Witches! the Musical

New musical based on the historical events of the 1692 Salem Witch Trials

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Original cast photos and bios for the world premiere of Witches! the Musical run in October 2012. Listed in program order of actor’s last name.

Claire Andrews (Ensemble, Minion) is an eleven year old who has found her passion for the stage being in the cast of Witches! She will have opened in six shows in 12 months. She has performed with META, I Can Fly Productions, Shakespeare Northwest and now TAG. Claire made her way to theater following six years of dance and two years of piano. As a 6th grade student at Lincoln Elementary, she is passionate about literature, math, German and her guinea pig, Patches.

Zoe Bates (Dorcas Good) is an exuberant eight year old attending Conway school, where she is excelling academically and socially. She thrives on making strong friendships with people of all ages and from all walks of life, and has a real empathy for all living creatures. While she has participated in two small productions with the Missoula Children’s Theatre, this is her first TAG production and her first time experiencing theatre on a larger scale. In her spare time she enjoys running, singing, feeding her ducks and chickens, and spending time with her family and dogs, Lucy and Chief.

Kelly Bohon (Mrs. Sibley) is thrilled to be a part of the world premiere of Witches! and hopes that Conrad’s dream can become a reality! She is especially grateful to be working on this show with her daughter, Susie Pollino, which has been the highlight of this experience! Kelly has been involved in many TAG shows including Christmas Carol, Annie, Rocky Horror and last year’s Rent. In the daytime, she works for the Burlington Police Department, and would like to thank her co-workers for their support. She would especially like to thank her husband, Todd, for his unwavering support of her passion and putting up with her absence from the dinner table!

Kevin Cobley (William Stoughton) graduated in theater from the University of Washington School of Drama. Recent notable roles include Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast and Merlin/Pellinore in Camelot. This is his fourth show with TAG. His next role will be that of Feziwig in META’s musical, A Christmas Carol. Kevin lives in Conway with his wife, Cherie and four lazy well-fed cats.

Brittany Collins (Abigail Williams) is no stranger to TAG shows, having most recently appeared in Hairspray and Big: The Musical. She is thrilled to be returning to the Theater Arts Guild family to originate the role of Abigail. Between work, acting, and her classes at Western Washington University she focuses on writing original music. She recently returned from a solo concert tour along the West Coast and is looking forward to a rewarding career in music and theater.

Mark Cronin (Puritan/Jailer) is following up on his paralegal studies and interning with a local law firm. Appreciating the creativity and beauty of the stage, Mark enjoys entertaining folks so they may be able to enter the world of creativity. When Mark is not on stage or interning in a law office, he is a personal trainer, welder, and assists his children in the music studio.

Lincoln Douglas (Tavern Boy) is a freshman at Mount Vernon High School. Outside of theatre he enjoys excessive amounts of reading and slightly less excessive amounts of writing. He enjoys fencing, and is a dedicated Homestuck. If you don’t know what that is he implores you to look into it.

Brendan Francis (William Corey) is beyond ecstatic to have the opportunity to participate in this incredible show. He is very passionate about the performing arts, and has hopes of getting onto the big screen. He was seen most recently on a Mount Vernon Stage as The Artful Dodger in Oliver! He loves music from the Rat Pack, and enjoys dressing like them as well. He wants to thank all of his family for their support and love, and hopes that you’ll enjoy the show as much as he does.

Brian Francis (John Proctor) has many interests and has done many things. He’s been studying, appreciating and making music since fourth grade. He has many years of theater experience, including work on Orcas Island, San Juan Island, Lynden, Bellingham, Anacortes and Mount Vernon stages. Brian has filmed television commercials and even played a criminal in a nationally syndicated police drama. He has also lent his voice to radio advertising. Brian enjoys riding motorcycles, reading non-fiction and spending time with his family. He is sharing the Witches! stage with his fiance, Kerry and his son Brendan.

Bailey Jean Griffith (Puritan) started her vocal career in Los Angeles at age four. She went on to star in short films and community theater musicals such as Grease and Little Shop of Horrors. She has been featured on various CD’s as well as radio and TV commercials. Her very own CD is out now on iTunes called Painting My Piano. She serves on the Emmanuel Baptist Church worship team. Bailey is honored to be working with such a talented cast in the world premiere of Witches!

Trey Hatch (Dr. William Griggs) is thrilled to be a part of this original work. Trey’s passions include spending time with his wife and best friend Carolyn Travis and their menagerie at their palatial estate in Concrete, and collecting T-shirts and movies. This past summer Trey directed Julius Caesar for Shakespeare Northwest’s Skagit River Shakespeare Festival. Trey was last seen on the TAG stage in 2011’s Hairspray as Edna Turnblad (one of his all time favorite roles). When Trey is not feeding his soul on the stage, he can be found painting airplane parts for a local aerospace company.

