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2015 Company:

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

Jessica AgnewJessica Agnew
Cinderella's Mother /
Giant / Sleeping B
Amber Anaya Amber Anaya
Erik Angerhofer Erik Angerhofer
Musical Director of Into the Woods / El Gallo
Clayton Avery Clayton Avery
Steward / Henry
Devon Barnes Devon Barnes
Megan Barrett Megan Barrett*
Stage Manager
Trevor Belt Trevor Belt*
Director - The Fanstasticks
Jeannie Beirne Jeannie Beirne
Scenic Designer / Paint Charge
Susan Carter Susan Carter
Adrienne Collins Adrienne Collins
Thomas Delgado Thomas Delgado
Cinderella's Prince
Amanda Estep Amanda Estep
Granny / Wolf #2 / Snow White
Joe Fry Joseph Fry
Assistant Technical Director
Celia Gannon Celia Gannon*
Jack's Mother
Sarah Gibler Sarah Gibler
Props Manager
Micahel Hadley Michael Hadley
Wardrobe Supervisor
Carly Hayes Carly Hayes
Caleb HazelwoodCaleb Hazelwood
Rapunzel's Prince / Matt
Millie HellerMillie Heller
Little Piggy
Tyler Herald Tyler Herald
Sonrisa Johnston Sonrisa Johnston
Wardrobe Supervisor / Makeup
Jeff Jones Jeffery Jones
Master Electrician
Danny Kellogg Danny Kellogg
Cinderella's Father
Xan Kellogg Xan Kellogg
Tarquin Kellough Tarquin Kellough
Audio Engineer
Dana Kinney Dana Kinney
The Baker's Wife / Assistant Musical Director
TJ Lancaster TJ Lancaster*
Jee Hye Lee Jee Hye Lee
Nerissa LeeNerissa Lee
Gordon Mapley Dr. Gordon Mapley
Executive Producer
Jacob  Mills Jacob Mills
Huy NguyenHuy Nguyen
Tim Noland Tim Noland*
Narrator / Mysterious Man
Chris Rayle Chris Rayle
Audio Engineer
Ken Remmert Ken Remmert*
Samaha Maram Maram Samaha
Assistant Stage Director
Michael Scroggs Michael Scroggs
Technical Director
Abby Sexton Abby Sexton
Little Red Riding Hood
Sebastian Smith Sebastian Smith
The Baker
Andrea Southard Andrea Southard
Costume Designer
Olivia Stoll Olivia Stoll
Little Piggy
Jeff Stover Jeff Stover
Lighting Designer
Erica Sword Erica Sword
Costume Designer
Kyra Weinberger Kyra Weinberger
Rapunzel / Dance Captain
Mike Welsh Mike Welsh
Bob Willenbrink Dr. Bob Willenbrink
Producing Director / Director of Into the Woods
Delaney Worley Delaney Worley
Little Piggy

Not Pictured:

Arwen Thomas - Stitcher
Kelsei Peppars - Violin
Yeseul Hwang - Cello
Michelle Price - Percussion
Cyrus Wallis - Flute and Piccolo
Sydney Given - Trumpet
Natalie Higgins - Horns

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

Jessica Agnew

Into the Woods: Cinderella's Mother/Giant/Sleeping Beauty

Jessica is excited to be returning to the Western Playhouse stage. She was part of the inaugural year, performing in Barefoot in the Park (Corie Bratter) and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. Other selected performance credits include: Shrek the Musical (Fiona), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Marcy Park), Our Town (Emily), Honk! The Musical (Ida). When she is not performing, Jessica is the Production Associate/Box Office Manager for Western Playhouse, Administrative Assistant for the Theatre, Cinema and Dance Department at Missouri Western State University, and a Robidoux Resident Theatre performer and director. She thanks God for her passion of theatre and her family’s continuous support.

Amber Anaya

The Fantasticks: Mute

Bio coming soon.

