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Song Man Dance Man Created & Performed by Jon Peterson Directed by Brent Hazelton Now – January 8, 2012 Stackner Cabaret A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens Adapted by Joseph Hanreddy & Edward Morgan Directed by Joseph Hanreddy December 2 – 24, 2011 Pabst Theater Next to Normal Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey Music by Tom Kitt Directed by Mark Clements December 6, 2011 – January 15, 2012 Quadracci Powerhouse

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By Charles Dickens

Adapted by Joseph Hanreddy and Edward Morgan Directed by Joseph Hanreddy

Scenic Designer Marjorie Bradley Kellogg Costume Designer Martha Hally Lighting Designer Nancy Schertler Sound Designer Barry G. Funderburg Associate Lighting Designer Aimee Hanyzewski Musical Director Randal Swiggum Music Arranger John Tanner Choreographer Cate Deicher Dialect Coach Jill Walmsley Zager Casting Director Sandy Ernst Children’s Director Shawn Gulyas Make-up/Hair/Wig Designer Lara Leigh Dalbey Production Stage Manager Briana J. Fahey* Assistant Stage Manager Sarah Hoffmann* Assistant Stage Manager David Hartig Children’s Stage Manager Jason Simpson Assistant Director JC Clementz

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CAST LIST Ebenezer Scrooge................................................................. James Pickering* Mr. Grimgrind/Mr. Fezziwig/Mr. Topper.................................... Drew Brhel* Rev. Waghorn/Ghost of Jacob Marley/Jacob Marley/Sailor Captain/ Old Joe.......................................................................................... Mark Corkins* Mr. Philpot/Mr. Oatway/Fezziwig Worker/ Barnaby, Madeline’s Husband/Businessman/Mourner .......................................................................................Jonathan Gillard Daly* Bob Cratchit/Businessman.........................................................Lee E. Ernst* Mrs. Oatway/Belle/Lucy, Catherine’s sister/Mourner .........................................................................................................Kelley Faulkner* Mrs. Dilber/Mrs. Fezziwig/Madeline, Catherine’s sister .......................................................................................................... Laura Gordon* Fred/Fezziwig Worker...........................................................Steven Marzolf* Young Scrooge/Lighthouse Man/Businessman/Mourner ....................................................................................................Kern McFadden* Mr. Scadger, the gravedigger/Mr. Twyce/Ghost of Christmas Present ................................................................................................ Jonathan Smoots* Ghost of Christmas Past/Mrs. Miggott......................... Deborah Staples* Catherine, Fred’s wife/Cook/Mourner.......................................Emily Trask* Mrs. Cratchit............................................................................... Jenny Wanasek* Ghost of Christmas Future......................................................F. Tyler Burnet Dick Wilkins................................................................................ Casey Kitzman Milkman................................................................................................Eric Lynch Mr. Mudd.....................................................................Alexander Pawlowski IV Fan................................................................................................ Megan Watson Martha Cratchit............................................................................Eva Balistrieri Peter Cratchit............................................................................... Jordan Horne Tiny Tim...................................................................................... Simon Johnson Belinda Cratchit....................................................................Sophie Kobylinski Alice Cratchit...........................................................................Meguire Hennes Mary Cratchit........................................................................Bronwyn Thomey Percy Smudge................................................................................. Mitch Roehl Boy Scrooge................................................................................. Liam Hartnett Remembrance/Ignorance............................................................ Gabe Smith Forgiveness/Want......................................................................Georgina Pink A Christmas Carol Children’s Ensemble: Jacob Badovski, Zoe Francis, Morgan Gamblin, Nathaniel Johnson, Max Pink, Alison Pogorelc, Benjamin Schulz A Christmas Carol Ensemble: N’Tasha Anders, Eva Balistrieri, F. Tyler Burnet, Madeleine Ernst, Nathaniel French, Melissa Graves, Joseph Kemper, Casey Kitzman, Eric Lynch, Alexander Pawlowski IV, Kaitlyn Serketich, Charlie Wright *Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Member

of The Rep’s 2011/12 Resident Acting Company.

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DIR ECTOR’S NOTES “Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker and the chief mourner. Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail.” If you’re new to Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, let me assure you that after this less than cheery beginning, the story becomes considerably more buoyant as Marley’s surviving business partner, one Ebenezer Scrooge, is escorted throughout and beyond the reaches of London to see and hear Christmas celebrated in the warm and fuzzy traditions of family dinners, gift-giving and heart-warming Christmas carols. Historians maintain that in actuality those traditions had largely fallen away by the mid-1800s and that Dickens was describing a Christmas, less as it was practiced and more as he thought it should be. If so, his strategy succeeded splendidly. Today when we yearn to recapture the “real” Christmas, more often than not we turn to Dickens, likely not realizing how many of the Christmas rituals he renders so vividly were as imagined as the triad of spirits that magically transport Scrooge across the boundaries of time and space. Because so many of us come to the story via one of the countless films, cartoons, “treatments” and spin-offs, rather than the novella itself, it’s a surprise how many who profess to love the story don’t really know it. When Ed Morgan and I started work on this stage adaptation in 1998, our goal was to create a version that was as theatrical, visually spectacular, musically joyous and ultimately uplifting as we could possibly make it – without shortchanging the spine of the novella – the depth of Dickens’ insight into the lonely, bitter soul who lives at the story’s center. Those opening lines, of course, are key to the whole thing. Dickens drives away at the fact of Marley’s death as if somehow there were doubts – as if at any moment Marley’s corpse might suddenly resurrect. (Spoiler alert – it does.) A Christmas Carol is a story of the spiritual rebirth of one whose soul has died, so, poetically, it must begin

with the finality of death. Ultimately, the trigger that allows Scrooge to find joy in life and become “as good a friend and as good a man as the city of London knew” is when the Ghost of Christmas Future in the shape of a gothic reaper forces him to glimpse under the blanket that covers his own corpse and recognize the waste of spending so many of his precious years in his “money changing hole.” As much as A Christmas Carol is about spiritual renewal and reconnecting with family, it’s also about money and poverty. “If they would rather die,” Scrooge rants, speaking of the starving poor, “they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.” The words sting as sharply today as they did in 1843. If Dickens left us an image of all of the goodness that Christmas can engender, he also left us with a nightmare vision of innercity poverty that lives in our own cities as inhumanely as it did his. And yet, our appreciation of Dickens and the endurance of A Christmas Carol come more from a novelist’s ability to penetrate an individual human soul, than from his ability to articulate a political manifesto. George Orwell, a passionate socialist who was to write his own apocalyptic vision of the future in 1984, pointed out in an essay on Dickens that, “He has no plan to change society; his target is ‘human nature,’” and that Dickens’ only real lesson is “that capitalists ought to be kind, not that workers ought to be rebellious.” Orwell dubs Dickens’ outrage “a generous anger.” Ultimately in this simple story, Dickens asks a profoundly simple thing: that at this “festive time of the year,” those of us who have been blessed with privileges and good fortune should take the time to be truly grateful – and to act in ways, both big and small, in which we can be kind and generous to our “fellow-passengers to the grave.” That, he posits, is what it truly means to “know how to keep Christmas well.” Joseph Hanreddy Director A Christmas Carol – 4

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M E S S AG E F R O M T H E R E P ’ S M A N AG I N G D I R E C T O R Welcome Friends! As all great stories do, A Christmas Carol reveals new layers of meaning as we grow. It reminds us that no matter how advanced our culture becomes, there are simple, fundamental human truths that hold the power to transform our lives. A few weeks ago, as the company gathered together to start the first day of rehearsals for A Christmas Carol, Director Joe Hanreddy shared a thought that gave me new insight into Dickens’ most familiar tale and its meaning for me today: A Christmas Carol is about community. As human beings, our greatest longing is for connection. Ebenezer Scrooge embodies all of the things that hold us back – fear, pride, self-protection and loneliness itself. Scrooge’s wealth, position and success did not bring him happiness. On the contrary, his single-minded ambition separated him from everyone around him. In today’s increasingly virtual world, we experience more and more of life through devices and pictures on a screen. But the very technology that connects us instantly and globally keeps us insulated from the people right in front of us. Walk into any Starbucks full of people and you’ll notice the quiet as people sit together, totally absorbed in solitary little bubbles of activity. Nothing can equal the power of interaction – a live experience shared with other people. I think that’s what draws us to theater. And that’s why we keep coming back, year after year, to timeless stories like A Christmas Carol. Yes, the familiar characters and carols bring back holiday traditions and memories. But Dickens’ story holds much more than nostalgia. It reminds us of what really matters – each other! Thank you for sharing this experience with us at Milwaukee Repertory Theater. If you enjoy it, come back again to experience another of the 12 stories we share each season. Happy Holidays!

