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Renaissance Players Community Theatre


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CHRISTMAS CAROL The Musical
Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Book by Lynn Ahrens and Mike Ockrent
Based on the story by Charles Dickens
 
 
Amelia Brady (Anderson Child) is the daughter of Paul and Taya Brady and has a brother Neyland who is 15. This is her 2nd play, after performing in Seussical, Jr. She loves theatre and is looking forward to many more plays.

Anna Cater (Anderson Child) is 15 years old and in the 10th grade. This is her 7th production at the Renaissance Center and 2nd time performing in A Christmas Carol, The Musical (as a Cratchitt child last year, now as an Anderson child!) She has been seen in Annie, Jr., Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr., Seussical, Jr., Our Town, and Rainbow Fish. She loves to oil paint, sing, dance and act. “Thank you to Mr. Bryan, Mr. Nathan and Mrs. Rachel for all of the hard work and long hours you put into each production. Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of the Renaissance Players once again!”

Jarrod Clark (Mr. Smythe) is a resident of Erin, TN, where he performs regularly with the Houston County Community Theatre. Favorite shows include: My Fair Lady (Freddy Eynsford-Hill), Dearly Departed (Junior), Some Enchanted Evening, Annie Get Your Gun (Tommy Keeler) and The Homecoming (Clay-Boy Spencer). Other theatre credits include: Mame (Ito), Charlotte’s Web, It’s A Wonderful Life, Oklahoma!, Hello, Dolly!, War of the Worlds- Radio Play, and A Christmas Carol with Houston County Community Theatre and Fiddler on the Roof, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Oliver! as a student at Houston County High School. Jarrod has served as assistant director for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and as stage manager for A Christmas Story. He is a member of the leadership committee for HCCT. Offstage, he works as a surgical technologist at Clarksville Surgery Center. His hobbies include playing golf, tennis, reading, singing, tap dancing, and spending time with friends and family.

Annabree Corlew (Street Urchin) is a 12 year old 7th grader at Dickson Middle School. She has been in two previous plays at the Renaissance Center: The Homecoming and Annie Jr. She enjoys reading, Tae Kwon Do and hanging out with her friends. “Thank you to Mr. Nathan and Mr. Bryan for picking me to do this play. I am happy to be back!”

Ashley Creech (Street Urchin) is in her fourth performance with The Renaissance Players, after To Kill a Mockingbird (Ensemble), Seussical. Jr (Citizen of Whoville) and A Christmas Carol, The Musical 2012 (Anderson Child). She is in the Fifth grade at Westwood Elementary in Fairview, TN. In her free time she likes taking Acting classes here at Renaissance Center and playing with her friends. She is excited about being in another production. “Hope you like the show.”

Matt Creech (Street Urchin) is in his fourth performance with The Renaissance Players, after To Kill a Mockingbird (Playground Bully, Ensemble), Seussical. Jr (Jungle Creature and Vlad Vladikoff) and A Christmas Carol, The Musical 2012 (Fish Monger and Anderson Child). He is taking Theater II and is also a member of the Thespian Society at Fairview High School. He is a sophomore at Fairview High School in Fairview, TN. In his free time he likes taking Acting classes here at Renaissance Center, playing video games and spending time with friends. He is excited about being in another production. “Thanks to the Renaissance Center, Mr. Bryan and Mr. Nathan for casting him.”

Genesis Crnolatas (Charity Lady) is happy to be reunited with her theatre family for her 11th show at the Renaissance Center! Some of her favorite shows include Honk! Jr. (Ida), Disney’s Cinderella, Kids (Anastasia), and Hello, Dolly! At the 2011 Jimmy Awards, she received an award for "Outstanding Performance". The 20 year old Dickson resident is majoring in education and plans to become an elementary school teacher. She would like to thank her amazing friends and family for all of their never-ending love, support and words of wisdom. She would also like to thank the extremely talented cast and crew for making this magical show possible. Enjoy!

David L. Davidson (Ensemble) This is David’s first experience at The Renaissance Center. His music experience began in 4th grade when a duet become a solo the day of the event. A few years later he performed a solo at his High School graduation. From his teenage years to now, he has served as soloist, music minister, choir member, quartet member, song leader, band leader,  and choir leader. David is presently serving as a full time Minister to Youth at Sylvia Baptist Church.

