Young Ebenezer/Peter Cratchit
Evan Bala is an eighth grader at Gates Chili Middle School. This is his tenth production. His favorite roles have been: Gavroche in Les Misérables, Kurt in The Sound of Music, and Chip in Beauty and the Beast. He is excited for his first show on the Geva stage. He would like to thank the production team and his family for their guidance and support.
Mr. Fezziwig/The Ghost of Christmas Present/Businessman
JOEL BLUM made his Geva Theatre Center debut in A Christmas Carol last season. 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) and Pal Joey ’78 (starring Lena Horne.) TV credits include “Ed,” “The Sopranos,” two Bob Hope Specials, “Sonny and Cher Show,” “The Tonight Show” and “Law & Order” twice!
CASEY BRONSON is thrilled to be back for a second year in Geva Theatre Center’s A Christmas Carol. Casey is a first grader at Allen Creek School in Pittsford where his favorite subjects are music and reading. He is also a budding pianist, an avid tee-ball player, and took his first golf lessons this past summer. In addition to acting, Casey’s future aspirations include playing drums in a rock band and living in Disney World. Casey would like to thank the cast and production staff for such an amazing experience, and his family for their constant support.
STEPHEN CLARK is monumentally excited, and incredibly grateful, to be back at Geva, working on another amazing production of A Christmas Carol. He studied Theatre and Media Production at SUNY Brockport, where he performed is such shows as The Zoo Story, Fox on the Fairway and The Rocky Horror Show. He graduated in 2014, Magna Cum Laude.
APRELL DAVIS is honored to be returning to Geva Theatre Center’s production of A Christmas Carol. Aprell is a second grader attending North Star Christian Academy who starred as Molly (the littlest orphan) in their High School musical Annie. She is also taking private voice and piano lessons with Janet Grace. In her spare time Aprell loves reading and spending time with family. She would like to thank her family and friends for their constant 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 and is currently living in NYC. Thank you to my family and friends for being a constant joy and support in my life!
Miss Fezziwig/Servant Girl
LYDIA DIEKMANN is thrilled to be making her debut at Geva Theatre Center. She is a seventh grader who has performed at the JCC, Calkins Middle School, Sutherland High School, and the Pittsford Summer Enrichment Institute. She studies dance at Visions and voice and acting with Laura Jean (Smillie) Diekmann. Special thanks to the artistic team and love to her family.
Young Ebenezer/Peter Crachit
DANIEL DOBBINS is thrilled to be making his debut with Geva Theatre Center. Daniel attends St. Paul Lutheran School as a seventh grader. His favorite activities are acting, singing and playing piano. He also plays soccer, basketball and volleyball on his school teams. He has been involved in community and children’s musical theatre productions through Rochester Children’s Theatre, A Magical Journey Through Stages, Spotlight Theatre Arts and Next Generation Theatre. Danny would like to thank his family for their love and support. He also thanks director Mark Cuddy for this amazing experience.
Girl Cratchit/Want/Turkey Girl
ALDEN DUSERICK is thrilled to return to A Christmas Carol where, in addition to Want/Girl Cratchit, she played Tiny Tim for two years. Alden was most recently seen on stage with Rochester Lyric Opera. Additional stage credits include the title role in Annie, Colin in The Secret Garden, Sergeant Tibbs in 101 Dalmatians, and many more. Film credits include Designated Father and Pastime, as well as several commercials. Special thanks to Susanna Adams. Merry Christmas to family, friends and Geva!
SAWYER DUSERICK is excited to return to Geva Theatre Center where he has been seen in A Christmas Carol, The Music Man, and several Fielding Stage productions. Other favorites include Gavroche in Les Misérables, Walter Cunningham, Jr. in To Kill a Mockingbird (both at Bristol Valley Theatre), as well as roles at Pittsford Musicals, Nazareth College, Rochester Children’s Theatre, and more. Sawyer has enjoyed filming several movies and commercials as well. Holiday wishes to family, friends, and Geva!
AIDAN FISH is thrilled to be returning to Geva Theatre Center. Recent credits include his school production of Much Ado about Middle School (Jason) and Eastman Opera Theatre’s production of Street Scene (Charlie). Aidan is a seventh grader at Johanna Perrin Middle School in Fairport. He sends love to his entire family for all their support. Aidan expresses his gratitude to Mark Cuddy, along with the cast and crew at Geva Theatre, for the incredible experience of these past three years.
ALMA HADDOCK is so excited to join the cast of A Christmas Carol! She is a sophomore Musical Theatre major at Nazareth College. Her favorite credits include Smitty in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Bellboy in Titanic, and Danny in The Beaux’ Stratagem. She’d like to thank her mom and dad, Corinne, Frederick, and Adam. She is a Rochester native and would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!
