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June 17 - 7:30 p.m.
June 18 - 7:30 p.m.
June 19 - 2:00 p.m.
June 23 - 7:30 p.m.
June 24 - 7:30 p.m.
June 25 - 7:30 p.m.

Cast

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

Ray Johnson Raymond Johnson
Tevye
Cathy BarnettCathy Barnett*
Golde
Katherine Tabisz Katherine Tabisz
Tzeitel
Frank Zabilka Frank Zabilka
Motel
Katie Blessing Katie Blessing
Hodel
Alyssa Wolf Alyssa Wolf
Chava
Lara Moffett-Mendard Lara Moffett Menard*
Yente
Zach Erhardt Zach Erhardt
Perchik
Jim KorinkeJim Korinke*
Lazar Wolf
Nic Mains Nic Mains
Constable
Licia WatsonLicia Watson*
Fruma Sara/Villager
Gabe Ford-Dunker Gabe Ford-Dunker
Fyedka
Amber Bracken Amber Bracken
Schprinze
Ashlyn Ford Ashlyn Ford
Bielke
Sebastian Smith Sebastian Smith
Mordcha/Innkeep
Vince Orabona Vince Orabona
Featured Dance/Villager
Kelsei Peppars Kelsei Peppars
Fiddler
Connor Mendenhall Connor Mendenhall
Mendel/Villager
Riley BayerRiley Bayer
Rabbi/Villager
Lily Lancaster Lily Lancaster
Villager/Grandma Tzeitel
Dasa Hayes Dasa Hayes
Villager
Kelsey Garber Kelsey Garber
Villager
Abby Sexton Abby Sexton
Villager
Skylar BoothSkyla Booth
Villager
Maria SchroederMaria Schroeder
Villager
Taylor HartTaylor Hart
Villager
Nick SmithNick Smith
Villager/Dancer
Drew Porrett Drew Porrett
Villager/Dancer
Joel Walley Joel Walley
Villager
Seth WalleySeth Walley
Villager
Thomas Blake Hogan Thomas Hogan
Feat. Dancer/Villager
Madalyn Ivy Madalyn Ivy
Villager
Annaka KelloggAnnaka Kellogg
Villager
Cannon Petersen Cannon Petersen
Villager
Regan WatsonReagan Watson
Villager
Olivia Debney-Carr Olivia Debney-Carr
Villager
Anna  Bracciano Anna Bracciano
Villager
Amelia Stoll Amelia Stoll
Villager
Cole Bracken Cole Bracken
Villager
Nyssia Crandall Nyssia Crandall
Villager

Raymond Johnson

Tevye

The Music Man (Marcellus), 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.

Cathy Barnett*

Golde

Cathy Barnett is a professional actress and voice-over artist based in Kansas City, Missouri. She performs in live theater venues across the metro area, most recently at the Unicorn Theatre in the world premiere of How To Steal A Picasso. Prior performances include You Can’t Take It With You and Adams Family: The Musical, both at the New Theater. She has also appeared at The Starlight Theater (The Producers, The Sound of Music), Cathy has toured nationally and internationally in productions of both Forbidden Broadway and Forbidden Hollywood. She has also traveled across the nation as Louise in the tribute piece, Always, Patsy Cline. She portrays the Hallmark greeting card character, “Maxine,” who will make her Branson debut in a new musical, Maxine’s Christmas Carol in November 2016. Cinematically speaking, Cathy is featured in The House on Pine Street, a locally filmed, award-winning, “chilling genre-bender”. Visit thehouseonpinestreet.com.

