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The Music Man

Show Times:

June 20 - 7:30 p.m.
June 21 - 7:30 p.m.
June 22 - 2:00 p.m.
June 26 - 7:30 p.m.
June 27 - 7:30 p.m.
June 28 - 7:30 p.m.

Music Man Cast

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Dallas Henry Dallas Henry*
Harold Hill
Melissa Perry Melissa Perry
Marian Paroo
Judy Simmons Judy Simmons*
Mrs. Paroo
Raymond Johnson Raymond Johnson
Marcellus Washburn
Danny Kellogg Danny Kelllogg
Constable Locke
Paul Kunz Paul Kunz
Charlie Cowell
Erik Burns-Sprung Erik Burns-Sprung
Mayor Shinn
Megan Gill Megan Gill
Maud Dunlop
Danielle Davila Daniel Davila
Zaneeta Shinn
Jessica Love Jessica Love
Mrs. Squires
Alanna Lovely Alanna Lovely
Ethel Toffelmier
Leah Swank-Miller Leah Swank-Miller
Eulalie Shinn
Jacob Mills Jacob Mills
Oliver Hix
Nerissa Lee Nerissa Lee
Caleb Hazelwood Caleb Hazelwood
Ewart Dunlop
Morgan Quillin Morgan Quillin
Gracie Shinn
Ian Fast Ian Fast
Olin Britt
Jagger Bowers Jagger Bowers
Jacey Squires
Anna Bracciano Anna Bracciano
Anna Brockman Anna Brockman
Alma Hix
Joseph Kellogg Joseph Kellogg
Tommy Djilas
Riley Bayer Riley Bayer
Lauren Bergman Lauren Bergman
Antonio Daniels-Braziel Antonio Daniels-Braziel
Alyssa Cavazos Alyssa Cavazos
Nerissa Lee Nerissa Lee
Sebastian Smith Sebastian Smith
Ali Fowler Ali Fowler
Derek Thompson Derek Thomposon
Ashlyn Ford Ashlyn Ford
Children's Chorus
Carson Gaddie Carson Gaddie
Children's Chorus
Daniel Love Daniel Love
Children's Chorus
Riley McKune Riley McKune
Chilren's Chorus
Hailey Meyer Hailey Meyer
Children's Chorus
Amanda Nabors Amanda Nabors
Children's Chorus
Natalie Stover Natalie Stover
Children's Chorus

*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. 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. 

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.”

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