Saturday Night Fever – Meet the Cast!

     
MARK ALPERT (Frank, Jr.) This is Mark’s first production with Arizona Broadway Theatre. Mark has proudly spent the past two years on the road performing with the National Tour of Ragtime (Houdini) and the National Tour of Jekyll & Hyde (Archibald Proops). Mark is a graduate of Shenandoah Conservatory with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Favorite roles include Evita (Che) at The Broadway Palm, Spamalot (Sir Galahad) at Surflight Theatre, Sweeney Todd (Anthony) at The Crown Uptown Theatre, and
Titanic (Barrett U/S) at OPTC. Thanks to friends, family, and special thanks to
Marc Lewis.
NICK ANASTASIA (Bobby), aka “Jersey”, is ecstatic to return to ABT, his first home away from home! Nick could most recently be seen as Jerry in Burt & Me at Florida Studio Theatre and will continue his work with the Monster Jam live motorsports show as an on-camera host/announcer in the Fall. Past professional credits include Voca People (Tenoro, Off-Broadway*/National/International Tours), The Love Note (Adam, Original Off-Broadway Cast), In the Heights (Sonny, Regional Premiere), Scab (featuring Alice Ripley), Disney Cruise Line (Disney Fantasy), Little Women (Laurie), Snow (Kyle, World Premiere), and bare (Jason, Licensed Premiere). Past ABT credits include Baby: The Musical (Danny), Footloose (Bickle), and Miss Saigon. Nick is a proud member of Actors’ Equity. *Lucille Lortel Award
KABLE BARNHART (Ensemble) is thrilled to be joining ABT this summer! An Idaho native, Kable currently resides in Manhattan. Credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie, Broadway Rose Theatre; The Music Man, Coeur D’Alene; Disney’s The Little Mermaid, CST; Mary Poppins, Central Theatre. A recent graduate of Central Washington University, he received a BFA in Musical Theatre. Love to Mom and Dad!
JOSH COTHAM (Gus) is thrilled to be making his Arizona Broadway Theatre début! Originally from Springfield, Missouri, Josh just had his one-year anniversary in New York City where he’s been training at Broadway Dance Center. Some favorite credits from Springfield include IQ in Hairspray (Tent Theatre), Ernst in Spring Awakening (Springfield Contemporary Theatre), and a Tribe Member in Hair (Missouri State University). Huge thanks to Mom, Olivia, Alex, Grandma Rosemary, and countless others that have supported and continue to support him in his journey!
TREY DEGROODT (Ensemble) is a 19-year old local to Arizona. He has been seen onstage at ABT in Shrek, Legally Blonde, and A Christmas Story. Other credits include Paul (A Chorus Line), Roger (RENT), La Cienaga (Bring it On) and many more at Spotlight Youth Theatre. When not on stage, you can find him behind the chair doing hair at Aquarius Hair and Nail Salon. He’d like to thank his family, Rylee, and Matthew for all they do.
EJ DOHRING (Ensemble) is happy to return to ABT for a summer of “dry heat.” EJ was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, and is a rising senior at CCM’s BFA Musical Theatre Major. His favorite professional credits include Tarzan in Disney’s Tarzan and Peter Pan in Shrek The Musical at Fort Peck Summer Theatre, Kit Kat Boy (u/s Emcee) in Cabaret at Lake Dillon Theatre Company, and Ralph in Kiss Me, Kate and Fender (u/s Link) in Hairspray at the Arizona Broadway Theatre.
JESSICA DORCEY (Ensemble) is so excited to be joining the Arizona Broadway Theatre family! Selected credits include All Shook Up (Natalie Haller), The Little Mermaid (Adella/Dance Captain), ...Spelling Bee (Marcy Park), Godspell (“Where are you going”), Evita, and High School Musical. Love to Mamasita, Pop, Hen, Grandma, AC, UB and friends!! Jessicadorcey.com @Jdorc
LYNZEE 4MAN (Ensemble) is thrilled to be back here with Arizona Broadway Theatre! Lynzee was last seen in as Mary in Jesus Christ Superstar on the ABT Stage, at Phoenix Theatre as Daniela in In the Heights, and as June in Chicago. She was also at Arizona Broadway Theatre as Brooke Wyndham in Legally Blonde. Some of her favorite roles include Erma in Anything Goes (Phoenix Theatre), Lina Lamont in Singin’ in the Rain, Pippi in Trailer Park the Musical (both at ABT), and Maureen in RENT at Nearly Naked Theatre. When not performing herself, she is blessed to work with the Valley’s best youth talent at Spotlight Youth Theatre and also find time to ride her reining horses. Thanks so much to the entire ABT staff for being amazing! The MOST love to her fantastic family, her hubby Mark and her baby girl Shiloh. “This one is for you, Den.”

ROBYN MICHELE FRANK (Pauline) is thrilled to be making her Arizona Broadway Theatre début in Saturday Night Fever! Select credits include I’ll Say She Is (Off-Broadway revival); 9 to 5, Kiss Me, Kate, and Young Frankenstein (Weathervane Repertory Theatre, NH); No Provenance (Ilana) at NYC Fringe; The Berenstain Bears Live! (Sister Bear), Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas (Jojo) with Vital Theatre Company; the world premiere of Peter Rabbit: The Musical (Flopsy, Cat, Sparrow); and Anne Frank at The Anne Frank Center USA. Pace University BFA Musical Theatre and Arts and Entertainment Minor graduate. Love to MDSTE. www.robynmichelefrank.com.
DARREN FRIEDMAN (Frank) is proud to be returning to the stage at ABT. Originally from Edison, NJ, Darren has been residing in Phoenix for the past 20 years. Mr. Friedman is experienced performing and teaching both classical and Musical Theater repertoire. He has performed with the Arizona Opera, Phoenix Theater, Herberger Theater, and AZ Jewish Theater. Mr. Friedman earned his BA in Music from Arizona State University, an MM in Musical Theater from the Boston Conservatory and has been an Arizona State certified music teacher for the past four years. Darren currently maintains his own vocal studio, where he trains singers of all ages proper vocal technique and performance skills that will help them land their next “big” role. Mr. Friedman would like to express his heartfelt thanks to the ABT artistic staff for having him be a part of Saturday Night Fever.
KATIE HART (Candy/Ensemble) is very happy to be joining ABT for the first time! BFA from Webster University. Recent credits include Annie, Camelot, and Footloose (all with The Muny St. Louis); Pride@Prejudice (Southwest Shakespeare); Dead Mum in Billy Elliot (Phoenix Theatre), and Janis Joplin in Beehive (Phoenix Theatre). Thank you so much to all of her support systems, without them she wouldn’t be doing what she loves. This one’s for you, Pupps.
JACOB HERRERA (Ensemble) is 19 years old and is studying Music Education at GCC. He has a passion for musical theatre and has performed in several theater productions around the valley such as The King and I, Hairspray, Little Shop of Horrors, High School Musical, Annie Get Your Gun, The Wedding Singer, “13” The Musical, 42nd Street, South Pacific and was most recently seen as Chad in All Shook Up at DFT and Warner Huntington III in Legally Blonde at SYT. Jacob is also a member of Pitches and Tones at Spotlight Youth Theatre. He would like to thank his family, Mark and Lynzee 4man, Cassandra, Kiel, Kurtis, and the many others who have supported and encouraged him! Enjoy the show!
DEANNA JELARDI (Annette) is thrilled to be making her ABT début with such a talented cast and crew! Her most recent credits include Rizzo (Grease) and Diana Morales (A Chorus Line) at The Springer Opera House in Columbus, Georgia. She also recently made her New York Off-Broadway début in a new play, The Defendant Maurice Chevalier, playing Nita Raya. Deanna would like to thank ABT for this incredible experience as well as her parents, family, friends, and Sean for all their endless love and support.
ANTHONY MARTINEZ (Ensemble/Monty/Fusco) is beyond thrilled to be making his ABT debut! A native New Yorker and alum of FTC and The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, he’s looking forward to Boogie, Hustle and Electric Slide all over the place. Past credits include Dennis (All Shook Up), Malcolm (The Full Monty), Leaf Coneybear (Spelling Bee), The Boss (Side Show) and Al (A Chorus Line). Shout out to Devin, Sara, Lia, Rebecca, Matt, Kenneth and Sanders.
LAUREN MORGAN (Ensemble) is excited to be in her fourth ABT show this season. Originally from Dayton, Ohio, she was previously seen in Beauty and the Beast, Jesus Christ Superstar, Camelot, Rock of Ages, White Christmas as Rhoda, The Producers, and Hairspray as Lou Ann. Favorite regional theater credits include Mary Poppins, Cats, Anything Goes, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Chicago. She has a BFA in Dance from Wright State University. Enjoy the show!
SARAH PANSING (Linda/Ensemble) is 16 years old and so excited to be making her ABT début in SNF! She is a junior at Arizona School for the Arts where she plays trombone in the Central Brass Quintet. Sarah is the recipient of the 2017 Vocal Arizona Young Artist Competition and the Arizona Broadway Theatre Scholarship Award at the Herberger Theater Center. Her favorite roles include Whatsername in American Idiot (SYT), Eponine in Les Misérables (TheatreWorks), Martha in The Secret Garden (VYT) and Anne Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank (Hale Center Theatre – Zoni nom). Sarah would like to thank Cass, Kiel, and Kurtis for this amazing opportunity as well as Tom, Kelli, Mark & Lynzee, Duane, Nick and her family and good friends for their never-ending support and love.
NICK PELACCIO (Joey) is beyond thrilled to be making his Arizona Broadway Theatre debut! National Tour: Cinderella (u/s Prince Topher/Lord Pinkleton). Regional: Wagon Wheel, Cincinnati Pops, Kauffman Center. Favorite roles include Gypsy (Tulsa) and West Side Story (Diesel). Proud CCM graduate (Musical Theatre)! For my supportive family and friends, MT 16, Daniel Hoff Agency, and Chris.
MELISSA RAPELJE (Stephanie Mangano) is thrilled to be back at Arizona Broadway Theatre! You may remember Melissa as Anita in West Side Story! Favorite credits: Off-Broadway: The Awesome ‘80s Prom. Regional: Saturday Night Fever (Stephanie Mangano), West Side Story (Anita), Evita (Mistress), A Chorus Line (Sheila), Sweet Charity (Nickie), Peter Pan (Tiger Lily), The Fix (Tina McCoy). National Tour: Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries (Daphne). She has been featured in NYC concerts at venues including Birdland, Ars Nova, and Le Poisson Rouge, and can be heard on various recordings including the demo for the new musical FRIDA. NYU Graduate. Thanks to everyone at ABT, Luedtke Agency, Mom, Dad, and my other half, Ian. www.melissa-rapelje.com.
  JEREMY JASON SARTIN (Tony Manero) has performed across the country and internationally with Disney Cruise Lines. He is excited to return to the ABT stage. Previous ABT shows include Joseph…Dreamcoat, All Shook Up, Cats, Miss Saigon, Annie Get Your Gun, and A Christmas Carol. Thanks to the entire ABT family! Hope you brought your Boogie Shoes! Proud Actors Equity member. Instagram: @jjsartin 
  SARAH JULIET SHAW (Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to Arizona Broadway Theater after performing in Jesus Christ Superstar this past spring. Other recent credits include Carousel, Legally Blonde, Rock N’ Roll Debauchery, and Busch Gardens. She is a proud graduate of Skidmore College with a BS in Dance and Psychology. She would like to thank her family, friends, and mentors for their endless love and support, without which she would not be able to pursue her dreams. www.sarahjulietshaw.com
GERRI WEAGRAFF (Flo Manero) is honored to be performing in her third ABT show, continuing her string of “mom” roles! Previous ABT appearances include Mrs. Potts in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Mrs. Brice in Funny Girl. A Delaware native, Gerri performed across the U.S. and Canada in the 2010 – 2012 National Tour of Fiddler on the Roof (Golde). Regional: Footloose, Eldorado Theatre; Sweeney Todd, Candlelight Theatre; Unnecessary Farce, Act II Playhouse; Into the Woods, Eagle Theatre; The Light in the Piazza, Villanova Theatre; Lend Me A Tenor, Beef & Boards; Miles and Ellie, Montgomery Theater. Other favorite roles: Dorothy Brock (42nd Street), Phyllis Stone (Follies), Sister Amnesia (Nunsense). Thank you to ABT and to my family! gerriweagraff.com
ADAM WILLARD (Double J) is ecstatic to be making his debut at the Arizona Broadway Theatre. Originally from Tampa Bay, Florida, Adam attended The American Music and Dramatic Academy in NYC where he studied Musical Theatre. Previous favorite roles include Marius in Les Misérables, Cinderella’s Prince in Into the Woods and Enoch Snow in Carousel. Adam sends love and gratitude to his family and friends for helping make his dreams a reality! @AdamWillard3
JAMARI WILLIAMS (Ensemble) is absolutely thrilled to be boogieing and booty-shakin’ in his first production at ABT. His favorite credits include the national tour of Memphis, Smokey Joe’s Café (Palace Theatre), and Mamma Mia (Northern Stage). He will be joining the national tour of Motown this fall. Peace and love to all those who aspire, admire and inspire art.

 

 

Beauty and the Beast – Meet the Cast!


