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Music Theatre Wichita 2016: Thank You for the Music!

Music Theatre Wichita proudly creates our 45th season of Broadway-scale musicals in 2016! This year our productions will celebrate innovative composers who changed the face of the musical theatre. Experience fabulous music with great dancing, all at a fraction of Broadway prices!

June 15-19

A treasure trove of Gershwin songs propels this lighthearted new musical comedy, centering around the romances of bootleggers and society folks in 1927. Featuring gorgeous singing, dynamic choreography, and exquisite sets and costumes direct from Broadway, this recent Broadway concoction will have audiences exclaiming "S' Wonderful!"

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Nice Work if You Can Get It
June 15-19
PG
2hr 30min

Music and Lyrics: George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Book: Joe DiPietro
Inspired by material by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse (the musical "Oh, Kay!")

Songs include "S'Wonderful," "Someone to Watch Over Me," "Lady Be Good," "Do-Do-Do," "Fascinating Rhythm," "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off," and many more.

CLYDE ALVES (Jimmy Winter)
CLYDE ALVES (Jimmy Winter)

CLYDE ALVES is delighted to make his debut at Music Theatre Wichita. Broadway shows include On the Town as Ozzie (Astaire Award nomination), Bullets Over Broadway, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Anything Goes, Wicked, Hairspray, Oklahoma!, and The Music Man as Tommy Djilas (Astaire Award Winner). He reprised his performance as Tommy Djilas in ABC’s The Music Man with Matthew Broderick and Kristin Chenoweth. National/ International Tours: A Chorus Line (Mike). He has performed Off Broadway in Altar Boyz (Juan) and New York City Center Encores in Follies, Anyone Can Whistle, and Bells Are Ringing. Regional Theatre: Oklahoma! (Will Parker) at The MUNY, Kiss Me, Kate (Bill Calhoun) at Shakespeare Theatre Company, where he was a Helen Hayes Award Winner. He was most recently seen reprising his performance in On the Town with the San Francisco Symphony conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas. Clyde is also a passionate singer-songwriter and guitarist who is heard playing his original music throughout NYC where he so happily resides with his wife and son!

ANNE HORAK (Billie Bendix)
ANNE HORAK (Billie Bendix)

ANNE HORAK is thrilled to be back “home” in Wichita! Broadway: Chicago (Roxie), White Christmas. National Tour: Young Frankenstein (Inga). NY: Music in the Air (City Center Encores!). Regional: Gretchen in Boeing-Boeing, Bambi Bernít in Curtains (both at Paper Mill Playhouse), Carol Heathrow in Diner (Delaware Theatre Company), April in Company (Bucks County Playhouse), May Milton in My Paris (Long Wharf Theatre), Shelby in Steel Magnolias (North Carolina Theatre), Polly Baker in Crazy for You (Sacramento Music Circus), Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, Natalie in All Shook Up (both at Music Theatre Wichita), Hope in Anything Goes (Taipei National Theatre). Television: “Forever,” “Royal Pains,” “A Gifted Man,” “Eye Candy,” and “Law & Order: SVU.” BFA, University of Michigan. Love and thanks to Wayne, Madams, and Nancy!

JAMES BEAMAN (Cookie McGee)
JAMES BEAMAN (Cookie McGee)

JAMES BEAMAN won the Independent Reviewers of New England’s IRNE Award for his performance in Nice Work If You Can Get It at Ogunquit Playhouse, and is delighted to bring his Cookie to MTWichita! Recent credits: the acclaimed A Wilder Christmas Off-Broadway; Thenardier in Les Miserables at Orlando Shakespeare Theatre (Broadway World Award); and John Adams in 1776 at Cape Playhouse. James starred as Sir Robin in the first national tour of Monty Python’s Spamalot and has originated roles in two new musicals: Frog Kiss and The Road To Qatar! (Off-Broadway, Original Cast Album). Many thanks to Larry Raben, Peggy Hickey, Wayne Bryan and everyone at Avalon Artists. Visit James at: www.jamesbeaman.com.

KAREN L. ROBU (Duchess Estonia Dulworth)
KAREN L. ROBU (Duchess Estonia Dulworth)

KAREN L. ROBU is a regular with Music Theatre Wichita, where she has had the privilege of performing in 18 of the past 22 seasons. She has been seen as Rose in Gypsy, Madame Thenardier in Les Miserables, Golde in Fiddler on the Roof, Miss Andrew in Mary Poppins, Roz in 9 to 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 as well as the American recording), Dolly in Annie Get Your Gun, and Mayzie in Seussical. Karen’s credits as a director include Children of Eden, Cotton Patch GospelTuesdays with Morrie, and Violet, as well as her own original piece No Cross, No Crown, about suffragist Antoinette Brown Blackwell. Karen has also performed for most of the professional theaters in the Wichita area and taught classes for BCAPA, MGM Studio of the Dance, and Camp Allegro. Karen graduated in 2013 from Phillips Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. She is Associate Minister for Plymouth Congregational Church, here in Wichita, where she is heading up their first annual “Fine Arts Series.” The first season, beginning this fall, will include two concerts, as well as a production of Andrew Lippa’s A Little Princess. In addition, Karen is visiting professor of Acting for Wichita State University. Thanks WB for all the wonderful opportunities. Love to husband Tim and daughters Katie and Francie.

TIMOTHY HUGHES (Duke Mahoney)
TIMOTHY HUGHES (Duke Mahoney)

TIMOTHY HUGHES is delighted to be back at Music Theatre Wichita this season! Last year at MTWichita, he appeared as Karl the Giant in Big Fish. He’s appeared on Broadway in Chaplin: The MusicalPaint Your Wagon at Encores!, and in the national tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Most recently, he performed as Valentin in the new musical My Paris (dir. Kathleen Marshall) at the Long Wharf Theatre. Other developments include Superfly! (Ralphie, dir. Bill T. Jones), Countess of Storyville, and Josephine. Favorite regional credits: Elf (Buddy, Fulton Theatre), Young Frankenstein (Monster, Maine State), Wizard of Oz (Scarecrow, Fulton Theatre), Legally Blonde (Kyle the UPS Man, North Shore/WBT), Footloose (Willard, Maine State) and favorite productions at Goodspeed Opera, MUNY, Cincinnati Playhouse, and alongside Patti LuPone in LA Opera’s Ghost of Versailles. Upcoming: the feature film The Dark Rite, and revisiting the Monster in Young Frankenstein at the MUNY! Proud NYU/ Cap21 graduate and AEA member. Huge thanks to Wayne, Larry, and Peggy for another amazing opportunity. Timothy would like to thank his family, his dear friends, and Brian for their unwavering support. As always, for Dad. 

CASSIE AUSTIN (Eileen Evergreen)
CASSIE AUSTIN (Eileen Evergreen)

CASSIE AUSTIN is ecstatic to be back at MTWichita this summer! Originally from Libertyville, IL, Cassie is a rising senior in Brigham Young University’s Music Dance Theatre program. Favorite credits include MTWichita’s 2015 summer season, BYU’s The Count of Monte Cristo (Valentine) and Single Wide (Katy). Earlier this summer she toured South Africa and Zimbabwe with BYU’s Young Ambassadors. So much love and thanks to everyone at MTW, teachers past and present, Mom, Dad, Clarisse, and Seth for their immeasurable love and support.

JESSIE PELTIER (Jeannie Muldoon)
JESSIE PELTIER (Jeannie Muldoon)

JESSIE PELTIER is so excited and honored to be returning to MTWichita for her second summer, in Nice Work if You Can Get it (Jeannie) and Mamma Mia! She is a recent Dance Performance graduate of Oklahoma City University, where she was a member of the American Spirit Dance Company for four years. Regional: MTW- Aida, Billy Elliot, Hello, Dolly!, Big Fish, My Son Pinocchio (Rosa); MUNY- The Music Man; SRT- A Chorus Line (Diana), 9 to 5 (Margaret), La Cage Aux Folles. Many thanks and love to Mom, Dad, Alyssa, Chris, and Wayne, Nancy, and Josh.

KEVIN NIETZEL (Chief Berry)
KEVIN NIETZEL (Chief Berry)

KEVIN NIETZEL is having a hard time finding a word to describe his excitement to be back in Wichita for another summer! A recent graduate of Florida State University, he plans on moving to New York City in the fall. Last year you may have seen him as Tony in Billy Elliot or Don Price in Big Fish. Other regional credits include Maine State Music Theatre, Wagon Wheel Theatre, and Marriott Theatre Lincolnshire. Endless thanks to Wayne, Nancy, & Josh for the opportunity, and also his incredible family for supporting him along the way.

TIMOTHY W. ROBU (Sen. Max Evergreen)
TIMOTHY W. ROBU (Sen. Max Evergreen)

TIMOTHY W. ROBU is grateful 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 Miserables, Bedevere in Spamalot, John Hancock in 1776, the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, Amos Hart in Chicago, Mr. Feldzeig in The Drowsy Chaperone, Herbie in Gypsy, Lazar Wolf in Fiddler, and in last year’s season as George in Billy Elliot and Amos in Big Fish. Tim also performs at several other venues in the Wichita area and served as Technical Director for the Crown Theatre and Artistic Director of the children’s program for more than twenty years. He now works as an Exhibit Technician for Exploration Place, Wichita's science museum. When not working at Wichita’s fine theatres, Tim has plenty to keep him busy as father to his two daughters, Katie and Francie. Thanks to Wayne and all the folks in Wichita who produce theatre, perform theatre, and enjoy theatre. They make the Wichita area a great place to work, live, and bring up kids in. And special thanks to my wife Karen for making this whole love, life, work, and happiness thing make sense.

MARY LOU PHIPPS-WINFREY
MARY LOU PHIPPS-WINFREY

MARY LOU PHIPPS-WINFREY has enjoyed a long career as an actor, director, and playwright. Over the years, she’s performed locally for Music Theatre Wichita (most recently as Mother in Crazy for You), the Center for the Arts Theatre, Wichita Community Theatre (WCT), Cabaret Old Town, Crown Uptown, and Kechi Theatre. She’s directed for the Center for the Arts, WCT, Cabaret Old Town, Senior Class Acts, Cowtown, and Music Theatre for Young People. Her plays have been performed at Cowtown, Botanica, the Great Plains Nature Center. Recently she performed her play Goldie’s Bar as a fundraiser for Wichita Community Theatre. Upcoming projects include her show Reading the Obits, A Comedy and serving as director for 12 Angry Men, both at WCT. “Working with these amazingly talented folk has been a ‘hell of a ride.’ Thanks to Wayne, and thank you to the audience for supporting live theatre in Wichita!”

CAITLIN BELCIK
CAITLIN BELCIK

Caitlin Belcik is incredibly thankful for the opportunity to return to MTWichita for her third summer! Originally from Edmond, OK, Caitlin is a rising junior in the BFA Musical Theatre program at Penn State University. Favorite credits include: Broadway: How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Annie Who, orig. cast; Little Who, revival); Regional: MTW 2014 and 2015 seasons, plus 2007's White Christmas (Susan Waverly); Lyric Theatre Sweet Charity, Bye Bye Birdie, Tarzan, Call Me Madam (choreographer’s assistant); PSU A Funny Thing Happened..., 110 in the Shade. Much love and thanks to Wayne, Nancy, Josh, and the entire MTW team for this wonderful opportunity, and to my parents and teachers for their support!

LEXIS DANCA
LEXIS DANCA

Lexis Danca is thrilled to be returning to Music Theatre Wichita for her second season! She is a recent graduate of Millikin University, where she received her BFA in musical theatre with dance minor. She sends all her love and thanks to Wayne, Nancy, Josh, and the rest of the MTWichita crew, along with her supportive friends and family who have helped her every step of the way. lexisdanca.com.

CAMERON HILL
CAMERON HILL

Cameron Anika Hill is ecstatic to return to MTWichita for her second summer after completing her BFA at CCM. Some of her favorite credits include last year's season at MTWichita, American Idiot (Extraordinary Girl), Ragtime (Sarah), Once on This Island (Ti Moune), Little Shop of Horrors (Chiffon), Carousel, Legally Blonde, and 110 in the Shade. Endless thanks to her incredible parents, Wayne, Nancy, and the whole cast and crew. 

TAYLOR O'TOOLE
TAYLOR O'TOOLE

Taylor O’Toole is thrilled to be making her MTWichita debut! She is a rising junior at the University of Oklahoma, BFA Musical Theatre. Credits: The Rocky Horror Show (Columbia, OU) directed by Richard J. Hinds, Thoroughly Modern Millie (OU), Joseph…Dreamcoat (Kids Who Care). Love to my parents, little brother, and Moo for your unwavering support. For Beege, who never missed a show.

KATIE POHLMAN
KATIE POHLMAN

Katie Pohlman is thrilled to be making her professional theatre debut at MTWichita! A native of Omaha, NE, Katie will be a sophomore Dance major at Oklahoma City University where she has been a member of the American Spirit Dance Company. Past theatre credits include: Les Misérables (Cosette), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Ruth), and A Christmas Carol (Lucy). She would like to thank her entire family and Andrew for their love and support. 

