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 Hathaway Emond (Production Stage Manager): is humbled to return to the players theatre for her third consecutive year. Elizabeth is an alumna of Shenandoah Conservatory where she obtained her BFA in Stage Management. She is a graduate of the Wicked Broadway Stage Management Internship Program (Gershwin, NYC) and the USITT Stage Management Mentorship Program (Louisville, KY). www.elizabethemond.com
Allison Hohman (Assistant Stage Manager)
Allison Hohman is a renaissance woman in the world of theatre and wouldn’t have it any other way.Some favorite NYC credits are Round Table (Fault Line Theatre), The Archbishop’s Ceiling (UrbanStages), The Milkman’s Sister (w/ Robert Funaro), Mary Magdalene (dir. James Lee) Return to LALA Land (w/ La Forest Cope “LALA”), Dress of Fire (w/ Austin Pendleton), Before We’re Gone (BAHR Productions) and Women Behind Bars (w/ Amy Stiller). She is also thrilled to consistently work with Abingdon Theater Company, The Gnome Haus, Regeneration Theater, The Players Theater and The American Musical Theatre Academy. She is a proud Stage Managers Association Member and this year co-created and produced the first ever Rogue Theater Festival.
Lauren Jiang (Child Handler)
This marks Lauren’s second production with The Player’s Theatre, having previously participated in the fall’s Alice in Wonderland. Prior to moving to NYC, Lauren directed musicals for youth in the San Francisco Bay Area, including Hairspray and an original musical. She was also a TV and YouTube host specializing in Kpop music. Currently, Lauren sings as an Alto in the MasterVoices choir and studies jazz and hip-hop dance.
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
Kelley Alogna (Assistant Stage Manager 2)
Kelley Alogna is a recent graduate of Gordon College with a major in Theatre Arts. She has stage managed many shows including Blood and Gifts, As You Like It, and Romeo and Juliet. Recently she has been working as an ASM at the Players Theatre for their Production of Alice and Wonderland.
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.