CAST AND CREATIVE
PATRICK CASSIDY (Sam) Patrick recently appeared in A Little Night Music at A.C.T in San Francisco and starred opposite Patti Lupone in Annie Get Your Gun, directed by Lonny Price. He also had the honor of recreating the role his father, Jack Cassidy, originated on Broadway in the Dallas Theater Center's production of It's a Bird It's a Plane It's Superman. On Broadway: Julian Marsh in 42nd Street. Elton John’s Aida (as well as the national tour for which he won the 2002 National Broadway Theater Award for Best Actor), Annie Get Your Gun, Pirates of Penzance, and Leader of the Pack. Patrick originated the role of the Balladeer in Stephen Sondheim's Assassins at Playwrights Horizons and appeared in Lady in the Dark at City Center's Encores! National tours include Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in 2000 and again in 2006. Regionally he has been seen at the Sacramento Music Circus, portraying Professor Harold Hill in The Music Man, Footloose at PCLO, Conrack (Helen Hayes nomination) at Ford's Theater, Martin Guerre at the Hartford Stage, and The End of the Day at Williamstown Theatre Festival. Los Angeles appearances include I Love My Wife and Threepenny Opera for Reprise (Garland Award for Best Actor in a Musical); Bobby in Company with Carol Burnett; Love Letters; and Assassins (LATC). Other theatre credits include: The Music Man at the Kennedy Center (which he directed and starred in), Carousel, Little Shop of Horrors, and Camelot. Films include Longtime Companion, I'll Do Anything, I Won't Dance and Love at Stake. TV miniseries “Dress Grey” (Emmy nomination) and “Napoleon & Josephine” as well as Movies-of-the-week Oklahoma City, Something in Common, Christmas Eve, How the West Was Fun, and Follow Your Heart. Patrick was also a series regular on the recent sit-com for ABC Family, “Ruby & The Rockits”, as well as NBC's “Bay City Blues”, CBS' “Dirty Dancing”, HBO's “Perversions of Science” and the WB's “Smallville”. He has guest starred on Disney's “KC Undercover”, “Major Crimes”, “The Neighbors”, “Law & Order SVU”, “Castle”, “Perception”, “Crossing Jordan”, “Without a Trace”, “According to Jim”, “CSI Miami” and “ER”. Patrick runs his own Acting Company entitled Hollywood Stage Academy and is currently the Resident Director at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas for Steve Wynn's Showstoppers. Most recently Patrick conceived an autobiographical musical about his mother Shirley Jones entitled Have You Met Miss Jones. However, Patrick’s greatest accomplishments are his two boys, Cole Cassidy & Jack Cassidy, and his marriage of 24 years to his wife, Melissa Hurley Cassidy.
KATE CHAPMAN (Rosie) is giddy to make her debut at the Ogunquit Playhouse. Broadway: Mary Poppins (almost everyone), Les Miserables (Madame, Original 2006 Revival Cast), The Pajama Gama (Martha, Original Broadway Cast), Sweet Smell of Success (Cathedral Soloist, Original Broadway Cast), Saturday Night Fever (pit singer). Other NY/Tours: Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Mrs. Claus for 5 seasons), Gilbert and Sullivan…In Brief (Kate, Queens Theatre In the Park, Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Mary Poppins (Miss Lark), Godspell (swing, 2000 Off-Broadway Revival), Two Gentleman of Verona (Visi D’Amore, Delacourt Theatre). Film: Chicago (Ensemble), Nine (Ensemble). Other: Mango Roses (director, Kampala, Uganda, sponsored by the Norwegian Embassy), The Kate Chapman Show: A Feel Better Hour (YouTube). Kate’s first book, A Pixie’s Prescription: A Fun Toolkit for A Feel Better Life is available on Amazon.com. She extends much love and thanks to her incredibly supportive family and friends, especially Ed, Mary Ann, and mommy Linda.
DAVID ENGEL (Harry) is delighted to return to the Ogunquit Playhouse after appearing here as Gomez in The Addams Family. Broadway credits include Putting it Together, Seussical, and the original production of La Cage aux Folles. Mr. Engel created the role of Smudge in the original New York production of Forever Plaid, and again in Plaid Tidings and Forever Plaid: The Movie. Other stage credits include starring roles in Crazy for You, Singin’ in the Rain, Boeing-Boeing, The Music Man, The Producers, Art, White Christmas, and starred opposite Leslie Caron in Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks as well as sharing an on-screen romance with RuPaul in the award winning musical short film Zombie Prom. He also played a Royal Command Performance at London’s Dominion Theatre followed by a private audience with the Queen of England herself...yeah, that really happened!
FRED INKLEY (Bill) is pleased to be making his debut at the Ogunquit Playhouse! BROADWAY: Les Miserables (Valjean); Annie (Drake, FDR, Bert Healy); The Addams Family (Lurch, Mal Beineke); Company, Lincoln Center (Vocal Minority); A Tale of Two Cities (Stryver); The Boys from Syracuse (Sergeant). The Nutty Professor (Murray and Maury) Birdland. TOUR: The Little Mermaid (King Triton), Beauty and the Beast (Beast - Helen Hayes and Jeff Awards nomination); Les Miserables (Valjean -Jeff Award nomination). REGIONAL: Ever After (Auguste), Paper Mill Playhouse; Les Miserables (Valjean), North Shore Music Theater-NETC nomination, and PCLO; Aida (Zoser), PCLO, Jekyll and Hyde (Jekyll, Hyde), Ritz Theater; Boston Pops Guest Artist. Love to Mom (Janet), wife (Tori), and children (Zach, Kiersten, and Maddie) for years of unconditional love and support. Proud member of Actor's Equity!
