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Mary Poppins, MTWichita 2013
June 13-17, 2012
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Fiddler on the Roof
June 13-17, 2012
G
2 hr. 50 min.

BRUCE WINANT (Tevye) is thrilled to return to MTWichita, having last appeared as Tateh inRagtime.  Bruce most recently co-starred opposite George Hamilton in the national tour of La Cage Aux Folles and has been seen on Broadway in La Cage (Dindon), Chicago (Amos), The Phantom of the Opera (Firmin), Fiddler on the Roof (Mordcha), Ragtime (Tateh), Miss Saigon(Shultz) and My Favorite Year (King Kaiser).  He also appeared as Pasquale in The Most Happy Fella at NY City Opera and in the original L.A. and S.F. productions of Les Miserables.  On TV Bruce has been seen in “Blue Bloods,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “Mildred Pierce,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Law and Order,” “The West Wing,” “Star Trek: TNG,” “Andersonville,” “Crossing Jordan,” and “General Hospital,” and heard in the animated features Ice Age and Robots, among others. Many thanks to Wayne and Mark for letting me play this remarkable role and much love to Kristin, Arden and Jayce!

KAREN L. ROBU (Golde) happily returns for her 16th season at MTWichita, where she has been seen as Rose in Gypsy, Ursula in Disney’s Little Mermaid, Madame Thenardier in Les Misérables, Mayor Matilda Hyde in All Shook Up, Martha Watson in White Christmas, the Wicked Witch in Wizard of Oz, Emma Goldman in Ragtime, Maureen / Lowbutt in HONK!,Dolly in Annie Get Your Gun and Mayzie in Seussical. Karen’s solo CD “Songs for My Baby” features Broadway tunes and 40′s style music, available at cdbaby.com. Her credits as a director include Children of Eden , Cotton Patch Gospel, Tuesdays with Morrie, and Violet, as well as her own original piece No Cross, No Crown, about suffragist Antoinette Brown Blackwell. Karen has also directed for MTYP, the Crown Uptown Theatre and taught classes for MGM Studio of the Dance and Camp Allegro. Karen has one more year before graduating from Phillips Theological Seminary with her Master of Divinity degree. She is currently Director of Faith Formation for Plymouth Congregational Church in Wichita.

MARY STOUT (Yente) returns to MTWichita where she previously appeared as Jack’s mother in Into the Woods. Mary’s lengthy Broadway career has included such roles as Aunt Sadie in My Favorite Year, The Duchess in Me and My Girl, Peggotty in Copperfield and Enid in A Change in the Heir. On June 10, 2001, she closed out her run as Mrs. Fairfax, the delightful housekeeper in Jane Eyre, after being a part of the production for six years. Mary has also toured extensively in Beauty and the BeastNineThe Pirates of Penzance, and played Mrs. Claus in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. On AMC’s “Remember WENN” she was Eugenia Bremer for all four seasons. Rupert Holmes was so fond of her work that he kept her character in the show, even when Mary herself was with Jane Eyre in Toronto. When she got a break from Eyre, Eugenia was conveniently brought back on screen without missing a beat. She has also appeared in several films, including Woody Allen’s Sweet and Lowdown, and has done vocal work in Disney’s animated Hunchback of Notre Dame and Aladdin. From Wichita she heads directly to Williamstown for the new musical Far From Heaven, with fellow MTWichita alum Kelli O’Hara.

TIMOTHY W. ROBU (Lazar Wolf) is delighted to be a part of this year’s MTWichita season, as well as many previous ones. Audiences may remember Tim in past roles such as John Hancock in 1776, Billis in South Pacific, the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, Amos Hart inChicago, Oscar Shapiro in Curtains, Mr. Feldzeig in The Drowsy Chaperone, and Herbie in Gypsy. Tim also performs at several other venues in the Wichita area, including Mosley Street Melodrama and the Crown Uptown Theatre. Tim has served as Technical Director at the Crown Theatre and Artistic Director of the children’s program there. When not working at Wichita’s fine theatres, Tim has plenty to keep him busy as father to his two daughters, Katie and Francie. An added bonus to this year’s season is the chance to perform with his talented wife Karen in three of the season’s shows. Thanks to Wayne and all the folks in Wichita who produce theatre, perform theatre, and enjoy theatre. They make the Wichita area a great place to work, live, and bring up kids in.

MARK CLARK (The Constable) is presently the Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at Sterling College in Sterling, Kansas. He earned degrees in Music from Friends University and WSU. Mark has taught and directed music for over 30 years to students in public schools, arts academies and colleges. Mark has also been a professional actor in dinner and regional theatre since 1975. Favorite roles include Johnny Brown in The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Curly in Oklahoma!, Adam Pontipee in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Sky Masterson in Guys And Dolls, TR in Tintypes, and Captain von Trapp in The Sound Of Music. He has also enjoyed performing in radio and TV commercials. Mark has several choral works published with Shawnee Press and Lorenz Corporation. He and his wife Stacy have three grown children and two grandchildren.

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

MARY SUE DYMAK (Fruma-Sarah / Director of Rentals & Inventory / Drop Fabricator / Orchestra Pit Manager / Archivist / A Bunch of Other Stuff) [whew!]  My third venture in the amazing world of Fiddler on the Roof at MTWichita and another thrill of flying as Fruma-Sarah. Season # 37! Being one of the oldest members of the production staff, this will mark summer productions numbering 182 to 186.  In the off season, I still keep my hand in stage managing for Ballet Wichita Orchestra (15 years) and Opera Kansas (20 years) while keeping our ever-growing rental business running. I seem to get around a lot but only inside Century II. My life remains happily engaged in larger and more complex tasks working for my favorite employer. My thanks to WB…..   I offer my deepest love and respect to all who work in this fabulous building and for our organization. No one can do it alone.    

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

TALIA BAUCHMOYER (Shprintze) will be in 7th grade at Goddard Eisenhower. Talia is so happy to be back at MTWichita for her 3rd show, she was in The Little Mermaidand Annie. Talia was last seen as Felicity inSave Me A Dance. She has had a blast doing shows at MTYP and WCT the last 5 years. Talia would like to thank her parents, Wayne, and all the great people at MTW.

HILARY TALLMAN (Bielke) is in the 4th grade at Meadowlark Elementary School in Andover. She is very excited to be Bielke in her first show with MTWichita! You may have seen her in other productions as Thing 2 in Seussical and Anita in 101 Dalmatians. Hilary would like to thank her family for supporting her, and all of the cast and crew for this terrific opportunity. Enjoy the show!

MARILYN HEFFNER has been actively involved in both music and theatre in Wichita for many years, performing with Center for the Arts, Stage One, Wichita Community Theatre, Crown Uptown, and 17 shows with MTW. She also sings with the Wichita Symphony Chorus, Wichita Chamber Chorale, Opera Kansas, has been a church soloist for 24 years, and occasionally plays electric bass. For the past 20 summers she has worked in the MTW Costume Shop, and will be re-chained to her sewing machine when Fiddler is over! Currently her favorite role is grandmother to a beautiful 2-year-old grandson in Boston, and she’s a card-carrying SOG w/PIP (that’s Silly Old Grandmother with Pictures in Purse). You doubt? Just ask!

ALEX FINKE (Tzeitel) is thrilled to be making her debut this summer at Music Theatre Wichita! She is a recent University of Michigan graduate, hailing from Dayton, Ohio. Favorite roles include: Jane in Tarzan (Regional Premiere), Wagon Wheel, and Vicki in The Full Monty, Michigan. Thanks and love to Mom, Dad, Sarah, Chris and Jimmy!

ALEXANDRA FRAGOSO (Hodel) is thrilled to be making her MTWichita debut after completing her freshman year as a musical theatre major at the University of Michigan. Favorite credits include Velma Kelly in Chicago, Cosette in Les Mieserables, and Yonah inChildren of Eden. She thanks her family and friends for their continual support, and MTW for this wonderful opportunity!

FRANCESCA AROSTEGUI (Chava) is thrilled to spend her first summer at MTWichita! She is a 2012 graduate from Indiana University with a BFA in musical theatre. Favorite roles include: Chrissy in Hair, Bonnie in Anything Goes, and Zaneeta in The Music Man. She would like to thank Wayne for this wonderful opportunity and sends love to her amazing family and friends!

MATTHEW AMIRA (Perchik) MTWichita debut! Born and raised in New York City, Matthew is a rising senior at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. CCM credits: Billy Pierce (Civil War), Rapunzel’s Prince (Into the Woods). Elsewhere: Lysander (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) at the Hudson Warehouse. In 2009, Matthew placed third overall in the English Speaking Union’s National Shakespeare Competition. Big thanks to his family, Wayne, and the Lookers!

EVAN MAYER (Motel) couldn’t be more excited to join the MTWichita family this summer! Evan is a senior Musical Theatre major at Indiana University. IU: Cabaret (Emcee), Hair,Anything Goes, Rent. Regional: Sweeney Todd (Anthony), Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour). He sends many thanks to family, friends, Wayne, Nancy, and everyone who has helped him along the way.

MATTHEW ELLIOTT (Fyedka) is happily returning to MTWichita this year for his second summer season. You may remember him from his MTW introduction five years ago as Troy Bolton in High School Musical. A recent graduate of Wichita State, he is so excited to be moving to NYC in the fall to pursue his dreams. He would like to thank his family for their constant love and support, his professors for their investment in his future, and MTWichita for giving him this amazing opportunity.

MAX CHUCKER (The Fiddler) is a recent B.M. graduate from Florida State University. He has worked professionally with Wagon Wheel Theatre, Post Playhouse, and Virginia Music Theatre. Favorite Roles include Young Fool (Big River), Gangster #1 (The Drowsy Chaperone), and Barnaby (Hello, Dolly!). Much love to Mommy, Emmy, George Gershwin, family and friends.

NATHAN HILGER (Intern Performer) is ecstatic to be joining MTWichita for their opening show! He will begin college as a freshman Musical Theatre major at Oklahoma City University this fall. He sends his thanks to his Mom and Dad, family and friends, Wayne, and God for their unwavering support and encouragement.

LIZ JARMER (Intern Performer) is so grateful to be a part of MTWichita this summer! This fall she will attend Wichita State University to double major in musical theater and vocal performance. Thanks to Wayne, Nancy, and Josh for this incredible opportunity, and her teachers, family, and friends for their endless support. 

TREVOR McCHRISTIAN (Intern Performer) an upcoming senior at Maize High School, is extremely thankful to be returning for his second summer here at MTWichita. He had a blast last year and is thrilled to be returning for two more shows of this year’s season! He would like to thank his family, Nancy, Josh, Wayne, and the whole MTWichita staff for another incredible opportunity. 

GAVIN MYERS (Intern Performer) is ecstatic to be performing in this show with such a great cast. Favorite roles in his many MTW shows include Gavroche in Les Mis, Tom of Warwick inCamelot, and the Cabin Boy in Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Favorite roles elsewhere includeOliver, McQueen, Ching Ho, Pappy Yokum, Mayor of Who, Scarecrow, Sir Francis Chesney, and Nathan Detroit. The 3-time Jester Award recipient is very proud to represent our area in New York at the Jimmy Awards in June. Special thanks to Wayne, Mark, Nancy, Josh, Laura, great friends, a supportive family, and especially God.

MADDIE RAZOOK (Intern Performer), an incoming Senior at Kapaun, is thrilled to be performing with MTWichita this summer! Some recent credits include Yonah (Children of Eden), Rizzo (Grease), Rona (Spelling Bee), Lucy (Charlie Brown), and Little Sally (Urinetown). After high school, Maddie plans on studying musical theatre. She would like to thank Gretchen, her wonderful family and friends for the support, and Wayne, Josh, and Nancy for this incredible opportunity. Most importantly, she would like to thank God for always pointing her in the right direction.

COLLEEN RICHEY (Intern Performer) is thrilled to be a part of MTWichita’s 2012 summer season! She debuted at MTW at age 9, and has continued to perform with them throughout the years. Her favorite performances include Natalie in MTYP’s All Shook Up and Evelyn Nesbit in her school’s production of Ragtime. She will attend Oklahoma State University in the fall and would like to thank her family for everything they’ve given her and supported her in.

MARK MADAMA (Director) has directed productions on both coasts, and as far away as Ireland, Poland, and Czechoslovakia, and yet he happily celebrates his 24th consecutive MTWichita season, with Fiddler on the Roof being his 39th production as director. Favorite shows here include The Full Monty, Sunset Boulevard, Curtains, Big River, Aida, Annie Get Your Gun, West Side Story, Oklahoma!, Damn Yankees, 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 MTWichita’s first A Chorus Line. Other recent credits include Cinderella at Kansas City Starlight (where he’ll return this summer to direct Aida), Hello, Dolly! at the New London Barn Playhouse, and two engagements teaching at Music Theatre Italy near Venice. Mark Madama and Wayne Bryan are the co-authors of the revised version of Good News!, which has received over 300 productions in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain. Mark is an Associate Professor of Musical Theatre at the University of Michigan, where he has directed Ragtime, The Full Monty, Into the Woods, Rent, Big River, City of Angels, The Pajama Game, Guys and Dolls, Assassins, Good News!, Nine, Children of Eden, Company and Horton Foote’s 1918.

