Alex Aguilar is delighted to be returning to the stage after a year, and excited to join yet another summer stock family. Last
seen in Thoroughly Modern Millie as Ching Ho, he had taken a break from the stage to study and is now a nationally Certified Pharmacy
Technician. Previous stage credits include: A Chorus Line, Holes, CATS, Tales of the Allergist's Wife, Midsummer Night's Dream, Take
Me Out, and The Pajama Game. You may see Alex this year on the big screen at Charlotte's 3rd Annual Film Festival, where he plays a
hitchhiker who is thought to be a murderer in the short film "A Man, A Woman, and A Killer." He salutes our troops and welcomes his best
friend back home from his second tour of duty. He is thankful for being in both Annie Get Your Gun and Crazy for You, and cannot wait to
sing and dance; the pharmacy employees and patients are tired of him doing it at work.
Dawn Anthony is a local performer and artist educator and can be heard locally in various Jazz concert series in the
Charlotte Area. She has worked as an artist educator with local organizations such as the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra's Educational
Department, the African-American Cultural Center and has performed operatic roles in Central Piedmont Community College's Opera
Program. Currently, Dawn serves at Steele Creek Church of Charlotte as the Diversity Arts Director and is thrilled to join Central Piedmont
Summer Theater's production of Smokey Joe's Cafe.
Byron J. Barr I, enthusiastically savors his inaugural debut with CPCC Summer Theatre. Byron is a native of Sumter, SC
and is a graduate of Winthrop University, where he has studied vocal performance, religion, philosophy and modern languages. In his final
production at Winthrop, Byron was cast in the two-man feature Topdog/Underdog, where he played the role of Booth. One of his most
treasured distinctions in life is having performed solo under the direction of the late great Moses Hogan. Most recently he has graced the
venue of Theatre Charlotte as the animating voice of the man-eating plant Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors. Byron wishes to thank The
Eternal One & his parents for giving him life, and much love to the lovely Lakia, and the cuddley Camille Barr, as well as all the others who
continue to have faith in him and give their undying support. Byron would also like to express a special thanks to Tom Hollis for this
Ryan Barringer made his CPCC Summer Theatre debut two years ago as an apprentice carpenter. He enrolled in a
guitar class so he could stick around for the winter season. He was a member of the crew for the inaugural production in the Halton
Theatre, where his services as a fly operator are the stuff of legend. His carpentry skills have improved to the point where they can now
be considered „just slightly below average.‟ Ryan is now able to count to five on his right hand (but sadly only to four on his left since the
accident). For those of you still reading, Ryan is doing all he can to transfer to Appalachian State University in the fall. Pray for him! Until
then he will be working in the shop, and would like to remind all of his co-workers of the importance of safety.
Marc Bastos is so excited to return to CP Summer Theatre this year in Crazy for You. He recently finished performing in
Little Women, as Theodore Laurence with the Davidson Players. His previous roles at CP include, Young Solider in Parade, Andy Lee in
42nd Street, and Abel in Children of Eden. Marc would like to thank Tom, Eddie and Drina for all of their continued support, and for his
family and friends who are always there.
Charles Berman is very pleased to have been a continuing part of the CPCC Summer Theater Orchestra since the
mid-1990's as a bassist. A Boston native, he has performed, recorded and taught in Boston, New York, Montreal and Charlotte. Charles
was educated at the Westchester Conservatory of Music, the State University of NY, and Berklee College of Music. He is very active in
the Charlotte regional music scene, and recognized internationally as a composer of jingles for high-profile advertising campaigns.
Charles has lived in Weddington NC since 1989 and enjoys "life in the country" with his jazz-singer wife Celine, and their four cats.
Linda Booth, Choreographer Annie Get Your Gun and Aladdin
Ashley Lauren Bradley is thrilled to be making her CPCC Summer Theatre debut this season. The stage is not a
stranger to her as she found her passion beginning at the age of five with the Missoula‟s Children Theater who cast her in her first role. A
graduate of Northwest School of the Arts, she is currently a theater student at CPCC. Ashley dedicated her heart to a host of acting,
dance and musical performances since the age of five. Her recent credits include a featured performance in 42 Street, Joseph and the
Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and the Love Suicide at Schofield Barracks. She would like to thank the musically talented family she
has along with a host of friends that continue to allow her to be their “STAR”.
Becky Brock is a rising senior at Charlotte Latin School and has been actively involved with theater and music during her
high school years. Her most recent theatrical performances include Elaine in Arsenic and Old Lace, one of the Silly Girls in Beauty and the
Beast, as well as Blanche Dubois in Desire, Desire, Desire, a one-act play by Christopher Durang. In 2007, she performed in a solo
ensemble on the Carnegie Hall stage under the direction of composer John Rutter. Becky is a member of the Concert Choir and Chamber
Singers at Latin and currently studies voice with Rebecca Smith. Becky would like to thank her family and friends for all of their support
Nic Bryan is excited to be returning to CPCC Summer Theatre for a second season after starring as the Cat in the
Hat in Seussical and Bun Foo in Thoroughly Modern Millie last season. A recent graduate of the University of Florida, some favorite past
roles include Tony in West Side Story, Jesus in Godspell,, and LeFou in Beauty and the Beast. He would like to thank Tom and the
production staff for giving him the opportunity to play such amazing roles and his friends and family for all their love and support!
Christian Buford is extremely excited to be entering his third season of CPCC Summer Theatre. HIs past works
include Pippin, All Shook Up, Les Miserables, Cats, Hello Dolly!, Seussical and many others throughout the community. Christian is a
rising junior at Northwest School of the Arts, where he is a musical theatre major. The arts is what he enjoys doing and he is honored to be
given this opportunity.
Liz Burns has played cello in the Summer Theatre Pit Orchestra every summer since its 2 season, and looks
forward every year for another chance to play great shows with amazing onstage talent, and with the other incredible pit musicians.
Thanks to the vision of CPCC Summer Theatre for using live musicians in the pit and to Charlotte for supporting live theatre everywhere.
Amelia Buskey is a graduate of L.C. Byrd High School in her native Richmond, Virginia. Her experience there included
training in lighting, props, scenery construction and stage management. Some of her favorite productions there include Once Upon a
Mattress, Annie Get Your Gun, The Boys Next Door, and Ruthless. She was also active in volunteering at several theatres in the area.
Most recently, she was Stage Manager of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and a production assistant on CPCC‟s
production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Amelia hopes to transfer to UNC Charlotte. This is her second time working for CPCC Summer
Theatre. She would like to thank her parents and sister for always encouraging and supporting her in everything she does. If you happen
to see Amelia in the lobby, ask her to do her happy dance for you. It‟s a treat not to be missed.
Samantha Calder is thrilled to be a part of Aladdin this summer. Her theatre credits at CPCC include: The Miracle
Worker, Children of Eden, Seussical, The Wizard of Oz, Fiddler on the Roof, Annie, State Fair and Music Man. Samantha is home-
schooled and loves acting, singing, dancing and cooking. Thanks Tom, Ron, LInda and Jean for this great experience!
Kevin Campbell returns to CPCC Summer Theater in the Cast of Dial “M” for Murder. Kevin has performed on most of
the stages in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Region most recently in The Diary of Anne Frank at Theatre Charlotte. He has appeared as
Captain Hook for Matthews Community Theater. You may remember him as Oz the Great and powerful Wizard. He is thrilled to be
working with old friends and new talent.
