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Ira David Wood and co-Starring (well, “starring” might be a strong word but if you bring a strong pair of binoculars, you might be able to see us in the background)…
The Tanner Family!!!
Jesse Katsopolis – Ironically, started his acting career at the age of six as Tiny Tim in Theater in the Park’s A Christmas Carol. Was a standout in the Broughton High School award-winning Show Choir. Pink sparkly vests are no stranger to this performer. An avid piano player, he’s often caught singing at the top of his lungs as family members enter into the house. Occasionally mistaken at weddings as a paid professional dancer, Christmas Carol moves will be a cinch. Won Stunt and Talent night on multiple occasions while a camper and counselor at Camp Sea Gull.
Danny Tanner: Most often heard singing on the I 440 beltline with the windows open or in the shower where he mesmerizes himself with the amazing echo. Once played in a handbell quartet, his ability to read music is uncanny. In 5th grade, won the talent show with a classic hip thrust in the class Soul Train line. Starred in the play David and Lisa in high school and won the respect of his teacher and classmates for learning to play You Can’t Hide Your Lying Eyes on the guitar, an instrument he’d never picked up before. Also got extra credit for being only one of three students who actually memorized his lines.
DJ Tanner: Only one of two Tanner family members with previous A Christmas Carol experience. She said her favorite part of the play was trying to teach her on-stage father the dance moves and dancing across the onstage bridge (she may be teaching her REAL father dance moves this go round). She was robbed the part of Mary in her elementary school Christmas pageant but found her sweet revenge when standing on stage with Scrooge. She did admit that each night when they rolled a cannon on stage and the huge “bang” rang out, she hid backstage in the bathroom.
Stephanie Tanner: Actually did play Mary in the elementary school Christmas pageant but DJ said it was just because she had brown hair. She’s good at acting. About twice a week she acts like I should ignore the fact that she has once again forgotten to bring home a school assignment. Her older sister says she’s good at fake crying to get her father’s attention. Stood by the guy who played the whale in Jonah, the church kids musical, four years ago. Has actually performed multiple solos in the school chorus and even sang in the State Capital Rotunda last Christmas. Beautiful voice!
Michelle Tanner: Has a powerful voice but when singing alone away from Dellwood Drive it is difficult to hear it over her sobbing. Has a standing role as Zeila the Fortune Teller (shows most Saturday afternoons, Dellwood Drive). Most recently performed a ventriloquist act in the family den by taping a huge stuffed bunny rabbit to her back and entering the room in reverse. Writes her own songs, they just don’t make any sense to anyone but her.
It is a great show and a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season–we’ll be doing our best to blend in with the truly talented folks who make up the cast. If you’ve never seen it, or you really just want to check out Jesse and me in tights, you can visit Theatre in the Park’s A Christmas Carol website here.
Our performance this year is dedicated to the woman who taught us how to sing, shared a love for musicals, and always had the guts to try something new. May we make her proud.