Caroline Atkinson (Teresita) Originally
from Pensacola, FL, Caroline Atkinson has just recently moved to Cleveland.
In May she graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University
of West Florida. Over the summer Caroline performed in Paul Green's Trumpet
in the Land as Sarah Heckewelder, as well as the musical
All Shook Up as a featured ensemble member.
Her previous credits include Reggie Fluty and Rebecca Hilliker in The
Laramie Project, Rona Lisa Peretti in The 25th
Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Fiona McClaren in
Brigadoon. She is really excited to be a part
of this production.
Yvonne Buemi (Minnie) is over the
moon to making her debut at TrueNorth with this amazing cast and crew!
Yvonne has performed in productions all over Cleveland's westside. Favorite
credits/shows include Belle in A Christmas Carol
and Panacea in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum
at Huntington Playhouse, Maggie in Brigadoon
with Mighty Goliath Players, a Red Rat dancer in Jekyll &
Hyde with Garfield Players, and Miss Saigon,
Aida, and My Favorite Year at
the Beck Center for the Arts. When she's not on stage, Yvonne works as
a Licensed Social Worker. XOXO to her real-life Shark guy.
Tess Burgler (Anybodys) is thrilled
for her first production with TrueNorth and Fred. Tess has performed professionally
for over 20 years, appearing at both Ohio and Pennsylvania Shakespeare
Festivals, Virginia's Theatre IV, Actor's Summit, Porthouse Theatre, Coach
House Theatre, Beck Center, North Canton Player's Guild, and Weathervane
Playhouse. Most recently, she appeared at Coach House Theatre in productions
of I Hate Hamlet and Black Coffee.
Tess is a founding company member of the Ohio Shakespeare Festival, and
she is the writer and Artistic Director of their Greenshows. Some favorite
OSF credits include: Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream,
Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Rosaline in Love's
Labours Lost, and Cordeila in King Lear.
Other favorite roles: Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest
at Actor's Summit, Tracy Lord in The Philadelphia Story
and Player 1 in Shipwrecked...!, both at Coach
House Theatre. She married her best friend--and fellow Jet--Joe Pine in
Sean Cahill (Diesel) is thrilled to be returning to the
TrueNorth stage to work on this wonderful production! A recent graduate
of John Carroll University, Sean has made time for theatre throughout
the Cleveland area. Previous credits include Reverend Shaw Moore in Footloose,
Daddy Warbucks in Annie, Mr. Bennett in Pride
and Prejudice, Lady Bracknell in The Importance
of Being Earnest, Marcellus Washburn in The
Music Man, and Charlie Brown in You’re
A Good Man Charlie Brown amongst others. Aside from acting
and sleeping whenever he possibly can, Sean can be seen dealing cards
and dice at Cleveland’s own Horseshoe Casino! Sean would like to
thank Fred, Bebe and the brilliant cast and crew for making the show such
a joy. Much love!
Crystal E. Carlson (Margarita)
hails from Caldwell, Idaho, and is a graduate of Capital University (Columbus,
Ohio) and the Cleveland Institute of Music, earning a Bachelor of Music
and a Professional Studies Certificate in Vocal Performance. Her most
memorable performances were Adele in The Man of No Importance,
Maggie in Jake's Women, First Spirit in Die
Zauberflöte and Sister Genovieffa in Suor
Angelica. Last year, she sang in the chorus of the Cleveland
Orchestra’s production Don Giovanni. Currently,
she is the Administrative Assistant at the Cleveland International Piano
Competition, teaches voice lessons in the Cleveland area, and is also
the featured soloist at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Mayfield Heights.
Scott C. Chapman (Lighting Designer)
is a native of Buffalo, NY and proud to now call Cleveland his home. Mr.
Chapman has been designing Scenery and/ or Lighting academically and professionally
for almost 10 years. He is in his 4th year as an Assistant Professor of
Theatre, and Resident Scenic and Lighting Designer at Ashland University.
Mr. Chapman recently designed Lighting for The Sound of Music
at TrueNorth. He has designed shows for Blank Canvas Theatre, the Fairmount
Performing Arts Conservatory, Cleveland Public Theatre, Blowing Rock Stage
Company in North Carolina, and Eau Claire Children’s Theatre in
Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Mr. Chapman holds a BA in Theatre Design/ Technology
from SUNY Buffalo and his MFA in Stage Design from SMU in Dallas, TX.
His portfolio is online at www.scottcchapman.com.