MARK ESPOSITO (Choreographer) is a frequent collaborator at MTWichita, where he has performed as Bernardo in West Side Story, and where his choreographic credits include On the Town, West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, and the 2001 production of Fiddler on the Roof. Mark has performed in over 16 Broadway and National Tours, and choreographed for numerous regional theaters, plus the York and Signature Theater Companies in NYC and South Pacific at The Hollywood Bowl. He has choreographed Yuletide Celebration with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and has served as associate director/choreographer for the Radio City Christmas Show and for Disney Global Casting. His choreographic work has been seen in California at the Reprise series in L.A. (Applause), La Mirada Theatre (Guys and Dolls), Musical Theatre West (Brigadoon), Sacramento Music Circus (Camelot, Evita, The Most Happy Fella, Pirates of Penzance, The Wizard of Oz), and at Universal Studios. Later this summer, Mark journeys again to Anatevka, to stage Fiddler at the Pittsburgh CLO, where his other credits include Brigadoon, Guys and Dolls, She Loves Me, The Music Man, Tommy, Carousel, West Side Story, Oklahoma! and Sound of Music. As a guest professor at University of Michigan, his work was also seen in The Full Monty, Brigadoon, Evita and West Side Story. Mark has assisted or worked with Agnes De Mille, Michael Bennett, Bob Fosse, Michael Kidd, Donald Saddler, Rob Marshall, and Fiddler’s original director-choreographer, Jerome Robbins.

THOMAS W. DOUGLAS (Musical Director / Conductor) is thrilled to be celebrating thirteen seasons with such a wonderful artistic family at MTWichita, having led 40 productions with this remarkable company. Thomas has done more than 200 musical theater, opera, orchestral and oratorio productions, including conducting Webber’s Phantom of the Opera in Switzerland. Highlights include Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Bizet’s Carmen Jones, Master Class and Mondo Mangia with the late Jillene Ringle. As the Artistic Director of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, he is receiving acclaim for adventurous, innovative debuts and premier programs, including Carmina Burana Africana, Messiah in Space, and a presentation of standard choral masterpieces with a fusion rock band and string orchestra accompaniment. On stage he has enjoyed the roles of Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, 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, is the proud recipient of the Mary Jane Teall Award, and is the Musical Director of the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra. He is now developing his one man show entitled “Under the Influence” based on his eclectic group of musical experiences.

DAVID NEVILLE (Lighting Designer) is thrilled to begin his 29th season of “Camp MTW.” In addition to many productions at MTWichita, David has designed lighting for North Shore Music Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars, Omaha Symphony, The United States Air Force, Stage One, Ordway Music Theatre, Paper Mill 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, California Music Circus, The 5th Avenue Theatre and Off-Broadway. David’s favorite designs at MTW include Les Misérables, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Cats, Ragtime, Once on this Island, Children of Eden and Jesus Christ Superstar. David also teaches lighting and scenic design at Wichita State University.

DAVID MUEHL (Sound Designer) begins his seventh season as MTWichita’s sound designer, having also served as the sound assistant previously for a season. During MTWichita’s off‐season, David is the audio producer for WSU’s College of Fine Arts where he oversees audio recording and live sound for fine arts and other performances. He also serves as sound designer for WSU’s Opera and Musical Theatre programs and is the sound advisor to student musical theatre & opera sound designers and engineers. Some of his favorite sound designs have been Children of Eden, Into the Woods, Les Misérables and Wizard of Oz. David has twice been sound designer for invited productions to the Region V Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. David has also done sound design for Wichita Center for the Arts and Cabaret Oldtown. Special thanks to Dave, Jeff and the rest of the crew of Clearwing Productions in Phoenix and Josh with Sound Kingdom and for their continued support of MTWichita.

ALENA SELLERS (Wig and Makeup Designer) is very excited to be returning for her second season as wig and makeup designer, having served as the assistant designer the previous year. She lives in Wichita and spends most of the year working at Allure Salon. She has been doing hair for fourteen years, has spent five years as an Aveda Color Educator, and is grateful for this opportunity to work with so many wonderful people. A special thanks to Sandy, Jocelyn and Anna for all your hard work this season.

LIZ SPRAY (Property Master) is in her fifth season at MTWichita and is excited to take on the role of Prop Master this year. She is a St. Louis native and has enjoyed working around the country. Most recently she has worked at Opera Theater St. Louis as an artisan for their production of Carmen. She also toured this past fall with the National Tour of The Wizard of Oz as the Prop Supervisor and Pyrotechnics Operator. Some of her favorite productions she has worked on include Deathtrap (Northern Stage), Oh! What a Lovely War (National WWI Museum), I Love a Piano (National Tour), Sunset Boulevard, Les Miserables, Drowsy Chaperone (Music Theater of Wichita), Camelot, Dr. Faustus (Utah Shakespearian Festival).

JEFF TAYLOR (Production Manager) is extremely honored to be back with this excellent cast and crew for his 11th summer at MTWichita. Throughout the years since 2000, he’s had the chance to apprentice, build, design, and even act for MTWichita, and will now be the year round Production Manager, working closely with the awesome MTW staff. A loyal Kansan, Jeff graduated from East High and earned his BA in Musical Theatre from Friends University in 2006. In 2011, he earned an MFA in Design & Technology from UMKC. Jeff would like to thank the staff of MTWichita for their support and guidance, and thanks to his wonderful family for their love.

DEREK OLSON (Technical Director) is excited to be back with MTWichita where he started in 1999 as a floater between the prop shop, paint shop, electrics, sound, and the scene shop. He ended up floating his way permanently into the scene shop. Since then he has held the title of carpenter, master carpenter, technical director and car restoration specialist. He would like to thank his wife Jenny and his two beautiful children, Phillip and Evelyn.

DEBBIE ROBERTS (Costumer / Shop Manager) has designed costumes for many shows here, including Curtains, Les Misérables, White Christmas, Thoroughly Modern Millie, High School Musical, State Fair, Funny Girl, The Most Happy Fella, On the Town and West Side Story, plus special costumes for Aida, 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, and various Festival of Broadway shows. A graduate of Friends University, Debbie received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance and Ballet. “I am so proud of the work that Music Theatre 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 20 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 (Production Stage Manager) is back for her 13th summer with MTWichita. Previous productions here include The Music Man, Sunset Boulevard, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Curtains, Gypsy, Crazy for You, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Producers, Les Misérables, Big River, …Forum, Seven Brides…, Sweet Charity, Phantom!, Seussical, A Chorus Line, West Side Story, Chicago, Good News!, and ShowBoat. Throughout 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. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

TIFFANY K. ORR (Stage Manager) is originally from Oklahoma. She currently lives in Minneapolis / Saint Paul where she is the production manger for Theater Latte Da. While in the twin cities, she has also stage managed for companies including the Pillsbury House Theatre, The Children’s Theatre Company, Theatre Latte Da, Park Square Theatre, The Playwrights’ Center, The Director’s, and the Guthrie. Previously she has worked on more than a dozen productions as part of the stage management team at the Phoenix Theatre, including Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Women, You Can’t Take It With You, Smokey Joe’s Café and The Will Rogers Follies.

AMANDA BOWMAN (Assistant Stage Manager) is delighted to be returning for her 8th summer at MTWichita, and is very excited to graduate from WSU in December. During the year, she is stage manager for the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and is also a member of IATSE Local 190.

STEVE LANDES (Director of the Apprentice Program / Shopper-Buyer) is proud to return for his eighteenth 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 eight 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!).

JENNIFER FISHER (Signing Interpreter) I’m thrilled and honored to be back for my fourth season at MTWichita. Interpreting music theatre is my dream job and I can’t thank Wayne and his staff enough for letting me return. Music is my passion and bringing that form of entertainment to the Deaf Community has been very rewarding. I keep busy with my two wonderful girls, Kara and Stephanie, and lead the Deaf Ministry at Central Community Church. Sporadically I interpret other theatrical productions in Wichita such as Wicked (2009) and Music Theatre for Young People’s production of No Small Feat (2011). My other interpreting passion (besides MTWichita), is concerts. I’ve worked with: Castin Crowns, Michael W. Smith, Jeremy Camp, and Clay Aiken. I would like to thank my husband for his support and most importantly God for the blessings He’s given me and the opportunity to work in such an amazing place.

June 27-July 1, 2012
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9 to 5
June 27-July 1, 2012
PG-13
2 hr. 30 min.

PAULA LEGGETT CHASE (Violet Newstead) Paula Leggett Chase is delighted to return to MTWichita where she played Carmen Bernstein in Curtains in 2010, and thrilled to once again be working with pals Mark Madama and Darcie Roberts! PLC is a long-time Broadway veteran, appearing in several original Broadway casts:Bye Bye Birdie (2010), Curtains, The Pajama Game (revival w/ Harry Connick Jr.), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Kiss Me, Kate (1999), Damn Yankees (1994), Crazy for You, A Chorus Line (final cast of the original Broadway run). Other NYC stages: Applause at New York City Encores and Princess Diana in The Queen of Hearts. On the road, PLC was featured in Cabaret with Joel Grey, and as Judy Turner in A Chorus Line. On the little screen, “30 Rock” fans will recognize PLC as Randi from the popular “Queen of Jordan” episodes on NBC. Other TV roles include Judge Dorothy Parnell on the long-running “Law & Order,” appearances on “Unforgettable,” “Bored to Death,” and two seasons as rhyming witch Mediva on the PBS kiddie program “Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego?” In her younger years, PLC was a showgirl regular on “The David Letterman Show,” appearing in numerous comedic skits, dances and ditties at the Ed Sullivan theatre which was, conveniently, only two blocks away from her apartment at the time! Her extensive work in regional theaters from coast to coast includes her recent turn as wicked Stepmother in “Cinderella” for Mark Madama at KC Starlight. Originally from Evansville, Indiana, PLC studied voice and theatre at Indiana University. She lives in New York with her husband, Broadway dance music arranger David Chase, and their sons Dashiell and Kyler.

DARCIE ROBERTS (Judy Bernly) Darcie Roberts is a Broadway actress whose credits on the Great White Way include Crazy for You, Curtains, AidaDream – The Songs of Johnny Mercer, and the pre-Broadway tour ofBusker Alley, as leading lady opposite Tommy Tune. She starred in the National Tours ofThoroughly Modern Millie and Barry Manilow’s Copacabana, and the international tour of42ndStreet. A familiar face to MTWichita audiences, Darcie began here as a 15-year old, playing Maggie in A Chorus Line, with subsequent roles including Mother in Ragtime, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Gigi in Gigi, Martha Jefferson in 1776, Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof, Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street, Emily Arden in State Fair, in addition to Smokey Joe’s Café, Georgia in Curtains and Polly in Crazy for You two summers ago. Other starring roles in regional productions include Rita in Leap of Faith, Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, Eva Peron in Evita, Cassie in A Chorus Line, Polly in Crazy for You, Lola in Damn Yankees, Cindy Lou in The Marvelous Wonderettes and Peggy in The Andrews Brothers. Darcie has been married for 15 years to her best friend Troy and together they have 3 crazy boys- ages 6, 2 and 10 months! She is thrilled to be back on the MTWichita stage working with such wonderful friends – old and new.

JENNI BARBER (Doralee) Jenni Barber returns to MTWichita directly from her starring role in the world premiere musical Nobody Loves You at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre. Jenni’s other theatre credits include Sam Mendes’ Bridge Project productions of As You Like It and The Tempest (Brooklyn Academy of Music / The Old Vic), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Broadway),From Up Here (Manhattan Theatre Club), Cactus Flower (Off Broadway, Westside Theatre),The Wii Plays (Ars Nova), The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown (Orange County Performing Arts Center) and the world premiere of Burt Bacharach and Steven Sater’s original musical Some Lovers (The Old Globe). Her television credits include “Smash,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” and as series regular Lisa on the multiple-Emmy Award-winning “The Electric Company” (PBS). She is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music, and spent several of her collegiate summers here at MTW, where audiences might remember her as Maggie in A Chorus Line, Flo in Good News!, and Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical. Boundless love and gratitude to Nancy, Wayne and Mark.

DAMON KIRSCHE (Franklin Hart Jr.) Damon Kirsche is also a familiar face at MTWichita, where he has starred as The ScarletPimpernel, as Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, as King Arthur in Camelot, and in concert withKelli O’Hara. Highlights of the past year include appearances as Carrasco in Man of La Mancha with Davis Gaines at the Carpenter Center, Logos in Eric Whitacre’s Paradise Lost: Shadows & Wings at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Joseph Pujol, tragic-comic hero of A Passing Wind (Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, premiere, Barrymore Award nomination), Jeffrey Moss inBells Are Ringing (Reiner Reading Series), and headlining an evening of Broadway standards and rarities at NY’s Metropolitan Room. Favorite roles: Ravenal in Show Boat with Casa Mañana, Carl Magnus in A Little Night Music at South Coast Repertory, the Dentist (and others) in Little Shop of Horrors at Cabrillo Music Theatre and Freddy in My Fair Lady for McCoy / Rigby Productions (Ovation nomination). Damon is a veteran of the staged concert, having appeared numerous times with NY’s Encores Series, LA’s Reprise Series and as a proud member of the Musical Theatre Guild. He has been featured in concert at Carnegie Hall, Weill Hall, The Kennedy Center, City Center, the 92nd St Y, Lincoln Center, the Berliner Dom and with the California Philharmonic. Damon sings and records with vintage swing orchestra and big band “Dean Mora and his Orchestra” (recordings: “Goblin Market” and “Devil’s Serenade.”) Training: Juilliard. DamonKirsche.com.