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Charles Dickens Portrait by Francis Alexander, 1842, From The Annotated Christmas Carol, ©2004

“I have endeavored in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it.” –Their faithful Friend and Servant, C.D. [Charles Dickens] December, 1843

Indeed, few have the heart to lay Dickens’ timeless classic A Christmas Carol aside. Moreover, few can keep their hands off of it. Its acclaim and appeal were instantaneous – within a month of its debut in England in 1843, Dickens had taken two literary pirates to court over his copyright. Two months after its publishing, eight theater companies had adapted and mounted the story on stages. By 1844, English literary critics declared the book “a national institution.” At once, A Christmas Carol became a labor of love for its author. Dickens’ sister-in-law wrote that she had never seen him write with such fervor. He “wept, laughed and wept again, and excited himself in a most extraordinary manner, in the composition . . . thinking whereof, he walked about the black streets of London, fifteen or twenty miles, many a night.” By the end of November he had completed his story. On December 19, 1843, A Christmas Carol, In Prose, Being A Ghost Story of Christmas, appeared on the stands only six weeks after Dickens sat down to write it. The praise was immediate and universal. W.M. Thackeray called it “a national benefit, and for every man and woman who reads it, a personal kindness.” Thackeray’s statement was fitting for several reasons. In the 19th century, the British associated Christmas festivities only with country life – with manor houses, baronial feasts and peasant revels. In the rapidly growing urban areas, that traditional English celebration of Christmas had begun to disappear. Instead of opulent celebrations of their country cousins, the urban English chose to mark the holiday as a time of rest, a time for reading aloud and staying at home. As A Christmas Carol became a large part of the Christmas celebration of 1843, many credit Dickens with creating the basic Christmas traditions that we enjoy today. Through A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens proved to his John Leech's Illustration for Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

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Three Hot Shows To Take The Winter Chill Off! Created and performed by Jon Peterson Directed by Brent Hazelton

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Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey Music by Tom Kitt Directed by Mark Clements

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CAST BIOGR A PHIES Eva Balistrieri, Martha Cratchit Artistic Intern Ensemble Member. Eva Balistrieri is honored to be back in the Cratchit household for her 10th season of A Christmas Carol with The Rep. Other Rep credits include: Lombardi (Ensemble); Ten Chimneys (u/s Uta Hagen); Pride and Prejudice (Kitty Bennet/ Georgiana Darcy) and The Crucible (Betty Parris). Eva spent two summers with the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Minnesota where she was seen in The Tempest, Love’s Labour’s Lost and Pericles, and understudied Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew. In spring of 2010, Eva studied abroad in Tuscany, Italy, at the Accademia dell’arte where she received intensive training in physical theatre – specifically commedia dell’arte and clowning. She graduated this past spring from the University of WisconsinParkside with a BA in Theatre where her favorite roles were Ann Deever in All My Sons and the melancholy Dane himself in Hamlet. Thank you to The Rep for this opportunity and to my family, for their unwavering love and support. Drew Brhel, Mr. Grimgrind/ Mr. Fezziwig/ Mr. Topper Drew Brhel giddily returns to The Rep for his third A Christmas Carol. No stranger to Milwaukee audiences, Drew has appeared over the past 25 years with just about every theater in town. Favorite roles include: Bobchinsky (the twin with the lisp) in The Government Inspector (Milwaukee Repertory Theater); Herr Biedermann in The Firebugs and Emil in Three

Viewings (Next Act Theatre); Sterling in Mauritius, Porfiry in Crime and Punishment and Richard Greatham in Hay Fever (Milwaukee Chamber Theatre) and Herr Schultz in Cabaret (Skylight Opera Theatre) as well as roles with First Stage Children’s Theater, Windfall Theatre, In Tandem Theatre, Nevermore Theatre and Cornerstone Theater. Drew is also an eight-season veteran of American Players Theatre and has appeared in Shakespeare festivals from coast to coast. F. Tyler Burnet, Ghost of Christmas Future Artistic Intern Ensemble Member. F. Tyler Burnet is honored to be an acting intern at The Rep. This season, he has understudied the role of Sydney Greenstreet in Ten Chimneys, and understudied Jim Taylor while wearing #66 in Lombardi. He has an MFA in acting, and used to teach at The Second City in Chicago. Come see all of the interns in Rep Lab January 12 – 17 in the Stiemke Studio! Mark Corkins, Rev. Waghorn/ Ghost of Jacob Marley/Jacob Marley/Sailor Captain/Old Joe Mark is pleased to return to The Rep’s annual production of A Christmas Carol. He first played Young Scrooge here in 1987! Since then Mr. Corkins has performed often with The Rep as a Member of the Resident Acting Company. Favorite productions include: Dracula, Edward Albee’s Seascape, King Lear, True West, Endgame and The Cherry Orchard. Mark has also spent 12 summers in Spring Green with American Players Theatre. Highlights include: Antony A Christmas Carol – 14

CAST BIOGR A PHIES & Cleopatra, The Government Inspector, Ring Round the Moon, Uncle Vanya and The Importance of Being Earnest. Mr. Corkins has also had the privilege to teach, train and perform in Germany, Finland, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan. Jonathan Gillard Daly, Mr. Philpot/ Mr. Oatway/ Fezziwig worker/ Barnaby, Madeline’s husband/Businessman/Mourner Resident Acting Company Member.

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Jonathan first appeared in A Christmas Carol at the Pabst Theater in 1995, in which he played Bob Cratchit, opposite Jim Pickering as Scrooge. He succeeded Mr. Pickering as Scrooge from 2000 to 2003. Since then he has returned to the Pabst as Cratchit, Philpot, Twyce, Old Joe, and various and assorted partygoers, miners, undertakers and once as a Drunken Prisoner. Jon has been a member of The Rep’s Resident Acting Company since 1998, and is a founding member of the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, MN. A veteran of regional theaters throughout the United States, he has appeared with American Players Theatre, Clarence Brown Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Chicago’s Court Theater, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Utah Shakespeare Festival and PCPA Theaterfest. He is also a playwright. His musical memoir, The Daly News, was produced at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre in 2008, and his newest play, To the Promised Land, will be receiving its premiere production at First Stage Children’s Theater next year. Jon has been married for 29 years to director and text coach Gale Childs Daly. Their two children, Sam and Emily, are in graduate school and

CAST BIOGR A PHIES college, respectively; and their parents are slowly getting used to the empty nest. Any advice from veterans of this process will be greatly welcomed! Lee E. Ernst, Bob Cratchit/ Businessman Resident Acting Company Member. Lee was just seen performing the role of Vince Lombardi in The Rep’s Quadracci Powerhouse production of Lombardi. He has been a member of The Rep’s Resident Acting Company since 1993. Last season at The Rep he was seen as Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman, Leon/ Nick in Speaking in Tongues, Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol and The Emcee in Cabaret. Other roles at The Rep include Sharky in The Seafarer, Frank Lloyd Wright in Work Song, Levin in Anna Karenina, Truffaldino in Servant of Two Masters, George in Of Mice and Men, Clov in Endgame and the title roles in Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, Richard III, The Foreigner and Tartuffe. This past summer, Lee directed Hamlet at Texas Shakespeare Festival and played Jessup in A Few Good Men and Bingham in A Fox on the Fairway for Peninsula Players in beautiful Door County. Lee has also played leading roles with American Players Theatre, Madison Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, New American Theater, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company and ACT. Lee is recipient of The AriZoni Best Actor Award, Minerva Laureate, Shepherd Express Best of Milwaukee and is an inaugural Lunt-Fontanne Fellow. Mr. Ernst received his MFA from The University of Delaware-PTTP.

