North Central College - Naperville, IL

Musical theatre alumna appears in world premiere of new holiday musical

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Musical theatre alumna Monica Szaflik ’05 appears in Chicago’s Provision Theater Company's production of the world premiere of Timothy Gregory’s (script) and Michael Mahler’s (music) adaptation of Susan Wojciechowski’s award winning children’s book, “The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey.”

Szaflik and the rest of the cast are performing four shows per week through Dec. 23. As the Morton Grove Champion newspaper reports in a feature about Szaflik, the play is set in the late 1800s and tells the story of a boy who is devastated when he loses a wooden nativity set that he inherited from his late father.

The boy’s mother persuades woodcarver Jonathan Toomey to create a replacement set and let her son watch the process. Toomey is ill-tempered because he has also suffered losses but the boy, his mother and the woodcarver are all changed by the project. Szaflik plays the pastor’s wife as well as the ghost of Jonathan Toomey’s dead wife.

“I’ve been working professionally for the past seven years,” she told the newspaper. Her resume includes shows at Circle Theatre, Bohemian Theatre Ensemble, Northlight Theatre and First Folio Theatre. She appeared this season in “Alien Queen” by The Scooty & Jo Jo Show at the Metro. She performed at Disney World for two years and has appeared in several movies, including the soon-to-be-released, “Melody and the Old Fox.”

12-01-2011