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					        CENTER REPERTORY COMPANY OF WALNUT CREEK
        Michael Butler, Artistic Director                Scott Denison, Managing Director
                                               presents




                              By Charles Dickens
        Adaptation by Cynthia Caywood and Richard L. James
                      Directed by Scott Denison
  Musical Director                                                         Choreographer
    Mark Hanson                                                        Jennifer Denison Perry
   Scenic Designer                                                        Lighting Designer
     Kelly Tighe                                                             John Earls
 Costume Designer                                                          Sound Designer
Melissa Anne Paterson                                                       Jeff Mockus
  Original Choreography                                                     Original Sound Design
     Lareen Fender                                                               Norm Kern
                              Production Stage Manager
                                   Jeff Collister*
                                        Hofmann Theatre
                                      December 11 - 21, 2008
                                     Lesher Center for the Arts

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                                 *Member of Actors’ Equity Association,
                 the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
            The Scenic Designer and Sound Designer are members of United Scenic Artists Union
CAST                                                                                     Siobhan Doherty (Belle) is thrilled                                Solano College Theatre (Dead Man Walking, Disney’s Beauty
                                                                                         to make her Center REP debut in A                                  and the Beast, and Seussical!), Galatean Players (Rivets), and
Natalie Bartnick ................................................................Fan     Christmas Carol. Siobhan most recently                             DLOC (The Wizard of Oz). Daniel has trained for the past two
Michael A. Berg ............................ Mr. Applebaum/Fezziwig                      performed with CCMT as Dianne Lorimer                              summers with the Young REP and is a proud member of the
Jesse Caldwell* ..................................................Bob Cratchit           in 42nd Street. Other credits include                              Fantasy Forum Actors Ensemble.
Siobhan Doherty..............................................................Belle       Pericles (Marina/Dance Captain) with
Jeff Draper....................................... Marley/Topper/Old Joe                 San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, The                            Evan Lachman (Tiny Tim), a fourth
Daphne Ford ..................................................................Sophy      Trojan Women (Chorus/Dance Captain)                                grader, is excited to return to Center REP’s
Emily Garcia......................................Flora Fezziwig/Cherry                  with Aurora Theater, Dolly Wests Kitchen (Dolly) and The           production of A Christmas Carol in the role
Jason Hite .......................................................Young Scrooge          Bacchae (Chorus Leader, Dance Captain) at UC Berkeley.             of Tiny Tim. He’s even more excited to be
Courtney Iventosch .................................................... Lavinia          Siobhan is a graduate of PCPA where she performed in Beauty        performing for the first time with his big
Daniel Lachman ................................. Georgie/Dick Wilkins                    & the Beast (Belle/Dance Captain) and A Little Night Music         brother, Daniel. Evan appeared as John
Evan Lachman ........................................................ Tiny Tim           (Malla, u/s Anne & Petra). Siobhan holds degrees in Theatre,       Henry West in The Member of the Wedding
Robin Melnick ..................................Mr. Bagstock - Quartet                   Dance and Performance Studies from UC Berkeley. www.               with OnStage Theatre, and as the Sultan in the Willows Theatre
Ryan Meulpolder....................................... Constable Durdle                  siodoherty.com                                                     Conservatory production of Aladdin Jr. In addition to theatre,
Sara Moore .........................................................Charwoman                                                                               Evan loves skateboarding and baseball.
Marty Newton............................................................... Rudge        Jeff Draper (Marley/Topper/Old Joe) has
Amy Nielson.............................. Dorit/Fauna Fezziwig/Anne                      been seen in many Center REP productions,                          Robin Melnick (Mr. Bagstock - Quartet)
Michael O’Brien ..............................................Peter Cratchit             including How the Other Half Loves,                                Returning for his eighth season with A
Morgan Pavey..............................................Martha Cratchit                Around the World in 80 Days and Picasso                            Christmas Carol, Robin looks forward all
Jeanine Perasso ............................ Mrs. Fezziwig/Laundress                     at the Lapin Agile. Jeff loves spending his                        year to sharing in the holiday spirit with us.
Jennifer Denison Perry ....................................................Past          summers with the students of Young REP,                            His favorite roles elsewhere have included
Jack Powell* ..............................................Ebenezer Scrooge              where he is Co-Education Director with                             El Gallo in The Fantasticks, Lancelot in
Barbara Reynolds ............................ Miss Skiffins - Quartet                    Kerri Shawn. Jeff would like to thank his husband Dalon for        Camelot, and Smudge in Forever Plaid
Tim Reynolds ......................................... Mr. Tiffey - Quartet              supporting his crazy love of acting and theater.                   and Plaid Tidings. Robin splits his time between the high-tech
Jesse Robbins.................................................................Bailey                                                                        industry and graduate school and is always grateful to his wife,
Zac Robbins ........................................................ Boy Scrooge         Daphne Ford (Sophy) is an eighth grader                            Mary, and son, Andrew, for all of their love and support.