Katherine Tabisz

Tzeitel

Katherine is ecstatic to be making her debut with Western Playhouse in this touching musical. Katherine is currently a sophomore musical theatre major and dance minor at Ball State University, and hails from the western suburbs of Chicago! She was recently seen performing the role of Allana in The Little Mermaid, and Pinkalicious at The Palace Theater, as well as with Six Flags Entertainment. Other credits include Vanessa (In The Heights), Tammy (Hairspray), and Elinor Dashwood (Sense and Sensibility). Much love to her family and friends for their endless love and support! KatherineTabisz.com

Frank Zabilka

Motel

Frank is ecstatic to be making his Western Playhouse debut! He is also overjoyed to recreate the role of Motel Kamzoil, which he played his junior year of high school! Regional credits include Grease (Doody) at Lincoln Way Area Summer Stock Theatre and The Sound of Music (Rolf Gruber) at BrightSide Theatre. Educational credits include Hairspray (Link Larkin), Merrily We Roll Along (Frank Jr.), Hello, Dolly! (Cornelius Hackl), Rent (Mark Cohen), 42nd Street (Billy Lawlor), Big River (Huckleberry Finn), West Side Story (Baby John), CATS (Skimbleshanks), and Shrek The Musical (Pinocchio). In the fall, Frank can be seen playing Frankie Epps in Parade at Ball State University, where he will be returning to school for his junior year as a Musical Theatre major. Frank would like to thank his friends, family, and educators for their constant support and guidance. He would also like to dedicate this performance to his wonderful family: Frank Sr., Sue, Jack, and Billy.

Katie Blessing

Hodel

Katie feels "blessed" to be a part of Fiddler on the Roof. A St. Louis native and OCU grad, credits include: A Chorus Line (Val), West Side Story (Anybodys), Singin' in the Rain, Chicago and The Producers. She has also had the privilege to dance and travel the world while performing for Princess Cruises and was honored to perform and choreograph for The Andy Williams Christmas Show. She resides in NYC, where she both dances and choreographs for ALMA NYC. Katie is co-founder of KD Choreography, and has co-choreographed for this production of Fiddler as well as for many other venues of stage, film and runway alongside colleague Dasa Hayes. www.kdchoreography.com Many thanks to Bob for this opportunity! Much love to Dasa, Mom, Christian and the rest of my incredible support system – you are the best!

Alyssa Wolf

Chava

Alyssa Wolf (Chava) is thrilled to make her Western Playhouse debut this summer! She is pursuing her BFA in Musical Theatre at the Conservatory of Theatre And Dance at Southeast Missouri State University. Regional credits include; Princess Ying (The King and I) and Gracie Shinn (The Music Man) at The MUNY, St. Louis, MO. Some of Alyssa’s favorite credits at SEMO include Ivy Smith (On the Town) and Tammy (Hairspray). This fall at The Conservatory she will be playing the role of Connie in A Chorus Line. Alyssa was a member of the MunyKids and MunyTeens touring groups throughout her childhood, and spent eight summers performing on the beautiful Muny stage in over 15 productions. Alyssa is extremely grateful for this wonderful opportunity to work with such talented people this summer at the Western Playhouse. She wants to thank everyone who has supported her along her journey!

Lara Moffett Menard*

Yente

Lara Moffett Menard hails from Mt. Zion, Illinois and received her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. She is a member of AEA and AGVA and has performed in various regional productions across the United States. Some credits include: West Side Story (Anita), A Chorus Line (Cassie & Diana Morales), Grease (Rizzo & Jan), CATS (Demeter), Singin' in the Rain (Kathy Seldon), and World Goes Round (Woman #2). Lara had the pleasure to tour with the world famous Radio City Rockettes for eight years as Mrs. Claus, and featured singer/dancer in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. She has entertained with the Indianapolis Symphony, at Walt Disney World, Busch Gardens, on cruise ships, and most recently on the famous 'Branson Strip' in Branson, Missouri. In her spare time, Lara choreographs for a wide variety of competitive showchoirs throughout the Midwest, as well as directs and choreographs musicals for various high schools. She is a certified Hot Yoga instructor and teaches at Kom Hot Yoga studio. She dedicates this performance to "Gramma Geeta"-her own personal Yente. Sincerest gratitude and LOVE to my family-esp. my husband, and four year old entertainer-in-training.

