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I have the opportunity to portray Dad in this production and, as we are trying to maintain high expectations and learn to be more efficient, things don’t always go as planned.
In my real life I am a social worker in Newark, OH and am currently serving as the Vice President of the ZCT Board of Directors. I am married to the Assistant Director, who is also the Producer, and really only had a couple of children. I know you will enjoy this show and I thank you for supporting the arts in Zanesville.
Monica Van Nort (Mother / Mrs. Gilbreth) – My family and I moved to Zanesville from Kentucky in 2006. I have been fortunate enough to participate in many fun and wonderful plays and a (my one and only!) musical since joining the ZCT group. My first role and the one dearest to my heart was Truvie in Steele Magnolias. The most fun would have been Belinda/Flavia in Noises Off and most recently I was afforded the opportunity to play the villain, Ms. Minchin, in The Little Princess; and I have to admit my inner villain emerged with a vengeance…it was quite fun! I have indeed caught the acting bug and encourage anyone to try it. Thank you Val and Angel for asking me to participate once again in a wonderful play! Break-a-leg Gilbreth clan and enjoy the show to one and all!!
I also play soccer and like to be outdoors; hiking with my family and other things. I also enjoy reading and hanging out with friends.
Hoffnung genießen Sie die Show!!(Hope you enjoy the show!!)
I hope everyone has the opportunity to experience a ‘theater family’ as wonderful as mine. I hope you enjoy the show and, to the cast and crew of Cheaper by the Dozen: “Break a Leg!”.
When not on a theatrical stage, she spends much of her time teaching 7th grade Science at West Muskingum Middle School. She also spends time as a wife to Dave Burkhart and mom to Cory and Ryan Burkhart, who both appear in Cheaper by the Dozen.
Please enjoy the show, and if you hear me making noise backstage, I am just helping my cast mates with their lines 🙂
Val Gahagan (Director) – Val Gahagan is a wife and mom who discovered a love of theater a little over 10 years ago when her oldest was a pickpocket in “Oliver!” Since then she has been in numerous shows herself as well as having had the privilege of working with each of her 7 children both on stage and behind the scenes. This is her 3rd show to direct at ZCT and she has loved working with this cast and crew. A special thanks to Pam Smith for helping us cast–you did a great job–and to Angel Palmer, one of her dearest friends without whom this show would not have happened! She hopes you enjoy watching the show as much as she has enjoyed working on it.
“When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family
happinesses.” ~Joyce Brothers
Why “Cheaper by the Dozen”?
When people hear that I am a mom of seven, I suppose many assume it’s “a
large family thing” but I think it’s just “a family thing.” Of course
“Cheaper by the Dozen” is a cute story about a large family with cute kids
and funny scenes. I love that it is story based on the real lives of actual people, who just lived ordinary lives, that we have had the privilege to glimpse into. But what really makes it a worthwhile story, in my opinion, is the way Frank and Ernestine have emphasized to us the value of family and enjoying what we have while we have it.
By the time you are sitting in your seats waiting for the lights to come up on this show, I will have three children out of high school and two of
those married. On the other hand, I have one child who has yet to start
kindergarten. Perspective! This last year, especially, has given me reason
to stop and savor the moments that are at hand and check my own priorities
regarding life and family, while at the same time having Jekyll and Hyde
moments between excitement over the things to come and sentimentality over
the things we are leaving behind. It has caused me to consider the legacy
of family and faith that we are leaving to our children and, eventually,
grandchildren. I know how thankful I am for my parents, who have
successfully instilled in my brothers and me the values that they deemed to be of greatest importance.
Thank you Jerry, Zak, Cori, Caleb, Constance, Reanna, Katie, Jonah,
Jerah-Lynn and Levi for the last 23 years of family- and for all of the
years to come. Thank you Dad and Mom for teaching me the importance of
faith and family. And thank you Brian and Scott for always being there for
each other and for your big sister.
So why “Cheaper by the Dozen”? Because I think we all see a little bit of
our own families in theirs. I think Erma Bombeck sums us all up well:
“The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through
life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another’s desserts,
hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms,
inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving,
laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound
us all together.”
Desmond TutuThis theater, these kids, this crew, they have become my second family…and I am so honored to have been a small part of this production. My own children literally grew up in this space and it has so many wonderful memories for me…I am dedicated to making sure young people can come in here, express themselves and make even more wonderful memories.
It has been fantastic to watch as each of these characters have stepped out of the script and come to life on the stage…thank you for coming to encourage our youth and for supporting the arts in Zanesville!