A Christmas Wish featuring Michael Kirk Lane with Elsa Harchick & Colin Hodgkin
The show will have music ranging from classics Christmas Carols to modern musical theatre gems, and will touch on the theme of how we all can put our differences aside and join together during the joyous holiday season.
Lane will be joined on stage by two other FVP alums that have gone on to enjoy a life in professional theatre, Elsa Harchick and Colin Hodgkin. The evening is produced for FVP by Sam DiVita, and will be musically directed by Frank Pitts. Original musical direction and arrangements are credited to New York City based composer William TN Hall.
Lane, now based in New York City, was a member of the original cast of the Off-Broadway musical “Hell’s Belles!” He is a two-time Manhattan Association of Cabaret Award nominee, and his previous cabaret shows “Songs from The Rock, The Street, and The Hood” and “Now You Know” both enjoyed multiple runs at Don’t Tell Mama and The Laurie Beechman Theatre respectively. He is a member of the voice cast of the new hit children’s web series “The Flying Tent” for which he also serves as Associate Producer. For the past 9 years Lane has also been part of the team at No Strings Productions, making puppet films for children in troubled areas around the globe. Mid-Michigan audiences may remember Lane from his years as part of the resident acting company at Flint Youth Theatre, most recently returning in 2012 for “Our Town.”
Lane was a fixture at FVP both onstage and backstage during the late 90’s and early 2000’s performing in many shows and serving on the organizations board. In regard to this return he says, “I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to return and give back to an organization that gave me a safe place to explore my craft and learn as a young adult. The importance of community based arts organizations like FVP can’t be underestimated. FVP continues to be a beacon in the community from their commitment to producing quality local theatre, and giving community members both young and old a place to create”
Mark Dundas Wood of www.bistroawards.com wrote, "Lane has a hardy voice, with a purr-like vibrato " and Rob Lester of Cabaret Scenes wrote, “The ever-youthful Lane is cherubic, charming, challenging, cheering.” Russ Weatherford of Theatre Pizzazz wrote, “Michael Kirk Lane is a force to be experienced. This delightful performer takes his audience on a journey”
The Fenton Village Players is a performing arts organization with the intent of providing community opportunities and facilities to study, appreciate, and participate in the arts, including professional-quality theatre. The Fenton Village Players has its roots in a community theatre group that began in Fenton, Michigan in 1939. A group of aspiring actors organized what they called The Mimes Club. They performed programs and plays for over a decade. The group dissolved in 1950, but was revived in its present form in 1972 as The Fenton Village Players.