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CAST BIOGR A PHIES Kelley Faulkner, Mrs. Oatway/ Belle/Lucy, Catherine’s sister/ Mourner Kelley Faulkner is happy to be in A Christmas Carol for a second year. Other Rep credits include Sally Bowles in Cabaret, and the title role in the upcoming Always . . . Patsy Cline. Regional credits include: Claire in Proof (TheatreFest); Nancy in Oliver!; Emily Arden in State Fair (Walnut Street Theatre); Roxie in Chicago (New Candlelight Theater); Woman 2 in Give My Regards To Broadway (Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts); The Music Man and Street Scene (New York City Opera). National Tour: Miss Watson in Big. Readings/Workshops: Sketches of Life (directed by Maurice Hines), Wildlife, Wingman and Muscleman vs. Skeletonman:

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A Love Story. BFA in Acting from Montclair State University. Namaste! Laura Gordon, Mrs. Dilber/ Mrs. Fezziwig/ Madeline, Catherine’s sister Resident Acting Company Member. Laura has been a member of The Rep’s Resident Acting Company since 1993, performing in many productions including: Death of a Salesman, The Lady with All the Answers, Pride and Prejudice, Enchanted April, Doubt, The Crucible, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Mary Stuart, Copenhagen and Twelfth Night. Directing projects include: The Winter’s Tale for the Utah Shakespeare Festival; Going to St. Ives for Forward Theatre; Old Times for American Players Theatre; Well for

CAST BIOGR A PHIES Milwaukee Chamber Theatre; Skin Tight for Renaissance Theaterworks and Speaking in Tongues, Laurel and Hardy and Almost, Maine here at The Rep. Laura was the recipient of a 2010 Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship. Eric Lynch, Milkman Artistic Intern Ensemble Member. Eric Lynch is delighted to be a part of Milwaukee Rep’s production of A Christmas Carol. As a 2011/12 Acting Intern at The Rep, Eric recently appeared in the Ensemble of Lombardi and also understudied Eugene Gaines in Yellowman. A recent Ohio University graduate (BFA), Eric is proud to be involved in this great holiday tradition!

Steven Marzolf, Fred/Fezziwig Worker Steven is so excited to return to The Rep, having been a part of the 2003/04 Intern Company. Some of his past credits include productions at: The Old Globe Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Writers’ Theatre, Apple Tree Theatre, Provision Theater Company, La Jolla Playhouse, Notre Dame Summer Shakespeare Festival, Riverside Theater and In Tandem Theatre. Steven received his MFA from The Old Globe/University of San Diego in the fall of 2010. “Merry Christmas to All!”

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CAST BIOGR A PHIES Kern McFadden, Young Scrooge/ Lighthouse Man/ Businessman/ Mourner Kern currently lives in New York City and is proud to be making his debut at The Rep, one of his favorite theaters. New York City credits include: Red Bull Theater: Wild Oats (Revelation Readings); The Pearl Theatre Company: The Misanthrope; The Irish Repertory Theatre: Banished Children of Eve and The Guerilla Shakespeare Project: King John. Regional: Public Theatre of Maine, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, Utah Shakespeare Festival, American Players Theatre, Great River Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Shakespeare and Kentucky Shakespeare Festival. Education: BFA from The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University

and an MFA from The Old Globe/ University of San Diego Professional Actor Training Program. Alexander Pawlowski IV Mr. Mudd Acting Apprentice. Alex is honored to return to The Rep for a second season after a summer at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. He is reprising his role of Mr. Mudd from last year, when he also played the Customs Officer in Cabaret and understudied Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman. Originally from the tiny town of Elmira, OR, he has been acting for over half his life, studying at the University of Oregon and graduating with his MFA from West Virginia University. He has been in over 30 productions on two continents, but there’s

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CAST BIOGR A PHIES nothing quite like A Christmas Carol at the Pabst Theater. Many thanks to his parents and his wonderful fiancée for all of their support. James Pickering, Ebenezer Scrooge Resident Acting Company Member. ‘O Flower, whose fragrance tender with sweetness fills the air; dispel, with glorious splendour, the darkness everywhere.’ –From the carol Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming Jim returns to haunt the wonderful Pabst Theater in the 36th rendition of A Christmas Carol. In addition to having played Ebenezer Scrooge 13 times for The Rep in three different adaptations, he has spent

37 seasons as a member of its Resident Acting Company. Among his favorite Rep roles are blind Richard Harkin in The Seafarer, Dave Moss in Glengarry Glen Ross, Big Hughie in Translations and Nils Bohr in Copenhagen. He is a Founding Member of Optimist Theatre Company’s Shakespeare in the Park, and was most recently seen by Milwaukee audiences in The Exonerated at Next Act Theatre. He is active as a voice talent as well, having narrated the Midwest Emmy Award-winning Making of Milwaukee. In last year’s Shepherd Express poll, he was voted Critics’ Choice for Best Actor. He and his beautiful wife, actress Rose Pickering, were named Milwaukee’s Outstanding Artists a decade ago, and were granted permanent ‘Wall of Fame’ berths by Milwaukee Magazine. Let Mr. Dickens’s story bring us all into the light.


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Shakespeare Festival and Meadow Brook Theatre. Deborah can be seen later this season at The Rep in To Kill a Mockingbird and Othello. Happy Holidays! Emily Trask, Catherine, Fred’s wife/Cook/ Mourner Emily could not be happier to be returning to Wisconsin and Milwaukee Rep. Previously at The Rep she was seen in Armadale, Tartuffe, Chaps!, Yes. No. (Maybe So . . .), A Doll’s House, Napoli Millioñaria, Mary Stuart and as Martha Crachit in A Christmas Carol. Emily has spent five seasons with the Utah Shakespeare Festival (favorite roles include Portia in The Merchant of Venice, Ophelia in Hamlet, Katharine in Henry V and Lily in The Secret Garden). Other theaters include Next Act Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Renaissance Theaterworks, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, Yale Repertory Theatre and Yale Cabaret; she just finished playing Miranda in The Tempest at Pioneer Theatre Company and can be seen at the Folger Theatre in D.C. this February in The Gaming Table. Emily graduated from the Yale School of Drama this past May (favorite shows include: Arcadia; Jean Anhouil’s Eurydice; Twelfth Night; La Ronde and The Maids). Thanks to Sandy, Brent, Joe and Mark and love to my Wisconsin friends and family. Jenny Wanasek, Mrs. Cratchit Jenny is delighted to be returning to A Christmas Carol. Previous Rep credits include Yes. No. (Maybe So . . .) and four runs of Shear Madness. She has acted

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BIOGR A PHIES and/or directed for Renaissance Theaterworks, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Next Act Theatre, In Tandem Theatre, First Stage Children’s Theater and Skylight Opera Theatre. Recently she played Mrs. Snustad in Church Basement Ladies at Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Recent directing credits include American Fiesta for Renaissance Theaterworks and The Sins of Sor Juana at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She and her husband, Mark Weinberg, are CoFounders of the Center for Applied Theatre which uses specialized theater techniques in businesses, not-for-profits and schools to address social problems and rehearse change.

Joseph Hanreddy, Director/ Co-Adapter Joseph Hanreddy has directed original and contemporary plays, as well as classics by Shakespeare, Schiller, Chekhov, Pirandello, Gogol, Oscar Wilde, John Millington Synge, George Farquhar, Tom Stoppard, W.S. Gilbert and Brian Friel; many at Milwaukee Repertory Theater where he served as Artistic Director from 1993 to 2010. He has also directed stage adaptations of novels by Goethe, Tolstoy, Dickens, Wilkie Collins, George Eliot and Shusaku Endo. Over the last two seasons, his adaptation (with J.R. Sullivan) of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice has received productions at several of America’s leading regional theaters. His direction of Molière’s

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BIOGR A PHIES The Misanthrope, which played last season Off-Broadway at the Pearl Theatre Company, was nominated for a Lucile Lortel Award. This year, in addition to directing Ten Chimneys and A Christmas Carol for Milwaukee Rep, he will also direct Our Country’s Good for the Resident Ensemble Players at the University of Delaware and in the spring he will direct Deborah Staples as The Blonde, The Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead at the Writers’ Theatre in Glencoe, Illinois. Edward Morgan, Co-Adapter Edward Morgan is a freelance director, writer and teacher. He just directed A Christmas Carol at Clarence Brown Theatre. Earlier this season, he directed The Exonerated for Next Act Theatre and A Rising

Wind (written with John Kishline) was taped for MPTV. In August, he toured India as director/actor of Kishline’s Success on a tour sponsored by U.S. State Dept. Last spring, his Faulkner adaptation, Twenty Seven, was part of Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s New Play Festival. Mr. Morgan was MRT’s Associate Artistic Director for six seasons. He has also worked at Virginia Stage Company, Merrimack Rep, Round House Theatre, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Trinity Rep, the Shakespeare Theatre and others. He and his work have been honored with Helen Hayes Nominations and Awards, and he was a Director’s Project Fellow through the Drama League of New York. Mr. Morgan is also a Casting Partner for Cirque du Soleil. His upcoming projects include teaching and directing in the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica, and acting in Success in March in Next Act Theatre’s new space.

