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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!

BROADWAY BALL BENEFITS ARIZONA BROADWAY THEATRE 

Fourth annual event raises awareness of and funds for the performing arts at ABT

Arizona Broadway Theatre (ABT), the Valley leader in musical theatre, hosted its Fourth Annual Broadway Ball on March 4, 2017, raising more than $100,000 for the nonprofit performing arts organization.

The formal event was attended by arts-minded donors and supporters and sponsored by some of the West Valley’s leading names in philanthropic support including Season 12 and “Times Square” level event sponsor Arrowhead Cadillac and “Tony Award” level sponsor TC Schuttler. Other sponsors included the Arizona Coyotes Foundation, Arrowhead Dermatology and the Honorable Cathy Carlat, Mayor of the City of Peoria.

“It is more important than ever that we continue to raise awareness about why arts funding is so crucial. Professional arts programs benefit artists, patrons, children, and everyone in the community,” said Ellen Versen, Development Director at Arizona Broadway Theatre. “We are extremely grateful to our community partners who stepped up this year to sponsor such an exquisite event in support of the arts at ABT.”

Ball guests enjoyed a cocktail hour in the theatre’s lobby followed by a three-course meal created by ABT Executive Chef Erik Angelo. Silent and live auctions, raffle opportunities and a wine pull offered friendly rivalry among guests. The live auction featured unique experiences including cooking classes in the ABT kitchen, a Disney’s Beauty and the Beast birthday party for 12 during ABT’s production of the show and a “Queen + Adam Lambert” rock ‘n’ roll experience for six. Members of the all-volunteer Broadway Ball committee, led by co-chairs Sharon Jarnagin and Michele Meewes, were on hand to welcome guests and oversee the successful event.

Kiel and Cassandra Klaphake, Producers and Co-founders of the Arizona Broadway Theatre, spoke on behalf of the organization and introduced live entertainment representative of ABT’s Mainstage and children’s programming including previews of Jesus Christ Superstar and Man of La Mancha. The evening brought attention to the impact ABT has had on residents and visitors to the Valley of the Sun for nearly 12 years as one of Arizona’s premiere performing arts destinations.

The date of the Fifth Annual Broadway Ball has been tentatively set for Saturday, March 3, 2018. For more information about ABT and The Broadway Ball, please call the ABT Development Office at (623) 707-8842 or visit azbroadway.org.

Broadway Ball Co-chairs Michele Meewes and Sharon Jarnagin

Fourth Annual Broadway Ball Committee

CEO & Executive Producer Kiel Klaphake