Eric Fletcher (Scrooge/Vocal Director)
Eric is very pleased to return to the role of Scrooge for the six 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.
LaRon Lee Hudson (Marley/Diggs/Caroler)
Previous shows include Zuccotti Park at the 2016 fringe festival directed by Luis Salgado from On Your feet, Lysisarah at Hudson Warehouse, Animal Story, Rock of Ages, Ghost, Mary Poppins, American Idiot, and Hands on a Hardbody with Rex Smith. So grateful for this opportunity. #liveyourbestlife #blessed
Rebecca Pomeranz (Ghost of Christmas Past/Frannie/Midge)
Rebecca is thrilled to be returning to A Christmas Carol for the third year in a row. She has a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Other recent Off-Broadway credits include Frankenstein, Stone Soup, Beauty and the Beast, Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, and Tico Tales. Other favorite credits include How I Learned to Drive, Sweeney Todd, Nine, and The Rocky Horror Show. Special thanks to family, friends, and the entire team for all of their love and support.
Shino Frances (Ghost of Christmas Present/Solicitor)
Shino is a NYC based Singer-Actor-Dancer, Teacher, Choreographer, Director, Producer, Translator, Dialect Coach & Consultant. NYC credits include: Jekyll & Hyde (The Players Theatre); Color of Life (Rachel Beaty, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Full Length Musical, MITF 2013); The Swans (Outstanding Direction & Production of a Short, MITF 2014). TOUR/REGIONAL credits include: A Chorus Line (Connie Wong, Crown Uptown Theatre); ArtsPower National Touring Theatre. Shino is pumped to be back at The Players spreading Christmas cheer!
Courtney Hansen (Costume Designer/Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come/Mrs Fezziwig/Poor Nora)
Courtney is delighted to be getting in to the holiday spirit of A Christmas Carol again. She was most recently seen in The Box Office… it’s one of her local haunts. Aside from playing with costumes and performing, Courtney is also the Theatre Manager of The Players Theatre, an eccentric aunt to Colin, and a crazy cat mom. Twitter: @courtlen
Elissa Bonito (Agy/Marley Dancer)
Elissa is a recent graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts where she earned a BFA in Drama. New York credits include The Players Theatre: Frankenstein, The Secret Theatre: Central Time, Quick Silver Theatre: Turner , Stella Adler: Fen, and as a soloist in the Tisch Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center. She is a Stella Adler & MTI alum. www.elissabonito.com.
Zach Bullock (Bob Cratchit)
Zach is ecstatic to be in this production. Previous credits include: Frankenstein (The Players Theater), Captives (American Theater of Actors), Nine to Five With Sally Struthers, The Hobbit, and Phantom (Riverside Dinner Theater). Follow him on Twitter/Instagram @zachbullock92.
Jamie Lee Kearns (Mrs. Cratchit/Belle)
Jamie is bursting with cheer, excited to share this classic Christmas tale! This is Jamie’s second show at The Players Theatre, the first being Tea Party for the Short Play Festival “BOO”. Favorite credits: Lotty (Enchanted April), Brooke (Noises Off), Domina (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), Trident Gum’s social media campaign, and the “Prizefighter” music video for the band Mutts. Training: AADA, The Second City, UW-Green Bay. www.jamieleekearns.com.
Patrick Brancato (Fred/Mr. Fezziwig/John)
Patrick is thrilled to be a part of the cast of A Christmas Carol. He recently performed Stone Soup (Soldier 1) Off Broadway at the Players Theatre. Recent Credits: Les Miserables w/Nat’l Tour Cast (Joly/Pimp/Convict 3), Dead Man Walking (Guard 2), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Victor) and Footloose (Cowboy Bob/Cop). He wants to thank God, Valerie and his family for all their love and support. Phil 4:13. www.patrickbrancato.com
Charlie Barry (Older Young Scrooge/Caroler/Howard) Charlie is happy to be back at the Players theatre for his second season of A Christmas Carol. He Graduated from American Music and Dramatic Academy in NYC. Recent credits includes Rick in The Birthday Boy at the Roy Arias Theatre and Wally in Life Could Be A Dream at Pines Dinner Theatre. He would like to give special thanks to Natasha and his family for their Love and support.
Joycelyn Driscoll (Caroler/Want/Marley Dancer)
Joycelyn is so excited to be performing in her second production here at The Players Theatre! She is a former student of the CAP21 Musical Theatre program and has been working professionally for the past few years. Some of her favorite roles include Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker, Chava in Fiddler on the Roof, Robin in Godspell, and Jessie in Stone Soup. She would like to thank her family, husband, and friends for all their love and support.
Tomo Watanabe (Peter Cratchit/Marley Dancer/Ignorance/Dick)
Tomo is thrilled to be back with the Players Theatre! She is originally from Chiba, Japan and is a 2014 graduate of AMDA NY. Her previous credits include, Off-Broadway: Alice in Wonderland (Dodo Bird) and Grudgical: The Parody Musical (Toshio), Off-off Broadway: Gypsy (Hollywood Blond), Regional Theatre: Avenue Q (Chrismas Eve), Miss Saigon (Gigi & Yvette), It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman!.
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: www.scroogeinthevillage.com. Bravo is donating his actor salary, except for the biscuits, to Bideawee as thanks for rescuing him seven years ago.
Creative Team Bios:
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 and Beauty and the Beast. 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. Her next theatre adventure includes traveling to Prague to study Black Light Theatre for the upcoming production of The Little Mermaid at the Players Theatre. 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.