Ed Conrad (Officer Krupke) is thrilled
for his first production with TrueNorth and Fred. Ed’s most recent
local credits include Polonius in Hamlet at
Theatre 8:15, the Law Clerk in The Merchant of Venice
at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens with the Ohio Shakespeare Festival and
Johnson in Black Coffee at Coach House Theatre.
Ed’s other roles have included Motel the Tailor in Fiddler
on the Roof, Hucklebee in The Fantasticks
and Arnold in Send Me No Flowers.
Alex Craig (Chino) is very excited
to be apart of West Side Story. This is his
first show onstage at TrueNorth, though he is no stranger to performing.
He has been in many shows. Elyria High School: Hannibal in The
Curious Savage, Bernardo in West Side Story,
The King in The King & I, and Professor
Harold Hill in The Music Man; Lorain Community
Musical Theatre: Richie in A Chorus Line, Naphtali/Apache
Dancer in Joseph….Dreamcoat, Fred Casely
in Chicago, and Seaweed J. Stubbs in Hairspray.
In the fall he plans to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy
in New York, as a part of their two year Musical Theatre program in hopes
to make a name for himself on Broadway. He would like to thank his family
- especially his mother Shannon for continued support of his dream. Lastly
to you the audience, “This performance is for you, because you are
what keeps theatre alive. So thank you for supporting the art.”
Meghan Cvetic (Stage Manager) is
happy to be making her debut at TrueNorth Cultural Arts with West
Side Story. She was recently the production assistant for
Cleveland Play House and Case Western Reserve MFA Collaboration production
of The Misanthrope. Meghan was also the stage
manager for Lorain Community Music Theatre’s summer production of
Hairspray. She is a recent graduate of Michigan
State University with double degrees in Theatre and Arts and Humanities.
While at MSU Meghan stage managed the collegiate première of Legally
Blonde the Musical, Return to the Upright Position: The 9/11 Testimony
Project, and Boom. She was also
a production assistant to the stage manager for Williamston Theatre’s
world premiere production of Dead Man’s Shoes
in Williamston, Michigan. Meghan would also like to thank her parents,
grandmother, and boyfriend for their unconditional support and love as
she follows her dreams.
Annette Fernandez (Rosalia) Annette
is so happy to make her TrueNorth debut in her absolute favorite musical!
Past credits include Mama Morton in Chicago,
Dolores Dante the Waitress in Working, and Ronnette
in Little Shop of Horrors. When not on stage
Annette is busy making the mannequins look pretty at Old Navy. Annette
would like to thank her family for their continuing support and her charming
Charlie for laughs and love. As in Spanish theater Mucha Mierda (break
legs)to her cast mates!
Kathleen Ferrini (Maria) is a recent
graduate with honors from Wright State University holding a B.F.A. in
Musical Theatre. Upon her arrival home to the Cleveland area she “rolled”
her way onto the Beck Center stage in Xanadu
playing Erato and returned there this holiday season in Annie.
This spring Kathleen is thrilled to be performing at TrueNorth playing
Maria in West Side Story, which she played at
Olmsted Performing Arts six years prior. Her college credits include Carlotta
in Phantom of the Opera, Meg March in Little
Women and Diana in I Love You Because.
She also recently had the honor of performing in Leonard Bernstein’s
Mass with Dayton Philharmonic. Many thanks
to her family and friends who support her! www.kathleenferrini.com.
A. Fortney (Founder & Executive Artistic Director
- TrueNorth Cultural Arts) established TrueNorth Cultural Arts in 1999.
At TrueNorth, Mr. Fortney conducts the TrueNorth Chorale, serves as Musical
Director for its theatre productions, and serves as TrueNorth’s
Artistic Director in theatre, music, visual arts and dance. He founded
the TrueNorth Orchestra, serving as its conductor for 5 years. Throughout
his career, Mr. Fortney has demonstrated effective program development,
administration and performance with organizations on both professional
and community levels. His accomplishments include student program development
serving as the Director of Student Affairs with The Manhattan School of
Music, the Assistant Director of Campus and Residence Life with the State
University of New York - College at Purchase, and as the Assistant to
the Director of Student Affairs at Bluffton College. He founded the Avon
Lake Men’s Chorus, which he subsequently led for nine years. Mr.
