The Sound of Music cast

The Sound of Music

cast list

Maria Rainer- Rebecca Hartman

The Mother Abbess- Angela Conley

Sister Berthe- Amber Barnes

Sister Margaretta- Lotus Porte-Moyel

Sister Sophia-Tiffany Bushilla

Captain Georg von Trapp- Will Davis

Franz- Kevin Skaluure

Frau Schmidt- Hope Morrison       

Liesl –Lizzie Johnson

Friedrich – Kai Moser

Louisa –Hailey Cox

Kurt –Emmett Morrison

Brigitta-Gracie Fay Petersen

Marta –Ellie Barnes

Gretl – Haddie Dailey

Rolf Gruber– Ryan Douglass

Elsa Schraeder-Julia Harris

Ursula-Annie Menden

Max Detweiler- Phil Bartruff

Herr Zeller- Don Cox

Baron Elberfeld-Mikol Felber

Baroness Elberfeld- Tiffany Bushilla

Frau Zeller- Graden Marcelle

A New postulant- Elsie Ambrose

Admiral von Schreiber– Alvaro Freire

 Nuns and Neighbors of von Trapps, Contestants
Elsie Ambrose
Annie Menden
Eisley Bushilla
Izzy Barnes
Don Cox
David Lyons
Lotus Porte-Moyel
Tiffany Bushilla
Graden Marcelle
Astri Hahn

Brigitta-Eisley Bushilla (Tuesday, July 27)
Gretl– Izzy Barnes (Sunday, July 25)
Louisa-Elsie Ambrose (Sunday, July 25)

Production Staff

Director/Choreogrpher-Trace Turner
Musical Director-Elizabeth Adler
Production Stage Manager – TBA
Costume Designer-Claire Peterson
Scene Designer-
Jeffrey Downing
Props Designer-
Mary Gegenhuber
Technical Director-Paige O’Neill 
Assistant Stage Manager-
Elinor Goehring
Sound Design-
Trace Turner
Associate Choreographer-
Rebecca Hartman
Sound Mixer-


Elsie Ambrose (ensemble U/S Louisa)

Elsie Ambrose, originally from New Orleans, is a freshman at CHS and is thrilled to be part of her first summer show at Grandstreet. With an extensive ballet background from Queen City Ballet, she danced many roles, including Clara in the Nutcracker. Her passion lies in musical theatre and she loves being part of the Grandstreet family. Her Grandstreet shows include Matilda and Frozen Jr. Thanks Mom and Dad!

Amber Barnes (Sister Berthe)

Amber Barnes is thrilled to be making her Grandstreet Theatre stage debut. She currently holds a BA in Performing Arts Theatre: Acting/ Directing and Design Technology from Carroll College. Amber works part time for the Carroll College theatre as the Marketing and Administrative Assistant as well as directing, assistant directing, and occasionally teaching. While her main passion is teaching and directing, she also works for DPHHS in Children’s Special Health Services. Some of her favorite past roles are Texas in “Cabaret” and Mrs. Peacock in “Clue: The Musical”. She recently co-wrote and co-directed “Fable Me This, Aesop” at Carroll College. She is forever grateful to her husband, Ross for his continued support of her passions, and her girls, Ellie and Izzy who she is so happy to share this experience with.

Ellie Barnes (Marta von Trapp)

Ellie Barnes is super excited to be making her live stage debut at Grandstreet Theatre! She was recently in the virtual productions of “Mixed Up Mashed Up Fairytales” and “The Show Must Go Online.” She is a member of Grandstreet’s Theatre School “Words by Kids” advanced acting class. Ellie has taken creative movement, tap, jazz, gymnastics and is currently a blue belt in karate from Helena Martial Arts Academy. She wants to be a police woman when she grows up. Ellie would like to thank her family for their love and support.

Izzy Barnes (ensemble U/S Gretl)

Izzy Barnes cannot wait to be on stage making her live stage debut at Grandstreet Theatre! She was recently in the virtual productions of “Mixed Up Mashed Up Fairytales” and “The Show Must Go Online.” She currently attends Grandstreet Theatre School acting class. Izzy has taken creative movement, tap, jazz, gymnastics and is currently a yellow belt in karate from Helena Martial Arts Academy. She wants to be a veterinarian and a zoologist when she grows up. Izzy is very thankful for the love and support of her entire family and is very happy to be doing this show with her mom and sister.

