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Mary Poppins, MTWichita 2013
June 7-11, 2006
Raucously funny and deeply touching, six unemployed blue collar workers become hapless male strippers for one night only. Their wives bet they won’t do it! Will they or won’t they? This recent Broadway smash is a real winner.
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The Full Monty
June 7-11, 2006
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Our first production, The Full Monty, stirred up a bit of controversy, due to its mature themes and adult nature, but when the show opened, it rocked the Concert Hall with screams of laughter, resulting in the most raucous standing ovations we’ve ever experienced here. The show seems to have been euphorically embraced by at least 95% of our audience, and was a terrific hit for us.

We had more “repeat business” on this show than any in our history! People would stagger, laughing, up to the box office at intermission, and buy tickets to see it again later that weekend.

We’re so glad the audiences here agreed with our assessment that this is a worthy story about likable characters. The emails I’ve gotten on the show have been 98% raving about the show, and thanking us for doing it. Many, many people commented on how much they enjoyed seeing a show with a contemporary setting, and with real substance to its story. (And the other folks, for whom this wasn’t their “cup of tea,” should find nothing but enjoyment from the other four shows this season!)

We thought the cast was just perfect, and they couldn’t have been more fun to work with.

GREG STONE (Jerry Lukowski)

Greg is a member of Actor's Equity, is excited to be back in Wichita where he was last seen as Nick in Baby, Baby, Baby! On Broadway he has played Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, was a cowboy / Curly understudy in the recent revival of Oklahoma!, and was a Bud / Wes standby for Urban Cowboy. Greg has starred in the national touring productions of Les Miserables and Miss Saigon as Jean Valjean and Chris respectively. Off-Broadway credits include Nicky in Under The Bridge and Pete in The Summer of '42. Other favorite roles are Willy Conklin in Ragtime, Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, Henrik in A Little Night Music, Livingston in The Streets of New York, and Frederick in The Pirates of Penzance. Most recently Greg was part of the critically acclaimed Encores! production Of Thee I Sing. Greg was raised in the Pacific Northwest where he attended the University of Washington. Things that bring him great joy in life are most notably his wife Chelsea, playing softball in the Broadway Show League, cooking and photography. Upcoming later this summer, Greg will be a part of the pre-Broadway run of Pirate Queen from the creators of Les Mis and Miss Saigon in Chicago. Enjoy the Show!

DANNY STILES (Dave Bukatinsky)

Danny is making his debut performance on the MTW stage. He currently works for the Disney Corporation full-time, where he has performed in over 50 shows, including the Genie in Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular, and the a capella sensation Groove 66. Other favorites include Roger in Grease (FCLO), Evil Eye Fleagle in Li'l Abner (MTG), Toad in A Year with Frog and Toad (lCT), David in Company, Eddie/Dr. Scott, and Sweeney Todd at Performance Riverside. He has also performed at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, and helped create the Landmark Shakespeare Company in England. Thanks to Wayne, Mark, Steve and Roger. This performance is dedicated to Dawn.

AUDRIE NEENAN (Jeanette Burmeister)

Audrie is THRILLED to be re-united with Wayne Bryan, who mentored, inspired, and directed her in her first professional musical, Tintypes, years ago in Chicago. Since then - Broadway: Oklahoma! (Aunt Eller), The Odd Couple female version (Florence), Curse of an Aching Heart - directed by Gerald Gutierrez; Off Broadway & Regional: The Roundabout & Playwrights Horizons in NYC, The Alliance in Atlanta, Seattle Rep., Actors' Theatre of Louisville, The Elitch Gardens in Denver, L.A. - Dramalogue Award for Perfect Timing. 36 Chicago: The Second· City - Resident Company, The Goodman, The St. Nicholas, The Body Politic, The Apollo, The Chicago Shakespeare Festival; Jeff Award for Tintypes. Film: Sudden Impact with Clint Eastwood, Funny Farm, Somewhere in Time, and soon, The Departed. TV: Law & Order SVU (Judge Preston), Doctor, Doctor; Not Necessarily the News; Friends; The Cosby Show; Third Watch; and soon, The Black Donnellys and The Brotherhood. Ms. Neenan dedicates her performance to the memory of Kathleen Freeman.

DAVID A. WHITE (Noah "Horse" T. Simmons)

How cool is it that Wayne has invited me back here after all these years! (A Chorus Line '89). I'm very excited. Last seen with the National Tour of The Full Monty as the Horse u/ s. B'way: The Full Monty, Five Guys Name Moe, and Grand 38 Hotel (National Tour and London's West End). Off B'way: Sondheim's Saturday Night, the acclaimed Dinah Was, the original Hello Again at Lincoln Center, and Olympus On My Mind. Regional Favorites: Dinah Was, Dreamgirls, My One & Only, and Comfortable Shoes (the Clint Holmes story). Commercials / TV / Voice Overs: 100 Centre St., Law & Order, Loving, and very happy to have voiced Worriers the play station game. Enjoy!

COLIN ISRAEL (Malcolm MacGregor)

Colin is thrilled to join MTW for another fantastic summer season! New York: A Christmas Carol (Peter Cratchit, Personal Space Theatrics), Prometheus Passion (Hermes, Durm and Strang Theatre Co.). Regional: A Chorus Line (Bobby, Casa Manana and MTW), Seussical (Wickersham, MTW), A Man of No Importance (Breton Beret, Speakeasy Stage), The Last Five Years (Jamie, Ovation Theatre). BFA: Boston Conservatory.Thanks to my family and the folks at MTW for their constant support and faith!

BRIAN EMERSON (Ethan Girard)

Brian is overjoyed to be back for MTW 2006 season. Coming straight from the Carribbean, he performed with Disney Cruise Lines, on the Disney Wonder. Since graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 2004, Brian has been working for various regional theatres, cruise lines, and hopping to and from NYc. Some credits include: Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere), Male swing and u/s for DCL, Swing! The Musical (dancer), Cabaret (Emcee), Much Ado ... (Claudio), West Side Story (A-rab), Oklahoma! (Dream Curly), ... and more. Brian would like to thank Wayne for amazing opportunities and Nancy (his lovelyOOagentOO ). Much Love to Brittany, dad and mom, and his endearing family and friends for their etemallove and guidance. God bless. Romans 8:28

MONTE WHEELER (Harold Nichols)

A native Kansan, Monte returned to Wichita after a few years in New York. In the Big Apple he performed Off Broadway, in the Fringe Festival, did some recording and became a published artist. Since his return to Wichita, he has performed for Stage One, Mosley Street Melodrama, Cabaret Old Town, and in Once Upon A Mattress as Sir Harry here at MTW last season. He also has designed all the sets, costumes and props for all the shows at Cabaret Old Town including their most recent hit MENOPAUS-A-PALOZZA!! He would like to extend his deepest gratitude to Wayne, Mark and this incredibly brave cast and crew. He dedicates his performance to his beloved Grammy.

KAREN L. ROBU (Vicki Nichols)

Karen happily returns for her 9th MTW season, 15 pounds lighter than last year (Thank you, South Beach Diet)! Past roles include Emma Goldman in Ragtime, Maureen / Lowbutt in HONK!, Dolly in Annie Get Your Gun, and Mayzie in last year's Seussical. In Kansas since 1993, Karen is thankful for all the theatres in town that keep her busy, including the CrownUptown, Mosley Street Melodrama, Cabaret Oldtown, Center for the Arts, and Stage One. Karen's CD Songs For My Baby (Broadway tunes and 40's style music, recorded while Karen was expecting her second child 3 years ago) is available at cdbaby.com. Karen is Director of Youth Ministries for University Congregational Church, where she has directed Godspell in 2005 and Jesus Christ Superstar last February. She has also directed for MTYP and taught classes for MGM Studio of the Dance and Camp Allegro. Many thanks to her understanding husband who is always supportive of her crazy ideas, including her recent fulfillment of a childhood fantasy: Karen has leased a horse for the summer and goes riding every morning before work!

JESSICA CHESBRO (Georgie Bukatinsky)

Jessica recently graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma, and is thrilled to be in Wichita for a second season! Last summer she was featured as Bebe in A Chorus Line and a Bird Girl in Seussical. At college she was Queenie in Lippa's version of The Wild Party, Jane in Jane Eyre, the Witch in Into the Woods, and Amalia in She Loves Me. Originally from Tulsa, OK, she's performed in many community theatre productions including Merrily We Roll Along as Beth and as Rizzo in Grease. She'd like to thank her mom and Carl for their constant belief in her. Also, thank you to Nancy for always being there to help, and Wayne for this incredible opportunity. "l feel truly blessed to be in such an amazing company!" She'd like to dedicate her performances this season to her Grandma M&M.

BRYNN O'MALLEY (Pam Lukowski)

Brynn is thrilled to be back in Wichita having served as Wayne's office assistant in the summer of '02! A graduate of the University of Michigan Class of 2003, Brynn joins the MTW family directly from the Las Vegas production of Avenue Q performing the role of Kate Monster/Lucy T. Slut. She joined Q directly from the Broadway company of Disney's Beauty and the Beast (where she appeared as Belle). Thanks to Wayne and Mark for keeping me off my mom's couch for 2 more weeks and, especially, thanks to Nancy Reeves ... my American Idol. Proud member of Actor's Equity Association.

PATTY REEDER (Susan Hershey, Molly MacGregor, etc.)

Patty is absolutely "over the moon" to be back in this first show of the season. You may remember her as Maggie in 42nd Street or Betty Blast in 66 Footloose, here at MTW. As co-owner of Mosley Street Melodrama in Old Town, she is always thrilled to take time to come down the street and do something fun and crazy. She thanks Wayne, Nancy and all the good folks here, who make that possible and always exciting; And big thanks to the folks back at Mosley, for holding down the fort!!! Love to Pops, her rock.

ALEX STOLL (Buddy "Keno" Rogers)

Alex is excited to be in his first season with Music Theatre of Wichita. Currently attending Wichita State University, Alex is majoring in both Dance and Musical Theatre. He has also performed with Ballet Wichita, and is a company member of Alithea Mime Theatre. Thanks to Wayne for the opportunity to live and love the arts, and much thanks to Nick, Sabrina, Lindsey, Jeff, and all of my ever patient parents.

MICHAEL PADILLA (Nathan Lukowski)

Michael is happy to be making his Music Theatre of Wichita debut in The Full Monty. Most recently, Michael was seen as Diddy Dudman in Just Another Christmas Show at Cabaret Oldtown, where he also works for his Mom, Christi Moore as doorman / greeter. Last fall he starred as Jack in Who Said Jack Doesn't Know Beans at Mayberry Middle School, where he just finished 6th grade. Michael's New York credits include Theo in Pippin and a Fagin's Boy in Oliver! In his spare time he can be found riding his bike or "jammin out" on his guitar and drums.

ANNIE FUNKE (Betty Wallace, etc.)

Annie is thrilled to be making her MTW debut in The Full Monty! A senior at OU, Annie has played Penelope Pennywise in Urine Town and Mickey in My One and Only. She has performed regionally with Casa Manana, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, and will spend the remainder of her summer at STAGES St. Louis. Many thanks to Wayne, Nancy, and her amazing family!

EBONY BLAKE (Joanie Lish)

Ebony is ecstatic to be returning to Wichita! A recent graduate of Wright State University's Acting/Musical Theatre program, Ebony's favorite roles there include Sarah in Ragtime, Bemeice Charles in The Piano Lesson, and Phillis Wheatley in Tina Landau and Ricky Ian Gordon's States of Independence. She recently starred as Nefertiti at The Human Race Theatre Company's workshop production of Nefertiti: A Musical Romance. Ebony would like to thank God, the MTW family, and her own for being supportive, loving and AWESOMELY AMAZING!!

TAUREAN EVERETT (Club Dancer, Moving Man, etc.)

Taurean is thrilled to be returning for his second season with MTW. A senior dance major at Wichita State University, Taurean's most recent musical theater credits include Richard the Nurse in A New Brain and Yertle the Turtle in Seussical. University dance credits include acclaimed pieces Patterns of Change by Sabrina Vasquez, Angels Rising by Nick Johnson, and Ostinato by Janice Garrett. Local dance credits include Snow, Arabian, and Dew Drop in The Nutcracker, and Mordred in Merlin's Song, both by artistic director Jill Landrith of Ballet Wichita. Taurean would like to thank his Lord above for the many bleSSings he has received, followed with thanks to my MTW family, my own family, and a special thanks to all my friends who believed in me. I love you all, but I gotta go ... they called "places!"

WES HART (Minister, Tony Giordano, etc.)

Wes gratefully returns to MTW for a third summer, where he has played such roles as AI DeLuca (A Chorus Line), Action (West Side Story), and Wickersham Brother (Seussical). He just recieved a B.M. in Music Theatre from Oklahoma City University where he enjoyed roles such as Nathan Detroit (Guys and Dolls), Mortimer (The Fantasticks), and Njegus (The Merry Widow). Thanks to Wayne and Nancy. Love to Mom, Dad, and Ash.

DAVID HULL (Moving Man, etc.)

David is a senior studying Musical Theatre and PreLaw Political Science at the University of Michigan. Recent credits include City of Angels, A Chorus Line, Jesus Christ Superstar, Biloxi Blues, and ... Charlie Brown, among others. He has also been featured in many shows with Paramount Productions. He is infinitely excited to be working with MTW in this, his scond season here, having played Mark in A Chorus Line and a Whatchamacallit in Seussical last summer.

ROY LIGHTNER (Policeman, etc.)

Roy is elated to be returning to MTW. Favorites here include West Side Story (Baby John),Seussical (Wickersham), and Joseph ... (Benjamin), and Aida, He attends Oklahoma City University, studying under Brenda Holleman. OCU credits include: Guys and Dolls (Nicely Nicely), Seussical (Horton), Secret Garden (Dickon). Other performances include a guest solo artist with the Kansas City Symphony in The Polar Express and Peanuts, and the title role in You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown with Oklahoma City Rep., a role which he'll reprise at St. Louis Stages after Sweet Charity. Thanks to Wayne, Roger, Nancy, and my family.

COLBY Q. LINDEMAN (Dance Instructor, etc.)

Colby is totes excited to be back in Wichita for his third season. Favorite past roles include Larry in A Chorus Line; Diesel in West Side Story, and being dance captain for several shows. Also, he has enjoyed performing in the 2005 Radio City Christmas Spectacular in Pittsburgh / Minneapolis. OCU graduate, Colby graduated first in his class last year. Thank you to my fun family, WB, NR, TD, & NM for all of the love! I couldn't have done it without you! xoxo!

CODY PROCTOR (Teddy Slaughter, etc.)

Cody is from Stilwell, KS and is excited for his first season with MTW after graduating from WSU's Theatre and Dance programs. He tours occasionally with Alithea Mime (yes, mime) Theatre, with whom he'll perform at the UN in NY as part of a youth leadership conference in August. Past shows include Raised in Captivity (dir.), Singin' in the Rain (Don), Pippin (Player), and Into the Woods (Baker). Much thanks to Wayne and much love to the family.

PATTY REEDER (Susan Hershey, Molly MacGregor, etc.)

Patty is absolutely "over the moon" to be back in this first show of the season. You may remember her as Maggie in 42nd Street or Betty Blast in 66 Footloose, here at MTW. As co-owner of Mosley Street Melodrama in Old Town, she is always thrilled to take time to come down the street and do something fun and crazy. She thanks Wayne, Nancy and all the good folks here, who make that possible and always exciting; And big thanks to the folks back at Mosley, for holding down the fort!!! Love to Pops, her rock.

TIMOTHY W. ROBU (Reg Willoughby, etc.)

Timothy is gladly looking forward to another busy summer with MTW. Audiences might remember seeing Tim last year as General Genghis Khan Schmitz in Seussical. John Hancock in 1776, Alfred Doolittle in My Fair Lady, and Amos in Chicago are just a few of Tim's favorite roles at MTW. He will have a chance to reprise another favorite role as the Cowardly Lion in this summer's season. For those of you who are worried, you won't be seeing"a lot" of Tim in The Full Monty. Tim is still living in Newton with his talented wife Karen, beautiful daughters Katie and Francie, cats, fish, tadpole and a three legged dog named Lobo. Tim thanks Wichita for their support of Music Theatre of Wichita, and for all the wonderful opportunities they've given him.

TARA SHAFFER (Estelle Genovese, etc.)

Tara is ecstatic to be returning to MTW for another season, having last been seen as part of the 2003 company and featured as Wendy Jo in Footloose. No stranger to Wichita stages, Tara has been seen at Mosley Street Melodrama, Cabaret Oldtown, Center for the Arts and Crown Uptown. She is a magna cum laude graduate of WSU with a BFA in music theatre. Many thanks to Mom and Dad for years of support, and much love to Dennis for everything

MARK MADAMA (Director)

Mark has directed productions on both coasts, and as far away as Ireland, Poland, and Czechoslovakia, and yet he happily begins his eighteenth consecutive MTW season, with The Full Monty being his 31st production as director here. Favorite MTW shows include Aida, Annie Get Your Gun, West Side Story, Oklahoma!, Cinderella, How to Succeed..., Funny Girl, Fiddler on the Roof, 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, and Good News!, plus his performance as Zach in MTW's first A Chorus Line. Mark is on the Musical Theatre faculty at the University of Michigan, where he has also directed City of Angels, Guys and Dolls, Assassins, Good News!, Nine, Children of Eden, Company and Horton Foote's 1918.

JOSH PRINCE (Choreographer)

Josh Prince hails from New York, but is happy to return to MTW, where he spent a collegiate summer and then returned to star in How to Succeed in Business ... and play the villainous Cat in HONK!, preserving that performance on the American Cast Album. Josh's directing and choreographing credits in Los Angeles include One Way Ticket to Hell - The Musical and Radio Show at the Art / Works Performance Space, as well as The Big Funk and Barnum at The NoHo Arts Center. He has also choreographed Guys and Dolls, and directed and choreographed Cabaret, both for Northern Stage in Vermont. He has created dances for the Indianapolis Opera, Gateway Playhouse, and the Wagon Wheel Theater. As an actor in New York City, Prince has appeared on Broadway in Little Me and Saturday Night Fever. He has also been seen in the National Tours of Cats and The Producers, creating the role of Carmen Ghia opposite Jason Alexander and Martin Short at the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles. Prince has also appeared Off-Broadway in Forbidden Broadway and In The Wings. He has performed at New York City Opera and in three City Center Encores! productions, and was featured in the film A Cinderella Story.

THOMAS WESLEY DOUGLAS (Musical Director / Conductor)

Honored, privileged, thrilled ... can these words describe how it feels to join the MTW family for his seventh season! Thomas has been musical director for Ain't Misbehavin', Show Boat, Ragtime, Good News!, Footloose, Oklahoma!, West Side Story, Beauty and the Beast, Phantom, and Once Upon a Mattress. He has done more than 150 musical theatre, opera, orchestral and oratorio productions, including conducting Webber's Phantom of the Opera in Switzerland. On other stages he has enjoyed the roles of Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Amonasro in Aida and Fats Waller in Ain't Misbehavin ', both in the U.S. and in Malaysia. Thomas is on the faculty of both the Drama and the Music schools at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He is the founder 57 and Artistic Director of the Neighborhood Opera Company and is the Artistic Director of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh.

JOHN ARNONE (Set Designer)

Recipient of L.A. Theater Critics, Dora Mava Moore, Outer Critics Circle, American Theatre Wing, Drama Desk and Tony Awards for set design for The Who's Tommy. Regional and NYC: over 150 productions for La Jolla Playhouse, Guthrie Theater, Arena Stage, Mark Taper Forum, The Old Globe, Folger Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Roundabout, Circle Rep and Public Theater. B'way credits include The Full Monty, The Who's Tommy; How to Succeed in Business ... ; Twilight L.A., 1992; Sacrilege; The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public; Grease!; Sex and Longing; The Deep Blue Sea; Patio I Porch; Lone Star I Pvt. Wars; Marlene; Minnelli On Minnelli; The Best Man; and The Ride Down Mt. Morgan.

ROBERT MORGAN (Costume Designer)

For 30 years Robert has designed for regional theatres across the U.S., most notably the Ahmanson, American Conservatory Theatre, Denver Theatre Center, Guthrie, Kennedy Center, Seattle Rep, and the Globe in San Diego, where he is an Associate Artist and where his designs have garnered roughly two dozen West Coast critics' awards. For Broadway, Mr. Morgan has designed costumes for The Full Monty, I'm Not Rappaport and Sherlock's Last Case. Off-Broadway: The Affairs of Anatol (Drama Desk nomination) and Prides Crossing.

DAVID NEVLLE (Production Manager/lighting Designer)

David Nevlle is thrilled to be returning for his 23rd season of "Camp MTW." In addition to many productions at MTW, 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, Music Theatre West, Arkansas Rep, Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera, George Street Playhouse, The 5th Avenue Theatre and Off-Broadway. David's favorite designs at MTW include Ragtime, Once on this Island, Children of Eden and Jesus Christ Superstar. David starts a new position this fall, teaching lighting and scenic design at Wichita State University. He makes his home in Wichita with his wife Robin and his kids, Ryan and Jocelyn.

