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July 11 - 7:30 p.m.
July 12 - 7:30 p.m.
July 13 - 2:00 p.m.
July 17 - 7:30 p.m.
July 18 - 7:30 p.m.
July 19 - 7:30 p.m.

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Mother Divine Cast

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Randy Davis Randy Davis*
Father Divine
Betti O Betti O.
Mother Divine
Megan Gill Megan Gill
Mother in the Second Body
Derek Thompson Derek Thompson
Lester/Instantly Religious Son
Katie Kalahurka Katie Kalahurka*
Miss Glo Ray
Paul Kunz Candace Culcleasure
Miss Handsome Is As Handsome Does
Mary Kate Moore Mary Kate Moore
Miss Bountiful Plenty
Erick Carter Erick Carter
Brother Upward Universe
Matthew King Matthew King
Arnold
Alanna Lovely Alanna Lovely
Emma
Thomas Delgado Thomas Delgado
Prodigal Son
Merlynne Hughes Merlynne Hughes
Miss Lovely Best
Mert Hughes Mert Hughes
Mr. Wisdom Smiling
Jacob Mills Jacob Mills
Brother Brotherly Love
Amanda Estep Amanda Estep
Sister Buncha Love
Ian Fast Lauren Bergman
Miss Holyword Hallelujah

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

Megan Gill

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

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

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.

Derek Thompson

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.

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).

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.

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.

Lauren Bergman

Mother Divine: Miss Holyword Hallelujah

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).

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