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Mary Poppins, MTWichita 2013
June 12-16, 2013

The Tony Award-winning Best Musical is a witty and raucous re-telling of the legend of King Arthur, “lovingly ripped off” from the film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” A team of brilliant comic actors will wring every laugh from this outrageously silly extravaganza. Get your coconuts ready!

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Spamalot
June 12-16, 2013
PG-13

Book and Lyrics by ERIC IDLE
Music by JOHN DU PREZ & ERIC IDLE
A new musical lovingly ripped off from the motion picture “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”
From the original screenplay by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
Original Broadway Production produced by Boyett Ostar Productions, The Shubert Organization, Arielle Tepper Madover, Stephanie McClelland/Lawrence Horowitz, Elan V McAllister/Allan S. Gordon, Independent Producers Network, Roy Furman, GRS Associates, Jam Theatricals, TGA Entertainment, Live Nation

BRUCE WINANT (Arthur) is thrilled to return to MTWichita, having been seen in 2002 as Tateh in Ragtime, and then as Tevye in last summer’s Fiddler on The Roof, for which he was honored with the Mary Jane Teall Award. Bruce recently co-starred opposite George Hamilton in the national tour of La Cage Aux Folles and will be "heard" as several odd machines in Disney’s upcoming animated feature Planes. On Broadway, Bruce has appeared in: La Cage, Chicago, The Phantom of the Opera, Ragtime, Fiddler on the Roof, Miss Saigon and My Favorite Year, as well as the original L.A. production of  Les Misérables, and with the NY City Opera in The Most Happy Fella. On television Bruce has made guest appearances on “Boardwalk Empire,” “Blue Bloods,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “Mildred Pierce,” “Law and Order,” “The West Wing,” “Andersonville,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” and “General Hospital,” and was a regular on the short-lived NBC series “First Years.” As always, many thanks to Wayne and the whole MTW crew and love to Kristin, Arden and Jayce!  www.brucewinant.com

LARRY RABEN (Sir Robin) has been seen here as Lt. Frank Cioffi in Curtains and as Leo Bloom in The Producers, a role he also played on Broadway, in Las Vegas, and around the country. Other New York credits include the Off-Broadway hits I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Man # 1), Forever Plaid (Sparky/original company) which he also performed on London’s West End and at L.A.’s Canon Theatre (Ovation and L.A. Drama Critics Awards), Chess in Concert (New Amsterdam Theatre), and two performances at Carnegie Hall. Regional favorites: Robert in Boeing, Boeing (Norris Theatre), Patrick in The Andrews Brothers (Musical Theatre West – Ovation Award), Johnny Angel in SUDS (Coyote StageWorks), Jerry/ Daphne in Sugar (Gateway Playhouse), Ens. Pulver in Mister Roberts (Old Globe), Ross in Bright Ideas (Laguna Playhouse), Hysterium in A Funny Thing … Forum (Reprise!), Cornelius Hackl in Hello, Dolly! (Pittsburgh CLO), Felix in The Odd Couple (Norris), and Forbidden Broadway (MTWest – Ovation nomination). Film and television include: Lost and Found, Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead, “General Hospital,” “Party of Five,” “Caroline in the City,” and “Genetically Challenged” (pilot) among others. Larry is also an award winning director who received the L.A. Ovation Award for Best Direction of Singin’ in the Rain, and directed a recent new Off-Broadway musical, Falling For Eve, written by Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro. He re-created his original role in Forever Plaid – The Movie which is available on DVD. He is also a newly published children’s book author of Ibby Makes A Wish available at amazon.com. He is delighted to re-join Billy Sprague, with whom he collaborated last year when he first played Sir Robin at Musical Theatre West. Thanks Wayne for bringing me back to delightful Wichita!

DAMON KIRSCHE (Galahad) happily returns to MTWichita, where he has been seen as The Scarlet Pimpernel, Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, King Arthur in Camelot, Franklin Hart, Jr. in 9 to 5, and in concert with Kelli O’Hara. Last fall, Damon starred as Julian Marsh in 4nd Street at California’s Carpenter Center and as Rick Anderson in the new Harold Arlen musical One For My Baby at the New 42nd St. Studios. Favorite roles include Kodaly in She Loves Me and Granite in On the 20th Century (Reprise!), Logos in Eric Whitacre’s Paradise Lost: Shadows & Wings (Carnegie Hall and Walt Disney Concert Hall), Curly in Oklahoma! (CLOSBC), Carl Magnus in A Little Night Music (South Coast Repertory), the Dentist (and others) in Little Shop of Horrors (Cabrillo Music Theatre), and numerous appearances with NY’s Encores Series and L.A.’s Musical Theatre Guild. Recent concerts: the “American Showstoppers” series with the Fred Barton Orchestra at NY’s Schimmel Center, Bruce Kimmel’s “Kritzerland” cabaret series in LA, and with vintage swing orchestra Dean Mora and his “Modern Rhythmists,” with whom he’ll appear July 4th for the 25th Anniversary of Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing series. Damon can be heard on various recordings with Dean Mora and His Orchestra and on the recently released “Lyrics and Music by Charles Bloom: In Here.” He appears as Harry McCarthy in the Civil War film Gods and Generals and as the first “Nuu’bari” on the “Star Trek: Voyager” TV series. Training: Juilliard. DamonKirsche.com.

BRAD BRADLEY (Patsy) is an original Broadway cast member of Monty Python’s Spamalot, and is thrilled to be returning to the show here in Wichita as Patsy, the role he understudied on Broadway. Brad subsequently took over the role and starred as Patsy opposite Gary Beach’s and Richard Chamberlain’s King Arthur on the 1st National Tour of Spamalot. Other Broadway credits include the original cast of People in the Picture, Annie Get Your Gun (with both Bernadette Peters and Reba McEntire), Thou Shalt Not, Steel Pier, and the closing Broadway cast of Billy Elliot. NY/ Off Broadway credits include  Ernest in Love, A Christmas Carol (Madison Square Garden), Cocoanuts, Tin Pan Alley. Encores: Strike up the Band and Bye Bye Birdie. Other recent roles include Marcellus opposite Peter Scolari’s Harold Hill in The Music Man and Sohovik in Damn Yankees. Up next will be Spats in Sugar (Some Like It Hot) at Sacramento Music Circus. This past year Brad made his Carnegie Hall debut, tap danced in a Temple to secure insurance weeks, and canvassed Columbus, Ohio, during the 2012 election. At age 12, Brad was a backup dancer for Michael Jackson in the famous Pepsi commercial.

MONTE RIEGEL WHEELER (Lancelot) has enjoyed a rich and varied career in the arts. He is a familiar face to Wichita audiences, having performed at Cabaret Oldtown, Mosley Street Melodrama, Stage One, The Crown Uptown, and The Forum. For MTWichita Monte’s performances include Sir Harry in Once Upon a Mattress and Harold Nichols in The Full Monty. Other regional credits include Mr.Sowerberry in Oliver!, Mr.MacAffee in Bye Bye Birdie and Lady Enid/ Nicodemos in The Mystery of Irma Vep for Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, and Herr Zeller in The Sound of Music, and Dr.Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Show for The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St.Paul, MN. His performance in Rocky Horror received raves, and he was named Best Actor in a Musical, 2007 by The Twin Cities Star Tribune. While in New York, Monte performed in the original Off-Broadway casts of two new musicals, Streakin’ Through The 70′s and The “IT” Girl (Original Cast Album). He is also a published visual artist, and serves as resident set and costume designer at Cabaret Oldtown. He is overjoyed to be a part of the Summer Season with MTWichita.

SKYLER ADAMS (Historian / Not-Dead-Fred) 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, and then returned last year to guest star as Emmett Forrest in Legally Blonde. Originally from Oklahoma City, OK, and an alum of University of Oklahoma, his other credits include Chicago Shakespeare Theatre: World Premiere of Bartram and Hill’s The Adventures of Pinocchio (Pinocchio); Lyric Opera of Chicago: Oklahoma! (Swing); Paramount Theatre: Hair (Claude), Grease (Danny), Fiddler on the Roof (Motel); Marriott Theatre: Seussical (Wickersham); Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma: Altar Boyz (Matthew), High School Musical (Troy); and Riverside Theatre: Forum…(Hero). Skyler’s other MTWichita shows include My Fair Lady, Big River, All Shook Up, Les Misérables (Enjolras u/s), Gypsy (Yonkers), Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Crazy For You, Annie (Rooster u/s), and Curtains (Aaron u/s). Big thanks to Wayne, his incredible family and God for His great gifts.

JENNIE GREENBERRY (The Lady of the Lake) is delighted not only to make her Music Theatre of Wichita debut, but to do so in one of her dream roles! A native of St. Louis, MO, Jennie is currently based in Kansas City, where she has appeared in numerous theatrical productions and commercials. Off Broadway: Lucky Duck (New Victory Theatre); Regional: Pippin, Little Shop of Horrors, A Christmas Story – The Musical, A Christmas Carol (Kansas City Repertory Theatre), Hairspray (New Theatre), Shipwrecked! (Spinning Tree Theatre), Nuncrackers, Murder by the Book (American Heartland Theatre), Lucky Duck, Seussical, One on this Island, The Wiz, U Bug Me, Atypical Boy, Frindle (Coterie Theatre), and Footloose (Allenberry Playhouse). Much love and many thanks to Mom, Victor, Jill, and John. I am indebted to you all for the gift of your relentless encouragement, support, and of course, your ridiculous humor – it certainly paid off!  http://www.jenniegreenberry.com

TIMOTHY W. ROBU (Bedevere) 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 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 served as Technical Director at the Crown Theatre and Artistic Director of the children’s program for over twenty years there. He now works as an Exhibit Technician for Exploration Place. When not working at Wichita’s fine theatres, Tim has plenty to keep him busy as father to his two daughters, Katie and Francie. 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.

JACK FOCHT (Sir Not Appearing), a local lawyer is appearing in his first MTWichita production. He has frequently acted in the courtroom over the years, but this is his first stage appearance since his college days at Southwestern College where, as a Campus Player, he played Grumio in The Taming of the Shrew and Earnest in The Importance of Being Earnest. That was, however, more than 50 years ago. Jack who always sings with gusto, as any good Methodist should, is happy that his role is a speaking one, since it is a challenge for him to carry a tune.

DANIEL BEVINS is ecstatic to be joining the MTWichita family for his first summer! Originally from Atlanta, GA, Daniel is a rising Junior at Elon University pursuing a BFA in Music Theatre. He has worked professionally at Artpark (Cinderella) and The Muny (Thoroughly Modern Millie and Aladdin!). Favorite past shows include: Hair, A Man of No Importance, The Wild Party, Into the Woods, and Les Misérables. So much love and gratitude to his outstanding family, friends, teachers, and to Wayne, Nancy, and the entire MTWichita family for making this wonderful opportunity possible!

JACOB CHANCELLOR is more than ecstatic to be back at MTWichita! Originally from Edmond, OK, he is going into his senior year at The University of Oklahoma! Credits: OU University: On The Town (Chip), …Forum (Protean). Lyric Theatre OKC: Xanadu, 42nd Street, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Broadway Rose (Oregon): The Drowsy Chaperone (George). MTWichita: The Music Man, Finian’s Rainbow, Sunset Boulevard, Xanadu, Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Thanks and love to family and friends for all the love and support. So thankful for another hot and sunny Wichita summer!

CALEB DICKE is excited to be returning to Wichita for his second summer. He performed last summer in Fiddler on the Roof (Russian), 9 to 5, Honk! (Barnacles), Singin’ in the Rain, and Legally Blonde. He will be a senior dance performance major this fall at Oklahoma City University. While at OCU, he has performed in the American Spirit Dance Company’s Home for the Holidays Christmas Show and Spring Show, as well as Legally Blonde (Kiki) and The Wedding Singer (Billy Idol).

MICHAEL HARTUNG is thrilled to be making his Wichita debut this summer. A native of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, Michael is a rising senior Musical Theatre major at the University of Michigan. Michael also trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England. Some favorite credits include The King and I, Thoroughly Modern Millie (The MUNY) Oliver!, Cats (West Virginia Public Theatre) All’s Well That Ends Well, The Last Tempest (RADA), Chicago, Brigadoon, The Full Monty, Crazy for You (U of M). So much love to family and friends. Go Blue!

EMILY KELLY is looking forward to her debut season with MTWichita, and is excited to join the MTW family this summer! She is from Sacramento, California, and will be entering her sophomore year as a BFA Musical Theatre student at Indiana University. Favorite roles include Thea in Spring Awakening (IU Theatre), the Witch in Into the Woods, Mayzie La Bird in Seussical, and Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd. Emily would like to thank her family and friends back home and at IU for their endless support, and the entire MTW team for this amazing opportunity!

BROOKE LACY, an upcoming senior Musical Theatre major at the University of Oklahoma, is thrilled to return to MTWichita for another fantastic summer season! Favorite credits include: On the Town (Dance Captain/Ensemble), Avenue Q (Mrs. T/Bad Idea Bear U/S), Seussical (Bird Girl), The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Soloist), and OKC Philharmonic’s A Very Merry Pops (Mistletoe). Tremendous amounts of love and thanks to her wonderful family for their support, to Cary and Julie Danielson for inspiring her to do what she loves, and to Wayne, Nancy, Josh, and all of MTW for this amazing opportunity!

NICHOLAS PALMQUIST is a 2013 graduate of Oklahoma City University, with a Bachelor of Performing Arts, and can’t believe it’s already his third season here at Music Theatre of Wichita. Nicholas will have performed in fifteen shows at MTW, with some of his favorites including Legally Blonde (UPS man Kyle), 9 to 5, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, The Music Man, and of course, Singin’ in the Rain. Nicholas has been overwhelmed with opportunity and support from Wayne, Thomas and Nancy and is so incredibly thankful for all they have done for him. Nicholas sends love to his friends, his family, and his outrageously beautiful fiancée.

BECCA PETERSEN is so excited to spend her summer with MTWichita! She is originally from Carmel, Indiana and will be a senior in the fall studying musical theatre at Brigham Young University. Favorite credits: Thoroughly Modern Millie at The Muny (Lucille/ensemble), Dreamgirls at The MUNY (Sweetheart/ensemble), Oklahoma! (Laurey), and Beauty and the Beast (Belle). She recently returned from China performing with the BYU Young Ambassadors. This coming fall she will play the role of Clara in The Light in the Piazza at BYU. Becca would like to thank everyone at MTWichita for this wonderful experience. Also a big thank you to her family and friends for their endless support!

SARAH QUINN, a Wichita native, could not feel more blessed to spend her fourth summer with MTWichita. Some of her favorite shows here include Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Ariel u/s), 9 to 5, and Legally Blonde (Greek Chorus). She recently completed her freshman year at the University of Oklahoma (BFA Musical Theatre) where she made her University Theatre debut in On the Town. Abounding thanks to Wayne and the entire MTWichita family for their continued support and guidance. Love to family, friends, and Jeff for their constant love and encouragement. 1 Peter 4:10-11

BENJAMIN RIVERA feels blessed to be returning to his MTW family for the second time this summer! He recently finished his junior year at Oklahoma City University as a dance performance major. Some favorite past shows include: 7 Brides for 7 Brothers (Benjamin) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Simeon). His favorite shows at MTW include: Legally Blonde (Nikos), Singin’ in the Rain, and 9 to 5. He would like to thank his friends and family for all their unconditional love. Jeremiah 29:11

RIZA TAKAHASHI is thrilled to be a part of MTWichita’s company this summer! Education: BFA in Musical Theatre at The Hartt School. Recent credits include: MUNY: Little Eva/Fan Dancer (King and I), Ensemble (Thoroughly Modern Millie). Woodstock Playhouse: Connie Wong (A Chorus Line), Crissy (HAIR), Charity (Anything Goes). Love and thanks to my family, friends, and the Hartt family, and also to MTWichita for this amazing opportunity!

KATIE WESLER is thrilled to be making her MTWichita debut. She is a senior at CCM majoring in Musical Theatre and is a 2013 winner of the Kurt Weill Foundation of Music Emerging Talent Award. At CCM she has played Sally Slaton in Parade, The Arbiter’s Assistant in Chess, and danced in Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite. Professional roles include Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street (Tent Theatre), Shelby Thorpe in The Spitfire Grill and Maggie Pelletier in Red Herring (Timber Lake Playhouse), and Hunyak in Chicago (Red Mountain Theatre Company). Katie thanks Wayne and Nancy for this wonderful opportunity and her family for their support.

HANNAH FREEMAN (Dance Captain, Swing) is thrilled to return to MTWichita for a second summer! Hannah is a senior musical theatre major at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Favorite CCM credits include Jenny (The Threepenny Opera), Dream Laurey (Oklahoma!) and Fredrika (A Little Night Music). Other credits: Solo Dancer in Oklahoma! with Ashley Brown at the Lyric Opera of Chicago (dir. Gary Griffin). Many thanks to Wayne, Nancy and MTW, and much love to family and DB.

DAN HORN (Dance Captain, Swing) is beyond thrilled to be joining the MTWichita Company for his third season! He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma class of 2013. Some of his favorite roles at the university are Ozzie in On The Town, Wickersham Brother #2 in Seussical the Musical, and The Puppet Master in The Adventures of Pinocchio. He has also loved playing featured roles along with being a company member in all of the MTW productions! He would like to thank Wayne and Nancy for giving him such an amazing opportunity and his family for their endless love and support.

BILLY SPRAGUE, JR. (Director/Choreographer) is proud to be returning to Music Theatre of Wichita after receiving his professional theater start here over 20 years ago. As a choreographer he has helmed several productions of Spamalot, beginning with the first regional production at Sacramento Music Circus in California and Musical Theatre West in Long Beach last year. He has served as Associate Choreographer on Beauty and The Beast, Guys and Dolls, The Little Mermaid, and most recently A Christmas Carol at North Shore Music Theatre. Billy is an accomplished performer who has worked on Broadway in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere u/s), Cats (Munkustrap/Rum Tum Tugger u/s), Spamalot and The Merry Widow at NYC Opera. Other noteworthy accomplishments include touring and regional productions of Footloose, Singin’ In The Rain, West Side Story, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Mame, My Fair Lady, Good News!, Pirates of Penzance and Assassins. Billy is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma where he received his Bachelors of Music. He is currently working on the development of several aviation-themed productions for television. When not busy working as a theatrical artist, Billy is an avid exotic plant collector and licensed pilot.

CAROL BENTLEY (Assistant Choreographer) has worked on Broadway, in films, in commercials, videos, and print. Credits include Monty Python’s Spamalot (Assistant Dance Captain), Wonderful Town, Follies (Astaire Award nom. For Best Female Dancer), Swing! (principal, original cast), On The Town (Dance Captain), Jesus Christ Superstar (Dance Captain), Beauty and the Beast, West Side Story (Velma), A Christmas Carol (Ghost of Future u/s), and the Radio City Music Hall Spectaculars. Regional roles have in included Louise in Carousel (North Carolina Theater) and the Hair Hag in Les Misérables (Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera). Film credits include Disney’s Enchanted and a featured cameo in the Vanessa Williams film Dance With Me. Carol’s television credits include “Guiding Light,” “The Today Show,” “Star Search,” and appearances as a New York Knicks City Dancer; commercials have included Intel, Listerine, and Toyota. Carol is an active dance judge, master class teacher, and creative team assistant, and is pleased to be assisting the talented Billy Sprague here in Spamalot.

THOMAS W. DOUGLAS (Musical Director / Conductor) is thrilled to begin his 14th season with his wonderful artistic family at MTWichita, having led 45 productions with this remarkable company. Thomas has done more than 200 musical theatre, 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 concert of standard choral masterpieces with a fusion rock band and string orchestra accompaniment, plus a presentation of Charlie Chaplin shorts with an all Bach soundtrack. 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.

TIM HATLEY (Scenic and Costume Designer) is a British production designer, winner of 2002 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Private Lives on Broadway, winner of the 2002 Olivier Award for Humble Boy and Private Lives in the West End, and a 1997 Olivier Award for Stanley at the Royal National Theatre. Broadway credits: Spamalot (Drama Desk Award for costumes, Tony nominations for set and costumes), Shrek (Tony Award, two Drama Desk Awards), The Country Girl, Vincent in Brixton, The Crucible, Stanley. Film credits: Stage Beauty (Costume Designer), Closer and Notes on a Scandal (Production Designer). Previous theater work includes working with Theatre de Complicite, Royal National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, English National Opera, and London’s West End. Graduated from Central Saint Martins School of Art, London. www.TimHatley.com

DAVID NEVILLE (Lighting Designer) is thrilled to begin his 30th 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 eighth 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 the fourth season as wig and makeup designer, having been assistant the first year. For her work with MTWichita, Alena is the recipient of a Mary Jane Teall Merit Award for the hair and makeup department. She lives in Wichita and spends most of the year working at Allure Salon. She has been doing hair for fifteen years, has spent six years as an Aveda Color Educator, and is grateful for the opportunity to work with so many talented people. A special thanks to Sandy, Joy and Jocelyn for all your hard work.

