Meet the Altar Boyz!

Matthew

JOSEPH DePIETRO (Matthew), a native New Yorker, is excited to be back at Arizona Broadway Theatre and living his 90s boy band dreams. Joseph was just at ABT this spring playing Woof in Hair and has also played Young Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. Other favorite credits include Ragtime, Jack in Into the Woods, Rutledge in 1776, and Henrik in A Little Night Music. Joseph has also sailed around the world as a Production Singer aboard the Queen Mary 2. Many thanks and love to the Core 4, this wonderful ABT family, and the best friends in the world.

Mark

JOE OGREN (Mark) is thrilled to return to ABT after playing Stacee Jaxx in 2016’s Rock of Ages! Joe spent the first half of his summer in Logan, Utah, playing Dickon in The Secret Garden and the title role in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown with Utah Festival Opera. Other favorite regional credits include Willard in Footloose, Crutchie in Disney’s Newsies, and Max in the US regional premiere of Lend Me a Tenor: The Musical. In 2015, Joe joined the national tour of the Tony Award-winning musical Memphis where he covered the lead role of Huey Calhoun. Originally from California, Joe now resides in New York City where he earned his BFA from Pace University. As always, love and gratitude to Mom and Dad! Follow his journey @joeogren and enjoy the show!

Luke

TYLER GREGGORY (Luke) is thrilled to be making his ABT debut with Altar Boyz! Proud alumni of University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, BFA-MT program. Regional: The Seagull (Konstantine), Cabaret (Victor), Les Misérables (Ensemble). Other credits include Holland America Cruise Line (Singer), Shanghai Disneyland (Opening Cast). A huge thank you to the ABT family and all of the love to my family and soul-friends. IG: @tyler.j.greggory

Juan

KIRK SOBJECT (Juan) Arizona Broadway debut! From Japan, to Germany, to Russia, to NYC and now Peoria! Kirk has performed all over the world and is thrilled to land here with you tonight. See you in La Vida Eternal!

Abraham

SAM PRIMACK (Abraham) is beyond excited to be involved with Altar Boyz! He is a National High School Musical Theatre Award finalist and a junior at Chaparral High School. Past shows include Pugsley Addams in the national tour of The Addams Family, Moritz in Spring Awakening (ariZoni Award) at SYT, and Friedrich in The Sound of Music at ABT. Sam would like to thank everyone at ABT for their continued support over the years. Finally, he would like to thank his family for being the most supportive people in the world.

 

Catch the Cast!

DEMI AHLERT (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her Arizona debut with such a fabulous show! BFA Musical Theatre, Point Park University. National Tours: Pippin (Fastrada), Phineas & Ferb The Best Live Tour Ever! (Candace); Regional: Beauty & the Beast (Babette), The Pajama Game (Gladys), Nice Work if You Can Get it (Jeannie). She’d like to thank the creative team for this incredible opportunity and her mother for all her love and support!

LAUREN ALAGNA (Ensemble) A Florida native, Lauren is thrilled to be a part of Catch Me If You Can at Arizona Broadway Theatre. Performance experience includes Crazy for You (Polly Baker), Mamma Mia (Lisa), Tarzan (Ensemble/Aerialist), Regent Seven Seas Cruises (Singer/Dancer), and a dancer for the opening number of Gypsy of the Year (Dir. Al Blackstone). Lauren thanks her family and friends for their love and support.

AMY BURGMAIER (Carol Strong) is thrilled to make her ABT debut, breathing life into this extraordinary true story once again! She has dazzled audiences in Catch Me If You Can (1st national tour, Carol Strong), Annie (national tour, Pugh & Hannigan U/S), Legally Blonde (Paulette), Hairspray (FAF), Honky Tonk Angels (Angela), Forbidden Broadway (12 mezzo roles), Reefer Madness (Mary Lane), Chicago (Roxie Hart), and A New Brain (Nurse Nancy). Amy holds degrees in Advertising & Design Studies (BA) and Journalism (MS) from Iowa State University and offers her sincerest gratitude to Luigi’s Jazz Center, Amanda Flynn Voice Studio, Guy Stroman, Mom, Dad, Lori, Cole, and Allyson!

CHRISTOPHER CODY COOLEY (Todd Branton) is excited to back at ABT! He was last seen in Show Boat. He holds a BA in Acting from Rider University: Westminster College of the Arts. Past credits: Show Boat, Grease (Prather Productions) Crazy For You, Mamma Mia (Post Playhouse), Shrek The Musical, 42nd Street, The Fantasticks (Forestburgh Playhouse); Cole (St. Vincent Summer Theatre), The Wizard of Oz, White Christmas (Toby’s Dinner Theatre), Our Town, Metamorphoses (Rider University). Love to friends and family for their support!

DAVID COUTER (Ensemble) Previous credits include Edmund in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Theatreworks USA), Lucius/Demetrius in Titus Andronicus (Rose Playhouse Bankside), Peter in Comfort (Lincoln Center), Stuff in Sweet Bird of Youth (Gallery Players), Cassio in Othello (TheaterLab), and Dan in A Tree, a Dog, and an Ordinary Man (WorkShop Theater). He received a BFA in Theatre from the University of Memphis. For Kelly. Smile. Skip. Laugh.

CAELAN CREASER (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her ABT debut! Originally from Seattle, Caelan is currently studying BM Musical Theatre at ASU. Recent Credits: Newsies at Phoenix Theatre (Female Ensemble), Thoroughly Modern Millie at Hale Centre Theatre (Millie, AriZoni 2017 Winner), Legally Blonde at ASU (Elle Woods), Mary Poppins at Tacoma Musical Playhouse (Mary Poppins), Jekyll & Hyde at At the Ridge Theatre (Lucy Harris), and South Pacific at Seattle Musical Theatre (Ensign Janet MacGregor). Love and thanks to this amazing cast, crew, and creative team, her family, and Matt! Check out www.caelancreaser.com for more!

OLIN DAVIDSON (Johnny Dollar) is thrilled to be making his Arizona Broadway debut. Credits include My Fair Lady (Henry Higgins), Mary Poppins (Bert), Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere), The Little Mermaid (Scuttle), Oklahoma (Will Parker), Cats (Skimbleshanks), Mamma Mia (Harry), Forever Plaid (Smudge). He has also performed with Debbie Gibson as a backup dancer and Barry Manilow as a vocalist. Many thanks to my loving family for their never-ending love and support, as well as the team here at Arizona Broadway for this opportunity and for ‘Catching Me When They Did’.