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BIOGR A PHIES Marjorie Bradley Kellogg, Scenic Designer Marjorie Bradley Kellogg’s most recent design in the general Milwaukee area was in the summer of 2009 for The Philanderer at American Players Theatre. Her designs for opera include the world premiere of Richard Danielpour’s Margaret Garner for Michigan Opera, plus The Tender Land for Skylight Opera Theatre and Paul Bunyan for the Manhattan School of Music. Broadway credits include a season as resident designer for the National Actors Theatre, as well as Any Given Day, the George C. Scott revival of On Borrowed Time, Lucifer’s Child (starring Julie Harris), American Buffalo with Al Pacino, Da, Requiem for a Heavyweight, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Solomon’s Child, Arsenic and Old Lace, Steaming and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Designs for Circle in the Square include Spokesong, Heartbreak House and Present Laughter. Off-Broadway, Ms. Kellogg has worked for New York Shakespeare Festival’s Public Theater, Signature Theatre Company, Second Stage Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons and Roundabout Theatre Company, among others. She received the 2006 USITT Distinguished Achievement Award in Scene Design, and earlier, the 2002 Ruth Morley Design Award and the 1995 Mary L. Murphy Award for Excellence in Design. She shared the first Michael Merritt Award for Design and Collaboration in 1994. Other honors include the 1983/84 Boston Theater Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Drama-Logue awards for 1988 and 1991 and the New York Drama Desk nomination for both the 1982/83 and 1983/84 seasons. She has worked in London, Moscow, in film and television and in the American resident theaters for 30 years. She was a 1992 – 94 Pew Charitable Trust Residency fellow 27 - A Christmas Carol

with Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, GA. She has taught at Princeton University, Columbia University and has been Associate Professor of Design at Colgate University since 1995. She is the author of three science fiction novels (A Rumor of Angels, Harmony and the recently updated and revised Lear’s Daughters), plus a fantasy series, The Dragon Quartet. Her stage adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time was produced by Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, and her original musical, Livin’ in the Garden, premiered at Alliance Theatre in 1997. Martha Hally, Costume Designer Martha Hally’s designs for The Rep include: Seven Keys to Slaughter Peak, The Government Inspector, King Lear, Armadale, Pride and Prejudice, Sueño, The Voysey Inheritance and The 39 Steps, among others. She has designed costumes at regional theaters across the country including Pittsburgh Public Theater, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Center Stage, Dallas Theater Center, The Alley Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre and The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Recent New York designs include: the Off-Broadway productions of Richard II (The Pearl Theatre Company); Wife to James Whelan and Is Life Worth Living? (Mint Theater Company); The Late Christopher Bean and Bedroom Farce (TACT); Banished Children of Eve; Gaslight and TheField (Irish Repertory Theatre) and Secret Order (59E59). Martha has designed operas for Chicago Opera Theater, Virginia Opera, Manhattan School of Music and The Center for Contemporary Opera in NYC. Nancy Schertler, Lighting Designer Nancy Schertler’s Milwaukee Rep credits include A Flea in Her Ear, A Christmas Carol, The Crucible, Escape from Happiness, Moby Dick, Anna Christie, The

BIOGR A PHIES Front Page, Engaged, Noises Off and Angels in America: Millennium Approaches. Broadway productions include Bill Irwin’s Fool Moon and Largely New York for which she earned a Tony nomination. Off-Broadway: Hilda (director Carey Perloff), Texts for Nothing, a Flea in Her Ear, The Regard Evening, (director Bill Irwin) and Falesettoland (director James Lapine). This season she will design The Shakespeare Theatre’s Bard to Broadway series and Ford Theatre’s upcoming production of 1776. Additional regional theater credits include numerous productions for American Conservatory Theater, Children’s Theatre of Minneapolis, Portland Center Stage and Seattle Repertory Theatre. Nancy enjoys a decade’s long association with Arena Stage in Washington D.C., where she has collaborated with directors Zelda Fichandler, Douglas C. Wager, Kyle Donnelly, Liviu Ciulei and Molly Smith. Opera credits include the world premieres of The Difficulty of Crossing a Field, Shadowboxer, Clara and Later the Same Evening, an opera inspired by five paintings of Edward Hopper, a joint project commissioned by the University of Maryland and the National Gallery of Art. Barry G. Funderburg, Sound Designer Barry Funderburg is excited to return for his 14th season of A Christmas Carol and to be working again with Joe Hanreddy. Memorable Rep productions include Ten Chimneys, The 39 Steps, The Cherry Orchard, Pride and Prejudice, Armadale, Mary Stuart, Work Song and Angels in America: Millennium Approaches. Off-Broadway, Barry recently designed the critically acclaimed New York premiere of Wittenberg at The Pearl Theatre Company. Other regional theater credits include Fake, Carter’s Way and Mother Courage and Her Children at Steppenwolf

Theatre Company and productions at Utah Shakespeare Festival, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, City Theatre (Pittsburgh), Centerstage (Baltimore), Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Peninsula Players, American Players Theatre, LA Theatre Works and Indiana Repertory Theatre. Chicago credits include Next Theatre, Theatre at the Center and Lookingglass Theatre Company. Barry has received four Chicago Equity Jeff Award nominations, the 1996 and 2008 Jeff Awards for Sound Design and an MFA in sound design from Purdue University. Aimee Hanyzewski, Associate Lighting Designer Aimee Hanyzewski is pleased to be back for the seventh season as the Associate Lighting Designer for A Christmas Carol. Aimee is the Resident Lighting Designer and Assistant Production Manager for Roosevelt University in Chicago where, in addition, she freelances with local companies. Randal Swiggum, Music Director This is Randy’s lucky 13th season as music director of A Christmas Carol. Previous Rep shows include The Crucible, Work Song, The Mill on the Floss and Moby Dick, for which he created original music. He has also served as music director and vocal coach for Madison Repertory Theatre, Madison Opera, Theatre X, JCC Theatre Company and Acacia Theatre Company. Well known as an educator and conductor, Randy has taught at Lawrence University, UW-Madison, UWMilwaukee and Whitefish Bay High School. A native of Mount Horeb, WI, his degrees in music, theater and orchestral conducting are from UW-Madison where he is currently a PhD candidate in musicology. Besides a busy schedule of guest conducting orchestras and choirs around the A Christmas Carol – 28

