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2014 Company:

(In alphabetical order) Click on a picture to read the bio. The bio will appear at the top of the right hand column.

Riley Bayer Riley Bayer
Music Man: Chorus
Jeannie Bernie Jeannie Beirne
Set Design
Lauren Bergman Lauren Bergman
Music Man: Chorus
Mother Divine: Miss Holyword Hallelujah
Jagger Bowers Jagger Bowers
Music Man: Jacey Squires
Anna Bracciano Anna Bracciano
Music Man: Amaryllis
Antonio Daniels-Braziel Antonio Daniels-Braziel
Music Man: Chorus
Anna Brockman Anna Brockman
Music Man: Alma Hix
Erik Burns-Sprung Erik Burns-Sprung
Music Man: Mayor Shinn
Erick Carter Erick Carter
Mother Divine: Brother Upward Universe
Alyssa Cavazos Alyssa Cavazos
Music Man: Chorus
Candace Culcleasure Candace Culcleasure
Mother DIvine: Miss Handsome Is As Handsome Does
Danielle Davila Daniel Davila
Music Man: Zaneeta Shinn, Dance Captain
Randy Davix Randy Davis*
Choreographer; Mother Divine: Father Divine
Thomas Delgado Thomas Delgado
Mother Divine: Prodigal Son
Amanda Estep Amanda Estep
Assistant Choreographer
Mother Divine: Sister Buncha Love
Ian Fast Ian Fast
Music Man: Olin Britt
Ashlyn Ford Ashlyn Ford
Music Man: Children's Chorus
Ali Fowler Ali Fowler
Music Man: Chorus
Carson Gaddie Carson Gaddie
Music Man: Children's Chorus
Megan Gill Megan Gill
Music Man: Maud Dunlop; Mother Divine: Mother in the Second Body
Caleb Hazelwood Caleb Hazelwood
Music Man: Ewart Dunlop
Dallas Henry Dallas Henry*
Music Man: Harold Hill
Merlynne Hughes Merlynne Huges
Mother Divine: Miss Holyword Hallelujah
Mert Hughes Mert Hughes
Mother Divine: Mr.
Wisdom Smiling
Raymond Johnson Raymond Johnson
Music Man: Marcellus Washburn
Justin Joseph Justin Joseph

Carpenter
Katie  Kalahurka Katie Kalahurka*
Mother Divine: Miss Glo Ray
Danny Kellogg Danny Kelllogg
Music Man: Constable Locke
Joseph Kellogg Joseph Kellogg
Music Man: Tommy Djilas
Shea Ketchum Shea Ketchum
Master Carpenter
Matthew King Matthew King
Mother Divine: Arnold
Paul Kunz Paul Kunz
Music Man: Charlie Cowell
Nerissa Lee Nerissa Lee
Music Man: Chorus
Daniel Love Daniel Love
Music Man: Children's Chorus
Jessica Love Jessica Love
Music Man: Mrs. Squires
Alanna Lovely Alanna Lovely
Music Man: Ethel Toffelmier; Mother Divine: Emma
Sky Lux Sky Lux
Sound Design
Gordon Mapley Dr. Gordon Mapley
Executive Producer
Riley McKune Riley McKune
Music Man: Chilren's Chorus
Hailey Meyer Hailey Meyer
Music Man: Children's Chorus
Leah Swank-Miller Leah Swank-Miller
Music Man: Eulalie Shinn
Jacob Mills Jacob Mills
Music Man: Oliver Hix
Mother Divine: Brother Brotherly Love
Mary Kate Moore Mary Kate Moore
Mother Divine: Miss Bountiful Plenty
Amanda Nabors Amanda Nabors
Music Man: Children's Chorus
Betti O Betti O.
Mother Divine: Mother Divine
Mark Pennington Mark Pennington
Music Man: Musical Director
Melissa Perry Melissa Perry
Music Man: Marian Paroo
Morgan Quillin Morgan Quillin
Music Man: Gracie Shinn
Tee Quillin Tee Quillin*+
Music Man: Director
Judy Simmons Judy Simmons*
Music Man: Mrs. Paroo
Sebastian Smith Sebastian Smith
Music Man: Chorus
Natalie Stover Natalie Stover
Music Man: Children's Chorus
Derek Thompson Derek Thomposon
Music Man: Chorus
Mother Divine: Lester/ Instantly Religious Son
Colin Welford Colin Welford
Mother Divine: Musical Director and Musical Arrangements
Bob Willenbrink Dr. Bob Willenbrink
Producing Director
Mother Divine: Director