JAMES Du CHATEAU (Ensemble) started his career with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in Nashville, Tenn. He made his Broadway debut in How the Grinch Stole Christmas as Danny Who. Recent credits: Assistant Dance Captain, Saturday Night Fever; Dancer, Grand Celebration Cruise; Hanna, La Cage Aux Folles; Tommy Djilas, The Music Man; Ensemble, Mamma Mia; Ensemble, 42nd Street. James is excited to perform here at ABT!

SEBASTIAN GOLDBERG (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his ABT debut in this amazing show! Originally from Massachusetts, Sebastian has been performing since the age of 3 as the youngest member of a family full of dancers. Regional credits include Singin’ in the Rain (Wick Theatre), Mary Poppins (Westchester Broadway Theatre), and 42nd Street (Palace Theatre). Thanks to the whole ABT family for this amazing opportunity and of course his castmates, friends, and incredible family for their unwavering support. @sbstngldbrg

STEPHEN C. KALLAS (Ensemble) is a graduate of Wagner College with a double concentration in Performance and Technical Studies. Regional Credits: Fireside Theatre Newsies (Davey); Palace Theatre (N.H.) 42nd Street (Ensemble/Mac u/s); Mac-Haydn Summer 2017; In the Wings Productions’ 42nd Street (Andy Lee); Interlakes Summer Theatre 2016; Select WCT credits: Titanic (Edgar Beane), Avenue Q (Puppeteer/Swing), Anything Goes (Sailor Quartet) & CATS (Swing-Mungojerrie/Macavity). Thank you to the Arizona Broadway Family! More at www.StephenCKallas.com.

BROOKE MARTINO (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her Arizona Broadway Theater debut! Favorite past credits include: A Christmas Story (Swing/Dance Captain, National Tour), Priscilla: Queen of the Desert (Ogunquit/Gateway playhouses), The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Pippi, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse), Grease (Cha-Cha/Dance Captain, The Palace Theatre), A Chorus Line (Sheila), Hairspray (Penny), 42nd Street, and RENT. Thank you to my friends and family for your never-ending love and support. Ball change! #brookeisgramless

CAROLYN McPHEE (Paula) is thrilled be part of this groovy cast and to be reunited with her A Christmas Story Director, Stephen Casey! Carolyn just finished directing Alice in Wonderland and playing Marge in the amazing AZ Premiere of The Bridges of Madison County right here at ABT. Carolyn has been on the ABT stage off and on since Season 1 and favorites include Hands on a Hardbody (Virginia), A Christmas Story (Mother), The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Linoleum), and 9 to 5 The Musical (Violet). Carolyn has been lucky enough to work for Jeff Kennedy & iTheatre for five Christmases at The Herberger, and Smokey Joe’s Café at Phoenix Theatre (AriZoni Nomination). Originally from Chicago, Carolyn attended NIU and appeared throughout Chicago. 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.

MATTHEW MELLO (Hanratty) Hello, Peoria! Matt is glad to be back at ABT for this production of Catch Me if You Can with this talented cast. Matt is now a local Peorian (??) (Not sure if that term is used.) (If it isn’t, I just trademarked it.) He is excited to be here in Peoria on the regular! This is his 3rd production with ABT and hopefully not the last. Other ABT productions/roles include Pontius Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar and as Lonny in Rock of Ages. He is excited to start this new chapter in his life with his wife, Dana, and 21-month-old son, Aiden. Matt would like to thank his family, Cassandra Klaphake, Keil Klaphake, Kurtis Overby, and everyone at ABT from the Box Office and beyond for welcoming him and his family. “Art is beautiful. Art is love. Art is life.”

LAUREN MORGAN (Ensemble) is delighted to return to ABT for her tenth production. Favorites include Rock of Ages, Hairspray, The Producers, White Christmas, and Saturday Night Fever. She hails originally from Dayton, Ohio, and had a BFA in Dance from Wright State University. Endless gratitude to Cass, Kiel, and Kurtis for their continued support. She sends love to her family for their encouragement in fulfilling her dreams.

MEGAN K. MOYLAN (Brenda Strong) is thrilled to be returning to Arizona Broadway Theatre. Recently, she was seen as Megan in Godspell (Phoenix Theatre), Amy in Rock the Presidents (Childsplay, National Tour), and Lizzie in Lizzie (A/CTC). Other roles include Kirsten/Kit/Felicity/Nellie in The American Girl Revue (Mattel, Los Angeles), and Jane in The Prince and the Pauper (Deaf West). Film/television experience includes iCarly (Nickelodeon), Commander-in-Chief (ABC), and Ninja Cheerleaders (NCS Productions), as well as multiple commercials, radio spots, and original cast recordings. Megan would like to thank everyone involved with Catch Me If You Can for all their invaluable support.

CHARLES PANG (Ensemble) is thrilled to make his ABT debut. Recent credits: A Christmas Story: The Musical (national tour), Romance of the Western Chamber (A-Rei Chang – TADA! Theater), Made in China (Plunger, etc. – 59E59), The Merry Wives of Windsor (The Host – Bryant Park). www.charlespang.com

SAL PAVIA (Frank Abagnale, Jr.) is so happy to return to the Arizona Broadway Stage after last being seen as Link Larkin in their 2013 Season’s production of Hairspray. Sal’s from New York City and is a graduate of Wagner College where he earned a BA in Theatre Performance. Credits include Off Bway: My Big Gay Italian Wedding/Funeral. National Tours: Legally Blonde (Emmett), Brigadoon (Charlie). Regional: Bonnie and Clyde (Clyde), A Chorus Line (Al), Rock of Ages (Stacee Jaxx). Thanks to his amazing wife Kaitlyn, parents, and Danny at Hudson Artists for being the best support team a guy could ask for. Congrats to the entire ABT team – now let’s fly!

JASON PLOURDE (Frank, Sr.) is thrilled to be returning to Arizona Broadway Theatre for his fourth production. A versatile and seasoned performer, Plourde has 20 years’ experience in opera, theatre, and musical theatre. Some favorite credits have included Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Jekyll and Hyde), Henry Higgins (My Fair Lady), Dr. Craven (The Secret Garden), Padre (Man of La Mancha), The Husband (Putting it Together), Tom (The Norman Conquests), Tony Wendice (Dial M for Murder), and Eddie (Lost in Yonkers). For upcoming performances, videos and all things #JasonPlourdeSuperstar, visit www.jasonplourde.net.

SAMANTHA ROSS (Ensemble) is extremely thankful to be performing here at Arizona Broadway Theater. She is a recent graduate of Wagner College with a BA in Theatre performance and a minor in dance. She was last seen in The Hip Hop Nutcracker in Washington DC. Some of her favorite past roles include Virtue from Anything Goes and Hedy from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Samantha would like to send a special thanks to the entire company and crew and to her family.

