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A Christmas Carol

Nov 23 – Dec 24

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Rochester’s family holiday tradition, A Christmas Carol, returns in this sparkling production! This family classic will awaken your heart and rekindle your spirit with magic, music and merriment!

Adapted and Directed by Mark Cuddy
Music and Lyrics by Gregg Coffin
Musical Director Don Kot
Choreography by Meggins Kelley
Scenic Design by Adam Koch
Costume Design by Devon Painter
Lighting Design by Paul Hackenmueller
Sound Design by Lindsay Jones
Video Design by Dan Scully
Dramaturgy by Jean Ryon

Run Time: 2 hours including intermission.

Please Note: Children less than 5 years are not permitted in the theatre.

MARLEE ANTINORA

Miss Fezziwig /Belinda Cratchit

MARLEE ANTINORA is delighted to make her Geva Theatre Center debut in A Christmas Carol this holiday seasonShe is especially excited to be performing with her little brother, Tanner.  She is an eighth grader at Barker Road Middle School in Pittsford.  Her stage credits include the Centipede in James and the Giant Peach; Davey in Anne of Avonlea; an orphan and featured dancer in Oliver! and a lead dancer in Bugsy Malone. Marlee plays lacrosse and volleyball, and she ski races in the winter. She has been coming to Geva to see A Christmas Carol for years and is honored to now be a part of Mark Cuddy’s amazing production! She would like to say a special thanks to her friends and family, especially her mom.

TANNER ANTINORA

Tiny Tim

TANNER ANTINORA is thrilled to be making his acting debut as Tiny Tim at Geva Theatre Center. Tanner is six years old and a kindergartner at Thornell Road School in Pittsford. He enjoys downhill skiing, golf, lacrosse, gymnastics, and water skiing. He likes to spend his summers at his cottage on the St. Lawrence River with his family, especially his cousins. His favorite holiday is Christmas, which makes this production even more special!

ADEN BANY ATA

Young Ebenezer / Peter Cratchit

ADEN BANY ATA is thrilled to be making his Geva Theatre Center debut. He is an avid violinist and pianist, playing in chamber music ensembles and orchestras at the Hochstein School of Music and Calkins Road Middle School. He studies voice with Deborah Conquest and was honored to make his Carnegie Hall debut singing with the RPO in 2014, as well as premiering the new musical Mother Courage at the U of R in 2016, Favorite roles include Colin in The Secret Garden, Puss in Puss and Boots and Ickes in Annie.  When he’s not singing, playing or tap dancing, Aden loves to read Agatha Christie’s Poirot

ANDREW BEEL

Boy Cratchit / Ignorance

ANDREW BEEL is excited to be returning to the Geva stage.  Last winter he appeared in Geva’s production of To Kill a Mockingbird (Dill).  Other recent performances include High School Musical 2 Jr. (Fulton) with the Pittsford Summer Enrichment Institute and James and the Giant Peach Jr (James) at Barker Road Middle School.  Andrew would like to thank his voice teacher, Kelly Jordan, and his family for all their support.

JOEL BLUM

Mr. Fezziwig / The Ghost of Christmas Present / Businessman

JOEL BLUM made his Geva Theatre Center debut in A Christmas Carol in 2014. He toured the US, Canada, and Brazil with the National touring company of Billy Elliot, playing the role of George and receiving a Broadway World Award in San Francisco. He just completed the co-production of Kiss Me, Kate at the Hartford Stage and the Old Globe in San Diego, playing Gangster number one. Broadway credits include Show Boat (nominated for the Tony Award Best Supporting Actor), Steel Pier (nominated for his second Tony Award), The Music Man playing Marcellus, 42nd Street (the original production, directed by Gower Champion), Stardust, Elaine May’s After the Night and the Music and The Debbie Reynolds Show. Off-Broadway credits include Golf-The Musical (2004 Drama Desk nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical), And the World Goes ‘Round, and Game Show. Mr. Blum co-choreographed and appeared in the tours of Doctor Doolittle (starring Tommy Tune), 101 Dalmatians, And the World Goes ‘Round and Annie Get Your Gun (starring Debbie Reynolds). Regionally he has appeared in numerous productions including Meet John Doe (Helen Hayes nomination), Tin Pan Alley Rag (Barrymore Award—Best Supporting Actor), Damn Yankees (starring Tony Randall), Pal Joey ’78 (starring Lena Horne), The Fabulous Lipitones at Florida Studio Theatre and Ike in the new musical October Sky at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. TV credits include “Ed,” “The Sopranos,” two Bob Hope Specials, “Sonny and Cher Show,” “The Tonight Show” and “Law & Order” twice!

