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Cast, Musicians, Crew, and Staff

Matthew Mason Baker
LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE
  • The SpongeBob Musical — Patrick
  • Jersey Boys — Bob Crewe
  • The Wizard of Oz — Lion/Zeke
  • Kiss Me Kate — Gangster #1

Matthew is incredibly excited to be working at Post Playhouse! He recently graduated from Indiana University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. For Millbrook Playhouse: Cinderella (Ensemble, Jean Michel u/s), Escape to Margaritaville (Ensemble), Don’t Let the Pigeon…Bus (Pigeon). For Constellation Stage & Screen: Matilda (Ensemble, Doctor/Escapologist u/s). San Diego Fringe Festival: 1996: A Blink-182 Musical (Will Ecca). For IUST: Joseph…Dreamcoat (Reuben/Baker). For IU: Head Over Heels (Musidorus), Something Rotten! (Ensemble, Nigel u/s), Cabaret (Hans, Schultz u/s), Gross Indecency (Harris/Taylor/Lockwood), Carrie (Swing). He is extremely grateful for his friends and family for helping and encouraging him along the way. matthewmasonbaker.com @matthewmasonbaker

Eric Christopher Barnum
Melbourne, FL
  • The SpongeBob Musical — Patchy The Pirate, Ensemble, Understudy Eugene Crabs
  • Jersey Boys — Bob Gaudio
  • The Wizard of Oz — Uncle Henry, Ensemble
  • Kiss Me Kate — Bill Calhoun

Eric is so excited to be making his Post Playhouse debut! He recently graduated from Florida School of the Arts with a degree in Musical Theater. He would like to thank his family, Morgan, Jo and most importantly his cat for everything they have done to support him. @eric.barnum.3975

Tour: The Lightning Thief TYA Edition (Luke & Others). Regional: Legally Blonde (Warner), Edges (Man 1), Rent (Roger), Sideshow (Buddy), The Full Monty (Ethan).

Dewayne Barrett
Sarasota, FL
  • Artistic Director
  • Choreographer — The SpongeBob Musical, The Wizard of Oz, Honky Tonk Laundry
  • Director/Choreographer — Kiss Me Kate

Dewayne had his first season in 2016 and immediately feel in in love with the theatre, the region, and the people. In 2017, he became associate artistic director, as well as directing and choreographing several productions. Now he is excited to be the Artistic Director. Originally from Atlanta, where he danced with the Atlanta Jazz Theatre and the Georgia Ballet Company, he then moved to New York City to continue his career. He has performed leading roles around the country, appearing in Cats, Crazy for you, Annie, West Side Story, Singing in the Rain, and A Chorus Line. He has directed and choreographed for national tours, regional theatres, cruise ships, dinner theatres, community theaters, movies, high schools, parades, and internationally at the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing. He is also a choreographer for Rand Productions where he recently choreographed Finding Christmas at the MGM Beau Rivage and currently working on Footloose at the Beau. Dewayne is very excited to be working aside managing director Ken Phillips.

Hannah Beatt
Sarasota
  • The SpongeBob Musical — Pearl, Ensemble
  • The Wizard of Oz — Ensemble
  • Honky Tonk Laundry — Katie Lane Murphy
  • Kiss Me Kate — Ensemble

Hannah is thrilled to make her Post Playhouse debut! She is a recent graduate of the University of Central Florida where she earned her degree in Theatre and her minor in Music.

Previous theatre credits include: Doralee Rhodes (9 to 5), Dorothy (*Wizard of Oz, Colorado), and Gingy/Sugar Plum Fairy (Shrek the Musical). Thank you to Dewayne for believing in me and providing this wonderful opportunity. To my family: I would not be where I am today without you. Thank you for encouraging me to always be resilient and brave. xoxo

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Shanna Brajevic
Orange County, California
  • The SpongeBob Musical — Ensemble, u/s Pearl
  • Jersey Boys — Lorraine
  • The Wizard of Oz — Glinda
  • Kiss Me Kate — Lois/Bianca

Shanna is so appreciative to be making her Post Debut! She recently graduated with a BM in Music Theater from Florida State University and went on to fulfill her childhood dream of moving to NYC to perform and educate young artists! She wants to thank her family, Jaime Baker, Dewayne Barrett, and all the amazing people in her life who support her. Love is everywhere and she is thrilled to be creating art alongside this team and cast! IG: @shannabrajevic

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Grey Burks
Chadron, NE
  • The SpongeBob Musical — Ensemble

Grey is excited to join the production team for this years season!