Emily Madan (Choreography)
Emily is a NYC based actor and choreographer. Recent credits include Imagine Work’s Shrek JR. and Thoroughly Modern Millie JR. (Choreography) and The Theatre Project’s As You Like It (Celia/Choreography) and Two Gentlemen of Verona (Julia/Choreography). Emily is excited to be choreographing A Christmas Carol for a third year!
Emily Grayson (Stage Manager)
Emily is a freelance stage manager/ theatre technician. Recent credits include Frankenstein (The Players Theatre), Holy Moly (The Flea Theatre), The Jungle Book (La Mama), A Little Night Music (Theatre 2020), Privatopia (LaGuardia Performing Arts Center), and Merrily We Roll Along (Dir. James Lapine, City Center). She also works as a theatre technician at the Marjorie S. Dean Little Theatre at the West Side YMCA.
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
Jill Moody (Children’s Director)
This is Jill’s fourth 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!
Sean Wingo “Win” Kenny (Assistant Stage Manager)
Sean is a native New Yorker who grew up in the world of TV, Film, and Theatre. He graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia in the summer of 2015 and moved directly into working in television production. Before working on A Christmas Carol, he worked on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Mysteries of Laura, Bull, Landline, and The $100,000 Pyramid. He has also worked with Be Bold! at The Players Theatre on the production of Frankenstein earlier this year.
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!
Sean Statser (Percussionist)
As an advocate for contemporary music, Sean actively collaborates with several New York City ensembles including: the Grammy-nominated Metropolis Ensemble, Ensemble LPR, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, and Iktus Percussion. He has premiered over 100 works to date by composers Jason Treuting, Timothy Andres, Caleb Burhans, Kati Agocs, Vivian Fung, Angelica Negron, John Luther Adams and Elliot Carter (NY Premiere), and has performed with the American Symphony Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, New York Pops, and Queens Symphony Orchestra as a section percussionist. Mr. Statser is a member of the Percussion Studies faculty at NYU, coordinator for the NYU Steinhardt Broadway Percussion Seminar, and operator of Kettles and Company, NYC’s largest percussion rental company.
Emily Sgouros (Percussionist)
Originally from Atlantic Beach, NY Emily started her musical studies at the age of 4 under the guidance of her father. As an active New York freelance musician she has performed at Cha Wha?, The Bitter End, The Groove, Mercury Lounge, Nuyorican Cafe and Webster Hall. In addition, she has performed in the Off-Broadway shows Percussion People, The Selfish Giant, Treasure Island, Stone Soup, A Christmas Carol, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Alice In Wonderland, Tico Tales, Sleepy Hollow and Beauty and the Beast. She currently studies at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music as a student of legendary jazz vibist Mike Mainieri.
Frank Tyl (Percussionist)
Frank is a freelance percussionist based in New York City and specializing in contemporary solo and chamber music repertoire. He has worked with and performed alongside Mobius Percussion, So Percussion, Ensemble LPR, Nouveau Classical Project, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, Ensemble sans maître, Blind Ear, Circles and Lines, MuSE (Multicultural Sonic Evolution), Tristan Perich, Niia Bertino, and the New York Pops. He has appeared in projects such as Make Music New York, MADE Fashion Week, Found Sound Nation, and Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts.
Frank has performed in venues at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, the United Nations, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Galapagos Art Space, Roulette, 92|Y Tribeca, RedBull Space, Milk Studios, and Public Assembly, among others. An alumnus of the Juilliard Pre-College Division, he earned his B.M. at NYU studying percussion performance under Jonathan Haas, James Saporito, and Simon Boyar.
Be Bold! Production (Producer)
Be Bold! Productions was formed in 1999 to give artists a safe and creative environment to work their magic. As the song written by Sgouros & Bell says: “Courage is not, not being afraid, it’s facing the things that you fear”. Sometimes just stepping on to the stage takes all the courage you can muster and Be Bold exists to support those small steps that lead to artistic discovery. Previous productions have included Phantom of the Opera, Frankenstein and Sleepy Hollow. Be Bold is in residence at the Players and also produces the Players Theatre Short Play and Musical festival which runs three times a year. Visit www.beboldny.com for upcoming show schedule
Victory Theatrical & Marketing (Marketing)
Victory Theatrical & Marketing is the in-house marketing agency for The Players Theatre and responsible for marketing all of Be Bold! and Literally Alive Theatre Productions. Victory Theatrical provides a cost-effective alternative marketing plan for small Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway theatre companies.
Sgouros and Bell Licensing: A Christmas Carol is one of twelve Sgouros & Bell musicals. Other literature-based musicals include: The Selfish Giant, Treasure Island, Stone Soup, Frankenstein, Cinderella, Phantom of the Opera (Sgouros and Bell), The Little Mermaid, Alice In Wonderland, Tico Tales, Sleepy Hollow and Beauty and the Beast. For information on licensing Frankenstein visit: SgourosandBell.com
The Players Theatre
Built in 1907 and converted into a theatre in the late 1950’s, the Players Theatre has been a jewel in the midst of beautiful Greenwich Village, serving as a magnet for performing artists and their audiences. The building includes, a main stage 199 seat Off Broadway theatre, a 50 seat Off Off Broadway black box theatre, four rehearsal studios, an office suite for arts organizations and the famous Cafe Wha?, which has been a Greenwich Village mainstay since the 1960’s. www.theplayerstheatre.com