Past Productions | Cast, Creative Team, & Crew Information

Twelfth Night was filmed at the Forest Roberts Theatre and released to audiences June 25-26, 2021.


Cast List

 

Viola Lilith Kontos
Duke Orsino Griffin Pepin
Olivia Ella Bartlett Filipowicz
Malvolia Teagan Olivia Sturmer
Sir Toby Belch Jacob Laitinen
Sir Andrew Aguecheek Megan Hibbard
Maria Riley Fields
Feste the Clown Ben Filipowicz
Sebastian Nick Salin
Antonio Riley Fields
Captain Megan Hibbard
Valentine/Servant/Priest/Officer Ethan Puisto

Creative Team

 

Director David Wood
Scenic Designer Bill Digneit
Costume Designer Clair Kaminski
Lighting Designer Megan Hibbard
Sound Designer Dan Zini
Director of Photography Dan Zini
Properties Designer Keli Crawford-Truckey
Production Stage Manager Clair Kaminski

Additional Artistic Staff

 

Assistant Directors Lilith Kontos, Teagan Sturmer
Assistant Stage Manager Aubrey Wolck
Editor Dan Zini
Head Seamstress Ann Juidici
Fight Choreographer Jacob Laitinen
Audio Mixer Dan Zini
Board Operator Clair Kaminski
Master Electrician Megan Hibbard
Piano Accompaniment Megan Hibbard
Scenic Artist Keli Crawford-Truckey
Builders and Painters Erin Hope, Clair Kaminski, Lilith Kontos, Aubrey Wolck
Audio 2 Aubrey Wolck
Boom Operator Aubrey Wolck
Rail Operators Jacob Laitinen, Nick Salin
Run Crew Manpreet Chandi, Erin Hope, Aubrey Wolck, Nate Wood

Forest Roberts Theatre Summer Staff

 

Director of Theatre Bill Digneit
Production Manager Bill Digneit
Assistant Production Manager Lilith Kontos
Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Properties Artisan/Manager Keli Crawford-Truckey
Lighting Supervisor Dan Zini
Sound Supervisor Bill Digneit
Marketing Manager Lilith Kontos
Summer Work Crew Megan Hibbard, Erin Hope, Clair Kaminski, Aubrey Wolck

Cast Bios


Lilith Kontos (Viola) received her B.S. in English literature from Northern in 2019 and currently works as the marketing manager and playwriting competition coordinator for the NMU Theatre and Dance Department. Previous roles include Nina in The Seagull (Wolf’s Head Theater Co.), Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Presque Isle Bandshell), Ali in Mamma Mia! (Forest Roberts Theatre), Toby in Sweeney Todd (Forest Roberts Theatre), Annelle in Steel Magnolias (Lake Superior Theatre), and Jan in Grease (Lake Superior Theatre). She is overjoyed to be onstage again, and would like to thank the incredible cast and creative team, as well as her family and friends, for their endless love and support.

Griffin Pepin (Duke Orsino) is beyond excited to share this incredible production with you! He’s been in several shows in both Marquette and Houghton throughout the years including Grease (2017), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2018 and 2019), Mamma Mia! (2019), and most recently I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (2020). Griffin is looking forward to you getting to see all the hard work that this wonderful cast has been putting in. 

Ella Bartlett Filipowicz (Olivia) is a transplant to Marquette where she’s happy to be putting down roots and raising a family. Most recently she has been seen in The Vagina Monologues, Mamma Mia!, as Tamora in Titus Andronicus, and as Mindy in Five Women Wearing the Same Dress. Ella is delighted to have been able to play with this extraordinary cast and crew.

Teagan Olivia Sturmer (Malvolia) is a Marquette local and NMU creative writing alumna. She is a middle grade and young adult author represented by Amy Giuffrida of the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency based out of NYC. Teagan’s previous roles include Shelby in Steel Magnolias and Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Additionally, she has directed both Shakespeare’s As You Like It and A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Superior Arts Youth Theatre and A Christmas Story with NMU Theatre and Dance. She wants to thank the rest of the cast and crew for creating such a safe and loving place to gather and make art come alive again. 

Jacob Laitinen (Sir Toby Belch) is a native of Marquette and a recent graduate of the theatre program at Northern Michigan University. Jacob will be attending Mary Baldwin University in the fall to pursue his MLitt/MFA in Shakespeare & Performance. His previous roles in at NMU include Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd, Professor Porter in Tarzan, Creon in Antigone, and Thenardier in Les Miserables. He has performed with several professional companies including Tecumseh Outdoor Drama in Ohio and the Pine Mountain Music Festival, including the world premiere of Rockland the Opera. Jacob wants to thank everyone for supporting the arts and hopes you enjoy this wonderful production of Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare!

Megan Hibbard (Sir Andrew/Captain) is a senior at NMU pursuing a BA in Theatre with a focus in lighting design and a minor in art and design. She loves to be on and behind the FRT stage! In the past she has performed as Lisa in Mamma Mia!, worked as a dancer/choreographer and assistant lighting designer on What We Leave Behind, performed as Bombalurina and worked as assistant lighting designer on Cats. Her latest designs include North Coast Dance FestivalSpotlight Variety Show, and North x North Coast. She is so excited to be with everyone again and would like to thank the cast, crew, and her family for all the support.

Riley Fields (Maria/Antonio) is a Marquette community member who wandered in off the street one day in the fall of 2017 and has ostensibly never left. This is her fifth show with NMU; past performances include Isabel in Scrooge, Antigone in Antigone, Ensemble in Tarzan, and Miss Shields in A Christmas Story. Before moving to the Marquette area, Riley had previously worked with the West End Players of Iron River where she choreographed six musical theatre productions and costumed seven. Offstage, Riley is the Director of Coffee at local business Velodrome Coffee Company. 

Benjamen Filipowicz (Feste the Clown) is a teacher at Bothwell Middle School and an NMU alum. Most recently he was in the chorus of Mamma Mia! (2019, FRT), but he has also had roles in numerous other productions, including Saturninus in Titus Andronicus (2017, UPShakes), Rapunzel's Prince and the Wolf in Into the Woods (2015, FRT), Mark Cohen in RENT (2010, FRT), Trinculo in The Tempest (2009, FRT), John Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest (2008, FRT), and Elwood P. Dowd in Harvey (2007, FRT). He is excited to be working with this talented cast and under the guidance of Dr. Wood.

Nick Salin (Sebastian) graduated from NMU's theatre and dance program in the winter of 2019. He has been in numerous shows over the years. Some include Building Madness (Vito Deleoni), Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe (Poe), and The Full Monty (Dave). He was also Lead Animator for Superior Arts Youth Theater on their recent animation series. He would like to thank his family and friends for their continued support. Nick is very excited to be back on the stage and hopes that everyone enjoys the show!


Creative Team Bios


David Wood (Director) serves as Professor of English at Northern Michigan University, where, in 2007, he began teaching English Renaissance, medieval, and classical literature. Named the 2017 Michigan Association of State Universities Distinguished Professor of the Year, he has published widely in the field of English Renaissance drama, focused largely on the plays of William Shakespeare and his contemporaries. This production is his directorial debut working with NMU’s Department of Theatre and Dance, and he’d like to offer immense thanks to the cast and crew. He’d also like to thank his wife, Vicki, and children, Maddie, Henry, and Nate.

Clair Kaminski (Production Stage Manager, Costume Design) is a senior BFA Theatre Technology and Design student at NMU with a concentration in stage management. Shows she’s worked on at NMU include What We Leave Behind (ASM), Significant Other (PSM), Romeo and Juliet (Co-Costume Designer), Spotlight Variety Show (PSM), and North Coast Dance Festival (PSM). Clair is thrilled to be a part of NMU’s summer stock theatre, and has loved every moment of working with the incredible cast and crew of Twelfth Night. She is so thankful to see this show as both a stage manager and costume designer.

Megan Hibbard (Lighting Design) is a senior at NMU pursuing a BA in Theatre with a focus in lighting design and a minor in art and design. She loves to be on and behind the FRT stage! In the past she has performed as Lisa in Mamma Mia!, worked as a dancer/choreographer and assistant lighting designer on What We Leave Behind, performed as Bombalurina and worked as assistant lighting designer on Cats. Her latest designs include North Coast Dance FestivalSpotlight Variety Show, and North x North Coast. She is so excited to be with everyone again and would like to thank the cast, crew, and her family for all the support.

Romeo and Juliet was filmed at the Forest Roberts Theatre during COVID-19 and released to audiences June 18-30, 2021.


Cast List

 

Juliet Rebecca Piepszak
Romeo Sophie Shrauger
Capulet Jacob Laitinen
Lady Capulet Kaylie Goodno
Nurse/Lady Montague Ashley Gardner
Mercutio/Montague Dustin Golden
Paris/Prince/Gregory Ryan Boos
Benvolio Noah Proctor
Tybalt/Apothecary Bailey Barthel
Friar Laurence/Abraham Ethan Puisto
Balthazar/Friar John/Samson Alexxus Taavola

 


Creative Team

 

Director Paul Truckey
Scenic Designer Hannah Carey
Costume Designers Lex van Blommestein, Clair Kaminski
Lighting Designers Lex van Blommestein, Seth Bowen
Sound Designer Bill Digneit
Assistant Sound Designer Ryan Harvey
Properties Designer Hannah Carey
Production Stage Manager Emily Kendall
Technical Director Ross W. Johnson

Additional Artistic Staff

 

Assistant Technical Director Ethan Rickert
Assistant Stage Managers Sylvia Bednarczyk, Aubrey Wolck
Script Supervisor Erin Hope
Fight Choreographer Jacob Laitinen
Master Carpenter Emily Kendall
Master Electrician Avery Zahlmann
Boom Crew Samantha Wardisiani

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

 

Director of Theatre Bill Digneit
Production Manager David Pierce
Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Scene Shop Foreman Ross W. Johnson
Properties Artisan/Manager Keli Crawford-Truckey
Lighting Supervisor David Pierce
Sound Supervisor Bill Digneit
Marketing Manager Lilith Kontos

Cast Bios


Sophie Shrauger (Romeo) is a freshman musical theatre BFA candidate at NMU. In her time on campus so far, she has already been cast in five productions! Sophie hopes to pursue a career in musical theatre or film acting. She hopes that audiences will thoroughly enjoy this fresh take on this widely known classic, and will be left with a new perspective on what love truly looks like when everything else seems bleak. “This pandemic has really forced everybody to realize that living a life without contact can be hell on earth for an insane amount of people," Sophie says. “This production really highlights just how impactful that one touch can be, and I’m excited for people to connect with Romeo and Juliet on a whole new level!”

Rebecca Piepszak (Juliet) is a freshman majoring in musical theatre and Romeo and Juliet is her second show with the NMU Theatre and Dance Department. Her favorite part of the show is the unique twists and truth behind the story. She hopes that everyone who watches R&J enjoys it and knows that she had an amazing time being amongst so many amazing actors!

Jacob Laitinen (Capulet) is a native of Marquette, MI and a senior theatre major at NMU. He plans to get his Master's after graduation and is ecstatic to be performing in Romeo and Juliet as his last play at Northern. Jacob's previous roles at NMU include Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd, Thenardier in Les Miserables, Professor Porter in Tarzan, and Creon in Antigone. Additionally, he has worked professionally in the theatre world before coming back to NMU to get his degree. Jacob wants to thank everyone for supporting the theatre, and he hopes you enjoy this timeless classic.

Kaylie Goodno (Lady Capulet) is a freshman at Northern Michigan University and is from southeastern Wisconsin. She is currently both a musical theatre major and a music major. Kaylie hopes you enjoy the show! 

Ashley Gardner (Nurse, Lady Montague, Third Watchman) is a transfer senior at Northern Michigan University and is currently pursuing a major in theatre with a performance emphasis. This will be Ashley’s third show at NMU following her previous roles as Nella Walker in War of the Worlds and the Young Lady in A Christmas Carol. Ashley is blessed to be a part of such a wonderful, creative cast and can't wait for audiences to see the show!

Noah Proctor (Benvolio) is currently in his second year at NMU pursuing a degree in theatre and entertainment arts. With most of his gen eds out of the way, he is excited to be getting more involved with the theatre department and the people within it. Noah has previously appeared in Significant Other and A Christmas Carol and is hopeful of being able to perform for live audiences again in the near future. In the meantime, he is grateful for the opportunity to be able to work on a project like this in person.

Ethan Puisto (Friar Laurence, Abraham) is a music major at NMU, but has many years of theatrical training under his belt. He has attended the esteemed Chicago College of Performing Arts as a musical theatre major, as well as Northwestern University's Cherubs Theatre Intensive. Ethan has been a lead singer in many bands, and releases self-produced music independently under the project alias "Fidget Bleach." He enjoys drag performance, music production/songwriting, found fashion, and pushing the limits of the performing arts.


Creative Team Bios


Paul Truckey (Director)As a Director, Paul has staged over 30 productions including Romeo and JulietCatsNoises OffBuilding MadnessInto the WoodsA Paper Tiger in the RainA Comedy of Errors1776The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling BeeA Flea in Her EarThe MousetrapACTletesThe ForeignerThe Full Monty, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Paul's acting credits include leading roles in over 50 productions, most notably the roles of Grantaire, Javert, and Thenardier in the Broadway and national touring companies of Les Miserables, Fredrik in A Little Night Music for the Pine Mountain Music Festival, Pete the Barber in the world premiere opera Rockland, George Jr. in the original company of Utah! The Musical at the Tuacahn Amphitheatre, and Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. Paul is currently a professor of theatre at Northern Michigan University, and a member of the Actors Equity Association.

Clair Kaminski (Costume Design) is a junior at NMU working towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theatre technology and design with a concentration in stage management. Clair has worked on several shows at NMU on the stage management teams; however, this is her first time costume designing for an NMU Theatre and Dance production. Working on the costume design for Romeo and Juliet has been a really fun experience for Clair, and she is really grateful for the opportunity to stretch her creativity with the experience of a different part of the theatre program.

Lex van Blommestein (Costume Design/Lighting Design) is a theatre designer based out of Marquette, MI. While he currently teaches at Northern, he also maintains a prolific national and international design career. Lex earned his MFA from Wayne State University's Hilberry Repertory Program in Detroit, and has lived, designed, and taught in Edwardsville, IL; St. Louis, MO; Cincinatti, OH; Raleigh, NC; Memphis, TN; Milwaukee, WI; Detroit, MI; Lansing, MI; Windsor, ON; and Amsterdam, NL, to name a few. In addition to his love for scenic design, he enjoys using design to explore audience reaction, interaction, and emotion, and to create experiences involving virtual reality and augmented reality as well as immersive design.

Seth Bowen (Lighting Design) is a BFA Theatre Technology and Design candidate and plans to become a professor of theatre someday! He is originally from Rhinelander, WI and is currently in his senior year here at NMU. Seth has taken part in many different productions at Northern including Sweeney Todd (Police Officer/Ensemble), The Full Monty (Malcolm), Cats (Gus), North x North Coast (What If? Scenic and Props), and A Christmas Carol (various roles). Seth is super excited to be a part of this production of Romeo and Juliet and to have the opportunity to co-design under Lex; it has been an amazing, fun learning experience! 

William “Bill” Digneit (Sound Design) is the current production manager for the annual LDI Conference Program (including LDInstitute and LDIntensives) in Las Vegas and also for LDI Mexico. He has been working in production management with LDI for over 10 years. He is passionate about technology education to push the entertainment industry. Bill created the LDI Club Tours five years ago out of necessity to educate the growing festival and club markets. At NMU, Bill oversees the Theatre and Dance Department, markets and promotes the current season, and teaches classes focusing on technical practices applicable in the nightlife and festival venues. Bill is the co-owner of Double Trouble Entertainment, a Michigan based entertainment and production-company focusing on nightclub design and outdoor events. Bill also is part owner of DIGS Gastropub in Marquette, MI.

Emily Kendall (Production Stage Manager) is a senior double majoring in criminal justice and technical theatre with a stage management focus. As the Production Stage Manager for this production, and a graduating senior, Romeo and Juliet will be her last production here at Northern. After graduation, she plans on getting a stage management position/internship. Emily is disappointed that this production can't be "normal" given the current state of things, but she's very glad to have been a part of it as her undergrad years come to an end. She wants to thank the faculty for everything they've done the past four years, and let them know that she'll miss holding office hours with them.

Sylvia Bednarczyk (Assistant Stage Manager) is a sophomore BFA theatre technology and design student. Her previous work at NMU includes: The Full Monty (Deck Captain), A Christmas Story (Assistant Stage Manager), Significant Other (Carpenter/Painter), North x North Coast (Production Manager), and an/(one’s) ivory tower (Properties Design). Sylvia is grateful to have had the opportunity to work on a production during the pandemic, but she can’t wait for live theatre to begin once again!

Erin Hope (Script Supervisor) is from Kalamazoo, MI, majoring in theatre and entertainment arts as well as English with a concentration in writing. This is her second year attending NMU and she aspires to pursue a career in the theatre industry after graduation. She is very excited to be working on Romeo and Juliet in a style that is different from "normal" theatre, and wants to thank everybody supporting the theatre industry.

David Pierce (Production Manager) began teaching at NMU in 2014. Holding an MFA in Theatre Technology for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, David also serves as Technical Director and Production Manager for the Forest Roberts Theatre. His courses include Entertainment Technology 1, Entertainment Technology 2, and Stage Management. He also served as Lighting Designer for past FRT productions of Little Shop of Horrors and Into the Woods. During the summer months, David worked for several years as the Technical Director for the Adirondack Theatre Festival in Glens Falls, NY. A company devoted to new and contemporary work, he has been apart of such productions as Murder for Two, Filming O’Keefe, The Whale, Spun, and others. Before coming to NMU, David was the Technical Director for the Department of Theatre and Dance at Western Kentucky University. Other previous credits include: Four Season Theatre (WI), Forward Theatre Company (WI), and Little Theatre on the Square (IL). David is also an active member in United State Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT).

Keli Crawford-Truckey (Properties Artisan/Manager) serves as a teacher, director, and properties master at NMU. Recent FRT directing credits include The Full MontyProofSweeney ToddBearsDoubtHarvey, and Into the Woods. She has worked as a stage manager/staff member on the Broadway and national touring companies of Les Miserables, and on off-Broadway productions including And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little at the Producers Club and Cloud Nine at the Bank Street Theatre in NYC. Keli holds a degree in Directing and Performance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. 

Who Fears Not Death (2021) was filmed in the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre and released to audiences June 16-19, 2021.


Creative Team

 

Choreographer Celia Weiss Bambara
Original Music Score Kimathi Moore
Performer Celia Weiss Bambara
Lighting Designer Dan Zini
Director of Photography Dan Zini
Editor Dan Zini

Additional Artistic Staff

 

Camera Operators Mark Shevy, Dan Zini
Crew Megan Hibbard, Erin Hope, Clair Kaminski

Forest Roberts Theatre Summer Staff

 

Director of Theatre Bill Digneit
Production Manager Bill Digneit
Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Properties Artisan/Manager Keli Crawford-Truckey
Lighting Supervisor Dan Zini
Sound Supervisor Bill Digneit
Marketing Manager Lilith Kontos
Summer Work Crew Megan Hibbard, Erin Hope, Clair Kaminski, Aubrey Wolck

Workshop readings of A Complicated Hope, our 2021 Panowski Playwriting Award winner, were recorded via Zoom and released to audiences June 4-5, 2021.


Cast List

 

Marie Kimberly Ridgeway
Rose Marie Amarae Robinson
Arnie Adam Maslak

Creative Team

 

Playwright John Mabey
Playwriting Competition Coordinator Lilith Kontos
Producer Bill Digneit
Readers Keli Crawford-Truckey, Sophie Sam

Forest Roberts Theatre Summer Staff

 

Director of Theatre Bill Digneit
Production Manager Bill Digneit
Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Properties Artisan/Manager Keli Crawford-Truckey
Lighting Supervisor Dan Zini
Sound Supervisor Bill Digneit
Marketing Manager Lilith Kontos
Summer Work Crew Megan Hibbard, Erin Hope, Clair Kaminski, Aubrey Wolck

The 2021 North Coast Dance Festival was performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre during COVID-19 and livestreamed to audiences April 22-24, 2021.


Festival Lineup

 


Un Sospiro


Composed by Franz Liszt
Performed by Dr. Nancy Zimmerman
Choreographed by Jill Grundstrom
Dancers: Brigitte Bartesch, Emily Burbey, Breanna Ladiski, Ariana Rodriguez, Skylar Taavola, Maisie Zahn

 

Tides and Dreams


Composed by Elliot Middleton
Choreographed and Performed by Rose Goltz and Paige Myers

 

Fusion


Performed to "Looking Through a Scratchy Record"
Composed by 
Dan Zini and Gracie Fries
Produced, Mixed, and Mastered by Dan Zini
Drums by Ryan Wilson
Programming and Other Instruments by Dan Zini
Choreographed by Gracie Fries
Dancers: Emily Burbey, Gracie Fries, Sylvia Gravel, Megan Hibbard, Arin Miller, Makenzie Rea, Skylar Taavola, Zoe Zimmer

 

Drifting


Performed to "Never Far Away" by Taizo Audio
Choreographed by Maisie Zahn
Dancers: Brigitte Bartesch, Emily Burbey, Ariana Rodriguez, Kyra Skinner, Logan Stoner, Maisie Zahn

 

Shadows


Performed to "Kingdom of Shadows" by Viljami Mehto
Choreographed and Performed by Skylar Taavola

 

Slowly Burning


Composed by Evan MacDonald
Choreographed by Skylar Taavola, Thailey Leak, Christina Ferrera, and Sylvia Gravel
Performed by the NMU Dance Team
Dancers: Skylar Taavola, Christina Ferrera, Thailey Leak, Rose Goltz, Paige Myers, Ciara Witkowski, Isabella Bekkala, Kylie L'Huillier, Sylvia Gravel


Creative Team

 

Director Jill Grundstrom
Lighting Designer Megan Hibbard
Sound Designer Dan Zini
Technical Director of Broadcasting Dan Zini
Production Stage Manager Clair Kaminski

Additional Artistic Staff

 

Assistant Stage Managers Emma Block, Aubrey Wolck
Master Electrician William Squires IV
Sound Engineer Dan Zini
Camera Operators Adam Diaz, Sarah Nelson, Joseph Sigourney

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

 

Director of Theatre Bill Digneit
Production Manager David Pierce
Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Scene Shop Foreman Ross Johnson
Properties Artisan Keli Crawford-Truckey
Lighting and Sound Supervisor Dan Zini
Marketing Manager Lilith Kontos

Dancer Bios


Christina Ferrera is a sophomore majoring in biology with a physiology concentration. Christina is also a captain and second year member of the NMU Dance Team. She has been trained in many styles of dance and has danced competitively for most of her life. Christina is excited to be a part of her first production here at Northern Michigan University.

Gracie Fries is a senior here at NMU from Kingsford, MI pursuing a bachelor's degree in dance with a business concentration. Her passion lies in the musical arts with twenty years of dance instruction and vocal lessons. She spent four years teaching and choreographing at Julie’s Top Hat Dance Studio and is currently choreographing at Dawn Dott Dance Studio. She was a pro-dancer in the 2019 “Dancing With Our Stars Marquette County Style, Disney Edition” and co-choreographer for SAYT's 2019 production of Frozen Jr. Gracie has performed in several FRT productions including, TarzanBeauty and the Beast, the 2018 Fringe FestivalWhat We Leave Behind and hopefully more to come! Her hobbies include singing, playing bass, baking, gardening, and spending time with the people she loves. Being one of the first of her family to attend college, she is proud to be a Wildcat with much support from her family, friends, and the Theatre and Dance Department faculty! 

Rose Goltz is a freshman majoring in biology with a concentration in physiology. She has been dancing for thirteen years, and is currently on the NMU Dance Team and a captain for next season. She’s also currently a dance teacher at New Attitudes Dance Studio. She would like to thank her mom and dad for always supporting her dreams, and everyone at DuHadway Dance Dimensions for pushing her to be the dancer she is today.

Sylvia Gravel is a second year student studying dance with a minor in biology. This will be her second production at NMU, with her first being the 2021 Spotlight Variety Show. She is thrilled to be dancing on the stage again after a long year without! Dance has been a major part of her life since the age of 3, and she is a second year member of the NMU Dance Team. Sylvia would like to thank Jill Grundstrom and her classmates for being an incredible source of positivity and support during a challenging time.

Megan Hibbard is a junior pursuing her BA in theatre with a focus in lighting design and a minor in art and design. She loves to be on and behind the FRT stage! In the past she has been Lisa in Mamma Mia!, a dancer, choreographer, and assistant lighting designer for What We Leave Behind, Bombalurina and assistant lighting designer for Cats, and the head lighting designer for North x North Coast. She is so excited to be creating with everyone again, and wants to thank the entire team, her family, and her friends for encouraging her throughout this process!

Breanna Ladiski is currently a junior at NMU pursuing a major in clinical laboratory science and a minor in dance. She has accomplished 17 years of dance, and she started dancing when she was four years old. Breanna is very excited to be in her first North Coast Dance Festival, performing in Un Sospiro.

Thailey Leak is a sophomore majoring in neuroscience with minors in Spanish and pre-professional science. Thailey has been dancing competitively for 13 years and is the current captain and upcoming Vice President for the NMU Dance Team. Outside of school and dance, she spends her time participating in various academic clubs and working as a Medication Technician at a memory care facility. Thailey is beyond grateful to be able to have a performance opportunity during the pandemic. Finally, she would like to thank her SLFP mentor, Jill Grundstrom, for all her support this semester. 

Kyra Skinner is a sophomore at NMU from Pickford, MI. She is a double major in dance and psychology with a concentration in development. She has been dancing for 17 years, and is very excited to be performing again after taking a very long break along with everyone else due to COVID. She is very grateful to be performing with the amazingly talented cast from the Theatre and Dance Department. She cannot wait for everyone to see the talent NMU has to offer and for her whole family to be cheering her on back home every night via livestream! 

Skylar Taavola is a junior majoring in management of health and fitness with a minor in dance. Previous NMU Theatre and Dance shows she has been a part of include East of the Sun, West of the Moon, What We Leave Behind, and the North x North Coast fringe festival. Skylar is also a choreographer and the vice president of the NMU Dance Team. She currently teaches various styles of dance and gymnastics at New Attitudes Dance Studio and works as a choreographer for Marquette’s Nutcracker Ballet and Superior Arts Youth Theatre. Skylar is so grateful and excited to be back on stage for the North Coast Dance Festival!


Creative Team Bios


Jill Grundstrom (Director/Choreographer, Un Sospiro) has a B.S. from NMU in Secondary Education with majors in English and French, and a M.A. in Dance Education from New York University.  She is also certified in the Luigi Jazz Technique, American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum, and is a Certified FLX Conditioning Specialist.  She is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, as well as writing new Character Dance and Partnering curricula for American Ballet Theatre (America’s National Ballet Company®) in New York City.   Jill has choreographed over 30 full-length musical and dance productions in New York City, Los Angeles, Italy, and here in the Upper Peninsula, including a full-length, original ballet, East of the Sun, West of the Moon (NMU), and recently choreographed an independent feature-length film, Our State Fair.  She has also previously worked with Superior Arts Youth Theatre, the National Dance Education Organization, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, and Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance

Clair Kaminski (Production Stage Manager) is a junior at NMU working towards a BFA degree in Theatre Technology and Design for Stage Management. Clair has worked on several shows at NMU including What We Leave Behind (ASM), Significant Other (PSM), and Romeo and Juliet (Costume Design). Being busy with theatre has actually been a relief to Clair. She has really enjoyed being able to work on a dance show, especially since dance is relatively new to her, and she hopes to work on more show like this in the future.

Megan Hibbard (Lighting Designer) is a junior pursuing her BA in theatre with a focus in lighting design and a minor in art and design. She loves to be on and behind the FRT stage! In the past she has been Lisa in Mamma Mia!, a dancer, choreographer, and assistant lighting designer for What We Leave Behind, Bombalurina and assistant lighting designer for Cats, and the head lighting designer for North x North Coast. She is so excited to be creating with everyone again, and wants to thank the entire team, her family, and her friends for encouraging her throughout this process!

Gracie Fries (Choreographer, Fusion) is a senior here at NMU from Kingsford, MI pursuing a bachelor's degree in dance with a business concentration. Her passion lies in the musical arts with twenty years of dance instruction and vocal lessons. She spent four years teaching and choreographing at Julie’s Top Hat Dance Studio and is currently choreographing at Dawn Dott Dance Studio. She was a pro-dancer in the 2019 “Dancing With Our Stars Marquette County Style, Disney Edition” and co-choreographer for SAYT's 2019 production of Frozen Jr. Gracie has performed in several FRT productions including, TarzanBeauty and the Beast, the 2018 Fringe FestivalWhat We Leave Behind and hopefully more to come! Her hobbies include singing, playing bass, baking, gardening, and spending time with the people she loves. Being one of the first of her family to attend college, she is proud to be a Wildcat with much support from her family, friends, and the Theatre and Dance Department faculty! 

Rose Goltz (Choreographer, Tides and Dreams) is a freshman majoring in biology with a concentration in physiology. She has been dancing for thirteen years, and is currently on the NMU Dance Team and a captain for next season. She’s also currently a dance teacher at New Attitudes Dance Studio. She would like to thank her mom and dad for always supporting her dreams, and everyone at DuHadway Dance Dimensions for pushing her to be the dancer she is today.

Skylar Taavola (Choreographer, Shadows and Slowly Burning) is a junior majoring in management of health and fitness with a minor in dance. Previous NMU Theatre and Dance shows she has been a part of include East of the Sun, West of the Moon, What We Leave Behind, and the North x North Coast fringe festival. Skylar is also a choreographer and the vice president of the NMU Dance Team. She currently teaches various styles of dance and gymnastics at New Attitudes Dance Studio and works as a choreographer for Marquette’s Nutcracker Ballet and Superior Arts Youth Theatre. Skylar is so grateful and excited to be back on stage for the North Coast Dance Festival!

Thailey Leak (Choreographer, Slowly Burning) is a sophomore majoring in neuroscience with minors in Spanish and pre-professional science. Thailey has been dancing competitively for 13 years and is the current captain and upcoming Vice President for the NMU Dance Team. Outside of school and dance, she spends her time participating in various academic clubs and working as a Medication Technician at a memory care facility. Thailey is beyond grateful to be able to have a performance opportunity during the pandemic. Finally, she would like to thank her SLFP mentor, Jill Grundstrom, for all her support this semester. 

Sylvia Gravel (Choreographer, Slowly Burning) is a second year student studying dance with a minor in biology. This will be her second production at NMU, with her first being the 2021 Spotlight Variety Show. She is thrilled to be dancing on the stage again after a long year without! Dance has been a major part of her life since the age of 3, and she is a second year member of the NMU Dance Team. Sylvia would like to thank Jill Grundstrom and her classmates for being an incredible source of positivity and support during a challenging time.

Christina Ferrera (Choreographer, Slowly Burning) is a sophomore majoring in biology with a physiology concentration. Christina is also a captain and second year member of the NMU Dance Team. She has been trained in many styles of dance and has danced competitively for most of her life. Christina is excited to be a part of her first production here at Northern Michigan University.

The 2021 Spotlight Variety Show was performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre during COVID-19 and livestreamed to audiences April 15-17, 2021.


Cast List

 

Magic to Do


From Pippin
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
 

Leading Player.............Megan Hibbard
Fastrata........................Sophie Shrauger
Berthe...........................Gracie Fries
Girls..............................Kaylie Goodno, Rebecca Piepszak
Lewis............................Ethan Puisto
Charles.........................John Fatla
Chorus..........................Bailey Barthel, Sylvia Gravel, Makenzia Rea, Kristi Falardeau, Dustin 
                                     Golden, Noah Proctor, Kyra Skinner, Zoe Zimmer

 

Reflection


From Mulan
Music and Lyrics by Matthew Wilder and David Zippel
Performed by Kaylie Goodno

 

Agony


From Into the Woods
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Dustin Golden and Noah Proctor

 

Wig in a Box


From Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Trask
Performed by Ethan Puisto

 

Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat


From Guys and Dolls
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser

 
Nicely Nicely..............John Fatla
Chorus........................Megan Hibbard, Gracie Fries, Bailey Barthel, Sylvia Gravel, Makenzie Rea,
                                   Kristi Falardeau, Ethan Puisto, Sophie Shrauger, Rebecca Piepszak, Kaylie
                                   Goodno, Dustin Golden, Noah Proctor, Zoe Zimmer

 

Someone Gets Hurt


From Mean Girls
Music by Jeff Richmond, Lyrics by Nell Benjamin
Performed by Megan Hibbard

 

Lovely


From A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Keely-Shaye Hanson and Noah Proctor

 

One Perfect Moment


From Bring It On: The Musical
Music by Tom Kitt and Lin-Manuel Miranda, Lyrics by Amanda Green and Lin-Manuel Miranda
Performed by Sophie Shrauger

 

I Wanna Be a Producer


From The Producers
Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks


Leo Bloom.....................Ethan Puisto
Chorus Girls..................Megan Hibbard, Gracie Fries, Bailey Barthel, Sylvia Gravel, Makenzie
                                      Rea, Kristi Falardeau, John Fatla

 

Never Enough


From The Greatest Showman
Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Performed by Rebecca Piepszak

 

Marry the Man Today


From Guys and Dolls
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Performed by Kate Karling and Keely-Shaye Hanson

 

Back on Base


From Closer Than Ever
Music by David Shire, Lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr.
Bassist: Oskar Martinez


Women........................Gracie Fries, Megan Hibbard, Sophie Shrauger

 

She Loves Me Not


From Closer Than Ever
Music by David Shire, Lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr.
Performed by Dustin Golden, Kate Karling, and Noah Proctor

 

Yesterday, Tomorrow, and Today


From Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Music and Lyrics by David Yazbek

 

Seasons of Love


From RENT
Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson


Chorus..........................Sophie Shrauger, Rebecca Piepszak, Kaylie Goodno, Megan Hibbard,
                                     John Fatla, Ethan Puisto, Dustin Golden, Noah Proctor


Pit Orchestra

 

Reed 1 Abby O'Connell
Reed 2/Organ Owen Edwards
Reed 3 Amorette Languell
Horn Janae Peterson
Trombone Arabella Olson
Trumpet Yrsala Peterson
Bass Oskar Martinez
Guitar Luke Fritz
Percussion Ryan Wilson
Keyboard Anna Morrison
Piano Erin Colwitz

Creative Team

 

Director Paul Truckey
Music Director Anna Morrison
Choreographer Jill Grundstrom
Pit Conductor Erin Colwitz
Sound Designer Dan Zini
Lighting Designer Megan Hibbard
Properties Artisan Keli Crawford-Truckey
Technical Director of Broadcasting Dan Zini
Production Stage Manager Clair Kaminski

Additional Artistic Staff

 

Assistant Stage Managers Emma Block, Aubrey Wolck
Rehearsal Accompanist Anna Morrison
A/V and Broadcast Engineer Dan Zini
Master Electrician William Squires IV
Spotlight Operator Seth Bowen
Audio 2nds Ryan Harvey, Anna Morrison
Audio Mixer Dan Zini
Audio Assistant William Squires IV
Camera Operators Adam Diaz, Sarah Nelson, Joseph Sigourney
Camera Switcher Ryan Harvey
Costume Coordinator Ann Juidici
Lead Flyman Paul Truckey
Rail 2 Aubrey Wolck

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

 

Director of Theatre Bill Digneit
Production Manager David Pierce
Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Scene Shop Foreman Ross Johnson
Properties Artisan Keli Crawford-Truckey
Lighting Supervisor David Pierce
Sound Supervisor Bill Digneit
Marketing Manager Lilith Kontos

Cast Bios


Gracie Fries is a senior here at NMU from Kingsford, MI pursuing a bachelor's degree in dance with a business concentration. Her passion lies in the musical arts with twenty years of dance instruction and vocal lessons. She spent four years teaching and choreographing at Julie’s Top Hat Dance Studio and is currently choreographing at Dawn Dott Dance Studio. She was a pro-dancer in the 2019 “Dancing With Our Stars Marquette County Style, Disney Edition” and co-choreographer for SAYT's 2019 production of Frozen Jr. Gracie has performed in several FRT productions including, TarzanBeauty and the Beast, the 2018 Fringe FestivalWhat We Leave Behind and hopefully more to come! Her hobbies include singing, playing bass, baking, gardening, and spending time with the people she loves. Being one of the first of her family to attend college, she is proud to be a Wildcat with much support from her family, friends, and the Theatre and Dance Department faculty! 

Sylvia Gravel is a second-year student studying dance with a minor in biology. She is incredibly excited to be a part of her first production at NMU, as well as her first real venture into musical theatre! Sylvia has been dancing her whole life, and is a second-year member of the NMU Dance Team. She is looking forward to a new and challenging experience of performing via livestream, and would like to thank Jill Grundstrom and her classmates for being a major source of positivity and support during an unusual time.

Megan Hibbard is a junior pursuing her BA in theatre with a focus in lighting design and a minor in art and design. She loves to be on and behind the FRT stage! In the past she has been Lisa in Mamma Mia!, a dancer, choreographer, and assistant lighting designer for What We Leave Behind, Bombalurina and assistant lighting designer for Cats, and the head lighting designer for North x North Coast. She is so excited to be creating with everyone again, and wants to thank the entire team, her family, and her friends for encouraging her throughout this process!

Ethan Puisto is a music major at NMU, but has many years of theatrical training under his belt. He has attended the esteemed Chicago College of Performing Arts as a musical theatre major, as well as Northwestern University's Cherubs Theatre Intensive. Ethan has been a lead singer in many bands, and releases self-produced music independently under the project alias "Fidget Bleach." He enjoys drag performance, music production/songwriting, found fashion, and pushing the limits of the performing arts.

Sophie Shrauger is a freshman musical theatre BFA candidate and is so excited to be performing in the Spotlight Variety Show! Sophie hopes to pursue a career in musical theatre or film acting, and will likely be moving to New York or LA after graduating from NMU. She will be performing in a multitude of numbers, including her solo “One Perfect Moment” from Bring It On: The Musical! She hopes that audiences will enjoy all of the cast and crew’s hard work, and bask in some real live(streamed) theatre!

Kyra Skinner is a sophomore at NMU from Pickford, MI. She is a double major in dance and psychology with a concentration in development. She has been dancing for 17 years now, and is very excited to be performing again after taking a very long break along with everyone else due to COVID. She is also a part of the NMU Hip Hop Dance Crew and after the Spotlight Variety Show wraps up, she will be performing in the North Coast Dance Festival. She cannot wait for everyone to see the talent NMU has to offer and for her whole family to be cheering her on back home every night via livestream! 


Creative Team Bios


Paul Truckey (Director)As a Director, Paul has staged over 30 productions including Romeo and JulietCatsNoises OffBuilding MadnessInto the WoodsA Paper Tiger in the RainA Comedy of Errors1776The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling BeeA Flea in Her EarThe MousetrapACTletesThe ForeignerThe Full Monty, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Paul's acting credits include leading roles in over 50 productions, most notably the roles of Grantaire, Javert, and Thenardier in the Broadway and national touring companies of Les Miserables, Fredrik in A Little Night Music for the Pine Mountain Music Festival, Pete the Barber in the world premiere opera Rockland, George Jr. in the original company of Utah! The Musical at the Tuacahn Amphitheatre, and Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. Paul is currently a professor of theatre at Northern Michigan University, and a member of the Actors Equity Association.

Jill Grundstrom (Choreographer) has a B.S. from NMU in Secondary Education with majors in English and French, and a M.A. in Dance Education from New York University.  She is also certified in the Luigi Jazz Technique, American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum, and is a Certified FLX Conditioning Specialist.  She is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, as well as writing new Character Dance and Partnering curricula for American Ballet Theatre (America’s National Ballet Company®) in New York City.   Jill has choreographed over 30 full-length musical and dance productions in New York City, Los Angeles, Italy, and here in the Upper Peninsula, including a full-length, original ballet, East of the Sun, West of the Moon (NMU), and recently choreographed an independent feature-length film, Our State Fair.  She has also previously worked with Superior Arts Youth Theatre, the National Dance Education Organization, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, and Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance

Clair Kaminski (Production Stage Manager) is a junior at NMU working towards a BFA degree in Theatre Technology and Design for Stage Management. Clair has worked on several shows at NMU including What We Leave Behind (ASM), Significant Other (PSM), and Romeo and Juliet (Costume Designer). Going back to in-person rehearsals in the theatre and dance studio has felt like coming home to Clair, and she has loved every minute of working on the Spotlight Variety Show. The livestream aspect of the this production is new to her, but she looks forward to trying new things like this in theatre.

Megan Hibbard (Lighting Designer) is a junior pursuing her BA in theatre with a focus in lighting design and a minor in art and design. She loves to be on and behind the FRT stage! In the past she has been Lisa in Mamma Mia!, a dancer, choreographer, and assistant lighting designer for What We Leave Behind, Bombalurina and assistant lighting designer for Cats, and the head lighting designer for North x North Coast. She is so excited to be creating with everyone again, and wants to thank the entire team, her family, and her friends for encouraging her throughout this process!

Keli Crawford-Truckey (Properties Artisan) serves as a teacher, director, and properties master at NMU. Recent FRT directing credits include The Full MontyProofSweeney ToddBearsDoubtHarvey, and Into the Woods. She has worked as a stage manager/staff member on the Broadway and national touring companies of Les Miserables, and on off-Broadway productions including And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little at the Producers Club and Cloud Nine at the Bank Street Theatre in NYC. Keli holds a degree in Directing and Performance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. 

Oskar Martínez (Bass) is a third-year music major at Northern Michigan University pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree with an emphasis on bassoon performance. Oskar is the bassist for the NMU pit orchestra this semester and plays bass for other ensembles like the jazz band and combo. He has done pit music on multiple instruments for high schools, the Vista Theatre in Negaunee, and the Superior Arts Youth Theater. Additionally, he is the principal bassoon for the Marquette City Band, second bassoon/contrabassoonist for the Marquette Symphony Orchestra, and plays bassoon and bass in the Negaunee City Band.

an/(one's) ivory tower was a devised piece created by NMU students, recorded via Zoom during COVID-19, and released virtually to audiences February 10-13, 2021.


Cast List

 

The Past
 
Bimbo the Clown Jacob Laitinen
Char Erin Culp
Flanders Bascom Alec VanHorn
Kitty Zoe Zimmer
Olivera Kate Karling
Ophelia Danae DeValve
Sir James McCarthy Dawson Del Preto

 

The Present
 
Blake Grace Goodyear
Mary-Anne Samantha Wardisiani
Quinn David Lenahan

Creative Team

 

Director Sophie Sam
Artistic Director Lex van Blommestein
Scenic Designers Lex van Blommestein, Ross W. Johnson
Costume Designer Joel Shinavier
Sound Designer William Squires IV
Properties Designer Sylvia Bednarczyk
Production Stage Manager Toni Danz
Technical Director Ross W. Johnson

Additional Artistic Staff

 

Assistant Director Erin Culp

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

 

Director of Theatre Bill Digneit
Production Manager David Pierce
Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Scene Shop Foreman Ross Johnson
Properties Artisan Keli Crawford-Truckey
Lighting Supervisor David Pierce
Sound Supervisor Bill Digneit
Marketing Manager Lilith Kontos

Cast Bios


Jacob Laitinen (Bimbo the Clown) is a native of Marquette, MI and is a theatre major with a minor in music at NMU. Jacob started back at school in 2017 after a 7 year hiatus, and is ecstatic to be in his final year at Northern. His previous roles at NMU include Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd, Edgar/Sante in Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe, Professor Porter in Tarzan, Creon in Antigone, Thenardier in Les Miserables, and The Snail with the Mail in A Year with Frog and Toad. Jacob also has experience acting professionally, playing Sikes in Tecumseh Outdoor Drama, Rowdy in Beacon on the Rock, and chorus roles in several operas at the Pine Mountain Music Festival. He has played Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Beast in Beauty and the Beast, Herr Shultz in Cabaret, Sebastian in The Little Mermaid, Riff Raff in Rocky Horror, and Ali Hakim in Oklahoma. Jacob wants to thank everyone for watching the show, and he hopes you enjoy this wonderful production.

Erin Culp (Char/Assistant Director) is graduating this May with Bachelor of Science degrees in theatre and psychology. This will be her last production at NMU, and she will remember it as the production she is most proud of for having endured and overcome numerous challenges. She would like to thank everyone involved in this project for their effort and dedication to bring it to life.

Zoe Zimmer (Kitty) is a third year student who has previously been in NMU’s productions of Fringe Fest (Valiant Woman), Beauty and the Beast (Milkmaid, Knife), Scrooge! (Ghost of Christmas Future), The Full Monty (Joanie), Cats (Rumpleteazer), War of the Worlds (Camille), and What If (Cece). She is very excited to be a part of an/(one's) ivory tower because it gives her a chance to do theatre in a new and unconventional way.

Dawson Del Preto (Sir James McCarthy) is finishing his third year at NMU. He is majoring in music with a focus in piano performance, and he is minoring in theatre. While he wishes he could be with more people during this time, he always finds time to socialize through Discord with his many supportive cousins.

Grace Goodyear (Blake) is a third year gender studies major at Willamette University, studying theatre as a minor. A recent graduate of the National Theater Institute’s 2020 Theatermakers Intensive, she is passionate about intimacy coordination and performance. Grace is currently based out of Oregon, but has worked with many theatre companies in Alaska, including TBA Theatre, Cyrano's Theatre, and Anchorage Community Theatre. Recent acting credits include productions of Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.Dead CityShakespeare in Hollywood, and the first development of Flat Earther.

Samantha Wardisiani (Mary-Anne) is so excited to be a part of her second production at NMU. She is a freshman from Midlothian, IL. She would like to thank you for seeing our show and thank the cast for the hard work they've all put in. She would also like to thank her family for supporting.

David Lenahan (Quinn) is excited to be working with NMU again having previously appeared in What a Glorious Feeling (Forest Roberts Theatre). David is an actor, singer, and dancer currently based in Cleveland who has recently taken up guitar and cross-stitch. NYC: SONGBOOK: Songs of Braver and Dean (Lincoln Center), The Flying Dutchman... Ferry (The Player's Theatre), For Hylas (New School for Drama), The Polar Express (Rail Events Productions). Regional: Boy (none too fragile), In the Closet (Convergence-Continuum), Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare at the Castle), The Little Mermaid (Mercury Theatre Company). Many thanks to Sophie and NMU for having me!


Creative Team Bios


Sophie Sam (Director, She/Her/Hers) is a junior theatre student at Northern Michigan University. An alumna of the National Theater Institute, she was a part of their Theatermakers Summer Intensive cohort in 2020. She recently directed a virtual staging of Crystal Skillman’s OPEN with Party Claw Productions, which was touted by Time Out New York as one of the best pieces of live theatre to see that week. In the Upper Peninsula, she has also directed at the Vista Theater (Anatomy of a Murder) and with Dickinson County Community Theater (Annie, Rent). www.sophie-sam.com

Sylvia Bednarczyk (Properties Design) is a sophomore pursuing a BFA in theatre technology and design with concentrations in stage management and scenic design. This is her fifth NMU production, having previously worked on The Full Monty (Deck Captain), A Christmas Story (Assistant Stage Manager), Significant Other (Carpenter/Painter) and North x North Coast (Production Manager). Sylvia is thrilled to have the opportunity to work on this show in a new position, and can’t wait to see what the future holds!

