Cast

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Katie Collins

Delaware

  • Mary Poppins — Ms. Lark, Ensemble
  • Sister Act — Mary Lazarus
  • The Music Man — Maud Dunlop
  • Little Shop — Audrey

Katie Collins is a Delaware native and she is a BFA musical theatre student at Rider University, in New Jersey. She is so thrilled to be making her Post Playhouse debut and to be seeing Nebraska for the very first time. Since enrollment in Rider, Katie has been in Assassins: The Musical as Squeaky Fromme, and Oklahoma! as ensemble. She also has done many community productions throughout her training. She thanks all the cast and crew for their hard work and hopes that you enjoy the production.

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Corey Fern

Shakopee, MN

  • Mary Poppins — Bert
  • Sister Act — Pablo
  • The Music Man — Ewart Dunlop
  • Frog & Toad — Frog

Corey Fern is ecstatic to be leaving his home grounds of Shakopee, Minnesota to join the Post Playhouse team for his Nebraska debut! He is a recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with degrees in theatre and creative writing. Some recent credits include Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), A Year With Frog and Toad (Snail), and The Spitfire Grill (Joe Sutter). Corey has an extreme passion for performing, directing, and writing and is excited to spend the summer with the Post Playhouse crew!

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Sam Forgie

New York City, NY

  • Mary Poppins — George Banks
  • Sister Act — Monsignor O'Hara
  • The Music Man — Charlie Cowell, Olin Britt
  • Little Shop — Mr. Mushnik

Sam is overjoyed to be performing in his first season with Post Playhouse! A New York City based actor who graduated from The Catholic University of America with a Bachelor in Music. Previous credits include A Christmas Carol (Jacob Marley), Jesus Christ Superstar (Simon), and Shrek the Musical (Lord Farquaad). Shout out to his friends and family who support him in everything he does! www.samdforgie.com

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Em Laudeman

San Diego, CA via Cleveland, OH

  • Mary Poppins — Winifred Banks
  • Sister Act — Mary Robert
  • The Music Man — Marian Paroo
  • Little Shop — Ronnette

Em is returning to Post Playhouse this season after 7 years. You may have seen her in past productions as Irene in Hello Dolly! (2009), Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (2010), or Laurey in Oklahoma! (2012). Em holds her BFA in music theatre from Elon University and her MPA in nonprofit management from Indiana University. She has worked in regional theatres around the country and in NYC for 15 years and most recently worked in development at The Cleveland Orchestra. Fort Robinson feels like home away from home, and she is thrilled to be back in western Nebraska! Gratitude to the production team, to her amazing husband Jake, mom, and Marie, and most of all to the memory of her dad who gave her the gift of music.

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Micheal Lovette

Chicago IL via Lawton OK

  • Mary Poppins — Park Keeper, Ensemble
  • Sister Act — Curtis Jackson
  • The Music Man — Oliver Hix
  • Little Shop — Audrey II Voice, Wino 1

Micheal is so excited to be making his Post Playhouse debut! Originally from Lawton Oklahoma Micheal has made his way to Chicago IL where he has been seen in productions like Caroline or Change and Jesus Christ Superstar. Micheal would like to thank Tom and Dewayne for this amazing opportunity and his family and friends for their love and support. Micheal is a member of the Illinois Theatre Association.

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Marvin Malone II

Chicago, IL

  • Mary Poppins — Robertson Ay, Ensemble
  • Sister Act — Lt. Eddie
  • The Music Man — Mayor Shinn
  • Little Shop — Audrey II Puppeteer, Wino 2

Marvin is so excited to be a part of the Post Playhouse 2019 summer Season! He recently graduated from Columbia College Chicago with his BFA in Musical Theatre! Marvin is Cleveland born and now, Chicago based. His favorite credits include Radames in Aida (Playhouse Square), Yonkers in Gypsy (Porchlight MT), Ensemble in Something in the Game, (American MT Project), Oscar in Sweet Charity and Papa Ge in Once on this Island (Columbia Chicago). Be sure to keep up with Marvin on Instagram & Twitter @MarvinMaloneii. For Mom & Dad! Amos 9:13-15 MSG. Proudly represented by DDO Artists Agency.

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Corinne Marshall

Bridgeport, CT

  • Mary Poppins — Mrs. Brill, Ensemble
  • Sister Act — Mother Superior
  • The Music Man — Alma Hix
  • Frog & Toad — Bird, Ensemble

Corinne is excited to be making her Post Playhouse debut and wants to thank Tom, Julio, and the rest of the Post Playhouse creative team for this wonderful opportunity! Corinne graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a B.A. in Musical Theatre Performance in 2015. Some of her favorite credits include, Miss Hannigan (Annie), Tracy Turnblad (Hairspray), Matron Mama Morton (Chicago), B.J. (Smokey Joe’s Café), Lucia (Mornings of April and May) *National Tour, Martha Bessel (Spring Awakening), Maria (Twelfth Night), Alysha (American Idiot). Corinne considers herself very lucky to be joining the Post Playhouse family this summer! Follow her journey and see what’s next at Corinne-Marshall.com.

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Kelsey McCollaum

New York, NY

  • Mary Poppins — Ms. Andrew, Ensemble
  • Sister Act — Mary Martin-of-Tours
  • The Music Man — Zaneeta Shinn
  • Frog & Toad — Squirrel, Ensemble

Kelsey McCollaum is humbled to be making her Post Playhouse debut! Kelsey is a New York based actor and is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College where she received her BA in Musical Theatre. Some of her favorite credits include Merrily We Roll Along (Mary Flynn), Grease (Jan), Beehive (Judy) and 42 Nd Street (Maggie Jones) in which she was a 2019 Broadway World Award Winner for best supporting actress in a musical. Kelsey would like to thank the entire Post Playhouse team for this amazing opportunity! Finally, she would like to thank her parents for their constant love, patience and support. Enjoy the show!
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Trey Mendlik

Fremont, NE

  • Mary Poppins — Bank Chairman, Ensemble
  • Sister Act — Joey
  • The Music Man — Marcellus Washburn
  • Little Shop — Seymour

Trey Mendlik is beyond ecstatic to be making his Post Playhouse debut this summer. He recently graduated from Midland University with a Bachelors in Arts Management and Theatre. Trey previously toured with The Young Americans doing music outreach. He has traveled all over Germany, Poland, Japan, and the U.S., using the arts to empower students and promote the importance of performing arts in schools. Regional credits include: Ike Skidmore (u/s, Curly) in Oklahoma at the Black Hills Playhouse. Other theatre credits include: Don Quixote in Man of LaMancha, Trevor Graydon in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Mr. Green in Clue, Troy Bolton in High School Musical and Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors. He is incredibly grateful to Tom and Dewayne for seeing something special in him. Instagram: @trey.mendlik

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Juwon Tyrel Perry

Chicago IL

  • Mary Poppins — Admiral Boom, Ensemble
  • Sister Act — TJ
  • The Music Man — Jacey Squires
  • Frog & Toad — Toad

Juwon Tyrel Perry is eager to be making his Post Playhouse debut! Juwon is a recent graduate of Columbia College Chicago where he received his BFA in Musical Theatre. Some previous credits include: Ragtime with Griffin Theater Company which won the 2018 Jeff Award for Best Ensemble, The Gospel at Colonus Gala with Court Theater, New Faces Sing 1941 with Porchlight Music Theatre The View Upstairs with Circle Theatre, Tarzan with NightBlue Theater Company, Once On This Island, Xanadu, Caroline, or Change, Sweet Charity, and High Fidelity with Columbia College Chicago. Learn more about Juwon at www.juwontyrelperry.weebly.com

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Jane A. Rice

Chadron, NE

  • The Music Man — Mrs. Paroo

Jane is excited and pleased to be returning to the Post Playhouse for a third season. Two years ago she returned to the Playhouse for its 50th anniversary after a 35 year hiatus. She has appeared in the ensemble for Young Frankenstein, a few performances as Lotti Child in Crazy for You (filling in for Marge Rotherham), as Betty Buckley in Footloose, as Josephine Strong in Urinetown, and in the ensemble for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Throughout high school and college (Chadron State College) Jane participated in many plays and a few musicals. She later acted in and directed a few communiy theater productions in Valentine and Scottsbluff, NE. She is now a retired elementaty teacher substituting for Chadron Public Schools. She would like to thank Tom Ossowski and Dewayne Barrett for inviting her back for another season.