CORBAN ADAMS (Chip) is so excited to be back on the ABT stage again this season! Other roles Corban has enjoyed playing are Oliver in Oliver! and Randy in A Christmas Story at ABT, Charlie Bucket in Willy Wonka Jr. and the Prince in Thumbelina at Spotlight Youth Theater. Corban is an honors student at Cactus View Elementary and also enjoys playing the trumpet and singing with the musical group, Confetti. Corban would like to thank the ABT staff for another amazing opportunity!
MARTY CRAFT (Ensemble) is thrilled to be back at Arizona Broadway Theatre! He was previously in Funny Girl and A Christmas Story here at ABT. Favorite credits include National Tour: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Regional: A Chorus Line, Singin’ in the Rain, Oklahoma!, All Shook Up, Beauty and the Beast. He got his BFA in Music Theatre from Viterbo University. Thanks to his family for all of their support!
TRISHA HART DITSWORTH (Ensemble/Belle Cover) couldn’t be happier to be part of this beautiful show. ABT credits: Maria (The Sound of Music), Martha (The Secret Garden), Penny (Hairspray), Pickles (Trailer Park), Rapunzel (Into the Woods), Annabel (Lucky Stiff), Enid (Legally Blonde), Sweet Charity, Joseph, Hello, Dolly! and Annie. Favorite Phoenix Theatre credits: Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins), Sarah (The Toxic Avenger), Percy (The Spitfire Grill), Catherine (Pippin), Hope (Anything Goes), and most recently Eden (Bullets Over Broadway). She has a BFA in Musical Theater from the University of Arizona and has lived and worked out of both New York and Chicago. Thank you to Mom, Dad, and my fiancé Matravius for your endless love and support!
TONY EDGERTON (Beast) is thrilled to be making his Arizona Broadway debut! This New York actor has been seen performing throughout the country in National tours, Off-Broadway shows, and in regional theatre everywhere. Some notable credits include Pharaoh in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (National Tour), Jake in Brunch the Musical (Off-Broadway). Regional favorites include Lieutenant Frank Cioffi in Curtains (Broadway World nominated for best leading actor in a musical), Count Carl-Magnus in A Little Night Music, Officer Lockstock in Urinetown the Musical, Jerry in The Full Monty, Fredrick in The Pirates of Penzance, and many more. Tony would like to thank the talented cast, crew, and entire creative team for such a wonderful experience. Special thanks to friend and mentor Clayton Phillips. And as always thank you to SW Artists for their continuing support. www.TonyEdgerton.com
HANNAH FAIRMAN (Enchantress/Silly Girl/Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her ABT debut! Recent credits include Pittsburgh Musical Theater’s Grease (Frenchy) and Shrek (Fairy Godmother), The Drowsy Chaperone, The Boy Friend (Nancy), Beauty and the Beast, Footloose, and Oklahoma! BFA Musical Theatre, Point Park University. Insta: @fannahairman
JON GENTRY (Maurice) last appeared at ABT in Pageant as Frankie Cavalier. Previous roles include Anything Goes, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Around the World in 80 Days, Angels in America, The Producers, and The Pillow Man. Jon has spent the last 35 years with Childsplay as an Ensemble member and Associate Artist where productions include A Year with Frog and Toad, The Cat in The Hat and the original production of The Yellow Boat. In 2009, Jon was awarded a Lunt-Fontanne Acting Fellowship, one of the first 10 actors in America to receive the Fellowship.
CODY HERNANDEZ (Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to ABT after a successful run of Jesus Christ Superstar! Cody has been seen in various productions in New York and other regional venues. In New York, he appeared in The Golden Bride off-Broadway which received the NY Times Critic’s Pick and two Drama Desk Nominations. Other favorite credits include the off-Broadway revival of Urinetown, Pride and Prejudice (Darcy), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Demetrius). He can be found at codyahernandez.com and @codyahernandez. Much love and thanks to all of his friends and family and to Mom, Dad, and Ileana…always.
MELISSA JONES (Babette) is delighted to return to the enchanted castle after two years of performing with the national tour of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. She’s shared this beautiful story with every state in the continental US (except Montana!) as well as all over Canada. Originally a southern California native, Melissa moved to NYC to attend American Musical and Dramatic Academy and received her BFA in Theatre from The New School. She currently lives in NYC with her wonderful boyfriend, Ryan and their three-legged cat, Smidgen. All my love to my sweet Mot. Many thanks to Mom, the family, and Dave.
RENÉE KATHLEEN KOHER (Silly Girl/Ensemble/Wardrobe Cover) is so excited to be revisiting one of her favorite Disney Musicals! This marks her 16th show with ABT! She was most recently seen in ABT’s production Oliver! as Mrs. Sowerberry. Some of her ABT favorites include Kate (Kiss Me, Kate), Doatsy Mae (Best Little Whorehouse…), Fruma-Sarah (Fiddler on the Roof), Mrs. Mullins (Carousel), The Ghost of Christmas Past (A Christmas Carol), Nimue/Morgan LeFey (Camelot). Other Regional Theater includes Sally Bowles (Cabaret), Violet Newstead (9 to 5), Vi (Footloose), Fastrata (Pippin), Sister Act, Sweeney Todd, JCS, Disney Cruise Line and Tokyo Disney Resort. Huge thanks to Mom, Dad, Ryan, Cass, Kiel, Berger, Clayton and Kurtis for their never-ending support! BUNNY! www.reneekathleenkoher.com
NICK KUHN (Ensemble/Gaston Cover) is absolutely thrilled to be returning to Arizona Broadway Theatre! Past ABT credits include Oliver! (Ensemble), Jesus Christ Superstar (Apostle), Camelot (Sir Lionel), A Christmas Carol (Fred), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Aggie), and The Little Mermaid (Ensemble/Eric u/s). Other credits include Whoopee, America’s Sweetheart (Musicals Tonight!), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Palace Theatre), My Fair Lady, Nice Work if You Can Get It!, South Pacific (Mac-Haydn Theatre). Nick would like to thank ABT for the opportunity, and his amazing friends and family for their never-ending support! Kabocha! nicholaskuhn.com
BRADLEE LAIGHT (Carpet/Ensemble) is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he grew up dancing at his family’s dance studio! He performed with the Rockettes in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, appeared on “Good Morning America” with fitness expert Denise Austin, and has won numerous regional and national dance competitions! A recent graduate of American Musical and Dramatic Academy, his musical credits include CATS (Mungojerrie), Hazel Flagg “Off Broadway”, The Little Mermaid (Chef Louie/Ensemble) and, most recently, ABT’s production of Oliver! (Noah/Ensemble). He’s so grateful for the love and support from his family and friends.
EDDIE MALDONADO (Monsieur D’Arque/Ensemble) An Arizona native, Maldonado was recently seen on the ABT stage in Jesus Christ Superstar and Pageant as the mystifyingly talented and picante hot Miss Industrial Northeast. With incredible support from his family, Maldonado is now a NY-based actor who has been entertaining around the country and at sea. Credits include Disney Cruise Line (Simba), The Buddy Holly Story US Nat’l Tour (Ritchie Valens), NY Theatre Barn’s Altar Boyz (Juan), ABT’s The Full Monty (Ethan), and Phoenix Theatre’s La Cage Aux Folles (Jacob). Maldonado attended Brophy Prep in Central Phoenix and Arizona State University. He has worked on local and national commercials, short films, and can be seen on Tina Fey’s ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ on Netflix.
JENNIFER MAURER (Ensemble) is ecstatic to return to ABT after performing in Funny Girl last fall! She then went on to perform with the Indianapolis Symphony in their annual Christmas show, featuring Josh Kaufman, winner of The Voice season six. Jenn is a graduate of the BFA Music Theatre program at Florida State University and currently resides in New York City. Favorite regional credits include Grease (Sandy), A Man of No Importance (Adele), The Addams Family (Bride Ancestor) at The Fulton, and The Little Mermaid (Melody) at Maine State Music Theatre. Many thanks to family and friends for always traveling far to see her perform, God for His unwavering support, and to Cass, Kurtis, and Kiel for having her back! www.jennifermaurer.com, @jmau91
CHRISTOPHER MICHAELS (LeFou) is an NYC based actor making his ABT debut! Credits include OFF-BWAY: The Christians (Choir); NYC: The Nose (Police Chief Crookakoff), Yosef: An Epic New Musical (Abu, Baker), Casper the Not-So-Friendly Ghost (Casper). REGIONAL: My Fair Lady (Zoltan Karpathy/Quartet), Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story (Nathan Leopold), The Boys in The Band (Emory), Damn Yankees (Rocky), H2$ (Mister Gatch, TV Announcer, Bud Frump U/S), Bare: A Pop Opera (Alan), Stone Soup (Simon), and Closer Than Ever. He is also the founder and resident director of Calendar Boys Productions in NYC.
LAUREN MORGAN (Silly Girl/Ensemble) is excited to be in her third ABT show this season. Originally from Dayton, Ohio, she was previously seen in Jesus Christ Superstar, Camelot, Rock of Ages, White Christmas (Rhoda), The Producers, and Hairspray as Lou Ann. Favorite regional theater credits include Mary Poppins, CATS, Anything Goes, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Chicago. She has a BFA in Dance from Wright State University. Much love to Mom, Andrew, Matt, and Josh. Enjoy the show!
CONNER MORLEY (Ensemble) is so excited to back at Arizona Broadway Theatre in one of his favorite Disney shows! He is a rising Junior at the University of Arizona in their BFA Musical Theatre program. He was recently seen as Greg in their production of Hands on a Hardbody and Tango Dancer in Evita. Past Arizona Broadway Theatre shows include Peter Pan, Angry Housewives, and Shrek! The Musical. He was also seen around the valley at Arizona Conservatory for Arts and Academics, Spotlight Youth Theatre, and Valley Youth Theatre. He would like to thank the production staff for this opportunity. He would also like to thank his mom, dad, brother, and Colton for their never-ending love and support. Follow my journey on Twitter and Instagram – @connerrm. Enjoy the show!
TJ NELSON (Gaston) is excited to be making his debut at Arizona Broadway Theater! Previous credits include The Drowsy Chaperone (George), The Shawl (Charles), Henry VI pt II (Warwick), and Pericles (2nd Fisherman/ensemble). A native of Cornelius, North Carolina, T.J. currently resides in Manhattan and is an alumnus of UNC School of the Arts Drama School. Aside from acting, T.J. enjoys spending time as a musician, athlete, and personal trainer. Much love to his friends and family, especially his Mom and Dad for all of their love and support.
LAUREN PALEY (Ensemble/Silly Girl Swing) is delighted to return to the Arizona Broadway Theatre stage in a childhood favorite, Beauty and the Beast! Last seen in ABT’s Oliver!, she has performed regionally in Funny Girl, Carousel, White Christmas, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Oklahoma, and Hairspray and is so grateful for every experience. Lauren is a proud graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where she majored in Theater and Dance. Very special thanks to Cass, Kiel, and Kurtis for welcoming her into this community of artists and offering her the special opportunity to perform here once again. She sends all her love to her Mom, Dad, Will and family for their never-ending support and love.
CORRINE SEAVER (Chip)  is 12 years old and will be in 7th grade at Parkridge Elementary. She is excited to return to the Arizona Broadway Theater stage for her 9th production. Favorite credits include ABT: Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol the Musical (at Herberger), Gretl in The Sound of Music, Young Eponine in Les Mis, Snow Child in Carousel, Workhouse Kid in Oliver. Community Theater credits include Bird in A Year With Frog & Toad, Oompla Loompa in Willy Wonka, and Wolf Cub in Jungle Book. Corinne would like to thank Arizona Broadway Theater for allowing children the opportunity to experience acting in a professional theater, the audience for supporting live theater, and her family for supporting her driving to many nights of rehearsals and encouraging her to do what she loves. 
  ZACHARY SPIEGEL (Cogsworth) is elated to make his ABT debut doing this beautiful show for the second time. Off-Broadway: The Golden Bride (2016 Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding Revival of a Musical). Selected regional credits include Chicago (Ivoryton Playhouse and Potsdam Music Theatre), Les Misérables (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival), Junior Claus (Little Theatre on the Square), and Pirates of Penzance (Bristol Riverside Theatre). BA Muhlenberg College. Thanks to Avalon and the ABT team. Love to Mom, Dad, Mel, and Steph. For Jillian. Instagram: zachary_spiegz www.ZacharySpiegel.com
BEN STASNY (Lumière) is ecstatic to be making his debut with ABT and returning to the role of Lumière! This is Ben’s third time performing in B&B. His first experience was as M. D’Arque while in high school. His second was as Lumière while in college. The opportunity to be revisiting Lumière in the professional world is a dream! Ben holds a BFA in Acting from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Some favorite past credits include Genie in Aladdin on Disney Cruise Line, Cat in the Hat in Seussical at Highland Summer Theatre, and Lord Farquaad in Shrek at Crane River Theater. Ben currently lives in NYC and is deeply indebted to those who have made that dream a reality.
ELEONORE S. THOMAS (Madame de la Grand Bouche/Mrs. Potts Cover) is elated to be returning to ABT to help tell this “tale as old as time!” She was most recently seen on the ABT stage as the Iowa Housewife in Menopause the Musical. Tours: The Royal Christmas Tours starring Andrea Bocelli & Julie Andrews. NYC: The Medium (Taksu Theatre Co.), Diet Monologues: The Musical (MITF), Fairy Tale (NYMF). Regional: Mrs. Fezziwig, A Christmas Carol (Walnut Street Theatre); Bloody Mary, South Pacific (Arizona Broadway Theatre); Mother Abbess, Sound of Music (New Candlelight Theatre); Saraghina, Nine (City Theatre Company). When not traveling the nation to perform, Eleonore can be found inspiring young creative minds in the sciences as a tour guide and educator at the Delaware Museum of Natural History. Proud alumna of Westminster Choir College. (www.savewestminster.org).
GERRI WEAGRAFF (Mrs. Potts) is thrilled to return to ABT after appearing as Mrs. Brice in Funny Girl last fall. Recent performances include Vi Moore in Footloose at Eldorado Theatre in Reno and Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd at Candlelight Theatre in her home state of Delaware. National tour: Fiddler on the Roof (Golde). Regional: Unnecessary Farce, Act II Playhouse; Into the Woods, Eagle Theatre; The Light in the Piazza, Villanova Theatre; Lend Me A Tenor, Beef & Boards; Miles and Ellie, Montgomery Theater. Other favorite roles: Miss Hannigan (Annie), Dorothy Brock (42nd Street), Phyllis Stone (Follies), Sister Amnesia (Nunsense). Thanks to my family for their love and support, and to the ABT family for welcoming me back! gerriweagraff.com
JILL-CHRISTINE WILEY (Belle) is so excited to be back in the provincial town! Audiences may remember her most recently as Carrie Pipperidge in R&H’s Carousel and as a certain red headed Mermaid named Ariel in Disney’s The Little Mermaid (BroadwayWorld Phoenix: Award for Best Actress). Other Credits: Disney’s Beauty and The Beast (Nat. Tour), The Fantasticks (Luisa), Little Women (Beth), High School Musical 2 (Sharpay), Oliver! (Bet/Strawberry Seller). Love and thanks to ABT, Gregg Baker Mgt., this incredible cast and crew, and to all the Disney lovers out there in the audience…yes, YOU! For mum and dad – xo! Live in the happy! @jilljcw

 

The Cast of Oliver!

