Cast of Characters
(in order of appearance)
LISA FRECHETTE, ELISE KINNON, ANN BURNETTE-MATHEWS, JAMAL McDONALD*, MICHAEL McKINSEY, MICHAEL SCIBILIA, BRANDON STRAKA, BRAD YORK
NICK DALTON (Ethan) is ecstatic to be back with the GATEWAY family-you may remember him (and his Hebrew) from Holiday Spectacular 2003. He recently finished a run as Sal in the Pre-Off-Broadway run of 100 Years Into The Heart, as well as Hero in A Funny Thing Happened...Forum at Mill Mountain Theatre. Coming up- Dante in Don Imbroglio (NYMF). Other favorites: In Person with Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson; The Glory of Richard Rodgers with Karen Ziemba and George Dvorsky; Tribute to Adolph Green with Betty Comden, Melissa Errico, and Stephen Bogardus; Hair (Euro Tour) as Berger; and Eddie in Wicked City (Book: Matthew Sklar, Music/Lyrics:Chad Beguelin). He is a proud member of AEA, as well as a graduate of Western Michigan University. Website soon at www.nicholasdalton.org. Thanks to Robin, Patrick, my peeps at ABOUT ARTISTS, the fam, and for a musical that lets a guy be a guy.
BRENDAN DOOLING (Nathan) is overjoyed to be back in another Gateway Playhouse main stage production. Brendan has been involved with Gateway for seven years, in the acting school as well as several shows. His most recent appearance on stage was as Peter Pan in Gateway’s Children’s Theater, Peter Pan. Other main stage performances include The King and I (Louis) and Holiday Spectacular (Bobby). Brendan also appeared as Jesus in Godspell and Tom Patrick (as well as Charlie Blossom) in Working, in Gateway’s Acting Division productions. He is thrilled to be back in it and hopes to come back again.
JULIE DINGMAN EVANS (Pam) is so pleased to be part of this fantastic cast and to be back at Gateway again (first seen here as Nellie in South Pacific). Don’t think she can get any luckier than the last time she was here though. It was during Annie Get Your Gun that she met and fell in love with her leading man, Ben Evans, and now is proud to say she is an Evans too! They were married in June of 2004 and are happy to say it all started at Gateway. Big love and thanks go out to Robin and Paul Allan, to Keith our director, to this wonderful cast, to Dave Bennett of Talenthouse, Mom, David, Stephen, Tony, Kim, Heather, and baby Miles. And of course Ben, who is upstate playing Elvis somewhere. This show is dedicated to my daddy, Kendall, because he would have loved it more than anyone I know.
LISA FRECHETTE (Joannie, u/s Pam) has just completed 42nd Street at Gateway. Regional credits include Chicago with John Davidson, Barnum with Peter Scolari, A Chorus Line (Maggie), The Sound of Music (Maria), Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown), Copacabana and Christmas Dreams. Lisa is a graduate of Wagner College and wishes to thank her family for all of their support!
ANDY JOBE (Malcolm) a recent graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts,is thrilled to be making his Gateway debut. Andy began performing in New York at the age of 12 in the original cast of A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden. Some of his favorite roles include Dickon in A Secret Garden, Jack in Into the Woods, and Britt Craig in Parade. Andy wishes to thank his mom for her constant love and encouragement and his agent, John Shea.
ELISE KINNON (Susan/Molly, u/s Georgie) is originally from Brisbane, Australia (training at the Conroy Dance Centre), Elise is honoured to be making her American debut in The Full Monty. Major credits include the Universal Monsters Live Show at Universal Studios Japan, leading roles in Chicago (KGSC) and The Magic of Christmas (Southbank), USA tour (Disney World, Las Vegas, New York, and Universal Studios) singing and dancing with Australia’s renowned Starz Production Team. Next up for Elise is the national tour of Mame as Gooch. Many thanks to her family, friends, and teachers for their unwavering support throughout Elise’s journey an to all the amazing people here in America who have done nothing but encourage and offer wonderful opportunities.
