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Music Theatre Wichita’s 2014 Season:
Your Passport to Broadway

Music Theatre Wichita is proud to be creating another fantastic lineup of shows for you this summer. We will take you far and wide this season, serving as your Passport to Broadway. From the South Pacific to the Holy Land and the streets of New York, our talented artists will sing and dance you through different worlds and eras. These productions are created by a legion of young Midwestern talents, working hand-in-hand with fine professional artists from across the country. The results are five handcrafted Broadway quality theatre experiences at a fraction of Broadway prices!

August 6-10

Listen to the Lullaby of Broadway! From classic film to unforgettable stage show, this glistening extravaganza boasts a dazzling cast and spectacular new sets and costumes. A grand season finale!

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42nd Street
August 6-10
Rated G
2 hr. 20 min.

“Come and meet those dancing feet!”  Broadway’s liveliest tap-dance extravaganza triumphantly returns to Music Theatre Wichita, bringing all its lively humor, gorgeous costumes, and exhilarating dance numbers. 42nd Street is the ultimate in spectacular feel-good entertainment, featuring an unprecedented array of magnificent songs:  “The Lullaby of Broadway,” “Young and Healthy,” “You’re Getting to be a Habit with Me,” “We’re in the Money,” “Shuffle Off to Buffalo,” ”Go Into Your Dance,” “About a Quarter to Nine,” and the hypnotic title tune.

Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble
Based on the Novel by Bradford Ropes
Original Direction and Dances by Gower Champion
Originally Produced on Broadway by David Merrick
The use of all songs is by Warner Bros., the owner of music publishers’ rights

 

DAMON KIRSCHE (Julian Marsh)
DAMON KIRSCHE (Julian Marsh)

Damon Kirsche happily returns to MTWichita, where he has been seen as The Scarlet Pimpernel, Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, King Arthur in Camelot, Franklin Hart, Jr. in 9 to 5, Galahad in Spamalot, Mr. Banks in Mary Poppins, and in concert with Kelli O'Hara. Damon previously appeared as Julian Marsh in 42nd Street at California's Carpenter Center and as Rick Anderson in the new Harold Arlen musical One For My Baby at the New 42nd St. Studios. Favorite roles include Kodaly in She Loves Me and Granite in On the 20th Century (Reprise!), Logos in Eric Whitacre’s Paradise Lost: Shadows & Wings (Carnegie Hall and Walt Disney Concert Hall), Curly in Oklahoma! (CLOSBC), Carl Magnus in A Little Night Music (South Coast Repertory), the Dentist (and others) in Little Shop of Horrors (Cabrillo Music Theatre), and numerous appearances with NY’s Encores Series and L.A.’s Musical Theatre Guild. Recent concerts: the “American Showstoppers” series with the Fred Barton Orchestra at NY’s Schimmel Center, Bruce Kimmel’s “Kritzerland” cabaret series in LA, and with vintage swing orchestra Dean Mora and his “Modern Rhythmists,” with whom he appeared for the 25th Anniversary of Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing series. Damon can be heard on various recordings with Dean Mora and His Orchestra and on the recently released “Lyrics and Music by Charles Bloom: In Here.” He appears as Harry McCarthy in the Civil War film Gods and Generals and as the first “Nuu’bari” on the “Star Trek: Voyager” TV series. Training: Juilliard. DamonKirsche.com.

TRACY LORE (Dorothy Brock)
TRACY LORE (Dorothy Brock)

Tracy Lore returns to Music Theatre Wichita where she has been seen as the title character in The Drowsy Chaperone, as Betty Blake in The Will Rogers Follies, as Lady Jaqueline in Me and My Girl, as Ethel McCormack in Footloose, and as ambitious Joyce Childers in the U.S. premiere of Betty Blue Eyes. She made her New York debut as Mrs. Darling in Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby, and has played Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street (Musical Theatre West) and Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes (Moonlight Amphitheatre). Other regional highlights include Hairspray (Velma), Guys and Dolls (Adelaide), The Full Monty (Vicki), Young Frankenstein (Frau Blücher),  All Shook Up (Sandra – Ovation nominee), Crazy for You (Irene), The Producers (Hold Me-Touch Me), Carousel (Mrs. Mullen), Brigadoon (Meg), Happy Days (Mrs. Cunningham), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Mrs. Meers), The Wizard of Oz (The Witch), Into the Woods (The Witch), Company (Joanne), and Chicago (Velma – AriZoni Award). Non-musical productions include Boeing, Boeing, Proposals and Noises Off. Member of The Musical Theatre Guild and Actor’s Equity. 

TESSA GRADY (Peggy Sawyer)
TESSA GRADY (Peggy Sawyer)

Music Theatre Wichita debut! Tessa has followed this show for many years, with every production being led by the talented Jon Engstrom. First as a 15-year-old in the ensemble, then as Peggy at 18 just before moving out to New York. Now, two years later, she is beyond excited to continue the fun for #3 at beautiful Wichita’s most renowned company! Credits include: Broadway: Annie (Star-to-Be). Off-Broadway: The Anthem (Berenice), Mother Jones and the Children’s Crusade (Sally Owens/ Nancy Wakeman). Having grown up in sunny California, her west coast regional roles include: Next to Normal (Natalie), Grease (Frenchy), Sound of Music (Liesl), Wizard of Oz (Dorothy), West Side Story (Anybodys), Little Women (Beth March), and the Brave Disney movie premiere at Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre. She has appeared in TV shows such as “The King of Queens” and has done various studio singing work including “The Santa Clause 3,” “Fred Claus,” and the Disney Princess CD series. Love to mom, Joe, Nick, and hi Uncle Ronny! Huge thanks to Sasha at KMR, and Jon for letting me “go into my dance” again.

SHONN WILEY (Billy Lawlor)
SHONN WILEY (Billy Lawlor)

Shonn is thrilled to be returning to MTWichita, having previously performed as a member of the company from 1996-1998.  Favorite roles with MTW are Charlie Darlymple in Brigadoon (97) and Wayne Frake in State Fair (98). Broadway / Tours:  Bob Gaudio in Jersey Boys (Chicago); Jack Seward in Dracula – The Musical; 42nd Street (Revival). Off-Broadway: Junior Dolan in On Your Toes; Tom Trainor in No, No, Nanette; Stairway to Paradise, On a Clear Day … (Encores!); Richard Loeb in Thrill Me (York Theatre); The View from Here (cast album). Shonn co-starred as vaudevillian Jack Donahue and received Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel award nominations for best choreography for My Vaudeville Man (York Theatre). Regional: Younger Brother in Ragtime (Paper Mill Playhouse); Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd (Barrington Stage); Dickon in The Secret Garden (5th Avenue Theatre); I Love a Piano (Denver Center); Bobby Child in Crazy for You (WBT). Film: “Confessions of a Shopoholic,” “Tiny Dancer,” “Red Hook.” Shonn is a member of the retro-rock group Under the Streetlamp and has been touring nationally and internationally in support of two live concerts that were filmed for PBS.  They will be appearing at the Orpheum Theatre December 5th and music from their first PBS special is available on iTunes. Underthestreetlamp.com  BFA: Carnegie Mellon University. For Mom and Dad!

AMY BAKER SCHWIETHALE (Anytime Annie / Assistant to Choreographer)
AMY BAKER SCHWIETHALE (Anytime Annie / Assistant to Choreographer)

Amy is thrilled to join the MTWichita family again, where she has choreographed Camelot, HONK!, and Gypsy (Mary Jane Teall Award) and was in the Resident Company for five summers, including her first experience with 42nd Street, directed by the wonderful Jon Engstrom. Amy is the Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre/ Choreographer for The School of Performing Arts at Wichita State University where she teaches tap, jazz, theatre dance, and recently directed and choreographed Crazy for You. Her work has also been showcased at the New York Jazz Choreography Project (Alvin Ailey Studios, NYC), Traditions in Tap Showcase (NYC), the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra (FL), and across northern Italy. Amy has enjoyed a professional performing career in NYC and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity. Highlights include playing Phyllis Dale on the First National Broadway Tour of 42nd Street, performing with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and Singin’ in the Rain at the Westchester Broadway Theatre. Amy is proud to have completed her MFA in Choreography from Jacksonville University and her BFA in Musical Theater from WSU. She is extremely passionate about the preservation of original Broadway choreography and mentoring students to help them make a living doing what they love.

JON ENGSTROM (Director / Choreographer)
JON ENGSTROM (Director / Choreographer)

Jon Engstrom returns to MTWichita, where he has twice before directed and choreographed 42nd Street. Jon has worked throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Other productions that Jon has directed and choreographed for major venues include The King and I, White Christmas, Singin’ in the Rain, Damn Yankees, My One and Only, Into the Woods, Oliver!, Sweet Charity, Annie Get Your Gun, My Fair Lady, No, No, Nanette, Evita, Fiddler on the Roof, Meet Me in St. Louis, Can-Can, Brigadoon, Mame, Oklahoma!, The Will Rogers Follies, Anything Goes, Guys and Dolls, They’re Playing Our Song, Hello, Dolly!, Bye Bye Birdie, West Side Story, and The Desert Song. Jon is currently on staff at AMDA (American Musical & Dramatic Academy – Los Angeles campus) and has been guest director and choreographer a number of other educational institutions including Pepperdine University and the University of Michigan. Prior to Jon’s career in directing and choreographing, he was a featured dancer in five Broadway shows: No, No, Nanette; The Pajama Game; Very Good, Eddie; Whoopee; and 42nd Street (original production - Dance Captain).

HECTOR GUERRERO (Associate Choreographer)
HECTOR GUERRERO (Associate Choreographer)

Director/ Choreographer credits include Off-Broadway: Gimme a Break and Concert of Excellence (Lincoln Center);  Regional: A Chorus Line, Bye Bye Birdie, Godspell, My Fair Lady, West Side Story, White Christmas;  Opera: Carmen; Commercials: "Scope" with Ryan Seacrest.  Performance credits include Broadway / Tours: Evita, 42nd St, West Side Story (Chino); Workshops: Thoroughly Modern Millie; Regional: A Chorus Line (Paul, Mark, Larry, with Bebe Neuwirth), Mame (Ito u/s with JoAnne Worley), No, No, Nanette (with Susan Egan); Concerts / Revues:  "Gypsy Awards" (with Donna McKechnie), "Broadway Bares" (with Jane Krakowski), "Revelations" (with Jasmine Guy), "Love is all that Matters" (with Christina Applegate). Film: Cool as Ice.”  TV: "Backstreet Boys in Concert," "Dr Phil," "Regis and Kelly"  Music Videos: Björk, Ice-T, Foo Fighters. Special thanks to Jon and Wayne for bringing him out to Wichita, and to Dion for the love and support.

THOMAS W. DOUGLAS (Musical Director / Conductor)
THOMAS W. DOUGLAS (Musical Director / Conductor)

Thomas is thrilled to continue his 15th season with his wonderful artistic family at MTWichita, having led 54 productions with this remarkable company. Thomas has done more than 200 musical theatre, opera, orchestral and oratorio productions, including conducting Webber’s Phantom of the Opera in Switzerland. Highlights include Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Bizet's Carmen Jones, Master Class and Mondo Mangia with the late Jillene Ringle. As the Artistic Director of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, he is receiving acclaim for adventurous, innovative debuts and premiere programs, including Carmina Burana Africana, Messiah in Space, and a concert of standard choral masterpieces with a fusion rock band and string orchestra accompaniment, plus a presentation of Charlie Chaplin shorts with an all Bach soundtrack. On stage he has enjoyed the roles of Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Amonasro in Aida, and Fats Waller in Ain't Misbehavin', both in the U.S. and in Malaysia. Thomas is the Director of Choral Activities and on faculty of both the Drama and the Music schools at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He is the proud recipient of the Mary Jane Teall Award, and is the Musical Director of the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra, there having commissioned an original orchestration of Maury Yeston’s December Songs with Broadway leading lady, Sara Jean Ford. Thomas most recently conducted an exciting contemporary production of Mozart's Don Giovanni with the Neighborhood Opera Company in Pittsburgh where he is the Producing Artistic Director.

BRUCE BROCKMAN (Set Designer)
BRUCE BROCKMAN (Set Designer)

Bruce Brockman works as a professional freelance scene designer and scenic artist. In addition to MTWichita’s popular Les Misérables, other design credits include Finian’s Rainbow, Oklahoma!,Camelot and White Christmas for Music Theatre Wichita, 42nd Street, Crazy for You, The Pajama Game and Into the Woods for University of Michigan’s Music Theatre Program, and Putnam County Spelling Bee for the University of Arizona. Other credits include Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Montana Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Ballet, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, First Stage Children's Theatre, Idaho Repertory Theatre, KUID Public Television, and numerous productions for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Idaho, and Oklahoma State University. He is Director of the School of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of Arizona, and is delighted to be back at Music Theatre again!

DEBBIE ROBERTS (Costume Designer / Costume Shop Manager)
DEBBIE ROBERTS (Costume Designer / Costume Shop Manager)

Debbie has designed costumes for many shows here, including White Christmas, Thoroughly Modern Millie, High School Musical, State Fair, Funny Girl, The Most Happy Fella, On the Town and West Side Story, plus special costumes for Aida, My Fair Lady, Annie Get Your Gun, Man of La Mancha, Crazy for You, The Sound of Music, My One and Only, and various Festival of Broadway shows. A graduate of Friends University, Debbie received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance and Ballet. “I am so proud of the work that Music Theatre Wichita does, it is always a pleasure to work here each season. While California remains my home, for over 20 years Wichita has been my summer home. I look forward to meeting new people and learning new skills each time. Enjoy the shows!”

42nd Street: A History of the Musical by Wayne Bryan

  • Broadway opening: August 25, 1980, Winter Garden Theatre, 3,486 performances
  • Directed and Choreographed by Gower Champion
  • Produced by David Merrick
  • Scenic Design by Robin Wagner, Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge, Lighting Design by Theron Musser
  • Musical Direction and Vocal Arrangements by John Lesko, Orchestrations by Philip J. Lang
  • Dance Arrangements by Donald Johnston
  • Original Cast featured Wanda Richert, Jerry Orbach, Tammy Grimes, Lee Roy Reams, Carole Cook, Danny Carroll, Joseph Bova
  • Original Broadway Cast recording on RCA is well sung and lots of fun

42nd Street, the quintessential fairy tale of Broadway, also represents some of the most remarkable beginnings and endings in American musical history.

The movies learned to talk - and sing - when Warner Bros. presented Al Jolson in The Jazz Singer in 1927, and for the next few years all the studios cranked out movie musicals - sometimes as many a six a month! These films generally had inane plots, and were filmed as if a stationary camera were welded to a theatre seat. The static nature of these clinkers so numbed the public that by 1932 theater owners were advertising "Not a Musical!," in an effort to attract customers.

But visionary film producer Darryl F. Zanuck, new to Warners, optioned a gritty backstage story by Bradford Ropes, assigned it to screenwriters Rian James and James Seymour, and to director Lloyd Bacon. Composer Harry Warren (1893 - 1981) and his lyricist Al Dubin (1891 - 1945) had just signed with the studio, so they were also attached to the project. Starring was Broadway's young Ruby Keeler in her Hollywood debut, along with Warner Baxter, Bebe Daniels, Dick Powell and Ginger Rogers. And in charge of the musical numbers was a "wild card" named Busby Berkeley.

Born to theatrical parents in Los Angeles in 1885 as William Berkeley Enos, he grew up in traveling troupes until he was enrolled in a military academy. During those five years as a cadet, he began creating the elaborate drill formations that would eventually provide the foundation of his kaleidoscopic style. By the end of the Roaring Twenties, he had established himself as one of Broadway's leading "dance directors," and Hollywood beckoned.

In 42nd Street, and the series of Depression-era musicals that followed, Berkeley brought an astonishing imagination to the screen, along with innovatively fluid camerawork, plus a realistic and often dark sensibility. With the successful arrival of 42nd Street (hawked as "A New Deal in Entertainment," to tie in with Roosevelt's "New Deal" presidential campaign), the art of the movie musical was born.

Almost half a century later, 42nd Street again made entertainment history, this time for Broadway. Producer David Merrick had previously collaborated with director-choreographer Gower Champion on such shows as Hello, Dolly! and Carnival, and Merrick envisioned this "fable of Broadway" as the pinnacle to their careers. No one could have predicted how dramatic the journey would be to opening night.

After a tryout at the Kennedy Center in Washington, during which the show underwent constant changes, the production moved into the Winter Garden on Broadway. For weeks, Merrick kept postponing the date for the official opening, insisting that a messenger from God would tell him when it was ready, and barring audiences from the theatre.

Jon Engstom, director of MTWichita’s past and current productions of 42nd Street, was in that original company, and shared with us how cast members would bring teddy bears from home and put them in the theatre seats, so that they would have an "audience" to play to.

At last, the official opening came, and the performance received a tumultuous ovation. As first nighters were cheering wildly, Merrick stepped out onstage and silenced them. "This is a tragic moment," he said, and many laughed, thinking he was jolting. "Gower Champion died this afternoon," he continued, and the audience broke into silence, then sobbing. The cast, who had been uninformed until that moment, were stunned, with Jerry Orbach finally calling for the curtain to come in.

Of course, it was front page news all over the country the next day, and Gower Champion's final glowing achievement had been launched on a run that would exceed eight years, the longest running musical of the 1980s, with successful national tours and London edition, too. It was successfully revived on Broadway in 2001 (featuring several MTWichita alumni) and ran another 1524 performances.

This marvelous testimonial to the power of musical theatre, to the value of traditions, to the spark of innovation, and to the celebration of bright young talent, seems a perfect conclusion to our 2014 season.         

The songs in 42nd Street come from the following Warner Bros. films, all with music by Harry Warren and lyrics by Al Dubin  (unless otherwise noted):

  • “42nd Street,” “Shuffle Off To Buffalo,” “You're Getting To Be a Habit With Me,” “Young and Healthy” 42nd Street (1933)  
  • “We're in the Money” (“The Gold Diggers' Song”), “The Shadow Waltz” – Gold Diggers of 1933  
  • “Dames” – Dames (1934);  “Lullaby of Broadway” – Gold Diggers of 1935 
  • “Go Into Your Dance,” “About a Quarter to Nine” – Go Into Your Dance (1935) 
  • “I Know Now” – The Singing Marine (1937) 
  • “There's a Sunny Side to Every Situation” (lyrics by Johnny Mercer) – Hard to Get  (1938) 
  • “Getting Out of Town” (1930 lyrics by Mort Dixon & Joe Young, 1980 lyrics by Michael Stewart)

Musical Synopsis of Scenes

Time: 1933

The action takes place in New York City and Philadelphia

Act I

42nd Street Theatre, New York City

AuditionAndy Lee and Ensemble
Young and HealthyBilly Lawlor, Peggy Sawyer
Shadow WaltzMaggie Jones, Dorothy Brock and Girls
Shadow Waltz (reprise)Dorothy

 

Gypsy Tea Kettle

Go Into Your DanceMaggie, Peggy, Annie, Andy, Lorraine, Phyllis

 

On Stage

You're Getting to Be a Habit with MeDorothy, Billy, Peggy, Ensemble

 

Dorothy Brock's Dressing Room

On Stage

Getting Out of Town Entire Company

           

Arch Street Theatre, Philadelphia

Dames Billy and Ensemble

       

Regency Club and Dorothy Brock's Suite at Hotel Stratford

I Know NowDorothy

 

Opening Night, Arch Street Theatre, Philadelphia

I Know Now (reprise)Billy and Girls
We're in the MoneyBilly, Annie, Peggy, Lorraine, Phyllis and Ensemble
Act One FinaleDorothy, Peggy and Ensemble

         

Act II

Backstage, Arch Street Theatre, One Hour Later

Sunny Side to Every SituationAnnie and Ensemble

 

On Stage, Arch Street Theatre

Broad Street Station, Philadelphia

Lullaby of BroadwayJulian and Full Company

      

42nd Street Theatre, New York City

Peggy's Dressing Room

About A Quarter To NineDorothy and Peggy

 

Opening Night of “Pretty Lady,” 42nd Street Theatre, New York City

OvertureOrchestra
Shuffle Off to BuffaloAnnie, Bert, Maggie, Girls
42nd StreetPeggy, Billy and Ensemble

 

Backstage

42nd Street (reprise)Julian

 

June 11-15, 2014

Great Songs in a Timeless Classic! We celebrate the 65th Anniversary of this tremendous show with a visually beautiful and thrillingly sung new production.

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South Pacific
June 11-15, 2014
Rated PG
for some mature themes
2 hr. 45 min.

“Bali Hai will call you!” After an absence of almost two decades, MTWichita is thrilled to bring this exciting, melodic and groundbreaking musical play back to our stage. The 2008 Lincoln Center revival won 7 Tony Awards, showing once again how timeless, important and purely entertaining this unique musical has proven to be.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan
Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel
"Tales of the South Pacific" by James A. Michener

 

Erin Mackey
Erin Mackey

ERIN MACKEY (Nellie Forbush) was last seen on Broadway in Chaplin: The Musical as Oona O’Neill. Other Broadway credits include Anything Goes (Hope), Sondheim on Sondheim and Wicked (Glinda). She recently appeared at Lincoln Center in the NY Philharmonic’s concert production of Sweeney Todd as Johanna, which will be broadcast on PBS later in 2014, and as Nellie Forbush in South Pacific at the Paper Mill Playhouse. Her regional and Off-Broadway credits include Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera’s production of Phantom (Christine), The Light in the Piazza (Clara) at South Coast Repertory and I Remember Mama (Katrin) at the York Theatre. Film and TV: “Blue Bloods,” “Gossip Girl,” “Family Affair,” “Do Over” and The Parent Trap.

Mike McGowan
Mike McGowan

MIKE McGOWAN (Emile de Becque) was last seen at MTWichita in Kiss Me Kate (Fred/ Petruchio) and is thrilled to be back. National Tour: The Book of Mormon (Jesus/ Joseph Smith). Broadway: Ragtime (Whitman - Revival), Grease (Vince - Kathleen Marshall, director), The Apple Tree, Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Frank), The Producers. NYC: Bernstein’s Mass (Naxos recording, Grammy nomination, Carnegie Hall), Thou Swell (Lincoln Center - New York City Ballet), The Body Beautiful (York, recording), Grey Gardens (Playwrights’ Horizons), Ringling Bros. (Ringmaster - Madison Square Garden), Macbeth (Macbeth). Regional: South Pacific (Emile - Paper Mill Playhouse), Carnival (Marco - Goodspeed Opera House), Candide (Max/ Vanderdendur - 5th Avenue, Seattle), Kiss Me Kate (Fred/ Petruchio - Paper Mill Playhouse), Master Class (Tony - Paper Mill Playhouse), Jekyll & Hyde (Jekyll/Hyde - Sacramento Music Circus), A Little Night Music (Carl-Magnus - Stages St. Louis), Tommy (Capt. Walker - Bay Street), MUD (Lloyd - 10,000 Things), Life’s a Dream (Astolfo - 10,000 Things). Film: The Producers, Big Words. Television: “Electric Company,” “Delocated,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” This fall, Mike is producing his first movie, Bloodline, written and directed by Richard LeMay. Check out www.themikemcgowan.com for audio and video clips, production photos, and more.

Joanne Javien
Joanne Javien

JOANNE JAVIEN (Bloody Mary) is thrilled to make her MTWichita debut. Credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie (Alice) First National Tour, South Pacific (Bloody Mary u/s) Paper Mill Playhouse, Avenue Q (Christmas Eve) Adirondack Theatre, Miss Saigon (Kim, Gigi, Ellen u/s) Pittsburgh CLO, St. Louis MUNY, Walnut Street Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Les Miserables (Eponine) North Shore MT, The King and I (Tuptim) Ogunquit Playhouse, Two Gentlemen of Verona (Ensemble) Public Theatre - NYSF, Songs for a New World (Woman #1) Act II Playhouse.  Love to Mom, Dad & Allen, and huge thanks to Wayne & Loretta.  Her favorite role is wife to Chad Coudriet. www.JoanneJavien.com

Ryan Vasquez
Ryan Vasquez

RYAN VASQUEZ (Lt. Joe Cable) is thrilled to be back at MTWichita for another summer, where this season he will be featured as Lieutenant Cable in South Pacific, Tony in West Side Story, and the Pharaoh in Joseph / Dreamcoat. Previous MTW appearances include Legally Blonde (Warner), Honk! (Greylag), and 9 to 5 (Joe). Other credits include Les Misérables (St. Louis Muny), Next to Normal (Farmers Alley Theatre), Bat Boy, and Spring Awakening. Proud University of Michigan Graduate.  Love to my family, friends, and Wayne, all for daring to have so much faith in me.

J. Bailey Burcham
J. Bailey Burcham

J. BAILEY BURCHAM (Luther Billis), a Wichita native, is splendiferously excited to be in his first MTWichita season. Nineteen years ago Bailey saw his first MTW show, South Pacific, and is so honored to now be a part of this incredible company. Recent roles include Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls, Jake in Jake's Women, and Violet’s Father in Violet at WSU. He would like to thank his loving family and his mentors Beate, Linda, Amy, and Wayne for their continued support.  BAF

Shea Renne
Shea Renne

SHEA RENNE (Liat) is thrilled to be performing on the Wichita stage! She is a proud recent graduate of the University of Michigan. Favorite credits include Kim in Miss Saigon and Mimi in Rent. University credits include Spring AwakeningBat Boy, and as a featured soloist in Dance with Me. Many thanks and love to her friends and family, especially mom!

Charles Parker
Charles Parker

CHARLES PARKER (Captain Brackett) Having just completed his umpteenth year on the Friends University faculty, C.P. is blessed with his umpteenth opportunity to work with that wonderful group of professionals who serve MTWichita and the surrounding communities. Teaching is now replaced with the honor of performing with some of the best and for the best of audiences. Parker is blessed again with an opportunity to play some great roles. His past favorites include Biggley in How to Succeed…, Pickering in My Fair Lady, Ziegfeld in Funny Girl, Herr Schultz in Cabaret, Parchester in Me and My Girl, General Waverly in White Christmas, FDR in Annie, and R.F. Simpson in Singin’ in the Rain. Thanks to Wayne for the gracious invitation and opportunity. Thanks to the company of performers, technicians, and assistants who always make the summers a delight. Thanks to Patty for her encouragement and love. Thanks to God for all blessings.