GINA WARD
GINA WARD

Gina Ward is so excited to be back with her incredible Music Theatre Wichita family, having performed in all five of 2015’s shows! She would like to thank Wayne, Josh, and Nancy for truly making her feel loved and supported. Another giant thanks to her mom, dad, and sissy. Without them, she would never have the confidence to pursue her passion. <3

ALEC COHEN
ALEC COHEN

Alec Cohen is so grateful to be spending this summer at MTWichita! He is a rising senior at CCM where some of his favorite roles include Jimmy in 110 in the Shade and Xander in Lysistrata Jones. Regional credits include two seasons with Maine State Music Theatre. Huge thanks to Wayne and Nancy. For Pops.

MATTHEW DAVIES
MATTHEW DAVIES

Matthew Davies is thrilled to be included in MTWichta’s resident company this year! Favorite credits include Seven Brides (Frank), Mary Poppins (Neleus), Cats (Mungojerrie/Dance Capt.), The Fantasticks (Matt). A big thanks to Wayne, Nancy, and Josh for letting him be a part of this spectacular season! “Love to my family and friends!”

WILLIE HILL
WILLIE HILL

Willie Hill is a senior Music Theatre major from Tulsa, Oklahoma studying voice with Dr. Marilyn Govich. Willie’s favorite theatre credits include working with Music Theatre Wichita as well as a non-profit organization called “A Pocket Full Of Hope.” He was also Seaweed in Hairspray, Freddy in Working, Dance Ensemble in Billy Elliot, Featured Vocalist in Holidays at Home, Curtis/C.C. in Dreamgirls, Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls, Ensemble in Hello, Dolly!, and Ubaldo Piangi in Phantom of the Opera. He would like to thank his family and his parents for their love and support.

KYLE MCCLELLAN
KYLE MCCLELLAN

Kyle McClellan is beyond excited to be returning to MTWichita for the 2016 season! He is a rising senior at the University of Michigan, where his credits include Les Misérables (Prouvaire), The Tempest (Sebastian), American Idiot (Chase), and Hotel California (Yul). Regional: Walnut Street Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse. Much love and many thanks to Mom, Dad, Ty, Zoe, the UMich faculty, Wayne, and Nancy for all of their endless support. GO BLUE!

TANNER PFLUEGER
TANNER PFLUEGER

Tanner Pflueger is elated to be returning to Music Theatre Wichita for his third summer! A Nebraska native, Tanner is currently studying dance at Oklahoma City University, where he has performed with the American Spirit Dance Company in their annual Home for the Holidays Christmas Show and Spring Show. Credits: Broadway and West End: Billy Elliot (Billy) MTW: West Side Story (Snowboy), 42nd Street (Ensemble), and Big Fish (Zacky Price) Muny: Oklahoma! (Jess). Thank you to Wayne, Nancy, Josh, and the rest of the team for the opportunity! Much love and thanks to his family and instructors for their constant support. Carpe Diem!

CAYEL TREGEAGLE
CAYEL TREGEAGLE

Cayel, from Orem, UT, is thrilled to be spending his summer with MTWichita! He recently graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre from Brigham Young University.  He has performed in China, India, throughout Central Europe, and Southern Africa. Favorite regional credits include: Footloose (Willard), Young Frankenstein (Dance Capt.), Guys and Dolls (Dance Capt.). He was like to thank his parents for their endless support.

LARRY RABEN
LARRY RABEN

LARRY RABEN (Director) makes his MTWichita directing debut with Nice Work If You Can Get It, having previously appeared on stage here in Betty Blue Eyes, Spamalot, Curtains, and The Producers. Most recently Larry directed the world premiere of When You Wish: The Story of Walt Disney (currently running at Phoenix Theatre) and Buyer & Cellar (in performances at Laguna Playhouse, Desert Star Award for Best Direction)He directed the world premiere of Tony winner Joe DiPietro’s Falling For Eve Off-Broadway in New York (York Theatre). He won the LA Ovation Best Direction Award for Singin’ In The Rain (Cabrillo) Recently: Nice Work If You Can Get It (Ogunquit Playhouse-IRNE Nom.), Cinderella (Gateway Playhouse), Catch Me If You Can (Moonlight Amphitheater), Tru, Greater Tuna, A Tuna Christmas (Coyote StageWorks—all received Desert Star Awards), La Cage Aux Folles (San Diego Music Theatre), Plaid Tidings (Walnut Street Theatre), Sweet Charity-ACE Nom. Buenos Aires), Sunset Blvd., The Wedding Singer, Hairspray, The Thing About Men, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (Musical Theatre West), The Producers (Gateway Playhouse), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Fanny (Musical Theatre Guild), Nuttin’ But Hutton (NoHo Arts), Love Makes The World Go Round (Phoenix Theatre), Bark! (The Grove-IE Award), Meet Me In St. Louis, Always Patsy Cline (Welk Theatre). Also this summer: Titanic, The Musical (Moonlight Amphitheatre) and The Little Mermaid (Cabrillo). A founding member of Coyote StageWorks (Palm Springs) and author of a children’s book Ibby Makes A Wish, available at Amazon.com. Thanks Wayne and the MTW family for this amazing opportunity.

PEGGY HICKEY

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

THOMAS W. DOUGLAS
THOMAS W. DOUGLAS

THOMAS W. DOUGLAS (Musical Director / Conductor) is back for his 17th season in Wichita! He has performed more than 200 opera, oratorio, orchestral, and musical theater productions nationally and internationally. Highlights include conducting Webber’s Phantom of the Opera in Basel, Switzerland, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with the Anchorage Operaand directing Ain’t Misbehavin’ in Malaysia. Thomas is currently the Music Director for the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra, and the Artistic Director of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, which is regularly receiving accolades for innovative, creative, and dramatically provocative productions. His MTWichita history includes ShowBoat with Kelli O’Hara, Ragtime, Smokey Joe’s Café, 9 to 5, Ragtime with Darcie Roberts, Hairspray, The Full Monty, Miss Saigon, Beauty and the Beast, and Les Misérables, among many others. Thomas is the founder and Artistic Director of the Neighborhood Opera Company, which recently produced Mozart's Don Giovanni with an African American cast. With the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, he has conducted jazz legend Nathan Davis’ opera Just Above My HeadCarmen Jones, and Porgy and Bess. Thomas has been the recipient of the Mary Jane Teall Award and the Robert Frankle awards for his contribution to theatre in Wichita, KS and Pittsburgh, PA. Thomas has enjoyed the stage roles of Amonasro in Elton John's Aida, Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors. Serving as the Director of Opera Studies in the School of Music in addition to his position as Director of Choral Activities and Professor in the School of Drama, 2015-16 was Thomas’ 25th year on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University. 

DIXON REYNOLDS
DIXON REYNOLDS

DIXON REYNOLDS (Costume Coordinator) is thrilled to be back at Music Theatre Wichita after coordinating costumes for Aida, Billy Elliot, and Hello, Dolly! last season. His costume designs appeared onstage last summer, as well as in 2014 (Catch Me If You Can), and in 2013 (Betty Blue Eyes). He is an Associate Professor of Costume Design at State University of New York at Fredonia and a freelance designer. His designs are seen in a broad range of styles from Theatre, Dance, Opera, Film and his favorite: new and experimental theatrical works, including musicals! Dixon is the resident costume designer at the Kavinoky Theatre in Buffalo, NY. Some of his designs have been seen at The Irish Classical Theatre, ART Park, Summer Repertory Theatre, Buffalo United Artists, Shakespeare in Delaware Park, The Hartt School of Music, Triad Stage, and American Dance Festival. He has also worked in the Costume Departments at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Playmakers Repertory Company, Roanoke Festival Park, HBO Productions and CBS Productions.

TAYLOR MALOTT

TAYLOR MALOTT (Hair and Makeup Designer) is extremely grateful to be returning for her second season at MTWichita. She is a graduate from the University of Cincinnati (CCM) with a BFA in Theatre Production and Design with an emphasis in a Wig & Makeup Design. She also spent time in Orlando studying at Joe Blasco’s Professional Makeup Artistry Program and has been a cosmetologist for 6 years. Taylor spends the rest of the year as the Wig Assistant at The Denver Center for the Performing Arts. She has credits working for Utah Shakespeare Festival, and Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh. 

DAVID NEVILLE

DAVID NEVILLE (Lighting Designer) is thrilled to return for his 33rd 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, The 5th Avenue Theatre, Wichita Symphony Orchestra and Off-Broadway. Upcoming designs include Wizard of Oz at Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, Suessical at Sacramento Music Circus, Carousel for MTW/ Wichita Symphony, Sister Act at Wichita State and Sister Act at Arkansas Rep. David’s favorite designs at MTWichita include Big River, Les Misérables, Ragtime, Once on This Island, and Jesus Christ Superstar. David also teaches lighting and scenic design at Wichita State University. He makes his home in Wichita with his wife Robin.

DAVID MUEHL
DAVID MUEHL

DAVID MUEHL (Sound Designer) is in his twelfth season as MTWichita’s sound designer, having also served as sound assistant previously. During MTWichita’s off season, David is the audio producer for Wichita State University College of Fine Arts where he oversees audio recording and live sound for fine arts and other performances. He also serves as sound designer & advisor to technical theater student sound designers for WSU Opera and Musical Theatre productions. Some of his favorite sound designs have been for Children of Eden, Into the Woods, Les Misérables and Wizard of Oz. David has also been sound designer or engineer for WSU Musical Theatre productions invited to the Region V Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. David has also done sound designs for Wichita Center for the Arts, Cabaret Oldtown & Crown Uptown Dinner Theater. Special thanks to Josh and Event Systems, Inc. for their continued support of MTWichita.

JEREMY LITTLEFIELD
JEREMY LITTLEFIELD

JEREMY LITTLEFIELD (Technical Director) is elated to be joining MTWichita for his 1st season. Currently Jeremy is shop supervisor at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan. Jeremy is grateful for the overwhelming warm welcome he has received from MTWichita, and the Wichita theatre community. He would also like to thank his shop crew and the 190 Local—without them this wouldn’t be possible. 

DEBBIE ROBERTS
DEBBIE ROBERTS

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

DALYN BOYD

DALYN BOYD (Properties Master) first joined Music Theatre Wichita for the 2014 season and her first summer stock experience. She is thrilled to be returning after spending a summer at Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts. Dalyn is a recent graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a BFA in Scenic Design and is excited to begin her professional career here at Music Theatre Wichita.

AMANDA BOWMAN

AMANDA K. BOWMAN (Production Stage Manager) is thrilled to be home for her 12th season at MTWichita. After several years of the gypsy lifestyle working with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Theater Latte Da, Casa Mañana, and The Palace Theater in the Dells, she is excited to put her bags down in Minneapolis this coming fall. Additional credits include Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Crown Uptown, IATSE #190, Walt Disney World, and Merrimack Repertory Theatre. Ms. Bowman is a graduate of Wichita State University. Thanks and love to Wayne, Nancy, her family, and KBEAT. Proud Member of AEA.

TIFFANY ORR
TIFFANY ORR

TIFFANY K. ORR (Stage Manager) Originally from Oklahoma, Tiffany is returning for her seventh MTWichita season. She spends the other 9 months of the year in the Twin Cities where she is the production stage manager for Theater Latte Da. While in the Twin Cities, she has the pleasure to work with companies including the Pillsbury House Theatre, The Children’s Theatre Company, Park Square Theatre, and the Guthrie. Prior to her move to the Twin Cities she worked on more than a dozen productions as part of the stage management team at Phoenix Theatre, in Phoenix, AZ. Tiffany is a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association. Missing you, Em!

NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT: A History of the Musical by Wayne Bryan

  • Broadway opening: April 24, 2012, Imperial Theatre; 478 performances
  • Directed and Choreographed by Kathleen Marshall
  • Scenic Design by Derek McLane
  • Costume Design by Martin Pakledinaz; Lighting Design by Peter Kaczorowski; Sound Design by Brian Ronan; Hair and Wig Design by Peter Huntley
  • Musical Supervision and Arrangements by David Chase; Orchestrations by Bill Elliott; Music Direction by Tom Murray
  • Original Cast featured Matthew Broderick, Kelli O’Hara, Michael McGrath, Judy Kaye, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Chris Sullivan, Robyn Hurder, Stanley Wayne Mathis, Terry Beaver, and Estelle Parsons
  • The original Broadway cast recording is lively fun, charmingly performed. An interesting complement to that cast album is the Nonesuch label recording of George and Ira Gershwin’s original score to Oh, Kay! with Dawn Upshaw.

The rich legacy of music created by composer George Gershwin, often in collaboration with his brother Ira, seems to have the power to brighten any Broadway season, especially when showcased by fresh talents in newly-minted, vintage-styled productions like 1983’s My One and Only (roughly based on the 1927 Funny Face), 1992’s Crazy for You (a variation on the 1930 Girl Crazy), and the current hit An American in Paris (inspired by the 1951 film).