Dennis DeBlock Sr (The Beadle) is excited to make his debut with Renaissance Players in A Christmas Carol, The Musical! He is originally from Detroit and moved to Tennessee when he became a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne stationed at Fort Campbell. Dennis sings in the Choir at St. Christopher's Church. He operates a Xerox Copier sales and service company. He has participated as a Civil War Reenactor in 12 states. He officiates high school, college, AAU, USA volleyball and umpires high school baseball and softball. Dennis always enjoys spending time with his three grandsons; Aidan, Ian and Evan.

Julia Evaskis (Charwoman) is thrilled to appear in her very first production with the Renaissance Players. Though new to the exciting world of musical theater, she has participated in various choirs at the Renaissance Center since she was seven, most recently the Community and Chamber Choirs. She is a junior at Dickson County High School and participated with the school band playing the French horn for five years. In her spare time she likes to bowl and make jewelry. She would like to thank her family, especially her mom, for supporting her various pursuits, musical and otherwise.

Nick Fair (Teen Marley and Fred Anderson) is excited to be back for his 3rd production of A Christmas Carol, The Musical, having played “Teen Marley” and “Teen Scrooge” previously. In 2010, Nick received a Jimmy Award for his portrayal of “The Artful Dodger” in The Renaissance Players production of Oliver! Other Renaissance Player's productions are: Into the Woods (Jack), Bye Bye Birdie, Peter Pan and To Kill a Mockingbird. Nick has also performed in our Y.E.S. Productions of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr. (Maurice), Annie, Jr. (Rooster), Honk!, Jr.(Drake) and Seussical, Jr. (Wickersham Brother). Nick made his Gaslight Dinner Theatre debut last fall playing the role of “Josh” in 9 to 5, The Musical, and has since performed in 3 M.E.T. Shows: Freedom Train, Rainbow Fish and Moonbird. Nick has performed the roles of “Evan” in 13 The Musical, “Roger” in Rent: School Version and “Zeke” in High School Musical, all at Act Too Players at The Boiler Room Theatre in Franklin. A home schooled 10th grader, Nick began studying music at the Renaissance Center at the age of 3 and now plays guitar, ukelele, drums, trumpet, and keyboard. Favorite hobbies are Yo-Yoing, Parkour, scootering, BMX and skateboarding. Nick can be seen performing with his fellow cast-mate, Kaila Wooten and her brother, Adam Wooten, in their band TRIPTYCH in various venues around Nashville. “Thanks to Nathan, Bryan and Ms. Rachel for making this show possible!”

Ashton Frey (Sally Anderson) is thrilled to be back on stage with her theatre family! She is also a three-time Jimmy Award winner for Best Supporting Actress for the roles of Gretl (The Sound of Music), Miss Hannigan (Annie, Jr.) and Becky (The Homecoming). Some of her favorite roles include Miss Hannigan (Annie, Jr.), a Silly Girl (Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Jr.) and a Bird Girl (Seussical, Jr.). She is the seventh of eight children, and is a Senior in High School. She enjoys Musical Theatre, writing, cooking, and being with her amazing friends. She would like to thank Bryan and Nathan for this great opportunity, the cast and crew for ACC for being beyond awesome, and Tawny, for being the best role model ever!

Greg Frey (Ebeneezor Scrooge) is excited to return to the stages of the RC where he previously appeared in Renaissance Players productions of A Christmas Carol, The Musical (Best Actor Jimmy Award as Scrooge), Into the Woods, Dearly Departed, The Miracle Worker (Best Actor Jimmy Award as Mr. Keller), Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus (Best Featured Actor Jimmy Award as Father O'Reilly), Once Upon a Mattress, Hello, Dolly! and The Homecoming. As a member of the Renaissance Repertory Theatre Company, Greg had roles in The Fantasticks, Jane Eyre, Richard III, It's Greek to Me, Mother Goose Mayhem, Davy Crockett: Titan of Tennessee, Tom Sawyer and A Christmas Carol in Prose. Greg has appeared in the Gaslight Dinner Theatre productions of The Boys Next Door, I Do! I Do!, Anything Goes, My Fair Lady, Married, Alive!, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, Over the River and Through the Woods, and 9 to 5 The Musical. Other credits include Blithe Spirit/ Nashville Theatre Company, Trilogy of Tales lll (Sherlock Holmes)/ Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre, Disney's Son of Pinocchio/ Children's Theatre of Cincinnati, and Funny, You Don't Look Like a Grandmother/ Cornwell's Dinner Theatre and just finished two shows at the Roxy Regional Theatre playing Billis in South Pacific and King Arthur in Spamalot.  Greg also toured nationally for three seasons with Martina McBride's Joy of Christmas tour. Greg has eight fabulous children, two grandsons and loves reading, jogging, skiing and Italian!

