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‘Holy Hans’ coming to Monmouth on May 16

From RFP

MONMOUTH – Royal Family Productions, a theatre company known for its innovative productions and development of new original work, will remount Chris Henry’s new adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales.

The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Little Match Girl, and The Princess and the Pea are part of an all-ages theatre piece titled Holy Hans, which will be presented at 1 p.m. on May 16 in Cumston Hall, 796 Main St, Monmouth.

Holy Hans, a mash-up of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Little Match Girl, and The Princess and the Pea will be presented at Cumston Hall in Monmouth on May 16. (Image courtesy of RFP)

After a sold-out performance in April, this two-person show returns, adapted and directed by Chris Henry with movement by Lorna Ventura. This presentation is specially adapted for a COVID-safe, socially-distant, limited-seating presentation, at the historic Cumston Hall in Monmouth, Maine.

Tickets are $20, with $100 preferred seating and $250 VIP tickets. Tickets must be purchased in advance by visiting www.RoyalFamilyProductions.org.

Henry is a native of Winthrop, Maine, and is thrilled that Royal Family is able to continue to produce top-quality theatre in her home state.

Following COVID Protection guidelines, patrons will be seated in pods 6-8 feet away from each other and over 15 feet from the performers and required to wear masks throughout the performance. Seating capacity in this theatre will be limited to 25% to ensure enough social distance. The theatre’s HVAC system moves 9,000 cubic feet per minute and also draws air from outside to circulate inside.

A scene from Holy Hans, to be presented at Cumston Hall in Monmouth on May 16. (Photo courtesy of RFP)

Holy Hans will star Rebecca Whitney Klein and Danny Gay with Erica Misilo. The creative team includes original music by Lars Jacobsen; lighting by Ashley Braga, sound design by Andrew Davis with a production team including Ann Fairchild, Danny Gay, David Marshall.

Rebecca Whitney Klein (she/her) is a Brooklyn-based actor, creator, and educator originally from the Boston area. An alumna of James Madison University, the Stella Adler Studio, and the Heidi Marshall Studio, she is trained in acting for the stage and for film/tv. Selected credits include: GEN Z ON FIRE (Royal Family), BR’ER COTTON (Endstation Theatre Company, dir. Whitney White), REVOLT. SHE SAID. REVOLT AGAIN. (JMU), BRUNDIBAR (Central Square Theater, dir. Scott Edmiston), and THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK (dir. Nancy Curran Willis).

Danny Gay has his BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Southern Maine. By day, he works as an elementary school teacher, and outside of that he serves on the board as the Artistic Director for the Monmouth Community Players in Monmouth, ME. Some past favorite roles include Charlie Baker in The Foreigner and William Barfee in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee with MCP, Eddie in Mamma Mia with Community Little Theatre (Auburn, ME).

An actress sings during a scene from Holy Hans, a mix of Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Little Match Girl, and The Princess and the Pea to be presented at Cumston Hall in Monmouth on May 16. (Photo courtesy of RFP)

Erica Misilo is a Massachusetts native, where she has been on faculty at Paula Meola Dance & Performing Arts as their contemporary/lyrical teacher and choreographer for their award-winning competition team for the past 7 years. Erica is also a New York City based dancer pursuing musical theater. She graduated from Roger Williams University with a double major in Dance & Public Relations.

Royal Family has been a creative incubator of original, humanistic plays for over a decade.

All tickets can be purchased by visiting www.royalfamilyproductions.org.

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