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  • Christine Fournier

    Christine Fournier has been a performer all her life. She grew up in the 1940s and 1950s, watching the great MGM movie musicals, learning the choreography, lip-synching to the original soundtracks and studying the stars of such films as “Singin’ In the Rain” and “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.”

    After attending the University of Minnesota with a Theatre major and Dance minor, she went on to perform on the University’s original Centennial Showboat, The General John Netwon, for two summer productions. In the fall of 1962 she moved to New York City where she was cast in two national tours and the Broadway closing of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."

    An international company of “West Side Story,” directed by Jerome Robbins, followed, then she returned to New York and was cast in the original production of “Sweet Charity,” starring Broadway legend Gwen Verdon and directed by Bob Fosse.

    Christine returned home to the Twin Cities in 1967 and became the first choreographer for the Chanhassen Dinner Theater and a member of the original company. She has also performed at the renowned Friar’s Dinner Theater in Minneapolis and directed several musicals, including “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The Forum” and “West Side Story.” In 1987 she returned to the Twin Cities after working and living in Washington, D.C., Detroit and Chicago and began 1-on-1 coaching for actors and workshops for audition preparation. Christine still coaches actors for auditions and roles at her home studio: www.shecreatesactorsstudio.com.

    In addition to her interest in theater and performance arts, she also enjoys writing. In 2002, Beaver’s Pond Press released her memoir, On the Sunny Side of the Street, about the Alzheimer’s Journey she had traveled with her mother, Helen Winter LaCaze. The book chronicles what it was like to watch a woman who was once so vivacious lose her sense of self and purpose. It is the author’s hope that sharing her story will help and inspire others facing the disease.

    In 2012, 4 Square Books released her second book, the novel “Gypsy Nights,” which explores the lives of Broadway performers as they make their way from city to city on tour. The continuation of the series, “Gypsy City,” was released in Spring 2013. In 2014, Christine released her third novel, "Gypsy World," based on her experiences performing in Tokyo, Japan in 1964. Newly-released, June 2015, her fourth novel, "Gypsy Road," takes the reader on a west coast tour, based on the author's final tour of How to Succeed in Business in 1965 and a journey through Hollywood moviemaking. The books are fiction, but based on the author’s experiences in the 1960s as she traveled with the national company of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” and performed on Broadway in the original production of “Sweet Charity.” Christine Fournier and her husband, Paul, live in New Brighton, Minnesota.

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