Megan Gallup (Granny Chuzzlewith) has been in numerous Renaissance Players productions. Favorite shows include Fiddler on the Roof (Tzeitel), Frankenstein: A Radio Play (Justine), The Music Man (Marian), Bye Bye Birdie (Gloria Rasputin), and Oklahoma! (Gertie). The Dickson resident teaches fourth grade and enjoys fishing, reading and writing.

Emily Nichols Graham (Ghost of Christmas Future) A Christmas Carol, the Musical marks Emily's second endevour with The Renaissance Players, after appearing in To Kill a Mockingbird. She lives in Dickson and shares her home with her sweetheart, a precious dog and a wildly apathetic feline.

Ann Gwinn (Mrs. Fezziwig) is beyond pleased to have been cast in A Christmas Carol, The Musical. This is her fifth show here at the Renaissance Center. Previous shows include Our Town (Julia Gibbs), Into the Woods (Stepmother), Mame (Mother Burnside) and To Kill a Mockingbird (Mrs. Dubose). Prior to coming to Dickson, Ann has had several careers along the way, one as an opera singer, one as the manager/director/performer in a dinner theater in Denali Park, Alaska. Some of her favorite operatic roles are Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly and the title role in Carmen. Her time in Alaska was challenging and fun and she would not have missed it for the world, especially since that was where her daughter, Katrina, was born. Kudos to both Katrina and her husband Chuck for being so supportive of her as she returns to doing what she most loves to do!

Abigail Haggard (Scrooge’s Mother) A Dickson county native, Abigail is very happy to be back on the Renaissance Players stage having been seen most recently in Mame (Agnes Gooch) and Into the Woods (Rapunzel). Since then Abigail made her professional debut with Mel O'Drama Theatre in the murder/mystery dinner show Dracula's Masquerade Ball (Luna). Past favorite shows include Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), Bye Bye Birdie (Kim McAfee), Steel Magnolias (Annelle), and The Wizard of Oz (Glinda the Good Witch). Abigail is a registered dental hygienist, and she lives in Bellevue with her husband Jason and their 2 dogs Nomar & Elphie.

Paxton Harris (Anderson Child) is delighted to be joining the Renaissance Players on stage again. She previously performed with the Y.E.S. players in Annie Jr. and Seussical. This will be her second performance in A Christmas Carol, The Musical with the Renaissance Players. She has been a regular with the Houston County Community Theatre both on and off stage. She has appeared in HCCT performances in The Homecoming, A Christmas Carol, Best Christmas Pageant Ever and Charlotte’s Web. She lives in Erin, TN and is home schooled. She enjoys theatre, dance, singing, Zumba and being outside riding four wheelers. “Wishing everyone a blessed Christmas and so glad I could spend these past weeks with some great theatre family.”

Kenya Hicks (Old Josephine) is thrilled to be back for her third performance in A Christmas Carol, The Musical. Credits also include Once Upon a Mattress, Miracle on 34th Street and Oklahoma! Kenya is happily married to Stacy Hicks and has two wonderful boys, Brennan and Logan Hicks. Kenya is an RN Care Coordinator for Centennial Medical Center and resides in McEwen, TN.

