Michael Sgouros (Composer/Musical Director/Percussionist)
Michael has served as music director and composer for the Off-Broadway shows Percussion People, The Selfish Giant, Treasure Island, Stone Soup, A Christmas Carol, Cinderella, Phantom of the Opera (Sgouros and Bell), The Little Mermaid, Alice In Wonderland, Tico Tales, Sleepy Hollow, Beauty and the Beast and Frankenstein the musical. A native New Yorker, Michael has enjoyed performing as drummer/percussionist in a variety of musical settings which have included the American Symphony, Philharmonia Virtuosi, Ethos Percussion Group, Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus and the Broadway productions of The Secret Garden, Falsettos, The Goodbye Girl, Sunset Boulevard, Miss Saigon and Phantom of the Opera. He has toured nationally with A Chorus Line and has traveled to Singapore and Costa Rica with the touring productions of Anything Goes and Tico Tales. Mr. Sgouros has worked professionally with Eartha Kitt, Mandy Patinkin, Michael Rupert, Bernadette Peters, Martin Short, Danny Aiello, Michael Kamen, Alison Janney, Laura Linney and Richard Thomas. He has also collaborated with notable percussionists Glen Velez, Stefan Harris, Michael Markus, Danny Druckman and Samir Chatterjee.
Brenda Bell (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 production, including 12 with composer, Michael Sgouros. Her adaptations of A Christmas Carol and original musical Tico Tales where featured in Costa Rica at Teatro Jaco. Rumor has it that she wrote, produced and directed her first show at age 6 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 Dickens classic to life and the Players Theatre for providing the perfect home for her whimsy and always encouraging her to be bold! Special thanks for Michael Sgouros for his unending support and trust.
Elizabeth Hathaway Emond (Production Stage Manager
Elizabeth is so excited to be joining the cast of A Christmas Carol as the Production Stage Manager. A Connecticut native, Elizabeth graduated from Shenandoah University in Winchester VA with a BFA in Design and Production with a concentration in stage management in 2017. Elizabeth’s credits include the Wicked Stage Management Internship program at the Gershwin theater and Frankenstein the musical. Elizabeth would like to thank her friends, family, and The Players Theater for this incredible opportunity.
Chanel Byas (Assistant Stage Manager / Props)
Chanel is a graduate of the SUNY at Purchase Bachelors of Arts Theatre program. Her stage manager credits include Funnyhouse of a Negro, Mud, Equus, A Doll’s House and Frankenstein the musical. She just recently served as stage manager in the Ladyfest Theatre Festival as well as the Arctic Fridge Theatre Festival. She would like to thank everyone for coming to see theshow and hope they enjoy.
Jill Moody (Children’s Director)
This is Jill’s Fifth year as the Children’s Director for Literally Alive. She loves being a part of this crew and working with the talented kids. She also owns a youth theatre company called Imagine Works that does productions & classes at The Players Theatre year-round. You can visit her website at www.imagineworksonline.com to see upcoming classes & shows. Merry Christmas!
Emma Ruopp (Production Manager)
NYC: Picnic; Asleep at the Wheel (Brooklyn College), The Misanthrope; A Doll’s House (BMCC), Dadabomb (Giants Are Small), I Am Not I, Colorblind’d (FringeNYC), The Gulf (Samuel French OOB). She is a Production Supervisor for Literally Alive and Be Bold! Productions at the Players Theatre, and is thrilled to be back for her third year of A Christmas Carol!
Ali Hall (Light Design)
Ali is a Brooklyn-based artist working in the fields of Performance Arts, Theatre, and Dance. Upcoming and recent work includes A Burial Place (New Light Theatre Project), Frankenstein, the Musical (Be Bold Productions), The First Man (The New Natives), Iceman Cometh, Act IV (Target Margin Lab), Material Witness(Spiderwoman Theater), and Now We Start From The Arm (Spotted Deer Productions). In addition to her design work she works as an Assistant Lighting Designer for various designers, as well as working as a Teaching Artist for Town Hall and as the Resident Lighting Designer for York College. www.alihalldesign.com
Cleo Pettitt (Set Design)
Cleo is a set and costume designer for theatre, working around the world in places as diverse as Alaska and Bermuda, as well as the UK, from her base in London. Having trained as a teenager in scenic art at the Royal Shakespeare Company and later the Birmingham Rep., Cleo went on to study design, gaining a B.A. (hons) Theatre Design (finalist: Linbury Prize for Stage Design) and M.A. Scenography from U.C.E., Birmingham. Theatre work includes: The Pirates of Penzance, The Sound of Music, Anchorage Opera, Discovery Theatre, Alaska; ‘Missing Persons’, Trafalgar Studios; Boy in a Dress, Oval Theatre; Art, Theatre Royal, Bury St. Edmunds; Ladies Cage, Royal Exchange Studio, Manchester; Around the World in Eighty Day, Liverpool Playhouse; Facade, Birmingham Symphony Hall; The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Cyclops, The Scoop, South Bank; Company, The Wizard of Oz, Toad of Toad Hall, Palace Theatre, Westcliff; Quest for the Green Knight, Circus Tent, Clapham Common; Swollen Tongues, National Tour; Trust Byron, Gate Theatre and Tour; Macbeth, The Snow Queen, Creation Theatre, Oxford; Amadeus, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon; Joyisms, Looking Glass Theatre, Off-Broadway; Hedda Gabler, RSC Fringe.
Elizabeth Chaney (Scenic Design Assistant / Creative Consultant)
Elizabeth is an Associate Professor of Theatre at BMCC/CUNY. Her scenic and lighting designs have been seen at The Players Theatre, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Central Park Zoo Wildlife Theater, Abingdon Theatre, Roulette, The Whitney Museum, Alaska Theatre of Youth, New Orleans Shakespeare Festival and the SconfinArti Festival in Bolzono, Italy. Elizabeth adapted, designed and produced Dark Hollow, an Appalachian Woyzeck for the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival. elizabethchaney.carbonmade.com.