Fortney previously served as the Director of Choral Activities at Cleveland’s
John Marshall High School, 2000 – 2008, and directed and brought
back to the Cleveland system the Cleveland’s All-City High School
Choir in 2001. Mr. Fortney was the Music Director of Mighty Goliath Productions
in, 2007 and 2008. He also served as the Minister of Music at Heritage
Presbyterian Church in Amherst (2007 – 2009), the Director of Music
and Creative Arts Ministries at St. Barnabas Anglican Church in Bay Village
(1999 – 2006), and as the Director of Worship Ministries / Minister
of Music at Bay Presbyterian Church in Bay Village (1990 – 1999).
He also served as President of Riverside Academy of Music’s Board
of Trustees (2000-2001), and as a part-time adjunct professor at Lorain
County Community College teaching music theory and served as conductor
for both the choir and orchestra while faculty was on sabbatical or sick
leave. His professional singing resume includes performances with New
York Choral Artists, Musica Sacra, Trevor Pinnock’s Classical Band
Chorus, The New York Concert Singers, The Juilliard Singers, The National
Chorale, The David Dussing Singers, and featured Soloist within the Calvary
Baptist Chamber Concert Series. Theatrically he was Spirit McCoy in the
Hatfield’s and McCoy’s in Beckley, West Virginia outdoor theatre;
worked with American Entertainment, singing at Convention Shows, State
Fairs and Cruise Ships for a number of years; and was in the opera chorus
for three seasons with Director Peter Sellers while living in New York
City. Since returning to Ohio he has been with Mighty Goliath Productions,
Huntington Playhouse, and ACT of Brunswick; as an active chorister, he
is a member of CleveWest Music Consorte, and The Canterbury Singers, USA
with which he has sung several choral residencies at Cathedrals throughout
Fortney received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts Degrees from
Bowling Green State University.
Joel S. Furr (Luis) 21 years of
age, accepted to Ithaca College for BFA Musical Theatre. Attended for
a semester last fall and most recently withdrew to work as a freelance
performer here in Cleveland, Ohio. His previous credits include: Matt
in Bare: A Pop Opera; Beast in Disney's Beauty
and the Beast; Ensemble/Lil Albert/C.C.Understudy in Dreamgirls
under the direction of Vicki Bussert; Judah in Joseph…Dreamcoat;
Leading Player in Pippin; Adam/Noah in Children
of Eden; Narrator/Mysterious Man in Into the
Woods; and Tom Collins in Rent.
Joel is very excited to be part of a wonderful production and cast of
West Side Story on his return to Cleveland.
He would like to thank his Mom, Dad, family and friends for their constant
support and Fred Sternfeld for allowing him this awesome opportunity.
Lastly a special thanks to his wonderful girlfriend Samantha Hackman for
always believing in him! He also wishes that you will enjoy the show!
Natalie Green (Anita) is a 2005
graduate of Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts
with a degree in Theatre Arts – Musical Theatre Concentration. Prior
to attending Point Park, she studied Classical Vocal Performance, Theatre
and Education at Mount Union College. Onstage, Natalie is best known in
the Cleveland area for her portrayal of Belle in Disney’s
and the Beast at the Beck Center (2005-2007).
Since returning to Cleveland, she has been seen as Petra in A
Little Night Music, Marta in Company
and Eve / Mama Noah in Children
of Eden at Fairmount Performing Arts
Conservatory, Lizzie in Baby
at TrueNorth Cultural Arts, Seada in Necessary Targets
at Fine Arts Association, Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice
at Lakeland Theatre, Laverne Andrews in Boogie Woogie Baby
at the Cleveland Play House Club, and as Hanna in A
Shayna Maidel with the Jewish Community Center
of Cleveland. She has also worked in the Cabaret Shows at Pickwick and
Frolic. As a singer, she was the Lead Vocalist with Collision Jazz and
was a Semi-Finalist on American Idol, Season 3.
Carlton Guc (Sound Designer) Part
of Stage Research, developers of award winnning theatrical software for
Lighting and Sound, Carlton has designed sound for the Titanic exhibit,
Dialog in the Dark exhibit and recently assisted on the tour of Handel's
Messia Rocks. He recently designed The Sound of Music, The
Fantasticks, Steel Magnolias and Baby
at TrueNorth. For FPAC, Carlton has designed Pippin,
the Ohio premiere of Eat (It's Not About Food),
Company, Children of Eden, Honk Jr.,
Pride and Prejudice, Into
the Woods, the Ohio premiere of Thirteen,
Les Miserables: School Edition, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,
and Big, the musical.