TYLER T. SIMMS (Bill Cod) is thrilled to join the ABT family with this amazing cast! Regional: …Spelling Bee (Barfée), Les Mis (Thenardier). Other notable credits: Chicago (Amos), The Cherry Orchard (Gaev), Peter Pan (Smee), Spamalot (Patsy). Proud BFA graduate from Wright State! Forever forward in Gratitude. IG: @tylerthomassimms www.tylertsimms.com

ROB WATSON (Roger Strong) is ready to “pass a good time” with this high-flying show. A University of Dayton graduate with degrees in Theatre and Religious Studies, Rob normally remains behind the scenes as ABT’s Company Manager. Previous credits include The Bridges of Madison County (Charlie), Hands on a Hardbody (Don Curtis/Dr. Stokes), Rock of Ages (Dennis), Annie Get Your Gun (Frank Butler), Sound of Music (Georg von Trapp), The Music Man (Harold Hill), Brigadoon (Jeff Douglas – ariZoni nomination), Pump Boys and Dinettes (Jim), The Secret Garden (Neville Craven), The Fantasticks (El Gallo), and City of Angels (Stone). Rob loves working in all aspects of the theatre and would like to thank Cassandra, Kiel, and Kurtis for affording him this opportunity, and he promises to get all his other work done. His favorite time of day is 5:37!

Meet the Cast – Mary Poppins

KATHLEEN BERGER (Miss Andrew/Mrs. Corry) is thrilled to return to AZ Broadway! Recently: Eulalie McKechnie Shinn (The Music Man/Showtune Productions); Soprano Soloist: Requiem (Michael Haydn/Glendale College); Soprano Soloist: Mass in C (Beethoven/Helios Ensemble); What Makes it Great: Gershwin (Robert Kapilow/MIM); Narrator (Joseph…Dreamcoat)/FHTAZ); Love is Here to Stay (Theater Works); Beggar Woman (Sweeney Todd/MET – Best Supporting Actress); Nettie Fowler (Carousel/AZ Broadway); Yvonne/Naomi (Sunday in the Park With George/FHTAZ); Queen (SpellBound!/Southwest Shakespeare, premiere); Soprano Soloist: Vesperae Solennes de Confessore (Mozart/Glendale College); Solange (Follies/Theater Works, AZ premiere); Soprano Soloist: Requiem (Mozart/Glendale College); Miss Jones (H2$/Theater Works, AriZoni nomination); Rose (The Secret Garden/AZ Broadway). Internationally: Violetta (La traviata); Musetta (La bohème); Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor); Countess Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro); Witch (Into the Woods), many more. She is the only American singer to ever appear with Compañía Lírica Dolores Marco in Spain. I love and could not do this without my SuperManuel, my tiny twin Alba-Bergers, my family, and the Four Kitties of the Apocalypse!

ALLISON BLANCHARD (Annie) is a Franklin, Tennessee, native and holds a BFA in modern dance from the University of South Florida.  Her recent credits include: 42nd Street National Tour; Scrooge No More, Busch Gardens Williamsburg.  She is very excited to be spending her summer with Arizona Broadway Theatre performing in Mary Poppins!

WYATT CHAMOFF (Michael Banks) is thrilled to be making his ABT debut with Mary Poppins! Wyatt is 9 years old and will start 4th grade in the fall. Wyatt has previously appeared in Flat Stanley, Beauty and the Beast as Chip, Shrek the Musical, and most recently in Charlotte’s Web as Templeton the Rat. Wyatt enjoys to reading, playing with his sister, and asking questions. He would like to thank his family for all they do to support him.

CHAE CLEARWOOD (Mrs. Brill/Bird Woman) is thrilled to be making her ABT debut this season!  Her favorite credits include Dyanne in Million Dollar Quartet, Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Rizzo in Grease, and Dolly in One Man, Two Guvnors.  A native of Billings, Montana, Chae now resides in New York City where she recently graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.  She also holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Montana State University – Billings.  Chae would like to thank the numerous friends and family who have supported her dreams and ambitions over the years, without which none of this would be possible.

JULIANNE CREED (Jane Banks) just finished 6th grade. She loves to perform and is thrilled to be in her first role with ABT!  Her past performances include Young Fiona in NCS’s production of Shrek, Jr., Young Wilbur in Charlotte’s Web, and Gracie Shinn in The Music Man.  She has also performed as Cinderella in Cinderella, and as part of the Ensemble in White Christmas for Pinnacle Creative Arts.   She loves doing gymnastics, being with her family and friends, singing, and just being creative however possible!

BEATRICE CROSBIE (Mrs. Winifred Banks) is overjoyed to join Arizona Broadway Theatre this summer! NYC based, UCLA alumni. Tours: Beauty and the Beast International (Wardrobe/Mrs Potts us), 42nd Street National (Diane/Dorothy Brock us), How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the Musical National (Grandma Who) Regional: Nice Work If You Can Get It (Billie), She Loves Me (Amalia), Company (Jenny) Big thanks to the ABT team and Luedtke Agency. Love to my incredible family!

ALEX CROSSLAND (Ensemble) is very happy to be returning to Arizona Broadway Theatre, he holds a Bachelors of Music in Musical Theatre Performance from Arizona State University, but is originally from Northern California. Recent regional credits include Gypsy (Farmer’s Alley Theatre) Newsies and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (The Barn Theatre), and Million Dollar Quartet, Billy Elliot, and Bullets Over Broadway (Phoenix Theatre). Some of his favorite roles include Ralph in Reefer Madness, Henry in Next to Normal, Grantaire in Les Miserables, and Roger in Rent. Alex would like to thank his friends and family for their support.

EVAN DOLAN (Ensemble) is supercalifragilistically excited to return to Arizona Broadway in Disney’s Mary Poppins! Some of his favorite credits include the Jeff Award-winning production of Sweeney Todd (Paramount Theatre), Funny Girl (Arizona Broadway), Cabaret (Thingamajig Theatre Co.), West Side Story (Woodstock Playhouse), and Nice Work If You Can Get It (Broward Stage Door). He sends a massive “THANK YOU” to his family for supporting him in all of his adventures, and to Clayton and everyone at ABT for their continued generosity!

HANNAH FAIRMAN (Fannie) is thrilled to be back at ABT for another Disney classic! Hannah was last seen in ABT’s Beauty and the Beast as a Silly Girl and as Babette at the Herberger! Recent credits include Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s Mamma Mia! (ensemble/uns. Ali/Lisa) and Theatre by the Sea’s The Producers (Usherette). Favorite credits: Grease (Frenchy), Shrek (Fairy Godmother), Anything Goes (Purity), The Drowsy Chaperone, Footloose, and Oklahoma! BFA Musical Theatre, Point Park University. Instagram: @fannahairman

SAMANTHA GARDNER (Ensemble) is thrilled to make her debut at the Arizona Broadway Theatre, and return to one of her favorite shows, “Mary Poppins.” Previous credits include: “Gershwin” (Off-Broadway), “Happy Days” (Westchester Broadway Theatre), “Show Boat” Magnolia u/s (Alhambra Theatre & Dining), and Ms. Lark “Mary Poppins” (Prather Entertainment Group). Love always to Mom, Dad, Marshall, Alex, and Snow. Enjoy the show!