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BIOGR A PHIES country and internationally, he serves as Education Conductor of both the Elgin Symphony and The Florida Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Elgin Youth Symphony and conductor of the Madison Boychoir. God bless us, everyone! (especially Nathaniel and Simon). John Tanner, Music Arranger As one of the principals of Tanner-Monagle, a leading music composition, audio recording and post-production, video editing and production film company, John Tanner brings more than 25 years of experience in scoring and arranging music composition for television, radio, industrial video and theater. “These days it seems our lives are becoming become more frantic and complex. Less time, more to do. However, Christmas is the one period of the year in which we seem willing to slow down, take a chance and open our hearts. Beneath our busy and driven lives we discover there is the need to love and be loved. The need to connect with the humanity around us to be accepted and accepting of others. That is why A Christmas Carol means so much to me. If a character like Scrooge – the darkest and most self-centered person one could ever encounter can transform – then perhaps there is hope for each of us too. My fervent wish is that the spirit of A Christmas Carol awakens the kindness and compassion in us all. And, reminds us that we can do so in this very moment. Enjoy the show and share your open heart to everyone you meet. Be bold and remember, as Scrooge said, “There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour.” “This year I would like to dedicate my work to my mother Norma Simmons Wells. She taught me 31 - A Christmas Carol

to believe in myself, embrace life fully, love everyone without reservation and the importance of laughter. Thanks mom! This one’s for you.” – John Tanner Cate Deicher, Choreographer Cate Deicher studied dance and movement analysis at UW-Madison and Milwaukee, and at the Laban/ Bartenieff Institute for Movement Study in New York. She founded the Department of Dance and Movement Studies at Alverno College in 1988, and currently serves as the academic coordinator of the Graduate Program in Laban Movement Analysis at Columbia College Chicago. She designs and teaches movement courses for students of architecture and nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and on occasion writes about movement studies for various publications. She is delighted to be working on A Christmas Carol once again. Jill Walmsley Zager, Dialect Coach Jill is happy to be back at The Rep with A Christmas Carol. Other Milwaukee Rep credits include Lombardi, Yellowman, Ten Chimneys, Cabaret, My Name Is Asher Lev, Laurel and Hardy and The 39 Steps. Jill is currently the Co-Head of Voice and Dialects and Company Coach at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Regionally, she has worked at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre, Drury Lane Water Tower, Apple Tree Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace, Utah Shakespeare Festival and Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. Jill earned her Master’s Degrees at CSSD (London) and Northwestern. She lives in San Francisco and St. Francis, WI, and is married to James Zager, the Head of the Theater Program at Carroll University.

BIOGR A PHIES Sandy Ernst, Casting Director/ Associate Artistic Director Sandy made her first casting trip to NYC with American Players Theatre founders Randall Duk Kim and Annie Occhiogrosso exactly 30 years ago, and continued casting with APT as both a member of the directing staff and the Production Stage Manager for the next 15 years. She has served as Milwaukee Rep’s Casting Director for over a decade, seeing up to a thousand auditions each season. Sandy made her first foray into film as Casting Director for the independent feature film Baraboo and as Casting Consultant on Waterwalk. Shawn Gulyas, Children’s Director Shawn is happy to be celebrating this Christmas season with the young actors in A Christmas Carol. He quite likes angels. Shawn wishes a Merry Christmas to his family and friends and counts his blessings. Lara Leigh Dalbey, Make-up/Hair/ Wig Designer Lara is the Wig and Make-up Supervisor for The Rep. This is her 12th A Christmas Carol. She moved from Arizona where she had done work for the Arizona Opera Company, Arizona Theatre Company and Arizona Dance. Her work has also been seen at Opera in the Ozarks (Arkansas), American Players Theatre, Skylight Opera Theatre and at Writers’ Theatre in Glencoe, IL. Mark Clements, Artistic Director Mark Clements began his tenure as The Rep’s Artistic Director with the 2010/11 season. He is an award-winning international theater director whose work has appeared in over 100 major theaters throughout

Europe and the United States. Recent productions include: Death of a Salesman, Bombshells and Cabaret at The Rep; Oliver!, Born Yesterday, Great Expectations and Les Miserables (2008 Barrymore Award – Best Production of a Musical) and Of Mice and Men (2007 Barrymore Award – Best Director and Best Production of a Play), all for Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia; The Milliner (Off-Broadway, World Premiere), CSC, New York; My Fair Lady, Copenhagen; The Browning Version (Barclays/TMA Regional Theatre Award) at Derby Playhouse and Blunt Speaking (World Premiere), Chichester Festival Theatre U.K. and Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York both starring Corin Redgrave. Other productions include: Speaking in Tongues (U.S. Premiere) with Kevin Anderson and Karen Allen (SDC’s Joe Calloway Award, Best Director Nomination), Roundabout Theatre Company; Speaking in Tongues (European Premiere; Barclays/TMA Best Director Nomination), Hampstead Theatre, London; Creator/Director – Soul Train (Laurence Olivier Award Nomination), West End and three U.K. national tours; and the U.K. national tours of The Glass Menagerie, The Gingerbread Lady and Love & Marriage, all for Bath Theatre Royal productions. Mark served as an Associate Artistic Director for Moving Theatre Company, the production company founded by Vanessa and Corin Redgrave. He has also been Associate Director for New End Theatre and New Players Theatre, both in London, Royal Theatre in Northampton and Torch Theatre in Wales. Additionally, Mark served as Artistic Director of the awardwinning Derby Playhouse in the U.K. from 1992 to 2002, where he produced over 100 productions, directed 47, including nine transfers to London’s West End and many U.K. national tours and international collaborations with leading companies in Europe and A Christmas Carol – 32

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BIOGR A PHIES the U.S. He serves on the National Advisory Board for the LuntFontanne Fellowship Program at Ten Chimneys. Dawn Helsing Wolters, Managing Director Dawn Helsing Wolters joined Milwaukee Repertory Theater as Managing Director in 2009. She currently serves as President of Milwaukee Arts Partners, the Bridge Committee for the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, the National Advisory Board for the Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program at Ten Chimneys and the Advisory Board for the Chicago-based Stillpoint Theater Collective. Dawn came to Milwaukee from Chicago, where she was Executive Director of Court Theatre from 2005 to 2009. While in Chicago, Dawn served on the board of The League of Chicago Theatres, chairing its Nominating Committee and consulting in leadership development, capacity building and fundraising. She also served on the Chicago 2016 Olympic Arts and Culture Advisory Group. As a founding board member of the Hyde Park Cultural Alliance, she helped lead the group’s transition to an independent notfor-profit organization, chairing its Governance Committee. Dawn served as Director of Development at Center Stage in Baltimore, and held marketing and public relations positions at Center Stage and Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. While completing her MFA in Theatre Management at Yale School of Drama, she was Associate Managing Director of Yale Repertory Theatre and Managing Director of the Summer Cabaret. Dawn has served in an advisory capacity for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Commission, and The University of Chicago’s Graham School of General Studies and for Goucher College’s

graduate Arts Administration program and been a guest lecturer and panelist at colleges and universities. Briana J. Fahey, Stage Manager Briana is grateful to be returning for her ninth season with A Christmas Carol. She is blessed to be working with such amazing, talented people. Ed and Tom, your spirits live on. Sarah Hoffmann, Assistant Stage Manager Sarah is pleased to return to Milwaukee Rep having last been a part of the A Christmas Carol stage management team in 2004. Most recently, Sarah stage managed the wonderful production of Seussical at First Stage Children’s Theater. She has also worked at Renaissance Theaterworks, American Folklore Theatre in Door County and American Players Theatre in Spring Green. And as always, Sarah is continually grateful to be working in the arts. David Hartig, Assistant Stage Manager David is thrilled to be back at Milwaukee Rep for his second season. Previous Rep shows include Cabaret, My Name is Asher Lev, Bombshells, Rep Lab and Bomb-itty of Errors. He has also worked with American Players Theatre, Peninsula Players and is a graduate of the Theater Program at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Thank you for coming out to support the arts! A Christmas Carol – 34

BIOGR A PHIES Jason Simpson, Children’s Stage Manager Jason graduated with a BS in Theater from State University of New York at Brockport. He worked as a stage management intern for Geva Theatre, in Rochester, NY; stage manager for Tibbits Opera House and assistant stage manager for Bristol Valley Theatre. Jason hails from Upstate New York, near Rochester, where his passion for theater developed. His goal is to continue his education in the future and work as a professional stage manager. He is thrilled to have the opportunity to learn and work with The Rep, while experiencing life in Milwaukee with his cat, Juliet. JC Clementz, Assistant Director Artistic Intern Ensemble Member. JC was recently the Assistant Director for The Rep’s production of Yellowman. He joins The Rep after working in the casting/literary office at Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre, where he also assistant directed their production of Speaking in Tongues. As a stage manager, JC has traveled throughout Europe as the ASM for NY Harlem Productions and the international tour of Porgy and Bess. He holds an MFA in Directing from Western Illinois University.