Dennis Clark
New Hartford, NY
  • Director — Jersey Boys
  • Choreographer — Jersey Boys

Dennis J. Clark (he/him) is an adjunct in the Theater Department at Utica University, and a freelance Director/Choreographer and Actor. He is a proud member of Actor’s Equity and an associate member of SDC. He was the first full time Artistic Director of the Ritz Theater in Sheffield, AL.  Dennis has taught and directed shows for the Walnut Hill School For the Arts and Stagedoor Manor.  He serves as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for Fort Salem Theatre Co.  As a director and choreographer Dennis has been involved with theaters across the U.S. including: Riverside Center, New Harmony Theater, Cornwell’s Dinner Theater, Fort Salem Theater, Ritz Theater, The Starlight Room, Naples Players, Venice Theater, Swift Creek Mill, Richmond Triangle Players, and Sheboygan Theater Company.

Logan Clinger
New York, NY
  • The SpongeBob Musical — SpongeBob Squarepants
  • Jersey Boys — Ensemble
  • The Wizard of Oz — Ensemble
  • Kiss Me Kate — Ralph the Stage Manager, Ensemble

Logan is a NYC based performer who graduated from The Institute for American Musical Theatre, he is thrilled to be making his Summer stock debut at Post Playhouse as SpongeBob SquarePants in SpongeBob the Musical, and ensemble in Kiss me Kate, Jersey Boys, and The Wizard of Oz. Logan has previously been in shows such as Addams Family (Pugsley), Something Rotten (Nostradamus), Newsies (Crutchie), Be More Chill (Jeremy Heere), and Urinetown (Hot Blades Harry). He has also lead 2 industry readings in NYC including Zombie Musical (Barnabas Young) and Evolution of Mann (Henry Mann). Logan would like to thank his Family and Girlfriend for all their endless love and support! Loganclinger.com

Ariela Collazo
Chadron, NE
  • The Wizard of Oz — Ensemble

Ariela is excited to make her Post Playhouse debut for our summer 2024 season! She has been acting since she was 14 and just recently landed her first movie role. This summer, she will act alongside Sandy Johnson (Halloween) and Daniel Martin Berkey (Nefarious) in Operation EX-I-33. Ariela performed in the Applause International showcase (twice) in 2023 and won a scholarship to attend the New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts. She would like to extend a giant thank you to everyone who has supported her through this journey and can’t wait for you to see our shows this summer! Right now, she resides in Chadron while chasing her career and seeing where the next road (or role) takes her. Follow her adventures @arielacollazo on Instagram!

Don Denton
Chattanooga, TN
  • General IT

Don has stepped down from his position of designing all Post Playhouse’s printed and digital materials and taking care of the bulk of the marketing related tasks. It was a fun 13 years, but he is very happy to have extra time with his family, now that his main responsibility to the Playhouse is making sure the website works and everyone gets their emails. Best of luck to all the new, talented folks who are stepping in to keep creating art in the Northwest corner of Nebraska!

Dara Edwards
Chadron, NE
  • The SpongeBob Musical — Mrs. Puff

Dara is excited to join the cast and crew of the Post Playhouse for a third season. You may remember Dara from Music Man in 2019 and The Sound of Music in 2022. She is grateful for this amazing opportunity and can’t wait to get to know the amazing cast and crew this summer.

Nadya Eldurubi
Phoenix, AZ
  • Production Stage Manager
  • Stage Manager — The SpongeBob Musical, The Wizard of Oz, Kiss Me Kate
  • Assistant Stage Manager — Jersey Boys, Honky Tonk Laundry

Nadya is thrilled to join Post Playhouse this season as the Production Stage Manager. Previous production credits include the Phoenix Theatre Company, Opera in the Ozarks, Arizona Repertory Theatre, and the Aspen Music Festival & School. She earned a BFA in Theatre Production with an emphasis in Stage Management from the University of Arizona. Nadya is excited to escape the desert, and spend the summer here in Crawford. nadyaeldurubi.com

Corey Fern
Minneapolis, MN
  • Director — The SpongeBob Musical

Corey is delighted to return to Post Playhouse for his second season! You may recognize Corey from his 2019 performances as Bert in Marry Poppins, Frog in A Year With Frog and Toad, the Dentist in Little Shop of Horrors and as Harold Hill in The Music Man. Corey’s return to Post is a long time coming, and he is glad that after five years the stars have finally aligned; this time, for Corey’s directorial debut at Post!

Spongebob Squarepants has been a lifelong staple for Corey, and he cannot express how honored he is to direct a piece that has been so influential on his life. Audiences can look forward to a brand new theatrical experience filled with brand new music by big names like David Bowie, Steven Tyler, and Cyndi Lauper. Corey is so excited to see the Post family again and to spread the joy of Spongebob all summer long!

