The Players

 
 
 

MONICA LONG TAMBORELLO - Monica is as an actor, director and teaching artist with several professional theaters and schools in Orlando.  She has been enthralled with the story of Ebenezer Scrooge ever since she first performed in Doris Baizley’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol with RSE Productions over twenty years ago; and she is delighted to be performing in this one for a seventh year with artists she loves and respects.  She is thankful to have such a supportive family in Joe, Julia and Carly, and it is with them that she is most “happy, grateful, pleased with one another, and contented with the time.”

“..for it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas...”


TERRY OLSON (Executive Producer) - Terry has made his living as an actor touring the country for years but is best known in Orlando as an arts administrator.  He is currently the Arts & Cultural Affairs Director for Orange County, the former Executive Director of the Arts & Cultural Alliance, and a past Producer of the Orlando International Fringe Festival.


If local audience members have a long memory they may remember seeing Terry perform Nicely Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls at the old Civic Theatre or as a street performer for SAK Theatre at EPCOT Center.  He has been involved with Dickens by Candlelight for most of its history, usually as the producer,

ROBIN OLSON  - Robin has appeared locally as an actress at the Mad Cow Theatre, the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, the Orlando Repertory Theatre and the Vine Theatre.  She has taught and directed at all of those theaters as well, and has had several of her scripts performed locally.


She conceived the idea for Dickens by Candlelight in 1997, and performed in and sometimes served as director for the show during many of the early years.  She is excited to once again be sharing in this beautiful story of redemption.

MARGARET SHYNE-BENSEN - COSTUMING

Margaret was happy to work on Dickens by Candlelight.  Margaret can be found most days at Creative Costuming at Walt Disney World and has very little time for outside projects, but she does fondly remember costuming shows for Orlando Theater Project, such as Camping with Henry and Tom and Educating Rita.  Before moving to the Orlando area, Margaret ran the Costume Shop at Mason Gross School of the Arts--Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, for many years while working on shows from academia to Broadway.

although he has performed with the show for a half dozen years and served as the director two years ago.  In 2011 he took a break from this production to perform the role of Scrooge in the Edgewater High School production of A Christmas Carol:  A Ghost Story with a cast of high schoolers--including his daughter.  He’s performed with his wife before, but this was his first time performing with his daughter.


You might see him greeting at the door for one of the Dickens performances, but the hands-on production he leaves in the capable hands of his admired friends and colleagues.

KEN INGRAHAM (Producer) - Over the last 10 years, Ken has produced entertainment and immersive experiences for a wide range of audiences through his pioneering work in Interactive Performance.  His projects have ranged from small intimate theatre venues, to city-wide interactive stories, to training for healthcare, business management, and education.  From 2005-2008, Ken was the producer at the UCF Interactive Performance Lab, which reinvented what interactive experience means.  His client list includes Walt Disney Imagineering, the University of Florida Hospital in Jacksonville, and the UCF College of Nursing.  In 2011, he formed Interactor Simulation Systems to bring the talents and expertise of dramatic improvisation to the Central Florida simulation corridor.

Ken has produced three interactive films, including the NextArt grant film The Voice, which was featured in the Florida Film Festival in 2006.  He has also produced workshops in Interactive Performance for a variety of audiences including the University of Southern California and improvisers at the Chicago Improv Festival.  In 2012, Ken was brought on as a consultant to train Theatre students at the University of Central Florida in the fundamentals of Interactive Performance. 

A Christmas Carol has always been Ken's favorite work by Dickens, and the story has touched him every time he's seen or heard it.  He's been a fan and friend of the actors for many years, so Dickens by Candlelight is especially fulfilling personally.  Ken is honored to be producing this piece once again, in this way, with these wonderful people.

STACY BARTON - The "S" in RS&C PRODUCTIONS

After helping to create Dickens by Candlelight by performing in the show, Stacy has moved onto other things, but she still gets involved now and then helping to shape the show.  She is staying busy with multiple writing projects for Disney, other corporate clients, and her own books and creative writings.  Her spirit is with us in this production, and she joins the cast and crew in wishing God's Blessing on everyone this Holiday Season, and throughout the New year.

MORGAN RUSSELL - Morgan has performed Dickens by Candlelight for the last decade, and with all but two of the eight actors who have performed in it over the past eighteen years.  After taking a break from the show two years ago to perform in The Life & Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby at Orlando Shakespeare Theater, she is happy to be returning once again to this production and cast.

THE 2015 PLAYERS

JOHN DIDONNA - John is know around town as an actor, director and producer.  Four years ago he directed a much different version of A Christmas Carol at the Garden Theatre in Winter Garden for Beth Marshall Presents.  John fell in love with the "truth" of this production of Robin Olson's Dickens by Candlelight when he saw it several years ago.  He is honored to be performing in it for the seventh year in a row.

 

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Image by KHphotographics

Image by KHphotographics

CATHERINE KLEMKE - STAGE MANAGER

Catherine Klemke is in her fourth year in the BFA Stage Management program at the University of Central Florida. She has worked on several shows at Theatre UCF, with her most recent credit there being the Props Master for Kiss of the Spiderwoman. This past summer, she worked with the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre’s The Young Company and Shakespeare with Heart and stage managed their productions of Macbeth and The Tempest respectively. Catherine is thrilled to be working on this production once again with such fantastic people. 

BRITTANY WINE - STAGE MANAGER PAST

Brittany has been Stage Managing throughout Orlando for the past seven years and has been a part of the Dickens by Candlelight family for four years.  She is thankful for the years spent with them. To her family and friends, she thanks them for all their support as she pursues her dreams and to her Dickens family, she still carries their spirit with her this Holiday Season. Love to all.