TIM MILLER (Hair and Wig Designer)

Tim Miller is excited to be working at the Music Theatre of Wichita for his first season. He works in N.Y. as a costume shop assistant and wardrobe supervisor at Playwrights Horizons, where he worked on Grey Gardens and Pen. As the Assistant Wig / Hair/ Makeup Designer to Erin Kennedy Lunsford, he has worked at various off-Broadway theaters like the Mint Theater, Playwrights Horizons, The Culture Project and 59E59 Primary Stages. Some design credits include Rue (Hair Designer) at Theater for a New City, and Seascape with Dancer and Shark (Costume Designer) at Binghamton University.

DAVID MUEHL (Sound Designer)

David Muehl is excited to be returning to MTW for his second summer as sound designer, having also been the sound assistant three years ago. During MTW's "off season," David is audio producer for WSU College of Fine Arts, and sound designer for the Opera and Musical Theatre program. Some of his favorite sound designs have been Anything Goes, A Chorus Line, Pippin and Into. the Woods. ("How does one mic a giant anyway?") At WSU David was sound designer and audio engineer for the WSU production of Pippin which was selected to compete at the Kennedy Center Regional College Theatre Festival in St. Louis, and was selected as an alternate to the National Festival. David has also been sound designer for Cabaret Oldtown. David would like to thank Ray for his support and encouragement of professional development. And a huge thanks to Dave Temby and all the great people at Oearwing Productions in Phoenix.

KERRY GRISHAM (Property Master)

This is Kerry's second year with MTW. He lives in Tulsa, OK, where he has 17 years technical experience with the Tulsa theatrical community. He is currently Props Master with Tulsa Ballet, a position he has toured with, both nationally and internationally. Grisham also serves as Assistant Carpenter / Props for Tulsa Opera and Head Props for the TulsaPerforming Arts Center when National Broadway Touring Shows are in that venue. Kerry retired from the Tulsa fire department with 21 years' service.

MATT MITCHELL (Costume Coordinator)

Matt Michell makes his home in Key West, Florida. As costume designer and leather master he has worked at University of Michigan (where he also studied), Performance Network, Purple Rose Theatre, Michigan Shakespeare Festival (for three years), and St. Louis Opera. Matt arrived in Wichita last year to help George Bacon create Seussical, and stayed to collaborate with Debbie Roberts in the creation of Amneris' fashion show, and other specialty costumes, for Aida. He is happy to return to MTW for his second summer, and looks forward to all five shows this season.

DEBBIE ROBERTS (Costume Shop Manager)

Debbie Roberts has designed costumes for many shows here, including State Fair, Funny Girl, The Most Happy Fella, On the Town and West Side Story, plus special costumes for Aida (the fashion show, in partnership with Matt Mitchell), My Fair Lady (all of Eliza's gowns), Annie Get Your Gun, Man of La Mancha, Crazy for You, The Sound of Music, My One and Only, various Festival of Broadway shows, plus the upcoming Thoroughly Modem Millie. A graduate of Friends University, Debbie received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance and Ballet. "1 am so proud of the work that Music Theatre of Wichita does, it is always a pleasure to work each season. While California is home, work in the costume field takes me to New York each Christmas season to work for the World Famous Radio City Rockettes. It has been over 15 years that Wichita has been my summer home and I look forward to meeting new people and learning new skills each time. Enjoy the shows!"

SUANN POLLOCK (production Stage Manager)

Suann Pollock rejoined MTW in 1997 after an eight-year absence. She is one of the resident stage managers with the Tony Award winning Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, where her credits include the world premiere of Notebook of Trigoin with Lynn Redgrave, A Little Night Music with Donna McKechnie, Closer, Art, Wit, and Everything's Ducky, and John Doyle's Company, which will be moving to Broadway this fall. While at the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, she had the pleasure of stage managing several premieres, including Edward Albee's Fragments and Lee Blessing's The Rights. Professional directing credits include Seussical at Miami University SummerTheatre, Bat Boy at Stage One, Lanford Wllson's Day at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Soldiers Tale with No. Kentucky Symphony, Company, A Day In Hollywood/ A Night In The Ukraine, and The Nerd, among others. Thanks to Wayne for his support and encouragement.

EMILY F. McMULLEN (Stage Manager)

Emily McMullen is happy to be back for her 7th summer and 4th production of Wizard of Oz. Previous productions here include Phantom, Seussical, A Chorus Line, West Side Story, Chicago, Good News!, How to. Succeed In Business, Cinderella, Show Boat, Fiddler on the Roof, and Pajama Game. The rest of the year, she is the Production Stage Manager at Merrimack Repertory Theatre outside of Boston. She has also stage managed for North Shore Music Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, South Coast Repertory, Capital Repertory Theater, Musical Theatre Guild, Actors Theatre of Phoenix, Broadway Texas, Theatre Emory, and The Shadowland Theatre.

MARY SUE DYMAK (Director of Rentals &: Inventory / Drop Fabricator / Orchestra PitManager / Archivist / A Bunch of Other Stuff)

[Whew!] For 31 seasons at MTW, this will mark summer productions numbering 151 to 155. Stage manager for the Wichita Symphony Orchestra (13 years), Metropolitan Ballet Orchestra (10 years), and Opera Kansas (15 years). I seem to get around a lot but only inside Century II. This year's clever anecdote really isn't that clever. Milestones are marked this year that create many eye openers. My life is happily engaged in newer and larger tasks working for my favorite employer. My thanks to WB, NR, VK, JM, DN. I offer my deepest love and respect to all who work in this crazy business we call "SHOW." I dedicate this season to the administration, staff, crew, and performers of Music Theatre of Wichita. The first 30 seasons were great and here's a toast to 59 the next 30!! I love this place!!!!!!!!!!!! (Of course, I'm nuts.) 

ROGER CASTELLANO (Assistant to Producer)

Roger Castellano is elated to be working again with MTW, and looks forward to being a part of all five productions again this year. As an award-winning director and choreographer, Roger has created original shows, parades and industrials for companies like Sesame Street Live, Sanrio Inc. and Disney, and worked with stars such as Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Bennett, Bill Cosby, Natalie Cole, Christopher Reeve, Kenny Loggins and John Lithgow. Career highlights as an actor include My One and Only (Billy) with Susan Egan (Drama-Logue Award), Anything Goes (Billy) with Tracy Lore, On The Town (Ozzy), How to. Succeed in Business .. . (Bud Frump), and Into the Woods (The Baker). But the best reward is to be associated with MTW, where he's directed Me and My Girl, The Will Rogers Follies, choreographed Footloose-directed and co-choreographed Seussical, and acted in Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere), Once Upon a Mattress (The Jester), and A Chorus Line (Zach). Roger holds a BA in Theatre from California Stare University, Fullerton. He thanks God for his wife Tracy and daughter Carlin, and is grateful to Wayne for the many opportunities that he's given him.

GABRIEL BENNETT (Asst. Sound Designer)

Gabriel Bennett is returning to MTW for his third season; previously he held the position of Sound Assistant. The majority of Gabriel's experience lies in the Wichita area, including sound design for Cabaret Oldtown, audio engineering for Cabaret Oldtown. Stage One, Wichita State University and various professional recording studios and musical events. Gabriel would like to show appreciation to his family and friends for their support and understanding with special thanks to David Muehl for all of his encouragement and guidance.

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

Steve Landes is proud to return for his thirteenth sununer as the Apprentice Program Director. A Wichita resident for twenty two years, Steve worked for Friends University, the Wichita Center for the Arts, and Shakespeare in the Park. Steve moved to the Kansas City area three 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!)

JESSE WARKENTIN (Pianist / Musical Assistant)

This year has found Jesse in many musical roles around Wichita. He has been musical director for several shows with MTYP (including Joseph, Annie and their recent Wizard Of Oz), Stage One's production of I Do! I Do!, and he has also been seen at the piano with Mosley Street Melodrama. He conducted the MTW orchestra for the Festival of Broadway in 2005 and 2006, and he is excited to be here playing his third season of summer musicals. During the school year, he also works at Wichita High School East as accompanist to the choirs. Jesse wishes to thank his wonderful (and hilarious) family for their constant love and support in all his endeavors.

LINDA STARKEY (Pianist / Musical Assistant / Keyboards)

Linda Starkey continues her relationship with MTW, having performed in Oliver!, Cabaret, and The Sound of Music, and having conducted the Teen Choir and assisted with MTW's apprentice program. She is Associate Director of the Opera and Music Theatre program at Wichita State University, where she has also taught voice for the past 26 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.

NANCY REEVES (Company Manager)

Nancy Reeves happily sits on her throne as the Mother of all company members here at MTW. Every summer Nancy coordinates transportation, housing, schedules and everything that young people could find necessary to spend their summer in Wichita. Her brain holds telephone numbers for most every hotel, doctors office and airline connection in Central Kansas. When Nancy is not organizing the lives of theatre people she is an accomplished gourmet cook and caterer. Her husband Mark, a celebrated jewelry designer, and their son Tyson enjoy sailing in waters around the globe. She feels blessed to be loved by so many.

WAYNE BRYAN (Producing Director)

Wayne Bryan is now in his 19th season here, overseeing Music Theatre of Wichita as it heads into its 35th Anniversary Season. Raised in southern California, Wayne performed extensively on Broadway, in such shows as Good News!, Rodgers and Hart, and Tintypes, and on television in such shows as M*A*S*H* and PBS' American History. He also directed productions for theatres all across the country before coming to Kansas, but he feels he's doing his most challenging and rewarding work now. Local audiences may remember his performances in The Will Rogers Follies, Me and My Girl, The Pajama Game, The Music Man, Where's Charley?, 1776, and Sweet Charity. Under Wayne's guidance, Music Theatre of Wichita has maintained enviable attendance figures, received numerous local awards, and garnered international praise for its quality. In addition, Wayne received the 2002 Governor's Arts Award for his contributions to the local arts scene, and the NCCJ Brotherhood / Sisterhood Award, given to those who help fight prejudice and encourage diversity. Wayne is inordinately proud of the fact that almost every Broadway musical running now, and most of the national tours, feature performers onstage who spent formative summers as part of the MTW company.

The Full Monty: A History of the Musical by Wayne Bryan

  • Broadway opening: October 26, 2000, Eugene O'Neil Theatre; 770 performances
  • Produced by Fox Searchlight Pictures, Lindsay Law and Thomas Hall
  • Directed by Jack O'Brien
  • Choreography by Jerry Mitchell
  • Music Orchestrated by Harold Wheeler; Dance Arrangements by Zane Mark
  • Musical Direction by Ted Sperling
  • Scenic Design by John Arnone; Costume Design by Robert Morgan
  • Lighting Design by Howard Binkley; Sound Design by Tom Clark
  • Cast included: Patrick Wilson, Kathleen Freeman, John Ellison Conlee, Jason Danieley, Andre de Shields, Romain Fruge, Marcus Neville, Lisa Datz, Emily Skinner, Annie Golden
  • The original Broadway cast recording is highly recommended. It does carry a parental advisory for strong language.

We are thrilled to begin our 35th Anniversary Season with this uniquely touching and hilariously funny contemporary musical adventure. Let's start by discussing the origins of the phrase: "the full monty."

This British phrase, meaning the whole thing, has been popularized in America recently due to the 1997 film of the same name. It has been common in Britain, however, since the 1980s. The earliest attested usage is from 1986 in the book Street Talk, the Language of Coronation Street (Coronation Street being a popular British television show at the time). The origin of the phrase, however, is unknown, but there are probably as many suggestions as to its origin as there are for its American equivalent the whole nine yards. None of the following explanations, however, has any serious evidence to support it:

  • It refers to Field Marshal Montgomery's habit of meticulously planning his assaults, including intensive and detailed artillery preparations;
  • It refers to Montgomery in full-dress uniform with all his medals;
  • It refers to Montgomery's habit of eat- ing a large breakfast each morning, with linens, silver, and elaborate table settings;
  • It refers to expensive formal clothing purchased at the tailor shop of Montague Burton;
  • It is gambler’s slang derived from the game of three-card Monte;
  • It is a corruption of "the full amount;" 
  • It derives from a television commercial for fruit juice in which an actor asks for "the full Del Monte;"
  • Finally, it could come from Australian and New Zealand slang, a "monty" being a bet (especially on a horse) that is a sure thing. This slang term from downunder dates to at least 1894.

In any event, a small independent British film released in August of 1997 quickly popularized the phrase worldwide.

The movie, written by Simon Beaufoy, is set in Sheffield, England, at one time a booming center for steel manufacture, but now almost a ghost town. With the factory workers laid off, and unable to secure meaningful employment, the men have fallen into a desperate situation. The arrival of a traveling group of male strippers in town gives the men inspiration to try a new line of work.

This refreshingly original comedy (with a fun soundtrack of popular songs, but not by any means a "musical"), took both sides of the Atlantic by storm, gathering awards and attracting such huge, diverse crowds that it became the highest grossing independent film of the year.

One of the producers at Fox Searchlight Pictures in the U.S. was a gentleman named Lindsay Law, who saw potential in the story as a stage musical, and approached his friend Jack O'Brien, artistic director of the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. O'Brien shared his enthusiasm for the project, and committed to present the as-yet-unwritten musical in the Globe's upcoming season.

With O'Brien set to direct, they recruited esteemed playwright / librettist Terrence McNally (Ragtime, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Master Class) and young Broadway choreographer Jerry Mitchell (whose annual "strip-a- thon" for charity, Broadway Bares, was a classy and humorous demonstration of his appropriateness for this assignment). Looking for a new "voice" to pen the songs, they decided on David Yazbek, an inventive pop composer who had not ever written a show score (but who has, since his success with Full Monty, created yet another delightful score for the current hit Dirty Rotten Scoundrels).

With surprisingly little fuss, the creators were able to whip up a smashingly successful new show, true to the film's story line and characterizations, set to jazzy new music and very comfortably Americanized. After its San Diego premiere on June 1, 2000, it moved (with very few changes) into a long Broadway run four months later. Critics loved the show, calling it a "new American classic." Its 10 Tony nominations included Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Book, Best Orchestrations, Best Direction and Best Choreography. (Only the opening of a little show called The Producers prevented The Full Monty from capturing all the awards that year.) The Full Monty concluded its remarkable Broadway run on September 1, 2002.

We are delighted to present the Kansas premiere of this insightful, touching, and very funny show!

June 21-25, 2006
The great MGM classic film is a rollicking good time, with robust frontiersmen going in search of spouses. This was a huge hit when MTW presented it in 1993, and we promise wonderful singing and breathtakingly athletic dances for this return engagement.
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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
June 21-25, 2006
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Our second show also raised the roof here – the wonderfully athletic Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (June 21 – 25), based on the rip-roaring MGM musical film. Kim Huber (Beauty and the Beast, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Phantom) and Ed Watts (Annie Get Your Gun) both received raves for their performances the leading roles, and the audience roared their approval at the spectacular choreography by Peggy Hickey, especially as performed by such an amazingly talented company of singers and dancers.

KIM HUBER (Milly)

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers marks Kim's 10th performance at Music Theatre of Wichita, beginning as a company member in 1992 and starring in Phantom, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Into the Woods, 1993's World Premiere of Good News! (and cast album), Paint Your Wagon, and Disney's Beauty and the Beast as Belle, a role she created on the National Tour and played on Broadway. Also on Broadway, Kim was an original Broadway cast member of Sunset Blvd (with Glenn Close) and Marie Christine. Her portrayal of Nellie Collins in the Floyd Collins National Tour earned her nominations for both Jeff and Barrymore nominations for Best Actress. Her favorite moment this year was starring as Maria in The Sound of Music opposite her daughter, Paige, as Gretl at the 5th Ave Theatre. Favorite regional: The Last Five Years (Cathy), The Spitfire Grill (Shelby), Children of Eden (Eve/Mama Noah), and The Will Rogers Follies (Betty Rogers). Kim can be heard as the singing voice of Sleeping Beauty on the Disney Princess Christmas Album. Love and thanks always to Wayne, Mark and Nancy for their years of friendship, and unending generosity!

EDWARD WAITS (Adam)

Edward is thrilled to return to MTW for his second show! Audiences may remember him from the 2004 production of Annie Get Your Gun as Frank Butler. This past spring, Edward debuted at the New York City Opera in the role of Joe in The Most Happy Fella with Paul Sorvino. Other recent credits include Tomas in the new musical The Girl in the Frame at Goodspeed Opera (also the staged reading at MTC in New York), and Gaston in Beauty and the Beast at the Aladdin Theatre in Las Vegas. Other regional favorites include Beast in Beauty and the Beast (B&B, Indianapolis), Lancelot in Camelot (Stages St. Louis - Judy Award for Best Actor), Thomas Jefferson in 1776 and Count Philippe de Chandon in Phantom (Gateway Playhouse), Hillary Trask in The New Yorkers (Musicals Tonight! NYC), Percy in The Scarlet Pimpernel (CAP) and Jim Farrell in Titanic (Patchogue Theatre). TV/Film: Bartender (recurring) in season 6 of HBO's The Sopranos, the new Maitre d' on All My Children, Guiding Light, MTV, Nickelodeon, We Die Proud, Welcome to America Brian Wong. Thanks once again to Wayne for the opportunity!

WES HART (Benjamin)

Wes gratefully returns to MTW for a third summer, where he has played such roles as AI DeLuca (A Chorus Line), Action (West Side Story), and Wickersham Brother (Seussical). He just received a BM in Music Theatre from Oklahoma City University, where he enjoyed roles such as Nathan Detroit (Guys and Dolls), Mortimer (The Fantasticks), and Njegus (The Merry Widow). Thanks to Wayne and Nancy. Love to Mom, Dad, and Ash. www.weshart.net

DAVID HULL (Caleb)

Davidis excited to be returning for this, his second season at Music Theatre. Favorite credits include A Chorus Line, The Boys From Syracuse, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, Biloxi Blues, Jesus Christ Superstar, as well as various appearances with Paramount Productions and the recent KIDZ BOP Live Concert Tour. Before returning to Ann Arbor for his senior year as a Musical Theatre and Political Science student at The University of Michigan, he will appear in Gypsy with Patti LuPone. Thanks and love to God, his family and friends.

PETE LAY (Daniel)

Pete  is returning for his third season in the MTW summer ensemble after recently graduating from Butler University. You might recognize him as Young Carriere from Phantom or the All-White Ceremonial Indian Dancer from Annie Get Your Gun. He would like to thank Wayne and Nancy and send love to Mom, Dad, and Kat.

JAKE PFARR (Ephraim)

A recent graduate of Oklahoma City University, Jake greatly appreciates this opportunity to join MTW in his first season of shows. Some favorite roles have included Joseph in Joseph ... Dreamcoat, the Cowardly Lion in Wizard of Oz, and Tommy Djilas in Music Man. Many thanks to Mom, Dad, & Kylee, the MTW staff, and most importantly, the ''big man" upstairs!

TIM HAUSMANN (Frank)

Tim is so excited to be back at MTW this summer. He is a recent graduate of Oklahoma City University where he studied with Florence Birdwell. OCU credits include: Parade (Leo Frank), Songs for a New World ( Man #2), Kiss Me Kate (Bill Calhoun), Seussical (Wickersham #2), and Pirates of Penzance. Tim would like to thank both his MTW and South Dakota families for their love.

ROY LIGHTNER (Gideon)

Roy is elated to be returning to MTW. Favorites here include West Side Story (Baby John), Seussical (Wickersham), and Joseph ... (Benjamin), and Aida. He attends Oklahoma City University, studying under Brenda Holleman. OCU credits include: Guys and Dolls (Nicely Nicely), Seussical (Horton), Secret Garden (Dickon). Other performances include a guest solo artist with the Kansas City Symphony in The Polar Express and Peanuts, and the title role in You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown with Oklahoma City Rep., a role which he'll reprise at St. Louis Stages after Sweet Charity. Thanks to Wayne, Roger, Nancy, and my family.

KAITLYN M. DAVIDSON (Alice)

Kaitlyn, a sophomore Musical Theatre major at Cincinnati's Conservatory of Music, is ecstatic to be in her 2nd MTW season. She was in all 5 shows last season and enjoyed playing Kristine in A Chorus Line. Recently she performed in CCM's Crazy For You. Other theatres: Starlight Theatre, 5th Avenue, .The Ordway; New Theatre Restaurant, The Coterie, The MUNY. Other Credits: 42nd Street (Peggy), Crazy For You (Polly), Kiss Me Kate (Kate), Grease (Sandy). Thanks to family and friends for all their support and love. 

MARISA FIELD (Dorcas)

Marisa is thrilled to be making her debut at MTW. She currently studies in New York City at the Jen Waldman Studio, the Matthew Corozine Acting School, Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, and Peridance. She was recently a character performer in Cinderella's Princess Court at the World of Disney: NYC. Marisa would like to thank her family; friends, and her teachers for their love, support, and encouragement.

MELINDA HEITZMAN (Liza)

Melinda has just finished her sophomore year as a dance major at Oklahoma City University and is, delighted to be joining MTW for the first time this summer. She recently toured in Taiwan as a member of the American Spirit Dance Company and performed with the Oklahoma Opera and Music Theater Company in Guys and Dolls last Fall. She sends love and thanks to her parents for supporting her God-given passion for the stage.

