Get to Know the Cast of Goodnight Moon: Brent Gallahan

Brent plays the Cat and the Fiddle, Dancing Bear, and Larry the Tooth Fairy in Goodnight Moon, on stage through August 2 at Virginia Rep’s Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn.

Brent Gallahan as the Cat and the Fiddle
Brent Gallahan as the Cat and the Fiddle

1) Earliest memory:
My dad actually read it to me when I was four or five. He was the librarian for the children’s section at our church. While the worship service was going on he would be downstairs with the kids, and he would read to them. One day it was just him and me, and he said “Let’s read this book together.”

2) Favorite character:
In the book, I like the bears with chairs. Then in the show, definitely Larry the Tooth Fairy!

3) One item to say goodnight to:
Goodnight Mush!

4) Childhood bedtime rituals:
When I would go to sleep when I was little, I would always say my prayers at my bedside, get into bed, and my mom and dad would read a bedtime story, and my dad or my mom, mainly my dad, would sing a lullaby of some kind, and I would go to sleep.

5) Favorite thing about the play that isn’t in the book:

Probably the music. I think it’s really well done. It just kinda fits, and it’s really fun and silly, but the kids really really get into it.

Get to Know the Cast of Goodnight Moon: Jessi Johnson

Jessi plays Old Lady Whispering Hush and Clarabell the Cow in Goodnight Moon, on stage through August 2 at Virginia Rep’s Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn.

Jessie Johnson as Clarabell the Cow
Jessi Johnson as Clarabell the Cow

1) Earliest memory:
Getting tucked in and my parents would read it to my sister and me right before bedtime.

2) Favorite character:

It might sound biased, but it’s definitely the old lady whispering hush. Because amidst all the craziness that’s happening, she’s there to narrate and move the action along.

3) One item to say goodnight to:
I would love to say goodnight to my nephew David. He is six months old and he’s very precious. His parents, my sister and my brother-in-law, bought him this book and they read it to him every night, so I’d like to say “Goodnight David!” He’s my favorite.

4) Childhood bedtime rituals:
Dad would read us a story. Sometimes it was Goodnight Moon. Sometimes it was the Little Golden Books like Mickey and the Beanstalk.

5) Favorite thing about the play that isn’t in the book:

Definitely that the bears with chairs come to life and they have that interaction with the little bunny. I think that it is so great.

Get to Know the Cast of Goodnight Moon: Breezy Potter

Breezy plays the Dish with the spoon and Kitten in Goodnight Moon, on stage through August 2 at Virginia Rep’s Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn.

Breezy Potter as the Dish with the Spoon
Breezy Potter as the Dish with the Spoon

1) Earliest memory:
I don’t really remember it, but my mom told me that she used to read the book to us all the time. She would make us point out all of the animals on the different page.

2) Favorite character:
The bunny of course!

3) One item to say goodnight to:
My bed. Goodnight bed!

4) Childhood bedtime rituals:

My mom would always sing lullabies when I was really little, and I couldn’t go to sleep without them.

5) Favorite thing about the play that isn’t in the book:
The bears with chairs song. I love it! It’s so good.

Get to Know the Cast of Goodnight Moon: Brandon McKinney

Brandon plays the Bunny in Goodnight Moon, on stage through August 2 at Virginia Rep’s Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn.

Brandon McKiiney as the Bunny
Brandon McKiiney as the Bunny

1. What is your earliest memory of the book?
I read this book to my younger brothers when they were little.

2. What is your favorite character?
I liked searching for the mouse on all the pages.

3. If you could pick one item to say goodnight to, what would it be?
I would say goodnight to my two dogs, Bailey and Boomer.

4. Did you have any childhood bedtime rituals?
I was a lot like my character, the bunny, when I was younger. I would try my best to avoid going to bed (I still do that sometimes.)

5. What’s your favorite thing about the play that isn’t in the book?
The tooth fairy is my favorite part of the play. I hate the fact my eyes are closed when he is performing. Sometimes I try to peek and watch him.