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November 22 - December 24

A Christmas Carol

Wilson Stage

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!

 

Age Recommendation: 5+

2 hours including intermission

Childrens pricing available for kids ages 5-12

 

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Tanner Antinora | Tiny Tim

TANNER ANTINORA is thrilled to be returning to Geva Theatre Center in his second season as Tiny Tim.  Tanner is seven years old and in first grade 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!

Joel Blum | Mr. Fezziwig/Ghost of Christmas Present/Businessman

JOEL BLUM made his Geva Theatre Center debut in A Christmas Carol in 2014. Most recently, Joel appeared in John Kander and Greg Pierce’s new musical Kid Victory at the Vineyard Theatre in New York. He is featured in the newly released album of the same Off-Broadway production. He’s 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. Joel appeared in the co-production of Kiss Me, Kate at the Hartford Stage and the Old Globe in San Diego, playing Gangster number one. And Played “Ike” in the new musical October Sky also at the Globe. Broadway credits include Show Boat (nominated for the Tony Award for 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.  TV credits include “Ed,” “The Sopranos,” two Bob Hope Specials, “Sonny and Cher Show,” “The Tonight Show” and “Law & Order” twice!

Samuel Buck | Young Ebenezer/Peter Cratchit

SAMUEL BUCK is grateful for the opportunity to join this year’s cast of A Christmas Carol. Sam is an eighth grade homeschooled student and attends Gloria Deo Cooperative where he especially enjoys literature and science classes. He sings in the choir at Hope Lutheran Church, plays piano and violin, and loves sports. Sam’s most recent theatre experiences have been in productions of Anne of Green Gables and The Music Man with Spotlight Theatre Arts.

Aprell Davis | Girl Cratchit/Want/Turkey Girl

APRELL DAVIS is a native of Rochester with a star quality. She is enrolled at North Star Christian Academy in the fourth grade. This is Aprell’s fourth year as part of the cast of Geva’s A Christmas Carol. Her acting career also includes performing as “Molly”, the littlest orphan, in the stage play Annie at Northstar. In addition, Aprell played the role of a “Hyena” in The Lion King with Terry Fyke’s Main Street Players. Aprell’s apparent passion for the arts extends beyond the stage it includes vocal and piano lessons with Janet Grace. Aprell also takes singing and dance performance lessons with Terry Fyke’s Five Point Performance Company. Aprell works very hard to perfect her craft and it shows each time she performs! She would like to thank her family and friends for their love and support throughout the years.

Tess DeFlyer | Belle/Fred's Wife/Martha Cratchit/Young Wife

TESS DeFLYER is delighted to return to the Geva stage this Christmas season! Past credits include Olive Ostrovsky in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Geva, Lia in Moses Man at the NYMF Festival in NYC, Little Sally in Urinetown, Claire in The Secret Garden, and Lucy in Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun. Tess 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!

Katiclaire Dobbins | Fan/Miss Fezziwig

KATICLAIRE DOBBINS is thrilled to be returning to Geva Theatre Center’s A Christmas Carol.  Katiclaire attends St. Paul Lutheran School as a fifth grader.  Her favorite activities are singing, acting and crafting.  She has also been involved in children’s theatre productions through Spotlight Theatre Arts.  Some of her favorite roles have been Girl Cratchit/Want/Turkey Girl, Charlie Bucket and JoJo Who.  Katiclaire would like to thank her family for their love and support.  She also thanks director Mark Cuddy for this amazing experience.

Tommy Duffy | Boy Cratchit/Ignorance

TOMMY DUFFY is excited to return for a second season playing Edwin Cratchit and Ignorance in A Christmas Carol at Geva Theatre Center.  He is a fifth grade student at Wayne Central Middle School and studies voice, acting, dance, and instrumental music at Strike It Up Artistic Center.  Recent performances include Little Shop of Horrors at the Pultneyville Playhouse and Fairy Tale Courtroom at RIT. Tommy also studies American Sign Language and enjoys model trains, tennis, and swimming.  Tommy would like to thank his parents and the SIUAC staff for their support and encouragement.