Georgia Cameron is excited to be in Aladdin and part of CPCC Summer Theater for the second straight year. Last year
she performed in the production of Suessical the Musical. Georgia, 13 years old will be in the 8 grade this fall at Carmel Middle School.
She has taken 10 years of dance at Jami Masters School of Dance, where she has been a member of the Junior Company. She will be
attending the Cary School of Ballet later this summer and will stay busy taking technique classes at Jami Masters School of Dance. She is
a regular performer at home to the delight of her parents and “directs” many shows with the help of her 3 brothers, all 10 years old, and
her cousins. Her family pets include Sammy, a yorkie, 2 cats Layla and Lucky, a bird Buddy Jane, a pet frog, beta fish and a large
aquarium with Bala Sharks. She looks forward to another memorable year performing in Aladdin.
Caren E. Carson is an up and coming Senior at the University of Memphis. She will be graduating in December
with her B.F.A in Design and Technical Theatre. Her most recent Stage Managing credits include The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Assassins,
and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Her Professional Credits include Blue Jacket: The Epic Outdoor Drama (Prop Master), and
Shenandoah Summer Musical Theatre (Tech). She would like to thank everyone for making this such a wonderful opportunity.
Kayla Carter is pleased to return to CPCC in Aladdin after participating in Seussical and South Pacific last year. She is
entering her junior year at Northwest School of the Arts, where she was recently seen as Edith in the Christopher Durang play 'Dentity
Crisis, and as a member of All Shook Up. She will also be seen this summer in Queen City Theatre Company's production of Side Show.
Caroline Chisholm is excited to be performing in CPCC‟s Summer Theatre production of “Aladdin”. Previously at CPCC,
she appeared in Annie Jr, Hansel and Gretal, Jungle Book, Seussical and Children of Eden. Caroline has studied dance for 11 years at
Jami Masters School of Dance. She is a rising 8 grader at Holy Trinity Catholic Middle School.
Ron Chisholm has performed in every type of entertainment medium: Broadway, Radio City Music Hall, cruise ships,
theme parks, music videos, TV, industrial shows and movies. On Broadway he was assistant choreographer and performed in Into the
Light with Dean Jones. He was also assistant choreographer and Young Vincent in Follies starring Juliet Prowse and John Cullum, and
toured with Gavin MacLeod in High Button Shoes. On TV he has performed with such stars as Carol Burnett, Dolly Parton, Shirley
MacLaine, Ben Vereen and The Pointer Sisters. In Charlotte he has directed, choreographed and/or produced shows for CPCC Theatre
and CP Summer Theatre (State Fair, Carousel, World Goes Round, She Loves Me, Jesus Christ Superstar, A Grand Night for Singing),
Charlotte Rep, Opera Carolina, Theatre Charlotte (2002 Creative Loafing Best Musical Showboat), Children‟s Theatre, Spirit Square, The
Charlotte Hornets, The Charlotte Arts and Science Council and other companies in the area. Ron is currently an adjunct faculty member in
the Dance program at CPCC, teaching tap, jazz and dance for musical theatre. He lives in Charlotte with his wife, Angie, and children,
Bryan and Caroline.
GERALD K. COLBERT is familiar to Charlotte audiences from prior appearances in productions of Children of Eden,
The Secret Garden, Funny Girl, Grand Hotel, Camelot, Carousel, I Hate Hamlet, Blood Brothers, A Grand Night For Singing and After the
FAll. He was seen at Charlotte Rep in The beauty Queen of Lenane, Drop Dead, 1940s Radio Hour and last appeared at the CPCC
Theatre in Gypsy, Cats, and the revue Sing for Your Supper: A Rodgers and Hart Revue.Jerry‟s appeared in productions of Dancing at
Lughnasa, The Chemistry of Change, (for which he won a Creative Loafing Theatre Award), Stumps, and Molly Sweeny with the Actors‟
Theatre of Charlotte. His most recent appearances with them were in Johnny Guitar and The Goat, for which he received a Metrolina
Theatre Association acting award.
He has also performed with Changing Stages, Moving Poets Dance Theatre, North Carolina Stage Company, ATC Repertory Theatre,
and the Alliance/Atlanta Children‟s Theatre.
As a vocalist, Jerry has appeared with the Canton (Ohio) Symphony (Don Giovanni), the North Carolina Symphony (The Impressario), the
Charlotte Symphony, the Charlotte Philharmonic, Opera Carolina, and as guest narrator/soloist with the Charlotte Oratorio. He produced
and performed in a Broadway Cabaret that toured throughout the Southeast. Jerry has directed productions for the Gardner-Webb
University theatre department and served on the faculty of Charlotte‟s Community School of the Arts. He has also served as an adjunct
instructor at Queens University, teaching performance skills in the music department. His most recent stage work has been in The Guys
with Pi Productions, and appearances with The Moving Poets Dance Theatre in the premiere of States of Grace. In addition to his stage
work, Jerry‟s appeared in feature films and numerous television commercials. He‟s also worked as the video spokesman for a number of
national and international corporations, in projects that have garnered awards in national film competitions. He has recently begun
appearing in the locally produced television series The Mecklenburgers. A native of Alabama, Jerry attended the University of North
Carolina/Greensboro on an acting scholarship, and after traveling about a bit, makes his home in Matthews with his wife, Tobi, and his
Matthew Corbett happily returns to the CP stage, where he has been seen in productions of Of Mice and Men, The
Wizard of Oz and Jesus Christ Superstar. Most recently, he shared the role (with Byron Barr, performing in the upcoming Smokey Joe‟s
Café at CP Summer Theatre), of the voice of the voracious Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors at Theatre Charlotte. He has appeared
locally in productions of Driving Miss Daisy, Little Murders, An Empty Plate in the Café Du Grand Boeuf, On Golden Pond, A Little Night
Music and Walking Across Egypt. Matthew has cherished working and playing with all the many talented, interesting people in Charlotte‟s
theatre community and looks forward to enjoying many more rewarding experiences, like this one!
Cory Cray returns to CPCC Summer Theatre in Aladdin this summer. Cory has appeared in numerous productions here.
He was Jo Jo last summer in Seussical and one of the Brothers in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Pat Cray is thrilled to be working with Drina and "the Pit Gang". Pat has played and performed professionally for the past 25 years.
Working with some of the top names in music, Bobby Caldwell, Gino Vannelli, Michael W. Smith, Johnny Rivers, to name a few. Pat is
also featured vocally on various television and radio ads in the Charlotte area. Most recently he recorded the vocal music for the soon to
be aired Raggs Kids Club Band, as the voice of Raggs. Pat lives in Matthews, NC with his wife Becky, son Corey, and daughter Natalie.
Robert Croghan, Costume and Set Designer Crazy For You
Jimmy Duckworth is currently teaching guitar at both Davidson and Catawba Colleges and taught at CPCC from
1985 to 2000. He has performed at Summer Theatre since its production of Godspell in 1974. Broadway National Touring Company
credits include A Chorus Line, Sugar Babies with Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller, Will Rogers Follies with Mac Davis, Hello Dolly with
Carol Channing, Man of La Mancha with Robert Goulet, Chicago, Fiddler on the Roof with Theodore Bikel, 42nd Street and Annie. Mr.
