Cast List – Grandstreet Summer Theatre-Newsies
The Production Team
Directed by: Sarah Butts
Musical Direction: Amy Logan
Choreography: Aaron Pomeroy
Producer: Marianne Adams & Grandstreet Theatre School
Production Stage Manager: Rayne O’Bryant
Costume Design: Graden Hahn
Scenic Design: Jayden Velazquez
Lighting Design: Roger Scruggs
Props Mistress: Mary Gegenhuber
Jack Kelly- Joseph Collins
Les- Finn Morrison
Katherine Plummer- Cecily Dowd
Medda Larkin/Nun-Teak Hoiness Schummer
Nun/Hannah/Bowery Beauty- Selena English
Snyder- Adam Mendez
Weisel/ Mayor-Kev Hamm
Morris –Ben Misplon
Oscar –Ted Van Alstyne
Seitz/Mr Jacobi-Phil Bartruff
Nunzio/Stage Manager-David Ybarra
Race- Jimmy Capek
Finch-Gill Vaughn Spencer
Jane/Bowery Beauty-Aase Hahn
Ike/Bowery Beauty-Rachel Martorana
Mike/Bowery Beauty-Elsie Harrington
Joel Andrews (Buttons) is excited to be in the cast of Newsies! A senior at Oklahoma City University, Credits include Texas, Frontier City, Evita, Anything Goes, Godspell, On The Town, The American Spirit Dance Company and Fiddler on the Roof. He would like to thank the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment, The Wanda Bass School, Mary Wierick, his family, friends, mentors, cats and all the other stars in the OCU constellation.
Phil Bartruff (Seitz/Mr. Jacobi)is extremely excited to be back for another summer show at Grandstreet Theatre. Phil was seen last summer, monkeying around, playing the role Kerchek in Tarzan. He was honored to play Hertz Klinemann in Rock of Ages in 2016. In 2015, Phil had the opportunity for one of his dream roles, playing Charlemagne in Pippin. Phil would like to thank Grandstreet for the numerous opportunities to hit their stage in Oklahoma, Big River, Hairspray and All Shook Up, as well. Phil is forever grateful for the love and support of Hays, Lang and Macaul. I love you guys.
Jimmy Capek (Race) is so excited to be returning to Grandstreet for his fourth consecutive summer. Previous credits include: Rock of Ages, Pippin, Little Shop of Horrors, Young Frankenstein, and many more. A proud graduate of Western Illinois University where he received a BFA in Musical Theatre. He sends all the love and thanks to Marianne Adams, Lysa Fox, the Hanson Family, his parents and his beautiful sisters. Thank you for supporting live theatre and enjoy the show!
Joseph Collins (Jack Kelly) is beyond happy to perform his dream role at Grandstreet this summer! He’s excited to share the stage with such gifted performers, and put on an amazing show. Joseph is a BFA Musical Theatre student at Western Illinois University. Previous roles include Prince Eric in Little Mermaid, Chip Tolentino in Spelling Bee, and Jack Lawson in Race. He appreciates your support to the theatrical arts, and hopes you enjoy this Grandstreet production of Newsies!
Noah Cornwell (Davey) is excited to help tell this powerful story with these wonderful people. He recently appeared in Mamma Mia on the Grandstreet stage earlier this summer. He is a junior at the Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts. He is a Duluth MN native, and has appeared in numerous productions there, as well as at Webster and the St. Louis Rep. Past credits include Sweeney Todd (Sweeney), The Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), Brigadoon (Charlie), and Hairspray (Link Larkin). He hopes you enjoy the show and seize the day!
Cecily Dowd (Katherine Plummer) is a musical theatre major at the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University, class of 2021. Regionally, she performed One Slight Hitch by Lewis Black and a staged reading at The Human Race. After a full year of much needed, enlightened training at Webster, she’s ready to perform again! Thank you to the entire company and production team! Instagram: @cecily_dowd
Selena English (Nun/Hannah/Bowery Beauty) is thrilled to be returning to the Grandstreet stage after a two year break. A graduate of Grandstreet Theatre School, she has remained involved at GST by Stage Managing Rabbit Hole and Fun Home, as well as stepping in as the Pre-Show Choir Director for Elf JR. Her most recent roles on stage include; Ensemble in Pippin and Mrs. Cratchit in A Christmas Carol. Selena would like to dedicate this performance to Zayn, “Tia loves you!”.
