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A Connecticut Christmas Carol Cast and Creative Team

A Connecticut Christmas Carol Cast and Creative Team

CAST

Robert CuccioliROBERT CUCCIOLI* (William Gillette/ Scrooge) is thrilled to be returning to Goodspeed, where he appeared in Ankles Aweigh and, most recently, Cutman. Broadway: Jekyll & Hyde (Tony nom., Drama Desk, O.C.C. Award), Les Misérables, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. Off-Broadway: And The World Goes ‘Round (O.C.C. Award), Rothschild and Sons, Jacques Brel, Bikeman, Snow Orchid, White Guy on the Bus. Television: The Sinner, White Collar, Sliders, Baywatch, The Guiding Light. Film: Celebrity, The Stranger, Impossible Monsters, The Rest of Us. Original Cast Recordings: Jekyll & Hyde (Atlantic), And The World Goes ‘Round (RCA Victor), Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living In Paris (Ghostlight), Rothschild and Sons, The Look of Love (Solo Album). www.robertcuccioli.com.
Sam DuncanSAM DUNCAN (Tiny Tim) This is Sam’s debut with Goodspeed. Other roles include Young Tarzan in the Square Foot Theater Company’s production of Tarzan and a choirboy in ACT of Connecticut’s production of Evita. When he is not acting, Sam is a title-winning competitive dancer. Though he dances in all styles, hip hop is Sam’s favorite! Big thanks go to The Dance Connection of East Haven for their unfailing dedication and support and to Neil Fuentes at the New Haven Academy of Performing Arts for helping Sam to master his full vocal potential.
Matt GibsonMATT GIBSON* (Bob Cratchit) is pleased to return to Goodspeed for his third year with A Connecticut Christmas Carol as Bob Cratchit. Most recently, Matt performed in Austen’s Pride at Fifth Avenue Theatre in Seattle. Also this year, he played Cornelius Hackl in Hello, Dolly! and O’Brien in Treasure Island at Maine State Music Theater and Andrew in Recent Tragic Events at the Bridge Theater in NYC. Broadway: Gypsy. Off-Broadway: On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Finian’s Rainbow, The Underclassman. Regional: Over 25 AEA principal roles. www.mrmattgibson.com @mrmattgibson
 
Michael Thomas HolmesMICHAEL THOMAS HOLMES* (The Ghosts) originated these fantastic roles and happily returns to the musical afterlife! He also appeared in Amour at Goodspeed’s Terris Theatre. On Broadway, he played Ali Hakim in Oklahoma!, and toured with The Producers (with Jason Alexander and Martin Short) and with the 25th Anniversary production of The Phantom of the Opera. Regional: Tevye, Fiddler on the Roof (Pioneer); Nathan, Guys and Dolls (Barrington); John Adams, 1776 (Guthrie); Tateh, Ragtime (Bristol Riverside, Barrymore nomination); and recently, The Narrator/Dr. Scott in The Rocky Horror Show (Bucks County). MFA in Acting, UC Irvine. He's appeared on POSE, Smash, The Blacklist: Redemption, and Law & Order, and is the immortal Stormtrooper Rolf in The Producers: The Movie Musical. Thanks to CGF. Ruth’s husband (est. 2016). michaelthomasholmes.com
Samantha BruceSAMANTHA BRUCE* (Ensemble, Isabel, Helen) iis thrilled to be spending another holiday season at Goodspeed’ Terris Theatre. Goodspeed: A Connecticut Christmas Carol and Oklahoma! (Laurey). Off-Broadway: closing cast of The Fantasticks (Luisa), I Do! I Do! (Young Agnes). Regional: Camelot (Guenevere), Our Town (Emily), Sweeney Todd (Johanna), The Royal Family (Gwen), Cyrano (Roxanne), Gypsy (Louise). Happy holidays! www.samanthabruce.net
 
