For over 40 years, Kansas City’s beloved tradition has created holiday memories for families all around our community, with all the heart and spectacle you’ve come to love… start your family tradition this year and create memories that will last for many Christmases to come! Join Ebenezer Scrooge on his redemptive journey with Christmas Past, Present, and Future, and rediscover the true meaning of the holidays. You’ll meet the Cratchits, Tiny Tim, and the irresistible Fezziwigs, and hear the lush and joyous Candlelight Carol — all this and more, to kindle your Christmas spirit. Share the season with the people you love at A Christmas Carol.
A Christmas Carol runs approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes long with one 15-minute intermission. Learn more about the production: read the show program.
Why you Should See A Christmas Carol
Because this spirited classic is Kansas City’s favorite holiday tradition! As InKansasCity states: “there’s a reason the KCRep’s A Christmas Carol has been a citywide tradition for the last 41 years. For audiences young and old it offers an experience sure to put any Scrooge in the holiday spirit.” KC Parent raves “this is one holiday tradition we hope never to miss!”
Creative Team & Management
Anthony T. Edwards
Gillian Rose Herold
Assistant Music Director
Jonathan Lloyd Schriock
Piano Conductor Understudy
Associate Scenic Design
Gene Emerson Friedman
Assistant Lighting Design
Mackenzie Goodwin Tran
COVID Compliance Officer
Production Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Rachel M. Dyer
Youth Cast Coordinator
Youth Cast Coordinator
Youth Cast Coordinator
2nd Assistant Lighting Designer
Light Board Operator
Follow Spot Operator
Swing Stage Carpenter
Audio Board Operator (A2)
Audio Technician (A2)
Marianne S. Rowse
Sadie Lou Carlson
Charwoman & Solicitor
Robert Gibby Brand
Mrs. Cratchit & Mrs. Fezziwig
Ghost of Christmas Present & Business Associate
Young Ebenezer & Ghost of Christmas Yet-to-Come
Sheridan Anthony Mirador
Storyteller & Mr. Fezziwig
Belle, Mrs. Fred, Mrs. Dilber, Quartet
Morgan Lynn Sterrett
Ghost of Christmas Past
Leo James Covitz
Peter, Young & Teen Scrooge, Dick Wilkins, Turkey Boy, & Ignorance
Jason (Deuce) Chanos, Jr.
Martha, Fezziwig Daughter, Fred Party Guest, Fan, & Want
JAY ALLEN (Peter/Teen Ebenezer/ Ensemble; IVY Cast) (He/Him) KCRep: debut. Local: Surviving Hitler (White Theatre At The J); A Christmas Story, Shrek The Musical (Music Theatre Kansas City); Matilda The Musical (Theatre Lawrence, Gladstone Theatre In The Park); Billy Elliot (Spinning Tree Theatre). Outside of theatre, Jay likes to spend time with his friends and family, and cuddle with his dog Jack. Fun Fact: Ever since Jay was little he has been terrified by the movie versions of the Christmas Carol ghosts, but he hopes to overcome his fears during this production!
EMMA ANDREWS (Martha Cratchit/Fezziwig Daughter/Fred Party Young Lady/Ensemble; HOLLY Cast) KCRep:A Christmas Carol (5th Season). Regional: Shrek (Teen Fiona), Seussical (JoJo), Mary Poppins (Jane Banks) (Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre). Local: Jane Eyre (Adele, UMKC Conservatory); Voice from the Other Side (Mary, Kansas City Actors Theatre); Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Jemima, Shawnee Mission Theatre in the Park); Oliver!, Lottery Singer (Music Theater Heritage); Mary Poppins (Jane Banks, Park Hill High School); Wizard of Oz (Dorothy), Spotlight Cabaret (Soloist), School of Rock (Music Theatre Kansas City); Snoopy (Sally Brown), Aladdin, Jr. (Abu), Hairspray, Jr. (Featured soloist), Dr. Dolittle, Jr. (Polynesia) (Christian Youth Theater). Film: Impossible Escapes (Wide Awake Films). Education: 10th grade at Park Hill South High School and studies voice with Melinda MacDonald.
CHIOMA ANYANWU (Mrs. Cratchit/Ensemble) (She/Her/Hers) KCRep: Noises Off!, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, A Christmas Carol, Antony and Cleopatra (Co-Production, UMKC Theatre). Local: Dot, The Pests (Kansas City Actors Theatre); Jesus Christ Superstar (This Happy Breed, The Arts Asylum); Godspell, Hairspray (Starlight Theatre); The Revolutionists, The Wolves, Men on Boats, The Mountaintop, Everyday Rapture, Hungry, Pipeline (Unicorn Theatre); Evil Dead the Musical (EGADS! Theatre); 1776, Evita (Music Theatre Heritage). Directing: Pippin (Avila University); Bomb’itty of Errors (Fishtank Productions); Emotional Creatures (Co-Director, Spinning Tree Theatre). Education: BFA in Theatre Arts, Stephens College; MFA in Acting and Directing, UMKC. AEA Member
LAUREN BRATON (Business Associate/Featured Soprano/Ensemble) KCRep: Fun Home, Last Days of Summer, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, A Christmas Carol, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods. Local: Nine, Violet, A Little Night Music (Spinning Tree Theatre); First Date, Cinderella, Sound of Music (Starlight Theatre); Where the Wild Things Are, Shrek (The Coterie); Grey Gardens (Unicorn Theatre); Ragtime, Guys and Dolls, The Music Man, She Loves Me (Musical Theatre Heritage); Life Could Be A Dream, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, No Way to Treat a Lady, It’s A Wonderful Life: A Radio Play (American Heartland Theatre); Judy Barbra Liza and Blues in the Night (Quality Hill Playhouse); A Man of No Importance (Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre); Passion and Everlasting Universe: World Premiere (Civic Opera KC); Great Duets, (Chestnut Fine Arts Theatre). Regional: Arrow Rock Lyceum and Seagle Music Colony New York. Upcoming: R&H Unplugged, Music Theater Heritage. laurenbraton.com AEA Member.