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Hope Elizabeth Schafer

Chicago, IL

  • Mary Poppins — Mary Poppins
  • Sister Act — Mary Patrick
  • The Music Man — Ethel Toffelmier
  • Little Shop — Chiffon

Hope (EMC) is ecstatic to be making her Post Playhouse debut! Originally from Oklahoma, Hope has been a resident of Chicago for 5 years now. After receiving her BFA in musical theatre at The Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University in May of 2018, Hope has hit the ground running in the Chicago theatre community. In this past year you may have seen Hope in Theo Ubique’s Jeff award winning production of Sweeney Todd, where she played the Soprano 1 and went on for the role of Johana throughout the run. Following this, she performed as Charity in Music Theatre Works’ production of Anything Goes, where she also understudied the role of Reno Sweeney. Most recently, she performed in Theatre at The Center’s production of Miracle on 34th Street the Musical. Some of Hope’s favorite roles include Liesl in The Sound of Music, Hope in Urinetown, Cobweb in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Yonah in Children of Eden. She would like to thank her teachers, family, and friends for all of the support and love over the years. She can’t wait to have a “practically perfect” summer in Nebraska!

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Wally Seiler

Alliance, NE

  • The Music Man — Constable Locke

Wally is returning to the Post Playhouse, Inc., for an eighth season and can’t think of a better way to spend a summer. Previously, he has appeared on the Playhouse stage as Andrew Carnes (Oklahoma!), Pawnee Bill (Annie Get Your Gun), Baron Elberfeld (The Sound of Music), Arvide Abernathy (Guys and Dolls), Russell Tinsworthy (Nine to Five), Ensemble (Hollywood: a Cabaret), Baldy (A Man of No Importance), the King (Cinderella), Mayor Rufus Poindexter and Senator Wingwoah (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas), Sir Not Appearing and Monk (Spamalot) and Bookseller and Ensemble (Beauty and the Beast), Ziggy and Mr. Hilltop (Young Frankenstein), Everett Baker (Crazy for You), Father Alexandrios (Mamma Mia!), Principal/Ensemble (Footloose), Ensemble (Chitty Chitty…), and Abner (42nd Street). Wally is grateful to be a part of the magic that is created on the stage of the Post Playhouse, Inc.

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Luke Sikora

New York, NY

  • Mary Poppins — Policeman, Ensemble
  • Sister Act — Ernie
  • The Music Man — Harold Hill
  • Little Shop — Orin, Customers

The powerhouse high-tenor voice of Ramin Karimloo with the boy-next-door look of Andrew Rannells is a simple way to describe Luke Sikora. He worked as a singer/actor for five years up and down the West Coast before moving to New York to finish his education. Luke received his bachelor’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music in 2017, where he studied voice with Catherine Malfitano. Past performances include Enoch Snow in Carousel, Henrik in A Little Night Music, Enjolras in Les Miserables, Henry in Next to Normal, Pirelli in Sweeney Todd, The Wolf/Cinderella’s Prince in Into the Woods, Brian in Avenue Q, and Roger (Cover) in RENT. Luke has sung for charity events such as the Breast Health Project, Relay For Life, and KHUM radio’s annual Stop the Violence Campaign. He has a passion for education; not only did he coach acting for the singer seminar at the Manhattan School of Music, but has now opened his own vocal studio in NYC. Luke would like to thank the Post Playhouse for this wonderful opportunity.

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Brynn Sweere

New York City, NY

  • Mary Poppins — Mrs. Correy, Ensemble
  • Sister Act — Mary Theresa
  • The Music Man — Mrs. Squires
  • Frog & Toad — Bird, Ensemble

Brynn, originally from Muscatine, Iowa, is so happy to be back in the Midwest making her Post Playhouse debut! Regional credits include: Spotlight Repertory Theatre: Mamma Mia! (Sophie), Weathervane Theatre: Hairspray (Amber), Anne of Green Gables (Anne), West Side Story (Anybodys), Gypsy (Thelma), Timbers Dinner Theatre: Music In Time (Emma). BFA in Musical Theatre: Shenandoah Conservatory. Endless thanks to this cast, crew, and creative team for 14 weeks of fun! www.brynnsweere.com

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Tyler Symone

Chicago, IL

  • Mary Poppins — Bird Woman, Ensemble
  • Sister Act — Deloris Van Cartier
  • The Music Man — Eulalie Shinn
  • Little Shop — Crystal

Tyler is thrilled to be a part of Post Playhouse’s 2019 season. Tyler is a recent graduate of the BFA Musical Theatre Performance program at Columbia College Chicago. Previous credits include Caroline Or Change and 9 to 5 (Firebrand Theatre) The Full Monty and A New Brain (Theo Ubique), High Fidelity (Refuge Theatre Project), Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera (Underscore Theatre Company), Little Me and They’re Playing Our Song (Porchlight Music Theatre), Annie, A Gentlemen’s Guide To Love and Murder and The Full Monty (Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre). Find out more about Tyler at tylersymone.com. Tyler is proudly represented by the agents at Shirley Hamilton Inc.

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Jerod Turner

Chicago, IL via St. Louis, MO

  • Mary Poppins — Neleus, Ensemble
  • Sister Act — Ensemble
  • The Music Man — Tommy Djilas
  • Frog & Toad — Bird, Snail, Ensemble

Jerod Turner is a native to St. Louis, Missouri, but currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. He is enrolled at Columbia College Chicago as a BFA musical theater performance major. Previous credits include work at The Muny in St. Louis, Navy Pier in Chicago, and productions at Columbia. He is absolutely thrilled to be making his Post Playhouse debut!

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Melissa Emery

Tallahassee, FL via Boca Raton, FL

  • Season Sound Designer & Mix Engineer

Melissa is a current student at Florida State University double-majoring in Theater and Electrical Engineering and has completed her minor in Physics. She has been involved in the sound-designing process for numerous main-stage productions at the University’s School of Theater, including Guys and Dolls in October 2017, The Addams Family in February 2018, and Hairspray in February of 2019. She also recently designed the sound for A New Brain in The Lab Theater at Florida State in November of 2018. She wants to thank Tom Ossowski for inviting her to be a part of this season at the Post Playhouse and is so grateful for the opportunity. She also sends thanks to Zachary Cramer at Florida State for being so patient with her while she learns and for always believing in her.

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Sarah Mattis

Tallahassee, FL via Myrtle Beach, SC

  • Season Assistant Stage Manager
  • Calling Stage Manager — Little Shop
  • Backstage Manager — Frog & Toad

Sarah Mattis is excited for her first season with the Post Playhouse! Sarah is a senior at Florida State University studying Theatre with an emphasis on Stage Management. Previous theatre credits include FSU’s 2019 Senior Showcase and A New Brain as well as Quincy Music Theatre’s The Lion King Kids, Seussical Jr., How to Succeed…, and Annie. Previous opera credits include FSU’s Of Mice and Men, The Medium, and The Prodigal Child. She is incredibly grateful for this learning opportunity! Sarah would like to thank her friends and family for their constant love, support, and patience.