Zach Erhardt

Perchik

Erhardt, originally from St. Louis, MO, is a rising senior at the University of Cincinnati: College-Conservatory of Music. Favorite roles include: Mick in Lysistrata Jones (CCM), Tom Sawyer in Big River (CCM), Robert in The Drowsy Chaperone (Thunder Bay Theatre), and Patch in 101 Dalmatians (STAGES St. Louis). Erhardt is also lead singer/co-songwriter of the Cincinnati based band 'The Interns.' Many thanks to my family, CCM faculty, Phil, Grace, and Jeff and Paige.

Jim Korinke*

Lazar Wolf

Jim has been a professional actor for 42 years and a proud member of The Equity Actors Association for 39 years. He has performed in over 120 stage performances, including Harold Hill in The Music Man, Edna in Hairspray, Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, and Frank Sinatra in All Sinatra. He has also appeared in some two dozen feature films, including The House on Pine Street, due out this fall; and hundreds of commercials for such clients as, the U.S. Army, Coca Cola, McDonalds, HyVee, Honda, and was the voice of Walmart for four years. For MWSU, Jim portrays Walter Cronkite in the trilogy of plays associated with the Walter Cronkite Memorial. He has noted that “This project has been particularly rewarding. I can’t think of anyone I respected, admired or aspired to more, than Mr. Cronkite. I am so honored, and humbled, to have been asked to bring his words and wisdom to life again.” Jim looks forward to being part of the Western Playhouse company for 2016.

Nic Mains

Constable

Nic Mains is thrilled to be joining Western Playhouse's production of Fiddler on the Roof, appearing as the Constable. He is currently pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre at the Chicago College of Performing Arts and is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy. He has also studied at the Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre. He is incredibly thankful for the opportunity to be a part of such a beautiful story. Love to Mom and Dad. Recent credits include: Barnaby in Stephen Schwartz's The Baker's Wife, Sean O'Casey's The Plough in the Stars, and Jean Valjean in Les Misérables. www.nicmains.com

Licia Watson*

Fruma Sara/Villager

Licia Watson is delighted to be making her debut here at the Western Playhouse. A midwestern native, Licia makes her home in Kansas City, where she has appeared on the stages of Kansas City Starlight Theatre, the Unicorn Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Quality Hill Playhouse, New Theatre Restaurant, Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, and the Chestnut Fine Arts Center, where she recently made her directing debut. She has worked throughout the Midwest in a variety of venues where favorite roles have included Rona in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee for Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre, Eleanor in The Lion in Winter for USI/New Harmony Theatre, and Carol in The Last Romance for the Old Creamery Theatre in the Amana Colonies. Her favorite role, however, is that of wife to the amazing Rick Milton and mother of Travis, a super hero in his own right. She and Rick enjoy traveling, cooking, and walking on the beach…when they can find one. Licia is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and serves as the liaison for the Kansas City area. In loving memory of Fred Braun, who always made sure Licia knew how much she was missed when working out of town.

Gabe Ford-Dunker

Fyedka

Gabe Ford-Dunker (Fyedka) Originally from Fargo, ND, Gabe is a Musical Theatre major at Ball State University in Muncie, IN. He is so excited to be making his Western Playhouse debut as Fyedka! Some of Gabe’s past Ball State credits include IQ (Hairspray), Jerome (Merrily We Roll Along), Karl Lindner (A Raisin in the Sun). Other credits include Frog (A Year with Frog and Toad) at Quisisana-Maine and Nick Carraway (The Great Gatsby) at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014. Gabe is overjoyed to be working alongside such positive people at such a wonderful place as Western Playhouse; it has been such a joy. Enjoy the show!

Amber Bracken

Schprinze

Amber just finished her 7th grade year at St. Therese School in Parkville, MO. She has been in two school musicals with her favorite part as Little Red in Into the Woods Jr. She has also been in productions with Theatre Atchison, Gladstone Theatre in the Park, The River City Community Players and is very excited to be in the Western Playhouse’s production of Fiddler on the Roof! In her spare time, Amber likes to draw, play the cello and clarinet, sing, dance, read and swim!