SHINA ANN MORRIS (Sarah)

Shina is so happy to be back for her 4th season in the MTW company! After this summer, she will be a junior in the Musical Theatre program at the University of Michigan, where she was in the cast of The Bays From Syracuse and Seussical. Performing at MTW, some of her favorite shows to be in were Good News!, Chicago, West Side Story, Phantom, and Aida. She thanks God, her parents, Wayne, and Mark for their love and support through the years.

LISA ROHINSKY (Ruth)

Lisa  is thrilled to be making her debut at MTW this summer. In the fall, she'll be a senior musical theatre major at Penn State University. Her recent credits include The Bay Friend (Polly Browne), Bat Bay (Maggie/Ron), The Wild Party, and Sweet Charity. Lisa sends her thanks to her family and friends and to those who always believed in her.

GABRIELLE RUIZ (Martha)

Gabriella is delighted to return for her 3rd season at MTW. Favorite roles include the "dynamite" Diana Morales (A Chorus Line), Belladova (Phantom!) and Consuela (West Side Story). A senior at Oklahoma City University; she recently performed in Taiwan with the American Spirit International Touring Company. "Heartfelt gratitude to my family for their unconditional love and support, Wayne and Nancy for believing in me, and above all, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."

ZAK EDWARDS (Joel)

Zak is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Regionally; he has worked at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma City in Jesus Christ Superstar (Simon/Jesus understudy) and Hello, Dolly! (Ambrose Kemper, with Sally Struthers), and at Casa Manana in Fort Worth in A Chorus Line (Frank). At OU, he has performed in Sweet Charity (Ensemble/Ernie), Chess (Ensemble/Gregor), A Little Night Music (Mr. Erlanson), My One and Only (Rhythm BOY)' Marat/Sade (Marquis de Sade), Assassins (Charles Guiteau), and most recently Pal Joey (Ludlow Lowell). Zak would like to thank his phenomenal professors, his incredible friends, and, most of all, his amazing family!

TAUREAN EVERETT (Matt)

Taurean is thrilled to be returning for his second season with MTW. A senior dance major at Wichita State University, Taurean's most recent musical theater credits include Richard the Nurse in A New Brain and Yertle the Turtle in Seussical. University dance credits include acclaimed pieces Patterns of Change by Sabrina Vasquez, Angels Rising by Nick Johnson, and Ostinato by Janice Garrett. Local dance credits include Snow, Arabian, and Dew Drop in The Nutcracker, and Mordred in Merlin's Song, both by artistic director Jill Landrith of Ballet Wichita. Taurean would like to thank his Lord above for the many bleSSings he has received, followed with thanks to my MTW family, my own family, and a special thanks to all my friends who believed in me. I love you all, but I gotta go ... they called "places!"

COLIN ISRAEL (Luke)

Colin is thrilled to join MTW for another fantastic summer season! New York: A Christmas Carol (Peter Cratchit, Personal Space Theatrics), Prometheus Passion (Hermes, Durm and Strang Theatre Co.). Regional: The Full Monty (Malcolm, MTW), A Chorus Line (Bobby; Casa Manana and MTW), Seussical (Wickersham, MTW), A Man of No Importance (Breton Beret, Speakeasy Stage), The Last Five Years (Jamie, Ovation Theatre). BFA: Boston Conservatory. Thanks to my family and the folks at MTW for their constant support and faith!

PATRICK LAVALLEE (Jeb)

A recent graduate of Oklahoma City University, Patrick is thrilled to perform in his first professional season with MTW. Recently returning from Taiwan, Patrick has performed with American Spirit Dance Company, regional theatre and national tour. Additionally, he has trained with Aaron Tolson of Imaginative Tap and Professor Robert L. Reed. Patrick would like to thank his friends and family for their continued support.

COLBY Q. LINDEMAN (Zeke)

Colby is totes excited to be back in Wichita for his third season. Favorite past roles include Larry in A Chorus Line; Diesel in West Side Story, and being dance captain for several shows. Also, he has enjoyed performing in the 2005 Radio City Christmas Spectacular in Pittsburgh / Minneapolis. OCU graduate, Colby graduated first in his class last year. Thank you to my fun family, WB, NR, TD, & NM for all of the love! I couldn't have done it without you! xoxo!

ALEX STOLL (Carl)

Alex is excited to be in his first season with Music Theatre of Wichita, and had a great time playing Keno (the stripper) in The Full Monty. Currently attending Wichita State University, Alex is majoring in both Dance and Musical Theatre. He has also performed with Ballet Wichita, and is a company member of Alithea Mime Theatre. Thanks to Wayne for the opportunity to live and love the arts, and much thanks to Nick, Sabrina, Lindsey, Jeff, and all of my ever patient parents.

JOHN BOLDENOW (Mr. Bixby)

John has worked extensively with many local theatre venues over the last 28 years, receiving several Mary Jane Teall Awards for acting, directing, and most recently for properties design. John has had the great, good fortune of working across the country; most recently with the first national tour of 1776 out of New York City. Other Big Apple credits include Our Young Black Men Are Dying and Nobody Seems to Care, The American Dream, with Tony Award winners Len Cariou and James Naughton, and What About Black Womyn? Film credits include the Emmy Award winning Mary White and Twister. John currently serves as Director of Theatre at The Wichita Center for the Arts, and as the principal director for the Wichita Children's Theatre & Dance Center Touring Company.

BRIAN EMERSON

Brian is overjoyed to be back for MTW 2006 season, and loved playing Donald O'Connor- wannabe Ethan in The Full Monty. Coming straight from the Caribbean, he performed with Disney Cruise Lines, on the Disney Wonder. Since graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 2004, Brian has been working for various regional theatres, cruise lines, and hoping to and from NYC. Some credits include: Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere), Male swing and u / s for DCL, Swing! The Musical (dancer), Cabaret (Emcee), Much Ado ... (Claudio), West Side Story (A-rab), Oklahoma! (Dream Curly), ... and more. Brian would like to thank Wayne for amazing opportunities and Nancy (his lovely "agent"). Much Love to Brittany, dad and mom, and his endearing family and friends for their eternal love and guidance. God bless. Romans 8:28

JESSICA CHESBRO (Mrs. Perkins)

Jessica recently graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma, and is thrilled to be in Wichita for a second season! MTW credits include Aunt Em / Glinda in The Wizard of Oz, Georgie Bukatinsky in The Full Monty, Bebe in A Chorus Line, and a Bird Girl in Seussical. At college she was Queenie in Lippa's version of The Wild Party, Jane in Jane Eyre, the Witch in Into the Woods, and Amalia in She Loves Me. Originally from Tulsa, OK, she's performed in many community theatre productions, including Merrily We Roll Along as Beth and as Rizzo in Grease. She'd like to thank her mom and Carl for their constant belief in her, and dedicates her performances this season to her Grandma M&M.

EBONY BLAKE

Ebony is ecstatic to spend her second summer in Wichita! A recent graduate of Wright State University's Acting/Musical Theatre program, Ebony's favorite roles there include Sarah inRagtime, Berneice Charles in The Piano Lesson, and Phillis Wheatley in Tma Landau and Ricky Ian Gordon's States of Independence. She recently starred as Nefertiti at The Human Race Theatre Company's workshop production of Nefertiti: A Musical Romance. Ebony would like to thank God, the MTW family, and her own for being supportive, loving and AWESOMELY AMAZING!!

DEVIN ILAW

Devin is currently a senior Musical Theatre major at Carnegie Mellon University, where he has been seen as The Writer in Hello Again and Billy Boy Bill/Dr. Billeaux in Urinetown (dir. John Caraffa). Credits include: The King and I (Lun Tha) at West Virginia Public Theatre, Miss Saigon(Thuy) at Pittsburgh Music Theatre and WVPT, Girl on the Go (Christopher Lee) at Pittsburgh CLO, and Still Writing at the Duplex in NYC. Infinite thanks to friends, family, and everyone at MTW for their love and support.

PARISH MECHLING

Parish is a senior musical theatre major at The University of Oklahoma. She is thrilled to be making her debut here at MTW. Regional credits include: Jesus Christ Superstar, Hello Dolly!, OKC Philharmonic's A Very Merry Pops. OU credits include: Pal Joey (Gladys Bumps), My One and Only (Kipper / dance capt.), Chess, Sweet Charity. Thanks to Lyn, Paul, and amazing family!

KEVIN MUNHALL

Kevin is ecstatic and honored to be joining an incredibly talented group of performers this summer. He recently graduated from East High and will be a freshman at the University of Michigan next fall. His favorite roles include Bobby Strong in Urine Town and Conrad Birdie inBye, Bye, Birdie (for both of which he received Jester Awards). He would like to thank Wayne, Mark, Nancy, Mr. G, Mr. Riney and his amazing friends and family.

DESI OAKLEY

Desi is looking forward to her senior year at Maize High, couldn't possibly be more excited to be working with her favorite people in Wichita again! Recent credits include her highly praised portrayal of Dorothy in MTW's The Wizard of Oz, and her Jester-winning performance as Cinderella. This is her third season as a member of the professional MTW ensemble. She would like to thank God, for she owes Him all her praise, her supportive family, her friends, and of course Wayne, Nancy, and the entire MTW staff! Romans 8:28

TIFFANY OCVIRK

Tiffany is ecstatic about her first season at MTW. She is a dance performance senior at Oklahoma City University, and has performed both nationally and internationally as a member of the American Spirit Dance Company. "My deepest thanks to my family for unconditional faith, love, and support, my friends for strength and encouragement, and my Savior Jesus Christ - to Him be all the glory."

MARY LOU PHIPPS-WINFREY (Mrs. Bixby)

Mary always looks forward to performing with MTW. She is a local and regional actress, director, and playwright. As an actress she has performed with MTW, Cabaret Old Town, Wichita Community Theatre, Center for the Arts, and Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre. Her directing credits include shows for Cabaret Old Town, Wichita Community Theatre, Wichita Children's Theatre, and Botanica. Mary Lou writes productions specifically for an organization's event. Her writing-directing credits include the interactive children's show for the Teddy Bear Picnic at Botanica for several years, and the Calamity at Cowtown event. She was most recently seen in the long-running Menopaus-A-Palooza at Cabaret Oldtown. Thanks to all for this opportunity to be JB's wife.

CODY PROCTOR

Cody is from Stilwell, KS and is excited for his first season with MTW after graduating from WSU's Theatre and Dance programs. He tours occasionally with Alithea Mime (yes, mime) Theatre, with whom he'll perform at the UN in NY as part of a youth leadership conference in August. Cody made his MTW debut playing Teddy (the fiancée) in The Full Monty. Past shows include Raised in Captivity (dir.), Singin' in the Rain (Don), Pippin (Player), and Into the Woods(Baker). Much thanks to Wayne and much love to the family.

TIMOTHY W. ROBU (Mr. Perkins)

Tim is gladly looking forward to another busy summer with MTW. Audiences might remember seeing Tim last year as General Genghis Khan Schmitz in Seussical. John Hancock in 1776, Alfred Doolittle in My Fair Lady and Amos in Chicago are just a few of Tim's favorite roles at MTW. He will have a chance to reprise another favorite role as the Cowardly Lion in this summer's season. Tim is still living in Newton with his talented wife Karen, beautiful daughters Katie and Francie, cats, fish, tadpole and a three legged dog named Lobo. Tim thanks Wichita for their support of Music Theatre of Wichita, and for all the wonderful opportunities they've given him.

AARON UMSTED

Aaron is a sophomore Musical Theatre major at the University of Oklahoma and made his MTW debut with Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Regional credits include: Footloose, Hello, Dolly!, Aida, and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic's Very Merry Pops. University Credits: Pal Joey (Joey u/ s), and Anything Goes (Billy Crocker). Many thanks to Lyn, Paul, Vince, Mom, Dad, and Friends for their love and support.

SELINA MICHELLE VERASTIGUI

Selina has just completed her sophomore year as a BFA Musical Theatre major with a dance concentration minor at Otterbein College. She is thrilled to be making her MTW debut and is excited to be working with such talented people. Selina comes to MTW after playing Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street which was directed by Randy Skinner, Kelli Barclay, and Trip Phillips. Some of her other credits include Jesus Christ Superstar (Mary Magdalene), Into the Woods(Witch) and On Your Toes (Vera Baranova). She would like to thank Wayne, Roger, and Nancy for being so wonderfully nice, her friends at Otterbein, Brett for his love, and her parents and bro for all the encouragement and support. My heart goes out to you all.

TOM WINE (Preacher)

Tomis director of choral activities at Wichita State University and directs the chancel choir at Eastminster Presbyterian. Thank you Wayne for the chance to be on "this side of the stage" with my daughter!

WAYNE BRYAN (Director)

Wayne is celebrating his 19th season as MTW's producing director, and relishes the chance to share the occasion with his colleagues Peggy Hickey, Thomas Wesley Douglas and David Neville, not to mention the stellar talents of Kim, Ed, and so many wonderful young people. Wayne grew up in L.A., graduated from U.C. Santa Barbara, and served for three years as a U.S. Navy Officer during the Vietnam War. He has performed on Broadway (Good NewsTintypesRodgers and Hart) and on television ("M*A*S*H" on CBS,"Keystone" on A&E, "American History" on PBS), and has won many directing and acting awards across the country. Favorite moments at MTW include directingPhantom, HONK!, Children of Eden, and Beauty and the Beast, acting in Me and My Girl andThe Will Rogers Follies, and receiving both the Kansas Governor's Arts Award and the NCCJ Brotherhood/Sisterhood Award. Profound gratitude to all who support MTW in any fashion, and love to family and friends, including EES & CLKS, SCS & MGS, MM, VW, B&A, and Ozbeau. Special thanks to the small but mighty year-round staff, Nancy, John, Vickie, and Mary Sue, for their incredible loyalty and tireless commitment to MTW's growth and success.

PEGGY HICKEY (Choreographer)

Peggy is delighted to return to Wichita, where previous productions include Annie Get Your Gun, The King and I, State Fair, Meet Me in St. Louis, and My Fair Lady. Other credits include A Little Night Music, Brigadoon, and On the Twentieth Century at the Goodspeed Opera House (two Connecticut Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Choreography); 20th Century for AMT San Jose, Gigi for Musical Theatre West (L.A. DramaLogue Award); My Fair Lady and Carousel for Sacramento Music Circus. Peggy's work in opera has included collaborations with such artists as Placido Domingo, Samuel Ramey, Susan Graham, and Franco Zeffirelli. Her work has been performed at Los Angeles Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and Hansel and Gretel, televised "Live From Lincoln Center" on PBS. She choreographed Fiddler on the Roof for Mexico City and both The Most Happy Fella and La Rondine for New York City Opera. Peggy's film and television credits include Beck's "The New Pollution" for MTV (MTV Video Music Award for Choreography), Days of Our Lives, General Hospital and Port Charles, and The Brady Bunch Movie.

YVETTE TUCKER (Assistant to the Choreographer)

 Yvette's recent credits include Velma in the West Coast Premiere of Never Gonna Dance, and understudying and performing the role of Lisa, opposite Terrance Mann in South Coast Repertory's The Studio, directed by Christopher D' Amboise. Other favorite roles include Tiger Lily in Cathy Rigby's Peter Pan, Louise in Carousel, and Maggie in Brigadoon. Yvette has appeared as a guest artist/ principal dancer with The Los Angeles Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Palm Beach Opera, and Pacific Opera. She has also performed at the Goodspeed Opera House, North Shore Music Theatre, L.A:s Reprise, and toured nationally with Damn Yankees and Phantom (Belladova). Film and TV credits include Miss Congeniality 2, Cold Case, Charmed, The Suite Life of Zak and Cody, Passions, and Jack and Jill, as well as over a dozen independent films and national commercials. Yvette has appeared in video and concert appearances for Mandy Moore, Michael Crawford, The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Gladys Knight and Placido Domingo. Yvette resides in Los Angeles where she will soon begin work on a new Rob Marshall project. Many thanks to Wayne and Peggy for bringing her back home. Love to Tia and Daddy!

THOMAS WESLEY DOUGLAS (Musical Director /Conductor)

Honored, privileged, thrilled ... can these words describe how it feels to join the MTW family for his seventh season! Thomas has been musical director for Ain't Misbehavin', Show Boat, Ragtime, Good News!, Footloose, Oklahoma!, West Side Story, Beauty and the Beast, Phantom, and Once Upon a Mattress. He has done more than 150 musical theatre, opera, orchestral and oratorio productions, including conducting Webber's Phantom of the Opera in Switzerland. On other stages he has enjoyed the roles of Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Amonasro in Aidaand Fats Waller in Ain't Misbehavin ', both in the U.S. and in Malaysia. Thomas is on the faculty of both the Drama and the Music schools at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He is the founder 57 and Artistic Director of the Neighborhood Opera Company and is the Artistic Director of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh.

XuZHENG HE (Set Designer)

XuZheng is a scenic designer, fine artist, and muralist. His career began in China where he designed and painted sets for Ballet and Chinese Opera, and was a member of the National Troup which toured in Australia. In 1987, he received a scholarship to go to school in the United States at the University of Arizona. After graduating, he worked in theatre and movie/TV production. He has designed many sets for MTW, including The King and I, Phantom, Paint Your Wagon, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and Destry Rides Again. His art work can also be seen in the movies Tombstone, The Quick and the Dead, Boys on the Side, Tin Cup, The Postman, and others. XuZheng is happy to return to MTW again and enjoys working with Wayne and his other dear friends here.

DAVID NEVLLE (Production Manager/lighting Designer)

Designed David Nevlle is thrilled to be returning for his 23rd season of "Camp MTW." In addition to many productions at MTW, 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, Music Theatre West, Arkansas Rep, Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera, George Street Playhouse, The 5th Avenue Theatre and Off-Broadway. David's favorite designs at MTW include Ragtime, Once on this Island, Children of Eden and Jesus Christ Superstar. David starts a new position this fall, teaching lighting and scenic design at Wichita State University. He makes his home in Wichita with his wife Robin and his kids, Ryan and Jocelyn

ERIN KENNEDY LUNSFORD (Wig, Hair and Makeup Designer)

Based out of NYC, Erin is thrilled to be joining MTW for their 2006 season. Off Broadway: Pen; Manic Flight Reaction (Playwright's Horizons), Dog Sees God (Century Center), The Revenger's Tragedy (Red Bull Theater Company), The Right Kind of People (Primary Stages), Retzach (59E59 Theaters), The Soldier's Wife (MINT Theater), Cleansed (Columbia University), Hedatron (Les Freres Corbusier). Opera: LA Traviata (The Bronx Opera Company), Don Giovanni, Gianni Schicchi, Tales of Hoffman (University of Minnesota Opera). She has worked with wig designers Tom Watson (Bach at Leipzig) and Paul Huntley (Grey Gardens). Her work has also been seen in the Guggenheim Museum as well as New York Magazine, The New Yorker and several other international publications. BA, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Department of Theater Arts and Dance.

DAVID MUEHL (Sound Designer)

David Muehl is excited to be returning to MTW for his second summer as sound designer, having also been the sound assistant three years ago. During MTW's "off season," David is audio producer for WSU College of Fine Arts, and sound designer for the Opera and Musical Theatre program. Some of his favorite sound designs have been Anything Goes, A Chorus Line, Pippin and Into. the Woods. ("How does one mic a giant anyway?") At WSU David was sound designer and audio engineer for the WSU production of Pippin which was selected to compete at the Kennedy Center Regional College Theatre Festival in St. Louis, and was selected as an alternate to the National Festival. David has also been sound designer for Cabaret Oldtown. David would like to thank Ray for his support and encouragement of professional development. And a huge thanks to Dave Temby and all the great people at Oearwing Productions in Phoenix.

KERRY GRISHAM (Property Master)

This is Kerry's second year with MTW. He lives in Tulsa, OK, where he has 17 years technical experience with the Tulsa theatrical community. He is currently Props Master with Tulsa Ballet, a position he has toured with, both nationally and internationally. Grisham also serves as Assistant Carpenter / Props for Tulsa Opera and Head Props for the TulsaPerforming Arts Center when National Broadway Touring Shows are in that venue. Kerry retired from the Tulsa fire department with 21 years' service.

REBECCA MAHOLLAND (Costume Coordinator)

Rebecca is the Costume Shop Supervisor for the School of Performing Arts at Wichita State University. She received her BA from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas and has an MA in Opera Performance as well as an MA in Theater from Wichita State University. Recent costume designs for Wichita State include The Nightingale and the Rose, ThreePenny Opera and Tales of Hoffmann. Along with coordinating their annual Christmas opera, she has designed costumes for Opera Kansas, including The Music Master during River Festival. She has coordinated costumes for Stage One and has worked as design assistant at American Player's Theater in SpringGreen, WISCOnsin. Rebecca is thrilled to be working for MTW for her second season.

DEBBIE ROBERTS (Costume Shop Manager)

Debbie Roberts has designed costumes for many shows here, including State Fair, Funny Girl, The Most Happy Fella, On the Town and West Side Story, plus special costumes for Aida (the fashion show, in partnership with Matt Mitchell), My Fair Lady (all of Eliza's gowns), Annie Get Your Gun, Man of La Mancha, Crazy for You, The Sound of Music, My One and Only, various Festival of Broadway shows, plus the upcoming Thoroughly Modem Millie. A graduate of Friends University, Debbie received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance and Ballet. "1 am so proud of the work that Music Theatre of Wichita does, it is always a pleasure to work each season. While California is home, work in the costume field takes me to New York each Christmas season to work for the World Famous Radio City Rockettes. It has been over 15 years that Wichita has been my summer home and I look forward to meeting new people and learning new skills each time. Enjoy the shows!"

