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Music Theatre Wichita 2015: Unexpected Journeys

Music Theatre Wichita proudly creates our 44th season of Broadway-scale musicals this summer! This year our productions trace Unexpected Journeys, with bends in the road taking characters to destinations they never imagined. Family secrets, hidden talents, and surprising romances—you’ll witness all throughout the summer as you are swept away by fabulously talented singers and dancers. And you can experience it all at a fraction of Broadway prices!

August 5-9, 2015

In the early 1900s, a single day's trip into New York City brings unpredictable complications, farcical humor, and poignant romance for Yonkers' most famous Matchmaker, Dolly Levi, and for all those in her sphere of influence. One of the most beloved of all the great Broadway musical classics.

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Hello, Dolly!
August 5-9, 2015
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In the early 1900s, two timid clerks risk a one-day escape to New York City, where they encounter unpredictable complications, farcical situations, and poignant romance engineered by Yonkers' most famous Matchmaker, Dolly Levi. One of the most beloved of Broadway’s classic musical comedies, this spectacular production will feature lavish new sets and costumes and a sparkling cast.

HELLO, DOLLY!
Book by Michael Stewart   
Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman
 
Based on the play "The Matchmaker" by Thornton Wilder
 
Original Production Directed and Choreographed by Gower Champion
 
Produced for the Broadway Stage by David Merrick and Champion-Five, Inc.

KATHRYN KENDALL (Dolly Gallagher Levi)
KATHRYN KENDALL (Dolly Gallagher Levi)

Kathryn Kendall is thrilled to return to MTWichita where she previously appeared in Gypsy. New York/National Tours include the 42nd Street revival (Dorothy/Maggie), Jerome Robbins’ Broadway (Hildy, Mazeppa, Mr. Monotony Singer), White Christmas, Nunsense - 25th Anniversary Tour (Robert Anne) co-starring with Sally Struthers, Merman: Who Could Ask For Anything More (Lincoln Center), George White Scandals (Town Hall), Broadway Applauds Lincoln Center (Avery Fisher Hall), Forbidden Hollywood, Lyrics and Lyricist series at the 92nd Street Y (soloist for Irving Berlin on Broadway and An Evening of Kurt Weill), Fiorello! (Mitzi), Anything Goes (Reno Sweeney), Kiss Me Kate (Bianca) and Shenandoah (Jenny), both w/ John Raitt, and Show Boat (Ellie) with Eddie Bracken for several opera companies, as well as the St. Louis MUNY. Numerous regional credits span the country at prestigious theatres such as the Kennedy Center, Goodspeed Opera House, Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center and Actors Theatre of Louisville. Ms. Kendall had the great honor and privilege of working with Jerry Herman, the composer of Hello, Dolly!, when he supervised the Barrington Stage production of Mack and Mabel (Lottie). A few years later she had the great fortune to play Dolly Levi for the first time, fell in love with her and the show, and cannot wait to bring her to life again here at MTW! A true “Jerry’s Girl,” she has also played Mame and Jacqueline in La Cage Aux Folles. Other Regional/Stock favorites include Gypsy (Rose), Dirty Blonde (Jo/Mae), Moon Over Buffalo (Charlotte Hay), RSC Wizard Of Oz (Miss Gulch/Wicked Witch), Threepenny Opera (Jenny), Urinetown (Pennywise),The Little Mermaid (Ursula), and the critically acclaimed White Christmas (Martha) at the John W. Engeman. Ms. Kendall has performed in concert with orchestras across the country and was featured in By Strouse, a celebration of the music of Charles Strouse, which was performed for Mr. Strouse as a tribute at his acceptance of a Lifetime Achievement Award in Arts & Culture. Soap fans may recognize her from recurring roles on “The Edge of Night” and “Loving.” Ms. Kendall is a busy voiceover recording artist and a graduate of the Boston Conservatory. Many thanks to Wayne and everyone at MTWichita, and LF, CSG, JS, & MLYH!

BILL NOLTE (Horace Vandergelder)
BILL NOLTE (Horace Vandergelder)

Bill Nolte is delighted to be making his MTWichita debut! He was recently seen on Broadway in the revival of La Cage Aux Folles and as Franz Liebkind in The Producers, a role he also performed across the U.S., including stints in Las Vegas and Japan. On Broadway, he originated roles in Jane Eyre, Amour, and Alan Menken’s King David (which re-opened the New Amsterdam Theatre), A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden, and the revivals of 1776 and Joseph… Dreamcoat. Other Broadway appearances include The Secret Garden, Me and My Girl, and his Broadway debut as Old Deuteronomy in Cats. Regionally, he created the roles of Simon Stride in the Alley Theatre's world premiere production of Jekyll & Hyde and Father in the American premiere of Stephen Schwartz’s Children of Eden at the Mill Mountain Theatre, in Roanoke, Virginia. Bill has been featured as Major Domo in Fanfare, choreographed by Jerome Robbins, with the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center; and as Elmer Candyjack in Sail Away starring Elaine Stritch at Carnegie Hall. He is a proud recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, an accomplished watercolorist whose paintings have been featured in solo shows in galleries across the U.S., and the recipient of a prestigious Tommy Award (1981) from the American Council of Prints for his textile designs. http://billnolte.com

STEVE HITCHCOCK (Cornelius Hackl)
STEVE HITCHCOCK (Cornelius Hackl)

Steve Hitchcock is thrilled to be joining MTWichita for a couple of shows this summer. You may have seen him last year in Catch Me If You Can, where he played several different colorful characters. He performs regularly around Wichita for Mosley Street Melodrama, where he is also the General Manager, and The Forum Theatre. Some favorite roles include: Emcee in Cabaret, Francis Henshall in One Man, Two Guvnors, and many stalwart Heroes in the melodramas at Mosley. He would like to thank Wayne, Nancy, and the MTW crew for this awesome opportunity; and to Patty for always being so supportive. Also, much love to Ted, Briley, Mom, Dad, Kari, Evan, Kenny, and Kati; who continue to be so encouraging and supportive as he pursues his dreams. Lights, please!                            

KERRY CONTE (Irene Molloy)
KERRY CONTE (Irene Molloy)

Kerry is happy to be making her MTWichita debut! Earlier this summer, Kerry starred opposite Charles Shaughnessy in My Fair Lady at Theatre By the Sea. National Tour: Mary Poppins (Winifred Banks and U/S Mary). Broadway Concert: Brigadoon (Jane Ashton), Camelot (Lady Anne). Off-Broadway: Lady, Be Good (City Center Encores!), The Irish and How They Got That Way, Meet Me In St. Louis, Ernest in Love (Irish Rep), A World To Win, Housewives’ Cantata (York Theatre). Regional: Mary Poppins (Mary: Theatre By The Sea), Oliver!, Singin in the Rain, Beauty and the Beast (MUNY), A Tale of Cinderella, A Wonderful Life (NYS Theatre Institute), Camelot (White Plains PAC), Sisters of Swing (Surflight). Thanks to Wayne, Ma and Joe and always for Dad. www.kerryconte.com

PATRICK GARR (Barnaby Tucker)
PATRICK GARR (Barnaby Tucker)

Patrick Garr is a Lexington, Kentucky native and is currently studying at University of Kentucky to receive his BA in Theatre with an emphasis in Musical Theatre and Dance. Patrick is also receiving his double major in Communications. His previous credits include: Woof in Hair, Benjamin in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Don John in Much Ado About Nothing, Mike in A Chorus Line, and “Sing, Sing, Sing” with Nan Giordano of Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago. Patrick also had the privilege of working with Steven Kennedy and Tim McDonald on the 2012 MTI and iTheatrics Broadway Choreography DVD. Patrick would like to thank Lyndy and Jeromy Smith, Peggy Stamps, Beth Arnold, Nancy Jones, Susie Thiel, and his wonderful family. www.patrickgarr.com

DAISY WRIGHT (Minnie Fay)
DAISY WRIGHT (Minnie Fay)

Daisy Wright is beyond grateful to be back here at MTWichita this year for her second summer! Originally from St. George, UT, Daisy is an upcoming senior Musical Theatre major at the University of Oklahoma. Her credits include: Music Theatre Wichita: South Pacific, West Side Story, Joseph, Catch Me If You Can, 42nd Street. OU University Theatre: On The Town (Ivy u.s.), The Drowsy Chaperone (Mrs. Tottendale u.s.). OKC Philharmonic: The Christmas Show w/Beth Leavel (Dancer). Many thanks to my loving parents, family, friends, and teachers, and a BIG thanks to everyone at MTWichita for welcoming me back into their wonderful theatrical family for another summer of incredible fun!

EMILY VARGO (Ermengarde)
EMILY VARGO (Ermengarde)

This is Emily Vargo’s first summer with MTWichita and she could not be more thrilled! She acquires her BFA in Musical Theatre from Wichita State University this May, and thanks MTWichita and Wayne Bryan for being big influences and help throughout her college career. Some of her most notable Wichita roles are Luisa in The Fantasticks, which earned her the Mary Jane Teall award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, Wendla Bergmann in Spring Awakening, and Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls directed by none other than Wayne Bryan. "When you wish upon a star, your dreams come true!"

TREVOR McCHRISTIAN (Ambrose Kemper)
TREVOR McCHRISTIAN (Ambrose Kemper)

Trevor McChristian, a Wichita native, recently completed his first year at Elon University! He is ecstatic to be returning for his second full summer with the company at MTWichita after having spent several years in the Teen Choir and Interning! In 2013, Trevor was selected as the male representative from the Jester Awards to compete in New York City at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, where he made his New York debut at the Minskoff Theatre (where Lion King plays). Favorite MTW credits include: Joseph…Dreamcoat (Baker/swing—where he went on as Brother Asher), West Side Story (Anxious), Catch Me If You Can, Singin’ in the Rain, and Betty Blue Eyes (U.S. Premiere). He sends many humble thanks to the cast and crew, Wayne, Nancy, Josh, Thomas, his family and friends, and above all else Mom.

TIMOTHY W. ROBU (Rudy)
TIMOTHY W. ROBU (Rudy)

Timothy Robu is delighted to be a part of this year’s MTWichita season, as well as many previous ones. Audiences may remember Tim in past roles such as Thenardier in Les Misérables, Bedevere in Spamalot, John Hancock in 1776, the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, Amos Hart in Chicago, Oscar Shapiro in Curtains, Mr. Feldzeig in The Drowsy Chaperone, Herbie in Gypsy, and Lazar Wolf in Fiddler. Tim also performs at several other venues in the Wichita area and served as Technical Director for the Crown Theatre and Artistic Director of the children’s program for more than twenty years. He now works as an Exhibit Technician for Exploration Place. When not working at Wichita's fine theatres, Tim has plenty to keep him busy as father to his two daughters, Katie and Francie. Thanks to Wayne and all the folks in Wichita who produce theatre, perform theatre, and enjoy theatre. They make the Wichita area a great place to work, live, and bring up kids in.

CASSIE AUSTIN
CASSIE AUSTIN

Cassie Austin is delighted to be joining MTWichita for the first time ever!  A Libertyville, IL native and sophomore in the BFA Musical Theatre program at Brigham Young University in Utah, she is ecstatic about being back in the Midwest. Favorite Credits include Valentine de Villefort in the U.S. Premiere of Frank Wildhorn's The Count of Monte Cristo (BYU), Katy in the NYMTF-bound new musical Single Wide (BYU), Brooke in Legally Blonde, and Cassie in A Chorus Line. Much thanks to Mom and Dad as well as her amazing teachers, friends and family for all of their love and support, and to Music Theatre Wichita for this amazing opportunity!

KATIE BARNA
KATIE BARNA

Katie Barna is thrilled to be spending her summer performing with Music Theatre Wichita! She is a recent graduate of Oklahoma City University from Suwanee, Georgia. While in college, she performed annually in the Home for the Holidays and ASDC Spring Show with the American Spirit Dance Company. Professionally, Katie performed in Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma’s Will Rogers Follies. She would like to express unending gratitude to family and friends for believing in her dreams and the Lord for His abundant blessings. 

CAITLIN BELCIK
CAITLIN BELCIK

Caitlin Belcik is absolutely thrilled to be returning to MTWichita for her second season! She is from Edmond, OK, and this fall will be a sophomore at Penn State University in the BFA musical theatre program. Favorite credits include:  Broadway: How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Annie Who - original; Little Who - revival); Regional: MTW - Last year's 5 fabulous shows!, White Christmas (Susan Waverly); Lyric Theatre - Sweet Charity, Bye Bye Birdie, Tarzan, Sound of Music, Call Me Madam (choreography assistant); ENHS - West Side Story (Maria). Much love and thanks to Wayne, Nancy, Josh and the MTW team for this wonderful opportunity, and to my teachers and parents for their support!

KAREN BLACKMON (Teen Intern)
KAREN BLACKMON (Teen Intern)

Karen Nicole Blackmon is a two-time Jester recipient and rising freshman at Wichita State University, where she will major in Musical Theater.  Some of her favorite roles include “Maria” in The Sound of Music, “Milly” in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and “Dolly Levi” in Hello, Dolly!. This is Karen’s first time as a Koch Intern for MTWichita but has been involved in teen choir and past MTW shows. She would especially like to thank God, Pina Mozzani, Linda Starkey, Wayne Bryan, and Mrs. Mickey Armstrong for giving her the opportunity to continue doing what she loves.

MATTHEW BORCHERS
MATTHEW BORCHERS

Matthew Borchers is beyond stoked to be returning to MTWichita this summer! A St. Louis native, he graduated this past May from the Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre at The University of Oklahoma, and plans to move to the Big Apple this fall! Credits: 54 Below: Theory of Relativity. St. Louis MUNY: Holiday Inn. OKC Philharmonic: The Christmas Show (Featured Dancer). MTWichita: West Side Story (Baby John), Joseph...(Benjamin), 42nd Street (Soldier, Shadow Boy). Lyric OKC: Bye Bye Birdie (Harvey Johnson). Endless thanks to Wayne, Nancy and the MTW family for sharing your wisdom, love and kindness; so much gratitude and love to the Big Man Upstairs, family, friends and teachers for their constant support and guidance. BOOMER!

QUINTAN CRAIG
QUINTAN CRAIG

"Q" is Beyond Thrilled to return to MTWichita after appearing in Catch Me If You Can and 42nd Street last summer. Though based in California, Wichita has always felt like home! Regional credits include: Young Frankenstein (Sasha), 42nd Street (Oscar), White Christmas (Scooter), Chorus Line, Gypsy (Yonkers), Ragtime (Little Boy –IETLAward), Oliver! (Oliver), Full Monty (Nathan), On Your Toes (Young Junior). Q is pursuing a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in Musical Theatre at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Heartfelt Thanks to Mom, Dad, and Mollie Rae for your unending love, support and encouragement! Much love and gratitude to Wayne, Nancy, and Josh for this Incredibly Awesome opportunity! Q thanks God for Abundant Blessings!

AARON PATRICK CRAVEN
AARON PATRICK CRAVEN

Aaron Patrick Craven is very excited to spend the summer with MTWichita! He recently earned a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Wichita State University. Favorite regional credits include A Chorus Line, Les Misérables, and White Christmas. Last year, Aaron was nominated to perform at the national conference of the American College Dance Festival of America, performing at the Kennedy Center. Aaron has also been seen as a Principal Dancer with Ballet Wichita and has toured internationally with Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre. Love and thanks to Mom, Dad, Alex, Katie, Wayne, Josh and Nancy! Psalms 115:1 www.aaronpatrickcraven.com

LEXIS DANCA
LEXIS DANCA

Lexis is thrilled to be spending her summer with Music Theatre Wichita! A current student of Millikin University, she is pursuing a BFA in Musical Theater with a dance minor (2016), and has appeared on the Millikin mainstage in: And the World Goes ‘Round (Woman/Dance Captain), Peter Pan (Tiger Lily), Legally Blonde (Greek Chorus/Vivienne u/s), Cinderella, Machinal (Female Swing), the collegiate premiere of the new Gwon and Hammond musical String, and the workshop of Salzman and Cunningham’s The Legend of New York. Additional credits include: An Evening with Andrew Lippa (Featured Vocalist), The Nutcracker Ballet (Sugar Plum Fairy, Judith Svalander Dance Theater), Thodos Dance Residency, and the 84th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (Featured Float Singer/Dancer). She sends all her love and thanks to her supportive friends and family.

OLGA ESQUIVEL-HOLMAN (Mrs. Rose / Walk-on performer)
OLGA ESQUIVEL-HOLMAN (Mrs. Rose / Walk-on performer)

Olga Esquivel-Holman is excited to be on stage again for this MTWichita walk-on role. She studied theater at UCLA, appeared in several Equity Waver Productions, was seen on “General Hospital,” in more than 20 national commercials, and more recently in 3 cooking competitions on the Food Network. Now living in Wichita with her husband Bill, an optometrist, she has volunteered in school, church and nonprofit boards and activities. She enjoys cooking, oil painting and is writing a novel. They have a wonderful daughter, Kristin.

HANNAH FERNANDES
HANNAH FERNANDES

Hannah Fernandes is absolutely elated to be a part of MTWichita this summer. Hannah is about to enter her junior year at Wichita State University as a Musical Theatre major. Her recent roles include Percy in The Spitfire Grill (dir. Wayne Bryan at WSU) and Cinderella in Into the Woods (dir. Linda Starkey at WSU). Hannah is so grateful for this marvelous opportunity and would like to send an enormous thank you to Wayne, Josh, Nancy, and the whole MTWichita team. All my love to Pina, Amy, Linda, Marie, and my amazing Mom and Dad! www.hannahlfernandes.com

KAT GEERTSEN
KAT GEERTSEN

Kat Geertsen - First MTWichita season. Originally from Milwaukee, WI, Kat graduated this past May from Viterbo University with a BFA in Music Theatre. VU credits include: Pippin (Leading Player), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Flo), Little Women (Beth), A Chorus Line (Judy Turner, #23). Other favorites: Next to Normal (Natalie), Disney’s Beauty & the Beast (Belle), Ragtime (Mother), Spring Awakening (Thea), Legally Blonde (Kate). Kat also served as Assistant Music Director for Drood, and joined the entire Fine Arts Department this March in a televised celebration of Viterbo’s 125th anniversary. Many thanks to Wayne, Nancy, and MTW, and to Mom, Dad, family, friends, and teachers for their immeasurable love, support, and faith.

ERIK HERNANDEZ
ERIK HERNANDEZ

Erik Hernandez is currently a junior at the Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music and he couldn't be more excited to be joining the cast and crew of Music Theatre Wichita. He will receive his BFA in Musical Theatre next spring. His credits include Quisisana, Maine: Rent (Collins), A Grand Night For Singing (Ensemble); CCM: 110 in the Shade (Noah), Legally Blonde (Padamadan/Nikos), Les Misérables (Brujon), Carrie (George), and Threepenny Opera (Walt Dreary). Erik would like to thank his entire family, especially his mother Lorraine for the years of encouragement and support, MT16, Averie, and Allie. 

CAMERON HILL
CAMERON HILL

Cameron Hill is a New Jersey native and now a rising senior musical theatre student at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She is thrilled to be making her MTWichita debut this summer! She has most recently appeared in CCM’s productions of 110 in the Shade, Legally Blonde, Carrie the Musical, and Les Misérables. Some of her favorite credits include Sarah (Ragtime), Diana Morales (A Chorus Line), Ti Moune (Once On This Island), and Chiffon (Little Shop of Horrors). She is grateful every day for her supportive parents and all of her teachers past and present. 

WILLIE HILL
WILLIE HILL

Willie Hill is a third-year Music Theatre major from Tulsa, Oklahoma studying voice with Dr. Marilyn Govich at The University of Central Oklahoma. Willie’s favorite theatre credits include: working with a non-profit organization called “A Pocket Full Of Hope”; Jake in Side Show, Featured Vocalist in Holidays at Home, Curtis/C.C. in Dreamgirls, Richie in A Chorus Line, Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors, Ubaldo Piangi in Phantom of the Opera, and Scarecrow in The Wiz. He would like to thank his family and his parents for their love and support.

LIZ JARMER
LIZ JARMER

Liz Jarmer is so happy and so grateful to be a part of MTWichita this summer! Liz is about to enter her senior year at Wichita State University as a music theatre major. Past roles include Shelby in The Spitfire Grill (dir. Wayne Bryan at WSU) and Sally in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (WSU). A huge thank you to Wayne, Josh, Nancy, and the entire MTWichita team for this incredible opportunity, as well as Pina, Amy, Linda, Marie, and Mom & Dad.

LILY KAUFMANN
LILY KAUFMANN

Lily Kaufmann is overjoyed to be returning to MTW this year after a truly unforgettable experience last summer. Hailing from up the river in Kansas City, she is happy to spend some of her summer just a few hours from home! There, she did shows with MTYP, KC Starlight and New Theatre Restaurant. Lily is a rising junior BFA Musical Theatre major at Florida State University, where she has been fortunate enough to be involved in many main stage musicals. Endless thanks to the encouragement of Wayne, Nancy and the MTW staff, along with Lily's wonderful friends and infinitely supportive family for being there through it all. Go Noles!

KYLE McCLELLAN
KYLE McCLELLAN

Kyle McClellan is thrilled to be making his debut with MTWichita this summer! He is a rising junior at the University of Michigan, where his credits include Les Misérables (Prouvaire) and The Tempest (Sebastian). Regional: Walnut Street Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse. Other credits: 42nd Street (Billy Lawlor), West Side Story (Riff), and Hair (Claude). Much love and many thanks to Mom, Dad, Ty, Zo, the UMich faculty, and MTW for this incredible opportunity. Go Blue!

CAROLYN ANNE MILLER
CAROLYN ANNE MILLER

Carolyn Anne Miller is so happy to be returning to her MTWichita family for her third summer. She graduated this past May from the Chicago College of Performing Arts. Some of her favorite regional credits include Les Miserablés (Eponine), Catch Me If You Can (Brenda Strong), Betty Blue Eyes (Veronica), Amadeus (Constanze), and Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party (Mae). Carolyn would like to thank her mom, dad, and sister for all of their love and support throughout her career, and to Wayne for another wonderful summer back at MTW. 

KEVIN NIETZEL
KEVIN NIETZEL

Kevin Nietzel is beyond thrilled to be joining the MTW family this summer! Originally from Cary, IL, he is a rising senior at Florida State University pursuing a BFA in Music Theatre. Favorite credits include Maine State Music Theatre, Wagon Wheel Theatre, and Marriott Theatre Lincolnshire. He would love to give a special thanks to Wayne, Nancy, and all of the production staff for such an incredible opportunity, and of course his amazing family for always being a true support system. 

FAITH NORTHCUTT
FAITH NORTHCUTT

Faith Northcutt will be a junior in the International Baccalaureate program at East High, Dance Captain for Wichita Flight Competition Showchoir and vocalist for Heaven’s Gate.  She is overjoyed to return to her MTWichita family, where credits include Joseph/Dreamcoat (Dance Capt. for youth choir), Mary Poppins (Teen Intern), King & I (Teen Intern), Finian’s Rainbow (Diana), Gypsy (Young Louise), and Les Mis (Young Cosette 2008). Other credits: The Pajama Game (Babe) - East High, Annie (Annie), and Legally Blonde (Margot/Dance Capt.) - MTYP.  She is honored to be a Koch Industries performing Teen Intern for Hello Dolly. Much love & thanks to Wayne, Nancy, Josh, cast & crew.

JESSIE PELTIER
JESSIE PELTIER

Jessie Peltier is thrilled to be joining MTWichita this summer! Originally from Northern Virginia, Jessie is a rising senior Dance Performance major at Oklahoma City University. Credits include:  A Chorus Line (Diana), 9 to 5: the Musical (Margaret), and La Cage Aux Folles all at the Summer Repertory Theatre in Santa Rosa, California. She has also performed in the ensemble of productions of Legally Blonde and The Producers. At school, she is a member of the American Spirit Dance Company, performing consistently in the annual Home for the Holidays Christmas shows and annual Spring shows. Special thanks to Mom, Dad, Alyssa, Chris, and Raynor for always believing in her and supporting her in pursuing her dreams. 

JARED THOMAS ROBERTS
JARED THOMAS ROBERTS

Jared Thomas Roberts is beyond excited and humbled to be a part of the 2015 Music Theatre Wichita Summer Season. He is a rising junior pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre at Point Park University. At PPU, Jared has been in productions of 21, a world premiere musical (Ball Player/Reporter) and The Boyfriend (Marcel). Past productions include: A Chorus Line (Mike), Footloose (Ren), Legally Blonde (Warner), Cats (Alonzo/Macavity). He would like to thank his family and friends for always supporting his artistic endeavors and his teachers and trainers for helping him grow into the performer he is today. “When you become the image of your own imagination, it's the most powerful thing you could ever do.”

JON PAUL ROBY
JON PAUL ROBY

Jon Paul Roby is thrilled to be performing with MTWichita this summer! Regional credits include Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, and Reagle Music Theatre. Jon Paul will be starting his last year in the BFA Musical Theatre program at Syracuse University in the fall. He would like to thank his family for their love and endless support as well as Wayne, Nancy and the entire MTW team for this incredible opportunity. Enjoy the show!

XIMONE ROSE
XIMONE ROSE

Ximone Rose, a New Orleans native, graduated this May from the University of Michigan where she just played Caroline in Caroline, Or Change. She is so thrilled to be making her MTWichita debut this summer and is looking forward to moving to New York afterwards! Keep a look out for her name! GO BLUE.

SIERRA SCOTT (Walk-on performer)
SIERRA SCOTT (Walk-on performer)

Sierra Scott is beyond excited to be cast in this walk-on role for MTWichita! Sierra is a veteran TV news anchor with 28 years of broadcast experience. She currently hosts two television shows on the KSCW. You can see her at 4:30pm Monday through Friday on “The Brett and Sierra Show” and hosting “It’s ALL Good!” on Sunday nights. Sierra has also appeared in walk-on roles in several movies, (Spellbound and The Stars Fell On Henrietta), on a national talk show (“Vicki”), a TV series (“Major Crimes“), her story is featured in a book (“Miracle Makers; Catalysts for Change”), she’s listed in the Guinness Book of World records, and was featured on the cover of an international magazine called “Shoeholics” that focuses on her favorite addiction. Sierra is honored to share the stage with some of the most amazingly helpful, kind, supportive and talented actors in the business. An MTW ticket holder for more than 10 years, she also wants to give a HUGE THANKS to Wayne Bryan and the MTW staff for their unending patience and understanding and for giving her this once in a lifetime opportunity to see a production from a totally unique and fascinating perspective. A special thanks to all my friends for their love and support while following my dreams. I LOVE you Mom and Harrison!!!!!

JEREMY SEINER
JEREMY SEINER

Jeremy Seiner is extremely excited to be a part of the 2015 MTWichita company. Favorite past roles include Frank Jr. (Catch Me If You Can), Claude (Hair), and Noah (Children of Eden). Jeremy recently recieved his BFA from Penn State, and would like to thank his friends and family for all of their constant love and support.

AVERY SMITH
AVERY SMITH

Avery Smith is a rising senior drama major at Carnegie Mellon University. He is a Chicago native and is very excited to be performing alongside the many talented artists of the 2015 MTWichita Company. For his first year of college he attended The Boston Conservatory where he appeared as Horse in The Full Monty. After his first year at the conservatory he decided to further his education at Carnegie Mellon University. While at CMU recent credits include Hello Again, The Wiz, and Babylon. Additionally, he has performed to honor alumni and Tony Award Winner Billy Porter. Also, Smith is featured on American R&B vocal group The Dells re-release of their hit "Open Up My Heart" featured on their album Open Up My Heart: The 9/11 Suite. Other credits include Damn Yankees (Applegate), A Little Night Music (Liebeslieder/u.s. Fredrik) Kiss Me, Kate (Paul). For Avery it is always a privilege and a blessing to be able to perform. He would like to thank all of his friends and family for all of their love and support! Mom, Dad, Austin, Amber, Amaris…YOU ROCK! “Live the moment, seize the day. Love every minute, because there’s only one today.”

SARAH QUINN TAYLOR
SARAH QUINN TAYLOR

Sarah Quinn Taylor, a rising senior at the University of Oklahoma, could not be more elated to return home to MTWichita for her fifth summer season. Recent/Favorite credits include: Janet Van DeGraff, The Drowsy Chaperone; Chris Hargensen, Carrie the Musical (University Theatre), Cosette, Les Miserablés; Arista, Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Lyric Theatre OKC), Greek Chorus, Legally Blonde; Ensemble, Betty Blue Eyes, 9 to 5, Finian’s Rainbow (MTWichita), Pops Chorale/Dancer, The Christmas Show (OKC Philharmonic). Endless love and thanks to Wayne, Nancy, and Josh, her unbelievably encouraging friends and family, her devoted mentors and teachers who daily challenge her to push beyond limits, and her incredibly supportive husband, Jeff Taylor. MUTAU. 1 Peter 4:10-11

HALLI TOLAND
HALLI TOLAND

Halli Toland is excited to return to MTW for a second summer!  She is a rising sophomore at the University of Michigan pursuing a BFA in musical theatre, and is originally from Toledo, Ohio. Her university credits include Helga in Cabaret and Dance Captain for The Music Man at U of M. Some of her favorite credits include Graziella in West Side Story and Dance Captain for Catch Me If You Can (both at MTW), as well as Janet in The Drowsy Chaperone at Toledo Repertory Theatre. She would like to thank her instructors Mark Madama and Linda Goodrich, as well as her amazing family and friends back home for their love and unending encouragement. Lastly special thanks to MTW for this wonderful opportunity. GO BLUE!

LAUREN BROOKE VOIGT
LAUREN BROOKE VOIGT

Lauren Brooke Voigt is thankful, grateful, and honored to be an Intern for Hello, Dolly! Lauren will be a junior at Maize High School in the fall, and enjoys singing, dancing, and acting. Her most recent role was “Annelle” in Steel Magnolias at MHS. She is a competitive member of the Midwest Dance Mechanix dance studio as well as a member of the En Avant Ballet Company. She has danced in the summer intensive program at the Tulsa Ballet. Lauren thanks: God, her family and friends, Wayne, Nancy, Josh, the Hello, Dolly! artistic team, Koch Industries, the MDM staff, Mom, Dad, and Carter. ¡Con mucho amor!

GINA WARD
GINA WARD

Gina Ward is so excited to be making her professional theatre debut at Music Theatre Wichita! She is coming all the way from Tampa, FL and is a rising senior at Florida State University. Past credits include: How to Succeed… (Swing) and Company (Jenny). She would like to thank Wayne, Nancy, and all of the artistic team for believing in her and for giving her this amazing opportunity. She would not be the performer she is today without Broadway Dreams Foundation, Kate and Gayle, MT ’16, her mom and dad, and most importantly her Sissy.

JACOB WASSON
JACOB WASSON

Jacob Wasson is a rising freshman at Point Park University. A seven time Jester nominee, his favorite past roles include Sid (The Pajama Game), Jimmy (Thoroughly Modern Millie), and Bobby Strong (Urinetown). This is Jacob’s 11th summer here at MTWichita and he is thrilled to be a part of the professional ensemble! He would like to thank his family, G, Wayne, Nancy, and all of his teachers.

MARK MADAMA (Director)
MARK MADAMA (Director)

Mark Madama has directed productions on both coasts, and as far away as Ireland, Poland, and Czechoslovakia, and yet he happily celebrates his 27th consecutive MTWichita season, with Aida being his 43rd production as director. Favorite shows here include The Full Monty, 9 to 5, Sunset Boulevard, The King and I, The Music Man, Curtains, Big River, Annie Get Your Gun, Oklahoma!, Damn Yankees, Cinderella, How to Succeed…, Funny Girl, Fiddler on the Roof (2001 and 2012), The Pajama Game, Evita, The Music Man, The Sound of Music, State Fair, Meet Me in St. Louis, Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady, The Secret Garden, Tintypes, Sweet Charity, Gigi, Cabaret, Into the Woods, They’re Playing Our Song, Good News!, and three editions of West Side Story, plus his performance as Zach in MTWichita’s first A Chorus Line. Other credits include The Producers, Aida, Cinderella, and Footloose at Kansas City Starlight, Hello, Dolly! at the New London Barn Playhouse, and two engagements teaching at Music Theatre Italy near Venice. Mark Madama and Wayne Bryan are the co-authors of the revised version of Good News!, which has received more than 300 productions in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain. Mark is an Associate Professor of Musical Theatre at the University of Michigan, where he has directed Caroline, Or Change, Ragtime, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, A Little Night Music, The Full Monty, Rent, Big River, City of Angels, The Pajama Game, Guys and Dolls, Assassins, Good News!, Nine, Children of Eden, Company and Horton Foote’s 1918.

