The 20th annual production of Pittsburgh CLO's A Musical Christmas Carol will feature an exceptional cast of exciting new faces and returning favorites, led by Pittsburgh's own Tom Atkins as Ebenezer Scrooge. A Musical Christmas Carol - celebrating 20 years as a true Pittsburgh holiday tradition, December 8-23. Tickets are now available by calling 412-456-6666, online at pittsburghCLO.org or at the Theater Square Box Office.
About the Cast
(Listed in alphabetical order)
Tom Atkins (Ebenezer Scrooge) returns for a fourth consecutive appearance in A Musical Christmas Carol. Mr. Atkins is perhaps best known for his numerous film and television credits, including "Escape from New York," "The Fog," "Creepshow," "Lethal Weapon," "Bob Roberts," "Striking Distance" and "My Bloody Valentine 3D," as well as "M*A*S*H," "The Rockford Files," "Homicide" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." A Pittsburgh native, he has performed in numerous Pittsburgh Public Theater Productions, most notably starring as Art Rooney Sr. in The Chief. On Broadway, he appeared in The Changing Room and The Front Page.
Paul Domencic (Young Scrooge/Ghost of Christmas Future) returns to A Musical Christmas Carol. A graduate of The Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, he has appeared regionally with Colonial Theatre, St. Michael's Playhouse, The Depot Theatre, St. Vincent Summer Theatre and as Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night at Mountain Playhouse. He has also appeared on several daytime soaps.
Justin Fortunato (Wilkins/Watkins) is making his CLO debut with A Musical Christmas Carol. Justin recently graduated from Point Park University with his BFA in Musical Theatre. He is a two-time Gene Kelly Award Winner (2004/2006) and has worked with The Playhouse Jr, Primestage, The REP, and St. Vincent REP.
Lisa Ann Goldsmith (Mrs. Cratchit) has performed with many notable companies regionally and Off-Broadway, and has appeared locally with Pittsburgh Public Theater, The REP, Quantum Theatre, and Unseam'd Shakespeare. She has directed for Tulsa Shakespeare in the Park, Protean Theatre Company, Pittsburgh Public Theater, and The Microscopic Opera Company, and has numerous film and television credits.
Tim Hartman (Mr. Fezziwig/Ghost of Christmas Present) returns to A Musical Christmas Carol for the 14th time. Broadway credits include A Tale of Two Cities and Finian's Rainbow. Pittsburgh roles include Don Quixote in The Man of La Mancha, Daddy Warbucks in Annie, El Gallo in The Fantastiks, and Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music. Other theater credits include Miles Gloriosus in ...Forum, Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast, Falstaff in Henry IV, C.S. Lewis in Shadowlands and The Big Bang at the CLO Cabaret. Tim has also appeared as Merlin in Camelot, Ziegfeld in Funny Girl with Anna Gasteyer, FDR in Annie and 24 characters in the one man show The Cotton Patch Gospel. Film credits include "Silence of the Lambs," "The Piano Lesson," "The Mothman Prophecies" and "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh."
Billy Hepfinger (Topper) recently starred in Pittsburgh CLO's Gallery of Heroes production of Young Washington as George Washington. He is a graduate of Princeton University, where he studied literature and theater, acted in his spare time, and sang with the Princeton Nassoons, one of the country's oldest a cappella groups. He is also a graduate of North Allegheny High School, a Gene Kelly Award winner, a former Pittsburgh CLO intern and is a resident of Allison Park, PA.
Jeff Howell (Bob Cratchit) is a veteran of numerous productions of A Musical Christmas Carol. He was most recently seen in the 2011 Pittsburgh CLO Summer Season productions of Jekyll & Hyde, The Sound of Music and Jesus Christ Superstar at the Benedum Center. His other Pittsburgh CLO credits include Oliver!, Beauty and the Beast, Bells Are Ringing, Chess, Singing In the Rain and The Most Happy Fella. Local credits include Candide for Quantum Theatre and Show Boat with Marvin Hamlisch and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Daniel Krell (Marley) returns to A Musical Christmas Carol for the tenth time. He is a veteran of over 20 Pittsburgh CLO productions, including Jekyll & Hyde, Curtains, Oliver!, Les Misérables, The Full Monty, 1776, Jekyll & Hyde, Guys and Dolls, South Pacific and Anything Goes. Mr. Krell starred in Quantum Theatre's production of When the Rain Stops Falling this year and has also appeared in productions for City Theatre and Pittsburgh Public Theater, among others.