Magdalena Fisher
Chadron, NE
  • The Wizard of Oz — Ensemble

Magdalena, 10 years old and soon to be 5th Grader is the daughter of Tyler Fisher/ Kristin and Brandon Ritterbush. Magdalena has been on stage before playing a fairy and lost child in Peter Pan Jr., Marta in The Sound of Music, a penguin/lemur in Madagascar Jr. and ensemble in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Magdalena has also been involved in dance, gymnastics, 4-H, piano/ violin lessons. Magdalena enjoys spending time with her family, friends, swimming, singing and dancing. Magdalena loves her dog Jazee very much, and her dog will be featured as Toto. Jazee is a two year old Morkie. She is thrilled to be a part of the Post Playhouse for her third season and can’t wait to learn from the amazing cast and crew!

Tim Fitzsimons
Seattle, WA
  • Season Tech Staff
  • Tech Staff — The SpongeBob Musical, Honky Tonk Laundry
  • Jersey Boys — Tommy Devito
  • The Wizard of Oz — The Wizard
  • Kiss Me Kate — Fred/Petruchio

Tim is excited to be returning to the Post Playhouse after previously performing here in both 2017 & 2018! Born in Torrance, CA, he received his BFA in Musical Theatre from Cal State Fullerton, and now makes his home in Seattle, WA. Post 2017, 2018: Shrek, Shrek the Musical; Frederick, Young Frankenstein; Carractacus Potts, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. NYC: Pirelli, Sweeney Todd (Piper Theatre Productions). Nat’l Tour: Pop, Miss Nelson is Missing (Two Beans Productions). Regional: Charlie Guiteau, Assassins (Cumberland Theatre); Joseph, Joseph…Dreamcoat (Saddleback CLO). Special thanks: To the cast, crew, and creative teams, specifically to Ken and Dewayne for asking me to come back; MT F13RCE; to my Seester, Bro-in-Law, Nephews, Grandma, Mama Fitz, and Padre for their continued support and inspiration. These performances are dedicated to the memory of my grandfather, Jack Fitzsimons (1934-2023) www.timfitzsimons.com

Riley Frey
Pasadena, CA
  • The SpongeBob Musical — Ensemble
  • Jersey Boys — Francine Valli
  • The Wizard of Oz — Dorothy
  • Kiss Me Kate — Ensemble

Riley is thrilled to be returning to Post Playhouse for the second time! Past Post credits from the 2022 season include Liesl Von Trapp in The Sound of Music and Ensemble/Portia Understudy in Something Rotten. Riley is a proud IU Musical Theatre alumna, favorite credits there include Carrie (Carrie), Martha (Spring Awakening), and Rusty (Footloose). Riley would like to thank her family for their constant support, and her boyfriend Noah who is joining her at Post this summer!

Brooke Galván
Clarkston, MI
  • Remote Box Office Staff

Brooke is thrilled to be joining Post Playhouse for another season, this time as the remote assistant box office manager. She is an actress with experience stretching from the Quad Cities to the south suburbs of Chicago. When she isn’t answering the phones from home, you’ll find her writing freelance scripts and monologues, playing with her new baby boy, and exploring the outdoors. She wishes so much to be able to support our talented cast from the audience! Break legs, everyone!

Cheryl Gaul
Los Angeles, CA
  • Music Director — The SpongeBob Musical, Jersey Boys, The Wizard of Oz
  • Keyboard 2 — Kiss Me Kate

Cheryl is excited to be joining Post Playhouse this summer! Cheryl is a music director, keyboardist, synthesizer programmer, and conductor based out of Los Angeles. Favorite music director credits include Fun Home (Kentwood Players), The Wizard of Oz (Musical Theatre West), and The Spongebob Musical (Westridge HS). Favorite keyboard credits include Once On This Island (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Cinderella (Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre), and Beauty and the Beast (Chance Theater). Enjoy the show!

Leyla Gentil-Rosado
Buffalo, NY
  • Calling Stage Manager — Jersey Boys, Honky Tonk Laundry
  • Deck Stage Manager — The SpongeBob Musical, The Wizard of Oz, Kiss Me Kate

Leyla is very excited to be working with Post Playhouse this summer! She is a SUNY Purchase graduate (B.A.), with a double major in Theatre & Performance and Arts Management. Leyla has previously stage managed for multiple theatre companies in Buffalo, NY, for the past five years: Lancaster Opera House, Shakespeare in Delaware Park, Revelation Theatre, Irish Classical Theatre Company, O’Connell and Company, Alleyway Theatre, Post-Industrial Productions, Brazen-Faced Varlets, and New Phoenix. Leyla directed To The New Girl for First Look Buffalo in the Fall of 2021. All the love in the world to her husband, Jay; her parents; her brother; and her two furry demons.