KIMBERLY COLE

Ensemble

KIMBERLY COLE is thrilled to make her Geva Theatre Center debut in the beautiful holiday classic, A Christmas Carol. She is currently a junior Musical Theatre major and Business minor at SUNY Geneseo. Her most recent and favorite roles include Jack’s Mother in Into the Woods and being part of the ensemble cast of Edges at SUNY Geneseo. Ms. Cole would like to thank her amazing friends and family for all their love, and her teachers for their unending support. She would like to wish all of you the happiest of holidays filled with all of the love and joy possible this year.

APRELL DAVIS

Girl Cratchit / Want / Turkey Girl

APRELL DAVIS is from Rochester and is enrolled at North Star Christian Academy. She has been a part of the cast of A Christmas Carol for three years. Her acting career also includes Annie at Northstar and The Lion King at Norman Howard School. Aprell’s apparent passion for the arts extends beyond the stage and includes vocal and piano lessons with Janet Grace. She is currently with Terry Fykes Five Point Performance Company. Aprell would like to thank all her family and friends for their love and support!

TESS DeFLYER

Belle/Fred’s Wife/Martha Cratchit/Young Wife

TESS DeFLYER is delighted to return to the Geva stage this Christmas season! Past credits include Olive Ostrovsky in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Geva, Lia in Moses Man at the NYMF Festival in NYC, Little Sally in Urinetown, Claire in The Secret Garden, and Lucy in Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun. Ms. DeFlyer graduated from Nazareth College in 2015 with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. Thank you to my family and friends for being a constant joy and support in my life!

MATT DeLUCA

Ensemble

MATT DeLUCA is a recent graduate from SUNY Brockport with a degree in Theatre.  He also spent this past summer studying acting at the Stella Adler Summer Conservatory in New York City.  Outside of college productions, he was also recently in a R.I.T student short film titled The Selection, where he won Best Actor in the Online International Film Festival for his lead role as Aidan. 

KATICLAIRE DOBBINS

Girl Cratchit / Want / Turkey Girl

KATICLAIRE DOBBINS is thrilled to be making her debut with Geva Theatre Center.  Katiclaire attends St. Paul Lutheran School as a fourth grader.  Her favorite activities are singing, acting and drawing.  She has been involved in community and children’s musical theatre productions through Next Generation Theatre and Spotlight Theatre Arts.  Katiclaire would like to thank her family for their love and support.  She also thanks director Mark Cuddy for this amazing experience.

TOMMY DUFFY

Boy Cratchit / Ignorance

TOMMY DUFFY is excited about his first appearance in A Christmas Carol at Geva Theatre Center.  Tommy studies voice, acting, tumbling, and instrumental music at Strike It Up Artistic Center, where he played the roles of Aladdin in Aladdin and Prince Hans in Frozen. Tommy also studies American Sign Language and enjoys model trains, tennis, and playing Geometry Dash.  Tommy would like to thank his parents and the SIUAC staff for their support and encouragement.

ALDEN DUSERICK

Fan / Miss Fezziwig

ALDEN DUSERICK is thrilled to return to Geva in A Christmas Carol where she has also played Tiny Tim (2012, 2013) and Want/Girl Cratchit (2014, 2015). She was most recently seen at Geva earlier this year as Scout Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird.  Other recent credits include Boba in The Shadow of the Hummingbird, the title role in Annie, Colin in The Secret Garden at both Lyric Opera and Nazareth College, Fiddler on the Roof, and many more.  Film credits include Designated Father and Pastime, as well as several commercials.  Thanks to Susanna Adams. Happy Holidays to family, friends, and Geva!

CLARA GILLESPIE

Fan / Miss Fezziwig

CLARA GILLESPIE makes her Geva Theatre Center debut in A Christmas Carol. She made her theatre debut was in SUNY Geneseo’s 2016 production of Nine as Young Guido. She is a member of the Genesee Valley Children’s Choir. She is the daughter of Mark Gillespie and Jasmin Baron of Livonia, New York.

