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The MeshugaNutcracker! is a full-length musical comedy that features the wonderfully silly sensibilities of the folklore of Chelm (the fictional town of fools) underscored by an invigorating, Klezmer-ized orchestration of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite", now with original lyrics that celebrate Chanukah. Judah Maccabee's triumphant saga and accounts of perseverance during the Holocaust as well as the celebration of the first Chanukah in the new state of Israel emerge with a genuine sense of wonder as the Chelmniks tell eight stories that pay tribute to the holiday. Add in dancing dreidels, singing sufganiot, and surprise guest stars and you have the perfect recipe for a holiday gathering. Some might call it crazy...we call it The MeshugaNutcracker!

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Admission: $72 (Reserved Seating)

Discount available for Youth, Students (with I.D.), and Seniors (age 62+): $63

Discount available for Preview performances:
$63 Regular/$54 Youth, Students, Seniors

Local non-profit organizations are using the production as a fundraiser. Contact your favorite agency to see if they are participating. Be sure to enter the agency's unique code when prompted. Discounts and fundraising codes cannot be combined.

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Save Up to $14 Per Ticket on Groups of 20 or more

Groups of 20 guests or more receive one free ticket for the group leader and one additional ticket for every 50 tickets purchased.


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Group Discounts:
> 20-49 tickets - save $8 per guest;
   $5 per youth/student/sr guest

> 50-99 tickets - save $11 per guest;
   $7 per youth/student/sr guest

> 100+ tickets - save $14 per guest;
   $9 per youth/student/sr guest

The production runs 2 hours including a 15 minute intermission at which refreshments - including latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiot (jelly doughnuts) - are sold.

Box office at the theatre opens 60 minutes prior to showtime.

Seating begins 30 minutes prior to showtime.
All guests who enter the theatre must have a ticket regardless of age in order for us to comply with fire safety guidelines (Firefighters and law enforcement can keep all guests safe by knowing how many guests have entered the venue.)

We recommend that children be at least six years old to attend a performance of The MeshugaNutcracker!)

A Unique Community Giving Program

What if there was a fundraiser that involved your entire community without any of the overhead of producing your own event? Since 2003, we have donated over $250,000 to more than 50 agencies including Day Schools, Synagogues, Jewish Federations, Jewish Family Services, Jewish Community Centers and other non-profit organizations who used a performance of The MeshugaNutcracker! as a fundraiser. This year, you have the potential to raise as much as $17,000 simply by getting your members to attend a performance.
* "The MeshugaNutcracker!" is recommended for children age 6 and above. No children under age 2 admitted.


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Scott Evan Guggenheim
Scott Evan Guggenheim
Shannon Guggenheim
Shannon Guggenheim
Stephen Guggenheim
Stephen Guggenheim
Julie Engelbrecht
Julie Engelbrecht
Thomas Tomasello
Thomas Tomasello
Derek Duarté
Derek Duarté
Jackson Davis
Jackson Davis
Lynda DiVito
Lynda DiVito
Susan Gundunas
Susan Gundunas
Jeremy Kreamer
Jeremy Kreamer
Benjamin Pither
Benjamin Pither
Krista Wigle
Krista Wigle
Ronn Goswick
Ronn Goswick
Morgan Zupanski
Morgan Zupanski
Guest Star
Guest Star
Scott Evan Guggenheim
Scott Evan Guggenheim
Producer/Director/Co-Author

Recipient of the Award for Excellence in Theatre for Youth and Development of New Audiences by the American Theatre Wing (giver of the coveted Tony award), Scott is an accomplished producer, presenter, director, designer, playwright, educator and theatre administrator having created award-winning and nationally recognized works for regional, non-profit, and commercial theatre companies and educational institutions. A graduate of Santa Clara University, over two decades Scott served at the helm of two professional educational theatre companies, the Young Conservatory Theatre and California Theatre Wing, where his quality programming for youth and families reached over a half million guests. Most recently, Scott, with his wife, and brother, created The Retro Dome where he produces and directs a new event every weekend. Notable live theatrical productions include Schoolhouse Rock Live!, Shout! the Mod Musical, Sisters of Swing, The Fantasticks, Xanadu, and You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Scott was honored as the Winner of the 2012 Best Musical and Best Director by BroadwayWorld.com for their original production of Thanks for Playing...The Game Show Show! Scott currently leads the teams at Guggenheim Entertainment and the California Academy for the Creative and Performing Arts.

