The Big Idea Committee
Written and Performed by Christine Petrini & Melissa Brun
What’s Your Big IDEA? BIG thinkers small and tall get together to make plans for fun all year in this immersive and interactive theatre for young audiences experience featuring children’s music by Christine Petrini & Melissa Brun. Together the Big Idea Committee goes on a musical journey of fun and games, adventure and innovation, acts of kindness, and, of course, song and dance! Committee Members– let’s call this meeting to order. All in favor, say “I”!
Christine is a performer/writer/teaching artist/arts administrator in the Greater Philadelphia region. She earned an MA in Theatre from Villanova University and premiered her one-woman musical, I Can Dress Myself, which was remounted four times including a performance at the Democratic National Convention. This experience launched a love for and commitment to songwriting and storytelling. Christine’s passion for music and arts education collided when she became a mother. She began creating songs to sing with her daughter and The Big Idea Committee was born.
Credits include performing Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan (Vocalist), Sleeping Beauty (Queen) at Storybook Musical Theatre, The Light in the Piazza (Clara), Everyman (Good Deeds), The Drowsy Chaperone (Janet van de Graaff) and Salome at Villanova Theatre, Respect at Society Hill Playhouse, Burt and Me at Act II Playhouse and The Buddy Holly Story at The Media Theatre. She performed Bernstein’s Mass at The Kennedy Center and toured the U.S. with Babes in Toyland. Christine originated the role of Glinda in a new musical, Forever in Oz, by Matthew Norcross. She is a vocalist for weddings, funerals and special occasions.
Christine is the Co-founder and Managing Director of Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival and is committed to creating opportunities for women in theatre. She is a proud theatre teaching artist for Lyceum Studio (Founder/Program Director) and West Chester Studio. She has a great love for collaboration, theatre-making, arts education and art for social change.
Melissa Brun is a professional cellist and freelance teaching artist. She is currently the head of the preschool theater department at the West Chester Studio for the Performing Arts and directs productions at schools across Chester County. Melissa also directs and choreographs the Glee Club at Wayne Elementary in Radnor School District.
Melissa is the cello professor on faculty at Millersville University and hosts her own private teaching studio. She is a founding member of the chamber-folk sextet, The Sound Accord, whom she has presented with at various Pennsylvania Music Educators Association conferences across the country. As a String Clinician for D’Addario Orchestral, Melissa presents free educational workshops to students and teachers in the Philadelphia area about the string-making process, why strings make a difference, and how to make thoughtful string choices.
Melissa has been seen on stage in productions of The World Goes ‘Round, Guys and Dolls (General Cartwright), Pippin (Catherine), Beauty and the Beast (Mrs. Potts), and Into the Woods (Witch). As a cellist, Melissa played in the house band at the American Music Theater in Lancaster, and has recently played in the pit for shows at the Walnut Street Theater (South Pacific, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Matilda) and The Fulton Opera House (Ghost, Treasure Island). She has played with touring Broadway companies (Cinderella, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Matilda) and has soloed with Broadway stars, Kristin Chenoweth and Jonathan Groff.