Meet the 2012 Company


Resident Company – Ladies

Francesca Arostegui

Francesca Arostegui is thrilled to spend her first summer at MTWichita! She is a 2012 graduate from Indiana University with a BFA in musical theatre. Favorite roles include: Chrissy in Hair, Bonnie in Anything Goes, and Zaneeta in The Music Man. She would like to thank Wayne for this wonderful opportunity and sends love to her amazing family and friends!

Alicia Clark

Alicia Clark is a native of Broken Arrow, OK and just graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Oklahoma. Some favorite roles include A Chorus Line (Bebe), Hairspray (Tammy), Ragtime (Ensemble) with Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, and Sunday in the Park…(Celeste), …Forum (Vibrata), A Chorus Line (Judy) with University Theatre. Alicia has also been the featured tapper with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic performing alongside Judy McLane and Jeff McCarthy. Alicia is thrilled to be here, and thanks her family for always supporting her.

Anna Cooper

Anna Cooper is so thrilled to be a part of MTWichita’s company this summer season! She recently completed her freshman year at Wichita State University as a musical theatre major. Favorite roles include Mimi in Rent, Anita in West Side Story, and Rusty in Footloose. So much thanks to God, her family & the whole MTW team for this awesome opportunity

Kate Dinsmore

Kate Dinsmore is from Olympia, WA, and is a recent graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre. Favorite roles include Domina (A Funny Thing…Forum), Smitty (How to Succeed…), and Sour Kangaroo (Seussical). She has sung with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra, and numerous times with the Oklahoma Jazz Ensembles.

Sarah Fagan

Sarah Fagan is thrilled to make her musical debut with Music Theatre of Wichita and is very thankful for this opportunity! She just graduated from Oklahoma City University with a degree in dance performance, where she appeared in many shows with the American Spirit Dance Company. Sarah would like to thank her family at home and at OCU for their support.

Heather Farney

Heather Farney is overjoyed to be a part of Music Theatre of Wichita’s company this summer. She graduated this past spring from Kansas State University with a degree in vocal performance music theatre. Heather would like to thank the MTWichita staff for this incredible opportunity.

Alex Finke

Alex Finke is thrilled to be making her debut this summer at Music Theatre Wichita! She is a recent University of Michigan graduate, hailing from Dayton, Ohio. Favorite roles include: Jane in Tarzan (Regional Premiere), Wagon Wheel, and Vicki in The Full Monty, Michigan. Thanks and love to Mom, Dad, Sarah, Chris and Jimmy!

Alexandra Fragoso

Alexandra Fragoso is thrilled to be making her MTWichita debut after completing her freshman year as a musical theatre major at the University of Michigan. Favorite credits include Velma Kelly in Chicago, Cosette in Les Mieserables, and Yonah in Children of Eden. She thanks her family and friends for their continual support, and MTW for this wonderful opportunity!

Hannah Freeman

Hannah Freeman couldn’t be more excited to be making her MTWichita debut! Hannah is a sophomore musical theatre major at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). CCM: Dream Laurey in Oklahoma! and Fredrika in A Little Night Music. Many, many thanks to Wayne, Nancy and MTWichita for this wonderful opportunity and to her family for their endless and inspirational support.

Catherine Helm

Catherine Helm is humbled to make her MTWichita debut. A sophomore at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (CCM), Catherine has appeared in program productions including Under Construction II, Out of This World, Oklahoma!, and Into the Woods. The biggest thanks to Wayne, Nancy, and MTW for this unbelievable opportunity. Love and thanks to my parents, family, and friends!

Brooke Lacy

Brooke Lacy is delighted to be a part of MTWichita’s fantastic summer season! An upcoming junior Musical Theatre major at the University of Oklahoma, her recent credits include Seussical (Bird Girl), The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Soloist), and OKC Philharmonic’s A Very Merry Pops (Mistletoe). A tremendous thank you goes out to her unconditionally loving and supportive family and friends, as well as the MTW staff for this amazing opportunity.

Sophie Menas

Sophie Menas is thrilled for her fifth MTWichita summer! She just graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BFA in Musical Theatre, and will move to New York City this fall. Favorite OU credits: Diana Morales (A Chorus Line), Mimi (Rent), and Mayzie LaBird (Seussical). Thanks first to God for his countless blessings, to her family for their love and support, and to Wayne, Nancy, and the entire MTW family for their magnificent opportunities that have advanced her growth as a performer and young woman.