Duckworth's award-winning cable access TV show, Jim Duckworth & Friends has aired in Charlotte from 1987 to the present, in Brooklyn,
New York since 1998 and in Manhattan, New York, since 2003. He sincerely appreciates the educational and professional support that
CPCC has given him over the years.
James Duke, Production Manager, Scene Designer Smokey Joe‟s Café and Dial”M” For Murder.
Dionne Eleby of Atlanta, GA is a recent graduate of Elon University where she earned a B.F.A.in Musical
Theatre. Her Elon credits include: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Company, Cabaret, Blues for an Alabama Sky, The Heidi Chronicles,
West Side Story, a Raisin in the Sun, and a host of Grand Night's and Dance Concerts. While at Elon, Dionne could be seen giving tours
as a Multicultural Student Ambassador or running concessions as a member of Alpha Psi Omega. She is also a lifetime member of Delta
Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Dionne would like to thank God, her family, friends, teachers, FHYEA, and Tri-Cities High School who provide
unconditional support and love. "Find a way or make one."
Billy Ensley – performs and directs regionally and returns to CPCC Summer Theatre where he has performed as Leo
Frank Parade, George M. Cohan George M!, Judas Jesus Christ Superstar, J. Pierpont Finch How To Succeed in Business…, Zach &
Mike A Chorus Line. Some of the companies he has performed and/or directed for include The Actors Theatre of Charlotte, The Blowing
Rock Stage Company, Opera Carolina, The Opera House Theatre Company, The Children‟s Theatre, Theatre Charlotte & Spirit Square.
He has been recognized with awards from The Metrolina Theatre Association, Creative Loafing Magazine („Actor of the Year‟ 2001 &
2007), The Charlotte Observer & Charlotte Magazine‟s „Best of The Best.‟ In the coming year, Billy will direct BatBoy – The Musical & Evil
Dead – The Musical for The Actors‟ Theatre of Charlotte. Recently, Billy played the role of Katurian for The Actors‟ Theatre of Charlotte‟s
production of Martin McDonagh‟s The Pillowman where he also directed and originated the local role of Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry
Craig Estep, a native of Stallings, North Carolina, teaches music on the upper school level at Charlotte Latin
Schools. This season marks his fourth appearance at CPCC. Craig has appeared in numerous productions with San Francisco Opera
Company, and most recently sang the role of Alfred in CPCC's Opera production of Die Fledermaus. His musical roles include Curly in
Oklahoma!, Charles Dalrymple in Brigadoon, Annus in Jesus Christ Superstar and Billis in South Pacific. Craig would like to thank his
family and friends for their love and support during his renaissance to the stage.
Jo Ann Evans has played in musicals such as The Music Man, Oliver, Evita, The Sound of Music and The
Wizard of Oz. She ws principal flute in the Columbia Orchestra for nine years and taught flute at College for two years. She has also
performed orchestra for P.D.Q. Bach and Sandi Patti in charlotte. Jo Ann plays with and is co-director of the Charlotte Flute Choir. She
has also a flute cello ensemble that plays at dinners and weddings in the area. Jo Ann enjoys playing in the newly formed Camerata
Charlotte. She holds a Master of Music Degree from Southern Illinois University.
Anna Farish is a rising 9 grader at Covenant Day School. Anna was first bitten by the musical theater bug in 2004 when
she shared the Blumenthal stage with Jon Secada as part of the children‟s chorus in Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. From
that moment on, Anna knew the theater would be a large part of her life. She has since starred as Jojo in Suessical the Musical at
Matthews Playhouse and has also appeared in The Wizard of Oz and The Christmas Doll at The Children‟s Theater of Charlotte. Most
recently, she reprised her role in the children‟s chorus in CPCC Theater‟s production of Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Anna is looking forward to her first experience with CPCC Summer Theater and wishes to thank the Theater Department for this great
Caroline Farley is a rising third grader at St. Gabriel‟s Catholic School where she is a member of Brownie troop
#3659. She has been dancing at Jami Master‟s School of Dance for five years and has performed in the annual spring recitals and Happy
Holidays production. She loves singing, dancing, the color pink and ice cream. She is delighted to return to CPCC this summer after
performing in Seussical the Musical, Children of Eden, and most recently Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Caroline
would like to thank her Mom, Dad, and sisters Jenna, Kate, Megan and Meredith for their guidance and love.
Jenna Farley is excited to be back for her fourth season of Summer Theater at CPCC. She is a graduate of Charlotte
Catholic High School and a rising sophomore at Elon University where she is a double major in Arts Administration and Dance. Some of
her recent appearances include 42nd Street, Grease, Jungle Book, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Seussical and Children of Eden. Jenna is
proud to be the eldest of the five talented Farley girls. She would like to thank her Mom and Dad for their support and constant love.
Megan Farley is a rising seventh grader at Holy Trinity Catholic Middle School. She is a member of the Junior
Company at Jami Masters School of Dance where she has danced for eight years and performed in the annual spring recitals and Happy
Holidays productions. Previously she has performed at CPCC in The Jungle Book and Seussical the Musical. She is pleased share the
stage again with her sisters Jenna and Caroline. She would like to thank her Mom and Dad for their constant love and her sisters for being
her best friends.
Sam Faulkner is a will be rising 4 grader at Charlotte Latin this fall and is thrilled to be making his debut in his first
CPCC Summer Theatre Season. Sam was introduced to theatre last fall and has loved every minute of it. His credits include playing the
role of Winthrop in The Music Man at Matthews Theatre, and The Kids Ensemble in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at
CPCC Theatre. He would like to thank Lori Ann Sword, Becky Cray, Ron Chisholm, Linda Booth, and also, his mom, dad, and brother
Nate for their support and guidance through his wonderful experience thus far.
Ryan Fischer is glad to be back with CPCC again. He has found working with the summer theatre to be challenging and
rewarding. Having worked in theatre most of his life, he recently was recipient of several awards including a Metrolina Theater Award.
From design to execution, Ryan always shows his love and devotion to theatre. He continues to work in as many venues as he can
including Epic Arts, Broadway Light Series, Opera Carolina, among many others. He is looking forward to many more years in theatre and
expanding his involvement. Ryan would like to take this moment to recognize his daughter, Sami, who loves to model all the wigs and who
he loves very much.
James K . Flynn, a Charlotte native, has been involved with the theater since the eighth grade. He is best known
locally for his years at WBT radio as a morning radio host. His theater credits include many shows with Charlotte Repertory Theater,
Sweeney Todd, Parade, The Fantasticks and Fiddler on the Roof with CPCC, numerous shows with Theatre Charlotte and other local and
regional casts. James K.‟s full-time “gig” is voice work. He is heard on radio and TV commercials locally, nationally and internationally. A
practiced Master of Ceremonies, he lends his voice to local band competitions, three regional Highland Games and spent 14 years as the
PA Guy for the NBA Charlotte Hornets and WNBA Charlotte Sting. He and his wife Donna, married 27 years, live in Charlotte with their
sons, Ian, Seth and Ross.