JODIE LANGEL (Donna) is excited to make her debut at Ogunquit Playhouse! Broadway/National Tour: Les Miserables (Cosette), CATS (youngest ever Grizabella), Joseph...Dreamcoat (Narrator), Martin Guerre (Bertrande). Regional: Evita (Eva Peron, Maltz Jupiter Theater), Next to Normal (Broadway World Award for Best Actress, Diana, Actor's Playhouse), I Love You, You're Perfect....(Woman 1, Westside Theater, NYC), Funny Girl (Fanny, Merry Go Round Playhouse), Bare (Mom, Broward Center), The Thing About Men (Woman 1, Music Theater West). TV: "Rescue Me" (Singing Nurse). Bernstein's 'Mass' (Soloist, Carnegie Hall), Mets-Yankees Subway World Series (anthem soloist). Co-Author of Best-selling book Making It On Broadway. Jodie has performed for Pres. Clinton, performs her own cabaret around the country, has her own voice studio (jodielangel.com). Founder/CEO of the famous educational program "Making It On Broadway," since 2005 (www.makingitonbroadway.net). Thanks to Larry Raben, her husband Michael Hill, incredible daughter, Leah, and loving step-daughters Jena and Ilana. Love you!
ANGIE SCHWORER (Tonya) is thrilled to return to Ogunquit Playhouse. OP: Chicago (Roxie), Crazy for You (Irene). Broadway: The Producers (Ulla with Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane), Something Rotten, Big Fish, Catch Me If You Can (Astaire Award Nom), Young Frankenstein, Annie Get Your Gun, Chicago, Sunset Boulevard, Crazy For You, The Will Rogers Follies. Metropolitan Opera: The Merry Widow (Grisette). Regional: World Premiere of The Prom (Angie), Sweet Charity (Nikki), Damn Yankees (Lola), The Full Monty (Vicki), Minsky’s (Ginger), The Will Rogers Follies (Z's Fav). TV: "Law and Order”, “CSI”, “Queer Eye", "As the World Turns", "Kennedy Center Honors " and "Smash." Film: The Producers.
MIKE HESLIN (Sky) Ogunquit Playhouse debut! National Tour: War Horse (National Theatre). Regional: The Donkey Show (Dir. Diane Paulus/A.R.T.). TV: “Younger” (TV Land), “I Love You, But I Lied” (A&E/LMN), “My Gay Roommate” (upcoming). Film: I Dream Too Much (SXSW, Attic Light Films). Many thanks to the Ogunquit team, Henderson Hogan, and the creative team for this opportunity! @mikeheslin
BRIANA RAPA (Sophie) is delighted to be making her Ogunquit Playhouse debut! Tour: Disney's Beauty and the Beast (Belle, International Tour). BFA Music Theatre from AMDA Los Angeles. Love to BBR, and the Rapa Clan. @briana_rapa, brianarapa.com
SARAH FAYE BEARD (Ali/Ensemble) is thrilled to make her debut at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Mamma Mia! National Tour: Pinkalicious The Musical (Pinkalicious, Vital Theatre Company). Favorite Regional Credits: Heathers The Musical (Young Republicanette, Theatre Under The Stars), Charlie Brown (Sally Brown, Dallas Children's Theatre), A Christmas Carol (Ghost, Belle u/s, ZACH Theatre), Legally Blonde The Musical (Elle Woods, Jones Theatre), Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Mersister, Ariel u/s, La Comedia). All the thanks in the world to my parents, siblings, BB, & Jesus. Instagram: @sayfaybeard
TAYLOR BROADARD (Lisa) is thrilled to make her debut at the Ogunquit Playhouse. National Tour: Memphis The Musical (Ensemble). Cruise Ships: Legally Blonde (Brooke Wyndam, Norwegian Cruise Lines), Pride of America (Production Cast Principal, Norwegian Cruise Lines). Regional: Gypsy (Ensemble, Maltz Jupiter Theatre), Mamma Mia! (Lisa, Maine State Music Theatre), Hairspray (Dynamite #2/ Cindy Watkins, Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre). Taylor received a BFA in Musical Theatre and Minor in Dance from Pace University. A special thank you to the amazing people in her life who believe in her and push her to be the best person she can be. www.taylorbroadard.com
DREW GERACI (Father Alexandrios, u/s Bill/Harry) is pleased to be making his Ogunquit Playhouse debut. Credits include: Broadway: Disaster! The Musical (co-conceived); A Chorus Line (Paul); The Scarlet Pimpernel (ensemble); La Cage aux Folles (Chantal, Mercedes). Off-Bway: Disaster! (Ted, Shirley, Maury); Forever Plaid (Frankie). Regional credits include: Crazy For You (Bobby); Plaid Tidings (Frankie); Only a Kingdom (Bertie). As director and/or choreographer, shows include Popesical (NYC Fringe top-pick musical); Awesome 80s Prom (Off-Bway); Regional/Int’l: Crazy For You; Nunsense; Dames At Sea; Forever Plaid; Plaid Tidings. For Ant and Gowsky, Mom and Dad.