Creative Team

Stage Manager - Jennifer Lynn Anderson*
Music Man Director - Tee Quillin
Scenic Designer/Paint Charge - Jeannie Beirne Brennan
Mother Divine/Music Man Choreographer - Randy Davis*
Mother Divine Musical Director and Musical Arrangements - Colin Welford
Technical Director - Michael Scroggs
Master Carpenter - Shea Ketchum
Master Electrician - Candice Cogburn
Audio Designer and Engineer - Sky Lux
Lighting Designer - Jeff Stover
Music Man Music Director - Mark Pennington
Costumer Designer - Kelly Vogel
Assistant Stage Manager - Kaitlin Kitzmiller
Mother Divine Keyboard 2/Assistant Accompanist - Donovan Jones
Producing Director - Dr. Bob Willenbrink
Mother Divine Book and Lyrics- Dr. Laurel Vartabedian
Mother Divine Music - Bill Evans
Executive Producer - Dr. Gordon Mapley
Carpenter - Justin Joseph

 

*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers

+The Director is an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union.

Dallas Henry

The Music Man: Harold Hill

Dallas returns to Western Playhouse where he last appeared as Paul Bratter in Barefoot in the Park and directed You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. Regional Acting Credits include: HMS Pinafore, Carousel, Lucky Stiff (Thunderbay Theatre); Marriage of Figaro, As You Like It, The Tempest, A Doll’s House, Merchant of Venice, Cymbeline, The Rover, Moliere, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Our Town, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Breaking the Code (Hilberry Repertory Theatre); The Music Man (Lincoln Amphitheatre); Daisy in the Dreamtime - World Premiere, Master Class (Fountain Theatre); Camelot, Teahouse of the August Moon (New Theatre); Red Badge of Courage - World Premiere (Great Plains Theatre Festival); Singin in the Rain, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, London Suite (H&A Dinner Theatre); Training: University of Saint Mary, Wayne State University. Awards: LA Ovation Award, Maddy Award, Backstage West Award and Detroit Free Press Award. Film and TV: “Passions,” “Numbers,” “That’s So Raven.” Proud member of AEA and SAG. www.dallashenry.com. Dallas and his beautiful wife are expecting a baby boy this October!

Judy Simmons

The Music Man: Mrs. Paroo

Judy recently moved back to Kansas City from Washington, DC, where she performed at the Kennedy Center, Shakespeare, Fords, Studio, Signature, Smithsonian, and Everyman theatres, and enjoyed a long career in theatre, cabaret, and teaching. She is thrilled to be making her debut at Western Playhouse. Upcoming shows include Sister Margaretta in The Sound of Music at Starlight Theatre and Vivian in Church Basement Ladies at Chestnut Hill (May 2015). Judy was last seen as Mrs. Rose in Hello Dolly at MTH. She teaches at The Coterie.

Melissa Perry

The Music Man: Marian Paroo

Melissa is a recent graduate of the B.F.A. Musical Theatre program at Oakland University. Previous credits include Legally Blonde (Elle Woods), Carrie: The Musical (Sue Snell), Into The Woods (Cinderella), and A Funny Thing…Forum (Philia). Love to friends, family and Michael. www.melissaperry.com 

Raymond Johnson

The Music Man: Marcellus Washburn

Les Misérables (Jean Valjean), Sweeney Todd (Sweeney), The Drowsy Chaperone (Robert), CATS (Old Deuteronomy), Fiddler on the Roof (Tevyeh), Oliver! (Bill Sykes), Willy Wonka (Willy), Phantom (The Phantom). Training: Hartt School of Music, Missouri Western State University. Proud member of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

Erik Burns-Sprung

The Music Man: Mayor Shinn

Erik is about to enter his fourth year studying theatre at Missouri Western, and he has a lot to show for his first three years. He has been involved with almost every show since he arrived. Most recently he played Max Bialystock in The Producers, Freddy in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, and Mr. Feldzieg in The Drowsy Chaperone. Erik is ecstatic to be back with Western Playhouse for The Music Man and looks forward to working with such a talented cast and crew.

Paul Kunz

The Music Man: Charlie Cowell

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Adam), Forever Plaid (Smudge), Hello Dolly (Cornelius) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Rueben) are some favorite roles over the years. Performed and worked in marketing, event planning, and public relations in North America and Europe for Up With People for 10 years. Currently teaches mathematics at Central High School in St. Joseph. Delighted to participate for the first time in The Music Man and with Western Playhouse.