In 1926 the Gershwin brothers enjoyed one of their brightest successes with Oh, Kay!, a fluffy tale of comic gin-runners hiding out on a Long Island estate. The leading female character, a British noblewoman bootlegger named Kay, was played by English stage star Gertrude Lawrence, who had made a smashing American debut in Charlot’s Revue two years earlier. Her leading men were handsome Oscar Shaw, playing the often-married playboy Jimmy Winter, and comic Victor Moore, as wistful bootlegger “Shorty” McGee. For this fast-paced bon-bon of a show, the Gershwins provided a flavorful score, including the bouncy “Do, Do, Do” and the classic “Someone to Watch Over Me.”

Running 256 performances, Oh, Kay! became a fondly remembered success of its era. In the intervening decades, a few revivals of Oh, Kay! were attempted, on and off Broadway, but although the music was always celebrated, the loosely structured 1926 libretto (by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse) did not hold up as well, since musical theatre writing had taken a more serious turn in the post-Oklahoma! era.

Around 2000, however, playwright/librettist Joe DiPietro was invited to create a new Gershwin musical, invoking the style of the 1920s shows but with a tighter, funnier script. The Gershwin estate even suggested that Oh, Kay! might be the show to provide basic inspiration for the new production.

DiPietro was thrilled at the assignment, but set three goals for himself. First, he wanted to make sure any songs utilized would feel connected to the specific situations and to the characters who sang them. Second, he wanted the comedy to feel contemporary but still seem as if it could have been written for a Twenties show. Finally, he wanted each song to be heard in a way that felt new and fresh, but which maintained the integrity of Gershwin’s original work.

Keeping quite a few plot elements of the original story, the score was significantly enhanced with other Gershwin music, some songs from Broadway, some from the Hollywood films, and even some unused songs found in a warehouse in Secaucus, New Jersey, plus a clever smattering of the symphonic and instrumental works this prolific composer had created in his short 20-year career.

Initially entitled They All Laughed, the new concoction was tried out at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Connecticut, in 2001. Clearly more work was needed, and it was another six years before the next incarnation surfaced.

A workshop production, now entitled Heaven on Earth, was held in November 2007, featuring Harry Connick, Jr. and Erin Dilly. Encouraged by its reception, a full production was announced, scheduled to open for a limited run at the Colonial Theatre in Boston in December of 2008. However, the premiere was “officially postponed,” and then canceled. Connick moved on to other projects.

With the enthusiastic guidance of Tony-winning director-choreographer Kathleen Marshall, working in partnership with musical supervisor / arranger David Chase, the production finally became made it into New York. Nice Work If You Can Get It opened on Broadway in April of 2012, garnering 10 Tony nominations (including Best Musical and Best Orchestrations), and winning two Supporting Actor Tonys for Michael McGrath as Cookie McGee and Judy Kaye as Duchess Estonia Duckworth.

We at MTWichita were particularly delighted to realize how many of our former company members all performed in the original Broadway production, starting with star Kelli O’Hara, and also including Kaitlyn Davidson, Kim Fauré, Robert Hartwell, Stephanie Martignetti, Shina Ann Morris, and Kristen Beth Williams.

And now, with this debut attraction of our 2016 season (incorporating original costumes and scenic designs from the Broadway production), we are also thrilled to add one more Nice Work original cast member to the MTWichita family! We welcome leading man Clyde Alves, along with our lovely Anne Horak and the rest of this spectacularly talented company, to kick off our summer with class, wit, and plenty of Gershwin.

Who could ask for anything more!

June 29-July 3

Audiences of all ages will be enthralled with the MTWichita return of this spectacular and imaginative production. The live stage version of Disney's classic animated film marked the Broadway debut of the brilliantly talented film composer Alan Menken, who has since created such shows as Newsies and Sister Act. "Be Our Guest" at this enchanting experience for the whole family! (Children must be at least 5 years old to attend.)

 

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Disney's Beauty and the Beast
June 29-July 3
G
2hr 30min

Music: Alan Menken
Lyrics: Howard Ashman and Tim Rice
Book: Linda Woolverton
Based on Disney's animated film

Songs include "Be Our Guest," "Gaston," "Home," "Something There," and "Beauty and the Beast."

CATHERINE CHARLEBOIS
CATHERINE CHARLEBOIS

CATHERINE CHARLEBOIS (Belle) is so thrilled to be making her Music Theatre Wichita debut playing Belle in Beauty and the Beast! Other favorite credits include the Broadway company and National Tour of Wicked (Nessarose), Steel Magnolias (Shelby), Fiddler on the Roof (Hodel), Lucky Stiff (Annabel), and playing Lady Mary Crawley in the parody video of Downton Abbey at 54 Below! Tremendous thanks to everyone at Music Theatre Wichita, the Nicolosi and Co. team, and my unbelievable family and friends.

THADDEUS PEARSON
THADDEUS PEARSON

THADDEUS PEARSON (Beast) is thrilled to make his Music Theatre Wichita debut with Beauty and the Beast, and is ecstatic to play a dream role in Jesus Christ Superstar. Originally from Clearwater, FL, Thaddeus got his AS from Florida School of the Arts and his BFA in Musical Theatre. Performance from the University of Florida. Go Gators! Favorite roles include Tony in West Side Story (West End/International Tour), Joseph cover in Joseph... Dreamcoat (National Tour), and Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid (Regional). Thaddeus wants to thank Wayne Bryan and the production staff at MTWichita for this amazing opportunity, the incredible cast and creative members of these shows, his supportive family, his gorgeous love Ashley for challenging him to be the best version of himself every day, his teachers, his friends, and most importantly, You, for supporting Professional Regional Theatre!!! @phaddeust

JOHNNY STELLARD
JOHNNY STELLARD

JOHNNY STELLARD (Gaston) is thrilled to return to MTWichita. Most recently he appeared in the world premiere of Anastasia at Hartford Stage. He was a member of the original Broadway revival cast of Evita as well as the National Tour, understudying Che and Magaldi. Other New York credits include A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Off-Broadway) and concerts with Kristin Chenoweth at Carnegie Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Regional theatre credits include The Old Globe, North Carolina Theatre, Arkansas Rep, Geva Theatre, and MTWichita (’07-’10) where he played roles such as Robert (The Drowsy Chaperone), Freddy (My Fair Lady), Tulsa (Gypsy), Munkustrap (Cats), and Bobby Pepper (Curtains)He has performed in concert with the Indianapolis Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, and the L.A. Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. Television appearances include PBS Live from Lincoln Center and the 66th Annual Tony Awards. He holds a BFA in Music Theatre from Elon University. “Thank you Wayne!”

STEVE HITCHCOCK
STEVE HITCHCOCK

STEVE HITCHCOCK (Lumiere) is so thrilled to be joining MTWichita for another summer! Last year he was featured as Cornelius Hackl in Hello, Dolly! and Professor Buonragazzo in My Son Pinocchio. By day, he is the General Manager for Mosley Street Melodrama where you may also have seen him as the Hero from time to time. Additional favorite roles include: Emcee (Cabaret), Francis Henshall (One Man, Two Guvnors), and Seymour (Little Shop of Horrors). A big thank you goes to Wayne, Nancy, Josh, and the entire MTW family for having him back this year. Heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Ted, Briley, Mom, Dad, Kari, Evan, Kenny, and Kati for always being his biggest fans and supporting his dreams. Lights, please!

JAMES BEAMAN
JAMES BEAMAN

JAMES BEAMAN (Cogsworth) is delighted to play his second role at MTWichita this season, having just appeared as Cookie in Nice Work If You Can Get It. He was awarded the Independent Reviewers of New England’s IRNE Award for his performance in that role at Ogunquit Playhouse, where he starred opposite Sally Struthers. Other recent credits: the acclaimed A Wilder Christmas Off-Broadway; the workshop of the new musical Loving v. Virginia at NY Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater at Vassar; Thénardier in Les Misérables (Broadway World Award) at Orlando Shakespeare; and John Adams in 1776 at the legendary Cape Playhouse. James has originated roles in two new musicals, Frog Kiss and The Road To Qatar! (Off-Broadway/Original Cast Album). He starred as Sir Robin in the first national tour of Monty Python’s Spamalot and has performed leading and featured roles at Goodspeed Musicals, The Kennedy Center, North Shore Music Theatre and many, many more. Many thanks to Wayne Bryan for this opportunity! Visit James at: www.jamesbeaman.com.

KATIE BANKS-TODD
KATIE BANKS-TODD

KATIE BANKS-TODD (Mrs. Potts) is thrilled to be back “home” at MTWichita. You’ve seen her on the MTWichita stage as Mrs. Brill in Mary Poppins; Portia, the stepsister 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 as the cover for the role of Carlotta. Katie has also performed at Carnegie Hall in Jerry Springer: The Opera and in many Off-Broadway musical revues. She has been a guest soloist with the Wichita Symphony for the Spirit of Christmas concert, and 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 and is the proud owner of the KBT Studio of the Performing Arts. Thank you Wayne for the opportunity to play a dream role! Thank you Patrick and family for all of their love and support—and Izzy, thanks for the pointers! 

KAREN L. ROBU
KAREN L. ROBU

KAREN L. ROBU (Madame de la Grande Bouche) is a regular with Music Theatre Wichita, where she has had the privilege of performing in 18 of the past 22 seasons. She has been seen as Rose in Gypsy, Duchess Estonia Dulworth in Nice Work If You Can Get It, Madame Thénardier in Les Misérables, Golde in Fiddler on the Roof, Miss Andrew in Mary Poppins, Roz in 9 to 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 as well as the American cast recording)Dolly in Annie Get Your Gun, and Mayzie in SeussicalKaren’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 performed for most of the professional theaters in the Wichita area and taught classes for BCAPA, MGM Studio of the Dance, and Camp Allegro. Karen graduated in 2013 from Phillips Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. She is Associate Minister for Plymouth Congregational Church, here in Wichita, where she is heading up their first annual “Fine Arts Series.” The first season, beginning this fall, will include two concerts, as well as a production of Andrew Lippa’s A Little Princess. In addition Karen is visiting professor of Acting for Wichita State University. Thanks WB for all the wonderful opportunities. Love to husband Tim and daughters Katie and Francie.

LEXIS DANCA
LEXIS DANCA

LEXIS DANCA (Babette) is thrilled to be returning to Music Theatre Wichita for her second season! She is a recent graduate of Milikin University, where she received her BFA in Musical Theatre with Dance minor. She sends all her love and thanks to Wayne, Nancy, Josh, and the rest of the MTWichita crew, along with her supportive friends and family who have helped her every step of the way. lexisdanca.com.

JAMES HEINRICHS
JAMES HEINRICHS

JAMES HEINRICHS (Chip) is a rising 3rd grader at Wichita Collegiate School. James is thrilled to be back at MTWichita for his 2nd summer. He was “small boy” in Billy Elliot last year. In past years, James has been in The Nutcracker and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Friends University, and A Christmas Story at MTYP. He trains and is on the competition dance team at Midwest Dance Mechanix. In his spare time he enjoys soccer, tennis, and piano. He is deeply grateful to Wayne and MTWichita staff, Amy Menas for vocal/theatre coaching, Midwest Dance Mechanix and Collegiate teachers, and his sister Grace for inspiring him.

TIMOTHY W. ROBU
TIMOTHY W. ROBU

TIMOTHY W. ROBU (Maurice) 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 Thénardier in Les Misérables, Bedevere in Spamalot, John Hancock in 1776, the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, Amos Hart in Chicago, Oscar Shapiro in Curtains, Mr. Feldzeig in The Drowsy Chaperone, Herbie in Gypsy, Lazar Wolf in Fiddler, and Maurice in MTW’s first Beauty and the Beast. Tim also performs at several other venues in the Wichita area and served as Technical Director for the Crown Theatre and Artistic Director of the children’s program for more than twenty years. He now works as an Exhibit Technician for Exploration Place. When not working at Wichita’s fine theatres, Tim has plenty to keep him busy as father to his two daughters, Katie and Francie. Thanks to Wayne and all the folks in Wichita who produce theatre, perform theatre, and enjoy theatre. They make the Wichita area a great place to work, live, and bring up kids in.

TANNER PFLUEGER
TANNER PFLUEGER

TANNER PFLUEGER (Lefou) is elated to be returning to Music Theatre Wichita for his third summer! A Nebraska native, Tanner is currently studying dance at Oklahoma City University, where he has performed with the American Spirit Dance Company in their annual Home for the Holidays Christmas Show and Spring Show. Credits: Broadway and West End: Billy Elliot (Billy) MTW: West Side Story (Snowboy), 42nd Street (Ensemble), and Big Fish (Zacky Price) Muny: Oklahoma! (Jess). Thank you to Wayne, Nancy, Josh, and the rest of the team for the opportunity! Much love and thanks to his family and instructors for their constant support. Carpe Diem!