Joel Roster ..............................................................Mr. Boxer      at Stanley Middle School in Lafayette.
Kevin Sanchez .............................................Nigel Woodward                She is delighted to be back with her A                             Ryan Meulpolder (Constable Durdle) is
Kerri Shawn .....................................................Mrs. Cratchit           Christmas Carol family for the fourth                              no stranger to the Hofmann stage after
Grant Strain .............................. Charley/Perch/Turkey Boy                     year. Daphne has performed with CCMT,                              having appeared in Grease (Danny Zuko,
Molly Thornton ..............................Miss Augustus - Quartet                     DLOC, The Willows Theater Company,                                 CCMT), The Full Monty (Teddy, CCMT),
Grace Whittom ............................................Belinda Cratchit               Pleasanton Playhouse, Antioch Rivertown                            Guys and Dolls (Lieutenant Johnny
Michael Wiles* ................................................................ Fred     Theater and The Ballet Joyeux. Favorite                            Brannigan, CCMT), Disney’s Beauty and
Adam Winship ................................................... Thief/Future            Roles include, Scout, (To Kill a Mocking Bird) Sally, (You’re      the Beast (Ensemble, CCMT), West Side
Michael Ray Wisely* ................................................. Present            a Good Man Charlie Brown) and Dorothy (The Wizard of Oz).          Story (Diesel, DLOC), and Peter Pan (Bill
Olivia DelRay Wisely ......................................................Polly         Daphne has studied acting with Young REP, ballet, tap and jazz     Jukes, DLOC). A veteran of theatre, Ryan has also appeared in
Wendy Wisely ......................................................... Catherine         at Lareen Fender’s The Ballet School, voice with Lynda Kalb        such films as the Wachowski Brothers’ The Matrix Reloaded and
Stephen Wolff .................................................................. Silas   and classical voice with Pamela Brooks.                            Ang Lee’s The Hulk. He’s a proud member of Fantasy Forum
Special thanks to Ken Ruta*, Narrator                                                                                                                       Actors Ensemble, and he wishes to dedicate this performance to
                                                                                         Emily Garcia (Flora Fezziwig/Cherry) is                            his friends and family for their constant support.
CAST BIOGRAPHIES                                                                         proud to again be a part of this wonderful
                                                                                         production. When not on stage, she works as                        Sara Moore (Charwoman) Sara Moore’s
Natalie Bartnick (Fan) is elated to make                                                 a director, choreographer and producer for                         eccentric career has her dividing her time
her Center REP debut. She is an 8th grade                                                local and children’s theatre. Notable roles                        between the Bay Area and New York!
honors student at Charlotte Wood Middle                                                  include Maggie in Jake’s Women (Shellie                            Locally, she has appeared with the Aurora
School in Danville and loves singing and                                                 nominee), Angela in Enter Laughing                                 Theatre, George Coates Performance
writing. She fully enjoyed participating                                                 (Shellie nominee), Sally Bowles in Cabaret                         Works, Theatre Rhinoceros, The New
in the Young REP Workshop last summer.                                                   (Player Award nominee) and Godspell (Players Award, Best           Pickle Circus, and as principal clown and
She played Marta in her middle school                                                    Supporting Actress). She wishes the happiest of holidays to all!   artistic director for San Francisco’s Make*A*Circus. In New
performance of The Sound of Music last spring. Natalie is also                                                                                              York, Sara performs Off and Off-Off Broadway in a variety of
beginning her second year of drama class at CWMS. Natalie                                Jason Hite (Young Scrooge) is so happy                             theatres and venues such as P.S. 122, The Vital Theatre and La
has been in the Danville Girls Choir for the last 6 years and was                        to be coming back to the A Christmas                               Mama ETC. Nationally, she has been a physical comic with
thrilled to be selected for the Honors Choir this year. Thanks                           Carol family! Most recently, he appeared                           Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus, Royal Caribbean
Mom, Dad, Logan, Nolan, Mrs. Brown and Mrs. McCabe for                                   as Billy Lawlor in CCMT’s production                               International, and The Krofft Puppets. Sara is working on
their awesome support and inspriation.                                                   of 42nd Street. A proud 3rd year veteran                           her one-woman show, The Super, about an enchanted ride
                                                                                         of Center REP’s Young REP program, he                              mechanic in Coney Island. Sara is also an ecstatic member of
Michael A. Berg (Mr. Applebaum/                                                          would like to thank all of his instructors                         Young REP’s faculty and is thrilled to be a part of Center REP’s
Fezziwig) is happy to be included in this                                                without whom he would not be where he is.                          glorious A Christmas Carol!