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Garth Moritz

Boulder, CO

  • Season Rehearsal Stage Manager
  • Backstage Manager — Mary Poppins, Sister Act, The Music Man, Little Shop

Garth Moritz is happy to be returning for his second season with the Post Playhouse. An Arkansas native, he spent five years living and working in the Chicago theatre scene and now lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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Ken Phillips

Tucson, AZ

  • Season Production Stage Manager
  • Lighting Designer — Little Shop

Ken is extremely happy to be coming back for his sixth consecutive year at the Post Playhouse as the Production Stage Manager! Ken holds a BFA in Stage Management and graduated last year with an MFA in Lighting Design from the University of Arizona. In the past, he has worked as a freelance Stage Manager in LA, working on various productions ranging from Bronies: The Musical! to the Big Hero 6 Laser Light Show at Disney’s historic El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. In Lighting Design, he has worked on a variety of different productions both academically and professionally, with the bulk of them being in Musical Theatre and Opera. He is also an avid stage combat enthusiast, where he has helped bring some of the Post’s past production’s stage fighting to life. He would like to thank Dewayne and Tom for having him back another year, and to give his love to his girlfriend Alexandra for all her support. To see more of his work, look at www.KGPhillips.com

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Julio Agustin

New York City, NY

  • Sister Act — Director, Choreographer

Julio is grateful to Tom and Dewayne for this opportunity, and is excited to be making his Post Playhouse debut! Broadway credits: Fosse, Steel Pier, Never Gonna Dance, Bells Are Ringing (revival), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Chicago. Recent publication: The Professional Actor’s Handbook: From Casting Call to Curtain Call (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017). Award nominations: Audelco Award, Best Director (Sweet Charity @ New Haarlem Arts Theatre, NYC); Syracuse Area Live Theatre, Best Choreographer (In the Heights @ Hangar Theatre); Houston Press, Best Choreographer (Guys and Dolls @ Theatre Under the Stars). BM in Musical Theatre, FSU; MFA in Directing, Penn State. Assistant Professor of Theatre, University of Miami. Julio runs The Transition Workshop, a monthly audition studio in New York City (www.JulioAgustin.com).

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Chari Arespacochaga

New York City, NY and Tallahassee, FL

  • Little Shop — Director

Directing credits include: Birthmark, Love’s Labour’s Lost The Musical, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Spring Awakening The Musical, Rock Of Ages, Amadeus, Doubt, Legally Blonde, Avenue Q, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Disney’s Tarzan, The Full Monty, Aida, Honk. Director of Creative Development: Princess Ten Ten and The Dark Skies, Missing. MFA in Theatre Directing. Musical Staging credits include: Next To Normal, A Little Night Music, Tick…Tick…Boom! MFA in Directing. Assistant Professor of Theatre, Florida State University. chariarespacochaga.com

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Dewayne Barrett

New York City via Atlanta, GA

  • Post Playhouse Artistic Director
  • Director/Choreographer — Mary Poppins, Frog & Toad
  • Choreographer — The Music Man, Little Shop

Dewayne is very excited to be returning to the Post Playhouse for his 4th season as Artistic Director, Director, and Choreographer. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, he moved to New York City and began his career/training in the Big Apple. He has performed leading roles around the country such as Rum Tum Tugger in Cats, Bobby Child in Crazy For You, Riff in West Side Story, Bobby in A Chorus Line to name a few. He has directed and choreographed for national tours, regional theatres, dinner theaters, community theatres, cruise ships, movies, high schools, music videos, parades and dance companies. He now resides in Florida. This coming fall, Dewayne will be heading to Beijing, China to teach, direct/choreograph at The Central Academy of Drama. He recently premiered EDM Antigone the Rock Opera with Don Fox in Wenatchee, Washington. Don and Dewayne are planning several US tours of EDM Antigone. Dewayne would love to thank Tom Ossowski and Don Fox for all the doors they have opened for him and all the wonderful designers and crew that return every year.

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Pheobe H. Boynton

Colorado Springs, CO via Ithaca, NY

  • Costume Designer — Mary Poppins, Sister Act, Little Shop

Pheobe H. Boynton is thrilled to be returning to The Post Playhouse for her sixth season! She is a freelance costume designer originally from Ithaca, NY and currently based out of the Theatreworks costume shop in Colorado Springs, CO. She has a bachelors in art history from Cornell University, and an MFA in theater design and technology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has done work for a wide variety of clients and companies including the Los Angeles Opera, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Kanye West, Kansas City Repertory Theater, The Arvada Center, Theatreworks, Chadron State College, The Unicorn Theater, The Hangar Theatre, Legendary Pictures, YouTube Studios, Relativity Media, Investigation Discovery and Theatrical Arts International. www.pheobebird.com

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Scott Cavin

Chadron, NE via Lemoore, CA

  • Season Technical Director

Scott is excited to be returning to the Post Playhouse for his second season. Scott is also an Associate Professor of Theatre at Chadron State College. His responsibilities include Designer (Scenic, Lighting, Sound, Projection), Technical Director and Production Manager for the Theatre Program. Recent designs credits (Set and/or Light) include: Money Shot, Rosencrantz & Guilderstein are Dead, Big River, Extremities, The Underpants, Little Shop of Horrors, Bus Stop, Almost Maine, Godspell, Peter and the Starcatcher, and Lost in Yonkers. Always looking for new challenges Scott also Directs at Chadron State College. Some of his recent directing Credits include: Extremities, Money Shot, The Vampire Cowboy Trilogy, The Play About the Baby, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, The Shape of Things, and Stop Kiss. You can see more of Scott’s work at www.scottcavin.com

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Melissa Emery

Tallahassee, FL via Boca Raton, FL

  • Season Sound Designer & Mix Engineer

Melissa is a current student at Florida State University double-majoring in Theater and Electrical Engineering and has completed her minor in Physics. She has been involved in the sound-designing process for numerous main-stage productions at the University’s School of Theater, including Guys and Dolls in October 2017, The Addams Family in February 2018, and Hairspray in February of 2019. She also recently designed the sound for A New Brain in The Lab Theater at Florida State in November of 2018. She wants to thank Tom Ossowski for inviting her to be a part of this season at the Post Playhouse and is so grateful for the opportunity. She also sends thanks to Zachary Cramer at Florida State for being so patient with her while she learns and for always believing in her.

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Matthew Everingham

Christchurch, New Zealand

  • Music Director/Conductor — Mary Poppins, The Music Man, Little Shop

Matthew is a music director, composer and pianist whose music has been heard around New Zealand and the world. He holds a Bachelor of Music (Composition) and Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of Canterbury, and an ATCL diploma in piano performance while also lecturing in music theory, composition, keyboard musicianship and musical theatre at the University of Canterbury School of Music and Ara Institute of Canterbury. Matthew is an alumni of the New York University Summer Film Scoring workshop (2017) and was recently appointed Artistic Director of the Christchurch Pops Choir.

His theatre credits as musical director include New Zealand productions of: We Will Rock You, Sister Act, The Last Five Years, Little Women, Ragtime, The Events, and Working. Work as deputy musical director, assistant conductor and pianist includes: Les Misérables, Wicked, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago, Mary Poppins, Legally Blonde, Hairspray, Mamma Mia!, Evita, Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Phantom of the Opera, Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story, Puss in Boots, Red Riding Hood, and The Little Mermaid.

As a composer, Matthew’s work has been performed and recorded in London, Prague, Malta, Miami and around New Zealand. Highlights include his composition Fractures, which premiered in Westminster Abbey, as well as having work performed by the NZ Trio and winning the Douglas Lilburn Trust Composition Award. Matthew also enjoys work as a music director, accompanist and musicianship tutor at the University of Canterbury and the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art, and as a conductor with the Jubilate Singers, Canterbury Lawyers’ Choir, St Andrew’s Choirs, New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Choir (conducting intern).