Erik Angerhofer

Into the Woods: Musical Director
The Fantasticks: El Gallo

American baritone Thomas Erik Angerhofer has been praised by audiences and critics throughout Europe and North America for over two decades. “A powerful and sweet baritone,” his versatility as a singing actor spans all major genres and periods, from the operas of Handel and Heggie, to the music of Mozart and Mahler. Recent operatic appearances include Marcello in La Boheme, Giorgio Germont in La Traviata, and Joseph de Rocher in Dead Man Walking. Concert appearances include Orff’s Carmina Burana, Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9, Mozart’s Requiem, and Bach’s St. John Passion. Favorite musical theater roles include Skly Masterson in Guys and Dolls, Cinderella’s Prince/Wolf in Into the Woods, and Emile DeBecque in South Pacific. His international performance career has brought him as far as Beirut, Lebanon, as well as the major cities in Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, The Netherlands, and England. Erik graduated magna cum laude from SUNY Fredonia, where he studied voice performance and music education. He moved from New York to Colorado in 2003 to begin graduate studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he received an M.M. in Voice Performance and a D.M.A. in Voice Performance and Pedagogy (ABD) with a secondary emphasis in Opera Stage Direction. While in Colorado, Erik enjoyed performing with major Front Range organizations such as Opera Colorado, Central City Opera, Opera Fort Collins, Opera Theater of the Rockies, Loveland Opera Theater, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Boulder Philharmonic, Greeley Philharmonic, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Longmont Symphony, the Boulder Bach Festival, the Colorado Mahler Festival, and many more. Erik was a member of the voice faculty at the Metropolitan State University of Denver from 2006 to 2014, the University of Colorado at Denver from 2011 to 2014, and Parlando School for the Arts from 2011 to 2014.

Clayton Avery

Into the Woods: Steward
The Fantasticks: Henry

Clayton is overjoyed to be making his Western Playhouse debut this summer! Favorite credits include Big River (Duke), The Wizard of Oz (Zeke/Lion), Shrek (Farquaad), Monty Python’s Spamalot (Historian/Not Dead Fred/Herbert/etc.), The Full Monty (Malcolm), and The Drowsy Chaperone (Aldolpho). A native of Springfield, MO and a recent Drury University graduate, Clayton is an acting and vocal instructor at Springfield Little Theatre. Thanks to friends and family for humor and support!

Devon Barnes

Into the Woods: Witch

Devon is excited to be making her debut with Western Playhouse in this fantastic production. Some of her Kansas city credits include A Little Night Music, Pride’s Crossing, The Miser, Pride and Prejudice and the world premier of Red Death. She has been the featured soloist with numerous St. Louis Symphonies, Big Bands and Opera Theater of St. Louis. So much gratitude goes to this incredible cast and crew who have made this a once in a lifetime experience. Special thank you to her loving partner Coleman and perfect pekingese Stewie who always manage to make every day brighter.

Megan Barrett*

Stage Manager

Megan is currently an Austin, TX based Stage Manager, and is thrilled to be working at Western Playhouse. Select credits include: In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play, The Who’s TOMMY, A Year with Frog and Toad, The Three Little Pigs, All the Way, Gospel at Colonus, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (ZACH Theatre); The Invention of Love (Austin Shakespeare); Blood Brothers, The Merry Wives of Windsor (Texas Shakespeare Festival); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Annie, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, The Legend of Jenny Wiley (Jenny Wiley Theatre). Megan holds an M.F.A. in Stage Management from the California Institute of the Arts, and a B.S. in Theatre from Lamar University. Megan is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

*Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), founded in 1913, represents more than 48,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence.