Lauryn Alexandria Hobbs (Francisca)
is a 9th grader at Shaker Heights High School who is thrilled to be doing
her first show at TrueNorth. Her most recent credits include playing Aliyah
in Miracle and Wonder at Ensemble Theater, Jasmine
in University School’s production of All The World’s
A Stage, and Lorraine in Mercury Summer Stock’s production
of All Shook Up. Outside of theatre she enjoys
playing the cello in her school’s String Orchestra, singing in the
shower, and being an active member of her Girl Scout troop 152. Her favorite
roles include playing the Cat in her school’s production of Honk!,
and Lily St. Regis in Heights Youth Theatre’s production of Annie.
Lauryn is ready to throw on her dancing shoes and break a leg in this
amazing production of West Side Story.
Aaron Howell (Snowboy) performed
in Hairspray at Caryl Crane’s, Miracle
on 34th Street at TrueNorth Cultural Arts, All
Shook Up at Sandstone, Oliver
at Cassidy & Cain Park, Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor
Dreamcoat at Heights Youth Theatre, Children
of Eden at Sandstone & Heights Youth Theatre, High
School Musical at 82nd Street, Peter Pan
at Beck Center, Falstaff at Opera Cleveland,
Children’s Letters to God at Brecksville
Theatre, Farnsworth at Beck Center, A
Christmas Carol and Merry Wives of Windsor
at Great Lakes Theater, Beauty and the Beast
at Lorain Musical Theater, and Seussical Jr.
at Near West. He has modeled, been in commercials, a video, an independent
film, To See The Moon in the Morning Sky, and films, 3 Day Test and Fun
Size. Aaron attends Baldwin Wallace for PSEO classes. He sang with the
BW Men’s Chorus last Fall and currently plays drums and sings with
the Concert and Madrigal choir at Amherst Steele High. He attended the
OMEA State Choir Festival in 2012 representing Amherst Steele High and
is honored to be attending again in February, 2013.
Karaplis (Consuela) recently appeared as Luisa in The
Fantasticks, as well as in The Miracle Worker,
Bunnicula, The Secret Garden, Children of Eden and Miracle
on 34th Street at TrueNorth. She is in 10th grade at Amherst
High School. Some of her past FPAC credits include Cosette in Les
Miserables: School Edition, Susan in Big, the
musical, The Snake in Children of Eden,
Rapunzel in Into the Woods, Dan in Joseph...Dreamcoat,
The Cat in Honk Jr., and the understudy for
Charlotte, Cassie, and Molly in Thirteen the Musical.
Some of her other favorite roles are Grizzabella in Cats!
and Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz at Beck Center
for the Arts, and Liesl in The Sound of Music
at Mighty Goliath Theatre. She was also the 2008 Youngstown Superstar.
She'd like to thank her family and friends for all their support, and
wishes the cast many broken legs!!
Weinberg Katz (Choreographer) , B.A., M. Ed. Bebe's
recent theatrical credits include Les Miserables: School Edition,
A Little Night Music, Big, the musical, Company,
of Eden & Thirteen
at FPAC and The Fantasticks and Baby
at TrueNorth. Her
credits extend deep into the arts. She has danced, choreographed, staged,
designed, directed, taught, written and illustrated. As
an educator, Bebe has taught dance, movement education and /or fitness
and wellness to children, teens and adults in the public schools, Baldwin-Wallace
College, Cleveland State University, the Jewish Community Center, in her
own studio, in private dance studios and Camp Wise. Her dance credits
extend from Purcell’s Opera The Fairy Queen
and The Cathy Powel Dance Company in Pittsburgh to the Dancing Mimes at
DanceCleveland, as well as her own company, Center Motion at the JCC.
While holding the position of resident choreographer at Euclid High School
Bebe worked with the show choir “Varsity Choral” and choreographed
the school’s productions of The Music Man, Hello Dolly,
Anything Goes, Pajama Game, Pippin, Peter Pan, Wizard of Oz
and Grease. She currently works in both Shaker
Heights schools and Cleveland Heights / University Heights school. Bebe
is the choreographer for Shaker’s “Chanticleers,” and
Cleveland Height’s nationally ranked show choir “Singers.”