BRIAN J. MARCUM (Choreographer)
BRIAN J. MARCUM (Choreographer)

Brian J. Marcum is so honored to be back at MTWichita - the place that gave him his start in this wonderful musical theatre world - this time as choreographer! Twenty something years ago Brian was an ensemble member in the last MTW production of Hello, Dolly!  Since then, Brian has become a director, choreographer, and professor as well as a Broadway performer. As a director and choreographer, Brian's work has been seen all over the country. On Broadway, he was the Associate Choreographer of the holiday hit ELF - The Musical. He has also directed and/or choreographed for The North Carolina Theatre, Alpine Theatre Project, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, and Summer Repertory Theatre, among others. As a performer Brian was in the original casts of four Broadway shows: The Gershwins’ Fascinating Rhythm, Saturday Night Fever, the Tony Award-winning revival of 42nd Street and The Boy from Oz starring Hugh Jackman. He was a replacement in Spamalot and The Drowsy Chaperone. He has toured nationally with Annie Get Your Gun and State Fair, and internationally with The Who’s Tommy. Brian danced with the world famous Radio City Rockettes in both the Christmas Spectacular and the Spring Spectacular and danced numerous times on the Tony Awards, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, in music videos and the movie of The Producers. Brian teaches master classes all over the country and has been on the dance faculty at Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, and both Broadway Dance Center and Ballet Arts in NYC. Brian is currently an Associate Professor of Dance in the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management at Oklahoma City University, where he teaches tap, jazz, and theatre dance. 

THOMAS W. DOUGLAS (Musical Director)
THOMAS W. DOUGLAS (Musical Director)

Thomas W. Douglas is back for his 15th season in Wichita!  He has performed more than 200 opera, oratorio, orchestral, and musical theater productions nationally and internationally. Highlights include conducting Webber's Phantom of the Opera in Basel, Switzerland and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with the Anchorage Operaand directing Ain't Misbehavin' in Malaysia. Thomas is currently the Music Director for the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra, and the Artistic Director of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, which is regularly receiving accolades for innovative, creative, and dramatically provocative productions. His MTWichita history includes ShowBoat with Kelli O'Hara, Ragtime, Smokey Joe's Café, 9 to 5, Ragtime with Darcie Roberts, Hairspray, The Full Monty, Miss Saigon, Beauty and the Beast, and Les Misérables, among many others. Thomas is the founder and Artistic Director of the Neighborhood Opera Company, having recently produced Mozart's Don Giovanni with an African American cast. With the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, he has conducted jazz legend Nathan Davis' opera Just Above My HeadCarmen Jones, and Porgy and Bess. Thomas has been the recipient of the Mary Jane Teall Award and the Robert Frankle awards for his contribution to theatre in Wichita, KS and Pittsburgh, PA. Thomas has enjoyed the stage roles of Amonasro in Elton John's Aida, Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors. Recently named the Director of Opera Studies in the School of Music in addition to his position as Director of Choral Activities and Professor in the School of Drama, this is Thomas' 25th year on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University. 

BRUCE BROCKMAN (Scenic Designer)
BRUCE BROCKMAN (Scenic Designer)

Bruce Brockman is thrilled to be returning to Music Theatre Wichita. A Set Designer and Scenic Artist, and Director of the School of Theatre Film and Television at the University of Arizona, Brockman has previously designed 42nd Street, Finian's Rainbow, Les Misérables, Camelot, Annie Get Your Gun and Oklahoma for MTW.  Thanks to Wayne for having me back, and thanks to my old music teacher, Bill Oldham, for giving me the opportunity to design my very first musical theatre production, Hello, Dolly! about a million years ago!

DIXON REYNOLDS (Costume Coordinator / Designer)
DIXON REYNOLDS (Costume Coordinator / Designer)

Dixon Reynolds is thrilled to be back at Music Theatre Wichita after designing costumes for last summer’s Catch Me If You Can and 2013’s Betty Blue Eyes! He is an Associate Professor of Costume Design at State University of New York at Fredonia and a freelance designer. His designs are seen in a broad range of styles from Theatre, Dance, Opera, Film and his favorite: new and experimental theatrical works, including musicals! Dixon is the resident costume designer at the Kavinoky Theatre in Buffalo, NY. Some of his designs have been seen at The Irish Classical Theatre, ART Park, Summer Repertory Theatre, Buffalo United Artists, Shakespeare in Delaware Park, The Hartt School of Music, Triad Stage, and American Dance Festival. He has also worked in the costume departments at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Playmakers Repertory Company, Roanoke Festival Park, HBO Productions and CBS Productions.

MADELYNN NEVINS (Lighting Designer)
MADELYNN NEVINS (Lighting Designer)

Madelynn Nevins is excited to be designing the her first show at MTWichita! She joined this summer camp experience 9 years ago as an apprentice and has enjoyed the ride ever since! Madelynn spent the first part of the summer as the Assistant Lighting Designer at MTWichita and this last year as the Production Manager for Music Theatre for Young People producing art and teaching youth about the craft. She also spent the year in many different design capacities for various companies such as Laughing Feet Performers, Mosley Street Melodrama, Wichita State University, and Prairie Pines Dinner Theatre. Madelynn would like to thank everyone at MTWichita, WB, Professor Homie, the Man in the Overalls, Jan, MAB,her family, and fur babies for their support.

ROBERT HORNBOSTEL (Sound Designer)
ROBERT HORNBOSTEL (Sound Designer)

Robert Hornbostel is Ecstatic to be in his first summer with MTWichita. Originally from and returning to Chicago, Robert enjoys working with excellent people to create elaborate and inspiring storytelling with others. Robert has spent three previous summers with the Santa Fe Opera, as well as the previous winter with the NEbraska Theatre Caravan on tour for both A Christmas Carol and The Fantasticks. Robert is a recent graduate of Illinois State University. More info and selected samples of previous work can be found at TechMagicDesigns.com.

TAYLOR MALOTT (Hair and Makeup Designer)
TAYLOR MALOTT (Hair and Makeup Designer)

Taylor Malott is extremely excited to spend her first summer with Music Theatre Wichita. She is a Cincinnati native who recently graduated from the University of Cincinnati (CCM) with a BFA in Theatre Production and Design with an emphasis in Wig and Makeup Design. She has been a licensed cosmetologist for more than five years. Taylor has been a part of the wig build crew at Utah Shakespeare Festival and was the department head at Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh for their 2014 season. Taylor could not be more grateful for this opportunity to work for MTW.

MEGAN REED (Millinery Designer)
MEGAN REED (Millinery Designer)

Megan is extremely grateful to be spending her sixth season working with MTWichita helping them bring these wonderful stories to life. She has found great mentors and friends working with this wonderful company. Most recently she worked at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach, Florida. She is a graduate from Sterling College with a B.A. in Theatre and Art with an emphasis in Illustration. Credits include 42nd Street, Catch Me If You Can, Disney's The Little Mermaid, Disney's and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins and Singin’ in the Rain (MTWichita).  

MARIA LEON (Prop Master)
MARIA LEON (Prop Master)

Maria is a recent graduate from the University Of Arizona. There she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre production and design, with emphasis in scenic and prop design. Her past credits include Assistant Scenic Design for Arizona Repertory Theatre’s production of The Man Who Came to Dinner. Maria is very excited to start her third season with Music Theatre Wichita. She would like to thank everyone at MTW for the opportunity and enjoyable summers. Maria would like to give a very special thanks to her mom, Carmen Leon and her boyfriend, Brandon Kahler for their constant support. Without it she wouldn’t be here today.

DEBBIE ROBERTS (Costume Shop Manager)
DEBBIE ROBERTS (Costume Shop Manager)

Debbie Roberts has designed costumes for many shows here, including 42nd Street, White Christmas, Thoroughly Modern Millie, High School Musical, State Fair, Funny Girl, The Most Happy Fella, On the Town, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Annie Get Your Gun, Man of La Mancha, Crazy for You, The Sound of Music, My One and Only, and various Festival of Broadway shows. A graduate of Friends University, Debbie received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance and Ballet. “I am so proud of the work that Music Theatre Wichita does, it is always a pleasure to work each season. While California remains my home, for over 25 years Wichita has been my summer home. I look forward to meeting new people and learning new skills each time. Enjoy the shows!”

HALEY TYNES (Wardrobe Supervisor)
HALEY TYNES (Wardrobe Supervisor)

This is Haley's first summer at MTW, and she is thrilled to be here. She just finished her first year of grad school at The University of Virginia, getting her MFA in costume design and technology. She has worked for Porthouse Theatre and Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre. She is grateful for the opportunity and is looking forward to the summer ahead!

KATRINA MILLER (Scenic Charge Artist)
KATRINA MILLER (Scenic Charge Artist)

Katrina Miller is excited to be spending her first summer with Music Theatre Wichita. A freelance scenic artist and designer, Katrina comes to Wichita from the Lehigh Valley in eastern Pennsylvania. She holds an MFA in theatre design and production from Purdue University and a BFA in theatre design and technology from Northern Illinois University. Her adventures in theatre have taken her all over, from the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, to the Texas Shakespeare Festival, to the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, with many other stops in between. She would like to thank her amazing husband Phil for being so supportive of all her endeavors.

JEFF TAYLOR (Production Manager)
JEFF TAYLOR (Production Manager)

Jeff Taylor is extremely honored to be back with this excellent cast and crew for his 15th summer at MTWichita. Throughout the years since 2000, he's had the chance to apprentice, build, design, and even act for MTWichita, and has now become the year-round Production Manager, working closely with the awesome MTW staff. A loyal Kansan, Jeff graduated from Wichita High School East, earned his BA in Musical Theatre from Friends University, and his MFA in Design and Technology from UMKC. Jeff thanks Wayne for his continual guidance throughout the many years together and his wife Sarah, for the many wonderful years to come.

MITCHELL SOUTHERLAND (Assistant Production Manager)
MITCHELL SOUTHERLAND (Assistant Production Manager)

Mitch is very excited to be spending his second season with Music Theatre Wichita. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Mitch has been fortunate to spend the last year in Chicago working in production management at the Goodman Theatre while also freelancing at the Steppenwolf and Paramount theatres. Mitch's previous credits include two summer with the Santa Fe Opera, technical direction and carpentry work at the University of Oklahoma, and leadership of the University of Oklahoma chapter of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT). Mitch would like to express his gratitude to Jeff and Wayne for having him back for another summer!

AJ KELLISON (Technical Director)
AJ KELLISON (Technical Director)

AJ is happy to return to MTWichita for his 10th season. Most recently AJ was the Master Carpenter at Childsplay in Phoenix, Arizona. AJ is very grateful for all the help he has received from the Wichita theatre community and would like to include a special thanks to Local 190 for all the hard work they do during the summer and throughout the year.

STEVE LANDES (Director of the Apprentice Program/Shopper-Buyer)
STEVE LANDES (Director of the Apprentice Program/Shopper-Buyer)

Steve Landes is proud to return for his 22nd summer as the Apprentice Program Director. A Wichita resident for twenty two years, Steve worked for Friends University, the Wichita Center for the Arts, Music Theatre for Young People, and Shakespeare in the Park. He has just finished his 37th year as a high school theatre teacher. He has been inducted into the Kansas Thespians Teacher Hall of Fame, and is currently co-state director of Kansas Thespians. Steve moved to the Kansas City area fourteen years ago for a teaching position. As an educator, Steve continues to be very excited about working with the apprentices in this unique training program (and MTW is deeply grateful for Steve’s creative dedication to our young people!).

Mary Sue Dymak (Rentals & Inventory Director / Drop Fabricator / Orchestra Pit Manager / Archivist / A Bunch of Other Stuff) [whew!]
Mary Sue Dymak (Rentals & Inventory Director / Drop Fabricator / Orchestra Pit Manager / Archivist / A Bunch of Other Stuff) [whew!]

WOW! 40 seasons! Who would have thought that back in 1976, a summer job would turn into such a career!! Being one of the oldest members of the production staff, this will mark summer productions numbering 197 to 201. In the off season, I still keep my hand in stage managing for Ballet Wichita Orchestra (19 years) and enjoying a fabulous working relationship with Wichita State University, all the while keeping our ever growing rental business running. I seem to get around a lot but only inside Century II. My life remains happily engaged in larger and more complex tasks working for my favorite employer. My thanks to WB…..I offer my deepest love and respect to all who work in this fabulous building and for our organization.

TIFFANY K. ORR (Production Stage Manager)
TIFFANY K. ORR (Production Stage Manager)

Originally from Oklahoma, Tiffany is returning for her sixth MTWichita season. She spends the other 9 months of the year in the Twin Cities where she works as a freelance stage manager in addition to being the production stage manager for Theater Latte Da. While in the Twin Cities, she has the pleasure to work with companies including the Pillsbury House Theatre, The Children's Theatre Company, Park Square Theatre, and the Guthrie. Prior to her move to the Twin Cities she worked on more than a dozen productions as part of the stage management team at Phoenix Theatre, in Phoenix, AZ. This summer marks 10 years as a proud member of the Actor's Equity Association. Missing you, Em!

AMANDA K. BOWMAN (Stage Manager)
AMANDA K. BOWMAN (Stage Manager)

Amanda Bowman is thrilled to be home for her 11th summer at MTWichita and honored to be stepping into this new role. She spent the last two seasons at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and has also worked for The Palace Theater in the Dells, Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Crown Uptown, IATSE #190, Walt Disney World, and Merrimack Repertory Theatre. Ms. Bowman is a graduate of Wichita State University. Thanks and love to Wayne, Nancy, her family, and KBEAT. Proud member of AEA. For Grandpa.

JOSHUA LARSON (Teen Choir Staging Director)
JOSHUA LARSON (Teen Choir Staging Director)

Joshua Larson has choreographed for Wichita State University, Friends University, and at various high schools, studios, organizations, and theatres in and around the Wichita area, with his choreography earning him four Jester Awards. His choreographic and directing talents have been used at MTWichita as the staging director for the Teen Choir (2006-present); director/choreographer of Festival of Broadway (2008-2010, 2014, 2015) and Curtain Up! (2013-present); and choreographer/adjudicator for the dance portion of MTWichita’s national audition tour (2013-present). Joshua received his undergraduate degree in dance performance from Oklahoma City University and his Master of Liberal Arts (with a Theatre Concentration) from Baker University. He has traveled the country evaluating national dance competitions including Starbound and The Elite Dance Cup. Performing credits include shows at Carnegie Hall, on the Holland America Line, and with the following groups: MTWichita, Stiletto Entertainment, Tuacahn, Silver Tree Productions, Oklahoma City University, Windwood Theatricals, and The American Spirit Dance Company.

Linda Starkey (Teen Choir Musical Director)
Linda Starkey (Teen Choir Musical Director)

Linda Starkey continues her relationship with MTWichita, having performed in My Fair Lady, Oliver!, Cabaret, and The Sound of Music, and having conducted the Teen Choir and assisted with MTWichita’s apprentice program. Currently serving as the Director of the School of Performing Arts at Wichita State University, Linda has also served as Associate Director of the Opera and Music Theatre program there, and taught voice for more than 30 years. She has directed for Opera Kansas, WSU Opera Theatre, WSU Theatre, Wichita Community Theatre, Wichita Children’s Theatre, and the Center for the Arts. In 2005, her production of Pippin was chosen to be an alternate for the American College Theatre Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

JENNIFER FISHER (Signing Interpreter)
JENNIFER FISHER (Signing Interpreter)

Jennifer Fisher is so excited for her seventh season at MTWichita. She would like to thank Wayne and all the amazing, talented people at Music Theatre Wichita for including her in the magic! During the year Jennifer is an educational interpreter for Sedgwick County Co-op, and leads the deaf ministry at Central Community Church, where she interprets services, concerts, conferences, classes, and support groups. Jennifer has been signing for more than 10 years and is focused on musical performance interpreting, having trained in Nashville, TN under Gate Communications. Her goal is to create a performance that’s as impactful for the deaf as it is for the hearing. Jennifer thanks her girls Kara and Stephanie and her husband for their support. Most importantly, thanks to God for the blessings He’s given and the opportunity to work in such a remarkable place. 2 Cor. 4:16-18

Nancy Reeves (Producing Associate / Company Manager)
Nancy Reeves (Producing Associate / Company Manager)

Nancy Reeves joined MTWichita in 1988 as a bookkeeper and soon took on other responsibilities. She first took over the position of Company Manager and more recently added Producing Associate to her job description. As Company Manager Nancy’s duties include coordinating auditions, handling thousands of submissions each season. Other duties include handling the travel and housing accommodation arrangements for guest artists, and maintaining active communications with all department and department heads throughout the season. As Producing Associate Nancy attends auditions and participates in casting decisions, works with agents, and participates in contract negotiations. Her long tenure at MTWichita and close personal connections to people throughout Wichita allow her to be an outstanding resource for MTWichita and for artists working in Wichita during the summer season. She can quickly connect a need to a resource, whether that is a qualified rehearsal pianist, an appropriate caterer for a donor appreciation event, or a convenient hotel room for a guest artist.

WAYNE BRYAN (Producing Artistic Director)
WAYNE BRYAN (Producing Artistic Director)

Wayne Bryan begins his 28th season as Producing Artistic Director of Music Theatre Wichita, where he has now produced 135 Broadway-scale musicals, including dozens for which he has also served as director or performer. Raised in southern California, Wayne began his professional career as both actor and director at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, while stationed as a Navy officer in Coronado. Wayne's performing credits include Good News!, Rodgers and Hart, and Tintypes on Broadway, the First National Tour of Joseph / Dreamcoat, and TV appearances on such shows as "M*A*S*H" (CBS), "American History" (PBS), and "Keystone" (A&E). His directing credits include award-winning productions on both coasts, including Festival at New York City Center. Wayne is co-author with Mark Madama of a revised version of the collegiate musical Good News!, whose 1993 Wichita premiere has been followed by over 300 subsequent productions around the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain, plus an internationally acclaimed cast album. Wayne was a 2002 recipient of the Kansas Governor's Arts Award as an Individual Artist, and received the NCCJ Brotherhood/Sisterhood Award, recognizing individuals who fight discrimination and encourage diversity. Thanks to all our supporters and patrons; to the performers, artistic teams, and crew members; to the musicians; to the box office staff; to the Guild and the Board of Directors; and to the wonderful year-round staff, all of whom make this job so joyful and fulfilling.

Hello, Dolly!: A History of the Musical by Wayne Bryan

  • Broadway opening: January 16, 1964, St. James Theatre; 2,844 performances
  • Produced by David Merrick
  • Directed and Choreographed by Gower Champion
  • Settings Designed by Oliver Smith; Costumes by Freddy Wittop; Lighting by Jean Rosenthal
  • Musical Direction and Vocal Arrangements by Shepard Coleman
  • Orchestrations by Philip J. Lang; Dance and Incidental Music Arranged by Peter Howard
  • Original Cast featured Carol Channing, David Burns, Charles Nelson Reilly, Eileen Brennan, Jerry Dodge, Sondra Lee
  • Film Version (20th Century Fox, 1969), directed by Gene Kelly, Choreographed by Michael Kidd, screenplay by Ernest Lehman; featured Barbra Streisand, Walter Matthau, Michael Crawford, Marianne McAndrew, Danny Lockin, E.J. Peaker, Tommy Tune, Louis Armstrong
  • The original Broadway cast recording is a classic. Other fine recordings include stage casts with Pearl Bailey and Mary Martin, as well as the film soundtrack. The movie is available on DVD and Blu-Ray, and the non-musical film “The Matchmaker” is quite fun on DVD. A delightful website devoted to the show is www.callondolly.com.

Hello, Dolly! is an amazingly charming show, with an amazingly convoluted history!

The basic story (a clever matchmaker traps her wealthiest client for herself) was first told by British playwright John Oxenford in his 1835 farce A Day Well Spent. Seven years later, a Viennese comedian-playwright named Johan Nestroy turned Oxenford’s romp into a German-language version called Eiene Jux will er sich machen (“He’ll Have Himself a Spree”), which continued to be produced in German-speaking companies for the next 90 years or so.

In the mid-1930s, the famous Austro-German theatre impresario Max Reinhardt, while visiting in America, brought the German comedy to the attention of playwright Thornton Wilder (Our Town), who enthusiastically turned it into an American farce called The Merchant of Yonkers. Starring Jane Cowl, it was produced in New York in 1938, and was a mighty flop. But Wilder rewrote it, and under the title The Matchmaker it opened in London in 1951, starring Sophie Stewart. Another flop.

Undeterred, Wilder kept revising, and persuaded the esteemed director Tyrone Guthrie to stage it for the International Drama Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1954, with Ruth Gordon as Dolly Levi. Finally, a smash! From there it enjoyed a year in London, then a successful 1955 engagement on Broadway, and a 1957 American tour. In 1957 a film version was produced, starring Shirley Booth as Dolly, Paul Ford as Horace, Anthony Perkins as Cornelius, Shirley MacLaine as Irene, and Bobby Morse (in his Broadway role) as Barnaby.

In 1963, producer David Merrick thought of musicalizing The Matchmaker (which he had co-produced with the Theatre Guild) as a new project for his team of director-choreographer Gower Champion and librettist Michael Stewart, who had collaborated on Bye Bye Birdie and Carnival. Upcoming songwriter Jerry Herman had written the score for the hit Milk and Honey (set in Israel), but Merrick had to be convinced that Herman could write “Americana.” Herman took a draft of the script home for a weekend, then came back with several songs with which he successfully auditioned for Merrick.

From the beginning, Ethel Merman was the star the creators had in mind, but after her long run in Gypsy Merman wasn’t interested, and returned the script without even reading it. A number of stars were considered (most of whom later played the role somewhere or other), but Gower Champion’s favorite was Carol Channing, who was eventually selected to create the musical version of Dolly.

The show (originally called Dolly: A Damned Exasperating Woman) underwent an unusually stormy pre-Broadway tryout tour, with additional writers and composers called in to help. Four songs were dropped, three new ones were added (including “Before the Parade Passes By”), and actor Jerry Dodge replaced another actor as Barnaby.

But director-choreographer Champion triumphantly guided the show to victory. Wild enthusiasm greeted its Broadway debut in January of 1964, and the American public (who had for several weeks been grieving over the assassination of JFK) seemed grateful to laugh again. The title song, ebulliently recorded by Louis Armstrong, became an international sensation – one of the last Broadway songs to do so.

Mary Martin headed the London company, and then took the show on a memorable tour of military bases in Vietnam, brining hope and encouragement to homesick Americans. Other leading ladies on Broadway and on tour included Betty Grable, Ginger Rogers, Dorothy Lamour, Eve Arden, Martha Raye, and Phyllis Diller.

When the Broadway box office eventually showed signs of slipping, David Merrick closed the show down briefly, and brilliantly reopened it with Pearl Bailey and Cab Calloway leading a sparkling new African-American cast.

Finally, Ethel Merman led the show through its last happy days on Broadway, while Ms. Bailey took an ethnically diverse company on tour. For over ten months the show held Broadway’s long run record, until it was overtaken by Fiddler on the Roof.

Many musical theatre lovers consider Hello, Dolly! to be one of the last great American musical comedies, and we are excited to offer this spectacular new production as our 2015 season finale.

June 10-14, 2015

An unscheduled detour along the Nile leads to a love story that changes the course of history. Spectacular, dramatic, and compelling, with a thrilling contemporary musical score.

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Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida
June 10-14, 2015
PG
2 hr 15 min

An unscheduled detour along the Nile leads to a dangerous meeting and a secret romance, changing the course of history. Based on the same tale of forbidden love which inspired Verdi’s opera, this sleek, modern musical was the first Disney production especially created for adult Broadway audiences, rather than being based on a pre-existing all-family film.

Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA
Music by Elton John
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Book by Linda Woolverton and Robert Falls & David Henry Hwang

Originally Directed on Broadway by Robert Falls
Originally Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions

ZAKIYA YOUNG (Aida)
ZAKIYA YOUNG (Aida)

Zakiya Young is thrilled to return to Nubia, having last played the title role in Aida at Starlight Theatre in 2012. Favorite credits include: Standby for both Tracie Thoms and Condola Rashad in the Broadway play Stick Fly, Mersister in The Little Mermaid (Original Broadway Company, cast recording) and Tracy in The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Off-Broadway: Sally, Clarisse, Thalia, Mrs. Dodds, Oracle in The Lightning Thief (Lucille Lortel Theater, Lortel nomination – Outstanding Musical), Nita in Tenderloin (York Theater), Tigré Savoy in Storyville (York Theater, AUDELCO Award Nomination – Outstanding Performance in a Musical - Female). Regional: Kate in Good People (George Street Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre), Betty Haynes in White Christmas (Syracuse Stage), Miss California in Little Miss Sunshine (La Jolla Playhouse), Carrie in Carousel (Depot Theatre), Pitti-Sing in The Mikado (Depot Theatre) and Lois Lane in It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane…It’s Superman (Dallas Theater Center). She is the first black actress known to have played that iconic role in any Superman project. Zakiya also gave life to the role of Sam in a workshop of The War Department at the esteemed Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and has starred in two Lyrics & Lyricists concerts at the 92nd Street Y. Television credits include “Orange is the New Black,” “The Knick,” “This American Life: One Night Only at BAM,” “Made in Jersey,” and “Submissions Only.” She can also be seen in various television commercials. Jeremiah 29:11.  www.zakiyayoung.com

ANDREW SAMONSKY (Radames)
ANDREW SAMONSKY (Radames)

Andrew Samonsky recently played Captain Phoebus in the American premiere of the Disney produced The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Paper Mill Playhouse and La Jolla Playhouse. Broadway credits include The Mystery of Edwin Drood as Neville Landless, Scandalous as Kenneth Ormisten (original cast recording), and South Pacific as Lt. Cable, where he was seen on the Live From Lincoln Center PBS broadcast. He appeared Off-Broadway in Michael John LaChiusa's Queen of the Mist as Frank Russell (Drama Desk Award nomination, original cast recording) and the City Center Encores! productions of Fiorello! and Merrily We Roll Along. Original productions of Somewhere in Time (Richard, Portland Center Stage), Tales of the City (Beauchamp, ACT), Little Miss Sunshine (La Jolla Playhouse, Joshua), and Disney's On the Record (Original Cast Recording). He's a soloist with symphonies across the country. TV/Film: “Elementary,” “Guiding Light,” and upcoming “Lyric Suite.”

KATE LOPREST (Amneris)
KATE LOPREST (Amneris)

Kate Loprest is thrilled to return to MTWichita after spending half a summer here in 2004 playing Rosalia in West Side Story and the "ten yards!" lady in Beauty and the Beast. She is a Chicago native who began her professional career at 15 starring as Young Violet in the Midwest Premiere of Violet in 1999. She graduated from The University of Michigan's prestigious Musical Theatre department in 2005, moved to New York City, but was back in Chicago three months later as part of the cast of Chicago's sit down company of Wicked (Glinda/Nessarose u/s). Broadway: First Date (Allison) OBC, Hairspray (Amber Von Tussle), Xanadu, Wonderland, Drowsy Chaperone. Tour: Little House on the Prairie (Nellie Oleson) 1st Nat. Off-Broadway: Under My Skin (Victoria), Sistas (Heather). TV/Film: “Boardwalk Empire” (Corrine), “Running Wilde,” “All My Children,” “Made For Each Other.” Other regional favorite include: The Single Girls Guide (Emma) Capital Repertory, Show Boat (Ellie Mae) Washington National Opera, Sarah Plain And Tall (Estelle) Dallas Theatre Center, Swing (Woman #2) and Les Misérables (Cosette) PCLO, Legally Blonde (Vivienne) NSMT and Cape Playhouse. Last fall, Kate had the honor of originating the role of Lucy Grant in Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's new musical Bright Star at The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. She happily resides in Manhattan with her rescue pup, Georgie. Huge thank you's to Wayne, Mark, and the MTW staff for this inspiring opportunity. For family and friends, always. www.KateLoprest.com. GO BLUE!!!    

BRUCE WINANT (Zoser)
BRUCE WINANT (Zoser)

Bruce Winant is very happy to be returning to MTWichita for his 4th show, having previously appeared as King Arthur in Spamalot, Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof (Mary Jane Teall Award) and Tateh in Ragtime. On Broadway Bruce has appeared in the current hits Chicago (Amos) and The Phantom of the Opera (Firmin) as well as La Cage Aux Folles, Fiddler on the Roof, Ragtime, Miss Saigon, Les Misérables and My Favorite Year. He also appeared in The Most Happy Fella at NY City Opera and most recently in The NY Spring Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall. On TV Bruce has made guest appearances in “Blue Bloods,” “Person of Interest,” "Happyish," “Boardwalk Empire,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “The West Wing,” “Star Trek: TNG”, among many others. Many thanks to Wayne, Mark, Nancy and the whole MTW gang! Love to Kristin, Arden and Jayce!! Check out www.brucewinant.com.

RAPHAEL NASH THOMPSON (Amonasro)
RAPHAEL NASH THOMPSON (Amonasro)

Raphael Nash Thompson: Regional credits include the Goodman Theater, Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, The Shakespeare Theatre and the Wilma The­atre. In New York, Mr. Thompson has performed with the Lincoln Center Theatre, Red Bull Theater, La Mama E.T.C. and Ensemble Studio Theatre. His film credits include Searching for Bobby Fischer, Kiss of Death and Clockers. On tele­vision, he has appeared on “Third Watch” (NBC) and “Soul Food” (Showtime).

AVERY SMITH (Mereb)
AVERY SMITH (Mereb)

Avery Smith is a rising senior drama major at Carnegie Mellon University. He is a Chicago native and is very excited to be performing alongside the many talented artists of the 2015 MTWichita Company. For his first year of college he attended The Boston Conservatory where he appeared as Horse in The Full Monty. After his first year at the conservatory he decided to further his education at Carnegie Mellon University. While at CMU recent credits include Hello Again, The Wiz, and Babylon. Additionally, he has performed to honor alumni and Tony Award Winner Billy Porter. Also, Smith is featured on American R&B vocal group The Dells re-release of their hit "Open Up My Heart" featured on their album Open Up My Heart: The 9/11 Suite. Other credits include Damn Yankees (Applegate), A Little Night Music (Liebeslieder/u.s. Fredrik), Kiss Me, Kate (Paul). For Avery it is always a privilege and a blessing to be able to perform. He would like to thank all of his friends and family for all of their love and support! Mom, Dad, Austin, Amber, Amaris…YOU ROCK! “Live the moment, seize the day. Love every minute, because there’s only one today.”

CHARLES PARKER (Pharaoh)
CHARLES PARKER (Pharaoh)

Having just completed his umpteenth year on the Friends University faculty, C.P. is blessed with his umpteenth opportunity to work with that wonderful group of professionals who serve MTWichita and the surrounding communities. Teaching is now replaced with the honor of performing with some of the best and for the best of audiences. Parker is blessed again with an opportunity to play some great roles. His past favorites include Biggley in How to Succeed…, Pickering in My Fair Lady, Ziegfeld in Funny Girl, Herr Schultz in Cabaret, Parchester in Me and My Girl, General Waverly in White Christmas, Capt. Brackett in South Pacific, FDR in Annie, and R.F. Simpson in Singin’ in the Rain. Thanks to Wayne for the gracious invitation and opportunity. Thanks to the company of performers, technicians, and assistants who always make the summers a delight. Thanks to Patty for her encouragement and love. Thanks to God for all blessings.

CHRISTIANI PITTS (Nehebka)
CHRISTIANI PITTS (Nehebka)

Christiani Pitts began her career as a performer at the age of 8 in Montclair, NJ at Luna Stage. Working in both theatre and film in Atlanta, GA, she continued to train and perform throughout her educational career. She graduates this May from the BFA Music Theatre program at the Florida State University. Previous theatre credits include Mimi Marquez in Rent (Greenville, SC), Pilar in Legally Blonde (Valdosta, GA), Mrs. Corry in Mary Poppins (Warsaw, IN), Electra in Gypsy (Warsaw, IN), Sally Bowles in Cabaret (Florida State University), Marta in Company (Florida State University), Aida in Aida (Atlanta, GA). She is so excited to perform at Music Theatre Wichita for the first time and would like to thank God, her family and this incredible company for their support and generosity of spirit.

