The Corner Carol
Invocation ~ Kimberley Lynne
Hark, The Herald Angels Sing (Traditional) ~ Justin Isett
Luke 2: 1-20 ~ Zipporah Brown
The Ugliest Ornament ~ Larry Malkus
Hard Times ~ David Shoemaker
'Twas the Night Before Christmas (Moore) ~ Zipporah Brown & Dominic Gladden
Mario ~ Malissa Cruz Romero
In the Bleak Midwinter (Traditional)~ Sparrow
Dickens of a Carol (Lynne)~ Jimi Kinstle
Ring Out, Wild Bells (Tennyson)~ Terrance Fleming
Auld Lang Syne (Burns)~ Holly Gibbs
Benediction ~ Tara Cariaso
Producers: Chris Flint & Laura Malkus
For many years it was a tradition for Fells Point Corner Theatre to host a Christmas Show for the neighborhood, followed by a community pot-luck meal. In a year that has made us all reimagine art and togetherness, we at FPCT invited artist collaborators to bring an offering to this virtual table.
Offered free of charge, for cheer, community, and goodwill, this all-volunteer audiocast comprises the stories, songs, and poems that emerged when we asked artists what the holidays meant to them. We hope this might be your soundtrack as you drive past festive windows, prepare your holiday recipes, or sit by the metaphorical fire. All of us at FPCT wish you peace, love, and joy in 2021.
Our Artist Collaborators
*denotes a member of Fells Point Corner Theatre
Zipporah Brown is so elated for this unique opportunity to give back and spread holiday spirit during the most wonderful time of the year. Working on this holiday collaboration is Zipporah’s first time working with Fells Point Corner Theatre, but she expects that it won’t be the last! Graduating with a B.A. in Theatre from Messiah College (now Messiah University) in Pennsylvania, she has returned to her beloved city of Baltimore where she works as an actor and a teaching artist with various theatre companies and organizations. She also teaches early childhood music education classes at the music school, Bach to Rock. Pre-covid acting credits include productions with companies such as Submersive Productions, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Fools and Madmen, and Strand Theatre. However, since the Covid-19 pandemic, Zipporah has been performing in a lot of virtual theatre. For example, you may have recently seen her on your computer screen as an actor in the following virtual productions: Brown Sugar Bake-Off by Two Strikes Theatre Collective and Strand Theatre, Variations on Vision by Rapid Lemon Productions, the Young Playwrights Festival by Baltimore Center Stage, and The Trojan Women by Pandemic Players. In fact, the next remote/virtual theatre experience she’s in is Healthy Holly’s Hidden Hideaway by Single Carrot Theatre, which is a play done completely over phone and text! Zipporah would like to wish everyone a happy and SAFE holiday season. Enjoy!
Tara Cariaso* is a Filipina-American, Baltimore-based theatre educator with an emphasis on physical theatre practice, a director, devisor, performer, administrator, mask maker and founder of Waxing Moon Masks Education and Fabrication Company. Tara received her MFA from the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, her BA from the University of Maryland. She is a collective member of Submersive Production ensemble in Baltimore, an advisory member of the Asian Pacifica Arts Collective, (APAC) and new member of FPCT. Tara currently teaches theatre at UMBC and CCBC.
Holly Gibbs* is an Actor, Singer and Voiceover Artist in the Baltimore area and BEYOND thrilled to be a part of this very special collaboration. She has performed many times on the FPCT stage, and all around the area with the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory, Single Carrot Theatre, and at the Vagabond Theatre – among others. She has been entertaining herself and (hopefully!) others during this quarantine by writing and performing sketch comedy pieces to share on social media, along with baking far too much, playing with her dog, and binge-watching Netflix. Holly is very much looking forward to the time when she and other artists can return to performing live. Until then, she encourages you to “keep a cup of kindness” this holiday season, and thanks you for supporting this wonderful little Theatre that has such a special place in her heart. Merry Christmas!
Justin Isett* is a local filmmaker, actor, playwright and musician. He's ok at those things. He'd like to thank everyone at Fells for allowing him this opportunity and asks that you not judge him based on his taste in music.