BILL KOCIS (Harold) Credits include Uncle Ernie in the European premiere of The Who’s Tommy (Des McAnuff Director, Goethestrasse Theatre; Offenbach, Germany), the Broadway workshop productions of The Wild Party (Manhattan Theatre Club) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Roundabout Theatre),and White Lies (Triad Theatre). His national tours include Jonesy in Sunset Boulevard starring Petula Clark, Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show opposite rock star Meat Loaf and Zinger in Yiddle with a Fiddle. Bill’s regional credits include O.B.Abbott in Radio Gals (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville), Daniel in The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged) (Cincinnati Playhouse); Buzz in Finian’s Rainbow (Goodspeed Opera House), Tony in Shear Madness (The Kennedy Center); Carew in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Papermill Playhouse) and Schmendiman in Picasso at the Lapin Agile (GeVa Theatre). Bill’s most recent credits have all been on TV and include The Sopranos (Father Nicolai) all three Law and Order series (the original, SVU, and Criminal Intent),and ED. Bill has a M.F.A. in acting from Brandeis University. His best production to date: 10 month-old daughter Madeleine. All my love to JHK.
HEATHER LAWS (Vicki) was seen on Broadway in The Boy from Oz, occasionally covering the role of Liza Minelli opposite Hugh Jackman, and in Cabaret as Sally Bowles, the role she so fortunately filled after playing Rosie. Most recently, Heather has been singing concerts in Taiwan and Malaysia with the number one selling pop star in China, Kris Phillips. Favorite regional credits include Call Me Madame, Papermill Playhouse; Jesus Christ Superstar, Sacramento Light Opera,A Christmas Carol,Westchester Broadway Theater; Beguiled Again, Florida Stage.This past June, Heather was thrilled to be part of the new Kander and Ebb musical workshop of The Skin of Our Teeth.
KINGSLEY LEGGS (Noah “Horse”) is thrilled to return to Gateway where he appeared as John in Miss Saigon. Other credits include Miss Saigon on Broadway ( Toronto, Asian Tour, UK Tour), Ragtime (LA,Vancouver), It Ain’t Nothing But the Blues (LA, Seattle), and Forbidden Hollywood (Chicago, Japan). His regional credits include shows at Prince Music Theatre, Baltimore Centerstage, Fifth Avenue Theatre, Denver Center Theatre, Seattle Rep., and Alliance Theatre where he created the role of “Mister” in the world premiere of The Color Purple, which opens on Broadway in December.
ANN BURNETTE-MATHEWS (Estelle, u/s Vicki) is very grateful to be performing here at the Gateway Playhouse. Ann is a graduate from the American Music and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York City. She now lives in Las Vegas as a studio singer/ songwriter. National Tour credits include: The Full Monty (Vicki Nichols), Annie Get Your Gun (Dolly Tate), Victor/Victoria (Norma Cassidy). A special thanks to Keith and Jamal for all of their hard work and dedication to the show. She sends her love to Mom, Dad,Wiley, Brian, and friends.
JAMAL McDONALD (Assistant to the Director, Dance Captain, Police Sgt., u/s Horse) has just come off of the National Tour of The Full Monty and is thrilled to be a part of Gateway’s production. Past roles include Lion in The Wiz, Jim in Big River, and The Rev. Hightower/Mrs. Taylor in Bat Boy. He has also toured nationally in Miss Saigon. He would like to thank his mother and sister for being a source of constant love and support. He is also a graduate of Ithaca College.
MICHAEL McKINSEY (Tony G., u/s Dave) “Tuba” is pleased to be reunited with the Gateway family after appearing earlier this summer in Evita! A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, he toured nationally with Cameron Mackintosh’s Oliver! Favorite regional credits include Titanic (Andrews), Forever Plaid (Smudge), Tick Tick Boom (Michael), Annie Get Your Gun (Frank). Thanks to my family (Ma, Pa, and Sis), my friends, KK, Kimberly, and my bro Tad. Take it off baby!