Sarah Quinn

Sarah Quinn, a recent graduate of Maize High, feels so blessed to be back at MTWichita for her third summer! Sarah will attend the University of Oklahoma in the fall to pursue Musical Theatre. Abounding thanks to Wayne, Roger, Nancy, Josh, and everyone at MTWichita for continued support, and to family, friends, and teachers for endless love and encouragement. 1 Peter 4:10-11

Natalie Rankin

Natalie Rankin, a Nashville Tennessean, is so excited to be a part of this summer season, her very first at MTWichita. Natalie will be a junior Musical Theatre Major at Texas State University this fall.

Sarah Shelton

Sarah Shelton is ecstatic to be spending her second summer at MTW! She just graduated as a dance performance major from Oklahoma City University and can’t think of a better way to spend her last college summer. She is grateful to the MTW team for this amazing opportunity!

Kimber Elayne Sprawl

Kimber Elayne Sprawl is a junior Musical Theatre major at The Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (CCM). CCM: Civil War, Out of This World, and Rent. Other credits include Seussical (Bird Girl) and High School Musical (Taylor) for The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, and Once on This Island (Ti Moune) and The Wiz (Dorothy) for Cincinnati Black Theatre Company. Kimber is so excited to be joining the MTWichita Family!

Dani Young

Dani Young is so honored to be back at MTWichita! Favorite MTW performances include The Producers and Les Miserables. Favorite roles include Miss Jones in How to Succeed (WSU) directed by Wayne Bryan, Pennywise in Urinetown (WSU) and the Witch in Into the Woods (Friends University). The biggest thanks to Wayne, Nancy, Roger, Josh, and Mary Sue for this amazing job! Lovies to Mom, Dad, John and Graham!

 

 

 

 

Resident Company – Gentlemen

Matthew Amira

MTWichita debut! Born and raised in New York City, Matthew is a rising senior at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. CCM credits: Billy Pierce (Civil War), Rapunzel’s Prince (Into the Woods). Elsewhere: Lysander (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) at the Hudson Warehouse. In 2009, Matthew placed third overall in the English Speaking Union’s National Shakespeare Competition. Big thanks to his family, Wayne, and the Lookers!

Robert Ariza

Robert Ariza couldn’t be happier to join the MTWichita family! He is currently studying Musical Theatre at The University of Michigan. Recent credits: Spring Awakening (Hanschen), West Side Story (Tony), Pippin (Pippin), Assassins (Zangara), Candide (Candide), The Last Five Years (Jamie). Many thanks to his family and friends back in NY, as well as his new family and friends at UofM.

Max Chucker

Max Chucker is a recent B.M. graduate from Florida State University. He has worked professionally with Wagon Wheel Theatre, Post Playhouse, and Virginia Music Theatre. Favorite Roles include Young Fool (Big River), Gangster #1 (The Drowsy Chaperone), and Barnaby (Hello, Dolly!). Much love to Mommy, Emmy, George Gershwin, family and friends.

Caleb Dicke

Caleb Dicke is extremely excited to be joining the MTWichita family for his first summer. He will be a Junior Dance Performance at Oklahoma City University this fall. He is a member of the American Spirit Dance Company under the direction of Jo Rowan, has performed at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia, as well as in productions of The Wedding Singer, Me and My Girl, Oklahoma!, Seussical, and Bye Bye Birdie. He would like to send love and thanks to his family and friends.

Matthew Elliott

Matthew Elliott is happily returning to MTWichita this year for his second summer season. You may remember him from his MTW introduction five years ago as Troy Bolton in High School Musical. A recent graduate of Wichita State, he is so excited to be moving to NYC in the fall to pursue his dreams. He would like to thank his family for their constant love and support, his professors for their investment in his future, and MTWichita for giving him this amazing opportunity.

Daniel Horn

Daniel Horn is going into his senior year at the University of Oklahoma, and is extremely excited for his second MTWichita season. University credits: A Funny Thing… Forum (Protean), Seussical (Wickersham Brother), The Adventures of Pinnochio (Puppet Master). MTW: The Music Man, Finian’s Rainbow, Sunset Boulevard, Xanadu, and Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Thank you to the MTW family for another amazing summer! Endless thanks to his parents, family and friends for their unconditional support and love.

