The Creative Team
Jack Kyrieleison (Story & Book)
Reunion was Jack’s first script and premiered as Battle Cry of Freedom at the Goodspeed Opera House’s Norma Terris Theatre. Published by Samuel French, it has been produced commercially off-Broadway at the Theatre Row Theatre, at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC, at the Abraham Lincoln Library in Springfield, Illinois and at regional, college, and community theatres around the country. He started researching Reunion in 1992, drawing from collections at the Library of Congress, university and public libraries throughout the U.S., antiquarian booksellers, military book dealers, and online collections. The book for Reunion is drawn from, adapted from, or suggested by these original sources, and the music he found is traditional American from the Civil War or before. A longtime actor, he spent more than a year touring the U.S., Canada, and Japan in Can-Can with Broadway legend Chita Rivera and future Reunion collaborator Ron Holgate. Regional credits include The Grapes of Wrath at Ford’s Theatre, The Great White Hope at Arena Stage, Candide at The Goodman Theatre, Cyrano de Bergerac at Milwaukee Rep, Windy City at Paper Mill Playhouse, Richard III at Virginia Museum Theatre, Oliver at Marriott Lincolnshire, Travels With My Aunt at Round House Theatre, Dames at Sea at Olney Theatre, and The Hollow Crown at Alabama Shakespeare Festival. In New York he appeared at Perry Street Theatre, Theatre Off Park, York Theatre, Equity Library Theatre, and Music Theatre Works, among others. He studied theatre at the University of Maryland and in New York under Frank Corsaro (acting), Albert Hague (musical performance), and Margaret Riddleberger (voice). He was one of four original actors in residence at Maryland’s fondly remembered Harlequin Dinner Theatre, appearing as Arthur in Camelot, Cervantes in Man of La Mancha, Starbuck in 110 in the Shade, Harry Roat in Wait Until Dark, Harold Hill in The Music Man, Miles Glorious in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, Jack Chesney in Where’s Charley?, and Marco the Magnificent in Carnival. TV appearances include NBC’s Homicide–Life on the Street. He also wrote the book and lyrics for A Cowboy’s Carol, a John Ford western treatment of A Christmas Carol. Jack is a longtime member of the Dramatists Guild, Actors Equity Association, and SAG/AFTRA. He and his wife, film and TV makeup artist Michele Mundell, live in Staunton, Virginia with Enzo, their singing black Lab.
Ron Holgate (Story & Director)
Ron has starred in National Tours of Annie, 42nd Street, Can Can and Lend Me A Tenor. He originally directedBattle Cry of Freedom, renamed Reunion, at the Goodspeed Opera House’s Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, CT. He has also directed Kaufman and Hart’s Once in A Lifetime at the Helen Hayes PAC, Trevor Griffiths’ Comedians for the Phoenix Theatre at SUNY Purchase, and two production for the Birmingham Theatre in Birmingham, MI: Ray Cooney’s Two Into One,which he also adapted, and Lend Me A Tenor. As an actor, he toured in Funny You Don’t Look Like A Grandmother, and played Big Jule in Guys and Dolls on Broadway. He received rave reviews for his first Broadway show Milk and Honey. He originated the role of Miles Gloriosus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and he starred in Lend Me A Tenor on Broadway and in London. He won a Tony nomination for The Grand Tour and the Tony Award for his performance as Richard Henry Lee in 1776. He recreated this role in the film version. Ron has appeared in over 30 operas, including the Don in Don Giovanni, Mephisto in Faust, and Scarpia in Tosca. Ron portrayed Daddy Warbucks in the Goodspeed Opera’s 20th anniversary production of Annie and has starred in the World Premiere productions of The Singing Weatherman; Topper; in the touring production of Big; and as Buffalo Bill in the Broadway revival of Annie Get Your Gun. Ron has a daughter, Melissa, is married to Anny DeGange and they have two daughters, Chloe Hartley and Lily LeClair.
Michael O'Flaherty (Musical Supervisor & Arranger)
Michael was the musical supervisor and cabaret director of the Williamstown Theatre Festival for 11 years. On Broadway he composed the score for Nikos Psacharapoulos’ production of A Streetcar Named Desire and conducted Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, which originated at Goodspeed. Off-Broadway he supervised the music and vocal arrangements for Carol Hall’s To Whom It May Concern. He has also worked at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto, Playwrights Horizons, the Smithsonian Institute, and Columbia Pictures. He has served as conductor for the National Tour ofGeorge M! Now entering his 8th season as Goodspeed’s resident musical director, Michael has conducted 17 musicals at the Opera House and Good Sports; Starcrossed; By Jeeves; and Just So at the Goodspeed at Chester.