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A Connecticut Christmas Carol Cast & Creative Team

A Connecticut Christmas Carol Cast & Creative Team

CAST

Robert BersonROBERT BERSON (Tiny Tim) is “super excited” to be making his debut with Goodspeed. A relative newcomer to the stage, Robbie comes from a musical Dad and a home-schooling Mom. Robbie has been singing since the day he was born and has been studying voice, acting, hip-hop, tap, and ballet at New Haven Academy of Performing Arts and Broadway Dance since last year.  He also plays the piano, drums, and ukulele. Robbie thanks his sister Cassidy, as well as his parents for supporting his passion!  
 
Matt GibsonMATT GIBSON* (Bob Cratchit) Goodspeed: Queen Mother workshop. Broadway: Gypsy starring Patti LuPone. Off-Broadway: Finian’s Rainbow and New Girl in Town (Irish Rep), The Underclassman (Prospect/ Duke 42). NY/Regional premiere of I Am Anne Hutchinson/I Am Harvey Milk starring Kristin Chenoweth. Matt’s played over 20 AEA principal roles regionally, including Cornelius Hackl (Hello, Dolly!), Joe Hardy (Damn Yankees, BroadwayWorld Award), Bobby Child (Crazy for You), Bob Wallace (White Christmas), Slank/Hawking Clam (Peter and the Starcatcher), Willie Conklin (Ragtime), and Jimmy Smith (Thoroughly Modern Millie). Thanks to Paul Hardt, Josh Schiowitz, and the creative team. Happy Holidays! www.mrmattgibson.com @mrmattgibson
 
Michael Thomas HolmesMICHAEL THOMAS HOLMES* (The Ghosts) last appeared at Goodspeed's Terris Theatre in Amour  and is thrilled to be back. He was in Broadway’s Oklahoma! (Ali Hakim), toured with The Producers (with Jason Alexander and Martin Short), and with the current 25th Anniversary production of The Phantom of the Opera. Regional: Tevye in Fiddler (Pioneer), Nathan in Guys and Dolls (Barrington), John Adams in 1776 (Guthrie), and Tateh in Ragtime (Bristol Riverside, Barrymore nomination). He received his MFA in Acting from UC Irvine, appeared on Smash, The Blacklist: Redemption, and Law & Order, and is the immortal Stormtrooper Rolf in The Producers: The Movie Musical. Thanks to CGF. Husband to Ruth (est. 2016).
 
Lenny WolpeLENNY WOLPE* (Scrooge/William Gillette) last appeared at Goodspeed as Captain Andy in its acclaimed production of Show Boat. He also appeared at Goodspeed as the Baker in The Baker's Wife, Little Johnny Jones, and She Loves Me. Broadway: Bullets Over Broadway, Wicked, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Sound of Music, Mayor, Into the Light, Copperfield, Onward Victoria. Off-Broadway: Old Jews Telling Jokes, Marry Harry, NY Spring Spectacular at Radio City. National Tours: Wicked, Little Shop..., Forum, Guys and Dolls, South Pacific. Recent Regional: The Producers (Maltz Theatre), The Diary of Anne Frank (KC Rep), Presto Change-O (Barrington Stage), War of the Roses (Delaware Theatre). Regional: Gypsy, Baker's Wife, Tale of Allergist's Wife (Paper Mill); McCarter; Cape Playhouse; Pasadena; Bucks County; Westport; Pioneer; MUNY; St. Louis Rep; Denver Center; TUTS; Pittsburgh CLO; Sacramento; Hollywood Bowl. TV series regular: Baby Talk, You're the One. Nearly 100 guest spots ranging from LA Law, ER, Six Feet Under, And the Band Played On to Roseanne, The Golden Girls, and Chapelle's Show.
 