Alex Goley is very excited about returning to CPCC this summer in the ensemble for Crazy For You. He has been acting
since the 7th grade and hase attending New York University this year to study Musical Theater in the CAP 21 program. Some of Alex's
favorite rolls have been on the Charlotte Christian stage as Edmund in Narnia, Enjolras in Les Miserables, Hortensio in Taming of the
Shrew, and Rochester in Jane Eyre. Alex recently played Ren in Footloose for Matthew‟s Playhouse. He would like to thank CPCC, his
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Long, and Christ his Savior for all the opportunities that they have given him.
Rich Graham is a veteran of the Summer Theater Orchestra and is inspired by the many talented people on and “under” the CPCC stage!
From his early days performing on the televangelical circuit to several tours with Opera Carolina, Rich has had a varied musical career. A
graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, he is currently a member of both the Charlotte Philharmonic Orchestra and the
Salisbury Symphony and continues to freelance while maintaining a large teaching studio. His most recent self-released CD includes
selections by Saint Saens and Schubert.
Alma Hill, a junior at Northwest School of the Arts, is an energetic charismatic 16 year old. She is an aspiring actress
who loves to be a part of the community and who is fully dedicated to her acting career. She was first introduced to theater at age 11 at
Piedmont Open IB Middle in sixth grade and has had a passion for it ever since. Besides being on stage, Alma has plenty of tech
experience running sound and lights, being prop master, moving scenery and other miscellaneous backstage jobs. Her show credits
include The Wrestling Season at Children's Theater of Charlotte, Les Miserables performed by Northwest School of the Arts at
Blumenthal, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When Tha Rainbow Ain't Enuf at Northwest School of the Arts, Memorial at
North Carolina Theater Conference and many more. Besides theater, Alma loves her school and friends. "I want to say thank you to My
parents and Joshua and all of my friends for always encouraging me, Chip Caldwell, Martha O'Neill, Corey Mitchell, and Jillian Scuderi for
helping me be the actress I am today." God Bless and enjoy the show!
Tom Hollis is the Chair of Drama and Artistic Director of Central Piedmont Summer Theatre at Central Piedmont
Community College. He is in his 25 year at the college. In his over 30 years as a professional director he has presented over 200
productions in venues across the country. He has been nominated and won awards from the Metrolina Theatre Association and Creative
Loafing for Excellence in Directing both musicals and non musicals. Mr. Hollis received a BA in Theatre and English from Pfeiffer
University and an MFA in Theatre with a concentration in Directing from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He has presented
papers at the NC Theatre Conference, the SC Theatre Conference, the Southeastern Theatre Conference and the American Theatre
Conference. He has been an officer in local, stage, regional and national Theatre associations. His greatest thrill is in the success of his
students who are working in Hollywood, on Broadway and in classrooms at all levels of education. Thanks to Linda, Stacey, Derek and our
newest family member Nicole for putting up with their dad‟s passion for the theatre.
Erin Hopkins is a theatre major at Campbell University who is making her Summer Theatre debut as Assistant Stage
Manager, as well as Stage Manager for Aladdin. Erin would like to thank her family for their undying support and Carey Kugler for helping
her to find a niche in theatre.
Emily Hunter is excited to be back on the CPCC Summer Theatre stage once again! Other stage credits include Will
Roger‟s Follies, Cats (Electra), Parade, 42 Street, A Chorus Line (Connie Wong), Children of Eden (Storyteller), and Thoroughly Modern
Millie, which she received a Metrolina Theatre Award for her role of Miss Flannery. Emily earned her bachelor‟s degree in dance
performance at Winthrop University and has been a featured dancer for the Charlotte Philharmonic Orchestra and Carolina Voices. She
has also recorded the theme song vocals for the Children‟s DVDs Stranger Safety and Internet Safety featuring Hootie and the Blowfish‟s,
Darius Rucker. She would like to thank her friends and family for their continued support and the CPCC Summer cast and crew for all the
Don Humphries is excited about performing in his 20 season with CPCC Summer Theatre. Some of his favorite shows
over the years have been Tommy, Parade, 42 Street, and last summer‟s Children of Eden. He even met his wife Dwaina during Central
Piedmont‟s production of A Chorus Line in 2003. He just finished his 11 year as an orchestra and band teacher at Charlotte Christian
Caroline Kasey is happy to be back at CPCC as Nellie in Annie Get Your Gun. Caroline fell in love with Theatre
when she was cast as a village daughter in Fiddler on the Roof in 2005. Since then has been blessed with opportunities to perform in
Gypsy (Baby June), The Sound of Music (Marta), and Wizard of Oz (munchkin) at CPCC. Other credits include Peter Pan (Jane),
Seussical (JoJo), Music Man, (Amaryllis) at Matthew Playhouse and The Christmas Doll (Aggie) at Children‟s Theatre. Thanks to Tom
Hollis, Drina Keen, Linda Booth, Ron Chisholm, Billy Ensley, Dennis Delamar, June Bayless, Alan Poindexter, and Becky Cray for
believing in me. Thanks also to my supportive family. Most of all I thank the Lord for the gifts and opportunities he has given me.
Julianne Katz is making her CPCC Summer Theatre debut. She hails from Tucson, Arizona, and is a rising junior
Musical Theatre major at Elon University. Julianne has performed professionally at the Sacramento Music Circus as Chava in Fiddler on
the Roof and at the New Bedford Festival Theatre as Gladys in 42 Street. She was most recently seen performing at Elon in The
Phantom of the Opera, Cabaret, Grand Night for Singing, and the 3 Annual Broadway Cares Benefit Concert. She thanks her family,
friends, and teachers for their endless love and support, and dedicates her performance in Crazy for You to Mickey, who taught and
inspired her to “sing the standards.”
Drina Keen has worked with numerous choral and theatrical organizations including Charlotte Children's Theatre, CPCC
Opera Theatre, Tarradiddle Players, Creative Response, Old Courthouse Theatre, Theatre Charlotte, The Southampton Players/Long
Island University, N.C. Opera-in-the-Schools, and Davidson County/Thomasville City/Theatre Cooperative. She received Metrolina
Theatre Association‟s 2006-07 Best Musical Direction award for CPCC‟s Thoroughly Modern Millie and Creative Loafing‟s 2006-07 Best
Conductor/Music Director award for Charlotte Children's Theatre's The Christmas Doll.
Julia Kelly is excited to be a part of 2008 CPCC Summer Theatre. She is a rising fifth grader at Eastover Elementary
School. Julia is returning to the CPCC stage after having played Gretl in the Halton Theater's inaugural production, The Sound of Music.
Since then, she has also played in CPCC's production of The Wizard of Oz, Children of Eden and in its recent production of Joseph and
the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Julia has played in the Onstage production of The Wiz at Children's Theatre of Charlotte, and in
Theatre Charlotte's production of Oliver!. Most recently, Julia played a blind school girl in CPCC's 2008 production of The Miracle Worker
and played the role of Helen Keller in the May 3rd performance.
Don Ketcham returns to CP Summer Theatre for a fourth season. There is no rational explanation for this behavior. He has worked in lots
of other theatres ranging from Nebraska to Ohio to Maine to North Carolina, including the Emmy Gifford Children‟s Theatre, The Cleveland
Playhouse, Berea Summer Theatre, The Maine Acting Company, The Theater Project, and a very long stint at Children‟s Theatre of
Charlotte. Why is he still here then? You would think that he has been art CPCC enough as he is also a full time Instructor for CPCC in
Drama and Technical Theatre. Thanks Tom and James…. No really….thanks a bunch. Excuse me while I take my tongue out my cheek.
