The World of Meadowlark Falls
In Meadowlark Falls, our characters and the stories they tell, are inspired by (and spoofs of) those wonderfully lovely, and sappy, romantic Christmas movies. They are filled with love, family, and friendship, all under a canopy of twinkly lights.
When we watch these kinds of movies, we want to be the hero who has to win the contest/save the orphanage/teach the meaning of Christmas. Or maybe we want to be the quirky bestie, helping our friend find Christmas spirit/save the farm/ or rekindle that old flame. Or maybe we just want to live in a world where small town charm and the spirit of Christmas are absolutely real.
Meadowlark Falls is
a place where the magic
of Christmas movies
comes to life!
It's not just one story
We couldn't think of a better way to experience this than combining it with our other love: immersive theater. Our audience is integral in our storytelling. Whether they are giving love advice or helping bake the perfect cookie, they help our characters achieve their dreams.
The world of Meadowlark Falls, encompasses many chapters of a story, following our hero Jenny Snow, her quirky bestie Andy, her maybe-more-than-a-friend Noel, and a host of townspeople. She is young, ambitious and has her whole life in front of her. Will her ambition get in the way, or be just what she needs to make her dreams come true? This is a story told in many chapters, as she finds the magic in the everyday.
This is a world that is growing and is a both a reflection of the one we live in, and the one we hope that it can be.
Meet the Cast
as Genevieve Snow or just Nana
For over fifty years, Taylor Ashbrook, has pursued a passion for theater and creativity. She is honored to share the loving optimism of Meadowlark Falls alongside such talented, fun, and diverse colleagues. Her deepest Christmas wish in 2021 is for a safe and sane world for everybody where truth matters.
Ashleigh Boiros is a working actress and podcaster (she co-hosts The Nice Girls with Katie and Chelsea, who are also working on this project). When not performing Ashleigh is a certified tax preparer specializing in the entertainment industry. In her spare time, she loves to bake and all things Christmas!
For more information and to stay up to date please see her links below:
Laura Lee Bahr
as Ghost Mom
Laura Lee Bahr is an author, filmmaker and performer. She loves being a part of Meadowlark Falls!
You can see what she is up to at lauraleebahr.com
Photo Credit: Ashley Inguanta
as Jenny Snow
This will be Carley's third year working with Tin Can Telephone Productions playing the role of Jenny. Carley is an actor, writer, and producer(CarCarRose Productions) who has been consistently inspired by the TCTP team and the work they've done to tell this magical, feel-good story. Other favorite roles include: Gretchen in Freaky Friday the Musical (PCPA) and Mairead in The Lieutenant of Inishmore (San Jose Stage). She thanks TCTP for the opportunity to dive into a virtual theater experience.
Samantha Frontera is delighted to rejoin her friends in Meadowlark Falls and bring some cheer this socially distanced Holiday Season! She hopes this immersive experience will brighten everyone's year and bring love and laughter to what's left of 2021. Thank you so much to my MLF fam for bringing this little town back into my life this year!
Proud Oregonian, Nicholas moved to Los Angeles to study acting at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He later went on to study at South Coast Rep. Theatrical credits include: Anthony Pascal in THE HOUSE OF YES (The Zephyr Theater), Yves BEING AT HOME WITH CLAUDE, Mercutio ROMEO AND JULIET, Tranio TAMING OF THE SHREW, Puck MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM (Lovers and Madmen).
Carene Rose Mekertichyan
as Whitney Blanc
Carene is an artist, activist, and educator. She serves as the Artistic Associate for Social Justice at Independent Shakespeare Co. Selected stage: The Tempest, Pericles (ISC), The Three Musketeers (PVPA), Señor Plummer's Final Fiesta (Rogue Artists Ensemble), Troy (Hero Theatre), Macbeth (Northern Stage). Training: Dartmouth College, BA; London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), Certificate.
Katie has also taken an intense interest in people and culture and the different methods of expressions in which to communicate our unique individuality through art. She believes that there is much to learn about our humanity and what unites us all through the universal language of creativity. She also captures these moments in the photographs she takes of the many places she has been fortunate enough to visit. You can find Katie at www.katiewitkowski.com.
Meet the Artistic Staff
Video & Audio Editor
Sara Haddadin is a freelance theatre tech, building and painting for various projects. She has been working with the Rouge Artist Ensemble in some capacity for the last 7 years, she had been a member since 2018. Most recently she was the technical director for Señior Plummer's Final Fiesta. She is also the tour manager for Shakespeare by the Sea. During the school year most of her time is spent as the technical director for the Archer School for Girls and Mission Viejo High School.