Samantha BruceSAMANTHA BRUCE* (Ensemble) is thrilled to be back at Goodspeed so soon, having just played Laurey in Oklahoma! this summer. Before that, she starred as Luisa in the closing cast of The Fantasticks Off-Broadway. Favorite regional credits include Johanna in Sweeney Todd at the Denver Center, Gwen in The Royal Family at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Roxanne in Cyrano at Sierra Rep, and Louise in Gypsy with Symphony Silicon Valley and Harbor Lights Theatre. Many thanks to Michael O'Flaherty, the creative team, the cast and crew, Paul Hardt, and everyone at Goodspeed! www.samanthabruce.net
 
Mark DiConzo MARK DiCONZO* (Ensemble) TV: Power (STARZ); INSTINCT, Person of Interest, Elementary, Ugly Betty, Six Degrees (ABC); Lipstick Jungle, 30 Rock (NBC). Film: Schermann Song (Producer/Choreographer/Gunther), Among Us (Producer/Frank). Off-Broadway: The Bonus Army (choreographer/Douglas MacArthur), Best of Lerner and Loewe (Carnegie Hall, soloist). Broadway Tours/Regional: The Producers (National Tour), South Pacific (Stages St. Louis; Billis), Priscilla (Ogunquit/Gateway; Frank/Dance Captain/Tick u/s), Beauty and the Beast (Northshore; D’Arque, Maurice u/s), Billy Elliot (Maltz Jupiter; Scab), South Pacific (Riverside; Stewpot), Les Misérables (Javert), The Little Mermaid (King Triton), Miss Saigon (Engineer), Guys and Dolls (Sky Masterson). Other: Chicago (Billy Flynn) and Saturday Night Fever (Monty/Frank Sr.), RCCL. Love to wife Kelly, family/friends, Judy Boals Inc, Hunter/Lisa, and Paul! http://www.markdiconzo.com
 
Patrick GraverPATRICK GRAVER* (Ensemble) is excited and thankful to be back at Goodspeed! He was most recently seen this past summer in Thoroughly Modern Millie. National Tours: Bullets Over Broadway (Ensemble/David understudy), West Side Story (Diesel/Riff and Tony understudy). Regional favorites: White Christmas (Phil Davis), Anything Goes (Billy Crocker), Dames at Sea (Dick), Cats (Munkustrap), A Chorus Line (Mark), and Sweeney Todd (Anthony Hope). BFA: Penn State University. Much love and thanks to my family, friends, the Schnellers, Hunter, Lisa, and Justin. Merry Christmas! Proverbs 16:3. www.PatrickGraver.com
 
Lee HarringtonLEE HARRINGTON* (Ensemble) just completed work on Richard Linklater's Where'd You Go, Bernadette and can be seen in the upcoming film Last Flag Flying, also directed by Linklater. Off-Broadway: Into the Woods (Roundabout). Regional: Show Boat (Magnolia), Company (Kathy), Merrily We Roll Along (Meg), Man of La Mancha (Antonia), Marvelous Wonderettes (Cindy Lou), Fiddler on the Roof (Hodel), Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Jean), Carousel (Julie). Workshops: Merrily We Roll Along (Roundabout). She wrote and performed her one-woman play Jellybean at the Fringe and United Solo Festival, directed by Daniel Jenkins. TV: NBC's Gone. Love to family!!! Training: Carnegie Mellon University.
 
Celeste RoseCELESTE ROSE (Ensemble) is a singer/actor originally from Southern California. Favorite recent credits include Sister Mary Robert in Sister Act at the Ogunquit Playhouse and The Gateway Playhouse, Bernice in the world premiere of Bernice Bobs Her Hair at Lyric Theatre Of Oklahoma, Kate Mullins in Titanic at Westchester Broadway Theatre, Ali in Kerrigan and Lowdermilk’s immersive musical The Bad Years, and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet at HSRT. She’s a proud member of Jen Jancuska’s The BringAbout. BFA Ithaca College! For more info: www.CelesteRose.com. Love and thanks to my perfect family.
 
Jeff SearsJEFF SEARS* (Ensemble) couldn’t be happier to return to the Goodspeed family after breaking into the unionized world here six years ago as Jimmy Powers in City of Angels. Off-Broadway: Princeton/Rod in Avenue Q. First National Tour: Elder Davis in the original touring cast of The Book of Mormon. Regional: Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Stages St. Louis); Cornelius Hackl in Hello, Dolly! (Riverside Theatre); and Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid (Alabama Shakespeare Festival). Carnegie Mellon University. BFA University of Kansas. For my corgi, Bailey. “Here and Now”
 
Daisy WrightDAISY WRIGHT (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her Goodspeed debut! Daisy’s regional credits include Beauty and the Beast at North Shore Music Theatre (Silly Girl, u/s Belle/Babette); The Wizard of Oz (Ensemble) at The Muny; and Hello, Dolly! (Minnie Fay); Oklahoma! (Ensemble, u/s Ado Annie); and Mamma Mia! (Ali, u/s Sophie) at Music Theatre Wichita. Proud graduate of the University of Oklahoma. She sends her love to her family and her thanks to everyone at Goodspeed for making this Christmas season so special!
 