CASSIE AUSTIN
CASSIE AUSTIN

Cassie Austin is delighted to be joining MTWichita for the first time ever!  A Libertyville, IL native and sophomore in the BFA Musical Theatre program at Brigham Young University in Utah, she is ecstatic about being back in the Midwest. Favorite credits include Valentine de Villefort in the U.S. Premiere of Frank Wildhorn's The Count of Monte Cristo (BYU), Katy in the NYMTF-bound new musical Single Wide (BYU), Brooke in Legally Blonde, and Cassie in A Chorus Line. Much thanks to Mom and Dad as well as her amazing teachers, friends and family for all of their love and support, and to Music Theatre Wichita for this amazing opportunity!

KATIE BARNA
KATIE BARNA

Katie Barna is thrilled to be spending her summer performing with Music Theatre Wichita! She is a recent graduate of Oklahoma City University from Suwanee, Georgia. While in college, she performed annually in the Home for the Holidays and ASDC Spring Show with the American Spirit Dance Company. Professionally, Katie performed in Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma’s Will Rogers Follies. She would like to express unending gratitude to family and friends for believing in her dreams and the Lord for His abundant blessings. 

CAITLIN BELCIK
CAITLIN BELCIK

Caitlin Belcik is absolutely thrilled to be returning to MTWichita for her second season! She is from Edmond, OK, and this fall will be a sophomore at Penn State University in the BFA musical theatre program. Favorite credits include:  Broadway: How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Annie Who - original; Little Who - revival); Regional: MTW - Last year's 5 fabulous shows!, White Christmas (Susan Waverly); Lyric Theatre - Sweet Charity, Bye Bye Birdie, Tarzan, Sound of Music, Call Me Madam (choreography assistant); ENHS - West Side Story (Maria). Much love and thanks to Wayne, Nancy, Josh and the MTW team for this wonderful opportunity, and to my teachers and parents for their support!

QUINTAN CRAIG
QUINTAN CRAIG

"Q" is Beyond Thrilled to return to MTWichita after appearing in Catch Me If You Can and 42nd Street last summer. Though based in California, Wichita has always felt like home! Regional credits include: Young Frankenstein (Sasha), 42nd Street (Oscar), White Christmas (Scooter), Chorus Line, Gypsy (Yonkers), Ragtime (Little Boy –IETLAward), Oliver! (Oliver), Full Monty (Nathan), On Your Toes (Young Junior). Q is pursuing a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in Musical Theatre at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Heartfelt Thanks to Mom, Dad, and Mollie Rae for your unending love, support and encouragement! Much love and gratitude to Wayne, Nancy, and Josh for this Incredibly Awesome opportunity! Q thanks God for Abundant Blessings!

AARON PATRICK CRAVEN
AARON PATRICK CRAVEN

Aaron Patrick Craven is very excited to spend the summer with MTWichita! He recently earned a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Wichita State University. Favorite regional credits include A Chorus Line, Les Misérables, and White Christmas. Last year, Aaron was nominated to perform at the national conference of the American College Dance Festival of America, performing at the Kennedy Center. Aaron has also been seen as a Principal Dancer with Ballet Wichita and has toured internationally with Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre. Love and thanks to Mom, Dad, Alex, Katie, Wayne, Josh and Nancy! Psalms 115:1 www.aaronpatrickcraven.com

LEXIS DANCA
LEXIS DANCA

Lexis is thrilled to be spending her summer with Music Theatre Wichita! A current student of Millikin University, she is pursuing a BFA in Musical Theater with a dance minor (2016), and has appeared on the Millikin mainstage in: And the World Goes ‘Round (Woman/Dance Captain), Peter Pan (Tiger Lily), Legally Blonde (Greek Chorus/Vivienne u/s), Cinderella, Machinal (Female Swing), the collegiate premiere of the new Gwon and Hammond musical String, and the workshop of Salzman and Cunningham’s The Legend of New York. Additional credits include: An Evening with Andrew Lippa (Featured Vocalist), The Nutcracker Ballet (Sugar Plum Fairy, Judith Svalander Dance Theater), Thodos Dance Residency, and the 84th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (Featured Float Singer/Dancer). She sends all her love and thanks to her supportive friends and family.

PATRICK GARR
PATRICK GARR

Patrick Garr is a Lexington, Kentucky native and is currently studying at University of Kentucky to receive his BA in Theatre with an emphasis in Musical Theatre and Dance. Patrick is also receiving his double major in Communications. His previous credits include: Woof in Hair, Benjamin in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Don John in Much Ado About Nothing, Mike in A Chorus Line, and “Sing, Sing, Sing” with Nan Giordano of Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago. Patrick also had the privilege of working with Steven Kennedy and Tim McDonald on the 2012 MTI and iTheatrics Broadway Choreography DVD. Patrick would like to thank Lyndy and Jeromy Smith, Peggy Stamps, Beth Arnold, Nancy Jones, Susie Thiel, and his wonderful family. www.patrickgarr.com

KAT GEERTSEN
KAT GEERTSEN

Kat Geertsen - First MTWichita season. Originally from Milwaukee, WI, Kat graduates this May from Viterbo University with a BFA in Music Theatre. VU credits include: Pippin (Leading Player), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Flo), Little Women (Beth), A Chorus Line (Judy Turner, #23). Other favorites: Next to Normal (Natalie), Disney’s Beauty & the Beast (Belle), Ragtime (Mother), Spring Awakening (Thea), Legally Blonde (Kate). Kat also served as Assistant Music Director for Drood, and joined the entire Fine Arts Department this March in a televised celebration of Viterbo’s 125th anniversary. Many thanks to Wayne, Nancy, and MTW, and to Mom, Dad, family, friends, and teachers for their immeasurable love, support, and faith.

ERIK HERNANDEZ
ERIK HERNANDEZ

Erik Hernandez is currently a junior at the Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music and he couldn't be more excited to be joining the cast and crew of Music Theatre Wichita. He will receive his BFA in Musical Theatre next spring. His credits include Quisisana, Maine: Rent (Collins), A Grand Night For Singing (Ensemble); CCM: 110 in the Shade (Noah), Legally Blonde (Padamadan/Nikos), Les Misérables (Brujon), Carrie (George), and Threepenny Opera (Walt Dreary). Erik would like to thank his entire family, especially his mother Lorraine for the years of encouragement and support, MT16, Averie, and Allie. 

CAMERON HILL
CAMERON HILL

Cameron Hill is a New Jersey native and now a rising senior musical theatre student at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She is thrilled to be making her MTWichita debut this summer! She has most recently appeared in CCM’s productions of 110 in the Shade, Legally Blonde, Carrie the Musical, and Les Misérables. Some of her favorite credits include Sarah (Ragtime), Diana Morales (A Chorus Line), Ti Moune (Once On This Island), and Chiffon (Little Shop of Horrors). She is grateful every day for her supportive parents and all of her teachers past and present. 

WILLIE HILL
WILLIE HILL

Willie Hill is a third-year Music Theatre major from Tulsa, Oklahoma studying voice with Dr. Marilyn Govich at The University of Central Oklahoma. Willie’s favorite theatre credits include: working with a non-profit organization called “A Pocket Full Of Hope”; Jake in Side Show, Featured Vocalist in Holidays at Home, Curtis/C.C. in Dreamgirls, Richie in A Chorus Line, Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors, Ubaldo Piangi in Phantom of the Opera, and Scarecrow in The Wiz. He would like to thank his family and his parents for their love and support.

TREVOR McCHRISTIAN
TREVOR McCHRISTIAN

Trevor McChristian, a Wichita native, recently completed his first year at Elon University! He is ecstatic to be returning for his second full summer with the company at MTWichita after having spent several years in the Teen Choir and Interning! In 2013, Trevor was selected as the male representative from the Jester Awards to compete in New York City at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, where he made his New York debut at the Minskoff Theatre (where Lion King plays). Favorite MTW credits include: Joseph…Dreamcoat (Baker/swing—where he went on as Brother Asher), West Side Story (Anxious), Catch Me If You Can, Singin’ in the Rain, and Betty Blue Eyes (U.S. Premiere). He sends many humble thanks to the cast and crew, Wayne, Nancy, Josh, Thomas, his family and friends, and above all else Mom.

KYLE McCLELLAN
KYLE McCLELLAN

Kyle McClellan is thrilled to be making his debut with MTWichita this summer! He is a rising junior at the University of Michigan, where his credits include Les Misérables (Prouvaire) and The Tempest (Sebastian). Regional: Walnut Street Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse. Other credits: 42nd Street (Billy Lawlor), West Side Story (Riff), and Hair (Claude). Much love and many thanks to Mom, Dad, Ty, Zo, the UMich faculty, and MTW for this incredible opportunity. Go Blue!

KEVIN NIETZEL
KEVIN NIETZEL

Kevin Nietzel is beyond thrilled to be joining the MTW family this summer! Originally from Cary, IL, he will be a rising senior at Florida State University pursuing a BFA in Music Theatre. Favorite credits include Maine State Music Theatre, Wagon Wheel Theatre, and Marriott Theatre Lincolnshire. He would love to give a special thanks to Wayne, Nancy, and all of the production staff for such an incredible opportunity, and of course his amazing family for always being a true support system. 

JESSIE PELTIER
JESSIE PELTIER

Jessie Peltier is thrilled to be joining MTWichita this summer! Originally from Northern Virginia, Jessie is a rising senior Dance Performance major at Oklahoma City University. Credits include:  A Chorus Line (Diana), 9 to 5: the Musical (Margaret), and La Cage Aux Folles all at the Summer Repertory Theatre in Santa Rosa, California. She has also performed in the ensemble of productions of Legally Blonde and The Producers. At school, she is a member of the American Spirit Dance Company, performing consistently in the annual Home for the Holidays Christmas shows and annual Spring shows. Special thanks to Mom, Dad, Alyssa, Chris, and Raynor for always believing in her and supporting her in pursuing her dreams. 

TANNER PFLUEGER
TANNER PFLUEGER

Tanner Pflueger is ecstatic to be returning to Music Theatre Wichita for his second summer! A Nebraska native, Tanner is currently studying at Oklahoma City University as a dance performance major. While at school, he has performed with the American Spirit Dance Company in their annual Home for the Holidays Christmas Show and Spring Show. Credits: Broadway: Billy Elliot (Billy) West End: Billy Elliot (Billy) MTW: West Side Story (Snowboy), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Gad), and 42nd Street (Ensemble). Regional: Grease (Johnny Casino/Teen Angel) and Beauty and the Beast (Chip). Thank you to Wayne and the rest of the creative team for the opportunity! Much love and many thanks to his family, teachers, and mentors for their constant support.

SARAH QUINN
SARAH QUINN

Sarah Quinn, a rising senior at the University of Oklahoma, could not be more elated to return home to MTWichita for her fifth summer season. Recent/Favorite credits include: Janet Van DeGraff, The Drowsy Chaperone; Chris Hargensen, Carrie the Musical (University Theatre), Cosette, Les Miserablés; Arista, Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Lyric Theatre OKC), Greek Chorus, Legally Blonde; Ensemble, Betty Blue Eyes, 9 to 5, Finian’s Rainbow (MTWichita), Pops Chorale/Dancer, The Christmas Show (OKC Philharmonic). Endless love and thanks to Wayne, Nancy, and Josh, her unbelievably encouraging friends and family, her devoted mentors and teachers who daily challenge her to push beyond limits, and her incredibly supportive husband, Jeff Taylor. MUTAU. 1 Peter 4:10-11

JARED THOMAS ROBERTS
JARED THOMAS ROBERTS

Jared Thomas Roberts is beyond excited and humbled to be a part of the 2015 Music Theatre Wichita Summer Season. He is a rising junior pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre at Point Park University. At PPU, Jared has been in productions of 21, a world premiere musical (Ball Player/Reporter) and The Boyfriend (Marcel). Past productions include: A Chorus Line (Mike), Footloose (Ren), Legally Blonde (Warner), Cats (Alonzo/Macavity). He would like to thank his family and friends for always supporting his artistic endeavors and his teachers and trainers for helping him grow into the performer he is today. “When you become the image of your own imagination, it's the most powerful thing you could ever do.”

JON PAUL ROBY
JON PAUL ROBY

Jon Paul Roby is thrilled to be performing with MTWichita this summer! Regional credits include Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, and Reagle Music Theatre. Jon Paul will be starting his last year in the BFA Musical Theatre program at Syracuse University in the fall. He would like to thank his family for their love and endless support as well as Wayne, Nancy and the entire MTW team for this incredible opportunity. Enjoy the show!

XIMONE ROSE
XIMONE ROSE

Ximone Rose, a New Orleans native, graduated this May from the University of Michigan where she just played Caroline in Caroline, Or Change. She is so thrilled to be making her MTWichita debut this summer and is looking forward to moving to New York afterwards! Keep a look out for her name! GO BLUE.

JEREMY SEINER
JEREMY SEINER

Jeremy Seiner is extremely excited to be a part of the 2015 MTWichita company. Favorite past roles include Frank Jr. (Catch Me If You Can), Claude (Hair), and Noah (Children of Eden). Jeremy recently recieved his BFA from Penn State, and would like to thank his friends and family for all of their constant love and support.

HALLI TOLAND (Dance Captain)
HALLI TOLAND (Dance Captain)

Halli Toland is excited to return to MTW for a second summer!  She is a rising sophomore at the University of Michigan pursuing a BFA in musical theatre, and is originally from Toledo, Ohio. Her university credits include Helga in Cabaret and Dance Captain for The Music Man at U of M. Some of her favorite credits include Graziella in West Side Story and Dance Captain for Catch Me If You Can (both at MTW), as well as Janet in The Drowsy Chaperone at Toledo Repertory Theatre. She would like to thank her instructors Mark Madama and Linda Goodrich, as well as her amazing family and friends back home for their love and unending encouragement. Lastly special thanks to MTW for this wonderful opportunity. GO BLUE!

GINA WARD
GINA WARD

Gina Ward is so excited to be making her professional theatre debut at Music Theatre Wichita! She is coming all the way from Tampa, FL and will be a rising senior at Florida State University. Past credits include: How to Succeed… (Swing) and Company (Jenny). She would like to thank Wayne, Nancy, and all of the artistic team for believing in her and for giving her this amazing opportunity. She would not be the performer she is today without Broadway Dreams Foundation, Kate and Gayle, MT ’16, her mom and dad, and most importantly her Sissy.

DAISY WRIGHT
DAISY WRIGHT

Daisy Wright is beyond grateful to be back here at MTWichita this year for her second summer! Originally from St. George, UT, Daisy is an upcoming senior Musical Theatre major at the University of Oklahoma. Her credits include: Music Theatre Wichita: South Pacific, West Side Story, Joseph, Catch Me If You Can, 42nd Street. OU University Theatre: On The Town (Ivy u.s.), The Drowsy Chaperone (Mrs. Tottendale u.s.). OKC Philharmonic: The Christmas Show w/Beth Leavel (Dancer). Many thanks to my loving parents, family, friends, and teachers, and a BIG thanks to everyone at MTWichita for welcoming me back into their wonderful theatrical family for another summer of incredible fun!

MARK MADAMA (Director)
MARK MADAMA (Director)

Mark Madama has directed productions on both coasts, and as far away as Ireland, Poland, and Czechoslovakia, and yet he happily celebrates his 27th consecutive MTWichita season, with Aida being his 43rd production as director. Favorite shows here include The Full Monty, 9 to 5, Sunset Boulevard, The King and I, The Music Man, Curtains, Big River, Annie Get Your Gun, Oklahoma!, Damn Yankees, Cinderella, How to Succeed…, Funny Girl, Fiddler on the Roof (2001 and 2012), The Pajama Game, Evita, The Music Man, The Sound of Music, State Fair, Meet Me in St. Louis, Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady, The Secret Garden, Tintypes, Sweet Charity, Gigi, Cabaret, Into the Woods, They’re Playing Our Song, Good News!, and three editions of West Side Story, plus his performance as Zach in MTWichita’s first A Chorus Line. Other credits include The Producers, Aida, Cinderella, and Footloose at Kansas City Starlight, Hello, Dolly! at the New London Barn Playhouse, and two engagements teaching at Music Theatre Italy near Venice. Mark Madama and Wayne Bryan are the co-authors of the revised version of Good News!, which has received more than 300 productions in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain. Mark is an Associate Professor of Musical Theatre at the University of Michigan, where he has directed Caroline, Or Change, Ragtime, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, A Little Night Music, The Full Monty, Rent, Big River, City of Angels, The Pajama Game, Guys and Dolls, Assassins, Good News!, Nine, Children of Eden, Company and Horton Foote’s 1918.

ANDREW PALERMO (Choreographer)
ANDREW PALERMO (Choreographer)

Andrew Palermo's first trips to Wichita were as a performer in the '94-'95 MTWichita seasons. The 2005 Century II production of Aida (directed by Mark Madama) marked  his theatrical choreographic debut. In addition, Andrew has directed and choreographed musicals and concert dance at WSU. He is THRILLED and thankful to return to Wichita to work with Wayne, Mark, and the MTW family. Following this Aida, Andrew moves on to choreograph the Broadway production of Allegiance, starring George Takei, Lea Salonga, and Telly Leung (Longacre Theatre, October '15). Andrew provided choreography for award-winning productions of The Other Josh Cohen (Soho and Papermill Playhouse), Allegiance (The Old Globe), Ace (The Old Globe, Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theater of St. Louis), Nickel Mines (Conceiver/Director/Choreographer, UCI) and Two Gentlemen of Verona (Director/Choreographer, UC/CCM). Select work includes Kristin Chenoweth (Carnegie Hall), The Frank Loesser Songbook/New York Philharmonic (Lincoln Center), The Mikado (Carnegie Hall), Miss Julie (Geffen Playhouse), Lyrics and Lyricists (92nd St. Y), Bright Lights, Big City (Prince Music Theater), Vices (Theatre Aspen), The Aluminum Show (international tour), For the Record/Paul Thomas Anderson (Rockwell, LA), 125th Teachers College Gala (The Apollo Theatre), Man of La Mancha (Sacramento Music Circus). Andrew (along with Taye Diggs) is the co-founding Artistic Director of dre.dance, a contemporary dance company. An Assistant Professor of Drama at UC Irvine, Andrew also specializes in movement classes for children on the autism spectrum (first developed locally at Heartspring) and speaks nationally on the integration of the arts and special needs issues.

THOMAS W. DOUGLAS (Musical Director)
THOMAS W. DOUGLAS (Musical Director)

Thomas W. Douglas is back for his 15th season in Wichita!  He has performed more than 200 opera, oratorio, orchestral, and musical theater productions nationally and internationally. Highlights include conducting Webber's Phantom of the Opera in Basel, Switzerland and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with the Anchorage Operaand directing Ain't Misbehavin' in Malaysia. Thomas is currently the Music Director for the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra, and the Artistic Director of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, which is regularly receiving accolades for innovative, creative, and dramatically provocative productions. His MTWichita history includes ShowBoat with Kelli O'Hara, Ragtime, Smokey Joe's Café, 9 to 5, Ragtime with Darcie Roberts, Hairspray, The Full Monty, Miss Saigon, Beauty and the Beast, and Les Misérables, among many others. Thomas is the founder and Artistic Director of the Neighborhood Opera Company, having recently produced Mozart's Don Giovanni with an African American cast. With the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, he has conducted jazz legend Nathan Davis' opera Just Above My HeadCarmen Jones, and Porgy and Bess. Thomas has been the recipient of the Mary Jane Teall Award and the Robert Frankle awards for his contribution to theatre in Wichita, KS and Pittsburgh, PA. Thomas has enjoyed the stage roles of Amonasro in Elton John's Aida, Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors. Recently named the Director of Opera Studies in the School of Music in addition to his position as Director of Choral Activities and Professor in the School of Drama, this is Thomas' 25th year on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University. 

SAMANTHA JO HARVEY (Assistant Choreographer)
SAMANTHA JO HARVEY (Assistant Choreographer)

Credits include: Radio City Rockettes (“America’s Got Talent” featuring Pitbull, “Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting,” “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” “The Today Show,” “Wendy Williams Show”); Seth MacFarlane’s Ted 2; MAC Cosmetics; Toyota; Theatre Aspen, and dre.dance. Fitness: NIKE Trainer; fitness videos for Livestrong.com, Denise Austin, and Beach Body 21 Day Fix and 21 Day Fix Extreme. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Samantha graduated as the valedictorian from Towson University with degrees in Dance Performance and Sociology/Anthropology. In an effort to inspire people to get physically, nutritionally, and emotionally fit, Samantha created her personal training, online coaching, and fitness company SOMATIX: The Real Deal www.somatixtherealdeal.com.

DIXON REYNOLDS (Costume Coordinator)
DIXON REYNOLDS (Costume Coordinator)

Dixon Reynolds is thrilled to be back at Music Theatre Wichita after designing costumes for last summer’s Catch Me If You Can and 2013’s Betty Blue Eyes! He is an Associate Professor of Costume Design at State University of New York at Fredonia and a freelance designer. His designs are seen in a broad range of styles from Theatre, Dance, Opera, Film and his favorite: new and experimental theatrical works, including musicals! Dixon is the resident costume designer at the Kavinoky Theatre in Buffalo, NY. Some of his designs have been seen at The Irish Classical Theatre, ART Park, Summer Repertory Theatre, Buffalo United Artists, Shakespeare in Delaware Park, The Hartt School of Music, Triad Stage, and American Dance Festival. He has also worked in the costume departments at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Playmakers Repertory Company, Roanoke Festival Park, HBO Productions and CBS Productions.

DAVID NEVILLE (Lighting Designer)
DAVID NEVILLE (Lighting Designer)

David Neville is thrilled to return for his 32nd season of "Camp MTW." In addition to many productions at MTWichita, David has designed lighting for North Shore Music Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars, Omaha Symphony, the United States Air Force, Stage One, Ordway Music Theatre, Papermill Playhouse, the University of Michigan, Penn State University, Portland Center Stage, North Carolina Theatre, Musical Theatre West, Arkansas Rep, Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera, George Street Playhouse, the 5th Avenue Theatre, and Off-Broadway. David's favorite designs at MTWichita include Big River, Cats, Ragtime, Once On This Island, Children of Eden, and Jesus Christ Superstar. David also teaches lighting and scenic design at Wichita State University. He makes his home in Wichita with his wife Robin.  

DAVID MUEHL (Sound Designer)
DAVID MUEHL (Sound Designer)

David Muehl continues his 10th season as MTWichita's sound designer, having also served as the sound assistant previously for a season. During MTWichita's off season, David is the audio producer for WSU's College of Fine Arts where he oversees audito recording and live sound for fine arts and other performances. He also serves as sound designer for WSU's Opera and Musical Theatre programs and is the sound advisor to student musical theatre and opera sound designers and engineers. Some of his favorite sound designs have been Children of Eden, Into the Woods, Les Misérables, and the Wizard of Oz. David has also done sound design for Wichita Center for the Arts and Cabaret Oldtown. Special thanks to Josh and Matt with Event Systems for their continued support of MTWichita.

TAYLOR MALOTT (Hair and Makeup Designer)
TAYLOR MALOTT (Hair and Makeup Designer)

Taylor Malott is extremely excited to spend her first summer with Music Theatre Wichita. She is a Cincinnati native who recently graduated from the University of Cincinnati (CCM) with a BFA in Theatre Production and Design with an emphasis in Wig and Makeup Design. She has been a licensed cosmetologist for more than five years. Taylor has been a part of the wig build crew at Utah Shakespeare Festival and was the department head at Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh for their 2014 season. Taylor could not be more grateful for this opportunity to work for MTW.

MARIA LEON (Prop Master)
MARIA LEON (Prop Master)

Maria is a recent graduate from the University Of Arizona. There she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre production and design, with emphasis in scenic and prop design. Her past credits include Assistant Scenic Design for Arizona Repertory Theatre’s production of The Man Who Came to Dinner. Maria is very excited to start her third season with Music Theatre Wichita. She would like to thank everyone at MTW for the opportunity and enjoyable summers. Maria would like to give a very special thanks to her mom, Carmen Leon and her boyfriend, Brandon Kahler for their constant support. Without it she wouldn’t be here today.

DEBBIE ROBERTS (Costume Shop Manager)
DEBBIE ROBERTS (Costume Shop Manager)

Debbie Roberts has designed costumes for many shows here, including 42nd Street, White Christmas, Thoroughly Modern Millie, High School Musical, State Fair, Funny Girl, The Most Happy Fella, On the Town, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Annie Get Your Gun, Man of La Mancha, Crazy for You, The Sound of Music, My One and Only, and various Festival of Broadway shows. A graduate of Friends University, Debbie received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance and Ballet. “I am so proud of the work that Music Theatre Wichita does, it is always a pleasure to work each season. While California remains my home, for over 25 years Wichita has been my summer home. I look forward to meeting new people and learning new skills each time. Enjoy the shows!”

MEGAN REED (Millinery Designer)
MEGAN REED (Millinery Designer)

Megan is extremely grateful to be spending her sixth season working with MTWichita helping them bring these wonderful stories to life. She has found great mentors and friends working with this wonderful company. Most recently she worked at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach, Florida. She is a graduate from Sterling College with a B.A. in Theatre and Art with an emphasis in Illustration. Credits include 42nd Street, Catch Me If You Can, Disney's The Little Mermaid, Disney's and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins and Singin’ in the Rain (MTWichita).  

HALEY TYNES (Wardrobe Supervisor)
HALEY TYNES (Wardrobe Supervisor)

This is Haley's first summer at MTW, and she is thrilled to be here. She just finished her first year of grad school at The University of Virginia, getting her MFA in costume design and technology. She has worked for Porthouse Theatre and Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre. She is grateful for the opportunity and is looking forward to the summer ahead!

KATRINA MILLER (Scenic Charge Artist)
KATRINA MILLER (Scenic Charge Artist)

Katrina Miller is excited to be spending her first summer with Music Theatre Wichita. A freelance scenic artist and designer, Katrina comes to Wichita from the Lehigh Valley in eastern Pennsylvania. She holds an MFA in theatre design and production from Purdue University and a BFA in theatre design and technology from Northern Illinois University. Her adventures in theatre have taken her all over, from the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, to the Texas Shakespeare Festival, to the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, with many other stops in between. She would like to thank her amazing husband Phil for being so supportive of all her endeavors.

JEFF TAYLOR (Production Manager)
JEFF TAYLOR (Production Manager)

Jeff Taylor is extremely honored to be back with this excellent cast and crew for his 15th summer at MTWichita. Throughout the years since 2000, he has had the chance to apprentice, build, design, and even act for MTWichita, and has now become the year-round Production Manager, working closely with the awesome MTW staff. A loyal Kansan, Jeff graduated from Wichita High School East, earned his BA in Musical Theatre from Friends University, and his MFA in Design and Technology from UMKC. Jeff thanks Wayne for his continual guidance throughout the many years together and his wife Sarah, for the many wonderful years to come.

MITCHELL SOUTHERLAND (Assistant Production Manager)
MITCHELL SOUTHERLAND (Assistant Production Manager)

Mitch is very excited to be spending his second season with Music Theatre Wichita. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Mitch has been fortunate to spend the last year in Chicago working in production management at the Goodman Theatre while also freelancing at the Steppenwolf and Paramount theatres. Mitch's previous credits include two summer with the Santa Fe Opera, technical direction and carpentry work at the University of Oklahoma, and leadership of the University of Oklahoma chapter of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT). Mitch would like to express his gratitude to Jeff and Wayne for having him back for another summer!

AJ KELLISON (Technical Director)
AJ KELLISON (Technical Director)

AJ is happy to return to MTWichita for his 10th season. Most recently AJ was the Master Carpenter at Childsplay in Phoenix, Arizona. AJ is very grateful for all the help he has received from the Wichita theatre community and would like to include a special thanks to Local 190 for all the hard work they do during the summer and throughout the year.

MADELYNN NEVINS (Asst. Lighting Designer)
MADELYNN NEVINS (Asst. Lighting Designer)

Madelynn Nevins is excited to be back on the MTWichita team for her 2nd year as Assistant Lighting Designer and her 9th Summer Camp experience. She spent this last year as the Production Manager for Music Theatre for Young People producing art and teaching youth about the craft. She also spent the year in many different design capacities for various companies such as Laughing Feet Performers, Mosley Street Melodrama, Wichita State University, and Prairie Pines Dinner Theatre. Madelynn would like to thank everyone at MTWichita, along with her family, and fur babies for their support.

STEVE LANDES (Director of the Apprentice Program/Shopper-Buyer)
STEVE LANDES (Director of the Apprentice Program/Shopper-Buyer)

Steve Landes is proud to return for his 22nd summer as the Apprentice Program Director. A Wichita resident for twenty two years, Steve worked for Friends University, the Wichita Center for the Arts, Music Theatre for Young People, and Shakespeare in the Park. He has just finished his 37th year as a high school theatre teacher. He has been inducted into the Kansas Thespians Teacher Hall of Fame, and is currently co-state director of Kansas Thespians. Steve moved to the Kansas City area fourteen years ago for a teaching position. As an educator, Steve continues to be very excited about working with the apprentices in this unique training program (and MTW is deeply grateful for Steve’s creative dedication to our young people!).

Mary Sue Dymak (Rentals & Inventory Director / Drop Fabricator / Orchestra Pit Manager / Archivist / A Bunch of Other Stuff) [whew!]
Mary Sue Dymak (Rentals & Inventory Director / Drop Fabricator / Orchestra Pit Manager / Archivist / A Bunch of Other Stuff) [whew!]

WOW! 40 seasons! Who would have thought that back in 1976, a summer job would turn into such a career!! Being one of the oldest members of the production staff, this will mark summer productions numbering 197 to 201. In the off season, I still keep my hand in stage managing for Ballet Wichita Orchestra (19 years) and enjoying a fabulous working relationship with Wichita State University, all the while keeping our ever growing rental business running. I seem to get around a lot but only inside Century II. My life remains happily engaged in larger and more complex tasks working for my favorite employer. My thanks to WB…..I offer my deepest love and respect to all who work in this fabulous building and for our organization.

TIFFANY K. ORR (Production Stage Manager)
TIFFANY K. ORR (Production Stage Manager)

Originally from Oklahoma, Tiffany is returning for her sixth MTWichita season. She spends the other 9 months of the year in the Twin Cities where she works as a freelance stage manager in addition to being the production stage manager for Theater Latte Da. While in the Twin Cities, she has the pleasure to work with companies including the Pillsbury House Theatre, The Children's Theatre Company, Park Square Theatre, and the Guthrie. Prior to her move to the Twin Cities she worked on more than a dozen productions as part of the stage management team at Phoenix Theatre, in Phoenix, AZ. This summer marks 10 years as a proud member of the Actor's Equity Association. Missing you, Em!

AMANDA K. BOWMAN (Stage Manager)
AMANDA K. BOWMAN (Stage Manager)

Amanda Bowman is thrilled to be home for her 11th summer at MTWichita and honored to be stepping into this new role. She spent the last two seasons at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and has also worked for The Palace Theater in the Dells, Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Crown Uptown, IATSE #190, Walt Disney World, and Merrimack Repertory Theatre. Ms. Bowman is a graduate of Wichita State University. Thanks and love to Wayne, Nancy, her family, and KBEAT. Proud member of AEA. For Grandpa.

CHARLES KOSLOWSKE (Associate Musical Director)
CHARLES KOSLOWSKE (Associate Musical Director)

Charles Koslowske has been music director/keyboardist for many productions with Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre, Oklahoma City University's Opera and Music Theatre Company, OCU Performing Arts Academy High School Music Theatre Program, University of Colorado Department of Theatre and Dance, CU Opera in the Summer, Boulder Broadway Company, Boulder's Dinner Theatre, and Lyric Artists of the West, among others. He made his New York debut in 2002 at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, and he was the official pianist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Rocky Mountain Region Auditions and Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition for several years. Charles has taught at Colorado State University and the University of Miami Frost School of Music in Salzburg program. He has earned three degrees from University of Colorado-Boulder: Master of Music degrees in collaborative piano and in vocal performance and pedagogy, and Bachelor of Music in vocal performance. He has participated in master classes taught by artists including William Bolcom and Joan Morris, Helen Donath, Shirlee Emmons, Thomas Hampson, Marilyn Horne, Martin Isepp, Martin Katz, Frederica von Stade, Kristin Chenoweth, and Kelli O'Hara. Charles is currently a member of the vocal coaching faculty at Oklahoma City University.