ROBERT ADELMAN HANCOCK

Fred, Apprentice Ebenezer, Young Husband

ROBERT ADELMAN HANCOCK made his Geva Theatre Center debut in the 2014 production of A Christmas Carol. Mr. Hancock appeared in the London production of Daddy Long Legs and the National Tour of Mamma Mia! Regionally, he has appeared at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Great River Shakespeare Festival, Court Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Cleveland Play House, Northlight Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Westport Country Playhouse, Theatreworks, Arizona Theatre Company, Rubicon Theatre, Royal Manitoba Theatre, La Mirada, Skylight Music Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company, Hangar Theatre and Laguna Playhouse. TV credits include “Royal Pains,” “True Blood: Postmortem,” “Guiding Light,” and most recently, “Greenport.” Mr. Hancock has appeared as a soloist with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, The Orchestra Japan, Singapore’s Metropolitan Festival Orchestra, and the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan.  He can be heard on the original cast recording of Daddy Long Legs Mr. Hancock trained at the University of Tennessee. Twitter/Instagram: boorobbie

SILAS HOLTZ

Ensemble

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 worked for the Sterling Renaissance Festival as part of the interactive company, The Bless the Mark Players for six seasons.  He spent four years touring the country with The New Riders of the Golden Age Full-Contact Armored Joust Company, and continues to perform with them from time to time. In addition to being an actor, Mr. Holtz is a director and a stage combat choreographer.  He has choreographed for  Geva’s  production of Spamalot!, as well as numerous productions at Nazareth College, including Antigone, Macbeth, The Beaux’  Stratagem, and Midsummer Night’s Dream. Most recently, he served as the artistic director for Rochester’s newest Halloween attraction, Unholy Orchard.

JAMIE LaVERDIERE

Bob Cratchit / Dick Wilkins / Sailor / Undertaker’s Man

JAMIE LaVERDIERE makes his Geva Theatre Center debut with his first ever Christmas Carol. Broadway credits include The Producers, The Pirate Queen, and Motown. Tours include Urinetown (First National), Motown (First National) and A Chorus Line (Europe). Off-Broadway credits include The Rothschilds (York); Closer Than Ever (York); I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Westside); This Side of Paradise (St. Clements) and Cam Jansen (Lambs). Mr LaVerdiere has been seen on Comedy Central and Lifetime Television as well as very briefly in The Producers, The Musical movie. Favorite roles are Sancho (Man of La Mancha), Puck (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), and Nathan (Guys and Dolls). If Jamie looks tired it’s probably because he just finished playing John Adams in 1776 before getting on the plane to Rochester. Much love to all in this holiday season.

HEATHER LEARY

Ensemble

HEATHER LEARY is a recent graduate from The College at Brockport where she studied theatre.  Previous acting credits include As You Like It (Celia), Censored on Final Approach (Jackie Cochran), Romeo and Juliet (Juliet), Lend Me a Tenor (Julia), bobrauschenbergamerica, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, California Suite, and Murder on Arrival.  Ms. Leary has also been involved with the Geva Theatre Center Summer Academy as an apprentice in 2014 and as a student in 2009.  She would like to thank Geva Theatre Center for giving her this opportunity and her wonderful family for their unending love and support. 

REBECCA LEVILLE

Ensemble

REBECCA LEVILLE is thrilled to be making her Geva Theatre Center debut! She is currently a senior at SUNY Geneseo, where she studies Musical Theatre and English Literature. Previous credits at Geneseo include Miss Prism in The Importance of Being Earnest, Cinderella’s Stepmother in Into the Woods, and the Courtesan in The Comedy of Errors. Many thanks to Mark and Don and much love to Mom, Dad and Matt.

JEAN McCORMICK

Mrs. Fezziwig/ Mrs. Cratchit/ Mrs. Dilber

JEAN McCORMICK happily returns for a second year of festivities! Past credits include: Sweeney Todd (Denver Center), My Fair Lady (Cape Playhouse), On the Air (York Developmental Series), Mary Poppins (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), Oklahoma! (Tent Theatre), Hairspray (Royal Caribbean), Les Misérables (Northern Stage), Encore! (Tokyo Disney Sea) Floyd Collins (Gallery Players) and I Love My Wife (Opening Doors Theater Co.). Ms. McCormick spends the rest of her time developing shows for Royal Caribbean Productions, singing in a band with her husband, Joe, and trying to eat as much chocolate as the law will allow. Merry Christmas!  www.jeanmccormick.com

LILIBETH McKECHNEY

Miss Fezziwig / Servant Girl

LILIBETH McKECHNEY is elated to be returning to Geva in A Christmas Carol where she previously played the Ghost of Christmas Past, Belinda Cratchit and Fan Scrooge, among others.  Favorite roles include Young Eponine in Les Misérables at Bristol Valley Theatre, Annie in Annie at Martha Brown, City Founder Munchkin in The Wizard of Oz at Pittsford Musicals and Beauty and the Beast (Belle) and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Cinderella) at Best Foot Forward.  Lilibeth is an eighth grader at Martha Brown Middle School, studies voice with Nicolette Hart and Irish dances with the Goodwin Academy.  Merry Christmas!

