GIVE MY REGARDS TO CHRISTMAS
Conceived and Written by Matthew Teague Miller
Musical Arrangements by Laurie Lewis
Directed and Choreographed by Megan Glynn Zollinger
Music Direction by Dara Scholz
Apollo School of Music
936 Mangrove Ave
Chico, CA 95926
Photography by Sharon DeMeyer
CREATIVE TEAM & CREW
MEET THE CAST
Raymundo Ballejos (Christian)
Mundo is ecstatic to make his professional debut with Legacy Stage! He is a Musical Theatre sophomore at Chico State with recent credits in Beauty and the Beast and The Rocky Horror Show. He would love to thank the Music and Theatre department for aiding and encouraging immense growth not only as an actor but as a human and give a special thank you to all of the love from friends and family.
Brandon Burchard (Nicky)
Brandon is thrilled to be making his Legacy Stage debut. He made his professional stage debut at Clinton Area Showboat Theatre. He is 21 years old and a senior at Chico State pursuing a BA in Musical Theatre. In his time there, he has performed in six mainstage productions including Green Day’s American Idiot, Into the Woods, and most recently The Rocky Horror Show. Brandon is very grateful for his family and friends for all their support. He would like to thank the incredible cast and crew for bringing the spirit of Christmas to Chico.
Sofia Gutierrez (Livvy)
Sofia is a junior, Musical Theatre major at Chico State. You may have previously seen her in Macbeth as a witch at Legacy Stage, and at Chico State in their productions of A Charlie Brown Christmas as Snoopy as well as Beauty and the Beast as an Ensemble member. She’d like to thank her professors at the Chico State Theatre Department for always pushing her to never stop growing and inspiring her daily. Lastly, she’d like to thank her closest friends and family for all the love and support she’s received.
Zoe Stamos (Kathryn)
Zoe is thrilled to be making her professional debut with Legacy Stage. She is currently a junior at Chico State, double majoring in both Musical Theatre and Psychology. You may have previously seen Zoe as Lucy in Chico State’s performance of A Charlie Brown Christmas, or as an ensemble member in Chico State’s American Idiot. She recently starred as Agnes in Chico State’s performance of She Kills Monsters. She would like to thank her family for their unconditional love and support, the Musical Theatre Department at Chico State for giving her a second home, and Matthew Teague Miller for believing in her.
MEET THE CREATORS
Musical Arrangements by Laurie Lewis
Conceived and Written by Matthew Teague Miller
Matthew is the Theatre Division Head and Musical Theatre Program Coordinator at Chico State. He currently serves as producing artistic director of the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre, a professional equity summer theatre in Clinton, Iowa. His favorite productions include the Iowa Premieres of Disney’s Newsies and The Bridges of Madison County, as well as Les Miserables, Green Day’s American Idiot, Reefer Madness, Damn Yankees and Recent Tragic Events. Professional directing credits include work at Clinton Area Showboat Theatre, Lincoln Theatre Napa Valley, Timber Lake Playhouse, Triad Stage and others. As an actor, Miller spent three years touring the country with the original Broadway production of Les Miserables, where he worked under Tony Award-winning director Trevor Nunn and Tony Award-nominated director Jason Moore and performed alongside Colm Wilkinson in his final performance as Jean Valjean. Miller received his MFA in directing from University of North Carolina, Greensboro and his BFA in musical theatre from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Miller is a member of Actor’s Equity Association and is the Vice President of Musical Theatre Education Alliance International. Matthew is currently the Theatre Division Head and Musical Theatre Program Coordinator at Chico State. This fall he directed Legacy Stage’s inaugural production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
MEET THE CREATIVE TEAM & CREW
Emily Ann Beets (Costume, Hair & Makeup Design)
Emily Ann Beets is a Junior studying Musical Theatre at Chico State. She has worked in the costume shop at her school since her freshman year, and had the opportunity to costume design their production of A Charlie Brown Christmas. Performance credits include Beauty and the Beast (Babette) at Chico State and Cabaret at City Lights Theatre Company in San Jose. Emily is grateful for the opportunity to get involved with a young, exciting company, and hopes this show puts you in the holiday spirit.
