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Nominated for four 2009 Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Musical, The Story of My Life is a Broadway rarity: an intimate musical that candidly explores the simplicity of human need and the complexity of emotions under which it lies buried. Composer-lyricist Neil Bartram and librettist Brian Hill have created an authentic and affecting work, told through a series of songs – in turn playful, touching and dramatic. The Story of My Life inspires us to reconnect with those who were part of the earliest chapters of our own life stories.

The Story of My Life follows the friendship of Alvin and Thomas, two men from a small town. These lifelong friends are reunited after Alvin’s mysterious death. In the abstract world of his mind, Thomas struggles to write Alvin’s eulogy while recounting the many turns that their lives have taken since meeting as children. Alvin searches through the manuscripts and stories in Thomas’ mind to lead him on a journey of remembrance. Through music and song, these two friends recount their adventures, explore their past dissonance and ultimately discover what is at the base of every strong friendship… love.     (from MTI.com)

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Meet the cast and crew

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Peter Cook (Thomas Weaver), a Falmouth native, is thrilled to be back at FTG performing in this powerful show, working with the dream team of Brian, Jodi, and Pam. He was last seen on stage last summer as Dan in Woods Hole Theater Company’s production of Next To Normal, and has performed in many shows over the past several years on and off Cape, playing such characters as Sweeney Todd, Jekyll & Hyde and The Music Man, as well as King Arthur in Camelot, Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol and Thenardier in Les Miserables. In his “real” life, Peter works as a computer programmer for MEDITECH in Fall River. He can also be seen locally playing trumpet and singing for the local swing band, Stage Door Canteen.

 

Brian Buczkowski (Alvin Kelby) is grateful for the opportunity to go on this journey into The Story of My Life with Pam, Peter, and Jodi. He has appeared on stage along side many old and new friends in several Falmouth Theatre Guild productions; some of his favorite roles have been the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, Bob Wallace in White Christmas, Tobias Ragg in Sweeney Todd, and Ziggy (the village idiot) in Young Frankenstein. When not on stage, Brian enjoys helping with set construction, working on advertising and graphic design for FTG productions, and managing the bar and concessions with his husband, Tom.

 

Jodi Edwards (Director) is a Cape Cod native and a graduate of Westfield State University with degrees in classical vocal performance as well as music history. She has been involved in numerous shows with Falmouth Theater Guild, both onstage and behind the scenes. Most recently you may have seen her as Betty Haynes in White Christmas, Princess Fiona in Shrek The Musical, or Inga in Young Frankenstein. Jodi is elated to be making her directorial debut with The Story of My Life. Getting to work with Pam, Brian, and Peter is nothing short of pure joy for her. The story of Alvin and Thomas is so important to tell and she can’t wait for her team to bring it to life!

 

Pam Wannie (Musical Director) has a rich background as a music director for regional, community, and improvisational theater companies in the Metrowest area. 20 years ago she washed ashore on Cape Cod where she has worked as a professional music educator and accompanist, music director, and music minister. On Cape, Pam has played piano for Guys and Dolls and My Fair Lady at the Barnstable Comedy Club, music directed numerous shows at Cape Cod Academy and has most recently been the Music Director for Woods Hole Theater Company’s production of Next to Normal.
Pam is thrilled to be a part of Falmouth Theater Guild and to work with Jodi, Brian, and Peter. She sees her participation in The Story of My Life as well as last summer’s production of Next to Normal as extensions of her ministry, bringing difficult subjects into the public eye and ear and opening space for compassionate dialogue.
Thanks to Adam and the kids for opening up our house for rehearsals and for supporting the work that I do; showing mercy, doing justice and walking humbly.

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