season’s production of A Christmas Carol                                                 Love to my friends and family for all their love and support.
as Mr. Fezziwig and Mr. Applebaum, one of                                                                                                                   Marty Newton (Rudge) This will be
the solicitors. Michael is very pleased to be                                            Courtney Iventosch (Lavinia) is so                                 Marty’s second season performing with
working on the costumes as well. He works                                                excited to be a part of Center REP’s                               Center REP’s A Christmas Carol and
full time for Center REP as a stitcher and                                               production of A Christmas Carol! She                               he’s pleased as punch to be asked back.
sometime actor and if he is lucky he gets                                                is a recent graduate of SJSU, where she                            Marty was most recently seen in CCMT’s
to design as well! You might remember him as Starveling the                              was a member of Janie Scott’s Company                              42nd Street playing the harsh, but humble
tailor in last year’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.                           One. She was most recently seen as Peggy                           dance captain, Andy Lee. Some of Marty’s
Michael and Ophelia (his four legged significant other), wish                            Sawyer in CCMT’s production of 42nd                                favorite roles include Mr. Smee in DLOC’s
all of you a bountiful and peaceful holiday season!!                                     Street. Other credits include Beauty and the                       Peter Pan, Jamison in CCCT’s The Cocoanuts and Benny
                                                                                         Beast (AMTSJ), Smokey Joe’s Café (DeLee, Hillbarn Theatre),        Southstreet in CCMT’s Guys and Dolls. Marty is also a proud
Jesse Caldwell* (Mr. Cratchit) is pleased                                                and Kiss Me Kate (Cabrillo Stage). She thanks Center REP for       member of the Fantasy Forum Actors Ensemble.
to return to Center REP as Bob Cratchit.                                                 this wonderful opportunity and her family and friends for their
Last spring he played Grandpa Gellman in                                                 love and support! Happy Holidays!                                  Amy Nielson         (Dorit/Fauna Fezziwig/
Caroline, Or Change at TheatreWorks, and                                                                                                                    Anne) This marks Amy’s 7th production
followed that with the Preacher in Seven                                                 Daniel Lachman (Georgie/Dick Wilkins)                              of A Christmas Carol, working both
Brides For Seven Brothers at Woodminster.                                                is excited to return to the production where                       onstage and off, as she has been a costume
He has appeared at the Knight Theatre as                                                 he made his stage debut ten years ago as                           assistant here since 2002. Recent credits
Charlie Dyer in American Citizens’ Theatre’s production of                               Tiny Tim. He has also performed with                               include Ziegfeld’s Favorite in DLOC’s Will
Staircase and as Leon in Playhouse West’s The Love List. He                              Center REP in On Borrowed Time and                                 Rogers’ Follies and CCMT’s 42nd Street.
also played the Hoffman Theatre as Old Joe in CCMT’s Damn                                The Man Who Came to Dinner. Daniel                                 She is directing and choreographing the
Yankees. Around the Bay Area he has performed with American                              received a Bay Area Critics Circle Award                           upcoming production of Nine, the Musical, this February at
Musical Theatre of San Jose, 42nd Street Moon, TheatreFirst,                             (Supporting Actor - Musical) and a Shellie nomination for his      Contra Costa Civic Theatre, where Amy also serves on the
California Conservatory Theatre, Shotgun Players, Crowded                                performance in the world premiere of The Night of the Hunter       Artistic Advisory Committee. In her spare time, Amy is a
Fire and the Willows Theatre. Earlier in his career he toured the                        at the Willows Theatre. Other Willows appearances include          school docent for SFMoMA.
country with the National Shakespeare Co. and performed at the                           Cats, Oliver!, The Sound of Music, Mountain Days, Children
Oregon Shakespeare Festival.                                                             of Eden, and Big River. Daniel has also performed with
Michael O’Brien (Peter Cratchit) is a                             as Magnolia); and H.M.S. Pinafore (Josephine) with The              A Christmas Carol. Credits include: CCMT: Beauty and the
senior at Amador Valley High School and                           Lamplighters.                                                       Beast as Chip the Teacup, Titanic as Jack Thayer, and Guys
is grateful to be a part of this production                                                                                           and Dolls as SON. Center REP: A Christmas Carol. Grant
of A Christmas Carol once again. He has                           Tim Reynolds (Mr. Tiffey - Quartet)                                 thanks his family for their ever loving support. Grant is also
been a part of Center REP’s Young REP                             returns to Center REP’s A Christmas Carol                           very proud to be a part of the Young REP acting workshop and
program for the past three years. His                             quartet for the 12th year. Recent credits                           thanks them for their tremendous help and support.
performances there have included Macbeth                          include Frankie in both Plaid Tidings and
(Fleance/Mentieth), Galileo (Andrea), and                         Forever Plaid with West Valley Light                                Molly Thornton (Miss Augustus -
Hamlet (Hamlet 2). When he’s not acting in Walnut Creek, he       Opera; Ragtime (Tateh), The 1940s Radio                             Quartet) is very happy to join the cast
is an active member of Amador’s drama department. Michael         Hour (Johnny Cantone) and She Loves                                 of A Christmas Carol after having been
would like to take the time to thank his supportive family, Tom   Me (Georg) for Saratoga Drama Group;                                a fan of this production for years. Ms.