Juan Bolaños (Choreography Assistant)
Juan Bolaños is a fifth year Musical Theatre Major at Chico State. He has had the honor of dancing and choreographing for shows both on campus and in the community. His past shows include; Uncle Dad’s Art Collective, Unity in Motion, and Momentum Dance Club. Juan is excited to work on this production with Legacy Stage, because it will be his first time working on a show as an Assistant Choreographer.
Leif Bramer (Props, Set & Lighting Design)
Leif Keeley Bramer is making his professional designing debut in Legacy Stage’s second production, Give My Regards To Christmas. He is currently attending CSU Chico, majoring in Musical Theatre with a minor in Dance. You might have recently seen Leif as Donalbain/Seyton in Legacy Stage’s first production, Macbeth, as well as Chuck in She Kills Monsters at CSU Chico, and Jason/Tyrone in Hand To God at Blue Room Theatre. Leif thanks his past and current mentors: Matthew Teague Miller, Megan Zollinger, Bill Johnson, Cynthia Lammel, Dara Scholz, Andrew Zollinger, Abigail Paxton, and many others! He would also like to thank his family for always supporting him and believing in his dreams! Thank you for coming and enjoy our holly, jolly show!
Cora Cahill (Costume, Hair & Makeup Design)
Cora Cahill is currently a Musical Theatre major with a minor in Dance at CSU Chico and is making her first professional designing debut in Legacy Stage’s Give my Regards to Christmas. Cora recently worked as the costume supervisor for CSU Chico’s production of She Kills Monsters as well as Beauty and the Beast this past Spring. Cora would like to thank her friends and family as well as her mentors who have helped shape her into the person she is today.
Angelina Calderon (Stage Manager)
Angelina is a graduate from Chico State with a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in state management and a minor in Art History. She’s ASM’d and stage-managed multiple shows at Chico State, including Really Really and Into the Woods. She also stage managed countless events for SOTA productions at Chico State. After college, she moved to Palo Alto where she spent time production managing a children’s theatre in Palo Alto, where she practiced budgeting, scheduling, and training kids on how to create, run, and perform in the shows produced by the theatre. When she moved back to Chico, she proceeded to stage manage for multiple community theatres. As of recently, she has joined Legacy Stage’s team where she has stage managed their first two productions in Chico.
Erin Horst (Production Manager/Co-Producer)
Erin Horst is a Co-Founder of Legacy Stage, an actor, teaching artist, producer, and dramaturg. She teaches theatre at California State University-Chico and at Inspire School of Arts and Sciences. Some of her favorite roles include any that are opposite her husband, Kyle, and Lady Macduff (Legacy Stage’s Macbeth), Mrs. Daldry (In The Next Room, Or The Vibrator Play), Lady Teazle (The School for Scandal), Jane Bingley from (Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberley) and The Mother (W.A.S.P.). Erin produced Legacy Stage’s inaugural Macbeth and directed the world premiere of Matt Cox’s Witches?! In Salem!? at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. She earned her MA in theatre history and dramaturgy from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and her BFA in theatre performance from Chapman University in Orange, California. She has also completed actor training and text intensives at both Heart of America Shakespeare Festival and Shakespeare and Company. Erin treasures any opportunity to work in the theatre and feels incredibly fortunate to do it every single day.
Eric Nguyen (Assistant Stage Manager)
Eric is a sophomore Musical Theatre major, with a triple minor in Music, Dance, and Health and Wellness at Chico State, and is delighted to be working with Legacy Stage again! You may have seen him recently as a guide for Legacy Stage’s Macbeth, and as Steve in Chico State’s production of She Kills Monsters.