Danny Kellogg

The Music Man: Constable Locke

Danny has been performing on stage for over 40 years. Favorite roles include Lumière in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, and most recently Underling in The Drowsy Chaperone. By day he is husband to Jennifer, a father of four (Xan, Joseph, Jomel and Annaka) and a Circuit Judge. He is delighted to be sharing the stage with his oldest son Joseph, and thanks Tee, Mark and his family for allowing him this opportunity.

Danielle Davilla

The Music Man: Zaneeta Shinn, Dance Captain

Danielle Davila is so thrilled to be a part of Western Playhouse this summer. Credits include A Chorus Line (Bebe), Music Man, Spamalot, and Seussical the Musical with Timberlake Playhouse; Legally Blonde, Spring Awakening (Martha), Cinderella, and Sweet Smell of Success on the Millikin Main Stage. She holds a B.F.A. from Millikin University. Danielle would like to thank God and her family for their continuous support!

Joseph Kellogg

The Music Man: Tommy Djilas

Joseph has been performing since second grade. Some of his favorite roles include Chip in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Charlie Bucket in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and most recently Paul in Kiss Me Kate. He would like to thank Tee for this opportunity, Mr. Pennington for his continued guidance and support, and his family for being his biggest fans!

Carson Gaddie

The Music Man: Winthrop Paroo

Carson is a soon-to-be seventh grader at Bode Middle School in St. Joseph. This is his third performance at Missouri Western, having previously performed in J.B. and Sweeney Todd. Most recently, he undertook the role of Gavroche in Les Misérables at the Missouri Theater. Carson was also been a member of the St. Joseph School District Honor Choir, and is a sports fan.

Leah Swank Miller

The Music Man: Eulalie Shinn

Leah is thrilled to be returning to Western Playhouse after performing in I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change for the inaugural season. Leah is a Kansas City based actress appearing next in Oliver at Musical Theatre Heritage. Credits: the regional premier of Urinetown, Taffetas, A Little Night Music (New York), Sunday in the Park with George, Pippin and A New Brain. Thanks to her babies Jonah and Brilee and hubby Brian for being so patient.

Anna Bracciano

The Music Man: Amaryllis

Anna Bracciano is so happy to be performing for the third time on the Missouri Western stage (previously as Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol and Duffy in Annie). She simply loves being Amaryllis and especially spending time with all her River City friends. It will be sad to see the time together end. Anna wants to thank her family for being her biggest fans.

Morgan Quillin

The Music Man: Gracie Shinn

This is Morgan’s first professional production, but Morgan is no stranger to the stage. She has been in the Ensemble of Phantom, Aladdin Jr. and Sweeney Todd and has also appeared on stage in Hansel and Gretel, American Story, The Music Man as Marian Paroo and J.B. as Mary. Morgan would like to thank her family and friends for all their support, especially her mom and dad and brother, Ian.

Anna Brockman

The Music Man: Alma Hix

Anna couldn’t be more excited to be returning for her second season at Western Playhouse! She recently finished her freshman year at Millikin University where she is pursuing a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. Favorite credits include: Miss Saigon (Kim Understudy/Ensemble) at Western Playhouse; Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie) and Les Misérables (Eponine) at Central High School in St. Joseph; and South Pacific, High School Musical, HONK!, The Sound of Music, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and RENT at Robidoux Resident Theatre. Anna thanks her family and friends for their unconditional love and support.

Megan Gill

Music Man: Maud Dunlop

Mother Divine: Mother in the Second Body

After graduating Wichita State University this past May with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre, Megan is delighted to be spending her summer with Western Playhouse! At Wichita State, she was seen in numerous plays, musicals and the Kansas Dance Festival. She has spent her past two summers as a company member at Prairie Repertory Theatre in Brookings, SD. There, she performed in Leading Ladies, State Fair, Steel Magnolias and Church Basement Ladies: A Second Helping. Megan can’t wait to begin the journey of her performance career with Western Playhouse and is looking forward to where that may take her next.