Kate Glaser
Columbus, OH
  • The SpongeBob Musical — Mayor of Bikini Bottom
  • The Wizard of Oz — Aunt Em, Ensemble
  • Honky Tonk Laundry — Lana Mae Hopkins
  • Kiss Me Kate — Hattie

Kate is thrilled to be making her Post Playhouse debut this summer! Kate is a New York based performer who recently graduated from Indiana University with her BFA in Musical Theatre and minor in Arts Management. Her most recent professional work includes Busch Gardens Entertainment’s Scrooge No More! (Mrs.Cratchit), Columbus Children’s Theatre’s Ragtime (Ensemble/Understudy Mother), Constellation Stage and Screen’s Elf (Swing), and serving as the Associate Producer for The Southeastern Summer Theatre Institute. She would like to extend a big thank you to the Post team for this opportunity and to her friends and family for their constant support! Instagram: @krglaser

Heather Gonzalez
Columbia, SC via Utah
  • Costume Designer — The Wizard of Oz, Honky Tonk Laundry, Kiss Me Kate

Heather is delighted to return to Post Playhouse! She is a freelance costume designer and draper. Her passion for storytelling and building community led her to working in costuming. Her design credits include: Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night (South Carolina Shakespeare Company), She Loves Me, La Nozze De Figaro, La Belle Hélène, The Crucible, (Opera at USC), Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike (NC Stage Company), Native Gardens (Warehouse Theatre) Something Rotten, Sound of Music, Desperate Measures (Post Playhouse), Native Gardens (Warehouse Theater), Metamorphoses, She Kills Monsters, Season of Echoes dance piece, (University of South Carolina) Newsies, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Utah Shakespeare Festival), Julius Caesar (Women of Will), Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Greater Tuna (Neil Simon Festival), and Little Women (Southern Utah University). She received her MFA in Costume Design and Technology from the University of South Carolina. For her work view www.heathergonzalez.wixsite.com/costumes

Cody Hall
Richmond, VA
  • The SpongeBob Musical — Sheldon Plankton
  • Jersey Boys — Nick Massi
  • The Wizard of Oz — Ensemble
  • Kiss Me Kate — Gangster 2, Ensemble

Cody is excited to be making his Post Playhouse debut. Cody recently worked with Dinner Detective, a murder mystery dinner theater company in Virginia. Cody’s past productions include Something Rotten, The Legend of Georgia McBride, Escape to Margaritaville, and The Little Mermaid. Cody graduated with BA in theatre and a minor in dance from Christopher Newport University in Virginia. Cody would like to thank his family and wife, Jacky for their unending love and support.

Qawiyya Haqq
Westampton, NJ
  • The SpongeBob Musical — Sandy Cheeks
  • Jersey Boys — Ensemble
  • The Wizard of Oz — Dorothy U/S, Ensemble
  • Kiss Me Kate — Ensemble

Qawiyya Haqq is a recent graduate of New Jersey City University’s Musical Theatre B.A. program! Previous stage credits include: Joseph (Zebulun), Working (Waitress), A Chorus Line (Val), Pippin (Leading Player), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Charlaine), Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Ella), Macbeth (Lady Macduff), and many more! In her free time, you’re likely to find Qawiyya sunbathing, listening to and creating her own music or journaling. She is so grateful to be able to make her professional debut here at Post Playhouse! She thanks her parents, siblings and her girlfriend for believing in her and always showing up to support her passion! She also thanks the team at Post Playhouse for the opportunity to follow her dreams! You can find more of Qawiyya on Instagram and YouTube @qawiyyahaqq !

Jackson Hopper
Henderson, NC
  • Bassist — The SpongeBob Musical, Jersey Boys, Honky Tonk Laundry, Kiss Me Kate

Jack is a freelance bassist from Henderson, North Carolina. An active pit musician, Jack plays electric/upright bass for musical theater productions all around the state. Some recent credits include The Four Phantoms national tour (Wilkesboro, NC), UNC School of the Arts’ production of Shaina Taub’s As You Like it, and McGregor Hall’s production of Ragtime. Outside of music, he enjoys specialty coffee, fly fishing, and his Great Pyrenees named Winston. Jack is majoring in Bass Performance at UNC Greensboro, and this is his first summer at Post Playhouse.

Bill Huntington
Hay Springs
  • The SpongeBob Musical — Old Man Jenkins

Bill is excited to join the cast and crew of the Post Playhouse. This will be Bill’s fourth summer on stage. You may have seen Bill before in Music Man, Damn Yankees, Something Rotten and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Bill wishes to thank Dewayne and Ken for this amazing opportunity.

