Meet The Cast
Jeanie Malarkey (Missy Mistletoe) is so excited to once again be starring onstage with RCP. This is a first for Jeanie to be enjoying the excitement of a murder mystery. Previous shows Jeanie has been cast in are "Calendar Girls," "Little Shop of Horrors" (Audrey), "Boeing, Boeing," and "Annie" just to name a few. Thank you to everyone for this amazing experience and the opportunity to once again be part of this fabulous theater company. A huge Thank You to her family and husband who always love and support Jeannie as she continually enjoys her moments onstage!
Stephanie Hurley (Pam) is so excited for her first performance in a scripted play! The improv work she has done has come in handy for this wackiness. She looks forward to sharing with you all the hard work she and her wonderful castmates put into the show. Everyone, have a great time. Welcome to RCP, Steph!
Sandi Trait (Jennifer) is excited to be appearing in "Merry Murder at the Christmas Gala." She has performed in murder mystery dinner theater for the past eleven years. She has been in many theatrical productions in Berks, Harrisburg, Lebanon and Schuylkill counties. Most recently she directed and starred in "The Tempest" and completed her 9th season at The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire.
John Fielding (Chef Butler) began working with community theater by auditioning his 8-year-old daughter for Kipling’s The Jungle Book, performed by the Reading Community Players in 2009. Since then, along with his family, he has appeared in numerous plays and musicals for RCP, Fleetwood Community Theatre, and Antietam Community Theatre. He has practiced law for 30 years in Berks County and serves as the current County Coroner. John has worked with many community organizations and lives in Mount Penn with his wife, Patricia and their two children.
Helen Wheels (Countess) is literally pumped up to make her acting debut at RCP, after just finishing up a one state tour of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." Previous roles have included Ado Annie in "Oklahoma!" and Squish in "Chicago." Special thanks to Ryan, Andrew, and Josh for always being there when Helen needs them.
Renata Zumberge (Lulu) is beyond thrilled to be part of this crazy talented cast for RCPs "Merry Murder at the Christmas Gala!" This is her second murder mystery she has done with RCP, also having played Millicent Rutherford in "Murder at Rutherford House" last Fall. Renata has also done several other stage productions with RCP and is so grateful to author and director Steve Reazor for giving her this opportunity to join the Merry Murder cast.
Sam Moffat (Gil) is delighted to be a part of such a fun cast! This is Sam’s second show with RCP since playing Ferdinand this past summer in "The Tempest." They've been in shows with murders before, but this is their first mystery. They look forward to a wonderful show tonight!
Sebastian Antonio (Nick) is appearing for the first time at RCP and he’s happy to work on another project with Steve after being previously directed by him in "The Rocky Horror Show" at Forge Theatre (Brad). Other credits include "The Play That Goes Wrong" (U/S Trevor & Jonathan; Fulton Theatre), "Jekyll & Hyde" (Jekyll/Hyde; Genesius), "Beauty & the Beast" (The Beast/Gaston), & "A Christmas Carol: The Musical" (Jacob Marley; Steel River). Enjoy the show!
Steve Reazor (writer/director) has been working on this production since 2019, and boy, are his arms tired! A 30-year veteran of mystery dinner theater, he hopes you enjoy the fruits of his labor. Steve is very proud of this cast and appreciative of everyone’s hard work. You may have seen Steve recently in the feature film, Ava, which won the Audience Favorite Award at the Reading Film Fest. Two decades ago, Steve started directing for RCP, and he now really misses his co-director, Lisa Uliasz. Lisa, Florida can’t be better than Stuart Little!
Denise Darrah (Stage Manager) retired from teaching at Exeter Township School District and Kutztown University. She actually performed in live theater for the Exeter Teacher and Parents Association many years ago. Her experience as stage manager really shows, having worked as stage manager once before with RCP’s The Tempest. Currently she is publicity person for Reading Community Players and enjoys staying busy with them. We love you, Denise.