DJ PETROSINO (Eddie) is so happy to return to the Ogunquit Playhouse! OP: Saturday Night Fever; TOURS: Cabaret. REGIONAL: La Cage and West Side Story (Signature Theatre); Saturday Night Fever (Merry Go Round Playhouse); A Chorus Line (The Engeman Theatre); Saturday Night Fever (Gateway Playhouse); The Donkey Show (American Repertory Theatre); West Side Story (Harbor Lights Theatre Co.); Tommy, The 39 Steps, The Little Mermaid, CATS (White Plains Performing Arts Center); Young Frankenstein; Buddy Holly Story; Kiss Me, Kate; Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Arizona Broadway Theatre); West Side Story (The Palace Theatre); Zanna, Don’t! (Speakeasy Stage Co.); 9 to 5 (Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre); Christmas Show (American Music Theatre); Sea and Sun Princess Cruise Lines: Dancer; EDUCATION: Salem State University, BFA Theatre Arts.
ANDY TOFA (Pepper/Ensemble) is pleased to make his debut at the Ogunquit Playhouse. Regional: A Chorus Line (Diana, Tada! Theatre), Disney Cruise Line (Mainstage Performer, Disney Magic). Tarzan (Ensemble, The MUNY). He wants to thank God for continuing to bless him with opportunities to perform. He also would not be here without the constant support from his family and friends. Social Media: @andytofa
ELIZABETH CASPER (Female Swing) is thrilled to be a part of the wonderful cast! A graduate of Kent State’s Musical Theatre program, Elizabeth has toured nationally, internationally, and across the ocean with the musicals Grease, Hair, and Rock of Ages. Endless amounts of love and gratitude to mom, dad, Jordan, and Robby for all of their amazing support!
ALEX DORF (Male Swing) is thrilled to join the Ogunquit Family for his first summer! Originally from Lancaster, PA, he has just graduated from Penn State University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Recent credits include Big River (Tom Sawyer) and Gypsy (Tulsa) at Sharon Playhouse, a reading of Something Wicked This Way Comes (Jim Nightshade) at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, and American Idiot (Theo) and Falsettoland (Whizzer) at PSU. Gratitude always to his family and mentors!
TAYLOR FIELDS (Ensemble) is thrilled to make her debut at the Ogunquit Playhouse in the production of Mamma Mia! Broadway: BCEFA 27th Gypsy of the Year (Opening Dancer, New Amsterdam Theatre). Regional: All Shook Up (Ensemble- u/s Lorraine, Fireside Theatre), The Nutcracker (Angel, Paper Mill Playhouse). TV: “Netflix’s The Get Down” (Platinum Boogie Dancer), “NBC’s America’s Got Talent”, “MTV’s Uncommon Sense”. Special thanks to God, Family, David, CESD Talent, & loved ones. www.whoistaylorfields.com
SARA GALLO (Ensemble, Ali/Lisa u/s) is stoked to make her debut at the Ogunquit Playhouse. Regional: Mamma Mia! (Ali, MUNY), How To Succeed… (Krumholtz, TUTS), Singin’ in the Rain (North Shore Music Theatre), Grease, Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady, The Little Mermaid (Theatre By The Sea). The Boston Conservatory. Many thanks to Larry, Richard, Anthony, and her wonderful friends and family. Endless love to Mom and Dad. www.saragallo.net
ROSE IANNACCONE (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her debut at the Ogunquit Theater! Regional: Chicago (Mona, Wilton Playshop). TV: “Law and Order” (High school student), “Bull” (Student). Live Events: Google Performance ft. Silento (Dancer), My Plate! (Featured dancer). Attends The Institute for American Musical Theater. Rose would like to give special thanks to all her family and teachers.
ALEX LEVY (Ensemble/Sky u/s) is thrilled to be making his debut at the Ogunquit Playhouse! Regional: The Little Mermaid (Jetsam, Cabrillo Music Theatre). Recent Grad of UCLA! Special love to Maeve, OOO, and the family! Life is GOOD!
MARYELLA MALONEY (Ensemble) is delighted to make her debut and join the family of the Ogunquit Playhouse! Regional: The Music Man (Cape Playhouse), Roger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Gateway Playhouse), Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Ruby Rae, u/s Doatsy Mae, The Palace Theatre), West Side Story (Graziella, Opera North). Endless love and gratitude to God, and my wonderful family!
ZAC NORTON (Ensemble) is pleased to make his debut at the Ogunquit Playhouse. Tours: CATS (Kitten Swing, Troika Entertainment), Bad Boys of Ballet (Ensemble, Sweet Bird Productions). Regional: West Side Story (Anxious, Signature Theatre), Mamma Mia! (Ensemble, RCCL), Chicago (Spirit /Mary Sunshine u/s, RCCL). He would like to thank his two best friends, mom and dad, for without them his dreams wouldn't continue to come true.
JONATHAN RAGSDALE (Ensemble) Ogunquit debut! Nat'l Tours: Memphis, Elf, Fame. Regional: CATS, Pippin. At Sea: HAL Ms Nieuw Amsterdam. TV: “Breaking Bad”, “In Plain Sight”, “Crash”. BA in Theatre & Dance from UNM. Teaching Artist at The Growing Stage. Follow online at jonathanragsdale.simdif.com or use @JRags.
