Secrets Every Smart Traveler
Should Know


Theatre/Theater
March 10 - April 1, 2007
Written by Barry Creyton, Lesley Davison, Nick Santa Maria, Stan Freeman, Dave Frishberg, Denis Markell, Douglas Bernstein, Francesca Blumenthal, Glen Kelly, Jay Leonhart, Michael Brown, Murray Grand and Addy Fieger.

 

 

 

 

If you've ever traveled anywhere by boat, plane, train or bus and lived to tell about it, this is the show for you! Based on the best-selling book from Fodor's, this hilarious revue offers travel tips and cautionary tales certain to tickle the ribs - or chill the spine - of anyone who has ever set foot outside of his or her own hometown.

 

Everything from the coach class blues to pesky customs officials is lampooned in this smash-hit off-Broadway revue. One segment lambastes "automated flight reservation systems" as a man tries to book a flight with "Miracle Airlines" ("If it's a good flight, it's a Miracle.") Lost luggage is the subject of another about a hapless business traveler who finds himself "Naked in Pittsburgh." So hop on for the ride - it's sure to be a hysterical journey.

 

"Hilarious! Highly Recommended!"
--The New York Times

 

"A razor sharp musical send-up of the foibles of travel!"
--New York Law Journal

 

"Soars with flying colors!"
-- New York magazine


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Reviews

Joseph Feinstein of Showmag.com raves "Bright, witty, cleaver, funny, and wonderful - just wonderful"

This musical comedy romp delivers!"

"Under the capable direction of Marc Mercury and some clever choreography by Kristie Rutledge, the seven actors and inspired piano of Benjamin Jose take us on a tour of the world."

"Rachel [Rawlins Prescott], who sings and dances right into your heart...is amusing, while Richie [Cunningham]...has a very fine voice designed to entertain; he does so consistently."

Mitchell Ehrlich of On The House raves "It's no secret that this play is funny from start to finish."

"Special kudos go to Andrew Block, whenever you hear the dreaded words, 'Please listen to the following choices,' you'll think of his performance."

"So if you're interested in a night of playful lunacy, this is the comedy to see."

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FAQ

Where are you located?

We are located at 5429 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016. We are managing the Attic Theatre & Film Center.

What time should I arrive at the theatre?
Generally speaking, it is best to arrive at the theatre roughly 15-30 minutes before your performance.

Does the theatre have wheelchair access?
Yes.

Can my child/baby attend the theatre?/Is the show appropriate for children?
It is Chromolume Theatre's policy that no babies in arms may be allowed to attend. Further, we do not permit children under the age of four (4) to attend. This is to ensure that all customers enjoy the show. Young children are admitted but are not encouraged to attend unless the parent is confident the child will not distract other members of the audience. Everyone must have a valid ticket and occupy a seat. Accompanying adults will be asked to remove any noisy children. Generally, Chromolume Theatre produced productions are appropriate for school age children, while visiting productions can vary in appropriateness. Regardless, you should probably check with the Box Office when you order your tickets whether the production you are attending is appropriate for your child.

Are your actors professional?
In most cases, yes. Most, if not all, of the actors who perform in our shows are members of Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild and/or American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

Do your musicals have live musicians or taped accompaniment?
All of Chromolume Theatre's produced musicals include a single piano, or a small orchestra, usually five pieces. We do not use taped accompaniment at any of our performances. Any visiting production may use taped accompaniment.

Whom do I contact to usher for one of your performances?
If you wish to usher for one of our performances, contact our House Manager.

How can I purchase tickets for one of your productions?
There are three ways to purchase tickets for Chromolume Theatre produced performances (please note that visiting productions' methods may vary):

  • Purchase them online through our secure server
  • Purchase them in person at the Box Office
  • Purchase them over the telephone by calling (323) 510-2688 x705


Where do I pick up my tickets?
You can pick them up at the Box Office on the date of your performance.

Where is the Box Office located?
The Box Office is located immediately as you enter the theatre, to your right. The Box Office is open one hour prior to performance.