Timothy W. Robu
Timothy W. Robu

TIMOTHY W. ROBU (Commander Harbison) is delighted to be a part of this year’s MTWichita season, as well as many previous ones. Audiences may remember Tim in past roles such as Thenardier in Les Misérables, Bedevere in Spamalot, John Hancock in 1776, Billis in South Pacific, the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, Amos Hart in Chicago, Oscar Shapiro in Curtains, Mr. Feldzeig in The Drowsy Chaperone, Herbie in Gypsy, and Lazar Wolf in Fiddler. Tim also performs at several other venues in the Wichita area, including Mosley Street Melodrama and the Crown Uptown Theatre. Tim served as Technical Director for the Crown Theatre and Artistic Director of the children’s program for over twenty years. He now works as an Exhibit Technician for Exploration Place. When not working at Wichita's fine theatres, Tim has plenty to keep him busy as father to his two daughters, Katie and Francie. An added bonus to this year's season is the chance to once again perform with his talented wife Karen. Thanks to Wayne and all the folks in Wichita who produce theatre, perform theatre, and enjoy theatre. They make the Wichita area a great place to work, live, and bring up kids in.

Camdin Hardyway
Camdin Hardyway

CAMDIN HARDYWAY (Jerome) is a young talent with the Wichita Gregory Agency. He's been in a number of commercials, videos, and musicals with Music Theatre Wichita, Music Theatre Young People, and Wichita Children's Theatre including The King and I, Shrek, Pinocchio, and Babes in Toyland. He dances nearly every day at KDA and Care to Dance and sings with Amy Menas. You can see him next in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

 

Sage Belen Goco
Sage Belen Goco

SAGE BELEN GOCO (Ngana) is 9 years old and was born and raised in Wichita, KS. It is once again an honor and privilege for her to be a part MTWichita. She made her debut playing a little boy, Tam, in Miss Saigon when she was 4 yrs. old, and played Princess Ying last year in The King and I. She is thrilled to be back this year. She’s going on her 7th year of dancing ballet and tap and 3rd year of modern dance at The Wichita School of Performing Arts. She would like to thank her mommy and her family for all the support and most of all Mr. Wayne Bryan for always believing in her God given talent

Robert Ariza
Robert Ariza

ROBERT ARIZA (Professor) is honored to be in his third season at MTWichita! Originally from Queens, NY, Robert is a recent graduate of The University of Michigan. UM credits include Dance with Me (Featured Singer), Disney’s workshop of Bedknobs and Broomsticks (Radio Singer), Crazy for You (Bela Zangler),Sunday in the Park with George (Mr./Lee Randolph), Spring Awakening  (Hanschen), Next Fall (Brandon). Robert was the recipient of the 2013 Roger Sturtevant Musical Theatre Award from Actors’ Equity Association, and recently received the Lys Symonette Award from the Lotte Lenya Competition. Thanks to everyone at MTW and my friends/family at UM and in NY.

Michael Graceffa
Michael Graceffa

MICHAEL GRACEFFA (Stewpot) is thrilled to be spending his first summer with MTWichita! He has recently been seen traveling American with the First National Tour of Catch Me If You Can. Regional Credits: Forestburgh Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, Reagle Music Theatre. Favorite roles: Bernardo (West Side Story), Rocky (Rocky Horror Show), Kyle (Legally Blonde). A recent Vassar College grad with a BA in Drama. Love to his amazing teachers, family, and friends.

Wonza Johnson
Wonza Johnson

WONZA JOHNSON (Henry) is a current BFA Musical Theater junior at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. This is his first summer with MTWichita and he couldn't be more excited to be working with such an amazing organization. All thanks go to his beautiful Mom, Dad and his newborn sister Evelyn. Past Roles:Romeo and Juliet (Romeo), Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour),West Side Story (Bernardo). "Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose."

Katie Wesler
Katie Wesler

KATIE WESLER (Ens. Dinah Murphy / Dance Captain) is thrilled to return to MTWichita! She recently graduated from CCM with a BFA in musical theatre and is a 2013 winner of the Kurt Weill Foundation of Music Emerging Talent Award and the Actors’ Equity Roger Sturtevant Musical Theatre Award. At CCM: Kathy Selden in Singin’ in the Rain, Sally Slaton in Parade, The Arbiter’s Assistant in Chess, Les Mis, Into the Woods, Oklahoma! and Out of This World. At Tent Theatre, roles included Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street. Katie thanks Wayne, Nancy, and MTW for another wonderful season and her family for their support. www.katiewesler.com

Jacob Chancellor
Jacob Chancellor

JACOB CHANCELLOR (Lt. Buzz Adams) is thrilled to be returning to Wichita for his third summer. Originally from Edmond, OK, he just finished his senior year at the University of Oklahoma—Boomer Sooner! OU University: On The Town (Chip), The Drowsy Chaperone (Aldolpho), … Forum (Protean), Carousel.  Lyric Theatre OKC – Xanadu, 42nd Street, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Broadway Rose (Oregon): The Drowsy Chaperone (George). And of course, 10 fabulous MTWichita productions over the past few years—here's to 5 more! Thanks and love to family, friends, and the whole MTWichita team!

Claire Avakian
Claire Avakian

CLAIRE AVAKIAN  is originally from Portland, OR, and is about to enter her senior year as a Musical Theatre student at the University of Oklahoma. She is so excited to be making her MTWichita debut this summer! Some of her favorite credits include A Chorus Line (Broadway Rose, OR), Tarzan (Lyric Theatre of OK), and The Christmas Show (OKC Philharmonic Pops). Claire can’t wait to spend her summer getting close with Spangles and Donut Whole. Thanks to Wayne and Nancy for this opportunity! Peace and love.

Caitlin Belcik
Caitlin Belcik

CAITLIN BELCIK is thrilled to be a first-year MTWichita company member after last performing here at age 11! Caitlin just graduated from Edmond North H.S. in Oklahoma and will be a freshman musical theatre major at Penn State University this fall. Broadway: How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Annie Who); Regional: White Christmas (Susan Waverly) – MTW; Sweet Charity, Bye Bye Birdie, Tarzan, Sound of Music, HSM2, Fiddler, Oklahoma!, Annie – Lyric Theatre; A Little Night Music (Fredrika) – OCU; Annie (Annie) – Sooner Theatre; West Side Story (Maria) – ENHS. Much love and gratitude to Wayne, Nancy and the entire MTW team for this wonderful opportunity, and to my parents and teachers for their support!

Matthew Borchers
Matthew Borchers

MATTHEW BORCHERS is beyond stoked to be making his MTWichita debut! A St. Louis native, he will start his senior year this fall with the Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre at The University of Oklahoma. Credits: OKC Philharmonic: The Christmas Show (Mistletoe Dancer). Lyric Theatre OKC: Bye Bye Birdie (Harvey Johnson). OU University: The Drowsy Chaperone  (Superintendent),  Carousel (Dance Captain), On The Town (Ensemble), Seussical (Ensemble). Endless thanks to Wayne and Nancy for this amazing opportunity; so much gratitude and love to the Big Man Upstairs, family, friends and teachers for their constant love and guidance. BOOMER!

Donnie Chauncey
Donnie Chauncey

DONNIE CHAUNCEY is incredibly enthused, to say the least, for his first summer in MTWichita's resident company! It has been a high priority goal of his to perform as a Company member and he hopes that everyone can share in his delight! Credits include Wichita State University's productions of Good News and Guys and Dolls. Other highlights include International Dance Tours with Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre to Italy and Mexico. Thanks and love to his parents, Marylou and Don, and to his brother Luke and sister Shauna. Also, great thanks to his mentors, instructors, and colleagues at WSU for pushing him and believing in him, and to Wayne Bryan, Josh Larson, Nancy Reeves and the entire crew of MTW!

Kevin Clay
Kevin Clay

KEVIN CLAY is a junior at Penn State pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre. Some of his favorite roles there include Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls and John in John and Jen. Kevin spent last summer performing at the Wagon Wheel Theatre in Indiana where he had the pleasure to play Pinocchio in Shrek, Barnaby in Hello, Dolly!, and Jinx in Forever Plaid. He is so excited to be a part of this season here at Wichita and looks forward to a great summer! Thanks to mom, dad, and Crew 15!

Caleb Dicke
Caleb Dicke

CALEB DICKE is thrilled to be returning to Wichita for his third summer! You may remember him from past shows, such as Fiddler on the Roof (Russian), Honk! (Barnacles), Spamalot (Flying Nun), and Mary Poppins (Dancing Statue). Originally from Ohio, he is a recent dance performance graduate from Oklahoma City University. While at OCU, he has performed in the American Spirit Dance Company’s Home for the Holidays Christmas Show and Spring Show, as well as Legally Blonde (Kiki) and The Wedding Singer (Billy Idol). He would like to thank Wayne, Nancy, and his family.

Clinton Foster
Clinton Foster

CLINTON FOSTER, an upcoming senior Musical Theatre major at Oklahoma City University, is beyond thrilled to be making his MTWichita debut this summer! Favorite OCU credits include:Cabaret (Hans), Street Scene (Dick McGann, u/s), 9 to 5, and Home for the Holidays with the American Spirit Dance Company! Other favorite professional credits include Anything Goes and The Drowsy Chaperone. Clinton would like to thank his parents and OCU family for their endless love and support and Wayne, Nancy, Josh, and MTW for this incredible opportunity!

Rebecca Gans
Rebecca Gans

REBECCA GANS is overjoyed to be joining the MTWichita family again for her second season. Rebecca is a Wichita native who recently graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor of Performing Arts in Dance Performance. Some favorite performing opportunities include A Chorus Line (Bebe) at the Crown Uptown Dinner Theater and The King and I(Topsy) at MTW and The Muny. She would love to thank Wayne Bryan for this amazing opportunity, all the directors and choreographers for such hard work and dedication, her parents, sisters and Rile for their endless love and support, and to God for such a blessing of a life.

Claire Gerig
Claire Gerig

CLAIRE GERIG (Nellie u/s), a Wichita native, couldn’t be happier to spend another summer with MTWichita, where credits include Disney’s Mary Poppins (Mrs. Banks) and Betty Blue Eyes (Mrs. Metcalf). She is a recent musical theatre graduate of Wichita State University where she was last seen in the title role of Violet, directed by Stephen Kopel. While a student at Maize High School, Claire was selected to represent the Jester Awards in the Leading Actress category at the National High School Musical Theater Awards in New York City and was awarded “The Spirit of the Jimmys” award. Endless thanks to Wayne and the incredible MTW family for all they have done for her. Love to Linda, Amy, Marie, Bret, Pina, Mom & Dad.

Catherine Helm
Catherine Helm

CATHERINE HELM (Ens. Janet MacGregor) is so excited to join Music Theatre Wichita for a third summer season. A recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati and its College Conservatory of Music’s Musical Theatre Program, Catherine would like to thank Wayne, Nancy, and Josh for this incredible opportunity to be a part of the MTW family, and her parents and family for their endless love and support. Favorite MTW credits include Betty Blue Eyes, Les Misérables, Honk!, Mary Poppins (Katie Nana), and Fiddler on the Roof.

Lily Kaufmann
Lily Kaufmann

LILY KAUFMANN couldn’t be more excited to be making her MTWichita debut! Lily just completed her freshman year at Florida State University where she is pursuing a BFA in Music Theatre. As a native Kansan, Lily has worked in theaters in Kansas City such as KC Starlight, New Theatre Restaurant, Theatre in the Park, Music Theatre for Young People, and more. Favorite credits include The Drowsy Chaperone (Janet Van DeGraff), Seussical (Mayzie), Bye Bye Birdie (Rosie),Spamalot (u/s Lady of the Lake/ Laker Girl), My Favorite Year (Alice), and Urinetown (Little Becky Two Shoes). Endless love goes out to her unbelievably supportive family, friends, mentors and MTW for this wonderful opportunity!

Brooke Lacy
Brooke Lacy

BROOKE LACY, a 2014 graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a BFA in Musical Theatre, is truly grateful to return to MTWichita for a third magical summer season before she bids farewell to the Midwest and moves to NYC this fall! Some of her fondest MTW memories include Spamalot (Laker Girl),Les Misérables (Factory Girl #5), and Mary Poppins (Fannie). Favorite OU credits include: Carousel (Julie Jordan), On The Town (Dance Capt./ Ens.), and Seussical (Bird Girl). Tremendous amounts of love and thanks to her wonderful family for their support, and to Wayne, Nancy, and Josh for providing such an inspirational, challenging, and supportive learning environment that has largely contributed to the performer and person she is today!

Trevor McChristian
Trevor McChristian

TREVOR McCHRISTIAN, a Wichita native, is beyond excited to be returning for his fourth summer and first full summer as a company member here at MTWichita! In summer 2013, he was honored to represent MTWichita’s Jester Awards in New York City at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards for his role as Finch in How to Succeed. Favorite credits include Betty Blue Eyes (U.S. Premiere), Singin’ in the RainFiddler on the Roof, and Disney’s The Little Mermaid. He sends many humble thanks to Wayne, Nancy, Josh, Thomas, Amy, Doris, and his family for their abundance of support.

Alexander H. Miller
Alexander H. Miller

ALEXANDER H. MILLER is honored to return to MTWichita for a second season. Alex is a rising junior at the Univ. of Michigan. Credits include MTW: Mary Poppins (Bert u/s), Les Misérables(Jean Prouvaire), Betty Blues Eyes. U of M: Rent (Angel),Les Misérables (Foreman), Crazy For You, A Little Night Music. Lyric Theatre of OK: Oliver!, Hairspray. Alex wishes to graciously thank Wayne, Nancy and MTW family for this spectacular summer opportunity. Love always to Mom, Dad and Elle. Thank you to the UMich faculty for your time and dedication to our education in performing arts. GO BLUE!

Kelsey Ryan Moore
Kelsey Ryan Moore

KELSEY RYAN MOORE (Liat u/s) is from Stuart, FL and is so excited to be making her MTWichita debut this summer! She is a graduate of the University of Michigan Musical Theatre Department where she has played Fredrika in A Little Night Music and Susie in Crazy For You. Other favorite roles include Eponine in Les Misérables and Ti Moune in Once On This Island. Many thanks to MTW for this wonderful opportunity and to her family for their unending support. She sends love to MT14 and forever Go Blue!

Becca Petersen
Becca Petersen

BECCA PETERSEN is so excited to spend her second summer with MTWichita! She is originally from Carmel, Indiana, and recently graduated with a BFA in Music Dance Theatre from Brigham Young University. Favorite credits: The Light in the Piazza at BYU (Clara), Thoroughly Modern Millie at The MUNY (Lucille/ Ensemble), Dreamgirls at The Muny (Sweetheart/ Ensemble), Spamalot at MTW (Laker Girl), and Mary Poppins at MTW (Ensemble). Becca would like to thank everyone at MTW for this wonderful experience. Also a big thank you to her family and friends for their endless support!

Tanner Pflueger
Tanner Pflueger

TANNER PFLUEGER is so excited and honored to be making his Wichita debut this summer. A Nebraska native, Tanner is currently studying at Oklahoma City University as a dance performance major. While at school, he has performed in the American Spirit Dance Company’s annual Home for the Holidays Christmas Show and Spring Show. Credits include Broadway: Billy Elliot (Billy) West End: Billy Elliot (Billy) Regional:Grease (Johnny Casino/ Teen Angel), Seussical (Wickersham Brother), and Beauty and the Beast (Chip). Much love and many thanks to his family, teachers, and mentors for their constant support.

Julian Ramos
Julian Ramos

JULIAN RAMOS is a recent graduate from Indiana University in Musical Theatre and couldn’t be more excited to join the MTWichita family this summer! For Rocky Mountain Rep: A Chorus Line (Richie), How To Succeed (Toynbee/ Pirate Dancer), and Peter Pan. In 2012 he attended the School at Jacob’s Pillow for Jazz/ MT Dance under Chet Walker. Favorites at IU include: [title of show] (Jeff), Hair, Damn Yankees, Chicago, and touring China with the Singing Hoosiers. So much love and thanks to Mom, Pops, Mis Abuelos (Te quiero mucho), Wayne, Nancy, and my crazy B-Town Family!!

Benjamin Rivera
Benjamin Rivera

BENJAMIN RIVERA feels blessed to be returning to the MTW family for his third season! He is finally a college graduate from Oklahoma City University with a degree in dance performance and is so excited for the next chapter of life. Some of his favorite shows at MTW include: Legally Blonde (Nikos),Spamalot, Mary Poppins, and 9 to 5. He would like to thank his friends and family for all their unconditional love. Jeremiah 29:11

Halli Toland
Halli Toland

HALLI TOLAND is excited to be making her debut at MTWichita this summer! She is a rising sophomore Musical Theatre major at the University of Michigan, and is originally from Toledo, Ohio. Some of her favorite roles include Janet in The Drowsy Chaperone, Brooke Wyndham in Legally Blonde and Amber Von Tussle in Hairspray. She would like to thank her instructors Brent Wagner, Linda Goodrich, and Catherine Adams, as well as her family and friends back home and at UM for their love and encouragement. Lastly, special thanks to MTW for this wonderful opportunity. Go Blue!

Daryl Tofa
Daryl Tofa

DARYL TOFA is excited to be making his professional stage debut with MTWichita this summer, performing on the same stage as his older brother Andy. Daryl comes from St George, UT where he will be completing high school and his 2-year College Associates Degree at the same time this coming year. At the age of 9 he began studying ballet, jazz and tap at his home studio where he now teaches his own style of hip hop to children and teens and also continues to study and perform. Daryl would like to thank his directors from back home, Brian and Melinda for everything they have done for him, for without them I would be who I am and where I am today! Daryl sends love to Mom, Dad and little brother Gordon, thanks for all you do and always supporting me.

Hayley Wilhelm
Hayley Wilhelm

HAYLEY WILHELM is thrilled to return to MTWichita for her second summer! Hayley is a recent graduate of Oklahoma City University with a degree in dance management. OCU credits include the American Spirit Dance Company’s Home for the Holidays, Spring Show, and OCU’s production of Legally Blonde. Favorite shows here at MTW include Les Misérables, The King and I, Betty Blue Eyes, and Mary Poppins. Hayley would like to thank Wayne, Nancy, and Josh for this amazing opportunity and would also like to thank her husband Zachary, Mom, Dad, Hannah, and Grandmommy for their support!

Daisy Wright
Daisy Wright

DAISY WRIGHT is absolutely thrilled to be making her MTWichita debut this summer! Originally from St. George, UT, Daisy is an upcoming junior Musical Theatre major at the University of Oklahoma. Her credits include: OU University Theatre: On The Town (Ivy u.s./ Ensemble); The Drowsy Chaperone (Mrs. Tottendale u.s./ Ensemble). OKC Philharmonic: The Christmas Show (Dancer). Infinite love and thanks to everyone at MTW for this incredible opportunity, and to mom, dad, family, friends, and teachers past and present, for their continued love and support.

Darius Wright
Darius Wright

DARIUS WRIGHT is very excited to make his MTWichita debut! Regional: Hairspray (Thad), The Will Rogers Follies (Indian Dancer), Tarzan (Leopard), Ragtime, Bye Bye Birdie, Sweet Charity, Big River. Educational: Violet (Flick), The Pajama Game (Sid u/s), Legally Blonde (Grandmaster Chad), Jesus Christ Superstar (John). Other: Bernstein’s Mass (Rock Singer). Graduate of Oklahoma City University and a proud Houstonian. For more about Darius Wright visit DariusWright.com.

Laura L. Ice
Laura L. Ice

LAURA L. ICE (Party Guest / Walk-On) is a corporate lawyer with Textron Financial Corporation. She is overjoyed to be cast in this walk-on role for MTWichita. This is not her first time on stage, having played in many crowd scenes in past Wichita Bar Shows, typically type-cast as a loopy state legislator. Thanks to Wayne for letting me have fun in South Pacific! (Hi, Mom and Dad!)

Kathleen Mellor
Kathleen Mellor

KATHLEEN MELLOR (Party Guest / Walk-On) is a retired teacher and administrator. She's lived in Kansas most of her life, with the exceptions of a few years in California and 10 years in Seattle. Kathleen and her husband Bob have two grown daughters and two teenage grandsons. She enjoys family activities, playing bridge, golfing, reading and volunteering. Kathleen is really excited about appearing in South Pacific. For her twelfth birthday, her mother took her and two friends to Kansas City to see a production of South Pacific, and she's been a fan since then.

Mikhail Yeremin
Mikhail Yeremin

MIKHAIL YEREMIN (Sailor / Teen Performer), born and raised in Wichita, is a high school Senior at Northeast Magnet. He is ecstatic to be performing with MTWichita this summer in South Pacific, and would like to thank Wayne Bryan and the whole MTW team for this exciting opportunity. During the school year, he likes to stay active in theater through Christian Youth Theater, where he was most recently seen as Mr. Darling in Peter Pan. Besides CYT, Mikhail also enjoys taking ballet lessons at the Paquita Performance Center. He sends lots of love to his parents and friends for their continual love and support. 

Wayne Bryan (Director / Producing Artistic Director)
Wayne Bryan (Director / Producing Artistic Director)

Wayne Bryan now begins his 27th season at Music Theatre Wichita, where he has produced 130 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. Shortly after Wayne completed two tours of duty in the Pacific during the Vietnam War, his performing career took him eastward, working for composer Richard Rodgers in the original Broadway cast of Rodgers and Hart: A Musical Celebration. Wayne is thrilled and honored that these life experiences – serving in the Pacific and knowing Mr. Rodgers - have now allowed him to collaborate with such a talented cast and crew on this timeless and thought-provoking piece of musical theatre. Wayne’s additional credits include Good News! and Tintypes on Broadway, the First National Tour of Joseph / Dreamcoat, and TV appearances on 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.

Billy Sprague Jr. (Choreographer)
Billy Sprague Jr. (Choreographer)

Billy Sprague Jr. is proud to be returning to Music Theatre Wichita after receiving his professional theater start here over 20 years ago, and then returning to direct and choreograph Spamalot last season. As a choreographer he has helmed several productions of Spamalot, beginning with the first regional production at Sacramento Music Circus in California and Musical Theatre West in Long Beach in 2012. He has served as Associate Choreographer on Beauty and The Beast, Guys and Dolls, The Little Mermaid, and A Christmas Carol at North Shore Music Theatre. Billy is an accomplished performer who has worked on Broadway in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere u/s), Cats (Munkustrap/ Rum Tum Tugger u/s), Spamalot and The Merry Widow at NYC Opera. Other noteworthy accomplishments include touring and regional productions of Footloose, Singin’ in the Rain, West Side Story, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Mame, My Fair Lady, Good News!, Pirates of Penzance and Assassins. Billy is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma where he received his Bachelors of Music. He is currently working on the development of several aviation-themed productions for television. When not busy working as a theatrical artist, Billy is an avid exotic plant collector and licensed pilot.

Thomas W. Douglas (Musical Director / Conductor)
Thomas W. Douglas (Musical Director / Conductor)

Thomas W. Douglas is thrilled to begin his 15th season with his wonderful artistic family at MTWichita, having led 50 productions with this remarkable company. Thomas has done more than 200 musical theatre, opera, orchestral and oratorio productions, including conducting Webber's Phantom of the Opera in Switzerland. Highlights include Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Bizet's Carmen Jones, Master Class and Mondo Mangia with the late Jillene Ringle. As the Artistic Director of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, he is receiving acclaim for adventurous, innovative debuts and premier programs, including Carmina Burana Africana, Messiah in Space, and a concert of standard choral masterpieces with a fusion rock band and string orchestra accompaniment, plus a presentation of Charlie Chaplin shorts with an all Bach soundtrack. On stage he has enjoyed the roles of Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Amonasro in Aida, and Fats Waller in Ain't Misbehavin', both in the U.S. and in Malaysia. Thomas is the Director of Choral Activities and on faculty of both the Drama and the Music schools at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.  He is the proud recipient of the Mary Jane Teall Award, and is the Musical Director of the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra, there having commissioned an original orchestration of Maury Yeston's December Songs with Broadway leading lady, Sara Jean Ford. Thomas most recently conducted an exciting contemporary production of Mozart's Don Giovanni with the Neighborhood Opera Company in Pittsburgh where he is the Producing Artistic Director.

David Neville (Lightning Designer)
David Neville (Lightning Designer)

David Neville is thrilled to return for his 27th season of “Camp MTW.” In addition to many productions at MTWichita, David has designed lighting for North Shore Music Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars, Omaha Symphony, The United States Air Force, Stage One, Ordway Music Theatre, Papermill Playhouse, The University of Michigan, Penn State University, Portland Center Stage, North Carolina Theatre, Music Theatre West, Arkansas Rep, Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera, George Street Playhouse, The 5th Avenue Theatre and Off-Broadway. David’s favorite designs at MTWichita include Big River, Cats, Ragtime, Once on this Island, Children of Eden and Jesus Christ Superstar. David also teaches lighting and scenic design at Wichita State University. He makes his home in Wichita with his wife Robin and his kids, Ryan and Jocelyn.

David Muehl (Sound Designer)
David Muehl (Sound Designer)

David Muehl begins his ninth season as MTWichita’s sound designer, having also served as the sound assistant previously for a season. During MTWichita’s off season, David is the audio producer for WSU’s College of Fine Arts where he oversees audio recording and live sound for fine arts and other performances. He also serves as sound designer for WSU’s Opera and Musical Theatre programs and is the sound advisor to student musical theatre & opera sound designers and engineers. Some of his favorite sound designs have been Children of Eden, Into the Woods, Les Misérables and Wizard of Oz. David has twice been sound designer for invited productions to the Region V Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. David has also done sound design for Wichita Center for the Arts and Cabaret Oldtown. Special thanks to Dave, Jeff and the rest of the crew of Clearwing Productions in Phoenix and Josh with Event Systems for their continued support of MTWichita.

Alena Sellers (Wig and Makeup Designer)
Alena Sellers (Wig and Makeup Designer)

Alena Sellers is happily returning for her fifth year at MTWichita.  She lives in Wichita and spends most of the year working at Shine Salon. For her work with MTW, Alena is the recipient of the Mary Jane Teall Merit Award for the hair and makeup department. She has spent fifteen years doing hair, and has spent four years as an Aveda color educator. She has worked on Pirates of Penzance and Guys and Dolls for WSU, and worked for the last two years on shows for Wichita Grand Opera, including Otello, Marriage of Figaro, Don Pasquale and William Tell. Alena is so grateful to have the opportunity to work with so many talented people at MTWichita.