Hanks, and all of his friends and teachers at Young REP who       The Full Monty (Harold) and Jesus Christ Superstar (Pilate)         Thornton just completed a run of Hot’n’
have taught him to “Let be”.                                      with City Lights Theatre Company of San Jose; and Brigadoon         Cole with Tabard Theatre in San Jose.
                                                                  (Dean Goodman Choice award as Tommy) with Foothill Music            Other recent credits include Man of La
Morgan Pavey (Martha Cratchit) is excited                         Theatre. He has a theater degree from Northwestern University,      Mancha (Aldonza), Thoroughly Modern
and honored to be in her first production                         and looks forward to appearing as Billy Flynn in Chicago for        Millie (Miss Flannery) and The Pajama Game (Babe) with
with Center REP! She has participated in                          Saratoga Drama Group in May/June 2009.                              Saratoga Drama Group, The Goodbye Girl (Paula/Bus Barn),
the REP’s summer program, Young REP                                                                                                   Lysistrata (Mother/City Lights Theater Company), Honk!
for the past four years, appearing in musical                     Jesse Robbins (Bailey) is 12 years old and                          (Lowbutt/West Valley Light Opera Association), Urinetown
theatre reviews and shows such as Galileo                         attends 6th grade at Foothill Middle School.                        (Mrs. Millenium/Foothill College), City of Angels (Alaura/
(Philosopher/Town Crier) and Hamlet                               Jesse has performed in many school plays                            Sunnyvale Community Players), and her award-winning
(Rosencrantz). Morgan is also an active                           as Aladdin, Shirkhan in the Jungle Book                             performances in Mame! (Gooch/West Valley Light Opera
member of the Miramonte High School drama department,             and The Wolf in The Trial of the Big Bad                            Association/ERMA Award), Kiss Me Kate (Kate/West Valley
most recently appearing in their Fall production of the Reduced   Wolf. Jesse hopes to be an actor one day                            Light Opera Association/ERMA Award) and The Will Rogers
Shakespeare Company’s The Complete Works of William               and has modeled for Mervyns ads as well                             Follies (Betty Blake/CCMT/Shellie Award).
Shakespeare (Abridged). She would like to thank her family        as performed in several trade show videos. He also played a
for being absolutely wonderful 365 days of every year.            main role as Jonathon Swain, a boy with HIV in a Japanese           Grace Whittom (Belinda Cratchit) This is
                                                                  T.V. show. Jesse plays tennis and soccer and is an avid rock        Grace’s first production with Center REP.
Jeanine Perasso (Mrs. Fezziwig) returns for                       collector.                                                          She participates in the Young REP summer
her 11th year with A Christmas Carol. The                                                                                             drama and musical theatre programs and
Holidays just wouldn’t feel right without                         Zac Robbins (Boy Scrooge) is twelve                                 was delighted to play the part of Luisa
sharing it with my “Christmas Family”.                            years old and attends Foothill Middle                               from The Fantasticks in the musical theatre
Other credits include Sr. Robert Anne in                          School. He has performed in several school                          showcase this past summer. Grace studies
VMT’s Nunsense and Messugahnuns!,the                              plays including Jungle Book, Aladdin and                            ballet at Lareen Fender’s The Ballet School, and has been
Enchanted Wardrobe in CCMT’s Beauty &                             The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf where he                              acting, singing and dancing throughout her life. She is ecstatic
the Beast, Gail in Act Now!’s Prisoners of                        had primary roles. Zac plays piano and                              to be working with Center REP, and would like to thank her
Love and part of the band in CCMT’s Guys & Dolls. She wishes      trombone and is in the Jazz Band at school.                         family for their continuous love and support!
