MATTHEW ALLEN is tremendously excited and honored to be a part of this year’s production of A Christmas Carol at Geva. He is a junior, Musical Theatre major at Nazareth College of Rochester. He has been privileged to play such roles as Hot Blades Harry and Old Man Strong in Urinetown, Larry in Company, Roy in Plaza Suite, Gabriel in Mad Forest, and Herbert in I’m Herbert during his time at Nazareth. Mr. Allen would like to thank his friends and family for their constant support, Geva for this wonderful opportunity, and especially his parents, Mary-Jo, and Hannah for her love. Merry Christmas!
MELISSA RAIN ANDERSON
Mrs Cratchit/Mrs Fezziwig/Mrs Dilber
MELISSA RAIN ANDERSON is happy to be back at Geva Theatre for her eighth production of A Christmas Carol. Other roles at Geva include Essie in You Can’t Take it With You, Josephine in Urinetown, Mrs. Krebs in Inherit the Wind and Young Liz in Convenience. Off-Broadway credits include Emma Parker in Bonnie and Clyde: A Folktale, Mrs. O’Leary in Shine! at NYMF; Baby Rose in Babes in Arms, Jessica in Tenderloin at City Center Encores! and Bessie in Time and Again at Manhattan Theatre Club. TV credits include “Law & Order: SVU” (Guest Star) and “Lipstick Jungle” (Guest Star). Melissa played Nurse Connie in the National Tour of South Pacific. Cast Recordings include Babes in Arms, Tenderloin, Encores of Encores!, A Richard Rodgers Centennial Celebration and Convenience. A proud member of Actors’ Equity Association for the past 17 years, Ms. Anderson lives in New York City with her husband (onstage and off!) Jim Poulos. Thanks to Mark and the entire Geva Family. Please visit: melissarainanderson.com.
Young Ebenezer/Peter Cratchit
ETHAN BECKWITH-COHEN is excited to rejoin the cast of A Christmas Carol, having last appeared as Young Ebenezer/Ignorance/Cratchit Boy in 2010. He was seen last year in the Fielding Nextstage, as a member of the Children’s Choir in Sister’s Christmas Catechism, and has performed with many local theatre companies, including Blackfriar’s Theatre (The Who’s Tommy), JCC CenterStage (Parade), and Rochester Children’s Theatre (Peter Pan). Ethan dances with Bush Mango Youth Project, SPARK Youth Ensemble, and is currently an eighth grade dance major at the School of the Arts.
Young Ebenezer/Peter Cratchit
MICHAEL BENNETT is thrilled to be returning to Geva Theatre Center for his third and final appearance as a child actor in this wonderful holiday show. Michael attends Willink Middle School in the eighth grade and enjoys singing and acting. He has been involved in community and children’s musical theatre productions through the Neighborhood Acting Company, A Magical Journey through Stages, and Cara D’Emanuele Productions. Michael plays the piano and percussion and has a strong interest in drawing and art. He also enjoys playing baseball and skiing. This has been a fabulous holiday tradition for both Michael and his family. Thank you to all the cast and crew at Geva Theatre Center for this great experience.
CHESTER BRASSIE made his Geva Theatre Center debut in 2011’s Dracula. He is a graduate of SUNY Brockport with a degree in theatre and minors in music and history. While at Brockport, Mr. Brassie was involved in many productions, both on and off stage. Off stage, he designed the scenery for several student productions including Lysistrata for which he received an Excellence in Design award, as well as the Department’s Festival of Ten. On stage he appeared in many shows, including Hair (Tribe member), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Francis Flute/ Thisbe), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Hero) and Arms and the Man (Sergius Saranoff).
JOHN CUMMINGS made his Geva Theatre Center debut earlier this season in the World Premiere of All Your Questions Answered by Tony Award winner Greg Kotis. His previous work includes Fox on the Fairway, Reasons to be Pretty, RENT, and West Side Story. John is a senior theatre major and music minor at SUNY Brockport and is thrilled to be part of this experience.
TESS DeFLYER is a junior getting her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre at Nazareth College, and is thrilled to be making her debut at Geva Theatre Center in A Christmas Carol! Recent roles include Little Sally in Urinetown: The Musical, and Dolly in The Threepenny Opera. She would like to thank her family for their constant love and support. I love you guys.