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Don Fox

Wenatchee, WA

  • Season Scenic Designer
  • Lighting Designer — Mary Poppins, Sister Act, The Music Man, Frog & Toad

Don is thrilled to be returning for his 6th season designing for the Post Playhouse. Don is a native of Colorado Springs, CO, where he recently served as Production Manager for the launch of the brand new Ent Center for the Arts at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Recent and favorite credits include lighting designs for the Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island, (Great American Variety Show), The Borgata Casino, Atlantic City, NJ (The Burlesque Show), Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL (All Shook Up, Legally Blonde, Addams Family), THEATREWORKS AT UCCS (A Christmas Carol), The Moscow Ballet’s North American Tours 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018 (The Great Russian Nutcracker), and the Numerica Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee, WA (Young Frankenstein, August Osage County). Don recently created and produced the world premiere of EDM Antigone which is available as an educational production to tour nationally (www.edmAntigone.com). His extensive portfolio can be viewed at www.DonFoxDesigns.com.

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Javier Fox

Colorado Springs, CO

  • Season Props Master

Javier Fox is pleased to officially join the Post Playhouse company this summer as Props Master. Javier has previously served as props master for Numerica Performing Arts Center’s productions of Bat Boy the Musical, Cabaret, Chicago, and La Cage aux Folles. Javier is currently pursuing his Elementary Education certification at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

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Tom Hudson

Minnesota

  • Costume Designer — The Music Man, Frog & Toad

This is Tom Hudson’s first season with Post Playhouse, and he couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of this amazing company, and to meet the wonderful, supportive patrons and citizens of in northwestern Nebraska!

Raised on the beaches of Galveston, Tom Hudson is a native Texan who has never quite been able to stay in one place! Mr. Hudson became interested in design early on when, as a young boy, he was taken to an exhibit of costume s worn in the BBC production of The Six Wives of Henry the Eighth, and discovered that the jewelry was made from sprockets, nuts, and bolts. Thus began a career of seeing things not as they are, but of what they might become. Notably, while only 15 years of age, Mr. Hudson, accidentally, became the youngest recipient of the USITT Design America Commendation when, his high school theater teacher misunderstood the requirements for entry (it only being open to working professionals), and sent in three costume designs executed by Tom for the play The Torchbearers, where he was displayed alongside such venerable artists such as Theoni V. Aldredge and Ming Cho Lee

Mr. Hudson received his BFA from East Texas State University, and his MA from Carnegie Mellon University, and is a museum curator with his discipline being historic textiles and conservation. Over the past 30 years Tom has designed costumes on more than 250 productions for such institutions as, New York City Opera, Seattle Opera, and Club Med, with Monteverdi’s Il Rittorno d’Ullisse in Patria and Rossini’s La Cenerentola being two favorites.

In recent years, Mr. Hudson has made forays into the Central and South American theatrical markets with works for the Republic of Panama, and Carnival in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Tom Hudson, is also a proud veteran of the United States Navy, achieving the rank of Petty Officer Second Class, and served during the first Gulf War. It was during his European deployment that he was able to develop and refine his design skills by working with Ta Fantastika in Prague, Republic of Czech and Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania, Sicily, and where he discovered his passion for masks, large scale puppetry, and youth theater.

Tom is also a writer and producer for his own companies, Spellbound Theatricals, and Inner Circle, with scripts that range from adult-oriented farces such as: Attack of the Martian Space Babes and, A Very Naughty Lady, to classics, The Odyssey and Anne of Green Gables, as well as faith based offerings; The Story of Esther, and Respectfully Yours, Daniel. He is also working on writing his first textbook for young costume designers as a compendium of tips and tricks for setting up and operating a small costume shop.

Tom currently calls southwestern Minnesota home, and lives in a 110 year old converted hunting cabin, on the shores of a spring fed lake, with an over-fed Beagle, a neurotic Toy Aussie Shepherd, and a cat who will never know he isn’t the King of Siam.

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Scott Michaelsen

Bend, OR

  • Music Director/Conductor — Sister Act, Frog & Toad
  • Second Keys — Mary Poppins, The Music Man

Scott is humbled to be joining Post Playhouse for his first season! A freelance musician, raised in beautiful Central Oregon, he has had the privilege to music direct and conduct Spamalot, Shrek, The Little Mermaid, Annie, Guys and Dolls, Willy Wonka, Rock of Ages, 13, Evita, Mary Poppins and Cats at Bend’s historic Tower Theatre over the previous 6 years. Other recent favorite credits include Beauty and the Beast, The Last 5 Years, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Kiss of the Spider Woman. In November 2018, Scott dipped his toe into stage direction with Bugsy Malone Jr. for 5th-8th graders at Trinity Lutheran School, where he also serves as band director. Scott has a BA in Music Composition and Music Technology from Seattle Pacific University. He is grateful to Tom Ossowski for the opportunity to join the Post team for 2019.

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Tom Ossowski

Tallahasse, FL via Beatrice, NE

  • Producing Artistic Director
  • The Music Man — Director

Tom Ossowski is an Associate Professor for the BFA Music Theatre Program at FSU and the Producing Artistic Director for the Post Playhouse at Fort Robinson State Park in Nebraska. At the Post Playhouse, Tom has directed Legally Blonde, Monty Python’s Spamalot, A Man of No Importance, All Shook Up, Guys and Dolls, 9 to 5, My Way, The Drowsy Chaperone, Grease, The Wizard of Oz, Nunsense!, Always…Patsy Cline, Hello, Dolly!, and Oklahoma!. FSU directing credits include Beauty & the Beast, All Shook Up, Legally Blonde, Cabaret, The Drowsy Chaperone, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, On The Town, Hair, The Rocky Horror Show, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Music directing credits include Guys and Dolls, A Chorus Line, Ragtime, Spring Awakening, Jesus Christ Superstar, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, RENT, Into The Woods, and Urinetown. Tom directed and music directed Into The Woods and The Family for The Central Academy of Drama in Beijing. He is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

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Ken Phillips

Tucson, AZ

  • Season Production Stage Manager
  • Lighting Designer — Little Shop

Ken is extremely happy to be coming back for his sixth consecutive year at the Post Playhouse as the Production Stage Manager! Ken holds a BFA in Stage Management and graduated last year with an MFA in Lighting Design from the University of Arizona. In the past, he has worked as a freelance Stage Manager in LA, working on various productions ranging from Bronies: The Musical! to the Big Hero 6 Laser Light Show at Disney’s historic El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. In Lighting Design, he has worked on a variety of different productions both academically and professionally, with the bulk of them being in Musical Theatre and Opera. He is also an avid stage combat enthusiast, where he has helped bring some of the Post’s past production’s stage fighting to life. He would like to thank Dewayne and Tom for having him back another year, and to give his love to his girlfriend Alexandra for all her support. To see more of his work, look at www.KGPhillips.com

Musicians

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Matthew Everingham

Christchurch, New Zealand

  • Music Director/Conductor — Mary Poppins, The Music Man, Little Shop

Matthew is a music director, composer and pianist whose music has been heard around New Zealand and the world. He holds a Bachelor of Music (Composition) and Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of Canterbury, and an ATCL diploma in piano performance while also lecturing in music theory, composition, keyboard musicianship and musical theatre at the University of Canterbury School of Music and Ara Institute of Canterbury. Matthew is an alumni of the New York University Summer Film Scoring workshop (2017) and was recently appointed Artistic Director of the Christchurch Pops Choir.

His theatre credits as musical director include New Zealand productions of: We Will Rock You, Sister Act, The Last Five Years, Little Women, Ragtime, The Events, and Working. Work as deputy musical director, assistant conductor and pianist includes: Les Misérables, Wicked, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago, Mary Poppins, Legally Blonde, Hairspray, Mamma Mia!, Evita, Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Phantom of the Opera, Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story, Puss in Boots, Red Riding Hood, and The Little Mermaid.