EMILY F. McMULLEN (Stage Manager)

Emily McMullen is happy to be back for her 7th summer and 4th production of Wizard of Oz. Previous productions here include Phantom, Seussical, A Chorus Line, West Side Story, Chicago, Good News!, How to. Succeed In Business, Cinderella, Show Boat, Fiddler on the Roof, and Pajama Game. The rest of the year, she is the Production Stage Manager at Merrimack Repertory Theatre outside of Boston. She has also stage managed for North Shore Music Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, South Coast Repertory, Capital Repertory Theater, Musical Theatre Guild, Actors Theatre of Phoenix, Broadway Texas, Theatre Emory, and The Shadowland Theatre.

SUANN POLLOCK (production Stage Manager)

Suann Pollock rejoined MTW in 1997 after an eight-year absence. She is one of the resident stage managers with the Tony Award winning Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, where her credits include the world premiere of Notebook of Trigoin with Lynn Redgrave, A Little Night Music with Donna McKechnie, Closer, Art, Wit, and Everything's Ducky, and John Doyle's Company, which will be moving to Broadway this fall. While at the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, she had the pleasure of stage managing several premieres, including Edward Albee's Fragments and Lee Blessing's The Rights. Professional directing credits include Seussical at Miami University Summer Theatre, Bat Boy at Stage One, Lanford Wllson's Day at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Soldiers Tale with No. Kentucky Symphony, CompanyA Day In Hollywood/ A Night In The Ukraine, and The Nerd, among others. Thanks to Wayne for his support and encouragement.

MARY SUE DYMAK (Drop Fabricator / Rentals Director)

For 31 seasons at MTW, Seven Brides marks summer production number 152! Stage manager for the Wichita Symphony Orchestra (13 years), Metropolitan Ballet Orchestra (10 years), and Opera Kansas (15 years). I seem to get around a lot but only inside Century n. Every year I try to put something clever into this paragraph. This year, in trying to be different, let me tell you about my family. My paternal grandparents came from Czechoslovakia through Ellis Island and settled in South Omaha. My maternal grandparents began a life in western Nebraska (the sod house Grandpa built is still standing). My Dad invented the Safeway Stores "S." My Mom was a registered nurse. There are five kids in the family; I'm the fourth. We all lead successful, happy lives in various parts of the country. To them, I lovingly dedicate this season.

ROGER CASTELLANO (Assistant to Producer)

Roger has enjoyed being a part of all five MTW productions again this year, including his recent direction and choreography for The Wizard of Oz. As an award-winning director and choreographer, Roger has created original shows, parades and industrials for companies like Sesame Street Live, Sanrio Inc. and Disney, and worked with stars such as Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Bennett, Bill Cosby, Natalie Cole, Christopher Reeve, Kenny Loggins and John Lithgow. Career highlights as an actor include My One and Only (Billy) with Susan Egan (Drama-Logue Award), Anything Goes (Billy) with Tracy Lore, On The Town (Ozzy), How to. Succeed in Business … (Bud Frump), and Into the Woods (The Baker). But the best reward is to be associated with MTW, where he's directed Me and My GirlThe Will Rogers Follies, choreographed Footloose-directed and co-choreographed Seussical, and acted in Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere), Once Upon a Mattress (The Jester), and A Chorus Line (Zach). Roger holds a BA in Theatre from California Stare University, Fullerton. He thanks God for his wife Tracy and daughter Carlin, and is grateful to Wayne for the many opportunities that he's given him.

GABRIEL BENNETT (Asst. Sound Designer)

Gabriel Bennett is returning to MTW for his third season; previously he held the position of Sound Assistant. The maFority of Gabriel's experience lies in the Wichita area, including sound design for Cabaret Oldtown, audio engineering for Cabaret Oldtown. Stage One, Wichita State University and various professional recording studios and musical events. Gabriel would like to show appreciation to his family and friends for their support and understanding with special thanks to David Muehl for all of his encouragement and guidance.

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

Steve Landes is proud to return for his thirteenth summer as the Apprentice Program Director. A Wichita resident for twenty two years, Steve worked for Friends University, the Wichita Center for the Arts, and Shakespeare in the Park. Steve moved to the Kansas City area three 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!)

DAWN CHISUM (Rentals Wardrobe Supervisor)

Dawn is happy to be returning to MTW for her 11th season! A graduate of Friends University with a BA in English/Drama she belongs to the local wardrobe union and has dressed everything from rock concerts to ice shows to muppets locally. She would like to thank everyone that she has ever met!

JESSE WARKENTIN (Pianist / Musical Assistant)

This year has found Jesse in many musical roles around Wichita. He has been musical director for several shows with MTYP (including Joseph, Annie and their recent Wizard of Oz), Stage One's production of I Do! I Do!, and he has also been seen at the piano with Mosley Street Melodrama. He conducted the MTW orchestra for the Festival of Broadway in 2005 and 2006, and he is excited to be here playing his third season of summer musicals. During the school year, he also works at Wichita High School East as accompanist to the choirs. Jesse wishes to thank his wonderful (and hilarious) family for their constant love and support in all his endeavors.

LINDA STARKEY (Teen Choir Musical Director)

Linda Starkey continues her relationship with MTW, having performed in Oliver!Cabaret, and The Sound of Music, and having conducted the Teen Choir and assisted with MTW's apprentice program. She is Associate Director of the Opera and Music Theatre program at Wichita State University, where she has also taught voice for the past 26 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.

KAREN GALE (Teen Choir Company Manager)

With a BS in Environmental Science from Vanderbilt University's School of Engineering, seems to have the wrong education for the theatre, but her attention to detail and organization skills that aren't utilized in Solid Waste Management anymore are put to work as Executive Director for Music Theatre for Young People. Wanting to have no free time, Karen spends her summers at MTW as Teen Choir Company Manager

July 5-9. 2006
Every summer we offer one all-family favorite, so it’s time for the Tenth Anniversary edition of MTW’s lavish journey to the Emerald City. A thrilling cyclone, merry Munchkins, dancing Jitterbugs, flying monkeys, and a melting witch. All live onstage!
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The Wizard of Oz
July 5-9. 2006
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Everyone loved our beautiful Dorothy, the multi-talented 17-year-old Desi Oakley, currently a student at Maize High School, but already a three-year veteran of our professional performing company.

Desi led the large cast of adults, teens, and children through nine performances of this classic show. The auditorium was packed for every show, and we received high praise for the terrific performances, wonderful direction and choreography of Roger Castellano, and all the great special effects.

DESI OAKLEY (Dorothy)

Desi, looking forward to her senior year at Maize High, couldn't possibly be more excited to be working with her favorite people in Wichita again! She recently played Cinderella at school (earning a 2006 Jester Award for outstanding leading actress), and has been busy dancing and singing around town. This is her third season as a member of the professional MTW ensemble,  having spent previous summers in children's roles in The Most Happy Fella and The Sound of Music (Brigitta), as well  as performing in the Teen Choir. She would like to thank God, for she owes Him all her praise, her supportive family, her friends, and of course Wayne, Nancy, and the entire MTW staff! "Hope you enjoy the show!" Romans 8:28

DON CIMA (Prof. Marvel/The Wizard)

Don is pleased to be return to MTW after making his debut here last season, as the amusingly mute King Sextimus in Once Upon a Mattress. Don is a native Californian and performs primarily in the San Francisco Bay Area where he has had the pleasure of working with Wayne Bryan twice before. Over the past 30 years Don has appeared in some 50 productions including Brigadoon (Jeff Douglas), My Fair Lady (Alfred Doolittle), Kiss Me, Kate (First Gangster), Sound of Music (Max Detweiler), Pajama Game (Vernon Hines), The Royal Family (Oscar Wolfe), Louisiana Purchase (Senator Loganberry), 42nd Street (Bert Barry), Phantom ( Cholet), Harvey (Judge Gaffney), Me and My Girl (Mr. Parchester), The Boy Friend (Percival Browne). Don is married; he and his wife have two grown sons and four grandchildren. It's good to be back in Oz!

KAREN L. ROBU (Miss GuItch / Wicked Witch)

 Karen happily returns for her 9th MTW season, 15 pounds lighter than last year (Thank you, South Beach Diet)! Past roles include Emma Goldman in Ragtime, Maureen / Lowbutt in HONK!, Dolly in Annie Get Your Gun, Mayzie in Seussical, and most recently Vicki Nichols in The Full Monty. In Kansas since 1993, Karen is thankful for all the theatres in town that keep her busy, including the Crown Uptown, Mosley Street Melodrama, Cabaret Oldtown, Center for the Arts, and Stage One. Karen's CD Songs For My Baby (Broadway tunes and 40's style music, recorded while Karen was expecting her second child 3 years ago) is available at cdbaby.com. Karen is Director of Youth Ministries for University Congregational Church, where she has directed Godspell in 2005 and Jesus Christ Superstar last February. She has also directed for MTYP and taught classes for MGM Studio of the Dance and Camp Allegro. Many thanks to her understanding husband who is always supportive of her crazy ideas, including her recent fulfillment of a childhood fantasy: Karen has leased a horse for the summer and going riding every morning before work!

BRIAN EMERSON (Scarecrow / Hunk)

Brian is overjoyed to be back for MTW 2006 season, and loved playing Donald O'Connor- wannabe Ethan in The Full Monty. Coming straight from the Caribbean, he performed with Disney Cruise Lines, on the Disney Wonder. Since graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 2004, Brian has been working for various regional theatres, cruise lines, and hoping to and from NYC. Some credits include: Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere), Male swing and u / s for DCL, Swing! The Musical (dancer), Cabaret (Emcee), Much Ado ... (Claudio), West Side Story (A-rab), Oklahoma! (Dream Curly), ... and more. Brian would like to thank Wayne for amazing opportunities and Nancy (his lovely "agent"). Much Love to Brittany, dad and mom, and his endearing family and friends for their eternal love and guidance. God bless. Romans 8:28

ZAK EDWARDS (Tin Man / Hickory)

Zak is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a BFA in Musical Theatre, who made his MTW debut as suitor Joel in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Regionally; he has worked at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma City in Jesus Christ Superstar (Simon/Jesus understudy) and Hello, Dolly! (Ambrose Kemper, with Sally Struthers), and at Casa Manana in Fort Worth in A Chorus Line (Frank). At OU, he has performed in Sweet Charity (Ensemble/Ernie), Chess (Ensemble/Gregor), A Little Night Music (Mr. Erlanson), My One and Only (Rhythm BOY)' Marat/Sade (Marquis de Sade), Assassins (Charles Guiteau), and most recently Pal Joey (Ludlow Lowell). Zak would like to thank his phenomenal professors, his incredible friends, and, most of all, his amazing family!

TIMOTHY W. ROBU (Cowardly Lion / Zeke)

Tim is enjoying another busy summer with MTW. Audiences might remember seeing Tim last year as General Genghis Khan Schmitz in Seussical. John Hancock in 1776, Alfred Doolittle in My Fair Lady, and Amos in Chicago are just a few of Tim's favorite roles at MTW. He loves having a chance to reprise another favorite role as the Cowardly Lion, which he also played at MTW in 1996. Tim is still living in Newton with his talented wife Karen, beautiful daughters Katie and Francie, cats, fish, tadpole and a three legged dog named Lobo. Tim thanks Wichita for their support of Music Theatre of Wichita, and for all the wonderful opportunities they've given him.

JESSICA CHESBRO (Aunt Em / Glinda)

Jessica recently graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma, and is thrilled to be in Wichita for a second season! MTW credits include Georgie Bukatinsky in The Full Monty, Bebe in A Chorus Line, and a Bird Girl in Seussical. At college she was Queenie in Lippa's version of The Wild Party, Jane in Jane Eyre, the Witch in Into the Woods, and Amalia in She Loves Me. Originally from Tulsa, OK, she's performed in many community theatre productions, including Merrily We Roll Along as Beth and as Rizzo in Grease. She'd like to thank her mom and Carl for their constant belief in her, and dedicates her performances this season to her Grandma M&M.

JOHN BOLDENOW (Uncle Henry / Gatekeeper)

John is well known locally and nationally for his exemplary work in the performing arts. Over the last 30 years he has worked extensively with many local theatre venues over the last 28 years, receiving several Mary Jane Teall Awards for acting, directing, and most recently for properties design. John has had the great, good fortune of working across the country; most recently with national touring companies, most recently with the first national tour of 1776 out of New York City. Other Big Apple credits include Our Young Black Men Are Dying and Nobody Seems to Care, The American Dream, with Tony Award winners Len Cariou and James Naughton, and What About Black Womyn? Film credits include the Emmy Award winning Mary White and Twister. John currently serves as Director of Theatre at The Wichita Center for the Arts, and continues to free-lance direct for other theatres in the city. In his other life, John is a member of the Certified Appraisers Guild of America, and specializes in American art and furniture, and ethnographic material from around the world. An inveterate collector himself, he also deals in antiquities and is currently represented by a gallery in New York City. John would like to dedicate this performance to the memory of his friend Deb, who dared to dream of places somewhere over the rainbow.

BUSTER HEFFNER (Toto)

Buster is thrilled to be making his MTW debut in this choice role. Coming from a theatre family (Mom and Big Sis), he has already portrayed Dorothy's lovable pooch in Music Theatre for Young People's production of Wizard of Oz earlier this spring. Buster would like to thank Wayne and Roger for this wonderful opportunity, Desi for being a good friend, the Costume Shop for letting hlm spend time between rehearsals, and Mom for transportation and a comfy bed. (There's no place like home!)

MARY SUE DYMAK (Munchkin Mayor - as well as Drop Fabricator / Rentals Director, etc. etc.!)

Mary Sue returns to the role she played so memorably in MTW's 1996 and 1985 productions! For 31 seasons at MTW, Millie marks summer production number 155! Stage manager for the Wichita Symphony Orchestra (13 years), Metropolitan Ballet Orchestra (10 years), and Opera Kansas (15 years). I seem to get around a lot but only inside Century II. This year's clever anecdote really isn't that clever. Milestones are marked this year that create many eye openers. My life is happily engaged in newer and larger tasks working for my favorite employer. My thanks to WB, NR, VK, JM, DN. I dedicate this season to the administration, staff, crew and performers of Music Theatre of Wichita. The first 30 seasons were great, and here's a toast to the next 3D!! I love this place!!!!!!!!! (Of course, I'm nuts.)

TAUREAN EVERETT (Winkie General)

Taurean is thrilled to be returning for his second season with MTW. A senior dance major at Wichita State University; Taurean's most recent musical theater credits include Richard the Nurse in A New Brain and Yertle the Turtle in Seussical. University dance credits include acclaimed pieces Patterns of Change by Sabrina Vasquez, Angels Rising by Nick Johnson, and Ostinato by Janice Garrett. Local dance credits include Snow, Arabian, and Dew Drop in The Nutcracker, and Mordred in Merlin's Song, both by artistic director Jill Landrith of Ballet Wichita. Taurean would like to thank his Lord above for the many blessings he has received, followed with thanks to my MTW family; my own family, and a special thanks to all my friends who believed in me. I love you all, but I gotta go ... they called "places!"

PATRICK LAVALLEE (Nikko, Leader of the Flying Monkeys)

A recent graduate of Oklahoma City University, Patrick is thrilled to perform in his first professional season with MTW, and enjoyed playing suitor Jeb in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Recently returning from Taiwan, Patrick has performed with American Spirit Dance Company, regional theatre and national tour. Additionally, he has trained with Aaron Tolson of Imaginative Tap and Professor Robert L. Reed. Patrick would like to thank his friends and family for their continued support.

DAVID HULL

David is excited to be returning for this, his second season at Music Theatre, and loved playing brother Caleb in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Favorite credits include A Chorus Line, The Boys From Syracuse, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, Biloxi Blues, Jesus Christ Superstar, as well as various appearances with Paramount Productions and the recent KIDZ BOP Live Concert Tour. Before returning to Ann Arbor for his senior year as a Musical Theatre and Political Science student at The University of Michigan, he will appear in Gypsy with Patti LuPone. Thanks and love to God, his family and friends.

DEVIN ILAW

Devin is currently a senior Musical Theatre major at Carnegie Mellon University, where he has been seen as The Writer inHello Again and Billy Boy Bill/Dr. Billeaux in Urinetown (dir. John Caraffa). Credits include: The King and I (Lun Tha) at West Virginia Public Theatre, Miss Saigon (Thuy) at Pittsburgh Music Theatre and WVPT, Girl on the Go (Christopher Lee) at Pittsburgh CLO, and Still Writing at the Duplex in NYC. Infinite thanks to friends, family, and everyone at MTW for their love and support.

COLIN ISRAEL

Colin is thrilled to join MTW for another fantastic summer season! New York: A Christmas Carol (Peter Cratchit, Personal Space Theatrics), Prometheus Passion (Hermes, Durm and Strang, Theatre Co.). Regional: The Full Monty (Malcolm, MTW), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Luke, MTW), A Chorus Line (Bobby, Casa Manana and MTW), Seussical(Wickersham, MTW), A Man of No Importance (Breton Beret, Speakeasy Stage), The Last Five Years (Jamie, Ovation Theatre}. BFA: Boston Conservatory. Thanks to my family and the folks at MTW for their constant support and faith!

PETE LAY

Pete is returning for his third season in the MTW summer ensemble after recently graduating from Butler University. You might recognize him as brother Daniel in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Young Carriere in Phantom, or the All-White Ceremonial Indian Dancer in Annie Get Your Gun. He would like to thank Wayne and Nancy and send love to Mom, Dad, and Kat.

ROY LIGHTNER

Roy is elated to be returning to MTW. Favorites here include Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (Gideon), West Side Story (Baby John), Seussical (Wickersham), Joseph ... (Benjamin), and Aida. He attends Oklahoma City University, studying under Brenda Holleman. OCU credits include: Guys and Dolls (Nicely Nicely),Seussical (Horton), Secret Garden (Dickon). Other performances include a guest solo artist with the Kansas City Symphony in The Polar Express and Peanuts, and the title role in You 're A Good Man, Charlie Brown with Oklahoma City Rep., a role he'll reprise at St. Louis Stages after Sweet Charity. Thanks to Wayne, Roger, Nancy, and my family.

COLBY Q. LINDEMAN

Colby is totes excited to be back in Wichita for his third season. Favorite past roles include Larry in A Chorus Line; Diesel in West Side Story, suitor Zeke in Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, and being dance captain for several shows. Also, he has enjoyed performing in the 2005 Radio City Christmas Spectacular in Pittsburgh / Minneapolis. OCU graduate, Colby graduated first in his class last year. Thank you to my fun family, WB, NR, TD, & NM for all of the love! I couldn't have done it without you! xoxo! 

PARISH MECHLING

Parish is a senior musical theatre major at The University of Oklahoma. She is thrilled to be making her debut here at MTW. Regional credits include: Jesus Christ Superstar, Hello Dolly!, OKC Philharmonic's A Very Merry Pops. OU credits include: Pal Joey (Gladys Bumps), My One and Only (Kipper / dance capt.), Chess, Sweet Charity. Thanks to Lyn, Paul, and amazing family!

SHINA ANN MORRIS

Shina is so happy to be back for her 4th season in the MTW company! After this summer, she will be a junior in the Musical Theatre program at the University of Michigan, where she was in the cast of The Boys From Syracuse and Seussical. Performing at MTW, some of her favorite shows have been Good News!, Chicago, West Side Story, Phantom, Aida, and as Sarah in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. She thanks God, her parents, Wayne, and Mark for their love and support through the years.

KEVIN MUNHALL

Kevin is ecstatic and honored to be joining an incredibly talented group of performers this summer. He recently graduated from East High and will be a freshman at the University of Michigan next fall. His favorite roles include Bobby Strong in Urine Town and Conrad Birdie in Bye, Bye, Birdie (for both of which he received Jester Awards). He would like to thank Wayne, Mark, Nancy, Mr. G, Mr. Riney and his amazing friends and family.

TIFFANY OCVIRK

Tiffany is ecstatic about her first season at MTW, and especially enjoyed playing the "Pony Tail Girl" in Sweet Charity. She is a dance performance senior at Oklahoma City University, and has performed both nationally and internationally as a member of the American Spirit Dance Company. "My deepest thanks to my family for unconditional faith, love, and support, my friends for strength and encouragement, and my Savior Jesus Christ - to Him be all the glory."

JAKE PFARR

A recent graduate of Oklahoma City University, Jake greatly appreciates this opportunity to join MTW in his first season of shows, and loved being brother Ephraim in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Some favorite roles have included Joseph inJoseph .. .Dreamcoat, the Cowardly Lion in Wizard of Oz, and Tommy Djilas in Music Man. Many thanks to Mom, Dad, & Kylee, the MTW staff, and most importantly, the "big man" upstairs!

CODY PROCTOR

Cody is from Stilwell, KS and is excited for his first season with MTW after graduating from WSU's Theatre and Dance programs. He tours occasionally with Alithea Mime (yes, mime) Theatre, with whom he'll perform at the UN in NY as part of a youth leadership conference in August. Cody made his MTW debut playing Teddy (the fiancée) in The Full Monty. Past shows include Raised in Captivity (dir.), Singin' in the Rain (Don), Pippin (Player), and Into the Woods (Baker). Much thanks to Wayne and much love to the family.