What type of music does Chromolume Radio play?
As we are a theatre company dedicated to presenting intimate experiences of the American Musical, our music is almost exclusively showtunes. The notable exceptions are music written for movies and/or TV by musical theatre composers.

Who do I contact if I have a question about advertising on your radio station?
You would contact our Advertising department by sending them an email at advertising@chromolumeinc.com with "Radio" in the subject field. For our list of current rates, please check our Advertising Page available on this website.

When are auditions for your performances?
Audition dates and times vary depending on the production. You can browse our Audition Page to check out when an upcoming audition is occurring and what to prepare for said audition.

Do you do only do musicals?
Chromolume Theatre's production productions are not only musicals. Occasionally, we will produce a play or a play with music. Visiting productions can vary anywhere between performance art to fully staged musicals.

Where can I find rental information?

To rent our theatre or to find out more information, you can check our Rental Page or call us at (323) 510-2688.

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Cast/Crew Bios

Andrew Block,
Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know

Andrew Block moved to L.A. a little over a year ago, most recently from Chicago, where he received his MFA from DePaul University. Prior to Chicago, Andrew worked for several years as an Actor, Director and Teacher, running a High School Theatre program in Texas, and also spent time in New York as an Undergrad at Adelphi University. Favorite roles include Douglas (The Waiting Room), Bobby Gould (Speed-the-Plow), Guiteau (Assassins), Max (Lend Me a Tenor), Herbie (Gypsy) and Jack (The Importance of Being Earnest). Directing credits include Noises Off, Dancing at Lughnasa, Twelfth Night, and City of Angels. Among other recent film and commercial work he was heard as the voice of several characters in the clay-animated special Holidaze on ABC. Andrew is a member of SAG, AFTRA and is a certified Actor/Combatant by SAFD. Most important, he is a proud native of New Orleans, LA.


Richie Cunningham,
Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know

Richie began in musical theatre in Jacksonville, Florida, while also writing for The Hollywood Reporter. Since, he's worked in film and television with Terry Rossio, Stephen Langford, Jim Lindsay and Jeff Weaver. You've seen him on the History Channel, The Travel Channel, on the Internet and in commercials/infomercials for ReMax (international) and Epione (regional). On stage, Richie's played about 40 roles. He was last seen in the 2006 Chromolume Christmas show.


Aaron Eaton,
Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know

We have yet to actually receive a bio from Aaron. So, if you happen to see him on the street or know his phone number, why don't you give him a call and ask him to send us his bio soon. Oh, and if you can see if he can send us a headshot too, that'd be great. Thanks! - Chromolume Management Team. Actually we did find a headshot for Aaron, but not much else. If you happen to see him in the booth, you can just ask him what he has done. I'm sure he'll tell you.


Meghan Olson,
Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know

Meghan is very excited to be a part of her third Chromolume Production. She recently was in the Holiday Fundraiser and was also part of the Angeles City Four in City of Angels. Most of her experience comes from the productions she did in the Midwest, a few of her favorites are, Nancy in Oliver, Connie in 1940's Radio Hour, and Sally Bowles in Cabaret. She feels truly blessed to be able to keep performing and will always love the art of theatre.


Rachel Rawlins Prescott,
Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know

Rachel Rawlins Prescott is thrilled to be part of Chromolume's production of Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know. Rachel received her BFA in Music Dance Theatre from Brigham Young University. Some of her favorite roles have included Mrs. Cratchit, in ICT's production of A Christmas Carol, Cinderella in DOMA Theatre's production of Into the Woods, Lili in the Nevada Conservatory's production of Carnival, Julie Jordan in Morgan-Wixon Theatre's production of Carousel, Jennifer Rumson in Mack's Inn Dinner Theatre's production of Paint Your Wagon, and especially Viola in Twelfth Night, where she met her wonderful husband. She was also recently seen in Comedy Central's Hollow Men and various commercials.