Casey Kearns
Chadron, NE.
  • Scenic Designer — Honky Tonk Laundry, Kiss Me Kate

Casey Kearns currently resides in his home state of Nebraska as a freelance scenic designer. He credits the beginning of his career to the Post Playhouse starting as a technical intern in 1990. Since, his production experience and design credits include well over 300 productions including Shakespeare, Opera, Ballet, Modern Dramas, Classical works, and Musical Theatre. He earned his MFA in Scenography from the University of Kansas and a BA from Chadron State College in Theatre. He formally served as professor of theatre design and technology for 24 years at the University of Houston, the University of Wyoming, the University of Northern Colorado, Ohio State University – Lima, and the University of Indianapolis. www.caseykearns.com

David La Beaux
Denver, CO
  • Costume Designer — The SpongeBob Musical, Jersey Boys

David is very excited to be returning to the Post Playhouse this season to design the costumes for Spongebob and Jersey Boys! David is a designer based in Denver, CO. His past design credits include: Ugly Lies the Bone (UCCS), No Exit (UCCS), and Los Perdidos (Film). He has built the costumes for many other shows across Colorado, including: Rattlesnake Kate (Denver Center), Quixote Nuevo (Denver Center), Elf (Arvada Center), and Little Shop of Horrors (Theatreworks). He has also acted on stage and on screen in Hair (UCCS), Grey Matter (Film), and You Think You Know Me (Film). He would like to thank his family and friends for all of their support throughout the years! I Love you all!!!

Em Laudeman
Cleveland, OH
  • Development Director

Em is delighted to be part of the team at Post again this year. Em worked as an actress at Post Playhouse for four seasons spanning from 2009–2019 before joining the administrative team. She received her BFA in music theatre from Elon University and her MPA in nonprofit management from Indiana University. Em has worked in administration and advancement for arts organizations around the country since 2015, most notably The Cleveland Orchestra and the San Diego Symphony. You may remember Em on the Post Playhouse stage in The Wizard of Oz ‘10 (Dorothy), Oklahoma! ‘12 (Laurie), and The Music Man ‘19 (Marian). She looks forward to visiting her home away from home in Nebraska again this year.

Christopher Lidgett
Norfolk
  • Season Sound Designer/Engineer
  • Season Electrician

Chris is thrilled to be back for another summer at Post Playhouse. As a graduate of Chadron State’s Technical Theatre program in 2023 he is knowledgeable in various backstage elements. He has been a technician with Post Playhouse for 3 seasons now and is thrilled to be able to keep returning to the old stomping grounds.

Oakley Maez
Chadron, NE
  • The Wizard of Oz — Ensemble

Oakley is a 7 year old from Chadron, NE. Oakley is the daughter of Jared and Alyssa Maez. This will be Oakley’s first time performing on stage with the Post Playhouse. Oakley will be entering the third grade at Chadron Public Schools this upcoming year. She enjoys singing, dancing, softball and gymnastics, as well as the outdoors and playing with her younger sister. Oakley is looking forward to learning and growing as a performer from some of the best actors around at the Post Playhouse.

Domino Mannheim
Tucson, AZ
  • Lighting Designer — Honky Tonk Laundry, Kiss Me Kate

Domino Mannheim is a freelance Lighting Designer from Tucson, Arizona. She graduated from the University of Arizona in 2017 with a BFA in Technical Theatre and Lighting Design, and most recently graduated in 2022 from Rose Bruford College in London with her Masters in Lighting In Performance. Some recent productions she designed include Love’s Labour’s Lost at The Rogue Theatre in Tucson Arizona, Chicago, The Musical in Chicago Illinois, Theatre For One in New York City, and The Revolutionists at Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, DC. As a traveling Designer, she is very grateful to have the opportunity to work with such an amazing team, and is excited to see the productions come to fruition!

Noah Marcus
New York, NY
  • The SpongeBob Musical — Perch Perkins, Ensemble, Understudy SpongeBob
  • Jersey Boys — Frankie Valli
  • The Wizard of Oz — Ensemble
  • Kiss Me Kate — Gremio, General Harrison Howell

Noah is thrilled to be making his Post Playhouse debut! Noah is a native New Yorker who grew up just outside New York City on Long Island and currently lives in city. Last year, he was sailing the seas performing on Disney Cruise Line as Maximus in Tangled The Musical and in the ensemble of Twice Charmed and Disney Dreams. He also just made his NYC theater debut as Jonah in Bad Jews with Off The Lane Productions. Other favorite credits include Melchior (Spring Awakening), Tommy (Carrie), and Travis (Footloose). Noah would like to thank his incredibly supportive family, Dewayne and the team at Post Playhouse, and his girlfriend Riley who can also be seen in this year’s season! Instagram @thenoahmarcus

Noah’s Website: https://www.thenoahmarcus.com/

Duane Joseph Olson
Highland, NY
  • The SpongeBob Musical — Eugene Krabs
  • Jersey Boys — Gyp DeCarlo
  • The Wizard of Oz — Guard, Ensemble, Understudy Lion/Zeke
  • Kiss Me Kate — Henry Trevor / Baptista

Duane Joseph Olson is thoroughly honored to be making his Post Playhouse debut. Past credits include Peter and the Starcatcher (Black Stache), Curtains (Lt. Cioffi), Hello Dolly (Rudolph Reinsenweber), and Something Rotten (Nostradamus.) He made his Off-Broadway debut with Aesop’s Fables at The Theater Center in 2019. Duane’s design work can be found on stage and screen, including Dick Van Dyke’s performance tribute at The 43rd Kennedy Center Honors. His voice can also be heard in a number of media forms, including on Audible, narrating Things Seen and Unseen by Aloysius Widziewics. Duane would like to thank his beautiful family, dear friends, and wonderful partner Emma for all the love and support he could ask for. Enjoy the show! 