Jacob Flekier (Crutchie) is so excited to be making his debut with Grandstreet in Newsies. Jacob is a Musical Theatre major at Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts. His professional credits include A Streetcar Named Desire and Will Mr. Merriwether Return from Memphis? (Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis), 9 to 5: The Musical, and Joseph…Dreamcoat (STAGES St. Louis). He has also appeared in Brigadoon, [title of show] and The Drowsy Chaperone at Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts.
Aase Hahn (Jane/Bowery Beauty) relishes the opportunity to return to the Grandstreet stage after recently appearing as Deb in Grandstreet’s Christmas show, Elf Jr. Favorite Grandstreet credits include: Sarabi in The Lion King Jr., Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, The Little Girl in Ragtime, and Tessie in Annie! Aase cannot wait to share the stage with new and old friends this summer, and to work alongside her mom, Graden Hahn, who is costuming the show.
Kev Hamm (Weisel/Mayor) has been in the Grandstreet productions of Avenue Q, Next Fall, Les Misérables, The Addams’ Family Musical, A Christmas Carol, Tarzan, and most recently (alone) in The SantaLand Diaries. He produces videos at Studio19 and tries to change the world at Treasure State Internet & Telegraph. He’s a founding member of Cow Tipping Comedy, and performs regularly from September to May. Thanks to mom, dad, and my family for all the love and support.
Meghan Hanrahan (Nun/Bunsen) This is Meghan’s first production at Grandstreet. She is a theatre student at Carroll College. Her previous roles include Ursula in The Little Mermaid, Veta Simmons in Harvey, Leaf Coneybear in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Toad from A Year With Frog and Toad. She would like to thank Kim Shire for pushing her to audition and supporting her journey.
Lauren Hanson (JoJo) a rising junior, is beyond excited to be spending another summer at Grandstreet. Her most recent credits include Ensemble(Elf Jr.), Square Ensemble (Cry Baby!), and Zazu (The Lion King Jr.). Lauren would like to thank her family, friends, and her amazing cast and crew for always making her smile.
Cas Harrington (Kim)is beyond excited to be a part of Newsies. A high schooler who’s loved theatre since age three, she spends her best days at Grandstreet. Newsies will be her 19th show. Recent credits include Marty in Madagascar Jr. and a Young Ape in Tarzan. She thanks her theatre family, her wonderful cast and crew, and the original cast of Newsies for “making me realize that I truly want to be an actor.”
Elsie Harrington (Mike/Bowery Beauty) fell in love with Newsies at age eleven and is incredibly grateful and elated to now be in it at Grandstreet! Elsie has grown up at Grandstreet, where her credits include The Lion King Jr. (Nala), Billy Elliot (Keeley Gibson), and Alice in Wonderland Jr. (Queen of Hearts), and where she also assistant teaches third and fourth grade theatre school classes. “I love you, Mom! Thank you for believing in me.”
Teak Hoiness Schummer
Teak Hoiness Schummer (Media Larkin) has degrees in Theatre, Music, Dance & Design from PLU, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, NYU and The Sheffield School. She owns her own Interior Design business Teakinteriors in Helena and works remotely as a Talent Agent for Andersen Arts Group in Las Vegas. Her favorite Grandstreet roles include; The Witch in Into the Woods, Paulette in Legally Blonde, Louise in Always, Patsy Cline, and Diana in Next to Normal. Teak dedicates this summer of Theatre to the two men in her life; her husband, Mark and her son, Grayson.
Ella House (Sniper) is so excited to be back this summer for another year of summer Grandstreet. She says she is thrilled to have a reason to dance and act again this summer. Past shows she’s been in at Grandstreet have been Elf Jr., The Lion King Jr., and Billy Elliot. Ella would like to thank her amazing supportive family, Kate Loble and Elsie Harrington for “showing me what Newsies even is”.
John Katz (Specs) is thrilled to make his Grandstreet debut in Newsies! John is a sophomore Musical Theater Major at Webster Conservatory. Past shows include Crazy for You (Bobby), James and the Giant Peach (James, World Premiere), and Spamalot (Patsy). John would like to thank the production staff for taking a chance on him and casting him in his dream show. He would also like to thank his cats for always being fluffy. Twitter: @actingace3
Andrew Maguire (Romeo) is a Sophomore at Oklahoma City University receiving a Bachelor of Music in Music Theatre. Favorite OCU credits include Seussical (General GKS/Wick 2) and Urinetown (Bobby Strong). He sends his thanks to his voice teacher Dr. Courtney Crouse and all of his professors at OCU and his loving family for believing in him.
