Chance Theater, Anaheim’s official resident theater, is excited to announce that the acclaimed holiday musical-concert, Striking 12 will be the first of two holiday shows at Chance Theater this year (playing in repertory with A Charlie Brown Christmas). This inventive concert-with-a-story is directed by multiple Ovation Award-nominated Kari Hayter (Parade) and will be performing November 26 – December 19, 2021.
Striking 12 is a unique hybrid of riveting musical theater and an electrifying pop-rock concert. It tells the story of a grumpy, overworked New Yorker who has resolved to spend New Year’s Eve alone when an incandescent figure arrives at their door with the promise to chase away the winter doldrums. Striking 12 is a festive tale filled with wit, emotion, and musicianship, creating an anti-holiday musical celebration about rediscovering and reconnecting to the true spirit of the season. The New York Times called it “a cross between a rock concert and a holiday show for people who don’t like holiday shows.”
“Striking 12 doesn’t follow the traditional holiday narrative,” says director Kari Hayter. “It combines the spark and energy of a live concert with the power of the imagination, and the intimacy that brings together the past and the present. It invites the audience to be a part of the magic of storytelling.”
The indie pop-rock trio, Groovelily decided to take a break from constantly touring by composing a holiday show they could plop in one place for a while. They were joined by the effortlessly witty Rachel Sheinkin, who won a Tony Award for the book to The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and came up with an easy-going spin on Hans Christian Andersen’s seven-paragraph-long children’s story, The Little Matchstick Girl. Striking 12 was developed at TheatreWorks, Palo Alto, California, and produced at The Old Globe in San Diego, California. Soon after, Groovelily found themselves performing at the Daryl Roth Theater (Off-Broadway) in 2006 doing an eight-week limited engagement and earning a Lucille Lortel nomination for Best Musical.
Joining Hayter on the design team are music director Lex Leigh (Fun Home), production designer Masako Tobaru (Sweat), costume designer Jojo Siu (Chance debut), projection designer James Tran (Sweat), and stage manager Cynthia C. Espinoza (A Wrinkle In Time). Starring in this production will be Allen Everman (Ovation nominee, Parade), Jacklyn Uweh (Hairspray), Jennifer Richardson (Fun Home), Laura Leo Kelly (West Side Story, co-produced by TACFA), and music director Lex Leigh (Chance acting debut).
Chance Theater’s COVID-19 policy requires General Performance ticket holders (ages 12+) to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Those without proof of being fully vaccinated — must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours (3 days) prior to entering the theater. Masks are required at all times for all patrons. Ticket holders who do not comply with these policies will not be admitted. Get the most up to date information about Chance Theater’s health and safety protocols at www.ChanceTheater.com/safety.
Chance Theater is thankful to our Executive Producers Linda & Tod White for their support of this production, as well as Bette & Wylie Aitken who are Producers of the entire 2021 Season. The Chance also wants to thank Associate Producers Sophie & Larry Cripe, Rachelle Menaker & Eddie Schuller, and Laurie Smits Staude, and 2021 Associate Season Producers, The Family of Mary Kay Fyda-Mar.
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