ROBERT ADELMAN HANCOCK
Fred/Apprentice Ebenezer/Young Husband
ROBERT ADELMAN HANCOCK made his Geva Theatre Center debut last season in 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, 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,” and “Guiding Light.” 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. www.robhancock.com.
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. His most recent work at Geva was as the fight director for Spamalot. He has also worked as a stage combat instructor at Nazareth College, has been the fight director for numerous shows there, including Antigone, Macbeth and the Beaux’ Stratagem.
ALEXANDRA IMBROSCI is thrilled to be making her Geva Theatre Center debut! She is currently a senior at SUNY Geneseo where she is completing a double major in Musical Theatre and Personal Professional Communication. At Geneseo, Ms. Imbrosci has had the privilege of performing the roles of Hope Harcourt in Anything Goes and Meg/Clarissa in Little Women. Other previous stage credits include Anne Frank (Mrs. Frank) at One Take Theatre and Carmen (Adult Chorus/Cigarette Girls) at the Finger Lakes Opera. She would like to thank her mom, dad, and mentors for their constant support.
ANNA KOSTAKIS is delighted to be in Geva’s production of A Christmas Carol. She is a freshman at Nazareth College studying Musical Theatre. At Williamson Senior High School she had the privilege of playing the role of Morticia most recently in The Addams Family. Previous to that she was Mrs. Smith in Meet Me in St. Louis, Mrs. Cratchit in A Christmas Carol, Maria Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, Chiffon in Little Shop of Horrors, and Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes. She thanks her parents for giving her endless opportunities and sisters for their constant love and support.
LEA MANCARELLA, age 10, is thrilled to return to the Geva stage, having appeared in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She has appeared in the national tour of A Christmas Story The Musical and Rochester Children’s Theatre’s production of Annie. Locally she has appeared in Les Misérables, The Sound of Music, Annie and Carousel (all with Pittsford Musicals). Feature films include Second Story Man and The Shells. She has done voice over work on “Sesame Street” and has numerous TV commercials and short films to her credit. Love and thanks to family, friends, Karl-Erik Jansson, and Mendon Center Elementary School.
Mrs Fezziwig/Mrs Cratchit/Mrs Dilber
JEAN McCORMICK is thrilled to be making her debut at Geva Theatre Center in this most festive of shows! Other recent shows that have also thrilled her – My Fair Lady at Cape Playhouse, Mary Poppins at Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Les Misérables at Northern Stage, and Oklahoma at The Tent Theatre. Ms. McCormick has also traveled the world as a director for Royal Caribbean, and, had a magical time in Japan while singing at Tokyo Disney. A million thanks to Mark Cuddy, Paul and Karie at Elissa Myers and Eddie Rabon at Take 3 Talent. Merry Christmas! www.jeanmccormick.com
Ghost of Christmas Past/Turkey Girl
LILIBETH McKECHNEY is thrilled to be returning to Geva in A Christmas Carol! Her previous credits include Belinda and Fan in A Christmas Carol, Young Eponine in Les Misérables at Bristol Valley Theatre, the title role in Annie at Martha Brown Middle School, James and The Giant Peach at RAPA, and Beauty and the Beast (Belle), Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Cinderella) and The Sound of Music (Liesl) at Best Foot Forward. Lilibeth is a seventh grader at Martha Brown Middle School in Fairport. She studies voice with Nicolette Hart and Irish dances with the MGOS Academy. Merry Christmas!
Ghost of Christmas Past/Turkey Girl
BRIA MELROSE is excited to be returning to Geva Theatre Center. Her recent and favorite credits at Geva include The Ghost of Christmas Past /Turkey Girl in last year’s production, Want and Girl Cratchit in the 2013 production and Cobweb in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2013). Other credits include Jane Banks in Mary Poppins (2015), Tinker Bell in Peter Pan, Jr. (2014) with Next Generation Theatre; a cheerleader/ensemble in “13” It’s a Musical with MJT Stages (2015) as well as other fun roles. On film she appeared as Lucy in Message in a Bottle (2015). Bria attends seventh grade in Hilton. She has a passion for theatre and music and spending time with good friends. She would like to thank her vocal coach Shanna Kohler 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.
ERIN MUELLER is excited to be returning to Geva for her fifth performance of A Christmas Carol. Last year she played the role of Girl Cratchit and the previous three years she played Tiny Tim. Erin also performed in Geva’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2011. Erin is nine years old and is in fourth grade and State Road School in Webster. Erin is proud to be an honorary member of the Webster Schroeder Girl’s Varsity Volleyball team and practices with them daily. She also plays VolleyFX club volleyball and softball.
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 “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.
Belinda Cratchit/Schoolboy/Miss Fezziwig
CHLOE PHELPS is an eighth grader at Our Lady of Mercy and is thrilled to be returning to Geva Theatre Center! Some of her favorite credits include Young Violet in Violet at Blackfriars Theatre, Little Compton in Pocahontas for Velveteen Productions in NYC and Fan in A Christmas Carol at Geva. She studies dance with Linda Goebel and voice with Susanna Adams and Nicolette Hart. Chloe sends love to her family, friends, and teachers for their unending support over the years. She thanks Mark Cuddy for this magical experience and would like to wish everyone a joyous Christmas season!