JOHN BOLDENOW
JOHN BOLDENOW

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

CASSIE AUSTIN
CASSIE AUSTIN

Cassie Austin is ecstatic to be back at MTWichita this summer! Originally from Libertyville, IL, Cassie is a rising senior in Brigham Young University’s Music Dance Theatre program. Favorite credits include MTWichita’s 2015 summer season, BYU’s The Count of Monte Cristo (Valentine) and Single Wide (Katy). Earlier this summer she toured South Africa and Zimbabwe with BYU’s Young Ambassadors. So much love and thanks to everyone at MTW, teachers past and present, Mom, Dad, Clarisse, and Seth for their immeasurable love and support.

CAITLIN BELCIK
CAITLIN BELCIK

Caitlin Belcik is incredibly thankful for the opportunity to return to MTWichita for her third summer! Originally from Edmond, OK, Caitlin is a rising junior in the BFA Musical Theatre program at Penn State University. Favorite credits include: Broadway: How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Annie Who, orig. cast; Little Who, revival); Regional: MTW 2014 and 2015 seasons, plus 2007's White Christmas (Susan Waverly); Lyric Theatre Sweet Charity, Bye Bye Birdie, Tarzan, Call Me Madam (choreographer’s assistant); PSU A Funny Thing Happened..., 110 in the Shade. Much love and thanks to Wayne, Nancy, Josh, and the entire MTW team for this wonderful opportunity, and to my parents and teachers for their support!

KAREN BLACKMON
KAREN BLACKMON

Karen Blackmon is humbled and excited to be at MTWichita as a company member this summer. In past seasons, she performed as a Koch Intern and as a member of the teen choir. This fall, she will be a sophomore at Wichita State University pursuing a double major in Musical Theater and Vocal Performance. Karen is a two-time Jester recipient and the recipient of the Mickey and Pete Armstong Performing Arts Scholarship for 2015. She was recently cast in the ensembles of The Light in the Piazza and Les Indes 

WILLIAM BRANNER
WILLIAM BRANNER

William Branner is thrilled to be joining Music Theatre Wichita for the summer! BFA University of Michigan. Regional Credits: A Chorus Line, Dogfight, 9 to 5, Spamalot, Damn Yankees, and much more! He would like to thank his family and friends for their support. Check out WillBranner.com.

ANNELIZA CANNING-SKINNER
ANNELIZA CANNING-SKINNER

AnnEliza Canning-Skinner is a senior at the University of Michigan studying Musical Theatre. She’s appeared in multiple Michigan productions: Caroline, Or Change (A Radio Singer), American Idiot (Leslie), and The Music Man (Mrs. Squires). She wants to thank her loving family for their unconditional love and support. GO BLUE!!!!

ALEC COHEN
ALEC COHEN

Alec Cohen is so grateful to be spending this summer at MTWichita! He is a rising senior at CCM where some of his favorite roles include Jimmy in 110 in the Shade and Xander in Lysistrata Jones. Regional credits include two seasons with Maine State Music Theatre. Huge thanks to Wayne and Nancy. For Pops.

MATTHEW DAVIES
MATTHEW DAVIES

Matthew Davies is thrilled to be included in MTWichta’s resident company this year! Favorite credits include Seven Brides (Frank), Mary Poppins (Neleus), Cats (Mungojerrie/Dance Capt.), The Fantasticks (Matt). A big thanks to Wayne, Nancy, and Josh for letting him be a part of this spectacular season! “Love to my family and friends!”

MARY ANN DUTCHER
MARY ANN DUTCHER

Mary Ann Dutcher is ecstatic to be making her MTWichita debut this season! She is an Oklahoma native and recent graduate from Oklahoma City University. Favorite credits include: L’Enfant (L’Enfant), Guys and Dolls (Hot Box Girl), Don Pasquale (Notary), Urinetown (Hope Cladwell), and Disney Magic. She would like to thank her friends, family, and mentors for all their unending love and support! XO’s 

HANNAH FERNANDES
HANNAH FERNANDES

Hannah Fernandes is jazzed to be returning to MTWichita for her second season! Hannah is originally from La Crosse, WI and is a rising senior Musical Theatre major at Wichita State University this year. Favorite credits include: Regional: MTW – Hello, Dolly!; WSU – Chicago (Velma), The Spitfire Grill (Percy), and Into the Woods (Cinderella). Much love and thanks to Wayne, Nancy, Josh and the MTWichita team for this incredible opportunity, and to my teachers, family and friends for their guidance and endless support! www.hannahlfernandes.com

JONATHAN FLORES
JONATHAN FLORES

Jonathan Flores is thrilled to be performing with MTWichita for the first time! Jonathan recently finished his freshman year as a dance major at Oklahoma City University. He also is a Jester Award Winner for Outstanding Leading Actor. Previous credits include West Side Story (Bernardo), Crazy for You (Bobby Child), and Mary Poppins (Robertson Ay). He would like to thank his friends and family for their continuous support.

NIGEL HALL
NIGEL HALL

Nigel Hall is absolutely elated to be joining the resident ensemble of MTWichita this summer. A junior at the University of Central Oklahoma under the vocal tutelage of Barbara Fox DeMaio, and a Wichita native, he is enjoying his return to the Sunflower State. Regional credits include: Shrek: The Musical (Donkey), Chicago (Dancer), The Color Purple (Grady/Dancer), My One and Only (New Rhythm Boy), and Into the Woods (Jack). He has also recently premiered a dance adaptation of West Side Story entitled Side Story: Just West of the Musical with orchestration by Stan Kenton. He would like to thank his mother, Wayne, Nancy, the entire cast and crew, as well as the dance and voice faculty at UCO for making this opportunity possible.     

QUINN HERRON
QUINN HERRON

Quinn Herron is thrilled to be a part of this amazing season! He is from Ponca City, OK and is a soon to be senior Music Theatre major at the University of Central Oklahoma studying voice with Dr. Marilyn Govich. Recent credits include Don in A Chorus Line, Joe Sutter in The Spitfire Grill, and Homer Collins in Floyd Collins. Quinn would like to thank Wayne Bryan for this wonderful and challenging opportunity to be in this summer’s season. Love and thanks to his family: Blaine, Deb, Kitt, and Hannah Herron, and Emily Canavesio for their support.

CAMERON HILL
CAMERON HILL

Cameron Anika Hill is ecstatic to return to MTWichita for her second summer after completing her BFA at CCM. Some of her favorite credits include last year's season at MTWichita, American Idiot (Extraordinary Girl), Ragtime (Sarah), Once on This Island (Ti Moune), Little Shop of Horrors (Chiffon), Carousel, Legally Blonde, and 110 in the Shade. Endless thanks to her incredible parents, Wayne, Nancy, and the whole cast and crew. 

WILLIE HILL
WILLIE HILL

Willie Hill is a senior Music Theatre major from Tulsa, Oklahoma studying voice with Dr. Marilyn Govich. Willie’s favorite theatre credits include working with Music Theatre Wichita as well as a non-profit organization called “A Pocket Full Of Hope.” He was also Seaweed in Hairspray, Freddy in Working, Dance Ensemble in Billy Elliot, Featured Vocalist in Holidays at Home, Curtis/C.C. in Dreamgirls, Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls, Ensemble in Hello, Dolly!, and Ubaldo Piangi in Phantom of the Opera. He would like to thank his family and his parents for their love and support.

BRITTON HOLLINGSWORTH
BRITTON HOLLINGSWORTH

Britton Hollingsworth is a rising senior in FSU’s BFA Musical Theatre Program, and making his debut at MTWichita. He wants to thank Wayne Bryan and the rest of the MTWichita family for the amazing opportunity. He would also like to thank God for all of his gifts and his family for their constant love and support. 

LIZ JARMER
LIZ JARMER

Liz Jarmer is thrilled to be returning to MTWichita! Past productions include Chicago - Mary Sunshine (dir. Stephen Kopel), The Spitfire Grill - Shelby (dir. Wayne Bryan), and Hello, Dolly! (MTWichita). BFA Musical Theatre, WSU. Thank you to Wayne, Josh, & Nancy for this incredible opportunity, and to Mom & Dad.

RYAN LAMBERT
RYAN LAMBERT

Ryan Lambert is thrilled to be spending his summer with MTWichita! Ryan is a senior Music Theatre major pursuing a BM at Oklahoma City University and is from Tampa FL. Credits: Lexington Theatre Company: 42nd Street, OCU: Evita, Rent, Brigadoon, and Pirates of Penzance. Thanks to MTW for this opportunity!

TYLER LEAHY
TYLER LEAHY

Tyler Leahy is thrilled to be making his Wichita debut this summer! Tyler is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan and favorite roles include Tunny in American Idiot and Jacey Squires in The Music Man. Regional credits include Stevens in Dogfight and Georges in La Cage Aux Folles.

KYLE MCCLELLAN
KYLE MCCLELLAN

Kyle McClellan is beyond excited to be returning to MTWichita for the 2016 season! He is a rising senior at the University of Michigan, where his credits include Les Misérables (Prouvaire), The Tempest (Sebastian), American Idiot (Chase), and Hotel California (Yul). Regional: Walnut Street Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse. Much love and many thanks to Mom, Dad, Ty, Zoe, the UMich faculty, Wayne, and Nancy for all of their endless support. GO BLUE!

KEVIN NIETZEL
KEVIN NIETZEL

Kevin Nietzel is having a hard time finding a word to describe his excitement to be back in Wichita for another summer! A recent graduate of Florida State University, he plans on moving to New York City in the fall. Last year you may have seen him as Tony in Billy Elliot or Don Price in Big Fish. Other regional credits include Maine State Music Theatre, Wagon Wheel Theatre, and Marriott Theatre Lincolnshire. Endless thanks to Wayne, Nancy, & Josh for the opportunity, and also his incredible family for supporting him along the way.

TAYLOR O'TOOLE
TAYLOR O'TOOLE

Taylor O’Toole is thrilled to be making her MTWichita debut! She is a rising junior at the University of Oklahoma, BFA Musical Theatre. Credits: The Rocky Horror Show (Columbia, OU) directed by Richard J. Hinds, Thoroughly Modern Millie (OU), Joseph…Dreamcoat (Kids Who Care). Love to my parents, little brother, and Moo for your unwavering support. For Beege, who never missed a show.

KATIE POHLMAN
KATIE POHLMAN

Katie Pohlman is thrilled to be making her professional theatre debut at MTWichita! A native of Omaha, NE, Katie will be a sophomore Dance major at Oklahoma City University where she has been a member of the American Spirit Dance Company. Past theatre credits include: Les Misérables (Cosette), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Ruth), and A Christmas Carol (Lucy). She would like to thank her entire family and Andrew for their love and support. 

JARED ROBERTS
JARED ROBERTS

Jared Roberts is beyond excited to be returning to Music Theatre Wichita for another wonderful summer! He is a rising senior Musical Theatre major with a minor in Dance at Point Park University. Jared has been in their productions of The Drowsy Chaperone (Robert Martin), The Boyfriend (Marcel), and 21 (Ball Player/Reporter). He was in The Rocky Horror Show (Frank) at Stage 62 and was seen in last year’s resident ensemble here at MTWichita. Thank you to Wayne, Nancy, Joshua, and Thomas for their wisdom and the opportunities they have given me. Thanks to my mother, father, siblings, friends and mentors for the never ending support and love.  

CAYEL TREGEAGLE
CAYEL TREGEAGLE

Cayel, from Orem, UT, is thrilled to be spending his summer with MTWichita! He recently graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre from Brigham Young University.  He has performed in China, India, throughout Central Europe, and Southern Africa. Favorite regional credits include: Footloose (Willard), Young Frankenstein (Dance Capt.), Guys and Dolls (Dance Capt.). He was like to thank his parents for their endless support.

GINA WARD
GINA WARD

Gina Ward is so excited to be back with her incredible Music Theatre Wichita family, having performed in all five of 2015’s shows! She would like to thank Wayne, Josh, and Nancy for truly making her feel loved and supported. Another giant thanks to her mom, dad, and sissy. Without them, she would never have the confidence to pursue her passion. <3

WAYNE BRYAN
WAYNE BRYAN

WAYNE BRYAN (Director / Producing Artistic Director) is greatly enjoying his 29th season leading this wonderful organization, and is particularly thrilled to return to Beauty and the Beast, which he first directed in 2004, as MTWichita’s first Disney collaboration. Raised in southern California, Wayne began his professional career as both actor and director at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre, while stationed as a Navy officer in Coronado. Wayne’s performing credits include Good News!, Rodgers and Hart, and Tintypes on Broadway, the First National Tour of Joseph / Dreamcoat, and TV appearances on such shows as “M*A*S*H” (CBS), “American History” (PBS), and “Keystone” (A&E). He has directed critically acclaimed productions all across the country, including Festival at New York City Center, Children of Eden at Musical Theatre West, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever at the 42nd Street Moon in San Francisco, and Mary Poppins at the Walnut Street Theatre. Other favorite directing credits include multiple productions of Tintypes (winning Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award), the U.S. premiere of Betty Blue Eyes, and the MTW premieres of HONK!, The Little Mermaid, Catch Me If You Can and Big Fish. He has also enjoyed a series of directorial and teaching collaborations at Wichita State University. 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. He has published numerous articles on the history and future of the American Musical Theatre. 