For some unknown reason his wife of twenty years still supports him in his quest for the perfect technical show. Without her, there is no
us. Thank you again and again Susan.
Josh Looney is proud to be a part of Dial M. He has been recently seen in The Miracle Worker at CPCC and Debbie Does
Dallas: The Musical with Barebones Theatre Company. Josh has also been seen with Off-Tryon Theatre Company and more recently
with Queen City Theatre Company. Josh would like to thank all of the folks who work so hard at CPCC to bring the Summer Season to life
and for the opportunity to be a part of it.
Susan Roberts Knowlson is thrilled to be back at CPCC after appearing here last season as Nellie in South Pacific and
Mrs. Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie. In the past year, she has been busy off-stage with the newest member of her family!
Susan has performed across the country in theatre, opera, national tours, and television, including HBO‟s Sex in The City, and the
Off-Broadway musical, Splendora. Receiving both Creative Loafing and MTA Best Actress Awards, Susan has worked locally
with The Children‟s Theatre of Charlotte, Opera Carolina, Charlotte Rep and Theatre Charlotte. Other roles at CPCC include:
Maria in The Sound of Music, Cathy in The Last 5 Years, Marian in The Music Man, Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, and many more.
She has a master‟s degree from NC School of the Arts and teaches private voice lessons. She would like to thank Tom, Drina,
Linda, and especially her wonderful family for helping her pursue her dreams!
Carey Kugler graduated from Florida State University with a Masters in Opera Production where he met his wife, Pam
onstage in The Student Prince. In addition to assisting former MET stage director Dino Yannopoulos at the Academy of Vocal Arts, Carey
directed the Philadelphia opera premieres of The Seagull, La Finta Giardiniera and A Christmas Carol. He made his European directing
debut with Kiss Me Kate at the Stadt Theatre Chemnitz, Germany and followed that with productions of Otello and Magic Flute for the
Teatro de la Opera in San Juan. A native of Charlotte and a member of the original CPCC Summer Theater Company, he has directed
productions of 42 Street, Camelot, A Little Night Music, 1776, Seven Brides, South Pacific, Out of Order, Daddy‟s Dyin‟ and More Fun
Than Bowling for CPCC. He was a founding member of the Charlottetowne Players where he directed over two dozen productions. Carey
is teaching Theatre Arts at Hopewell High School where his students have had a record seven productions selected for the NCTC State
One-Act Festival over the past five years. The Hopewell Headliners have produced the area premieres of Jon Jory‟s Pride and Prejudice,
and the contemporary plays Waving Goodbye, Living Out and Cat‟s Paw. His students have won many awards and scholarships and are,
or will be, continuing their theatre studies in many of the regions finest college programs.
Anne Lambert is delighted to make her CPCC summer theater debut in Crazy For You. Anne has appeared on stage with
many area theaters, including Actor‟s Theatre of Charlotte, Chickspeare, BareBones, Davidson Community Players and Theatre
Charlotte. Favorite roles include Claire in Proof at DCP and Andreas Pewsy in BareBones‟ 2005 production of Coyote Ugly, for which she
was named Best Supporting Comedy Actress by Creative Loafing and received an MTA Award for Best Female Actor in a Comedy. Anne
will be seen on stage in November in DCP‟s production of Working. Thanks to all involved in this production, and love and gratitude to
Lawrence (L-Jae) Levine Jr. is ecstatic to be back with the CPCC Summer Theatre family for a second season. Last
season he portrayed the role of Vinnie in The Odd Couple and also took the stage as an ensemble member in Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Still a newcomer to the theatre world of Charlotte, you may have seen Lawrence in such productions as Smokey Joe‟s Café (Theatre
Charlotte), Schoolhouse Rock Live (Children‟s Theatre Charlotte), and recently Dreamgirls (North Carolina Theatre Raleigh, NC).
Lawrence is also a company member of Caroline Calouche & Company, a modern dance company out of Gastonia, NC. He is an
upcoming music artist whose CD will be hitting the stores this summer. Look for him in three feature movies coming out this year Tyler
Perry‟s A Family That Prays; Mdot Films‟ Tragedy to Triumph; and Sons of Father. Lawrence first thanks God for this opportunity and also
the support of his family and friends.
Margaret Lynn is thrilled to return to Charlotte and the CPCC stage. She hails from South Carolina and has been singing
most of her life! She and has an (English) Education degree from Clemson University, and upon graduation, she taught ninth grade
grammar and literature, continuing to direct and star in local productions. Margaret chose to forego life with fourteen-year-olds and pursue
her true love of performing, starring as Eva Peron in Evita, Shiela in A Chorus Line!, and Smitty in How to Succeed in Business Without
Really Trying just to name a few. Musical theatre was always her forte, but Margaret‟s excellent comedic timing also landed her such
roles as Olive Madison in Neil Simon‟s The New Odd Couple, and Chris Gorman in Rumors. Most recently, she played the singing
wardrobe Madame de la Grande Bouche in Walt Disney‟s Beauty and the Beast. In 1994, Margaret got a taste of life at sea and fell in love
with the whole cruise ship experience. Since that time, Margaret has worked as a singer and dancer for such lines as Cunard, Radisson
Seven Seas, Premier and Silversea Cruise Lines. She broke away as a solo act in 2002 and worked as a solo performer, Hostess,
Assistant Cruise Director and Cruise Director with Silversea and currently works as a solo cabaret singer and Assistant Cruise Director for
Oceania Cruises.Thanks Mom and Dad for my love of all this great music!
Eddie Mabry marks his 16th season at CPCC Summer Theatre this year. Eddie has choreographed numerous shows for
CPCC Summer Theatre which include Chicago, Footloose, George M!, Pirates of Penzance, and Guys & Dolls, which he also directed. He
has won Creative Loafing‟s Choreography Award for his work in The Will Rogers Follies, The Who‟s Tommy, Singin‟ In The Rain, and 42
Street. He is also a four time winner of the Metrolina Theatre Association Award for "Best Choreography" for his work in West Side Story,
Cats, 42 Street, and Thoroughly Modern Millie for CPCC. Other credits include Pippin (Northwest School of the Arts), A Chorus Line
(Theatre Charlotte), The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Actor‟s Theatre), as well as, many corporate events. Eddie has also
performed in many musical theatre productions which include, West Side Story, A Chorus Line, Children Of Eden, Oklahoma! with Rue
McClanahan, and the European Tour of Guys & Dolls. He is the owner and director of Eddie Mabry Talent and a guest artist with
Northwest School Of The Arts. This summer Eddie will choreograph Smokey Joe‟s Café and Crazy For You.