Ashlyn Ford

Bielke

Ashlyn is excited to return to the Western Playhouse stage for her second role in two years. Her credits include, Beauty and the Beast Jr. (Madame de la Grande Bouche and Silly Girl #3), Seussical Jr. (Jojo), Tarzan (Little ape), The Music Man (Children’s chorus) and LesMiserables’ (Little Cosette). You can also catch her next month in the C.A.P. production of Aladdin Jr. Ashlyn enjoys singing, piano and guitar lessons with her music teacher, Janene Collins, and is also a member of the St. Joseph Youth Chorale. You may also recognize Ashlyn as the second place winner in the 2015 St. Joe’s Got Talent competition. Ashlyn wishes to thank Western Playhouse, and Director Bob Willenbrink, for the opportunity to be involved in this wonderful production and work alongside such a talented cast of fellow actors.

Sebastian Smith

Mordcha/Innkeep

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 Facebook.com/SebastianCarlSmith for upcoming shows and events.

Vince Orabona

Featured Dancer/Villager

Vince is excited to be making his debut at Western Playhouse in Fiddler on the Roof. Regional Credits include - West Side Story (A-Rab), A Chorus Line (Bobby), Crazy For You (Junior), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Speed Tapper), La Cage Aux Folles (Derma), Peter Pan (Curly), Pippin (Player), and Odd Couple (Murray). Theme park credits Include: Celtic Fyre and Miracles at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Vince recently danced the Sugar Plum Cavalier with Arabesque Contemporary Ballet in The Nutcracker. He has a BFA from the University of the Arts in ballet performance. Vince would like to thank his parents for all of their support.

Kelsei Peppars

Fiddler

Ms. Peppars is thrilled to be playing the Fiddler in her debut role at Western Playhouse! She is finishing up her sophomore year at Missouri Western State University and is currently pursuing a B.M. in Music Business with a Performance Emphasis. Although Ms. Peppars has only previously acted in one other production (Kiss Me Kate - Hattie) she has played violin in several. Her professional and community orchestra credits include the following: Miss Saigon (assistant principal), The Music Man (concert master), Cabaret (concert master), Annie Get Your Gun (assistant principal), Into the Woods (concert master), The Cocoanut (concert master), Les Miserables (concert master), Thoroughly Modern Millie (concert master), The Magic Flute (principal), Sondheim on Sondheim (concert master) and Pirates of Penzance (concert master). Ms. Peppars is a member of the Saint Joseph Symphony as well as the Missouri Western Symphony Orchestra and Missouri Western Piano Trio. She also plays throughout the Northwest area of Missouri for private events as a freelance musician.

Dasa Hayes

Villager

Dasa Hayes is excited to perform in Fiddler on the Roof! Originally from Tucson, Dasa received her BFA from University of Arizona. Professional credits as a dancer/singer/choreographer include: Busch Gardens, Legendary Superstars, Legends in Concert, Shoji Tabuchi and The Andy Williams’ Christmas Show. She has also performed in several magic shows including: Rick Thomas’ Dream, The Magic of Taylor Reed and Hamner’s Unbelievable. Dasa was blessed to tour the world performing for Holland America cruise line. Dasa is co-founder of KD Choreography, and has co-choreographed for this production of Fiddler as well as many other venues of stage, film and runway alongside colleague Katie Blessing. www.kdchoreography.com. Sending love and thanks to Katie, Bob Willenbrink and to my beautiful family – Billy, Tristan, Phoenix and mama Sally.