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Understudies Ebenezer Scrooge, Jonathan Smoots*; Mrs. Cratchit, N’Tasha Anders; Catherine, Fred’s wife/ Cook/Mourner/Ghost of Christmas Past/Mrs. Miggott, Eva Balistrieri; Rev. Waghorn/Ghost of Jacob Marley/Jacob Marley/Sailor Captain/Old Joe/Scadger/Mr. Twyce/Ghost of Christmas Present, F. Tyler Burnet; Martha Cratchit, Madeleine Ernst; Young Scrooge/ Lighthouse Man/Businessman/ Mourner/Ghost of Christmas Future, Nathaniel French; Mrs. Oatway/ Belle/Lucy, Catherine’s sister/ Mourner/Mrs. Dilber/Mrs. Fezziwig/ Madeline, Catherine’s sister, Melissa Graves; Fred, Joseph Kemper; Mr. Grimgrind/Mr. Fezziwig/Mr. Topper/ Mr. Mudd, Eric Lynch; Fan, Kaitlyn Serketich; Bob Cratchit, Mr. Philpot/ Mr. Oatway/Barnaby, Madeline’s husband/Businessman/Mourner, Charlie Wright *Member of Actors’ Equity, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Special Thanks To all of the parents of the children in A Christmas Carol To the staff and management of the Pabst Theater ACC Run Crew Jon Altendorf Dan Doughty James Fyksen Kurt Holzhauer Terrie Little Neal Raasch Debbie Steidl Jeff Sharrow Robert Zenoni


Row 1: Eva Balistrieri, Joshua Baggett, N’Tasha Anders; Row 2: John Mark Jernigan, Jenna K. Vik, Hannah Brown, JC Clementz; Row 3: Alexander Pawlowski IV, Melissa Graves, Elizabeth Telford; Row 4: F. Tyler Burnet, Nathaniel French; Row 5: Eric Lynch, Joseph Kemper, Cody Craven, Jason Simpson

The ensemble cast of A Christmas Carol is composed of actors from The Rep’s Artistic Intern Company. The Rep draws actors, directors and dramaturgs from a pool of some of the finest emerging and mid-professional theater artists found at a wide variety of training programs and theaters nationwide. Artistic Interns generally spend an entire season with The Rep and form a large part of the core of The Rep’s artistic production staff. The Artistic Intern Company allows The Rep to mount ambitious and engaging productions in an economically feasible manner, while at the same time nurturing and assisting in the development of the next generation of American theater artists. Directing Interns serve as Assistant Directors for mainstage productions and Acting Interns, in addition to serving as the ensemble company in larger productions, understudy all roles in the Quadracci Powerhouse and Stiemke Studio and A Christmas Carol, as well as playing small principal roles of their own throughout the season. The Rep thanks them for their hard work and diligent dedication.

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T H E R E P | PAT R O N S E R V I C E S Contact Info Ticket Office Phone Number: 414-224-9490 Fax Number: 414-225-5490 Mailing Address: Milwaukee Repertory Theater Patty & Jay Baker Theater Complex 108 E. Wells Street; Milwaukee, WI 53202 E-mail: Hours of Operation: Monday – Sunday Noon to 6 pm On days with performances the Ticket Office will remain open until show time. Administrative Office Phone Number: 414-224-1761 Fax Number: 414-224-9097 Mailing Address: Milwaukee Repertory Theater Patty & Jay Baker Theater Complex 108 E. Wells Street; Milwaukee, WI 53202 Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 8:30 am to 5:30 pm Emergency Phone Number If you anticipate the need to be reached during a performance, leave your name and seat location with your contact information, along with instructions, to direct emergency phone calls to the House Manager at 414-290-5379 or 414-224-1761, ext. 379.

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T O T H E AU D I E N C E Concessions Enjoy a drink before the show or during intermission in the Cudahy Irish Pub. Please remember that food is not allowed in the theater. Late Arrivals Out of courtesy to the actors and audience, patrons arriving after the performance has started will be seated at the discretion of House Management. Parking Milwaukee Center offers onsite parking with indoor access to The Rep operated by InterPark. Enter from Kilbourn Avenue or Water Street. Parking Passes You may purchase parking passes to the Milwaukee Center’s garage for $7.00 in the Quadracci Powerhouse, Stiemke Studio and Stackner Cabaret theater lobbies and The Rep’s Ticket Office during Rep performance times. SAVE TIME AND MONEY!

Policy on Children Children under age five are not admitted in the theater. Weather Policy The Rep does not cancel or reschedule performances due to inclement weather, nor do we offer refunds. Recording Equipment and Cameras The use of recording equipment and cameras in the theater is strictly forbidden. Speakers’ Bureau Members of The Friends of The Rep are available to speak to your social group or club. Our program can be designed to fit your group’s special interests. Classroom presentations are also available. Call 414-224-1761 for further information. Wheelchairs Wheelchair seating is limited. If you need wheelchair access, please contact the Ticket Office at 414-224-9490.

Cellular Phones/Electronic Paging Devices Please remember to turn off your cell phones and electronic paging devices. In case of emergency, these items may be left with the House Manager. Also, as a courtesy to your fellow theatergoers and the actors on the stage, please refrain from text messaging during the performance. Thank you!

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Visiting Greendale during the holiday season is like stepping back in time. It’s truly a “Norman Rockwell town!” There are 25 small shops offering boutique clothing, décor, gifts, bakery, homemade candy and more. There are five charming eateries, too. The Greendale Visitor Center offers Taste of Home cookbooks, kitchen gadgets and food demonstrations.

Especially at this time of year when over 100,000 lights frame its historic buildings!

So for the holiday lights, shopping or food, come down to Greendale, south of Grange on 60th Street. There’s always something cooking in Greendale!

Always something new and beautiful waiting just for you. Mon. - Sat. 10 - 5 | Thur. 10 - 8 414-423-7060 | 5608 Broad St., Greendale A Christmas Carol – 38

T H E R E P ’ S S TA C K N E R C A B A R E T Avoid a last minute rush and enjoy a delicious pre-show dinner at The Rep’s Stackner Cabaret. Offering an affordable full range of entrées, light fare, drinks and desserts from our kitchen, the Stackner Cabaret features a fullservice bar and is open for cocktails, desserts and light bites after the show as well. Open to the public and patrons attending productions in any of our three venues and our annual production of A Christmas Carol. For dinner reservations, call 414-224-9490. To view the menu and other information, visit



J O U R N E Y H O U S E – P L E A S E G I V E G E N E R O U S LY !

Following all A Christmas Carol performances costumed actors will be in the Pabst Theater lobby collecting donations for Journey House. Established in 1969, Journey House is grounded in the philosophy that Education is a Family Journey. We embody this belief through our mission of working with the community utilizing a self-help philosophy in order to increase education, reduce unemployment and crime, strengthen families and revitalize neighborhoods. Journey House begins with the conviction that everyone has (a) the right to a high quality of life and (b) the basic assets for attaining it. At the same time, members of urban Milwaukee communities face challenges to their quality of life, and must therefore develop specific academic, employment and life skills in order to become full participants in the benefits and responsibilities of civic society. For this reason, Journey House exists as a communitybased opportunity oasis where men, women and children on Milwaukee’s diverse Near South Side can build these vital skills and reach their goals. Journey House’s time-tested commitment to its community has earned the agency a strong reputation within and beyond its target neighborhood. Indications of client and community support of Journey House include consistent neighborhood approval of CDBG funds for agency programs, widespread word-of-mouth publicity and an extensive network of local partnerships. Sixty-eight percent of the population in the area

Journey House serves (zip codes 53204 and 53215) is Hispanic. Journey House’s location places them in one of Milwaukee’s most culturally diverse, high crime and gang activity and economically challenged neighborhoods. The Historic Clarke Square neighborhood has been a high-crime area where federal, state and local resources have come together to enforce the law, prevent crime and revitalize the community. Each youth that walks through their doors has been affected directly or indirectly by drugs (easy money or use), violence, gang/ street mentality, abuse, poverty, lack of language skills and low educational skills. Milwaukee’s Near South Side faces serious social and economic challenges. The need for educational, workforce, recreational, college and career support of the population Journey House serves is great. These challenges impact the quality of life for community residents. Many of these community members lack the academic, literacy, and employability skills they need to obtain family-sustaining jobs. As a result, The Journey House “Education is a Family Journey” focus provides a significant response to this community challenge by integrating youth leadership and education programming. For more information, please visit PLEASE REMEMBER TO GIVE GENEROUSLY!