Alanna Lovely

Music Man: Ethel Toffelmier

Mother Divine: Emma

Alanna is delighted to make her debut at Western Playhouse in The Music Man. Her favorite characters played include: St. Monica in the Last Days of Judas Iscariot and Anita in West Side Story. A senior at Columbia College Chicago, Alanna is pursuing a degree in theater with a concentration in comedic writing and performance. In the next year Alanna plans to finish up her education at Columbia with a semester at Second City Chicago. She is also extremely excited to perform in Mother Divine at Western Playhouse this July. Alanna would like to thank Western Playhouse for the opportunity and she would especially like to thank her family and friends for putting up with her jokes and being so supportive.

Jacob Mills

Music Man: Oliver Hix

Mother Divine: Brother Brotherly Love

Jacob Mills has been a student at Missouri Western for the past three years seeking a B.A. in Music (performing emphasis).  He has performed in several shows at Missouri Western and throughout the community during that time. However, this is Mr. Mills’ debut with Western Playhouse. Mills has enjoyed working with both new and old faces and is thankful for the opportunity to make new friends that he might not have met otherwise. He will also make an appearance in the choir of Mother Divine.

Jessica Love

The Music Man: Mrs. Squires

Jess Love is thrilled to be returning to her hometown this summer and joining the Western Playhouse family. She is currently pursuing a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre Performance at Southeast Missouri State University. Credits include: Grease (Rizzo), Legally Blonde the Musical (Brooke Wyndham), and Brighton Beach Memoirs (Nora).

Caleb Hazelwood

The Music Man: Ewart Dunlop

Caleb Hazelwood is thrilled to be making his Western Playhouse debut as Ewart Dunlop in The Music Man. His previous credits include Roger DeBris in Missouri Western’s The Producers, Princeton/Rod in RRT’s Avenue Q, and Jean Valjean in CHS’s Les Misérables. He currently attends Missouri Western, pursuing degrees in biology and philosophy.

Jagger Bowers

The Music Man: Jacey Squires

Enjolras in Les Misérables, Cinderella’s Prince in Into the Woods, Ellard Simms in The Foreigner (Central Theatre); Victor in Cabaret, Henry in South Pacific (Robidoux Resident Theatre); Man in Just So Stories (Missouri State University) Training: Missouri State University - B.F.A. Acting (2016)

Ian Fast

The Music Man: Olin Britt

Ian Fast is a senior at Missouri Western who will be graduating in December with his Bachelor of Art in Music. Some of his past roles at Missouri Western include Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd and Sarastro in The Magic Flute. He also played Enjolras in Les Misérables with the Robidoux Resident Theatre. This is Ian’s first showing with Western Playhouse in hopes to participate more as he pursues a theatre degree at Missouri Western.

Sebastian Smith

The Music Man: Chorus

Film: Unfortunate (PDA). Theme Park: Cleaver High Homecoming, Stay Tuned, Meat Cleaver High, Witch Doctors Revenge, Grave Diggers Used Coffins (Worlds of Fun). University: The Producers, Drowsy Chaperone, A Christmas Carol, Arsenic and Old Lace, Annie, Private Lives, Sweeney Todd (Missouri Western). High School: Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz (Platte County High School). Training: Improv Comedy City. Education: B.S. Theatre and Video (Missouri Western).

Riley Bayer

The Music Man: Chorus

Riley Bayer is making his equity debut here at Western Playhouse and is really excited. Riley is currently a senior at Missouri Western majoring in theatre and cinema with a concentration in performance and directing/producing. He has performed in such shows as, God of Carnage (Michael), The Producers (Franz Leibkind), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Peter Quince), The Drowsy Chaperone (Super/Ensemble), Romeo and Juliet (Balthasar), Annie (Bundles/Ensemble) and Arsenic and Old Lace (Officer Klein).

Antonio Daniels-Braziel

The Music Man: Chorus

Antonio is entering his second year at Missouri Western. He acted in a few shows in high school, but while at Missouri Western he was a fairy in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and in the chorus of The Producers. He is incredibly excited to be involved with Western Playhouse and to be performing alongside his talented cast mates.

Derek Thompson

The Music Man: Chorus

Mother Divine: Lester/Instantly Religious Son

2X5: Kander and Ebb Musical Review (Scott), Shrek: The Musical (Donkey), Les Misérables (Bishop/Student), The Drowsy Chaperone (George), The Little Mermaid (Scuttle). Sweeney Todd (Ensemble), RENT (Ensemble). Training: Bachelor of Arts, Vocal Music/Performance emphasis, Missouri Western. Thanks to all of his friends and family for their love and support.