Kristie Rutledge, Choreographer
Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know

Kristie is excited to join her good friends Gary and James as part of Chromolume Theatre Company. Kristie is currently the resident costume designer for Santa Monica College and Beverly Hills High School. She also has been directing youth drama productions for years and is happy to be bringing her experiences and expertise to the Chromolume Kids program. She has been seen in many productions, directed more, but most recently was seen on myspace looking for Mr. Right. She was recently dismayed to find out her radar has been set to "loser" and is determined to get that fixed right away so she can snag Mr. Right, because she is tired of settling for Mr. Right Now.


James J. Stevens,
Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know

Jim has lived in Los Angeles so long he does not remember where he is really from. He just booked two national commercials (VISA and Comcast) where he will be paid much and seen very little. He has three good actor friends that have just booked pilots, and he has not even had a pilot audition! Oh well. He IS happy to be doing this play. Who needs television, right? Money. Prestigue. Glamour. Jim thanks his mom for having him and especially for coddling him too much. And thanks to his best and oldest friend, Mr. Daniel of Hollywood, for making him laugh so much.


Richard Van Slyke,
Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know

Richard is very excited to be bearing all for you. He is currently a member of The Charlie Company sketch comedy group just up the road at Acme Comedy Theatre. Richard has appeared in theaters all across the country. Favorite roles: Judas (Godspell), Reuben (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Charlie Brown (You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown), Dauntless (Once Upon A Mattress), Scrooge (A Christmas Carol), Axel (Don't Drink the Water). Richard is a member of Actors Equity Association.


Marc Mercury, Director/Scenic Design
Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know

Born one Sebbicia J. Babba, Marc grew up to become very short with an orange afro and wore nothing but plaid disco suits and platform shoes. He went to work at a nacho factory where they made little dash board compasses and everyone is paid in broken glass. He soon quit though when discovering he was not given a dental plan. After a failed attempt at being an Acrobat Reader performing for trained circus monkeys, he returned home to the land-o-big-breasted-small-brained-dooslewarfers and threw an asphalt-kickin shin-dig. He partied all night to the Bay City Rollers on eight track. He then became so happy his head exploded into small pieces that fit nicely into a pickle jar. He also acts and directs and has no idea how to write a good bio. Marc would like to thank his parents, Zoya, and 24 hour drive-throughs for all there help and love.


Benjamin Jose, Musical Director
Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know

Ben Jose studied piano performance at USC, where he was heavily involved as a musical theatre accompanist. His experience includes rehearsal accompanist for Showboat at the Hollywood Bowl, as well as extensive work in private voice studios and musical direction for local theatre groups. Ben's virtuosity extends beyond the piano--he is also widely regarded as an accomplished air guitarist in the underground air guitar scene.


Alayna Falco, Costume Design
Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know

With over 10 years costuming experience in theater and film, she is excited to be a part of Chromolume Theatre Company. Alayna holds a BA in costume design from UCLA's School of theatre, film and TV. She has just completed design on her first feature film but is very happy to be back in the theater. Some of her favorite design credits include, Babes in Arms (Reprise), Aida (Sacramento Music Circus & Bakersfield Dinner Theater), Anything Goes (Candlelight Pavillion), Peter Pan (Columbian Theater), Pin Up Girls (Mountain High Entertainment), The Vaudevillians (Met Theater), Ragtime, Marat Sade, and Damn Yankees to name a few.


Christopher Singleton, Light Design
Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know

Christopher Singleton is the Resident Lighting Designer for Chromolume Theatre Company, the Stephanie Feury Studio, and Lodestone Theatre Ensemble, a Resident Artist for Moving Arts and involved with Comedy Central Stage. Christopher discovered his passion for theatre arts in kindergarten when he was a clown in Keys School's production of Barnum. He discovered the art of lighting design at Loyola Marymount University, where he graduated from in May 2004. Since starting his journey, Christopher has designed the lights for over fifty shows all over the United States. Some of his most recent projects include The Empty Bed (February 2007), Telemongol (February 2007), Twelfth Night (February 2007), Master Class (January 2007), 2006 Black Movie Awards (October 2006), and the Colorado Festival Of World Theater 2006 (July-August 2006).