Kirsten Marcinko started dancing with Charlotte School of Ballet at 21/2 years of age.(Tap,Ballet & Jazz) She has parts
in the CYB productions of the Nutcracker since 4 years opf age. She danced with the Moscow Ballet in the Nutcracker. Kirsten has
preformed in other productions of the Charlotte Youth Ballet including :Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland ,Hansel and Gretel,Various Art
Festivals in Charlotte (Scott Free & Canon D), Happy Feet Premier, Alegra, and South Christmas Show. She has participated in various
dance workshops including the Dance Ballet Festival in Atlanta, Ga and performed. Kirsten also enjoys singing and has sung solos for her
school chapel programs 8 times. Kirsten also modeled for an American Girl Show and numerous workshop of different dance schools.
Kirsten performed in the Central Piedmont Community College's productions of The Jungle Book and The Wizard of Oz and Seussical.
Jennifer Matthews is once again in her hometown as Costume Designer for CPCC Summer Theatre. In recent years, she
has designed Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Parade, Hansel and Gretel, and The Jungle Book. Jennifer is an Associate Professor at
the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, where she has designed costumes for Cabaret, The Would-be Aristocrat, The Importance of
Being Ernest, Pirandello's Henry IV (with Stuart Margolin) and Is It Already Dusk (developed by Joannie Evans.) She has designed in
Tennessee for Mockingbird Public Theatre and Chattanooga Theatre Centre. She has an MFA from the University of North Carolina at
Adam Morse is thrilled to be returning for his seventh season at CPCC Summer Theatre. He is a senior at Penn
State earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre Performance. Some of his favorite roles at Penn State include Larry in
Company, Hugh Dorsey in Parade, Eddie in Lippa's Wild Party, Robby the Stockfish in Urinetown, and Richard Henry Lee in 1776. You
may have seen him at CPCC as Diesel in West Side Story, Baloo in The Jungle Book, or dancing in 42nd St., Chicago, The Wizard of Oz,
and Footloose, to name a few. He would like to thank all of his family and friends for their continued love and support.
Jeff Murdock is looking forward to another summer at CPCC. He is fortunate to be able to work in many of the area
theatres. He also works with local schools and churches with their sound needs. But returning to CPCC is like coming home. Thanks to
Tom and James for their support. Have fun and enjoy the show!
Jack Murray is in much demand as a woodwind player, playing saxophone, clarinet, flute, and oboe in Broadway
shows, symphony orchestras, jazz bands, rock bands and recording work. Jack played for the Independence Ball for President George
W. Bush‟s Inauguration in Washington D.C. in 2005. He has toured with The Four Tops, The Temptations, and Frankie Valli and the Four
Seasons, and has appeared with Michael Feinstein, Linda Eder, Natalie Cole, Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Kenny Rogers, Manhattan
Transfer, Slide Hampton, Jon Faddis, Patti Austin, Rosemary Clooney, Steve Allen, Bernadette Peters, Nancy Wilson, Johnny Mathis,
Barry Manilow, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, John Pizzarelli, Gladys Knight, and Clark Terry. In addition to his live
performances Jack has been featured on various recordings and television shows on saxophone, clarinet and flute. He performed with
Duke Ellington‟s Sophisticated Ladies 1999/2000 European Tour with Dee Dee Bridgewater and Freda Payne. Most recently Jack was
seen performing Chicago with Gregory Harrison, The Full Monty, South Pacific with Robert Goulet, Kiss Me Kate with Rex Smith and
Rachel York, and Damn Yankees with Jerry Lewis. Jack was named “Most Outstanding Saxophone Performer” at the Mobile Jazz
Festival in 1994. Jack Murray is a Yamaha Artist.
Elizabeth Newton will be a second semester junior in the fall at Oklahoma City University majoring in Dance Pedagogy.
This is Elizabeth‟s third show at CPCC. She feels honored to have been a part of the extraordinary casts of Footloose and 42nd Street.
Upon graduation, Elizabeth hopes to follow in the footsteps of her remarkable teachers and open a dance studio so that she can pass on
her love for dance. Elizabeth would like to thank her parents for always supporting her. She would not be where she is without the love
and support of her family members, teachers, and friends. Elizabeth would especially like to thank Tom Hollis and Eddie Mabry for giving
her the privilege to be a part of this talented company. Elizabeth knows that without the amazing love of her Savior Jesus Christ, she
would not be able to perform on stage and do what she loves.
Heidi O’Hare comes to NC from Wausau, Wisconsin. She received her M.F.A. from the University of California at Irvine. Currently, she is
a faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In addition to her designing and teaching duties, she also manages the
costume shop. She has designed for Orange County Shakespeare Festival, Williams Company and Chapman College. Heidi is a member
of 705 Wardrobe Union and has worked on Sabrina the Witch, Passions and ER. In 2001, she received the Emmy Internship from the
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Recent productions include The Magic Flute, Tobacco Road and Speaking of Dance.
Charles Osborne recently graduated as a theatre major at Northwest School of the Arts. Previous Northwest credits include
leading roles in Pippin (Leading Player), All Shook Up (Chad), Les Miserables (Jean Valjean), 42nd Street (Billy Lawlor), The Atrainplays
(Harry), and Ragtime (Younger Brother). Regional credits include a Senior Apprenticeship with CPCC Summer Theatre (The Wizard of
Oz, 42nd Street), touring with CTC's Twist and Shout, appearing as a Principal Dancer with Davidson Community Players (Bye Bye Birdie,
The Music Man). He recently appeared in the original national cast of Thoroughly Modern Millie: School Edition (George Gershwin), and
as a Principal Dancer with Carol Channing in Carol Channing: The First 80 Years Are the Hardest. Charles will be attending North
Carolina School of the Arts for Drama.
Chesley Allen Oxendine is entering his first year with CPCC's Summer Theater this year, after directing and acting in the
Student One Acts for this year‟s ArtsFest. His previous experience includes directing and acting in the One Acts at Hopewell High School
(from which he graduated), Herb in Neil Simon's I Oughta Be In Pictures, and Mr. Bennet in Jon Jory's adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.
He'd like to thank Mr. Kugler for teaching him so much and Mr. Hollis for the opportunity to work with such a great group of people!
Jean Colgan Phillips is pleased to be working with CPCC Summer Theater as musical director for Seussical and also as
Asst. Musical Director/pianist for South Pacific, Thouroughly Modern Millie, and Children of Eden. Past credits include musical director for
CPCC‟s 2006 Summer Theater production of Jungle Book, the Musical, and the 2005 Summer Theater‟s production of Hansel and Gretel.
She was Assistant Musical Director/pianist for CPCC‟s productions of The Wizard of Oz, Parade, 42nd Street, Gypsy, Cats, Fiddler on the
Roof, You‟re A Good Man Charlie Brown, The Nuncrackers, Chicago, and Anything Goes. She has also worked with Charlotte Children‟s
Theatre, most recently as Musical Director for Scrooge: The Musical. She is a freelance pianist, and also an elementary music teacher
Patrick Ratchford is pleased to return to CP Summer Theatre and the Dale F. Halton Theatre after appearing as Capt.
Von Trapp in the inaugural production of The Sound of Music and in The Wizard of Oz (Tin Man) and Parade (Gov. Slaton) in the first
summer theatre season in our new home. No stranger to the summer theatre audiences, Patrick has been seen in numerous productions
since first working her in 1986! Audiences may remember some of his favorites here including Oklahoma! (Curley), The Music Man
(Harold Hill), The Who‟s Tommy (Capt. Walker), Seven Brides (Adam) and Hello Dolly! (Cornelius Hackl). Patrick has worked locally with
Actors Theatre, Theatre Charlotte, Charlotte Rep, Opera Carolina and Barebones Theatre. He is especially thrilled to work with the CP
Summer Theatre “family” again – from those in the pit to those behind the scenes. Enjoy the show!