CREATIVE TEAM

MICHAEL O'FLAHERTY (Music & Lyrics) is completing his 26th season as Goodspeed’s Resident Music Director, with more than 80 productions to his credit. His original musical Genesius was included in Goodspeed’s New Works Festival in 2008, and later had a showcase production in New York City. He has music directed at Paper Mill Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Ford’s Theatre, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Kennedy Center, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, and the Smithsonian Institution. Broadway credits include By Jeeves, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and A Streetcar Named Desire. He was Musical Supervisor and Cabaret Director of the Williamstown Theatre Festival for 11 years.
 
L J FECHO (Book) is the Artistic Director of Genesius Theatre in Reading, Penn. He has worked for producer Alexander H. Cohen, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Goodspeed Musicals, Hudson Guild, Manhattan Theatre Club, and Fulton Theatre. He is a member of producer Ken Davenport’s Mastermind Group. His play Just Another Illegitimate Child of John Lennon was presented at the Philadelphia Fringe. He wrote the book for Genesius – The Musical, which was presented at the 2008 Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals and then as an Equity Showcase. Fecho wrote a Pennsylvania Dutch version of A Christmas Carol with Michael O’Flaherty, titled The Belsnickel Scrooge, which was presented at Genesius Theatre.
 
HUNTER FOSTER (Director) A director, writer, and actor, he was the librettist for two new musicals that made their world premiere at The Terris Theatre: Summer of ’42 and The Circus in Winter. He is also an Artistic Associate at the Bucks County Playhouse, where he has directed Clue, Guys and Dolls, Company, Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Buddy Holly Story (2016 & 2017), National Pastime, The Rocky Horror Show (2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017), Summer of ’42, and It’s a Wonderful Life. He most recently directed the world premiere of the new musical One Hit Wonder for the University of Michigan. Other directing credits include The Foreigner, Cabaret, My Fair Lady (Cape Playhouse), Grease (North Carolina Theatre), Spamalot (Casa Mañana), and has directed productions of the Million Dollar Quartet for The Paper Mill Playhouse, Geva Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, Gateway Playhouse, St. Louis Rep, Center Rep, and the Westchester Broadway Theatre. Other book writing credits include the musicals Jasper in Deadland  (Prospect theatre, 5th Ave.), Clyde and Bonnie: A Folktale (New York  Musical Theatre Festival, Aurora Theatre), The Hollow (Signature Theatre), and Blue Ridge Sky. Hunter is a graduate of the University of  Michigan. Hunterfosterofficial.com
 
LISA SHRIVER (Choreographer) is thrilled to return to Goodspeed after having choreographed Where's Charley, The 60's Project, and The Story of My Life.  Broadway credits: Jesus Christ Superstar, The Farnsworth Invention, The Story of My Life, Ring of Fire.  Assistant Choreographer for 10 Broadway productions, including The Producers, Titanic, Oklahoma!. Other credits: Fiasco Theatre Company's Into the Woods (Lucille Lortel Nomination),  Phish’s NYE concert at Madison Square Garden, Caesar and Cleopatra and The Tempest, productions for Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Disney Cruise Line. Film and TV:  A Beautiful Mind, Hysterical Blindness, A Christmas Carol, A Very Murray Christmas, Broad City, The Detour. As Assistant Choreographer:The Polar Express, Mixed Nuts, and Center Stage.
 
DAN PARDO (Music Director) is so happy to be back "home" at Goodspeed with A Connecticut Christmas Carol. Most recently, he conducted the hit production of Company at the Barrington Stage, starring Aaron Tveit. Broadway: Amazing Grace (Nederlander). Off-Broadway: Found (Atlantic), Soot and Spit (New Ohio), Rothschild and Sons (York), and Skippyjon Jones: Snow What?! (Lucille Lortel). Other NYC credits include workshop productions of Come From Away, Persephone, On Rosen Street, Marco Polo, Never Grimm, and The Oliver Experiment. Regional: The 5th Avenue, Long Wharf, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Pasadena Playhouse, and ART. Thanks to MOF and LJ. For Chrissy, always. @pianocyclist
 

ADAM KOCH (Scenic Design) Internationally: Dreamgirls (O.D. Company, Seoul, South Korea). Helen Hayes nominations for both Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Signature Theatre) and Bat Boy (1st Stage). Credits across the United States include productions at Ford’s Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Geva Theatre Center, Cincinnati Playhouse, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Ogunquit Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, Serenbe Playhouse, and Portland Stage, as well as New World Stages and Theatre Row in NYC. For the past three years, Mr. Koch, along with Steven Royal, has also designed the official events for New York City Pride.  Education: Carnegie Mellon University. See more at adamkochassociates.com and on Instagram @instadamkoch.