JASON (DEUCE) CHANOS JR. (Youth Swing) KCRep: debut. Local: Seussical the Musical, Winnie the Pooh, Dear Edwina Jr (The Barstow School). Education: 7th grade at The Barstow School. Deuce also loves acting, baseball, and football.
DARRINGTON CLARK (Fred/Ensemble, Dance Captain) (He/Him/His) KCRep: Twelfth Night. Local: The Inheritance, Tiny Beautiful Things, Dance Nation, Kill Move Paradise, Who’s Your Baghdaddy (Unicorn Theatre); Hairspray, Godspell (Starlight Theatre); Once on This Island (Spinning Tree Theatre); Cats, My Fair Lady (Musical Theatre Heritage); Charlie Brown Christmas, Puffs, We Shall Not Be Moved, Garfield, Madagascar (The Coterie). Regional: Man of La Mancha, A Christmas Carol (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre); A Christmas Carol, A Year with Frog and Toad (Children’s Theatre of Madison); Ghost, Newsies (Circa 21). Upcoming: Flood (KCRep); Dreamgirls (The New Theatre). Education: BS in Theatre, Kansas State University. AEA Member @darringtune
WALTER COPPAGE (Storyteller/Ensemble) KCRep: The Royale, Pride & Prejudice, Fences, Welcome to Fear City, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, A Raisin in the Sun, To Kill a Mockingbird, Carter’s Way. Regional: The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (Steppenwolf Theatre); The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (Portland Center Stage); Radio Golf (Studio Theatre DC). Local: Master Harold And The Boys, Hamlet, A Lesson from Aloes (Kansas City Actors Theatre); The Mountaintop, How to Steal A Picasso, Water by the Spoonful, The Clean House, Ruined (Unicorn Theatre); Akeelah And The Bee, Becoming Martin, Our Town, The Miracle Worker, My Children My Africa, The Giver, Frankenstein, Valley Song, Jekyll & Hyde (The Coterie) TELEVISION: “Somebody Somewhere” (HBO), Leverage: Redemption” (Amazon Freevee), “61st Street” (AMC), “The Shining Girls” (Apple TV), “Sprung” (Amazon Freevee), “The Chi” (Showtime), “Detroiters” (Comedy Central), “Chicago Med” (NBC). FILM: All Creatures Here Below, Jayhawkers, Goodland, The Profit, 12 Days Of Giving, The Only Good Indian, Destination: Planet Negro! AEA Member
LEO JAMES COVITZ (Ignorance/Young Ebenezer/Ensemble IVY Cast) KCRep: debut. Local: The Addams Family (Leawood Stage Company); Wizard of Oz (Kansas City Ballet); Frozen Jr., The Lion King Jr. (Stage Right Performing Arts); The Jungle Book Kids (Culture House). Leo enjoys attending theatre, playing with his dog, tubing at the lake, and cross-country running.
ALICE FELDMILLER (Youth Swing) KCRep: A Christmas Carol (2021, 2019). Local: Camp Rock, Matilda (Stage Right Performing Arts); Aladdin, Jr (St. Paul’s Middle School Musical). Education: 9th grade at Pembroke Hill School. Alice is excited to learn multiple roles and to spend another holiday season with her KCRep family.
KIERAN FORD (Turkey Boy/Ensemble HOLLY Cast). KCRep: A Christmas Carol (2021 as Peter Cratchit). Local: Children of Eden (Olathe Civic Theatre Association); Cinderella, Wrinkle in Time, Dragons Love Tacos, among others. (Theatre for Young America); ShakesFEAR and William Shakespeare’s Christmas Carol (Heart of America Shakespeare Festival); A Candle Against the Dark radio play (Summit Theatre Group). Education: 9th grade (homeschool and MCC Longview). Kieran studies acting with the Coterie, HASF, TYA, and Broadway Artists Alliance (NYC); dance with Miller Marley School of Dance and Voice (ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, tumbling); and voice with Lauren Braton. @kieran.t.ford
PEGGY FRIESEN (Mrs. Fezziwig/Harp/Charwoman/Ensemble) KCRep: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, The Fantasticks, The Diary of Anne Frank, Angels in America, Our Town, The Syringa Tree, Man and Superman, Indian Ink, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, A Delicate Balance, M. Butterfly, The House of Blue Leaves. Local: Shearwater, The Grave (The Living Room); Steel Magnolias (Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre); The Year of Magical Thinking (Spinning Tree Theatre); King Lear, The Mousetrap, A Lesson from Aloes, The Cripple of Inishmaan (Kansas City Actors Theatre); 101 Dalmatians, Frindle (The Coterie); Little Foxes, The Dinner Party (American Heartland Theatre); The Lifespan of a Fact, The Clean House, Spinning into Butter, Frozen, Wit (Unicorn Theatre). Regional: Ghosts (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); Blithe Spirit, Hay Fever, The Tempest (Guest Artist, Stephens College). Film: Ride with the Devil, Kansas City, King of the Hill, The Big Brass Ring, “Truman,” “My Antonia,” “Sarah, Plain and Tall.” AEA Member
ISABELLA ROSE FUGAZZOTTO (Want/Ensemble IVY Cast) (She/Her/Hers) KCRep: debut. Local: 13 The Musical (Stage Right Performing Arts); School of Rock (Shawnee Mission Theatre in the Park); Virgin of Guadeloupe (St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic School); Back on Broadway, Happily Ever After: A Magical Cabaret (The Virtual Performers); Sing, Be More Chill, You Will Be Found, Hamilton, This is Us, The Greatest Show, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Seussical (Camp Productions, Music Theatre Heritage). Dance: O’Riada Manning Performance Team (Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Future Stages; Kansas City Irish Festival (2017-2021); Weston Irish Fest (2017-2019), among others; performed as an Irish Dancer (Wilhelmstrasse Fest, Wiesbaden, Germany). Education: studied Music Production and Engineering (2022) at Interlochen Center For the Arts. Isabella has studied Irish Dance since 2015 and is a Prizewinner/Preliminary Champion.