As a composer, Matthew’s work has been performed and recorded in London, Prague, Malta, Miami and around New Zealand. Highlights include his composition Fractures, which premiered in Westminster Abbey, as well as having work performed by the NZ Trio and winning the Douglas Lilburn Trust Composition Award. Matthew also enjoys work as a music director, accompanist and musicianship tutor at the University of Canterbury and the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art, and as a conductor with the Jubilate Singers, Canterbury Lawyers’ Choir, St Andrew’s Choirs, New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Choir (conducting intern).

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Scott Michaelsen

Bend, OR

  • Music Director/Conductor — Sister Act, Frog & Toad
  • Second Keys — Mary Poppins, The Music Man

Scott is humbled to be joining Post Playhouse for his first season! A freelance musician, raised in beautiful Central Oregon, he has had the privilege to music direct and conduct Spamalot, Shrek, The Little Mermaid, Annie, Guys and Dolls, Willy Wonka, Rock of Ages, 13, Evita, Mary Poppins and Cats at Bend’s historic Tower Theatre over the previous 6 years. Other recent favorite credits include Beauty and the Beast, The Last 5 Years, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Kiss of the Spider Woman. In November 2018, Scott dipped his toe into stage direction with Bugsy Malone Jr. for 5th-8th graders at Trinity Lutheran School, where he also serves as band director. Scott has a BA in Music Composition and Music Technology from Seattle Pacific University. He is grateful to Tom Ossowski for the opportunity to join the Post team for 2019.

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Ken Swinkin

New York City, NY

  • Drummer — Mary Poppins, Sister Act, The Music Man, Little Shop

Ken Swinkin is a New York City-based musical theater drummer. He has played for U.S. tours of The Music Man, Stand By Your Man–The Tammy Wynette Story, A Christmas Carol, and Miracle on 34th Street. In Europe he played for a tour of Grease. Regional/summer-stock credits include The Mac-Haydn Theater, Surflight Theater, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, and Meadow Brook Theater. He’s very excited to be playing for the first time at Post Playhouse and thanks Tom and Dewayne for the opportunity.

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Arn Xu

Miami, FL

  • Second Keys — Frog & Toad, Little Shop
  • Third Keys — Mary Poppins, Sister Act

Arn Xu is a recent graduate of University of Miami’s Frost School of Music where he studied piano performance. He is also an avid member of the music theater community in Miami, working in recent productions of Heathers, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, In The Heights, Hairspray, and working with the University of Miami’s Department of Theater Arts. Arn is very excited to join Post Playhouse for 2019.

Additional Bios

Howard Ashman

  • Little Shop — Book & Lyrics

Best known as a pivotal creative mind behind the renaissance of Disney animation and his work on The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Beauty and The Beast (which is dedicated to, “Our friend, Howard Ashman, who gave a Mermaid her voice and a Beast his soul…”) Ashman’s first love was theater. Ashman was a founder of off off Broadway’s renowned WPA Theater, where he conceived, wrote and directed God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, as well as the classic musical, Little Shop of Horrors (both music by Alan Menken). In 1986, he wrote and directed the Broadway musical Smile (music by Marvin Hamlisch). Lamented as a lost treasure of the 1980’s theater scene, Smile remains popular on High School and College campuses throughout the country. Howard Ashman died in 1991 from complications of AIDS. For more information, please visit howardashman.com.

Douglas Carter Beane

  • Sister Act — Additional Book Material

Beane’s Broadway play The Little Dog Laughed received the GLAAD media award for best play, and was also nominated for a Tony for best new play. His other works include As Bees In Honey Drown (Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award), Music From A Sparkling Planet and The Country Club. He wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of his play Advice From A Caterpillar which won Aspen Comedy Festival’s best feature. His film To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar was produced by Steven Spielberg, was the number one film in America for a month and is now a television favorite. The Big Time, Beane’s first musical, received rave reviews last year and his next musical, a stage adaptation of the film The Bandwagon is slated to open on Broadway later this season. Fascinated by non-traditional forms of theater, Beane has written the revues, White Lies and Mondo Drama and this season a live theatrical soap opera, The Cartells. As artistic director of the New York theater company Drama Dept. he produced over forty productions, including acclaimed revivals of As Thousands Cheer, June Moon and The Torchbearers and world premiere works by Paul Rudnick, David Sedaris and Wendy Wasserstein. His new play, Don’t Follow Me, I’m Lost, Too will open next season in New York and he is currently developing a television series for producer Lorne Michaels. He resides in New York City with his partner, composer Lewis Flinn and their son, Cooper.

George Stiles and Andthony Drewe

  • Mary Poppins — New Songs and Additional Music & Lyrics

Anthony Drewe and George Stiles (Stiles and Drewe) are a multi award-winning musical theatre writing partnership. Writing credits include Honk! (National / UK Tour / Worldwide); Mary Poppins (West End / Broadway / Worldwide); The Wind in the Willows (UK Tour and West End); Cameron Mackintosh’s new version of Half A Sixpence (Chichester Festival Theatre / West End); Travels With My Aunt (Minerva Theatre, Chichester); Betty Blue Eyes (West End / UK Tour); Just So (Tricycle / Chichester Festival Theatre / Worldwide); Peter Pan – A Musical Adventure (West Yorkshire Playhouse / Birmingham Rep / Royal Festival Hall / Worldwide); Soho Cinders (Soho Theatre / in concert at the Queen’s Theatre); The Three Little Pigs (West End / UK Tour and International Tour); Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Three Billy Goats Gruff (Singapore Rep).

Future projects include a stage version of Robert Harling’s film Soapdish, and a new musical with director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell.

Independently as a lyricist, Anthony’s credits include The Card (Watermill / Regents Park) and A Twist of Fate (Singapore Rep).

Other projects include: song contributions for Dame Edna Everage’s Look At Me When I’m Talking to You; The Shakespeare Revue (RSC) as well as a variety of material for TV and radio.

Awards include the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical for Honk!, three of the top prizes at the Musical of the Year Awards for Peter Pan and The Three Musketeers, the TMA Best Musical Award (Moll Flanders), The Straits Times Award for Best Musical (A Twist of Fate) and the first ever Vivian Ellis Prize (Just So). Mary Poppins has won 45 major theatre awards around the globe including Tony, Olivier, Helpmann and London Evening Standard Awards. Laurence Olivier nominations include Mary Poppins and Betty Blue Eyes.

Stiles and Drewe’s passion for new musical theatre writing is recognised via the annual Stiles and Drewe Prize for Best New Song, and their new Mentorship Award supported by Music Theatre International (Europe). They are also founding board members of Mercury Musical Developments (MMD), Associate Artists at The Watermill Theatre and patrons of the London Musical Theatre Orchestra and The Musical Theatre Academy (MTA).

Julian Fellowes

  • Mary Poppins — Libretto

Educated at Ampleforth and Magdalene College, Cambridge, Julian Fellowes is a multi-award-winning actor, writer, director and producer. As creator, sole writer and executive producer of the hit television series Downton Abbey, Fellowes has won three Emmy awards and a Golden Globe.

Fellowes received the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Gosford Park (2002). His work was also honoured by the Writer’s Guild of America, the New York Film Critics’ Circle and the National Society of Film Critics for Best Screenplay. Other writing credits for film include Piccadilly Jim (2004), Vanity Fair (2004), Young Victoria (2009), The Tourist (2010), Romeo & Juliet (2013), and the three-part drama Doctor Thorne for ITV. Fellowes also wrote and directed the award-winning films Separate Lies and From Time to Time. Fellowes wrote the books for the Tony-nominated stage production of Mary Poppins and for School of Rock: The Musical which opened on Broadway in December 2015, and was written and produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Fellowes has authored two novels: the international bestsellers Snobs (2005) and Past Imperfect (2008).

