Jean has been learning how to play the accordion, and will be putting that new skill to the test this month, by joining her husband with his band The Switch, while they play several gigs in honor of St. Patrick’s Day in and around Long Island. http://www.theswitchmusic.com
Jean played the role of Joan Quigley in a reading of the new play Joan and Nancy – about the relationship between Nancy Reagan and her astrologer, which took place at The Barrow Group.
Jean performed another solo show at The Community Club of Garden City and Hempstead – A Century of Song – to celebrate the clubs 100th anniversary. As well as more gigs with The Switch!
November – December 2018
Holiday time meant another stint for Jean at www.gevatheatre.org in A Christmas Carol, playing Mrs. Cratchit, Mrs. Fezziwig and Mrs. Dilber!
May – July 2018
Jean returned from a successful run as Kate in Sylvia at New London Barn Playhouse in beautiful New Hampshire. It was a quick rehearsal process and even quicker run, but, full of lovely people, including great audiences! http://www.nlbarn.org
She was also recently on board the newest Royal Caribbean ship, Symphony of the Seas, in order to attend the opening of her latest effort for the company, Flight – co-written with her creative partner, Loren Van Brenk and On The Brenk Productions.
November – December 2017
Jean had another great Christmas Carol season up at www.gevatheatre.org in Rochester. She, once again, took on the roles of Mrs. Cratchit, Mrs. Fezziwig and Mrs. Dilber – and had a blast!
June – Aug 2017
Another great run of Mary Poppins at Alabama Shakespeare Festival this summer! Jean was honored to play Mrs. Banks again, for the final production under retiring Artistic Director, Geoffrey Sherman. www.asf.net
March – May 2017
Fulfilled a lifelong goal of putting on spandex and shimmying in public – playing Rosie in Mamma Mia at www.northernstage.org – directed by Producing Artistic Director, Carol Dunne.
November – December 2016
Jean was lucky enough to be able to head back to www.gevatheatre.org to again, be a part of their annual production of A Christmas Carol, playing Mrs. Cratchit, Mrs. Fezziwig and Mrs. Dilber.
June – October 2016
The summer and fall were spent performing lots of gigs with The Switch (www.theswitchmusic.com) all over Long Island, traveling with husband, Joe, plus buying a home, moving, and renovating.
March – May 2016
Jean was able to make a long time dream come true – being a part of a production of Sweeney Todd (Ensemble/Lovett Cover) – and what a production it was! Featuring a stand out cast of Broadway veterans, a top notch creative team, and reimagined orchestrations from Grammy nominated band DeVotchka. This one was truly special. www.denvercenter.org
Also, her Royal Caribbean show, Columbus! – opened on the Harmony of the Seas and quickly became the number one show in the fleet!
January – February 2016
Jean took part in the Overtures New Musical Reading Series at Gallery Players. Til Death Do Us Part, written by Bobby Cronin and Caroline Prugh is inspired by a true story and examines the roles of gender within the church, and what it really means to be a parent.
In addition, her second project with writing partner Loren Van Brenk, Columbus! began rehearsals for Royal Caribbean’s latest luxury cruise liner.
October – December 2015
November and December were happily spent up in Rochester, NY at The Geva Theatre (www.gevatheatre.org) – participating in their annual production of A Christmas Carol under the direction of Artistic Director Mark Cuddy. In the roles of Mrs. Cratchit, Mrs. Fezziwig, and Mrs. Dilber – it was a wonderful holiday season.
She also had a chance to debut a new project, with husband Joe Chojnacki, at The Community Club of Garden City and Hempstead called The Sherman Brothers, Walt, and The Fair – about the major influence the music of The Sherman Brothers and Walt Disney had at the ’64-’65 New York Worlds Fair.
July – September 2015:
Jean was thrilled to take part in a reading of the new musical On The Air at the York Theatre Company, once again having the opportunity to work with the incredible Hunter Foster – along with a fabulously talented cast and creative team. www.ontheairthemusical.com
Jean completed a terrific run of My Fair Lady at The Cape Playhouse, as a member of the ensemble, and Mrs. Eynsford-Hill. Directed by Hunter Foster, and starring Ashley Brown and Jeff McCarthy, the show was a huge success with both audiences and critics alike. www.capeplayhouse.com
So many gigs with The Switch, so little time!
Jean also had the joy of performing again with www.singforyourseniors.org
This time at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in New Jersey. A fantastic place, filled with fantastic people.
The Gift officially opened on Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas. This brand new production show created by Jean and her writing partner, Loren Van Brenk is now up and running with a fabulous cast!
Jean was able to perform her yearly Christmas concert for The Community Club of Garden City and Hempstead again. This time, along with usual partner in crime Ted Kociolek on piano, came her best friend, the brilliant Robert Anthony Jones by her side singing some of their favorite songs. www.robertanthonyjones.com
There was also caroling at The Milleridge Inn, focus groups with Presentation Testing and lots of holiday gigs with The Switch!