ADAM CATES
ADAM CATES

ADAM CATES (Choreographer) is honored to make his MTWichita debut and work with Wayne! Choreography credits include The Little Mermaid (Arkansas Repertory Theatre); Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aires (Anchorage Opera; also director); Gypsy (New London Barn Playhouse); The Magic Flute, Eugene Onegin and Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia (Juilliard Opera/Lincoln Center); Sweet Charity (Gulfshore Playhouse); The Brain from Planet X (New York Musical Festival); and Cinderella and the Prince (Lincoln Center; co-choreographer). He has also directed and choreographed corporate and casino shows in Atlantic City, Reno and Orlando; Anything Goes and A Christmas Carol for University of Nevada; and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee for the University of Wisconsin. His new production as co-book writer The World According to Snoopy (a reimagining of Snoopy the Musical) will receive its premiere next year.  Adam is the associate choreographer to Peggy Hickey for the new Ahrens & Flaherty musical Anastasia, opening on Broadway next season. Broadway and national tour credits as an associate/assistant choreographer include the Tony-winning A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Anything Goes with Sutton Foster & Joel Grey, Doctor Dolittle with Tommy Tune, and The Wizard of Oz. Other associate credits include 90210 (CW Network), Live from Lincoln Center (PBS), Goodspeed Musicals, Paper Mill Playhouse, Santa Fe Opera, Seattle Opera, The Old Globe, Hartford Stage, and many more. Adam teaches at NYC’s famed Broadway Dance Center and is the author of the guidebook for young professional performers The Business of Show. For more: www.adamcates.com

THOMAS W. DOUGLAS
THOMAS W. DOUGLAS

THOMAS W. DOUGLAS (Musical Director / Conductor) is back for his 17th season in Wichita! He has performed more than 200 opera, oratorio, orchestral, and musical theater productions nationally and internationally. Highlights include conducting Webber’s Phantom of the Opera in Basel, Switzerland, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with the Anchorage Operaand directing Ain’t Misbehavin’ in Malaysia. Thomas is currently the Music Director for the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra, and the Artistic Director of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, which is regularly receiving accolades for innovative, creative, and dramatically provocative productions. His MTWichita history includes ShowBoat with Kelli O’Hara, Ragtime, Smokey Joe’s Café, 9 to 5, Ragtime with Darcie Roberts, Hairspray, The Full Monty, Miss Saigon, Beauty and the Beast, and Les Misérables, among many others. Thomas is the founder and Artistic Director of the Neighborhood Opera Company, which recently produced Mozart's Don Giovanni with an African American cast. With the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, he has conducted jazz legend Nathan Davis’ opera Just Above My HeadCarmen Jones, and Porgy and Bess. Thomas has been the recipient of the Mary Jane Teall Award and the Robert Frankle awards for his contribution to theatre in Wichita, KS and Pittsburgh, PA. Thomas has enjoyed the stage roles of Amonasro in Elton John's Aida, Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors. Serving as the Director of Opera Studies in the School of Music in addition to his position as Director of Choral Activities and Professor in the School of Drama, 2015-16 was Thomas’ 25th year on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University. 

J BRANSON
J BRANSON

J BRANSON (Scenic Designer) For more than twenty years, J Branson has been a Chicago-based designer. He is proud to have begun his theatrical career as an Apprentice at Music Theatre Wichita more than 30 years ago. J’s national tour credits include The Music Man, Beauty and the Beast, and Brigadoon. Recent and upcoming regional work includes Nunsense and The 39 Steps for Peninsula Players and A Christmas Story at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. Past regional work includes Smokey Joe’s Café, Jekyll and Hyde, Chess, The Wizard of Oz (for which J received an After Dark award), Children of Eden, Rags, Assassins, Guys and Dolls and The Pajama Game. J has an array of industrial design credits and has been honored with three National Addy Awards. J’s many designs at MTWichita have included the 2013 production of Mary Poppins (which J & Wayne Bryan repeated in Philadelphia in 2014!) as well as Hairspray, Legally Blonde, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, HONK!, Children of Eden, West Side Story, The Drowsy Chaperone, 1776, CurtainsSunset Boulevard and Disney’s The Little Mermaid. “Many thanks and much much love to the many wonderful people who have touched my life here at MTW. I wouldn’t be half the man I am without you guys!!”

TIIA E. TORCHIA

TIIA E. TORCHIA (Costume Designer) is honored to be back designing at Music Theatre Wichita, where she has designed Hairspray, Smokey Joes Café, Xanadu, Disney’s My Son Pinocchio, and the original 2004 production of Beauty and the Beast. Recently she moved to Pittsburgh, PA from New York City where she ran the costume shops of several prominent Off-Broadway theaters. In Pittsburgh she spends her days working as the Assistant Costumier at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater and this fall will assume a new position in the costume department at Carnegie Mellon University. 

ALAN MENKEN

ALAN MENKEN (Composer) Theater: God Bless You Mr. Rosewater, Little Shop of Horrors, Real Life Funnies, Atina: Evil Queen Of The Galaxy, Kicks, The Apprenticeship Of Duddy Kravitz, Beauty and the Beast, A Christmas Carol, Weird Romance, King David, Der Glackner Von Notre Dame (The Hunchback of Notre Dame), The Little Mermaid, Sister Act, Leap Of Faith, Aladdin and Newsies. Film: Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Aladdin, Pocahontas, The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, Hercules, Life With Mikey, Lincoln, Home On The Range, Noel, Enchanted, Shaggy Dog, Tangled and Mirror Mirror. Songs: Rocky V, Home Alone 2 and Captain America. Awards: 8 Oscars (19 nominations), 11 Grammys (including Song of the Year). 7 Golden Globes, Tony Award® (plus 4 nominations), Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, New York Drama Critics, Olivier and London’s Evening Standard Award, Drama League. Honors: Songwriters’ Hall of Fame, Doctorates from New York University and University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

HOWARD ASHMAN

HOWARD ASHMAN (Lyricist) Best known as a pivotal creative mind behind the renaissance of Disney animation and his work on The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast (which is dedicated to, “Our friend, Howard Ashman, who gave a Mermaid her voice and a Beast his soul...”) Ashman’s first love was theater. Ashman was a founder of off off Broadway's renowned WPA Theater, where he conceived, wrote and directed God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, as well as the classic musical, Little Shop of Horrors (both music by Alan Menken). In 1986, he wrote and directed the Broadway musical Smile (music by Marvin Hamlisch). Lamented as a lost treasure of the 1980's theater scene, Smile remains popular on High School and College campuses throughout the country. Howard Ashman died in 1991 from complications of AIDS. For more information, please visit howardashman.com.

TIM RICE

TIM RICE (Lyricist) has worked in music, theater, and film since 1965, when he met Andrew Lloyd Webber, a fellow struggling songwriter. Rather than pursue Tim's ambitions to write rock or pop songs, they turned their attention to Andrew’s obsession—musical theater. Their first collaboration, The Likes of Us (lyrics by Tim, music by Andrew), was an unsuccessful show based on the life of Dr. Barnardo, the Victorian philanthropist. Their next three works together were much more successful: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Evita. Tim has also worked with other distinguished popular composers such as Elton John (The Lion King, Aida), Alan Menken (Aladdin, King David, Beauty and the Beast), and Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson (Chess). From Here to Eternity, with music by newcomer Stuart Brayson, coproduced with Lee Menzies, directed by Tamara Harvey, and with book by Bill Oakes, premiered in the West End at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 2013. He formed his own cricket team in 1973 and was president of the MCC in 2002. In 2013, he wrote and presented a 52-part series for BBC Radio 2, “American Pie,” a trawl through the music and musicians of every American state. He has won several awards, mainly for the wrong thing or for simply turning up.

LINDA WOLVERTON

LINDA WOLVERTON (Book) Writing credits include the screenplay for the animated feature film Beauty and the Beast (Golden Globe winner and Academy Award Best Picture nominee); the screenplay (shared) for Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey; screenplay (shared) for the animated feature film The Lion King; the book for the Broadway musical Beauty and the Beast (Tony Award nomination for Best Book of a Musical, winner 1998 Olivier Award Best New Musical); and book (shared) for Elton John and Tim Rice’s Broadway musical Aida. Also she has written two young-adult novels, Star-Wind and Running Before the Wind. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts from California State University Long Beach and a Master’s degree in Theatre from California State University Fullerton. Linda is currently involved in writing and producing film projects for Miramax and Revolution studios. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband Lee Flicker and daughter Keaton.

July 13-17

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II turned "musical comedy" into a genuine American art form when they joined forces to create this groundbreaking musical play, the first ever to place equal importance on story, dialogue, songs, and dance. An evergreen classic, this joyous celebration of America's heartland brings "People Will Say We're in Love" and "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'" back to Century II.

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Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!
July 13-17
PG
2hr 45min

Music: Richard Rodgers
Book and Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II
Based on Lynn Riggs' "Green Grow the Lilacs"
Dances originally created by Agnes de Mille

Songs include "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," "I Cain't Say No," "Out of My Dreams," "People Will Say We're in Love," "Kansas City," Pore Jud is Dead," "Many a New Day," "The Farmer and the Cowman," etc.

CLAYBOURNE ELDER (Curly)
CLAYBOURNE ELDER (Curly)

CLAYBOURNE ELDER (Curly) is thrilled to be back at MTWichita, having previously played Aaron Fox in Curtains. On Broadway and in New York, he appeared in the original companies of Bonnie and Clyde (Buck), Stephen Sondheim’s Road Show (Hollis), One Arm (Ollie, Drama Desk Nomination Best Actor), Venice (Michael Victor), and in the revivals of Allegro (Joe, Lucille Lortel Nomination Best Actor), Do I Hear a Waltz? (Eddie), Two by Two (Japheth, with Jason Alexander), and the Sondheim 80th Birthday Celebration Concert. His regional highlights include Sunday in the Park with George (George, Signature Theatre, Helen Hayes Award Best Musical), Into the Woods, Pippin, Sunday in the Park with George, Angels in America (Kansas City Rep), Take Flight (Lindbergh, McCarter Theater). His solo show premiered at 54 Below in 2016 and has gone on to play cities across the country. Developmental: A Star is Born (with Idina Menzel). TV/Film: Pete O’Malley on “The Carrie Diaries,” Flatbush Luck. Education: University of Utah, Dramaturgy. Many thanks and love to Wayne, Nancy, and Josh. 

ANNE HORAK (Laurey)
ANNE HORAK (Laurey)

ANNE HORAK (Laurey) is thrilled to be back “home” in Wichita! Broadway: Chicago (Roxie), White Christmas. National Tour: Young Frankenstein (Inga). NY: Music in the Air (City Center Encores!). Regional: Gretchen in Boeing-Boeing, Bambi Bernít in Curtains (both at Paper Mill Playhouse), Carol Heathrow in Diner (Delaware Theatre Company), April in Company (Bucks County Playhouse), May Milton in My Paris (Long Wharf Theatre), Shelby in Steel Magnolias (North Carolina Theatre), Polly Baker in Crazy for You (Sacramento Music Circus), Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, Natalie in All Shook Up (both at Music Theatre Wichita), Hope in Anything Goes (Taipei National Theatre). Television: “Forever,” “Royal Pains,” “A Gifted Man,” “Eye Candy,” and “Law & Order: SVU.” BFA, University of Michigan. Love and thanks to Wayne, Madams, and Nancy!

JENNI BARBER (Ado Annie)
JENNI BARBER (Ado Annie)

JENNI BARBER (Ado Annie) is excited to be back at MTWichita! Broadway credits include Wicked (Glinda), The Nance (Joan), Annie (Grace Farrell), The Performers (Sundown LeMay) and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Olive Ostrovsky). New York and regional credits include Private Lives (Hartford Stage), As You Like It & The Tempest (Sam Mendes’ The Bridge Project), From Up Here (Manhattan Theatre Club), Paint Your Wagon (Encores!), A New Brain (Encores! Off-Center), Oklahoma! (The Muny), and 9 to 5 (MTWichita). Television credits include “Master of None,” “Elementary,” “Smash,” “Law & Order: SVU” and the Emmy Award winning “The Electric Company.” Graduate of the University of Michigan Musical Theatre Department. Major love and thanks to Mark and Wayne!

