the season. Masks are required for all patrons at all times, and proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test is required for all patrons over 12. The Christmas Angel runs from December 9 through 23, 2021.
For patrons requiring extra safety precautions, performances on Thursday, December 9 and Thursday, December 16 at 7:30 pm will be socially distanced. Live Stream tickets will also be available on Saturday, December 18 at 7:30 pm.
Matt Conner (Composer/Director) has been performing, composing, teaching and directing in the DC area for twenty years. He was the recipient of the 2008-2009 AMERICAN MUSICAL VOICES PROJECT: THE NEXT GENERATION. His Produced Commissioned Works Include: Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA; Nevermore (2006), Partial Eclipse (2009), The Hollow (2011), Crossing (2013) and Silver Belles (2016). Matt was also commissioned for a Five Year Initiative at Creative Cauldron in Falls Church, VA. They include Turn of the Screw (2015), Monsters of the Villa Diodati (2016), Kaleidoscope (2017), W.I.T.C.H. (2018) and On Air (2019). Matt was awarded the Helen Hayes Award for Best Direction for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast produced at Creative Cauldron (2020).
Stephen Gregory Smith (Book/Lyrics) has been an actor, choreographer, director, playwright, lyricist in the DC area for the past 20 years. As an actor, he has appeared in shows at the Kennedy Center, Ford’s Theatre, Arena Stage, Signature Theatre, Studio Theatre, Olney Theatre, Wolf Trap, Round House Theatre, Creative Cauldron, and many others. WRITING: Night of the Living Dead the musical for Kensington Theatre, MD, Richmond Shepard Theatre, NYC, New Line Theatre, St. Louis, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at Shenandoah Conservatory, Winchester, VA, The Turn of the Screw, Monsters of the Villa Diodati, Kaleidoscope, W.I.T.C.H., ON AIR at Creative Cauldron, Falls Church, VA, and WHITECHAPEL at Synetic Theatre, Arlington, VA.
The Christmas Angel Cast:
Kanysha Williams (Angelina) was last seen on the Cauldron stage in the outdoor production of Always, Patsy Cline as Patsy Cline and in her holiday cabaret. Other recent credits include Ensemble in Gun & Powder at Signature Theatre, Woman of Jerusalem in Love Sick at Theater J, Crystal in Little Shop of Horrors at Arts Centric and Celie in The Color Purple at Riverside Center for the Performing Arts. She is a Music Director with Not Just Dance and performs as a musician. Kanysha’s theater education began at Duke Ellington School for the Arts and she studied voice at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and George Mason University.
Carl Williams (Tom Terry/Bob Cooper) was last seen at the Cauldron in his Passport to the World cabaret in spring of 2021 and previously in 2019’s Beauty and the Beast and 2015’s Once on this Island. Other DC region credits include: Ordinary Days at NextStop Theatre Company, The Bodyguard at Toby’s Dinner Theatre, and The Color Purple and Eddie in Sister Act: The Musical at Riverside Center for the Performing Arts.
Ryan Sellers (Horton) is known at Creative Cauldron for his role in The Turn of the Screw. Recent performance credits include: Edgar in The Madness of Poe at Synetic Theater, Banquo in Macbeth: The Radio Drama at Prince George’s Shakespeare in the Park, Maugrim/Dancer Edmund in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, General Fei in The Battle of Mulan at Imagination Stage. Sellers is also an author, choreographer, and teaching artist.
The Musical Theater Training Ensemble Includes: Gabriela Simmons-Robles (The Christmas Angel/Mary), Owen Thiebert (Jack in the Box), Sophia Sami (Flanton Dog), Carmen Ortiz (Ark), Jane Keifer (Miranda), Maddie Ruffini (Sam/Poor Child #2), Sophia Silva (Ike), Courtney Weldon (Poor Woman #1), Elaina Rosen (Poor Child/Jo), Bevin Mills (Poor Woman #2), Courtney Weldon (Uncle), Anjali Virmani (Aunt/Poor Child #2)
Tickets for the 2021-2022 Season can be purchased online at creativecauldron.org or by calling 703-436-9948.
The Christmas Angel
Adapted and Directed by Matt Conner & Stephen Gregory Smith
Featuring Music by Matt Conner
Book and Lyrics by Stephen Gregory Smith
December 9 – 19, 2021
Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 pm
Saturdays at 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Sundays at 2:00 pm & 4:00 pm
410 S Maple Ave, Retail 116
Falls Church, VA 22046
Tickets $35/$20 for Students
Free Parking in 410-400 S Maple Garages
About Creative Cauldron
Creative Cauldron is an award-winning non-profit theater and educational arts organization whose innovative programs in the performing and visual arts embody collaboration, experimentation and community engagement. Creative Cauldron was founded by Producing Artistic Director Laura Connors Hull in 2002. In June of 2009, Creative Cauldron acquired a permanent home in ArtSpace Falls Church, a 3,000 square foot flexible arts space that provides a venue for year-round classes, live performances of theater, music and dance and visual art exhibits. Programs are presented in part through grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, ArtsFairfax, the City of Falls Church, the Little City CATCH Foundation the Ross-Roberts Fund for the Arts, the Morgan Fund, and the Robert W and Gladys S Meserve Charitable Trust. Generous corporate and individual sponsors also support creative Cauldron’s programs.