Meet the Cast

  • Ashley Stanbury

    Female Vocalist

    Ashley is a Southern California native and graduate of the Bob Cole Conservatory, California State University, Long Beach where she earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance. Ashley has performed with Long Beach Opera, the Pacific Lyric Association and the Los Cancioneros Master Chorale. In 2005 Ashley was selected to represent Southern California at the Rose of Tralee International Festival in Ireland. Ashley is thrilled to return to the cast of “An Irish Christmas” and to share her passion for vocal performance and Irish music.

  • Bella Issakova

    Musicians Coordinator, Fiddle

    Bella began playing the violin at the age of 5 at the National Music School of Sofia, Bulgaria. Growing up in the rich Bulgarian musical culture, Ms. Issakova had the privilege of working and touring throughout Europe, the Middle East, and the US with various orchestras and chamber orchestras. After permanently relocating to Southern California in 1993, Ms. Issakova developed a well-established career in both performance and teaching. In 2000 she discovered and fell in love with Irish Traditional music. She became a Kerry Records artist in 2005 and has toured with the group since. She currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia where in addition to teaching and performing, she is a member of the critically-acclaimed Irish Traditional group The Red Wellies.

  • Carrie Scott-Stotmeister

    Kerry Dance Troupe

    Carrie began Irish dancing at the age of 6 with the Cashel-Dennehy School of Irish Dance in Milwaukee, WI. She quickly excelled in Irish music and dance and holds medals at the Regional, National, and World Championship levels. In her professional career she has toured the United States and internationally with the TrinityIrish Dance Company and was a member of Battle of the Dance. Carrie has performed with major names in Irish music including Cherish the Ladies, Black 47, and the Chieftains. She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA where she works in Fashion and teaches Irish Dance classes. She is thrilled to be performing with Kerry Irish Productions Inc in An Irish Christmas 2016.

  • Connor T. Reider

    Kerry Dance Troupe

    For 14 years Connor danced under the direction of the late Ann Richens and John Timm, competing at local, regional, national and world levels. In his final year of competition he placed in the top 5 in Mid-America, top 10 in North America and top 20 in the World Championships. Connor attended University of Notre Dame where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Pre-Professional Studies. While at Notre Dame he was the coach of the 2012 and 2013 All-Ireland Club Ceili Champions as well as a choreographer and performer for the Notre Dame & Saint Mary’s Irish dance team. Connor has performed with the Chieftains and earlier this year with Celtic Fyre at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. “Performing brings me such joy because I get to share my passion with others both on stage and with those in the audience. I am very honored and excited for this opportunity to be a part of An Irish Christmas 2015”.

  • Emily Dickerson

    Kerry Dance Troupe

    Emily Dickerson, from Pomona, California, found her passion for Irish dancing at a very young age. She started Irish dancing when she was 11 at the Painter-Larson Academy of Irish Dance in Fullerton, CA. Her deep love for the dance and rich, intricate culture of Ireland has never since faltered. Emily became an Open Champion dancer in less than two years and has competed at the regional, national, and world levels. When she is not dancing, she works as an esthetician and makeup artist. This is her third year performing with Kerry Records, and she is thrilled and honored to be dancing in "An Irish Christmas" 2016!

  • Emily MacConnell

    Featured Dancer Kerry Dance Troupe

    Emily MacConnell hails from Lancaster, California. She holds a B.A. theatre degree from the University of Southern California and has danced for 18 years, placing as as high as 8th in the world, 3rd at the All-Scotland championships, 3rd in the nation, and 1st in her own (Western US) and Southern England regions (having competed there when she studied abroad in London, England) under the direction of the Butler-Fearon O’Conner School of Irish Dance. Since 2014, she has toured nationally with An Irish Christmas and Rockin’Road to Dublin, toured Germany with Magic of the Dance, and completed two residencies in Celtic Fyre at Busch Gardens, Virginia. Emily is welcomed back to An Irish Christmas for the 2016 season. “To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful! This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking.”-Agnes de Mille.