Shannon Guggenheim
Shannon Guggenheim
Producer/Choreographer/Lyricist
Co-Composer/Co-Author/Treitel

Shannon enjoys a career as a producer, choreographer, playwright, librettist, emcee, educator, graphic designer, and theatre administrator. Early on, she worked for local and regional theatres as a leading actress before joining a touring company to entertain audiences throughout the West Coast. That job lead to an administrative position for California Theatre Wing where she worked her way up to Director of Public Relations and Marketing, honing her skills as a choreographer and playwright along the way. Most recently, Shannon and her colleagues opened The Retro Dome, a '60s themed performing arts center that offers a new event each weekend in San Jose, CA. An award-winning actress and playwright, she is also the co-creator and original performer of numerous one-act and full-length musicals including the critically-acclaimed Thanks for Playing...The Game Show Show! for which she was honored as Best Choreographer and Best Leading Actress for her performance as Frankie Marks by BroadwayWorld.com. Other recent roles include her critically acclaimed performances as Patty Andrews in Sisters of Swing: The Story of the Andrews Sisters, Calliope in Xanadu, and Red Girl in Shout, the Mod Musical.

Stephen Guggenheim
Stephen Guggenheim
Co-Producer/Musical Director
Vocal Arranger/Gronam

Stephen is an accomplished opera singer having sung leading operatic roles throughout the world. His career highlights include singing the roles of Tito in La Clemenza di Tito and Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor with the San Francisco Opera, Don Jose in Carmen with L'Opera de Lyon and on tour to Guam and Japan with the San Francisco Opera and Rodolfo in La Boheme with the San Francisco Opera in Japan. Stephen originated the title role in Thea Musgrave's Simon Bolivar with Virginia Opera as well as at Royal Albert Hall in London for the BBC Proms with the BBC Scottish Symphony. In 2014, Stephen made his Carnegie Hall debut. Other engagements have included singing the roles of Canio in I Pagliacci; Il Duca in Rigoletto, Gustavo in Un Ballo in Maschera and the title roles in Werther, Don Carlos and Les Contes des Hoffmann, among many others. In musical theatre, Stephen was honored as Best Leading Actor by BroadwayWorld.com for his performance as Bill Todson in Thanks for Playing...The Game Show Show! He is a private voice teacher and is Guggenheim Entertainment's Resident Musical Director. Stephen is also an accomplished Cantor having served Temple Beth Jacob in Redwood City, California and Temple Emanu-El in San Jose, California.

Julie Engelbrecht
Julie Engelbrecht
Costume and Set Design

Julie has been a member of the Guggenheim Entertainment team since 1996. She earned her AB from the University of California, Davis and MFA from The Ohio State University before joining the faculty of Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts for six years. She is a Bay Area Arts Laureate, has taught at many local colleges and has designed both sets and costumes professionally. Favorite Projects include costumes for Madama Butterfly, Manon, Carmen and The Marriage of Figaro for Opera San Jose; Once in A Lifetime, Amadeus, and You Can't Take It With You for TheatreWorks; set designs for OSJ's La Voix Humaine and Falstaff; as well as set & costume designs for the Washington DC Folger Consort's, Dragon of Wantly, The Gifts of St. Nicholas and the Ordo Virtutum. She currently teaches at Foothill College and serves as Resident Production Designer for The Retro Dome having led the design teams for Schoolhouse Rock Live!, The MeshugaNutcracker!, Santastic!, Shout! The Mod Musical, Sisters of Swing, Xanadu, and You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Julie was honored with Best Costume Design for Thanks for Playing...The Game Show Show! by BroadwayWorld.com.