Trevor Belt*

The Fantasticks: Director

Trevor Belt (Director/Musical Staging, The Fantasticks) is a director, actor, producer and arts educator based out of the Kansas City Area. Local directing credits include: Mary Stuart, Shakespeare’s R&J (Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre), Down the Road (The Buffalo Room), Dirtlegs (KC Fringe), Proof, Duck Hunter Shoots Angel, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged (State Fair Community College), Our Town (Benedictine College), The Normal Heart, Tempest, Buck Hoss: A Blue Grass Tragedy, Dying City, The Dead Guy, Reckless, Dark Play or Stories for Boys, Art, Thom Pain (based on nothing), and Waiting for Godot (Relevance Productions). Trevor is former Artistic Associate for the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, and the Artistic Director/Founder of Relevance Productions in Kansas City. His production of Thom Pain (based on nothing) was named The Best Play of 2010 in Kansas City by The Pitch Magazine. As an actor, Trevor has performed with Spinning Tree Theatre, Musical Theatre Heritage, Central Missouri Repertory Theatre, Maples Repertory Theatre, Union Station Citystage, OCTA, EaRTH, Relevance Productions, and six seasons with the Arrowrock Lyceum Theatre. Trevor is a proud graduate of the University of Central Missouri. Upcoming: Hairy Ape (Adaptation and Director, KC Fringe), Poops… I Did it Again (Director, World Premiere KC Fringe), Fiddler on the Roof (Director, Benedictine College), and West Side Story (Krupke, Spinning Tree Theatre). Special Thanks to Dr. Willenbrink for bringing him onboard, and to his wonderful team for such a fantastic experience! Enjoy the show!

*Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), founded in 1913, represents more than 48,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence.

Jeannie Beirne

Scenic Designer/Paint Charge

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.

Susan Carter

Into the Woods:Stepmother

Susan Carter, Director of Vocal Studies at Missouri Western, has been on the faculty of Texas Tech University, University of Texas/Dallas and Lubbock Christian University and has had a 25 year career in opera and oratorio, performing as “Carter Fricks.” Leading roles performed include “Lucia”, “Queen”, “Constanza”, “Donna Anna”, and “Leonora” with companies including Dallas Ballet, Rochester and Syracuse Operas and Dallas, Ft. Worth and Denver Symphonies. She has performed Mozart’s Coronation Mass at Carnegie Hall, the Southwest premier of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Dallas Ballet. Dr. Carter was awarded the Teacher’s Excellence Award in 2013 at Missouri Western and as Director placed second in the National Opera Association Opera Competition. She is excited to rediscover the world of music theater with Sondheim.

Adrienne Collins

Into the Woods:Cinderella

A Streetcar Named Desire (Stella), The Magic Flute (Pamina), The King and I (Tuptim), Phantom (Christine). Education: Missouri Western State University, Bachelor of Arts in Music/Vocal Performance Concentration. Training: Manhattan Opera Studio and Opera Breve, Inc. National and International award winner and finalist in the National Opera Association, National Association of Teachers of Singing, George London Foundation Competition, American Prize in Vocal Performance, and Classical Singer.

Thomas Delgado

Into the Woods:Cinderella's Prince

Thomas is a senior Theatre Performance major at Missouri Western and is the President for Alpha Psi Omega, the Theatre Honors Fraternity. Past Productions: Urinetown (Caldwell B. Cladwell), The Producers (Carmen Ghia), The Drowsy Chaperone (Aldolpho), The Magic Flute (Papageno), and many more. Thomas is also involved in the community with the Robidoux Resident Theatre, in productions: Sondheim on Sondheim and Spamalot (Prince Herbert, et al). Professionally, he’s worked for the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival in their production of The Taming of the Shrew (Hortensio) and Western Playhouse’s Miss Saigon (Ensemble) and Mother Divine (Prodigal Son). He is a proud EMC Card Holder through the Actors’ Equity Association. Upcoming: Hello Dolly (Cornelius Hackl). Much love to all! XO

Amanda Estep

Into the Woods:Granny/Wolf #2/Snow White

Amanda has been in many productions throughout her high school and college career. Some of which include Mickey in Rags to Riches, Gertie Cummings in Oklahoma!, daughter in Pirates of Penzance, Girl Cop and female chorus in Urinetown and a chorus girl in The Producers. Amanda has been involved in dance in one way or another since she was three years old. She has performed for over seventeen years, choreographed numerous routines and musical productions, and is captain of the Mystics Dance Team at Missouri Western State University for the third year in a row. Amanda is proud to be pursuing a degree in theatre education and plans to continue her life in theatre in the future. Amanda is pleased to return to Western Playhouse, and is excited for what the future has in store for her. 

Joseph Fry

Assistant Technical Director

Joseph (Cupcake) Fry works as a part time student at Missouri Western State University. He also works in the scene shop. He’s worked for several summer theaters, Western Playhouse being his third. He likes to build and think about building and hopes to continue perfecting his art.