Mary Lamb (Fan/Alice) Ms. Lamb is making her Pittsburgh CLO debut. Credits include Hairspray (Amber VonTussle), Annie Get Your Gun (Winnie Tate), Cabaret (Kit Kat Girl), Fame (Serena), and Footloose (Ariel). She will be playing Nellie Bly in Pittsburgh CLO's 2012 Gallery of Heroes tour. Look for Ms. Lamb this spring in the feature film The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Caitlin Elizabeth Reilly (Miss Watkins/Martha Cratchit) returns to Pittsburgh CLO after seven previous appearances in A Musical Christmas Carol and as the understudy CLO Cabaret's productions of I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change and My Way. Her previous regional credits include Oklahoma!, Picnic, Grease!, The House of Yes, High School Musical and Annie Get Your Gun.
Connor Russell (Peter Cratchit) returns to A Musical Christmas Carol for his second year as Peter Cratchit. His credits include: 42nd Street, The Who's Tommy, Bye Bye Birdie (Village Theatre), Disney's High School Musical (Seattle Children's Theatre), Zanna Don't! (Contemporary Classics), Thoroughly Modern Millie and Carousel (Pittsburgh Playhouse Conservatory). Mr. Russell is currently a senior musical theatre major, dance minor, at Point Park University.
Amanda Serra (Ghost of Christmas Past) returns to the cast of A Musical Christmas Carol for an 11th time. Her other Pittsburgh CLO credits include The Sound of Music, The Music Man, Hello, Dolly! and Me and My Girl. In New York, she has appeared in Disembodied Heads, Dialing For Donna, Amahl and the Night Visitors and Ripper - the Musical.
Amanda Slaughter (Bess/Belle) is also returning to the cast of A Musical Christmas Carol. She is a graduate of Point Park University with a degree in musical theater. Ms. Slaughter has performed in CLO's Gallery of Heroes productions of First Lady and Pioneers of Flight. Her other credits include the National Tour of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Brigadoon, Into the Woods, Quilters and Oklahoma!
Mark Tinkey (Fred) returns for his fourth production of A Musical Christmas Carol and his first time appearing as Fred. Past credits for CLO include Mikey, Tony, and Eddie in Shear Madness, Forbidden Broadway and I Love you, You're Perfect, Now Change.
Eli Tokash (Tiny Tim) returns for his third season as Tiny Tim. He is an 8 year-old, third grade student at St. Joseph the Worker School in Weirton, WV. He attends the Pittsburgh CLO Academy and last performed for Pittsburgh CLO in Jesus Christ Superstar this past summer. Other credits include the short film "Anywhere But Here" which premiered at the Three Rivers Film Festival and the feature film "Super 8," directed by JJ Abrams. Eli can also be seen as a face/voice for the American Diabetes Association in their public service announcements.
Terry Wickline (Mrs. Dilber/Mrs. Fezziwig) returns to A Musical Christmas Carol for the 12th year. Her Pittsburgh CLO credits include The Sound of Music, The Music Man, Hello, Dolly!, Me and My Girl, My Fair Lady, Funny Girl, Crazy For You and Bye Bye, Birdie, as well as Always...Patsy Cline and Nunsense at Pittsburgh CLO Cabaret. She has also appeared in Pittsburgh Public Theater's The Importance of Being Earnest, Man of La Mancha and Much Ado About Nothing.
The cast is rounded out by a host of carolers and party guests.
John Dooley Credits include: Bruce Granit (On the Twentieth Century), Riff (West Side Story), Rolf Gruber and Captain Von Trapp (The Sound of Music), Olin Britt (The Music Man), Lieutenant Wright (The Secret Garden) and Marcel (The Boyfriend). Companies include; Theater at Monmouth, Playhouse on the Square, Tulsa Opera, Ash Lawn Opera Festival, Portland Opera, Utah Symphony and Opera Memphis.