Amber Creasser (Costume Coordinator)
Amber Creasser (Costume Coordinator)

Amber Creasser is thrilled to return to MTWichita for another fantastic summer! A recent graduate of WSU with a BFA in Theatre Design and Technology, her past credits for costume design include Tartuffe (2011 Mary Jane Teall Award for Outstanding Costume Design), Merchant of Venice, Arcadia, The 39 Steps, The Pirates of Penzance, Bill W & Dr Bob, Almost, Maine, Guys & Dolls (American College Theater Festival Region V, Festival XLVI Commendation), Die Fledermaus, and Disney’s Mulan Jr. Besides costume design, Amber also enjoys scenic painting and lighting design. Amber would like to thank Wayne and Jeff for this wonderful opportunity, and her friends and family. Love to Phil. She invites you to visit her website at aecreasser.com.

Joseph D. Sibley (Wardrobe Supervisor)
Joseph D. Sibley (Wardrobe Supervisor)

Joseph D. Sibley is excited to be spending his summer at MTWichita. Originally from Boothbay Harbor, Maine, Joseph graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a B.A. in Theatre with triple focus in Design, Performance and Directing. He has also worked with Maine State Music Theatre, IATSE local 114 (Portland, Maine) Riverside Theatre and Theatre West Virginia. Much love to Kristin, Andrew and his ever loving mother, RIP.

Debbie Roberts (Costume Shop Manager)
Debbie Roberts (Costume Shop Manager)

Debbie Roberts has designed costumes for many shows here, including White Christmas, Thoroughly Modern Millie, High School Musical, State Fair, Funny Girl, The Most Happy Fella, On the Town and West Side Story, plus special costumes for Aida (the fashion show, in partnership with Matt Mitchell), My Fair Lady, Annie Get Your Gun, Man of La Mancha, Crazy for You, The Sound of Music, My One and Only, and various Festival of Broadway shows. A graduate of Friends University, Debbie received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance and Ballet. “I am so proud of the work that Music Theatre Wichita does, it is always a pleasure to work each season. While California remains my home, for over 20 years Wichita has been my summer home.  I look forward to meeting new people and learning new skills each time. Enjoy the shows!”

Jeff Taylor (Production Manager)
Jeff Taylor (Production Manager)

Jeff Taylor is extremely honored to be back with this excellent cast and crew for his 13th summer at MTWichita. Throughout the years since 2000, he's had the chance to apprentice, build, design, and even act for MTWichita, and has now become the year round Production Manager, working closely with the awesome MTW staff. A loyal Kansan, Jeff graduated from East High and earned his BA in Musical Theatre from Friends University in 2006. In 2011, he earned an MFA in Design and Technology from UMKC. Many thanks to the MTWichita Crew, Wayne and Nancy, and fiancée Sarah.

AJ Kellison (Technical Director)
AJ Kellison (Technical Director)

AJ Kellison is glad to be back for another season at MTWichita. Since last summer, AJ has worked for Goodspeed Musicals, The Nebraska Theatre Caravan, The Public Theater and the Actor's Studio Drama School. AJ would like to thank everyone at Music Theatre for the opportunities and support they have given him throughout the past 9 years. A special thanks goes out to AJ's parents and his sister Laura.

Brian Gonner (Assistant Technical Director)
Brian Gonner (Assistant Technical Director)

Brian Gonner just completed his first year in the MFA Scenic Technology program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Originally from Dubuque, IA, Brian has worked professionally at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival, and Hope Summer Repertory Theatre. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Evansville in Indiana with a BFA in Theatre Design and Technology and a minor in Mathematics.

Madelynn Nevins (Asst. Lighting Designer)
Madelynn Nevins (Asst. Lighting Designer)

Madelynn Nevins is a recent graduate of Wichita State University where she received a BFA in theatre design and technology. Her previous credits include Lighting Designer for 1940’s Radio Christmas Hour (Prairie Pines Dinner Theatre), Guys and Dolls (Wichita State University), and Production Stage Manager for Laughing Feet Performers. Madelynn is thrilled to be a part of her 8th season at MTWichita. She is so thankful for their summer apprentice program. If it was not for that program, she would not be where she is today. She would like to thank all of the wonderful mentors in her life as well as her family who have always supported her.

Steve Landes (Director of the Apprentice Program / Shopper-Buyer)
Steve Landes (Director of the Apprentice Program / Shopper-Buyer)

Steve Landes is proud to return for his 21st summer as the Apprentice Program Director. A Wichita resident for twenty two years, Steve worked for Friends University, the Wichita Center for the Arts, and Shakespeare in the Park. Steve moved to the Kansas City area eight years ago for a teaching position. As an educator, Steve continues to be very excited about working with the apprentices in this unique training program (and MTW is deeply grateful for Steve’s creative dedication to our young people!).

Mary Sue Dymak (Rentals & Inventory Director / Drop Fabricator / Orchestra Pit Manager / Archivist / A Bunch of Other Stuff) [whew!]
Mary Sue Dymak (Rentals & Inventory Director / Drop Fabricator / Orchestra Pit Manager / Archivist / A Bunch of Other Stuff) [whew!]

For 39 seasons! Being one of the oldest members of the production staff, this will mark summer productions numbering 187 to 191. In the off season, I still keep my hand in stage managing for Ballet Wichita Orchestra (17 years) and Opera Kansas (22 years), while keeping our ever growing rental business running. I seem to get around a lot but only inside Century II. My life remains happily engaged in larger and more complex tasks working for my favorite employer. My thanks to WB….. I offer my deepest love and respect to all who work in this fabulous building and for our organization. No one can do it alone.

Tiffany K. Orr (Production Stage Manager)
Tiffany K. Orr (Production Stage Manager)

Tiffany K. Orr is originally from Oklahoma. Tiffany spends the other 9 months of the year in the Twin Cities where she works as the production stage manager for Theater Latte Da. While in the twin cities, she has also worked with companies including the Pillsbury House Theatre, The Children's Theatre Company, Park Square Theatre, The Playwrights’ Center, The Director’s, and the Guthrie. Prior to her move to the Twin Cities she worked on more than a dozen productions as part of the stage management team at the Phoenix Theatre, where she became a proud member of the Actors' Equity Association.

Amanda K. Bowman (Stage Manager)
Amanda K. Bowman (Stage Manager)

Amanda K. Bowman is thrilled to be back for her 10th summer at MTWichita and is honored to be joining AEA this season. She spent the last year at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and will be returning there in the fall. She has also worked for Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Crown Uptown, IATSE #190, Walt Disney World, and Merrimack Repertory Theatre. Thanks and love to Wayne, Nancy, E & T, and the rest of the MTW staff for the best summers imaginable.

Jesse Warkentin (Associate Musical Director / Keyboards)
Jesse Warkentin (Associate Musical Director / Keyboards)

Jesse Warkentin is amazed to find himself in his 11th consecutive season with MTWichita! He conducted the Festival of Broadway orchestra for five years, and enjoyed music directing High School Musical 2 in 2009. Last year he made his debut with the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony as piano soloist, performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue with Maestro Douglas. Throughout the year, Jesse can be found at the new Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre, conducting and musical directing. “My deepest gratitude to Wayne and Thomas for these special months of rich musical fulfillment at MTWichita, and to my incredible family for their laughter and love.”

Joshua Larson (Teen Choir Staging Director)
Joshua Larson (Teen Choir Staging Director)

Joshua Larson has choreographed for Wichita State University, Friends University, and at various high schools, studios, organizations, and theatres in and around the Wichita area, with his choreography earning him four Jester Awards. His choreographic and directing talents have been used at MTWichita as the staging director for the Teen Choir (2006-present); director/choreographer of Festival of Broadway (2008-2010, 2014) and Curtain Up! (2013-present); and choreographer/adjudicator for the dance portion of MTWichita’s national audition tour (2013-present). Joshua received his undergraduate degree in dance performance from Oklahoma City University and his Master of Liberal Arts (with a Theatre Concentration) from Baker University. He has traveled the country evaluating national dance competitions including Starbound and The Elite Dance Cup. Performing credits include shows at Carnegie Hall, on the Holland America Line, and with the following groups: MTWichita, Stiletto Entertainment, Tuacahn, Silver Tree Productions, Oklahoma City University, Windwood Theatricals, and The American Spirit Dance Company.

Linda Starkey (Teen Choir Musical Director)
Linda Starkey (Teen Choir Musical Director)

Linda Starkey 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.

Jennifer Fisher (Signing Interpreter)
Jennifer Fisher (Signing Interpreter)

I’m so excited for my sixth season at MTWichita. I would like to thank Wayne and all MTW for including me in the magic! During the year I work at a Goddard school, and lead Deaf Ministry at Central Community Church, interpreting services, concerts, conferences, and classes. I’m involved with Wichita Deaf Ministry Outreach and Deaf Teen Quest. Last fall I was one of 23 interpreters accepted from across America (and the only one from Kansas) for intensive music and musical theatre training in Nashville, TN. I spent a week specifically working performance interpreting, and I look forward to creating a performance that’s as impactful for the Deaf as it is for the hearing. Thanks to my girls Kara and Stephanie and to my husband for their support. Most importantly, God for the blessing He’s given me, and the opportunity to work in such an amazing place. 2 Cor. 4:16-18  

Nancy Reeves (Producing Associate / Company Manager)
Nancy Reeves (Producing Associate / Company Manager)

Nancy Reeves 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 artist.

South Pacific: A History of the Musical by Wayne Bryan

  • Broadway opening: April 7, 1949, Majestic Theatre; 1,925 performances.
  • Produced by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, Leland Hayward and Joshua Logan
  • Book and Musical Numbers Directed by Joshua Logan
  • Settings and Lighting by Jo Mielziner
  • Costumes by Motley
  • Music Direction by Salvatore Dell'Isola
  • Orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett
  • Original Cast featured Mary Martin, Ezio Pinza, Juanita Hall, Myron McCormick, William Tabbert
  • Film Version (1958, 20th Century Fox, directed by Joshua Logan) featured Mitzi Gaynor, Rossano Brazzi (sung by Giorgio Tozzi), Juanita Hall (sung by Muriel Smith, the London Bloody Mary), Ray Walston, John Kerr (sung by Bill Lee)
  • The dynamic original Broadway cast album is deservedly regarded as a classic. The 1958 film soundtrack features gorgeous orchestrations and choral work, and is also well sung. The 2008 Lincoln Center cast album is the most complete, and is beautifully performed and recorded.
  • The Blu-Ray edition of the 1958 film includes an excellent 90-minute documentary created by filmmaker Steven C. Smith – who happens to be my brother.)

When James A. Michener published his volume of wartime recollections "Tales of the South Pacific," film rights were offered to MGM studios, who declined. But a story editor at the studio brought it to his friend, stage director Josh Logan, who started shopping it around to producers as a stage play (to follow up Logan's success with military-themed hit Mister Roberts). Leland Hayward tried to get the rights, but Rodgers and Hammerstein also wanted to produce it (and write it) as a musical. Eventually the show was jointly produced by Rodgers and Hammerstein and Hayward and Logan.

Michener's original book is a lean, flavorful collection of brief literary "snapshots" of different events and characters, drawn from the author's own experiences in the Pacific toward the end of World War II.

Logan originally thought "Fo' Dolla" was the most logical story for musicalization, telling of the romance between a young Lieutenant and a Polynesian girl. But Rodgers and Hammerstein eventually felt that plot was too similar to Madama Butterfly to provide the main focus for the play. Instead they chose "Our Heroine," the story of another mismatched love affair, this one involving a worldly, middle-aged plantation owner and a young Navy nurse from Little Rock, Arkansas.

The musical's creators blended the two stories by having the planter and the Lieutenant join forces on a dangerous mission, and then enriched the whole piece by emphasizing the tragedy of racial intolerance which deeply affects each character's story. Comic relief was provided by the character of Luther Billis, who was extracted from a story called "Boar's Tooth."

Musical comedy star Mary Martin, originally from Texas and already on the R&H payroll, playing the lead in their touring production of Annie Get Your Gun, was tapped to play Nellie. Opposite her was Ezio Pinza, leading basso of the Metropolitan Opera, who was looking to change the direction of his career. Mary Martin expressed concern that her own voice might not be a match for Pinza's, but the authors carefully wrote the score in such a way that the two main characters share many great musical moments, but almost never sing together in duet.

The whole project hit a serious snag when Hammerstein, having no wartime military experience, could not get a handle on how to write the story. Director Logan, who had served in the Army Air Force during World War II, volunteered to help, and spent months writing with Hammerstein. Eventually, Logan felt that the work he had done entitled him both to be listed as co-author of the book and to receive royalties in addition to his fees as director. An agreement was ultimately reached, but the relationship between the creators was never again a completely happy one.

The musical opened to enormous enthusiasm, winning just about every award the theatrical community could bestow, including the Drama Critics' Circle Award, nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, and even the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, rarely given to musicals. The cast album became a phenomenal best seller, and touring companies played all over the world.

Unfortunately, the 1958 film version, also directed by Logan, failed to recapture the full impact of the stage play ("a three-hour ruin of a magnificent musical," opined the New York Post). A 2001 TV film with Glenn Close as a very mature Nellie Forbush received even worse reviews.

However, in 2008 a beautifully crafted revival opened to rave reviews and multiple Tony Awards at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre, starring MTWichita alum Kelli O’Hara opposite international opera star Paulo Szot. Director Bartlett Sher effectively emphasized the play’s stance on racial prejudice, restoring one cut  song (“My Girl Back  Home”) and pungent dialogue which Oscar Hammerstein had been persuaded to cut in the original production. This exquisite rendering of the show played to sold-out houses for two years, and was broadcast live on PBS on August 18, 2010.

Utilizing the sets and costumes from the touring edition of the Lincoln Center production, it is a particular pleasure to offer our own exemplary company of artists to bring South Pacific vividly to life for a new generation of MTWichita theatregoers.

The story, though set back in the 1940s, still has important things to say about commitment, love, politics and prejudice. And the abundance of wonderful songs contained in this score has never been surpassed.

South Pacific: Musical Numbers

The action of the play takes place on two islands in the South Pacific during World War II.

Act I

OvertureOrchestra
Dites-MoiNgana and Jerome
A Cockeyed OptimistNellie
Twin SoliloquiesNellie and Emile
Some Enchanted EveningEmile
Bloody MarySailors, Seabees and Marines
There is Nothing Like a DameBillis, Sailors, Seabees and Marines
Bali Ha'iBloody Mary
My Girl Back HomeCable and Nellie
I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out-a My HairNellie
Some Enchanted Evening (Reprise)Emile and Nellie
A Wonderful GuyNellie and Nurses
Bali Ha'i (Reprise)French and Native Girls
Younger Than SpringtimeCable
Finale Act INellie and Emile

 

Act II

Two weeks later

Thanksgiving FolliesNellie, Nurses and Seabees
Happy TalkBloody Mary and Liat
Honey BunNellie, Billis and Ensemble
You've Got to Be Carefully TaughtCable
This Nearly Was MineEmile
Some Enchanted Evening (Reprise)Nellie
Finale UltimoNellie, Emile, Ngana and Jerome

 

June 25-29

Dynamic Dance and Latin-flavored Score! This exciting show offers a wonderful showcase of the versatile MTWichita 2014 resident company, Broadway stars of tomorrow!

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West Side Story
June 25-29
Rated PG
for some mature themes
2 hr. 30 min.

Jerome Robbins’ breathtaking dances are only one vibrant component of this electrifying show. This contemporary re-telling of “Romeo and Juliet” also features the pulsing, Latin-flavored score of Leonard Bernstein, the incisive lyrics of Stephen Sondheim, and the brilliant script by Arthur Laurents, combining forces in one of the most dynamic shows ever created. The great songs include “Tonight,” “Maria,” "America,” “One Hand, One Heart,” “Cool,” “I Feel Pretty,” "Gee, Officer Krupke!,” and “Somewhere.”

Based on a Conception of Jerome Robbins
Book by Arthur Laurents
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Entire original production Directed and Choreographed by Jerome Robbins
Originally produced on Broadway by Robert E. Griffith and Harold S. Prince
By Arrangement of Roger L. Stevens

Ali Ewoldt
Ali Ewoldt

ALI EWOLDT (Maria) has been fortunate to perform in West Side Story all over the country and the world, and is thrilled to now play Maria with MTWichita!  Ali made her Broadway debut as Cosette in the 1st Revival of Les Misérables, a role she also played on the Broadway National Tour, and recently completed a run as Luisa in The Fantasticks Off-Broadway. She played Maria in the Broadway 1st National Tour of West Side Story (directed by David Saint and the late Arthur Laurents) as well as in the WSS International Tour and in productions at Pittsburgh CLO, The MUNY, and Maputo, Mozambique. Her other credits include: Tuptim in Baayork Lee's tour of The King and I, Jasmine in Aladdin at Disney's California Adventure, and Fan in A Christmas Carol at The McCarter Theatre. She has performed in concerts at The Town Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall and 54 Below, was featured on "The Michael J. Fox Show" and in the short film Yield with Leviathan Lab. She has a BA in Psychology from Yale University and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.  www.aliewoldt.com

Ryan Vasquez
Ryan Vasquez

RYAN VASQUEZ (Tony) is thrilled to be back at MTWichita for another summer, where this season he will be featured as Lieutenant Cable in South Pacific, Tony in West Side Story, and the Pharaoh in Joseph / Dreamcoat. Previous MTW appearances include Legally Blonde (Warner), Honk! (Greylag), and 9 to 5 (Joe). Other credits include Les Misérables (St. Louis Muny), Next to Normal (Farmers Alley Theatre), Bat Boy, and Spring Awakening. Proud University of Michigan Graduate. Love to my family, friends, and Wayne, all for daring to have so much faith in me.

Shina Ann Morris
Shina Ann Morris

SHINA ANN MORRIS (Anita) Broadway: Annie (Star to Be, Boylan Sister), Anything Goes (Erma u/s), West Side Story (Consuela), Nice Work If You Can Get It, Cinderella. NY: City Center Encores! Most Happy Fella and Bells Are Ringing. A Wichita native, Shina is ecstatic to be back in her old stomping grounds! She got the performing bug starting at Wichita Children's Theatre & Dance Center, followed by joining the Teen ensemble here at MTWichita in 1999. Later, she joined the resident company for 4.5 seasons! Also studied at Kansas Dance Academy, and was in 8 seasons of The Nutcracker at Ballet Wichita (then Metropolitan Ballet of Wichita). West Side Story is one of her all time favorites, and this will actually be her 5th production of it. Rosalia in MTYP's (2004), Margarita in MTW's (2004), Consuela at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera's (2008), Consuela at The Palace Theatre on Broadway (2009-2011), and now, as Anita! A million thanks to God, mom, Sasha, family, Wayne, Nancy, Mark Madama, Mark Esposito, Thomas, Annette, the Davis family, Miss Diane, Miss Jill, Miss Patti, the Brittons, all her mentors and teachers, and my love, Mark. Mambo! Mambo! GO!

Kevin Munhall
Kevin Munhall

KEVIN MUNHALL (Riff) is thrilled to be back at MTWichita where he spend 5 beautiful summers in the resident company and had the pleasure of playing roles such as Tom Sawyer in Big River and Randy Dexter in Curtains. His New York credits include the original Broadway Company of Anything Goes, The Sound of Music at Carnegie Hall, Bells Are Ringing at City Center Encores, and Hansel and Gretel at Avery Fisher Hall. Regionally he has been seen as Tommy Djilas in The Music Man at the Walnut Street Theatre, Riff in West Side Story at the Ogunquit Playhouse, as well as shows at Kansas City Starlight and Tuacahn Amphitheatre. His TV credits include “One Life to Live” and “Smash”.  He is a proud graduate of East High School and The University of Michigan. Much love goes out to Mr. G and Mr. Riney over at EHS for opening his eyes to the theatre, Wayne for deepening his appreciation and nudging him down this path, and Mark Madama for helping make it all possible. Allah'u'abha! www.kevinmunhall.com

Michael Graceffa
Michael Graceffa

MICHAEL GRACEFFA (Bernardo) is thrilled to be spending his first summer with MTWichita! He has recently been seen traveling America with the First National Tour of Catch Me If You Can. Regional Credits: Forestburgh Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, Reagle Music Theatre. Favorite roles: Bernardo (West Side Story), Rocky (Rocky Horror Show), Kyle (Legally Blonde). A recent Vassar College grad with a BA in Drama. Love to his amazing teachers, family, and friends.

Timothy Robu
Timothy Robu

TIMOTHY W. ROBU (Lt. Schrank) is delighted to be a part of this year’s MTWichita season, as well as many previous ones. Audiences may remember Tim in past roles such as Thenardier in Les Misérables, Bedevere in Spamalot, John Hancock in 1776, Billis in South Pacific, the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, Amos Hart in Chicago, Oscar Shapiro in Curtains, Mr. Feldzeig in The Drowsy Chaperone, Herbie in Gypsy, and Lazar Wolf in Fiddler. Tim also performs at several other venues in the Wichita area, including Mosley Street Melodrama and the Crown Uptown Theatre. Tim served as Technical Director for the Crown Theatre and Artistic Director of the children’s program for over twenty years. He now works as an Exhibit Technician for Exploration Place. When not working at Wichita's fine theatres, Tim has plenty to keep him busy as father to his two daughters, Katie and Francie. An added bonus to this year's season is the chance to once again perform with his talented wife Karen. Thanks to Wayne and all the folks in Wichita who produce theatre, perform theatre, and enjoy theatre. They make the Wichita area a great place to work, live, and bring up kids in.

Charles Parker
Charles Parker

CHARLES PARKER (Doc) Having just completed his umpteenth year on the Friends University faculty, C.P. is blessed with his umpteenth opportunity to work with that wonderful group of professionals who serve MTWichita and the surrounding communities. Teaching is now replaced with the honor of performing with some of the best and for the best of audiences. Parker is blessed again with an opportunity to play some great roles. His past favorites include Biggley in How to Succeed…, Pickering in My Fair Lady, Ziegfeld in Funny Girl, Herr Schultz in Cabaret, Parchester in Me and My Girl, General Waverly in White Christmas, FDR in Annie, and R.F. Simpson in Singin’ in the Rain. Thanks to Wayne for the gracious invitation and opportunity. Thanks to the company of performers, technicians, and assistants who always make the summers a delight. Thanks to Patty for her encouragement and love. Thanks to God for all blessings.

J. Bailey Burcham
J. Bailey Burcham

J. BAILEY BURCHAM (Officer Krupke), a Wichita native, is splendiferously excited to be in his first MTWichita season. Nineteen years ago Bailey saw his first MTW show, South Pacific, and is so honored to now be a part of this incredible company. Recent roles include Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls, Jake in Jake's Women, and Violet’s Father in Violet at WSU. He would like to thank his loving family and his mentors Beate, Linda, Amy, and Wayne for their continued support. BAF

Paul Jackson
Paul Jackson

PAUL E. JACKSON (Glad Hand) is so pleased to be working again with this excellent theatre company. Past MTWichita roles: Jaycee Squires (barbershop quartet member) in The Music Man, Sir Hubert in On A Clear Day... and The Steward in Into The Woods. Paul is honored to see his musical A Christmas Carol being produced at The Forum again this coming December. Paul is a Program Director at University Congregational Church when not on stage.  Thanks to Wayne,  Mark and Nancy for always making my time here so wonderfully memorable.

ROBERT ARIZA (Chino) is honored to be in his third season at MTWichita! Originally from Queens, NY, Robert is a recent graduate of The University of Michigan. UM credits include Dance with Me (Featured Singer), Disney’s workshop of Bedknobs and Broomsticks (Radio Singer), Crazy for You (Bela Zangler), Sunday in the Park with George (Mr./Lee Randolph), Spring Awakening  (Hanschen), Next Fall (Brandon). Robert was the recipient of the 2013 Roger Sturtevant Musical Theatre Award from Actors’ Equity Association, and recently received the Lys Symonette Award from the Lotte Lenya Competition. Thanks to everyone at MTW and my friends/family at UM and in NY.

CLAIRE AVAKIAN (Teresita) is originally from Portland, OR, and is about to enter her senior year as a Musical Theatre student at the University of Oklahoma. She is so excited to be making her MTWichita debut this summer! Some of her favorite credits include A Chorus Line (Broadway Rose, OR), Tarzan  (Lyric Theatre of OK), and The Christmas Show (OKC Philharmonic Pops). Claire can’t wait to spend her summer getting close with Spangles and Donut Whole. Thanks to Wayne and Nancy for this opportunity! Peace and love.

CAITLIN BELCIK (Clarice) is thrilled to be a first-year MTWichita company member after last performing here at age 11! Caitlin just graduated from Edmond North H.S. in Oklahoma and will be a freshman musical theatre major at Penn State University this fall. Broadway: How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Annie Who); Regional: White Christmas (Susan Waverly) – MTW; Sweet Charity, Bye Bye Birdie, Tarzan, Sound of Music, HSM2, Fiddler, Oklahoma!, Annie – Lyric Theatre; A Little Night Music (Fredrika) – OCU; Annie (Annie) – Sooner Theatre; West Side Story (Maria) – ENHS. Much love and gratitude to Wayne, Nancy and the entire MTW team for this wonderful opportunity, and to my parents and teachers for their support!

MATTHEW BORCHERS (Baby John) is beyond stoked to be making his MTWichita debut! A St. Louis native, he will start his senior year this fall with the Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre at The University of Oklahoma. Credits: OKC Philharmonic: The Christmas Show (Mistletoe Dancer). Lyric Theatre OKC: Bye Bye Birdie (Harvey Johnson). OU University: The Drowsy Chaperone (Superintendent), Carousel (Dance Captain), On The Town (Ensemble),  Seussical (Ensemble). Endless thanks to Wayne and Nancy for this amazing opportunity; so much gratitude and love to the Big Man Upstairs, family, friends and teachers for their constant love and guidance. BOOMER!

JACOB CHANCELLOR (Action) is thrilled to be returning to Wichita for his third summer. Originally from Edmond, OK, he just finished his senior year at the University of Oklahoma—Boomer Sooner! OU University: On The Town  (Chip), The Drowsy Chaperone (Aldolpho), … Forum (Protean), Carousel.  Lyric Theatre OKC – Xanadu, 42nd Street, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Broadway Rose (Oregon): The Drowsy Chaperone (George). And of course, 11 fabulous MTWichita productions over the past few years—here's to 4 more! Thanks and love to family, friends, and the whole MTWichita team! 