LISA ROHINSKY

Lisa was thrilled to make her debut at MTW as Ruth in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. In the fall, she'll be a senior musical theatre major at Penn State University. Her recent credits include The Boy Friend (Polly Browne), Bat Boy (Maggie/ Ron),The Wild Party, and Sweet Charity. Lisa sends her thanks to her family and friends and to those who always believed in her.

GABRIELLE RUIZ

Gabrielle is delighted to return for her 3rd season at MTW. Favorite roles include the "dynamite" Diana Morales (A Chorus Line), Belladova (Phantom!), Consuela (West Side Story), and Martha (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers). A senior at Oklahoma City University, she recently performed in Taiwan with the American Spirit International Touring Company. "Heartfelt gratitude to my family for their unconditional love and support, Wayne and Nancy for believing in me, and above all, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."

MAURICE SIMS

Maurice is so excited to be back in The Wizard Of Oz after being a munchkin in the '96 production. Maurice Sims will begin his 2nd year as a musical theatre major at WSU in the fall. You may have seen him in Stage One's Five Guys Named Moe as Eat Moe, University Congregational Church's Jesus Christ Superstar as Judas, or in the ensemble of MTW's Aida. Maurice wishes to thank God, Family, KEESS, Wayne, Roger, and Nancy for this amazing opportunity.

ALEX STOLL

Alex is excited to be in his first season with Music Theatre of Wichita, and had a great time playing both Keno (the stripper) in The Full Monty and suitor Carl in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Currently attending Wichita State University, Alex is majoring in both Dance and Musical Theatre. He has also performed with Ballet Wichita, and is a company member of Alithea Mime Theatre. Thanks to Wayne for the opportunity to live and love the arts, and much thanks to Nick, Sabrina, Lindsey, Jeff, and all of my ever patient parents. 

AARON UMSTED

Aaron is a sophomore Musical Theatre major at the University of Oklahoma and made his MTW debut with Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Regional credits include: Footloose, Hello, Dolly!, Aida, and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic's Very Merry Pops. University Credits: Pal Joey (Joey u/s), and Anything Goes (Billy Crocker). Many thanks to Lyn, Paul, Vince, Mom, Dad, and Friends for their love and support.

SELINA MICHELLE VERASTIGUI

Selina has just completed her sophomore year as a BFA Musical Theatre major with a dance concentration minor at Otterbein College. She is thrilled to be making her MTW debut and is excited to be working with such talented people. Selina comes to MTW after playing  Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street which was directed by Randy Skinner, Kelli Barclay, and Trip Phillips. Some of her other credits include Jesus Christ Superstar (Mary Magdalene), Into the Woods (Witch) and On Your Toes (Vera Baranova). She would like to thank Wayne, Roger, and Nancy for being so wonderfully nice, her friends at Otterbein, Brett for his love, and her parents and bro for all the encouragement and support. My heart goes out to you all.

ROGER CASTELLANO (Director / Choreographer)

Roger enjoys working in all entertainment media forms: from television and theme park, to industrials and special events throughout the U.S., Asia and Central America. Hailing from Los Angeles, his director / choreographer credits have received critical acclaim. And now this is Roger's fifth season with MTW where he is enjoying another year of outstanding productions, working with this year's talented cast and crew. Roger received the Mary Jane Teall Theatre Award for Outstanding Guest Artist last year, an award he is very proud of and credits this and his achievements to the gracious Wayne Bryan. Director / choreographer credits include Oliver!, La Cage Aux FoIles, A Little Night Music (all receiving the Drama-Logue Award), Me & My Girl (Los Angeles Times Critic's Pick), The Will Rogers Follies (MTW), A Chorus Line (Arizona's ariZoni Theatre Award). Roger has also created original shows, parades and industrials for companies like Sesame Street Live, Sanrio Inc. and the Walt Disney Company. Acting highlights include: for MTW, Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere), A Chorus Line (Zach), Once Upon a Mattress (Jester). In Los Angeles, My One And Only (Billy) with Susan Egan (Drama-Lougue Award), Anything Goes (Billy) with Tracy Lore, Into the Woods (The Baker), On The Town (Ozzy), How to Succeed in Business ... (Bud Frump). Roger received a BA in Theatre from California State University, Fullerton.

THOMAS WESLEY DOUGLAS (Musical Director / Conductor)

Honored, privileged, thrilled ... can these words describe how it feels to join the MTW family for his seventh season! Thomas has been musical director for Ain't Misbehavin', Show Boat, Ragtime, Good News!, Footloose, Oklahoma!, West Side Story, Beauty and the Beast, Phantom, and Once Upon a Mattress. He has done more than 150 musical theatre, opera, orchestral and oratorio productions, including conducting Webber'sPhantom of the Opera in Switzerland. On other stages he has enjoyed the roles of Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Amonasro in Aida and Fats Waller in Ain't Misbehavin ', both in the U.S. and in Malaysia. Thomas is on the faculty of both the Drama and the Music schools at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He is the founder 57 and Artistic Director of the Neighborhood Opera Company and is the Artistic Director of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh.

J BRANSON (Set Designer)

J Bransonhas been based in Chicago for the past 17 years and associated with Music Theatre of Wichita for over 26. He continues on staff, year round, as a Scenic Designer and Artist for several Kansas, Connecticut and Wisconsin theaters. National Tours include The Music Man '01, '02, '03 and Brigadoon '99. Past regional work includes Beauty and the Beast, Joseph and His .... , Footloose, HONK!, Chess, The Wizard of Oz, Children of Eden, Rags, The Secret Garden, Assassins, Guys and Dolls and The Pajama Game. He has received various local & regional acknowledgements as well as an After Dark Award, and three National Addy Awards. Industrial design credits include the USAF, New World Television (National Addy Award), Viacom and Cessna Aircraft.

DAVID NEVLLE (Production Manager/lighting Designer)

David Nevlle is thrilled to be returning for his 23rd season of "Camp MTW." In addition to many productions at MTW, 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, Music Theatre West, Arkansas Rep, Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera, George Street Playhouse, The 5th Avenue Theatre and Off-Broadway. David's favorite designs at MTW include Ragtime, Once on this Island, Children of Eden and Jesus Christ Superstar. David starts a new position this fall, teaching lighting and scenic design at Wichita State University. He makes his home in Wichita with his wife Robin and his kids, Ryan and Jocelyn.

ERIN KENNEDY LUNSFORD (Wig, Hair and Makeup Designer)

Based out of NYC, Erin is thrilled to be joining MTW for their 2006 season. Off Broadway: Pen; Manic Flight Reaction (Playwright's Horizons), Dog Sees God (Century Center), The Revenger's Tragedy (Red Bull Theater Company), The Right Kind of People (Primary Stages), Retzach (59E59 Theaters), The Soldier's Wife (MINT Theater), Cleansed (Columbia University), Hedatron (Les Freres Corbusier). Opera: LA Traviata (The Bronx Opera Company), Don Giovanni, Gianni Schicchi, Tales of Hoffman (University of Minnesota Opera). She has worked with wig designers Tom Watson (Bach at Leipzig) and Paul Huntley (Grey Gardens). Her work has also been seen in the Guggenheim Museum as well as New York Magazine, The New Yorker and several other international publications. BA, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Department of Theater Arts and Dance.

DAVID MUEHL (Sound Designer)

David Muehl is excited to be returning to MTW for his second summer as sound designer, having also been the sound assistant three years ago. During MTW's "off season," David is audio producer for WSU College of Fine Arts, and sound designer for the Opera and Musical Theatre program. Some of his favorite sound designs have been Anything Goes, A Chorus Line, Pippin and Into. the Woods. ("How does one mic a giant anyway?") At WSU David was sound designer and audio engineer for the WSU production of Pippin which was selected to compete at the Kennedy Center Regional College Theatre Festival in St. Louis, and was selected as an alternate to the National Festival. David has also been sound designer for Cabaret Oldtown. David would like to thank Ray for his support and encouragement of professional development. And a huge thanks to Dave Temby and all the great people at Oearwing Productions in Phoenix.

KERRY GRISHAM (Property Master)
This is Kerry's second year with MTW. He lives in Tulsa, OK, where he has 17 years technical experience with the Tulsa theatrical community. He is currently Props Master with Tulsa Ballet, a position he has toured with, both nationally and internationally. Grisham also serves as Assistant Carpenter / Props for Tulsa Opera and Head Props for the TulsaPerforming Arts Center when National Broadway Touring Shows are in that venue. Kerry retired from the Tulsa fire department with 21 years' service.
TIM HAUSMANN (Assistant to the Director/Choreographer)

Tim is excited to be back at MTW this summer, and thoroughly enjoyed playing brother Frank in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. He is a recent graduate of Oklahoma City University where he studied with Florence Birdwell. OCU credits include: Parade (Leo Frank), Songs for a New World ( Man #2), Kiss Me Kate (Bill Calhoun), Seussical (Wickersham #2), and Pirates of Penzance. Tim would like to thank both his MTW and South Dakota families for their love.

TIIA TORCHIA (Costume Coordinator)

Tiia is happy to be back at MTW. During the year she resides in New York City, where she runs the costume shop for Playwrights Horizons, an Off-Broadway theatre company. In addition to running the shop she is also a costume consultant for Jacques D'Amboise's National Dance Institute, a not-for-profit company that works with city children, teaching them to dance. Other design credits include MTW's 2004 productions of Oklahoma! and Beauty and the Beast.

DEBBIE ROBERTS (Costume Shop Manager)

Debbie Roberts has designed costumes for many shows here, including State Fair, Funny Girl, The Most Happy Fella, On the Town and West Side Story, plus special costumes for Aida (the fashion show, in partnership with Matt Mitchell), My Fair Lady (all of Eliza's gowns), Annie Get Your Gun, Man of La Mancha, Crazy for You, The Sound of Music, My One and Only, various Festival of Broadway shows, plus the upcoming Thoroughly Modem Millie. A graduate of Friends University, Debbie received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance and Ballet. "1 am so proud of the work that Music Theatre of Wichita does, it is always a pleasure to work each season. While California is home, work in the costume field takes me to New York each Christmas season to work for the World Famous Radio City Rockettes. It has been over 15 years that Wichita has been my summer home and I look forward to meeting new people and learning new skills each time. Enjoy the shows!"

SUANN POLLOCK (production Stage Manager)

Suann Pollock rejoined MTW in 1997 after an eight-year absence. She is one of the resident stage managers with the Tony Award winning Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, where her credits include the world premiere of Notebook of Trigoin with Lynn Redgrave, A Little Night Music with Donna McKechnie, Closer, Art, Wit, and Everything's Ducky, and John Doyle's Company, which will be moving to Broadway this fall. While at the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, she had the pleasure of stage managing several premieres, including Edward Albee's Fragments and Lee Blessing's The Rights. Professional directing credits include Seussical at Miami University Sununer Theatre, Bat Boy at Stage One, Lanford Wllson's Day at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Soldiers Tale with No. Kentucky Symphony, CompanyA Day In Hollywood/ A Night In The Ukraine, and The Nerd, among others. Thanks to Wayne for his support and encouragement.

EMlLY F. McMULLEN (Stage Manager)

Emily is happy to be back for her 7th summer at "Camp MTW." Previous productions here include Sweet Charity, The Wizard of Oz, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Phantom, Seussical, A Chorus Line, West Side Story, Chicago, Good News!, How to Succeed In Business, Cinderella, Show Boat, Fiddler on the Roof, and Pajama Game. The rest of the year, she is the Production Stage Manager at Merrimack Repertory Theatre outside of Boston. She has also stage managed for North Shore Music Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, South Coast Repertory; Capital Repertory Theater, Musical Theatre Guild, Actors Theatre of Phoenix, Broadway Texas, Theatre Emory; and The Shadowland Theatre.

GABRIEL BENNETT (Asst. Sound Designer)
Gabriel is returning to MTW for his third season; previously he held the position of Sound Assistant. The majority of Gabriel's experience lies in the Wichita area, including sound design for Cabaret Oldtown, audio engineering for Cabaret Oldtown, Stage One, Wichita State University and various professional recording studios and musical events. Gabriel would like to show appreciation to his family and friends for their support and understanding with special thanks to David Muehl for all of his encouragement and guidance.
STEVE LANDES (Director of the Apprentice Program / Shopper-Buyer)

Steve Landes is proud to return for his thirteenth summer as the Apprentice Program Director. A Wichita resident for twenty two years, Steve worked for Friends University, the Wichita Center for the Arts, and Shakespeare in the Park. Steve moved to the Kansas City area three 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!)

DAWN CHISUM (Rentals Wardrobe Supervisor)

Dawn is happy to be returning to MTW for her 11th season! A graduate of Friends University with a BA in English/Drama she belongs to the local wardrobe union and has dressed everything from rock concerts to ice shows to muppets locally. She would like to thank everyone that she has ever met!

JESSE WARKENTIN (Pianist / Musical Assistant)

This year has found Jesse in many musical roles around Wichita. He has been musical director for several shows with MTYP (including Joseph, Annie and their recent Wizard Of Oz), Stage One's production of I Do! I Do!, and he has also been seen at the piano with Mosley Street Melodrama. He conducted the MTW orchestra for the Festival of Broadway in 2005 and 2006, and he is excited to be here playing his third season of summer musicals. During the school year, he also works at Wichita High School East as accompanist to the choirs. Jesse wishes to thank his wonderful (and hilarious) family for their constant love and support in all his endeavors.

LINDA STARKEY (Teen Choir Musical Director)

Linda Starkey continues her relationship with MTW, having performed in Oliver!Cabaret, and The Sound of Music, and having conducted the Teen Choir and assisted with MTW's apprentice program. She is Associate Director of the Opera and Music Theatre program at Wichita State University, where she has also taught voice for the past 26 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.

KAREN GALE (Teen Choir Company Manager)

With a BS in Environmental Science from Vanderbilt University's School of Engineering, seems to have the wrong education for the theatre, but her attention to detail and organization skills that aren't utilized in Solid Waste Management anymore are put to work as Executive Director for Music Theatre for Young People. Wanting to have no free time, Karen spends her summers at MTW as Teen Choir Company Manager

July 19-23, 2006
This Bob Fosse classic recently made a happy return to Broadway, but it hasn’t been seen at MTW since 1993. It’s time to welcome back this valentine of a show, featuring “Hey, Big Spender” and “If My Friends Could See Me Now!”
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Sweet Charity
July 19-23, 2006

In late July, it was all about the fabulous Nancy Lemenager, leading a stellar cast in Sweet Charity. This Bob Fosse sizzler came to vibrant life on our stage, and the songs like “Big Spender” and “If My Friends Could See Me Now” sent our audiences out singing! People loved the characterizations and humor, especially the hysterical elevator scene with John Scherer. And what dancing! Choreographer Linda Goodrich turned our talented resident company into a most convincing team of Fosse experts, and director Mark Madama revealed all of the show’s humor and pathos.

NANCY LEMENAGER (Charity)

Nancy returns to MTW, where she earned rave reviews for her portrayal of Cassie in 2005's A Chorus Line and as Roxie Hart in our 2003 production of Chicago. Nancy starred as Penny in the Jerome Kern musical Never Gonna Dance on Broadway, a stage adaptation of the Fred Astaire - Ginger Rogers film Swing Time. Nancy then joined the Broadway cast of the Billy JoelTwyla Tharp musical Mavin' Out, repeating her performance on the National Tour. Other Broadway credits include Kiss Me Kate, Dream, How to Succeed ... , Guys and Dolls, and Meet Me in St. Louis. For the City Centers Encores! Series she has appeared in A Connecticut Yankee, Do-Re-Mi (and its cast album), and Li'l Abner. Regional theatre credits include Chicago (Velma), Damn Yankees (Lola), Sweet Charity (Nickie), Company (Amy), George M (Agnes) and Anything Goes (Erma). This is her first time in the role of Charity.

JOHN SCHERER (Oscar)

John’s most recently appeared in The Most Happy Fella at the New York City Opera. He has appeared on Broadway in By Jeeves, Sunset Boulevard, and the Actors Fund Benefit performance of Funny Girl at the New Amsterdam Theater. He worked with legendary director Harold Prince in 3hree at the Ahmanson in Los Angeles. He will be working again with Mr. Prince next season on Broadway in Lovemusik by Alfred Uhry. He toured nationally in Cats and 42nd Street. He won the Connecticut Critics Circle Award for his performance as George M at the Goodspeed Opera House. Other regional credits include the Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, Goodman Theater, Paper Mill Playhouse, Geffen Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Oeveland Playhouse, St Louis Rep, Studio Arena, and the Coconut Grove. Recordings include By Jeeves, 3hree, Preppies, and Andrew Lloyd Webber: Now and Forever. On television he has made guest star appearances on "Crossing Jordan," "The Sheild," "Law and Order: SVU," "Law and Order: CI," and "Titus." He will be in the upcoming film Spinning Into Butter starring Sarah Jessica Parker. MTW audiences may remember his performances as Joe Hardy in Damn Yankees, and Cornelius Hackl in Hello, Dolly!

TONI TRUCKS (Helene / Charity understudy)

Toni is thrilled to appear at MTW for her 5th season! She was last seen as Anita in MTW's production of West Side Story. A graduate of the University of Michigan's Musical Theatre program, Toni now resides in Los Angeles, CA where she starred in the original Showtime TV series "Barbershop," and recently completed work on two feature films: Dreamgirls (Jamie Fox and Eddie Murphy) and Music and Lyrics By ... (Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore), both coming out in December. Other theatre credits include Children of Eden at Ford's Theatre, Two Gentlemen of Verona (Julia) at Baltimore Center Stage, and Oklahoma! (Ado Annie) at University of Michigan. "Wayne Bryan is my absolute Hero!! I can NEVER thank you enough!! Mark, you are my champion and Linda my heart. MTW has given me the best summers of my life!" Special Thanks to "Team Toni:" George, Gina, Pete and Lee. Buckets of Love to Mama Trucks and Daddy.

ELLYN MARIE MARSH (Nickie)

Ellynis so excited to make her MTW debut with this amazing cast. She was last seen as Nickie at OCT's Sweet Charity. National/European tours include West Side Story (Anita), Grease (Rizzo), A Chorus Line (Diana Morales). Favorite regional credits include Pippin (Fastrada), Joseph ... (Narrator), Chicago (Liz), and She Loves Me (Ilona). Ellyn was one of three Americans chosen to sing in an international concert on the BBC entitled "The Voice of Musical Theater." She was also thrilled to share a stage with one of her favorite composers, Stephen Flaherty, in a concert series honoring his beautiful music. Ellyn holds a BFA in acting from Emerson College in Boston and feels lucky to do what she loves every day, and to travel the world singing and dancing. Many thanks to all the kind folks at MTW, family, family of friends, teachers, and Travas. Let's have some fun .. .

SHAUN-MICHAEL MORSE (Vittorio)

Shaun-Michael returned to Wichita after eleven years in the San Francisco Bay Area. Credits there include Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night, Jasper in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and George in Sunday in the Park With George. Since returning to Wichita, Mr. Morse has become Artistic Director for City Repertory Theatre of Wichita (formerly Stage One), where his credits have included directing The Words & Music of Alan Menken and A Country Christmas Carol, and performing in Lend Me a Tenor, The Words & Music of Sammy Cohn, The Words & Music of Alan Menken, The Words & Music of Oscar Hammerstein and Swing!. MTW credits include the Minstrel in last year's Once Upon a Mattress, Lun Tha in The King and I (opposite Kristin Chenoweth), Jesus Christ Superstar, and 1776. For Center for the Arts he has appeared in Amadeus, Sunday in the Park with George, and directed Inventing Van Gogh. Mr. Mr. Morse holds a Theatre degree from Wichita State University. He and his partner Bill Dunn are the proud parents of three adopted sons (Nathan, Haden and Henry).

TIMOTHY W. ROBU (Herman)

Timothy is enjoying another busy summer with MTW. Audiences might remember seeing Tun last year as General Genghis Khan Schmitz in Seussical, as well as his recent portrayal of the Cowardly Lion in Wizard of Oz, returning to a role he first created in 1996. Tim's other favorite roles at MTW include John Hancock in 1776, Alfred Doolittle in My Fair Lady, and Amos in Chicago. Tun is still living in Newton with his talented wife Karen, beautiful daughters Katie and Francie, cats, fish, tadpole and a three legged dog named Lobo. Tun thanks Wichita for their support of Music Theatre of Wichita, and for all the wonderful opportunities they've given him.

THOMAS WESLEY DOUGLAS (Big Daddy Brubeck)

Let's count: 17 shows at Music Theatre of Wichita, 14 in the pit and 3 on stage! On the MTW stage, Thomas played a stride pianist, an imprisoned king and now a psychedelic preacher. Thanks to Wayne, Mark and Linda for having the confidence that I can crawl out of the orchestra pit to the stage. Thomas has done more than 150 musical theatre, opera, orchestral and oratorio productions including conducting Webber's Phantom of the Opera in Switzerland. On other stages he has enjoyed the roles of other kings, Caiaphas and Balthazar. He is on the faculty of both the Drama and the Music schools at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Thomas is the founder and Artistic Director of the Neighborhood Opera Company and is the Artistic Director of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh.

