Miss Fezziwig /Belinda Cratchit
MARLEE ANTINORA is delighted to make her Geva Theatre Center debut in A Christmas Carol this holiday season. She 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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 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 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.
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
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!
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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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 “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 Estate, Hyde Park on Hudson, A 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 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
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 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.
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 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).
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 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.