Connor Mendenhall

Mendel/Villager

Connor is ecstatic to be making his professional debut with the Western Playhouse in the production of Fiddler on the Roof. He is a junior at Platte County High School and is heavily involved in the school’s theatre and music program. He was recently seen in Platte County High School’s productions of Murder by Poe as Dupin/Poe and One Man, Two Guvnors as Stanley Stubbers. He will be seen later this summer as Gomez Addams in the KC Cappies production of The Addams Family. Other credits include Seymour Krelborn in Little Shop of Horrors, Sheridan Whiteside in The Man Who Came to Dinner, and Wilbur Turnblad in Hairspray among other roles. He would like to thank the several people who have helped him get to this point.

Kelsey Garber

Villager

Kelsey Garber (Ensemble) is excited to be working for Western Playhouse for the first time! She has previously been seen in Missouri Western's productions of The Pirates of Penzance as Kate Stanley and The Marriage of Figaro as Antonio. She is blessed to have this opportunity to be in Fiddler on the Roof and wants to thank her family and friends for all of their love and support!

Abby Sexton

Villager

Abby Sexton is delighted to be singing and dancing through another summer with Western Playhouse. She is a sophomore at Missouri Western, studying theatre, musical theatre, and dance. Abby is a proud EMC cardholder of the Actor's Equity Association. Other credits include Susan in The Marriage of Figaro (Missouri Western), Sally Bowles in Cabaret (Missouri Western), Little Red Riding Hood in Into The Woods (Western Playhouse), Ermengarde in Hello Dolly (RRT), Hope Cladwell in Urinetown (Missouri Western) and several others. "I wouldn't be half the person I am today without the contribution of those around me- for that, I am grateful." Enjoy the show!

Skyla Booth

Villager

Skyla is so excited to be making her Western Playhouse debut! Skyla has been involved in theatre since high school. She is heavily involved in the Theatre and Cinema department of Missouri Western State University. She has performed in Godspell, The Marriage of Figaro (Countess of Almaviva), Cabaret (Fraulein Schneider), and Urinetown (Josephine “Ma” Strong). She has also directed two One Act plays for the Missouri Western Directing Showcase and is an active member of Alpha Psi Omega Honors Theatre Fraternity and Sigma Alpha Iota Honors Music Fraternity. Skyla has also performed in Legally Blonde: The Musical (Sarena) with her community theatre in Kearney, MO.

Riley Bayer

Rabbi/Villager

Riley Bayer is very excited to once again be apart of Western Playhouse. Riley Bayer is a resent graduate at Missouri Western State University where he reseaved BS degree in Theatre and Cinema where he studied Performance, Directing, and Writing. Riley has performed various shows such as; Of Mice and Men (Lennie), The Producers (Franz Leibkind), God of Carnage (Micheal Novak), Cabaret (Shultz), The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Himself), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Peter Quince), Godspell (Himself), Three Days of Rain (Ned/Walker), Urinetown (Tiny Tom), Pirates of Penzance (Pirate), Romeo and Juliet (Balthazar), and Arsenic and Old Lace. For more info please visit www.rileybayer.com.

Maria Schroeder

Villager

Maria Schroeder is absolutely thrilled to join the cast of Fiddler on the Roof, her first Western Playhouse production! Other favorite roles include: Sister Mary Robert (Sister Act), Rosie (Bye Bye Birdie), Marian (The Music Man), and Betty Jean (The Marvelous Wonderettes). Maria is a BFA Musical Theatre major at Missouri State University, and plans to graduate in 2017. She has too long of a thank-you list, but she'll sum it up to God, her family, Gamma Phi Beta, her theatre families (all of them), ELC Media, Tyler Coleman, and Reagan Drake.