JOSHUA LARSON (Teen Choir Staging Director)
JOSHUA LARSON (Teen Choir Staging Director)

Joshua Larson has choreographed for Wichita State University, Friends University, and at various high schools, studios, organizations, and theatres in and around the Wichita area, with his choreography earning him four Jester Awards. His choreographic and directing talents have been used at MTWichita as the staging director for the Teen Choir (2006-present); director/choreographer of Festival of Broadway (2008-2010, 2014, 2015) and Curtain Up! (2013-present); and choreographer/adjudicator for the dance portion of MTWichita’s national audition tour (2013-present). Joshua received his undergraduate degree in dance performance from Oklahoma City University and his Master of Liberal Arts (with a Theatre Concentration) from Baker University. He has traveled the country evaluating national dance competitions including Starbound and The Elite Dance Cup. Performing credits include shows at Carnegie Hall, on the Holland America Line, and with the following groups: MTWichita, Stiletto Entertainment, Tuacahn, Silver Tree Productions, Oklahoma City University, Windwood Theatricals, and The American Spirit Dance Company.

Linda Starkey (Teen Choir Musical Director)
Linda Starkey (Teen Choir Musical Director)

Linda Starkey continues her relationship with MTWichita, having performed in My Fair Lady, Oliver!, Cabaret, and The Sound of Music, and having conducted the Teen Choir and assisted with MTWichita’s apprentice program. Currently serving as the Director of the School of Performing Arts at Wichita State University, Linda has also served as Associate Director of the Opera and Music Theatre program there, and taught voice for more than 30 years. She has directed for Opera Kansas, WSU Opera Theatre, WSU Theatre, Wichita Community Theatre, Wichita Children’s Theatre, and the Center for the Arts. In 2005, her production of Pippin was chosen to be an alternate for the American College Theatre Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

JENNIFER FISHER (Signing Interpreter)
JENNIFER FISHER (Signing Interpreter)

Jennifer Fisher is so excited for her seventh season at MTWichita. She would like to thank Wayne and all the amazing, talented people at Music Theatre Wichita for including her in the magic! During the year Jennifer is an educational interpreter for Sedgwick County Co-op, and leads the deaf ministry at Central Community Church, where she interprets services, concerts, conferences, classes, and support groups. Jennifer has been signing for more than 10 years and is focused on musical performance interpreting, having trained in Nashville, TN under Gate Communications. Her goal is to create a performance that’s as impactful for the deaf as it is for the hearing. Jennifer thanks her girls Kara and Stephanie and her husband for their support. Most importantly, thanks to God for the blessings He’s given and the opportunity to work in such a remarkable place. 2 Cor. 4:16-18

Nancy Reeves (Producing Associate / Company Manager)
Nancy Reeves (Producing Associate / Company Manager)

Nancy Reeves joined MTWichita in 1988 as a bookkeeper and soon took on other responsibilities. She first took over the position of Company Manager and more recently added Producing Associate to her job description. As Company Manager Nancy’s duties include coordinating auditions, handling thousands of submissions each season. Other duties include handling the travel and housing accommodation arrangements for guest artists, and maintaining active communications with all department and department heads throughout the season. As Producing Associate Nancy attends auditions and participates in casting decisions, works with agents, and participates in contract negotiations. Her long tenure at MTWichita and close personal connections to people throughout Wichita allow her to be an outstanding resource for MTWichita and for artists working in Wichita during the summer season. She can quickly connect a need to a resource, whether that is a qualified rehearsal pianist, an appropriate caterer for a donor appreciation event, or a convenient hotel room for a guest artist.

WAYNE BRYAN (Producing Artistic Director)
WAYNE BRYAN (Producing Artistic Director)

Wayne Bryan begins his 28th season as Producing Artistic Director of Music Theatre Wichita, where he has now produced 135 Broadway-scale musicals, including dozens for which he has also served as director or performer. Raised in southern California, Wayne began his professional career as both actor and director at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, while stationed as a Navy officer in Coronado. Wayne's performing credits include Good News!, Rodgers and Hart, and Tintypes on Broadway, the First National Tour of Joseph / Dreamcoat, and TV appearances on such shows as "M*A*S*H" (CBS), "American History" (PBS), and "Keystone" (A&E). His directing credits include award-winning productions on both coasts, including Festival at New York City Center. Wayne is co-author with Mark Madama of a revised version of the collegiate musical Good News!, whose 1993 Wichita premiere has been followed by over 300 subsequent productions around the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain, plus an internationally acclaimed cast album. Wayne was a 2002 recipient of the Kansas Governor's Arts Award as an Individual Artist, and received the NCCJ Brotherhood/Sisterhood Award, recognizing individuals who fight discrimination and encourage diversity. Thanks to all our supporters and patrons; to the performers, artistic teams, and crew members; to the musicians; to the box office staff; to the Guild and the Board of Directors; and to the wonderful year-round staff, all of whom make this job so joyful and fulfilling.

Aida: A History of the Musical by Wayne Bryan

  • Broadway opening: March 23, 2000, Palace Theatre; 1,852 performances
  • Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions; Peter Schneider and Thomas Schumacher
  • Directed by Robert Falls
  • Choreography by Wayne Cilento
  • Music Produced and Supervised by Paul Bogaev
  • Scenic and Costume Design by Bob Crowley
  • Lighting Design by Natasha Katz; Sound Design by Steve C. Kennedy; Hair Design by David Brian Brown
  • Music Arrangements by Guy Babylon, Paul Bogaev; Orchestrations by Steve Margoshes, Guy Babylon, Paul Bogaev; Dance Arrangements by Bob Gustafson, Jim Abbott, Gary Seligson
  • Musical Director Yolanda Segovia
  • Cast included: Heather Headley, Adam Pascal, Sherie René Scott
  • The original Broadway cast recording is highly recommended, as is the book, “Aida: The Making of the Broadway Musical” by Michael Lassell

In 1869 Ismail Pasha, the khedive of Egypt (viceroy to the Turkish sultan who controlled Egypt at the time) instructed his Inspector General of Monuments to commission an opera for the 1970 opening of the Suez Canal. Inspector General Auguste-Edouard Mariette was a French author and Egyptologist, whose explorations of antiquities were considered the most important ever achieved up to that time. Using his knowledge of Egypt’s ancient history, Mariette drafted a story for the libretto, then turned to fellow Frenchman Camille Du Locle for help. Du Locle, in turn, suggested as composer his frequent collaborator, 57-year-old Giuseppi Verdi (1813-1901).

At least, that’s one version of the origins of Aida.

But another Verdi opera called Nabucco has a startlingly similar libretto, written by Temistocle Solera. Verdi and Solera had worked well together - until Solera bailed out in the middle of their collaboration on the opera Attila, severing their friendship for a quarter of a century. Solera went on to have many colorful adventures, including a trip to Egypt where he was head honcho for the gala opening of – amazingly enough - the Suez Canal. It is now widely believed that Solera actually wrote the Aida story, and had Mariette put his name on it, since Solera and Verdi were not speaking at the time.

The assignment of writing the final Italian libretto went to Antonio Ghislanzoni, with Verdi himself altering the libretto substantially. Though the score was ready in 1870, the made-in-Paris sets were trapped there by the Prussian siege during the Franco-Prussian War. The premiere finally went ahead in Cairo in 1871 (a year after the opening of the Canal), and the Khedive was apparently delighted.

The basic plot of the opera is as follows: An Egyptian prince, Radames (tenor) is in love with the Ethiopian slavegirl Aida (soprano). When Aida's father Amonasro, the Ethiopian king, is captured, he persuades Aida to wheedle military secrets from Radames. The jealous Amneris (soprano) gets Radames convicted of treason. Walled alive into a tomb, Radames discovers that Aida has joined him and will die with him.
 
Metropolitan Opera diva Leontyne Price, an acclaimed interpreter of the role of Aida, wrote a children’s book based on the plot of the opera in 1990, which was purchased by the Disney Company, possibly for development as an animated film. In 1994, with the phenomenal success of the movie The Lion King, Disney executives approached the film’s songwriters, composer Elton John and lyricist Tim Rice, to see if Aida would interest them. Elton John didn’t want to do another animated film right away, but the idea of composing his first stage show intrigued him, so Aida was developed for theatre.

The story as told in Price’s book was largely abandoned, and Beauty and the Beast screenwriter Linda Woolverton took a fresh approach. Princess Aida would no longer be from Ethiopia, but from Nubia, a culturally rich part of Africa which for centuries had been a prime target for conquering armies. Instead of having Radames already in love with Aida when the story began, Woolverton explored how the two might have met, and what qualities Radames might possess that could win over a woman whom he had enslaved. Amneris would not simply be an angry shrew, but would be a young woman of unexpected depth, who grows in stature through her genuine friendship with Aida.

After several workshops in New York (seen only by Disney staff and a few invited guests), it was decided that the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta (where Elton John has a home) would host the premiere of Elaborate Lives: The Legend of Aida in September, 1998. But disastrous technical problems plagued the two-month run of the show and, even discounting those, more work was clearly needed.

The creative team was dismissed (except for lighting designer Natasha Katz and musical supervisor Paul Bogaev), and the only leading actors retained were Heather Headley as Aida and Sherie René Scott as Amneris. A new cast and a new creative team were assembled, headed by director Robert Falls, who did extensive rewriting, assisted by playwright David Henry Hwang.

The newly renamed and reworked Aida opened in Chicago in December of 1999, and then, after substantial additional tinkering, opened at the Palace Theatre in New York City on March 23, 2000. The show won four Tony Awards, for outstanding score, actress, lighting, and set design, and ran until September 5, 2004.

Several MTWichita alums joined the cast during its long run, including Matt Bogart (Radames) and Darcie Roberts (Amneris). Music Theatre Wichita was selected by the Disney Company to present the regional premiere the following summer, and we are thrilled to open our 44th season with this exciting and passionate contemporary musical adventure.

June 24-28, 2015

Geppetto's longing to have a son leads him to a carnival puppet show, across the dangerous Pleasure Island, and into the belly of a whale! A lively adventure for the whole family, with wonderful new songs by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked).

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Disney's My Son Pinocchio
June 24-28, 2015
G
1 hr 45 min

Toymaker Geppetto's desire to have a son leads him to a carnival puppet show, across the dangerous Pleasure Island, and into the belly of a whale! A lively and fast-moving adventure for the whole family, My Son Pinocchio combines wonderful new songs by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) with classic tunes from Disney’s animated film (“When You Wish Upon a Star,” “I’ve Got No Strings”).

Disney's MY SON PINOCCHIO
Book by David I. Stern
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

"When You Wish Upon a Star" and "I've Got No Strings"
Music by Leigh Harline, Lyrics by Ned Washington from the
Walt Disney Motion Picture PINOCCHIO

NICHOLAS F. SAVERINE (Geppetto)
NICHOLAS F. SAVERINE (Geppetto)

Nicholas F. Saverine is thrilled to return to MTWichita! He is the first recipient of the Elizabeth B. Koch Young Artist Fellowship Grant, and a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, and Wichita State University, where he studied voice with Dr. George Gibson and Dr. Dorothy Crum. Audiences may remember Nick from his numerous MTWichita roles including Jean Valjean in Les Misérables (twice), Max in Sunset Boulevard, Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, Rev. Moore in Footloose, Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden, Father in The Children of Eden, Tony in The Most Happy Fella, Carriere in Phantom, Gus/ Growltiger/ Bustopher Jones in Cats, and his favorite as Wayneʼs dad Clem Rogers in The Will Rogers Follies (also twice)! Nick is also very proud to have performed locally with the Mosley Street Melodrama, Cabaret Oldtown, Crown Uptown, Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita Community Theater, Opera Kansas, Wichita Symphony, and the WSU Opera Theater. Nick performed numerous Words and Music editions with Stage One and has directed and designed sets for Music Theatre for Young People. Nick is a regular performer at the Media Theater in Media, PA, most recently seen in Sunset Boulevard, The Addams Family, The Miracle Worker, Ghost the Musical, and Hello, Dolly! Other credits include Broadway: The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables; Tours: Joseph / Dreamcoat, Caroline, or Change, Les Misérables; European: The Phantom of the Opera (Vienna/ Hamburg), Les Misérables, Dance of the Vampires (Vienna); Regional: Light Opera Works, American Music Theatre of San Jose, Peopleʼs Light and Theater, Arden Theater, Hal Prince Theater, Walnut Street Theater, Louisiana Lyric Opera, Milwaukee Skylight Theater and West Virginia Public. Nick is currently Adjunct Professor of Voice and Musical Director for the mainstage musicals at Rowan University in New Jersey. Nick would like to thank Wayne, Thomas, Nancy and the entire MTWichita family, not only for yet another incredible experience, but for the love, support and encouragement they have given decades of performers. So many are so proud to be alumni of MTWichita and carry this experience to theaters throughout the United States and beyond!

TOPHER CUNDITH (Pinocchio)
TOPHER CUNDITH (Pinocchio)

Topher Cundith, a rising fifth grader at Hyde Elementary School in Wichita, is thrilled to be making his Music Theatre Wichita debut in the title role in Disney’s My Son Pinocchio. In past years, he’s taken the stage in numerous Music Theatre for Young People (MTYP) productions. His favorite MTYP roles include: Junior in My Son Pinocchio; Grumpy in Shrek: The Musical, and the Mayor of Munchkin City in Wizard of Oz. He would like to give a big shout out to Amy Menas and The Studio Singers, Billie Preston at Senseney Music, and everyone at Kansas Dance Academy and MTYP who have helped him become the performer he is today. He also wants to say thanks to his family and friends for their ongoing love and support.  

EMILY VARGO (The Blue Fairy)
EMILY VARGO (The Blue Fairy)

This is Emily Vargo’s first summer with MTWichita and she could not be more thrilled! She acquires her BFA in Musical Theatre from Wichita State University this May, and thanks MTWichita and Wayne Bryan for being big influences and help throughout her college career. Some of her most notable Wichita roles are Luisa in The Fantasticks, which earned her the Mary Jane Teall award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, Wendla Bergmann in Spring Awakening, and Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls directed by none other than Wayne Bryan. "When you wish upon a star, your dreams come true!"

SHAUN-MICHAEL MORSE (Stromboli)
SHAUN-MICHAEL MORSE (Stromboli)

Shaun-Michael Morse is a multi-talented artist whose credits include all aspects of theater and music, including work as a performer, director, and designer. As an actor he has appeared in more than seventy regional and stock productions in both his hometown of Wichita, Kansas, and the San Francisco Bay Area where he lived for eleven years. Bay Area credits include Sir Toby Belch (Twelfth Night), Jasper (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Nathan (Guys and Dolls), and George (Sunday in the Park with George). Wichita credits include Vittorio (Sweet Charity), the Minstrel (Once Upon a Mattress), The Bishop / Enjolras (Les Miserables), Lun Tha (The King and I - opposite Kristin Chenoweth) at MTWichita, Rothko (RED) and Shylock (Merchant of Venice) at the Wichita Center for the Arts, and Tito (Lend Me a Tenor) at Stage One. He is the recipient of eight local-area Mary Jane Teall Theatre awards for acting, directing and set design, and his productions of Inventing Van Gogh, The Grapes of Wrath, Picnic and Moon Over Buffalo have been honored as Best City-Wide Drama/ Comedy in their respective seasons. Mr. Morse holds a Theatre degree from Wichita State University.

STEVE HITCHCOCK (Prof. Buonragazzo)
STEVE HITCHCOCK (Prof. Buonragazzo)

Steve Hitchcock is thrilled to be joining MTWichita for a couple of shows this summer. You may have seen him last year in Catch Me If You Can, where he played several different colorful characters. He performs regularly around Wichita for Mosley Street Melodrama, where he is also the General Manager, and The Forum Theatre. Some favorite roles include: Emcee in Cabaret, Francis Henshall in One Man, Two Guvnors, and many stalwart Heroes in the melodramas at Mosley. He would like to thank Wayne, Nancy, and the MTW crew for this awesome opportunity; and to Patty for always being so supportive. Also, much love to Ted, Briley, Mom, Dad, Kari, Evan, Kenny, and Kati; who continue to be so encouraging and supportive as he pursues his dreams. Lights, please!

AVERY SMITH (Ringleader)
AVERY SMITH (Ringleader)

Avery Smith is a rising senior drama major at Carnegie Mellon University. He is a Chicago native and is very excited to be performing alongside the many talented artists of the 2015 MTWichita Company. For his first year of college he attended The Boston Conservatory where he appeared as Horse in The Full Monty. After his first year at the conservatory he decided to further his education at Carnegie Mellon University. While at CMU recent credits include Hello Again, The Wiz, and Babylon. Additionally, he has performed to honor alumni and Tony Award Winner Billy Porter. Also, Smith is featured on American R&B vocal group The Dells re-release of their hit "Open Up My Heart" featured on their album Open Up My Heart: The 9/11 Suite. Other credits include Damn Yankees (Applegate), A Little Night Music (Liebeslieder/u.s. Fredrik), Kiss Me, Kate (Paul). For Avery it is always a privilege and a blessing to be able to perform. He would like to thank all of his friends and family for all of their love and support! Mom, Dad, Austin, Amber, Amaris…YOU ROCK! “Live the moment, seize the day. Love every minute, because there’s only one today.”

CASSIE AUSTIN
CASSIE AUSTIN

Cassie Austin is delighted to be joining MTWichita for the first time ever!  A Libertyville, IL native and sophomore in the BFA Musical Theatre program at Brigham Young University in Utah, she is ecstatic about being back in the Midwest. Favorite credits include Valentine de Villefort in the U.S. Premiere of Frank Wildhorn's The Count of Monte Cristo (BYU), Katy in the NYMTF-bound new musical Single Wide (BYU), Brooke in Legally Blonde, and Cassie in A Chorus Line. Much thanks to Mom and Dad as well as her amazing teachers, friends and family for all of their love and support, and to Music Theatre Wichita for this amazing opportunity!

KATIE BARNA
KATIE BARNA

Katie Barna is thrilled to be spending her summer performing with Music Theatre Wichita! She is a recent graduate of Oklahoma City University from Suwanee, Georgia. While in college, she performed annually in the Home for the Holidays and ASDC Spring Show with the American Spirit Dance Company. Professionally, Katie performed in Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma’s Will Rogers Follies. She would like to express unending gratitude to family and friends for believing in her dreams and the Lord for His abundant blessings. 

CAITLIN BELCIK
CAITLIN BELCIK

Caitlin Belcik is absolutely thrilled to be returning to MTWichita for her second season! She is from Edmond, OK, and this fall will be a sophomore at Penn State University in the BFA musical theatre program. Favorite credits include:  Broadway: How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Annie Who - original; Little Who - revival); Regional: MTW - Last year's 5 fabulous shows!, White Christmas (Susan Waverly); Lyric Theatre - Sweet Charity, Bye Bye Birdie, Tarzan, Sound of Music, Call Me Madam (choreography assistant); ENHS - West Side Story (Maria). Much love and thanks to Wayne, Nancy, Josh and the MTW team for this wonderful opportunity, and to my teachers and parents for their support!

LEXIS DANCA
LEXIS DANCA

Lexis is thrilled to be spending her summer with Music Theatre Wichita! A current student of Millikin University, she is pursuing a BFA in Musical Theater with a dance minor (2016), and has appeared on the Millikin mainstage in: And the World Goes ‘Round (Woman/Dance Captain), Peter Pan (Tiger Lily), Legally Blonde (Greek Chorus/Vivienne u/s), Cinderella, Machinal (Female Swing), the collegiate premiere of the new Gwon and Hammond musical String, and the workshop of Salzman and Cunningham’s The Legend of New York. Additional credits include: An Evening with Andrew Lippa (Featured Vocalist), The Nutcracker Ballet (Sugar Plum Fairy, Judith Svalander Dance Theater), Thodos Dance Residency, and the 84th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (Featured Float Singer/Dancer). She sends all her love and thanks to her supportive friends and family.

KAT GEERTSEN
KAT GEERTSEN

Kat Geertsen - First MTWichita season. Originally from Milwaukee, WI, Kat graduates this May from Viterbo University with a BFA in Music Theatre. VU credits include: Pippin (Leading Player), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Flo), Little Women (Beth), A Chorus Line (Judy Turner, #23). Other favorites: Next to Normal (Natalie), Disney’s Beauty & the Beast (Belle), Ragtime (Mother), Spring Awakening (Thea), Legally Blonde (Kate). Kat also served as Assistant Music Director for Drood, and joined the entire Fine Arts Department this March in a televised celebration of Viterbo’s 125th anniversary. Many thanks to Wayne, Nancy, and MTW, and to Mom, Dad, family, friends, and teachers for their immeasurable love, support, and faith.

CAMERON HILL
CAMERON HILL

Cameron Hill is a New Jersey native and now a rising senior musical theater student at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She is thrilled to be making her MTWichita debut this summer! She has most recently appeared in CCM’s productions of 110 in the Shade, Legally Blonde, Carrie the Musical, and Les Misérables. Some of her favorite credits include Sarah (Ragtime), Diana Morales (A Chorus Line), Ti Moune (Once On This Island), and Chiffon (Little Shop of Horrors). She is grateful every day for her supportive parents and all of her teachers past and present. 

CAROLYN ANNE MILLER
CAROLYN ANNE MILLER

Carolyn Anne Miller is so happy to be returning to her MTWichita family for her third summer. She graduated in May from the Chicago College of Performing Arts. Some of her favorite regional credits include Les Miserablés (Eponine), Catch Me If You Can (Brenda Strong), Betty Blue Eyes (Veronica), Amadeus (Constanze), and Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party (Mae). Carolyn would like to thank her mom, dad, and sister for all of their love and support throughout her career, and to Wayne for another wonderful summer back at MTW. 

JESSIE PELTIER
JESSIE PELTIER

Jessie Peltier is thrilled to be joining MTWichita this summer! Originally from Northern Virginia, Jessie is a rising senior Dance Performance major at Oklahoma City University. Credits include:  A Chorus Line (Diana), 9 to 5: the Musical (Margaret), and La Cage Aux Folles all at the Summer Repertory Theatre in Santa Rosa, California. She has also performed in the ensemble of productions of Legally Blonde and The Producers. At school, she is a member of the American Spirit Dance Company, performing consistently in the annual Home for the Holidays Christmas shows and annual Spring shows. Special thanks to Mom, Dad, Alyssa, Chris, and Raynor for always believing in her and supporting her in pursuing her dreams. 

CHRISTIANI PITTS
CHRISTIANI PITTS

Christiani Pitts began her career as a performer at the age of 8 in Montclair, NJ at Luna Stage. Working in both theatre and film in Atlanta, GA, she continued to train and perform throughout her educational career. She graduates this May from the BFA Music Theatre program at the Florida State University. Previous theatre credits include Mimi Marquez in Rent (Greenville, SC), Pilar in Legally Blonde (Valdosta, GA), Mrs. Corry in Mary Poppins (Warsaw, IN), Electra in Gypsy (Warsaw, IN), Sally Bowles in Cabaret (Florida State University), Marta in Company (Florida State University), Aida in Aida (Atlanta, GA). She is so excited to perform at Music Theatre Wichita for the first time and would like to thank God, her family and this incredible company for their support and generosity of spirit.

SARAH QUINN
SARAH QUINN

Sarah Quinn, a rising senior at the University of Oklahoma, could not be more elated to return home to MTWichita for her fifth summer season. Recent/Favorite credits include: Janet Van DeGraff, The Drowsy Chaperone; Chris Hargensen, Carrie the Musical (University Theatre), Cosette, Les Miserablés; Arista, Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Lyric Theatre OKC), Greek Chorus, Legally Blonde; Ensemble, Betty Blue Eyes, 9 to 5, Finian’s Rainbow (MTWichita), Pops Chorale/Dancer, The Christmas Show (OKC Philharmonic). Endless love and thanks to Wayne, Nancy, and Josh, her unbelievably encouraging friends and family, her devoted mentors and teachers who daily challenge her to push beyond limits, and her incredibly supportive husband, Jeff Taylor. MUTAU. 1 Peter 4:10-11

XIMONE ROSE
XIMONE ROSE

Ximone Rose, a New Orleans native, graduated this May from the University of Michigan where she just played Caroline in Caroline, Or Change. She is so thrilled to be making her MTWichita debut this summer and is looking forward to moving to New York afterwards! Keep a look out for her name! GO BLUE.

HALLI TOLAND
HALLI TOLAND

Halli Toland is excited to return to MTW for a second summer!  She is a rising sophomore at the University of Michigan pursuing a BFA in musical theatre, and is originally from Toledo, Ohio. Her university credits include Helga in Cabaret and Dance Captain for The Music Man at U of M. Some of her favorite credits include Graziella in West Side Story and Dance Captain for Catch Me If You Can (both at MTW), as well as Janet in The Drowsy Chaperone at Toledo Repertory Theatre. She would like to thank her instructors Mark Madama and Linda Goodrich, as well as her amazing family and friends back home for their love and unending encouragement. Lastly special thanks to MTW for this wonderful opportunity. GO BLUE!

GINA WARD
GINA WARD

Gina Ward is so excited to be making her professional theatre debut at Music Theatre Wichita! She is coming all the way from Tampa, FL and will be a rising senior at Florida State University. Past credits include: How to Succeed… (Swing) and Company (Jenny). She would like to thank Wayne, Nancy, and all of the artistic team for believing in her and for giving her this amazing opportunity. She would not be the performer she is today without Broadway Dreams Foundation, Kate and Gayle, MT ’16, her mom and dad, and most importantly her Sissy.

DAISY WRIGHT
DAISY WRIGHT

Daisy Wright is beyond grateful to be back here at MTWichita this year for her second summer! Originally from St. George, UT, Daisy is an upcoming senior Musical Theatre major at the University of Oklahoma. Her credits include: Music Theatre Wichita: South Pacific, West Side Story, Joseph, Catch Me If You Can, 42nd Street. OU University Theatre: On The Town (Ivy u.s.), The Drowsy Chaperone (Mrs. Tottendale u.s.). OKC Philharmonic: The Christmas Show w/Beth Leavel (Dancer). Many thanks to my loving parents, family, friends, and teachers, and a BIG thanks to everyone at MTWichita for welcoming me back into their wonderful theatrical family for another summer of incredible fun!

QUINTAN CRAIG
QUINTAN CRAIG

"Q" is Beyond Thrilled to return to MTWichita after appearing in Catch Me If You Can and 42nd Street last summer. Though based in California, Wichita has always felt like home! Regional credits include: Young Frankenstein (Sasha), 42nd Street (Oscar), White Christmas (Scooter), Chorus Line, Gypsy (Yonkers), Ragtime (Little Boy –IETLAward), Oliver! (Oliver), Full Monty (Nathan), On Your Toes (Young Junior). Q is pursuing a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in Musical Theatre at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Heartfelt Thanks to Mom, Dad, and Mollie Rae for your unending love, support and encouragement! Much love and gratitude to Wayne, Nancy, and Josh for this Incredibly Awesome opportunity! Q thanks God for Abundant Blessings!

AARON PATRICK CRAVEN
AARON PATRICK CRAVEN

Aaron Patrick Craven is very excited to spend the summer with MTWichita! He recently earned a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Wichita State University. Favorite regional credits include A Chorus Line, Les Misérables, and White Christmas. Last year, Aaron was nominated to perform at the national conference of the American College Dance Festival of America, performing at the Kennedy Center. Aaron has also been seen as a Principal Dancer with Ballet Wichita and has toured internationally with Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre. Love and thanks to Mom, Dad, Alex, Katie, Wayne, Josh and Nancy! Psalms 115:1 www.aaronpatrickcraven.com

PATRICK GARR
PATRICK GARR

Patrick Garr is a Lexington, Kentucky native and is currently studying at University of Kentucky to receive his BA in Theatre with an emphasis in Musical Theatre and Dance. Patrick is also receiving his double major in Communications. His previous credits include: Woof in Hair, Benjamin in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Don John in Much Ado About Nothing, Mike in A Chorus Line, and “Sing, Sing, Sing” with Nan Giordano of Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago. Patrick also had the privilege of working with Steven Kennedy and Tim McDonald on the 2012 MTI and iTheatrics Broadway Choreography DVD. Patrick would like to thank Lyndy and Jeromy Smith, Peggy Stamps, Beth Arnold, Nancy Jones, Susie Thiel, and his wonderful family. www.patrickgarr.com

ERIK HERNANDEZ
ERIK HERNANDEZ

Erik Hernandez is currently a junior at the Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music and he couldn't be more excited to be joining the cast and crew of Music Theatre Wichita. He will receive his BFA in Musical Theatre next spring. His credits include Quisisana, Maine: Rent (Collins), A Grand Night For Singing (Ensemble); CCM: 110 in the Shade (Noah), Legally Blonde (Padamadan/Nikos), Les Misérables (Brujon), Carrie (George), and Threepenny Opera (Walt Dreary). Erik would like to thank his entire family, especially his mother Lorraine for the years of encouragement and support, MT16, Averie, and Allie. 

WILLIE HILL
WILLIE HILL

Willie Hill is a third-year Music Theatre major from Tulsa, Oklahoma studying voice with Dr. Marilyn Govich at The University of Central Oklahoma. Willie’s favorite theatre credits include: working with a non-profit organization called “A Pocket Full Of Hope”; Jake in Side Show, Featured Vocalist in Holidays at Home, Curtis/C.C. in Dreamgirls, Richie in A Chorus Line, Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors, Ubaldo Piangi in Phantom of the Opera, and Scarecrow in The Wiz. He would like to thank his family and his parents for their love and support.

TREVOR McCHRISTIAN
TREVOR McCHRISTIAN

Trevor McChristian, a Wichita native, recently completed his first year at Elon University! He is ecstatic to be returning for his second full summer with the company at MTWichita after having spent several years in the Teen Choir and Interning! In 2013, Trevor was selected as the male representative from the Jester Awards to compete in New York City at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, where he made his New York debut at the Minskoff Theatre (where Lion King plays). Favorite MTW credits include: Joseph…Dreamcoat (Baker/swing—where he went on as Brother Asher), West Side Story (Anxious), Catch Me If You Can, Singin’ in the Rain, and Betty Blue Eyes (U.S. Premiere). He sends many humble thanks to the cast and crew, Wayne, Nancy, Josh, Thomas, his family and friends, and above all else Mom.

KYLE McCLELLAN
KYLE McCLELLAN

Kyle McClellan is thrilled to be making his debut with MTWichita this summer! He is a rising junior at the University of Michigan, where his credits include Les Misérables (Prouvaire) and The Tempest (Sebastian). Regional: Walnut Street Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse. Other credits: 42nd Street (Billy Lawlor), West Side Story (Riff), and Hair (Claude). Much love and many thanks to Mom, Dad, Ty, Zo, the UMich faculty, and MTW for this incredible opportunity. Go Blue!

KEVIN NIETZEL
KEVIN NIETZEL

Kevin Nietzel is beyond thrilled to be joining the MTW family this summer! Originally from Cary, IL, he will be a rising senior at Florida State University pursuing a BFA in Music Theatre. Favorite credits include Maine State Music Theatre, Wagon Wheel Theatre, and Marriott Theatre Lincolnshire. He would love to give a special thanks to Wayne, Nancy, and all of the production staff for such an incredible opportunity, and of course his amazing family for always being a true support system. 

TANNER PFLUEGER
TANNER PFLUEGER

Tanner Pflueger is ecstatic to be returning to Music Theatre Wichita for his second summer! A Nebraska native, Tanner is currently studying at Oklahoma City University as a dance performance major. While at school, he has performed with the American Spirit Dance Company in their annual Home for the Holidays Christmas Show and Spring Show. Credits: Broadway: Billy Elliot (Billy) West End: Billy Elliot (Billy) MTW: West Side Story (Snowboy), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Gad), and 42nd Street (Ensemble). Regional: Grease (Johnny Casino/Teen Angel) and Beauty and the Beast (Chip). Thank you to Wayne and the rest of the creative team for the opportunity! Much love and many thanks to his family, teachers, and mentors for their constant support.

JARED THOMAS ROBERTS
JARED THOMAS ROBERTS

Jared Thomas Roberts is beyond excited and humbled to be a part of the 2015 Music Theatre Wichita Summer Season. He is a rising junior pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre at Point Park University. At PPU, Jared has been in productions of 21, a world premiere musical (Ball Player/Reporter) and The Boyfriend (Marcel). Past productions include: A Chorus Line (Mike), Footloose (Ren), Legally Blonde (Warner), Cats (Alonzo/Macavity). He would like to thank his family and friends for always supporting his artistic endeavors and his teachers and trainers for helping him grow into the performer he is today. “When you become the image of your own imagination, it's the most powerful thing you could ever do.”

JON PAUL ROBY
JON PAUL ROBY

Jon Paul Roby is thrilled to be performing with MTWichita this summer! Regional credits include Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, and Reagle Music Theatre. Jon Paul will be starting his last year in the BFA Musical Theatre program at Syracuse University in the fall. He would like to thank his family for their love and endless support as well as Wayne, Nancy and the entire MTW team for this incredible opportunity. Enjoy the show!

