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2013 Company:

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Jessica Adamson Jessica Adamson
Female Chorus
Chelsea Anglemyer Chelsea Anglemyer
Female Chorus
Maddie Arthur Maddie Arthur
Female Chorus
Joe Bach Joe Bach
Chris
Jagger Bowers Jagger Bowers
Male Chorus
Anna Brockman Anna Brockman
Female Chorus
Will Browning Will Browning
Male Chorus
Mark Cabus Mark Cabus*
Equity Stage Manager
Alyssa Cavazos Alyssa Cavazos
Female Chorus
Justin Charles Justin Charles
Male Chorus
Thomas Delgado Thomas Delgado
Male Chorus
Tyler Dunnington Tyler Dunnington
Male Chorus
Jonathan Hoskins Jonathan Hoskins
Male Chorus
Seth Hunter Seth Hunter
Male Chorus
Patsita Jiratipayabood Patsita Jiratipayabood
Kim
Heather Kopp Heather Kopp*
Ellen
Nerissa Lee Nerissa Lee
Female Chorus
Alyssa McAnany Alyssa McAnany
Gigi
Nick Martinez Nick Martinez
Male Chorus
Alex McNamara Alex McNamara
Female Chorus
CJ Miller CJ Miller
Male Chorus
Kyle Minx Kyle Minx
Male Chorus
Kate Moore Kate Moore
Female Chorus
Alisha Munds Alisha Munds
Female Chorus
Wen  Powers Wen Powers
Male Chorus
Johnathan Shepherd Johnathan Shepherd
John
Sebastian Smith Sebastian Smith
Male Chorus
Vi Tran Vi Tran*
Engineer
Will Vickers Will Vickers
Male Chorus
Stephen White Stephen White
Male Chorus
Cody Wilson Cody Wilson
Thuy

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

Jessica Adamson

Female Chorus

Jessica Adamson is a student at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights Kentucky. She is proud to be working with Western Playhouse for the first time in Miss Saigon.

Her recent past credits include Vivienne in Legally Blonde, Rizzo in Grease, and Queenie in Wild Party.

She wants to thank her family and friends for supporting her in everything she does, and God for gracing her with the ability to entertain. "Break a leg, Ya'll!"

Chelsea Anglemyer

Female Chorus

Chelsea Anglemyer is thrilled to be spending the summer onstage as a company member of Western Playhouse.

Her recent credits include Ginger in Zombie Prom, Olive in 25th...Spelling Bee, Red Girl in Shout! The Mod Musical, and Marcy in I Love You Because, among others.

Chelsea holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Missouri State University.

Thanks to my family- especially Mom and Ethan for always believing in the dream!

Maddie Arthur

Female Chorus

Maddie Arthur is thrilled to be making her premier at Western Playhouse this summer in Miss Saigon performing as a member of the ensemble as well as understudying the role of Ellen.

Maddie just recently graduated from James Madison University where she studied musical theatre. Some of her favorite roles while she was there include, Ilse in Spring Awakening, Woman/Norma in A Girl Called Vincent and Clara/Heartbreak Girl in Bright Lights, Big City.

She originally hails from Potomac Falls, Virginia and is looking forward to experiencing the town of St. Joseph, Missouri.

Joe Bach

Chris

Joe is ecstatic to be playing the role of Chris this season at Western Playhouse.

Previous credits include three seasons at The Lost Colony (Manteo), A True History by Psittacus Productions in The Venue Theatre, and both John and Jen (John) and Proof (Hal) at the University of South Carolina.

Joe currently studies Music Theatre at Elon University.

Jagger Bowers

Male Chorus

Jagger Bowers recently finished his freshman year as a BFA Acting Candidate in Missouri State University's Theatre and Dance Department.

He graduated from Central High School in St. Joseph Missouri, where he played the roles of Enjolras in Les Miserables, Cinderella's Prince in Into the Woods, Ellard Simms in The Foreigner, and Tommy Keeler in Annie Get Your Gun.

He is thrilled for the opportunity to work with the Western Playhouse.

Anna Brockman

Female Chorus

Anna is thrilled to be a part of her first Western Playhouse production.

She is a 2013 graduate of Central High School in St. Joseph. In the fall, she plans to attend Millikin University to obtain a BFA in Musical Theatre.

