MELISSA RAIN ANDERSON
Mrs Cratchit/Mrs Fezziwig/Mrs Dilber
MELISSA RAIN ANDERSON is happy to be back at Geva Theatre for her ninth production of A Christmas Carol. Other roles at Geva include Essie in You Can’t Take it With You, Josephine in Urinetown, Mrs. Krebs in Inherit the Wind and Young Liz in Convenience. Ms. Anderson also directed and choreographed Geva’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee this past summer. Off-Broadway credits include Emma Parker in Bonnie and Clyde: A Folktale, Mrs. O’Leary in Shine! at NYMF; Baby Rose in Babes in Arms, Jessica in Tenderloin at City Center Encores! and Bessie in Time and Again at Manhattan Theatre Club. TV credits include “Law & Order: SVU” (Guest Star) and “Lipstick Jungle” (Guest Star). Melissa played Nurse Connie in the National Tour of South Pacific. Cast Recordings include Babes in Arms, Tenderloin, Encores of Encores!, A Richard Rodgers Centennial Celebration and Convenience. A proud member of Actors’ Equity Association for the past 18 years, Ms. Anderson lives in New York City with her husband (onstage and off!) Jim Poulos. Thanks to Mark and the entire Geva Family. Please visit: melissarainanderson.com.
The Ghost of Christmas Past/Turkey Girl
SHANNON BEEL is an eighth grader at Barker Road Middle School. She was most recently seen at Merry-Go-Round Playhouse as Jane Banks in Mary Poppins. Other favorite roles include Susan in White Christmas, Baby June in Gypsy, Young Fiona in Shrek, Jojo in Seussical and the title role of Annie. Shannon would like to thank her friends and family for all of their support. She would also like to thank her teachers Badiene Magaziner, Phillip Pelkington Jr, Gina Williamson, and Dr. Kim Upcraft. Shannon is grateful to everyone at Geva for this opportunity, and is very excited to join the Geva family.
Boy Cratchit/Ignorance/Belle's Son
LIAM BERGER is making his Geva Theatre Center debut and is grateful to Mr. Cuddy for this opportunity. He saw his first play at Geva (A Christmas Story) and was bit by the theatre bug! Liam began acting at age five and has performed in many Best Foot Forward productions: Olaf in A Frozen Revue, the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, Harold Hill in The Music Man, Charlie in Willy Wonka, JoJo in Seussical and Friedrich in The Sound of Music. He has also performed in Seussical with RCT and several Drama Kids productions. He is grateful for all of these experiences and the training he has received. He would also like to thank his voice and piano instructor, Kate Kenyon. When Liam isn’t acting, he is a fifth grader at Mendon Center Elementary and enjoys the support of many wonderful friends and family.
Mr Fezziwig/The Ghost of Christmas Present
JOEL BLUM makes his Geva Theatre Center debut in A Christmas Carol. 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. 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.) TV credits include “Ed”, “The Sopranos”, two Bob Hope Specials, “Sonny and Cher Show”, “The Tonight Show and “Law &Order” twice!
AIDAN BONACCI is honored to be making his Mainstage acting debut. Previous work with Geva includes Wait Until Dark (Properties Intern) and Good People (Properties Intern/Run Crew). Outside of Geva he was the Properties Master for SUNY Brockport’s 2013-2014 season and has been involved with other groups such as Basement Players, Penfield Players, and Shake on the Lake. He would like to thank his family and friends.
CASEY BRONSON is thrilled to be part of this year’s cast of A Christmas Carol. Casey lives in Pittsford and is a kindergartener at Allen Creek Elementary School. When Casey isn’t playing with his two older brothers, Tanner and Kellan, he can be found on his bike or in the swimming pool. Casey would like to thank the production cast and staff for creating such a magical experience, and his family for their constant support.
STEPHEN CLARK recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from SUNY Brockport, where he double majored in media production and theatre. He is very thrilled to be working with all of the talented people at Geva. This has been an amazing opportunity. Recent stage credits include The Zoo Story, Fox on the Fairway, The Rocky Horror Show, and Dark Play: Or Stories for Boys.
APRELL DAVIS is five years old and in first grade at Northstar Christian Academy. She’s ecstatic to be performing as Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol. Most recently, Aprell starred as Molly (the littlest orphan) in Northstar’s H.S. musical, Annie. She dances at Little Red Dance Studio and spends lots of time with family and loves to read and play games. Lastly, Aprell wishes to thank her family, friends and teachers for their love and support.