Celia Gannon*

Into the Woods: Jack's Mother

Celia recently moved to Kansas City from NYC with credits that include: Off Broadway (The It Girl; Animal Fair; Bloomers; Down!Down!Down!); BMI Musical Theater series at Lincoln Center (Mr. Deeds Goes to Town; The Clock); soloist at the annual “Broadway on Broadway” concert in Times Square. Hand-selected by composer Clark Gesner (You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown) to workshop and premiere his critically-acclaimed final project, The Jello Is Always Red. Regional/Tour highlights include: Phantom of the Opera (Carlotta), I Do! I Do! (Agnes), Guys & Dolls (Miss Adelaide). Delighted to return to her hometown for this Western Playhouse debut.

*Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), founded in 1913, represents more than 48,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence.

Sarah Gibler

Props manager

A student at Missouri Western, Sarah enjoys working behind the scenes to bring a production together. She was the sound designer for The Producers, running crew chief for Singing in the Rain, and running crew member for Annie, and Disney’s Mulan. She has also been a hammer jockey for Urinetown, The Producers, Pirates of Penzance, Annie, Sweeney Todd and many more. She would like to thank Jeff Stover, Michael Scroggs, and Don Lillie for always believing in her and pushing her to do better than her best.

Michael Hadley

Wardrobe Supervisor

Michael Hadley has been on stage crew for many shows at Missouri Western such as J.B., Annie, Private Lives, and The Drowsy Chaperone. He was on makeup and costume crew for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as Western Playhouse’s The Music Man. And finally, he was Assistant Stage Manager for Sweeney Todd and the Stage Manager for Of Mice and Men, which performed at KCACTF. He is very excited to have this opportunity and wants to continue to contribute to the theatre community in the future.

Carly Hayes

The Fantasticks: Luisa

Bio coming soon.

Caleb Hazelwood

Into the Woods: Rapunzel's Prince
The Fantasticks: Matt

Caleb is thrilled to take this journey into the woods as Rapunzel’s Prince, after having previously played both the Wolf and the Mysterious Man. His notable acting credits include Bob Wallace in RRT’s White Christmas, Lancelot in RRT’s Spamalot, the barbershop quartet in Western Playhouse’s The Music Man, Roger DeBris in Missouri Western’s The Producers, Princeton/Rod in RRT’s Avenue Q, and Jean Valjean in Les Misérables. He currently attends Missouri Western State University, pursuing degrees in premedicine and philosophy, and is a proud Actor’s Equity Association Membership Candidate. For the remainder of the summer, he’ll join Western Playhouse once again as Matt in The Fantasticks. He offers endless thanks to his teachers. For Grandma Doll.

Millie Heller

Into the Woods: Little Piggy

Camilla - age 9, lives in Cosby, MO, will be entering fourth grade at Helena Elementary School this fall. She has been dancing for three years. She is a student at Turning Pointe Dance Academy and is a member of their competition team. She studies tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, and tumbling. Millie was the first overall 9-10 year old soloist at Legacy Dance Competition. She participates in dance conventions and workshops in the Iowa and Missouri area.

Tyler Herald


Tyler is a scenic designer and artist native to Versailles, Illinois. This is Tyler’s first year at Western Playhouse. He has worked as a professional scenic artist for the past two summers at Tent Theatre in Springfield, Missouri. He currently holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Western Illinois University. This fall he will attend University of Maryland - College Park to pursue his Master of Fine Arts in Theatre with an emphasis in scenic design. In addition to continuing his education in graduate school, Tyler plans on working as a professional scenic designer and artist. In his spare time he enjoys silk screening, painting, traveling, and sketching architecture. He can be contacted through his website:

Sonrisa Johnston

Wardrobe Supervisor/Makeup

Sonrisa has had the pleasure of being involved in theatre on stage and back stage for the last 20 years. She is currently a senior at Missouri Western and will graduate with her degree in theatre and music minor in the fall. Risa has had the privilege of doing hair and wigs for Music Man, Miss Saigon, and Barefoot in the Park for Western Playhouse. She recently designed wigs for KU’s Opera production of The Marriage of Figaro, and designed make up and wigs for Missouri Western’s production of Sweeney Todd. Risa is so grateful for the support of her wonderful husband and five amazing children. She is so exited for the opportunity to be on the costume crew for this season’s Western Playhouse productions!