Toni Danz (Production Stage Manager) has worked as an ASM on many other shows at Northern, but this is her first time as a PSM. She is a junior at NMU and is getting her bachelor's degree in theatre technology. Working on a devised piece was such an eye-opening experience and presented lots of interesting ideas. Getting the opportunity to do shows over Zoom is something Toni is really grateful for, but she can't wait for theatre on stage again!

A Christmas Carol was recorded remotely as a radio show during COVID-19 and released virtually to audiences December 10-13, 2020.


Cast List

 

Narrator Megan Hibbard
Ebenezer Scrooge Jacob Laitinen
Jacob Marley Aaron Knaus
Ghost of Christmas Past Sophie Shrauger
Ghost of Christmas Present John Fatla
Fred (Nephew) Ryan Boos
Bob Cratchit Noah Proctor
Mrs. Cratchit Lila Hartung
Boy/Mr. Fezziwig/Young Ebenezer/Peter Cratchit Seth Bowen
Young Lady Ashley Gardner
Little Fan/Niece Gracie Fries
Lady/Woman 1/Tiny Tim Kaylie Goodno
Woman 2/Martha Cratchit Keely-Shaye Hanson

Creative Team

 

Director Paul Truckey
Sound Designer William Squires IV
Director of Photography Dan Zini
Production Stage Manager Aubrey Wolck

Additional Artistic Staff

 

Editor Dan Zini
Sound/Music Supervisor Dan Zini
Audio Mixer Dan Zini
Foley Artist William Squires IV
Script Supervisor  Toni Danz

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

 

Director of Theatre Bill Digneit
Production Manager David Pierce
Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Scene Shop Foreman Ross Johnson
Properties Artisan Keli Crawford-Truckey
Lighting and Sound Supervisor Dan Zini
Marketing Manager Lilith Kontos

Cast Bios


Megan Hibbard (Narrator) is a junior pursuing a BA in theatre with a focus in lighting design and double minoring in art and design and dance. She loves to be on and behind the FRT stage! In the past she has been in Beauty and the Beast, Lisa in Mamma Mia!, and a dancer, choreographer, and assistant lighting designer for What We Leave Behind, and she also worked on Cats as Bombalurina and assistant lighting designer. She is so excited to be creating with everyone again, and wants to thank the entire team, her family, and her friends for encouraging her throughout this process!

Aaron Knaus (Jacob Marley) is a lifelong Yooper resident who is studying theatre performance at NMU. Aside from being an actor, he's also an avid storyteller of weird fiction and a dedicated keyboardist of the keys of old. 

Seth Bowen (Boy/Mr. Fezziwig/Young Ebenezer/Peter Cratchit/Caroler) is a senior BFA theatre technology and design candidate and plans on becoming a professor of theatre someday! He is originally from Rhinelander, WI and has taken part in many different performances here at NMU, including Sweeney Todd (Police Officer/Ensemble), Scrooge! 2018 (Bob Cratchit), Medieval Dinner Theatre (Pan Piper), Beauty and the Beast (Ensemble), The Full Monty (Malcolm), and Cats (Gus). He was also the scenic and props designer for What If, which was performed as part of the recent North x North Coast Arts and Cultural Festival. Seth is happy to contribute his vocal talents for A Christmas Carol, and hopes that as you follow the story, you find some wonderful Christmas spirit. Merry Christmas!

Ashley Gardner (Young Lady) is a senior at Northern Michigan University and is currently a theatre major planning to become a voice actress. This will be Ashley’s second show at Northern, following her previous role in War of the Worlds as Nella Walker. Ashley is super excited to be a part of NMU’s theatre family and is grateful to have gotten the opportunity to be a part of such a fun and creative cast! She hopes that audiences will enjoy the show and find some comfort and joy during the holiday season. God bless us, everyone!


Creative Team Bios


Toni Danz (Script Supervisor) is a third year theatre technology and design student and this is the second show she's script supervised for. Filming shows brings new and exciting aspects to the process and she's so glad to be learning new things. She hopes you enjoy the show we've put together! Happy holidays!

The pieces included in the North x North Coast Fringe Festival were filmed during COVID-19 and the entire festival was released virtually to audiences November 17-22, 2020.


Festival Lineup (in alphabetical order)


 Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honors Society.



#alonebuttogether


A Dance Chain Letter
Directed by Jill Grundstrom
Cinematography by Ryan Stephens
Performed by Emily Burbey, Sarah Sandona, Brigitte Bartesch, Eden Langlois, Megan Hibbard, Veronika Martcheva, Alexxus Taavola, Kyra Skinner, Hanna Numinen, Makenzie Rea, Maisie Zahn, Skylar Taavola, Kortney Manchip, Sylvia Gravel, Gracie Fries, Ariana Rodriguez, Breanna Ladiski, Kate Karling, and Arin Miller

 

As the World Caves In


Song by Matt Maltese
Performed by Megan Hibbard and Caitlin Sternberg

 

Cause and Effects


A 3D Animation
Created by AK Ikezoe

 

Contrasts: A Solo Piano Recital


Performed by Nancy Zimmerman

 

The COVID Chronicles


A Compilation of Monologues and Short Scenes
Directed by Shelley Russell
Performed by the students TH 132SR - Acting I

 

Half Way to Foolish


A Dance Piece
Music: "Hocus Pocus" by Focus
Choreographed by Maisie Zahn
Cinematography by Ryan Stephens
Performed by Brigitte Bartesch, Ariana Rodriguez, Skylar Taavola, Sarah Sandona, and Maisie Zahn

Creative Team

Sound & Music Supervisor............Dan Zini
Artistic Consultant........................Jill Grundstrom

 

Hands are Knockin' 


Song composed by Kyle Pederson
Directed by Dr. Erin Colwitz
Performed by the NMU Arts Chorale

 

Let My Love Be Heard


Song composed by Jake Runestad
Directed by Dr. Erin Colwitz
Performed by the NMU Arts Chorale

 

LonliLess


A Mini Documentary
Created by Robin Collins

 

Next Time/I Wouldn't Go Back


From Closer Than Ever
Lyrics by Richard Maltby, Music by David Shire
Directed by Paul Truckey
Performed by John Fatla, Kaylie Goodno, Lila Hartung, Kortney Manchip, Hanna Numinen, Rebecca Piepszak, Sophie Shrauger, and Will Smith

 

The Overthrow of Mount Olympus


A Short Play
Written and Directed by Keli Crawford-Truckey
Performed by Jacob Laitinen and Sophie Shrauger

 

Plein Air Views of Presque Isle


A Virtual Art Gallery
Painted and curated by Steven Hughes

 

Screaming, Humming


A One-Act Play
Written by Hannah Manikowski
Directed by Sophie Sam

Cast List

Heather............................................Kortney Manchip
Steph...............................................Hanna Numinen
Michael............................................Jacob Laitinen

Creative Team

Assistant Director..........................Erin Culp†
Production Stage Manager..........Emily Kendall†
Scenic Design................................Erin Culp†

 

Shades of Anna Maria


A Short Film
Created by Marianne Perron

 

That Which Remains


Song by Andrea Ramsey
Performed and Produced by Harrison Bouche

 

Voice on the Wind


Song composed by Sarah Quartel
Directed by Dr. Erin Colwitz
Performed by the NMU Arts Chorale

 

What If


A Devised Theatre Piece
Directed by Jacob Laitinen

Cast List

Cain..................................................John Fatla
Xena.................................................Kaylie Goodno
Doug................................................Jacob Laitinen
Marcy...............................................Rebecca Piepszak
Peggy..............................................Sophie Shrauger
Cece................................................Zoe Zimmer

Creative Team

Production Stage Manager...........Emma Block
Properties Designer......................Seth Bowen†


Creative Team

 

Artistic Director Lex van Blommestein
Production Manager Sylvia Bednarczyk
Directors of Photography Ryan Stephens, Dan Zini, Mark Shevy, and the students of
BC 473M - Advanced Media Production - Multimedia
Scenic Designer Seth Bowen
Sound Designer Dan Zini
Lighting Designer Megan Hibbard
Properties Designer Keli Crawford-Truckey
Technical Director David Pierce

 

 Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honors Society.


Additional Artistic Staff

 

Visual Effects Supervisor Dan Zini
Graphic Designer Lex van Blommestein

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

 

Director of Theatre Bill Digneit
Production Manager David Pierce
Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Scene Shop Foreman Ross Johnson
Properties Artisan Keli Crawford-Truckey
Lighting and Sound Supervisor Dan Zini
Marketing Manager Lilith Kontos

Cast/Creator Bios


Megan Hibbard (#alonebuttogetherAs the World Caves In) is a junior pursuing a BA in theatre with a focus in lighting design and double minoring in art and design and dance. She loves to be on and behind the FRT stage! In the past she has been a Silly Girl in Beauty and the Beast, Lisa in Mamma Mia!, a dancer, choreographer, and assistant lighting designer for What We Leave Behind, and worked on Cats as Bombalurina and assistant lighting designer. She is so excited to be back creating and designing again, and wants to thank the entire team and her family for encouraging her throughout this process!

Ariana Rodriguez (#alonebuttogetherHalf Way to Foolish) is a junior at NMU pursuing a degree in environmental science. Before college, she studied ballet for seven years with a youth company in Flint, Michigan. In college, she has been a part of the NMU dance team her freshman and sophomore years, and is excited to be back in the theatre for the opportunity to perform in NMU’s North x North Coast festival.

Sarah Sandona (#alonebuttogetherHalf Way to Foolishis currently a sophomore at NMU majoring in hospitality management and minoring in dance. This is her first show at Northern and it's been such a great experience to be able to work with other amazing dancers; the whole process was something to remember! Even under these crazy circumstances, she is grateful to have made something special.

Maisie Zahn (#alonebuttogetherHalf Way to Foolish) is currently a junior studying sports science with a minor in dance. She is thankful for the freedom to choreograph a dance piece; it was incredible and terrifying all at the same time. She is so grateful to be given this opportunity to learn and grow as a dancer and choreographer. To the entire NMU Theatre and Dance community, thank you for giving your students the opportunity to create and grow as artists.  

Caitlin Sternberg (As the World Caves In) is a senior at NMU majoring in environmental science. She and Megan Hibbard bonded over making music during quarantine, and think that "As the World Caves In" is a fitting song for the times. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and cross country skiing on Marquette's trails and expanding her collection of cool rocks! 

Nancy Zimmerman (Contrasts: A Solo Piano Recital) came to NMU in 1987. She teaches piano, organ, and harp, and accompanies students and faculty in recitals. She is also a founding member of Marquette Symphony. As a soloist, Nancy has performed numerous recitals on the NMU campus and in U.P. Arts Centers such as The Erickson Center in Curtis and the Bonifas Center in Escanaba.

Robin Collins (LonliLess) was born in the Detroit area, where she got her start in the film industry as a youth actress. After earning several film and theatre acting credits, Robin has realized that her true passions lie “behind the scenes.” She began studying fine arts at the University of Michigan, and has since transferred to Northern Michigan University to concentrate in digital cinematography and outdoor recreation. Robin currently resides in Marquette with her dog Titus, while she attends NMU and works part-time as a freelance photographer and dog groomer.

Kaylie Goodno (Next Time/I Wouldn't Go Back; Xena, What If ) is a freshman at Northern Michigan University and is from southeastern Wisconsin. She is currently double majoring in musical theatre and music. This is Kaylie's first performance here at NMU and she hopes you enjoy! 

Sophie Shrauger (Next Time/I Wouldn't Go Back; Peggy, What If ) is a freshman musical theatre major at Northern Michigan University and is extremely excited to be in this production! Some of Sophie’s past roles include Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins, Polly Baker in Crazy for You, and Mary Warren in The Crucible. She was also nominated for Best Actress in a high school musical, and performed at the 2019 Sutton Foster Ovation Awards. 

Steven "Primary" Hughes (Plein Air Views of Presque Isle) is best known for his colorful acrylic portraits, having shown in numerous pop and illustration focused gallery exhibitions in California and New York. As an artist residing in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and professor of illustration at Northern Michigan University, he can often be found plein air painting along the coast of Lake Superior. His painting and illustration work revels in the interplay of light and color, and the emotional impact in quieter moments of determination, thoughtful reflection, and preparation for a thing that must be done.

Jacob Laitinen (Michael, Screaming, Humming; Doug, What If ) is a native of Marquette and is currently a theatre major at Northern Michigan University. Jacob returned to school in 2017 after a 7 year hiatus, and is ecstatic to be performing in his final season at Northern Michigan University; he is honored to share the stage/screen with so many talented performers. His previous roles at NMU include Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd, Professor Porter in Tarzan, Creon in Antigone, and Thenardier in Les Miserables. Jacob would like to thank everyone for their support of the arts, and hopes you enjoy this wonderful evening of performances!

Harrison Bouche (That Which Remains) is a freshman at Northern Michigan University who participates in NMU Arts Chorale, Culture Shock! Film Society, and as many student jobs as he can get his hands on. He discovered his love for music while in high school where he participated in string orchestra, chorale, and many musicals. You can find him in his bedroom, composing music, or on top of a mountain, also composing music. At the moment, he is double-majoring in multimedia production and communication studies and minoring in computer science.


Creative Team Bios


Sylvia Bednarczyk (Production Manager) is thrilled to be production manager for North x North Coast! Sylvia is a sophomore in the BFA theatre technology and design program at Northern Michigan University. She hopes to pursue a career in stage management and/or scenic design. Sylvia has been recently inducted into Alpha Psi Omega, the national honors society for dramatic production on campus. She is eager to continue broadening her horizons and working towards her career path!

Megan Hibbard (Lighting Designer) is a junior pursuing a BA in theatre with a focus in lighting design and double minoring in art and design and dance. She loves to be on and behind the FRT stage! In the past she has been a Silly Girl in Beauty and the Beast, Lisa in Mamma Mia!, a dancer, choreographer, and assistant lighting designer for What We Leave Behind, and worked on Cats as Bombalurina and assistant lighting designer. She is so excited to be back creating and designing again, and wants to thank the entire team and her family for encouraging her throughout this process!

Maisie Zahn (Choreographer, Half Way to Foolish) is currently a junior studying sports science with a minor in dance. She is thankful for the freedom to choreograph a dance piece; it was incredible and terrifying all at the same time. She is so grateful to be given this opportunity to learn and grow as a dancer and choreographer. To the entire NMU Theatre and Dance community, thank you for giving your students the opportunity to create and grow as artists.  

Sophie Sam (Director, Screaming, Humming) is a junior theatre student at Northern Michigan University, and is an alum of the National Theater Institute. She previously directed OPEN with Party Claw Productions, multiple pieces while at NTI, and Anatomy of a Murder at the Vista Theatre. She is also an actor, appearing in the web series Northbound, which is in production for its final season. She will be directing the upcoming Panowski Playwriting Award piece, which will be streaming this February. 

Erin Culp (Assistant Director/Scenic Designer, Screaming, Humming) is graduating this May with degrees in theatre and psychology. She has been involved in various productions at NMU and within the Marquette community, with recent work seen throughout the creative process of the short film Æon of Horus (premiering April 2021), The Rocky Horror Show (2019), and an upcoming circus-themed devised piece (directed by Keli Truckey). Her future endeavors are leading her towards pursuing work among the film industry in California next summer. She would like to thank Sophie Sam for allowing her to explore this script and create virtual scenery to help bring this performance to life. Enjoy!

Emily Kendall (Production Stage Manager, Screaming, Humming) is a senior theatre and entertainment arts/criminal justice double major graduating this May. In the past, she has worked on shows such as The Full Monty, Beauty and the Beast, and East of the Sun, West of the Moon as PSM. She is excited to take on that role one last time at the FRT with the department's production of Romeo and Juliet next semester. She would like to thank Sophie for giving her the opportunity to stage manage during a pandemic, but hopes she doesn't have to do it much longer!

Jacob Laitinen (Director, What If ) is a native of Marquette and is currently a theatre major at Northern Michigan University. Jacob returned to school in 2017 after a 7 year hiatus, and is ecstatic to be performing in his final season at Northern Michigan University; he is honored to share the stage/screen with so many talented performers. His previous roles at NMU include Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd, Professor Porter in Tarzan, Creon in Antigone, and Thenardier in Les Miserables. Jacob would like to thank everyone for their support of the arts, and hopes you enjoy this wonderful evening of performances!

Emma Block (Production Stage Manager, What If ) is a theatre and entertainment arts major. This is her second year at NMU after transferring from Northwestern Michigan College last year. Emma acted in A Christmas Story as part of the family ensemble last fall, and was on run crew for Significant Other earlier this year. This is Emma’s first time stage managing a piece, and she is very grateful to have this opportunity!

War of the Worlds was filmed in a recording studio during COVID-19 and released virtually to audiences November 5-8, 2020.


Cast List

 

Eunice Preston Anna Morozov
Dorothy Preston Sonja Madsen
Conrad Frank Oliver Rush
Leona James Lila Hartung
Camille James Zoe Zimmer
Nella Walker Ashley Gardner
Harold Brenner Will Smith
Veda Brenner Danae DeValve
Prof. Alton Mirand Jacob Laitinen
Hildy Charles Kate Karling
Alonso Russell/Student John Fatla
Passerby/Tough 1 Ryan Boos
Lucille LaMere/Tough 2 Samantha Wardisiani
George Ansen Noah Proctor
Bernard Colton Sebastian DeWitt
Newsboy Lila Hartung

Creative Team

 

Director Orion Couling
Scenic Designer Lex van Blommestein
Costume Designer Shelley Russell
Sound Designer Mark Shevy
Director of Photography Dan Zini
Properties Designer Keli Crawford-Truckey
Production Stage Manager Megan Donovan
Technical Director Ross W. Johnson

Additional Artistic Staff

 

Visual Effects Supervisor Dan Zini
Graphic Designers Lex van Blommestein, Sam Perkins Harbin
Assistant Sound Designers William Squires IV, Ryan Harvey
Sound & Music Supervisor Dan Zini
Mix Engineer Dan Zini
Creature Design Sam Perkins Harbin
Sound Assistants The students of BC 473M - Advanced Media
Production - Multimedia under the direction of
Professor Mark Shevy
Stage Manager Aubrey Wolck
Script Supervisor Toni Danz
Properties Coordinator Aubrey Wolck
Acknowledgments Iron Antiques

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

 

Director of Theatre Bill Digneit
Production Manager David Pierce
Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Scene Shop Foreman Ross W. Johnson
Properties Artisan Keli Crawford-Truckey
Lighting and Sound Supervisor Dan Zini
Marketing Manager Lilith Kontos

Cast Bios


Anna Morozov (Eunice Preston) is a freshman at NMU and is pleased to take part in this show as her first production here. Her previous roles include Jo March in Little Women, Golde in The Fiddler on the Roof, and Minnie Fay in Hello, Dolly!. Anna is so excited to take part in this production in the face of the pandemic. She would like to thank her dear friends for encouraging and inspiring her to continue to grow as an actor. She hopes you enjoy the show!

Sonja Madsen (Dorothy Preston) is in her second year at Northern and is majoring in both archaeology and metalsmithing. She has been absolutely thrilled to enter NMU’s theatre scene with this production, previously having worked on and with numerous shows at her hometown community theatre in Minnesota. She hopes you enjoy this show and that it provides a moment to relax and reflect in a time when connection, especially with theatre and the arts, is of unparalleled importance.

Lila Hartung (Leona James/Newsboy) is excited to be performing in her first production at Northern Michigan University. She is a part of the inaugural Musical Theatre BFA program, and can be found around campus playing in the university's orchestra, working on theatre projects, and running late to class. Her up and coming projects include "Beautiful" from Heathers, "What Baking Can Do" from Waitress, and A Christmas Carol directed by Paul Truckey.

Zoe Zimmer (Camille James) is a third year student who has previously been in NMU’s productions of Fringe Festival (Valiant Woman), Beauty and the Beast (Milkmaid/Knife), Scrooge (Ghost of Christmas Future), The Full Monty (Joanie), and Cats (Rumpleteazer). She is very excited to be a part of War of the Worlds because it gives her a chance to do theatre in these uncertain times. 

Danae DeValve (Veda Brenner) is a senior at NMU going into her last year at Northern, and hopes this show will not be her last performance before she graduates in May 2021. The last show she performed in with the Forest Roberts Theatre was Medieval Dinner Theatre, in which she played Mary the Nobody. She’s currently majoring in theatre with a minor in writing.

Jacob Laitinen (Prof. Alton Mirand) is a native of Marquette, MI and is a theater major with a minor in music at Northern Michigan University. Jacob started back at school in 2017 after a 7 year hiatus, and is ecstatic to be in his final year at Northern. His previous roles at NMU include Beedle Bamford in Sweeney Todd, Edgar/Sante in Nightfall With Edgar Allan Poe, Professor Porter in Tarzan, Creon in Antigone, Thenardier in Les Miserables, and The Snail With the Mail in A Year with Frog and Toad. Jacob has worked professionally playing Sikes in Tecumseh Outdoor Drama and Rowdy in Beacon on the Rock, as well as performing in the chorus of several Operas at the Pine Mountain Music Festival. He has also played Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Beast in Beauty and the Beast, Herr Shultz in Cabaret, Sebastian in The Little Mermaid, Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show, and Ali Hakim in Oklahoma. Jacob would like to thank everyone for coming out, and he hopes you enjoy this wonderful production.

Samantha Wardisiani (Lucille LaMere/Tough 2) is making her Forest Roberts Theatre debut in War of the Worlds. She grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago and is excited for all of the upcoming opportunities. She would like to thank Orion for giving her a chance and making the atmosphere very welcoming, and gives a special shout out to the cast because they are all wonderful and talented! She would also like to thank her family for all their support. 


Creative Team Bios


Orion Couling (Director) is the award-winning founder and executive director of EDGE of Orion, an Illinois NFP. He is a specialist in project-based learning and carries 20 years of adventure-based teaching experience. He created the Constellation Project, a program that celebrates inclusion and neuro-diverse participation. With over 100 directing credits in professional and youth theatre to his name, he remains one of the foremost experts in dynamic educational theatre. His “edu-tainment” style is known to bring levity and inspiration to classrooms and audiences. He has presented at Northwestern University’s Inclusion Theatre festival for the past three years and has given lectures at universities, high schools, and community theatre programs. Orion is also a stage combat instructor, stunt coordinator, and a licensed Maritime Captain. Orion proudly serves as a board member for History Alive. When not leading the “inclusion revolution,” you’ll find him playing with his Irish Folk-rock band “Finger on the Trigger,” leading ghost tours, or by the water.

Shelley Russell (Costume Designeris a professor of theatre arts at NMU. Shelley teaches a variety of courses, including playwriting and stage combat. She's directed over fifty productions including Beauty and the Beast, RENT, Romeo and Juliet, Peter Pan and Legally Blonde. She enjoys all aspects of theatre, and has acted and sung in numerous productions, created dance and fight choreography, designed costumes, and written plays and musicals which have been honored by the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award Competition, KCACTF, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the State of Michigan. She served as executive director for LST and in 2011 was honored by NMU with the Distinguished Faculty Award. Playwriting credits include Holdin' Our Own, Beacon on the Rock, Haywire, Points North, and Water, Woman. 

Megan Donovan (Production Stage Manager) is a freshman this semester at Northern Michigan University and is majoring in theatre technology and design. She hopes to one day be a stage manager or lighting designer on Broadway or a Broadway touring show. Megan started her theatre journey in 2014 with Tecumseh Youth Theatre and over the years has helped with 15 shows at TYT, the Croswell Opera House, and Tecumseh Center for the Arts. This is her first show at NMU and she is very thankful for the opportunity to PSM War of the Worlds

Toni Danz (Script Supervisor) is a junior at Northern Michigan University and was accepted into the BFA program last year for the theatre technology and design degree. Working on this show was such a great experience for her and she looks forward to many more online projects. She loves staying productive in the theatre department even though live performances aren't going on. Adapt and overcome!

William Squires IV (Assistant Sound Designer) is a junior theatre technology and design major with a focus in sound at Northern Michigan University. He is extremely excited to be working on War of the Worlds, as this is his first assistant sound design opportunity due to cancellations caused by COVID-19. At the Forest Roberts Theatre, William has worked as an A2 for Beauty and the Beast and as a board operator for A Christmas Story and The Full Monty. He also has worked with Westwood High School as a board operator for their production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Jr. William is eager to start production on War of the Worlds and to gain experience and knowledge to take forward with him to future employers/productions.

Significant Other was performed at the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre from February 13-15 and 19-22, 2020.


Cast List

Jordan Marcus Bechek
Laura Michaella Maningo
Vanessa Lee Johnson
Kiki Kate Karling
Conrad, Zach Christian Sharp
Evan, Roger Noah Proctor
Will, Toby Ben Bures
Helene Lois Stanley


† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Creative Team

Director Shelley Russell
Scenic Designer Taylor Venegas
Lighting Designer Victor G. Holliday
Costume Designer Joel Shinavier
Sound Designer Dan Zini
Properties Master Keli Crawford-Truckey
Technical Director Ross W. Johnson
Production Stage Manager Clair Kaminski

Indicates work done in partial fulfillment of the senior capstone.

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Additional Artistic Staff

Director's Assistants Kelsey Ampe, Brooke Perttu, Kiera Wyckhuys
Master Electrician Dan Zini
Board Operator Evan Honig
Wardrobe Kelsey Ampe, Brooke Perttu
Run Crew Emma Block

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honors Society.


Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew Erin Culp, Frances Dykema, Masie Johnson, Megan Hibbard, Kate Karling, Joel Shinavier, Zoe Zimmer
Scene Shop Foreman Ross W. Johnson
Carpenters and Painters Emily Baker, Sylvia Bednarczyk, Emily Kendall, Ethan Rickert, Audree Stephens, Alec Vanhorn, Taylor Venegas
Lighting and Sound Supervisor Dan Zini
Electrics Crew Mike Banks, Seth Bowen, Evan Honig, William Squires, Aubrey Wolck
Prop Artisans Keli Crawford-Truckey, Hannah Carey
Theatre and Dance Marketing Manager Lilith Kontos
Theatre and Dance Marketing and Box Office Staff Emma Block, Leah Danielson, Cami Fischer, Gracie Fries, Abby Macek, Jacob Laitinen, Marina Morse, Micah Munts, Sophie Sam
Photographers NMU Marketing
Facebook Find us at NMU Theatre and Dance! 

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honors Society.


Cast Bios


Lee Johnson (Vanessa) is a third year student at Northern Michigan University who is majoring in digital cinema with a minor in theatre. This is her very first production here at the FRT; she has always been involved behind the camera and finally decided to let go and shine her personality on stage! Lee wants to strengthen her acting skills and entertain people. She thanks her mom for always supporting her and is determined to someday perform on television and also do comedy.

Kate Karling (Kiki) has been acting since 2016 when she entered her first role as Essie in You Can't Take It With You at Theatre North in Ironwood, MI. Being born and raised in the U.P., Kate has had a uniquely picturesque upbringing. She has been so very lucky to have had such inspiring surroundings through the many ups and downs of growing up and chasing dreams. She hopes that you enjoy the journey that Significant Other brings you on. Playing Kiki has been an extraordinarily fun opportunity, and Kate hopes you enjoy as many laughs during this performance as the cast had in the process of preparing it. And, please...excuse her French. Sorry, Mom. 

Christian Sharp (Conrad, Zachis new to the theatre world, but has worked previously on A Christmas Story as the Voice on Radio and a member of the family ensemble. He learned a lot from that show and is excited to work under Shelley. He is most excited to learn and grow more as an actor and to work on character development. He is very thankful for this opportunity!


Creative Team Bios


Shelley Russell (Director) is a professor of theatre arts at NMU. Shelley teaches a variety of courses, including playwriting and stage combat. She's directed over fifty productions including Beauty and the Beast, RENT, Romeo and Juliet, Peter Pan and Legally Blonde. She enjoys all aspects of theatre, and has acted and sung in numerous productions, created dance and fight choreography, designed costumes and written plays and musicals which have been honored by the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award Competition, KCACTF, the National Endowment for the Arts and the State of Michigan. She served as executive director for LST and in 2011 was honored by NMU with the Distinguished Faculty Award. Playwriting credits include Holdin' Our Own, Beacon on the Rock, Haywire, Points North, and Water, Woman. 

While the world has been turning all of this time, Taylor Venegas (Scenic Design) has been waiting for you to see the conceptions she has created for this production. As a fervent student of technical theatre at Northern Michigan University, Taylor has previously contributed her artistic passions and scenic design skills as an assistant on Beauty and the Beast, Mamma Mia!, and The Full Monty. While she knows you'll enjoy the show, she hopes that you appreciate yourselves just the same... as a treat.

Victor G. Holliday (Lighting Design) has been the designer for the Forest Roberts Theatre since 1982, and also served as technical director from 1982-2000. He holds a bachelor of arts in psychology from St. Johns University (Minnesota), and his master of fine arts in scenic design from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Before coming to NMU, he was designer and technical director at Trenton State College (now the College of New Jersey). Vic has also designed for summer and community theatre companies in Hawaii, Michigan, Wisconsin, New Jersey, and North Carolina. Outside of the theatre, his major interests are history (particularly military and naval history), ship modeling (pre-deadnought steel navy), and he is an active ailurophile.

Joel Shinavier (Costume Design) is from Grand Rapids MI and is a second year theatre student at Northern. He has been involved in many productions working backstage including Sweeney Todd, Beauty and the Beast, and The Full Monty.  He hopes to use his degree to pursue a career working with costumes in theatre or beyond.

Clair Kaminski (Production Stage Manager) is a second semester freshman pursuing a degree in theatre and entertainment arts with a concentration in technical theatre. This is her first time as PSM for a college production, so she is very excited and grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of Significant Other. Theatre at NMU has offered her much more than she expected in her first couple of semesters of college, so she is looking forward to her continued participation in the NMU Department of Theatre and Dance in the years to come.

A Christmas Story was performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre December 11-15, 2019.


Cast List

Ralph Dustin Golden
Ralphie Parker Evan Harma
Mother Sara Parks
The Old Man Jason Parks
Randy Jack Johnson
Miss Shields Riley Fields
Flick Nate Wood
Schwartz Sevi Voight
Esther Jane Alberry Avonlea Kuhlman
Helen Weathers Marin Johnson
Scut Farkas Winston Leonard
Grover Dill Christian Leonard
Desperado 1 Mickie Wiza
Desperado 2 Charlie Edwards
Black Bart Ian McCullough
Tree Lot Owner Seth Bowen
Santa Claus John Fatla
Delivery Man Paul Leow
Mrs. Schwartz Heather Isaacson
Voice on Radio Christian Sharp
School Ensemble Lyla Isaacson, Elysie Isaacson, Talyn Rasmussen
Families Ensemble Heather Issacson, Lyla Isaacson, Elysie Issacson,
Christian Leonard, Katie Spengler, Talyn Rasmussen,
Ian McCullough, Emma Block, Winston Leonard, Christian Sharp

Indicates work done in partial fulfillment of the senior capstone.

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Creative Team

Director Teagan Sturmer
Scenic Designer Lex van Blommestein
Lighting Designer Vic Holliday
Costume Designer Shelley Russell
Sound Designer Dan Zini
Properties Master Hannah Carey, Keli Crawford-Truckey
Technical Director David Pierce
Production Stage Manager Katherine Marsh
Producer Bill Digneit

Indicates work done in partial fulfillment of the senior capstone.

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Additional Artistic Staff

Associate Technical Director Emily Baker
Assistant Scenic Designer Hannah Carey
Assistant Stage Manager Sylvia Bednarczyk
Combat Choreographers Jacob Laitinen, Nick Salin
Master Electrician Dan Zini
Light Board Operator  Katherine Marsh
Sound Board Operator William Squires
Spotlight Operator Sophie Sam
Audio 2 Seth Bowen
Run Crew Mickie Wiza, Charlie Edwards, Ian McCullough, Seth Bowen, Paul Leow

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew

Erin Culp, Frances Dykema, Masie Johnson, Kate Karling, Eric Mackall, Sabrina Nelson, Joel Shinavier, Esther Teng, Zoe Zimmer

Scene Shop Foreman Ross Johnson
Carpenters and Painters

Emily Baker, Emily Kendall, Keegan Downey, Alec Vanhorn, Audree Stephens, Taylor Venegas, Ester Teng

Lighting and Sound Supervisor Dan Zini
Electrics Crew

Jacob Stipe, Justin Van't Hof, Sam Stauffer, Eric Honig

Prop Artisans Keli Truckey, Hannah Carey
Box Office Manager Nick Salin
Assistant Box Office Manager Sophie Sam
Box Office Staff

Abby Macek, Jacob Laitinen Leah Danielson, Marina Morse, Micah Munts

Photographers NMU Marketing
Facebook Find us at NMU Theatre and Dance! 

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Cast Bios


Dustin Golden (Ralph) is a sophomore at NMU from White Pine, Michigan, who is pursuing a career in law. He is a political science major with a theatre minor. His previous performances include Sweeney Todd (Run Crew) and Mamma Mia! (Ensemble). He figures if he’s going to become a lawyer, he might as well know how to put on a good show.

Evan Harma (Ralphie Parkeris 11 years old. Evan is very excited to be playing Ralphie in A Christmas Story as he has been told he looks like Ralphie since he was a toddler. Evan is an actor with Superior Arts Youth Theater. His most recent role was The Mysterious Man in Into the Woods Jr. Evan also enjoys performing as a magician. When he is not performing, he enjoys fishing, mountain biking, basketball, and guitar.  Evan has requested his own Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas, but his mother thinks he will shoot his eye out.

Sara Parks (Mother) is an active performer and full-time music teacher in Marquette. She loves sharing her passion for acting and singing with her husband and two amazing children, who continue to inspire and maker her laugh her every single day. Sara's favorite performances include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Narrator), Godspell (Joanne), Into the Woods (Baker's Wife), Pippin (Catherine), and Les Miserables (Cosette). She has also music-directed for SAYT's productions of Narnia, James and the Giant Peach, Into the Woods Jr., and Frozen Jr. Sara is looking forward to recreating a classic on stage alongside her hilarious husband, Jason.

Jason Parks (The Old Man) is a 2010 graduate of NMU's social work program and a proud patriarch of a theatre family. A latecomer to this arena, Jason has been involved in recent community productions Beacon on the Rock, Building Madness, and Julius Caesar, as well as multiple productions of Scrooge!  He is thrilled to be acting alongside his beautiful wife, Sara, as the mother and father in this wonderful adaptation of one of the most iconic films of all time.

Jack Johnson (Randy) is in the third grade. He has been in multiple performances through Superior Arts Youth Theater, including playing Les Jacobs (Newsies, 2019), Rapunzel's Prince (Into the Woods, 2019), Michael Darling (Peter Pan, 2018), and ensemble roles in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Alice in Wonderland.

Nate Wood (Flick) is 11 years old and a sixth grader at Bothwell Middle School. Nate loves to ski, bike, and travel. Since 2017, he has been involved in numerous productions through Superior Arts Youth Theater, including Into the Woods Jr. (Cinderella's Prince), Alice in Wonderland (King of Hearts), As You Like It (William), and High School Musical Jr. (Chad) among others. Nate first acted at Northern in Scrooge! (2017 and 2018) and is excited to be back at the Forest Roberts Theatre. In his free time, Nate likes to walk his dog and play with his cat.

Sevi Voigt (Schwartz) is very excited to join the cast of A Christmas Story. Sevi lives in Marquette with his family and goes to Bothwell Middle School. Sevi started acting during SAYT’s production of Shrek the Musical Jr. Since then he has been in multiple SAYT productions. He also enjoys traveling and writing stories. Sevi would like to thank the directors for this amazing opportunity, and his family for letting him do what the loves.

Avonlea Kuhlman (Esther Jane Alberry) is an 11 year old with a lot of energy! She’s taken the stage in 15 local theatre productions to-date, having had opportunities to work with NMU’s Forest Roberts Theatre, the Lake Superior Theatre, and the Superior Arts Youth Theater. A few fun characters of note she has portrayed are Young Elsa (Disney’s Frozen Jr.), Little Red Riding Hood (Into the Woods Jr.), Bielke (Fiddler on the Roof), and Chip (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast). Avonlea also recently dabbled in the film world when she had the opportunity to play the role of a murderous youth in a short horror film. Beyond acting, Avonlea also enjoys participating in behind-the-scenes action, helping with artistic, tech, and run crew activities for productions whenever possible.

Marin Johnson (Helen Weathers) is in sixth grade. She has been very active with Superior Arts Youth Theater, with previous roles as the Witch in Into the Woods Jr., Templeton in Charlotte's Web and the Narrator in The Brave Little Tailor. She has been in ensemble roles in Alice in Wonderland, Shrek the Musical Jr., Peter Pan, High School Musical, Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr., Kids Sing Broadway and Newsies. She is excited for A Christmas Story, her first show with NMU!

Winston Leonard (Scut Farkas/Ensemble) has been in previous productions such as Frozen Jr., Scrooge!, School House Rock Jr., The Lion King Jr., Shrek the Musical Jr., Cinderella, and many others. His favorite part of being in theatre is finding out what part he got. He loves to get into the mindset of different characters! When he is not onstage, he enjoys being outdoors, playing the piano, singing, and playing soccer.

Christian Leonard (Grover Dill/Ensemble) has appeared in many shows. Some include Frozen Jr., Scrooge!, School House Rock Jr., The Lion King Jr. and Cinderella. Other than acting, he likes to build Legos, arts and crafts, and playing outside! His favorite part of theatre is singing and being with friends. He loves to participate in plays because they entertain people!

Charlie Edwards (Desperado 2) is a senior English writing major with a double minor in dance and computer information systems. Charlie has appeared in many theatre productions at NMU, including Beauty and the Beast (Ensemble), Twelfth Night (Sailor), Tarzan (Ensemble), and Scrooge! (Simpkins). Charlie also played Mordcha in Lake Superior Theatre’s production of Fiddler on the Roof and the Troll Queen in NMU’s world premiere story ballet production of East of the Sun, West of the Moon. He most recently performed with NMU’s Co/Lab Collective in What We Leave Behind: Addressing Climate Change Through Dance. He is very excited to be in this production and hopes you enjoy the show! Happy holidays!

Ian McCullough (Black Bart/Ensemble) is happy to perform his very first production at the Forest Roberts Theatre! He is a freshman at Northern Michigan University studying theatre and has pursued acting since the eighth grade. Other productions he’s been in include his high school’s productions of Radium Girls, Beauty and the Beast, and The Sound of Music.

Christian Sharp (Voice on Radiois a returning sophomore at NMU who has recently changed his major to theatre. With no prior experience under his belt, this is the first production he has ever participated in; this will be the first time he has ever stepped onto a stage. He is excited and grateful for this opportunity, to the director for casting him, and to his cast mates for being welcoming to this new experience. He hopes to grow and to learn a lot as a performer from this production.

Emma Block (Ensemble) is a theatre major who transferred from Northwestern Michigan College, and this is her first semester here at NMU. Emma has been doing theatre since 6th grade, but took a break in 2017 in order to focus on work and college. She is excited to make her debut at NMU with A Christmas Story after a 2 year hiatus from theatre!

Elyise Isaacson (Ensemble), age 7, is in second grade at Superior Hills Elementary and loves to swim, ride horses, bike, read, and spend time with her friends and family. This is her very first time performing in a production. She is thrilled to be a part of A Christmas Story!

Lyla Isaacson (Ensemble), age 9, is in fourth grade at Superior Hills Elementary and loves to play soccer, ski, bike, read, and spend time with her friends and family. Since 2015, she’s been involved with numerous productions through the Superior Arts Youth Theater, including Alice in Wonderland Jr., School House Rock Jr., Lion King Jr., and The Nutcracker. This is her first NMU production; she is excited to be a part of this experience and is so grateful to be a part of A Christmas Story!

Talyn Rasmussen (Ensemble) is very excited to be in this production of A Christmas Story. She has been in many productions with the Superior Arts Youth Theater, including Seussical, Kids Sing Broadway, Peter Pan, Newsies, and Legally Blonde Jr. She was also in last year's Beauty and the Beast here at NMU as the Rug. She has been doing theatre since she was 8, and she has loved it ever since. One of her biggest passions other than theatre is gymnastics, and she loves using it on stage. She would like to thank the crew and cast for getting to know her, and for helping her every step of the way. Enjoy the show!

Katie Spengler (Ensemble) is a senior at NMU from Lake Orion, Michigan and is excited to be onstage again in A Christmas Story. She has performed in NMU’s Scrooge! (2017,2018), Tarzan (2018), and was involved in many shows during high school. At NMU, she is studying environmental studies and sustainability with a double minor in biology and wildlife conservation and policing. In her free time, she loves exploring Marquette and painting. She is very excited to continue to participate in theatre in college and hopes you enjoy the show!


Creative Team Bios


Teagan Sturmer (Director) is an actor and director from the Marquette area. This is her first time directing for NMU Theatre and Dance and she is thrilled and honored to be here. Other directing credits include Peter Pan (Superior Arts Youth Theatre, Assistant Director), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (SAYT, Director), Alice in Wonderland (SAYT, Assistant Director), and As You Like It (SAYT, Director). She invites you to sit back, relax, enjoy the show, and reminiscence on your own childhood Christmases. Merry Christmas!

Victor G. Holliday (Lighting Design) has been the designer for the Forest Roberts Theatre since 1982, and also served as technical director from 1982-2000. He holds a bachelor of arts in phsychology from St. Johns University (Minnesota), and his master of fine arts in scenic design from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Before coming to NMU, he was designer and technical director at Trenton State College (now the College of New Jersey). Vic has also designed for summer and community theatre companies in Hawaii, Michigan, Wisconsin, New Jersey, and North Carolina. Outside of the theatre, his major interests are history (particularly military and naval history), ship modeling (pre-deadnought steel navy), and he is an active ailurophile.

Shelley Russell (Costume Design) is a professor of theatre arts at NMU. Shelley teaches a variety of courses, including playwriting and stage combat. She's directed over fifty productions including Beauty and the Beast, RENT, Romeo and Juliet, Peter Pan and Legally Blonde. She enjoys all aspects of theatre, and has acted and sung in numerous productions, created dance and fight choreography, designed costumes and written plays and musicals which have been honored by the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award Competition, KCACTF, the National Endowment for the Arts and the State of Michigan. She served as executive director for LST and in 2011 was honored by NMU with the Distinguished Faculty Award. Playwriting credits include Holdin' Our Own, Beacon on the Rock, Haywire, Points North, and Water, Woman. 

David Pierce (Technical Director) came to NMU from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY where he had been technical director for the department of theatre and dance. Other TD credits include Adirondack Theatre Festival, Little Theatre on the Square, and Four Seasons Theatre Company. David holds a BS in construction management from Ferris State University and an MFA in theatre technology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In his spare time, he loves to be outdoors. He enjoys hiking, boating, fishing, biking, and bonfires. He's also a boisterous Tigers fan!

Bill Digneit (Producer) is the owner of Double Trouble Entertainment. He received his M.F.A. in Technical Production and Design at Florida State University.

Sylvia Bednarczyk (Assistant Stage Manager) is delighted to assistant stage manage A Christmas Story! Sylvia recently graduated from Reavis High School in Burbank, Illinois, where she spent her free time working on productions at her school’s theater. She is double majoring in theatre tech and design as well as outdoor recreation leadership and management at Northern Michigan University, and wishes to pursue theatre as a career. She has loved working with children and adults alike in this production. Sylvia cannot wait to continue her theatre journey at the Forest Roberts Theatre!


 

What We Leave Behind: Addressing Climate Change Through Dance was performed in the Forest Roberts Theatre November 7-9, 2019.


Cast List

Dance Creators
Charlie Edwards
Liz Caputo
Jacqueline Brignall
Maisie Zahn
Valerie Slaght
Eliza Goben
Kate Joy Karling
Audree Stephens
Gracie Fries
Kortney Manchip
Megan Hibbard
Skylar Taavola
Om Musicians
Carrie Biolo
Kendra Day
Wyatt Tillotson
Janae Peterson
Maria Formolo

Creative Team

CO/LAB COLLECTIVE
Creative Director

Jill Grundstrom
Om Director Carrie Biolo
Lecture Content Creator Dr. Jessica Thompson
Scenic Designer Bill Digneit
Scenic Artist Jason Schneider
Lighting Designer Vic Holliday
Costume Design/Organization Shelley Russell
Projection Design Team Micah Munts, Gabrielle McNally, Tracy Wascom
Sound Designer Dan Zini
Properties Masters Hannah Carey, Keli Crawford-Truckey
Technical Director David Pierce
Production Stage Manager Lilith Kontos

Indicates work done in partial fulfillment of the senior capstone.

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Stage Managers Clair Kaminski, Emily Kendall
Lighting Design Assistant Megan Hibbard
Master Electrician Jacob Stipe
Light Board Operator  Lilith Kontos
Sound Board Operator Dan Zini
Spotlight Operator Avery Zahlmann
Audio 2 John Fatla

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew

Erin Culp, Frances Dykema, Masie Johnson, Kate Karling, Eric Mackall, Sabrina Nelson, Joel Shinavier, Esther Teng, Zoe Zimmer

Scene Shop Foreman Ross Johnson
Carpenters and Painters

Emily Baker, Emily Kendall, Keegan Downey, Alec Vanhorn, Audree Stephens, Taylor Venegas, Esther Teng

Lighting and Sound Supervisor Dan Zini
Electrics Crew

Jacob Stipe, Justin Vant’ Hof, Sam Stauffer, Eric Honig

Prop Artesians Keli Truckey, Hannah Carey
Box Office Manager Nick Salin
Assistant Box Office Manager Sophie Sam
Box Office Staff

Abby Macek, Jacob Laitinen Leah Danielson, Marina Morse, Micah Munts

Photographers NMU Marketing
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† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Cast Bios


Charlie Edwards (Dance Creatoris an English writing major with a double minor in dance and computer information systems. Charlie has been involved in the performing arts for a majority of his life, taking voice and piano lessons from age 9 to 14, training in dance since the age of 11 and acting since the age of 17. As an NMU student, Charlie has found joy performing in and choreographing for the annual NMU dance concerts, as well as acting in several NMU theatre productions. He is very excited to perform in what will be his final collegiate dance concert before graduating in May. Enjoy the show!

Liz Caputo (Dance Creatoris a senior at NMU with a double major in Criminal Justice and Psychology Applied Behavioral Analysis, and a double minor in Pre-Law and Dance. Liz has been dancing for 20 years and has studied the arts of Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, and Hip Hop. She has been preforming at NMU dance concert's for four years now and was in East of the Sun West of the Moon Ballet that NMU presented last winter, and was in the Hip Hop Dance Crew for three semesters.  Liz would like to thank her family and her fiancé for supporting her in everything that she does! Enjoy the Show!

Jacqueline Brignall (Dance Creator) is a junior year Zoology major. This is her second show with the Forest Roberts Theatre. She is excited to share such an important message in a way that is able to reach everyone.

Maisie Zahn (Dance Creator) is currently a sophomore at NMU, and is originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee where she was classically trained in ballet for nine years. She is studying Sports Science in hopes of becoming an athletic trainer for professional dancers. She has enjoyed her experience performing with NMU in Fringe Festival, East of the Sun and West of the Moon, as well as Beauty and the Beast. She is grateful to be following her passion through dance.

Valerie Slaght (Dance Creator) is a senior studying Philosophy and double minoring in Religious Studies and Dance. She has been dancing for sixteen years. Valerie has danced in the past two dance concerts put on by NMU. She is excited to dance with a purpose in this show and spark conversation about climate change.

Eliza Goben (Dance Creator) is a senior at NMU from Marshall, MI. She is studying Applied Behavior Analysis with a double minor in Human Services and Dance, and she is currently working in the Organizational Behavior Management Lab for her final year. Eliza has been dancing for sixteen years. She has studied ballet, acro, clogging, jazz, hip hop, and most recently contemporary. Although Eliza has never performed with NMU, she has been involved in many theatrical productions and dance recitals in her hometown.

