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James Gardiner . . .
. . . at the ripe old age of 23, wrote the book for the musical play "Glory Days," which is now on Broadway! The Washington Post said that the transfer of a play from Washington, DC to Broadway is "exceedingly rare," and--in fact--the last time it happened was 1968! The world premiere of “Glory Days” was in January at Signature Theatre. James played an amazing Fagin in CYAG's 2002 production of "Oliver!" and has starred as an actor at such theatres as the Kennedy Center, Woolly Mammoth, Studio Theatre 2nd Stage, Round House, and the University of Maryland, from which he graduated. For more information on him and Nick Blaemire, also age 23, who wrote the music and lyrics for "Glory Days," see www.jamesandnick.com.
Matthew Gardiner . . .
. . . James' twin brother, was assistant director of CYAG's "Oliver!" in 2002. At only 23, Matthew has directed at the Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre (musical staging/assistant director of "Glory Days"), MetroStage, Studio Theatre 2nd Stage, Catholic University of America, and Carnegie Mellon University, from which he graduated.
Gabrielle Christian . . .
. . . also age 23, graduated from Eleanor Roosevelt High School with James and Matthew in 2002, and they were close friends. In our “Oliver!” in 2002, Gabrielle played Nancy in the same cast as James, who played Fagin. That was the same year that
Sonny Greco (who has had several professional acting gigs at such venues as the Smithsonian Institution and Adventure Theatre and a singing role at the Kennedy Center) played the role of the Artful Dodger in the same cast as James and Gabrielle. Gabrielle also had the title role in our "Peter Pan" (1999) and played one of the Dorothy's in CYAG's first Wizard of Oz (2000), a stepsister in “Cinderella,” and Miss Hannigan in CYAG's "Annie" in 2001.
Gabrielle uses the screen name of “Christian” in memory of her brother Christian, who died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in 1991, and she does charity work/fundraising for nonprofit SIDS Educational Services and FAIR Fund, a DC-based human rights/anti-human trafficking nonprofit.
Gabrielle is currently the main character (Spencer Carlin) on the N Network's "South of Nowhere" series, and has been a guest star on many national TV series, such as CBS' "CSI Miami" (2007 episode "Permanent Vacation"), Nickelodeon's "Drake and Josh Show," CBS's "Without a Trace", and NBC's "Windfall." She also played actress Kate Bosworth's little sister on the WB series "Young Americans" in 2000 when she was still acting with CYAG. This weekend, on Friday,
May 2, Gabrielle will guest star on the CBS series "Numb3rs,” and yes—it is spelled with a 3! (Gabrielle plays the role of Audrey Doran, a 17-year-old girl caught up in a crime investigation, and is co-starring with Steven McQueen, the 19-year-old grandson of actor Steve McQueen.)
To learn more about Gabrielle’s career, see the Internet Movie Database – IMDb.com and key in Gabrielle Christian.
Will Snider . . .
. . . played the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz in 2000 and Fagin *(in one of our two casts) in "Oliver!" in 2002.Will, who is currently a junior at Columbia University in New York City, is a playwright whose work has been produced at The Player's Theatre and Columbia University. One of his short plays, "Trees Like Nails," was reviewed on nytheatre.com: nytheatre.com: http://www.nytheatre.com/nytheatre/shor5520.htm Will is still acting and has appeared in many university productions.
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