FRANKIE PAPARONE (Ensemble u/s Pepper/ Eddie/ Dance Captain) is pleased to make his debut at the Ogunquit Playhouse. Broadway: Shrek (White Rabbit). Upcoming: Elf (Madison Square Garden). International: Fame (Macau, China). Regional: Hello, Dolly! (Court Clerk, Goodspeed Opera), High School Musical / Miss Saigon (MUNY), Legally Blonde (Nikos, NSMT), My Fair Lady (Quartet, Cape Playhouse), Peter Pan (Twin, Northern Stage), Godspell (Jeffrey, Syracuse Stage) and A Chorus Line / Spamalot (Geva Theatre). Would like to thank Anthony, Ricky, and the Mine for this opportunity. For Mom, Dad, and Robbie.
HEATHER JANE ROLFF (Ensemble, u/s Donna, Rosie) is thrilled to return to the Ogunquit Playhouse. OP: Beauty and The Beast, Sister Act (Martin of Tours), Witches of Eastwick (Greta Neff). Broadway: Shrek (Lady Gnome, Director: Jason Moore). Off-Broadway: Silence! The Musical (Catherine, Theatre 80), Wanda’s World (Alison, 45th Street Theater). Regional: Legally Blonde (Broadway World Award Nom., Paulette, Stages St. Louis), Oklahoma (Ado Annie, Sacramento Music Circus), Footloose (Carbonell Award Nom., Rusty, Actor’s Playhouse). TV: “Peppa Pig”, “Gordon the Garden Gnome”. Thanks and love to her family and Jon. www.HeatherJaneRolff.com
BENNY ANDERSSON (Music and Lyrics) was a member of The Hep Stars, Sweden's most popular rock band in the 1960's. During this time, he began composing music. "Sunny Girl" and "Wedding" were huge hits for The Hep Stars. Andersson was part of the group ABBA and composed the music (together with Björn Ulvaeus and Tim Rice) for the musical, Chess. He began collaborating with Orsa Spelmän and recorded three albums deeply rooted in Swedish folk music: Klinga Mina Klockor, November 1989 and Fiolen Min. In 2001, this collaboration led to the formation of Benny Andersson's Orchestra, a 16-man constellation with vocalists, Helen Sjöholm and Tommy Körberg. Benny Andersson is married to former TV producer, Mona Nörklit. They have one child, Ludvig Andersson. Benny Andersson also has two children from a previous marriage, Peter Grönvall and Helene Odedal. He has five grandchildren: Charlie, Felix, Fabian, Malin and Viola.
BJÖRN KRISTIAN ULVAEUS (Music and Lyrics) was born in Gothenburg on April 25, 1945. In the mid-Fifties Björn fell in love with rock'n'roll and skiffle. By the early Sixties he was a member of a folk group called the West Bay Singers. In 1963 they entered a talent contest arranged by Swedish radio. This led to discovery by songwriter and publisher Stig Anderson and his partner, Bengt Bernhag. The band acquired a new name, the Hootenanny Singers, and quickly became one of Sweden's most popular groups of the Sixties. In 1966, Björn had a chance meeting with Benny Andersson, himself a member of Sweden’s number one pop group, The Hep Stars. They hit it off and wrote their first song together, 'Isn't It Easy To Say'. Björn recorded a couple of solo singles in the late Sixties, at which point he also started concentrating more on his collaboration with Benny Andersson. In 1970 the pair started releasing records as a duo and also staged a cabaret show together with their fiancées, Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. On July 6, 1971, Björn and Agnetha got married. From 1972 and a decade onwards Björn was occupied by his work with ABBA. In 1983 Björn and Benny started writing the musical Chess with lyricist Tim Rice and in May 1986 the musical opened in London's West End. In 1988 Chess received its Broadway première. Björn and Benny's most recent musical is Help Wanted, a collaboration with playwright Kristina Lugn and Kristina director Lars Rudolfsson. Björn writes many of the lyrics for the Benny Andersson Orchestra, and has involved himself in the stagings of Mamma Mia!, as well as the 2008 movie version.
STIG ANDERSON (Additional Songs) Anderson achieved fame as the manager of ABBA, the Swedish pop group who dominated the charts throughout the 70s. His real talent lay in songwriting, however, and it was with comic hits such as ‘The Girls Who Know Are Found In The Country’ and ‘Rockin’ Billy’ (a hit in Scandinavia and Holland for Lill-Babs) that Anderson made his name. When Ulvaeus subsequently befriended Benny Andersson of The Hep Stars, it was Stig Anderson who first persuaded the duo to write together, before inviting them both to be partners in Polar Music following Bernhag’s suicide. Determined that ABBA should win the Eurovision Song Contest, Anderson suggested the title ‘Waterloo’ for one of their songs. The group duly won the 1974 contest, and from that point onwards became a bigger and bigger phenomenon, with Anderson retaining a tight control on what would eventually prove to be Sweden’s second most profitable company (after car manufacturer Volvo). He also continued to provide lyrics for the Andersson/Ulvaeus songwriting partnership.