Belle/Fred's Wife/Martha Cratchit/Young Wife
TESS DeFLYER is a senior Musical Theatre major at Nazareth College and anticipates graduation in the spring with a B.F.A. degree. Recent roles include Olive Ostrovsky in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and A Christmas Carol (Ensemble) at Geva Theatre; Dana and others in Quilters, Little Sally in Urinetown, and Dolly in The Threepenny Opera at Nazareth College. Following graduation she hopes to pursue her passion for theatre wherever she can. She is so blessed to get to work with all the incredible people involved on the show, and for the loved ones in her life who never let her back down from her passion. “I love you all!”
Girl Cratchit/Want/Turkey Girl
ALDEN DUSERICK is thrilled to return to Geva Theatre Center this holiday season; this time alongside brother, Sawyer! She has enjoyed the role of Tiny Tim the past two seasons alongside sister, Emelia. Favorite credits include the title role in Annie, Daughter (Fiddler on the Roof), Sergeant Tibbs (101 Dalmatians), Gigi (Madeline’s Christmas), Soldier, (The Nutcracker) and more. Alden studies dance with Linda Goebel and Pittsford Ballet. Love and thanks to family, friends, and Geva!
SAWYER DUSERICK is thrilled to return to the Geva Theatre Center stage! Additional Geva credits include The Music Man, Sister’s Christmas Catechism, and various roles in Geva’s Young Writer’s Showcase productions. Most recently Sawyer was seen as Gavroche in Bristol Valley Theater’s Les Miserables (2014), where he was also in To Kill a Mockingbird (2013). Other favorites include Merrily We Roll Along, Oliver!, Honk!, and more. When not on stage, Sawyer enjoys the guitar, ski racing, soccer and his dog, Ruby. Love and thanks to all!
Young Ebenezer/Peter Cratchit
AIDAN FISH is thrilled to be returning to Geva Theatre Center. Recent credits include his school production of Once upon a Mattress (Sir Harry) and Eastman Opera Theatre’s production of Street Scene (Charlie). Aidan is a sixth 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 for this wonderful experience.
ANTHONY GREICO is preparing to graduate in December from the College at Brockport with a bachelor’s degree in theatre and electronic print journalism. He is thrilled to be a part of the ensemble in A Christmas Carol at Geva Theatre Center. In the past, he’s played Allen in bobrauschenbergamerica; Dwight in Dead Man’s Cell Phone and East, Jimmy, Randy, Phil and Dave in Almost, Maine all on the Brockport main stage at the Tower of Fine Arts. He received two Irene Ryan nominations for Dead Man’s Cell Phone and Almost, Maine. He was also an assistant stage manager for Fox on the Fairway, another Brockport main stage production. He thanks his friends and family for all the support and hopes they enjoy the show.
ROBERT ADELMAN HANCOCK
Fred/Apprentice Ebenezer/Young Husband
ROBERT ADELMAN HANCOCK makes his Geva Theatre Center debut 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, and on the original cast recording of Daddy Long Legs. He is an Associate Artist with The Music Theatre Company. 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 has worked for the Sterling Renaissance Festival as part of the interactive company, The Bless the Mark Players. He spent four years touring the country with The New Riders of the Golden Age Full-Contact Armored Joust Company. For the past five years, Silas has returned to the Sterling Renaissance Festival in the role of Sir Francis Drake. He could most recently been seen at the Screamers’ Hollow Halloween event, where he plays Jack of Spades, Graveyard Ghoul and Undertaker of the Village of the Damned. Most recently, he was the fight choreographer for Antigone and Macbeth at Nazareth College.
Miss Fezziwig/Servant Girl
CATHERINE KENNEDY is thrilled to return to Geva Theatre Center’s wonderful production of A Christmas Carol. Other stage credits include the title role in Annie for Pittsford Musicals, Bielke in JCC’s Fiddler on the Roof, Polly in NGT’s Magician’s Nephew, and three RWCCT productions. Catherine is a ninth grade student at Allendale Columbia School; studies voice with Carl Wager, piano with Carol Cerone, and dance at PACE. She also enjoys volunteering at a sports camp called SB2W and creating movies with her two younger brothers. Thanks to the Lord, and Mark Cuddy, and the entire cast and crew, for this unforgettable opportunity!
KEMARI JOY McCLARY
KEMARI JOY McCLARY is delighted to debut in Geva Theatre Center’s production of A Christmas Carol. Kemari, a Rochester native, is in fourth grade at French Road Elementary School. She began dance and gymnastics at age three; currently, she is learning to play the cello. Kemari would like to thank her mom, dad, and entire family for their love and support. She also thanks Director Mark Cuddy for this valuable experience.