JEREMY SEINER
JEREMY SEINER

Jeremy Seiner is extremely excited to be a part of the 2015 MTWichita company. Favorite past roles include Frank Jr. (Catch Me If You Can), Claude (Hair), and Noah (Children of Eden). Jeremy recently recieved his BFA from Penn State, and would like to thank his friends and family for all of their constant love and support.

WAYNE BRYAN (Director / Producing Artistic Director)
WAYNE BRYAN (Director / Producing Artistic Director)

Wayne Bryan begins his 28th season as Producing Artistic Director of Music Theatre Wichita, where he has now produced 135 Broadway-scale musicals, including dozens for which he has also served as director or performer. Raised in southern California, Wayne began his professional career as both actor and director at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, while stationed as a Navy officer in Coronado. Wayne's performing credits include Good News!, Rodgers and Hart, and Tintypes on Broadway, the First National Tour of Joseph / Dreamcoat, and TV appearances on such shows as "M*A*S*H" (CBS), "American History" (PBS), and "Keystone" (A&E). His directing credits include award-winning productions on both coasts, including Festival at New York City Center. Wayne is co-author with Mark Madama of a revised version of the collegiate musical Good News!, whose 1993 Wichita premiere has been followed by over 300 subsequent productions around the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain, plus an internationally acclaimed cast album. Wayne was a 2002 recipient of the Kansas Governor's Arts Award as an Individual Artist, and received the NCCJ Brotherhood/Sisterhood Award, recognizing individuals who fight discrimination and encourage diversity. Thanks to all our supporters and patrons; to the performers, artistic teams, and crew members; to the musicians; to the box office staff; to the Guild and the Board of Directors; and to the wonderful year-round staff, all of whom make this job so joyful and fulfilling.

AMY BAKER SCHWIETHALE (Choreographer)
AMY BAKER SCHWIETHALE (Choreographer)

Amy Baker Schwiethale is thrilled to be a part of the professional premiere of My Son Pinocchio. Amy was last seen in MTWichita's 42nd Street as Anytime Annie. Other performing highlights include: Phyllis Dale in the First National Broadway Tour of 42nd StreetThe Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Singin' in the Rain at the Westchester Broadway Tehatre, five seasons with the MTWichita resident company, and Hello, Dolly! at the Fireside. As a choreographer Amy has worked on Camelot, Gypsy, and Honk! for MTWichita. Her choreography has been showcased in NYC at the New York Jazz Choreography Project (Alvin Ailey Studios) and Traditions in Tap, with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra, Opera Kansas, and across Northern Italy. Amy is the Associate Professor of Musical Theatre at Wichita State University where she directs, choreographs, and teaches some of the talented performers you will see on stage. She also teaches master classes and offers workshops regionally, nationally, and internationally. She has a BFA in Musical Theatre from WSU, a MFA in Choreography from Jacksonville University, and is a proud member of Actor's Equity Association. Special thanks to Associate Choreographer Casey Bagnall.

THOMAS W. DOUGLAS (Musical Director)
THOMAS W. DOUGLAS (Musical Director)

Thomas W. Douglas is back for his 15th season in Wichita!  He has performed more than 200 opera, oratorio, orchestral, and musical theater productions nationally and internationally. Highlights include conducting Webber's Phantom of the Opera in Basel, Switzerland and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with the Anchorage Operaand directing Ain't Misbehavin' in Malaysia. Thomas is currently the Music Director for the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra, and the Artistic Director of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, which is regularly receiving accolades for innovative, creative, and dramatically provocative productions. His MTWichita history includes ShowBoat with Kelli O'Hara, Ragtime, Smokey Joe's Café, 9 to 5, Ragtime with Darcie Roberts, Hairspray, The Full Monty, Miss Saigon, Beauty and the Beast, and Les Misérables, among many others. Thomas is the founder and Artistic Director of the Neighborhood Opera Company, having recently produced Mozart's Don Giovanni with an African American cast. With the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, he has conducted jazz legend Nathan Davis' opera Just Above My HeadCarmen Jones, and Porgy and Bess. Thomas has been the recipient of the Mary Jane Teall Award and the Robert Frankle awards for his contribution to theatre in Wichita, KS and Pittsburgh, PA. Thomas has enjoyed the stage roles of Amonasro in Elton John's Aida, Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors. Recently named the Director of Opera Studies in the School of Music in addition to his position as Director of Choral Activities and Professor in the School of Drama, this is Thomas' 25th year on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University. 

J BRANSON (Scenic Designer)
J BRANSON (Scenic Designer)

For over twenty years, J Branson has been a Chicago-based designer. He is proud to have begun his theatrical career as an Apprentice at Music Theatre Wichita more than 30 years ago. J’s national-tour credits include The Music Man, Beauty and the Beast and Brigadoon. Recent and upcoming regional work includes Violet and Cold Sassy Tree for Wichita State University, Nunsense and Always Patsy Cline for Peninsula Players, Damn Yankees and A Christmas Story at The Ordway in St Paul MN. J will have the pleasure of repeating A Christmas Story this fall with director James Rocco and choreographer Linda Goodrich for the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. Past regional work includes Smokey Joe’s Café, Jekyll and Hyde, Chess, The Wizard of Oz (for which J received an After Dark award), Children of Eden, Rags, Assassins, Guys and Dolls and The Pajama Game. J has an array of industrial design credits and has been honored with three National Addy Awards. J’s many designs at MTWichita have included the 2013 production of Mary Poppins (which J & Wayne Bryan repeated in Philadelphia in 2014!) as well as Hairspray, Legally Blonde, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Beauty and the Beast, HONK!, Children of Eden, West Side Story, The Drowsy Chaperone, 1776, Curtains, Sunset Boulevard and Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Many thanks and much much love to the many wonderful people who have touched my life here at MTW. I wouldn’t be half the man I am without you guys!!

TIIA E. TORCHIA (Costume Designer)
TIIA E. TORCHIA (Costume Designer)

Tiia Torchia is honored to be back designing at Music Theatre Wichita, where she has designed Beauty and the Beast, Hairspray, Smokey Joe's Café, and Xanadu. Recently she moved to Pittsburgh, PA from New York City, where she ran the costume shops of several prominent Off-Broadway theaters. In Pittsburgh she spends her days working as the Assistant Costumer at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, and this summer will be costuming a show for Pittsburgh CLO. 

CASEY BAGNALL (Associate Choreographer)
CASEY BAGNALL (Associate Choreographer)

Casey Bagnall is an Iowa native, and just recently graduated from Wichita State University with a BFA in Music Theatre and Dance. At WSU he was featured as Arpad in She Loves Me, Billy in Assassins, Jimmy in Crazy For You, and many other productions. He was also a member of the Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre where he toured Italy and Mexico as a company member and soloist. His regional credits include Hairspray (Sketch) at the Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre, Gypsy (Newsboy) and A Funny Thing....Forum (Protean III) at LOOK Music Theatre, and The Merry Widow (Dance Ensemble) at Wichita Grand Opera. He would love to thank Mom, Dad, Grandma, and his beautiful sisters for their endless love and support. A huge thank you to Amy, Wayne, and Linda for their love, guidance, and this amazing opportunity! Enjoy the show!

DAVID NEVILLE (Lighting Designer)
DAVID NEVILLE (Lighting Designer)

David Neville is thrilled to return for his 32nd season of "Camp MTW." In addition to many productions at MTWichita, David has designed lighting for North Shore Music Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars, Omaha Symphony, the United States Air Force, Stage One, Ordway Music Theatre, Papermill Playhouse, the University of Michigan, Penn State University, Portland Center Stage, North Carolina Theatre, Musical Theatre West, Arkansas Rep, Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera, George Street Playhouse, the 5th Avenue Theatre, and Off-Broadway. David's favorite designs at MTWichita include Big River, Cats, Ragtime, Once On This Island, Children of Eden, and Jesus Christ Superstar. David also teaches lighting and scenic design at Wichita State University. He makes his home in Wichita with his wife Robin.  

DAVID MUEHL (Sound Designer)
DAVID MUEHL (Sound Designer)

David Muehl continues his 10th season as MTWichita's sound designer, having also served as the sound assistant previously for a season. During MTWichita's off season, David is the audio producer for WSU's College of Fine Arts where he oversees audito recording and live sound for fine arts and other performances. He also serves as sound designer for WSU's Opera and Musical Theatre programs and is the sound advisor to student musical theatre and opera sound designers and engineers. Some of his favorite sound designs have been Children of Eden, Into the Woods, Les Misérables, and the Wizard of Oz. David has also done sound design for Wichita Center for the Arts and Cabaret Oldtown. Special thanks to Josh and Matt with Event Systems for their continued support of MTWichita.

TAYLOR MALOTT (Hair and Makeup Designer)
TAYLOR MALOTT (Hair and Makeup Designer)

Taylor Malott is extremely excited to spend her first summer with Music Theatre Wichita. She is a Cincinnati native who recently graduated from the University of Cincinnati (CCM) with a BFA in Theatre Production and Design with an emphasis in Wig and Makeup Design. She has been a licensed cosmetologist for more than five years. Taylor has been a part of the wig build crew at Utah Shakespeare Festival and was the department head at Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh for their 2014 season. Taylor could not be more grateful for this opportunity to work for MTW.

MARIA LEON (Prop Master)
MARIA LEON (Prop Master)

Maria is a recent graduate from the University Of Arizona. There she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre production and design, with emphasis in scenic and prop design. Her past credits include Assistant Scenic Design for Arizona Repertory Theatre’s production of The Man Who Came to Dinner. Maria is very excited to start her third season with Music Theatre Wichita. She would like to thank everyone at MTW for the opportunity and enjoyable summers. Maria would like to give a very special thanks to her mom, Carmen Leon and her boyfriend, Brandon Kahler for their constant support. Without it she wouldn’t be here today.

DEBBIE ROBERTS (Costume Shop Manager)
DEBBIE ROBERTS (Costume Shop Manager)

Debbie Roberts has designed costumes for many shows here, including 42nd Street, White Christmas, Thoroughly Modern Millie, High School Musical, State Fair, Funny Girl, The Most Happy Fella, On the Town, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Annie Get Your Gun, Man of La Mancha, Crazy for You, The Sound of Music, My One and Only, and various Festival of Broadway shows. A graduate of Friends University, Debbie received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance and Ballet. “I am so proud of the work that Music Theatre Wichita does, it is always a pleasure to work each season. While California remains my home, for over 25 years Wichita has been my summer home. I look forward to meeting new people and learning new skills each time. Enjoy the shows!”

MEGAN REED (Millinery Designer)
MEGAN REED (Millinery Designer)

Megan is extremely grateful to be spending her sixth season working with MTWichita helping them bring these wonderful stories to life. She has found great mentors and friends working with this wonderful company. Most recently she worked at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach, Florida. She is a graduate from Sterling College with a B.A. in Theatre and Art with an emphasis in Illustration. Credits include 42nd Street, Catch Me If You Can, Disney's The Little Mermaid, Disney's and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins and Singin’ in the Rain (MTWichita).  

HALEY TYNES (Wardrobe Supervisor)
HALEY TYNES (Wardrobe Supervisor)

This is Haley's first summer at MTW, and she is thrilled to be here. She just finished her first year of grad school at The University of Virginia, getting her MFA in costume design and technology. She has worked for Porthouse Theatre and Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre. She is grateful for the opportunity and is looking forward to the summer ahead!

KATRINA MILLER (Scenic Charge Artist)
KATRINA MILLER (Scenic Charge Artist)

Katrina Miller is excited to be spending her first summer with Music Theatre Wichita. A freelance scenic artist and designer, Katrina comes to Wichita from the Lehigh Valley in eastern Pennsylvania. She holds an MFA in theatre design and production from Purdue University and a BFA in theatre design and technology from Northern Illinois University. Her adventures in theatre have taken her all over, from the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, to the Texas Shakespeare Festival, to the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, with many other stops in between. She would like to thank her amazing husband Phil for being so supportive of all her endeavors.

CHARLES KOSLOWSKE (Associate Musical Director)
CHARLES KOSLOWSKE (Associate Musical Director)

Charles Koslowske has been music director/keyboardist for many productions with Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre, Oklahoma City University's Opera and Music Theatre Company, OCU Performing Arts Academy High School Music Theatre Program, University of Colorado Department of Theatre and Dance, CU Opera in the Summer, Boulder Broadway Company, Boulder's Dinner Theatre, and Lyric Artists of the West, among others. He made his New York debut in 2002 at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, and he was the official pianist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Rocky Mountain Region Auditions and Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition for several years. Charles has taught at Colorado State University and the University of Miami Frost School of Music in Salzburg program. He has earned three degrees from University of Colorado-Boulder: Master of Music degrees in collaborative piano and in vocal performance and pedagogy, and Bachelor of Music in vocal performance. He has participated in master classes taught by artists including William Bolcom and Joan Morris, Helen Donath, Shirlee Emmons, Thomas Hampson, Marilyn Horne, Martin Isepp, Martin Katz, Frederica von Stade, Kristin Chenoweth, and Kelli O'Hara. Charles is currently a member of the vocal coaching faculty at Oklahoma City University.

AJ KELLISON (Technical Director)
AJ KELLISON (Technical Director)

AJ is happy to return to MTWichita for his 10th season. Most recently AJ was the Master Carpenter at Childsplay in Phoenix, Arizona. AJ is very grateful for all the help he has received from the Wichita theatre community and would like to include a special thanks to Local 190 for all the hard work they do during the summer and throughout the year.

JEFF TAYLOR (Production Manager)
JEFF TAYLOR (Production Manager)

Jeff Taylor is extremely honored to be back with this excellent cast and crew for his 15th summer at MTWichita. Throughout the years since 2000, he's had the chance to apprentice, build, design, and even act for MTWichita, and has now become the year-round Production Manager, working closely with the awesome MTW staff. A loyal Kansan, Jeff graduated from Wichita High School East, earned his BA in Musical Theatre from Friends University, and his MFA in Design and Technology from UMKC. Jeff thanks Wayne for his continual guidance throughout the many years together and his wife Sarah, for the many wonderful years to come.

MITCHELL SOUTHERLAND (Assistant Production Manager)
MITCHELL SOUTHERLAND (Assistant Production Manager)

Mitch is very excited to be spending his second season with Music Theatre Wichita. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Mitch has been fortunate to spend the last year in Chicago working in production management at the Goodman Theatre while also freelancing at the Steppenwolf and Paramount theatres. Mitch's previous credits include two summer with the Santa Fe Opera, technical direction and carpentry work at the University of Oklahoma, and leadership of the University of Oklahoma chapter of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT). Mitch would like to express his gratitude to Jeff and Wayne for having him back for another summer!

AMANDA K. BOWMAN (Production Stage Manager)
AMANDA K. BOWMAN (Production Stage Manager)

Amanda Bowman is thrilled to be home for her 11th summer at MTWichita and honored to be stepping into this new role. She spent the last two seasons at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and has also worked for The Palace Theater in the Dells, Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Crown Uptown, IATSE #190, Walt Disney World, and Merrimack Repertory Theatre. Ms. Bowman is a graduate of Wichita State University. Thanks and love to Wayne, Nancy, her family, and KBEAT. Proud member of AEA. For Grandpa.

TIFFANY K. ORR (Stage Manager)
TIFFANY K. ORR (Stage Manager)

Originally from Oklahoma, Tiffany is returning for her sixth MTWichita season. She spends the other 9 months of the year in the Twin Cities where she works as a freelance stage manager in addition to being the production stage manager for Theater Latte Da. While in the Twin Cities, she has the pleasure to work with companies including the Pillsbury House Theatre, The Children's Theatre Company, Park Square Theatre, and the Guthrie. Prior to her move to the Twin Cities she worked on more than a dozen productions as part of the stage management team at Phoenix Theatre, in Phoenix, AZ. This summer marks 10 years as a proud member of the Actor's Equity Association. Missing you, Em!

STEVE LANDES (Director of the Apprentice Program/Shopper-Buyer)
STEVE LANDES (Director of the Apprentice Program/Shopper-Buyer)

Steve Landes is proud to return for his 22nd summer as the Apprentice Program Director. A Wichita resident for twenty two years, Steve worked for Friends University, the Wichita Center for the Arts, Music Theatre for Young People, and Shakespeare in the Park. He has just finished his 37th year as a high school theatre teacher. He has been inducted into the Kansas Thespians Teacher Hall of Fame, and is currently co-state director of Kansas Thespians. Steve moved to the Kansas City area fourteen years ago for a teaching position. As an educator, Steve continues to be very excited about working with the apprentices in this unique training program (and MTW is deeply grateful for Steve’s creative dedication to our young people!).

Mary Sue Dymak (Rentals & Inventory Director / Drop Fabricator / Orchestra Pit Manager / Archivist / A Bunch of Other Stuff) [whew!]
Mary Sue Dymak (Rentals & Inventory Director / Drop Fabricator / Orchestra Pit Manager / Archivist / A Bunch of Other Stuff) [whew!]

WOW! 40 seasons! Who would have thought that back in 1976, a summer job would turn into such a career!! Being one of the oldest members of the production staff, this will mark summer productions numbering 197 to 201. In the off season, I still keep my hand in stage managing for Ballet Wichita Orchestra (19 years) and enjoying a fabulous working relationship with Wichita State University, all the while keeping our ever growing rental business running. I seem to get around a lot but only inside Century II. My life remains happily engaged in larger and more complex tasks working for my favorite employer. My thanks to WB…..I offer my deepest love and respect to all who work in this fabulous building and for our organization.

JOSHUA LARSON (Teen Choir Staging Director)
JOSHUA LARSON (Teen Choir Staging Director)

Joshua Larson has choreographed for Wichita State University, Friends University, and at various high schools, studios, organizations, and theatres in and around the Wichita area, with his choreography earning him four Jester Awards. His choreographic and directing talents have been used at MTWichita as the staging director for the Teen Choir (2006-present); director/choreographer of Festival of Broadway (2008-2010, 2014, 2015) and Curtain Up! (2013-present); and choreographer/adjudicator for the dance portion of MTWichita’s national audition tour (2013-present). Joshua received his undergraduate degree in dance performance from Oklahoma City University and his Master of Liberal Arts (with a Theatre Concentration) from Baker University. He has traveled the country evaluating national dance competitions including Starbound and The Elite Dance Cup. Performing credits include shows at Carnegie Hall, on the Holland America Line, and with the following groups: MTWichita, Stiletto Entertainment, Tuacahn, Silver Tree Productions, Oklahoma City University, Windwood Theatricals, and The American Spirit Dance Company.

Linda Starkey (Teen Choir Musical Director)
Linda Starkey (Teen Choir Musical Director)

Linda Starkey continues her relationship with MTWichita, having performed in My Fair Lady, Oliver!, Cabaret, and The Sound of Music, and having conducted the Teen Choir and assisted with MTWichita’s apprentice program. Currently serving as the Director of the School of Performing Arts at Wichita State University, Linda has also served as Associate Director of the Opera and Music Theatre program there, and taught voice for more than 30 years. She has directed for Opera Kansas, WSU Opera Theatre, WSU Theatre, Wichita Community Theatre, Wichita Children’s Theatre, and the Center for the Arts. In 2005, her production of Pippin was chosen to be an alternate for the American College Theatre Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

JENNIFER FISHER (Signing Interpreter)
JENNIFER FISHER (Signing Interpreter)

Jennifer Fisher is so excited for her seventh season at MTWichita. She would like to thank Wayne and all the amazing, talented people at Music Theatre Wichita for including her in the magic! During the year Jennifer is an educational interpreter for Sedgwick County Co-op, and leads the deaf ministry at Central Community Church, where she interprets services, concerts, conferences, classes, and support groups. Jennifer has been signing for more than 10 years and is focused on musical performance interpreting, having trained in Nashville, TN under Gate Communications. Her goal is to create a performance that’s as impactful for the deaf as it is for the hearing. Jennifer thanks her girls Kara and Stephanie and her husband for their support. Most importantly, thanks to God for the blessings He’s given and the opportunity to work in such a remarkable place. 2 Cor. 4:16-18

Nancy Reeves (Producing Associate / Company Manager)
Nancy Reeves (Producing Associate / Company Manager)

Nancy Reeves joined MTWichita in 1988 as a bookkeeper and soon took on other responsibilities. She first took over the position of Company Manager and more recently added Producing Associate to her job description. As Company Manager Nancy’s duties include coordinating auditions, handling thousands of submissions each season. Other duties include handling the travel and housing accommodation arrangements for guest artists, and maintaining active communications with all department and department heads throughout the season. As Producing Associate Nancy attends auditions and participates in casting decisions, works with agents, and participates in contract negotiations. Her long tenure at MTWichita and close personal connections to people throughout Wichita allow her to be an outstanding resource for MTWichita and for artists working in Wichita during the summer season. She can quickly connect a need to a resource, whether that is a qualified rehearsal pianist, an appropriate caterer for a donor appreciation event, or a convenient hotel room for a guest artist.

Disney’s MY SON PINOCCHIO: A History of the Musical by Wayne Bryan

  • Publication of Carlo Collodi’s original book: 1883   
  • Release of Disney’s animated film “Pinocchio” – February 23, 1940; voices included Dickie Jones, Cliff Edwards, Evelyn Venable
  • TV film “Geppetto” – aired on ABC-TV, May 7, 2000: teleplay by David L. Stern; songs by Stephen Schwartz; directed by Tom Moore; choreographed by Jerry Mitchell; cast: Drew Carey, Julia Louis-Drefus, Brent Spiner,    Seth Adkins, Rene Auberjonois, Usher. The DVD edition of the TV film “Geppetto” is great fun, as is its soundtrack CD.
  • Disney’s animated classic “Pinocchio” is available on DVD and Blu-Ray, with fascinating extra features.
  • A brand new book “Pinocchio: The Making of the Disney Epic” by J. B. Kaufman is terrific.
  • More information about this stage adaptation can be found at www.musicalschwartz.com

The original story of “Pinocchio” was by Carlo Collodi, which was the pen name of Carlo Lorenzini (1826-90). The son of a cook and a servant, Carlo was born and raised in Florence, Italy, and became a writer for newspapers, and later for both fiction and non-fiction books. After translating some French fairytales, he decided to write his own.

In 1881, he sent to a friend a short episode in the life of a wooden puppet. The friend worked for a newspaper, and Carlo asked if his editor would consider publishing this “bit of foolishness” in his children’s section. The editor did, and the children loved it. The adventures of Pinocchio were serialized in the paper in 1881-2, and then published in 1883 with huge success. The first English-language version proved just as popular on its publication in 1892.

The overwhelming success of Walt Disney’s first feature length animated film, the 1938 classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, inspired Disney to pour even more resources into his follow-up film, Pinocchio. Although it lost money on its initial release, it is now regarded by critics as one of the most beautiful feature length cartoons ever created, and Disney’s retelling of Collodi’s story is probably the most internationally familiar version of the tale.

The story’s appeal was not lost on songwriter Stephen Schwartz (Pippin, Godspell, Wicked, Children of Eden). “I was working with David Stern on another project and he mentioned he had the idea of doing a show based on looking at the Pinocchio story from the father's point of view. I found the idea compelling, so together we approached Disney. David and I were interested in exploring the idea of fatherhood and what it means to be father.”

Disney's Geppetto was produced as a made-for-TV film, airing in 2000 and starring Drew Carey and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Several years later, the idea for a stage musical adaptation came up of during discussions with Stephen Schwartz and representatives from Music Theatre International (MTI). Schwartz says, “In a meeting with MTI, they said it would be good for us to have something with a minimal number of adults and an infinite number of children.” Immediately he thought of adapting Disney's Geppetto to stage.

Book writer David Stern discovered a child-appropriate way to make the show stageworthy. Stern begins with Geppetto confronting the Blue Fairy with the accusation she has created an imperfect child. The rest of the story unfolds as Geppetto realizes Pinocchio’s value, and what it means to be a parent. As with the film, when Pinocchio runs away to become a star in a traveling show, Geppetto must negotiate through maze of adventures and comic encounters to find him.

In this stage adaptation, the co-creators have kept the callous puppeteer Stromboli (from the first film), giving him a virtuoso operatic tenor aria, and have also invented Professor Buonragazzo who “designs” perfect, made-to-order offspring, as well as a sinister Ringleader who turns children into donkeys. The show includes two new songs not heard in the “Geppetto” film, and also features “When You Wish Upon a Star” and “I’ve Got No Strings” from the original Disney “Pinocchio” movie.

We are thrilled that MTWichita has the privilege of creating a brand new production of this unique and charming show, since we believe it represents the best kind of all-family entertainment, with delightful songs, memorable characters, smart dialog, and insights about parent-child relationships that can resonate with audiences of all ages.

July 8-12, 2015

An accidental visit to a ballet class sets in motion a life-changing experience for a small boy in a British mining town. Based on the award-winning film, this powerful stage adaptation won 10 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical.

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Billy Elliot the Musical
July 8-12, 2015
PG-13
for strong language
2 hr 45 min

An accidental visit to a ballet class sets in motion a life-changing experience for a small boy in a British mining town. Based on the award-winning film, this powerful stage adaptation won 10 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical.

BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL

Book and Lyrics by LEE HALL    
Music by ELTON JOHN
Originally Directed by STEPHEN DALDRY

Orchestrations by MARTIN KOCH
Executive Producers (Original London Production)
ANGELA MORRISON DAVID FURNISH
Producers (Original London Production)
TIM BEVAN ERIC FELLNER JON FINN SALLY GREENE
Originally presented in London by
Universal Pictures Stage Productions,Working Title Films, Old Vic Productions
in association with Tiger Productions
Based on the Universal Pictures/Studio Canal Film

CRAIG BENNETT (Dad)
CRAIG BENNETT (Dad)

Craig Bennett most recently appeared on Broadway as Billy Thompson in Sting's The Last Ship. Previously, he was Jerry Cruncher in A Tale of Two Cities, Thomas Hassinger in Lincoln Center's South Pacific, and Sgt. Schultz in Miss Saigon. Tour credits include Monsieur Firmin in The Phantom of the Opera, Signor Naccarelli in The Light in the Piazza, Big Davey/Dad in Billy Elliot, Bill Austin in Mamma Mia!, Willie Conklin in Ragtime, and Combeferre/Thenardier in Les Misérables. Regionally, Fredrik in A Little Night Music, Michael in Randy Newman's Faust, Jehannot in House of Martin Guerre, all at the Goodman Theater in Chicago, Dave Bukatinsky in The Full Monty at North Shore Music Theater and Wolf/Cinderella's Prince in Into The Woods at The Repertory Theater of St. Louis.

JANET DICKINSON (Mrs. Wilkinson)
JANET DICKINSON (Mrs. Wilkinson)

Recent: Little Dancer (Mary Cassatt) World Premiere at the Kennedy Center. Broadway: Bullets Over Broadway (u/s Helen Sinclair & Eden); How The Grinch Stole Christmas; Happiness at Lincoln Center. Tours: Mrs. Wilkinson in Billy Elliot; 9 to 5 - The Musical. Off-Broadway: Sandy in Fat Camp; Forbidden Broadway's Rude Awakening (Original Cast Recording and 2008 Drama Desk Award); Secrets Every Smart Traveller Should Know. 2011 NYMF Award for Best Individual Performance in Madame X; Citizen Ruth role of Diane (2009 Best Musical at the NY Fringe Festival). Janet is originally from Bemidji, MN. Thanks to Doug, my family and friends and my agents at Carson/Kolker for all of their support! 

MITCHELL TOBIN (Billy)
MITCHELL TOBIN (Billy)

Mitchell Tobin is thrilled to make his debut with Music Theatre Wichita and to have the opportunity to reprise his role as Billy. Mitchell is from Boca Raton, Florida where he attends the North Broward Preparatory School with a fine arts focus. Mitchell first played the role of Billy in the 2nd Broadway International Tour which ended in Sao Paulo, Brazil in August 2013.  Mitchell then joined the West End Production in London where he played Billy until July 2014. He reprised the role again in January and February 2015 in the McCoy Rigby production in Los Angeles. Mitch would like to thank his manager Lori Danzinger and his dance teachers at the Art of Classical Ballet and Performance Edge 2, and the fine arts department at North Broward Prep. He would also like to thank his entire family, his Mom and Dad, his brother Ben, and especially his sister Shaina for always being so supportive.  www.mitchelltobin.net

PATTI PERKINS (Grandma)
PATTI PERKINS (Grandma)

Broadway: Billy Elliot, The Full Monty, Shakespeare's Cabaret, All Over Town. Lincoln Center: A Man of No Importance.  Regional: the Guthrie, the Old Globe, The Kennedy Center, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Buffalo Studio Arena, Arena Stage, Goodspeed Opera House, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Walnut Street Theatre, Meadowbrook Theatre, Capitol Rep. Television appearances include "Law & Order" and "One Life to Live."

KEVIN NIETZEL (Tony)
KEVIN NIETZEL (Tony)

Kevin Nietzel is beyond thrilled to be joining the MTW family this summer! Originally from Cary, IL, he will be a rising senior at Florida State University pursuing a BFA in Music Theatre. Favorite credits include Maine State Music Theatre, Wagon Wheel Theatre, and Marriott Theatre Lincolnshire. He would love to give a special thanks to Wayne, Nancy, and all of the production staff for such an incredible opportunity, and of course his amazing family for always being a true support system. 

J. BAILEY BURCHAM (Big Davey)
J. BAILEY BURCHAM (Big Davey)

J. Bailey Burcham is honored to be back for his third show at MTWichita. You may have seen him last year as Officer Krupke in West Side Story as well as Luther Billis in South Pacific, for which he won the Mary Jane Teall Award for Outstanding Supporting Male in a Musical. After growing up in Wichita he went on to receive an AA in Theatre from Johnson County followed recently by a BFA in Theatre Performance from Wichita State. He is currently living in Los Angeles working heavily as an actor, steadily as a director, and wishfully as a rapper. Most recently he was cast in four of the seven brand new shows in the Disney Imagineering sponsored season at New Musicals Incorporated. Bailey would like to thank his loving family, his enchanting wife Rachel, and his mentors Beate, Amy, Linda, and Wayne for their continued support.

EVAN LENNON (Michael)
EVAN LENNON (Michael)

Evan Lennon is thrilled to make his debut with MTWichita and to reprise the role of Michael alongside such an amazing company! Evan lives in Colorado where he is vice president of his high school class. When he is not performing, Evan enjoys woodworking and hiking in the mountains. Regional: Billy Elliot (Michael)—North Carolina Theatre. Favorite Colorado credits: Mary Poppins (Michael/Ensemble), The King and I (Louis), A Christmas Story—the Play (Ralphie), Les Miserables (Gavroche), Oliver! (Oliver), Lost in Yonkers, All My Sons, The Wizard of Oz, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor© Dreamcoat, Gypsy and Nine. Thank you to Nancy Carson, Martile Rowland and Dan Wood. Gratitude to Wayne, Nancy and the MTWichita staff as well as the Billy artistic team for this wonderful opportunity. Love to all my friends, family and teachers back in the Rockies especially Mom, Dad, Ryan and Kate. www.evanlennon.com.

KILTY REIDY (Mr. Braithwaite)
KILTY REIDY (Mr. Braithwaite)

Kilty Reidy is excited to return to MTWichita, where he has appeared in Once Upon a Mattress (Prince Dauntless), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Hysterium), The Producers (Roger De Bris) and The Drowsy Chaperone (Underling). Most recently he played the title role of Alfie Byrne in A Man of No Importance for B-Side Productions. Other credits include: The Original Broadway Casts of The Drowsy Chaperone and In My LifeBilly Elliot: The Musical (National Tour/Brazil), Irving Berlin's White Christmas (OC and Tour), Bye Bye Birdie (City Center Encores!), Crazy for You (Paper Mill/PBS) and King of Hearts (Goodspeed Opera House). He is an alumnus of The Public Theater’s Shakespeare Lab and a proud member of Actor's Equity Association. www.kiltyreidy.com. Thanks and love to Wayne, Nancy and the entire MTW Family.

CAROLYN ANNE MILLER (Mum)
CAROLYN ANNE MILLER (Mum)

Carolyn Anne Miller is so happy to be returning to her MTWichita family for her third summer. She graduates in May from the Chicago College of Performing Arts. Some of her favorite regional credits include Les Miserablés (Eponine), Catch Me If You Can (Brenda Strong), Betty Blue Eyes (Veronica), Amadeus (Constanze), and Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party (Mae). Carolyn would like to thank her mom, dad, and sister for all of their love and support throughout her career, and to Wayne for another wonderful summer back at MTW. 

