Mary Beth BasuMary Beth Basu joined the cast of A Child’s Christmas in Wales at the Gem Theatre back in 1991, and the Celtic Christmas experience soon became a treasured holiday tradition in her family. She has appeared in the premier of Inspiration and in The Winter’s Tale at Caltech, as well as in Summer Repertory Theatre productions of The Miracle Worker and The Crucible. She studied at the Professional Actors Conservatory, grows roses in Pasadena, and enjoys writing mystery novels in her spare time.

Gary Bell performed as a resident actor at South Coast Repertory for a number of years, as well as regional theaters in New Hampshire, Ohio, Florida and New York (the Classic Stage Company.) Locally, he has also performed at Laguna Playhouse and the Grove Shakespeare Festival. He received a Dramalogue Award for his performance as Dylan Thomas in A Child’s Christmas in Wales, which ran for a number of years as one of the area’s outstanding holiday offerings.

Jim CopeIn his early days as a musician, Jim Cope played in various Folk, Bluegrass and Country bands throughout California and Arizona. In 1977, he suffered a serious theater bug bite and for the next twenty years, music took a back seat to a career in theater. Working as an actor, technical director and stage manager, Jim has been involved in well over 300 productions throughout Southern California and Colorado. Some of his favorites include A Flea In Her Ear, 1940’s Radio Hour, Pump Boys and Dinettes and A Lie Of The Mind.In 2007 Jed Joined the cast of A Childʼs Christmas In Wales, and since then has been happily combining his passion for traditional music with the ensemble acting opportunities provided by Tin Box Productions.

Marnie CrossenMarnie Crossen is one of the original cast members of A Child’s Christmas in Wales at the Grove Shakespeare Festival and the Laguna Playhouse. Her performances include many productions at South Coast Repertory, A Noise Within, Laguna Playhouse and others. Her out of town engagements have taken her across the U.S. Her TV credits include Glee, Big Love, My Name is Earl, General Hospital and Popular. Her films include Surrender Dorothy, A Perfect Husband, Tomcats, Boys on the Side among others.

Gretchen EstesGretchen Estes has been a part of the performing arts world since she was four. Her credits include: playing Pantalone in A Company of Wayward Saints, being a percussionist in the Crystal Cathedral’s The Glory of Easter andstage managing at Cypress Civic Theatre. In 2006, she was able to play the part of Glenda Jones in the revival of A Child’s Christmas in Wales, which was a great experience to honor her father who musically directed the show for over 20 years.

Nancy EstesNancy Bliss Estes has had a varied 30 year musical career as a mezzo-soprano and music educator. She has sung major leading operatic roles (Carmen, Cherubino, Dorabella, Suzuki, Hansel, Madame de Croissey, the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors) with various Southland companies/opera workshops (Five Penny Opera, Lyric Opera of Orange County {the pre-Opera Pacific regional company}, Guild Opera of Los Angeles, Opera Ambassador, CSU Fullerton). She toured throughout Southern California in opera education programs and has been a contracted staff singer with Pacific Chorale, the John Alexander Singers, William Hall Master Chorale, Crystal Cathedral Choir, Opera Pacific. Voiceover work has included TV commercials (Zenith TV, TRW Systems, Yes Detergent, Australian TV {Channel 7}) and soundtracks for the Las Vegas Hilton’s production of JAMBIRDEE (an animated, mechanical bird show), as well as commercially produced recordings for Musical Heritage Society, Takoma, and Pacific Chorale.

Rory JohnstonRory Johnston was in A Child’s Christmas in Walesat Laguna Playhouse in 1996. He has been delighted to take part in numerous Celtic Christmases since then. He was born in Ireland and trained at the Berkshire Playhouse, Massachusetts. Over the course of his career he notably played Shaw in the European premiere of Steven Sondheim’s The Frogs and appeared in the only play that Spalding Gray ever wrote. In the Southland he was Caiaphas in The Glory of Easter at the Crystal Cathedral, Shamus in The Unsinkable Molly Brown in Fullerton, Pellinore in Camelot at the Starlight, San Diego, and Duke Senior in a strolling production of As You Like It in Hancock Park. His television work includes Arrested Development, The Mentalist, Au Pair II and Phil of the Future.

Bethanie KnieserBethanie Knieser is originally from beautiful western New York state. After receiving a BFA in theater performance from the University of Evansville, she moved to California to continue her theater studies at Professional Actor’s Conservatory. In addition to her many theater credits, Bethanie has toured schools performing in By the Great Horn Spoon and Charlotte’s Web with the Theater Reach program of The Laguna Playhouse. Bethanie is an accomplished musician who plays both the pedal harp and the lever harp. She also performs with The Girls Next Door 1940’s vocal trio which she co-founded in 1999.

Michele LovenMichele Loven’s credits include theater, commercials, television and film. Michele began her professional career by singing and dancing for Disney. Shortly after that she began performing in theater with principal roles in Dames at Sea, Company, Tomfoolery, Side by Side by Sondheim, Godspell, and A Child’s Christmas in Wales. Her voiceover work includes: the Las Vegas Hilton Jambirdee Show, Observadores: a cartoon animation, jingle singer for a Toyota radio ad and numerous narrations for videos and public service announcements. Film work includes: Redd Jackson: World’s Greatest Athlete, Daisies, Andrea-Side Two, Take the Stage, and Anaheim-The Film. Most recently, Michele has been featured in several commercials: Blue Shield Insurance, Kashi Cereal,, United States Postal Service, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Longevity Insurance.

Bob MayBob May has been in over 120 theater and film projects spanning more than three decades. He has played characters as various as Claudius in Hamlet and the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz. He was most recently honored by the Western Regional Conference of the Kennedy Center’s American College Theater Festival with an Award of Merit for his performance as Mason Marzac in Richard Greenberg’s Take Me Out at Fullerton College. Other theater credits include Hucklebee in The Fantasticks, Jonas Fogg in Sweeny Todd, and Grampa Joe in Charlie & the Chocolate Factory.

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Leisa Jo Waller has performed in a variety of productions for Shakespeare Orange County, the Grove Shakespeare Festival, The Gem Theatre, Wadsworth Theatre, Robert B. Moore Theatre, Huntington Beach Theatre, Theatre of N.O.T.E., Ivy Substation Theatre, Alternative Repertory Theatre, and Vangard Theatre. Film/TV credits include Point Break, Saved by the Bell, and In Living Color. Leisa Jo works predominately as a voice over actress in TV, radio and other mediums.