Luke Pizzato is a rising 10th Grader at Northwest School of the Arts. This year he appeared in their spring musical Pippin, as a member
of the ensemble, and also took part in their annual Musical Revue Show. Outside of school Luke has performed in various theaters around
Charlotte. This season he was a member of The Charlotte Children's Theater Ensemble Company with whom he presented Blood
Wedding, playing the part of the Bridegroom, and previously appeared in The Magician's Nephew (2006) as Diggory. He has performed
for UNC-Charlotte in The Tempest as Ariel, and in To Kill a Mocking Bird as Jem. He won 1 place at the Shakespeare Recitation Contest
at Wingate University in 2007 and has also received nominations for MTA and Creative Loafing awards. His past musical theater
experience extends to middle school, where he participated in Piedmont Open Middle School's CATS, and West Side Story playing the
part of Tony. This is Luke's first production with CPCC, and he is very excited to work with such a vast store of talent. He knows the
summer has much in store.
Mark Plant who is employed with Northwest School of the Arts is excited to be involved in the theater again after a long
hiatus. In the past he has performed in Bye Bye Birdie, Shenandoah, Pirates of Penzance and Fiddler on the Roof. He has recently
performed the roles of Potiphar and the Baker in Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Captain Keller in The Miracle
Worker here at CPCC. Mark is looking forward to being part of the summer program this year and thanks CPCC for the opportunity. He
would like to thank his family and friends for their continued love and support.
Jonathan Ray is delighted to make his CPCC debut. In Charlotte he previously performed in The Tempest with Actor's
Gym at CAST and was the first Theatre Director at Northwest School of the Arts. He received his MFA from UNC-Greensboro, and his
professional credits include Flat Rock Playhouse and Horn in the West. Favorite roles include Ben Franklin in 1776, Shylock in The
Merchant of Venice, Marc in Art, and Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Magical Mystery Dream. He's an alumnus of Shakespeare
Lives! of Shakespeare's Globe of London and NCSA, and is co-founder and co-director of the Green Room Summer Shakespeare
Theatre Institute in Newton, now in its eleventh season. He lives in Conover with his understanding wife, Kathy.
Caroline Renfro is thrilled to make her CPCC Summer Theatre debut in Dial „M‟ for Murder. She was last seen as Susie
Carson in Actor‟s Theatre‟s production of Natural Selection. Previous credits include Matt & Ben, Why We Have A Body, The Wisdom of
Eve, as well as Picnic and State Fair with CPCC Theatre. She has worked with Children‟s Theatre‟s Heart to Heart and Violence
Prevention programs and for The Walt Disney Company‟s Radio Disney. She‟s also spent some time behind the scenes as sound
operator makeup artist/ designer for Actor‟s Theatre and lead makeup artist for Scarowinds. You‟ll most likely find her courtside at a
Charlotte Bobcats game, during which she co-hosts Bobcats TV and practices her Gerald Wallace impression, which you can hear on
WFNZ‟s The Mac Attack. But not really.
Jessica Richards is a recent graduate of Northwest School of the Arts (NWSA), where she was a senior musical
theatre major and is thrilled to be part of this production of Annie Get Your Gun. Previous experience at NWSA include: Karen Wright,
The Children‟s Hour; Peggy Sawyer, 42 Street; Fefu, Fefu and her Friends; Actor/Singer, Memorial; Dance Captain, All Shook Up and
Fastrada, Pippin. Regional credits include: Ensemble, Beauty & the Best, Charlotte Summer Theatre; Ensemble, 42 Street, (CPCC);
Dancer, Carol Channing: The first 80 years are the hardest (CPCC); Ms. Dorothy Brown, Thoroughly Modern Mille, International Thespian
Festival 2007 (National High School Cast), MTI Cast album. Between shows, school and travel Jessica was fortunate enough to attend the
Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts‟ two-week Summer program on Shakespeare and Modern Text in London in 2007. Jessica will be
attending North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem this coming fall to major in acting.
Michael Seward is thrilled to making his CPCC Summer Theater debut! A native of Daphne AL, Michael will be a
Senior at Birmingham Southern College majoring in Music Theater. Michael holds numerous vocal titles, his most recent being Access
Broadway, and NATS. Favorite roles include Chad in Wild Country (Matt Davenport Productions/Hersheypark); Bobby Strong in
Urinetown; Snoopy in Snoopy; and Tony in West Side Story; in addition to many others. Much love and thanks to family and friends. Woo
Robert Lee Simmons is excited to make his CPCC Summer Theatre debut! Robert was most recently scene as
Mercutio in Collaborative Arts production of Romeo and Juliet. Robert was previously seen in Carolina Actors Studio Theatre production of
Dark Play or Stories for Boys. Favorite roles include Ariel in Actors Theatre of Charlotte production of The Pillowman, Mr. Marmalade in
the Barebones production of Mr. Marmalade and Mohammed in the Humana Festival premier of Omnium-Gatherum at Actors Theatre of
Louisville. Robert is a graduate of the Pre-Professional Drama program at North Carolina School of the Arts, and spent two years in the
Actors Theatre of Louisville Apprentice/Internship program. He is also the Associate Artistic Director of Carolina Actors Studio Theatre,
voted 2007 Creative Loafing‟s “Company of the Year”. Visit the website, NCCast.com for upcoming events. He would also like to thank his
family and friends for their constant love and support, without them nothing would be possible.
Stephanie Simpson is thrilled to be making her CPCC Summer Theatre debut in Annie Get Your Gun. She has been
seen previously in Seussical (as Mrs. Mayor, Matthews Playhouse) and Nine (Theatre Charlotte). Other previous roles she has enjoyed
playing include Helen in Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Bonnie in Anything Goes, Gertie in Oklahoma!, Molly in Annie, and Betty Parris in
The Crucible. Aside from theater, Stephanie has an undying passion for the Lindy Hop, the original form of swing dancing. She and her
husband Eric own Lovin' Lindy, a swing dance instruction company that offers lessons and hosts regular swing dances in Charlotte and
Matthews. "Thank you, Eric, for being so patient with me and letting me fit one more thing into my schedule...somehow. I love you!"
Blake Smith is excited to be taking part in his first CPCC Summer Theatre show! Previous experience includes
working for Ray Kennedy Entertainment on the Palm Beach Princess Cruise Ship. Also, regional theatre roles include Will Parker in
Oklahoma!, Jeter in Footloose, and Ensemble in the World Premiere production of the original musical, The Madness of May. A
passionate dancer, Blake has also performed in The Nutcracker Ballet as the Nutcracker Prince, and choreographed an original piece for
the Emerging Choreographer's Showcase in Wilmington, NC. Recently, he interned at The Pulse dance convention which featured master
classes with such amazing choreographers as Mia Michaels and Shane Sparks. Also a model, he has walked in runway shows
for Charlotte Fashion Week and Neiman Marcus. He is planning to move to New York City in the fall to pursue his passion for
entertainment. He would like to thank everyone who believes in his talent, but a bigger thanks goes to those who don't because they push
him to be bigger and better.