CHARLIE POLLOCK (Jerry) is happy to return to Gateway Playhouse, where he played Jesus in Godspell. Charlie starred on Broadway In Urinetown, the Musical as Bobby Strong. He also originated the role of Bobby Strong in the first National Tour of Urinetown, the Musical. His off-Broadway credits include Jonathan Larson’s Tick,Tick…Boom! (original company), The Last Starfighter (world premier), Ken Star in Monica the Musical!, Loot, Lola, Opus Profundum and Cock and Bull Story (NY premier). Across the country Charlie has appeared in In This House (Appalachian Arts Festival), as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar (California Musical Theatre), Tommy in The Who’s Tommy (Casa Manana,Zach Scott) and Eddie in King of the Moon (Cincinnati Playhouse). His film credits include the Palm Springs Film Festival award-winning, “Walking Charley” and the independent feature “Gun”. He is currently writing and recording his first solo album. Charlie is married to Vanessa Pollock and they are proud parents of Hudson. Please visit www.charliepollock.com.
GERRIANNE RAPHAEL (Jeanette) just finished a successful engagement starring in Cocktails for Coward at Don’t Tell Mama in New York. She appeared as Mme. Hortense in Zorba at the Berkshire Theatre Festival. She did Dear World at Goodspeed Opera, and Aunt March in Little Women at the York Theatre. She appeared opposite Sid Caesar in Caesar and Company at the Village Gate. Ms. Raphael opened in the original production of Man of La Mancha. After appearing in Hallelujah Baby on Broadway, she returned to Man of La Mancha as Aldonza at the Vivian Beaumont. She played Emilia in Catch My Soul, a musical adaptation of Othello as the Ahmanson in L.A. Other Broadway credits include, Saratoga, Milk and Honey, King of Hearts, Li’l Abner, and Seventh Heaven. Off-Broadway credits include Jean in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Jenny in Three Penny Opera, Cecily in Ernest in Love, and The Conjurer and Agamemnon at the Public. Ms Raphael was featured in Candide with the Philadelphia Opera, and is the voice of countless television commercials. She was Pumyra on Thundercats.
SHERI SANDERS (Georgie) is very psyched to be here. Favorite credits include Susan in Tom Jones at North Shore, Little Becky Two Shoes in the National Tour of Urinetown, the hippie in Brian Lowdermilk’s / Kait Kerrigan’s The Woman Upstairs understuding all three beauties of Betty in BETTY RULES, Hair at City Center Encores! Series and Sheri is currently developing the musical …Half Dozen of Another, with the five other girls she auditions with all the time. Big thanks to DJ Salisbury. Sheri is a proud member of Actors Equity.
MICHAEL SCIBILIA (Ensemble, u/s Jerry, Malcolm) ): This is Michael’s fourth appearance on the Gateway stage, after making his debut this year in Evita. Michael is a graduate of AMDA. Recent credits include: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (National Tour), Cinderella (National Tour), West Side Story (Asst. Dir./Chorus, Riff/Action), Crazy for You (Bobby Child), Evita (Che), Pirates of Penzance (u/s Frederick), My Way (Tenor Soloist). Michael thanks his family and friends for their love and support, and says “Be a storyteller; the world will always need them.”
SHANE STITELY (Keno) The Full Monty marks Shane’s second show with Gateway Playhouse, appearing as a featured dancer in last season’s Fosse. Recent credits include: Fosse (national/international tours)(dance captain); Pirates of Penzance (Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera); Tommy (PCLO); Carousel (PCLO, Tokyo Disney). He was seen in this season’s Telemundo Upfront for the Telemundo Channel and can be seen in the 2005 Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York City later this year. He is a proud 2004 graduate of Point Park University, holding a B.A. in Dance. He would like to dedicate all he does to his loving family. For Dad, my star.
BRANDON STRAKA (Ensemble, u/s Keno) After growing up on a farm in Nebraska, Brandon feels right at home at Gateway. Recently he could be seen in the Gallery Players Production of The Full Monty (as Keno) and Hair in New York City. Previous favorite roles have included playing Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors and Joey Vitale in Tony and Tina’s Wedding as well as work done on Saturday Night Live and As the World Turns. Brandon is titillated to be losing his Gateway Playhouse virginity to The Full Monty.