Jon CooperJON COOPER* (Ensemble, Harry) is thrilled to make his Goodspeed debut. Select Regional credits: Guys and Dolls, Theatre Aspen; Oklahoma!, Trinity Rep; Fiddler on the Roof, Virginia Rep; Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Ogunquit Playhouse; Anything Goes, Stages St. Louis; Crazy for You, Theater-by-the-Sea, among others. Film: Girl Most Likely. As a choreographer, Jon has created original work for Lionsgate Films, Classic Stage Company, and Columbia University. Thank you to my LDC team, my family, and husband Matthew. @jonmjcooper
Lee HarringtonLEE HARRINGTON* (Ensemble, Martha, Mrs. Goodspeed) Happy to be back at Goodspeed! Off-Broadway: Into the Woods (Roundabout). Jellybean (Irondale Ensemble Project). Regional: Show Boat (Magnolia); Company (Kathy); Merrily We Roll Along (Meg); Man of La Mancha (Antonia); Marvelous Wonderettes (Cindy Lou); I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Woman 1); Fiddler on the Roof (Hodel); Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Jean); Carousel (Julie). Workshops: Merrily We Roll Along (Roundabout). She has performed her original one-woman play Jellybean at the Irondale Ensemble Project, Fringe Festival, United Solo Festival, and colleges around the country. TV: NBC's Gone. Film: Where’d You Go, Bernadette and Last Flag Flying. Love to Meemee and Pop Pop, and big thanks to Paul Hardt. Training: Carnegie Mellon University.

 

 

Jonah RobinsonJONAH ROBINSON* (Ensemble) is very excited to make his Goodspeed debut with this amazing cast and crew! Some favorite credits include Ren (Footloose), Danny Zuko (Grease), Spike (Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike), and Tony (West Side Story). He’s a proud graduate of the University of Miami, BFA Musical Theatre. Thank you, Paul Hardt and the incomparable creative team. Love you SDJET & NPR! Merry Christmas! Insta: @JonahRRobinson

 
Celeste RoseCELESTE ROSE (Ensemble, Mary Muldoon, Jen, Tiffy) is thrilled to be back at her favorite theatre after spending the summer playing Karie in Goodspeed’s Passing Through. Off-Broadway: We Are The Tigers (Midnight Theatricals), Unexpected Joy (York Theatre). Regional/Workshops: A Connecticut Christmas Carol (Goodspeed), Freaky Friday and Bernice Bobs Her Hair (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma), Sister Act (Ogunquit Playhouse and The Gateway Playhouse), Titanic (Westchester Broadway Theatre), The Bad Years (Gem Theatricals). Proud member of The BringAbout. BFA Ithaca College! Love and thanks always to the Rose fam.  Follow along @_celeste_rose & www.CelesteRose.com.
 
Alex StewartALEX STEWART* (Ensemble, JP Morgan) is so excited to be back at Goodspeed for “ACCC” this holiday season! He has also been seen at Goodspeed in the ensembles of Oklahoma! and Oliver. Other theatrical credits: A Chorus Line (Mike) at Theatre Under The Stars, West Side Story (Action) and Annie (Bert Healy) at North Carolina Theatre, Elf: The Musical! National Tour, Pirates of Penzance (Frederic) at PCPA, Sacramento Ballet Member 2010-2014. Training: The Sacramento Ballet School, Boston Ballet School, and the Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA). Alex is also the co-host of the “Nobodies in New York Podcast” on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify. @a.j.soobs
Jeff WilliamsJEFF WILLIAMS* (Ensemble, School Master, Mr. GoodspeedGoodspeed: Rags, Where’s Charley, Wonderful Town. Broadway/Tour: The Music Man, The Pirate Queen, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, A Christmas Carol, Me and My Girl, The Will Rogers Follies. Regional: Hamlet, Good People, Seminar, To Kill A Mockingbird, M. Butterfly, Art, The Crucible, The Sisters Rosensweig, Terra Nova, Outside Mullingar, and more. TV/Film: When They See Us, Tell Me A Story, OITNB, Tales of the City, Bull, Difficult People, Gotham, The Blacklist, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, American Odyssey, The Village, The Sopranos, The Producers. Syracuse University graduate and proud Equity member since 1987. www.JeffWilliamsOnline.com
 
Daisy WrightDAISY WRIGHT (Ensemble, Kathy, Cora) is absolutely overjoyed to be returning to Goodspeed for her third year in A Connecticut Christmas Carol! Daisy grew up in St. George, Utah and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. Regional credits include Bucks County Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, Music Theater Wichita, and The Muny. Much love to Jordan and my family, and many thanks to HCKR, Hunter, Lisa, and everyone at Goodspeed for having me back! @oops.a.daisy.jane
 

