BVT's Radio Theatre

Child Cast

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.

Nash Crotty (Poor Boy, Tom, Matthew Cratchit, Turkey Boy) 

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 FrankSteel 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

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.

Gillian Hanna (Suzy, Belinda Cratchit) 

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

Liston Crotty (Lucy Cratchit) 

Gavin Moyer (Tiny Tim, Wally, Jimmy) 

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!

Jack Hayes (Boy Scrooge, Peter Cratchit) 

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) 

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.

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!