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The December Bard Bulletin

Everybody at Scranton Shakes is very excited about the opening of our original pantomime

fairytale “Jack & the Beanstalk” the weekend of December 8-10 and continuing December 15-17 under the direction of Joe McGurl, who was seen with SSF acting as Iago in “Othello” last summer and in our Scranton Fringe Festival production of “Strange America"... This show, which is hilarious and is meant for the whole family, will be presented at the Shakes Space at the Marketplace at Steamtown. There are special performances that include an ASL-Interpreted performance on Saturday, December 16, at 2 p.m. as well as a pre-show Magic Bean Party for kids prior to the 6 p.m. performance on December 9. (The children’s party is $10 and includes food and drinks and a visit with cast members and a VIP visitor in red.) Get your show tickets now at $20 for adults and $12 for children 13 and younger, and remember they make great gifts!

Jason Nadal, also seen last summer in the title role of “Othello” as well as in “Strange America,” was spotted during the World Series in a commercial for veterans regarding PTSD and suicide prevention. The commercial was also seen during the Penn State/Michigan football game. All the actors seen in the commercial are veterans, including Jason, who served as a paratrooper in Afghanistan before beginning his acting career. Always busy, Jason has recently lent his voice to Rockstar Games, and was also away for part of October and November filming in Aruba and Poland –a very interesting mix of locations!

Oh wow—our SSF alum Quinn Hemphill has wrapped up filming for Bad Boys 4 which is set to premiere over Father’s Day weekend on June 14. Quinn is a principal character in the Columbia Pictures movie which will once again reunite Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. This is a sequel to “Bad Boys for Life,” the third installment which earned $426.5 million in winter 2020 just before the COVID pandemic hit… Quinn earned her BFA in Acting from Syracuse University. Select on- screen credits include: Lifetime’s “Killer Competition" and "Gothic Slayers". Select theater credits include: "Miss Electricity" (Bank of America Tour), "A Scarlet Letter" (Edinburgh Festival Fringe), and “Troilus and Cressida” (Scranton Shakespeare Festival).

So many of our Scranton Shakes talents helped make Scranton Prep’s acclaimed production of “Sweeney Todd” such a big hit in November. Theater-goers absolutely raved about the student talent and performances. Colin Holmes was director; Stephen Murphy, music director, Dawn McGurl, costume designer, and Amy Black, props co-ordinator. Also involved were Brian McGurl, SFF Venue Liaison, who served as set designer and technical director for “Sweeney.” Both Spencer Shotto and Ben Nicholas, members of the SSF Production Staff and Scranton Prep alum, served as production assistants. Prep senior Destiny Tapia, acted as the head of wardrobe for the show. Destiny also served as an SSF wardrobe intern last season and is already looking forward to returning for the 2024 Scranton Shakespeare Festival season. 

Caitlin Ort, who was fantastic as Evelyn Nesbitt in “Ragtime” during our 10 th anniversary season has shared the exciting news that she has joined the creative team for Great Comet in Shanghai as associate choreographer… Our SSF artistic director, Michael Bradshaw Flynn, was able to take a break from his busy schedule in NYC and Scranton with a trip to Rome, Florence and Venice last month…Speaking of trips, SSF veterans Billie Aken Tyers and Luke Anthony Neville, both involved with the Off-Broadway hit show “Titanique,” flew south for a few days at Disney World…And Isabella Snyder, last seen in “Strange America,” enjoyed an amazing trip to Istanbul and other parts of Turkey with her fiancé Joshua Lin.

Henry Howland, SSF’s Charlie Brown last summer, has stepped from “Spongebob: The

Musical”right into “Narnia: The Musical” with The Children’s Theater of Cincinnati which runs

Dec. 9-18 at the Taft Theatre. He plays Mr. Beaver and the BBC Announcer in this show... Erin Malloy presented a voice recital with her students at the Shakes Space at the Marketplace for Halloween with an enthusiastic audience in attendance…Go to the Scranton Shakes website to see about collaborating in the space for your event….


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