BRADLEY ARMACOST (Ebenezer Scrooge) is taking his fourth journey as Ebenezer Scrooge this year, and is delighted to once again be working with the Drury Lane family on this glorious production. He is consistently amazed at the talent, dedication and fresh energy that the Artistic team brings to Dickens' classic story. The cast and crew, (Director) Scott Calcagno, Bill O and the entire staff, indeed, everyone you meet here at Drury Lane Oakbrook at this time of year, seems to take great pleasure in bringing the holiday spirit alive. Armacost is a multiple Joseph Jefferson Award winner on many Chicago stages and is an Artistic Associate with Provision Theatre and Irish Theatre of Chicago. He can be seen on the Fox series Empire and the Exorcist, NBC's Chicago Fire and has appeared often with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as part of the Beyond the Score series.
HOLLY ATWOOD (U/S Martha/Emily, Fan/Belinda) is proud to be a part of such a timeless Christmas classic. Her most recent credit is Nancy D/Waitress in A New Brain at Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre. Holly, a 2017 graduate of Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University was also seen in Godspell and performed as Dot/Marie in Sunday in the Park with George. She is grateful to her friends, family and teachers for their love, encouragement and support, and would like to thank everyone involved in A Christmas Carol.
GUILIANA BARTUCCI (U/S Belle/Abby, Ghost of Past/Mrs. Cratchit) is ecstatic to be part of Drury Lane Oakbrook’s A Christmas Carol as her first postgraduate production. Recent credits include: Cabaret (Sally Bowles) and Crimes of the Heart (Chick Boyle) in West Lafayette, IN. Giuliana holds a BA in Acting from Purdue University (May 2017) and has returned home to Chicago to embark on her professional career. Endless gratitude to her family and friends for their encouragement and inspiration, and to the entire Drury Lane team for this opportunity! www.giulianabartucci.com
SARAH CHALCROFT (Ghost of Past/Mrs. Cratchit) makes her Drury Lane debut. Other Chicago credits include King Charles III at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, A Christmas Carol at The Goodman Theatre, Scenes from an Execution for Runcible Theatre Company, Our New Girl and The Dream of the Burning Boy for Profiles Theatre. UK credits include Purgatorio at The Chocolate Factory; 4:48 Psychosis for Stonecrabs Theatre; Hedda Gabler with Theatre Babel; Transmissions for Birmingham Rep; The Merchant of Venice, Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, Measure for Measure, for Bard in the Botanics. Sarah is Artistic Director of Runcible Theatre Company. Sarah received a BA Hons in Theatre from De Montfort University.
BRADEN CROTHERS (Tiny Tim) is thrilled to make his Drury Lane debut! Theatre credits: Small Boy in Billy Elliot (Highland Park Players), Marky in Jerusalem (Profiles Theatre), Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol (PM&L Theatre), and the Children’s Ensemble in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Standing Ovation Theatre). On-camera credits: Max Flynn in Chicago PD (NBC), several independent films, and many commercials, including Sears, United HealthCare, The Hartford, and more. Print work: Tiffany & Co, Lands’ End, Land of Nod, Walgreens, and more. Eight-year-old Braden thanks God, his family, his agents at Shirley Hamilton, and Drury Lane!
DEREK HASENSTABrthlight, and Lookingglass Theatre, among others. Regional credits include: Come Back, Little Sheba at Huntington Theater, Metamorphoses at Mark Taper Forum and Arena Stage, and The Glass Menagerie at Kansas City Rep. National Tour: Zazu in The Lion King.
DREW KELLY (Tiny Tim) is super excited to be making his Drury Lane debut! Drew caught the acting bug at an early age, putting plays together with his older sisters and performing them on a homemade stage with painted shower curtain backdrops. More recently, he has worked on several Chicago short films and commercials. He loves sharing the acting experience with the audience members, cast and crew. He is grateful to the Drury Lane Team for this awesome opportunity! Instagram: @DrewsEyeViews
JAMES KRAG (Charity Man/Undertaker) is happy to return to Drury Lane for his third season of A Christmas Carol. A native of Chicago and a graduate of the Goodman School of Drama at DePaul University, Jim most recently understudied Pastor Paul in The Christians at Steppenwolf Theatre and appeared as Lodovico in Othello at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. Other Chicago credits include: The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, Court Martial At Fort Devens (Victory Gardens Theater); The Trip to Bountiful, Dinner With Friends (Goodman Theatre); Thyestes, Phedre (Court Theatre); and The Best Man (Remy Bumppo Theatre Company). New York credits include the original Broadway production of Burn This and Mill Fire at Women’s Project Theater. Film and TV Credits include: While You Were Sleeping, Mercury Rising,Crossing the Bridge, Chicago PD, Prison Break, Early Edition, Dharma and Greg, Ellen and ER.
ALANNA ROGERS (U/S Cleaning Woman/Mrs. Fezziwig, Charity Woman/Laundress) is elated to be working with Drury Lane! Theatre credits include Foxfinder (Sarah Box) with Interrobang Theatre Project, #DateMe (Amanda) at Second City, Long Day's Journey Into Night (Cathleen) at the Court Theatre, Point of V (The Beaten) at Shattered Globe, and The Boys Next Door (Sheila) at Syracuse Stage. TV/Web: Chicago Fire, Kappa Force, The Onion Online. Proud member of the Backroom Shakespeare Project. Alanna received her BFA in Acting from Syracuse University and is represented by Paonessa Talent Agency.