Rachel Jackson (Granny Pickwick) is a 17 year old senior at Dickson County High School where she is a member of the Concert Choir and an officer of the Forensics Team. She's currently in rehearsal as “Reno Sweeney” in Anything Goes with Act Too Players. Previous credits include: “Seasons of Love Soloist/Ali” in Rent; “Stephanie Crawford” in To Kill a Mockingbird, “The Cat in the Hat” in Seussical, Jr., “Margot” in Legally Blonde and others. Love to her mom for putting up with the constant crazy, her friends for still talking to her even though they never see her, and Aaron Kyle Tveit for hugging her twice. Extra special love for this whole cast and crew: “I'd be a mess without each and every one of you!”

Angel Jacobs (Cratchit Child) is a happy 10 year old that’s glad to be joining the stage with her sisters for the first time. After watching many Renaissance Center shows she knew she would rather BE in the next production, but was torn because she enjoys watching the full show from the audience so much! Dancing is her favorite part to play. Thanks to everyone for being so nice!

Cherry Lynn Jacobs (Cratchit Child) is a  spunky 7 year old that loves to dress up and play on the trampoline; sometimes at the same time. Of course she loves cherries and giving hugs! This is her first show.

Daisy Jacobs (Cratchit Child) Almost 14 years old, this is her third play at the Renaissance Center (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast: Narrator. Suessical, Jr.: Jungle Ensemble). She enjoys playing the guitar and taking care of animals, especially her three rabbits.

Dawn Jacobs (Mrs. Cratchit), who plays the role of Mrs. Cratchit is honored to be a mother in this show and mom to six girls in real life! Happy to be in this production with the Renaissance Players family again. First time on this stage was in Bye Bye Birdie as Mrs. Merkle.  A Dickson resident and homeschooling mom whose hobbies range from playing the harp to collecting cookbooks of all flavors! Especially thankful to Nathan Brown and Bryan Wlas for giving this opportunity to her family, sharing this fun experience!

Kayla Jacobs (Martha Cratchit) is so excited to be Martha Cratchit. She has done three other plays with Y.E.S., but this is her first Renaissance Players production (which she calls a ‘Big Girl Show’). At sixteen years old she loves and enjoys reading, baking, making family movies and film editing. Kayla’s favorite part of theater is the theater family. A favorite part of this particular show is most of her family and friends are on stage with her. She thanks everybody for coming and supporting her and her loved ones. A special thank-you to the tech crew, because without them, there would be no show!!

Melody Jacobs (Cratchit Child) This will be her third show (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr.: Narrator and Suessical, Jr.: Fish and Circus Ensemble). This almost 12 year old enjoys playing the piano, making new friends and is a very active pen pal to many people! The singing and choreography are favorite parts of being in the plays at the Renaissance Center. Thanks to Bryan and Nathan for making that fun!

Jed Jordan (Young Scrooge) is thankful to be doing A Christmas Carol, The Musical again this year! His favorite roles include: “Jem Finch” in To Kill a Mockingbird and “Tiny Tim” in A Christmas Carol, in Prose. He attends St. Patrick’s Middle School and is in the 6th grade. In his free time, Jed enjoys hunting, basketball, football, golf, acting and guitar. He would like to thank his parents for being able to get him to rehearsals and their support.

M. Zane Jordan (Ghost of Christmas Present) has appeared many times on the Renaissance Center stage. He has performed with the Renaissance Players, the Mind Enriching Theatre series, the Y.E.S. series, and the Houston County Community Theatre. Favorite credits include Into the Woods (Rapunzel’s Prince) Annie Jr. (Oliver Warbucks), Frankenstein: A Radio Play (Henry Clerval), Oklahoma! (Slim), Hello, Dolly! (Barnaby Tucker) A Christmas Carol The Musical (Teenage Scrooge) and The Music Man.

Jon Kopischke (Bob Cratchit) has been a part of over 30 shows at TRC. Some of his favorite shows include Children of Eden (Adam), Once Upon a Mattress (Minstrel), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Marcus Lycus), and A Christmas Carol The Musical (Ghost of Christmas Present). His favorite roles offstage are Papa to his two grandchildren, Dad to his three children and Husband to his wonderful wife. He also enjoys being an apiarist and a Seinfeld aficionado. Love you VJ!