Adam Kaplan

Adam Kaplan is so excited to be joining the MTWichita family for the summer. Originally from Westport, CT, Adam recently graduated from Elon University (BFA Music Theatre). He has worked professionally at Flat Rock Playhouse and Central Piedmont Summer Theatre. Favorite past credits include: Hairspray (Link), She Loves Me (Georg), Hair (Berger), Into the Woods (Jack). Love and thanks to Wayne, Nancy, The Mine, the Kaplan crew, family and friends for their love and support.

John Keckeisen

John Keckeisen is thrilled to return for his second MTWichita summer! He is currently pursuing his BFA in Theater-Performance at Wichita State University. Favorite past credits include Assassins (Czolgosz), The Chairs (Old Man), Leading Ladies (Duncan), Urinetown (Sen. Fipp), Medea (Jason), How to Succeed…(J.B. Biggley, dir. Wayne Bryan), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bottom), and Fat Pig (Carter). Love and thanks to Mom, Dad, Katie, the entire WSU SPA, and Wayne for this wonderful opportunity!

Cory Lingner

Cory Lingner is a native of Indianapolis and will be a Musical Theatre senior at OU this fall. Cory is thrilled to be making his MTWichita debut. Credits: Lyric Theatre OKC: Hairspray, 42nd Street, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; OKC Philharmonic’s The Christmas Show (Mistletoe); City Rep: Harry in My Fair Lady; OU: Larry in A Chorus Line. Favorite roles: Dickon in The Secret Garden and Lumiere in Beauty And The Beast. Thanks and love to all his family and friends for continued love and support, and heartfelt thanks to Wayne and the MTW Company for giving him such a wonderful and lavish opportunity.

Evan Mayer

Evan Mayer couldn’t be more excited to join the MTWichita family this summer! Evan is a senior Musical Theatre major at Indiana University. IU: Cabaret (Emcee), Hair, Anything Goes, Rent. Regional: Sweeney Todd (Anthony), Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour). He sends many thanks to family, friends, Wayne, Nancy, and everyone who has helped him along the way.

Zach Miller

Zach Miller is a sophomore musical theatre major at Penn State University and is excited to be joining the MTWichita company! Penn State credits: Grand Hotel and Rocket Science The Musical and he will be playing Jeff in [title of show] this upcoming semester. Regional credits: The Giver (Jonas) and Bubble Boy The Musical (Mark) with Penn State Nu Musicals. Thanks to Wayne and Nancy for this incredible opportunity as well as my friends and family!

Chet Norment

Chet Norment is a rising junior at Elon University and thrilled to make his MTW debut! Recent credits include Hairspray (ZACH Theatre), She Loves Me (Elon University), and Joseph…Dreamcoat (Theatre of the Stars). Chet has also danced with recording artists Kelly Clarkson and Deborah Cox. Love to the fam and Kit!

Nick Palmquist

Nick Palmquist is elated to be returning to Wichita for his second season! He would like to thank the entire MTWichita network for the overwhelming influence they have had on him as a performer and a person. He will be a senior dance performance major at Oklahoma City University.

Benjamin Rivera

Benjamin Rivera feels blessed to be joining the MTWichita family for the first time this summer! He recently finished his sophomore year at Oklahoma City University as a dance performance major. Some favorite past shows include: 7 Brides for 7 Brothers (Benjamin), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Simeon), and Crazy for You. He would like to thank his friends and family for all their unconditional love. Jeremiah 29:11

Sean Ronayne

Sean Ronayne is thrilled to make his MTWichita debut! He just finished his junior year as a Music Theatre major at Elon University. Regional: Fame at Artpark. Elon: Rent, Hair, Closer, She Loves Me, and A Man of No Importance. Thanks so much to family without whom he’d be nothing.

Ryan Vasquez

Ryan Vasquez is a UMichMT Class of 2014 student thrilled to become a part of the MTWichita family for the first time this summer! UM: Spring Awakening (Moritz), Cabaret (Cliff); Other Candide (Candide), The 25th Annual … Bee (Leaf Coneybear). Love to Mom, Dad, JB, MT14, Wayne, Nancy, and all of MTWichita.