Alden Duserick | Ghost of Christmas Past/Turkey Girl

ALDEN DUSERICK happily returns to the Geva Theatre Center stage, where she played Scout Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird last year.  She is delighted to spend another magical holiday season at Geva in A Christmas Carol where she has also played Tiny Tim (2012, 2013), Want/Girl Cratchit (2014, 2015), and Fan/Miss Fezziwig (2016).  Additional theatre credits include the title role in Annie, Colin in The Secret Garden, Boba in The Shadow of the Hummingbird, and many others, including feature films and commercials. When not on stage she can be found playing lacrosse, field hockey, or reading. Special thanks to Susanna Adams. Love to family, friends, and Geva!

Clara Gillespie | Fan/Miss Fezziwig

CLARA GILLESPIE is delighted to be returning to Geva Theatre Center in A Christmas Carol.  A seventh grader at Livonia Middle School, Clara enjoys lacrosse, swimming, and voraciously reading.  She’s an avid musician, singing with the Genesee Valley Children’s Choir and school chorus, and playing the clarinet in band.  Her previous stage credits include Fan / Miss Fezziwig in A Christmas Carol (2016), Little Guido in SUNY Geneseo’s production of Nine (2016), and Livonia Community Players’ The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (2014).  Clara sends special thanks to her family, teachers, and friends for their love and support.

Milo Gillespie | Boy Cratchit/Ignorance

MILO GILLESPIE is thrilled to be making his debut with Geva Theatre Center in A Christmas Carol.  Milo’s in third grade at Livonia Elementary school and enjoys singing with the Genesee Valley Children’s Choir and learning the piano.  He loves swimming, wrestling, lacrosse, and spending time with pals.  Milo is grateful to everyone at Geva for this opportunity and sends love to all his family, teachers, and friends.

Garfield Hammonds | The Ghost of Jacob Marley/Schoolmaster/Miner/Topper/Businessman

GARFIELD HAMMONDS is thrilled to debut at Geva Theatre Center with such a generous and gifted cast, crew and creatives!  Originally a native of Lorain, Ohio, he now calls New York City home.  Broadway/Nat’l Tours include Motown the Musical and Kiss Me, Kate.  Fave credits include Ragtime (Coalhouse), Big River and Smokey Joe’s Café.    Garfield was a District Winner in the Metropolitan Opera Competition and has appeared in La Traviata, L’Elisir d’Amor, Cosi Fan Tutte, La Cenerentola and Porgy & Bess.  TV credits include “The Good Wife” and he appeared in the 2014 feature film of Annie. Hammonds holds a Master’s Degree from University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  Love to Chris and Mom! Follow me on Instagram: @gfield3

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

Steve Hendrickson | Ebenezer Scrooge

STEVE HENDRICKSONmade his Geva Theatre Center debut in 1985 as Fred in the inaugural production of A Christmas Carol.  He has appeared across the country at the Folger, Chicago and Orlando Shakespeare Theatres, ACT, Asolo and Yale Reps, Guthrie, Arizona & Barrington Theatre Cos., the Old Globe, Cincinnati Playhouse, and Arena Stage. He received a 2005 Ivey Award for Cyrano de Bergerac at Ten Thousand Things and shared a 2009 Ivey Award for Tyrone & Ralph at the History Theatre. In 2001 he became the first performer to receive the Dayton-Hudson Distinguished Artist Fellowship at Carleton College. He is the founder of Audio-Visceral Productions. Learn more at www.audio-visceral.com

Silas Holtz | Ensemble

SILAS HOLTZ is in his seventh season performing in A Christmas Carol.  He has also worked as a stage combat consultant for Geva Theatre Center’s productions of Spamalot and The Lake Effect.  He has worked as a fight choreographer for numerous productions at Nazareth College, including As You Like It; Almost, Maine; Mad Forrest; Macbeth; and The Beaux’ Stratagem; as well as serving as assistant director and movement choreographer  for Antigone and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His other forms of performance include working as a full-contact armored jouster, actor-combatant, and equestrian stunt man at various renaissance festivals.

Jamie LaVerdiere | Bob Cratchit/Dick Wilkins/Sailor/Undertaker's Man

JAMIE LaVERDIERE is very happy to return to Geva and this magical production. 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). Jamie was very fortunate to spend this past summer playing John Adams at CT Rep and Father in Ragtime at the Oqunquit Playhouse.

