Mitch Bean (Artistic Director, Phil Cotton) is a graduate of Central College and holds his Bachelor’s in music and theatre. Mitch lives in Omaha with his wife and co-artistic director, Rachel Curtiss. Both have been working hard to continue BVT's long tradition of summer repertory as well as on many off-season BVT sponsored events including Willa Cather’s A Resurrection (2017 and 2018), The RiverInn’s production of Fowl Play and Shadows of Suspicion and BVT's Young Performer's Workshop and Show. Some of his past BVT directing credits include Leaving Iowa, The Diary of Anne Frank, Steel Magnolias, The Game’s Afoot, and The Marvelous Wonderettes. His BVT acting credits include Jonny in Zombie Prom, Toad in A Year with Frog and Toad, Charlie Brown in Snoopy!!, Glenn in Rumors, Frankie in Forever Plaid and Jesus in Godspell.
A Christmas Carol
It's that time again at KBRT! Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol presented as a radio play through sound and voice. The story, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, is that of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser in Victorian London who is visited by four ghosts on Christmas Eve. First, the ghost of his dead business partner Jacob Marley who is forced to roam the earth in chains as punishment for his greed and selfishness in life. Marley warns Scrooge of his similar fate, which he may avoid by the visitation of three other ghosts, the ghost of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come. Listen as the chilling holiday story comes to life through an audio broadcast during the golden age of radio.
Jack Hayes (Boy Scrooge, Peter Cratchit)
Rachel Curtiss (Artistic Director, Playwright, Ruby Watts) has been involved with BVT since 2012, first as a company member, then as props supervisor, director, and artistic director. She graduated from Wichita State University with her BFA in theatre performance in 2013. She lived in Chicago for three years; while she was there she worked with Edge of the Wood Theatre. Some recent acting credits include M'Lynn in Steel Magnolias (BVT), Cassie in Neil Simon's Rumors (BVT), and Nina in The Seagull (Edge of the Wood Theatre). She has adapted literature for the BVT stage and written three murder mystery plays that have played at various locations. She is so happy to share the artistic director position with her husband and can’t wait for what the future holds for BVT.
Xavier Carr (Ronnie Sullivan) is back and once again excited to be a part of another off season show at the Brownville Village Theatre! He is very blessed and excited to be a part of the BVT family and community during the holiday season! During his off season Xavier still continues to tap into the Omaha theatre scene while still working as as an Ophthalmic Tech at LasikPlus in Omaha. He would once again like to thank all of the patrons who come and support the theatre, the company, and Brownville as a whole. This truly is a magical and special place that he has kept near and dear to his heart since 2012. Thank you again! Much love and blessings
Paul Shaw (Harvey Towers) graduated as a Theatre Major at Doane College in Crete, Nebraska and is thrilled to return to BVT’s Radio Theatre in this spooky Halloween classic after voicing Scrooge in last years A Christmas Carol. Most recently he played Romeo in Flatwater Shakespeare’s production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. As a four year BVT Company Member, he has appeared as Reverend Mervin Oglethorpe in Smoke on the Mountain and Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming, Jinx in Forever Plaid, the title role in Snoopy, and Clarence in BVT’s Radio Theatre Production of It’s A Wonderful Life. Paul is also a playwright and composer whoes credits include music for Ubu the King at Doane College and Letters to Eleanor: An Original Musical in collaboration with Blixt and the LGBTQA Center at UNL.
Sara Scheidies (Nellie Kingsley) is thrilled to be returning as Nellie Kingsley to the Brownville Radio Theatre "stage!" She has been active with Brownville since 2015, including BVT's productions of A Christmas Carol and It's a Wonderful Life. She feels so blessed to be included in this show when the world of theatre is anything but normal. Huge thanks to Rachel and Mitch for making this happen, and to her parents for always supporting her pursuit of the arts!
Kinsley Gerdes (Fan)
Join Harvey Towers and the cast as they bring Mary Shelley's classic story to life through sound and voice in their very first Halloween radio play. Frankenstein tells the story of gifted scientist Victor Frankenstein as he gives life to a human like creation. Horrified with the results of his hideous creature, he rejects the monster. This sets into motion a chain of events that will bring chills and thrills for the whole family. Lock the door, turn off all the lights, and settle in for a truly terrifying tale of woe.
Gillian Hanna (Suzy, Belinda Cratchit)
The Nebraska Arts Council, a state agency, has supported this arts event through its matching grants program funded by the Nebraska Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. Visit www.artscouncilnebraska.gov for more information on how the Nebraska Arts Council can assist your organization.
The Brownville Village Theatre proudly introduces two shows presented as audio dramas in the style of old time radio. Travel back in time to the 1940s as a small town radio station voices these iconic tales using a medium overtaken by television and movies. Harvey Towers and the KBRT studio will be going live in 5, 4, 3...
Both shows are available below.
Lizzy Pegler (Katheryn Kates) is thrilled to be joining the cast of BVT's Radio Theatre! Lizzy has been involved with BVT since 2015. Some of her favorite past BVT shows include The Marvelous Wonderettes (Missy), The Game's Afoot (Daria), Zombie Prom (Costume Designer) and Snoopy!! The Musical (Peppermint Patty and Costume Designer). Lizzy has spent three years in Providence, Rhode Island working at the Tony Award-winning Trinity Repertory Company as a Costume Technician. Most recently, Lizzy was the Assistant Costume Designer on A Tale of Two Cities at Trinity and designed costumes for The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart at The Wilbury Theatre Group. You can find out more about Lizzy and her work at her website www.lizzypegler.com!
Lisa Smith (Ethel Tomkins ) lives in Auburn and has been an off-season cast member since 2017. Her past credits include Willa Cather's A Resurrection (2017 and 2018) and It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (2018), and BVT's Radio Theatre: A Christmas Carol (2019). Lisa is a wife and the mother of four beautiful children, and they have provided her and her husband, many grandchildren. MANY MANY ! She won't bore you by listing all of their names but, none the less is very proud. Lisa hopes that you all enjoy the shows and that it puts everyone in the spirit of the season!
Liston Crotty (Lucy Cratchit)
Gavin Moyer (Tiny Tim, Wally, Jimmy)
Nash Crotty (Poor Boy, Tom, Matthew Cratchit, Turkey Boy)
Fred Vogel (Martin Shell) has been actively involved with the Brownville Village Theatre for the last five years as an actor, stage manager, lights/sound designer, and member of the scenery crew. He lives in Lincoln, where he works both as a representative for Nelnet and a singing server at Screamers Dining & Cabaret. Some of his favorite past roles at Brownville include Frog in A Year with Frog and Toad, Martin Dempster in Willa Cather's A Resurrection, Lenny in Rumors, and Smudge in Forever Plaid. Fred hopes you're staying safe and healthy during these difficult times, and wants to thank you for your continued support of the Brownville Village Theatre.
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