Meet the Cast of Sister Act!
ALYSSA ARMSTRONG (Ensemble) is 17 years old and a recent graduate of Centennial High School. She is excited to be back on stage at Arizona Broadway Theatre and part of this incredible show! Alyssa has been performing throughout the valley over the past 10 years and received a National Youth Arts Award for her role as Catherine in Pippin (Spotlight Youth Theatre). Other favorite roles include Ariel in Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Desert Stages Theatre) and Toula in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Spotlight Youth Theatre). She is also a member of Arizona Broadway Theatre’s elite performance group, Sonic Revolution/HyRev. Alyssa would like to thank Cassandra Klaphake, Kurtis Overby, Stephen Casey, Nathaniel Beliveau, and her friends and family for their constant support on this journey, and this amazing cast!
MATRAVIUS AVENT (Curtis) is elated to make his ABT debut in Sister Act! He’s even more excited to be home in Arizona and sharing the stage with his lovely wife, Trisha Hart Ditsworth. International: Big Band Beat – Tokyo Disney Resort. Regional favorites: Rent, Swing, Les Misérables, Memphis, Jekyll & Hyde, Passing Strange. BM, University of Denver; MM, Arizona State. Matravius sends love and thanks to Trisha and the fam. www.matravius.com @matravius
BLAIR BEASLEY (Michelle) is very excited to be back at Arizona Broadway Theatre! She was previously in ABT’s production of MAMMA MIA! (Patrice/Rosie u/s), Jesus Christ Superstar (Disciple), South Pacific (Bloody Mary u/s) and Showboat (Stevedor Gal). Off-Broadway: Urinetown: The Musical (Revival) (Little Becky Two Shoes, American Theatre of Actors). Regional: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Madame/Congregation, The Ogunquit Playhouse), South Pacific (Bloody Mary u/s, Drury Lane Theatre), Footloose (Wendy Jo, Eldorado Resort Casino). Other credits include: RENT (Seasons of Love Soloist), The Wedding Singer (Holly). BFA Acting from Syracuse University. She would like to thank her family, close friends and her Nana for their limitless love and support.
DOMENEQUE CLAUDE (Sister Mary Patrick) is thrilled to be making her debut at Arizona Broadway Theatre! Currently residing in NYC, she holds a BA in Theatre Performance from Marymount Manhattan College. Recent credits include Hairspray (Shelley, Brooklyn Players). NYC Concerts: Lindsay Mendez & RSO’s Actor’s Therapy at 54 Below, Les Mis: Broadway Dreams at Broadway In Bryant Park. All thanks go to God, Mama, teachers, family, friends and their families for their full encouragement, love, and support. Jeremiah 29:11 Follow her @domenequeclaude | domenequeclaude.com
JAZLYNN DAMASCO (Ensemble) is so excited to be in this wonderful production. She started out in the ABT Youth Academy Camps (The Little Mermaid Jr and Shrek the Musical Jr). Some past credits include Elf Jr, Mulan Jr (Mulan; ariZoni and NYA nominee), and Oliver. Jazlynn is also a part of ABT’s elite performance group, HyRev. She would like to thank Cass, Kurtis, cast and crew for this amazing opportunity. And a special thank you to her family and friends for their encouragement and loving support. Enjoy the show!
CHRISTIE DABREAU (Tina) is ecstatic to be joining Arizona Broadway Theatre again. Other past shows include Guys and Dolls (Ensemble), Kiss Me, Kate (Lois Lane), Legally Blonde (Margot), My Way (Woman #2), Singin’ in the Rain (Kathy Seldon u/s), and Broadway’s recent Head Over Heels (OSF workshop)! Special thanks to my Mom, Dad, and Big Bud for the infinite love, support, and music. Shine bright, everyone!