ARLO GOOD (Turkey Boy/Ensemble IVY Cast) KCRep: debut. Local: Freaky Friday (New Theatre); The Music Man (Theatre in the Park); Miracle on 34th Street (Shawnee Mission South Theatre); The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Frozen Jr. (The Culture House). Music: The Barton Street Band (guitar and vocals), Garage Band (KCYA). Education: 6th grade at Oak Park-Carpenter Elementary; theatre/music training: The Culture House, Kansas City Young Audiences, The Second City Training Center. Arlo enjoys filmmaking, writing music, eating baked potatoes, and driving his go-kart! @bartonstreetband
REESE HALE (Youth Cast Swing) KCRep: debut. Local: Murder in the Knife Room, Mary Poppins JR, Game of Tiaras (Liberty Middle School); It Starts at Starlight (Starlight Theatre). Reese is a member of the Coterie Theatre Master Acting Class and a member of the Junior Thespian Society (Troupe 89296). She enjoys singing and acting, dancing, running, playing tennis, and traveling. Education: 7th grade at Liberty Middle School (Liberty, MO).
SAVION JACKSON (Tiny Tim/Ensemble) KCRep: A Christmas Carol (2019 as Young Ebenezer). Local: Shakespeare Alive (Heart of America Shakespeare Festival) as Tibalt. Education: 5th grade at Highlawn Montessori. Savion spends much of his time at O’Riada Manning Academy of Irish Dance where he dances in parades, performances, and competition. He loves dancing, sewing and playing Quidditch.
GARY NEAL JOHNSON (Ebenezer Scrooge) KCRep: Death of a Salesman (Willy Loman), Give ‘Em Hell, Harry (Harry Truman), Oleanna (John), M. Butterfly (Gallimard), Royal Hunt of the Sun (Pizarro), Treasure Island (Long John Silver), Bus Stop (Virgil), A Delicate Balance (Harry), Of Mice and Men (George), August: Osage County (Charlie), The Drawer Boy (Morgan), Nicholas Nickleby (Squeers), King Lear (Gloucester), Julius Caesar (Caesar), Little Shop of Horrors (Mushnik), Cabaret (Herr Schultz), The Fantasticks (Hucklebee), Last Days of Summer (Rabbi Lieberman), among others. Local: A Lie of the Mind, A Number, The Mousetrap, A Lesson from Aloes, Morning’s At Seven, among others (Kansas City Actors Theatre); King Lear (Lear), Merchant of Venice (Shylock), among others (Heart of America Shakespeare Festival); Wizard of Oz (Wizard), Annie (FDR) (Starlight Theatre); Fiddler on the Roof (Tevye, Spinning Tree Theatre); Hello, Dolly (Vandergelder) Musical Theatre Heritage); Regional: Goodman Theatre (Chicago), ACT (San Francisco), Shakespeare Theatre Company (D.C.), Utah Shakespeare Festival, Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre. Awards: Dean Goodman Award for best supporting actor (San Francisco) 2006. AEA Member
SHANNA JONES (Ghost of Christmas Past/Ensemble) (pronouns She/Her/Hers) KCRep: Between the Lines, Side by Side by Sondheim, The Diary of Anne Frank, Sunday in the Park with George, Stillwater, Hair: Retrospection, Santaland Diaries, Christmas Carol. Local: Freaky Friday, Mama Mia, Sister Act (New Theatre); Next To Normal (Kansas Repertory Theatre). New York: Phaedra’s Floating Cabaret, Undone, Decline and Fall (New York Theatre Workshop). Regional: Tug of War; Foreign Fire & Civil Strife (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre); Les Misérables (Pioneer Theatre Company); Romeo and Juliet (Utah Shakespearean Festival); Man of La Mancha, Into the Woods, Miracle Worker, 42nd Street, To Kill A Mockingbird (Hale Center Theatre); Saturday’s Voyeur (Salt Lake Acting Company). Education: BFA, Actor Training Program University of Utah (2008). AEA Member
ELIZA KING (Fan/Ensemble HOLLY Cast) KCRep: A Christmas Carol (2019); Roommates: A New Sitcom (2022), Are You Listening (2021) and Disconnected (2020) (SYTE, KCRep Summer Youth Theatre Ensemble). Local: Frankenstein, The Hobbit, Aesop’s Rockin’ Fables (Theatre for Young America). Educational: The Good Place (Shawnee Mission East); Addams Family, The Show Must Go Online (Indian Hills Middle School). Education: freshman at Shawnee Mission East. Eliza loves drawing, writing, and is a member of the Young Playwrights Roundtable at The Coterie.
PATRICK MCGEE (Tiny Tim/Ensemble HOLLY Cast) KCRep: Fun Home (John Bechdel). Film: They Wait in the Dark (Adrian, SmartMouth Films, an award-winning feature film). Upcoming: Only One Day A Year (The Coterie). Education: 4th grade at Academie Lafayette. Patrick is the third generation in his family to be a part of A Christmas Carol…Grandpa Scott Cordes and Uncle Sam Cordes (also a Tiny Tim at one time) are very proud! He enjoys playing piano, magic tricks, riddles, hanging with his Frenchie Pierre, and being on stage. Patrick would like to thank his family for their unwavering support.
