Grandstreet Theatre

“Spelling Bee” Cast

josieJosie Adams (Olive Ostrovsky) is honored to be back at Grandstreet! Currently a senior at Webster Conservatory, Josie was just seen as LuLu in Cabaret. She recently appeared at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and the McLeod Summer Playhouse. Josie heard the bell at the Lewis & Clark County Spelling Bee after missing “genocide.” That night, her parents took her to Anne Frank in this very building. Thanks, Mom and Dad!

tomTom Cordingley (Douglas Panch) is the guy that keeps the theatre purring along. As Managing Director, Tom manages the business end of the theatre through finances, sales and public relations. In recent years, he has been seen on stage as a Piano Man (MacMillan) in Big, McQueen in Urinetown, and Harold Ickes in Annie. All with memorable solos…

“GST is a great gig with a great staff and even greater patrons.”

mikeMichael Curtin (William Barfee) is thrilled to be back at Grandstreet after last year’s Secret Garden and Songs For a New World. A junior at Webster Conservatory, Michael recently enjoyed roles in Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris and Picasso At The Lapin Agile, and looks forward to adding The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee to his list of shows with exceptionally long titles. Michael enjoys the Expert level of Guitar Hero, watching Arrested Development, and being much better at Monopoly than Josie. Come back in a few weeks to see Michael play the leading role in The Who’s Tommy.


Jeff Downing (Chip Tolentino) is originally from Chillicothe, Ohio, and received a BFA in Theater Design and Production from University of Cincinnati’s Conservatory of Music (CCM). Jeff is the Associate Artistic Director and Resident Designer of The Play Group Theatre in New York.  This will be his seventh summer with Grandstreet, and is happy to call Helena his summer home. Jeff directed Lucky Stiff and The Secret Garden for GST’s Conservatory, and performed in last summer’s Songs for a New World.

lysaLysa Fox (Rona Lisa Peretti) is currently working toward an MFA in Performance at Cal State Long Beach University. She was involved in several productions this year, including choreographing Hair, and was a featured vocalist and actress in And The War Came. In June she directed and choreographed Godspell for the Thin Air Theatre Company in Colorado. Next year at this time she will have her MFA. If anyone has any ideas of what she should be when she grows up, please contact her immediately.

jeromeJerome Lowe (Mitch Mahoney) is thrilled to be a part of Grandstreet’s summer ’09 season. He’s going into his third year studying Musical Theater at Webster University’s Conservatory for Theater Arts. Some of his past credits include Snail in A Year with Frog and Toad, Simon in Jesus Christ Superstar, Jim Conley in Parade, and the Teen Angel in Grease. He would like to thank his family and friends for endless love and support. This is for you, Avy!

maryMary Middagh (Marcy Park) just graduated with honors from the University of Montana with a BA Spanish, emphasis in Latin American Studies. She is excited to be back in Helena for the summer and feels oh-so-privileged to be a part of this year’s faculty show! A graduate of GST’s Theatre School program, Mary’s all time favorite roles include Princess Tiger Lily in Peter Pan, Mrs. Johnstone in Blood Brothers, Rusty in Footloose, and the Sour Kangaroo in Seussical. A big thanks to her family and friends for all their love and support through a hundred different life plans and ten changes of major.

allisonAllison Newman (Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre) is extremely excited about spending her first summer here at Grandstreet. Originally from Oklahoma City, Allison is a junior musical theatre major at Webster University. Her favorite roles include Texas in Cabaret, Lucy in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, and Squeaky Fromme in Assasins. She would like to send all her love and many thanks to Mom, Tyler, Emily, Brent, Mema and Papa.

adamAdam Wagner* (Leaf Coneybear) is originally from Chesterton, Indiana with a BFA in Musical Theater from CCM. As an actor, he has worked at several regional theaters and can be seen as Phil in the film Teeth, now available on DVD.  He composed Don’t Look Down and Giving Up Late, both premiered at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival. His songs have been sung at cabarets across the country by many Broadway performers. Please visit for more info.

* Member of Actors Equity Association.