KAREN L. ROBU (Roz) happily returns for her 16th season at MTWichita, where she has been seen as Rose in Gypsy, Ursula in Disney’s Little Mermaid, Madame Thenardier in Les Misérables,Mayor Matilda Hyde in All Shook Up, Martha Watson in White Christmas, the Wicked Witch inWizard of Oz, Emma Goldman in Ragtime, Maureen / Lowbutt in HONK!, Dolly in Annie Get Your Gun, Mayzie in Seussical, and as Golde in Fiddler on the Roof. Karen’s solo CD “Songs for My Baby” features Broadway tunes and 40′s style music, available at cdbaby.com. Her credits as a director include Children of Eden , Cotton Patch Gospel, Tuesdays with Morrie, andViolet, as well as her own original piece No Cross, No Crown, about suffragist Antoinette Brown Blackwell. Karen has also directed for MTYP, the Crown Uptown Theatre and taught classes for MGM Studio of the Dance and Camp Allegro. Karen has one more year before graduating from Phillips Theological Seminary with her Master of Divinity degree. She is currently Director of Faith Formation for Plymouth Congregational Church in Wichita.

RYAN VASQUEZ (Joe)  is a UMich Musical Theatre Class of 2014 student, thrilled to become a part of the MTWichita family for the first time this summer! UM: Spring Awakening (Moritz),Cabaret (Cliff). Other credits include Candide (Candide), The 25th Annual … Bee (Leaf Coneybear). Love to Mom, Dad, JB, MT14, Wayne, Nancy, and all of MTWichita.

ZACHARY WILHELM (Dwayne) is thrilled to be returning to MTWichita for a second season! Zachary was Nachum the Beggar in Fiddler on the Roof, and will be going into his Senior year in the Musical Theatre BFA program at Otterbein University. He is very grateful to everyone at MTWichita for this opportunity. And he would also like to thank Nick, Mom, Hayley, and the good Lord for keeping him going in this wonderful life.

JOHN KECKEISEN (Dick) is thrilled to be returning to MTWichita for the summer! Regional credits: Sunset Boulevard, Finian’s Rainbow (Mary Jane Teall nomination, Best Supporting Actor in a Musical), The Music Man, and Fiddler on the Roof (MTW); Leading Ladies (Black Hills Playhouse), Love, Sex, and the IRS (Crown Uptown), High School Musical (Topeka Civic Theatre). Thanks to Wayne, Nancy and the whole MTW family for this opportunity. Big love to Moogi, Dad, and Katie! BFA, Wichita State University. www.johnkeckeisen.com

ALEX FINKE (Missy Hart) was thrilled to make her MTWichita debut as Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof! She is a recent University of Michigan graduate, hailing from Dayton, Ohio. Favorite roles include: Jane in Tarzan (Regional Premiere) at Wagon Wheel, and Vicki in The Full Montyat University of Michigan. Thanks and love to Mom, Dad, Sarah, Chris and Jimmy!

CORY LINGNER (Josh) is a native of Indianapolis and next fall will be a Musical Theatre senior OU. He is thrilled tomake his MTWichita debut. Credits: Lyric Theatre OKC: Hairspray42ndStreetChitty Chitty Bang Bang; OKC Philharmonic’s The Christmas Show (Mistletoe); City Rep: Harry in My Fair Lady; OU: Larry in A Chorus Line. Favorite roles: Dickon in The Secret Gardenand Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast. Love and thanks to all his family and friends for their continued love and support and full-hearted thanks to Wayne and the rest of the MTW Company for this wonderful and lavish opportunity.

DANI YOUNG (Margaret) is so honored to be back at MTWichita! Favorite MTW performances include Fiddler on the Roof, The Producers and Les Miserables. Favorite roles include Miss Jones in How to Succeed (WSU) directed by Wayne Bryan, Pennywise inUrinetown (WSU) and the Witch in Into the Woods (Friends University). The biggest thanks to Wayne, Nancy, Roger, Josh, and Mary Sue for this amazing job! Lovies to Mom, Dad, John and Graham!

TIMOTHY W. ROBU (Tinsworthy) is delighted to be a part of this year’s MTWichita season, as well as many previous ones. Audiences may remember Tim in past roles such as John Hancock in 1776, Billis in South Pacific, the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, Amos Hart inChicago, Oscar Shapiro in Curtains, Mr. Feldzeig in The Drowsy Chaperone, Herbie in Gypsy, and Lazar Wolf in Fiddler on the Roof. Tim also performs at several other venues in the Wichita area, including Mosley Street Melodrama and the Crown Uptown Theatre. Tim has served as Technical Director at the Crown Theatre and Artistic Director of the children’s program there. When not working at Wichita’s fine theatres, Tim has plenty to keep him busy as father to his two daughters, Katie and Francie. An added bonus to this year’s season is the chance to perform with his talented wife Karen in three of the season’s shows. Thanks to Wayne and all the folks in Wichita who produce theatre, perform theatre, and enjoy theatre. They make the Wichita area a great place to work, live, and bring up kids in.

NADINE STANNARD  (Lady in the Wheelchair – Special Walk-On Performer) The Wichita area has been Nadine’s home for her adult life. Music has been a lifelong hobby for Nadine. She enjoys membership in Plymouth Chancel Choir and Plymouth Bell Choir. Associated Material, a sand and gravel production company, is Nadine’s “9 to 5” business.

WAYNE BRYAN (Producing Artistic Director) celebrates his 25th season at MTWichita, where he has now produced 120 Broadway-scale musicals, including dozens for which he also served as director or performer. Raised in southern California, Wayne began his professional career as both actor and director at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre, while stationed as a Navy officer in Coronado. Wayne performed on Broadway in Good News!, Rodgers and Hart, and Tintypes, and on television in such shows as “M*A*S*H”(CBS), “American History” (PBS), and “Keystone” (A&E). 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. Wayne is co-author with Mark Madama of a revised version of the collegiate musical Good News!, whose 1993 Wichita premiere has been followed by over 300 subsequent productions around the U.S., Canada and Great Britain, plus an internationally acclaimed cast album. Wayne was a 2002 recipient of the Kansas Governor’s Arts Award as an Individual Artist, and received the NCCJ Brotherhood/Sisterhood Award, recognizing individuals who fight discrimination and encourage diversity. Wayne has served on arts panels for the NEA and the Kansas Arts Commission, and is a frequent lecturer and guest teacher at various universities.

MARK MADAMA (Director) has directed productions on both coasts, and as far away as Ireland, Poland, and Czechoslovakia, and yet he happily celebrates his 24th consecutive MTWichita season, with 9 to 5 being his 40th production as director. Favorite shows here include The Full MontySunset Boulevard, The Music Man, Curtains, Big River, AidaAnnie Get Your GunWest Side StoryOklahoma!Damn Yankees, CinderellaHow to Succeed…Funny Girl,Fiddler on the Roof (2001 and 2012), The Pajama GameEvitaThe Music ManThe Sound of MusicState FairMeet Me in St. LouisGuys and DollsMy Fair LadyThe Secret GardenTintypes,Sweet CharityGigiCabaretInto the WoodsThey’re Playing Our Song, and Good News!, plus his performance as Zach in MTWichita’s first A Chorus Line. Other recent credits includeCinderella at Kansas City Starlight (where he’ll return this summer to direct Aida), Hello, Dolly!at the New London Barn Playhouse, and two engagements teaching at Music Theatre Italy near Venice. Mark Madama and Wayne Bryan are the co-authors of the revised version ofGood News!, which has received over 300 productions in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain. Mark is an Associate Professor of Musical Theatre at the University of Michigan, where he has directed Ragtime, Into the Woods, The Full Monty, Rent, Big River, City of AngelsThe Pajama Game, Guys and DollsAssassinsGood News!NineChildren of EdenCompany and Horton Foote’s 1918.

LYNDY FRANKLIN SMITH (Co-Choreographer) is thrilled to be returning to MTWichita, where last summer she and her husband Jeromy choreographed Finian’s Rainbow and Sunset Boulevard.  Her performance credits include the Broadway Companies of A Chorus Line (Dance Capt.) and The Little Mermaid; Three seasons at Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular(NYC); National Tours of Fosse and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas as well as numerous regional theatre credits including 42nd Street (Peggy Sawyer) and Finian’s Rainbow (Susan the Silent). After serving as Dance Captain and Associate/Assistant Choreographer on numerous projects, she made her choreography debut with Ragtime at University of Michigan MT Program in 2010, and shortly followed with It’s a Grand Night for Singing with the University of Kentucky Opera Program. She is a proud graduate of Oklahoma City University as well as AEA Member. She is also proud to be choreographing here with her husband, Jeromy, after all their years of performing together at MTW. Great thanks to Wayne, Nancy, Mark and Josh for their never-ending support.  It’s great to be back!

JEROMY SMITH (Co-Choreographer) is so happy to be back at MTWichita, after years of performing in the summer ensemble. As a performer, Jeromy appeared in the National Touring Companies of 42nd Street and Swing, as well as regional productions at Paper Mill Playhouse, Houston Theatre Under the Stars, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma and, of course MTW! Jeromy also worked for several years behind the scenes on Broadway with Jujamcyn Theatres, as well as Richards/Climan, Inc.  He served as Associate General Manager with RCI, and worked on many Broadway, Off-Broadway and Touring productions including August: Osage County, November, Race, The Pee-Wee Herman Show, Blithe Spirit, Speed the Plow, Enron, Superior Donuts, All My Sons, to name a few.  He is pleased to be creating choreography alongside his wife Lyndy again this summer. Jeromy is a graduate of Oklahoma City University. Thanks to Wayne for this amazing opportunity.

THOMAS W. DOUGLAS (Musical Director / Conductor) is thrilled to be celebrating thirteen seasons with such a wonderful artistic family at MTWichita, having led 41 productions with this remarkable company. Thomas has done more than 200 musical theater, opera, orchestral and oratorio productions, including conducting Webber’s Phantom of the Opera in Switzerland. Highlights include Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Bizet’s Carmen Jones, Master Class and Mondo Mangia with the late Jillene Ringle. As the Artistic Director of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, he is receiving acclaim for adventurous, innovative debuts and premier programs, including Carmina Burana Africana, Messiah in Space, and a presentation of standard choral masterpieces with a fusion rock band and string orchestra accompaniment. On stage he has enjoyed the roles of Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, 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, is the proud recipient of the Mary Jane Teall Award, and is the Musical Director of the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra. He is now developing his one man show entitled “Under the Influence” based on his eclectic group of musical experiences.

ROBERT A. KOVACH (Scenic and Projection Designer) is thrilled to re-join the creative team of MTWichita, having designed Xanadu last summer. Off Broadway – Theatre Row: The Sphinx Winx; New World Stages: White’s Lies and ImaginOcean (Drama Desk Nom.). National Tours –All Shook Up. Regional Designs – Theatre Under the Stars, Memphis Ballet, Walnut Street Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, and others. TV Designs – MTV’s “Real World Chicago,” CBS Weather Center, All In a Poker Game Show, and others. Corporate Designs – Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, CBS 2, Chicago, GM, Cadillac, Morgan Stanley, and ConAgra Foods. Museum Designs – Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Kohl / McCormick Children’s Museum. Robert would like to thank Wayne, Roger, and the entire talented Wichita team. Robert is a proud member of, United Scenic Artists (USA 829).www.KovachDesigns.com 

SHANNON SMITH (Costume Designer) This is Shannon Smith’s first design here at MTW and she couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of this production! She is a MFA graduate in costume/scenic design from Ohio University. She received her BFA in 2008 from Wichita State University in Wichita, KS. Last year, she completed an internship in New York City, with Martin Pakledinaz on the Broadway revival of Anything Goes. Her recent credits include costume design for the Metropolitan Ensemble’s production of Pride and Prejudice, and The Seagull, Ohio University’s production of Man Equals Man and, Love’s Labour’s Lost, costume design for WSU’s productions of: Hair, and The Wild Party (both were selected to perform at KCACTF region 5)She has also worked at Music Theatre of Wichita and Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, NY.  She recently received the Zelma Weisfeld award from the United States Institute for Theatre Technology in recognition of her costume designs. Her scenic design for Ohio University’s production of The Wonderful World of Dissocia was selected to be part of the 2011 USITT Praque Quadrenial display. She would like to thank: Wayne for the opportunity, Debbie for everything she did, the costume shop, and last but not least Dennis, for all your love and support! (www.shannonlynnsmith.com)

DAVID NEVILLE (Lighting Designer) is thrilled to begin his 29th season of “Camp MTW.” In addition to many productions at MTWichita, David has designed lighting for North Shore Music Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars, Omaha Symphony, The United States Air Force, Stage One, Ordway Music Theatre, Paper Mill 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, California Music Circus, The 5th Avenue Theatre and Off-Broadway. David’s favorite designs at MTW include Les Misérables, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Cats, Ragtime, Once on this Island, Children of Eden and Jesus Christ Superstar. David also teaches lighting and scenic design at Wichita State University.

DAVID MUEHL (Sound Designer) begins his seventh season as MTWichita’s sound designer, having also served as the sound assistant previously for a season. During MTWichita’s off‐season, David is the audio producer for WSU’s College of Fine Arts where he oversees audio recording and live sound for fine arts and other performances. He also serves as sound designer for WSU’s Opera and Musical Theatre programs and is the sound advisor to student musical theatre & opera sound designers and engineers. Some of his favorite sound designs have been Children of Eden, Into the Woods, Les Misérables and Wizard of Oz. David has twice been sound designer for invited productions to the Region V Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. David has also done sound design for Wichita Center for the Arts and Cabaret Oldtown. Special thanks to Dave, Jeff and the rest of the crew of Clearwing Productions in Phoenix and Josh with Sound Kingdom and for their continued support of MTWichita.