Brooke Sorenson has always wanted to be on stage even as a 2 year old. She played dual roles as Tiny Tim and Prop
Girl in A Christmas Carol at Theatre Charlotte last year. Her first performance at CPCC was in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor
Dreamcoat this year. Other than acting her passions include singing, dancing, swimming and riding roller coasters.
Lori Anne Sword is thrilled to be returning to CPCC Summer Theatre after performing in The Wizard of Oz in 2006. Following completion
of her Master's Degree in Musical Theater, at the University Of California, Lori Anne traveled across the United States performing in a
wide variety of venues including film, television, dinner theaters, theme parks, and industrials. Recent credits include Oliver at Theatre
Charlotte as well as a staged reading of a new musical, Crossfire. Her favorite role to date is wife to Jason and soccer mom to her four
year old son, Jackson and two year old daughter, Gibson. Lori Anne is delighted to be sharing the stage with Sam Faulkner and Caroline
Kasay, two of her wonderful fine arts students from Charlotte Latin School. A special thanks to my agent, L.B., for keeping the dream
Jack Utrata is thrilled and honored to join the wonderful cast and crew of Aladdin. He is a senior at
Providence High School, and President of The International Thespian Society charter. Most recently, under the direction of Paula Dean,
he portrayed the role of Captain Von Trapp in the Providence High Production of The Sound of Music, as well as Beauty and the Beast
(Ensemble), and Footloose (Jeter). Under the direction of Catherine McDougall: Fahrenheit 451 (Paramedic), and Too Much Light Makes
the Baby Go Blind (Self). Jack would like to thank his loving family of five who have shared his love for theater and continue to contribute
greatly to his success as a young.
Susannah Upchurch is 9 years old and will be in 4th grade at Charlotte Country Day School. She was last seen in her
debut performance at CPCC in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as a member of the children's chorus this past spring.
She's excited to be in Aladdin and looks forward to acting in many future productions on stage. She sees the stage as a perfect escape
from her daily role as sister to her 3 brothers!
Jamey Varnadore, Costume Designer Smokey Joe‟s Café is the Resident Director of the Matthews Playhouse
where he is directing “Footloose” this summer and works throughout the region as a freelance Director and Costumer. He regularly
costumes for Theatre Charlotte, CPCC, Matthews Playhouse and many local high schools. A Charlotte native Jamey first participated at
CP Summer Theatre in 1976 as Baby John in West Side Story and has worked here on and off over the years taking on such additional
tasks as director, choreographer and costume designer. Jamey is always exited to return to CPCC Summer Theatre.
Sean Watkins will be a Senior B.F.A. candidate at Marshall University in Huntington, WV. He has been seen on
stage at Marshall as Orin Scrivello (Little Shop of Horrors), Jim Curry (The Rainmaker), and Peter Van Daan (The Diary of Anne Frank)
among others. He has also performed with the Charleston Light Opera Guild as B.J. Gibson (1940‟s Radio Hour), Billy Crocker (Anything
Goes), and Sky Masterson (Guys and Dolls). He was an apprentice at the Broadway Theatre Project last summer. He also had the
privilege to perform with Brian Stokes Mitchell and Lillias White in South Pacific at the Greenbrier Resort in 2006.
Carolyn Whitener, a native of Union, SC, is an elementary music teacher in CMS at Steele Creek E.S. An honors
graduate of Appalachian State University (BS) and Ohio University (MFA) with a major in French horn, she is a member of the Western
Piedmont Symphony, Salisbury Symphony, and has played in numerous ensembles and brass groups in the Charlotte region and abroad.
Carolyn has been an active member of CPCC Theatre Orchestra since 1989, and is thrilled to be returning for another exciting season.
Mac Willet has been a part of the CPCC Summer Theatre Orchestra for over 20 years and relishes the opportunity to have
a small respite from his “day job” as a CPA. He has played many shows, but particularly enjoys the lively music in such productions as
Chicago, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and 42 Street. Many Sundays will find Mac sharing his gifts at Forest Hill
Church or Church at Charlotte. He and his wife, Jill, have been married for 19 years and have three beautiful daughters and two not-so-
Elyse Williams is crazy for CPCC and is thrilled to be back on the CPCC Summer Theatre stage. You may have seen
her in CPCC productions of Jake‟s Women, Ten Little Indians, Amadeus and The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940. Elyse has also
performed for most of the theatre companies in town: Charlotte Rep in Murder at the Booth, Theatre Charlotte in Noises Off, Rumors and
Lend Me a Tenor, Pi Production‟s Eyes of God and for Bare Bones Theatre Group‟s Drift and, most recently as Vivien Leigh in Orson‟s
Shadow. At Actor‟s Theatre of Charlotte, she‟s done Serenading Louie, Marvin‟s Room, Jungle Rot, The Tale of the Allergist‟s Wife and
this season‟s opener, The Clean House .Elyse has been in films with Vanessa Redgrave, Eddie Albert, Jerry Reed and James McLaughlin
and has appeared in numerous national television commercials including Vaseline Intensive Care Lotion, Crisco and Kool-Aid. And
perhaps you‟ve heard her on WCNC‟s Medical Miles. She owns her own television production company and lives with the most wonderful
husband in the universe.
Morgan Wilson, a student at Northwest School of the Arts, has a strong background in dance and music. She has been enrolled in
dance programs from the age of three including six years at North Carolina Dance Theatre. Her credits include parts in Nutcracker, Peter
& The Wolf, Cinderella, World Beat, Salt, A Midsummer Night‟s Dream, Pippin and more. Morgan is also active in vocal and stage
presentations as a member of Mixed Ensemble Choral Group at her school. Currently a student at Eddie Mabry Talent and Piedmont
Dance Conservatory, she looks forward to summer plans that include training with the “Rockettes” and an internship with CPCC Summer
Emily Witte is a junior at Northwest School of the Arts; majoring in musical theater. Her performances this year have
included Eponine in the Les Miserables production with NWSA at Booth Theater, Judy in A Chorus Line at Theater Charlotte and Once
Upon a Mattress (NWSA). Other recent shows include 42 Street, a performance with Carol Channing at CPCC Theater, and The Sound
of Music (CPCC). She is a member of the Chamber Choir at NWSA and is a part of the worship team at Church at Charlotte. This is her
first summer production at CPCC and hopefully not her last!
Ashleigh Worley is currently a Theatre Education major at UNC Charlotte and has currently been seen working on
their department‟s Spring Dance Concert and on Our Country‟s Good. She loves every aspect of theatre and will be seen again soon
Stage Managing Lysistrata for UNCC‟s fall show. She is thrilled about her first summer with CP‟s summer theatre and is looking forward to
many to come.
Tony Wright has appeared in Summer Theater's productions of The Odd Couple, The Musical Comedy Murders of
1940 and The Foreigner. Credits during the regular CP Theater season include Of Mice and Men, Harvey, A Streetcar Named Desire,
Dracula and The Boys Next Door. Tony has appeared locally with Children's Theater, Actor's Theater, The Actor's Gym and CAST. From
1990 to 1999 Tony was a member of the Atlanta Shakespeare Company, with whom he had the honor of performing at The Globe in