Ali Fowler

The Music Man: Chours

Ali Fowler is excited to be involved in this production of The Music Man. She is a recent graduate of St. Joseph Christian High School. She would like to thank her amazing voice teacher, Adrienne Collins, for enabling her to use her talents in productions such as Godspell and Come Sail Away. She would also like to thank her friends in the WOLK worship team and MYC band for helping her grow as a musician. Ali would also like to thank her wonderful family for encouraging her to pursue music and for all they have done to help her achieve her goals. She plans to attend MidAmerica Nazarene University in the fall. Matthew 11:28-30

Lauren Bergman

The Music Man: Chorus

Lauren is a junior at Missouri Western pursuing a B.A. in Music with an emphasis in vocal performance. This is Lauren’s third season with Western Playhouse after serving as violinist and concert master in the pit orchestras for the previous two years. A few stage credits include: Missouri Western: The Producers (Ulla), The Magic Flute (Papagena), Sweeney Todd (Quintet/Chorus), Annie (Bonnie Boylan/Usherette/Chorus). Roubidoux Resident Theatre: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Violet). Independent Theatre Group: The Musical Adventures of Oliver Twist (Miss Monks), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Alice), The Sound of Music (Brigetta), The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy). Film credits include The Slacker’s Guide (Anne) and Bite the Dog (Andrea).

Nerissa Lee

The Music Man: Chorus

Nerissa Lee is so happy to be at Western Playhouse for a second season! She has just finished her junior year at Missouri Western. Favorite credits include Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Suzanne) and A Midsummer’s Night Dream (Hermia) at Missouri Western; and Miss Saigon (ensemble) at Western Playhouse. Nerissa thanks her family and friends for their endless love and support. Philippians 4:13.

Alyssa Cavazos

The Music Man: Chrous

Alyssa is so excited and grateful to be a returning company member of Western Playhouse. Some of her roles include: Miss Saigon (Yvette), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), Title of Show (female understudy), Footloose (ensemble/dancer), Les Misérables (Ensemble), By the Bog of Cats (Caroline Cassidy). Laboratory roles: Spring Awakening (Wendla), In the Heights (Vanessa), John and Jen (Jen), Spitfire Grille (Percy), Carrie (Chris), and Death Takes a Holiday (Daisy). Training: B.F.A. from Abilene Christian University. Alyssa would like to thank her supportive parents for always believing in her. Jeremiah 29:11

Hailey Meyer

The Music Man: Children's Chorus

Hailey Meyer is delighted to be returning to the stage as part of the children’s chorus in The Music Man. She has previously performed in Annie (Missouri Western Theater); A Christmas Story (RRT); Willy Wonka Jr., Beauty and the Beast Jr., and Alice in Wonderland Jr. (CAP).  Hailey has been active in dance for seven years at The Dance Arts Center. She has also been a voice student of Cami Stark for two years. She would like to thank her family for supporting her in everything she does.

Amanda Nabors

The Music Man: Children's Chorus

Amanda is 11 years old and going into sixth grade. She lives on a farm with her parents, two older sisters and her little brother. Amanda’s favorite hobby is reading; she read 22,000 pages this year! Some other plays she has been in include: A Christmas Carol, J.B. and An American Story. Amanda hopes to do more soon.

Ashlyn Ford

The Music Man: Children's Chorus

Ashlyn Ford is thrilled to be a part of the children’s choir in the Western Playhouse production of The Music Man. Ashlyn made her theatre debut last fall as Little Cosette in the RRT production of Les Misérables. Ashlyn has been a voice and piano student of Adrienne Collins for three years, and would like to thank Adrienne for all the love, direction and guidance that helped her to develop her talent and love of theatre and music. Ashlyn will be a third grader at St. Joseph Christian School this fall.

Riley McKune

The Music Man: Children's Chorus

Riley is seven years old and is in the first grade at Eugene Field Elementary. Her first debut in theatre was playing Tam in Western Playhouse’s 2013 show Miss Saigon. She has also been in The Magic Flute and absolutely loves every second she gets to be on stage. She also enjoys being behind the scenes and watching how the scenery is built. She spends most of her free time coloring, dressing up, or just bouncing around the house singing songs.

Natalie Stover

The Music Man: Children's Chorus

To say that Natalie comes to the theatre naturally is a bit of an understatement. Both of her parents have been actively involved in theatre most of their lives. This is Natalie’s first production with Western Playhouse and she is loving it! You might remember her from her role as the Wolf in Missouri Western’s production of The Magic Flute. She would like to thank everyone for letting her be a part of the show. She is having a wonderful time.

