Solemn Joy and Sudden Spark: On Being a Parent (Or At Least Trying)
Our annual Summer Artist Spotlight will be performed at Chelsea Theatre Works in Chelsea, MA, on Friday September 7 and Saturday September 8, 2018 at 8pm. Long-time Longwood favorites Katie Pickett and Todd Yard join each other on stage for the first production of our 21st season! Musical direction and accompaniment by Karin Denison along with a few special guest artists.
About the Performers
Katie Pickett has been seen with Arlington Friends of the Drama (9 to 5, 25th Annual...Spelling Bee), Arts After Hours (Next to Normal), Burlington Players (Great American Trailer Park Musical), Hovey Players (Falsettos), Quannapowitt Players (Chicago), Needham Community Theatre (Titanic), The Footlight Club (Violet), Stoneham Theatre (A Christmas Carol), and Speakeasy Stage (Hot Star, Nebraska). In addition, she has performed in six shows with The Longwood Players (Songs for a New World, Company, Merrily We Roll Along, A New Brain, She Loves Me, and Nine) as well as directing their 2010 production of City of Angels.
Todd Yard first worked with The Longwood Players in 2010 in their production of City of Angels. Since that time he has been a regular in their winter cabarets and has designed all of their production poster art for seven years. Other local credits include Barnum (PT Barnum) and The Wild Party (Burrs) with Moonbox Productions, Company (David) and Gypsy (Uncle Jocko) at Lyric Stage, Man of La Mancha (The Governor) at New Repertory Theatre, Spamalot (King Arthur) and The Wild Party (Burrs) at The Footlight Club, Carousel (Jigger) and Oklahoma! (Ali Hakim) at Reagle Music Theatre, and La Cage Aux Folles (Albin) and Ragtime (Tateh) at The Umbrella. Up next he will be debuting at SpeakEasy Stage in Fun Home in October. Todd is a graduate of Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London.
Karin Denison debuted her musical theatre chops leading a summer stock production of Oklahoma (in North Dakota) in 1993. Since arriving in the area she's been on the piano not only at Longwood, but also with Arlington Friends of the Drama, The Vokes Players, Fiddlehead Theatre Company, churches around greater Boston, and a countless number of cabaret shticks. She couldn't be more thrilled to be joining Todd and Katie for this production. Karin is an avid singer as well, and is a member of the choir at Trinity Church in the City of Boston and the early-music ensemble Canto Armonico.