cast and creative
RICHARD KIND (Nathan Detroit) Broadway: The Producers, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Sly Fox, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife. Candide (New York City Opera): Bounce (Goodman Theatre, Kennedy Center); The Lady in Question, Rough Crossing (Bay Street Theatre); Once in a Lifetime (Guthrie Theatre); The Front Page, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Big Knife (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Accomplice (Ogunquit Playhouse); Power Failure (Actors Studio Free Theatre Co.); The Seagull (Matrix Theatre); Perfect (Tiffany Theatre); Gravity Shoes (Hudson Theatre); The Second City (Chicago, N.Y., L.A.); Working, All in the Timing, Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight, Synergy (L.A. TheatreWorks). Film: “The Grand,” “The Visitor,” “The Station Agent,” “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” “A Bug’s Life,” “Cars,” “Johns,” “Stargate,” “Clifford,” “Mr. Saturday Night,” and “Hacks.” Television: “Spin City,” “Mad About You,” “Carol Burnett & Company,” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Richard will be seen in the upcoming Coen Brothers movie, “A Serious Man.”
CHRISTIAN HOFF (Sky Masterson) won a Tony Award for his performance as Tommy DeVito in Broadway’s Jersey Boys as well as Drama Desk Award, Drama League Award and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations. He was named “The Master of Mimicry” by Entertainment Weekly when his voicing of over 200 characters surpassed the world record for the audio book "Tell Me How You Love The Picture." He has recently voiced "Don’t Look Twice" by New York Times and international best-selling author Andrew Gross and numerous television and radio campaigns including American Express and Bank of America. Most recently, he can be seen as DA Richard Blackman on ABC’s “Ugly Betty” as well as federal prosecutor Thomas Grady on NBC’s “Law and Order; Criminal Intent.” Christian has recorded Grammy winning Original Cast albums for The Who’s Tommy and Jersey Boys, performed for "Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve," at Radio City Music Hall, repeat solo turns at Carnegie Hall and has sung the national anthem at major sports venues including Yankee Stadium. Personal television appearances include “Celebrity Jeopardy,” “Live: Regis and Kelly,” “The Today Show,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “The Late Show with David Letterman.” Other theatrical credits include George M! (George M. Cohan), The Will Rogers Follies (Will Rogers), Big River (Huck), The Rocky Horror Show (Frank-n-Furter), Jesus Christ Superstar (King Herod) and made his Broadway debut in the Tony Award winning The Who’s Tommy. Screen credits include “Encino Man,” “Star Trek IV,” “Honor Thy Mother,” “In Love and War,” “ER,” “JAG,” “Party of Five,” “Millennium,” “The Commish," "Beverly Hills 90210" and “All My Children." He is currently recording and touring in concert throughout the US and will be co-starring in the upcoming revival of Parade at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Christian is also the national spokesperson for the Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia and Parkinson Foundation and proud husband and father of four.
LIZ LARSEN (Miss Adelaide) Broadway: Hairspray, Rocky Horror Show, The Smell Of The Kill, The Most Happy Fella (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Nominations, LA Dramalogue Award - Best Featured Actress) Damn Yankees, A Little Night Music, (NYC Opera) Starmites, Fiddler On The Roof, Blues In The Night, Annie, Dubarry Was A Lady (Encores, City Center) Currently: Sessions. Other NYC Shows: Such Good Friends (NYMF - Outstanding Performance Award), A New Brain (Lincoln Center) Bingo, Him And Her (Fringe Excellence Award- Performance), New Yorkers And Loman Family Picnic (MTC) Personals, Company, Little By Little. Road: Sunday In The Park With George (Helen Hayes Award – Lead Actress), Baby (Helen Hayes Award Nomination, Featured Actress) Falsettos, Guys And Dolls, The Value Of Names (With Jack Klugman) Annie Get Your Gun, Evita, Joseph.... Dreamcoat. TV: Pilot 2009: “Exit 19” (CBS). Series Regular: “My Guys.” Recurring Roles On: “Law And Order," Special Victims Unit,” “Third Watch.” Guest Star: “Sopranos,” “Sex And The City,” “Criminal Intent,” “Conviction,” “Deadline,” “The Street,” “Exiled” (M.O.W.). Films: “The Saint Of Fort Washington,” “Keeping The Faith,” “Dr. Jekyll And Ms. Hyde,” “New York Crossing.” Liz’s favorite productions are her kids Alessandro (12) and Joey (9).