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BOA R D OF T RUST E ES OFFICERS President Judy Hansen Vice President, Audience Development Joseph A. Rock Vice President, Trustees Susan Esslinger Vice President, Development James Braza Vice President, Personnel Dwight L. Morgan Vice President, Strategic Planning/ Immediate Past-President John Kordsmeier Secretary Pete Hotz Treasurer Kathleen A. Gray

TRUSTEES Eliza Audley Judy Berdan Wendy Blumenthal Randy Bryant Michelle Crockett Norman Dyer Patrick Gallagher Connie Gavin John N. Greene Stephen Isaacson Kristine Lueders Robert H. Manegold Michael McNeely Wally Morics Abigail Nash Catherine Robinson Micky Sadoff Joseph A. Schlidt Tom Scrivner Michael Smith Patrick Smith Sean Torinus Stephen VanderBloemen Bob Welke Karin Werner Stacy Williams Kristie Zahn

At Large Jane A. Chernof

FR IENDS OF THE R EP OFFICERS President Judy Berdan Vice President of Fundraising Cathy Jakicic Vice President of External Services Jim Gehrke Vice President of Internal Services Jim Mergener Secretary Dan Roskom

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Treasurer Diane Dalton Immediate Past-President Lisa Gehrke

DIRECTORS AT LARGE Eunice Beckendorf Susan Esslinger Don Fraker Amy Gehrke Connie Kordsmeier Sue McComb Brittany Roskom Cindy Wiktorek


Milwaukee Repertory Theater is supported in part by:

The Rep would like to thank all of the organizations and individuals listed below who generously contributed to The Rep between November 4, 2010 and November 4, 2011. CORPORATION, FOUNDATION AND GOVERNMENT AGENCY DONORS $50,000+ The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation Greater Milwaukee Foundation The Richard and Ethel Herzfeld Foundation MillerCoors The Shubert Foundation United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) $25,000 – $49,999 CAMPAC (Milwaukee County) The Friends of The Rep The Faye McBeath Foundation National Endowment of the Arts Northwestern Mutual Foundation $10,000 – $24,999 Helen Bader Foundation, Inc. Robert W. Baird & Co. Patty and Jay Baker Foundation Briggs & Stratton Corporation Foundation Mae E. Demmer Charitable Trust Elizabeth Elser Doolittle Charitable Trusts GE Healthcare Harley-Davidson Foundation The Charles E. Kubly Foundation M&I/BMO Harris MPS Foundation Rockwell Automation Jane Bradley Pettit Foundation Rogers Memorial Hospital Wisconsin Arts Board

$1,000 – $9,999 Associated Bank Aurora Health Care Badger Meter Cleary Gull Davis & Kuelthau DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C. Law Firm Fiduciary Management, Inc. Foley & Lardner LLP The Gardner Foundation Godfrey & Kahn Hays Companies of Wisconsin, LLC Evan and Marion Helfaer Foundation High Point Fund: Supporting African American Performing Arts Frieda & William Hunt Memorial Trust Dorothy Inbusch Foundation, Inc. Johnson Controls Foundation KPMG LLP The Sheldon and Marianne Lubar Fund of the Lubar Family Foundation The Maihaugen Foundation Marcus Hotels & Resorts Milwaukee Arts Board Charles D. Ortgiesen Foundation Park Bank Foundation Quarles & Brady Serigraph Inc Target The VanderBloemen Group LLC We Energies Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. INDIVIDUAL DONORS

Jacqueline Herd-Barber and Michael Barber John and Constance Kordsmeier Patricia Lindner Robert H. and Carol O. Manegold Sally S. Manegold Gordana and Milan Racic Kathleen H. Seidel David and Julia Uihlein BENEFACTOR ($5,000 – $9,999) James and Mary Braza Julia and Bladen Burns Shirley Debouzek Ruth DeYoung Kohler Jim and Pati Ericson Keyes Family Kristine and Wayne Lueders Catherine and Buddy Robinson Teddy and Karin Werner PRODUCER ($2,500 – $4,999) Dr. and Mrs. R. H. Aster Kathe and Bill Biersach Wendy and Warren Blumenthal Robert and Carolyn Burrell Jane and Stephen Chernof Larry and Patty Compton Kay and John Crichton Susan and Gee Esslinger Kirt and Dixie Fiegel Kathleen Gray and Ronald R. Hofer Peter and Linda Hotz Henry and Margery Howard Jeffrey and Jacqueline Jahnke Judy and Gary Jorgensen David and Camille Kundert Franklin Loo and Sally Long

VISIONARY ($10,000+) Einhorn Family Foundation George and Audrey Grove Judy Hansen A Christmas Carol – 42

D O N O R S (c o n t . ) Paul McElwee and Gayle Rosemann Anthony and Donna Meyer Dwight and Marleen Morgan Greg and Rhonda Oberland Ruth Olsen Anthony Petullo Lisa Quezada Joseph A. and Sarah Rock Micky and Ron Sadoff Jay and Anne Schamberg June Schloerb Thomas and Meredith Scrivner Patrick Smith Brian Stark and Debra Altshul-Stark Mike and Peg Uihlein Robert and Malissa Welke Stacy and Blair Williams

John and Nancy Larson Phoebe R. and John D. Lewis Foundation Susan and Robert Lueger Kevin and Rosanne Lyons Michael and Sandra McNeely Richard and Maribeth Meeusen Geraldine Mesching Robert and Dianne Morris Abigail and David Nash Cornelia Riedl Paul and Lynn Rix Joe and Katy Schlidt Nita Soref Maureen Swokowski and Hillerian Hess Wilfred Wollner Kristine and David Zahn Clare and Judy Zempel

DIRECTOR ($1,500 – $2,499) Isabel L. Bader Mark and Gerry Biehl Karen and Bill Boyd Lisa and Tom Braun Cheryl and Mark Brickman Juan Manuel Carrasquillo Byron and Suzanne Foster Patrick and Molly Gallagher Connie Gavin and Bob Rothacker Greater Milwaukee Foundation: Margaret Heminway Wells Fund John and Tameica Greene Thomas and Lawrine Handrich Norma and Bill Harrington Edward Hashek and John Jors Carla and Robert Hay Dawn Helsing Wolters and Tony Wolters Dr. and Mrs. Burton Hoffman Stephen and Roberta Isaacson Maja Jurisic and Don Fraker Judith Keyes Robert and Gail Korb

PRODUCTION MANAGER ($1,000 – $1,499) Anonymous (2) Fran and Lowell Adams Helen and Bruce Ambuel Daniel and Amy Argall Janet Balding John and Carol Bannen Dr. and Mrs. R. P. Barthel Elaine Burke Dr. and Mrs. Bruce M. Camitta Jim Cauley and Brenda Andrews Mark Clements George and Sandra Dionisopoulos Aly El-Ghatit Peter Foote and Robin Wilson Karen and Gardner Friedlander Richard S. and Ann L. Gallagher Lloyd and Mary Ann Gerlach Franklyn and M. Anne Gimbel Stephen and Bernadine Graff

Greater Milwaukee Foundation: Anthony and Andrea Bryant Family Fund Lois and Donald Cottrell Fund B R. Christie Hanna Susan and John Harrits Janet and Graham Hume Annie Jansen Jurczyk and John Jansen Charles and Mary Kamps Pam Kriger Steven Kuhnmuench Dr. Paul W. Loewenstein and Ms. Jody Kaufman Loewenstein Thomas and Debra Longtin Vince and Jan Martin Larry Martin and Linda Rice Mary E. McAndrews Daniel and Constance McCarty Hazelyn McComas Karen McDiarmid Patti and Jack McKeithan Jim and Sally Mergener Cathy and Wally Morics David Olson and Claire Fritsche Bruce and Peppy O’Neill Dr. David Paris Bob and Mary Lou Parrish Jim and Gwen Plunkett Karen Plunkett and Thomas Muenster James and Lys Reiskytl Susan Riedel Patrick Schmidt and Dewey Caton John Shannon and Jan Serr Bonnie and Bill Stafford Frank and Elsa Sterner Anne and Fred Stratton James and Elaine Sweet Sean and Cathie Torinus Stephen and Christine VanderBloemen Thomas Warden Sargit Warriner Dr. and Mrs. Paul Weisman Donald and Kate Wilson Bettie Zillman