At CHHS she choreographed Beauty and the Beast, The King and
I, Fiddler on the Roof and West Side Story
as well as doing costume design for the latter two.. Bebe has production
credentials spanning the 35 years she has lived in Cleveland. She was
dance and drama specialist at Camp Wise, and performed the choreographer
duties for Mame at Chagrin Valley Little Theater,
Anything Goes at Euclid Community Theater, Joseph,
Holy Moses, Rock Pinocchio, The Grand Tour and Fiddler
on the Roof at the Cleveland JCC. She also directed The
Apple Tree for the JCC and was costume assistant for The
Wall and The Merry Widow. She
also has written and illustrated a number of books. The M.I.M.E Set, an
activity book the integrates movement and academics, and three middle
grade chapter books titled Princess Claudia and the Freckles, A Best Friend
for Claudia and Sibling Wars.
Kyra Kelley (Velma) is thrilled
to make her TrueNorth debut in West Side Story. After
a short hiatus from the musical scene she is happy to be performing in
one of her favorite shows. While completing her degree in theatre, Kyra
is working as a teacher for Weathervane Playhouse and as a figure skating
coach at Kent State. She was last seen onstage as Holly in Next
Fall at Weathervane. Other recent roles include Jessica
in The Merchant of Venice and a fairy in A
Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Ohio Shakespeare Festival,
Miss Wilkinson in Move Over, Mrs. Markham at
Coach House Theatre and Sookie/Emily in Mr. Marmalade
at Kent State. Kyra sends lots of love and "thank-you's" to
Mom and the guys.
Neil Kelly (Baby John) grew up
in Northeastern Pennsylvania and has lived in Ohio for one full year now.
His recent credits include Midsummer and Beauty
and the Beast at HYT, and Urinetown
and The Music Man at FPAC. Neil is an eighth
grader at Beachwood Middle School. He has just recently begun to learn
cello and is continuing on with his 9 years of piano training. Neil is
also part of the National Piano Playing Auditions and played at Carnegie
Hall in New York City in April 2011. Some of his favorite roles include
Constable Locke in The Music Man, Brett in Thirteen
the Musical, and Bobby Strong and Officer Barrel in Urinetown.
Neil would like to thank his family and friends for being so supportive
of him and wish the entire West Side Story cast
to Break a Leg!
Bob Kenderes (Doc) is proud to
be a member of this terrific cast. Bob made his TrueNorth debut, along
with Robert Hawkes in Art in 2007. Since that
time, he has appeared in over a dozen productions at TrueNorth as well
as directing Brighton Beach Memoirs and A
Year with Frog and Toad. Bob has also performed throughout
Northeast Ohio, including Dobama, Cleveland Public Theatre, Weathervane,
Mercury Summer Stock, Cassidy Theatre, Huntington Playhouse, Strongsville
Community Theatre and others.
Kassie Lee (Isabela) is very excited
to be joining TrueNorth in their production of West Side Story.
Kassie has been dancing for about 17 years and is now an apprentice with
Ohio Dance Theatre's professional ballet company as well as a member of
their staff as a dance teacher. Kassie also received training in Joffrey's
Jazz and Contemporary summer program where she received a featured spot
in their end of program performance. She has performed in numerous ballets
and productions, including The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty,
Cinderella, Dracula, Peter and the Wolf, A Young Person's Guide to the
Orchestra and others. Kassie has also performed in the musicals
Beauty and the Beast, Bye, Bye, Birdie with
a featured dancing role as Sad Girl, and Thoroughly Modern
Millie. Her most recent role was in LCMT's production of
Hairspray as Little Inez. Kassie sends a huge
thank you to her family, friends, and dance teachers.
Jason Leupold (Tony) is thrilled
to be making his TrueNorth debut in this classic, wonderful show! Jason
received his BFA in Musical Theatre from Kent State University in 2011
and has performed at multiple regional theatres here in Ohio and in NYC.
Most recently, he was seen at Weathervane Playhouse as John Jasper in
The Mystery of Edwin Drood and as Brandon in
Next Fall. Audiences may also remember him
from shows at the Beck Center or at Porthouse Theatre. As always, much
love to his family and fiance for their continued love and support.
Joanna Li (Music Director) graduated
from the Cleveland Institute of Music with her Masters in Organ Performance.
She is currently the organist at University Circle United Methodist Church
in Cleveland. She is music director at Heights Youth Theatre and also
teaches and plays musicals throughout the Greater Cleveland area. She
has worked as an accompanist for Opera Cleveland and the Interlochen Academy
of the Arts, and music directed at Stagedoor Manor last summer. She greatly
enjoyed working with the cast and staff of West Side Story!
