Grandstreet Theatre

Cry Baby

August 3 - August 12

It’s 1954—everyone likes Ike, nobody likes communism and Wade “Cry-Baby” Walker is the coolest boy in Baltimore. He’s a bad boy with a good cause—truth, justice and the pursuit of rock and roll. Cry-Baby and the square rich girl, Allison, are star-crossed lovers at the center of this world. At the other end of the topsy-turvy moral spectrum of 1954 America, Baldwin is the king of the squares and leads his close-harmony pals against the juvenile delinquents. You’ll have a blast watching the conservative squares face off against the leather-clad delinquents in this rockabilly musical  based on John Waters’ cult film.

Originally produced on Broadway by
Adam Epstein Allan S. Gordon Élan V. McAllister
and Brian Grazer
James P. MacGilvray Universal Pictures Stage Productions
Anne Caruso Adam S. Gordon Latitude Link The Pelican Group
in association with Philip Morgaman Andrew Farber/Richard Mishaan
World Premiere of Cry-Baby produced by La Jolla Playhouse
Christopher Ashley, Artistic Director & Steven Libman, Managing Director
Billing Credits: Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Meet the cast of Cry-Baby!

Mary Elizabeth Boespflug

Wanda Woodward

Mary-Elizabeth Boespflug (Wanda Woodward) is thrilled to be returning to Grandstreet for yet another summer! Mary is earning her Bachelors in Theater at the University of Montana. She would like to thank her mother for her unending support, love, wisdom, and snacks. “You did a grape job raisin me. I love you to the moon and back!”

Jimmy Capek


Jimmy Capek (Ensemble) is elated to be back at Grandstreet for his third summer in a row. Some favorite credits include; Rock Of Ages (Franz), 25th Annual…Spelling Bee (Leaf), Pippin, Bat Boy and many more. Jimmy is a proud graduate of Western Illinois University where he received his BFA in Musical Theatre. He sends love to his parents, two sisters, and friends. Follow his journey at

Caroline Carey

Pepper Walker

Caroline Carey (Pepper Walker) is pumped to be a part of Cry Baby. She has grown up on the Grandstreet stage and has most recently performed in The Wizard of Oz and Mary Poppins. Caroline will be a senior in the fall and is planning on auditioning for many of the next season shows. She would like to thank her family for their never-ending support.

Eliza Carey

Square ensemble

Eliza Carey (Square ensemble) This is Eliza’s first year to participate in Grandstreet’s Summer Conservatory, although she has been on the Grandstreet stage for several years. Her most noted performances were as Little Cosette in Les Miserables, Flounder in The Little Mermaid Jr., and Thing 2 in Cat in the Hat.

Jessie Maye Christopher

Lenora Frigid

Jessie Maye Christopher (Lenora Frigid) hails from the lovely land of Raleigh, NC. Some of her favorite credits include Candace (Bully), Iola Stover (Parade), and Kathy (Singing in the Rain). She will be a junior musical theatre major at Ball State University in the fall. She would like to thank her rock star parents from her nose to her toes for their support and love. Another huge thank you to Marianne and everyone in the Grandstreet family! She hopes you enjoy the show!

Willa Fossum

Mona "Hatchet-Face" Malnorowski

Willa Fossum (Mona “Hatchet-Face Malnorowski) is a recent, proud graduate of Helena High School and Grandstreet Theatre School. She’s beyond excited to be headed off to Texas State University this fall to study Acting. Recent Grandstreet credits include Announcer in It’s a Wonderful Life: Radio Play, Diwata in Speech and Debate, and Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She’d like to thank Marianne Adams for everything she does, and all of her goofball friends for making her laugh.

Trev Gabel

Whiffle #1

Trev Gabel (Whiffle #1) is excited to be performing in Montana this summer! Trev is a Wisconsin native and earned his BFA in Music Theatre from Illinois Wesleyan University.  Regional credits include The Mac-Haydn Theatre: Producers (The Stormtrooper) and Sleepy Hollow (Washington). Timbers Theater: Everything is Rhythm (Billy). Collegiate Credits include Giant (Jordy), Where in the World is Frank Sparrow? (Mr. Kist), Runaways (Roby), and FAME (Bobby).

