Meet the Cast of A Christmas Carol – 2019
Scrooge – Eric Fletcher
Bob Cratchit – Devon Turchan
Mrs Cratchit/Belle – Sophie Rapiejko
Marley/Caroler/Diggs – Dustin Schlairet
Ghost of Christmas Past/Caroler – Leah Beth Etheredge
Ghost of Christmas Present/Midge/Caroler – Teya Duncan
Mrs. Fezzi/Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come/Poor Nora – Courtney Hansen
Older Young Scrooge/Caroler – Grayson Hampshire
Fred/Mr Fezziwig – Christopher Murocci
Caroler/Dancer – Chrisy Kakurai
Solicitor/Mrs. Holly/Howard – Sue-Ellen Mandell
Franny/School Child – Julie McNamara
Agy/Dog Walker/ Female Swing – Brenda Bell
Dog – Bravo Bell
Tiny Tim – Charlie Mansfield, Hudson Moore, Khloe Vieyra, Tristan Kelly, Clara Burke, Tory Mogelof
Young Scrooge – Philip Winter, Charlotte Moore, Ellie Suzuki, Jasper Durgin-Bruce, Sadie Hagan, Blake Silverstein, Tory Mogelof, Brooke Radosevich, Angelina Kwan, Celina Sehad, Andre Ellis
Fan – Lilac Bonventre, Charlotte Moore, Ellie Suzuki, Tory Mogelof, Eilieen Berger, Brooke Radosevich, Angelina Kwan, Celina Sehad, Sadie Hagan, Alana Ellis Abby Grizzle, Abby Giansiracusa
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.
Devon Turchan (Bob Cratchit, u/s Marley)
Devon Turchan is proud to join Be Bold! for A Christmas Carol. They are originally from Cleveland, Ohio. Recent theatre credits include Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Emcee in Cabaret at Blank Canvas Theatre (2016), Gaylord Ravenal in Show Boat (2016) and Claude in Hair (2015). They were a member of the performance company at Talespinner Children’s Theatre from 2014 – 2017.
Sophie Rapiejko (Belle, Mrs. Cratchit)
Sophie Rapiejko is thrilled to be making her Players Theatre debut this holiday season. NYC credits: Broadway’s Rising Stars (Town Hall), Broadway by the Year (Town Hall), 54 Sings the Beatles (54 Below), 54 Sings Broadway’s Greatest Hits (54 Below). Regional Theatre credits: Romeo and Juliet: CSI (Young Juliet), Little Women, the Musical (Jo March), and Joseph…Dreamcoat (Narrator). She sends endless love and gratitude to every person she’s ever met, every teacher she’s ever had, and everyone who’s ever believed in her! MMC. www.sophierapiejko.com
Dustin Schlairet (Marley / Caroler / Diggs)
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); 42ND STREET .(Thief) and most recently the role of Ichabod Crane in Sleepy Hollow. 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.
Leah Beth Etheredge (The Ghost of Christmas Past, Caroler, u/s Belle & Ms. Cratchit)
Leah Beth is so excited to be apart of this classic production. A Baylor University Graduate from Colleyville, Texas. She was last seen in off-broadway in Revelation: the musical as Dianna and at 54 below with Quinten Earl Darrington and Laura Osnes. Other credits include Veronica in Heathers the musical and Tzitel in Fiddler on the roof. She is a proud member of the Hang. She would like to say thank you to her loving family for all their endless support and her friends who inspire her daily! “I can truly say God Is Good.” -unknown Matthew 6:33
Teya Duncan (Midge, Ghost of Christmas Present, Caroler)
Teya is delighted to be back at the Players Theatre for another show. Favorite credits include The Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland (Off-Broadway), Nessarose in Wicked (CBR, Australia), Ellen in Miss Saigon and Paulina in The Winters Tale. Teya is a graduate of the Stella Adler Art of Acting Studio in Los Angeles and originally hails from Newcastle, Australia. Big thanks to Brenda, Michael and The Players Theatre, as well as Sonja and Rick for all of the support. More at @teyaduncan!
Courtney Hansen (Mrs. Fezziwig, Ghost of Christmas Future)
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.
Grayson Hampshire (Older Younger Scrooge, Caroler, u/s Fred & Mr. Fezziwig)
Grayson is a recent graduate of the American Musical and dramatic Academy in New York City. This is his first musical after graduating and he is very excited to be part of such a great show!
Christopher Morucci (Mr. Fezzi & Fred)
Be Bold! debut! Christopher loves theatre for young audiences and is lucky enough to have directed, choreographed, per-formed in and toured with various TYA pro-ductions and educational outreach programs around the world. Theatre: The Wizard of Oz (Hunk/Scarecrow); Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Flotsam/Seagull); Mamma Mia! (Pepper); A Christmas Carol (Fred/Young Marley); School House Rock Live! (Tom); Guys on Ice (Ernie); A Chorus Line (Greg Gardner); The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe (Peter); and The Producers (Little Old Lady). Thanks to Brenda and Be Bold! Productions. Love to Patty, Allen, Peter and Lauren. Website: www.christophermorucci.com. Instagram: @christophermorucci
Chrisy Kakurai (Dancer/Caroler/us Midge)
Chrisy Kakurai is dancer, actress and singer hailing from Japan. Excited to be part of A Christmas Carol, again! Off-Broadway credits include A Christmas Carol, Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Sleepy Hollow, Angels at Work (Angel 1). Other favorite credits: Wild party (Jackie), Annie (Boylan sisters, The Gallery Players), Thoroughly Modern Millie (typist /Pearl girl), The Diamond Horseshoe Revue (Petal, Tokyo Disneyland). She has performed numerous performances in Jazz Roots Dance Company lead dancer. Many thanks to Literally Alive and everyone! www.chrisykakurai.com
Sue-Ellen Mandell (Solicitor, Howard, Mrs. Holly)
Sue-Ellen appeared in many Off Broadway, Off-Off Broadway and regional theatres. Favorites include: Martha: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Ouisa: Six Degrees of Separation and Blanche: Streetcar Named Desire. Projects include: Estrogenius, New York International, Capital, Syracuse, Thespis and Fresh Fruit festivals. She just finished successful runs of Macbeth with Hudson Theatre Works, Measure for Measure at the Toms River Shakespeare Festival, and, at the Players Theatre, The Unexpected Guest, Sleepy Hollow, the Musical and Murder on the Nile. Television: Golden Corral commercial for TBS, a Minimock for Comedy Central, Celebrity Ghost Stories, Investigation Discovery, Deadly Devotion and Poisoned Passions. firstname.lastname@example.org
Julie McNamara (Franny, School Child, u/s Fan)
Julie is thrilled to return to Players Theater after appearing in June’s short play festival. Favorite credits include: Stepsister- Cinderella (Identity Theater), Blue Fairy- Pinocchio (Project Educational Theater), Fairy Godmother- Shrek, (Sondheim Center), and ensemble- It Came From Beyond (St. Luke’s Theater). Julie holds a Bachelor’s in Voice Performance from Westminster Choir College, and has studied at Jen Waldman Studio, Magnet Theater, and Broadway Dance Center. She’s originally from Boston- and no, she doesn’t have an accent anymore. When not onstage, Julie loves teaching and practicing yoga, working with kids, eating ice cream, and writing song parodies that she thinks are funny. www.julieannemcnamara.com
Brenda Bell (Agy/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 eight-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.