Thomas Tomasello
Thomas Tomasello
Orchestrations

For over two decades, Tom has been a member of the Guggenheim Entertainment team serving as Resident Orchestrator and Arranger. Tom is a versatile and accomplished musician, musical producer and arranger having worked with such celebrities as Martha and the original Vandellas, Bobby Rydell, Bob Hope, the late Danny Thomas, George Burns, Smokey Robinson, and Al Green. He has also played with such notable groups as The Temptations, The Coasters, The Platters, and The Marvelettes. For Guggenheim Entertainment, Tom orchestrated the score for their critically acclaimed Schoolhouse Rock Live! and The MeshugaNutcracker! in addition to the company's many touring productions. For The Retro Dome, Tom served as arranger and bandleader and joined the Guggenheims to compose the score for their award winning production of Thanks for Playing...The Game Show Show!

Derek Duarté
Derek Duarté
Lighting Designer

Lighting Designer Derek Duarte has designed over 500 shows. He has worked with such theatres as Berkeley Rep, San Jose Rep, Cal Shakes, Milwaukee Rep, Western Stage, Cleveland Playhouse, American Musical Theater of San Jose, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and the Kennedy Center. He was resident lighting designer at American Conservatory Theater (ACT) in San Francisco for seven years, designing more than 60 productions for the company. The recipient of numerous Drama-Logue Critics awards for his lighting designs, Derek has also won 6 Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design for his work on In The Heights, Sunday in the Park with George, Execution of Justice, Judevine, Stardust, and Woody Guthrie's American Song. Recent projects include the North American premiere of Lauda Adriana for Stephen Pelton Dance Theater, Luis Valdez' Bandido! for Western Stage, and the premiere of Courage for Abhinaya Dance Company. Derek joined the theatre faculty of Santa Clara University in 1997 after serving as a Lecturer at UCSanta Cruz and UCBerkeley. Derek earned a BA in Theatre from UC Berkeley and an MFA in Theatre Technology from UCLA. He is a member of United Scenic Artists, IATSE Local 829.

Jackson Davis
Jackson Davis
Yacob

Jackson is pleased to be performing with the Guggenheims again having first worked in their original musical Thanks For Playing: The Game Show Show! at the Retro Dome and in the San Francisco cast of The MeshugaNutctracker! He has performed in musicals, comedies, dramas and classics with companies throughout the San Francisco Bay Area including Hans Christian Andersen and Happy End at American Conservatory Theatre, The Pitman Painters and 33 Variations at TheatreWorks, Mizlansky/Zilinsky, or Schmucks at San Jose Rep, The Best Man at Aurora Theatre, God of Hell at The Magic, Dead Man's Cell Phone and First Day of School at San Francisco Playhouse, MacBeth at San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Company and Lovers and Executioners at Marin Theatre Company, Ego/Insufficiency at Z Space, An Iliad and Lost in Yonkers at San Jose Stage Company, Merry Wives of Windsor at Livermore Shakespeare Festival, Silk Stockings and Ben Franklin in Paris at 42nd Street Moon, and (She Loves Me CenterREP. He received his M.F.A. from Temple University in Philadelphia.

Lynda DiVito
Lynda DiVito
Rivka

Lynda is thrilled to be making her MeshugaNutcracker! debut. San Francisco Bay Area credits include Rosemary Clooney in Tenderly, The Rosemary Clooney Musical, Mrs. Hardcort in Anything Goes, Ortensia in Mirandolina, Deathtrap, The Real Housewives of Walnut Creek, Bev/Kathy in Clybourne Park, Rita LaPorta in Lucky Stiff, Status Update, Clare in Rumors, Bertha in Boeing Boeing, She loves Me and Mayor Mathilda in All Shook Up for Center Repertory Theatre. Mama Rose in Gypsy and Velma in Hairspray at Contra Costa Musical Theatre, Paulette in Legally Blonde at Diablo Theatre Company, and Full Monty at American Musical Theatre of San Jose. International and NYC credits include: Jellylorum in CATS, Off Bway: Sheba, The Musical at the Jewish Repertory Theatre, and Oliver at Papermill Playhouse. Lynda holds a degree in Theatre from SFSU. She toured internationally and was the lead singer for one of Amsterdam's hottest dance bands, JamSquare. Lynda is the recipient of three Shellie Awards and a Bay Area Critics Circle Award. For L&H&N, the loves of my life.

