JUAN BETANCUR was born in Queens, NY, raised in Colombia, South America, and has performed in Germany, France, Austria, Holland, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Italy, Japan, and the Middle East in Beirut, Lebanon. He was last seen in China in the Macau International Music Festival playing Fred Casely in Chicago. TV credits include; “All My Children”, “Guiding Light”, and “The Rosie O’Donnell Show.” Juan’s voice can be heard in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York.
TIFFANY CLEVETTE is honored to be a part of this ‘Spectacular’ production. Recent credits include Chicago, Ain’t MisBehavin, Hercules, Golden Mickeys, Paris and Gospel Meets Symphony among many others. Tiffany would like to thank her friends and family for their support and God for His abundant blessings!
AMY FORBES (Choreographer) has performed in Japan, Florida, Connecticut, Hawaii and her home town of Chicago and is happy to be back for an all new production of A Holiday Spectacular on Ice that is taking her to all new places. Amy Graduated in 1998 with a B.A. in Choreography and Dance Technique. She is thankful for her many years of skating, which has helped to direct her life and has led to meeting so many wonderful people along the way. Amy would like to send her love to her husband, Terry. With his never-ending love, understanding and guidance, she feels that she has gone places and achieved more than ever imagined.
MELISSA GRAVELL is a Massachusetts native and has been skating for 18 years. This year she has been fortunate enough to skate in Chicago, at the 1st Major League Figure Skating Championships, and at Mitsui Greenland, Japan, all in her first year as a professional show skater. When not skating she enjoys watching the Boston Red Sox and the N.E. Patriots and coaching at local rinks. She would like to thank her family and friends for all of their love and support!
CHUCK HARLESS is very excited to be touring with Gateway Playhouse for this year’s holiday production. His skating career includes appearances in various ice and dance productions throughout the world including Disney on Ice, Ice Capades, Holiday on Ice and showrooms in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Lake Tahoe and Reno. Chuck now calls San Francisco his home.
T. J. HOWELL
(Juggler/Unicyclist) has been touring with A Holiday Spectacular on Ice for three seasons. He has performed in a variety of venues including Tropicana Hotel & Casino (Atlantic City), Holland American, Coastal Dolphin, and Princess Cruise Lines, state fairs and other stages around the U.S. and Canada. T.J. has been performing on ice for over 15 years with groups such as: Busch Gardens (Tampa), Houston Astor World Amusement Park Ice Show, Showboat Dinner Theater (Clearwater, FL), Marco Polo Hotel (Miami), Osmond Family Theater (Branson, MO) and Gateway Playhouse on Long Island (New York).
PAVEL KHABAROV (Cube Act) joins A Holiday Spectacular on Ice from Tampa, Florida. His skating and cube act has taken him worldwide. In his 10 years as a professional entertainer, Pavel has been seen with Moscow on Ice, Russian Circus on Ice, Wild Rose, England on Ice, World Rhythm on Ice, and Busch Gardens.
CARRIANNE KIMBALL joins the cast of A Holiday Spectacular on Ice from sunny Florida. She studied at Fredonia State University where she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Communication and a minor in Spanish. Carrianne turned professional in 1997 and toured Mexico for Rosstyn Ice Shows. Since then she has performed for numerous production companies in shows such as Advanced Entertainment Group’s Star on Ice – Thailand tour, World Rhythms on Ice, and Steve Wheeler’s Magic on Ice in Guam. Carrianne is thrilled to now be a part of A Holiday Spectacular on Ice.
JAMIE KLINGLER is a double USFSA Gold Medallist. She has been in numerous professional ice shows produced by Advanced Entertainment Group, such as the Beau Rivage Celebration on Ice in Biloxi, Mississippi and Mitsui, Greenland, American Ice Show in Japan (female soloist). She is excited to be touring the U.S. and looks forward to having another great show!
GABRIEL LEEL joins A Holiday Spectacular on Ice from Tampa, FL. He has traveled the country in various ice shows including Disney on Ice Toy Story, Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede, and World Rhythm on Ice at Busch Gardens, Tampa. A New England native, Mr. Leel started skating at a very young age in New Hampshire. Gabriel is a pair skater with partner Lindsey Moore and this is their first show with Gateway Playhouse.
NICOLE MANGI is thrilled to be joining the cast of A Holiday Spectacular on Ice! She was last seen in Cats (Jennyanydots) and Gypsy (Agnes) at the Gateway Playhouse on Long Island. Regional theater credits include; Geva Theatre Center, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Nicole has been seen on the national tour of Unsinkable Molly Brown and on TV in “Guiding Light.” She holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Webster Conservatory. Nicole sends much love to her wonderful parents and her sweetheart, Michael. Merry Christmas!!
LINDSEY MOORE is a double USFSA Gold Medallist. She has spent the last five years performing in a variety of professional ice shows, such as; Holiday on Ice Evolution tour in Puerto Rico and as a featured soloist in Nancy Kerrigan’s Halloween on Ice. Lindsey has performed in several shows with Advanced Entertainment Group, including; Hollywood on Ice at Drury Lane Theater (Chicago), World Rhythms on Ice at Busch Gardens (Tampa Bay), and as a principal adagio pair last Christmas at the Beau Rivage Hotel & Casino. She is currently skating with her new partner, Gabriel Leel and is very excited to be a part of A Holiday Spectacular on Ice.
TRAVIS NUSS has been skating for 11 years and joins the cast from Colorado Springs, CO. He has been performing in shows with Advanced Entertainment Group including Star on Ice – Thailand, Japan. Travis also skated with Disney on Ice Beauty and the Beast. Travis is very excited to be performing this show with such a wonderful group of people.
