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A GHOST STORY OF CHRISTMAS
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Jeffrey Bean

JEFFREY BEAN (Ebenezer Scrooge) is in his 18th season as an Alley Company Artist and has appeared in over 100 Alley productions since 1989. Recently he has appeared in Death of a Salesman (Charley), November (Charles Smith), Black Coffee (Dr. Carelli), The Seagull (Sorin), Ether Dome (Dr. Charles Jackson), Amadeus (Salieri), August: Osage County (Bill Fordham), Peter Pan (Smee), Boeing-Boeing (Robert) and The 39 Steps (Man #2). Previous Alley highlights include The Farnsworth Invention (David Sarnoff), Mauritius (Philip), Cyrano de Bergerac (Cyrano), The Scene (Charlie), Doubt (Father Flynn), Subject to Fits (Prince Myshkin), Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick), Journey’s End (2nd Lieutenant Trotter), The Pillowman (Michal), Hapgood (Ridley), Twelfth Night (Feste), The Importance of Being Earnest (Algernon), Billy Bishop Goes to War (Billy Bishop), Gross Indecency (Oscar Wilde), Arms & the Man (Bluntschli), The Crucible (Deputy Gov. Danforth), The Foreigner (Charlie Baker) and Stones in His Pockets (Charlie Conlon, et al). Broadway credits include Bells Are Ringing (Francis) and Amadeus (Kappelmeister Bonno). Television credits include Law & Order; Law & Order: SVU and All My Children. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts and a Princess Grace Award winner. www.jeffreybean.com

 

 
 

James Belcher JAMES BELCHER (Second Solicitor/Mr. Fezziwig) is in his 24th season at the Alley Theatre. As an Alley Company Artist, he has appeared as Stanley in Death of a Salesman, Turkey Representative in November, Sir Claud Amory/Inspector Japp in Black Coffee, Shamreyev in The Seagull, Gardner Colton/Gilbert Abbot/R.H.Eddy, esq./Phineas Cook in Ether Dome, Baron Van Swieten in Amadeus, Charlie Aiken in August: Osage County, Cecco in Peter Pan, Major Metcalf in The Mousetrap, Fritz Engelhardt in Intelligence-Slave, Judge Omar Gaffney in Harvey, Joe Stoddard in Our Town, Leslie Gorrell in The Farnsworth Invention, Milan/Waiter in Rock ‘n’ Roll, Mr. Stanley in The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Rev. Samuel Gardner in Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Ligniere and The Capuchin in Cyrano de Bergerac, Brabantio in Othello, Teddy Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace, Squire Trelawney/Bailiff/Job O’Brien in Treasure Island, Heck Tate in To Kill a Mockingbird, Lebedev in Subject to Fits, Antonio in Much Ado About Nothing, Sir Wilfred Robarts in Witness for the Prosecution, The Colonel in Journey’s End, Dave Moss in Glengarry Glen Ross, Judge Hawthorne in The Crucible, Sir Claud Amory in Black Coffee, Captain Lesgate in Dial “M” for Murder, Victor in Our Lady of 121st Street, Antonio in Twelfth Night and Scrooge in A Christmas Carol (five seasons). He has a BFA in Drama Production from the University of Texas at Austin and a MFA in Directing from the University of Houston. In 1999, he received a BackStage West Garland Award for his role as Peter in the Alley’s production of The Zoo Story.

 

 

Elizabeth Bunch ELIZABETH BUNCH (Mary Pidgeon/Spirit of Christmas Past) has appeared in more than 30 shows at the Alley Theatre since 2002 and recently served as Assistant Director for The Seafarer and Amadeus. Performances include Clarice Bernstein in November, Elizabeth Wells in Ether Dome, Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion, Karen in August: Osage County, Wendy in Peter Pan, Boeing-Boeing, Harvey, The 39 Steps, Our Town, The Farnsworth Invention, Mauritius, Cyrano de Bergerac, Othello, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Scene, Doubt, Death on the Nile, Treasure Island, Steel Magnolias, Proof and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? New York theatre credits include The Voice of the Turtle produced by The Keen Company and The Mint Theater, The Water Children at Playwright Horizons, Museum with The Keen Company, The Light Outside with Bat Theater Company, and New World Rhapsody, The Motel Plays, and The Hospital Plays at HB Playwrights Foundation. Other theatre includes Little Foxes at The Denver Center, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Guthrie Theater, Goosebumps, a national tour produced by Feld Entertainment, Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire, Viola in Twelfth Night, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Isabella in Measure for Measure, Big Love, and Arcadia with Bread Loaf Acting Ensemble. Television appearances include Law & Order: SVU. Elizabeth is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