Jeffery Jones

Master Electrician

Jeff Jones has been involved in many shows with Missouri Western and Western Playhouse, and Robidoux Resident Theatre including but not limited to Servant and Friar John in Romeo and Juliet, The Ghost of Christmas Present in A Christmas Carol, Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors, ensemble in Sweeney Todd, Urinetown, and Hairspray, Sir Galahad and Black Knight in Monty Python’s Spamalot, and stage crew for many more.

Danny Kellogg

Into the Woods: Cinderella's Father

Danny has been performing on stage for over 40 years since High School at Saint Joseph Central. Since then he has been in productions with Western Playhouse, Robidoux Resident Theater, Missouri Western and Forum Productions among others. Favorite roles include Lumiere in Disney’s Beauty & the Beast, Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, and 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 daughter Xan, and thanks his family and Bob for allowing him this opportunity.

Xan Kellogg

Into the Woods: Florinda

Xan is so excited to be making her Western Playhouse debut but is no stranger to Missouri Western’s stage (or a blonde wig!) Previous shows include The Drowsy Chaperone (Kitty), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena), Sweeney Todd (Lucy), Annie (Lily St. Regis), and J.B. (Sarah). She is a graduate of Missouri Western and currently attends medical school at Midwestern University. She is thrilled to be performing once more with her father, Dan Kellogg, and thanks Dr. Willenbrink for this opportunity, her family and friends for their support, and God for everything.

Tarquin Kellough

Audio Engineer

Tarquin is a fairly new face to theater, beginning with the Western Playhouse production of The Music Man in the summer of 2014. Following The Music Man he went on to work on projects such as Mother Divine and The Pirates of Penzance. Tarquin is pursuing a degree in music technology.

Dana Kinney

Into the Woods: The Baker's Wife
The Fantasticks: Assistant Musical Director

Previous credits consist of operatic roles such as The Medium (Baba), Gianni Schicchi (Zita), and Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte). Ms. Kinney is a recent graduate of the master of music voice performance program at Colorado State University. She is thrilled to be making her musical theater debut with the Western Playhouse.

TJ Lancaster*

The Fantasticks: Hucklebee

Bio coming soon.

*Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), founded in 1913, represents more than 48,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence.

Jee Hye Lee


JeeHye graduated fro In-cheon Art High School, as a piano major. She received a Music Camp Diploma from Missouri Western State University in 2011. She is currently attending Missouri Western on a scholarship, and working on earning her bachelor’s degree.

Nerissa Lee

Into the Woods: Lucinda

Nerissa is a recent graduate of Missouri Western State University. She has recently been seen in Urinetown at Missouri Western (Little Sally), Miss Saigon (ensemble) at Western Playhouse, Picasso at the LapinAgile (Suzanne) at Missouri Western, A Midsummers Night Dream (Hermia) at Missouri Western and Disney’s Tarzan (ensemble) at RRT. Nerissa is proud to currently be an Equity Membership Candidate. She would like to thank her family and friends for their endless love and support! Follow her on twitter @NerissaMarieLee Philippians 4:13

Dr. Gordon Mapley

Executive Producer

Dr. 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.

Jacob Mills

Into the Woods: Jack
The Fantasticks: Mortimer

Jacob is a senior at Missouri Western State University where he is working towards a B.A. in Music with an emphasis in vocal performance. While at Missouri Western he has performed in several productions through the theatre and music departments, including: Seymour Krelborn in Little Shop of Horrors, Tobias Ragg in Sweeney Todd, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, and (most recently) Bobby Strong in Urinetown. He has also performed in several Robidoux Resident Theatre productions, including: Mark in Rent and Gideon in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Mills made his Western Playhouse debut last summer as Oliver Hix in The Music Man, and Brother Brotherly-Love in Mother Divine. He plans to become a professional AEA performer after college and hopes to continue bringing smiles to people from the stage.