MARISA FIELD (Ursala)

Marisa was thrilled to make her MTW debut as Dorcas in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and enjoyed multiple roles in The Wizard of Oz. She currently studies in New York City at the Jen Waldman Studio, the Matthew Corozine Acting School, Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, and Peri dance. She was recently a character performer in Cinderella's Princess Court at the World of Disney: NYC. Marisa would like to thank her family, friends, and her teachers for their love, support, and encouragement.

TIFFANY OCVIRK (Pony Tail Girl)

Tiffany is ecstatic about her first season at MTW. She is a dance performance senior at Oklahoma City University, and has performed both nationally and internationally as a member of the American Spirit Dance Company. "My deepest thanks to my family for unconditional faith, love, and support, my friends for strength and encouragement, and my Savior Jesus Christ - to Him be all the glory."

EBONY BLAKE

Ebony is ecstatic to spend her second summer in Wichita! A recent graduate of Wright State University's Acting/Musical Theatre program, Ebony's favorite roles there include Sarah in Ragtime, Berneice Charles in The Piano Lesson, and Phillis Wheatley in Tma Landau and Ricky Ian Gordon's States of Independence. She recently starred as Nefertiti at The Human Race Theatre Company's workshop production of Nefertili: A Musical Romance. Ebony would like to thank God, the MTW family, and her own for being supportive, loving and AWESOMELY AMAZING!!

JESSICA CHESBRO

Jessica recently graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma, and is thrilled to be in Wichita for a second season! MTW credits include Aunt Em / Glinda in The Wizard of Oz, Georgie Bukatinsky in The Full Monty, Bebe in A Chorus Line, and a Bird Girl in Seussical. At college she was Queenie in Lippa's version of The Wild Party, Jane in Jane Eyre, the Witch in Into the Woods, and Amalia in She Loves Me. Originally from Tulsa, OK, she's performed in many community theatre productions, including Merrily We Roll Along as Beth and as Rizzo in Grease. She'd like to thank her mom and Carl for their constant belief in her, and dedicates her performances this season to her Grandma M&M.

KAITLYN M. DAVIDSON

Kaitlyn, a sophomore Musical Theatre major at Cincinnati's Conservatory of Music, is ecstatic to be in her 2nd MTW season. Her roles at MTW so far include Gideon's bride Alice in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and tone-deaf Kristine in A Chorus Line. Recently she performed in CCM's Crazy For You. Other theatres: Starlight Theatre, 5th Avenue, The Ordway, New Theatre Restaurant, The Coterie, The MUNY. Other Credits: 42nd Street (Peggy), Crazy For You (Polly), Kiss Me Kate (Kate), Grease (Sandy). Thanks to family and friends for all their support and love.

CODY DAVIS

Cody is honored to be joining Wayne and the company for his first summer at MTW. He will be a senior at Jenks High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma this fall. Favorite roles: Young Josh in big, the Musical and Cat in the Hat in Seussical. Cody thanks his family and friends for their support and for making the road trip to Wichita to see him. He sends thanks to God for each and every blessing in his life.

ZAK EDWARDS

Zak is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a BFA in Musical Theatre, who has been seen this year as the Tin Man in Wizard of Oz and suitor Joel in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Regionally, he has worked at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma City in Jesus Christ Superstar (Simon/Jesus understudy) and Hello, Dolly! (Ambrose Kemper, with Sally Struthers), and at Casa Manana in Fort Worth in A Chorus Line {Frank). At OU, his roles have included Charles Guiteau in Assassins and Ludlow Lowell in Pal Joey. Zak would like to thank his phenomenal professors, his incredible friends, and, most of all, his amazing family!

BRIAN EMERSON (Frug Back-Up Boy)

Brian is overjoyed to be back for MTW's 2006 season, and loved playing both Ethan in The Full Monty and the Scarecrow in Wizard of Oz. Since graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 2004, Brian has been working for various regional theatres, cruise lines, and hopping to and from NYC. Theatrical credits include: Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere), Swing! (dancer), Cabaret (Emcee), Much Ado ... (Gaudio), West Side Story (A-rab), Oklahoma! (Dream Curly), and last year with Disney Wonder (Disney Cruise Lines). Much Love to Brittany, dad and mom, and his endearing family and friends for their eternal love and guidance. God bless. Romans 8:28

TAUREAN EVERETT

Taurean is thrilled to be returning for his second season with MTW. A senior dance major at Wichita State University, Taurean's most recent musical theater credits include the Wmkie General in Wizard of Oz, suitor Matt in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, various roles in The Full Monty, Richard the Nurse in A New Brain, and Yertle the Turtle in Seussical. University dance credits include acclaimed pieces Patterns of Change by Sabrina Vasquez, Angels Rising by Nick Johnson, and Ostinato by Janice Garrett. Taurean would like to thank his Lord above for the many blessings he has received, followed with thanks to my MTW family, my own family, and a special thanks to all my friends who believed in me.

WES HART

Wes gratefully returns to MTW for a third summer, where he has played such roles as brother Benjamin (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers), AI DeLuca (A Chorus Line), Action (West Side Story), and Wickersham Brother (Seussical). He just received a BM in Music Theatre from Oklahoma City University, where he enjoyed roles such as Nathan Detroit (Guys and Dolls), Mortimer (The Fantasticks), and Njegus (The Merry Widow). Thanks to Wayne and Nancy. Love to Mom, Dad, and Ash. www.weshart.net

MELINDA HEITZMAN
Melinda just finished her sophomore year as a dance major at Oklahoma City University and is delighted to be joining MTW for the first time this summer. Melinda played Liza in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. She recently toured in Taiwan as a member of the American Spirit Dance Company and performed with the Oklahoma Opera and Music Theater Company in Guys and Dolls last fall. She sends love and thanks to her parents for supporting her God-given passion for the stage.
DAVID HULL (Dance Captain)

David is excited to be returning for this, his second season at Music Theatre, and loved playing brother Caleb in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Favorite credits include A Chorus Line, The Boys From Syracuse, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, Biloxi Blues, Jesus Christ Superstar, as well as various appearances with Paramount Productions and the recent KIDZ BOP Live Concert Tour. Before returning to Ann Arbor for his senior year as a Musical Theatre and Political Science student at The University of Michigan, he will perform in Gypsy, starring Patti LuPone. Thanks and love to God, his family and friends.

DEVIN ILAW (Barney)

Devin is currently a senior Musical Theatre major at Carnegie Mellon University, where he has been seen as The Writer in Hello Again and Billy Boy Bill/Dr. Billeaux in Urinetown (dir. John Caraffa). Credits include: The King and I (Lun Tha) at West Virginia Public Theatre, Miss Saigon (Thuy) at Pittsburgh Music Theatre and WVPT, Girl on the Go (Christopher Lee) at Pittsburgh CLO, and Still Writing at the Duplex in NYC. Infinite thanks to friends, family, and everyone at MTW for their love and support.

COLIN ISRAEL (Manfred)

Colin is thrilled to join MTW for another fantastic summer season! New York: A Christmas Carol (Peter Cratchit, Personal Space Theatrics), Prometheus Passion (Hermes, Durm and Strang, Theatre Co.). Regional: The Full Monty (Malcolm, MTW), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Luke, MTW), A Chorus Line (Bobby, Casa Manana and MTW), Seussical (Wickersham, MTW), A Man of No Importance (Breton Beret, Speakeasy Stage), The Last Five Years (Jamie, Ovation Theatre}. BFA: Boston Conservatory. Thanks to my family and the folks at MTW for their constant support and faith!

PATRICK LAVALLEE

A recent graduate of Oklahoma City University, Patrick is thrilled to perform in his first professional season with MTW, and enjoyed playing suitor Jeb in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Flying Monkey Nikko in Wizard of Oz. Recently returning from Taiwan, Patrick has performed with American Spirit Dance Company, regional theatre and national tour. Additionally, he has trained with Aaron Tolson of Imaginative Tap and Professor Robert L. Reed. Patrick would like to thank his friends and family for their continued support.

PETE LAY

Pete is returning for his third season in the MTW summer ensemble after recently graduating from Butler University. You might recognize him as brother Daniel in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Young Carriere in Phantom, or the All-White Ceremonial Indian Dancer in Annie Get Your Gun. He would like to thank Wayne and Nancy and send love to Mom, Dad, and Kat.

ROY LIGHTNER

Roy returns to MTW, where favorite shows include Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (Gideon), West Side Story (Baby John), Seussical (Wickersham), Joseph ... (Benjamin), and Aida. He attends Oklahoma City University, studying under Brenda Holleman. OCU credits include: Guys and Dolls (Nicely Nicely), Seussical (Horton), Secret Garden (Dickon). Other performances include a guest solo artist with the Kansas City Symphony in The Polar Express and Peanuts, and the title role in You 're A Good Man, Charlie Brown with Oklahoma City Rep., a role he'll reprise at St. Louis Stages after Sweet Charity. Thanks to Wayne, Roger, Nancy, and my family.

COLBY Q. LINDEMAN (Frog Back-Up Boy)

Colby is totes excited to be back in Wichita for his third season. Favorite past roles include Larry in A Chorus Line; Diesel in West Side Story, suitor Zeke in Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, and being dance captain for several shows. Also, he has enjoyed performing in the 2005 Radio City Christmas Spectacular in Pittsburgh I Minneapolis. OCU graduate, Colby graduated first in his class last year. Thank you to my fun family, WB, NR, TD, & NM for all of the love! I couldn't have done it without you! xoxo! 

PARISH MECHLING

Parish is a senior musical theatre major at The University of Oklahoma. She is thrilled to be making her debut here at MTW. Regional credits include: Jesus Christ Superstar, Hello Dolly!, OKC Philharmonic's A Very Merry Pops. OU credits include: Pal Joey (Gladys Bumps), My One and Only (Kipper / dance capt.), Chess, Sweet Charity. Thanks to Lyn, Paul, and amazing family!

SHINA ANN MORRIS

Shina is so happy to be back for her 4th season in the MTW company! After this summer, she will be a junior in the Musical Theatre program at the University of Michigan, where she was in the cast of The Boys From Syracuse and Seussical. Performing at MTW, some of her favorite shows have been Good News!, Chicago, West Side Story, Phantom, Aida, and as Sarah in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. She thanks God, her parents, Wayne, and Mark for their love and support through the years.

KEVIN MUNHALL

Kevin is ecstatic and honored to be joining an incredibly talented group of performers this summer. He recently graduated from East High and will be a freshman at the University of Michigan next fall. His favorite roles include Bobby Strong in Urine Town and Conrad Birdie in Bye, Bye, Birdie (for both of which he received Jester Awards). He would like to thank Wayne, Mark, Nancy, Mr. G, Mr. Riney and his amazing friends and family.

DESI OAKLEY

Desi is looking forward to her senior year at Maize High, couldn't possibly be more excited to be working with her favorite people in Wichita again! Recent credits include her highly praised portrayal of Dorothy in MTW's The Wizard of Oz, and her Jester winning performance as Cinderella. This is her third season as a member of the professional MTW ensemble. She would like to thank God, for she owes Him all her praise, her supportive family, her friends, and of course Wayne, Nancy, and the entire MTW staff! Romans 8:28

JAKE PFARR

A recent graduate of Oklahoma City University, Jake greatly appreciates this opportunity to join MTW in his first season of shows, and loved being brother Ephraim in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Some favorite roles have included Joseph in Joseph .. .Dreamcoat, the Cowardly Lion in Wizard of Oz, and Tommy Djilas in Music Man. Many thanks to Mom, Dad, & Kylee, the MTW staff, and most importantly, the "big man" upstairs!

CODY PROCTOR

Cody is from Stilwell, KS and is excited for his first season with MTW after graduating from WSU's Theatre and Dance programs. He tours occasionally with Alithea Mime (yes, mime) Theatre, with whom he'll perform at the UN in NY as part of a youth leadership conference in August. Cody made his MTW debut playing Teddy (the fiancée) in The Full Monty. Past shows include Raised in Captivity (dir.), Singin' in the Rain (Don), Pippin (Player), and Into the Woods (Baker). Much thanks to Wayne and much love to the family.

LISA ROHINSKY

Lisa was thrilled to make her debut at MTW as Ruth in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. In the fall, she'll be a senior musical theatre major at Penn State University. Her recent credits include The Boy Friend (Polly Browne), Bat Boy (Maggie/ Ron), The Wild Party, and Sweet Charity. Lisa sends her thanks to her family and friends and to those who always believed in her.

GABRIELLE RUIZ

Gabrielle is delighted to return for her 3rd season at MTW. Favorite roles include the "dynamite" Diana Morales (A Chorus Line), Belladova (Phantom!), Consuela (West Side Story), and Martha (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers). A senior at Oklahoma City University, she recently performed in Taiwan with the American Spirit International Touring Company. "Heartfelt gratitude to my family for their unconditional love and support, Wayne and Nancy for believing in me, and above all, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."

ALEX STOLL

Alex is excited to be in his first season with Music Theatre of Wichita, and had a great time playing both Keno (the stripper) in The Full Monty and suitor Carl in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Currently attending Wichita State University, Alex is majoring in both Dance and Musical Theatre. He has also performed with Ballet Wichita, and is a company member of Alithea Mime Theatre. Thanks to Wayne for the opportunity to live and love the arts, and much thanks to Nick, Sabrina, Lindsey, Jeff, and all of my ever patient parents. 

AARON UMSTED

Aaron is a sophomore Musical Theatre major at the University of Oklahoma and made his MTW debut with Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Regional credits include: Footloose, Hello, Dolly!, Aida, and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic's Very Merry Pops. University Credits: Pal Joey (Joey u/s), and Anything Goes (Billy Crocker). Many thanks to Lyn, Paul, Vince, Mom, Dad, and Friends for their love and support.

SELINA MICHELLE VERASTIGUI

Selina has just completed her sophomore year as a BFA Musical Theatre major with a dance concentration minor at Otterbein College. She is thrilled to be making her MTW debut and is excited to be working with such talented people. Selina comes to MTW after playing Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street which was directed by Randy Skinner, Kelli Barclay, and Trip Phillips. Some of her other credits include Jesus Christ Superstar (Mary Magdalene), Into the Woods (Witch) and On Your Toes (Vera Baranova). She would like to thank Wayne, Roger, and Nancy for being so wonderfully nice, her friends at Otterbein, Brett for his love, and her parents and bro for all the encouragement and support. My heart goes out to you all.

MARK MADAMA (Director)

Mark has directed productions on both coasts, and as far away as Ireland, Poland, and Czechoslovakia, and yet he happily begins his eighteenth consecutive MTW season, with The Full Monty being his 31st production as director here. Favorite MTW shows include Aida, Annie Get Your Gun, West Side Story, Oklahoma!, Cinderella, How to Succeed..., Funny Girl, Fiddler on the Roof, 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, and Good News!, plus his performance as Zach in MTW's first A Chorus Line. Mark is on the Musical Theatre faculty at the University of Michigan, where he has also directed City of Angels, Guys and Dolls, Assassins, Good News!, Nine, Children of Eden, Company and Horton Foote's 1918. Mark frequently guest directs around the country, including two recent engagements of Disney's Beauty and the Beast at TUTS in Houston and Casa Manana in Ft. Worth, utilizing the sets and costumes created here in Wichita. He and Wayne Bryan are the co-authors of the revised Good News!, which has now received over 300 international productions

LINDA GOODRICH (Choreographer)

Linda has directed and choreographed throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan. Directing credits include Bat Boy and Smokey Joe's Cafe for TheatreWorks, which both received San Francisco Bay Area Awards for excellence in direction. Other directing credits include Cabaret, Side Show, Oklahloma!, Jesus Christ Superstar, and last year's MTW production of Seussical. Choreographic credits include Company with Carol Burnett, Strike Up The Band at Goodspeed Opera House, Singin' in the Rain and Annie at Paper Mill Playhouse, plus a national tour and several regional productions of Singin' in the Rain (beginning here at MTW). Linda credits much of her artistic development to her work at MTW, which includes Cabaret, Sweet Charity, West Side Story, Funny Girl, Hello, Dolly!, Damn Yankees, South Pacific, Oliver!, The Music Man, On the Town (in which she also played "Miss Turnstiles" Ivy Smith), and the world premiere of the revised Good News!. Other theatres include TUTS in Houston, Seattle's 5th Avenue, Sacramento Music Circus, St. Louis MUNY, Pittsburgh CLO, St. Louis Rep., La Mirada, and Cincinnati Playhouse. Linda performed in the Broadway and national companies of Cabaret, and staged the European tour. Her work has also been seen in touring editions of Blues Clues Live!, Dora the Explorer, and KidzBop Live!. She lives in Michigan with her husband Eugene Weng and their sons Tyler and Garret, where she is a professor of musical theatre at the University of Michigan.

MICHAEL BORTH (Musical Director)

Michael Borthis thrilled to return to his hometown of Wichita after spending the past year conducting the national tour of Will Rogers Follies starring Larry Gatlin. This is Michael's fourth summer with MTW, having previously conducted Aida, Annie Get Your Gun, Scarlet Pimpernel, and Sweet Charity. Favorite projects include Mame (starring Carol Lawrence and Sally Struthers) and La Cage Aux Folies (both supervised by composer Jerry Herman) at Musical Theater West, a workshop of Gidget, the Musical (written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Dermot Mulroney), as well as work on the national tours of The King and I and Titanic. In 2004, Michael had the privilege to conduct a benefit production of Follies starring Betty Garrett, Julie Wilson, Stephanie Zimbalist, Teri Ralston, and John Raitt at the Irvine Barclay Theater in southern California. Michael is also the composer and arranger of a series of Christmas CDs for charity which feature Tony Orlando, Susan Egan, Cathy Rigby and Stephanie J. Block. This fall, Michael returns to the road as musical director of an international tour of Man of La Mancha. Michael would like to thank Wayne, Mark, and Linda for their support and friendship, and all of the teachers, actors, theaters, and family in Wichita who helped give him the chance to do this "theater stuff' for a living!

J BRANSON (Set Designer)

J Bransonhas been based in Chicago for the past 17 years and associated with Music Theatre of Wichita for over 26. He continues on staff, year round, as a Scenic Designer and Artist for several Kansas, Connecticut and Wisconsin theaters. National Tours include The Music Man '01, '02, '03 and Brigadoon '99. Past regional work includes Beauty and the Beast, Joseph and His .... , Footloose, HONK!, Chess, The Wizard of Oz, Children of Eden, Rags, The Secret Garden, Assassins, Guys and Dolls and The Pajama Game. He has received various local & regional acknowledgements as well as an After Dark Award, and three National Addy Awards. Industrial design credits include the USAF, New World Television (National Addy Award), Viacom and Cessna Aircraft.

THOMAS G. MARQUEZ (Costume Designer)

Thomas returns to MTW where he has provided the costumes for Annie Get Your Gun, Once Upon a Mattress, Me and My Girl, Chicago, and Phantom. For the North Shore Music Theatre, Thomas has designed both Chicago and Sweet Charity. For Musical Theatre West in California he has designed Never Gonna Dance, Crazy For You, Show Boat, Swing, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, and Me and My Girl with Wayne Bryan. Other theatre credits: Lullaby of Broadway (World Premiere in Los Angeles), Dreamgirls, Carousel and Damn Yankees (CLO of the South Bay Cities), Bingo (World Premiere, Hermosa Beach Playhouse), and Evita, Pippin, 42nd Street, A Chorus Line, City of Angels, 7 Brides For 7 Brothers, Grease and Singin' in the Rain (American Musical Theatre of San Jose). He was nominated for the L.A. Ovation Award for Once On This Island and Crazy For You (Drama-Logue Award). Television credits: "The Wonder Years," "Third Rock from the Sun," "That '80s Show," and "What I Like About You." He has designed films such as Bit Players (with Verne Troyer, "Mini-Me"), Outpatient, and Die, Mommy, Die with Charles Busch.

DAVID NEVLLE (Production Manager/lighting Designer)

David Nevlle is thrilled to be returning for his 23rd season of "Camp MTW." In addition to many productions at MTW, 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, Music Theatre West, Arkansas Rep, Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera, George Street Playhouse, The 5th Avenue Theatre and Off-Broadway. David's favorite designs at MTW include Ragtime, Once on this Island, Children of Eden and Jesus Christ Superstar. David starts a new position this fall, teaching lighting and scenic design at Wichita State University. He makes his home in Wichita with his wife Robin and his kids, Ryan and Jocelyn.

ERIN KENNEDY LUNSFORD (Wig, Hair and Makeup Designer)

Based out of NYC, Erin is thrilled to be joining MTW for their 2006 season. Off Broadway: Pen; Manic Flight Reaction (Playwright's Horizons), Dog Sees God (Century Center), The Revenger's Tragedy (Red Bull Theater Company), The Right Kind of People (Primary Stages), Retzach (59E59 Theaters), The Soldier's Wife (MINT Theater), Cleansed (Columbia University), Hedatron (Les Freres Corbusier). Opera: LA Traviata (The Bronx Opera Company), Don Giovanni, Gianni Schicchi, Tales of Hoffman (University of Minnesota Opera). She has worked with wig designers Tom Watson (Bach at Leipzig) and Paul Huntley (Grey Gardens). Her work has also been seen in the Guggenheim Museum as well as New York Magazine, The New Yorker and several other international publications. BA, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Department of Theater Arts and Dance.