CREATIVE TEAM

MICHAEL O'FLAHERTY (Music & Lyricsis completing his 28th season as Goodspeed's Resident Music Director. Broadway: By Jeeves, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, A Streetcar Named Desire. Also: 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. Musical Supervisor and Cabaret Director of the Williamstown Theatre Festival for 11 years. 2019 marks the third production of A Connecticut Christmas Carol, for which he wrote the music and lyrics. A re-written version of the show, A Syracuse Christmas Carol, is being produced this season at The RedHouse Performing Arts Center in Syracuse, NY.  Michael has recently received the Tom Killen Award for Lifetime Achievement—the highest honor given by the Connecticut Critics Circle.
 
L J FECHO (Book) is the Producing Artistic Director of Genesius Theatre in Reading, Pennsylvania. 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 Producer’s Perspective Pro. 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. Along with Michael O’Flaherty, Fecho has recently written a new version of this Christmas Carol musical for Redhouse Arts Center, called A Syracuse Christmas Carol, which will make its debut this December, also directed by Hunter Foster.
 
HUNTER FOSTER (Director) returns to Goodspeed after directing The Drowsy Chaperone at The Goodspeed and last year’s premiere of A Connecticut Christmas Carol here at The Terris Theatre. He also wrote the librettos for two new musicals, Summer of ’42 and The Circus in Winter, which both had their premieres at The Terris Theatre. He is the newly-appointed Artistic Director of Redhouse Arts Center. Most recently, Hunter directed The Other Josh Cohen off-Broadway at the West Side Theatre in NYC. He is an Artistic Associate at the Bucks County Playhouse, where he has directed 42nd Street, Clue, Guys and Dolls, Company, Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Buddy Holly Story (2016 & 2017), National Pastime, The Rocky Horror Show (2013, 2014, 2016, & 2017), Summer of ’42, Million Dollar Quartet, and It’s a Wonderful Life. He also directed the world premiere of the new musical One Hit Wonder for the University of Michigan. Other directing credits include Our Town (Theatre Aspen), The Other Josh Cohen (Geva Theatre); Cabaret, My Fair Lady, The Foreigner, Clue (Cape Playhouse); Grease (North Carolina Theatre); Spamalot (Casa Mañana); and has directed productions of the Million Dollar Quartet for the Paper Mill Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Geva Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, St. Louis Rep, and at many other theatres around the country. Other book writing credits include Jasper in Deadland, Clyde and Bonnie: A Folktale, Sleepy Hollow, and The Big Boom.
 
LISA SHRIVER (Choreographer) is thrilled to return. Goodspeed: Where's CharleyThe 60's Project, The Story of My Life. Broadway: Jesus Christ SuperstarThe Farnsworth InventionThe Story of My LifeRing of Fire. Assistant Choreographer for 10 Broadway productions, including The ProducersTitanicOklahoma!. Othe: Fiasco Theatre Company's Into the Woods (Lucille Lortel nomination), Phish’s NYE Madison Square Garden concert (3 years in a row), Caesar and Cleopatra and The Tempest (both with Christopher Plummer), Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Disney Cruise Line. Film/TV: A Beautiful MindHysterical BlindnessA Christmas CarolA Very Murray ChristmasBroad CityThe Detour. As Assistant Choreographer:The Polar ExpressMixed Nuts, Center Stage. Upcoming: Director/Choreographer, Rock of Ages, Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre.
 