Sean Manos (Glad Hand) has been
acting and playing characters nearly his whole life and has two actor
parents to thank for it. Recent roles include The Common Man in Man
For All Seasons, Everyman in Everyman,
and Morgan in The Corn is Green, all with Bodwin
Theatre Co. Sean performs improv comedy weekly at The Cleveland Improv
Jam and writes and performs with his sketch comedy groups, The Public
Squares and ManFlan. When he isn't acting or doing comedy, he is playing
drums for the Cleveland-based alternative hip-hop/rock fusion band, The
Caley Michalak (Scenic Designer) designed sets for Cleveland
Play House (CPH) productions of Every Good Boy Deserves Favor,
A Soldier's Tale with Catch and Release, the
CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program’s The Winter’s Tale,
and CPH Theatre for Children productions The Little Mermaid,
Huck Finn, A Jewel of a Tale, Tuck Everlasting, and The
Emperor's Groovy New Clothes. Local credits include The
Secret Garden, Cinderella, Children of Eden, The Fantasticks, The Diary
of Anne Frank, and The 25th Annual Putnam County
Spelling Bee at TrueNorth Cultural Arts; The
Music Man and Les Miserables: School Edition
at Fairmount Performing Arts Conservatory; She Stoops to Conquer
at St. Joseph's Academy; The Masked Musketeer
and Beauty and the Beast at Brush High School;
Ten More Minutes from Cleveland at Dobama Theatre;
and Into the Woods for the Music, Arts and Drama
(M.A.D.) Factory in Oberlin. In addition to scenic design, Cameron is
in his first year as Associate Technical Director after five seasons as
CPH’s Assistant Technical Director.
Charles Miller (Anxious) is in
the 9th grade at Shaker Heights High School. He is very excited to make
his debut at TrueNorth. He has been in numerous shows all around Cleveland.
His most recent ones are Pasko in A Little Princess,
Ensemble in Midsummer, Hot Blades Harry/Old
Man Strong in Urinetown, Malcolm in 13,
and many more. While he is not on stage he likes playing his clarinet
in the highest band at the High School and playing with the Cleveland
Youth Wind Symphony. He would like to thank Fred and Bebe for this amazing
opportunity. See you at the show!
Joe Pine (Riff) Joe is thrilled
to be making his TrueNorth debut in one of his favorite shows! Joe is
a New York native who, prior to moving to Ohio worked as an actor with
the professional touring theatre, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. He also spent
a year touring nationaly with Theatre IV, a children's theatre based in
Richmond Virginia. Since moving to Ohio Joe has appeared in many professional
and community stages in the Cleveland/ Akron area. Favorite roles include
Hamlet, Theatre 8:15, Judas in Jesus
Christ Superstar at Brecksville Theatre on the Square, Starky
the Pirate in Peter Pan at Beck Center, Happy
in Death of a Salesman at Lakeland Civic Theatre,
Father Flynn in Doubt , Andrew in I
Hate Hamlet, Bruno in Shipwrecked
and Dexter in Philadelphia Story at Coach House
Theatre. Joe will also be entering his 4th season as a company member
of Ohio Shakespeare Festival where he has played Demetrius in Midsummer,
Bassanio in Merchant of Venice, Longaville in
Love's Labors Lost, Tranio in Taming
of the Shrew, Edmund in King Lear,
and 2nd Murderer in Richard III. Joe would like
to extend a huge thank you to Fred for the opportunity to play one of
his dream roles, and to all his friends and family who make to long drive
to see him perform. Perhaps the most exciting role of them all is his
new role as husband to beautiful wife and fellow Jet Tess Burgler, to
whom all performances are dedicated.
Anna Renkel (Sophie) After having
such a wonderful experience as Mrs. Potts in TrueNorth’s summer
production of Beauty and the Beast, Anna is
very excited to be performing in West Side Story.
Anna is a freshman at Westlake High School. She is in Student council
and choir, was a football cheerleader, and performed in Westlake’s
production of The Wizard of Oz. Anna has also
played Alice in LBMS Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland,
an orphan in Oliver and Louisa in The
Sound of Music at MGP. School is important to her, but her
favorite activity is hanging out with her friends.
