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Meet ‘Another Night Before Christmas’ star Melissa Whitworth


now-playing-03On stage now through December 25th in the Broadway Palm’s Off-Broadway Theater is Another Night Before Christmas starring Paul Glodfelter and Melissa Whitworth.

Whitworth graduated in from the Florida State University College of Music in 2013 and has been teaching and performing since that time. She currently works as an actor for Universal Studios with everything from wizards and robots to a’ cappella singers (the scariest). Most recently, she received a Broadway World Orlando nomination for act-of-kindness-01her work as Thomas Jefferson in 1776 at the Mad Cow Theatre (which presented the show with an all-female cast).

Melissa has also appeared at Delray’s Show Palace Dinner Theatre as Cindy in SUDS: The Musical (directed by SUDS alumni Steven Flaa). Other favorite credits include the title role in both the first (at Theatre Winter Haven with Katrina Ploof directing) and second (Titusville Playhouse, Inc.) Florida productions of Mary Poppins, Princess Fiona santa-is-going-to-town-02in Shrek (at Theatre Winter Haven, for which she received a Broadway World Orlando Best Actress nomination) and Elizabeth in Young Frankenstein (at Entracte Theatre in Delray).

Two seasons ago, the 5-foot-8-inch green-eyed performer was honored to sing as part of the Orlando Cabaret Festival at Mad Cow Theatre in their “It Was a Very Good Year” Series. Prior to that, she performed in St. Charles, Missouri with the Center Stage Theatre, at Florida State University, and on Cape Cod with the College Light Opera Company, where she received the promo-04Mrs. Box Office Award for “outstanding contributions to the company.” Favorite credits there include The Drowsy Chaperone (the Drowsy Chaperone), The Student Prince (the Grand Duchess Anastasia), and Lee Hoiby’s one-woman opera, The Italian Lesson. Whitworth has also appeared in The Music Man, South Pacific, Anything Goes and the female version of The Odd Couple.

Next up, she will be tackling the role of Karen Carpenter in Yesterday Once More, a new tribute to promo-06the legendary brother/sister duo.

Melissa also enjoys singing back up vocals and playing guitar for local artists and performing with jazz, gospel, and choral ensembles.

November 18, 2016.


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