DAN PARDO (Music Director) is so happy to be returning "home" to Goodspeed, where he spent three seasons on the resident music staff. Broadway: Amazing Grace (Nederlander). Off-Broadway: I Spy a Spy (St. Clement's), The Office! A Musical Parody (Jerry Orbach), Found (Atlantic), Soot and Spit (New Ohio), Rothschild and Sons (York), and Skippyjon Jones: Snow What?! (Lucille Lortel). Other NYC credits include numerous workshop productions and concerts, including Come From Away at NAMT and Stepchild at LPAC. Some regional favorites include Fun Home at the Weston Playhouse, Company at Barrington Stage, and How to Succeed… at The 5th Avenue Theatre. Dan also produces an ongoing web series called Pardo's Turn. www.danpardo.com
 

ADAM KOCH (Scenic Design) Goodspeed: Passing Through. International: Dreamgirls (Seoul). Adam designed the immersive outdoor productions of Carousel, Miss Saigon, and Titanic at Serenbe Playhouse in Atlanta. US credits include productions at The Old Globe, Ford’s Theatre, Westport Country Playhouse, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Paper Mill Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Geva Theatre Center, Cincinnati Playhouse, Tuacahn Amphitheater, Great Lakes Theatre, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Ogunquit Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, and Portland Stage. Adam was nominated for the Helen Hayes Award for Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Signature Theatre), as well as Bat Boy (1st Stage) in Washington, DC.  Education: Carnegie Mellon University. For the past six years, Mr. Koch and Steven Royal have worked jointly as Adam Koch Associates. See more at adamkochassociates.com.

 
NICOLE V. MOODY (Costume Design) Select design credits: Rent (Redhouse Theatre); The Other Josh Cohen (Off-Broadway, Geva Theatre); Guys and Dolls, Our Town (Apen Theatre); Clue (Cape Playhouse); A Connecticut Christmas Carol (Goodspeed Musicals); 42nd Street, Clue, Guys and Dolls, The Buddy Holly Story, Steel Magnolias, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Summer of ’42, Mame, It’s a Wonderful Life; a Radio Play, A Grand Night for Singing, Barefoot in the Park- Bucks County Playhouse, 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).
 
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. Over the years his work has gone on to be 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 Producer Donna Lynn Hilton, make their home (and garden) in Hadlyme, Connecticut.
 
MARK ADAM RAMPMEYER (Hair & Wig Design) has designed more than 20 productions for Goodspeed Musicals, including 42nd Street, La Cage aux Folles, and Oklahoma!. As a stylist, he was fortunate enough to be a part of the Broadway productions of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Sunset Boulevard, Kiss of the Spider Woman, and 42nd Street. Other design credits include Broadway: West Side Story, Lysistrata Jones, The Farnsworth Invention. Off-Broadway: The Toxic Avenger, Horton Foote’s Orphans’ Home Cycle, and The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore with Olympia Dukakis. Regional: The Legend of Georgia McBride and Christmas on the Rocks for TheaterWorks and many productions for Hartford Stage Company. He is the recipient of a 2010 Drama Desk Award for Horton Foote’s Orphans’ Home Cycle at Signature Theatre Company. Thanks to all for their continued support on this journey. *peep*
 
DAN DeLANGE (Orchestrator) has scored over 50 shows at Goodspeed Musicals. His work was also heard in the West End's production of Show Boat and was nominated for Best Musical Revival at the 2017 Olivier Awards in London. He has orchestrated for Manhattan Concert Productions at Carnegie Hall, 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. He’s a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and Oberlin Conservatory of Music. The world premier studio cast recording of "Something's Afoot" using Dan's orchestrations will be released in November 2019. DanDeLangeOrchestrations.com
 
BRADLEY G. SPACHMAN* (Production Stage Manager) Originally from Chicago, Brad has enjoyed working at both the Opera House and Terris Theaters for more years and productions than he cares to keep counting (25 and 75+). He gives his heartfelt thanks to the entire Goodspeed family throughout the years, particularly his long-time friends and colleagues: Ed, Michele, Mary, Nancy, Diane, Clay, Troy, Carla, John, Wade, Bill, MOF, Kristan, Jay, and most especially DLCH. Finally, a special thanks to Kim, without whose patience none of this would be possible.
 

HILARY SURFACE* (Assistant Stage Manager) Excited to be back at Goodspeed! Goodspeed: Anything GoesOklahoma!A Connecticut Christmas Carol 2017 & 2018. NYC: Puffs (New World Stages), The Outer Space (Public Theater). Regional: Working (The Rev Theatre Company); Hairspray (City Springs Theatre); Steel MagnoliasSylviaAltar BoyzSouth PacificClue: On Stage (The Cape Playhouse); The Magic PlayAsk Aunt SusanSmokefall (Goodman Theatre).