MICHELLE A. BISBEE (Property Master) is excited to be joining the MTWichita for the British Invasion! She is a MFA Scenic Design Graduate from the University of Arizona. At the University she scenic designed Nine and Hay Fever, prop mastered four main stage shows, and managed the properties shop. Other credits include Assistant Head of Props for Cirque du Soleil’s LOVE, Properties and Puppets Technician for Cirque du Soleil’s KA, and Scenic Artist for the Utah Shakespearean Festival. Michelle would like to thank her family, friends and new family at the Music Theatre of Wichita for all of their support.

JEFF TAYLOR (Production Manager) is extremely honored to be back with this excellent cast and crew for his 12th summer at MTWichita. Throughout the years since 2000, he’s had the chance to apprentice, build, design, and even act for MTWichita, and now become 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.

AJ KELLISON (Asst. Technical Director) started with Music Theatre of Wichita in 2006 and loves working with the excellent people of MTW. AJ also recently spent a year on the road with the gang of Sesame Street Live. Much love to Mom Dad, and sister Laura.

AMY LARINK (Scene Shop Charge Artist) is excited to be back for her second season. She holds a Bachelors in Theatre from Grand Valley in Michigan and completed the two-year scenic program at Cobalt Studios in New York. She currently lives in Chicago and works full time as the charge artist for the Paramount Theatre.

TYLER LESSIN (Assistant Lighting Designer) is thrilled to be returning to MTWichita for his 6th season. A native Wichitan, Tyler has worked with theatre companies all over town. Favorite design credits include: Urinetown (WSU), Chicago, Sweeney Todd, and Annie Get Your Gun (Crown Uptown), The Mystery of Irma Vep and The Full Monty (Forum Theatre), and Le Nozze di Figaro and Il Trovatore (WGO). Tyler would like to thank Wayne, Nancy, Jeff, David, and the MTW staff for this amazing opportunity, the fantastic electrics crew & IATSE Local 190 for their hard work & dedication, and his family and Kyle for their love and support.

DEBBIE ROBERTS (Costumer / Shop Manager) has designed costumes for many shows here, including Curtains, Fiddler on the Roof, 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, for over 20 years Wichita has been my summer home, and I look forward to meeting new people and learning new skills each time. Enjoy the shows!”

EMILY F. McMULLEN (Stage Manager) is back for her 14th summer with MTWichita. Previous productions here include Legally Blonde, Singin’ in the Rain, Fiddler on the Roof, 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 and also teaches stage management at Tufts University. She has stage managed for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, North Shore Music Theatre, 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 (Production Stage Manager) is originally from Oklahoma. She currently lives in Minneapolis / Saint Paul where she is the production manager 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 BeastThe WomenYou Can’t Take It With YouSmokey Joe’s Café and The Will Rogers Follies.

AMANDA BOWMAN (Assistant Stage Manager) is thrilled to be returning home for her 9th summer at MTWichita, after having graduated from WSU in December. She has also worked for Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Crown Uptown, IATSE #190, Walt Disney World, and Merrimack Repertory Theatre. Next, she will be heading to Ohio to be a Stage Management Intern at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

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

JESSE WARKENTIN (Assistant Musical Director / Keyboards) is amazed to find himself in his 10th consecutive season with MTWichita! He conducted the Festival of Broadway orchestra for five years, and enjoyed music directing High School Musical 2 in 2009. This year he made his debut with the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony as piano soloist, performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue with Maestro Douglas. Throughout the year, Jesse can be found at the new Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre, conducting exciting shows such as this fall’s CATS. “My deepest gratitude to Wayne and Thomas for these special months of rich musical fulfillment at MTWichita, and to my incredible family for their laughter and love.

A History of the Musical by Wayne Bryan

  • Opened on March 17, 2005, Shubert Theatre; 1575 performances
  • Directed by Mike Nichols
  • Choreographed by Casey Nicholaw
  • Scenic and Costume Design by Tim Hatley; Lighting Design by Hugh Vanstone; Make-Up Design by Joseph A. Campany; Hair and Wig Design by David Brian Brown
  • Sound Design by Acme Sound Partners; Special Effects Design by Gregory Meeh; Projection Design by Elaine J. McCarthy
  • Musical Direction and Vocal Arrangements by Todd Ellison; Orchestrations by Larry Hochman; Arranged by Glen Kelly
  • Original Cast featured Tim Curry, David Hyde Pierce, Hank Azaria, Sara Ramirez, Christopher Sieber, Michael McGrath,  Steve Rosen, Christian Borle
  • Based on the 1975 film, featuring the original members of the Monty Python comedy troupe
  • The Broadway cast album is very well performed and a fun souvenir of the show. The DVD and Blu-Ray editions of the original film include entertaining background features.

As explained at the very funny Spamalot website: (http://www.montypythonsspamalot.com/)  “Neither man nor beast Monty Python was in fact a very famous comedy troupe made up of six British comics and an elk that, in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, had a very popular TV show called “Monty Python’s Flying Circus.” Well actually I made the elk bit up.  They were John Cleese, Michael Palin, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and Eric Idle.”

The show, which was broadcast on BBC in Britain and PBS in the States, consisted of comedy sketches, very much like Mad TV or Saturday Night Live is today. The show was hugely popular, and Monty Python grew from being a cult hit to attaining major celebrity status. Monty Python became so popular that they began to create joke filled books, games, movies and all sorts of eccentric memorabilia.

In their first feature-length film Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) they turned their hands to a Mock Arthurian legend. The film depicts how King Arthur gathered together his Knights of the Round Table and set off on a quest to find the Holy Grail. The movie was quickly filmed during the brief hiatus between creating the third and fourth seasons of the TV show.

Thirty years later, long after the split-up of the comedy troupe and the death of member Graham Chapman, Eric Idle tried to interest his surviving former colleagues in collaborating on a musical stage version of the property. He got little support, but did obtain their grudging permission to go ahead with the project. Idle wrote the book and lyrics, and collaborated with frequent Python composer John Du Prez to create the music.

This team wrote all the songs in the stage play, with the exceptions of “”Knights of the Round Table” and “Brave Sir Robin,” which were composed by Neil Innes for the original film, and “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life,” which was originally written by Idle for the film Monty Python’s Life of Brian.

Idle explained how he chose the title for the stage version.

‘I like the title Spamalot a lot. We tested it with audiences on my recent US tour and they liked it as much as I did, which is gratifying. After all, they are the ones who will be paying Broadway prices to see the show. It comes from a line in the movie which goes: “we eat ham, and jam and Spam a lot.”

Idle also talks very amusingly about the difficulty of turning the original film into a stage play, since the movie was pretty much one long “shaggy dog” joke with no real plot. For the stage play, the creators decided that Arthur and his Knights would discover that their true calling was to journey to (as yet undiscovered) America and put on a Broadway show. This allowed them to affectionately spoof classic shows like Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story, and the entire creative output of Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The original 2005 Broadway production, directed by Mike Nichols, was nominated for a phenomenal 14 Tony Awards, winning three, including the big prize for Best Musical of the 2004-2005 season. Its other Tony wins were for director Mike Nichols and featured actress Sara Ramirez. During the show’s initial run it was seen by more than two million people and grossed over $175 million.

The show has also been seen in successful national touring productions, as well as London, Las Vegas, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Germany, Hungary, Sweden, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Poland, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Mexico, Japan, South Korea, and Norway.

We are pleased that our 2013 season at MTWichita begins with this hilarious and lavish romp, guided so ably by Billy Sprague Jr. (veteran of the Broadway and Vegas productions, and a former MTWichita company member), with expert assistance from Carol Bentley, of the Las Vegas production.

ERIC IDLE (Book, Music and Lyrics) has multi-hyphenated his way through life, from being a writer and actor in the legendary Monty Python TV series and movies, to the creator and director of The Rutles. He has appeared on stage singing rude songs with John Du Prez at Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, as well as performing in two highly successful tours, Eric Idle Exploits Monty Python (2000) and The Greedy Bastard Tour (2003), for which they journeyed 15,000 miles across North America in a bus.  His Greedy Bastard Diary of that tour is available from Harper Collins. Their subsequent collaboration, a comic oratorio called Not The Messiah, premiered in Toronto and has been seen around the world. His play Pass The Butler ran for five months in London’s West End; he has written two novels, Hello Sailor and The Road to Mars; a children’s book The Quite Remarkable Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat; and a bedside companion, The Rutland Dirty Weekend Book. Spamalot won him a Tony, a Grammy, and the respect of his wife and children.

JOHN DU PREZ (Composer) A Trevelyan Scholar at Christ Church, Oxford, and Associate of the Royal College of Music, he entered the film industry in 1978, composing additional music for Monty Python’s Life of Brian. This began a long association with Eric Idle, leading eventually to their current writing partnership. He has scored more than 20 feature films, including The Meaning of Life, A Private Function, A Fish Called Wanda, Once Bitten, UHF, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I, II and III. Other Python projects include the Contractual Obligation Album, Monty Python at the Hollywood Bowl, and The Fairly Incomplete & Rather Badly Illustrated Monty Python Song Book. He was musical director for Eric Idle’s two North American stage tours, Eric Idle Exploits Monty Python (2000) and The Greedy Bastard Tour (2003). Spamalot marked his Broadway debut.

CASEY NICHOLAW (Original Choreography) made his Broadway choreographic debut with Spamalot (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC nomiations), followed by his Broadway directorial debut with The Drowsy Chaperone (Tony, Drama Desk, and OCC nominations for direction and choreography). Subsequent Broadway credits: Elf: The Musical and the current smash hit The Book of Mormon, for which he received Tony and Drama Desk Awards as Co-Director with Trey Parker. Additional NY credits: Anyone Can Whistle and Follies (direction and choreography), Bye Bye Birdie (choreography) and Can-Can (musical staging) all for City Center Encores!; Candide starring Patti LuPone and Kristin Chenoweth for NY Philharmonic (also on PBS Great Performances); and Sinatra: His Voice, His World, His Way at Radio City Music Hall directed by Des McAnuff and starring the world famous Rockettes. He directed and choreographed the world premieres of Minsky’s at Center Theater Group and Robin and the 7 Hoods at the Old Globe. Other original musicals Mr. Nicholaw has choreographed include Lucky Duck (The Old Globe) directed by John Rando; The Road to Hollywood (Goodspeed Opera House) directed by Walter Bobbie; and The Prince and the Pauper (5th Avenue Theater/ The Ordway).

June 26-30, 2013

Ever since its debut in London, this has become one of the most beloved musicals in the repertoire. In response to the new film version of this powerful epic, MTWichita has been granted permission to stage a return visit of the triumphantly received stage version we created in 2008, for 7 performances only. Do you hear the people sing?

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Les Misérables
June 26-30, 2013
PG

A musical by ALAIN BOUBLIL and CLAUDE-MICHEL SCHÖNBERG
Based on a novel by VICTOR HUGO
Music by CLAUDE-MICHEL SCHÖNBERG
Lyrics by HERBERT KRETZMER
Original French Text by ALAIN BOUBLIL and JEAN-MARC NATEL
Additional material by JAMES FENTON
Adapted and originally directed by TREVOR NUNN and JOHN CAIRD
Orchestrations by JOHN CAMERON
Original London Production by CAMERON MACKINTOSH
and THE ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

NICHOLAS F. SAVERINE (Jean Valjean) is thrilled to be back “home” in Wichita! First recipient of the Elizabeth B. Koch Young Artist Fellowship Grant, graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and Wichita State University, where he studied voice with Dr. George Gibson and Dr. Dorothy Crum, audiences may remember Nick from his numerous MTWichita roles, including Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, Max in Sunset Boulevard, Archibald in The Secret Garden, Quixote in Man of La Mancha, Rev. Moore in Footloose, Father in Children of Eden, Tony in The Most Happy Fella, Carriere in Phantom, Gus/ Growltiger/ Bustopher Jones in Cats, and his favorite as Wayne’s dad Clem Rogers in The Will Rogers Follies! Twice! Nick is also very proud to have performed locally with the Mosley Street Melodrama, Cabaret Oldtown, Crown Uptown, Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita Community Theatre, Opera Kansas, Wichita Symphony, and WSU Opera Theatre. Nick performed in numerous Words and Music editions with Stage One, and has directed and designed sets for Music Theatre for Young People. Other credits include Broadway: The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables; Tours: Joseph … Dreamcoat; Caroline, or Change; Les Miserables; European: The Phantom of the Opera (Vienna/Hamburg), Les Misérables, Dance of the Vampires (Vienna); Regional: Man of La Mancha (Light Opera Works), Most Happy Fella (American Music Theatre of San Jose), A Christmas Carol (People’s Light and Theatre), The Baker’s Wife (Arden Theatre), Annie Get Your Gun (Hal Prince Theater), Annie, Annie Warbucks and Les Misérables (Walnut Street Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors and The Pirates of Penzance (Louisiana Lyric Opera), Jacques Brel Is … (Skylight Theatre), Camelot (West Virginia Public), and Oliver! (Media Theatre). Nick would like to thank Wayne, Joe, Thomas, Suzanne, and Nancy for another awesome experience in a long list of awesome experiences! And he dedicates his performance to JC, Claude, Gary and Ferdenan … “My friends who sing no more.”

KEVYN MORROW (Inspector Javert) Mr. Morrow’s Broadway credits include the original casts of The Scarlet Pimpernel, Dream, Smokey Joe’s Café, Leader of the Pack as well as Dreamgirls (1987 revival) and A Chorus Line (1990 closing company). His London West End credits include the world premiere of 125th Street (Georgie Blues), and Ragtime (Coalhouse Walker Jr.) – 2004 Olivier Award Nominee for Best Actor in a Musical. Off-Broadway he appeared in the 40th Anniversary Production of The Boys in the Band (Bernard) and Blue (Blue Williams). Regional credits include The Whipping Man (Simon) – 2012 BWW Best Actor Nom, It’s A Wonderful Life – live radio play (Clarence the Angel), Gem of the Ocean (Solly Two Kings), Stormy Weather (Billy Strayhorn) and Broadway bound The First Wives Club (1st Husband Bill) – 2009 NAACP Best Actor Nom. Other credits include David Mamet’s Race (Henry), Radio Golf (Harmond Wilks), The Pajama Game (Sid), The Three Musketeers (Aramis), Five Guys Named Moe (Nomax/ Four-Eyed), Thunder Knockin’ On The Door (Jaguar), Our Town ( Dr. Gibbs), Stone My Heart (Othello) and Tambourines to Glory (Buddy Lomax) – 2005 Helen Hayes Award Nominee for Best Actor. Film credits include Dark Light, The Trade and Stayin’ Alive. Television credits include, most recently, new fall series “Hostages” (guest) “Person of Interest” (recurring), “The Good Wife” (guest), “Elementary” (guest) Kennedy Center Honors (featured) and “Half-Share”- pilot (series regular), as well as “Hope and Faith” (recurring), “Ed” (recurring),”Law and Order” (guest), “Coach” (guest), “Murphy Brown” (guest), “L.A. Law” (guest), “One Life To Live” (recurring), as well as Host of “Kidsworld.” He has previously appeared at MTWichita in Smokey Joe’s Café, as Danny Maguire in Xanadu, and as King Triton in Disney’s The Little Mermaid.

IAN PATRICK GIBB (Marius) is so excited to be back at MTWichita, where he was a member of the company from 2001-2003, 2008 and 2009. A graduate of Oklahoma City University, Ian comes directly from the 25th Anniversary National Tour of Les Misérables where he played the role of Jean Prouvaire and understudied Marius. Regionally, Ian has performed with Paper Mill Playhouse, Pittsburgh CLO, The Fireside Theater, and The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. Favorite roles include Dean in All Shook Up, Joseph in Joseph… Dreamcoat, the Production Tenor in The Producers, and Lucas in The Student Prince. Ian’s two albums, Fill in the Words and The Time of Year for Miracles, are currently available on iTunes or by going to his website www.ianpatrickgibb.com. On July 19th at 8pm, Ian will be giving a concert to help kick-off the 50th Anniversary of his former high school Wichita Collegiate. “Christmas in July,” at Collegiate’s Galichia Auditorium, will be an evening of holiday and musical theater favorites with partial proceeds given to the theater and choral departments. For more information and to purchase tickets head over to his website! Ian couldn’t thank his family, The Mine, Wayne, Nancy, and the whole MTW gang enough for all of their support. Mom and Dad this is for you! Twitter: @ianpatrickgibb

SHAUN-MICHAEL MORSE (Bishop of Digne) is a multi-talented artist whose credits include all aspects of theater and music, including work as a performer, director, and designer. As an actor he has appeared in more than seventy regional and stock productions in both his hometown of Wichita, Kansas, and the San Francisco Bay Area where he lived for eleven years. Bay Area credits include Sir Toby Belch (Twelfth Night), Jasper (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Nathan (Guys and Dolls), and George (Sunday in the Park with George). Wichita credits include Vittorio (Sweet Charity), the Minstrel (Once Upon a Mattress), Lun Tha (The King and I (opposite Kristin Chenoweth)) at MTWichita, Rothko (RED) and Shylock (Merchant of Venice) at the Wichita Center for the Arts, and Tito (Lend Me a Tenor) at Stage One. He is the recipient of eight local-area Mary Jane Teall Theatre awards for acting, directing and set design, and his productions of Inventing Van Gogh, The Grapes of Wrath, Picnic and Moon Over Buffalo have been honored as Best City-Wide Drama/ Comedy in their respective seasons. Mr. Morse holds a Theatre degree from Wichita State University. Shaun-Michael is delighted to return to a role he played here in 2008.

ELEANOR FISHMAN (Fantine) is from Pennington, NJ and is excited to be making her MTWichita debut this summer! She is a rising junior Musical Theatre major at the University of Michigan where she has played Amanda Gronich in The Laramie Project and ensemble in Spring Awakening. Some other favorite roles include Erma in Anything Goes and Maria in The Sound of Music. Thanks to MTW for this wonderful opportunity and to her family both in New Jersey and at UM for their unending love and support.

CAROLYN ANNE MILLER (Eponine) is so excited to be making her debut at Music Theatre of Wichita. As an upcoming junior at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, her favorite credits include Roxie Hart in Chicago, Kim MacAfee in Bye, Bye, Birdie, and Lost Boy (Twin Two) in Peter Pan. A special thanks to MTWichita for this lovely opportunity, and all of my love and thanks to my dear friends and Mom, Dad, Ali, Mock, George, Camille, and Grandma.

KATHRYN BOSWELL (Cosette) is so excited and thankful to be making her MTWichita debut! She is a recent musical theatre graduate of CCM and some of her favorite recent credits include: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Naomi) at Know Theatre of Cincinnati, [title of show] (Heidi), Chess (Svetlana) Spring Awakening (Wendla) at CCM, Little Women (Amy) and Seussical (Mayzie) at CVC, and The Importance of Being Earnest (Cecily) with Hamilton Theatre. Kathryn is also a voice actress with Radio Disney. Thanks to my family, the Lookers, and to God for these pockets of grace!

SEAN RONAYNE (Enjolras), originally from Lake Zurich, Illinois, is excited to be back for his second season with MTWichita, and looks forward to the remaining three productions! He just graduated from Elon University with a BFA in Music Theatre, and will be moving to New York in the fall. Favorite roles include Robbie in A Man of No Importance (Elon University), and all five shows last season at MTWichita, including the Production Tenor (signing “Beautiful Girl”) in last season’s Singin’ in the Rain.. Thanks and love to Mom, Dad, Brian, Bridget, and also Wayne, Nancy, and Thomas for the wonderful opportunities and endless support!

TIMOTHY W. ROBU (Thénardier) 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 Bedevere in Spamalot, 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 in Gypsy, and Lazar Wolf in Fiddler. Tim also performs at several other venues in the Wichita area, including Mosley Street Melodrama and the Crown Uptown Theatre. Tim served as Technical Director for the Crown Theatre and Artistic Director of the children’s program for over twenty years. He now works as an Exhibit Technician for Exploration Place. When not working at Wichita ‘s fine theatres, Tim has plenty to keep him busy as father to his two daughters, Katie and Francie. 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.

KAREN L. ROBU (Madame Thénardier) happily returns to MTW having performed in 15 of the past 18 seasons. Highlights include Rose in Gypsy, Madame Thenardier in Les Misérables, Golde in Fiddler on the Roof, Roz in 9-5, Mayor Matilda Hyde in All Shook Up, Ms. Darbus in High School Musical, Martha Watson in White Christmas, the Wicked Witch in Wizard of Oz, Emma Goldman in Ragtime, Maureen / Lowbutt in HONK! (2001 and 2012 productions), Dolly in Annie Get Your Gun and Mayzie in Seussical. Karen’s 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’s two beautiful daughters, age 14 and 10, enjoy performing as well and will be seen onstage this summer. Karen recently graduated from Phillips Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. She is Minister of Faith Formation for Plymouth Congregational Church in Wichita and invites the entire city to her ordination ceremony on September 15. Thanks to Wayne for another opportunity to spend the summer at MTW and to her favorite actor, husband Tim for his love and support.

EMMA BOYLE (Young Cosette) is tremendously honored to be making her MTWichita debut as Young Cosette. She is looking forward to being a 6th grader at Central Christian Academy. Emma is a dance and drama student at the Wichita Children’s Theater and has been in a number of performances there including Cheaper by the Dozen and Beauty and the Beast. Emma would like to thank her family for their unconditional love and support and is thankful to God for the gifts He has given her.

