BARRY SHEPPARD (Hansel) is from Livonia Michigan. He is a recent graduate of Maggie Flanaigan Studio, and an Eastern Michigan University graduate. Some of his favorite roles were Charles in The Lark and Lawrence in Home Free at Maggie Flanigan. Regional: Sweeney Todd, Little Shop of Horrors, Jesus Christ Superstar and Annie. Thank you to his Maggie Flanigan family, Mom, Samantha, Julie and Matt.
Mary Adams (Gretel)
MARY ADAMS (Gretel) is a NJ native. She sang the National Anthem at an NBA Nets game at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, which was aired on the YES Network halftime segment. She has appeared on Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie”, in a leading role of NYFA film, “Lori”, in NJ productions as Dorothy, “The Wizard of Oz” and Belle, “Beauty and the Beast”. She played headstrong Ariel in “The Little Mermaid”, and sassy, Gloria Thorpe in “Damn Yankees”. In addition, Mary’s passion lies in songwriting and has performed in the “Stars of Song”, on Manhattan Neighborhood Network. Whether bringing a character to life for the audience to get lost in a story, or moving the listener through the emotion in lyrics and music, Mary puts her love of performing above all else to feel a connection with the audience, as Oscar Wilde once said, “the sense of what it is to being a human being.”
Julia Menn (Priscilla)
JULIA MENN (Priscilla) is thrilled to be working with FACT again so soon, after portraying a twisted carnival owner this past summer for their staged reading The Song of Eddie King. She also had the privilege of portraying Rosalind in Shakespeare’s As You Like It at The Narrows Botanical Garden – Brooklyn’s premiere outdoor Shakespeare venue, with Act Out! Productions. Some other favorite roles include: Lucille Ball, The Faerie Queene, a baseball playing Holy Cow, a prostitute out for revenge, a doctor’s wife, and the girlfriend of Errol Flynn. For all the latest, check out: www.JuliaMenn.weebly.com
Richard Bull (Mervin)
RICHARD BULL (Mervin) is originally from Maryland, Richard has performed in New York and regional musical theater productions since 2004. Off-Off Broadway: THE BONUS ARMY by David Epstein and Al Carmines at Judson Memorial Church. Recent regional credits include: TEDDY AND ALICE (Elihu Root) at Shadow Lawn Stage in Monmouth, NJ; CATS (Skimbleshanks) at The Player’s Guild of Leonia, NJ; 42ND ST. (Abner Dillon/Ensemble) with Jersey Shore Entertainment. National Tour: MIRACLE ON 34TH ST, (Judge/Mr. Gimbel/ Dr. Rogers). Love to my family and to Robby! www.RichardBull.net
Joris de Graaf
Joris de Graaf (Snowflake)
JORIS DE GRAAF (Snowflake) is thrilled to be working on ‘A Hansel and Gretel Christmas’, it being his first appearance in a FACT production. Originally from Rotterdam, the Netherlands, where Joris was part of several Dutch productions (The Sound Of Music, The Seagull, Orestes) and also co-created and starred in an original production based on the book ‘The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat’ by Oliver Sacks (‘Gekkenwerk’) with Theatre Group: ‘Het Jonge Werk’. Since Joris finished his studies at ‘The American Musical and Dramatic Academy’, he has been part of multiple projects in NY including The Beautiful Soup’s revival of the Tony nominated musical ‘Rags’ and the Purple Threads Ensemble’s original production of ‘Dear Mr. Rosan’. ‘’ This Dutch Boy’s on Fire!’
Wendy Lazarus (Gingerbread Lady)
WENDY LAZARUS (Gingerbread Lady) just retired from the corporate world and is starting her second career in show business. This is something she has wanted to do full time her whole life and is thrilled to be a part of this wonderful production along with such talented people. Even though Wendy is just starting out, she is far from a novice. Wendy has done many regional and community productions in Cleveland, Philadelphia and New York including, “Wake Me At Midnight”, “A Christmas Carol”, “Saddam, The Musical”, “Bye Bye Birdie”, “It’s A wonderful Live” and “The Mouse Trap”. She just shot her first feature film in October, “Voices Of God”. A special thanks to Jack Dyville for believing in me. Visit Wendy at Facebook
Gus Ferrari (Officer Billows)
A graduate of the Moscow Theatre’s “Stanislawsky Method Seminar”, Gus, also attended HB Studios and has numerous stage and film credits. He has traveled the country performing with “Murder to Go” Interactive Mystery Theatre and Winceyco Inc. educational theatre. He was, also, a founding member of the I.N.T.A.R 53 Latino Actors Workshop (1997-2000) and is currently a board member and technical-coordinator at F.A.C.T.