Rianna LaVerdiere | Want/Girl Cratchit/Turkey Girl

RIANNA LaVERDIERE is thrilled to be making her professional theatre debut in A Christmas Carol. The daughter of Broadway actors, Rianna has somehow been bitten by the theatre bug. She has sung at the famous Town Hall Theater in New York City and performed as a featured vocalist in Alice in Wonderland at the JCC in West Orange NJ. When she grows up, Rianna would like to rescue and rehabilitate injured animals.

Jessica Murphy | Ensemble

JESSICA MURPHY is thrilled to be returning to Geva this winter for A Christmas Carol! She is currently a senior musical theatre major at SUNY Geneseo. Some of her previous credits include Louise in Gypsy, Sue Snell in Carrie: The Musical, Jenny in Company, and Gemini 1 in Geva’s production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. She would like to thank Don Kot, Joan Floriano and Mark Cuddy, as well as her friends & family for their endless love and support! Happy Holidays!

Jean McCormick | Mrs. Fezziwig/Mrs. Cratchit/Mrs. Dilber

JEAN McCORMICK happily returns for a third year of festivities! Past credits include Mamma Mia (Northern Stage), 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 cake as possible. Merry Christmas!   www.jeanmccormick.com

Allie Mueller | Tiny Tim

ALLIE MUELLER is thrilled to be returning to Geva Theatre for her second year as Tiny Tim.  Allie follows in the footsteps of her sister, Megan, who played Tiny Tim the opening season (2010) and sister, Erin, who played Tiny Tim for three years (2011-2013).  Allie and her siblings, Johnathan, Kyle, Megan and Erin have played 18 roles in A Christmas Carol over the last eight years.  Allie is six years old and is in first grade at State Road School in Webster.

Erin Mueller | Ghost of Christmas Past/Turkey Girl

ERIN MUELLER is excited to be returning to Geva for her ninth production.  Previous roles in A Christmas Carol include Christmas Past (2016), Fan (2015), Girl Cratchit (2014) and Tiny Tim (2011-2013).  Erin also played Scout in Geva’s To Kill a Mockingbird in 2011 and Peaseblossom in Geva’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream.  In February 2018, Erin will be performing as Little Cosette in Les Misèrables at Webster Schroeder with siblings Kyle, Megan and Allie. Erin is eleven years old and is in sixth grade at Spry Middle School in Webster.  She plays volleyball for VolleyFX 13-1 club team in Victor.

Ella Padilla | Miss Fezziwig/Servant Girl

ELLA PADILLA is thankful and excited to return to Geva Theatre Center for a second season in A Christmas Carol. She is in eighth grade at Cosgrove Middle School in Spencerport. Her stage credits include Belle from Beauty and the Beast Jr, the Cat from HONK!, Kratnoff and Dance Captain in High School Musical, 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 takes voice lessons from Celeste Pellegrino and Deborah Conquest. Ella would like to thank her family, friends and the cast for supporting her.

Aram Peers | Ensemble

ARAM PEERS is extremely excited and grateful to be making his regional debut at Geva Theatre Center with this wonderful cast and crew! He is currently a Senior at SUNY Geneseo, studying Musical Theatre and Political Science. Recent credits include Gypsy (Herbie), Carry the Tiger to the Mountain (Car Salesman), and Edges (Man). A huge thank you to Mark and Don for this tremendous experience and opportunity! To Mom, Dad, Stessa, and Jacey, I love you and thank you for sticking with me through everything!

Tricia Plinzke | Ensemble

TRICIA PLINZKE is thrilled to be making her debut at Geva Theatre Center. She’s graduating from SUNY Brockport at the end of this semester. Favorite credits include Rocky Horror Picture Show (Janet), Assassins (Squeaky Fromme), Wonder of the World (Kass), and Censored on Final Approach (Mary) at Brockport Mainstage Theatre. She’d like to thank Geva Theatre Center for giving her this opportunity and her family and friends for their support (and shout out to the kitchen staff!)

Benjamin Reiner | Ensemble

BENJAMIN REINER is thrilled to be returning to Geva Theatre Center! He is a recent graduate of SUNY Geneseo. At Geneseo, Ben has played roles such as Jack in Into the Woods, and Billy Nolan in Carrie. Ben would like to thank his parents and friends for supporting him in all he does!

