Neil A. Casey

Grandpa Joe

Russell Garrett


returns to WFT@BU where he was previously seen in Alice as The Mad Hatter and The Secret Garden as Uncle Archibald. He also directed and choreographed WFT@BU’s hit production of Mary Poppins. He has appeared extensively on tour and on Broadway in The Scarlet Pimpernel, 42nd Street, Show Boat, My Fair Lady and others. In Boston he has appeared as The Interlocutor in SpeakEasy Stage’s award-winning The Scottsboro Boys, eight years as Bob Cratchit in North Shore Music Theatre’s A Christmas Carol, Emperor Joseph ll in Amadeus at New Rep, and several shows at Greater Boston Stage Co. including 42nd Street, Dames at Sea, How to Succeed…, and Something’s Afoot. Russell comes directly from Sierra Repertory Theatre in CA where he directed A Chorus Line as well as played the director, Zach, and will follow James with an appearance in SpeakEasy’s The View Upstairs.

Ricardo "Ricky" Holguin

Willy Wonka

is thrilled to be making his debut at Wheelock Family Theatre. He obtained his M.F.A. in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory. Conservatory credits include Assassins, The Light in the Piazza, and HAIR. Boston credits include 1776, Man of La Mancha, Fiddler on the Roof directed by Austin Pendleton (New Repertory Theatre), Altar Boyz (Stoneham Theatre), Kiss of the Spider Woman, LaChiusa’s The Wild Party (Moonbox Productions, IRNE Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actor), and Guys and Dolls (Reagle Music Theatre). Other credits include The Who’s Tommy, and Shrek the Musical (Laredo Theater Guild International). Ricky also had the privilege to be praised and workshopped by Richard Maltby, David Shire, Didi Conn, and Tony Award Winner, Adam Guettel. Ricky is a native from Laredo, Texas and currently resides in East Boston.

Lisa Kate Joyce

Mrs. Bucket/Mrs. Gloop

Chelsea Kerl

Costume Designer

is happy to be back at Wheelock Family Theatre at BU, after previously designing Gooney Bird Greene and Her True Life Adventures.  She received an MFA in Costume Design from Boston University after graduating from the University of Maryland.  Chelsea is a freelance designer around the Boston area, and she is also the costume shop manager, resident costume designer, and costume design professor at Wellesley College. More of her work can be seen at

Jamie Leslie

Charlie Bucket

Michael Mansour

Augustus Gloop

Gary Thomas Ng

Grandpa George/Phienous Trout

is happy to be back at Wheelock. He recently appeared in Allegiance (SpeakEasy), Hold These Truths (Lyric Stage), and Beauty and the Beast (WFT). Other favorite credits include Miss Saigon (Ogunquit Playhouse and Foothills), Children of Eden (NSMT), Sideshow (Lyric Stage), Billy Elliot (WFT), and the Far East tour of Cole Porter’s Aladdin. Up next: 1776 at New Rep. Gary is also a photographer whose works include production photos for Ogunquit Playhouse, Gloucester Stage, and WFT@BU.

Lily Park

Violet Beauregarde

is ecstatic to be back on the Wheelock stage where she was last seen in the teen intensive’s Mockingbird (Brianna) and Beauty and the Beast (Youth Ensemble). Other credits include School of Rock, Seussical (Jojo), Annie Jr. (Annie), Billy Elliot (Ballet Girl), Aladdin Jr. (Genie),  Peter Pan (Great Big Little Panther), and much more. Many thanks to the entire cast and crew for this amazing opportunity and much love to Mom, Dad, Hannah and Sebastian for the endless support!

Emily Ranii


Emily serves as Artistic Director of Wheelock Family Theatre at BU, Academic Program Head of BU’s Summer Theatre Institute (BUSTI), and Lecturer for BU’s Opera Institute. She has directed Sweets by Kate, The Cradle Will Rock, and Hydrogen Jukebox for Boston University; Mrs. Packard for Bridge Repertory Theatre Company/Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company; Tongue of a Bird for New Repertory Theatre; 9 Parts of Desire for Playmakers Repertory Company; The Normal Heart, Heisenberg, Romeo and Juliet, Brigadoon, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer for Burning Coal Theatre Company (Company Member since 2002); as well as Blood Wedding and The Body Project for Cornell University. Emily has collaborated as an Associate Director on World of Wires at MIT and Live Video Editor on Persona with Beth Morrison Projects, both productions adapted and directed by Jay Scheib. Previous arts leadership/teaching positions include Assistant Professor of Performing Arts at Wheelock College, Visiting Lecturer at Cornell University, and Artistic Director of ArtsCenter Stage in Carrboro, North Carolina. Emily holds an M.F.A. in Directing from Boston University and a B.A. in Theatre Arts and English from Cornell University.

Jimmy Rotondo

Scenic Designer

Leo Ruckenstein

Mike TV

Carolyn Saxon

Grandma Georgina/Mrs. Beauregarde

Broadway/National Tours/NY Theatre: The Civil War, Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk, Hair, Purlie, Can-Can, Linda Eder: The Christmas Concert, NYIFF. Film: Sweet & Lowdown, Small Time Crooks, Curse of the Jade Scorpion. Boston Theatre: black odyssey boston (Central Square Theatre) 1776 – (New Repertory Theatre), Ragtime (Wheelock Family Theater), The Wiz (Lyric Stage Company), Shakespeare in Love, Violet, The Color Purple, In the Heights, Far From Heaven (SpeakEasy Stage), Brother Nat (Emerson Paramount Center). Regional: North Shore Music Theatre, Connecticut Repertory, Papermill Playhouse NJ, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Weston Playhouse, Forestburgh Playhouse, Studio Arena Theatre, Artpark, MusicalFare, and Struthers Library Theatre. Other: Boston Pops Gospel Choir (Featured Soloist), Carnegie Hall, Teatro Colon, Buffalo Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony, Sharing a New Song, NEC Millennium Choir, Boston Community Choir.

Alex Smith

Assistant Director

Nathan Urdangen

Music Director

Carly Williams

Veruca Salt

Renee Yancey

Stage Manager

Lisa Yuen

Grandma Josephine/Ms. TV

previous WFT@BU credits include “Mary Poppins” in Mary Poppins, “Mrs. Little” in Stuart Little, and “Glinda” in The Wizard of Oz.  Boston area credits include Lyric Stage, North Shore Music Theatre, Theatre by the Sea and New Rep. Other credits include 7.5 years on Broadway (Miss Saigon and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.), 4 national tours, Off-Broadway, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, regional theatre (including Paper Mill Playhouse, The MUNY, PCLO, and Sacramento Music Circus) and TV/film (including 23 episodes as “Rachel” on All My Children, Body of Proof, The Martha Stewart Show, World Trade Center). Brookline mom to twins.  BA from UCLA. Thanks to Mom, Kevin, family and friends.

Matthew Zahnziner

Mr. Bucket/Mr. Salt