The SOS show, "SOS, A Journey Out of the Forgotten Borough... Staten Island..." is returning to the Laurie Beechman Theatre on Monday, October 15th at 7 p.m. Candice Guardin impersonates more than 15 characters, including her family, as she takes you through what "growing up Ginni" was really like, all while singing with a full band. Plus, watch a fun preview video below!
Candice Guardin (Creator, Writer, Actress) was born in Brooklyn NY, grew up in Staten Island, & now resides in Hell’s Kitchen. Her parents live in the country, which is what her mother calls NJ. Candice grew up singing, dancing & giving weekly performances of original musicals for her family in their living room with her little sister, Kelli. From listening to her Grandma's metaphors & life stories, to impersonating her family members & getting punished for being “Not Nice,” Candice has gained a ton of material & prepared her for her performance in SOS better than any training she has ever had. Some of her favorite credits include: Uprights Citizens Brigade Showcase, LA & NY; New York Musical Theatre Festival: That Other Womans Child (Knob); The NYC Premiere of Worlds Away; New Musical (Juna); Gypsy (Agnes) at Westchester Broadway Theatre; Blues Clues (National Tour) at Madison Square Garden; West Side Story (Anita); Bye Bye Birdie (Rosie) & Antigone (Ismene). TV: Guiding Light; All My Children; Law & Order; & Max Bickford. Candice has a BA in Musical Theatre from Wagner College & is a proud Equity & AFTRA Member. Candice is the great niece of famed 50’s/ 60’s actor Harry Guardino, who was Tony-nominated for his role in One More River. He co-starred opposite Cary Grant & Sophia Loren in Houseboat & appeared in Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry. Candice is a proud AEA, SAG-AFTRA member, a Core Fusion Teacher at Exhale Spa, a Pilates Instructor & a terrible baker, but dreams of owning her own bakery some day. Candice dedicates SOS to her late grandma: Fran Guardin. www.candiceguardin.com
BENJAMIN SHAW (Director) most recently Assistant Directed END OF THE RAINBOW on Broadway, currently running at the Belasco Theatre, starring Tracy Bennett. Over the past year & a half, he has assisted & directed at Theatres in Minneapolis, Seattle, Florida, & NYC. For the past three years, Benjamin has worked as the Executive Assistant to the President at Disney Theatrical. Benjamin is a graduate of Muhlenberg College and grew up in Pittsburgh, PA. Benjamin is thrilled to be working with Miss Candice & his old pal, David. Upcoming Projects: Benjamin will be directing Theatreworks USA's BUNNICULA.
David Dabbon (Musical Director) "Sondheim on Sondheim" (Broadway Orchestrations); "She Loves Me" (Broadway Roundabout Benefit 2011 - Dance Arranger) "Audra McDonald at Carnegie Hall" (Carnegie Hall - Orchestrator); "These Seven Sicknesses" (The Flea -Music Director) "Sweet Bye and Bye" (Original Cast Album: PS Classics - Vocal Director). Composer: "All God's Creatures" (Film); "Alison Is Having a Really Bad Day" (T.V. Pilot); "All Happy Housewives Sleep With the Milkman," "Greetings From Coco-Boco!". Education: M.M. Carnegie Mellon University, B.M. Hartt School of Music.
Kimberly Vaughn (Prod.Consultant / Dramaturg) has worked collaboratively with several authors on the development of their plays and musicals, among them The Lost Boy, by Ronald G. Paolillo, which she also co-produced & directed regionally, Caligula, the Musical, by Eric Svejcar, book writer & lyricist/composer, Worm Day, by Matthew Calhoun, & Lord Tom, by Stanley Jay Gelber, (composer, lyricist, & co-book writer), with whom she is co-re-writing the libretto. She is on the faculty of the renowned Circle in the Square Theatre School, an adjunct professor at Pace University, NYFA & has taught acting & musical. Holds a Bachelor of Science in Speech & Theatre from Northwestern University.