PHILLIP GIANDILETTI (Neleus) is a recent graduate of Oklahoma City University and is excited to be making his first appearance at Arizona Broadway Theatre in Mary Poppins. He has recently finished performing in Dallas at Casa Mañana Theatre in Evita, Al Deluca in A Chorus Line at Uptown Players, and in Grease as Danny Zuko at Firehouse Theatre. Other theatre credits include: Thoroughly Modern Millie (Ensemble), Newsies (Oscar Delancey/Ensemble/Dance Captain), 7 Brides for 7 Brothers (Nathan); Music Theatre Wichita. West Side Story (Anxious); Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma. Mary Poppins, 42nd St. (Ensemble); The Lexington Theatre Company.

STEPHEN HOHENDORF (Policeman) is ecstatic to be returning to this beautiful theatre and for such a magical show!  Previous ABT credits include Mordred in last season’s Camelot, Fiddler on the Roof, and The Best Little Whorehouse in TX.  Stephen is coming straight from a run of Show Boat (Frank Schultz) at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre in Lancaster, PA.  National Tours: The Full Monty, Sesame Street Live!, Pinkalicious, and Flight School the Musical. New York: Stinky Kids, Pinkalicious, the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz (Vital Theatre Company), and Leaf in The 25th Annual…Spelling Bee (MCTC). Regional/ Summerstock:  Surflight Theatre, Hope Summer Repertory, and The Liberty Theatre.  Stephen spent his last two summers at the historical Ft. Peck Summer Theatre directing, choreographing, and acting in shows such as Oliver!, Arsenic and Old Lace, Mary Poppins, and Grease.  A humongous thank you to the amazing team here at ABT- Cass, Keil, Kurtis, and Clayton! And a big thank-you to YOU for continuing to support live theatre.

CONNOR HUBBARD (Park Keeper/Northbrook/Valentine/Bert cover) is absolutely stoked to be making his ABT debut! Recent favorites include Monty Python’s SpamalotAnything GoesHello Dolly!, Saturday Night Fever and Nice Work If You Can Get It. Major love and gratitude to family and friends that have supported me along the way — you’re the best.

GREG KALAFATAS (Admiral Boom/Bank Chairman) doesn’t like talking about himself in the third person, so he’s going to stop now! I’m returning to Arizona Broadway Theatre for my fifth production and couldn’t be happier to be back.  If I look familiar, maybe you caught my performance as Franz in The Producers or, most recently, Chef Louis in The Little Mermaid... or maybe I just look like someone you know! Thanks to Cassandra, Kiel and Kurtis along with everyone here at ABT, my family, and friends for all the love and support. gregkalafatas.com

RENEE KATHLEEN KOHER (Mary Poppins) is beyond excited to be a part of this beautiful show! Bringing one of her all-time favorite Disney characters to life, for ABTs 100th production, is truly a dream come true! This will mark Renee’s 21st mainstage production at ABT. Some of her favorites include: Kiss Me, Kate (Lily/Katherine), A Christmas Carol (Ghost of Christmas Past), Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Doatsy Mae), Camelot (Nimue/Morgan LeFay), Carousel (Mrs. Mullins), Fiddler on the Roof (Fruma Sarah), Rock Of Ages, Hair, Disney’s the Little Mermaid, Disney’s Tarzan, and most recently The Bridges of  Madison County. Other favorite Regional credits include: The Marvelous Wonderettes (Missy), Cabaret (Sally Bowles), 9 to 5 (Violet), Pippin (Fastrata), Godspell, and Sister Act. Renee has worked for multiple years with Disney Cruise Line and Tokyo Disney Resort as a singer and aerialist in multiple shows on the high seas and in Japan. A huge thank you to Mom, Dad, and Ryan for always supporting her dreams and helping them come true; to Cass, Kiel and Kurtis for giving her this gift that is Mary, and for being such an incredible family; to Clayton and JR for being our fearless leaders, and bringing this world to life; and to this amazing cast, crew and production team for all the magic and incredible talent you bring to this show. BUNNY!! www.reneekathleenkoher.com

AARON McCASKILL (Michael Banks) is 11yrs old and in 7th grade. He is home-schooled and enjoys playing the piano, dancing, cooking and reading.  Aaron has performed throughout the valley including at Valley Youth Theater in A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tale (Piglet). His other productions include Madagascar (Foosa) at Queen Creek Performing Arts; Robin Hood and His Merry Men (Kevin), All Shook Up (Dennis), and Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr. (Ching Ho), all at Actors Youth Theater. Aaron loves being on stage and is excited to be a part of Mary Poppins at ABT.

CHRIS McNIFF (Bert) is S-U-P-E-R excited to be playing one of his dream roles this summer at ABT! He was most recently seen in his second year on the National Tour of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, directed and choreographed by Randy Skinner. He was also seen on the 2015 National Tour of Memphis. Regional credits include Stages St. Louis, Arkansas Rep, Northern Stage, Music Theatre of CT, Artpark, and New London Barn Playhouse. Chris is also a choreographer, and has choreographed shows in college, at two regional theaters, as well as for a program in Shanghai, China. He has a BFA in Music Theatre from Elon University in North Carolina. He’d like to thank his parents, his sister Cara, Mama, his friends, and everyone else who has helped him along the way. “In this whole wide world, there’s no ‘appier bloke.” Now, let’s go fly a kite! www.chrismcniff.com

MELISSA MITCHELL (Miss Lark/Mrs. Banks cover) hails from San Diego, but now calls NYC home. Previous ABT credits include Legally Blonde (Gaelan/Elle us*perf), Whorehouse (Eloise), and Shrek (Humpty/Fiona/Dragon us*perf). Regional credits include A Christmas Carol at North Shore Music Theatre, Sister Act at The Palace Theatre, and several shows with Prather Entertainment. She would like to thank Cass, Kurtis, Kiel, and Rob for the opportunity, her bestie Liz for all her love, and her family for their never-wavering support and love. Jer 29:11 www.melissasmitchell.com

CONNER MORLEY (Robertson Ay) is so excited to be at Arizona Broadway Theatre for another summer! He was last seen on stage in ABT’s productions of Beauty and the Beast and Shrek!The Musical. He will be heading into his senior year at The University of Arizona in the fall as a BFA Musical Theatre Major. At UofA, he was recently seen in Addams Family (Dance Captain) and The Pajama Game (Prez/Steam Heat). He would like to thank his professors for their help, his friends for their love and support, and his mom, dad, and brother who are always there for him. I couldn’t do this without you guys, much love. Follow his journey on Instagram – @connerrm

GRACIE PALMER (Jane Banks) Gracie’s first love is acting – anywhere, anyhow.  She was last seen playing the spunky Vivian in Starlight Community Theater’s presentation of Revenge of the Space Pandas as an acrobatic equestrian circus performer – Cornelia – at Pinnacle Creative Arts, and the energetic, acrobatic, Unicorn in Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe at Theaterworks. When not performing on the theatrical stage, Gracie studies all forms of dance, practices Kung Fu and takes piano, singing, and acting lessons and sings in her church choir.  Gracie loves school – especially writing (fiction), participates in advanced mathematics programs, and loves to play at the park with her siblings and friends.