Kate Joy Karling (Dance Creator) was born and raised in our gorgeous Upper Peninsula. She is so proud to be a part of such a progressive, enlightening production. She hopes that you can feel, and share in, the passion of everyone who has been involved in the making of this show as you experience it. She would like to thank her family and close friends for their wholehearted support in her endeavors.

Audree Stephens (Dance Creator) is a Senior at NMU majoring in theatre and minoring in dance. This is her first year participating in a dance show and she is so excited to have this opportunity! Audree has been in several shows here at the FRT including The Addams Family (Bride Ancestor/Wednesday's understudy), Tarzan (Kala), Sweeney Todd (Johanna), Beauty and the Beast (Mrs. Potts), and The Full Monty (Estelle). She hopes the audience will open their eyes to what is happening with our world right now and take the appropriate action to live peacefully in the future!

Gracie Fries (Dance Creator) is a junior here at NMU from Kingsford, Michigan pursuing a bachelor's degree in Entrepreneurship and a minor in dance. Her passion lies in the musical arts with eighteen years of dance instruction and vocal lessons. She spent four years teaching and choreographing at Julie’s Top Hat Dance Studio and is currently choreographing at Dawn Dott Dance Studio, along with this years SAYT production of Frozen Jr. She was a pro-dancer in this past Dancing With Our Stars Marquette County Style, Disney Edition. Her hobbies include singing, playing bass, baking, gardening, and spending time with friends and family. Being one of the first of her family to attend college, she is proud to be a “Wildcat” with much support from her family and friends.

Megan Hibbard (Dance Creator/Assistant Lighting Designer) is a Sophomore and this is her third semester performing at the Forest Roberts Theatre! Her past performances include Fringe Festival, Beauty and the Beast and Mamma Mia! and she is so excited to add What We Leave Behind to the list. Megan has been dancing for 11 years and can’t wait to keep learning and growing alongside this amazing cast and under the guidance of Jill Grundstrom. She would like to thank her family and friends for supporting her and pushing her to keep overcoming obstacles to do what she loves.

Skylar Taavola (Dance Creator) is a sophomore majoring in Management of Health and Fitness with a minor in Dance. This is her second production at Northern Michigan University, with previously being apart of the East of the Sun, West of the Moon Ballet. Skylar is a second year member and choreographer for the NMU Dance Team. She currently teaches various styles of dance at New Attitudes and Julie’s Top Hat dance studios, and is also a choreographer for Marquette's Nutcracker Ballet. Skylar is so grateful to be a part of this show and would like to thank Jill Grundstrom for inspiring and helping her daily.


Creative Team Bios


Jill Grundstrom (Creative Director) is a Marquette based dancer, instructor, and choreographer. She has a BS from Northern Michigan University in Secondary Education with majors in English and French, and an MA in Dance Education from New York University in New York City and Genoa, Italy. She is currently working on an EdS degree in Educational Leadership, with the intent to continue to an EdD. She continues to train with The Luigi Jazz Centre, STEPS on Broadway, and Broadway Dance Center in New York City, and has worked, taught, and trained with New York City Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, and American Ballet Theatre, whose curriculum she is certified in. Jill is the dance program director at NMU and choreographs for FRT Theatre and Dance Program, as well as for the Superior Arts Youth Theatre. She has choreographed over 30 full-length musical and dance productions in the Upper Peninsula, New York City, and Los Angeles, and recently choreographed an independent feature-length film, Our State Fair. She was the recipient of the MACC Outstanding Performing Artist of the Year Award in 2011. She is currently consulting on a new Character Dance curriculum for American Ballet Theatre.

Dr. Jessica Thompson (Lecture Content Creator) is an associate professor in the College of Business. She teaches courses in environmental and social responsibility, new media and public relations. Her research is focused on communication about complex ecological issues, such as climate change and sustainable development. She has worked on climate change related research teams in Mexico, Mongolia, India, Singapore, and at more than two dozen National Parks and communities across the United States. Her latest book, America’s Largest Classroom: What We Learn From Our National Parks, will be available in April, 2020. She also serves on the Marquette County Climate Adaptation Task Force and Michigan Energy Options’ Board of Directors.

Carrie Biolo (OM Music Director) is a world-class percussionist who brings highly experimental sound, rhythm and movement into her work, Biolo has toured extensively throughout the United States, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, Austria, Spain and Italy.  She has recorded over 25 CD’s on various labels including Delmark, HatART and Rhino.  Her music compositions can be heard on Ira Glass’ This American Life, and Chicago, Boston, Interlochen and Marquette Public Radio. Carrie is an instructor at Northern Michigan University where she directs the OM New Music Ensemble and teaches World Music.  This fall she began teaching private percussion lessons at Michigan Tech.  She is the founder and artistic director of the Percussive Attack Camp, maintains a private percussion studio, directs the Marquette Senior High Drumline and is a percussionist with the Marquette Symphony Orchestra. Biolo currently resides in Marquette, MI, where she is a fifth-generation native.  Carrie is an instructor at Northern Michigan University where she directs the OM New Music Ensemble and teaches World Music.  Biolo is also a private music instructor in the Visual and Performing Arts Department of Michigan Technological University, is the founder and artistic director of the Percussive Attack Camp, directs the Marquette Senior High Drumline and is a percussionist with the Marquette Symphony Orchestra.

Lilith Kontos (Production Stage Manager) is a recent graduate of Northern Michigan University, where she received her B.S. in English and minored in theatre. She is a local performer and stage manager and has appeared in roles such as Rocky Horror in The Rocky Horror Show (U.P. Masonic Center), Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Presque Isle Bandshell), Nina in The Seagull (Wolf’s Head Theatre Company), Ali in Mamma Mia! (Forest Roberts Theatre), Tobias Ragg in Sweeney Todd (Forest Roberts Theatre), Annelle in Steel Magnolias (Lake Superior Theatre), and Jan in Grease (Lake Superior Theatre). Stage management credits include Tarzan at the Forest Roberts Theatre.

The Full Monty was performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre from October 11-12, 16-19, 2019.


Cast List

Jerry Lukowski Brady Skewis
Dave Bukatinski Nick Salin
Malcolm Macgregor Seth Bowen
Harold Nichols Will Smith
Noah "Horse" T. Simmons Marcus Bechek
Ethan Girad Eric Mackall
Pam Lukowski Hanna Numinen
Nathan Lukowski Roenak Ghiardi
Georgie Bukatinski Kortney Manchip
Vicki Nichols Adrianna J. Stephens
Jeanette Burmeister Faye Elder
Estelle Audree Stephens
Buddy "Keno" Walsh Benjamin Bures
Teddy Slaughter Alec Vanhorn
Reg Willoughby John Fatla
Tony Giordano/Male Understudy Jacob Laitinen
Susan Hershey Bella Feitl
Joanie Lish Zoe Zimmer
Female Ensemble

Bailey Barthel, Bella Feitl, Zoe Zimmer

Male Ensemble

John Fatle, Jacob Laitinen, Alec Vanhorn

Set Movers Mickie Wiza, Sebastian DeWitt

 

Indicates work done in partial fulfillment of the senior capstone.

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Creative Team

Director Keli Crawford-Truckey
Choreographer Jill Grundstrom
Music Director Caitlin Palomaki
Scenic Designer Lex van Blommstein
Lighting Designer Matt Weber
Costume Designer Taylor Ehle
Sound Designer Jacob Stipe
Properties Master Hannah Carey
Technical Director David Pierce
Production Stage Manager Emily Kendall
Producer Bill Digneit

Additional Artistic Staff

Stage Managers Maggie Solomon, Toni Danz
Assistant Stage Manager Emily Strain
Associate Technical Director Emily Baker
Assistant Costume Designer Ann Juidici
Assistant Scenic Designer Taylor Venegas
Conductor Caitlin Palomaki
Master Electrician Justin Van't Hof
Light Board Operator  Evan Honig
Sound Board Operator William Squires
Spotlight Operators Kayla Pederson, Hannah Carey
Audio 2 Hannah Drummond
Run Crew Sylvia Bednarczyk, Emily Strain
Costume Maestro Joel Shinavier
Costume Helpers Kate Karling, Megan Hibbard

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew

Erin Culp, Frances Dykema, Masie Johnson, Kate Karling, Eric Mackall, Sabrina Nelson, Joel Shinavier, Esther Teng, Zoe Zimmer

Scene Shop Foreman Ross Johnson
Carpenters and Painters

Emily Baker, Emily Kendall, Keegan Downey, Alec Vanhorn, Audree Stephens, Taylor Venegas, Ester Teng

Lighting and Sound Supervisor Dan Zini
Electrics Crew

Jacob Stipe, Justin Vant’ Hof, Sam Stauffer, Eric Honig

Prop Artesians Keli Truckey, Hannah Carey
Box Office Manager Nick Salin
Assistant Box Office Manager Sophie Sam
Box Office Staff

Abby Macek, Jacob Laitinen Leah Danielson, Marina Morse, Micah Munts

Photographers NMU Marketing
Facebook Find us at NMU Theatre and Dance! 

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


 

Cast Bios


Brady Skewis (Jerry Lukowski) is a post-bacc student at NMU pursuing a certification in English Education. Previous on-campus roles include Selsdon Mowbry in Noises Off!, Roderick Usher in Nightfall, & Pepper in Mamma Mia! In Brady's pathetically meager free time, he enjoys performing with his two bands: Joel & The Good Boys (Stay tuned for their album, "Shake!" coming out at the end of 2019!), and Cosmic Sans (on instagram: @cosmicsansmqt). He is elated with your existence, and from the bottom of his heart, hopes you enjoy seeing him naked onstage.

Nick Salin (Dave Bukatinski) is a senior at NMU double majoring in Mathematics and Theatre. You may recognize him from NMU's Sweeney Todd (Jonas Fogg/Ensemble), Building Madness (Vito Deleoni), SPAA's Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe (Poe) or from Shakespeare in the Park's A Midsummer Night's Dream (Peaseblossom/Flute). This year, he is the President of Alpha Psi Omega, the theatre honor fraternity on campus. He would like to thank his mom, dad, wife, brother, and all the rest of his family and friends for their unwavering support. He is extremely excited and honored to be apart of this show and hope everyone enjoys it!

Seth Bowen (Malcolm Macgregor) is a Theatre Major and Secondary History Education, and music minor. He is a twenty year old junior from Rhinelander, Wisconsin and has been involved in productions like Mary Poppins (George Banks), Sister Act (TJ), Sweeney Todd (Police officer/ Ensemble), Scrooge! 2018 (Bob Cratchit), and Medieval Dinner Theatre (Pan Piper) and Beauty and the Beast (Monsieur De Arc/ Ensemble). He is very excited to play Malcom, an insecure and depressed character who finds hope through his new friends and Hot Metal. Seth is overwhelmed to bring this character to life on the stage and let it all go. He invites you to come and enjoy the show and all of its hilarious glory.

Will Smith (Harold Nichols) is a freshman theatre major from Luxemburg, WI. The Full Monty is his first show at NMU and he couldn’t be more thrilled to be apart of it. His past roles include Bert Bratt in How to Succeed, Scar in The Lion King, Barnaby Tucker in Hello, Dolly!, and Synder in Newsies. He would like to thank the numerous people who helped him feel at home in NMUs theatre and dance department for his first show.

Eric Mackall (Ethan Giradis a Secondary Choral Music Education major and a Theatre minor. He has been doing theatre since fifth grade and calls it addiction he can’t seem to break. He is a sophomore from Big Rapids, Michigan. His previous theatrical experience at the Forest Roberts Theatre includes Pirelli in Sweeney Todd and Beast in Beauty and the Beast. Eric is excited to be playing Ethan in this season’s The Full Monty!!

Roenak Ghiardi (Nathan Lukowski), age 13, is in seventh grade at Bothwell and loves to play basketball, travel, ski, bike, and hunt. Since 2015, he’s been involved with numerous productions through the Superior Arts Youth Theater, including Into the Woods Jr. (Baker), Legally Blonde Jr. (Grandmaster Chad/Sundeep Padamadan), Newsies (Tommy Boy), Alice in Wonderland Jr. (Caterpillar), School House Rock Jr. (George) and Shrek Jr. (Pinocchio). His first NMU production was Scrooge! (2016, 2017), followed later by Tarzan, an experience he’ll never forget. He loves working with older actors and is grateful to be part of The Full Monty!

Kortney Manchip (Georgie Bukatinski) has been in several productions at NMU including Sweeney Todd (Beggar Woman), Tarzan (Ensemble), Beauty and the Beast (Ensemble) and The Addams Family (Ensemble), as well as several productions outside of the university such as Cabaret (Fraulein Kost), Willy Wonka (Veruca Salt), and Singin' in the Rain (Lina Lamont). Enjoy the show!

Adrianna J. Stephens (Vicki Nicholsis a senior with a major in theatre/business and a minor in music. This summer she was lucky enough to be cast at the Circle Theatre in a summer concert series performing “Shallow”, “I Will Survive”, and “Born This Way”. Along with performing at the Circle Theatre this summer, she was cast as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors with Stage-M. A.J. would like to thank her parents, sister Audree, and boyfriend Dan for all of their support throughout her theatre career! Memorable roles include Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, The Sour Kangaroo in Seussical, Martha in The Secret Garden, and Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof.

Faye Nesbitt Elder (Jeanette Burmeister) has enjoyed an extensive career primarily in Southern California in professional entertainment. As an actress, vocalist, comedian, and stunt person, she has performed with the Industry's finest. Known regionally for her past “Mrs. Consumer” radio and television commercials, she also continues as the annual host of the wildly successful “Dancing with our Stars Marquette County Style” local fundraiser. Faye continues to lend her expertise and talents to many media projects. She loves her hometown of Marquette and always knew she would go into semi-retirement here. She is delighted to “Hit the stage now and then”.

Audree Stephens (Estelle) is a Senior at NMU majoring in theatre and minoring in dance. She has participated in several shows through the FRT including, The Addams FamilyTarzan, Fringe Festival, Sweeney Todd, Beauty and the Beast, and Mamma Mia. She would like to say "Sowwy" to her parents, friends, and faculty, for putting up with her wierdness the past four years! Enjoy the show everyone, especially Julie! ;)

John Fatla (Reg/Male Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his Forest Roberts Theater Debut! John is a Freshman here at Northern studying marketing. Hailing from the greater Milwaukee area, John has been apart of many companies, including the Ensemble of Mamma Mia (Lake Country Playhouse), Lord Savage in Jekyll & Hyde (West Allis Players), and Synder in Newsies (Brookfield Central High School). John would like to thank his family and friends for the endless support, as well as the entire cast and crew of The Full Monty. He hopes you enjoy the show!

Jacob Laitinen (Tony Giordano/Male Understudy/Male Ensembleis a native of Marquette, MI. He is a Junior Theater Major, with a minor in Music. Jacob started back at school in 2017 after a 7 year hiatus, and is ecstatic to be back in the academic grind. His previous roles at NMU include Beedle Bamford in Sweeney Todd, Edgar/Sante in Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe, Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Professor Porter in Tarzan, Creon in Antigone, Thenardier in Les Miserables, and the Snail with the mail in A Year with Frog and Toad. Jacob has worked professionally playing Sikes in Tecumseh! Outdoor Drama, Rowdy in Beacon on the Rock, as well as in the chorus of several Operas at the Pine Mountain Music Festival. Jacob wanted to thank everyone for coming out, and he hopes you enjoy this wonderful production.

Bella Feitl (Susan Hershey/Female Ensemble) is a freshman with a major in Environmental Studies, and The Full Monty is her first production at Northern Michigan University. Her previous shows include Damn Yankees, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Beauty and the Beast, and Seussical the Musical. She is originally from Minneapolis, MN, and is excited to be doing theater in a new environment!

Zoe Zimmer (Joanie Lish/Female Ensemble) is a Sophomore originally from Green Bay Wisconsin. She has held multiple lead roles such as Nala from The Lion King and Elizabeth Willow from They Dance Real Slow Down in Jackson, where she won an Individual Outstanding Acting Award. Zoe has already been involved in many Northern productions including Fringe Fest and Beauty and The Beast, and is excited to get more involved with performances at Northern.

Bailey Barthel (Female Ensemble) is very excited to join the ensemble cast of The Full Monty! Originally from Ironwood, she attends NMU as a theatre major. She has appeared on the FRT stage in other productions such as Scrooge! and Sweeney Todd. She thanks her parents and everyone who has supported her pursuing her dream. She hopes the audience has a wonderful time watching The Full Monty!


Creative Team Bios


Emily Kendall (Production Stage Manager) is a Junior Criminal Justice/Technical Theatre double major. Last year she Production Stage Managed Beauty and the Beast and East of The Sun, West of The Moon as well as Stage Managing Sweeney Todd here at the FRT.  Before that she was a Flight Operator/Weapons Wrangler for Tarzan and stage crew for Noises Off! During the past year Emily has transitioned from Assistant Stage Managing the FRT Box Office to working in the Scene Shop. Emily is proud of all the hard work put into this show, and she is excited to be able to work on homework by daylight now!

Toni Danz (Stage Manageris in her second year at Nothern Michigan University. She's a theatre major. She works as an Assistant Stage Manager for The Full Monty. During the spring she worked as run crew for Beauty and the Beast. Working on shows is her passion and she can't wait to do many more!

Maggie Soloman (Stage Manageris a Theater Major here at NMU. A sophomore, this is Maggie's second show at NMU working as assistant stage manager, the first being this past summer's production of Mama Mia. Her previous roles in shows before coming to NMU include Gwendolyn in The Importance of Being Ernest, Millie from Thoroughly Modern Millie, Narrater in Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Uzo in Godspell. She is incredibly grateful to work along the wonderful people here at NMU.

Sylvia Bednarczyk (Run Crew) attended Reavis High School in Burbank, Illinois. She is a freshman and has had the pleasure to be a part of the run crew for her first production at the Forest Roberts Theatre. Sylvia has worked on twenty different productions prior to attending Northern Michigan University. She wishes to pursue theatre as a career, as she is double majoring in Theatre Tech and Design as well as Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Management. Sylvia is thrilled to work on another show and looks forward to continuing to develop her skills and experiences at NMU.

What a Glorious Feeling! was performed at the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre August 7-10, 2019.


Cast List

Gene Kelly Beau Hutchings
Stanley Donen David Lenahan
Arthur Freed Rob Engelson
Debbie Reynolds Molly Hill
Jeanne Coyne Katelyn Langwith
Kenny Jeff Bruning

Creative Team

Director Jay Berkow
Choreographer Jill Grundstrom
Music Director Jeff Bruning
Scenic Designer Victor G. Holliday
Lighting Designer Victor G. Holliday
Costume Designer Susan Candey
Sound Designer Dan Zini
Technical Director Steve McClain
Production Stage Manager Sophie Sam

Additional Artistic Staff

Dance Captain Katelyn Langwith
Master Electrician Dan Zini

Forest Roberts Theatre Summer Staff

Production Manager David Pierce
Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew Susan Candey
Carpenters, Electricians and Painters Hannah Carey, Hannah Cormier, Sarah Cormier, Audree Stephens, Justin Van't Hof, Taylor Venegas
Box Office Managers Lilith Kontos†, Sophie Sam
Box Office Staff Jacob Laitinen, Nick Salin
Photographer NMU Marketing
Facebook Find us at FRT Theatre and Dance! 

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Cast Bios


Beau Hutchings (Gene Kelly) is thrilled to be spending the summer in beautiful Marquette. Originally from Marshall, MI and a graduate of Western Michigan University’s music theatre performance program, Beau currently resides in New York City. International Tour: Riff in West Side Story. National Tour: Snowboy in West Side Story, Ensemble/Scarecrow/Tinman Understudy in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s re-orchestrated The Wizard of Oz. Cruise Ship: Chicago the musical aboard Royal Caribbean’s “Allure of the Seas.” And numerous regional theatre/NYC benefit concert credits. Beau would like to say, “Thank you to my college professor (and playwright/director of this production) Jay Berkow for giving this ‘kid’ a chance to play this ICONIC role. Enjoy the show!”

David Lenahan (Stanley Donen) is so excited to be up in the UP for the first time! Hailing from Cleveland, OH, David is an NYC based actor and dancer. NYC: SONGBOOK: Songs of Braver and Dean (Lincoln Center), The Flying... Ferry (The Player's Theatre), The Polar Express (Rail Events Productions). Regional: Boy (none too fragile), In the Closet (Convergence-Continuum), Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night (Shakespeare at the Castle), The Little Mermaid (Mercury Theatre Company), Side Show (Blank Canvas Theatre). Many thanks to Jay, Jill, Sophie, the cast and the rest of the FRT family for such a glorious experience! 

Rob Engelson (Arthur Freed) is a full-time professor in the College of Liberal Arts at Ashford University, where he currently teaches a wide array of online interdisciplinary courses in the curriculum of the Liberal Arts major. He is also a semi-professional actor, having performed in numerous college, university, and community theater productions, including 20 shows at the Clinton Area Showboat Theater, a professional summer theatre company located in Clinton, IA. He loves working again with his good friend Jay, with such a talented group of fellow actors, and with the incredible theatre and dance staff at NMU. Enjoy the show!

Molly Hill (Debbie Reynolds) is originally from Goshen, IN and is a senior BFA musical theatre performance major at Western Michigan University. She has most recently been seen as Logainne in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at The Barn Theatre in Augusta, MI and Lilly in Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse at Farmers Alley Theatre in Kalamazoo, MI. In the past, she has performed at Wagon Wheel Theatre in Warsaw, IN and The Round Barn Theatre in Nappanee, IN. Molly is very excited for her future projects, most especially playing the role of Little Sally in Urinetown the Musical this coming fall at WMU, before graduating in December and showcasing in NYC in the spring! When she isn't on stage, Molly teaches kickboxing as a group fitness instructor, plays the bassoon, and cultivates her love for coffee. "All of my thanks go to God for giving my work in theatre purpose and meaning, my parents for driving me to oh-so-many rehearsals as a child, and to Jay for his mentorship at WMU and inviting me to join in on this incredible opportunity!"

Katelyn Langwith (Jeanne Coyne) is thrilled to be performing here in the UP this summer! This is her first time here and she is loving it! She hails from South Bend, IN and graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in musical theatre performance. A few of her favorite performances around the Midwest include Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Dainty June in Gypsy, and Sister Mary Robert in Sister Act. She now calls New York City home, where she will return to do a run of a new musical called Lochness at the end of the month.


Creative Team Bios


Jay Berkow (Director) has served as a professor of theatre and Director of Music Theatre Performance at Western Michigan University since 2004.  Recent productions he has directed include GUYS AND DOLLS, WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN, BILLY ELLIOTT, THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK, THE WIZ, SHOWBOAT, and many many more. A much sought after professional director and playwright, he is the co-author and director/choreographer of the Off-Broadway hit JOLSON & CO. which ran for two seasons in NY, has been seen in regional theatres across the U.S. including the highly praised production at the Theatre at the Center, as well as a United Kingdom national tour.  The play is published by Samuel French, Inc.  His biographical musical based on the life of Gene Kelly, WHAT A GLORIOUS FEELING, currently touring England, premiered at the Mason Street Warehouse Theatre and has been produced in theatres across the US, as well as in Cape Town, South Africa.  It is published by Playscripts, Inc.  In collaboration with composer David Ogrin, Jay is developing a new musical based on the life of Mata Hari.  The show has received a Broadway workshop produced by Howard Kagan (ON THE TOWN, PORGY AND BESS, PIPPIN).  Jay’s comedy THE CURE FOR LOVE was featured at the Barter Theatre as part of their 75th Anniversary season, as well as in the WMU 2012 season.  Jay has worked with Terrence McNally, John Kander and Fred Ebb as the director of the Off-Broadway revival of THE RINK, and directed the Off-Broadway productions of RED HOT MAMA and THE LADY IN PENTHOUSE B.  Jay’s regional credits include Florida Studio Theatre, Indiana Repertory, Theatre South Carolina, Playhouse on the Square, Adirondack Theatre Festival, Depot Theatre, Gateway Playhouse, Virginia Repertory, Connecticut Repertory, Coconut Grove Playhouse, American Stage, Florida Repertory Theatre, Theatre Works, the Burt Reynolds Theatre, Riverside Theatre, Circa ’21 Playhouse, and many others. He is represented by Bret Adams, Ltd. 

Jill Grundstrom (Choreographer) is a Marquette based dancer, instructor, and choreographer. She has a B.S. from Northern Michigan University in Secondary Education with majors in English and French, and a M.A. in Dance Education from New York University in New York City and Genoa, Italy. She is currently pursuing an Ed.S in Educational Leadership, with the intention to continue to an Ed.D, as well as new Character Dance and Partnering curricula for American Ballet Theatre in New York City. She continues to train with The Luigi Jazz Centre, STEPS on Broadway, and Broadway Dance Center in New York City, and has worked, taught, and trained with New York City Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, and American Ballet Theatre in New York City and is certified in their National Training Curriculum. Jill is also a Certified FLX Conditioning Specialist. During seasons four through seven, Grundstrom was a writer for Cat Deeley, host of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance. Jill is the program director for and instructor in the Dance Program at NMU and choreographs for the NMU Theatre and Dance Program. Jill has choreographed over 30 full-length musical and dance productions in the Upper Peninsula, New York City, and Los Angeles, including a full-length, original ballet, East of the Sun, West of the Moon, and recently choreographed an independent feature-length film, Our State Fair. She was the recipient of the MACC Outstanding Performing Artist of the Year Award in 2011.

Susan Candey (Costume Design), a Marquette native, received a B.M. in Vocal Performance from St. Olaf College in 2011. She is a costume designer, director, and performer. Her recent costume design credits include the Forest Roberts Theatre's Medieval Dinner Theatre, Noises Off, Tribes, Building Madness, and Bears. Her directing credits include Newsies: The Broadway Musical (Superior Arts Youth Theater), Scrooge! (FRT, 2018), Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr. (SAYT), and James and the Giant Peach Jr. (SAYT). Susan served as the Drama Director at Marquette Senior High School 2014-2016 (Sister Act, A Radio Drama, How to Succeed, The Mousetrap, Annie Get Your Gun) and the Costume Designer for College Light Opera Company's 2014 nine show season in Falmouth, MA. Her recent performing credits include Godspell (Lake Superior Theatre), Elle Woods in FRT's Legally Blonde, Lady of the Lake in Spamalot (LST), Lily in The Secret Garden (LST), and Meg in Little Women (LST).

Victor G. Holliday (Scenic Design/Lighting Design) has been the designer for the Forest Roberts Theatre since 1982, and also served as technical director from 1982-2000. He holds a bachelor of arts in psychology from St. Johns University (Minnesota), and his master of fine arts in scenic design from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Before coming to NMU, he was designer and technical director at Trenton State College (now the College of New Jersey). Vic has also designed for summer and community theatre companies in Hawaii, Michigan, Wisconsin, New Jersey, and North Carolina. Outside of the theatre, his major interests are history (particularly military and naval history), ship modeling (pre-deadnought steel navy), and he is an active ailurophile.

Sophie Sam (Production Stage Manager) is a sophomore theatre and entertainment arts major at NMU with a dance minor. She was the Production Stage Manager for the FRT’s Medieval Dinner Theatre (2019), assistant directed Pookie Goes Grenading (2019) with Wolf’s Head Theatre Company, and assistant directed Mamma Mia (2019) at the FRT. Before attending NMU, she co-directed Annie (2017) and directed RENT (2018) with Dickinson County Community Theatre, and directed Anatomy of a Murder (2018) at the Vista Theatre. She served two terms as President of Dickinson County Community Theatre from 2015-2017, and is currently on the Board of Directors for Wolf’s Head Theatre Company. Also a performer, Sophie appeared in Sweeney Todd (2018) and Nightfall (2019) last school year, and is featured in the web series Northbound as The Kid.

Legally Blonde Jr. was performed by Superior Arts Youth Theater at the Forest Roberts Theatre July 16-20, 2019.


Cast List

Elle Woods Amelia Bishop
Margot Abby Harma
Serena Tiffany Ridolphi
Pilar Ella Davis
Gaelen Eridinn Nayback
Kate Delaney Parks
Delta Nu Ensemble Petra Frazier, Reya Ghiardi, Carley Palomaki, Talyn Rasmussen
Bruiser Woods Toby Wags Olgren
Saleswoman Payton Bullock
Store Manager Madison Barker-Balding
Warner Huntington III Andrew Hopkins-Bey
Grandmaster Chad Roenak Ghiardi
What You Want Dancers Madison Barker-Balding, Kyna Berry, Dahlia Bloch, Maggie Boburka, Payton Bullock, Rebekah Clark, Bailey Francisco, Ethan Jensen, Sophia Zerbst
Winthrop Dawson Merrills
Lowell Mariah Bonner
Pforzheimer Michael Mankee
Jet Blue Pilot ReBecca Zorn
Emmett Forrest Asa Naigus
Aaron Schultz Dylan Solomon
Sundeep Agrawal Padamadan Roenak Ghiardi
Enid Hoops Sophia Portale
Vivienne Kensington Coralee Daugherty
Professor Callahan Elijah Croschere
Harvard Students Avalyn Billman, Mariah Bonner, Rebekah Clark, Rayna Makela, Hannah Morrison, Sophia Zerbst
Paulette Kendyl Dahlstrom
Whitney Maggie Boburka
Dewey Michael Mankee
Brooke Wyndham ReBecca Zorn
Video Performers/Inmates Kyna Berry, Dahlia Bloch, Payton Bullock, Ella Davis, Bailey Francisco, Petra Frazier, Reya Ghiardi, Abby Harma, Carley Palomaki, Talyn Rasmussen
Sabrina Eridinn Nayback
Prison Guard Ethan Jensen
Kiki Carley Palomaki
Cashier Lotus Klipp
Stylist Talyn Rasmussen
Bookish Client Kyna Berry
Salon Ensemble Madison Barker-Balding, Mariah Bonner, Payton Bullock, Petra Frazier, Tiffany Ridolphi
Kyle Sam Billman
Rufus Red Rover Harma
Judge Dawson Merrills
Chutney Wyndham Petra Frazier
Bailiff Ethan Jensen

Creative Team

Director Jalina McClain
Choreographer Alexxus Taavola
Music Director Jeff Bruning
Scenic Designer Steve McClain
Lighting Designer Justin Van't Hof
Costume Designer Suzanne Shahbazi 
Sound Designer Dan Zini
Properties Master Hannah Carey
Technical Director Steve McClain
Production Stage Manager Nathan Morgan

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Sound Designer Traci Zini
Assistant Stage Manager Aubrey Wolck
Master Electrician Hannah Cormier
Light Board Operator  Justin Van't Hof
Spotlight Operator Sara Perfetti
Sound Board Operator Dan Zini
Media Operator Traci Zini
Audio 2 Aubrey Wolck
Fly Rail Operator Steve McClain
Run Crew Retta Boburka, Hannah Carey, Lilly Glass, Taylor Koski, Steve McClain, Aubrey Wolck
Costume Assistant Sophie Shahbazi
Dog Wrangler Aleksandra Jachimowicz

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honors Society.


Forest Roberts Theatre Summer Staff

Production Manager David Pierce
Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew Susan Candey
Carpenters, Electricians and Painters Hannah Carey, Hannah Cormier, Sarah Cormier, Jacob Laitinen, Nick Salin, Audree Stephens, Justin Van't Hof, Taylor Venegas
Box Office Managers Lilith Kontos†, Sophie Sam
Box Office Staff Jacob Laitinen, Nick Salin
Facebook Find us at FRT Theatre and Dance! 

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

Mamma Mia! was performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre June 20-22 and 26-29, 2019.


Cast List

Sophie Sheridan Audree Stephens
Ali Lilith Kontos
Lisa Megan Hibbard
Donna Sheridan Aurelia Hunter
Tanya Jill Vermeulen
Rosie Barbara Rhyneer
Sky Mikhail Moran
Pepper Brady Skewis
Eddie Patrick McCommons
Harry Bright Tom Laitinen
Bill Austin Orion Couling
Sam Carmichael Paul Truckey*
Father Alexandrios Jacob Laitinen
Female Swing Kortney Manchip
Female Ensemble Emily Burbey, Ella Filipowicz, Nancy Irish,
Kate Karling, Kati Kattelus, Kortney Manchip,
Caitlin Palomaki, Callie Reid, Emily Scannell,
Laura Thompson
Male Ensemble Benjamin Bures, Benjamen Filipowicz,
Kyle Flickinger, Dustin Golden, Kyle Hantz, 
Griffin Pepin, Joel VanHeulen


Indicates a member of the Actors' Equity Association.

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honors Society.


Creative Team

Director Shelley Russell
Choreographer Jill Grundstrom
Music Director Jeff Bruning
Scenic Designer Bill Digneit
Lighting Designer David Pierce
Costume Designer Susan Candey
Sound Designer Dan Zini
Properties Master Hannah Carey
Technical Director Steve McClain
Production Stage Manager Katherine Marsh

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Director Sophie Sam
Assistant Costume Designer Ann Juidici
Conductor Anna Morrison
Assistant Stage Manager Hannah Cormier
Dance Captain Emily Burbey
Master Electrician Justin Van't Hof
Light Board Operator  Justin Van't Hof
Spotlight Operators Sophie Sam, Justin Van't Hof
Sound Engineer/Mixer Dan Zini
Media Playback Operator Anna Morrison
Audio 2 Hannah Cormier
Fly Rail Operator Maggie Solomon
Run Crew Hannah Cormier, Maggie Solomon

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honors Society.


Forest Roberts Theatre Summer Staff

Production Manager David Pierce
Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew Hannah Danforth, Jacqueline Hegmegee
Carpenters, Electricians and Painters Hannah Carey, Hannah Cormier, Sarah Cormier, Landon Stelwagen, Audree Stephens, Justin Van't Hof, Taylor Venegas
Box Office Managers Lilith Kontos†, Sophie Sam
Box Office Staff Jacob Laitinen, Nick Salin
Photographer NMU Marketing
Facebook Find us at FRT Theatre and Dance! 

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Cast Bios


Audree Stephens is so excited to portray the role of Sophie Sheridan in NMU's first ever summer stock season! Audree will be heading into her senior year at NMU. She is a theatre major and a dance minor and has been involved in several shows with NMU such as The Addams Family, Tarzan, Sweeney Todd, and Beauty and the Beast. She hopes you all enjoy this fabulous show! 

Lilith Kontos (Aliearned her B.S. in English from NMU this past May and is currently the Forest Roberts Theatre’s box office manager. She has appeared in numerous FRT productions, including Sweeney Todd (Tobias Ragg), The Addams Family (Grandma Addams), Where a Certain Future (Deborah Abramson), Into the Woods (Lucinda), and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), in which she played various roles. She has also performed in Grease (Jan) and Steel Magnolias (Annelle) with Lake Superior Theatre. Lilith is so thankful for this opportunity to do another show on the FRT stage; here we go again!

Megan Hibbard (Lisa) is a freshman from Clarkston, Michigan majoring in art and design and minoring in theatre. This year at the FRT, she has performed in Fringe Festival (Viola) and Beauty and the Beast (Silly Girl) and she is so excited to be a part of Mamma Mia! She would like to thank the directors, cast, and crew as well as her family for their endless love and support. As Sophie Sheridan would say, “Thank you for the music, for giving it to me.” Enjoy the show!

Aurelia Hunter (Donna Sheridan) holds a B.S. in theatre performance from Northern Michigan University, and has been performing on the Forest Roberts Theatre stage for 23 years, playing roles such as The Witch in Into the Woods, Velma in Chicago, Marta in Company, Val in A Chorus Line, and many more. Aurelia is also a graduate of New England Center for the Circus Arts and performed professionally as an aerialist for 10 years with companies like Club Med, Aerial Angels, Circus Circus, and Dragone. Other favorite roles include Maureen in RENT (Vista Theater, Negaunee), Linda in Blood Brothers (Cappuccino Musical Theater, Calgary, Alberta for which she won the CAT award for best supporting actress), and Suzanne in Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Forest Roberts Theatre, Marquette).

Jill Vermeulen (Tanya) holds degrees in theatre and communication studies from Northern Michigan University (‘18 BS). Some of her favorite roles include The Addams Family (Morticia), Noises Off (Belinda), Proof (Claire), Little Shop of Horrors (Crystal), She Kills Monsters (Kaliope), and Chicago (Hunyak) at the Forest Roberts Theatre, and The Producers (Ulla) at Lake Superior Theatre. Directorial highlights include High School Musical and Narnia for Superior Arts Youth Theatre. Choreographic highlights include James and the Giant Peach for SAYT and choreographer's assistant for Beauty and the Beast at FRT. Jill would like to thank her boyfriend Tom and her family for their endless love and support.

Barbara Rhyneer (Rosie) is originally from Anchorage, Alaska, where she grew up playing violin and trumpet in the public schools. She earned a Doctorate of Arts in orchestral conducting and violin performance from Ball State University. Barbara came to Marquette in 1997 to be a faculty member in NMU’s Department of Music where she directs the university orchestra, provides string lessons to music majors, and teaches classes in conducting, string pedagogy, and music appreciation. This is her first theatrical production. In her spare time, Barbara enjoys performing fiddle in an Irish band (the “Knockabouts”) with her husband Tim DeMarte, and friend, Dan Truckey.

Mikhail Moran (Sky) is from Escanaba, MI and moved to Marquette after attending NMU this year. He has always enjoyed performing and being in theatre. Some of his previous roles include Danny Zuko in Grease, Neleus in Mary Poppins, General Bullmoose in Lil Abner and Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast. Mikhail would love to send his thanks to his friends and family who have encouraged him on his journey in theatre. He also would like to thank the director and his cast and crew for being such wonderful people to work with.

Brady L. Skewis is an American actor portraying the role of Pepper in Mamma Mia! When Brady is not acting up and out onstage, he is playing a whole guitar in the band "Joel & The Good Boys," a delightful entrée in the feast of Marquette's local music scene (look them up on social medias!) In his pathetically meek amount of free time, you can find Brady contemplating his own fleeting existence. He'd like to thank Dave and Wendy for being the best parents he's ever had. Much love, enjoy the show, the princess is in another castle.

Orion Couling (Bill Austin) is the award-winning founder and executive director of EDGE of Orion, an Illinois NFP. He is a specialist in project-based learning and carries 20 years of adventure based teaching experience. He created the Constellation Project, a program that celebrates inclusion and neuro-diverse participation. With over 100 directing credits in professional and youth theatre to his name, he remains one of the foremost experts in dynamic educational theatre. His “edu-tainment” style is known to bring levity and inspiration to classrooms and audiences. Orion is also a stage combat instructor, stunt coordinator, and a licensed Maritime Captain. As an actor, he's played Arthur in Spamalot, Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Tom in Beacon on the Rock and, here at NMU, Booth in Assassins, Dracula in Dracula and Tony in West Side Story. When not leading the “inclusion revolution,” you’ll find him playing with his Irish folk rock band “Finger on the Trigger,” leading ghost tours, or by the water.

Jacob Laitinen (Father Alexandrios) is a native of Marquette, MI and a junior theatre major at NMU with a minor in music. Jacob returned to Northern in 2017 after a 7 year hiatus, and is ecstatic to be back on the academic grind. His previous roles at NMU include Beedle Bamford in Sweeney Todd, Edgar/Sante in Nightfall With Edgar Allan Poe, Professor Porter in Tarzan, Creon in Antigone, Thenardier in Les Miserables, and The Snail with the Mail in A Year with Frog and Toad. Jacob has acted professionally as Sikes in Tecumseh Outdoor Drama, Rowdy in Beacon on the Rock, and a member of the chorus in several operas at the Pine Mountain Music Festival. He has also been a part of community theater in the Marquette area for the past 20 years, and has performed as the Beast in Beauty and the Beast, Herr Schultz in Cabaret, Sebastian in The Little Mermaid, Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show, and Ali Hakim in Oklahoma. Jacob wants to say thank you to everyone for coming out, and he hopes you enjoy this wonderful production.

Kortney Manchip (Female Swing/Ensemble) has been in several productions at NMU including Sweeney Todd (Beggar Woman), Tarzan (Ensemble), Beauty and the Beast (Ensemble) and The Addams Family (Ensemble), as well as several productions outside of the university such as Cabaret (Fraulein Kost), Willy Wonka (Veruca Salt), and Singin' in the Rain (Lina Lamont). She would like to give a special thanks to her parents for being endlessly supportive and the creative team for trusting her with the challenging role of understudying all female roles. She is happy to work with such a talented cast; enjoy the show!

Emily Burbey (Ensemble) is currently a sophomore at NMU with a major in graphic design and a minor in dance. She began performing in community theatre and dance programs at the age of four and has continued to perform in NMU productions, including East of the Sun, West of the Moon as a servant, Tarzan as Jane, and Beauty and the Beast as a member of the ensemble. Her hobbies include singing, dancing, and design. Emily is so grateful and excited to be a part of Mamma Mia!

Ella Bartlett Filipowicz (Ensemble) is an Aquarian disco enthusiast who enjoys a hot cup of tea. Past performances include: Titus Andronicus (Tamora), Five Women Wearing the Same Dress (Mindy), Macbeth (Witch), The Mousetrap (Miss Casewell), The Importance of Being Earnest (Cecily Cardew), and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Maggie). Ella would like to thank her mom for teaching her how to groove, her husband for going on this crazy “let’s BOTH do a show!” adventure, the awesome caregivers who “kidsat” the kids, and her two Mamma Mia superfan daughters for making sure she gets the lyrics all 100% spot on.

Nancy Irish (Ensemble): With buckets of gratitude for this opportunity to sing and dance with these talented youngbloods, Nancy dedicates her performance to the following: Maria Demetriou, her late Greek exchange student sister, and her beautiful time in Greece for Maria’s wedding; cast and crew mates past and present; her pioneer Great-Grandmothers, whose spirits she discovered in herself through playing them in Beacon on the Rock and Quilters; Frank Irish, her father, for giving her music; Shelley Russell, for hearing it in her when she couldn’t; Alice, departed soul-sister, in partial fulfillment of promises made; and her own self, for finding the courage.

Kate Karling (Ensemble) was born and raised in the U.P. and is grateful to have had so many creative outlets over the years in the midst of such a beautiful landscape; the Historic Ironwood Theatre and Theatre North in Ironwood, Michigan have her heart. She has been dancing for eighteen years and acting for three. She has loved getting to know the cast and crew of this show and is thrilled to be an accomplice to bringing the music of ABBA to the FRT! Special thanks to her family for being the best cheerleaders she ever could have asked for in chasing her dreams.

Caitlin Palomaki (Ensemble) is a sophomore at Northern Michigan University studying music education with a choral concentration and a minor in theatre. This will be her second show at NMU; her first was Beauty and the Beast this past winter semester, where she played Madame de la Grande Bouche. She has been involved with theatre since the age of six, with some previous roles including the Evil Stepmother in Cinderella and Mrs. Darling in Peter Pan, both through Superior Arts Youth Theatre. Others include Mrs. Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie at Marquette Senior High and Lisa Ghiardi in Beacon on the Rock at Lake Superior Theatre. She is very excited to dance and sing to ABBA this summer!

Callie Reid (Ensemble) is a junior at NMU majoring in applied behavior analysis and minoring in human services. She has been in two other productions at the FRT: Sweeney Todd (Ensemble) and The Maniac King (Azazel). She is looking forward to this amazing production of Mamma Mia and hopes that it brings as much joy to others as it has her. 

Emily Scannell (Ensemble) is excited to make her debut theatrical appearance alongside the fun and talented cast and crew of Mamma Mia! Emily is a Marquette community member who enjoys working as an occupational therapist, playing outside, spending time at Bay Cliff Health Camp, and trying to "mesc" (make every second count). She thanks her family and friends for being the best support system she could ask for. Enjoy the show!

Laura Thompson (Ensemble) is a Northern Michigan University alumni and has appeared in many Forest Roberts Theatre productions, including Scrooge!, The Addams Family, Little Shop of Horrors, Chicago, Les Misérables, and She Kills Monsters, as well as Pippin at Lake Superior Theatre and Proof at the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre. She enjoys yoga, rock climbing, road trips, hiking with her dogs, and spending time with family and friends. Laura is thrilled to be working alongside so many talented and friendly people in this production of Mamma Mia!

Ben Filipowicz (Ensemble) is a graduate of NMU and now teaches at Bothwell Middle School under the alias of Mr. Flip. Past performances include: Into the Woods (Rapunzel’s Prince/Wolf), RENT (Mark Cohen), The Mousetrap (Mr. Paravicini), The Tempest (Trinculo), Doubt (Father Flynn), The Importance of Being Earnest (John Worthing), Harvey (Elwood P. Dowd), Sweeney Todd (Sweeney Todd) and Hair (Berger). He’d like to thank his parents for making sure he had a good education in 70’s pop, his wife for her mad babysitter scheduling skills, said babysitters for their mad babysitting skills, and his daughters for their love and choreography corrections.

Kyle Flickinger (Ensemble) is a recent graduate from NMU, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry. Kyle has been a part of other FRT productions, including Tarzan (Ensemble, Understudy Tarzan) and Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere). He would like to thank the theatre family at NMU for being so welcoming and supportive of his acting endeavors, as he will miss performing on the FRT stage when he moves to Madison, Wisconsin to begin his PhD in the fall.

Joel VanHeulen (Ensemble) is so excited to be a part of the ensemble for Mamma Mia! His previous roles include Lefou (Beauty and the Beast), Sebastian and Sir Toby (Twelfth Night), Plant Number 3 (Little Shop of Horrors), The Dead Body (Lucky Stiff), Crutch Collins (Anatomy of Grey), Bonnefoi (Imaginary Invalid), and many others.


Creative Team Bios


Shelley Russell (Director) is a professor of theatre arts at NMU. Shelley teaches a variety of courses, including playwriting and stage combat. She's directed over fifty productions including Beauty and the Beast, RENT, Romeo and Juliet, Peter Pan and Legally Blonde. She enjoys all aspects of theatre, and has acted and sung in numerous productions, created dance and fight choreography, designed costumes and written plays and musicals which have been honored by the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award Competition, KCACTF, the National Endowment for the Arts and the State of Michigan. She served as executive director for LST and in 2011 was honored by NMU with the Distinguished Faculty Award. Playwriting credits include Holdin' Our Own, Beacon on the Rock, Haywire, Points North, and Water, Woman. 

Jill Grundstrom (Choreographer) is a Marquette based dancer, instructor, and choreographer. She has a B.S. from Northern Michigan University in Secondary Education with majors in English and French, and a M.A. in Dance Education from New York University in New York City and Genoa, Italy. She is currently pursuing an Ed.S in Educational Leadership, with the intention to continue to an Ed.D, as well as new Character Dance and Partnering curricula for American Ballet Theatre in New York City. She continues to train with The Luigi Jazz Centre, STEPS on Broadway, and Broadway Dance Center in New York City, and has worked, taught, and trained with New York City Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, and American Ballet Theatre in New York City and is certified in their National Training Curriculum. Jill is also a Certified FLX Conditioning Specialist. During seasons four through seven, Grundstrom was a writer for Cat Deeley, host of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance. Jill is the program director for and instructor in the Dance Program at NMU and choreographs for the NMU Theatre and Dance Program. Jill has choreographed over 30 full-length musical and dance productions in the Upper Peninsula, New York City, and Los Angeles, including a full-length, original ballet, East of the Sun, West of the Moon, and recently choreographed an independent feature-length film, Our State Fair. She was the recipient of the MACC Outstanding Performing Artist of the Year Award in 2011.