TIMOTHY W. ROBU (Georgie)
TIMOTHY W. ROBU (Georgie)

Timothy Robu is delighted to be a part of this year’s MTWichita season, as well as many previous ones. Audiences may remember Tim in past roles such as Thenardier in Les Misérables, Bedevere in Spamalot, John Hancock in 1776, the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, Amos Hart in Chicago, Oscar Shapiro in Curtains, Mr. Feldzeig in The Drowsy Chaperone, Herbie in Gypsy, and Lazar Wolf in Fiddler. Tim also performs at several other venues in the Wichita area and served as Technical Director for the Crown Theatre and Artistic Director of the children’s program for more than twenty years. He now works as an Exhibit Technician for Exploration Place. When not working at Wichita's fine theatres, Tim has plenty to keep him busy as father to his two daughters, Katie and Francie. Thanks to Wayne and all the folks in Wichita who produce theatre, perform theatre, and enjoy theatre. They make the Wichita area a great place to work, live, and bring up kids in.

AARON PATRICK CRAVEN (Older Billy)
AARON PATRICK CRAVEN (Older Billy)

Aaron Patrick Craven is very excited to spend the summer with MTWichita! He recently earned a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Wichita State University. Favorite regional credits include A Chorus Line, Les Misérables, and White Christmas. Last year, Aaron was nominated to perform at the national conference of the American College Dance Festival of America, performing at the Kennedy Center. Aaron has also been seen as a Principal Dancer with Ballet Wichita and has toured internationally with Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre. Love and thanks to Mom, Dad, Alex, Katie, Wayne, Josh and Nancy! Psalms 115:1 www.aaronpatrickcraven.com

BRANDON RANALLI (Billy understudy)
BRANDON RANALLI (Billy understudy)

Brandon Ranalli is twelve years old and hails from Media, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. He has just completed 6th grade at the Center for the Performing and Fine Arts where he studies acting, musical theatre, voice, and piano. He is thrilled to be making his professional debut in Billy Elliot! Although ballet is his main passion, Brandon is trained in many areas of dance. He performed a tap duet on “America’s Got Talent” and made it to the semifinal round in Las Vegas, and was an opening act for Justin Guarini at Media Theatre’s fundraising gala. He has won the Hope Award at YAGP Semi Finals, and is currently Star Dance Alliance’s Junior National Mr. World Dance. Brandon would like to thank Nora Brennan, Gateway Playhouse, Music Theatre Wichita, Steve Minning, and Alison Levenberg for giving him this opportunity, his teachers at Broadway Bound Dance Academy and the Academy of International Ballet, his instructors at CPFA, and his family and friends for their love and support. 

TANNER PFLUEGER (Dance Captain)
TANNER PFLUEGER (Dance Captain)

Tanner Pflueger is ecstatic to be returning to Music Theatre Wichita for his second summer! A Nebraska native, Tanner is currently studying at Oklahoma City University as a dance performance major. While at school, he has performed with the American Spirit Dance Company in their annual Home for the Holidays Christmas Show and Spring Show. Credits: Broadway: Billy Elliot (Billy) West End: Billy Elliot (Billy) MTW: West Side Story (Snowboy), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Gad), and 42nd Street (Ensemble). Regional: Grease (Johnny Casino/Teen Angel) and Beauty and the Beast (Chip). Thank you to Wayne and the rest of the creative team for the opportunity! Much love and many thanks to his family, teachers, and mentors for their constant support.

CASSIE AUSTIN
CASSIE AUSTIN

Cassie Austin is delighted to be joining MTWichita for the first time ever!  A Libertyville, IL native and sophomore in the BFA Musical Theatre program at Brigham Young University in Utah, she is ecstatic about being back in the Midwest. Favorite Credits include Valentine de Villefort in the U.S. Premiere of Frank Wildhorn's The Count of Monte Cristo (BYU), Katy in the NYMTF-bound new musical Single Wide (BYU), Brooke in Legally Blonde, and Cassie in A Chorus Line. Much thanks to Mom and Dad as well as her amazing teachers, friends and family for all of their love and support, and to Music Theatre Wichita for this amazing opportunity!

KATIE BARNA (Leslie)
KATIE BARNA (Leslie)

Katie Barna is thrilled to be spending her summer performing with Music Theatre Wichita! She is a recent graduate of Oklahoma City University from Suwanee, Georgia. While in college, she performed annually in the Home for the Holidays and ASDC Spring Show with the American Spirit Dance Company. Professionally, Katie performed in Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma’s Will Rogers Follies. She would like to express unending gratitude to family and friends for believing in her dreams and the Lord for His abundant blessings. 

CAITLIN BELCIK
CAITLIN BELCIK

Caitlin Belcik is absolutely thrilled to be returning to MTWichita for her second season! She is from Edmond, OK, and this fall will be a sophomore at Penn State University in the BFA musical theatre program. Favorite credits include:  Broadway: How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Annie Who - original; Little Who - revival); Regional: MTW - Last year's 5 fabulous shows!, White Christmas (Susan Waverly); Lyric Theatre - Sweet Charity, Bye Bye Birdie, Tarzan, Sound of Music, Call Me Madam (choreography assistant); ENHS - West Side Story (Maria). Much love and thanks to Wayne, Nancy, Josh and the MTW team for this wonderful opportunity, and to my teachers and parents for their support!

QUINTAN CRAIG (Scab)
QUINTAN CRAIG (Scab)

"Q" is Beyond Thrilled to return to MTWichita after appearing in Catch Me If You Can and 42nd Street last summer. Though based in California, Wichita has always felt like home! Regional credits include: Young Frankenstein (Sasha), 42nd Street (Oscar), White Christmas (Scooter), Chorus Line, Gypsy (Yonkers), Ragtime (Little Boy –IETLAward), Oliver! (Oliver), Full Monty (Nathan), On Your Toes (Young Junior). Q is pursuing a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in Musical Theatre at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Heartfelt Thanks to Mom, Dad, and Mollie Rae for your unending love, support and encouragement! Much love and gratitude to Wayne, Nancy, and Josh for this Incredibly Awesome opportunity! Q thanks God for Abundant Blessings!

LEXIS DANCA
LEXIS DANCA

Lexis is thrilled to be spending her summer with Music Theatre Wichita! A current student of Millikin University, she is pursuing a BFA in Musical Theater with a dance minor (2016), and has appeared on the Millikin mainstage in: And the World Goes ‘Round (Woman/Dance Captain), Peter Pan (Tiger Lily), Legally Blonde (Greek Chorus/Vivienne u/s), Cinderella,  Machinal (Female Swing), the collegiate premiere of the new Gwon and Hammond musical String,  and the workshop of Salzman and Cunningham’s The Legend of New York. Additional credits include: An Evening with Andrew Lippa (Featured Vocalist), The Nutcracker Ballet (Sugar Plum Fairy, Judith Svalander Dance Theater), Thodos Dance Residency, and the 84th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (Featured Float Singer/Dancer). She sends all her love and thanks to her supportive friends and family.

PATRICK GARR
PATRICK GARR

Patrick Garr is a Lexington, Kentucky native and is currently studying at University of Kentucky to receive his BA in Theatre with an emphasis in Musical Theatre and Dance. Patrick is also receiving his double major in Communications. His previous credits include: Woof in Hair, Benjamin in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Don John in Much Ado About Nothing, Mike in A Chorus Line, and “Sing, Sing, Sing” with Nan Giordano of Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago. Patrick also had the privilege of working with Steven Kennedy and Tim McDonald on the 2012 MTI and iTheatrics Broadway Choreography DVD. Patrick would like to thank Lyndy and Jeromy Smith, Peggy Stamps, Beth Arnold, Nancy Jones, Susie Thiel, and his wonderful family. www.patrickgarr.com

KAT GEERTSEN (Clipboard Woman)
KAT GEERTSEN (Clipboard Woman)

Kat Geertsen - First MTWichita season. Originally from Milwaukee, WI, Kat graduates this May from Viterbo University with a BFA in Music Theatre. VU credits include: Pippin (Leading Player), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Flo), Little Women (Beth), A Chorus Line (Judy Turner, #23). Other favorites: Next to Normal (Natalie), Disney’s Beauty & the Beast (Belle), Ragtime (Mother), Spring Awakening (Thea), Legally Blonde (Kate). Kat also served as Assistant Music Director for Drood, and joined the entire Fine Arts Department this March in a televised celebration of Viterbo’s 125th anniversary. Many thanks to Wayne, Nancy, and MTW, and to Mom, Dad, family, friends, and teachers for their immeasurable love, support, and faith.

ERIK HERNANDEZ
ERIK HERNANDEZ

Erik Hernandez is currently a junior at the Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music and he couldn't be more excited to be joining the cast and crew of Music Theatre Wichita. He will receive his BFA in Musical Theatre next spring. His credits include Quisisana, Maine: Rent (Collins), A Grand Night For Singing (Ensemble); CCM: 110 in the Shade (Noah), Legally Blonde (Padamadan/Nikos), Les Misérables (Brujon), Carrie (George), and Threepenny Opera (Walt Dreary). Erik would like to thank his entire family, especially his mother Lorraine for the years of encouragement and support, MT16, Averie, and Allie. 

CAMERON HILL
CAMERON HILL

Cameron Hill is a New Jersey native and now a rising senior musical theater student at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She is thrilled to be making her MTWichita debut this summer! She has most recently appeared in CCM’s productions of 110 in the Shade, Legally Blonde, Carrie the Musical, and Les Misérables. Some of her favorite credits include Sarah (Ragtime), Diana Morales (A Chorus Line), Ti Moune (Once On This Island), and Chiffon (Little Shop of Horrors). She is grateful every day for her supportive parents and all of her teachers past and present. 

WILLIE HILL
WILLIE HILL

Willie Hill is a third-year Music Theatre major from Tulsa, Oklahoma studying voice with Dr. Marilyn Govich at The University of Central Oklahoma. Willie’s favorite theatre credits include: working with a non-profit organization called “A Pocket Full Of Hope”; Jake in Side Show, Featured Vocalist in Holidays at Home, Curtis/C.C. in Dreamgirls, Richie in A Chorus Line, Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors, Ubaldo Piangi in Phantom of the Opera, and Scarecrow in The Wiz. He would like to thank his family and his parents for their love and support.

TREVOR McCHRISTIAN
TREVOR McCHRISTIAN

Trevor McChristian, a Wichita native, recently completed his first year at Elon University! He is ecstatic to be returning for his second full summer with the company at MTWichita after having spent several years in the Teen Choir and Interning! In 2013, Trevor was selected as the male representative from the Jester Awards to compete in New York City at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, where he made his New York debut at the Minskoff Theatre (where Lion King plays). Favorite MTW credits include: Joseph…Dreamcoat (Baker/swing—where he went on as Brother Asher), West Side Story (Anxious), Catch Me If You Can, Singin’ in the Rain, and Betty Blue Eyes (U.S. Premiere). He sends many humble thanks to the cast and crew, Wayne, Nancy, Josh, Thomas, his family and friends, and above all else Mom.

KYLE McCLELLAN
KYLE McCLELLAN

Kyle McClellan is thrilled to be making his debut with MTWichita this summer! He is a rising junior at the University of Michigan, where his credits include Les Misérables (Prouvaire) and The Tempest (Sebastian). Regional: Walnut Street Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse. Other credits: 42nd Street (Billy Lawlor), West Side Story (Riff), and Hair (Claude). Much love and many thanks to Mom, Dad, Ty, Zo, the UMich faculty, and MTW for this incredible opportunity. Go Blue!

JESSIE PELTIER
JESSIE PELTIER

Jessie Peltier is thrilled to be joining MTWichita this summer! Originally from Northern Virginia, Jessie is a rising senior Dance Performance major at Oklahoma City University. Credits include:  A Chorus Line (Diana), 9 to 5: the Musical (Margaret), and La Cage Aux Folles all at the Summer Repertory Theatre in Santa Rosa, California. She has also performed in the ensemble of productions of Legally Blonde and The Producers. At school, she is a member of the American Spirit Dance Company, performing consistently in the annual Home for the Holidays Christmas shows and annual Spring shows. Special thanks to Mom, Dad, Alyssa, Chris, and Raynor for always believing in her and supporting her in pursuing her dreams. 

CHRISTIANI PITTS
CHRISTIANI PITTS

Christiani Pitts began her career as a performer at the age of 8 in Montclair, NJ at Luna Stage. Working in both theatre and film in Atlanta, GA, she continued to train and perform throughout her educational career. She graduates this May from the BFA Music Theatre program at the Florida State University. Previous theatre credits include Mimi Marquez in Rent (Greenville, SC), Pilar in Legally Blonde (Valdosta, GA), Mrs. Corry in Mary Poppins (Warsaw, IN), Electra in Gypsy (Warsaw, IN), Sally Bowles in Cabaret (Florida State University), Marta in Company (Florida State University), Aida in Aida (Atlanta, GA). She is so excited to perform at Music Theatre Wichita for the first time and would like to thank God, her family and this incredible company for their support and generosity of spirit.

SARAH QUINN
SARAH QUINN

Sarah Quinn, a rising senior at the University of Oklahoma, could not be more elated to return home to MTWichita for her fifth summer season. Recent/Favorite credits include: Janet Van DeGraff, The Drowsy Chaperone; Chris Hargensen, Carrie the Musical (University Theatre), Cosette, Les Miserablés; Arista, Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Lyric Theatre OKC), Greek Chorus, Legally Blonde; Ensemble, Betty Blue Eyes, 9 to 5, Finian’s Rainbow (MTWichita), Pops Chorale/Dancer, The Christmas Show (OKC Philharmonic). Endless love and thanks to Wayne, Nancy, and Josh, her unbelievably encouraging friends and family, her devoted mentors and teachers who daily challenge her to push beyond limits, and her incredibly supportive fiancé, Jeff Taylor. MUTAU. 1 Peter 4:10-11

JARED THOMAS ROBERTS
JARED THOMAS ROBERTS

Jared Thomas Roberts is beyond excited and humbled to be a part of the 2015 Music Theatre Wichita Summer Season. He is a rising junior pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre at Point Park University. At PPU, Jared has been in productions of 21, a world premiere musical (Ball Player/Reporter) and The Boyfriend (Marcel). Past productions include: A Chorus Line (Mike), Footloose (Ren), Legally Blonde (Warner), Cats (Alonzo/Macavity). He would like to thank his family and friends for always supporting his artistic endeavors and his teachers and trainers for helping him grow into the performer he is today. “When you become the image of your own imagination, it's the most powerful thing you could ever do.”

JON PAUL ROBY (Posh Dad)
JON PAUL ROBY (Posh Dad)

Jon Paul Roby is thrilled to be performing with MTWichita this summer! Regional credits include Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, and Reagle Music Theatre. Jon Paul will be starting his last year in the BFA Musical Theatre program at Syracuse University in the fall. He would like to thank his family for their love and endless support as well as Wayne, Nancy and the entire MTW team for this incredible opportunity. Enjoy the show!

XIMONE ROSE
XIMONE ROSE

Ximone Rose, a New Orleans native, graduated this May from the University of Michigan where she just played Caroline in Caroline, Or Change. She is so thrilled to be making her MTWichita debut this summer and is looking forward to moving to New York afterwards! Keep a look out for her name! GO BLUE.

JEREMY SEINER
JEREMY SEINER

Jeremy Seiner is extremely excited to be a part of the 2015 MTWichita company. Favorite past roles include Frank Jr. (Catch Me If You Can), Claude (Hair), and Noah (Children of Eden). Jeremy recently recieved his BFA from Penn State, and would like to thank his friends and family for all of their constant love and support.

AVERY SMITH
AVERY SMITH

Avery Smith is a rising senior drama major at Carnegie Mellon University. He is a Chicago native and is very excited to be performing alongside the many talented artists of the 2015 MTWichita Company. For his first year of college he attended The Boston Conservatory where he appeared as Horse in The Full Monty. After his first year at the conservatory he decided to further his education at Carnegie Mellon University. While at CMU recent credits include Hello Again, The Wiz, and Babylon. Additionally, he has performed to honor alumni and Tony Award Winner Billy Porter. Also, Smith is featured on American R&B vocal group The Dells re-release of their hit "Open Up My Heart" featured on their album Open Up My Heart: The 9/11 Suite. Other credits include Damn Yankees (Applegate), A Little Night Music (Liebeslieder/u.s. Fredrik) Kiss Me, Kate (Paul). For Avery it is always a privilege and a blessing to be able to perform. He would like to thank all of his friends and family for all of their love and support! Mom, Dad, Austin, Amber, Amaris…YOU ROCK! “Live the moment, seize the day. Love every minute, because there’s only one today.”

HALLI TOLAND
HALLI TOLAND

Halli Toland is excited to return to MTW for a second summer!  She is a rising sophomore at the University of Michigan pursuing a BFA in musical theatre, and is originally from Toledo, Ohio. Her university credits include Helga in Cabaret and Dance Captain for The Music Man at U of M. Some of her favorite credits include Graziella in West Side Story and Dance Captain for Catch Me If You Can (both at MTW), as well as Janet in The Drowsy Chaperone at Toledo Repertory Theatre. She would like to thank her instructors Mark Madama and Linda Goodrich, as well as her amazing family and friends back home for their love and unending encouragement. Lastly special thanks to MTW for this wonderful opportunity. GO BLUE!

GINA WARD
GINA WARD

Gina Ward is so excited to be making her professional theatre debut at Music Theatre Wichita! She is coming all the way from Tampa, FL and will be a rising senior at Florida State University. Past credits include: How to Succeed… (Swing) and Company (Jenny). She would like to thank Wayne, Nancy, and all of the artistic team for believing in her and for giving her this amazing opportunity. She would not be the performer she is today without Broadway Dreams Foundation, Kate and Gayle, MT ’16, her mom and dad, and most importantly her Sissy.

DAISY WRIGHT
DAISY WRIGHT

Daisy Wright is beyond grateful to be back here at MTWichita this year for her second summer! Originally from St. George, UT, Daisy is an upcoming senior Musical Theatre major at the University of Oklahoma. Her credits include: Music Theatre Wichita: South Pacific, West Side Story, Joseph, Catch Me If You Can, 42nd Street. OU University Theatre: On The Town (Ivy u.s.), The Drowsy Chaperone (Mrs. Tottendale u.s.). OKC Philharmonic: The Christmas Show w/Beth Leavel (Dancer). Many thanks to my loving parents, family, friends, and teachers, and a BIG thanks to everyone at MTWichita for welcoming me back into their wonderful theatrical family for another summer of incredible fun!

STEVEN MINNING (Director)
STEVEN MINNING (Director)

Steven Minning is originally from Washington, Missouri. He comes to Music Theatre Wichita from New York, where he has worked as a director, associate director, resident director and choreographer for Billy ElliotThe Lion KingShow BoatThe Will Rogers Follies, and Cirque du Soleil’s Dralion. As a special events director, Steven directed the 1996 Coca-Cola Ceremonies honoring the International Olympic Council and The World Cup Opening Ceremonies produced by Radio City Music Hall. Co-founder of New York’s “Curtain Line For Kids,” providing master classes and workshop opportunities for young actors, Steven is currently the drama director at Menlo School in Atherton, California.

ALISON LEVENBERG (Choreographer)
ALISON LEVENBERG (Choreographer)

Alison Levenberg makes her MTWichita debut with Billy Elliot. She was most recently the resident choreographer and then subsequent associate choreographer/ dance supervisor for the national tour of Billy Elliot. Alison is originally from England where she trained professionally at the Doreen Bird College of performing arts (now Bird College) in London, graduating with distinction. Performance credits include: Broadway: Billy Elliot (dance captain/swing), 42nd Street revival (ensemble). New York: Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Rockette). Regional: 3 seasons at Pittsburgh CLO (dance captain); Gershwin’s An American in Paris (Janelle); Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas. Film: The Producers (Tapping Brown Shirt, Pearl Girl, Little Old Lady), Macy’s Day Parade, Regis and Kelly, Martha Stewart Show, E!, All My Children, Dancing With the Stars.

THOMAS W. DOUGLAS (Musical Director)
THOMAS W. DOUGLAS (Musical Director)

Thomas W. Douglas is back for his 15th season in Wichita!  He has performed more than 200 opera, oratorio, orchestral, and musical theater productions nationally and internationally. Highlights include conducting Webber's Phantom of the Opera in Basel, Switzerland and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with the Anchorage Operaand directing Ain't Misbehavin' in Malaysia. Thomas is currently the Music Director for the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra, and the Artistic Director of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, which is regularly receiving accolades for innovative, creative, and dramatically provocative productions. His MTWichita history includes ShowBoat with Kelli O'Hara, Ragtime, Smokey Joe's Café, 9 to 5, Ragtime with Darcie Roberts, Hairspray, The Full Monty, Miss Saigon, Beauty and the Beast, and Les Misérables, among many others. Thomas is the founder and Artistic Director of the Neighborhood Opera Company, having recently produced Mozart's Don Giovanni with an African American cast. With the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, he has conducted jazz legend Nathan Davis' opera Just Above My HeadCarmen Jones, and Porgy and Bess. Thomas has been the recipient of the Mary Jane Teall Award and the Robert Frankle awards for his contribution to theatre in Wichita, KS and Pittsburgh, PA. Thomas has enjoyed the stage roles of Amonasro in Elton John's Aida, Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors. Recently named the Director of Opera Studies in the School of Music in addition to his position as Director of Choral Activities and Professor in the School of Drama, this is Thomas' 25th year on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University. 

COLIN WELFORD (Music Supervisor)
COLIN WELFORD (Music Supervisor)

Colin Welford studied at Oxford University, Royal College of Music, University of Miami and Columbia College, in conducting and film composition. Music supervisor: The Lion King (13 companies worldwide), The Who’s Tommy (Europe and UK). Music Director: WickedBilly ElliotThe English National Ballet. A familiar musical presence in London’s West End and on Broadway, Colin also orchestrates for the New York and Boston Pops orchestras, and has recorded extensively as a conductor; from Mahler and Stravinsky with BBC Symphony Orchestra to pop and big-band albums. His original musical Strings Attached plays summer-long at American Folklore Theatre in Wisconsin.

AARON GONZALEZ (Associate Director)
AARON GONZALEZ (Associate Director)

Aaron is a director, actor, designer, stage manager and graduate of the UNCSA Directing Program. He was the Resident Director and Assistant Stage Manager for the final year of the Billy Elliot National Tour, and Associate Director/ Ensemble for Billy Elliot at the MUNY of St. Louis last summer. Some of his Broadway Credits include: Projection Designer for John Leguizamo’s Ghetto Klown (Lyceum) now on HBO, Assistant Stage Manager for American Buffalo (Belasco), and Assistant Stage Manager for Time Stands Still (MTC & The Cort). Currently, Aaron is developing a new musical with John Leguizamo & Steven Chbosky.

MICHAEL BIREN (Associate Choreographer)
MICHAEL BIREN (Associate Choreographer)

Michael Biren is thrilled to be working at Music Theatre Wichita. Off-Broadway: Revolution in the Elbow (with Cady Huffman) Tours: Billy Elliot (with Faith Prince) and Cinderella (with Lea Salonga). Regional: Goodspeed Opera House, Riverside Theatre, The MUNY, Ogunquit Playhouse, Maine State Music Theatre and Fulton Opera House. B.A. in Theatre and Biology from Muhlenberg College. Thanks to Alison and Music Theatre Wichita! Proud Equity Member. Love to DMRSCLB+L!

JAN McDANIEL (Associate Music Director)
JAN McDANIEL (Associate Music Director)

Jan McDaniel is thrilled to be associated with Music Theatre Wichita for the 2015 season. He is equally at home on the podium and at the keyboard. In the fall of 2015, he begins his seventeenth year on the faculty of the Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University, where he is Professor of Vocal Coaching and a conductor of the Oklahoma City University Opera and Musical Theater Company. In the latter capacity, McDaniel has served as musical director and conductor for over thirty productions. His 2013 production of Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia was chosen as the Best Opera Production for Division III in the National Opera Association’s annual competition. Prof. McDaniel also directs the Master of Music program in Vocal Coaching, one of the only programs of its kind in the United States. McDaniel has performed with such notable artists as Kristin Chenoweth, Marquita Lister, Kelli O’Hara, Susanne Mentzer, Uwe Heilmann, Yvonne Redman, and Leona Mitchell. His present and former coaching students are working worldwide in opera houses and on stages on Broadway and across the country.

DAVID NEVILLE (Lighting Designer)
DAVID NEVILLE (Lighting Designer)

David Neville is thrilled to return for his 32nd season of "Camp MTW." In addition to many productions at MTWichita, David has designed lighting for North Shore Music Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars, Omaha Symphony, the United States Air Force, Stage One, Ordway Music Theatre, Papermill Playhouse, the University of Michigan, Penn State University, Portland Center Stage, North Carolina Theatre, Musical Theatre West, Arkansas Rep, Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera, George Street Playhouse, the 5th Avenue Theatre, and Off-Broadway. David's favorite designs at MTWichita include Big River, Cats, Ragtime, Once On This Island, Children of Eden, and Jesus Christ Superstar. David also teaches lighting and scenic design at Wichita State University. He makes his home in Wichita with his wife Robin.  

DAVID MUEHL (Sound Designer)
DAVID MUEHL (Sound Designer)

David Muehl continues his 10th season as MTWichita's sound designer, having also served as the sound assistant previously for a season. During MTWichita's off season, David is the audio producer for WSU's College of Fine Arts where he oversees audito recording and live sound for fine arts and other performances. He also serves as sound designer for WSU's Opera and Musical Theatre programs and is the sound advisor to student musical theatre and opera sound designers and engineers. Some of his favorite sound designs have been Children of Eden, Into the Woods, Les Misérables, and the Wizard of Oz. David has also done sound design for Wichita Center for the Arts and Cabaret Oldtown. Special thanks to Josh and Matt with Event Systems for their continued support of MTWichita.

TAYLOR MALOTT (Hair and Makeup Designer)
TAYLOR MALOTT (Hair and Makeup Designer)

Taylor Malott is extremely excited to spend her first summer with Music Theatre Wichita. She is a Cincinnati native who recently graduated from the University of Cincinnati (CCM) with a BFA in Theatre Production and Design with an emphasis in Wig and Makeup Design. She has been a licensed cosmetologist for more than five years. Taylor has been a part of the wig build crew at Utah Shakespeare Festival and was the department head at Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh for their 2014 season. Taylor could not be more grateful for this opportunity to work for MTW.

DIXON REYNOLDS (Costume Coordinator)
DIXON REYNOLDS (Costume Coordinator)

Dixon Reynolds is thrilled to be back at Music Theatre Wichita after designing costumes for last summer’s Catch Me If You Can and 2013’s Betty Blue Eyes! He is an Associate Professor of Costume Design at State University of New York at Fredonia and a freelance designer. His designs are seen in a broad range of styles from Theatre, Dance, Opera, Film and his favorite: new and experimental theatrical works, including musicals! Dixon is the resident costume designer at the Kavinoky Theatre in Buffalo, NY. Some of his designs have been seen at The Irish Classical Theatre, ART Park, Summer Repertory Theatre, Buffalo United Artists, Shakespeare in Delaware Park, The Hartt School of Music, Triad Stage, and American Dance Festival. He has also worked in the costume departments at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Playmakers Repertory Company, Roanoke Festival Park, HBO Productions and CBS Productions.

HALEY TYNES (Wardrobe Supervisor)
HALEY TYNES (Wardrobe Supervisor)

This is Haley's first summer at MTW, and she is thrilled to be here. She just finished her first year of grad school at The University of Virginia, getting her MFA in costume design and technology. She has worked for Porthouse Theatre and Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre. She is grateful for the opportunity and is looking forward to the summer ahead!

MARIA LEON (Prop Master)
MARIA LEON (Prop Master)

Maria is a recent graduate from the University Of Arizona. There she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre production and design, with emphasis in scenic and prop design. Her past credits include Assistant Scenic Design for Arizona Repertory Theatre’s production of The Man Who Came to Dinner. Maria is very excited to start her third season with Music Theatre Wichita. She would like to thank everyone at MTW for the opportunity and enjoyable summers. Maria would like to give a very special thanks to her mom, Carmen Leon and her boyfriend, Brandon Kahler for their constant support. Without it she wouldn’t be here today.

DEBBIE ROBERTS (Costume Shop Manager)
DEBBIE ROBERTS (Costume Shop Manager)

Debbie Roberts has designed costumes for many shows here, including 42nd Street, White Christmas, Thoroughly Modern Millie, High School Musical, State Fair, Funny Girl, The Most Happy Fella, On the Town, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Annie Get Your Gun, Man of La Mancha, Crazy for You, The Sound of Music, My One and Only, and various Festival of Broadway shows. A graduate of Friends University, Debbie received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance and Ballet. “I am so proud of the work that Music Theatre Wichita does, it is always a pleasure to work each season. While California remains my home, for over 25 years Wichita has been my summer home. I look forward to meeting new people and learning new skills each time. Enjoy the shows!”

MEGAN REED (Millinery Designer)
MEGAN REED (Millinery Designer)

Megan is extremely grateful to be spending her sixth season working with MTWichita helping them bring these wonderful stories to life. She has found great mentors and friends working with this wonderful company. Most recently she worked at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach, Florida. She is a graduate from Sterling College with a B.A. in Theatre and Art with an emphasis in Illustration. Credits include 42nd Street, Catch Me If You Can, Disney's The Little Mermaid, Disney's and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins and Singin’ in the Rain (MTWichita).  

KATRINA MILLER (Scenic Charge Artist)
KATRINA MILLER (Scenic Charge Artist)

Katrina Miller is excited to be spending her first summer with Music Theatre Wichita. A freelance scenic artist and designer, Katrina comes to Wichita from the Lehigh Valley in eastern Pennsylvania. She holds an MFA in theatre design and production from Purdue University and a BFA in theatre design and technology from Northern Illinois University. Her adventures in theatre have taken her all over, from the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, to the Texas Shakespeare Festival, to the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, with many other stops in between. She would like to thank her amazing husband Phil for being so supportive of all her endeavors.

JEFF TAYLOR (Production Manager)
JEFF TAYLOR (Production Manager)

Jeff Taylor is extremely honored to be back with this excellent cast and crew for his 15th summer at MTWichita. Throughout the years since 2000, he's had the chance to apprentice, build, design, and even act for MTWichita, and has now become the year-round Production Manager, working closely with the awesome MTW staff. A loyal Kansan, Jeff graduated from Wichita High School East, earned his BA in Musical Theatre from Friends University, and his MFA in Design and Technology from UMKC. Jeff thanks Wayne for his continual guidance throughout the many years together and his wife Sarah, for the many wonderful years to come.

MITCHELL SOUTHERLAND (Assistant Production Manager)
MITCHELL SOUTHERLAND (Assistant Production Manager)

Mitch is very excited to be spending his second season with Music Theatre Wichita. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Mitch has been fortunate to spend the last year in Chicago working in production management at the Goodman Theatre while also freelancing at the Steppenwolf and Paramount theatres. Mitch's previous credits include two summer with the Santa Fe Opera, technical direction and carpentry work at the University of Oklahoma, and leadership of the University of Oklahoma chapter of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT). Mitch would like to express his gratitude to Jeff and Wayne for having him back for another summer!

AJ KELLISON (Technical Director)
AJ KELLISON (Technical Director)

AJ is happy to return to MTWichita for his 10th season. Most recently AJ was the Master Carpenter at Childsplay in Phoenix, Arizona. AJ is very grateful for all the help he has received from the Wichita theatre community and would like to include a special thanks to Local 190 for all the hard work they do during the summer and throughout the year.

MADELYNN NEVINS (Asst. Lighting Designer)
MADELYNN NEVINS (Asst. Lighting Designer)

Madelynn Nevins is excited to be back on the MTWichita team for her 2nd year as Assistant Lighting Designer and her 9th Summer Camp experience. She spent this last year as the Production Manager for Music Theatre for Young People producing art and teaching youth about the craft. She also spent the year in many different design capacities for various companies such as Laughing Feet Performers, Mosley Street Melodrama, Wichita State University, and Prairie Pines Dinner Theatre. Madelynn would like to thank everyone at MTWichita, along with her family, and fur babies for their support.

STEVE LANDES (Director of the Apprentice Program/Shopper-Buyer)
STEVE LANDES (Director of the Apprentice Program/Shopper-Buyer)

Steve Landes is proud to return for his 22nd summer as the Apprentice Program Director. A Wichita resident for twenty two years, Steve worked for Friends University, the Wichita Center for the Arts, Music Theatre for Young People, and Shakespeare in the Park. He has just finished his 37th year as a high school theatre teacher. He has been inducted into the Kansas Thespians Teacher Hall of Fame, and is currently co-state director of Kansas Thespians. Steve moved to the Kansas City area fourteen years ago for a teaching position. As an educator, Steve continues to be very excited about working with the apprentices in this unique training program (and MTW is deeply grateful for Steve’s creative dedication to our young people!).