BRIA MELROSE

Miss Fezziwig / Servant Gir

BRIA MELROSE is excited to be returning to Geva Theatre Center once again. Her recent and favorite Geva credits include The Ghost of Christmas Past /Turkey girl in A Christmas Carol (2014 and 2015), Want and Girl Cratchit in A Christmas Carol (2013) and Cobweb in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2013. Other credits include Martha in The Secret Garden (2016), Serena Katz in Fame (2016) with Spotlight Theatre; Jane Banks in Mary Poppins (2015), Tinker Bell in Peter Pan Jr. (2014) with Next Generation Theatre; as well as other fun roles. Film credits include Lucy in Message in a Bottle (2015). Bria attends eighth grade in Hilton where she participates in Jr. NHS, student counsel as V.P., the Mertonetts and chorus.  She has a passion for theatre and music, volunteering and spending time with good friends. She would like to thank Karen Eckert and Jenny Daniels and all those behind the scenes who make this a magical time to remember. A special thanks to director Mark Cuddy for giving her another opportunity to work with Geva. 

JARED MORGAN

Ensemble

JARED MORGAN is a recent graduate of The College at Brockport. His most recent theatre credits include Stage Management Intern for Geva’s most recent show, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Light Board Operator for Wallbyrd’s production of Romeo and Juliet, and the Proprietor in Brockport’s production of Assassins. Notable local roles include Martin, from Feeding the Moonfish, a Rochester Black Sheep Theatre production, selected for TANYS Fest, ESTA Fest, and AACT Fest in 2015, and Jerry, an Everyone’s Theatre Company production of The Zoo Story. Mr. Morgan also enjoys directing shows around Rochester. www.jaredleemorgan.com

ALLIE MUELLER

Tiny Tim

ALLIE MUELLER is excited to be making her Geva Theatre Center debut as Tiny Tim.  Allie has watched four of her siblings play roles in A Christmas Carol every year since she was born.  She is the third Mueller to play Tiny Tim: her sisters Erin and Megan played Tiny Tim for the first four seasons.  Allie is five years old and is in Kindergarten at State Road School.  Allie is happy that she could share this experience with her sister, Erin and her sister, Megan, who assisted through the rehearsal and tech process.  Many thanks to all of her siblings who helped her prepare for this wonderful experience.

ERIN MUELLER

The Ghost of Christmas Past / Turkey Girl

ERIN MUELLER is thrilled to be returning to Geva Theatre playing the Ghost of Christmas Past in her eighth Geva production.  Earlier this year, Erin played the role of Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird.  Other Christmas Carol roles include Fan, Girl Cratchit and three years as Tiny Tim.  Erin also played Peasblossom in Geva’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream in 2012.  Erin is ten years old and is the fifth grade at State Road School in Webster where she participates in band and chorus.  She plays volleyball for VFX volleyball club in Victor.  Erin would like to thank Mark Cuddy and the entire Geva staff for their support over the years.

ELLA PADILLA

Belinda Cratchit / Miss Fezziwig

ELLA PADILLA is thankful and excited to make her Geva Theatre debut in A Christmas Carol. She is in seventh grade at Cosgrove Middle School in Spencerport. Her stage credits include Cora from Thoroughly Modern Millie, Storyteller/Duloc Dancer/Rat tapper/Skeleton dancer in Shrek Jr., Joy the stepsister in Cinderella, the Caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland Jr., Jasmine in Aladdin Jr., and Mushu in Mulan Jr. Ella plays volleyball and dances on the Performance Team at Little Red Dance Studio. Ella would like to thank her family and friends for supporting her.

GUY PAUL

Ebenezer Scrooge

GUY PAUL returns to Geva Theatre Center where he originated the role of Scrooge in the premiere of this production in 2010. This year in London’s West End, he appeared in Boa and Death of a Salesman. Broadway credits include Mary Stuart, Twelve Angry Men, King Lear, The Invention of LoveTenderloin1776, The King and I, Private Lives, Getting Married, Rumors (LA, also), Wild Honey, Arms and the Man. Off-Broadway credits include Septimus & ClarissaStuff Happens, Meet John Doe, CandidaCowardy 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 “Black Sails,” “Dark Matters,” “Life on Mars,” “The Sopranos,” “Law & Order,” “George Washington: The Forging of a Nation,” and “Courage the Cowardly Dog.” Film credits include The Fifth EstateHyde Park on HudsonA Christmas to Remember, and the upcoming The Sense of an Ending and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Mr. Paul currently resides in London with his wife, actress Harriet Walter.