@duanejolson 

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Ken Phillips
Tucson, AZ
  • Managing Director

Ken is honored to be stepping into a new role for the Post Playhouse. Ten years ago Phillips joined the Post Playhouse family as the stage manager and fell in love with the people, area, and met his wife while working at Post. He has grown with the Post Playhouse over the past decade by becoming the production manager, season lighting designer, and media projection designer. Phillips said he would like to thank the community for always welcoming him back every year and is excited to take on a more involved role with the theatre.

Daniel Pieffer
Brooklyn, NY
  • The SpongeBob Musical — Squidward
  • Jersey Boys — Nick DeVito, Ensemble
  • The Wizard of Oz — Tin Man, Hickory
  • Kiss Me Kate — Paul

Daniel is excited to be joining the Post Playhouse for the 2024 season! Recently relocated to Brooklyn, Daniel spent time performing professionally in Buffalo, NY after earning his B.F.A. in Music Theatre from the University at Buffalo in 2021. Favorite credits include: Kinky Boots (Angel), Chicago (Mary Sunshine), The Little Mermaid (Scuttle), and La Cage Aux Folles (Chantal). Daniel would like to thank his parents for their endless love and support!

Chloe Shatswell
Box Elder, SD
  • Tech Staff

Chloe is super excited for her first time working with the Post Playhouse. She is currently getting a degree in technical theatre at the Chadron State College and is thrilled to be getting more hands on experience.

Trey Shonkwiler
Austin, Tx
  • Keys 2 — Jersey Boys, The Wizard of Oz
  • Music Director/Keys 1 — Honky Tonk Laundry, Kiss Me Kate

Trey Shonkwiler is ecstatic to be making his debut with Post Playhouse this summer! Trey is a vocal coach, performer, and Broadway World nominated music director based in Austin, Tx. Selected favorite roles and production credits include Beauty and the Beast (Cogsworth), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Quasimodo), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey II), Little Women (John Brooke), It Shoulda Been You (Albert), Hands on a Hardbody (Jésus Peña), Avenue Q (Brian), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Chip Tolentino), the world premier of Jack & Aiden (Music Director), Cinderella (Music Director), Freaky Friday (Music Director), Matilda (Music Director), Shrek (Music Director), and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Music Director). @trey_shonkwiler

Evan Silberstein
Brooklyn, NY
  • Drummer — The SpongeBob Musical, Jersey Boys, Honky Tonk Laundry, Kiss Me Kate

Evan Silberstein is a versatile percussionist and drummer, sought out for his technical ability to execute difficult repertoire and his fast and adaptive learning style.

He is a proud graduate of both Manhattan School of Music and Julliard Pre-College and has trained extensively with – and been mentored by – some of the great percussionists and drummers in the NYC area, including: Christopher Lamb, Kyle Zerna, Duncan Patton, She-e Wu, Pablo Rieppi, Jonathan Haas, Eriko Daimo, James Saporito, and Karl Latham.

Recent shows include Common Ground with TADA! Youth Theatre and Mahler’s First Symphony with the Fort Greene Orchestra.

Kristina Miranda Sloan
Tucson, AZ
  • The SpongeBob Musical — Ensemble, understudy Sandy Squirrel
  • Jersey Boys — Ensemble, understudy Mary Delgado
  • The Wizard of Oz — Wicked Witch
  • Honky Tonk Laundry — Understudy Lana Mae Hopkins
  • Kiss Me Kate — Lilli/Katharine

This is Miranda’s third time working with Post, having started as season swing in 2016 and graduating to Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music in 2022. She has a degree in theatre and music from the University of Arizona. Miranda is particularly excited about Kiss Me Kate, having played Bianca in college, and is delighted to revisit the show, this time in the role of Kate. Recent roles have included the filmed theatrical release of The Confession: The Musical as Rebecca (Blue Gate Musicals) and the Rosie in The Wedding Singer (Great Plains Theatre). Next, she’ll be heading to Belgium to sing at the Battle of the Bulge reenactment as a member of the swingin’ jazz trio The Manhattan Dolls, www.kristinamirandasloan.com

Matthew Smith
Chadron, NE
  • The SpongeBob Musical — Ensemble
  • The Wizard of Oz — Ensemble

Matthew is overjoyed to return to the Post Playhouse for his third season! Matthew is an active 8th grade student at Chadron Middle School who enjoys theater as well as competing in basketball, wrestling and track. Matthew has previously performed as Michael in Peter Pan Jr., Friedrich in Sound of Music, Crutchie in Newsies Jr., King Julian in Madagascar Jr., and the nephew in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Matthew is the son of Brooke and Nate Smith, the entire Smith family is looking forward to another amazing summer at the Playhouse with this talented cast and crew!