KARA DUDLEY makes her Wilson Mainstage debut after appearing on the Fielding Nextstage earlier this season in the world premiere of All Your Questions Answered. A recent Brockport College graduate with a degree in both theatre and dance, Ms. Dudley has appeared in shows such as Eurydice, Mauritius, The Rocky Horror Show, Boy Gets Girl, The Glass Menagerie and two Festivals of Ten amongst other shows at the college. In addition to her acting career, she is also an avid writer, director, dancer and choreographer. The founder of Kara Dudley Dance, she has debuted her choreography in several dance shows at the college and has made her directorial debut on the Brockport Mainstage as well the Young Directors showcase on the MUCCC stage for two years in a row. She has received the Grand Island Best Actress Award, the Santo J. Giglio Choreography Scholarship, and plans on moving to New York City to pursue a career in acting and choreography.
ALDEN DUSERICK is thrilled to return to A Christmas Carol at Geva where she was also seen as Tiny Tim last year. Additional credits include Young Daughter in Fiddler on the Roof, Sergeant Tibbs in 101 Dalmatians, Gigi in Madeline’s Christmas, Soldier in The Nutcracker and mouse in Cinderella. Alden studies with Karl-Erik Jansson, Linda Goebel, Pittsford Ballet and Rochester Gymnastics Academy. She sends love to her mom, dad, Emelia, Sawyer and grandparents! Thanks to Mark Cuddy for another amazing opportunity! “God bless us, everyone!”
Ghost of Christmas Past/Turkey Girl
EMELIA DUSERICK is honored to return to Geva Theatre Center this holiday season! Favorite past professional roles include Fan and Belinda Cratchit (A Christmas Carol at Geva in 2010 and 2012), Scout Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird at Bristol Valley Theatre) and performing as a “Rising Star” with the Broadway cast of Shrek the Musical at Broadway Sessions in NYC. Additional credits include Madeline’s Christmas, HONK!, The Jungle Book, Pom Pom Zombies, and more. Emelia studies with Karl-Erik Jansson, Linda Goebel, and Pittsford Ballet. Love and thanks to family, friends and Geva!
AIDAN FISH is excited to be making his debut with Geva Theatre Center. A recent credit includes Eastman Opera Theater’s production of Street Scene (Charlie). Aidan thanks his voice coach Cara D’Emanuele. He sends love to his entire family for all their support and gives a shout out to Brooks Hill Elementary School. Aidan would like to thank his parents and especially his older sister, Emily, who shares and encourages his passion for theatre.
SILAS HOLTZ returns to Geva Theatre Center and this production of A Christmas Carol. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Nazareth College. Since graduating in 2005, Mr. Holtz has worked for the Sterling Renaissance Festival as part of the interactive company, The Bless the Mark Players. He spent four years touring the country with The New Riders of the Golden Age Full-Contact Armored Joust Company. For the past four years, Silas has returned to the Sterling Renaissance Festival in the role of Sir Francis Drake. He could most recently been seen at the Screamers’ Hollow Halloween event, where he plays Jack of Spades, Graveyard Ghoul and Undertaker of the Village of the Damned.
HANNAH KARPENKO made her Geva Theatre Center debut last season in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She is a junior Music Theatre major at Nazareth College and appeared in Nazareth’s productions of The Threepenny Opera (Mrs. Peachum), Company (Amy), and An Evening of David Ives. In high school, she studied three years at Geva’s Summer Academy. She would like to thank her family, and the cast, crew and artistic staff for all that they do.
Miss Fezziwig/Servant Girl
CATHERINE KENNEDY is thrilled to return to Geva Theatre Center for this wonderful production. Some stage credits include the title role in Pittsford Musicals’ production of Annie, Bielke in JCC’s Fiddler on the Roof, Polly in NGT’s The Magician’s Nephew, and three RWCCT productions. Catherine is a homeschooled eighth grader; studies voice with Carl Wager, piano (Carol Cerone), and dance at PACE. She also enjoys singing on the youth worship team. Thanks to the Lord and to Mark Cuddy for this amazing opportunity!