Adults 

GEOFF BELLISTON (Bill Sykes) is ecstatic to be “home” on the ABT stage again so soon after having just rocked out in Jesus Christ Superstar (Apostle). Previous favorite roles include Ghost of Christmas Present in A Christmas Carol (ABT/HTC), Shrek in Shrek the Musical (ABT), Governor/Innkeeper in Man of La Mancha (Westchester Broadway), Camber in Foolerie (NYMF), Dave in Full Monty (ABT, Mac Haydn), and Feldzieg in Drowsy Chaperone (Arizona Broadway). Geoff recently has been getting into the voice acting world as well and can be heard in Yu-Gi-Oh Arc-V and the upcoming animated series Adventures in Duckport. Many, many thanks to my second family here at Arizona Broadway, my first family – the Belliston clan, and all of my friends in my “Entourage.” This one’s for you, Annie Jo!

 

TAYLOR CAPRARA (Ensemble) is thrilled to making her ABT debut! Taylor is a Montana native who currently resides in Missoula. From a young age, she knew performing was her passion and the stage was her home. Before moving south for the spring, Taylor performed the role of Brooke Wyndham in the University of Montana’s production of Legally Blonde: The Musical and the role of Hope Cladwell in Missoula Community Theatre’s production of Urinetown: The Musical, which was directed by Arizona Broadway’s own Joseph Martinez. Some other favorite roles include Jane in Tarzan, Maria in The Sound of Music, Maggie in A Chorus Line, and Pauline in One Man Two Guvnors. Taylor could not be more grateful for this opportunity and would like to thank her family for their endless support of her pursuit of her crazy dream of performing; thanks to them, she is living the dream!

 

JOHANNA CARLISLE (Widow Corney/Ensemble) is happy to be returning to ABT for the fifth time on our mainstage! ABT roles include Mrs. Strakosh in Funny Girl, Yente in Fiddler on the Roof, Madame Thernardier in Les Misérables and Miss Hannigan in Annie. She also has performed in five of our Theatre for Young Audience shows! Regional credits: Abuela Claudia (In the Heights), Mayor/Ma (The Toxic Avenger), Truvy (Steel Magnolias), Katie Nana/Mrs. Correy/Miss Andrew (Mary Poppins); Martha (White Christmas); Mazeppa (Gypsy); Rev. Mother (Nunsense 2); Effy (Spitfire Grill); Sarraghina (Nine), Carmen Bernstein (Curtains); Mrs. Paroo (The Music Man, Phoenix Theatre/Phoenix Symphony). Local credits; Mary (The Whale); Mrs. Johnstone (Blood Brothers); Eddie/Dr. Scott (The Rocky Horror Show); Sister Hubert (Nunsense); Guinevere (Camelot); Narrator (Joseph… Dreamcoat); Alice Miller (My Favorite Year). BA in Vocal Performance from Cornell College. Proud mom of actor, Maxx Carlisle-King. “Mad love to Maxx and Paul…without you my world would not be as bright nor as adventurous.”

 

FRED GERLE (Mr. Brownlow/Ensemble) is making his second appearance at Arizona Broadway Theatre having been seen in last year’s hit Carousel (Starkeeper). He is ecstatic about his role in Oliver! Fred has also been seen lately in The Diary of Anne Frank (Mr. Dussel), the multi-film-festival winning Blackout (Viktor Maslov) and many other plays and musicals in the Valley of the Sun since 2003. He has recently returned from several months in New York, where he gained valuable experience in the theater arts. Many thanks to Kiel, Cass, Kurtis, and Andy for this opportunity and to Kerry Gerle, his ever-loving and supportive spouse!

 

MEGAN GODIN (Fagin’s Gang/Ensemble) is thrilled to return to the ABT stage after appearing in Shrek the Musical (Shoemaker’s Elf) last summer. National Tours: Peter Pan 360 (Mermaid, Wendy alternate, u/s Tinkerbell); How the Grinch Stole Christmas (ensemble); Fiddler on the Roof (Bielke, Fruma Sarah, u/s Chava); Chuggington Live!; Barney Live: Birthday Bash; Sesame Street Live!. Regional: One Slight Hitch (PB) at Greenbrier Valley Theatre, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Alice) and Shrek (Shoemaker’s Elf) at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre. Graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Etsy store owner (OliveandGnome), and photo-enthusiast (Instagram: Gnomadmeg). Much love and thanks to my family!

 

CASSANDRA NORVILLE KLAPHAKE (Nancy) began training for a career in the performing arts at a very early age. Her passion for theatre, combined with a flair for the dramatic, meticulous attention to detail, and superior standards of excellence, would unknowingly prepare her to one day lead the artistic wing of what has become one of Arizona’s leading professional theatre organizations. A former student of Patricia Craig (renowned American soprano of the Metropolitan Opera), Cassandra holds a Master of Music Degree in Voice from the New England Conservatory. An award-winning actress and musician, Cassandra has performed with opera companies and symphonies both nationally and abroad. Credits include the title role of Tosca with Rimrock Opera; Lilli Vanessi/Katherine in Kiss Me, Kate (ariZoni nomination), Lucy Harris in Jekyll and Hyde, Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Grizabella in CATS, Drowsy in The Drowsy Chaperone, Truvy in Steel Magnolias, Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard, The Witch in Into the Woods, Ursula in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar and Miss Mona in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, all with ABT. As Artistic Producer, Cassandra concentrates her efforts on current as well as future artistic goals with a specific focus on the development of new and exciting programs and events. She attributes Arizona Broadway Theatre’s success to the incredibly creative and dedicated employees that are the heart of ABT. Cassandra is also a mother of two exceptional young boys, Kieran and Tristan, her most beloved and well-played role to date.

 

RENÉE KATHLEEN KOHER (Mrs. Sowerberry/Ensemble/Nancy Cover) is so excited to be back on the ABT stage in this beautiful production! This marks her 15th show with ABT! She was most recently seen in ABT’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar! Some of her ABT favorites include Kate (Kiss Me, Kate), Doatsy Mae (Best Little Whore House), Fruma-Sarah (Fiddler on the Roof), Mrs. Mullins (Carousel), The Ghost of Christmas Past (A Christmas Carol), Nimue/Morgan LeFey (Camelot). Other Regional Theater includes Sally Bowles (Cabaret), Violet Newstead (9 to 5), Vi (Footloose), Fastrata (Pippin), Sister Act, Sweeney ToddJCS, Disney Cruise Line and Tokyo Disney Resort. Huge thanks to Mom, Dad, Ryan, Cass, Kiel, Andy, Lizzie and Kurtis for their never ending support! BUNNY! www.reneekathleenkoher.com

 

NICK KUHN (Ensemble) is absolutely thrilled to be returning to Arizona Broadway Theatre! Past ABT Credits include Jesus Christ Superstar (Apostle), Camelot (Sir Lionel), A Christmas Carol (Fred), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Aggie), and The Little Mermaid (Ensemble/Eric u/s). His New York credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie (Trevor Graydon); Whoopee (Ensemble); America’s Sweetheart (Ensemble); The Bully (Steve). Nick would like to thank ABT for the opportunity, and his amazing friends and family for their never-ending support! Kabocha! nicholaskuhn.com

 

BRADLEE LAIGHT (Noah/Ensemble) is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he grew up dancing at his family’s dance studio! He performed with the Rockettes in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, appeared on Good Morning America with fitness expert Denise Austin, and has won numerous regional and national dance competitions! A recent graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, his musical credits include Mungojerrie in CATS, Hazel Flagg Off Broadway and Chef Louie/Ensemble in The Little Mermaid! He’s so grateful for the love and support from his family and friends.

 

ANDY MEYERS (Mister Bumble/Director) happily returns to ABT, having previously performed this season as Jean Shepherd (Narrator) in A Christmas Story and King Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar. His over 30 productions here include Oscar in Sweet Charity, Mr. Enoch Snow in Carousel, Uncle Max in The Sound of Music, Ernst in Cabaret, and serving as director for The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, The King and I, The Secret Garden, The Winter Wonderettes, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Annie, as well as choreographer for Les Misérables. Andy is currently Artistic Director of Fort Peck Summer Theatre in Montana and was previously Managing Director for Performing Arts at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, New York. As an actor he has appeared in the national tours of Annie and Bus Stop, and played Dick in the 35th Anniversary NY revival of Dames at Sea. Andy is a graduate of Wagner College in NY and holds his Masters in Music from the University of Montana.

 

JONATHAN NADOLNY (Fagin’s Gang/Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his debut at Arizona Broadway Theatre with Oliver! Hailing from NYC, some of his credits include Danny Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas (National Tour), Prince Dauntless in Once Upon a Mattress (St. Croix Theatre), and the title role in Super Sidekick the Musical (NYC Fringe Festival Encore Series Winner). Love to my family and best friends Amanda and Marty! Always keep dreaming!

 

LAUREN PALEY (Charlotte/Ensemble) is delighted to return to the Arizona Broadway Theatre stage and brush up on her Cockney accent for Oliver! Last seen in ABT’s Funny Girl, she has performed regionally in Carousel, White Christmas, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Oklahoma, and Hairspray and is so grateful for every experience. Lauren is a proud graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where she learned the art of woodshedding and received a BA in Theater and Dance. Very special thanks to Cass, Kiel and Kurtis for welcoming her and extending this new opportunity to her – one which she cherishes! She sends all her love to her Mom, Dad, Will and family for their never-ending support and love.

 

JAMIE PARNELL (Ensemble/Fagin Cover) A native of Montana, Jamie is delighted to be spending another spring season on ABT’s stage. Jamie studied vocal performance and has a BA-Theatre from the University of Montana. His first production at ABT was in 2009 in their production of A Christmas Carol and has since been involved in a number of their productions including Sweet Charity (Vittorio Vidal), Fiddler on the Roof (Perchik), Funny Girl (Nicky Arnstein), and Camelot (Lancelot). Jamie spends the summer months in Fort Peck, Montana, at the Fort Peck Summer Theatre where he serves as Residence Manager, Actor and Stage Manager. This one, like all the others, is for you, M.

 

TYLER PIRRUNG (Ensemble) is so happy to be returning to ABT for his second show! He holds his BA in Theatre from Florida State University. Tyler was previously seen on the ABT stage in the ensemble of Funny Girl. Other recent credits include Young Frankenstein (Igor), A Christmas Carol (Christmas Past), Hot Mikado (Ko-Ko), and Spring Awakening (Moritz). He would like to thank his family and friends for their endless love and support and also Kiel, Cass, and Kurtis for bringing him back out West! To see what else Tyler has done and to find out what adventures await him next, visit www.tylerpirrung.com!

 

EDWARD PROSTAK (Fagin) is excited to be returning for his third appearance at ABT with this talented cast and crew; he previously played Scrooge in the 2008 and 2009 productions of A Christmas Carol. Ed made his Broadway debut in the revival of Oliver! starring Ron Moody and Patti LuPone. He appeared Off-Broadway in Zombies from the Beyond and in many productions with the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, including The Mikado and HMS Pinafore. He has created roles in new shows for both the International Fringe Festival and New York Music Theatre Festivals. Some regional credits include The Chosen (Forestburgh Playhouse), The Sound of Music (Ogunquit Playhouse), Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (DeerTrees Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar (Paper Mill Playhouse) and The Little Rascals (Goodspeed Opera House). Recent film credits include Happy Hour (2013), Growing Up Smith (2014), Foot Soldiers (2015) and Adrift (2016). www.edwardprostak.com

 

JAY ROBERTS (Mr. Sowerberry/Ensemble) is incredibly excited to be back in Arizona and in his first ABT mainstage show! Previously at ABT he performed in the Theatre for Young Audiences production of Charlie Brown Christmas and worked on the crew for A Christmas Story. Jay is finally applying his degree in architecture, designing a historical wing for the Pioneer Museum in Glasgow, Montana, and has been the scenic designer for several shows at Fort Peck Summer Theatre. A few of his previous roles include Arthur Kipps in The Woman in Black, the Padre in Man of La Mancha, Robertson Aye in Mary Poppins at the Fort Peck and Robert in Drowsy Chaperone at MCT in Missoula. Jay is looking forward to another wonderfully intense summer in Fort Peck and is overjoyed to be joining the ABT family. Thank you to Cass, Kurtis, and Andy for this amazing opportunity.

 

MEGGIE SIEGRIST (Mrs. Bedwin/Ensemble) is considering herself very lucky to be involved in picking a pocket or two every night on the ABT stage. She was last seen here in Jesus Christ Superstar but has also appeared as Mrs. Schwartz in A Christmas Story, Lucy in A Charlie Brown Christmas, and Taddy Joe in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Other credits include Mary Poppins (Winnifred Banks), 9 to 5 (Margaret u/s Dora Lee, Judy, and Violet), A Christmas Carol (Mrs. Cratchit), Leading Ladies (Audrey), and the best ensemble member in many shows across the country. She would like to thank the whole ABT family for putting their heart and soul into every detail of this production. A special shout out to Andy for letting her eat her weight in gruel every day and for putting all the oom-pah-pah into this show. She would also like to thank Cass, Kiel, and Kurtis for inviting her back to one of the most incredible and accepting theaters she has had the pleasure of working with. Adopt! 

 

BOBBY UNDERWOOD (Dr. Grimwig/Ensemble) is very happy to be back for his eighth show with Arizona Broadway Theatre. Previous ABT credits: Oklahoma! (Ali Hakim), Annie (Drake), The King & I (Kralahome), Lucky Stiff (Luigi), Fiddler on the Roof (Lazar Wolf), Rock of Ages (Hertz), and A Christmas Carol (Mr. Fezziwig) at the Herberger Theatre Center. Bobby also works as a stand-up comedian and has opened for Jim Gaffigan and Jerry Seinfeld. Thanks to Cass, Kiel, Kurtis, Rob, & everyone else at ABT for making it a wonderful place to work, and love to the Underwood-Halpern team. This one’s for Mim. Keep up with the Underwood at www.underwoodbobby.com.

 

ALI WHITWELL (Bet/Ensemble) is thrilled to be back on the ABT stage! She was previously seen in on the ABT stage in Shrek, Funny Girl, and Church Basement Ladies. Some of her favorite previous credits include Julia Sullivan in Wedding Singer, Joanne Jefferson in RENT, Logainne in Spelling Bee (All at SYT), and Pattie in Smokey Joe’s Cafe (DFT). Ali was the winner of the 2015 Arizona Young Artist’s Vocal Competition and recently became a Merit Winner for the National Young Arts Competition in theatre. She would like to thank Kurtis and Cassandra for giving her such an amazing opportunity, Mark and Lynzee 4man for always pushing her to be her best, her family and best friend, Mason, for their never ending support, and, finally, everyone at ABT for welcoming her into this unbelievable family.