TAD WILSON (Dave) is a proud member of Actor’s Equity and is very excited to be back with the Gateway family. Off Broadway: Clara’s Christmas Dreams (Dr. Drosselmeyer). Regional: Sunday In The Park With George (George), The Civil War (Pierce), The Sound Of Music (Captain Von Trapp), Jekyll And Hyde (Simon Stride, u/s Jekyll). Tad holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from Belmont University in Nashville,TN. While in Nashville Tad was privileged to be a part of several productions at Opryland, USA. His favorites include Showstoppers, a musical revue aboard the General Jackson Showboat and A Country Christmas, at the gorgeous Opryland hotel. Tad would like to thank many people for their role in his career. Carole for her love and support and belief in me. Mom and Dad for their unconditional love and sacrifices on his behalf. Julie and Taylor for their willingness to let me pretend. And finally to Hugh Jackman who gave him his first opportunity to strip in public.
BRAD YORK (Reg, u/s Harold) a native of Portland, OR., is thrilled to be making his first appearance at the Gateway Playhouse. He is a graduate of both Linfield College (BA - Vocal Performance - ‘95) and Arizona State Univeristy (MM - Performance - ‘00). Since moving to NYC in 2000, Brad has enjoyed a number of wonderful performance opportunities both in and out of the city. Most recent credits include: The Grinch in Seussical The Musical (Fulton Opera House -Lancaster, PA.); Sparky in Forever Plaid (SUNY Potsdam, NY) and 1st Officer William Murdock in Titanic (National Tour ‘03). Other favorite roles include: Neville Craven in The Secret Garden; EmCee in Cabaret and The Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance. This Fall, Brad will be playing the part of Lord Evelyn Oakley in ANYTHING GOES at the brand new Arizona Broadway Theatre in Phoenix, AZ. (www.azbroadwaytheatre.com). Special thanks as always to Mom, Dad and the family! R - LU Always! - B.
PAUL ALLAN (Producer) Paul has been involved in theatre since before he can remember. In the early days he spent his summers following around his grandfather who had his hands full trying to make ends meet—running a theatre in the 60’s. Paul grew up at Gateway, looking forward to each summer and being able to do more each year. By the time he was a teenager he was an integral part of the back stage crew and was the self-appointed handy man as well. In the 80’s as a young Gateway producer, Paul spent part of the winter months working in NY on many off-Broadway shows serving as technical supervisor / production manager. At the same time he co-founded a touring company whose shows traveled throughout the US and other countries worldwide. The set rental company was also founded at this time and Gateway scenery is constantly being trucked to various theatres across the country. The main focus, though, is still the productions he produces here for our patrons—and this season begins with his 150th! Paul wishes to dedicate this season to his father whose presence is constantly felt as he continues to inspire and guide him—as he did while he was still here.
KEITH ANDREWS (Director, Choreographer) is ecstatic to return to Gateway after previously assistant choreographing and performing in Big, the Musical and The Music Man. He is the director of the current National tour of The Full Monty, and other recent credits include; Big River at St. Michael’s Playhouse in Burlington,VT, and the National Tour of Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah. Keith has also directed and choreographed regional and stock productions of My Way, the Sinatra Tribute, Sweet Charity, Forever Plaid, Pump Boys and Dinettes, and many others. As a choreographer, he has worked on the off-Broadway revival of Hello, Muddah... as well as productions of Joseph..., Little Me, and Promises, Promises to name a few. Keith has performed and toured all over the world with shows such as: West Side Story, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Mame and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. In educational theater, Keith associate directs student showcases at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC and has directed in the musical theater program at the USDAN Center for the Creative and Performing Arts here on Long Island. Thanks so much to Robin and Paul for this wonderful opportunity and experience.
PATRICK Q. KELLY (Musical Director) would like to first thank his wonderful wife,Tari Kelly for all her love and support. Always excited to return to Gateway, Patrick Musical Directed On The Town and Cabaret and was co-creator and Musical Director for Gateway’s 2003 Holiday Spectacular. As an award-winning composer, he has been featured at music festivals and on National Public Radio. Film Score: Easy Come, Easy Go. Broadway pianist: Show Boat. Regional credits: HAiR (2004 Connecticut Critics Award), Idols of the King, Swing!, Sugar Babies, Grease!, Smokey Joe’s Café (2001 Connecticut Critics Award), Chicago, Kiss Me Kate, Godspell, Sweet Charity, Annie, The Wizard Of Oz, Camelot, Jesus Christ Superstar, Good News, and Barnum, among others. Visit www.patrickqkelly.com. Patrick is the web designer for Gateway Playhouse.