Mary Sue Dymak (Rentals & Inventory Director / Drop Fabricator / Orchestra Pit Manager / Archivist / A Bunch of Other Stuff) [whew!]
Mary Sue Dymak (Rentals & Inventory Director / Drop Fabricator / Orchestra Pit Manager / Archivist / A Bunch of Other Stuff) [whew!]

WOW! 40 seasons! Who would have thought that back in 1976, a summer job would turn into such a career!! Being one of the oldest members of the production staff, this will mark summer productions numbering 197 to 201. In the off season, I still keep my hand in stage managing for Ballet Wichita Orchestra (19 years) and enjoying a fabulous working relationship with Wichita State University, all the while keeping our ever growing rental business running. I seem to get around a lot but only inside Century II. My life remains happily engaged in larger and more complex tasks working for my favorite employer. My thanks to WB…..I offer my deepest love and respect to all who work in this fabulous building and for our organization.

TIFFANY K. ORR (Stage Manager)
TIFFANY K. ORR (Stage Manager)

Originally from Oklahoma, Tiffany is returning for her sixth MTWichita season. She spends the other 9 months of the year in the Twin Cities where she works as a freelance stage manager in addition to being the production stage manager for Theater Latte Da. While in the Twin Cities, she has the pleasure to work with companies including the Pillsbury House Theatre, The Children's Theatre Company, Park Square Theatre, and the Guthrie. Prior to her move to the Twin Cities she worked on more than a dozen productions as part of the stage management team at Phoenix Theatre, in Phoenix, AZ. This summer marks 10 years as a proud member of the Actor's Equity Association. Missing you, Em!

AMANDA K. BOWMAN (Stage Manager)
AMANDA K. BOWMAN (Stage Manager)

Amanda Bowman is thrilled to be home for her 11th summer at MTWichita and honored to be stepping into this new role. She spent the last two seasons at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and has also worked for The Palace Theater in the Dells, Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Crown Uptown, IATSE #190, Walt Disney World, and Merrimack Repertory Theatre. Ms. Bowman is a graduate of Wichita State University. Thanks and love to Wayne, Nancy, her family, and KBEAT. Proud member of AEA. For Grandpa.

JOSHUA LARSON (Teen Choir Staging Director)
JOSHUA LARSON (Teen Choir Staging Director)

Joshua Larson has choreographed for Wichita State University, Friends University, and at various high schools, studios, organizations, and theatres in and around the Wichita area, with his choreography earning him four Jester Awards. His choreographic and directing talents have been used at MTWichita as the staging director for the Teen Choir (2006-present); director/choreographer of Festival of Broadway (2008-2010, 2014, 2015) and Curtain Up! (2013-present); and choreographer/adjudicator for the dance portion of MTWichita’s national audition tour (2013-present). Joshua received his undergraduate degree in dance performance from Oklahoma City University and his Master of Liberal Arts (with a Theatre Concentration) from Baker University. He has traveled the country evaluating national dance competitions including Starbound and The Elite Dance Cup. Performing credits include shows at Carnegie Hall, on the Holland America Line, and with the following groups: MTWichita, Stiletto Entertainment, Tuacahn, Silver Tree Productions, Oklahoma City University, Windwood Theatricals, and The American Spirit Dance Company.

Linda Starkey (Teen Choir Musical Director)
Linda Starkey (Teen Choir Musical Director)

Linda Starkey continues her relationship with MTWichita, having performed in My Fair Lady, Oliver!, Cabaret, and The Sound of Music, and having conducted the Teen Choir and assisted with MTWichita’s apprentice program. Currently serving as the Director of the School of Performing Arts at Wichita State University, Linda has also served as Associate Director of the Opera and Music Theatre program there, and taught voice for more than 30 years. She has directed for Opera Kansas, WSU Opera Theatre, WSU Theatre, Wichita Community Theatre, Wichita Children’s Theatre, and the Center for the Arts. In 2005, her production of Pippin was chosen to be an alternate for the American College Theatre Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

JENNIFER FISHER (Signing Interpreter)
JENNIFER FISHER (Signing Interpreter)

Jennifer Fisher is so excited for her seventh season at MTWichita. She would like to thank Wayne and all the amazing, talented people at Music Theatre Wichita for including her in the magic! During the year Jennifer is an educational interpreter for Sedgwick County Co-op, and leads the deaf ministry at Central Community Church, where she interprets services, concerts, conferences, classes, and support groups. Jennifer has been signing for more than 10 years and is focused on musical performance interpreting, having trained in Nashville, TN under Gate Communications. Her goal is to create a performance that’s as impactful for the deaf as it is for the hearing. Jennifer thanks her girls Kara and Stephanie and her husband for their support. Most importantly, thanks to God for the blessings He’s given and the opportunity to work in such a remarkable place. 2 Cor. 4:16-18

Nancy Reeves (Producing Associate / Company Manager)
Nancy Reeves (Producing Associate / Company Manager)

Nancy Reeves joined MTWichita in 1988 as a bookkeeper and soon took on other responsibilities. She first took over the position of Company Manager and more recently added Producing Associate to her job description. As Company Manager Nancy’s duties include coordinating auditions, handling thousands of submissions each season. Other duties include handling the travel and housing accommodation arrangements for guest artists, and maintaining active communications with all department and department heads throughout the season. As Producing Associate Nancy attends auditions and participates in casting decisions, works with agents, and participates in contract negotiations. Her long tenure at MTWichita and close personal connections to people throughout Wichita allow her to be an outstanding resource for MTWichita and for artists working in Wichita during the summer season. She can quickly connect a need to a resource, whether that is a qualified rehearsal pianist, an appropriate caterer for a donor appreciation event, or a convenient hotel room for a guest artist.

WAYNE BRYAN (Producing Artistic Director)
WAYNE BRYAN (Producing Artistic Director)

Wayne Bryan begins his 28th season as Producing Artistic Director of Music Theatre Wichita, where he has now produced 135 Broadway-scale musicals, including dozens for which he has also served as director or performer. Raised in southern California, Wayne began his professional career as both actor and director at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, while stationed as a Navy officer in Coronado. Wayne's performing credits include Good News!, Rodgers and Hart, and Tintypes on Broadway, the First National Tour of Joseph / Dreamcoat, and TV appearances on such shows as "M*A*S*H" (CBS), "American History" (PBS), and "Keystone" (A&E). His directing credits include award-winning productions on both coasts, including Festival at New York City Center. Wayne is co-author with Mark Madama of a revised version of the collegiate musical Good News!, whose 1993 Wichita premiere has been followed by over 300 subsequent productions around the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain, plus an internationally acclaimed cast album. Wayne was a 2002 recipient of the Kansas Governor's Arts Award as an Individual Artist, and received the NCCJ Brotherhood/Sisterhood Award, recognizing individuals who fight discrimination and encourage diversity. Thanks to all our supporters and patrons; to the performers, artistic teams, and crew members; to the musicians; to the box office staff; to the Guild and the Board of Directors; and to the wonderful year-round staff, all of whom make this job so joyful and fulfilling.

TAYLOR MALOTT (Hair and Makeup Designer)
TAYLOR MALOTT (Hair and Makeup Designer)

Taylor Malott is extremely excited to spend her first summer with Music Theatre Wichita. She is a Cincinnati native who recently graduated from the University of Cincinnati (CCM) with a BFA in Theatre Production and Design with an emphasis in Wig and Makeup Design. She has been a licensed cosmetologist for more than five years. Taylor has been a part of the wig build crew at Utah Shakespeare Festival and was the department head at Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh for their 2014 season. Taylor could not be more grateful for this opportunity to work for MTW.

BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL: A History of the Musical by Wayne Bryan

Film:

  • Premiered at Cannes, May 19, 2000 – as “Dancer”
  • Under new title, opened in UK September 29, 2000    
  • Opened in the U.S. October 13, 2000
  • Written by Lee Hall, directed by Stephen Daldry, dances staged by Peter Darling

Stage Musical:

  • Set Design by Ian MacNeil, Costume Design by Nicky Gillibrand, Lighting Design by Rick Fisher, Sound Design by Paul Arditti
  • Musical Supervision and Orchestrations by Martin Koch
  • London cast opened May 11, 2005 (still running)\
  • Broadway cast opened  Nov. 13, 2008, Imperial Theatre;closed Jan. 8, 2012. 1312 performances. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lee Hall grew up in North Eastern England, and was an impressionable teenager in 1984, listening to Elton John music, when his community was thrown into political and cultural upheaval during the tenure of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

 “It felt like we were somehow under siege. Unemployment was exploding. Thatcher seemed to attack everything that the North East was most proud of: its industrial heritage, its sense of a common purpose, even the robust humour seemed to be under attack from the middle class snobbishness which she represented…

 “Things seemed to hit crisis point in 1984 when the Miners’ Strike focused all of these issues. Living in the North East where coal mining had been the life blood of the economy, and a certain way of life for hundreds of years, this seemed less like an industrial fracas and more akin to a civil war. Quite quickly the police were donning riot shields and pitched battles were taking place…”

Hall later left his small town to study writing, creating several plays about his youth in Newcastle. One piece was inspired in part by A.J. Cronin's 1935 novel The Stars Look Down, about a miners' strike. Entitled Dancer, Hall’s play was also heavily influenced by photographer Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen's book Step by Step, about a dancing school in nearby North Shields.

When Dancer received a rehearsed reading in 1998 at the Live Theatre in Newcastle upon Tyne, it attracted the interest of Hall’s friend director Stephen Daldry, who envisioned it as a film with Hall creating the screenplay. Produced by Greg Brenman and Jon Finn, with music composed by Stephen Warbeck, the film featured Jamie Bell as 11-year-old Billy, Gary Lewis as his coal miner father, Jamie Draven as Billy’s older brother, and Julie Walters as his ballet teacher.

Distributed by Universal Pictures and Focus Features the film, also originally entitled Dancer, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000. But Björk's film Dancer in the Dark also debuted there, winning the Palmes D’Or and prompting confusion. When executives from Universal Studios called Stephen Daldry and his team to congratulate them on their win, they realized they had to change the name of their film. That fall, the film premiered as Billy Elliot in the UK and then in the U.S., greeted by rapturous reviews and strong box office.

Elton John had seen the film at its Cannes premiere and found himself deeply moved by it. “My response to the film was profound. The story of young Billy, a gifted working class boy with artistic ambitions seemingly beyond his reach, had so many parallels to my own childhood. Like Billy, the opportunity to express myself artistically was a passport to a better, more fulfilling life.”

When discussions began to transform the film into a stage musical, Elton John enthusiastically jumped on board, delighted to write music to lyrics created by the film’s screenwriter, who had never before written lyrics, but whose gift for it was immediately apparent. The film’s director Stephen Daldry and choreographer Peter Darling also joined the project.

The musical officially opened on May 11, 2005 in the West End at the Victoria Palace Theatre where it is still playing successfully a decade later. Critical reviews were raves, with the Daily Telegraph's Charles Spencer calling it “the greatest British musical I have ever seen.”

Billy Elliot the Musical won four Laurence Olivier Awards: Best New Musical, Best Actor (awarded jointly to James Lomas, George Maguire and Liam Mower, the boys who played Billy), Best Sound Design and Best Choreographer. It also won the Evening Standard Award as well as the Critics Circle Award and the Theatregoers Choice Award, all for Best Musical. The Broadway edition which followed in 2012 was similarly praised, winning ten Tony Awards® including Best Musical, with the American trio of Billys also jointly awarded. 

On 8 April 2013, after it was announced that Margaret Thatcher had died at the age of 87, there was uncertainty whether the song “Merry Christmas, Maggie Thatcher” would be included in the performance that day, due to the lyrics including: “We all celebrate today ‘cause it’s one day closer to your death.” Director Stephen Daldry said that after “much discussion” the audience was given the choice to decide whether the song should be performed and, with only three audience members voting against it, the performance went ahead as normal.

On September 28, 2014, a matinee of the musical was broadcast live from the Victoria Palace Theatre to cinemas around the UK and other countries, with further encore screenings of that same performance on later dates. Liam Mower, one of the three actors who originated the title role, returned to play the role of Older Billy. In addition, 25 past and present actors who had played the title role on the West End performed a specially-choreographed dance number at the finale. This performance was released on DVD and Blu-ray on 24 November 2014 in the United Kingdom, and will be released in the U.S. later this year.

Lee Hall, who created the whole story, should have the last words:

“If Billy Elliot is about one thing, it is that we are all capable of making lives for ourselves which are full of joy and self-expression. Whilst we might not all become ballet dancers, we are capable of finding moments of real profundity and creativity whatever our circumstances. But more than that, we have a duty to ourselves and each other to create a society where this possibility in all of us is nurtured and can flourish.”

July 22-26, 2015

Edward Bloom has spun many colorful tales about his astonishing escapades. But are any of them true? His son, soon to be a father himself, delves into the mysteries of his father's life, with surprising and delightful results. Based on the hit film and novel.

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Big Fish
July 22-26, 2015
PG
2 hr 20 min

Edward Bloom has spun many colorful tales about his astonishing escapades. But are any of them true? His son, soon to be a father himself, delves into the mysteries of his father's life, with surprising and delightful results. Based on the hit film and novel, this brand new Broadway musical weaves fantasy and spectacle into a poignant and truthful examination of the way fathers and sons can share decades together before finally getting to know each other.

Book by JOHN AUGUST
Music and Lyrics by ANDREW LIPPA

Based on the novel by Daniel Wallace
and the Columbia Motion Picture
written by John August

Originally produced on Broadway by Dan Jinks, Bruce Cohen and Stage Entertainment with Roy Furman, Broadway Across America/Rich Entertainment Group, John Domo, The Nederlander Organization and Edward Walson in association with CJ E&M, Dancing Elephant Productions, Parrothead Productions, Harvey Weinstein/Carole L. Haber, Peter May/Jim Fantaci, Ted Liebowitz/Joe Piacentile and Columbia Pictures.

VINCENT CORAZZA (Edward Bloom)
VINCENT CORAZZA (Edward Bloom)

Vincent Corazza is thrilled to be making his MTWichita debut as Edward Bloom in Big Fish, and to join the long tradition of theatrical excellence that MTW has created! Vince was last seen on stage in 2014 as part of the Original Broadway production of Rocky. Prior to that he played the role of Harry Bright on the US National Tour of Mamma Mia! A graduate of the theater program at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, Vince has had a long and successful career starring in numerous film, television, and stage productions, as well as an incredibly extensive voiceover career performing in some very popular animated shows and video games. Select credits include: the feature film Owning Mahowny playing the best friend of Philip Seymour Hoffman; Jackal Johnson in Disney’s The Cheetah Girls; Ray Quinn, the last detective to join the force on the series finale of “NYPD Blue;” guest star spots on “24,” “Without a Trace,” “Entourage,” and “Bones;” voicing Tuxedo Mask in the acclaimed “Sailor Moon” Anime TV series; Alden Jones on three seasons of the award-winning “Braceface” series; and Zexion in the popular “Kingdom Hearts” video game series. Huge thanks to Wayne Bryan and the folks at MTW; my agents at BRS, DBA & DPN for their constant support and scheduling magic; my Mom & Dad for teaching me how to “Fight the Dragons” and tell my own stories; and most of all my wife Jane Cooke…”Time Stops” when I’m with you! For more info check out www.vincentcorazza.com; @vincentcorazza; facebook.com/vincentcorazzatheactor.

KIM HUBER (Sandra Bloom)
KIM HUBER (Sandra Bloom)

Kim couldn’t be happier to return to MTWichita. She is thankful to have been the leading lady of many MTWichita productions throughout the years, including: The King and I, Finian’s Rainbow, My Fair Lady, White Christmas, Seven Brides..., Phantom, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Good News! (and MTWichita’s own cast recording!), and a member of the resident company in 1992. Broadway: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Belle), Sunset Boulevard and Marie Christine. Now a resident in L.A., she has been recognized as an Ovation Award Nominee for Best Actress in the World Premiere of Having It All (Lizzie) and Floyd Collins (Nellie). L.A./West Coast premieres: The Marvelous Wonderettes (Missy), The Last Five Years (Cathy) and The Spitfire Grill (Shelby). Other favorites: The Sound of Music (Maria, 5th Ave Theatre), Chess (Florence, Alliance Theatre), ShowBoat (Magnolia, Ft. Worth Symphony). Kim can be heard as the singing voice of “Princess Aurora” (Sleeping Beauty) on many Disney records. Her favorite role is mom to Paige (15) and Adam (6), and wife to Roger Befeler (also a member of the resident MTWichita company in 1992). Love and thanks always to Wayne and Mark for the boundless adventures and opportunities to “fight the dragons.”

SKYLER ADAMS (Will Bloom)
SKYLER ADAMS (Will Bloom)

Skyler Adams is excited to be back to his second home! OU alum. Favorite credits include National Tours: Pippin u/s (Pippin) MTWichita: Frank Jr. (Catch Me If You Can) Hero (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), Emmett Forrest (Legally Blonde), Not-Dead Fred / Minstrel / Prince Herbert (Monty Python's Spamalot); Chicago Shakespeare Theatre: World Premiere of Bartram and Hill’s The Adventures of Pinocchio (Pinocchio); Drury Lane in Chicago: Next to Normal (Henry), Les Misérables (Marius); Lyric Opera of Chicago: Oklahoma! Paramount Theatre: Hair (Claude), Grease (Danny), Fiddler on the Roof (Motel); Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma: Altar Boyz (Matthew), and Riverside Theatre: Hero (Funny Thing...Forum). Big thanks to Bets, his family and Sam. Hope is real. 

TIMOTHY W. ROBU (Amos Calloway)
TIMOTHY W. ROBU (Amos Calloway)

Timothy Robu is delighted to be a part of this year’s MTWichita season, as well as many previous ones. Audiences may remember Tim in past roles such as Thenardier in Les Misérables, Bedevere in Spamalot, John Hancock in 1776, the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, Amos Hart in Chicago, Oscar Shapiro in Curtains, Mr. Feldzeig in The Drowsy Chaperone, Herbie in Gypsy, and Lazar Wolf in Fiddler. Tim also performs at several other venues in the Wichita area and served as Technical Director for the Crown Theatre and Artistic Director of the children’s program for more than twenty years. He now works as an Exhibit Technician for Exploration Place. When not working at Wichita's fine theatres, Tim has plenty to keep him busy as father to his two daughters, Katie and Francie. Thanks to Wayne and all the folks in Wichita who produce theatre, perform theatre, and enjoy theatre. They make the Wichita area a great place to work, live, and bring up kids in.

TIMOTHY HUGHES (Karl the Giant)
TIMOTHY HUGHES (Karl the Giant)

Timothy Hughes is thrilled to be making his debut at Music Theatre Wichita! Broadway: Chaplin: The Musical. NYC credits include Paint Your Wagon (Encores!), Superfly! (dir. Bill T. Jones), and Josephine. National tour of Chitty Citty... Favorite regional credits include Scarecrow in Wizard of Oz (Fulton Theatre), Karl in Big Fish (Musical Theatre West), Willard in Footloose (Maine State), Kyle the UPS Man in Legally Blonde (North Shore/ WBT), Addams Family (MUNY), Cabaret (St. Louis Rep/ Cincinnati Playhouse/ Geva), and Damn Yankees and Carnival (Goodspeed Opera). Upcoming feature film: The Dark Rite (Demon). Proud AEA member and graduate of NYU/ CAP21. Abundant thanks to Wayne and Peggy for this opportunity, and his incredible family and friends, Brian, and ME Management for their support. As always, for Dad.

CHRISTIANI PITTS (Josephine)
CHRISTIANI PITTS (Josephine)

Christiani Pitts began her career as a performer at the age of 8 in Montclair, NJ at Luna Stage. Working in both theatre and film in Atlanta, GA, she continued to train and perform throughout her educational career. She graduated this past May from the BFA Music Theatre program at the Florida State University. Previous theatre credits include Mimi Marquez in Rent (Greenville, SC), Pilar in Legally Blonde (Valdosta, GA), Mrs. Corry in Mary Poppins (Warsaw, IN), Electra in Gypsy (Warsaw, IN), Sally Bowles in Cabaret (Florida State University), Marta in Company (Florida State University), Aida in Aida (Atlanta, GA). She is so excited to perform at Music Theatre Wichita for the first time and would like to thank God, her family and this incredible company for their support and generosity of spirit.

CAROLYN ANNE MILLER (Jenny Hill)
CAROLYN ANNE MILLER (Jenny Hill)

Carolyn Anne Miller is so happy to be returning to her MTWichita family for her third summer. She graduates in May from the Chicago College of Performing Arts. Some of her favorite regional credits include Les Miserablés (Eponine), Catch Me If You Can (Brenda Strong), Betty Blue Eyes (Veronica), Amadeus (Constanze), and Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party (Mae). Carolyn would like to thank her mom, dad, and sister for all of their love and support throughout her career, and to Wayne for another wonderful summer back at MTW. 

JOHN BOLDENOW (Dr. Bennett)

John Boldenow is well known regionally for his exemplary work in the performing arts. Over the past twenty-five years, he has worked extensively for many local theatre venues, has been the recipient of nearly a dozen Mary Jane Teall Awards for acting, directing, and props design, and was named to the Teall Hall of Fame in 2005. In 2008 John was also recognized with the Individual Artist of the Year Award from the Wichita Arts Council, and has been the recipient of the Linn Copeland Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Performing Arts. Since 2001 he has served as Director of Theatre at the Wichita Center for the Arts, and maintains a private practice as a member of the Certified Appraisers Guild of America, specializing in fine and enthnographic art and antiquities. John is very proud of his 30+ years of performing with MTWichita, which has allowed him to share the stage with some of the greatest, most talented young people and veterans working in the business today. Thanks to Wayne and the MTW staff for their continued commitment to excellence in the performing arts.

TOPHER CUNDITH (Young Will)
TOPHER CUNDITH (Young Will)

Topher, a rising fifth grader at Hyde Elementary School in Wichita, made his Music Theatre Wichita debut this summer in My Son Pinocchio, and is thrilled to return for Big Fish. In past years, he’s taken the stage in numerous Music Theatre for Young People productions. Favorite MTYP roles include: Junior in My Son Pinocchio; Grumpy in Shrek: The Musical, and the Mayor of Munchkin City in Wizard of Oz. A big shout out to Wayne and MTW for this amazing opportunity, and to his teachers: Amy Menas and The Studio Singers, Billie Preston at Senseney Music, and everyone at Kansas Dance Academy and MTYP. Special thanks to his family and friends for their ongoing love and support.

XIMONE ROSE (The Witch)
XIMONE ROSE (The Witch)

Ximone Rose, a New Orleans native, graduated this May from the University of Michigan where she just played Caroline in Caroline, Or Change. She is so thrilled to be making her MTWichita debut this summer and is looking forward to moving to New York afterwards! Keep a look out for her name! GO BLUE.

CASSIE AUSTIN
CASSIE AUSTIN

Cassie Austin is delighted to be joining MTWichita for the first time ever!  A Libertyville, IL native and sophomore in the BFA Musical Theatre program at Brigham Young University in Utah, she is ecstatic about being back in the Midwest. Favorite Credits include Valentine de Villefort in the U.S. Premiere of Frank Wildhorn's The Count of Monte Cristo (BYU), Katy in the NYMTF-bound new musical Single Wide (BYU), Brooke in Legally Blonde, and Cassie in A Chorus Line. Much thanks to Mom and Dad as well as her amazing teachers, friends and family for all of their love and support, and to Music Theatre Wichita for this amazing opportunity!

KATIE BARNA
KATIE BARNA

Katie Barna is thrilled to be spending her summer performing with Music Theatre Wichita, and loved playing Fairy-in-Training Sue in Disney’s My Son Pinocchio! She is a recent graduate of Oklahoma City University from Suwanee, Georgia. While in college, she performed annually in the Home for the Holidays and ASDC Spring Show with the American Spirit Dance Company. Professionally, Katie performed in Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma’s Will Rogers Follies. She would like to express unending gratitude to family and friends for believing in her dreams and the Lord for His abundant blessings. 

CAITLIN BELCIK
CAITLIN BELCIK

Caitlin Belcik is absolutely thrilled to be returning to MTWichita for her second season! She is from Edmond, OK, and this fall will be a sophomore at Penn State University in the BFA musical theatre program. Favorite credits include:  Broadway: How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Annie Who - original; Little Who - revival); Regional: MTW - Last year's 5 fabulous shows!, White Christmas (Susan Waverly); Lyric Theatre - Sweet Charity, Bye Bye Birdie, Tarzan, Sound of Music, Call Me Madam (choreography assistant); ENHS - West Side Story (Maria). Much love and thanks to Wayne, Nancy, Josh and the MTW team for this wonderful opportunity, and to my teachers and parents for their support!

LEXIS DANCA
LEXIS DANCA

Lexis is thrilled to be spending her summer with Music Theatre Wichita! A current student of Millikin University, she is pursuing a BFA in Musical Theater with a dance minor (2016), and has appeared on the Millikin mainstage in: And the World Goes ‘Round (Woman/Dance Captain), Peter Pan (Tiger Lily), Legally Blonde (Greek Chorus/Vivienne u/s), Cinderella, Machinal (Female Swing), the collegiate premiere of the new Gwon and Hammond musical String, and the workshop of Salzman and Cunningham’s The Legend of New York. Additional credits include: An Evening with Andrew Lippa (Featured Vocalist), The Nutcracker Ballet (Sugar Plum Fairy, Judith Svalander Dance Theater), Thodos Dance Residency, and the 84th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (Featured Float Singer/Dancer). She sends all her love and thanks to her supportive friends and family.

KAT GEERTSEN
KAT GEERTSEN

Kat Geertsen - First MTWichita season. Originally from Milwaukee, WI, Kat graduated this past May from Viterbo University with a BFA in Music Theatre. VU credits include: Pippin (Leading Player), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Flo), Little Women (Beth), A Chorus Line (Judy Turner, #23). Other favorites: Next to Normal (Natalie), Disney’s Beauty & the Beast (Belle), Ragtime (Mother), Spring Awakening (Thea), Legally Blonde (Kate). Kat also served as Assistant Music Director for Drood, and joined the entire Fine Arts Department this March in a televised celebration of Viterbo’s 125th anniversary. Many thanks to Wayne, Nancy, and MTW, and to Mom, Dad, family, friends, and teachers for their immeasurable love, support, and faith.

CAMERON HILL
CAMERON HILL

Cameron Hill is a New Jersey native and now a rising senior musical theatre student at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She is thrilled to be making her MTWichita debut this summer! She has most recently appeared in CCM’s productions of 110 in the Shade, Legally Blonde, Carrie the Musical, and Les Misérables. Some of her favorite credits include Sarah (Ragtime), Diana Morales (A Chorus Line), Ti Moune (Once On This Island), and Chiffon (Little Shop of Horrors). She is grateful every day for her supportive parents and all of her teachers past and present. 

JESSIE PELTIER
JESSIE PELTIER

Jessie Peltier is thrilled to be joining MTWichita this summer! Originally from Northern Virginia, Jessie is a rising senior Dance Performance major at Oklahoma City University. Credits include:  A Chorus Line (Diana), 9 to 5: the Musical (Margaret), and La Cage Aux Folles all at the Summer Repertory Theatre in Santa Rosa, California. She has also performed in the ensemble of productions of Legally Blonde and The Producers. At school, she is a member of the American Spirit Dance Company, performing consistently in the annual Home for the Holidays Christmas shows and annual Spring shows. Special thanks to Mom, Dad, Alyssa, Chris, and Raynor for always believing in her and supporting her in pursuing her dreams. 

SARAH QUINN
SARAH QUINN

Sarah Quinn, a rising senior at the University of Oklahoma, could not be more elated to return home to MTWichita for her fifth summer season. Recent/Favorite credits include: Janet Van DeGraff, The Drowsy Chaperone; Chris Hargensen, Carrie the Musical (University Theatre), Cosette, Les Miserablés; Arista, Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Lyric Theatre OKC), Greek Chorus, Legally Blonde; Ensemble, Betty Blue Eyes, 9 to 5, Finian’s Rainbow (MTWichita), Pops Chorale/Dancer, The Christmas Show (OKC Philharmonic). Endless love and thanks to Wayne, Nancy, and Josh, her unbelievably encouraging friends and family, her devoted mentors and teachers who daily challenge her to push beyond limits, and her incredibly supportive husband, Jeff Taylor. MUTAU. 1 Peter 4:10-11

HALLI TOLAND
HALLI TOLAND

Halli Toland is excited to return to MTW for a second summer!  She is a rising sophomore at the University of Michigan pursuing a BFA in musical theatre, and is originally from Toledo, Ohio. Her university credits include Helga in Cabaret and Dance Captain for The Music Man at U of M. Some of her favorite credits include Graziella in West Side Story and Dance Captain for Catch Me If You Can (both at MTW), as well as Janet in The Drowsy Chaperone at Toledo Repertory Theatre. She would like to thank her instructors Mark Madama and Linda Goodrich, as well as her amazing family and friends back home for their love and unending encouragement. Lastly special thanks to MTW for this wonderful opportunity. GO BLUE!

EMILY VARGO
EMILY VARGO

This is Emily Vargo’s first summer with MTWichita and she could not be more thrilled! She acquired her BFA in Musical Theatre from Wichita State University last May, and she thanks MTWichita and Wayne Bryan for being big influences and help throughout her college career. Some of her most notable Wichita roles are Luisa in The Fantasticks, which earned her the Mary Jane Teall Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, Wendla Bergmann in Spring Awakening, and Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, directed by none other than Wayne Bryan. Her recent opportunity to play the Blue Fairy in Disney’s My Son Pinocchio truly was “a wish come true!”

GINA WARD
GINA WARD

Gina Ward is so excited to be making her professional theatre debut at Music Theatre Wichita! She is coming all the way from Tampa, FL and will be a rising senior at Florida State University. Past credits include: How to Succeed… (Swing) and Company (Jenny). She would like to thank Wayne, Nancy, and all of the artistic team for believing in her and for giving her this amazing opportunity. She would not be the performer she is today without Broadway Dreams Foundation, Kate and Gayle, MT ’16, her mom and dad, and most importantly her Sissy.

DAISY WRIGHT
DAISY WRIGHT

Daisy Wright is beyond grateful to be back here at MTWichita this year for her second summer! Originally from St. George, UT, Daisy is an upcoming senior Musical Theatre major at the University of Oklahoma. Her credits include: Music Theatre Wichita: South Pacific, West Side Story, Joseph, Catch Me If You Can, 42nd Street. OU University Theatre: On The Town (Ivy u.s.), The Drowsy Chaperone (Mrs. Tottendale u.s.). OKC Philharmonic: The Christmas Show w/Beth Leavel (Dancer). Many thanks to my loving parents, family, friends, and teachers, and a BIG thanks to everyone at MTWichita for welcoming me back into their wonderful theatrical family for another summer of incredible fun!

QUINTAN CRAIG
QUINTAN CRAIG

"Q" is Beyond Thrilled to return to MTWichita after appearing in Catch Me If You Can and 42nd Street last summer. Though based in California, Wichita has always felt like home! Regional credits include: Young Frankenstein (Sasha), 42nd Street (Oscar), White Christmas (Scooter), Chorus Line, Gypsy (Yonkers), Ragtime (Little Boy –IETLAward), Oliver! (Oliver), Full Monty (Nathan), On Your Toes (Young Junior). Q is pursuing a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in Musical Theatre at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Heartfelt Thanks to Mom, Dad, and Mollie Rae for your unending love, support and encouragement! Much love and gratitude to Wayne, Nancy, and Josh for this Incredibly Awesome opportunity! Q thanks God for Abundant Blessings!