ZE’EV BARMOR (Gavroche) is beyond thrilled to be returning to MTWichita, having appeared last year in Fiddler on the Roof. His past shows include WCTDC’s Guys and Dolls Jr. and Honk Jr. When he isn’t singing or dancing, he is preparing for his Bar Mitzvah this October. He would like to thank Wayne for believing he could take on this amazing role, and his voice coach Miss Amy. Much love to my mom, papa, yia yia and Hadasa for their support. Go Ari!!!

HANNAH KINTZEL (Young Eponine) is thrilled to be performing again with MTWichita!  She has appeared with MTW in Music Man, and as a featured duckling in HONK!  Hannah also loves performing with Christian Youth Theater, where she has been in Annie, Cinderella, and Charlotte’s Web. This busy 5th grader began her love for music theater with roles in children’s choir  at church, and  also dances at Kansas Dance Academy.  She would like to thank all of the MTW staff, Linda McGinness, Karen Schwertfeger, Reed Bishop, and Lauren Hirsh.

ROBERT ARIZA (2nd MTWichita season) He is a rising senior pursuing a BFA from The University of Michigan. Recent UM credits: Sunday in the Park with George (Mr./Lee Randolph), Spring Awakening (Hanschen), Next Fall (Brandon). Recent awards: Emerging Talent Award from the Lotte Lenya Competition sponsored by the Kurt Weill Foundation, Roger Sturtevant Award in Musical Theatre through Actors’ Equity. Thanks to everyone at MTW, and his family and friends in NY and at UM.  

DANIEL BEEMAN (MTW debut) Originally from Bellevue, Nebraska, Daniel will be a senior at UMKC in the fall. His favorite performances include Next To Normal (Gabe), The Nutcracker (Ensemble), the World Championships of Irish Dance, the Celtic Irish Dance Festival at Walt Disney World, and many performances with the Omaha Symphony. Many thanks to friends, the Stanek clan, Mom, Dad, Jean, Chris, Bri, and Tricia for their undying support!

DANIEL BEVINS made his MTW debut in Spamalot. Originally from Atlanta, GA, Daniel is a rising junior at Elon University pursuing a BFA in Music Theatre. He has worked professionally at Artpark (Cinderella) and The Muny (Thoroughly Modern Millie and Aladdin!). Past favorites include: Hair, A Man of No Importance, The Wild Party, Into the Woods, and Les Misérables. So much love and gratitude to his outstanding family, friends, teachers, and to Wayne, Nancy, and the entire MTWichita family for making this wonderful opportunity possible!

JACOB CHANCELLOR (2nd MTW season) Originally from Edmond, OK, he is going into his senior year at The University of Oklahoma! Credits: OU University: On The Town (Chip), …Forum (Protean). Lyric Theatre OKC: Xanadu, 42nd Street, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Broadway Rose (Oregon): The Drowsy Chaperone (George). MTWichita: Spamalot, The Music Man, Finian’s Rainbow, Sunset Boulevard, Xanadu, Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Thanks and love to family and friends for all the love and support.

KIM CORBETT (MTW debut) This fall she will begin her senior year as a BFA in musical theatre at Penn State University, where she was most recently seen as Susan in [title of show]. Previous credits also include All Shook Up (Natalie), Bernstein’s Mass (Swing), and Grand Hotel (Raffaela). Love to Mom&Dad. kimberlycorbett.com

IAN CUMMINGS   worked with MTW last summer in “Fiddler on the Roof” and the Teen Choir, and other credits include Grease, High School Musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Willy Wonka. Ian is a recipient of scholarships for acting, dancing, and script-writing, and a high school senior from Ponca City, Oklahoma. He hopes to pursue a career in Music Theatre at either OU or UCO.

JORDAN DE LEON MTW debut. Born and raised in Chicago, Jordan is a rising senior musical theatre major at the University of Cincinnati – CCM. CCM credits: Chess, The Threepenny Opera with Robin Guarino, Spring Awakening, Out of This World, The Civil War. Elsewhere: Anything Goes (Luke), Godspell (Lamar), and All Shook Up at West Virginia Public Theatre; Pippin at The Carnegie (Covington, KY). Much love to Mom, Papa, Jared, and all of his teachers, both past and present. For Grandma.

CALEB DICKE (2nd MTW season) Performed last summer in Fiddler on the Roof (Russian), 9 to 5, Honk! (Barnacles), Singin’ in the Rain, and Legally Blonde. He will be a senior dance performance major this fall at Oklahoma City University. While at OCU, he has performed in the American Spirit Dance Company’s Home for the Holidays Christmas Show and Spring Show, as well as Legally Blonde (Kiki) and The Wedding Singer (Billy Idol).

HANNAH FREEMAN (2nd MTW season) Hannah is a senior musical theatre major at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Favorite CCM credits include Jenny (The Threepenny Opera), Dream Laurey (Oklahoma!) and Fredrika (A Little Night Music). Other credits: Solo Dancer in Oklahoma! with Ashley Brown at the Lyric Opera of Chicago (dir. Gary Griffin). Many thanks to Wayne, Nancy and MTW, and much love to family and DB.

REBECCA GANS is a Wichita native and a dance performance major at Oklahoma City University. Her favorite credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie), Footloose (Ariel) and The Pajama Game (Gladys). Performing with MTW created some of Rebecca’s favorite memories as a kid, and she is excited to be a company this summer. Thanks to her family, friends, and The Man up above for supporting her in all her dreams.

CLAIRE GERIG MTWichita debut. A Wichita native, she will be a senior at Wichita State University pursuing a BFA in Music Theatre where she was last seen as Amalia in She Loves Me, directed by Wayne Bryan. While a student at Maize High School, Claire was selected to represent the Jester Awards in the Leading Actress category at the National High School Musical Theater Awards in New York City. Thanks to Wayne and all of MTWichita. Love to Linda, Amy, Pina, Marie, Bret, Mom & Dad.

DYLAN HARRIS is so thrilled to be a part of the MTWichita family this summer as a teen intern! Next year Dylan will be an incoming freshman at Wichita State University, where he will major in musical theatre. You may have seen Dylan in Xanadu, Finian’s Rainbow or Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Dylan would like to thank his family for all of their love and support, Wayne, Nancy, Josh, and the directors for giving him a really great opportunity!

MICHAEL HARTUNG made his MTW debut with Spamalot. A native of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, Michael is a rising senior Musical Theatre major at the University of Michigan. Michael also trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England. Past favorites include The King and I, Thoroughly Modern Millie (The MUNY) Oliver!, Cats (West Virginia Public Theatre) All’s Well That Ends Well, The Last Tempest (RADA), Chicago, Brigadoon, The Full Monty, Crazy for You (U of M). So much love to family and friends. Go Blue!

CATHERINE HELM (2nd MTW season) A rising senior at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music’s Musical Theatre program, Catherine’s favorite roles include: Mae in Street Scene, Molly in The Threepenny Opera, and Lucinda in Into the Woods. Other favorites include Oklahoma!, Out of this World, Under Construction II, and Into a Lamplit Room. Love and thanks to friends and family, and to Wayne, Nancy, and the MTW family.

DAN HORN (3rd MTWichita season) He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma class of 2013. Some of his favorite roles at the University are Ozzie in On The Town, Wickersham Brother #2 in Seussical the Musical, and The Puppet Master in The Adventures of Pinocchio. Thanks to Wayne and Nancy for giving him such an amazing opportunity and his family for their endless love and support.

EMILY KELLY made her MTW debut with Spamalot. She is from Sacramento, California, and will be entering her sophomore year as a BFA Musical Theatre student at Indiana University. Favorite roles include Thea in Spring Awakening (IU Theatre), the Witch in Into the Woods, Mayzie La Bird in Seussical, and Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd. Thanks to her family and friends back home and at IU for their endless support, and the entire MTW team.

BROOKE LACY (2nd MTW season) She is an upcoming senior Musical Theatre major at the University of Oklahoma. Favorite credits include: On the Town (Dance Captain/Ensemble), Avenue Q (Mrs. T/ Bad Idea Bear U/S), Seussical (Bird Girl), The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Soloist), and OKC Philharmonic’s A Very Merry Pops (Mistletoe). Love and thanks to her wonderful family for their support, to Cary and Julie Danielson for inspiring her, and to Wayne, Nancy, Josh, and all of MTW for this amazing opportunity!

ELLIOTT MATTOX (2nd MTW season)  Elliott performed here in The Music Man, Finian’s Rainbow, Sunset Boulevard, Xanadu, and Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Other credits include Jack (Into the Woods), Tobias Ragg (Sweeney Todd), Phil D’Armano (The Wild Party) at Oklahoma City University; Hugo Peabody (Bye Bye Birdie) at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma. He will be a senior musical theatre major at OCU in the fall. Love and gratitude to Wayne and everyone at MTW, and to his friends and families at OCU and in Kentucky.

EVAN MAYER (2nd MTW season) Originally from Milwaukee, WI, Evan recently graduated from Indiana University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. MTW: Fiddler on the Roof (Motel), Legally Blonde (Kiki), 9 to 5, Honk!, Singin’ in the Rain. Other favorites include Cabaret (Emcee), Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), and Sweeney Todd (Anthony). While in school he spent two years recording and performing with IU’s Grammy-nominated Singing Hoosiers as a featured soloist, with notable performances in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. Love and thanks to Wayne and Nancy, and to my family and friends for their incredible support.

ALEXANDER H. MILLER  (MTW debut) From OKC, OK, Alex is a musical theatre major at the University of Michigan in the class of 2016. Thanks to Amy, JBR, Jay, Dr. Bill, and Dr. H. for years of training and continued encouragement. Love to Mom, Dad, and Elle for the unconditional support, and thanks to Wayne, Nancy and MTW. Thank you to the entire UMICH faculty and friends especially Brent Wagner, Linda Goodrich and Catherine Walker Adams. Credits: UMich: Crazy for You; Lyric Theatre OKC: Oliver!, Hairspray. Go Blue!

CHET NORMENT (2nd season at MTW) where credits include Legally Blonde (Pforzheimer), Singin’ in the Rain, Honk!, 9 to 5, and Fiddler on the Roof. Regional: Joseph…Dreamcoat (Theatre of the Stars), Hairspray (IQ/Dance Captain, ZACH Theatre), Deborah Cox’s Everybody Dance (The Mirage). University: Crazy for You (Pete/Dance Captain), She Loves Me, Tapped Out, and Dancing in the Blackbox. Film: Right on Sunset (Steve). Chet will be a senior BFA Acting major at Elon University this fall. Love to Wayne, Nancy, the Fam, and Kit!

NICHOLAS PALMQUIST 3rd MTWichita season.  Nick is a 2013 graduate of Oklahoma City University, with a Bachelor of Performing Arts, Nicholas’ fifteen MTW shows include Legally Blonde (UPS man Kyle), 9 to 5, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, The Music Man, and of course, Singin’ in the Rain. Nicholas sends thanks to Wayne, Thomas and Nancy for the overwhelming opportunities and support, and love to his friends, his family, and his outrageously beautiful fiancé.

BECCA PETERSEN made her MTW debut in Spamalot  She is originally from Carmel, Indiana and will be a senior in the fall studying musical theatre at Brigham Young University. Favorite credits: Thoroughly Modern Millie at The MUNY (Lucille/ensemble), Dreamgirls at The MUNY (Sweetheart/ensemble), Oklahoma! (Laurey), and Beauty and the Beast (Belle). She recently performed in China with the BYU Young Ambassadors, and this fall will play Clara in The Light in the Piazza at BYU. Gratitude to everyone at MTWichita, and a big thank you to her family and friends for their endless support!

SARAH QUINN  (4th MTW season)  Sarah, a Wichita native, recently completed her freshman year at the University of Oklahoma (BFA Musical Theatre), and made her University Theatre debut in On the Town. Favorite MTW shows include Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Ariel u/s), 9 to 5, and Legally Blonde (Greek Chorus). Thanks to Wayne and the entire MTWichita family, and love to family, friends, and Jeff for their constant love and encouragement. 1 Peter 4:10-11

MADDIE RAZOOK , an incoming freshman musical theatre major at Oklahoma City University, is thrilled to be performing with MTWichita again. Some past credits include Rizzo (Grease), Yonah (Children of Eden), Rona (Spelling Bee), Lucy (Charlie Brown), Little Sally (Urinetown) and Jo (Little Women). Thanks to Wayne, Josh, and Nancy for the opportunity, to all of her wonderful mentors, and to her incredibly supportive family and friends. Most importantly, she would like to thank God for always pointing her in the right direction. ”Every single day, do something that makes your heart sing.”

BENJAMIN RIVERA (2nd MTWichita season) He recently finished his junior year at Oklahoma City University as a dance performance major. Some favorite past shows include: 7 Brides for 7 Brothers (Benjamin) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Simeon). Favorites at MTW include: Legally Blonde (Nikos), Spamalot, Singin’ in the Rain, and 9 to 5. He would like to thank his friends and family for all their unconditional love. Jeremiah 29:11

RIZA TAKAHASHI made her MTW debut with Spamalot. Education: BFA in Musical Theatre at The Hartt School. Recent credits include: MUNY: Little Eva/Fan Dancer (King and I), Ensemble (Thoroughly Modern Millie). Woodstock Playhouse: Connie Wong (A Chorus Line), Crissy (HAIR), Charity (Anything Goes). Love and thanks to my family, friends, and the Hartt family, and also to MTWichita for this amazing opportunity!

ANDY TOFA (MTW debut) Andy is currently a student at OU’s School of Musical Theatre (2016). OU credits include: School of Dance’s Cinderella and School of Musical Theatre’s On the Town. He is from California, but he currently lives in Saint George, Utah. His nationality is Filipino and Samoan, he enjoys playing sports, and greatly enjoys food from different ethnicities.  He is grateful for the love and support of his friends and family. He is excited to be a part of the MTWichita family.

KATIE WESLER made her MTWichita debut with Spamalot. A senior Musical Theatre major at CCM, Katie received the 2013 Kurt Weill Foundation of Music Emerging Talent Award and the 2013 Roger Sturtevant Award from Actors’ Equity. CCM credits include Parade (Sally Slaton), Chess (The Arbiter’s Assistant), and Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite. Professional roles include Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street (Tent Theatre), Shelby Thorpe in The Spitfire Grill and Maggie Pelletier in Red Herring (Timber Lake Playhouse), and Hunyak in Chicago (Red Mountain Theatre Company). Thanks to Wayne and Nancy, and to her family for their support.

HAYLEY WILHELM  (MTWichita debut) Hayley is a dance management major at Oklahoma City University and just completed her junior year. She has been seen in numerous American Spirit Dance Company shows at OCU and in Legally Blonde at OCU. She has also danced in the Mary Kay Cosmetics 2012 International Seminar. Thanks to Wayne, Nancy, and Josh, and to her husband Zachary, Mom, Dad, Hannah, and Grandmommy for their support!

ZACK WILHELM  (3rd MTW season) Zack is a part of the 2013 graduating Musical Theatre class at Otterbein University, where credits include Paul in Carnival, Eddie in Andrew Lippa’s Wild Party, and Robert Martin in The Drowsy Chaperone. Thanks to everyone at MTWichita for the amazing opportunity, and endless gratitude to his wife Hayley (whom he has the joy of performing alongside this summer), Nick, Mom, and to the Good Lord for a truly wonderful life!

SUMIRE YU is ecstatic to be making her MTWichita debut and to be a part of the family this summer! Originally from Tokyo, Japan, Sumire is a junior musical theatre major at Elon University. Elon credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Marcy Park) and Hair (Tribe). Thank you to my family at home and at Elon for their endless love and support, as well as Wayne, Nancy, and MTW for this incredible opportunity.

ARI BARMOR (Gavroche u/s) is incredibly excited to be back at MTWichita, having appeared in last year’s Fiddler on the Roof. He has participated in WCTDC’s Guys and Dolls Jr., Honk Jr. and Thwacked. Thanks to Wayne, the music theater family and Miss Amy. So much love to my mom, papa, yia yia and my beautiful sister Hadasa. Go Ze’ev!

FRANCIE ROBU (Young Cosette u/s) played a froglet in last year’s production of HONK! Other roles include Matilde in Willy Wonka and Thing One in Seussical, both with Music Theatre for Young People. Francie has taken dance since she was three years old and has been a company member at MGM Studio of the Dance for the past three years. She looks forward to being in the 5th grade this fall. Thanks to Wayne for the great opportunity!

July 10-14, 2013

A summer at Music Theatre would be incomplete without at least one lavish re-mounting of a beloved classic. It’s been more than a decade since we’ve offered this glorious Rodgers and Hammerstein creation. The true story of the clash of wills and cultures between an English schoolteacher and a Siamese monarch is rich with memorable songs like “Hello, Young Lovers,” “We Kiss in a Shadow,” “Getting to Know You,” “Shall We Dance?” and “Something Wonderful.”

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The King and I
July 10-14, 2013
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Music by RICHARD RODGERS
Book and Lyrics by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II
Based on “Anna and the King of Siam” by Margaret Landon
Original Choreography by Jerome Robbins

KIM HUBER (Anna) couldn’t be happier to return to MTWichita for her 14th show, and to be reunited with Thom Sesma, her very first leading man here in Paint Your Wagon. She has since been blessed to return to MTWichita to star in Good News!, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (opposite her husband, Roger Befeler), Phantom, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, White Christmas, My Fair Lady and Finian’s Rainbow. Kim starred on Broadway as Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (and originated the National Tour), and was an original cast member of Sunset Boulevard (with Glenn Close) and Marie Christine. Her portrayal of Nellie Collins in the Floyd Collins National Tour earned her both Barrymore and Jeff Award nominations. Now a resident of L.A., she has starred in the L.A. premieres of The Last Five Years (Cathy), The Spitfire Grill (Shelby), The Marvelous Wonderettes (Missy, L.A. Drama Critics Award) and Having It All (Lizzie, Ovation Award Nom). Favorite Credits include: The Sound of Music(Maria, 5th Ave Theatre), Chess (Florence, Alliance Theatre), She Loves Me (Amalia, Rubicon Theatre), Show Boat (Magnolia, Ft Worth Symphony and Casa Manana), and she can be heard as the singing voice of “Sleeping Beauty”  on Disney Records. Proud Mom to Paige and Adam, she is grateful for all of her beloved teachers; Mom, Dad, Wayne, Mark and Jan.

THOM SESMA (The King) is beyond thrilled to return to MTWichita, where he appeared in Paint Your Wagon (1992) and Gigi (1994). The King and I reunites him with director Mark Madama (Paint Your Wagon and Gigi) and Kim Huber (his leading lady in Paint Your Wagon), as well as with the irreplaceable Wayne Bryan who directed Thom at University High School in San Diego (1973). Other theatre credits include leading roles on Broadway and in national tours: The Times They Are A-Changin’, The Lion King, Search & Destroy, Titanic, Miss Saigon, Chu Chem and others. Off-Broadway credits include NSYF/Public Theatre (Cymbeline, Othello), the Roundabout, Second Stage, The Drama Department, The Mint, NAATCO, Epic Theatre and others. Numerous regional credits including time well spent in plays, musicals and classical theatre at The Old Globe, Yale Rep, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse, The McCarter, Two Rivers Theatre Co., Arena Stage, Baltimore Center Stage, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, many more. Some TV and Film credits: The Good WifeSingle Ladies, Third WatchLaw & OrderCanterbury’s Law, Over/ Under, Lay The Favorite, Building Girl, and getting shot point-blank in the head in Person of Interest. Immediately after The King and I closes, Thom will be reunited with the role of The Engineer for the first time since 1997 when he begins rehearsals for a new production of Miss Saigon, directed by Eric Schaeffer, at the famed Signature Theatre in Washington DC, Directing credits include Jennifer Camp’s Natural History (Walnut Street Theatre), Life (x) 3 (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), and Outcry (NAATCO), along with Hair, Lend Me a Tenor, The Drawer Boy, Once in a Lifetime, Waiting for Lefty, Phantom!, Me and My Girl, and others in various regional, university and stock theatres across the country. Best credit yet: Married Penelope Daulton on April 20. Proud member AEA, SAG-AFTRA and SDC. Colossians 3:12-17

TAMI SWARTZ (Lady Thiang) Hailed by The Washington Post as “A lithe soprano…especially clean and well modulated,” Tami Swartz is a singing actor with a varied career in opera, theater, new music and jazz.  Opera roles include Madama Butterfly, Gilda, Musetta, Heloise (in Offenbach’s Bluebeard) and Lúthien (in Leithian based on “Beren & Lúthien” from Tolkien’s The Silmarillion by Adam Klein) at Metro Lyric, Harrisburg, Connecticut, Connecticut Grand, Fort Lauderdale, Long Beach opera companies, and Liederkranz Opera Theatre. Theater credits, Off-Broadway and Regional, include: Polly Peachum and Polly in Beggar’s Holiday (Duke Ellington) and The Threepenny Opera, Lady Thiang in The King and I, Cunegonde in Candide and Sharon in Master Class with York Theatre Company, Harrisburg Opera, East Carolina Summer Theatre, Caldwell Theatre Company.  New music and jazz performances include concerts with world-class jazz musicians Ray Anderson, Al Grey, Christian McBride, Chris Potter, Valery Ponomarev, Ted Rosenthal & Randy Sandke at Bern Music Festival, Carnegie Hall, and in jazz venues across the U.S. Visit her website at: http://www.tamiswartz.com; follow her on Twitter:@t_swartz.  Many thanks to Wayne Bryan for giving her the opportunity to return to MTWichita and reprise the role of Lady Thiang!