DONNIE CHAUNCEY (Nibbles) is incredibly enthused, to say the least, for his first summer in MTWichita's resident company! It has been a high priority goal of his to perform as a Company member and he hopes that everyone can share in his delight! Credits include Wichita State University's productions of Good News and Guys and Dolls. Other highlights include International Dance Tours with Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre to Italy and Mexico. Thanks and love to his parents, Marylou and Don, and to his brother Luke and sister Shauna. Also, great thanks to his mentors, instructors, and colleagues at WSU for pushing him and believing in him, and to Wayne Bryan, Josh Larson, Nancy Reeves and the entire crew of MTW!

KEVIN CLAY (A-rab) is a junior at Penn State pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre. Some of his favorite roles there include Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls and John in John and Jen. Kevin spent last summer performing at the Wagon Wheel Theatre in Indiana where he had the pleasure to play Pinocchio in Shrek, Barnaby in Hello, Dolly!, and Jinx in Forever Plaid. He is so excited to be a part of this season here at Wichita and looks forward to a great summer! Thanks to mom, dad, and Crew 15!

CALEB DICKE (Gee-tar) is thrilled to be returning to Wichita for his third summer! You may remember him from past shows, such as Fiddler on the Roof  (Russian), Honk! (Barnacles), Spamalot (Flying Nun), and Mary Poppins (Dancing Statue). Originally from Ohio, he is a recent dance performance graduate from Oklahoma City University. While at OCU, he has performed in the American Spirit Dance Company’s Home for the Holidays Christmas Show and Spring Show, as well as Legally Blonde (Kiki) and The Wedding Singer (Billy Idol). He would like to thank Wayne, Nancy, and his family.

CLINTON FOSTER (Juano), an upcoming senior Musical Theatre major at Oklahoma City University, is beyond thrilled to be making his MTWichita debut this summer! Favorite OCU credits include Cabaret (Hans), Street Scene (Dick McGann, u/s), 9 to 5, and Home for the Holidays with the American Spirit Dance Company! Other favorite professional credits include Anything Goes and The Drowsy Chaperone. Clinton would like to thank his parents and OCU family for their endless love and support and Wayne, Nancy, Josh, and MTW for this incredible opportunity!

REBECCA GANS (Anybodys) is overjoyed to be joining the MTWichita family again for her second season. Rebecca is a Wichita native who recently graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor of Performing Arts in Dance Performance. Some favorite performing opportunities include A Chorus Line (Bebe) at the Crown Uptown Dinner Theater and The King and I (Topsy) at MTW and The MUNY. She would love to thank Wayne Bryan for this amazing opportunity, all the directors and choreographers for such hard work and dedication, her parents, sisters and Rile for their endless love and support, and to God for such a blessing of a life.     

CATHERINE HELM (Estella / “Somewhere” Voice) is so excited to join Music Theatre Wichita for a third summer season. A recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati and its College Conservatory of Music’s Musical Theatre Program, Catherine would like to thank Wayne, Nancy, and Josh for this incredible opportunity to be a part of the MTW family, and her parents and family for their endless love and support. Favorite MTW credits include Betty Blue Eyes, Les Misérables, Honk!, Mary Poppins (Katie Nana), and Fiddler on the Roof.

WONZA JOHNSON (Pepe / Dance Captain) is a current BFA Musical Theater junior at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. This is his first summer with MTWichita and he couldn't be more excited to be working with such an amazing organization. All thanks go to his beautiful Mom, Dad and his newborn sister Evelyn. Past Roles: Romeo and Juliet (Romeo), Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), West Side Story (Bernardo), Henry in MTW’s South Pacific. "Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose." 

LILY KAUFMANN (Consuela) couldn’t be more excited to be in her debut season at MTWichita! Lily just completed her freshman year at Florida State University where she is pursuing a BFA in Music Theatre. As a native Kansan, Lily has worked in theaters in Kansas City such as KC Starlight, New Theatre Restaurant, Theatre in the Park, Music Theatre for Young People, and more. Favorite credits include The Drowsy Chaperone (Janet Van DeGraff),  Seussical (Mayzie), Bye Bye Birdie (Rosie), Spamalot (u.s. Lady of the Lake/ Laker Girl), My Favorite Year (Alice), and Urinetown (Little Becky Two Shoes). Endless love goes out to her unbelievably supportive family, friends, mentors and MTW for this wonderful opportunity!

BROOKE LACY (Allison), a 2014 graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a BFA in Musical Theatre, is truly grateful to return to MTWichita for a third magical summer season before she bids farewell to the Midwest and moves to NYC this fall! Some of her fondest MTW memories include Spamalot (Laker Girl), Les Misérables (Factory Girl #5), and Mary Poppins (Fannie). Favorite OU credits include: Carousel (Julie Jordan), On The Town (Dance Capt./ Ens.), and Seussical (Bird Girl). Tremendous amounts of love and thanks to her wonderful family for their support, and to Wayne, Nancy, and Josh for providing such an inspirational, challenging, and supportive learning environment that has largely contributed to the performer and person she is today!  

TREVOR McCHRISTIAN (Anxious), a Wichita native, is beyond excited to be returning for his fourth summer and first full summer as a company member here at MTWichita! In summer 2013, he was honored to represent MTWichita’s Jester Awards in New York City at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards for his role as Finch in How to Succeed. Favorite credits include Betty Blue Eyes (U.S. Premiere), Singin’ in the RainFiddler on the Roof, and Disney’s The Little Mermaid. He sends many humble thanks to Wayne, Nancy, Josh, Thomas, Amy, Doris, and his family for their abundance of support.

ALEXANDER H. MILLER (Diesel) is honored to return to MTWichita for a second season. Alex is a rising junior at the Univ. of Michigan. Credits include MTW: Mary Poppins (Bert u/s), Les Misérables (Jean Prouvaire), Betty Blues Eyes. U of M: Rent (Angel), Les Misérables  (Foreman), Crazy For You, A Little Night Music. Lyric Theatre of OK: Oliver!, Hairspray. Alex wishes to graciously thank Wayne, Nancy and MTW family for this spectacular summer opportunity. Love always to Mom, Dad and Elle. Thank you to the UMich faculty for your time and dedication to our education in performing arts. GO BLUE!

KELSEY RYAN MOORE (Francisca / Maria u.s.) is from Stuart, FL and is so excited to be making her MTWichita debut this summer! She is a graduate of the University of Michigan Musical Theatre Department where she has played Fredrika in A Little Night Music and Susie in Crazy For You. Other favorite roles include Eponine in Les Misérables and Ti Moune in Once On This Island. Many thanks to MTW for this wonderful opportunity and to her family for their unending support. She sends love to MT14 and forever Go Blue!

BECCA PETERSEN (Velma) is so excited to spend her second summer with MTWichita! She is originally from Carmel, Indiana, and recently graduated with a BFA in Music Dance Theatre from Brigham Young University. Favorite credits: The Light in the Piazza at BYU (Clara), Thoroughly Modern Millie at The MUNY (Lucille/ Ensemble), Dreamgirls at The Muny (Sweetheart/ Ensemble), Spamalot at MTW (Laker Girl), and Mary Poppins at MTW (Ensemble). Becca would like to thank everyone at MTW for this wonderful experience. Also a big thank you to her family and friends for their endless support!

TANNER PFLUEGER (Snowboy) is so excited and honored to be making his Wichita debut this summer. A Nebraska native, Tanner is currently studying at Oklahoma City University as a dance performance major. While at school, he has performed in the American Spirit Dance Company’s annual Home for the Holidays Christmas Show and Spring Show. Credits include Broadway: Billy Elliot (Billy) West End: Billy Elliot (Billy) Regional: Grease (Johnny Casino/ Teen Angel), Seussical (Wickersham Brother), and Beauty and the Beast (Chip). Much love and many thanks to his family, teachers, and mentors for their constant support.

EMILY PIRTLE (Emma), a Wichita native, is elated to be making her MTWichita debut! She recently graduated from Wichita State University with a BFA in Musical Theatre and a Bachelor of Music in Piano Accompanying. Favorite WSU and local credits: Ilona (She Loves Me, dir. Wayne Bryan), Patsy (Crazy For You), Sr. Amnesia (Nunsense), Brenda (Hairspray), Woman 2 (Edges), and Sadie (I Love A Piano) at Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre. She recently music directed and played piano for Violet at WSU (dir. Stephen Kopel). Emily is beyond grateful to Wayne and the MTW staff for this incredible opportunity. Much love to all her teachers and family for their constant support.

JULIAN RAMOS (Toro) is a recent graduate from Indiana University in Musical Theatre and couldn’t be more excited to join the MTWichita family this summer! For Rocky Mountain Rep: A Chorus Line (Richie), How To Succeed (Toynbee/ Pirate Dancer), and Peter Pan. In 2012 he attended the School at Jacob’s Pillow for Jazz/ MT Dance under Chet Walker. Favorites at IU include: [title of show] (Jeff), Hair, Damn Yankees, Chicago, and touring China with the Singing Hoosiers. So much love and thanks to Mom, Pops, Mis Abuelos (Te quiero mucho), Wayne, Nancy, and my crazy B-Town Family!!

SHEA RENNE (Rosalia / Anita u.s.) was thrilled to make her MTWichita debut as Liat in South Pacific, and is happy to be performing on the Wichita stage! She is a proud recent graduate of the University of Michigan. Favorite credits include Kim in Miss Saigon and Mimi in Rent. University credits include Spring AwakeningBat Boy, and as a featured soloist in Dance with Me. Many thanks and love to her friends and family, especially mom!

LUKE STEINHAUER (Big Deal / Tony u.s.) is thrilled to be making his MTWichita debut. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Luke is currently pursuing his BFA in musical theatre at The University of Michigan. Recent U of M Credits: Crazy for You, Bedknobs and Broomsticks (Disney Theatricals Workshop), Romeo and Juliet and In the Next Room. Luke has also performed with the Pittsburgh CLO in Singin’ in the Rain, The Music Man, Grease, and Oklahoma!, and at Theatre Aspen as the role of Schroeder in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown! Luke is also a National YoungArts Foundation winner in spoken and musical theatre. Many thanks to family, friends, and MTW for this wonderful opportunity.

DARYL TOFA (Luis) is excited to be making his professional stage debut with MTWichita this summer, performing on the same stage as his older brother Andy. Daryl comes from St. George, UT, where he will be completing high school and his 2-year College Associates Degree at the same time this coming year. At the age of 9 he began studying ballet, jazz and tap at his home studio where he now teaches his own style of hip hop to children and teens and also continues to study and perform. Daryl would like to thank his directors from back home, Brian and Melinda for everything they have done for him, for without them I would be who I am and where I am today! Daryl sends love to Mom, Dad and little brother Gordon, thanks for all you do and always supporting me.

HALLI TOLAND (Graziella) is excited to be making her debut at MTWichita this summer! She is a rising sophomore Musical Theatre major at the University of Michigan, and is originally from Toledo, Ohio. Some of her favorite roles include Janet in The Drowsy Chaperone, Brooke Wyndham in Legally Blonde and Amber Von Tussle in Hairspray. She would like to thank her instructors Brent Wagner, Linda Goodrich, and Catherine Adams, as well as her family and friends back home and at UM for their love and encouragement. Lastly, special thanks to MTW for this wonderful opportunity. Go Blue!

KATIE WESLER (Minnie / Dance Captain) is thrilled to return to MTWichita! She recently graduated from CCM with a BFA in musical theatre and is a 2013 winner of the Kurt Weill Foundation of Music Emerging Talent Award and the Actors’ Equity Roger Sturtevant Musical Theatre Award. At CCM: Kathy Selden in Singin’ in the Rain, Sally Slaton in Parade, The Arbiter’s Assistant in Chess, Les Mis, Into the Woods, Oklahoma! and Out of This World. At Tent Theatre, roles included Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street. Katie thanks Wayne, Nancy, and MTW for another wonderful season and her family for their support. www.katiewesler.com

HAYLEY WILHELM (Margarita) is thrilled to return to MTWichita for her second summer! Hayley is a recent graduate of Oklahoma City University with a degree in dance management. OCU credits include the American Spirit Dance Company’s Home for the Holidays, Spring Show, and OCU’s production of Legally Blonde. Favorite shows here at MTW include Les Misérables, The King and I, Betty Blue Eyes, and Mary Poppins. Hayley would like to thank Wayne, Nancy, and Josh for this amazing opportunity and would also like to thank her husband Zachary, Mom, Dad, Hannah, and Grandmommy for their support!

DAISY WRIGHT (Pauline) is absolutely thrilled to be making her MTWichita debut this summer! Originally from St. George, UT, Daisy is an upcoming junior Musical Theatre major at the University of Oklahoma. Her credits include: OU University Theatre: On The Town (Ivy u.s./ Ensemble); The Drowsy Chaperone (Mrs. Tottendale u.s./ Ensemble). OKC Philharmonic: The Christmas Show (Dancer). Infinite love and thanks to everyone at MTW for this incredible opportunity, and to mom, dad, family, friends, and teachers past and present, for their continued love and support.

DARIUS WRIGHT (Indio) is very excited to be making his MTWichita debut  this season! Regional: Hairspray (Thad), The Will Rogers Follies (Indian Dancer), Tarzan (Leopard), Ragtime, Bye Bye Birdie, Sweet Charity, Big River. Educational: Violet (Flick), The Pajama Game (Sid u/s), Legally Blonde (Grandmaster Chad),  Jesus Christ Superstar (John). Other: Bernstein’s Mass (Rock Singer). Graduate of Oklahoma City University and a proud Houstonian. For more about Darius Wright visit DariusWright.com.

Mark Madama (Director)
Mark Madama (Director)

Mark Madama has directed productions on both coasts, and as far away as Ireland, Poland, and Czechoslovakia, and yet he happily celebrates his 26th consecutive MTWichita season, with West Side Story being his 42nd production as director. Favorite shows here include The Full Monty, 9 to 5, Sunset Boulevard, The King and I, The Music Man, Curtains, Big River, Aida, Annie Get Your Gun, Oklahoma!, Damn Yankees, Cinderella, How to Succeed…, Funny Girl, Fiddler on the Roof (2001 and 2012), The Pajama Game, Evita, The Music Man, The Sound of Music, State Fair, Meet Me in St. Louis, Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady, The Secret Garden, Tintypes, Sweet Charity, Gigi, Cabaret, Into the Woods, They’re Playing Our Song, Good News!, and two previous editions of West Side Story, plus his performance as Zach in MTWichita’s first A Chorus Line. Other credits include The Producers, Aida and Cinderella, and Footloose at Kansas City Starlight, Hello, Dolly! at the New London Barn Playhouse, and two engagements teaching at Music Theatre Italy near Venice. Mark Madama and Wayne Bryan are the co-authors of the revised version of Good News!, which has received over 300 productions in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain. Mark is an Associate Professor of Musical Theatre at the University of Michigan, where he has directed Ragtime, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, A Little Night Music, The Full Monty, Rent, Big River, City of Angels, The Pajama Game, Guys and Dolls, Assassins, Good News!, Nine, Children of Eden, Company and Horton Foote’s 1918.

Mark Esposito (Choreographer)
Mark Esposito (Choreographer)

Mark Esposito is a frequent collaborator at MTWichita, where he has performed as Bernardo in West Side Story, and where his choreographic credits include On the Town, West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, and two productions of Fiddler on the Roof. Mark has performed in over 16 Broadway and National Tours, and choreographed for numerous regional theaters, plus the York and Signature Theater Companies in NYC and South Pacific at The Hollywood Bowl. He has choreographed Yuletide Celebration with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and has served as associate director/ choreographer for the Radio City Christmas Show and for Disney Global Casting. His choreographic work has been seen in California at the Reprise series in L.A. (Applause), La Mirada Theatre (Guys and Dolls), Musical Theatre West (Brigadoon), Sacramento Music Circus (Camelot, Evita, The Most Happy Fella, Pirates of Penzance, The Wizard of Oz), and at Universal Studios. At the Pittsburgh CLO, where his other credits include Brigadoon, Guys and Dolls, She Loves Me, The Music Man, Tommy, Carousel, West Side Story, Oklahoma, Fiddler on the Roof and Sound of Music. As a guest professor at University of Michigan, his work was also seen in The Full Monty, Brigadoon, Evita and West Side Story. Mark has assisted or worked with Agnes De Mille, Michael Bennett, Bob Fosse, Michael Kidd, Donald Saddler, Rob Marshall, and West Side Story’s original director-choreographer, Jerome Robbins.

Robert A. Kovach (Scenic Designer)
Robert A. Kovach (Scenic Designer)

Robert A. Kovach is thrilled to re-join the creative team of MTWichita, having designed Xanadu, 9 to 5 and the U.S. premiere of Betty Blue Eyes in the last three summers. Off Broadway – 45th Street Theatre: Around the World in 80 Days; Theatre Row: The Sphinx Winx; New World Stages: White’s Lies and ImaginOcean (Drama Desk Nom.); National Tours - All Shook Up; Regional Designs – Theatre Under the Stars, Memphis Ballet, Walnut Street Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Fulton Opera House, Phoenix Theatre, and others. He has Art Directed and Designed for TV, Print Ads, Corporate, and Commercials for such clients as the Food Network, General Motors, Jockey, Canon, among a few. Robert would like to thank Wayne and the entire talented Wichita team. Robert is a proud member of United Scenic Artists (USA 829). www.KovachDesigns.com

David Neville (Lighting Designer)
David Neville (Lighting Designer)

David Neville is thrilled to return for his 27th season of “Camp MTW.” In addition to many productions at MTWichita, David has designed lighting for North Shore Music Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars, Omaha Symphony, The United States Air Force, Stage One, Ordway Music Theatre, Papermill Playhouse, The University of Michigan, Penn State University, Portland Center Stage, North Carolina Theatre, Music Theatre West, Arkansas Rep, Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera, George Street Playhouse, The 5th Avenue Theatre and Off-Broadway. David’s favorite designs at MTWichita include Big River, Cats, Ragtime, Once on this Island, Children of Eden and Jesus Christ Superstar. David also teaches lighting and scenic design at Wichita State University. He makes his home in Wichita with his wife Robin and his kids, Ryan and Jocelyn.

David Muehl (Sound Designer)
David Muehl (Sound Designer)

David Muehl begins his ninth season as MTWichita’s sound designer, having also served as the sound assistant previously for a season. During MTWichita’s off season, David is the audio producer for WSU’s College of Fine Arts where he oversees audio recording and live sound for fine arts and other performances. He also serves as sound designer for WSU’s Opera and Musical Theatre programs and is the sound advisor to student musical theatre & opera sound designers and engineers. Some of his favorite sound designs have been Children of Eden, Into the Woods, Les Misérables and Wizard of Oz. David has twice been sound designer for invited productions to the Region V Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. David has also done sound design for Wichita Center for the Arts and Cabaret Oldtown. Special thanks to Dave, Jeff and the rest of the crew of Clearwing Productions in Phoenix and Josh with Event Systems for their continued support of MTWichita.

Alena Sellars (Wig and Makeup Designer)
Alena Sellars (Wig and Makeup Designer)

Alena Sellers is happily returning for her fifth year at MTWichita.  She lives in Wichita and spends most of the year working at Shine Salon. For her work with MTW, Alena is the recipient of the Mary Jane Teall Merit Award for the hair and makeup department. She has spent fifteen years doing hair, and has spent four years as an Aveda color educator. She has worked on Pirates of Penzance and Guys and Dolls for WSU, and worked for the last two years on shows for Wichita Grand Opera, including Otello, Marriage of Figaro, Don Pasquale and William Tell. Alena is so grateful to have the opportunity to work with so many talented people at MTWichita.

Dixon Reynolds (Costume Coordinator)
Dixon Reynolds (Costume Coordinator)

Dixon Reynolds is thrilled to be back at Music Theatre Wichita after designing costumes for last summer’s Betty Blue Eyes!  He is an Associate Professor of Costume Design at State University of New York at Fredonia and a freelance designer. His designs are seen in a broad range of styles from Theatre, Dance, Opera, Film and his favorite: new and experimental theatrical works, including musicals! Dixon is the resident costume designer at the Kavinoky Theatre in Buffalo, NY. Some of his designs have been seen at The Irish Classical Theatre, ART Park, Summer Repertory Theatre, Buffalo United Artists, Shakespeare in Delaware Park, The Hartt School of Music, Triad Stage, and American Dance Festival. He has also worked in the Costume Departments at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Playmakers Repertory Company, Roanoke Festival Park, HBO Productions and CBS Productions.

Joseph D. Sibley (Wardrobe Supervisor)
Joseph D. Sibley (Wardrobe Supervisor)

Joseph D. Sibley is excited to be spending his summer at MTWichita. Originally from Boothbay Harbor, Maine, Joseph graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a B.A. in Theatre with triple focus in Design, Performance and Directing. He has also worked with Maine State Music Theatre, IATSE local 114 (Portland, Maine) Riverside Theatre and Theatre West Virginia. Much love to Kristin, Andrew and his ever loving mother, RIP.

Debbie Roberts (Costume Shop Manager)
Debbie Roberts (Costume Shop Manager)

Debbie Roberts has designed costumes for many shows here, including White Christmas, Thoroughly Modern Millie, High School Musical, State Fair, Funny Girl, The Most Happy Fella, On the Town and West Side Story, plus special costumes for Aida (the fashion show, in partnership with Matt Mitchell), My Fair Lady, Annie Get Your Gun, Man of La Mancha, Crazy for You, The Sound of Music, My One and Only, and various Festival of Broadway shows. A graduate of Friends University, Debbie received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance and Ballet. “I am so proud of the work that Music Theatre Wichita does, it is always a pleasure to work each season. While California remains my home, for over 20 years Wichita has been my summer home.  I look forward to meeting new people and learning new skills each time. Enjoy the shows!”

Jeff Taylor (Production Manager)
Jeff Taylor (Production Manager)

Jeff Taylor is extremely honored to be back with this excellent cast and crew for his 13th summer at MTWichita. Throughout the years since 2000, he's had the chance to apprentice, build, design, and even act for MTWichita, and has now become the year round Production Manager, working closely with the awesome MTW staff. A loyal Kansan, Jeff graduated from East High and earned his BA in Musical Theatre from Friends University in 2006. In 2011, he earned an MFA in Design and Technology from UMKC. Many thanks to the MTWichita Crew, Wayne and Nancy, and fiancée Sarah.

AJ Kellison (Technical Director)
AJ Kellison (Technical Director)

AJ Kellison is glad to be back for another season at MTWichita. Since last summer, AJ has worked for Goodspeed Musicals, The Nebraska Theatre Caravan, The Public Theater and the Actor's Studio Drama School. AJ would like to thank everyone at Music Theatre for the opportunities and support they have given him throughout the past 9 years. A special thanks goes out to AJ's parents and his sister Laura.

Brian Gonner (Assistant Technical Director)
Brian Gonner (Assistant Technical Director)

Brian Gonner just completed his first year in the MFA Scenic Technology program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Originally from Dubuque, IA, Brian has worked professionally at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival, and Hope Summer Repertory Theatre. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Evansville in Indiana with a BFA in Theatre Design and Technology and a minor in Mathematics.

Madelynn Nevins (Asst. Lighting Designer)
Madelynn Nevins (Asst. Lighting Designer)

Madelynn Nevins is a recent graduate of Wichita State University where she received a BFA in theatre design and technology. Her previous credits include Lighting Designer for 1940’s Radio Christmas Hour (Prairie Pines Dinner Theatre), Guys and Dolls (Wichita State University), and Production Stage Manager for Laughing Feet Performers. Madelynn is thrilled to be a part of her 8th season at MTWichita. She is so thankful for their summer apprentice program. If it was not for that program, she would not be where she is today. She would like to thank all of the wonderful mentors in her life as well as her family who have always supported her.

Steve Landes (Director of the Apprentice Program / Shopper-Buyer)
Steve Landes (Director of the Apprentice Program / Shopper-Buyer)

Steve Landes is proud to return for his 21st summer as the Apprentice Program Director. A Wichita resident for twenty two years, Steve worked for Friends University, the Wichita Center for the Arts, and Shakespeare in the Park. Steve moved to the Kansas City area eight years ago for a teaching position. As an educator, Steve continues to be very excited about working with the apprentices in this unique training program (and MTW is deeply grateful for Steve’s creative dedication to our young people!).

Mary Sue Dymak (Director of Rentals & Inventory / Drop Fabricator / Orchestra Pit Manager / Archivist / A Bunch of Other Stuff) [whew!]
Mary Sue Dymak (Director of Rentals & Inventory / Drop Fabricator / Orchestra Pit Manager / Archivist / A Bunch of Other Stuff) [whew!]

For 39 seasons! Being one of the oldest members of the production staff, this will mark summer productions numbering 187 to 191. In the off season, I still keep my hand in stage managing for Ballet Wichita Orchestra (17 years) and Opera Kansas (22 years), while keeping our ever growing rental business running. I seem to get around a lot but only inside Century II. My life remains happily engaged in larger and more complex tasks working for my favorite employer. My thanks to WB….. I offer my deepest love and respect to all who work in this fabulous building and for our organization. No one can do it alone.

Tiffany K. Orr (Production Stage Manager)
Tiffany K. Orr (Production Stage Manager)

Tiffany K. Orr is originally from Oklahoma. Tiffany spends the other 9 months of the year in the Twin Cities where she works as the production stage manager for Theater Latte Da. While in the twin cities, she has also worked with companies including the Pillsbury House Theatre, The Children's Theatre Company, Park Square Theatre, The Playwrights’ Center, The Director’s, and the Guthrie. Prior to her move to the Twin Cities she worked on more than a dozen productions as part of the stage management team at the Phoenix Theatre, where she became a proud member of the Actors' Equity Association.

Amanda K. Bowman (Stage Manager)
Amanda K. Bowman (Stage Manager)

Amanda K. Bowman is thrilled to be back for her 10th summer at MTWichita and is honored to be joining AEA this season. She spent the last year at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and will be returning there in the fall. She has also worked for Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Crown Uptown, IATSE #190, Walt Disney World, and Merrimack Repertory Theatre. Thanks and love to Wayne, Nancy, E & T, and the rest of the MTW staff for the best summers imaginable.

Jesse Warkentin (Associate Musical Director / Keyboards)
Jesse Warkentin (Associate Musical Director / Keyboards)

Jesse Warkentin is amazed to find himself in his 11th consecutive season with MTWichita! He conducted the Festival of Broadway orchestra for five years, and enjoyed music directing High School Musical 2 in 2009. Last year he made his debut with the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony as piano soloist, performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue with Maestro Douglas. Throughout the year, Jesse can be found at the new Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre, conducting and musical directing. “My deepest gratitude to Wayne and Thomas for these special months of rich musical fulfillment at MTWichita, and to my incredible family for their laughter and love.”