DAVID MUEHL (Sound Designer)

David Muehl is excited to be returning to MTW for his second summer as sound designer, having also been the sound assistant three years ago. During MTW's "off season," David is audio producer for WSU College of Fine Arts, and sound designer for the Opera and Musical Theatre program. Some of his favorite sound designs have been Anything Goes, A Chorus Line, Pippin and Into. the Woods. ("How does one mic a giant anyway?") At WSU David was sound designer and audio engineer for the WSU production of Pippin which was selected to compete at the Kennedy Center Regional College Theatre Festival in St. Louis, and was selected as an alternate to the National Festival. David has also been sound designer for Cabaret Oldtown. David would like to thank Ray for his support and encouragement of professional development. And a huge thanks to Dave Temby and all the great people at Oearwing Productions in Phoenix.

KERRY GRISHAM (Property Master)

This is Kerry's second year with MTW. He lives in Tulsa, OK, where he has 17 years technical experience with the Tulsa theatrical community. He is currently Props Master with Tulsa Ballet, a position he has toured with, both nationally and internationally. Grisham also serves as Assistant Carpenter / Props for Tulsa Opera and Head Props for the TulsaPerforming Arts Center when National Broadway Touring Shows are in that venue. Kerry retired from the Tulsa fire department with 21 years' service.

DEBBIE ROBERTS (Costume Shop Manager)

Debbie Roberts has designed costumes for many shows here, including State Fair, Funny Girl, The Most Happy Fella, On the Town and West Side Story, plus special costumes for Aida (the fashion show, in partnership with Matt Mitchell), My Fair Lady (all of Eliza's gowns), Annie Get Your Gun, Man of La Mancha, Crazy for You, The Sound of Music, My One and Only, various Festival of Broadway shows, plus the upcoming Thoroughly Modem Millie. A graduate of Friends University, Debbie received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance and Ballet. "1 am so proud of the work that Music Theatre of Wichita does, it is always a pleasure to work each season. While California is home, work in the costume field takes me to New York each Christmas season to work for the World Famous Radio City Rockettes. It has been over 15 years that Wichita has been my summer home and I look forward to meeting new people and learning new skills each time. Enjoy the shows!"

SUANN POLLOCK (production Stage Manager)

Emily McMullen is happy to be back for her 7th summer and 4th production of Wizard of Oz. Previous productions here include Phantom, Seussical, A Chorus Line, West Side Story, Chicago, Good News!, How to. Succeed In Business, Cinderella, Show Boat, Fiddler on the Roof, and Pajama Game. The rest of the year, she is the Production Stage Manager at Merrimack Repertory Theatre outside of Boston. She has also stage managed for North Shore Music Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, South Coast Repertory, Capital Repertory Theater, Musical Theatre Guild, Actors Theatre of Phoenix, Broadway Texas, Theatre Emory, and The Shadowland Theatre.

GABRIEL BENNETT (Asst. Sound Designer)

Gabriel Bennett is returning to MTW for his third season; previously he held the position of Sound Assistant. The majority of Gabriel's experience lies in the Wichita area, including sound design for Cabaret Oldtown, audio engineering for Cabaret Oldtown. Stage One, Wichita State University and various professional recording studios and musical events. Gabriel would like to show appreciation to his family and friends for their support and understanding with special thanks to David Muehl for all of his encouragement and guidance.

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

Steve Landes is proud to return for his thirteenth summer as the Apprentice Program Director. A Wichita resident for twenty two years, Steve worked for Friends University, the Wichita Center for the Arts, and Shakespeare in the Park. Steve moved to the Kansas City area three 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 (Drop Fabricator / Rentals Director, etc. etc.!)

Mary Sue recently returned to our stage as the Mayor of Munchkinland! For 31 seasons at MTW, Millie marks summer production number 155! Stage manager for the Wichita Symphony Orchestra (13 years), Metropolitan Ballet Orchestra (10 years), and Opera Kansas (15 years). I seem to get around a lot but only inside Century II. This year's clever anecdote really isn't that clever. Milestones are marked this year that create many eye openers. My life is happily engaged in newer and larger tasks working for my favorite employer. My thanks to WB, NR, VK, JM, DN. I dedicate this season to the administration, staff, crew and performers of Music Theatre of Wichita. The first 30 seasons were great, and here's a toast to the next 3D!! I love this place!!!!!!!!! (Of course, I'm nuts.)

DAWN CHISUM (Rentals Wardrobe Supervisor)

Dawn is happy to be returning to MTW for her 11th season! A graduate of Friends University with a BA in English/Drama she belongs to the local wardrobe union and has dressed everything from rock concerts to ice shows to muppets locally. She would like to thank everyone that she has ever met!

ROGER CASTELLANO (Assistant to Producer)

Roger has enjoyed being a part of all five MTW productions again this year, including his recent direction and choreography for The Wizard of Oz. As an award-winning director and choreographer, Roger has created original shows, parades and industrials for companies like Sesame Street Live, Sanrio Inc. and Disney, and worked with stars such as Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Bennett, Bill Cosby, Natalie Cole, Christopher Reeve, Kenny Loggins and John Lithgow. Career highlights as an actor include My One and Only (Billy) with Susan Egan (Drama-Logue Award), Anything Goes (Billy) with Tracy Lore, On The Town (Ozzy), How to. Succeed in Business … (Bud Frump), and Into the Woods (The Baker). But the best reward is to be associated with MTW, where he's directed Me and My GirlThe Will Rogers Follies, choreographed Footloose-directed and co-choreographed Seussical, and acted in Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere), Once Upon a Mattress (The Jester), and A Chorus Line (Zach). Roger holds a BA in Theatre from California Stare University, Fullerton. He thanks God for his wife Tracy and daughter Carlin, and is grateful to Wayne for the many opportunities that he's given him.

LINDA STARKEY (Pianist / Musical Assistant / Keyboards)

Linda Starkey continues her relationship with MTW, having performed in Oliver!Cabaret, and The Sound of Music, and having conducted the Teen Choir and assisted with MTW's apprentice program. She is Associate Director of the Opera and Music Theatre program at Wichita State University, where she has also taught voice for the past 26 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.

KAREN GALE (Teen Choir Company Manager)

With a BS in Environmental Science from Vanderbilt University's School of Engineering, seems to have the wrong education for the theatre, but her attention to detail and organization skills that aren't utilized in Solid Waste Management anymore are put to work as Executive Director for Music Theatre for Young People. Wanting to have no free time, Karen spends her summers at MTW as Teen Choir Company Manager

August 2-6, 2006
The Twenties roar tunefully back to life with this 2002 Tony Award-winning Best Musical. Millie Dillmount (from Kansas!) takes New York City by storm as she changes the lives of everyone she meets. A great new song-and-dance spectacular!
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Thoroughly Modern Millie
August 2-6, 2006

And finally, what fun we had with the Kansas premiere of Thoroughly Modern Millie! Our delightful Broadway Baby Megan Osterhaus led an incredibly talented cast of actors, singers and dancers, and our audience members couldn’t stop talking about how terrific they all were in their roles. Lots of praise, too, for J. Branson’s sets, Debbie Roberts’ costumes, and John MacInnis’ dazzling choreography.

It was very rewarding to see a starring role like Millie Dillmount interpreted so brilliantly by a former MTW company member. Megan Osterhaus, a graduate of University of Central Oklahoma, has spent the last year in the Broadway cast of Mamma Mia!, and took a leave of absence to join our production. But now she begins rehearsals for the new Broadway production of Mary Poppins.

Other former MTW company members who returned as guest stars were the handsome and talented Chris Peluso (Broadway’s Assassins and Lestat, national tour of Wicked) as Millie’s love interest, Jimmy; beautiful Anne Horak as her new friend Miss Dorothy, and delightful Eng Kian Ooi as the enigmatic henchman Bun Foo. His partner in crime is Devin Ilaw, who had spent most of this summer in our performing company.

The hysterical Kathleen Huber (Gigi, Wizard of Oz 1996) provoked gales of “politically incorrect” laughter as the conniving villainess Mrs. Meers, and everyone is still raving about the handsome and hysterically funny Jeremy Stolle, who made a terrific MTW debut as Trevor Graydon.

MEGAN OSTERHAUS (Millie)

Megan Osterhaus has just concluded understudying the role of Sophie in the current Broadway production of Mamma Mia. Other credits include the national tours of Mamma Mia (Sophie u/s), Martin Guerre (Bertrande u/s), and Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Narrator u/ s to Jodi Benson & Deborah Gibson). Her regional credits include productions at the Paper Mill Playhouse, the Guthrie Theatre, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Flatrock Playhouse and the Hangar Theatre. She is delighted to return to Music Theatre of Wichita, where she started her professional career during the 1995-1996 seasons. After Millie, she'll begin rehearsals for the upcoming Broadway production of Mary Poppins understudying the role of Mrs. Banks. Love to Mom, Dad & Chris. Thanks to Wayne for welcoming me back to such a wonderful community.

KATHLEEN HUBER (Mrs. Meers)

Kathleen graduated with Wayne Bryan from the University of California, and came to New York City as assistant to director Brian Murray on A Scent of Flowers, doubling as standby to Katharine Houghton. New York credits include Luisa Baccara and Aelis Mazoyer in Tamara, Volumnia in Coriolanus, Countess Aurelia in The Madwoman of Chaillot, Queen Margaret in Richard III, and Oaudius in the Jose Quintero Theatre's all-female Hamlet. Regionally, she has been seen at the Paper Mill Playhouse (An Ideal Husband), Caldwell Theatre (Les Liaisons Dangereuses), Stages St. Louis (Music Man and High Society), Do,rset Theatre Festival (Hay Fever), American Heartland Theatre (Lettice and Lovage), Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera (The Secret Garden), Stamford Theatre Works (Collected Stories) and the Alabama, Orlando and Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festivals, among others. Kathleen has directed shows for New Jersey Rep, Boston Light Opera, Forestburgh Summer Theatre, Wayside Theatre, and aboard luxury cruise ships. Later this summer, she will be seen as Marnita in Gigi at the Merry-GoRound Theatre in upstate NY. MTW audiences may remember her as haughty Aunt Alicia in Gigi, and the Wicked Witch in the 1996 production of The Wizard of Oz.

CHRIS PELUSO (Jimmy Smith)

Chris is thrilled to be back in Wichita for his third season with MTW. His past roles here include Tom Marlowe in Good News!, Younger Brother in Ragtime, and Armand in The Scarlet Pimpernel, plus a special appearance in Standing Ovation 2004. Since his MTW days Chris performed in the Broadway shows Assassins, (Balladeer / Oswald u/ s) and most recently Elton John's Lestat (Louis u/ s). Also, he could have been seen touring the country in the first national tour of Wicked (Fiyero u/ s). Following Millie Chris begins work on a new project called Ace Gohn Robert Anderson) at the St. Louis Rep. with fellow MTW company member Matt Bogart. Much thanks to Maria, family, and the MTW team for their continued support and encouragement

NEDRA DIXON (Muzzy Van Hossmere)

Nedra is delighted to resume her long association with MTW, where she has been seen playing Susannah in Tintypes (a role she created in the original Arena Stage production), Mary Magdelene in Jesus Christ Superstar, Lady TItiang in The King and I, the hideous-turned-beautiful Witch in Into the Woods, Erma in Anything Goes, Bloody Mary in South Pacific, Aldonza in Man of La Mancha, and Eve / Mama Noah in Children of Eden. Nikki (as her friends know her) also directed MTW's critically acclaimed production of Once On This Island. Nedra's theatrical career has included Broadway and National Tours of Bubblin' Brown Sugar, Godspell, Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, By Strouse, Let's Call the Whole Thing Gershwin, The All Night Strut, and the Rodgers and Harnmerstein revue Some Enchanted Evening. Her recent regional work includes mounting productions of HONK!, Pippin, Celebration, and Beehive, and appearing in Songs for a New World, Having Our Say, Violet, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. She also successfully mounted her own one-woman show-You're Invited: Lady in Red, Men in Black!! She has served as an adjunct faculty member of Elmira College and as Director of Music at First United Methodist Church of Coming, NY. She thanks God for all good gifts, most especially for her lovely husband Fred Goodson, and their beautiful daughter Jasmin (who is also a Broadway Baby!).

JEREMY STOLLE (Trevor Graydon)

Jeremy is making his first appearance at MTW. Jeremy is a scholarship graduate of the University of California Irvine. Theater credits include the up-and-coming Broadway production of A Tale of Two Cities - The Musical (Charles Damay u/ s), North Shore Music Theater's Camelot (Lionel), and productions of Beauty and the Beast in Salt Lake, Orlando, Oklahoma City and Detroit (Gaston). He also directed a production of it in North Carolina. Jeremy won Best Actor in a Musical for the title role in The Scarlet Pimpernel, appeared as the title character in Jekyll and Hyde, and has performed as Billy in Carousel, Tommy in Brigadoon, and Horst in Bent, to name a few. Concerts include A Yuletide Celebration with Sylvia McNair and the Indianapolis Symphony, Hayen's Lord Nelson Mass with the Golden West Symphony, and multiple works with the Modesto Symphony. Television credits include CBS' "As the World Turns" (Patrick), ABC's "All My Children," and FX Channel's "Rescue Me." www.1eremyStolle.com

ANNE HORAK (Miss Dorothy)

Anne is thrilled to be back at MTW, where she has been featured as Judy in A Chorus Line, Lady Larken in Once Upon a Mattress, Babette in Beauty and the Beast, and Velma in West Side Story. She is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan, and has also been seen regionally as Phyllis in 42nd Street, Liza in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, a Silly Girl in Beauty and the Beast, and Grease (Pittsburgh Civic Ught Opera). She would like to send special love and thanks to Wayne, Mark, Roger, Linda, and Nancy for their mentorship and guidance, and thanks to her family for all of their love and support. 

ENG KlAN OOI (Bun Foo)

Eng Kian is thrilled to come back to Music Theatre of Wichita. He is a graduate of Wichita State University and was last seen performing here as an ensemble in the 1999 season. Eng Kian moved to New York to attend Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and is now on faculty at the Peridance Center. He recently performed with Lou-Diamond Phillips in The King and I at Casa Manana. He also played the role of King Simon of Legree during the last National Tour of The King and I, starring Sandy Duncan and Stefanie Powers. His past credits include Alithea Mime Theatre, Metropolitan Ballet of Wichita, WSUDE, Martha Graham Dance Ensemble, Pearl Lang Dance Theatre, Peridance Ensemble, H.T. Chen and Dancers, Arthur Aviles Typical Theatre etc. Eng Kian would like to express his appreciation to the dance department of Wichita State University for giving him a good start in his career.

DEVIN ILAW (Ching Ho)

Devin is ecstatic to be here at MTW this summer, where he was in the ensemble for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Wizard of Oz, and Sweet Charity, and proudly joins Actor's Equity with this production! Devin is currently a senior musical theatre major at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama, where he was seen as The Writer in Hello Again and Billy Boy Bill/Dr. Billeaux in Urinetown (dir. John Caraffa). At West VIrginia Public Theatre, Devin played Lun Tha in The King and I and Thuy in Miss Saigon (dir. Michael Licata), a role he then reprised at Pittsburgh Music Theatre (dir. Bob Durkin). Other credits include Girl on the Go at Pittsburgh CLO and Still Writing at the Duplex, NYC. Infinite thanks to family, friends, and teachers for their love and support, and to Wayne, Nancy, Thomas, Roger and the amazing company here at MTW for making this an abso-totes-ridic summer.

KAREN L. ROBU (Miss Flannery)

Karen happily continues her 9th MTW season. Past roles include Emma Goldman in Ragtime, Maureen / Lowbutt in HONK!, Dolly in Annie Get Your Gun, Mayzie in Seussical, Vicki Nichols in The Full Monty, and most recently the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz. In Kansas since 1993, Karen is thankful for all the theatres in town that keep her busy, including the Crown Uptown, Mosley Street Melodrama, Cabaret Oldtown, Center for the Arts, and Stage One. Karen's CD Songs For My Baby (Broadway tunes and 40's style music, recorded while Karen was expecting her second child 3 years ago) is available at cdbaby.com. Karen is Director of Youth Ministries for University Congregational Church, where she has directed Godspell in 2005 and Jesus Christ Superstar last February. She has also directed for MTYP and taught classes for MGM Studio of the Dance and Camp Allegro. Many thanks to her understanding husband who is always supportive of her crazy ideas, including her recent fulfillment of a childhood fantasy: Karen has leased a horse for the summer and goes riding every morning before work!

TERRY JOHNSON (Dorothy Parker)

Terry is a Radio/TV /Film graduate of Wichita State University. She is also a HUGE Shocker fan and active alum. She has voiced and been on-air talent for numerous local commercials for many years, and is currently the spokesperson for Star Flooring and Decorating. With over 21 years in TV advertising sales, Terry is now an account executive with KWCH-TY, Channel 12. Thanks to my husband, Tom, and Wayne for this opportunity, and thanks also to the entire Music Theatre staff for making it a pleasure to serve on MTW's Board of Directors.

EBONY BLAKE

Ebony is ecstatic to spend her second summer in Wichita! A recent graduate of Wright State University's Acting/Musical Theatre program, Ebony's favorite roles there include Sarah in Ragtime, Berneice Charles in The Piano Lesson, and Phillis Wheatley in Tma Landau and Ricky Ian Gordon's States of Independence. She recently starred as Nefertiti at The Human Race Theatre Company's workshop production of Nefertiti: A Musical Romance. Ebony would like to thank God, the MTW family, and her own for being supportive, loving and AWESOMELY AMAZING!!

JESSICA CHESBRO

Jessica recently graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma, and is thrilled to be in Wichita for a second season! MTW credits include Aunt Em / Glinda in The Wizard of Oz, Georgie Bukatinsky in The Full Monty, Bebe in A Chorus Line, and a Bird Girl in Seussical. At college she was Queenie in Lippa's version of The Wild Party, Jane in Jane Eyre, the Witch in Into the Woods, and Amalia in She Loves Me. Originally from Tulsa, OK,. she's performed in many community theatre productions, including Merrily We Roll Along as Beth and as Rizzo in Grease. She'd like to thank her mom and Carl for their constant belief in her, and dedicates her performances this season to her Grandma M&M.

KAITLYN M. DAVIDSON

Kaitlyn, a sophomore Musical Theatre major at Cincinnati's Conservatory of Music, is ecstatic to be in her 2nd MTW season. Her roles at MTW so far include Gideon's bride Alice in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and tone-deaf Kristine in A Chorus Line. Recently she performed in CCM's Crazy For You. Other theatres: Starlight Theatre, 5th Avenue, The Ordway, New Theatre Restaurant, The Coterie, The MVNY. Other Credits: 42nd Street (Peggy), Crazy For You (Polly), Kiss Me Kate (Kate), Grease (Sandy). Thanks to family and friends for all their support and love.

CODY DAVIS

Cody is honored to be joining Wayne and the company for his first summer at MTW. He will be a senior at Jenks High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma this fall. Favorite roles: Young Josh in Big, the Musical and Cat in the Hat in Seussical. Cody thanks his family and friends for their support and for making the God for each and every blessing in his life.

ZAK EDWARDS

Zak is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a BFA in Musical Theatre, who has been seen this year as the Tim Man in Wizard of Oz and suitor Joel in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Regionally, he has worked at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma City in Jesus Christ Superstar (Simon/Jesus understudy) and Hello, Dolly! (Ambrose Kemper, with Sally Struthers), and at Casa Manana in Fort Worth in A Chorus Line (Frank). At OU, his roles have included Charles Guiteau in Assassins and most Ludlow Lowell in Pal Joey. Zak would like to thank his phenomenal professors, his incredible friends, and, most of all, his amazing family!

BRIAN EMERSON

Brian is overjoyed to be back for MTW's 2006 season, and loved playing both Ethan in The Full Monty and the Scarecrow in Wizard of Oz. Since graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 2004, Brian has been working for various regional theatres, cruise lines, and hopping to and from NYC. Theatrical credits include: Beauty and the Beast (Lurniere), Swing! (dancer), Cabaret (Emcee), Much Ado ... (Claudio), West Side Story (A-rab), Oklahoma! (Dream Curly), and last year with Disney Wonder (Disney Cruise Lines). Much Love to Brittany, dad and mom, and his endearing family and friends for their eternal love and guidance. God bless. Romans 8:28

TAUREAN EVERETT

Taurean is thrilled to be returning for his second season with MTW. A senior dance major at Wichita State University, Taurean's most recent musical theater credits include the Winkie General in Wizard of Oz, suitor Matt, in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, various roles in The Full Monty, Richard the Nurse in A New Brain, and Yertle the Turtle in Seussical. University dance credits include acclaimed pieces Patterns of Change by Sabrina Vasquez, Angels Rising by Nick Johnson, and Ostinato by Janice Garrett. Taurean would like to thank his Lord above for the many blessings he has received, followed with thanks to my MTW family, my own family, and a special thanks to all my friends who believed in me.