GLORY CRAMPTON (Sarah Brown) Recent credits: Hello, Dolly! (Irene) with Leslie Uggams (Jerry Herman/Lee Roy Reams/Houston TUTS) and “Songbook Series,” Lincoln Center. Glory recently completed recording her solo CD singing Broadway favorites with The London National Symphony/Abbey Road- England (released Fall of 2009). Other credits: Soloist to The Three Tenors’ Jose Carreras (Radio City Music Hall/Orchestra of St. Lukes) and Guest Soloist (United Nations). Also in NYC, Mame with Charles Busch and Swooize Kurtz (Pageen). Nine Leading Ladies at Paper Mill Playhouse, including My Fair Lady (also opposite Charles Shaughnessy), Camelot, Carousel, Jane Eyre, Jekyll and Hyde, among others. She created the role of Christine in the world premiere of the Kopit/Yeston Phantom (original cast recording RCA Victor), Luisa in The Fantasticks (Robert Goulet/National tour and NYC) and is featured on numerous recordings.
JIM BECKER (Hot Box MC, Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his Ogunquit debut! Proud AEA member. Credits: All Shook Up (CDT); Big River and Barry Mannilow’s Copacabana (National Tours); Disney Cruise Line; New York City Opera; Disney World; Carousel (off-Broadway); and singing back-up for Reba McIntire. Film/TV: Every Little Step; Sex and the City; MTV’s TRL; Sweet Home Alabama. For Bob, Sue, Nick, & Geidy (who took my shift so I could audition for Guys and Dolls).
KELLEY BRADSHAW (Ensemble) is thrilled to be a part of the cast of Guys and Dolls! A native of Albany, Georgia, Kelley holds a BS in Biology from Georgia Southern University. In 2006, she was named Miss National Sweetheart and was a two-time 1st Runner Up, Talent, and Overall Swimsuit Winner in the Miss Georgia America Pageant. Television: The Late Show with David Letterman (Featured Dancer). Professional Theatre: Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Rockette), 42nd Street (Anytime Annie). Regional Theatre: Smokey Joe’s Cafe (DeLee Lively), The Will Roger’s Follies (Ziegfield Girl), Annie (Maid), The King and I (Eva). Many thanks to my immensely supportive family!
LINDA CAMERON (General Cartwright) National Tours: Man Of La Mancha and Rumors. Off Broadway: Dr. Sex, We’re Still Hot, Eat The Runt, and Triangles. Regional: Hair – Actors Theatre of Louisville; Rumors; Don’t Dress For Dinner – Paper Mill Playhouse; Animal Fair – Denver Center Theatre; 1940’s Radio Hour – Charlotte Repertory Theatre Stock: Da (Mother); Butterflies Are Free (Mrs. Baker); The King And I (Anna); Private Lives (Amanda); Kiss Me Kate (Lilli); Brigadoon (Fiona). Proud member of Actors' Equity.
ANDREW ECKERT (Ensemble) recent Wagner College graduate (BA in Musical Theatre Performance/minor in Dance) and is thrilled to be performing at the Ogunquit Playhouse! Wagner highlights include On The Town (Gabey), West Side Story (Action), Oklahoma! (Will Parker), Footloose (Ren) and Hair. He most recently performed at the Gretna Theatre in Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (Daniel). Other regional: Chicago (Fred Casely), Fiddler on the Roof (Fyedka), and The Producers (Bryan/Jason Green). Next, Andrew will be performing in 42nd Street, under the direction of Randy Skinner at the Westchester Broadway Theatre.
BUDDY FLOWERS (Ensemble) earned his BFA from the University of Akron, some of his favorite credits: Tango Dancer in the North American Tour of Evita, Regional: Cats (Mistoffelees), La Cage Aux Folles, A Chorus Line, and Swing! Buddy enjoyed performing around the globe on Holland America Cruise Lines, and has been a guest artist with the Ohio Ballet. Thanks to Lana, Andy, Tom and Mona.
JOE GATELY (Lt. Brannigan, Joey Biltmore) is thrilled to be making his debut performance at The Ogunquit Playhouse. His credits include: NYC Theater: The Disappeared (Prospect Theater Co.), Hiroshima, Crucible of Light (UTC61), Rasputin in New York, The Heroines of Central Ohio (Love Creek) and Sunset Salome (Mesopotamian Opera); Regional Theater: The Rainmaker (American Heartland Theater/Kansas City), Bells are Ringing (Golden Apple/Sarasota); Films: “Fair Game,” “The Manchurian Candidate,” “The Return of Capt. Intuitive,” “City Hall” and others; Television: “All My Children,” “As the World Turns,” “Spin City,” “Late Night with David Letterman,” and others; plus numerous commercials and industrials. Joe is honored to have been a student and friend of the late Charles Nelson Reilly.
