Two Prince Productions, in collaboration with Bill Reed Voice Studio and Spotlight Vermont, will present CALVIN BERGER: A MUSICAL at Spotlight Vermont in South Burlington with performances on Friday, January 13 at 7:30pm, Saturday, January 14 at 7:30pm and Sunday, January 15 at 4pm and 7pm. Calvin Berger is a musical with book, lyrics, and music written by Barry Wyner and is loosely based on Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac. The timeless story of Cyrano de Bergerac is one of the most famous romances of all time. Calvin Berger cleverly retells this story of unrequited feelings, love notes and physical insecurity in the high school setting. The show stars local high school students Jonathan Barden (Colchester High School), Sam Dickin (Rice Memorial High School), Victoria Fearn (South Burlington High School) and Rebecca Gardner (South Burlington High School), with artistic direction by Gina Fearn and music direction by Randal Pierce.
All proceeds from this production will benefit Special Olympics Vermont through the organization’s Penguin Plunge event. Special Olympics Vermont is part of a global movement that works your round to foster acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities by using the power of sport to showcase their gifts and abilities. The Special Olympics Vermont Penguin Plunge is a popular winter event at Burlington Waterfront Park. On February 4, 2017, more than 1,200 brave Plungers will jump into icy Lake Champlain to raise funds and awareness for athletes with Intellectual disabilities.
Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools offer Unified Sports opportunities where students with and without intellectual disabilities play on the same team. Through the Penguin Plunge, students raise critical funds to support Unified Sports offerings in 64 schools statewide. Proceeds from the production of Calvin Berger will be directed to the Special Olympics Vermont Penguin Plunge teams representing the actors’ three schools.
- SPOTLIGHT VERMONT
- 50 San Remo Drive
- South Burlington, VT 05403
- Friday, January 13 at 7:30pm
- Saturday, January 14 at 7:30pm
- Sunday, January 15 at 4pm
- Sunday, January 15 at 7pm
$15 for adults and $10 for students, available at the door and online at Eventbrite.com
Jonny Barden is thrilled to be returning to be performing in Two Prince Productions Calvin Berger! Jonny Barden is a junior at Colchester High School. He has taken voice lessons with Bill Reed for five years now and taken dance classes and VTMTA with Spotlight Vermont for many years. He is also huge fan of how i met your mother, Snapple, and Chinese food. When he is not doing theater you will probably see him tearing it up on the Basketball court because he is an avid sports player. Lastly, he would like to thank his friends and family for always being supportive in everything he has done and he hopes you enjoy the show!
Samuel Dickin is a senior at Rice Memorial High School and is thrilled to be putting on this amazing show with three of his best friends. Most recently he appeared as the title role in Lyric Theatre Company’s production of The Who’s Tommy. In his free time he likes to play soccer, watch movies, read books, listen to music, and draw. He would like to thank Gina Fearn for her constant encouragement and advice, Randal Pierce for his insane piano playing and sense of humor, Sally Olson and Bill Reed for their undying support, and all the others who made this show possible for always being willing to help.
Rebecca Gardner is a junior and is super excited to be apart of the first ever Two Prince Production show! She studies voice and dance with The Bill Reed Voice Studio, and Spotlight On Dance. Her favorite credits include Bridget (Bring It On), and Princess Winifred (Once Upon A Mattress). She would like to thank her parents, Gina, Randal, the cast, crew, and support team for all their support and hard work! Thanks for coming to the show, enjoy!
Victoria Fearn is a junior this year and is very excited to participate in the first ever Two Prince Productions show. Some of her favorite shows have been Violet and Pirates of Penzance, both at the Skinner Barn, I and You, with Vermont stage, Fiddler on the Roof at Saint Michaels College, and the National tour of the Wizard of Oz. She is thrilled to be a part of this beautiful show as well as working with her friends and family during this process.
After receiving her BFA in Theatre at Otterbein College, Gina Fearn performed with the York Theatre Company in New York City as well as companies throughout New York, Ohio, and New England. She developed her passion for arts education while creating a performing arts program at Unity Charter School in NJ where she learned first hand what a profound impact the arts can have in teaching children with diverse learning styles. Since moving to Vermont Gina has directed theatre at South Burlington High School and Folsom School, as well as working as a teaching artist at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts and co director of The Flynn Summer Youth Theatre Company.
Randal Pierce is an educator, pianist and composer who has a degree in piano performance from McGill University’s Schulich School of Music. His theater works have included “The Quarry” commissioned by Vermont Stage Company and music for “Transitions” commissioned Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. Randal has music directed for shows at St. Michael’s Playhouse, the Flynn, Main Street Landing, Contois and through BCA and Theater Kavanaugh. He will also be directing “Spring Awakening” for UVM this coming season.
Bill Reed has dedicated his professional life to guiding singers in their quest to realize their potential as performing artists. Bill was born into a show business family, the son of Vernon Reed of the Buffalo Bills (the acclaimed barbershop quartet). He began his vocal music education at the University of Wisconsin (Madison), where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree. (Bill is a proud member of the Badger Ice Hockey Hall of Fame). He completed his studies at Columbia University, where he earned a doctorate in vocal music education. After a busy and rewarding career as a college choral director, studio voice teacher and concert singer, Bill established a private voice studio in New York City near Lincoln Center, and began his twenty-five year career as singing teacher at the renowned Circle in the Square Theatre School. For over thirty years, he was privileged to work with singers from all over the world, whose specialties ranged from opera to pop and rock, and Broadway to folk and country. He has consulted on a number of Hollywood movies and commercial recordings, and his students have performed at the Metropolitan Opera, City Opera, many European opera houses, and in hundreds of Broadway shows and national tours. Bill’s students have won Oscar Hammerstein, MAC, Emmy and Tony awards.
In Vermont, Bill’s adult students have had leading roles in numerous local community and professional musical theater productions. His college and school-aged students have performed extensively in school productions and have gone on to study singing and musical theater at many of the most prestigious colleges, universities, and conservatories in the country. A number of Bill’s Vermont students are working professionals and have recently performed in leading roles at the New York City Opera and on Broadway. Bill is in demand nationally as a clinician, and has been invited to give workshops at many colleges, universities, and meetings of professional organizations.