 
 NICOLE V. MOODY (Costume Design) Select design credits: Clue, Guys and Dolls, Other Desert Cities, The Buddy Holly Story, Steel Magnolias, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Summer of ’42, Mame, It’s a Wonderful Life a Radio Play, Meet Me in St. Louis, A Grand Night for Singing, Barefoot in the Park (Bucks County Playhouse); Downrange, Arsenic and Old Lace, Legally Blonde, The 39 Steps, Avenue Q (CFRT); Cracked World Premiere (American Theatre Dance Workshop); Love, Loss and What I Wore (NYC, Chicago Tour, Asolo Rep); Sleuth, Trumpery, Glass Menagerie (Olney Theatre); What is the Cause of Thunder (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Assistant/Associate Costume Designer for Broadway, National Operas, World Premieres, and 2012 MDNA Tour.
 
JEN SCHRIEVER (Lighting Design) Broadway designs include Eclipsed and Ghetto Klown. Recent Off-Broadway: Strange Interlude (Transport Group); School Girls, or the African Mean Girls Play (MCC); …Discord (Primary Stages); On The Exhale (Roundabout); The Moors (Playwrights Realm). Also: Public, Signature, 2ST, Labyrinth, Women’s Project. Recent Regional: The Christians (Center Stage), Fingersmith (ART), Beauty and the Beast and Merry Wives of Windsor (OSF), Hurricane Diane (Two River). Also: Goodman, Berkley Rep, South Coast Rep, Williamstown, Studio Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, Shakespeare Theatre. Opera: Pearl Fishers (MET, ENO, LAO); Die Fledermaus (Met); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Faust, La Traviata (Mariinsky, Russia). Adjunct at Purchase College. www.jenschriever.com
 
JAY HILTON (Sound Design) is pleased to continue his long association with Goodspeed Musicals. Jay has designed countless productions at both The Terris Theatre and The Goodspeed in East Haddam. His work has also been heard on Broadway, National Tours, and at Regional Theatres from coast to coast. In addition to being Goodspeed’s Resident Sound Designer, Jay serves as their Audio Supervisor. He and his wife, Goodspeed Line Producer Donna Lynn Hilton, make their home (and garden) in Hadlyme, Connecticut.
 
MARK ADAM RAMPMEYER (Hair & Wig Design) is very happy to return to Goodspeed for this production. His work has been seen here in Anything Goes, Bye Bye Birdie, and Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, to name a few. Broadway: West Side Story, Lysistrata Jones, The Farnsworth Invention. Off-Broadway: The Toxic Avenger, Horton Foote’s Orphans’ Home Cycle, The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore with Olympia Dukakis, and, most recently, Talley’s Folly at Roundabout Theatre Company. Regional: Christmas on the Rocks ’14 and ‘15 for TheaterWorks and Romeo and Juliet at Hartford Stage Company. He is the recipient of a 2010 Drama Desk Award for his contributions to the creative team for Horton Foote’s Orphans’ Home Cycle at Signature Theatre Company. Mark is the Costume Rental Manager for Goodspeed Musicals and makes his home here in East Haddam. Thanks to all for their continued support on this journey. *peep*
 
DAN DeLANGE (Orchestrator) Dan’s work was recently heard in the West End's production of Show Boat that was nominated for Best Musical Revival at the 2017 Olivier Awards in London. He has orchestrated for The Jim Henson Company, Julie Andrews, Rosie O'Donnell, Live Theatricals at Universal Studios, and composers Paul Williams, Jerry Herman, Harvey Schmitt, Charles Strouse, Stephen Schwartz, Peter Link, and Mark Hollman. His scores have been heard on Broadway, London's West End, National and European Tours, film, television, and at Regional Theaters around the world, including over 40 productions at Goodspeed Musicals. He’s a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and Oberlin Conservatory of Music. DanDeLangeOrchestrations.com

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