Benjamin Ashton (Dick Wilkins & Skater)
Clare Baker (Belinda Cratchit) is
excited to join the wonderful cast and crew of A Christmas Carol. Clare
is a fourteen year old freshman at Woodson H.S. Past performances with
LTA: A Christmas Carol (Belinda Cratchit), A Christmas Carol (Fan
Scrooge), Gypsy (Newsboy); and PWLT’s Bye Bye Birdie (Ursula Merkle),
ESP’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Mustardseed Fairy), RMT’s Annie
(Tessie), and CFTC’s Annie Get Your Gun (Nellie). Thanks Linda Wells,
JCCNV Dance Academy and family.
Elliot Bales (Marley, Christmas
Present, & Christmas Future) returns to LTA following a successful
production of Rossum’s Universal Robots with The Naked Theater Company.
The Alexandria, Virginia-based actor returned to performing following a
26 year career as a US Army officer, appearing in 33 Variations, Morgan
in The Drawer Boy (Port City Playhouse), A Christmas Carol (LTA), Woman
in Black (LTA) and Romeo and Juliet (ACCT). He has also performed in TV
and film and narrates audio books.
Ashton Barnes (Older Belle) is a
10th grader at West Potomac, and this is her third show at The little
Theatre and her second time being in A Christmas Carol. Ashton has also
performed with MVCCT, Carl Sandburg, and one acts at West Potomac. Her
most recent play was The Pink panther strikes again with MVCCT. She
enjoys sports, plays varsity field hockey, and theater and writing are
Amy Bevilacqua (Mrs. Cratchit) did
a lot of theatre in high school and college, but this is her first time
on stage in 25 years! She is thrilled to be doing this show with her
entire family (David, Charlie and Natalie Ruppe).
Valerie Chamness (Christmas Past)
recently Valerie would like to thank Mickey Mouse, Scrooge McDuck,
Kermit the Frog, and Gonzo for introducing her to this classic Christmas
story so many years ago. She also thanks her supportive, wonderful
husband for being a real grown up, while she runs around doing community
theatre. Her greatest thanks goes to the audience, without who's
patronage, she would be out of a job. Merry Christmas too all!
Gary Cramer (Bob Cratchit) comes
full circle at LTA with this show, as Mr. Cratchit was his debut role in
local theaters after being found stuffed in the props closet in an
amnesiac stupor in 2005. In search of his real identity ever since, he
has also pretended to be other people in LTA's Nude With Violin and
Twentieth Century, Terra Nova for PCP, Twelve Angry Men for ACCT, and
November for DS, among others.
Jack Dewhurst (Young Scrooge) is
in 8th grade at St. Stephens & St. Agnes School, where he
participates in the drama programs. He has had limited experience on
stage, with his most notable show a version of A Midsummer Night’s
Dream. He loves acting and is very excited to be a part of an LTA
Robert Ford (Pawnbroker Joe &
Gentleman) is very excited to be back at LTA, where he last appeared as
Policeman/Detective in Witness for the Prosecution, is no stranger to A
Christmas Carol, having participated in staged readings with the
Victorian Society at Falls Church. Despite having at one time or another
read the lines of most of the major characters including Old Joe, the
pawnbroker, he is nonetheless properly daunted to find himself filling
shoes previously worn by LTA veterans who have previously performed this
Stephanie Frazier (Young Belle) is
a junior at Fairfax High School for the Arts! She is thrilled to be in
her 4th performance of Christmas Carol. She hopes the audience enjoys
Erin Gallalee (Mrs. Dilber &
Narrator) This is Erin’s 4th production of A Christmas Carol at LTA and
she’s thrilled to be back again! This play was the first she performed
in as a child and it holds a special place in her heart (she played Tiny
Tim!). Other LTA productions include The Woman in Black and The Secret
Garden. She has been performing in the DC theatre community, with many
wonderful companies, since 1998.
Kathryne Gould (Belle Girl) is 10
years old and she is a fourth grade student at Alexandria Country Day
School. She was born in Alexandria and she enjoys acting, running cross
country, and spending time with her family and friends. After spending
time at LTA’s Christmas in August camp this past summer, she has wanted
to be a part of the production of A Christmas Carol ever since. Dreams
can come true as she performs in this year’s ensemble cast and as one of
Belle’s family children.