LAINEY McMANAMY (Want/Youth Ensemble HOLLY Cast) KCRep: A Christmas Carol (Tiny Tim 2018 and 2019), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Trixie). Local: School of Rock (Shonelle, Shawnee Mission Theatre in the Park); 30th Anniversary, Rising Star Review, Shrek (Young Fiona) (Music Theatre KC). Education: Lainey is a 6th grader and loves playing soccer and basketball, singing and playing piano, travelling and spending time with family and friends.
SHERIDAN ANTHONY MIRADOR (Solicitor 2/Wilkins/Topper/Business 1/Ensemble) KCRep: debut. Local: Newsies, Mamma Mia (Theatre in the Park); Spring Awakening, Big Fish, Gleesical (Faust Theatre); 13 The Musical, Finian’s Rainbow (Spinning Tree Theatre); Les Misérables, Grease, Urinetown (Stage Right Performing Arts); Wizard of Oz (Theatre League). Educational: Working, Ordinary Days, Brigadoon, A Chorus Line (Missouri State). National Tour: Emojiland. Film: Efflorescence, Get Real. Upcoming: Emojiland (streaming).
SOLA OWENS (Fan/Ensemble/IVY Cast) (She/Her/Hers) KCRep: Roommates: A New Sitcom Summer Youth Theatre Ensemble ‘22. Local: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Rockhurst High School); Freaky Friday (St Teresa’s Academy); Children of Eden (Spinning Tree Theatre); Performer in Starlight Stars and 2019 Starlight Gala (Starlight Theatre); Into the Woods, among others (Kansas City Young Audiences). Education: Sophomore at St. Teresa’s Academy. @sola_owens
CODY PROCTOR (Cratchit/Storyteller/Ensemble) (he/him/his) KCRep: The Old Man and the Old Moon, Noises Off!, A Christmas Carol. Local: Ragtime, Funny Girl, Titanic (Music Theater Heritage); Shakespeare in Love (Heart of America Shakespeare Festival); All is Calm (MTKC Pro); The Orphans’ Home Cycle (Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre). Regional: The Iceman Cometh (Goodman Theatre); Othello, Henry V (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Hatfield & McCoy (House Theater of Chicago); Stupid F***ing Bird, Idomeneus (Sideshow Theater); Machinal (Greenhouse Theater); Great Expectations (Strawdog Theater); The Mother (Oracle Theater); The Source (Route 66 Theater); three seasons at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Education: BFA Theatre Performance, Wichita State University. codyproctor.com AEA Member
MATTHEW RAPPORT (Ghost of Christmas Present/Solicitor 1/Ensemble) (He/Him/His) KCRep: A Christmas Carol, The Borderland. Local: Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare in Love, Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear, The Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Richard III, Romeo and Juliet (Heart of America Shakespeare Festival); Disgraced, How to Use a Knife, Mr. Burns, Cock, The Salvation of Iggy Scrooge, Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, In the Next Room, Miss Witherspoon, Fuddy Meers, Mojo (Unicorn Theatre); Blithe Spirit, And Then There Were None, A Streetcar Named Desire, Journey’s End, Translations (Kansas City Actors Theatre); Funny Girl, On Golden Pond (New Theatre); Ben Franklin’s Apprentice, Life on the Mississippi, Jekyll and Hyde (The Coterie). International: Prejudice and Pride (Edinburgh Fringe Festival). Mr. Rapport is the Director of Education for the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. AEA member
JOHN RENSENHOUSE (Marley/Mr. Fezziwig/Old Joe/Ensemble) (He/Him/His) KCRep: Dracula, To Kill A Mockingbird, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Gross Indecency, Royal Hunt of the Sun, King Lear (twice!). Local: Spider’s Web, Skylight, Glengarry Glen Ross, Inspecting Carol, God of Carnage (Kansas City Actors Theatre); The Tempest, King Lear, Hamlet, Antony and Cleopatra, Macbeth (Heart of America Shakespeare Festival); Don’t Dress for Dinner, You Can’t Take It With You, Murder Among Friends, Over the Moon (New Theatre); The Sound of Music (Starlight); Pontypool (The Living Room). National Tours: The Lion King (Scar), Noises Off (Garry). Regional: The Rehearsal, The Cure at Troy, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); As You Like It (Arena Stage, D.C.); The Mystery Plays (Hartford Stage); Coriolanus (McCarter Theatre); Flea in Her Ear, Noises Off (Westport Country Playhouse); Oslo, Saint Joan, Taming of the Shrew, Dracula, Clean House, The Mystery of Irma Vep, A Christmas Carol (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); Hamlet, The Millionairess, Peter Pan (Resident Ensemble Players/Delaware). Education: BA Grinnell College; MFA University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee PTTP. AEA Member
MARK ROBBINS (Scrooge Understudy/Ensemble) KCRep: Roof of the World, Sticky Traps, Angels in America (Parts I and II), Death of a Salesman, The Mystery of Irma Vep, A Christmas Carol (24 seasons), Oedipus the King (title role), Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure (title role), Circle Mirror Transformation, Bus Stop, The Voysey Inheritance (co-production with ACT), Man and Superman, The Front Page, Guys and Dolls, Saint Joan, King Lear, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, The Winter’s Tale, Major Barbara, The Sea Gull, Inherit the Wind, The Deputy, Crown of Thorn, Taming of the Shrew, Nicholas Nickleby, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Loose Ends. Local acting: Several roles for Kansas City Actors Theatre, The Living Room, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, New Theatre, Unicorn Theatre, American Heartland Theatre, The Coterie. Local directing: Unicorn Theatre, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. Founding member of Kansas City Actors Theatre: directed several productions. Education: BA, Webster College Conservatory; MFA, Wayne State University. AEA Member
KENNEDY ROSARIO (Belinda Cratchit/Ensemble/Fezziwig Daughter HOLLY Cast) KCRep: debut. Theatre: The Nutcracker (Johnson County Community College); The Wizard of Oz (Flying Monkey and Munchkin #2, Austin Children’s Theater); Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery and Beauty and the Beast (Pleasant Ridge Middle School). Film: commercials for American Girl, St. Luke’s Health System, and Hallmark, among others. Kennedy enjoys music (especially the drums), writing, ice skating, and playing hockey and softball.
