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A Little Night Music

by Stehpen Songheim and Hugh Wheeler
Barry Jaked
Sarah Gendron
Matthew Adelson


Directed by

Jerome Davis


Production Stage Manager

Sarah Gendron


Technical Director TBA

Scenery Design Xiang Li

Lighting Design Matthew Adelson

Costume Design Stacey Herrison

Properties Design Randy Carter

Sound Design Juan Isler

Graphics Designer TBA

House Manager TBA

Assistant Stage Manager Carry Vaughan

Board Operator TBA





Burning Coal Theatre Company's permanent home is the Murphey School Auditorium at 224 Polk Street, Raleigh. Burning Coal is a member of Theatre Communications Group, a national consortium of professional theatres, the North Carolina Theatre Conference and Arts Carolina.

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Burning Coal's Board of Directors

Slee Arnold
Pamela Blizzard
Cari Grindem-Corbett
Jerome Davis
Grace Gregson
Simmie Kastner
Deborah Keefe
Paul Leone
Jordan Lichtenheld
Elaine Quagliata
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Gustavo Schmidt
Gwynn Swinson

Special Thanks to

Meet the Company

Derek Robinson

Fredrick Egerman

Anne Egarman

Alli Mae Carnes
Alli Mae Carnes is a full time actor, singer, dancer, choreographer, teacher, and student -- currently getting her Master of Arts degree in Vocal Pedagogy from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Originally from Florida, she grew up dancing in the Nutcracker Ballet and various dance competitions. Since moving to the Triangle, she has performed in multiple shows and worked as a choreographer/teaching artist for the NCT Conservatory, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Raleigh ACT, Sanderson High School, St. Mary's School, Raleigh School of Music, Raleigh Little Theatre, Gallery Players, and Justice Theater Project. She is also a professor of dance at William Peace University. When she is not performing or teaching with these companies, she teaches voice and acting lessons from her private studio "The Alli Mae Carnes Studio." She loves teaching students all over the world, spanning over 4 countries, through the AMCS. She is an advocate for self expression and making theatre a safe space where people feel free to be themselves. Love to Matthew, Piper, and all the family. Hope you enjoy the show! @allimaecarnes

Ian Finley

Henrik Egerman
Ian Finley (Valentine) - holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from the Tisch School at New York University, where he received the Harry Kondoleon Award for playwriting. Favorite roles include Malvolio (Twelfth Night), Jacob (The Jesus Fund), The Soldier (Sunday in the Park with George), and The Courier (1776) for Burning Coal, and Mother's Younger Brother (Ragtime) and Simon Stimson (Our Town) for The Justice Theatre Project.. He served as Resident Playwright for Burning Coal Theatre Company, from 2004 through 2012, for which he was named the 2012 Piedmont Laureate in the field of Playwriting and Screenwriting by the arts councils of central North Carolina.

Margaret Ellen Christiansen


Kelley Keats

Desiree Armfeldt
Kelley is thrilled to be making her debut with Burning Coal. Past credits include: Broadway - Annie (Connie,Annette,u/s Grace). National Tour - Big (Abigail,u/s Susan); Will Rogers Follies (Ziegfeld’s favorite,u/s Betty); Camelot (u/s Guenevere). Triangle/NC: Freaky Friday (Katherine Blake - Gallery Players); Into the Woods (The Baker’s Wife - SSTC); Hands on a Hardbody (Virginia Drew - RLT); Side By Side By Sondheim (NRACT); Something Rotten; Sound of Music, Children of Eden (NCT). Regional: world premiere of Jones & Schmidt’s Mirette (Goodspeed); The Music Man (Marian); Carousel (Carrie); The Fantasticks! (Luisa). BFA - NYU Tisch/CAP 21. Day job: real estate broker with Urban Durham Realty. Full-time gig: wife to Dave and mom to McCallum and Avery.

Kai Halford

Fredricka Armfeldt
Kai Petra Halford is thrilled to be making her Burning Coal debut! A 12 year old from Chapel Hill who, when she’s not performing, also enjoys art, roller coasters, and playing the guitar. Recent credits include roles at Theatre in the Park, NRACT, and a national award winning performance as Peter in Peter Pan at the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta. Kai is grateful to her friends & family for their support, and to everyone at Burning Coal for the opportunity!

Sarah Winter


Lissa Pope

Lissa Pope (Assistant director and Female Understudy) is ecstatic to be working on Arcadia in her hometown! Lissa was born and raised in Raleigh and she currently studies at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro and will be graduating in 2024 with a BFA in Acting. Her most recent credits include Blood Suede Shows at Pioneer Playhouse and UNCG’s Flora and Ulysses, Spongebob the Musical, and A Midsummer Nights Dream. She would like to thank her family, friends, professors, and the LINK program for their love and support. You can find her on Instagram @lissa.pope

Christine Hunter

Madame Armfeldt
Is delighted to be making her debut with Burning Coal Theatre alongside this wonderful company! She recently filmed the lead role of Laura in A Lovely Sunrise. Toured Nationally, with Tony Award winner, John Cullum, in Cyrano De Bergerac. Off-Broadway, she created the role of Sarah in the Queen vs. The Poisoners. She has appeared in over a dozen roles with The North Carolina Theatre, including Stepmother/Into the Woods, Velma/ Hairspray, Elsa/The Sound of Music, Mrs. Darling/Peter Pan, and Ms. Darbus/ Disney’s High School Musical. She also served as Dialect Coach for Billy Elliot and NCT/ KOB productions of A Man of No Importance and Whistle Down the Wind. Taught Acting and Voice/Speech at Northwestern University, University of Illinois, and The North Carolina Theatre Conservatory. Currently, she is Co-Founder and CEO of BioMojo: a biomedical performance solutions company based in RTP. BFA Syracuse, MFA University of Illinois. 39 proud years AEA. Love to JSH/DRH