Rachel Martorana (Ike/Bowery Beauty) is seventeen and has been involved in Grandstreet for four years. This year she spent her time in HHS’s programs as President of the Choir Club, Vice President of the Thespians, and a member of its mixed a capella group. Rachel is also honored to be representing Montana as this year’s Distinguished Young Woman. She was recently in Grandstreet’s Sense and Sensibility as Anne Steele, and is thrilled to be part of this production.
Adam Mendez (Warden Snyder) is glad to be back on the GST Stage again alongside so many wonderful, passionate theatre artists. Adam received his BA in Theatre (Acting Concentration) from Arizona State University. Some of Adam’s favorite credits are Clopin from The Hunchback of Norte Dame, Leaf Coneybear from The 25th Annual Putnam, and Tomas from Tomas and the Library Lady. Adam currently lives in LA working as an actor and musician, writing music with many fellow artists. Adam would like to thank his family, friends, La Casa De Andy and his girlfriend Aleesha Williams for always giving love and support.
Ben Misplon (Morris Delancey)is a senior at Western Illinois University where he is studying Musical Theatre. Ben is so grateful to be back home this summer performing once again for the Helena community. Ben’s favorite roles have included Prentis in Peter and the Starcatcher, Hanschen in Spring Awakening, and Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast. Ben would like to thank his family and friends who have always shown their love and support.
Finn Morrison (Les)is thrilled to play the role of Les in GST’s Newsies. He was previously seen on the Grandstreet stage in Elf Jr. Before moving to Montana last August, Finn studied ballet for three years with the Champaign (Illinois) Ballet Company and appeared in three productions of CU Ballet’s The Nutcracker. He looks forward to someday following in the footsteps of his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, all newsboys in Helena over the last century
Gabriel Murphy (Pulitzer) is beyond grateful to be back at Grandstreet for his 6thsummer season, his first being way back in 2008! A Kansas native, Gabriel trained with Webster Conservatory and the British American Drama Academy and currently lives in Minneapolis. Regionally Gabriel has worked with the Kentucky Repertory Theatre, Great River Shakespeare Festival, The Jungle Theatre, Park Square Theatre, and Theater Latte Da, among others. Thank you to everyone at GST for all you do.
Alex Ramirez (ensemble) is a Helena native and recent graduate of Carroll College. He has participated in a number of shows during his time in high school including: Linus in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, and a Guard in The Boy Who Spoke Colors. He Has also preformed in the Grandstreet production ofLes Miserablesas a worker/revolutionary. He continues to enjoy participating in theater when he is able.
Carlton Ryker (Roosevelt/ensemble) is thrilled to be making his second appearance at Grandstreet Theatre. Carlton is a Musical Theatre graduate from Wichita State University and has appeared in various shows such as Little Shop of Horrors (The Dentist), Jane Eyre (Rochester), Into the Woods (The Baker), Sister Act (Joey), and many more. He would like to thank his family and friends for all their support throughout the years. Enjoy the show!
Blake Sauceda (Tommy Boy) is a Sophomore at Oklahoma City University receiving his BFA Acting major, and is excited to be at Grandstreet this summer! Recent credits include On The Town (Ozzie), Noises Off (Garry/Roger), Urinetown (Hot Blades Harry), and Hairspray (Wilbur). He would like to thank his friends and family for always being the best support he could ask for.
Kendall Skoog (scab/ensemble) is excited to join the summer conservatory program for the first time this year! He was last seen in Getting to Know… Once Upon a Mattress as The King. Other shows include Dear Edwina Jr., A Christmas Carol, and participation in the Junior Theatre Festival. He has also explored other trades in theatre such as set construction and stage management. He would like to thank his friends and family for their support.
Hudson Snyder (Elmer) is very excited to make his Grandstreet debut! He is an upcoming Junior at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he was most recently seen as a featured dancer in Fiddler On the Roof and On the Town. Some of his favorite roles include Marcellus (The Music Man), Garvin (Footloose) and Mr. Green (Clue). Hudson would like to thank Jo Lynn Burks, Nancy Allen and his family for their continuous love and support.
Ted Van Alstyne
Ted Van Alstyne (Oscar Delancey) is a Helena native who spent every summer of his youth attending Grandstreet Summer Theatre School. He is excited to be back to teach and perform! Ted has played Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, Jason/Kid Burns in 45 Minutes from Broadway, Sasha in Fiddler on the Roof, and Ensemble/Guitarist in Grandstreet’s Rock of Ages. Ted plays music and basketball in his free time and will attend Augustana University in the fall.
