A talented and experienced cast is ready to present A Christmas Carol to the delight of Butler audiences for this holiday season.
THOM HILLIARD (Scrooge)
For Thom, it all began with an unscheduled audition at BLT in March of 2007 for a show called, Not Now Darling. A small part was cast, and a 15-year addiction was begun. In 2022, Thom was fortunate enough to play “Leonato” in Much Ado About Nothing with Hob Nob Theatre, and now Thom feels grateful for the opportunity to portray Scrooge in his favorite role ever. Thom hopes you’ll enjoy the transformation from a curmudgeonly old sinner to a happy “young” Christmas rejoicer. A Christmas Carol “Bah Humbug” and “God bless us, everyone” to you all this holiday season.”
JERRY JOHNSTON (Actor 1)
“Let’s Do it Again,” the old hit by the Staple Singers, played in my mind when BLT announced the repeat of Paul Haughey’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Paul was a good friend and a talented, artistic theater maven, and we miss him dearly. When we did the show in 2003, I had the most fun I had ever enjoyed on the BLT stage with Katie, Jud, Ron Lockwood, Sydney Meals, and Ben Wallace. And now Katie, Jud, and I are delighted to relive that wonderful experience with our new castmates Tom Hilliard, Jordan Meals, and Kyrie Lokhaiser. We sincerely hope you enjoy the fun and hijinks as much as we all do while still holding onto the original magic of Dickens’ message about the Christmas season. It’s a tribute to Paul and Ron, who are still with us in spirit (no pun intended). As always, we thank you, the audience, for there would be no Butler Little Theater without you.
KYRIE LOKHAISER (Actor 5)
Kyrie is glad to be back performing with the Butler Little Theater. In her last appearance on the BLT stage, she performed as a minor character in A Christmas Carol in 2007. While she has had a love of acting and participated in several shows during her time in high school, she has not performed in a play since 2010. Her day job is as an attorney with a local firm, Stepanian & Menchyk. She has been a long-time resident of Butler and resides with her husband, Kody. She is excited to be part of a fun and welcoming cast and thanks her family and friends who have been so supportive.
JORDAN MEALS (Ben – A Stagehand)
Jordan is thrilled to be back on stage after a nearly six-year hiatus. A veteran of BLT, this will be Jordan’s eleventh show, having last been in 2016’s Come Blow Your Horn playing Buddy Baker. Jordan is especially excited to follow in his sister Sydney’s footsteps as she was in the original production of A Christmas Carol in 2003. Jordan would like to thank his parents and sister for raising him in a theater family and empowering him to find his love for acting.
JUD STEWART (Actor 2)
While Jud has not been on the BLT stage for several years, he has a long (checkered) history here. He has won several best actor awards, including for his portrayals of Stanley Kowolski, Valmont, and Macbeth. They are not the best guys, and you can draw your own conclusions. He has also directed many productions, most recently 2015’s revival of Steel Magnolias. He is glad to be back but misses his old pals Dave, Kenny, Fritz, and of course, Paul and Ron.
KATY WAYNE (Actor 4)
Katy is delighted to return to the Butler Little Theater stage, where her last role was Sonya, in Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike. Most recently, she enjoyed playing Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, the joint production with the Musical Theater Guild and the Butler Symphony Orchestra. Katy is thrilled to be reprising the role in this version of A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol runs December 2-4 and December 6-10