  • Jackie Moran

    Bodhrán

    The foundation of Irish traditional music is the pulse of its drum, the Bodhrán and no other percussionist tills that ground better than Jackie Moran. Born in Tipperary, ten-year-old Jackie and his family immigrated to Chicago where he quickly began drumming with the best players on the Irish music scene. The young boy became the man who is preeminent in Chicago Irish music today. A founding and driving force of such influential bands as The Drovers, Comas, Bua, and The Otters, Jackie is a fixture in the studio and in concert settings, sympathetically accompanying such great artists as Alphonso Ponticelli, Kevin Burke, Dennis Cahill, Liz Carroll, John Doyle, Alain Genty, Martin Hayes, Paddy Keenan, Michael Londra, Philip Masure, David Munnelly, Aidan Burke, Howard Levy, and Jimmy Keane. Jackie’s talents have also led him to appear on stage with “Riverdance,” and to help form and perform with the Trinity Irish Dance Company. Also, when Hollywood needs a musician to play the part and look it as well, you’ll see Jackie. “Backdraft” (1991), “Blink” (1993), “Traveler” (1997) and “The Road to Perdition” (2002) all saw fit to feature Jackie and his Bodhrán. Most recently, Jackie has been a member of Ensemble Galilei, which specializes in Celtic Traditional, early, and original music. In addition to their recordings, the group tours extensively with a multi-media show which often features Neal Conan of NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” and actors Lily Knight and Bill Pullman.

  • Katherine Trimble

    Female Vocalist

    Mezzo soprano Katherine Trimble is thrilled to be entering her fourth year working with Kerry Irish Productions Inc.. Holding a Bachelor in Music from Chapman University and a Master of Arts in Vocal Performance from San Jose State University, Katherine finds her Irish Christmas home the perfect meeting place of her classical music education and love of her heritage's music and dance. Katherine is fresh from playing Lilas Pastia (Carmen) with Opera San Jose where she was noted by the San Jose Mercury News for her "agile" performance. Other operatic roles include Ormindo (L'Ormindo), Public Opinion (Orpheus in the Underworld), Olga (Eugene Onegin), Zita (Gianni Schicchi) and Petra (A Little Night Music). She has been the alto soloist in Mozart's and Durufle's Requiem as well as Saint-Saen's Christmas Oratorio. She has taken first place in competitions held by the SAI Music Fraternity, San Jose Woman's Club, and San Jose Study Club. Katherine was also honored to be the first recipient of the Irene Dalis Memorial Award from San Jose State University.

  • Keara Osborne

    Kerry Dance Troupe

    Keara has been an Irish dancer for 25 years. She has competed numerous times at the local, regional, and national levels. Now retired from competitive dance she enjoys performing regularly with world touring bands such as The Young Dubliners and The Fenians. . In 2012, she was delighted to be a part of the Irish dance ensemble in Battle of the Dance in Anaheim, California. Keara has made several television appearances as an Irish dancer, including the Disney XD show Crash and Bernstein in 2013 and the DJ Tommy Trash "Lord of the Trance" music video in 2014. In May, 2013 Keara completed her Masters of Social Work at the University of Southern California. Kerry Records is thrilled to welcome Keara as a returning member of The Kerry Dance Troupe.

  • Koral Aakre

    Female Vocalist

    Koral, from Coos Bay located on the beautiful southern Oregon coast comes from a family of singers and began voice lessons with her father at the age of seven. She studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston and received her degree in vocal performance from Southern Oregon University where she studied Opera. She has performed with the Rogue Opera and the Southern Oregon Reparatory Singers. She was a dancer and singer at Oregon’s own Little Opry on the Bay. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Koral was a legislative assistant for Senator Arnie Roblan in Salem, Oregon. She is the great great-granddaughter of Bridgette Conlan who emigrated from Ireland as a mail order bride. Koral’s grandmother would burst with pride to hear her sing here today! This is Koral’s second season with An Irish Christmas.

  • Lucy Ann Wills

    Kerry Dance Troupe

    Lucy Ann Wills has been dancing since the tender age of four with the O'Faolain Academy of Irish Dance in St. Louis, MO. After five years of instruction she has risen through the highest levels of competition and is one of the youngest Open Champions in Mid-America as well as one of the highest-ranking dancers in North America in her age group. Lucy Ann has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Ireland. 2014 marks the first year Lucy Ann is old enough to qualify to dance at the World Championships and she is currently training for this event! Irish Dance is truly her passion and she is thrilled to begin her professional career as a member of the An Irish Christmas cast!