to dedicate these performances to Fred & Miranda who are a        He loves to sing and has participated in
constant inspiration and have never stopped believing in her.     the Contra Costa Children’s Chorus for two years. Zac’s twin        Michael Wiles* (Fred) marks his 7th A
                                                                  brother Jesse is also in this performance. Zac loves science and    Christmas Carol with Center REP, where
Jennifer Denison Perry (Past) Cassie (A                           math but math is his favorite subject.                              he was also seen as Tom in The Glass
Chorus Line), Frenchy (Grease), Bonnie                                                                                                Menagerie. Other credits include work
Jean (Brigadoon), Louise (Carousel), Mary                         Joel Roster (Mr. Boxer) 2008 marks Mr.                              with the American Conservatory Theater
Warren (Crucible), Jennie Mae (Diviners),                         Roster’s sixth consecutive year with the                            (Edward 2, A Christmas Carol), American
Suzy Hendrix (Wait Until Dark), and                               A Christmas Carol family and his seventh                            Musical Theater (Big River), Aurora
Bonnie (Anything Goes) for which she                              appearance with Center REP, having                                  Theater (The Persians), Berkeley Repertory Theater (Master
won a Shellie Award. Jennifer is a proud                          appeared in last season’s A Midsummer                               Class,The Oresteia), California Shakespeare Festival (Romeo
member of Fantasy Forum Actor’s Ensemble and is thrilled to       Night’s Dream (Snug) under the direction                            and Juliet, As You Like It, Scapin, Edward II), Capital Stage
be going into her 14th year of teaching for Center REP’s Young    of Michael Butler. An honored playwright                            Company (Fat Pig), Marin Shakespeare Company (King Lear,
REP Acting Training Program, where she serves as co-director      and Shellie award recipient, Mr. Roster has of late exercised his   Macbeth, Much Ado), Pacific Alliance Stage Company (Wonder
of the Musical Theatre Program. By day Jennifer teaches ballet    directing chops with Town Hall Theatre’s smash hits Bleacher        of the World, Betrayal, All My Sons) San Francisco Shakespeare
at Lareen Fender’s The Ballet School in Walnut Creek where        Bums and the East Bay premiere of The Graduate.His original         Festival (Pericles, Love’s Labour’s Lost), and Tacoma Actor’s
she is Director of the School and The Ballet Joyeux. Most         piece One Night At The Hotel Grand receives its world premiere      Guild (Twelfth Night). www.michaelwiles.com.
recently she directed 42nd Street for CCMT.                       at Town Hall in May of 2009. Joel is also a drama instructor
                                                                  for teenagers and a proud member of Fantasy Forum Actors            Adam Winship (Thief/Future) is thrilled to
Jack Powell* (Ebenezer Scrooge) returns                           Ensemble. He wishes to dedicate this performance to his sister      be returning to the Christmas Carol family
to Center REP for a fifth season of cranky,                       Emily, who’s currently showing Arizona a thing or two.              for his 8th year. He is a proud member of
crotchety, ill tempered and irritable                                                                                                 FFAE and board member for CCMT. He
misbehavior. (As well as a bit of fear, awe,                      Kevin Sanchez (Nigel Woodward) is very                              hopes this story will spin its way into your
and joyous celebration.) He has performed                         excited to join this incredible cast for his                        hearts and remain there far beyond this
in various theatres in the Bay Area, going                        third year! His stage credits include roles as                      Christmas Season.
back to 1963, including Berkeley Rep,                             Bob Bradley in The Best Christmas Pageant
Aurora Theatre, Marin Theatre Co., San Francisco Shakespeare      Ever and as Bertram Cates in Inherit the                            Michael Ray Wisely* (Present) It gives
Co., and Marin Shakespeare Co. He toured with the National        Wind. An executive board member of the                              Michael Ray great joy to return with his
Shakespeare Co., and played Sir George Thunder in the New         Diablo Regional Arts Association, Kevin                             family in A Christmas Carol. Recent
York premiere of Wild Oats. Various roles include Gloucester      dedicates his performance to everyone in                            credits: Devils Disciple at the Aurora,
in King Lear, Higgins in Pygmalion, Pickering in My Fair Lady,    our community who supports the Lesher Center for the Arts.          Much Ado About Nothing at Marin
Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Falstaff in Merry Wives of Windsor,                                                                        Shakes, Glengarry Glen Ross, at San Jose
Norman Thayer Jr. in On Golden Pond, Hapagon in The Miser,        Kerri Shawn (Mrs. Cratchit) gratefully                              Stage, and Heartbreak House at Berkeley
and Dr. Paramore in The Philanderer for which he received a       returns to the role of Mrs. Cratchit this                           Repertory Theatre as well as appearances with Magic Theatre,
Dean Goodman Award. Various TV credits include roles on           holiday season. Last season Kerri had                               San Jose Repertory, American Musical Theatre, Marin Theatre
Nash Bridges and Midnight Caller.                                 great fun playing Mrs. Boyle in REP’s The                           Company, SF Shakes, Willows Theatre and others. Michael
                                                                  Mousetrap and is looking forward to joining                         Ray has starred and guest-starred in television movies and
Barbara Reynolds (Miss Skiffins -                                 the cast for Center REP’s Enchanted April                           series and works as a director in theatre and video.
