December 5 – 20, 2014
A CHRISTMAS CAROL 2014
Based on the Novel by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Mark Chenovick
Original music and arrangements by Terence Alaric Levitt
In its third year of production, and with new music and arrangements by Terence Alaric Levitt, this original adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is rich with traditional carols, alive with color and movement, and is created to tell this enduring tale in a fashion that will appeal to people of all ages. Join the SSR family and celebrate this timeless seasonal classic right here in Redmond. Photos by Michael Brunk | NWlens.com
John Clark (Scrooge) is again delighted to be back playing Scrooge in A Christmas Carol for the third straight year here at SecondStory Rep. He has also been seen here as Walter in Keely and Du, Orgon in Tartuffe, Antonio in Much Ado About Nothing, and Orsini Rosenberg in Amadeus. He has also performed at The Seattle Rep. Empty Space, Village Theatre, Pioneer Sq. quiet, Stone Soup, The Virginia City Players, Driftwood and many others around the Seattle area and beyond. Most recently he has appeared in 5 by Beckett with Sound Theatre and I Gelosi with STAGEright. Other favorite roles include: Ellard in The Foreigner, Rosencrantz in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Mozart in Amadeus, The Old Man in Fool for Love, Clov in Endgame, and Selsdon in Noises Off. Happy Holidays!
Eric Hartley (Marley/Fezziwig/Christmas Present) is pleased to help celebrate the season at SSR, and to share the stage with his old buddy John Clark after far too many years! Last seen at SSR as the Grasshopper Horatio in Bayou Bugs, Eric has spent much of the year further South at RCT, playing multiple roles in Office Hours, the villainous Caldwell B Cladwell in Urinetown, Frank in Educating Rita (a personal favorite), and, most recently, a TimeWarping Transylvanian and the mysterious Dr Scott in The Rocky Horror Show. Many thanks to you in the audience for allowing us to be part of your holidays. Cheerio!
Savannah Lech (Tiny Tim) is very excited to be making her acting debut in A Christmas Carol. She was born in Redmond and is a kindergarten student at Rosa Parks Elementary. Besides acting, her passions include art, baking and dance. She is currently being trained in ballet, tap, jazz and hip-hop. Savannah is also very excited to be performing alongside her brother, Ethan, in this magical Christmas story. Savannah would like to thank SSR for this wonderful opportunity and dedicates her performance to her loving and supportive family.
Ethan Lech (Ebby/Turkey Boy/Ensemble) is very excited to be returning to SSR after having played Tiny Tim in their first production of A Christmas Carol in 2012. He was born in Redmond and is a 2nd at Rosa Parks Elementary. Ethan’s credits include: Peter Pan (Lyric Light Opera), Oliver! (5th Avenue), Twilight Zone Live (Theater Schmeater) and A Christmas Carol (SSR). Besides acting, Ethan’s passions include dancing, singing, playing the piano and football. He is thrilled to be working alongside his sister, Savannah, in her first appearance on stage. Ethan would like to thank his family and friends for all their love and support! Go Hawks!
Neil Hobson (Fred/Young Scrooge) moved to Seattle in April, and this is his second show in Seattle. He first played the role of Fred in high school. He has since graduated university in the UK, moved to a different country, and was married this past June. He is looking forward to his first production with SecondStory Rep and hopes to continue performing in the Pacific Northwest. Thanks to his wife Brittany, as well as Teresa, John, Erin, Tyler and the rest of his family and friends for their continued support. Please enjoy the show!
Lauren Pearsall (Beth/Rose) is so thrilled to be working with SSR for the first time! A Redmond native, and CWU Theater Arts BFA graduate, Lauren can’t wait to share this show with everyone. Previous credits include Carol in Oleanna (Dogtown Theatre Company), Ligniere in Cyrano de Bergerac (Driftwood Players) and Mom/Miss Overlook in Still Life With Iris (Central Theatre Ensemble). So much love to friends and family for their ongoing support and enthusiasm. Enjoy the show!
Britt Boyd (Mrs Cratchit) is delighted to revisit SSR’s mainstage after previously appearing in Chess, A Little Night Music, La Cage Aux Folles and Urinetown. Younger patrons will recognize her from countless TYA productions here, where she's played creatures of all kinds! Favorite local credits include The Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods (Seattle Musical Theatre), Mrs. Armstrong in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Seattle Public Theatre) and Martha in The Secret Garden (Kitsap Forest Theater). She has also performed locally with Village Theatre, ACT, Living Voices, Theater Schmeater and STAGEright. By day, Britt introduces young minds to theater as a teaching artist. For Michael.
Tristan Carruthers (Bob Cratchit) is ecstatic to be back on SSR's stage after being seen as Henrik in "A Little Night Music" and Marcos in "Kiss of the Spider Woman." He graduated from Western Washington U. in 2012 with a BMus in Vocal Performance and BA in Theater Arts. Recent credits include: Orazio in "I Gelosi" (STAGEright), Yonkers in "Gypsy" (SMT), Paul in "Company!" (MBT), Baker in "Into the Woods" (MBT), and Cockney #1 in "My Fair Lady" (MBT). Thanks to his family and friends, particularly The Squolf, for all the love and support!
Sarah Parker (Children’s Ensemble) is so thrilled to be part of A Christmas Carol. She has spent her past 2 years doing theater at Bellevue College, and previously the drama department of Issaquah High School. Her most recent shows of 2014 at Bellevue College include Into The Woods and The Admirable Crichton. She is overjoyed to be working with a great cast and crew at SecondStory.