ALENA SELLERS (Wig and Makeup Designer) is very excited to be returning for her second season as wig and makeup designer, having served as the assistant designer the previous year. She lives in Wichita and spends most of the year working at Allure Salon. She has been doing hair for fourteen years, has spent five years as an Aveda Color Educator, and is grateful for this opportunity to work with so many wonderful people. A special thanks to Sandy, Jocelyn and Anna for all your hard work this season.

LIZ SPRAY (Property Master) is in her fifth season at MTWichita and is excited to take on the role of Prop Master this year. She is a St. Louis native and has enjoyed working around the country. Most recently she has worked at Opera Theater St. Louis as an artisan for their production of Carmen. She also toured this past fall with the National Tour of The Wizard of Oz as the Prop Supervisor and Pyrotechnics Operator. Some of her favorite productions she has worked on include Deathtrap (Northern Stage), Oh! What a Lovely War (National WWI Museum), I Love a Piano (National Tour), Sunset Boulevard, Les Miserables, Drowsy Chaperone (Music Theater of Wichita), Camelot, Dr. Faustus (Utah Shakespearian Festival).

JEFF TAYLOR (Production Manager) is extremely honored to be back with this excellent cast and crew for his 11th summer at MTWichita. Throughout the years since 2000, he’s had the chance to apprentice, build, design, and even act for MTWichita, and will now be the year round Production Manager, working closely with the awesome MTW staff. A loyal Kansan, Jeff graduated from East High and earned his BA in Musical Theatre from Friends University in 2006. In 2011, he earned an MFA in Design & Technology from UMKC. Jeff would like to thank the staff of MTWichita for their support and guidance, and thanks to his wonderful family for their love.

DEREK OLSON (Technical Director) is excited to be back with MTWichita where he started in 1999 as a floater between the prop shop, paint shop, electrics, sound, and the scene shop. He ended up floating his way permanently into the scene shop. Since then he has held the title of carpenter, master carpenter, technical director and car restoration specialist. He would like to thank his wife Jenny and his two beautiful children, Phillip and Evelyn.

DEBBIE ROBERTS (Costume Shop Foreman) has designed costumes for many shows here, including Curtains, Les Misérables, White Christmas, Thoroughly Modern Millie, High School Musical, State Fair, Funny Girl, The Most Happy Fella, On the Town and West Side Story, plus special costumes for Aida, 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, and various Festival of Broadway shows. A graduate of Friends University, Debbie received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance and Ballet. “I am so proud of the work that Music Theatre 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 20 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 (Production Stage Manager) is back for her 13th summer with MTWichita. Previous productions here include The Music Man, Sunset Boulevard, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Curtains, Gypsy, Crazy for You, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Producers, Les Misérables, Big River, …Forum, Seven Brides…, Sweet Charity, Phantom!, Seussical, A Chorus Line, West Side Story, Chicago, Good News!, and ShowBoat. Throughout 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. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

TIFFANY K. ORR (Stage Manager) is originally from Oklahoma. She currently lives in Minneapolis / Saint Paul where she is the production manger for Theater Latte Da. While in the twin cities, she has also stage managed for companies including the Pillsbury House Theatre, The Children’s Theatre Company, Theatre Latte Da, Park Square Theatre, The Playwrights’ Center, The Director’s, and the Guthrie. Previously she has worked on more than a dozen productions as part of the stage management team at the Phoenix Theatre, including Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Women, You Can’t Take It With You, Smokey Joe’s Café and The Will Rogers Follies.

Steve Landes (Director of the Apprentice Program / Shopper-Buyer) is proud to return for his eighteenth 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 eight 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  (Assistant Musical Director / Conductor / Keyboards) is so happy to be spending his ninth summer with MTWichita. He conducted MTWichita’s Festival of Broadwayorchestra for five years, and enjoyed music directing High School Musical 2 in 2009. In February he will make his debut with the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony as piano soloist, performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue under the direction of Maestro Douglas. Throughout the year, Jesse can be found at the Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre, conducting exciting shows such as this fall’s Sweeney Todd. “My deepest gratitude to Wayne and Thomas for these special months of rich musical fulfillment, and to my incredible family for their laughter and love.”

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LAWRENCE CUMMINGS (Ugly) is excited to be back performing for MTWichita. He was last seen here in the role of Sebastian in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, a role he also performed at the Tuacahn Amphitheatre. Other MTW credits include Victor in Smokey Joe’s Café and Lun Tha in The King and I. Mr. Cummings just finished playing the role of John in Miss Saigon in Los Angeles. He has traveled the U.S., Canada, and Europe singing Opera, Musical Theatre and Pop/R&B. Some credits include understudying and playing Jesus in Sebastian Bach’s Broadway National Revival Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar with Carl Anderson, Merlyn/ Mordred u/s (also performed) on the National Tour of Camelot starring Lou Diamond Phillips, Sportin’ Life in Porgy and Bess in Spain, and several productions of Smokey Joe’s Café where he won two ITL Awards for Best Actor in a Musical. Mr. Cummings has also appeared in TV and film projects, including a featured role in the blockbuster hit Pirates of the Caribbean 3 –At World’s End, where he can be found on the sound recording as well, and as a VJ for the BET show “Live from the Blue Palm.” He has given concerts at Davies Symphony Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, and has also appeared alongside Carly Simon singing duets. Mr. Cummings holds a BM and MM degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and is a proud AEA Member. Thanks to God, mom, Wayne, Mr. Douglas, and the MTW family and crew. For more info: www.lawrencecummings.net

SUSAN HOFFLANDER (Ida)  Versatility is the hallmark of this performer. After seeing her performance in Bernstein Revued, Leonard Bernstein said of her, Susan Hofflander has the voice of Jenny Tourel and the comic timing of Rosalind Russell.” And after working with her inThe Phantom of the Opera, director Hal Prince agreed “Hofflander possesses an excellent voice and acting talent.” She has performed as a soloist in numerous operas and symphony orchestra concerts nationwide, with organizations such as Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Opera Theater, Florida Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, Milwaukee Symphony, Skylight Opera and others. Recently, Susan made her debut at the Guthrie Theater in The Merchant of Venice, then went on to appear as Nettie Fowler inCarousel, and in the world premiere of Little House on the Prairie. Susan is delighted and grateful to return to Wichita after her debut performance in HONK! at MTW (and on its cast album), as well as Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Footloose.

STANLEY BAHOREK (The Cat) is beyond thrilled to return to MTWichita (‘Og’ in Finian’s RainbowGood News!, Cinderella, Fiddler on the Roof, …). Since last summer, he originated the role of Mike Taylor in the new Michael John LaChiusa musical Queen of the Mist produced off-Broadway by Transport Group, as well as originating the role of Benjamin Britten in the new musical February House at The Public Theatre in New York City. Broadway: Leaf Coneybear inThe 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Off-Broadway: See Rock CityInventing Avi,February House and Queen of the Mist. Recent credits: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Amadeus(The Alley Theatre), Candide in Candide (The 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle Footlight Award), Hunter in [title of show] (Arizona Theatre Company), Mark Cohen in Rent (Syracuse Stage & The Engeman Theatre), Jack in Into the Woods (Pittsburgh CLO)He has performed at The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Ford’s Theatre, Birdland, Barrington Stage, Goodspeed Opera House, and toured the country with the DeafWest revival of Big River. Original cast recordings of See Rock City, February House, Queen of the Mist, and HONK!. Founding member of Broadway in South Africa. Member of Actors’ Equity Association. Graduate of The University of Michigan. www.stanleybahorek.com

JODY COOK (Turkey / Bullfrog) is thrilled to be back with Music Theatre of Wichita after appearing as stage director Christopher Belling in Curtains. A native of Kentucky, Jody now lives in NYC where he recently appeared in productions of Li’l Abner (Marryin’ Sam), HMS Headwind (Abernathy), Something for the Boys (Tobias Twitch), and All American (Snopes). As a cabaret artist he has performed at Don’t Tell Mama, HA!, The Duplex, and the Algonquin Room, recently debuting his newest solo show, 37 Stories In Which I Come Off Badly. Other NY productions include revivals of Silk Stockings, Irene, Ernest in Love, and Three Wishes for Jamie.Recent productions include A Tuna Christmas at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Mr. President! at Playwright’s Horizon, Boss in the Satin Kimono at NYFringe Fest, and as Dr. Zizmor in workshops of the new musical The Wasp Woman. Regional credits include Greater Tuna, Smoke on the Mountain, How to Succeed…, Damn Yankees, All in the Timing, Dirty Blonde, Charley’s Aunt,and his solo show Husky Jeans at the J.C.Penney.

TIMOTHY W. ROBU (Drake) is delighted to be a part of this year’s MTWichita season, as well as many previous ones. Audiences may remember Tim in past roles such as John Hancock in1776, Billis in South Pacific, the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, Amos Hart in Chicago, Oscar Shapiro in Curtains, Mr. Feldzeig in The Drowsy Chaperone, Herbie in Gypsy, and Lazar Wolf in Fiddler on the Roof. Tim also performs at several other venues in the Wichita area, including Mosley Street Melodrama and the Crown Uptown Theatre. Tim has served as Technical Director at the Crown Theatre and Artistic Director of the children’s program there. When not working at Wichita’s fine theatres, Tim has plenty to keep him busy as father to his two daughters, Katie and Francie. An added bonus to this year’s season is the chance to perform with his talented wife Karen in three of the season’s shows. Thanks to Wayne and all the folks in Wichita who produce theatre, perform theatre, and enjoy theatre. They make the Wichita area a great place to work, live, and bring up kids in.

RYAN VASQUEZ (Greylag) is a UMich Musical Theatre Class of 2014 student. He’s thrilled to become a part of the MTWichita family for the first time this summer, and greatly enjoyed playing amorous young accountant Joe in 9 to 5.  UM: Spring Awakening (Moritz), Cabaret(Cliff). Other credits include Candide (Candide), The 25th Annual … Bee (Leaf Coneybear). Love to Mom, Dad, JB, MT14, Wayne, Nancy, and all of MTWichita.

KAREN L. ROBU (Maureen/Lowbutt) happily returns for her 16th season at MTWichita, where she has been seen as Rose in Gypsy, Ursula in Disney’s Little Mermaid, Madame Thenardier in Les Misérables, Mayor Matilda Hyde in All Shook Up, Martha Watson in White Christmas, the Wicked Witch in Wizard of Oz, Emma Goldman in Ragtime, Maureen / Lowbutt in HONK!, Dolly in Annie Get Your Gun, Mayzie in Seussical, and as Golde in Fiddler on the Roof.Karen’s solo CD “Songs for My Baby” features Broadway tunes and 40′s style music, available at cdbaby.com. Her credits as a director include Children of Eden , Cotton Patch Gospel, Tuesdays with Morrie, and Violet, as well as her own original piece No Cross, No Crown, about suffragist Antoinette Brown Blackwell. Karen has also directed for MTYP, the Crown Uptown Theatre and taught classes for MGM Studio of the Dance and Camp Allegro. Karen has one more year before graduating from Phillips Theological Seminary with her Master of Divinity degree. She is currently Director of Faith Formation for Plymouth Congregational Church in Wichita.

DANI YOUNG (Margaret) is so honored to be back at MTWichita! Favorite MTW performances include Fiddler on the Roof, 9 to 5The Producers and Les Miserables. Favorite roles include Miss Jones in How to Succeed (WSU) directed by Wayne Bryan, Pennywise inUrinetown (WSU), plus Ida in HONK! and the Witch in Into the Woods (Friends University). The biggest thanks to Wayne, Nancy, Roger, Josh, and Mary Sue for this amazing job! Lovies to Mom, Dad, John and Graham!

ALEX FINKE (Henrietta/Queenie) was thrilled to make her MTWichita debut as Tzeitel inFiddler on the Roof, and loved playing the boss’s unsuspecting wife in 9 to 5. She is a recent University of Michigan graduate, hailing from Dayton, Ohio. Favorite roles include: Jane inTarzan (Regional Premiere) at Wagon Wheel, and Vicki in The Full Monty at University of Michigan. Thanks and love to Mom, Dad, Sarah, Chris and Jimmy!

FRANCESCA AROSTEGUI (Penny/Purple Birdis thrilled to spend her first summer at MTWichita, and enjoyed playing Chava in Fiddler on the Roof! She is a 2012 graduate from Indiana University with a BFA in musical theatre. Favorite roles include: Chrissy in Hair, Bonnie in Anything Goes, and Zaneeta in The Music Man. She would like to thank Wayne for this wonderful opportunity and sends love to her amazing family and friends!