Her most recent roles include Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Eponine in Les Miserables.

She would like to thank the Robidoux Resident Theatre for allowing her to grow through 17 amazing productions since the time she was 10. She thanks Tee Quillin and Mark Pennington for giving her this new opportunity to grow as an artist. She would finally like to thank her friends and family, especially her mother, Karla, for their unconditional love and support.

Will Browning

Male Chorus

Theatre: The Little Dog Laughed (UCF), Veronica’s Room (UCF), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (UCF), Twelfth Night (UCF), The American Dream (UCF), Laramie Project: 10 Years Later-(Baggy Pants Theater), Man of La Mancha (BPT.)

Film: Shadow Days (Campfire NYC), Best Buds (Birds Eye), Relapse (UCF), The Past (Sull Media), Pseudo (Marlow MP), Just Us (FS), Number 42 (FS), Mick The Brick (FS)

Training: University of Central Florida, John Casablanca’s, The Academy of Arts.

Mark Cabus

Equity Stage Manager

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota but raised in Northeast Tennessee, Mark Cabus is a skilled actor and director, classically trained in England and in New York City. He has performed all over the world in film and television as well as Off Broadway and in regional and children's theater.

A graduate of Belmont University, he received additional training and study at the National Shakespeare Conservatory as well as Columbia and Oxford Universities and the Roundabout Theater’s Theatrical Teaching Institute.

Mark is recognized in his home of Atlanta for his work with the Alliance Theater, Georgia Shakespeare, Theatrical Outfit, Actors Express and Theatre Emory and in Tennessee with the Clarence Brown Company, Tennessee Repertory Theater, the Nashville Shakespeare Festival and his own company, Naked Stages. Mark’s movie and TV credits range from the Warner Bros. blockbuster The Client and HBO's Emmy Award-winning film Against the Wall to the CBS pilot High Lonesome.

His short film, The Important Things, co-written and directed by Belmont University film department chair Will Akers, won the “Cut to the Chase” Award at the 2009 Eugene International Film Festival.

His column, “Naked Pages” is a bi-monthly feature for online magazine, The Clyde Fitch Report: A Nexus of Art and Politics.

An educator of merit, Mark served on the faculties at Belmont University, the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts, the Nashville Film Institute, the GA Shakespeare High School Conservatory, and as a guest lecturer and teaching artist at Vanderbilt University and the University of the South as well as with Tennessee Performing Arts Center Education.

He is currently the Director of Education at Theatrical Outfit in Atlanta. Twice, The Tennessean and the Nashville Scene honored Mark as the city’s Best Actor and Director (2000, 2008), the only artist in that city to be distinguished as such.

He was awarded the Tennessee Arts Commission/Ingram Industries Individual Artist Fellowship for 1992 and the Tennessee Williams Fellowship for 2003 from the University of the South. Mark is an avid reader and Internet surfer, but his friends prefer his cooking.

Alyssa Cavazos

Female Chorus

Credits: Title of Show (female understudy); Footloose (dancer/ensemble); By the Bog of Cats (Caroline Cassidy); Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey); Toyota commercial (happy teenager)

Technical experience: 42nd Street (dresser); Metamorphoses (costuming); Title of Show (spotlights)

Justin Charles

Male Chorus

Justin Charles is a rookie to the Western Playhouse stage, and a current acting senior at the University Of Mississippi.

His past regional credits include Unto These Hills (Cherokee Historical Association), and world-premiere cast of Cherokee Family Reunion (Mountainside Theater). REGIONAL: Unto These Hills (Cherokee Historical Association), World-Premiere Cast Cherokee Family Reunion (Mountainside Theater), DSR-KTA National Championship- Dramatic Interpretation (The Property Known As Garland)

Training: University Of Mississippi, Tyler Junior College, American Forensics Association.

Thomas Delgado

Male Chorus

Thomas Delgado (Ensemble) is very excited to be making his Western Playhouse debut with Miss Saigon!

Thomas is a freshman at Missouri Western State University and heavily involved with the Theatre and Cinema Department, as well with the Music Department. He is currently undeclared, but plans to major in Theatre Performance.

Thomas just returned, in May, from touring the folk opera, American Story, written by the first-lady of Missouri Western, Dr. Laurel Vartabedian, and under the direction of president, Dr. Bob Vartabedian. He could have also been seen in Sweeney Todd, as well as the Music Department’s cabaret.