 

 

John Feltch in the Alley Theatre's production of A Christmas Carol.JOHN FELTCH (Mrs.Dilber/Jacob Marley) is thrilled to be back at the Alley Theatre, where he was a proud member of the acting company for 11 seasons and over 60 productions (1989-2000). He was last seen here as the Father in Eurydice and Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. He has appeared on Broadway in Enchanted April and Off-Broadway (Roundabout Theatre) in Richard Greenberg’s The Dazzle. John has also acted and directed for many of the nation’s leading regional theatres, among them American Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, McCarter Theatre, Hartford Stage, Clarence Brown Theatre, Roundhouse Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, and both PlayMakers Repertory Company and Triad Stage in his home state of North Carolina. John has appeared in the films Tadpole, Looking For Nick and About Time. He received his BA from Williams College, his MFA from UNC Chapel Hill and has taught for Rice University, University of Houston and UNC Chapel Hill. Along with his wife Mitzie and son Alex, John created The Bridge Studio in Chapel Hill, N.C., where they employ all of the arts to enhance the interactive skills of the autistic community.

 

 

Adam Gibbs in the Alley Theatre's production of A Christmas Carol.ADAM GIBBS (Henry V Apparition/Travis) returns to the Alley Theatre where he has previously appeared in Ether Dome (World Premiere), Our Town (Baseball Player), The Man Who Came to Dinner (Westcott), workshop of Intelligence-Slave (Finn Frey) and A Christmas Carol. Other credits include Life Could Be A Dream (Denny), Yankee Tavern (Adam), and Amy’s View (Toby) at Stages Repertory Theatre; Hello, Dolly (with Leslie Uggams) at Theatre Under the Stars; Antigone at Classical Theatre Company; Forever Plaid (Sparky) at Unity Theatre; I Love You, You’re Perfect… at Texas Repertory Theatre; and Little Women (Laurie) at HITS. Voiceover credits include Grave of the Fireflies, Un-Go, Starship Troopers, among others. He is represented by Pastorini-Bosby Talent. He would like to thank the Alley Theatre for introducing him to the love of his life and fiancé, Rebekah Stevens. He would also like to thank Ms. Stevens for saying yes! He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

 

 

 

Dylan Godwin DYLAN GODWIN (18th Century Apparition /Dick Wilkins/Mr. Topper) returns to the Alley Theatre having previously appeared in Ether Dome (George Livingston), Amadeus (Venticello), A Christmas Carol (Mr. Marvel), Peter Pan (Tootles) and Our Town. National Tour: Fiddler on the Roof, Beauty and the Beast, 110 in the Shade (TUTS), Life Could Be A Dream (Stages).

 

 

 

 

Paul Hope in Black CoffeePAUL HOPE (First Solicitor/Fiddler) is a native Houstonian and an Alley Company Artist who has appeared on the Alley stages for 19 seasons in a wide range of roles, including Edward Raynor in Black Coffee, Crumpet in The Santaland Diaries, William Crocker in The Farnsworth Invention, Beverly Carlton in The Man Who Came to Dinner, Julian Farrar in The Unexpected Guest, Duke of Venice in Othello, Officer O’Hara in Arsenic and Old Lace, Charles in The Clean House, Gavin in House & Garden, Richard in Hay Fever, Arthur in Love! Valour! Compassion!, Serge in Art, Miles Gloriosus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Barrymore in I Hate Hamlet, Frederick in Noises Off and Sgt. “Froggy” Le Seuer in The Foreigner, among many others. His musical theatre roles include Rohna in Grand Hotel (with Cyd Charisse and Liliane Montevecchi) and Col. Lockert in Dodsworth (with Hal Linden), both at Casa Mañana in Fort Worth; and Beauregard in Mame (with Juliet Prowse), Bienstock in Sugar (with Robert Morse), and M. Renaud in La Cage (with Lee Roy Reams) all at Theatre Under the Stars. He has also performed as Steve Baker in Showboat (with Eddie Bracken) at Houston Grand Opera, and most recently took over for John Lithgow as the narrator of Carnival of the Animals for Houston Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet. He is the Artistic Director for Bayou City Concert Musicals, which has presented concert stagings of Follies, Falsettos, A Little Night Music, She Loves Me, 70 Girls 70, Assassins, Fiorello, The Secret Garden, Pal Joey, On the Town, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Finian’s Rainbow, and this year, One Touch of Venus.

