A NEW MUSICAL 

ABOUT LIFE, LOVE & THE roller RINK

Family Friendly, HIT HER WITH THE SKATES

is GREASE meets HAIRSPRAY with a dash of 

XANADU!

ABOUT THE SHOW

HIT HER WITH THE SKATES is a coming of age story with a twist. It’s 1994 and Pop Rock star, Jacqueline Miller has a lot to celebrate. She’s headlining her first national tour, has a hit record and is riding high. In the midst of this, she has agreed to kick off the gala re-opening of her beloved childhood roller rink, Windy City Skates.

 

When complications hit her head on, she takes a retrospective journey back to 1977 and finds herself again when she meets up with her 12-year old self and all of the people who have made her who she is.

 

From the wisdom of the Ouija Board, to the power of All-Skate Saturday, HIT HER WITH THE SKATES explores the magic and hope of finding your one true love while still being true to yourself.

 

HIT HER WITH THE SKATES is everything a musical should be with a fascinating story, inventive staging and a score that is pure magic. 

-Marina Kennedy, Broadway World Review

Meet The Team

CREATIVES

Christine Rea

began her journey of producing, playwriting and performing as a kid on her parents suburban Chicago backyard patio. Upon pursuing a Master’s Degree at DePaul Theater School, Christine toured the US, Canada and Europe performing; most notably as Mary Magdalene in the National Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar w/Ted Neeley & Carl Anderson, and more recently with Mr. Neeley and Corey Glover of the groundbreaking rock band, Living Colour. Christine formed HHWTS Productions LLC with writing partner and husband, Rick Briskin, with the goal of developing and nurturing new plays & musicals. With over 60 years of theater and music business between the two of them, and a goal of combining art with commerce; HHWTS Productions strives to deliver universal appealing shows with timeless & enduring messages. Upcoming: Off-Broadway, Hit Her With The Skates: A New Musical about Life, Love & the Roller Rink. Recent: Off-Broadway, The Crusade of Connor Stephens, a new play; World Premiere, Hamilton Stage (UCPAC) 2017, Hit Her With The Skates. Christine holds a History BA from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana, is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild, Actors Equity Association and 14-Week Commercial Theater Institute Graduate. Christine is a dollhouse enthusiast, loves a good joke and believes everything is better with sprinkles. www.HHWTSProductions.com

BOOK/LYRICS

Rick Briskin

attended the acclaimed Berklee College of Music as a drummer and discovered his true love of songwriting. At that point, he picked up the guitar and began his journey as a singer/songwriter. Born in NYC, his parents instilled a love and appreciation for musical theatre. When approached to collaborate on HIT HER WITH THE SKATES, Rick’s extensive knowledge of musical genre and style, coupled with his enthusiasm for musical theatre made him a natural. As a mainstay of the NYC music scene, he has produced and worked with a diverse group of artists in a wide range of styles. As a sideman, Rick has shared the stage with many artists including: Diana Ross, Frankie Valli, Cindy Lauper, Sheryl Crow and Anita Baker. Additionally, he can be heard on national jingles including spots for: Coca Cola, Mercedes Benz, Tanqueray, Huggies and Equitable Life. Rick is a proud member of AFM Local 802. 

MUSIC/LYRICS

Bob Cline

Bob has cast film, TV, commercials, over 70 national tours, and hundreds of regional theatre productions across the country. Bob's casting credits include: The National Tours of Memphis, Shrek, Young Frankenstein, Beauty and the Beast, Oliver, Annie, Bye Bye Birdie, Hairspray, Rent, Drowsy Chaperone, Full Monty, Cabaret, Complete Works of William Shakespeare, 39 Steps, Music Man, Oklahoma, Showboat, Victor-Victoria, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and others.

 

Regionally, Bob has had his hands in casting shows at over 30 LORT Theaters, including, The Fulton Theatre, Maltz-Jupiter Theatre, Northern Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, St. Louis Repertory Theatre, The Longwharf, The Pioneer Theatre Company, The Olney, Merrimack Rep., Cumberland County Playhouse, Theatre By The Sea, Arkansas Rep., The Marriott Lincolnshire, and many more.

 

Bob is a proud faculty member, at Pace University, in their BFA Musical Theatre Program, in charge of the senior musical theatre majors. He is also a member of the committee for incoming freshman accepted to Pace.

CASTING DIRECTOR

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CAST

FEATURED CAST

DIANA DEGARMO

For over the last decade, Diana DeGarmo has been blowing away audiences with her powerful voice and irresistible charm. Fans first grew to love Diana on the cultural phenomenon, American Idol, where she placed second at the mere age of 16. Shortly after, Diana released her first single "Dreams" that reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. She made her Broadway debut at only 18 in the role of Penny Pingleton in HAIRSPRAY, solidifying her spot amongst the Broadway Divas. Her comedy chops and big voice brought down the house again in the Off Broadway cult hit, THE TOXIC AVENGER as Sarah the blonde, blind, librarian. Splitting her time between her beloved home in Nashville and the rest of the world, Diana made a name for herself on the #1 Daytime TV Drama, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, creating the vivacious and wild character, Angelina. While in Los Angeles, Diana revised her beloved role as Penny Pingleton in HAIRSPRAY at the Hollywood Bowl starring Drew Carey and Corbin Bleu. All the while releasing two of her own EPs, "Unplugged in Nashville" and "Live to Love" that included the hit song "Good Goodbye" that was showcased during her reign on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS. In 2010, she joined the Broadway revival of HAIR where she met now husband, Ace Young.  Soon the two became a dynamic duo writing and singing songs for TV Shows and Films and touring together in JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT and multiple times with the USO. Diana has also taken her talents on the road with the First National Broadway Tours of BKYLN: THE MUSICAL and 9 TO 5, where she was handpicked to play Doralee by the one and only Dolly Parton herself! She recently returned home to Nashville from touring South Korea while starring as Lucy in JEKYLL & HYDE alongside Kyle Dean Massey.  Diana was an active actor as a child growing up in Georgia, but her most recent films include ALTO, AFTER THE SUN FELL and THE FIRST RIDE OF WYATT EARP.  Represented by Headline Talent, Diana is a one-of-a-kind entertainer who has always wanted her career to not be just a shooting star but an entire galaxy. 

JACQUELINE MILLER

Ace Young

Ace Young is a creative chameleon. He has made it his life's purpose to wear every hat in the entertainment industry he can from acting, singing, writing songs for artists and brands, composing for films, touring his own music, directing and more. This Grammy Nominated songwriter has written Number 1 hits in both the US and Overseas. He says, "A true artist will do whatever the next project needs and never stop learning." Long before he was introduced to the world on the biggest season of American Idol history, Ace had already performed, created and produced music for a major motion picture and toured the country with R&B royalty. His career has taken him to stages around the world from Afghanistan and Bahrain with the USO, New York City with Broadway hits GREASE and HAIR, and Los Angeles TV sets from "Bones" to "Born Again Virgin." He and wife, Diana DeGarmo, toured the country together in the show JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT with Ace in the title role.  Proudly wearing his producer hat, Ace is currently leading the creation in Diana's new album, GEMINI. His first film, CLINTON ROAD, starring alongside Ice T, will be released in 2018. Growing up in Colorado as the youngest of five boys, Ace has never once backed down from a challenge and doesn't plan on starting any time soon. He is honored to be represented by Headline Talent and active member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.

BLAKE CONRAD/RUSS REINER

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