ALAN ARIANO (The Kralahome) Music Theatre of Wichita debut!  Broadway: M. Butterfly, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Shogun: The Musical, Flower Drum Song (National Tour), and Miss Saigon (from Original Company to Closing Company – 10 years to the day). Off Broadway: Shanghai Moon (opposite Charles Bush) and Pan Asian Rep’s Imelda.  World premieres include Geffen Playhouse’s Extraordinary Chambers, Portland Center Stage’s Snow Falling on Cedars, Prospect Theater’s Honor, and Diverse City Theatre’s The Encounter. Regional Theatres include the Kennedy Center, The MUNY, Segerstrom Center, Walnut Street Theatre, Pioneer Theater, The 5th Avenue, TUTS Houston, San Diego CLO and Weston Playhouse. Favorite stage roles include The King (The King and I), Bishop and Grantaire (Les Misérables), Ito (Mame), and Gonzalo (The Tempest). TV credits include “Harry’s Law,” “Leverage,” “Law & Order,” “As the World Turns,” “One Life to Live,” “Parco, P.I.,” “Saturday Night Live,” and guest starring with Isabella Rossellini on HBO’s “Treme” as Annie’s parents. After this production, Mr. Ariano proudly continues to Sacramento Music Circus where he will reprise the role of The Kralahome for the 6th time in his career.

KAY TRINIDAD (Tuptim) is delighted to make her Music Theatre of Wichita debut!  Broadway:The Little Mermaid (Aquata/ Original Broadway cast). Off-Broadway: Bare: A Pop Opera (Diane/ Original NY Cast), The Roar of the Greasepaint, Ninja the Musical (Martha/ Kit). Regional Theater/ National Tours: Allegiance (Wendy Mugiishi), Seussical the Musical, Making Tracks, Bye Bye Birdie. Kay performed as Marcy Park on the Stage Stars recording of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. She studied at The Lee Strasberg Institute at NYU’s Tisch. Unending thanks to her family, friends, and teachers, her agents at Harden-Curtis, and also to Wayne Bryan for giving her the opportunity to play this role! An especially big hug and all my love goes to Mom, Dad, Até Chris and Frank, Apey, Big Al and Joan, and my rock and love, Mr. Michael Karns. Thank you to the One above for all the beautiful blessings in my life. Proud member of AEA. www.kaytrinidad.com

KARL JOSEF CO (Lun Tha) is beyond thrilled to make his MTWichita debut in The King and I! He most recently appeared as Cornelius Hackl in Hello, Dolly! Off-Broadway at The Signature Theatre directed by Lee Roy Reams and produced by Baayork Lee. He also understudied and performed the leading role of Sammy Kimura in the new Broadway-bound musical Allegiance in its World Premiere at The Old Globe opposite Lea Salonga and George Takei. Other credits include: Miss Saigon (Fulton Theatre), Suites by Sondheim (Lincoln Center), Costs of Living(Stephen Schwartz/ ASCAP), and The King and I (North Shore). TV: “Bad Advice From My Brother” (Comedy Central), “Hung” (HBO). Praise be to God! Thanks to Mom, Dad, and Mico for their unending love and support! Thanks to Joel, Michael, and Christopher at CGF! Thanks to Wayne and the entire MTWichita family! Proud graduate of the University of Michigan – GO BLUE! Twitter: @KarlJosefCo

EDWARD STURM (Louis) is thrilled to be back at MTWichita for his third summer. Some of his favorite theatre credits include Billy, the duckling, in last year’s production of HONK! at MTWichita, Jojo in MTYP’s Seussical, and Little Jake in The Crown Uptown’s Annie Get Your Gun.  He is also very excited to play Michael Banks in Mary Poppins later this summer. Edward will be in the 6th grade at The Independent School this fall, swims year round at the Wichita Swim Club and plays cello and trombone. A big thanks to Wayne, Amy, Mom, Dad & Claire, God, and all of the great people at MTW!

TIMOTHY T.V. CAO (Prince Chulalongkorn) is so excited to be performing the role of Prince Chulalongkorn in MTWichita’s production of The King and I. A few of his favorite roles are Winnie the Pooh (KIDS), and Knight #2 (Once Upon a Mattress) with MTYP, and he enjoyed performing at MTW’s Curtain Up! gala last May. Timothy has been active in dance and Gymnastics for the last 8 years. He is a multiple National Scholarship Winner. Timothy performs throughout Wichita with the Broadway Kids of the Future. Timothy’s dream is to make it to New York. He wants to thank MTWichita for this wonderful opportunity, along with his Mom and Dad for being his Biggest Fans!

LISA GILLESPIE (Eliza / Fan Dancer) is very excited to participate in her first production with MTWichita. Most recently she worked as principal dancer with Raiford Rogers Modern Ballet and Santa Fe Opera in Maometto II and King Roger. Lisa has also performed principal roles with Los Angeles Opera, Seattle Opera, Dallas Opera, Washington National Opera and Houston Grand Opera among others.  Operas include The Merry Widow, AidaQueen of SpadesLa TraviataTurondotVanessaPearl FishersDie Fledermaus and Carmen.  Musical theater roles include Louise in Carousel and Dream Laurey in Oklahoma!  She received her dance training on scholarship at the North Carolina School of the Arts and San Francisco Ballet.  With Ballet Arizona she danced principal and soloist roles and has danced original works with Raiford Rogers Modern Ballet for 12 years in Los Angeles, London and New York.

JASMINE EJAN (Angel / George) is thrilled to make her debut at Musical Theatre of Wichita!  Jasmine opened the 2011 national tour of Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan as Tiger Lily.  See her fight skills as Ninja in www.fantasywomenbattles.com (and vote for her!). She also dances with Bollywood Step Dance Troupe (My Fair Wedding, Cupcake Wars, Legion of Extraordinary Dancers).  Proud credits:  Celine Dion’s A New Day and singing with her on “The Tonight Show.”  Film/TV: “Oprah,” “World Music Awards,” performing with Elton John.  B.A. in dance from UC Irvine, M.Ed from UNLV.  Thanks to Peggy, Mark, & Thomas.  Love to my family & friends! www.JasmineEjan.com

MARK CLARK (Sir Edward) is happy to be back at MTW after performing the role of the Constable in last year’s production of Fiddler on the Roof. Mark 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 Wichita State University. Mark has taught and directed music for over 30 years to students in public schools, arts academies and colleges.Besides his teaching and directing credits, Mark has been a professional actor in dinner and regional theatre since 1975. Some of his 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 three grandchildren. Mark is grateful to Wayne Bryan for this opportunity to leave the small town for a while to come “play” in the big city.

TIMOTHY W. ROBU (Capt. Orton) is delighted to be a part of this year’s MTWichita season, as well as many previous ones. Audiences may remember Tim in past roles such as Thenardier inLes Misérables, Bedevere in Spamalot, 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 in Gypsy, and Lazar Wolf in Fiddler. Tim also performs at several other venues in the Wichita area, including Mosley Street Melodrama and the Crown Uptown Theatre. Tim served as Technical Director for the Crown Theatre and Artistic Director of the children’s program for over twenty years. He now works as an Exhibit Technician for Exploration Place. When not working at Wichita ‘s fine theatres, Tim has plenty to keep him busy as father to his two daughters, Katie and Francie. 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.

HARRY ROBERT PERRIN (Phra Alack) is beyond excited to return to MTWichita, where he appeared as The Club Owner in Miss Saigon in 2009, with the late Kevin Gray. Harry is a proud Musical Theatre Performance graduate of The University of Oklahoma. In New York, Harry has appeared in several readings/ workshops of new musicals and plays, as well as several concerts, most notably, The 27th Annual Drama League Benefit (w/ Patti LuPone) and Kerrigan+ Lowdermilk’s “You Made This Tour” tri-state concert tour, directed by Daniel Goldstein. He appears as a vocalist on K+L’s new album, “K+L: Live.” Harry has also worked in other performing arts mediums, assisting in the casting of the national tour of South Pacific, directed by Sarna Lapine, and sound engineering for the likes of Gavin DeGraw, Ernie Halter, Polica, and others. Favorite regional/stock credits include: the title role in Pippin, Chip (…Spelling Bee), Charlie & Linus (YAGMCB), Nathan Detroit (Guys and Dolls), Leonato (Much Ado About Nothing), and as an actor with the Houston Grand Opera. Harry currently serves as a Director/Instructor and Technical Director for the Houston Family Arts Center. He is beyond excited to return to NYC, in the Fall of ’14 with his brother, Jackson, who he is blessed to share the stage with in this production. Thanks to Wayne, Nancy, and MTWichita for this wonderful opportunity.

ROBERT ARIZA 2nd MTWichita season. He is a rising senior pursuing a BFA from The University of Michigan. Recent UM credits: Sunday in the Park with George (Mr./Lee Randolph),Spring Awakening (Hanschen), Next Fall (Brandon). Recent awards: Emerging Talent Award from the Lotte Lenya Competition sponsored by the Kurt Weill Foundation, Roger Sturtevant Award in Musical Theatre through Actors’ Equity. Thanks to everyone at MTW, and his family and friends in NY and at UM.

DANIEL BEEMAN debuted here in Les Misérables. Originally from Bellevue, Nebraska, Daniel will be a senior at UMKC in the fall. His favorite performances include Next To Normal (Gabe),The Nutcracker (Ensemble), the World Championships of Irish Dance, the Celtic Irish Dance Festival at Walt Disney World, and many performances with the Omaha Symphony. Many thanks to friends, the Stanek clan, Mom, Dad, Jean, Chris, Bri, and Tricia for their undying support!

DANIEL BEVINS 1st MTW sesaon. Originally from Atlanta, GA, Daniel is a rising junior at Elon University pursuing a BFA in Music Theatre. He has worked professionally at Artpark (Cinderella) and The Muny (Thoroughly Modern Millie and Aladdin!). Past favorites include: Hair, A Man of No Importance, The Wild Party, Into the Woods, and Les Misérables. So much love and gratitude to his outstanding family, friends, teachers, and to Wayne, Nancy, and the entire MTWichita family for making this wonderful opportunity possible!

KATHRYN BOSWELL made her MTWichita debut as Cosette in Les Misérables. She is a recent musical theatre graduate of CCM and some of her favorite recent credits include: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Naomi) at Know Theatre of Cincinnati, [title of show] (Heidi), Chess (Svetlana)Spring Awakening (Wendla) at CCM, Little Women (Amy) and Seussical (Mayzie) at CVC, and The Importance of Being Earnest (Cecily) with Hamilton Theatre. Kathryn is also a voice actress with Radio Disney. Thanks to my family, the Lookers, and to God for these pockets of grace!

JACOB CHANCELLOR 2nd MTW season. Originally from Edmond, OK, he is going into his senior year at The University of Oklahoma! Credits: OU University: On The Town (Chip), …Forum (Protean). Lyric Theatre OKC: Xanadu, 42nd Street, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Broadway Rose (Oregon): The Drowsy Chaperone (George). MTWichita: SpamalotThe Music Man, Finian’s Rainbow, Sunset Boulevard, Xanadu, Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Thanks and love to family and friends for all the love and support.

KIM CORBETT made her MTW debut in Les Misérables. This fall she will begin her senior year as a BFA in musical theatre at Penn State University, where she was most recently seen as Susan in [title of show]. Previous credits also include All Shook Up (Natalie), Bernstein’s Mass (Swing), and Grand Hotel (Raffaela). Love to Mom&Dad. kimberlycorbett.com

JORDAN DE LEON (Interpreter) made his MTWichita debut in Les Misérables. Born and raised in Chicago, Jordan is a rising senior musical theatre major at the University of Cincinnati – CCM. CCM credits: Chess, The Threepenny Opera with Robin Guarino, Spring Awakening, Out of This World, The Civil War. Elsewhere: Anything Goes (Luke), Godspell (Lamar), and All Shook Up at West Virginia Public Theatre; Pippin at The Carnegie (Covington, KY). Much love to Mom, Papa, Jared, and all of his teachers, both past and present. For Grandma.

CALEB DICKE 2nd MTW season, having performed last summer in Fiddler on the Roof (Russian),9 to 5Honk! (Barnacles), Singin’ in the Rain, and Legally Blonde, and in both Spamalot and Les Misérables this year. He will be a senior dance performance major this fall at Oklahoma City University. While at OCU, he has performed in the American Spirit Dance Company’s Home for the Holidays Christmas Show and Spring Show, as well as Legally Blonde (Kiki) and The Wedding Singer (Billy Idol).

ELEANOR FISHMAN is from Pennington, NJ and made her MTWichita debut as Fantine in Les Misérables. She is a rising junior Musical Theatre major at the University of Michigan where she has played Amanda Gronich in The Laramie Project and ensemble in Spring Awakening. Some other favorite roles include Erma in Anything Goes and Maria in The Sound of Music. Thanks to MTW for this wonderful opportunity and to her family both in New Jersey and at UM for their unending love and support.

HANNAH FREEMAN 2nd MTW season. Hannah is a senior musical theatre major at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Favorite CCM credits include Jenny (The Threepenny Opera), Dream Laurey (Oklahoma!) and Fredrika (A Little Night Music). Other credits: Solo Dancer in Oklahoma! with Ashley Brown at the Lyric Opera of Chicago (dir. Gary Griffin). Many thanks to Wayne, Nancy and MTW, and much love to family and DB.

REBECCA GANS (Topsy) is a Wichita native and a dance performance major at Oklahoma City University. Her favorite credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie), Footloose (Ariel) andThe Pajama Game (Gladys). Performing with MTW created some of Rebecca’s favorite memories as a kid, and she is excited to be a company this summer. Thanks to her family, friends, and The Man up above for supporting her in all her dreams.

CLAIRE GERIG made her MTWichita debut in Les Misérables. A Wichita native, she will be a senior at Wichita State University pursuing a BFA in Music Theatre where she was last seen as Amalia in She Loves Me, directed by Wayne Bryan. While a student at Maize High School, Claire was selected to represent the Jester Awards in the Leading Actress category at the National High School Musical Theater Awards in New York City. Thanks to Wayne and all of MTWichita. Love to Linda, Amy, Pina, Marie, Bret, Mom & Dad.

MICHAEL HARTUNG (King Simon) made his MTW debut with Spamalot. A native of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, Michael is a rising senior Musical Theatre major at the University of Michigan. Michael also trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England. Past favorites include The King and IThoroughly Modern Millie (The MUNY) Oliver!, Cats (West Virginia Public Theatre) All’s Well That Ends Well, The Last Tempest (RADA), Chicago, Brigadoon, The Full Monty, Crazy for You (U of M). So much love to family and friends. Go Blue!

CATHERINE HELM 2nd MTW season. A rising senior at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music’s Musical Theatre program, Catherine’s favorite roles include: Mae inStreet Scene, Molly in The Threepenny Opera, and Lucinda in Into the Woods. Other favorites include Oklahoma!, Out of this World, Under Construction II, and Into a Lamplit Room. Love and thanks to friends and family, and to Wayne, Nancy, and the MTW family.

DAN HORN 3rd MTWichita season. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma class of 2013. Some of his favorite roles at the University are Ozzie in On The Town, Wickersham Brother #2 in Seussical the Musical, and The Puppet Master in The Adventures of Pinocchio. Thanks to Wayne and Nancy for giving him such an amazing opportunity and his family for their endless love and support.

EMILY KELLY 1st MTW season. She is from Sacramento, California, and will be entering her sophomore year as a BFA Musical Theatre student at Indiana University. Favorite roles include Thea in Spring Awakening (IU Theatre), the Witch in Into the Woods, Mayzie La Bird in Seussical,and Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd. Thanks to her family and friends back home and at IU for their endless support, and the entire MTW team.

BROOKE LACY 2nd MTW season. She is an upcoming senior Musical Theatre major at the University of Oklahoma. Favorite credits include: On the Town (Dance Captain/Ensemble),Avenue Q (Mrs. T/ Bad Idea Bear U/S), Seussical (Bird Girl), The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber(Soloist), and OKC Philharmonic’s A Very Merry Pops (Mistletoe). Love and thanks to her wonderful family for their support, to Cary and Julie Danielson for inspiring her, and to Wayne, Nancy, Josh, and all of MTW for this amazing opportunity!

ELLIOTT MATTOX 2nd MTW season.  Elliott has performed here in Les Misérables, The Music ManFinian’s RainbowSunset BoulevardXanadu, and Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Other credits include Jack (Into the Woods), Tobias Ragg (Sweeney Todd), Phil D’Armano (The Wild Party) at Oklahoma City University; Hugo Peabody (Bye Bye Birdie) at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma. He will be a senior musical theatre major at OCU in the fall. Love and gratitude to Wayne and everyone at MTW, and to his friends and families at OCU and in Kentucky.

EVAN MAYER 2nd MTW season. Originally from Milwaukee, WI, Evan recently graduated from Indiana University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. MTW: Fiddler on the Roof (Motel), Legally Blonde (Kiki), 9 to 5, Honk!, Singin’ in the Rain. Other favorites include Cabaret (Emcee), Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), and Sweeney Todd (Anthony). While in school he spent two years recording and performing with IU’s Grammy-nominated Singing Hoosiers as a featured soloist, with notable performances in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. Love and thanks to Wayne and Nancy, and to my family and friends for their incredible support.

TREVOR McCHRISTIAN just completed his senior year at Maize High School and will be an incoming freshman at Wichita State University this fall! He is thrilled to be working at MTWichita for his third summer in a row, and was proud to represent the MTW Jester Awards at the 2013 National High School Musical Theater Awards in New York City. Trevor has previously been seen at MTW in Fiddler on the Roof, Singin’ in the Rain, Finian’s Rainbow, andDisney’s The Little Mermaid. He gives many humble thanks to Wayne, Nancy, Josh, Thomas, Doris, and his family for providing him with more opportunities than he can imagine at such a young age.

ALEXANDER H. MILLER made his MTW debut with Les Misérables. From OKC, OK, Alex is a musical theatre major at the University of Michigan in the class of 2016. Thanks to Amy, JBR, Jay, Dr. Bill, and Dr. H. for years of training and continued encouragement. Love to Mom, Dad, and Elle for the unconditional support, and thanks to Wayne, Nancy and MTW. Thank you to the entire UMICH faculty and friends especially Brent Wagner, Linda Goodrich and Catherine Walker Adams. Credits: UMich: Crazy for You; Lyric Theatre OKC: Oliver!, Hairspray. Go Blue!

CAROLYN ANNE MILLER was thrilled to make her MTWichita debut as Eponine in Les Misérables. As an upcoming junior at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, her other favorite credits include Roxie Hart in Chicago, Kim MacAfee in Bye, Bye, Birdie, and Lost Boy (Twin Two) in Peter Pan. A special thanks to MTWichita for this lovely opportunity, and all of my love and thanks to my dear friends and Mom, Dad, Ali, Mock, George, Camille, and Grandma.

CHET NORMENT 2nd season at MTW, where credits include Les Misérables, Legally Blonde(Pforzheimer), Singin’ in the RainHonk!9 to 5, and Fiddler on the Roof. Regional: Joseph…Dreamcoat (Theatre of the Stars), Hairspray (IQ/Dance Captain, ZACH Theatre), Deborah Cox’s Everybody Dance (The Mirage). University: Crazy for You (Pete/Dance Captain), She Loves Me,Tapped Out, and Dancing in the Blackbox. Film: Right on Sunset (Steve). Chet will be a senior BFA Acting major at Elon University this fall. Love to Wayne, Nancy, the Fam, and Kit!

FAITH NORTHCUTT is honored and thrilled to return to MTWichita this summer! She was recently seen at MTW in Singin’ in the Rain, Fiddler on the RoofDisney’s The Little Mermaid,Finian’s Rainbow (Diana), Gypsy (Young Louise) and Les Mis (Young Cosette, 2008), and in the Teen Choir. Favorite roles include: Annie in Annie at MTYP, Susan in White Christmas at the Crown, and Nativity Angel in Celebrate 2012 at Signature Theatre. She will be an incoming IB freshman at East High and enjoys dancing, archery and plays the oboe. Love and thanks to Wayne, Nancy, Josh and MTW for this amazing opportunity!

NICHOLAS PALMQUIST 3rd MTWichita season.  Nick is a 2013 graduate of Oklahoma City University, with a Bachelor of Performing Arts, Nicholas’ fifteen MTW shows include Spamalot,Les Misérables, Legally Blonde (UPS man Kyle), 9 to 5, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, The Music Man,and of course, Singin’ in the Rain. Nicholas sends thanks to Wayne, Thomas and Nancy for the overwhelming opportunities and support, and love to his friends, his family, and his outrageously beautiful fiancé.

JACKSON PERRIN is honored to debut in his first MTWichita production. He is an upcoming senior at Texas State University. Favorite university credits include Pasko in A Little Princess, Tribe Member in Hair, Max in The Wild Party, and he most recently performed in a reading for Mark Holeman’s new musical Hooray for Iceboy. Jackson would like to thank Wayne and Nancy for this wonderful opportunity, the entire cast and crew, and his family for all their love and support, especially his older brother Harry whom he had the pleasure of sharing this experience with.