 

Charles Krohn photoCHARLES KROHN (Undertaker/Old Joe) is in his 28th season with the Alley Theatre. He has played a great number of roles including Von Strack in Amadeus, Beverly Weston in August: Osage County, Professor Willard in Our Town, Justin Tolman in The Farnsworth Invention, Dr. Bradley in The Man Who Came to Dinner, Gratiano in Othello, The Rev. Dr. Harper and Lieutenant Rooney in Arsenic and Old Lace, Billy Bones in Treasure Island, General Ivoglin in Subject to Fits, Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing, Mr. Justice Wainwright in Witness for the Prosecution, Anselme in The Miser, Francis Nurse in The Crucible, Priest in A Christmas Carol, Senex in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Father Lux in Our Lady of 121st Street, Sea Captain/Priest in Twelfth Night or What You Will, Sir Edward in Sherlock Holmes, Gravedigger/Player in Hamlet, Martin Vanderhof in You Can’t Take It With You, Second Houston Ticket Man in The Trip to Bountiful and Charon and Postgate in The Invention of Love. He played a part in The Diary of Anne Frank, an Alley collaboration with the University of Houston. He has toured the U.S. for The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and, locally, has appeared at Theatre LaB (Barrymore), Stages Repertory Theatre (All Over, A Kind of Alaska, A Delicate Balance, Old Friends, A Man from Alaska), with Houston Shakespeare Festival (title role in King Lear, Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, Claudius in Hamlet) and with Theatre Under The Stars (including Beauty and the Beast, Scrooge, Oliver, Camelot, The Wizard of Oz, A Little Night Music). When he is not on stage, he is a Professor of English at The University of St. Thomas.

 

 

 

Julia Krohn

JULIA KROHN (Mary Stuart Apparition/Beggar Woman/Fred’s Sister-in-Law) returns to the Alley Theatre having previously appeared as Liza/Curly in Peter Pan, and last season’s A Christmas Carol. Julia also recently appeared in the original Vegas company of Jersey Boys as Lorraine. NY credits include ABBA’s Kristina (pre-Broadway workshop) and Joy (Off-Broadway). Regional: Belle in Beauty and the Beast (Maine State Music Theatre, Carousel DT); Mack and Mabel (Goodspeed). In her hometown of Houston, Theatre Under the Stars: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Anything Goes, and Cats; Alley Theatre: Sherlock Holmes, A Christmas Carol, Toward Zero; Stages Repertory Theatre: Betty in Betty’s Summer Vacation. In 2000 she was awarded First Place both as a “Presidential Scholar in the Arts” and in the NFAA Arts Recognition and Talent Search. Julia studied in the BFA Musical Theatre Program at The Boston Conservatory.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Philip LehlPHILIP LEHL (Bob Cratchit) has appeared regularly at the Alley Theatre since arriving in Texas in 2001, where he was last seen in the ensembles of Ether Dome, The Crucifer of Blood, The Farnsworth Invention, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Eurydice, A Christmas Carol and Cyrano de Bergerac. Favorite roles at the Alley include Rev. Hale in The Crucible, Kerry Max Cook in The Exonerated, Gail in Our Lady of 121st Street, Christopher Wren in The Mousetrap, Horatio in Hamlet and Young Housman in The Invention of Love. Broadway credits include Mickey in Blood Brothers, and Ensemble in The Kentucky Cycle. Off-Broadway he was seen in Hundreds of Hats and toured the nation as Charles Clarke in Titanic. Locally he has appeared at Stages Repertory Theatre (Oh the Humanity, Yankee Tavern, I Am My Own Wife, Mr. Marmalade, Lady, Souvenir, Amy’s View, The Pavilion, Dirty Blonde), Classical Theatre Company (Ghosts, Uncle Vanya, The Tempest), Main Street Theatre (Arcadia), Horse Head Theatre (Fault Lines), Generations (Bat Boy, Spring Awakening, Our Town), Houston Shakespeare Festival (King John, Romeo and Juliet, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Julius Caesar, Cymbeline), Paul Hope’s BCCM, and TUTS (Wonderful Life, one memorable performance of Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady). Lehl is co-founder and director of Stark Naked Theatre Company, where he has appeared in Debt Collectors and Dinner With Friends, and where he has directed Body Awareness. Later this season, he will play the title role in Macbeth for Stark Naked. Other directing credits include Art (Generations) and Almost Maine and Reckless (Brave Dog Theatre Co). He has performed at theatres across the U.S. including St. Louis Repertory, Cleveland Play House, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Missouri Repertory Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Portland Stage Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The New Harmony Theatre and Weston Playhouse. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School and Drake University. Lehl is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