Pamela Johnson (Mother Cratchit)
is one of our talented “local” Virginians who manifests her flair for
The Arts through acting, writing, singing and dancing. She is a VCU
graduate with a double BS in Education and Rehabilitation which she’s
used while working with children with disabilities. Pamela has taken
part in several of LTA’s acting classes, including the One Acts and the
Improvisation classes. She has turned her talents to several LTA
productions, most recently, A Christmas Carol.
Fred C. Lash (Scrooge) is
extremely pleased to be performing once again on the LTA stage.
Appearing as Hucklebee in “The Fantasticks” in 1990, he returned in
“Strange Bedfellows,” “The Little Foxes,” “Deathtrap,” and “Footloose.”
His favorite roles in other Northern Virginia community theatres include
Pappy Yokum in “L’il Abner,” H.C. Curry in “The Rainmaker,” and Henry
Drummond in “Inherit the Wind.” Fred works for the State Department and
lives in Springfield with his extremely patient and understanding wife
of more than 45 years, Donna.
Daniel Lavanga (Caroline's
Husband, Narrator, & Businessman) favorite roles include Bernard in
Arcadia (RLT), Frank in Red Herring (PGLT), Bottom in Midsummer Nights
Dream (SMP), Orsino in Twelfth Night (ASGT) and many Christmas Carols at
PGLT. He has also worked as a Producer, Stage Manager and Set Designer.
Charles Lourens (Fred &
Businessman) Classically untrained, Charles is basically a savage from
Africa (He is from South Africa), with only one thing keeping him in the
production, his lovely accent! Charles has recently attended
Saturday-morning Acting 1 classes, at the Little Theatre of Alexandria,
under the wonderful guidance of Seven-time Emmy-winning and five-time
Telly-winning TV host and producer, Mike Baker. This is Charles'
theatrical debut, please be nice! Charles is a handyman and is looking
forward to building a display-case for a future Tony award.
Isabella Lovain (Hope) is a
sophomore at TC Williams high school. This is her second time playing a
female Peter in LTA's A Christmas Carol. Isa performed in TC's one acts
this spring and fall. Isa is an optimist and loves photography and
psychology. She has fairly serious concert and Icebreaker addictions.
She is currently writing a book.
Christina Lyster (Caroline) is a
stay at home mom to three sweet children, Isabel, Seneca, and Quinn. She
taught secondary English in a past life, and has fond memories of
reading A Christmas Carol with her middle school students many years
ago. Aside from performing a small part in her high school’s production
of Grease, this is her first on-stage acting experience.
Isabel Lyster (Ignorance &
Belle Girl) is a kindergartener at Clermont Elementary School. She was
very excited to audition for this play and couldn’t believe that she got
a part. Her favorite drink is milk because it is just so tasty. She
loves to swim and act, and she would be delighted to give you her
autograph after the show. A Christmas Carol is her first (official) live
Seneca Lyster (Want & Belle
Girl) is is a kindergartener at Clermont Elementary School. She’s a
goofy girl, but she tries to hold in her wiggles during school and at
rehearsals. She has wanted to act on stage since before she can
remember. She has a twin sister named Isabel, with whom she has put on
many a performance at home. She love, love, loves to dance, craft and
paint. A Christmas Carol is her first (official) live performance.
Suzanne Martin (Mrs. Pipchin) is
excited to be performing in her third Christmas Carol production at LTA.
She is grateful to be cast in a show with such a beautiful message of
renewal and Christmas spirit. Suzanne was most recently seen in the role
of Sandy Stier in "8" and prior to that in her favorite role as M'Lynn
in Steel Magnolias. She thanks her husband and daughters for their
patience and support during the Christmas season.
Bob McGrath (Fezziwig) A former
professional actor with 4 national tours to his credit, Bob returned to
the stage last year after a 26 year hiatus. He joined the Lake of the
Woods Players in an attempt to lead a more active lifestyle and landed
the role of Colonel Pickering in their production of "My Fair Lady", in
which he sat in an easy chair and pretended to read the paper for 3
hours. Love to Emily, Maggie and Bud.