Byron Jennings

Count Carl - Magnus Malcolm

Juan Isler

Juan Isler, a native of Kinston, NC, grew up singing and earned a music-business degree at Winston-Salem State University in 1993. He worked as a deejay before coming to Raleigh, where he got a job as technical director at what is now Spectrum News in 2004. He has worked on more than 50 plays in venues across the Triangle on both sides of the stage, as actor, technician and director. He is the board chair at Beltline To Broadway. He is an active member of the American Theater Critics Association, a recipient of the Raleigh Arts Commission's Medal of Arts award, and a current board member of the Arts Commision. He is the host of the show “TORN,” where he is one of the public faces of the online hub Beltline To Broadway (, formerly RDU On Stage). All of this, while working as an Event Coordinator at NC State University

Asyia Slade

Mrs. Anderssen
Aysia Slade is a lover of stories and the art of theatre-making. Her work on stage includes over a dozen shows at NC University, including Sarah in Ragtime and Young Alice Murphy in Bright Star, from which she graduated in 2021. Most recently she performed in City of Angels and Theatre Raleigh and as the Bride in Blood Wedding at Raleigh Little Theatre. She is excited to be working with Burning Coal for the first time. Find her on Instagram at @aysiawitha_y.

Sarah Winter


Alec Donaldson

Alec Donaldson has played Jules in Sunday in the Park with George, Spoonface in Spoonface Steinberg, Sir Henry Saville in Written on the Heart and King Pellinore in Camelot, all at Burning Coal. Other performances include Mushnik in Little Shop of Horrors at Raleigh Little Theatre and Perch Perkins/French Narrator in SpongeBob the Musical and Marcus Lycus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, both at North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre.

Will Godby


Devin Lackey


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Abbe Fralix

Countess Charlotte Malcolm
Abbe Fralix is a classically trained actor based in Raleigh. This is Abbe's fourth production with Burning Coal, where she was previously seen as "Elsa" in The Road to Mecca, "The Mistress" in Evita, and "Frieda/Betty" in Sunday in the Park with George. Other credits include "Byck" in Assasins (NCSU TheatreFEST), "Macbeth" in Macbeth (Steadfast Shakespeare), "Hermione" in The Winter's Tale (Sweet Tea Shakespeare), "Rosaline" in Love's Labour's Lost (Prague Shakespeare), and "Trinculo" in The Tempest (Switchyard Theatre). Offstage, Abbe has acted as an adjunct professor, education artist, and freelance dramaturg throughout the Triangle. MFA Shakespeare and Performance, Mary Baldwin University; BFA Musical Theatre William Peace University.

Maggie Lea

Lady Croom
Maggie Lea is excited to be rejoining Burning Coal Theatre. She acquired her BFA in Acting from UNCG and studied Drama in the UNCSA high school program. Her local credits include the local and London productions of The Iron Curtain Trilogy with Burning Coal, Fuddy Meers with Switchyard Theatre Company, W;t with NCT, The Illusion with Triad Stage and Yes, to Nothing with Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern.

Jerome Davis

Director for Burning Coal Theatre: Evita, Ashe in Johannesburg, The Weir (twice), Rat in the Skull, Pentecost, Winding the Ball, Steward of Christendom, Night & Day, Company, Road to Mecca (twice), Juno & the Paycock, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Taming of the Shrew, Inherit the Wind, Hamlet, Hysteria, Prisoner’s Dilemma, 1960, The Seafarer, Shape of the Table, Enron, Jude the Obscure Parts 1 & 2, Shining City, The Heretic, Iron Curtain Trilogy (Raleigh and London), Sunday in the Park with George, Spoonface Steinberg, Written on the Heart, Dark Vanilla Jungle (London), Iphigenia in Splott (Raleigh and Washington DC). Acting: Love’s Labours Lost, Mound Builders, St. Nicholas, Skylight and Talley’s Folly (Raleigh and London). Also, Skylight in Orlando and King Lear (Lear/Wilmington). Other: See How They Run (Southern Pines), Twelfth Night in Apex and Turn of the Screw for NC Opera. Jerry worked with or studied with Uta Hagen, Adrian Hall, Richard Jenkins, Hope Davis, Horton Foote, Denis O’Hare, Nikos Psacharapolous, Julie Bovasso, Ralph Waite, Oliver Platt, Ben Gazzarra and Ellen Burstyn at Trinity Rep (Providence), People’s Light & Theatre (Philadelphia), New Jersey Shakespeare, SoHo Rep, Barrow Group, Columbia University, Phoenix Theatre (SUNY/Purchase). This is his 27th year running Burning Coal which he and his wife, Simmie Kastner, founded in 1995. In 2019 he received the Raleigh Medal of Arts.

Sarah Gendron

Stage Manager

Xiang Li

Set Designer

Matthew Adelson

Lighting Designer

Stacey Herrison


Randy Carter

Jennifer is originally from Delaware. She has studied English, Theatre, History, and Counseling at James Madison University, Agnes Scott College, and North Carolina State University. Currently, she teaches English. Favorite roles have included Carol in Oleanna, Susy in Wait Until Dark, Celimene in The Misanthrope, and every Shakespeare character she has ever had the honor of playing, such as Juliet, Olivia, Beatrice, Montjoy, and Desdemona. Thank you Jerry and Burning Coal for existing and for sometimes letting her be a part of the show. This performance, as pretty much everything she does in life, is for her amazing, wonderful, beautiful, and fantastic children: Josephine and Samuel. Go team.

Carry Vaughan

Assistant Stage Manager


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