Cast & Crew

Susannah Francis, Director

Susannah has been in love with music ever since she climbed up to her Great Aunt Betty’s organ at the age of two. Her passion led her to performing in school musicals and choirs, as well as participation in competitions, college courses in Music Education and private vocal lessons. She is a vocalist with 1heart Praise Band, a member of her church choir and frequent soloist. In 2006, Susannah directed her husband's first original script of "A Christmas Testimony" and has been asked to direct each of the productions since then. During the weekdays, Susannah runs her administrative ministry, Kingdom Design, from her home office in Indianapolis. She provides free administrative support to Faith, Hope & Love International, Religion in the News on WISH-TV8, Karitos Worship & Arts Conference and 1heart Arts Ministries. In 2010, she and her husband founded 1heart Arts Ministries, an organization dedicated to "connecting, encouraging & equipping Christian artists". She and her husband are members of Southport Church of the Nazarene in Indianapolis, IN.

Zachary T. Francis, Assistant Director

Zachary has a heart and passion for reaching out to all people through the arts. As a young child, he was always acting, writing plays and behind a camera taping the lives around him. Zach is co-founder of 1heart Arts Ministries and has co-produced five of his original full-length dramas on stage, as well as a number of short skits and film projects. He is also the percussionist for 1heart Praise Band. When not in the midst of creating, Zachary works full-time as a microbiologist in Downtown Indy. He and his wife Susannah faithfully attend Southport Church of the Nazarene in Indianapolis.

Shontay L. Dickerson, Dance Director & Choreographer

New to the cast of A Christmas Testimony, Shontay has danced and choreographed for local churches and various ministries such as Faith, Hope and Love. She enjoys teaching at dance workshops and conferences as well as annually ministering in dance with the production of “Upon This Rock”. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Shontay and her husband, Dameon, are members at Bread of Life Church, in Avon Indiana. She’s passionate about seeing the Kingdom of God advanced through the beauty and power that illuminates from ministering to the Lord in dance.

Jim Harris, Music Director
Jim has been a music lover and musician for 40 years, playing guitar, drums and bass. Although he earns his living as an independent financial consultant; Jim once made his living traveling the country playing music; once working with bands that were the opening act for 1970's groups such as REO Speed wagon and Jim Stafford. In more recent years, Jim has been playing with Messengers, a Christian band that performs 70's & 80's pop-rock parodies with Christian lyrics, is a member of the 1 Heart Praise Band and continues serving on the praise teams at Valley Mills Christian, Eastview Christian and River Valley Christian Churches.

Additional Crew

Janet Jones                   Stage Manager
Janean Starms               Assistant Dance Director
Megan Gudeman             Assistant Stage Manager
Stanley Jones                Lighting Director
Donald Bryant                Spotlight Operator
Bruce Lucas                   Audio Director (Martinsville) 
Erica Freeman                Make-Up & Costumes
Derek Johnson                Stagehand
Sonia Poynter                 Stagehand
Jeff Poynter                   Stagehand
Sarah Poynter                Stagehand

Cast (listed in order of appearance)

Robin Young                   Older Sarah/Clara
Eric Abel                        Sam
Tywonn Miller                 George
Livi Whitman                   Holly
Sonia Poynter                 Mallory
Hannah P.                      Jennifer
Madeline Morton              Grandma Mears (1st & 3rd weekends)
Megan Gudeman              Grandma Mears (2nd weekend)
Briana J.                        Young Sarah
Bernie Abel                     Mr. Dirks/Dancer/Father
Jacqueline Wheat            Melody
Erica Freeman                 Barbara/Dancer
Janean Starms                Dancer
Arrine M.                        Dancer
Faith L.                          Dancer
Amber Helms                   Gina/Mother
Hannah E.                       Little Girl (1st weekend)
Payton A.                       Little Girl (2nd & 3rd weekends)
Morris Windhorst II           Doctor

1heart Praise Band & Friends            

Jim Harris                        Bass
Evelyn Johnson                Piano
Kelly Mallasch                  Keyboard
Abigail Farmen                 Percussion