Griffin Melley (Tiny Tim) is a
happy six-year-old Kindergartener who lives in Alexandria. He loves to
play the piano, ride bikes, play sports, read books, play with his
sister Quinn, and eat!
Michelle Newman (Mrs. Fezziwig
& Narrator) is is thrilled to be making her Virginia debut with The
Little Theatre of Alexandria. She has performed in community theater
productions in Maryland, North Carolina, and New York. Michelle would
like to thank her very understanding husband, Jahn, for all his support.
Anders Ogelman (Boy Scrooge)
Anders is in the 4th grade at Stratford Landing Elementary School. He
loves acting, filmmaking, literature, writing and science. He previously
attended Caversham Preparatory School, in Caversham, England, where he
played Dr. Who in the school’s Dr. Who-themed Christmas play. Anders saw
LTA’s A Christmas Carol last year and was inspired to audition this
year, with the encouragement of his friend Charlie who is also
performing in the production.
Nicole Owens (Cratchit Girl) is a
7th grader at Longfellow Middle School. In addition to participating in
school theater, she has played a village child in the Mariinsky Opera’s
War and Peace and an angel in the Pennsylvania Ballet’s Nutcracker at
the Kennedy Center. She also was in It's a Wonderful Life and The Best
Christmas Pageant Ever with Providence Players of Fairfax. Nicole enjoys
gymnastics, reading, and playing with her dog, rabbit and chinchilla.
Erik Peyton (Turkey Boy) is making
his theatrical debut. He is thrilled for this wonderful opportunity.
Erik participates in the fourth grade Advanced Academic Program and
enjoys lunch and recess. After school, he engages in Cub Scouts and has
achieved the rank of Webelo I. He also enjoys Tae Kwon Do and is
currently striving to earn his black belt. He is a budding music
enthusiast as he begins to learn violin and guitar.
Hannah Runner (Martha) After
seeing A Christmas Carol here at The Little Theater last year, Hannah
immediately declared she was going to try out for the role of Martha.
She did and is thrilled to get this role. As a student at Sandburg
Middle School, Hannah is active in the theater program and is also a
member of the Choralettes, an audtioned women’s choir. Her passions are
singing and acting.
Charlie Ruppe (Cratchit Boy) was
Turkey Boy in last year’s LTA production of A Christmas Carol and
couldn’t wait to audition for this year’s production. He is excited to
be performing with his entire family this year, and his good friend,
David Ruppe (Topper &
Gentleman) has never performed on stage, but his mom’s name is Carol, he
loves Christmas, and he was inspired by his stint as Assistant Stage
Manager in last year’s LTA production of A Christmas Carol.
Natalie Ruppe (Belle Child) is is
making her stage debut in this production, and wants to thank her drama
teacher Heather Sanderson, for all of her encouragement! Natalie was
inspired by seeing her older brother Charlie perform in last year’s
production and has been waiting all year to audition for this show!
Caroline Schreiber (Mary) is
delighted to be part of LTA’s A Christmas Carol. Caroline holds a BA in
Theatre Performance from Scripps College in California, and has recently
appeared as Rosalind in As You Like It (Fat & Greasy Citizens
Brigade and St. Mark's Players), Hannah in Arcadia (St. Mark's Players),
and Mabel in An Ideal Husband (Montgomery Playhouse) In her daily life,
Caroline is the Programs Manager/Producer at Encore Stage & Studio
in Arlington. She thanks Hugh, Gavin, and Mickey Mouse for their
Rachel Watson (Ruth) is excited to
dive into Dickens in her first production with LTA. Previously she has
appeared with the Fat and Greasy Citizens Brigade: As You Like It
(Phoebe/Le Beau), St. Mark's Players: As you Like It (Phoebe/Le Beau),
The Secret Garden (Claire), Arcadia (Chloe), Inherit the Wind (Rachel
Brown) and Two Gentlemen of Verona (Julia). Special thanks to Hugh,
Gavin and the Muppets for their Christmas inspiration.