BEN REINER

Ensemble

BEN REINER is thrilled to be making his debut at Geva! He is a senior Musical Theatre and Math major at SUNY Geneseo. At Geneseo, Mr. Reiner has played roles such as Jack in Into the Woods, and Fector in Dogfight. He would like to thank his parents and friends for supporting him in all he does! 

KATRINA MARLETT RUGGIERO

Fiddler

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 Downstairs Cabaret, Blackfriar’s Theatre, JCC, and Pittsford Musicals.  She has recorded film scores, and has also accompanied films at Silent Film Festivals across the nation.  Her performances with local orchestras and the Angelicus String Quartet 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.

ALEXIS RUSSO

Ensemble

ALEXIS RUSSO is excited to make her Geva Theatre debut in A Christmas Carol. She graduated from The College at Brockport this past May with a major in dance and a minor in theatre. Some of her recent theatre experience include the portrayal of the roles Catherine Simms in The Foreigner and Karen in Dinner with Friends. She has also been performing as a dancer and singer in The Popshow Band, which originated in Rochester, since 2012. Ms. Russo would like to thank her family for their constant support, and would also like to thank those in the theatre who mentored her this fall.

REMI SANDRI

The Ghost of Jacob Marley/Schoolmaster/Miner/Topper/Businessman

REMI SANDRI (Jacob Marley) is thrilled to be revisiting this amazing story of redemption. He has performed in theatres throughout the country in numerous productions. Recent work includes Forest Boy with NYMF and workshopping Rajiv Joseph’s new play Archduke. In the spring he will be in the world premiere of Jeffrey Hatcher’s new play about Sherlock Holmes. So happy to be back in the amazing Rochester community.

JACOB STEWART

Ensemble

JACOB STEWART is originally from Perth, Australia and recently graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a Bachelor’s Degree in Musical Theatre and Communication. He has previously appeared on the Geva Stage, in Spamalot!, and A Christmas Carol, on the RAPA Stage in Spring Awakening, and at Blackfriars Theatre in Heathers. Other stage credits include Godspell (Jesus), Legally Blonde (Callahan), and The Glorious Ones (Francesco). 

 

BENJAMIN TANTALO

Young Ebenezer / Peter Cratchit

BENJAMIN TANTALO is thrilled to be in his first Geva Theatre Center performance.  He is a homeschooled eighth grader who enjoys playing piano, chess, soccer, and basketball.  He loves to spend time with his family, including his sisters, Katherine and Elizabeth, and his brother, Andrew who introduced him to musical theatre.  Benjamin has previously played Gavroche in Les Misérables and Colin in The Secret Garden, both with Stageworks.

ADAM URBANIC

Ensemble

ADAM URBANIC is thrilled to be making his Geva Theatre Center debut. A senior Theatre and Computer Science major at the College at Brockport, he is a member of the Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Honor Society and is active with Harlequins Performing Arts Club on campus. Favorite roles include Jacques in As You Like It, Johnny Pateen in The Cripple of Inishmaan, and Becker in bobrouchenbergamerica. Mr. Urbanic would like to thank his family for their unwavering support through the years, and his friends for encouraging his weirdness and helping him channel it into something (hopefully) entertaining.

ABI JO WANEK

The Ghost of Christmas Past / Turkey Girl

ABI JO WANEK, age 13, is thrilled to be returning to Geva for A Christmas Carol. She enjoys water-skiing, sailing, downhill-skiing, running, soccer, and travelling with family. Past shows include Charlotte’s Web (Wilbur) with RAPA, Geva’s production of A Christmas Carol (Want/Girl Cratchit/Young Turkey Girl), Aladdin Jr (Iago), Seussical Jr (JoJo), The Wiz (Gatekeeper), and Urinetown. Thanks to Mark Cuddy for this wonderful opportunity and to her family for being the best family ever.