James Esposito, Sound Design
Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know

James is the producing Artistic Director at Chromolume Theatre Company. As he received an A in stagecraft from Santa Monica College which, of course, qualified him to design the set for Do Lord Remember Me, his A in Stage Sound from the same college further qualified him to do sound design as well. He has designed the last two productions for Chromolume, both the original and revival runs of the aforementioned Do Lord Remember Me.


Elliott Lawrence, Stage Manager
Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know

Pennsylvania native Elliott Lawrence graduated from the acclaimed Pittsburgh H.S. for Creative & Performing Arts. After studying journalism and music at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, a chance encounter drew him across the country to join The Young Americans, with whom he went on seven national and international music outreach tours. On these tours, he worked as a line captain and logistics director. Elliott has done sound design for musicals such as Anything Goes and Fame. An accomplished musician, Elliott has also played bass for numerous shows, including A Chorus Line and Working. Elliott has also served as music director for Damn Yankees and the Leehman Sands Dinner Theatre as well as stage managed Chromolume's critically acclaimed production Do Lord Remember Me which makes its return to the Los Angeles stage in 2007. Elliott is very proud and grateful for the opportunity to bring his experience to such a great group.

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Reviews

Joseph Feinstein of Showmag.com raves...

 

"Bright, witty, cleaver, funny, and wonderful - just wonderful"

 

"This musical comedy romp delivers!"

 

"Under the capable direction of Marc Mercury and some clever choreography by Kristie Rutledge, the seven actors and inspired piano of Benjamin Jose take us on a tour of the world."

 

"Rachel [Rawlins Prescott], who sings and dances right into your heart...is amusing, while Richie [Cunningham]...has a very fine voice designed to entertain; he does so consistently."

 

 

Mitchell Ehrlich of On The House raves...

 

"It's no secret that this play is funny from start to finish."

 

"Special kudos go to Andrew Block, whenever you hear the dreaded words, 'Please listen to the following choices,' you'll think of his performance."

 

"So if you're interested in a night of playful lunacy, this is the comedy to see."

 

 

Rich Borowy of Accessibly Live Off-Line raves...

 

"[T]his musical with book, musical and lyrics by Douglas Bernstein, Francesca Blumenthal, Michael Brown, Barry Creyton, Lesley Davidson, Addy Fieger, Stan Freeman, Dave Frishberg, Murray Grand, Glen Kelly, Jay Leonhart, Denis Makell, and Nich Santa Maria (*whew*), is very witty!"

 

"With musical direction by Benjamine Jose and stage direction by Marc Mercury, this is a very unique and funny production!"

 

 

Lori Wilson of LA's The Place says...

 

"Secrets settles into a breezy and fun send up of the travel industry and it's patrons."

 

"Then there's Rachel Rawlins Prescott and Andrew Block's interpretation of an older couple who want to see America first before exploring other countries. This scene is a hoot as the couple list all the disasters they encounter, including an earthquake in San Francisco and traffic in L.A, which ultimately leads them to want to see America last."

 

"Overall it was a light, fun and fast paced evening. Check out Secrets before your next vacation and if you decide you still want to travel after all the disasters you witness, you just might want to give your pilot a breathalyzer before you take off."

 

 

Wenzel Jones of Backstage West says...

 

"Alayna Falco's costumes...continue to amaze and engage. They are fabulously, and consistently, God-awful creations on the stage, but it's clear that that's what they're meant to be."

 

"Laurels, as well, to music director Benjamin Jose..."

 

"[A] performance highlight, [is] the Coward parody 'Private Wives,' in which [Richie] Cunningham and [Meghan] Olson get to chew scenery and acting styles..."

 

 

Keith David Dillon of Moochie Music and Stage Door Swings says...

 

"[Secrets'] strength lies in its score [with] tunes by such luminaries as Stan Freeman and Dave Frischberg."

 

"Meghan Olson was a simple delight...Her mere presence onstage was an omen of laughter."

 

"James J. Stephens [is] a gifted comedic actor with a graceful facility for characterization."

 

"Andrew Block's joust with an automated phone reservation system was wonderfully funny."