Phil Bartruff (Max Detweiler)

Phil is happy to be part of this summers GST production of The Sound of Music and making Hill Park alive with the sound of music. Phil graduated from UNK (a long time ago) with a BFA degree in theatre. There is nothing better than live theater. Thank you GST and thank you Helena for supporting this fabulous place. Love to my biggest supporters Hays, Lang and Macaul.

Eisley Bushilla (Ensemble & Understudy - Brigitta von Trapp)

Eisley Bushilla is beyond excited to be making her debut on the
Grandstreet stage in the Sound of Music!  She loves Grandstreet-summer theatre camp, after school class, singing, dancing and gymnastics. She is a 5th grader this year at Mountainside Montessori moving into middle school next Fall. Her recent roles were “mean kid” and snowflake in Nutcracker on the Rocks along with various roles in Missoula Children’s Theatre school programs

Tiffany Bushilla (Sister Sophia/Baroness Elberfeld )

Tiffany Bushilla loves everything Grandstreet from acting on the
stage, to volunteering and teaching for the 5th summer in Beanie camp.
Tiffany has been in a variety of recent productions in Helena
including Nutcracker on the Rocks, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Full
Monty.  She is a Toddler Montessori teacher at Mountainside Montessori
where she enjoys sharing her love of singing, dancing and creating.
She is thrilled to share the stage with her daughter Eisley!

Angela Conley (Mother Abbess)

Angela is a Helena native and is excited to return back to the stage after a decade hiatus.  She is an active member of the Helena Symphony Chorale and currently works with the Helena Public Schools as a Speech-Language Pathologist.  Previous roles have included: chorus member in selected Opera scenes, chorus member in Handel’s Semele, chorus member in My Fair Lady, “Fruma Sarah” in Fiddler on the Roof, and various Grandstreet Theatre Christmas shows

Don Cox (Herr Zeller)

Don Cox is excited for the opportunity to be a villain for a change.  He previously appeared in Elf The Musical Jr. as Santa Claus and in Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory as Grandpa Joe. As always, Don would like to thank his wife (Vickie) and daughter (Hailey) for encouraging him to continue on stage.

Hailey Cox (Louisa von Trapp)

Hailey is ecstatic to be performing in this production of Sound of Music!  She is a rising Junior at CHS. Her recent credits include Young Fiona/Baby Bear (Shrek, Jr.), Sponge (James and the Giant Peach), Sebastian (Little Mermaid, Jr), and ensemble/Olaf understudy (Frozen, Jr).  She truly loves being on stage and all the wonderful people at Grandstreet.  Hailey would like to thank Dib and Mrs. Barta for always being here, and her amazing dog, Dakota

Haddie Dailey (Gretl von Trapp)

Haddie is delighted to spread joy in Grandstreet’s production of The Sound of Music! She is nine years young and lives for the theatre. Her previous roles include: Jack and the Beanstalk in the Mixed Up Mashed Up Fairytale, the Snow Queen in Santa’s Workshop’s Got Talent!, Oaken Family member in Frozen Jr., and Tambourine the Dwarf in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Will Davis (Captain Georg von Trapp)

Will is thrilled to make his Grandstreet debut in The Sound of Music! He recently graduated from The conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. During his time at Webster, he was cast as Officer Lockstock in Urinetown, the Musical; made an appearance in the ensemble of The Repertory Theatre of St. louis’ Pride and Prejucie. Will would like to thank his family, teachers, and friends for always believing in him and he hope you enjoy the show.

Ryan Douglass (Rolf Gruber)

Ryan Douglass is so excited to be making his Grandstreet debut this summer! Ryan will be a Junior at The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University in the Fall pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre. Some of his favorite credits include: Ren in Footloose, Frank in Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Danny Zuko in Grease. He would like to thank his family and friends for their love and support.

Mikol Felber (Baron Elberfeld)

Mikol originally from Nebraska, moved to East Helena was he was 5yrs. He did theatre all through high school; his favorite role-Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet. Mikol excited to join the Grandstreet production of The Sound of Music. He is a Staff Sergeant in the Montana National Guard. A proud father of three amazing kids: Robby, Owen and Lyla, and husband to Grandstreet’s own Box Office Jackie.

