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The Emperor's New Clothes at Carlisle Theatre

Dates: (6/21/2024 - 6/23/2024 )


Carlisle Theatre

Players on High

40 W High Street
Carlisle,Pennsylvania 17013

Phone: 7172580666

Tickets: $15 Adult, $10 Students, $8 6-and-under

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The frivolously fashionable Emperor and his opinionated daughter Sam just can’t get along. But with the help of some colorful characters and not-so-colorful threads, the two come to see themselves – and appreciate each other – for the first time. This family musical based on the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale promises to warm the hearts of children and adults alike!

[Produced with special arrangements by Concord Theatricals.]

Cast and Creative team for The Emperor's New Clothes at Carlisle Theatre


Anthony J. Geraci

Lord Vince
Anthony J Geraci is delighted to return to the Carlisle Theater, this time as Lord Vince. It is always fun to be on the very first stage he ever performed community theater on, way back in 2006 when he played Mobster #2 in Kiss Me Kate. You might have seen him in Urinetown as Officer Barrel, or at the Little Theater of Mechanicsburg acting in or directing a number of productions over the past two decades. Now and forever he would like to thank his amazing wife, Mary, without whom he would be forever lost in a dark pit of despair. His kid, Leo, is pretty cool too.

Michael D. Griesemer

The Emperor
Michael Griesemer has been performing at the Carlisle Theatre since 2015’s Schoolhouse Rock Live. His last performance, besides entertaining the Adult Prom with Hall Pass Hero (, was 2023’s Urinetown playing the role of Officer Lockstock. Michael can also be found singing lead for the band DeepSpace90s (, based out of Lancaster. Outside of the theatre, he works for the state as a plant inspector. Michael lives locally with his beautiful wife Megan, adorable daughter Juniper, and two pups Toby and Reece.

Dave Lang

Dave Lang is enjoying the opportunity to be a bit silly and childish (well, sillier and MORE childish). This is his 15th production at Carlisle Theatre and his 58th production overall. Dave has also performed locally at Hershey Area Playhouse, Upstart Arts, Forge Theater, Gettysburg Community Theater, The Micro Theatre at Broadway Tavern, and Lebanon Community Theater. He enjoys competitive ping-pong and is an avid board gamer. Dave studies vocal performance at Roger Lentz Studio.

Russ Moore

Russ is really excited to be returning to the Players on High Stage in this production of "The Emperor's New Clothes". This is his eighth performance with PoH. He was previously seen as Uncle Dan in The "Dying for a Slice" Murder Mystery, Old Man Strong in "Urinetown", the toga-wearing Mr. De Pinna in "You Can't Take it With You", Topper in "A Steampunk Christmas Carol" (2022 & 2023), Baltus Van Tassel in the "Legend of Sleepy Hollow", and multiple small roles in "The Secret Garden". Other credits include Doody in "Grease" for the Wentworth Institute of Technology Theater Troupe, as well as performing in the ensemble for the Regal Players performance of "Oklahoma" in Waltham, MA. Additional credits include ensemble roles in Godspell, Mame, and The Boy Friend with the Arlington High School Drama Club. He would like to thank the entire cast and crew of The Emperor's New Clothes for their dedication and all the zaniness and fun that was brought to all the rehearsals. He would also like to thank his wife Amanda and children Cathryn, Aaron, and Abigail for all of their love and support. He couldn't have done it without you.

Catie MO

Catie MO ( Mama) returns to her professional roots - Children's Theatre - after 40 years. (Ouch-that hurts!) There is no better audience than a young audience and she hopes to bring the laughter in this hilarious show with such a wonderfully talented and fun cast. Enjoy!

Alyanna Donna Montgomery

Joining the cast as a secretary and peasant is Alyanna Montgomery, someone who is no stranger to the Carlisle Theatre stage. Some of her favorite roles both here and elsewhere include Little Sally (Urinetown), Lady Macduff (Macbeth), and Belle/Ghost of Future (Steampunk Christmas Carol). Also in the midst of her very busy summer, Alyanna will be playing Miranda in The Tempest at St. John’s in July, which she is super excited about! This rising high school senior also performs in her high school’s coffeehouse program, Shakespeare troupe, and occasionally joins sings with Cantate Carlisle. In whatever free time she may have, Alyanna likes to make art, journal, and hang out with her friends. Alyanna would like to thank her voice teacher, Jennifer Neslund, for always pushing her in her lessons, as well as her mom, and Greta (her best friend) for getting her through everything.