EMILY ROHM (Charity Woman/Laundress) is happy to return to Drury Lane, where she was last seen as Cosette in Les Misérables. Emily recently played the role of Jane Doe in the off-Broadway production of Ride the Cyclone at MCC Theatre (Lucille Lortel Award Nomination), as well as the Chicago production of Ride the Cyclone at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Other favorite roles include Mary Poppins (Paramount Theatre), Arminy in Carousel (Lyric Opera), Marian Paroo in The Music Man, Jane Ashton in Brigadoon (Goodman Theatre), Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Johanna in Sweeney Todd (Drury Lane Oakbrook), and Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd (Paramount Theatre). She earned her B.A. in Music Theatre from Lawrence University in Wisconsin. Emily is also the owner of Röhm, a clothing design label that specializes in handmade bridal garments.
RYAN SMETANA (U/S Marley/Topper/Old Joe, Bob Cratchit) This is Ryan’s first production with Drury Lane. His previous Chicago and regional credits include In the Soundless Awe, Almost Maine (Saltbox Theatre Collective), Disney’s Tarzan (NightBlue), The Young Playwrights Festival (Pegasus Theatre), A Fabulous 50’s Christmas (Towle Theatre), Pericles, The Tempest (Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival), Goat Song (Tennessee Williams Literary Festival), Grease, Jesus Christ Superstar (Lincoln-Way Area Summer Stock Theatre). Ryan received his BFA in acting from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. www.ryansmetana.com
DEMETRIA THOMAS (Cleaning Woman/Mrs. Fezziwig) earned her Bachelor's degree from Grand Valley State University, and her MFA from the University of Houston. Chicago credits include Tawanda in Live Bait's Love Child, Cass in Stage Left's Burying the Bones, and Erica in MPAACT's The Divine Order of Becoming for which she received a Joseph Jefferson Citation. Regional credits include Eunice in A Streetcar Named Desire at American Players Theatre, Doubt at New Stage Theater, Medea at Warehouse Theatre, and Mistress Ford in Merry Wives of Windsor at Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Demetria is represented by Paonessa Talent in Chicago.
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PAUL MICHAEL THOMSON (U/S Fred/Young Scrooge, Peter/Dick/Ghost of Future) is so grateful to be spending the holidays with Drury Lane Theatre! Chicago: Machinal (Greenhouse Theatre); Shakespeare in Love (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (Teatro Vista); The Nutcracker (The House Theatre of Chicago); The Baltimore Waltz (Brown Paper Box Co.). Regional: Romeo and Juliet (Arizona Theatre Company); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Southwest Shakespeare Company); The Glass Menagerie (Arizona Repertory Theatre). Television: Chicago Justice. Upcoming: Birds of a Feather (Greenhouse Theatre). Education: The University of Arizona, BFA Acting, BA Africana Studies. Gratitude to the creative team, his family of friends, and God. Paul Michael is represented by Gray Talent Group.
ADRIANA TRONCO (Martha/Emily) is so incredibly grateful to be making her Drury Lane Theatre debut in their annual production of A Christmas Carol! She is a recent graduate from the Chicago College of Performing Arts where she received her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. She would like to thank Scott and Ann for this amazing opportunity, her wonderful family and friends, and the cast and crew for their hard work and dedication to give our future generation a show filled with love, hope, positivity and inspiration to make our world a better place! Happy Holidays, everyone!.
LERYN TURLINGTON (Fan/Belinda) is thrilled to be returning to Drury Lane this holiday season! Past credits include Kim McAfee in Bye Bye Birdie, White Christmas, Charlotte’s Web, and the Leading Ladies of Chicago Theatre Cabaret. Other Chicago credits include: HAIR (Mercury Theater); Parade (Writers Theatre); Love’s Labour’s Lost (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre); Honky Tonk Angels (Theo Ubique - Jeff Nomination); The Nutcracker, Velveteen Rabbit (Marriott Theatre); Regional credits include: RENT, Hot Mikado, The Wiz (GLOW Lyric Theatre). Leryn is a member of the Chicago Artists Chorale and a proud Florida State University Alum. Special thanks to Scott, Ann, Bill, Paonessa Talent and her mother.
ANDREW WEIR (Bob Cratchit) is returning for his eighth season of A Christmas Carol, after previously performing in Sugar at Drury Lane. Other credits include Forbidden Broadway: SVU (Royal George); The Last Five Years (One Theatre Company); The Spitfire Grill, and Our Town (Artists’ Ensemble); A Man of No Importance and Floyd Collins (Playhouse on the Square); Two Gentlemen of Verona, Cyrano De Bergerac, and Hamlet (Illinois Shakespeare Festival). Andrew appears in eight Call of Duty video games as a motion capture performer. He holds an MFA from Western Illinois University and is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association.
FRANK WILTSE (U/S Charity Man/Undertaker, Ghost of Present/Mr. Fezziwig) is excited to make his Drury Lane debut. Partial stage credits include Sabu in Bride and the Beast at Chicago Actor’s Workshop, Maecenas in Antony and Cleopatra at Lyric Opera of Chicago, George Perkins in the world premiere of Ayn Rand’s Ideal at Melrose Theater in Los Angeles, and Theft, Good People and Big Meal, at Steel Beam Theater, St. Charles. Some TV roles include APB, Chicago Fire, Columbo, Santa Barbara, Oprah, and Bozo’s Christmas. Frank is a USMC veteran, lives in Plainfield with his wife Shurl-Lyn, his 13 year-old daughter Kaelyn, and their three dogs..