Gill Vaughn Spencer
Gill Vaughn-Spencer (Finch) is thrilled to be making his return to Grandstreet Theatre! Regional credits include Oklahoma! and Pippin (Grandstreet Theatre) as well as Singing in the Rain(Lyric Repertory Company). Recently seen as Gremio/Flynt(Fred U/S) in Kiss Me Kate and Ensemble in 42nd Street(Pittsburgh Playhouse). Gill is a junior attending Point Park University for his B.F.A in Musical Theatre. He would like to thank everyone who has supported him, especially his wonderful mother. Enjoy the show!
David Wade (Henry) is very excited to be back for another summer season at Grandstreet Theatre. Previous credits include Matt in The Fantasticks, Prince Topher in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and Macbeth in Macbeth. He is a graduate of the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, has been living in Los Angeles for the past year, and will be attending the Atlantic Acting School in New York City this fall.
Dalton Weaver (Mush) seventeen years old, is extremely excited to be here this summer! Dalton currently attends Interlochen Arts Academy where he was recently seen in A Streetcar Named Desire, The Nutcracker, and Sweeney Todd. His most recent Grandstreet productions include Mamma Mia, Cry Baby, Once Upon A Mattress, The Giver. “The GST stage will forever hold a special place in my heart, thank you Grandstreet for being my second family!”
David Ybarra (Nunzio/Stage Manager) is excited to return to the Grandstreet stage for a second time and is incredibly excited for this production of Newsies. David recently graduated with a BFA in Theater Arts from Carroll College (Go Saints!). His favorite past roles include: Tim Algood in Noises Off, Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, and Triton in The Little Mermaid. He would like to thank his family and friends for all the love and support.
Sarah Butts (Director) is a Freelance Theatre Director, Writer and Teaching Artist currently based in Seattle. She holds an MFA Directing from University of California, Irvine. She is thrilled to be back to one of her artistic homes to direct Newsies. Select directing credits include Buyer and Cellar, James & the Giant Peach, Avenue Q, Shrek (Grandstreet Theatre); The Odyssey Project (Pocket Theatre), Pygmalion (Long Beach Playhouse), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Sacrifice Cliff Theatre), These Shining Lives, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead (University of California, Irvine), Les Miserables, Brigadoon, Into The Woods (Skyview High School) In The Next Room or The Vibrator Play, Violet, RENT (Venture Theatre); Urinetown (Verge Theatre). Upcoming: Matilda (Associate Director – Village Theatre)
Graden Hahn (Costume Design) is indebted to directors Sarah Butts, Marianne Adams, and Lysa Fox for trusting an untrained, but ridiculously eager, daytime attorney to dress their actors. Graden cut her teeth as an assistant costumer for James and the Giant Peach and The Lion King, Jr. Last summer she designed the costumes for Cry Baby. Graden sends love to Aase and Astri, who introduced her to creative growth opportunities afforded by community theater, and to Jamul, the best pedaling, chairlift, and parenting partner on the planet.
Aaron Lloyd Pomeroy is ecstatic to be in Montana for the summer, choreographing Mamma Mia and Newsies for Grandstreet Theatre. Originally from San Diego, California, Aaron now resides in Oklahoma City where he is a part of the distinguished dance faculty at Oklahoma City University. No stranger to the theater scene, Aaron has performed in numerous productions including Roman Holiday (world premiere at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis), Spamalot, Oklahoma, Funny Girl (Sacramento Music Circus), Beauty and the Beast (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), 42 nd Street, My Fair Lady, The Producers (Pioneer Theater Company), On The Town, My One and Only (Reprise! Broadways Best), A Christmas Story (Capital Rep Theater) and Cats (Moonlight Stage Productions), among countless others. A member of The San Diego Ballet Company for many consecutive seasons, performing as a soloist, Aaron has also performed in The Radio City Christmas Spectacular for seven years, traveling across the country to venues like the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. Some of Aaron’s choreography credits include Guys and Dolls, When Pigs Fly, Pippin and The Music Man. Most of Aaron’s training, however, comes from the many wonderful and inspiring mentors he has come in contact with throughout his career. He has studied extensively in all forms of dance, choreographing for many institutions worldwide. His students have gone on to win local and state championships while continuing to pursue excellence in the dramatic arts. As a teacher, Aaron’s greatest pleasure is seeing his students grow into influential artists, inspiring leaders and creative teachers who can share their love of the stage onto the next generation of performers. Aaron is passionate about life, the extension of the arts to others, and is hoping you enjoy yourself tonight as you sit back, relax and take in what these beautiful shows have to offer.