BECCA PETERSEN 1st MTW season. She is originally from Carmel, Indiana and will be a senior in the fall studying musical theatre at Brigham Young University. Favorite credits: Thoroughly Modern Millie at The MUNY (Lucille/ensemble), Dreamgirls at The MUNY (Sweetheart/ensemble), Oklahoma! (Laurey), and Beauty and the Beast (Belle). She recently performed in China with the BYU Young Ambassadors, and this fall will play Clara in The Light in the Piazza at BYU. Gratitude to everyone at MTWichita, and a big thank you to her family and friends for their endless support!

SARAH QUINN  4th MTW season.  Sarah, a Wichita native, recently completed her freshman year at the University of Oklahoma (BFA Musical Theatre), and made her University Theatre debut in On the Town. Favorite MTW shows include Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Ariel u/s), 9 to 5, and Legally Blonde (Greek Chorus). Thanks to Wayne and the entire MTWichita family, and love to family, friends, and Jeff for their constant love and encouragement. 1 Peter 4:10-11

MADDIE RAZOOK , an incoming freshman musical theatre major at Oklahoma City University, is thrilled to be performing with MTWichita again. Some past credits include Rizzo (Grease), Yonah (Children of Eden), Rona (Spelling Bee), Lucy (Charlie Brown), Little Sally (Urinetown) and Jo (Little Women). Thanks to Wayne, Josh, and Nancy for the opportunity, to all of her wonderful mentors, and to her incredibly supportive family and friends. Most importantly, she would like to thank God for always pointing her in the right direction. ”Every single day, do something that makes your heart sing.”

LYNNETTE VALENCIA REMPEL (Anna’s Servant) is delighted to be back for her fifth season with MTWichita. Audiences may remember Lynnette from seasons past from her performances as Liat in South Pacific, Andrea in Once on This Island, Antonia in Man of La Mancha, and Aysha in Children of Eden.  Lynnette is also proud to have served as a soloist at the Papal High Mass at World Youth Day.  Lynnette is especially grateful to be able to share the stage as a royal mother with her own real-life princess Kathryn.  Special thanks to God for all good gifts, to Wayne and Mark for the opportunity to be back on stage, and to her family, especially Dave and Kathryn.  I love you all.

BENJAMIN RIVERA 2nd MTWichita season. He recently finished his junior year at Oklahoma City University as a dance performance major. Some favorite past shows include: 7 Brides for 7 Brothers (Benjamin) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Simeon). Favorites at MTW include: Legally Blonde (Nikos), Spamalot, Les Misérables, Singin’ in the Rain,and 9 to 5. He would like to thank his friends and family for all their unconditional love. Jeremiah 29:11

SEAN RONAYNE, originally from Lake Zurich, Illinois, is excited to be back for his second season with MTWichita, and loved playing Enjolras in Les Misérables! He just graduated from Elon University with a BFA in Music Theatre, and will be moving to New York in the fall. Favorite roles include Robbie in A Man of No Importance (Elon University), and all five shows last season at MTWichita, including the Production Tenor (signing “Beautiful Girl”) in last season’sSingin’ in the Rain.. Thanks and love to Mom, Dad, Brian, Bridget, and also Wayne, Nancy, and Thomas for the wonderful opportunities and endless support!

RIZA TAKAHASHI (Little Eva) has performed here in Spamalot and Les Misérables. Education: BFA in Musical Theatre at The Hartt School. Recent credits include: MUNY: Little Eva/Fan Dancer (King and I), Ensemble (Thoroughly Modern Millie). Woodstock Playhouse: Connie Wong (A Chorus Line), Crissy (HAIR), Charity (Anything Goes). Love and thanks to my family, friends, and the Hartt family, and also to MTWichita for this amazing opportunity!

ANDY TOFA 1st MTW season. Andy is currently a student at OU’s School of Musical Theatre (2016). OU credits include: School of Dance’s Cinderella and School of Musical Theatre’s On the Town. He is from California, but he currently lives in Saint George, Utah. His nationality is Filipino and Samoan, he enjoys playing sports, and greatly enjoys food from different ethnicities.  He is grateful for the love and support of his friends and family. He is excited to be a part of the MTWichita family.

KATIE WESLER 1st MTW season. A senior Musical Theatre major at CCM, Katie received the 2013 Kurt Weill Foundation of Music Emerging Talent Award and the 2013 Roger Sturtevant Award from Actors’ Equity. CCM credits include Parade (Sally Slaton), Chess (The Arbiter’s Assistant), and Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite. Professional roles include Peggy Sawyer in42nd Street (Tent Theatre), Shelby Thorpe in The Spitfire Grill and Maggie Pelletier in Red Herring(Timber Lake Playhouse), and Hunyak in Chicago (Red Mountain Theatre Company). Thanks to Wayne and Nancy, and to her family for their support.

HAYLEY WILHELM (Uncle Thomas)  1st MTW season. Hayley is a dance management major at Oklahoma City University and just completed her junior year. She has been seen in numerous American Spirit Dance Company shows at OCU and in Legally Blonde at OCU. She has also danced in the Mary Kay Cosmetics 2012 International Seminar. Thanks to Wayne, Nancy, and Josh, and to her husband Zachary, Mom, Dad, Hannah, and Grandmommy for their support!

ZACK WILHELM  3rd MTW season. Zack is a part of the 2013 graduating Musical Theatre class at Otterbein University, where credits include Paul in Carnival, Eddie in Andrew Lippa’s Wild Party, and Robert Martin in The Drowsy Chaperone. Thanks to everyone at MTWichita for the amazing opportunity, and endless gratitude to his wife Hayley (whom he has the joy of performing alongside this summer), Nick, Mom, and to the Good Lord for a truly wonderful life!

SUMIRE YU made her MTWichita debut with Les Misérables, and loves being a part of the family this summer! Originally from Tokyo, Japan, Sumire is a junior musical theatre major at Elon University. Elon credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Marcy Park) and Hair (Tribe)Thank you to my family at home and at Elon for their endless love and support, as well as Wayne, Nancy, and MTW for this incredible opportunity.

MARK MADAMA (Director) has directed productions on both coasts, and as far away as Ireland, Poland, and Czechoslovakia, and yet he happily celebrates his 25th consecutive MTWichita season, with The King and I being his 41st production as director. Favorite shows here include The Full Monty, 9 to 5, Sunset Boulevard, The Music Man, Curtains, Big River, Aida, Annie Get Your Gun, West Side Story, Oklahoma!, Damn Yankees, Cinderella, How to Succeed…, Funny Girl, Fiddler on the Roof (2001 and 2012), The Pajama Game, Evita, The Music Man, The Sound of Music, State Fair, Meet Me in St. Louis, Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady, The Secret Garden, Tintypes, Sweet Charity, Gigi, Cabaret, Into the Woods, They’re Playing Our Song, and Good News!, plus his performance as Zach in MTWichita’s first A Chorus Line. Other credits include The Producers, Aida and Cinderella at Kansas City Starlight (where he’ll return this summer to direct Footloose), 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, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, The Full Monty, Rent, Big River, City of Angels, The Pajama Game, Guys and Dolls, Assassins, Good News!, Nine, Children of Eden, Company and Horton Foote’s 1918.

PEGGY HICKEY (Choreographer) is a frequent collaborator at MTWichita, where her previous shows include The Music Man, Curtains, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, My Fair Lady, Meet Me in St. Louis, State Fair, Annie Get Your Gun, and our 2002 edition of The King and I.  Upcoming this fall:  A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and  Murder (Broadway choreographic debut), The King and I (Paris, Chatalet), Hansel and Gretel (director, Lincoln Center).  Other credits: My Fair Lady (New York Philharmonic); Die Fledermaus with Plácido Domingo (PBS Live from The Kennedy Center); Hansel und Gretel (PBS Live From Lincoln Center); Carmen (Seattle Opera); La Boheme (LA Opera); Lucky to Be Me: The Music of Leonard Bernstein (New York City Opera); Lucio Silla (Santa Fe Opera), The Merry Widow, Aida, La Bohème, Falstaff, La Cenerentola, Carmen, and La Traviata (Houston, San Francisco, Chicago Lyric, Dallas, and LA Opera); Petroushka (LA Phil); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Old Globe, San Diego); Gigi (Reprise Theatre Company); A Little Night Music; On the Twentieth Century; Amour; Brigadoon (Goodspeed); Oklahoma! (Paper Mill Playhouse); The Music Man (Geva Theatre); Fiddler on the Roof (Mexico Company); Beauty and the Beast (Alabama Shakespeare Festival); TV/Film:  The Brady Bunch Movie, “Heart of Dixie,” “Samantha Who?,” “90210,” “General Hospital,” “Port Charles,” “Days of Our Lives,” “Passions,” and the MTV Video “Beck’s The New Pollution.”  www.peggyhickey.com

THOMAS W. DOUGLAS (Musical Director / Conductor) is thrilled to begin his 14th season with his wonderful artistic family at MTWichita, having led 45 productions with this remarkable company. Thomas has done more than 200 musical theatre, 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 concert of standard choral masterpieces with a fusion rock band and string orchestra accompaniment, plus a presentation of Charlie Chaplin shorts with an all Bach soundtrack. 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.

AMY BAKER (Assistant Choreographer) is thrilled to join Peggy, Mark, Wayne and the MTWichita family again, where she has choreographed Camelot, HONK!, and Gypsy (Mary Jane Teall Award) and was in the Resident Company for five summers. 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 recently directed and choreographed Crazy for You. 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.

XuZHENG HE (Set Designer) is from Canton, China, where he established himself as a professional theatre scenic designer and fine artist. He came to United States in 1987 to attend the University of Arizona, and then worked in the fields of theatre, movie production and display projects for natural museums. Of the several musicals he designed for Music Theatre of Wichita (including Phantom and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers), The King and I remains the one of which he is proudest. He currently resides in Arizona where he creates his artwork. As always, XuZheng loves MTWichita, and is very happy to congratulate his dear friends there on another great season!

DAVID NEVILLE (Lighting Designer) is thrilled to begin his 30th 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.

ANDY ROUSE (Sound Designer) is here for his fourth season and his first show as a designer. He received his Associate of Liberal Arts from Cowley College in ’09 and continued his studies at WSU. Andy just returned from a children’s theatre national tour with American Family Theatre. He works locally with Event Systems Inc, IATSE #190, and many others. Big thanks to Wayne, David, and the family for their support.

ALENA SELLERS (Wig and Makeup Designer) is very excited to be returning for the fourth season as wig and makeup designer, having been assistant the first year. For her work with MTWichita, Alena is the recipient of a Mary Jane Teall Merit Award for the hair and makeup department. She lives in Wichita and spends most of the year working at Allure Salon. She has been doing hair for fifteen years, has spent six years as an Aveda Color Educator, and is grateful for the opportunity to work with so many talented people. A special thanks to Sandy, Joy and Jocelyn for all your hard work.

SHANNON SMITH (Costume Coordinator) is a Kansas City based costume designer.  Last year she made her costume design debut at MTWichita last season with 9 to 5. 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. In 2011, she completed an internship in New York City, with Martin Pakledinaz on the Broadway revival of Anything Goes. She has worked as the resident costume designer at the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre in Kansas City.  Her other design credits include costume design for the American Heartland Theatre’s productions of Hound of the Baskervilles, Life Could Be a Dream, and Making God Laugh, Wichita Community Theatre’s productions of Romeo and Juliet, Crimes of the Heart, and Hayfever, and Wichita State Opera’s productions of Corination of Poppea, and Il viaggio a Reims. She has also designed several undergraduate and graduate designs such as Man Equals Man, Wild Party, Loves Labours Lost, and Hair.  She has also worked at Music Theatre of Wichita and Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, NY.  In 2011, she 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, George, the costume shop (for dealing with my grumpy face), and last but not least Dennis, for all your love and support! (www.shannonlynnsmith.com)

MICHELLE A. BISBEE (Property Master) is excited to be joining the MTWichita for the British Invasion! She is a MFA Scenic Design Graduate from the University of Arizona. At the University she scenic designed Nine and Hay Fever, prop mastered four main stage shows, and managed the properties shop. Other credits include Assistant Head of Props for Cirque du Soleil’s LOVE, Properties and Puppets Technician for Cirque du Soleil’s KA, and Scenic Artist for the Utah Shakespearean Festival. Michelle would like to thank her family, friends and new family at the Music Theatre of Wichita for all of their support.

JEFF TAYLOR (Production Manager) is extremely honored to be back with this excellent cast and crew for his 12th summer at MTWichita. Throughout the years since 2000, he’s had the chance to apprentice, build, design, and even act for MTWichita, and now become 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.

DEBBIE ROBERTS (Costumer / Shop Manager) has designed costumes for many shows here, including Curtains, Fiddler on the Roof, 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, for over 20 years Wichita has been my summer home, and I look forward to meeting new people and learning new skills each time. Enjoy the shows!”

AJ KELLISON (Asst. Technical Director) started with Music Theatre of Wichita in 2006 and loves working with the excellent people of MTW. AJ also recently spent a year on the road with the gang of Sesame Street Live. Much love to Mom Dad, and sister Laura.

AMY LARINK (Scene Shop Charge Artist) is excited to be back for her second season. She holds a Bachelors in Theatre from Grand Valley in Michigan and completed the two-year scenic program at Cobalt Studios in New York. She currently lives in Chicago and works full time as the charge artist for the Paramount Theatre.

TYLER LESSIN (Assistant Lighting Designer) is thrilled to be returning to MTWichita for his 6th season. A native Wichitan, Tyler has worked with theatre companies all over town. Favorite design credits include: Urinetown (WSU), Chicago, Sweeney Todd, and Annie Get Your Gun (Crown Uptown), The Mystery of Irma Vep and The Full Monty (Forum Theatre), and Le Nozze di Figaro and Il Trovatore (WGO). Tyler would like to thank Wayne, Nancy, Jeff, David, and the MTW staff for this amazing opportunity, the fantastic electrics crew & IATSE Local 190 for their hard work & dedication, and his family and Kyle for their love and support.

EMILY F. McMULLEN (Stage Manager) is back for her 14th summer with MTWichita. Previous productions here include Legally Blonde, Singin’ in the Rain, Fiddler on the Roof, 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 and also teaches stage management at Tufts University. She has stage managed for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, North Shore Music Theatre, 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 (Production Stage Manager) is originally from Oklahoma. She currently lives in Minneapolis / Saint Paul where she is the production manager 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 thrilled to be returning home for her 9th summer at MTWichita, after having graduated from WSU in December. She has also worked for Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Crown Uptown, IATSE #190, Walt Disney World, and Merrimack Repertory Theatre. Next, she will be heading to Ohio to be a Stage Management Intern at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

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

JESSE WARKENTIN (Assistant Musical Director / Keyboards) is amazed to find himself in his 10th consecutive season with MTWichita! He conducted the Festival of Broadway orchestra for five years, and enjoyed music directing High School Musical 2 in 2009. This year he made his debut with the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony as piano soloist, performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue with Maestro Douglas. Throughout the year, Jesse can be found at the new Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre, conducting exciting shows such as this fall’s CATS. “My deepest gratitude to Wayne and Thomas for these special months of rich musical fulfillment at MTWichita, and to my incredible family for their laughter and love.

A History of the Musical by Wayne Bryan

  • Broadway opening: March 29th, 1951; St. James Theatre, 1246 performances
  • ​Produced by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II
  • Directed by John van Druten
  • Choreography by Jerome Robbins
  • Settings and Lighting by Jo Mielziner; Costumes by Irene Sharaff
  • Musical Direction by Frederick Dvonch; Orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett; Dance Arrangements by Trude Rittman
  • Original cast featured Gertrude Lawrence, Yul Brynner, Dorothy Sarnoff, Doretta Morrow, Larry Douglas
  • Film: 1956 (20th Century Fox) with Deborah Kerr (sung by Marni Nixon), Yul Brynner, Terry Saunders, Rita Moreno, Carlos Rivas (sung by Reuben Fuentes)
  • Broadway Revivals: 1977, 1985, with Yul Brynner;1996, with Lou Diamond Phillips, Donna Murphy

In the 1860s, Siam was torn between the desire to protect itself from encroachment by westerners, and the yearning for scientific knowledge and industry that the west might provide.  Siam’s King Mongkut was a contradictory combination of charm and cruelty, of feudal instincts and a desire for progress.

Into his court came Anna Leonowens, a 31-year-old English widow with an ambiguous past and a mind of her own. By the time she left Siam five years later, Mrs. Leonowens had the King’s multitudinous children speaking excellent English, and (at least, according to her viewpoint) she had the Siamese government well on its way to many liberal reforms.

This was the same period, of course, when President Lincoln was wrestling with slavery in this country. Mrs. Leonowens ensured that King Mongkut developed a working knowledge of Mr. Lincoln’s ways, and had been encouraged to apply many of the President’s principals to Siam itself.

One of Mrs. Leonowens’ prize pupils was the Crown Prince Chulalongkorn, who freed Siam’s slaves upon the death of his father. (Years later, Anna’s son Louis returned to Siam as an adult, married multiple Siamese women, and created a shipping company in partnership with Chulalongkorn.)  Another of Anna’s students was a young woman who was so moved by the promise of freedom that she translated Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin into Siamese.

Mrs. Leonowens wrote two books about her life, The English Governess at the Siamese Court (1870), and The Romance of the Harem(1872), both of which are now once again in print. These volumes are filled with exciting inci­dents and incisive observations. These books, however, should be treated as historical fiction, rather than accurate autobiography.

In neither book does Anna reveal her own true background, being of mixed heritage (her mother was half-Indian), being born into squalor and poverty (her soldier-for-hire father died before she was born), and being the widow of a poor civil­ian soldier of fortune who died of apoplexy (she preferred to claim he was a military officer, who had died of heat­stroke after a tiger hunt!). Anna, in fact, never set foot in England until after her years in Siam.

Even her name wasn’t entirely true. Her husband was named Thomas Leon Owens. Perhaps in order to re-invent herself (needing to support herself and two children, son Louis and daughter Avis), she combined her husband’s middle name with his last name and created a new persona, passing herself off as a cultured and well-bred teacher. She severed all ties with her distant relatives in England, threatening to kill herself if any of them attempted contact.

Her years in Siam were followed by careers as author, lec­turer, suffragette, roving reporter in Russia, and founder of a Canadian school of the arts. She died in 1915.

In the 1930s, Christian missionary Margaret Landon was living in Siam and became fascinated by Anna’s books. Landon’s novel­ization,Anna and the King of Siam, was published in 1944, and movie rights were immediately bought by 20th Century Fox. The (non-musical) film was released in 1946, starring Irene Dunne and Rex Harrison, featuring a flavor­ful score by Bernard Herrmann, and an intelligent screen­play by Talbot Jennings and Sally Benson. (Many elements of this screenplay would show up – uncredited – in all subsequent dramatizations of the story.)

The film caught the attention of international stage star Gertrude Lawrence, who asked Rodgers and Hammerstein (fresh from their triumph with South Pacific) to fashion the story into a musical play for her.

A dynamic young actor of obscure nationality named Yul Brynner (recommended by Mary Martin, who worked with him in Lute Song)auditioned by sitting cross-legged and barefoot, howling folk songs as he plucked a stringed instrument. And of course, he went on to play the role for the rest of his life, ultimately racking up 4,625 performanc­es (not to mention his Academy Award winning perform­ance in the film version, and his 13 TV episodes opposite the Anna of Samantha Eggar in the ill-conceived 1972 sitcom “Anna and the King”).

For more details of Anna’s extraordinary life, read the new book “Bombay Anna” by Susan Morgan, and see the A&E Biography of “Anna and the King,” produced and written by my brother Steven C. Smith. It is included on the DVD of the Irene Dunne-Rex Harrison film “Anna and the King of Siam.”

After an absence of eleven years, Music Theatre is delighted to bring this compelling story back to our stage, especially with such a stellar company of artists to breathe fresh life into this endlessly fascinating saga.

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TRACY LORE (Joyce Chilvers) returns to Music Theatre of Wichita where she has been seen as the title character in The Drowsy Chaperone, as Betty Blake in The Will Rogers Follies, as Lady Jaqueline in Me and My Girl, and as Ethel McCormack in Footloose. She made her New York debut as Mrs. Darling in Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby, and recently played Dorothy Brock in in 42nd Street (Musical Theatre West) and Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes (Moonlight Amphitheatre). Other regional highlights include Hairspray (Velma), Guys and Dolls (Adelaide),The Full Monty (Vicki), All Shook Up (Sandra – Ovation nominee), Crazy for You (Irene), The Producers (Hold Me-Touch Me), Carousel (Mrs. Mullen), Brigadoon (Meg), Happy Days (Mrs. Cunningham), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Mrs. Meers), The Wizard of Oz (The Witch), Into the Woods (The Witch), Company (Joanne), and Chicago (Velma – AriZoni Award). Recent non-musical productions include Boeing, Boeing, Proposals and Noises Off. Upcoming: Young Frankenstein, appearing with her current ‘husband’ Larry Raben. Member of The Musical Theatre Guild and Actor’s Equity.