Joshua Larson (Teen Choir Staging Director)
Joshua Larson (Teen Choir Staging Director)

Joshua Larson has choreographed for Wichita State University, Friends University, and at various high schools, studios, organizations, and theatres in and around the Wichita area, with his choreography earning him four Jester Awards. His choreographic and directing talents have been used at MTWichita as the staging director for the Teen Choir (2006-present); director/choreographer of Festival of Broadway (2008-2010, 2014) and Curtain Up! (2013-present); and choreographer/adjudicator for the dance portion of MTWichita’s national audition tour (2013-present). Joshua received his undergraduate degree in dance performance from Oklahoma City University and his Master of Liberal Arts (with a Theatre Concentration) from Baker University. He has traveled the country evaluating national dance competitions including Starbound and The Elite Dance Cup. Performing credits include shows at Carnegie Hall, on the Holland America Line, and with the following groups: MTWichita, Stiletto Entertainment, Tuacahn, Silver Tree Productions, Oklahoma City University, Windwood Theatricals, and The American Spirit Dance Company.

Linda Starkey (Teen Choir Musical Director)
Linda Starkey (Teen Choir Musical Director)

Linda Starkey 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.

Jennifer Fisher (Signing Interpreter)
Jennifer Fisher (Signing Interpreter)

I’m so excited for my sixth season at MTWichita. I would like to thank Wayne and all MTW for including me in the magic! During the year I work at a Goddard school, and lead Deaf Ministry at Central Community Church, interpreting services, concerts, conferences, and classes. I’m involved with Wichita Deaf Ministry Outreach and Deaf Teen Quest. Last fall I was one of 23 interpreters accepted from across America (and the only one from Kansas) for intensive music and musical theatre training in Nashville, TN. I spent a week specifically working performance interpreting, and I look forward to creating a performance that’s as impactful for the Deaf as it is for the hearing. Thanks to my girls Kara and Stephanie and to my husband for their support. Most importantly, God for the blessing He’s given me, and the opportunity to work in such an amazing place. 2 Cor. 4:16-18  

Nancy Reeves (Producing Associate / Company Manager)
Nancy Reeves (Producing Associate / Company Manager)

Nancy Reeves 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 artist.

West Side Story: A History of the Musical by Wayne Bryan

  • Broadway opening: Sept. 26, 1957, Winter Garden Theatre, 732 performances
  • Directed and Choreographed by Jerome Robbins
  • Co-choreographed by Peter Gennaro
  • Scenic Production by Oliver Smith
  • Costumes by Irene Sharaff
  • Lighting by Jean Rosenthal
  • Music Direction by Max Goberman
  • Orchestrations by Leonard Bernstein with Sid Ramen and Irwin Kostal
  • Original Cast featured Larry Kert, Carol Lawrence, Chita Rivera, Mickey Calin, Ken Le Roy, Art Smith
  • Film Version (Mirisch Pictures / United Artists, 1961) directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins; choreographed by Robbins; screenplay by Ernest Lehman; Cast featured Natalie Wood (singing dubbed by Mami Nixon), Richard Beymer (dubbed by Jimmy Bryant), Rita Moreno (partially dubbed by Betty Wand and Marni Nixon), Russ Tamblyn (partially dubbed by Tucker Smith), George Chakiris
  • The Broadway and Film recordings are both very fine. The more complete 2-CD version on JAY is also excellent. The Blu-Ray edition of the film is a terrific copy, with a fascinating set of extras, including a documentary and special features created by filmmaker Steven C. Smith who happens to be my brother.

Director-choreographer Jerome Robbins had successfully collaborated with composer Leonard Bernstein on the 1944 musical On the Town, and was looking for another joint project. A young friend of Robbins, about to play Romeo in a classroom exercise, casually asked Robbins how new life might be brought to Shakespeare's tragic love story. Suddenly Robbins had the idea for his next musical. Bernstein shared his enthusiasm, and they began drafting a show (initially called East Side Story, and later Gang Way). The story, set in the New York slums, concerned a star-crossed romance between a Catholic Romeo and a Jewish Juliet at the coincidence of the Easter and Passover celebrations.

Robbins brought young playwright Arthur Laurents into the team as librettist, but other commitments distracted Bernstein and Robbins for the next six years.

Then, in August of 1955, Bernstein and Laurents reconnected in Los Angeles, at a time when newspapers were filled with stories of teen gang violence. They reconceived the musical, dropping the Jewish-Catholic premise in favor of the rivalry between two street gangs, one made up of Puerto Ricans and one of self-styled "Americans." Bernstein: "Suddenly it all springs to life. I hear rhythms and pulses, and most of all, I can sort of feel the form..."

25-year-old Stephen Sondheim was added to the team as lyricist, but still the work went slowly, mostly due to Bernstein’s simultaneous commitment to compose the score for the operetta Candide. (Indeed, some music in Candide was originally written for West Side Story, and some pieces in West Side Story, notably "One Hand, One Heart," were originally intended for Candide.)

Once Candide opened in 1956, Bernstein turned all his creative attention to West Side Story, composing brilliantly and swiftly. Originally billed as co-lyricist with Sondheim, Bernstein eventually removed his name in an uncharacteristic show of modesty, so that Sondheim might receive more recognition.

Casting the show proved to be very difficult, since Broadway performers of the 1950s were not usually required to be equally well trained at singing, acting and dancing .. much less required to look like teenagers, too!

Opening night reviews were generally good, with most critics recognizing West Side Story as some sort of landmark event. However, many found the show emotionally cold - a reaction that Sondheim now attributes to the original production treating the gang members more as symbols than as flesh-and-blood characters. Critics also found the songs "unhummable.”

The show won Tony Awards only for choreography and set design, with all other major awards going to The Music Man. After a year, audiences began to drop off, so the Broadway run was cut short after 732 performances, and the show went on tour for a year, returning to New York for an additional 249 performances, finally closing December 20, 1960.

But the reputation of West Side Story changed forever with the arrival of the triumphant 1961 film version. Several elements make the film unique: The original collaborators were involved, with Robbins co-directing the film (with Robert Wise) and re-conceiving his dances in the new medium, and with both Bernstein and Sondheim contributing some new material. The film was given an unprecedented six months to rehearse and film.

Suddenly the "symbolic" gang members emerged as vulnerable, understandable teenagers, for whom filmgoers unashamedly wept. The "unhummable" songs were recorded by dozens of artists and the soundtrack album became a best seller. And the film won an unprecedented 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture (the first Broadway musical adaptation to do so), plus a special choreographic Oscar for Jerome Robbins.

Our MTWichita performers are thrilled to combine their considerable singing, dancing and acting talents to present this uniquely American musical, designed to entertain and thrill our audiences, even as it invites us to reflect on the perpetual timeliness of its story.

Violence never seems to disappear from our society, and mindless hatred between different groups of people continues to bring tragic results of global proportions. West Side Story celebrates our humanity, and inspires us to do our best to bring love and harmony into the world around us.

West Side Story: Musical Synopsis of Scenes

Place: The West Side of New York City
Time: The last days of summer, 1950s.

Act I

The Months Before:The Neighborhood    The Prologue
5:00pm:       The Street        Jet Song
5:30pm:        A Back Yard   Something's Coming
6:00pm:       A Bridal Shop 
10:00pm:         The Gym       The Dance at the Gym
11:00pm:     A Back Alley Maria
11:30pm:    Another AlleyTonight
  America
12:00 Midnight: The Drugstore     Cool
The Next Day  
5:15pm:The Bridal ShopOne Hand, One Heart
6:00 to 9:00pm:The NeighborhoodThe Quintet
9:00pm:Under the HighwayThe Rumble

 

Act II

9:30pm:   A Bedroom     I Feel Pretty
  Somewhere and Ballet
10:00pm:Another Alley             Gee, Officer Krupke
11:30pm:     The Bedroom    A Boy Like That / I Have a Love
11:50pm:   The Cellar 
12:00 Midnight: The StreetFinale

 

 

July 9-13

Completely Joyful Family Fun! One of the most popular shows in MTWichita's history, the 2014 edition promises tremendous voices, lively dancing, and gleeful entertainment for all ages.

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Joseph and
the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat
July 9-13
Rated G
2 hr.

This joyful, high-energy romp is a perfect theatrical experience for the whole family. Gleefully based on the Old Testament tale of Joseph and his coat of many colors, this supremely popular musical is the brainchild of two young British men, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, who launched their phenomenal careers with this delightful show. Catchy songs include “Any Dream Will Do,” “Go-Go-Go Joseph,” “A Pharaoh’s Story,” “One More Angel,” “Benjamin Calypso,” and “Close Every Door.”

Lyrics  Tim Rice
Music  Andrew Lloyd Webber

IAN PATRICK GIBB (Joseph) is so excited to be back at MTWichita where he was a member of the resident company for 5 wonderful summers (2001-2003, 2008 and 2009), and had the pleasure of returning last summer as Marius in Les Misérables. A graduate of Oklahoma City University, Ian spent two and a half years on the 25th Anniversary National Tour of Les Misérables where he played the role of Jean Prouvaire and understudied Marius. Regionally, Ian has performed with Paper Mill Playhouse, Pittsburgh CLO, The Fireside Theater, and The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. Favorite roles include Dean in All Shook Up, Joseph in Joseph… Dreamcoat, the Production Tenor in The Producers, and Lucas in The Student Prince. Ian's two albums, Fill in the Words and The Time of Year for Miracles, are currently available on iTunes or by going to his website www.ianpatrickgibb.com. Following Joseph, Ian will head to California to begin rehearsals at the La Jolla Playhouse for the pre-Broadway premiere of Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, in which he will understudy the title character. Ian couldn't thank his family, The Mine, Wayne, Nancy, and the whole MTW gang enough for all of their support. Mom and Dad this is for you! Twitter: @ianpatrickgibb

DARCIE ROBERTS (The Narrator) is a Broadway actress whose credits on the Great White Way include Crazy for You, Curtains, Aida, Dream – The Songs of Johnny Mercer, and the pre-Broadway tour of Busker Alley, as leading lady opposite Tommy Tune. She starred in the National Tours of Thoroughly Modern Millie and Barry Manilow’s Copacabana, and the international tour of 42ndStreet. A familiar face to MTWichita audiences, Darcie began here as a 15-year old, playing Maggie in A Chorus Line, with subsequent roles including Mother in Ragtime, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Polly in Crazy for You, Georgia in Curtains, Gigi in Gigi, Martha Jefferson in 1776, Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof, Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street, Emily Arden in State Fair, featured singer in Smokey Joe’s Café, and Judy Bernly in 9 to 5. Other starring roles in regional productions include Rita in Leap of Faith, Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, Eva Peron in Evita, Cassie in A Chorus Line, Polly in Crazy for You, Lola in Damn Yankees, Cindy Lou in The Marvelous Wonderettes and Peggy in The Andrews Brothers. Darcie has been married for 17 years to her best friend Troy and together they have 3 crazy boys - ages 8, 4 and 2! She is thrilled to be back on the MTWichita stage working with such wonderful friends - old and new.

NICHOLAS F. SAVERINE (Jacob / Potiphar) is thrilled to be back "home" in Wichita! He was the first recipient of the Elizabeth B. Koch Young Artist Fellowship Grant, and a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, University of Central Oklahoma, and Wichita State University, where he studied voice with Dr. George Gibson and Dr. Dorothy Crum. Audiences may remember Nick from his numerous MTWichita roles, including Jean Valjean in Les Misérables (twice!), Max in Sunset Boulevard, Archibald in The Secret Garden, Quixote in Man of La Mancha, Rev. Moore in Footloose, Father in Children of Eden, Tony in The Most Happy Fella, Carriere in Phantom, Gus/ Growltiger/ Bustopher Jones in Cats, and his favorite as Wayne’s dad Clem Rogers in The Will Rogers Follies! Also twice! Nick is also very proud to have performed locally with the Mosley Street Melodrama, Cabaret Oldtown, Crown Uptown, Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita Community Theatre, Opera Kansas, Wichita Symphony, and WSU Opera Theatre. Nick performed in numerous Words and Music editions with Stage One, and has directed and designed sets for Music Theatre for Young People. Other credits include Broadway: The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables; Tours: Joseph ... Dreamcoat; Caroline, or Change; Les Miserables; European: The Phantom of the Opera (Vienna/Hamburg), Les Misérables, Dance of the Vampires (Vienna); Regional: Man of La Mancha (Light Opera Works), Most Happy Fella (American Music Theatre of San Jose), A Christmas Carol (People’s Light and Theatre), The Baker’s Wife (Arden Theatre), Annie Get Your Gun (Hal Prince Theater), Annie, Annie Warbucks and Les Misérables (Walnut Street Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors and The Pirates of Penzance (Louisiana Lyric Opera), Jacques Brel Is ... (Skylight Theatre), Camelot (West Virginia Public), and Oliver! and Sunset Boulevard (Media Theatre). Nick would like to thank Wayne, Lyndy, Jeromy, Thomas, and Nancy for another awesome experience in a long list of awesome experiences!

RYAN VASQUEZ (Pharaoh) is thrilled to be back at MTWichita for another summer, where this season he is being featured as Lt. Joe Cable in South Pacific, Tony in West Side Story, and the Pharaoh in Joseph / Dreamcoat. Previous MTW appearances include Legally Blonde (Warner), Honk! (Greylag), and 9 to 5 (Joe). Other credits include Les Misérables (St. Louis Muny), Next to Normal (Farmers Alley Theatre), Bat Boy, and Spring Awakening. Proud University of Michigan Graduate. Love to my family, friends, and Wayne, all for daring to have so much faith in me.

BROOKE LACY (Mrs. Potiphar), a 2014 graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a BFA in Musical Theatre, is truly grateful to return to MTWichita for a third magical summer season before she bids farewell to the Midwest and moves to NYC this fall! Some of her fondest MTW memories include Spamalot (Laker Girl), West Side Story (Allison), Les Misérables (Factory Girl #5), and Mary Poppins (Fannie). Favorite OU credits include: Carousel (Julie Jordan), On The Town (Dance Capt./ Ens.), and Seussical (Bird Girl). Tremendous amounts of love and thanks to her wonderful family for their support, and to Wayne, Nancy, and Josh for providing such an inspirational, challenging, and supportive learning environment that has largely contributed to the performer and person she is today!  

ROBERT ARIZA (The Butler) is honored to be in his third season at MTWichita! Originally from Queens, NY, Robert is a recent graduate of The University of Michigan. UM credits include Dance with Me (Featured Singer), Disney’s workshop of Bedknobs and Broomsticks (Radio Singer), Crazy for You  (Bela Zangler), Sunday in the Park with George (Mr./Lee Randolph), Spring Awakening (Hanschen), Next Fall (Brandon). Robert was the recipient of the 2013 Roger Sturtevant Musical Theatre Award from Actors’ Equity Association, and recently received the Lys Symonette Award from the Lotte Lenya Competition. Thanks to everyone at MTW and my friends/ family at UM and in NY.

MATTHEW BORCHERS (Benjamin) is beyond stoked to be making his MTWichita debut this season! A St. Louis native, he will start his senior year this fall with the Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre at The University of Oklahoma. Credits: OKC Philharmonic: The Christmas Show (Mistletoe Dancer). Lyric Theatre OKC: Bye Bye Birdie (Harvey Johnson). OU University: The Drowsy Chaperone (Superintendent), Carousel (Dance Captain), On The Town (Ensemble), Seussical (Ensemble). Endless thanks to Wayne and Nancy for this amazing opportunity; so much gratitude and love to the Big Man Upstairs, family, friends and teachers for their constant love and guidance. BOOMER!

JACOB CHANCELLOR (Levi) is thrilled to be returning to Wichita for his third summer, and loved playing Action in West Side Story. Originally from Edmond, OK, he just finished his senior year at the University of Oklahoma—Boomer Sooner! OU University: On The Town (Chip), The Drowsy Chaperone (Aldolpho), … Forum (Protean), Carousel.  Lyric Theatre OKC – Xanadu, 42nd Street, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Broadway Rose (Oregon): The Drowsy Chaperone (George). And of course, 12 fabulous MTWichita productions over the past few years—here's to 3 more! Thanks and love to family, friends, and the whole MTWichita team! 

KEVIN CLAY (Simeon) is a junior at Penn State pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre. Favorite roles there include Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls and John in John and Jen. Kevin spent last summer performing at the Wagon Wheel Theatre in Indiana where he had the pleasure to play Pinocchio in Shrek, Barnaby in Hello, Dolly!, and Jinx in Forever Plaid. So far this summer, he has been seen as McCaffrey in South Pacific and A-rab in West Side Story. He is so excited to be a part of this season here at MTWichita and is having a great summer! Thanks to mom, dad, and Crew 15!

CALEB DICKE (Napthali  / Dance Captain) is thrilled to be returning for his third summer! You may remember him from several MTWichita shows, including West Side Story (Gee-Tar), South Pacific (Quale) Fiddler on the Roof  (Russian), Honk! (Barnacles), Spamalot (Flying Nun), and Mary Poppins (Dancing Statue). Originally from Ohio, he is a recent dance performance graduate from Oklahoma City University. While at OCU, he has performed in the American Spirit Dance Company’s Home for the Holidays Christmas Show and Spring Show, as well as Legally Blonde (Kiki) and The Wedding Singer (Billy Idol). He would like to thank Wayne, Nancy, and his family.

MICHAEL GRACEFFA (Reuben) is thrilled to be spending his first summer with MTWichita, and enjoyed playing both Stewpot in South Pacific and Bernardo in West Side Story. He has recently been seen traveling America with the First National Tour of Catch Me If You Can. Regional Credits: Forestburgh Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, Reagle Music Theatre. Favorite roles: Bernardo (West Side Story), Rocky (Rocky Horror Show), Kyle (Legally Blonde). A recent Vassar College grad with a BA in Drama. Love to his amazing teachers, family, and friends.

WONZA JOHNSON (Isaachar) is a current BFA Musical Theater junior at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. This is his first summer with MTWichita and he couldn't be more excited to be working with such an amazing organization. All thanks go to his beautiful Mom, Dad and his newborn sister Evelyn. Past Roles: Romeo and Juliet (Romeo), Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), West Side Story (Bernardo). At MTW: Henry in South Pacific, Pepe / Dance Captain in West Side Story. "Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose." 

TREVOR McCHRISTIAN (The Baker / Swing for all Brothers), a Wichita native, is beyond excited to be returning for his fourth summer and first full summer as a company member here at MTWichita! In summer 2013, he was honored to represent MTWichita’s Jester Awards in New York City at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards for his role as Finch in How to Succeed. Favorite credits include Betty Blue Eyes (U.S. Premiere), Singin’ in the RainFiddler on the Roof, and Disney’s The Little Mermaid. He sends many humble thanks to Wayne, Nancy, Josh, Thomas, Amy, Doris, and his family for their abundance of support.

ALEXANDER H. MILLER (Dan) is honored to return to MTWichita for a second season. Alex is a rising junior at the Univ. of Michigan. Credits include MTW: West Side Story (Diesel), Mary Poppins (Bert u/s), Les Misérables (Jean Prouvaire), Betty Blues Eyes, South Pacific. U of M: Rent (Angel), Les Misérables (Foreman), Crazy For You, A Little Night Music. Lyric Theatre of OK: Oliver!, Hairspray. Alex wishes to graciously thank Wayne, Nancy and MTW family for this spectacular summer opportunity. Love always to Mom, Dad and Elle. Thank you to the UMich faculty for your time and dedication to our education in performing arts. GO BLUE!

TANNER PFLUEGER (Gad) is so excited and honored to be making his Wichita debut this summer. A Nebraska native, Tanner is currently studying at Oklahoma City University as a dance performance major. While at school, he has performed in the American Spirit Dance Company’s annual Home for the Holidays Christmas Show and Spring Show. Credits include Broadway: Billy Elliot (Billy); West End: Billy Elliot (Billy); Regional: Grease (Johnny Casino/ Teen Angel), Seussical (Wickersham Brother), West Side Story (Snowboy), and Beauty and the Beast (Chip). Much love and many thanks to his family, teachers, and mentors for their constant support.

JULIAN RAMOS (Judah) is a recent graduate from Indiana University in Musical Theatre and couldn’t be more excited to join the MTWichita family this summer! For Rocky Mountain Rep: A Chorus Line (Richie), How To Succeed (Toynbee/ Pirate Dancer), and Peter Pan. In 2012 he attended the School at Jacob’s Pillow for Jazz/ MT Dance under Chet Walker. Favorites at IU include: [title of show] (Jeff), Hair, Damn Yankees, Chicago, and touring China with the Singing Hoosiers. So much love and thanks to Mom, Pops, Mis Abuelos (Te quiero mucho), Wayne, Nancy, and my crazy B-Town Family!!

LUKE STEINHAUER (Asher) was thrilled to make his MTWichita debut as Big Deal in West Side Story. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Luke is currently pursuing his BFA in musical theatre at The University of Michigan. Recent U of M Credits: Crazy for You, Bedknobs and Broomsticks (Disney Theatricals Workshop), Romeo and Juliet and In the Next Room. Luke has also performed with the Pittsburgh CLO in Singin’ in the Rain, The Music Man, Grease, and Oklahoma!, and at Theatre Aspen as the role of Schroeder in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown! Luke is also a National YoungArts Foundation winner in spoken and musical theatre. Many thanks to family, friends, and MTW for this wonderful opportunity.

DARYL TOFA (Zebulon) is excited to be making his professional stage debut with MTWichita this summer, performing on the same stage as his older brother Andy. Daryl comes from St. George, UT, where he will be completing high school and his 2-year College Associates Degree at the same time this coming year. At the age of 9 he began studying ballet, jazz and tap at his home studio where he now teaches his own style of hip hop to children and teens and also continues to study and perform. Daryl would like to say, “Thank you to my directors from back home, Brian and Melinda for everything you have done for me, for without you I would not be who I am and where I am today! And love to Mom, Dad and my little brother Gordon, with thanks for all you do and for always supporting me!”

CAITLIN BELCIK is thrilled to be a first-year MTWichita company member after last performing here at age 11! Caitlin just graduated from Edmond North H.S. in Oklahoma and will be a freshman musical theatre major at Penn State University this fall. Broadway: How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Annie Who); Regional: White Christmas (Susan Waverly) – MTW; Sweet Charity, Bye Bye Birdie, Tarzan, Sound of Music, HSM2, Fiddler, Oklahoma!, Annie – Lyric Theatre; A Little Night Music (Fredrika) – OCU; Annie (Annie) – Sooner Theatre; West Side Story (Maria) – ENHS. Much love and gratitude to Wayne, Nancy and the entire MTW team for this wonderful opportunity, and to my parents and teachers for their support!

REBECCA GANS is overjoyed to join the MTWichita family again for her second season, and especially loved playing Anybodys in West Side Story. Rebecca is a Wichita native who recently graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor of Performing Arts in Dance Performance. Other favorite performing opportunities include A Chorus Line (Bebe) at the Crown Uptown Dinner Theater and The King and I (Topsy) at MTW and The MUNY. She would love to thank Wayne Bryan for this amazing opportunity, all the directors and choreographers for such hard work and dedication, her parents, sisters and Rile for their endless love and support, and to God for such a blessing of a life.

CLAIRE GERIG (Mourning Wife / Narrator u.s.), a Wichita native, couldn’t be happier to spend another summer with MTWichita, where credits include Disney’s Mary Poppins (Mrs. Banks), Betty Blue Eyes (Mrs. Metcalf), and South Pacific (Nellie u.s.). She is a recent musical theatre graduate of Wichita State University where she was last seen in the title role ofViolet, directed by Stephen Kopel. While a student at Maize High School, Claire was selected to represent the Jester Awards in the Leading Actress category at the National High School Musical Theater Awards in New York City and was awarded “The Spirit of the Jimmys” award. Endless thanks to Wayne and the incredible MTW family for all they have done for her. Love to Linda, Amy, Marie, Bret, Pina, Mom & Dad. 

CATHERINE HELM is so excited to join Music Theatre Wichita for a third summer season. A recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati and its College Conservatory of Music’s Musical Theatre Program, Catherine would like to thank Wayne, Nancy, and Josh for this incredible opportunity to be a part of the MTW family, and her parents and family for their endless love and support. Favorite MTW credits include Betty Blue Eyes, Les Misérables, Honk!, Mary Poppins (Katie Nana), West Side Story (Estella / “Somewhere” soloist) and Fiddler on the Roof.

LILY KAUFMANN couldn’t be more excited to be in her debut season at MTWichita! Lily just completed her freshman year at Florida State University where she is pursuing a BFA in Music Theatre. As a native Kansan, Lily has worked in theaters in Kansas City such as KC Starlight, New Theatre Restaurant, Theatre in the Park, Music Theatre for Young People, and more. Favorite credits include The Drowsy Chaperone (Janet Van DeGraff), Seussical (Mayzie), Bye Bye Birdie (Rosie), Spamalot (u.s. Lady of the Lake/ Laker Girl), My Favorite Year (Alice), and Urinetown (Little Becky Two Shoes). Endless love goes out to her unbelievably supportive family, friends, mentors and MTW for this wonderful opportunity!

KELSEY RYAN MOORE is from Stuart, FL and is so excited to be making her MTWichita debut this summer! She is a graduate of the University of Michigan Musical Theatre Department where she has played Fredrika in A Little Night Music and Susie in Crazy For You. Other favorite roles include Eponine in Les Misérables and Ti Moune in Once On This Island. Many thanks to MTW for this wonderful opportunity and to her family for their unending support. She sends love to MT14 and forever Go Blue!

BECCA PETERSEN is so excited to spend her second summer with MTWichita! She is originally from Carmel, Indiana, and recently graduated with a BFA in Music Dance Theatre from Brigham Young University. Favorite credits: The Light in the Piazza at BYU (Clara), Thoroughly Modern Millie at The MUNY (Lucille/ Ensemble), Dreamgirls at The Muny (Sweetheart/ Ensemble), plus Spamalot (Laker Girl), West Side Story (Velma), South Pacific, and Mary Poppins at MTW. Becca would like to thank everyone at MTW for this wonderful experience. Also a big thank you to her family and friends for their endless support!

