Updated: Dec 1
Get to know the cast of "Scrooge", a beloved holiday musical playing at Matthews Playhouse December 8-18, 2022!
Adi Callaghan- Peter Cratchit
Adi is a ninth grader at Parkwood High School. They have been involved in theatre for the past 7 years and audiences may recognize them from their past roles in “Pinocchio: Without Strings” and “Rainbow Fish” as The Rainbow Fish at Matthews Playhouse. A fun fact about Adi is that their favorite meal is pork and beans. When not appearing on stage, Adi loves listening to music, taking and developing their own film, and playing guitar at a local mic night!
Amanda Mooney- Miss Dilber/Mary/Ensemble
Amanda is tickled pink to be a part of the cast of Scrooge! The Musical. She has a passion for working with children which she puts to use as a special education teacher at St. Ann Catholic School. Originally from northeast Ohio, Amanda moved to Charlotte in 2012 where she now lives with her husband Dave, her 2 kids, and her 2 talking dogs. She is absolutely thrilled to be in a show with her daughter, Lilly, for the first time! Amanda has a serious case of “FOMO” (feeling of missing out) which keeps her very busy. She held a summer theater camp at Matthews Playhouse for kids with special needs and has been seen in previous MPH shows including “Without Strings” and “Rainbow Fish”.
Andrew Williams- Bob Cratchit
Andrew is excited to be joining the cast of Scrooge! The Musical. Andrew works in Quality Assurance at Octopharma Plasma and enjoys playing video games and watching movies. He did research in Genetics during his Undergrad and is big into the field of Biology. He has even published genetic research working with fruit flies! Andrew has been seen around the Charlotte area in “Sister Act” at Matthews Playhouse, “Guys and Dolls”, “You Can’t Take It With You” and “Almost, Maine'' at CPCC, “The Producers” at Theatre Charlotte, and “Heathers” at Winthrop University.
Ava Nixon- Youth Ensemble
A freshman in high school, Ava loves to create her own movies and short films. She also enjoys modeling, acting, singing, and playing piano. One of her favorite performers of all time is Sara Bareilles, whom she got to see perform in “Into the Woods” this summer on Broadway! She is very excited to be performing in her first mainstage show, after being involved in Matthews Playhouse School of Theatre. She is also the middle child in her family and has a dog named Cody. When she isn’t performing or doing something creative, she likes to hang out with her friends or have a quiet night in watching movies.
Callum Bridgers- Dick Wilkins/Ensemble
A 10th grader at Weddington High School, Callum was born in Manhattan, NY and grew up in Brooklyn where he performed on the Metropolitan Opera House Stage. He is currently an active member of the Weddington High School drama club and enjoys discovering new music, going to live music shows, and performing. He has previously been seen in “The Music Man” and “Our Town” at Weddington High School and “Guys and Dolls” at Boerum Hill School for International Studies.
Charles LaBorde- Jacob Marley
Charles LaBorde is the retired founding principal of the high school at Northwest School of the Arts where the black box theater was renamed the Charles LaBorde Theater following his retirement in 2008. He has acted for most professional theatre companies in the Charlotte area over his 50-year career. Now primarily working as a playwright, he is delighted to be working as an actor once again with his most frequent collaborator–Paula Baldwin. He holds a PhD in Theatre from The Ohio State University and is the recipient of the Lifetime Career Achievement Award from NCTC. He is an avid reader of mysteries and loves to travel with Brenda, his wife of 51 years. His favorite hobby is spoiling his grandchildren–Charles and Nova. Some of his previous shows include “Hello Dolly!”, “My Fair Lady”, and “The Mousetrap” at CPCC, “Lombardi” at CAST, “Death of A Salesman” at Theatre Charlotte, and “Jackie and Me” at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte.
Hunter Stilwell- Fezziwig
Hunter is excited to be on double duty for Scrooge, taking on the role of Fezziwig in addition to being the Assistant Stage Manager. By day, Hunter works as the lead carpenter at Matthews Playhouse where he builds the sets that audiences see on stage in our shows. By night, he is in rehearsals at Matthews Playhouse either as the Assistant Stage Manager or as a cast member! In his free time, he enjoys crossword puzzles, superhero movies, and completing puzzles without looking at the reference picture. His previous shows include “Mamma Mia” at Matthews Playhouse and “Ribs” on Zoom, “Pride and Prejudice”, “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui”, and “Blood Wedding” at Westmont College.
Evan Hamula- Harry/Young Scrooge
Evan is a senior at Cuthbertson High School who enjoys filming, acting, and singing. He is originally from Utah and has 4 siblings. Some of Evan’s previous shows include “Frankenstein’s Creature”, “Once Upon A Mattress” and “Anne of Green Gables” at Cuthbertson High School and “Anne Frank and Me”, “The Jungle Book”, and “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe” at Matthews Playhouse. When he isn’t performing, he can be found playing golf, swimming, and playing basketball.