Samuel Rodriguez (Juano) is pleased
to make his TrueNorth debut in West Side Story -
his first production outside of his school! He is a senior at Avon High
School taking PSEO classes at LCCC. Samuel recently appeared in Avon's
production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast with
fellow West Side Story cast member and friend
Archie Rucker. Samuel has his black belt in Tai Kwan Do and has participated
in many sports. "I have only been in theatre for a year now and absolutely
love it. Meeting new people that are so talented and different makes the
experience amazing. I love to try new things and trying theatre is one
of the best by far. I am very glad that my choir director recommended
this to me or I would have never had such an incredible event. Thank you
Archie Rucker (Luis) is a senior at Avon High School where
he participated as an Avon Eagle, Honors Choir for 3 years and then moved
on to acting and appeared in Disney's Beauty and the Beast.
He considers himself a "pretty laid back guy who loves
to have fun and hang with friends."
Dennis Runkle (Lt. Schrank) is
back making the trek from Lakewood to the TrueNorth stage for this production
of West Side Story, having first appeared here
earlier in the season as Max Detweiler in The Sound of Music.
Other recent shows include Lycus in A Funny Thing Happened
on the Way to the Forum, Howard in The Full
Monty at Huntington Playhouse, Jack in Regrets
Only at Clague Playhouse and Ensemble in the award-winning
production of I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change
at Workshop Players in Amherst. Dennis is also greatly pleased to finally
get a chance to work with Fred and provide a little bit of mature filler
in this wonderfully talented group of young actors. An excellent cast
and production team bringing a classic story to a theatre near (or not
so near) you! Enjoy the show!
Bob Russell (Fight Choreographer)
is a professional actor, director, and educator. Mr. Russell is an adjunct
faculty member with Kent State University's Department of Theatre &
Dance. He has also previously taught with Ashland University, Allegheny
College and the Fairmount Performing Arts Conservatory. This summer, he
will be a Master Faculty member for the Hathaway Brown Theatre Institute's
inaugural year and he will also be directing Jekyll &
Hyde. Additionally, Mr. Russell is a proud member of Actor's
Equity Association. He has acted and directed regionally in the Northeastern
Ohio and Northwestern Pennsylvania areas. Some of his previous acting
credits include Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, The Beadles in Sweeney
Todd, Malviolio in Twelfth Night, Mr. Darling / Captain Hook in Peter
Pan, Bill Sykes in Oliver!, and Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s
Dream. Previously Mr. Russell has directed the revivals of No
Mother to Guide and Bunco in Arizona;
turn of the century melodramas, as well as productions of Comfort
Me with Peaches (world premiere), My Fair Lady,
Dead Man's Cell Phone and Nightfall with Edgar
Allan Poe. He has previously directed The Sound
of Music and was the fight choreographer for The
Miracle Worker with TrueNorth.
Christopher Sanders (A-Rab) just
moved to Ohio from Pensacola, Florida where we got is BFA in Musical Theater
from The University of West Florida. He is extremely excited to be working
with TrueNorth Theater for the first time. He has spent the past few months
working as an Apprentice with the Cleveland Play House and will be performing
in Sons Of The Prophet at Dobama Theatre soon
as well. He spent the past few summers studying Musical Theater with the
International Performing Arts Institute in Munich, Germany and some of
his previous performances include: JoJo in Seussical,
Jordan in I Love You, You're Perfect Now Change,
Doody in Grease, and Theo in Pippin.
He has also Music Directed and Choreographed for numerous productions.
Jacob Schindler (Action) has been
involved in the theatrical arts for 5 years and his enjoyment has not
diminished even a bit. His credits include Mark in A Chorus
Line, Conrad Birdie in Bye Bye Birdie,
Joseph in Joseph...Dreamcoat, The Beast in Disney's
Beauty and the Beast, Elwood P. Dowd in Harvey,
Garry Lejeune in Noises Off, and Corney Collins
in Hairspray. Jacob finds that the music he
enjoys singing the most are Jazz, Show-tunes, and Folk/Acoustic. He is
a currently a Vocal Performance Music Major at Lorain County Community
College. He hopes to transfer to Bowling Green or Capital University in
the upcoming years to study Musical Theater or Jazz performance. Jacob
spends free time playing guitar and great games. He is honored and ecstatic
to be performing the role of "Action" in West Side
Story. Enjoy the show!
Shepherd (Indio) is a junior at Notre Dame - Cathedral
Latin and is extremely excited to make his TrueNorth debut in West
Side Story. Recent credits include Officer Lockstock in
Urinetown, Seaweed J. Stubbs in Hairspray,
and Olin Brit in The Music Man. Jerry would
like to wish the entire cast and crew many broken legs!