EMILY PIRTLE, a Wichita native, was elated to make her MTWichita debut in West Side Story! She recently graduated from Wichita State University with a BFA in Musical Theatre and a Bachelor of Music in Piano Accompanying. Favorite WSU and local credits: Ilona (She Loves Me, dir. Wayne Bryan), Patsy (Crazy For You), Sr. Amnesia (Nunsense), Brenda (Hairspray), Woman 2 (Edges), and Sadie (I Love A Piano) at Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre. She recently music directed and played piano for Violet at WSU (dir. Stephen Kopel). Emily is beyond grateful to Wayne and the MTW staff for this incredible opportunity. Much love to all her teachers and family for their constant support.

HALLI TOLAND is excited to be making her debut at MTWichita this summer! She is a rising sophomore Musical Theatre major at the University of Michigan, and is originally from Toledo, Ohio. Some of her favorite roles include Janet in The Drowsy Chaperone, Brooke Wyndham in Legally Blonde, Amber Von Tussle in Hairspray, and Graziella in West Side Story. She would like to thank her instructors Brent Wagner, Linda Goodrich, and Catherine Adams, as well as her family and friends back home and at UM for their love and encouragement. Lastly, special thanks to MTW for this wonderful opportunity. Go Blue!      

KATIE WESLER is thrilled to return to MTWichita! She recently graduated from CCM with a BFA in musical theatre and is a 2013 winner of the Kurt Weill Foundation of Music Emerging Talent Award and the Actors’ Equity Roger Sturtevant Musical Theatre Award. At CCM: Kathy Selden in Singin’ in the Rain, Sally Slaton in Parade, The Arbiter’s Assistant in Chess, Les Mis, Into the Woods, Oklahoma!, and Out of This World. At Tent Theatre, roles included Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street. Katie thanks Wayne, Nancy, and MTW for another wonderful season and her family for their support. www.katiewesler.com

HAYLEY WILHELM is thrilled to return to MTWichita for her second summer! Hayley is a recent graduate of Oklahoma City University with a degree in dance management. OCU credits include the American Spirit Dance Company’s Home for the Holidays, Spring Show, and OCU’s production of Legally Blonde. Favorite shows here at MTW include West Side Story, Les Misérables, The King and I, Betty Blue Eyes, and Mary Poppins. Hayley would like to thank Wayne, Nancy, and Josh for this amazing opportunity and would also like to thank her husband Zachary, Mom, Dad, Hannah, and Grandmommy for their support!

DAISY WRIGHT is absolutely thrilled to be making her MTWichita debut this summer! Originally from St. George, UT, Daisy is an upcoming junior Musical Theatre major at the University of Oklahoma. Her credits include: OU University Theatre: On The Town (Ivy u.s./ Ensemble); The Drowsy Chaperone (Mrs. Tottendale u.s./ Ensemble). OKC Philharmonic: The Christmas Show (Dancer). Infinite love and thanks to everyone at MTW for this incredible opportunity, and to mom, dad, family, friends, and teachers past and present, for their continued love and support.

LYNDY FRANKLIN SMITH (Co-Director / Choreographer) is thrilled to be returning to MTWichita, where she and her husband Jeromy choreographed 9 to 5, Finian’s Rainbow, Sunset Boulevard, and the U.S. premiere of Betty Blue Eyes. They recently directed and choreographed Spring Awakening at the University of Kentucky Theatre Department. Other choreography credits include Ragtime at University of Michigan MT Program and four seasons of It’s a Grand Night for Singing with the University of Kentucky Opera Program. Her performance credits include the Broadway Companies of A Chorus Line (Dance Capt.) and The Little Mermaid; three seasons at Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular (NYC); National Tours of Fosse and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas as well as numerous regional theatre credits including 42nd Street (Peggy Sawyer) and Finian’s Rainbow (Susan the Silent). Proud graduate of Oklahoma City University and AEA Member. She is also proud to be directing and choreographing here with her husband, Jeromy, after all their years of performing together at MTWichita. Great thanks to Wayne, Nancy, Mark, and Josh for their never-ending support. It’s great to be back!

JEROMY SMITH (Co-Director / Choreographer) is so happy to be back at MTWichita again, after years of performing in the summer ensemble. He and his wife Lyndy choreographed 9 to 5, Finian’s Rainbow, Sunset Boulevard, and the U.S. premiere of Betty Blue Eyes here at MTW, as well as It’s A Grand Night for Singing at UK Opera Theatre. They also recently directed and choreographed Spring Awakening with UK Theatre. As a performer, Jeromy appeared in the National Touring Companies of 42nd Street and Swing, as well as regional productions at Paper Mill Playhouse, Houston Theatre Under the Stars, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma and, of course MTW! Jeromy also worked for several years behind the scenes on Broadway with Jujamcyn Theatres, as well as Richards/Climan, Inc. He served as Associate General Manager with RCI, and worked on many Broadway, Off-Broadway and Touring productions including August: Osage County, November, Race, The Pee-Wee Herman Show, Blithe Spirit, Speed the Plow, Enron, Superior Donuts, and All My Sons, to name a few. He is pleased to be directing and choreographing alongside his wife Lyndy again this summer. Jeromy is a graduate of Oklahoma City University. Thanks to Wayne for this amazing opportunity.

THOMAS W. DOUGLAS (Musical Director / Conductor) is thrilled to continue his 15th season with his wonderful artistic family at MTWichita, having led 52 productions with this remarkable company. Thomas has done more than 200 musical theatre, opera, orchestral and oratorio productions, including conducting Webber’s Phantom of the Opera in Switzerland. Highlights include Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Bizet's Carmen Jones, Master Class and Mondo Mangia with the late Jillene Ringle. As the Artistic Director of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, he is receiving acclaim for adventurous, innovative debuts and premiere programs, including Carmina Burana Africana, Messiah in Space, and a concert of standard choral masterpieces with a fusion rock band and string orchestra accompaniment, plus a presentation of Charlie Chaplin shorts with an all Bach soundtrack. On stage he has enjoyed the roles of Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Amonasro in Aida, and Fats Waller in Ain't Misbehavin', both in the U.S. and in Malaysia. Thomas is the Director of Choral Activities and on faculty of both the Drama and the Music schools at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He is the proud recipient of the Mary Jane Teall Award, and is the Musical Director of the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra, there having commissioned an original orchestration of Maury Yeston’s December Songs with Broadway leading lady, Sara Jean Ford. Thomas most recently conducted an exciting contemporary production of Mozart's Don Giovanni with the Neighborhood Opera Company in Pittsburgh where he is the Producing Artistic Director.

J BRANSON (Scenic Designer) For over twenty years, J Branson has been a Chicago-based designer. He is proud to have begun his theatrical career as an Apprentice at Music Theatre Wichita 35 years ago. J’s national-tour credits include The Music Man, Beauty and the Beast and Brigadoon. Original productions include both productions for The Second City Chicago’s 2007/2008 season, Shockwave (Disneyworld), Stardust, A Room With a View, The Conversation, Jungle Man and A Tale of Two Cities. Past regional work includes Thoroughly Modern Millie, Smokey Joe’s Café, Jekyll and Hyde, Chess, The Wizard of Oz (for which J received an After Dark award), Children of Eden, Rags, Assassins, Guys and Dolls and The Pajama Game. J has an array of industrial design credits and has been honored with three National Addy Awards.  J’s many designs at MTWichita have included Hairspray, Legally Blonde, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Beauty and the Beast, HONK!, The Secret Garden, Children of Eden, West Side Story, High School Musical 1 & 2, The Drowsy Chaperone, 1776, Curtains, Sunset Boulevard, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, and last season’s Mary Poppins, a show he’ll have the pleasure of repeating this fall with director Wayne Bryan and choreographer Linda Goodrich for the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia.

AMBER EILEEN CREASSER (Costume Designer / Coordinator) is thrilled to be returning to Music Theatre Wichita for another fantastic summer! She is a recent graduate of Wichita State University with a BFA in Theatre Design and Technology. Past credits for costume design include Tartuffe (2011 Mary Jane Teall Award for Outstanding Costume Design), Merchant of Venice, Arcadia, The 39 Steps, The Pirates of Penzance, Bill W & Dr Bob, Almost, Maine, Guys & Dolls (American College Theater Festival Region V, Festival XLVI Commendation), Die Fledermaus, and Disney’s Mulan Jr. Besides costume design, Amber also enjoys scenic painting and lighting design. Amber would like to thank Wayne and Jeff for this wonderful opportunity, and her friends and family. Love to Phil. She invites you to visit her website at www.aecreasser.com.

DAVID NEVILLE (Lighting Designer) is thrilled to return for his 27th season of “Camp MTW.” In addition to many productions at MTWichita, David has designed lighting for North Shore Music Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars, Omaha Symphony, The United States Air Force, Stage One, Ordway Music Theatre, Papermill Playhouse, The University of Michigan, Penn State University, Portland Center Stage, North Carolina Theatre, Music Theatre West, Arkansas Rep, Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera, George Street Playhouse, The 5th Avenue Theatre and Off-Broadway. David’s favorite designs at MTWichita include South Pacific, Big River, Cats, Ragtime, Once on this Island, Children of Eden and Jesus Christ Superstar.  David also teaches lighting and scenic design at Wichita State University. He makes his home in Wichita with his wife Robin and his kids, Ryan and Jocelyn.

JOSH GORDON (Sound Designer) is thrilled to join the artistic staff this year for the first time. He started his theater career eighteen years ago at Cabaret Oldtown and has worked with many other venues since. Some highlights include working with Mandy Patinkin, Martin Short, Hal Holbrook and Bernadette Peters, as well as Godspell and Next to Normal at the Crown Uptown. Josh is a Mechanical Engineering graduate of Wichita State University and owns Event Systems, which focuses on core community partners like the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and The Orpheum. In recent years, Josh has been serving MTWichita’s audio artistic staff with systems support and designing special events such as Kelli O’Hara's concert in May of 2011. Josh would like to thank David Muehl, Jeff Taylor and Wayne Bryan for their professionalism and for being a true joy to work with. 

ALENA SELLERS (Wig and Makeup Designer) is happily returning for her fifth year at MTWichita.  She lives in Wichita and spends most of the year working at Shine Salon. For her work with MTW, Alena is the recipient of the Mary Jane Teall Merit Award for the hair and makeup department. She has spent fifteen years doing hair, and has spent four years as an Aveda color educator. She has worked on Pirates of Penzance and Guys and Dolls for WSU, and worked for the last two years on shows for Wichita Grand Opera, including Otello, Marriage of Figaro, Don Pasquale and William Tell. Alena is so grateful to have the opportunity to work with so many talented people at MTWichita.

MARIA LEON (Property Master) is an Arizona native who has recently graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in theatre production, technology, and design, with emphasis in Scenic Design. She has currently worked as an assistant scenic designer for the Arizona Repertory Theatre’s production of The Man Who Came to Dinner and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Maria was also the assistant scenic charge artist for ART’s Oklahoma and prop master for their production of Cymbeline. This is Maria’s second season with Music Theatre Wichita and would like to thank Jeff Taylor and Wayne Bryan for the opportunity.

DEBBIE ROBERTS (Costume Shop Manager) has designed costumes for many shows here, including White Christmas, Thoroughly Modern Millie, High School Musical, State Fair, Funny Girl, The Most Happy Fella, On the Town, West Side Story, and the upcoming season finale 42nd Street, plus special costumes for Aida, My Fair Lady, Annie Get Your Gun, Man of La Mancha, Crazy for You, The Sound of Music, My One and Only, and various Festival of Broadway shows. A graduate of Friends University, Debbie received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance and Ballet. “I am so proud of the work that Music Theatre Wichita does. It is always a pleasure to work each season. While California remains my home, for over 20 years Wichita has been my summer home.  I look forward to meeting new people and learning new skills each time. Enjoy the shows!”

JOSEPH D. SIBLEY (Wardrobe Supervisor) is excited to be spending his summer at MTWichita. Originally from Boothbay Harbor, Maine, Joseph graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a B.A. in Theatre with triple focus in Design, Performance and Directing. He has also worked with Maine State Music Theatre, IATSE local 114 (Portland, Maine) Riverside Theatre and Theatre West Virginia. Much love to Kristin, Andrew and his ever loving mother, RIP.

EVAN HILL (Master Scenic Artist) has worked as a Scenic Artist on Broadway’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Production Resource Group), Radio City Music Hall’s Heart and Lights (Gotham Scenic), Toledo Ballet Association’s The Nutcracker (Cobalt Studios), and many other projects for theatre, television, and events. He is a frequent scenic draftsperson for Jack Morton Worldwide in New York City on such upcoming projects as NBC Sports Football Night in America, Rogers Sportsnet NHL Studio, and Meredith Vieira’s talk show. He lives and works in the New York City area.

JEFF TAYLOR (Production Manager) is extremely honored to be back with this excellent cast and crew for his 13th summer at MTWichita. Throughout the years since 2000, he's had the chance to apprentice, build, design, and even act for MTWichita, and has now become the year round Production Manager, working closely with the awesome MTW staff. A loyal Kansan, Jeff graduated from East High and earned his BA in Musical Theatre from Friends University in 2006. In 2011, he earned an MFA in Design and Technology from UMKC. Many thanks to the MTWichita Crew, Wayne and Nancy, and his fiancée Sarah.

MITCH SOUTHERLAND (Assistant Production Manager) is very excited to be spending his first summer with Music Theatre Wichita.  He is a recent graduate of the University of Oklahoma (OU), graduating with a BFA in Drama with an emphasis in Scenic Technology. While an undergraduate, Mitch was recognized by both the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) and The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) for his work as a technical director. Additionally, he was fortunate to lead OU's USITT chapter as President for two consecutive years (2013-2014). Mitch's previous credits include two summers at The Santa Fe Opera Company as stage crew apprentice and supervisor (2012 & 2013); technical director of OU's The Drowsy Chaperone; and assistant stage manager for OU's Carousel (2013).

AJ KELLISON (Technical Director) is glad to be back for another season at MTWichita. Since last summer, AJ has worked for Goodspeed Musicals, The Nebraska Theatre Caravan, The Public Theater and the Actor’s Studio Drama School. AJ would like to thank everyone at Music Theatre for the opportunities and support they have given him throughout the past 9 years. A special thanks goes out to AJ’s parents and his sister Laura.

BRIAN GONNER (Assistant Technical Director) just completed his first year in the MFA Scenic Technology program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Originally from Dubuque, IA, Brian has worked professionally at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival, and Hope Summer Repertory Theatre. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Evansville in Indiana with a BFA in Theatre Design and Technology and a minor in Mathematics.

MADELYNN NEVINS (Asst. Lighting Designer) is a recent graduate of Wichita State University where she received a BFA in theatre design and technology. Her previous credits include Lighting Designer for 1940’s Radio Christmas Hour (Prairie Pines Dinner Theatre), Guys and Dolls (Wichita State University), and Production Stage Manager for Laughing Feet Performers. Madelynn is thrilled to be a part of her 8th season at MTWichita. She is so thankful for their summer apprentice program. If it was not for that program, she would not be where she is today. She would like to thank all of the wonderful mentors in her life as well as her family who have always supported her.

STEVE LANDES (Director of the Apprentice Program / Shopper-Buyer) is proud to return for his 21st summer as the Apprentice Program Director. A Wichita resident for twenty two years, Steve worked for Friends University, the Wichita Center for the Arts, and Shakespeare in the Park. Steve moved to the Kansas City area eight years ago for a teaching position. As an educator, Steve continues to be very excited about working with the apprentices in this unique training program (and MTW is deeply grateful for Steve’s creative dedication to our young people!).

MARY SUE DYMAK (Rentals & Inventory Director / Drop Fabricator / Orchestra Pit Manager / Archivist / A Bunch of Other Stuff) [whew!] WOW! 39 seasons! Being one of the oldest members of the production staff, this year will mark summer productions numbering 192 to 196. In the off season, I still keep my hand in stage managing for Ballet Wichita Orchestra (18 years) and Opera Kansas (23 years) while keeping our ever growing rental business running. I seem to get around a lot but only inside Century II. My life remains happily engaged in larger and more complex tasks working for my favorite employer.  My thanks to WB…..   I offer my deepest love and respect to all who work in this fabulous building and for our organization. No one can do it alone. Happy 65th Anniversary to Joe and Dorothy!    

TIFFANY K. ORR (Production Stage Manager) is originally from Oklahoma. Tiffany spends the other 9 months of the year in the Twin Cities where she works as the production stage manager for Theater Latte Da. While in the twin cities, she has also worked with companies including the Pillsbury House Theatre, The Children's Theatre Company, Park Square Theatre, The Playwrights’ Center, The Director’s, and the Guthrie. Prior to her move to the Twin Cities she worked on more than a dozen productions as part of the stage management team at the Phoenix Theatre, where she became a proud member of the Actors' Equity Association.

AMANDA K. BOWMAN (Stage Manager) is thrilled to be back for her 10th summer at MTWichita and is honored to be joining AEA this season. She spent the last year at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and will be returning there in the fall. She has also worked for Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Crown Uptown, IATSE #190, Walt Disney World, and Merrimack Repertory Theatre. Thanks and love to Wayne, Nancy, E & T, and the rest of the MTW staff for the best summers imaginable.

EMILY F. McMULLEN (Stage Manager) is back for her 15th summer with MTWichita. Previous productions here include Les Misérables (twice!), Mary Poppins, The King and I, Legally Blonde, Singin’ in the Rain, Fiddler on the Roof, The Music Man, Sunset Boulevard, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Curtains, Gypsy, Crazy for You, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Producers, Les Misérables, Big River, ...Forum, Seven Brides…, Sweet Charity, Phantom!, Seussical, A Chorus Line, West Side Story, Chicago, Good News!, and ShowBoat. Throughout the year, she is the Production Stage Manager at Merrimack Repertory Theatre outside of Boston and also teaches stage management at Tufts University. She has stage managed for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, North Shore Music Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Capital Repertory Theater, Musical Theatre Guild, Actors Theatre of Phoenix, Broadway Texas, Theatre Emory, and The Shadowland Theatre. Proud member of Actors' Equity Association.

JESSE WARKENTIN (Associate Musical Director / Keyboards) is amazed to find himself in his 11th consecutive season with MTWichita! He conducted the Festival of Broadway orchestra for five years, and enjoyed music directing High School Musical 2 in 2009. Last year he made his debut with the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony as piano soloist, performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue with Maestro Douglas. Throughout the year, Jesse can be found at the new Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre, conducting and musical directing. “My deepest gratitude to Wayne and Thomas for these special months of rich musical fulfillment at MTWichita, and to my incredible family for their laughter and love.”

JOSHUA LARSON (Teen Choir Staging Director) Joshua has choreographed for Wichita State University, Friends University, and at various high schools, studios, organizations, and theatres in and around the Wichita area, with his choreography earning him four Jester Awards. His choreographic and directing talents have been used at MTWichita as the staging director for the Teen Choir (2006-present); director/ choreographer of Festival of Broadway (2008-2010, 2014) and Curtain Up! (2013-present); and choreographer/ adjudicator for the dance portion of MTWichita’s national audition tour (2013-present). Joshua received his undergraduate degree in dance performance from Oklahoma City University and his Master of Liberal Arts (with a Theatre Concentration) from Baker University. He has traveled the country evaluating national dance competitions including Starbound and The Elite Dance Cup. Performing credits include shows at Carnegie Hall, on the Holland America Line, and with the following groups: MTWichita, Stiletto Entertainment, Tuacahn, Silver Tree Productions, Oklahoma City University, Windwood Theatricals, and The American Spirit Dance Company.

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.

KATIE BANKS (Youth Choir Music Director) is thrilled to be back at MTWichita in a brand new capacity. Katie was last seen here as housekeeper Mrs. Brill in Mary Poppins. Other MTW roles include stepsister Portia in Cinderella (Mary Jane Teall Award) and Smitty in How to Succeed. Katie is a proud graduate of Wichita State University. She has been in both the National Tour and Broadway Companies of The Phantom of the Opera, where she was the cover for the role of Carlotta.  Katie has also performed at Carnegie Hall in Jerry Springer: The Opera and many off-Broadway musical revues. She was the guest soloist with the Wichita Symphony for the Spirit of Christmas Concert. Katie has performed in various concerts around the United States and Canada. After living her Broadway dream, she is mommy to Isabelle and Benjamin. Katie is the director of drama at El Dorado High School. Her drama program’s production of Joseph / Dreamcoat was the recipient of 10 Jester Awards including Overall Production, Director and Music Director. To Wayne, Thank you! To my incredible family-I love you!

JENNIFER FISHER (Signing Interpreter) “I’m thrilled for my sixth season at MTW. I would like to thank Wayne and all the super talented people at MTW for including me in the magic! During the year I work at a Goddard school, and lead Deaf Ministry at Central Community Church for the past 7 years; where I interpret services, concerts, conferences, classes, and support groups. I’m involved with Wichita Deaf Ministry Outreach and Deaf Teen Quest. I’ve been signing for 10 years and am focused on musical performance interpreting, having trained in Nashville, TN under Gate Communications. My goal is to create a performance that’s as impacting for the Deaf as it is for the hearing. Thanks to my girls Kara and Stephanie, and my husband for their support. Most importantly God, for the blessings He’s given me and the opportunity to work in such an amazing place. 2 Cor. 4:16-18"

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.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat: A History of the Musical by Wayne Bryan

  • 15-minute version first performed in London on March 1,1968, by boys choir at St. Paul's Junior School
  • Broadway opening: January 27, 1982, Royale Theatre
  • 747 performances, after an off-Broadway run at the Entermedia Theatre
  • Produced by Zev Buffman, Susan R. Rose, Melvyn J. Estrin, Sidney Shlertker, and Gail Berman
  • Directed and Choreographed by Tony Tanner
  • Scenery Designed by Karl Eigsti, lighting by Barry Arnold, costumes by Judith Dolan
  • Original Broadway Cast featured Bill Hutton, Laurie Beeclunan, Tom Carder, David Ardao, Stephen Hope
  • London Palladium version premiered June 12, 1991, starring Jason Donovon, closed Jan. 15, 1994
  • New Broadway version (Minskoff, November 10,1993) starring Michael Damien, played for 773 performances; national tours of new version starred Donny Osmond, Sam Harris
  • Most highly recommended recording is 1992 Canada Cast with Donny Osmond on Polydor
  • Osmond also stars in the 1999 Universal home video film version
  • Recommended reading includes The Musicals of Andrew Lloyd Webber by Keith Richmond

Andrew Lloyd Webber (born on March 22, 1948) was not an easy child, screaming and yelling so loudly that the only way his parents could quiet him was to play music... and not the classical music enjoyed by his father William Webber (director of the London College of Music) and mother Jean (music teacher, singer, violinist). Young Andrew would only be calmed by the rhumbas of popular bandleader Edrnundo Ros.

Surrounded by classical music (his younger brother Julian is a distinguished cellist), Andrew's tastes would always remain eclectic. He's been quoted as saying, "The first two records I ever heard were ‘The Nutcracker Suite’ and Elvis Presley's ‘Jailhouse Rock,’ which is a pretty fair illustration of what influenced me."

Shy and introverted, Andrew created an elaborate miniature theatre, for which he staged productions and composed music. His father showed some of the melodies to a colleague, and Andrew Lloyd Webber had his first set of compositions, excerpts from The Toy Theatre, published when he was only nine years old. Later, on the strength of a brilliant treatise on architecture (his other driving passion), Andrew was given a scholarship to Oxford University, but after one term decided to drop out and write musical plays.

Tim Rice, a tall and handsome extrovert four years older than Andrew, heard that the young composer was looking for a "with it" lyricist, and introduced himself. Rice's unique approach to rhyming, along with his distinctive use of colloquial lingo, made him an interesting foil for Andrew, and the two hit it off immediately.

Heavily influenced by American rock and roll of the late 1950s and 1960s (Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry), as well as the emerging British pop icons (the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Who), the team began writing theatre music that incorporated a wide variety of popular musical styles.

In the summer of 1967, nineteen-year-old Andrew was approached by Alan Doggett, Head of the Music Department at St. Paul's Junior School who taught Andrew's brother Julian, to write a "pop cantata" for the school choir to sing at their end-of-term Easter concert. After toying with ideas about spies, 007s and the like, Tim suggested the story of Joseph.

The debut performance on March 1, 1968, was just 15 minutes long, but was so successful that a second performance (expanded to 20 minutes) was arranged for May 12, at Central Hall, Westminster, where Andrew's father was the organist. The audience of 2,500 included Derek Jewell, jazz and pop critic for The Sunday Times, whose son happened to be singing in the choir. Jewell wrote a favorable review, and the authors continued expanding the piece.

A 40-minute version, premiering at St. Paul's Cathedral in November, led to a Decca recording (with Tim Rice singing the role of Pharaoh). Entrepreneur David Land heard the album and signed the young team to a three-year development contract, during which Jesus Christ Superstar was composed, recorded, and released to international success.

With interest in Rice and Lloyd Webber now high, Joseph/ Dreamcoat. reappeared, first on a double bill at the Edinburgh Festival in 1972, then expanding again for a transfer to the West End in February of 1973 for 243 performances.

The American debut was a poorly received version at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 1976, but a 90-minute off-Broadway edition, wittily staged by Tony Tanner in 1981, received a rave review from the New York Times, leading to a successful Broadway debut and two National Tours. Since then, the show has been seen continuously around the world. The latest revision, produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber himself in 1991, was the first professional production to incorporate the children's choir as an integral part of the production, thus returning an expanded musical spectacular back to its more innocent origins.

Since this popular musical features at its heart a joyful celebration of youth, Music Theatre Wichita was especially pleased, when we first secured the rights to present this show in 1997, that all of our designers – J Branson on sets, Shawn-Adrian DeCou on costumes, and David Neville on lights – were all former members of the MTWichita Apprentice Program.

So here’s to all the dreamers out there, young and old! Welcome back, Joseph!