Brookelyn K. Morehead

Brookelyn K. Morehead (she/her) (Sam) - is so delighted to be back with Players on High. She is a senior Theatre Arts Major and Dance Minor at Rowan University with concentrations in Musical Theatre/Acting. At Rowan, she’s also completing the 4+1 Masters of Theatre Education Program and is president of Campus Players. She was last seen as US Hope Caldwell/Ensemble/Dance Captain in URINETOWN. She would like to thank her family, friends, and especially her Mother for their constant support and love. Thank you to the cast and crew for your passion, creating such a fun rehearsal process as always! She hopes you enjoy the show!

Aiden Ngo

Aiden is so thrilled to be in this production of Emperor's New Clothes! This will be Aiden's second show here at the Carlisle Theatre. Previous credits include Urinetown (Carlisle Theatre), Beauty and the Beast (Harrisburg Academy), Little Shop of Horrors (Harrisburg Academy), The Addams Family (Allenberry Playhouse), The Wizard of Oz (Allenberry Playhouse). Aiden most recently graduated from Harrisburg Academy and will be continuing his acting training at New York University Tisch School of the Arts! Special thank you to his acting teacher, Ashley Byerts, and voice teacher, Jennifer Neslund. Special thank you as well to his family for always supporting him! Aiden hopes you enjoy this hilarious show!

Caleb Steindel

Caleb Steindel (Kimberly) is excited to be back at the Carlisle Theatre for another show! Last summer, Caleb performed with Players on High as Bobby Strong in URINETOWN. Caleb has performed extensively across Central PA, with other favorite roles including Davey in NEWSIES (Encore! Home School Productions), Rolf in THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Servant Stage), Professor Plum in CLUE (Penn State Harrisburg), and Ensemble in THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (Theatre Harrisburg). Caleb is a two-time Hershey Theatre Apollo Award nominee, a Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival regional finalist, and serves on the Encore! Home School Productions' Board of Directors. Most recently, he was seen as Motel/Perchik (U/S) in Servant Stage's production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. Enjoy the show! Romans 6:23

Creative Team

Ashley Shade Byerts


Hadley Qualls

Student Director

Jess Teter

Music Director
Jess is thrilled to be back working at the Carlisle Theatre. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she had a focus in vocal music and a minor in piano and bassoon. As her day job, Jess is a music teacher at Boiling Springs High School in the South Middleton School District where she directs the choir and concert choir, teaches general music classes, and is the director of the theatre program. She is excited to be the music director for Emperor's New Clothes and is honored to have worked with such an amazing cast and crew. Outside of the theatre, Jess enjoys reading, teaching private voice lessons, and composing/arranging music. She would like to thank Ashley for giving her the opportunity to work at the theatre and everyone else for being "simply" amazing.

Lindy Mack

A native of Northern California, Lindy Mack (Accompanist/Piano) is a multi-instrumentalist who has been performing and recording in various musical genres since the late 1970s, and his musical adventures have taken him all around the U.S. and internationally. In addition to conducting and playing musical theater shows in Central PA, Lindy is the Musical Director and arranger for the Unforgettable Big Band in York - winner of the Central Pennsylvania Music Hall Of Fame “Best Ensemble” award for 2019 and the CPMA Cover-To-Cover Competition in 2021.

Dan Dicker

Stage Manager
Dan Dicker (Stage Manager) started his Carlisle Theatre journey in December of 2022 with A Steampunk Christmas Carol on the Projections Team and is privileged to have been a part of each Mainstage production since then. These roles include Assistant Stage Manager for You Can't Take It With You, Co-Stage Manager for Urinetown, Stage Manager For The Crucible, A Steampunk Christmas Carol (2023), and Rumors. Dan also hosts a Weekly Radio show "The Crossroads" on WDCV 88.3 FM on Thursdays at 10 PM. He also had the privilege of Directing his original Murder Mystery Dying For A Slice earlier this year and looks forward to bringing The Redding Carousel, a black box show about loss and acceptance, to the mainstage this November.

Alyanna Donna Montgomery

Student Assistant Stage Manager

Brookelyn K. Morehead


Catie MO


Matt Hinton of All Sound Pro

Sound Design

Noah Johnson of All Sound Pro

Lighting Engineer

Benjamin E. Greenberg

Lightning Ops & Projections

Patience Oliveira

Projection Ops

Debra Cornelius

Props Master

Aaron Moore

Spot Ops

Abby Moore

Spot Ops

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