CATHERINE JOHNSON (Book) Theatre: Rag Doll, Renegades, Suspension (Bristol Old Vic); Too Much Too Young (Bristol Old Vic and London Bubble); Boys Mean Business, Dead Sheep, Little Baby Nothing (Bush Theatre, London); Shang-a-Lang (Bush Theatre and national tour); and Mamma Mia! (worldwide); Through the Wire and A Letter to Lacey for NT Connections. Creative consultant on ABBA the Museum, Stockholm. Television: "Casualty," "Byker Grove," "Love Hurts," "Gold," "Linda Green." Original Screenplays: "Rag Doll" and "Where's Willy?" (HTV) and "Sin Bin" (BBC), the series "Love in the 21st Century" (Channel 4) and "Dappers" (BBC3). Awards: Catherine has won the Bristol Old Vic/HTV Playwrighting Award, Thames Television's Writer-in-Residence Award and Thames Television's Best Play Award and was nominated in 2002 for a Tony Award for Best Musical Book for Mamma Mia! Film: Catherine wrote the screenplay for the Mamma Mia! movie released July 2008.
LARRY RABEN (Director) returns to Ogunquit Playhouse after directing the 2015 hit, Nice Work If You Can Get It (IRNE nomination best direction). Recently: Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks (Coyote StageWorks), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Performance Riverside) and The Andrews Brothers (Farmers Alley Theatre). He directed the world premiere of Tony winner Joe DiPietro's Falling For Eve Off-Broadway at The York Theatre. Favorites: Titanic, the musical (Moonlight Amphitheatre), Buyer & Cellar (Laguna Playhouse-Desert Star Award), Sunset Blvd. (Gateway Playhouse), When You Wish-the story of Walt Disney (Phoenix Theatre), Plaid Tidings (Walnut Street Theatre), TRU (CSW-Desert Star Award), Singin’ In The Rain (Cabrillo Music Theatre-LA Ovation Award), Cinderella, The Producers (Gateway Playhouse), La Cage Aux Folles (San Diego Music Theatre), Catch Me If You Can (Moonlight), Greater Tuna, A Tune Christmas (CSW-Desert Star Awards), The Little Mermaid (Cabrillo), The Thing About Men, Never Gonna Dance, Hairspray (MTW). A founding member of Coyote StageWorks (Palm Springs) and author of the children’s book, Ibby Makes A Wish, available at Amazon.com.
RICHARD J. HINDS (Choreographer) is pleased to return to Ogunquit Playhouse after having choreographed Saturday Night Fever. Broadway: Come From Away (Associate Chor.), Disney’s Newsies (Associate Dir.), Jekyll & Hyde (Associate Dir./Chor.), Il Divo: A Musical Affair (Assistant Dir.). Off Broadway: Here Lies Love (Associate Dir./Chor.), Frankenstein (Assistant Dir.). National Tour: 9 to 5 (Associate Dir.), Disney’s High School Musical (Associate Chor.). Regional: La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, Paper Mill Playhouse, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Flat Rock Playhouse, Gateway Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle 5th Ave. Theatre. Television: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, “America’s Got Talent”, “The Bethenny Show”, “Bring It”. Richard graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy. Proudly represented by bloc NYC Talent Agency. www.richardjhinds.com
JEFFREY CAMPOS (Music Director) is pleased to return to the Ogunquit Playhouse! OP: Beauty and the Beast, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Saturday Night Fever, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Victor/Victoria, The Witches of Eastwick, Grease, Thoroughly Modern Mille, Joseph…Dreamcoat, 9 to 5, Damn Yankees, South Pacific, Legally Blonde, Summer of Love, Sunset Boulevard. Nat’l Tours: Jekyll & Hyde, A Chorus Line, The Wizard of Oz, Oklahoma, Annie, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Regional: The Prima Donnettes, Too Darn Hot (Florida Studio Theatre), Mame (Cohoes). NYC: A Stoop on Orchard Street (Off-Broadway); NYC Mayor's Awards for Arts and Culture, Jack Perry is Alive (and Dating) (Ars Nova); Show Choir (NYC Fringe); A New Generation of Song (NYMF); The Secret Garden, Human Comedy, Lucky Stiff, Triumph of Love, A New Brain, Forever Plaid, Proof (Astoria Performing Arts Center); Violet, The Wild Party, Like You Like It, City of Angels (Gallery Players); Jesus Christ Superstar (Producer's Club). Orchestrations: Broadway Backwards (American Airlines Theatre). Developmental grant recipient from the Queens Council for the Arts for his musical The Man in the Iron Mask.
