Stories & Cast Interviews
Nick Varricchio is back in Christmas Inn!
Cleveland rocks! #windians. #believeland. I come from a big Italian family where every Sunday was pasta Sunday at my grandma's house. I have two of the world's greatest brothers-- Domenic, a commodities broker in Kansas, and Vinnie, a nurse-in-training. My parents-- Marissa and Enrico, are the hardest working people I know; they inspire me.
I saw Jersey Boys on my very first trip to the Big Apple. After we left the theatre I turned to my mom and said, "I want to do that someday." Lucky me, my family has supported me every step of the way.
I have many mentors! My dear friend Brint, who directed me in a production of The Light in the Piazza and helped me to rediscover my artistry, and my Italian teacher and friend of 15+ years, Elvira.
I also consider the old MGM Hollywood stars to be my mentors-- TCM was always playing on the tv in my house.
I last performed in Happy Days at WBT as the Fonz. Not many people can say they've played the Fonz, so I wear that legacy of a brown leather jacket proudly!
I love coming back to WBT because the people here are truly a wonderfully kind, giving, and caring family.
I pine to play the role of Bobby in Company one day. I recently had the chance to work with the marvelous Pamela Myers, and the stories she shared were invaluable. I hope to ghostwrite her autobiography one day.
To the tune of Karen Carpenter, "Oh, there's no place like home for the holidays!" I love being with my family for the holidays. We have a tradition where we all gather at a relative's house, and we sing the Hallelujah Chorus, carol to the cassette of Mitch Miller and the gang, and finish with Barbra Streisand's The Lord's Prayer. Eventually, the Elves arrive with pajamas for one and all!
I'm teaching myself the accordion! One day, if you should find yourself navigating the subways, be sure to look beyond the Mole people and straphangers, and you'll find me donning a beret and neckerchief whilst portraying my most Parisian self as I languidly warble the music of Edith Piaf!
Top 3 vinyl albums I play on my record player in the morning before CrossFit: Yvonne Elliman's "Love Me", Michael Jackson's "Off the Wall" Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong's "Ella & Louis"
As Fonzie in HAPPY DAYS
Meet Jayson Elliott in Christmas Inn
I grew up In northern Indiana near Norte Dame. 130 people in my high school class. Fairly rural community. We had a day where kids could drive their tractors to school. Ha ha.
I fell in love with music first and the two kind of go hand in hand for me. Certainly, high school theatre and music teachers played a huge part in my career choice.
This is my 7th WBT show. The staff make this theatre run and I love them for that!
Some of my favorite shows and roles are BUDDY (The Big Bopper), Wizard Of Oz (The Lion), The full Monty (Dave), all these are very much my favorites
When not on stage, I'm playing music, watching and playing sports, and spending time with friends.
I enjoy listening to music, mostly folk, rockabilly, country and classic rock. For being a musical theatre guy...I don't really listen to a ton of it. Ha ha
I like to Celebrate The Holidays with family and friends. Laying low and resting. I enjoy Christmas Eve gift opening with the "adults".
With Kilty Reidy in Christmas Inn.
Meet Sarah Cline as Linda Baker in Christmas Inn
I grew up in the suburbs of Kansas City, KS, as part of a loving family which included my dad and mom, my older sister, Laura and younger brother, David. Kansas holds a very special place in my heart, and I am proud of my Midwestern roots. I lived there from the ages of 4 to 18, when I moved out to study Musical Theatre in college. My parents have always been so supportive of my love for singing and theatre, and I am grateful to have grown up in a household that encouraged us kids to follow our dreams, to work hard and to be kind.
My Headshot at age 9.