STEFANIE OAKES is a USFSA triple gold medallist. She competed regionally & nationally in ice dance, freestyle and synchronized skating. She started her professional skating career after graduating high school, touring with Disney on Ice. For 11 months she performed in the ensemble and understudied the role of Sleeping Beauty. Stefanie has been accepted to Bowling Green State University and plans to study Exercise Physiology & Dietetics beginning in January.
DINA PARISE started figure skating at the age of 8 and skated competitively through high school. In 1989 she turned to a professional career, joining the Ice Capades for their 50th Anniversary Tour. Dina traveled coast-to-coast in the U.S. and Canada as well as appearing in their television special. While on hiatus from the Ice Capades, Dina performed in the Bietak production of Reflections on Ice. She is pleased to be performing with Gateway Playhouse and Advanced Ent-ertainment Group and for the third time on tour with A Holiday Spectacular on Ice. Dina resides in her native Long Island, NY with her husband, Andrew, whom she thanks for his encouragement and support.
NIKKI WARD joins the cast from Chicago. She has been skating for 15 years. Nicole has competed at regional, sectional and national competitions. She placed 8th at National Collegiates this year, and was recently crowned Chicago Open Champion. Nicole has been skating in shows for 2 years; touring with Star on Ice in Thailand, and as a guest skater in the Green Bay Figure Skating Show. Nicole is a full-time student of Political Science and Justice Studies at the University of New Hampshire.
CHRISTOPHER YATES is excited to work with Gateway again, having last appeared here as Josh in the musical Big; other appearances include George Bailey in A Wonderful Life, and Cornelius in Hello Dolly. Recent credits include Walter in An American Daughter and Uncle Peck in How I Learned to Drive with The Women’s Theatre Company, NJ; Serenading Louie and One Shoe Off with the Schoolhouse Theatre, NY: a critically acclaimed portrayal of Brutus in Julius Caesar with Moonwork, NYC; Valere in The Miser with Olney Theatre Center, MD; and Nick Arnstein in Funny Girl with Barrington Stage Co, MA. Chris received The Outer Critics Circle award for best actor for his portrayal of Cliff in Cabaret in Boston. Off-Broadway: Hysterical Blindness; Fixing Frank; and Enter the Guardsman. Chris is also a veteran of several Broadway National Tours; including Les Miserables as Javert and Enjolras on the 1st and 3rd Nationals; Blood Brothers with Petula Clark and David Cassidy; Simon Stride in Jekyll and Hyde; and John Jasper in Drood. As well as many regional theatres across the country including La Jolla Playhouse, CA; Theatre Virginia; Hasty Pudding, MA; Northern Theatre, VT and The Shakespeare Theatre, NJ. Chris can also be heard on many voice-overs and cartoons. TV: One Life to Live.
PAUL ALLAN (Producer) Paul has been the producer at the Gateway Playhouse for over 20 years and has also produced successful shows from the East End to the Far East. Born into the theatrical family that started Gateway, Paul became involved in the theatre at an early age. In addition to his career as a producer, Paul co-founded a successful touring company which mounted dozens of productions as well as a Set Rental company which provides scenery and props for various productions throughout the United States. Running Gateway is more than producing 6 or 7 shows a season. The theatre complex consists of 7 acres and many buildings including shops, rehearsal studios, offices, and housing facilities. All have to be maintained and upgraded. Although Gateway is a seasonal operation, work continues all year round - with the off season the opportunity for repairs and maintenance. New innovations and technologies are constantly being implemented in the productions as well as the facility that supports the productions. Paul is grateful to live very close to the theatre so he can continue his year-round activities while still having time to help raise his new son - Luke Robert Allan - with his wife Annmarie.
BRIAN LOESCH (Lighting Designer) Graduated with a Degree in Technical Theatre from Suffolk County Community College. He has previously designed Cabaret, South Pacific, Footloose, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Kiss Me Kate for Gateway. This is Brian’s seventh season as part of the Gateway family, and sixth season as Master Electrician. Other design credits include Language of Angels (Henry Street Experimental Theatre, NYC), Paraffin Touch (Suffolk County Community College), The Man Who Would Be King (World Premiere at the Antrim Playhouse), Kiss Me Kate (Cape Fear Regional Theatre), the 2003 National Tour of George M! (Candlewood Int./Mainstage Productions), and the 2004 National Tour of Titanic (Candlewood Int.).
MARIANNE DOMINY (Costume Design) has enjoyed working with Gateway Playhouse for the last ten years. Besides Costume Coordinator for over twenty Gateway productions she has Designed Costumes for Jesus Christ Superstar, Godspell, & Twist and Shout. In the past Marianne has served as Properties Mistress /Set dresser. Marianne has also Stage Managed for the Children's Theatre. On her time off from Gateway Marianne sews for local clients. She has lived in Bellport all her life and loves being a part of the artistic endeavors at Gateway. She would like to thank Kelly Schroeder for all her help.
STEPHEN HOLLENBECK (Costume Designer): This award-winning costume designer joined the Costume World team in 2002. For over a decade, he was the Costume Designer for the Indianapolis Civic Theatre where he won the prestigious Encord Award. His award-winning designs include Oklahoma, Pippin, and My Fair Lady. His designs for Into the Woods won state, regional, and national awards and Stephen was thrilled to be able to tour Japan with this production. Since joining Costume World, Stephen has designed Crazy For You and George M! for Candlewood Productions, Cinderella and Forum for the Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre, Ragtime for Musical Theatre Southwest, and for Gateway Miss Saigon and The King and I. He is pleased to once again be working with the Gateway Playhouse