ADAM KOCH (Scenic Design) Internationally Adam designed the 2017 South Korean Tour of Dreamgirls, as well as upcoming Excalibur. Credits across the United States include; the landmark outdoor productions of Miss Saigon, Carousel and The Sleepy Hollow Experience (Serenbe Playhouse, Atlanta); the original Chicago production of Million Dollar Quartet (Apollo Theatre); Miss Saigon, Dreamgirls, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, See What I Wanna See (Signature Theatre); Hello, Dolly! (Ford’s Theatre); The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Ogunquit Playhouse); Million Dollar Quartet (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum, A Christmas Carol, Sweeney Todd (Geva Theatre Center); Big Fish, A Little Night Music, Bye Bye Birdie (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma); Hairspray, Baskerville (Syracuse Stage); Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Miserables, Spamalot (Casa Manana). Education: Carnegie Mellon University. Over 40+ productions with Associate Scenic Designer Steven Royal. www.adamkochassociates.com
WINFIELD MURDOCK (Costume Design) Winfield has been in entertainment since childhood as a performer and designer. As a designer and member of the Costume Designers Guild IATSE # 892, a Costume Tech under IATSE 705 and NABET and graduate of FIDM in San Francisco and Los Angeles he has to his credit many film and television projects such as “Dance Fever”, HBO’s “Arliss”, In the Line of Duty, and Blade Boxer. Winfield was a designer in residence at the world famous “Western Costume” in Hollywood as well as Costume Director for Theatre Works California and California Shakespeare Festival. He has designed and created costuming and props for THE major entertainment company in Florida and worldwide. With Stage, Arena, Illusion Shows, and Cabaret, Winfield’s international design experience has taken him to China, Canada, and Macau. Domestically his travels have taken him to San Francisco, Hollywood, Las Vegas, New York, Branson Missouri and now Orlando Florida. With his worldwide design credits he is now at the helm as Artistic Director for “Winfield Murdock Creative Works” a costume and props design studio, production workroom and rental facility in Orlando, FL.
RICH LATTA (Lighting Design) Recent Work: In the Heights, The Foreigner, Beauty & the Beast (Music Hall, Portsmouth). Ogunquit Playhouse: Million Dollar Quartet, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (IRNE Nomination), Anything Goes. Ain't Misbehavin' (Alabama Shakespeare). Off Broadway shows include: Little Ham, Arthur Laurents' Home of the Brave and Big Potato (Premieres). A Majority of One (Obie Nomination), The Jazz Singer (Premiere), Nunsense A-Men, Nite Club Confidential (Premiere). Broadway: Assistant Projection Design for The People In the Picture (Donna Murphy), and Thurgood (Laurence Fishburne) and the Opera’s Moby Dick (Worldwide), Everest, El Posado Nunca Se Termina (Chicago Lyric). Many thanks to Corey, Derek, Michael, Bradley & Jen and all at the Playhouse.
KEVIN HEARD (Sound Design) is honored to be returning to design his ninth production with the Playhouse. OP: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Anything Goes, White Christmas, Million Dollar Quartet, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Victor/Victoria, Mary Poppins, and The Addams Family. Broadway (as Associate): All The Way, The Cherry Orchard, The Country House, Sylvia. Off-Broadway: In & Of Itself, For The Last Time, Long Story Short, The Underclassman. Off-Broadway (as Associate): The View Upstairs, The Total Bent, Clinton The Musical, Jasper in Deadland. International: Fun Home and Kinky Boots for Atlantis Theatrical in Manila. Kevin has designed dozens of regional productions from coast to coast with companies including The 5th Avenue, ACT Theatre, ArtsEmerson, Asolo Rep, George Street, The Guthrie, INTIMAN, Merry-Go-Round, Ordway, Seattle Rep, Seattle Shakes, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Teatro ZinZanni, Theatre Under the Stars, and Village Theatre. Founder of design firm Heard Audio, LLC. @thekevinheard HeardAudio.com
APRIL SPAIN (Wig/Hair & Make Up Design) is pleased to return to the Ogunquit Playhouse. OP: Beauty and the Beast (Wig and Makeup Designer), Million Dollar Quartet (Wig and Makeup Designer), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Wig and Makeup Designer), Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Wig and Makeup Designer), Hunchback of Notre Dame (Wig and Makeup Designer), Anything Goes (Wig and Makeup Master), Let it Be (Wig and Makeup Master), White Christmas (Wig and Makeup Supervisor), Saturday Night Fever (Wig and Makeup Assistant), Million Dollar Quartet (Wig and Makeup Assistant). Regional: Madama Butterfly (Wig and Makeup Assistant, Sarasota Opera), L’italiana in Algeri (Wig and Makeup Assistant, Sarasota Opera), L’amore dei tre re (Wig and Makeup Assistant, Sarasota Opera), Dialogues des Carmelites (Wig and Makeup Assistant, Sarasota Opera), Aida (Wig and Makeup Assistant, Sarasota Opera), Cosi fan tutte (Wig and Makeup Assistant, Sarasota Opera), Fidelio (Wig and Makeup Assistant, Sarasota Opera), La battaglia di Legnano (Wig and Makeup Assistant, Sarasota Opera), Carousel (Wig and Makeup Artisan, Utah Festival Opera), How to Succeed… (Wig and Makeup Artisan, Utah Festival Opera), Man of La Mancha (Wig and Makeup Artisan, Utah Festival Opera), La Boheme (Wig and Makeup Artisan, Utah Festival Opera).
ALLIE GILLASPIE-WILLIAMS (Prop Master) is pleased to return to the Ogunquit Playhouse after spending the last couple of years on the West Coast. OP: Always, Patsy Cline; Damn Yankees; Joseph…Dreamcoat; Billy Elliot; Mary Poppins; The Witches of Eastwick; West Side Story. Elsewhere: Prop Master at the Tony winning South Coast Repertory (World Premieres: Of Good Stock; tokyo fish story; Mr. Wolf; OZ 2.5; Future Thinking; Vietgone; The Madwoman in the Volvo; Going to a Place Where you Already Are; Office Hour) Allie would like to thank Steve for bringing us home and Nora for being so cool with the fact that she is another OPH baby ‘born in a trunk’. I love you both.