KEVIN MUNHALL (Will Parker)
KEVIN MUNHALL (Will Parker)

KEVIN MUNHALL (Will Parker) is thrilled to be back in his hometown for another wonderful summer! An East High graduate and two-time Jester Award winner, Kevin performed on Broadway in the 2011 revival of Anything Goes and earlier this year in Allegiance.  Other New York credits include Paint Your Wagon and Bells Are Ringing at City Center Encores, The Sound of Music at Carnegie Hall, and Hansel and Gretel at Avery Fisher Hall.  He was seen on tour in Dirty Dancing understudying the role of Johnny Castle, and recently participated in the World Premiere of the musical Anastasia at Hartford Stage. Other regional credits include Bill Calhoun in Kiss Me, Kate at the Old Globe, Riff in West Side Story at Ogunquit Playhouse and MTWichita, Tommy Djilas in The Music Man at Walnut Street, and shows at Paper Mill Playhouse, KC Starlight, Tuacahn Amphitheatre and 27 previous shows at MTWichita. TV: “Smash,” “One Life to Live.” Proud graduate of the University of Michigan. Kevin would not be here today (or anywhere really) if it weren’t for Derrick Gronewold, Doug Riney, Wayne Bryan, Mark Madama, and all of the marvelous educational opportunities for youth MTWichita provides. Thank you!!

NEDRA DIXON (Aunt Eller)
NEDRA DIXON (Aunt Eller)

NEDRA DIXON (Aunt Eller) is thrilled to be back at MTWichita where many roles include Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar, Erma in Anything Goes, The Witch in Into The Woods, Lady Thiang in The King and I, Susannah in Tintypes, and Aldonza in Man of La Mancha. During Ms. Dixon’s extensive career, she has been honored to perform at the White House, Kennedy Center Honors, Carnegie Hall, and Madison Square Garden. Known as a “triple threat” actor/singer/dancer, she has performed, directed, and choreographed on Broadway, Off Broadway, on National Tours, and in regional theatres. Credits include Hair, Godspell, Annie, Songs for a New World, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She has shared the stage with such eclectic artists as Kristin Chenoweth and Mikhail Baryshnikov to Meat Loaf, and has worked with such industry powerhouses as Stephen Schwartz, John Caird, Susan Stroman, Jerry Zaks, Ricardo Khan, Luther Henderson, and Charles Strouse. She currently lives in Kansas City, where her credits include a Kansas City premiere, Gumbo House, Black Pearl Sings!, The Wiz, Menopause, Ruined, bare: A Pop Opera, And Her Hair Went With Her, The Women of Brewster Place, Grey Gardens (Director), and Once on This Island (Director). Later this summer, she will appear as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. And in certainly an unexpected turn, Nedra is featured in popular rapper, Tech N9ne’s Hip-Hop music video, “Fear,” with more than 1.7 million views on YouTube. She has been a featured vocalist on NPR’s locally produced jazz radio show, “12th Street Jump,” and is a proud member of Kansas City's hottest vocal jazz trio, Book of Gaia, with Angela Hagenbach and Pamela Baskin-Watson. However, the most brilliant nova in Nedra’s universe is her beautiful daughter, Jasmin, a gifted (and working!) New York actor.

VICTOR J. WISEHART (Jud)
VICTOR J. WISEHART (Jud)

VICTOR J. WISEHART (Jud Fry) is excited to be making his Music Theatre Wichita debut! Some favorite credits include Broadway: An American in Paris (Mr. Z, Original Broadway Cast); Off Broadway: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Pipe Dream at City Center Encores (Red); National Tours: 1st National Tour Lincoln Center’s South Pacific (Buzz Adams); London: Sadler’s Wells West Side Story (Diesel). Regional productions at The Goodman Theater, Huntington Theater Company, Goodspeed Musicals, Arena Stage D.C, Kennedy Center, and St. Louis MUNY. Up next Victor will be seen this fall on Broadway, in Roundabout Theater Company’s Holiday Inn. His voice can be heard on the Original Cast Recordings of An American in Paris and Pipe Dream. Many thanks to Wayne Bryan for this opportunity and Gemze De Lappe for her mentoring. www.victorwisehart.com

NEHAL JOSHI (Ali Hakim)
NEHAL JOSHI (Ali Hakim)

NEHAL JOSHI (Ali Hakim) Broadway credits include: Les Misérables (Original Revival Cast), Threepenny Opera (Roundabout). Off-Broadway: Falling for Eve (York), Working (Drama Desk Award), Who’s Your Baghdaddy? Or How I Started the Iraq War (New Musical Foundation). Regional credits include: Arena Stage, Dallas Theater Center, Goodman Theatre, Shakespeare Theater, The Old Globe, The Actors Theatre of Louisville, Huntington Theatre, The Kennedy Center. His Film/TV credits include HBO’s “The Wire,” “Blackout,” “Submissions Only.” Video Game: War of Warcraft: Cataclysm. @nehalpjoshi.

MARK MADAMA
MARK MADAMA

MARK MADAMA (Director) has directed productions on both coasts, and as far away as Ireland, Poland, and Czechoslovakia, and yet he happily celebrates his 28th consecutive MTWichita season, with Oklahoma! being his 45th production as director. Favorite shows here include The Full Monty, 9 to 5, Sunset Boulevard, The King and I, The Music Man, Curtains, Big River, Annie Get Your Gun, Oklahoma!, Damn Yankees, Cinderella, How to Succeed…, Funny Girl, Fiddler on the Roof (2001 and 2012), The Pajama Game, Evita, The Music Man, The Sound of Music, State Fair, Meet Me in St. Louis, Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady, The Secret Garden, Tintypes, Sweet Charity, Gigi, Cabaret, Into the Woods, They’re Playing Our Song, Good News!, and three editions of West Side Story, plus his performance as Zach in MTWichita’s first A Chorus Line. Other credits include The Producers, Aida, Cinderella, and Footloose at Kansas City Starlight, Hello, Dolly! at the New London Barn Playhouse, and two engagements teaching at Music Theatre Italy near Venice. Mark Madama and Wayne Bryan are the co-authors of the revised version of Good News!, which has received more than 300 productions in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain. Mark is an Associate Professor of Musical Theatre at the University of Michigan, where he has directed Guys and Dolls, Caroline, Or Change, Ragtime, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, A Little Night Music, The Full Monty, Rent, Big River, City of Angels, The Pajama Game, Guys and Dolls, Assassins, Good News!, Nine, Children of Eden, Company and Horton Foote’s 1918.

AL BLACKSTONE
AL BLACKSTONE

AL BLACKSTONE (Choreographer) is a New York City based director, choreographer, and educator and the recipient of the 2011 Capezio A.C.E. Award for Choreographic Excellence. Dance Magazine has called his work “sweet, silly, sly... infectious.” While working mostly in musical theatre, his passion for contemporary and jazz dance enriches his unique approach to storytelling. In June of 2016 he directed, choreographed, and wrote the original dance narrative Freddie Falls in Love at the Signature Theatre (NYC). It was his second full-length work since Happy We’ll Be premiered at the legendary Roseland Ballroom in July 2012. Al has created new work for: “So You Think You Can Dance” (Season 12), The Fire Island Dance Festival, Broadway Bares, Dancers Responding to AIDS, bc beat, Pace University, University of the Arts, Juilliard, and Marymount Manhattan College. Additional directing credits include Crazy In Love (an original musical by Kooman and Dimond) and the opening numbers for BCEFA’s Easter Bonnet (2013/14) and Gypsy of the Year (2015). As an Associate Choreographer Al has worked alongside the great Sonya Tayeh on The Last Goodbye (The Old Globe), Kung Fu (Signature Theatre, NYC), Head Over Heels (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), and The Wild Party (City Center). He is the director of Marquee at Dancerpalooza and is currently on faculty at the Broadway Dance Center and STEPS on Broadway in NYC. He tours with JUMP Dance Convention and loves coffee and old-fashioned jukeboxes. Special thanks to Wayne, Mark, Katie, and everyone at MTWichita for bringing me along on this wonderful adventure! Find Al on Instagram @alblackstonechoreo or at www.alblackstone.net.

THOMAS W. DOUGLAS
THOMAS W. DOUGLAS

THOMAS W. DOUGLAS (Musical Director / Conductor) is back for his 17th season in Wichita! He has performed more than 200 opera, oratorio, orchestral, and musical theater productions nationally and internationally. Highlights include conducting Webber’s Phantom of the Opera in Basel, Switzerland, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with the Anchorage Operaand directing Ain’t Misbehavin’ in Malaysia. Thomas is currently the Music Director for the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra, and the Artistic Director of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, which is regularly receiving accolades for innovative, creative, and dramatically provocative productions. His MTWichita history includes ShowBoat with Kelli O’Hara, Ragtime, Smokey Joe’s Café, 9 to 5, Ragtime with Darcie Roberts, Hairspray, The Full Monty, Miss Saigon, Beauty and the Beast, and Les Misérables, among many others. Thomas is the founder and Artistic Director of the Neighborhood Opera Company, which recently produced Mozart's Don Giovanni with an African American cast. With the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, he has conducted jazz legend Nathan Davis’ opera Just Above My HeadCarmen Jones, and Porgy and Bess. Thomas has been the recipient of the Mary Jane Teall Award and the Robert Frankle awards for his contribution to theatre in Wichita, KS and Pittsburgh, PA. Thomas has enjoyed the stage roles of Amonasro in Elton John's Aida, Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors. Serving as the Director of Opera Studies in the School of Music in addition to his position as Director of Choral Activities and Professor in the School of Drama, 2015-16 was Thomas’ 25th year on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University. 

BRUCE BROCKMAN
BRUCE BROCKMAN

BRUCE BROCKMAN (Scenic Designer) works as a professional freelance scene designer and scenic artist. In addition to MTWichita’s popular Les Misérables, other design credits include Hello, Dolly!, 42nd Street, Finian’s Rainbow, Camelot, and White Christmas for Music Theatre Wichita, Cabaret42nd StreetCrazy for You, The Pajama Game and Into the Woods for the University of Michigan’s Music Theatre Program, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Putnam County Spelling Bee for the University of Arizona. Other credits include Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Montana Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Ballet, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, First Stage Children's Theatre, Idaho Repertory Theatre, KUID Public Television, and numerous productions for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Idaho, and Oklahoma State University. He is Director of the School of Theatre, Film & Television at the University of Arizona, and is delighted to be back at Music Theatre again!

DEBBIE ROBERTS
DEBBIE ROBERTS

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

July 27-31

Now considered the most successful composer in theatre history, Andrew Lloyd Webber made his Broadway debut in 1971, partnering with lyricist Tim Rice to create this dazzling pop opera. Based on the New Testament's account of the last days of Jesus, this unique opus underscores intense drama with exciting and electric melodies, with songs including "I Don't Know How to Love Him." After an absence of 26 years, MTWichita is thrilled to once again present this legendary show, which played at MTWichita to sold-out crowds in 1990.

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Jesus Christ Superstar
July 27-31
PG
2hr 20min

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics: Tim Rice

Songs include "I Don't Know How to Love Him," "Heaven On Their Minds," "Gethsemane," "Everything's Alright," "Superstar."

THADDEUS PEARSON
THADDEUS PEARSON

THADDEUS PEARSON (Jesus) is ecstatic to play a dream role in Jesus Christ Superstar, and was thrilled to make his Music Theatre Wichita debut earlier this season with Beauty and the Beast. Originally from Clearwater, FL, Thaddeus got his AS from Florida School of the Arts and his BFA in Musical Theatre. Performance from the University of Florida. Go Gators! Favorite roles include Tony in West Side Story (West End/International Tour), Joseph Cover in Joseph... Dreamcoat (National Tour), and Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid (Regional). Thaddeus wants to thank Wayne Bryan and the production staff at MTWichita for this amazing opportunity, the incredible cast and creative members of these shows, his supportive family, his gorgeous love Ashley for challenging him to be the best version of himself every day, his teachers, his friends, and most importantly, You, for supporting Professional Regional Theatre!!! @phaddeust

AVERY SMITH
AVERY SMITH

AVERY SMITH (Judas) is thrilled to be returning to Music Theatre Wichita! He is a Chicago native and is honored to be performing alongside the many talented artists of the 2016 MTWichita company. Credits: PCLO: Damn Yankees (Rocky); Music Theatre Wichita: Aida (Mereb), Disney’s My Son Pinocchio (Ringleader); New London Barn Playhouse: Damn Yankees (Applegate), Kiss Me, Kate (Paul); Carnegie Mellon: The Full Monty (Horse), Lord of the Flies (Piggy), Hello Again (Husband); The Boston Conservatory: The Full Monty (Horse). Additionally, he has performed to honor CMU alumnus and Tony Award winner Billy Porter. Last May Smith honored presidential candidate Hillary Clinton singing our country’s National Anthem in Pittsburgh. Avery is featured on American R&B vocal group The Dells’ re-release of their hit “Open Up My Heart” on their album Open Up My Heart: The 9/11 Suite. For Avery it is always a privilege and a blessing to be able to perform. Thank you so much to Wayne, Nancy, and all of the administrative and artistic staff here at Wichita. Mom, Dad, Austin, Amber, Amaris...YOU ROCK! Ps. 71. BFA: Carnegie Mellon University. 