Huy Nguyen


Huy is a theater/cinema student at Missouri Western State University. Previous stage credits include: Hello Dolly. Huy built sets for numerous shows during his high school senior year. He was a member of the Improv Film and Theater Club at Maple Woods Community College where he earned an Associate in Arts degree.

Tim Noland*

Into the Woods: Narrator/Mysterious Man

A proud member of Actor’s Equity for nearly 30 years. In New York his credit’s include “Matthew” in Laurence O’Keefe’s and Nell Benjamin’s new musical adaptation of Sarah Plain and Tall at NYC Town Hall and subsequent tour. Regionally Tim portrayed “Hamlet” in Hamlet the Musical at Temple Theatre in NC. In Kansas City his credits include “Harold Hill” in The Music Man at Musical Theater Heritage, Chauvelin in The Scarlet Pimpernel at New Theatre Restaurant, Razoul in Aladdin at Starlight Theatre and most recently What They Did For Love at Quality Hill Playhouse.

*Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), founded in 1913, represents more than 48,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence.

Chris Rayle

Audio Engineer

Chris been involved both on and off the stage. He has been in A Midsummer’s Night Dream (Egeus), The Producers (Chorus), and Urinetown (Senator Fipp). Off the stage he has worked in costumes for The Drowsy Chaperone and Pirates of Penzance, as a carpenter for J.B. and Annie, and as a sound designer for Of Mice and Men and Three Days of Rain. He is excited to be apart of Western Playhouse this year and thanks his wife, Jenny and kids (Hadassah, Kaleb, Ezekiel, Mykah, and Octaviah) for all of their support

Ken Remmert*

The Fantasticks: Bellomy

Ken is excited to be making his debut at Western Playhouse. He is fortunate to stay busy as a professional equity actor and musician in Kansas City. You’ve seen him on stage at Starlight Theater, Quality Hill Playhouse, Musical Theater Heritage, The American Heartland Theater, The New Theater and The Chestnut Fine Arts Center. This fall you will find Ken behind the drums at Quality Hill Playhouse for The Music of Tin Pan Alley in downtown Kansas City. He also serves as Director of Worship Arts at North Cross United Methodist Church in Kansas City, North. As always he sends his love out to Lenora, Nathan and Ashley. Enjoy the show everyone!

*Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), founded in 1913, represents more than 48,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence.

Maram Samaha

Assistant Stage Manager

Maram’s favorite shows she has done include: All My Sons, Les Miserables, Cinderella, and Moon Over Buffalo at Parkview Theatre. She was also a Stage Management Intern at Tent Theatre during the 2013 season. Maram has also served as a stage manager for various dance companies (Sonshine and Credo). She plans to attend Webster University’s Conservatory in the fall to pursue her passions in stage management. She is honored to get to work with Western Playhouse this season.

Michael Scroggs

Technical Director

I am a full time employee of Missouri Western State University and lucky enough to have the greatest job of working daily in the theatre running and organizing the events in Potter Theatre. I started over ten years ago and have worked with many people creating different worlds to put onstage but it is home here. It is all about the challenge and sawdust. I would like to thank my wife and kids for putting up with the life choice of pursuing theatre. They support me and help when possible, for that I love them.

Abby Sexton

Into the Woods: Little Red Riding Hood

Abby is thrilled to be making her debut with Western Playhouse in Into the Woods. She is a freshman at Missouri Western State University, studying both musical theatre and dance. Her passions are strong both on and off stage, as she is involved in many clubs and organizations at the college. Recently she was seen on the Potter stage as Hope Cladwell in Urinetown. Other credits include LouAnn in Hairspray, Edith in The Pirates of Penzance, Terk in Tarzan, as well as several others. Upcoming, you can see her as Ermengarde in Hello, Dolly! at the Robidoux Resident Theatre. Love to all for pushing her to achieve her dreams.