Katrina Marlett Ruggiero | Fiddler

KATRINA MARLETT RUGGIERO is a Rochester native who began playing violin at a young age.  After receiving her Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College, she attended Graduate School at Eastman School of Music.  She has been a regular member of pit orchestras for several local theatres including Downstairs Cabaret, Blackfriar’s Theatre, JCC, and Pittsford Musicals.  She has recorded film scores, and has also accompanied films at Silent Film Festivals across the nation.  Her performances with local orchestras and the Angelicus String Quartet keep her busy, but she is especially excited to be a part of A Christmas Carol again this year. She resides in Pittsford with her family full of musicians.

Lacey Jo Sloat | Ensemble

LACEY SLOAT is a recent graduate of SUNY Brockport with a Bachelors degree in Theatre and is thrilled to be making her Geva Theatre Center debut in A Christmas Carol. Lacey has previously been seen as Heather McNamara in Heathers: The Musical, Joanne in Vanities and the production stage manager for the world premiere of Your Wings Have Eyes/Love 95 Times (all at SUNY Brockport), as well as the assistant stage manager for Shake on the Lake’s production of Romeo and Juliet this past summer. Lacey wants to thank her parents for always supporting her working in the arts.

Brian Sousis | Ensemble

BRIAN SOUSIS is thrilled to be making his Geva Theatre Center debut.  He is currently a Junior Musical Theatre and Communication double major at SUNY Geneseo.  Brian’s recent credits include Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Warner in Legally Blonde: The Musical, and Harry in Company.  He would like to thank Mark Cuddy and Don Kot for this incredible opportunity, along with his friends and family for the constant support.  He hopes everyone has a great experience and enjoys the show.

Nicole Sudyn | Ensemble

NICOLE SUDYN is a 2017 graduate from The College at Brockport and is excited to be part of Geva’s A Christmas Carol. While at Brockport, she has appeared in their recent productions of Wonder of the World, Good Kids, Festival of Ten IX, The Cripple of Inishmaan, and Censored on Final Approach, as well as student productions of Rabbit Hole, Waiting for Godot, and How I Learned to Drive. Ms. Sudyn is also a member of Alpha Psi Omega National Honor Society.  Many thanks to all who make this production possible.

Adam Urbanic | Ensemble

ADAM URBANIC is excited to return to the Geva stage, after appearing in last season’s production of A Christmas Carol. A recent Theatre graduate of the College at Brockport, Adam’s favorite roles include Jacques in As You Like It, Johnnypateenmike in The Cripple of Inishmaan, and Becker in bobrouchenbergamerica. He 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.

Emma Grace Wade | Miss Fezziwig/Servant Girl

EMMA GRACE WADE is thrilled to be making her Geva Theatre Center debut in this season’s production of A Christmas Carol.   She is an eighth grader at Twelve Corners Middle School in Brighton.  Emma Grace studies voice at Eastman Community Music School with Mrs. Carrol Frangipane and is a member of Eastman Children’s Chorus as well as her school chorus and show choir.  Emma Grace extends her heartfelt thanks first to God then to her family and friends for their love, guidance and support!  A special thanks to Mrs. Frangipane for encouraging her love of singing!

Danielle Walker | Miss Fezziwig/Belinda Cratchit

DANIELLE WALKER is proud and excited to be making her Geva Theatre Center debut, joining the cast of A Christmas Carol!  She is a sixth grade student at Bay Trail Middle School in Penfield and has performed in several plays and musicals through Spotlight Theatre Arts and Best Foot Forward.  Danielle wants to thank her family for their love and support of her passion.  She dedicates her performance this season to her late grandmother, Jackie Walker, who provided inspiration for Danielle’s love of music.

Clara West | Miss Fezziwig/Belinda Cratchit

CLARA WEST is very excited for her first appearance at Geva Theatre Center. Clara got her start as Cosette in Les Misèrables and Chip in Beauty and the Beast at Fairport High School and has loved theatre ever since. When Clara isn’t acting or singing, she enjoys dancing and playing the flute. Clara would like to thank her parents, extended family and the many teachers who have helped her get to the Geva stage.