ANTHONY C. DANIEL (Casting Director) is thrilled to return to the Ogunquit Playhouse for our 85th Season! Casting: Ogunquit Playhouse's productions of Anything Goes, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Beauty and the Beast, Sister Act, Victor/Victoria, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Million Dollar Quartet, Saturday Night Fever, White Christmas, Grease, Billy Elliot, Mary Poppins, Witches of Eastwick, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, and Addams Family. He has also served as Associate Director on the Playhouse’s productions of Victor/Victoria, Mary Poppins and Witches of Eastwick. Anthony is a faculty member at The Growing Studio in NYC, where he serves as the Director of Musical Theatre Showcase. As an Associate Director, Anthony has worked alongside Matt Lenz on the National Tour of Cheers: Live On Stage! and the upcoming production of Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz. www.anthonycdaniel.com
DANIEL EVERETT (Production Stage Manager) saw his first production at the Ogunquit Playhouse at the age of eleven. OP: Beauty and the Beast, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, White Christmas, Sister Act, The Addams Family, Mary Poppins, Grease, Young Frankenstein, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. Off-Broadway: Culture Project, Ma-Yi Theater Company, Manhattan Ensemble Theatre. Regional: North Carolina Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, West Virginia Public Theatre, Gateway Playhouse. Special thanks to his family for all their support.
KAREN PARLATO (Assistant Stage Manager) is pleased to return to the Ogunquit Playhouse for her third season and ninth production. OP: Production Stage Manager for Mary Poppins (at The Music Hall), Sister Act, Million Dollar Quartet, White Christmas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and Beauty and the Beast. Broadway: The Phantom of the Opera. Off-Broadway: Len Cariou's Broadway and the Bard, Charles Busch's Cleopatra, Silence! The Musical, Triassic Parq, The Fantasticks, Frankenstein, and others. Stock favorites include Crazy for You, Carousel starring Shirley Jones, Into the Woods and Hello, Dolly! starring Rachel York, Crazy for You, Annie starring Sally Struthers, Hairspray, and Crazy for You. Web: HeadsetChatter.com, Twitter: @headsetchatter.
STEVEN ROYAL (Associate Scenic Design) has created experiences all over the world working as Creative Director for The Becker Group and Global Experience Specialists including set designs for Harry Potter: The Exhibition, currently in its eighth year touring the globe. Other nightlife and event clients include AOL, Google, Target, WWD, A&E, The History Channel, The Saint at Large and Heritage of Pride NYC including designs for Pier 26 and the 30th annual Pier Dance in New York City with Adam Koch. Additionally, Steven has collaborated with Adam on over 40 musicals, plays and live events including Dreamgirls (Seoul), Miss Saigon (Signature Theatre), Carousel (Serenbe Playhouse) and Hairspray (Syracuse Stage) over the past few years. Other selected design credits include: Gross Indecency (Directed by Moises Kaufman), Saving Kitty (Starring Jennifer Coolidge), Broadway Bares 25 (Directed by Jerry Mitchell), Lincoln Center Originals (Directed by Lonny Price and Matt Cowart) and 12 Days of Christmas (Adventure Theatre, world premiere). Education: North Carolina School of the Arts. Recipient of the 2015 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical for Bat Boy: The Musical in Washington, D.C.
MICHAEL USELMANN (Associate Music Director) is elated to return to the Ogunquit Playhouse. OP: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Victor/Victoria. National Tour: Elf (Music director/Conductor). Off-Broadway: Shark Attack (Electra Theater). Regional: Big Fish, Young Frankenstein (Timber Lake Playhouse), Hello Dolly! (Wagon Wheel Theater). Michael recently received a masters degree in musical theatre writing from NYU’s Tisch school of the arts where he wrote and premiered two original musicals: Heist! and The Great Divide. Michael thanks his friends and family for their constant inspiration and support. @MichaelUselmann
ED ROMANOFF (Production Manager) Ed brings to the Playhouse an extensive career in live entertainment: lighting, scenic design, theatrical rigging, stage management, and audio; the latter amassing 20 years on television talk shows, news networks, and special events. He was most recently the Production Manager at the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center, Sugar Loaf, New York, overseeing the 689- and 200-seat proscenium theatres, art gallery, and 3500-seat outdoor amphitheater. As company manager, he toured with Mame starring Loretta Swit, The Sound of Music starring Debby Boone, Guys & Dolls starring Vic Damone, and New York Voices. Television Audio: Montel Williams, Sally Jessy Raphael, Robert Klein, Judge Hatchett, Dr. Joy Browne. He has been a rigging foreman for I. Weiss, and assisted Stephan Weiss in fabricating the original scenic draperies for Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera. An accomplished guitarist, he has performed with folk legends Pete Seeger, Tommy Makem, and Maine’s own Schooner Fare. Recordings: Annie: 30th Anniversary CD, The Most Happy Fella (1992 Broadway revival), Up In Arms puppet musicals: Helping Drew, Monster Intelligence, and Welcome Park. Gloriously married to (Ogunquit Playhouse Company Manger) Joyce A. Presutti, they’ve moved here to his home state for new adventures in Show Business.