  • Patrick Broaders

    Pat Broaders (Bouzouki and vocals). Pat grew up in Dublin, the son of parents from Wexford. He began his journey in traditional music at the age of eight, and attended the School of Music in Chatham Street in Dublin. He started out on the whistle, and later moved on to the uilleann pipes under the tutelage of Leon Rowsome. He took up the bouzouki in 1988, inspired by the sounds he grew up hearing from bands like Planxty. Pat has performed and recorded withDennis Cahill, Liz Carroll, and Martin Hayes, John Doyle, Paddy O’Brien, Mick O’Brien, Robbie O’Connell,Boholaand Danú. He toured Europe, Asia and South America with Celtic Legends in the incredibly demanding role of sole backer and singer in the show. When he is not performing, He has engineered albums for Liz Knowles, Larry Nugent, Celtic Legends and tracks for Bohola and Liz Carroll. For years, he worked with the Norwegian new age musical group Secret Garden and he has had a long-standing relationship with KongshavanStudios and their many musical projects in Norway. He has performed on numerous national commercials and jingles in the US and Ireland. Pat teaches the pipes and operates Pipedream Studio in Chicago.

  • Scott Doherty

    Principal Dancer

    Scott Doherty is the 2009 men's world champion of Irish dance. Scott made his professional debut in 2005 with the North American tour of Riverdance. Since then he has toured the world with both Riverdance and Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance. Scott also performed the lead role of Lorcan in Gaelforce Dance for their 2012/2013 tours of Europe and Asia. Since 2007 Scott has been performing in the Irish dance shows at Busch Gardens, Virginia, serving as Celtic Fyre's dance captain and main principal dancer since 2012. Most recently, Scott created and starred in his own production, Rockin' Road to Dublin. Scott is absolutely thrilled to be a part of the 2014 tour of An Irish Christmas!

  • Siena Rose O’Regan

    Kerry Dance Troupe

    Siena began Irish dance at the age of seven. Irish dancing has been her passion her whole life and she proudly follows in the footsteps of her grandmother, Sheila. Siena has qualified for the World Championships five times. As an under-twelve dancer she was the only Open dancer in the Western Region with seven wins in one year, amassing sixteen Open wins thus far. She is also a five-time North American Feis Commission Junior Belt qualifier. Siena dances competitively with Celtic Irish Dance Academy in Los Angeles. She has performed on stage with The Chieftains on their Southern California tour and was featured in the Disney Channel show “Shake it Up”. Siena is so excited to join the cast of An Irish Christmas 2016.

  • Tessa Antonia O’Regan

    Kerry Dance Troupe

    Tessa began dancing at the age of six and has been dancing for five years. She dances competitively with Celtic Irish Dance Academy in Los Angeles. She reached Preliminary Championship status and the highest level of competitive Irish dance, Open Championship, in just two years. Tessa has consistently been in the top ten position regionally, is a two-time top fifteen Nationals dancer, a three-time NAFC Minor Belt qualifier and has been in a world-qualifying position for the past four years. She traveled to Glasgow, Scotland for the World Championships of Irish dance where she was one of thirteen American dancers to recall and was the only dancer from the Western Region, U.S. to recall and place. Tessa loves being on stage! In 2015, she performed as a featured dancer with The Chieftains on their Southern California tour. Tessa is honored and excited to be a part of An Irish Christmas Tour 2016.

  • Tyler Schwartz

    Featured Dancer Kerry Dance Troupe

    Tyler began competitive Irish step dancing in Chicago, when he was 8 years old. Since then, he has gone on to win many illustrious titles, including the Midwest regional championship, the All-Ireland Championship, All-Scotland Championship, North American Championship, and Great-Britain Championship! A World Champion, he capped off his competitive career winning the Senior Men's World Championship in 2013. Tyler has also performed all over the world, most notably in Japan, Germany, Spain, and France. He has been principal lead dancer for the Magic of the Dance, Trinity Irish Dance Company, Gaelforce Dance, and most recently for Busch Gardens "Celtic Fyre”. To learn more about Tyler, visit TylerSchwartzDance.com.

  • Victoria Schull

    Kerry Dance Troupe

    Victoria Schull was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. She began her dancing career at the age of 4 with lessons in tap, jazz, contemporary, and hip hop. At the age of 9, she was introduced to Irish dancing by Darren Maguire (of the Maguire Academy of Irish Dance) and quickly rose through the ranks to become an open championship level dancer, achieving success on both a regional and international basis. Her achievements include placing 5th at the North American Nationals, multiple world placements, and winning two Western Regional (13 states) Oireachtas champion titles. Victoria was an original cast member of the show Studio2stage, and has appeared numerous times with critically acclaimed groups such as The Chieftains, and Cherish the Ladies. She is delighted to be joining the cast of An Irish Christmas for the 2016 touring season.

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