Laura LaCour, Nathan Marticke, Bobbi Shaw, Brian Scharf, Alicia Youmans, Park University, Park Campus Safety, Paula Rohr-Fry, Davida Terrell, Dalton Pittenger, City Theatre of Independence
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Matt is happy to return to the Bell Road Barn Players
this holiday season. Most recently, Matt appeared with the company last summer
in The Foreigner. He was previously a member of the improv company Comedy City
for over 10 years and has appeared in several film projects around KC,
including two Tech N9ne music videos. His theatrical credits include Deathtrap
with Pacifica Spindrift Players (Pacifica, CA), The Miss Firecracker Contest
with PTD Productions (Ypsilanti, MI), and other productions in the San
Francisco Bay area and southeastern Michigan. He’s eternally grateful to his
wife and son for their support.
Adeana is very excited to be making her Bell Road Barn Players debut in Hollywood Holidays. Some of Adeana’s most recent works include, Little Sally from Urinetown (the musical) Olivia from Things My Mother Taught Me, and Amy March from Little Women. Adeana enjoys performing at various theaters around the community and is thankful for the relationships they’ve brought her. She wants to thank her friends, family, and wonderful partner and his family for supporting her in every role.
Chris is excited to be making his Bell Road Barn Players debut! Chris has performed on the stages of KCRep, Kansas City Actors Theatre, Unicorn Theatre, The Living Room, The Fishtank, Metropolitan
Ensemble Theatre, KC Fringe, and more.
But by far, his favorite roles are husband and father. Many thanks to my entire family for their unending love and support. Happy holidays to everyone, especially Mariah and Cecilia!
Brandis is delighted to return to Bell Road Barn for the holiday season! Her recent works include playing: “After Midnight” at The Black Rep Theatre, The Golden Teacher from “Process Inevitable” at KC Fringe, Sophie from “Flyin’ West”, Mrs. Sowerberry from “Oliver” at M.E.T. Next, she’ll be stage managing Eugene O’Neill’s “Iceman Cometh” premiering at the M.E.T. In her downtime, she enjoys singing, practicing her archery & tap dancing. You can also catch her podcast, B’s Lounge Podcast on Apple, Spotify, anywhere you listen to podcasts! She would like to thank her family, friends & you for supporting live theatre!
Katelyn is thrilled to be directing and performing in Bell Road Barn’s production of Hollywood Holidays! Katelyn has a Masters of Arts in Theatre from the University of Central Missouri. She is a local director and has directed with: Blue Springs City Theatre, The Barn Players, The Bell Road Barn Players, and The City Theatre of Independence. She won the award for best direction of a ten-minute play at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Region V Festival in 2018. She also enjoys acting, singing, and has aspirations to attend film school in the future to explore film and television directing. Katelyn would like to thank her friends and family for their love and support!
Anna McKinney is thrilled to make her Bell Road Barn Players debut in Hollywood Holidays. She has trained in acting with MCC college and College of the Ozarks. When not performing, Anna enjoys spending time with her family, learning more about theatre, voice lessons, friends, and time with her small group. She would like to thank God and Bell Road Barn players for giving her this chance to perform for you this evening.
Jan is delighted to return to the Bell Road Barn Players boards for the 4th time… once as Miss Marple in a Murder is Announced, and twice in two other Christmas offerings. She is a retired school bus driver of fourteen years, former home school mother of three for their entire elementary and secondary studies, current grandmother of eight, and long-time believer in the REAL reason to celebrate this holiday season.
Alessandra is very excited to be a part of Hollywood Holidays with Bell Road Barn! This is her second production with them. She also enjoys doing theatre with KC Shakespeare, and Park Hill High School. Outside of theatre, she loves playing bass guitar, and practicing art. Alessandra also participates in the Kansas City Cappies program.
Christina is excited to work with Bell Road Barn for the first time.
She has just finished working with Olathe Civic Theatre as a swing understudy for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Next up, she is directing her own play, Mixed Feelings, at InterUrban ArtHouse in Overland Park to play February 10th.
If not directing, you can often find Christina still backstage calling the cues as a stage manager. Thank you to everyone for their love and support. Wishing you and your families peace and light this holiday season.
Josh is excited to Return to Bell Road Barn. He has appeared here before in “A Murder is Announced” and “The Comedy of Errors”. After this production, Josh will be performing as Rocky in The Iceman Cometh at MET in January. He has previously performed with MET, The Barn, RCCP, CTI, KC Public Theatre, Slightly Off Broadway, Corbin Theatre, Blue Springs City Theatre and Bridge Street Theatre. Josh is thrilled to work with this incredibly talented cast and crew and, as always, he wants to thank his family and friends for their constant love and support.