Some upcoming events for Thomas include his opera debut in The Magic Flute, put on by the Opera Department of Missouri Western, under the direction of Dr. Susan Carter, playing the role of Papageno, a bird catcher.

Follow Thomas on Twitter: @thomasmdelgado.

Tyler Dunnington

Male Chorus

Tyler Dunnington just finished his Junior year at Abilene Christian University.

His hometown is Grapevine, Texas where he began studying theatre his junior year in high school.

His passion for theatre led him to ACU where he has had the opportunity to participate in musicals such as The King and I, and 42nd St., and most recently Footloose.

After graduation Tyler plans to move to New York City and pursue a professional career in theatre.

Jonathan Hoskins

Male Chorus

Jonathan Hoskins has been performing in musical theatre for several years.

He has played in various leading roles during his time in high school in shows such as Rent, Little Shop of Horrors, and Children of Eden. After high school he attended Elon University. During his time there he was cast in the plays Getting Out and Macbeth.

Jonathan is currently pursuing a B.A. in Theatre Performance at Winthrop University where he recently starred in Hairspray.

Seth Hunter

Male Chorus

Seth Hunter is an upcoming Senior Musical Theatre major at Kent State University. He is very excited to be a part of this wonderful cast and crew of Western Playhouse.

Past roles have included: Roger in Rent, Jesus in Godspell, and Ash in Evil Dead: The Musical.

He would like to thank his family for being so supportive of him throughout the years as well as his fiancée whom he could not live without.

Patsita Jiratipayabood

Kim

Patsita Nice Jiratipayabood was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand. After she convinced her parents to let her fly the nest, she hopped on the plane to the States and is now finishing up her BFA Music Theatre degree at Illinois Wesleyan University.

She is ecstatic to be making her professional debut in the Western Playhouse’s production of Miss Saigon. She is currently in the Seven Deadly Sins Dance Concert and is in a workshop of All the Kids Are Doing It, a new musical by Joey Contreras and Kate Thomas as Drea Jones.

Her previous works include the Nurse in Hello Again and Kathy in 9 to 5.

She loves spending her free time with her favorite cat, a cup of tea and a good book.

She would like to address special thanks to her family, friends, teachers and colleagues for all the love and support.

Raymond B. Johnson

Male Chorus

Ray is thrilled to be a part of the 2013 season of the Western Playhouse.

Having lived in St. Joseph for only four years now, he has been seen locally as Old Deuteronomy in Roubidoux Resident Theater’s production of CATS, and as the Sweeney in MWSU’s production of Sweeney Todd.

He studied musical theater at The Hartt School of music, and played JJ Peachum in The Threepenny Opera, and JP Morgan in Ragtime.

Other favorite roles have been Tevyeh in the Town Player’s production of Fiddler on the Roof, and Nicely Nicely in Taconic High School’s Guys and Dolls.

Ray would like to thank the cast and crew for their marvelous work, Tee Quillin for his clear vision, and his wife Mindy for her love and support.

Heather Kopp

Ellen

Heather is thrilled to be a part of Miss Saigon. Heather lives in Sarasota, FL. Regional credits include both Pre-Broadway premiers of Bonnie & Clyde (Trish, Blanch u/s) and A Tale of Two Cities, as well as A Winters Tale and My Fair Lady (directed by Frank Galati) at the Asolo Repertory Theatre. Other credits include Godspell at Actors' Playhouse in Miami, Joseph... Dreamcoat (Narrator), I Do! I Do!, The Marvelous Wonderettes (Cindy Lou) at the Golden Apple, Under Six at Florida Studio Theatre, and the 2010 Summerstock season at the Arundel Barn Playhouse in Arundel, Maine.

Heather is a member of Actors' Equity.

Everlasting thanks to her family, friends and her loving husband, Craig.

Nerissa Lee

Female Chorus

Nerissa Marie Lee is a sophomore majoring in theatre and cinema at Missouri Western.

Nerissa was first seen in Romeo and Juliet as a townsperson. She was also in A Christmas Carol as Fan.