Miss Fezziwig/Servant Girl
NATALIE LECLAIR is very excited to be appearing once again in Geva’s production of A Christmas Carol! Some of her favorite stage credits include Ursula in The Little Mermaid at Stages, July in Annie at Pittsford Musicals, and Amy Lawrence in Tom Sawyer at Stages. Natalie is a seventh grader at Calkins Road Middle School and studies dance at Elite Studio of Dance. She also enjoys playing softball and flute. Merry Christmas to all!
Miss Fezziwig/Belinda Cratchit
CASIE McMANUS (Miss Fezziwig /Belinda Cratchit) is thrilled to be back at Geva Theatre Center this season. She is an eighth grade student at Twelve Corners Middle School. Her favorite stage credits include a Stenog in Thoroughly Modern Millie for 25 North Productions, and Ugly in HONK! for Cara D’Emanuele Productions. She dances at 25 North Dance Academy and takes voice with Kim Upcraft. Casie would like to thank everyone here at Geva for this opportunity.
ELIZABETH McKECHNEY is so excited to be making her Geva Theatre Center debut in A Christmas Carol. She is ten years old and a fifth grader at Jefferson Avenue School in Fairport. She has appeared in several Best Foot Forward productions including Beauty and the Beast (Belle), The Sound of Music (Liesl), and Cinderella (Cinderella). When not in school or acting she studies Irish dance at MGOS Academy of Irish Dance competing in the North American Championships in Anaheim, CA this summer. She dreams of one day performing on Broadway and being an elementary school teacher.
SARAH MELNYK made her regional theatre debut at Geva Theatre Center earlier this season in the world premiere of All Your Questions Answered in the Fielding Nextstage. As a student at SUNY Brockport with Dean’s List recognition, Ms. Melnyk is a theatre major, as well as both a music and business minor. At Brockport she has appeared as Pamela Peabody in Fox on the Fairway, Sookie in Mr. Marmalade, and the voice over role of Sandra in the radio play Enjoy Now. Prior credits include Crystal in Little Shop of Horrors, and as a member of the Southside Footlighters, she appeared in Seussical the Musical as well as in The Lucky Stiff. Television credits include appearances as a solo vocalist with a local band and also as a model for a local television commercial. Ms. Melnyk would like to thank the SUNY Brockport faculty for their continued teaching and support, as well as the Geva Theatre Center team for giving her this remarkable internship opportunity.
Girl Cratchit/Want/Turkey Girl
BRIA MELROSE is excited to return to Geva Theatre Center. Bria lives in Hilton. As a fifth grader, she enjoys and studies acting, chorus, dance, piano and oboe. Bria’s theatre experience includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rhythm and Rhyme, HONK! and Madeleine’s Christmas. Bria would like to thank her mom, dad, and her brother Joshua for their love and support. She also thanks director Mark Cuddy for allowing her to enjoy this valuable experience.
Girl Cratchit/Want/Turkey Girl
MAIRE MILLER is thrilled to make her Geva Theatre Center debut in A Christmas Carol. Her stage credits include roles in shows both at 25 North Theater Productions and Cobblestone Arts Center. Maire is eight years old and is a third grader at the Harley School. She takes dance at 25 North Dance Academy and studies Suzuki piano. She enjoys gymnastics, soccer, skiing and has a strong interest in costume and makeup design. She is thankful for the support from her family and friends and is very grateful to everyone at Geva for this amazing opportunity.
Mr. Fezziwig/Ghost of Christmas Present
CHRIS MIXON is very pleased to be at Geva. His recent New York credits include Count Almaviva in Figaro (2012 world premiere), and in Wittenberg (2011 NY premiere), both with the Pearl Theatre Co. Broadway tours include How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying starring Ralph Macchio and Roger Bart. Regional credits include Denver Center, Cincinnati Playhouse, Philadelphia Theatre Co., Pioneer Theatre Co., George St. Theatre, Two River Theatre Co. Shakespeare Festivals: Alabama, Utah, Orlando, Nebraska, Great River, and Hudson Valley. TV and film credits include The Rosa Parks Story (opposite Angela Bassett), “Law & Order,” “One Live to Live,” “All My Children” and “The Onion.”
ERIN MUELLER is thrilled to be returning to Geva for her third season playing Tiny Tim. Erin also played the role of Peaseblossom in Geva’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream in the spring. Erin is seven years old and is in second grade at State Road School in Webster. She enjoys participating in gymnastics, volleyball and dance. She is excited to be sharing the stage again this year with her siblings Kyle and Megan.