Susan Gundunas
Susan Gundunas
Esther

Susan Gundunas began singing, dancing, and acting as a child on the stage of her parents' Greek restaurant in Los Altos, CA. After graduating from Santa Clara University with a degree in Theatre Arts, she began her acting career with San Jose Repertory Theatre and has since performed over 60 theatre, musical theatre, and opera roles throughout the country and abroad. Consistently praised for her consummate vocal talent and stage presence, Susan has performed notable roles including Carlotta in Phantom of the Opera (Germany), Mrs. Peachum in Three Penny Opera (San Jose Stage Company), Helen Hart in the critically acclaimed Thanks For Playing: The Game Show Show! (The Retro Dome), Violetta in La Traviata, the title roles in Madama Butterfly and Lucia di Lammermoor (Opera San Jose) and the role of Ellen in the world premiere of Nosferatu, recorded for Albany Records. Last fall Susan sang the role of Begbick in The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Redwood Symphony) and performed the role of Dinah in The Quality of Life at Cinnabar Theater. In January she will perform the role of Queen Elizabeth I in The Boar's Head Festival with San Francisco Renaissance Voices. Susan founded the Complete Package Performer, a workshop designed to build performance and marketing skills for emerging professionals. She also maintains a private voice studio in San Francisco and a voice studio at the UCBerkeley.

Jeremy Kreamer
Jeremy Kreamer
Velvel

Jeremy is thrilled to join the cast of The MeshugaNutcracker!. A northern California native, Jeremy has been involved in the Bay Area theatre community since the age of 8. Jeremy received his Bachelor of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in vocal performance. He is grateful and honored to have recently been nominated for a Theatre Bay Area award for his role as Patsy in Spamalot at Contra Costa Civic Theatre. Jeremy was last seen onstage in Starting Here, Starting Now at the White Barn in St. Helena. Some of his favorite roles include Sparky in Forever Plaid (Broadway by the Bay), Barfee in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Napa Valley Playhouse) and Papa Bambo in the national tour of Strega Nona (Bay Area Children's Theatre and Maximum Entertainment Productions). Jeremy is currently a private voice teacher at the J&S Performing Arts Center in Vacaville.

Benjamin Pither
Benjamin Pither
Motke

Benjamin joyfully returns to the village of Chelm with an undefeated track record at Bar Mitzvah hoola hoop contests, and a penchant for extra onions in his latkes (and in everything else).

Recent credits include 1776 (John Adams) and The Music Man (Marcellus, Shellie Award Winner) at Contra Costa Musical Theatre, The Who's Tommy (Captain Walker) at OMG, I Love That Show!, and Frank Galati's production of 1776 at American Conservatory Theatre (Joseph Hewes). He also recently portrayed June Miller in Jen Silverman's new play about Anais Nin with The Ground Floor at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Other credits include The Wiz (Lion) and Seussical (Horton, Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle nomination) at Berkeley Playhouse, as well as All Shook Up (Dennis, BATCC/Shellie nominations) and Lucky Stiff (Vinnie) at CenterREPertory Company. He has also performed with TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, California Shakespeare Theater, foolsFURY Theater, Custom Made Theatre Company, Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre, Playground, and in several productions at 42nd Street Moon. Benjamin has numerous film, web-spot, commercial, and voiceover credits. A recipient of Theatre Bay Area's 2010 TITAN Award, he earned his BA in Theatre Arts from Brandeis University with Highest Honors. Up next, Benjamin will be appearing in Rags at TheatreWorks in the spring.