WAYNE BRYAN (Director/Producing Artistic Director) celebrates his 25th season at MTWichita, where he has now produced 120 Broadway-scale musicals, including dozens for which he also served as director or performer. Raised in southern California, Wayne began his professional career as both actor and director at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre, while stationed as a Navy officer in Coronado. Wayne performed on Broadway in Good News!, Rodgers and Hart, and Tintypes, and on television in such shows as “M*A*S*H”(CBS), “American History” (PBS), and “Keystone” (A&E). 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. Wayne is co-author with Mark Madama of a revised version of the collegiate musical Good News!, whose 1993 Wichita premiere has been followed by over 300 subsequent productions around the U.S., Canada and Great Britain, plus an internationally acclaimed cast album. Wayne was a 2002 recipient of the Kansas Governor’s Arts Award as an Individual Artist, and received the NCCJ Brotherhood/Sisterhood Award, recognizing individuals who fight discrimination and encourage diversity. Wayne has served on arts panels for the NEA and the Kansas Arts Commission, and is a frequent lecturer and guest teacher at various universities.

AMY BAKER (Choreographer) is thrilled to join Wayne and the MTWichita family again, where she has choreographed Camelot and Gypsy (Mary Jane Teall Award) and was in the Resident Company for five summers, where she had the pleasure of being in HONK! eleven years ago! Amy is the Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre/ Choreographer for The School of Performing Arts at Wichita State University where she teaches tap, jazz, theatre dance and choreographs numerous productions. Her work has also been showcased at the New York Jazz Choreography Project (Alvin Ailey Studios, NYC), Traditions in Tap Showcase (NYC), the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra (FL), and across northern Italy. Amy has enjoyed a professional performing career in NYC and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity. Highlights include playing Phyllis Dale on the First National Broadway Tour of 42nd Street, performing with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and Singin’ in the Rain at the Westchester Broadway Theatre. Amy is proud to have completed her MFA in Choreography from Jacksonville University and her BFA in Musical Theater from WSU. She is extremely passionate about the preservation of original Broadway choreography and mentoring students to help them make a living doing what they love. Thank goodness for family and friends who love us “Warts and All.”

THOMAS W. DOUGLAS (Musical Director / Conductor) is thrilled to be celebrating thirteen seasons with such a wonderful artistic family at MTWichita, having led 40 productions with this remarkable company. Thomas has done more than 200 musical theater, opera, orchestral and oratorio productions, including conducting Webber’s Phantom of the Opera in Switzerland. Highlights include Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Bizet’s Carmen Jones, Master Class and Mondo Mangia with the late Jillene Ringle. As the Artistic Director of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, he is receiving acclaim for adventurous, innovative debuts and premier programs, including Carmina Burana Africana, Messiah in Space, and a presentation of standard choral masterpieces with a fusion rock band and string orchestra accompaniment. On stage he has enjoyed the roles of Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, 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, is the proud recipient of the Mary Jane Teall Award, and is the Musical Director of the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra. He is now developing his one man show entitled “Under the Influence” based on his eclectic group of musical experiences.

GEORGE T. MITCHELL (Costume Designer) happily returns to design some brand new costumes for HONK!, which he originally designed for MTWichita’s regional premiere in 2001. He has also designed Sunset Boulevard, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Pajama Game, and Damn Yankees, for MTW. George is the costume designer for “The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson” on CBS. In addition to creating an image for the host, George designs a multitude of costumes for the nightly sketch comedy segments. He has also designed for music videos, opera, and ballet. Theaters in which his costumes have been seen include San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, and The Kennedy Center. George’s passion for costume design has made him a sought-after lecturer for graduate and undergraduate classes nationwide. Thanks to Wayne and Nancy. A big special thank you to the Costume Department for all of their hard work and dedication.

J BRANSON (Scenic Designer) For over twenty years, J Branson has been a Chicago-based designer. He is proud to have begun his theatrical career as an Apprentice at Music Theatre of Wichita 34 years ago. J’s national-tour credits include The Music Man, Beauty and the Beast and Brigadoon. Original productions include both productions for The Second City Chicago’s 2007/2008 season, Shockwave (Disneyworld), Stardust, A Room With a View, The Conversation, Jungle Man and A Tale of Two Cities. Past regional work includes Thoroughly Modern Millie, Smokey Joe’s Café, Jekyll and Hyde, Chess, The Wizard of Oz (for which J received an After Dark award), Children of Eden, Rags, Assassins, Guys and Dolls and The Pajama Game. J has an array of industrial design credits and has been honored with three National Addy Awards. In addition to the original production of HONK!, J’s many designs at MTWichita have included Hairspray, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Beauty and the Beast, The Secret Garden, Children of Eden, West Side Story, High School Musical 1 & 2, The Drowsy Chaperone, 1776, Curtains, Sunset Boulevard, and Disney’s The Little Mermaid. He has also designed the upcoming production of Legally Blonde.

EVAN SCHMIDT (Lighting Designer) is thrilled to return to MTWichita as a first time designer! As a freelance lighting and scenic designer, Evan is based in New York City. He earned his BFA in Theater from Wichita State University and his MFA in Production Design and Technology from Ohio University. Recently, he served as the Assistant Lighting Designer for the National Tour of La Cage Aux Folles. Evan has recently worked with: The Directors Company, The Santa Fe Opera, The Maltz Jupiter Theater, Indiana Repertory Theater, Cleveland Play House, Theater Under the Stars, and The Monomoy Theater.

DAVID NEVILLE (Projections) is enjoying his 29th season of “Camp MTW.” In addition to many productions at MTWichita, David has designed lighting for North Shore Music Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars, Omaha Symphony, The United States Air Force, Stage One, Ordway Music Theatre, Paper Mill 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, California Music Circus, The 5th Avenue Theatre and Off-Broadway. David’s favorite designs at MTW include Les Misérables, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Cats, Ragtime, Once on this Island, and Jesus Christ Superstar. David also teaches lighting and scenic design at Wichita State University.

DAVID MUEHL (Sound Designer) begins his seventh season as MTWichita’s sound designer, having also served as the sound assistant previously for a season. During MTWichita’s off‐season, David is the audio producer for WSU’s College of Fine Arts where he oversees audio recording and live sound for fine arts and other performances. He also serves as sound designer for WSU’s Opera and Musical Theatre programs and is the sound advisor to student musical theatre & opera sound designers and engineers. Some of his favorite sound designs have been Children of Eden, Into the Woods, Les Misérables and Wizard of Oz. David has twice been sound designer for invited productions to the Region V Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. David has also done sound design for Wichita Center for the Arts and Cabaret Oldtown. Special thanks to Dave, Jeff and the rest of the crew of Clearwing Productions in Phoenix and Josh with Sound Kingdom and for their continued support of MTWichita.

ALENA SELLERS (Wig and Makeup Designer) is very excited to be returning for her second season as wig and makeup designer, having served as the assistant designer the previous year. She lives in Wichita and spends most of the year working at Allure Salon. She has been doing hair for fourteen years, has spent five years as an Aveda Color Educator, and is grateful for this opportunity to work with so many wonderful people. A special thanks to Sandy, Jocelyn and Anna for all your hard work this season.

LIZ SPRAY (Property Master) is in her fifth season at MTWichita and is excited to take on the role of Prop Master this year. She is a St. Louis native and has enjoyed working around the country. Most recently she has worked at Opera Theater St. Louis as an artisan for their production of Carmen. She also toured this past fall with the National Tour of The Wizard of Oz as the Prop Supervisor and Pyrotechnics Operator. Some of her favorite productions she has worked on include Deathtrap (Northern Stage), Oh! What a Lovely War (National WWI Museum), I Love a Piano (National Tour), Sunset Boulevard, Les Miserables, Drowsy Chaperone (Music Theater of Wichita), Camelot, Dr. Faustus (Utah Shakespearian Festival).

JEFF TAYLOR (Production Manager) is extremely honored to be back with this excellent cast and crew for his 11th summer at MTWichita. Throughout the years since 2000, he’s had the chance to apprentice, build, design, and even act for MTWichita, and will now be the year round Production Manager, working closely with the awesome MTW staff. A loyal Kansan, Jeff graduated from East High and earned his BA in Musical Theatre from Friends University in 2006. In 2011, he earned an MFA in Design & Technology from UMKC. Jeff would like to thank the staff of MTWichita for their support and guidance, and thanks to his wonderful family for their love.

DEREK OLSON (Technical Director) is excited to be back with MTWichita where he started in 1999 as a floater between the prop shop, paint shop, electrics, sound, and the scene shop. He ended up floating his way permanently into the scene shop. Since then he has held the title of carpenter, master carpenter, technical director and car restoration specialist. He would like to thank his wife Jenny and his two beautiful children, Phillip and Evelyn.

DEBBIE ROBERTS (Costume Shop Manager) has designed costumes for many shows here, including Curtains, Les Misérables, White Christmas, Thoroughly Modern Millie, High School Musical, State Fair, Funny Girl, The Most Happy Fella, On the Town and West Side Story, plus special costumes for Aida, 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, and various Festival of Broadway shows. A graduate of Friends University, Debbie received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance and Ballet. “I am so proud of the work that Music Theatre 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 20 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!”

ABBY STROOT (Wardrobe Supervisor) is happy to be returning for her seventh season at MTWichita. Starting in 2005 as an apprentice she has worked her way up to Wardrobe Supervisor. Last summer she took off to tour as Assistant Wardrobe with VEE Corporation’s productions Barney Live in Concert and Sesame Street Live: 123 Imagine. Abby graduated from Wichita State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. She would like to thank MTW for the opportunity to be a part of so many great productions

TIFFANY K. ORR (Production Stage Manager) is originally from Oklahoma. She currently lives in Minneapolis / Saint Paul where she is the production manger for Theater Latte Da. While in the twin cities, she has also stage managed for companies including the Pillsbury House Theatre, The Children’s Theatre Company, Theatre Latte Da, Park Square Theatre, The Playwrights’ Center, The Director’s, and the Guthrie. Previously she has worked on more than a dozen productions as part of the stage management team at the Phoenix Theatre, including Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Women, You Can’t Take It With You, Smokey Joe’s Café and The Will Rogers Follies.

EMILY F. McMULLEN (Stage Manager) is back for her 13th summer with MTWichita. Previous productions here include The Music Man, Sunset Boulevard, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Curtains, Gypsy, Crazy for You, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Producers, Les Misérables, Big River, …Forum, Seven Brides…, Sweet Charity, Phantom!, Seussical, A Chorus Line, West Side Story, Chicago, Good News!, and ShowBoat. Throughout 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. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

AMANDA BOWMAN (Assistant Stage Manager) is delighted to be returning for her 8th summer at MTWichita, and is very excited to graduate from WSU in December. During the year, she is stage manager for the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and is also a member of IATSE Local 190.

STEVE LANDES (Director of the Apprentice Program / Shopper-Buyer) is proud to return for his eighteenth 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 eight 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!).

JENNIFER FISHER (Signing Interpreter) I’m thrilled and honored to be back for my fourth season at MTWichita. Interpreting music theatre is my dream job and I can’t thank Wayne and his staff enough for letting me return. Music is my passion and bringing that form of entertainment to the Deaf Community has been very rewarding. I keep busy with my two wonderful girls, Kara and Stephanie, and lead the Deaf Ministry at Central Community Church. Sporadically I interpret other theatrical productions in Wichita such as Wicked (2009) and Music Theatre for Young People’s production of No Small Feat (2011). My other interpreting passion (besides MTWichita), is concerts. I’ve worked with: Castin Crowns, Michael W. Smith, Jeremy Camp, and Clay Aiken. I would like to thank my husband for his support and most importantly God for the blessings He’s given me and the opportunity to work in such an amazing place.

July 25-29, 2012
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Singin' in the Rain
July 25-29, 2012
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2 hr. 20 min.

DAVID ELDER (Don Lockwood) returns to MTWichita, where he appeared as Bobby Child inCrazy for You, a role which won him a Kevin Kline Award for his performance at Stages St. Louis. Broadway credits include Curtains (Bobby Pepper), 42nd Street (Billy Lawlor, Outer Critics and Astaire Award Noms.), Kiss Me Kate (Bill Calhoun/ Lucentio), Titanic (Fleet, the lookout), Once Upon A Mattress (Sir Harry), Damn Yankees (Bomber), Beauty and the Beast, andGuys and Dolls. David charmed as ladies’ man Phil Davis in the National Tour of White Christmas, played Joe Hardy in the National Tour of DamnYankees opposite Jerry Lewis, and recently won rave reviews from the New York Times for his leading role in the new Jack Cole anthology Heatwave. For Los Angeles Reprise! he portrayed Gabey in On the Town, for Encores! in New York he was Timothy Harper in Strike Up the Band opposite Kristin Chenoweth, for the Walnut Street Theatre he was Hildy Johnson in Windy City, and at Stages St. Louis he played bridegroom Robert Martin in The Drowsy Chaperone. With Gene Kelly being one of David’s major inspirations, he is particularly excited to return to Singin’ in the Rain, in which he previously starred for Goodspeed Musicals. TV/Film credits include “Across the Universe,” “Cradle Will Rock,” “Jeffrey” and “The Guiding Light.”

 

MARY MICHAEL PATTERSON (Kathy Selden) is thrilled to be making her MTWichita debut playing one of her dream roles. She most recently appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award winning revival of Anything Goes, performing the role of Hope Harcourt, and she also appeared as Liesl Von Trapp in The Sound of Music at Carnegie Hall. She has worked regionally at the St. Louis MUNY and Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, and is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan. Mary Michael would like to express her unending love and gratitude to her mother and father, and sister Katelyn for constantly supporting her in all of her endeavors and flying all across the country to be her biggest fans. She would absolutely not be here without them. Much love and thanks to her wonderful family and friends, Wayne, Linda, Mark, Brent, Dian, David, Joel, Jeremy, and Nicolosi and Co. For her new niece, Josephine, and her love, Cary.