 

MEGAN WILTSHIRE (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her debut at Arizona Broadway Theatre. A theatre artist based out of Missoula, Montana, Megan holds a BA in both Drama and Dance from the University of Montana. Recent credits include Choreographer for Urinetown: the Musical at Missoula Community Theatre, Phantom in Rocky Horror Show for the Montana Actor’s Theatre, Mrs. Brill in Mary Poppins, and Director of My Way, both at Fort Peck Summer Theatre. With any free time to be found, Megan loves to cuddle and play with her newly adopted cat, Lady Pipinshire. Many thanks to my family and friends for all the support and encouragement!

 

Kids

CORBAN ADAMS (Oliver Twist) is so excited to be back on the ABT stage again this season! Other roles Corban has enjoyed playing are Randy in A Christmas Story at ABT, Charlie Bucket in Willy Wonka Jr. at Spotlight Youth Theater, and the Prince in Thumbelina, also at SYT. Corban is a 5th-grade honors student at Cactus View Elementary and also enjoys playing the trumpet and singing with the musical group, Confetti. Corban would like to thank the ABT staff for this amazing opportunity!

 

LYDA ARMISTEAD (Fagin’s Gang) is honored to return to Arizona Broadway Theatre as one of Fagan’s gang! ABT credits include A Christmas Story (Mary Beth), Shrek the Musical (Young Fiona/Tap Dancing Rat), and Carousel (Snow Child). She has also played at Phoenix Theatre in The Wizard of Oz (Braggart/Ozian). Youth theatre credits include Annie Jr. (Annie), Sound of Music (Maria), Beauty and the Beast Jr. (Cogsworth), Willy Wonka Jr. (Violet), and others. Special thanks to Allison Houston, Renee Werkheiser, Melany Lange, and Mr. B!

 

KAMERON COCHRANE (Fagin’s Gang) is thrilled to be returning to Arizona Broadway Theatre’s stage for the production of Oliver as a member of Fagin’s Gang. He was recently seen in ABT’s productions A Christmas Story as Flick and Carousel as a Snow child. Some of his favorite roles include Sea Creature in A Little Mermaid, Rooster in Annie Jr. and Robbie Cratchit in A Christmas Carol. He also appears in films, plays the piano and is a brown belt in karate. Kameron would like to thank the cast and crew for all their efforts in making this performance a success and to his family for their continuous support.

 

KIERA CROUCH (Fagin’s Gang) is thrilled to be back at ABT after spending her holiday at the Herberger playing Grace Smith in A Christmas Carol. She is a 12-year-old homeschooler who loves singing, acting and playing piano. Before the holiday, she was Violet in Spotlight Youth Theatres production of Willy Wonka. Other favorite productions include Marta in The Sound of Music (ABT), Nellie in Annie Get Your Gun (SYT) and Becky in Walking Dead in the West (Winter’s film group). Thank you to Cassandra and Kurtis for this amazing opportunity!

 

EVAN CULBERTSON (Charley Bates) is an 8th-grade student at Heritage Elementary. Earlier this season he enjoyed performing as Scut Farkus in ABT’s A Christmas Story. Other favorite roles include Prince Charming in The Fairytale Courtroom and Grandpa Joe in Willie Wonka Jr., both at Spotlight Youth Theater. Evan is grateful for the opportunity to be back at ABT and is excited to be a part of this amazing cast.

 
AMY FISHENCORD (Fagin’s Gang) is a 7th grader at Foothills Elementary School and is excited to be in her second production with ABT! Most recently she was School Boy in A Christmas Story, The Musical. Other favorite performances include Alice In Wonderland, Jr. (Cheshire Cat-NYA Nomination), Honk, Jr. (Dot), Rugrats (Phil), The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Pee Wee, Thelma, Claudia), all at Spotlight Youth Theatre. She has also performed at Theatreworks in Charlotte’s Web (Old Sheep) and Twilight’s Quest (Bucket). Amy would like to thank her family, the cast and crew, and hopes you all enjoy the show!

 

FOSTER HILDING (Artful Dodger) is ecstatic to be making his debut at ABT! Foster is 14 and an 8th grader at ACAA. Some of his best-loved roles include Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka Jr., The Mad Hatter on Alice In Wonderland, Ringo in Cinderella, A Rock ‘n Roll Fairytale, The DA in Fairytale Courtroom, (all Spotlight Youth Theatre.) He has recently enjoyed commercial roles in The Skeleton God, Invisible, OMG History and San Luis Obispo Confidential. Foster also co-hosts The Dare Brothers on YouTube. In his free time, he plays guitar, sings and sketches. He would like to thank Kiel and Cassandra, Kurtis, Andy, Rob and everyone here at ABT for this incredible opportunity!

 

VINCENT JACOVO (Fagin’s Gang) is thrilled to be working with ABT again. He played Flounder in Little Mermaid and Gavroche in Les Mis. He is also excited to have a role in an Oliver production for the second time. He was honored to play Oliver with the Phoenix Symphony and Phoenix Theaters collaboration performance a couple of years ago in which he received a National Youth Awards nomination. Additional memorable roles have been Jojo and Mowgli with the Valley Youth Theatre and a young Scrooge at Peoria Theatre Works. Vincent also enjoys filming commercials and short films throughout the valley. www.vincentjacovo.com

 

SABRINA KIEPKE (Fagin’s Gang) is thirteen years old and attends online school at Insight Academy of AZ. Sabrina is excited to be back on the ABT stage after her debut performance this past November as the School Girl, Helen Weathers, in A Christmas Story The Musical. Since the age of seven, she has been a part of many youth theatre productions in both Arizona and California. Favorite past roles include: Kim MacAfee (Bye Bye Birdie), Witch (Into the Woods Jr.), Miss Hannigan (Annie) and Ensemble (13 –The Musical). She enjoys vlogging, shopping and binge watching Netflix. Sabrina would like to express endless gratitude to her wonderful and supportive family and friends. Also, a special thank you to her Talent Manager, Jody Orellana, for helping her navigate a path to success. You can follow Sabrina on her YouTube Channel: Sabrina Kiepke and on Instagram @SabrinaKiepke.

 

KIERAN KLAPHAKE (Charley Bates) is thrilled to return to the ABT stage! He starred most recently as Scut Farkus in last year’s A Christmas Story. Kieran made his ABT debut at the age of nine in Joseph…Dreamcoat and has literally grown up on this stage, playing such great roles as Flounder in The Little Mermaid, Louis in The King and I, and flying through Neverland as John Darling in Peter Pan. ABT Academy shows include Shrek, Jr., Squirm!, Disney’s The Jungle Book, Disney’s 101 Dalmatians and Alice in Wonderland. Kieran is also a proud member of Spotlight Youth Theatre’s performance troupe “Music and Motion”. In addition to singing, he enjoys practicing piano and trumpet, playing Xbox and hanging out with his three-legged rescue dog, Django.

 

TRISTAN KLAPHAKE (Oliver Twist) After making his and everyone else’s Christmas wish come true as Ralphie in last year’s A Christmas Story, breaking hearts four shows a week as Gavroche in ABT’s acclaimed production of Les Misérables, swimming with Ariel as Flounder in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, and melting Scrooge’s cold heart as Tiny Tim in 2015’s A Christmas Carol, ten-year-old Tristan is “super excited” to return to the ABT main stage in this classic role! Other favorites include Michael Darling in Peter Pan; The Narrator in Three Piggy Opera; The Itsy Bitsy Spider in Squirm!; and the Littlest Monkey in Disney’s The Jungle Book (all ABT Academy). Additional shows include Shrek, Jr., Joseph…Dreamcoat (ABT) and Alice in Wonderland (MCT). Tristan is also a proud member of Spotlight Youth Theatre’s performance troupe “Music and Motion”. When he is not performing, Tristan enjoys playing drums and all things Harry Potter.

 

CAELAN KOTH (Fagin’s Gang) His enthusiasm for musical theater began at the age of 10 when his older sister convinced him to audition with her for ABT’s production of The King and I, where they were both cast as Royal Children of Siam. Since then, Caelan has also been a part of ABT’s productions of Little Mermaid (youth ensemble), Christmas Carol (Peter Cratchit), Carousel (Snow child), and Shrek: The Musical (young Shrek, Baby Bear, rat tapper, and Grumpy the dwarf), A Christmas Story (Flick) and Camelot (Tom). In addition to musical theater, Caelan loves playing lacrosse and creating videos for his YouTube channel (CeeJay Vlogs). He is thankful to God and his family for believing in and supporting him. He would also like to thank Cassandra and Kurtis for giving him the opportunity to be part of such a beautiful show!

 

KAI NUNZIATO-CRUZ (Fagin’s Gang) is excited to be in his second show at ABT! He loves being on stage and making so many amazing friends. Kai is an 11-year-old fifth grader at Highland Lakes Elementary School. You may have recently seen him in ABT’s A Christmas Story (Schwartz). He has also performed in six shows at Spotlight Youth Theater (SYT) – South Pacific (Jermone), Willy Wonka Jr. (Augustus Gloop), The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Charlie), Alice in Wonderland (The King of Hearts), Honk Jr. (Duckling) and Ramona Quimby. Kai would like to thank ABT and Kenny Grossman at SYT for all the amazing opportunities to learn about theater and hone his craft. He hopes you enjoy the show!

 

JACOB SHIPLEY (Fagin’s Gang) is a 7th-grade student in the Renaissance Academic and Arts program at Highland Lakes School.  Jacob enjoys being a member of the chorus and was named to the all-state choir.  Jacob was a member of the Phoenix Boys Choir for three years and began his acting and singing with Moezart Productions as Winthrop in Music Man. In his spare time, Jacob likes to play video games and hang out with his friends.  Oliver will be the fifth show Jacob has been a part of at Arizona Broadway Theater; he loves the staff and cast members he has been blessed to be working with the past three years.  Jacob would like to thank his family for supporting him through all the acting and singing opportunities he has been given.

 

ZACHARY SNYDERS (Fagin’s Gang) is in 8th grade at Explorer Middle School. He is co-president of the Drama Club and co-captain of the Improv Troupe. Zachary has enjoyed acting since age four and has been in several productions around the valley including as Buddy in Elf, The Musical and Flat Stanley in The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley. Zachary was last seen as the March Hare in Alice in Wonderland at VYT. This is Zachary’s debut at Arizona Broadway Theatre.

 

CALLISTA WALKER (Fagin’s Gang) is so happy to be back at ABT! Previous ABT performances include A Christmas Story (Esther Jane); Shrek (Young Fiona); White Christmas (Susan Waverly); Peter Pan (Michael Darling); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; and Annie (Molly). Some of Callista’s favorite performances around town are The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy) at Copperwood Elementary School; Freckleface Strawberry (Strawberry) at Foothills Fine Arts Academy; The Music Man (Amaryllis) at Peoria High School; Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR (Cheshire Cat); Narnia, the Musical (Lucy); and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Beth) at Spotlight Youth Theatre. Callista would like to thank the fantastic ABT directors for this wonderful opportunity. She also thanks Kenny Grossman (SYT) for his support and direction over the years, and she thanks her family for their love and support.

 

ZOEY WALLER (Fagin’s Gang) is excited to be back on the ABT stage after performing in A Christmas Story The Musical as Mary Beth. She has recently been seen in School of Rock The Musical, South Pacific, and Willy Wonka Jr. at Spotlight Youth Theater. When Zoey isn’t singing and dancing, she enjoys playing the piano, guitar, and bass guitar. She would like to thank Cassandra, Kurtis, Rob, and Andy for this amazing opportunity. She would also like to thank her voice teacher Christy Welty, her loving parents, and her amazing sister Maggie. Enjoy the show!

 

BRODY WURR (Artful Dodger) is honored to perform at ABT! Brody, 14, is an ariZoni and National Youth Arts award nominee and NYA’s 2016 Junior Artist of the Year. Favorite roles include Archie in 13 The Musical and Donkey in Shrek Jr. the Musical (Musical Theatre of Anthem). Enjoy the show! 

Sarah Pansing Selected as ABT Award Winner at Herberger Theater Center’s 2017 Young Artists’ Competition

High School Student Wins $1500 and Opportunity to Perform in Mainstage Production

Sarah Pansing, a 16-year-old student at the Arizona School for the Arts, is the winner of the 2017 Arizona Broadway Theatre (ABT) award at Herberger’s Young Artists’ Competition.  Pansing is the recipient of a $1,500 scholarship from ABT and will have the opportunity to perform with a professional cast in an ABT Mainstage production.

Sarah, a sophomore, is a member of the Arizona School for the Arts Glee Club and plays trombone in the school’s Brass Quintet.  She was last seen on stage as Whatsername in American Idiot at Spotlight Youth Theatre. She will be seen next as Martha in Valley Youth Theater’s Secret Garden, which runs April 7-23, 2017. Other favorite theatre roles include Eponine in Les Mis (Theater Works), Anne Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank (Hale Theatre | ariZoni nominee), and The White Witch in Narnia (VYT | NYA Award). Sarah is also a member and dance captain of Spotlight Youth Theatre’s performance troupe, Pitches and Tones.

“The ABT team is excited to work with Sarah and support her growth as a performer,” said Cassandra Klaphake, Artistic Producer at ABT.  “The partnership with Herberger and the opportunity to be involved with the Young Artists’ Competition gives us a great opportunity to support local youth and stay connected with future talent.”

Meet the Cast: Jesus Christ Superstar

BLAIR BEASLEY (Ensemble) is very excited to make her debut at Arizona Broadway Theater! Off-Broadway: Urinetown: The Musical (Revival) (Little Becky Two Shoes, American Theater of Actors). Regional: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Madame/Congregation, Ogunquit Playhouse) Footloose (Wendy Jo, Eldorado Resort Casino). Other credits include: West Side Story (Anita), Rent (Seasons of Love Soloist), The Wedding Singer (Holly). BFA Acting from Syracuse University. She would like to thank her beautiful family, friends and angels for all of their love and support.

GEOFF BELLISTON (Apostle/Ensemble) is ecstatic to be back “home.” Previous favorite roles include Ghost of Christmas Present in A Christmas Carol (ABT/HTC), Shrek in Shrek the Musical (ABT), Governor/Innkeeper in Man of La Mancha (Westchester Broadway), Camber in Foolerie (NYMF), Dave in Full Monty (ABT, Mac Haydn), and Feldzieg in Drowsy Chaperone (Arizona Broadway). Geoff recently has been getting into the voice acting world as well, and can be heard in Yu-Gi-Oh Arc-V and the upcoming animated series Adventures in Duckport. Many, many thanks to my second family here at Arizona Broadway, my first family – the Belliston clan and all of my friends in my “Entourage.” This one’s for you Annie Jo!