In 2012, Nerissa was Ronnette, a Doo Wop girl, in Little Shop of Horrors. She was also in the student-directed showcase as Teddy in Me, Myself, and Us. This season Nerissa has been in J.B. as Reporter 2, Star to Be in Annie, and Sybil in Noel Coward's Private Lives. Nerissa was recently in Sweeney Todd as a member of the ensemble.

Nerissa is so excited for her first ever show with Western Playhouse! Nerissa would like to thank her family and friends for their endless love and support! Philippians 4:13.

Follow her on Twitter @NerissaMarieLee

Alyssa McAnany

Gigi

Theatre: A Man of No Importance (Mrs. Patrick), The 25TH Annual… Spelling Bee (Rona Lisa Peretti), Guys and Dolls (Miss Adelaide), Back to the 80’s (Debbie Fox), Hair (Tribe), Footloose (Ariel), Cloud Nine (Mrs. Saunders/ Betty u/s), Paper Mill Playhouse

Training: currently pursuing a B.F.A. in Music Theatre at Elon University

Alex McNamara

Female Chorus

This is Alexandra's first time working with the good people of Western Playhouse, and coincidentally the most West she has ever been!

She received a BA in Theatre at Middle Tennessee State University this past May.

Her favorite roles include "Maureen" in Rent, "The Witch" in Into the Woods, and "Logainne SchwartzandGrubenierre" in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

She dedicates her performance to her brother, Thomas. Enjoy the show!

Nick Martinez

Male Chorus

Nick Martinez, a sophmore Music Theatre major at Elon University, is thrilled to be a part of this production.

Elon credits: Hair (Hubert), Wild Party (Max), The 25th Annual...Spelling Bee (Leaf Coneybear)

Professional credits: The Stephen Foster Story (Ensemble), Seussical (Wickersham Brother), The Stephen Foster Story KY

CJ Miller

Male Chorus

CJ Miller is a graduate of Francis Marion University where he served as the dramaturg for multiple productions including And Baby Makes Seven and The Fourth Wall.

A former member of the United States Air Force, CJ also performs standup comedy and has written and directed numerous of his own productions.

Kyle Minx

Male Chorus

Kyle Minx is a Missouri Western graduate with a degree in music education. He has been heavily involved with theatre both at Missouri Western and St. Joseph’s residential theatre.

He has most recently played as Bert Healy and President Roosevelt in MWSU’s production of Annie.

Kyle is ecstatic to be spending another summer with Western Playhouse and is thrilled to be working with this cast of talented actors.

Kate Moore

Female Chorus

Regional credits: Spring Awakening (Anna), Rent (Joanne)

School credits: Smile (Doria), The Wild Party (Queenie), Legally Blonde (Paulette), Into The Woods (Witch)

Upcoming: Big River (Susan Wilkes), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Magenta)

Alisha Munds

Female Chorus

Alisha is working on a B.A. in Musical Theatre at Northwestern State University.

Alisha’s credits include: Once On This Island (Asaka), West Side Story (Rosalia), The Wiz (The Yellow Brick Road), and Hairspray (Tracy Turnblad).

She has also been seen on stage as a featured soloist at the Broadway Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta, Georgia.

She wishes to thank her parents, Jennifer Dowd, and most of all God. Through Him all things are possible!

Wen Powers

Male Chorus

Wen is very excited to be making his debut on the Western Playhouse stage.

Former credits include: Company (David), All in the Timing (Mitch/Trotsky), An Italian Straw Hat (Felix), and Fools (The Magistrate).

Wen would like to thank his family for their support.

Johnathan Shepherd

John

Johnathan is blessed to be making his professional debut in the Western Playhouse production of Miss Saigon!

A native of Danville, IL, he now resides in Central Florida, where he is a resident choreographer and dance instructor.

He studies voice with instructor Priscilla Bagley and dance with Galmont Ballet and Fuzion Dance Centre.

For their endless love and support, he would like to thank all of his wonderful friends and family.

He is excited to be taking part in this new adventure with the cast and creative team of Miss Saigon.

Previous credits; Beef House Dinner Theater: Forever Plaid (Smudge). Danville Light Opera: Ragtime (Coalhouse Walker Jr.), Cocoa Village Playhouse: Big River (Jim), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey II).

Sebastian Smith

Male Chorus

Sebastian Smith is a senior at Missouri Western State University; this is first season performing at Western Playhouse.