 

Pat MitchellPATRICK MITCHELL (Understudy) has appeared in productions at the Alley for 20 seasons, including Witness for the Prosecution, A Christmas Carol, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Crucible, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Cyrano de Bergerac, Our Town, The Front Page and A Flea in Her Ear.  His appearances at Stages Repertory Theatre include To Kill a Mockingbird, Salonika, World of Beauty, The Night of the Iguana and The White House Murder Case. His television credits include Duet for Cannibals and Cornflower Blue (both for PBS).

 

 

 

 

Declan Mooney in the Alley Theatre's production of A Christmas Carol.DECLAN MOONEY (Mr. Marvel) is delighted to be returning to the Alley Theatre in A Christmas Carol. He previously appeared as Ivan in The Seafarer. Broadway credits include The Seafarer and Stones in His Pockets. Off-Broadway credits include Shadow of a Gunman, The Playboy of the Western World, Pigtown at The Irish Repertory Theatre, Trust at The Kirk Theatre and Paddywack at The Mint Theatre. Other regional credits include The Weir and The Pitmen Painters at Palm Beach Dramaworks and The Seafarer at Capital Repertory Theatre. He has also toured the U.S. with Belfast’s Lyric Theatre in their production of Philadelphia, Here I Come! Film and television: Kings on NBC, Sunburn with Cillian Murphy. Declan is a graduate of The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City. www.declanmooney.com

 

 

 

Emily NevesEMILY NEVES (Fred’s Wife/Belle) is returning for her fourth season as an Alley Company Artist. She was last seen at the Alley in Death of a Salesman (Miss Forsythe), Amadeus, August: Osage County (Jean Fordham), Peter Pan (Michael/Jane), A Behanding in Spokane (Marilyn), Boeing-Boeing (Gloria), Harvey (Ruth Kelly, R.N.), Our Town (Rebecca Gibbs), The Farnsworth Invention (Pem), Rock ‘n’ Roll (Esme/Alice), The Man Who Came to Dinner (June), Cyrano de Bergerac (Prostitute/Musician/Sister Claire) and understudied the role of Janis Joplin (speaking) in Love, Janis. Other theatre credits include The Emperor’s New Clothes (Princess Liane) with The Houston Children’s Theatre Festival, Broadway 2000 and Broadway 2001 (Featured Performer, both directed by Anne Reinking at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center). Film credits include Starship Troopers: Invasion (Trig), MagCrew (Addison) and Apart (young Julie Gates). As a singer, Emily was featured as a Hollywood semi-finalist on season four of American Idol and was recently featured on the spin-off series American Idol: Rewind. She is a voice artist with Seraphim Studios, most notably appearing in Halo Legends (Spartan in “The Babysitter”), Angel Beats (Angel), Clannad (Kotomi) and High School of the Dead (Yuuki). She recently graduated cum laude from the BFA Pre-Professional Apprenticeship Program at Texas State University. While at Texas State, Emily performed at the 2012 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Washington, D.C. as part of a national finalist team in the Irene Ryan acting competition. Emily is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

