The PIE Story Theater Holiday Stories and Carols CD turns ten this month. Produced in 2012, the CD contains original Christmas stories and carols adapted to celebrate the season. The program was originally a live show that premiered at the North Pier Festival Market in Chicago in 1993. Since then the program has been presented by Arts Horizons in the Tri-State area and also at Casa 0101 in Los Angeles, produced in collaboration with All Seasons. Theater Company.
The CD celebrates Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah traditions with classics like The Elves and The Shoemaker and a ten minute adaptation of A Christmas Carol titled Old Mr. Scrooge. It also features original company stories: The Armadillo’s Feliz Navidad and A Kwanzaa Story as well as interactive material.
Featured on the CD is two-time Drama Circle Critic Award winner Kellie Johnson who has acted in theatre, film and television and is best known for playing Jackie Cochran in the New York premiere of The Fastest Woman Alive written by Outer Critics Circle Best Play nominee Karen Sundeand. Kellie also starred as Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun at the Sharon Playhouse and Evita Peron in Evita, Mrs. Johnstone in Blood Brothers and Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors. She is also known for her incomparable cabaret shows and is an accomplished pianist. Michael Menger, Babsy Malecki, Melissa Center and Patrick Riviere also share their talents on the CD. The cover was created by Shane Adams.
Inspired by the work and legacy of Viola Spolin and Paul Sills, PIE (which stands for Projects In Education) has been providing educational and interactive “story theater” for children of all ages since 1990, when it began in Central Park. It was an evolution of a program that its founder, Patrick Rivière, presented and led at Niagara University and ArtPark – ART that was developed by the late Brother Augustine Towey, CM and Mary Furlong. The PIE Story Theater recently had a touring company produced by Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater on Cape Cod.
The CD can be found on iTunes and Amazon just in time for the holidays!