Sebastian Smith

Into the Woods: The Baker

Sebastian graduated from Missouri Western State University in 2014 with a degree in theatre and video with an emphasis in performance and writing. During his time there, he appeared in such shows as: The Producers as Leo Bloom, The Drowsy Chaperone as Man in Chair, Picasso at the Lapin as Saggot, A Christmas Carol as Bob Cratchit. He also worked on such student films as Corvallis and Unfortunate which won the first annual Missouri Western 48hr Film Project. Most recently he appeared in a production of La Cage aux Folles as Jean-Michel and the short film Jasmine. After this you can find him performing in Major League Improv, season 14 of Improv Thunderdome with Propinquity, and S!ng: the Improvised Musical all at Comedy City! Follow him on Twitter @Ssmith.Actor and at for upcoming shows and events.

Andrea Southard

The Fantasticks: The Costumer Designer

Dr. Andrea Castle Southard is Professor Emerita of the University of Maine Farmington where she taught theatre for 29 years. She joined Park University in September, 2009 and taught there until another retirement 2014. She is a director and costume designer. Her work in both areas has covered a wide range of styles and periods such as classics like The School for Scandal, The Fan, and Dracula, and contemporary pieces like Lanford Wilson’s Book of Days, John Guare’s House of Blue Leaves, and musicals like The Fantasticks and Cabaret. She designed costumes for six previous Missouri Western productions: Uncle Vanya, The Illusion, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Mother Divine, Pirates of Penzance and Urinetown. Her M.A. and Ph.D. in Theatre and Drama are from the University of Kansas.

Olivia Stoll

Into the Woods: Little Piggy

Olivia is a kindergartener who loves to dance and sing, and she has taken classes at Inspirations Dance for three years. Liv’s favorite musical is Annie, which she knows by heart. Friends and family are excited to watch her perform in her very first stage production!

Jeff Stover

Lighting Designer

Jeff Stover comes from the Dallas area where he served as technical director for nine years and was promoted to Director of Theatre/Dance at UT-Dallas. He also worked as a lighting designer at many professional theaters in the area. He has been nominated five times, and won twice, for the Leon Rabin Award for Outstanding Lighting Design. He has worked at WaterTower Theatre, Kitchendog, Plano Repertory Theatre, The Turtle Creek Chorale, and Contemporary Theatre Dallas. Jeff started his theatre career at Collin College where he participated in KCACTF and was lucky enough to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in theatre arts from The University of Nevada-Las Vegas and his Master of Fine Arts in Arts and Technology from The University of Texas at Dallas. Jeff also worked for several years for Vari-Lite, the company that invented robotic lighting. Jeff teaches several of the technical theatre courses including: Stagecraft, Stage Lighting, Stage Management, and Production Participation.

Erica Sword

Into the Woods: Costumer Designer

Erica is a Kansas City based costume designer who has worked designing or constructing costumes for nearly every professional theatre in the city. She is the resident designer for Kansas City’s own globally touring performance company, Quixotic Entertainment and Quixotic School of Performing Arts. She also regularly designs costumes for Lucia Aerial Performing Arts. Ms. Sword has previously worked on productions with Disney, Ringling Brothers, Barnum, and Baily, and the Los Angeles Opera to name just a few. She graduated with her M.F.A in Costume Design and Technology from the University of Missouri - Kansas City and her B.F.A. in Fiber from the Kansas City Art Institute.

Kyra Weinberger

Into the Woods: Rapunzel/Dance Captain

Kyra is so excited to be a part of her first production with Western Playhouse! She studied vocal performance at University of North Texas and after sang with the Kentucky Opera. Kyra now teaches Ashtanga yoga and is part of the faculty at Trilogy Cultural Arts. Favorite roles performed include Maria in West Side Story, Philia in A Funny Thing..., Lauretta in Gianni Schicci, Roxie in Chicago. You can see her next as Consuelo in West Side Story with Spinning Tree Theatre.

Mike Welsh


Bio coming soon.

Dr. Bob Willenbrink

Producing Director
Into the Woods: Director

Dr. 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. Bob is the Founding Dean of the School of Fine Arts at Missouri Western.

Delaney Worley

Into the Woods: Little Piggy

Delaney is a second grader who enjoys dance, acrobatics, reading and writing. She has danced at Darcee’s School of Dance for 5 years. Into the Woods will be her first performance and she is excited for it to be with Western Playhouse. She is looking forward to working with all the cast.

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