JAMIE PARNELL (Mr. George Banks) a native of Montana, is delighted to be spending the winter once more with ABT. Jamie, who studied voice performance and has a BA in Theatre from the University of Montana, performed for the first time on the ABT stage in the 2009 production of A Christmas Carol as Young Marley. Since then he has been lucky enough to work with them in Phantom, Footloose, and as Vittorio Vidal in Sweet Charity. Having spent Season 12 in ABT productions of Funny Girl (Nick Arnstein), Camelot (Lancelot), Oliver!, and Jesus Christ Superstar, Jamie is looking forward to a shift in gears and to helping to bring this classic show to Phoenix audiences.

EMILY RHEIN (Katie Nanna/Miss Smythe/Queen Victoria) is thrilled to be back at Arizona Broadway Theatre! Past ABT credits include Funny Girl (Ensemble, u/s Fanny Brice) & A Christmas Story (Ensemble/Dance Captain, u/s Miss Shields). National tours: A Christmas Story (with my “Blondie” Ralphie, Tristan Klaphake!). Regional favorites: 42nd Street, Little Women the Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Hairspray. BFA Musical Theatre from Western Illinois University. “All my love to my wonderfully supportive family & friends and endless thanks to the entire ABT family and Prevail Artist Management. For Tori; practically perfect in every way.” www.emilyrhein.com @EmRhein

ERIC WATERS (Von Hussler) is thrilled to make his Arizona Broadway Theatre debut with this practically perfect cast! A Texas native now based in New York, Eric is a proud graduate of Coastal Carolina Universities BFA Musical Theatre Program. Regional; Mary Poppins (Broadway Palm, FL), South Pacific (The Fireside Theatre, WI), Spamalot, and Damn Yankees (Sharon Playhouse, CT), 9 to 5Young Frankenstein, and Kiss Me, Kate (Weathervane Theatre, NH). Special thanks to every member of the Arizona Broadway Theatre family for helping to make magic possible! “Go and chase your dreams, you won’t regret it. Anything can happen if you let it.”

KARA ZIRINGER (Ensemble/Mary Poppins cover) is thrilled to be returning to the ABT stage! She graduated from the Florida State University in May of 2016 and has been living in New York City ever since. Her previous ABT credits include Showboat (Ensemble/Magnolia Cover) and A Christmas Carol (Ensemble) at the Herberger Theatre Center! Other favorite credits include: A Chorus Line (Maggie), Into the Woods (Rapunzel), Legally Blonde (Serena), and Young Frankenstein (Dance Captain/Ensemble).  She would like to thank her family and friends for their unwavering love and support. Enjoy the show!

The Bridges of Madison County Cast

LYDA ARMISTEAD (Carolyn) is honored to return to Arizona Broadway Theatre as Carolyn! ABT credits include A Christmas Carol (Grace Smythe/Fan), Oliver (Fagin’s Gang), 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 Pippin (Player), Annie Jr. (Annie), Sound of Music (Maria), Beauty and the Beast Jr. (Cogsworth), and others.  Special thanks to Allison Houston, Renee Werkheiser, Melany Lange, and Mr. B!

CHAE CLEARWOOD (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her ABT debut this season!  Her favorite credits include Dyanne in Million Dollar Quartet, Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Rizzo in Grease, and Dolly in One Man, Two Guvnors.  Originally a Billings, Montana, native, Chae now resides in New York City where she recently graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA).  She also holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Montana State University, Billings.  Chae would like to thank the numerous friends and family who have supported her dreams and ambitions over the years, without which none of this would be possible.

CASSANDRA KLAPHAKE (Francesca) 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 and Ursula in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, 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 (Chiara/Ensemble) is so excited to be a part of this amazing show! Recent ABT credits include Hair (Marjorie/Mother), A Christmas Carol (Christmas Past), Oliver! (Mrs. Sowerberry), Camelot (Nimue/Morgan LeFey), Best Little Whorehouse (Doatsy Mae), Kiss Me, Kate (Lilly/Katherine), Showboat, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and many more. Other credits include The Marvelous Wonderettes (Missy), Godspell (Peggy), 9 to 5 (Violet), Pippin (Fastrata), Sister Act, Disney’s Beauty and The Beast, Tokyo Disney Resort and Disney Cruise Line. Huge thanks to Mom, Dad, Ryan, Cass, Kiel, Kurtis, Josh, and BUNNY for being the most supportive team a girl could ask for! www.reneekathleenkoher.com

NICHOLAS KUHN (Ensemble) is beyond thrilled to be back at Arizona Broadway Theatre! Favorite ABT credits include Hair (Hubert/Steve), A Christmas Carol (Fred), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Ensemble/Gaston cover), Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Ensemble/Eric Cover), Camelot (Sir Lionel), Oliver! (Ensemble). Other credits: Godspell (Artistree Music Theatre Festival), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (The Palace Theatre), My Fair Lady, South Pacific (Mac Haydn theatre), Whoopee!, America’s Sweethearts (Musicals Tonight!). Nick would love to thank Cass, Kiel, Kurtis, Rob, and all the people who make up the ABT family for the wonderful opportunity. And, as always, a huge shout out to his family, friends, and wonderful girlfriend, Renée, for all their undying support! www.nicholaskuhn.com

KAITLIN LAWRENCE (Marian/State Fair Singer) is thrilled to be making her ABT debut! Recent national tours include 42nd Street (Dorothy), California Dreaming (Mama Cass), Cirque Dreams Holidaze (Ice Queen). Favorite Regional credits include Mary Poppins (Mrs. Banks), Steel Magnolias (Shelby), and several summers at Cabin Nite Dinner Theatre in Denali, Alaska. Kaitlin has a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Florida. She is a passionate yogi, teaching private and group classes in NYC and beyond. She’s also got jokes, folks!  Stop by and say hello: www.kaitlinlawrence.com