TANNER ROSE (Young Ebenezer/Ghost of Christmas Future/Ensemble) (He/Him/His) KCRep: debut. Off-Broadway: Bells Are Ringing (The Lion Theatre, NYC). International: Vi Lieb Musikaler (Oslo National Academy of the Arts). Regional: Pryor Rendering (Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Broadway Rose Theatre Company, Portland OR); La Cage aux Folles and The Rocky Horror Show (Weitzenhoffer Theatre); The Beth Leavel Christmas Show (Oklahoma City Philharmonic). Local: The Inheritance (Unicorn Theatre); Cabaret (Music Theatre Heritage). Workshop: Something Wicked This Way Comes (Hill and Bartram). @thattannerrose AEA Member
LAUREN ROTHHAAS (Martha Cratchit/Fezziwig daughter/Fred Party Young Lady/Ensemble) KCRep: A Christmas Carol 2017, 2019, and 2021. Local: Motor Court 103 (KC Fringe, Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Importance of Being Earnest, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Alice in Wonderland, Newsies, James and the Giant Peach, and The Jungle Book (The Barstow School). Education: Lauren is currently a sophomore at The Barstow School. Lauren enjoys participating in theatre, traveling, and playing soccer.
LIAM SMITH (Young Ebenezer/Ignorance/Ensemble) KCRep: debut. Local: Freaky Friday (New Theatre); Newsies, Wizard of Oz (Shawnee Mission Theatre in the Park); Matilda, Surviving Hitler (Lewis and Shirley White Theatre at The J); Seussical Jr., Les Misérables, Beauty and the Beast, Jr., Lion King Jr., and Willy Wonka Jr. (Stage Right Performing Arts); Shrek Jr. (Summit Trail Middle School). Education: Liam is a 5th Grader at Millbrooke Elementary in Olathe. He has been dancing with Miller Marley School of Dance and Voice for 8 years, is a current member of the Miller Marley Showbiz Performers, and studies voice with Shanna Jones. When he isn’t on the stage, he loves playing baseball with The Olathe Thunder, playing piano, and watching Chiefs and Royals games!
GARRETT STEPHENS (Peter Cratchit/Teen Ebeneezer/Ensemble HOLLY Cast) KCRep: A Christmas Carol (2021 as Young Scrooge/Want). Local: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Theatre for Young America); Comedy of Errors, Spamalot (Kansas City Young Audiences); Little Mermaid Jr. (Johnson County Heritage Center); Rising Star Revue (Music Theatre KC); Newsies Jr. (Summit Theatre Group); Matilda Jr. (Johnson County Heritage Center). Education: 8th Grade at Academie Lafayette. Garrett loves Improv, playing piano, dancing (Hip Hop and ballet), and baking for his family.
MORGAN LYNN STERRETT (Belle US, Mrs. Fred US, Dilber US, Quartet US and As Cast US) (She/Her) KCRep: debut. Local: Freaky Friday (The New Theatre); The White Rose, Beat Bugs (The Coterie); Cats (Music Theatre Heritage); Winterfest (Worlds of Fun); Regional: Newsies, The Tempest (Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival); Alabama Story, Mamma Mia (Great Plains Theatre); Educational: Into The Woods, The Rocky Horror Show, As You Like It. Education: BS in Theatre, Kansas State University morganlynnsterrett.com
AMARA WEBB (Belle/Mrs. Fred/Dilber/Ensemble) (She/Her) KCRep: debut. Local: Pippin (Music Theatre KC). Regional: The Tempest, All’s Well That Ends Well, Ragtime, The Pirates of Penzance (Utah Shakespeare Festival). Educational: The Learned Ladies, The Living, Miss You Like Hell (Sargent Conservatory of Theatre Arts). Education: BFA in Musical Theatre (Sargent Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University). amarawebb.com
JUDITH (MIMI) WOOD (Belinda Cratchit/Fezziwig Daughter/Ensemble IVY Cast) KCRep: A Christmas Carol. Local: Nutcracker, Wizard of Oz, and Peter Pan (Kansas City Ballet). Education: 8th grade at The Barstow School. Mimi loves singing, performing, and hanging out with friends and family.
CHARLES DICKENS (Author) (Feb 7, 1812 – Jun 9, 1870) Charles Dickens, one of the most popular and prolific writers of the nineteenth century, was born on February 7, 1812, in Portsea, England, to John and Elizabeth Dickens. His father was a clerk in the Naval Pay Office, and in 1824, he was arrested for debt. While his family was imprisoned in the Marshalsea Prison in London, Dickens, then only twelve, was forced to work at Warren’s Blacking Factory. After his father was released from prison, Dickens attended a day school in London. In 1827, he was taken from school and worked in a law office and later as a freelance reporter at Doctors’ Commons court. In 1833 he began writing sketches of London life under the pseudonym Boz, which appeared in newspapers and magazines and were published in the collection Sketches by Boz in 1836. That year, Dickens also married Catherine Hogarth, met John Forster, his close friend and biographer, became the editor of Bentley’s Miscellany, and began publishing The Pickwick Papers in monthly installments, a form that he would use for his other works. Over the next six years, Dickens published four novels in serial form, Oliver Twist (1837-1839), Nicholas Nickleby (1838-1839), The Old Curiosity Shop (1840-1841) and Barnaby Rudge (1841). In 1842, he went on a lecture tour of the United States and Canada, where he urged the abolition of slavery and international copyright. When he returned to England, he published American Notes (1842), a critical account of his experiences there, and the novel, Martin Chuzzlewit (1843-1844), part of which was set in America. He also wrote A Christmas Carol (1844), the first of his popular Christmas books, which include The Chimes (1844), and The Cricket on the Hearth (1845). After returning from a tour of Italy, Switzerland, and France with his family, Dickens established an amateur theatre company. He also founded and edited two periodicals, Household Words, which ran from 1850 to 1859, and All the Year Round, which ran from 1859 until his death. In 1853, Dickens gave the first of many public readings from his work. During this period, Dickens wrote his most successful novels, Dombey and Son (1846-1848), David Copperfield (1849-1850), Bleak House (1852-1853), Hard Times (1854), Little Dorrit (1855-1857), A Tale of Two Cities (1859), Great Expectations (1860-1861), and Our Mutual Friend (1864-1865). After several tours of the British Isles and America to give public readings, Dickens suffered a mild stroke. He died in London on June 9, 1870, leaving his final novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished.