He has performed in such shows as Beauty and the Beast as Le Fou, The Wizard of Oz as the Lion, A Christmas Carol as Bob Cratchit, Arsenic and Old Lace as Teddy, and most recently Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street as Adolpho Pirelli.

On the weekends you can find him performing with the improv troupe Comedy City.

Vi Tran

Engineer

Vi Tran is equal parts sea salt and wheat fields. A storyteller, performing artist and arts advocate, Vi was born near Sai Gon, Vietnam and raised in southwestern Kansas. He began performing as a toddler in the refugee camps of southeast Asia. Other refugees took pity on the young (and literally starving) artist, giving him what food they could spare.

Vi earned his MA in Theatre Directing and BA in Theatre/English, both from Kansas State University. Theatre credits: Starlight Theatre, Coterie Theatre, Unicorn Theatre, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, Crossroads Theatre Company, Playhouse on the Square and the Kennedy Center of Performing Arts’ Summer Playwriting Intensive. Kansas City Star theatre critic Robert Trussell selected him as an Emerging Theatre Artist of 2007.

As a proud resident of Kansas City and a working artist himself, Vi is passionate about arts advocacy and spreading art’s role in the community. He has served as a facilitator for Artist, INC, a professional development seminar for local artists, for Coterie Theatre's "Reaching the Write Minds" playwriting-in-the-schools program, has written as a music columnist for The Deli Magazine and KCMetropolis.org, and hosts Hello Art's monthly First Friday art tours of the Crossroads Arts district.

As a both a solo musician and bandleader of the Vi Tran Band, he has garnered a warm reception from audiences as well as The Kansas City Star, INK Magazine and Present Magazine. The Pitch, Kansas City's alternative press weekly, nominated the Vi Tran Band as Emerging Act of 2011 for their annual Pitch Music Awards. Goodbye, Summer, his debut recording, was included in Best of 2010 lists by KCUR 89.3 FM and KKFI 90.9 FM and led to his invitation to play the Kauffman Center for the Performing Art’s 1Year2Go Celebration, headlined by Chaka Khan. He has performed and emceed The Midwest Music Foundation's Midcoast Takeover, an unofficial showcase of bands from the Midwest, at The SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX. The Midcoast Takeover has garnered national attention, including Vi's featured interview in USA Today. The Vi Tran Band will release their next album, American Heroine, in August 2013. Their music can be heard at www.vitranmusic.com.

Vi’s original work has been described as earnest, intimate and inspiring. He considers it an open-ended refugee story and All-American tale, full of sea salt and wheat fields; landlocked sailors and broken lovers; discovery and loss; but most of all, hope.

Will Vickers

Male Chorus

Will is pleased to make his Western Playhouse debut with this production.

He has appeared in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Louis in The King and I, Jeremy Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, Jimmy in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Laurie in Little Women the Musical, Will Parker in Oklahoma!, Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast, The Leading Player in Pippin, Finch in How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, and most recently Mickey in Blood Brothers.

He would like to thank his mom and sister for being his biggest fans and never giving him an option but to succeed, Brian Quillin for being his mentor, and Tee Quillin for giving him this amazing opportunity.

Stephen White

Male Chorus

Stephen White is currently seeking a Bachelors Degree at Middle Tennessee State University, in Theatre and Music.

He has been featured in several productions including A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum as Hero, Guys and Dolls as Rusty Charlie, and Into the Woods as Rapunzel’s Prince.

He has received vocal training under the direction of Dr. Christine Isley-Farmer. He plans on pursuing theatre and music performance as well as writing music. He is excited about where life will take him and to be a part of this cast and production!

Cody Wilson

Thuy

Cody Wilson is excited and couldn’t be more pleased to have his professional debut here at Western Playhouse.

Originally from Fairmont West Virginia he is an upcoming senior at West Virginia University in the BFA acting studio program.

He is extremely enthusiastic about working on Miss Saigon and getting a whole new perspective on his Vietnamese heritage by viewing it through the magic of theater.

He has been seen in West Virginia University’s productions of The Cherry Orchard as Firs, Blood Wedding as Woodcutter and Youth, and The Visit as Kobby.

He would like to thank all of his friends and family for a life time of support and Western Playhouse for giving him the role of a lifetime!

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