Fausto Scaldaferri- Ensemble
Fausto is thrilled to be in his fifth show at Matthews Playhouse! A 9th grader at South Meck, Fausto can speak 3 languages and enjoys acting, modular buildings, and collecting figures. Audiences may recognize Fausto from his previous roles in “Pinocchio”, “The Adventures of Madeline”, and “Miracle on 34th Street” at Matthews Playhouse, and “Shrek”, “The Little Mermaid”, and “Guys and Dolls” at Random Farms.
Geof Knight- Ebenezer Scrooge
Geof has been part of many great shows in the region including The Sound of Music (Capt. Von Trapp), The Music Man (Prof. Harold Hill), Beauty & The Beast (Gaston), Shrek (Lord Farquaad...twice!), It's A Wonderful Life (George Bailey..twice!), Oliver! (Fagin), Million Dollar Quartet (Sam Phillips), Big River (The Duke), and Peter & The Starcatcher (Black Stache). His 29-year broadcasting career has all been here in Charlotte on 96.9 The Kat where he is part of the Paul Schadt & Sarah Lee Morning Show. In 2014 he and Paul were named Radio Personalities of the Year by the Academy of Country Music. He would like to thank Paula, Harrison, Jessie, Sarah and the rest of the Matthews Playhouse team for letting him come and play once again. Much love to wife Ashley, and daughters Lauryn, Kaitlyn and Susan.
Jeff Powell- Ghost of Christmas Present
Working as IT Support at Travelers Insurance, Jeff is the last reigning Mr. Stumptown, crowned in 1994 and is fluent in Alfalfa language. His first stage show ever was in “The Music Man” at Matthews Playhouse. Since then, his other Matthews Playhouse credits include “It’s A Wonderful Life”, “Bonnie and Clyde”, and “South Pacific”. When he is not performing, he can be found playing Virtual Reality games, shooting pool, and just chillin’ on his back deck which he calls “The Oasis”.
Larry Webster- Butcher/Ghost of Christmas Yet-To-Come
Larry was born and raised in the San Francisco bay area. He attended college at Boston University on a basketball scholarship and hitchhiked through western Europe one summer while in college. On one of his nights in Europe, he even had dinner in Buckingham Palace! He worked for 30 years in technology sales (hardware and software) and moved to Matthews 6 years ago. He is married with two children, Dana (29) and Nick (24) both of who live on the west coast. In 2017, his wife Lynda signed him up to audition at Matthews Playhouse for the Christmas play, It's a Wonderful Life. He was cast in the role of H.T. Potter (the bad guy), fell in love with the theater and has since done four more plays at Matthew Playhouse.
Leo Walton- Tiny Tim
Leo Walton is excited to play the role of Tiny Tim! A fourth grader at Shamrock Gardens Elementary School, Leo always wanted to be an actor. As a little boy, he loved to dress up and play the roles of his favorite book characters. He loves to run track, especially middle distance races, such as the 800 and 1 mile. Leo loves music. Currently, he is exploring the world of modern hip hop, much to his mother’s chagrin. Leo was chosen as a member of the Junior Council for the news magazine ‘The Week Junior’ and appeared on an episode of Good Morning America last year. He has most recently been seen on stage at Matthews Playhouse in “Princess Fearless”. His other previous shows include “Matilda” for a summer camp at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, and “Peter Rabbit” as part of Matthews Playhouse’s School of Theatre.
Lilly Mooney- Belinda Cratchit
Lilly Mooney will be playing the role of Belinda Cratchit in Scrooge! The Musical. Lilly is a highschool senior who is finishing her education online. She works as a babysitter and spends her free time watching Glee, scrapbooking, and listening to music. Her favorite artists are Taylor Swift and Phoebe Bridgers. Some of Lilly’s past shows include “Singin’ In The Rain”, “Robin Hood” and “The Tempest”, and “The Adventures of Madeline”, “The Lion King” and more at Matthews Playhouse!
Lina Zierler- Ebby/Ensemble
Lina Zierler is excited to be in Scrooge! The Musical. A 6th grader at South Charlotte Middle School, Lina enjoys boating, fishing, and hanging out with her two bunnies named Michael Scott and Kevin Malone. She has most recently been seen in “Princess Fearless” at Matthews Playhouse as well as in past Matthews Playhouse School of Theater productions including “E-I-E-I Oops” and “Babe the Sheep Pig”. When she isn’t performing, she can also be found playing accordion for fun and growing her own hot peppers!