MARK CUDDY

Adaptor and Director

MARK CUDDY is in his twenty-second season as Artistic Director of Geva Theatre Center. This season, in addition to A Christmas Carol, he will direct Sylvia and Private Lives.  Last season, he directed To Kill a Mockingbird, Good People, A Christmas Carol and the world premiere of The Road to Where. Mr. Cuddy is well known for his staging of premieres, contemporary comedies and musical theatre. Among his Geva Theatre Center productions have been Clybourne Park, Pump Boys and Dinettes, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, You Can’t Take It With You, Company, Superior Donuts, The Music ManFive Course Love, Fences, Sweeney Todd, A Christmas Story, Pride and Prejudice (which he also co-adapted), Bad Dates, Our Town, Tuesdays With Morrie, Urinetown, Splitting Infinity, Vigil, A Chorus Line, Hamlet, That Was Then (American premiere), Convenience (world premiere musical); 1776, Proof; the world premiere of Thornton Wilder’s Theophilus North which was also seen at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., The Miser, the East Coast premieres of both House and Garden, Quilters, Art, Famous Orpheus (world premiere musical) with Garth Fagan Dance, Every Good Boy Deserves Favor with the RPO, Golf With Alan Shepard, Picasso at the Lapin Agile and State of the Union. In 2013, he was also appointed the Producer and Chief Executive of The Cape Playhouse in Dennis, MA. Prior to his tenure at Geva Theatre Center, Mr. Cuddy directed a number of world and American classics while Artistic Director of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Sacramento Theatre Company.

GREGG COFFIN

Music and Lyrics

GREGG COFFIN is delighted to be back at Geva Theatre Center where he is an Affiliate Artist. Mr. Coffin has composed, directed, arranged, or orchestrated the music for productions in theatres throughout the U.S., Canada, China, and South Korea, including the Minetta Lane Theatre, the Duke on 42nd Street, the John Houseman Theatre (Off-Broadway), the ChungMu Art Hall (Seoul), the Stratford Festival of Canada, the National Arts Centre of Canada, Canadian Stage Company, the Tarragon Theatre (Canada), Alley Theatre, Arena Stage, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Dallas Theater Center, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, The Guthrie Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company, South Coast Rep, and the Oregon, Utah, Santa Cruz, Alabama, California, Santa Fe, Georgia, Great River, and St. Louis Shakespeare Festivals. Gregg is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc., the Game Audio Network Guild, the American Federation of Musicians Local 12, and Actor’s Equity.

DON KOT

Musical Director

DON KOT  is Resident Music Director and Affiliate Artist at Geva Theatre Center where he celebrates his sixteenth season!  Geva productions include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Little Shop of Horrors, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, All Your Questions Answered (world premiere), Next to NormalAvenue Q, CompanyThe Music ManFive Course LoveSweeney ToddCabaretUrinetownA Chorus LineCamelot1776A Christmas CarolSister’s Christmas Catechism, Convenience and as part of the Festival of New Plays, The Shaggs: Philosophy of the WorldOne For My Babyrightnextto me, Tomorrowland and An Evening with Mrs. Kasha Davis, International Celebrity Housewife.  He was also vocal coach and music arranger for The Odd Couple, Informed Consent, You Can’t Take It With You, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The House in Hydesville, Our Town, and Inherit the Wind.  Mr. Kot has performed Off-Broadway at the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at Pershing Square Signature Center, 45 Bleecker Street Theatre, Laurie Beechman Theatre, and at the Toronto Fringe Festival.  Other regional credits include The Music Man, The Best of Forbidden BroadwaySmokey Joe’s CaféLeader of the PackHonk!, and The Most Happy Fella.  National touring productions: Fosse, FootlooseFiddler on the RoofThe King and IMamma Mia and Hairspray.  Mr. Kot is the Coordinator of the Musical Theatre degree program at the State University of New York at Geneseo.

MEGGINS KELLEY

Choreographer

MEGGINS KELLEY is excited to be returning as choreographer for Geva Theatre Center’s original production of A Christmas Carol. Ms. Kelley is the founder and artistic director of Dancers’ Alley Dance Studio. She is a long time faculty member of Nazareth College and has taught at NTID and the Eastman School of Music. Well known as a theatrical choreographer, Ms. Kelley’s work can regularly be seen at JCC Centerstage.

ADAM KOCH

Scenic Design

ADAM KOCH returns to Geva where he previously designed A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Five Course Love and Sweeney Todd. Credits across the nation, include the landmark outdoor productions of Miss Saigon and Carousel (Serenbe Playhouse); Sister Act, Saturday Night Fever, and the regional premiere of The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Ogunquit Playhouse); the seven-year smash hit Chicago production of Million Dollar Quartet (Apollo Theatre); Hello, Dolly! (Ford’s Theater); Miss SaigonDreamgirls, See What I Wanna See, Kiss of the Spiderwoman (2008 Helen Hayes nomination) (Signature Theatre); Dreamgirls, Big FishA Little Night Music, TarzanBye Bye Birdie (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma); Hairspray, Baskerville (Syracuse Stage); Bat Boy (1st Stage, 2015 Helen Hayes nomination); Off-Broadway credits include Rooms: A Rock Romance, Loaded, We the People, Pinkalicious, Freckleface Strawberry. Mr. Koch trained at Carnegie Mellon University