BRYANT MARTIN (Robert) is thrilled to be making his ABT debut!  Favorite credits include Gideon in the Regional Premier of Sting’s The Last Ship at Pioneer Theatre, Curly in Oklahoma at several places, Gaston in Beauty and the Beast at Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and Philippe de Chandon in Phantom at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera.  TV:  Quantico, Forever, The Jack and Triumph Show.  Thanks to everyone here at ABT, The TalentHouse, Jim, Mom and Dad, the love of my life Steph, and to my savior.  www.bryant-martin.com

CAROLYN McPHEE (Marge) is crazy excited to share the stage with some of her most favorite people and the talented Danny Gorman as our fearless leader!  Since moving back to The Valley from Texas, Carolyn has been kept busy by ABT, most recently in Hands on A Hardbody (Virginia). Carolyn has been here since Season 1 in And the World Goes ‘Round.  Some favorites are A Christmas Story (Mother), Church Basement Ladies (Karin), 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 the 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 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.

ANDY MEYERS (Bud) is happy to be back at ABT, having most recently directed South Pacific and appeared as Sancho in Man of La Mancha and Fezziwig in A Christmas Carol.  Other favorite ABT credits include Jean Shepherd (Narrator) in A Christmas Story, Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar, Mr. Snow in Carousel, Oscar in Sweet Charity, Uncle Max in Sound of Music and Ernst in Cabaret, as well as directing Oliver!, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, The Secret Garden, The King and I (winner of 9 Broadway Awards, including Best Director) and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, among many others.  As an actor, he has appeared in the national tours of Annie and Bus Stop and played Dick in the 35th Anniversary Off-Broadway revival of Dames at Sea.  Andy is the artistic director of Fort Peck Summer Theatre in his home state of Montana and was previously Managing Director for Performing Arts at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, NY.  He is a graduate of Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Boston, Wagner College in NYC and holds his Masters in Music from University of Montana.

NICK MILLER (Ensemble) is thrilled to be in the cast of Arizona Broadway Theatre’s The Bridges of Madison County! A Minnesota native, Nick is currently based in New York City where he has been seen in local musical and operatic productions. Recent credits include Passion and Martha (Rizzoli and Plunkett respectively) with Utopia opera, Oklahoma! (Ike Skidmore and Jud Fry) with the Engeman Theater, Sir John in Love (George Page) with the Bronx Opera, and A Little Night Music (Count Carl-Magnus) with the Manhattan School of Music.

MELISSA MITCHELL (Ensemble) is thrilled to make her return to the ABT stage! She hails from San Diego, but now calls NYC home. Previous ABT credits include Legally Blonde (Gaelan/Elle us*perf), Whorehouse (Eloise), and Shrek (Humpty/Fiona/Dragon us*perf). Regional credits include A Christmas Carol at North Shore Music Theatre, Sister Act at The Palace Theatre, and several shows with Prather Entertainment. She would like to thank Cass, Kurtis, Kiel, and Rob for the opportunity, her bestie Liz for all her love, and her family for their never-wavering support and love. Jer 29:11 www.melissasmitchell.com

DEVON POLICCI (Michael) is a 17-year-old senior at Chandler Early College. He is a 5-star national honor thespian in the International Thespian Society. His latest credits included A Chorus Line as Greg and Pippin as Pippin.  He was also seen as Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Dewey Finn in School of Rock. He is a two-time national qualifier for musical theatre, and he is happy to finally be working with ABT.

JOE VENTRICELLI (Ensemble) is delighted to be performing at Arizona Broadway Theatre. Credits include OFF-BROADWAY: Sleep No More (Man in Bar). NATIONAL TOUR: Joseph and the Amazing… (Pharaoh/Levi). NYC FRINGE: Saints! (co-writer, performer). REGIONAL: She Loves Me (Headwaiter); Ragtime (Houdini); Godspell (John the Baptist/Judas); Camelot (Lancelot); The Baker’s Wife (Barnaby); The Drowsy Chaperone (Robert); Fiddler on the Roof (Mordcha). Joe would like to thank his family, friends, girlfriend, and all with whom he’s worked over the years. Never forget: no one does it alone. Thank you to them all.

CALLISTA WALKER (Carolyn) is elated to be performing at ABT once again!  Previous ABT performances include A Christmas Story (Esther Jane), Shrek (Young Fiona), White Christmas (Susan Waverly), Peter Pan (Michael Darling), Oliver! (Fagin’s gang), and Annie (Molly).  Some of Callista’s favorite performances around town are The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy) at Copperwood Elementary School, The Secret Garden (Mary Lennox) with PUSD, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr (Cheshire Cat), and Narnia, the Musical (Lucy) at Spotlight Youth Theatre.  Callista would like to thank Cass and Kiel, Kurtis, Renée, Steven, Kenny, and her family and friends for their encouragement.

ROB WATSON (Charlie) is pleased as punch to be a part of this beautiful show. A University of Dayton graduate with degrees in Theatre and Religious Studies, Rob normally remains behind the scenes as ABT’s Company Manager. Previous credits include Hands on a Hardbody (Don Curtis/Dr. Stokes), Rock of Ages (Dennis), Annie Get Your Gun (Frank Butler), Sound of Music (Georg von Trapp), The Music Man (Harold Hill), Brigadoon (Jeff Douglas – AriZoni nomination), Pump Boys and Dinettes (Jim), The Secret Garden (Neville Craven), The Fantasticks (El Gallo), and City of Angels (Stone). Thanks again to Cassandra, Kiel, and Kurtis. Rob’s favorite time of day is 5:37!

Meet the Cast of Hair!

CHANEL BRAGG (Betsy/Tribe) is no stranger to the ABT stage. She was last seen here as one of four Mary Magdalenes in Jesus Christ Superstar! Chanel is proudly an Equity Membership Candidate, and her favorite roles include Effie in Dreamgirls, Medda Larkin in Newsies, Justice in Rock of Ages, Kala in Tarzan, Joanne in Rent, Jewel in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and Ruth in A Raisin in the Sun. When not on stage, Chanel is a teaching artist and co-creator of the Soul of Broadway Cabaret Troupe. She also lends supporting vocals to the Phoenix Afro Beat Orchestra. Chanel is also the founder of the United Colours of Arizona Theatre Inc., which endeavors to educate and network on behalf of artists of color in an effort to continue to diversify our great theatre community. Many thanks to Kurtis for his artful direction. I am blessed to create a tribe with this beautiful group of individuals telling a story that’s still relevant today. Peace. Love. Light.