Dara Scholz (Music Director)
Soprano Dara Kirchofner Scholz is a 1998 graduate of St. Olaf College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music (summa cum laude) and was a member of the St. Olaf Choir, Chapel Choir and the Early Music Singers. She received a Master of Music in Vocal Performance in 2006 from the University of Minnesota, where she studied with Lawrence Weller and was a member of the University of Minnesota Chamber Singers and the Early Music Ensemble. From 1999-2006 Ms. Scholz was a member of the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers, a 32-voice professional choral ensemble based in Minneapolis, MN. Since 2005 she has been a member of the Berwick Festival and Chamber Chorus of the Oregon Bach Festival, making her one of the longest-tenured members of that professional ensemble. In addition to numerous recitals of art song repertoire, solo appearances by Ms. Scholz include major works such as Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem and Solemn Vespers de Confessore, Haydn’s Nicholaimesse and Paukenmesse, Charpentier’s Te Deum, Bach’s cantata Christ lag in Todesbanden, John Rutter’s Magnificat, Felix Mendelssohn’s chorale cantata Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt, Faure’s Requiem, and numerous Bach cantatas. Ms. Scholz is a specialist in early music performance practice and was in the summer of 2009 a member of The Complete Singer, Early Music Program Vancouver. As a vocal instructor, Ms. Scholz is recognized for her work with high school and collegiate singers, having over 15 years of experience teaching singers of all ages and abilities. She currently resides in Chico, CA, where she maintains a private vocal studio, is organist and accompanist at Bidwell Presbyterian Church, and is an adjunct instructor for the CSU, Chico Music and Theatre Department. At Chico State she serves as musical director for the Department of Music and Theatre productions and as private vocal instructor for 30 students in the department. She has also served as director of the Off Broadways, has accompanied musical theatre classes, and has taught the music history class sequence, beginning voice class, and music fundamentals for musical theatre students. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the American Choral Directors Association, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Beta Kappa, and Pi Kappa Lambda.
Megan Glynn Zollinger (Director/Choreographer)
Megan Glynn Zollinger holds a BA in Dance from Chapman University, and an MFA in Dance from the University of California, Irvine. At UCI, Megan worked directly under the tutelage of Donald McKayle, who was her thesis mentor and advisor. Addicted, a full-length production, was an original work that she wrote, directed and choreographed. She choreographed a world premiere play, Eve’s Rapture, directed by Robert Cohen and written by Bryan Reynolds that premiered at the Hayworth Theatre in Los Angeles. In April 2009, a new dance work she created entitled a tearful view, was chosen to represent UCI at the California College Dance Invitational. Upon returning to the bay area after graduate school, she worked as the Jazz Dance Director at Westlake School for the Performing Arts in Daly City, and continued to teach and choreograph with the Lisa Clark Dancers, where she had trained. Megan’s former students have been seen on television shows such as Live to Dance, America’s Best Dance Crew, America’s Got Talent, and So You Think You Can Dance. Many have been featured in music videos, films, and are touring internationally, performing and teaching. While completing her undergraduate degree at Chapman University, Megan performed as a member of the hip hop company, Pulse, under the direction of Kari Jensen. Megan was an Assistant Professor of Dance and the Director of the BFA Dance program at Colorado Mesa University. While in Colorado, she was a returning master teacher and guest choreographer at the Colorado Dance Education Organization and presented work and taught at American College Dance Association conferences. Megan joined the faculty at California State University, Chico in 2017 as an Assistant Professor of Dance, where she currently serves as the Dance Coordinator of the dance minor, as well as the musical theatre and theatre arts programs. A native of Napa, CA, Megan began dancing at the age of four and by the time she was 15, she was teaching and choreographing. Her training was focused in commercial dance, as well as musical theatre and voice. Choreography and directing credits include work at the Berkeley Playhouse, Benicia Old Town Theatre, Colorado Mesa University, Mesa Repertory Theatre (Grand Junction, CO), Canyon Concert Ballet (Fort Collins, CO), Showboat Theatre (Clinton, IA), Chico State Theatre, Lincoln Theatre Napa Valley, Napa Valley Opera House, Justin-Siena Theatre, Darkroom Productions, Solano College Theatre, Uncle Dad’s Art Collective, Hope West (Grand Junction, CO), among many others. She is an active member of NDEO, ACDA, and MTEA.
THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS
Brown Box Bakeshop
Jami Witt Miller
Matthew Teague Miller
We would also like to give a special thank you to Amber Miller, Steve Swim and The Blue Room Theatre.