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A Christmas Carol

Nov 25 – Dec 27


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!

Run Time: 2 hours including intermission.

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


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!


Tiny Tim

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.


Tiny Tim

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!


Boy Cratchit/Ignorance

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!


Boy Cratchit/Ignorance

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!


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.


Fan/Miss Fezziwig

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. 


Fan/Miss Fezziwig

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.


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 “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.


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 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.


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.



MARK CUDDYis in his twentieth season as Artistic Director of Geva Theatre Center. This season, in addition to A Christmas Carol (which he also adapted), he directed Good People, and will direct the world premiere of The Road to Where, written by and starring Broadway veteran Cass Morgan.  Last season he directed Clybourne Park, Pump Boys and Dinettes and A Christmas Carol. Mr. Cuddy is well known for his staging of premieres, contemporary comedies and musical theatre. Among his Geva Theatre Center productions have been A Midsummer Night’s Dream; The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs; You Can’t Take It With You; Company; Superior Donuts;The Music Man;  Five 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.


Music and Lyrics

GREGG COFFIN is delighted to be back at Geva Theatre Center where he is an Affiliate Artist. Gregg has composed, directed, arranged, or orchestrated the music for over a hundred 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 B’way), the ChungMu Art Hall (Seoul), the Stratford Festival of Canada, the National Arts Centre of Canada, Canadian Stage Company, the Tarragon Theatre (Canada), Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Alley Theatre, Arena Stage, Pioneer Theatre Company, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Unicorn Theatre, Human Race Theatre, 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.


Musical Director

DON KOT is Resident Music Director and Affiliate Artist at Geva Theatre Center where he celebrates his fourteenth season!  Geva productions include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, All Your Questions Answered (world premiere), Next to Normal, Avenue Q, Company, The Music ManFive Course Love, Sweeney Todd, Cabaret, Urinetown, A Chorus Line, Camelot, 1776, A Christmas Carol, Sister’s Christmas Catechism, Convenience and as part of the Festival of New Plays, The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World, One For My Baby, right next to 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 HydesvilleOur Townand Inherit the Wind.  Mr. Kot has performed Off-Broadway at the 45 Bleecker Street Theatre, Laurie Beechman Theatre, and at the Toronto Fringe Festival. Other regional credits include The Best of Forbidden Broadway, Smokey Joe’s Café, Leader of the Pack, Honk!, and The Most Happy Fella. He has played for the national touring productions of Fosse, Footloose, Fiddler on the Roof, The King and I, Mamma 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 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.


Scenic Designer

ADAM KOCH returns to Geva Theatre Center where he previously designed Five Course Love and Sweeney Todd. Broadway credits include Million Dollar Quartet at the Goodman Theatre, now running at Chicago’s Apollo Theatre. Off-Broadway credits include Loaded, Pinkalicious, Freckleface Strawberry, and Rooms: A Rock Romance (originally produced at MetroStage and Geva Theatre Center). Regional credits include Dreamgirls, Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Signature Theatre, Helen Hayes Nomination for Best Scenic Design); See What I Wanna See and Title of Show (Signature Theatre); Bye, Bye, Birdie; Sweet Charity and Call Me Madam (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma), My Fair Lady, Guys and Dolls (Engeman); Master Harold and the Boys (Portland Stage); The 39 Steps, A Tuna Christmas and The Little Prince (Human Race Theatre Co.); We The People (TheatreWorks USA); Opera credits include The Magic Flute, Il Trittico, Die Fledermaus and Marriage of Figaro. Mr. Koch is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon. He is a Member of U.S.A. 829.  adamkoch.carbonmade.com


Costume Designer

DEVON PAINTER returns to Geva Theatre Center to work with the incredible artists here. Previous Geva credits include Good People, Pump Boys and Dinettes, A Christmas Carol, Five Course Love and Sweeney Todd.  Ms. Painter lives in New Jersey and designs costumes throughout the United Statesmost recently My Fair Lady at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  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 (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 American Players Theatre. 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.


Sound Designer

LINDSAY JONES (Sound Designer) is very pleased to return to Geva Theatre Center for A Christmas Carol which is his 20th production here. Broadway credits include Bronx Bombers and A Time to Kill. Off-Broadway credits include Bootycandy at Playwrights Horizons, Through the Night at Union Square/Westside Theatres, Wild With Happy at the Public Theater, 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 Austria, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Scotland. Awards: Six Joseph Jefferson Awards and 21 nominations, two Ovation Awards and three nominations, LA Drama Critics Circle Award, two ASCAP Plus Awards, three Drama Desk Award nominations, 2 AUDELCO nominations and nominations for Helen Hayes, Henry Hewes Design, Barrymore, 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.