LARRY RABEN (Gilbert Chilvers) has been seen at MTWichita as Sir Robin in Monty Python’s Spamalot, as Lt. Frank Cioffi in Curtains and as Leo Bloom in The Producers, a role he also played on Broadway, in Las Vegas, and around the country. Other New York credits include the Off-Broadway hits I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Man # 1), Forever Plaid(Sparky/original company) which he also performed on London’s West End and at L.A.’s Canon Theatre (Ovation and L.A. Drama Critics Awards), Chess in Concert (New Amsterdam Theatre), and two performances at Carnegie Hall. Regional favorites: Robert in Boeing, Boeing(Norris Theatre), Patrick in The Andrews Brothers (Musical Theatre West – Ovation Award), Johnny Angel in SUDS (Coyote StageWorks), Jerry/ Daphne in Sugar (Gateway Playhouse), Ens. Pulver in Mister Roberts (Old Globe), Ross in Bright Ideas (Laguna Playhouse), Hysterium in A Funny Thing … Forum (Reprise!), Cornelius Hackl in Hello, Dolly! (Pittsburgh CLO), Felix inThe Odd Couple (Norris), and Forbidden Broadway (MTWest – Ovation nomination). Film and television include: Lost and Found, Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead, “General Hospital,” “Party of Five,” “Caroline in the City,” and “Genetically Challenged” (pilot) among others. Larry is also an award winning director who received the L.A. Ovation Award for Best Direction of Singin’ in the Rain, and directed a recent new Off-Broadway musical, Falling For Eve, written by Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro. He re-created his original role in Forever Plaid – The Movie which is available on DVD. He is also a newly published children’s book author of Ibby Makes A Wish available at amazon.com.

MARY STOUT (Mother Dear) returns to MTWichita where she previously appeared as Yente in Fiddler on the Roof and 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’sSweet and Lowdown, and has done vocal work in Disney’s animated Hunchback of Notre Dameand Aladdin. She was recently thrilled to appear at Playwrights Horizon in the new musical Far From Heaven (with fellow MTWichita alum Kelli O’Hara) after a heavenly summer tryout engagement at Williamstown Theatre Festival.

JUSTIN ROBERTSON (Henry Allardyce) has appeared at MTWichita in ten productions: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Good News!, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Seussical, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, My Fair Lady, Camelot, The Music Man, and Disney’s The Little Mermaid. He has also appeared at Milwaukee Rep, Casa Mañana, Theatre Under the Stars, and throughout Southern California where he resided for almost 20 years. Justin is also known as “Squigs,” which is how he signs the caricature illustrations he creates for clients around the world, and weekly for the leading theatrical website www.Broadway.com.  He was born and raised in Oregon, currently lives in New York, and has always been grateful for his visits to Wichita and this wonderful company.

MONTE RIEGEL WHEELER (Inspector Wormold) has enjoyed a rich and varied career in the arts. He is a familiar face to Wichita audiences, having performed at Cabaret Oldtown, Mosley Street Melodrama, Stage One, The Crown Uptown, and The Forum. For MTWichita Monte’s performances include Sir Harry in Once Upon a Mattress, Harold Nichols in The Full Monty, and Lancelot / Knight of Ni / Tim the Enchanter / French Taunter in Monty Python’s Spamalot. Other regional credits include Mr.Sowerberry in Oliver!, Mr.MacAffee in Bye Bye Birdie and Lady Enid/ Nicodemos in The Mystery of Irma Vep for Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, and Herr Zeller in The Sound of Music, and Dr.Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Show for The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St.Paul, MN. His performance in Rocky Horror received raves, and he was named Best Actor in a Musical, 2007 by The Twin Cities Star Tribune. While in New York, Monte performed in the original Off-Broadway casts of two new musicals,Streakin’ Through The 70′s and The “IT” Girl (Original Cast Album). He is also a published visual artist, and serves as resident set and costume designer at Cabaret Oldtown. He is overjoyed to be a part of the Summer Season with MTWichita.

TIMOTHY W. ROBU (Dr. Swaby) is delighted to be a part of this year’s MTWichita season, as well as many previous ones. Audiences may remember Tim in past roles such as Thenardier inLes Misérables, Bedevere in Spamalot, 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 in Gypsy, and Lazar Wolf in Fiddler. Tim also performs at several other venues in the Wichita area, including Mosley Street Melodrama and the Crown Uptown Theatre. Tim served as Technical Director for the Crown Theatre and Artistic Director of the children’s program for over twenty years. He now works as an Exhibit Technician for Exploration Place. When not working at Wichita ‘s fine theatres, Tim has plenty to keep him busy as father to his two daughters, Katie and Francie. 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.

ROBERT ARIZA (Francis Lockwood)  This is Robert’s second season at MTWichita. He is a rising senior pursuing a BFA from The University of Michigan. Recent UM credits: Sunday in the Park with George (Mr./Lee Randolph), Spring Awakening (Hanschen), Next Fall (Brandon). Recent awards: Emerging Talent Award from the Lotte Lenya Competition sponsored by the Kurt Weill Foundation, Roger Sturtevant Award in Musical Theatre through Actors’ Equity. Thanks to everyone at MTW, and his family and friends in NY and at UM.  

JOHN BOLDENOW (Sutcliffe / Cunliffe) 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!

KAREN L. ROBU (Mrs. Allardyce) happily returns to MTW having performed in 15 of the past 18 seasons. Highlights include Rose in Gypsy, Madame Thenardier in Les Misérables, Golde inFiddler on the Roof, Roz in 9-5, Mayor Matilda Hyde in All Shook Up, Ms. Darbus in High School Musical, Martha Watson in White Christmas, the Wicked Witch in Wizard of Oz, Emma Goldman in Ragtime, Maureen / Lowbutt in HONK! (2001 and 2012 productions)Dolly inAnnie Get Your Gun and Mayzie in Seussical. Karen’s credits as a director include Children of Eden , Cotton Patch Gospel, Tuesdays with Morrie, and Violet, as well as her own original pieceNo 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’s two beautiful daughters, age 14 and 10, enjoy performing as well and will be seen onstage this summer. Karen recently graduated from Phillips Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. She is Minister of Faith Formation for Plymouth Congregational Church in Wichita and invites the entire city to her ordination ceremony on September 15. Thanks to Wayne for another opportunity to spend the summer at MTW and to her favorite actor, husband Tim for his love and support.

CAROLYN ANNE MILLER (Veronica)  was thrilled to make her MTWichita debut as Eponine in Les Misérables, and is enjoying her first season here. As an upcoming junior at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, her other favorite credits include Roxie Hart in Chicago, Kim MacAfee in Bye, Bye, Birdie, and Lost Boy (Twin Two) in Peter Pan. A special thanks to MTWichita for this lovely opportunity, and all of my love and thanks to my dear friends and Mom, Dad, Ali, Mock, George, Camille, and Grandma.

EVAN MAYER (Sgt. Noble) 2nd MTW season. Originally from Milwaukee, WI, Evan recently graduated from Indiana University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. MTW: Fiddler on the Roof(Motel), Legally Blonde (Kiki), 9 to 5, Honk!, Singin’ in the Rain. Other favorites include Cabaret(Emcee), Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), and Sweeney Todd (Anthony). While in school he spent two years recording and performing with IU’s Grammy-nominated Singing Hoosiers as a featured soloist, with notable performances in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. Love and thanks to Wayne and Nancy, and to my family and friends for their incredible support.

KIM CORBETT (Mrs. Lester / Princess Elizabeth) made her MTW debut in Les Misérables, and also performed in The King and I. This fall she will begin her senior year as a BFA in musical theatre at Penn State University, where she was most recently seen as Susan in [title of show].Previous credits also include All Shook Up (Natalie), Bernstein’s Mass (Swing), and Grand Hotel(Raffaela). Love to Mom&Dad. kimberlycorbett.com

DANIEL BEEMAN (Butcher Metcalf) debuted here in Les Misérables. Originally from Bellevue, Nebraska, Daniel will be a senior at UMKC in the fall. His favorite performances include Next To Normal (Gabe), The Nutcracker (Ensemble), the World Championships of Irish Dance, the Celtic Irish Dance Festival at Walt Disney World, and many performances with the Omaha Symphony. Many thanks to friends, the Stanek clan, Mom, Dad, Jean, Chris, Bri, and Tricia for their undying support!

DANIEL BEVINS made his MTW debut in Spamalot. Originally from Atlanta, GA, Daniel is a rising junior at Elon University pursuing a BFA in Music Theatre. He has worked professionally at Artpark (Cinderella) and The Muny (Thoroughly Modern Millie and Aladdin!). Past favorites include: Hair, A Man of No Importance, The Wild Party, Into the Woods, and Les Misérables. So much love and gratitude to his outstanding family, friends, teachers, and to Wayne, Nancy, and the entire MTWichita family for making this wonderful opportunity possible!

KATHRYN BOSWELL (Mrs. Tillbrook / Billy Carroll Trio) made her MTWichita debut as Cosette in Les Misérables. She is a recent musical theatre graduate of CCM and some of her favorite recent credits include: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Naomi) at Know Theatre of Cincinnati, [title of show] (Heidi), Chess (Svetlana) Spring Awakening (Wendla) at CCM, Little Women (Amy) and Seussical (Mayzie) at CVC, and The Importance of Being Earnest (Cecily) with Hamilton Theatre. Kathryn is also a voice actress with Radio Disney. Thanks to my family, the Lookers, and to God for these pockets of grace!

JACOB CHANCELLOR 2nd MTW season. Originally from Edmond, OK, he is going into his senior year at The University of Oklahoma! Credits: OU University: On The Town (Chip), …Forum (Protean). Lyric Theatre OKC: Xanadu, 42nd Street, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Broadway Rose (Oregon): The Drowsy Chaperone (George). MTWichita: SpamalotThe Music Man, Finian’s Rainbow, Sunset Boulevard, Xanadu, Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Thanks and love to family and friends for all the love and support.

DARCEE DATTERI (Mrs. Roach) is thrilled to be making her MTWichita debut! Favorite past roles include Cunegonde (Candide), Stella (A Streetcar Named Desire), and the Baker’s Wife (Into the Woods). She has a BS from St. Ambrose University, earned a Masters and PhD in psychology from TCU, and works in leadership development at Cessna. She enjoys volunteering her time with MTWichita, Leadership Wichita, the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, and the Miss Kansas Organization. Special thanks to Wayne and the entire MTWichita family for this opportunity. Much love to her parents and friends for their support.

CALEB DICKE 2nd MTW season, having performed last summer in Fiddler on the Roof(Russian), 9 to 5Honk! (Barnacles), Singin’ in the Rain, and Legally Blonde, and in SpamalotLes Misérables and The King and I this year. He will be a senior dance performance major this fall at Oklahoma City University. While at OCU, he has performed in the American Spirit Dance Company’s Home for the Holidays Christmas Show and Spring Show, as well as Legally Blonde(Kiki) and The Wedding Singer (Billy Idol).

ELEANOR FISHMAN (Billy Carroll Trio) is from Pennington, NJ and made her MTWichita debut as Fantine in Les Misérables. She is a rising junior Musical Theatre major at the University of Michigan where she has played Amanda Gronich in The Laramie Project and ensemble in Spring Awakening. Some other favorite roles include Erma in Anything Goes and Maria in The Sound of Music. Thanks to MTW for this wonderful opportunity and to her family both in New Jersey and at UM for their unending love and support.

HANNAH FREEMAN (Mrs. Turnbull / Billy Carroll Trio) 2nd MTW season. Hannah is a senior musical theatre major at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Favorite CCM credits include Jenny (The Threepenny Opera), Dream Laurey (Oklahoma!) and Fredrika (A Little Night Music). Other credits: Solo Dancer in Oklahoma! with Ashley Brown at the Lyric Opera of Chicago (dir. Gary Griffin). Many thanks to Wayne, Nancy and MTW, and much love to family and DB.

REBECCA GANS, recently featured as Topsy in The King and I, is a Wichita native and a dance performance major at Oklahoma City University. Her favorite credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie), Footloose (Ariel) and The Pajama Game (Gladys). Performing with MTW created some of Rebecca’s favorite memories as a kid, and she is excited to be a company this summer. Thanks to her family, friends, and The Man up above for supporting her in all her dreams.

CLAIRE GERIG (Mrs. Metcalf) made her MTWichita debut in Les Misérables. A Wichita native, she will be a senior at Wichita State University pursuing a BFA in Music Theatre where she was last seen as Amalia in She Loves Me, directed by Wayne Bryan. While a student at Maize High School, Claire was selected to represent the Jester Awards in the Leading Actress category at the National High School Musical Theater Awards in New York City. Thanks to Wayne and all of MTWichita. Love to Linda, Amy, Pina, Marie, Bret, Mom & Dad.

MICHAEL HARTUNG (Personal Assistant to “Betty”) made his MTW debut with Spamalot,played Feuilly in Les Misérables, and King Simon of Legree in The King and I. A native of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, Michael is a rising senior Musical Theatre major at the University of Michigan. Michael also trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England. Past favorites include The King and IThoroughly Modern Millie (The MUNY) Oliver!, Cats (West Virginia Public Theatre) All’s Well That Ends Well, The Last Tempest (RADA), Chicago, Brigadoon, The Full Monty, Crazy for You (U of M). So much love to family and friends. Go Blue!

CATHERINE HELM 2nd MTW season. A rising senior at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music’s Musical Theatre program, Catherine’s favorite roles include: Mae inStreet Scene, Molly in The Threepenny Opera, and Lucinda in Into the Woods. Other favorites include Oklahoma!, Out of this World, Under Construction II, and Into a Lamplit Room. Love and thanks to friends and family, and to Wayne, Nancy, and the MTW family.

DAN HORN (Reg Bowen, Handyman) 3rd MTWichita season. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma class of 2013. Some of his favorite roles at the University are Ozzie inOn The Town, Wickersham Brother #2 in Seussical the Musical, and The Puppet Master in The Adventures of Pinocchio. Thanks to Wayne and Nancy for giving him such an amazing opportunity and his family for their endless love and support.

EMILY KELLY 1st MTW season. She is from Sacramento, California, and will be entering her sophomore year as a BFA Musical Theatre student at Indiana University. Favorite roles include Thea in Spring Awakening (IU Theatre), the Witch in Into the Woods, Mayzie La Bird inSeussical, and Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd. Thanks to her family and friends back home and at IU for their endless support, and the entire MTW team.

BROOKE LACY (Mrs. Lockwood) 2nd MTW season. She is an upcoming senior Musical Theatre major at the University of Oklahoma. Favorite credits include: On the Town (Dance Captain/Ensemble), Avenue Q (Mrs. T/ Bad Idea Bear U/S), Seussical (Bird Girl), The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Soloist), and OKC Philharmonic’s A Very Merry Pops (Mistletoe). Love and thanks to her wonderful family for their support, to Cary and Julie Danielson for inspiring her, and to Wayne, Nancy, Josh, and all of MTW for this amazing opportunity!

ELLIOTT MATTOX 2nd MTW season.  Elliott has performed here in Les Misérables, The King and I, The Music ManFinian’s RainbowSunset BoulevardXanadu, and Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Other credits include Jack (Into the Woods), Tobias Ragg (Sweeney Todd), Phil D’Armano (The Wild Party) at Oklahoma City University; Hugo Peabody (Bye Bye Birdie) at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma. He will be a senior musical theatre major at OCU in the fall. Love and gratitude to Wayne and everyone at MTW, and to his friends and families at OCU and in Kentucky.

TREVOR McCHRISTIAN just completed his senior year at Maize High School and will be an incoming freshman at Wichita State University this fall! He is thrilled to be working at MTWichita for his third summer in a row, and was proud to represent the MTW Jester Awards at the 2013 National High School Musical Theater Awards in New York City. Trevor has previously been seen at MTW in The King and I, Fiddler on the Roof, Singin’ in the Rain, Finian’s Rainbow, and Disney’s The Little Mermaid. He gives many humble thanks to Wayne, Nancy, Josh, Thomas, Doris, and his family for providing him with more opportunities than he can imagine at such a young age.

ALEXANDER H. MILLER made his MTW debut as Jean Prouvaire in Les Misérables. From OKC, OK, Alex is a musical theatre major at the University of Michigan in the class of 2016. Thanks to Amy, JBR, Jay, Dr. Bill, and Dr. H. for years of training and continued encouragement. Love to Mom, Dad, and Elle for the unconditional support, and thanks to Wayne, Nancy and MTW. Thank you to the entire UMICH faculty and friends especially Brent Wagner, Linda Goodrich and Catherine Walker Adams. Credits: UMich: Crazy for You; Lyric Theatre OKC: Oliver!, Hairspray. Go Blue!

CHET NORMENT (Prince Philip) 2nd season at MTW, where credits include Les Misérables, The King and I, Legally Blonde (Pforzheimer), Singin’ in the RainHonk!9 to 5, and Fiddler on the Roof. Regional: Joseph…Dreamcoat (Theatre of the Stars), Hairspray (IQ/Dance Captain, ZACH Theatre), Deborah Cox’s Everybody Dance (The Mirage). University: Crazy for You (Pete/Dance Captain), She Loves MeTapped Out, and Dancing in the Blackbox. Film: Right on Sunset (Steve). Chet will be a senior BFA Acting major at Elon University this fall. Love to Wayne, Nancy, the Fam, and Kit!

NICHOLAS PALMQUIST (Dance Captain) 3rd MTWichita season.  Nick is a 2013 graduate of Oklahoma City University, with a Bachelor of Performing Arts, Nicholas’ fifteen MTW shows include Spamalot, Les Misérables, The King and I, Legally Blonde (UPS man Kyle), 9 to 5, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, The Music Man, and of course, Singin’ in the Rain. Nicholas sends thanks to Wayne, Thomas and Nancy for the overwhelming opportunities and support, and love to his friends, his family, and his outrageously beautiful fiancé.

BECCA PETERSEN 1st MTW season. She is originally from Carmel, Indiana and will be a senior in the fall studying musical theatre at Brigham Young University. Favorite credits:Thoroughly Modern Millie at The MUNY (Lucille/ensemble), Dreamgirls at The MUNY (Sweetheart/ensemble), Oklahoma! (Laurey), and Beauty and the Beast (Belle). She recently performed in China with the BYU Young Ambassadors, and this fall will play Clara in The Light in the Piazza at BYU. Gratitude to everyone at MTWichita, and a big thank you to her family and friends for their endless support!

SARAH QUINN  4th MTW season.  Sarah, a Wichita native, recently completed her freshman year at the University of Oklahoma (BFA Musical Theatre), and made her University Theatre debut in On the Town. Favorite MTW shows include Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Ariel u/s), 9 to5, and Legally Blonde (Greek Chorus). Thanks to Wayne and the entire MTWichita family, and love to family, friends, and Jeff for their constant love and encouragement. 1 Peter 4:10-11

BENJAMIN RIVERA 2nd MTWichita season. He recently finished his junior year at Oklahoma City University as a dance performance major. Some favorite past shows include: 7 Brides for 7 Brothers (Benjamin) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Simeon). Favorites at MTW include: Legally Blonde (Nikos), Spamalot, Les Misérables, The King and I, Singin’ in the Rain,and 9 to 5. He would like to thank his friends and family for all their unconditional love. Jeremiah 29:11

SEAN RONAYNE (Butcher Barraclough), originally from Lake Zurich, Illinois, is excited to be back for his second season with MTWichita, and loved playing Enjolras in Les Misérables! He just graduated from Elon University with a BFA in Music Theatre, and will be moving to New York in the fall. Favorite roles include Robbie in A Man of No Importance (Elon University), and all five shows last season at MTWichita, including the Production Tenor in last season’s Singin’ in the Rain.. Thanks and love to Mom, Dad, Brian, Bridget, and also Wayne, Nancy, and Thomas for the wonderful opportunities and endless support!

RIZA TAKAHASHI has performed here in Spamalot, Les Misérables, and as Little Eva in The King and I. Education: BFA in Musical Theatre at The Hartt School. Recent credits include: MUNY: Little Eva/Fan Dancer (King and I), Ensemble (Thoroughly Modern Millie). Woodstock Playhouse: Connie Wong (A Chorus Line), Crissy (HAIR), Charity (Anything Goes). Love and thanks to my family, friends, and the Hartt family, and also to MTWichita for this amazing opportunity!

ANDY TOFA 1st MTW season. Andy is currently a student at OU’s School of Musical Theatre (2016). OU credits include: School of Dance’s Cinderella and School of Musical Theatre’s On the Town. He is from California, but he currently lives in Saint George, Utah. His nationality is Filipino and Samoan, he enjoys playing sports, and greatly enjoys food from different ethnicities.  He is grateful for the love and support of his friends and family. He is excited to be a part of the MTWichita family.

KATIE WESLER (Kitt) 1st MTW season. A senior Musical Theatre major at CCM, Katie received the 2013 Kurt Weill Foundation of Music Emerging Talent Award and the 2013 Roger Sturtevant Award from Actors’ Equity. CCM credits include Parade (Sally Slaton), Chess(The Arbiter’s Assistant), and Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite. Professional roles include Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street (Tent Theatre), Shelby Thorpe in The Spitfire Grill and Maggie Pelletier in Red Herring (Timber Lake Playhouse), and Hunyak in Chicago (Red Mountain Theatre Company). Thanks to Wayne and Nancy, and to her family for their support.