Madeline Carol Zuppert (Fan &
Urchin) is thrilled to be in her first theatrical performance, A
Christmas Carol. Madeline has danced in the Winter Concert and Hook with
Metropolitan School of the Arts where she has taken ballet, tap, and
hip hop classes. When Madeline is not attending first grade at Clermont,
she loves to dance, sing, and play soccer. Madeline would like to thank
her parents for their support and chauffeuring her to rehearsals.
Friday, December 6, 2013
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Every year LTA produces a version of A Christmas Carol based on Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella for our community. It will be one of thousands of live performances of this classic to be performed throughout the DC Metro area this holiday season. There will be musicals, dances, puppet shows, even a phone-in version of this story produced in our region and audiences will flock to them all. But why do “spirits walk the earth and why do they come to” our stages year after year after year? Isn’t the story of ole’ Ebenezer Scrooge dated and passé? Or is there some compelling, timeless reason we are drawn to Tiny Tim’s jubilant “God bless us every one”?
First, Scrooge has garnered a maligned reputation over the years. He has become synonymous with meanness, perhaps even a little evil. In fact, Scrooge just doesn’t care. He cares about and for no human being. He lives only with the immediacy of the present moment, with no reflection on what went before or thought for what comes next (cue ye olde ghosties). If he had an iPhone, he would never look up from it, and his only communications would be with those who wanted to borrow or needed to pay money. He remains disconnected from all humanity, though his links to the information of the day delude him into thinking he knows what transpires around him. His journey to redemption reminds us that emotions and experiences will not be repressed forever, and are difficult to compress into an hour-long story, much less 144 characters or the average Facebook post.
Second, the Ghost of Jacob Marley speaks a warning to all of us in our daily, urban and suburban lives. He reminds us that our overwhelming focus on near term or instant gratification will forever be unfulfilled (“not to know, that ages of incessant labour…for this earth must pass into eternity before the good of which it is susceptible is all developed”). He uncomfortably convicts us of our head down, metro-riding, head-in-our-devices behaviors (“Why did I walk through crowds of my fellow-beings with my eyes turned down, and never raise them to that blessed Star which led the Wise Men to a poor abode!”). He cautions us that delay in not using our good fortune and good will to reach out to friends, family, and neighbors results in despair (“Not to know that no space of regret can make amends for one life's opportunity misused!”). He preaches to us more fervently than any minister, and thankfully, more briefly and efficiently.
Finally, the message of redemption showers on us presents of hope and change. Dicken’s personifies in his Ghosts our own innate ability to come to grips with our past, to look up from our wired selves in order to connect us in real time with the very real people around us, and to use whatever we have at hand to enrich our world in days to come. Scrooge is not transformed from miser to philanthropist, from sinner to saved. Rather, his isolation is transformed to inward reflection, and his self-centered world is changed to world awareness. He ceases to be a man who would, in today’s world, sit in a dark room (or even a crowded place) with eyes fixed to a screen and earbuds blocking out the world, into a man who revels in the sights and sounds and smells of the reality that is all around them. And in this moment, he is redeemed from a life of wealthy worthlessness to a life of humble human richness.
So let us bundle up against the winter chill and sortie into the bustling world of people. Let us take our seats among the masses in theaters across the land and greet each other warmly with the joys of the season. Let us roam the streets afterwards and tuck up in the vast array of public places to discuss with our friends, new and old, the wonders of what we have seen, and to share with our children what they have learned. In fact, let us make the feelings that draw us to Mr. Dickens’ story each year the mantra for our everyday lives. And let us all shout lustily and heartily with the cast and Tiny Tim: “God bless us every one.”
|Elliot Bales as Marley in LTA's A Christmas Carol|
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
The tree will be trimmed and the candles burning bright in the Green room on Sunday, December 15th from 7pm-9pm for our traditional holiday party for LTA members and volunteers! We hope that you and your family will be able to join us for festive cheer, desserts, cider, hot chocolate and carols. Please RSVP to Virginia Lacey email@example.com by Thursday, December 12th.