Alvaro Freyre (Admiral von Schreiber)

Astri Hahn (ensemble)

Astri is a longtime Grandstreet student from Helena. She has twice competed at Junior Theater Festival West with friends from GST. She is grateful to her theater educators for helping her grow as an actor and a human onstage and off. Astri’s favorite role was as Young Nala in The Lion King, Jr. She is most grateful for her best buddy, Bo, for helping her through Covid.

Julia Harris (Elsa Schraeder)

Julia has been enjoying the role of ‘new mom’ and is thrilled to be back on the Grandstreet stage! She is an adjunct theatre instructor at Carroll College, and also a certified yoga instructor. Blessed by many opportunities in Helena theatre, favorites include Venus in Fur (Helena Theatre Co.), Juliet (MT Shakespeare Co.), The 39 Steps, and Peter and the Starcatcher (Grandstreet Theatre). Huge thanks to Nick and the boys, and to all the babysitters!

Rebecca Hartman (Maria Rainer)

Rebecca Hartman (She/her) is delighted to finally be returning to Grandstreet as Maria Rainer and Associate Choreographer of The Sound of Music. Some of her recent works include: Turtle/Choreographer inA Year with Frog and Toad, Lizzie Sommers in Deadly, The Witch in Into The Woods, Eponine in Les Miserables, and the Mary Poppins Understudy at Variety Theatre. BFA Musical Theatre Webster Conservatory ‘22. She would like to thank her director and dear friend, Trace Turner, always.

Lizzie Johnson (Liesl von Trapp)

Lizzie is thrilled to be performing as Liesl! She is a rising senior at Helena High School, Grandstreet Theatre School and a company dancer at Queen City Ballet. She has studied at the Joffrey Ballet School and UNCSA. Most recently at Grandstreet, she performed as Ladybug in James and the Giant Peach. She is very enthusiastic about anglerfish and would like to thank her family for always supporting her.

David Lyons (ensemble)

David has been a Helena resident for 22 years. He was most recently seen on the Grandstreet Theatre stage in the cast of Chicago in 2010.

Graden Marcelle (Frau Zeller/ensemble)

Graden hails from Whitefish. Her prior engagements at the theatre have been as the costume designer for Grandstreet productions including Puffs, Newsies, and Cry Baby.  Graden is a first time cast member eager to embrace a new challenge prompted by the isolating experience of a global pandemic and a nudge from her theater veteran daughters. “You only live once so you might as well sing, Mom,” they told her.

Annie Menden (Ursula/ensemble U/S Sister Sophia/Baroness Elberfeld)

Annie Menden is thrilled to be in her first summer show at Grandstreet! Annie is a rising junior at Helena High School, and her recent credits include Flotsam in The Little Mermaid Jr., Ensemble/Sven Understudy in Frozen Jr., and Grandma Josephine in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. She would like to thank her family, friends, and the Grandstreet community.

Kai Moser (Friedrich von Trapp)

Kai Moser is a rising sophomore at HHS and loves performing at Grandstreet.  Previous roles include Earthworm in James and the Giant Peach, Curtis in Wildwood, and Mike Teavee in Willy Wonka.  On a trip to Austria with his family, he watched a marionette production of the Sound of Music and biked around Salzburg to visit locations from the movie.  He is thrilled to be part of this show and hopes you enjoy it.

Emmett Morrison (Kurt von Trapp)

Emmett Morrison is thrilled to finally be playing the role of Kurt! He is eleven years old and has been doing Grandstreet shows for almost four years, including ElfWilly Wonka and the Chocolate FactoryFrozen Jr., and, most recently, his memorable performance as Cow Patty Boy in The Stinky Cheese Man. Emmett loves to take Grandstreet classes, play soccer, ski, and sing high notes. He would like to thank his mom and dad for supporting him and loving him through this whole process.