Nancy High (Puritan and Church Lady) is the music director at Stanwood United Methodist Church, where she leads a traditional choir as well as the praise band. She is also an investment advisor with her own practice in Stanwood, NSH Retirement Strategies. Nancy is thrilled to be involved in the process of premiering a new show. This is her second TAG production. She has also performed with META and Lyric Light Opera. Thanks to her husband, Jeff, for putting up with the rehearsal schedule.

 

Alex Hollingsworth (Corpse Soloist and Marshall Herrick) was found in the wilds of Tasmania wearing animal skins and feathers, but when brought back to civilization, he quickly learned to adapt to the normal means of dress that people are accustomed to. He was able to learn theater through a process of electric shocks and offerings of table scraps and bacon. He is very proud to be part of this ground-breaking production and is thankful for the many people, on and off stage, whose tireless efforts and boundless passion make a show like this possible. Sadly, Alex has yet to take anything seriously.

Allenda Jenkins (Tituba) performed the role of Motor Mouth Mabel in the Theater Arts Guild production of Hairspray. Allenda appeared as Velma Kelly in Chicago and Sister Hubert in Nunsense at the Whidbey Playhouse. Allenda directed Footloose, A Chorus Line and Cinderella at the Whidbey Playhouse, where she currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors. Allenda feels specially blessed and honored to portray Tituba with dignity, passion and grace.

Rachel Kirkpatrick (May Walcott) is a 14 years old and attends Mount Vernon High School. Her favorite subject in school is choir, and she loves hanging out with her friends. Rachel’s favorite sport is volleyball. In her free time she likes to do theatre, where she loves meeting new people.

 

Julie Matier (Elizabeth Hubbard) loves performing and is thrilled to be making her TAG debut. She fell in love with the TAG family while working as a makeup artist on last year’s production of RENT. When Julie is not performing, she enjoys making a home with her husband, Anthony, and their 2 year old daughter, Gracie. She also enjoys running, reading, cooking, hands-on projects, and all things awesome.

Natasha McPhadden (Susannah Sheldon) is a freshman at Mount Vernon High School. She plays bass in the jazz band and sings in the treble choir. The last show she was in was TAG’s The Wizard of Oz. She enjoys singing and dancing to Saturday Night Fever, watching movies and hanging out with her mermaid friend, Susie.

Kristi Muna (Puritan and Custard Girl Mother) is new to TAG but not to the stage. She has recently been in META’s Godspell, Number the Stars, and Annie. When not doing community theater, Kristi teaches elementary students and enjoys spending time with her family and reading ghost stories. She is excited to be a part of this talented cast.

 

Jesse Muna (Master) is performing his second role ever. His first role was a Nazi soldier in META’s Number the Stars. Jesse has also worked behind the scenes for META painting sets, designing posters, and working the fly rail. For Jesse’s next role he is hoping to play “the good guy”.

Rachel Page (Trial Stenographer) is currently a nursing student at Skagit Valley College and loving it. You may have seen her in several shows at ACT including Bus Stop and The Servant of Two Masters. She is excited to be performing in her first TAG production and can’t wait to do more TAG productions in the future.

Taylor Phillips (Violet) is a fun-loving 15 year old attending Anacortes High School. When she isn’t busy doing ASB, she loves to sing, dance and play tennis! This is her second show with TAG; she was most recently seen in TAG’s production of Hairspray! Taylor adores this cast and can’t wait to perform with them!

Karen Pollack (Mary Warren) teaches high school French in Edmonds and recently spent a year teaching English in southern France. She has been actively involved in local community theater, including such shows as Thoroughly Modern Millie (Miss Dorothy Brown), Cabaret (Frenchie), Rent (Roger’s mother/ensemble) and The Rocky Horror Show (Janet). She is thrilled to be a part of this amazing show!

Susie Pollino (Ann Putnam Jr.) is a peppy Junior at Mount Vernon High School where she is active in concert choir and many different clubs. Susie loves glitter, unicorns, and singing Disney songs with her best friend, Noam. Susie has been involved in many TAG shows before and is thankful to Jane and Conrad for giving her this opportunity. Susie’s goal is to someday play Belle in Beauty and the Beast in Disneyland. She would also like to thank her Mom for doing this show with her, her friends and family for supporting her, and the cast for making this such a great experience.