LAURA BERGER (Mary Magdalene, Mar 28-Apr 2) is delighted to be back at ABT playing one of her “bucket list” roles. Most recently, Laura has traveled the state with several TAD Management productions including Those British Girls. Recent ABT credits: Joseph…Dreamcoat (Narrator), Tarzan the Musical (Kala), and Sunset Boulevard (Norma Desmond u/s, performed). Favorite credits: The Music Man (Marian), Into the Woods (Cinderella), Steel Magnolias (M’Lynn), Gypsy (Tessie Tura), The Who’s Tommy (Acid Queen), Reefer Madness (Mae), and The Taffetas (Kaye). Laura lives in Glendale with her husband (and fellow ABT alum) Jesse and plays life’s greatest role every day: mommy to Isaac and Ian! When not performing, Laura is a Teaching Artist for Childsplay, working in professional development programs that bring creative drama techniques to educators. Many thanks to her ABT family, Webb/Berger family, and friends everywhere for the love and support!

CHANEL BRAGG (Mary Magdalene, Apr 4-9) was most recently seen in the production of Menopause the Musical at Arizona Broadway Theatre. Chanel is proudly an Equity Membership Candidate, and her favorite roles include: Effie in Dreamgirls, Kala in Tarzan, Joanne in Rent, Jewel in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Justice in Rock of Ages– and many more. In addition to ABT, Chanel has worked professionally with Child’s Play, Fort Peck Summer Theatre, and Phoenix Theatre. Chanel is co-creator of the Soul of Broadway Cabaret Troupe and a supporting vocalist in Phoenix Afro Beat Orchestra. Shout to my Mom, and love always to my baby sis.

DAVID BRUMFIELD (Annas) is thrilled to be returning to the ABT stage as yet another villain, Annas! You saw him last as the hilarious Lord Farquaad in Shrek The Musical. Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, David currently resides in Brooklyn. A graduate of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, he received a degree in Musical Theatre Performance & Directing. David recently made his National Tour Debut last year in NetWorks’ Production of Elf the Musical as Chadwick. While on tour he understudied the roles of Santa, The Manager, & Mr. Greenway. More of his credits include Uncle Fester in The Addams Family, Patsy in Monty Python’s Spamalot, Victor/Adrian in Smokey Joe’s Café, Mary Sunshine in Chicago, and countless others at Bigfork Summer Playhouse. Other favorite credits include William Barfee in …Spelling Bee and Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest at NSU. To my Mom – like always, this one is for you! I know you have the best seats from up there.

LYNZEE FOREMAN (Mary Magdalene, Apr 11-16) is thrilled to be back here with Arizona Broadway Theatre! Lynzee was last seen in A Christmas Carol at Herberger, at Phoenix Theatre as Daniela in In the Heights and June in Chicago, and also at Arizona Broadway Theatre as Brooke Wyndham in Legally Blonde. Some of her favorite roles include: Erma in Anything Goes (Phoenix Theatre), Lina Lamont in Singin’ in the Rain, Pippi in Trailer Park the Musical (both at ABT) as well as Maureen in RENT at Nearly Naked Theatre. When not performing herself, she is blessed to work with the Valley’s best youth talent at Spotlight Youth Theatre and also find time to ride her reining horses. Thanks so much to the entire ABT staff for being amazing! The MOST love to her fantastic family and her hubby, Mark and her baby girl Shiloh. “This one is for you, Den.”

LEON GLOVER (Apostle/Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his ABT debut! Some favorite credits include: Spears: The Gospel According to Britney (Male Dancer), A Chorus Line (Richie), Kiss Me, Kate (Paul) and Crazy for You (Billy). Leon dedicates this performance to mom, Grams, Ev and all of his friends who have helped and supported him along the way. “…with every broken bone, I swear I lived.” BFA New World School of the Arts

CODY A. HERNANDNEZ (Apostle/Ensemble) is thrilled to be performing with ABT for the first time! Cody was most recently seen performing in The Golden Bride off-Broadway which received the NY Times Critic’s Pick and two Drama Desk Nominations. Other favorite credits include the off-Broadway revival of Urinetown, Pride and Prejudice (Darcy), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Demetrius). He can be found at codyahernandez.com and @codyahernandez. Much love and thanks to all of his friends and family and to Mom, Dad, and Ileana…always.

NICHOLAS HURM (Simon Zealotes/Jesus Cover) is a recent graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he received a BFA in Musical Theater. Nick developed a passion for the performing arts at a very young age in his hometown of Rockport, Indiana. He has been fortunate enough to perform in several of the largest theme parks in the country such as Busch Gardens, Hershey Park, and Cedar Point. Nick is proud to announce that he will be making his regional theater debut here at ABT in Jesus Christ Superstar.

CHAZ INGRAHAM (Apostle/Ensemble/Judas Cover) is thrilled to be making his Arizona Broadway Theatre debut in Jesus Christ Superstar. Regional credits: JCS (Judas), Rent (Roger), Les Misérables (Marius), A Chorus Line (Paul). Chaz is currently pursuing his Broadway dreams living in New York City as an actor, Green Bay Packer fan, and Boston Terrier dad. Thank you friends, family, my beautiful and talented girlfriend, and Aaron Rodgers.

CASSANDRA KLAPHAKE (Mary Magdalene, Mar 17-26) began training for a career in the performing arts at a very early age. Her passion for theatre, combined with a flair for the dramatic, meticulous attention to detail, and superior standards of excellence, would unknowingly prepare her to one day lead the artistic wing of what has become one of Arizona’s leading professional theatre organizations. A former student of Patricia Craig (renowned American soprano of the Metropolitan Opera), Cassandra holds a Master of Music Degree in Voice from the New England Conservatory. An award-winning actress and musician, Cassandra has performed with opera companies and symphonies both nationally and abroad. Credits include the title role of Tosca with Rimrock Opera; Lilli Vanessi/Katherine in Kiss Me, Kate (ariZoninomination), Lucy Harris in Jekyll and Hyde, Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Grizabella in CATS, Drowsy in The Drowsy Chaperone, Truvy in Steel Magnolias, Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard, The Witch in Into the Woods, Ursula in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, and Miss Mona in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, all with ABT. As Artistic Producer, Cassandra concentrates her efforts on current as well as future artistic goals with a specific focus on the development of new and exciting programs and events. She attributes Arizona Broadway Theatre’s success to the incredibly creative and dedicated employees that are the heart of ABT. Cassandra is also a mother of two exceptional young boys, Kieran and Tristan, her most beloved and well-played role to date.

RENÉE KATHLEEN KOHER (Disciple/Ensemble/Mary Cover) is so excited to be on the ABT stage in this amazing production! This marks her 14th show with ABT! She was most recently seen as Nimue/Morgan LeFey in Camelot. Some of her ABT favorites include: Kate (Kiss Me Kate), Doatsy Mae (Best Little Whorehouse…), Fruma Sarah (Fiddler on the Roof), Mrs. Mullins (Carousel), The Ghost of Christmas Past (A Christmas Carol). Other Regional Theater includes: Sally Bowles (Cabaret), Violet Newstead (9 to 5), Vi (Footloose), Fastrata (Pippin), Sister Act, Sweeney Todd, JCS, Disney Cruise Line and Tokyo Disney Resort. Huge thanks to Mom, Dad, Ryan, Cass, Kiel, and Kurtis for their never-ending support! BUNNY! www.reneekathleenkoher.com

NICK KUHN (Apostle/Ensemble) is absolutely thrilled to be onstage once again at Arizona Broadway Theatre! He was previously seen in Camelot (Sir Lionel), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Aggie), A Christmas Carol (Fred), A Charlie Brown Christmas (Charlie Brown) and The Little Mermaid (Ensemble/Eric u/s). His New York credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie (Trevor Graydon), Whoopee (Ensemble), America’s Sweetheart (Ensemble). Other regional credits: My Fair Lady, South Pacific, Nice Work if You Can Get It (Mac-Hadyn Theatre). Nick would like to thank ABT for the opportunity, and his friends and family for all their support. www.nicholaskuhn.com

EDDIE MALDONADO (Apostle/Ensemble) An Arizona native, Maldonado was last seen in ABT’s Pageant as the mystifyingly talented and picante hot, Miss Industrial Northeast. With incredible support from his family, Maldonado is now a NY based actor who has been entertaining around the country and at sea.  Credits include: NYC: iLLA: A Hip Hop Musical, NYMF (Matt); #LoveStory, FringeNYC (Holly). International: Disney Cruise Line’s The Golden Mickeys (Simba). National Tour: Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story (Ritchie Valens). Regional: Altar Boyz, NY Theatre Barn (Juan); Phoenix Theatre’s La Cage Aux Folles (Jacob, AriZoniAward nominee) and Spamalot (Prince Herbert, ariZoniAward winner); Legally Blonde, The Musical, Prather Entertainment (Carlos/Padamadan); ABT’s The Full Monty (Ethan, ariZoniAward winner) and Pageant (Miss Industrial Northeast). TV: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix).

MATTHEW MELLO (Pilate) is excited to be back on the ABT stage in Jesus Christ Superstar! He was recently seen on the ABT stage as Lonny in Rock of Ages. Other regional credits include Joey in Sister Act at the Palace Theatre and Benjamin in Joseph… and his yeah, yeah, yeah coat. He would love to thank Cass, Kurtis and Kiel for welcoming him back and making us all feel at home. Lastly, shout out to my wife Dana and new baby boy Aiden, love you guys. Sit back and enjoy.

ANDY MEYERS (King Herod/Priest/Apostle) happily returns to ABT, having previously performed this season as Jean Shepherd (Narrator) in A Christmas Story.  His over 30 productions here include Oscar in Sweet Charity, Mr. Enoch Snow in Carousel, Uncle Max in The Sound of Music, Ernst in Cabaret, and serving as director for The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, The King And I, The Secret Garden, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers and Annie, as well as choreographer for Les Misérables.  Andy is currently Artistic Director of Fort Peck Summer Theatre in Montana and was previously Managing Director for Performing Arts at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, New York.  As an actor, he appeared in the national tours of Annie and Bus Stop and played Dick in the 35th Anniversary New York revival of Dames at Sea.  Andy is a graduate of Wagner College in New York and holds his Masters in Music from University of Montana.  Up next this season, he will Direct and play Mr. Bumble in Oliver.

LAUREN MORGAN (Disciple/Ensemble) is excited to be in her second ABT show this season. Originally from Dayton, Ohio, she was previously seen in Camelot, Rock of Ages, White Christmas as Rhoda, The Producers, and Hairspray as Lou Ann. Favorite regional theater credits include Mary Poppins, Cats, Anything Goes, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Chicago. She has a BFA in Dance from Wright State University. Much love to Mom, Andrew, Matt and Josh. Enjoy the show!

JAMIE PARNELL (Peter) A native of Montana, Jamie is delighted to be starting 2017 on ABT’s stage. Jamie studied vocal performance and has a BA-Theatre from the University of Montana. His first production at ABT was in 2009 in their production of A Christmas Carol,and has since been involved in a number of their productions including Phantom, Footloose, Sweet Charity, Fiddler on the Roof, Funny Girl (Nicky Arnstein), and Camelot (Lancelot). Jamie spends the summer months in Fort Peck, Montana, at the Fort Peck Summer Theatre where he serves as Residence Manager, Actor and Stage Manager. This one, like all the others, is for you, M.

JASON PLOURDE (Caiaphas) A native of Caribou, Maine, Jason is thrilled to be making his Arizona Broadway Theatre debut as Caiaphas in this production of Jesus Christ Superstar. A classically trained singer and versatile performer, Mr. Plourde has credits spanning opera, theatre and musical theatre. Some of the most notable have included the title roles in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Verdi’s Falstaff and Macbeth, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Jekyll and Hyde, the Musical). He has also been seen as Henry Higgins (My Fair Lady), Dr. Craven (The Secret Garden), The Husband (Putting it Together), Stone (The Business of Murder), Tony Wendice (Dial M for Murder), and Eddie Kurnitz (Lost in Yonkers). He has performed with the Indianapolis, Sarasota, Central City, Bronx and New York City Opera companies as well as the Winnipesaukee Playhouse, the Broward Stage Door Theatre, the Missoula and Portland Symphony Orchestras and the Caramoor International Music Festival. And in 2007 he had the distinct pleasure of creating the role of Burton in Thomas Pasatieri’s The Hotel Casablanca with the Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera.

JONNY ROUSE (Ensemble) is so excited to be back at the Arizona Broadway Theatre! He was previously seen in Fiddler on the Roof, Carousel, Sweet Charity, and The King & I here at ABT. National Tours: Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas. Regional Credits: Singin’ in the Rain, Mary Poppins, Billy Elliot, Grease, Memphis, The Andrews Brothers, Annie, and Parade. He would like to thank his family for all of the love and support!  

KELSEY SCHERGEN (Ensemble) is ecstatic to make her debut at Arizona Broadway Theatre! She graduated from NYU with a BFA in drama and education. Most recently, Kelsey played Lambchops in the National Tour of Fame the Musical. Other credits include: Junie B. Jones (Lucille), Crazy for You (Irene), Once on This Island (Ti Moune), RENT (Mimi). Thanks to her friends and family for their endless support! www.kelseyschergen.com

SARAH JULIET SHAW (Ensemble) is thrilled to be a part of this production! Her recent credits include Carousel, Legally Blonde, Rock N’ Roll Debauchery and Busch Gardens. She would like to thank her family, her boyfriend Andrew, and all of her friends and mentors for their continuous love and support.

MEGGIE SIEGRIST (Ensemble) is overjoyed to be returning to ABT after spending the Christmas season in ABT’s production of A Christmas Story. She previously appeared in 2016’s Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. She spent last summer in Kentucky performing at Jenny Wiley Theater as Winifred Banks in Mary Poppins and as Margaret (u/s Dora Lee, Judy, and Violet) in 9to5. Other credits include Mrs. Crachit (A Christmas Carol), and Audrey (Leading Ladies) at the Great American Melodrama, and Ensemble in shows such as Copacabana, Mary Poppins, Singin’ in the Rain at Derby Dinner Playhouse. She would like to thank everyone involved in the show for their hard work on this production. She’d also like to say a very special thank you to Cass and Kurtis for giving her the opportunity to come back to ABT.