GEOFF ELLIOTT (Playwright) Producing Artistic Director, A Noise Within. Director: The Winter’s Tale, A Christmas Carol, Noises Off, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Arcadia, All My Sons, Endgame, Eurydice, The Playboy of the Western World, The Tempest, The Taming of the Shrew, and many others. Actor: The Poet, An Iliad; Dodge, Buried Child; Ebenezer Scrooge, A Christmas Carol; Don Quixote, Man of La Mancha; Lloyd Dallas, Noises Off; King Lear, King Lear; and many more. Elsewhere: South Coast Repertory, Arizona Theatre Company, American Conservatory Theatre, Berkeley Shakespeare Festival, California Repertory. Education: MFA—American Conservatory Theatre. Mr. Elliott is a recipient of multiple LADCC, Back Stage Garland, Robby, Drama-Logue, and LA Weekly awards as well as the Margaret Hartford Award for Distinguished Achievement.
JASON CHANOS (Director) Kansas City Directing: A Christmas Carol, Of Mice and Men (KCRep). Kansas City Acting: The Price (Kansas City Actors Theatre), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, The Invisible Hand, Roof of the World, A Christmas Carol, The Last Night of Ballyhoo (Kansas City Repertory Theatre); Anthony & Cleopatra, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Richard III, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Measure for Measure, Love’s Labour’s Lost (Heart of America Shakespeare Festival); Fully Committed (Unicorn Theatre); Whale (The Coterie). Mr. Chanos is the Associate Artistic Director of the KCRep/UMKC Theatre Partnership where he serves as both a producer for the KCRep and assistant professor in voice at the UMKC Professional Actor Training Program.
ANTHONY T. EDWARDS (Music Director/Conductor/Keyboards) KCRep: A Christmas Carol, Fun Home, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Side by Side by Sondheim, Evita, The Fantasticks, Sunday in the Park with George, Hair: Retrospection (Music Director, Conductor/Keyboards), A Little More Alive (Keyboard/Orchestra Contractor), The Tallest Tree in the Forest (Orchestra Contractor), Little Shop of Horrors (Music Director, Conductor/Keyboards), Cabaret (Music Director, Conductor/Pianist, Orchestra Contractor), Into the Woods (Assistant Music Director/Conductor, Orchestra Contractor). Local: Resident Musical Director for Starlight Theatre, The Coterie, Unicorn Theatre, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church,Eventology. Additional Local: New Theatre, Quality Hill Playhouse, Theatre in the Park, Late Night Theatre, Musical Theatre Heritage. Red Barn Theatre, Waterfront Playhouse (Key West). New York: New Victory Theatre. Mr. Edwards has served as musical director for theatres across the country including the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and is Adjunct Faculty for UMKC. Mr. Edwards is a Kurzweil-endorsed artist and is a Board Member of the AIDS Service Foundation of Kansas City. anthonytedwards.com
JOHN EZELL (Scenic Design) KCRep: A Christmas Carol; over 75 productions for the Missouri/KCRep. Mr. Ezell has designed for Broadway under the legendary direction of George Abbot, the New York Shakespeare Festival, NY Public Theatre, Crossroads Theatre, Roundabout Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre at the Folger, Williamstown, Berkshire, Old Globe, Coconut Grove, Asolo State Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, San Jose Rep, Dallas Theatre Center, Westport Country Playhouse, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, Market Theatre in Johannesburg, South Africa, the Istanbul Cultural Olympics, Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts, Lyric Opera, Blackstone Theatre and Second City in Chicago, Cincinnati Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, Swedish Riksteater and the Cullberg Ballet in Stockholm, The Cincinnati Ballet, CBS, PBS-TV, and Swedish State Television. His drawings have been exhibited in New York, San Diego, Phoenix, Dallas, St. Louis, Prague and Brussels. His work received the Award for Experimental Television Art in Milan, Italy, two Corporation for Public Broadcasting Awards
for Excellence, and fifteen National Critics’ Circle Awards including the 2011 Connecticut Critics Circle Award for his designs of the historic Westport Theatre’s production of The Diary of Anne Frank.
GILLIAN ROSE HEROLD (Costume Designer) KCRep: debut. Regional: Love’s Labor’s Lost (Great River Shakespeare Festival); And Then There Were None and God’s Country (Assistant Designer, Stage Left Theatre Spokane); Emnity (Costume Design) and Kaleidoscope (Dance Center of Spokane). University of Evansville: Lone Star Spirits, Colony Collapse (Costume Design); Spring Awakening (Associate Costume Design); The Tempest, Silent Sky (Assistant Costume Design). Education: BFA Theatre Design and Technology, University of Evansville; second year MFA student in Costume Design and Technology, UMKC.
