Meet the Cast of A Christmas Carol – 2017

Eric Fletcher (Scrooge/Vocal Director)

Eric is very pleased to return to the role of Scrooge for the seventh year.  His Off-Broadway credits include: Frankenstein (Victor Frankenstein), Hollow (Henry), 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), Treasure Island (Ben Gunn).  Eric earned a BFA in Theatre Performance form Virginia Commonwealth University.  He can also be seen around New York as his drag persona Madame Sparkle Monster.  Thanks to friends, family, and the Powers That Be.

Dustin Schlairet (Marley / Caroler / Howard)

Dustin is terribly excited to join the Player’s Theater family! Favorite credits include, CATS (Coricopat/Genghis); ALL SHOOK UP (Featured Dancer); NOISES OFF (Gary); HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL (Ryan); DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS (Old Man); and 42ND STREET (Thief). Dustin graduated from the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. Recently he was featured in the short film SEVENTEEN, which screened at the 2017 New York Short Film Festival. Dustin would like to thank his friends and family for their love and support.

Matthew Petromilli (Fred / Mr. Fezzi / Diggs)

Matt is very excited to join the cast of A Christmas Carol ! A graduate of The Boston Conservatory, favorite credits include Margaret Mead/Tribe in Hair and Conrad in Academy the Musical, a reading directed by Igor Goldin and produced by Erin Craig of La Vie Productions in NYC.  Favorite regional credits include Captain Scott in Peter and the Starcatcher, Pan in Bat Boy, Miss West Coast in Pageant (dir. Steve Edlund) and The Artful Dodger in Oliver! On film, Matt starred as Jack Strong in Flight to Sinai, an independent movie musical available on Amazon and iTunes.  Love and gratitude to his family, LTA and David.

Jack Flatley (Bob Cratchit)

Off-Broadway: Frankenstein – The Musical (The Players Theatre). Regional: My Fair Lady (Sharon Playhouse, CT). New York Theatre: A Most Average Musical (Signature Theatre). University: The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Chairman), The Drowsy Chaperone (Man in Chair), Tisch New Theatre’s Company (Peter), Kiss Me, Kate (Harry/ Baptista), The Secret Garden (Lt. Peter Wright), Grand Hotel (Witt), Pins and Needles (Featured Soloist/ Ensemble), Cendrillon, and The Student Prince. He would like to thank his family for their support in his career.

Isabel Kruse (Ghost of Christmas Past / Frannie / Midge)

Isabel is a classically trained soprano and film/stage actress with international credits in Australia, Asia, the US and Canada. Highlights include Elizabeth (Frankenstein the musical), Cecily (The Importance of Being Earnest), Helena (All’s Well That Ends Well), and taking the title of Grand Champion (Acting) at the World Championships of Performing Arts 2012. She has recently completed a year of intensive conservatory at the Circle in the Square Theatre School, is represented by Hell’s Kitchen Agency, and is a proud member of C.A.E.A.

Emily Madan (Choreographer / Agy / Ghost of Christmas Present)

Emily is honored to be working on A Christmas Carol for the fourth time!  She has a B.A. in Theatre from Plattsburgh State University and currently teaches youth dance classes and choreography for Imagine Works children’s theatre at the Player’s Theatre.  Recent credits include: Celia (As You Like It), Julia (Two Gentleman of Verona),  and Grumio (Taming of the Shrew) with The Theatre Project.  She has also appeared as Midge in Be Bold!’s A Christmas Carol in 2014.  Emily is excited to be at it again in a new role this year and would like to say thank you and break a leg to the entire cast and crew!

Courtney Hansen (Costume Designer/Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come/Mrs Fezziwig/Poor Nora)

Courtney has been part of the Players Theatre team for over ten years and is thrilled to be a part of this production. With Be Bold! and Literally Alive she has worked on A Christmas Carol, Sleepy Hollow, The Selfish Giant, Treasure Island, Cinderella, Stone Soup, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Alice in Wonderland, and Frankenstein. With Trajectory Films she is currently producing a feature film, The Tale of the Wet Dog.  Love to her niblings, Colin & Thea, and to her four legged kids.