Hope Morrison (Frau Schmidt)

Hope Morrison often jokes that the only reason she wasn’t a Grandstreet kid is because she grew up 1500 miles too far east. Since moving to Helena in 2017, she has served Grandstreet as a costume designer/stitcher, carpool mom, and board member, but this show marks her first time on stage since 1995. Hope is especially excited to share this experience with her younger son Emmett and wants to thank her family for their love and support.

Gracie Fay Petersen (Brigitta von Trapp)

Gracie Fay Petersen is going into 7th grade at Helena Middle School and has attended Grandstreet Theatre School for 7 years. Previous roles on the Grandstreet stage include, Sally Brown in A Charlie Brown Christmas, Mac and Enver in Wildwood, and James in Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach. She would like to thank her mom, dad, Marianne, Gretchen,and Emerson for their support. Gracie is very excited to be playing the role of Brigitta.

Lotus Porte-Moyel (Sister Margaretta)

Lotus Porte-Moyel is a rising senior at Cottonwood ALC and is excited to be in her first summer show at Grandstreet. She’s been in theatre since kindergarten and now enjoys learning, teaching, and volunteering at Grandstreet. Her most recent show was The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. Outside of the theatre, you can find her adventuring through the woods, kitchen, and library. Lotus thanks her family, friends, and mentors for supporting her!

Kevin Skaalure (Franz)

After debuting in the Book of Will and catching a ride with Murder on the Orient Express, Kevin is delighted to be back on the Grandstreet stage.  Kevin thanks his wife Kristi for encouraging his efforts, enduring his whims, and discerning the nuance. He thanks staff, volunteers, and supporters for making and keeping Grandstreet a shining star on Helena’s horizon.

Trace Turner (Director)

Trace Turner is a NYC-based director making his first visit to Grandstreet this season. Previous directing and choreography credits include Next To Normal, Every Brilliant Thing, Photograph 51, Constellations. As a playwright Trace recently had his one man show, I Knew Him Well, produced in Austin, Texas that he also performed in as well as a staged reading of his play The Black Seagull about the Empress Sissi of Austria.

Elizabeth Adler (Musical Director)

Elizabeth Adler is a musician currently based out of Montana and California. This is her third production with Grandstreet, most recently as the musical director for Footloose (2019/20). Elizabeth spent 13
years in British Columbia working in community theatres and developing Turner & Adler Productions, producing musicals, thrillers and original murder mystery events. Some of her favorite musical direction
credits include Godspell, Annie, Cabaret, Gypsy, Little Shop of Horrors. Elizabeth is forever thankful to Paul for his love, Izzi for her energy, her Mom & Dad for their unwavering support, and her family at
Grandstreet. Thank you for supporting live theatre!

Claire Peterson (Costume Designer)

Claire Peterson is delighted to be back at Grandstreet Theatre! She is originally from Helena, and graduated in 2021 with a dual track BFA in costume design and acting from the University of Montana. Claire’s recent costume designs include A Year With Frog and Toad at Grandstreet, and Spring Awakening at UM. She is starting the MFA program at San Diego State University in the fall. Thanks Grandstreet for always supporting her as an artist.

Shannara McDunn (Production Stage Manager)

Mary Gegenhuber (Props Designer)

Mary is originally from Milwaukee, WI but moved to Montana in 1976. She performed in her first play at age 12 but fell in love with production work and was a stage manager by age 16. Mary started at Grandstreet in 2006 as a Props Designer for Ah, Wilderness.  Mary performed in two Grandstreet showsTitanic and Annie Get Your Gun

Jeff Downing (Scenic Designer)

Jeff is originally from Chillicothe, Ohio and received a BFA in Theater Design and Production from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. Jeff has been directing, teaching, and designing professionally since 2003. Some of his directorial credits include Into the Woods, A New Brain, Zanna Don’t!, Urinetown, Grand Hotel, Seussical, The Laramie Project, A Man of No Importance, Pippin, Marvin’s Room, and Captain Louie. He has written two original musicals for PGT with collaborator Barry James; Once Upon a Time and Toby and Walter. At Grandstreet, Jeff has directed The Secret Garden and Lucky Stiff. He has played some of his favorite roles on the Grandstreet stage, including the Baker in Into the Woods, Charlie Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Chip in Spelling Bee and Man One in Songs For a New World. Jeff has served as Artistic Director at Grandstreet since 2102.

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