Bill Digneit (Scenic Design) is the owner of Double Trouble Entertainment. He received his M.F.A. in technical production and design at Florida State University.

David Pierce (Lighting Design) came to NMU from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY where he had been technical director for the department of theatre and dance. Other TD credits include Adirondack Theatre Festival, Little Theatre on the Square, and Four Seasons Theatre Company. David holds a B.S. in construction management from Ferris State University and an M.F.A. in theatre technology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In his spare time, he loves to be outdoors. He enjoys hiking, boating, fishing, biking, and bonfires. He's also a boisterous Tigers fan!

Susan Candey (Costume Design), a Marquette native, received a B.M. in Vocal Performance from St. Olaf College in 2011. She is a costume designer, director, and performer. Her recent costume design credits include the Forest Roberts Theatre's Medieval Dinner Theatre, Noises Off, Tribes, Building Madness, and Bears. Her directing credits include Newsies: The Broadway Musical (Superior Arts Youth Theater), Scrooge! (FRT, 2018), Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr. (SAYT), and James and the Giant Peach Jr. (SAYT). Susan served as the Drama Director at Marquette Senior High School 2014-2016 (Sister Act, A Radio Drama, How to Succeed, The Mousetrap, Annie Get Your Gun) and the Costume Designer for College Light Opera Company's 2014 nine show season in Falmouth, MA. Her recent performing credits include Godspell (Lake Superior Theatre), Elle Woods in FRT's Legally Blonde, Lady of the Lake in Spamalot (LST), Lily in The Secret Garden (LST), and Meg in Little Women (LST).

Sophie Sam (Assistant Director) just finished her freshman year at NMU pursuing a B.S. in theatre and entertainment arts with a minor in dance. This year, she was the Production Stage Manager for the FRT’s Medieval Dinner Theatre and Assistant Director for Pookie Goes Grenading with Wolf’s Head Theatre Company. Before attending NMU, she co-directed Annie (2017) and directed RENT (2018) with Dickinson County Community Theatre, and directed Anatomy of a Murder (2018) at the Vista Theatre. She served two terms as President of Dickinson County Community Theatre from 2015-2017, and is currently on the Board of Directors for Wolf’s Head Theatre Company. Also a performer, Sophie most recently appeared in Sweeney Todd (2018) and Nightfall (2019).

Beauty and the Beast was performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre from April 12-13 and 18-20, 2019.


Cast List

Belle Malorie Munson
Prince Adam/Beast Eric Mackall
Gaston Ethan Bott
LeFou Joel VanHeulen
Lumiere Kyle Flickinger 
Mrs. Potts Audree Stephens
Chip Reya Ghiardi, Avonlea Kuhlman
Cogsworth Mikhail Moran
Madame De La Grande Bouche Caitlin Palomaki
Babette Kate Karling
Maurice Dawson Del Preto
Silly Girls Megan Hibbard, Megan Ludwig, Maddie Rayner 
Monsieur D'Arque Madeline McDonald
Female Ensemble Emily Burbey, Erin Culp , Gracie Fries,
Megan Frazer, Mallory Grugin, Kortney Manchip,
Olivia Manganello, Madeline McDonald, Mandy Mileham,
Chloe Pepera, Marissa Symons​​​​​​, A.J. Stephens,
Talyn Rasmussen, Maisie Zahn, Zoe Zimmer
Male Ensemble

Tyler Archambault​​​​​​, Seth Bowen, Charlie Edwards, 
Nathaniel Langlie †, Max Stevens , Alec Vanhorn

 

Indicates work done in partial fulfillment of the senior capstone.

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

   

Creative Team

Director Shelley Russell
Choreographer Jill Grundstrom
Music Director Dr. Erin Colwitz
Assistant Music Director Anna Morrison
Scenic Designer Victor G. Holliday
Lighting Designer Kimberly Hegmegee
Assistant Lighting Designer Justin Van't Hof
Costume Designer Shelley Russell
Sound Designer Dan Zini
Assistant Sound Designer Sam Stauffer
Properties Master Hannah Carey
Technical Director David Pierce
Production Stage Manager Emily Kendall

Indicates work done in partial fulfillment of the senior capstone.

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Stage Manager Belle Duncan
Assistants to the Director Toni Danz, Cassidy Olson
Choreographer's Assistant Jill Vermeulen
Dance Captain Emily Burbey
Master Electrician Dan Zini
Assistant Master Electrician Justin Van't Hof
Light Board Operator  Jacob Laitinen
Sound Board Operator Sam Stauffer
Spotlight Operators Cassidy Olson, Esther Teng
Fly Rail Operator Nick Salin
Audio 2 William Squires
Run Crew Hannah Carey, Toni Danz
Wardrobe Joel Shinavier
Makeup Sari Nomura, Nick Salin

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew Alyssa Bjork, Erin Culp†, Hannah Danforth, Erin Perry, Sabrina Nelson, Joel Shinavier, Esther Teng
Scene Shop Foreman Steve McClain
Carpenters, Electricians and Painters Emily Baker, Hannah Carey, Keegan Downey, Emily Kendall, Regan McKay†, Brady Skewis, A.J. Stephens, Audree Stephens, Jacob Stipe, Esther Teng, Alec Vanhorn, Justin Van't Hof, Taylor Venegas
Lighting and Sound Supervisor Dan Zini
Box Office Manager Lilith Kontos
Assistant Box Office Manager Emily Kendall
Box Office Staff Leah Danielson, Jacob Laitinen, Abby Macek, Regan McKay, Micah Munts, Nick Salin, Sophie Sam, Brady Skewis
Photographers NMU Marketing
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† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Cast Bios


Malorie Munson (Belle) is a freshman from Negaunee and this is her first show at the Forest Roberts Theatre. She has performed in local shows at the Historic Vista Theatre and Negaunee High School such as Annie (Miss Hannigan), Seussical (Mayzie), The Little Mermaid (Adella), High School Musical (Gabriella), and more. She is the reigning Miss Upper Peninsula Teen USA and is looking forward to hitting the FRT stage again for this wonderful show! Malorie would like to thank her family for being so supportive and this talented cast & crew for all of their hard work!

Eric Mackall (Prince Adam/Beast) is a freshman from Big Rapids, Michigan. This is his second show here at NMU, after playing Pirelli in the fall musical Sweeney Todd, and he’s excited to be performing as the Beast. He is studying secondary music education - voice and minoring in theatre with plans on becoming a choral director at a high school or university and vocal directing their school musicals.

Ethan Bott (Gaston) is currently a senior studying English Writing. This winter he was on the FRT stage in the ballet East of the Sun, West of the Moon.

Joel VanHeulen (LeFou) has played the dead body of Tony Hendon in Lucky Stiff, Pilot in The Little Mermaid, Crutch Collins in Anatomy of Grey, Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors, Sebastian and Sir Toby Belch in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, and Bonnefoi in Moliere's Imaginary Invalid.

Kyle Flickinger (Lumiereis a senior at NMU majoring in biochemistry. In addition to classes, Kyle has been a four year member of NMU’s Swimming and Diving Team, as well as a student researcher at the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center for three years. He has performed in The Bold, the Young, and the MurderedTarzanThe Rocky Horror Show, and Beacon on the Rock in the Marquette area over the past two years.  After graduation, Kyle will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison to pursue a PhD in Biochemistry.

Audree Stephens (Mrs. Potts) is a junior theatre major and dance minor at NMU. She has participated in several Forest Roberts Theatre productions such as The Addams FamilyTarzan, and Sweeney Todd as well as a few APO productions as well! She is so excited to portray the role of Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast and is looking forward to more productions at NMU. She hopes everyone enjoys the show!

Reya Ghiardi (Chip), age 10, is thrilled to be here! She loves all aspects of theatre, from auditions and late night rehearsals to opening night. Reya’s first theatrical experience was with Music Man Jr. (Gracie Shinn) in 2014. Productions thereafter include Mary Poppins, The Secret Garden, Lion King Jr. (Young Simba), Scrooge! (Kathy Cratchit), Schoolhouse Rock Jr. (Shulie), Shrek Jr. (Young Fiona), Alice in Wonderland Jr. (Cheshire Cat #1), Newsies (Manhattan Newsie/Ike), and many others. She loves to sing, cook, ski, fish, and travel. She thanks her family for their endless enthusiasm, and NMU and SAYT for their support!

Avonlea Kuhlman (Chip) is a local youth performer who loves the arts. She has appeared in a variety of productions with the Superior Arts Youth Theatre, Lake Superior Theatre, and NMU’s Forest Roberts Theatre. Notable performance credits include Fern Arable (Charlotte’s Web), Anya Petroff (Beacon on the Rock) and Fan (Scrooge!) She was also recently cast as Gretel in Superior Arts Youth Theatre’s upcoming production of Hansel and Gretel (May 2019). Offstage, Avonlea can be found reading, singing, and making slime!

Mikhail Moran (Cogsworthis a freshman and this is his first musical here at NMU. He has previously performed in musicals such as Grease (Danny Zuko), Mary Poppins (Neleus), and many others. Mikhail is studying theatre and is beyond happy to be a part of this production. He would like to thank his friends and family for being with him every step of the way his first year of college, and also gives a big thank you to this fantastic cast and crew. 

Caitlin Palomaki (Madame De La Grande Bouche) is a freshman at Northern Michigan University studying music education with a choral concentration and a minor in theatre. This will be her first show with NMU, but she has been involved in theatre since the age of six. Some previous roles include Mrs. Darling in Peter Pan and the Evil Stepmother in Cinderella, both through Superior Arts Youth Theatre. Others include Mrs. Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie through Marquette Senior High and Lisa Ghiardi in Beacon on the Rock through Lake Superior Theatre. She is very excited to share this show with everyone.   

Kate Karling (Babette) was fortunate to grow up in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula. She is grateful to have been afforded so many creative outlets over the years. She has been dancing for seventeen years, and has been acting since 2016. Though she has only been involved in theatre for three years, she has found a true passion there. She is so proud of the work that everyone has done on this show and is so thankful to have gotten to work on it alongside such a fantastic cast and crew. She wants to thank her family and friends for their love and support. 

Dawson Del Preto (Maurice) is enthused to be in this production of Beauty and the Beast. He has had a lot of fun working on his character, and he is eager to share it with all of you! This is Dawson's eighteenth musical endeavor, and he is always looking for ways to grow and improve himself as a performer. Dawson is pursuing a music major in piano performance with a minor in theatre.

Megan Hibbard (Silly Girl) is a freshman from Clarkston, Michigan majoring in art and design with a digital cinema focus and a theatre and entertainment arts minor. This will be her second show at Northern, her first being Fringe Festival, in which she played Viola. She is so honored to work with such an amazing group of people and she hopes everyone watching enjoys Beauty and the Beast as they laugh, cry, and dream along with these beautiful characters. She would also like to thank her family and friends for always believing in her and supporting her!

Megan Ludwig (Silly Girl) is a senior at Marquette Senior High School and has been involved in theatre for seven years and dance for four years. She has taken on the roles of Cinderella (Cinderella), Marty (Grease), Millie (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Marian (The Music Man) and many more! Megan has also been involved in the Michigan State and All-State Honors Choir and was awarded one of the top 12 soloists in the state. She will be continuing her studies next year at Western Michigan University majoring in musical theatre! Megan would like to thank her friends and family for their endless love and support and NMU for giving her so many opportunities to grow as a performer and an individual! 

Madeline McDonald (Monsieur D'Arque/Ensemble) is a first-year student at NMU majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry. She has appeared in several other productions such as Camp Rock the Musical, The Little Mermaid, Pride and Prejudice, What The Room Knows, Stück , Fringe Festival, Amletto, and Medieval Dinner Theatre. She enjoys swimming, painting, dancing, singing, cooking/baking, and butterflies. Madeline studied abroad for ten months her senior year of high school and loves making new friends (...and talking). She is thrilled with the opportunity to participate in the theatre program at NMU.

Tyler Archambault (Ensemble) is a freshman from Colorado studying German studies and international studies. He performed for the first time in Fringe Festival in the fall and is excited to perform for the community on the FRT mainstage for Beauty and the Beast!

Seth Bowen (Ensemble) is a secondary industrial technical education major and theatre, secondary history education, and music minor. He is a sophomore from Rhinelander, Wisconsin and has been involved in productions like Mary Poppins (George Banks), Sister Act (TJ), Sweeney Todd (Police officer/ Ensemble), Scrooge! (2018) (Bob Cratchit), and Medieval Dinner Theatre (Pan Piper). He is very excited to play within the ensemble of this production, where he plays an assortment of characters that he is overwhelmed to bring to life on the stage. Seth invites you to relax, pull up a chair and enjoy the Forest Roberts Theatre production of Beauty and the Beast. Please be our guest!

Emily Burbey (Ensemble) is currently a sophomore at NMU with a major in graphic design and a minor in dance. She began performing in community theatre and dance programs at the age of 4 and has continued to perform in NMU productions including East of the Sun West of the Moon as a servant and Tarzan as Jane. Her hobbies include singing, dancing, and design. Emily is so grateful and excited to be a part of Beauty and the Beast!

Charlie Edwards (Ensemble) is a senior English writing major with a double minor in dance and computer information systems. Charlie has been involved in the performing arts for a majority of his life, taking voice and piano lessons from age 9 to 14 and dance classes since the age of 11. Recent acting credits include Tarzan (Ensemble) and Scrooge (Simpkins) at the Forest Roberts Theatre and Twelfth Night (Sailor) at the Panowski Black Box Theatre. He also danced the role of the Troll Queen in the world premiere story ballet East of the Sun, West of the Moon at the Forest Roberts Theatre earlier this semester. He is excited to perform in this wonderful and magical show with such an amazing, talented, and diverse cast. Enjoy the show!

Megan Frazer (Ensemble) is a sophomore majoring in secondary math education and minoring in earth science. Beauty and the Beast is her debut at the Forest Roberts Theatre, but she has been in many notable productions elsewhere including Grease (Sandy), Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins), Guys and Dolls, and Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat. Megan wants to thank her friends, family, and everyone that made the show possible!

Gracie Fries (Ensemble) is a sophomore here at NMU from Kingsford, Michigan pursuing a bachelor's degree in entrepreneurship and a minor in dance. Her passion lies in the musical arts, with eighteen years of dance instruction and vocal lessons. She spent four years teaching and choreographing at Julie’s Top Hat Dance Studio and is currently a pro-dancer in this years “Dancing With Our Stars Marquette County Style.” Her hobbies include singing, playing bass, baking, gardening, and spending time with friends and family. Being one of the first of her family to attend college, she is proud to be a Wildcat with much support from her family and friends.

Kortney Manchip (Ensemble) has been in several productions at NMU including Sweeney Todd (The Beggar Woman), Tarzan (Ensemble), and The Addams Family (Ensemble), as well as several productions outside of the university such as Cabaret (Fraulein Kost), Willy Wonka (Veruca Salt), and Singin' in the Rain (Lina Lamont). She would like to give a special thanks to her parents for being endlessly supportive, and her vocal coach, Rebecca, for consistently bolstering her growth. She is happy to work with such a talented cast; enjoy the show!

Olivia Manganello (Ensemble) is a biology major in her senior year at NMU. She has been dancing for 17 years and is thrilled to be back performing in theatre. This is her third show with the FRT and she is so excited to be a part of this production. She would like to thank all of the amazing people who made this production possible and she hopes everyone enjoys the show! 

Mandy Mileham (Ensemble) is a junior music education major. This is her first NMU production, but prior to coming to NMU she participated in the ensembles of Annie (2016), Guys and Dolls (2014), and played Doris Upson in Auntie Mame (2015). She is excited to perform on the FRT stage for the Marquette community!

Chloe Pepera (Ensemble) is a freshman at NMU majoring in elementary education. She has been in many plays in her home town of Manistee, including Grease as Sandy, Godspell as Celise, Once Upon a Mattress as Winnifred, Little Shop of Horrors as Audrey, and many more. When she is not acting, she loves to spend her time doing gigs with her band, Awesome Distraction. She would like to thank everyone involved with the play for making her first NMU theatre experience a great one, as well as all her friends and family that have come out to support her. 

A.J. Stephens (Ensemble) is a junior double major in theatre and business with minors in communications and music. Some of A.J.’s memorable roles include Hodel (Fiddler on the Roof), Martha (The Secret Garden), The Sour Kangaroo (Seussical), and most recently at the FRT, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd. A.J. would to thank her parents for their support through all of the ups and downs throughout her years at NMU, her sister Audree for always being a huge support system, and her boyfriend Dan for being her #1 fan in and out of the theatre! 

Marissa Symons (Ensemble) is a sophomore at Northern Michigan University. She has grown up with music music a big part of her and her family’s, life. She has been involved in many different theatrical productions, whether she is onstage, directing, or stage managing. Some of her favorite productions have been Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Narrator), Aida (Aida), The Little Mermaid (Director), A Charlie Brown Christmas (Snoopy), Cabaret (Helga), and many more. She is very excited to be a part of Beauty and the Beast, as this is her first production at NMU.

Maisie Zahn (Ensemble) grew up dancing ballet in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She has performed in many ballet productions with various ballet studios in Chattanooga. Beauty and the Beast will be Maisie’s third show this year. Last semester, she performed in Fringe Festival and earlier this semester she performed in East of the Sun, West of the Moon as the East Wind. This is her first musical production that she has ever done. Maisie is very excited and thankful to be a part of this production.

Zoe Zimmer (Ensembleis a freshman who comes from Luxemburg, Wisconsin. Zoe’s performing experience includes four years of musical participation, three years of one act play performance, and six years of solo serious acting for forensics. She has had multiple lead roles such as Nala from The Lion King and Elizabeth Willow from They Dance Real Slow Down in Jackson, where she won an Individual Outstanding Acting Award. Zoe has already been involved in this year's Fringe Fest and Scrooge, and is excited to get more involved with performances at Northern.

Talyn Rasmussen (Ensemble) is very excited to be in this production of Beauty and the Beast. She has been in many productions with the Superior Arts Youth Theater, including Seussical, Kids Sing Broadway, Peter Pan, and 2019’s Newsies. She has been doing theatre since she was eight, and she has loved it ever since. One of her biggest passions other than theatre is gymnastics, and she loves using it on stage. She would like to thank the crew and cast for getting to know her, and for helping her every step of the way. Enjoy the show!


Creative Team Bios


Shelley Russell (Director/Costume Design) is a professor of theatre arts at NMU. Shelley teaches a variety of courses, including playwriting and stage combat. She's directed over fifty productions including Beauty and the Beast, RENT, Romeo and Juliet, Peter Pan and Legally Blonde. She enjoys all aspects of theatre, and has acted and sung in numerous productions, created dance and fight choreography, designed costumes and written plays and musicals which have been honored by the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award Competition, KCACTF, the National Endowment for the Arts and the State of Michigan. She served as executive director for LST and in 2011 was honored by NMU with the Distinguished Faculty Award. Playwriting credits include Holdin' Our Own, Beacon on the Rock, Haywire, Points North, and Water, Woman. 

Jill Grundstrom (Choreographer) is a Marquette based dancer, instructor, and choreographer. She has a BS from Northern Michigan University in Secondary Education with majors in English and French, and an MA in Dance Education from New York University in New York City and Genoa, Italy. She is currently working on an EdS degree in Educational Leadership, with the intent to continue to an EdD. She continues to train with The Luigi Jazz Centre, STEPS on Broadway, and Broadway Dance Center in New York City, and has worked, taught, and trained with New York City Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, and American Ballet Theatre, whose curriculum she is certified in. Jill is the dance program director at NMU and choreographs for FRT Theatre and Dance Program, as well as for the Superior Arts Youth Theatre. She has choreographed over 30 full-length musical and dance productions in the Upper Peninsula, New York City, and Los Angeles, and recently choreographed an independent feature-length film, Our State Fair. She was the recipient of the MACC Outstanding Performing Artist of the Year Award in 2011. She is currently consulting on a new Character Dance curriculum for American Ballet Theatre.

Erin Colwitz (Music Director) is a native of Wisconsin and received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota. She later completed the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Southern California in choral music. As a professional singer, Dr. Colwitz was contracted to sing with the Dale Warland Singers (of Minnesota) in 1999. She can be heard on three of their albums, one of which was nominated for a Grammy: Dominick Argento's Walden Pond (2003) on Gothic Records. Dr. Colwitz is currently the Director of Choral Activities at NMU; she conducts the Marquette Choral Society, University Choir, and Arts Chorale, and teaches Choral Methods and Music in Society, as well as specialty classes such as The Beatles: Their Music, Their Times. She is frequently a guest conductor, contest adjudicator, and choral clinician throughout the U.P., Michigan, Wisconsin, and the Southeast. She also serves on the Michigan ACDA board as the Membership Chair.

Victor G. Holliday (Scenic Design) has been the designer for the Forest Roberts Theatre since 1982, and also served as technical director from 1982-2000. He holds a bachelor of arts in phsychology from St. Johns University (Minnesota), and his master of fine arts in scenic design from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Before coming to NMU, he was designer and technical director at Trenton State College (now the College of New Jersey). Vic has also designed for summer and community theatre companies in Hawaii, Michigan, Wisconsin, New Jersey, and North Carolina. Outside of the theatre, his major interests are history (particularly military and naval history), ship modeling (pre-deadnought steel navy), and he is an active ailurophile.

David Pierce (Technical Director) came to NMU from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY where he had been technical director for the department of theatre and dance. Other TD credits include Adirondack Theatre Festival, Little Theatre on the Square, and Four Seasons Theatre Company. David holds a BS in construction management from Ferris State University and an MFA in theatre technology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In his spare time, he loves to be outdoors. He enjoys hiking, boating, fishing, biking, and bonfires. He's also a boisterous Tigers fan!

Nightfall With Edgar Allan Poe was performed by the NMU Student Performing Arts Association at the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre from March 14-16, 2019. 


Cast List

Poe Nick Salin
Edgar/Sante Jacob Laitinen
Lenore/ Madeline Usher/Old Man Lilith Kontos
Roderick Usher/Soldier/ Policeman #2 Brady Skewis
The Raven/Judge/Policeman #1 Sophie Sam

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Creative Team

Director Nathan Morgan
Producer and Publicity Manager Lilith Kontos
Scenic Designer Nathaniel Langlie
Lighting Designer Justin Van't Hof
Costume Designer Riley Fields
Sound Designer Jacob Stipe
Projection Designer Sophie Sam
Properties Master Nathan Morgan

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Additional Artistic Staff

Master Electrician Justin Van't Hof
Light Board Operator  Ellie Kraemer
Sound Board Operator Jacob Stipe

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Cast Bios


Nick Salin (Poeis a senior at NMU. He is double majoring in theatre and mathematics. Some notable roles that you might recognize him from are Vito Deleoni (Building Madness), Jonas Fogg (Sweeney Todd), and Rudyard (The Valentine Fairy). Nick is also the Vice President of Alpha Psi Omega this year, the theatre honor fraternity on campus. He hopes everyone enjoys the show!

Jacob Laitinen (Edgar, Santeis a junior at Northern Michigan University with a major in theatre and a minor in music. Notable performances at NMU include: Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd, Porter in Disney's Tarzan, Creon in Antigone, The Snail with the Mail in A Year with Frog and Toad, and Monsieur Thenardier in Les Miserables. Jacob wants to thank his friends and family for coming to the show, and hopes everyone enjoys this fantastic production!

Brady Skewis (Roderick Usher, Soldier, Policeman #2is a post-baccalaureate student at NMU. He has been onstage at the Forest Roberts Theatre a number of times, in roles such as Ancestor/Male Understudy in The Addams Family, Selsdon Mowbry in Noises Off!, and The Great Mage Steve in She Kills Monsters. Besides being a starving artist, Brady has no solid plans for his future, so he’s sure you’ll catch him in a few productions and basement punk shows in 2019.

Lilith Kontos (Lenore, Madeline Usher, Old Manis a senior at NMU majoring in English and minoring in theatre and entertainment arts. Recent acting credits include Sweeney Todd (Tobias Ragg), The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) (Narrator/Juliet/Ophelia), Steel Magnolias (Annelle), Grease (Jan), The Addams Family (Grandma Addams), Where a Certain Future (Deborah Abramson), and Into the Woods (Lucinda). Lilith is also currently the manager of the FRT Box Office.

Sophie Sam (The Raven, Judge, Policeman #1is a freshman theatre and entertainment arts major and dance minor. Though she most recently performed in the ensemble of the FRT production of Sweeney Todd (2018), she also performed in the Mr. Black Presents production of Sweeney Todd earlier the same year as The Beadle. She spent years performing with Dickinson County Community Theatre including two productions of Dracula as Renfield (2014, 2017) and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown as Linus van Pelt (2015). She also performed with Upper Peninsula Shakespeare Festival at their 2018 toga party fundraiser. Also a director, she co-directed Annie (2017) and directed RENT (2018) with DCCT, and most recently directed Anatomy of a Murder (2018) at the Vista Theatre. She is featured in the web series Northbound as The Kid.


Creative Team Bios


Nathan Morgan (Directoris a recent graduate of NMU currently pursuing his teaching license. Notable roles include Angelo in A Comedy of Errors (FRT), Fakir in The Secret Garden (FRT), Ancestor in The Addams Family (FRT), Narrator 2 in The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon, and most recently Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show. He would like to thank everyone who has been a part of his theatre career in Marquette, and the FRT for being a strong contributor to his artistic development over the years.

The Medieval Dinner Theatre was performed at the Masonic Building February 22-23, 2019.


The Maniac King Cast List

The Maniac King Tom Laitinen
Pope Joan Madeline McDonald
Robert the Devil Tanner Parish
Russell Crowe as Robin Hood Circa 2010 Shane Vincent
Mary Danae DeValve
Prester John Jacob Laitinen
Thomas Jr. Thomas Robinson
Thomas Jr. Jr. Sabrina Nelson
Azazel the Watcher Callie Reid
Pan Piper Seth Bowen
Robin Hood Brian McDonald
Lagertha Melissa Neal
Bridget of Sweden Bailey Barthel

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Creative Team

Director Jamie Weeder
Lighting Designer Dan Zini
Costume Designer Susan Candey
Sound Designers Jamie Weeder, Dan Zini
Properties Master Steve McClain
Technical Director David Pierce
Production Stage Manager Sophie Sam

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Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Stage Manager Ellie Kraemer
Master Electrician Dan Zini
Light Board Operator  Dan Zini
Sound Board Operator Dan Zini
Run Crew Regan McKay

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Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew Alyssa Bjork, Erin Culp†, Hannah Danforth, Megan Leach, Erin Perry, Sabrina Nelson, Joel Shinavier, Esther Teng
Scene Shop Foreman Steve McClain
Carpenters, Electricians and Painters Emily Baker, Hannah Carey, Keegan Downey, Emily Kendall, Regan McKay, Audree Stephens, Jacob Stipe, Esther Teng, Justin Van't Hof, Taylor Venegas, Taylor Wilcox
Lighting and Sound Supervisor Dan Zini
Box Office Manager Lilith Kontos
Assistant Box Office Manager Emily Kendall
Box Office Staff Leah Danielson, Jacob Laitinen, Abby Macek, Regan McKay, Micah Munts, Nick Salin, Sophie Sam
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Cast Bios


Thomas P. Laitinen (The Maniac King) earned his Bachelor of Science degree in theatre in 1997. He served four and a half years in the U.S. Army- 11BC2, and as United Nations command joint security force in Pan Mun Jom, Korea from 1988-89. He also worked as an LST for Pathways. Thomas spent two decades traveling around North America, performing in the entertainment industry in all kinds of productions, and returned to the Marquette area in 2013, where he worked for Dan Perkins Construction Company. Presently, he is starving as an artist but happy. Cheers!

Madeline McDonald (Pope Joan) is a first-year student at NMU, majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry. She has appeared in several other productions such as Camp Rock the Musical (Mitchie), The Little Mermaid (Ariel), Pride and Prejudice (Ms. Bingley), What The Room Knows (ensemble), Stück (Ziva), Fringe Festival (Jule), and Amletto (ensemble/soloist). She enjoys swimming, painting, soccer, singing, cooking/baking, and butterflies. Madeline studied abroad for ten months her senior year of high school and loves making new friends (...and talking). She is thrilled for the opportunity to participate in the theatre program at NMU.

Shane Vincent (Russell Crowe as Robin Hood Circa 2010is an alumni of Northern, Shane has been doing theatre for the last 9 years. He has been in many shows, from Shakespeare to Les Miz. His latest role was Robert O’Claire in last summers Beacon on the Rock. Shane says, “I am excited to do improv theatre again and this cast is going to make it a great time, for me and the audience!” Shane thanks his family and friends for supporting him and hopes everyone can make it out to this riot of a show!

Sabrina Nelson (Thomas Jr. Jr.) is a third year student at Northern Michigan University and is thrilled to be performing in the first ever production of the Medieval Dinner Theatre. You may have seen her previously performing in Sweeney Todd in the FRT, and as Cybil Dane in The Bold, the Young, and The Murdered through APO. She is a theatre performance major and a vocal music minor, and is thrilled to be part of such an amazing and talented production full of fun, passionate, and zany people. She hopes you will all eat, drink, and be merry, and enjoy your stay at the court of the Maniac King!

Danae DeValve (Mary) is a sophomore at NMU. She is a theatre major performing in her first play since coming to Michigan. She used to do school and community plays in her hometown of Lone Grove, Oklahoma. But, in the last two years, she has moved from place to place – which made it hard for her to find a play to be a part of. So, after settling here in the ice and snow, she is excited to be performing in this grand show.

Jacob Laitinen (Prester John) is a sophomore at Northern Michigan University with a major in theatre and a minor in music. Notable performances at NMU include: Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd, Porter in Disney's Tarzan, Creon in Antigone, The Snail with the Mail in A Year with Frog and Toad, and Monsieur Thenardier in Les Miserables. Jacob wants to thank his friends and family for coming to the show, and hopes everyone enjoys this fantastic production!

Seth Bowen (Pan Piper) is a secondary industrial technical education major and theatre, secondary history education, and music minor. He is a sophomore from Rhinelander, Wisconsin and has been involved in productions like Mary Poppins (George Banks), Sister Act (TJ), Sweeney Todd (Police Officer/ Ensemble), and Scrooge 2018 (Bob Cratchit). He is so excited to play the role as Pan Piper who is never afraid to play a tune. Seth is overjoyed to bring this traveling outlandish misfit onto the stage and really get involved with the Medieval Dinner Theatre. Drink Hale!

Bailey Barthel (Bridget of Sweden) is extremely excited to join the cast of this year’s Medieval Dinner Theatre as Bridget of Sweden. Originally from Ironwood, she attends NMU as a theatre major. She hopes to explore and expand her talents with this improvisational show. She also hopes that the audience has a wonderful time!


Creative Team Bios


Jamie Weeder (Director) graduated from Eastern Michigan University in ‘07 with a B.S in theatre and music performance. Jamie Weeder has been a professional theatre artist appearing with the Michigan Shakespeare FestivalWilliamston Theatre Company, Performance Network, Water Works Theatre Company, New Theatre Project, Encore Musical Theater Company and The Blackbird Theatre. Outside of performing and directing, Jamie enjoys exploring theatre’s capacity as a tool for empowerment. To that end she has provided drama therapy at St. Vincent’s Catholic Charities in Lansing, worked and performed with the University of Michigan’s Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) in Ann Arbor and was a facilitator for Shakespeare in Prison. A Program of Detroit Public Theatre at the Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility in Ypsilanti before relocating to Marquette in 2015. Jamie has served as artistic director of Upper Peninsula Shakespeare Festival and Wolf's Head Theater Company since their inception, co-founding the companies in February of 2015 and January 2018, respectively. She is board member of Evolve MQT: A creative assembly powered by the Marquette Chamber of Commerce, board member of the Marquette Symphony Orchestra, an improviser, performance artist and cellist/composer. She is delighted to have the opportunity to collaborate creatively in such a beautiful and unique place, with such immensely talented artists and individuals.

Sophie Sam (Production Stage Manager) is a freshman theatre & entertainment arts major and dance minor. Prior to coming to NMU, she co-directed Annie (2017) and directed RENT (2018) with Dickinson County Community Theatre. She most recently directed Anatomy of a Murder (2018) at the Vista Theatre. This spring, she will be assistant directing Pookie Goes Grenading (2019) with Wolf’s Head Theatre Company. She served two terms as President of Dickinson County Community Theatre from 2015-2017, and is currently on the Board of Directors for Wolf’s Head Theatre Company. Earlier this FRT season, Sophie performed in the ensemble of Sweeney Todd (2018).

The Spotlight Variety Show was performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre February 1-2, 2019. It was sponsored by Bald Eagle Harley-Davidson.


Featuring the Talents of:

Will Oltman

Starting at age 8, he began honing his skills with a burning inner desire to become an entertainer, which, only later, turned out to be an ulcer. By age 10, he was performing professionally, impressing crowds as his mother chauffeured him around the suburbs of Chicago. He has opened for the Presidents of the United States of America, charmed hordes of Harley riders, enchanted Taekwondo students, and entertained children at birthday parties. His relentless devotion to his craft has left him with amazing skills and very few friends. You will laugh at his unique brand of humor, and become filled with awestruck wonderment at his impressive award-winning beard.

Aerial Ashley

High-flying contemporary circus performer Aerial Ashley will leave you mesmerized by her shear strength and grace on the silks. With a 14 year background in dance, Aerial Ashley’s modern take on this acrobatic spectacle will have audiences of all ages on their feet.

The Magic of Trino

The Magic of Trino commingles comedy and theatrical feats alongside a backdrop of popular music, presenting an energetic and thoroughly modern take on the ancient art of illusion. At once cheeky and charming, the finely coiffed Trino creatively interweaves audience participation with stand alone stunts that wow and woo audiences of all ages. As seen on Fox, The Verge, CW Network, and ABC, as well as a guest act on the Masters of Illusion tour, Trino is a versatile entertainer who has had his hands in wide ranging productions from the college circuit and corporate events to private soirées and company parties.


Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew Alyssa Bjork, Erin Culp†, Hannah Danforth, Megan Leach, Erin Perry, Sabrina Nelson, Joel Shinavier, Esther Teng
Scene Shop Foreman Steve McClain
Carpenters, Electricians and Painters Emily Baker, Hannah Carey, Keegan Downey, Emily Kendall, Regan McKay, Audree Stephens, Jacob Stipe, Esther Teng, Justin Van't Hof, Taylor Venegas, Taylor Wilcox
Lighting and Sound Supervisor Dan Zini
Box Office Manager Lilith Kontos
Assistant Box Office Manager Emily Kendall
Box Office Staff Kendra Anderson, Leah Danielson, Jacob Laitinen, Abby Macek, Micah Munts, Nick Salin, Sophie Sam
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† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

East of the Sun, West of the Moon was performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre January 24-26, 2019.


Cast List

The Girl Sadie Knill
The Prince (Bear) Ethan Bott
The Troll Queen Charlie Edwards
Mother Kate Fether
Father Nathaniel Langlie
Servant (Rabbit) Amelia Bishop
Servant (Ferret) Emily Burbey
Servant (Mouse) Skylar Taavola
Troll (Pride) Kati Kattelus
Troll (Greed) Alycia Schenk
Troll Ensemble Jacqueline Brignall, Nathaniel Langlie, Elodie Malherbe,
Lizzie Smith
Witches Erin Culp†, Sarah Fosco, Maddie Rayner
East Wind Maisie Zahn
West Wind Eridinn Nayback
South Wind Kylie Jacobson
North Wind Eliza Compton
Northern Lights Demi-Soloists Kate Fether, Kate Karling, Josie Truckey
Northern Lights Ensemble

Kendra Campbell, Liz Caputo, Eliza Compton,
Kylie Jacobson, Valerie Slaght, Olivia Manganello,
Marina Mankee, Eridinn Nayback, Hanna Numinen, 
Valerie Schuhknecht, Maisie Zahn

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Creative Team

Choreographer and Director Jill Grundstrom
Composer Griffin Candey
Story Adaptation and Dramaturgy Susan Candey
Conductor Erin Colwitz
Scenic Designer Victor G. Holliday
Lighting Designer Victor G. Holliday
Assistant Lighting Designer Justin Van't Hof
Costume Designer Jill Grundstrom
Sound Designer Jacob Stipe
Properties Master Hannah Carey
Technical Director David Pierce
Production Stage Manager Emily Kendall

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Stage Manager Audree Stephens
Master Electrician Dan Zini
Light Board Operator  Nathan Morgan
Sound Board Operator Jacob Stipe
Fly Rail Operator Alec Vanhorn
Dresser Joel Shinavier

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew Alyssa Bjork, Ethan Bott, Erin Culp†, Hannah Danforth, Megan Leach, Erin Perry, Sabrina Nelson, Callie Reid, Joel Shinavier, Esther Teng
Scene Shop Foreman Steve McClain
Carpenters, Electricians and Painters Emily Baker, Hannah Carey, Keegan Downey, Emily Kendall, Regan McKay, Brady Skewis, Audree Stephens, Jacob Stipe, Esther Teng, Justin Van't Hof, Taylor Venegas, Taylor Wilcox
Lighting and Sound Supervisor Dan Zini
Box Office Manager Lilith Kontos
Assistant Box Office Manager Emily Kendall
Box Office Staff Kendra Anderson, Leah Danielson, Jacob Laitinen, Abby Macek, Micah Munts, Nick Salin, Sophie Sam, Brady Skewis
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† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Cast Bios


Sadie Knill (The Girl) is extremely excited to be performing in East of the Sun, West of the Moon. She has danced as a member of the ensemble in NMU’s Tarzan and The Addams Family. Before NMU, Sadie was a member of the Michigan Ballet Theatre, performing in various roles in The Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty. She would like to thank Jill for giving her this unique opportunity and her family for their continuous support in everything she does!

Ethan Bott (The Prince/Bear) is currently a senior studying English writing. This is his first ballet and he is glad to be a part of it. Other shows Ethan's been in on the FRT stage include Sweeney Todd, Tarzan, and Noises Off.

Charlie Edwards (The Troll Queen) is a senior English writing major with a double minor in dance and computer information systems. Charlie has been involved in the performing arts for a majority of his life, taking voice and piano lessons from age 9 to 14 and dance classes in a variety of styles since the age of 11. As an NMU student, Charlie has found joy performing in and choreographing for the annual NMU Dance Concerts, as well as dancing with the NMU Hip Hop Dance Crew. He couldn’t be more excited to portray an androgynous role in this world premiere ballet. He hopes you enjoy the show!

Kate Fether (Mother/Northern Lights Demi-Soloist) has been taking ballet lessons at Queen City Dance Company for the past three years and has a bit of a dance background from her childhood as well. She is a mother of two kids and is a physical therapist in the area, working with children through the public schools. NMU is her alma mater and it has always been a special place to her. She was very excited when she first heard about this NMU production and how it was going to be an original, creative collaboration. She really just felt compelled to be a part of it. She is so glad to have the opportunity to be on stage as an adult and really enjoys providing for the audience the experience of watching ballet that she so loved as a kid.

Nathaniel Langlie (Father/Troll Ensemble) is a junior theatre major and dance minor. Nathaniel has performed in many Northern productions such as Tarzan, The Addams Family, Noises Off, the 2018 NMU Dance Concert, and Sweeney Todd. Nathaniel has also appeared in Godspell and Beacon on the Rock locally. Nathaniel hopes that you will enjoy the performance.

Amelia Bishop (Servant (Rabbit)) is a freshman at MSHS. She attends Marquette Center for Dance for ballet. Amelia is also involved in theatre, choir, and band. She is very excited to be a part of this original ballet and has thoroughly enjoyed the rehearsal process. Amelia would like to thank her family for their support and Jill Grundstrom for this wonderful opportunity.

Emily Burbey (Servant (Ferret)) is currently a sophomore at NMU majoring in graphic design. She began dance at the age of four with New Attitudes Dance Studio of Marquette and has continued to participate in NMU dance classes and events. She has also been involved in many theatrical productions since the age of five with community programs. She has most recently performed in the NMU Dance Concert and in NMU's production of Tarzan as Jane in 2018. Her hobbies include performing, singing, dance, soccer, and design. Emily is so grateful and excited to be a part of East of the Sun, West of the Moon!

Skylar Taavola (Servant (Mouse)) is a freshman at NMU majoring in management of health and fitness with a minor in dance. She has been dancing for 15 years and has been involved in Marquette’s Nutcracker for five years. She is currently on the university's dance team along with teaching at New Attitudes. Skylar is excited to be a part of her first production at NMU and can’t wait to perform in this special world premiere ballet, East of the Sun, West of the Moon.

Kati Kattelus (Troll (Pride)) is a senior studying ceramics and minoring in dance. She also teaches yoga at the PEIF and the local studio, Tulivesi. This is Kati’s second show with NMU and she’d like to thank Jill Grundstrom for both of these opportunities as well as the rest of the cast for all of their hard work. Kati hopes you enjoy the show and would love to meet you afterward!

Alycia Schenk (Troll (Greed)) is a senior hospitality management major and a dance minor.  She danced at First Street Academy of Dance for 15 years and has continued to dance at NMU.  Last year, she had the opportunity to study abroad in Florence, Italy for a semester and take dance classes. In the past, she performed in NMU’s Dance Concert and Second Skin Shop’s The Nutcracker. She is very excited to be part of this once in a lifetime premiere ballet and to be working under the choreography of Jill.  She hopes everyone enjoys the show!

Jacqueline Brignall (Troll Ensemble) is a sophomore currently attending Northern Michigan University. She is majoring in biology with a concentration in zoology and minoring in dance. This is her first performance at the Forest Roberts Theatre, and she could not be more excited to be a part of the show.

Elodie Malherbe (Troll Ensemble) is 14 years old and is in 8th grade at Bothwell Middle School. She’s been dancing for 10 years and counting at Marquette Center for Dance. She does youth theatre, lots of music, and sports. In the past year she’s been in Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland and is currently also in Newsies.

Lizzie Smith (Troll Ensemble) is studying illustration and dance at Northern Michigan University and has participated in countless stage productions throughout her young life. She would agree that performance art is her favorite kind of art, and as a natural-born entertainer who usually takes on the quirkiest of roles, Lizzie is ecstatic to present herself as a troll in this ballet. Her dance experience goes way back to her childhood, and will continue until she can no longer walk. Please enjoy this show, East of the Sun, West of the Moon.

Erin Culp (Witch) is a sophomore majoring in psychology and theatre. She has been involved in theatre for many years, but this is her first ballet. She is very grateful for this experience and can’t wait for it to open!

Sarah Fosco (Witch) is a senior forensic biochemistry student at Northern. She is in the pre-medical program and plans to attend medical school. She is also a part of the NMU Dance Team, and teaches dance classes at her local dance studio, Dawn Dott Dance Studios. In her free time, Sarah enjoys working out, shopping, photography, and playing with her dogs. She is excited to be a part of East of the Sun, West of the Moon and is lucky to work with so many great people!

Maddie Rayner (Witch) is thrilled to be dancing in East of the Sun, West of the Moon! Working on the world premiere of a production from the beginning has been an incredible opportunity and she is extremely excited for this to be her first experience dancing in a full-length ballet. Her previous credits at NMU include the Birdseller in Sweeney Todd and dancing in the ensemble in Tarzan. Maddie would like to thank the cast, the pit orchestra, and the production team for all of their time, effort, and hard work to make this production great. She would also like to thank her family, friends, and House DeBergerac family – Abby and Erin – for all of their love and support.

Maisie Zahn (East Wind/Northern Lights Ensemble) grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee where she danced with Chattanooga Ballet starting at the age of seven years old. She has been in twelve different ballet productions with different ballet companies. Maisie also appeared in Fringe Festival this past fall, and will be appearing in Beauty and the Beast this spring! This is Maisie’s first solo in a ballet and she is very excited to be a part of this production! 

Eridinn Nayback (West Wind/Northern Lights Ensemble), age 14, lives in Shingleton. She dances at Marquette Center for Dance (director Mrs. Lynne Bolitho), and will portray a character role for the spring recital. A lover of theatre and forensics, Eridinn will be dancing in Newsies, and has been in many Superior Arts Youth Theater productions. She is thrilled to be challenged by college ballet, especially as a freshman in high school. Eridinn has done several summer intensives, including Grand Rapids Ballet, Russian Ballet in Novi, and most recently, Cecchetti training in Holland, Michigan. Eridinn has also enjoyed being in the local production of The Nutcracker, competition company, and performance company at New Attitudes.

Kylie Jacobson (South Wind/Northern Lights Ensemble) is a senior at NMU majoring in elementary education with a dance minor. She has been dancing for 15 years and is trained in ballet, jazz, and lyrical. She has previously performed in three of the dance concerts at NMU. Over the past few summers, Kylie has spent time teaching little dancers to love dance the way she does. Dance to her is a way of letting go of stress and telling a story through only movement. When she's not dancing, she's doing puzzles, watching hockey, or planning her wedding. Kylie is very grateful that Northern is able to offer dance, and looks forward to seeing how the program grows.

Eliza Compton (North Wind/Northern Lights Ensemble) is a sophomore at NMU majoring in English secondary education and minoring in Spanish secondary education. Even though this ballet is her first performance with NMU, she has danced ballet for six years and has previously performed in Swan Lake, Perilous Encounters, Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Rose with Marquette Center for Dance.

Kate Karling (Northern Lights Demi-Soloist) was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and is grateful to have grown up in such a breathtaking place. She has been dancing for seventeen years, with experience including jazz, contemporary, lyrical, and, her favorite from the very beginning, ballet. Kate has performed in many recitals at the beautiful Historic Ironwood Theatre. She is a junior year English major, theatre minor and would like to thank her family for being supportive of her dreams. Kate is thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of such a fantastic, brand new ballet! She hopes you enjoy!

Josie Truckey (Northern Lights Demi-Soloist) is thrilled to be joining the production of East of the Sun, West of the Moon at NMU. She has been studying ballet for 10 years at Marquette Center for Dance, under the direction of Lynne Bolitho, where she also assists in teaching younger students. Josie danced the role of the Nutcracker in the 2018 Kaufman Auditorium & Second Skin Shop production of The Nutcracker. Josie is 14, and is currently an 8th grader at Bothwell Middle School in Marquette. When not dancing, Josie loves to downhill ski, spend time with friends, and relax with her Dachshund, Zucchini.

Kendra Campbell (Northern Lights Ensemble) is a junior medicinal plant chemistry major and a criminal justice minor from Iron River, MI. She has been in dance since she was 3 years old performing in tap, jazz, gymnastics, ballet, and hip hop. She was also a part of her high school dance team and attended dance camps and competitions growing up. She performed in the 2018 Dance Concert at NMU and is happy to be continuing her dancing career here at Northern. This world premiere ballet, East of the Sun, West of the Moon, is very important to her and is thankful to be given the opportunity to be apart of this production.

Liz Caputo (Northern Lights Ensemble) is a senior at NMU with a double major in criminal justice and psychology applied behavioral analysis and with a double minor in dance and pre-law. Liz has been dancing for 19 years and has studied the arts of tap, jazz, hip hop, and ballet. As an NMU student, Liz has performed in three of the annual NMU Dance Concerts, and has been a member with NMU Hip Hop Dance Crew for two years. She is looking forward to sharing her love of dance with the community and would like to thank her family and boyfriend for supporting her in everything that she does! Enjoy the show!!  

Olivia Manganello (Northern Lights Ensemble) is a pre-med biology major in her senior year at NMU. She has been dancing for 17 years. This is her second show with the FRT and she is so excited to be a part of this production.

Marina Mankee (Northern Lights Ensemble) is a sophomore chemistry and Spanish major. She has danced ballet for 11 years throughout grade school and is very excited to be dancing in this ballet!

