Tuesday, November 21, 2017

A Christmas Story: Meet the Cast & Buy Tickets

A Christmas Story
Presented by Encore! Tulsa
December 8-10, 2017
Sponsored by Law Office Bryce A. Hill, Tulsa Little Theatre, and Carter Family Orthodontics

Trace Herrera (Young Ralphie Parker) loves performing whether it's singing, dancing, or acting. He also enjoys drawing and playing soccer. He plans to one day star on Saturday Night Live. With Encore!, Trace has played Linus in A Charlie Brown Christmas, Lionel the Mouse in The Lost Pages of Cinderella, and Pinocchio in the Lost Pages of Sleeping Beauty. He most notably starred as Oliver Warbucks in Annie Jr., and has been involved in other local productions: Disney Jr.-Cinderella (Jaq), Disney Jr.-Little Mermaid (Flounder), and Elf Jr. the Musical (Michael Hobbs).

Jared Barker (Adult Ralph Parker) is excited to perform with Encore! again, having played such roles as Mayhem in The Lost Pages of Sleeping Beauty and The Lost Pages of Cinderella, Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz, and Schroeder in A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Joshua Branson Barker (The Old Man) is co-director and designer of A Christmas Story and the Founding Artistic Director of Encore! Tulsa. In addition to performing in over 80 stage productions, Joshua has worked on feature films, including August: Osage County and Te Ata, and the short film, Dragula (directed by Adam Shankman and starring Rob Riggle and Missi Pyle), as well as the CBS TV series, Baby Daddy. His favorite Encore! credits include: The Lost Pages (Phantom), The Wizard of Oz (Cowardly Lion), Jungle Book (Baloo), and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Willy Wonka).

Mindy Barker (Mother) is the co-director and designer of A Christmas Story and the Founding Managing Director of Encore! Tulsa. In addition to performing in over 60 stage productions in Tulsa and Los Angeles, she has appeared in the feature film, Jersey Boys (directed by Clint Eastwood), as well as many television shows, including Mad Men, Pretty Little Liars, Parks and Recreation, Criminal Minds, NCIS, and Scandal. Her favorite Encore! credits include Steel Magnolias (Shelby), It's a Wonderful Life (Mary Bailey), A Charlie Brown Christmas (Sally), and Peter Pan (Peter Pan).

Abigail Cupp (Randy Parker) is eight years old and in the third grade. She is homeschooled along with her two brothers and younger sister. Her family always tells her to save the drama for the stage! She loves singing, acting, drawing, and sewing. This is her sixth show with Encore! She loves being a part of the Encore! family and being a Transitional Artist in Encore's Pre-Professional Youth Acting Program.

Eli Overbey (Flick) is thrilled to perform in another Encore! production, having played Linus in A Charlie Brown Christmas, Randy in A Christmas Story, and Hansel in The Lost Pages of Sleeping Beauty. He has taken several classes with Encore! and loved every minute of it!

Spencer Loeffler (Schwartz) has loved being a part of the Encore! family for the past year. His first (and favorite!) role was as Shermy in last year’s A Charlie Brown Christmas because he really enjoyed doing the Shermy dance. This will be his fifth Encore! production, having just recently played Charlie Brown in A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Calleigh Tucker (Esther Jane Alberry) is a third grader who loves learning about science and math. She is also a member of a competitive dance company and loves to sing, dance and act. Calleigh is excited to be back on stage with Encore! again. She most recently played Bo Peep in The Lost Pages of Sleeping Beauty and performed in the ensemble for A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Reagan Rozzi (Helen Weathers) is 10 years old and is thrilled to be in her third Encore! production. Her favorite play was The Lost Pages of Cinderella and her favorite role was Goldilocks in The Lost Pages of Snow White. Reagan would like to thank Josh and Mindy for their support and kindness. Reagan also likes to dance and bake.

Erika Hall (Miss Shields, December 9 & 10) is originally from RI and has a BA in Theatre from American University in Washington D.C. Inspired by her son with special needs, she is a special education teacher in Tulsa Public Schools. Christmas is her favorite holiday and she is thrilled to be a part of this show! None of this would be possible without the support of her husband, Bobby, and her 3 little ones, Bianca, Cameron, and Micah! Previous Encore! credits include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Mrs.Gloop), the adult cast of A Charlie Brown Christmas (Violet 2016, Frieda 2017), The Lost Pages of Sleeping Beauty (Glissandra), and The Lost Pages of Snow White (Lily Bell).

In her day-to-day life, Lisa Mahoney (Miss Shields, December 8) is a wife, mom, and part-time barista. However, she was bitten by the acting bug in 2016 and is extremely excited to be performing in her eighth production with Encore! Tulsa. She has played everything from a grandmother to a kangaroo to Cinderella's wicked Stepmother and genuinely feels like the theatre is one of her favorite places to be! She would like to give a big thank you to Mindy and Josh for letting her explore this creative outlet and to Troy, Reilly and Declan for putting up with rehearsal schedules and leftovers for dinner. I love you guys!

Gideon Trenary (Scut Farkus) loves playing soccer, video games, and the piano. He's excited to return to the Encore! stage, having played Mike Teavee in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Schwartz in A Christmas Story.

Auggie Sinnett (Grover Dill) is in 2nd grade at Lee Elementary. He just recently made his Encore! debut as Shermy in A Charlie Brown Christmas! Auggie really likes to read and play soccer. He is so happy to be in the cast!