SHAWN W. SMITH (Judas) is overjoyed to portray Judas and join the Arizona Broadway family! Superstar was the first musical Shawn ever saw when he was very young and has since been a dream of his to be a part of. Other favorite past roles and shows include Chad in All Shook Up, Mark in Rent, Jesus in Godspell, Pablo in Sister Act, the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz, the New York Regional Premier of Heathers, Dogfight, Carrie, Tarzan and Almost, Maine. www.shawnwsmith.com 1 Peter 4:8

BRETT TRAVIS (Jesus) is so excited to be part of the Arizona Broadway Theatre family. No stranger to the Southwest, Brett is a proud graduate of Santa Fe University of Arts and Design. Favorite past roles include Roger (Rent), John Denver (Almost Heaven: the songs of John Denver), Radames (Aida), and most recently, his clear favorite, Berger (Hair). In addition to acting Brett finds a ton of happiness crafting pottery for his company Muddy Hippie Pottery (check his work out on Instagram). Brett lives in New York City with his beautiful, wonderful, and extremely patient wife, a bunch of roommates, and his fabulous pet rabbit, Dolly Parton. www.brett-travis.com

Camelot

Meet the Cast: Camelot

GAVIN ANDERSON (Tom of Warwick) is excited to have been given the opportunity to perform again with Arizona Broadway Theatre playing Tom of Warwick in Camelot. He just finished performing with ABT in A Christmas Carol at the Herberger Theater where he played young Scrooge and Jonathan. Gavin caught the “acting bug” performing in a neighborhood Christmas play. Gavin’s free time is most often spent playing the ukulele, making science experiments (and messes in the kitchen), practicing soccer, & hanging out with his family. He would like to thank his family for their continued support & to the Directors & cast for all of their encouragement!

STEPHANIE EASTERDAY (Guenevere) is thrilled to be back at ABT! She was here for the Sound of Music in 2013; since then she’s been on national tours of Beauty and the Beast and Nice Work if You Can Get It. Regional faves include Wizard of Oz (Glinda), Cats (Jellylorum/ Griddlebone), and The Tempest (Ariel). Many thanks to James, Kurtis, Cass, and Kiel for having me back (I can talk this time!!!). Matt, you’re the bee’s knees. This one’s for Debbie & David: Happy Anniversary!

JOSHUA HANRAHAN (Knight/Squire Dap) is a recent graduate of DeSales University with a BA in Musical Theatre. He is overjoyed to be making his regional debut with the Arizona Broadway Theatre. He can’t wait for this experience and everything else that his future in theatre has in store. He would like to thank the cast, crew, friends, family, and Joseph for their constant love and support. For My Mom.

ALEX HERRERA (Knight/Arthur Cover) is very excited to be joining the Knights of the Round Table here at ABT! He just finished a contract at The Palace Theatre as Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol. Some of his favorite credits include: the North American National Tour of Fiddler on the Roof (Mendel/Motel u/s), the National Tour of All Shook Up (Dean) and most recently Disney Cruise Lines as Aladdin in Aladdin, A Musical Spectacular. He would like to thank his friends, family, cast and crew!

STEPHEN HOHENDORF (Mordred) is THRILLED to be back at this amazing theatre! Previous ABT credits include: Fiddler on the Roof and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Stephen spent his summer performing at the historic Ft. Peck Summer Theatre in Ft. Peck, Montana (Man of La Mancha, Mary Poppins) followed by a very successful off-Broadway run of Stinky Kids the Musical in NYC. Other credits include National Tours of The Full Monty and Sesame Street Live! In New York: MRT, MuSe, Grex Group, and Mt. Caramel Theatre Co. Regional: Pittsburgh Playhouse Jr., Liberty Theatre, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre. Stephen will be making his choreography debut this summer with the musical Grease at the Ft. Peck Summer Theatre. A big thank you to Kurtis, Cass, and Kiel for this amazing opportunity. And a big thank you to YOU for continuing to support live theatre!

JUSTIN JUTRAS (Knight/Lancelot Cover) Previously at ABT: Bye Bye Birdie (Conrad Birdie), Grease (Kenickie), The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Duke). National Tours: Bullets Over Broadway (Cheech u/s), The Wedding Singer (Sammy), Grease! starring Frankie Avalon (Doody). Love and thanks to my family and friends! Special shout out to that random guy in a Rhode Island shopping mall in 1994 that told my parents I sang like Robert Goulet…this one’s for you. BA from Rhode Island College.

RENÉE KATHLEEN KOHER (Nimue/ Morgan Le Fey) is so excited to be back on the ABT stage in this stunning production. This marks her 13th show with ABT! Some of her favorites include: Kate (Kiss Me, Kate), Doatsy Mae (Best Little Whorehouse), Fruma-Sarah (Fiddler On the Roof), Mrs. Mullins (Carousel), The Ghost of Christmas Past (A Christmas Carol). Other Regional Theater includes: Sally Bowles (Cabaret), Violet Newstead (9 to 5), Vi (Footloose), Fastrata (Pippin), Sister Act, Sweeney Todd, JCS, Disney Cruise Line and Tokyo Disney Resort. Huge thanks to Mom, Dad, Ryan, Cass, Kiel, Kurtis, James and Josh for their never ending support! BUNNY! www.ReneeKathleenKoher.com

CAELAN KOTH (Tom of Warwick) is excited to be performing in his seventh ABT mainstage production having just finished playing the role of “Flick” in A Christmas Story: The Musical. Caelan’s enthusiasm for musical theater began at the age of 10 when his older sister convinced him to audition with her for ABT’s production of The King and I, where they were both cast as Royal Children of Siam. Caelan has also been a part of ABT’s productions of Little Mermaid (youth ensemble), Christmas Carol (Peter Cratchit), Carousel (Snow child), and Shrek: The Musical (young Shrek, Baby Bear, rat tapper, and Grumpy the dwarf). He also enjoys participating in ABT’s Academy for Young Performers where he has been in Little Mermaid Jr. (Grimsby) and Shrek Jr. (Shrek). Caelan loves playing lacrosse and creating videos for his YouTube channel (CeeJay Vlogs). He is thankful to God and his family for believing in and supporting him. He would like to thank Cassandra and Kurtis for giving him the opportunity to be part of such a beautiful show!

NICHOLAS KUHN (Sir Lionel) is absolutely thrilled to be working with Arizona Broadway Theatre again! He previously was seen in A Christmas Carol (Fred), Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Aggie), A Charlie Brown Christmas (Charlie Brown), and The Little Mermaid (Ensemble/Eric u/s). His New York credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie (Trevor Graydon), Whoopee (Ensemble), America’s Sweetheart (Ensemble). Other Regional credits: My Fair Lady, South Pacific, Nice Work if You Can Get It (Mac-Haydn Theatre). Nick would
like to thank ABT for the opportunity and his friends and family for all their support. nicholaskuhn.com

JON MCHATTON (Sir Sagramore) is a proud born and bred Arizonan and excited to make his debut with ABT! He was last seen swinging a sword in Mesa while touring with Phoenix Entertainment’s national tour of Camelot. Past recent credits include The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas directed by Carl Rajotte in Manchester, NH, and the role of Gaston in Beauty and the Beast in Indiana at the Beef and Boards. A big thank you to his friends and family who support and believe in him. This one is for the Big Guy upstairs.

CAROLYN MCPHEE (Lady Catherine) is so grateful to be part of this talented cast! Since moving back to the Valley from Texas, Carolyn has been kept busy by ABT. Just closed A Christmas Story (Mother), Funny Girl (Mrs. O’Malley), Church Basement Ladies (Karin) and will be Virginia in this summer’s Hands On A Hardbody. Carolyn has performed in shows here at ABT since the first season in And The World Goes ‘Round. Some favorites are The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Linoleum), 9 to 5 The Musical (Violet), I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Woman 2), Pump Boys and Dinettes (Rhetta) and Forbidden Broadway (Liza/Barbara/Carol). Other favorite local credits include Broadway Palm tour of Meet Me in St. Louis (Mrs. Smith) (AZ&FL), Miss Mona in The Best Little Whorehouse… (AZ&FL), Honky Tonk Angels (Sue Ellen), Anything Goes (Reno) in AZ&FL (ariZoni nomination) and the PEG Tour of CATS (Grizabella). Carolyn has been lucky enough to work for Jeff Kennedy & iTheatre for five Christmases at The Herberger, and performed in Smokey Joe’s Café at Phoenix Theatre (ariZoni nomination). Originally from Chicago, Carolyn attended NIU and appeared throughout Chicago including Drury Lane, Apollo Theatre, Apple Tree, Theatre at The Center, Light Opera Works, Borealis and Pheasant Run Dinner Theatre. Carolyn and her husband foster kittens and help rehome found pets. Carolyn donates her entire salary to help with spay/neuter/dental costs of cats and dogs for people who cannot afford it, and hopes to start a fund in 2017.

LAUREN MORGAN (Lady Anne) is excited to return to ABT. Originally from Dayton, Ohio, she was previously seen in Rock of Ages, White Christmas as Rhoda, The Producers and Hairspray as Lou Ann. Favorite regional theater credits include Mary Poppins, Cats, Anything Goes, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Chicago. She has a BFA in Dance from Wright State University. Much love to Mom, Andrew, Matt and Josh. Enjoy the show!

JAMIE PARNELL (Lancelot du Lac) is delighted to be starting 2017 on ABT’s stage. Jamie studied vocal performance and BA Theatre at the University of Montana. His first production at ABT was in 2009 in their production of A Christmas Carol and has since been involved in a number of their productions including Phantom, Footloose, Sweet Charity, Fiddler on the Roof, and, this fall, appeared as Nicky Arnstein in Funny Girl. Jamie spends the summer months in Fort Peck, Montana, at the Fort Peck Summer Theatre where he serves as Residence Manager, Actor and Stage Manager. This one, like all the others, is for you, M.

STEVEN RUSSELL (Sir Dinadan) is a New York-based actor and a graduate of SUNY Fredonia, with a BFA in Musical Theatre and a minor in Dance. Since graduating, Steve has performed across the country at such theaters as the Paramount Theatre in Chicago, Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, and the New Huntington Theatre. Favorite credits include Les Misérables (Marius), 42nd Street (Billy Lawlor), Stop the World (Littlechap), A Little Night Music (Henrik), Fugitive Songs (Matt), and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Leaf Coneybear).

MATTHEW C. THOMPSON (King Arthur) ABT: Secret Garden. Regional: Les Misérables (Riverside, PA Shakespeare), Secret Garden (Stages St. Louis), Camelot (Goodspeed, Pittsburgh Public), 1776 (Paper Mill), South Pacific (Riverside), Parade (SpeakEasy). MM in Musical Theater from The Boston Conservatory, BA in Sociology from Boston College, and a Fulbright Scholar (Germany). Teaches a private voice studio in NYC. Proud AEA member! Thanks to Cass, Kurtis, Kiel and the whole team – glad to be back! @MTRepCoach, www.matthewcthompson.com

CHAUNCEY TRASK (Lady Sybil/Guenevere cover) is delighted to be working with Arizona Broadway Theatre! Credits include: Island  Song (New York Drama League, Balagan Theatre), Les Misérables (Village Theatre), Varna’s Opera and Revue Series (International Tour), My Fair Lady (Coeur d’Alene Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors (Mount Baker Theatre), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Centerstage). Favorite roles include Jo March in Little Women, Wendy Darling in Peter Pan, and Jane Morgan in Rebel Girls. BFA in Musical Theatre from Central Washington University. Special thanks to MJ&D and P&M! www.chaunceytrask.com

MICHAEL WEAVER (Merlin/Pellinore) last appeared at ABT as The Governor in Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and as Mr. Whitney in Anything Goes. He performed in the National Tours of Fiddler on the Roof and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and has been seen in Regional Theatres all across the country in Never the Sinner (Clarence Darrow), White Christmas (The General), It’s a Wonderful Life (Uncle Billy), Shear Madness (Eddie), The Drowsy Chaperone (Man in Chair), Little Shop of Horrors (Mushnik) as well as in 9 productions of the Greater Tuna series, among many others. Michael also directs extensively, including the first reduced-cast production of Our Town sanctioned by the Thornton Wilder Estate. He was co-founder and Artistic Director of Actor’s Repertory Theatre in Washington, directing the late Oscar winner Patty Duke in Humble Boy, among others. He can be seen as Dr. Widesworth in the cult classic horror film Tiki.

Meet the Adults of A Christmas Story

CORBAN ADAMS (Randy) is excited to be in his first production on the Arizona Broadway Theater stage! Some of his past favorite roles have been: Charlie Bucket at Spotlight Youth Theater, the Narrator in The Greatest Gift (church), and Aladdin in Aladdin Jr. (SYT) singing the Aladdin song “One Jump.” Corban attends Cactus View Elementary School as a 10-year-old Honor Student in the 5th grade. Corban spent a year singing with the Phoenix Children’s Chorus and also plays the trumpet. He has been bitten by the “theatre bug” and wants to give a big thanks to ABT for this amazing opportunity!

CHANEL BRAGG (Ensemble) is grateful to return to Arizona Broadway Theatre, after last being seen in the production of Rock of Ages. Chanel is proudly an Equity Membership Candidate, and her favorite roles include: Effie in Dreamgirls, Kala in Tarzan, Joanne in Rent, Jewel in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Justice in Rock of Ages – and many more. In addition to ABT, Chanel has worked professionally with Childsplay, Fort Peck Summer Theatre, and Phoenix Theatre. Chanel is co-creator of the Soul of Broadway Cabaret Troupe, and a supporting vocalist in Phoenix Afro Beat Orchestra. Much Thanks to ABT for this opportunity. Merry Christmas, baby sis. Love to Asher forever and always; and Happy Holidays to you and yours!

MICHELLE CHIN (Ensemble) is delighted to be returning to ABT’s mainstage after last appearing as the Fairy Godmother in Shrek. Other ABT credits include Steel Magnolias, Grease, Hairspray, Baby, Gypsy, My Fair Lady, and several of the Theatre for Young Audiences productions. Recent credits include: One Man, Two Guvnors (Fort Peck Summer Theatre), The Wizard of Oz (Phoenix Theatre), Goodnight Moon and A Thousand Cranes (Childsplay). Michelle is also a percussionist and enjoys making music throughout the valley. She would like to thank everyone at ABT for this opportunity and her truly amazing friends and family for being so supportive. She holds a BM in Music Theatre performance from ASU.

