Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas



  • Book by CARA LUSTIK
  • Music by RANDY KLEIN
  • Book & Lyrics by MATTHEW HARDY
  • Written by JANE O'CONNOR
  • Illustrated by ROBIN PREISS GLASSER


FANCY NANCY: SPLENDIFEROUS CHRISTMAS is based on the New York Times bestselling picture book by Jane O'Connor and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser, with book by Cara Lustik, lyrics by Matthew Hardy, music by Randy Klein, and directed and choreographed by Sam Viverito. The cast includes Nick Carroll, Taylor Coriell, Marc Cornes, Gabriell Petrosino and Kaitlyn Sage.

Produced by Randy Klein. Engineer M.P. Kuo.
Recorded at Lofish Recording Studio, NY, NY
All songs Copyright 2015 Matther Hardy and Randy Klein


What could be fancier than Christmas? Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles - and who could forget the tree? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. Ooh la la! This year, Nancy is especially excited. After selling some of her old gowns and accessories, Nancy has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly tree topper. She can't wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous?



"...the hour long adaptation has dramatic well as refreshing sound... The score has elements of swing as well as contemporary pop...everyone learns the true meaning of the holiday. But what makes "Splendiferous Christmas" winning is that it dares to be a little naughty as well as nice."

New York Times

"Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas was simply exquisite - the absolute highlight of our season! Our grandparents in the audience enjoyed it as much as the young families and children! The entire cast was extremely talented vocally and gave outstanding, spirited performances. The music and the sets were equally engaging - so lively and colorful! Thank you Vital Theatre for one splendiferic show!!:

Mary E. Katz
Director of Education and Outreach
The Carson Center
Paducah, KY


Cara Lustik (Book) has written the book for Flight School the Musical and Twinkle Tames a Dragon the Musical. She has over 15 years in the entertainment, branding and licensing industries. Previously, she worked with HIT Entertainment for its preschool properties including Thomas the Tank Engine™. Cara has worked with Production, Home Entertainment, Creative, Live Events, Broadcast and Digital teams on live events and stage productions, new characters, and digital initiatives.

Matthew Hardy (Book & Lyrics) has written the book and lyrics for the new musical comedies Flambé Dreams, Bonnets & Bling!, The Rubberers, Ever Happily After, Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas and Twinkle Tames a Dragon. Matthew received an Honorable Mention for Excellence in Lyric Writing at The New York Musical Theatre Festival 2012, is an Anna Sosenko Trust Recipient (2012), and a Jerry Boch Award finalist (2011). As an actor, he has performed with the National Tour of Fosse, toured with Jane Comfort & Co., presented his own cabaret act entitled Songs for the Dysfunctional, and worked at many regional theaters across the nation. Matthew is a proud member of Actor's Equity, a graduate of the William Esper Acting Studio and a member of The BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop.

Randy Klein (Composer) is an award winning composer and pianist with 4 Emmy Awards and 2 Gold Records. His musical theatre works include: Flambé Dreams – 2012 New York Musical Theatre Festival; Ever Happily After, a children’s musical, 2013 New York Musical Theatre Festival; Move!, a dance musical commissioned - Royal Theatre Carre', Amsterdam; I Don't Do Club Dates, staged readings Victory Theater, by the National Musical Theater Network and John Harms Arts Center. Recipient of the Simons Fellowship at the Hall Center for the Humanities, University of Kansas, he is an Anna Sosenko Trust Recipient; BMI Foundation Jerry Harrington Award for Achievement in Musical Theatre, nominated for the Jerry Boch Award for theater composition. Composer of the choral works For My People,Facing It and Dear John, Dear Coltrane. Numerous solo improvised piano recordings. Member of The BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, The Dramatists Guild. Randy is an Exclusive Steinway Artist.

Sam Viverito (Director) has directed and choreographed internationally in such diverse places as, South Korea (Hairspray, Bat Boy, Disney’s Hunchback Of Notre Dame, King & I, Quiz Show and the 1st American company of A Chorus Line), Canada (A Touch Of Broadway, Angelina Ballerina, Garden Brother’s Circus) Malaysia and Japan, (Charles Bach’s Wonder) England (Brighton Cares). New York audiences has seen his work in Cut The Ribbons, (starring Donna McKechnie, Georgia Engel and Barbara Feldon) Duplex, Bag Fulla Money, Angelina Ballerina, Angelina Ballerina The Very Merry Holiday Musical, and Fancy Nancy) He has directed and choreographed National tours of A Chorus Line, Man Of Lamancha, Angelina Ballerina, Fancy Nancy and Gypsy. His work regionally includes: La Cage Aux Folles, Funny Girl, Sweet Charity, Annie, 42nd Street, Evita, Buddy, Broadway Bound, Opa!, Corps Of Discovery, and for the last 21 years, the Shoji Tabuchi Show, in Branson, MO. His company, VIVO, Inc is now involved with developing original works. He has written, with co-writers, Wendy Biller and Chris Hawthorne, An Intolerant Vaudeville, based on a visit to The Museum of Tolerance, in Los Angeles. He is currently Artistic Director of Circus Rainbow and Co-Producer/Artistic Consultant on The Naked Magicians, which just completed a run on “the Strip”, in Las Vegas, NV.

