December 11th - 13th
This quick-change, cross-dressing version of the Charles Dickens classic is set in a Victorian music hall. The Royal Music Hall Twenty-Member Variety Players are beset with a widespread case of food poisoning. This leaves only three surviving members to soldier on through a performance of A Christmas Carol. The undaunted trio gamely face missed cues, ill-fitting costumes, and solving the problem of having no one to play Tiny Tim. Done in the style of British Music Hall, SCROOGE IN ROUGE abounds in bad puns, bawdy malapropisms, naughty double-entendres, and witty songs. A raucous holiday treat!
Rebekah Ferro (Vesta/Scrooge) is a recent graduate of Cleveland State University's Dept. of Theatre and Dance, and is very excited to be back at Cassidy Theatre! Previous Cassidy shows include Damn Yankees (Ensemble) and Sound of Music (Ensemble). Other on stage credits include CSU's productions of Violet (Violet), Marat/Sade (Ensemble), and Company (Ensemble), as well as Lorain Community Music Theater's production of The Producers (Ensemble), where she also was the Assistant Director and Props Master. Offstage credits include backstage run crew for Stupid F**king Bird, The Old Man and the Old Moon, and Skeleton Crew at Dobama Theater. She currently teaches elementary and middle school students as part of Stagecrafters through Orange Schools. Thank you so much to Keli, her parents, and Tom for all their love and support!
Lisa Hirzel (Lottie) says 'Scrooge In Rouge reminds her of the first show she did at Cassidy (Greenbrier) 21 years ago, Nuncrackers the Christmas Musical.' Lisa was seen most recently on Cassidy's stage in Mamma Mia (Rosie). She is a music educator with a Bachelors from BGSU and Masters from Cambridge College, and currently works at St. Edward High School. Lisa is married to Tim (also starring) and they have four adult children and one pit bull, Lolly.
Tim Hirzel (Charlie) is excited to be back at Cassidy sharing the 'stage' with his wife Lisa. He was last seen in Mamma Mia (Harry Bright). Other favorite roles have included Catch Me If You Can (Carl Hanratty) and The Full Monty (Jerry Lukowski) at Huntington Playhouse, and Forever Plaid (Frankie). "I hope you all have fun with a little lighthearted chaos!"
Heidi Herczeg (Music Director) is thrilled to be working with such a talented cast and production team. A recently retired teacher (shout out to BMS), Heidi has been seen music directing and teaching all over northeast Ohio over the last 20 years. "God Bless Us Everyone! Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!"
Keli Schimelpfenig (Director) is thrilled to be helping out the Cassidy during this very unusual holiday season. While directing a show broadcast from actors bedrooms and dining rooms was not what she had planned for 2020, she is delighted to have something more useful to do than watch cat videos all evening. Keli has an MA in Theatre from Case Western Reserve University where she specialized in directing and musical theatre. She is no stranger to the Cassidy stage and has been seen in Copacabana, Dracula the Comedy, My Favorite Year, The World Goes Round, and Funny Girl, among others. Behind the scenes, she has directed Damn Yankees at the Cassidy and other local directing credits include The Drowsy Chaperone at Case Western Reserve University, The Producers at Lorain Community Music Theatre, Annie at Mighty Goliath Players and at Aurora Community Theatre (never made it to production due to the closing of theatres in March.) Keli owns Shiny Penny Studios, a local photography business that specializes in lifestyle and small business branding photography. Her recent project "Dad Bods of Cleveland 2021: A Year of Midwest Sexy" has received national and international news coverage for promoting body positivity while all calendar proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels. She is also the Marketing Manager for E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall at the University of Akron.
Keli thanks Heidi, Jen, the actors, Mike Caraffi and the Cassidy board, and all of the "likers and sharers," ticket buyers, commenters, givers, and watchers, who are helping to keep the arts alive in Northeast Ohio.
Jen Sindyla (Stage Manager) is the resident stage manager and Youth Summer Camp director here at Cassidy. She is an active board member for Independence Community Theater where she is the Youth Summer Camp Director and has directed Once Upon a Mattress, and Godspell. In addition to Cassidy and ICT, Jen also works with The Brecksville Theatre as the Summer Camp Director and Stage Manager. Jen has been onstage performing in Nunsense (Sr. Robert Anne) at both ICT and Strongsville Community Theater. She holds a BA in theater from Baldwin-Wallace. But theater is just Jen's "hobby job," during the day she works for the Cleveland Metropolitan Schools teaching 4th grade.