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A Christmas Carol, en la Frontera PRESENTED BY THE UTEP DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE & DANCE

Written By

CHARLES DICKENS

Adapted By

JAY STRATTON (DIRECTOR) comes to UTEP after 17 years as a professional actor in New York City. He has taught in the theatre departments of Miami University in Ohio and Nassau College in New York. He has taught master classes at theatres and universities across the country including Webster, Utah State, Xavier, and Saint Louis University. As a director, Jay has worked at theatres and universities across the country. At UTEP, Jay has directed Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Christmas Carol, Medea and Bloody Shakespeare! and Sister Act at the UTEP Dinner Theatre. You might also have seen Jay as Bernadette in the Dinner Theatre’s production of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Professionally, Jay has directed at The Monomoy Theatre on Cape Cod and Chester Theatre Company in Western Massachusetts. As an actor Jay has worked on stage, film and television. Off Broadway NYC has performed at the Peccadillo, The Pearl, 59E59, Red Bull, and The American Globe. Regionally, some of Jay’s favorite acting projects include The Winslow Boy, Venus in Fur and Bug at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, the title role in Oedipus at the Pittsburgh Public, Antony in Antony & Cleopatra with Shakespeare St. Louis, The Pavilion and Reckless at Cincinnati Playhouse, Caesar and Cleopatra at Playmakers Repertory Theatre, Stones In His Pockets at Hudson Stage, Salome at Two Rivers Theatre, and many others.
ADRIANA DOMINGUEZ is an Assistant Professor and serves as the Director of the Theatre Programs at the Department of Theatre & Dance at UTEP. She is the co-founder of both the Chican@/Latin@ Theatre Series and the Children’s Traveling Troupe which serve to promote artistic connections with the community at no cost; collectively these projects reach over 5,000 community members each year. At UTEP, Adriana teaches Creative Drama, Leadership in Performing Arts Organizations, Women in Drama, Chicano Theatre, Feminist Theory and Drama, Theatre History and Literature I &II and Theatre Practicum. She is honored to have worked on this production.

Choreography

LEANNE RINELLI (CHOREOGRAPHER) is an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Texas at El Paso and the co-director of Mountain Movement Dance Company. Leanne received her B.A. in dance from the University of Buffalo and her M.F.A. in choreography and performance from SUNY Brockport. She has danced with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company II (Dayton, OH), Janet Reed and Dancers (Buffalo, NY), the Bill Evans Dance Company (Rochester, NY), KDiehl Danceworks (Rochester, NY) and STEAMROLLER Dance Company (San Francisco). Leanne has presented her choreography internationally with Dance-Forms Productions in Guatemala, Italy, Greece, Switzerland, Croatia, and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland. She has a passion for nurturing dancers’ well-being, which led her to attain her C-RYT 200 Yoga Alliance certification.

Cast

IGNORANCE: Aidan Morales

CATHERINE/PALLBEARER: Allison Bristol

SEÑORA PELUCHE/WIFE: Alondra Morales

MARTA CRATCHIT/MARIA: Angela Muniz

FEDERICO: Armando Acosta

REHEARSAL US/RICARDO/CARNICERO/PALLBEARER/HUSBAND: Armando Veloz

UNDERTAKER/SHERIFF/PERCY: Bianca Taylor

DON PELUCHE: Carlos de la Garza-Garcia

MRS. CRATCHIT: Diana Lopez

PEDRO CRATCHIT: Elias Treviño-Cross

TINY TIM: Iker Treviño-Cross

BOY SCROOGE: Irvin Yanez

ROBERTO CRATCHIT: Jeffrey Quintana

ESTEBAN/ESPERANZA: Jimena Huante

EBENEZER SCROOGE: Joseph Fernandez

BELINDA CRATCHIT: Judith Cristina Villalva

BELLA/ROSE: Larissa Reyes Arzate

SEPULTERO/MAYOR/JORGE: Logan Martin

MOTHER SUPERIOR/VENDEDOR DE VELAS: Luz Espinoza

MARLEY: Nick Thomas

CHRISTMAS PRESENT: Rafa Perez

YOUNG SCROOGE/PIÑATERO: Simon Mata

LUISA CRATCHIT/BEGGAR GIRL: Victoria Casas

GHOST DANCERS: Alexandra Sotelo, Athena Mendoza, Christopher Delgado, Crystal Nuñez, Daniel Alejandro Molina Garcia, Jasmine Palacios, Stephen Aguilar

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!

Production Team

DIRECTOR: Jay Stratton

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Johnathan Cantrell

CHOREOGRAPHER: Leanne Rinelli

STAGE MANAGER: Lindsay Hearon

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER: T’keyah Roberts, Ruben Villa

LIGHTING DESIGNER: Alex Ringering

SOUND DESIGNER: Ian Gilliam

ASSISTANT SOUND DESIGNER: Dale Morgan

SET DESIGNER: Nicole Bianco

COSTUME DESIGNER: Sofia Perez

ASSISTANT COSTUME DESIGNER: Allyson Givens

PROPS MASTERS: Constanza Romero, Olivia Fuentes, Christella Morere

YOUTH CHAPERONE: Reece Seeburg

About the Production Team

LINDSAY HEARON (STAGE MANAGER) is very excited to be a part of a new Christmas tradition. She is currently a stage management student making her stage management debut with A Christmas Carol, en la Frontera. She was previously the Assistant Stage Managed for In the Next Room and Lydia at UTEP.