Jimi Kinstle has been a member of the Baltimore theater community since 1987 and is a graduate of the theater program at Towson University. He is honored to lend his voice in support of Fells Point Corner Theater this holiday season; spreading some holiday cheer by bringing back a snippet from Kimberley Lynne’s award winning play. Wishing you all peace and joy.
Kimberley Lynne* is a produced playwright with a resume of over forty productions at both local and professional theatres. A member of the Dramatist Guild and Actors Equity Association, Lynne holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Publishing Design from the University of Baltimore. For more information, visit http://kimberleylynne.wordpress.com
Terrance Fleming is an artist from Mobile, AL. He has been performing in Baltimore for five years now. Some of his previous shows include The Wiz with ArtsCentric Theatre, Hamlet with Baltimore Shakespeare Factory, Macbeth with Chesapeake Shakespeare Company and Jerusalem with Fells Point Corner Theatre. He also directs and dabbles in writing. He loves being physically active and competing in sports.
Chris Flint* a Baltimore native and the Technical Director at Gilman School where he has designed all the theatre productions for nearly the last decade. Locally, he has won the “Best Scenic Design” award (B.I.T.R. Sisters) and received a Broadway World Baltimore nomination for his work on Jerusalem here at FPCT. In addition to numerous other shows at FPCT, he has done work for The Collaborative Theatre Company, Iron Crow, and Young Victorian Theatre Company. He currently serves as the Secretary of FPCT and when not being kept busy by theatre, he is kept busy by his new puppy.
Larry Malkus* holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Brooklyn College, C.U.N.Y. His full-length play, Heinie Goochems, was produced by Fells Point Corner Theatre in the summer of 2014. A shorter piece, Two AJ’s in the Tomb Room, was produced as part of Scribimus – a Stevenson University production. As part of their annual Variations Project, Rapid Lemon Productions (Theatre Project, Baltimore) has produced two of Larry’s ten-minute plays, Walter’s Claw Hammer and D. S. Magic (2015 and 2017 respectively). For next season’s 10X10X10 short play festival at FPCT, Larry will direct his play, The Young Girl on the Flying Trapeze.
Laura Malkus* is an actor, singer-songwriter, producer, administrator and arts advocate who has been active in Baltimore’s arts and civic communities for more than three decades. A graduate of Towson University’s acting program, she attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in NYC, and is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in Cultural Entrepreneurship at Northeastern University. Laura is Vice President of FPCT and there’s no place she’d rather be.
Dominic Gladden: Fells Point Corner Theatre: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (Hamlet); Single Carrot Theatre: Safe Space (Courtney), Peter/Wendy/Wendy/Peter (Lost Boy/ Mermaid), Promenade (Ensemble Member); Arena Players: Christmas is Coming Uptown (Bob Cratchit), Hamlet (Cladius) The Katrina Monologues (Man on Roof), A Father's Love (Thomas), Jitney (Shealy), Sleuth (Milo Tindle), Blue (Young Reuben/ Blue Jr); Chesapeake Theatre Company: A Christmas Carol (Robert Long, Young Scrooge, Old Joe); Cradle Theatre Company: Macbeth (Macbeth); Cohesion Theatre Company: Thirteen Dead Husbands (Dr. Seamus Delaney); Annex Theatre Company: Double Consciousness (Ensemble), Insurrection: Holding History (TJ); Theatre Morgan: The Merchant of Venice (Shylock), Spunk (Jelly/Joe) Education: BA Theatre Arts, Morgan State University.
Malissa Cruz Romero is an actor based in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition to appearing in theatre and film productions, Malissa spends her time writing and producing original screenplays. Malissa can also be found spending time with her boyfriend and pets.
David Shoemaker* has been working at FPCT since 2011, and feels absolutely at home here. Eleanor, his 27 year old guitar, found the theater a bit chilly, but understands we're saving money on the heating bill. Tis, after all, the season.
SPARROW is a fledgeling folk-based music group that was born in the wilds of Towson but continues to live and evolve online. Its members include Emily Frye, Laura Hein, Lolo Malkus, Skye Sadowski-Malcom and Will “The Thrill” Hill. Special thanks to Larry Malkus for accompanying this track.