Julian Fellowes became a life peer in 2011. He lives in Dorset and London with his wife, Emma.

Robert Reale

  • Frog & Toad — Music

(Composer): Musicals-Broadway: A Year With Frog And Toad (Tony nomination). Off-Broadway: Once Around The City (2nd Stage), Quark Victory (Williamstown Theater Festival). Music for plays: Richard Dresser’s Rounding Third (directed by John Rando) Diva, (WTF), Salvation’s Moon. Film: Ten-13, Passing Over, Wigstock, Dealers Among Dealers, The Victim, others. Television: PrimeTime, 20/20, Inside Edition, Out There (theme), Invent This (theme), Mugshots, Crime Stories, The System, The Mailman and the Pirhana, Case Closed, Beating The Rap, The Royals: Dynasty or Disaster?, others. As composer and record producer he has worked with Julie Andrews, Mel Torme, Sid Caeser and Imogene Coca.

Willie Reale

  • Frog & Toad — Book & Lyrics

Willie Reale is a free-lance writer, living in New York. He has collaborated with his brother, Robert, on a musical called Once Around The City, which was produced by New York Stage and Film and at the Second Stage Theatre in New York. Quark Victory, another musical written with his brother, was produced by the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Other plays have been produced at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Actors Theatre of Louisville, and Circle Repertory Company. With his brother he has written A Year With Frog and Toad, which was performed at the Childrens’ Theater Company in Minneapolis, the New Victory Theatre and at the Cort Theater on Broadway. Willie received two Tony nominations for his book and lyrics. In 1981, he founded The 52nd Street Project, an organization that brings inner-city children together with professional theater artists to create theater. He served as the theater’s artistic director for 18 years. With the Project, he produced hundreds of plays. The programs of The 52nd Street Project are currently being replicated at 12 sites across the country through a series of publications entitled The Kid Theater Kit. For the kit he wrote “52 Pick Up,” the Project how-to manual, as well as numerous plays, and the lyrics to hundreds of songs, including two full-length musicals, all of which are available through Dramatists Play Service. In June of 1994, he was awarded a MacArthur in recognition of his ingenuity in creating theater and theater education programs for young people. For television, Mr. Reale has written for the NBC dramas Homicide: Life on the Streets, Deadline and Mr. Sterling. For Fox he has written for Keen Eddie and The Jury. He created a series called Out There for Sesame Workshop and the BBC, which shot in Australia. His work on the show was recognized by an Australian Film Institute Award (The Australian Emmy) and Prix Jeunesse and Writers’ Guild of America nominations. He has taught at New York University and the Yale School of Drama. Willie is married to producer Jenny Gersten. They have two children, Augustus and Leonardo.

Richard M and Robert G Sherman

  • Mary Poppins — Music & Lyrics

The Sherman Brothers’ career as leading composer/lyricists in family entertainment spans almost 50 years and includes two Academy Awards Best Score and Best Song for Mary Poppins.

The work of the brothers Richard M Sherman and Robert B Sherman is enjoying a fresh chapter of success in musical theatre with sensational stage revivals of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mary Poppins now playing across the UK. Chitty originally opened in the West End in 2002 going on to become the longest-running musical ever at the London Palladium, before playing Broadway and beyond, garnering huge international success. The stage production of Mary Poppins, co-produced by Disney and Cameron Mackintosh, opened to critical acclaim in London in 2004, winning two Olivier Awards, with the Broadway production running for six years. The Jungle Book, another Shermans/Disney favourite, has also recently made the screen-to-stage transition, premiering at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago.

The Sherman Brothers gained recognition in popular music with several top-ten hits - among them You’re Sixteen, Let’s Get Together and Tall Paul. 1960 marked the start of a phenomenal 10 year association with Walt Disney, during which time they composed over 150 songs for his films, TV shows, Disneyland and other theme parks. Their Disney credits include the films The Jungle Book, The Parent Trap, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Sword and the Stone, The Aristocats, The Happiest Millionaire, the Winnie the Pooh series, and of course Mary Poppins. They also wrote the most translated and performed song on earth, “It’s a Small World (After All)”.

They went on to compose song scores for Snoppy Come Home, Charlotte’s Web, the Broadway hit musical Over Here! and the ‘fantasmagorical’ Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - with its Oscar nominated title song.

The Sherman Brothers created screenplays and song scores for Tom Sawyer (their music won First Prize at the Moscow Film Festival),Huckleberry Finn, the 1976 Royal Film Performance The Slipper and the Rose (with co-author Bryan Forbes), and The Magic of Lassie which also earned them their 9th Academy Award nomination for Best Song. More recent credits include the book Walt’s Time - a wonderful autobiographical and pictorial journey through their song-writing years; the Disney hit animated feature The Tigger Movie, the stage musical Busker Alley starring Tommy Tune in the United States and Beverly Hills Cop 3.

In addition to their Oscars, other honours awarded to the Sherman Brothers include 3 Grammys, 24 Gold and Platinum Albums, as well as a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Robert Sherman died peacefully in London in March 2012.

Glenn Slater

  • Sister Act — Lyrics

Glenn Slater (Lyrics) co-created Disney’s 2010 worldwide smash Tangled (2011 Grammy Winner, 2010 Oscar and Golden Globe nominee), as well as the Broadway and international hit musicals Sister Act (2011 Tony nominee - Best Score) and The Little Mermaid (2008 Tony nominee - Best Score, Grammy nominee - Best Cast Album), and, most recently School of Rock (2015). With longtime collaborator Alan Menken, he is Executive Producer and Lyricist for the ABC-TV musical comedy series Galavant, and has also written songs for the Disney animated film Home On The Range (2004) and the Broadway musical Leap of Faith (Tony nominee - Best Musical, 2012). In the West End, Glenn provided both book and lyrics for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies (2010 Olivier nominee - Best Musical), the sequel to Phantom of the Opera. Other work includes an Emmy-nominated song for the ABC-TV comedy The Neighbors (2013), and the stage revue Newyorkers at The Manhattan Theatre Club (Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations). Glenn is the recipient of the prestigious Kleban Award for Lyrics, the ASCAP/Richard Rogers New Horizons Award, and the Jonathan Larson Award. He is an alumnus of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, and a member of both ASCAP and the Dramatists’ Guild.

Bill Steinkellner

  • Sister Act — Book

Award-winning television and screen writer: “Cheers” and Disney’s “Teacher’s Pet” (Emmys, Golden Globes, BAFTAS, Writers Guild and People’s Choice Awards). Book writer (with wife, Cherri): Sister Act the Musical (London Palladium, Hamburg, Broadway 2011), Princesses (Goodspeed, 5th Avenue). Writer/director (with Paul Reubens): the original Pee-wee Herman Show (Groundlings, Roxy Theatre, HBO). Creator/director: Instaplay, L.A.’s first all-improvised musical-comedy. Author: the L.A. Times bestseller Postcards From the Moon.

Cheri Steinkellner

  • Sister Act — Book

Cheri Steinkellner has won four Emmy Awards, two Golden Globes, The People’s Choice, BAFTA, Writers Guild Award, Parents Choice and TV-Land Legend Awards, for writing and producing Cheers (recently named one of the Top 10 Best Written Comedies in TV history), and The Jeffersons, Facts of Life, Family Ties and Who’s The Boss, and for creating the acclaimed Disney animated Saturday morning TV series and feature film, Teacher’s Pet. A 2011 Tony-nominee for Sister Act (with husband Bill Steinkellner, Alan Menken and Glenn Slater); Cheri has also written Princesses (with Bill, David Zippel and Matthew Wilder); and book and lyrics for Mosaic (with Georgia Stitt), and Jailbirds on Broadway (with Bill and Jeff Rizzo). Other stage includes Our Place, and Instaplay - L.A.’s original - and longest-running - improvised musical-comedy. An Indy Award winner and Ovation nominee for Hello! My Baby, Cheri currently teaches writing at Stanford and UCSB and directs youth theatre in beautiful Santa Barbara, where she and Bill raised their three favorite children/writers/artists: Kit, Teddy, and Emma.