Krista Wigle
Krista Wigle
Yetta

Krista is thrilled to be performing Yetta again in The MeshugaNutcracker! She has appeared with such companies as: Brava! Opera, Opera Parallele, Festival Opera, Cinnabar Theater, Golden Gate Opera, Opera on Tap, Livermore Valley Opera, Sonoma City Opera, The San Francisco Opera Guild, Pocket Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, West Bay Opera, Berkeley Opera, North Bay Opera, and San Francisco Lyric Opera. Roles include: Carlotta in the Las Vegas and San Francisco productions of The Phantom of the Opera, Dame Quickly in Falstaff, Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw, Clorinda in La Cenerentola, The Soprano (Trio) in Trouble in Tahiti, Cleo in The Most Happy Fella, Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro, Musetta in La Boheme, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Blonde in The Abduction from the Seraglio, Jenny in The Three Penny Opera, Adele in Die Fledermaus, The First and Third Lady in The Magic Flute, Yum-Yum in The Mikado, and A Player in Tomfoolery. Krista has a private vocal studio, is an Artist-in-Residence at the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, and teaches Musical Theater at the American Conservatory Theater.

Ronn Goswick
Ronn Goswick
Production Stage Manager

Ronn is thrilled to make his debut with Guggenheim Entertainment. Most recently he completed his fourth season at The Mountain Playhouse with the production of Deathtrap and the pre-Broadway run of Record In Hollywood at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles. He also produced with Chris Isaacson Presents Broadway Under The Stars-Dreamgirls 35 at the Ford Theatre with the original Broadway stars – Sheryl Lee Ralph, Loretta Devine and Jennifer Holliday. Past productions include over 100 from his work with Pasadena Playhouse, TUTS in Houston, San Jose Civic Light Opera, Musical Theatre West, San Jose Stage, Hollywood Bowl, San Diego Rep, Berry Gordy, the Luxor Hotel and Casino, the Sahara Hotel and Casino, and the Gypsy Kings musical, Zorro. Ronn has produced many benefits in the Los Angeles area for various different groups and currently works for Chris Isaacson Presents.

Morgan Zupanski
Morgan Zupanski
Assistant Stage Manager

Morgan is excited to join The MeshugaNutcracker! family in Los Angeles. She is a proud Member of AEA and AGMA. Upcoming credits include Cendrillon (Opera UCLA co-production with the UCLA Department of Theater). Previous credits include Nosferatu, Macbeth (LA Opera), The Bartered Bride, Carmen (Music Academy of the West), Mirette (MainStreet Theatre Company), Movers+Shakers (Stein | Holum Projects), Up Here (La Jolla Playhouse), Campo Maldito (NYC International Fringe & SF Fringe), Grease (Cabrillo Music Theatre), Sleepless in Seattle (Pasadena Playhouse), Haunted Play presents Delusion (Produced by Neil Patrick Harris and Jon Braver), along with various corporate events. Morgan is a graduate of UC San Diego with a MFA in Stage Management.

Guest Star
Guest Star
Director Yonkel/Golda Schlumperdink

At each performance of The MeshugaNutcracker!, a new special guest star will join the cast. Audiences will get to see celebrities, local dignitaries, and outstanding volunteers take to the stage to lead the Chanukah blessings lighting the life size menorah at each performance.

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cd_coverA new musical by Scott Guggenheim, Shannon Guggenheim, and Stephen Guggenheim, The MeshugaNutcracker! is a wondrous and witty original Chanukah celebration for the entire family. Originally presented as a live theatrical event, the charming characters from Chelm folklore burst to life on stage. Now, families can enjoy this original Chanukah musical with a new cast recording, available on CD. With music by Tchaikovsky from his Nutcracker Ballet, the soundtrack immediately feels familiar, but add in original lyrics and tales of Chanukah from the days of the Maccabees to the year when Israel became a state and the score is transformed into something entirely Jewish, though still delightfully accessible to all who partake. Members of the tribe will devour its Jewish artistry and traditions while those who grew up celebrating in December without latkes can hum along to the very familiar Tchaikovsky Nutcracker tunes.
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