MEGAN McCAFFREY is so excited to be making her Geva Theatre Center debut in one of her favorite shows, A Christmas Carol. Ms, McCaffrey is a Senior Musical Theatre/Communication major at SUNY Geneseo, from Long Island. Past favorite credits include Martha in A Christmas Carol, Eponine in Les Miserables and Sally Bowles in Cabaret. Forever thanks to her loving family, supportive friends and encouraging faculty at Geneseo.
BELLA McGRATH made her Geva Mainstage debut this past summer as Logainne Schwartzandgrubenniere in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Previously she performed in the Fielding Nextstage in the Young Writers workshop as Bean in To Find Mona. She is in her senior year as a B.F.A. Musical Theatre major at Nazareth College. Past credits include Varya in The Cherry Orchard, Little Becky Two Shoes in Urinetown and Velma Kelly in Chicago. Ms. McGrath would like to thank her friends and family for their continuous support and, of course, a big thank you to her cast mates and the team here at Geva!
Miss Fezziwig/Belinda Cratchit
LILIBETH McKECHNEY is thrilled to be returning to Geva Theatre Center in A Christmas Carol! Her previous credits include Fan in A Christmas Carol , Young Eponine in Les Miserables at Bristol Valley Theater, Belle in Beauty and the Beast, the title role in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella and Liesl in The Sound of Music at Best Foot Forward. Lilibeth is a sixth grader at Martha Brown Middle School in Fairport. She Irish dances with the MGOS Academy and studies voice with Nicolette Hart. Merry Christmas!
The Ghost of Christmas Past/Turkey Girl
BRIA MELROSE is excited to return to Geva Theatre. Bria lives in Hilton, NY. As a sixth grader, she enjoys and studies acting, chorus, dance and piano. Bria’s theatre experience includes Want in Geva productions of A Christmas Carol, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Beauty and the Beast Jr., Rhythm and Rhyme, Honk! and Madeline’s Christmas. Bria would like to thank her mom, dad, and her brother Joshua for their love and support. She also thanks director Mark Cuddy for allowing her to enjoy this wonderful experience.
Girl Cratchit/Want/Turkey Girl
ERIN MUELLER is thrilled to be returning to Geva Theatre Center this year after playing Tiny Tim for the past three years. Erin also played the role of Pease Blossom in Geva’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2013. Erin is eight years old and is in the third grade at State Road School in Webster. She plays softball and also had the privilege of being an honorary member of the Webster Schroeder Girls Varsity Volleyball team this fall. Erin is excited to be sharing the stage with her brother Kyle and would like to thank her sister, Megan, for all of her help with her new role this year.
Young Ebenezer/Peter Cratchit
KYLE MUELLER is excited to be returning to Geva Theatre Center this year after playing Boy Cratchit for the past three years. Other Geva credits include Winthrop in The Music Man in 2011 and Randy in A Christmas Story in 2009. Kyle earned first chair Area-All State for euphonium, trombone and vocal this year and has also earned first chair All-County for euphonium four years in a row. This is Kyle’s second year on trombone in the Rochester Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and third year on euphonium in Eastman School’s Tuba Mirum where he studies trombone under Mark Kellogg. Kyle is 13 years old and a freshmen at Webster Schroeder High School where he participates in volleyball, tennis, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra and Show Choir. Kyle is very grateful that he has been able to be a part of so many wonderful Geva performances and he will miss it dearly.
GUY PAUL returns to Geva Theatre Center where he originated the role of Scrooge in the premiere of this production in 2010. Broadway credits include Mary Stuart, Twelve Angry Men, King Lear, The Invention of Love, Tenderloin, 1776, The King and I, Private Lives, Getting Married, Rumors (LA, also), Wild Honey, Arms and the Man. Off Broadway credits include Septimus & Clarissa, Stuff Happens, Meet John Doe, Candida, Cowardy Custard, J.B., The Everafters, The Flight of the Earls, The Orestia, The Underpants, Frankenstein. National Tours include The Sisters Rosensweig. In addition to Geva Theatre Center, Mr. Paul has appeared regionally at Ford’s Theatre, Goodspeed, Globe Theatre, Guthrie Theatre (three seasons), Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, others. TV credits include “Dark Matters,” “Life On Mars,” “The Sopranos,” “Law & Order,” “George Washington: The Forging of a Nation,” “As the World Turns,” “All My Children,” “One Life to Live,” and “Courage the Cowardly Dog.” Film credits include The Fifth Estate, Hyde Park on Hudson, A Christmas to Remember, See You in the Morning. Mr. Paul currently resides in London with his wife, actress Harriet Walter.