Kyle Dixon (Set Design) A Kentucky native and graduate of Morehead State University, Kyle Dixon has been a freelance scenic artist/designer in New York for over eight years. From stage to showrooms, he has worked across Manhattan, as well at various theatres in the Southeast. Recent favorite designs include Angelina Ballerina, The Musical (Off-Broadway, Toronto, Nation Tour), Growing Up 70's, starring Barry Williams, a.k.a. Greg Brady (Off-Broadway), Aspern Papers (Off-Broadway), South Pacific, Shakespeare and Love (directed by Jane McCullough) The Crucible, Zombie Prom, Twelfth Night, and Bat Boy. His scenic artwork may be seen across the country, from the stage of The Lost Colony on Roanoke Island, NC to the Bellagio Conservatory in Las Vegas.

Amanda Jenks (Costume Design) is an NYIT-Award nominated freelance costume designer for theatre, film, television, and dance based in New York City and a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Currently, she is the assistant costume designer for the Bob Crowley-designed musical An American in Paris currently nominated for 12 Tony's including Outstanding Costume Design of a Musical now running at Broadway's Palace Theater after it's sold-out run at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. She's also an assistant costume designer on the School of Rock (costume design by Anna Louizos).

Anessa Marie (Music Director) is a music director, pianist, composer, and orchestrator based in the NYC area. For Vital Theatre Company, she has served as music director for Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas, The Bully, and Twinkle Tames a Dragon. Favorite New York and regional credits include Parade, The Last Five Years, Seussical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Into the Woods, The Robber Bridegroom, and Songs For a New World. She is the composer of Transitions: a Song Cycle, the recording of which will be released in late 2017, and In Search Of..., a new musical to receive its first reading in 2017 as well. As a performer, favorite credits include The Rocky Horror Show (Frankenfurter), Cabaret (Kit Kat Girl), and Godspell (Jesus). Non-theatrically, Anessa is the founder and director of Beyond Gender Love Transcends, a non-profit organization benefiting the transgender and gender non-conforming community. Many thanks to the Vital Staff and this incredible cast for another great experience!


Alexa Lebersfeld (Nancy) is thrilled to return to this role in NYC after touring with the show last holiday season. She was most recently seen at Vital as Britt in Stinky Kids! She is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory where some of her favorite credits include The Pajama Game (Mabel) and Legally Blonde (Margot). Much love to the whole family: grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, Mom, Dad, and Jenna. Love to BoCo and FwF. Love to this cast and crew! Happy Holidays!!

Robyn Michele Frank (Jo Jo) is thrilled once again to be bringing out her inner child in Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas with Vital Theatre Company! Select credits include: I'll Say She Is (Off-Broadway revival), the national tour of The Berenstain Bears Live! (Sister Bear), portraying Anne Frank in various shows at The Anne Frank Center USA, No Provenance (Ilana) at NYC Fringe Festival, 9 to 5, Kiss Me Kate, Young Frankenstein, and Patchwork Players (Weathervane Repertory Theatre, NH), Our Town (Emily), and a singer in Rated RSO: College Edition at Joe's Pub. Film work includes the web series Unrelated (Frannie), Slice (Monica), and Experimenter starring Winona Ryder and Jake Gyllenhaal. She is a Pforzheimer Honors College graduate from Pace University with a BFA Musical Theatre major through the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences and an Arts and Entertainment Management minor through the Lubin School of Business. Many thanks to Holly at HDB Casting! Love to MDST.

Hallie Brevetti (Mrs. Clancy) is so excited to be spreading some holiday cheer close to home this season! She hails originally from Teaneck, New Jersey. NYC: Candide (Theater2020). Regional: State Fair (Sierra Repertory Theatre), Oklahoma, The Who's Tommy (Berkshire Theatre Group), Cafe Variations (SITI Co./Arts Emerson), Chicago, Legally Blonde (Woodstock Playhouse). Cruise Ships and Theme Parks: Norwegian Cruise Line (Legally Blonde, Shout! The Mod Musical, Burn the Floor, Wine Lovers: The Musical), Cedar Point Amusement Park (The Edge of Madness). BFA in Musical Theatre from Emerson College. Many thanks to Holly at HBD Casting!

