Patrick Riviere, best known for his work Off-Broadway in OPA! (MITF nominated outstanding supporting actor) and FAMILY DINNER as well as the recent American Premiere of THE IMAGINARY LIFE OF THE STREET SWEEPER AUGUST G at Casa 0101 Theater in Los Angeles can now be heard as the voices of Scrooge and the Black Hen on the PIE Story Theatre Holiday Stories and Carols CD produced by PIE Story Theatre. He is joined by two-time Drama Critic Award Winner Kellie Johnson (BLOOD BROTHERS and Forbidden Broadway) who also won critical acclaim for her turn as Jackie Cochran in the World Premiere of THE FASTEST WOMAN ALIVE Off-Broadway.
PIE (Projects In Education) Story Theatre was formed to be the Educational arm of The Emerging Artists Project in 1991 – a non-profit theater organization in New York City. PIE was immediately successful, producing shows in New York City’s Central Park and a world premiere workshop of BEING RICH at The Writer’s Theatre. EAP would move to Chicago and PIE would continue its success, presenting programming through the Chicago Parks districts and the Chicago Public Library System. EAP/PIE would also produce the World Premiere of HANS CLODHOPPER’S GREATEST ADVENTURE at Chicago’s Theatre Building and in 1993, PIE created a holiday story program which debuted at North Pier Festival Market where PIE had been named the resident children’s theatre! PIE then became the educational arm of All Seasons Theatre Company (a non-profit founded by Riviere in 2004) in New Jersey and brought assembly programs to schools in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut managed through the highly acclaimed Arts Horizons. PIE programs were also presented free of charge to public libraries, shelters and children’s hospitals in New Jersey.
The CD track list is as follows:
Deck the Halls, Old Mr. Scrooge, The Armadillo's Feliz Navidad, Christmas is Coming (the Goose is Getting Fat), The Elves and Shoemaker, On A Winter's Day (Intro), On A Winter's Day, Jingle Bells, A Kwanzaa Story, The Dwarf and the Cobbler's sons, Twelve Days of Christmas, The Hanukkah Candles, The Christmas Tree, We Wish You a Merry Christmas
The artists involved with this CD are the aforementioned Rivere and Johnson along with Melissa Center, Michael Menger and Babs Smith. Riviere adapted and wrote a majority of the stories (including Old Mr. Scrooge which was published several years ago). The Armadillo’s Feliz Navidad was written by renowned international artist, John Bellia.
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