 

 

Melissa PritchettMELISSA PRITCHETT (Mrs. Cratchit/Mrs. Fezziwig) is an Alley Company Artist recently appearing in Death of a Salesman (The Woman), Noises Off (Brooke Ashton), Ether Dome (Elizabeth Whitman Morton), Pygmalion (Clara Eynsford-Hill), Amadeus (Constanze Weber), Boeing-Boeing (Gretchen), Farnsworth Invention (Agnes), Rock ‘n’ Roll (Gillian/Magda), Eurydice (Little Stone), Cyrano de Bergerac (Lise), Othello (Bianca), Hitchcock Blonde (Blonde), Much Ado About Nothing (Ursula) and The Pillowman (Mother) .Other theatre credits include Beauty and the Beast, Brigadoon (Theatre Under the Stars) and Footloose (Great Caruso). As a dancer, she was a principal dancer for Longview Ballet Theatre. She has choreographed several shows for Bayou City Musicals including One Touch Venus, Finnian’s Rainbow and Fiorello! She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Sam Houston State University.

 

 

 

David RaineyDAVID RAINEY (Bert/Spirit of Christmas Present) is in his 13th season as an Alley Company Artist. Recent roles include Dwight Grackle in November, Ben in What We’re Up Against, Mrs. Dilber/Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol, Rogers in And Then There Were None, Giuseppe Bonno in Amadeus, Noodler/Cookson in Peter Pan, Sterling in Mauritius, Nasty Interesting Man/Lord of the Underworld in Eurydice, Cuigy in Cyrano de Bergerac, the title role in Othello, Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Steward in Death on the Nile, Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird, Paryfon Rogozhin in Subject to Fits, Master Jacques in The Miser, Ariel in The Pillowman, Giles Cory in The Crucible, David Keaton in The Exonerated, Lincoln in Topdog/Underdog (Best Actor by the Houston Press, Best Actor Nominations by the Jeff Awards in Chicago and Black Theatre Alliance Awards in Chicago), Lenny in Of Mice and Men and Donald in You Can’t Take It With You. He has performed with The National Actors Theatre, Joseph Papp Public Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, The Acting Company, New York Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Rep (with Theatre de la Jeune Lune), Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Hartford Stage Company, Dallas Theatre Center, Guthrie Theatre, Crossroads Theatre Company, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, among others. Film and television credits include Cosby, Law & Order, Vengeance Unlimited, As the World Turns, One Life to Live, Lowball, North Starr, Hell Swarm, Starforce, Multifacial and The ‘M’ Word. He holds degrees from Eastern New Mexico University and Juilliard, where he received the Drama Division’s highest honor, the Michel and Suria Saint-Denis Prize. He is Artistic Director of The Landing Theatre Company, is on the drama faculty of the University of Houston-Downtown and also teaches professional acting classes.

 

Jay SullivanJAY SULLIVAN (Fred/Scrooge at 21) returns to the Alley Theatre having appeared in Death of a Salesman (Happy), Black Coffee (Richard Amory), Red (Ken), Peter Pan (Peter), Our Town (George Gibbs) and Eurydice (Orpheus). Jay recently made his Broadway debut in Jerusalem (Lee). Other theatre credits include the original productions of Durango (Red Angel/Bob) at The Public Theatre and Longwharf, DogSeesGod (Matt/Pigpen) at Soho Repertory Theatre, Orestes: A Tragic Romp (Orestes) at The Folger and Two River Theatre, Afternight Seating (James) at Abingdon Theatre, and The Bilbao Effect (Grole Andacht) at The Center for Architecture, as well as The History Boys (Dakin) and Rock ‘n’ Roll (Stephen) at The Studio Theatre, Much Ado About Nothing (Claudio) produced by As Written Productions and Romeo and Juliet (Benvolio) at Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Film and television credits include The Good Wife, Law & Order: SVU and The Unidentified. He is a graduate of Florida State University.

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