Natalie Cavender (Tiny Tim/Fan – Green Team) is excited to return for her third A Christmas Carol at LTA. Other favorite roles include Baby June in Gypsy (SMP) and Belinda Cratchit in A Christmas Carol (FT). Natalie is a seventh-grader at George Washington Middle School.
Bob Chaves (Marley/Businessman 1) Bob’s first acting classes were at LTA in the late ’80s. Since then, he’s been acting, singing and building sets and has served as board member and onetime president of Dominion Stage. Favorite roles over the years: Neville, The Secret Garden (RCP); Col. Pickering, My Fair Lady (TAP) directed by Roland Gomez; and Lloyd, the director, Noises Off (2FT). He has appeared as Scrooge with LCT, and again with LTA in the 2019 A Christmas Carol.
Carolyn Fox Darville (Belle/Mary) is delighted to be making her LTA debut. Favorite roles include Mrs. Cohen in Rent (BT) in London as a part of the International College of Musical Theatre, Harry in Puffs (SP) and the Enchantress in Rapunzel (GCT). She would like to thank her family, fiancé and friends for their support in her efforts to pursue her passion. She dedicates her performances to J.J. Stinson, Bryan Baugh, Benjamin Wenger, Hilda Dutton and Joseph Hinshaw.
Florence Ferraro (Ghost of Christmas Present/Gentlewoman 2/Mrs. Dilber) is delighted to again tread the boards of LTA in this, her second production of A Christmas Carol. She moves from the role of very active Ghost of Christmas Future in the 2019 production to her current role embodying Christmas Spirit. Favorite past roles include Miss Maudie in To Kill a Mockingbird (VTC) and Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit (TCP). Florence is a licensed clinical social worker. Thanks to director Carol Clark for entrusting me with this beautiful role, and to assistant director Fred Lash, a familiar face at the audition table.
Merry Forbes (Mrs. Cratchit/Skater) crawled out from under a rock to perform this first show in over two years. Before now, Merry enjoyed performing at multiple theatres in Macon, Georgia. Some of her favorite roles include Grandma Addams (The Addams Family Musical), Beggar/Lucy (Sweeney Todd) and Maureen (Hotbed Hotel). Merry met her husband, Andrew, during Barefoot in the Park, when they played Paul and Corie Bratter. Merry misses her Macon theatre family and appreciates her new LTA friends. “Wishing Happy Holidays to all my loved ones!”
Lawrence O. Grey, Jr. (Fezziwig.Pawnbroker Joe/Poulterer) is excited to revisit the world of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol once again. Larry has appeared onstage with LTA, DS, TAP, SMP, PCP and HHC. He is the operations manager for La Ti Do DC (Cabaret for Song and Spoken Word in Washington, DC). He has stage managed for LTA, ACCT, PCP and DS and has done film work for commercials and movies. He would like to thank Mark and his family for their support.
Shelby Kaplan (Topper/Caroline/Businesswoman 2) is so excited to play Topper, Caroline and Businesswoman 2 in A Christmas Carol as her first LTA production. Some of Shelby’s past performances include Head Over Heels (Philoclea), Anon(ymous) (Calista), Urinetown: The Musical (Tiny Tom) and The Wizard of Oz (Glinda). Shelby would like to thank the amazing cast and crew for their hard work. She would also like to thank her family and friends for their constant love and support in all she does.
Miranda Lacy (Martha/Boy Scrooge – Red Team) is delighted to make her LTA debut in A Christmas Carol. She has previously appeared as Sheep in Charlotte’s Web (MVCCT) and in the ensemble in Shrek the Musical (MVCCT). She has also appeared as part of the Snow Chorus in Frozen JR. (ACCT) and Wilbur in Charlotte’s Web again (SAP). In her spare time, Miranda greatly enjoys reading, dancing and art. She hopes you enjoy the show!
Jolene Mafnas (Ghost of Christmas Past/Gentlewoman 1/Ruth) is excited to be making her LTA debut in A Christmas Carol. Jolene first began acting in college. Soon after her first acting class, she was cast in student-directed plays. In her final year, she played the lead role of Asuncion in the College of William & Mary’s mainstage play, Asuncion. She hopes this will be the first of many LTA productions she will be a part of.