CHAZ ALEXANDER COFFIN (Ronny/Tribe) is thrilled to be making his ABT debut in Hair! Some of his favorite credits include Dreamgirls (C.C. White), Shrek (Donkey), Grease (Teen Angel), Sister Act (TJ), Las Meninas (Nabo), RENT (Benny, Angel U/S), and Machinal (Helen’s Lover). Chaz is a very proud graduate of East Carolina University. He would like to thank God, his family, ECU, ABT, and everyone else who has helped him learn, grow, and reach his next level. www.chazalexandercoffin.com

RYAN CRIMMINS (Claude) is psyched to return to the ABT stage in HAIR! Previous ABT roles include Joseph (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat), Freddie (My Fair Lady), and Corny Collins (Hairspray). Tour/ Regional credits: Stacee Jaxx (Rock of Ages), Joey Primo (Rock of Ages), Link (Hairspray), Roger (RENT), Seymour (Little Shop of Horrors). Ryan lives and works in New York City, and spends as much time as possible working on his farmhouse in The Adirondack Mountains. Thanks to all the friends and family who made it out to sunny AZ! Love to Mom, Dad, and Adam.

JOSEPH DePIETRO (Woof) a native New Yorker, is excited to escape the Northeast cold and let the sun shine with this beautiful tribe here in sunny Arizona. Joseph last appeared at ABT as Young Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. Favorite credits include Rutledge in 1776, Jack in Into the Woods, and Henrik in A Little Night Music. Joseph recently completed a world voyage as a Production Singer aboard Cunard’s Queen Mary 2, where he traveled Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Thanks to the Cass, Kiel, and Kurty for this glorious experience, and all my love to the best family and friends in the world.

TRISHA HART DITSWORTH (Crissy) couldn’t be happier to be part of this show with many friends who feel like family. 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). Phoenix Theatre credits: Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins), Sarah (The Toxic Avenger), Percy (The Spitfire Grill), Catherine (Pippin), Hope (Anything Goes), and 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! www.trishaditsworth.com

LYNZEE 4MAN (Jeanie) is thrilled to be back here at Arizona Broadway Theatre! Lynzee was last seen at ABT as Brooke Wyndham in Legally Blonde and also appeared recently at Phoenix Theatre as Daniela in In The Heights and June in Chicago. Some of her favorite roles include: Erma in Anything Goes (Phoenix Theatre), Lina Lamont in Singin’ in the Rain, Pippi in The Great American Trailer Park (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 staff for being amazing! The MOST love to her fantastic family and her hubby, Mark. “This one is for you, Den.”

LEON GLOVER (Hiram/Tribe) is excited to join this tribe just in time to celebrate Hair’s 50th year anniversary! Leon teaches Broadway and Beyoncé-themed dance-fitness classes at Broadway Bodies as well as other studios around the NYC/Westchester areas. A few past credits include: RhinocerosBreaking Points (Short Film), Jesus Christ Superstar (ABT), Show Boat (ABT), Spears: The Gospel According to BritneyA Chorus Line and Kiss Me, Kate. Leon dedicates this performance to his mom, Grams. BFA New World School of the Arts

KATIE HART (Sheila) is the most excited about living out her Hair dreams at ABT. She recently moved back to NYC and holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Webster Conservatory. Some credits include Annie/Camelot/Footloose (MUNY St. Louis), Pride@Prejudice (Southwest Shakespeare), Dead Mum in Billy Elliot (Phoenix Theatre), Janis Joplin in Beehive (Phoenix Theatre), and Candy in Saturday Night Fever (ABT). Thank you and love to the ABT family for making this happen, and her family and friends. This one’s for you, Pupps. PEACE!

CODY HERNANDEZ (Walter/Tribe) is thrilled to be back in sunny Arizona for another show at ABT!  Previously, he has been seen in Beauty and the Beast and Jesus Christ Superstar! Other favorite NY productions include the off-Broadway revival of Urinetown and the Drama Desk-nominated Golden Bride. Regionally, Cody has played Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, Demetrius in Midsummer Night’s Dream and Sonny in Grease, to name a few!  Cody would like to thank his friends, family, and Mom, Dad, and Ileana…always.

JOHN KNISPEL (Paul/Tribe) is happy to be in his fourth ABT production this season having previously been seen in Show Boat, A Christmas Carol @ HTC and Man of La Mancha. His favorite credits include Elvis Presley in Million Dollar Quartet, Ritchie Valens in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Lord Farquaad in Shrek The Musical, Princeton in Avenue Q, as well as Music Director of the University of Montana’s 2015 production of A Chorus Line. A Billings, Montana, native, John graduated from the University of Montana with degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Education. John would like to give a huge thank you to his family, Paul, Berta, Jessica, and Anica for being so supportive over the years.

RENÉE KATHLEEN KOHER (Marjorie/Mother) is so excited to be a part of this amazing show!  It is one of her favorite shows, and she can’t wait to share peace and love to the patrons of ABT! Recent ABT credits include A Christmas Carol (Christmas Past), Oliver (Mrs. Sourberry), Camelot ( Nimue/Morgan LeFey), Best Little Whorehouse ( Doatsy Mae), Kiss Me, Kate ( Lilly/Katherine), Show Boat, Disney’s Beauty and The Beast, and many more. Other credits include The Marvelous Wonderettes (Missy), Godspell (Peggy), 9 to 5 (Violet) Pippen (Fastrata), Sister Act, Disney’s Beauty and The Beast, Tokyo Disney Resort and Disney Cruise Line. Huge thanks to Mom, Dad, Ryan, Cass, Kiel, Kurtis, Josh, and BUNNY for being the most supportive team a girl could ask for! reneekathleenkoher.com

NICK KUHN (Hubert/Steve) is beyond thrilled to be back at Arizona Broadway Theatre! Favorite ABT credits include A Christmas Carol (Fred), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Ensemble/Gaston cover), Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Ensemble/Eric Cover), Camelot (Sir Lionel), Oliver! (Ensemble). Other credits: Godspell (Artistree Music Theatre Festival), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (The Palace Theatre), My Fair Lady, South Pacific (Mac Haydn theatre), Whoopee!, and America’s Sweethearts (Musicals Tonight!). Nick would love to thank Cass, Kiel, Kurtis, Rob, and all the people who make up the ABT family for the wonderful opportunity. And, as always, a huge shout out to his family, friends, and wonderful girlfriend, Renée, for all their undying support! nicholaskuhn.com

R.J. MAGEE (Margaret Mead/Ricky) is beyond thrilled to make his Arizona Broadway Theatre debut. RJ has been fortunate to perform across the country with various professional theater companies including the Roxy Regional Theatre, Tibbits Opera House, Broward Stage Door Theatre, Cornwell’s Dinner Theatre, Broadway Palm Theatre, Musicals Tonight, Isis Productions, New City Stage Company, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the award-winning entertainment department at Dollywood, and more. RJ is a graduate of the prestigious drama programs at Interlochen Arts Academy and Temple University, respectively. He sends a heartfelt thank you to Klaphake family and Kurtis Overby for this incredible opportunity.