KYLE MUELLER is thrilled to be returning to Geva Theatre Center for his third year in A Christmas Carol. Other Geva credits include Winthrop in The Music Man in 2011 and Randy in A Christmas Story in 2009. Kyle plays euphonium in the Eastman School of Music Tuba Mirum and Schroeder Wind Ensemble and has earned first chair for the past two years for Area All State, three years first chair All County. He also plays trombone in the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, elite Jazz Ensemble at Webster Schroeder High School and qualified for Area All State. As a singer, Kyle has qualified for Area All State for the past two years earning third chair tenor this year. He is twelve years old and an eighth grader at Webster Spry Middle School and participates in select chorus, volleyball and gymnastics.
Ghost of Christmas Past/Turkey Girl
MEGAN MUELLER is excited to be returning for her fourth season of A Christmas Carol this year as the Ghost of Christmas Past. In previous years, Megan has played Fan, Girl Cratchit and Tiny Tim. Other Geva credits include Mustardseed in A Midsummer’s Night Dream in 2013 as well as Ensemble in The Music Man in 2011. Megan is eleven years old and is a sixth grader at Spry Middle School in Webster where she participates in select chorus and student council. She also participates in gymnastics and dance.
Fred/Apprentice Ebenezer/Young Husband
NED NOYES returns to Geva Theatre Center where he appeared in Amadeus, and previous productions of A Christmas Carol since 2010. Off-Broadway credits include So Help Me God!, Love Goes to Press, The Fifth Column (Mint Theatre), and The Picture of Dorian Gray (Sonnet Rep). Regional theatre credits include The Cherry Orchard (Steppenwolf); The Taming of The Shrew, Pacific Overtures, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre); The Glass Menagerie, My Fair Lady, Scapin, Fräulein Else, Mary Stuart (Court Theatre); A Christmas Carol (McCarter Theatre); Fallen Angels, The Time of Your Life (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ); Asolo Repertory Theatre and Northlight Theatre. TV/Film credits include “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO), “Alpha House” (Amazon) and Five Days Gone. Mr. Noyes trained at Northwestern University.
GUY PAUL returns to Geva Theatre Center where he originated the role of Scrooge in the premiere of this production in 2010. Broadway credits include Mary Stuart, Twelve Angry Men, King Lear, The Invention of Love, Tenderloin, 1776, The King and I, Private Lives, Getting Married, Rumors (LA, also), Wild Honey, Arms and the Man. Off Broadway credits include Septimus & Clarissa, Stuff Happens, Meet John Doe, Candida, Cowardy Custard, J.B., The Everafters, The Flight of the Earls, The Orestia, The Underpants, Frankenstein. National Tours include The Sisters Rosensweig. In addition to Geva Theatre Center, Mr. Paul has appeared regionally at Ford’s Theatre, Goodspeed, Globe Theatre, Guthrie Theatre (three seasons), Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, others. TV credits include “Dark Matters,” “Life On Mars,” “The Sopranos,” “Law & Order,” “George Washington: The Forging of a Nation,” “As the World Turns,” “All My Children,” “One Life to Live,” and “Courage the Cowardly Dog.” Film credits include The Fifth Estate, Hyde Park on Hudson, A Christmas to Remember, See You in the Morning. Guy currently resides in London with his wife, actress Harriet Walter.
Bob Cratchit/Dick Wilkins/Sailor/Undertaker's Man
JIM POULOS (Bob Cratchit/Dick Wilkins/Sailor/Undertaker’s Man) is happy to return to this production for the fourth time. At Geva, he has been seen as Bobby in Company, Mozart in Amadeus, Bobby in Urinetown, Ed Carmichael in You Can’t Take It with You, and as Vince in Convenience. Broadway credits include Mark Cohen in Rent and Huck Finn in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. National Tours include Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, The Graduate and South Pacific. Regionally, Mr. Poulos has appeared as Mozart in Amadeus at Repertory Theater of St. Louis; Lt. Frank Cioffi in Curtains at Arvada Center; Felix in The Odd Couple, Charlie in The Foreigner, and Max in Lend Me A Tenor at the John W. Engeman Theater; and Bill Gates in Nerds:// A Musical… at Philadelphia Theater Company (Barrymore Award Nom). Jim lives in NYC with his wife, Director/Actor Melissa Rain Anderson, and their cat, Toby.
