Cast lists for Grandstreet Summer Theatre -Mamma Mia!
Directed by: Daniel Schultz
Musical Direction: Sarah Wussow
Choreography: Aaron Pomeroy
Producer: Marianne Adams & Grandstreet Theatre School
Production Stage Manager: Rayne O’Bryant
Scene Designer: Jayden Velazquez
Lighting Designer: Roger Scruggs
Props Mistress: Mary Gegenhuber
DONNA SHERIDAN –Lysa Fox
SOPHIE SHERIDAN –Savannah Smith
SAM CARMICHAEL –Gabriel Murphy
HARRY BRIGHT – Scott Pargot
BILL AUSTIN – Carlton Ryker
SKY – Ben Love
ROSIE MULLIGAN – Teak Hoiness Schummer
TANYA CHESHAM-LEIGH – Katy Wright
PEPPER – Broderick Balsley
EDDIE – Jimmy Capek
ALI –Cecily Dowd
LISA – Willa Fossum
FATHER ALEXANDRIOS –Rick Johnson
Broderick Balsley (Pepper) is a rising junior B.F.A musical theatre major at Indiana University. For IU Theatre: Urinetown (Tiny Tom/Dr. Billeaux), City of Angels (Big Six/Cop), The Drowsy Chaperone (Cover: Robert Martin/Ensemble Swing), and Jesus Christ Superstar (Guard). Regional: Dames at Sea (Dick/Assistant Choreographer) and Front Page Flo (Frank). After Mamma Mia, you can catch Broderick in the workshop production of Stardust Road, a new musical directed by Susan H. Schulman.
Jimmy Capek (Eddie) 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 (ensemble) is ecstatic to make his first appearance with Grandstreet this summer! He is excited to share the stage with such gifted performers, as well as put on a great 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 the show!
Keelin Connolly (ensemble)is thrilled to be a part of Mamma Miathis summer! Recent credits include: Darlene Lambert and a Macy’s Dancer in Elf Jr. and a Lady in Waiting in Once Upon A Mattress Jr. She would like to thank the cast and crew of this wonderful show, as well as her parents for supporting her and Torrey and her crazy friends for keeping her sane.
Noah Cornwell (ensemble)is thrilled to be making his Grandstreet debut with Mamma Mia! He is a junior MT at the Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts. He is a Duluth MN native, and has appeared in numerous shows 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). Catch him later this summer as Davey in Newsies on this same wonderful stage!
Cecily Dowd (Ali) 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
Willa Fossum (Lisa)is a recent graduate of Grandstreet Theatre School, and a current Sophomore in the BFA Acting program at Texas State University. Some of her favorite credits from the Grandstreet stage include “Hatchetface” in Cry-Baby the Musical, Diwata in Speech and Debate, and Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She’d like to thank this wonderful cast and crew, and her sweet mom for showing her how to be a good human.
Lysa Fox (Donna Sheridan)is a Montana native who is spending her eleventh consecutive summer with Grandstreet and so happy to be sharing the stage with good friends. She is the Head of Musical Theatre at Western Illinois University. Lysa just directed Falsettos to end the GST season. Some other recent projects: Always…Patsy Cline (Patsy), The 39 Steps (director), Picasso at the Lapin Agile (director), The Marvelous Wonderettes (director/choreographer). Thanks to Lana, Marianne, Jeff, Tom and Lisa, and Mom and Dad.
Teak Hoiness Schummer
Teak Hoiness Schummer (Rosie)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.
Rick Johnson (Father Alexandrious)is excited and thankful to be on stage again as Father Alex in “Mamma Mia.” He has been involved with GST for over 20 years as actor, stage manager, lights, box office, house manager, usher, etc. His most recent role was Mr. Greenway in “Elf Jr”. The most rewarding part of being involved at GST is working with all the creative, fun, and amazing GST kids.. Rick would like to thank the staff, volunteers and the “kids” that make GST a magical place for Helena.
Kate Loble (ensemble) is thrilled to be preforming on the Grandstreet stage once more. Theater has been her passion all through grade school and will continue to be as she moves into her junior year. Her favorite shows include Elf Jr. (Jovie) and The Lion King (Pumbaa). Kate is grateful of every opportunity to be onstage and would like to thank her cast and crew and friends and family for making her dreams a reality.