WES HART

Wes gratefully returns to MTW for a third summer, where he has played such roles as brother Benjamin (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers), Al DeLuca (A Chorus Line), Action (West Side Story), and Wickersham Brother (SeussicaI). He just received a BM in Music Theatre from Oklahoma City University, where he enjoyed roles such as Nathan Detroit (Guys and Dolls), Mortimer (The Fantasticles), and Njegus (The Merry Widow). Thanks to Wayne and Nancy. Love to Mom, Dad, and Ash. www.weshart.net

TIM HAUSMANN

Tim is so excited to be back at MTW this summer, and has enjoyed playing brother Frank in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and assisting director-choreographer Roger Castellano on The Wizard of Oz. He is a recent graduate of Oklahoma City University where he studied with Florence Birdwell. OCU credits include: Parade (Leo Frank), Songs for a New World ( Man #2), Kiss Me Kate (Bill Calhoun), Seussical (Wickersham #2), and Pirates of Penzance. Tim would like to thank both his MTW and South Dakota families for their love.

MELINDA HEITZMAN

Melinda just finished her sophomore year as a dance major at Oklahoma City University and is delighted to be joining MTW for the first time this summer. Melinda played Liza in Seven Brides For Seven Brothers. She recently toured in Taiwan as a member of the American Spirit Dance Company and performed with the Oklahoma Opera and Music Theater Company in Guys and Dolls last fall. She sends love and thanks to her parents for supporting her God-given passion for the stage.

COLIN ISRAEL

Colin is thrilled to join MTW for another fantastic summer season! New York: A Christmas Carol (Peter Cratchit, Personal Space Theatrics), Prometheus Passion (Hermes, Durm and Strang Theatre Co.). Regional: The Full Monty (Malcolm, MTW), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Luke, MTW), A Chorus Line (Bobby, Casa Manana and MTW), Seussical (Wickersham, MTW), A Man of No Importance (Breton Beret, Speakeasy Stage), The Last Five Years (Jamie, Ovation Theatre). BFA: Boston Conservatory. Thanks to my family and the folks at MTW for their constant support and faith!

PATRICK LAVALLEE

A recent graduate of Oklahoma City University, Patrick is thrilled to perform in his first professional season with MTW, and enjoyed playing suitor Jeb in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Flying Monkey Nikko in Wizard of Oz. Recently returning from Taiwan, Patrick has performed with American Spirit Dance Company, regional theatre and national tour. Additionally, he has trained with Aaron Tolson of Imaginative Tap and Professor Robert L. Reed. Patrick would like to thank his friends and family for their continued support.

PETE LAY

Pete is returning for his third season in the MTW summer ensemble after recently graduating from Butler University. You might recognize him as brother Daniel in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Young Carriere in Phantom, or the All-White Ceremonial Indian Dancer in Annie Get Your Gun. He would like to thank Wayne and Nancy and send love to Mom, Dad, and Kat.

COLBY Q. LINDEMAN (Dance Captain)

Colby is totes excited to be back in Wichita for his third season. Favorite past roles include Larry in A Chorus Line; Diesel in West Side Story, suitor Zeke in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and being dance captain for several shows. Also, he has enjoyed performing in the 2005 Radio City Christmas Spectacular in Pittsburgh / Minneapolis. OCU graduate, Colby graduated first in his class last year. Thank you to my fun family, WB, NR, TO, & NM for all of the love! I couldn't have done it without you! xoxo!

PARISH MECHLING

Parish is a senior musical theatre major at The University of Oklahoma. She is thrilled to be making her debut here at MTW. Regional credits include: Jesus Christ Superstar, Hello Dolly!, OKC Philharmonic's A Very Merry Pops. OU credits include: Pal Joey (Gladys Bumps), My One and Only (Kipper / dance capt.), Chess, Sweet Charity. Thanks to Lyn, Paul, and amazing family!

SHINA ANN MORRIS

Shina is so happy to be back for her 4th season in the MTW company! After this summer, she will be a junior in the Musical Theatre program at the University of Michigan, where she was in the cast of The Boys From Syracuse and Seussical. Performing at MTW, some of her favorite shows have been Good News!, Chicago, West Side Story, Phantom, Aida, and as Sarah in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. She thanks God, her parents, Wayne, and Mark for their love and support through the years.

TIFFANY OCVIRK

Tiffiny is ecstatic about her first season at MTW, and especially enjoyed playing the "Pony Tail Girl" in Sweet Charity. She is a dance performance senior at Oklahoma City University, and has performed both nationally and internationally as a member of the American Spirit Dance Company. "My deepest thanks to my family for unconditional faith, love, and support, my friends for strength and encouragement, and my Savior Jesus Christ - to Him be all the glory."

DESI OAKLEY

Desi looking forward to her senior year at Maize High, couldn't possibly be more excited to be working with her favorite people in Wichita again! Recent credits include her highly praised portrayal of Dorothy in MTW's The Wizard of Oz, and her Jester-winning performance as Cinderella. This is her third season as a member of the professional MTW ensemble. She would like to thank God, for she owes Him all her praise, her supportive family, her friends, and of course Wayne, Nancy, and the entire MTW staff! Romans 8:28

JAKE PFARR

A recent graduate of Oklahoma City University, Jake greatly appreciates this opportunity to join MTW in his first season of shows, and loved being brother Ephraim in Seven Brides For Seven Brothers. Some favorite roles have included Joseph in Joseph ... Dreamcoat, the Cowardly Lion in Wizard of Oz, and Tommy Djilas in Music Man. Many thanks to Mom, Dad, & Kylee, the MTW staff, and most importantly, the ''big man" upstairs!

LISA ROHINSKY

Lisa was thrilled to make her debut at MTW as Ruth in Seven Brides For Seven Brothers. In the fall, she'll be a senior musical theatre major at Penn State University. Her recent credits include The Boy Friend (Polly Browne), Bat Boy (Maggie/ Ron), The Wild Party, and Sweet Charity. Lisa sends her thanks to her family and friends and to those who always believed in her.

GABRIELLE RUIZ

Gabrielle is delighted to return for her 3rd season at MTW. Favorite roles include the "dynamite" Diana Morales (A Chorus Line), Belladova (Phantom!), Consuela (West Side Story), and Martha (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers). A senior at Oklahoma City University, she recently performed in Taiwan with the American Spirit International Touring Company. "Heartfelt gratitude to my family for their unconditionallove and support, Wayne and Nancy for believing in me, and above all, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."

AARON UMSTED

Aaron is a sophomore Musical Theatre major at the University of Oklahoma and made his MTW debut with Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Regional credits include: Footloose, Hello, Dolly!, Aida, and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic's Very Merry Pops. University Credits: Pal Joey (Joey u/ s), and Anything Goes (Billy Crocker). Many thanks to Lyn, Paul, Vince, Mom, Dad, and Friends for their love and support.

SELINA MICHELLE VERASTIGUI

Selina has just completed her sophomore year as a BFA Musical Theatre major with a dance concentration minor at Otterbein College. She is thrilled to be making her MTW debut and is excited to be working with such talented people. Selina comes to MTW after playing Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street which was directed by Randy Skinner, Kelli Barclay, and Trip Phillips. Some of her other credits include Jesus Christ Superstar (Mary Magdalene), Into the Woods (Witch) and On Your Toes (Vera Baranova). She would like to thank Wayne, Roger, and Nancy for being so wonderfully nice, her friends at Otterbein, Brett for his love, and her parents and bro for all the encouragement and support. My heart goes out to you all.

WAYNE BRYAN (Director)

Wayne has served as MTW's Producing Director for 19 seasons, producing 95 Broadway-scale productions and directing 32 of them. Wayne grew up in L.A., graduated from U.C. Santa Barbara, and served for three years as a U.S. Navy Officer during the Vietnam War. He has performed on Broadway (Good News, Tintypes, Rodgers and Hart) and on television ("M*A*S*H" on CBS,"Keystone" on A&E, "American History" on PBS), and has won many directing and acting awards across the country. Favorite moments at MTW include directing Phantom, HONK!, Children of Eden, and Beauty and the Beast, acting in Me and My Girl and The Will Rogers Follies, and receiving both the Kansas Governor's Arts Award and the NCCJ Brotherhood/Sisterhood Award. Profound gratitude to all who support MTW in any fashion, and love to family and friends, including EES & CLKS, SCS & MGS, MM, VW, B&A, and Ozbeau. Special thanks to the small but mighty year-round staff, Nancy, John, Vickie, and Mary Sue, for their incredible loyalty and tireless commitment to MTW's growth and success.

JOHN MACINNIS (Choreographer /Associate Director)

John MacInnismade his choreographic debut at MTW last season with Once Upon a Mattress, and Wichita audiences may also remember him from his many starring roles here, including Where's Charley? (Charley), My One and Only (Billy Buck Chandler), On the Town (Gabey), The Most Happy Fella (Herman), Oklahoma! (Will Parker) and the 1996 Wizard of Oz (Scarecrow). John has appeared in such Broadway shows as Thoroughly Modern Millie, Kiss Me Kate, Steel Pier, How to Succeed ... , Guys and Dolls, Jerome Robbins' Broadway, and Me and My Girl, and was featured on the MTV documentary "Made," which followed John for five weeks as he coached an aspiring tapper for her first Broadway audition. He directed and choreographed for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah (the Olympic Medals Plaza). He also directed and choreographed the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Radio City Rockettes for three years, including the first international production in Mexico City, Mexico. For Theatre Under the Stars in Houston John choreographed Kiss Me, Kate, and continues to receive acclaim for various productions of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, including the North Shore Theatre near Boston, and a new touring production in the Netherlands. John thanks his family for their love and support. (For more about John's new touring project with Broadway dancers go to www.DanceBway.com)

MICHAEL BORTH (Musical Director)

Michael Borthis thrilled to return to his hometown of Wichita after spending the past year conducting the national tour of Will Rogers Follies starring Larry Gatlin. This is Michael's fourth summer with MTW, having previously conducted Aida, Annie Get Your Gun, Scarlet Pimpernel, and Sweet Charity. Favorite projects include Mame (starring Carol Lawrence and Sally Struthers) and La Cage Aux Folies (both supervised by composer Jerry Herman) at Musical Theater West, a workshop of Gidget, the Musical (written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Dermot Mulroney), as well as work on the national tours of The King and I and Titanic. In 2004, Michael had the privilege to conduct a benefit production of Follies starring Betty Garrett, Julie Wilson, Stephanie Zimbalist, Teri Ralston, and John Raitt at the Irvine Barclay Theater in southern California. Michael is also the composer and arranger of a series of Christmas CDs for charity which feature Tony Orlando, Susan Egan, Cathy Rigby and Stephanie J. Block. This fall, Michael returns to the road as musical director of an international tour of Man of La Mancha. Michael would like to thank Wayne, Mark, and Linda for their support and friendship, and all of the teachers, actors, theaters, and family in Wichita who helped give him the chance to do this "theater stuff' for a living!

J BRANSON (Set Designer)

J Bransonhas been based in Chicago for the past 17 years and associated with Music Theatre of Wichita for over 26. He continues on staff, year round, as a Scenic Designer and Artist for several Kansas, Connecticut and Wisconsin theaters. National Tours include The Music Man '01, '02, '03 and Brigadoon '99. Past regional work includes Beauty and the Beast, Joseph and His .... , Footloose, HONK!, Chess, The Wizard of Oz, Children of Eden, Rags, The Secret Garden, Assassins, Guys and Dolls and The Pajama Game. He has received various local & regional acknowledgements as well as an After Dark Award, and three National Addy Awards. Industrial design credits include the USAF, New World Television (National Addy Award), Viacom and Cessna Aircraft.

DEBBIE ROBERTS (Costume Shop Manager)

Debbie Roberts has designed costumes for many shows here, including State Fair, Funny Girl, The Most Happy Fella, On the Town and West Side Story, plus special costumes for Aida (the fashion show, in partnership with Matt Mitchell), My Fair Lady (all of Eliza's gowns), Annie Get Your Gun, Man of La Mancha, Crazy for You, The Sound of Music, My One and Only, various Festival of Broadway shows, plus the upcoming Thoroughly Modem Millie. A graduate of Friends University, Debbie received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance and Ballet. "1 am so proud of the work that Music Theatre of Wichita does, it is always a pleasure to work each season. While California is home, work in the costume field takes me to New York each Christmas season to work for the World Famous Radio City Rockettes. It has been over 15 years that Wichita has been my summer home and I look forward to meeting new people and learning new skills each time. Enjoy the shows!"

DAVID NEVLLE (Production Manager/lighting Designer)

David Nevlle is thrilled to be returning for his 23rd season of "Camp MTW." In addition to many productions at MTW, 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, Music Theatre West, Arkansas Rep, Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera, George Street Playhouse, The 5th Avenue Theatre and Off-Broadway. David's favorite designs at MTW include Ragtime, Once on this Island, Children of Eden and Jesus Christ Superstar. David starts a new position this fall, teaching lighting and scenic design at Wichita State University. He makes his home in Wichita with his wife Robin and his kids, Ryan and Jocelyn.

ERIN KENNEDY LUNSFORD (Wig, Hair and Makeup Designer)

Based out of NYC, Erin is thrilled to be joining MTW for their 2006 season. Off Broadway: Pen; Manic Flight Reaction (Playwright's Horizons), Dog Sees God (Century Center), The Revenger's Tragedy (Red Bull Theater Company), The Right Kind of People (Primary Stages), Retzach (59E59 Theaters), The Soldier's Wife (MINT Theater), Cleansed (Columbia University), Hedatron (Les Freres Corbusier). Opera: LA Traviata (The Bronx Opera Company), Don Giovanni, Gianni Schicchi, Tales of Hoffman (University of Minnesota Opera). She has worked with wig designers Tom Watson (Bach at Leipzig) and Paul Huntley (Grey Gardens). Her work has also been seen in the Guggenheim Museum as well as New York Magazine, The New Yorker and several other international publications. BA, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Department of Theater Arts and Dance.

DAVID MUEHL (Sound Designer)

David Muehl is excited to be returning to MTW for his second summer as sound designer, having also been the sound assistant three years ago. During MTW's "off season," David is audio producer for WSU College of Fine Arts, and sound designer for the Opera and Musical Theatre program. Some of his favorite sound designs have been Anything Goes, A Chorus Line, Pippin and Into. the Woods. ("How does one mic a giant anyway?") At WSU David was sound designer and audio engineer for the WSU production of Pippin which was selected to compete at the Kennedy Center Regional College Theatre Festival in St. Louis, and was selected as an alternate to the National Festival. David has also been sound designer for Cabaret Oldtown. David would like to thank Ray for his support and encouragement of professional development. And a huge thanks to Dave Temby and all the great people at Oearwing Productions in Phoenix.

KERRY GRISHAM (Property Master)
This is Kerry's second year with MTW. He lives in Tulsa, OK, where he has 17 years technical experience with the Tulsa theatrical community. He is currently Props Master with Tulsa Ballet, a position he has toured with, both nationally and internationally. Grisham also serves as Assistant Carpenter / Props for Tulsa Opera and Head Props for the TulsaPerforming Arts Center when National Broadway Touring Shows are in that venue. Kerry retired from the Tulsa fire department with 21 years' service.
SUANN POLLOCK (production Stage Manager)

Suann Pollock rejoined MTW in 1997 after an eight-year absence. She is one of the resident stage managers with the Tony Award winning Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, where her credits include the world premiere of Notebook of Trigoin with Lynn Redgrave, A Little Night Music with Donna McKechnie, Closer, Art, Wit, and Everything's Ducky, and John Doyle's Company, which will be moving to Broadway this fall. While at the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, she had the pleasure of stage managing several premieres, including Edward Albee's Fragments and Lee Blessing's The Rights. Professional directing credits include Seussical at Miami University Sununer Theatre, Bat Boy at Stage One, Lanford Wllson's Day at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Soldiers Tale with No. Kentucky Symphony, CompanyA Day In Hollywood/ A Night In The Ukraine, and The Nerd, among others. Thanks to Wayne for his support and encouragement.

EMlLY F. McMULLEN (Stage Manager)

Emily is happy to be back for her 7th summer at "Camp MTW." Previous productions here include Sweet Charity, The Wizard of Oz, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Phantom, Seussical, A Chorus Line, West Side Story, Chicago, Good News!, How to Succeed In Business, Cinderella, Show Boat, Fiddler on the Roof, and Pajama Game. The rest of the year, she is the Production Stage Manager at Merrimack Repertory Theatre outside of Boston. She has also stage managed for North Shore Music Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, South Coast Repertory; Capital Repertory Theater, Musical Theatre Guild, Actors Theatre of Phoenix, Broadway Texas, Theatre Emory; and The Shadowland Theatre.

MEGAN BEYERS (Asst. Stage Manager)

Megan is ecstatic to be working with Music Theatre this summer. A native Wichitan, she graduated from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois where she stage managed over a dozen shows as well as performed, danced, choreographed and directed many others. Megan recently returns to Wichita after a year at sea working in the theatres and ice rinks aboard several Royal Caribbean cruise ships. During the year, Megan is the resident Stage Manager at City Repertory Theatre of Wichita (formerly Stage One), where she has stage managed Lend Me a Tenor, Dames at Sea and numerous concerts in the "Words and Music" Series. Megan would like to thank her family for the five star accommodations and Wayne for getting her out of free slave labor in her family's ten acre garden.

GABRIEL BENNETT (Asst. Sound Designer)

Gabriel  is returning to MTW for his third season; previously he held the position of Sound Assistant. The majority of Gabriel's experience lies in the Wichita area, including sound design for Cabaret Oldtown, audio engineering for Cabaret Oldtown, Stage One, Wichita State University and various professional recording studios and musical events. Gabriel would like to show appreciation to his family and friends for their support and understanding with special thanks to David Muehl for all of his encouragement and guidance.

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

Steve Landes is proud to return for his thirteenth summer as the Apprentice Program Director. A Wichita resident for twenty two years, Steve worked for Friends University, the Wichita Center for the Arts, and Shakespeare in the Park. Steve moved to the Kansas City area three 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 (Drop Fabricator / Rentals Director, etc. etc.!)

Mary Sue recently returned to our stage as the Mayor of Munchkinland! For 31 seasons at MTW, Millie marks summer production number 155! Stage manager for the Wichita Symphony Orchestra (13 years), Metropolitan Ballet Orchestra (10 years), and Opera Kansas (15 years). I seem to get around a lot but only inside Century II. This year's clever anecdote really isn't that clever. Milestones are marked this year that create many eye openers. My life is happily engaged in newer and larger tasks working for my favorite employer. My thanks to WB, NR, VK, JM, DN. I dedicate this season to the administration, staff, crew and performers of Music Theatre of Wichita. The first 30 seasons were great, and here's a toast to the next 3D!! I love this place!!!!!!!!! (Of course, I'm nuts.)

DAWN CHISUM (Rentals Wardrobe Supervisor)

Dawn is happy to be returning to MTW for her 11th season! A graduate of Friends University with a BA in English/Drama she belongs to the local wardrobe union and has dressed everything from rock concerts to ice shows to muppets locally. She would like to thank everyone that she has ever met!

ROGER CASTELLANO (Assistant to Producer)

Roger has enjoyed being a part of all five MTW productions again this year, including his recent direction and choreography for The Wizard of Oz. As an award winning director and choreographer, Roger has created original shows, parades and industrials for companies like Sesame Street Live, Sanrio Inc. and Disney, and worked with stars such as Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Bennett, Bill Cosby, Natalie Cole, Christopher Reeve, Kenny Loggins and John Lithgow. Career highlights as an actor include My One and Only (Billy) with Susan Egan (Drama-Logue Award), Anything Goes (Billy) with Tracy Lore, On The Town (Ozzy), How to Succeed in Business ... (Bud Frump), and Into the Woods (The Baker). But the best reward is to be associated with MTW, where he's also directed Me and My Girl, The Will Rogers Follies, choreographed Footloose, co-directed and co-choreographed Seussical, and acted in Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere), Once Upon a Mattress (The Jester), and A Chorus Line (Zach). Roger holds a BA in Theatre from California Stare University, Fullerton. He thanks God for his wife Tracy and daughter Carlin, and is grateful to Wayne for the many opportunities that he's given him.

JESSE WARKENTIN (Pianist / Musical Assistant)

This year has found Jesse in many musical roles around Wichita. He has been musical director for several shows with MTYP (including Joseph, Annie and their recent Wizard Of Oz), Stage One's production of I Do! I Do!, and he has also been seen at the piano with Mosley Street Melodrama. He conducted the MTW orchestra for the Festival of Broadway in 2005 and 2006, and he is excited to be here playing his third season of summer musicals. During the school year, he also works at Wichita High School East as accompanist to the choirs. Jesse wishes to thank his wonderful (and hilarious) family for their constant love and support in all his endeavors.

LINDA STARKEY (Teen Choir Musical Director)

Linda Starkey continues her relationship with MTW, having performed in Oliver!Cabaret, and The Sound of Music, and having conducted the Teen Choir and assisted with MTW's apprentice program. She is Associate Director of the Opera and Music Theatre program at Wichita State University, where she has also taught voice for the past 26 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.

KAREN GALE (Teen Choir Company Manager)

With a BS in Environmental Science from Vanderbilt University's School of Engineering, seems to have the wrong education for the theatre, but her attention to detail and organization skills that aren't utilized in Solid Waste Management anymore are put to work as Executive Director for Music Theatre for Young People. Wanting to have no free time, Karen spends her summers at MTW as Teen Choir Company Manager