November 2-December 9
The Historic Fallon House Theatre in Columbia State Park
Book by GRETA GROSCH
Music and Lyrics by DREW JANSEN
Inspired by the books of Janet Letnes Martin and Suzann Nelson, including the best seller Growing Up Lutheran
Directed by BECKY SAUNDERS
JS West Propane and Gas
Our lovable ladies take us back to 1959 and the day of a potentially disastrous Sunday School Christmas Program. With holiday preparations and love in the air, life inside and outside the basement always has surprises in store for them. Can they once again be counted on to step in and save the day?
Cast & Creative
CHRIS VETTEL* as Pastor E.L. Gunderson
KARLA FRANKO as Mrs. Lars Snustad (Vivian)
BECKY SAUNDERS* as Mrs. Gilmer Gilmerson (Mavis)
ROBYNE PARRISH* as Mrs. Elroy Engelson (Karin)
QUINN FARLEY as Beverly Signe Engelson
Director/Choreographer BECKY SAUNDERS
Music Director SARAH WUSSOW
Scenic Designer RAND ENLOW
Costume Designer SHERROL SIMMARD
Lighting Designer MIKE SALI
Properties Designer MATT SWEETLAND
Stage Manager MAGGIE BRAUN*
Chris Vettel* (Pastor E.L. Gunderson) is happy to return to his SRT family, where he’s appeared in Les Misérables (Thenardier), A Sander’s Family Christmas (Mervin Oglethorpe) and in Church Basement Ladies and A Mighty Fortress is Our Basement (Pastor Gunderson). Broadway/National Tour: Annie – 30th Anniversary Tour and Sunset Boulevard – 2nd National. Bay Area: A Minister’s Wife (San Jose Rep), The Homecoming (Capital Stage), Little Women (TheatreWorks). Regional: Flight of the Lawnchair Man (Goodspeed Musicals) Jekyll & Hyde (Papermill Playhouse). He’s also appeared, as soloist with Opera Cleveland, Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Becky Saunders* (Mavis/Director) What an embarrassment of riches! Not only does Becky get to be the Managing Director of SRT, she gets the fun of reprising her role as Mavis! This marks Becky’s 39th production on or behind the stages here at Sierra Rep. She was last seen in the Mamma Mia! as Donna, and in 2017’s Noises Off as Dotty Otley, one of her favorite roles. Other favorites include Hannah in The Spitfire Grill, Lily in Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks, Nurse in Romeo and Juliet and Florence Unger in the female version of The Odd Couple. www.beckysaundersaea.com.
Quinn Farley (Beverly Singe Engelson) is thrilled to be a part of her third production at Sierra Repertory Theatre! She appeared in this year’s productions of Mamma Mia! and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Based in LA, she was most recently seen as Wendla Bergman in Mysterium Theatre’s production of Spring Awakening. With other former credits including Teen Fiona in Shrek the Musical, Daughter in The Pirates of Penzance, and Ensemble in Cinderella, all produced with Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA). Enjoy the show!
Robyne Parrish* (Karin) is beside herself to make her Sierra Rep debut! Most recently appeared as Ms. Duval in Pool Boy (CLO), Lucy in Avenue Q (Pittsburgh Musical Theatre), Marie Antionette in Lauren Gunderson’s The Revolutionists (Public Theatre Maine), Elizabeth in Young Frankenstein (West Virginia Public Theatre), Alice/Pistol in Henry V (CFRT), and M'Lynn in Steel Magnolias (Theatre Raleigh). Off Broadway: The York, The Mint. NYC: Musicals Tonight! New York Music Festival (NYMF), NYIFF, Cap 21, and Sonnet Rep. Regional (cont.): The Arden, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, City Theatre (Pittsburgh), New Jersey Rep, Bricolage, Quantum, Temple, The REP (Pittsburgh), Off the Wall, Ensemble Stage and more. National tour with Arts Power. Film/TV: “Help Me Help You” (opposite Steve Guttenberg and Richard Kind), Sundance, and Onion News Network. Recent Directing credits include: Grey Gardens and Violet at Front Porch Theatricals, 4.48 Psychosis at Off the Wall Pittsburgh and The Diary of Anne Frank at FTCC. BFA in Drama at UNCSA, studied Royal National Theatre, the Actors Center NYC and Point Park University/graduate candidate in MFA Theatre. Member NYC Labyrinth Ensemble 2014, Founder Sonnet Rep NYC and proud member AEA and SAG-AFTRA. Up next: Directing Mumburger for Off the wall, The Seagull for Seton Hill University. Acting: Mrs. Wormwood in Matilda at Virginia Stage.
Karla J. Franko (Vivian) is thrilled to be making her Sierra Rep debut! Southern California Regional credits include: The Addams Family (Grandma/Performance Riverside); Annie (Miss Hannigan/Chance Theatre and Center Stage); Sister Act (Sister Mary Laz/Cabrillo); Fiddler On The Roof (Yente/Norris); Damn Yankees (Doris/3DT); Mary Poppins (Bird Woman/Miss Andrew/Performance Riverside); La Cage Aux Folles (Jacqueline/Candlelight Dinner Theatre); Young Frankenstein (Frau Blucher/Center Stage); The Drowsy Chaperone (Mrs. Tottendale/Performance Riverside); Ragtime (Emma Goldman/Performance Riverside); Sunset Blvd. (Musical Theatre West), White Christmas (Martha Watson/San Diego Musical Theatre and 5 Star Theatricals); Hairspray (FAF/Musical Theatre West), Singin’ In The Rain (Dora Bailey/Miss Dinsmore/San Diego Musical Theatre); Evita (Mama Duarte/Broadway at the Gardens); Never Gonna Dance (Miss Tattersol/Musical Theatre West). After her mid-life career change to teaching, she became a college Professor in the 2 areas of her passion, Theatre Arts/Dance and Religion/Philosophy, and has taught at 9 Southern California colleges in the past 20 years. She’s Founder/Artistic Director of Standing Room Only Productions, Inc., a non-profit performing arts youth training organization in the High Desert, where she resides with her husband Ron. This one’s for Mom, (who was an authentic church basement lady back in Indiana, where Karla grew up.) Instagram: @karlajfranko
*Member, Actors' Equity Association