Theatre Under the Stars Presents Striking 12 - The Musical An Uplifting Indie-Rock Holiday Fable for the Bah Humbug Crowd

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 12/1/2015, 3:58 p.m.
Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) Underground presents an unconventional holiday show in Striking 12 – The Musical, on stage from ...

HOUSTON (December 1, 2015) – Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) Underground presents an unconventional holiday show in Striking 12 – The Musical, on stage from December 17 - 23, 2015in Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Striking 12 is presented in a new format for Underground, in a novel band-as-the-actors format, playing the piano, drums and a super-cool six-string Viper violin.

With a message that speaks to kids from one to 92, choosing a story that brings people together is a perennial holiday tradition for TUTS. This second show of the TUTS Underground season, originally performed by New York-based trio Groovelily at Broadway supper club 54 Below, reminds audiences of what’s really important this holiday season – caring for each other.

In this story told through a concert, three musicians present a story of a man who’s done with holiday cheer, a Seasonal Affective Disorder light saleswoman, and The Little Match Girl of Hans Christian Anderson’s classic tale. Wit and warmth mark this tale highlighting the difficulty of connecting with others when our own sorrows seem overwhelming. Touching on the disconnected nature of a society in which we define ourselves by work, the three stories intersect for a feel-good ending without the hype of holiday lights.

For more event information, including a pop-up performance at downtown Houston’s MKT BAR on December 10, visit tuts.com/events. Tickets (from $25) are available online at TUTS.com; by phone at (713) 558-TUTS (8887), or (888) 558-3882 or in person at Theatre Under The Stars Box Office, (800 Bagby Street, Houston, TX 77002), Monday-Friday, 10:00A-6:00P; Saturday-Sunday from 11:00A-4:00P.

Special offers for groups of 10 or more are available at (713) 558-8888 or groupsales@tuts.com.

TUTS’ 2015/16 season is generously sponsored by CHI St. Luke’s Health. For all shows, air transportation is provided by United Airlines, the official airline of TUTS. Media sponsors includeABC-13 and Houston Chronicle. Season support is funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Theater District Association, the National Endowment for the Arts, and theTexas Commission on the Arts.

Visit www.TUTS.com for more information.

PRINCIPAL CAST BIOGRAPHIES

ZACH COSSMAN (Zach) – Off-Broadway: Revolution in the Elbow… (Mr. Elbow) [World Premiere] Regional: BUDDY: The Buddy Holly Story (Jerry Allison) [Casa Mañana & NCTheatre], Band Geeks (Jake) [Regional & West Coast Premieres], Guys and Dolls (Harry the Horse), Anything Goes (Evelyn Oakleigh), 9 to 5 (Dwayne). Thanks to MC, RC, CC, MB, Bloc Talent. @ZachCossman www.ZachCossman.com

ANDREA GOSS (Andrea) Broadway: Cabaret, Once, Rent. Regional: Zorro (Alliance Theatre), A Civil War Christmas (Baltimore Center Stage), A Christmas Carol (McCarter), Tarzan (North Shore), Venice (Center Theatre Group/KC Rep), High School Musical (St. Louis MUNY), Sound of Music and Big River (Syracuse Stage). Readings: Zapata, K-Pop, Little Did I Know, Casanova Returns, Freckle-Face Strawberry. Film: Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway. Thanks and love to my incredible family and CGF.

IAN LOWE (Ian) National Tour: Murder for Two (directed by Scott Schwartz). Off-Broadway & NY Theatre: Murder for Two (New World Stages), Nikolai & the Others (Lincoln Center Theatre), The unCivil War (NYMF); additional readings at workshops at Ensemble Studio Theater, Manhattan Theater Club, The York, and others. Regional: Old Globe, Pittsburgh CLO, Capital Rep, Dorset Theatre Festival, Adirondack Theater Festival, Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival, Riverside Theatre, etc. BA, Yale University. Proud member of AEA. www.theianlowe.com