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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Original Broadway Production produced in 2009 by Chase Mishkin, Jack M. Dalgleish, Bud Martin, Carole L. Haber in association with Chunsoo Shin

“The Story of My Life” received its world premiere at the Canadian Stage Company’s Berkeley Street Theatre, in Toronto, Canada on November 2, 2006

The Musical was presented at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals in 2007

Subsequently Produced by Goodspeed Musicals, Michael P. Price, Executive Producer

 

Meet the cast and crew

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Peter Cook (Thomas Weaver) is so honored to be able to perform in this powerful, important show again, working with the dream team of Brian, Jodi and Pam. He was last seen on the FTG stage last spring as the evil boss, Franklin Hart, Jr., in 9 To 5: The Musical. His last role was as Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd at CCftA. Over the past 10 years, he has performed in many shows on and off Cape, playing such characters as Sweeney Todd, Jekyll & Hyde, Harold Hill in The Music Man, King Arthur in Camelot, Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Dan in Next to Normal, 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. He’d sincerely like to thank Jodi, his “best friend” and partner, and FTG for allowing him to travel this journey once more.

 

Brian Buczkowski (Alvin Kelby) is grateful for the opportunity to return to this journey into The Story of My Life with Pam, Peter, and Jodi. FTG’s original production of The Story of My Life has been one of the most challenging performances he has faced, and also one of the most rewarding experiences of his life. He has appeared on stage alongside 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 Theatre Guild, both onstage and behind the scenes. Most recently you may have seen her as Judy Bernley in 9 to 5 The Musical, Betty Haynes in White Christmas, or Princess Fiona in Shrek The Musical. 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 Barnstable Comedy Club and Barnstable Public Schools, and music directed at the Woods Hole Theater Company, Falmouth Theatre Guild, and Cape Cod Academy. It is a thrill to bring The Story of My Life back to Falmouth and to work, once again, with such talented actors, directors, and musicians.
By day, Pam is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, working both at South Congregational Church and Duffy Health Care Center as a Spiritual Care Provider and facilitates the Zero Suicide Program. The implied topic of today’s show can be difficult for some, please take good care and reach out for help if you are struggling.

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GOODSPEED MUSICALS has achieved international acclaim for its dedication to the preservation and advancement of musical theatre. Under the direction of Michael P. Price since 1968, Goodspeed produces three musicals each season at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Connecticut, 17 of which have gone to Broadway (including Man of La Mancha, Shenandoah, and Annie), receiving more than a dozen Tony Awards, In addition, Goodspeed produces three new musicals each year at The Norma Terris Theatre, opened in 1984 in Chester, Connecticut, for the development of new musicals. Also integral to its mission, Goodspeed houses the Scherer Library of Musical Theatre, which preserves scores, sheet music, scripts, original cast recordings, playbills, and theatre memorabilia, and has established the Max Showalter Center for Education in the Musical Theater to educate and train future generations of theatergoers and theatrical professionals. Goodspeed has received two Special Tony Awards, for its outstanding achievements. To learn more visit www.goodspeed.org.

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