IAN CONNOR (Ensemble) is ecstatic to be in his second show here at ABT! A recent graduate, Ian has enjoyed exploring the US working for companies such as Ocean Professional Theatre (NJ), Interlakes Summer Theatre (NH), Wagon Wheel Theatre (IN), Artist’s Ensemble Theatre (IL), RWS and Associates (PA), Round Barn Theatre (IN), and Trumpet in the Land (OH). Ian is currently collaborating with NYC composing team Derek Gregor and Selda Sahin in writing the off-broadway adaptation of his original musical, THE MCDONOLOGUES! As a teacher, director, and producer, Ian operates ELEVATIONS: Theatrical Marketing & Design, offering personalized audition materials for actors and customized promotional materials for arts organizations around the world! “Your life is your career. All you need is a series of jobs to support it.” – Dannielle Robertson

MARTY CRAFT (Ensemble) is thrilled to be at Arizona Broadway Theatre! Favorite credits include National Tour: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Regional: A Chorus Line, Singin’ in the Rain, Oklahoma!, All Shook Up, Beauty and the Beast. He got his BFA in Music Theatre from Viterbo University. Thanks to his family for all of their support!

EASTON DANA (Ralphie) is thrilled to be performing as Ralphie in A Christmas Story. Easton previously played Tiny Tim in 2015’s A Christmas Carol, the Musical. He is a 7th grader at Candeo Elementary School in Peoria, AZ. In his spare time, Easton performs magic tricks, watches sports with his dad, and plays a plethora of sports. He loves to entertain and make his friends and family laugh. He was honored to be nominated for the National Youth Arts Award “Outstanding Supporting Actor (Junior Division) for his role as “Scarecrow” in The Wizard of Oz. Other notable roles include “Hook” in Peter Pan, “Aladdin” in Aladdin and “Tumnus” in The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe.

TREY DeGROODT (Ensemble) is a graduate from LHS and Cutting Edge Style Academy. Previous credits include: Shrek and Legally Blonde (ABT), RENT (Roger, SYT), Avenue Q (Princeton DFT, Nicky TW), A Chorus Line (Paul, SYT). He has also hair and makeup designed many shows over the years, including Fairytale Courtroom, Wedding Singer, Rugrats, Narnia (SYT), and Jungle Book and Smokey Joe’s Café (DFT). Love and thanks to my family, Rylee, and all the people that support me!

BARRET HARPER (Ensemble) is excited to celebrate the holidays with his fourth show at Arizona Broadway. Previously at ABT he played Franz in Rock of Ages and the Springtime Tenor in The Producers as well as dancing away in White Christmas. A Colorado native, he received his BFA Theater Performance and BA Biochemistry from the University of Colorado. Regional: Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Arvada Center, Central City Opera, Broadway Palm, Colorado Light Opera. Thanks to my beautiful wife, friends and family for always encouraging me to dream. BarretHarper.com

CYRUS HILDING (Randy) is so excited to be making his Arizona Broadway Theatre debut as Randy! Cyrus is 9 and a 4th grader at Arizona Conservatory for Arts and Academics. Some of his recent roles include Mike TeaVee (Willy Wonka Jr.), Peter (Cinderella, A Rock n Roll Fairytale) and The Boy Who Cried Wolf (Fairytale Courtroom) all at SYT. He also enjoys cohosting his YouTube channel, The Dare Brothers, with his big brother. Cyrus would like to give a huge thank you to Rob, Kurtis and everyone at ABT for this incredible opportunity!

DAVID JOHNSON (The Old Man) recently starred as Max Bialystock in the US National Tour of Mel Brooks’ The Producers. National Tour credits include Jesus Christ Superstar (King Herod) and Broadway’s 1st National Tour of She Loves Me (Headwaiter). He’s performed Off Broadway in NYC and several regional theatres throughout the US including Ogunquit Playhouse, Arkansas Rep, North Shore, Riverfront, Music Theatre North, STONC, and Music Theatre Hall of Fame. He can be seen nationally in commercials, print ads, and TV programs and is currently starring in ABC’s I, Witness airing in January 2017. David is a proud alumni of NYU’s theatre program. David also owned the popular HEAVEN nightclub in Manhattan, NYC. He is THRILLED to be a member of the ABT family and wishes everyone a Merry Christmas. Enjoy the show!!

TRISTAN KLAPHAKE (Ralphie) After “breaking hearts four shows a week” as Gavroche in ABT’s acclaimed production of Les Misérables, swimming with Ariel as Flounder in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, and melting Scrooge’s cold heart as Tiny Tim in 2015’s A Christmas Carol, ten-year old Tristan Klaphake is “super excited” to return to the ABT Mainstage! Other favorite roles include: Michael Darling in Peter Pan; The Narrator in Three Piggy Opera; The Itsy Bitsy Spider in Squirm! and The Littlest Monkey in Disney’s The Jungle Book (all ABT Academy). Additional shows include Shrek Jr., Joseph…Dreamcoat (ABT) and Alice in Wonderland (MCT). When he is not singing and dancing, Tristan also enjoys Legos, Minecraft and Harry Potter.

ALYSSA McGUIGAN (Miss Shields) is thrilled to be joining Arizona Broadway Theater! She is a graduate from Marymount Manhattan College with a BA in Theatre Arts with minors in Musical Theatre and Drama Therapy. After recently completing a Theatreworks national tour as Miss Nelson in Miss Nelson is Missing, Alyssa is very excited to be playing Miss Shields in A Christmas Story! Previous theatre credits include Disney Cruise Line (Ursula & Fairy Godmother), Quiet Clock, the Musical!” (Swing, u/s Mrs Yawns and Gypsy), Legally Blonde (Vivienne), Rags (Rebecca u/s and Rosa), Anything Goes (Hope Harcourt), Bye Bye Birdie (Ursula Merkle), Hello, Dolly! (Minnie Fay). To learn more about Alyssa, please visit www.alyssamcguigan.com.

CAROLYN McPHEE (Mother) is ecstatic to be back on the ABT stage! Carolyn has been lucky to have performed in shows here at ABT since the first season in And The World Goes ‘Round. Some favorites are The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Linoleum), 9 to 5: The Musical (Violet), I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Woman 2), Pump Boys and Dinettes (Rhetta) and Forbidden Broadway (Liza/Barbara/Carol). Carolyn has been lucky enough to work for Jeff Kennedy & iTheatre for five Christmases at the Herberger Theater Center, and Smokey Joe’s Café at Phoenix Theatre (AriZoni Nomination). Carolyn and her husband foster kittens and help rehome found pets. Carolyn donates her entire salary to help with spay/neuter/dental costs of cats and dogs for people who cannot afford it and hopes to start a fund in 2017.

ANDY MEYERS (Jean Shepherd/Narrator, u/s The Old Man) couldn’t be happier that A Christmas Story is his 30th production at Arizona Broadway Theatre!! Favorite ABT credits include Mr. Enoch Snow in Carousel, Oscar in Sweet Charity, Uncle Max in The Sound of Music, Ernst in Cabaret, Grantaire in Les Misérables and Fezziwig in the first three productions of A Christmas Carol, and he has directed The King and I (Broadway World Awards Best Director), The Secret Garden, The Winter Wonderettes, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Annie, and last season’s The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, in which he also played Melvin P. Thorpe. Andy is currently the Artistic Director of Fort Peck Summer Theatre in Montana and was previously Managing Director for Performing Arts at Snug Harbor Cultural Center on Staten Island, NY. He appeared in the national tours of Annie and Bus Stop, and as Dick in the 35th Anniversary NY Revival of Dames at Sea. Andy is a graduate of Wagner College in New York City and holds his Masters from University of Montana. He thanks Kiel and Cassandra Klaphake for so many wonderful opportunities, and looks forward to the next 30!

EMILY RHEIN (Ensemble, u/s Miss Shields). Originally from Des Moines, Emily currently calls New York City home. Favorite credits include 42nd Street, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Anything Goes, and Little Women. “Love and thanks to my wonderfully supportive family, friends and Prevail Artist Management.” @EmRhein www.EmilyRhein.com

BONNIE ROMNEY (Ensemble) is a newly transplanted Utahn enjoying her AZ Broadway debut. Recent credits include Edith Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank (HCTAZ), Fiddler on the Roof (Pioneer Memorial Theatre), Anybodys in West Side Story (Ziegfeld Theater), A Christmas Carol (HCTWV) and Hold Me Touch Me in The Producers (Ziegfeld Theater). Much love to Miles, Max, Bea and Gigi and to you for supporting the arts.

MEGGIE SIEGRIST (Ensemble, u/s Mother) is overjoyed to be celebrating this holiday season at ABT after appearing earlier this year in Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. She spent her summer in Kentucky performing at Jenny Wiley Theater as Winifred Banks in Mary Poppins, and as Margaret (u/s Dora Lee, Judy, and Violet) in 9to5. Other credits include Mrs. Crachit (A Christmas Carol), and Audrey (Leading Ladies) at the Great American Melodrama, and Ensemble in shows such as Copacabana, Mary Poppins, Singin’ in the Rain at Derby Dinner Playhouse. She would like to thank everyone involved in A Christmas Story for their hard work on this production, and for treating her like family during the holiday season. She’d also like to say a very special thank you to Cass and Kurtis for giving her the opportunity to come back to ABT. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

PHIL SLOVES (Ensemble, u/s Jean Shepherd/Narrator) is so glad to be back at ABT! Past ABT: Eddie Ryan (Funny Girl) Young Marley (Christmas Carol), Dexter Andrew (Dottie Maraschino Show), and CJ Scruggs/Aggie (Whorehouse). Favorite Regional Credits: Cliff Bradshaw (Cabaret), Mr. Braithwaite (Billy Elliot), Action (West Side Story). Thanks Kiel, Cass, Kurtis, Rob, My family, @gripless, and my beautiful girlfriend Gabby. www.philsloves.com

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ABT Launches 12th Season with Iconic Funny Girl

Arizona Broadway Theatre’s twelfth season begins on October 14, with the Broadway hit Funny Girl which will run through November 13.

“We’re excited to be leading off our twelfth season with such an iconic show,” said Kiel Klaphake, founder and CEO. “ABT has become known for bringing incredible professional productions to Phoenix’s West Valley, and this year features some of Broadway’s biggest hits. Add in our recent upgrades, including upgraded chairs in our auditorium, and a fantastic show menu by renowned chef Jon Mortimer, and ABT is without a doubt one of the best entertainment experiences in the Valley.”

About the Cast

Cassandra Klaphake, ABT’s Casting Director and Artistic Producer, has gathered a cast of new and familiar faces for ABT’s version of Funny Girl. Liz Fallon will portray Fanny Brice in the part that made Barbra Streisand a household name. Currently a resident of New York, Fallon appeared as Fiona in ABT’s production of Shrek this summer, as Charity Hope Valentine in the 2015 ABT production of Sweet Charity as well as West Side Story and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Appearing as Nick Arnstein, Fanny’s love interest, is Jamie Parnell. A native of Montana, Jamie has been seen in ABT productions of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Fiddler on the Roof, Carousel; A Christmas Carol, Sweet Charity, Phantom, and Footloose.

Also returning to the ABT stage are: Phil Sloves (A Christmas Carol, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas) as Eddie Ryan; T. V. Reeves (White Christmas) as Florenz Ziegfeld; Tim Shawver (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Lucky Stiff, Church Basement Ladies, It’s a Wonderful Life: Radio Play) as Tom Keeney; Johanna Carlisle (Fiddler on the Roof, Les Misérables, Annie) as Mrs. Strakosh; Carolyn McPhee (La Cage Aus Folles; Bye Bye Birdie; Lend Me a Tenor; The Drowsy Chaperone; Grease; Into the Woods) as Mrs. O’Malley; Anasofia Gallegos (Shrek) as Mrs. Meeker; Tony Blosser (The Secret Garden, Lucky Stiff, Fiddler on the Roof, Shrek) as Renaldi.

About Funny Girl

Funny Girl is the semi-biographical story of Fanny Brice as she follows her dreams of becoming the greatest star despite the discouragement of friends and neighbors. Made famous by the Tony-nominated and Oscar-winning performance of Barbra Streisand, Funny Girl is a triumphant story of success and a bittersweet love, cast in the elegance of 1920s Broadway. Featuring unforgettable songs like “People” and “Don’t Rain on My Parade.”

About Arizona Broadway Theatre

ABT, Arizona’s one-of-a-kind, award-winning, state-of-the-art professional dinner theatre, showcases locally and nationally acclaimed artists both onstage and behind the scenes. ABT’s twelfth season includes Funny Girl (October 14 – November 13), A Christmas Story (November 25 – December 28, 2016); Camelot (January 13 – February 11, 2017); Jesus Christ Superstar (March 17 – April 16, 2017); Oliver! (April 28 – May 21, 2017); Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (June 2 – July 2, 2017); Saturday Night Fever (July 21 – August 20, 2017); and Hands on a Hardbody (September 1 – 24, 2017)

ABT’s luxurious Mainstage showroom comfortably accommodates 400 guests with unobstructed views from every seat, each one new this year. The theatre offers a number of performances year-round with a variety of prices and times to fit every lifestyle. Gracious wait staff serve made-to-order selections created by Executive Chef Jon Mortimer, author of The Idaho Table, host of the weekly wine and food radio show Radio Café, and adjunct professor to Boise State University School of Culinary Arts and the California Culinary Academy. The theatre can facilitate luncheons, meetings, parties, and special events in its private banquet room, expansive lobby or Mainstage showroom. Groups can purchase an entire performance as exclusive entertainment. Discounts are extended to groups of 10 or more.

ABT is conveniently located south of West Bell Road off Loop 101, in the P83 District east of the Peoria Sports Complex. Parking is free. For tickets and additional information about gift cards, special events packages, Theatre for Young Audiences, the Academy for Young Performers program, or to become an ABT subscriber, call the Box Office at 623.776.8400 or visit www.azbroadway.org.

Arizona Broadway Theatre’s twelfth season is proudly sponsored by Arrowhead Cadillac.