Quartet) is delighted to return for her                           this spring. Kerri serves as Co-Director of
12th season as part of Center REP’s A                             Education for Center REP, is a resident                             Olivia DelRay Wisely (Polly) makes her
Christmas Carol family. A summa cum                               actress at Tao House for the Eugene O’Neill Foundation, and         third appearance with her parents in A
laude graduate of UCLA with a degree in                           is a company member with Fantasy Forum Actors Ensemble              Christmas Carol. She began her performing
music, she sings both classical and musical                       and PlayGround.                                                     career in the womb as “a sonogram” in a
theatre roles. Recent performances include                                                                                            commercial for a local hospital. At 6 years
Ragtime (Mother), The 1940s Radio Hour                            Grant Strain (Charley/Perch/Turkey Boy)                             old, her other credits include: Nickel and
(Ann Collier) and She Loves Me (Amalia) for Saratoga Drama        loves to act, ride his bike, and watch T.V.                         Dimed and The Imaginary Invalid directed
Group; The King and I (Anna) for Pleasanton Playhouse;            with his family. He gets good grades and                            by her mother at Los Positas College in
Ragtime (Mother) with Townsend Opera; A Little Night Music        just turned 13 years old. This is his first                         Livermore, as well as performing in a Chinese dance class at
(Mrs. Nordstrom) and Ragtime with TheatreWorks; Show Boat         year playing Colby Knox (Turkey Boy)                                Harding Elementary in El Cerrito where she is a 1st grader.
for Foothill Music Theatre (Dean Goodman Choice award             but is his 6th performance of Center REPs                           Olivia wishes for you to enjoy the show.
Wendy Wisely (Catherine) Wendy’s                                     and was the pianist for Center REPertory’s Noel and Gertie.         2005, it won the prestigious national Freedom of Information
previous Center REP productions include                              Mark is glad to be working once again with Center REPertory         Award from Associated Press Managing Editors. And, in
The Diviners, The Night Hank Williams                                on this timeless holiday classic - happy holidays to all!           2007, it was honored by the California Newspaper Publishers
Died, and Room Service. Originally from                                                                                                  Association for its leadership on public records. Bay Area
Seattle, she has acted and directed at such                          Melissa Anne Paterson (Costume Manager) In addition to              News Group-East Bay print and online products reach more
theaters as San Jose Stage Co., City Lights,                         running the costume shop for Center REP, Melissa has also           than 2.7 million adults over the course of one week. The
Willows, California Shakespeare Theatre,                             designed many shows for the company including Suds: A               California Newspapers Partnership, headquartered in San
Role Players, Town Hall, Western Stage, and Pacific Alliance.        Rockin’ 60’s Musical Soap Opera, Rocket Man, Cowgirls, and A        Ramon, CA, is the largest newspaper publisher in the Bay
Wendy teaches theater at Las Positas College and Santa Rosa          Christmas Carol. She frequently works with the Contra Costa         Area and the state. Its co-owner MediaNews Group is the
Junior College and is thrilled that her family is working together   Musical Theatre Co. (Annie, Damn Yankees, Grease, South             fourth largest publishing company in the United States.
again in this production.                                            Pacific, Beauty and the Beast (Shellie Award), Guys and Dolls
                                                                     (Shellie Award), Cinderella, 42nd St.) Other notable credits:
Stephen Wolff (Silas) is a 7th grader at                             Town Hall Theatre Co.; MacBeth, 5 Women Wearing the                           Center REPertory Company
Foothill Middle Schoool. He appeared as a                            Same Dress, The Rocky Horror Show, Copenhagen, Let’s Go
townsperson in Cinderella and as a young
                                                                                                                                                      Managing Director - Scott Denison
                                                                     To Casablanca!, Lend Me A Tenor, Bleacher Bums, The Weir,
suitor and bagel boy in Fiddler on the Roof                          Moonlight and Magnolias, Baby Be Mine. Antioch Rivertown                         Artistic Director - Michael Butler
for CCMT. He played Danny in DLOC’s                                  Theatre Co.; A Funny Thing Happened… (Shellie Award),
Brylcreem and Tom in Schoolhouse Rock,                               Pump Boys and Dinettes (Shellie Award).                                      Audience Servuces                       Education
Jr. Stephen is honored to return to A                                                                                                             Ticket Office Staff             Co-Directors of Education
Christmas Carol.                                                     Jeff Collister* (Production Stage Manager) has been Production             Rebecca O’ Connor                        Jeff Draper
                                                                     Manager for Center REP since 1995. He has stage-managed                         Faye Antaky                        Kerri Shawn
                                                                                                                                                  Caroline Dennis                         Marketing
CREATIVE TEAM                                                        40 productions since starting with the company in 1989.                      Caitlin Downing                    Marketing Director
                                                                     Favorites include Almost Heaven - John Denver’s America,                       Kirsten Jones                       Gabe Marin
Scott Denison (Director/Managing Director) recently concluded        Becoming Memories, Suds: The Rockin’ 60’s Musical Soap                     Karla Kopfhammer                    Marketing Associate
35 years of service as has directed over 150 productions,            Opera, Godspell, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and numerous                     Jennifer Strones                       Brian Katz
including Center REP’s highly successful production The              productions of A Christmas Carol. Jeff has been nominated                   Production Services                     Production
                                                                                                                                          Production Services Coordinator           Production Manager
Wizard of Oz and CCMT’s Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,               for Shellie Awards for his direction of Urinetown, the Musical                 Toni Kilcoyne                       Jeff Collister
Cinderella and the last ten productions of A Christmas Carol.        and Grease for Contra Costa Musical Theatre. He worked as                     Technical Staff                        Technical
Mr. Denison is the director and co-founder of Fantasy Forum          Production Stage Manager for Dame Edna - The Royal Tour                         Doug Alvey                      Technical Director
Actors Ensemble, and the creator of the Contra Costa County          in San Francisco. Jeff is a Shellie Award winning actor and a                     Joe Coe                           Jim Peliwo
Shellie Awards.     He has also designed lights for over 250                                                                                          John Earls                         Crew Chief
                                                                     member of Actors Equity Association. Happy Holidays!