Nathan George

Drape ensemble

Nathan George (Drape ensemble) is excited to spend his last summer before college preforming at Grandstreet. He has been in a number of shows in the past including: It’s a Wonderful Life and Rock of Ages last summer. He would like to thank his parents for helping him through high school, and the staff of Grandstreet for always giving him a place to perform.

Lauren Hanson

Square ensemble

Lauren Hanson (Square ensemble) a soon to be sophomore, couldn’t be happier to be spending another summer at Grandstreet. Her most recent credits include Zazu (The Lion King JR.), Ensemble (James and the Giant Peach), and Debbie (Billy Elliot).  Lauren would like to thank her family and friends, her amazing cast and crew, Marianne Adams, and Lysa Fox for being an inspiration on how to live life to it’s fullest.

Noah Jermain

Wade "Cry-Baby" Walker

Noah Jermain (Wade “Cry Baby” Walker) from Savannah, Missouri is currently pursuing his BFA in Musical Theatre at Missouri State University. While at MSU, he has played Fredrik in A Little Night Music, Emmett in Legally Blonde, and Claude in Hair. He has also performed with Tent Theatre as Dean in All Shook Up. Noah is incredibly thrilled to be making his debut at Grandstreet Theatre, and he would like to thank his family for their endless love and support!

Faith Johnson

Allison Vernon-Williams

Faith Johnson (Allison Vernon-Williams) has been in Grandstreet Theatre for 13 years. She has been in many shows over the years, her most memorable being My Fair Lady, Mary Poppins, Billy Elliot, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Helena. She is honored to be playing Allison Vernon-Williams and can’t wait to see where this summer takes her. “Thank you to my mom and dad who always push me to be my best and keep me in high spirits. I love you!”

Rick Johnson


Rick Johnson (ensemble) has been hanging around GST for the past 20 years were he has been involved in more than 50 productions. His on stage roles include his first role in 1997 as Norman in The Boys Next Door to his most recent role as a member of the wonderful ensemble in Billy Elliot. Rick has also spent the last 17 summers working as Marianne Adams assistant for GST’s Summer Program. Rick would like to thank Marianne, the Staff and all the Volunteers at GST who make Grandstreet a magical place!

Dawn Lee Kangas


Dawn Lee Kangas graduated from GSTS and is blessed to work as a teacher and director where she gained her passion for theatre. Dawn has a BFA in Acting from Cornish College of the Arts, Professional Acting Conservatory and a MIT from Seattle University.  She has taught at GSTS for the past 13 years. She recently directed GTK Once upon a Mattress and was Sponge in James and the Giant Peach.

Kate Loble

Drape ensemble

Kate Loble (Drape ensemble) is ecstatic to be performing in Crybaby! She loves theater and continues to challenge herself in this wonderful art. Her favorite role was Pumbaa in The Lion King Jr. and her most recent show was My Fair Lady this spring. She would like to thank her cast members for motivating her through each and every day and her sister Mia for always being by her side whether she likes it or not!

Adam David Marino

Dupree W. Dupree

Adam David Marino (Dupree W. Dupree) is thrilled to be making his Grandstreet Theatre debut as Terk in Tarzan! Adam is a native of Rochester, NY and former student at Nazareth College of Rochester. Some of Adam’s favorite credits include The Buddy Holly Story (Ritchie Valens), Grease (Doody) and Titanic (Mr. Andrews). Special thanks to M,D,A L2 and coffee for their constant love and support!

Jodi Mattson

Mrs. Cordelia Vernon-Williams

Jodi Mattson (Mrs. Cordelia Vernon-Williams) holds a Masters in Education and has taught music in the public schools, Carroll College and is currently a private voice teacher. She has been performing, musically directing, painting, sewing, and supporting Grandstreet productions since 1977.  Her first role was Fiona in Brigadoon since then the list is long of roles and musical direction. Most recently, Aggie Hurley in A Catered Affair , Velma Von Tussle in Hairspray, and Mrs.Watson in Big River.  Jodi is honored to have been a member of the Grandstreet gang for so many years/decades (yikes!!)  This is a magical place; creative, and safe…wonderful!