Zachary Spafford
San Marcos, CA
  • The SpongeBob Musical — Electric Skate, Ensemble
  • Jersey Boys — Joe Pesci, Understudy Frankie Valli
  • The Wizard of Oz — Scarecrow/ Hank
  • Kiss Me Kate — Hortensio, Ensemble

Zachary is excited to be joining the Post Playhouse family! He recently graduated from Syracuse University with a BFA in Acting w/ a conc. in Musical Performance. Recent credits include: Jersey Boys (Frankie Valli) at Riverside Center for the Performing Arts; The Miraculous Adventure of Edward Tulane (u/s Storyteller #3) at Syracuse Stage; Jersey Boys (Joe Pesci, u/s Frankie Valli), Camelot (Reveler #5 [Tom]) at Millbrook Playhouse; Cymbeline (Belarius) at Syracuse University. He would like to thank his family and friends for their constant love and support! ZacharySpafford.com

Ann Stephens
Crawford, NE
  • Off-Season Box Office Manager

Ann Stephens has worked as part of the Post Playhouse for many summers, first as a volunteer usher, a volunteer in the concession stand, and for the past several years, she has managed the Box Office. Before retirement, Ann had a long and rewarding career as a classroom teacher and as a public education administrator, working in Texas, Arizona, Idaho and Nebraska before joining Post Playhouse staff. In off-season months, Ann enjoys being with her grandchildren, reading, baking, and volunteering throughout her home community of Crawford. Whether you are ready to make additional reservations for more of our superb productions or ready to enjoy some treats at intermission, you’re likely to see Ann… and she’s USUALLY smiling.

Adday Tewahade
Chadron, NE
  • The SpongeBob Musical — Ensemble
  • The Wizard of Oz — Ensemble

Adday is thrilled to spend her third summer on the Post Playhouse stage. You may remember seeing Adday in past season’s productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Sound of Music. This school year, she kept a busy schedule participating in Student Council, Cross Country, Show Choir, One-Act Play, Wrestling, Track and Field and of course, the Chadron High School Musical Production of Grease where she portrayed Frenchy. She is thrilled to have an opportunity to be a part of the magic of the Post Playhouse and thanks her friends and family for their love and support.

Dana Tewahade
Chadron, NE
  • The SpongeBob Musical — Ensemble
  • The Wizard of Oz — Ensemble

Dana is extremely grateful to spend another summer on the stage. She is excited to grow as a performer and learn from all the wonderful cast and crew at Post Playhouse. In her free time, Dana enjoys riding gravel trails and camping with her husband, constructing musical sets and props with friends and spending as much time as possible with her amazing daughters.

Brandon Thomsen
Quincy, IL
  • Director — The Wizard of Oz, Honky Tonk Laundry

Brandon Thomsen was bitten by the theatre bug while in kindergarten, after seeing a production of The Wizard of Oz and has directed nearly 100 productions since. Favorite projects include Les MisérablesPhantomPeter PanGood People, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. In 2014, Brandon was named Artistic Director at Quincy Community Theatre in Quincy, Illinois, having previously served as QCT’s Education Director for eight years. He is the recipient of the Illinois Theatre Association’s Award of Excellence in Community Theatre, and the City of Quincy, Illinois Arts Award - Individual Artists/Teacher, was featured as one of Quincy’s 20 under 40, and recently completed a three-year tenure as Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce Diversity and Inclusion Committee chair. A native of Watertown, WI, Brandon received a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Wisconsin Lutheran College. “The dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.” brandonthomsen.com

Trista Topil
Lincoln, NE
  • Technical Crew

Trista is excited for her first season at Post Playhouse. She looks forward to learning many new things. Trista is currently getting her BA in Theatre from Chadron State College. Trista has been involved in onstage and backstage work at CSC since the fall of 2021. Some of her previous credits include The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged and The Revolutionist.

Cassie Vitale
Huntington, NY
  • The SpongeBob Musical — Karen the Computer, Ensemble
  • Jersey Boys — Mary Delgado
  • The Wizard of Oz — Ensemble, Understudy Glinda & Wicked Witch
  • Honky Tonk Laundry — Understudy Katie Mae Murphy
  • Kiss Me Kate — Ensemble, Bianca & Kate

Cassie is thrilled to be making her Post Playhouse debut! Previous regional credits include Beautiful (Carole King). Thank you to all who have been a part of this journey with me!

Alexandra Wallace
Tucson, AZ
  • Box Office & Marketing Coordinator

In the upcoming 2024 Post Playhouse season, Alex will be the new Box Office Manager. Alex has been involved with the Post Playhouse every summer since 2014. That first summer Alex fell in love the community, the theatre, and her husband so much that she has returned every year since to volunteer when she visited her husband, Ken. She is a graduate from Chadron State College, where she even assisted in their box office for a little bit. Alex is absolutely delighted to be able to continue the work Ann has done for the Post Playhouse and is excited for taking on this role with a place she holds very dear.