Cameron Mackintosh

  • Mary Poppins — Co-Creator

For over 50 years Cameron Mackintosh has been producing more musicals than anyone else in history, including the three longest-running musicals of all time: Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera and CATS. Joining this list of legendary titles, his co-production with Disney of Mary Poppins continues to break records and disperse her magic globally. Following its huge recent success in the West End, his new production of Miss Saigon is now playing a National Tour of the UK and will tour in North America later this year whilst the much loved Kinky Boots, co-produced by Cameron in the West End and in Australia, continues to kick up its heels.

Cameron also enjoys producing new versions of classics including Oliver!, My Fair Lady, the longest running production ever of Follies and recently reinventing Half a Sixpence in the West End to great acclaim. Other original musicals he has produced include Little Shop of Horrors, Side By Side By Sondheim, Martin Guerre, Betty Blue Eyes, and The Witches of Eastwick.

Cameron, with Working Title and Universal, produced the award-winning film version of Les Misérables. A film of the 25th Anniversary performance of the new stage production of Miss Saigon was screened in cinemas worldwide in 2016.

He owns eight West End theatres: Prince of Wales, Gielgud, Queen’s, Wyndham’s, Noël Coward, Novello and Prince Edward, all of which have been spectacularly refurbished, and the recently acquired Victoria Palace which, following a major rebuild and restoration, reopened at the end of last year with the award winning American musical, Hamilton.

He is also the co-owner of Music Theatre International, the world’s largest library of secondary rights of many of the greatest musicals ever written. Cameron was knighted in the 1996 New Year’s Honours for his services to the British Theatre and has recently been the first British producer elected to Broadway’s Theater Hall of Fame. In 1990, Cameron inaugurated the Chair of Contemporary Theatre at St Catherine’s College in Oxford University, currently held by Sir Tom Stoppard.

Alan Menken

  • Little Shop — Music
  • Sister Act — Music

Legendary composer Alan Menken has created some of the most beloved songs and musical scores of our time

His unique voice, as a composer, a lyricist and a musical theater dramatist has captured the imaginations of audiences for over 35 years.

Alan’s stage musicals include God Bless You Mr. Rosewater, Patch Patch Patch, Atina: Evil Queen of the Galaxy, Real Life Funnies, Little Shop of Horrors, The Dream on Royal Street, Kicks, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, Beauty and the Beast, A Christmas Carol, Weird Romance, King David, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Little Mermaid, Sister Act, Leap of Faith, and Newsies. He has also contributed to such revues as Personals, Diamonds, and On the Record.

His film musicals include Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Aladdin, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Home on the Range, Enchanted, and Tangled. His dramatic underscores for films include Life With Mikey, Noel, The Shaggy Dog, and Mirror Mirror. He has contributed songs to such films as Rocky V, Home Alone 2 - Lost in New York, Life With Mikey, and Captain America - The First Avenger.

Alan’s television credits include writing numerous songs for “Sesame Street”, composing the score for the ABC mini-series “Lincoln”, contributing songs for the musical Polly, the Hallmark adaptation of his musical of A Christmas Carol and the songs for an episode of the ABC-TV series “The Neighbors”.

His songwriting collaborators have included Howard Ashman, Tim Rice, Stephen Schwartz, David Zippel, Jack Feldman, David Spencer, Lynn Ahrens, Dean Pitchford, Glenn Slater and Chad Beguelin.

Alan won the 2012 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for his score to Newsies. He currently has more Academy Awards than any other living individual, including four for Best Score (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Pocahontas) and 4 for Best Song (“Under the Sea”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “A Whole New World” and “Colors of the Wind”). He has earned 11 Grammy Awards (including Song of the Year for “A Whole New World”), 7 Golden Globes, London’s Evening Standard Award, the Olivier Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Drama Desk Award.

Other notable achievements include induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and Billboard’s number one single (“A Whole New World”) and number one album (Pocahontas). In 2001 he received the distinction of being named a Disney Legend. He has also been awarded two doctorates in Fine Arts from New York University and the North Carolina School of the Arts. In 2010 he received his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Meredith Willson

  • The Music Man — Book, Music, and Lyrics

Meredith Willson was born in 1902 in Mason City, Iowa. He learned to play the flute as a child and began playing semi-professionally while still in high school. After high school he left Iowa to study at the Damrosch Institute of Musical Art (later the Julliard School), receiving flute instruction from Georges Barrere, the world-renown flutist. While still attending the Institute, he was hired as principle flutist and piccolo player for the John Philip Sousa Band. He later joined the New York Philharmonic Orchestra where he was 1st flutist. He became musical director for various radio programs throughout the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, including Tallulah Bankhead’s program, The Big Show,” for which he wrote the hit song “May The Lord Bless and Keep You.” He composed the scores for the movies The Great Dictator and The Little Foxes, as well as symphonic, band, and choral works, including The Jervis Bay: Symphonic Variations on an American Theme and Anthem of the Atomic Age. Willson wrote three Broadway musicals: The Music Man, his first and most successful; The Unsinkable Molly Brown (music and lyrics), and Here’s Love (book, music and lyrics). As an author he has published two autobiographical works (And There I Stood with My Piccolo and Eggs I Have Laid), one novel (Who Did What to Fedalia) and a memoir about the making of The Music Man (But He Doesn’t Know the Territory).

Music Theatre International

  • Mary Poppins — Publisher
  • Sister Act — Publisher
  • The Music Man — Publisher
  • Little Shop — Publisher
  • Frog & Toad — Publisher

Music Theatre International (MTI) is one of the world’s leading theatrical licensing agencies, granting theatres from around the world the rights to perform the greatest selection of musicals from Broadway and beyond. Founded in 1952 by composer Frank Loesser, and orchestrator Don Walker, MTI is a driving force in advancing musical theatre as a vibrant and engaging art form.

MTI works directly with the composers, lyricists and book writers of these musicals to provide official scripts, musical materials and dynamic theatrical resources to over 70,000 professional, community and school theatres in the US and in over 60 countries worldwide.

MTI is particularly dedicated to educational theatre, and has created special collections to meet the needs of various types of performers and audiences. MTI’s Broadway Junior™ shows are 30- and 60-minute musicals for performance by elementary and middle school-aged performers, while MTI’s School Editions are musicals annotated for performance by high school students.

Staff

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Dewayne Barrett

New York City via Atlanta, GA

  • Post Playhouse Artistic Director
  • Director/Choreographer — Mary Poppins, Frog & Toad
  • Choreographer — The Music Man, Little Shop

Dewayne is very excited to be returning to the Post Playhouse for his 4th season as Artistic Director, Director, and Choreographer. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, he moved to New York City and began his career/training in the Big Apple. He has performed leading roles around the country such as Rum Tum Tugger in Cats, Bobby Child in Crazy For You, Riff in West Side Story, Bobby in A Chorus Line to name a few. He has directed and choreographed for national tours, regional theatres, dinner theaters, community theatres, cruise ships, movies, high schools, music videos, parades and dance companies. He now resides in Florida. This coming fall, Dewayne will be heading to Beijing, China to teach, direct/choreograph at The Central Academy of Drama. He recently premiered EDM Antigone the Rock Opera with Don Fox in Wenatchee, Washington. Don and Dewayne are planning several US tours of EDM Antigone. Dewayne would love to thank Tom Ossowski and Don Fox for all the doors they have opened for him and all the wonderful designers and crew that return every year.