ERIN CLEMONS
ERIN CLEMONS

ERIN CLEMONS (Mary Magdalene) is thrilled to be back in Wichita! MTWichita credits include: Miss Saigon (Gigi), Big River (Betsy). Broadway: Les Misérables (Eponine), National and Int’l Tours: Prince of Broadway (u/s all women), Les Misérables (u/s Eponine). Other favorite credits include: Spelling Bee (Marcy Park), Pippin (Leading Player), Steel Pier (Bette Becker), Sweet Smell of Success (Rita O’Rourke), Zombie Prom (Ginger). Erin is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma. Much love and gratitude to Wayne, Joe, Nancy, and Josh for allowing her the opportunity to play this role. Love to God, Collin, Dad, Mom, Harpo, and family! For Isabel!

TONY LEPAGE
TONY LEPAGE

TONY LEPAGE (Pilate) is originally from Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, but moved to NYC five years ago as a member of the Broadway cast of Rock of Ages. He has performed all over the world in places like Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Greece, Italy, Croatia, Bermuda, Central America, the United States, and Canada. Selected credits include: Drew in Rock of Ages (Broadway), Jamie in The Last Five Years (Theatre New Brunswick), Jeff in Tonya and Nancy: The Rock Opera (NYMF), John Kelly in The Boys in the Photograph (Toronto), Peter Allen u/s in The Boy From Oz (Australia), Simeon in Joseph…Dreamcoat (Australia/Asia Tour), Frank’N’Furter in The Rocky Horror Show (TNB), Bobby Strong in Urinetown (TYT), Seussical (LKT), The Decameron, The Bricklin, Canadian Explosion... TV/Film: “South Pacific” (Disney), “The Soldier’s Sweetheart” (Paramount), “The Way” (CBS pilot), “Black Dawn” (CBC), “It Could Be Worse” (PIVOT). He can currently be seen touring the U.S with the world renowned vocal group “The Tenors of Rock.” Tony is so grateful to be a part of this exciting production and would like to thank his incredibly supportive family and his beautiful, inspiring wife Natalie.

AARON KABURICK
AARON KABURICK

AARON KABURICK (Herod) – Music Theatre Wichita debut! Aaron is currently appearing on Broadway as Robin in Something Rotten! (Original Broadway Cast member). Previous Broadway credits include Motown, Sister Act, and Billy Elliot (Original Broadway Cast). He toured the country in Billy Elliot, The Full Monty, and Annie (including a stint at Madison Square Garden with Kathie Lee Gifford). Off Broadway he was seen in The Talk of the Town and Shlomo. Regionally he has been seen at the St. Louis MUNY, New Harmony Theatre and North Carolina Theatre. College: Boston University (Economics). Hometown: Carlinville, IL. Thanks to Wayne and thanks to YOU for supporting and enjoying live theater!

JOE LOCARRO
JOE LOCARRO

JOE LOCARRO (Director) is delighted to return to MTWichita, where he first appeared as Jesus in the 1990 MTW production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Joe has also directed two MTW productions of Les Misérables and a production of Ragtime. Joe’s directing credits include productions for stage, film, and television. His documentary film, Finding Billy, was nominated for two NY Emmy Awards, Best Director and Best Documentary, and appeared nationally on PBS. His other PBS television directing credits include: the series “Vine Talk” starring Stanley Tucci, two seasons of “Intelligence Squared Debates;” PBS specials “Remember Me” (with Parsons Dance and East Village Opera Company), “A Tale of Two Cities in Concert” (starring Michael York – filmed in London and Paris) and three specials with Deepak Chopra, among others. Joe’s stage directing credits include multiple productions of Les Misérables and Ragtime regionally; University of Michigan: Les Misérables and Cabaret; CCM: Peter Pan; University of Oklahoma: Ragtime plus numerous readings and new works in NYC. His film and TV directing credits include TV pilots: “Defending Your Trash,” “Patent Warriors,” “Time Zone,” and “I’m Just Warming Up.”  Additionally, Joe is guest director for “Jazz at Lincoln Center” live broadcasts and his company, Suspension Productions, has created videos and commercials for over 30 dance companies and corporations around the world. Joe has been in six Broadway shows including: original company of Ragtime, Enjolras in Les Misérables, and Munkustrap in Cats, as well as numerous national tours and regional productions. A special thanks to Wayne and the wonderful staff and crew here at MTW. It doesn’t get better than this!  

DARREN LEE
DARREN LEE

DARREN LEE (Choreographer) is thrilled to return to MTWichita, having previously directed/choreographed Miss Saigon and Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Other creative credits include: Broadway: Pacific Overtures (Associate Choreographer); New York and Regional: NYMF, NY Fringe Festival, Dixon Place, Prospect Theatre, Asia Society, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, St. Louis MUNY, Paper Mill Playhouse, Glimmerglass Opera Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, McCarter Theatre, Williamstown Shakespeare Festival, Kennedy Center, Diamond Head Theatre, Riverside Theatre, UNLVWestchester Broadway Theatre, North Shore, Cincinnati Playhouse, Atlanta Alliance, Trinity University, Lyric Theatre, La Comedia, Casa Manana, Omaha Symphony, Ogunquit Playhouse, Little Theatre on the Square. International: Turandot (Tokyo); Copacabana, Fancy Dance, The Love at Dalu Lake (Takarazuka Revue Company); The 10,000 Person Show (Tokyo Electric); and Bryant Park. Mr. Lee has several productions that are currently playing on international waters. They include: Disney’s Wishes (Disney Cruise Line), Tableau, Playback, EverAfter, Soundstage and All For Love on the Holland America Cruise Line. Performance credits include: Feature Film: Chicago, Sisters, Hackers. Broadway: ChicagoGuys and Dolls and the original companies of AllegianceShogun the Musical, Miss Saigon, Victor/Victoria, Kiss Me Kate, On the Town, Seussical the Musical, Pacific Overtures, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Much thanks to Wayne, Nancy for this opportunity and to my associate choreographer Marjorie! www.darrenlee.com

THOMAS W. DOUGLAS
THOMAS W. DOUGLAS

THOMAS W. DOUGLAS (Musical Director / Conductor) is back for his 17th season in Wichita! He has performed more than 200 opera, oratorio, orchestral, and musical theater productions nationally and internationally. Highlights include conducting Webber’s Phantom of the Opera in Basel, Switzerland, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with the Anchorage Operaand directing Ain’t Misbehavin’ in Malaysia. Thomas is currently the Music Director for the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra, and the Artistic Director of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, which is regularly receiving accolades for innovative, creative, and dramatically provocative productions. His MTWichita history includes ShowBoat with Kelli O’Hara, Ragtime, Smokey Joe’s Café, 9 to 5, Ragtime with Darcie Roberts, Hairspray, The Full Monty, Miss Saigon, Beauty and the Beast, and Les Misérables, among many others. Thomas is the founder and Artistic Director of the Neighborhood Opera Company, which recently produced Mozart's Don Giovanni with an African American cast. With the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, he has conducted jazz legend Nathan Davis’ opera Just Above My HeadCarmen Jones, and Porgy and Bess. Thomas has been the recipient of the Mary Jane Teall Award and the Robert Frankle awards for his contribution to theatre in Wichita, KS and Pittsburgh, PA. Thomas has enjoyed the stage roles of Amonasro in Elton John's Aida, Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors. Serving as the Director of Opera Studies in the School of Music in addition to his position as Director of Choral Activities and Professor in the School of Drama, 2015-16 was Thomas’ 25th year on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University. 

August 10-14, 19-21

Mamma Mia! enjoyed an incredible 14-year run on Broadway, and now Music Theatre Wichita becomes one of the first regional theatres in the nation to create its own brand-new version of this internationally acclaimed extravaganza, featuring a light-hearted plot, a romantic Greek island setting, and the catchy songs of ABBA. Pop music has never felt so upbeat and joyful in the theatre, and our talented young company will have you dancing in the aisles!

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Mamma Mia!
August 10-14, 19-21
PG
2hr 20min

Music and Lyrics: Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus
Book: Catherine Johnson

Songs include "Dancing Queen," "Honey, Honey," "Thank You for the Music," "Lay All Your Love on Me," "Money, Money, Money," "Take a Chance On Me," "The Winner Takes It All," "Our Last Summer," "Does Your Mother Know," "Super Trouper," "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!," "S.O.S.," "Slipping Through My Fingers," and the catchy title song.

KIM HUBER
KIM HUBER

KIM HUBER (Donna Sheridan) is grateful to spend another summer at MTWichita, where she is proud to have been a leading lady for the past two decades in:  Big Fish, The King and I, Finian’s Rainbow, My Fair Lady, White Christmas, Seven Brides…, Phantom, Beauty and the Beast, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Good News!, Into the Woods, and Paint Your Wagon. Kim starred on Broadway as Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (and First National Tour), and was an original cast member of Sunset Boulevard and Marie Christine (with Audra McDonald). Her portrayal of Nellie Collins in the Floyd Collins National Tour earned her Jeff, Barrymore and Ovation Award Nominations for Best Actress. A current resident of L.A., she created the role of Missy in The Marvelous Wonderettes (L.A. Drama Critics Award) and Lizzie in Having It All. Kim can be heard as the singing voice of Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) on Disney Records. Thanks and love always to Wayne, Mark, Nancy, Thomas, and everyone at MTWichita. Truly, “Thank you for the Music…” Kim is most proud of celebrating 20 years of marriage to her husband, Roger Befeler, with whom she spent a summer in the 1992 MTWichita Company, and their children Paige and Adam. 

PAULA LEGGETT CHASE
PAULA LEGGETT CHASE

PAULA LEGGETT CHASE (Tanya) is delighted to return to MTWichita! Favorite MTW credits include: 9 to 5 (Violet Newstead), Curtains (Carmen Bernstein), Catch Me If You Can (Paula Abegnale). Broadway: On the 20th Century (Imelda Thornton), Bye, Bye Birdie (Gloria Rasputan), Curtains, The Pajama Game, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Kiss Me, Kate, Damn Yankees!, Crazy for You, A Chorus Line. Also, Cabaret with Joel Grey, Applause at Encores! TV appearances include: “Feed The Beast,” “Younger,” “The Sound of Music, Live” (Baroness Elberfeld; nun), “30 Rock” (“Randi” in the “Queen of Jordan” episodes); “Law & Order,” “Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego?” (Medeva). PLC is married to Broadway music director/arranger David Chase and they are proud parents of two sons, Kyler and Dashiell. www.paulaleggettchase.com

KAREN L. ROBU
KAREN L. ROBU

KAREN L. ROBU (Rosie) is a regular with Music Theatre Wichita, where she has had the privilege of performing in 18 of the past 22 seasons. She has been seen as Rose in Gypsy, Duchess Estonia Dulworth in Nice Work If You Can Get It, Madame Thénardier in Les Misérables, Golde in Fiddler on the Roof, Miss Andrew in Mary Poppins, Roz in 9 to 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 as well as the American cast recording)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 performed for most of the professional theaters in the Wichita area and taught classes for BCAPA, MGM Studio of the Dance, and Camp Allegro. Karen graduated in 2013 from Phillips Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. She is Associate Minister for Plymouth Congregational Church, here in Wichita, where she is heading up their first annual “Fine Arts Series.” The first season, beginning this fall, will include two concerts, as well as a production of Andrew Lippa’s A Little Princess. In addition Karen is visiting professor of Acting for Wichita State University. Thanks WB for all the wonderful opportunities. Love to husband Tim and daughters Katie and Francie.

VINCENT CORAZZA
VINCENT CORAZZA

VINCENT CORAZZA (Sam Carmichael) is so excited to be returning to MTWichita for another season, as well as another chance to explore the Greek Islands and sing ABBA songs! After spending 2009-2010 on the road in the National Tour of Mamma Mia!, as Harry Bright, Vince is thrilled to get a chance to step into the platform boots and spandex of Sam Carmichael opposite the exquisitely talented Kim Huber (who many will remember was his muse, Sandra Bloom, in last season’s Big Fish!). A graduate of the theater program at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, Vince has had a long and successful career starring in numerous film, television, and stage productions, as well as an incredibly extensive voiceover career performing in popular animated shows and video games. Currently he can be heard as the voice of “America’s Favorite Coffee,” Dunkin’ Donuts, as well as the promotional voice for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on CBS. Other notable credits include: the 2014 Original Broadway production of Rocky; the feature film “Owning Mahowny” playing the best friend of Phillip Seymour Hoffman; Jackal Johnson in Disney’s “The Cheetah Girls;” Ray Quinn, the last detective to join the force, on the series finale of “NYPD Blue;” numerous guest appearances on “24,” “Without a Trace,” “Entourage,” “Bones,” and more; voicing Tuxedo Mask in the acclaimed “Sailor Moon” anime TV series; and Zexion in the wildly popular “Kingdom Hearts” video game series. A huge thanks to Wayne Bryan and the folks at MTW; my agents at BRS, DBA & DPN for their constant support and scheduling magic; my Mom & Dad for their endless love and support; and most of all my wife Jane Cooke, who is my #1 “Dancing Queen” and has always been the “Light in my Disco Ball of Life!”