Valerie Schuhknecht (Northern Lights Ensemble) is a sophomore studying biology and she wants to become an optometrist. East of the Sun, West of the Moon is the first production through NMU she has been a part of. She has practiced ballet for six years and is currently a member of Queen City in Marquette. 

Valerie Slaght (Northern Lights Ensemble) is a current junior at NMU majoring in philosophy and double minoring in religious studies and dance. She has been dancing for fifteen years, ballet being her favorite type of dance. This is her first NMU production and she’s had a great experience working with everyone. It's been really cool to see everyone come together and make a beautiful show. 


Creative Team Bios


Jill Grundstrom (Director, Choreographer, Costume Design) is a Marquette based dancer, instructor, and choreographer. She has a BS from Northern Michigan University in Secondary Education with majors in English and French, and an MA in Dance Education from New York University in New York City and Genoa, Italy. She is currently working on an EdS degree in Educational Leadership, with the intent to continue to an EdD. She continues to train with The Luigi Jazz Centre, STEPS on Broadway, and Broadway Dance Center in New York City, and has worked, taught, and trained with New York City Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, and American Ballet Theatre, whose curriculum she is certified in. Jill is the dance program director at NMU and choreographs for FRT Theatre and Dance Program, as well as for the Superior Arts Youth Theatre. She has choreographed over 30 full-length musical and dance productions in the Upper Peninsula, New York City, and Los Angeles, and recently choreographed an independent feature-length film, Our State Fair. She was the recipient of the MACC Outstanding Performing Artist of the Year Award in 2011. She is currently consulting on a new Character Dance curriculum for American Ballet Theatre.

Erin Colwitz (Conductor) is a native of Wisconsin and received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota. She later completed the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Southern California in choral music. As a professional singer, Dr. Colwitz was contracted to sing with the Dale Warland Singers (of Minnesota) in 1999. She can be heard on three of their albums, one of which was nominated for a Grammy: Dominick Argento's Walden Pond (2003) on Gothic Records. Dr. Colwitz is currently the Director of Choral Activities at NMU; she conducts the Marquette Choral Society, University Choir, and Arts Chorale, and teaches Choral Methods and Music in Society, as well as specialty classes such as The Beatles: Their Music, Their Times. She is frequently a guest conductor, contest adjudicator, and choral clinician throughout the U.P., Michigan, Wisconsin, and the Southeast. She also serves on the Michigan ACDA board as the Membership Chair.

Victor G. Holliday (Scenic Design, Lighting Design) has been the designer for the Forest Roberts Theatre since 1982, and also served as technical director from 1982-2000. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from St. Johns University (Minnesota), and his Master of Fine Arts in Scenic Design from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Before coming to NMU, he was designer and technical director at Trenton State College (now the College of New Jersey). Vic has also designed for summer and community theatre companies in Hawaii, Michigan, Wisconsin, New Jersey, and North Carolina. Outside of the theatre, his major interests are history (particularly military and naval history), ship modeling (pre-deadnought steel navy), and he is an active ailurophile.

Shelley Russell (Costume Design) is a professor of theatre arts at NMU. Shelley teaches a variety of courses, including playwriting and stage combat. She's directed over fifty productions including Beauty and the Beast, RENT, Romeo and Juliet, Peter Pan and Legally Blonde. She enjoys all aspects of theatre, and has acted and sung in numerous productions, created dance and fight choreography, designed costumes, and written plays and musicals which have been honored by the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award Competition, KCACTF, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the State of Michigan. She served as executive director for LST and in 2011 was honored by NMU with the Distinguished Faculty Award. Playwriting credits include Holdin' Our Own, Beacon on the Rock, Haywire, Points North, and Water, Woman. 

David Pierce (Technical Director) came to NMU from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY where he had been technical director for the department of theatre and dance. Other TD credits include Adirondack Theatre Festival, Little Theatre on the Square, and Four Seasons Theatre Company. David holds a BS in construction management from Ferris State University and an MFA in theatre technology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In his spare time, he loves to be outdoors. He enjoys hiking, boating, fishing, biking, and bonfires. He's also a boisterous Tigers fan!

Scrooge! was performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre from December 12-16, 2018.


Cast List

Ebenezer Scrooge Monica Nordeen
Jacob Marley Nathaniel Langlie 
The Ghost of Christmas Past Kate Joy Karling
The Ghost of Christmas Present Faye Elder
Phantoms/The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come Jill Vermeulen , Katie Spengler, Zoe Zimmer
Tom Jenkins Jason Parks
Nephew Fred Paul Leow
Nephew's Wife Katie Spengler
Solicitors Tanner Parish, Jeremiah Ogawa
Urchin 1 Abigail Harma
Urchin 2 Avonlea Kuhlman
Urchin 3 Nate Wood
Urchin 4 Winston Leonard
Additional Urchins Christian Leonard, Grant Ottaway
Bob Cratchit Seth Bowen
Ethel Cratchit Taylor Koski
Tiny Tim Ezekiel Miller
Peter Cratchit Aden Dahlstrom
Kathy Cratchit Aria Espinoza
Belinda Cratchit Noelle Espinoza
Martha Cratchit Ashley Dunneback
Ebby Winston Leonard
Fan Avonlea Kuhlman
Fezziwig Griffin Candey
Mrs. Fezziwig Laura Thompson 
Isabel Katie Lavris
Young Ebenezer Thomas Robinson
Dick Wilkins Bruno Amilcar
Father Christmas Bruno Amilcar
Woman 1 April Koski
Woman 2 Carey Espinoza
Beggar Woman w/ Child Shanon Ottaway
Dawkins the Toy Shop Owner Thomas Robinson
Apple Seller Amanda AlAziz
Turkey Boy Grant Ottaway
Butcher Faye Elder
Butcher's Apprentice Payton Bullock
Baker Griffin Candey
Carolers Griffin Candey, Carey Espinoza, Abigail Harma, Paul Leow, Jason Parks, Laura Thompson , Jill Vermeulen 
Adult Ensemble Amanda AlAziz, Bruno Amilcar, Payton Bullock, Carey Espinoza, April Koski, Jeremiah Ogawa, Shanon Ottaway, Dorothy Paad, Tanner Parish, Thomas Robinson, Katie Spengler, Laura Thompson , Jill Vermeulen , Zoe Zimmer
Youth Ensemble Joseph Espinoza, Abigail Harma, Avonlea Kuhlman, Christian Leonard, Grant Ottaway, Nate Wood

 

Indicates work done in partial fulfillment of the senior capstone

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Creative Team

Director Susan Candey
Choreographer Jill Grundstrom
Scenic Designer Victor G. Holliday
Lighting Designers Hannah Cormier, Regan McKay, Nick Salin, Jacob Stipe, Alec Vanhorn, Justin Van't Hof, Taylor Venegas
Costume Designer Shelley Russell
Sound Designer Jacob Stipe
Projection Designer Daric Christian
Properties Master Hannah Carey
Technical Director David Pierce
Assistant Technical Director Emily Baker
Production Stage Manager Nat Ehrig

Indicates work done in partial fulfillment of the senior capstone

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Stage Manager Morgan Kangas
Light Board Operator  Nat Ehrig
Sound Board Operator Jacob Stipe
Audio 2 Taylor Venegas
Fly Rail Rory Tricker

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew Alyssa Bjork, Helen Boburka, Hannah Danforth, Erin Culp†, Megan Leach, Regan McKay, Erin Perry, Sabrina Nelson , Joel Shinavier, Esther Teng
Scene Shop Foreman Steve McClain
Carpenters, Electricians and Painters Emily Baker, Helen Boburka, Hannah Carey, Hannah Cormier, Keegan Downey, Emily Kendall, Audree Stephens, Jacob Stipe, Justin Van't Hof, Taylor Venegas, Taylor Wilcox
Lighting and Sound Supervisor Dan Zini
Box Office Manager Lilith Kontos
Assistant Box Office Manager Emily Kendall
Box Office Staff Kendra Anderson, Leah Danielson, Jacob Laitinen, Abby Macek, Regan McKay, Micah Munts, Nick Salin, Sophie Sam
Photographers NMU Marketing
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† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

Sweeney Todd was performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre from October 26 - November 3, 2018.


Cast List

Sweeney Todd Paul Truckey
Mrs. Lovett A.J. Stephens*
Anthony Hope Ethan Bott
Johanna Audree Stephens
Judge Turpin Devin Murphy
Beadle Bamford Jacob Laitinen
Adolfo Pirelli Eric Mackall
Tobias Ragg Lilith Kontos
Beggar Woman Kortney Manchip
Jonas Fogg Nick Salin
Bird Seller Maddie Rayner
Ensemble Maggie Aartila, Brooke Baneck, Bailey Barthel,
Seth Bowen, Erin Culp, Kees Gray, Nathaniel Langlie,
Katie Lavris, Sabrina Nelson, Maddie Rayner, Callie Reid,
Nick Salin, Sophie Sam, Brady Skewis

Indicates work done in partial fulfillment of the senior capstone.

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

 

Creative Team

Director Keli Truckey
Music Director Emily Fitzpatrick
Scenic Designer Bill Digneit
Lighting Designer David Pierce
Assistant Lighting Designer Justin Van't Hof
Costume & Makeup Designer Regan McKay†*
Sound Designer Jacob Stipe*
Properties Master Hannah Cormier*
Assistant Properties Master Hannah Carey
Technical Director David Pierce
Production Stage Manager Emily Baker

Indicates work done in partial fulfillment of the senior capstone.

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

 

Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Stage Managers Emily Kendall, Taylor Wilcox
Master Electrician Dan Zini
Drafter Emily Baker
Light Board Operator  Justin Van't Hof
Sound Board Operator Jacob Stipe
Spotlight Operators Morgan Kangas, Kayla Pederson
Audio 2 Sam Stauffer
Fly Rail Operator Rory Tricker
Weapons Wrangler Emily Kendall
Run Crew Kendra Day, Dustin Golden, Emily Kendall, Taylor Wilcox
Costume Mistress Helen Boburka

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

 

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew Alyssa Bjork, Helen Boburka, Erin Culp†, Hannah Danforth, Regan McKay, Erin Perry, Sabrina Nelson, Joel Shinavier, Esther Teng
Scene Shop Foreman Steve McClain
Carpenters, Electricians and Painters Emily Baker, Helen Boburka, Hannah Cormier, Keegan Downey, Brady Skewis, Audree Stephens, Jacob Stipe, Justin Van't Hof, Taylor Venegas, Taylor Wilcox
Lighting and Sound Supervisor Dan Zini
Box Office Manager Lilith Kontos
Assistant Box Office Manager Emily Kendall
Box Office Staff Kendra Anderson, Leah Danielson, Jacob Laitinen, Abby Macek, Regan McKay, Micah Munts, Nick Salin, Sophie Sam
Photographers NMU Marketing
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† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

Tarzan was performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre from April 13-14, 19-21, 2018.


Cast List

Tarzan's Father Nathaniel Langlie
Tarzan's Mother Katie Spengler
Kala Audree Stephens
Kerchak Devin Murphy
Young Tarzan Canyon Medina
Terk Hanna Numinen
Tarzan Ethan Bott
Jane Emily Burbey
Porter Jacob Laitinen
Clayton Justin Van't Hof
Snipes Max Stevens
Ensemble Brooke Baneck, Erin Culp, Charlie Edwards, Riley Fields, Kyle Flickinger, Gracie Fries, Roenak Ghiardi, Raquel Green, Sadie Knill, Nathaniel Langlie, Megan Ludwig, Kortney Manchip, Patrick McCommons, Nathan Morgan, Abby Persoon, Andrew Pfeiffelman, Maddie Rayner, Nick Salin, Katie Spengler, AJ Stephens, Max Stevens, Jill Vermeulen

* Indicates work done in partial fulfillment of senior capstone project.

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honors Fraternity.


Creative Team

Director Shelley Russell
Music Director Erin Colwitz
Assistant Music Director Anna Daavettila
Choreographer Jill Grundstrom
Lighting Designer David Pierce
Assistant Lighting Designer Hannah Cormier
Scenic Designer Victor G. Holliday
Costume Designer Shelley Russell
Assistant Costume Designer Taylor Ehle
Sound and Projections Designer Bill Digneit
Assistant Sound Designer Jacob Stipe
Properties Master Hannah Carey
Technical Director David Pierce
Production Stage Manager Lily Howder
† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honors Fraternity.
 

Additional Artistic Staff

Stage Managers Emily Baker, Lilith Kontos
Rehearsal Accompanist Lynne Lanczy
Assistants to the Director Marissa Bekkering, Davontae Elam
Light Board Operator  Lily Howder
Master Electrician Justin Van't Hof
Audio 2 Seth Bowen
Spotlight Operators Megan Leach, Kayla Pederson
Flight Chief Steve McClain
Flight Operators Jake Dudeck, Noah Herington, Emily Kendall, Nick Salin, Skip Schorfhaar
Weapons Wrangler Emily Kendall
Costume Mistresses Helen Boburka, Sabrina Nelson†, Esther Teng
Makeup and Wigs Ryan White
Makeup Assistants Brie Rantala, Sari Nomura

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honors Fraternity.

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew

Helen Boburka, Hannah Danforth, Regan McKay, Erin Perry, Sabrina Nelson, Taylor Ehle, Esther Teng

Scene Shop Foreman Steve McClain
Carpenters, Electricians and Painters

Emily Baker, Marissa Bekkering, Helen Boburka, Hannah Cormier, Keegan Downey, Nathaniel Langlie, Emmett Long, Audree Stephens, Jacob Stipe, Justin Van't Hof, Taylor Wilcox

Lighting and Sound Supervisor Dan Zini
Box Office Manager Bill Digneit
Assistant Box Office Managers Lily Howder†, Lilith Kontos
Box Office Staff

Sam Cole, Jordan Coutcher, Jordan Howell, Emily Kendall, Regan McKay, Heidy Paz, Amber Urban, Nathan Zaremba

Photographers NMU Marketing, Shelley Russell
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† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

The 2018 NMU Dance Concert was performed in the Forest Roberts Theatre from February 22-24, 2018.


Cast List

 

Rolling in the Deep

Music: Rolling in the Deep by Adele

Choreographer: Lari Wendt

NMU Dance Association: Braily Blackmun, Taylor McGowan, Julianna Moscato, Destiny Partin, Lari Wendt

 

Hip-Hop Dance Crew

Music: Hip Hop Mix (Better Have My Money, Humble, Strip That Down, Swish Swish)

Artist: Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Liam Payne, Katy Perry/Nicki Minaj

Choreographers: JJ Bailey, Charlie Edwards, Faith LeRoy, Miranda Straka

Dancers: Maggie Aartila, JJ Bailey, Liz Caputo, Leah Christensen, Breanna Demaline, Haley Dobbs, Emily Driesenga, Charlie Edwards, Gracie Fries, Lisa Gentry, Emily Grzesiak, Jenae LaFleche,  Miranda Straka

 

Word Up

Music: Word Up by Little Mix

Choreographer: Charlie Edwards

Dancers: Maggie Bohm, Emily Burbey, Abbey Heinonen, Ellen Rapp, Maddie Rayner

 

Revolver

Music: Revolver

Artist: Madonna and Lil Wayne

Choreographers: Julianna Moscato & Lari Wendt

Dancers: Braily Blackmun, Liz Caputo, Olivia Cobb, Hannah Cormier, Emily Driesenga, Taylor McGowan, Regan McKay, Julianna Moscato, Destiny Partin, Lari Wendt

 

Horizon

Choreographers: Maggie Barch, Maria Formolo, Marissa Marquardson, assisted by Kristen Halsey

Music: Excerpts from Akhnaten: an Opera in Three Acts, composed by Philip Glass, conducted by Dennis Russell Davies and performed by the Stuttgart State Opera Orchestra & Chorus, 1987

 

The First Day

The First Day could be one sunrise, it could be a hundred years, or it could be a millennium. Like a plant in dark earth, we reach for the light, our bodies creating the landscape. The section ends with us all standing for the first time.

Celeste: Maggie Barch

Dancer Ensemble: Laith Crow, Ella Bartlett Filipowicz, Maria Formolo, Steinunn Franz, Niikah Hatfield, Marissa Marquardson, Tara Middleton, Jessica Pesola, Paige Spisak, Hannah Syrjala, Shannon Whitehouse

 

On the Wind

On the Wind opens with exuberant and simple movements.  On a deep base note, an ominous change pulls us out of innocence.  Without any specifics in mind, we feel the darker aspects of fear, anger, confusion, and then a final acceptance of inevitable changes.  In this section, the dancer in blue symbolizes Bird as a universal symbol for Spirit Messenger.  She escapes all confinement to uncover the light within us.

Bird: Maria Formolo

Dancer Ensemble: Maggie Barch, Laith Crow, Steinunn Franz, Kristen Halsey, Niikah Hatfield, Marissa Marquardson, Tara Middleton, Jodi Payne, Jessica Pesola, Paige Spisak, Hannah Syrjala, Kerry Yost

 

Sacred Earth

The Sacred Earth is a breathing presence of forgiveness and regeneration.  After emergence into the light we dance in quiet joy.

Gaia: Marissa Marquardson

Bird: Maria Formolo

Seeds: Maggie Barch, Tara Middleton, Shannon Whitehouse

 

Fill the Land

Fill the Land exuberantly shatters the quiet with a community of busy and sometimes eccentric energy.

Dancer Ensemble: Maggie Barch, Hannah Cormier, Laith Crow, Ella Bartlett Filipowicz, Maria Formolo, Jay Foy, Kristen Halsey, Niikah Hatfield, Scott Knaffla, Marissa Marquardson, Tara Middleton, Pamela Monroe, Jodi Payne, Jessica Pesola, Paige Spisak, Hannah Syrjala, Shannon Whitehouse, Kerry Yost, Hannah Lynne Zick

 

The Moon Remembers

The Moon Remembers is a vesper, an evening hymn of gratitude to the beauty and fertility of nature.  The Daughters of the Moon delight all with their beauty and grace, spreading light in the darkness.

Daughters of the Moon: Maggie Barch & Maria Formolo

Dancer Ensemble: Niikah Hatfield, Marissa Marquardson, Tara Middleton, Hannah Syrjala, Shannon Whitehouse, Kerry Yost

 

TaMaMa Dance Company

(TDC) was founded in 2016 by Artistic Directors Tara Middleton, Maggie Barch, and Marissa Marquardson. As a professional modern dance company, TDC's goal is to create innovative movement based art and integrate it into the community that they love. TDC is constantly pushing the boundaries of traditional dance, often bringing their performances out of the theatre and into surprising and more accessible venues.  Costume design and construction is also a large part of the company’s identity, and is used to create an entire visual experience. TDC has performed for a variety of community events around the Upper Peninsula, including the City of Marquette’s Halloween Spectacle and Harvestfest, the MACC Art Awards, Art Week, U.P. Art Prize Reception, and Northern Michigan University Dance Concerts. Some of the TDC dancers are currently acting as Artists in Residence in local schools as part of VSA Michigan. In June of 2017 TDC, in collaboration with local dancers, directed and produced a full length dance performance, Double Doors of the Horizon: Visions in Light and Dance. Horizon comes from that performance.


Creative Team

Director Jill Grundstrom
Lighting Designers Victor G. Holliday, Lily Howder
Sound Designers Bill Digneit, Dan Zini
Projections Designer Dan Zini
Technical Director David Pierce

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Additional Artistic Staff

Light Board Operators Victor G. Holliday, Lily Howder
Sound/Projections Operator Jacob Stipe

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew

Helen Boburka, Hannah Danforth, Regan McKay, Erin Perry, Sabrina Nelson, Taylor Ehle, Esther Teng

Scene Shop Foreman Steve McClain
Carpenters, Electricians and Painters

Emily Baker, Marissa Bekkering, Helen Boburka, Hannah Cormier , Keegan Downey, Nathaniel Langlie, Emmett Long, Audree Stephens, Jacob Stipe, Justin Van’t Hof, Taylor Wilcox

Lighting and Sound Supervisor Dan Zini
Box Office Manager Bill Digneit
Assistant Box Office Managers Lily Howder†, Lilith Kontos
Box Office Staff

Sam Cole, Jordan Coutcher, Jordan Howell, Emily Kendall, Regan McKay, Heidy Paz, Amber Urban, Nathan Zaremba

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† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

The 2018 Fringe Festival was performed at the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre from February 8-10 and 15-17, 2018.


What is a Fringe Festival?

The concept of a Fringe Festival can be traced back to Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1947, when eight theatre groups were shunned from the Edinburgh International Festival because they weren’t part of the official program. The eight snubbed actors decided to stage their productions anyway, right on the “fringe” of the official festival—thus, the concept of a Fringe Festival was born. The official Edinburgh Fringe Festival was created in 1958, and is one of the largest theatre festivals in the world.

The Fringe Festival at the Forest Roberts Theatre follows this idea, albeit on a much smaller scale—our Festival was put together to allow graduating seniors to showcase their capstone projects. 


The Productions
 

The Valentine Fairy

By Ernest Thompson

A woman who has decided to give up on love arrives home to find a man dressed in a white tutu, who shows her where she went wrong in previous romantic encounters. Th is play explores the absurdity, desperation, and ultimately, the reassurance of love on its most important holiday.

 

Cast List

Ingrid Lindsey Miller
Rudyard Nick Salin

 

Indicates work done in partial fulfillment of the senior capstone

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Creative Team

Director Amber Urban*
Lighting Designer Emily Baker
Scenic Designer Amber Urban*
Costume Designer Amber Urban*
Properties Masters Hannah Cormier
Sound and Projection Designer Dan Zini
Technical Director David Pierce
Production Stage Manager Taylor Wilcox

Indicates work done in partial fulfillment of the senior capstone

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Cast and Creative Team Bios


Amber Urban†* (Director, Costume Designer, Props Master) is a senior at NMU double majoring in Theatre and Sociology.  She is blessed to have had the opportunity to direct Alpha Psi Omega's production of The Bold, the Young, and the Murdered last semester and is thrilled to have The Valentine Fairy as her directing capstone in this season's Fringe Festival.  Amber would like to thank everyone who made this show possible, along with all of her professors who have helped her become ready for life after graduation.  

Lindsey Miller (Ingrid) is from a small town in Iowa and this is her first year at Northern. She is a double Theatre and Psychology major. Lindsey was very involved with theatre and speech in high school, and her favorite show she’s done is The Addams Family, in which she played Wednesday. She is thrilled to be here and stoked for everyone to see this show!

Nick Salin (Rudyard) has been at Northern for two years now. You may recognize him as Vito Deleoni from Building Madness or more recently as Miles the Producer in APO's production of The Bold, the Young, and the Murdered. He is a double Math and Theatre Performance major. This is Nick's first time being in the Fringe Festival; he has loved being a part of this unique show, and hopes that everyone enjoys it and learns a valuable lesson from The Valentine Fairy.


Antigone

By Sophocles

The final project of a Lundin Honors Research Fellowship, this interpretation of a classic seeks to draw political and social conclusions about the state of women both in Ancient Greece and modern-day America, and explores the tensions the leaders of now and then face.

 

Cast List

Antigone Riley Fields
Ismene Audree Stephens
Creon Jacob Laitinen
Haemon Ethan Bott
Tiresias Brady Skewis
Messenger Justin Van't Hof
Official 1 Nathaniel Langlie
Official 2 Max Stevens
Understudy Ismene Maddie Rayner
Understudy Haemon Nathaniel Langlie

Indicates work done in partial fulfillment of the senior capstone

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Creative Team

Directors Paul Truckey & Regan McKay
Lighting Designer Emily Baker
Scenic Designer Regan McKay
Properties Master Hannah Cormier
Costume Designer Regan McKay
Sound and Projection Designer Dan Zini
Technical Director David Pierce
Dramaturg Regan McKay
Production Stage Manager Tim Hollister*

Indicates work done in partial fulfillment of the senior capstone

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Cast and Creative Team Bios


Regan McKay (Director, Scenic Designer, Costume Designer, Dramaturg) is a junior Theatre/English major and Dance minor, and the current Vice President of Alpha Psi Omega. She also works as a seamstress in the FRT Costume Shop and the librarian of the Rapport Theatre Library. Regan has worked as costume mistress on Into the Woods and The Addams Family and dramaturg on Where A Certain Future at the FRT. This season, she has costume designed both The Bold, The Young, and the Murdered and Scrooge! She would like to thank her parents, her sister Maddie, her boyfriend Paul, and her many APO friends for their incredible encouragement and support.

Riley Fields (Antigone) is a newcomer to the Marquette area. She and her husband Alex work for Contrast Coffee Company, where she is the social media coordinator and content creator. You may have seen Riley recently in the FRT's 2017 production of Scrooge! as Isabel.

Audree Stephens (Ismene) is a sophomore here at NMU. She is a Theatre Major with a minor in Dance. Audree was very happy to play the role of the Plant in last years APO production of The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon, and was also in The Addams Family last year as the Bride Ancestor at the Forest Roberts Theatre. Audree is looking forward to Tarzan, where she will play the role of Kala. She hopes you enjoy the show!

Jacob Laitinen (Creon) is a freshman Theater major with a double minor in Music and Media Production. He is enrolled in school for the first time in 7 years, and is ecstatic to be back in the academic grind. His previous roles at NMU include Thenardier (Les Miserables) and The Snail with the Mail (A Year with Frog and Toad). He has also played The Beast (Beauty and the Beast), Herr Shultz (Cabaret), Sebastian (The Little Mermaid), Riff Raff (Rocky Horror), and Ali Hakim (Oklahoma). He hopes you all enjoy this wonderful evening of entertainment!

Brady Skewis (Tiresias) is a senior this year at NMU. You may have seen him more recently as Emcee in Cabaret at the Historic Vista Theatre, Don Baker in Butterflies Are Free at Lake Superior Theatre, Tom Jenkins in Scrooge! at the Forest Roberts Theatre, and Selsdon Mowbray in Noises Off at the Forest Roberts Theatre. He is also the lead singer/guitarist of the up-and-coming band Joel & The Good Boys. Find them on all branches of social media (FB, Instagram, Twitter). He would like to thank his wonderful parents, Dave and Wendy, and his outrageously talented girlfriend, Hanna, for their undying love & support.

Justin Van't Hof (Messenger) is a freshman at NMU majoring in Theatre and Entertainment Arts. You may have seen him recently in the Masonic Temple's October 2017 production of The Rocky Horror Show, in which he played Brad Majors. Justin has also appeared in Noises Off (Gary Lejeune), High School Musical (Ryan Evans), and Oliver! (The Artful Dodger). He is excited to be performing in his first show at the FRT, and is looking forward to playing Clayton in Tarzan later this season.

Nathaniel Langlie (Official 1 / Understudy Haemon) is a sophomore Theatre and Outdoor Rec double major with a minor in Dance. He has appeared previously at Northern in Noises Off, The Addams Family, Scrooge!, and the Worth a Second Glance Cabaret. Nathaniel was also the scenic designer for APO's production of The Bold, the Young, and the Murdered earlier this season, and will appear in the NMU Dance Concert and Tarzan.

Max Stevens (Official 2) is a freshman Multi-Media Production major in his third show here at NMU. Max is excited to get the chance to be a part of this show and looks forward to being a part of many FRT shows to come.


The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged and revised)

By Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield

An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard's plays, join us as we weave our wicked way through all of Shakespeare's comedies, histories and tragedies in one wild ride.

 

Cast List

Nathan Morgan as himself
Lily Howder as herself
Lilith Kontos as herself

Indicates work done in partial fulfillment of the senior capstone

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Creative Team

Directors Nathan Morgan, Lily Howder, and Lilith Kontos
Lighting Designer Emily Baker
Scenic Designer Nathan Morgan, Lily Howder, and Lilith Kontos
Costume Designer Regan McKay
Properties Master Hannah Cormier
Sound Designer Dan Zini
Technical Director David Pierce

Indicates work done in partial fulfillment of the senior capstone

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Cast and Creative Team Bios


Nathan Morgan (as himself) is a recent graduate of NMU currently pursuing his teaching license. Notable roles include Angelo in A Comedy of Errors (FRT), Fakir in The Secret Garden (FRT), Ancestor in The Addams Family (FRT), Narrator 2 in The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon, and most recently Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show. He would like to thank everyone who has been a part of his theatre career in Marquette, and the FRT for being a strong contributor to his artistic development over the years.

Lily Howder (as herself) is a senior Theatre and Entertainment Arts major. She has appeared in Tribes by Nina Raine, Gaggle of Saints by Neil LaBute, and two shows in The Ten Minute Play Festival. Lily is humbled to be a part of such an amazing show with such a talented cast and crew. A big thank you goes out to her friends and family for their unwavering support throughout this hectic time in her life. Lily is sad to be acting in her last play here, but she’s looking forward to seeing how theatre plays into her future after NMU.

Lilith Kontos (as herself) is a junior at NMU majoring in English and minoring in Theatre. Acting credits include Annelle in Steel Magnolias (Lake Superior Theatre), Jan in Grease (Lake Superior Theatre), Grandma Addams in The Addams Family (FRT), Deborah Abramson in Where a Certain Future (FRT), Lucinda in Into the Woods (FRT), and, in one of her first productions, Mercutio in The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet. Though she unfortunately will not reprise that role in this production, she hopes you enjoy it all the same!


Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew Helen Boburka, Hannah Danforth, Regan McKay, Erin Perry, Sabrina Nelson, Taylor Ehle, Esther Teng
Scene Shop Foreman Steve McClain
Carpenters, Electricians and Painters

Hannah Cormier, Emily Baker, Helen Boburka, Audree Stephens, Marissa Bekkering, Jacob Stipe, Justin Van't Hof, Nathaniel Langlie, Taylor Wilcox, Emmet Long, Keegan Downey

Master Electrician Emily Baker
Lighting and Sound Supervisor Dan Zini
Box Office Manager Bill Digneit
Assistant Box Office Managers Lily Howder, Lilith Kontos
Box Office Staff Sam Cole, Amber Urban, Regan McKay†, AJ Stephens, Jordan Coutcher, Jordan Howell, Heidy Paz, Emily Kendall, Nathan Zaremba
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† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

Scrooge! was performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre from December 14-16, 2017.


Cast List

Ebenezer Scrooge Devin Murphy
Nephew/Chorus Aaron James Carlson
Bob Cratchit Nathaniel Langlie
Ethel Cratchit Jill Vermeulen
Peter Cratchit Asa Naigus
Kathy Cratchit Abby Harma
Sarah Cratchit Maggie Boburka
Tiny Tim Ezekiel Miller
Jacob Marley Monica Nordeen
The Ghost of Christmas Past Teagan Sturmer
The Ghost of Christmas Present Rusty Bowers
The Ghost of Christmas Future Bobby Glenn Brown
Fezziwig Bobby Glenn Brown
Fezziwig's Wife Faye Nesbitt Elder
Tom Jenkins Jeremiah Ogawa
Simpkins Charlie Edwards
Young Ebenezer/Chorus Nicholas Conroy
Young Ebby/Urchin Winston Leonard
Fan/Urchin Bella Coleman
Isabel/Chorus Riley Fields
Turkey Boy/Urchin Nate Wood
Charity Workers/Chorus Lisa Bowers, Rob Shirlin
Woman Ware Sellers/Chorus Adrienne Vermeulen, Lori Ogawa-Mentink, Cheryl Rehmann
Toy Shop Owner/Chorus Tanner Parish
Shoppers and Singers/Chorus Jessica Bowers, Katie Spengler, Heather Naigus, Dorothy Paad
Urchins Addy Menhennick, Reya Ghiardi, Roenak Ghiardi, Payton Bullock, Christian Leonard, DJ Menhennick

 

Indicates work done in partial fulfillment of the senior capstone

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Creative Team

Director Denise Clark
Choreographer Jill Grundstrom
Scenic Designer Victor G. Holliday
Lighting Designer Lily Howder
Costume Designer Regan McKay
Sound Designer Dan Zini
Projection Designers Dan and Traci Zini
Properties Master Hannah Cormier
Technical Director David Pierce
Production Stage Manager Anna Morrison

Indicates work done in partial fulfillment of the senior capstone

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Stage Managers Cait Beyer†, Katherine Marsh
Light Board Operator   
Sound Board Operator  
Run Crew  

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew

Helen Boburka, Hannah Danforth, Regan McKay, Erin Perry, Sabrina Nelson, Taylor Ehle, Esther Teng, Danae DeValve

Scene Shop Foreman Steve McClain
Carpenters, Electricians and Painters

Dakota Vogel, Anna LaBreche†, Hannah CormierEmily Baker, Helen Boburka, Audree Stephens, Marissa Bekkering, Jacob Stipe

Lighting and Sound Supervisor Dan Zini
Box Office Manager Bill Digneit
Assistant Box Office Manager Lily Howder
Box Office Staff Lilith Kontos, Sam Cole, Amber Urban, Regan McKay, AJ Stephens, Jordan Howell, Jordan Coutcher, Heidy Paz, Emily Kendall, Nathan Zaremba
Photographers  
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† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

The Bold, the Young, and the Murdered was performed by Alpha Psi Omega at the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre from December 7-9, 2017.


Cast List

Jake Strong / Morris Nyborg Hunter Schram
Sebastian Strong / Bill Wiley Nathan Morgan
Valencio DiCarpathio / John Burke Jacob Laitinen
Mona Jeffries / Cybil Dane Sabrina Nelson
Eileen Silverstedt / Amy White AJ Stephens
Jessica Silverstedt / Danielle Farris Erin Culp
Dr. William Bradley / Tyler Tripodo Kyle Flickinger
Sequoiya / Lily Baumgartner Brooke Baneck
Oli Kendall Burmeister
Kaitlin Audree Stephens
Keri Lindsey Miller
Brooke Taylor Koski
Miles Nick Salin
Stagehands Max Stevens, Rhiannon Hintz, Paul Sampson

 

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

 


Creative Team

Director Amber Urban
Scenic Designer Nathaniel Langlie
Lighting Designer Lily Howder
Costume Designer Regan McKay
Sound Designer Lilith Kontos
Properties Master Hannah Carey
Technical Director David Pierce
Production Stage Manager Maddie Rayner

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Stage Manager Taylor Wilcox
Weapons Wrangler Taylor Wilcox
Light Board Operator  Emily Baker
Sound Board Operator Lilith Kontos
Costume Mistress Regan McKay

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

Constellations was performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre from November 9-18, 2017.


Cast List

Marianne Taylor Ehle
Roland Max Stevens
Standby Marianne Kortney Manchip
Standby Roland Devin Murphy

Creative Team

Director Shelley Russell
Scenic Designer Victor G. Holliday
Lighting Designer David Pierce
Costume Designer Shelley Russell
Sound Designer Bill Digneit
Technical Director David Pierce
Production Stage Manager Emily Baker

 

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Director Lindsey Miller
Assistant Lighting Designer Lily Howder
Assistant Sound Designer Anna LaBreche
Master Electrician Hannah Cormier
Light Board Operator  Emily Baker
Sound Board Operator Anna LaBreche

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew

Helen Boburka, Hannah Danforth, Danae DeValve, Regan McKay, Erin Perry, Sabrina Nelson, Taylor Ehle, Esther Teng

Scene Shop Foreman Steve McClain
Carpenters, Electricians and Painters Dakota Vogel, Anna LaBreche†, Hannah Cormier, Emily Baker, Helen Boburka, Audree Stephens, Marissa Bekkering, Jacob Stipe
Lighting and Sound Supervisor Dan Zini
Box Office Manager Bill Digneit
Assistant Box Office Manager Lily Howder
Box Office Staff Lilith Kontos, Sam Cole, AJ Stephens, Amber Urban, Regan McKay†, Heidy Paz, Jordan Coutcher, Jordan Howell, Emily Kendall, Nathan Zaremba
Photographers  
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† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

Rock the FRT! was performed in the Forest Roberts Theatre on October 14.


The Bands:

Now Society Fails

 Featuring Nate Miron on bass/lead vocals, Spenser Holman on lead guitar, Corbin Martinez on rhythm guitar/backing vocals, and Donovin Awonohopay on drums


DayDreamers 

Featuring Nicolas Johnson on electric guitar/keyboard/vocals, Jackie Bowers on acoustic guitar/vocals, Tom Zinski on bass guitar, Bryn Jungwirth on drums, Joe Bowers on electric guitar/vocals/aux percussion, and Maddison Royea on vocals/aux percussion


Tease

Featuring AJ Stephens on vocals, Audree Stephens on vocals/keyboard, Mackenzie Grace on vocals/bass, Kent Brock on drums/vocals, and Cameron West on guitar


Joel & The Good Boys

Featuring Brady Skewis on guitar/vocals, Cory Russell on guitar/vocals, Ty Hutch on drums, Christian MacDonald on trumpet, and Dylan Russell on bass


Heel Click

Featuring Elijah Claucherty on drums, vocals, and guitar


Our Last Vision

Featuring Nate Walstrom on lead vocals/guitar, Joey Decota on guitar, Cody Frantz on bass, and Neil Carey on drums


Creative Team & Artistic Staff

Director David Pierce
Lighting Designer Lily Howder
Sound Designer Dan Zini
Technical Director David Pierce
Master Electrician Dan Zini
Light Board Operator  Lily Howder
Audio Engineer and Mixer Dan Zini
Audio Assistant Anna LaBreche
Run Crew Nathaniel Langlie, Emily Baker, Katherine Marsh, Anna Daavettila

 

† indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew

Helen Boburka, Hannah Danforth, Danae DeValve, Regan McKay, Erin Perry, Sabrina Nelson, Taylor Ehle, Esther Teng

Scene Shop Foreman Steve McClain
Carpenters, Electricians and Painters

Dakota Vogel, Anna LaBreche†, Emma Schroeder, Hannah Cormier, Emily Baker, Helen Boburka, Audree Stephens, Marissa Bekkering

Lighting and Sound Supervisor Dan Zini
Box Office Manager Bill Digneit
Assistant Box Office Manager Lily Howder
Box Office Staff Lilith Kontos, Sam Cole, AJ Stephens, Amber Urban, Regan McKay
Photographers Josh LeClair
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† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

Noises Off was performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre from September 29-30 and October 5-7, 2017.


Cast List

Dotty Otley Lily Howder†*
Lloyd Dallas Ethan Bott
Garry Lejeune Dakota Vogel†*
Brooke Ashton Taylor Ehle
Poppy Norton-Taylor Regan McKay
Frederick Fellowes Dane Wurmlinger†*
Belinda Blair Jill Vermeulen
Tim Allgood Nathaniel Langlie
Selsdon Mowbray Brady L. Skewis
 

 

* Indicates work down in partial fulfillment of Senior Capstone

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

 


Creative Team

Director Paul Truckey
Scenic Designer Vic Holliday
Lighting Designer Vic Holliday
Costume Designer Susan Candey
Sound Designer Bill Digneit
Properties Master Emily Baker
Technical Director David Pierce
Production Stage Manager Hannah Cormier
Dramaturg Regan McKay

 

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Stage Manager Anna LaBreche
Master Electrician Dan Zini
Light Board Operator  Hannah Cormier
Sound Board Operator Emily Baker
Run Crew Tim Hollister, Emily Kendall

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew

Helen Boburka, Hannah Danforth, Danae DeValve, Regan McKay, Erin Perry, Sabrina Nelson, Taylor Ehle, Esther Teng

Scene Shop Foreman Steve McClain
Carpenters, Electricians and Painters

Dakota Vogel, Anna LaBreche†, Emma Schroeder, Hannah Cormier, Emily Baker, Helen Boburka, Audree Stephens, Marissa Bekkering

Lighting and Sound Supervisor Dan Zini
Box Office Manager Bill Digneit
Assistant Box Office Manager Lily Howder
Box Office Staff Nathan Morgan, Lilith Kontos, Sam Cole, AJ Stephens, Amber Urban, Regan McKay
Photographers  
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† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

The Addams Family was performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre from April 5-9, 2017.


Cast List

Gomez Addams Devin Murphy*
Morticia Addams Jill Vermeulen
Uncle Fester Ryan White
Wednesday Addams Hanna Numinen
Lucas Beineke Alex Herman
Grandma Addams Lilith Kontos
Pugsley Addams Jeremiah Ogawa
Lurch Brock Weaver
Mal Beineke Dorsey Sprouls
Alice Beineke/Understudy Morticia Taylor Kulju
Understudy Lucas/Ancestor Brady Skewis
Understudy Alice/Ancestor Carly Plasman
Understudy Wednesday/Ancestor Audree Stephens
Ancestors Nicholas Conroy, Nathan Morgan, Nick Salin, Dane Wurmlinger, Carly Bellock, Dra Hintsala, Kortney Manchip, Abby Persoon, Laura Thompson, Sadie Knill, Nathaniel Langlie

*Indicates work done in partial fulfillment of senior capstone project.

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honors Fraternity.

 

 

Creative Team

Director Shelley Russell
Musical Director Erin Colwitz
Choreographer Jill Grundstrom
Lighting Designer David Pierce
Scenic Designer Vic Holliday
Costume Designer Shelley Russell
Sound Designer Bill Digneit
Properties Masters Hannah Cormier & Dorsey Sprouls
Technical Director David Pierce
Production Stage Manager Abby Schneck
† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honors Fraternity.

 

 

Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Director Sabrina Nelson
Assistant Stage Managers Emily Baker, Amber Urban
Assistant Music Director Parker Serino
Assistant Choreographer Gabrielle Revord
Assistant Lighting Designer Lily Howder
Light Board Operator  Caitlin Beyer
Sound Board Operator Jacob Stipe
Costume Mistress Regan McKay
Hair/Makeup Carol Starrine
Run Crew Joe Hinman, Jacob Laitinen, Kayla Pederson, Maddie Rayner, Brandon Sanford, Sam Weaver

 

 

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew

Helen Boburka, Regan McKay, Erin Perry, Sabrina Nelson, Taylor Ehle

Scene Shop Foreman Steve McClain
Carpenters, Electricians and Painters

Dakota Vogel, Anna Labreche†, Dorsey Sprouls†, Emma Schroeder, Hannah Cormier, Coop Bicknell†, Emily Baker, Helen Boburka, Audree Stephens

Box Office Manager Morgan Waller
Assistant Box Office Manager Nathan Morgan
Box Office Staff Elizabeth Trueblood, Sam Cole, Lily Howder, Amber Urban, Regan McKay†, Tanner Schut, Lilith Kontos, AJ Stephens
Photographers Leora Lancaster
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† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

The Worth a Second Glance Cabaret was performed by Alpha Psi Omega at the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre from March 17-18, 2017.


Cast List

Brian Czyzyk Angel/Soldier/T-Bird
Kyle Flickinger Soldier/Aaron/Danny
Alex Herman Soldier/T-Bird/Frank  
Lilith Kontos Woman/Pink Lady/Mermaid/Brenda
Nathaniel Langlie Aladdin/Soldier/T-Bird/Lumiere  
Regan McKay Doo-Wop Girl/Sandy/Mermaid/Mrs. Potts
Abby Persoon Pink Lady/Mermaid/Belle
Maddie Rayner Jasmine/Doo-Wop Girl/Pink Lady/Flounder
Nick Salin Tom/Soldier/T-Bird/Arnold/Cogsworth
Liz Trueblood Casey/Pink Lady/Nabalungi/Mermaid  
Dane Wurmlinger Emcee/Soldier/T-Bird/Beast

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Creative Team

Director Abby Persoon
Stage Manager Cait Beyer
Lighting Designer Lily Howder
Technical Director David Pierce

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Additional Artistic Staff

Light Board Operator  Lily Howder
Sound Board Operator Anna LaBreche

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew

Helen Boburka, Regan McKay†, Erin Perry, Sabrina Nelson, Taylor Ehle

Scene Shop Foreman Steve McClain
Carpenters, Electricians and Painters

Dakota Vogel†, Anna Labreche† , Dorsey Sprouls†, Emma Schroeder, Hannah Cormier†, Coop Bicknell†, Emily Baker, Helen Boburka, Anna Morrison

Box Office Manager Morgan Waller
Assistant Box Office Manager Nathan Morgan
Box Office Staff Elizabeth Trueblood, Sam Cole, Lily Howder†, Amber Urban†, Regan McKay†, Tanner Schut, Lilith Kontos†, AJ Stephens
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† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

Building Madness was performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre from February 22-25, 2017. It was the 2017 Panowski Playwriting Award winner.


Cast List

Trixie Fuller Carly Bellock
Paul Fielding Ethan Bott
Max Marshall Jason Parks
Gwen Gladwell Carly Plasman
Ruby Deleoni Taylor Kulju
Vito Deleoni Nick Salin

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honors Fraternity.


Creative Team

Director Paul Truckey
Scenic Designer Victor G. Holliday
Lighting Designer David Pierce
Costume Designer Susan Candey
Sound Designer Dan Zini
Properties Master Hannah Cormier
Technical Director David Pierce
Production Stage Manager Katherine Marsh*

Indicates work done in partial fulfillment of the senior capstone

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Stage Managers Emily Baker, Amber Urban
Light Board Operator Tim Hollister
Run Crew Tony Piatti

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew

Helen Boburka, Cecelia Holt, Regan McKay, Erin Perry, Carly Plasman

Scene Shop Foreman Steve McClain
Carpenters, Electricians and Painters

Dakota Vogel, Anna LaBreche†, Dorsey Sprouls†, Emma Schroeder, Hannah Cormier, Coop Bicknell†, Emily Baker, Helen Boburka, Lily Howder†, Anna Morrison

Box Office Manager Morgan Waller
Assistant Box Office Manager Nathan Morgan
Box Office Staff Elizabeth Trueblood, Sam Cole, Lily Howder, Amber Urban, Regan McKay†, Tanner Schut, Lilith Kontos, AJ Stephens
Photographer Leora Lancaster
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† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon was performed by Alpha Psi Omega at the James A Panowski Black Box March 11-12, 2016.


Cast List

Narrator 1 Elizabeth Trueblood
Narrator 2  Nathan Morgan
Girl/Mother/Snow White/Crab Person Cecilia Smith  
Actor/Father/Cobbler Elf/Wicked Stepsisters/Wicked Stepmother/The Birds/Cinderella/Mac/Herald/Prince Charming Brian Czyzyk
Devil 1 & 2 Jared Nedza  
Princes 1-3 & Frog Coop Bicknell
Witches 1 & 2 Carly Plasman
Enchantress/Cinderella/Mack/Fishergirl/Wood Cutter Allison Luciano
Dirt Merchant/Hansel/Host/Doctor Abby Persoon  
Rapunzel/Gretel/Grandma Regan McKay
Rumpelstiltskin/Talking Fish/King/Dwarf 2/God Nick Salin
Girl With No Hands/Princess/Dwarf 1/Devil's Grandma/Little Red AJ Stephens
Plant Audree Stephens
Offstage Voices/Crab Person Katherine Marsh

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Creative Team

Director Anna LaBreche
Scenic Designer Dorsey Sprouls
Lighting Designer Lilith Kontos
Costume Designer Cecelia Holt
Assistant Costume Designer Regan McKay
Sound Designer Lily Howder
Properties Master Hannah Cormier
Technical Director David Pierce
Production Stage Manager Lily Howder

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Stage Manager Amber Urban
Light Board Operator  Lilith Kontos
Sound Board Operator Lily Howder

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew

Helen Boburka, Hannah Danforth, Cecelia Holt, Regan McKay

Scene Shop Foreman Steve McClain
Carpenters, Electricians and Painters

Dakota Vogel†, Emily Kinne, Anna LaBreche, Dorsey Sprouls

Assistant Box Office Manager Nathan Morgan
Box Office Staff Jill Vermeulen, Elizabeth Trueblood, Sam Cole, Jacob DeLong†, Lily Howder
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† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

Haunted Theatre was performed in the Forest Roberts Theatre from October 26-28, 2016.