Shriver (Estella) is extremely excited to be performing
in her first show at TrueNorth! She is currently teaching jazz dance at
the Beck Center for the Arts, and choreographs in the Northeast Ohio area,
as well as New York City. Recent venues for her choreography include the
Beck Center, Grand Valley High School, The University of Akron, and The
Brick Theater. She is also thrilled to be doing this particular production
of West Side Story, as it is the first production
she'll be performing in over a year! Roles in the past include Sara Brown
in Guys and Dolls, Nurse Ratched in One
Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Betty Rizzo in Grease,
and Joan in Dames at Sea. Devon also has degrees
in Musical Theater and Child Development from the University of Akron,
and teaches preschool in her spare time.
Sternfeld (Director) is pleased to return to TrueNorth
after previously directing The Miracle
Worker, The Fantasticks, Steel Magnolias and Baby.
Other recent credits are Gruesome Playground Injuries
at Ensemble Theatre, The Bluest Eye at Karamu
Performing Arts Theatre, and A Little Night Music,
Company and Les Miserables: School Edition
at Fairmount Performing Arts Conservatory. Fred is widely represented
on Northeast Ohio stages through diverse projects. He has garnered numerous
honors and awards, including for Baby at TrueNorth,
Yellowman at Karamu Performing Arts Theatre,
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at Beck
Center and Ragtime, the musical at the JCC.
He previously served as Artistic Director at Fairmount Performing Arts
Conservatory, Lakewood Little Theatre - Beck Center for the Arts and the
Cleveland, Seattle & Dallas Jewish Community Centers. Other selected
credits: Fiddler on the Roof, Oliver! &
The Sound of Music at Cain Park; The
Tale of the Allergist’s Wife & The
Trestle at Pope Lick Creek at Dobama Theatre; Children
of Eden, Into the Woods, Joseph
and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Eat (It's
Not About Food) and The Odd Couple
at FPAC; A
Shayna Maidel, Jolson and Company, Man of La Mancha, Modern Orthodox,
Rags, From Door to Door, South Pacific, The God of Isaac, Beau Jest, Crossing
Delancey, The Twilight of the Golds, The Immigrant &
Conversations With My Father for the Cleveland
JCC; Bad Seed at Ensemble Theatre; Amadeus
at Willoughby Fine Arts; Table Settings, Isn’t It Romantic,
The Diary of Anne Frank & Broadway Bound
at JCC Center Stage in Seattle; Peter Pan (1987 &
2008), On the Town, Of Mice and Men, La Cage aux Folles, Saturday
Night, Foxfire, Noises Off, Children of a Lesser God &
The Importance of Being Earnest at Beck Center;
Proof at GLTG and All My Sons
& Enter Laughing at the Dallas JCC. For
pictures and reviews for any of the shows listed here you can go to this
Kelly Tomko (Clarice) is making
her first TrueNorth appearance, and is very excited to be a part of an
amazing cast and production. Kelly has been dancing since she was 3 years
old, including dance training from Ohio Dance Theater and The Beck Center
for the Arts. Some of her past credits include Gypsy
as Marjorie May/Caroline and Rented Christmas
at The Cassidy Theater, Chicago as Roxy’s
Baby and Hairspray as Shelley at LCMT, Cabaret
as Lulu at Workshop Players Theater, and Cats!
at The Beck Center. She also performed in the comedy Check
Please: Take 3 as Ruth/Brooke at North Ridgeville High School,
where she will be completing her junior year, and then her senior year
with high honors. Kelly began to pursue theater at the age of 14 and now,
at 16 years old, hopes to choreograph musical theater productions after
college. She would like to thank her family and friends for their support
and encouragement in everything she does, and the many people along the
way who have helped shape her into the artist that she is today.
Katie Zarecki (Graziella) is excited
to be in her first production with TrueNorth! She was recently seen in
Beck Center's Legally Blonde as Vivienne. She
wants to thank her family and friends, especially her wonderful husband,
for all their love and support.
Ryan Christopher Zarecki (Bernardo)
was recently seen in TrueNorth's production of The Sound of
Music. Ryan is back and ready to rumble with the Jets. Ryan
hails from the Toledo area where he was last seen wielding a chainsaw
hand in the Valentine Theater's sold out Evil Dead: the Musical.When
not onstage Ryan is designing and executing fight choreography. His violence
will be on display in February for The Valentine's production of Don
Giovanni. He is joined onstage by his lovely and talented
wife, Katie, who is everything. Ryan thanks all his families for their
continued love and support.
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