Bob Cratchit/Dick Wilkins/Sailor/Undertaker's Man
JIM POULOS is happy to return to this production for the fifth time. At Geva, he has been seen as Jim/Tom in Clybourne Park, Bobby in Company, Mozart in Amadeus, Bobby in Urinetown, Ed Carmichael in You Can’t Take It with You, and as Vince in Convenience. Broadway credits include Mark Cohen in Rent and Huck Finn in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. National Tours include Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, The Graduate and South Pacific. Regionally, Mr. Poulos has appeared as Mozart in Amadeus 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. Jim lives in NYC with his wife, Director/Actor Melissa Rain Anderson.
CJ ROCHE is a senior Musical Theatre and Communication double major at SUNY Geneseo. He is thrilled to be making his Geva Theatre Center debut in this production of A Christmas Carol. CJ would like to thank the cast, production team, and directors for making this show possible. He would also like to thank his family for being so supportive.
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.
The Ghost of Jacob Marley/Schoolmaster/Miner/Topper/Businessman
REMI SANDRI is thrilled to be back at Geva Theatre Center for A Christmas Carol. His previous shows here include 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 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.”
JACOB STEWART is a Senior Musical Theatre and Communication Major at SUNY Geneseo, from Australia, and later, Schenectady, New York. He is no stranger to the stage, having been in shows such as Jesus in Godspell, Callahan in Legally Blonde, and Francesco in The Glorious Ones. 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 fantastic cast of A Christmas Carol.
SHANNON TOOT is thrilled to make her Geva Theatre Center debut in A Christmas Carol. A senior theatre major at The College at Brockport, she has appeared in Brockport Mainstage productions of bobrauschenbergamerica (Bob’s Mom); Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Hermia); Avenue Q (Kate); and Almost, Maine (Sandrine, Marvalyn, Marci, Rhonda). JCC CenterStage and SummerStage credits include The Producers; Legally Blonde The Musical; Spring Awakening (Adult Women) and Rent (Mark’s Mom).
Miss Fezziwig/Belinda Cratchit
JANE TRYBULSKI is excited to return for her third year in Geva Theatre Center’s A Christmas Carol. A seventh grader at Bay Trail Middle School, her credits include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at Panara Theatre (Oompa Loompa). Jane is very grateful to Mr. Mark Cuddy for this wonderful opportunity, and wishes to thank her family for their love and support.
Miss Fezziwig/Belinda Cratchit
MADISON WAINWRIGHT makes her Geva Theatre Center debut in A Christmas Carol. She is thrilled to have this opportunity to work with such a talented cast and crew. Her love for musical theatre began at the age of six when she first performed in Cobblestone Arts Center’s The Wizard of Oz. She has since been in several other productions including performances for Rochester Children’s Theatre as Jo Jo in Seussical the Musical and Tessie in Annie. She currently studies voice with Nicolette Hart and dance at 25 North Dance Academy.
LEAH WIRLEY is so proud to make her Geva Theatre Center debut in A Christmas Carol! Leah’s stage experience includes The Wiz of the West for Missoula Children’s Theater and Madeline’s Christmas for Cara D’Emanuele Productions. Leah is a fifth grader at Klem Road South School in Webster. In addition to acting and singing, Leah enjoys gymnastics and cheerleading, plays the violin in her school’s orchestra, and is an avid reader. Leah would like to thank her parents and her voice coach, Richard Fink, for their support and encouragement in helping her achieve her aspirations.
CHELSEA ZAYAS makes her Geva Theatre Center debut in A Christmas Carol. Her first professional production was at the Bread and Water Theatre, as Mary Ann Zielonko/Sophie Farrar/Joan Larrinaga in The Witnesses of Kitty Genovese. She also appeared as Sagot in Picasso at the Lapin Agile at MCC, Becky in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and The Bremen Town Musicians for MCC’s Children Theatre. Ms. Zayas is currently a student at SUNY Brockport, and studying for a Bachelor’s degree in Science as a Theatre major and Music minor (vocal). She is thrilled to be working in this Geva production, and is truly honored to be working with such a fantastic and phenomenal cast! She proudly thanks her family, friends, and loved ones for their support. Ms. Zayas proudly thanks Skip Greer for all the help and giving her such a tremendous opportunity to work and act at Geva.