About the Cast
ALLISON BRISTOL (CATHERINE, PALLBEARER) is performing in her first show on the Wise Theater stage. Allison has been performing since high school. She is very happy to be a part of this show!
ANGELA MARIE MUNIZ (MARTA CRATCHIT/MARIA) is thrilled to be a part of her first production at UTEP. She is a theatre performance major in her freshman year. Favorite roles include, Diana in Lend Me a Tenor, Elaine in Arsenic and Old Lace and Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz.
ARMANDO VELOZ (REHEARSAL UNDERSTUDY/HUSBAND/RICARDO/CARNICERO/PALLBEARER) is performing in The Wise Family Theater for the first time and he is truly excited to be part of an amazing production. He is a theater major and a minor in film and has done high school theatre for 3 years. Armando is pursuing a career as a professional actor in theater, film, and television.
BIANCA TAYLOR (UNDERTAKER, SHERIFF, PERCY) will be performing on the Wise Family Theatre stage for the second time. Previous roles include Elizabeth in In the Next Room and Witch 1 in Bloody Shakespeare. Bianca is extremely grateful and excited to be performing in A Christmas Carol, en la Frontera, and she is thrilled to be presenting a new spin on the classic. She would like to thank God and everyone involved in the process. Enjoy the show and que Dios nos bendiga!
CARLOS DE LA GARZA-GARCIA (DON PELUCHE) is a complete Theatrician with 59 years experience. Having worked with most El Paso theatre, opera and ballet groups, he welcomes this second opportunity this year to perform with The UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance. Carlos states his age is somewhere between Medicare and the Pearly Gates-which may or may not open for him thanks to Theater.
JOSEPH FERNANDEZ (EBENEZER SCROOGE) is performing in the Wise Theater for the fourth time, and is grateful to be a part of this wonderful show that spreads Christmas joy! He is a theatre performance major student in his junior year. He would like to thank Jay for this opportunity and hopes you all enjoy the show!
LARISSA REYES ARZATE (BELLA/ROSE) is delighted to be back on this stage immediately following her Wise Family Theater debut with Bless Me, Ultima. She thanks Jay for the opportunity to participate in such a heartwarming show. She is currently pursuing a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance at UTEP. Previous productions include: tick, tick… BOOM! (Susan) and The Addams Family at the UTEP Dinner Theatre; Spring Awakening (Ilse), The Rocky Horror Show (Columbia), and American Idiot (Whatsername) at EPCC. Thank you for supporting local artists, y felices fiestas a todos!
LUZ ESPINOZA (MOTHER SUPERIOR) is a senior theatre performance major. She was last seen in Bless Me, Ultima, Lengua and Just Like Us. She directed The Story of the Golden Carp for The UTEP’s Children Traveling Show and was the Costume Designer for Bless Me, Ultima.
NICK THOMAS (MARLEY) is a junior theater performance major at UTEP and is working hard to build a strong foundation for a professional acting career. He has been in four shows in the Wise Family Theater so far, with A Christmas Carol, en La Frontera being his fifth. This is his first time performing in such a unique role and he would like to thank the Director, Assistant Director, and Stage Management team for giving him the opportunity to add a new facet to his repertoire.
RAFA PÉREZ (CHRISTMAS PRESENT) is an El Paso native where his love for live theatre was nurtured. He calls The Actors Studio Drama School in New York City his second home and there he attained his M.F.A. Favorite roles include Valdez in Jesus Hopped The A Train, James in Time Stands Still and The Writer in Vieux Carré. He is excited to be on stage again in his hometown. RafaPerez.info
AIDAN MORALES (IGNORANCE) is performing for the second time with UTEP and is excited to hit the stage in the Wise Theater once again. He has performed with Cross Point Church for several Christmas performances, with Kids-n-Co and played the lead in the short film, Rescatado, to be released soon. His passion is acting and loves any opportunity to hit the stage.
CHRISTOPHER DELGADO (GHOST DANCER) is a Ballroom and Latin dancer and teaching assistant. A veteran of the local and regional stage, Chris counts on an experience of over 100 dance performances, having danced at the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival, Six Flags Over Texas and dozens of local festivals and events. He co-lead Tempo Dance Academy to national victory at the 24/7 Dance Competition in San Diego in 2017, where he also helps teach Ballroom, Latin and Contemporary dance. He most recently appeared in /Echo (UTEP), the University Dance Company Showcase (UTEP), Iconic Pop (UTEP) and Blast to the Past (Tempo Dance Academy). A Christmas Carol, en la Frontera marks Chris’s first theatrical production at UTEP where he is currently pursuing his B.F.A. in dance.
DANIEL ALEJANDRO MOLINA GARCIA (GHOST DANCER) is an international multidisciplinary dancer from Ciudad Juarez. Having studied in the Centro Municipal de las Artes and Universal Dance Center, Daniel is a veteran of the wildly popular Viva México production in Cd. Juarez. He most recently appeared in the University Dance Company Showcase at UTEP and Red Velvet with Fawnz Dance Company in El Paso. A Christmas Carol, en la Frontera is his first theatre production at UTEP. Daniel is currently a freshman B.F.A. dance student and continues to perform both in El Paso and Cd. Juarez.
DIANA LOPEZ (MRS. CRATCHIT) is a senior at UTEP who is pursuing a B.F.A. in theatre performance. She is very grateful with life because she can do what she loves every day. She is also very grateful with Jay Stratton for giving her the chance to be a part of this wonderful and fun production. Thank you to all her family and friends who have been there beside her supporting and cheering her on. Also, a big thank you to UTEP for allowing her to work with such talented people during her years of studying.
IRVIN YANEZ (BOY SCROOGE) is performing in the Wise Family Theatre for the first time and has loved being part of this show! He is a theatre tech member in his second year of middle school. Irvin is also a proud member of the John Drugan Theatre Program.
JIMENA SOFIA HUANTE (ESPERANZA/ESTEBAN) is performing for the first time on the Wise Theater stage and is excited to be part of A Christmas Carol, en la Frontera. She enjoys acting and singing.
LOGAN MARTIN (SEPULTERO/MAYOR/JORGE) is a theatre veteran with over 15 years of onstage and backstage experience. As a stage manager, Logan has worked productions at UTEP, including the award-winning Lydia, ¡Bocón!, A Christmas Carol and Cloud Tectonics. He is also an award-winning events coordinator and previously studied film and television production at Brooks Institute. Logan is working on his B.F.A. in theatre arts at UTEP where he has transitioned from a concentration in stage management to a focus in theatre performance and dance. On stage he was most recently seen in Metamorphoses, A Christmas Carol, Lengua, and /Echo. A Christmas Carol, en la Frontera is Logan’s first major role as a performance major.
SIMON MATA (YOUNG SCROOGE/ PIÑATERO) is performing on the Wise Theater stage for the very first time and he is so thrilled to be a part of the production process. He is a theater of fine arts major in his freshman year and is looking forward to more upcoming performances!