CARY TEDDER (Cosmo Brown) was raised in Marietta, Georgia, and graduated from the University of Michigan Musical Theatre program. While a sophomore in college, he took a semester off to make his Broadway debut in Twyla Tharp’s Bob Dylan musical, The Times They Are a Changin.’ After returning to UMich (where he played Mark in RENT), Cary went on the road as Snowboy (and sometimes as Tony) in the National Tour of West Side Story. He returned to Broadway as an original cast member of the Tony Award winning Best MusicalMemphis. Other credits include regional productions at the St. Louis MUNY, the Pittsburgh CLO, and the North Shore Music Theatre, where he recently portrayed Ambrose Kemper inHello, Dolly! Thanks to Mom, Dad, and HCA, and to Linda, Wayne, and Mark, and love to Mary Michael. Go Blue!

ANNE HORAK (Lina Lamont) is thrilled to be back at MTWichita where she has been featured as Natalie in All Shook Up, Judy Haynes in White Christmas, Miss Dorothy inThoroughly Modern Millie, Judy Turner in A Chorus Line, Lady Larken in Once Upon a Mattress, Babette in Beauty and the Beast, and Velma in West Side Story. Anne performed on Broadway as Rita in White Christmas, played Hulde in Music In The Air at City Center Encores!, and co-starred as Inga in the National Tour of Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein. Regionally she has been seen as Gretchen in Boeing, Boeing and Bambi Bernét in Curtains at Paper Mill Playhouse, Shelby in Steel Magnolias at North Carolina Theatre, Hope Harcourt in Anything Goes at Taipei National Theatre, and as Phyllis in 42nd Street, Liza in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and a Silly Girl in Beauty and the Beast at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. Anne appeared in the new musical Lone Star Love, or the Merry Wives of Windsor, Texas at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, and as Paquette in Candide at the Bellingham Music Festival. TV credits include guest starring roles on “Royal Pains,” “A Gifted Man,” and “Law and Order: SVU.” Anne is a graduate of the University of Michigan. She would like to send special love and thanks to Wayne, Mark, Roger, Linda, and Nancy, as well to her family for all of their love and support.www.annehorak.com

 

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

TIMOTHY W. ROBU (Roscoe Dexter) is delighted to be a part of this year’s MTWichita season, as well as many previous ones. Audiences may remember Tim in past roles such as John Hancock in 1776, Billis in South Pacific, the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, Amos Hart in Chicago, Oscar Shapiro in Curtains, Mr. Feldzeig in The Drowsy Chaperone, Herbie inGypsy, Lazar Wolf in Fiddler on the Roof and Drake in HONK!. Tim also performs at several other venues in the Wichita area, including Mosley Street Melodrama and the Crown Uptown Theatre. Tim has served as Technical Director at the Crown Theatre and Artistic Director of the children’s program there. When not working at Wichita’s fine theatres, Tim has plenty to keep him busy as father to his two daughters, Katie and Francie. An added bonus to this year’s season is the chance to perform with his talented wife Karen in three of the season’s shows. Thanks to Wayne and all the folks in Wichita who produce theatre, perform theatre, and enjoy theatre. They make the Wichita area a great place to work, live, and bring up kids in.

BONNIE BING (Dora Bailey) is happy to return to MTWichita, and to the role of Dora Bailey, which she played in the 2000 edition of Singin’ in the Rain.  Her other MTW credits includeSunset Boulevard, The Wizard of Oz, and Annie Get Your Gun. She also has been on Broadway. The Orpheum on Broadway Street, that is, doing skits in Gridiron, the satirical show presented by local journalists. She recently retired from her longtime job as fashion and features writer for The Wichita Eagle. She wants to thank Wayne for being so trusting and encouraging. And her husband, Dick Honeyman, who is surely the most patient man on earth.

DANI YOUNG (Phoebe Dinsmore) is so honored to be back at MTWichita! Favorite MTW performances include Fiddler on the Roof, 9 to 5HONK!The Producers and Les Miserables.Favorite roles include Miss Jones in How to Succeed (WSU) directed by Wayne Bryan, Pennywise in Urinetown (WSU), plus Ida in HONK! and the Witch in Into the Woods (Friends University). The biggest thanks to Wayne, Nancy, Roger, Josh, and Mary Sue for this amazing job! Lovies to Mom, Dad, John and Graham!

JOHN KECKEISEN (Diction Teacher) is thrilled to be returning to MTWichita for the summer! Regional credits: Sunset Boulevard, Finian’s Rainbow (Mary Jane Teall nomination, Best Supporting Actor in a Musical), The Music Man, and Fiddler on the Roof (MTW); Leading Ladies(Black Hills Playhouse), Love, Sex, and the IRS (Crown Uptown), High School Musical (Topeka Civic Theatre). Thanks to Wayne, Nancy and the whole MTW family for this opportunity. Big love to Moogi, Dad, and Katie! BFA, Wichita State University. www.johnkeckeisen.com

NICHOLAS J. REESE (Young Don

GAVIN MYERS (Young Cosmois ecstatic to be performing in this show with such a great cast. Favorite roles in his many MTW shows include Gavroche in Les Mis, Tom of Warwick inCamelot, and the Cabin Boy in Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Favorite roles elsewhere includeOliver, McQueen, Ching Ho, Pappy Yokum, Mayor of Who, Scarecrow, Sir Francis Chesney, and Nathan Detroit. The 3-time Jester Award recipient is very proud to represent our area in New York at the Jimmy Awards in June. Special thanks to Wayne, Mark, Nancy, Josh, Laura, great friends, a supportive family, and especially God.

SARAH FAGAN (Cydis thrilled to make her musical debut with Music Theatre of Wichita and is very thankful for this opportunity! She just graduated from Oklahoma City University with a degree in dance performance, where she appeared in many shows with the American Spirit Dance Company. Sarah would like to thank her family at home and at OCU for their support.

HANNAH FREEMAN (Zelda Zanderscouldn’t be more excited to be making her MTWichita debut! Hannah is a sophomore musical theatre major at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). CCM: Dream Laurey in Oklahoma! and Fredrika in A Little Night Music. Many, many thanks to Wayne, Nancy and MTWichita for this wonderful opportunity and to her family for their endless and inspirational support.

LINDA GOODRICH (Director/Choreographer) has directed and choreographed throughout the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Directing credits include Bat Boy and Smokey Joe’s Café for TheatreWorks, both of which received San Francisco Bay Area Awards for excellence in direction. Other directing credits include Cabaret, Side Show, Oklahoma!, Jesus Christ Superstar, Tommy!, 42nd Street, and new works Gibson Fleck and A Good Boy. Choreographic credits include Company with Carol Burnett, High Button Shoes and 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  MTWichita). NYC credits include Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York Music Theatre Festival, and Platforms (Best Choreography). Linda credits much of her artistic development to her work at MTW, which  includes Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Cabaret, Sweet Charity, West Side Story, The Producers, Funny Girl, Hello, Dolly!, Damn Yankees, South Pacific,  Oliver!, The Music Man, Seussical, 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 ofCabaret, and staged the European tour. Her work has also been seen in touring editions of Blues Clues Live!, Dora the Explorer, andKidzBop Live!. She lives in Michigan with her sons Tyler and Garret, where she is a professor of musical theatre at the University of Michigan. Thank you and great love to Izzy and Alex, and appreciation to Wayne, who fueled every step of her career!

THOMAS W. DOUGLAS (Musical Director / Conductor) is thrilled to be celebrating thirteen seasons with such a wonderful artistic family at MTWichita, having led 43 productions with this remarkable company. Thomas has done more than 200 musical theater, opera, orchestral and oratorio productions, including conducting Webber’s Phantom of the Opera in Switzerland. Highlights include Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Bizet’s Carmen Jones, Master Class and Mondo Mangia with the late Jillene Ringle. As the Artistic Director of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, he is receiving acclaim for adventurous, innovative debuts and premier programs, including Carmina Burana Africana, Messiah in Space, and a presentation of standard choral masterpieces with a fusion rock band and string orchestra accompaniment. On stage he has enjoyed the roles of Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, 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, is the proud recipient of the Mary Jane Teall Award, and is the Musical Director of the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra. He is now developing his one man show entitled “Under the Influence” based on his eclectic group of musical experiences.

ALEX FINKE (Asst. Director) is really enjoying the variety of her first summer in Wichita. She was thrilled to make her MTWichita debut as Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof, enjoyed playing Franklin Hart’s unsuspecting wife in 9 to 5, and loved being both gossipy Henrietta and libidinous cat Queenie in HONK!  She is a recent University of Michigan graduate, hailing from Dayton, Ohio. Favorite roles include: Jane in Tarzan (Regional Premiere) at Wagon Wheel, and Vicki in The Full Monty at University of Michigan. At the conclusion of this summer, she begins rehearsals as Hope Harcourt in the National Tour of Anything Goes. Thanks and love to Mom, Dad, Sarah, Chris and Jimmy!

ISABELLE McCALLA (Asst. Choreographer) is from Rockland County, New York, and comes to MTWichita directly from the St. Louis MUNY, where she performed in Disney’s Aladdin. She is thrilled to be making her MTW, working with Linda Goodrich. Isabelle will be a sophomore musical theatre major at the University of Michigan this fall. Other credits include Chicago, Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown), She Loves Me (Amalia), and Oklahoma! (Gertie).

SARAH REEVER (Costumer) is delighted to be returning to Music Theatre and her hometown of Wichita, where last summer she costumed Finian’s Rainbow. An MFA graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she currently works at the off-Broadway theatre Playwrights’ Horizons with other MTW alumni, Tiia Torchia and Carrie Buettner. Her freelance design work has been seen at the NYFringe Festival, the Berkshire Theatre Festival, the Madison Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, and the Manhattan Children’s Theatre, and The Vital Theatre. As always, many thanks to the Costume Shop for all their hard work and dedication and also to Mom, Dad, and Dan for all their love and support.

DAVID NEVILLE Lighting Designer/Projections) is enjoying his 29th season of “Camp MTW.” In addition to many productions at MTWichita, David has designed lighting for North Shore Music Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars, Omaha Symphony, The United States Air Force, Stage One, Ordway Music Theatre, Paper Mill 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, California Music Circus, The 5th Avenue Theatre and Off-Broadway. David’s favorite designs at MTW include Les Misérables, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Cats, Ragtime, Once on this Island, and Jesus Christ Superstar. David also teaches lighting and scenic design at Wichita State University.

DAVID MUEHL (Sound Designer) begins his seventh season as MTWichita’s sound designer, having also served as the sound assistant previously for a season. During MTWichita’s off‐season, David is the audio producer for WSU’s College of Fine Arts where he oversees audio recording and live sound for fine arts and other performances. He also serves as sound designer for WSU’s Opera and Musical Theatre programs and is the sound advisor to student musical theatre & opera sound designers and engineers. Some of his favorite sound designs have been Children of Eden, Into the Woods, Les Misérables and Wizard of Oz. David has twice been sound designer for invited productions to the Region V Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. David has also done sound design for Wichita Center for the Arts and Cabaret Oldtown. Special thanks to Dave, Jeff and the rest of the crew of Clearwing Productions in Phoenix and Josh with Sound Kingdom and for their continued support of MTWichita.

ALENA SELLERS (Wig and Makeup Designer) is very excited to be returning for her second season as wig and makeup designer, having served as the assistant designer the previous year. She lives in Wichita and spends most of the year working at Allure Salon. She has been doing hair for fourteen years, has spent five years as an Aveda Color Educator, and is grateful for this opportunity to work with so many wonderful people. A special thanks to Sandy, Jocelyn and Anna for all your hard work this season.

LIZ SPRAY (Property Master) is in her fifth season at MTWichita and is excited to take on the role of Prop Master this year. She is a St. Louis native and has enjoyed working around the country. Most recently she has worked at Opera Theater St. Louis as an artisan for their production of Carmen. She also toured this past fall with the National Tour of The Wizard of Oz as the Prop Supervisor and Pyrotechnics Operator. Some of her favorite productions she has worked on include Deathtrap (Northern Stage), Oh! What a Lovely War (National WWI Museum), I Love a Piano (National Tour), Sunset Boulevard, Les Miserables, Drowsy Chaperone (Music Theater of Wichita), Camelot, Dr. Faustus (Utah Shakespearian Festival).

JEFF TAYLOR (Production Manager) is extremely honored to be back with this excellent cast and crew for his 11th summer at MTWichita. Throughout the years since 2000, he’s had the chance to apprentice, build, design, and even act for MTWichita, and will now be the year round Production Manager, working closely with the awesome MTW staff. A loyal Kansan, Jeff graduated from East High and earned his BA in Musical Theatre from Friends University in 2006. In 2011, he earned an MFA in Design & Technology from UMKC. Jeff would like to thank the staff of MTWichita for their support and guidance, and thanks to his wonderful family for their love.

DEREK OLSON (Technical Director) is excited to be back with MTWichita where he started in 1999 as a floater between the prop shop, paint shop, electrics, sound, and the scene shop. He ended up floating his way permanently into the scene shop. Since then he has held the title of carpenter, master carpenter, technical director and car restoration specialist. He would like to thank his wife Jenny and his two beautiful children, Phillip and Evelyn.

