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The Gift of the Magi

Adapted from the classic O.Henry short story, "The Gift of the Magi," that centers around the art of selfless giving. In this adaptation by Michael Walker, the story focuses on Carlos and Carmen; a young Hispanic couple in early, turn-of-the-century NYC as they prepare for the Holiday season. Approximate Run-Time: 60min

Photos: Amy Mae Photography

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Marta Rymer
 (Carmen Colón / Margaret Porter)

Marta is grateful to be a part of The Gift of the Magi! Recent credits include, National Tour: Once (Apex Touring). Regional: The Tempest  (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), Once (Speakeasy Stage), The Spitfire Grill (Oregon Cabaret Theatre), West Side Story (Fiddlehead Theatre), The New Electric Ballroom (The Acktor’s Table), and A Tale of Two Cities (York Theatre).Upcoming:  A Christmas Carol  (Hanover Theatre). Marta is a graduate of AMDA. She sends love to her family for their endless support!

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Cristiano Lourenço Jr
 (Carolos Colón)

Cristiano is a Brazilian actor who has been living in Worcester, Massachusetts for the past five years. He is a student at the Hanover Theatre Conservatory and is very excited to be on stage for the production of The Gift of the Magi. Previous projects Cristiano has worked on include Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar by the THT Rep in Worcester, Em Azul Um Musical (In Blue, a Musical), Little Prince - The Musical, Velório à Brasileira (Funeral in Brazilian), an adaptation of the popular Brazilian tv show “Castelo Ra-Tim-Bum”, as well as multiple national tours and over 10 different productions. Cristiano is happy to be a part of this show with the challenge of portraying Carlos and wanted to thank his parents for always supporting his career, as well as every teacher, director, and choreographer who believed in his potential. 


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Jim Douglas
Narrator / William Porter (O.Henry) / Mr. Fairchild

This is Jim’s first appearance with STW and he is excited to work with such a wonderful cast and director. Since starting in theater in 2011, Jim has performed in over 40 plays and musicals throughout Central Massachusetts and Northeast Connecticut.  Some of his favorite roles include the title role in Tuesdays With Morrie, Scrooge (A Christmas Carol), Donny Dubrow (American Buffalo), Sheridan Whiteside (The Man Who Came to Dinner), Potter (It’s a Wonderful Life), Charlie (Death of a Salesman), Lazar Wolf (Fiddler on the Roof), and Jacob (Awake and Sing!). When not on stage, Jim enjoys ‘prepping’ books for audiobook narrators.

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Regina Stillings
Narrator / Susan /
Mrs. Sofronie

Although new to STW, Regina is no stranger to local stages, having performed as Mrs. Tottendale in The Drowsy Chaperone with Worcester County Light Opera, Eulalie Shinn in The Music Man with Vanilla Box Productions, Sister Robert Ann in Nunsense with Stageloft Theater, and one of her favorite roles as Louise in Always, Patsy Cline with her best friend Trish Aponte at Theatre at the Mount! She’s happy to be sharing the stage again with Trish, under the direction of Michael Walker!

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Trish Aponte

Trish is grateful for the opportunity to be work with such a wonderful cast and Studio Theatre Worcester having performed on the stage for over 35 years. She has been seen professionally with Foothills Theatre in Chicago (Roxy Hart), A Christmas Carol, Gypsy (Tessie Tura), Ragtime (Evelyn Nesbitt), Beehive the 60’s Musical, Holiday at the Hills (player). She also performed with Trinity Rep in A Christmas Carol (Ghost of Christmas Past), Lyric Stage in Side Show (Snake Lady), Speakeasy Stage Company in Bacharach Review, American Stage Festival and Stoneham Theatre (now Greater Boston Stage Company) in Little Shop of Horrors (Crystal). Trish has worked with Theatre at the Mount for many years and it’s one of her favorite places to perform. Some of her roles include, Patsy Cline in Always Patsy Cline; Robert Anne in Nunsense, Peter Pan in Peter Pan, Tanya in Mama Mia, Diana Morales in A CHORUS LINE, Drowsy Chaperone in The Drowsy Chaperone, and Masha in Vanya, Sonia, Masha, and Spike.

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Derek Sylvester 

Derek is excited to be returning to Studio Theatre Worcester for his third appearance, where he has been seen in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) and The Fantasticks (Hucklebee). Other local appearances include The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Durdles), The Rocky Horror Show (Frank, Riff Raff), and Bent (Horst).

Production Team

Adapted and Directed by Michael Walker

Produced by Rob Klimeczko

Spanish Translation by Vilmary Lopez

Stage Managed by Anna Levin

Technical Design by David N. Farreh

Costume Design by Valerie Schillawski

Wig Design by Steven Cristofono

Meet the Cast


"It is a familiar story, well executed, but also a story of human compassion, sacrifice and generosity which is not told enough."



Thank you to our patrons who contributed board games and other family-time activities to our partners at the Latino Education Institute (L.E.I.)

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