Shane Kopischke (Teen Scrooge) made his stage debut at the age of 6 as Chip in Beauty and the Beast, for which he won a Jimmy award. Since then he has appeared in over 20 musicals and plays at TRC. Some of his favorite shows include Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr. (Lumiere), Honk!, Jr. (The Cat), Willy Wonka (Augustus Gloop), Suessical Jr. (Horton) and Oliver! (Oliver). He recently appeared as Mark Cohen in Rent and Professor Callahan in Legally Blonde the Musical as part of Act Too Players at the Boiler Room Theatre. Shane was named as a 2013 Most Promising Actor in Middle Tennessee by the First Night Nashville Awards. Shane is a homeschooled 10th grader whose hobbies include art, film-making, and various instruments including guitar, piano, and drums.

Lindsay Manor (Anderson Child) is in her 3rd play. She was previously in A Christmas Carol, The Musical 2012 and Seussical, Jr. She is 14 years old and is an 8th grader at Dickson Middle School. Besides singing, she enjoys hanging out with her friends and drawing. “Enjoy the show!”

David Massie (Poulterer) is excited to be making his theatrical debut with the Renaissance players in the 2013 production of A Christmas Carol, The Musical. David is a 15 year old sophomore at McEwen High School. He is active in many school activities, marches the saxophone in the MHS Warrior Marching Band, and enjoys playing the Bassoon for the MHS concert band. David also fences saber, frequently traveling to compete in fencing competitions and has recently competed on the national level. A self-proclaimed Whovian and avid Sherlock fan, David enjoys cosplay and is best friends with Kimberly Rye.

Cathy McNeal (Charwoman) is so happy to be back performing with the Renaissance Players!  She's had a blast in the past with Peter Pan and Once Upon a Mattress. She is a homeschool mom with one in college. Thanks to the LORD for my family, Taft, Megan, and Shonnah, who deal with a CRAZY wife/mom all the time! (they say crazy, I say imaginative!) “May the LORD bless you & guide you this season!!”

Shonnah McNeal (Fan Scrooge) A homeschooled senior, Shonnah has been in a few plays at the Renaissance Canter; her most recent being Seussical, Jr. She has been dancing for 7 years (Tap, ballet, modern, jazz, and flamenco) and loves it! She likes listening to music, dancing, and being with friends! "This is gonna be a great show and a lot of fun! Enjoy!"

Rhion Pinto (Fishmonger) is in his third Renaissance Players production. He was previously seen in Seussical, Jr. (Yertle) and How the Rain Falls in the Jungle (Tiger 2 and Elephant 1). Rhion lives here in Dickson. In his free time, he enjoys reading and hanging out with his friends.

Sierra Marie Prue (Johanna) is 11 years old and is a 6th grader at CMS. She is so excited to be appearing in her 6th show at the Renaissance Center. Sierra has appeared in A Christmas Carol The Musical twice, Mame, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Jr. and Seussical Jr. as the sassy Sour Kangaroo. She is a member of her school's honor choir, performs in her school plays and is a member of the 4-H club. Sierra loves music, dance, softball and art. "Thank you" to Mr. Nathan, Mr. Bryan and staff for cherished memories and experience for the future.

Abigail Ratliff (Anderson Child) is eager to be returning in A Christmas Carol, The Musical! She is 13 and is a 7th grader at Dickson Middle School. She has recently been in Seussical, Jr. and A Christmas Carol, The Musical 2012 (Fan Scrooge). This will be Abigail’s 10th play (double digits!). She enjoys hanging out with her friends and taking vocal lessons at the Renaissance Center. You can find her singing, playing piano, reading or texting her friends. One of her favorite bible verses is Psalm 86:15, “But you, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfullness.” She wants to thank her friends, family and theatre family and hope you enjoy the show!

Kylan Ritchie (Tiny Tim) is an eight year old third grader from Erin, TN. She began acting with the Renaissance Players at the age of five in The Homecoming. She has portrayed an orphan in Annie Jr., an angel in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and “Jess” in Go Go Jonah! When Kylan is off the stage she enjoys playing the piano, softball, basketball and gymnastics. Her favorite activities include playing with her dog Buddy and spending time with her family. Kylan is super excited about her role as Tiny Tim and hopes everyone enjoys the play!