T’KEYAH ROBERTS (ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER) is working in the Wise Theatre for a third time. She is a stage management student in her sophomore year. She has loved working on this show.

NICOLE BIANCO (SCENE DESIGNER) is an El Paso based designer working as a Visiting Professor in Set Design and Technical Director for the UTEP 2018-2019 season. She earned her M.F.A. from The University of Florida in set and projection design. Since then she has spent time working as a designer along the east coast and worked as Set Designer/Production Manager for Charleston Stage Company (CSC) from the Fall 2016 to the Spring of 2018. She is incredibly proud to bring this story to life with the countless talented students. Recent designs include: The 39 Steps (Footlight Players, SC), Lady Day (Footlight Players, SC), The Giver (CSC, SC), and The Fantasticks (Monomoy, MA).

ALEX RINGERING (LIGHTING DESIGNER) is a senior studying theater technology & design with a minor in commercial music. He and his wife moved to El Paso from southern Illinois in 2014 when the Army stationed them at Fort Bliss. He began studying theatre in high school and has worked in audio, video, and lighting for more than 15 years. After designing sound for last year’s Carol, this is Alex’s first major lighting design project at the Wise Theater.

IAN GILLIAM (SOUND DESIGNER) is a theater technology major with a concentration in sound design and a minor in commercial music. Ian has assisted sound design for multiple shows at UTEP, and designed sound for two productions last summer in the UTEP Studio Theatre: Just Like Us and a student production, Sons of the Prophet. This is Ian's first sound and lighting design on the main stage and would like to thank his parents, family, mentors and friends for their guidance and support. Enjoy the show!

Run Crew

LIGHT BOARD OPERATOR: Erika Lopez

SOUND BOARD OPERATOR: Dale Morgan

SET CONSTRUCTION: Constanza Romero, Olivia Fuentes, Lindsay Hearon, Juan Ontiveros, Christella Morere, Ruben Villa, Judith Villalva, Scenic Practicum Students

COSTUME CONSTRUCTION: Luz Espinoza, Sofia Perez, Mariana Baidon Carrillo, Lilia Duenas, Victoria Salmeron, Allyson Givens, Nichole Hardgrove, Larissa Reyes, Costume Practicum Students

LIGHTING & SOUND CREW: Lexy Amador, Athziri Morales, Kassia Curl, Alex Ringering, Gabriel Guajardo, Dale Morgan, Ian Gilliam, Cassie Soto, Austin Esparza, Victor Maldonado, Lighting & Sound Practicum Students

DECK CREW: Marayah Vigo, Constanza Romero, Olivia Fuentes, Christella Morere, Leo Avila, Johnathan Cantrell, Kelsey McGee, Nicole Harrison, Isabelle Rivera, Paola Dubrule, Dawn Schmidt, Jabe Betancourt

WARDROBE RUN CREW: Nicole Harrison, Mia Solis, Olivia Heights, Kyle Gandara, Moises Garcia

Staff

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: Nicole Bianco

COSTUME SHOP MANAGER: Nicole Read

SCENE SHOP FOREMAN: Tim Green

HOUSE MANAGER: Katie Harding

COSTUME & MAKEUP ADVISER: Crystal Herman

LIGHTING ADVISER: Hideaki Tsutsui

STAGE MANAGER ADVISER: Carolyn Cubit Tsutsui

AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT: Adriana Dominguez, Logan Martin, Romanti Mata, Josey Pickett, Bianca Taylor

Director's Notes

A Christmas Carol is a beautiful story that transcends place, time and language. Though almost 200 years old, it still resonates with us even today. So why not have it set in the dynamic frontera? The play’s message of redemption, kindness, and human connection are absolutely relevant in London, New York, and right here on the border! In a community as vibrant as ours, a multitude of perspectives and stories deserve to be honored and told and there is no better time to share such stories than during the Christmas season. As a director, working on this piece has given me the opportunity to learn about the rich and glorious Navidad traditions of the border region, and I am grateful and lucky to have a team that has welcomed me into to and taught me about this exciting culture. Exploring food, fabric, music, and movement has been a joyful labor of love. Having a story that reflects our community and reminds us at the core to be good to one another is crucial not just during the holidays, but all year round.

Time & Setting

TIME: Christmas Eve, 1920s

SETTING: Border between Mexico and Texas

Audience Note

There will be one 10-minute intermission

VIDEO AND/OR AUDIO RECORDING IS PROHIBITED

FOOD & BEVERAGES ARE NOT ALLOWED INSIDE THE THEATER

Special Thanks

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Hideaki Tsutsui’s Practicum Class

Crystal Herman’s Practicum Class

Box Office Staff & Practicum Class

Upcoming Events

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Department of Theatre & Dance

The University of Texas at El Paso

Degree Plans

BACHELORS OF ARTS IN THEATRE: Performance, Technology & Design, Theatre Education (with teaching certification), Generalist

BACHELORS OF FINE ARTS IN THEATRE: Performance, Technology & Design, Musical Theatre, Stage Management

MINOR IN THEATRE: Performance, Technology & Design, Generalist

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN DANCE

BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS IN DANCE

MINOR IN DANCE

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