RACHAEL CADY (Lighting Design) (She/Her/Hers) KCRep: Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson – Apt. 2B, Frankenstein, Frida…A Self Portrait, Of Mice and Men, Brother Toad, Man in Love, Evita, Sunday in the Park with George, Sticky Traps, A Christmas Carol (2010-2018,2021), When I Come to Die, The Glass Menagerie, Circle Mirror Transformation, Sticky Traps, Incognito. Regional: Frida…A Self Portrait (Portland Center Stage),(Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); Oklahoma! (Theatreworks); The Underpants, A Perfect Wedding, Shake Rattle and Roll, Smokey Joe’s Café (Florida Studio Theatre); Fellowship! (NYMF festival); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Theatre League); Love Janis (Zach Theatre, Austin). Local: Ragtime, Blame it on the Boogie (Music Theatre Heritage); The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds, Tally’s Folly, Tally and Son, 5th of July, The Cripple of Inishman (Kansas City Actors Theatre). As the resident designer for the Unicorn Theatre (1995-2010) Rachael designed over fifty shows.
JOSHUA HORVATH (Sound Design) KCRep: A Christmas Carol, The Foreigner, Saved, Little Shop of Horrors, Venice, Around the World in 80 Days, Clay, Winesburg, Ohio, The Trip to Bountiful, An Iliad. Regional: Long Wharf, Hartford Stage, Centerstage, the Alliance, the Goodman, Steppenwolf, the Court, Lookingglass, Milwaukee Rep, Arena Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, McCarter, the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, California Shakespeare, the Mark Taper Forum, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Awards: Four-time Joseph Jefferson Award winner and a LA Ovation winner. He has taught sound design for theatre and film at Northwestern University, DePaul University, Loyola University, Southern Oregon University, and is an artistic associate of Lookingglass Theatre. Mr. Horvath is the production manager of Innovation and Strategy at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
TOBIN JAMES (Movement Coordinator) KCRep: A Christmas Carol. Local: Ms. James has served as Associate Artistic Director of Störling Dance Theater (SDT), Associate Producer of SDT’s production Underground, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Modern Dance for the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), and Dance Faculty of the Kansas City Ballet School, as well as The Culture House Academy of the Performing Arts. Concert Dance Performance: Störling Dance Theater, Martha Graham Ensemble, Young Messiah Tour, Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO). Choreography Credits: Underground, Jiggy, Passing Lanes, Janjara (Störling Dance Theater:); The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Seussical (The Culture House School of Theater); Dreamer (The Continental Singers); The Splendor of Easter (Sight and Sound Theater-Lancaster, PA). Video Projects: Cece Winans: Live in Concert from the Lamb’s Theater in New York (Featured Artist/Choreographer); Ron Kenoly: Sing Out with One Voice; Ballet Magnificat: God Gets the Glory. Guest Teaching: Deeply Rooted Dance Theater. Published Articles: “Race in Dance Education” Journal of Dance Education Special Issue.
JONATHAN LLOYD SCHRIOCK (Assistant Music Director/Violin) KCRep: Last Days of Summer, A Christmas Carol, Evita, Sunday in the Park with George, Cabaret. Local: Violinist with Stevie Wonder (Sprint Center); Hank Williams: Lost Highway (New Theatre and Restaurant); Tuck Everlasting (The Coterie); Hands on a Hardbody, Everyday Rapture (Unicorn Theatre); The Producers, Oklahoma (Musical Theatre Heritage); Icarus Flew, 21 Chump Street, Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story, Hello Again (Spinning Tree Theatre); Les Misérables, Company, Chicago, The Producers, Peter Pan (Jewish Community Center, Shirley White Theatre); Legend of Zelda Symphony (KC Music Hall). Regional: Fiddler on the Roof (Fireside Theatre Company); A Catered Affair (Porchlight Theatre); Fiddler on the Roof, Hank Williams: Lost Highway, Always, Patsy Cline (Lyceum Theatre); Bus Stop (Sapulpa Theatre); I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Fiddler on the Roof (Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre); The Importance of Being Ernest (Kechi Playhouse); Killer Joe (Theatre on Consignment); Ohio Lite Opera, Light Opera of Oklahoma, Wichita Symphony. International: Recitals in Austria, Germany, France.
GENE EMERSON FRIEDMAN (Associate Scenic Design) KCRep: A Christmas Carol, Death of a Salesman, Master Class, I’m Not Rappaport. Local: The Tempest, Shakespeare in Love, Richard the Third, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, Romeo and Juliet (Resident Scenic Designer, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival). Regional: Second City Does Arizona (Arizona Theatre Company); The Music Man, Carousel, La Cage aux Folles (Stages/Saint Louis); Death and the Maiden (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); Calderon’s Life is a Dream (New York’s Lincoln Center); Gerald Freedman’s adaptations: A Christmas Carol and People Who Led to My Plays; The Dearest Friends, The Boor, The Enemies, The World of Sholom Aleichem and What the Butler Saw (Great Lakes Theater Festival). Gene is architectural historian of the Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe  at Zuni Pueblo and he serves as archivist and curator of the Casa de Santo Nino also at Zuni. He is a tenured Associate Professor of Design at UMKC. His fine art, Stages of Conversion, has been seen at multiple galleries in the greater KC area.
MARGARET SPARE (Assistant Lighting Design) KCRep: Frankenstein, Fun Home, Unreliable, FRIDA…A Self Portrait, Welcome to Fear City, Brother Toad, A Christmas Carol, The Mystery of Irma Vep, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Cabaret. KCRep Lighting Design: The Santaland Diaries. Local Lighting Design: Beauty and the Beast, Spring Festival of Dance, The Sleeping Beauty, Alice in Wonderland, Coppelia (Ballet North); The Drowsy Chaperone (Guest Artist, University of Central Missouri); Back on Cyprus Avenue, Fall Concert 2011 (Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company); Grey Gardens, A House With No Walls, Mauritius, Rabbit Hole (Unicorn Theatre). Local Assistant Lighting Design: The Three Musketeers, Alice in Wonderland (Kansas City Ballet); The Marriage of Figaro, Carmen, Norma, Don Giovanni, Pirates of Penzance, La Bohème, Julius Caesar (Lyric Opera of Kansas City). Education: BFA in Technical Theatre (University of Central Missouri); MFA in Lighting Design (UMKC).