Kimberly Rye (Ghost of Christmas Past) is so happy to return to the TRC stage in her 13th show with the Renaissance Players! This is Kimberly's 3rd time appearing in this amazing production and she is thrilled to be cast as one of her favorite roles in the show! Kimberly has been a part of this wonderful troupe for six years and has enjoyed every second of it! Some of her favorite roles over the years include “The Bullfrog” (Honk! Jr.), “Emily” (A Christmas Carol, The Musical 2012), and “Mayzie la Bird” (Seussical, Jr.). Kimberly is 16 and a Junior at McEwen High School. She is joined onstage by two of her classmates and best friends in the whole wide world, JJ Salley and David Massie! When not onstage - which is highly rare - Kimberly enjoys reading, writing stories, and obsessing over all things Disney!  "Thanks to Nathan, Bryan, and the whole cast and crew for being so fantastic and putting together another fantastic show full of wonderful memories. I couldn't ask for a better theatre family. Thanks to my friends and family for all your support and love, especially to the two best chauffeurs in the world - Mom and Dad! Love you! And finally, thanks to God for blessing me with these amazing people and the opportunities I have here to do what I love. Enjoy the show!"

J.J. Salley (Charity Lady) is ecstatic to be performing in her 3rd show with the Renaissance Players! She has been seen in A Christmas Carol: The Musical 2012 and Mame (Pegeen Ryan). J.J. is a junior at McEwen High School, along with her best friend and your Ghost of Christmas Past- Kimberly Rye! J.J. enjoys playing soccer and softball as well as singing, dancing, and photography. "Many thanks to all of my friends and family who support me and make me laugh all the time. I'd also like to thank God for everything He has done and continues to do for me everyday. Enjoy the show!"

Troy Sands (Scrooge’s Father) lives in Fairview and is blessed with a wife, Tamara, and 2 amazing kiddos, Coltyn (14) & Reyna (10). He is thrilled & honored to be appearing in his 3rd Renaissance Center Production. After watching his daughter in Disney’s Beauty & the Beast JR. last spring, he caught the bug again after many years away from the stage. That bug lead to an ensemble part in the Ren Center production of Bye Bye Birdie, then as "Samuel" in Grace Chapel's original Christmas production of The Holy Strand, and then the  fabulous production of Mame (Beau). A special thank you goes out to his theater family that encouraged him to audition and an even bigger thank you to Nathan (and the entire cast and crew) for making the whole process such a wonderful experience. 1 John 1:9

Megan Schneck (Fishmonger) Megan is thrilled to be first seen at the Renaissance Players in A Christmas Carol, The Musical as a fishmonger. Megan has been seen with the Players of Light in Dickson in two plays. First as the mouse and dormouse in Alice in Wonderland, then she played “Violet Beauregard” in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. She has also done numerous skits and plays at Hopewell Baptist Church in Cunningham. She is 11 years old and in the sixth grade as a homeschool student. She lives in Cunningham, TN with her father, mother, sister, dog, and 3 cats.

Carey Thompson (Mr. Fezziwig) is an Assistant District Attorney General for Dickson County making his 30th appearance in a Renaissance Players Production, and is thrilled to be back on this stage again. He has also appeared in several productions with the Houston County Community Theater, where he directed Charlotte’s Web. Carey garnered Jimmy Awards for his roles in Guys and Dolls, The Curious Savage, and Once Upon A Mattress. His wife Jean and his daughter Katy have appeared in several Renaissance Player productions as well. Carey also enjoys participating in and coaching endurance sports, such as running, cycling and triathlon.

Jean Thompson (Charity Lady) is returning to the Renaissance Center and A Christmas Carol, The Musical for the third holiday season.  Her fourteenth production as a Renaissance Player, favorites include Into the Woods and Once Upon a Mattress. She has also performed in productions with the Houston County Community Theatre. Jean is Behavior Consultant for Hickman County Schools and enjoys running, cycling, singing and traveling with her husband and fellow cast-member, Carey. “Thanks to this talented cast and the patience and direction of Nathan and Bryan!”