DEBBIE ROBERTS (Costume Shop Manager) has designed costumes for many shows here, including Curtains, Les Misérables, White Christmas, Thoroughly Modern Millie, High School Musical, State Fair, Funny Girl, The Most Happy Fella, On the Town and West Side Story, plus special costumes for Aida, 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, and various Festival of Broadway shows. A graduate of Friends University, Debbie received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance and Ballet. “I am so proud of the work that Music Theatre 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 20 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 (Production Stage Manager) is back for her 13th summer with MTWichita. Previous productions here include The Music Man, Sunset Boulevard, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Curtains, Gypsy, Crazy for You, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Producers, Les Misérables, Big River, …Forum, Seven Brides…, Sweet Charity, Phantom!, Seussical, A Chorus Line, West Side Story, Chicago, Good News!, and ShowBoat. Throughout 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. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

TIFFANY K. ORR (Stage Manager) is originally from Oklahoma. She currently lives in Minneapolis / Saint Paul where she is the production manger for Theater Latte Da. While in the twin cities, she has also stage managed for companies including the Pillsbury House Theatre, The Children’s Theatre Company, Theatre Latte Da, Park Square Theatre, The Playwrights’ Center, The Director’s, and the Guthrie. Previously she has worked on more than a dozen productions as part of the stage management team at the Phoenix Theatre, including Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Women, You Can’t Take It With You, Smokey Joe’s Café and The Will Rogers Follies.

AMANDA BOWMAN (Assistant Stage Manager) is delighted to be returning for her 8th summer at MTWichita, and is very excited to graduate from WSU in December. During the year, she is stage manager for the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and is also a member of IATSE Local 190.

STEVE LANDES (Director of the Apprentice Program / Shopper-Buyer) is proud to return for his eighteenth 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 eight 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!).

JENNIFER FISHER (Signing Interpreter) I’m thrilled and honored to be back for my fourth season at MTWichita. Interpreting music theatre is my dream job and I can’t thank Wayne and his staff enough for letting me return. Music is my passion and bringing that form of entertainment to the Deaf Community has been very rewarding. I keep busy with my two wonderful girls, Kara and Stephanie, and lead the Deaf Ministry at Central Community Church. Sporadically I interpret other theatrical productions in Wichita such as Wicked (2009) and Music Theatre for Young People’s production of No Small Feat (2011). My other interpreting passion (besides MTWichita), is concerts. I’ve worked with: Castin Crowns, Michael W. Smith, Jeremy Camp, and Clay Aiken. I would like to thank my husband for his support and most importantly God for the blessings He’s given me and the opportunity to work in such an amazing place.

August 8-12, 2012
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Legally Blonde
August 8-12, 2012
PG
2 hr. 20 min.

ANNE HORAK (Elle Woods) is thrilled to be back at MTWichita where she has been featured as Natalie in All Shook Up, Judy Haynes in White Christmas, Miss Dorothy in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Judy Turner in A Chorus Line, Lady Larken in Once Upon a Mattress, Babette inBeauty and the Beast, and Velma in West Side Story. Anne performed on Broadway as Rita inWhite Christmas, played Hulde in Music In The Air at City Center Encores!, and co-starred as Inga in the National Tour of Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein. Regionally she has been seen as Gretchen in Boeing, Boeing and Bambi Bernét in Curtains at Paper Mill Playhouse, Shelby inSteel Magnolias at North Carolina Theatre, Hope Harcourt in Anything Goes at Taipei National Theatre, and as Phyllis in 42nd Street, Liza in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and a Silly Girl inBeauty and the Beast at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. Anne appeared in the new musical Lone Star Love, or the Merry Wives of Windsor, Texas at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, and as Paquette in Candide at the Bellingham Music Festival. TV credits include guest starring roles on “Royal Pains,” “A Gifted Man,” and “Law and Order: SVU.” Anne is a graduate of the University of Michigan. She would like to send special love and thanks to Wayne, Mark, Roger, Linda, and Nancy, as well to her family for all of their love and support. www.annehorak.com

MATTHEW SHEPARD (Prof. Callahan) is delighted to be back in Wichita. He was seen here previously as Inspector Javert in Les Miserables, and as impresario Bela Zangler in Crazy for You (a role he’ll repeat later this summer in Sacramento with Anne Horak as Polly). Broadway credits include the title characters in both Beauty and the Beast and The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Bob Baker in Wonderful Town  opposite Donna Murphy and Brooke Shields, respectively. He has played Enjolras in the National Tour of Les Misérables, and the title character in the European premiere tour of the Maury Yeston/ Arthur Kopit Phantom. Matthew has performed in multiple Off Broadway and Regional productions. One of his favorite Regional experiences was playing the Soldier in Sunday in the Park with George as part of The Kennedy Center’s Sondheim Celebration in D.C.  He continually supports the development of new works through workshops and readings. Prior to coming to Wichita, he was a part of the workshop reworking of The Unsinkable Molly Brown, written by Dick Scanlan, directed by Kathleen Marshall and starring Sutton Foster.  Matthew holds a graduate degree from the prestigious Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and teaches at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Music as an Adjunct Professor of Voice. His greatest joys are his wife, Elizabeth Mills, and daughter, Madeleine Grace Smith.

SKYLER ADAMS (Emmett Forrest) is thrilled to return to MTWichita where he spent two summers in the resident company, most notably playing Hero in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (a role he has repeated twice, under the direction of his MTW colleague James Brennan). Skyler is originally from Oklahoma City, OK. Credits include Chicago Shakespeare Theatre: World Premiere of Bartram and Hill’s The Adventures of Pinocchio (Pinocchio); Marriott Theatre: Seussical (Wickersham); Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma: Altar Boyz (Matthew), High School Musical (Troy), High School Musical 2 (Ryan),TommyThe Music ManJoseph… (Asher) w/ Diana DeGarmo, and The Producers w/ Lee Roy Reams; plus his MTWichita shows: A Funny Thing … Forum, My Fair LadyBig RiverAll Shook Up(with Anne Horak), Les Miserables (Enjolras u/s), Gypsy (Yonkers), Smokey Joe’s CafeCrazy For You, Annie (Rooster u/s), and Curtains (Aaron u/s). University Theatre: Anything Goes (Quartet)A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Snug), How to Succeed… (Finch), A Chorus Line (Al), Rent (Roger),The Works of Andrew Lloyd Webber. For the Sooner Theatre: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown(Snoopy), Into the Woods (Jack), and Plaid Tidings (Jinx). Skyler is a proud alum of the University of Oklahoma. He is grateful for Wayne, his amazing family and God’s many, many blessings.

COLLEEN HAWKS (Paulette Bonafonté) made her Broadway debut in Smokey Joe’s Café,playing the role created by DeLee Lively. Other Broadway credits include The Boy from Oz, starring Hugh Jackman (soprano in the Trio), and Shrek – The Musical (Fairy Godmother and Voice of the Bluebird). Originally from California, after college she performed for Disney, playing such singing roles as Snow White, Cinderella and Ariel (The Little Mermaid) both on TV and stage, including tours to London, Paris, Munich, Holland, and China. She has lived in Japan, Korea and Holland. She has also traveled worldwide performing on cruise ships; from the Amazon in Brazil, to Mexico, Canada, the South Pacific, Australia, Hong Kong, and Alaska. Off-Broadway credits include Manhattan Theatre Club’s The Wild Party by Andrew Lippa, Dr. Sex(Phoebe), and a principal role in Shake That Thing!  Colleen has performed in Candide at New York City Opera starring John Cullum and Judy Kaye, an Amoricae Production of The Magic Flute (Papagena), and Babes in Toyland (Jill) at Avery Fisher Hall. National Tours include Crazy for You (Polly Baker) and Singin’ in the Rain (Kathy Selden), plus International Tours of Grease(Sandy), The Will Rogers Follies (Mr. Ziegfeld’s Favorite), and The Pirates of Penzance (Mabel). Regionally: Sugar Kane in Sugar / Some Like It Hot (Westchester Broadway Theatre, Stages St. Louis, and Alhambra Theatre in Florida), Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes and Laurey inOklahoma! (Modesto Performing Arts), Vicki in The Full Monty (West Virginia Public Theatre), Angel in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Arvada Center in Denver), Val in A Chorus Line (TUTS and Arkansas Rep), DeLee in Smokey Joe’s Café (Sacramento Music Circus and North Shore), and Bonnie / Erma (gangster’s moll) in Anything Goes (Seattle 5th Avenue and Paper Mill Playhouse, starring Chita Rivera). Married to actor Jeff Pierce, she lives in New York and is pleased to be making her MTWichita debut!

RYAN VASQUEZ (Warner Huffington III) is a rising junior in the University of Michigan Musical Theatre Department, thrilled to be closing up his first season at MTWichita with such a wonderful summer to look back on! Ryan has been so grateful to have played Joe in 9 to 5, as well as Greylag the British goose in HONK! this season. UM: Spring Awakening (Moritz),Cabaret (Cliff). A special thanks to his friends and family for their undying support, as well as Wayne, Nancy, and Mark, without whom he would not be where he is today.

JULIA JOHANOS (Vivienne Kensington) is thrilled to be playing this fabulous role at Wichita this summer! She recently graduated with a BFA in Musical Theater from CCM. Previous roles include Florence in Chess, Silly Girl/ Belle u.s., Babette in Beauty and the Beast (Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater), and Susan Wilkes in Big River (Arvada Center Theater Company). At CCM she was seen as Laurey in Oklahoma! (League of Cincinnati Theatres Award), Helen inOut of This World, and Dr. Charlotte in Falsettos, and she comes to MTW directly from Pittsburgh CLO where she appeared in Fiddler on the Roof and Sunset Boulevard. Many thanks to Team Johanos for their continuous love and support!

ZEUS (Bruiser Woods) is a two-year-old Miniature Pincher mix, rescued in 2010 from Second Chance Animal Sanctuary in Norman, OK. His hobbies include playing flyball and agility and cuddling with his family. Zeus also enjoys making silly YouTube videos with his mom. Zeus is making his Kansas debut. He previously starred as Bruiser at The Pollard Theatre in Guthrie, OK.

SOPHIE MENAS (Brooke) is thrilled for her fifth MTWichita summer! She just graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BFA in Musical Theatre, and will move to New York City this fall. Favorite OU credits: Diana Morales (A Chorus Line), Mimi (Rent), and Mayzie LaBird (Seussical). Thanks first to God for his countless blessings, to her family for their love and support, and to Wayne, Nancy, and the entire MTW family for their magnificent opportunities that have advanced her growth as a performer and young woman.

NICHOLAS PALMQUIST (Kyle) is elated to be returning to Wichita for his second season! He would like to thank the entire MTWichita network for the overwhelming influence they have had on him as a performer and a person. He would also like to thank his Mom and Dad for their unyielding love and support. He will be a senior dance performance major at Oklahoma City University.

ALEX FINKE (Serenais really enjoying the variety of her first summer in Wichita. She was thrilled to make her MTWichita debut as Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof, enjoyed playing Franklin Hart’s unsuspecting wife in 9 to 5, and loved being both gossipy Henrietta and libidinous cat Queenie in HONK! She is a recent University of Michigan graduate, hailing from Dayton, Ohio. Favorite roles include: Jane in Tarzan (Regional Premiere) at Wagon Wheel, and Vicki in The Full Monty at University of Michigan. At the conclusion of this summer, she begins rehearsals as Hope Harcourt in the National Tour of Anything Goes. Thanks and love to Mom, Dad, Sarah, Chris and Jimmy!

SARAH SHELTON (Margotis ecstatic to be spending her second summer at MTWichita! She just graduated as  a dance performance major from Oklahoma City University and can’t think of a  better way to spend her last college summer. She is grateful to the MTW team for  this amazing opportunity and cannot thank her family enough for being so  unbelievably supportive and wonderful.

KIMBER ELAYNE SPRAWL (Pilaris a junior Musical Theatre major at The Cincinnati College Conservatory of  Music (CCM). CCM: Civil WarOut of This  World, and  Rent. Other credits include Seussical (Bird Girl) and High  School  Musical (Taylor) for The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, and Once on This  Island (Ti Moune) and The Wiz (Dorothy) for Cincinnati Black Theatre Company. Kimber is so excited to be a member of the MTWichita  Family!

ROCKSY (Rufusis  a four-year-old, female Bulldog, adopted in 2009 from Kansas Humane Society,  after being unclaimed at Wichita Animal Shelter. She lives with Drew and Susan  Bessey, and their other rescued, female Bulldog, Tahoe. Her hobbies include  playing with the neighbor kids, going for walks, and cheering for her namesake  Rock Chalk Jayhawks from the sofa or recliner. This is Rocksy’s acting  debut!

DAVE FREEMAN (Elle’s Dad/Reporter) has served Kansas for nearly 20 years as Chief Meteorologist for KSNW TV. But in a former life, during the Jurassic Period, he earned an MFA in Acting from the University of Illinois. Once upon a time, he performed Tesman inHedda Gabler, Jason in Kabuki Medea, and Miles Gloriosus in A Funny Thing…. Dave has also narrated Wichita Symphony Orchestra concerts for 17 years. Dave is making his debut with MTWichita, and his performance benefits the scholarship fund for MTW interns.

TRACY FREEMAN (Elle’s Mom/Saleswoman) is making her debut at Music Theatre of Wichita. Tracy has been seen in Wichita Center for the Arts’ Battle of the Bands and Cheaper by the Dozen and at Wichita Children’s Theatre in Scrooge twice with her children, Rob, Kate and Jack. She graduated from Otterbein University with a BFA in Musical Theatre and is currently a corporate leadership and diversity trainer for Cox Communications.