Musical Synopsis of Scenes

Act I

Prologue:

OvertureOrchestra and Choir
PreludeNarrator
Any Dream Will DoJoseph

 

Scene 1: Canaan

Jacob and SonsNarrator, Jacob, Wives, Brothers, Choir
Joseph's CoatNarrator, Jacob, Wives, Brothers, Joseph, Choir
Joseph's DreamsNarrator, Brothers, Joseph
Poor, Poor JosephNarrator, Wives, Brothers, Joseph, Choir
One More AngelReuben, Brothers, Jacob, Reuben’s Wife, Choir

 

Scene 2: Egypt, Potiphar's House

Journey to Egypt / PotipharNarrator, Potiphar, Mrs. Potiphar, Joseph, Ensemble, Choir

 

Scene 3: Egypt, Prison

Close Every Door Joseph, Choir
Go, Go, Go JosephNarrator, Joseph, Butler, Baker, Company

           

Act II

Entr'acteChoir

 

Scene 1: Egypt, Pharaoh's Palace

A Pharaoh's StoryNarrator, Choir, Company
Poor, Poor Pharaoh / Song of the KingNarrator, Butler, Joseph, Pharaoh, Company, Choir
Pharaoh's Dream ExplainedJoseph, Narrator, Company, Choir
Stone the CrowsNarrator, Pharaoh, Joseph, Choir, Company

 

Scene 2: Canaan

Those Canaan DaysSimeon, Brothers, Jacob

 

Scene 3: Egypt, Pharaoh's Palace

The Brothers Come to Egypt / Grovel, GrovelNarrator, Brothers, Joseph, Company, Choir
Who's the Thief?Narrator, Joseph, Company, Choir
Benjamin CalypsoJudah, Brothers, Company, Choir
Joseph All the TimeNarrator, Joseph, Company, Choir
Jacob in EgyptCompany, Choir
Any Dream Will DoJoseph, Narrator, Company, Choir
FinaleEntire Company

 

 

 

July 23-27

It's true, it's amazing, and it's live in living color!

The unbelievable story of con artist Frank Abagnale Jr. (told in the successful Leonardo DiCaprio - Tom Hanks film) is even better with great songs and dances!

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Catch Me
if You Can
July 23-27
Rated PG-13
for adult themes and innuendos
2 hr. 30 min.

Frank Abagnale Jr., con man extraordinaire, successfully passed himself off as a Pan Am pilot, masqueraded as the supervising resident of a hospital, practiced law without a license, and cashed more than $2.5 million in bad checks, all before he turned 21. After crossing over to the right side of the law, he wrote a best-selling autobiography which became a smash hit motion picture, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, directed by Steven Spielberg. And now, in this brand new Broadway musical, Frank Abagnale’s story becomes a unique theatrical event, filled with terrifically tuneful songs by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman who gave us Hairspray and Smash. We’re very proud to host this Regional Premiere.

Based on the DreamWorks Motion Picture
Book  Terrence McNally
Music  Marc Shaiman
Lyrics  Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman

THOM SESMA (Carl Hanratty)
THOM SESMA (Carl Hanratty)

Thom is absolutely delighted to return to MTWichita, where he appeared last season playing one of the title roles in the immortal R&H classic The King and I, and where he appeared in Paint Your Wagon (1992) and Gigi (1994). He is particularly thrilled to be working with director Wayne Bryan for the first time since they met when Wayne directed him in a San Diego high school production of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown in 1973, excited for another chance to get it right after all these years. Last year, Thom was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for his performance as The Engineer in Eric Schaeffer’s new and re-imagined production of Miss Saigon at the Signature Theatre in DC. Other theatre credits include leading roles on Broadway and on tour in The Times They Are A-Changin', The Lion King, Search & Destroy, Titanic, and Chu Chem. Off-Broadway credits include NSYF/Public Theatre, the Roundabout, Second Stage, The Drama Department, The Mint, NAATCO, Epic Theatre and, most recently, playing a harried travel agent and 17 insane clients in the hit comedy Craving for Travel at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Playwrights Horizon. Numerous regional credits include many plays, musicals and classical theatre at The Old Globe, Yale Rep, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse, The McCarter, Two River Theatre Co., Arena Stage, Baltimore Center Stage, many more. Some TV and Film credits: "The Good Wife," "Single Ladies," "Third Watch," "Law & Order," "Canterbury’s Law," "Over/Under," "Lay The Favorite," "Building Girl," and getting shot point-blank in the head in "Person of Interest." Directing credits include Jennifer Camp’s Natural History (Walnut Street Theatre), Life (x) 3 (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), and Outcry (NAATCO), along with Hair, Lend Me a Tenor, The Drawer Boy, Once in a Lifetime, Waiting for Lefty, Phantom!, Me and My Girl, and others in various regional, university and stock theatres across the country. Best credit to date: Married Penelope Daulton on April 20. Who could ask for anything more? Proud member AEA, SAG-AFTRA and SDC. Colossians 3:12-17

SKYLER ADAMS (Frank Abagnale Jr.)
SKYLER ADAMS (Frank Abagnale Jr.)

Skyler is thrilled to return to MTWichita where he spent two summers in the resident company, most notably playing Hero in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and then returned for the last two seasons to guest star as Emmett Forrest in Legally Blonde and as Not-Dead Fred / Minstrel / French Knight / Prince Herbert in Monty Python's Spamalot. Originally from Oklahoma City, OK, and an alum of University of Oklahoma, his other credits include Chicago Shakespeare Theatre: World Premiere of Bartram and Hill’s The Adventures of Pinocchio (Pinocchio); Drury Lane in Chicago: Next to Normal (Henry), Les Misérables (Marius); Lyric Opera of Chicago: Oklahoma! (Swing); Paramount Theatre: Hair (Claude), Grease (Danny), Fiddler on the Roof (Motel); Marriott Theatre: Seussical (Wickersham); Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma: Altar Boyz (Matthew), High School Musical (Troy); and Riverside Theatre: Forum…(Hero). Skyler’s other MTWichita shows include My Fair LadyBig RiverAll Shook Up, Les Misérables (Enjolras u/s), Gypsy (Yonkers), Smokey Joe’s CafeCrazy For You, Annie (Rooster u/s), and Curtains (Aaron u/s). Big thanks to Wayne, his incredible family and God for His great gifts. 

DAVID HESS (Frank Sr.)
DAVID HESS (Frank Sr.)

David is thrilled to be making his first appearance at Music Theatre Wichita! His Broadway credits include the recent Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd, covering the roles of Sweeney and Judge Turpin, and playing Frank Butler and Buffalo Bill opposite Reba McEntire in the Broadway revival of Annie Get Your Gun. He was Sweeney Todd in the First National Tour of Sweeney Todd, and played multiple roles in the First National Tour of Ragtime. He’s performed in both Carnegie Hall and Royal Albert Hall, playing the role of Daniel in Kristina; and Bertie in the Lincoln Center’s production of Dessa Rose. A part-time director, David recently directed The 39 Steps at Theatre Aspen. Regional theater credits include Charlie in Shenandoah (Jefferson Award for Best Actor), and Rochester in Jane Eyre (San Francisco Bay Area Critics Award for Best Actor). Other nominated roles include the Baron in Grand Hotel and Vittorio in Sweet Charity. Recent TV appearances include "The Americans," "Elementary," "The Good Wife," and "Royal Pains." David and his beautiful actress wife of 18 years, Joan Hess, also toured South Africa, Paris, Venice and Great Britain for Travel Channel’s "Fantasy Rails for Millionaires." Dreams do come true.  www.DavidHess.info

PAULA LEGGETT CHASE (Paula Abagnale)
PAULA LEGGETT CHASE (Paula Abagnale)

Paula is delighted to return to MTWichita where she played Carmen Bernstein in Curtains in 2010, and Violet Newstead in 9 to 5. PLC is a long-time Broadway veteran, appearing in several original Broadway casts: Bye Bye Birdie (2010), Curtains, The Pajama Game (revival w/ Harry Connick Jr.), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Kiss Me, Kate (1999), Damn Yankees (1994), Crazy for You, A Chorus Line (final cast of the original Broadway run). Other NYC stages: Applause at New York City Encores and Princess Diana in The Queen of Hearts. On the road, PLC was featured in Cabaret with Joel Grey, and as Judy Turner in A Chorus Line. On the little screen, “30 Rock” fans will recognize PLC as Randi from the popular “Queen of Jordan” episodes on NBC. Other TV roles include Baroness Elberfeld in “The Sound of Music – Live! with Carrie Underwood,” Judge Dorothy Parnell on the long-running “Law & Order,” appearances on “Unforgettable,” “Bored to Death,” and two seasons as rhyming witch Mediva on the PBS kiddie program “Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego?” In her younger years, PLC was a showgirl regular on “The David Letterman Show,” appearing in numerous comedic skits, dances and ditties at the Ed Sullivan theatre which was, conveniently, only two blocks away from her apartment at the time! Her extensive work in regional theaters from coast to coast includes her recent turns as wicked Stepmother in Cinderella and Ren’s mom in Footloose at KC Starlight. Originally from Evansville, Indiana, PLC studied voice and theatre at Indiana University. She lives in New York with her husband, Broadway musical director and dance music arranger David Chase (recently Emmy nominated for NBC-TV’s “The Sound of Music – Live!”), and their sons Dashiell and Kyler.

CAROLYN ANNE MILLER (Brenda)
CAROLYN ANNE MILLER (Brenda)

Carolyn is so happy to be returning to MTWichita for her second summer! She is an incoming senior at the Chicago College of Performing Arts. Her favorite regional credits include MTWichita: Les Misérables (Eponine), and the American Premiere of Betty Blue Eyes (Veronica Allardyce); Wagon Wheel Theatre: Legally Blonde the Musical (Kate), and Peter Pan (Lost Boy, Twin 2). Her most recent credit: Amadeus (Constanze Mozart) at the Chicago College of Performing Arts. Carolyn is so glad to be back and working with her MTW family again! She wishes a wonderful show to all her fellow castmates and a big thank you to her loving and supportive family and friends! I love you, Anthony!​   

TIMOTHY W. ROBU (Roger Strong)
TIMOTHY W. ROBU (Roger Strong)

Timothy is delighted to be a part of this year’s MTWichita season, as well as many previous ones. Audiences may remember Tim in past roles such as Thenardier in Les Misérables, Bedevere in Spamalot, John Hancock in 1776, Billis in South Pacific, the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, Amos Hart in Chicago, Oscar Shapiro in Curtains, Mr. Feldzeig in The Drowsy Chaperone, Herbie in Gypsy, and Lazar Wolf in Fiddler. Tim also performs at several other venues in the Wichita area, including Mosley Street Melodrama and the Crown Uptown Theatre. Tim served as Technical Director for the Crown Theatre and Artistic Director of the children’s program for over twenty years. He now works as an Exhibit Technician for Exploration Place. When not working at Wichita's fine theatres, Tim has plenty to keep him busy as father to his two daughters, Katie and Francie. An added bonus to this year's season is the chance to once again perform with his talented wife Karen. Thanks to Wayne and all the folks in Wichita who produce theatre, perform theatre, and enjoy theatre. They make the Wichita area a great place to work, live, and bring up kids in.

KAREN L. ROBU (Carol Strong)
KAREN L. ROBU (Carol Strong)

Karen happily returns to Music Theatre after having been seen last as Miss Andrew in last season's production of Mary Poppins. Karen is a regular at MTWichita where she has been seen as Rose in Gypsy, Madame Thenardier in Les Misérables, Golde in Fiddler on the Roof, Roz in 9-5, Mayor Matilda Hyde in All Shook Up, Ms. Darbus in High School Musical, Martha Watson in White Christmas, the Wicked Witch in Wizard of Oz, Emma Goldman in Ragtime, Maureen / Lowbutt in HONK! (2001 and 2012 productions as well as the American recording), Dolly in Annie Get Your Gun and Mayzie in Seussical. Karen’s credits as a director include Children of Eden, Cotton Patch Gospel, Tuesdays with Morrie, and Violet, as well as her own original piece No Cross, No Crown, about suffragist Antoinette Brown Blackwell. Karen has also directed for MTYP, the Crown Uptown Theatre, and the Forum, and taught classes for MGM Studio of the Dance and Camp Allegro. Karen recently graduated in May of 2013 Phillips Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. She is Minister of Faith Formation for Plymouth Congregational Church in Wichita. Thanks to her favorite actor, husband Tim for his love and support and to their two amazing daughters.

ROBERT ARIZA (Agent Dollar)
ROBERT ARIZA (Agent Dollar)

Robert is honored to be in his third season at MTWichita! Originally from Queens, NY, Robert is a recent graduate of The University of Michigan. UM credits include Dance with Me (Featured Singer), Disney’s workshop of Bedknobs and Broomsticks (Radio Singer), Crazy for You (Bela Zangler), Sunday in the Park with George (Mr./Lee Randolph), Spring Awakening (Hanschen), Next Fall (Brandon). Robert was the recipient of the 2013 Roger Sturtevant Musical Theatre Award from Actors’ Equity Association, and recently received the Lys Symonette Award from the Lotte Lenya Competition. Thanks to everyone at MTW and my friends/ family at UM and in NY.

KEVIN CLAY (Agent Branton / Frank  Jr. u.s.)
KEVIN CLAY (Agent Branton / Frank Jr. u.s.)

Kevin is a junior at Penn State pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre. Favorite roles there include Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls and John in John and Jen. Kevin spent last summer performing at the Wagon Wheel Theatre in Indiana where he had the pleasure to play Pinocchio in Shrek, Barnaby in Hello, Dolly!, and Jinx in Forever Plaid. So far this summer, he has been seen as McCaffrey in South Pacific, A-rab in West Side Story, and Simeon (the French brother) in Joseph / Dreamcoat. He is so excited to be a part of this season here at MTWichita and is having a great summer! Thanks to mom, dad, and Crew 15!

MICHAEL GRACEFFA (Agent Cod/Dance Captain)
MICHAEL GRACEFFA (Agent Cod/Dance Captain)

Michael is thrilled to be spending his first summer with MTWichita, and enjoyed playing Stewpot in South Pacific, Bernardo in West Side Story, and Reuben in Joseph / Dreamcoat. He has recently been seen traveling America with the First National Tour of Catch Me If You Can. Regional Credits: Forestburgh Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, Reagle Music Theatre. Favorite roles: Bernardo (West Side Story), Rocky (Rocky Horror Show), Kyle (Legally Blonde). A recent Vassar College grad with a BA in Drama. Love to his amazing teachers, family, and friends.

STEVE HITCHCOCK (Jack Barnes, Dr. Wanamaker, etc.)
STEVE HITCHCOCK (Jack Barnes, Dr. Wanamaker, etc.)

Steve has been seen performing around town since graduating from WSU in 2006. Some recent favorite roles include the Emcee in Cabaret, Frances Henshall in One Man, Two Guvnors and Jerry in The Full Monty. You may have also seen him as any number of Hero types at Mosley Street Melodrama, where is also the General Manager. Many thanks to Wayne and the MTWichita family for the opportunity, and to Patty for always allowing him some time away from Mosley to perform on other stages. So much love and thanks to Ted, Briley, Mom, Dad, Kari, Evan, Kenny, Kati, and his furry kids, Eve & Finn for their unconditional love and support of his crazy schedule. Lights, please!

CATHERINE HELM (Cheryl Ann)
CATHERINE HELM (Cheryl Ann)

Catherine is so excited to join Music Theatre Wichita for a third summer season. A recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati and its College Conservatory of Music’s Musical Theatre Program, Catherine would like to thank Wayne, Nancy, and Josh for this incredible opportunity to be a part of the MTW family, and her parents and family for their endless love and support. Favorite MTW credits include Betty Blue Eyes, Les Misérables, Honk!, Mary Poppins (Katie Nana), and Fiddler on the Roof.

CAITLIN BELCIK
CAITLIN BELCIK

Caitlin is thrilled to be a first-year MTWichita company member after last performing here at age 11! Caitlin just graduated from Edmond North H.S. in Oklahoma and will be a freshman musical theatre major at Penn State University this fall. Broadway: How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Annie Who); Regional: White Christmas (Susan Waverly) – MTW; Sweet Charity, Bye Bye Birdie, Tarzan, Sound of Music, HSM2, Fiddler, Oklahoma!, Annie – Lyric Theatre; A Little Night Music (Fredrika) – OCU; Annie (Annie) – Sooner Theatre; West Side Story (Maria) – ENHS. Much love and gratitude to Wayne, Nancy and the entire MTW team for this wonderful opportunity, and to my parents and teachers for their support!

MATTHEW BORCHERS
MATTHEW BORCHERS

Matthew is beyond stoked to be making his MTWichita debut this season! A St. Louis native, he will start his senior year this fall with the Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre at The University of Oklahoma. Credits: OKC Philharmonic: The Christmas Show (Mistletoe Dancer). Lyric Theatre OKC: Bye Bye Birdie (Harvey Johnson). OU University: The Drowsy Chaperone (Superintendent), Carousel (Dance Captain), On The Town (Ensemble), Seussical (Ensemble). Endless thanks to Wayne and Nancy for this amazing opportunity; so much gratitude and love to the Big Man Upstairs, family, friends and teachers for their constant love and guidance. BOOMER!

JACOB CHANCELLOR
JACOB CHANCELLOR

Jacob is thrilled to be returning to Wichita for his third summer, and loved playing Action in West Side Story and Levi (the Country Western brother) in Joseph / Dreamcoat. Originally from Edmond, OK, he just finished his senior year at the University of Oklahoma—Boomer Sooner! OU University: On The Town (Chip), The Drowsy Chaperone (Aldolpho), … Forum (Protean), Carousel. Lyric Theatre OKC: Xanadu, 42nd Street, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Broadway Rose (Oregon): The Drowsy Chaperone (George). And of course, 13 fabulous MTWichita productions over the past few years—here's to 2 more! Thanks and love to family, friends, and the whole MTWichita team!

DONNIE CHAUNCEY
DONNIE CHAUNCEY

Donnie is incredibly enthused, to say the least, for his first summer in MTWichita's resident company! It has been a high priority goal of his to perform as a Company member and he hopes that everyone can share in his delight! Credits include Wichita State University's productions of Good News! and Guys and Dolls. Other highlights include International Dance Tours with Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre to Italy and Mexico. Thanks and love to his parents, Marylou and Don, and to his brother Luke and sister Shauna. Also, great thanks to his mentors, instructors, and colleagues at WSU for pushing him and believing in him, and to Wayne Bryan, Josh Larson, Nancy Reeves and the entire crew of MTW!

QUINTAN CRAIG
QUINTAN CRAIG

Quintan “Q" is beyond thrilled to return to MTWichita, having performed here in The Will Rogers Follies (Freddy), Disney’s Beauty and The Beast (Chip), and Seussical (JoJo). Though based in California, Wichita has always felt like home! Regional credits include Young Frankenstein (Sasha), 42nd Street (Oscar), White Christmas (Scooter), A Chorus Line, Gypsy (Yonkers), Ragtime (Little Boy –IETLAward), Oliver! (Oliver), The Full Monty (Nathan), On Your Toes (Young Junior). Q is looking forward to beginning his journey towards a BFA in Musical Theatre at Belmont University this fall. Heartfelt Thanks to Mom, Dad, and Mollie Rae for your unending love, support and encouragement! Much love and gratitude to Wayne, Nancy, and Josh for this Incredibly Awesome opportunity! Q thanks God for Abundant Blessings!

CALEB DICKE
CALEB DICKE

Caleb is thrilled to be returning for his third summer! You may remember him from several MTWichita shows, including West Side Story (Gee-Tar), South Pacific (Quale), Joseph / Dreamcoat (Napthali / Dance Captain), Fiddler on the Roof (Russian), Honk! (Barnacles), Spamalot (Flying Nun), and Mary Poppins (Dancing Statue). Originally from Ohio, he is a recent dance performance graduate from Oklahoma City University. While at OCU, he has performed in the American Spirit Dance Company’s Home for the Holidays Christmas Show and Spring Show, as well as Legally Blonde (Kiki) and The Wedding Singer (Billy Idol). He would like to thank Wayne, Nancy, and his family.

CLINTON FOSTER
CLINTON FOSTER

Clinton, an upcoming senior Musical Theatre major at Oklahoma City University, is beyond thrilled to be making his MTWichita debut this summer! Favorite OCU credits include: Cabaret (Hans), Street Scene (Dick McGann, u/s), 9 to 5, and Home for the Holidays with the American Spirit Dance Company! Other favorite professional credits include Anything Goes and The Drowsy Chaperone. Clinton would like to thank his parents and OCU family for their endless love and support and Wayne, Nancy, Josh, and MTW for this incredible opportunity!

REBECCA GANS
REBECCA GANS

Rebecca is overjoyed to join the MTWichita family again for her second season, and especially loved playing Anybodys in West Side Story. Rebecca is a Wichita native who recently graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor of Performing Arts in Dance Performance. Other favorite performing opportunities include A Chorus Line (Bebe) at the Crown Uptown Dinner Theater and The King and I (Topsy) at MTW and The MUNY. She would love to thank Wayne Bryan for this amazing opportunity, all the directors and choreographers for such hard work and dedication, her parents, sisters and Rile for their endless love and support, and to God for such a blessing of a life.      

CLAIRE GERIG
CLAIRE GERIG

Claire, a Wichita native, couldn’t be happier to spend another summer with MTWichita, where credits include Disney’s Mary Poppins (Mrs. Banks), Betty Blue Eyes (Mrs. Metcalf), South Pacific (Nellie u.s.), and Joseph / Dreamcoat  (Mourning Wife / Narrator u.s.). She is a recent musical theatre graduate of Wichita State University where she was last seen in the title role of Violet, directed by Stephen Kopel. While a student at Maize High School, Claire was selected to represent the Jester Awards in the Leading Actress category at the National High School Musical Theater Awards in New York City and was awarded “The Spirit of the Jimmys” award. Endless thanks to Wayne and the incredible MTW family for all they have done for her. Love to Linda, Amy, Marie, Bret, Pina, Mom & Dad.

WONZA JOHNSON
WONZA JOHNSON

Wonza is a current BFA Musical Theater junior at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. This is his first summer with MTWichita and he couldn't be more excited to be working with such an amazing organization. All thanks go to his beautiful Mom, Dad and his newborn sister Evelyn. Past Roles: Romeo and Juliet (Romeo), Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), West Side Story (Bernardo). At MTW: Henry in South Pacific, Pepe / Dance Captain in West Side Story, Isaachar in Joseph / Dreamcoat. "Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose." 

LILY KAUFMANN
LILY KAUFMANN

Lily couldn’t be more excited to be in her debut season at MTWichita! Lily just completed her freshman year at Florida State University where she is pursuing a BFA in Music Theatre. As a native Kansan, Lily has worked in theaters in Kansas City such as KC Starlight, New Theatre Restaurant, Theatre in the Park, Music Theatre for Young People, and more. Favorite credits include The Drowsy Chaperone (Janet Van DeGraff), Seussical (Mayzie), Bye Bye Birdie (Rosie), Spamalot (u.s. Lady of the Lake/ Laker Girl), My Favorite Year (Alice), and Urinetown (Little Becky Two Shoes). Endless love goes out to her unbelievably supportive family, friends, mentors and MTW for this wonderful opportunity!

TREVOR McCHRISTIAN
TREVOR McCHRISTIAN

Trevor, a Wichita native, is beyond excited to be returning for his fourth summer and first full summer as a company member here at MTWichita! In summer 2013, he was honored to represent MTWichita’s Jester Awards in New York City at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards for his role as Finch in How to Succeed. Favorite credits include Betty Blue Eyes (U.S. Premiere), Singin’ in the Rain, Fiddler on the Roof, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, and Joseph / Dreamcoat, in which he played the Butler and understudied the Brothers (going on as Asher, with two hours’ notice). He sends many humble thanks to Wayne, Nancy, Josh, Thomas, Amy, Doris, and his family for their abundance of support.

ALEXANDER H. MILLER
ALEXANDER H. MILLER

Alexander is honored to return to MTWichita for a second season. Alex is a rising junior at the Univ. of Michigan. Credits include MTW: West Side Story (Diesel), Mary Poppins (Bert u/s), Joseph / Dreamcoat (Dan), Les Misérables (Jean Prouvaire), Betty Blue Eyes, South Pacific. U of M: Rent (Angel), Les Misérables (Foreman), Crazy For You, A Little Night Music. Lyric Theatre of OK: Oliver!, Hairspray. Alex wishes to graciously thank Wayne, Nancy and MTW family for this spectacular summer opportunity. Love always to Mom, Dad and Elle. Thank you to the UMich faculty for your time and dedication to our education in performing arts. GO BLUE!

KELSEY RYAN MOORE
KELSEY RYAN MOORE

Kelsey is from Stuart, FL and is so excited to be making her MTWichita debut this summer! She is a graduate of the University of Michigan Musical Theatre Department where she has played Fredrika in A Little Night Music and Susie in Crazy For You. Other favorite roles include Eponine in Les Misérables and Ti Moune in Once On This Island. Many thanks to MTW for this wonderful opportunity and to her family for their unending support. She sends love to MT14 and forever Go Blue!

BECCA PETERSEN
BECCA PETERSEN

Becca is so excited to spend her second summer with MTWichita! She is originally from Carmel, Indiana, and recently graduated with a BFA in Music Dance Theatre from Brigham Young University. Favorite credits: The Light in the Piazza at BYU (Clara), Thoroughly Modern Millie at The MUNY (Lucille/ Ensemble), Dreamgirls at The Muny (Sweetheart/ Ensemble), plus Spamalot (Laker Girl), West Side Story (Velma), South Pacific, Joseph / Dreamcoat, and Mary Poppins at MTW. Becca would like to thank everyone at MTW for this wonderful experience. Also a big thank you to her family and friends for their endless support!

TANNER PFLUEGER
TANNER PFLUEGER

Tanner is so excited and honored to be making his Wichita debut this summer. A Nebraska native, Tanner is currently studying at Oklahoma City University as a dance performance major. While at school, he has performed in the American Spirit Dance Company’s annual Home for the Holidays Christmas Show and Spring Show. Credits include Broadway: Billy Elliot (Billy); West End: Billy Elliot (Billy); Regional: Grease (Johnny Casino/ Teen Angel), Seussical (Wickersham Brother), West Side Story (Snowboy), and Beauty and the Beast (Chip). Much love and many thanks to his family, teachers, and mentors for their constant support.

JULIAN RAMOS
JULIAN RAMOS

Julian is a recent graduate from Indiana University in Musical Theatre and couldn’t be more excited to join the MTWichita family this summer, and was delighted to be featured as Judah (the Calypso brother) in Joseph / Dreamcoat. For Rocky Mountain Rep: A Chorus Line (Richie), How To Succeed (Toynbee/ Pirate Dancer), and Peter Pan. In 2012 he attended the School at Jacob’s Pillow for Jazz/ MT Dance under Chet Walker. Favorites at IU include: [title of show] (Jeff), Hair, Damn Yankees, Chicago, and touring China with the Singing Hoosiers. So much love and thanks to Mom, Pops, Mis Abuelos (Te quiero mucho), Wayne, Nancy, and my crazy B-Town Family!!