                                                                                                                                                 Nicole Iannaccone                     Derek Mohler
productions, including Center REP’s production of Hank                                                                                                Sid Lucas                      Master Electrician
Williams: Lost Highway, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Picasso          Michael Butler (Artistic Director) is in his third season as                    Iain McKay                         Tirzah Tyler
at the Lapin Agile, Cowgirls, Suds, Shirley Valentine and Dear       Artistic Director of Center REP, where he directed Around the                    Steve Pino                          Carpenter
Liar, and CCMT’s Titanic and Guys and Dolls. As General              World in 80 Days, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, The Marriage                   Garrick Schuster                   Robert E. Riggan
                                                                                                                                                    Josh Stouffer                 Assistant Stage Manager/
Manager of the Lesher Center for the Arts, he coordinates over       of Figaro, How the Other Half Loves, Hank Williams: Lost                          Costumes                      Props Coordinator
900 events annually.                                                 Highway, Nixon’s Nixon, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well                   Costume Manager                          Joe Coe
                                                                     as playing Paravicini in REP’s production of The Mousetrap.                  Melissa Paterson                    Quartet Manager
Kelly Tighe (Scenic Designer) Off Broadway: The Fantasticks,         His directing work has also been seen at San Jose Rep,                     Assistant Costumers                  Barbara Reynolds
Almost Heaven. National tours: Movin’ Out, Mooseltoe.                                                                                             Michael A. Berg                   Production Assistants
                                                                     Cleveland Playhouse, Seattle Rep, Marin Theatre Company,
                                                                                                                                                     Amy Nielson                      Adam Elsberry
Regional: Dreamgirls, My Way, Aida, Cats, The Full Monty,            Aurora Theatre Company, San Jose Stage, Shakespeare Santa                      Administration                     Stephen Gozza
Jesus Christ Superstar (Gateway Playhouse); Beauty/Beast,            Cruz, and The Juilliard School, of which he is a graduate. As         Asst. to the Managing Director             Alex Logemann
Grease, Titanic, The Who’s Tommy, (Contra Costa Musical              an actor, Michael has worked on Broadway and off, in regional                   Gail Pfeifer                    Kel Mac Cormac
Theatre); Annie, Kiss Me Kate, Joseph/Dreamcoat (Ohio’s              theatres, film and television. He is a published songwriter and                   Program                       Erin O’Donaghue
                                                                                                                                                   Linda Nomura                          Erin Repp
Carousel Dinner Theater); West Side Story, The Scarlet               the co-writer and composer of numerous music-theatre pieces,                 Usher Coordinator                     Seth Wright
Pimpernel (Diablo Light Opera Co.); Around the World in 80           which he has directed and performed in NY, LA, and at festivals                  Jody Cook
Days, The Pavilion, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, A Christmas          in India and Morocco. In his career as a performer he has also
Carol (Center REPertory Company); The Laramie Project, A             danced with the Erick Hawkins Dance Company, portrayed the
Midsummer Night’s Dream (PPAS/ NYC). Mr. Tighe served                villainous Pierre LeChance on The Guiding Light, and played
as the resident Scenic Designer for Western Michigan’s Cherry                                                                                          THANK YOU TO OUR
                                                                     guitar and harmonica in many rock, blues, and country western
County Playhouse (The Music Man starring William Katt and            bands at all the notable dives in NYC.                                      OPENING NIGHT DINNER SPONSORS:
Josie DeGuzman, and the world premiere of Will’s Women                                                                                               Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
starring Amanda McBroom), and Center REP in the San                                                                                                            The San Franciscan
Francisco Bay Area. Television: Sunday Night Woah! (starring         OUR SPONSORS
Mo Rocca) for Animal Planet as well as several spots for
Verizon, Kit Kat, Disney, and the Oxygen network. Awards and         Chevron (Season Sponsor) has been the leading corporate                                                    CITY COUNCIL
                                                                                                                                                                               Gary Skrel, Mayor
recognitions: Northern California’s “Shellie”, Drama-Logue,          sponsor of Center REP and the Lesher Center for the Arts for the                                        Susan McNulty Rainey
and the S.F. Bay Area’s Outer Critic’s Circle. Kelly resides in      past eight years. In fact, Chevron has been a partner of the LCA                                              Kish Rajan