TRISHA HART DITSWORTH (Sister Mary Robert) is ecstatic to be a part of this show! Most recently she played Sarah Brown here in Guys and Dolls. Favorite credits: Maria (The Sound of Music), Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins), Fanny Brice (Funny Girl), Johanna (Sweeney Todd), Martha (The Secret Garden), Percy (The Spitfire Grill), Crissy (Hair), Penny (Hairspray), Pickles (Trailer Park), Annabel (Lucky Stiff), Sarah (The Toxic Avenger), Catherine (Pippin), Enid (Legally Blonde), Caroline (Titanic), Eden (Bullets Over Broadway), Lucinda (Ella Enchanted). She has a BFA in Musical Theater from the University of Arizona and now resides in Phoenix where she spends free time teaching voice and acting lessons. “Thanks to Mom and Dad for your endless love and support!” Trisha could not be more excited to share the stage with her handsome husband, Matravius! www.trishaditsworth.com
LISA FRANKLIN (Mother Superior) is thrilled to be making her ABT debut as Mother Superior. Favorite regional credits include Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music, Reverend Mother in Nuncrackers (she makes a “habit” of playing a nun!!!), Margaret White in Carrie, Velma in Hairspray, Mama Rose in Gypsy, and Marie Lombardi in Lombardi at the Palace Theatre in WI, directed by the Associate Director of Hamilton on Broadway, Patrick Vassel. Lisa is a voice teacher to Broadway’s rising stars. Her students have appeared in the title roles in Matilda and Billy Elliot, Young Alison in Fun Home and numerous other roles on Broadway, national tours, Off-Broadway, regional theatres and Radio City Music Hall. Thanks to her agent, Dave Secor, Bob Cline, Susan Eichorn Young, Charles, and her family. www.lisafranklinonline.com
DARREN FRIEDMAN (Monsignor O’Hara) is proud to be making his tenth appearance with ABT. Originally from Edison, NJ, Darren has been residing in Phoenix for the past 20 years. Mr. Friedman is experienced in performing and teaching both classical and Musical Theatre repertoire. He has performed with the Arizona Opera, Phoenix Theatre, Herberger Theater, AZ Jewish Theatre, and, most recently, Arizona Regional Theatre. Mr. Friedman earned his BA from ASU in Vocal Performance, a MM in Musical Theatre from the Boston Conservatory, and is a certified, nationally accredited teacher of music specializing in Voice. Show credits include Into the Woods, Working, Miss Saigon, Kiss Me, Kate, Sunset Blvd, Secret Garden, Songs for a New World, and As Bees in Honey Drown. Darren would like to express his gratitude to the ABT artistic staff for having him be a part of Sister Act. I love ABT… it feels like home.
ALAN GONZALEZ (Pablo) is ecstatic to be making his ABT DEBUT! A puppeteer and self-proclaimed “good mover” originally from El Paso, TX, he lives in NYC with his husband and is glad to make it back to the Southwest! Alan’s favorite roles include Sir (Side Show), Bobby (Cabaret), Rod (Avenue Q), Fighting Prawn (Peter and the Starcatcher), and Charlie Brown (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown). Thanks to ABT, Chino, and my chosen family! @aeonalan07
LARON LEE HUDSON (Tj) So happy to be back at ABT for my 3rd show. Previous credits include South Pacific and Hands on a Hardbody. Tours and Regional credits include No Easy Road to Freedom, West Side Story, Home for the Holidays, Full Monty, Ragtime, Rock of Ages, American Idiot, Mary Poppins and Will Rogers Follies. Off and Off-off Broadway credits: Lysisarah, Christmas Carol, and Animal Story. #staymoisturized #hydrated #love
WILLIE MARTE (Ernie) s thrilled to be making his ABT debut! Past credits include: Piraguero (In the Heights), Lyons (Fences), Pablo (Sister Act), Ken (Smokey Joe’s Cafe). “Special thanks to the cast and crew, my friends and family for their continued support, and thanks to Roslyn for your endless love. Los amo a todos!”
MATTHEW MELLO (Joey) Hello, Peoria!! Matt is glad to be back at ABT with this talented cast. Matt is now a local Peorian. He is excited to be here on the regular! This is his seventh and hopefully not last production with ABT. Other ABT roles include Gomez Addams – Alternate in Addams Family, Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls, J. Bruce Ismay in Titanic, Hanratty in Catch Me If You Can, Pontius Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar, and Lonny in Rock of Ages. He is excited to start this new chapter in his life with his wife Dana and son Aiden. Matt would like to thank his family, Cassandra Klaphake, Kiel 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.”
