The Chapman family is not the only family to have multiple generations involved in the current production of The Santa Diaries.
Kimberly Lohrfink tells me that their family first got involved in theater in 2004 when older son, Nick (now married and out of the house), was cast as Daddy Warbucks in his school’s production of Annie. As Nick went through high school, he was in various productions, and the acting bug took hold of the whole family. The kids became involved with STAR, LTD., a community theater in Relay, MD, in 2007 – Nick was 16, Sarah was 8 and Philip was 4.
Kimberly took on many roles such as costume coordinator, make-up artist, stage manager – “anything and everything offstage,” she said. In 2008, STAR announced that they were doing an “all ages” production of Scrooge and Marley, and Kimberly, thinking that it would be a great family bonding experience, convinced her husband, Dan, to audition. She thought they would just be in the ensemble, but were cast as Mr. and Mrs. Cratchit. Kimberly said,”It was a wonderful show, and we had a blast.”
In 2010, Sarah and Philip were both cast in St. Gabriel’s Miracle Player’s production of Wonderland. Kimberly was again behind the scenes as the Stage Manager for that show, and Dan helped out with lights and sound.
In this production of The Santa Diaries, Dan Lohrfink fills the role of Sandy Hawes, the small-town Santa who comes from a long time of Santas and hopes his son, Will, will put on the Santa boots.
Normally, when Dan takes the stage he’s not wearing a red suit, he’s playing bass or guitar with a band. He said, “my stint as Bob Cratchit was quite a change from playing a dumb ol’ shepherd in my 1st grade Christmas play.”
Kimberly Lohrfink is playing Edna (one of the Casserole ladies) and also appears in the ensemble cast. Offstage, Kimberly works as a Program Director for Johns Hopkins CTY, volunteers as a Girl Scout leader, chauffeurs her kids to their various activities, and she makes the BEST sweet potato casserole. Can we get the recipe, Kimberly?
Dan and Kimberly’s son, Philip, is a 6th grader at St. Agnes School. He enjoys playing the piano and trumpet and singing. He’s in his school choir and band. Clearly this kid loves the stage!
His previous roles include Colin (Secret Garden), Tiny Tim (Scrooge and Marley), the Red Knight and the Lion (Wonderland). In his free time, Philip enjoys Origami, drawing and Legos. In The Santa Diaries production he is playing Boy Ebenezer, and five different ensemble roles. Keeping track of those costume changes is going to be a challenge.
High school Sophomore, Sarah Lohrfink has been cast as Rose, along with two other ensemble roles. Sarah is no stranger to the stage. She’s been involved in theater since she was eight. Previous roles include Biddy Haggerty (The Ghost of Rhodes Manor), Little Boy Blue (Babes in Toyland), Ruth Taylor (Don’t Say No to the USO), Captain Bree (Lady Pirates of Captain Bree) and Alice (Wonderland). In addition to theater, Sarah enjoys singing, and she plays flute in the TCHS Band. Her dream is to someday be on Broadway.
Due to schedule conflicts, jobs, etc., the Lohrfink family has not been able to all do a show together since 2010 – until now. Sarah, Philip, Dan and Kimberly are having a great time taking the stage together again in The Santa Diaries. One of the themes of our play is family coming together. What better way than parents and kids participating in this wonderful family show!