JOHN KECKEISEN (Dewey/Head of Admissions) is thrilled to be returning to MTWichita for the summer! Regional credits: Sunset Boulevard, Finian’s Rainbow (Mary Jane Teall nomination, Best Supporting Actor in a Musical), The Music Man, and Fiddler on the Roof (MTW); Leading Ladies (Black Hills Playhouse), Love, Sex, and the IRS (Crown Uptown), High School Musical(Topeka Civic Theatre). Thanks to Wayne, Nancy and the whole MTW family for this opportunity. Big love to Moogi, Dad, and Katie! BFA, Wichita State University.www.johnkeckeisen.com

DANI YOUNG (Enid) is so honored to be back at MTWichita! Favorite MTW performances include Fiddler on the Roof, 9 to 5HONK!The Producers and Les Miserables. Favorite roles include Miss Jones in How to Succeed (WSU) directed by Wayne Bryan, Pennywise inUrinetown (WSU), plus Ida in HONK! and the Witch in Into the Woods (Friends University). The biggest thanks to Wayne, Nancy, Roger, Josh, and Mary Sue for this amazing job! Lovies to Mom, Dad, John and Graham!

ROBERT ARIZA (Padamadan / Nikoscouldn’t be happier to join the MTWichita family! He is currently studying Musical Theatre at The University of Michigan. Recent credits: Spring Awakening (Hanschen), West Side Story (Tony), Pippin (Pippin), Assassins (Zangara), Candide(Candide), The Last Five Years (Jamie). Many thanks to his family and friends back in NY, as well as his new family and friends at UofM.

BENJAMIN RIVERA (Carlosfeels blessed to be joining the MTWichita family for the first time this summer! He recently finished his sophomore year at Oklahoma City University as a dance performance major. Some favorite past shows include: 7 Brides for 7 Brothers(Benjamin), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Simeon), and Crazy for You. He would like to thank his friends and family for all their unconditional love. Jeremiah 29:11

WAYNE BRYAN (Director/Producing Artistic Director) celebrates his 25th season at MTWichita, where he has now produced 124 Broadway-scale musicals, including dozens for which he also served as director or performer. Raised in southern California, Wayne began his professional career as both actor and director at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre, while stationed as a Navy officer in Coronado. Wayne performed on Broadway in Good News!, Rodgers and Hart, and Tintypes, and on television in such shows as “M*A*S*H”(CBS), “American History” (PBS), and “Keystone” (A&E). 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. Wayne is co-author with Mark Madama of a revised version of the collegiate musical Good News!, whose 1993 Wichita premiere has been followed by over 300 subsequent productions around the U.S., Canada and Great Britain, plus an internationally acclaimed cast album. Wayne was a 2002 recipient of the Kansas Governor’s Arts Award as an Individual Artist, and received the NCCJ Brotherhood/Sisterhood Award, recognizing individuals who fight discrimination and encourage diversity. Wayne has served on arts panels for the NEA and the Kansas Arts Commission, and is a frequent lecturer and guest teacher at various universities.

ROGER CASTELLANO (Choreographer) 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 eleventh season with MTWichita. His most recent show with us was Xanadu, last season. Other MTW credits include Annie, The Will Rogers Follies, Me and My Girl, Footloose, Seussical, White Christmas, The Wizard of Oz, and High School Musical and 2, plus onstage performances in A Chorus Line, Once Upon a Mattress, andBeauty and the Beast. Roger was very proud to receive the Mary Jane Teall Award as Outstanding Guest Artist in 2005. Theatrical Awards include L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Award Nominee for best choreographer (Jekyll and Hyde – Cabrillo Music Theatre), L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Award Nominee for best choreographer (The Andrews Brothers – Musical Theatre West), Los Angeles Times Critics’ Pick (Me and My Girl – Musical Theatre West), Drama Logue’s Critic Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre – “Best Choreography” (A Little Night Music – The Center Theatre Group), Drama Logue’s Critic Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre – “Best Choreography” (La Cage Aux Folles – The Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities), Drama Logue’s Critic Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre – “Best Choreography” (Oliver! – The Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities), Inland Theatre League Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre – “Best Director” (Seussical – Performance Riverside), AriZoni Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre – “Best Choreography” (A Chorus Line – The Phoenix Theatre.) Recent projects include Hello, Dolly! in Japan and a world premiere of the new musical South Street at the Pasadena Playhouse.

THOMAS W. DOUGLAS (Musical Director / Conductor) is thrilled to be celebrating thirteen seasons with such a wonderful artistic family at MTWichita, having led 43 productions with this remarkable company. Thomas has done more than 200 musical theater, opera, orchestral and oratorio productions, including conducting Webber’s Phantom of the Opera in Switzerland. Highlights include Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Bizet’s Carmen Jones, Master Class and Mondo Mangia with the late Jillene Ringle. As the Artistic Director of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, he is receiving acclaim for adventurous, innovative debuts and premier programs, including Carmina Burana Africana, Messiah in Space, and a presentation of standard choral masterpieces with a fusion rock band and string orchestra accompaniment. On stage he has enjoyed the roles of Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, 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, is the proud recipient of the Mary Jane Teall Award, and is the Musical Director of the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra. He is now developing his one man show entitled “Under the Influence” based on his eclectic group of musical experiences.

J BRANSON (Scenic Designer) For over twenty years, J Branson has been a Chicago-based designer. He is proud to have begun his theatrical career as an Apprentice at Music Theatre of Wichita 34 years ago. J’s national-tour credits include The Music Man, Beauty and the Beast and Brigadoon. Original productions include both productions for The Second City Chicago’s 2007/2008 season, Shockwave (Disneyworld), Stardust, A Room With a View, The Conversation, Jungle Man and A Tale of Two Cities. Past regional work includes Thoroughly Modern Millie, Smokey Joe’s Café, Jekyll and Hyde, Chess, The Wizard of Oz (for which J received an After Dark award), Children of Eden, Rags, Assassins, Guys and Dolls and The Pajama Game. J has an array of industrial design credits and has been honored with three National Addy Awards. In addition to the original production of HONK!, J’s many designs at MTWichita have included Hairspray, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Beauty and the Beast, The Secret Garden, Children of Eden, West Side Story, High School Musical 1 & 2, The Drowsy Chaperone, 1776, Curtains, Sunset Boulevard, and Disney’s The Little Mermaid. He has also designed the upcoming production of Legally Blonde.

LEON DOBKOWSKI  (Costume Designer) returns to MTWichita, where last year he received critical acclaim for the costumes he created for Disney’s The Little Mermaid.  Other design credits include Romeo and Juliet (Yale Repertory Theater);  RedThe Woolgatherer,Romance/Romance (Cape May Stage);  La Ronde and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Yale School of Drama);  Flowers and Other StoriesNijinsky’s Last Dance (Yale Cabaret);  Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Yale Summer Cabaret);  The Leopard and the Fox (Alter Ego, NYIT Award Nomination Outstanding Costume Design); 6969 (59E59); and Smoking Bloomberg (New York Musical Theatre Festival). Assistant design credits include Nice Work If You Can Get It, On A Clear Day You Can See ForeverShrek the Musical, Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Broadway);  as well as productions at Goodspeed Musicals, Paper Mill Playhouse, MUNY, Signature Theater, Live from Lincoln Center, MCC, Irish Repertory Theatre, Norwegian Cruise Lines, and the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus Gold Unit. Upcoming projects include Son of a Gun (Off Broadway) as well as Associate Costume Designer of the Sister Act National Tour. MFA Yale School of Drama.  www.leondobkowski.com

DAVID NEVILLE Lighting Designer/Projections) is enjoying his 29th season of “Camp MTW.” In addition to many productions at MTWichita, David has designed lighting for North Shore Music Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars, Omaha Symphony, The United States Air Force, Stage One, Ordway Music Theatre, Paper Mill 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, California Music Circus, The 5th Avenue Theatre and Off-Broadway. David’s favorite designs at MTW include Les Misérables, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Cats, Ragtime, Once on this Island, and Jesus Christ Superstar. David also teaches lighting and scenic design at Wichita State University.

DAVID MUEHL (Sound Designer) begins his seventh season as MTWichita’s sound designer, having also served as the sound assistant previously for a season. During MTWichita’s off‐season, David is the audio producer for WSU’s College of Fine Arts where he oversees audio recording and live sound for fine arts and other performances. He also serves as sound designer for WSU’s Opera and Musical Theatre programs and is the sound advisor to student musical theatre & opera sound designers and engineers. Some of his favorite sound designs have been Children of Eden, Into the Woods, Les Misérables and Wizard of Oz. David has twice been sound designer for invited productions to the Region V Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. David has also done sound design for Wichita Center for the Arts and Cabaret Oldtown. Special thanks to Dave, Jeff and the rest of the crew of Clearwing Productions in Phoenix and Josh with Sound Kingdom and for their continued support of MTWichita.

ALENA SELLERS (Wig and Makeup Designer) is very excited to be returning for her second season as wig and makeup designer, having served as the assistant designer the previous year. She lives in Wichita and spends most of the year working at Allure Salon. She has been doing hair for fourteen years, has spent five years as an Aveda Color Educator, and is grateful for this opportunity to work with so many wonderful people. A special thanks to Sandy, Jocelyn and Anna for all your hard work this season.

LIZ SPRAY (Property Master) is in her fifth season at MTWichita and is excited to take on the role of Prop Master this year. She is a St. Louis native and has enjoyed working around the country. Most recently she has worked at Opera Theater St. Louis as an artisan for their production of Carmen. She also toured this past fall with the National Tour of The Wizard of Oz as the Prop Supervisor and Pyrotechnics Operator. Some of her favorite productions she has worked on include Deathtrap (Northern Stage), Oh! What a Lovely War (National WWI Museum), I Love a Piano (National Tour), Sunset Boulevard, Les Miserables, Drowsy Chaperone (Music Theater of Wichita), Camelot, Dr. Faustus (Utah Shakespearian Festival).

JEFF TAYLOR (Production Manager) is extremely honored to be back with this excellent cast and crew for his 11th summer at MTWichita. Throughout the years since 2000, he’s had the chance to apprentice, build, design, and even act for MTWichita, and will now be the year round Production Manager, working closely with the awesome MTW staff. A loyal Kansan, Jeff graduated from East High and earned his BA in Musical Theatre from Friends University in 2006. In 2011, he earned an MFA in Design & Technology from UMKC. Jeff would like to thank the staff of MTWichita for their support and guidance, and thanks to his wonderful family for their love.

DEREK OLSON (Technical Director) is excited to be back with MTWichita where he started in 1999 as a floater between the prop shop, paint shop, electrics, sound, and the scene shop. He ended up floating his way permanently into the scene shop. Since then he has held the title of carpenter, master carpenter, technical director and car restoration specialist. He would like to thank his wife Jenny and his two beautiful children, Phillip and Evelyn.

DEBBIE ROBERTS (Costume Shop Manager) has designed costumes for many shows here, including Curtains, Les Misérables, White Christmas, Thoroughly Modern Millie, High School Musical, State Fair, Funny Girl, The Most Happy Fella, On the Town and West Side Story, plus special costumes for Aida, 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, and various Festival of Broadway shows. A graduate of Friends University, Debbie received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance and Ballet. “I am so proud of the work that Music Theatre 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 20 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 (Production Stage Manager) is back for her 13th summer with MTWichita. Previous productions here include The Music Man, Sunset Boulevard, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Curtains, Gypsy, Crazy for You, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Producers, Les Misérables, Big River, …Forum, Seven Brides…, Sweet Charity, Phantom!, Seussical, A Chorus Line, West Side Story, Chicago, Good News!, and ShowBoat. Throughout 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. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

TIFFANY K. ORR (Stage Manager) is originally from Oklahoma. She currently lives in Minneapolis / Saint Paul where she is the production manger for Theater Latte Da. While in the twin cities, she has also stage managed for companies including the Pillsbury House Theatre, The Children’s Theatre Company, Theatre Latte Da, Park Square Theatre, The Playwrights’ Center, The Director’s, and the Guthrie. Previously she has worked on more than a dozen productions as part of the stage management team at the Phoenix Theatre, including Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Women, You Can’t Take It With You, Smokey Joe’s Café and The Will Rogers Follies.

AMANDA BOWMAN (Assistant Stage Manager) is delighted to be returning for her 8th summer at MTWichita, and is very excited to graduate from WSU in December. During the year, she is stage manager for the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and is also a member of IATSE Local 190.

STEVE LANDES (Director of the Apprentice Program / Shopper-Buyer) is proud to return for his eighteenth 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 eight 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!).

JENNIFER FISHER (Signing Interpreter) I’m thrilled and honored to be back for my fourth season at MTWichita. Interpreting music theatre is my dream job and I can’t thank Wayne and his staff enough for letting me return. Music is my passion and bringing that form of entertainment to the Deaf Community has been very rewarding. I keep busy with my two wonderful girls, Kara and Stephanie, and lead the Deaf Ministry at Central Community Church. Sporadically I interpret other theatrical productions in Wichita such as Wicked (2009) and Music Theatre for Young People’s production of No Small Feat (2011). My other interpreting passion (besides MTWichita), is concerts. I’ve worked with: Castin Crowns, Michael W. Smith, Jeremy Camp, and Clay Aiken. I would like to thank my husband for his support and most importantly God for the blessings He’s given me and the opportunity to work in such an amazing place.