Taylor Hart

Villager

Taylor is thrilled to be making her first appearance at the Western Playhouse. She recently moved to the St. Joseph area and holds a B.F.A in Theatre from Abilene Christian University. Professional credits include: Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Mrs. Potiphar/Wife), Footloose (Urlene), 42nd Street (Anytime Annie), Big Fish (Girl in the Water), 100 Saints You Should Know (Theresea), Metamorphosis (Aphrodite), Les Miserables (Ensemble), and Tarzan (Ensemble). Love and thanks to my family, friends, and my husband for their unconditional support. Isaiah 40:31

Lily Lancaster

Villager/Grandma Tzeitel

Lily is excited to be making her Western Playhouse debut in Fiddler on the Roof! Lily is a recent graduate of the University of Kansas with a Theatre Major and a Dance minor. Lily is overjoyed to have been a member of the Fall 2014 inaugural class of the National Musical Theatre Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center in Waterford, CT! Lily was most recently seen as Beth in KU’s production of Little Women. She was also seen in Creede Repertory Theatre's Guys and Dolls as a Hot Box Girl and a Gambler, the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre's Light in the Piazza, as well as Maggie in Flora the Red Menace at the University of Kansas.

Nick Smith

Villager/Dancer

Nick is excited to be making his debut with Western Playhouse in this fantastic production! A student of the Musical Theatre Performance program at Western Michigan University his previous credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Hands on a Hardbody, and Man of La Mancha. Thank you to my amazing family and friends for all of the support! Enjoy the show!

Drew Porrett

Villager/Dancer

Drew will be a senior this upcoming fall semester at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. Past Credits include: Dancer/Singer in a Bob Fosse-inspired revue called Steam Heat at Mason Street Warehouse; Mister Mistoffelees in Cats at Clinton Area Showboat; Ensemble in The Who’s Tommy and Big Bad Wolf in Shrek: The Musical at Kalamazoo Civic Theatre; Ensemble in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Dorilant in The Country Wife, Paco in Man of La Mancha, and Ensemble in 9 to 5: The Musical at Western Michigan University. After his professional debut at Western Playhouse he will be traveling back to Michigan to play the role of Will Parker in Oklahoma! and join the ensemble in The Addams Family at Tibbits Opera House. He would like to thank his family and friends back in his hometown (Yale, MI) for their continued support and love! Special thanks to his wonderful parents.

Joel Walley

Villager

Joel Walley is thrilled to be making his Western Playhouse debut. Credits include All My sons (Chris Keller), Annie Get Your Gun (Sitting Bull), and The Secret Case of Sherlock Holmes (Dr. Watson). He performed with Springfield Little Theater's YES Troupe, and is now a student at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar MIssouri. Special thanks to his brother Seth for finding summer theater companies and taking him to auditions.

Seth Walley

Villager

Seth Walley is a Junior at Southwest Baptist University majoring in music and chemistry, with a minor in theatre. He is excited to making his Western Playhouse debut in Fiddler on the Roof. Seth is classically trained in opera and art song but has also developed a love for musical theatre, and focuses on combining the technical prowess and lyricism of classical singing with the expressiveness and genuine feeling of musical theatre. Favorite roles include Simone in Gianni Schicchi, Frank Butler in Annie Get Your Gun, and the Editor in an original dance production of Peter Rabbit and Other Tales by Beatrix Potter.

Thomas Hogan

Featured Dancer/Villager

A native of Columbia, MO, Thomas has performed professionally across the country and internationally. He has worked with Disney Cruise Line, Maine State Music Theatre, Fireside Theatre, Theatre by the Sea, Arrow Rock Lyceum, and Maples Repertory, to name a few. Favorite credits include: Hello Dolly! (Barnaby), Spelling Bee (Chip), Grease (Sonny), Drowsy Chaperone (Gangster), La Cage aux Folles (Phaedra). BFA in Musical Theatre from Missouri State University. Thomas is also an award-winning cake designer and sugar artist.

Madalyn Ivy

Villager

Madalyn is thrilled to be making her debut with Western Playhouse. She will be a senior at Platte County High School, where she has been in many productions, such as One Man, Two Guvnors (Rachel Crabbe), The Music Man (Marian Paroo) and Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey). She is also an All-State soprano and enjoys playing tennis in her free time. She would like to thank her family for their endless support.