DEVON PAINTER

Costume Design

DEVON PAINTER returns to Geva Theatre Center to work with the incredible artists here. Previous Geva credits include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Good PeoplePump Boys and DinettesA Christmas Carol, Five Course Love and Sweeney Todd.  Ms. Painter lives in New York and designs costumes throughout the United Statesmost recently Seascape at American Players Theatre in Spring Green, WI.  New York credits include shows for Juilliard, The Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Culture Project, and many, many productions at The Pearl Theatre Company, as well as assisting on Broadway.  Regional theatre credits feature designs for the Guthrie Theater (Stage Kiss, Shadowlands, Private Lives, Death of A Salesman), the Denver Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company, Trinity Repertory Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, the Folger Theatre and the Studio Theatre in Washington DC, Anchorage Opera, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, Great Lakes Theater Festival, the Utah Shakespearean Festival, the Contemporary American Theater Festival, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Her design work was exhibited in Curtain Call; Celebrating a Century of Women Designing for Live Performance. Ms. Painter is a member of United Scenic Artists.

PAUL HACKENMUELLER

Lighting Design

PAUL HACKENMUELLER  returns to Geva Theatre Center and this production of A Christmas Carol after designing To Kill a Mockingbird last season. Broadway credits include work on over 10 productions including Disgraced, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and GrillFela!, Desire Under the ElmsA Bronx Tale, Mauritius, The Frogs, and Aida. Mr. Hackenmueller has worked at theatres around the country including the Guthrie Theater, Alliance Theater, People’s Light and Theater Company, Berkshire Theater Festival, Arena Stage, Syracuse Stage, Princeton University / McCarter Theater Center, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Perseverance Theater, and The Juilliard School. Opera credits include work with Santa Fe Opera, Bucharest (Romanian) National Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, The Dallas Opera, Minnesota Opera, Opera Omaha, Opera Colorado, and Pittsburgh Opera. Mr. Hackenmueller’s music performance work includes work with such artists as Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, Justin Timberlake, Tony Bennet, Bruno Mars, and Beyonce. Commercial clients include Target Stores, Carlson Companies, Boston Scientific, Starkey, and Wells Fargo Bank. Mr. Hackenmueller received his B.A. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis and his M.F.A. from NYU Tisch.

LINDSAY JONES

Sound Design

LINDSAY JONES is very pleased to return to Geva Theatre Center for A Christmas Carol which is his 22nd production here. Broadway credits include Bronx Bombers and A Time to Kill. Off-Broadway credits include Privacy, Dry Powder, and Barbecue at the Public Theater, Bootycandy at Playwrights Horizons, Through the Night at Union Square/Westside Theatres, Top Secret for New York Theatre Workshop, Rx at Primary Stages and many others. Regionally he has designed for the Guthrie Theater, Center Stage, American Conservatory Theatre, Hartford Stage, South Coast Repertory, Alliance, Goodman, Arena Stage, Yale Repertory, The Old Globe, Chicago Shakespeare, Steppenwolf, Lookingglass and many others. International: Stratford Shakespeare Festival (Canada), Royal Shakespeare Company (England), as well as productions in Ireland, Austria, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Scotland. Awards: Seven Joseph Jefferson Awards and 24 nominations, two Ovation Awards and three nominations, LA Drama Critics Circle Award, two ASCAP Plus Awards, three Drama Desk Award nominations, 2 AUDELCO nominations 2 Helen Hayes nominations, 2 Barrymore nominations, and many others. Mr. Jones was also the first sound designer to win the Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award.  Film scoring includes HBO Films’ A Note of Triumph (2006 Academy Award, Best Documentary), and Family Practice for Sony Pictures.

DAN SCULLY

Projection Design

DAN SCULLY returns to Geva Theatre Center where he designed the premiere of this production in 2010. Dan Scully is a Brooklyn-based projection and lighting designer whose work explores the intersection of visual art, technology, and storytelling.  Recent projects include Rocky (Broadway); If/Then (National Tour); Jedermann (Salzburger Festpiele); Another Night (Alvin Ailey/ADT); Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (NY Pops); The Orchestra Moves! (Carnegie Hall); When the Wolves Came In / Watershed (Kyle Abraham / Abraham.In.Motion); Seven Last Words (Lincoln Center Chamber Orchestra Society); Lake Lucille Chekov Project.  Regional credits include La Jolla Playhouse, A.R.T., Trinity Rep., Cleveland Playhouse, Asolo Rep. MFA – NYU.