HAYLEY WILHELM 1st MTW season. Hayley is a dance management major at Oklahoma City University and just completed her junior year. She has been seen in numerous American Spirit Dance Company shows at OCU and in Legally Blonde at OCU. She has also danced in the Mary Kay Cosmetics 2012 International Seminar. Thanks to Wayne, Nancy, and Josh, and to her husband Zachary, Mom, Dad, Hannah, and Grandmommy for their support!

ZACK WILHELM (Butcher Nuttall)  3rd MTW season. Zack is a part of the 2013 graduating Musical Theatre class at Otterbein University, where credits include Paul in Carnival, Eddie in Andrew Lippa’s Wild Party, and Robert Martin in The Drowsy Chaperone. Thanks to everyone at MTWichita for the amazing opportunity, and endless gratitude to his wife Hayley (whom he has the joy of performing alongside this summer), Nick, Mom, and to the Good Lord for a truly wonderful life!

SUMIRE YU is ecstatic to be making her MTWichita debut and to be a part of the family this summer! Originally from Tokyo, Japan, Sumire is a junior musical theatre major at Elon University. Elon credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Marcy Park) andHair (Tribe)Thank you to my family at home and at Elon for their endless love and support, as well as Wayne, Nancy, and MTW for this incredible opportunity.

LINDA WEIR-ENEGREN (Hotel Patron/Walk-On Performer) has pioneered and founded numerous programs for children including Rainbows United, CASA of Sedgwick County, and Pathways, and has actively advocated for issues affecting children in foster care or with disabilities. In addition to two birth children, she and her husband, Phil, adopted and raised five children with special needs. Linda is the President and General Manager of LS Industries, a. Wichita based manufacturing company.

WAYNE BRYAN (Producing Director / Director) is in his 26th season at MTWichita, where he has now produced 128 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). As director, he launched the new musical Festival starring Gregory Harrison, Stephanie Zimbalist and Brian Stokes Mitchell in its Los Angeles, Washington, and New York engagements. He has helmed several award-winning editions of Tintypes across the country, and directed dozens of regional plays and musicals for theatres including Musical Theatre West, Theatre Under the Stars, and 42nd Street Moon. 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. One of Wayne’s happiest MTWichita experiences so far remains the theatre’s involvement with George Stiles and Anthony Drewe on the regional premiere and subsequent cast recording of HONK!. The chance to create the U.S. premiere of another brand new show involving these talented men is a dream come true. Thanks and love to our superlative cast, brilliant artistic collaborators, and tireless crew.

LYNDY FRANKLIN SMITH (Co-Choreographer) is thrilled to be returning to MTWichita, where she and her husband Jeromy choreographed 9 to 5, Finian’s Rainbow and Sunset Boulevard.  They also recently made their directoral debut with Spring Awakening at the University of Kentucky Theatre Department. Other choreography credits include Ragtime at University of Michigan MT Program and four seasons of It’s a Grand Night for Singing with the University of Kentucky Opera Program.  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).  Proud graduate of Oklahoma City University and 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. He and his wife, Lyndy, choreographed 9 to 5, Finian’s Rainbow and Sunset Boulevard, here at MTW, as well as It’s A Grand Night for Singing at UK Opera Theatre.  They also recently made their directoral debut with Spring Awakening with UK Theatre.  As a performer, Jeromy appeared in the National Touring Companies of 42nd Streetand 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 begin his 14th season with his wonderful artistic family at MTWichita, having led 45 productions with this remarkable company. Thomas has done more than 200 musical theatre, 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 RingleAs the Artistic Director of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, he is receiving acclaim for adventurous, innovative debuts and premier programs, includingCarmina Burana Africana, Messiah in Space, and a concert of standard choral masterpieces with a fusion rock band and string orchestra accompaniment, plus a presentation of Charlie Chaplin shorts with an all Bach soundtrack. On stage he has enjoyed the roles of Caiaphas inJesus 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 Designer) is thrilled to re-join the creative team of MTWichita, having designed Xanadu and 9 to 5 in the last two summers. Off Broadway – 45th Street Theatre: Around the World in 80 Days; 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, Fulton Opera House, Phoenix Theatre, and others. He has Art Directed and Designed for TV, Print Ads, Corporate, and Commercials for such clients as the Food Network, General Motors, Jockey, Canon, among a few. Robert would like to thank Wayne and the entire talented Wichita team. Robert is a proud member of, United Scenic Artists (USA 829).www.KovachDesigns.comwww.KovachDesigns.com

DIXON REYNOLDS (Costume Designer) is thrilled to be back at Music Theatre of Wichita!  He is an Associate Professor of Costume Design at State University of New York at Fredonia and a freelance designer. His designs are seen in a broad range of styles from Theatre, Dance, Opera, Film and his favorite: new and experimental theatrical works, including musicals! Dixon is the resident costume designer at the Kavinoky Theatre in Buffalo, NY. Some of his designs have been seen at The Irish Classical Theatre, ART Park, Buffalo United Artists, Shakespeare in Delaware Park, The Hartt School of Music, Triad Stage, Summer Repertory Theatre, and American Dance Festival. He has also worked in the Costume Departments at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Playmakers Repertory Company, Roanoke Festival Park, HBO Productions and CBS Productions.

DAVID NEVILLE (Lighting Designer) is thrilled to begin his 30th 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 includeLes Misérables, Disney’s The Little MermaidCats, 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 eighth 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 the fourth season as wig and makeup designer, having been assistant the first year. For her work with MTWichita, Alena is the recipient of a Mary Jane Teall Merit Award for the hair and makeup department. She lives in Wichita and spends most of the year working at Allure Salon. She has been doing hair for fifteen years, has spent six years as an Aveda Color Educator, and is grateful for the opportunity to work with so many talented people. A special thanks to Sandy, Joy and Jocelyn for all your hard work.

MICHELLE A. BISBEE (Property Master) is excited to be joining the MTWichita for the British Invasion! She is a MFA Scenic Design Graduate from the University of Arizona. At the University she scenic designed Nine and Hay Fever, prop mastered four main stage shows, and managed the properties shop. Other credits include Assistant Head of Props for Cirque du Soleil’s LOVE, Properties and Puppets Technician for Cirque du Soleil’s KA, and Scenic Artist for the Utah Shakespearean Festival. Michelle would like to thank her family, friends and new family at the Music Theatre of Wichita for all of their support.

DEBBIE ROBERTS (Costumer / Shop Manager) has designed costumes for many shows here, including Curtains, Fiddler on the RoofLes 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 AidaMy Fair Lady (all of Eliza’s gowns), Annie Get Your GunMan of La Mancha, Crazy for You, The Sound of Music, My One and Only, and variousFestival 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, for over 20 years Wichita has been my summer home, and I look forward to meeting new people and learning new skills each time. Enjoy the shows!”

JEFF TAYLOR (Production Manager) is extremely honored to be back with this excellent cast and crew for his 12th summer at MTWichita. Throughout the years since 2000, he’s had the chance to apprentice, build, design, and even act for MTWichita, and now become 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.

AJ KELLISON (Asst. Technical Director) started with Music Theatre of Wichita in 2006 and loves working with the excellent people of MTW. AJ also recently spent a year on the road with the gang of Sesame Street Live. Much love to Mom Dad, and sister Laura.

AMY LARINK (Scene Shop Charge Artist) is excited to be back for her second season. She holds a Bachelors in Theatre from Grand Valley in Michigan and completed the two-year scenic program at Cobalt Studios in New York. She currently lives in Chicago and works full time as the charge artist for the Paramount Theatre.

TYLER LESSIN (Assistant Lighting Designer) is thrilled to be returning to MTWichita for his 6th season. A native Wichitan, Tyler has worked with theatre companies all over town. Favorite design credits include: Urinetown (WSU), Chicago, Sweeney Todd, andAnnie Get Your Gun (Crown Uptown), The Mystery of Irma Vep and The Full Monty (Forum Theatre), and Le Nozze di Figaro and Il Trovatore (WGO). Tyler would like to thank Wayne, Nancy, Jeff, David, and the MTW staff for this amazing opportunity, the fantastic electrics crew & IATSE Local 190 for their hard work & dedication, and his family and Kyle for their love and support.

EMILY F. McMULLEN (Stage Manager) is back for her 14th summer with MTWichita. Previous productions here include Legally BlondeSingin’ in the RainFiddler on the Roof, The Music Man, Sunset Boulevard, Disney’s The Little MermaidCurtains, 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 and also teaches stage management at Tufts University. She has stage managed for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, North Shore Music Theatre, 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 (Production Stage Manager) is originally from Oklahoma. She currently lives in Minneapolis / Saint Paul where she is the production manager 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 BeastThe WomenYou Can’t Take It With YouSmokey Joe’s Café andThe Will Rogers Follies.

AMANDA BOWMAN (Assistant Stage Manager) is thrilled to be returning home for her 9thsummer at MTWichita, after having graduated from WSU in December. She has also worked for Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Crown Uptown, IATSE #190, Walt Disney World, and Merrimack Repertory Theatre. Next, she will be heading to Ohio to be a Stage Management Intern at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

MICHAEL BARBOUR (Assistant Stage Manager) is a recent graduate from the University of Michigan and thrilled to be joining the MTWichita team! Recent credits: UM: Sunday in the Park with George, Cloud Nine (SM). Regional: BTF: A Class Act (1st ASM); International: Shakespeare’s Globe SM Student (2011), SOHO Theater: World Premiere, EX (1st ASM). Many thanks to family for their support and to MTWichita for this incredible opportunity!

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

JESSE WARKENTIN (Assistant Musical Director / Keyboards) is amazed to find himself in his 10th consecutive season with MTWichita! He conducted the Festival of Broadway orchestra for five years, and enjoyed music directing High School Musical 2 in 2009. This year he made his debut with the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony as piano soloist, performing Gershwin’sRhapsody In Blue with Maestro Douglas. Throughout the year, Jesse can be found at the new Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre, conducting exciting shows such as this fall’s CATS. “My deepest gratitude to Wayne and Thomas for these special months of rich musical fulfillment at MTWichita, and to my incredible family for their laughter and love.

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LINDSEY BLIVEN (Mary Poppins) is ‘over the rooftops’ and very honored to be performing again at Music Theatre of Wichita where she appeared in the resident company and was featured as Philia in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Originally from Hendersonville, Tennessee (near Nashville), Lindsey graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Oklahoma. She has toured the U.S., Canada, and Japan in shows such as The Wizard of OzA Chorus Line, Oklahoma! (playing Laurey and dancing her own dream ballet) and the National Tour of Mary Poppins, understudying the title character, and playing it on numerous occasions. She performed in Singin’ in the Rain (Kathy u/s) at the Westchester Broadway Theatre and considers New York her home now. Lindsey’s Mom, Dad, grandma and extended family now reside in Wichita and Lindsey is thrilled to return here to play this wonderful character! Lindsey knew she wanted to perform since she was ten years old and saw the tour of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. It’s always been a desire of hers to pass the Disney dream on to the next generation.  “I consider myself very lucky knowing what I wanted to do with my life at such an early age, and I’ve been working very hard to achieve that goal ever since.” Thank you to Wayne, Nancy, Josh and Harden-Curtis. For my family. ‘Reach for the stars! Anything can happen if you let it!’

DAVID ELDER (Bert) returns to MTWichita, where he has appeared as Don Lockwood inSingin’ in the Rain, a character he also played for Goodspeed Musicals, and 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 won rave reviews from the New York Times for his leading role in the Jack Cole anthologyHeatwave. 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. TV/Film credits include Across the Universe, Cradle Will Rock, Jeffrey and “The Guiding Light.”

DAMON KIRSCHE (Mr. Banks) happily returns to MTWichita, where he has been seen as The Scarlet Pimpernel, Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, King Arthur in Camelot, Franklin Hart, Jr. in 9 to 5, Galahad in Spamalot, and in concert with Kelli O’Hara. Last fall, Damon starred as Julian Marsh in 4nd Street at California’s Carpenter Center and as Rick Anderson in the new Harold Arlen musical One For My Baby at the New 42nd St. Studios. Favorite roles include Kodaly inShe Loves Me and Granite in On the 20th Century (Reprise!), Logos in Eric Whitacre’s Paradise Lost: Shadows & Wings (Carnegie Hall and Walt Disney Concert Hall), Curly in Oklahoma!(CLOSBC), Carl Magnus in A Little Night Music (South Coast Repertory), the Dentist (and others) in Little Shop of Horrors (Cabrillo Music Theatre), and numerous appearances with NY’s Encores Series and L.A.’s Musical Theatre Guild. Recent concerts: the “American Showstoppers” series with the Fred Barton Orchestra at NY’s Schimmel Center, Bruce Kimmel’s “Kritzerland” cabaret series in LA, and with vintage swing orchestra Dean Mora and his “Modern Rhythmists,” with whom he’ll appear July 4th for the 25th Anniversary of Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing series. Damon can be heard on various recordings with Dean Mora and His Orchestra and on the recently released “Lyrics and Music by Charles Bloom: In Here.” He appears as Harry McCarthy in the Civil War film Gods and Generals and as the first “Nuu’bari” on the “Star Trek: Voyager” TV series. Training: Juilliard. DamonKirsche.com.

CLAIRE GERIG (Winifred Banks) made her MTWichita debut in Les Misérables, and has continued throughout the summer, most recently as the Butcher’s seductive wife Mrs. Metcalf in Betty Blue Eyes.  A Wichita native, she will be a senior at Wichita State University pursuing a BFA in Music Theatre where she was last seen as Amalia in She Loves Me, directed by Wayne Bryan. While a student at Maize High School, Claire was selected to represent the Jester Awards in the Leading Actress category at the National High School Musical Theater Awards in New York City. Thanks to Wayne and all of MTWichita. Love to Linda, Amy, Pina, Marie, Bret, Mom & Dad.

LONDEN PEEBLER (Jane Banks) is so thrilled to be returning to MTWichita for a second time after appearing as Beaky in HONK! last season. Other favorite appearances include The LittleMermaid Jr. (Ariel), Beauty and the Beast Jr. (Babette), Willy Wonka Jr. and Babes in Toyland. Londen shares her stage time with Young World Dance Studio as a member of their competition team. Many thanks to Amy Menas, Janna Kaba, and Brandy Hallacy for their continued guidance, and to Wayne, Josh, and Nancy for believing in her for this truly amazing role!

EDWARD STURM (Michael) is ecstatic to be performing with MTWichita for his third summer! Some of his favorite theatre credits include Louis in MTWichita’s The King & I last month, Billy in HONK! (MTWichita), Sebastian in The Little Mermaid Jr. (The Independent School), Jojo in Seussical (MTYP), and Little Jake in Annie Get Your Gun (Crown Uptown Theatre). Edward will be in the 6th grade at The Independent School this fall, swims year round at the Wichita Swim Club and plays cello and trombone. A big thanks to Wayne, Amy, Mom, Dad & Claire, God, and all of the great people at MTW. “Anything can happen if you let it!”

KAREN L. ROBU (Bird Woman / Miss Andrew) has performed in 15 of the past 18 seasons. Highlights include Rose in Gypsy, Madame Thenardier in Les Misérables, Golde in Fiddler on the Roof, Roz in 9-5, Mayor Matilda Hyde in All Shook Up, Ms. Darbus in High School Musical,Martha Watson in White Christmas, the Wicked Witch in Wizard of Oz, Emma Goldman inRagtime, Maureen / Lowbutt in HONK! (2001 and 2012 productions)Dolly in Annie Get Your Gun and Mayzie in Seussical. Karen’s 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’s two beautiful daughters, age 14 and 10, enjoy performing as well and will be seen onstage this summer. Karen recently graduated from Phillips Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. She is Minister of Faith Formation for Plymouth Congregational Church in Wichita and invites the entire city to her ordination ceremony on September 15. Thanks to Wayne for another opportunity to spend the summer at MTW and to her favorite actor, husband Tim for his love and support.

KATIE BANKS (Mrs. Brill) is thrilled to be back “home” at MTWichita. Katie was last seen here as stepsister Portia in Cinderella (Mary Jane Teall Award) and Smitty in How to Succeed.Katie is a proud graduate of Wichita State University. She has been in both the National Tour and Broadway Companies of The Phantom of the Opera, where she was the cover for the role of Carlotta.  Katie has also performed at Carnegie Hall in Jerry Springer: The Opera and many off-Broadway musical revues. She was the guest soloist with the Wichita Symphony for theSpirit of Christmas Concert. Katie has performed in various concerts around the United States and Canada. After living her Broadway dream, she is mommy to Isabelle and Benjamin. Katie is the director of drama at El Dorado High School. Her drama program was the recipient of 10 Jester Awards including Overall Production, Director and Music Director. To Wayne, Thank you! To my incredible family-I love you!

HANNAH FREEMAN (Mrs. Corry) 2nd MTW season, where she was just featured as Mrs. Turnbull (“Magic Fingers”) in Betty Blue Eyes. Hannah is a senior musical theatre major at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Favorite CCM credits include Jenny (The Threepenny Opera), Dream Laurey (Oklahoma!) and Fredrika (A Little Night Music). Other credits: Solo Dancer in Oklahoma! with Ashley Brown at the Lyric Opera of Chicago (dir. Gary Griffin). Many thanks to Wayne, Nancy and MTW, and much love to family and DB.

MICHAEL HARTUNG (Neleus / Assistant to Choreographer) made his MTW debut withSpamalot, played Feuilly in Les Misérables, King Simon of Legree in The King and I, and most recently help the title character come to life in Betty Blue Eyes.  A native of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, Michael is a rising senior Musical Theatre major at the University of Michigan. Michael also trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England. Past favorites include The King and IThoroughly Modern Millie (The MUNY) Oliver!, Cats (West Virginia Public Theatre) All’s Well That Ends Well, The Last Tempest (RADA), Chicago, Brigadoon, The Full Monty, Crazy for You (U of M). So much love to family and friends. Go Blue!

ELLIOTT MATTOX (Robertson Ay)  2nd MTW season.  Elliott has performed here in Les Misérables, The King and I, Betty Blue Eyes, The Music ManFinian’s RainbowSunset Boulevard,Xanadu, and Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Other credits include Jack (Into the Woods), Tobias Ragg (Sweeney Todd), Phil D’Armano (The Wild Party) at Oklahoma City University; Hugo Peabody (Bye Bye Birdie) at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma. He will be a senior musical theatre major at OCU in the fall. Love and gratitude to Wayne and everyone at MTW, and to his friends and families at OCU and in Kentucky.

TIMOTHY W. ROBU (Admiral Boom / Bank Chairman) is delighted to be a part of this year’s MTWichita season, as well as many previous ones. Audiences may remember Tim in past roles such as Thenardier in Les Misérables, Bedevere in Spamalot, John Hancock in 1776, Billis in South Pacific, the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, Amos Hart in Chicago, Oscar Shapiro inCurtains, Mr. Feldzeig in The Drowsy Chaperone, Herbie in Gypsy, and Lazar Wolf in Fiddler. Tim also performs at several other venues in the Wichita area, including Mosley Street Melodrama and the Crown Uptown Theatre. Tim served as Technical Director for the Crown Theatre and Artistic Director of the children’s program for over twenty years. He now works as an Exhibit Technician for Exploration Place. When not working at Wichita ‘s fine theatres, Tim has plenty to keep him busy as father to his two daughters, Katie and Francie. 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.

ROBERT ARIZA This is Robert’s second season at MTWichita, where he recently played Town Councilman Mr. Lockwood in Betty Blue Eyes. Robert is a rising senior pursuing a BFA from The University of Michigan. Recent UM credits: Sunday in the Park with George (Mr./ Lee Randolph), Spring Awakening (Hanschen), Next Fall (Brandon). Recent awards: Emerging Talent Award from the Lotte Lenya Competition sponsored by the Kurt Weill Foundation, Roger Sturtevant Award in Musical Theatre through Actors’ Equity. Thanks to everyone at MTW, and his family and friends in NY and at UM.  

DANIEL BEEMAN debuted here in Les Misérables, and was featured as butcher Metcalf in Betty Blue Eyes. Originally from Bellevue, Nebraska, Daniel will be a senior at UMKC in the fall. His favorite performances include Next To Normal (Gabe), The Nutcracker (Ensemble), the World Championships of Irish Dance, the Celtic Irish Dance Festival at Walt Disney World, and many performances with the Omaha Symphony. Many thanks to friends, the Stanek clan, Mom, Dad, Jean, Chris, Bri, and Tricia for their undying support!

DANIEL BEVINS 1st MTW sesaon. Originally from Atlanta, GA, Daniel is a rising junior at Elon University pursuing a BFA in Music Theatre. He has worked professionally at Artpark (Cinderella) and The Muny (Thoroughly Modern Millie and Aladdin!). Past favorites include: Hair, A Man of No Importance, The Wild Party, Into the Woods, and Les Misérables. So much love and gratitude to his outstanding family, friends, teachers, and to Wayne, Nancy, and the entire MTWichita family for making this wonderful opportunity possible!