In addition to social media and content marketing, Amy Ellenberger has extensive experience in producing theatre, non-profit management, sales, and acting. She is a founding member of the site-specific theatre company Chalk Repertory Theatre in Los Angeles. Her acting credits span across theatre, commercials, voice-over, film, video-games as well as comedy and improv. Amy has a passion for sustainability volunteering at Cottonwood Urban Farm and being a member of the San Fernando Valley Climate Reality Project. She holds a B.F.A from Otterbein College and an M.F.A. from UC San Diego. Look out for her next creative project Sustainable Satire
Niki Healy is an arts publicist based in Rhode Island. She's worked with theatres such as Geffen Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse and The Broad Stage as well as with institutions such as Cirque du Soleil, Walt Disney Imagineering and The Hollywood Bowl. In addition to publicity, she once wrote a musical mash-up of Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost and ABC's LOST entitled Love's Labour's LOST: The Musical. She is currently the publicist for Wilbury Theatre Group in Providence.
Creator, Playwright, Illustrator, Producer
Lori is an artist and designer from beautiful Los Angeles California. She is a muralist, and sign painter for Trader Joe's and a Costume builder and Designer, most notably Lori receiving two Ovation nominations for Costume Design for her work as an ensemble member with Rogue Artists Ensemble (Wood Boy Dog Fish, Kaidan Project: Walls Grow Thin). She is also a long-time collaborator with Sparkleblob, a non-profit arts collective from Los Angeles. Now a producer or her own work, Lori is proud to share this magical world of Meadowlark Falls where Christmas and Small town charm is a way of life. Find out more at lorimeeker.com
Alexis Nicole Robles is a freelance Production and Stage Manager based out of the Los Angeles area. An alumni of the University of La Verne, Alexis strives to work with artists committed to innovative and unique storytelling. She is very excited to be back in Welcome to Meadowlark Falls universe and can't wait for you to experience the play!
Chelsea Sutton is a fiction writer, playwright, screenwriter and director, and a 2016 PEN America Emerging Voices Fellow. As a director, she has led over a dozen new works as well as staged readings and workshops. Theatrical plays and experiences include the world premieres of Low Tech by Jeff Folschinsky, 99 Impossible Things (writer/director), The X-Mas Cabaret (writer/director), Traveling Carnival Freakshow (writer/director), Sally Spector the Musical by David Johnson (Hurricane Season), and The Theory of Silence (co-writer/director). Her assistant director credits include Preposterous and Turkey Day at the Eclectic Company Theatre (dir. Taylor Ashbrook) and Bunny Bunny at the Falcon Theatre (dir. Dimitri Toscas). MFA UC Riverside.
Interactive Map Designer
SparkleBlob is a multidisciplinary arts and performance collective in Los Angeles that enthusiastically serves and educates the community and creates new art makers and arts leaders by shaping culture, teaching people to connect, opening eyes to different experiences, and creating conversations. We are the creators of Craftnight at Akbar, the annual Halloween Countdown Calendar Gothtober.com, and a host of other activities around Los Angeles including our annual holiday puppet show, and passing out Super Sloppy Chili Cheese Dogs to LA marathoners! (yes you read that right! ) We are proud to support and collaborate with our volunteers who make our organization so great, which is why we were glad to help create the lovely interactive map of Meadowlark Falls you see here. With design by Julianna Parr, and Lori Meeker and programming by Cristin Pescosolido. Find out more about Sparkleblob at sparkleblob.org, Craftnight at crafthead.com and gothtober at gothtober.com
Special Thanks to
Sean Cawleti, Sean Dillon, Laura Lee Bahr for their generous donation of time, resources and talent!
About the Production Company
Tin Can Telephone weaves stories that celebrate the magic found in the ordinary. Through intimate immersive experiences and rich world building, we showcase the layered beauty of the tangible and intangible. Our goal is to provide theatrical experiences which recognize our audiences as integral factors in the storytelling process, and embrace them for their unique presence. We invite you to join us and discover a whimsical reflection of everyday life.
We believe that stories cannot be told without being a reflection of our vast and diverse community, and so we are committed to the inclusion of BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ and differently abled characters, artists and craftspeople.