Disney's Beauty and the Beast - October 13 - October 29, 2017

CharACTers Theatrics and Gadsden State

 Crew Who's Who 

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    Cody Carlton


    Cody is a multiple award-winning actor, director, and designer. He serves as the Executive Artistic Director of CharACTers Theatrics. He holds an M.A. in Theatre Arts Education for College and Communities from Regent University and a B.S. in English Language Arts Secondary Education from Jacksonville State University. His directing resume includes more than 60 productions including the Alabama premiere of Big Fish the Musical, Spamalot, Peter Pan, Ragtime, Shrek the Musical, Mary Poppins, winner of two IMEA Awards in 2016, and Les Miserables winner of three IMEA Theatre awards in 2015. He is married to fellow theatre artist, Santana Carlton, who serves as the artistic director for the national award-winning musical theatre children’s troupe, CCT Kids. Cody and Santana are proud parents of Jack Elias Carlton. Outside of the theatre, Cody also teaches 9th and 11th grade AP English and Drama at Gadsden City High School. 

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    Shana Acray

    Music Director

    This is the third show Shana has had the privilege and honor of music directing for CharACTers. She has a Bachelors in Music and is currently pursuing her Masters in Music Education. Working with this cast has been a pleasure. Shana is a blessed mother of two beautiful young ladies and is so thankful to her family for allowing her to do what she is passionate about. 

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    Annie Waldrop


    Annie is a longtime member of CharACTers. She is thrilled to have the chance to choreograph this show. Annie is an alumna of CCT Kids and is currently a student at JSU. She would like to thank her friends and family for their love and support.

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    John Cardy

    Assistant Director

    John is honored to be working with such an amazing company on this production. John attended The University of South Alabama as a performing arts major. Directorial credits include: “Whodunit….the Musical!", "Jekyll and Hyde," "Big Fish" and others. John serves as the VP for The Community Arts Council of Blount County. He would like to thank his family for their continued love and support.

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