BRITTNEY GRIFFIN (Ensemble) received her BFA in Dance from the University at Buffalo. Tours include: 42nd Street (Anytime Annie) and Hairspray. Regional: Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Brenda). She would like to thank her Mom, Dad, family, and Jaesyn for their love and support.
BLAKE HAMMOND (Nicely Nicely Johnson) Broadway: Billy Elliot (Braithwaite), Hairspray (Edna), The Lion King (Pumbaa), The Music Man (Quartet), Kiss Me Kate (Phillip), On the Town (Uperman/MC). Off Broadway: 6. National Tours: 4. Recently: World Premiere of Minskys (Ahmansson Theatre) Film/TV include: “Mafia,” “Rookie of the Year,” “Desperation Blvd.,” “Frasier,” “Ed,” and the upcoming films “Handsome Harry” and “An Englishmen in New York.” Awards: LA Drama Critics, Florida’s Carbonell and Chicago’s After Dark. Blake happily makes his Ogunquit Playhouse debut.
MATT JONES (Harry the Horse) Previously at the Playhouse: Cabaret (Max), La Cage Aux Folles (Francis), Fiddler On The Roof (Rabbi). Regional: Damn Yankees (Rocky), Beauty and The Beast (LeFou), Seussical (Mr. Mayor), Annie (Rooster), all at Foothills Theatre, Titanic (Harold Bride) - Bucks County Playhouse, Olympus On My Mind (Tom) - Barksdale Theatre. National Tours - A Christmas Carol (Young Scrooge), Sesame Street Live (Bert), My Little Pony Live (Swing). Thanks to Robert and Brad. This one’s for Dennis.
JOHN LITTLE (Arvide) played Scrooge last year in A Christmas Carol at Portland Stage, where he also appeared in Noises Off and The Woman in Black. At the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey he was in Amadeus, The Merry Wives of Windsor and The Play’s the Thing. Regional work includes A Woman of No Importance at Yale Rep, Glimmerglass at Goodspeed and Ragtime at Foothills Theatre. John lives in New York with his wife, Amy, and children, Eleonora and Joel.
PETER MILLS (Ensemble) Ogunquit debut! Regional: Pirates! (Huntington Theatre Co.), Bye Bye Birdie (NSMT), Singin’ in the Rain, and Beauty and The Beast. Peter will be a senior this upcoming fall at the Boston Conservatory, where he is pursuing a B.F.A in Musical Theater. Boston Conservatory: Showboat (Frank), Follies, Chess (Father), West Side Story, Iolanthe, Carousel and Floyd Collins (Ed Bishop). Love and gratitude to Mom, Dad, and all my wonderful friends and teachers!
SAL MISTRETTA (Big Jule) A veteran of many Broadway, Off Broadway and Tour productions. Cabaret, Sunset Blvd, On The 20th Century, Evita, Sweeney Todd, Something’s Afoot, and Aida among them. He received a Helen Hayes Award for The Fix and a Nomination for his performance in CATS. He is Pirelli on the Sweeney Todd DVD with Angela Lansbury and is featured on many Law & Orders, Rescue Me, All My Children, The Unusuals, Third Watch, Jimmy Fallon the film Stepmom and in production; Step Up 3-D. Roles: Caroline or Change (Mr. Stopnick), Candide (Pangloss), Oliver (Fagin), La Cage (ZaZa), Oklahoma! (Pop Carnes) , Evita (Peron, Magaldi), Cabaret (Herr Schultz), Fantasticks (Henry), CATS (Gus), Guys and Dolls (Nathan), and many, many more! This is his first visit to Maine and his debut at the Ogunquit Playhouse. www.salmistretta.com
JUSTIN P. NARDECCHIA (Ensemble) is thrilled to make his Ogunquit debut in Guys and Dolls. Hailing from Detroit Michigan, he currently lives and works in New York City. Some of his favorite roles include: A Chorus Line (Paul) Oklahoma! (Ali Hakim), and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Linus). Justin can also be seen in the new Jackie Mason feature film, One Angry Man. Lots of love to the family and friends!