Tom Whiting (Jacob Marley) is a nine-time Jimmy Award winner, picking up medals as Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for The Sound of Music (2003), Best Actor in a Musical as the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz (2004), Best Featured Actor in a Play in Faith County (2005), Best Actor in a Play for An Evening of Culture, Faith County II (2006), Best Featured Actor in a Play for Dracula (2008), Best Dog in a Musical for Peter Pan (2008), Best Supporting Actor in a Musical as Mr. Bumble in Oliver! (2009), “The Mel” Scene Stealer Award (2010), and Best Featured Actor in a Play or Musical in A Christmas Carol, The Musical (2011). He has also appeared on the Renaissance Center stage in The Music Man, Charlotte’s Web, Little Shop of Horrors, South Pacific, The Who’s Tommy, A Christmas Carol, Arsenic and Old Lace, Annie Get Your Gun, Cinderella, Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls, Children of Eden, Annie, Fiddler on the Roof, Once Upon a Mattress, Willy Wonka, Our Town, Miracle on 34th Street and Oklahoma! The Charlotte resident enjoys deer and turkey hunting. Tom is very excited to be reprising the role of Jacob Marley!

Trudy Whiting (Mrs. Mops) Some of her favorite shows have been The Wizard of Oz (Mayor of Munchkin City), Faith County II (Violet), Guys and Dolls (Big Jule), The Curious Savage (Mrs. Paddy), Miracle on 34th Street (Dr. Pierce), and Blithe Spirit (Madame Arcati - Jimmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Play). Trudy enjoys deer hunting and fishing with her husband, Tom.

Addy May Wofford (Grace Smythe) The Renaissance Players' production of A Christmas Carol, The Musical will be Addy May's first time onstage. She is the second daughter in a family of six children, and is in 6th grade. Addy May is home-schooled, and enjoys the color pink, singing, reading mystery books, and crocheting.

Delaney Wofford (Fishmonger) is extremely excited to be making her debut with the Renaissance Players in A Christmas Carol, The Musical. In the past, she has attended two small three-day acting workshops and headed up a skit team at her church. This will be her first time performing in a full fledged stage production. She is especially looking forward to using a Cockney accent in the show! Delaney is a senior in High School and an aspiring novelist and writer.

Nicole Wofford (Charwoman) is excited to be part of A Christmas Carol, The Musical, presented by The Renaissance Players. She is a homeschooling mother of six, and is expecting a baby girl in mid-January. This is her first role in a play, and she is thoroughly enjoying the experience, and sharing it with her family, several of whom are also cast members.

Robbie Wofford (Mr. Hawkins) is very happy to be involved in the Renaissance Center's production of A Christmas Carol, The Musical. He is a homeschooling father of six children, some of which are also in the play. This is his first thespian experience. He auditioned in order to be involved along with daughters Delaney and Addy May, and wife, Nicole (who play Grace, a Fishmonger, and a Charwoman, respectively), but has found himself to be bitten by the "theatre bug," and is enjoying himself immensely.

Kaila Wooten (Emily) is perfectly delighted to be back for a third go at A Christmas Carol, the Musical (an Anderson child in 2011 and Ghost of Christmas Past in 2012)!! A sixteen-year-old homeschooled eleventh grader, she has most recently played "Beth" in Keeton Theatre's Little Women the Musical, "Taylor" in High School Musical On Stage at Act Too Players, and was a part of the Mame ensemble with the Renaissance Players. In her spare time, she enjoys reading (usually Peter Pan or Harry Potter), performing in her band Triptych with Nick Fair and Adam Wooten, and anything Disney! "A special thanks to my wonderful family: 'All I want is you!'"

ACC_bookCharles Dickens' classic gets the full Broadway treatment by the Broadway team of Alan Menken ("Beauty and the Beast," "Little Mermaid,"), Lynn Ahrens ("Ragtime," "Seussical") and Mike Okrent ("Crazy For You," "Me and My Girl.") This spectacular musical extravaganza is filled with beautiful melodies, emotional lyrics, exuberant dances and exciting special effects. "A Christmas Carol: The Musical" was presented by the Renaissance Players Community theatre in 2011 & 2012 and was a sell-out. So get your tickets soon!

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At right: The 2013 production of A Christmas Carol: The Musical. Pictured (clockwise from left): Kimberly Rye, Emily Graham, M. Zane Jordan and Greg Frey.

  

 

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