Daniel Love

The Music Man: Children's Chorus

Daniel Love, 12, is excited to be back on stage. He made his debut as ‘Lobster No. 5’ in the Mizzoula production of Alice in Wonderland. Since then, he has been in the RRT Academy’s production of The Jungle Book and his school’s spring production of Hot Rod. While Daniel loves all things outdoors, he likes the chance to perform with his sister. When asked about what’s cool about this show, “It’s from another time, so it’s good to experience what it would be like and my sister is my mom.”

Dr. Gordon Mapley

Executive Producer

JDr. Gordon Mapley (Executive Producer of Western Playhouse) is the Dean and Executive Director of the Western Institute. Along with Tee Quillin and Dallas Henry, Gordon is a co-founder of Western Playhouse and has been the administrative champion for the Playhouse since its initial conception when Tee, Dallas and Gordon envisioned Western Playhouse over a taco lunch. Gordon retired as a senior university administrator in Ohio before beginning a new career at Missouri Western. Gordon is on the board for the Allied Arts Council and the Missouri Western Arts Society. In Ohio, his contribution to the arts included oversight of the vision, design and construction of the Beecher Center for Art and Technology. During productions, you will see Gordon scooping ice cream at intermission, icing down drinks, or whatever is necessary to support Western Playhouse and enhance the experience of those who attend Playhouse productions.

Dr. Bob Willenbrink

Producing Director

Mother Divine: Director

JDr. Bob Willenbrink (Producing Director and Founding Dean of the School of Fine Arts) - Ph.D., Bowling Green (Ohio) State University. He began his career at Hazard (Kentucky) Community where he founded the Hazard Summer Playhouse. For years he served as Chair and Director of Theatre at the University of Central Arkansas. While there he created the Youth Theatre of Central Arkansas, was the national director of the ARC Performing Arts Institute for disabled artists, and founded ACTS, a theatre performance troupe for disabled performers. He has directed over 80 productions of various styles at numerous venues. He has served as chair of Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region VI, the Kentucky Humanities Council board, a director and first vice-president of the Jenny Wiley Theatre and as the director for the Kincaid Regional Theatre. Most recently he was the Department Head and Producer/Director for Missouri State’s Tent Theatre. He received the Kennedy Center Bronze Medallion for Service and the Distinguished Creative Production Award at Morehead State University.  

Tee Quillin*+

The Music Man: Director

Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Western Playhouse (2012-13); Assistant Professor of Theatre & Cinema, Missouri Western. Directing/Acting: Miss Saigon; You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; Barefoot in the Park; I Love You, You’re Perfect Now Change (Western Playhouse), Julius Caesar; The Two Gentlemen of Verona; The Tempest (Utah Shakespearean Festival), Company (WaterTower Theatre), South Pacific (Dallas Theater Center), Hamlet; Twelfth Night (naked Stages), Phantom; Romeo & Juliet; Arsenic & Old Lace; J.B.; Sweeney Todd, The Drowsy Chaperone; Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Missouri Western Theatre). Commercials: 7-eleven, TN lottery, CMT. Training: Southern Methodist University (M.F.A.); University of Alabama (B.A.)

Randy Davis*

Choreographer

Mother Divine: Father Divine

Choreography: Mother Divine (NYMF, Western Playhouse); Ain’t Misbehavin, That All Night Strut (Millbrook Playhouse); A Stompin in Harlem (TBA); New York Strip (Broadway Bares); Take Back Your Mink (Broadway Cares); Merchant of Venice (Tokyo, Japan); Dance West (Resident Choreographer - Portland, OR). Broadway: All Shook Up (Dance Captain), Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby (Noodler); Guys and Dolls (Featured/Assistant Dance Captain). Off Broadway: Harlem Song (Featured/Dance Captain, Apollo Theatre). National/International: Whistle Down the Wind, All Shook Up, Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby, Cats (IV National Tour, Mistoffeles), Merchant of Venice (Japan), Synchronicity (Japan), Body & Soul (Germany).

Mark Pennington

The Music Man: Musical Director

Mark Pennington returned to St. Joseph after 20 years as an entertainer (13 years in New York City) to work as an educator in vocal music and theatre in public education and worship at Wyatt Park Christian. He studied theatre, music, and dance at Kansas State and did graduate work in education at Northwest Missouri State University. He has performed locally, nationally, and abroad working with legendary artists Carol Channing, Eddy Arnold, and Susan Stroman. Before leaving New York City, he composed and wrote lyrics for a one act musical, Adios, Tropicana, which was performed at the Public Theatre as part of the Latino Festival. He was awarded the 1999 Mayor’s Award for the Arts as Individual Artist. This is his third year with Western Playhouse.