Creative Team & Artistic Staff

Director Marty Martello
Assistant Director Maggie Aartila
Technical Director David Pierce
Light Design Scene Shop Staff
Sound Design Dan Zini
Master Electrician Dan Zini
Production Stage Manager Anna Morrison
Assistant Stage Managers Amber Urban, Katherine Marsh

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew Helen Boburka, Hannah Danforth, Danae DeValve, Regan McKay, Erin Perry, Sabrina Nelson, Taylor Ehle, Esther Teng
Scene Shop Foreman Steve McClain
Carpenters, Electricians and Painters

Dakota Vogel, Anna LaBreche†, Emma Schroeder, Hannah Cormier, Emily Baker, Helen Boburka, Audree Stephens, Marissa Bekkering

Lighting and Sound Supervisor Dan Zini
Box Office Manager Bill Digneit
Assistant Box Office Manager Lily Howder
Box Office Staff Lilith Kontos, Sam Cole, AJ Stephens, Amber Urban, Regan McKay
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† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

Where a Certain Future was performed at the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre from October 5-9 and 13-16, 2016.


Cast List

Levi Abramson Devin Murphy
Sarah Abramson Monica Nordeen  
Jacob Abramson Dane Wurmlinger
Deborah Abramson Lilith Kontos
Amos Horowitz Chet DeFonso  
Nathan Horowitz Joseph Carlisle*
Samuel Rosenthal Ethan Bott
Alfred Rosenthal Brian Czyzyk
Nazi Dakota Vogel

Indicates work done in partial fulfillment of the senior capstone

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Creative Team

Director Michael Blatt
Playwright James Howard Carr
Scenic Designer Victor G. Holliday
Lighting Designer Victor G. Holliday
Sound Designer/Projection Designer Dan Zini
Costume Designer Shelley Russell
Properties  Master Hannah Cormier
Technical Director David Pierce
Production Stage Manager Liz Trueblood

Indicates work done in partial fulfillment of the senior capstone

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

 

 

Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Director Dakota Vogel
Assistant Stage Managers Korinne Griffith, Tim Hollister
Assistant Properties Master Emily Kinne
Light Board Operator  TBA
Sound Board Operator Korinne Griffith
Run Crew Regan Mckay

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

 

 

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew

Helen Boburka, Hannah Danforth, Cecelia Holt, Regan McKay, Erin Perry, Carly Plasman

Scene Shop Foreman Steve McClain
Carpenters, Electricians and Painters

Dakota Vogel, Emily Kinne, Anna Labreche†, Dorsey Sprouls†, Emma Schroeder, Hannah Cormier, Coop Bicknell†, Emily Baker, Helen Boburka

Box Office Manager Morgan Waller
Assistant Box Office Manager Nathan Morgan
Box Office Staff Jill Vermeulen, Elizabeth Trueblood, Sam Cole, Lily Howder, Amber Urban, Regan McKay†, Tanner Schut
Photographer Leora Lancaster
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† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

The Secret Garden was performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre from April 6-9, 2016.


Cast List

Mary Lennox

Amelia Bishop

Colin

Antonio Stabile

Lily

Sophie Shahbazi

Fakir

Nathan Morgan

Ayah

Jaxine Rivera

Rose

Laura Thompson

Cap. Albert Lennox

Luke Speicher

Lt. Peter Wright/Dreamer

Jacob Laitinen

Lt. Ian Shaw/Dreamer

Ethan Burk

Major Holmes/Dreamer

John Sarkela

Mrs. Shelly/Dreamer

Cecelia Holt

Alice/Dreamer

Carly Bellock

Claire/Dreamer

Erin Potter
Archibald Craven

Ethan Bott

Dr. Neville Craven

Devin Murphy

Mrs. Medlock

Dra Hintsala

Martha

Adrianna Stephens

Dickon 

Kees Gray

Ben

Dorsey Sprouls

Jane/Dreamer

Emily Smith

Mrs. Winthrop/Dreamer

Korinne Griffith

Ensemble/Understudy Dickon

Asa Naigus
Dreamers/Ensemble

Jacob DeLong†, Coralee Daugherty, Reya Ghiardi

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

* Indicates work done in partial fulfillment of the senior capstone.

 

Pit Orchestra Personnel

Jim Briseno

Percussion

Tom Bronken

Bass

Robert Engelhart

Conductor

Victoria Gabrielsen

Violin

Nora Gaffney

Violin

Patty Gagnon

Oboe/English Horn

Marissa Gillett-Behrens

Trumpet

Mallory Grugin

Viola

Ben Harris

Cello

Emily McEwan

Horn

Joanne Mingay

Cello

Catherine Nevala

Flute

Sarah Perfetti

Keyboard

Sonja Prychitko

Violin

Nancy Redfern

Keyboard

Barbara Rhyneer

Conductor, NMU Orchestra

Patty Roti

Clarinet

Parker Serino

Assistant Conductor/Violin

Kristin Tasson

Horn

 

 

Creative Team

Director Shelley Russell
Music Director Rob Engelhart
Scenic & Lighting Designer Victor G. Holliday
Costume Designer Shelley Russell
Sound Designer  Bill Digneit
Properties Master Hannah Cormier
Technical Director David Pierce
Production Stage Manager Abby Schneck*

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

* Indicates work done in partial fulfillment of the senior capstone.

 

 

 

Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Director Dakota Vogel
Assistant Properties Master Emily Kinne
"Indian Charm" Choreographer Carly Bellock
Assistant Stage Managers Tim Hollister, Katherine Marsh, Lily Howder
Spotlight Operators Lilith Kontos, Anna Morrison, Anthony Pruett,
Dane Wurmlinger
Makeup Artist Ryan White
Hairdresser Carol Starrine

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

 

 

 

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew

Helen Boburka, Hannah Danforth, Cecelia Holt, Regan McKay† , Erin Perry

Scene Shop Foreman Steve McClain
Carpenters, Electricians and Painters

Calen Liverance, Dakota Vogel† , Emily Kinne† , Anna LaBreche† , Hannah Cormier, Dorsey Sprouls

Assistant Box Office Manager Nathan Morgan† 
Box Office Staff Jill Vermeulen† , Elizabeth Trueblood† , Sam Cole, Tom Lee† , Jacob DeLong† , Alysa Spivak
Photographer Leora Lancaster
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† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

 

Heroes and Villains Cabaret was performed by Alpha Psi Omega at the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre from March 11-12, 2016.


Cast List

Dra Hintsala Aurora/Mother Gothel/Cruella DeVil/Muse
Cecelia Holt Belle/Big Mama/Pocahontas/Muse
Lilith Kontos Giselle/Jasmine/Mulan/Jetsam/Muse  
Nathan Morgan Aladdin/Chef Tony/Gaston/Calypso Guy/Soldier
Abby Persoon Elsa/Rapunzel/Muse  
Maddie Rayner Anna/Ariel/Muse
Dorsey Sprouls Facilier/Frollo/Soldier
Liz Trueblood Ursula
Dane Wurmlinger Thomas/Tigger/LeFou/Soldier  

All cast members also play multiple ensemble roles.

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Creative Team

Director Elizabeth Trueblood
Lighting Designer Nathan Morgan
Costume Designer Cecelia Holt
Technical Director David Pierce
Accompanist Anna Daavetila
Assistant Directors Lilith Kontos, Abby Persoon

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Additional Artistic Staff

Light Board Operator  Regan McKay
Sound Board Operator Brian Czyzyk
Run Crew Cait Beyer

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew

Helen Boburka, Hannah Danforth, Cecelia Holt, Regan McKay

Scene Shop Foreman Steve McClain
Carpenters, Electricians and Painters

Calen Liverance, Dakota Vogel† ,Emily Kinne† , Anna Labreche† , Dorsey Sprouls

Assistant Box Office Manager Nathan Morgan
Box Office Staff Jill Vermeulen, Elizabeth Trueblood† , Sam Cole, Jacob DeLong† , Alysa Spivak
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† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

What is a Fringe Festival?

The concept of a Fringe Festival can be traced back to Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1947, when eight theatre groups were shunned from the Edinburgh International Festival because they weren’t part of the official program. The eight snubbed actors decided to stage their productions anyway, right on the “fringe” of the official festival—thus, the concept of a Fringe Festival was born. The official Edinburgh Fringe Festival was created in 1958, and is one of the largest theatre festivals in the world.

The Fringe Festival at the Forest Roberts Theatre follows this idea, albeit on a much smaller scale—our Festival was put together to allow graduating seniors to showcase their capstone projects. Two of these are Love Notes, written and directed by senior Javonte Thompson, and Harvey Fierstein’s The International Stud, featuring senior Ryan White as director and lead performer. The Festival also provides an opportunity for a premiere of an original short play, The Soul Truth, written by Professor Paul Truckey, as well as another chance to see scenes from George C. Wolfe’s The Colored Museum, directed by Ansley Valentine. Patrons will have the opportunity to see two different productions on the alternating evenings of the Festival, providing a different experience for each performance.

 

Productions

Love Notes

Two girls, Amber and Kristen, with two stories linked by Kyle, who is a
good friend of Amber and a brother to Kristen, each search to fill a void.
Amber longs for appreciation from her boyfriend of nearly two years while
Kristen desires recognition for being more independent. They both feel as
though love can help fill their emptiness.

The Soul Truth

The big question, is there an existence after death? One woman, after taking
her own life, discovers there is.  To her unhappy surprise, she is
confronted by a questioner who forces her to expose the truth of her soul.

The Colored Museum

Tony-Award winner George C. Wolfe’s groundbreaking play, The Colored Museum, has electrified, shocked, and delighted audiences of all colors. “A black comedy” broken up into 11 “exhibits” or sketches, The Colored Museum takes a satirical look at prominent themes and identities of African American culture and what it means to be black in contemporary America. The show will be performed one time in full. Select scenes, "exhibits", from the show ill be performed in the Fringe Festival as well. 

The International Stud

“International Stud” presents with two characters who are at different places regarding their understanding of themselves. Arnold is comfortable with himself as a gay man and is in search of a lover who is also a friend. Ed, however, is in denial as to his sexuality and, therefore, incapable of giving himself to anyone as either friend or lover.

 

The International Stud

produced by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc.

 

The Colored Museum

Originally produced by Crossroads Theatre Company, New Brunswick, NJ

(Lee Richardson, Artistic Director)

Original New York production by New York Shakespeare Festival,

produced by Joseph Papp.

 

Cast

The Soul Truth

The Questioner

Javonte Thompson

The Soul

Monica Nordeen

The Voice

Dra Hintsala

The International Stud

Arnold

Ryan White*

Ed

Dakota Vogel

Lady of Blues

Alexandra Marks

Love Notes

Kyle

Joseph Carlisle

Megan

Breanna Harvell

Amber    

Mallory Olson

Nick

Charles Owsley

Kristen 

Cecilia Smith

Kathy

Adrianna Stephens

Zach

Ethan Bott

John

Brandon Sanford

Eliza  

Taylor Ehle

Scenes from The Colored Museum

The Photo Session

Girl

Morgan Waller

Guy

Nathan Morgan
The Hairpiece
The Woman

Morgan Waller

Janine

Samantha Cole/Javonte Thompson

Lawanda

Veronika Whigam
Symbiosis
The Man

Nathan Morgan

The Kid

Marcus Tucker

Last Mama on the Couch Play 
Narrator

Nathan Morgan

Mama

Veronika Whigam

Walter-Lee-Beau-Willie-Jones

Javonte Thompson

Lady in Plaid

Morgan Waller

Medea

Jaxine Rivera

 

Creative Team

Production Managers Liz Trueblood, Joe Carlisle
Technical Director David Pierce
Lighting Designer Abby Schneck

The Soul Truth

Director Keli Truckey
Production Stage Manager Lily Howder, Dorsey Sprouls

The International Stud

Director Ryan White*
Production Stage Manager Anna LaBreche, Javonte Thompson

Love Notes

Director Javonte Thompson*
Production Stage Manager Laura Thompson, Joe Hinman

The Colored Museum

Director Ansley Valentine
Costume Designer Cecelia Holt
Production Stage Manager Coop Bicknell, Jacob DeLong

 

Additional Staff

Deck Master Dra Hintsla
Run Crew Allison Luciano, Cecelia Holt, Maddie Rayner, Abby Persoon, Emily Kinne, Dane Wurmlinger

 

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

* Indicates work done in partial fulfillment of the senior capstone project.

 

 

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew

Helen Boburka, Hannah Danforth, Cecelia Holt, Regan McKay† , Erin Perry

Scene Shop Foreman Steve McClain
Carpenters, Electricians and Painters Calen Liverance, Dakota Vogel† , Emily Kinne† , Anna LaBreche† , Tom Lee, Dorsey Sprouls
Assistant Box Office Manager Nathan Morgan† 
Box Office Staff Jill Vermeulen† , Elizabeth Trueblood† , Sam Cole, Tom Lee† , Jacob DeLong† , Alysa Spivak
Photographer Leora Lancaster
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† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

 

The Soul Truth Cast Bios

Monica Nordeen (The Soul) is excited to be in the world premiere of The Soul Truth. Other local roles have included: Maude Mix in A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking, Madame Thenardier in Les Miserables and Ariel in The Tempest at NMU; lead roles in Lake Superior Theatre's productions of A Thousand Clowns, Twelfth Night, The Love List, and Lake Stories. In NYC, Monica performed leads in Hamlet, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Laundry & Bourbon, Robin Hood, School for Scandal, Arsenic & Old Lace, and several original plays. Her B.A. in Theatre and Mathematics is from the State University of New York at Geneseo.

Javonte Thompson (The Questioner) is a senior graduating in April 2016 with his Bachelor's Degree in Theatre and Entertainment Arts. He is originally from Detroit, MI. Javonte has been involved in theatre for nearly ten years and has appeared in a number of productions at NMU, including Cootie Shots (2015), Haunted Theatre (2013), Legally Blonde (2013), and The Ten-Minute Play Festival (2012). In his free time, Javonte enjoys video games, weight lifting, and playing competitive sports.

 

The International Stud Cast Bios

Alexandra Marks (Lady of Blues) is a recent NMU graduate with a B.S. in theatre and entertainment arts with minors in music and dance. During her time at NMU, she performed as Abigail Adams (1776), Penny (Fallujah), Kate Monster (Avenue Q), Paulette (Legally Blonde), Ensemble (Les Miserables), Adriana (A Comedy of Errors), The Narrator (She Kills Monsters), Laura (A Paper Tiger in the Rain), Mama Morton (Chicago), and Jack's Mother (Into the Woods). She has also performed with the Lake Superior Theatre as Mama Gina (Beacon on the Rock), Ruth (The Pirates of Penzance), Fastrada (Pippin), and Jane (Quilters). She would like to thank her family for their love and support!

Dakota Vogel (Ed) is a junior theatre major at NMU. Dakota's performance credits at the Forest Roberts Theatre include Player in A Comedy of Errors, Monster Chorus in She Kills Monsters, and Antonio in Twelfth Night. His technical credits include Assistant Stage Manager (Chicago and Little Shop of Horrors), Production Stage Manager (California Suite), Director (A House of Cards) and Assistant Director (Tribes). He thanks his friends and family for their support.

Ryan White (Arnold/Director) is extremely excited to be finishing off his academic career with International Stud as his capstone project. Previous performance credits include Legally Blonde, A Comedy of Errors, She Kills Monsters, and Holdin' Our Own at the Forest Roberts Theatre, as well as Pippin at the Lake Superior Theatre. Previous production credits include directing in The Ten-Minute Play Festival (Forest Roberts Theatre). He has also assisted with makeup for various productions at the Forest Roberts Theatre and with the Superior Arts Youth Theatre. Ryan would like to thank his family for their love and support as well as the cast and crew of International Stud for their hard work!

 

Love Notes Cast Bios

Carly Bellock (Grandma) is loving her second year here at NMU. She transferred here last year from the College of Dupage located in the suburbs of Chicago. This is her fourth year studying for her degree as a communications major. Carly is also feeding her passion with a double minor in theatre and dance. She fell in love with the stage in her debut during her first dance recital at the age of three. The theme was "The Little  Mermaid" and she played a guppy. Since then she has done modeling in Chicago, signed with two different agencies in downtown Chicago, and won a Show Choir National Championship in 2012. One of her favorite times onstage was with Jane Lynch on Windy City Live her senior year of high school. Since then, some of Carly's recent roles have been a Laker-Girl in Spamalot (Lake Superior Theatre); June in Chicago, Bunny in The California Suite, and Valentine/Priestess/Servant in Twelfth Night (Northern Michigan University); as well as Jessica Cranshaw in Curtains (Wheaton-Warrenville High School). She would like to thank her mom for her constant love, support, and inspiration.

Ethan Bott (Zach) is a sophomore theatre major at Northern Michigan University. Past performance credits include Aaron Schultz in Legally Blonde, Marius Pontmercy in Les Miserables, and Cinderella's Prince in Into the Woods at the Forest Roberts Theatre; Joe Trenary in Beacon on the Rock and Pippin in Pippin at the Lake Superior Theatre, and Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid with the Superior Arts Youth Theatre.

Joseph Carlisle (Kyle) is a fourth year acting student at NMU. He hails from Albuquerque, NM, where he completed most of his theatre degree, before moving to Michigan. Joseph hopes to become a professional film actor, following his graduation next year. He would like to thank all who have welcomed him and given him the opportunity to hone his skills as a performer, here in Marquette.

Taylor Ehle (Eliza) is an environmental studies and sustainability/French major at NMU, with an avid love for theatre. She is thrilled to be taking on the role of Eliza in Love Notes, as this is a character she can easily relate to. A native of Marquette, Taylor was active in Marquette Senior High School's drama club, participating in Neil Simon's RumorsHarvey, and the premiere of Ex Dating.

Breanna Harvell (Megan) is performing in her second production at the Forest Roberts Theatre. Previously she was an evil, heart-eating cheerleader succubus in She Kills Monsters (2014). Things Breanna enjoys include bunnies, juice boxes, dancing in the shower, the Pokemon Ampharos, and eating Fruit Loops without milk.

Mallory Olson (Amber) is a junior this year and she's pretty stoked to be performing at the FRT again! In addition to high school, Mallory previously appeared in Haunted Theatre and She Kills Monsters (Monster Chorus) at the Forest Roberts Theatre. She loves hiking and petting cats.

Charles Owsley (Nick) is a sophomore from Sleeping Bear Dunes, MI, just thirty minutes west of Traverse City. This is his second Black Box production, and he's so excited to be a part of Love Notes. Past performance credits include The California Suite (Mort Hollender) and Salesgirl (Marvin) at the Forest Roberts Theatre, as well as Joey Evans in Pal Joey and Fagin in Oliver!. He expects to graduate from NMU in 2018 with a B.S. in communication studies and a minor in international studies.

Cecilia Smith (Kristen) is very excited to be a part of the Fringe Festival, as it is a wonderful display of the many talented individuals involved with the Forest Roberts Theatre Department. Here at NMU, she has previously performed in The Ten Minute Play Festival, Haunted Theatre, and she participated on run crew for Tribes. She is also a newly inducted member of Alpha Psi Omega, the theatre fraternity. She wishes for everyone involved in the Festival to "break a leg" and enjoy the shows!

 

The Colored Museum Cast Bios

Samantha Cole (Janine) is a junior from Detroit, Michigan majoring in psychology grad prep scheduled to graduate in December 2017. She earned her associate's degree in December 2015. Sam hopes to open her own psychology practice focusing on relationship counseling and family matters. Previous performance credits include A Comedy of Errors (Captain) and A Paper Tiger in the Rain (Jess) at the Forest Roberts Theatre.

Nathan Morgan (Guy/Narrator/The Man,) is a junior biology major from West Branch, Michigan. While at Northern, he has been involved in many FRT shows both on and off the stage. Previous performance credits include A Comedy of Errors (Angelo) and Ten Minute Play Festival. He is also the assistant box office manager for the Forest Roberts Theatre. 

Jaxine Rivera (Medea) is a freshman at Northern Michigan University majoring in theatre. She graduated in 2015 from Stevenson High School. During her high school years, she performed in all the children plays from 2011-2015; though for community service, she enjoyed her time with her beloved group. In recent events, last Halloween she participated in Haunted Theatre at the Forest Roberts Theatre (Voodoo Priestess for the adult show, Puppet for the children's show).

Javonte Thompson (Walter-Lee-Beau-Willie-Jones/Janine) is a senior graduating in April 2016 with his Bachelor's Degree in theatre and entertainment arts. He is originally from Detroit, MI. Javonte has been involved in theatre for nearly ten years and has appeared in a number of productions at NMU, including Cootie Shots (2015), Haunted Theatre (2013), Legally Blonde (2013), and The Ten-Minute Play Festival (2012). In his free time, Javonte enjoys video games, weight lifting, and playing competitive sports.

Morgan Dania Waller (Girl/The Woman/Lady in Plaid) is a senior from Chicago, IL. She is a public relations major and political science minor. Her plans after graduating are to work and attend graduate school overseas while studying public affairs. She is very outgoing and she loves to dance! She has been dancing since the age of three and modeling since the age of thirteen. In her free time, she likes to travel; her dream is to travel the world and see what it has to offer.  

Veronika "Roni" Whigam (Lawanda/Mama) is originally from Detroit. She's been in a few shows previously, in high school and middle school, such as Lindsey Borden, Dream Girls, Once Upon a High School, and a few more. She is currently an undeclared major, but plans to graduate in 2020.

 

The Soul Truth Creative Team Bios

Lily Howder (Production Stage Manager) is a sophomore theatre and entertainment arts major at NMU. Recent production credits include Tribes by Nina Raine (Ruth), A Gaggle of Saints by Neil LaBute (Sue), and The Ten Minute Play Festival. This is her first time stage managing and she is very grateful for the opportunity. She wants to thank her friends and family for always encouraging her and wants to thank the great group of people she got to work with during this show!

David Pierce (Technical Director) David came to NMU from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY where he had been Technical Director for the Department of Theatre and Dance. Other TD credits include Adirondack Theatre Festival, Little Theatre on the Square, and Four Seasons Theatre Company.  David holds a BS in Construction Management from Ferris State University and an MFA in Theatre Technology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In his spare time, he loves to be outdoors. He enjoys hiking, boating, fishing, biking, and bonfires.  He’s also a boisterous Tigers fan!

Abby Schneck (Lighting Designer) is a senior at Northern studying theatre management. She has appeared in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Marcy Park) and She Kills Monsters (Farrah) at the Forest Roberts Theatre. She also performed in Quilters (2015) at the Lake Superior Theatre. Past production credits include Assistant Stage Manager (1776 and Les Miserables), Stage Manager (A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking and Haunted Theatre) and Assistant Lighting Designer (Into the Woods). In high school she appeared in Godspell and A Christmas Carol and stage managed/directed The Philadelphia Story. She is super excited to be a part of this production. She would like to thank the rest of the production team, and her friends and family for their unconditional love.

Dorsey Sprouls (Production Stage Manager) is in his fourth year at NMU, where he majors in theatre. He is excited to be stage managing for the first time with Soul Truth. He has participated in many shows during his time at Northern, including the FRT productions of A Comedy of Errors (Dromio of Syracuse), A Paper Tiger in the Rain (Ben Flynn), Little Shop of Horrors (Orin Scrivello, Skip Snip, etc.), The California Suite (Stu Franklyn/Billy Warren) and Twelfth Night (Feste). He also took part in the Lake Superior Theatre production of Spamalot (Prince Herbert, Historian, etc.). He would especially like to thank the creative team of the Fringe Festival and his eternally supportive friends and family.

 

The International Stud Creative Team Bios

Emily Kinne (Properties Master) is a senior theatre major at Northern Michigan University. She has been an Assistant Stage Manager for many productions at the Forest Roberts Theatre, including Les Miserables, Avenue Q, Legally Blonde, and Compleat Female Stage Beauty. She has stage managed A Comedy of Errors, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Into the Woods. She also worked as an ASM on the Lake Superior Theatre production of Pippin. She has designed props for Les Miserables, Pinocchio, Jack and the Beanstalk, A Paper Tiger in the Rain, and Into the Woods, all at the Forest Roberts Theatre.

Anna LaBreche (Production Stage Manager) is a theatre and entertainment arts major with a minor in art and design. Since being at NMU, she has directed a ten-minute show, Guys, in the Ten-Minute Play Festival at the Forest Roberts Theatre. From there, she also competed in the SDC Directing Competition at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). She has also worked on A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking (Light Board Operator), Little Shop of Horrors (Assistant Lighting Designer/Light Board Operator) and Cootie Shots (Assistant Stage Manager/Co-Costume Designer/Assistant Lighting Designer/Co-Scenic Designer). This past summer, she was the House Manager at Lake Superior Theatre. She would like to thank her family and friends for their love and support!

David Pierce (Technical Director) David came to NMU from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY where he had been Technical Director for the Department of Theatre and Dance. Other TD credits include Adirondack Theatre Festival, Little Theatre on the Square, and Four Seasons Theatre Company.  David holds a BS in Construction Management from Ferris State University and an MFA in Theatre Technology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In his spare time, he loves to be outdoors. He enjoys hiking, boating, fishing, biking, and bonfires.  He’s also a boisterous Tigers fan!

Abby Schneck (Lighting Designer) is a senior at Northern studying theatre management. She has appeared in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Marcy Park) and She Kills Monsters (Farrah) at the Forest Roberts Theatre. She also performed in Quilters (2015) at the Lake Superior Theatre. Past production credits include Assistant Stage Manager (1776 and Les Miserables), Stage Manager (A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking and Haunted Theatre) and Assistant Lighting Designer (Into the Woods). In high school she appeared in Godspell and A Christmas Carol and stage managed/directed The Philadelphia Story. She is super excited to be a part of this production. She would like to thank the rest of the production team, and her friends and family for their unconditional love.

Javonte Thompson (Production Stage Manager) is a senior graduating in April 2016 with his Bachelor's Degree in theatre and entertainment arts. He is originally from Detroit, MI. Javonte has been involved in theatre for nearly ten years and has appeared in a number of productions at NMU, including Cootie Shots (2015), Haunted Theatre (2013), Legally Blonde (2013), and The Ten-Minute Play Festival (2012). In his free time, Javonte enjoys video games, weight lifting, and playing competitive sports.

 

Love Notes Creative Team Bios

David Pierce (Technical Director) David came to NMU from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY where he had been Technical Director for the Department of Theatre and Dance. Other TD credits include Adirondack Theatre Festival, Little Theatre on the Square, and Four Seasons Theatre Company.  David holds a BS in Construction Management from Ferris State University and an MFA in Theatre Technology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In his spare time, he loves to be outdoors. He enjoys hiking, boating, fishing, biking, and bonfires.  He’s also a boisterous Tigers fan!

Abby Schneck (Lighting Designer) is a senior at Northern studying theatre management. She has appeared in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Marcy Park) and She Kills Monsters (Farrah) at the Forest Roberts Theatre. She also performed in Quilters (2015) at the Lake Superior Theatre. Past production credits include Assistant Stage Manager (1776 and Les Miserables), Stage Manager (A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking and Haunted Theatre) and Assistant Lighting Designer (Into the Woods). In high school she appeared in Godspell and A Christmas Carol and stage managed/directed The Philadelphia Story. She is super excited to be a part of this production. She would like to thank the rest of the production team, and her friends and family for their unconditional love.

Javonte Thompson (Director) is a senior graduating in April 2016 with his Bachelor's Degree in theatre and entertainment arts. He is originally from Detroit, MI. Javonte has been involved in theatre for nearly ten years and has appeared in a number of productions at NMU, including Cootie Shots (2015), Haunted Theatre (2013), Legally Blonde (2013), and The Ten-Minute Play Festival (2012). In his free time, Javonte enjoys video games, weight lifting, and playing competitive sports.

Laura Thompson (Production Stage Manager) is a junior theatre major and has previously appeared in Les Miserables (Forest Roberts Theatre), A Comedy of Errors (James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre), Chicago (Forest Roberts Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors (Forest Roberts Theatre), and Into the Woods (James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre). Laura is thankful for the opportunity to stage manage for the first time and to be working with so many friendly people on this production of Love Notes.

 

The Colored Museum Creative Team Bios

Coop Bicknell (Production Stage Manager) is a junior theater major at Northern Michigan University. Previous production credits include Legally Blonde: The Musical (Assistant Stage Manager) A Paper Tiger in the Rain (Production Stage Manager) and She Kills Monsters (Assistant Stage Manager) at the Forest Roberts Theatre. Coop would like to thank his family, his friends, his lovely girlfriend, and the talented cast and crew of The Colored Museum for their support.

Jacob DeLong (Production Stage Manager) is a senior theatre major with a Dance minor at Northern Michigan University. Some of his recent performances include Prince Siegfried in the Marquette Center for Dance production of Swan Lake, Chip Tolentino in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Vista Theatre, White Rabbit/Pied Piper and Dance Captain in Shrek: The Musical, Devil/Dance Captain in All Shook Up, Corny Collins Kid/Dancer in Hairspray (all at the Elkhart Civic Theatre), and Him in An American in Paris, Ensemble/Student in Les Miserables, Frat Boy/Dance Captain in Legally Blonde, George Reed in 1776, and Dreamer in The Secret Garden at the Forest Roberts Theatre. He has recently been the assistant to the choreographer for Seussical Jr., as well as assistant choreographer for Aladdin Jr. and The Wizard of Oz(Superior Arts Youth Theatre). He has also choreographed for Kids Sing Broadway at SAYT.

Cecelia Holt (Costume Designer) is a junior zoology major who is very excited to be designing costumes for the first time at the Forest Roberts Theatre! She has been in shows in her hometown as well as at the FRT, and some of her favorite roles have been Brooke Windham (Legally Blonde), Sylvia (All Shook Up), Fiona (Murders in the Heir), and Agnes (She Kills Monsters). She is so excited for this opportunity!

Anna LaBreche (Properties Master) is a theatre and entertainment arts major with a minor in art and design. Since being at NMU, she has directed a ten-minute play, Guys, in the Ten-Minute Play Festival at the Forest Roberts Theatre. From there, she also competed in the SDC Directing Competition at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). She has also worked on A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking (Light Board Operator), Little Shop of Horrors (Assistant Lighting Designer/Light Board Operator), and Cootie Shots (Assistant Stage Manager/Co-Costume Designer/Assistant Lighting Designer/Co-Scenic Designer). This past summer, she was the House Manager at Lake Superior Theatre. She would like to thank her family and friends for their love and support!

David Pierce (Technical Director) David came to NMU from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY where he had been Technical Director for the Department of Theatre and Dance. Other TD credits include Adirondack Theatre Festival, Little Theatre on the Square, and Four Seasons Theatre Company.  David holds a BS in Construction Management from Ferris State University and an MFA in Theatre Technology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In his spare time, he loves to be outdoors. He enjoys hiking, boating, fishing, biking, and bonfires.  He’s also a boisterous Tigers fan!

Anthony Pruett (Assistant Director) has a professional Performance Certificate from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC. He is currently a senior in the international studies program with a certificate in Spanish and a minor in theatre at Northern Michigan University. He has appeared most recently in Holdin' Our Own (J.X. Jamrich Auditorium), The California Suite (James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre), Chicago (Forest Roberts Theatre), and Willpower (Kaufman Auditorium). 

Ansley Valentine (Director) is Director of Theatre at Northern Michigan University. A seasoned actor, director and choreographer, recent productions include Hello, Dolly!; Annie Get Your Gun; I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change; The King and I; The Sound of Music; and Mrs. Warren's Profession. His resume boasts professional and academic theatres across the country (including productions with the Indianapolis, Detroit and Alabama Symphonies). He holds a Master of Fine Arts from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Arts from Wabash College.

The Colored Museum was performed at the Whitman Commons on February 6, 2016.


The Exhibits and The Cast

Git on Board

Miss Pat - Sam Cole

Cooking' with Aunt Ethel

Aunt Ethel - Toni Poyser

The Photo Session

Girl - Morgan Waller

Guy - Nathan Morgan

Soldier with a Secret

Junie Robinson - James Bester

The Gospel According to Miss Roj

Miss Roj - Isaiah Varona

Waiter - Nathan Morgan

The Hairpiece

The Woman - Morgan Waller

Janine - Sam Cole

Lawanda - Veronica Whigam

The Last Mama-on-the-Couch Play

Narrator - Nathan Morgan

Mama - Veronica Whigam

Walter-Lee-Beau-Wille-Jones - Javonte Thompson

Lady in Plaid - Morgan Waller

Medea Jones - Jaxine Rivera

Symbiosis

The Man - Nathan Morgan

The Kid - Marcus Tucker

Lala's Opening

Lala Lamazing Grace - Morgan Waller

Admonia - Veronica Whigam

Flo'rance - Nathan Morgan

The Little Girl - Jaxine Rivera

Permutations

Normal Jean Reynolds - Sam Cole

The Party

Topsy Washington - Veronica Whigam

Miss Pat - Sam Cole

Miss Roj - Isaiah Varona

Lala Lamazing Grace - Morgan Waller

The Man - Nathan Morgan

 

 

Creative Team

Director Ansley Valentine
Costume Designer Cecelia Holt
Properties Master Anna LaBreche
Production Stage Managers Coop Bicknell†, Jacob DeLong

 

Indicates work done in partial fulfilment of the senior capstone

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

 

 

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew

Helen Boburka, Hannah Danforth, Cecelia Holt, Regan McKay, Erin Perry

Scene Shop Foreman Steve McClain
Carpenters, Electricians and Painters Calen Liverance, Dakota Vogel† , Emily Kinne† , Anna LaBreche† , Tom Lee, Dorsey Sprouls
Assistant Box Office Manager Nathan Morgan† 
Box Office Staff Jill Vermeulen, Elizabeth Trueblood† , Sam Cole, Tom Lee, Jacob DeLong† , Alysa Spivak
Photographer Leora Lancaster
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† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

Into the Woods was performed in the Forest Roberts Theatre from November 11-14 and 18-21 and December 2-5, 2015.


Cast List

Narrator Tom Lee*
Witch Liza Hunter
Baker John Pann
Baker's Wife Sara Parks
Cinderella Gabbi Scarcliff
Jack Dane Wurmlinger
Jack's Mother/Giant Alex Marks
Cinderella's Prince Ethan Bott
Rapunzel's Prince/Wolf Ben Filipowicz
Little Red Janae Peterson
Stepmother Korrine Griffith
Florinda Allison Luciano
Lucinda Lilith Kontos
Cinderella's Mother/Granny Renee Robertson
Cinderella's Father David Dagenais
Steward Dorsey Sprouls
Rapunzel Katherine Marsh
Female Understudy Laura Thompson

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

* Indicates work done in partial fulfillment of the senior capstone.

 

 

 

Creative Team

Director Paul Truckey
Music Director Emily Fitzpatrick
Scenic Designer Victor G. Holliday
Lighting Designer David Pierce
Costume Designer Shelley Russell
Sound Designer  Bill Digneit
Properties  Master Emily Kinne*† , Victor G Holliday
Technical Director David Pierce
Production Stage Manager Emily Kinne*† 

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

* Indicates work done in partial fulfillment of the senior capstone.

 

 

 

Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Stage Manager Elizabeth Trueblood† 
Assistant Stage Manager Lily Howder
Fixer Keli Truckey
Pianist's Assistant Kathy Strazzinski
Properties Assistant Claire Alves† 
Assistant Lighting Designer Abby Schneck
Light Board Operator   
Sound Board Operator Hannah Cormier
Sound Assistant Hannah Cormier
Costume Mistress Regan McKay, Cecelia Holt
Run Crew Laura Thompson

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

 

 

 

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew

Helen Boburka, Hannah Danforth, Ceclia Holt, Regan McKay, Erin Perry, Katrina Torreano

Scene Shop Foreman Steve McClain
Carpenters, Electricians and Painters Calen Liverance, Dakota Vogel† , Shane O’Connor† , Emily Kinne† , Anna LaBreche† , Tom Lee, Dorsey Sprouls
Box Office Manager Ron Dombkowski
Assistant Box Office Manager Nathan Morgan
Box Office Staff Mark Novak, Jill Vermeulen, Elizabeth Trueblood† , Sam Cole, Katherine Marsh, Jacob DeLong† , Alysa Spivak
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† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

Holdin' Our Own: The Wreck of the Edmund  Fitzgerald was performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre on November 10, 2015.


Cast List

John McCarthy, First Mate. 62 B.G. Bradley
Earnest McSorely, Captain. 63 Steve Oates
Eugene O’Brien, Wheelsman. 50 James Porras II
Ray Cundy, Watchman. 53 Marc Pickelman
Mike Armagost, Third Mate. 37 Anthony Pruett
Bruce Hudson, Deck Hand. 22 Devin Murphy
David Weiss, Cadet. 22 Brenton Fitzpatrick
George Holl, Chief Engineer. 50 Rusty Bowers
Tom Bentsen, Oiler. 22 Michael Musolf
Karl Peckol, Watchman. 20 Brady Skewis
John Poviach, Wheelman. 59 Ryan White

Creative Team

Director Shelley Russell
Production Stage Manager Nikke Soni

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew

Helen Boburka, Hannah Danforth, Ceclia Holt, Regan McKay, Erin Perry, Katrina Torreano

Scene Shop Foreman Steve McClain
Carpenters, Electricians and Painters Calen Liverance, Dakota Vogel† , Shane O’Connor† , Emily Kinne† , Anna LaBreche† , Tom Lee, Dorsey Sprouls
Box Office Manager Ron Dombkowski
Assistant Box Office Manager Nathan Morgan
Box Office Staff Mark Novak, Jill Vermeulen, Elizabeth Trueblood† , Sam Cole, Katherine Marsh, Jacob DeLong† , Alysa Spivak
Photographers Ronen Zilberman
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† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

The Haunted Theatre was performed in the Forest Roberts Theatre from October 29-31, 2015.


Creative Team

Director Marty Martello
Technical Director David Pierce
Production Stage Manager Abby Schneck
Production Stage Manager Dorsey Sprouls† 

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew

Helen Boburka, Hannah Danforth, Ceclia Holt, Regan McKay, Erin Perry, Katrina Torreano

Scene Shop Foreman Steve McClain
Carpenters, Electricians and Painters Calen Liverance, Dakota Vogel† , Shane O’Connor† , Emily Kinne† , Anna LaBreche† , Tom Lee, Dorsey Sprouls
Box Office Manager Ron Dombkowski
Assistant Box Office Manager Nathan Morgan
Box Office Staff Mark Novak, Jill Vermeulen, Elizabeth Trueblood† , Sam Cole, Katherine Marsh, Jacob DeLong, Alysa Spivak
Photographers Ronen Zilberman
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† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

A Gaggle of Saints was performed at the Ore Dock Brewery on October 17, 2015.


Cast List

John Joseph Carlisle
Sue Lily Howder
Understudy Sue Regan McKay

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Creative Team

Director Shane O'Connor*
Scenic Designer Shane O'Connor*
Lighting Designer Shane O'Connor*
Costume Designer Anna LaBreche
Properties  Master Shane O'connor*
Production Stage Manager Anna LaBreche

 

Indicates work done in partial fulfilment of the senior capstone

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew

Helen Boburka, Hannah Danforth, Ceclia Holt, Regan McKay, Erin Perry, Katrina Torreano

Scene Shop Foreman Steve McClain
Carpenters, Electricians and Painters Calen Liverance, Dakota Vogel† , Shane O’Connor† , Emily Kinne† , Anna LaBreche† , Tom Lee, Dorsey Sprouls
Box Office Manager Ron Dombkowski
Assistant Box Office Manager Nathan Morgan
Box Office Staff Mark Novak, Jill Vermeulen, Elizabeth Trueblood† , Sam Cole, Katherine Marsh, Jacob DeLong† , Alysa Spivak
Photographer Ronen Zilberman
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† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

California Suite was performed at the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre from September 23-27, 2015.


Cast List

Visitor From New York
Hannah Warren Mary Glittenberg
William Warren Dorsey Sprouls
Visitor From Philadelphia
Marvin Michaels Brady Skewis
Bunny Carly Bellock  
Millie Micheals Taylor Kulju
Visitors From London
Sidney Nichols Anthony Pruett  
Diana Nichols Korinne Griffith*
Visitors From Chicago
Mort Hollender Charles Owsley
Beth Hollender Jill Vermeulen
Stu Franklyn Dorsey Sprouls  
Gert Franklyn Elizabeth Trueblood
Hotel Staff/Understudy Vanessa Pruett

Indicates work done in partial fulfilment of the senior capstone

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Creative Team

Director Ansley Valentine
Director Alysa Spivak*
Scenic Designer Steve McClain
Lighting Designer Victor G. Holliday
Costume Designer Jane VanEvera
Properties  Master Emily Kinne
Technical Director Steve McClain
Production Stage Manager Dakota Vogel

Indicates work done in partial fulfilment of the senior capstone

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Stage Manager Nathan Morgan
Light Board Operator  Haeun Sun
Sound Board Operator Dakota Vogel
Run Crew Chandra Hintsala, Juliet Okimura-Groves

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew

Helen Boburka, Hannah Danforth, Ceclia Holt, Regan McKay, Erin Perry, Katrina Torreano

Scene Shop Foreman Steve McClain
Carpenters, Electricians and Painters Calen Liverance, Dakota Vogel† , Shane O’Connor† , Emily Kinne† , Anna Labreche† , Tom Lee, Dorsey Sprouls
Box Office Manager Ron Dombkowski
Assistant Box Office Manager Nathan Morgan
Box Office Staff Mark Novak, Jill Vermeulen, Elizabeth Trueblood† , Sam Cole, Katherine Marsh, Jacob DeLong† , Alysa Spivak
Photographers Ronen Zilberman
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† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

Little Shop of Horrors was performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre from April 15-18, 2015.


Cast

Seymour Donavon Chambers Theater and Entertainment Arts '17 Ferndale
Audrey Taylor Kulju* Theater and Entertainment Arts/English '15 Ishpeming 
Mr. Mushnik Martyn Martello Community Member  Marquette
Audrey II (voice) James Porras II Theater/Music '16 Menominee
Orin Dorsey Sprouls Illustration/Theater and Entertainment Arts '17 Cook, MN
Crystal Jill Vermeulen Theater and Entertainment Arts '17 Marquette
Ronnette Laura Thompson Theater and Entertainment Arts '17 Gwinn
Chiffon Liz Trueblood English '17 Onalaska, WI
Audrey II Operator

Shane O'Connor

Theater and Entertainment Arts '15 Lapeer
Audrey II Operator Dane Wurmlinger New Media Production/Theater '18 Coeur d'Alene, ID
Audrey II Operator Abigail Persoon  Zoology '18 Saint Paul, MN

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

* Indicates work presented in partial fulfillment of the Senior Capstone


Creative Team

Director Paul Truckey
Music Director Emily Fitzpatrick
Scenic Designer Victor G. Holliday
Lighting Designer David Pierce 
Costume Designer Shelley Russell
Sound Designer  Dan Zini
Properties and Puppet Master Emily Kinne
Technical Director David Pierce
Production Stage Manager Alexandra Marks 

† indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Stage Manager Dakota Vogel
Light Board Operator  Anna LaBreche
Spot Light Operators Calen Liverance, Amanda Woods, Wes Beyer, Tim Hollister
Sound Board Operator Dan Zini
Sound Assistant Brandon Sanford
Costume Mistress Korinne Griffith
Wardrobe Crew Jesse Morrow, Lily Howder
Make Up Artist Ryan White
Run Crew Sam Arsenault, Tom Lee

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew Lisa Bauer, Cecelia Holt, Allie Johnson, Lauren Slotta, Amanda Woods
Scene Shop Foreman Steve McClain
Paint Charge Alexandra Marks
Carpenters, Electricians and Painters Coop Bicknell, Emily Kinne, Calen Liverance, Shane O'Connor, James Porras II, Dakota Vogel, Dan Zini
Box Office Manager Mark Novak
Box Office Staff Sam Arsenault, Jacob DeLong, Korinne Griffith, Tom Lee, Nathan Morgan, Alysa Spivak
Photographers Ronen Zilberman, Leora Lancaster
House Manager Alisha Arnsparger
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† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking was performed at the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre from March 13-14, 2015.


Cast List

Maude Mix Monica Nordeen
Hannah Mae Bindler Jesse Morrow*

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

* Indicates work presented in partial fulfillment of the Senior Capstone.


Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Stage Managers Abby Persoon and Nathan Morgan
Light Board Operator  Anna LaBreche
Sound Board Operator Jacob Stipe
Projections Operator Jamie Whiting
Run Crew Mallory Olson
Wardrobe Korinne Griffith

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew

Cecelia Holt, Allie Johnson, Sara Kiiskila, Lauren Slotta, Amanda Woods

Scene Shop Foreman Steve McClain
Paint Charge Alexandra Marks 
Carpenters, Electricians and Painters Coop Bicknell , Emily Kinne †, Calen Liverance, Shane O'Connor †, James Porras II, Dakota Vogel †, Dan Zini
Box Office Manager Mark Novak
Assistant Box Office Manager Rusty Bowers
Box Office Staff Sam Arsenault †, Jacob DeLong , Korinne Griffith, Tom Lee, Nathan Morgan, Alysa Spivak, Ingrid Curtis
House Manager Alisha Arnsparger
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Tribes was performed in the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre from February 10-14 and 17-21, 2015.


Cast

Christoper Tom Lee Theatre and Entertainment Arts '16 Waterford
Beth Jessica (Red) Bays Theatre/English '01 Marquette
Ruth Lily Howder Theatre and Entertainment Arts '18 Eau Claire, WI
Daniel James Porras II † Theatre/Music '16 Menominee
Billy John Scheibe * Theatre and Entertainment Arts '15 Iron Mountain
Sylvia Amanda Woods †*  Theatre and Entertainment Arts ' 15 Marquette

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

* Indicates work presented in partial fulfillment of the Senior Capstone.


Creative Team

Director Shelley Russell
Scenic and Lighting Director Victor G. Holliday
Costume Designer Susan Boyle
Sound Designer  Claire Alves 
Properties Master Emily Kinne
Technical Director David Pierce
Production Stage Manager Liz Trueblood 

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

* Indicates work presented in partial fulfillment of the Senior Capstone.


Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Director Dakota Vogel 
Assistant Stage Manager Alexandra Marks 
Light Board Operator  Emily Kinne
Sound Board Operator Coop Bicknell
Projections Operator Shane O'Connor †
Props Assistant James Porras II 
Props Crew Cecilia Smith
Run Crew Wes Beyer
Wardrobe Korinne Griffith

Production Acknowledgments

Landmark Inn Superior Hearing Aid Center
ArtVan  Household Appliance

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew Lisa Bauer, Cecelia Holt, Allie Johnson, Lauren Slotta, Amanda Woods †
Scene Shop Foreman Steve McClain
Paint Charge Alexandra Marks 
Carpenters, Electricians and Painters Coop Bicknell , Emily Kinne , Calen Liverance, Shane O'Connor , James Porras II, Dakota Vogel , Dan Zini
Box Office Manager Mark Novak
Assistant Box Office Manager Rusty Bowers
Box Office Staff Sam Arsenault , Jacob DeLong †, Korinne Griffith, Tom Lee, Nathan Morgan, Alysa Spivak
House Manager Alisha Arnsparger
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The 10 Minute Play Festival was performed December 3-4, 2014


Shows and Cast Lists

Guys

by Robb Badlam
Directed by Anna LaBreche

Cast
Duff..............Shane Vincent
Ty..................Devin Murphy

Guys

by Robb Badlam
Directed by Shane O'Connor

Cast
Ty...............................Eli Hebl
Duff....................Melissa Neal

Paper Thin

by Lindsay Price
Directed by Ryan White

Cast
Punkin.......Liz Trueblood
Sweetie........Erin Morgan
Male............Nate Morgan
Female..........Taylor Kulju

Creep

by James Christy
Directed by Abby Schneck

​Cast
Anne...............Cecelia Holt 
Hoover.........Jacob Laitinen 

Fit For Feet

by Jordan Harrison
Directed by Amanda Woods

Cast
Jimmy..............Brian Czyzyk
Claire...........Abigail Persoon
Linda................Melissa Neal
Dance Critic......Kate Dohnal

Body Talk

by Tanya Palmer
Directed by Alysa Spivak

Cast
One..................Iriena Irwin 
Two..............Cecilia Smith 
Three..............Taylor Ehle 

Loyalties

by Murphy Guyer
Directed by Jesse Morrow

Cast
Rudy........................ Eli Hebl
Katrin............... Kate Dohnal
Monika..... Monica Nordeen
Jacob ..........Anthony Pruett

Salesgirl

by Stephen Levi
Directed by John Scheibe

Cast
Cindy McPherson..........Molly Smith
Marvin Chomsky.....Charles Owsley

Salesgirl

by Stephen Levi 
Directed by Alexandra Marks

Cast
Marvin...........Nathan Morgan 
Cindy....................Lily Howder

The Problem Solvers

by Valerie Smith and Michael Bigelow Dixon 
Directed by Natalie Berger

Cast
Phil......................Eli Hebel
Megan......Abigail Persoon
Kurt...........Michael Musolf
Tina.........Megan Martinek
Jer..............Jacob Laitenen

Between Two Friends

by Stephen McFeely
Directed by Dorsey Sprouls

​Cast
A...........Liz Trueblood
B...........Cecelia Smith

Scheherazade

by Emily Roderer
Directed by Javonte Thompson

Cast
Man....................Brian Czyzyk
Girl......................Amber Urban

The Divine Fallacy

by Tina Howe
Directed by Tom Lee

Cast
Victor Hugo......Sam Arsenault
Dorothy Kiss........Lily Howder 

The Office

by Kate Hoffower
Directed by Saylor Elrod

Cast
ONE..............Molly Smith 
TWO............Kate Dohnal 
THREE.......Emily Bertucci

Two Truths and a Lie

by Stephen McFeely
Directed by Chandra Hintsala

​Cast
Claire................Melissa Neal
Danny...........arc Pickelman

The Individuality of Street Lamps 

by Anna K. Gorisch
Directed by Claire Alves 

Cast
Melissa.......Amber Urban 
Andy.......Nathan Morgan 

Game Theory

by Peter Sagal
Directed by Wes Beyer

Cast
Annie........Halie Serrer
Paul......Jacob Laitinen

House Of Cards

by Richard Keller 
Directed by Dakota Vogel

Cast
Warren.......Shane Vincent 
Jack.......................Eli Hebl
Staci...........Abby Persoon
Delia...............Molly Smith

Kuwait

by Vincent Delaney
Directed by Coop Bicknell

Cast
RACHEL......Liz Trueblood
KELSEY.........Joe Hinman
MILES..............Ethan Burk

Chicago was performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre from November 19 - 22, 2014.


Cast

Velma Kelly Liza Hunter Marquette, MI Alumna 

 

Roxie Hart Erin Resteiner West Branch, MI Theater

2015

Billy Flynn Anthony Pruett Marquette, MI Undeclared

2016

Matron “Mama” Morton Alexandra Marks Beloit, WI Theater

2015

Mary Sunshine/ Ensemble T. Patterson East Lansing, MI Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

2018

Amos Hart Christopher Leith Marquette, MI Alumnus

2006

Mona Taylor Kulju Ishpeming, MI Theater         2015
Go-To-Hell-Kitty Laura Thompson Gwinn, MI Theater

2017

Annie Jesse Morrow Kalamazoo, MI Theater

2015

June Carly Bellock Wheaton, IL Communications

2016

Hunyak Jill Vermeulen Marquette, MI Theater and Communication

2017

Liz Jill Grundstrom Marquette, MI Faculty Member

 

Ensemble Alyssa Erspamer Marquette, MI Alumna

2013

Fred Casely/Ensemble John Scheibe Iron Mountain, MI Theater

2015

Martin Harrison/ Ensemble Sam Arsenault Linolakes, MN Digital Cinema

2017

Judge/Ensemble Devin Murphy Ishpeming, MI Undeclared

2018

Conductor/Sgt. Fogarty/
Clerk/Aaron
Ethan Burk Eaton Rapids, MI Zoology

2015

Harry/Juror/Ensemble Luke Speicher Suttons Bay, MI Environmental Studies

 

Ensemble Shane O'Connor Lapae, MI Theater

2015

Ensemble Donavon Chambers Ferndale, MI Theater

2017


Creative Team

 
Director Ansley Valentine
Associate Director Martyn Martello
Choreographer Jill Grundstrom
Additional Choreography Jacob DeLong †
Music Director David Dagenais
Scenic and Lighting Designer Victor G. Holliday
Costume Designer Shelley Russell
Sound Designer Dan Zini​
Properties Master James Porras II †
Technical Director David Pierce
Production Stage Manager Emily Kinne
Assistant Stage Manager Claire Alves , Dakota Vogel 

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

* Indicates work presented in partial fulfillment of the Senior Capstone.


Additional Staff

Assistant Sound Designer/Board Operator Coop Bicknell †
Assistant Properties Master Dakota Vogel †
Light Board Operator James Porras II †
Follow Spot Operator Patrick  Baird, Kaileena Haralson, Lily Howder, Calen Liverance
Wardrobe Korinne Griffith, Jackie Hegmegee
Run Crew Anna Morrison
Flight Operator Steve McClain, Jalina Olgren
Music Operator Jewell Mills
Faculty Technical Director David Pierce

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

A Paper Tiger in the Rain was performed at the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre from September 30-October 4 and October 7-11, 2014. It was the 2014 Panowski Playwriting Award Winner.

Cast List

Jess ……….………………………………... Samantha Cole
Laura ……………………………………… Alexandra Marks
Kelly ...………………………………….….… Liz Trueblood
Nathan ……….....…………………….…….. Rusty Bowers
Cathy .…………...………………….……... Korinne Griffith
Ava ………………..……………….…..…… Jill Vermeulen
Damon …………..………………………… James Greene
Ben ……………………………………..…. Dorsey Sprouls
Edward …………............………………….……. Tom Lee

Creative Team

Director …………………....………..……… Paul Truckey
Dramaturg ……………………...…….… Meghan Digneit
Production Stage Manager.…...........… Coop Bicknell
Assistant Stage Manager …........….… Abby Schneck
Lighting Designer ……………....…. Victor G. Holliday
Scenic Designer ……………....….….…. Steve McClain
Costume Designer ………….....……..… Allie Johnson
Sound Designer …………................….….…. Dan Zini
Assistant Sound Designer ….........….... Claire Alves
Properties Master …………….......…..… Emily Kinne
Assistant Properties Master .…...... James Porras II
Technical Director ……………........…… David Pierce

She Kills Monsters was performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre from April 16-19, 2014.


Cast List

 

Narrator Alexandra Marks
Agnes Cecelia Holt
Tilly Laura Thompson
Kaliope Jill Vermulen
Lillith Amanda Woods
Farrah Abby Schneck
Evil Tina Breanna Harvell
Evil Gabby Sophie Shahbazi
Vera Saylor Elrod
Chuck Shane Vincent
Miles  John Scheibe
Orcus Donavon Chambers
Steve Brady L. Skewis
Monster Chorus Sam Arsenault, Noah Bauer, Wes Beyer, Kasey Hall, Alison Hyttinen, Alexandra Marks, Jesse Morrow, Mallory Olson, James Porras II, Ryan White

Comedy of Errors was performed at the Forest Robert Theatre from February 11-15 and 18-22, 2014.


Cast List

Duke Solonius - Shane Vincent
Egeon -  Chet Defonzo
Emilia - Kristy Priest
Antipholus of Ephesus - James Porras II
Antipholus of Syracuse - John Scheibe
Dromio of Ephesus -  Jesse Morrow
Dromio of Syracuse - Dorsey Sprouls
Adriana - Alexandra Marks
Luciana - Alycia Heckathorn
Luce - Jill Vermeulen
Balthazar - Donavon Chambers
Angelo -  Nathan Morgan
1st Merchant - Sam Arsenault
2nd Merchant - Ethan Burk
Pinch - Coop Bicknell
Players - Samantha Cole, Dakota Vogel, Laura Thompson, Donavon Chambers

Directed by Paul Truckey

The Santaland Diaries was performed at Coco's Restaurant on December 12, 2013.


Creative Team

Director Ansley Valentine
Scenic Designer  
Original Lighting Designer Dan Zini and Jacob Barbot
Original Costume Designer Andrea Lowe
Properties Master  
Production Stage Manager Korinne Griffith

Indicates work done in partial fulfilment of the senior capstone

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew

Helen Boburka, Hannah Danforth, Cecelia Holt, Erin Perry, Katrina Torreano

Scene Shop Foreman Steve McClain
Carpenters, Electricians and Painters Calen Liverance, Dakota Vogel† , Shane O’Connor† , Emily Kinne† , Anna LaBreche† , Tom Lee, Dorsey Sprouls
Box Office Manager Ron Dombkowski
Assistant Box Office Manager Nathan Morgan
Box Office Staff Mark Novak, Jill Vermeulen, Elizabeth Trueblood† , Sam Cole, Katherine Marsh, Jacob DeLong† , Alysa Spivak
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† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

Les Miserables was performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre from November 13-16, 2013.


Cast List

Jean Valjean - Paul Truckey
Javert - Jerimie Newcomb
Javert Understudy - James Porras II
Fantine - Erin Resteiner
Fantine Understudy - Erin Morgan
Cosette - Sara Parks
Cosette Understudy - Jill Vermeulen
Marius –  Ethan Bott
Marius Understudy -  Billy Raveau
Eponine – Jesse Morrow
Eponine Understudy - Laura Thompson
Enjolras –  James Porras II
Enjolras Understudy -  Devin Murphy
Thenardier –  Jacob Laitinen
Thenardier Understudy -  Ethan Burk
Mme. Thenardier –  Monica Nordeen
Mme. Thenardier Understudy - Alexandra Marks
Gavroche –  Jeremiah Ogawa
Gavroche Understudy -  Karen Ludwig
Little Cosette –  Amelia Bishop/Delaney Parks
Young Eponine –  Amelia Bishop/Delaney Parks

The Bishop of Digne -  David Dagenais
The Foreman -  Ethan Burk
Bamatbois -  Luke Speicher
Fauchelevant -  Ethan Burk
Montparnasse -  Devin Murphy
Babet -  Shane Vincent
Brujon - Andy Lawrence
Claquesous - Ethan Burk
Combeferre - Shane O’Connor
Feuilly -  Billy Raveau
Courfeyrac - Luke Speicher
Joly -  Sam Arsenault
Grantaire -  Brian Dettman
Lesgles -  Zachary Erickson
Jean Prouvaire - Ben Bickler

Ensemble -  Sam Arsenault, Ben Bickler, Ethan Bott, Ethan Burk, David Dagenais, Jake DeLong, Brian Dettman, Zachary Erickson, Alycia Heckathorn, Jake Laitinen, Andy Lawrence, Karen Ludwig, Megan Ludwig, Alexandra Marks, Erin Morgan, Devin Murphy, Monica Nordeen, Shane O’Connor, James Porras II, Billy Raveau, Erin Resteiner, Mariah Rosado, Luke Speicher, Dorsey Sprouls, Beth Thiele, Laura Thompson, Liz Trueblood, Jill Vermeulen, Shane Vincent, Amanda Woods

Legally Blonde was performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre April 17-20, 2013.


Cast List

Elle Woods Susan Boyle
Emmett Forrest  Patrick Leo Bradley
Paulette Buonufonte Alexandra Marks
Professor Callahan James Porras II
Warner Huntington III William Raveau
Vivienne Kensington Alycia Heckathorn
Brooke Wyndham Taylor Kulju
Margot Jimme Vereb
Serena Jessica Carpenter
Pilar Mallory Asano
Gaelen Ellen DiGiacinto
Leilani Taylor Sundstedt
Kate Sophie Shahbazi
Winthrop Cherisse Johnson
Pforzheimer John Scheibe
Lowell/Kiki Ryan White
Aaron Shultz Ethan Bott
Padamadan Alejandro Rodiguez Zamora
Enid Hoopes Laura Nagle
Whitney Nicole Castillo
Dewey Rory Tricker
Kyle, The UPS Guy James Vincent III
Chutney Natalie Berger
Nikos Jordan Marquez
Grandmaster Chad/Carlos/Guard Marty Gray
Malibu Store Manager Jennifer Skogman-Wagner
Malibu Saleswoman/Judge Jacqueline Wiles
Court Stenographer Michelle Walters
Elle's Dad/Guard Dorsey Sprouls
Elle's Mom Erin Morgan
Cashier Kristen Halsey
Bookish Client/D.A. Joyce Riley Kasey Hall
Delta Nus Megan Winkelman, Jennifer Skogman-Wagner, Michelle Walters
UCLA Frat Boys/Harvard Students/Trial/Hair Affair John Scheibe, James Vincent III, Jacob DeLong, Jill Grundstrom, Javonte Thompson, Max Peterson, Bryt Stearns

Creative Team

Director Shelley Russell
Music Director Andrew Bourgoin
Choreographer Jill Grundstrom
Scenic Design Kimberly Hegmegee
Costume Design Shelley Russell
Lighting Design Annmarie Duggan
Sound Design Dan Zini
Properties Design Pierce Huxtable
Production Stage Manager Jalina Olgren
Technical Director Kimberly Hegmegee

Orchestra

Conductor/Keyboard Andrew Bourgoin
Flute Lindsay Luft
Saxophone Ian Nankervis
Trumpet 1 Ashley Kooyers
Trumpet 2 Jake Edwards
Trombone Adam Lowe
Keyboards Kristy Priest
Bass Pat Ives
Percussion Brittany Berry
Drums Andrew Graham

Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Technical Director Charlie Jacquet
Assistant Scenic Designer Susan Boyle
Assistant Lighting Designer Kristy Priest
Properties Assistant Jalina Olgren
Assistant Stage Managers Coop Bicknell, Emily Kinne
Assistant Painter Susan Boyle
Dance Captains Mallory Asano, Jacob DeLong
Bruiser/Buddy Tito/Buddy
Director's Assistant Javonte Thompson
Production Assistant Courtney Brown
Wardrobe Mistress Courtney Brown
Light Board Operator Calen Liverance
Spotlight Operators James Hoover, Kat Klawes, Alysa Spivak, Mike Stoodley, Kaitlyn Thode, Shane Vincent 
Sound Board Operator Dan Zini
Sound Assistant Anna Catton
Fly Chief Charlie Jauquet
Assistant Fly Kolby Borg
Stage Operations James Hegmegee, Pierce Huxtable, John Ventline, Nick St. Vincent
Master Electrician Charlie Jauquet
Entertainment Technology I Class Natalie Berger, Nicole Castillo, Shea Cherro, Jordayn Fisher, James Hoover, Emily Kinne, Alexandra Marks, Meghan Marquardt, Jesse Morrow, James Porras II, John Scheibe, Nicholas St. Vincent, Brittany Stearns, Kaitlyn Thode, Rory Tricker, John Ventline 

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Andrea Knoll
Costume Shop Crew Courtney Brown, Jacqueline Hegmegee, Mallory Jenkins, Nicole Turner, Jacqueline Wiles 
Scene Shop Foreman Charlie Jauquet
Carpenters, Electricians, and Painters Kolby Borg, Jacob DeLong, Calen Liverance, Adam Lowe, Steve McClain, Jalina Olgren, Kristy Priest, Mike Stoodley
Furniture Upholstery and Scenic Fabrics Jacqueline Hegmegee, Tyler Welden
Paint Charge Megan Winkelman
Box Office Managers Meghan Marquardt, Nikke Nason
House Managers Meghan Marquardt, Nikke Nason
Box Office Staff James Porras II, Alysa Spivak, Shane Vincent

Sorry, Wrong Number and How He Lied to Her Husband were performed as part of the 2013 Winter Lab Shows at the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre April 3-6, 2013.


Cast List

Sorry, Wrong Number

Mrs. Stevenson Meghan Marquardt
Officer Duffy Adam Lowe
Woman Courtney Brown
Information/Operators Nicole Turner
Western Union/Operators Donny Riedel
George Ryan Sitzberger

How He Lied to Her Husband

He Jacob Barbot
Her Andrea Knoll
Her Husband Shane Vincent

Creative Team

Sorry, Wrong Number

Director Jackie Wiles
Costume Designer Courtney Brown
Properties Designer Tyler Welden

How He Lied to Her Husband

Director Pierce Huxtable
Costume Designer Courtney Brown

Additional Artistic Staff

Light Board Operator Abby Schneck
Sound Board Operator Morgan Lynn Lambourn

Fallujah was performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre February 20-23, 2013.


Cast List

Journalist Maxwell Peterson
Woman Alexandra Marks
Marine 1 Ryan Sitzberger
Marine 2 Brenton Fitzpatrick
Marine 3 Darin Casler
Marine Company/Brian/Marine 1 Understudy John Scheibe
Marine Company/Marine 3 Understudy Mike Hermanson
Marine Company Dave Halverson
Marine Company/Pale/Waiter Luke Woolley
Iraqi Women Jesse Morrow

Creative Team

Director Ansley Valentine
Scenic Design Victor G. Holliday
Lighting Design Victor G. Holliday
Costume Design Andrea Knoll
Sound Design Pierce Huxtable, Christopher Trevino
Properties Design Kristy Priest
Production Stage Manager Meghan Marquardt
Technical Director Kimberly Hegmegee

Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Stage Managers Shea Cherro, Erica Darner
Wardrobe Mistress Nicole Turner
Light Board Operator Jennifer Fielbekorn
Sound Board Operator Pierce Huxtable
Run Crew Natalie Berger, Nick St. Vincent
Master Electrician Calen Liverance
Scenic Artist Susan Boyle
Properties Crew Natalie Berger

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Andrea Knoll
Costume Shop Crew Courtney Brown, Jacqueline Hegmegee, Mallory Jenkins, Kaity Krengel, Nicole Turner, Jacqueline Wiles
Scene Shop Foreman Charlie Jauquet
Carpenters and Electricians Kolby Borg, Jacob DeLong, Pierce Huxtable, Adam Lowe, Jaline Olgren, Kristy Priest, Mike Stoodley, Dan Zini
Paint Charge Megan Winkelman
House Manager Nikke Nason
Box Office Managers Meghan Marquardt, Nikke Nason
Box Office Staff James Porras II, Erin Powley, Alysa Spivak, Shane Vincent
Web Masters Meghan Marquardt, Nikke Nason

Bears was performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre November 14-17, 2012. It was the 2012 Panowski Playwriting Award winner.


Cast List

Growl Bear Adam Lowe
Timmy Bear Shane Vincent
Susie Bear Jackie Wiles
Radio Announcer Meghan Marquardt

Creative Team

Director Keli Truckey
Scenic Design Victor G. Holliday
Lighting Design Kristy Priest
Costume Design Susan Boyle
Sound Design Jalina Olgren
Properties Design Pierce Huxtable
Production Stage Manager Courtney Brown
Technical Director Kimberly Hegmegee

Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Stage Managers Natalie Berger, Alysa Spivak
Wardrobe Mistress Katerina Klawes
Master Electrician Kristy Priest
Light Board Operator Calen Liverance
Sound Board Operator Jacob DeLong
Run Crew Kolby Borg, Nicole Castillo, Shea Cherro, Emily Ensing, Stephanie Moschetti
Painter Megan Winkelman

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Andrea Knoll
Costume Shop Crew Courtney Brown, Jacqueline Hegmegee, Mallory Jenkins, Kaity Krengel, Nicole Turner, Jackie Wiles
Scene Shop Foreman Charlie Jauquet
Carpenters and Electricians Kolby Borg, Jacob DeLong, Adam Lowe, Jalina Olgren, Kristy Priest, Mike Stoodley, Dan Zini
Paint Charge James Vincent III
House Manager Nikke Nason
Box Office Managers Meghan Marquardt, Nikke Nason
Box Office Staff Tom Lee, James Porras II, Erin Powley, Alysa Spivak, Shane Vincent
Web Masters Meghan Marquardt, Nikke Nason

1776 was performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre October 10-13, 2012.


Cast List

John Hancock Susan Boyle
John Adams Pierce Huxtable
Ben Franklin Adam Lowe
Stephen Hopkins Craig Grabarczyk
John Dickinson Meghan Marquardt
Thomas Jefferson Max Peterson
Edward Rutledge James Porras II
Josiah Bartlett Aaron Bower
Roger Sherman Martha Lundin
Lewis Morris Tom Lee
Robert Livingston William Raveau
Rev. Jonathan Witherspoon Andrea Knoll
James Wilson Jesse Morrow
Caesar Rodney Jackie Wiles
Col. Thomas McKean Jacob Barbot
George Read Jacob DeLong
Samuel Chase Dorsey Sprouls
Richard Henry Lee James Vincent III
Joseph Hewes Coop Bicknell
Dr. Lyman Hall Taylor Kulju
Charles Thomson Alycia Heckathorn
Andrew McNair Shane Vincent
Courier Ricky Peterson
Abigail Adams Alexandra Marks
Martha Jefferson Ellisa Clumpner

Creative Team

Director Paul Truckey
Music Director Robert Engelhart
Scenic Design Victor G. Holliday
Lighting Design Kimberly Hegmegee
Costume Design Pierce Huxtable
Sound Design Jalina Olgren
Production Stage Manager Kristy Priest
Technical Director Kimberly Hegmegee

Orchestra

Violins Emmajean Sandbank, Jarynn Stewart, Kalil Zender
Viola Parker Serino
Cello Nicole Vermeulen
Bass Seamus Collins
Flute/Piccolo Ross Baughan
Clarinet Kate Nordlund
Oboe/English Horn Patty Gagnon
Bassoon Alex Flannery
Trumpet Tyler Scott
Horn Susan DeJong
Trombone Jacob Barnby, Roscoe Schieler
Percussion Ryan Swee
Harpsichord/Rehearsal Pianist Lynne Lanczy
Harp Nancy Redfern
Conductor Robert Engelhart

Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Stage Managers Andy Lawrence, Abby Schneck
Wardrobe Mistress Andrea Knoll
Light Board Operators Courtney Brown, Kaitlyn Thode
Spotlight Operators Katerina Gombar, Alysa Spivak
Sound Board Operator Jalina Olgren
Run Crew Michael Skrobeck
Master Electrician Charlie Jauquet
Painter Megan Winkelman

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Director of Theatre Ansley Valentine
Costume Shop Supervisor Andrea Knoll
Costume Shop Crew Courtney Brown, Jacqueline Hegmegee, Mallory Jenkins, Kaity Krengel, Nicole Turner, Jackie Wiles
Scene Shop Foreman Charlie Jauquet
Carpenters and Electricians Kolby Borg, Jacob DeLong, Adam Lowe, Jalina Olgren, Kristy Priest, Mike Stoodley, Dan Zini
Paint Charge James Vincent III
Box Office Managers Meghan Marquardt, Nikke Nason
Box Office Staff Tom Lee, James Porras II, Erin Powley, Alysa Spivak, Shane Vincent
House Manager Nikke Nason
Web Masters Meghan Marquardt, Nikke Nason

How I Became a Pirate was performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre May 18-19, 2012.


Cast List

Jeremy Jacob Pat Bradley
Captain Braid Beard Adam Lowe
Swill the Pirate Courtney Brown
Sharktooth the Pirate James Porras II
Max the Pirate Jacob Laitinen
Pirate Seymour Braunschwager Alycia Heckathorn
Pirate Scurvy Dog Shane Vincent

Creative Team

Director Ansley Valentine
Choreographer Ansley Valentine
Music Directors Andrea Knoll, Adam Lowe
Scenic Designer Kimberly Hegmegee
Lighting Designer Kimberly Hegmegee
Costume Designer Andrea Knoll
Production Stage Manager Jalina Olgren
Technical Director Kimberly Hegmegee

Additional Artistic Staff

Stage Manager Ryan Sitzberger
Assistant Stage Managers Kolby Borg, Andrea Knoll
Wardrobe Mistress Andrea Knoll
Light Board Operator Kimberly Hegmegee
Set Construction TH 131
Sound Board Operator Jalina Olgren

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Andrea Knoll
Costume Shop Crew Elaine Brushafer, Courtney Brown, Kristen Halsey, Jacqueline Hegmegee, Kaitlin Krengel, Nicole Turner
Carpenters and Electricians Kolby Borg, Jalina Olgren, Kristy Priest
Paint Charge Susan Boyle
Box Office Managers Christine Doherty, Nikke Nason
Box Office Staff Meghan Marquardt, Jennie Nicholas, James Porras II, Erin Powley, Jackie Wiles
Website Master Christine Doherty
House Manager Kristy Priest
Photographer Kathleen Stull

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee was performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre April 17-21, 2012.


Cast List

Rona Lisa Peretti Susan Boyle
Vice Principal Douglas Panch Pierce Huxtable
William Barfee Adam Lowe
Olive Ostrovsky Erin Powley
Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre Meghan Marquardt
Marcy Park Abby Schneck
Charlito "Chip" Tolentino Brian Dettmann
Leaf Coneybear Aaron Sarka
Mitch Mahoney John Sarkela

Creative Team

Director Paul Truckey
Music Director Emily Strazzinski
Scenic Designer Victor G. Holliday
Lighting Designer Kimberly Hegmegee
Costume Designer Andrea Knoll
Sound Designer Dan Wray
Properties Designer Pierce Huxtable
Production Stage Manager Jalina Olgren
Technical Director Charlie Jauquet

Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Lighting Designers Kristy Priest, Tyler Welden
Light Board Operator Charlie Jauquet
Spotlight Operators Kylynn Perdue-Bronson, Kristy Priest, Tyler Welden, Josh Wicker
Sound Board Operator Dan Wray
Master Electrician Charlie Jauquet
Assistant Painter Megan Winkelman

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Facilities Manager Kimberly Hegmegee
Costume Shop Supervisor Andrea Knoll
Costume Shop Crew Elaine Brushafer, Courtney Brown, Kristen Halsey, Kaitlin Krengel, Nicole Turner
Scene Shop Supervisor Charlie Jauquet
Scene Shop Foreman Tyler Welden
Carpenters and Electricians Kolby Borg, Jalina Olgren, Kristy Priest, Aaron Sarka, Dan Wray
Properties Artisan Tyler Welden
Properties Assistant Pierce Huxtable
Paint Charge James Vincent
Box Office Managers Sherry Bollero, Nikke Nason
Box Office Staff Christine Doherty, Meghan Marquardt, Jennie Nicholas, James Porras II, Erin Powley, Jackie Wiles
Website Master Sherry Bollero
House Manager Sherry Bollero
Photographer Kathleen Stull

Naomi in the Living Room, Nina in the Morning, and The Snow Queen and the Goblin were performed as part of the 2012 Winter Lab Shows at the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre April 4-7, 2012.


Cast List

Naomi in the Living Room

Naomi Alycia Heckathorn
John Tyler Welden
Johnna Morgan Jensen

Nina in the Morning                                              

Nina Monica Nordeen
Narrator Jacob Laitinen
James/Robert/La-La Dana Mehlhorn
Foote Jacob DeLong

The Snow Queen and the Goblin

Snow Queen Kristen Bustrak
Goblin Bryt Stearns
Kay Benjamin Stanley
Whirlabout Duncan Ryan-Ross
Gerda Amanda Woods
Crystal Courtney Anderson Brown
Snow Child Megami Yamamoto
Snow Child Emily Shank

Creative Team

Technical Director Charlie Jauquet
Lighting Designer Victor G. Holliday
Sound Designer Dan Wray
Properties Designers Tyler Welden, Charlie Jauquet

 

Naomi in the Living Room

Director James Vincent III
Costume Designer James Vincent III, Andrea Knoll

Nina in the Morning                                              

Director Craig Grabarczyk
Costume Designer Kristen Halsey

The Snow Queen and the Goblin                        

Director Hannah Irving
Costume Designer Courtney Anderson Brown

Additional Artistic Staff

Sound Board Operator John Ventline
Master Electrician Charlie Jauquet
Properties Assistant Pierce Huxtable

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Facilities Manager Kimberly Hegmegee
Costume Shop Supervisor Andrea Knoll
Costume Shop Crew Elaine Brushafer, Courtney Brown, Kristen Halsey, Kaitlin Krengel, Randi May, Nicole Turner
Scene Shop Supervisor Charlie Jauquet
Electrics Crew Kolby Borg, James Hegmegee, Nikke Nason, Jalina Olgren, Jackie Wiles
Scene Shop Foreman Tyler Welden
Carpenters Stephanie Baugher, Kolby Borg, James Hegmegee, Pierce Huxtable, Jalina Olgren, Kristy Priest, Aaron Sarka, Mike Stoodley, James Vincent III, Tyler Welden, Dan Wray
Properties Artisan Tyler Welden
Paint Charge James Vincent III
Box Office Managers Sherry Bollero, Nikke Nason
Box Office Staff Christine Doherty, Meghan Marquardt, Jennie Nicholas, James Porras II, Jackie Wiles
House Manager Sherry Bollero
Website Master Sherry Bollero
Photographer Kathleen Stull
Videographer Alex Thacker

Sure ThingThe Crown Diamond: An Evening with Sherlock Holmes, Under the Balcony, and Boise, Idaho were performed as part of the 2011 Fall Lab Shows at the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre October 19-22, 2011.


Cast List

Sure Thing

Betty Abbey Carros
Bill Craig Grabarczyk

The Crown Diamond: An Evening with Sherlock Holmes 

Sherlock Holmes Pierce Huxtable
Dr. John Watson Jacob Barbot
Mrs. Hudson Meghan Marquardt
Colonel Sebastian Moran James Vincent III
Sam Merton Craig Grabarczyk

Under the Balcony

Cassanova Adam Lowe
Romeo Tony Boyle
Juliet Jackie Wiles

Boise, Idaho                                                                          

Narrator Pierce Huxtable
Chastity Erin Powley
Olston Jacob DeLong
Waiter James Vincent III

Creative Team

Costume Designer Kristen Halsey
Sound Designer Charlie Jauquet
Technical Director Kimberly Hegmegee

Sure Thing

Director Elaine Brushafer
Assistant Director Jordan Wilson
Stage Manager Stephanie Baugher

The Crown Diamond: An Evening with Sherlock Holmes 

Director Aaron Sarka
Stage Manager Meghan Marquardt

Under the Balcony

Director Tyler Welden
Stage Manager Anthony Guimond

Boise, Idaho                                                                          

Director Kristen Halsey

Additional Artistic Staff

Light Board Operator Joshua Wicker
Sound Board Operator John Ventline
Master Electrician Charlie Jauquet
Assistant Painter Dana Mehlhorn
Properties Assistant Pierce Huxtable

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Andrea Knoll
Costume Shop Crew Elaine Brushafer, Courtney Brown, Kristen Halsey, Kaitlin Krengel, Randi May, Nicole Turner
Scene Shop Supervisor Charlie Jauquet
Electrics Crew Kolby Borg, James Hegmegee, Jalina Olgren, Jackie Wiles
Scene Shop Foreman Tyler Welden
Carpenters Stephanie Baugher, Kolby Borg, James Hegmegee, Pierce Huxtable, Jalina Olgren, Kristy Priest, Aaron Sarka, Mike Stoodley, James Vincent III, Tyler Welden, Dan Wray
Properties Artisan Stephanie Baugher
Paint Charge James Vincent III

Compleat Female Stage Beauty was performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre October 12-15, 2011.


Cast List

Edward Kynaston Pat Bradley
Thomas Betterton James Porras II
Samuel Pepys Jacob Barbot
Villiars, Duke of Buckingham Henry Rojas
Maria Leah Blanchard
Lady Meresvale Jenna Madeley
Miss Frayne/Mrs. Elizabeth Barry Jahmila Pettis
Sir Charles Sedley Rusty Bowers
Margaret Hughes Taylor Kulju
Charles II Aaron Sarka
Nell Gwynn Dana Mehlhorn
Ruffian 1/Hyde Ryan White
Ruffian 2/Male Emilia Rory Tricker
Ruffian 3/Thomas Killigrew Mike Cardosi
Ruffian 4/Sir Peter Lelly/Bouncer Shane Vincent
Mistress Revels James Porras II
Understudies Meghan Marquardt, Max Peterson, Jahmila Pettis

Creative Team

Director Shelley Russell
Scenic Designer Victor G. Holliday
Lighting Designer and Flight Director Kimberly Hegmegee
Costume Designers Ansley Valentine, Andrea Knoll
Sound Designer Jalina Olgren
Properties Designer Stephanie Baugher
Production Stage Manager Courtney Brown
Technical Director Kimberly Hegmegee

Additional Artistic Staff

Stage Managers Diamond Allen, Meghan Marquardt
Assistant Performance Flight Directors Charlie Jauquet, Tyler Welden
Performance Flight Operator Christine Doherty
Fight Choreographer Shelley Russell
Assistant Stage Managers Diamond Allen, Emily Kinne, Amanda Woods
Period Music Consultant/Vocal Director Dr. Robert Engelhart
Assistant Director Michael Skrobeck
Director's Assistants Jonny Salafatinos-Barger, Jordayn Fisher 
Run Crew Stephanie Baugher, Michael Skrobeck
Properties Crew Stephanie Baugher
Wardrobe Mistress Andrea Knoll
Wardrobe Crew Kristen Halsey
Light Board Operator Kristy Priest
Master Electrician Charlie Jauquet
Properties Assistant Pierce Huxtable
Assistant Painter Dana Mehlhorn
Sound Board Operator John Ventline

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Director of Theatre Ansley Valentine
Costume Shop Supervisor Andrea Knoll
Costume Shop Crew Elaine Brushafer, Courtney Brown, Randie Mae Clayton, Kristen Halsey, Jacqueline Hegmegee, Kaitlin Krengel, Nicole Turner
Scene Shop Supervisor Charlie Jauquet
Electrics Crew Kolby Borg, James Hegmegee, Nikke Nason, Jalina Olgren, Jackie Wiles
Scene Shop Foreman Tyler Welden
Carpenters Kolby Borg, James Hegmegee, Pierce Huxtable, Jalina Olgren, Kristy Priest, Aaron Sarka, Mike Stoodley, Dan Wray
Properties Artisan Stephanie Baugher
Paint Charge James Vincent III
Box Office Managers Sherry Bollero, Nikke Nason
Box Office Staff Diamond Allen, Christine Doherty, Noble Graham, Lance Larson, Meghan Marquardt, Jennie Nicholas, Jackie Wiles
Website Master Sherry Bollero
House Manager Sherry Bollero
Photographer Kathleen Stull
Videographer Alex Thacker
Graduate Artistic Interns Sherry Bollero, Charlie Jauquet, Andrea Knoll, Nikke Nason

Peter Pan was performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre from April 13-16, 2011.


Cast List

 In order of appearance:

London

NANA ……………………………………………   TBA

MICHAEL ……………………………………….   Jacob Barbot

MRS. DARLING ……………………………….   Jennifer Skogman      

LIZA ……………………………………………..    Kristen Bustrak

JOHN ……………………………………………… Pierce Huxtable

WENDY …………………………………………... Taylor Kulju

MR. DARLING ……………………………………  Aaron Sarka

Neverland

     Fairies and Lost Boys

TINKERBELL ……………………………………..Ciara Brown

PETER PAN ………………………………………  Michael Doak

SLIGHTLY ……………………………………….  Jordayn Fisher

TOOTLES ………………………………………… Ryan Sitzberger

NIBS ………………………………………………  Abby Ropp    

 CURLY …………………………………………… Ricky Vermeulen

FIRST TWIN ……………………………………..   Jim Vincent

SECOND TWIN ………………………………….  Jackie Wiles

     Pirates

CECCO …………………………………………… John Sarkela

BILL JUKES ……………………………………… Aaron Sarka

COOKSON ………………………………………   Raven Locodia

GENTLEMAN STARKEY ……………………..    BG Bradley

MULLINS ….…………………………………….   Max Lebeaud 

NOODLER ………………………………………   David Shahbazi

SMEE …………………………………………….   Darin Casler

CAPTAIN HOOK ………………………………..  Timmy Grams

     Indians

TIGER LILY ……………………………………     Beth Gustafson

PANTHER ………………………………………    Michael Skrobeck

LEOPARD ………………………………………    Jill Vermeulen

OTHERS …………………………………………   Brittany Stearns

                                                                  Josh Starbuck

    Mermaids

FLOATING MERMAIDS (silks) ………………… Monica Nordeen, Erin Morgan

MERMAIDS ……………………………………… Amber Fullmer, Alicia Heckathorn, Ashley Schmeling, Christine Scotford, Libby Woodford, Jennie Nicholas, Sophie Shahbazi

Back in London

JANE ……………………………………………     Erin Morgan

Cast List

Lawrence - Bobby Glen Brown
Freddy - Aaron Sarka
Andre - Brian Elliott
Christine - Hannah Irving
Muriel - Elizabeth Stahl
Jolene - Andrea Knoll
Hotel Manager/Conductor - Pierce Huxtable
Usherette - Elissa Clumpner
Croupier - Michael Skrobek
Sailors - Michael Doak and Brad Stencil
Christine Understudy - Taylor Kulju
Jolene/Muriel Understudy - Heidi Hill

Singing & Dance Ensemble - Taylor Adams
Dance Ensemble - Mallory Asano
Dance Ensemble - Jeanine Blom
Dance Ensemble - Pierre Brown
Singing Ensemble - Elissa Clumpner
Singing & Dance Ensemble - Michael Doak
Singing & Dance Ensemble - Brenton Fitzpatrick
Dance Ensemble - Kyle Flowers
Dance Ensemble - Daniel Greco
Singing & Dance Ensemble - Kristen Halsey
Singing Ensemble - Heidi Hill
Singing & Dance Ensemble - Taylor Kulju
Singing & Dance Ensemble - Rachel Maki
Singing Ensemble - Nick Marselle
Singing Ensemble - Michael Shimon
Singing Ensemble - Ray Skogman
Dance Ensemble - Michael Skrobek
Singing Ensemble - Brad Stencil
Singing & Dance Ensemble - Jim Vincent

A Flea in Her Ear was performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre October 6-9, 2010.


Cast List

Camille Chandel Pierce Huxtable
Antoinette Meghan Marquardt
Etienne T.J. Anderson
Dr. Finache Timmy Grams
Lucienne Homenides de Histangua Elizabeth Stahl
Yvonne Chandel Emma Couling
Victor-Emmanuel Chandel/Poche Jeremy Kucharek
Romaine Tournel James Vincent III
Don Carlos Homenides de Histangua Aaron Sarka
Ferraillon Ian DeBacker
Eugenie Ellisa Clumpner
Olympe Sherry Bollero
Baptistin Craig Grabarczyk
Rugby Darin Casler

Creative Team

Director Paul Truckey
Scenic Designer Victor G. Holliday
Lighting Designer Jalina Olgren
Costume Designer Ansley Valentine
Sound Designer Charlie Jauquet
Properties Designer Stephanie Braugher
Production Stage Manager Elaine Brushafer
Technical Director Kimberly Hegmegee

Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Technical Director Tyler Welden
Assistant Stage Managers Christine Doherty, Brian Elliott
Special Assistants to the Director Keli Truckey, Dr. Jerry Crawford
Run Crew Emily Fink, Blair Mongeon, Kathryn Schuster, Brad Stencil
Props Crew Amber Merriweather
Wardrobe Crew Andrea Knoll, Kristen Halsey, Courtney Anderson-Brown
Light Board Operator Stephanie Braugher
Properties Crew Tyler Welden
Paint Crew James Vincent III
Sound Board Operators Charlie Jauquet, Dan Wray

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Director of Theatre Ansley Valentine
Costume Shop Supervisor Andrea Knoll
Costume Shop Crew Diamond Allen, Courtney A. Brown, Bree Prehn, Kristen Halsey, Alaina O'Brien, Genevieve O'Brien
Electrics Crew Elaine Brushafer, Ashley Clark, Timmy Grams, Hannah Irving, Charlie Jauquet, Dave LaChapelle, Tyler Welden, Jackie Wiles
Carpenters Kolby Borg, Elaine Brushafer, Craig Grabarczyk, Charlie Jauquet, Jalina Olgren, Aaron Sarka, Dan Wray
Properties Artisan Stephanie Braugher
Paint Charge Elizabeth Stahl
Box Office Manager Denise Townsend
Assistant Box Office Manager Ben Filipowicz
Box Office Staff Ollie Bartlett, Emma Couling, Christine Doherty, Myranda June Dashner, Kate Williams
House Manager Sherry Bollero
Graduate Artistic Interns Sherry Bollero, Jennifer Henry, Andrea Knoll, Denise Townsend

Doubt was performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre December 2-5, 2009.


Cast List

Sister Aloysius Ashley Stein
Father Flynn Bejamen Filipowicz
Sister James Sarah Frame
Mrs. Muller Diamond Allen

Creative Team

Director Keli Truckey
Assistant Director Ella Bartlett
Scenic Designer Steve McClain
Lighting Designer Alli Fox
Costume Designer Emma Couling
Properties Designer Tyler Welden
Production Manager Kimberly Hegmegee
Technical Director Steve McClain
Production Stage Manager Betsy McDonoff

Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Production Manager Jennifer Henry
Assistant Stage Managers Aaron Sarka, Elaine Brushafer
"Fixer" Paul Truckey
Master Electrician Alli Fox
Light Board Operator Jalina Olgren
Wardrobe Mistress Emma Couling
Sound Board Operator Katie Simmonds
Run Crew Patrick Bradley, Jackie Melusky, Christine Doherty, Amelia Justice

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Crew Alaina O'Brien, Bree Prehn, Emma Couling, Jackie Melusky, Kristen Halsey, Jackie Hegmegee
Scene Shop Supervisor Jennifer Henry
Scene Shop Foreman Steve McClain
Paint Charge Liz Stahl
Assistant Painter Jalina Olgren
Technicians Charlie Jauquet, Aaron Sarka, Elaine Brushafer, Jalina Olgren, Dave LaChapelle, Alli Fox, Liz Stahl
Properties Artisan Stephanie Baugher
Hair and Makeup Supervisor Timmy Grams
Box Office Manager Denise M. Townsend
Box Office Staff Ben Filipowicz, Betsy McDonoff, Brenton Fitzpatrick, Ashley Stein
Advertising Interns Marlie Shelton, Bethany Buehrly
House Manager Stefan Mittelbrunn
High School Artistic Interns Jacqueline Hegmegee, Pat Hayden
Graduate Artistic Interns Jen Henry, Steve McClain, Denise Townsend, Stefan Mittelbrunn

ACTletes was performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre October 7-10, 2009.


Cast List

Theatre Cats Ella Bartlett, Pat Bradley, Sarah Frame,
Jackie Melusky, Johnathon Naracon, Aaron Sarka
Gang Green Courtney Brown, Darin Casler, Brenton Fitzpatrick,
Elizabeth Stahl, Ashley Stein, Jerry Tudor
Broadcasters Christine Doherty, Timmy Grams
Scoreboard Babe Abby Ropp
Umpire Professor Paul

Creative Team

Director Paul Truckey
Scenic Designer Victor G. Holliday
Lighting Designer David LaChapelle
Costume Designer Shelley Russell
Sound Designer Jennifer Henry
Production Stage Manager Jalina Olgren
Production Manager Kimberly Hegmegee
Technical Director Kimberly Hegmegee

Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Production Manager Jennifer Henry
Assistant Technical Director Steve McClain
Assistant Stage Manager Katie Simmonds
Master Electrician David LaChapelle
Light Board Operator Betsy McDonoff
Wardrobe Mistress Emma Couling
Sound Board Operator Elaine Brushafer
Run Crew Aaron Anderson, Amelia Justice,
Pierce Huxtable, Dana Kim, Mitch Borden

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Crew Ann Juidici, Alaina O'Brien, Jackie Hegmegee,
Kristen Halsey, Jackie Melusky, Bree Prehn
Scene Shop Supervisor Steve McClain
Carpenters Jackie Bordak, Elaine Brushafer, Alli Fox, Charlie Jauquet,
Jalina Olgren, Aaron Sarka
Paint Charge Elizabeth Stahl
Assistant Painter Jackie Bordak
Electricians Stephanie Baugher, Elaine Brushafer, Charlie Jauquet,
Alli Fox, Timmy Grams, Jalina Olgren, Tyler Welden,
Robert Yargeau, Jackie Bordak, Dave LaChapelle
Properties Artisan Tyler Welden
Properties Assistant Stephanie Braugher
Hair and Makeup Supervisor Timmy Grams
Box Office Manager Denise Townsend
Box Office Staff Ben Filipowicz, Brenton Fitzpatrick, Betsy McDonoff,
Ashley Stein
House Manager Stefan Mittelbrunn
Graduate Artistic Interns Denise Townsend, Steve McClain, Jennifer Henry, Stefan Mittelbrunn

The Tempest was performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre April 22-25, 2009. 


Cast List

Alonso Timmy Grams
Sebastian Craig Grabarczyk
Prospero Jeff Spencer
Antonio Ian DeBacker
Ferdinand Aaron Sarka
Gonzalo Chet DeFonso
Adrian Ashley Stein
Francisco Bree Prehn
Caliban Travis Moscinski
Trinculo Benjamen Filipowicz
Stephano Brian Elliott
Miranda Sherry Bollero
Ariel Monica Nordeen
Boatswain Joe Gehart
Iris Ella Bartlett
Ceres Emily Couling
Juno Sarah Frame
Ensemble Max Alexander, Alaina O'Brien,
Alicia McCauley, Christine Doherty,
Paige Graham

Creative Team

Director and Producer James A. Panowski
Composer Jeffery A. Bruning
Scenic Designer Victor G. Holliday
Lighting Designer Kimberly Hegmegee
Costume Designer Shelley Russell
Sound Designer Jackie Bordak
Properties Designer Jennifer Henry
Hair and Makeup Designer Alaina O'Brien
Special Effects Kimberly Hegmegee
Production Stage Manager Kelly L. Passinault
Production Manager Kimberly Hegmegee
Technical Director Kimberly Hegmegee

Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Technical Director Steve McClain
Assistant Scenic Designer Becky Doster
Assistant Lighting Designer David LaChapelle
Assistant Stage Managers Betsy McDonoff, Becky Doster
Master Electrician David LaChapelle
Light Board Operator Alli Fox
Goddess Headdress Designer Ella Bartlett
Wardrobe Mistress Elaine Brushafer
Sound Board Operator Jalina Olgren
Special Effects Technician David LaChapelle
Special Effects Crew Lead Mike Rudden
Special Effects Crew Alyssa Fenske, Jennifer Nicholas, Maxwell Peterson,
Charlie Jauquet, Katelyn McCabe,
Christopher "Vito" Chylstek, Elizabeth Stahl
Assistant Painter Jalina Olgren

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Director of Theatre James A. Panowski
Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Crew Alaina O'Brien, Bree Prehn, Elaine Brushafer, Ella Bartlett,
Benjamen Filipowicz, Shelley Russell, Emily Couling,
Randi Mae Clayton
Scene Shop Supervisor Courteney Bostick
Carpenters Joe Gehart, Allison Fox, Bruce Benthin, Madeline Hunsaker,
Jalina Olgren, Travis Moscinski
Paint Charge Victor G. Holliday
Electricians Travis Moscinski, Jalina Olgren, Bruce Benthin, Emma Couling,
Hannah Schug, Craig Grabarczyk, Ashley Stein, Jennifer Skogman,
Charlie Jauquet, Lance Haavisto, Jackie Bordak
General Technicians Francisca Aponte, Stephanie Baugher, Elaine Brushafer,
Emily Couling, Alyssa Fenske, Craig Grabarczyk,
Jalesa Harper, Monica Lombrano, Katelyn McCabe,
Jennifer Nicholas, Jalina Olgren, Maxwell Peterson,
Aaron Sarka, Hannah Schug, Jennifer Skogman,
Elizabeth Stahl, Ashley Stein
Properties Artisan Tyler Welden
Hair and Makeup Supervisor Alaina O'Brien
Box Office Manager Kelly L. Passinault
Assistant Box Office Manager Ashley Stein
Box Office Staff Benjamen Filipowicz, Betsy McDonoff, Seth Johnson, Brenton Fitzpatrick
House Manager Stefan Mittelbrunn
Graduate Artistic Interns Kelly L. Passinault, Courteney Bostick, Stefan Mittelbrunn
High School Interns Jacqueline Hegmegee, Jonathon Minner

Cinderella was performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre February 17-21, 2009.