Belle/Fred's Wife/Martha/Young Wife
MEG RICHARDSON is thrilled to be returning to the Wilson Mainstage in this wonderful production. Most recently she portrayed Harriet Dailey in the New York premiere of She Said/She Said at Manhattan Repertory Theatre. Favorite productions include Carousel (Julie Jordan), Kindertransport (Evelyn), Side by Side by Sondheim (Woman 1), L’Enfant et les Sortileges (L’Enfant), Hamlet (Osric), and Sweet Charity (Elaine). Ms. Richardson is a two-time graduate of Geva Summer Academy and is grateful to Mark, Don, Skip, and her wonderful family for the continued guidance over the years. She holds a degree in Music Theatre from Nazareth College. Climb the wall. megrichardson.com
KATRINA MARLETT RUGGIERO
KATRINA MARLETT RUGGIERO is a Rochester native who began playing violin at a young age. After receiving her Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College, she attended Graduate School at Eastman School of Music. She has been a regular member of pit orchestras for several local theatres including The Downstairs Cabaret, Blackfriar’s Theatre, JCC, and Pittsford Musicals. Katrina has recorded film scores, and has also accompanied films at Silent Film Festivals across the nation. Her performances with local orchestras and chamber groups keep her busy, but she is especially excited to be a part of A Christmas Carol again this year. She resides in Pittsford with her family full of musicians.
The Ghost of Jacob Marley/Schoolmaster/Miner/Topper/Businessman
REMI SANDRI is thrilled to be back at Geva Theatre Center for A Christmas Carol. His previous shows here include The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, My Fair Lady, Twelve Angry Men, The Importance of Being Earnest, House and Garden, A Chorus Line, Camelot, 1776 and A Christmas Story, among others. Remi has worked at theatres throughout the country. His most recent work includes Abigail’s Party at San Francisco Play House, Clybourne Park for Barrington Stage Company and Dorset Theatre Festival. TV Credits include “Law and Order,” “Conviction” and “Deadline.”
Miss Fezziwig/Belinda Cratchit
ADRIANA SCALICE is excited to be returning to Geva where previous performances include Amaryllis in The Music Man, Christmas Past and Fan in A Christmas Carol and participation in the Geva Summer Academy 2013. An eighth grader in Penfield, Adriana has performed in RBTL’s national touring production of The Wizard of Oz (Munchkin). She has also performed for Blackfriars Theater, Rochester Children’s Theater, Pittsford Musicals, and Stageworks. Theatre credits include the title role in Annie, Jacqueline Bouvier in Grey Gardens, Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, and the title role in Alice in Wonderland. Adriana studies voice with Patricia Alexander, dance with Linda Goebel and is a student host for WXXI. A special thank you to Geva for this wonderful opportunity!
JAMES ST. JEAN
JAMES ST. JEAN is a graduate of the College at Brockport where he majored in Theatre and Psychology. While he was there he performed in the main stage productions of Coyote on a Fence, The Servant of Two Masters, and the Festival of 10. He also directed a 10-minute play in this past year’s Festival of Ten on the Mainstage. This play, The Anti-Christ Cometh, also was put up at the MUCCC theater at their directing festival this past may. In the College at Brockport Lab theatre he wrote, produced and starred in a Concert Reading of Bart Jobs, performed in a concert reading of 8, and directed a production of The Last Five Years. Mr. St. Jean has now moved into Rochester where he hopes to further his theatre career as an actor, director and writer.
RICKY THOMAS is very excited to be acting on the Geva Theatre Center stage once again. He has appeared in the past as an ensemble member in 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, Amadeus and A Christmas Carol. He is a graduate from the College at Brockport with a degree in Theatre. He would like to thank his family and friends for all of their love and support.
JANE TRYBULSKI is excited to be returning to the Geva Mainstage in A Christmas Carol. A sixth grader at Bay Trail Middle School, Jane plays soccer and participates in her school chorus and drama club. Jane is very grateful to Mr. Mark Cuddy for this opportunity. She wishes to thank her family for their support and love, and for (finally) getting the puppy they promised.