Miss Fezziwig/Servant Girl
SYDNEY PICCIOTTI is thrilled to be in Geva Theatre Center’s production of A Christmas Carol. Sydney is an eighth grade student at Honeoye Falls-Lima Middle School. Her favorite stage credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie Dillmount), 13: The Musical (Kendra) and It’s a Wonderful Life (Clarence). Sydney studies voice and acting with Nicolette Hart and dance at Articul8. She would like to thank Mark Cuddy and Geva for this wonderful opportunity. Sydney wishes everyone a happy holiday!
KEVIN PLINZKE is a junior at the college at Brockport. His previous theatre credits include Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, Princeton in Avenue Q, Favorite Son in American Idiot, and an actor in Geva’s Young Writers Showcase. He is thrilled to be making his Wilson stage debut and to be working at such an outstanding theatre. He would like to thank his friends, family, cast, and crew!
Bob Cratchit/Dick Wilkins/Sailor/Undertaker's Man
JIM POULOS has been seen at Geva as Sir Robin in Spamalot, Jim/Tom in Clybourne Park, Bobby in Company, Mozart in Amadeus, Bobby in Urinetown, Ed Carmichael in You Can’t Take It with You, Vince in Convenience and as Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol. 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 and Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Repertory Theatre 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 just finished playing Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet at Great River Shakespeare Festival. Mr. Poulos lives in NYC with his wife, Director/Actor Melissa Rain Anderson.
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.
CHRIS SALVAGGIO is a sophomore Musical Theatre major at Nazareth College. He is beyond thrilled to be a part of this wonderful production of A Christmas Carol. Most recent credits include Jack in Into the Woods, Sir Charles in The Beaux’ Stratagem, and Lightholler in Titanic. As a Rochester native and recent Greece Arcadia grad (2014), working at Geva is a dream come true. Mr. Salvaggio would like to thank his entire family and great friends for their constant support and encouragement. He would like to wish all of you a warm, happy, healthy, holiday season.
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 Wait Until Dark, 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. Mr. Sandri has worked at theatres throughout the country. His most recent work includes Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Clybourne Park at Cleveland Play House, 1776 at Cape Cod Playhouse, Abigail’s Party at San Francisco Playhouse, Clybourne Park for Barrington Stage Company, Dorset Theatre Festival and workshopping Rajiv Joseph’s newest play. TV Credits include “Law and Order,” “Conviction” and “Deadline.”
SKYLAR SHAW is a Theatre major at the College at Brockport and is very excited to be making his debut with Geva. He has been in several Brockport productions including The Cripple of Inishmaan and Censored on Final Approach. When not busy with theatre he can usually be found at Rochester stand-up open mics. He would like to thank his Mother and Father for raising him with a love of the arts and always encouraging his artistic pursuits.
JACOB STEWART is a Senior Musical Theatre and Communication Major at SUNY Geneseo, from Australia, and later, Schenectady, New York. He has previously appeared on the Geva stage in A Christmas Carol. Other previous stage credits include Godspell (Jesus), Legally Blonde (Callahan), and The Glorious Ones (Francesco). He is incredibly excited to take part in this opportunity, and would like to thank his family and friends for all their support, along with the talented cast of A Christmas Carol.
SHANNON TOOT is thrilled to return to Geva Theatre Center for her second year in A Christmas Carol. She graduated summa cum laude from The College at Brockport this past spring, with a B.S. in Theatre and Media Production. Favorite Brockport Mainstage productions include Avenue Q (Kate); Almost, Maine (Sandrine, Marvalyn, Marci, Rhonda); and bobrauschenbergamerica (Bob’s Mom). JCC CenterStage and SummerStage credits include Spring Awakening (Adult Women); The Producers; and Rent (Mark’s Mom).
Miss Fezziwig/Belinda Cratchit
JANE TRYBULSKI is excited to return for her fourth year in Geva Theatre Center’s A Christmas Carol. An eighth grader at Bay Trail Middle School, Jane is very grateful to Mr. Mark Cuddy for this wonderful opportunity, and wishes to thank her family for their love and support.
ABI JO WANEK
Girl Cratchit/Want/Turkey Girl
ABI JO WANEK is a seventh grader at North Rose-Wolcott. Her hobbies include water-skiing, sailing, downhill skiing, soccer, and travelling with her family. Her past shows include The Wiz (Gatekeeper), Urinetown (Ensemble), and The Cat in the Hat (JoJo). Abi Jo would like to thank the Langes, and the Colombos at Strike It Up. Most importantly she would like to thank her family for always being there for her and for being the best family ever.