VICKI OCEGUERA (Standby/ASM/Assistant Director) is thrilled to be a part of another production with F.A.C.T.! She was most recently seen in F.A.C.T.’s Off-Broadway production of A Mermaids’ Tale as Trot. Other Off-Broadway credits: Treasure Island (Jim’s mother), Honestly Abe (Sally Lincoln), Kikki & Grandpa & Baby (Kat), Preschool (Jacky). Tour: The Jack Sprat Low-Fat World Tour (Gloria Sprat, et all). Regional Theatre: The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy), Grease (Jan).
Chapman Riedel (Standby/ASM) is thrilled to be making his Off-Broadway debut with Friends Alway Creating Theatre. He was recently featured in The Onomatopoeia Theatre Company’s production of August Strindberg’s “A Dream Play” at the Gene Frankel Theatre. In addition to his acting and singing pursuits, Chapman is a former television producer who now serves as Line Producer for The Deconstructive Theatre Project. Originally from Fort Collins, Colorado, Chapman holds a B.A. in Music and Government/International Affairs from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Meet the Creative Team
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Jack Dyville (Playwright-Director)
JACK DYVILLE (Dramatists Guild, SDC, AEA, SAG) Co-Founder/Artistic Dir. F.A.C.T. 4 scripts Published with IE CLARK, Produced @ NY Fringe (‘04 & ‘09), Strawberry Festival, Wonderland NYC Fest, The Duplex, Playwright’s Horizons Invitational Forum. Performer/Choreographer – Broadway, Off-Broadway, Nat’l Tours, Summer Stock, Dinner Theatre. Taught Theatre/Dance 25 years. Dyville has been co-producer-director of a summer theatre, Youth Education On Stage in Williston North Dakota for the past 25 years. He taught dance for 20 years and is a certified Adjudicator with Dance Challenge.
Visit Jack at www.JackDyville.com and like him on FACEBOOK
Lora Jackson (Costumer)
Lora Jackson (Costumer) who is a native New Yorker studied Theatre at The City College of New York. Working as a costume designer with the NEC on there production of “Café Émigré” and “Playing With Fire”, where she was nominated for an “AUDELCO AWARD” in costume design. She has also worked with the New Federal Theatre on “Knock me a kiss”, ” Court Martial at Fort Devens” and “Plenty of Time”, as the assistant to costume designer Ali Turns.
David G. Fuller
David G. Fuller (Associate Producer-House Manager)
DAVID GILLAM FULLER* hails from Maine, went to Hartt School of Music in CT, spent over a year performing in the DC production of 1776 , then lived 25 years in CA and moved back east in ’04. In Los Angeles he appeared in Pinafore, which played to sell-out crowds for 9 months, bringing it to the NY Fringe Festival where it won the over-all Outstanding Production. In CA he also appeared in two World Premieres, Little Womenand American Illiad, as well as two West Coast Premieres, Anyone Can Whistle and Rags. He can still be seen on reruns of TVs “Happy Days” as a singing waiter. He is pleased to be co-founder of F.A.C.T. and thrilled to bring many friends to this stage.
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It is CHRISTMAS 2013, and the famous Fairy Tale has been re-set in NEW YORK CITY. Dad is out of work and Hansel & Gretel’s Selfish Stepmother wants nothing more for Christmas than to rid the house of these two children. She decides to take them off to Manhattan and lose them among the throngs of Holiday Shoppers, but they are befriended by a ‘silly Macy’s Elf”, an old Gingerbread Lady who talks to herself and a ‘Just-The-Facts-type policeman’,Officer Billows! There’s No Evil Witch, afterall this is CHRISTMAS TIME.
and certainly NO VIOLENCE. Perfect for Children 5 yrs and older and for Every Adult, who enjoys a Wonderful
Family Play with morals and lessons and laughs!!! Photos from Rehearsal
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