KATHRYN BOSWELL made her MTWichita debut as Cosette in Les Misérables, and was featured as nosy Mrs. Tillbrook in Betty Blue Eyes. She is a recent musical theatre graduate of CCM and some of her favorite recent credits include: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Naomi) at Know Theatre of Cincinnati, [title of show] (Heidi), Chess (Svetlana) Spring Awakening(Wendla) at CCM, Little Women (Amy) and Seussical (Mayzie) at CVC, and The Importance of Being Earnest (Cecily) with Hamilton Theatre. Kathryn is also a voice actress with Radio Disney. Thanks to my family, the Lookers, and to God for these pockets of grace!

JACOB CHANCELLOR 2nd MTW season. Originally from Edmond, OK, he is going into his senior year at The University of Oklahoma! Credits: OU University: On The Town (Chip), …Forum (Protean). Lyric Theatre OKC: Xanadu, 42nd Street, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Broadway Rose (Oregon): The Drowsy Chaperone (George). MTWichita: SpamalotThe Music Man, Finian’s Rainbow, Sunset Boulevard, Xanadu, Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Thanks and love to family and friends for all the love and support.

KIM CORBETT made her MTW debut in Les Misérables, performed in The King and I, and was featured as Princess Elizabeth and Mrs. Lester (“Magic Fingers”) in Betty Blue Eyes. This fall she will begin her senior year as a BFA in musical theatre at Penn State University, where she was most recently seen as Susan in [title of show]. Previous credits also include All Shook Up(Natalie), Bernstein’s Mass (Swing), and Grand Hotel (Raffaela). Love to Mom&Dad.kimberlycorbett.com

CALEB DICKE 2nd MTW season, having performed last summer in Fiddler on the Roof(Russian), 9 to 5Honk! (Barnacles), Singin’ in the Rain, and Legally Blonde, and in SpamalotLes Misérables, The King and I and Betty Blue Eyes this year. He will be a senior dance performance major this fall at Oklahoma City University. While at OCU, he has performed in the American Spirit Dance Company’s Home for the Holidays Christmas Show and Spring Show, as well asLegally Blonde (Kiki) and The Wedding Singer (Billy Idol).

ELEANOR FISHMAN (Mary understudy) is from Pennington, NJ and made her MTWichita debut as Fantine in Les Misérables. She is a rising junior Musical Theatre major at the University of Michigan where she has played Amanda Gronich in The Laramie Project and ensemble in Spring Awakening. Some other favorite roles include Erma in Anything Goes and Maria in The Sound of Music. Thanks to MTW for this wonderful opportunity and to her family both in New Jersey and at UM for their unending love and support.

REBECCA GANS, recently featured as Topsy in The King and I, is a Wichita native and a dance performance major at Oklahoma City University. Her favorite credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie), Footloose (Ariel) and The Pajama Game (Gladys). Performing with MTW created some of Rebecca’s favorite memories as a kid, and she is excited to be a company this summer. Thanks to her family, friends, and The Man up above for supporting her in all her dreams.

DYLAN HARRIS is so thrilled to be a part of the MTWichita family this summer as a teen intern! Next year Dylan will be an incoming freshman at Wichita State University, where he will major in musical theatre. You may have seen Dylan in Les Misérables, Xanadu, Finian’s Rainbow or Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Dylan would like to thank his family for all of their love and support, Wayne, Nancy, Josh, and the directors for giving him a really great opportunity!

CATHERINE HELM 2nd MTW season. A rising senior at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music’s Musical Theatre program, Catherine’s favorite roles include: Mae inStreet Scene, Molly in The Threepenny Opera, and Lucinda in Into the Woods. Other favorites include Oklahoma!, Out of this World, Under Construction II, and Into a Lamplit Room. Love and thanks to friends and family, and to Wayne, Nancy, and the MTW family.

DAN HORN (Reg Bowen, Handyman) 3rd MTWichita season. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma class of 2013. Some of his favorite roles at the University are Ozzie inOn The Town, Wickersham Brother #2 in Seussical the Musical, and The Puppet Master in The Adventures of Pinocchio. Thanks to Wayne and Nancy for giving him such an amazing opportunity and his family for their endless love and support.

EMILY KELLY 1st MTW season. She is from Sacramento, California, and will be entering her sophomore year as a BFA Musical Theatre student at Indiana University. Favorite roles include Thea in Spring Awakening (IU Theatre), the Witch in Into the Woods, Mayzie La Bird inSeussical, and Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd. Thanks to her family and friends back home and at IU for their endless support, and the entire MTW team.

BROOKE LACY (Mrs. Lockwood) 2nd MTW season. She is an upcoming senior Musical Theatre major at the University of Oklahoma. Favorite credits include: On the Town (Dance Captain/Ensemble), Avenue Q (Mrs. T/ Bad Idea Bear U/S), Seussical (Bird Girl), The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Soloist), and OKC Philharmonic’s A Very Merry Pops (Mistletoe). Love and thanks to her wonderful family for their support, to Cary and Julie Danielson for inspiring her, and to Wayne, Nancy, Josh, and all of MTW for this amazing opportunity!

EVAN MAYER 2nd MTW season. Originally from Milwaukee, WI, Evan recently graduated from Indiana University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. MTW: Betty Blue Eyes (Sgt. Noble),Fiddler on the Roof (Motel), Legally Blonde (Kiki), 9 to 5, Honk!, Singin’ in the Rain, The King and I, Les Misérables. Other favorites include Cabaret (Emcee), Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), andSweeney Todd (Anthony). While in school he spent two years recording and performing with IU’s Grammy-nominated Singing Hoosiers as a featured soloist, with notable performances in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. Love and thanks to Wayne and Nancy, and to my family and friends for their incredible support.

TREVOR McCHRISTIAN just completed his senior year at Maize High School and will be an incoming freshman at Wichita State University this fall! He is thrilled to be working at MTWichita for his third summer in a row, and was proud to represent the MTW Jester Awards at the 2013 National High School Musical Theater Awards in New York City. Trevor has previously been seen at MTW in The King and I, Fiddler on the Roof, Singin’ in the Rain, Finian’s Rainbow, and Disney’s The Little Mermaid. He gives many humble thanks to Wayne, Nancy, Josh, Thomas, Doris, and his family for providing him with more opportunities than he can imagine at such a young age.

ALEXANDER H. MILLER made his MTW debut as Jean Prouvaire in Les Misérables. From OKC, OK, Alex is a musical theatre major at the University of Michigan in the class of 2016. Thanks to Amy, JBR, Jay, Dr. Bill, and Dr. H. for years of training and continued encouragement. Love to Mom, Dad, and Elle for the unconditional support, and thanks to Wayne, Nancy and MTW. Thank you to the entire UMICH faculty and friends especially Brent Wagner, Linda Goodrich and Catherine Walker Adams. Credits: UMich: Crazy for You; Lyric Theatre OKC: Oliver!, Hairspray. Go Blue!

CAROLYN ANNE MILLER was thrilled to make her MTWichita debut as Eponine in Les Misérables, and also enjoyed playing bratty Veronica in the U. S. premiere of Betty Blue Eyes. As an upcoming junior at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, her other favorite credits include Roxie Hart in Chicago, Kim MacAfee in Bye, Bye, Birdie, and Lost Boy (Twin Two) inPeter Pan. A special thanks to MTWichita for this lovely opportunity, and all of my love and thanks to my dear friends and Mom, Dad, Ali, Mock, George, Camille, and Grandma.

CHET NORMENT 2nd season at MTW, where credits include Les Misérables, The King and I,Betty Blue Eyes (Prince Philip), Legally Blonde (Pforzheimer), Singin’ in the RainHonk!9 to 5, andFiddler on the Roof. Regional: Joseph…Dreamcoat (Theatre of the Stars), Hairspray (IQ/Dance Captain, ZACH Theatre), Deborah Cox’s Everybody Dance (The Mirage). University: Crazy for You (Pete/Dance Captain), She Loves MeTapped Out, and Dancing in the Blackbox. Film: Right on Sunset (Steve). Chet will be a senior BFA Acting major at Elon University this fall. Love to Wayne, Nancy, the Fam, and Kit!

FAITH NORTHCUTT is honored and thrilled to return to MTWichita this summer!  Recently seen at MTWichita in The King and ISingin’ in the Rain, Fiddler on the RoofDisney’s The Little MermaidFinian’s Rainbow (Diana), Gypsy (Young Louise) and Les Mis (Young Cosette, 2008), and in the Teen Choir. Favorite roles include: Annie Annie at MTYP, Susan in White Christmasat the  Crown, and Nativity Angel in Celebrate 2012 at Signature Theatre. She will be an incoming IB freshman at East High and enjoys dancing, archery and plays the oboe. Love & thanks to Wayne, Nancy, Josh and MTW for this amazing opportunity!

NICHOLAS PALMQUIST 3rd MTWichita season. Nick is a 2013 graduate of Oklahoma City University, with a Bachelor of Performing Arts, Nicholas’ fifteen MTW shows include Spamalot,Les Misérables, The King and I, Betty Blue Eyes, Legally Blonde (UPS man Kyle), 9 to 5, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, The Music Man, and of course, Singin’ in the Rain. Nicholas sends thanks to Wayne, Thomas and Nancy for the overwhelming opportunities and support, and love to his friends, his family, and his outrageously beautiful fiancé.

BECCA PETERSEN 1st MTW season. She is originally from Carmel, Indiana and will be a senior in the fall studying musical theatre at Brigham Young University. Favorite credits:Thoroughly Modern Millie at The MUNY (Lucille/ensemble), Dreamgirls at The MUNY (Sweetheart/ensemble), Oklahoma! (Laurey), and Beauty and the Beast (Belle). She recently performed in China with the BYU Young Ambassadors, and this fall will play Clara in The Light in the Piazza at BYU. Gratitude to everyone at MTWichita, and a big thank you to her family and friends for their endless support!

SARAH QUINN 4th MTW season. Sarah, a Wichita native, recently completed her freshman year at the University of Oklahoma (BFA Musical Theatre), and made her University Theatre debut in On the Town. Favorite MTW shows include Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Ariel u/s), 9 to5, and Legally Blonde (Greek Chorus). Thanks to Wayne and the entire MTWichita family, and love to family, friends, and Jeff for their constant love and encouragement. 1 Peter 4:10-11

BENJAMIN RIVERA 2nd MTWichita season. He recently finished his junior year at Oklahoma City University as a dance performance major. Some favorite past shows include: 7 Brides for 7 Brothers (Benjamin) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Simeon). Favorites at MTW include: Legally Blonde (Nikos), Spamalot, Les Misérables, The King and I, Singin’ in the Rain,and 9 to 5. He would like to thank his friends and family for all their unconditional love. Jeremiah 29:11

SEAN RONAYNE (Butcher Barraclough), originally from Lake Zurich, Illinois, is excited to be back for his second season with MTWichita, and loved playing Enjolras in Les Misérables! He just graduated from Elon University with a BFA in Music Theatre, and will be moving to New York in the fall. Favorite roles include Robbie in A Man of No Importance (Elon University), and all five shows last season at MTWichita, including the Production Tenor in last season’s Singin’ in the Rain.. Thanks and love to Mom, Dad, Brian, Bridget, and also Wayne, Nancy, and Thomas for the wonderful opportunities and endless support!

RIZA TAKAHASHI has performed here in Spamalot, Les Misérables, and as Little Eva in The King and I. Education: BFA in Musical Theatre at The Hartt School. Recent credits include: MUNY: Little Eva/Fan Dancer (King and I), Ensemble (Thoroughly Modern Millie). Woodstock Playhouse: Connie Wong (A Chorus Line), Crissy (HAIR), Charity (Anything Goes). Love and thanks to my family, friends, and the Hartt family, and also to MTWichita for this amazing opportunity!

ANDY TOFA 1st MTW season. Andy is currently a student at OU’s School of Musical Theatre (2016). OU credits include: School of Dance’s Cinderella and School of Musical Theatre’s On the Town. He is from California, but he currently lives in Saint George, Utah. His nationality is Filipino and Samoan, he enjoys playing sports, and greatly enjoys food from different ethnicities. He is grateful for the love and support of his friends and family. He is excited to be a part of the MTWichita family.

KATIE WESLER (Kitt) 1st MTW season. A senior Musical Theatre major at CCM, Katie received the 2013 Kurt Weill Foundation of Music Emerging Talent Award and the 2013 Roger Sturtevant Award from Actors’ Equity. CCM credits include Parade (Sally Slaton), Chess(The Arbiter’s Assistant), and Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite. Professional roles include Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street (Tent Theatre), Shelby Thorpe in The Spitfire Grill and Maggie Pelletier in Red Herring (Timber Lake Playhouse), and Hunyak in Chicago (Red Mountain Theatre Company). Thanks to Wayne and Nancy, and to her family for their support.

HAYLEY WILHELM 1st MTW season. Hayley is a dance management major at Oklahoma City University and just completed her junior year. She has been seen in numerous American Spirit Dance Company shows at OCU and in Legally Blonde at OCU. She has also danced in the Mary Kay Cosmetics 2012 International Seminar. Thanks to Wayne, Nancy, and Josh, and to her husband Zachary, Mom, Dad, Hannah, and Grandmommy for their support!

ZACK WILHELM (Butcher Nuttall) 3rd MTW season. Zack is a part of the 2013 graduating Musical Theatre class at Otterbein University, where credits include Paul in Carnival, Eddie in Andrew Lippa’s Wild Party, and Robert Martin in The Drowsy Chaperone. Thanks to everyone at MTWichita for the amazing opportunity, and endless gratitude to his wife Hayley (whom he has the joy of performing alongside this summer), Nick, Mom, and to the Good Lord for a truly wonderful life!

SUMIRE YU is ecstatic to be making her MTWichita debut and to be a part of the family this summer! Originally from Tokyo, Japan, Sumire is a junior musical theatre major at Elon University. Elon credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Marcy Park) andHair (Tribe)Thank you to my family at home and at Elon for their endless love and support, as well as Wayne, Nancy, and MTW for this incredible opportunity.

WAYNE BRYAN (Producing Director / Director) is thrilled to be directing Mary Poppins as the finale of his 26th season at MTWichita, where he has now produced 130 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). As director, he launched the new musical Festival starring Gregory Harrison, Stephanie Zimbalist and Brian Stokes Mitchell in its Los Angeles, Washington, and New York engagements. He has helmed several award-winning editions of Tintypes across the country, and directed dozens of regional plays and musicals for theatres including Musical Theatre West, Theatre Under the Stars, and 42ndStreet Moon. 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. Two of Wayne’s happiest MTWichita experiences this summer have been the chance to produce and direct both the American premiere of Betty Blue Eyes, and this regional premiere of Mary Poppins.Thanks and love to our superlative cast, brilliant artistic collaborators, and tireless crew.

LINDA GOODRICH (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, Crazy for You, 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!. Last summer she received raves for her direction and choreography for Singin’ in the Rain. Other theatres include TUTS in Houston, Seattle’s 5th Avenue, Sacramento Music Circus, St. Louis MUNY, Pittsburgh CLO, St. Louis Rep., La Mirada, and Cincinnati Playhouse. Linda performed in the Broadway and national companies of Cabaret, and staged the European tour. Her work has also been seen in touring editions of Blues Clues Live!, Dora the Explorer, and KidzBop Live!. She lives in Michigan with her sons Tyler and Garret, where she is a professor of musical theatre at the University of Michigan. Thank you and great love and appreciation to Wayne, who fueled every step of her career!

THOMAS W. DOUGLAS (Musical Director / Conductor) is thrilled to continue his 14th season with his wonderful artistic family at MTWichita, with Mary Poppins being his 50th production with this remarkable company. Thomas has done more than 200 musical theatre, 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 Classand Mondo Mangia with the late Jillene RingleAs 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 concert of standard choral masterpieces with a fusion rock band and string orchestra accompaniment, plus a presentation of Charlie Chaplin shorts with an all Bach soundtrack. 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 Beastand 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.  J’s many designs at MTWichita have included Hairspray, Legally Blonde, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Beauty and the Beast, HONK!, The Secret Garden, Children of Eden, West Side Story, High School Musical 1 & 2, The Drowsy Chaperone, 1776, CurtainsSunset Boulevard, and Disney’s The Little Mermaid.

GEORGE T. MITCHELL (Costume Designer) has designed Sunset Boulevard, The Drowsy Chaperone, HONK!, The Pajama Game, and Damn Yankees for MTWichita. 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 Debbie, Heather, Karen, Shannon, and all the Guild volunteers. A big special thank you to the Costume Department for all of their hard work and dedication.

DAVID NEVILLE (Lighting Designer) is thrilled to begin his 30th 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 includeLes Misérables, Disney’s The Little MermaidCats, 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 eighth 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 the fourth season as wig and makeup designer, having been assistant the first year. For her work with MTWichita, Alena is the recipient of a Mary Jane Teall Merit Award for the hair and makeup department. She lives in Wichita and spends most of the year working at Allure Salon. She has been doing hair for fifteen years, has spent six years as an Aveda Color Educator, and is grateful for the opportunity to work with so many talented people. A special thanks to Sandy, Joy and Jocelyn for all your hard work.

MICHELLE A. BISBEE (Property Master) is excited to be joining the MTWichita for the British Invasion! She is a MFA Scenic Design Graduate from the University of Arizona. At the University she scenic designed Nine and Hay Fever, prop mastered four main stage shows, and managed the properties shop. Other credits include Assistant Head of Props for Cirque du Soleil’s LOVE, Properties and Puppets Technician for Cirque du Soleil’s KA, and Scenic Artist for the Utah Shakespearean Festival. Michelle would like to thank her family, friends and new family at the Music Theatre of Wichita for all of their support.

DEBBIE ROBERTS (Costumer / Shop Manager) has designed costumes for many shows here, including Curtains, Fiddler on the RoofLes 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 AidaMy Fair Lady (all of Eliza’s gowns), Annie Get Your GunMan of La Mancha, Crazy for You, The Sound of Music, My One and Only, and variousFestival 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, for over 20 years Wichita has been my summer home, and I look forward to meeting new people and learning new skills each time. Enjoy the shows!”

JEFF TAYLOR (Production Manager) is extremely honored to be back with this excellent cast and crew for his 12th summer at MTWichita. Throughout the years since 2000, he’s had the chance to apprentice, build, design, and even act for MTWichita, and now become 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.

AJ KELLISON (Asst. Technical Director) started with Music Theatre of Wichita in 2006 and loves working with the excellent people of MTW. AJ also recently spent a year on the road with the gang of Sesame Street Live. Much love to Mom Dad, and sister Laura.

AMY LARINK (Scene Shop Charge Artist) is excited to be back for her second season. She holds a Bachelors in Theatre from Grand Valley in Michigan and completed the two-year scenic program at Cobalt Studios in New York. She currently lives in Chicago and works full time as the charge artist for the Paramount Theatre.

TYLER LESSIN (Assistant Lighting Designer) is thrilled to be returning to MTWichita for his 6th season. A native Wichitan, Tyler has worked with theatre companies all over town. Favorite design credits include: Urinetown (WSU), Chicago, Sweeney Todd, andAnnie Get Your Gun (Crown Uptown), The Mystery of Irma Vep and The Full Monty (Forum Theatre), and Le Nozze di Figaro and Il Trovatore (WGO). Tyler would like to thank Wayne, Nancy, Jeff, David, and the MTW staff for this amazing opportunity, the fantastic electrics crew & IATSE Local 190 for their hard work & dedication, and his family and Kyle for their love and support.

EMILY F. McMULLEN (Stage Manager) is back for her 14th summer with MTWichita. Previous productions here include Legally BlondeSingin’ in the RainFiddler on the Roof, The Music Man, Sunset Boulevard, Disney’s The Little MermaidCurtains, 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 and also teaches stage management at Tufts University. She has stage managed for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, North Shore Music Theatre, 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 (Production Stage Manager) is originally from Oklahoma. She currently lives in Minneapolis / Saint Paul where she is the production manager 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 BeastThe WomenYou Can’t Take It With YouSmokey Joe’s Café andThe Will Rogers Follies.

AMANDA BOWMAN (Assistant Stage Manager) is thrilled to be returning home for her 9thsummer at MTWichita, after having graduated from WSU in December. She has also worked for Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Crown Uptown, IATSE #190, Walt Disney World, and Merrimack Repertory Theatre. Next, she will be heading to Ohio to be a Stage Management Intern at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

MICHAEL BARBOUR (Assistant Stage Manager) is a recent graduate from the University of Michigan and thrilled to be joining the MTWichita team! Recent credits: UM: Sunday in the Park with George, Cloud Nine (SM). Regional: BTF: A Class Act (1st ASM); International: Shakespeare’s Globe SM Student (2011), SOHO Theater: World Premiere, EX (1st ASM). Many thanks to family for their support and to MTWichita for this incredible opportunity!

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

JESSE WARKENTIN (Assistant Musical Director / Keyboards) is amazed to find himself in his 10th consecutive season with MTWichita! He conducted the Festival of Broadway orchestra for five years, and enjoyed music directing High School Musical 2 in 2009. This year he made his debut with the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony as piano soloist, performing Gershwin’sRhapsody In Blue with Maestro Douglas. Throughout the year, Jesse can be found at the new Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre, conducting exciting shows such as this fall’s CATS. “My deepest gratitude to Wayne and Thomas for these special months of rich musical fulfillment at MTWichita, and to my incredible family for their laughter and love.

2013 Season