Gillian Hanna (Belinda Cratchit) is excited to be in her third show at the Brownville Village Theatre. She has participated in the Young Preformer's Workshop twice, performed in the Young Preformer's Show, and played Young Violet in the BVT production of It's A Wonderful Life. Gillian is a 5th grader at Calvert Elementary where she is an "A" student, a member of the choir, and plays flute in the band. Gillian hopes continue to pursue her love of theater in the future.
Lisa Smith (Mrs. Fezziwig, Gentlewomen) 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). She is pleased to have been chosen to be a cast member in BVT Radio Theatre: A Christmas Carol. 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. This year she has the honor of acting on stage with her youngest child, Andrew. To be honest, the only reason she first auditioned in 2017 for the BVT is to encourage her son to audition. He did, but choose to do the sound and lighting for the productions instead. Lisa hopes that you all enjoy A Christmas Carol and that it puts everyone in the spirit of the season!
Andrew Smith (Bob Cratchit) returns after a brief tenure with the BVT as a child in 2004. It was then Andrew fell in love with the nuances and joys of the performing arts. Being honored with and accepting the opportunity to provide his own technical skills as the light and sound operator, he assisted the 2017 and 2018 productions of Willa Cather's A Resurrection; and the 2018 production of It's A Wonderful Life: A Radio Show. In a surprise change of pace, Andrew joins the BVT cast yet again for A Christmas Carol.
Mitch Bean (Artistic Director) is a graduate of Central College and holds his Bachelor’s in music and theatre. Mitch lives in Omaha with his fiancée 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 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.
Rachel Curtiss (Belle, Mrs. Cratchit, Artistic Director) has been involved with BVT since 2012, first as a company member, then as props supervisor, director, and artistic director for the past two last summers. 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 is so happy to share the artistic director position with her husband and can’t wait for what the future holds for BVT.
Liston Crotty (Lucy Cratchit) lives in Auburn, NE where she attends Auburn Middle School. She is very excited to be part of this production. Liston loves theater and played Young Mary and Janie Bailey in BVT's production of It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play last year. She has participated in two Young Performers workshops at BVT, as well as the Young Performers Show in October 2019. In addition to theater, Liston enjoys playing the saxophone in the band, and loves soccer and playing golf.
Gavin Moyer (Tiny Tim) is a very talented 9 year old from Auburn, NE. He has been involved in several of the BVT's past performances. He played Brown this fall in They Eat Sunshine Not Zebras, his favorite role so far has been George Bailey/Tommy Bailey in last year's BVT production of It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. Gavin has also played Bobby Dempster in the 2017 and 2018 performances of A Resurrection. He has been an extra, and has participated behind the scenes of several PSA's sponsored by Nemaha County Community Health Partners. He's an energetic, kind, and talented young man who is very excited to be a part of another BVT production.
Sara Scheidies (Ghost of Christmas Past, Costumer) is so excited to be returning to her favorite theater for A Christmas Carol this winter. She has been involved both on and off stage at BVT since 2015, and some of her favorite past roles include Cindy Lou in The Marvelous Wonderettes and Martha in The Game's Afoot at BVT. Sara lives and works in Omaha, and would like to thank her parents for always supporting her.
Jack Hayes (Boy Scrooge, Peter Cratchit) attends Auburn Public School. This is his first year of middle school and he is very excited. He loves band, P.E. and history. This year, he started learning clarinet and playing it is one of his hobbies along with reading and video gaming. Jack has participated in BVT's Young Perfomer's Workshop and was most recently seen in BVT's Young Performer's Show This is a Test as Chris. One interesting fact about him is that he is an early riser. He loves acting, especially at the Brownville Village Theatre.
Fred Vogel (Narrator, Light and Sound Designer) is thrilled to return to the Brownville stage for this production. He was a proud company member at BVT from 2015-2018 whom you may have seen in such productions as Godspell, Forever Plaid, Arsenic and Old Lace, Rumors, A Year With Frog and Toad, and the off-season productions of A Resurrection, and It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. Fred would like to thank his family for all their undying support, his fellow castmates for their brilliance, and the audience for supporting local theatre. Enjoy the show!
Eric Green (Marley, Fred) is beyond thrilled to return to BVT. Eric is a former company member In 2003, 2005, and 2006. Since then Eric has gone on to work both on stage and off in community theatres around all of Omaha, including the Blue Barn, Shelterbelt and The Omaha Community Playhouse. Recently Eric has been heavily involved with the Florentine Players, having performed in their shows for the last 6 years while serving on their Board for the last four. He is also a founder of Big Canvas, a Non-Profit organization that teaches improv classes and puts on improv shows all around Omaha. More info for that can be found at bigcanvasne.com.
Xavier Carr (Ghost of Christmas Present) is excited to be a part of his fourth off season show at the Brownville Village Theatre! This past summer marked his fifth season as a part of the Brownville Village Theatre. He is very blessed and excited to once again be a part of the BVT family and community during the holiday season! During his off season Xavier continues to tap Into the Omaha theatre Scene. There he was in various shows such as A Resurrection and It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play at the Brownville Village Theatre, Murder in A Jerkwater Town at the Apollon Art Space, Elegies at The Shelterbelt with SNAP! Productions, Perfect Wedding at the Bellevue Little Theatre, Once On This Island at SNAP! Productions with Omaha South, and a few others. All of this while working as as an Ophthalmic Tech at LasikPlus in Omaha. He would 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!
Nash Crotty (Matthew Cratchit) lives in Auburn, NE where he attends Calvert Elementary School. He played Young Harry and Pete Bailey in BVT's production of It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play last year. He has participated in two Young Performers workshops at BVT, as well as the Young Performers Show in October 2019. He loves the performing arts and is excited to be part of this play. Nash also enjoys writing stories, and playing soccer, golf, and basketball.
Paul Shaw (Ebenezer Scrooge) graduated as a Theatre Major at Doane College in Crete, Nebraska and is thrilled to return to BVT in this holiday classic after voicing Clarence in last years It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. Most recently he played Speed in Flatwater Shakespeare’s production of Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona. At Doane he appeared in Mother Courage and Her Children, The Drowsy Chaperone, American Idiot, and Assassins. 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 many more. Paul is also a playwright and composer who’s 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.
Kinsley Gerdes (Fan Scrooge) is a 4th grader at Calvert Elementary School in Auburn. She is the daughter of Riley and Lacy Gerdes. Kinsley enjoys time with her family including younger sister, Langley and dog, Axel. Kinsley loves acting, singing, playing softball, shopping, and having fun with friends and family. Last Spring, Kinsley participated in the BVT Young Performer's Workshop. Most recently, Kinsley was in They Eat Sunshine, Not Zebras for BVT's Young Performer's Show.
Alicia Moyer (Stage Manager) lives in Auburn and works in Pawnee City. She has attended many of BVT's past performances and enjoyed helping out during productions that her children were a part of. Alicia tried out her acting skills in an adult acting class put on by the BVT, and decided that helping out backstage is a better fit for her. She has been very excited to be able to be a part of this winter's production in an official capacity as the stage manager.