Lydia has been performing literally all over the world since graduating from university. She has acted, danced, and sung in Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, Ireland, Austria, Spain, and on cruise ships in the Caribbean. She has also toured the good ol' USA doing musical theatre from Chicago to L.A., and recorded two CDs for the Gershwin estate. She is a recipient of the prestigious Los Angeles Drama Logue Award. Some of her favorite performances have been in West Side Story, The Vagina Monologues, Jesus Christ Superstar, Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma, Proof and Oliver.
A veteran of over forty stage productions since re-entering the theater community in 1992, Richard was last seen in the role of Norman Petty in The Buddy Holly Story at Pacific Repertory Theatre in Carmel. He also appeared as "Pap", Huckleberry Finn's drunken and dangerous father in The Western Stage's production of Big River and as the mad doctor in Bat Boy. In the Monterey area he has had featured roles in Once Upon A Mattress, Camelot, Man of LA Mancha, Edward Albee's The Goat, and Michael Frayn's Copenhagen, and Johnny Guitar. Richard played Pod in Saltshaker Theater's original musical The Borrowers. Richard is a singer/songwriter and co-wrote the music for Lee Brady's Southern Lights, a country and western musical in which he performed as Lonnie and Cash Callender. Richard composed, wrote, and performed in his two original short musicals for PacRep's TheatreFest, Outlaws and Orphans. He sings with Lyn Whiting in Wild Hearts and sang with the Ray Charles Tribute Show at the Monterey Blue Festival. Richard is currently rehearsing original music with members of the band, Bag o' Tricks. Richard sings baritone for the holiday song group, the Merry Carolers.
As actor, director, producer, musician, or magician, Ken has taken part in over 60 productions, including lead roles in Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance (The Major-General), H.M.S. Pinafore (Sir Joseph), and The Mikado (The Mikado). He's also performed in Annie, Oliver!, and Oklahoma!, and has lent his dramatic baritone/bass voice to local operas such as Carmen, La Boheme and La Llorona, The Weeping Woman.
As artistic director of Salinas-based Saltshaker Theater, he directed the world-premiere of The Borrowers: The Musical, among many successful productions. In 2014, Ken established the first Gilbert & Sullivan Festival of Monterey County featuring H.M.S. Pinafore/Trial by Jury.
For the last six years, Ken has produced the very popular MYSTERY! Dinner Theaters and ENCORE! Musical Dinners at venues throughout Monterey County.
As a performing stage magician for almost 50 years, Ken has served as consultant for magic & illusion use in a number of theatrical productions in Monterey County (many will remember his eight-year run as “Simon, the Sorcerer” at the very popular outdoor Christmas presentation The Streets of Bethlehem) and continues to perform for children as the retired Professor of Wizardry, Prof. Cedric Ravenclaw and, each Christmas, as the Old Gentleman in Red, Santa Claus.
A graduate student in Public Policy at the Panetta Institute, Ms. Englehorn has been an occasional presence on Monterey Peninsula theatre stages since 1996. A professional costume and light designer and actress, favorite roles include Betty Blake in Will Rogers' Follies for The Western Stage, Cordelia in King Lear for PRT's Carmel Shakespeare Festival, and Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire at Pacific Repertory Theatre. With academic training in theatre from Whitman College and graduate level business from Humboldt State University, she also has advanced training in vocal pedagogy and is an active vocal coach for area singers. Other career adventures include work in e-commerce, medical records, university-level student services, stage and screen casting, event planning, and exhibit development at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. She has taken a break from the workforce to raise her two children.
A gifted stage performer with a talent for engaging her audience, Stephanie Gable is known for critically acclaimed roles that range from Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd to Mama Rose in Gypsy, from the lead in Hello Dolly! to the comedic Miss Hannigan in Annie. With a warmth and energy that transcends her remarkable stage presence and the ability to make that "connection" with her audience, Stephanie utilizes a full range of acting experience and training while performing standards to opera . . . jazz to musical theatre. Her honesty and love of her craft rings true to the listener. Stephanie considers performing with this fine group of performers a great joy!
Soprano Kathryn Hart, founder and owner of The Merry Carolers began singing before she can remember under the tutelage of her mother, a jazz and blues singer with the USO in World War II and a popular lyric soprano soloist for area Messiah's during the 1970s. As a child, Kathryn won several vocal competitions and was a member of the State Honor Choir in high school. A musical theatre performer with over 40 productions to date, her favorite roles have been Mary Jane in Big River, Hodel in Fiddler On The Roof and The Mistress in Evita. Kathryn has sung "The Star Spangled Banner" for the closing ceremonies of the Salinas Rodeo and has enjoyed singing tight harmonies with this amazing group of musicians for the past eight years.
Jared brings 14 years of community choir and musical theater experience to this talented group. He has performed with many of his fellow carolers in some way, shape, or combination over the years. This makes for a sense of family and comradery that really comes through in the high spirited songs of this group. Jared has most recently been seen on stage at Monterey's New Wharf Theater as Ko-Ko in their production of The Mikado. He would like to thank friends, family, and partner David for the support and encouragement to help keep him performing. Happy holidays everyone!
Zee was the female vocalist for a Monterey-based 16-piece big band for a while and survived two years of music theory. She has sung in choirs since childhood, directed an a cappella group, and dabbled with various musical instruments. To her, Christmas caroling means calling a truce with her long skirt and hoop, sharing beautiful sounds, and making people smile. During the rest of the year, Zee translates documents into English from Dutch and French as a freelance linguist. To keep herself entertained, she has been known to attend swing dance camp, flail about from the end of a rock climbing rope, and make videos about nonprofit organizations for YouTube and public access television.
Rémi has been singing and generally hamming it up since age 3. During her kindergarten's Day At the Circus production, she was terribly disappointed to be cast as the ring mistress (she wanted to be the tightrope walker in the cute pink tutu) until she discovered the joys of playing to the audience and bossing around everyone else in the show. Fortunately, she chose not to use her new-found powers for evil; since then she has found creative outlet in open-mike venues, community choirs and theater, and bardic music in the Society for Creative Anachronism. She also puns, but her friends maintain that she has enough redeeming qualities to be forgiven for it.
Stacy has loved to sing for as long as she can remember and her mother states that Stacy started singing before she started talking. Her first solo was at the age of 5, while at the Spreckels 4th of July Celebration. She walked up to the band and asked if she could sing with them. They lifted her onto the stage and lowered a microphone and she proudly sang "The Star Spangled Banner". Every time the audience shouted for more, she thought they wanted her to sing the same song again. So even though she knew other patriotic songs, she sang the same song 4 or 5 times in a row until her parents came up and dragged her home.
She feels blessed to have attended a church with an incredible music program, and has sung with a variety of school and church choirs growing up. She sang for several years with the Hartnell College Choir and Chamber Singers, with the California State University, Chico, A Cappella Choir, and the Chico State Gospel Choir. She spent a year traveling with the international performance group Up With People, performing a 2-hour broadway-style musical throughout the US, Canada, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Slovakia, Italy and France. Stacy moved back to Monterey County 5 years ago, and when not singing Christmas carols she spends her time ringing handbells, assisting the children's music program at a local church, playing with her two pugs, and hanging out with her 4-year old niece. She teaches 3rd-5th graders with severe disabilities for Monterey County Office of Education.
Tenor Keith Wolhart has performed in numerous musicals on the Monterey Peninsula in his 30 year career. A local favorite, he also performs with the Peninsula Harmony Company.