Lighting Designer

PAUL HACKENMUELLER returns to Geva Theatre Center and this production of A Christmas Carol. Broadway credits include Disgraced, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, Fela!, Desire Under the Elms, A Bronx Tale, Mauritius, The Frogs, and Aida. Off-Broadway credits include Jump/Rope at Square Peg Productions, Cloud Tectonics at the Culture Project, Walk Two Moons at the Lucille Lortel. 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. Recent opera credits include La Traviata for Bucharest (Romanian) National Opera, Werther, I Puritani, Tosca at Boston Lyric Opera, Rusalka for Minnesota Opera and Opera Colorado, and Rodelinda at Pittsburgh Opera. On-going commercial clients include Target Stores, Best Buy, Carlson Companies, Boston Scientific, Starkey, Wells Fargo Bank, Life Touch, Arctic Cat, Winnebago, and Cargill. Mr. Hackenmueller received his B.A. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis and his M.F.A. from NYU Tisch.


Video/Projection Designer

DAN SCULLY returns to Geva Theatre Center where he designed the premiere of this production in 2010. As a projection and lighting designer based in New York City, Mr. Scully leverages a background in the performing arts and computer engineering to explore the intersection of visual art, technology, and storytelling.  Recent projection designs include Rocky (Broadway), A Charlie Brown Christmas (NY Pops/Carnegie Hall), Galileo at Cleveland Play House, 1969 (Alarm Will Sound), “The Orchestra Rocks!” and “The Orchestra Sings!” for Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, and The Wii Plays for Ars Nova. As a lighting designer, Mr. Scully has designed for The Salzburger Festspeile, The Alvin Ailey Dance Company, Trinity Repertory Theatre, The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Jacobs Pillow, The Kitchen, and The Yard Festival, as well as internationally in Europe, Central America, and the Middle East.  He is also the resident lighting designer for the Abraham in Motion Dance Company, with whom he won a Bessie Award. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Bernadette and has an M.F.A. in Design from Tisch/NYU.


Wig Designer

BEKAH CAREYis thrilled to return to Geva Theatre Center. Her work was seen in Geva’s productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, You Can’t Take It With You, Music Man, A Christmas Story, Amadeus andthe premiere of Christmas Carol.  A graduate of SUNY Fredonia, Bekah spent time perfecting the craft of wigs during the 2003 season of the Utah Shakespearean Festival. In Chicago she designed and constructed wigs for Drury Lane Oakbrook’s Production of Pirates of Penance and Barefoot in the Park, Moving Dock Theatre Co’s Einstein’s Dreams and The Magician and for The Teapot Scandals at Porchlight Music Theatre. She was the wardrobe supervisor for Chicago’s production of the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. After moving to Rochester she began working for Eastman Opera Theatre and is currently their resident costume coordinator.   She is proud to call Rochester home!


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 aerialist dance group, Bandaloop, Cirque du Fringe in the Magic Crystal Spiegeltent and the outdoor informal installation at the Spiegelgarden. Examples of her work can be found at:  www.emilystorkdesign.com


Associate Sound Designer

IAN HILDRETH has been designing and audio engineering at Geva Theatre Center for seven years. Past designs include 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. Mr. Hildreth is a graduate of SUNY Brockport.



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 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. 


Stage Manager

FRANK CAVALLO has stage managed dozens of productions for Geva since first joining the company after it moved into the (then) newly renovated Richard Pine Theatre. Last season, Mr. Cavallo stage managed The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Informed Consent, Last Gas and The 39 Steps. Previous productions include 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 for the Reflections New Plays Festival. He has also stage managed at several other regional theatres, has been the production manager for the Rochester Children’s Theatre at Nazareth College and has toured for Poetry In Motion with Ms. Salome Jens’ one woman show …About Anne, featuring the poetry of Anne Sexton.



ELISSA MYERS CASTING, Paul Fouquet, CSA, a Rochester native, is honored to be recognized as a Geva Affiliate Artist. This marks the 18th year of Myers’ and Fouquet’s collaboration with Geva Theatre Center. Casting credits include “Poisoner’s Handbook”, “Becoming Helen Keller”, and the mini-series “Mystery of Matter” for PBS. Other PBS projects include “The Abolitionists”, “Dolly Madison”, “Alexander Hamilton”, “John and Abigail Adams”, “Benjamin Franklin” (Emmy Award), “Liberty” (Peabody Award), “God in America”, “People vs. Leo Frank”, “Louisa May Alcott,” as well as PBS “Great Performances” (Artios Award in “Outstanding Achievement in Casting”) and most recently “Murder Of A President” for American Experience. Additionally three “Movies of the Week,” as well as five pilots. Feature films include “Hank and Asha” (Audience Award at Slamdance 2013 and five other festival awards), and “The Union.” Theatre includes seven Broadway shows, including Tony nominated Having Our Say, as well as 26 Off-Broadway shows. Regional theatre casting in the past two years includes Denver Center, Geva Theatre Center, Cleveland Play House, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Magic Theatre, Arena Stage, Alley Theatre, George Street Playhouse, and Arizona Theatre Company. The office has so far received 16 nominations and has won three Artios Awards for “Outstanding Achievement in Casting.”

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