I started doing Musical Theatre when I was six years old, and I've been doing it ever since. My parents did a great job of exposing the kids to a lot of different types of music, including musicals, which encouraged my love of singing. I knew every word to the 10th Anniversary album of Les Miserables before I knew my states and capitols. After I did my first show as part of a summer program for kids, I auditioned for every show I could around the KC area. I ended up missing a lot of fourth grade because I was "working" around town. (Again, VERY supportive parents!) Of course, then, I didn't think of it as working at all! Eventually though, by the time I hit high school, I knew that I wanted theatre to be more than just a hobby; I dreamed of it being my career. My high school theatre teacher, Dan Schmidt, fostered my passion and helped me to fall in love with acting. Suddenly, I wasn't just a singer, I was a storyteller, and that was the most exciting gift anyone could give me.
This is my first show at WBT and I couldn't be happier. Everyone is so incredibly kind and professional; I feel very lucky to be working here.
My favorite musical of all time is Les Miserables. To me, it is perfect. I also love Sweeney Todd (or really, anything written by Stephen Sondheim). My dream roles include "Fantine" in Les Miserables, "Elphaba" in Wicked and "Cathy" in The Last Five Years.
I am so excited to go home to KS to spend Christmas with my family for the first time since 2012! I've been working on cruise ships for the last couple of years, so I can't wait to reacquaint myself with our family traditions. My favorites include our annual Christmas Cookie Decorating Competition and the Christmas Eve dinner that my stepmom cooks up, complete with crab legs!
With Nick Varricchio in Christmas Inn.
When not on stage, I love to bake (I make a mean chocolate chip cookie!) but if I couldn't be an actor, I would be a make-up artist or some kind of beauty consultant, so I enjoy playing with cosmetic products a lot. You're likely to find me in the aisles of Sephora with eyeshadow swatches all over my arms. Also, when I'm not onstage, I make sure to enjoy the incredible friends I have in my life. Sometimes, there is nothing better than sitting around with my roommates, having a glass of red wine and watching Shark Tank.
I don't often listen to musicals for recreation; typically I'll listen to shows only if I'm studying for a role. So, my favorites are Singer/Songwriters from all decades. Jim Croce, John Mayer, Sara Bareilles and Ed Sheeran are my all-time favorites!
At 10, with Dad in a community theatre production of The Music Man.
Meet Kilty Reidy as Bill Brewer in Christmas Inn
I was born in Charlotte NC. I was raised in North Carolina by Midwestern parents (Chicago). So the rules that applied in my home didn’t always apply outside. For instance, when responding to an adult in Southern culture, it is polite to reply with a Ma’am or a Sir. When I would respond to my mother with a "yes, ma’am”, she would tell my not to take that “tone” with her. Ah, cultural differences.
My mother is a huge fan of theatre I was raised listening to Leonard Stallman’s New Faces of 1952. What do you mean you don’t know it? Later on Annie and A Chorus Line were thrown into the mix. My mother also put together Vaudeville Shows for the Church Fall Festival. And we always had a piano player at the house when my parents threw big parties. Clearly, there was no hope for me.
I took class with a Meisner teacher who taught out of the old Carnegie Hall Studios. His name was Fred Kareman. He made a lasting impression on me.
My father always joked when I started working professionally, “It’s about time that loud mouth made you some money!” He was right.
I've done several shows at WBT; Carousel, West Side Story, Funny Girl (twice), And The World Goes Round, Happy Days. Well, I love that I can work and live at home (that is the dream). Also, after many years and many shows, WBT feels like a family to me. They gave me one of my first jobs as a new Equity member and have always been kind enough to let me return.
Some of my favorite shows? The Most Happy Fella, Once on This Island, The Scottsboro Boys, Light in the Piazza, Fiddler on the Roof, Drowsy Chaperone..just off the top of my head!
My dream role? Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman, George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf, and I want another shot at Alfie Byrne in A Man of No Importance.
I Celebrate The Holidays with my family. As a kid, it was a party at the Girdich’s house, followed by midnight mass. We open family gifts on Christmas Eve, that is our special time.
What's on my Ipod? Tons of musical theatre. I Love podcasts…This American Life, The Moth, Ronna and Beverly, and many more.