Zachary Wilhelm

Zachary Wilhelm is thrilled to be returning to MTWichita for a second season! He will be going into his Senior year in the Musical Theatre BFA program at Otterbein University. He is very grateful to everyone at MTWichita for this opportunity. And he would also like to thank Nick, Mom, Hayley, and the good Lord for keeping him going in this wonderful life.

 

 

 

 

Creative Team

Wayne Bryan (Producing Artistic Director)

Wayne Bryan is enjoying his 25th season at MTWichita, where he has now produced 124 Broadway-scale musicals, including dozens for which he also served as director or performer. Raised in southern California, Wayne began his professional career as both actor and director at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre, while stationed as a Navy officer in Coronado. Wayne performed on Broadway in Good News!, Rodgers and Hart, and Tintypes, and on television in such shows as “M*A*S*H”(CBS), “American History” (PBS), and “Keystone”(A&E). He also directed productions for theatres all across the country before coming to Kansas, but he feels he’s doing his most challenging and rewarding work now. Wayne is co-author with Mark Madama of a revised version of the collegiate musical Good News!, whose 1993 Wichita premiere has been followed by over 300 subsequent productions around the U.S., Canada and Great Britain, plus an internationally acclaimed cast album. Wayne was a 2002 recipient of the Kansas Governor’s Arts Award as an Individual Artist, and received the NCCJ Brotherhood/ Sisterhood Award, recognizing individuals who fight discrimination and encourage diversity. Wayne has served on arts panels for the NEA and the Kansas Arts Commission, and is a frequent lecturer and guest teacher at various universities.!

Joshua Larson (Teen Choir Staging Director) As a performer Joshua has performed with: MTWichita, Carnegie Hall, Stiletto Entertainment, Tuacahn, Silver Tree Productions, Oklahoma City University, Windwood Theatricals, The American Spirit Dance Company, and Holland America Line. He has traveled the country evaluating national dance competitions including Starbound and The Elite Dance Cup. As a choreographer Josh staged MTWichita’s last three editions of Festival of Broadway, and has choreographed the Teen Choir for the past seven years. Joshua worked as choreographer alongside Wayne Bryan on Wichita State University’s Good News! Some of Joshua’s favorite projects include Celebrate! at WSR Signature Theatre, Good News! at The Independent School, and Fiddler on the Roof at Goddard High School. He has taught and choreographed at various schools, studios, and theatres in and around the Wichita area, with his choreography earning him four Jester Awards.

Linda Starkey (Teen Choir Musical Director) continues her relationship with MTWichita, having performed in My Fair Lady, Oliver!, Cabaret, and The Sound of Music, and having conducted the Teen Choir and assisted with MTWichita’s apprentice program. Currently serving as the Director of the School of Performing Arts at Wichita State University, Linda has also served as Associate Director of the Opera and Music Theatre program there, and taught voice for more than 30 years. She has directed for Opera Kansas, WSU Opera Theatre, WSU Theatre, Wichita Community Theatre, Wichita Children’s Theatre, and the Center for the Arts. In 2005, her production of Pippin was chosen to be an alternate for the American College Theatre Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington D. C.

Nancy Reeves (Producing Associate / Company Manager) joined MTWichita in 1988 as a bookkeeper and soon took on other responsibilities. She first took over the position of Company Manager and more recently added Producing Associate to her job description.  As Company Manager Nancy’s duties include coordinating auditions, handling thousands of submissions each season. Other duties include handling the travel and housing accommodation arrangements for guest artists, and maintaining active communications with all department and department heads throughout the season. As Producing Associate Nancy attends auditions and participates in casting decisions, works with agents and participates in contract negotiations. Her long tenure at MTWichita and close personal connections to people throughout Wichita allow her to be an outstanding resource for MTWichita and for artists working in Wichita during the summer season. She can quickly connect a need to a resource, whether that is a qualified rehearsal pianist, an appropriate caterer for a donor appreciation event or a convenient hotel room for a guest artists. This year she and her husband Mark will also be celebrating their 40th Anniversary on the closing night of the season, and the birth of their first grandchild!  What a year!