CHRISTOPHER NOFFKE (Calvin, Ensemble) hails from NYC where he teaches Musical Theatre Dance at STEPS on Broadway, and Jazz at Joffrey Ballet School. Recent Credits include The Producers - Carmen Ghia (Palace Theatre), How To Succeed... - Johnson (White Plains), Hello, Dolly! - Waiter (Paper Mill Playhouse), Nunsense A-men - Sister Robert Anne (Palace Theatre), National Tour of SWING!, he served as Director/Choreographer at SDM Theatre Camp, and as resident choreographer for Naples Dinner Theatre. He writes and choreographs shows for HS Competitive Show Choir, is part of Kicker and Turner comedy duo in NYC, and choreographs all over NYC and the Midwest.
JAMES PATTERSON (Benny Southstreet) is happy to be back at the Ogunquit Playhouse where he was in past productions of Forum (Hero) and La Cage (Jean-Michelle). James was in the Broadway and touring companies of Beauty and The Beast and State Fair, and in the national tours of The Drowsy Chaperone, and Cats. Favorite regional credits include, Bye Bye Birdie (Albert Peterson) at Northshore Music Theater, and 42nd Street (Billy Lawlor) at the Fulton Opera. He is a graduate of Tufts University and NEC.
AFTON QUAST (Martha, Ensemble) This is Afton’s first production with the Ogunquit Playhouse. Previous productions include: Utah Shakespearean Festival Anthony and Cleopatra (Iras), H.M.S. Pinafore (Sir Joseph’s Relative), Macbeth (Third Witch), The Spitfire Grill (Shelby). Favorite Southern California productions include: A Chorus Line (Val), Amadeus (Constanze Weber), Into the Woods (Baker’s Wife), The Rocky Horry Show (Janet), Sideshow (Daisy Hilton) and Hair (Sheila). Special thanks to Mark for all his help, Jimmy for sticking around and family for all their support!
MAHRI RELIN (Mimi, Ensemble) recently performed in Japan where she worked on the pre-Broadway premiere of Trip of Love, a ‘60s dance and music review. Favorite national/international tours across Japan, China, Lebanon, Italy and the US include West Side Story (Anita, Rosalia), Doctor Dolittle (Mildred the Cow), Swing!, Guys and Dolls (Havana Tango), and Scrooge: The Musical (Belle). Mahri has worked with Mark Esposito in Russia and Pittsburgh, in two productions of West Side Story, and is thrilled to assist him once again in this fantastic show.
KERRY SCHNEIDER (Agatha) There are no small parts! Delighted to be back in Ogunquit, Kerry is also reprising her role of Ms. Darbus in High School Musical. Regional credits: Ogunquit - Fiddler on the Roof (with Sally Struthers); Palace Theatre, NH - The Full Monty (Jeannette), Gypsy (Mama Rose); Armory Theater, WI - Cabaret (Fraulein Schneider); Paper Mill Theatre, NH - Beauty and The Beast (Mrs. Potts); The Actorsingers, NH - Ragtime (Emma Goldman); and over 15 years of zany dinner theater comedy with Stage One Productions in Manchester, NH. Love to new grandchild, Hannah, children Brian, Beth, Lauren and Matt, and kisses to my biggest fan - hubby Dennis, “the light of my life.”
LEIGH WAKEFORD (Ensemble) was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa and ventured to the US in 2005. This will be his first summer spent on the sandy beaches of Ogunquit and he couldn’t be more thrilled. National Tours: The Drowsy Chaperone (Robert Martin), Chicago (Swing). Regional: Footloose (Willard), Cats (Alonzo), Dames at Sea (Dick), Crazy for You (Bobby). Love and thanks to my family and friends across the Universe. For “my lief”, Cailan.
SHAWNA WALKER (Ensemble) attended Point Park University and graduated in 2004 with a BFA in dance. She has worked with choreographers such as Robert Battle, Sam Watson, Margo Sappington and Daniel Ezralow. Since graduation, she has performed at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA and with Stiletto Entertainment on three Holland America cruise ships. She is extremely happy to be a part of Guys and Dolls. She would like to send her love to Michael and her family for their support.
KENT ZIMMERMAN (Rusty Charlie, Ensemble) is very happy to be back near the Marginal Way after falling in love with this area last season during The Producers. Broadway: 2. National: 4. Regional: 25. West End: 2. Film: 2. TV: 2. Commercial: 1. Miles across county: 100168. Blessings and gratitude: endless. Psalm 91:11.