Cast List

Cinderella Randi Chandler
Prince Jordayn Fisher
King Benjamen Filipowicz
Queen Arianne Hakkola
Stepmother Jennifer Skogman
Portia Amanda Boon
Joy Ashley Stein
Godmother Treasure King
Herald Bruce Benthin
Steward Craig Grabarczyk
Chef Andrew Lambert
Footman Joey Clumpner
Coachman Dave Lyon
Ensemble Elizabeth Backer, Anna Briseno, Kathy Bushong,
Ellisa Clumpner, Emma Couling, Thao Do, Kelli Dolan,
Tedi Falvo, Heidi Hill, Briana Kangas, Ashley Kihlmire,
Betsy McDonoff, Alaina O'Brien, Bree Prehn, Klamesha Richards,
Elizabeth Stahl, Zach Beeksema, Joey Clumpner,
Brenton Fitzpatrick, Timmy Grams, Andrew Lambert,
Dave Lyon, Teddy Izzo, Travis Johnson, Andrew Kulie,
Mike Shimon, Ian DeBacker, John Sarkela, Max Alexander,
Casey Beaudry, Alayna Carpenter, Harper Carpenter,
Paige Graham, Emma Gregory, Chiara Johnson, Ingrid Lindquist,
Bonny Mahin, Emma Metcalf, Beth Seavoy, Ricky Vermeulen,
Maitri White
Standbys Alaina O'Brien (Cinderella), Andrew Lambert (Prince),
Bree Prehn (Stepmother), Bonny Mahin (Stepsisters),
Heidi Hill (Godmother), Ian DeBacker (Herald/Steward),
John Sarkela (King)

Creative Team

Director  Shelley Russell
Musical Director Robert Engelhart
Choreographers Ashley Kihlmire, Tedi Falvo
Scenic Designer Victor G. Holliday
Lighting Designer Kimberly Hegmegee
Costume Designers Melissa Owens, Shelley Russell
Sound Designer Jackie Bordak
Hair and Makeup Designer Alaina O'Brien
Special Effects Kimberly Hegmegee
Production Stage Manager Jennifer Henry
Production Manager Kimberly Hegmegee
Technical Director Steve McClain
Producer James A. Panowski

Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Director Jessica Boettcher
Furniture Design Courteney Bostick
Assistant Lighting Designer David LaChapelle
Stage Manager Jalina Olgren
Assistant Stage Managers Madeline Hunsaker, Elaine Brushafer
Master Electrician David LaChapelle
Light Board Operator David LaChapelle
Spotlight Operators Charlie Jauquet, Nichole DeYoung, Jalina Olgren, Alli Fox
Wardrobe Mistress Ella Bartlett
Wardrobe Crew Amelia Justice, Sarah Frame, Rachel Granda-Gluski,
Emily Strazzinski, Emily Shank
Sound Board Operator Jackie Bordak
Special Effects Technicians David LaChapelle, Lance Haavisto
Run Crew Tyler Welden, Amy Meyer, Nakita Aponte, Aaron Sarka,
Stephanie Baugher, Jennifer Nicholas, Jalesa Harper
Hair and Makeup Crew Alyssa Sexton, Sara Shekitk, Madison Bartlett,
Sarah Frame, Emily Strazzinski
Fly Crew Joe Gehart, Christopher "Vito" Chrylstek

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Director of Theatre James A. Panowski
Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Crew Randi Mae Clayton, Emily Couling, Ella Bartlett, Elaine Brushafer, Alaina O'Brien, Bree Prehn
Scene Shop Supervisor Courteney Bostick
Lead Carpenter Travis Moscinski
Carpenters Joe Gehart, Allison Fox, Madeline Hunsaker,
Jalina Olgren
Paint Charge Victor G. Holliday
Electricians Charlie Jauquet, Lance Haavisto, Joe Gehart,
Allison Fox, Madeline Hunsaker, Emily Couling,
Hannah Schug, Craig Grabarczyk, Ashley Stein
General Technicians Francisca Aponte, Hillary Avery, Stephanie Baugher,
Elaine Brushafer, Emily Couling, Alyssa Fenske,
Craig Grabarczyk, Jalesa Harper, Monica Lombrano,
Katelyn McCabe, Jennifer Nicholas, Jalina Olgren,
Maxwell Peterson, Aaron Sarka, Hannah Schug,
Jennifer Skogman, Elizabeth Stahl, Ashley Stein
Properties Artisans Jennifer Henry, Tyler Welden
Hair and Makeup Supervisor Alaina O'Brien
Box Office Manager Kelly L. Passinault
Assistant Box Office Manager Ashley Stein
Box Office Staff Benjamen Filipowicz, Betsy McDonoff, Seth Johnson, Brenton Fitzpatrick
House Manager Stefan Mittelbrunn
Graduate Artistic Interns Kelly L. Passinault, Courteney Bostick, Stefan Mittelbrunn

Tracks in the Snow was performed at the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre November 12-15, 2008. It was the 2008 Panowski Playwriting Award winner.


Cast List

Elvira Betsy McDonoff
Bobby Aaron Sarka
Chase Travis Moscinski
Sandra Sarah Frame
Jeremy Jerry Tudor
Farmer Duncan Ryan-Ross
Leauna Elizabeth Stahl
Male Understudy Joe Gehart
Female Understudy Kelley Ross

Creative Team

Director Kelly L. Passinault
Scenic Designer Victor G. Holliday
Lighting Designer David LaChapelle
Sound Designer Kimberly Hegmegee
Costume Designer Ella Bartlett
Hair and Makeup Designer Alaina O'Brien
Properties Designer Jaclyn Bordak
Production Stage Manager Jaclyn Bordak
Production Manager Kimberly Hegmegee
Technical Director Kimberly Hegmegee
Producer James A. Panowski

Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Directors Kelley Ross, Joe Gehart
Assistant Stage Manager Jalina Olgren
Properties Assistants Tyler Welden, Jennifer Henry
Master Electrician David LaChapelle
Light Board Operator Amy Meyer
Wardrobe Crew Jordayn Fisher
Run Crew Jordayn Fisher

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Crew Alaina O'Brien, Bree Prehn, Elaine Brushafer,
Ella Bartlett, Sarah Zyburt, Emily Couling
Scene Shop Supervisor Courteney Bostick
Carpenters Mike Rudden, Allison Fox, Jalina Olgren, Travis Moscinski,
Madeline Hunsaker
Paint Charge Elizabeth Stahl
Electricians Jackie Bordak, Andrew Barry, Allison Fox, Jalina Olgren,
Amy Meyer, Tyler Welden, Charlie Jauquet, Charity Smith
Properties Artisan Jaclyn Bordak
Hair and Makeup Supervisor Alaina O'Brien
Box Office Manager Kelly L. Passinault
Box Office Staff Ben Filipowicz, Brenton Fitzpatrick, Betsy McDonoff,
Jerry Tudor, Seth Johnson
House Manager Stefan Mittelbrunn
Graduate Artistic Interns Kelly L. Passinault, Courteney Bostick, Stefan Mittelbrunn

The Importance of Being Earnest was performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre April 16-19, 2008.


Cast List

Lane Timmy Grams
Algernon Moncreiff Travis Moscinski
John Worthing, J.P. Benjamen Filipowicz
Lady Bracknell Bree Prehn
Hon. Gwendolyn Fairfax Emily Couling
Miss Prism Heidi Hill
Cecily Cardew Ella Bartlett
Rev. Canon Chausible, D.D. Mike Rudden
Merriman Joe Gehart
Female Standby Courteney Bostick

Creative Team

Director James A. Panowski
Scenic Designer Victor G. Holliday
Lighting Designer Kimberly Hegmegee
Sound Designer William Digneit
Costume Designer Sarah Long
Hair and Makeup Designer Sarah Long
Properties Designers Victor G. Holliday, Jen Henry
Production Stage Manager Jaclyn Bordak
Production Manager Julia Slotnick
Technical Director Steve McClain
Producer James A. Panowski

Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Director Courteney Bostick
Assistant Lighting Designer David LaChapelle
Assistant Costume Designer Megan Perry
Assistant Hair and Makeup Designer Alaina O'Brien
Assistant Stage Managers Rachel Granda-Gluski, Becky Doster
Properties Assistant Tyler Welden
Master Electrician David LaChapelle
Light Board Operator Ray Lambourn
Sound Board Operator Jaclyn Bordak
Wardrobe Mistress Megan Perry
Wardrobe Crew Cara Manor, Sarah Long
Run Crew Brenton Fitzpatrick, Betsy McDonoff, Katie Simmonds,
Sherry Bollero, Ellisa Clumpner, Alaina O'Brien,
Stefan Mittelbrunn

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Director of Theatre James A. Panowski
Costume Shop Supervisor Sarah D. Long
Costume Crew Alaina O'Brien, Bree Prehn, Randi Mae Clayton,
Anna Eby, Emily Couling
Scene Shop Supervisor Julia Slotnick
Carpenters Mike Rudden, Bill Digneit, Becky Doster, Travis Moscinski, Madeline Hunsaker
Construction Crew Laura Bigari, Sherry Bollero, Karen Callahan,
Christopher Chlystek, Ellisa Clumpner, Laura Coon,
Brenton Fitzpatrick, Joe Gehart, Timmy Grams,
Charlie Jauquet, Amelia Justice, Betsy McDonoff,
Stefan Mittelbrunn, Alaina O'Brien, Bree Prehn,
Katie Simmonds, Jennifer Tavernier, Tyler Welden,
Sarah Zyburt
Paint Charge Becky Heldt
Electricians Charlie Jauquet, Charity Smith, Becky Doster,
Courteney Bostick, Julia Slotnick, Travis Moscinski,
Jalina Olgren, Bree Pren, Timmy Grams, Bill Digneit
Properties Artisan Jen Henry
Properties Run Crew Mike Gerdwagen, Amy Meyer
Furniture/Properties Construction Sherry Bollero, Mike Gerdwagen, Jackie Bordak,
Amy Meyer, Becky Doster, Ali Fox, Betsy McDonoff,
Courteney Bostick, Madeline Hunsaker
Hair and Makeup Supervisor Sarah D. Long
Box Office Manager Kelly L. Passinault
Box Office Staff Ben Filipowicz, Kelley Ross, Betsy McDonoff,
Seth Johnson
House Manager Matt Hudson
High School Interns Tag Bradley, Jalina Olgren, James Hegmegee,
Austin Gudavich
Graduate Artistic Interns Kelly L. Passinault, Matt Hudson, Sarah D. Long,
Julia Slotnick

The Full Monty was performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre February 19-23, 2008.


Cast List

Jerry Lukowski Zach Ziegler
Dave Bukatinsky Travis Moscinski
Malcolm MacGregor John Pann
Ethan Girard Brenton Fitzpatrick
Noah "Horse" T. Simmons Anthony Gibbs
Harold Nichols Steve Oates
Vicki Nichols Jodie Cain Smith
Pam Lukowski Sherry Bollero
Nathan Lukowski Marty Grey
Georgie Bukatinsky Megan Perry
Buddy "Keno" Walsh Tony LaMalfa
Estelle Genovese Susan Boyle
Jeanette Burmeister Julie Williams
Minister Mike Rudden
Susan Hershey Emily Strazzinski
Joanie Lish Betsy McDonoff
Molly MacGregor Bree Prehn
Teddy Slaughter Mike Rudden
Reg Willoughby Mike Gerdwagen
Tony Giordano Timmy Grams
Ensemble Jennifer Skogman, Ellisa Clumpner, Mike Gerdwagen,
Timmy Grams, Dave Lyon, Betsy McDonoff, Bree Prehn,
Mike Rudden, Emily Strazzinski

Orchestra

Conductor Lynne Koski-Lanczy
First Piano Lynne Koski-Lanczy
Second Piano Brandon Salo
Musicians Tony Barrette, Katie Bongers, T.J. Anderson,
Lauren Veale, Mike Quayle, Godron Erickson,
David Williams, Ryan Henry, Steven Losiewicz

Creative Team

Director Paul Truckey
Choreograper Shannon Franz
Scenic Designer Victor G. Holliday
Lighting Designer Kimberly Hegmegee
Sound Designer William Digneit
Costume Designer Shelley Russell
Hair and Makeup Designer Shelley Russell
Properties Designer Jennifer Henry
Production Stage Manager Becky Heldt
Production Manager Kimberly Hegmegee
Technical Director Kimberly Hegmegee
Producer James A. Panowski

Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Technical Director Steve McClain
Assistant Director Kelly L. Passinault
Assistant Lighting Designer Julia Slotnick
Assistant Properties Designer Jackie Bordak
Assistant Stage Managers Madeline Hunsaker, Stefan Mittelbrunn, Hannah Schug
Master Electrician David LaChapelle
Light Board Operator David LaChapelle
Spotlight Operators Pat Wagner, Charity Smith, Charlie Jauquet,
Courteney Bostick, Jalina Olgren
Sound Board Operator Bill Digneit
Wardrobe Mistress Sarah D. Long
Wardrobe Crew Anthony Ascione, Eric Otradovec, Jordayn Fisher,
Emily Couling, Cara Manor, Ella Bartlett
Run Crew Laura Bigari, Karen Callahan, Christopher Chlystek,
Lauren Coon, Joe Gehart, Amelia Justice,
Jennifer Tavernier, Tyler Welden, Sarah Zyburt

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Director of Theatre James A. Panowski
Costume Shop Supervisor Sarah D. Long
Costume Crew Alaina O'Brien, Bree Prehn, Randi Mae Clayton,
Anna Eby, Emily Couling
Scene Shop Supervisor Julia Slotnick
Carpenters Mike Rudden, Bill Digneit, Becky Doster,
Travis Moscinski, Madeline Hunsaker
Construction Crew Laura Bigari, Sherry Bollero, Karen Callahan,
Christopher Chlystek, Ellisa Clumpner, Laura Coon,
Brenton Fitzpatrick, Joe Gehart, Timmy Grams,
Charlie Jauquet, Amelia Justice, Betsy McDonoff,
Stefan Mittelbrunn, Alaina O'Brien, Bree Prehn,
Katie Simmonds, Jennifer Tavernier, Tyler Welden,
Sarah Zyburt, Megan Perry
Paint Charge Becky Heldt
Electricians Charlie Jauquet, Charity Smith, Mike Rudden,
Steve McClain, Jennifer Henry, Jalina Olgren,
Madeline Hunsaker, Bree Prehn, Timmy Grams,
Courteney Bostick
Properties Artisan Jennifer Henry
Hair and Makeup Supervisor Shelley Russell
Box Office Manager Kelly L. Passinault
Box Office Staff Ben Filipowicz, Kelley Ross, Betsy McDonoff,
Seth Johnson
House Manager Matt Hudson
High School Interns Tag Bradley, Jalina Olgren, James Hegmegee,
Austin Gudavich
Graduate Artistic Interns Kelly L. Passinault, Matt Hudson, Sarah D. Long,
Julia Slotnick

Ebenezer Scrooge was performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre December 6-9, 2007.


Cast List

Ebenezer Scrooge Stan Wright
Scrooge's Nephew Mike Shimon
Simpkins Bobby Glenn Brown
Bob Cratchit Luke Smetters
Mrs. Cratchit Elizabeth Stahl
Tiny Tim Sydney Rehmann
Cathy Cratchit Paulina Puskala
Emily Cratchit Kaleah Puskala
Peter Cratchit Bryce Genovese
Marley Rusty Bowers
Christmas Past Susan Boyle
Christmas Present Christopher Curry
Christmas Future Timothy Grams
Man #1 Justin Dupras
Man #2 Bryant Varney
Charity Woman #1 Jennifer Tavernier
Charity Woman #2 Lynn Laasko
Mr. Fezziwig Mark Krist
Mrs. Fezziwig Heidi Hill
Child Ebenezer Matthew Janowski
Fan Anna Janowski
Young Ebenezer Joe Gehart
Isabel Paige Graham
Turkey Boy Ethan Bott
Narrator Kate Clark
Max Himself
Adult Chorus Max Alexander, Joe Bowers, Justin Dupras,
Joe Gehart, Robert Goodrich, Paige Graham,
Timothy Grams, Heidi Hill, Ross Johnson,
Mark Krist, Lynn Laasko, Megan Perry,
Alaina Reschka, Jennifer Tavernier, Bryant
Varney, Ryan White, Caitlin Wright
Urchins Afure Adah, Uvie Adah, Alexandra Bott,
Ethan Bott, Jack Bowers, Jessica Bowers,
Autumn Christunas, Brianna Gudavich,
Julia Janowski, Anna Janowski, Matthew
Jannowski, Amber Japp, Sydney Laasko,
Samuel McKnight, Emma Metcalf, Nicholas
Metcalf, Joey O'Dovero, Jadin O'Dovero,
Dayvea Pesola, Cera Shelofo, Mariah Rosado,
Jessica Vadnais, Brittany Wise

Creative Team

Composer Jeffery A. Bruning
Lyricist and Librettist Denise Clark
Director Denise Clark
Music Director Jeffery A. Bruning
Scenic Designer Victor G. Holliday
Lighting Designer Kimberly Hegmegee
Sound Designer William Digneit
Costume Designer Megan Perry
Hair and Makeup Designer Richard Abbott
Properties Designer Jennifer Henry
Production Stage Manager Becky Heldt
Production Manager Kimberly Hegmegee
Producer James A. Panowski

Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Director Jennifer Tavernier
Urchin Choreographer Caitlin Wright
Stage Manager Madeline Hunsaker
Assistant Stage Manager Hannah Schug
Master Electrician David LaChapelle
Light Board Operator Courteney Bostick
Sound Board Operator Julia Slotnick
Wardrobe Mistress Sarah D. Long
Wardrobe Crew Cara Manor, Maggie Newberry
Makeup Assistant Alyssa Dupras
Run Crew Drea Weirner, Kelsey Cowles, Wendy Gaudette

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Director of Theatre James A. Panowski
Costume Shop Supervisor Sarah D. Long
Costume Crew Alaina O'Brien, Bree Prehn, Randi Mae Clayton,
Anna Eby, Emily Couling, Casey Piton
Paint Charge Becky Heldt
Properties Artisan Jennifer Henry
Box Office Manager Kelly L. Passinault
Box Office Staff Benjamen Filipowicz, Kelley Ross, Betsy McDonoff,
Seth Johnson
House Manager Matt Hudson
Graduate Artistic Interns Kelly L. Passinault, Matt Hudson, Sarah D. Long,
Julia Slotnick

Warrior was performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre November 14-17, 2007.


Cast List

Hannah Snell Emily Couling
Sculley Benjamen Filipowicz
Mrs. Sculley Bree Prehn
Susan Abby Ropp
Godbolt Timmy Grams
Drubber Mike Gerdwagen
Billy Cuttle David Lyon
Flegg Travis Moscinski
Ditch Chad Dropik
Cumberland Tony LaMalfa
Dr. Kemp Casey Smith
Inmates, Audience, and Extras Sarah Frame, Sara Oberlin, Elizabeth Stahl,
Dave Gleason, Joe Gehart, Mike Rudden,
Tyler Welden, Jerry Tudor
Ships Crew Tony LaMalfa, Casey Smith, Mike Rudden,
Tyler Welden, Joe Gehart, Jerry Tudor,
Benjamen Filipowicz

Creative Team

Director Shelley Russell
Scenic Designer Victor G. Holliday
Lighting Designer Victor G. Holliday
Sound Designer William Digneit
Costume Designer and Coordinator Shelley Russell
Hair and Makeup Designer Richard Abbott
Properties Designer Julia Slotnick
Production Stage Manager Becky Heldt
Production Manager Kimberly Hegmegee
Producer James A. Panowski

Additional Artistic Staff

Supervising Rigger and Pyrotechnics Designer Kimberly Hegmegee
Assistant Director Betsy McDonoff
Assistant Technical Director Steve McClain
Assistant Stage Managers Becky Doster, Ray Lambourn
Assistant Properties Designer Jennifer Henry
Properties Crew Jaclyn Bordak
Master Electrician David LaChapelle
Light Board Operator David LaChapelle
Sound Board Operator Mike Tanis
Lead Rigger and Pyrotechnics Operator Steve McClain
Assistant Rigger David LaChapelle
Wardrobe Mistress Sarah D. Long
Wardrobe Crew Ella Bartlett, Cara Manor, Rachel Granda-Gluski, Seth Johnson, Alaina O'Brien, Sarah Ginger, Eric O.
Run Crew Mike Rudden, Tyler Welden, Joe Gehart, Jerry Tudor, Wendy Gaudette, Hannah Tuimala

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Director of Theatre James A. Panowski
Costume Shop Supervisor Sarah D. Long
Costume Crew Alaina O'Brien, Bree Prehn, Randi Mae Clayton,
Anna Eby, Emily Couling, Casie Piton
Scene Shop Supervisor Julia Slotnick
Carpenters Mike Rudden, Bill Digneit, Travis Moscinski,
Madeline Hunsaker
General Technicians Becky Doster, Colin Jarrell, Hannah Tuimala,
Nicole DeYoung
Electricians Becky Doster, Courteney Bostick, Becky Heldt,
Steve McClain, Mike Rudden, Madeline Hunsaker,
ulia Slotnick
Paint Charge Becky Heldt
Properties Artisan Julia Slotnick
Box Office Manager Kelly L. Passinault
Box Office Staff Benjamen Filipowicz, Kelley Ross, Betsy McDonoff,
Seth Johnson
House Manager Matt Hudson
High School Interns Tag Bradley, Jalina Olgren, Austin Gudavich,
James Hegmegee
Graduate Artistic Interns Kelly L. Passinault, Matt Hudson, Sarah D. Long,
Julia Slotnick

Harvey was performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre October 3-6, 2007.


Cast List

Myrtle Mae Simmons Emily Strazzinski
Veta Louise Simmons Kelley Ross
Elwood P. Dowd Benjamen Filipowicz
Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet Courteney Bostick
Ruth Kelly, R.N. Emily Couling
Duane Wilson Jerry D. Tudor Jr.
Lyman Sanderson, M.D. Travis Moscinski
William R. Chumley, M.D. Marty Martello
Betty Chumley Courteney Bostick
Judge Omar Gaffney Joe Gehart
E.J. Lofgren Brandon Roberts

Creative Team

Director Keli Truckey
Scenic Designer Victor G. Holliday
Lighting Designer Kimberly Hegmegee
Sound Designer Julia Slotnick
Costume Designer Sarah D. Long
Hair and Makeup Designer Richard Abbott
Properties Designer Jennifer Henry
Production Stage Manager Kelly L. Passinault
Technical Director Kimberly Hegmegee
Production Manager Kimberly Hegmegee
Producer James A. Panowski

Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Costume Designer Alaina O'Brien
Assistant Hair and Makeup Designer Alicia Dupras
Assistant Stage Managers Betsy McDonoff, Joe Ashworth
Master Electrician David LaChapelle
Light Board Operator Charlie Jauquet
Sound Board Operator Julia Slotnick
Assistant Painter Ella Bartlett
Run Crew Ella Bartlett, Mike Tanis, Mike Rudden,
Sara Isom, Rachel Granda-Gluski, Tyler Welden,
Ray Lambourn, Tag Bradley, Madeline Hunsaker

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Director of Theatre James A. Panowski
Costume Shop Supervisor Sarah D. Long
Costume Crew Alaina O'Brien, Bree Prehn, Randi Mae Clayton,
Anna Eby, Emily Couling, Casie Piton
Scene Shop Supervisor Julia Slotnick
Lead Carpenters Steve McClain, Courteney Bostick
Carpenters Mike Rudden, Bill Digneit, Travis Moscinski,
Madeline Hunsaker
General Technicians Becky Doster, Colin Jarrell, Hannah Tuimala,
Nicole DeYoung
Electricians Bill Digneit, Travis Moscinski, Madeline Hunsaker,
Jen Henry, Nicole DeYoung
Paint Charge Becky Heldt
Properties Artisan Jennifer Henry
Box Office Manager Kelly L. Passinault
Box Office Staff Benjamen Filipowicz, Kelley Ross, Betsy McDonoff,
Seth Johnson
House Manager Matt Hudson
High School Interns Tag Bradley, Jalina Olgren
Graduate Artistic Interns Kelly L. Passinault, Matt Hudson, Sarah D. Long,
Julia Slotnick

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof was performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre April 18-21, 2007.


Cast List

Sookey Betsy McDonoff
Lacey Mark Cervantes
Margaret Ella Bartlett
Brick Ian Leahy
Children Jacqueline Hegmegee, Ricky Vermeulen
Mae Jodie Cain Smith
Gooper Mike Rudden
Big Mama Jessica "Red" Bays
Reverend Tooker Robert Segula
Doctor Baugh Dave Rayome
Big Daddy John Covaleski

Creative Team

Director Paul Truckey
Scenic Designer Victor G. Holliday
Lighting Designer Christopher D. Kurszewski
Sound Designer Joseph Switek
Costume Designer Sarah D. Long
Hair and Makeup Designer Alisha McCole
Properties Designer Jennifer Henry
Production Stage Manager Kelly L. Passinault
Technical Director Kimberly Hegmegee
Production Manager Kimberly Hegmegee
Producer James A. Panowski

Additional Artistic Staff

Special Assistant to the Director Keli Truckey
Assistant Hair and Makeup Designer Richard Abbott
Assistant Stage Managers Courteney Bostick, Ashley Woodthorp
Master Electrician David LaChapelle
Light Board Operator Danielle Ventre
Sound Board Operator Joseph Switek
Wardrobe Mistress Megan Perry
Wardrobe Crew Anna Ebby, Lacee Hartzell, McKenna Style,
Seth Johnson
Run Crew Shannon Franz, Ben Filipowicz, Sarah Frame,
Rachel Granda-Gluski, Brian Ketner, Becky Doster,
Beverley O'Neal

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Director of Theatre James A. Panowski
Costume Shop Supervisor Sarah D. Long
Costume Crew Beth Nintzel, Bree Prehn, Anthony Ascione,
Anna Ebby, Jessica Luiz
Scene Shop Supervisors Elizabeth Bruer, Christopher D. Kurszewski
Lead Carpenter Steve McClain
Carpenters Courteney Bostick, Mike Rudden, Becky Heldt,
Travis Moscinski, Stephen Krebs
Construction Crew Ella Bartlett, Brian Brinkman, Becky Doster, Brian Ketner,
Holly Remines, Jaclyn Bordak, Alli Fox, David LaChapelle,
Rachel Granda-Gluski, Amy meyer, Sarah Frame, Shannon
Franz, Wendy Gaudette, Madeline Hunsaker, Ben Lucey,
Chris Secord, Ben Filipowicz, Danielle Ventre
Electricians Ben Lucey, Jennifer Henry, Steve McClain, Ryan Washaleski,
Becky Doster, Stephen Krebs, Charity Smith, Brian DeJager,
Chris Secord, Brian Brinkman
Paint Charge Victor G. Holliday
Properties Artisan Becky Heldt
Box Office Manager Ben Schneider
Box Office Staff Kelly L. Passinault, Kelly LeGault, Ben Filipowicz
House Manager Matt Hudson
High School Interns Tag Bradley, Jalina Olgren
Graduate Artistic Interns Kelly L. Passinault, Matt Hudson, Sarah D. Long,
Christopher D. Kurszewski

'dentity CrisisI'm Herbert, and Rabbit Hole were performed as part of the 2007 Winter Lab Shows at the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre during the spring of 2007.


Cast List

'dentity Crisis

Edith Cassie Fisher
Jane Kelly LeGault
Robert Cameron Witbeck
Mr. Summers Kyle Bladow
Woman Bree Prehn

I'm Herbert

Herbert Adam Maslak
Muriel Ann Savini

Rabbit Hole                       

Becca Beth Nintzel
Izzy Sherry Bollero
Howie Mike Rudden
Nat Kelley Ross

Creative Team

'dentity Crisis

Director William Digneit
Stage Manager Jen Henry
Lighting Designer Colin Jarrell
Costume Designer Bree Prehn
Properties Designer Jen Henry
Sound Designer William Digneit

I'm Herbert

Director Beth Nintzel
Assistant Director Lacee Hartzell
Stage Manager Kelly Passinault
Lighting Designer Colin Jarrell
Costume Designer Ella Bartlett
Properties Designers Jen Henry, Beth Nintzel
Sound Designer Christopher Kurszewski

Rabbit Hole                       

Director Kelly L. Passinault
Assistant Director Kate Ross
Stage Manager Jen Henry
Properties Designer Jen Henry
Costume Designer Megan Perry
Lighting Designer Colin Jarrell
Sound Designer Christopher Kurszewski
Light Board Operator Ashley Bedell
Sound Board Operator Steve McClain
Faculty Advisor Dr. James A. Panowski

Hello, Dolly! was performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre February 21-24 and February 27 - March 2, 2007.


Cast List

Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi Maggie Kieckhafer
Ambrose Kemper Danny Digneit
Horace Vandergelder Brian Elliott
Ermengarde Emily Strazzinski
Cornelius Hackl Ben Schneider
Barnaby Tucker John Pann
Minnie Fay Heather Janofski
Godiva, the Horse Timothy Grams and Justin Dupras
Irene Molloy Diana Moyle
Mrs. Rose Kathy Saville
Ernestina Megan Perry
Rudolph Reisenweber Chris Curry
Stanley Travis Moscinski
Cooks Timothy Grams, Justin Dupras, Betsy McDonoff,
Kathy Saville
Policeman Travis Moscinski
Judge Brian Ketner
Court Clerk Pat Wagner
Paperhanger Zach Ziegler
Ensemble Ella Bartlett, Katie Cheung, Ellisa Clumpner, Chris
Curry, Brian Dettmann, Justin Dupras, Benjamin Filipowicz,
Brenton Fitzpatrick, Sarah Frame, Shannon Franz, Timothy
Grams, Rachel Granda-Gluski, Arianne Hakkola, Seth Johnson,
Jessica Luiz, Cara Manor, Alisha McCole, Betsy McDonoff,
Travis Moscinski, Danielle Ventre, Pat Wagner, Mike Shimon,
Jessica Carpenter, Zach Ziegler

Orchestra

Conductor Robert Engelhart
Assistant Conductor Mike Quayle
Musical Assistant Stacey Beary
Flute Katie Bongers
Clarinet Katie Hantz
Alto Saxophone Hilary Faye
Clarinet/Tenor Saxophone Amanda Bodamer
Clarinet/Bass Clarinet Jason Moody
Trumpet Sean Carr, Michelle Parks
Trombone Laurel Hague, Jessica Ferris
Percussion Tim Dries, Steve Locewicz
Bass Jon Broderson
Piano Lynne Lanczy

Creative Team

Director Dr. James A. Panowski
Choreography Janel Cooke
Scenic Designer Victor G. Holliday
Lighting Designer Kimberly Hegmegee
Sound Designer Christopher D. Kurszewski
Costume Designer and Coordinator Shelley Russell
Rental Costumes Seaside Musical Theatre
Hair and Makeup Designer Alisha McCole
Properties Designer Elizabeth Bruer
Production Stage Manager Elizabeth Bruer
Technical Director Kimberly Hegmegee
Production Manager Kimberly Hegmegee
Producer James A. Panowski

Additional Artistic Staff

Godiva the Horse Designer and Constructor Shelley Russell
Godiva the Horse Internal Frame Constructors Kimberly Hegmegee, Elizabeth Bruer
Assistant Production Manager Elizabeth Bruer
Assistant Technical Director Steve McClain
Assistant Hair and Makeup Designer Richard Abbott
Assistant Stage Managers Sarah Zyburt, Allison Fox
Master Electrician David LaChapelle
Light Board Operator Stephen Krebs
Spotlight Operators Nicole DeYoung, Ryan Washeleski, Joe Switek,
Colin Jarrell, Mike Rudden
Sound Board Operator Christopher D. Kurszewski
Sound Assistant Matt Nordine
Wardrobe Mistress Sarah D. Long
Wardrobe Crew Kendra Atkins, Anthony Ascione, Sherry Bollero,
Andrea Hitt, Amelia Justice, Sabreena Lachliain,
Eric Otradovec, Bree Prehn
Hair and Makeup Crew Jaclyn Bordak, Cara Manor, Anthony Ascione,
Alyssa Dupras, Emily Strazzinski, Aaron Hill, Becky
Heldt, Eric Otradovec, Ellisa Clumpner
Fly Crew Courteney Bostick, Steve McClain, Dave LaChapelle
Run Crew Jaclyn Bordak, Mahria D'Elia, Wendy Gaudette,
Madeline Hunsaker, Amy Meyer, Holly Remines, Jen Henry, Ashley Bedell

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Director of Theatre James A. Panowski
Costume Shop Supervisor Sarah D. Long
Costume Crew Beth Nintzel, Bree Prehn, Anthony Ascione,
Anna H. Ebby, Jessica Luiz, Danielle deJonge
Scene Shop Supervisor Elizabeth Bruer
Lead Carpenter Steve McClain
Carpenters Courteney Bostick, Mike Rudden, Ryan Washeleski,
Travis Moscinski
Construction Crew Chris Secord, Ben Lucey, Ella Bartlett, Brian Brinkman,
Jaclyn Bordak, Mahria D'Elia, Wendy Gaudette, Madeline
Hunsaker, Amy Meyer, Holly Remines, Dave LaChapelle,
Allison Fox, Ben Filipowciz, Brian Ketner, Shannon Franz,
ecky Doster, Rachel Granda-Gluski, Sarah Frame, Danielle
Ventre
Electricians Matthew Nordine, Stephen Krebs, Courteney Bostick,
Mike Rudden, Becky Heldt, Ryan Washeleski, Chris Secord,
Ben Lucey, Ella Bartlett, Brian Brinkman
Paint Charge Becky Heldt
Properties Artisan Jennifer Henry
Box Office Manager Ben Schneider
Box Office Staff Kelly L. Passinault, Kelly LeGault, Ben Filipowicz, Mark
Cervantes
House Manager Matt Hudson
Graduate Artistic Interns Ben Schneider, Matt Hudson, Sarah Long, Christopher D. Kurszewski

Ebenezer Scrooge was performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre December 7-9, 2006.


Cast List

Ebenezer Scrooge Rusty Bowers
Bob Cratchit Mike Shimon
Mrs. Cratchit Alisha McCole
Tiny Tim Isaac Redlon
Peter Cratchit Luke Redlon
Cathy Cratchit Emma Metcalf
Elsie Cratchit Katherine Rayhorn
Belinda Cratchit Alexandra Bott
Ghost of Jacob Marley Stan Wright
Ghost of Christmas Past Julie Wilkinson
Nephew Timmy Grams
Nephew's Wife Betsy McDonoff
Young Scrooge Travis Moscinski
Isabel Jessica Luiz
Fezziwig Justin Dupras
Mrs. Fezziwig Jodie Smith
Ghost of Christmas Present Chris Curry
Ghost of Christmas Future Timmy Grams
Simpkins Anthony Pruett
Young Ebby George Gregory
Fan Julia Janowski
Couple with Simpkins Robert Goodrich and Ashley Baker
Charity Women Kelly L. Passinault, Sarah Frame
Turkey Boy Ricky Vermeulen
Ensemble Ashley Baker, Lisa Bowers, Jack Bowers, Jessica Bowers,
Joe Bowers, Autumn Christunas, Sarah Frame, Robert Goodrich,
Paige Graham, Julia Janowski, Ross Johnson, Alexandra Kitchen,
Devin Lavey, Jacy Madden, Bonnie Mahin, Betsy McDonoff, Travis
Moscinski, Kelly L. Passinault, Rhonda Rossway, Callie Wilkinson,
Caitlin Wright
Urchins Ethan Bott, Cameron Chudy, Emma Gregory, Anna Janowski,
Rohan Mahin, Nick Metcalf, Paulina Puskala, Beth Seavoy, Cera
Shelafoe, Sydney Rehmann, Jill Vermeulen, Ricky Vermeulen, Katherine Wilkinson

Creative Team

Composer Jeffery A. Bruning
Lyricist and Librettist Denise Clark
Director Denise Clark
Music Director Jeffery A. Bruning
Scenic Designer Victor G. Holliday
Lighting Designers Kimberly Hegmegee, Kelly L. Stephenson
Sound Designer William Digneit
Costume Designer Sarah D. Long
Hair and Makeup Designer Alisha McCole
Properties Designer Becky Heldt
Production Stage Manager Jennifer Henry
Production Manager Kimberly Hegmegee
Producer James A. Panowski

Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Production Manager Elizabeth Bruer
Assistant Director Jennifer Tavernier
Assistant Hair and Makeup Designer Richard Abbott
Master Electrician Christopher D. Kurszewski
Assistant Master Electrician Stephen Krebs
Light Board Operator Mike Rudden
Sound Board Operator Nick Agorgianitis
Wardrobe Mistress Megan Perry
Wardrobe Crew Randi M. Clayton
Makeup Crew Kelly L. Passinault, Christopher Curry

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Director of Theatre James A. Panowski
Costume Shop Supervisor Sarah D. Long
Costume Crew Beth Nintzel, Lisa Giebler, Danielle DeJonge,
Randi Mae Clayton, Anny Ebby, Jodie Cain Smith,
Bree Prehn
Scene Shop Supervisor Elizabeth Bruer
Lead Carpenter Steve McClain
Carpenters Courteney Bostick, Mike Rudden, Jennifer Henry,
Becky Heldt, Travis Moscinski
Painters Jessica Luiz, Kelly L. Passinault, Jennifer Henry,
Cassie Fisher, Stephen Krebs, Becky Heldt
Electricians William Digneit, David LaChapelle, Matthew Nordine,
Cori Stupak, Joe Heyrman, Nick Agorgianitis, Becky
Heldt, Lisa Giebler, Jennifer Henry, Steve McClain,
Becky Doster
Paint Charge Elizabeth Bruer
Properties Artisan Becky Heldt
Box Office Manager Ben Schneider
Box Office Staff Kelly L. Passinault, Kelly LeGault, Mark Cervantes,
Benjamen Filipowicz
House Manager Matt Hudson
Graduate Artistic Interns Ben Schneider, Matt Hudson, Sarah D. Long

Vampire Lesbians of Sodom was performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre December 2 and 8, 2006.


Cast List

Prologue Ben Filipowicz
The Girl Ella Bartlett
Ali Mike Rudden
Hujar Kyle Bladow
Baba Travis Moscinski
Girl Ben Schneider
Succubus Jessica Luiz
King Carlisle Mike Rudden
Etienne Travis Moscinski
Renee Vain Kelly LeGault
La Condessa Jessica Luiz
Madeleine Astarte Ben Schneider
Oatsie Carewe Ben Filipowicz
Zack Kyle Bladow
P.J. Mike Rudden
Danny Ben Filipowicz
Tommy Travis Moscinski
Madeleine Andrews Ben Schneider
Tracy Kelly LeGault
Cleaning Lady Jessica Luiz

Creative Team

Director James A. Panowski
Choreographer Shannon Franz
Lighting Designer Stephen Krebs
Sound Designer Steve McClain
Costume Designer Sarah Long
Hair and Makeup Designer Alisha McCole
Properties Designer Becky Heldt
Production Stage Manager Kelly L. Passinault

Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Director Shannon Franz
Assistant Stage Managers Betsy McDonoff, Ella Bartlett
Wardrobe Crew Beth Nintzel, Danielle deJonge,
Randi Mae Clayton, Anna Ebby
House Manager Matt Hudson

Tell-Tale was performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre from November 15-18, 2006. It was the 2006 Panowski Playwriting Award winner.


Cast List

Edgar Allan Poe Adam Maslak
Nurse Jessica Luiz
Virginia Clemm Poe Emily Strazzinski
Maria Clemm Kelley Ross
Ghost of Eliza Poe Ella Bartlett
Fanny Osgoode Beth Nintzel
Robert Merrill Brian Elliott
Female Ensemble Kelly LeGault, Cassie Fisher, Sherry Bollero
Male Ensemble Ben Filipowicz, Matt Mallum, Mike Rudden

Creative Team

Director Paul Truckey
Scenic Designer Victor G. Holliday
Lighting Designer Kimberly Hegmegee
Sound Designer Matt Nordine
Costume Designer Sarah D. Long
Hair and Makeup Designer Alisha McCole
Properties Designer Jennifer Henry
Production Stage Manager Becky Heldt
Technical Director Kimberly Hegmegee
Production Manager Kimberly Hegmegee
Producer James A. Panowski

Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Production Manager Elizabeth Bruer
Assistant Technical Director Steve McClain
Assistant Hair and Makeup Designer Richard Abbot
Assistant Stage Managers Rachel Granda-Gluski, Amelia Justice
Assistant Director Kelly L. Passinault
Master Electrician Christopher D. Kurszewski
Assistant Master Electrician Stephen Krebs
Light Board Operator Christopher D. Kurszewski
Sound Board Operator Matt Nordine
Wardrobe Mistress Megan Perry
Wardrobe Crew Bree Prehn, Alaina O'Brien, Seth Johnson
Hair and Makeup Crew Jaclyn Bordak, Cara Manor
Run Crew Kelly Pavlovich, Scot Rushford

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Director of Theatre James A. Panowski
Costume Shop Supervisor Sarah D. Long
Costume Crew Beth Nintzel, Lisa Giebler, Danielle DeJonge,
Randi Mae Clayton, Anna Ebby, Jodie Cain Smith,
Courteney Bostick, Jessica Luiz
Scene Shop Supervisor Elizabeth Bruer
Lead Carpenter Steve McClain
Carpenters Courteney Bostick, Mike Rudden, Becky Heldt,
Travis Moscinski
Painters Jessica Luiz, Kelly L. Passinault, Jennifer Henry,
Cassie Fisher, Stephen Krebs, Becky Heldt
Electricians William Digneit, David LaChapelle, Matthew Nordine,
Cori Stupak, Joe Heyrman, Nick Agorgianitis, Becky
Heldt, Lisa Giebler, Jennifer Henry, Steve McClain,
Becky Doster
Paint Charge Elizabeth Bruer
Properties Artisan Jennifer Henry
Box Office Manager Ben Schneider
Box Office Staff Kelly L. Passinault, Kelly LeGault, Mark Cervantes
House Manager Matt Hudson
Graduate Artistic Interns Ben Schneider, Matt Hudson, Sarah Long

CurtainsThe Shock of Recognition, and Key Exchange were performed as part of the 2006 Fall Lab Shows at the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre November 1-4, 2006.


Cast List

Curtains

Ron Behrens Ben Schneider
Marcia Behrens Ann Savini
Jim John S. Pann
Reporter Mekenna Style

The Shock of Recognition

Herb Miller Matthew Hudson
Jack Barnstable Brian Ketner
Dorothy Cara Manor
Richard Pawling Mike Shimon

Key Exchange                   

Philip Travis Moscinski
Lisa Courteney Bostick
Michael Ben Filipowicz

Creative Team

Curtains

Director Ali McCole
Sound Designer Bill Digneit
Lighting Designer Kelly Stephenson
Faculty Advisor Paul Truckey

The Shock of Recognition                 

Director Elizabeth Bruer
Costume Designer Ali McCole
Sound Designer Christopher Kurszewski
Lighting Designer Kelly L. Stephenson
Faculty Advisor Victor G. Holliday

Key Exchange                   

Director Kelly L. Passinault
Assistant Director Ella Bartlett
Creative Consultant Beth Nintzel
Lighting Designer Kelly L. Stephenson
Properties Designer Jen Henry
Sound Designer Christopher Kurszewski
Costume Consultant Ali McCole
Faculty Advisor Dr. James A. Panowski

Epic Proportions was performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre October 4-7, 2006. 


Cast List

Louise Goldman Sarah Frame
Benny Bennet Adam Maslak
Phil Bennet Danny Digneit
Extra, Cleopatra, Queen Beth Nintzel
Conspirator 1, Jack, Roman General, Egyptian, Cochette's Attendant, Gladiator Brian Brinkman
Conspirator 2, Slavemaster, Extra, Guard, Gladiator Travis Moscinski
Octavium, Shel, Extra, Egyptian, Guard, Gladiator Michael Barrett
Conspirator 3, Queen's Attendant, Cochette, Egyptian Dancing Girl Stephanie Peck
Narrator, D.W. Dewitt, Egyptian, Brady, Stagehand, Intolerance Brian Elliott
Standbys Ella Bartlett, Cameron Witbech

Creative Team

Director Shelley Russell
Fight Choreographer Shelley Russell
Scenic Designer Victor G. Holliday
Lighting Designer Cassie Fisher
Sound Designer Christopher Kurszewski
Costume Designer Shelley Russell
Hair and Makeup Designer Alisha McCole
Properties Designer Becky Heldt
Production Stage Manager William Digneit
Technical Director Kimberly Hegmegee
Production Manager Kimberly Hegmegee
Producer James A. Panowski

Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Production Manager Elizabeth Bruer
Assistant Stage Managers Jennifer Henry, Amelia Justice
Assistant Director Betsy McDonoff
Fight Captain Adam Maslak
Properties Assistant Rachel Granda-Gluski
Master Electrician Cassie Fisher
Assistant Master Electrician Stephen Krebs
Light Board Operator David LaChapelle
Sound Board Operator Mike Shimon
Wardrobe Mistress Kelly L. Passinault
Wardrobe Crew Ella Bartlett, Rachel Grand-Gluski,
Leigh Dudley, Lance Larsen
Run Crew Adam Boggs, Ben Filipowicz

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Director of Theatre James A. Panowski
Costume Shop Supervisor Sarah D. Long
Costume Crew Beth Nintzel, Lisa Giebler, Danielle DeJonge,
Randi Mae Clayton, Kelly L. Stephenson
Scene Shop Supervisor Elizabeth Bruer
Carpenters Courteney Bostick, Mike Rudden, Steve McClain,
Jennifer Henry, Travis Moscinski, Jessica Luiz
Electricians William Digneit, David LaChapelle, Matthew Nordine,
Cori Stupak, Joe Heyrman, Nick Agorgianitis, Becky
Heldt, Lisa Giebler, Jennifer Henry, Steve McClain,
Becky Doster
Paint Charge Elizabeth Bruer
Assistant Paint Charge Jessica Luiz
Properties Artisan Jennifer Henry
Box Office Manager Ben Schneider
Box Office Staff Kelly L. Passinault, Kelly LeGault, Mark Cervantes
House Manager Matt Hudson
Graduate Artistic Interns Ben Schneider, Matt Hudson, Sarah Long