Ben Love (Sky)is beyond grateful to be joining the Grandstreet family this summer as he prepares for his senior year as a BFA Musical Theatre student at the Webster Conservatory in St. Louis. Recent credits – apart from Whizzer in Falsettos here last month – include: Hamlet (St. Louis Rep.); Next Fall, Brigadoon (WebCo); Working, Annie (Hope Summer Rep.). He would like to thank his classmates, professors, and family for their continued love and support. Instagram: @benjaminblove
Gabriel Murphy (Sam Carmichael) is beyond grateful to be back at Grandstreet for his 6th summer 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.
Baylee Oligmiller (ensemble)is thrilled to be a part of the cast of Mamma Mia! Baylee is a Helena native who grew up performing. Whether it was on the Grandstreet stage, at Helena High school sporting events where she was a cheerleader, in HHS honor choir recitals, and most recently on the sidelines of Griz games where she was a member of the UM Dance Team and occasional national anthem singer, Baylee feels very blessed for the opportunity perform in this show as she begins her next chapter pursuing her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. To my support system of incredible friends & family: I love you so much!!!
Scott Pargot (Harry Bright) has been a Helena resident since 1995 and has had the privilege of being a part of Grandstreet Theatre for many years. Some of his favorite roles include, Billy Flynn in Chicago, Thomas Andrews in Titanic, The Musical, Howie Corbett in Rabbit Hole, and most recently Bruce Bechdel in Fun Home. He is SO excited to be a part of Mamma Mia! this summer. Thank you so much to his family and Katy Wright, the best things in my life.
Claire Peterson (ensemble) is delighted to be back on the Grandstreet stage. You may have seen her recently as Mary in It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, expedition crew in Tarzan, or a protester in Rock of Ages. Claire is currently in college at the University of Montana where she is double majoring in acting and psychology.
Sealey Raymond (ensemble) is a senior at HHS, and has been doing Grandstreet since Kindergarten. Some of her favorite roles include the Door Mouse in Alice in Wonderland, the Caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland, Jr., and most recently Jovie in Elf Jr. She is currently the being a stage manager for Madagascar, Jr. She would like to thank her family and the wonderful staff and all her friends at Grandstreet Theatre.
Carlton Ryker (Bill Austin) is thrilled to be making his first 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.
Savannah Smith (Sophie Sheridan) is ecstatic to be returning to the Grandstreet stage with all of her favorite GST and WebCo pals! Some of her favorite theatrical credits include Jane in Tarzan, Miss Spider in James and the Giant Peach, and Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She would like to dedicate this performance to all of the “mamas” and mentors who’ve been there for her over the years, especially Theresa Vedovatti. This one’s for you, mom!
Emma Templeton (ensemble) is so thrilled and grateful to be a part of Mamma Mia! this summer! Some of her credits include: Rafiki in The Lion King Jr., Susan Parks in Billy Elliot, and Lady Larken in Getting to Know… Once Upon a Mattress. She would like to thank the cast and crew for their hard work as well as her parents and sister, Lily for always being so supportive.
McLain Thornquist (ensemble) is very excited to be in another production at Grandstreet Theatre. Her last shows include ensemble in Elf Jr., ensemble in James and the Giant Peach, and The Ghost of Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol. McLain is a rising junior at Capital High School. She would like to thank her family and friends for helping her through everything and to Marianne Adams for always believing in her.
Gill Vaughn-Spencer (ensemble) 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 (ensemble) 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!”
Presley Wilson (ensemble) is thrilled to be back at Grandstreet! Originally from Helena, she currently lives in NYC and studies with Broadway Artists Alliance and ACANY. Presley recently made her Off-Broadway debut as Gilmer in Godspell. Grandstreet credits include: Princess Winnifred in G2K: Once Upon a Mattress, Thing 1 in The Cat in the Hat, and Little Eponine in Les Miserable. Presley thanks her friends, family, and Grandstreet for their support and inspiration to pursue her dreams!
Katy Wright (Tanya Chesham-Leigh) has been an educator with Helena Public Schools for 16 years and is a public Montessori teacher at Smith Elementary. Katy has been a part of numerous theatre projects in Helena and was seen most recently as Becca in Rabbit Hole. Her first production with Grandstreet theatre years ago was as Lola in Damn Yankees. Katy sings with Big Soul Band and is a member of Cow Tipping Comedy and Improv Mining Company. To Scott: “You are the hero of my dreams” and I love every second with you and our kids.
is ecstatic to be in Montana for the summer, choreographing Mamma Miaand Newsiesfor 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), 42nd Street, My FairLady, 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 andThe 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.