1940s Radio Christmas Carol Bios

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JANET CALL

JC/Boutonniere

Janet has been a part of OSP for 8 years in the orchestra pit playing keyboard and piano and has been Ruth Ann Fox’s Assistant Music Director for the last few years. This is Janet’s third on-stage production with OSP with Dearly Departed being her debut as the funeral home director’s wife/organist. Last December, she appeared in Happy Holidays With Love as the mother (Mama) in a vignette of ‘Twas the Night before Christmas' and as a caroler with her granddaughter, Kinsley. Janet was in the corporate world for 35 years and retired from that job in 2021 to pursue more music related endeavors. She re-opened her piano studio this past March. She and her husband raised two sons and live in the Burgettstown area with their two cats, Kitty Wells and Catsy Cline. Many thanks to my supportive husband who encourages me in my music career and to Cindy, Ruth Ann,

and the rest of the cast for being so great to work with!

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DEBBIE DESCUTNER

Judith Davenport

Debbie Descutner has been performing with OSP for 22 years.  This season she was Grandmama in Addams Family Musical and Queen Constantina in Cinderella.  Outside of OSP, Debbie is the play director at Avella High School. She feels very blessed to have much love and support from not only her own family, but also her OSP family. Debbie would like to dedicate her performance in memory of her father, Ralph Liberatore, a World War II army veteran.

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RUTH ANN FOX

Toots Navarre

Ruth Ann has been involved as Music Director at OSP for over 18 years. During that time she has done over 50 shows. Some of her favorites were Man of La Mancha, Seussical, A Year with Frog and Toad, Beauty and the Beast, and The Christmas Schooner. You can usually find her in the orchestra pit, playing and directing the orchestra. However, this time you will see her on stage interacting with the cast. She would like to thank all the people in her life that always support her activities. And a special thank-you to OSP, which has become her second home.

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THOMAS INGHRAM

"Little" Jackie Sparks

Thomas Inghram is a 15-year-old sophomore student at Washington High School. Thomas will be taking the stage for the first time since OSP’s production of The Nerd in March 2020. He has done other shows such as, It’s A Wonderful Life, The Christmas Schooner, Shrek, and played the role of Mike Teavee in Willy Wonka at OSP. He has also enjoyed roles at Little Lake and Washington Community Theatre. Thomas enjoys participating in the Wash High “Little Presidents” Marching Band, while also performing in the Symphonic and Jazz Bands as a Trumpet player. He also likes amusement parks, bowling, bike riding, ice skating, and watching football. Thomas is excited to be back home on the stage again at OSP!

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STACIE PARONISH

Margie O'Brien

Stacie is excited to return to the OSP stage for the third time this season. You may have seen her perform earlier this year as Marci in Almost, Maine (where she also ran sound for the show) or as the Stepmother in Cinderella. Outside of working with the theater, Stacie teaches accelerated mathematics and gifted learners.  She would like to thank Cindy for giving her this opportunity, the cast/crew for all of their hard work, and her family/friends for their support. 

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BEN TRESS

Charlies "Cholly" Butts

Previously appeared as the Beast in Beauty and Beast (2019), George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life (2019), Jimmy in Almost, Maine (2022), and Prince Christopher in Cinderella (2022). He would like to thank the director for not making him shave his beard.

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JOE WAGNER

Bernie

There’s not a more fun and talented group of people to spend December 24th,1943 with than the ones you will see on stage tonight. Much gratitude to Cindy, Ruth Ann, Kelly and Janet for all their time to make this happen. “Thanks” for spending tonight with us and please have “Happy Holidays” with all of your family and friends.

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ANDY CORNELIUS

Clifton Feddington

Andy is excited to return to the Old Schoolhouse Players stage, having most recently performed at OSP in its production of Rehearsal For Murder way back in 2000. Andy has performed over the last 20+ years on a number of stages throughout the area. Andy’s favorite roles include Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird and Jerry in Show

People at Little Lake Theatre, Jake in Jake’s Women at McKeesport Little Theater, Dad (Jack) in Mom’s Gift, Yvan in Art at South Park Theatre, and George in Same Time, Next Year at Apple Hill Playhouse. Andy is an intellectual property lawyer, having been in private practice for more than 40 years. He wishes to thank his family and friends for their ongoing support over the years, especially his wife Carolyn.

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JIM FOX

Harold J. Mullins

It’s always fun to be on the OSP stage. He will be playing Harold in the Forty’s Radio Christmas Carol. Prior notable credits include the King in Cinderella, Ernie in It’s a Wonderful Life, Steve in The Christmas Schooner, Grandpa Joe in Willie Wonka, Tiger in Winnie The Pooh Christmas, The Coach in Footloose, Rubin and the Butler in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, James Wilson in 1776, and the Bishop in Jekyll and Hyde. He would like to thank OSP, Family, and Friends for their support.

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JOHN HERRMANN

Fritz Conigliaro

Hello there, we've met someplace before, haven't we? I'm sure of it, I never forget a face. I know, it was right here at the theater. I'm very excited to be a part of this talented cast. This is my thirteenth show with OSP. My most recent appearance on the OSP stage was as East in Almost, Maine this year. Christmas shows here at OSP hold a special place in my heart and are always a memorable good time. Thank you for coming out and supporting community theater. Enjoy the show and tell your friends!

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BRIAN NATH

Isidore "Buzz" Crenshaw

Brian is thrilled to be on the performing side of the stage after appearing as Villian in Almost, Maine. He is usually found directing or stage managing the fabulous shows at OSP. Most recently directing Cinderella.  Brian would like to thank his parents and his dog, Simon, for their love and support. 

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LEO STANKUS

William St. Claire

Allow me a flashback to a time: Christmas 2007 and my first experience with the Old Schoolhouse Players in musical called A 1940s Radio Hour. Another version, but without the Christmas Carol. I was asked to play bass guitar in the orchestra. I had so much fun, I said “YES!” to the next 26

musicals. I was even 'coaxed' out of the pit for Heaven Can Wait, The Pink Panther, Noises Off (Selsdon/Burgler) and four musicals: A Christmas Survival Guide, Always, Patsy Cline, Ring of Fire and Oliver (Bill Sikes) - and still played bass in all of those (Ruth Ann couldn't spare me). This is my first musical without my trusty Hofner to hide behind, so I want to thank Cindy, the whole cast and crew for their support and guidance in this production. Still having fun and I hope you can tell!

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GIANNA TRESS

Sally Simpson

Previously appeared as an ensemble member in Beauty and the Beast (2019) and It’s a Wonderful Life (2019), Sandrine in Almost, Maine (2022), and ensemble for Cinderella (2022). Wishing you a safe and happy holiday!