GEOF DOLAN (Technical Director) s excited to be returning for his 11th season as the Ogunquit Playhouse's Technical Director and Scenic Coordinator. Immediately prior to Ogunquit he served as Technical Director for Worcester Foothills Theatre. He has done supplemental design work for several shows. He is also the Technical Supervisor for the Children's Theatre program. Geof began his technical career working backstage for both of his parents who are theatre directors and began his professional career at Sierra Repertory Theatre in California. For five years he split his seasons between Maine and Florida, working the same technical areas for the Orlando Shakespeare, but now stays with the Playhouse year-round. His wife Cheryl (Scenic Charge Artist at the Playhouse for nine seasons) has designed award-winning parade floats and designs many of the Children’s Theatre shows. His daughter Ashlynn is an aspiring writer and artist who can definitely call the Playhouse her second home.
CHERYL DOLAN (Resident Scenic Charge) is excited to be returning to the Ogunquit Playhouse for her 10th season. After taking over as Resident Scenic Charge seven years ago, she has designed several Children's Theatre sets, as well as added her artistic eye to many of the main stage productions. In the off-season, Cheryl is a Scenic Charge and Prop Master for The Good Theater in Portland, Maine. Since falling in love with the Ogunquit Playhouse, Cheryl, her husband Geof Dolan (the Ogunquit Playhouse Technical Director) and their daughter Ashlynn, who is a budding writer, have made the Seacoast their home year-round. Cheryl considers the staff at OP her family and hopes that her love and passion for theater is translated through the productions to all of you.
DEREK JONES (Production Electrician) is returning to the Ogunquit Playhouse for his 10th Season. Favorite OP Shows: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Sister Act, and Shout: The Mod Musical. Broadway: Bright Star (Written by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell), The Present (Starring Cate Blanchett), and 6 Degrees of Separation (Starring Allison Janney). Tours: The Addams Family, Camelot, Ragtime and The Color Purple. Special thanks to my lovely wife, for writing this bio.
BRIAN J. SWASEY (Associate Producer) is thrilled to be part of the 85th season of the Ogunquit Playhouse! Originally from South Portland, ME and a graduate of the University of New Hampshire. After moving to NYC in 1995 and focusing on pursuing a career as an actor, he changed focus and became the Founding Artistic Director of The Astoria Performing Arts Center, followed by the Associate Producer position at Queens Theatre in the Park in Flushing, NY. There he was involved in producing the 20th Anniversary Revival of Closer Than Ever starring Sally Mayes and Lynne Winterstellar. Prior to coming to Ogunquit, he was the Managing Director for The New York Theatre Barn. NYC developmental projects have included: the rock musical The 12 and a new holiday musical entitled Tim and Scrooge. As a Director/Choreographer, Brian has had the pleasure of directing such shows as Pump Boys and Dinettes, Hairspray, Chicago, A New Brain, and Altar Boyz. He was the Assistant Director for the NYC Revival of Die, Mommie, Die! starring Charles Busch. At the Playhouse, Brian directed the TYA productions of The Berenstain Bears and The Cat In The Hat. In addition, Brian has been involved with booking cabaret entertainment at The Triad in NYC, as well as bringing such artists as Christina Bianco and Bruce Vilanch to MaineStreet in Ogunquit, ME. Here’s to 85 more!
BRADFORD T. KENNEY (Executive Artistic Director) is an artistic director, producer, stage and film director, and artist. Since joining the Ogunquit Playhouse in 2005, the Playhouse has tripled its audience growing from a single season summer stock theatre into one of the Northeast's pre-eminent regional theatres with a three-season performance schedule and a year round operation. During his stewardship, the Playhouse has garnered a number of awards and honors including the Moss Hart Trophy, Regional Theatre Award for Outstanding Achievement in the American Theatre from the New England Theatre Conference, multiple IRNE Awards and a number of BroadwayWorld Awards including Best Musical and others. Mr. Kenney is also noted for his work at Carnegie Hall including directing the holiday special The Christmas Rose starring Jane Seymour and producing An American Christmas Carol with Tim Janis. Mr. Kenneyís film work includes the upcoming movie musical Buttons starring Dick Van Dyke, Jane Seymour, and Charles Shaughnessy. In New England, Mr. Kenney has been proud to be associated with a number of different theatre companies. Ogunquit highlights include Damn Yankees starring Carson Kressley, Sunset Blvd starring Stefanie Powers, Charles Shaughnessy and Rachel York in Monty Pythonís Spamalot, Jefferson Mays in My Fair Lady, Lorenzo Lamas in The King and I, Rue McClanahan in Crazy for You, Sally Struthers in Hello, Dolly!, Andrea McArdle in Cabaret and Valerie Harper in Nice Work If You Can Get It. Mr. Kenney is especially proud of his long term friendship and partnership with the incomparable Sally Struthers with whom he has had the pleasure of working together on 12 shows. He was also formerly the Artistic Director of the Foothills Theatre and Wachusett Theatre Companies in Massachusetts. He is a fourth generation plein air landscape artist, having studied with Beth Ellis and at Rhode Island School of Design, Heartwood College of Art, and Maine College of Art. His artwork is represented by the Sea Bell Gallery, Shore Road,Ogunquit, Maine.