ST. PAUL (Oct. 30, 2014) — Mu Performing Arts announced Thursday the casting and production details for its annual cabaret at the Southern Theater.
Jasmine (Randy Reyes) could not be more excited for this year’s program which includes familiar holiday tunes and Mu classics by the company’s talented musical theater and Mu Daiko performers. The concert also features Jasmine’s Medley, a risqué sampling of familiar holiday classics. Reyes is directing the production for the fifth year.
“This being her 5th year of hosting our holiday cabaret, Jasmine desperately wants this show to be the best ever! And she’ll do anything to make it happened,” Reyes said. “She hasn’t told me much, but I know that she’s going to have a new hair-do and she’ll be wearing something inspired by the Summer of Love, 1969. Other than that, she guarantees awesome music, food, discoveries, and tons of holiday merriment!”
Running for only two performances (November 29 and 30, 2014) at the Southern Theater, A Very Asian Xmas features food and drinks included in the price of admission. In addition to Reyes, the cast includes Stephanie Bertumen, Francesca Dawis, Isabella Dawis (who also music directs), Alex Galick, Sheena Janson, Heather Jeche, Alice McGlave, Chiaki O’Brien, Sara Ochs, Emma Valentine and Cathie VanDanacker.
The production team includes Isabella Dawis (Music Director), Lisa M. Smith (Stage Manager), Karin Olson (Lighting Designer), and Forest Godfrey (Sound Designer).
Mu Performing Arts presents
A Very Asian Xmas, directed by and starring Randy Reyes as Jasmine
November 29–30, 2014
The Southern Theater
1420 S. Washington Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Saturday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 30 at 2 p.m.
$30 Adults (Includes food and drinks)
Seating is General Admission
Tickets on sale now at www.muperformingarts.org or by calling the Mu Box Office at 651-789-1012
Randy Reyes (Director) graduated from The Juilliard School Drama Division in 1999 and has worked as a professional actor, director, and theater educator in theaters and educational institutions including The Guthrie, Mixed Blood, Ten Thousand Things, Thirst Theater, Chicago Ave. Project, The Playwrights’ Center, Cincinnati Playhouse, Seattle Children’s Theatre, NYU Graduate Acting Program, University of Minnesota/Guthrie BFA Acting Program, Wagner College, The University of Utah, Augsburg College, and Macalester College. He is a board member of the Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists (CAATA) and the Minnesota Theater Alliance. Randy also represents Mu as a member of the newly formed Twin Cities Theater of Color Coalition (TCTCC) along with Penumbra, New Native, Pangea World Theatre, and Teatro Del Pueblo. Acting credits include A Little Night Music, Yellowface, Little Shop of Horrors, The Romance of Magno Rubio, at Mu Performing Arts, M. Butterfly, The Government Inspector, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, both “Dromios” in Comedy of Errors at the Guthrie, Pacific Overtures at the Alliance/Cincinnati Playhouse/North Shore Theater, and Tibet Through the Red Box by David Henry Hwang at Seattle’s Children’s Theater. Randy’s directing credits include FOB (the Chinese Restaurant Tour), Kung Fu Zombies vs Cannibals, Asiamnesia, Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them, WTF, Cowboy Versus Samurai, and Circle Around the Island at Mu Performing Arts, A Streetcar Named Desire at Ten Thousand Things, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Summer and Smoke at Theatre in the Round, and God Save Gertrude at the Workhaus Collective. Randy was a recipient of a two-year Theater Communications Group New Generation Future Leaders fellowship under the mentorship of Rick Shiomi at Mu Performing Arts in 2006. Administrative positions include being the Theater in Education Director at The Guthrie, Associate Artistic Director, Outreach Coordinator, and Community Liaison at Mu Performing Arts, and the Artistic Director of The Strange Capers.