ROBIN JOY ALLAN (Casting and Artistic Director) has been the Casting Director at Gateway for the last ten years. Previous to moving back home, she was the Associate Casting Director on the feature films; Parenthood, When Harry Met Sally, Lord of the Flies, Side Out and Ghost. She also cast several television series, pilots and MOW’s, whilst in Los Angeles for five years. Along with her Artistic and Casting Director duties, she is the force behind Gateway’s Acting School Division, where she teaches the advanced classes. Her best friend is her daughter Hayley who teaches her every day. Music, her great passion, was infused into her soul by her parents. She devotes any creativity she is able to conjure up this year, to her father, Stanley Allan, who always listened and heard her voice.
KELLY TIGHE (Set Designer): Gateway credits include: Aida, Cats and Jesus Christ Superstar. Regional: Grease, Titanic, The Who’s Tommy and My Fair Lady (Contra Costa Musical Theatre); Annie, Kiss Me Kate and Joseph/Dreamcoat (Ohio’s Carousel Dinner Theater); West Side Story and The Scarlet Pimpernel (Diablo Light Opera Company); A Christmas Carol, The Pavilion, and Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Center Repertory Company); The Laramie Project and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (PPAS/NYC). Mr.Tighe served as the resident scenic designer for Western Michigan’s Cherry County Playhouse (The Music Man starring William Katt and Josie DeGuzman and the world premiere of Will’s Women starring Amanda McBroom), as well as Center Rep.Television: Sunday Night Woah! (w/ Mo Rocca) for Animal Planet, as well as several spots for Verizon, Kit Kat, Disney, and Oxygen network. Upcoming projects include: Suds (National Tour),and Almost Heaven—John Denver’s America (Off-Broadway). Awards and recognitions: Northern California’s “Shellie”, Drama-Logue, and The San Francisco Bay Area Critic’s Circle awards. Kelly resides in New York City.
BRIAN LOESCH (Lighting Designer) graduated with a Degree in Technical Theatre from Suffolk County Community College. He has previously designed A Holiday Spectacular On Ice (2004 version), South Pacific, Footloose, Jesus Christ Superstar, Kiss Me Kate, Holiday Hop, and Cabaret for Gateway. This is Brian’s eighth season as part of the Gateway family, and seventh season as Master Electrician. Other design credits include Language of Angels (Henry Street Experimental Theatre, NYC), Paraffin Touch (World Premiere at Suffolk County Community College), The Man Who Would Be King (World Premiere at the Antrim Playhouse), Kiss Me Kate (Cape Fear Regional Theatre), the 2003 National Tour of George M! (Candlewood Int./ Mainstage Productions), the 2004 National Tour of Titanic (Candlewood Int.), and the 2004 National Tour of A Holiday Spectacular On Ice (A Gateway / Candlewood Production).
MARIANNE DOMINY (Costume Designer) is happy to be designing her third Gateway production. Past Gateway credits include: Godspell, Twist & Shout, (main stage); Little Women, Sweeney Todd (acting school); and many Gateway Children’s Theater productions. In the past, Marianne has also served as Props Mistress. Marianne loves being a part of the artistic endeavor at Gateway and would like to thank Cheryl, Isabella, MaryAnne, Beyham, Roni, and Karen.
JOVON E. SHUCK (Production Stage Manager) is happy to return for a third season at Gateway. His credits include: Broadway: Noises Off, The Graduate. Gateway: Oklahoma!, Miss Saigon, The King and I, Carousel, Cats, Fosse. Other: Radio City Christmas Spectacular, New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theatre, Actors Studio Drama School, Cherry County Playhouse, Lycian Centre, Main Street Theatre and ArtsPower National Touring Theatre.