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Historical Hero from the Pilot Episode
"Lincoln, Journey to 16"
Scott Andrew Taylor portrays
Abraham Lincoln
Scott is busy with “The Rusty Bucket Kids: Adventure of the Magic Glasses.” Watch for Scott in the pilot episode, “Lincoln, Journey to 16”, where Scott plays the lead character of Abraham Lincoln at fifteen. In addition to his work with the series, Scott continues to audition for all kinds of roles. Scott has performed in theater productions including “Emma,” “Into the Woods,” “Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” and “Live from Downtown.” Scott's other credits include the film “A Boy's Life” and commercials.
Karen Reynolds portrays
Sarah Bush Johnston
Karen is the Artistic Director for Wilkes Playmakers, a non-profit community theatre in North Wilkesboro, NC and has acted professionally in theatre throughout NC as well as Off–Off Broadway. Karen's historical fiction novel “Tom Dooley - The Story Behind the Ballad” won a Cox Historical Fiction Award from the NC Society of Historians. She’s won numerous awards and grants from The North Carolina Arts Council and The NC Society of Historians.
Ryan Brady portrays John D. Ryan is 14 and has lived in North Carolina for eight years. In addition to acting and academics, he spends a lot of time biking, and running and swims for the North Carolina Aquatic Club. His favorite events are the 200 butterfly and the mile. He is also interested in travel and architecture.
Bruce Smith portrays
the Slave Owner
Bruce is a professional "barefoot" trimmer and roams the state of NC regularly performing equine manicures (front hooves) and pedicures (hind hooves). His close friend, Sonny—a gentlemanly Missouri Foxtrotter gelding—appeared with him in the the Rusty Bucket Kid's pilot episode and did a masterful job of negotiating the deep woods, the rain, sink-holes, and assorted film crew members and actors. Horses have a playful spirit and never tell a lie, which makes them especially fun to be around.
Jason Cooper portrays
the Slave Teen
Jason, ecstatic to join the Rusty Bucket Kids, was last seen at NCSU University Theatre as Jack in “Into The Woods.” Regionally he was Fairy Helper, third year as this role, in “Cinderella,” Matthew in ”Altar Boyz,” Dr. Parker in “Batboy,” God in “Children of Eden,” Pippin in “Pippin" and has had many other roles.
Robert Sewell plays
Abe Lincoln at nine
Robert Sewell got a small taste of the entertainment business in 2005 when he was asked to be in the film “Cowboy Trail.” This was followed by a commercial for Circle M City for their website. In 2006 he was interviewed on the streets of Mt. Airy, NC by WYFF-11 for “The Barney Show.” Then in 2009, Robert was the face of young Abe Lincoln at age nine in “The Rusty Bucket Kids.” More recently he was a Ghost Child in the feature film “In the Woods.”
Holden Hansen portrays
Thomas Lincoln
Holden is an Associate Professor of Theatre at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, where he directs and teaches acting. He has acted in many theatrical performances including: “Gods of Autumn,” “Wait Until Dark,” “The Seafarer", “Inherit the Wind” and “A Midsummer Nights Dream.”   He has also appeared in television in “Death in Small Doses” and “Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.”
Supporting History Cast
Character Actor
Dennis Hanks Leonard Bergey
Elizabeth Johnston Mary Simmons
Matilda Johnston Mikayla Egan
Sarah Lincoln Mara Howard-Williams
Lincoln Farm Hand 1 Norma Ivey
Lincoln Farm Hand 2 Wayne Taylor
Lincoln Farm Boy 1 Joel Williams
Lincoln Farm Boy 2 Micah Williams
Lincoln Farm Boy 3 Montana Williams
Aesop Traveler 1 John M. Demers
Aesop Traveler 2 Drew Becker


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In the pilot episode, our hero is Abraham Lincoln who would become the 16th president of the United States.

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