THOM SESMA

THOM SESMA (Harry Bright) is thrilled to return to MTWichita, and over the moon to once again reunite with Kim Huber, whom he fell in love with in Paint Your Wagon (1992) and The King & I (2013), and with Wayne Bryan, who directed him in MTW’s production of Catch Me If You Can (2014), as well as way back in 1973 at University High School in San Diego, California. Somewhere in between those years, Thom has managed to carve out a colorful career which includes leading appearances on Broadway and in National Tours (The Times They Are A Changin’, Disney’s The Lion King, Titanic, Search & Destroy, Chu Chem, Miss Saigon, and others); and numerous guest appearances on TV and film (“Madam Secretary,” “The Good Wife,” “Jessica Jones,” “Gotham,” “Person of Interest,” “Law & Order,” “Single Ladies,” “Over/Under,” “Lay the Favorite,” and many many more). Off-Broadway credits include NSYF/Public Theatre, the Roundabout, Second Stage, The Drama Department, The Mint, NAATCO, Playwrights Horizon, and others. He has performed roles regionally in plays, musicals and classics at The Old Globe, Yale Rep, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse, Arena Stage, Baltimore Centre Stage, The McCarter, The MUNY, and more. Last year, he co-starred in Richard Maltby & David Shire’s new Broadway-bound musical Waterfall at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre and Pasadena Playhouse. He has numerous awards and honors to his credit, most notably being included in the Asian American Performing Artists Collection at the Library of Congress. His best credit yet: Married Penelope Daulton on April 20, 2013. Thom is a proud member AEA, SAG-AFTRA and SDC. Colossians 3:12-17. Follow him on Twitter: @ThomSesmaNYC

DAMON KIRSCHE
DAMON KIRSCHE

DAMON KIRSCHE (Bill Austin) first appeared at MTWichita as The Scarlet Pimpernel and is ever honored to return: as Higgins (My Fair Lady), Arthur (Camelot), Hart (9 to 5)Galahad (Spamalot), Mr. Banks (Mary Poppins), Julian Marsh (42nd Street), and in concert with Kelli O’Hara. Stage: My Fair Lady (Freddy) – La Mirada (Ovation nomination), Oklahoma! (Curly) – South Bay CLO and (Ali Hakim) – Cabrillo, Show Boat (Ravenal) – FWSO at Bass Hall, A Little Night Music (Magnus) – South Coast Rep. Kirsche created the roles “Logos” (Eric Whitacre’s Paradise Lost: Shadows & Wings) –  Carnegie and Disney Halls, and “Pujol” (A Passing Wind) – Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center (Barrymore Award nomination). Over thirty staged concerts with: City Center Encores, 92nd St Y, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Casa Mañana, LA’s Reprise series, MTWest’s Reiner Reading Series and LA’s Musical Theatre Guild (member since 2002). Cabaret: Kimmel’s “Kritzerland” – Federal Bar, “An Evening of Classic Broadway with Brad Ellis” (of TV’s “Glee”), and Sherry and Olt’s “Up With a Twist” – Rockwell. Since 2002, Kirsche has been a lead vocalist with Dean Mora’s vintage swing orchestras at historic venues nationwide (recordings: “Goblin Market” and “Devil’s Serenade”). Recordings: “The Ziegfeld Follies of 1936” (Decca Broadway),“Babes in Arms” (DRG), The Gershwins’ “Tip-Toes” (Carnegie/archival). Film/TV: “Gods and Generals,” “LA Confidential,” “StarTrek: Voyager” (as the first Nuu’bari), and recently-premiered indie film “Pushing Dead” (starring James Roday and Danny Glover), awarded Best Feature at SF’s 40th Annual Frameline Festival. NEXT: Herman’s Dear World starring Tyne Daly (September, LA) and “American Showstoppers: Frank Loesser” featuring the Fred Barton Orchestra (October, NY). Kirsche is the lyricist and co-author of the original musical All That Glitters - A Hollywood Blacklist Fable. Training: The Juilliard School.

LEXIS DANCA
LEXIS DANCA

LEXIS DANCA (Sophie) is thrilled to have spent her second summer at Music Theatre Wichita, and loved playing Babette in Beauty and the Beast! She is a recent graduate of Millikin University, where she received her BFA in musical theatre with a dance minor. She sends all her love and thanks to Wayne, Nancy, Josh, and the rest of the MTWichita crew, along with her supportive friends and family who have helped her every step of the way. lexisdanca.com

QUINN HERRON
QUINN HERRON

QUINN HERRON (Sky) has been thrilled to be a part of this amazing season! He is from Ponca City, OK and is a soon to be senior music theatre major at the University of Central Oklahoma studying voice with Dr. Marilyn Govich. Recent credits include: Don in A Chorus Line, Joe Sutter in The Spitfire Grill, and Homer Collins in Floyd Collins. Quinn would like to thank Wayne Bryan for this wonderful and challenging opportunity to be in this summer’s season. Love and thanks to his family: Blaine, Deb, Kitt, and Hannah Herron, and Emily Canavesio for their support.

MATTHEW DAVIES
MATTHEW DAVIES

MATTHEW DAVIES (Pepper) is thrilled to be included in MTWichta’s resident company this year! Favorite credits include Seven Brides (Frank), Mary Poppins (Neleus), Cats (Mungojerrie/Dance Capt.), The Fantasticks (Matt). A big thanks to Wayne, Nancy, and Josh for letting him be a part of this spectacular season! “Love to my family and friends!”

WALKER BROWN
WALKER BROWN

WALKER BROWN (Eddie) is excited to be performing for his first summer at Music Theatre Wichita! He has had the pleasure of performing for Larwell Productions, in addition to several productions for Shows in a Box productions, and with Silvertree Productions. Walker thanks OCU for what it has provided him!

KAREN L. ROBU (Duchess Estonia Dulworth)
KAREN L. ROBU (Duchess Estonia Dulworth)

KAREN L. ROBU is a regular with Music Theatre Wichita, where she has had the privilege of performing in 18 of the past 22 seasons. She has been seen as Rose in Gypsy, Madame Thenardier in Les Miserables, Golde in Fiddler on the Roof, Miss Andrew in Mary Poppins, Roz in 9 to 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 as well as the American recording), Dolly in Annie Get Your Gun, and Mayzie in Seussical. Karen’s credits as a director include Children of Eden, Cotton Patch GospelTuesdays with Morrie, and Violet, as well as her own original piece No Cross, No Crown, about suffragist Antoinette Brown Blackwell. Karen has also performed for most of the professional theaters in the Wichita area and taught classes for BCAPA, MGM Studio of the Dance, and Camp Allegro. Karen graduated in 2013 from Phillips Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. She is Associate Minister for Plymouth Congregational Church, here in Wichita, where she is heading up their first annual “Fine Arts Series.” The first season, beginning this fall, will include two concerts, as well as a production of Andrew Lippa’s A Little Princess. In addition, Karen is visiting professor of Acting for Wichita State University. Thanks WB for all the wonderful opportunities. Love to husband Tim and daughters Katie and Francie.

WAYNE BRYAN
WAYNE BRYAN

WAYNE BRYAN (Director / Producing Artistic Director) has greatly enjoyed this entire summer, especially directing Beauty and the Beast and working so closely with this terrific company of actors, musicians, and technicians. Raised in southern California, Wayne began his professional career as both actor and director at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, while stationed as a Navy officer in Coronado. Wayne's performing credits include Good News!, Rodgers and Hart, and Tintypes on Broadway, the First National Tour of Joseph / Dreamcoat, and TV appearances on such shows as “M*A*S*H” (CBS), “American History” (PBS), and “Keystone” (A&E). He has directed critically acclaimed productions all across the country, including Festival at New York City Center, Children of Eden at Musical Theatre West, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever at 42nd Street Moon in San Francisco, and Mary Poppins at the Walnut Street Theatre. Other favorite directing credits include multiple productions of Tintypes (winning Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award), the U.S. premiere of Betty Blue Eyes, and the MTW premieres of HONK!, The Little Mermaid, Catch Me If You Can, and Big Fish. He has also enjoyed a series of directorial and teaching collaborations at Wichita State University. 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 and the MTWichita staff look forward to planning an amazing 2017 summer lineup, during which Wayne will celebrate his 30th season with this marvelous organization.  

BRIAN J. MARCUM

BRIAN J. MARCUM (Choreographer) is honored to back at MTWichita this season after last year’s Hello, Dolly!. As a director and choreographer, Brian’s work has been seen all over the country. On Broadway, Brian was the Associate Choreographer of the holiday hit, ELF – The Musical. He has also directed and/or choreographed for The North Carolina Theatre (The Little Mermaid), Alpine Theatre Project (She Loves Me, Little Shop of Horrors, A Grand Night for Singing), Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma (Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma!, The Little Mermaid) and Summer Repertory Theatre (A Chorus Line, Shrek, Pirates of Penzance) among others. As a performer Brian was in six Broadway shows, The Gershwins’ Fascinating Rhythm, Saturday Night Fever, the TONY award winning revival of 42nd StreetThe Boy from Oz starring Hugh Jackman, Spamalot and The Drowsy Chaperone. He has toured nationally with Annie Get Your Gun and State Fair and internationally with The Who’s Tommy. Brian has been on the faculty of Oklahoma City University, Belmont University and Vanderbilt University. This fall Brian will move to Syracuse University to join the drama department. 

THOMAS W. DOUGLAS
THOMAS W. DOUGLAS

THOMAS W. DOUGLAS (Musical Director / Conductor) is back for his 17th season in Wichita! He has performed more than 200 opera, oratorio, orchestral, and musical theater productions nationally and internationally. Highlights include conducting Webber’s Phantom of the Opera in Basel, Switzerland, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with the Anchorage Operaand directing Ain’t Misbehavin’ in Malaysia. Thomas is currently the Music Director for the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra, and the Artistic Director of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, which is regularly receiving accolades for innovative, creative, and dramatically provocative productions. His MTWichita history includes ShowBoat with Kelli O’Hara, Ragtime, Smokey Joe’s Café, 9 to 5, Ragtime with Darcie Roberts, Hairspray, The Full Monty, Miss Saigon, Beauty and the Beast, and Les Misérables, among many others. Thomas is the founder and Artistic Director of the Neighborhood Opera Company, which recently produced Mozart's Don Giovanni with an African American cast. With the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, he has conducted jazz legend Nathan Davis’ opera Just Above My HeadCarmen Jones, and Porgy and Bess. Thomas has been the recipient of the Mary Jane Teall Award and the Robert Frankle awards for his contribution to theatre in Wichita, KS and Pittsburgh, PA. Thomas has enjoyed the stage roles of Amonasro in Elton John's Aida, Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors. Serving as the Director of Opera Studies in the School of Music in addition to his position as Director of Choral Activities and Professor in the School of Drama, 2015-16 was Thomas’ 25th year on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University. 

J BRANSON
J BRANSON

J BRANSON (Scenic Designer) For more than twenty years, J Branson has been a Chicago-based designer. He is proud to have begun his theatrical career as an Apprentice at Music Theatre Wichita more than 30 years ago. J’s national tour credits include The Music Man, Beauty and the Beast, and Brigadoon. Recent and upcoming regional work includes Nunsense and The 39 Steps for Peninsula Players and A Christmas Story at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. Past regional work includes Smokey Joe’s Café, Jekyll and Hyde, Chess, The Wizard of Oz (for which J received an After Dark award), Children of Eden, Rags, Assassins, Guys and Dolls and The Pajama Game. J has an array of industrial design credits and has been honored with three National Addy Awards. J’s many designs at MTWichita have included the 2013 production of Mary Poppins (which J & Wayne Bryan repeated in Philadelphia in 2014!) as well as Hairspray, Legally Blonde, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, HONK!, Children of Eden, West Side Story, The Drowsy Chaperone, 1776, CurtainsSunset Boulevard and Disney’s The Little Mermaid. “Many thanks and much much love to the many wonderful people who have touched my life here at MTW. I wouldn’t be half the man I am without you guys!!”

DIXON REYNOLDS
DIXON REYNOLDS

DIXON REYNOLDS (Costume Deisgner) is thrilled to be back at Music Theatre Wichita after coordinating costumes for Aida, Billy Elliot, and Hello, Dolly! last season. His costume designs appeared onstage last summer, as well as in 2014 (Catch Me If You Can), and in 2013 (Betty Blue Eyes). He is an Associate Professor of Costume Design at State University of New York at Fredonia and a freelance designer. His designs are seen in a broad range of styles from Theatre, Dance, Opera, Film and his favorite: new and experimental theatrical works, including musicals! Dixon is the resident costume designer at the Kavinoky Theatre in Buffalo, NY. Some of his designs have been seen at The Irish Classical Theatre, ART Park, Summer Repertory Theatre, Buffalo United Artists, Shakespeare in Delaware Park, The Hartt School of Music, Triad Stage, and American Dance Festival. He has also worked in the Costume Departments at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Playmakers Repertory Company, Roanoke Festival Park, HBO Productions and CBS Productions.