Jeannie Beirne

Set Design

Jeannie has an M.F.A. in performance design from Arizona State University and a bachelor’s degree in scenic design from Western Washington University. Previous scenic design credits include Fighting Over Beverly with Harlequin Productions in Olympia Washington, Damn Yankees at Missouri State University’s Tent Theatre, Suocera at the Theatre Artists Studio in Phoenix Arizona, and Big Love at Arizona State University.

Shea Ketchum

Master Carpenter

Shea is a recent graduate of Avila University having earned a B.F.A. in Tech and Design, Acting, and Directing and Producing. Shea is very grateful to have been given this opportunity at Western Playhouse to grow as a carpenter. Recent credits include scenic designer for Young Frankenstein and master carpenter for A Doll’s House. Shea is also a performer with credits on stage, film, and radio. Thank you to Micheal Scroggs for all the educational moments and answering endless questions. Thank you to her friends and family for their support. Special thank you to J for being wonderful and constantly a positive force to keep going forward.

Justin Joseph

Carpenter

Justin Joseph (carpenter) began working in theatrical performances as early as grade school where he acted in a few roles. He then went on to work as an assistant stage manager and crew chief at Central High School under the direction of Ryan VanDyke. Justin then attended Missouri Western where he stage-managed a number of shows to include Romeo and Juliet, Little Shop of Horrors, J.B., Private Lives, and The Drowsy Chaperone. He assistant stage-managed Christmas Carol and Sweeney Todd as well as being the deck manager for The Producers. Justin has graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Theatre and Cinema and Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from Missouri Western. This is Justin’s first year working with Western Playhouse and after this season he will go on to work as an intern at the Palm Canyon Playhouse in Palm Springs California.

Sky Lux

Sound Design

Sky Blue Lux is a third year music technology major at Missouri Western, where he studies performance in saxophone, percussion, and voice. Sky intends to spend his life gigging in his own groups, and those for hire—along side a compositional drive for creating commercial technology music. Sky is currently employed as a sound engineer at Missouri Western, where he has ran multiple performances and shows.

Amanda Estep

Assistant Choreographer

Mother Divine: Sister Buncha Love

Amanda has danced for over thirteen years and is captain of the Missouri Western Mystics Dance Team for the second year in a row. Throughout high school, she performed in numerous productions including Oklahoma!, Honk!, and Rags to Riches and joined the Missouri Western theater department for The Producers. Amanda is in the ensemble of Mother Divine and serving as the assistant choreographer for that show. She is very thankful for the opportunity to work with Western Playhouse and can’t wait to see what the future holds.

Colin Welford

Mother Divine: Musical Arrangements and Musical Director

Colin Welford (Music Director & Musical Arrangements) studied at Oxford University, The Royal College of Music, University of Miami and Columbia College, in conducting and film composition. Music Supervisor: The Lion King (13 companies worldwide), The Who’s Tommy (Europe and UK). Music Director: Wicked, Billy Elliot, English National Ballet. Colin has orchestrated for New York and Boston Pops orchestras, and appears on a wide variety of recordings ranging from conducting Mahler and Stravinsky with the BBC Symphony to pop and big-band albums, TV and film soundtracks. Colin has just arrived from conducting Billy Elliot at the MUNY in St. Louis, and from staging his original musical “Strings Attached” at the American Folklore Theatre, WI.

Betti O.

Mother Divine: Mother Divine

Thanks to Linda Starky; Sweet Papa a.k.a. Wayne Bryan; Richard Sr. Richard Jr. in loving memory Raina Marie; my STL family; Doug and Charlene Anspaugh, owners of Pro Fitness in Manhattan, Ks.; the entire staff of Missouri Western; Colin Welford; and Laurel Vartabedian for hiring me. And the best cast of Mother Divine ever!