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Meet the Cast of Funny Girl

LIZ FALLON (Fanny Brice) Liz is SO ecstatic to be back at her favorite West Coast spot to tell this beautiful story with some of her favorite people! She was recently seen this summer as Princess Fiona in Shrek the Musical. Other ABT favorites include Charity Hope Valentine in Sweet Charity, Angel in The Best Little…, and Graziella in West Side Story. Liz also spent a summer as the lead singer/dancer on Holland America’s MS Statendam. She is a proud St. Louis native, who graduated in 2012 with her BFA in Musical Theatre/Dance from Millikin University. So much love and many, many, many thanks to the entire ABT family. To friends & family who made the trek to the desert to see the show, (especially Aunt Donna, Jules, & Mac) I love you. And as always, shout out and kisses to Mom, Dad, and Brian. Y’all are the greatest! This one’s for you, BP. www.lfallon.com

JAMIE PARNELL (Nick Arnstein) a Montana native, is honored to be back at Arizona Broadway Theatre for Funny Girl.  Jamie, who studied Vocal Performance and Theater at the University of Montana, has previously been on the ABT stage in A Christmas Carol (Young Marley, Bob Cratchit), Phantom (Ens., Phantom U/S), Footloose (Principal Clark), Sweet Charity (Vittorio Vidal), Carousel (Mr. Bascombe, Billy U/S), Fiddler on the Roof (Perchik), and Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Bandleader).  Jamie spends his summers working as an actor, stage manager, TD, and Residence Manager at the historic Fort Peck Summer Theatre, and has toured with the MRT’s Educational Outreach Tour, providing literature training through theatre to over 50 communities.   “This one, like the rest, is for you.  Thank you for the rain.”

PHIL  SLOVES (Eddie Ryan) is so glad to be back at ABT! Past ABT: Young Marley (Christmas Carol), Dexter Andrew (Dottie Maraschino Show), and CJ Scruggs/Aggie (Whorehouse). Favorite Regional Credits: Cliff Bradshaw (Cabaret), Mr. Braithwaite (Billy Elliot), Action (West Side Story). Thanks to Kiel, Cass, Kurtis, Rob, My family, @gripless, and my beautiful girlfriend Gabby. www.philsloves.com

GERRI WEAGRAFF (Mrs. Brice) is delighted to make her ABT debut! Gerri recently portrayed Vi Moore in Footloose at the Eldorado Theatre in Reno, and the Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd at The Candlelight Theatre in her home state of Delaware. From 2010 to 2012, she was in the national tour of Fiddler on the Roof, playing Golde the second year. Regional: Unnecessary Farce at Act II Playhouse; Into the Woods at Eagle Theatre; The Light in the Piazza at Villanova Theatre; Lend Me A Tenor at Beef & Boards; Miles and Ellie at Montgomery Theater. Other favorite roles: Miss Hannigan (Annie), Dorothy Brock (42nd Street), Phyllis Stone (Follies), Sister Amnesia (Nunsense). For Mom.

T.V. REEVES (Florenz Ziegfeld) first appeared as General Henry Waverly in White Christmas here at the ABT and now is proud and excited to appear in the role of Florenz Ziegfeld in Funny Girl. His career began by a SAG card in a Chrysler production just after graduation from college. Credits include television, film, radio, stage, and even some print work when he was young and in shape. He is a combat veteran of Vietnam and considers himself the luckiest man on Earth.

TIM SHAWVER (Tom Keeney) returns from ABT’s productions of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Lucky Stiff, Church Basement Ladies, and It’s A Wonderful Life: Radio Play. His Valley acting credits include shows at Phoenix Theatre (BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON), Childsplay (Junie B. Jones, Click Clack Moo) Actors Theatre (The Lieutenant of Inishmore), Southwest Shakespeare Company, and Stray Cat Theatre (The Tomkat Project). Tim is a founder and the Director of Artist Operations of A/C Theatre Company, where he co-directed Lizzie and directed Murder Ballad. He is an Arizona native with a BA in Theatre from ASU.

JOHANNA CARLISLE (Mrs. Strakosh) is always happy to be returning to ABT where she has portrayed Yente in Fiddler on the Roof, Madame Thernardier in Les Misérables and Miss Hannigan in Annie. She also has performed in 5 of our Theatre for Young Audience shows!  Regional credits: Abuela Claudia (In the Heights), Mayor/Ma (The Toxic Avenger), Truvy (Steel Magnolias), Katie Nana/Mrs. Correy/Miss Andrew (Mary Poppins); Martha (White Christmas); Mazeppa (Gypsy); Rev. Mother (Nunsense 2); Effy (Spitfire Grill); Sarraghina (Nine),  Carmen Bernstein (Curtains); Mrs. Paroo (The Music Man, Phoenix Theatre/Phoenix Symphony). Local credits; Mary (The Whale); Mrs. Johnstone (Blood Brothers); Eddie/Dr. Scott (The Rocky Horror Show); Sister Hubert (Nunsense);  Guinevere (Camelot). BA in Vocal Performance from Cornell College.  Proud mom of actor, Maxx Carlisle-King. “Mad love to Maxx and Paul…without you, my world would not be as bright nor as adventurous.”

CAROLYN McPHEE (Mrs. O’Malley) is ecstatic to be back on the ABT stage! Carolyn has been lucky to have performed in shows here at ABT since the first season in And The World Goes Round.  Some favorites are The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Linoleum), 9 to 5: The Musical (Violet), I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Woman 2), Pump Boys and Dinettes (Rhetta) and Forbidden Broadway (Liza/Barbara/Carol). Carolyn has been lucky enough to work for Jeff Kennedy & iTheatre for five Christmases at the Herberger Theatre Center, and Smokey Joe’s Café at Phoenix Theatre (AriZoni Nomination). Carolyn and her husband foster kittens and help rehome found pets.  Carolyn donates her entire salary to help with spay/neuter/dental costs of cats and dogs for people who cannot afford it and hopes to start a fund in 2017.

ANASOFIA GALLEGOS (Mrs. Meeker) is overjoyed to be back at Arizona Broadway Theatre for her second show! Anasofia Gallegos recently graduated from Arizona State University, having received her dual Bachelor’s degrees in Voice Performance and Musical Theatre. She has enjoyed performing in several facets in the valley, including opera, musical theatre, straight theatre, film, church work and solo recitals. Some of her favorite roles in the valley include Martha in Heathers: The Musical, and Lead Poet in Women of War. “I want to thank my loving and supportive family back home, my voice teacher David Britton, and most of all my beautiful mother for everything she has done to make my dreams come true.”

TONY BLOSSER (Renaldi/Male Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to Arizona Broadway Theatre for another season and is humbled to be a part of such an amazing cast! He was last seen as a cross-dressing wolf in Shrek The Musical, where he learned that dancing in heels is MUCH harder. ABT has blessed him with the chance to be an eight-year-old, a ghost, a crotchety gardener, a macabre solicitor, a nun, an obsessed British naval officer, a cupcake fairy, a tavern owner, a king, and a terrified guard wearing the best wig ever! He even got to play a third of every Shakespearean character ever written in one fast-paced production. Tony would like to thank ABT, Cassandra, Kurtis, and all involved for welcoming him back time after time, and for making it more difficult to figure out his “Type.”  Here’s to another great season! #greenscarf

IAN CONNOR (Production Tenor/Male Ensemble) is ecstatic to be making his West Coast debut here at ABT! A recent graduate, Ian has enjoyed exploring the US, working for companies such as Ocean Professional Theatre (NJ), Interlakes Summer Theatre (NH), Wagon Wheel Theatre (IN), Artist’s Ensemble Theatre (IL), RWS and Associates (PA), Round Barn Theatre (IN), and Trumpet in the Land (OH). Ian is currently collaborating with NYC composing team Derek Gregor and Selda Sahin in writing the off-broadway adaptation of his original musical, THE MCDONOLOGUES! As a teacher, director, and producer, Ian operates ELEVATIONS: Theatrical Marketing & Design, offering personalized audition materials for actors and customized promotional materials for arts organizations around the world! “Your life is your career. All you need is a series of jobs to support it.” – Dannielle Robertson

MARTY CRAFT (Male Ensemble) is thrilled to be at Arizona Broadway Theatre for the first time! Favorite credits include National Tour- Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Regional- A Chorus Line, Singin’ in the Rain, Oklahoma!, All Shook Up, Beauty and the Beast. He got his BFA in Music Theatre from Viterbo University. Thanks to his family for all of their support!

EVAN DOLAN (Male Ensemble) Evan is delighted to make his ABT debut in Funny Girl! Favorite regional credits include Cabaret (Emcee), Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Jetsam), Giant (Jett Rink), West Side Story (Baby John), Shrek: The Musical (Lord Farquaad). Evan is a proud graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University. He sends all his love to his family for always supporting his adventures! #teamdolan

CHUCKIE DIXON (Male Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to the ABT stage!  A proud alum of ECU (go Pirates!), he is now living his dream in NYC. Some favorite credits include Clifford the Big Red Dog Live Tour (Clifford), Spamalot (French Taunter), South Pacific (Professor), Peter Pan (Slightly Soiled), CATS (Mungojerrie), A Christmas Story (Scut Farkus), and Fiddler on the Roof (Mendel). Thank you, ABT! Love to my Mom and my Aunt Karen – so grateful for your support! Missing my exquisite partner-in-crime: my Rumpleteazer, Mal!

DWAN HAYES (Female Ensemble) is thrilled to be back at Arizona Broadway Theatre in Funny Girl. A native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, she has a BM in Musical Theatre from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Regional: All Shook Up (Sylvia), Blues in The Night (Lady From the Road), Buddy Holly Story (Apollo Performer), Hairspray (Motormouth Maybelle), Smokey Joe’s Café (B.J.). Tours: Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad (Ms. Ross). Dwan would like to give special thanks to her family and friends for their love and support.

HALEY JONES (Female Ensemble) is originally from Burlington, KY, and now resides in NYC. She is thrilled to be performing in her first production at ABT! Professional credits include Ensemble/Mary Cover in Mary Poppins (Midtown Arts Center), Jennifer in The Starter (NYC International Fringe Festival), Marcy in The 25th Annual…Spelling Bee (Commonwealth Theater), Kate Roby in A. Lincoln: A Pioneer Tale (The Lincoln Amphitheater) and Ruby in Dames at Sea (OST). She has her BFA in Acting from Otterbein University. Haley would like to thank her family for being so supportive (and very funny!) For more info, check out haleyjones.com!

JENNIFER MAURER (Female Ensemble) is ecstatic to make her debut at Arizona Broadway Theatre! She is a graduate of the BFA Music Theatre program at Florida State University and currently resides in New York City.  Favorite regional credits include Grease (Sandy), A Man of No Importance (Adele), The Addams Family (Bride Ancestor) at The Fulton, and The Little Mermaid (Melody) at Maine State Music Theatre. Many thanks to family and friends for always traveling far to see her perform and God for His unwavering support.  @jmau91, jennifermaurer.com

LAUREN PALEY (Female Ensemble) is jazzed to be making her ABT debut in Funny Girl! Previous credits include Carousel at Reagle Music Theatre, White Christmas at the Jenny Wiley Theatre, Thoroughly Modern Millie at the Ogunquit Playhouse, and Hairspray at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre. Lauren is a proud graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where she received a BA in Theater and Dance. She is ever grateful to ABT for this unbelievable opportunity! Special thanks to Mom, Dad, Will, and all of her teachers along the way!

TYLER PIRRUNG (Male Ensemble) is so excited to be making his Arizona Broadway Theatre debut in the ensemble of Funny Girl!  Tyler holds a BA in Theatre from Florida State University, where he also minored in Early Childhood Development. Some of Tyler’s favorite credits include Young Frankenstein (Igor), Hot Mikado (Ko Ko), Spring Awakening (Moritz), Merrily We Roll Along (Charley), Julius Caesar (Brutus), 42nd Street, Grease, and Shrek. Tyler would like to thank his family and friends for their endless love and support. To see what else Tyler has done and find out what adventures await him next, please visit tylerpirrung.com!

EMILY RHEIN (Female Ensemble) ABT Debut! Originally from Des Moines, Emily currently calls New York City home. Favorite credits include 42nd Street, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Anything Goes, and Little Women. “Love and thanks to my wonderfully supportive family, friends and Prevail Artist Management.” @EmRhein www.EmilyRhein.com

ALI WHITWELL (Female Ensemble) just graduated from Arizona School for the Arts and is thrilled to be back on the ABT stage! She was previously seen on the ABT stage as Gingy/Sugar Plum Fairy in Shrek and in last season’s Legally Blonde. Some of her favorite previous credits include Julia Sullivan in Wedding Singer, Joanne Jefferson in RENT, Logainne in Spelling Bee (All at SYT), and Belle in Beauty and the Beast (ASPA). Ali was also the winner of the 2015 Arizona Young Artist’s Vocal Competition. She would like to thank Kurtis and Cassandra for honoring her with such an amazing opportunity, Mark and Lynzee 4man for always pushing her to be her best, her family and best friend, Mason, for their never ending support, and, finally, everyone at ABT for welcoming her into this unbelievable family.

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Pageant Contestant: Meet Miss Texas

Yee-haw! Here she is, Miss Texas!

Most Likely To Succeed by high school vote, Kitty-Bob Ames is on her way to fulfilling this perceptive perception after winning the Texas Triple Crown of Beauty. You could say that pageants are in this young lady’s blood, with a mother and a grandmother who both won titles in their day. Kitty-Bob entered her first pageant, The Little Miss Armadillo Pageant, at the age of seven.

Being that she is the only child, Kitty-Bob’s daily life largely centers on her family. She works with her parents at their family-owned gun emporium. She also likes adding to the Precious Moments collection her grandmother started.

She looks forward to “competing” for the crown of Miss Glamouresse. With her pageant experience, she has the utmost confidence in winning the title and will be glad to serve as Miss Glamouresse for 2016.

If you had a magic wand, what would you wish for and why?
If I had a magic wand, I would wish for everyone to be beautiful because beautiful people are happier people.

What is your greatest contribution to society?
My greatest contribution to society is my unending and tireless work with the beauty impaired. I’m trying to make the world a better place one unfortunate face at a time.

What do you most like about yourself? Dislike?
I love my wardrobe and my gun collection. As for dislike: No Comment.

What is the essence of being a woman?
I believe the essence of being a woman consists of making yourself as beautiful as a magazine cover, no matter what it takes.

What is the most important lesson your mother taught you?
Winners are better than losers.

If you were shipwrecked on a desert island, what one thing would you want with you and why?
My pistol for multiple reasons.

What sacrifices have you made for this pageant?
The only sacrifice that I’ve made is my constant advice that I give to the other contestants.