Carol is happy to take a break from decorating six trees and arranging over 60 Santa figurines to participate in “Hollywood Holidays.” She’s wreaked havoc at the Bell Road Barn and at the River City Community Players for a decade and a half. (Neither organization has figured out how to lock their doors.) She thanks her directors for the opportunity to spread Christmas cheer, her cast mates for their endless patience, and sends her love to Jim, Frank and Bert, who have to listen to her learn her lines.
Jeremy would like to thank his parole officer for allowing him to get out of the house to participate in this production.
You may recognize him from his previous Bell Road credits, which include “The 39 Steps”, “A Murder is Announced” and most recently last summer’s “A Comedy of Errors”
In addition to being a staple on our stage here, Jeremy is an award-winning photographer and also the president of the Matt Hentges Fan Club.
He would like to thank you for coming to the show and wishes you the happiest of Holidays.
Jacob is positively crackling with Grinch energy this season. Not the bad kind, the green kind. I hope you are able to channel that same energy while watching Hollywood Holidays, and don’t forget to laugh, clap, and hopefully do some heartfelt sobbing, because this production is like that. And that’s all I have to say about that.
Robin is overjoyed to be a part of Hollywood Holidays. He celebrates both Holidays and pays attention to Hollywood regularly. He loves that he gets to sing and present some impressions in these shows. He was here in July as Antipholus and Antipholus in Comedy of Errors. He wants to continue to work with Bell Road in the future! Come see all the shows here!
Lauren Pope is excited to be directing here at Bell Road Barn. Most recently she was onstage in Men on Boats as John Wesley Powell. Her other favorite roles include wife, mom, friend, and daughter. Thanks to my family and everyone who made this show possible!
Dean is grateful to his employer and his wife for their support of his fourth venture on stage with the Bell Road Barn Players Christmas production. He appreciates Melissa choosing him for the role and the opportunity to cross words on stage with Jeremy.
He does have to wonder though if he is being typecast . . ? The last live Awkward Christmas he took to the stage as a Marley (a pooch, not poltergeist).
So . . . . Bob Cratchit Marley next year? As in the past, much thanks and appreciation to those who show up to support non-traditional Christmas Theatre.
Ali (she/her) is very excited to work with the Bell Road Barn Players for the first time! She received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre during the unmemorable year 2020; and a few of her favorite past roles are Dorine in Tartuffe, Vivian in W;t, and Emily in Heroes of the Fourth Turning. Ali would like to wish the happiest of holidays to you and yours!
Audrey is proud to make her Bell Road Barn Players debut! She has been seen previously in Crimes of the Heart and Almost, Maine at Blue Springs City Theater, and A Christmas Carol Radio Show at Curtain Call Theatre Company in Kirksville, MO. Audrey has been performing her whole life and is excited to share this experience with all of you!
Matthew is pleased have his first outing with the Bell Road Barn theater in the holiday special, playing not one but two roles, as a terrorist and Shermy from The Peanuts. Matthew has played a wide variety of roles over the years. Some of his favorite roles have been Mr. Bucket in Willy Wonka, Grandpa in Dinner With The MacGuffins, Maurice in Beauty And The Beast, and James Hennessy in Biloxi Blues, as well as A Bad Guy in his most recent film: The Exquisite Corpse Project.
Melissa is an actor and director based in Kansas City. She is originally from Columbia, MO where she received a BFA in Theatre Arts from Stephens College in 2016. Her favorite directing credits include James and the Giant Peach, Little Women, A Little Princess, Anne of Green Gables, and Horse Girls by Jenny Rachel Weiner. In 2023 she is looking forward to directing Moonlight and Magnolias at City Theatre of Independence, and The Bad Seed also with Bell Road Barn Players! She would like to thank her husband, family, friends and mentors for all of their support. Happy Holidays!
Joanna Benitez is a California, Meisner trained actress that found her way to Kansas City two years ago. Along with acting, she also has a passion for creating grotesque wounds and characters with make- up. She is really excited to be back at the Bell Road Barn and meeting other local creatives.
This is Jazmin’s first production with Bell Road Barn Players!
She is extremely excited to have gotten the opportunity to direct the wonderful cast of A Greatest Movie of All Time! She hopes that the audience gets a kick out of these stories as well as all the amazing other ones!
Shari Wassergord is a board member at Bell Road. She helps get the plays up and going and occasionally gets to direct too.
Previously at Bell Road she directed Because Their Hearts were Pure, The Butler Did It, She Stoops to Conquer, and The Hound of Baskervilles.
This June she will be directing Into the Woods at City Theatre of Independence. Shari loves internet cats.