SARAH D. ESPINOZA (Associate Sound Design) KCRep: debut. Regional: The Last Defender (House Theatre of Chicago); The Arsonists (Strawdog Theatre); The Displaced (Haven Theatre Chicago); Motel 666, fml: How Carson McCullers Saved My Life, I Am My Own Wife, Diamond Dogs (World Premiere), Last Big Mistake. Awards: Non-Equity Jeff award for sound design for The Arsonists (Strawdog, 2015) and the ALTA Award for Outstanding Sound Design for The Displaced (Haven, 2018). Ms. Espinoza is an award-winning sound designer and UX/UI designer. She believes innovation and exciting ideas aren’t industry specific and works with clients of all scopes and industries to create better experiences through design. Whether an ambitious startup, an escape room, or a film the same level of detail and quality
GAYLA VOSS (Wig Design) KCRep: A Christmas Carol, Little Shop of Horrors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Rivals, among others. Ms. Voss was the Costume Shop Manager for Kansas City Rep for many years.
ANDI MEYER (Casting) (She/Her) Based in Osage/Kikapoo/Kansa/Sioux/Otoe Missourria ancestral territory (Kansas City), Andi is an award-winning Kanaka Maoli/Asian American theatre maker/activist, arts educator, and parent. She is the Producing Artistic Director of Tradewind Arts, a boutique arts organization devoted to illuminating, motivating, and amplifying the voice of Native Hawaiian, Oceanic, and Asian American artists. Andi was a 2017-18 Charlotte Street Foundation (CSF) Studio Resident. Her work has been recognized with support from ArtsKC, TCG, Asian Arts Initiative, The Kauffman Foundation, Charlotte Street Foundation, JOCO libraries, InterUrban ArtHouse, and the Dramatists Guild Fund, as well as two NEA award winning projects in partnership with The Coterie Theatre including Hana’s Suitcase and the upcoming Justice at War. Andi has appeared in productions at The Unicorn Theatre, The New Theatre, The Coterie, The Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Disney’s Spirit of Aloha, with voice and on-camera clients including Hallmark, H&R Block, Sprint, and McDonald’s. AEA Member
MACKENZIE GOODWIN TRAN (Assistant Director) (She/Her/Hers) KCRep: The Living Room’s Carousel (Assistant Director), Commons Producer for Playwright Nathan Louis Jackson during his residency. Local: Alice’s Wonderland (Production Stage Manager, The Coterie); Dot, The Price (Production Stage Manager, Kansas City Actors Theatre); The Buffalo Room (co-curator with Vi Tran); COVID Safety Officer: The Pests (Kansas City Actors Theatre); Coordinator, return-to-production safety protocols (The Coterie). Other Credits: The Buffalo Room (co-curator with Vi Tran); The Butcher’s Son, an autobiographical folk musical by Vi Tran (developer/director). Awards: The Butcher’s Son (Most Promising New Musical, Chicago Musical Theatre Festival). Affiliations: Lincoln Center Directors Lab (2015/2016); Chicago Directors Lab (2018/2019). Makenzie is a double-certified COVID Compliance Officer in Audience and Patron Safety as well as Production Safety. AEA Member
AIDAN CALLAGHAN (Covid Compliance Officer) KCRep: Twelfth Night UMKC Theatre Assistant Stage Manager: Jane Eyre, Do You Feel Anger?, [title of show]; Acis and Galetea, (UMKC Opera Department); Fall Dance Concert (UMKC Dance Department). Production Assistant: Blood Wedding (UMKC Theatre Department). UMKC Theatre Department: Covid Compliance Officer, Spring 2022. Local: Dragons Love Tacos (Assistant Stage Manager, The Coterie).
JORDAN CANON-KRUIS (Production Stage Manager) KCRep: Twelfth Night, The Royale, What Would Crazy Horse Do?, Fire in Dreamland, A Christmas Carol, Constellations, The Invisible Hand. Regional: Noir, Describe the Night, 1984, Quixote Nuevo, Quack, Skeleton Crew, Murder on the Orient Express, Satchmo at the Waldorf, A Christmas Carol (Alley Theatre, Houston); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Legally Blonde (Lees-McRay Summer Theatre); Hairspray, Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Hope Summer Repertory Theatre). Education: BA in Theatre Arts, New Mexico State University; MFA in Theatre Design and Technology – Stage Management, UMKC. AEA Member
RACHEL M. DYER (Assistant Stage Manager) (She/Her/Hers) KCRep: Production Stage Manager: Twelfth Night, Brother Toad, Man In Love, Lot’s Wife. Assistant Stage Manager: The Old Man and the Old Moon, Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson Apt. 2B, A Christmas Carol (2021 and 2014-2019). Mary’s Wedding, Ghost Light 2021, Fun Home, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Pride & Prejudice, Last Days of Summer, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Between the Lines, Side by Side by Sondheim, Evita, The Diary of Anne Frank, Sunday in the Park with George, Hair: Retrospective, An Iliad. Head Production Assistant: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Romeo and Juliet, The Foreigner, The Living Room Theatre’s production of Carousel, Death of a Salesman, Mystery of Irma Vep; Production Assistant: Little Shop of Horrors, Great Immensity (world premiere). Local: Romeo & Juliet (Production Stage Manager, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival); Morning’s at Seven (Production Stage Manager, Kansas City Actors Theatre); High School Musical, The Wedding Singer, The Wizard of Oz (Assistant Lighting Designer, Shawnee Mission Theatre in the Park). Education: BS in Theatre Design and Technology, Northwest Missouri State University. AEA Member
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