Pat Mahoney (Bob Cratchit/Dick/Father) is a man who wears many hats. Whether as a personal trainer, actor, musician or voiceover artist, he believes in full commitment to everything he does. Pat has lent his voice to several video games and audiobooks, composing music for both genres. This will be his third performance at LTA, and he is eager to share the Christmas spirit with an audience that so richly deserves a little holiday joy.
Emily Martineau (Martha/Boy Scrooge – Green Team) is excited to participate in her first LTA show! Emily played Bulda in Frozen JR., Rosemary/Ensemble in The Giver and a Hotbox Girl in Guys and Dolls Jr. (ACCT). She was in the ensemble of Willy Wonka (MVCCT). Emily has been a participant in the Fairfax County Public Schools All County Chorus. She is in the eighth grade at Washington Irving Middle School. She loves to paint and crochet. Emily thanks her family for their love and support.
Matthew Randall (Scrooge) most recently directed Rumors for LTA. Onstage roles include Dr. Sloper in The Heiress (LTA), John/James Jekyll in Love! Valour! Compassion! (ESP and DS), Norman in The Dresser (PCP), Sterling in Jeffrey (DS), Edward in Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (PCP), Alan in This (VTC), Michael in The Boys in the Band (DS) and all the roles in Greater Tuna (ESP and LSDT). He is currently president of Dominion Stage, where he directed Gilligan’s Fire Island, Carrie the Musical, The Little Dog Laughed, Take Me Out, Reefer Madness: The Musical and The House of Blue Leaves.
Elena Ruiz (Peter/Turkey Child – Green Team) is pumped for her second LTA show! Favorite roles include Fan in A Christmas Carol, Pat in Compu-Speak (Cheryl Felicia Rhoads Northern Virginia Acting School) and Princess Buttercup in The Princess Bride (Dominion Christian School). Elena is delighted to be acting at LTA!
Andrew Sanchez (Fred/Young Scrooge/Caroline’s Husband) is excited not only to be making his LTA debut in A Christmas Carol but also being back onstage after two years. He appeared in many shows at three different theatres in Macon, Georgia, including Beauty and the Beast (TM), Anything Goes (PP) and Shrek: The Musical (MLT). His favorite roles have been Paul Bratter in Barefoot in the Park and Eddie Souther in Sister Act: The Musical. “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!”
Seyshelle Shamir (Belinda/Urchin – Red Team) is excited to return to LTA, having played an urchin in the 2017 production of A Christmas Carol. This year she reprises that role and plays the role of Belinda Cratchit. An avid singer, Seychelle acted in two elementary school plays and, as a sixth-grader, acted in a production during the 2020-21 school year for what is now the Alexandria City High School. She thanks her family, friends and colleagues for their support.
Clare Shannon (Peter/Turkey Child – Red Team) is thrilled to be making her LTA debut! Favorite productions include Voices of Now (AS), A Christmas Story (STC) and Puffs (NST). Clare recently attended the month-long residential Virginia Governor’s School for Visual & Performing Arts and Humanities program with a concentration in theatre. She has trained with NYC’s Broadway Artists Alliance, Signature Theatre, the Fairfax Academy and more. Clare has also danced for over six years and sung for over five. She thanks her family and friends for their support!
Anoushka Sharma (Belina/Urchin – Green Team) is delighted to be making her LTA debut as Belinda in A Christmas Carol. Her favorite credits include Fan in A Christmas Carol (FT), Auntie Abbie in The Musical Of Musicals (RCP) and Pepper in Annie (KP). She is grateful to her family and friends and the theater community for their relentless support.
Jillian Sheedy (Tiny Tim/Fan – Red Team) is excited to be making her stage debut in A Christmas Carol. She is an eighth-grader at St. Louis Catholic School in Alexandria and is happy to be learning her way around theatre at LTA. Her hobbies include singing, dancing, reading and writing. She would love to thank her family for all of their encouragement and support.
Eva Shinagel (Mrs. Pipchin/Mrs. Fezziwig) is delighted to be making her LTA debut with this production. She co-produced and stage managed LTA’s 2021 One-Act Play Competition performances. Her favorite performances were with Harlequin Productions’ Talking With and Reckless in Olympia, Washington.