Candace Culcleasure

Mother Divine: Miss Handsome Is As Handsome Does

Candace is excited to work with Western Playhouse this year! Recent performances include Show Boat (Asolo Rep),Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Asolo Rep), Harry and Lena (Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe), and Big River (Grandstreet Theatre). A graduate of the Florida State University School of Music, Candace previously worked as a backup singer in New York City and was a part of the Off-Broadway show, Sleep No More. Thank you Mother Divine cast and crew, family and friends. God is good!  www.culcleasure.com

Katie Kalahurka*

Mother Divine: Miss Glo Ray

Theatre: Pippin, A Christmas Carol, Into the Woods, A Flea in Her Ear, A Christmas Story The Musical (Kansas City Rep); 25th Putnam Co. Spelling Bee (New Theatre Restaurant); Kiss Me Kate (Musical Theatre Heritage); Nickel and Dimed (Unicorn Theatre); Glorious! (American Heartland Theatre); America Now and Here (Leedy Voulkus Gallery); A Man of No Importance (Metropolitan Ensemble); Reefer Madness, The Rocky Horror Show (Egads Theatre); Gypsy, Oklahoma (Prather Entertainment Tour); Nunsense (Broadway Palm West); The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Jackson Hole Playhouse); Smoke on the Mountain (Theatre at Lime Kiln); Lucky Stiff (Kirkpatrick Lab Theatre); As You Like It (McPherson Theatre). Commercials: Mediacom, Brown Mackie, Price Chopper, Oklahoma Tobacco PSA. Training: B.F.A. Music Theatre (Illinois Wesleyan University).

Mary Kate Moore

Mother Divine: Miss Bountiful Plenty

Mary Kate is thrilled to be joining the cast of Mother Divine and the company of the Western Playhouse! Most recently she was seen as Woman 1 in I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Lander’s Theatre). Other favorite roles include Johanna in Sweeney Todd (Missouri State University), Kate in Oklahoma! (Tent Theatre) Sharpay in High School Musical (Bigfork Summer Playhouse, Bigfork, MT) Elsa Schrader in The Sound of Music (BSP), Kathy in 9 to 5 (BSP), and Enid Hoopes in Legally Blonde (BSP). Mary Kate is a very recent graduate of Missouri State University, receiving her BFA in Musical Theatre. She is so very thankful for the opportunity to perform in this awesome show, and to her parents for their unending support and love!

Erick Carter

Mother Divine: Brother Upward Universe

Erick is a recent arrival to NYC but has been seen around town as Sammy Davis, Jr. (The Ratpack Undead), in regional theatre as James “Thunder” Early (Dreamgirls) and in a variety of regional roles (Hairspray, Rent, Peter Pan). Erick is thrilled to be performing in Mother Divine and its incredibly talented cast, and would like to thank his family and friends for their love and continuous support.

Matthew King

Mother Divine: Arnold

Matthew King is thrilled to have the opportunity to perform with Western Playhouse. Matthew is a Kansas City native. Selected Regional Credits include: EGADS! Theatre (GODSPELL), Spinning Tree Theatre (AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'), Coterie Theatre (Once Upon a Mattress), The Living Room, (DEATH OF CUPID). BFA Musical Theatre, Roosevelt Conservatory Chicago. Upcoming: Spinning Tree Theatre (VIOLET).

Thomas Delgado

Mother Divine: Prodigal Son

The Producers (Carmen Ghia), Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Picasso), The Drowsy Chaperone (Aldolpho), The Magic Flute (Papageno), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Francis Flute/Thisbe), Miss Saigon (Ensemble), Spring Awakening (Melchior), Next to Normal (Henry), Legally Blonde (Margot), Training: B.A. in Theatre Performance/Missouri Western State University. Follow Thomas on Twitter @thomasmdelgado.

Merlynne Hughes

Mother Divine: Miss Lovely Best

Merlynne Hughes is a native of St. Joseph, Mo. She is a mother of two wonderful children; Malik and Marlon. At the age of 17 she traveled with an international group called "Up with People." Merlynne has played in several different show at the local community theatre.  Some of the productions she has been apart of our; Mame, Seussical the Musical, Little Shop of Horrors, To Kill a Mockingbird, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Chicago and Drowsy Chaperone.

Mert Hughes

Mother Divine: Mr. Wisdom Smiling

Missouri Western State University 1972 - 1976; Retired Missouri Air National Guard.  Plays: Christmas in the Jungle, Don't Quit, and Reporting For Duty. Attends Saint Francis Baptist Temple Church and choir member. Married: 38 years to Barbara Hughes. 4 children: 3 daughters and a son.

Kristina Buchanan

Mother Divine: Miss Holyword Hallelujah

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Western Playhouse is a summer theatre company that utilizes equity actors. MORE INFO