New York City.                                                       since the beginning, providing funding for capital improvements,                                              Cindy Silva
                                                                     event sponsorships and more. Chevron generously supports                                                   Robert Simmons
Jeff Mockus (Sound Designer) is delighted to return to Center        every Center REP show throughout the season, and is the                                                   CITY MANAGER
                                                                                                                                                                                  Gary Pokorny
REP, having previously collaborated on Ain’t Misbehavin’,            primary sponsor for events including the Chevron Family                                                       DIRECTOR
Musical Of Musicals: The Musical, Hank Williams: Lost                Theatre Festival in July. Chevron has proven itself not just                                   Arts, Recreation and Community Services
Highway, Around The World In 80 Days, and The Marriage Of            as a generous supporter, but also a valued friend of the arts.                                               Barry Gordon
Figaro. His recent work includes The Circle and The Rainmaker
                                                                                                                                                                              ARTS COMMISSION
for ACT, Pericles, An Ideal Husband, and Uncle Vanya for Cal         Diablo Regional Arts Association (DRAA) (Season Partner)                                               Michael Fotheringham, Chair
Shakes, Tracy’s Tiger for Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and           is both the primary fundraising organization of the Lesher                                              Fritz Brunner, Vice Chair
Lend Me A Tenor: The Musical for Utah Shakespeare Festival.          Center for the Arts (LCA) and the City of Walnut Creek’s                                                     Lonna Coleman
Most recently, Jeff was called in to create sound effects for        appointed curator for the LCA’s audience outreach. DRAA’s                                                      Carol Fowler
The World Of Nick Adams at Davies Symphony Hall, and his                                                                                                                         Reginald Marshall
                                                                     role in the community is all about building partnerships with
                                                                                                                                                                                  Suzanne Masella
upcoming projects include A Picasso at San Jose Rep, and the         the focused goal of enhancing artistic quality at the LCA and                                                Jacquelyn Smith
world premiere adaptation of War Music at ACT.                       providing opportunities for everyone to enjoy the arts. Through
                                                                     partnerships with the LCA and its producers, individual donors,
John Earls (Lighting Designer) Since joining the production          corporate and foundation sponsors and the City of Walnut Creek,
staff at the Lesher Center for the Arts he has designed or           DRAA plays a vital role in advancing the arts for the betterment                    ADDITIONAL THANKS TO:
directed lighting for numerous shows inlcuding the Shellie           of the community. Please visit us online at www.draa.org.                                 Massimo’s Ristorante
Awards, Animal Rescue Foundation’s Stars to the Rescue, and                                                                                              Walnut Creek Baking Company
Lesher Speaker Series: Newsmakers. His work inlcudes Rocky                                                                                                  Waters Moving and Storage
                                                                     Contra Costa Times (Season Media Sponsor) In the East
Horror Show at Town Hall Theatre. John owes his introduction                                                                                              Associated Services-Alta Water
                                                                     Bay, the largest newspaper of the Bay Area News Group
                                                                                                                                                        Selix Formal Wear of Walnut Creek
to the live stage to the ACME Theatre Company.                       is the Contra Costa Times and its sister editions, the West
                                                                                                                                                            Shannon and Mike Demers
                                                                     County Times, Valley Times, San Ramon Valley Times
                                                                                                                                                             Hyatt Summerfield Suites
Mark Hanson (Musical Director) returns to A Christmas Carol          and East County Times. The Times, read by nearly a half
for a third season. He conducted CCMT’s Fiddler on the Roof          a million people each day in Contra Costa, eastern Alameda
in the Hofmann Theatre. Previously, Mark conducted Disney’s          and southern Solano counties, was judged the best newspaper
Beauty and the Beast, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to           in its circulation category in the state five times in a six-year
the Forum and Sunday in the Park with George, all for CCMT           period by the California Newspaper Publishers Association. In

				
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