Meet the Cast of A Christmas Carol – 2021!
Scrooge – Eric Fletcher
Bob Cratchit – Noah Chartrand
Mrs. Cratchit/Belle – Raina Silver
Marley/Caroler/Diggs – Michael Jenkins
Midge/Caroler – Helora Danna
Mrs. Fezzi/Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come/Poor Nora – Courtney Hansen
Older Young Scrooge/Caroler/John – Zaq Latino
Fred/Mr Fezziwig – Sam Sommer
Caroler/Dancer – Shea Coughlin
Solicitor/Mrs. Holly – Sue-Ellen Mandell
Franny/Ghost of Christmas Past – Andrea Woodbridge
Dancer/Poor Ed/Young Scrooge Track Alt – Josiah Mendoza
Young Cinderella/Mouse/Fifi – Avery Ilardi
Agy/Ghost of Christmas Present – Brenda Bell
Dog – Bravo Bell
Eric Fletcher (Scrooge/Vocal Director)
Eric is very pleased to return to the role of Scrooge for the ninth year. His Off-Broadway credits include Frankenstein (Victor Frankenstein), Hollow (Henry and Van Ripper), Phantom of the Opera (The Phantom), Beauty and the Beast (Papa), The Little Mermaid (Fish Witch), Cinderella (Madame), Alice in Wonderland (Queen of Hearts), The Selfish Giant (Giant) and Treasure Island (Ben Gunn). Eric earned a BFA in theatre per-formance form Virginia Commonwealth University. He can also be seen around New York as his drag persona Sparkle Monster. Thanks to friends, family and Michael Capecci.
Noah Chartrand (Bob Cratchit)
Raina Silver (Belle, Mrs. Cratchit)
Raina is thrilled to be back at The Players Theatre! Recent work includes Murder On The Links (Players Theatre), Comeback Cabaret (Don’t Tell Mama), and The Dining Room (TDC NYC). Currently, she can also be found performing in the immersive shows The Alice and Tour Noir. Raina would like to send love to her family and thank them for flying all the way out to NYC to be able to spend Christmas together. BFA: NYU Tisch. Website: RainaSilver.com
Michael Jenkins (Marley / Caroler / Diggs)
Helora Danna (Midge, Caroler)
Courtney Hansen (Mrs. Fezziwig, Ghost of Christmas Future, Poor Nora)
Courtney has been part of the Players Theatre team for over a decade and with Be Bold! and Literally Alive she has costumed A Christmas Carol, The Little Mermaid, Sleepy Hollow, Frankenstein, Alice in Wonderland, Tico Tales, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Treasure Island, Stone Soup, and The Selfish Giant. When not haunting the theatre she is a research assistant for Dr. Crusher on the USS Enterprise and a producer at Trajectory Films. Love to her niblings, Colin & Thea, and all of her four-legged kids.
Zaq Latino (Older Younger Scrooge, Caroler, u/s Fred & Mr. Fezziwig)
Sam Sommer (Mr. Fezzi & Fred)
Debut! Sam is thrilled to be joining such a wonderful company performing this timeless tale! Regional: Lies & Love (NY Winterfest), Matilda the Musical, Shrek the Musical (Beck Center), Accident Park (Players Theater), Now You See Me (Cleveland Public Theater), Levels of Consciousness (Waterloo Arts). Film: We Hope You Enjoy Your Stay. Written Works: Staged Reading: A Staged Reading (BWU), Levels of Consciousness (Waterloo Arts), Lies & Love (NY Winterfest), SuperZeroes (GIHS; JSU). New audio series, The Forgotten, coming in 2022. BFA in Acting at Baldwin Wallace University. samsommer.com
Shea Coughlin (Dancer/Caroler)
Shea is thrilled to be returning to the Players Theater for A Christmas Carol! Off-Broadway: Sleepy Hollow The Musical, Regional: Mamma Mia! at CRT, Peter and the Starcatcher at Ives Concert Park, Hair at the Sherman Playhouse. @shea_coughlin
Josiah Mendoza (Dancer/Poor Ed/Young Scrooge Track Alt)
Sue-Ellen Mandell (Solicitor, Mrs. Holly)
Sue-Ellen has been “knocking around the theatre forever” It all started at The High School for the Performing Arts ( now La Guardia). She did local theatre upstate while raising her children and while being a Speech Pathologist She returned to New York city theatre about 10 years ago and has been seen on T.V. and in commercials, as well. Favorite roles in the past include: Martha: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Ouisa: Six Degrees of Separation, Blanche: A Streetcar Named Desire….pretty cool, right? This is Sue-Ellen’s ninth production at The Players Theatre ( her “home away from home)
Andrea Woodbridge (Franny, Ghost of Christmas Past)
Andrea Woodbridge is a NY-based actor and writer working in theater and film. Recent onstage credits include the roles of Patsy in The Voyage of Sally Hemings and Titania/Theodosia in The Burr’s Present A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She is proud to have had her NYC writing/directorial debut this past October with her short play production of The Weird Sisters (of the Lower East Side) with Be Bold Productions. This is Andrea’s second role at The Players Theatre, and she is thrilled to be haunting the stage as the Ghost of Christmas Past. andreawoodbridge.com
Avery Ilardi (Young Cinderella/Mouse/Fifi)
Brenda Bell (Agy/Ghost of Christmas Present/Book & Lyrics/Director)
Brenda founded Literally Alive Theatre in 1999 and Be Bold! Productions in 2009. She has written the book and lyrics for each pro-duction, including 12 with composer Michael Sgouros. Her adaptations of A Christmas Carol and original musical Tico Tales were featured in Costa Rica at Teatro Jaco. Rumor has it that she wrote, produced and directed her first show at age six when the summer proved to be too boring. Her first love has always been dance and Bell is committed to increasing the role of dance in Off-Broadway musicals. As the owner of the Showboat Theatre, she wrote and produced shows for theatre legends including Mickey Rooney, Jamie Farr, Van Johnson, Mimi Hines and Frank Gorshin. Her writing credits also include Reading Is Cool for Reading is Fundamental and Chasing Phantom, a travelogue that traced the novel of Phantom of the Opera through Paris. She would like to thank this talented cast and creative team for bringing the Dickens classic to life and The Players Theatre for providing the perfect home for her whimsy and always encourag-ing her to be bold! Special thanks to Michael Sgouros for his unending support and trust.
Bravo Bell (The Dog)
Bravo is a ten year old rescue dog from NYC. PreFURRing to work behind the scenes as the Players Theatre guest relations manager, Bravo only trots his paws upon the wicked stage once a year to perform in A Christmas Carol. At other times you can meet Bravo in the halls of theatre where he is busy spreading good cheer to those who need it most. Previously, Bravo was in Treasure Island as the Pirate Pup and Play Date as Pete. He made his music video debut in Scrooge and the Ghostettes which can be seen on: www.scroogeinthevillage.com. Bravo is donating his actor salary, except for the biscuits, to Bideawee as thanks for rescuing him seven years ago.