Lucas West | Young Ebenezer/Peter Cratchit

LUCAS WEST is very grateful to be part of A Christmas Carol. Lucas most recently was Donkey in Shrek at MJT Stages. When Lucas isn’t on a stage, he can be found playing piano, trombone, or working towards his 2nd degree black belt in karate. Lucas would like to thank his parents and sister for their support, as well as all the teachers who have fostered his passion for music and theatre.

Nicholas Winger | Ensemble

NICHOLAS WINGER is proud to be making his debut at Geva Theatre Center. Recently a graduate of The College at Brockport State University of New York, some of his recent/favorite credits include Festival of X, Your Wings Have Eyes, Assassins, and Bobrauchenbergamerica in The College at Brockport’s Mainstage and Heathers with the Harlequins Performing Arts Club. He has a degree in Journalism/Broadcasting with a minor in theatre and a minor in music.

Mark Cuddy | Adaptor and Director

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

Gregg Coffin | Composer/Lyricist

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

Don Kot | Music Director

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

Meggins Kelley | Choreographer

MEGGINS KELLEY is excited to be returning as choreographer for Geva Theatre Center’s original production of A Christmas Carol. Ms. Kelley is founder and artistic director of Dancers’ Alley Dance Studio. She was a long time faculty member of Nazareth College and has taught at NTID and the Eastman School of Music. Meggins is well known locally for her theatrical choreography and classes for dance instructors.

Adam Koch | Scenic Designer

ADAM KOCH returns to Geva Theatre Center where he previously designed In the Heights, Million Dollar Quartet, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Five Course Love and Sweeney Todd. Internationally: Dreamgirls (O.D. Company, Seoul, South Korea). He received Helen Hayes nominations for both Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Signature Theatre) and Bat Boy (1st Stage). Credits across the United States include productions at Ford’s Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Ogunquit Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, Serenbe Playhouse, Portland Stage, as well as New World Stages and Theatre Row in NYC. For the past three years Mr. Koch, along with Steven Royal, has also designed the official events for New York City Pride.  Education: Carnegie Mellon University. See more at adamkochassociates.com and on Instagram @instadamkoch.

Devon Painter | Costume Designer

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

Paul Hackenmueller | Lighting Designer

PAUL HACKENMUELLER returns to Geva Theatre Center and this production of A Christmas Carol after designing To Kill a Mockingbird in 2016. Broadway credits include work on over 10 productions including Disgraced, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and GrillFela!, Desire Under the ElmsA Bronx Tale, Mauritius, The Frogs, and Aida. Mr. Hackenmueller has worked at theatres around the country including the Guthrie Theater, Alliance Theater, People’s Light and Theater Company, Berkshire Theater Festival, Arena Stage, Syracuse Stage, Princeton University / McCarter Theater Center, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Perseverance Theater, and The Juilliard School. Opera credits include work with Santa Fe Opera, Bucharest (Romanian) National Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, The Dallas Opera, Minnesota Opera, Opera Omaha, Opera Colorado, and Pittsburgh Opera. Mr. Hackenmueller’s music performance work includes work with such artists as Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, Justin Timberlake, Tony Bennett, Bruno Mars, and Beyonce. Commercial clients include Target Stores, Carlson Companies, Boston Scientific, Starkey, and Wells Fargo Bank. Mr. Hackenmueller received his B.A. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis and his M.F.A. from NYU Tisch. He is a faculty member of the NYU Tisch Graduate Department of Design.

Lindsay Jones | Sound Designer

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

Dan Scully | Projection Designer

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

Bekah Carey | Wig Designer

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

Emily Stork | Associate Lighting Designer

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

Ian Hildreth | Associate Sound Designer

IAN HILDRETH has been with Geva Theatre since 2007. Past designs include Million Dollar Quartet, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Spamalot!, the world premiere of The Road to Where, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Pump Boys and Dinettes, MoM: A Rock Concert Musical, Next to Normal, Avenue Q, Fences, 3 Mo’ Divas and Carry It On. Associate designs include The Whipping Man, Dracula, Two Jews Walk Into a War and Radio Golf.

Jean Gordon Ryon | Dramaturg

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

Frank Cavallo | Stage Manager

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