Mica Shipley (Ensemble) is new to the stage but is experienced in beauty pageants, where she has won many titles including 2006 Texas Baby Queen. Mica excelled in competitive cheer leading, winning multiple awards both as a team member and in her individual dance and performance gymnastics routines. Blessed with the support and instruction of her superb theater family, she looks forward to a life involved with this newfound love. She would especially like to thank “Mr. Conrad” and “Ms. Jane” for providing both opportunity and direction to make the most of her debut into the theater.

Carolyn Travis (Bridget Bishop) is ecstatic to be a part of this brand new production and is honored to be able to bring Bridget Bishop to life. When not treading the boards, Carolyn works as an LVT of the Animal Care Center to support her theater habit and enjoys spending her limited free time with her bevy of furry children. She is a founding member of Shakespeare Northwest, and considers herself truly blessed to have been allowed to act with most of the theater groups in the area. Carolyn wishes to thank Jane, Conrad, the exceptional cast of Witches! and her most talented husband for their support, patience, friendship and love.

Carl Turner (John Hathorne) is one of the founding members of TAG and directed its first adult production at the LIncoln, Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit. Over the years he has directed Romeo and Juliet, Little Shop of Horrors, Odd Couple (female version), Crimes of the Heart, and The Elephant Man with Brian Young. He started acting while growing up in Tennessee and worked last at Opryland USA logging over 300 performances as Captain Andy in Showboat. He then studied acting as a member of the company at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and studied directing in the masters program at WWU. He dedicates this production to Annie and her great spirit. Also, a special thank you to Darby and the Smokey Point crew for their wonderful support!

Kerry VanWinkle (Elizabeth Proctor) adores the theatre and feels especially grateful to share the stage with the love of her life, Brian Francis and his son Brendan. This will be her seventh production in Skagit Valley and she can’t imagine her life without theatre in it. She has two sons, David, 20 and Zachary, 17. When she isn’t practicing massage therapy she loves to cook, garden and attend the theatre. Kerry would like to dedicate her performances to her brother, Erik Mader Koeppen. I love you Big Bro, November 6, 1961 – August 14, 2012.

Virginia Voulgaris, Ph.D. (Rebecca Towne Nourse) came to the US from Athens, Greece as a Fulbright Scholar. She holds a Masters and a Doctorate Degree in Vocal Performance, from the UW. Virginia has performed and taught internationally. In the US, Virginia has appeared and taught internationally. In the US, Virginia has appeared with the UW Opera Productions, Seattle Opera Guild, Second City Chamber Music, Guitar Society of Seattle, Zarzuela Festival in Napa CA. In Seattle, Virginia has presented her own productions at the Crepe De Paris. She has taught at the UW, Northwest University, in voice workshops, and privately. This is her first appearance with the TAG. Virginia is an active Real Estate Broker. Her other interests include dancing, fishing, gardening, cooking and movies.

Beth Wallace (Sarah Good) regularly appears on stage in musical and dramatic theatre as well as opera and jazz. Recent roles include Anna Leonowens in The King and I with Lyric Light Opera NW, Kate Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly with Skagit Opera, and the Mother in the WSO production of the opera Hansel and Gretel. Mt. Baker Rep roles include Mrs. Pearce in My Fair Lady, Amanda in The Glass Menagerie, Grandma in Lost In Yonkers, and Jack’s mother in Into The Woods. Beth has performed three seasons with the Mount Baker Theatre Rep and is the regular featured vocalist for Skagit Swings Big Band. She lives with her husband Tim on their family potato farm in Bow.

Molly Wilson (Betty Parris) is an 8th grader at La Venture Middle School. She has been in many productions including Oliver!, Cinderella, Babes in Toyland, Annie, Godspell and others. When she is not in rehearsal or on stage, Molly plays soccer, volleyball and is student body president. She loves being with family and friends and is thrilled to be a part of this amazing cast! Thanks to Conrad and Jane! Life is beautiful!

Morgan Witt (Giles Corey) is excited to be in his second stage performance ever! Morgan is privileged and humbled to be involved with such a diverse and multi-talented cast. Morgan has learned so much through the demands of rehearsals and performances. For example, moving from a bass to a tenor and learning to dance while possessing two left feet is no small task! Letting silence do the talking speaks volumes. Life is beautiful!

Ron Wohl (Reverend Samuel Parris) is a senior (not at high school or college, just a senior) but a very energetic one. He is thrilled to be back in a TAG musical, having performed in or produced five TAG plays. He was a founder of Skagit Opera and its General Director for 8 years, and also performed principal and chorus roles in all their productions. When Maestro Askland takes Witches! to Broadway, Ron hopes that Hugh Jackman will portray Rev. Parris. Ron lives in a big house in Anacortes with his wife, Darcie Morris.

 

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