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Cody Brintnall

Crawford, NE

  • Box Office Staff
  • Follow Spot Operator

Cody is very happy to be returning to the Post Playhouse for his second season. He just finished his senior year at Crawford High School and is getting ready for college. Cody is looking forward to meeting everyone and having another great summer out at Post Playhouse.

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Scott Cavin

Chadron, NE via Lemoore, CA

  • Season Technical Director

Scott is excited to be returning to the Post Playhouse for his second season. Scott is also an Associate Professor of Theatre at Chadron State College. His responsibilities include Designer (Scenic, Lighting, Sound, Projection), Technical Director and Production Manager for the Theatre Program. Recent designs credits (Set and/or Light) include: Money Shot, Rosencrantz & Guilderstein are Dead, Big River, Extremities, The Underpants, Little Shop of Horrors, Bus Stop, Almost Maine, Godspell, Peter and the Starcatcher, and Lost in Yonkers. Always looking for new challenges Scott also Directs at Chadron State College. Some of his recent directing Credits include: Extremities, Money Shot, The Vampire Cowboy Trilogy, The Play About the Baby, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, The Shape of Things, and Stop Kiss. You can see more of Scott’s work at www.scottcavin.com

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Linda Dabbs

Crawford and Omaha, NE

  • Season Paint Charge

Linda is a recent transplant from Omaha to the Crawford area. She has been painting theater sets for 14 years. After being in the art field as an Art Director for various ad agencies, an outdoor billboard company, along with Art Director at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo. Some of the theatres she has painted for are Kountze Memorial at Mahoney State Park, Lofté Community Theatre, Manley, NE, Lincoln Community Theatre, Opera Omaha and Lincoln University Opera. Now semi retired to paint and produce pottery for her own enjoyment. She lives on a ranch north of Crawford with her faithful, but noisy dog, Beau. On good days she can be found wandering the hills with either camera in hand or watercolor brushes. Linda wishes to thank Dewayne and Tom for bringing her into the Post Playhouse family.

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Jacki Dailey

Chadron, NE

  • Stitcher

Jacki, a huge fan of the Post Playhouse, is excited to join the costuming team for her first season. She is a mother of five, who have required many costumes, an avid sewer and crafter, and currently serves as the Chadron State College costume shop manager. There she assists with alterations, costume building and repair, and organization.

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Don Denton

  • Marketing Designer

Don Denton has been performing with Post Playhouse off and on since 2008. Since that time, he has also been working with Tom to shape all of the Playhouse’s marketing efforts. For the past several years, he has designed all of Post’s printed materials along with the website and logo. Don has very fond memories of all the years he has been at the playhouse, and regrets that he cannot be there this year. But a very lovely actress whom he met at Post in 2008 will have brought his first child into the world just a little while before opening night, so he’ll be home with Paige and the new baby instead.

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Tasha DeYoung

New Haven, CT / Granville, OH

  • Costume Shop Manager
  • Stitcher

Tasha DeYoung is thrilled to be joining The Post Playhouse for her first season. She is a current student at Denison University in Ohio pursuing a Theatre major. She has spent her time at school getting experience in all areas of theatre, including costume and lighting design, wardrobe supervising, and board operating. Tasha spent her last summer as the Wardrobe Assistant at Theatre Aspen, gaining invaluable experience with Ragtime and Our Town. Prior to this, she worked at the Saratoga Shakespeare Company not only as stitcher but wearer of all necessary hats like wardrobe crew, launderer, designer, and more.

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Tim Gaswick

  • Accountant

Tim is the franchise owner of the Chadron H&R Block office, and has been the accountant for the playhouse since 2007. He and his wife Kari have four children, Kaylee, Aaron, Braxton, and Seth. Tim not only serves as the accountant, but also as the treasurer on the playhouse board. He enjoys working with the great talent and staff every summer, and looks forward to many years with the playhouse.

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Brian Graham

Arizona

  • Master Electrician

Brian Graham is a candidate for a BFA in Theatre Production; Design and Technology, with an emphasis in Lighting Design from The University of Arizona. He is in his third year at the university and looks forward to putting his skills and knowledge to use for the Post Playhouse. He is excited to meet new people and work with UofA Alumni this summer!

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Shanie Hollenbeck

Crawford, NE

  • Box Office Staff
  • Follow Spot Operator

Shanie just finished her junior year at Chadron State College and she is elated for her first season at the Post Playhouse. As a theatre major, Shanie has been involved with the CSC theatre program, both performing onstage and working backstage. She looks forward to getting to know a myriad of fantastic people and believes it’s going to be a great season.

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Talen Huggett

Crawford, NE

  • Box Office Staff
  • Follow Spot Operator

Talen is very excited to be working at the Post Playhouse this season and thinks it will be a great learning experience for him. Talen just finished his Freshman year (9th grade) at Crawford High School.

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Alexis Konruff

Crawford, NE

  • Box Office Staff
  • Follow Spot Operator

Alexis just finished her junior year of high school and is over the moon to work at the Post Playhouse this summer. She has been into drama for a few years now and it is one of her favorite activities at school. She lives with her family and dogs in a small town house and has lived in Crawford for nearly 10 years. She is looking forward this season and I hopes it is a great year.

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Garth Moritz

Boulder, CO

  • Season Rehearsal Stage Manager
  • Backstage Manager — Mary Poppins, Sister Act, The Music Man, Little Shop

Garth Moritz is happy to be returning for his second season with the Post Playhouse. An Arkansas native, he spent five years living and working in the Chicago theatre scene and now lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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Tom Ossowski

Tallahasse, FL via Beatrice, NE

  • Producing Artistic Director
  • The Music Man — Director

Tom Ossowski is an Associate Professor for the BFA Music Theatre Program at FSU and the Producing Artistic Director for the Post Playhouse at Fort Robinson State Park in Nebraska. At the Post Playhouse, Tom has directed Legally Blonde, Monty Python’s Spamalot, A Man of No Importance, All Shook Up, Guys and Dolls, 9 to 5, My Way, The Drowsy Chaperone, Grease, The Wizard of Oz, Nunsense!, Always…Patsy Cline, Hello, Dolly!, and Oklahoma!. FSU directing credits include Beauty & the Beast, All Shook Up, Legally Blonde, Cabaret, The Drowsy Chaperone, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, On The Town, Hair, The Rocky Horror Show, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Music directing credits include Guys and Dolls, A Chorus Line, Ragtime, Spring Awakening, Jesus Christ Superstar, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, RENT, Into The Woods, and Urinetown. Tom directed and music directed Into The Woods and The Family for The Central Academy of Drama in Beijing. He is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

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Ann Stephens

Crawford, NE

  • Box Office Manager

Crawford native, Ann Stephens, is happy to be returning to the Post Playhouse for the 2019 season. At the Playhouse, she can often be found cleaning, popping corn, watering plants, or making reservations. Ann enjoys the opportunity to visit with returning customers as well as greeting those new to the Playhouse experience. In addition to her work here, Ann enjoys baking and spending time with grandkids and the rest of her family. Her husband, Dale, is an avid golfer and can be found nearly every day of the spring, summer and autumn on the Legend Buttes Golf course in Crawford.

Board

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Wally Seiler

Alliance, NE

  • President of the Board
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Karleen Gramberg

Chadron, NE

  • Vice President of the Board
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Jo Buchheit

Hemingford, NE

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Jess Espinoza

Crawford, Nebraska

Crawford Clipper/Harrison Sun LLC

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Tim Gaswick

Chadron, NE

H & R Block

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Tony Hindman

Hay Springs, NE

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Kathie King

Gordon, NE

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Danielle Lecher

Chadron, Nebraska

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Jeanine Mohr

Chadron, Nebraska

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Randy Rhine

Chadron, NE

Chadron State College

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Marge Rotherham

Crawford, NE

Post Playhouse Alum

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Janelle Visser

Hemingford, NE