AARON PATRICK CRAVEN
AARON PATRICK CRAVEN

Aaron Patrick Craven is very excited to spend the summer with MTWichita! He recently earned a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Wichita State University. Favorite regional credits include A Chorus Line, Les Misérables, and White Christmas. Last year, Aaron was nominated to perform at the national conference of the American College Dance Festival of America, performing at the Kennedy Center. Aaron has also been seen as a Principal Dancer with Ballet Wichita and has toured internationally with Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre. Love and thanks to Mom, Dad, Alex, Katie, Wayne, Josh and Nancy! Psalms 115:1 www.aaronpatrickcraven.com

PATRICK GARR
PATRICK GARR

Patrick Garr is a Lexington, Kentucky native and is currently studying at University of Kentucky to receive his BA in Theatre with an emphasis in Musical Theatre and Dance. Patrick is also receiving his double major in Communications. His previous credits include: Woof in Hair, Benjamin in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Don John in Much Ado About Nothing, Mike in A Chorus Line, and “Sing, Sing, Sing” with Nan Giordano of Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago. Patrick also had the privilege of working with Steven Kennedy and Tim McDonald on the 2012 MTI and iTheatrics Broadway Choreography DVD. Patrick would like to thank Lyndy and Jeromy Smith, Peggy Stamps, Beth Arnold, Nancy Jones, Susie Thiel, and his wonderful family. www.patrickgarr.com

ERIK HERNANDEZ
ERIK HERNANDEZ

Erik Hernandez is currently a junior at the Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music and he couldn't be more excited to be joining the cast and crew of Music Theatre Wichita. He will receive his BFA in Musical Theatre next spring. His credits include Quisisana, Maine: Rent (Collins), A Grand Night For Singing (Ensemble); CCM: 110 in the Shade (Noah), Legally Blonde (Padamadan/Nikos), Les Misérables (Brujon), Carrie (George), and Threepenny Opera (Walt Dreary). Erik would like to thank his entire family, especially his mother Lorraine for the years of encouragement and support, MT16, Averie, and Allie. 

WILLIE HILL
WILLIE HILL

Willie Hill is a third-year Music Theatre major from Tulsa, Oklahoma studying voice with Dr. Marilyn Govich at The University of Central Oklahoma. Willie’s favorite theatre credits include: working with a non-profit organization called “A Pocket Full Of Hope”; Jake in Side Show, Featured Vocalist in Holidays at Home, Curtis/C.C. in Dreamgirls, Richie in A Chorus Line, Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors, Ubaldo Piangi in Phantom of the Opera, and Scarecrow in The Wiz. He would like to thank his family and his parents for their love and support.

TREVOR McCHRISTIAN
TREVOR McCHRISTIAN

Trevor McChristian, a Wichita native, recently completed his first year at Elon University! He is ecstatic to be returning for his second full summer with the company at MTWichita after having spent several years in the Teen Choir and Interning! In 2013, Trevor was selected as the male representative from the Jester Awards to compete in New York City at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, where he made his New York debut at the Minskoff Theatre (where Lion King plays). Favorite MTW credits include: Joseph…Dreamcoat (Baker/swing—where he went on as Brother Asher), West Side Story (Anxious), Catch Me If You Can, Singin’ in the Rain, and Betty Blue Eyes (U.S. Premiere). He sends many humble thanks to the cast and crew, Wayne, Nancy, Josh, Thomas, his family and friends, and above all else Mom.

KYLE McCLELLAN
KYLE McCLELLAN

Kyle McClellan is thrilled to be making his debut with MTWichita this summer! He is a rising junior at the University of Michigan, where his credits include Les Misérables (Prouvaire) and The Tempest (Sebastian). Regional: Walnut Street Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse. Other credits: 42nd Street (Billy Lawlor), West Side Story (Riff), and Hair (Claude). Much love and many thanks to Mom, Dad, Ty, Zo, the UMich faculty, and MTW for this incredible opportunity. Go Blue!

TANNER PFLUEGER
TANNER PFLUEGER

Tanner Pflueger is ecstatic to be returning to Music Theatre Wichita for his second summer! A Nebraska native, Tanner is currently studying at Oklahoma City University as a dance performance major. While at school, he has performed with the American Spirit Dance Company in their annual Home for the Holidays Christmas Show and Spring Show. Credits: Broadway: Billy Elliot (Billy) West End: Billy Elliot (Billy) MTW: West Side Story (Snowboy), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Gad), and 42nd Street (Ensemble). Regional: Grease (Johnny Casino/Teen Angel) and Beauty and the Beast (Chip). Thank you to Wayne and the rest of the creative team for the opportunity! Much love and many thanks to his family, teachers, and mentors for their constant support.

JARED THOMAS ROBERTS
JARED THOMAS ROBERTS

Jared Thomas Roberts is beyond excited and humbled to be a part of the 2015 Music Theatre Wichita Summer Season. He is a rising junior pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre at Point Park University. At PPU, Jared has been in productions of 21, a world premiere musical (Ball Player/Reporter) and The Boyfriend (Marcel). Past productions include: A Chorus Line (Mike), Footloose (Ren), Legally Blonde (Warner), Cats (Alonzo/Macavity). He would like to thank his family and friends for always supporting his artistic endeavors and his teachers and trainers for helping him grow into the performer he is today. “When you become the image of your own imagination, it's the most powerful thing you could ever do.”

JON PAUL ROBY
JON PAUL ROBY

Jon Paul Roby is thrilled to be performing with MTWichita this summer! Regional credits include Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, and Reagle Music Theatre. Jon Paul will be starting his last year in the BFA Musical Theatre program at Syracuse University in the fall. He would like to thank his family for their love and endless support as well as Wayne, Nancy and the entire MTW team for this incredible opportunity. Enjoy the show!

JEREMY SEINER
JEREMY SEINER

Jeremy Seiner is extremely excited to be a part of the 2015 MTWichita company. Favorite past roles include Frank Jr. (Catch Me If You Can), Claude (Hair), and Noah (Children of Eden). Jeremy recently recieved his BFA from Penn State, and would like to thank his friends and family for all of their constant love and support.

AVERY SMITH
AVERY SMITH

AVERY SMITH is a Chicago native and a rising senior drama major at Carnegie Mellon University who has been seen this season as Mereb in Aida and the sinister Ringleader in My Son Pinocchio. For his first year of college he attended Boston Conservatory where he appeared as Horse in The Full Monty. After his first year at the conservatory he decided to further his education at Carnegie Mellon University. While at CMU recent credits include Hello Again, The Wiz, and Babylon. Additionally, he has performed to honor alumni and Tony Award Winner Billy Porter. Also, Smith is featured on American R&B vocal group The Dells re-release of their hit “Open Up My Heart” featured on their album Open Up My Heart: The 9/11 Suite. Other credits include Damn Yankees (Applegate), A Little Night Music (Liebeslieder/u.s. Fredrik) Kiss Me, Kate (Paul).

KEVIN NIETZEL
KEVIN NIETZEL

Kevin Nietzel is beyond thrilled to be joining the MTW family this summer! Originally from Cary, IL, he will be a rising senior at Florida State University pursuing a BFA in Music Theatre. Favorite credits include Maine State Music Theatre, Wagon Wheel Theatre, and Marriott Theatre Lincolnshire. He would love to give a special thanks to Wayne, Nancy, and all of the production staff for such an incredible opportunity, and of course his amazing family for always being a true support system. 

WAYNE BRYAN (Director / Producing Artistic Director)
WAYNE BRYAN (Director / Producing Artistic Director)

Wayne Bryan begins his 28th season as Producing Artistic Director of Music Theatre Wichita, where he has now produced 135 Broadway-scale musicals, including dozens for which he has also served as director or performer. Raised in southern California, Wayne began his professional career as both actor and director at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, while stationed as a Navy officer in Coronado. Wayne's performing credits include Good News!, Rodgers and Hart, and Tintypes on Broadway, the First National Tour of Joseph / Dreamcoat, and TV appearances on such shows as "M*A*S*H" (CBS), "American History" (PBS), and "Keystone" (A&E). His directing credits include award-winning productions on both coasts, including Festival at New York City Center. Wayne is co-author with Mark Madama of a revised version of the collegiate musical Good News!, whose 1993 Wichita premiere has been followed by over 300 subsequent productions around the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain, plus an internationally acclaimed cast album. Wayne was a 2002 recipient of the Kansas Governor's Arts Award as an Individual Artist, and received the NCCJ Brotherhood/Sisterhood Award, recognizing individuals who fight discrimination and encourage diversity. Thanks to all our supporters and patrons; to the performers, artistic teams, and crew members; to the musicians; to the box office staff; to the Guild and the Board of Directors; and to the wonderful year-round staff, all of whom make this job so joyful and fulfilling.

PEGGY HICKEY (Choreographer)
PEGGY HICKEY (Choreographer)

Peggy Hickey is a frequent collaborator at MTWichita, where her previous shows include The King and I (twice), The Music Man, Curtains, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, My Fair Lady, Meet Me in St. Louis, State Fair, and Annie Get Your Gun.  Last season Ms. Hickey made her choreographic debut on Broadway with A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and  Murder, which went on to win the 2014 Tony Award® as Best Musical. Other recent projects have included Kiss Me, Kate (Hartford Stage and the Old Globe Theatre – Connecticut Critics’ Circle Award), The Ghosts of Versailles with Patti LuPone (L.A. Opera), The King and I (Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris), Alice in Wonderland (L.A. Philharmonic/ Barbicon, London), Hansel and Gretel (director, Lincoln Center), Nice Work If You Can Get It (Gateway Playhouse, Ogunquit Playhouse), and the upcoming film Woodshock with Kirsten Dunst. Other credits: My Fair Lady (New York Philharmonic); Die Fledermaus with Plácido Domingo (PBS Live from The Kennedy Center); Hansel und Gretel (PBS Live From Lincoln Center); Carmen (Seattle Opera); La Bohème (LA Opera); Lucky to Be Me: The Music of Leonard Bernstein (New York City Opera); Lucio Silla (Santa Fe Opera), The Merry Widow, Aida, La Bohème, Falstaff, La Cenerentola, Carmen, and La Traviata (Houston, San Francisco, Chicago Lyric, Dallas, and LA Opera); Petroushka (LA Phil); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Old Globe, San Diego); Gigi (Reprise Theatre Company); A Little Night Music; On the Twentieth Century; Amour; Brigadoon (Goodspeed); Oklahoma! (Paper Mill Playhouse); The Music Man (Geva Theatre); Fiddler on the Roof (Mexico Company); Beauty and the Beast (Alabama Shakespeare Festival); TV/Film:  The Brady Bunch Movie, “Heart of Dixie,” “Samantha Who?,” “90210,” “General Hospital,” “Port Charles,” “Days of Our Lives,” “Passions,” and the MTV Video “Beck’s The New Pollution.” www.peggyhickey.com

THOMAS W. DOUGLAS (Musical Director)
THOMAS W. DOUGLAS (Musical Director)

Thomas W. Douglas is back for his 15th season in Wichita!  He has performed more than 200 opera, oratorio, orchestral, and musical theater productions nationally and internationally. Highlights include conducting Webber's Phantom of the Opera in Basel, Switzerland and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with the Anchorage Operaand directing Ain't Misbehavin' in Malaysia. Thomas is currently the Music Director for the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra, and the Artistic Director of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, which is regularly receiving accolades for innovative, creative, and dramatically provocative productions. His MTWichita history includes ShowBoat with Kelli O'Hara, Ragtime, Smokey Joe's Café, 9 to 5, Ragtime with Darcie Roberts, Hairspray, The Full Monty, Miss Saigon, Beauty and the Beast, and Les Misérables, among many others. Thomas is the founder and Artistic Director of the Neighborhood Opera Company, having recently produced Mozart's Don Giovanni with an African American cast. With the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, he has conducted jazz legend Nathan Davis' opera Just Above My HeadCarmen Jones, and Porgy and Bess. Thomas has been the recipient of the Mary Jane Teall Award and the Robert Frankle awards for his contribution to theatre in Wichita, KS and Pittsburgh, PA. Thomas has enjoyed the stage roles of Amonasro in Elton John's Aida, Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors. Recently named the Director of Opera Studies in the School of Music in addition to his position as Director of Choral Activities and Professor in the School of Drama, this is Thomas' 25th year on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University. 

RICKY BULDA (Assistant Choreographer)
RICKY BULDA (Assistant Choreographer)

Richard Bulda is happy to be at MTWichita with Big Fish! Richard has had a long collaborative career with Peggy Hickey as both a dancer and an assistant. Most recently he was her dance captain for Ghosts of Versailles with Los Angeles Opera, and has been her assistant for productions of The Merry Widow, Der Fledermaus, Falstaff, and last November he was her Dance Captain for Big Fish Musical Theater West in Long Beach, CA. His regional credits on stage include Shan Yu in Disney’s Mulan, Cats (Macavity), Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Benjamin). Opera credits: The Merry Widow, Billy Budd, The Ring Cycle, Romeo and Juliette, Carmen, and Die Fledermaus. TV/Film: “General Hospital,” “Terriers” and The Musician (feature). He hails from San Diego, CA with his wife and two amazing kids. He would like to thank Wayne Bryan for this opportunity and as always Peggy, thank you for everything!

JAN McDANIEL (Associate Music Director)
JAN McDANIEL (Associate Music Director)

Jan McDaniel is thrilled to be associated with Music Theatre Wichita for the 2015 season. He is equally at home on the podium and at the keyboard. In the fall of 2015, he begins his seventeenth year on the faculty of the Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University, where he is Professor of Vocal Coaching and a conductor of the Oklahoma City University Opera and Musical Theater Company. In the latter capacity, McDaniel has served as musical director and conductor for over thirty productions. His 2013 production of Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia was chosen as the Best Opera Production for Division III in the National Opera Association’s annual competition. Prof. McDaniel also directs the Master of Music program in Vocal Coaching, one of the only programs of its kind in the United States. McDaniel has performed with such notable artists as Kristin Chenoweth, Marquita Lister, Kelli O’Hara, Susanne Mentzer, Uwe Heilmann, Yvonne Redman, and Leona Mitchell. His present and former coaching students are working worldwide in opera houses and on stages on Broadway and across the country.

JESSE WARKENTIN (Musical Associate / Keyboards)
JESSE WARKENTIN (Musical Associate / Keyboards)

Jesse Warkentin is happy to return to MTWichita for the last two shows of the season. Jesse is a Kansas-born music director and pianist who now lives and works in New York City, where he recently served as musical director for The Calico Buffalo for the New York Musical Theatre Festival. He has worked on the 2nd National Tour of Wicked, Royal Caribbean’s Mamma Mia, and spent eleven summers with Music Theatre Wichita, bringing to life regional premieres such as Mary Poppins, Catch Me If You Can, and the U.S. Premiere of Betty Blue Eyes. He conducted the Festival of Broadway orchestra for five years, and enjoyed music directing High School Musical 2 in 2009. Jesse was recently featured as piano soloist in Gershwin’s “Rhapsody In Blue” with the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra. “My deepest gratitude to Wayne and Thomas for rich musical experiences at MTWichita, and to my incredible family for their laughter and love.”

DAVID NEVILLE (Lighting Designer)
DAVID NEVILLE (Lighting Designer)

David Neville is thrilled to return for his 32nd season of "Camp MTW." In addition to many productions at MTWichita, David has designed lighting for North Shore Music Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars, Omaha Symphony, the United States Air Force, Stage One, Ordway Music Theatre, Papermill Playhouse, the University of Michigan, Penn State University, Portland Center Stage, North Carolina Theatre, Musical Theatre West, Arkansas Rep, Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera, George Street Playhouse, the 5th Avenue Theatre, and Off-Broadway. David's favorite designs at MTWichita include Big River, Cats, Ragtime, Once On This Island, Children of Eden, and Jesus Christ Superstar. David also teaches lighting and scenic design at Wichita State University. He makes his home in Wichita with his wife Robin.  

DAVID MUEHL (Sound Designer)
DAVID MUEHL (Sound Designer)

David Muehl continues his 10th season as MTWichita's sound designer, having also served as the sound assistant previously for a season. During MTWichita's off season, David is the audio producer for WSU's College of Fine Arts where he oversees audito recording and live sound for fine arts and other performances. He also serves as sound designer for WSU's Opera and Musical Theatre programs and is the sound advisor to student musical theatre and opera sound designers and engineers. Some of his favorite sound designs have been Children of Eden, Into the Woods, Les Misérables, and the Wizard of Oz. David has also done sound design for Wichita Center for the Arts and Cabaret Oldtown. Special thanks to Josh and Matt with Event Systems for their continued support of MTWichita.

TAYLOR MALOTT (Hair and Makeup Designer)
TAYLOR MALOTT (Hair and Makeup Designer)

Taylor Malott is extremely excited to spend her first summer with Music Theatre Wichita. She is a Cincinnati native who recently graduated from the University of Cincinnati (CCM) with a BFA in Theatre Production and Design with an emphasis in Wig and Makeup Design. She has been a licensed cosmetologist for more than five years. Taylor has been a part of the wig build crew at Utah Shakespeare Festival and was the department head at Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh for their 2014 season. Taylor could not be more grateful for this opportunity to work for MTW.

MARIA LEON (Prop Master)
MARIA LEON (Prop Master)

Maria is a recent graduate from the University Of Arizona. There she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre production and design, with emphasis in scenic and prop design. Her past credits include Assistant Scenic Design for Arizona Repertory Theatre’s production of The Man Who Came to Dinner. Maria is very excited to start her third season with Music Theatre Wichita. She would like to thank everyone at MTW for the opportunity and enjoyable summers. Maria would like to give a very special thanks to her mom, Carmen Leon and her boyfriend, Brandon Kahler for their constant support. Without it she wouldn’t be here today.

DEBBIE ROBERTS (Costume Shop Manager)
DEBBIE ROBERTS (Costume Shop Manager)

Debbie Roberts has designed costumes for many shows here, including 42nd Street, White Christmas, Thoroughly Modern Millie, High School Musical, State Fair, Funny Girl, The Most Happy Fella, On the Town, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Annie Get Your Gun, Man of La Mancha, Crazy for You, The Sound of Music, My One and Only, and various Festival of Broadway shows. A graduate of Friends University, Debbie received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance and Ballet. “I am so proud of the work that Music Theatre Wichita does, it is always a pleasure to work each season. While California remains my home, for over 25 years Wichita has been my summer home. I look forward to meeting new people and learning new skills each time. Enjoy the shows!”

MITCHELL SOUTHERLAND (Assistant Production Manager)
MITCHELL SOUTHERLAND (Assistant Production Manager)

Mitch is very excited to be spending his second season with Music Theatre Wichita. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Mitch has been fortunate to spend the last year in Chicago working in production management at the Goodman Theatre while also freelancing at the Steppenwolf and Paramount theatres. Mitch's previous credits include two summer with the Santa Fe Opera, technical direction and carpentry work at the University of Oklahoma, and leadership of the University of Oklahoma chapter of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT). Mitch would like to express his gratitude to Jeff and Wayne for having him back for another summer!

KATRINA MILLER (Scenic Charge Artist)
KATRINA MILLER (Scenic Charge Artist)

Katrina Miller is excited to be spending her first summer with Music Theatre Wichita. A freelance scenic artist and designer, Katrina comes to Wichita from the Lehigh Valley in eastern Pennsylvania. She holds an MFA in theatre design and production from Purdue University and a BFA in theatre design and technology from Northern Illinois University. Her adventures in theatre have taken her all over, from the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, to the Texas Shakespeare Festival, to the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, with many other stops in between. She would like to thank her amazing husband Phil for being so supportive of all her endeavors.

JEFF TAYLOR (Production Manager)
JEFF TAYLOR (Production Manager)

Jeff Taylor is extremely honored to be back with this excellent cast and crew for his 15th summer at MTWichita. Throughout the years since 2000, he's had the chance to apprentice, build, design, and even act for MTWichita, and has now become the year-round Production Manager, working closely with the awesome MTW staff. A loyal Kansan, Jeff graduated from Wichita High School East, earned his BA in Musical Theatre from Friends University, and his MFA in Design and Technology from UMKC. Jeff thanks Wayne for his continual guidance throughout the many years together and his wife Sarah, for the many wonderful years to come.

AJ KELLISON (Technical Director)
AJ KELLISON (Technical Director)

AJ is happy to return to MTWichita for his 10th season. Most recently AJ was the Master Carpenter at Childsplay in Phoenix, Arizona. AJ is very grateful for all the help he has received from the Wichita theatre community and would like to include a special thanks to Local 190 for all the hard work they do during the summer and throughout the year.

MADELYNN NEVINS (Asst. Lighting Designer)
MADELYNN NEVINS (Asst. Lighting Designer)

Madelynn Nevins is excited to be back on the MTWichita team for her 2nd year as Assistant Lighting Designer and her 9th Summer Camp experience. She spent this last year as the Production Manager for Music Theatre for Young People producing art and teaching youth about the craft. She also spent the year in many different design capacities for various companies such as Laughing Feet Performers, Mosley Street Melodrama, Wichita State University, and Prairie Pines Dinner Theatre. Madelynn would like to thank everyone at MTWichita, along with her family, and fur babies for their support.

STEVE LANDES (Director of the Apprentice Program/Shopper-Buyer)
STEVE LANDES (Director of the Apprentice Program/Shopper-Buyer)

Steve Landes is proud to return for his 22nd summer as the Apprentice Program Director. A Wichita resident for twenty two years, Steve worked for Friends University, the Wichita Center for the Arts, Music Theatre for Young People, and Shakespeare in the Park. He has just finished his 37th year as a high school theatre teacher. He has been inducted into the Kansas Thespians Teacher Hall of Fame, and is currently co-state director of Kansas Thespians. Steve moved to the Kansas City area fourteen years ago for a teaching position. As an educator, Steve continues to be very excited about working with the apprentices in this unique training program (and MTW is deeply grateful for Steve’s creative dedication to our young people!).

AMANDA K. BOWMAN (Production Stage Manager)
AMANDA K. BOWMAN (Production Stage Manager)

Amanda Bowman is thrilled to be home for her 11th summer at MTWichita and honored to be stepping into this new role. She spent the last two seasons at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and has also worked for The Palace Theater in the Dells, Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Crown Uptown, IATSE #190, Walt Disney World, and Merrimack Repertory Theatre. Ms. Bowman is a graduate of Wichita State University. Thanks and love to Wayne, Nancy, her family, and KBEAT. Proud member of AEA. For Grandpa.

TIFFANY K. ORR (Stage Manager)
TIFFANY K. ORR (Stage Manager)

Originally from Oklahoma, Tiffany is returning for her sixth MTWichita season. She spends the other 9 months of the year in the Twin Cities where she works as a freelance stage manager in addition to being the production stage manager for Theater Latte Da. While in the Twin Cities, she has the pleasure to work with companies including the Pillsbury House Theatre, The Children's Theatre Company, Park Square Theatre, and the Guthrie. Prior to her move to the Twin Cities she worked on more than a dozen productions as part of the stage management team at Phoenix Theatre, in Phoenix, AZ. This summer marks 10 years as a proud member of the Actor's Equity Association. Missing you, Em!

DIXON REYNOLDS (Costume Coordinator)
DIXON REYNOLDS (Costume Coordinator)

Dixon Reynolds is thrilled to be back at Music Theatre Wichita after designing costumes for last summer’s Catch Me If You Can and 2013’s Betty Blue Eyes! He is an Associate Professor of Costume Design at State University of New York at Fredonia and a freelance designer. His designs are seen in a broad range of styles from Theatre, Dance, Opera, Film and his favorite: new and experimental theatrical works, including musicals! Dixon is the resident costume designer at the Kavinoky Theatre in Buffalo, NY. Some of his designs have been seen at The Irish Classical Theatre, ART Park, Summer Repertory Theatre, Buffalo United Artists, Shakespeare in Delaware Park, The Hartt School of Music, Triad Stage, and American Dance Festival. He has also worked in the costume departments at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Playmakers Repertory Company, Roanoke Festival Park, HBO Productions and CBS Productions.

Mary Sue Dymak (Rentals & Inventory Director / Drop Fabricator / Orchestra Pit Manager / Archivist / A Bunch of Other Stuff) [whew!]
Mary Sue Dymak (Rentals & Inventory Director / Drop Fabricator / Orchestra Pit Manager / Archivist / A Bunch of Other Stuff) [whew!]

WOW! 40 seasons! Who would have thought that back in 1976, a summer job would turn into such a career!! Being one of the oldest members of the production staff, this will mark summer productions numbering 197 to 201. In the off season, I still keep my hand in stage managing for Ballet Wichita Orchestra (19 years) and enjoying a fabulous working relationship with Wichita State University, all the while keeping our ever growing rental business running. I seem to get around a lot but only inside Century II. My life remains happily engaged in larger and more complex tasks working for my favorite employer. My thanks to WB…..I offer my deepest love and respect to all who work in this fabulous building and for our organization.

Linda Starkey (Teen Choir Musical Director)
Linda Starkey (Teen Choir Musical Director)

Linda Starkey continues her relationship with MTWichita, having performed in My Fair Lady, Oliver!, Cabaret, and The Sound of Music, and having conducted the Teen Choir and assisted with MTWichita’s apprentice program. Currently serving as the Director of the School of Performing Arts at Wichita State University, Linda has also served as Associate Director of the Opera and Music Theatre program there, and taught voice for more than 30 years. She has directed for Opera Kansas, WSU Opera Theatre, WSU Theatre, Wichita Community Theatre, Wichita Children’s Theatre, and the Center for the Arts. In 2005, her production of Pippin was chosen to be an alternate for the American College Theatre Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

JENNIFER FISHER (Signing Interpreter)
JENNIFER FISHER (Signing Interpreter)

Jennifer Fisher is so excited for her seventh season at MTWichita. She would like to thank Wayne and all the amazing, talented people at Music Theatre Wichita for including her in the magic! During the year Jennifer is an educational interpreter for Sedgwick County Co-op, and leads the deaf ministry at Central Community Church, where she interprets services, concerts, conferences, classes, and support groups. Jennifer has been signing for more than 10 years and is focused on musical performance interpreting, having trained in Nashville, TN under Gate Communications. Her goal is to create a performance that’s as impactful for the deaf as it is for the hearing. Jennifer thanks her girls Kara and Stephanie and her husband for their support. Most importantly, thanks to God for the blessings He’s given and the opportunity to work in such a remarkable place. 2 Cor. 4:16-18

Nancy Reeves (Producing Associate / Company Manager)
Nancy Reeves (Producing Associate / Company Manager)

Nancy Reeves joined MTWichita in 1988 as a bookkeeper and soon took on other responsibilities. She first took over the position of Company Manager and more recently added Producing Associate to her job description. As Company Manager Nancy’s duties include coordinating auditions, handling thousands of submissions each season. Other duties include handling the travel and housing accommodation arrangements for guest artists, and maintaining active communications with all department and department heads throughout the season. As Producing Associate Nancy attends auditions and participates in casting decisions, works with agents, and participates in contract negotiations. Her long tenure at MTWichita and close personal connections to people throughout Wichita allow her to be an outstanding resource for MTWichita and for artists working in Wichita during the summer season. She can quickly connect a need to a resource, whether that is a qualified rehearsal pianist, an appropriate caterer for a donor appreciation event, or a convenient hotel room for a guest artist.

BIG FISH: A History of the Musical by Wayne Bryan

  • Broadway opening: October 6, 2013, Neil Simon Theatre; 98 performances
  • Directed and Choreographed by Susan Stroman
  • Music direction by Mary-Mitchell Campbell; orchestrations by Larry Hochman; dance arrangements by Sam Davis; music coordinator Michael Keller
  • Scenic design by Julian Crouch; lighting design by Donald Holder; sound design by Jon Weston; projection design by Benjamin Pearcy for 59 Productions
  • Costume Design by William Ivey Long; wig and hair design by Paul Huntley; makeup design by Angelina Avallone
  • Vocal Arrangements and Incidental Music by Andrew Lippa
  • Cast included: Norbert Leo Butz, Kate Baldwin, Bobby Steggert, Ryan Andes, Brad Oscar  
  • The original Broadway cast recording is highly recommended, as are Daniel Wallace’s novel and Tim Burton’s film version, available on DVD and Blu-Ray. John August’s motion picture screenplay is available in published form, with good additional essays.

Birmingham-born novelist Daniel Wallace was asked about the recurring themes of mythology which appear in his first published novel, Big Fish: A Story of Epic Proportions. “Myths are just great stories, and they are the origin for all story, and all of our stories, literary and religious... But I have always been aware that where there is a story there is someone telling it, and that the person telling the story is a part of the story, and to pretend otherwise is pretense.”          

It is this fascination with tales and tale-tellers that propels all three versions of Big Fish - the 1998 novel, the 2003 film, and the 2013 Broadway musical.

Wallace was inspired to write his novel in part by his own complicated father, and also by the fact he had recently become a father himself. “There are many similarities between my father and Edward Bloom. Like Edward, my father was an extremely charismatic man who sometimes used his charisma to keep people at a distance. It would appear as though he was being intimate with you when he was really just being charming.”

The title of the book came from one of his father's favorite expressions. “Throughout his entire life, my father talked about leaving the small town in which he was  born for the big city, because, as he put it, he didn't want to be a ‘big fish in a little pond.’ So he left Cullman, Alabama, and became an international businessman. But that title has other meanings, as well. A fish can be real slippery, like Edward Bloom, you can never really get a hold of him.”         

Wallace's novel also celebrates one particular and time-honored Southern tradition, the interweaving of truth and fiction, fact and exaggeration. “Edward is a compulsive storyteller and that’s what Southern literature is about: storytelling, almost for its own sake. Folk tales and tall tales demand that the truth be stretched, a little or a lot. It's sleight of hand, a form of magic—possibly the only real magic many of us have an opportunity to be a part of in our adult lives. It's the magic a child experiences while growing up, one that most of us unfortunately lose."  
Screenwriter John August read a copy of Wallace's novel prior to publication, and became so enamored that he persuaded a reluctant Columbia Studios to purchase it for film production, and immediately began working on a treatment.

Wallace, who never dreamed that his loosely structured novel could be filmed, was happy to turn the screenwriting over to August, realizing that a movie version would need a different approach, with more structure and narrative drive.

Wallace and August met (at an IHOP in Washington D.C.) and the novelist willingly shared some of the secrets behind the stories, including the influences of both classic mythology and of American tall tales that are verbally passed down between generations.

August explains, “They’re tales that have been told hundreds of times, not merely to recount what happened, but what should have happened. They’re extreme versions of life, superlative versions of the way you'd like life to be. Edward has a need to tell these stories continually so that everybody will remember them and, in the process, remember him."

August shaped his screenplay by expanding the role of Will, Edward’s son, making him both a reporter (another storyteller) and a soon-to-be parent, desperate to clarify the father-son dynamic before his own child is born, and before time runs out to reconcile with his own father. The role of Sandra, wife, mother, and mediator, was also largely created by August.

For the film version, pairs of actors played the characters at different ages, with Albert Finney and Ewan McGregor as older and younger Edward, Jessica Lange and Alison Lohman as Sandra, and Billy Crudup and child actor Grayson Stone sharing the role of Will. Other performers included Marion Cotillard (Will's wife Josephine), Helena Bonham Carter (Jenny Hill and The Witch), Danny DeVito (Amos Calloway), Robert Guillaume (Dr. Bennett), and Matthew McGrory (Karl the Giant). Directed by fantasy filmmaker Tim Burton, the 2003 film was a commercial and critical success.

When John August and some Columbia executives began entertaining the thought of turning the show into a musical for Broadway, a different approach was discussed. Theatrical license allows stage actors to play a variety of ages, so it was decided to cast only one Edward and one Sandra, allowing them to play their relationship from beginning to end, although two actors would still be needed to play Will in childhood and adulthood. For clarity, fewer of Edward's adventures would be dramatized, but audiences would get to know the characters more deeply.
           
Songwriter Andrew Lippa, who had made a strong impression with his work on You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, John and Jen and The Wild Party, was engaged to work with John August to develop the musical. After a try-out in Chicago in April of 2013, the show underwent some fairly substantial revisions and opened on Broadway that fall. Although the run was briefer than its creators hoped, the show found devoted fans and admirers, and over 100 licenses for the show have been signed for new productions around the country.

Andrew Lippa visited Wichita last May for some musical theatre workshops, and to share insights about the musical Big Fish. As was true for Wallace and August, Lippa drew heavily on his feelings about his own family. “Edward is an embellisher; he’s a born storyteller,” Lippa says. “It's about the son really learning how to grow up and how to appreciate his father for who he is and not who he wants him to be.”

Since musical theatre songs can reveal characters' thoughts in a very unique way, Lippa was able to give Edward a final moment to describe what motivated him. "He stands there in front of all the people who love him, and he sings, ‘I know I wasn't perfect, I know my life was small, I know that I pretended that I knew it all. But when you tell my story, and I hope somebody does, remember me as something bigger than I was.”

“And for me, that's something I truly feel,” Lippa says. “I feel like that was what my father wanted as well. I think that's what many people want, to be acknowledged that we did the best we could, but when you talk about me, just make it a little bit better. Not completely crazy better. Just a little bit better.”

Music Theatre Wichita is excited and proud to introduce this insightful and charming new musical to our audiences. We have loved working on it, and we hope it amuses, inspires and moves you, too.