Annaka Kellogg

Villager

Annaka Kellogg is thrilled to make her professional debut with Western Playhouse this summer. She began her theatrical journey at the young age of four years old, and hasn't stopped loving it since. Annaka was recently seen in RRT's production of The Diary of Anne Frank (Anne) and MWSU's production of Annie (Annie). When not on the stage, you can find Annaka in the business classrooms of Central High School, where she is heavily involved in her DECA chapter. She would like to thank the entire cast and crew for making this such a wonderful experience, director Bob Willenbrink for the opportunity, and her family for supporting her through this 12 year journey.

Cannon Petersen

Villager

Cannon Petersen is excited to be making his debut with Western Playhouse in Fiddler on the Roof. He recently graduated from Benton High School in Saint Joseph, Missouri where was active all four years in the Theatre Department and was the head costume designer for the last two years. He plans on attending Webster University in St. Louis, in the Fall to study costume design and construction. Cannon has been in several shows both in school and in the local community, including The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan, George Orwell’s 1984, Glitz: the Little Miss Christmas Pageant Musical, The Love of Three Oranges, Bring it on the Musical, The Addams Family, Hello Dolly!, Mary Poppins, and The Lost Boy.

Reagan Watson

Villager

Reagan Watson is thrilled to be given this opportunity to be involved in the Western Playhouse production of Fiddler on the Roof.  She has previously performed in RRT productions to include the role of Tinker Bell in Peter Pan, Jr. and Babette in Beauty and the Beast, Jr.  She is a piano/voice student of Janene Collins and is a student at Dance Arts Center.  Reagan will be a third-grader at Oak Grove Elementary this fall.  Her family and friends are excited to see her take the stage and couldn't be more proud!

Olivia Debney-Carr

Villager

Olivia is ten years old and loves to sing and dance. She has been a member of Barbara Ellis Studio of Dance Ensemble group for the last three years, and has been a performer for a Childrens Theater group for several summers. She has played Annie, in Annie, Jasmine in Aladdin, the Hyena Ed, in The Lion King and the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz. She also performed in an international voice recording musical, Two Scoops of Courage. Olivia has performed the National Anthem for charity gala’s and events, and is also active in her school choir. Her dream is to be on Broadway and until then, to be on a stage, as much as possible. She is very excited to be in this production this summer.

Anna Bracciano

Villager

Anna is 13 years old and attends Truman Middle School. She feels very lucky to be a part of the Fiddler on the Roof cast! Anna loves the stage and enjoys participating in everything it takes to get a performance to production. Her first and favorite role was playing Tiny Tim in MWSU’s A Christmas Carol, and since then she has been in several plays/musicals with RRT, RRT Jr. Players, MWSU and Western Playhouse. Thanks goes to her family for their support and for always being willing to practice lines, singing and dancing with her!

Amelia Stoll

Villager

Amelia Stoll, daughter of Eric and Tara Stoll, is a fifth grader at Oak Grove Elementary in St. Joseph. She loves to perform and is so excited to be in her very first musical! Amelia in in her third year singing with the St. Joseph Youth Chorale. She also participates in gymnastics and basketball. Some of her favorite activities are playing Minecraft, hanging out with her two younger sisters, listening to music, and going to the movies. Thank you for supporting Amelia and the other young performers in Fiddler!

Cole Bracken

Villager

Cole will be starting his ninth grade year at Park Hill South High School in Kansas City. He has been in middle school musicals as well as productions with The Barn Players, Theatre Atchison (Gavroche in Les Miserables), Gladstone Theatre in the Park, and the River City Community Players. In his free time, Cole likes to play the saxophone and violin, sing, dance, read and swim. He is very excited to be in Fiddler on the Roof!

Nyssia Crandall

Villager

Nyssia is so excited to be working at Western Playhouse for her first time on stage! In the fall she will be starting 8th grade at Wydown Middle School in St. Louis. In her free time she enjoys playing viola, making crafts, walking her dog, Bella, and teaching Bella new tricks. She would like to thank her friends and family for all of their love and support.

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