KATHI OSBORNE (Sister Mary Lazarus) is happy to be back at ABT. She is native New Yorker with over 500 shows under her belt. Kathi earned her equity card at the age of nine while performing at The Muny in St. Louis. She has performed with many wonderful actors including Jerry Lewis, Tommy Tune, Vincent Price, Johnny Depp, Tom Hanks, and Twiggy, to name a few. Kathi has had the pleasure of working at Phoenix Theatre, Arizona Broadway, Broadway Palm (30 shows), Hale Theatre Fountain Hills, and the Orpheum where she did Music Man and Singin’ in the Rain. Kathi was last seen at DST where she played Lavora Verona in the Arizona Premier of Disaster. She has been nominated and won many awards including 10 Arizona Theatre of Excellence and 2 Jeff awards in Chicago. Kathi has done commercials, television, national tours, night clubs, and movies, where she met her husband, Larry. Thank you, Cassandra, cast and crew for this exciting role.
JUSTIN EMMANUEL PARKER (Eddie) is elated to make his ABT debut with Sister Act! NYC Credits: Urinetown (Billy Boy Bill / understudy Bobby Strong), Hairspray (Duane). National Tour Credits: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! (O the Owl/ Music Man Stan/ Baker Aker/ King Friday). Regional Credits: The Color Purple (Mister), Scrooge No More (Ghost of Christmas Present), The Full Monty (Horse), Hairspray, Annie, Happy Days (Allenberry Playhouse). He would like to thank God, his family, and his friends for all of the love and drive they gave him. Thank you to Kurtis Overby, cast, and crew. AMDA Alumnus 1 Corinthians 2:9
RACHEL PERIN (Sister Mary Martin-of-Tours) originally hails from Cincinnati “Cincitucky”. Regional Credits: 42nd Street, Damn Yankees, Steel Magnolias, A Chorus Line, Anything Goes, Fiddler on the Roof, A Funny Thing Happened…, How to Succeed.., Best Little Whorehouse, The Will Roger’s Follies, Spamalot, Meet Me In St. Louis, Jesus Christ Superstar, West Side Story, Beauty and the Beast, Annie, Cabaret, Sweet Charity, Les Misérables, First Date, Godspell, Young Frankenstein, The Odd Couple, Fallen Angels. Asian Tour: Lounge at The Edge.
KHADIJAH ROLLE (Deloris Van Cartier) is a native of Miami, FL, and is elated to be making her Arizona Broadway Theatre debut as Miss Deloris Van Cartier! As they say “Third time’s a charm”! She received her high school diploma from New World School of the Arts and her BFA from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. She was last seen in Slow Burn Theater’s Production of the musical Memphis as Felicia Farrell. Other credits include The Marriott Theater of Chicago’s production of Ragtime, covering both Sarah and Sarah’s friend; Little Shop of Horrors (Ronette); Sister Act (Deloris Van Cartier); The Wiz (Dorothy); All Shook Up ( Lorraine); Hair ( Ensemble); The Color Purple (Nettie); The Fulton’s and Maine State Theater Production of Dreamgirls (Ensemble); and Junie B Jones The Musical National Tour (Lucille, Bobby Jean Piper, Jose). When not performing, Khadijah gives back to the community that helped mold her craft by offering and teaching Musical Theater Master Classes to the youth of Miami. She credits her gifts and talents to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She is forever grateful to ABT for the opportunity and dedicates all performances to her loving and supportive family.
TAYLOR UNDERWOOD (Ensemble) is elated to make her Arizona Broadway Theatre debut in Sister Act. Taylor was most recently seen in the Arizona premiere of Tuck Everlasting (Nana) at Valley Youth Theatre, Spotlight Youth Theatre’s production of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, and her high school’s production of Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey II). She would like to thank ABT for this amazing opportunity, and her friends and family for their everlasting love and support.
CHRISTY WELTY (Sister Mary Theresa) is thrilled to be making her debut with ABT in Sister Act. Favorite shows: Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, Anything Goes, Mary Poppins, The Wizard of Oz and La Cage aux Folles. A private voice teacher and associate instructor at ASU in Theatre. I want to thank Cass and Kurtis and this incredible cast: so excited for the fun! Love you Gene.