Please play a role this season and support The Rep’s important artistic and education programming. For more information, visit

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ARTISTIC Associate Artistic Director............... Sandy Ernst Associate Artistic Director..........Brent Hazelton Artistic Associate....................Michael M. Kroeker

EDUCATION Education Director........................Jenny Kostreva Education Coordinator................Leda Hoffmann Education Assistant...................... Neal Easterling Teaching Artists........ Tom Bruno, Marcy Kearns, Cheryl Ann Lisowski, Shannon Sloan-Spice Education Intern.................. Samantha Martinson Big Read Project Coordinator...........................................Laura Webb Big Read Project Intern.................. Eric Scherrer

RESIDENT ACTING COMPANY Jonathan Gillard Daly, Lee E. Ernst, Laura Gordon, Gerard Neugent, James Pickering, Deborah Staples

ARTISTIC APPRENTICES/INTERNS Acting Interns............. N’tasha Charmel Anders, Eva Balistrieri, F. Tyler Burnet, Cody Craven, Nathaniel French, Melissa Graves, John Mark Jernigan, Joseph Kemper, Eric C. Lynch, Elizabeth Telford, Jenna K. Vik, Charlie Wright Acting Apprentice.......Alexander Pawlowski IV Directing Interns.......................... Joshua Baggett, JC Clementz Literary Intern...................................... Adam Seidel

PRODUCTION Production Manager..... Melissa Nyari Vartanian Assistant Production Manager........................................... Liza Tognazzini Production Purchaser........................Peter Koenig Assistant Stagehand............ Samantha Donnelly

Costumes Costume Director.................................. Holly Payne Costume Shop Assistant...................... Amy Horst Senior Draper..................................Alex B. Tecoma Draper...................................................April McKinnis First Hand...................... Rey Dobeck, Jef Ouwens Associate First Hand...................... Jessica Jaeger Stitchers...................... Jade Jablonski, Carol Ross Crafts Artisan/Milliner............... Kate McLaughlin Show Assistant/Shopper............ Jenny Thurnau Wig & Make-up Supervisor................Lara Dalbey Head Wardrobe.............................. Jennifer Vinent Wardrobe/Stitcher...................... Abbey Peterson, Jaime Schnittke Interns............... Nicole Thompson, Jessi Veverka

Lighting & Sound Lighting & Sound Director....... Craig Gottschalk Assistant Sound Supervisor................. Erin Paige Assistant Lighting Design Intern................................ Tylar Talkington Electrics Interns......... Casey Miller, Drew Ogden

Properties Director................................James Guy Assistant Props Director/ Props Craft Artisan...........................Anna Warren Props Artisan.......................................... Sarah Heck Soft Props Artisan..............Margaret Hasek-Guy Props Carpenter/Artisan............... Erik Lindquist Prop Painter/Graphic Artist.........Jill Lynn Lyons

Scenic Technical Director.................................. Tyler Smith Assistant Technical Director..............Natalie Bell Charge Scenic Artist........................... Jim Medved Scenic Artists........................ Susannah M. Barnes, Shannon Mann Scenic Artist Intern....................... Erin Wegleitner

Stage Management Production Stage Manager........ Briana J. Fahey Stage Managers..........Richelle Harrington Calin, Sarah Deming-Henes, Sarah Hoffmann, Rebecca Lindsey, Kristy Matero, Becky Merold, Mark S. Sahba, Laura F. Wendt Stage Management Interns................Hannah Brown, Jason Simpson Stage Management Apprentice............................................David Hartig

Resident Stagehands & Carpenters Bill Burgardt, Glenn Dassow, Sam Garst, Rick Grilli, Dave Hicks, John Nusslock, Robert Schultz, Jim Zinky

MANAGING DIRECTOR Dawn Helsing Wolters

ADMINISTRATION General Manager..................... Timothy O’Connell Company Manager.................... Dawn Marie Ross Administrative Assistant.............................. Erin Burgess-Ellingen Receptionists.....................Andrea Roades-Bruss, Michael Evans, Nathaniel French, Grace Hern, Katherine Ketter, Samantha Martinson, Maria Roades, Jenna K. Vik, Alicia Wahl Intern............................................................. Lisa Rowe

DEVELOPMENT Development Director....................Tamara Hauck Institutional Giving Manager.....................................................Nina Jones Individual Giving Manager.............. Anne Cauley Events Manager......................Rebecca Kitelinger Interns....... Sarah Kordsmeier, Dan Gorchynsky

FINANCE Finance Director......................... Leslie Fillingham Payroll Specialist..................................... Gail Getka Finance and Production Accountant................. Lisa Schieffer Accounting Assistant........................ Marie Holtyn

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Ticket Office

Housekeeping Supervisor..........Charles McClain Housekeeping Staff............................Regail Blade, Kaye Johnyakin, Dennis Reed, Rosie L. Williams

Patron Relations Manager...................................... Christine Y端ndem Assistant Ticket Office Manager.........................James Thibodeau Ticket Office Staff................Beata Chrzanowska, Carla Crump, David Dziatkiewicz, Alisha Hall, Andrew Guyetle, Jaime Lacy, Lori Locke, Johnell Major-Wesley, Kelly Peterson, Katherine Sterner, Lindsey St. Arnold, Britt Wegner, Theodore Woo

MAINTENANCE Chief Building Engineer............ Mark A. Uhrman Lead Engineer....................................... James Ross Engineer..................................................... Todd Ross Part-time Engineer.........................Brittany Scites

MARKETING Marketing Director.................................Lisa Fulton Marketing Manager..........................Ryan Odorizzi Graphic Designer........................... Megan Gadient Marketing Interns......................Erin McGarry, Kaitlin Schlick Photographer.............................. Michael Brosilow Videographer...........................The Stage Channel

Public Relations Public Relations Director............Cindy E. Moran PR Interns............ Doug Clemons, Jessica Wolfe

Gift Shop Staff..............................Lisa Rowe, Erin Wegleitner

House Management Assistant House Managers............ Carynne Dati, Dan Gorchynsky, Johnathan Koller, Andrew Peck

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STACKNER CABARET Manager................................................ Kristen Olsen Cabaret Staff.......................... Kathleen Borchardt, Lara Leigh Dalbey, Terese Dick, Matthew Flannery, Caitlin Hagness, Tanya Haynes, Tim Gould, Alex Herrmann, Mariel Hildenbrand, David Mercado, Katrina Nipko, Beth Ormsby, Michael Passow, James Passow, Jeanne Pfannenstiel, Marna Riordan, Claire Rydzik, Rachel Sanders, Micheal Shorty, Stephan Shanklin, Rachel Stenman, Jane Stratton, Tomika Vukovoch, Megan Watson, Charles Wallace, Jenni Watson, Rebecca Witt, Greta Wohlrabe

Ed Burgess Last May our friend and colleague Ed Burgess suddenly, and totally unexpectedly, passed away in his sleep. Ed was one of the most vital and fully alive human beings imaginable and those of us who knew and worked with him are only beginning to come to grips with the reality that he’s no longer with us. Ed was a masterful dancer, actor, choreographer and movement specialist whose artistry enhanced dozens of Rep productions, including many a production of A Christmas Carol. He was possessed with a truly epic passion for performance, chairing the Dance department at UWM and bringing it to national prominence, while choreographing, directing and performing with many Milwaukee dance and theater companies. His final performance, completed only a couple of days before his passing, was as Nijinsky in Theatre Gigante’s production of Isadora and Nijinsky, a play he co-wrote with Isabel Kralj and Mark Anderson. Ed was my creative partner on many productions and he had a hand in crafting many of the theatrical moments that live brightest in my memory. His love for actors and his natural connection to them was truly magical to watch, as was the effortless manner in which his innate charisma elevated the energy in our rehearsal halls. His sly and gentle humor, personal grace, generosity and genuine good will unfailingly brought out the best in people. During this first Christmas in which Ed’s creativity and buoyant spirit isn’t part of our Christmas family, we miss him fiercely. –Joseph Hanreddy Director

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