Garrett Lawson (Mr. Clancy) is excited to be returning to Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas! New York Credits: Othello (Iago), Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas! (Mr. Clancy) Regional Credits: Red Velvet (Henry/Casimir), The Great Gatsby (Jay Gatsby), Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio), Dial M for Murder (Tony Wendice), Hello Dolly! (Cornelius Hackl), Love's Labour's Lost (Sir Nathaniel), Twelfth Night (Sir Andrew Aguecheek), Charlotte's Web (Templeton). Film: Ends Meet (Jeff), Demons in the Woods (Bob), Engraved Danger (Jeffery). Radio: 'The Fall of the House of Usher' (Rodrick Usher), 'The Night Before Christmas' (Narrator), 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' (Peter Quince). A native of Oklahoma, Garrett holds a BFA in Theatre and Voice from the University of Kansas and is a proud company member of Madcap Repertory Theatre.

Sean R. Jones (Grandpa/Mrs. DeVine) is so excited to return to Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas after playing Mrs. DeVine/Grandpa in Vital's NYC production last year. Originally from Hamilton, OH, Sean attended Wright State University, where he earned his BFA in Musical Theatre. Some of Sean's favorite credits include Ko-Ko in The Hot Mikado, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Leaf Coneybear in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Mr. Pinkerton in Vital's Pinkalicious. A big thank you to the Vital family and to all of Sean's loved ones!

Frances Hughes (Production Stage Manager) graduated from SUNY Buffalo State with a B.A. in Theatre. Frances stage managed the tour of Fancy Nancy's Splendiforous Christmas last year and is excited to be returning this year for the tour and NYC production. Recent credits with Vital Theatre include StinkyKids the Musical, Pinkalicious the Musical and Flight School. She also stage managed the national tour of Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy the Musical with Bay Area Children's Theatre. Frances loves celebrating the true meaning of Christmas and hopes you do too!

Alex James (Stage Manager) is a New York City based stage manager. Off-Broadway: The Berenstain Bears Live!, Jay Allan Zimmerman's Incredibly Deaf Musical. Other NYC credits: The Uncanny Valley (The Brick Theater), Infallibility (Fringe NYC 2013), SoundBites (Theater Now New York), The Untitled Ginsberg Project, The Who's Tommy (Pace), She Loves Me (Pace). Graduate of Pace University.


Samantha Rose (Fancy Nancy) is so excited to be returning to Vital Theatre Company and spreading Christmas cheer! She was recently seen Touring and Off-Broadway as Lizzie in The Berenstain Bears LIVE! (Matt Murphy Productions) and as Owl in Flight School (Vital Theatre). Samantha is a proud graduate of Wagner College. Thanks to Vital for this opportunity, and to Phil & my family for their endless love and support!

Amber Dickerson (Jo-Jo) is thrilled to be joining the touring production of Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas! Originally from Carnesville, GA, Amber holds her B.F.A in Theatre Performance from Columbus State University and her B.S. in Developmental Psychology from CUNY. Previous Vital Theatre credits include Pinkalicious: The Musical (Pinkalicious). Favorite credits include Bat Boy (Shelley), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Hermia), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Sally) and The Rocky Horror Show (Janet). Many thanks to Vital Theatre Company and the entire cast and crew!

Sarah Mae Banning (Mrs. Clancy) cannot wait to spread the true meaning of Christmas this holiday season with her Vital family! She's usually dealing with her daughter's love of pink cupcakes as Mrs. Pinkerton in Pinkalicious. Other credits include: Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie), The Little Mermaid (Ariel), Merrilee Mannerly (Princess Posy), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Miss Flannery), The Producers, Chicago, The Drowsy Chaperone, West Side Story. Sarah Mae has also performed at Feinstein's/ 54 Below and Goodspeed's Festival of New Musicals in The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes by Kooman & Dimond. BFA of Musical Theatre from The Hartt School.

Jonny Rouse (Mr. Clancey) is so excited to be joining the Fancy Nancy Family! Regional Credits: Fiddler on the Roof (Mendel), LaDeeDum (Cat), Singin' in the Rain (Production Tenor), Grease (Johnny Casino/Teen Angel), Sweet Charity (Manfred), and Parade (Frankie Epps). He received his BFA in Music Theatre from the University at Buffalo. Jonny would like to thank his family and Gabi for all of their love and support!

Cole Smith (Grandpa/Devine) is delighted to be joining the Vital Theatre family for Fancy Nancy! Originally from Albany, OR, Cole is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC. Favorite regional credits include The Wizard of Oz (Scarecrow),Bring It On (Randall),13 the Musical (Archie), Oliver! (Artful Dodger) and James and the Giant Peach (James). Cole sends many thanks to the cast, crew, and his immensely supportive and wonderful family back in Oregon!



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Fancy Nancy text copyright © 2014 Jane O'Connor, Illustrations © 2014 Robin Preiss Gllasser
Used by permission of Harper Collins Publishers. All Rights Reserved
© 2014 C. Lustik, R. Klein & M. Hardy