Michael Loeffler (Santa, Delivery Guy) recently made his Encore! debut as Charlie Brown in the adult cast charity performance of A Charlie Brown Christmas. It was exciting to the stage after a 30-year hiatus since his critically-acclaimed performance as Featured Sailor in Marquette Catholic School’s production of Oh, Jonah! He was especially grateful to share the stage with his beautiful wife, April (Marcie), and to share the role of everyone’s favorite blockhead with his son, Spencer, who starred in the youth production. Off-stage, Michael is the assistant principal of Cascia Hall and a deacon at the Parish of Christ the King, and he wishes everyone a blessed Christmas season.

Ella Bartlett (Elf) is 15 years old and recently made her Encore! mainstage debut as Lucy in the adult cast charity performance of A Charlie Brown Christmas. She is a Junior Artist in Encore's Pre-Professional Youth Acting Program, having performed in the student productions of Murder Mystery (The Understudy) and the one-act, The Waiting Room (Robin). She enjoys cosplaying, playing video games, singing, and petting every dog she sees in her spare time. Ella has found such a welcoming community at Encore! and enjoys every second she gets to be on stage with her friends.

Emma Caldwell (Elf) is a 14-year-old from Sand Springs and is a student at Clyde Boyd Middle School. She has enjoyed many Encore! classes and is excited to perform in her fourth Encore! show. Emma loves to act and sing and is currently a member of the Tulsa Children's Chorus.

Janson Daniel (Black Bart) is thrilled to be part of A Christmas Story again after playing Scut Farkus last year. Janson has performed in several Encore! shows over the last couple of years, including Charlie Brown in Charlie Brown Christmas and Augustus Gloop in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Janson is actively involved with Encore! and currently part of the Pre-Professional Youth Acting Program. He also enjoys writing short stories, improv and directing. Janson is also part of the Bixby 7th grade jazz band and recently received All District Honors in Tenor Saxophone. Janson would like to thank his family for their love and support as well as Mindy and Josh for the opportunity to perform on stage.

Abbigail Howell (Bandit, "I Like Santa" kid) is a Junior Artist in Encore! Tulsa's Pre-Professional Youth Acting Program. She is thrilled to perform in her eighth Encore! mainstage production, having appeared in James and the Giant Peach (James), Charlie Brown Christmas (Lucy), The Lost Pages of Snow White (Kitty LePaws), The Lost Pages of Sleeping Beauty (Fauna), The Wizard of Oz (Winged Monkey), and The Jungle Book (Monkey) in addition to Box (various roles). 

Caroline White (Bandit) is a Junior Artist in Encore! Tulsa's Pre-Professional Youth Acting Program and has performed in such Encore! shows as A Charlie Brown Christmas (Snoopy 2017, Violet 2016), The Lost Pages of Cinderella (Cinderella), The Lost Pages of Snow White (Red Riding Hood), and Box (Various Roles)

Isabella Doering (Ensemble) is ten years old and attends Upper Elementary at Christian Montessori Academy. In addition to acting, Isabella loves reading, singing and spending time with her friends. She is excited to perform in her eighth Encore! Production. Encore! credits: A Charlie Brown Christmas (Marcie), The Wizard of Oz (Munchkin), The Lost Pages of Cinderella (Bo Peep), and The Lost Pages of Sleeping Beauty (Burr the Pig). Isabella would like to thank Mindy and Josh for the opportunities they have offered her and for helping her improve her acting skills.

Riley Smith (Ensemble) is ten years old and in the fifth grade. A Christmas Story is Riley’s 12th Encore! production, having just recently played Pig Pen in A Charlie Brown Christmas. In his free time, Riley enjoys reading, favorites include Harry Potter and comic books. He also plays video games, baseball and is active in his school’s student government and book clubs.

No stranger to the stage, Reagan Hubbell (Ensemble) is thrilled to have been cast in this classic seasonal favorite, having just played Frieda in A Charlie Brown Christmas. Under the direction of Josh and Mindy Barker, Reagan has learned so much during her time as a Transitional Artist in the Pre-Professional Youth Acting Program. She would like to thank Mindy for always pushing her to try new things and to step out of her comfort zone. Reagan would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Holiday Season! Merry Christmas everyone!

Ashlan Decker (Ensemble) is 10 years old and a fifth grader at Country Lane Intermediate. She just made her Encore! and stage debut in the ensemble of A Charlie Brown Christmas. She is very excited and honored to get this opportunity to perform.  In addition to acting, Ashlan loves dancing hip hop, drawing and singing. Thank you to Encore! for this amazing opportunity.

Reagan Renfro truly enjoys acting and just made her Encore! debut performing in the ensemble of A Charlie Brown Christmas. Acting has become her hobby and skill. She has performed in Patch the Pirate and Treasure Island plays, Treasure Blind (movie), Beauty and the Beast, and Teen Beach Movie (acting camp productions). She also enjoys singing to an audience, is an artist and likes spending time with her family.

Emili Watts (Ensemble) is seven years old and a second grader at Carnegie Elementary. She loves art and ballet in addition to attending Encore’s Acting Classes. This is her eighth production with Encore! Tulsa. She is excited to work with the cast and crew of A Christmas Story

Davis White (Ensemble) is ten years old and in fourth grade at Jenks Southeast. He is in the Chinese Immersion and Gifted programs at school and is in Coding Club and on the Jenks White football team. He was in the Charlie Brown Christmas ensemble with Encore! last year and again last month. He also played Jack in The Lost Pages of Snow White this summer. He loves attending Encore! classes and camps and is excited to be in the Encore! Christmas shows this year!

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