BEKAH CAREY

Wig Design

BEKAH CAREY is thrilled to return to Geva Theatre Center. Her work was seen in Geva’s productions of  A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A Midsummer Night’s DreamYou Can’t Take It With You, Music Man, A Christmas Story, Amadeus and the premiere of A Christmas Carol.  After moving to Rochester, she began working for Eastman Opera Theatre where she is currently the resident costume designer.   She is a proud SUNY Fredonia alumni. 

EMILY STORK

Associate Lighting Designer

EMILY STORK’S lighting designs have been seen worldwide, including festivals in Italy, France, Scotland, and Israel and in the U.S. at places as diverse as PS 122, Dance Theatre Workshop, the Cherry Lane Theatre, the Public Theater, La Mama, St. Ann’s Warehouse, the Walker Arts Center, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, On the Boards, the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center in Troy, Lincoln Center and on the side of a building in Rochester. Emily’s designs at Geva have included the world premiere of Mat Smart’s Tinker to Evers to Chance, Greg Kotis’ All Your Questions Answered, and Seth Rozin’s Two Jews Walk Into a War… In 2003, she was the resident lighting designer for the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy where she worked with Maestro Gian Carlo Menotti on Wagner’s Lohengrin. Some favorite collaborations have been with Split Britches on Peggy Shaw’s To My Chagrin, Pig Iron Theatre Company’s James Joyce is Dead and So is Paris, Nora Jones’ Album Release Party for Little Broken Hearts at the Box in NYC. She was the Lighting Director at The Juilliard School for 12 years, where she designed countless shows and special events including the Leading Ladies Gala starring Audra McDonald and Barbara Cook and the Tempest Benefit reading with Sir Derek Jacobi. Ms. Stork is the festival lighting designer for the Rochester Fringe Festival where her designs have included the dance group, Grounded Aerial, Cabinet of Wonders in the Magic Crystal Spiegeltent and the outdoor informal installation at the Spiegelgarden. Examples of her work can be found at:  www.emilystorkdesign.com

IAN HILDRETH

Associate Sound Designer

IAN HILDRETH has been designing and audio engineering at Geva Theatre Center for eight years. Past designs include Spamalot!, the world premiere of The Road to Where, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Pump Boys and Dinettes, MoM: A Rock Concert Musical, Next to Normal, Avenue Q, Fences, 3 Mo’ Divas and Carry It On. Associate designs include The Whipping Man, Dracula, Two Jews Walk Into a War and Radio Golf.

JEAN GORDON RYON

Dramaturg

JEAN GORDON RYON serves as New Plays Coordinator at Geva Theatre Center where, among other duties, she produces the Regional Writers Showcase and the Young Writers Showcase. She was dramaturg for 1776, John Bull’s Other Island, That Was Then, Shear Madness, The Underpants, The Clean House, Almost Maine, The Music Man, Company, Perfect Wedding, The 39 Steps, Last Gas, Wait Until Dark, Little Shop of Horrors and Geva’s current production of A Christmas Carol, and she has contributed dramaturgical research and written program articles for several other productions. Ms. Ryon holds a degree in drama from Tufts University and a master’s degree in Arts Administration from Goucher College. Her most recent directing credits in the community include Grace and Glorie, Master Class, Blithe Spirit, Pride’s Crossing, and The Gin Game for Blackfriars; The Chosen and The Immigrant for JCC’s CenterStage; Juno and the Peacock, Da, Translations, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, Waiting for Godot, The Kings of the Kilburn High Road, Dancing at Lughnasa, Faith Healer, The Hostage, Love in the Title, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Dublin Carol, and A Moon for the Misbegotten for RCP’s Irish Players; and Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing for RCP’s Shakespeare Players. Ms. Ryon is also the Artistic Director of The Geriactors, a traveling troupe of mature actors. 

FRANK CAVALLO

Stage Manager

FRANK CAVALLO has stage managed numerous productions for Geva over several seasons. Last season he stage managed Spamalot! , A Christmas Carol and The May Queen. Previous productions include Women in Jeopardy!, A Christmas Carol, Good People, Last Gas, The 39 Steps, Superior Donuts, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Anything Goes, The Glass Menagerie, 5 Guys Named Moe, Below The Belt, A Raisin In The Sun, Dancing At Lughnasa, Jitney, Vigil and several world premieres including Geva’s original productions of Convenience and 5 Course Love. He has also stage managed for several other regional theatres, been the production manager for the Rochester Children’s Theatre and toured for Poetry In Motion with Ms. Salome Jens’ one woman show…About Anne, featuring the poetry of Anne Sexton.

 

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