LUKE STEINHAUER
LUKE STEINHAUER

LUKE STEINHAUER was thrilled to make his MTWichita debut as Big Deal in West Side Story, and to follow up as Asher in Joseph / Dreamcoat. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Luke is currently pursuing his BFA in musical theatre at The University of Michigan. Recent U of M Credits: Crazy for You, Bedknobs and Broomsticks (Disney Theatricals Workshop), Romeo and Juliet and In the Next Room. Luke has also performed with the Pittsburgh CLO in Singin’ in the Rain, The Music Man, Grease, and Oklahoma!, and at Theatre Aspen as the role of Schroeder in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown! Luke is also a National YoungArts Foundation winner in spoken and musical theatre. Many thanks to family, friends, and MTW for this wonderful opportunity.

ANDY TOFA
ANDY TOFA

Andy is currently a student at OU’s School of Musical Theatre (2015). His most recent OU credit was Carousel. Regional credits include Les Misérables, The King and I, Betty Blue Eyes, and Mary Poppins, all here at MTWichita. He is thrilled to be returning to MTW and being able to perform with his brother Daryl.

DARYL TOFA
DARYL TOFA

Daryl is excited to be making his professional stage debut with MTWichita this summer, performing on the same stage as his older brother Andy. Daryl comes from St. George, UT, where he will be completing high school and his 2-year College Associates Degree at the same time this coming year. At the age of 9 he began studying ballet, jazz and tap at his home studio where he now teaches his own style of hip hop to children and teens and also continues to study and perform. Daryl would like to say, “Thank you to my directors from back home, Brian and Melinda for everything you have done for me, for without you I would not be who I am and where I am today! And love to Mom, Dad and my little brother Gordon, with thanks for all you do and for always supporting me!”

HALLI TOLAND (Dance Captain)
HALLI TOLAND (Dance Captain)

Halli is excited to be making her debut at MTWichita this summer! She is a rising sophomore Musical Theatre major at the University of Michigan, and is originally from Toledo, Ohio. Some of her favorite roles include Janet in The Drowsy Chaperone, Brooke Wyndham in Legally Blonde, Amber Von Tussle in Hairspray, and Graziella in West Side Story. She would like to thank her instructors Brent Wagner, Linda Goodrich, and Catherine Adams, as well as her family and friends back home and at UM for their love and encouragement. Lastly, special thanks to MTW for this wonderful opportunity. Go Blue!

KATIE WESLER
KATIE WESLER

Katie is thrilled to return to MTWichita! She recently graduated from CCM with a BFA in musical theatre and is a 2013 winner of the Kurt Weill Foundation of Music Emerging Talent Award and the Actors’ Equity Roger Sturtevant Musical Theatre Award. At CCM: Kathy Selden in Singin’ in the Rain, Sally Slaton in Parade, The Arbiter’s Assistant in Chess, Les Mis, Into the Woods, Oklahoma!, and Out of This World. At Tent Theatre, roles included Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street. Katie thanks Wayne, Nancy, and MTW for another wonderful season and her family for their support. www.katiewesler.com  

HAYLEY WILHELM
HAYLEY WILHELM

Hayley is thrilled to return to MTWichita for her second summer! Hayley is a recent graduate of Oklahoma City University with a degree in dance management. OCU credits include the American Spirit Dance Company’s Home for the Holidays, Spring Show, and OCU’s production of Legally Blonde. Favorite shows here at MTW include West Side Story, Les Misérables, The King and I, Betty Blue Eyes, and Mary Poppins. Hayley would like to thank Wayne, Nancy, and Josh for this amazing opportunity and would also like to thank her husband Zachary, Mom, Dad, Hannah, and Grandmommy for their support!   

DAISY WRIGHT
DAISY WRIGHT

Daisy is absolutely thrilled to be making her MTWichita debut this summer! Originally from St. George, UT, Daisy is an upcoming junior Musical Theatre major at the University of Oklahoma. Her credits include: OU University Theatre: On The Town (Ivy u.s./ Ensemble); The Drowsy Chaperone (Mrs. Tottendale u.s./ Ensemble). OKC Philharmonic: The Christmas Show (Dancer). Infinite love and thanks to everyone at MTW for this incredible opportunity, and to mom, dad, family, friends, and teachers past and present, for their continued love and support.

WAYNE BRYAN (Director / Producing Artistic Director)
WAYNE BRYAN (Director / Producing Artistic Director)

Wayne continues his 27th season at Music Theatre Wichita, where he has produced 133 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’s performing credits include Good News!, Rodgers and Hart, and Tintypes on Broadway, the First National Tour of Joseph / Dreamcoat, and TV appearances on such shows as “M*A*S*H”(CBS), “American History” (PBS), and “Keystone” (A&E). His directing credits include award-winning productions on both coasts, including Festival at New York City Center. 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 and Linda Goodrich dedicate their work on this production to the memory and inspiration of Ernie Flatt, choreographer of the Ernie Flatt Dancers on “The Carol Burnett Show,” and a wonderful mentor and friend. 

LINDA GOODRICH (Choreographer)
LINDA GOODRICH (Choreographer)

Linda has directed and choreographed throughout the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Directing credits include Bat Boy and Smokey Joe's Café for TheatreWorks, both of which received San Francisco Bay Area Awards for excellence in direction. Other directing credits include Cabaret, Crazy for You, Side Show, Oklahoma!, Jesus Christ Superstar, Tommy!, 42nd Street, and new works Gibson Fleck and A Good Boy. Choreographic credits include Company with Carol Burnett, High Button Shoes and Strike Up The Band at Goodspeed Opera House, Singin' in the Rain and Annie at Paper Mill Playhouse, plus a national tour and several regional productions of Singin' in the Rain (beginning here at  MTWichita). NYC credits include Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York Music Theatre Festival, and Platforms (Best Choreography). Linda credits much of her artistic development to her work at MTW, which  includes Singin’ in the Rain, Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid, Cabaret, Sweet Charity, West Side Story, The Producers, Funny Girl, Hello, Dolly!, Damn Yankees, South Pacific,  Oliver!, The Music Man, Seussical, On the Town (in which she also played "Miss Turnstiles" Ivy Smith), and the world premiere of the revised Good News!. Other theatres include TUTS in Houston, Seattle's 5th Avenue, Sacramento Music Circus, St. Louis MUNY, Pittsburgh CLO, St. Louis Rep., La Mirada, and Cincinnati Playhouse. Linda performed in the Broadway and national companies of Cabaret, and staged the European tour. Her work has also been seen in touring editions of Blues Clues Live!, Dora the Explorer, and KidzBop Live!. She lives in Michigan with her sons Tyler and Garret, where she is a professor of musical theatre at the University of Michigan. Thank you and great love and appreciation to Wayne, who fueled every step of her career!

THOMAS W. DOUGLAS (Musical Director/Conductor)
THOMAS W. DOUGLAS (Musical Director/Conductor)

Thomas is thrilled to continue his 15th season with his wonderful artistic family at MTWichita, having led 52 productions with this remarkable company. Thomas has done more than 200 musical theatre, opera, orchestral and oratorio productions, including conducting Webber’s Phantom of the Opera in Switzerland. Highlights include Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Bizet's Carmen Jones, Master Class and Mondo Mangia with the late Jillene Ringle. As the Artistic Director of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, he is receiving acclaim for adventurous, innovative debuts and premiere programs, including Carmina Burana Africana, Messiah in Space, and a concert of standard choral masterpieces with a fusion rock band and string orchestra accompaniment, plus a presentation of Charlie Chaplin shorts with an all Bach soundtrack. On stage he has enjoyed the roles of Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Amonasro in Aida, and Fats Waller in Ain't Misbehavin', both in the U.S. and in Malaysia. Thomas is the Director of Choral Activities and on faculty of both the Drama and the Music schools at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He is the proud recipient of the Mary Jane Teall Award, and is the Musical Director of the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra, there having commissioned an original orchestration of Maury Yeston’s December Songs with Broadway leading lady, Sara Jean Ford. Thomas most recently conducted an exciting contemporary production of Mozart's Don Giovanni with the Neighborhood Opera Company in Pittsburgh where he is the Producing Artistic Director.

ROBERT A. KOVACH (Scenic Designer)
ROBERT A. KOVACH (Scenic Designer)

Robert is thrilled to re-join the creative team of MTWichita, having designed Xanadu, 9 to 5, West Side Story, and the U.S. premiere of Betty Blue Eyes. Off Broadway – 45th Street Theatre: Around the World in 80 Days; Theatre Row: The Sphinx Winx; New World Stages: White’s Lies and ImaginOcean (Drama Desk Nom.); National Tours - All Shook Up; Regional Designs – Theatre Under the Stars, Memphis Ballet, Walnut Street Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Fulton Opera House, Phoenix Theatre, and others. He has Art Directed and Designed for TV, Print Ads, Corporate, and Commercials for such clients as the Food Network, General Motors, Jockey, and Canon, to name a few. Robert would like to thank Wayne and the entire talented Wichita team. Robert is a proud member of United Scenic Artists (USA 829). www.KovachDesigns.com

DIXON REYNOLDS (Costume Designer)
DIXON REYNOLDS (Costume Designer)

Dixon is thrilled to be back at Music Theatre Wichita after costuming the recent West Side Story, and designing costumes for last summer’s U.S. Premiere of Betty Blue Eyes! He is an Associate Professor of Costume Design at State University of New York at Fredonia and a freelance designer. His designs are seen in a broad range of styles from Theatre, Dance, Opera, Film and his favorite: new and experimental theatrical works, including musicals! Dixon is the resident costume designer at the Kavinoky Theatre in Buffalo, NY. Some of his designs have been seen at The Irish Classical Theatre, ART Park, Summer Repertory Theatre, Buffalo United Artists, Shakespeare in Delaware Park, The Hartt School of Music, Triad Stage, and American Dance Festival. He has also worked in the Costume Departments at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Playmakers Repertory Company, Roanoke Festival Park, HBO Productions and CBS Productions.

DAVID NEVILLE (Lighting Designer)
DAVID NEVILLE (Lighting Designer)

David is thrilled to return for his 27th season of “Camp MTW.” In addition to many productions at MTWichita, David has designed lighting for North Shore Music Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars, Omaha Symphony, The United States Air Force, Stage One, Ordway Music Theatre, Papermill Playhouse, The University of Michigan, Penn State University, Portland Center Stage, North Carolina Theatre, Musical Theatre West, Arkansas Rep, Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera, George Street Playhouse, The 5th Avenue Theatre and Off-Broadway. David’s favorite designs at MTWichita include Big River, Cats, Ragtime, Once on this Island, Children of Eden and Jesus Christ Superstar. David also teaches lighting and scenic design at Wichita State University. He makes his home in Wichita with his wife Robin and his kids, Ryan and Jocelyn.

DAVID MUEHL (Sound Designer)
DAVID MUEHL (Sound Designer)

David begins his ninth season as MTWichita’s sound designer, having also served as the sound assistant previously for a season. During MTWichita’s off season, David is the audio producer for WSU’s College of Fine Arts where he oversees audio recording and live sound for fine arts and other performances. He also serves as sound designer for WSU’s Opera and Musical Theatre programs and is the sound advisor to student musical theatre & opera sound designers and engineers. Some of his favorite sound designs have been Children of Eden, Into the Woods, Les Misérables and Wizard of Oz. David has twice been sound designer for invited productions to the Region V Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. David has also done sound design for Wichita Center for the Arts and Cabaret Oldtown. Special thanks to Dave, Jeff and the rest of the crew of Clearwing Productions in Phoenix and Josh with Event Systems for their continued support of MTWichita.

ALENA SELLARS (Wig and Makeup Designer)
ALENA SELLARS (Wig and Makeup Designer)

Alena is happily returning for her fifth year at MTWichita.  She lives in Wichita and spends most of the year working at Shine Salon. For her work with MTW, Alena is the recipient of the Mary Jane Teall Merit Award for the hair and makeup department. She has spent fifteen years doing hair, and has spent four years as an Aveda color educator. She has worked on Pirates of Penzance and Guys and Dolls for WSU, and worked for the last two years on shows for Wichita Grand Opera, including Otello, Marriage of Figaro, Don Pasquale and William Tell. Alena is so grateful to have the opportunity to work with so many talented people at MTWichita.

MARIA LEON (Property Master)
MARIA LEON (Property Master)

Maria is an Arizona native who has recently graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in theatre production, technology, and design, with emphasis in Scenic Design. She has currently worked as an assistant scenic designer for the Arizona Repertory Theatre’s production of The Man Who Came to Dinner and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Maria was also the assistant scenic charge artist for ART’s Oklahoma and prop master for their production of Cymbeline. This is Maria’s second season with Music Theatre Wichita and would like to thank Jeff Taylor and Wayne Bryan for the opportunity.

DEBBIE ROBERTS (Costume Shop Manager)
DEBBIE ROBERTS (Costume Shop Manager)

Debbie has designed costumes for many shows here, including White Christmas, Thoroughly Modern Millie, High School Musical, State Fair, Funny Girl, The Most Happy Fella, On the Town and West Side Story, plus special costumes for Aida (the fashion show, in partnership with Matt Mitchell), My Fair Lady, Annie Get Your Gun, Man of La Mancha, Crazy for You, The Sound of Music, My One and Only, and various Festival of Broadway shows. A graduate of Friends University, Debbie received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance and Ballet. “I am so proud of the work that Music Theatre Wichita does, it is always a pleasure to work each season. While California remains my home, for over 20 years Wichita has been my summer home.  I look forward to meeting new people and learning new skills each time. Enjoy the shows!”

JOSEPH D. SIBLEY (Wardrobe Supervisor)
JOSEPH D. SIBLEY (Wardrobe Supervisor)

Joseph is excited to be spending his summer at MTWichita. Originally from Boothbay Harbor, Maine, Joseph graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a B.A. in Theatre with triple focus in Design, Performance and Directing. He has also worked with Maine State Music Theatre, IATSE local 114 (Portland, Maine) Riverside Theatre and Theatre West Virginia. Much love to Kristin, Andrew and his ever loving mother, RIP.

JEFF TAYLOR (Production Manager)
JEFF TAYLOR (Production Manager)

Jeff is extremely honored to be back with this excellent cast and crew for his 13th summer at MTWichita. Throughout the years since 2000, he's had the chance to apprentice, build, design, and even act for MTWichita, and has now become the year round Production Manager, working closely with the awesome MTW staff. A loyal Kansan, Jeff graduated from East High and earned his BA in Musical Theatre from Friends University in 2006. In 2011, he earned an MFA in Design and Technology from UMKC. Many thanks to the MTWichita Crew, Wayne and Nancy, and his fiancée Sarah.

MITCHELL SOUTHERLAND (Assistant Production Manager)
MITCHELL SOUTHERLAND (Assistant Production Manager)

Mitchell is very excited to be spending his first summer with Music Theatre Wichita. He is a recent graduate of the University of Oklahoma (OU), graduating with a BFA in Drama with an emphasis in Scenic Technology. While an undergraduate, Mitch was recognized by both the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) and The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) for his work as a technical director. Additionally, he was fortunate to lead OU's USITT chapter as President for two consecutive years (2013-2014). Mitch's previous credits include two summers at The Santa Fe Opera Company as stage crew apprentice and supervisor (2012 & 2013); technical director of OU's The Drowsy Chaperone; and assistant stage manager for OU's Carousel (2013).

AJ KELLISON (Technical Director)
AJ KELLISON (Technical Director)

AJ is glad to be back for another season at MTWichita. Since last summer, AJ has worked for Goodspeed Musicals, The Nebraska Theatre Caravan, The Public Theater and the Actor’s Studio Drama School. AJ would like to thank everyone at Music Theatre for the opportunities and support they have given him throughout the past 9 years. A special thanks goes out to AJ’s parents and his sister Laura.

BRIAN GONNER (Assistant Technical Director)
BRIAN GONNER (Assistant Technical Director)

Brian just completed his first year in the MFA Scenic Technology program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Originally from Dubuque, IA, Brian has worked professionally at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival, and Hope Summer Repertory Theatre. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Evansville in Indiana with a BFA in Theatre Design and Technology and a minor in Mathematics.

MADELYNN NEVINS (Asst. Lighting Designer)
MADELYNN NEVINS (Asst. Lighting Designer)

Madelynn is a recent graduate of Wichita State University where she received a BFA in theatre design and technology. Her previous credits include Lighting Designer for 1940’s Radio Christmas Hour (Prairie Pines Dinner Theatre), Guys and Dolls (Wichita State University), and Production Stage Manager for Laughing Feet Performers. Madelynn is thrilled to be a part of her 8th season at MTWichita. She is so thankful for their summer apprentice program. If it was not for that program, she would not be where she is today. She would like to thank all of the wonderful mentors in her life as well as her family who have always supported her.

STEVE LANDES (Director of the Apprentice Program/Shopper-Buyer)
STEVE LANDES (Director of the Apprentice Program/Shopper-Buyer)

Steve is proud to return for his 21st summer as the Apprentice Program Director. A Wichita resident for twenty two years, Steve worked for Friends University, the Wichita Center for the Arts, and Shakespeare in the Park. Steve moved to the Kansas City area eight years ago for a teaching position. As an educator, Steve continues to be very excited about working with the apprentices in this unique training program (and MTW is deeply grateful for Steve’s creative dedication to our young people!).

MARY SUE DYMAK (Rentals & Inventory Director/Drop Fabricator/Orchestra Pit Manager/Archivist/A Bunch of Other Stuff) [whew!]
MARY SUE DYMAK (Rentals & Inventory Director/Drop Fabricator/Orchestra Pit Manager/Archivist/A Bunch of Other Stuff) [whew!]

WOW! 39 seasons! Being one of the oldest members of the production staff, this year will mark summer productions numbering 192 to 196. In the off season, I still keep my hand in stage managing for Ballet Wichita Orchestra (18 years) and Opera Kansas (23 years) while keeping our ever growing rental business running. I seem to get around a lot but only inside Century II. My life remains happily engaged in larger and more complex tasks working for my favorite employer.  My thanks to WB…..   I offer my deepest love and respect to all who work in this fabulous building and for our organization. No one can do it alone. Happy 65th Anniversary to Joe and Dorothy!

EMILY F. McMULLEN (Production Stage Manager)
EMILY F. McMULLEN (Production Stage Manager)

Emily is back for her 15th summer with MTWichita. Previous productions here include Les Misérables (twice!), Mary Poppins, The King and I, Legally Blonde, Singin’ in the Rain, Fiddler on the Roof, The Music Man, Sunset Boulevard, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Curtains, Gypsy, Crazy for You, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Producers, Big River, ...Forum, Seven Brides…, Sweet Charity, Phantom!, Seussical, A Chorus Line, West Side Story, Chicago, Good News!, and ShowBoat. Throughout the year, she is the Production Stage Manager at Merrimack Repertory Theatre outside of Boston and also teaches stage management at Tufts University. She has stage managed for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, North Shore Music Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Capital Repertory Theater, Musical Theatre Guild, Actors Theatre of Phoenix, Broadway Texas, Theatre Emory, and The Shadowland Theatre. Proud member of Actors' Equity Association.

TIFFANY K. ORR (Stage Manager)
TIFFANY K. ORR (Stage Manager)

Tiffany is originally from Oklahoma. Tiffany spends the other 9 months of the year in the Twin Cities where she works as the production stage manager for Theater Latte Da. While in the twin cities, she has also worked with companies including the Pillsbury House Theatre, The Children's Theatre Company, Park Square Theatre, The Playwrights’ Center, The Director’s, and the Guthrie. Prior to her move to the Twin Cities she worked on more than a dozen productions as part of the stage management team at the Phoenix Theatre, where she became a proud member of the Actors' Equity Association.

JESSE WARKENTIN (Associate Musical Director/Keyboards)
JESSE WARKENTIN (Associate Musical Director/Keyboards)

Jesse is amazed to find himself in his 11th consecutive season with MTWichita! He conducted the Festival of Broadway orchestra for five years, and enjoyed music directing High School Musical 2 in 2009. Last year he made his debut with the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony as piano soloist, performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue with Maestro Douglas. Throughout the year, Jesse can be found at the new Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre, conducting and musical directing. “My deepest gratitude to Wayne and Thomas for these special months of rich musical fulfillment at MTWichita, and to my incredible family for their laughter and love.”

LINDA STARKEY (Teen Choir Musical Director)
LINDA STARKEY (Teen Choir Musical Director)

Linda 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.

JENNIFER FISHER (Signing Interpreter)
JENNIFER FISHER (Signing Interpreter)

I’m thrilled for my sixth season at MTW. I would like to thank Wayne and all the super talented people at MTW for including me in the magic! During the year I work at a Goddard school, and lead Deaf Ministry at Central Community Church for the past 7 years; where I interpret services, concerts, conferences, classes, and support groups. I’m involved with Wichita Deaf Ministry Outreach and Deaf Teen Quest. I’ve been signing for 10 years and am focused on musical performance interpreting, having trained in Nashville, TN under Gate Communications. My goal is to create a performance that’s as impacting for the Deaf as it is for the hearing. Thanks to my girls Kara and Stephanie, and my husband for their support. Most importantly God, for the blessings He’s given me and the opportunity to work in such an amazing place. 2 Cor. 4:16-18

NANCY REEVES (Producing Associate/Company Manager)
NANCY REEVES (Producing Associate/Company Manager)

Nancy 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 artist.

Catch Me If You Can: A History of the Musical by Wayne Bryan

  • Opened on April 10, 2011, Neil Simon Theatre; 32 previews, 170 performances
  • Directed by Jack O’Brien
  • Choreographed by Jerry Mitchell
  • Scenic Design by David Rockwell, Costume Design by William Ivey Long, Lighting Design by Kenneth Posner, Sound Design by Steve Canyon Kennedy, Hair and Wig Design by Paul Huntley
  • Musical Arrangements by Marc Shaiman, Orchestrations by Marc Shaiman and Larry Blank
  • Music Direction by John McDaniel
  • Original Cast featured Norbert Leo Butz, Aaron Tveit, Tom Wopat, Rachel de Benedet, Linda Hart, Nick Wyman
  • The Broadway cast album is extremely well sung and played, and highly recommended
  • The DVD and Blu-Ray editions of the original film include entertaining background features

Catch Me If You Can is inspired by the 1980 autobiography of a remarkably resourceful and charming con man named Frank Abagnale Jr., whose pursuit by the FBI resulted in colorful adventures and many close escapes. Finally captured and convicted, he served fewer than five years before starting to work for the federal government. He has now run a successful security company for over 30 years.

Before his 21st birthday, Frank successfully performed cons worth over 2.5 million dollars by posing as a Pan American World Airways pilot, a Georgia doctor, and a Louisiana parish prosecutor. His primary crime was check fraud, and he became so skillful that the FBI eventually turned to him for help in catching other check forgers.

The popular 2002 film version of his story was directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Frank and Tom Hanks as the determined FBI man, with Christopher Walken, Amy Adams, Martin Sheen, and Nathalie Baye in supporting roles. Development for the film started in 1980 but did not progress until 1997 when the film rights to Abagnale's book were purchased by Spielberg's DreamWorks. David Fincher, Gore Verbinski, Lasse Hallström, Miloš Forman, and Cameron Crowe had all been possible candidates for director before Spielberg decided to direct it himself. Filming took place from February to May 2002. Released on December 25, 2002, the film was a financial success, recouping the $52 million budget six times over. The real Abagnale expressed his positive reactions to the film, and for that year’s Academy Awards, supporting actor Christopher Walken (as Frank Sr.) and music composer John Williams received nominations.

Songwriting team Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman were looking for other projects after their Broadway success with Hairspray, also set in the 1960s. Wittman was the first to see the musical potential in this story. “I was attracted to the imagery initially,” he says in a Playbill interview. “Then, as I watched it, I realized it spoke to things I wanted to write about and I knew Marc wanted to write about: the notion of family and, when yours doesn’t work, you create another one outside of it. It’s about fathers and mentors … and stewardesses!” Shaiman adds, “Fabricating a new family is the foundation of what the show is about… About this detective realizing, ‘If I don’t step up to parent this kid, no one will’ … that he doesn’t have to see everyone he chases as a criminal but as a human being. Something about this kid touches and changes him.”

Although Catch Me If You Can shares the Sixties era of Hairspray, this show – stylized as if Frank Jr. were telling his story on a 1960s musical variety TV show – has a very different kind of musical score. Shaiman says, “It’s more adult and sexy. Hairspray was completely innocent and more girlie... It’s a very male-driven kind of score because the principals – Frank, Frank’s father, and the detective – are men. If Hairspray was Sixteen Magazine, Catch Me If You Can is Playboy.

Music Theatre Wichita is rating the show PG-13, for a few sensual situations and innuendos. There is no actual nudity or profanity in the show.

The musical Catch Me If You Can went through several workshops and reading from 2005 through 2008, finally having its world premiere in July of 2009 at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre. After some rethinking and rewriting, the show opened at New York’s Neil Simon Theatre with most of the actors and creative team from the Seattle production, beginning previews on March 11, 2011, and officially opening a few weeks later. Although the run on Broadway was shorter than the creators had hoped, it was nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Norbert Leo Butz as FBI man Carl Hanratty took home the Best Actor Award.

We are thrilled to bring this jazzy, sexy, and stylish new musical to our theatre for its regional premiere.

Musical Numbers

Act I

OvertureOrchestra
Live in Living ColorFrank Jr. and Company
The Pinstripes Are All That They SeeFrank Sr., Frank Jr, and Ladies
Someone Else's SkinFrank Jr. and Company
Jet SetFrank Jr. and Company
Live in Living Color (Reprise)Frank Jr.
Don't Break the RulesHanratty and Company
The Pinstripes Are All That They See (Reprise)The Ladies
Butter Outta CreamFrank Jr. and Frank Sr.
The Man Inside the CluesHanratty
Christmas Is My Favorite Time of YearPartygoers
My Favorite Time of YearHanratty, Frank Jr., Frank Sr., and Paula

 

Act II

Entr’acteOrchestra
Doctor's OrdersNurses
Live in Living Color (Reprise)Frank Jr.
Don't Be a StrangerPaula and Frank Sr.
Little Boy, Be a ManFrank Sr. and Hanratty
Seven WondersFrank Jr. and Brenda
(Our) Family TreeCarol, Roger, Brenda, Frank Jr., and Strong Family Singers
Fly, Fly Away Brenda
GoodbyeFrank Jr.
Strange But TrueFrank Jr. and Hanratty