Rachel Marie Kemp (Belle / Mrs. Cratchit)

Rachel Marie Kemp is an actor/singer/dancer based here in NYC. Originally from the Adirondacks, she has worked there regionally; favorite roles include: Midsummer… (Hermia), Baskerville (Actress 1), The Seagull (Nina), and Harvey (Ruth Kelly). In Brooklyn: Parade (Iola Stover), Singin’ in the Rain (Zelda), and Les Miserables (Cosette u/s). Rachel has performed at venues in the city ranging from Carnegie Hall to the Javits Center to the Brooklyn Dodgers’ MCU Stadium. Much love and thanks to the Kemp Fam, as always.

Kelsey Riker (Solicitor / Caroler)

Kelsey is a performing and teaching musical theatre artist based somewhere between The Big Apple and Douglassville, Pennsylvania.  She was most recently seen tapping her toes (and heels) on the stages of Juneau and Skagway, Alaska, and is excited to be back in the city for her Players Theatre debut.  New York credits include Anytime Annie in 42nd Street (The Heights Players), Chorus in Antigone (Theatre Row), and the clowning Rosie in the independent #IVote4U project.  Graduate of Seton Hill University ’16.  Love and thanks to MAD, The Players Theatre, the cast and crew of A Christmas Carol, Anna, and Mia.  God bless us every one!

Michael Albert (Young Scrooge/John/Caroler)

Michael is thrilled to be making his Off-Broadway debut! He received his BFA in musical theatre from Emerson College and he has most recently been seen in Spamalot (The Barnstormers Theatre), The Tempest (New Art Theatre), The Holly Jolly Trolley (RWS Entertainment), and Hairspray (Cape Rep Theatre). Love to my friends, family, and the Players!

Carla Costabile (Fern / Caroler / Dick / Fan U/S)

Carla is excited to be making her Off-Broadway debut! Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She graduated in Vocal Performance in Chamber Music at Conservatorio Manuel de Falla and at AMDA as a musical theatre performer. She has appeared previously at Porgy and Bess (Argentina), The Heritage, Directions, Misty’s Plan, On the Spot and You Can’t Kill Nothing that Won’t Die. She wants to thank the creative team for this amazing opportunity and her parents for always supporting her.

Popra Nakayama (Want & Ignorance / Marley Spirit / Poor Ethel)

Popra is a dancer/actor/singer who hails from Tokyo, Japan. She has studied at HB studio in NYC. Most recently she was the dance captain for the new musical, Mad Mel Saves the World, presented in Midtown International Theater Festival in NYC.  Popra has also performed at Carnegie Hall and presented her original dance performances as a co-director/choreographer/dancer at United Nations Headquarters. Her Off Broadway Credits include: The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Sleepy Hollow and Frankenstein the musical.

Chrisy Kakurai (Want & Ignorance / Marley Spirit / Poor Vera)

Chrisy is originally from Japan. She spent 4 years  as a dancer/actress of the TOHO Entertainment Company . She played Petal (Dance captain) in The Diamond Horseshoe Revue which was a spin-off of the popular Golden Horseshoe Revue in Disneyland, were she participated in over 2500 performances. Since moving to New York City in 2014, she has performed in numerous shows with the Jazz Roots Dance Company including, 30th Anniversary PEARL JUBILEE which starred Shirley MacLaine at New York City Center, LUIGI…A Benefit-Tribute Concert Staring MS.MELBA MOORE at Symphony Hall. Musical Theatre credits include Annie (The Gallery Players), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Theater League of Clifton). Chrisy choreographed OMOTENASHI  at Carnegie hall and New York Got talent 2016 Off-Broadway and received  2nd prize. She is very excited to join A Christmas Carol at the Players Theater. Many thanks to everyone!

Bravo Bell (The Dog)

Bravo is a seven-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:  Bravo is donating his actor salary, except for the biscuits, to Bideawee as thanks for rescuing him seven years ago.