Written by and Starring ELIZABETH NICHOLAS SYNNOTT
Co-written and Directed by KEN MELAMED
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2014
Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Dumont NJ
Dumont, NJ: Celebrate the holiday season with a new play co-written byElizabeth Synnott and Ken Melamed, and weaved together with familiar holiday songs. Finding Christmas, stars Ms. Synnott with a special appearance by Teddy Coluca, and will be directed by Ken Melamed, with music direction by Barbara Ciannella, lights and sound design by Phil Sosinsky and set design by Kristin Kruger.
Finding Christmas will be performed at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church(344 Washington Ave Dumont NJ 07628) on Saturday, December 13 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20 (adult), $10 (youth), and kids under 12 are free (with ANY donation to ASTEP organization at the door) and are available atBrownPaperTickets.com.
With stockings to be hung, trees to be trimmed and time running out, Gloria is caught in a blizzard of holiday madness, which only adds to her rather flighty and lonely nature. Finding Christmas is a funny yet touching tale of one lady’s lonely struggle to overcome the holiday blues in an effort to find the magic of Christmas. Starring Dumont resident, Elizabeth Synnott, the original play will feature such holiday classic as Winter Wonderland, Santa Baby, Silent Night and many more.
Elizabeth Synnott (performer/co-writer) is a working entertainer with a background in opera, musical theatre, TV and cabaret, she is currently involved with THE COMPANY’s Academy for the Performing Arts at the Hackensack based theatre school in residence . Classically trained, she has been a principal concert soloist throughout Europe and the US since her professional debut with the Portland Symphony Orchestra. Among her most memorable performances was her appearance in Theatrefest’s production of Terrance McNally’s Masterclass with actress Leslie Uggams. She has appeared as a principal performer in several series in the United States and abroad including “The Magic of Christmas”, and a “Tribute To Paul Whiteman.“ In New York, she was a featured performer in Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” and Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms” at Carnegie Hall, performed a two-woman show titled, “Irresistible” at The Producer’s Club and most recently was featured in The Company’s production of “Barefoot In the Park” with Bart Shatto. She is balancing her love of performing and teaching voice here in the Dumont .
Teddy Coluca (performer) Broadway: The Ritz. Regional & Off Broadway Favorites: Every Day A Visitor, Yogi Berra in Nobody Don’t Like Yogi, Breaking Legs (The Company Hackensack N.J.), , Museum (Keen Co. N.Y.). TV: “The Blacklist,” “Show Me A Hero,” “Eye Candy,” “30 Rock,” “Made in Jersey,” “Suits,” “Ugly Betty,” ”Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “SNL,” “Conan,” and all of the “Law & Orders.” Film: Top Five, Spider-Man 2- Rob the Mob, Blowtorch, Not Fade Away, Somebody’s Hero, The Producers, We Own the Night, The Yards, Thomas Crown Affair, Music of the Heart, Martin & Orloff, & Welcome to the Dollhouse. Member of THE COMPANY Hackensack, N.J.
Ken Melamed (director/ co-writer) has been writing since he was 11 months old. He stopped writing in 1992 but continued thinking of things to write until...yesterday. He has been directing since 2013 and has been asked to stop in 2014. He dedicates this performance to those who wish to express themselves freely and artistically in pushing the boundaries of their talents.
ASTEP (www.asteponline.org) connects performing and visual artists with underserved youth in the U.S. and around the world to awaken their imaginations, foster critical thinking, and help them break the cycle of poverty. For more information about this wonderful organization: http://asteponline.org/2013/ourstory