Andrew Hunter (Solicitor/Topper/Quartet) is a singer, mathematician, and shantyman making his SecondStory debut. He’s proud to extend his streak of shows where he gets beat up by a girl to five, and almost as happy to be reprising Carol. Past credits also include Fiddler on the Roof, Hello Dolly and Ruddigore. Thanks to his voice teacher Carla Hilderbrand and his sister Margaret for all their training.
Rebecca Gelzer (Children’s Ensemble) is a high-school freshman enjoying being homeschooled while pursuing a theatrical career that began eight years ago in the greater Seattle area. This is her second time on the SSR stage, previously seen as Doc in Snow White in SSR’s TYA show, and she is ecstatic to be a part of A Christmas Carol! Favorite credits include NSOA's The Sound of Music (Brigitta von Trapp) and Fiddler on the Roof (Villager), and AIP Theatre's Robin Hood (Ann). When not on stage, Rebecca enjoys reading, hanging out with friends and family, and playing and teaching the piano. Thanks to cast, crew, and family. Enjoy the show, and Merry Christmas!
Juliette Jones (Belinda Cratchit) is 13 years old and loves to act, sing, and dance! Last year she enjoyed performing as Belinda and Fan in the ACT Theater's version of this show. Other favorite past shows include Willy Wonka (Charlie Bucket) and Stargirl (Stargirl) at Seattle Children's Theater and Narnia (Ensemble) at the Kitsap Forest Theater. Apart from acting she takes ballet, plays violin and alto saxophone, plays soccer, skis, and has recently joined the show choir "Vocalpoint!" She thanks her friends and family as well as the cast and crew for A Christmas Carol for all their hard work and wishes you all a Merry Christmas!
Chelsea Moe (Christmas Future/Jane) Chelsea is thrilled to be back at SecondStory Repertory to perform in this heart warming Christmas Carol! Chelsea was last seen at SSR performing in Theatre for Young Audiences productions of Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel. Christmas Carol is Chelsea's first ever Christmas production, aside from playing Penguin Number 2 in her second grade play, and she hopes it isn't her last. Christmas is a magical time of year.
David Bander (Solicitor 2/Joe/Dick Wilkins/Quartet) is happy to be back with SSR after the critically-acclaimed run in Bunnicula last year. Locally, he has performed with Woodinville Repertory Theatre in The Actress (Daniel) and Tuna Does Vegas. Other roles include Charlie in The Foreigner, Roger in Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, Sylvestre in Scapin, and Shel in Epic Proportions. David can also be found as the Director of Operations at Kirkland Performance Center, where he follows his other passions: budgeting and reporting. Love to family and friends for supporting him through this process.
Jen Chenovick (Light Design) Jen's theatrical career began in 2002 when she was asked to assistant stage manage The Importance of Being Ernest right here at SSR. Following her passion for theater Jen moved to Hollywood in 2005 where she stage managed for The Blank Theatre including the oddly satisfying Lobster Alice starring Noah Wylie and Nicholas Brendon. While in California, she also worked with Syzygy Theatre Group and the World Premiere of Tender, Abi Morgan’s trenchant drama of the human hunger for connection. Jen moved back to Redmond in 2007 and jumped right back into her work with SSR. During her eighteen plus years at SSR Jen has worn many hats, from stage manager to production manager to managing director and now light design. Special thanks to my parents, they’re pretty cool.
Mark Chenovick (Set Design/Technical Director) has been designing, building, and painting sets since the mid-eighties. Having the fortune to begin his theatrical career under the tutelage of Don McLaughlin in his hometown of Helena Montana, Mark continued his training at the University of Washington where he was accepted into the Graduate Design Seminar his sophomore year. With subsequent degrees in Art History and Drama, Mark went on to serve as technical director/designer for multiple organizations including: Virginia Musical Theatre, Fort Peck Summer Theatre, the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Little Theater of the Rockies, and the Norfolk Governor’s School for the Arts. As Technical Director/Production Manager of the national tour of Anything Goes (starring Gloria Loring) Mark travelled around the United States and Canada realizing that there is no place quite as wonderful as the Pacific Northwest. Shortly after the turn of the millennium, and following a brief stint as a carpenter at The Studio Theatre in Washington D.C., he moved back to Seattle. Locally he has worked behind the scenes for the Village Theatre, Seattle Musical Theatre, Redwood Theatre, and, of course, SecondStory Repertory.
Mark Chenovick (Sound Design) I began my sound design journey splicing reel-to-reel tape together in the basement of the original Penthouse Theater on the University of Washington campus but it was my brief time in the MFA program at Utah State University, where I learned the joys of digital sound design, and subsequently, became hooked on sound design for life. Having provided composed and curated underscoring and soundscaping, original and sourced sound effects, and performance amplification services for multiple theaters across the US, I have felt the most at home at SSR. Special thanks to Squolfie, ‘lil Squolf, and my extended family. You are the music of my life. #bandistoohot #sorrynotsorry
Mark Chenovick (Projection Design) has designed projections for over 100 shows in the last ten years. Prior to that he worked with CJS design, a website design and hosting company, developing custom websites for clients ranging from Draper Valley Farms to Seattle Film Group. He also co-created and ran the now defunct SeattleActor.com, a website focused on Seattle area theater, featuring audition listings, helpful articles, and show reviews. In addition to projections, Mark also designs all of the marketing materials you see at SSR including; posters, show graphics, and website. All my love to Jen. Enjoy the show!