Rodney Wallace
Goodyear, AZ
  • Box Office Staff

Rod is a retired school administrator, teacher and coach. Now living in Arizona with his wife Sheri, their grand-dog, Cassian, and grand-cat, Momo. He enjoys playing golf and tennis. He is excited to experience a summer in Crawford. Being a history buff, he is looking forward to learning all about Fort Robinson. He would like everyone to know that he won the Best Actor award in his junior high school play.

Sheri Wallace
Goodyear, AZ
  • Box Office Staff

After retiring from teaching in 2023, Sheri and her husband Rod moved to Arizona where you will find her on the tennis courts most days. She is also the proud grandma of her grandbabies, Cassian(husky), and Momo(cat). She loves visiting the Post and watching many of the musicals that are performed every summer. Her daughter, Alexandra and her husband Ken asked her and her husband, Rod to join them this summer at the Post. She is excited to experience a full summer in Crawford.

Reese Watson
Chadron, NE
  • The Wizard of Oz — Ensemble

Reese is 9 years old and very excited to join the Post Playhouse for her third season. Past summers Reese could be found playing Gretl in The Sound of Music, the Niece in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as well as Oscar Delancey in the Chadron School’s Summer Musical Newsies Junior. Reese will be entering the third grade at Chadron Primary School and enjoys art, dance, music, softball, being outdoors, as well as playing with her cousins and two younger brothers. She is looking forward to another summer of learning and being inspired by the amazing professional actors and actresses. Reese is the daughter of Matt and Loni Watson of Chadron Nebraska. We would like to thank everyone at the Post Playhouse for their kindness and encouragement.

Rhett Wolford
Cumberland MD
  • Scenic Designer — The SpongeBob Musical, Jersey Boys, The Wizard of Oz

Rhett is excited for his first season at Post! He has been a part of countless shows in the Western Maryland area both onstage and off, most notable at The Cumberland Theatre, where he is the Technical Director and resident scenic designer in Cumberland, MD. He has designed over 60 productions in the last 8 seasons. Some of his more notable designs include: The Play That Goes Wrong, The SpongeBob Musical, Murder on the Orient Express, Noises Off!, Fool for Love, Gypsy, Carrie The Musical, Yankee Tavern, Meteor Shower, A St. Car Named Desire, The Cake,True West,Company, August: Osage County, The Wisdom of Eve, Escape to Margaritaville, and Evil Dead: The Musical. Rhett would like to give much love to his incredibly supportive wife Lisa and their beautiful daughters, Olive and Scout, back in Maryland!

Kenley Wood
Douglas, WY
  • The SpongeBob Musical — Ensemble

Kenley Wood is extremely excited to be back at the Post Playhouse for her second season! Her stage experience includes ensemble roles in Douglas High School’s productions of Guys and Dolls and Cinderella, Post Playhouse’s 2023 production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and as Hortencia in Matilda Jr., and Tina in Sister Act. Kenley has just finished her freshman year of high school and is a member of the high school swimming, basketball, and soccer teams and when she’s not busy with those activities you can hear her singing along to most any song!  She would like to thank everyone who has supported her throughout her musical adventures including her Mom, Dad, siblings, Grandma Dee, and her Post Playhouse “family”.

Board

Janelle Visser
Hemingford, NE
  • President of the Board
Wally Seiler
Alliance, NE
  • Vice President of the Board
Alex Helmbrecht
  • Secretary
Jim Gardner
Chadron, NE
  • Treasurer
Irene Hughes
Crawford, NE
Danielle Lecher
Chadron, NE
Jeanine Mohr
Chadron, Nebraska
Ali Redden
Crawford, NE
Sara Taylor
Chadron, NE
Matt Watson
exterior of Post Playhouse

Post Playhouse, Inc. is Northwestern Nebraska's favorite live theatre company, producing several musicals running in a repertory schedule every summer by bringing together highly skilled creative professionals from across the country and nearby. Post Playhouse, Inc. performs its productions at the theatre in Fort Robinson State Park.

Contact information

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The Nebraska Arts Council, a state agency, has supported the programs of this organization through its matching grants program funded by the Nebraska Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. Visit www.nebraskaartscouncil.org for information on how the Nebraska Arts Council can assist your organization.

Chadron State College logo

Chadron State College is a proud sponsor of the Post Playhouse. CSC routinely donates lighting equipment, sound equipment, and costumes to the theatre to help Post Playhouse bring you the very best looking and sounding shows you'll see in Western Nebraska.

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Post Playhouse Incorporated produces its summer season at the theatre on Fort Robinson State Park. The fort is run by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

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