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The Cast

Trina – Jill Roberts

Marvin – Jeff Downing

Whizzer – Ben Love

Mendel – Calder Burgam

Dr. Charlotte – Pam Hunthausen-Ponich

Cordelia – Olivia McConnell

Jason – Khalil Elias

 

Director – Lysa Fox

Music Director – Sarah Wussow

Stage Manager – Rayne O’Bryant

Cast lists for Grandstreet Summer Theatre -Mamma Mia!

Production  Team

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

Cast

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

Male ensemble
Joseph Collins
Noah Cornwell
Gill Vaughn-Spencer
Dalton Weaver
David Wade
Blake Sauceda

 Female ensemble
Claire Peterson
Baylee Oligmiller
Kate Loble
Emma Templeton
Keelin Connolly
McLain Thornquist

Sealey Raymond
Presley Wilson

Broderick Balsley

Pepper

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rosie

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

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

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

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 FallBrigadoon (WebCo); WorkingAnnie (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

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

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

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

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

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. Recently she was the assistant director 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

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

ensemble

Blake Sauceda (ensemble) 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

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

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

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

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

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

ensemble

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

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

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.

Daniel Schultz

Director

Aaron Pomeroy

Choreographer

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.

Sarah Wussow

Musical Director

Cast List – Grandstreet Summer Theatre-Newsies

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

The Cast

Jack Kelly- Joseph Collins
Crutchie-Jacob Flekier
Davey-Noah Cornwell
Les- Finn Morrison
Katherine Plummer- Cecily Dowd
Medda Larkin/Nun-Teak Hoiness Schummer

Bunsen/Nun/Woman Customer-Meghan Hanrahan
Nun/Hannah/Bowery Beauty- Selena English
Pulitzer/Policeman-Gabriel Murphy
Snyder- Carlton Ryker
Weisel/ Mayor-Kev Hamm
Morris –Ben Misplon
Oscar –Ted Van Alstyne
Seitz/Mr Jacobi/Policeman-Phil Bartruff
Nunzio/Stage Manager/Policeman-David Ybarra
Roosevelt/Policeman-Brandon Kirchgasler
Darcy/Policeman, –Alex Ramirez

Goon/Stage Hand-Josh Mills
Bill/Goon/Stage Hand-Kendall Skoog
Goon/Stage Hand-Kynan Moon

Newsie Ensemble

Race- Jimmy Capek
Albert-Blake Sauceda
Specs-John Katz
Henry/Spot Conlon-David Wade
Finch-Gill Vaughn Spencer
Romeo-Andrew Maguire
Elmer/Scab 1-Hudson Snyder
Mush/Scab 3-Dalton Weaver
Buttons-Joel Andrews
Sniper-Ella House
JoJo-Lauren Hanson
Jane/Bowery Beauty-Aase Hahn
Ike/Bowery Beauty-Rachel Martorana
Mike/Bowery Beauty-Elsie Harrington
Kim/Scab 2-Cas Harrington

 

 

Joel Andrews

Buttons

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

Phil Bartruff (Seitz/Mr. Jacobi/Policeman)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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kev Hamm (Weisel/Mayor) has been in the Grandstreet productions of Avenue QNext FallLes MisérablesThe Addams’ Family MusicalA Christmas CarolTarzan, 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

Meghan Hanrahan (Nun/Bunsen/Woman Customer) 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

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

Cas Harrington (Kim/Scab)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

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

Medda Larkin

Teak Hoiness Schummer (Medda Larkin/Nun) 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

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

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

Brandon Kirchgasler

Teddy Roosevelt

Brandon Kirchgasler (Teddy Roosevelt/Policeman) a Helena native Brandon has recently been seen on the Grandstreet stage portraying both Dr. Watson (Baskerville) and Jerry (The Full Monty). Another fun summer season has drawn him back for another performance on his home-stage as it were.

Andrew Maguire

Romeo

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

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.

Josh Mills

goon/stage hand

Ben Misplon

Morris Delancey

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.

Kynan Moon

Goon/Stage Hand

Finn Morrison

Les

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

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

Alex Ramirez (Darcy/Policeman) 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

Carlton Ryker (Snyder) 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

Blake Sauceda (Albert) 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

Kendall Skoog (Bill/Goon/Stage Hand) 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

Hudson Snyder (Elmer/Scab) 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

Oscar Delancey

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

Finch

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

David Wade (Henry/Spot Conlon) 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

Dalton Weaver (Mush/Scab) 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

David Ybarra (Nunzio/Stage Manager/Policeman) 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

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

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.

Amy Logan

Musical Director

Aaron Pomeroy

Choregrapher

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.