CLAXTON RABB III (Hud) is thrilled to be back on the ABT stage, groovin’ with this exceptional cast! His most recent credits include Three Little Birds (2nd National Tour). Regional: Show Boat (Stevedore/Ensemble), Choir Boy (David Heard), Jesus Christ Superstar (Peter), 8 by Dustin Lance Black (Spencer), Freedom Summer (James Forman). Collegiate: RENT (Angel), A Year with Frog and Toad (Toad), Spring Awakening (Otto), and The Rocky Horror Show (Phantom). Proud graduate with honors from American University, BA Musical Theatre. All the love and thanks to my family and my tribe for their endless support, as well as the entire team here at ABT! www.claxtonrabb.com Instagram: @claxtonrabb #ownyourhappiness

DAYNA RICHARDSON (Dionne) is ecstatic to join the cast and production of Hair. She is originally from Texas, receiving her BA in Communications with an emphasis in Music from Baylor University. She spent the past year on the Disney Dream portraying characters like Rafiki and Maleficent. Some of her other past productions include Smokey Joe’s Café, Caroline, or Change, and Hairspray. She was fortunate to be a part of The Original USA Gospel Singers, a five-country, European Gospel Tour. She is also currently singing with the funk/soul band, Orange Burn, around NYC.

ADRIAN RIFAT (Berger) a New York-based actor, is super-stony-switchy-ony-flippy-outy to be making his Arizona Broadway debut! Most recent credits include RagTag Theatre Company’s Cinderella (off-Broadway Alliance recipient for Best Family Show), The Gallery Player’s Marry Me a Little (Woman), and the titular character in Kit Goldstein Grant’s The Nose. He would like to thank all of the muses in his life and dedicate this performance to his late grandfather. LET’S PLAY! adrianrifat.com

CORINNE SCOTT (Mary/Tribe) is excited to make her Arizona Broadway debut with Hair! Other credits include Godspell and Man of La Mancha (WBT), In the Heights (Front Porch Theatricals), Sister Act (WPPAC), Mary Poppins (Prather), South Pacific (Fireside Theatre), and By The Way, Meet Vera Stark (The REP – Pittsburgh Playhouse). BA Point Park University 2014. Endless thanks to Mom and Dad for their love and support.

MEGGIE SIEGRIST (Suzannah/Tribe) couldn’t be happier to let the sun shine in on her favorite stage in Arizona. She was seen recently in Show Boat, South Pacific and Man of La Mancha and appeared in Oliver!Jesus Christ Superstar, and A Christmas Story in season 12.  She would like to give a huge shout out to Cass, Kiel, and Kurtis for giving her opportunities to work hard and try new things on stage. She would also like to give a huge thanks to everyone who was involved in the process and who constantly make ABT feel like home. How dare they try to change this beauty.

JORDAN YABUT (Natalie/Tribe) is a New York-based actor originally from the small town of Pelham, New Hampshire. She has been dancing for seventeen years, majoring in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop, and pointe. She is a recent graduate of the  American Musical and Dramatics Academy from their integrated program. Her most recent
projects were THML Theatre Company & In Our Words production of Cagebirds, and she
made her Off-Broadway debut in Literally Alive’s production of Treasure Island. Some of Jordan’s favorite past roles were Pilar in Legally Blonde and Pocahontas in The Legend of Pocahontas. Jordan is so excited to be a part of this amazing production with such a talented group of artists and visionaries. Follow Jordan on social media to keep up with her NY work and adventures! FB: JordanMYabut, Instagram: jordanmyabut

LIANE “LU” ZIELINSKI (Linda/Tribe) is thrilled to be making her ABT debut! Recently, Liane was seen in The Theater Barn’s productions of Nunsense (Sister Mary Amnesia), Godspell (Day by Day Soloist), and Guys and Dolls (Hot Box Dancer/ Adelaide u/s). Previous credits include Jenny Wiley Theatre’s Mary Poppins (Mrs. Corry/ Mary u/s), 9 to 5 (Maria Delgato/ Co-Choreographer credit), The Velveteen Rabbit (Boat/ Wild Rabbit), the Forestburgh Playhouse’s Baskerville (Actress 1), Rocky Horror Show (Columbia), Young Frankenstein (Elizabeth Benning) and To Kill a Mockingbird (Jean Louise). Proud graduate of Marymount Manhattan College. Thank you to my incredible family for your never-ending love and support!!

Arizona Broadway Theatre is growing up – and out!

West Valley Theatre announces expansion of existing Encore Room space to advance programming, community accessibility and engagement

Arizona Broadway Theatre (ABT), Arizona’s Leader in Musical Theatre and the Valley of the Sun’s highest attended LIVE theatrical venue, announced plans to expand their existing 1,000 square foot multi-purpose Encore Room to a 3,500 plus square foot hi-tech multi-media performance, banquet and conference space. By doubling the existing footprint, ABT will be able to offer Valley arts enthusiasts a more diverse and varied roster of shows, concerts, guest artists and special events as well as provide much-needed banquet, conference and seminar meeting space for West Valley businesses, associations and organizations.

“As one of the Valley’s premier arts organizations and West Valley entertainment destination, it goes without saying that today is a very special day for ABT,” said Brad York, ABT’s Director of Marketing. “But perhaps most exciting for me is what this new space will mean for the variety of diverse programming we’ll soon be able to offer as part of the ever growing ‘ABT Experience.’ There’s a lot to look forward to!”

In the 12 years since opening its doors in the Phoenix market on November 5, 2005, ABT has grown to be a nationally recognized producer of Musical Theatre – drawing top talent to the Valley of The Sun from New York City and from the vast pool of exceptional talent here in Arizona. Through its Mainstage shows, Theatre for Young Audiences and Academy for Young Performers programs, as well as through special events and banquet bookings, ABT has seen over 900 thousand patrons pass through its doors.

“To be able to further diversify our existing programming beyond the big, bold, classic Broadway-style Musical Theatre productions we’ve become known for to a more eclectic and wide-ranging mix of programming is beyond exciting,” said Kiel Klaphake, ABT’s Executive Producer and co-Founder. “The expansion of our Encore Room has been a long time in the planning, and now it’s here. I couldn’t be more excited for our team, our patrons, and for the city of Peoria.”

Ground breaking is scheduled for late August 2017 with a tentative completion of construction set for early 2018.

For more information, please contact ABT’s Marketing Department at 623-776-8400 x127.