Jillian Newton


Jillian Newton (adult ensemble) is thrilled to music direct the talented cast of Tarzan! Originally from Michigan, she earned Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Western Michigan University. She has previously worked with Grandstreet Theatre as the Music Director for It’s a Wonderful Life and as a Maid/Ensemble member in My Fair Lady. Jillian is an active music teacher in town and maintains a full studio. Much love to Calder, friends, and family for their endless support!

Matthew Reindl

Whiffle #3

Matthew Reindl is ecstatic to be making his Grandstreet Theatre debut in Cry-Baby! Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Matthew currently studies musical theatre at Oklahoma City University. He would like to dedicate this performance to his grandparents, and to thank everyone at Grandsteet for making this opportunity possible!

Hayden Schubert

Drape ensemble

Hayden Schubert (Drape ensemble) will be entering his Senior year of the BFA in Musical Theater at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Educational Credits Include Prentiss in Peter and the Starcatcher, Frid in A Little Night Music, Centaur in The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, Abel in Children of Eden, and Valere in Tartuffe. He has also worked professionally at McLeod Summer Playhouse where he played Brad in Hairspray, Napthali In Joseph…Dreamcoat, and Simon/Lafe in Big River.

Jim Shea

Judge Stone

Jim Shea (Judge Stone) Jim’s acting chops and easy access to judicial attire landed him his first Grandstreet role as Justice Brandeis in Annie.  Since then, Jim has appeared in a number of shows, including UrinetownArsenic and Old LaceThe ForeignerOliver!, and The 39 Steps.  In between acting gigs, Jim pays the bills with his day job as a Montana Supreme Court Justice.  Jim would like to thank Kathy, Kate, and Mo for . . . well . . . everything.

David Wade

Drape ensemble

David Wade (Drape ensemble) has been performing for the last eleven years. He is wildly excited to be back for another summer of Grandstreet madness. David Wade is a recent graduate of the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts as a Theatre major. He loves Grandstreet Theatre and hopes to come back again.

Dalton Weaver

Whiffle #2

Dalton Weaver (whiffle #2) sixteen years old, is a Helena High Sophomore where he sings in the Starlighters Choir.  He is a frequent performer at Grandstreet Theatre.  His most recent performances include James and Giant Peach, It’s A Wonderful Life and The Giver.   Dalton was recently chosen as an All Star Actor at the Junior Theater Festival in Sacramento.  “Thank you Grandstreet Theatre for being my second home!”

Matthew Weidenbener


Matthew Weidenbener (Baldwin) is thrilled to be joining the GST family! He is a rising senior at Indiana University, pursuing his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre. Recent credits include The Drowsy Chaperone (Robert Martin), A Year With Frog & Toad, West Side Story (Co-Choreographer), Oliver! (Noah Claypole/A.Chor.), Mary Poppins (Robertson Ay), Shrek (Pinocchio). Matthew can be seen co-hosting WTIU’s “The Friday Zone” airing on PBS throughout the midwest. Matthew is from Bloomington, Indiana.

Presley Wilson

Drape ensemble

Presley Wilson (Drape ensemble) is 14 and has been performing at Grandstreet for 10 years. This will be her last local performance before moving to New York City.  Selected roles include Princess Winnifred, GTK Once upon a Mattress, Thing 1, The Cat in the Hat, Little Eponine, Les Miserables.  She would like to thank her theatre family for making her experience here amazing, always making her feel at home, and her family for their support and love.

Danielle Wineman

square ensemble

Danielle Wineman (square ensemble) is so happy to be back home at Grandstreet! She is a rising second year at UC San Diego earning her Masters of Fine Arts. Past credits: Taming of the Shrew(d) and (w)holeness (UCSD/La Jolla Playhouse); A Christmas Carol (Guthrie Theater); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Montana Shakespeare in the Schools); Rock of Ages, All Shook Up & Into the Woods (Grandstreet Theatre). Thank you to her family, friends and everyone at Grandstreet!